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Basic Trope: The epic, sappy song at the end of a movie that gets all the acclaim.

  • Straight: The end credits for Troper Beach has a love song with sparkly synth, and a mellow sound that builds up to an epic finish.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The end credits for Troper Beach has a 12 minute song with 100 pianos playing the saddest music in the world, and the epic-est finish in the world.
    • The entire soundtrack of Troper Beach consists of love song with epic finish.
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  • Downplayed: The song only has sparkly synths.
  • Justified:
    • The song is the only exciting part of the film.
    • The film is focused on a pop group.
    • The film is a Period Piece of either The '80s or Nineties.
  • Inverted: The song is at the beginning of the film, and is a fast paced dubstep song.
  • Subverted: There is a sparkly synth opening, but after that, it's just film score.
  • Double Subverted: But after 30 seconds, a Truck Driver's Gear Change kicks in and it's now award bait.
  • Averted
    • The credits music is just the film score.
    • There is no music.
  • Parodied: The song is named “Steal an Emmy”.
  • Enforced: The studio wants to make money for the film even if it flopped, so they make an award bait song.
  • Deconstructed:
    • The film doesn't stand well on its own merits, so the inclusion of the song is seen as a cynical attempt to give it some redeeming value.
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    • The song doesn't fit with the tone or setting of the film, leading more jaded viewers to assume it was included merely because that was what everyone else was doing at the time.
    • The presence of the song makes the film age all the more poorly, given how rooted this trope is in The '80s and Nineties.
  • Reconstructed:

And I know! That I won't betray you! For when we get an award for our Award-Bait Song our love will last forever!

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