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Basic Trope: A female character who is overly emotional.

  • Straight: Alice is rather neurotic, always crying or worrying.
  • Exaggerated: Alice does nothing the whole time but scream.
  • Downplayed: Alice is not the only one to be visibly frightened or upset, it's just Alice's reactions are more notable then everyone else's.
  • Justified:
    • Alice has a mental disorder.
    • The Big Bad is trying to break her spirit through various methods of torture and rape, and it's working.
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    • Something really bad has just happened, is happening, or is about to happen. Alice is unable to do anything, or even communicate what's going on to someone who can help.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Bob Screams Like a Little Girl and cries pitifully.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is actually an actress playing as a screaming heroine in a melodrama.
    • Alice and Bob are really a Battle Couple of Cold Snipers. Alice screams to distract the bad guys while Bob is taking aim.
    • Alice is sick, and goes to the emergency room.
    • Alice is squealing with excitement because she just won the lottery.
    • Alice is crying because Bob just dumped her. On national television!
    • Alice is in the middle of a Screaming Birth.
    • Alice has a diagnosed mental disorder, such as borderline personality disorder.
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    • Alice is diagnosed with hysteria, not because she's actually sick, but because this is The Gay '90s, and she (gaspshockhorror) doesn't want to have children.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Alice screams bloody murder upon receiving a paper cut.
    • Alice is literally crying over spilled milk.
    • Bob hears Alice screaming, only to find she's not hurt, but he caught her mid-Squee!
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Alice doesn't react at all, sometimes she reacts normally/realistically, and sometimes her reaction is so over-the-top as to be unbelievable, depending on the situation or the writer
  • Averted: Alice usually remains calm and sane.
  • Enforced: Prevailing views about the nature and role of women.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh Alice, you're getting hysterical again...Here." *slap!* *slap!* "Now get a hold of yourself, woman!"
  • Invoked: Evil Elliott tortures Alice, hoping to either lure Bob to his lair, or get information from Alice.
  • Exploited: Charlie, a misogynistic business owner, gives Alice a job so he can prove that "women shouldn't work here".
  • Defied: Alice doesn't want to look weak or risk the team, so she keeps a stiff upper lip.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Another crazy screaming woman character".
  • Deconstructed: Alice's mental and/or physical aliments are not diagnosed and treated, because everyone thinks the symptoms are just "crazy woman" behavior.
  • Reconstructed: ???
  • Played For Drama: Alice is struggling with a serious mental disorder.

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