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Playing With: Babies Ever After
Basic Trope: A Happily Ever After situation made more heartwarming with babies.
  • Straight: After defeating the Wicked Witch and securing peace in Troperia, Bob marries his Love Interest Alice. It's later revealed that they had three children afterward.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice and Bob have lots and lots of children.
    • Every character marries (if they haven't already), and every couple has at least two children. Alice and Bob have ten.
    • The timeline continues long enough for Alice and Bob to become great-grandparents, although neither one dies.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice and Bob have or adopt one child.
    • A minor character marries and starts a family.
    • The story ends with Alice revealing to Bob that she is pregnant, but we don't see what their children actually look like.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Alan and Bob (or Alice and Barbara) adopt a child.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice gets pregnant, but miscarries.
    • They have a child, Charles. He dies young.
    • Alice gets pregnant and falls ill shortly after. The ending gets more bittersweet in that Alice will likely die in childbirth or, worse yet, die while still pregnant.
    • Alice's parents and/or Bob's parents want grandchildren. However, Alice and Bob refuse to start a family.
    • Everyone talks about how Alice and Bob love each other and will probably start a family, but it turns out they're not in love. If anything, they are Platonic Life Partners.
    • Alice and Bob are shown with a baby, but the baby is revealed to be Bob's nephew.
  • Double Subverted:
    • They try for children again, and this time, they succeed.
    • Correction: Charles Disney Dies young.
    • Alice gets cured in time and gives birth to healthy twins. Alice, Bob, Charles, and Charlotte live happily ever after.
    • They later change their minds.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice and Bob don't have children, but somehow their weapons do.
    • Bob tells people how he defeated the evil witch with help from Alice, but nobody thinks he is a true hero because he and Alice don't have kids.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice and Bob are Just Friends, and both marry characters who were not previously seen. Both couples have children, and the children grow up knowing each other.
  • Averted:
    • Alice and Bob get married, but don't have children.
    • They don't marry.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "I saw Alice with her newborn baby a few days ago. Wasn't Alice the girl that helped Bob save us all from that witch?"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: In the sequel, the new Big Bad kidnaps their children and uses them as bait.
  • Defied:
    • Alice thinks that Children Are a Waste. She tells Bob that she isn't going to have children, and if Bob disagrees, he has to find another girl.
    • The witch rendered Alice and/or Bob infertile before they killed her.
  • Discussed: "So, Bob, do you want children?" "I don't know, Alice. Let's wait a while and then decide."
  • Conversed: "Is there any "Happily Ever After" ending that doesn't end with babies?"
  • Implied: At the very end (several months after the witch's defeat), Alice and Bob are a Happily Married couple. Alice's stomach is fatter than before, implying that she could be pregnant. She silently winks at the audience, as if to say "it's exactly what you're thinking". A Spin-Offspring may or may not follow.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice and Bob may be great heroes, but they become horrible (possibly abusive) parents.
    • Alice and Bob still have demanding jobs as well as Chronic Hero Syndrome, so they don't have time to care for their children.
  • Reconstructed:
    • They take parenting classes before their children are born, so they know how to be good parents.
    • Someone adopts the children, who become Happily Adopted. Of course, Alice and Bob visit them when they have time, and the children understand that their parents love them and want the best for them.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: A writer notices that Babies Ever After endings are common, and decides to have Alice and Bob start a family after defeating the Wicked Witch.
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: See Inversion #5.
  • Untwisted: Alice and Bob talk constantly about how they want to have children as soon as the witch is defeated. The witch renders Alice and/or Bob infertile, but they adopt.
  • Unparodied: No one counts Alice and Bob as true heroes because they are childless. However, this notion is justified, as Troperians believe that the children of heroes will become heroes.

And so Alice and Bob had Babies Ever After. The end.

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