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Basic Trope: Two characters sharing a bed fight over the blankets.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob, a married couple, are in bed. Alice rolls over in her sleep taking the blanket with her, making Bob cold, so he tugs it back, waking up Alice and starting a tug-of-war.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice and Bob stay up until midnight, or even all night, fighting over the blankets.
    • Seven people are made to share a bed and they all fight over the blanket.
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  • Downplayed: Alice rolls over and takes the blanket and Bob pulls it back, but he manages to ensure it covers both of them.
  • Justified:
    • Alice and Bob are newlyweds, so they haven't really figured out bedsharing yet.
    • The blanket is too small.
    • They're just having bad luck.
  • Inverted:
    • Two sentient blankets argue over who will warm up Alice and who will warm up Bob.
    • On a hot night, Alice and Bob try to throw the blanket off but it keeps landing on the other.
  • Subverted: Alice rolls over and takes the blanket with her, but Bob doesn't mind.
  • Double Subverted: When the central heating wonks out, he pulls the blanket back.
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  • Averted: Alice and Bob do not have any issues with the bedclothes.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "If it ain't one thing with this blanket, it's another!"
  • Invoked: Alice deliberately pulls the blanket away from Bob because she's angry with him.
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  • Exploited:
  • Defied: Alice buys a really huge blanket so that it'll be sure to cover both of them.
  • Discussed: "How's the married life?" "Fine, except we keep arguing over the blankets."
  • Conversed: "You know that sitcom gag where couples argue over blankets? Does it happen in real life?"
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