Playing With: Self-Made Orphan

Basic Trope: A child kills their parents.
  • Straight: Carl has shot both Alice and Bob in both of their faces.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Several characters kill their parents.
    • Carl also kills his extended family.
  • Downplayed:
    • Carl hires a hitman to murder Alice and Bob.
    • Carl wounds his parents, but does not kill them.
  • Justified:
    • Carl's parents were abusive.
    • Carl's parents were villains.
    • Alice and Bob never gave Carl what he wants and Carl does this out of revenge.
    • Carl is inherently evil.
    • Carl hates being told what to do and wants to be "free" from their authority.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • It appears that the murder of Carl's parents was an accident.
    • It appears that Carl was framed for killing his parents.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Carl kills his parents because they grounded him for 20 years for accidentally spilling milk.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Carl never kills his parents.
  • Enforced: "Okay, so Emperor Evulz gets defeated. We want an early sign that Carl will grow up to be the new Big Bad." "Let's have him kill his own parents."
  • Lampshaded: "What have you done, Carl!? Those were your parents!"
  • Invoked:
    • Carl's parents deliberately raise him to be a murderer.
    • Carl's parents abuse him in the hope that he kills them.
  • Exploited: In his adulthood, Carl works as a hitman.
  • Defied:
    • Carl refuses to kill his parents, no matter what they do to him.
    • Worried that Carl might be murderous, his parents give him what he wants so he doesn't kill them.
    • After Carl attempts to murder his parents, they give him up for adoption in another city.
  • Discussed: "Mom and Dad are so evil. I would kill them, but that would be wrong."
  • Conversed: "Carl killed his parents at the end of the episode? About time! I never liked them anyways."
  • Implied: Carl walks into his parents' house carrying a knife. The next time we see him, he's living with his grandparents.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Carl is soon exposed for murder of his parents and is tried as an adult. As he becomes an adult, he is sentenced for 25 years in prison.
    • Alex and Claire team up to avenge their parents' deaths by killing Carl.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Although this didn't stop him from being satisfied in killing his parents. Also, he breaks out at the first opportunity.
    • Of course, Alex and Claire were abusive siblings towards Carl, so Carl kills them successfully.
  • Played For Laughs: Carl's parents ground him. When he kills them as revenge, his friend Adam says, "It's good to have you back, Carl."
  • Played For Drama: Carl has killed Alice and Bob while making his siblings, Alex and Claire, watch.

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