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Basic Trope: The theme tune is hummed, sang, whistled, played or what-have-you within the show.

  • Straight: Alice asks Bob "Do you know that song? The one that goes—" and starts humming the theme tune.
  • Exaggerated: Alice hums the theme tune to Bob in order to identify it, then Carol walks past whistling it, then a parrot whistles it, then it plays on the radio, then it plays on Dave's iPod, then Edward plays it on the piano.
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  • Downplayed: Alice hums the first few notes of the theme tune.
  • Justified: Alice is seen in the intro, so she actually sang or listened to the theme tune once, but it's unknown when the intro actually happened In-Universe, and she doesn't know either. If that makes sense.
  • Inverted: A character sings a song during the show, that gets popular enough among the audience that it's turned into the theme song. However, the song is no longer sung in-universe after that.
  • Subverted: Alice was humming a tune similar to the theme tune, but not quite.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice is tone deaf, and Bob suggests "Maybe you were thinking of this tune" and hums the theme tune.
    • The theme tune then starts playing on the radio.
  • Averted: The theme tune is never hummed, sang, whistled, played or anything in the show besides the intro.
  • Parodied: The characters do the intro for no reason in the middle of the episode, then the plot progresses as though it had never happened.
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  • Zigzagged: A handful of tunes similar to the theme tune play In-Universe, some of which are the theme tune, and a few of which are interrupted after the first few notes.
  • Enforced: The writers wanted an episode where Alice tries to identify a song, but couldn't find one that's not either copyrighted or obvious, so they chose the theme song.
  • Lampshaded: "If we had our own theme music, that tune would fit"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: For whatever reason, the characters refuse to hum, sing, whistle, play, or otherwise mention the theme tune.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Is he playing the theme tune?"
  • Implied: ???
  • Deconstructed: ???
  • Reconstructed: ???
  • Played for Laughs: Alice and Bob then have a conversation about how the song seems so familiar but they can't pin it down.
  • Played for Drama: ???

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