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Playing With: Dad the Veteran
Basic Trope: A former military member has a family.
  • Straight: Bob fought in World War II. When he came back, he went to college, married Alice, and had two kids with her. He is a Standard '50s Father and doesn't let his family forget that he rules the roost.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is a decorated general and wears his uniform everywhere he goes.
  • Downplayed: Bob served in the military, but he doesn't make a big deal out of it.
  • Justified: Bob saw a lot of things, and still has a home life to make (or return to) after the war is over.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Alice fought in the Gulf War. When she came back, she went to college, married Bob, and had two kids with him.
  • Subverted: Although Bob did indeed serve in the military, he did not actually see combat. Instead, he was a cook, or worked in a clerical position, or even got Reassigned to Antarctica.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But no one knows that except Bob, who likes to play up his military status for the accolades it gets him, or for VA benefits.
    • Alternatively, he might have been a cook, but that doesn't mean he doesn't know how to kick your ass anyway. And then cook a mean dinner afterwards.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob did not serve in the military, in any capacity.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Sorry Dad's so cranky. He fought in the war, and hasn't been the same since".
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob doesn't let his veteran status give him a sense of entitlement. He runs the household, but isn't an ogre about it. If he needs help, he finds a way to get it.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "How is the war going to affect Bob's home life?"
  • Deconstructed: Bob is a Shell-Shocked Veteran, and that takes a toll on him, and also on his family. (Especially if they knew Bob before he went off to fight in the war, and saw how much he changed when he got back.) There may not be resources to help. If the story is set in The Sixties or The Seventies, there is also The Generation Gap; Bob may be frustrated because his veteran status doesn't seem to be as admired as it was a generation ago, and society is changing.
  • Reconstructed: Bob gets some help to cope with his issues, and his family is supportive of him.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Catherine comes home from her first semester at Berserkley, and has joined the Hippie movement, which puts her in conflict with Bob.
    • Or, Bob's son David has decided he doesn't want to follow in Bob's footsteps and be a soldier.

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