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Basic Trope: A character is in a bad mood. They turn on the radio and get a song about the thing that put them in the initial bad mood.

  • Straight: Alice is sad because her cat ran away. She turns on the radio and gets a song about a runaway cat.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Whenever anyone is sad, everything on the radio will be about why they're sad.
    • The song about the runaway cat pops up on the radio, on TV, Bob sings it, Charlie whistles it, Diane plays it on the piano, etc, etc.
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    • Everything on the radio consists of three songs about cats running away, an ad for lost pets and a news story about someone with a lost cat.
  • Downplayed: The song is not solely about a cat running away but it does have one lyric "My cat ran away".
  • Justified: Alice was just unlucky.
  • Inverted:
    • The song is about cats coming back.
    • Alice finds the sad songs when she's happy.
    • When the cat comes back, Alice turns on the radio and the song "The Cat Came Back" plays.
  • Subverted: The song seems to be about a runaway cat but the cat comes back by the end of the song.
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied:
    • The song comes with a warning: "If you have a missing pet, don't listen."
    • Alice fails to notice the irony, and the song actually brightens her mood.
  • Zigzagged: The song is about a cat that keeps going away and coming back.
  • Averted:
    • There are no songs.
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    • None of the songs are about what's making people sad.
  • Enforced:
    • The writers set this up to invoke sympathy in Alice.
    • The writers wanted to lighten up the sad moment with a joke.
  • Lampshaded: "Is this song mocking me?"
  • Invoked: Bob plays the song to tease Alice.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice refuses to listen to music until she finds her cat.
  • Discussed: "I'm so glad Fluffy's back. I cried so hard when she ran away, and the fact that a song about a runaway cat was on the radio didn't help."
  • Conversed: "Man, that character's sure having bad luck with music."
  • Implied: Alice's cat runs away. Alice mentions not liking a song that was played on the radio, but it is unknown if the song was about cats running away or if she didn't like it for some unrelated reason."
  • Deconstructed: ???
  • Reconstructed: ???
  • Played for Laughs: The whole episode is about Alice trying to find her cat and has a Running Gag where the song plays and she gets annoyed.
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  • Played for Drama: Alice cries when the song plays.

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