Playing With / Archnemesis Dad

Basic Trope: The father is the primary antagonist towards his child(ren).
  • Straight: Bob becomes a world-conquering villain just as his son Charlie becomes a people-saving hero, and they end up on opposite sides.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is an absolute monster who tried to kill Charlie in his crib, murders his mother, and kills off all his friends one by one, and Charlie dedicates his entire life to destroying his evil father.
  • Downplayed: Bob dislikes Charlie and undermines all his plans out of spite.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob is Charlie's ultimate nemesis, until it's revealed that he was forced to oppose his son by a greater bad guy.
  • Double Subverted: It's further revealed to be a "Man in Front of the Man" situation; the other bad guy is actually controlled by Bob, and his joy in life is to torment and defeat his son.
  • Parodied: Charlie considers Bob his greatest enemy because his father got him the wrong toy on his eighth birthday.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob repeatedly goes back and forth between loving his son and trying to crush his dreams.
  • Averted:
    • Bob doesn't have children.
    • Bob and Charlie love each other.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Gotta say, pops, I'd be enjoying our family time a lot more if you weren't holding a gun to my head."
  • Invoked: Bob purposefully antagonizes his son so he has someone to fight and call his enemy.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: To avoid the prophecy, Bob becomes the best father Charlie could ever have, and they love each other.
  • Discussed: "You were my father once... you are just an evil SOB."
  • Conversed: "Last episode it turned out that the father was the evil mastermind."
  • Deconstructed: Bob and Charlie have to deal with the psychological turmoil of fighting their family member, wishing how things could have been different.
  • Reconstructed: Charlie hates the idea of fighting his father and offers several Last Second Chances but is resigned to the fact that he might have to kill him to stop him. Likewise, Bob makes several We Can Rule Together speeches because he doesn't want to kill his son but will if he has to.

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