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Basic Trope: A character with headphones on pays the world no mind.

  • Straight: Alice is always seen with headphones, and is a quiet loner who dislikes interacting with people.
  • Exaggerated: Alice, with her headphones on, pays no mind to an oncoming car and takes 5 minutes to realize she's dead.
  • Downplayed: Alice's attention can still be obtained through her headphones, it's just kind of hard for everyone.
  • Justified:
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    • Alice is a DJ who is very focused on her work.
    • Alice has super hearing, so she wears the headphones to drown out all the ambient sound.
  • Inverted:
    • When Alice has her headphones on, she's more attentive.
    • Alice wears headphones, but is the most extroverted and fun-loving person in the cast.
  • Subverted:
    • Someone tried to snag Alice's attention, but she says she can hear them fine.
    • Alice is wearing headphones, and looks like she's not paying anyone any attention, but she was actually just listening to music and is perfectly friendly and sociable.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...Except she's lying and has no clue what they're talking about.
    • ...Something happens to make her clam up again.
  • Parodied: Being an audiophile is considered something you need a support group for.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is sometimes withdrawn and distant while wearing headphones, other times she isn't.
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  • Averted: Alice doesn't have headphones. Or they don't work.
  • Enforced: "We need to show that Alice is incredibly distant. What headphones do kids use these days?"
  • Lampshaded: "Wow, when Alice has those headphones on, you can slap her and she won't bat an eye."
  • Invoked: Alice puts on a pair of bulky headphones and doesn't pay anyone any attention. People ignore her as a result.
  • Exploited: Robbers notice that Alice is wearing headphones, so they enter her house and steal some valuables. She doesn't notice.
  • Defied: Alice doesn't want to be seen as a distant person while wearing headphones. She wears earphones instead so people will still approach her.
  • Discussed: "Take off those headphones, Alice, they make you look like a loner."
  • Conversed: "Why is that character wearing headphones?" "Oh, you know, to make her look isolated from everyone else."
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