Playing With / Bastard Bastard

Basic Trope: The illegitimate child is evil with ambition, resentment and/or depravity.
  • Straight: Bob's parents aren't married, which makes him an evil jerk.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob's parents aren't married, so he destroys the world.
    • Bob's parents weren't married up until he was two. He's still an evil jerk.
  • Downplayed: Bob is illegitimate, but is mostly a nice guy; he's just a bit jealous of his legitimate brother's status.
  • Justified: Bob lives in Medieval England, where they treat illegitimate children like crap. This makes him bitter and angry, and he takes out his pain on the world around him.
  • Inverted: Bob is much nicer than his legitimate half-brother, The Prince.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: ...but he abandons the path of good for the sake of his father's approval!
  • Parodied: The Bastard Bastard is a Harmless Villain.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Bob's parents are married.
    • Or Bob lives in a society with no concept of bastardy.
  • Enforced:
    • The work was written under the patronage of a medieval ruler who wanted to make it very clear that only those with legitimate Royal Blood have either the right or the character to rule over others.
    • "We want an Antagonistic Offspring of one of the good guys, and him being illegitimate would save on explanations."
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Maria has an affair with the king, hoping that his illegitimate son, Bob, will be his downfall.
  • Exploited: Bob's adoptive parent fosters his resentment toward his father the king.
  • Defied: ...But Bob refuses to be controlled by his past, and lives a normal life.
  • Discussed: Two characters wonder whether newborn bastard Bob will be a problem later on.
  • Conversed: Alice and Bob see a play about a Bastard Bastard, and critique it.
  • Deconstructed: The Bastard Bastard is a Hero with Bad Publicity.
  • Reconstructed: ...who ultimately turns to evil in frustration and despair, because his will was weaker than his inherited character flaws.
  • Played For Drama: Bob—and the rest of his Big, Screwed-Up Family—feel the bonds of family warring with political ambition. These powerful, conflicting emotions tear them all apart.

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