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Playing With: The Farmer And The Viper
Basic Trope: Always Chaotic Evil creature or individual shows no gratitude for good deeds performed for it.
  • Straight: Farmer Bob takes in a baby orc and nurses it to health. It attempts to murder his daughter, Alice, so it can have all the attention.
  • Exaggerated: Farmer Bob takes in a baby orc and nurses it to health. It promptly rips him in half, massacres his family, and burns down his house.
  • Downplayed:
    • The baby orc grows up in Bob's care and behaves pretty much like any human child, but occasionally Bob looses a sheep or a cat under mysterious circumstances.
    • The baby orc goes back to the other orcs once he's old enough and uses the knowledge of humans he had gotten when being cared for by Farmer Bob to quickly take over most of the countryside. Despite being made orc warcheif for this action, he forbids anybody from hurting humans unnecessarily.
  • Justified: The orc operates on instinct, and simply doesn't know any better
  • Inverted:
    • Orcs take in and raise a human child, but the child refuses to stoop to their levels of barbarism.
    • Farmer Bob takes in a baby orc and nurses it to health. Then Bob goes mad and attempts to murder his own daughter Alice, but the orc stops him.
    • Turn the Other Cheek
  • Subverted: The baby orc lunges at Alice, and it seems like he's attacking her... but he was actually knocking her away from a scorpion, which he promptly slays.
  • Double Subverted: At least, that's his excuse when he's caught; the claimed scorpion is nowhere to be found.
  • Parodied: The baby orc claws at farmer Bob's face, screams bloody murder, and goes on to attempt increasingly obvious and outlandish ways to kill him and his family, but farmer Bob writes it off as as "spirited behavior".
  • Zig Zagged: An unkempt, careworn drifter comes to your house. Since you're Genre Savvy, you'll let him in, give him something to eat and a place to sleep for the night. Maybe he'll be an Angel Unaware. It turns out that, nope, he's a con man, and you find his bed, and the safe where you kept your valuables, empty. Damn. So, a few months later, another drifter comes by, asking for a place to stay for the night. Since you're now poor due to that last bastard, you refuse him room and board. It later turns out that this was a Secret Test of Character and you just failed. Sigh. Damned if you do, damned if you don't...
  • Averted: Farmer Bob takes in a baby orc and nurses it to health. It grows up to be a relatively stable child.
  • Enforced: Writer Tim wants to have the orc child be nice, but it's a medieval fantasy, and he has to stick to the standard that makes all orcs barbaric monsters.
  • Lampshaded: "So you took in an orphan child from a race known for their wicked ways and never considered it might relapse?"
  • Invoked: Orcs leave their young out in the wastes in the hopes well-meaning fools will take them in.
  • Exploited: The town's resident Fantastic Racist uses the orc's killing of Bob's daughter as proof of his claims: Orcs are universally evil and will never change, and it's time to do something about it...
  • Defied:
    • The young orc struggles with his instinctive wickedness, but his better nature wins out in the end.
    • Farmer Bob knows that even young orcs are dangerous, ungrateful beasts, and leaves it to starve.
    • All-Loving Hero Alice saves Big Bad Bob's life... and then promptly locks him up helplessly so he can't backstab her.
  • Discussed: "Orcs are dangerous, no matter what kindness you show them."
  • Conversed: "Wait, so even the youngest and most helpless of orcs are irredeemably evil? What the hell?
  • Deconstructed: Orcs aren't Always Chaotic Evil, Bob just brought in a nasty one, but with his daughter dead, refuses to believe that, and rounds up an Angry Mob to wipe out all orc-kind.
  • Reconstructed: Despite the Baby orc's actions, Bob tries to teach it to help fill the gap that his daughter has left his. By the end, Bob, while he was unable to remove the orc's bloodlust, has made the baby orc an ambassador, and now the orcs are more than willing to fight wars for Bob's country.
  • Played For Laughs: The Cloud Cuckoo Lander Bob takes in an orc baby, who immediately goes to slaughter the villagers, destroy the crops and track dirt all over the house, but when confronted, Bob claims he's just following his instincts and refuses to believe the villagers.
  • Played For Drama: The orc child honestly tries to be nice, but fails to go against his inherent nature in the end. It ends badly.


Excuse me, could you please give me a hand back to The Farmer And The Viper? STAB.

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