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Basic Trope: A character needs his caffeine fix.

  • Straight: Bob can't function without his morning cup of coffee.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob drinks a whole pot of coffee before he's even remotely functional.
    • Bob and all of his coworkers are barely awake before their collective coffee klatch.
    • Bob decides to bypass the brewing and just snack on coffee beans.
    • Bob names his son after Juan Valdez.
    • Bob is so non-functional before his coffee that Alice has to bring him the coffee and drip it into his mouth.
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  • Downplayed: Bob can sort of function on his own, but the coffee helps.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is addicted to caffeine—which can be Truth in Television.
    • Bob is/has been pulling an all-nighter, and he really needs the stimulants.
  • Inverted: Drinking coffee makes Bob lethargic.
  • Subverted:
    • Someone offers Bob some of the office coffee, but he passes it up.
    • Bob drinks coffee, but not for the caffeine. He drinks it decaffeinated.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...Because it doesn't compare to his favorite blend, which he's getting right now.
    • But when he accidentally drinks some coffee with caffeine in it, he becomes addicted.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob carries an IV drip of coffee wherever he goes.
    • Bob names his daughter after Juan Valdez.
    • Bob names all of his children after Juan Valdez.
  • Zig Zagged: Some days, Bob drinks coffee; some days, he doesn't—it all depends on his mood.
  • Averted: No coffee drinking is mentioned.
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  • Enforced: The work is sponsored by a coffee company.
  • Lampshaded: "So, Bob, is this your fourth or fifth cup of coffee?"
  • Invoked: Alice introduces Bob to coffee, saying that it will help him stay awake and alert.
  • Exploited: Alice needs a favor from Bob, so she gets him coffee to make him more likely to grant it.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to drink coffee.
  • Discussed: "Don't be surprised to see Bob walking around with his favorite coffee mug."
  • Conversed: "How much caffeine do these people need, anyway?"
  • Implied: Alice mentions running into Bob just outside Starbucks.
  • Deconstructed: Bob drinks so much coffee that he ends up OD'ing on caffeine, landing him in the hospital.
  • Reconstructed: Because of this, Bob decides to cut back. He still drinks coffee, but not as much.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Charlie helps himself to Bob's coffee while he's gone. When Bob gets back and sees his coffee mug in Charlie's hands...hoo, boy...
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    • Bob decides to give up coffee. Unfortunately, Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere.
  • Played For Drama: When Bob turns down his favorite blend of coffee, Alice realizes that something is terribly wrong.

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