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Basic Trope: Fictional phone numbers have "555" at the beginning.

  • Straight: Alice's number is 555-4673.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: 555 is only one of the phone number exchanges used in the show's universe.
  • Justified: This only occurs in one particular town, and only happens to make it easier to remember phone numbers
  • Inverted: Everyone's phone number ends with 555 in the show's universe.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice's number is 552-4673.
    • A character is given a 555 number, but it turns out that it's a fake number.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But, as it later turns out, Alice made a mistake when writing her number down.
    • The real number also begins with 555.
  • Parodied: Alice's number is 555-555-5555.
  • Zig Zagged: Some of the numbers in the show start with 555, while others don't.
  • Averted:
    • Nobody's phone number starts with 555 in the show.
    • Telephones don't exist in the show.
  • Enforced: The creators of the show don't wish to be held responsible for any prank calls resulting from the phone numbers given in the show.
  • Lampshaded: "Mommy, why do phone numbers always start with 555?"
  • Invoked: "We don't want to accidentally have someone's number on the show!"
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The producers buy phone numbers for the purpose of safely using them on the show.
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  • Discussed: "Do all the phone numbers in Canada start with 555, too?"
  • Conversed: "Why do fictional phone numbers always start with 555?"

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