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Basic Trope: Someone throws a pie in someone's face

  • Straight: Bob throws a pie in Alice's face.
  • Exaggerated: Bob catapults a pie the size of a car at Alice, covering her with its innards.
    • Bob dramatically throws several hundred pies at Alice.
    • An entire episode is dedicated to Alice and Bob having an escalating pie fight that half the town ends up participating in. Pies are fired from cannons and dropped from the air, and chaos reigns. The streets are full of splattered pie.
  • Downplayed: Bob throws a tiny pie that gets stuck on Alices' nose.
    • A pie soars through the air and hits a distant extra while Alice and Bob have a conversation. Nobody notices, and the shot where the pie and extra are seen lasts for only a couple of seconds.
  • Justified:
    • Alice has been depressed, and Bob wants to make Alice feel better.
    • Alice just wandered into a Food Fight.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice throws herself into a pie.
    • Alternatively, a pie throws Bob into another pie.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob gears up to throw a pie at Alice, but stops, reasoning that it isn't worth it.
    • Bob sees Alice and a pie, and reaches over to it... only to grab a slice of pie instead.
  • Double Subverted: Bob doesn't throw a pie at Alice, but instead at Charlie.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob throws a pie at Alice, but manages to hit himself instead.
    • Bob throws a pie at Alice and it knocks her out.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes the characters throw pie. Other times, they refuse to and throw quiche instead.
  • Averted: Bob sees a pie nearby and ignores it.
  • Enforced: Executives decide that the writers need to lighten the mood of a scene, and so a character is hit with a pie.
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  • Lampshaded: "Really? You're dabbling in old slapstick humor now?"
  • Invoked: Bob dares Charlie to throw a pie at Alice and he does it.
  • Exploited: Alice grabs Bob's pie-throwing hand and proceeds to slap him in the face with it.
  • Defied: Bob is about to throw a pie at Alice, until Alice pulls out a knife and threatens him.
  • Discussed: "Why is throwing pie funny? It's a waste!"
  • Conversed: "Why did that character throw the pie?"
  • Implied: Bob is seen looking at a pie. The next scene, Alice is covered in pie.
  • Played For Laughs: Just play it as straight as you can. Laughs are the whole purpose.
  • Played For Drama: Bob pulls a still-cooling pie out and throws it at Alice. However, it is scalding hot and gives Alice third-degree burns, putting her in the hospital and damaging their relationship.

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