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Basic Trope: Characters associate because each of them has no one.

  • Straight: Jack, who's an exchange student, Jill, who's an orphan, and Sally, whose family came down with the flu and told her not to come home, do something together on spring break.
  • Exaggerated: Everyone who's alone is attracted to a party where no one knows anyone else.
  • Downplayed: Jack, Jill, and Sally all knew each other before, if only in passing.
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  • Justified: Jack, Jill, and Sally figure that since they are often seen alone, they figure they would easily befriend each other since it's what they have in common.
  • Inverted: Sam, who has friends and family, chooses to spend the time alone.
  • Subverted:
    • Jill and Sally were keeping Jack in the dark because some friends came and wanted to surprise him.
    • Jack, Jill, and Sally wind up feeling lonelier when trying to hang out with each other, more miserable trying to make awkward small talk with total strangers than they would be if there was nobody else around.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But Jack didn't really like them, and sneaks off as soon as he can, and Jill and Sally, shocked at what his "friends" did, stay to commiserate.
    • The three of them seem to be awkward and miserable, until they finally find they have something in common, starting to open up to each other.
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  • Parodied: The lonely people are also Large Hams, and loudly and melodramatically bemoan their loneliness.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Everyone has friends or family or both.
  • Enforced: ???
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  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Jill is gorgeous and popular. Jack had waited until break in order to get to know her in hopes that he can charm her in the absence of others.
  • Defied: Jill locks herself in the room because she knows she really has nothing in common with Jack and Sally and doesn't want the sentiment to interfere with her life after break.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Their solitude is caused by their emotional problems, and they end up savaging each other more than helping.
  • Reconstructed: And they realize that they have a better chance of working to beat their emotional problems together than alone.

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