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* '''Zig Zagged''': As Double Subverted, when someone notices a message from a French-speaking woman on Bob's answering machine, asking why she hasn't been picked up from the airport.

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* '''Zig Zagged''': As Double Subverted, when Later, someone notices a message from a Quebec French-speaking woman on Bob's answering machine, asking why she hasn't been picked up from the airport.


** Bob claims to have a girlfriend "in another school", despite the fact that he and his friends have graduated along time ago.

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** Bob claims to have a girlfriend "in another school", despite the fact that he and his friends have graduated along a long time ago.

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** Bob claims to have a girlfriend "in another school", despite the fact that he and his friends have graduated along time ago.


[[Theatre/AvenueQ Was her name Alberta and she lived in Vancouver, or was it vice versa]]? Either way it's back to your GirlfriendInCanada.

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[[Theatre/AvenueQ Was her name Alberta and she lived in Vancouver, or was it vice versa]]? versa?]] Either way it's back to your GirlfriendInCanada.


** Bob is desperate to hide his dateless loser status, and he knows none of the other guys have been to Quebec. Besides, if he ever does get a real girlfriend, he can "dump" Marie with no problem.
** [[TransparentCloset Bob is gay, and wants his friends to think he's straight]].

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** Bob is desperate to hide his dateless loser status, and he knows none of the other guys have been to Quebec. Besides, if he ever does get a real girlfriend, he can "dump" Marie "dump Marie" with no problem.
** [[TransparentCloset Bob is gay, gay]], [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday and wants his friends to think he's straight]].straight.]]



** After Bob claims he he has a girlfriend, we cut to Marie insisting to her friends that she has a boyfriend in the US.

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** After Bob claims he he has a girlfriend, we cut to Marie insisting to her friends that she has a boyfriend in the US.US.
** Bob's friends have seen Marie in person several times and can confirm her identity, but they act as if she's fictional anyways since Bob ''[[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim should]]'' have no chance at scoring a date.
** [[PsychopathicManchild Bob]]'s relationship with "Marie" ascends to marriage, and he eventually has imaginary children with her. His real friends are greatly disturbed.



* '''Discussed''': "I'm not going to lie. I am between girlfriends. I was going to pretend I was in a long-distance relationship or something, but I decided against it. Now that you've made me say it, do any of you have single sisters?"

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* '''Discussed''': "I'm not going to lie. I am between girlfriends. I was going to pretend I was in a long-distance relationship or something, but I decided against it. Now that you've made me say it, do any of you guys have single sisters?"any sisters who are single?"



* '''Played For Laughs''': "Marie" shows up, but it's Bob in a WigDressAccent disguise. He fools almost no one, except [[HandsomeLech Bob's rival]] [[SmallNameBigEgo Ethan]], who tries to steal Marie from Bob before "Bob" returns.

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* '''Played For Laughs''': "Marie" shows up, but it's Bob in a WigDressAccent disguise. He fools almost no one, except [[HandsomeLech Bob's rival]] [[SmallNameBigEgo Ethan]], who tries to steal Marie from Bob "Marie" before "Bob" returns.Bob "returns".



* '''Untwisted''': Bob makes up the GirlfriendInCanada as a joke, and only sticks to the story because he thinks it's funny that his friends believe it.

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* '''Untwisted''': Bob makes up the GirlfriendInCanada as a joke, and only sticks to the story because he thinks it's funny that his friends believe it. (He ''thinks'' they believe it, anyway.)


* '''Straight''': Bob is with his buddies when the subject of girlfriends comes up and the others all talk about theirs. Bob has been dateless for a long time, possibly ever, but doesn't want to admit it, so makes up "Marie" who lives in Quebec. His buddies are dubious, but Bob mentions Marie every so often [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday to reinforce the idea]] that he's [[AManIsNotAVirgin able to interact with a woman]].

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* '''Straight''': Bob is with his buddies when the subject of girlfriends comes up and the others all talk about theirs. Bob has been dateless for a long time, possibly ever, but doesn't want to admit it, so makes up "Marie" who lives in Quebec. His buddies are dubious, but Bob mentions Marie every so often [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday to reinforce the idea]] that he's [[AManIsNotAVirgin able to interact with a woman]].woman.


* '''Parodied''': "Marie" is treated like a Bigfoot-esque urban legend; Bob's friends spend their time studying supposed "sightings" of her.

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* '''Parodied''': '''Parodied''':
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"Marie" is treated like a Bigfoot-esque urban legend; Bob's friends spend their time studying supposed "sightings" of her.her.
** After Bob claims he he has a girlfriend, we cut to Marie insisting to her friends that she has a boyfriend in the US.

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** Bob is chatting with a girl in Quebec, in hopes of dating her. He tells everyone back home that she is already his girlfriend.


** Bob really does have a girlfriend in Canada, and his friends have even met her a few times, but they keep claiming that he has made her up.
** Bob lives in Toronto, so it's not surprising he has a girlfriend in Canada.

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** Bob really does have says he has a girlfriend in Canada, Canada and his friends have even met her a few times, but they keep claiming that he has made her up.
** Bob lives in Toronto, so it's not surprising he has a girlfriend in Canada.
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** Bob's supposed girlfriend lives across the continent in Vancouver, no one's ever met her, and he doesn't have any pictures, making her a GirlfriendInCanada.


** [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend Bob is in a relationship with someone, but pretends he isn't.]] BonusPoints if it's long-distance.

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** [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend Bob is in a relationship with someone, but pretends he isn't.]] BonusPoints if it's long-distance.]]


* '''Reconstructed''': Also, most single women don't believe Bob's story.

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* '''Reconstructed''': Also, most Most single women don't believe Bob's story.


** [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend Bob is in a relationship with someone, but pretends he isn't.]]

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** [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend Bob is in a relationship with someone, but pretends he isn't.]]]] BonusPoints if it's long-distance.



** Bob's supposed girlfriend lives across the continent in Vancouver, no-one's ever met her and he doesn't have any pictures, making her a GirlfriendInCanada.

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** Bob's supposed girlfriend lives across the continent in Vancouver, no-one's no one's ever met her her, and he doesn't have any pictures, making her a GirlfriendInCanada.



* '''Lampshaded''': "No, I've never seen a picture of Bob's girlfriend either. Odd, that." "I know how lame it sounds, but Marie just doesn't like having her picture taken."
* '''Invoked''': Bob's buddies start a conversation about their girlfriends in full knowledge that Bob is dateless, just to see what he'll do when it's his turn.
* '''Exploited''': Bob's FairWeatherFriend Charlie mentions Marie when both men meet a really attractive single woman, so she'll think Bob is taken.

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* '''Lampshaded''': '''Lampshaded''':
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"No, I've never seen a picture of Bob's girlfriend either. Odd, that." "I know how lame it sounds, but Marie just doesn't like having her picture taken."
** "I'm just typing an email to my girlfriend. Dear [[HelloInsertNameHere my girlfriend]], thank you for sending me a box of chocolates [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial on purpose]]. Don't ever change."
* '''Invoked''': '''Invoked''':
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Bob's buddies start a conversation about their girlfriends in full knowledge that Bob is dateless, just to see what he'll do when it's his turn.
** Bob decides to impress Alice (and possibly [[OperationJealousy give her something to envy]]) by saying he's in a long-distance relationship.
* '''Exploited''': Bob's FairWeatherFriend Charlie David mentions Marie when both men meet a really attractive single woman, so she'll think Bob is taken.



* '''Deconstructed''': Bob's imaginary girlfriend is just a symptom of much deeper psychological problems caused by his social maladjustment. Over time, he becomes more and more engrossed in his fantasy of a perfect relationship, until he loses the memory that Marie doesn't actually exist. Meanwhile, real women who might be interested in Bob are discouraged because they think he's taken.
* '''Reconstructed''': Bob made up the GirlfriendInCanada as a joke, and is sticking to the story because he thinks it's funny that his friends still believe it. Also, most single women don't believe Bob's story.
* '''Played For Laughs''': "Marie" shows up, but it's Bob in a WigDressAccent disguise that fools almost no one, except the group's HandsomeLech SmallNameBigEgo, who tries to steal Marie from Bob.

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* '''Deconstructed''': Real women who might be interested in Bob are discouraged because they think he's taken.
* '''Reconstructed''': Also, most single women don't believe Bob's story.
* '''Played For Laughs''': "Marie" shows up, but it's Bob in a WigDressAccent disguise. He fools almost no one, except [[HandsomeLech Bob's rival]] [[SmallNameBigEgo Ethan]], who tries to steal Marie from Bob before "Bob" returns.
* '''Played For Drama''':
Bob's imaginary girlfriend is just a symptom of much deeper psychological problems caused by his social maladjustment. Over time, he becomes more and more engrossed in his fantasy of a perfect relationship, until he loses the memory that Marie doesn't actually exist. Meanwhile, real women who might be interested in exist.
* '''Untwisted''':
Bob are discouraged because they think he's taken.
* '''Reconstructed''': Bob made
makes up the GirlfriendInCanada as a joke, and is sticking only sticks to the story because he thinks it's funny that his friends still believe it. Also, most single women don't believe Bob's story.
* '''Played For Laughs''': "Marie" shows up, but it's Bob in a WigDressAccent disguise that fools almost no one, except the group's HandsomeLech SmallNameBigEgo, who tries to steal Marie from Bob.
it.



%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???

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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''':
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** Bob does have a girlfriend in Quebec, but there relationship is very casual.

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** Bob does have a girlfriend in Quebec, but there their relationship is very casual.


* '''Straight''': Bob is with his buddies when the subject of girlfriends comes up and the others all talk about theirs. Bob has been dateless for a long time, possibly ever, but doesn't want to admit it, so makes up "Marie" who lives in "Quebec." His buddies are dubious, but Bob mentions Marie every so often [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday to reinforce the idea]] that he's [[AManIsNotAVirgin able to interact with a woman.]]

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* '''Straight''': Bob is with his buddies when the subject of girlfriends comes up and the others all talk about theirs. Bob has been dateless for a long time, possibly ever, but doesn't want to admit it, so makes up "Marie" who lives in "Quebec." Quebec. His buddies are dubious, but Bob mentions Marie every so often [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday to reinforce the idea]] that he's [[AManIsNotAVirgin able to interact with a woman.]]woman]].



* '''Justified''': Bob is desperate to hide his dateless loser status, and he knows none of the other guys have been to Quebec. Besides, if he ever does get a real girlfriend, he can "dump" Marie with no problem.
* '''Inverted''': SheIsNotMyGirlfriend. Bob is in a relationship with someone, but pretends he isn't.
* '''Subverted''': [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Not So Imaginary Girlfriend]]. Marie shows up in person, and verifies all of Bob's wild stories.
* '''Double Subverted''': "Marie" is actually Alice in a WigDressAccent disguise, paying off a ''huge'' favor she owes Bob.
* '''Parodied''':
** "Marie" shows up, but it's Bob in a WigDressAccent disguise that fools almost no one, except the group's HandsomeLech SmallNameBigEgo, who tries to steal Marie from Bob.
** [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Bob actually is in a long distance relationship with Marie]], but she's TheUnseen, and all of Bob's stories about her and their relationship are so over-the-top and ludicrous that no one believes him.
** "Marie" is treated like a Bigfoot-esque urban legend; Bob's friends spend their time studying supposed "sightings" of her.
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** As Double Subverted, when someone notices a message from a French-speaking woman on Bob's answering machine, asking why she hasn't been picked up from the airport.
** To everyone's surprise, "Marie" turns up. However, she's actually a fake playing Bob for money, who can't reveal her without exposing his own lies.
** Bob lives in Toronto, so it's not surprising he has a girlfriend in Canada. However, that supposed girlfriend lives across the continent in Vancouver, no-one's ever met her and he doesn't have any pictures, making her a GirlfriendInCanada.
* '''Averted''': No one in the story pretends to have a relationship with an imaginary person--although there may be genuinely mistaken claims of relationship.

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* '''Justified''': '''Justified''':
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Bob is desperate to hide his dateless loser status, and he knows none of the other guys have been to Quebec. Besides, if he ever does get a real girlfriend, he can "dump" Marie with no problem.
** [[TransparentCloset Bob is gay, and wants his friends to think he's straight]].
* '''Inverted''': SheIsNotMyGirlfriend. '''Inverted''':
** [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend
Bob is in a relationship with someone, but pretends he isn't.
* '''Subverted''': [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Not So Imaginary Girlfriend]]. Marie shows up in person, and verifies all of Bob's wild stories.
* '''Double Subverted''': "Marie" is actually Alice in a WigDressAccent disguise, paying off a ''huge'' favor she owes Bob.
* '''Parodied''':
** "Marie" shows up, but it's Bob in a WigDressAccent disguise that fools almost no one, except the group's HandsomeLech SmallNameBigEgo, who tries to steal Marie from Bob.
isn't.]]
** [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Bob actually really is in a long distance long-distance relationship with Marie]], but she's TheUnseen, and all of Bob's stories about her and their relationship are so over-the-top and ludicrous that no one believes him.
* '''Subverted''':
** To everyone's surprise, [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Marie shows up in person]], [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight and verifies all of Bob's wild stories]].
** Bob really does have a girlfriend in Canada, and his friends have even met her a few times, but they keep claiming that he has made her up.
** Bob lives in Toronto, so it's not surprising he has a girlfriend in Canada.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** "Marie" is actually Alice in a WigDressAccent disguise, paying off a ''huge'' favor she owes Bob. Bob can't reveal her without exposing his own lies.
** However, Bob's friend Charles is faking a long-distance relationship.
** Bob's supposed girlfriend lives across the continent in Vancouver, no-one's ever met her and he doesn't have any pictures, making her a GirlfriendInCanada.
* '''Parodied''':
"Marie" is treated like a Bigfoot-esque urban legend; Bob's friends spend their time studying supposed "sightings" of her.
* '''Zig Zagged''':
**
Zagged''': As Double Subverted, when someone notices a message from a French-speaking woman on Bob's answering machine, asking why she hasn't been picked up from the airport.
** To everyone's surprise, "Marie" turns up. However, she's actually a fake playing Bob for money, who can't reveal her without exposing his own lies.
** Bob lives in Toronto, so it's not surprising he has a girlfriend in Canada. However, that supposed girlfriend lives across the continent in Vancouver, no-one's ever met her and he doesn't have any pictures, making her a GirlfriendInCanada.
* '''Averted''': No one in the story pretends to have a relationship with an imaginary person--although person, and there may or may not be genuinely mistaken claims of relationship.



* '''Lampshaded''': "I know how lame it sounds, but Marie just doesn't like having her picture taken."

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* '''Lampshaded''': "No, I've never seen a picture of Bob's girlfriend either. Odd, that." "I know how lame it sounds, but Marie just doesn't like having her picture taken."



* '''Defied''': "I'm not going to lie. I am between girlfriends. Now that you've made me say it, do any of you have single sisters?"
* '''Discussed''': "No, I've never seen a picture of Bob's girlfriend either. Odd, that."

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* '''Defied''': Bob tells the truth about his single status.
* '''Discussed''':
"I'm not going to lie. I am between girlfriends. I was going to pretend I was in a long-distance relationship or something, but I decided against it. Now that you've made me say it, do any of you have single sisters?"
* '''Discussed''': "No, I've never seen a picture of Bob's girlfriend either. Odd, that."
sisters?"



* '''Reconstructed''':
** Bob made up the GirlfriendInCanada as a joke, and is sticking to the story because he thinks it's funny that his friends still believe it.
** Bob really does have a girlfriend in Canada, and his friends have even met her a few times. They keep claiming he's doing this just to wind him up.

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* '''Reconstructed''':
**
'''Reconstructed''': Bob made up the GirlfriendInCanada as a joke, and is sticking to the story because he thinks it's funny that his friends still believe it.
**
it. Also, most single women don't believe Bob's story.
* '''Played For Laughs''': "Marie" shows up, but it's
Bob really does have a girlfriend in Canada, and his friends have even met her a few times. They keep claiming he's doing this just WigDressAccent disguise that fools almost no one, except the group's HandsomeLech SmallNameBigEgo, who tries to wind him up.steal Marie from Bob.



%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???


* '''Downplayed''': "I used to have a girlfriend named Marie who lived in Quebec, but we broke up a while ago, so I'm free to date."

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* '''Downplayed''': '''Downplayed''':
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"I used to have a girlfriend named Marie who lived in Quebec, but we broke up a while ago, so I'm free to date.""
** Bob does have a girlfriend in Quebec, but there relationship is very casual.

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