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Basic Trope: A character that doesn't drink alcohol.

  • Straight: Bob never drinks alcoholic beverages.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob refuses to consume anything when there's a remote chance that it contain small amounts of alcohol.
    • Bob makes a huge deal out of the fact that he never drinks, and tries to get alcohol banned.
    • Bob is Straight Edge.
  • Downplayed: Bob rarely drinks alcohol, and never enough to get intoxicated.
  • Justified:
    • Bob wants to keep his wits about him.
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    • Bob's father was an abusive alcoholic. Bob doesn't want to end up like him.
    • In the past, Bob himself was the abusive alcoholic. He hurt the people around him and never wants to do that again.
    • Bob's religion forbids the consumption of alcohol.
    • Bob doesn't like the taste of alcoholic drinks.
  • Inverted: The Alcoholic
  • Subverted: Bob abstains from drinking with his friends, but it turns out he's taking a medication that shouldn't be combined with alcohol.
  • Double Subverted: When he finishes taking his medication, it's revealed that he was teetotal anyway.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is a recovering alcoholic trying to be a teetotaler, but he repeatedly falls Off the Wagon.
  • Averted:
    • No characters are ever seen drinking. Whether they're teetotal is irrelevant.
    • Bob drinks as much as everyone else.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "That guy is drinking Coke at a bar." "Yes, I've been his friend since childhood and I've never seen him drink alcohol."
  • Invoked: Bob's parents teach him about the dangers of alcohol. Bob actually listens to them.
  • Exploited: Bob's friends make him a Designated Driver because he doesn't drink anyway.
  • Defied: Bob's friends convince him to try alcohol. After tasting a few drinks, he reluctantly admits that he likes it.
  • Discussed: "I have never seen Bob drink. I wonder if he ever does it."
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  • Conversed: "Why can't most teenagers see what Bob sees, that you can definitely live a fun and exciting life without alcohol?" "Maybe they will if they read the book about him."
  • Implied: Bob is always the Designated Driver and is, in contrary to the rest of the cast, never seen suffering from a hangover.
  • Deconstructed:
    • In Bob's culture, drinking alcohol is considered a sign of adulthood and manliness. Bob is considered immature and looked down upon.
    • Bob has trouble maintaining social relationships, as he is from a culture or a line of work where groups of friends and co-workers are expected to go to bars and drink together.
  • Reconstructed: Bob later proves that he's a badass even though he doesn't drink. Thanks to Bob, teetotallers eventually gain more respect.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob's friends try to get him drunk with a variety of methods, but Bob always outsmarts them and their attempts often backfire hilariously.
  • Played For Drama: Bob is a teenager that doesn't really want to try alcohol, but his friends try to peer pressure him into doing it.

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