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Basic Trope: Pretending to be sick.

  • Straight: Alice fakes sickness.
  • Exaggerated: Alice fakes a terminal illness.
  • Downplayed: Alice fakes allergies.
  • Justified: Alice is not above lying and wanted to play hooky from work so she could meet up with Bob in secret.
  • Inverted: Alice is sick but pretends to be healthy.
  • Subverted: It is revealed she is actually sick.
  • Double Subverted: She has a cold, and is faking chicken pox.
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  • Parodied: Alice is obviously faking, but Bob still believes her.
  • Averted: Alice does not pretend to be sick.
    • Alice really is sick.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice sometimes seems sick, and sometimes seems well but faking.
  • Enforced: The writers want to give Alice a reason to skip a day of school, but don't want her to actually get sick.
  • Lampshaded: "You're not really sick. You're just pretending. I can tell."
  • Invoked: Bob tells Alice to meet up with him in secret and advises her to fake sick.
  • Exploited: Alice is able to use her fake illness to pile on the guilt and get what she wants.
  • Defied: "I am not going to fake being sick...I am not going to lie."
  • Discussed: "How do I tell if someone is sick or just faking it?"
  • Conversed: "Characters who fake sick never get away with it."
  • Implied: It is never revealed whether Alice was actually sick or not, but it seems a lot like she is faking.
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  • Played for Laughs: Her very fake seeming symptoms are a Running Gag during the episode.
  • Played for Drama: Lots of Angst because Alice is faking a terminal illness and Mistaken for Dying.
  • Deconstructed: The next time Alice is sick, no one believes her.

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