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Basic Trope: A nursery rhyme or other innocuous tune is used for creepy effect.

  • Straight: Dracone sings "Ring Around the Rosy" as he looks for Bob and Alice while carrying an axe.
  • Exaggerated: Dracone sings a medley of every single innocuous song in the world while setting off a Doomsday Device to bring about The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified: Dracone is a Psychopathic Manchild and loves child-friendly tunes.
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  • Inverted: Bob sings a creepy song in a way that makes it seem more comforting and optimistic.
  • Subverted: Dracone sings "Ring Around the Rosy" in a creepy way while sharpening a knife...but then it turns out he's just getting in the spirit for a scary party.
  • Double Subverted: Never mind, it turns out he was planning a nasty surprise for someone at the party.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Dracone sings "Ring Around the Rosy" in a creepy way, but then it turns out he's getting ready for a scary party. Then we find out he's laid a trap for someone at the party. But when the trap is sprung, it's just a harmless prank...or that's what Dracone wants everybody to think.
  • Averted: No one sings a nursery tune in a creepy way.
  • Enforced: The nursery rhyme fits the theme of the story, and so the writers put it in by having someone sing it creepily.
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  • Lampshaded: "Oh, not the creepy nursery rhyme of doom again."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Knowing about Dracone's fondness for innocuous songs, Bob makes "Ring Around the Rosy" the trigger for the traps he sets up to ensure they catch only their intended target.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Have you ever noticed how often nursery rhymes are used to be creepy in movies?"
  • Implied: Bob and Alice come back battered from a mission to find Charlie singing "Ring Around the Rosy" to his little sister Eva. They shudder and yell at him to sing something else.

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