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Basic Trope: One or more characters hate Valentine's Day.

  • Straight: Bob hates Valentine's Day and wants nothing to do with it.
  • Exaggerated: Everyone, even the couples, want Valentine's Day to be banned forever.
  • Downplayed: Bob is mildly annoyed with Valentine's Day.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is Alone Among the Couples. Worse, people took this as an opportunity to mock him for not having a date for Valentine's Day.
    • Bob, regardless of whether or not he's with someone, believes that Valentine's Day is a commercialized holiday, and believes there's no need for a specific day for couples to show their love for each other.
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    • Bob used to like Valentine's Day, until a girl he was previously dating cheated on him for another guy.
    • Bob is averse to public displays of affection, and finds the idea of a day centred around such displays revolting.
  • Inverted: Bob loves Valentine's Day!
  • Subverted: Bob finds a girlfriend, Alice, and tries to make Valentine's plans with her.
  • Double Subverted: Alice doesn't like Valentine's Day much either, much to Bob's relief, and together they go out of their way to ignore the holiday.
  • Parodied: Every February 14th, Bob celebrates "Anti-Valentine's Day".
  • Averted: Bob has no opinion about Valentine's Day.
  • Enforced: The author hates Valentine's day, and represents this through their characters.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Oh, look. Here comes Bob who's going to complain about how Valentine's Day sucks because he couldn't get any dates."
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    • "You just don't want to make the effort to be romantic. That's why you hate Valentine's Day."
  • Invoked: Bob tries to weasel his way out of buying his girlfriend, Alice, a gift using commercialism as an excuse.
  • Exploited: Charlie uses Bob's hatred of Valentine's day, and the lengths he will go to ignore it, to get him to do the chores.
  • Defied:
    • Bob's friends find him a date for Valentine's day just to keep him from complaining about the holiday.
    • Bob ignores his hatred for the holiday for the sake of his friends (or if applicable, his girlfriend Alice).
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob's hatred of Valentine's day and subsequent complaints irritate his friends, and they all avoid him on that date.
    • Bob's refusal to acknowledge the holiday hurts his girlfriend, Alice's feelings.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Either the friends realize that they are being too harsh with Bob, or Bob tries to make amends.
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    • Alice makes an effort to understand Bob's disdain for the holiday, while Bob celebrates it for Alice's sake.

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