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Playing With: Kids Are Cruel
Basic Trope: Children are cruel, callous bullies.
  • Straight: Alice is a 7-year-old and bullies the other kids.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice is a 3-year-old who picks on kids of all ages.
    • Alice is the Big Bad Enfant Terrible who plots the deaths of children from around the world.
    • All children are portrayed as villains.
  • Downplayed: Alice is an 11-year-old who bullies the other kids.
  • Justified: Alice has parents who abuse her every single day.
  • Inverted: Children Are Innocent.
  • Subverted: Alice may seem to act like a bully to other children but suddenly acts nice.
  • Double Subverted: Only because she's hiding her true personalities and using them for her own selfish purposes.
  • Parodied: Alice is essentially a super-villain with her own secret lair and plans for world domination.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice switches from mean to nice depending on a certain mood she's in.
  • Averted: Alice is neither cruel nor kind.
  • Enforced: The writer has a distaste for children and plans on portraying children as monsters.
  • Lampshaded: "Your mother should have aborted you, Alice."
  • Invoked:
    • Alice's parents teach her how to be mean to other children to make her feel special.
    • The Corrupter turns Alice into a cruel kid.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "Yes, children can be downright mean but not all children are total sociopaths, so we're going to have something not even Alice would cross."
  • Discussed: "Just because Alice is a child and doesn't know any better is no excuse."
  • Conversed: "Do you think the author created Alice as a representation of how some children behave in real life?"
  • Deconstructed: Sally the Social Worker cannot understand why Alice still choose to be cruel despite having no Freudian Excuse, lived a somewhat comfortable life, and have a loving supporting family.
  • Reconstructed: Sally acknowledge that there are some children like Alice who are a lost cause, but the majority of kids aren't all like that, and children mostly do cruel things because something in their lives made them that way.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice wishes to rule the world while delivering an Evil Laugh.
  • Played For Drama: Alice's parents disowns her because of her heartlessness, and whether or not Alice cares, she now has to fend for herself alone with most of the world wanting her dead.

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