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Basic Trope: A pregnant teenager gives birth (or at least goes into labor) at her high school prom.

  • Straight: Alice goes into labor at the prom
  • Exaggerated: Alice actually gives birth at the prom, then goes back to the dance floor as though nothing happened.
  • Downplayed: The other prom-goers ignore the birth.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob conceive a child on their prom night.
    • Alice has her period on prom night.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice appears to be going into labor, but it's just Braxton-Hicks contractions.
    • Alice makes it through the prom OK.
    • Alice is in pain, but it's just gas.
    • Alice became pregnant over the summer, but had an abortion, long before the prom in April.
    • Although it is Prom Night, Alice isn't attending.
    • Alice is pregnant at the prom, but she's only 6 months along.
  • Double Subverted:
    • She goes into labor for real later that night.
    • But she goes into labor at the post-prom party.
    • Except it turns out she actually had a miscarriage.
    • She becomes pregnant again around Valentine's Day, and miscarries at the prom.
    • She went into labor early that morning and went to the hospital, and gives birth while her friends are at the prom.
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    • She goes into labor prematurely.
  • Parodied:
    • Express Delivery
    • All the girls in the class go into labor at once.
    • Bob gives birth at the prom.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice is not pregnant, or at least doesn't give birth in-story.
  • Enforced: Rule of Drama
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Alice conceives a child with Bob right around homecoming, and continues going to school and such, perhaps hiding her pregnancy.
    • As strange as it sounds, Alice doesn't realize she's pregnant.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice chooses not to go to the prom and/or has dropped out of school, due to bullying and Slut-Shaming.
    • Alice has an abortion (or at least a miscarriage) early in the pregnancy.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: A baby is found abandoned, and Alice has blood on her prom dress.

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