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Playing With: Kids Prefer Boxes
Basic Trope: A character opens a box containing something valuable, but prefers the box instead.
  • Straight:
    • Jason opens a birthday present containing a Super Megaroid X-11 Spaceship, then tosses it aside and starts playing with the box.
    • Janet opens up her Christmas gift to find a Super Deluxe Barbie, but decides that the nice packaging is better.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Jason opens a birthday present containing a Super Megaroid X-11 Spaceship, then kicks it to the curb and calls the box the coolest gift he's ever received.
    • Janet takes her Super Deluxe gold plated, ultra rare Barbie doll to the dumpster and proceeds to constantly play with the box non stop.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Jason gives boxes as presents to his friends.
  • Subverted:
    • Jason squeals with delight at the box, since he can use it as a Cool Garage for the Super Megaroid X-11 Spaceship.
    • Janet can use the box for a house for her Barbie.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Jason spends so much time decorating the box to be a suitable Cool Garage that he forgets to take the Super Megaroid X-11 Spaceship out of its packaging.
    • Janet decides that she likes playing with the dollhouse more and uses her old dolls instead.
  • Parodied: Kids everywhere around the world ask their parents/family/friends/Santa Claus for boxes as gifts.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Jason loves all of his gifts, and leaves the boxes for his parents to clean up.
  • Enforced: The show's producer is a Child Hater who wants to demonstrate the vapidity and ungratefulness of children.
  • Lampshaded: Jason's grandfather notes that Kids Prefer Boxes must be some kind of universal law of parenting.
  • Invoked:
    • Jason's uncle Troper gives him socks inside a gigantic, ornate box.
    • Jason's parents, noting this tendency in their son, occasionally go down to the local department store and bring home the leftover large appliance boxes for him to play with.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Jason's parents forbid him from receiving gifts for personal reasons.
    • Jason's parents give him his present without a box.
  • Discussed: "You know Jason's going to ignore that fancy toy of yours and play with the box instead."
  • Conversed: "Since it's a kid's birthday party on a sitcom, you can bet he'll ignore the biggest present and go for the box instead."
  • Deconstructed: After Jason ignores the Super Megaroid X-11, his parents decided to give him boxes as presents in the future.
  • Reconstructed: Jason is ecstatic that his parents keep showering him with more boxes to play with.

Go back to Kids Prefer Boxes, and don't forget that cool box you got for Christmas!

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