Who Moved My Cheese?
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Tropes used in Who Moved My Cheese? include:
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: After the littlepeople discover Cheese Station C, they change their habits to rely on its cheese to an unhealthy extent.
- Affectionate Parody: I Moved Your Cheese by Deepak Malhotra refers to WMMC as "the good book".
- An Aesop: Watch for signs of change, and be ready to change your actions when change happens around you.
- Animated Adaptation: There have been two versions, the old VHS version in 4:3 and the new DVD version in 16:9.
- Capital Letters Are Magic: "Cheese" and "New Cheese" are written with initial caps when referring to the littlepeople because "Cheese" represents what people desire in life.
- Deconstructive Parody: The book has become the target of several parodies that explore what would happen if the mice were replaced with rats.
- Dungeon Bypass: Hem and Haw chisel holes in the wall of Cheese Station C to see if more cheese is behind the wall.
- Fauxtivational Poster: Haw has a habit of drawing (straight) motivational graffiti on the walls, both to motivate Hem and to act as a landmark when searching the maze for New Cheese.
- Framing Device: Someone tells the story of "Who Moved My Cheese?" at a high school reunion.
- Heroic BSOD: Hem's outbursts when he realizes the cheese is gone.
- Lilliputians: The littlepeople Hem and Haw.
- Partially-Civilized Animal: The mice Sniff and Scurry still act on mouse instinct and can't talk to Lilliputians other than through gestures, but they wear (and can tie) shoes.
- Rags to Riches: The discovery of Cheese Station C.
- Stock Animal Diet: Cheese and mice. Downplayed as the cheese is metaphorical.
- Title Drop: Hem shouts "Who moved my cheese?" after there is no cheese left in Cheese Station C.