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Basic Trope: Jokes involving complaining about a fly in someone's soup (or a similar pest in food).

  • Straight: Bob complains to the waitress Alice that there's a fly in his soup.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob is complaining because flies are getting close to his soup.
  • Justified: Bob knows that flies can carry diseases, and doesn't want that in his soup.
  • Inverted:
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    • Bob complains because there's soup in his fly.
    • Bob complains because there is not a fly in his soup. If he's a Frog Man, however (or similar animal that eats flies), this is understandable.
  • Subverted: It turns out to not be a fly, but a large chunk of pepper or a raisin.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Bob is a Funny Animal fly complaining that there's a fly in his soup... it's him, eating the soup.
    • Visual Pun, such as a zipper or baseball in the soup instead of an actual fly.
  • Zig-Zagged: ???
  • Averted: There are no references to flies in soup.
  • Enforced: Stock Jokes.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Alice is tired of Bob treating her rudely, so she catches a fly and puts it in his soup.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice checks the soup to make sure that no flies get near it.
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  • Discussed: "Alice, what's this fly doing in my soup?" "The backstroke."
  • Conversed: ???

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