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Basic Trope: A Crowd Song that takes place on a bus or train, usually in a Bollywood film.

  • Straight: Everyone on the bus starts singing and someone gets up to dance.
  • Exaggerated: All the others start dancing and playing musical instruments, too.
  • Downplayed: Music is playing, but nobody gets up from their seats, though many people are tapping their toes or swinging their arms.
  • Justified: A Street Musician is playing a popular song that people know well enough to sing and dance to.
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  • Inverted: The Crowd Song in question takes place at the bus stop, not actually on the bus.
  • Subverted: The number begins at the bus stop.
  • Double Subverted: But continues on the bus.
  • Parodied:
    • The song in question is "The Wheels on the Bus," "99 Bottles of Beer," or some other such car song.
    • The number takes place on a school bus, sung by elementary school or Junior High aged kids. It is a really sappy Bollywood-like song one wouldn't expect to hear from kids.
    • On the subway, someone takes a swing around one of the support poles.
    • Even the bus driver gets into it... But who's driving the bus?!
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Everyone sits quietly on the bus.
  • Enforced: We need a musical number in here...
  • Lampshaded: "No Bollywood musical numbers on the bus!"
  • Invoked: Someone starts singing in a typical show tune fashion.
  • Exploited: ???
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  • Defied: The crowd believes that singing is OK, but dancing would be unsafe, so they all stay in their seats.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Even the bus driver is part of this have they not crashed yet?"

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