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Basic Trope: A minor problem that's only a problem to someone who's privileged enough to have this problem in the first place.

  • Straight: Alice is in tears because her favorite sandwich has been taken off the menu at Sam's Sandwiches.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is Driven to Suicide over this.
  • Downplayed: Alice feels a little disappointed, but orders something else instead.
  • Justified:
    • Disappointment makes people feel unhappy, even when what they're disappointed about is minor or trivial in the grand scheme of things.
    • Advertisement:
    • Alice was already having a rotten day; her favorite sandwich being taken off the menu is the last straw.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • But there's another fast-food place right next door, with even better prices.
    • Someone points out that while it is annoying to have female breasts be considered "obscene," (while male breasts are not), it's not nearly as bad as the denial of human rights other women (mostly overseas) face, such as being denied an education, forced into marriage, and Honor-Related Abuse.
    • She thinks she's not in a situation as bad as Carol, whose boyfriend beats her bloody on a regular basis.
    • Because she doesn't seem to outsiders like she's "depressed enough," everyone just assumes she's making a mountain out of a molehill, or that she's faking it for attention or sympathy.
  • Parodied: Alice cries literally over spilled milk.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Alice complains about minor stuff, sometimes about major problems.
  • Averted:
    • Alice is The Pollyanna, and never gets upset about anything, even if it's something major.
    • Advertisement:
    • Alice is upset about something serious.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Alice is in tears over a sandwich? Wow, what a first-world problem."
  • Invoked: Alice, already having a rotten day, gets to Sam's Sandwiches and her favorite sandwich is no longer available.
  • Exploited:
    • Alice files a Frivolous Lawsuit against Sam's Sandwiches for "pain and suffering."
    • Alice throws a temper tantrum over the sandwich, in hopes of getting a discount on another sandwich, or getting them to make "her" sandwich special for her...on the house, of course.
  • Defied: Alice orders something else instead.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Alice's complaints about the smallest things alienates everyone around her, especially her friends and family, who bash her for not being appreciative.

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