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Basic Trope: An obnoxiously schmoopy couple have a mock argument over who should end the call first.

  • Straight: At the end of a conversation with Alice, Bob tells Alice, "You hang up first." And Alice replies playfully with, "No, you hang up first!"
  • Exaggerated: This banter continues all night long.
  • Downplayed: After being told to hang up, Alice is very reluctant.
  • Justified: Alice and Bob are a very schmoopy couple, trying to be cute.
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  • Inverted: Bob and Alice hang up at the same time. Bob and Alice try and time when to call each other at the appropriately.
  • Subverted: "No, you hang up first!" "Talk to you later, sugar!" Click!
  • Double Subverted: But then she texts Bob or calls him back, saying she was just playing with him.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice and Bob are breaking up: "No, you move on first."
    • Bob (who is in the military) is supposed to radio a squadmate, but is instead using the radio to play this game with his girlfriend.
    • Rather than being done with ending a phone call, it's done with some other action, such as leaving the house.
    • This mock argument goes on for several days straight, and Alice and Bob both have bloodshot eyes and undereye bags and other obvious signs of exhaustion, but are still going.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice and Bob simply end the phone call normally.
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  • Enforced: "How about we use Rule of Funny for an annoying couple?"
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, are we doing the whole 'you-hang-up-first' thing? That's so romantic!"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob decide to be cute on the phone.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice and Bob think this is stupid and decide not to do this.
    • Someone hits the receiver, immediately ending the call.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • This is really annoying for others who have to use the phone or others (such as roommates or siblings) who have to listen to them.
    • If the story takes place in an era before cell phones, Alice and Bob tying up the phone like this could prevent an important call, such as one made to Emergency Services.
  • Reconstructed: Alice and Bob keep their schmoopiness to levels where it won't be annoying to themselves or others, and let their love mature from "the butterflies" into real love.

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