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.
    • Carl goes back in time to shortly before he was born. In addition to killing his father, he also somehow arranges for his mother to not survive giving birth to him.
  • Downplayed:
    • Carl hires a hitman to murder Alice and Bob.
    • Carl wounds his parents, but does not kill them.
    • Carl only kills one of his parents.
  • 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's parents were about to kill him and he did it in self-defense.
    • Carl does this to save innocent bystanders who were about to be harmed by his parents.
  • 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:
  • Zig Zagged: It looks like Carl killed his parents, but then it turns out Bob did it. Of course, this is because Alice payed him to, but Alice is bankrolled by Carl... Or rather, Carl's Split Personality, Steven. It then turns it was the 'good' side, Carl, that ordered the hit after a Split-Personality Merge.
  • 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."
    • "We want an Anti-Hero with a Dark and Troubled Past, let's have him as the son of Emperor Evulz and have him killed his evil 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.
    • Carl uses it to get his inheritance early.
  • 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."
    • "The term "orphaned" implies someone else made me an orphan...Not so much as it turns out."
  • 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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