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Playing With: The Baby Trap
Basic Trope: A woman gets pregnant on purpose, in an attempt to keep her boyfriend or husband with her.
  • Straight: Alice tells Bob that she's on the Pill (she isn't), and that they don't need to use a condom. She gets pregnant and tells him.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice has done this to two other guys before Bob; obviously, it didn't work.
    • Alice performs oral sex on Bob, and inseminates herself with the collected semen behind Bob's back.
    • "Proposing" marriage this way is considered the norm.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Bob pokes a tiny hole in Alice's diaphragm (or in his condom) so she'll get pregnant and have to stay with him.
    • Alice tells Bob she's not using any sort of birth control even though she secretly is, because Bob wants a baby and Alice doesn't.
    • Alice gets pregnant in an attempt to get Bob to break up with her.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice tells Bob she's pregnant, but she's lying.
    • Alice is pregnant, but the child is most likely not Bob's; she tells him it is.
    • Alice tries sabotaging her birth control, but it doesn't work.
    • Alice gets pregnant, tells Bob (who agrees to marry her), and either miscarries or has an abortion not long after the wedding.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then an official test from a doctor confirms that she really is pregnant.
    • A DNA test confirms that the child actually is Bob's.
    • But Bob stays with her even after the wedding.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice does not get pregnant, and does not lie about or sabotage her birth control.
  • Enforced: Rule of Drama. May result in a Very Special Episode.
  • Lampshaded: "I thought you said you were on the Pill!" "I lied! Now you have to stay with me because I'm pregnant."
  • Invoked: Alice stops taking her birth control pills, and has unprotected sex with Bob.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice believes this is unethical, and resolves to try and find other ways of fixing her relationship with Bob. Like talking about their problems in a civilized and non-accusatory manner.
    • Alice becomes pregnant (most likely accidentally), but doesn't care whether Bob stays with her.
  • Discussed: "I can't believe she did that!"
  • Conversed: "Why does Alice think a baby will make Bob stay with her? Realistically, it should have the opposite effect."
  • Deconstructed: This is not guaranteed to work, nor will it solve their relationship problems. (It might just create some interesting new ones, however.) It is also considered a form of Domestic Abuse.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob loves Alice unconditionally, even if she is a manipulative bitch, and marries her anyway. They work out their relationship problems, and both mature as people. And live Happily Ever After.
    • Bob gets out of this relationship and moves on, and finds a new girlfriend who treats him with love and respect. He may pay child support if the child is indeed his, but otherwise never has anything to do with Alice again.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice has been taking baby aspirin instead of birth-control pills. Not because anyone's been tampering with them, but because she's Too Dumb to Live.
  • Played For Drama: Bob is now going to be trapped in a relationship he doesn't want, or forced to pay child support for the next 18 years. What will he do?

Please don't leave me to go back to The Baby Trap; I'm pregnant with your child!

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