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Basic Trope: A person (usually a woman) wears certain clothing to show mourning.

  • Straight: Alice attends Bob's funeral or visits his grave while wearing a black dress and veil.
  • Exaggerated: Forever in mourning, every article of clothing Alice wears from then on is solid black. So is all of the decor in her home—furniture, curtains, carpets, etc.
  • Downplayed: Alice wears a basic black dress to the funeral, but no veil, and returns to her regular wardrobe when the funeral is over.
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  • Justified: Victorian society used to require mourning dress.
  • Inverted: Special clothes for happy events. For example, Alice wears a white dress at the christening of Bob Jr.
  • Gender Inverted: Alice is the deceased. Bob wears a black suit or armband to mourn her.
  • Subverted: Alice states that she will not wear black.
  • Double Subverted: ...but she does, anyway.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is the deceased. Bob wears a black dress and veil to mourn her.
    • Someone protesting the election of a high official they don't approve of wears mourning for the death of the nation.
  • Zig Zagged: Multiple funerals take place. Traditional mourning is worn to some but not all of them.
  • Averted: The society has no particular color or style that indicates mourning.
  • Enforced: Victorian England is the setting of the story, where mourning would be required.
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  • Lampshaded: Alice is shopping for the funeral clothes and tells the sales clerk it should be black for mourning.
  • Invoked: Bob is leaving on a dangerous mission. To lighten the mood, he jokingly assures Alice he'll be careful, because she doesn't look good in black.
  • Exploited: A funeral director designs a line of mourning clothes and profits from selling it.
  • Defied: Bob has left a last request that people are to wear bright, cheery clothes to his funeral.
  • Discussed:
    • Alice wears a blue dress to Bob's funeral, and her sisters wonder why she didn't wear black.
    • Alice wears a black dress to school or work. She is not mourning anyone, but her friends teasingly ask, "Who died?"
  • Conversed: Alice and Bob wonder how black became the traditional color of mourning, research the question, and compare notes.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob is leaving on a dangerous mission. After he assures Alice he will be careful, there is a Gilligan Cut to her in a black dress and veil. It becomes a Running Gag with Charlie, David, Edward, Frank....

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