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Basic Trope: A character is late for school.

  • Straight: Alice is late for school.
  • Exaggerated: Alice slept in so long that she completely missed school.
  • Downplayed: Alice wakes up late, but she should still have plenty of time to get to school.
  • Justified: The bus broke down, the alarm clock didn't ring, and she overslept.
  • Inverted: Alice arrives way too early to school... Heck! It isn't even open yet.
  • Subverted: Alice wakes up late only to find out it's a snow day and school's cancelled...
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  • Double Subverted: ..."Except for YOU, Alice, if you're not here in ten minutes it's detention for a month!"
  • Parodied: Alice, an old woman, finally shows up at the school she should have graduated decades ago.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Alice arrives late to school, other times she arrives too early, and on occasions she's just in time.
  • Averted: Alice has plenty of time to get to school and arrives on time.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: When Alice arrives at school, the next exchange happens...
    Alice: Sorry I'm late.
    Teacher: As usual, Alice, as usual...
  • Invoked: Alice's little brother turns off her alarm clock.
  • Exploited: "Alice has been late so much that if I make her miss it again, she'll be expelled!" (Turns off her alarm clock)
  • Defied: Alice sets several alarm clocks, she has a bicycle ready in case the bus breaks down and, in general, she always has a plan to avoid ever being late to school.
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  • Discussed: "I wish I wasn't always late..."
  • Conversed: "I should get to sleep. I don't want to end up like Alice."
  • Deconstructed: Alice is given numerous detentions and suspensions for showing up to class late. Eventually, she is expelled.
  • Played For Drama: The students pull together and campaign for school to start later.

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