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  • Basic Trope: Same-sex couples may not attend prom together.
  • Straight: Alice wants to go to prom with her girlfriend, Betty, but school rules say she can only go with a boy. She goes to prom with Charles instead.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice is not in high school, or even college, but wants to go to an "adult prom" that's being held as a charity benefit for the local children's hospital, but it's still one of the rules set by whoever organized it.
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    • Alice disguises herself as a boy, just so she can go with Betty.
    • Alice and Betty are not a gay couple, but the school won't even allow same-sex friends to attend the prom together.
  • Downplayed: Only straight couples are seen at prom, even though nothing is said about school policy.
  • Justified:
    • Alice's school is a religious school (and specifically, a religious school with a religion that has something not-so-good to say about homosexuality or same-sex relationships), and if Alice breaks the rules, she'll be expelled.
    • Alice lives in a very homophobic and patriarchal society.
  • Inverted: Alice wants to go to prom with her boyfriend, Charles, but school rules say she can only go with a girl. She goes to prom with Betty instead.
  • Subverted: Alice and Betty attend the prom with Charles and David. However, it turns out that Alice and Betty are a lesbian couple who invited two gay guys to get round a ban on same sex couples.
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  • Double Subverted: Her pictures are with Charles, because they had to make it look like they were just part of a group.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice's prom date is played by a Drag Queen.
    • Alice brings her dad to prom.
  • Zig-Zagged: Some schools allow it, others don't.
  • Averted:
    • There is no prom.
    • Alice is not enrolled in school.
    • There are no restrictions on who Alice may bring to the prom.
  • Enforced: The creator wants to have Alice and Betty attend the prom as a couple, but the executives insist on them attending with Charles and David to placate the Moral Guardians.
  • Lampshaded: "I'm sorry, Alice, you can't take Betty with you as your date. It's school policy."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Alice hates this school, and wants to get herself expelled.
  • Defied:
    • Alice decides to boycott the prom in protest at not being allowed to have Betty as her prom date.
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    • Alice and other gay students file a lawsuit against the school for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
    • Alice and Betty attend a gay prom instead.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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