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Basic Trope: The soundtrack doesn't fit the rest of the scene.

  • Straight: Boss Battle music plays when a family is eating a dinner at a table.
  • Exaggerated: Real Life footage of a concentration camp is shown where the prisoners are being cut alive. "Don't Worry, Be Happy" plays in the background.
  • Downplayed: A Lady Gaga remix plays while Annie and Barry are shopping in Abercrombie and Fitch. A true techno songnote  would be more appropriate, but it's good enough.
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  • Justified: The background music is played in-universe.
  • Inverted:
    • A soundtrack fits perfectly with the rest of the scene.
    • Alternately, the music that's playing goes with everything.
  • Subverted: An Arabian-themed song is playing while the setting is in an Amazon jungle. Then it turns out that the jungle was just a backdrop in an Arabian theatre.
  • Double Subverted: A later scene appears where someone dies to the song "Yellow Submarine".
  • Parodied: "Walking on Sunshine" plays while Chris gets stabbed.
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted:
    • The music fits the mood of the scene.
    • No music is playing.
  • Enforced:
    • "We can't have just 10 minutes of blood and Gorn! We need pretty music, too!
    • "Hey this just isn't scary," "What if we add in some unfitting music to make the audience uncomfortable?"
  • Lampshaded: "This part could use better music."
  • Invoked: Fran plays "Happy Together" on her iPod while examining how Mr. Stern teaches, to Foil what a Jerkass he is and how happy the music is.
  • Exploited: Gina knows Fran plays music that is opposite to whatever is happening, so she asks Fran to share her iPod with her, to make her feel less sad when bad things happen.
  • Defied:
    • Ed steals Gina's iPod.
    • Alternatively, Mr. Stern takes her iPod away from her.
  • Discussed: "All these disasters are set to 'Yakety Sax'!"
  • Conversed: "Gina's iPod plays rather... strange music for this place. "
  • Played For Drama: A man is walking down the sunny street. A very melancholic song with Heartbeat Soundtrack is playing in the background.

Dodge the bullets on the way back to Soundtrack Dissonance as "Mary had a Little Lamb" on toy piano plays in the background.


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