Playing With / Big, Screwed-Up Family

Basic Trope: The Dysfunctional Family, Turned Up to Eleven.
  • Straight: The Tropers, a well-known Blueblood family have all sorts of issues, including (but not limited to) incest, patricide, fratricide, alcoholism, and drug abuse.
  • Exaggerated: The Tropers have a Tangled Family Tree, and are always feuding with each other. A member of this family is lucky to survive past puberty.
  • Downplayed: The Tropers hardly see eye to eye, but that doesn't mean they completely hate each other.
  • Justified:
    • Because of their status, there was a lot of internal power struggle within the family (it also doesn't help if there was a long history of inbreeding; inbred lines have been known to show increased aggression).
    • The Tropers are part of a Proud Warrior Race that places Honor Before Reason.
    • The Tropers are members of a Deadly Decadent Court.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Dysfunctional Family.
  • Double Subverted: What at first seemed like a mere dysfunctional family or perfectly normal one is revealed to have some skeletons in the closet (literally or figuratively).
  • Parodied: The Tropers celebrate the birth of a new Troper by killing a relative.
  • Zig Zagged: Some royal/noble families are like this, others are very well-adjusted.
  • Averted: The Tropers are a perfectly normal family. Sure they have problems, but nothing serious, and they really care about each other.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "You guys have a lot of problems..."
  • Invoked: Several generations worth of power struggles and marriages between close relatives.
  • Exploited: The Tropers' neighbors avoid Convenience Store Gift Shopping by giving them secondhand knives as gifts.
  • Defied: The Tropers resolve power issues fairly, without bloodshed. And they don't promote or condone things like incest, drug use, etc.
  • Discussed: "What? You thought we were a family of murderers? At worst, we're a Dysfunctional Family."
  • Conversed: "How is that family going to survive all those issues?" "The same way they always have. It's a Vicious Cycle living in a family like that."
  • Implied: Everyone is very afraid of the Tropers, but the audience never sees them because the main characters are too scared to go anywhere near the family's house.
  • Deconstructed: The Tropers develop serious Freudian Excuse and Mommy Issues, possibly leading to a Start of Darkness (and if they are inbred, that doesn't help any; see Justified). They will eventually kill themselves off this way.
  • Reconstructed: The Tropers stop marrying within their family line, which reduces genetic problems and aggression over time. They also learn to resolve problems constructively and peacefully. The next generations are better adjusted, and their legacy lives on.
  • Played For Laughs: The Tropers literally have skeletons in the closet, but the "skeletons" are just realistic Halloween decorations.

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