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Basic Trope: Lightning strikes umbrellas.

  • Straight: Alice is caught in a thunderstorm. She opens her umbrella and gets zapped.
  • Exaggerated: Several lightning bolts hit Alice through her umbrella in rapid succession.
  • Downplayed: The lightning bolts catch Alice's umbrella, but she's wearing rubber gloves, so she doesn't get a bad shock.
  • Justified: Alice is loitering on top of a treeless hill and there's a lot of metal in her umbrella.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice's Parasol of Pain can shoot lightning.
    • Alice's umbrella is made entirely of rubber or some other electricity-insulating material.
  • Subverted: Alice is caught in a thunderstorm. She opens her umbrella and a lightning bolt misses her by inches.
  • Double Subverted: The next lightning bolt doesn't miss.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is using a newspaper as an Improvised Umbrella and the lightning hits her anyway.
    • Alice is indoors with an umbrella over her head and the lightning hits her anyway.
    • It's a clear, sunny day and Alice just happens to open her umbrella (likely to protect herself from the sun). Cue the lightning.
  • Zig-Zagged: Alice runs frantically through the storm, dodging lightning bolts. Some hit her umbrella, some miss.
  • Averted: Alice has her umbrella in the rain, but no lightning happens.
  • Enforced: Executive Meddling wants to shoehorn in some slapstick.
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  • Lampshaded: "I got a shock through my umbrella."
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited:
  • Defied:
    • Alice shuns umbrellas.
    • Alice runs indoors when the first raindrops hit her.
    • Alice invents a weather control machine and uses it to eliminate lightning, or at least direct it somewhere besides umbrellas.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: During a thunderstorm, Alice leaves her house with an umbrella. She comes back scorched and disgruntled, with her umbrella ruined.
  • Played for Laughs: Alice gets Amusing Injuries from Harmless Electrocution.note 
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  • Played for Drama: Surprisingly Realistic Outcome as Alice is hospitalized or killed.

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