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Basic Trope: A song or tune that gets stuck in someone's head.

  • Straight: Alice's song "I Love You, Bob" weasels into Charlie's brain and stays there all morning.
  • Exaggerated: The whole town whistles the tune to "I Love You, Bob" on a regular basis.
  • Downplayed: "I Love You, Bob" is a catchy song and gets into people's heads, but they forget about it after a little while.
  • Justified: Alice studied the key components of songs that become Ear Worms, and wrote a song that incorporates all of them.
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  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted: It looks like someone has Alice's song stuck in their head, but they actually just have a headache.
  • Double Subverted: ...which was caused by listening to "I Love You, Bob" too much.
  • Parodied:
    • "I Love You, Bob" causes anyone who listens to it to get addicted. People who have it in their heads exhibit symptoms that closely parallel drug addiction.
    • "I Love You, Bob" is a literal worm that creeps into the listener's ear and causes mild brain damage.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: "I Love You, Bob" isn't particularly catchy.
  • Enforced: Alice's sponsors wanted her to create a catchy tune they could use in advertisements.
  • Lampshaded: "I Love You, Bob is so catchy! I can't get it out of my head!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice intentionally tries to make "I Love You, Bob" the least catchy song ever.
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  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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