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Basic Trope: A beverage that has all the qualities of coffee without actually being coffee.

  • Straight: The people of Tropeland drink "schmlorp", a stimulant beverage that is served hot.
  • Exaggerated: Schmlorp is brown, made from beans, and stated to have a bitter flavor, and Aerith likes her schmlorp with sugar and cream. Also, there are "schmlorp centers" which not only resemble coffee shops, but sell baked goods as well as the schmlorp.
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  • Downplayed: Schmlorp is shown as a hot beverage that is popular in Tropeland. No word on whether it's a stimulant or has anything else in common with coffee.
  • Justified:
    • Schmlorp actually is coffee- Earth has been conquered by aliens, and 'Schmlorp' is what they decided to name coffee.
    • Schmlorp is a coffee substitute invented when Tropeland was at war, under economic sanctions, or when the government imposed heavy duties on such imported products; such that the natives took to it and it became an inherent part of their culture.
  • Inverted: Tropelanders consume a cold, bright green semisolid, which they refer to as "coffee".
  • Subverted: Aerith (a native) tells Bob (a foreigner) that schmlorp is really mud.
  • Double Subverted: Aerith was lying so Bob wouldn't drink her schmlorp.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Schmlorp resembles coffee, and what the Tropelanders call "coffee" is very different.
  • Averted:
    • Tropelanders drink coffee and call it "coffee".
    • There is no beverage resembling coffee.
  • Enforced: "The plot relies on Aerith and Bob drinking coffee, but we want our fantasy kingdom to have as little in common with the real world as possible. Let's invent a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for coffee."
  • Lampshaded: "This stuff is great! It looks and tastes like the coffee we have back home." "What's a coffee?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bob wants to stay awake all night, so he drinks three cups of schmlorp.
  • Defied: Bob introduces coffee to Tropeland.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Another fantasy show with a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for coffee? It's like everything we have here on Earth has a fictional counterpart in at least two of these shows."

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