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Basic Trope: A character gets sprayed by a skunk, and uses tomato sauce to remove the smell.

  • Straight: Bob gets sprayed by a skunk, and uses tomato sauce to remove it.
  • Exaggerated: Bob's friends also get sprayed by the skunk, and they all get in a bathtub filled with tomato sauce to get rid of it.
  • Downplayed: Bob smells somewhat bad after interacting with a skunk, and puts some tomato on it to hide the smell.
  • Justified:
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    • Bob thinks that this is how skunk spray is actually removed.
    • The tomato sauce in Bob's universe really can get rid of skunk spray.
  • Inverted: For some reason, Bob uses skunk spray to remove the smell of tomato sauce.
  • Subverted: Bob tries using tomato sauce to remove the smell. Reality Ensues, and it doesn't work.
  • Double Subverted: And then he does it again next time, and it works somehow.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig-Zagged: ???
  • Averted: No one is sprayed by a skunk.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Hey, I can't believe that worked!"
  • Invoked: Bob bothers a skunk to test the myth of whether or not tomato sauce gets rid of the smell.
  • Exploited: Bob wonders what other smells he can remove with tomato sauce.
  • Defied:
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    • Bob is sprayed by a skunk, and looks up the actual treatment for it.
    • Bob avoids bothering a skunk he encounters so that it won't spray him.
  • Discussed: "Are you sure this is gonna work?" "Yeah, I Saw It In A Movie!"
  • Conversed: "I wonder why people in fiction think tomato sauce gets rid of skunk smell."
  • Deconstructed: The treatment doesn't work - the only thing tomato sauce really does for skunk smell is cover it, although it may wash off some of the chemical components causing the smell.
  • Reconstructed: So then Bob tries the actual treatment for skunk spray. (1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, quarter of a cup of baking soda, and 1-2 teaspoons of dish soap)

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