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Basic Trope: Wolf howls at nighttime signify either that night is falling or that it's creepy in the middle of the night.

  • Straight:
    • When the sun has almost completely set, a wolf is heard howling in the distance.
    • Alice wakes up in the middle of the night. She's afraid, and when a wold howls in the distance, she becomes more scared.
  • Exaggerated:
    • As soon as the sun starts setting, a whole lot of wolves start howling.
    • Alice is woken up by the howling of a whole pack of wolves, who frighten her greatly.
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  • Downplayed: The wolf howl is very quiet.
  • Justified: In this setting, Wolves Always Howl at the Moon, so it's only logical that they'd start howling when the moon is out.
  • Inverted:
    • A wolf howls when the sun comes up.
    • A wolf howls in the middle of the night, and it's seen as reassuring.
    • A wolf howls while Alice is afraid in the middle of the day.
    • As soon as the sun sets, the wolves stop howling.
    • Alice is relieved there are no wolves howling at night.
    • In the middle of the night, it's meant to be creepy that the wolves are not howling.
  • Subverted: It turns out to be Bob impersonating a wolf.
  • Double Subverted: Then, an actual wolf howls.
  • Parodied: Carol, the Funny Animal wolf, looks at her watch and says, "Well, it's coming up to dusk, better start howling."
  • Zigzagged: Alice hears a wolf howling at one of those times, she thinks a wolf is about but it turns out to be Bob making wolf noises. Then, both of them hear another howl and look around, and it turns out to be a radio, then they hear another howl and it's unclear as to whether that was a dog, a real wolf, or what.
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  • Averted: No wolves howl to signify nighttime.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Does that wolf have a clock so that it knows when to howl?"
  • Invoked: Wolves purposely howl when the sun comes down and in the middle of the night.
  • Exploited: Alice and Bob wait until dusk to record a wolf's howl.
  • Defied:
    • Wolves refuse to howl at evening and night.
    • Alice and Bob refuse to spend the night at places where wolves exist.
  • Discussed:
    • "Do wolves always howl at dusk?"
    • "What if I hear a wolf in the middle of the night?"
  • Conversed: "Y'know how in that show, wolves always howl at night but we never see them."
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  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played for Laughs: Alice and Bob count down until the wolf howls, then they say that it's time for bed.
  • Played for Drama: To build up the atmosphere in a horror movie.

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