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Basic Trope: The teachers' lounge is a wonderful place for teachers to escape to.

  • Straight: The teachers' lounge has soothing music, soft couches, hottubs, etc.
  • Exaggerated: The teachers' lounge is a place of Crystal Spires and Togas.
  • Downplayed: The teachers' lounge isn't anything fancy, but it is designed to be a soothing place.
  • Justified: Teaching is a stressful job; they need a place to regain composure.
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  • Inverted: Not to put too fine a point on it, but the teachers' lounge is a shithole. The coffee tastes like cat piss, the lights flicker, and it's furnished with chairs and tables that were too broken to use in classrooms.
  • Subverted: The students expect the lounge to be a magical place, but it's an ordinary room with sofas, a little kitchenette area, and vending machines.
  • Double Subverted: But once the student leaves, a teacher presses some buttons on the vending machine, and a wall turns around to reveal a spa, a party room, a bar, or some other such great place.
  • Parodied: A Cherubic Choir and pretty sparkles herald the opening of the door to the sacred teachers' lounge!
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: There is no teachers' lounge.
  • Enforced: Rule of Funny
  • Lampshaded: "Off to the magical teachers' lounge! Wait, Did I Just Say That Out Loud??"
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  • Invoked: One of the teachers proposes getting a hottub for teachers to use when the school gets some additional funding.
  • Exploited: The superintendent buys the teachers all sorts of great stuff for the teachers' lounge (HD televisions, game consoles, hottubs, top-shelf liquors, etc.) to distract them from the fact that the school is falling apart, the books are woefully out of date, and their actual paychecks are beyond pitiful.
  • Defied: The hottub proposal is rejected, and the money is allocated towards providing more up-to-date books and learning materials for the students.
  • Discussed: "I wonder what really goes on in the teachers' lounge?"
  • Conversed: "Where do they get the money for that teachers' lounge, anyway?"
  • Deconstructed: The school likely doesn't have the funding to pay for all these amenities. And even if it did, wouldn't it be better to pay the teachers a higher wage instead of just giving them Bread and Circuses?
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  • Reconstructed: The school manages its budget so that it has the resources to provide teachers with a decent living wage, as well as a place of refuge from the stress of the workday...without compromising the quality of the students' education.
  • Played For Drama: The school is suffering, but the teachers are too busy enjoying the spa to care...except for the Only Sane Man.

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