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.
  • 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.
  • Downplayed: Jason opens a birthday present containing a Super Megaroid X-11 Spaceship, plays with the box for half an hour, then abandons it and plays with the spaceship.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Jason gives boxes as presents to his friends, and they play with the contents of the boxes.
  • Subverted: Jason squeals with delight at the box, since he can use it as a Cool Garage for the Super Megaroid X-11 Spaceship.
  • 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.
  • Parodied: Kids everywhere around the world ask their parents/family/friends/Santa Claus for boxes as gifts.
  • Zig Zagged: Jason plays with some of his toys, and some of the toyboxes.
  • 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: Jason's parents spend less money on presents, because he'll like the boxes no matter the price.
  • 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.

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