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Basic Trope: A character is shown to enjoy partying with lots of drugs and sex (often with sex workers), usually to demonstrate a fall into depravity.

  • Straight: Bob is caught in a hotel room doing cocaine with Monica, an attractive High-Class Call Girl.
  • Exaggerated: Bob engages in coked-up sex marathons with a harem of prostitutes on a nightly basis.
  • Downplayed: There's pot and a stripper at Bob's party.
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  • Justified: Bob is extremely wealthy and likes to party.
  • Inverted: Bob, a recovering drug addict, meets Monica, a prostitute, in his Addict's Anonymous meeting.
  • Subverted:
    • Upon receiving his wealth, Bob momentarily imagines living a life of promiscuity and excess... then laughs it off and puts all his money to better use instead.
    • Bob hires Monica under the pretext of a sex-and-drug party, but it turns out to be a case of Platonic Prostitution.
    • Alternatively we see Bob telling Alice with a huge grin that he'll be back in a week after they get the big payoff. Alice reacts in mild disgust. Next scene he is seen stroking the hair of his daughter Karen while she's asleep in the hospital bed. A doctor comes in and informs Bob that she was cured thanks to the transplant.
  • Double Subverted:
    • At least, that's what he tells Alice he's going to do. Next time we see Bob, he's in a hot tub surrounded by call girls gleefully snorting a large line of cocaine directly from Monica's bare breasts.
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    • Bob was just joking about the Platonic Prostitution bit.
    • Bob and Karen then hire prostitutes and get high in the hospital. Alternatively the transplant was from a prostitute Bob slept with and then killed. Or alternatively any form of incest as Karen is a prostitute.
    • Karen needed a transplant in the first place because she and Bob indulged too much after their last job.
  • Parodied:
    • The party that Bob is invited to is not the party he thought it was going to be; he ends up bringing cocaine and prostitutes to a Tupperware party.
    • Bob doesn't have any cocaine, so he tries to lure Monica with a less 'dangerous' alternative, such as fruit.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is seen snorting cocaine off a woman. But it is just a harmless aphrodisiac for his species. However the woman is his wife and not a prostitute. Then the prostitutes come in for the orgy with hard drugs. If you're a human that is....
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  • Averted: Bob manages to find ways of enjoying himself without recourse to drugs or sex workers.
  • Enforced: Bob's story is an autobiographical or semi-autobiographical story of someone who was notorious for their appetites regarding sex and drugs, and the story reflects this.
  • Lampshaded: "It seems like every time something goes wrong in Bob's life you can find him in a hotel room doing coke off some call girl's ass."
  • Invoked:
    • Bob is being manipulated by Alice, who has hired Monica and her friends to distract him with drugs and sex so that he doesn't cotton on to Alice's plans, which are not benign.
    • Bob is a rock star, and has determined to live the rock star lifestyle.
  • Exploited: Monica blackmails Bob.
  • Defied:
    • Bob is appalled by the excesses of sex and drugs he sees around him and determines not to fall into the same traps.
    • Bob is a rock star, but consider the typical 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll' lifestyle a tedious cliche that he determines to avoid at all costs.
    • Bob has seen too many stories of people who indulged their appetites for sex and drugs, only to end up losing everything in the inevitable crashing and burning, and doesn't want that for him.
  • Discussed:
    • "Is that fool Bob burning his money away on hookers and blow again?"
    • "I have to go. The coke won't snort itself off their breasts, you know."
  • Conversed: "Okay, just watch; now that the character's become rich and famous there's bound to be a scene with him snorting cocaine off some call girl's breasts before too long."
  • Deconstructed: Bob's predilection for cocaine and prostitutes is part of a downward spiral into drug- and sex-addiction which will end up ruining him.
  • Reconstructed: Bob is careful to manage his baser urges most of the time to prevent him from losing everything to his lusts, but sometimes he needs to blow off a bit of steam.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • There's been a mix-up; the prostitutes and cocaine that Bob has acquired for his party have somehow gotten mixed up with Alice's Tupperware party. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Bob goes Out with a Bang. This is played for laughs, with most of the comments centering around how he died 'doing what — and who — he loved'.
  • Played For Drama:

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