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Basic Trope: What seems like Foreshadowing isn't.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob are a newly-married couple. One scene has them argue about whether Bob should leave his shoes in the middle of the floor. Alice says, "A small child could trip over them!". When Bob points out that there are no small children around, Alice says, "Not yet." This causes fans to speculate that Alice may be pregnant, but it turns out that she never was (and she never thought she was either).
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  • Exaggerated: In addition to this, there's other talk of Alice and Bob having babies, hints that Charles could be Alice's father, that Bob might be psychic, and that Diane might die. Neither of these things happen.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob talk about the possibility of a small child tripping over Bob's shoes. While Alice herself isn't pregnant, their next door neighbor Delilah is.
  • Justified: Alice still thought that she and Bob might have kids even though she's not pregnant.
  • Inverted: A Shocking Swerve with no foreshadowing whatsoever.
  • Subverted: It turns out in the next season that Alice really is pregnant.
  • Double Subverted: But she wasn't when she made the "not yet" comment.
  • Parodied:
  • Zigzagged: Alice says, "Not yet" when told there are no little kids, but she isn't pregnant. Then, later, she is, but she wasn't pregnant or didn't know it when she said, "Not yet." Then, we get a hint that Charles is Alice's father and later we find out he is, but Bob is hinted to be psychic and that's never resolved.
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  • Averted: Everything is either foreshadowing or doesn't seem like it.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: Alice knows she's fictional and says things like that to mess with the audience.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: Alice is aware she's fictional and tries to avoid sounding like she's foreshadowing.
  • Discussed:
  • Conversed: "Could Alice be pregnant? Maybe, but those lines aren't always important."
  • Implied:
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played for Laughs:
  • Played for Drama:

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