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Basic Trope: Hitting something to relieve negative emotions.

  • Straight: Bob is feeling angry and frustrated in the vicinity of a lampstand. He smashes the lampstand against the wall.
  • Exaggerated: Bob grabs a baseball bat and repeatedly bashes the lampstand.
  • Downplayed: Bob gently pushes the lampstand over.
  • Justified: This lampstand is a cause of Bob's frustrations.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob hits himself with the lampstand. (Which is just as likely to work, honestly.)
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    • Bob hits the lampstand to make himself angry.
  • Subverted: Bob angrily picks up the lampstand ... then gently places it back down.
  • Double Subverted: After placing the lampstand down gently, Bob kicks over through a doorway.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob keeps trying to do this even after he finds that he doesn't feel any better after doing it.
    • Bob marks household objects "To Be Smashed" and "Not to Be Smashed."
  • Zig-Zagged: Bob finds that smashing lampstands just doesn't have the same effect anymore, so he takes up smashing mailboxes.
  • Averted: Bob isn't feeling stressed, the lampstand is in no need of smashing.
  • Enforced: Bob's therapist has given up hope of finding more conventional means of relieving his stress, and has prescribed weekly lampstand smashing.
  • Lampshaded: Bob: "It feels good to hit this thing."
  • Invoked: Bob: "Excuse me for a moment, I need to go smash that lampstand."
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  • Exploited: Bob has a stockpile of lampstands to vent his frustrations on.
  • Defied: "Bob, smashing lampstands isn't going to make you feel any better!"
  • Discussed: "Bob really seems to like smashing lampstands."
  • Conversed: Bob: "Smashing lampstands always seems to perk me up."
  • Implied: Alice arrives at Bob's apartment. Bob welcomes her in cheerfully. There is a smashed lampstand in the corner.
  • Deconstructed: Bob is having financial trouble due to the cost of buying new lampstands to smash.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob invests in a nigh indestructible lampstand that can handle the punishment.
    • Bob buys a punching bag.
  • Played for Drama: Bob breaks his hand from smashing too many lampstands.
  • Played for Horror: Bob starts taking out his frustrations on organisms and doesn't care that he's hurting and, in some cases, killing them.

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