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Playing With: Bumbling Dad
Basic Trope: A comically incompetent father in a Dom Com.
  • Straight: Bob means well, but he often grabs the Idiot Ball and gets his wife and children into all sorts of misadventures with him. He is also a very flawed (yet sympathetic) individual.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is an outright Jerk Ass who is a borderline (if not outright) abusive father.
  • Downplayed:
    • The family share possession of the Idiot Ball pretty fairly, but Bob carries it more than most.
    • Bob sometimes makes stupid mistakes every now and then, but when disaster strikes, he is the one who protects his family.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob seems dumb, but that was Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Double Subverted: But it turns out, he was really that dumb. When he seemed smart, he was Feigning Intelligence
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is a very loving and attentive father, and he's also extremely good at his job and is an excellent provider. The problem is that he's also as stubborn as a mule when it comes to trying to fix something himself when it breaks down, rather than calling a professional. On those occasions, his competence flies completely out the window.
  • Averted: Bob is a competent father.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "He's like all those bumbling dads you see in sitcoms."
  • Invoked: Alice specifies in her Lonely Hearts ad that she's looking for a Man Child with whom to settle down and raise kids.
  • Exploited: Bob deliberately makes it look like he can't do anything right around the house so he doesn't have to.
  • Defied:
    • Alice breaks up with Bob when she sees that he is too immature to raise a family, and not likely to change any time soon.
    • Alternately, Bob decides, "Enough fooling around; I'm expecting kids soon.", and spends more time with Alice. He also learns basic household chores from her...
  • Discussed: "I hope Bob Jr. doesn't inherit his dad's bumbling tendencies. It'd be a real hassle when we're married."
  • Conversed: "Seriously? Another bumbling dad show? I'd like to see a competent, take charge father on a sitcom for a change."
  • Deconstructed: Can have a negative effect on his children and his wife, leading to the breakdown of the (presumably already dysfunctional) family.
  • Reconstructed: Bob is dumb and irresponsible, but he sincerely loves his family and is capable of stepping up when it's important.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's mistakes and selfishness negatively affect his family.

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