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Playing With / Overprotective Dad

Basic Trope: A father is way overprotective of his daughter.
  • Straight: Bob regularly threatens the potential boyfriends of his daughter, Alice.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob wields a shotgun at all times, and, when any male so much as shows the slightest bit of interest in Alice, puts the gun to their face.
    • Knight Templar Parent
  • Downplayed: Bob is very clear about demanding that potential boyfriends follow his rules or suffer dire consequences, but the rules themselves aren't unreasonable.
  • Justified: Bob really wants to protect his daughter Alice from any bad influences; also, he figures that any guy who's man enough to stand up to him is of good stock himself.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob practically pimps his daughter—he doesn't care what any guy (or guys, or girl, or girls) do with his daughter.
    • Alice is an Overprotective Daughter; when any woman tries to date her dad—who's single—she doesn't take kindly to her.
    • Bob forces Alice to go out and date boys, but Alice doesn't want to.
    • Alice's boyfriend threatens her abusive father that if he ever hurts Alice again, he will pay.
  • Gender Inverted:
    • Carol is an Overprotective Mom.
    • Bob is an Overprotective Dad to his son Danny. He makes it very clear to all of Danny's girlfriends that if they tries anything with his son, they're going to regret it.
    • Bob is an Overprotective Dad and girls all of his daughter Alice's girlfriends.
  • Subverted: Alice wants her boyfriend Even that her father is overprotective. When Evan shows up to pick up Alice, her father greets him warmly and doesn't threaten him once.
  • Double Subverted: ...but at the end of the date, he takes Evan aside and gives him the "she's my little girl" speech.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob insists on following Alice around on the date to make sure she doesn't do anything funny. Awkwardness ensues.
    • Bob doesn't really bear any ill will towards the guys Alice dates, he just plays up the trope and scares the crap out of them for fun.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob—like most fathers—is rather protective of his daughter to some, but he doesn't take it to an extreme level.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Listen, boy, I've got no problem going back to prison."
  • Invoked: Twerp Sweating
  • Exploited: Bob is a Magnificent Bastard who wants Alice to actively rebel against him; so he dons the guise of an Overprotective Dad.
  • Defied:
    • "And Dad, I swear if you threaten this one, no grandchildren for you whatsoever."
    • "Nice bluff there, sweet cheeks. Next time load the weapon you're pointing at my head, it's a little more intimidating."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: While Alice is getting ready, Bob takes Evan aside to have a little chat with him. The conversation is not shown, but by the time Alice is finished getting ready, Evan reappears looking very spooked.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob scares away all of Alice's potential suitors, which causes her to die bitter and alone.
    • Bob is very concerned for his daughter's well-being. Affably Evil Jerk Jock guys seem nice and are able to get into Bob's good graces (and into Alice's pants) while the Jerk with a Heart of Gold guys don't make a good first impression, and are left out in the cold.
    • Evan is outraged at being threatened, and he bluntly tell Alice that the date is over before it's even begun because he doesn't appreciate being threatened by people like her father. He then storms out and leaves for good, leaving Bob with egg on his face as Alice proceeds to yell at him for ruining her date.
    • Evan is so terrified by Bob threats that he swears off all further thoughts of dating Alice. By the time Bob decides that Evan is worthy of dating Alice, it's too late.
  • Reconstructed: Bob scares away all of Alice's potential suitors... except one. Through his dogged determination, he's able to eventually win Bob over, which causes them to have a lifelong friendship.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Alice has been married to Bob for about 10 years, and they have kids—but Bob still calls him every day to threaten him with the "she's my little girl" speech.
    • Bob is a scrawny, weak, pitiful example of a man, who makes the "she's my little girl" threat to Evan, the star linebacker on the Trope High football team.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Bob is a working dad and is often away from home—he, in his mind, views that threatening his daughter's potential suitors is a way to compensate. Alice disagrees.
    • Evan took Bob's threat so seriously he went to the police and pressed charges on Bob's threats.

Listen son, you seem like a smart kid. That's my baby girl, and if she gets hurt, no one's gonna miss you. I've got a shotgun and a shovel, and I'll bury you myself. So make sure you're back at Overprotective Dad by a quarter to ten and we won't have any problems, OK?