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* AssholeVictim: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] with D.W.. Although in canon she was a SpoiledBrat who tormented her brother on a regular basis and was rude to many other people as well[[note]]Although she is no longer bratty as an adult there is no indication that her having been a BrattyHalfPint as a child isn't canon[[/note]], Arthur and her parents are still worried when she gets kidnapped, with the former even swearing vengeance on the kidnapper when she comes back fourteen years later, and as mentioned on the show's Characters page, she did have several PetTheDog moments in canon.

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* AssholeVictim: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with D.W.. Although in canon she was a SpoiledBrat who tormented her brother on a regular basis and was rude to many other people as well[[note]]Although she is no longer bratty as an adult there is no indication that her having been a BrattyHalfPint as a child isn't canon[[/note]], Arthur and her parents are still worried when she gets kidnapped, with the former even swearing vengeance on the kidnapper when she comes back fourteen years later, and as mentioned on the show's Characters page, she did have several PetTheDog moments in canon.

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* CreepyStalkerVan: 4-year old D.W. was lured into an unmarked van by a strangers using sweets. She was kidnapped and remained missing for over a decade.


* FurryReminder: Used in an exchange in chapter 2:

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* FurryReminder: FurryReminder:
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Used in an exchange in chapter 2:


* AdaptationalNiceGuy: D.W. shows none of her usual brattyness and selfishness as an adult in this fic; it might be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by her outgrowing that phase since she is older now.



* AssholeVictim: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] with D.W.. Although in canon she was a SpoiledBrat who tormented her brother on a regular basis and did some other bad things as well, Arthur and her parents are still worried when she gets kidnapped, with the former even swearing vengeance on the kidnapper when she comes back fourteen years later, and as mentioned on the show's Characters page, she did have several PetTheDog moments in canon.

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* AssholeVictim: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] with D.W.. Although in canon she was a SpoiledBrat who tormented her brother on a regular basis and did some was rude to many other bad things people as well, well[[note]]Although she is no longer bratty as an adult there is no indication that her having been a BrattyHalfPint as a child isn't canon[[/note]], Arthur and her parents are still worried when she gets kidnapped, with the former even swearing vengeance on the kidnapper when she comes back fourteen years later, and as mentioned on the show's Characters page, she did have several PetTheDog moments in canon.


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** In the final chapter posted before this became a DeadFic, Mr. Ratburn explicitly referred to Buster as a rabbit. Although it was more so said in the context of [[spoiler:him being a metamorphical "sneaky rabbit" because he'd broken out of prison seven times]], he follows it up with "no pun intended", which makes it into this trope.'
* KarmaHoudini: Tommy and Timmy Tibble caused D.W. to be kidnapped by daring her to go buy candy for them, but when asked by the adults if they'd seen her beforehand, they manage to avoid getting in trouble by lying and saying they hadn't.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Averted. Despite D.W. being a selfish BrattyHalfPint who was rude to many people including her friends at times, nobody in the story is happy that she was kidnapped, not even Arthur, the person whom she bothered the most as his AnnoyingYoungerSibling.

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* AssholeVictim: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] with D.W.. Although in canon she was a SpoiledBrat who tormented her brother on a regular basis and did some other bad things as well, Arthur and her parents are still worried when she gets kidnapped, with the former even swearing vengeance on the kidnapper when she comes back fourteen years later, and as mentioned on the show's Characters page, she did have several PetTheDog moments in canon.


''How To Break A Family'' is a ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' DarkFic that can be read [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3508375/1/How-To-Break-A-Family here]].

The story starts when DW is kidnapped. This sends the once happy Read family into chaos. and end up divorcing soon afterwards, with Arthur in his mother's custody and Kate in her father's. Years later, a now-adult Arthur work with his mother at her store. When a familiar looking young woman enters the store one night, things take a sudden turn. With his mother missing and DW confirmed alive, Arthur is on a mission to avenge his family and save his sister.

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''How To Break A Family'' is a an ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' DarkFic that can be read [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3508375/1/How-To-Break-A-Family here]].

The story starts when DW D.W. is kidnapped. This sends the once happy Read family into chaos. chaos, and Mr. and Mrs. Read end up divorcing soon afterwards, with Arthur in his mother's custody and Kate in her father's. Years later, a now-adult Arthur work works with his mother at her store. When a familiar looking young woman enters the store one night, things take a sudden turn. With his mother missing and DW D.W. confirmed alive, Arthur is on a mission to avenge his family and save his sister.



* AdultFear: The Tibbles dare DW to buy candy for them. DW tries to go to the store alone but, being only four, has a hard time finding it. A guy in a van tells her he has candy and DW believes him. This leads to her being kidnapped. No one can find DW and she is considered likely dead. Fourteen years she's finally discovered, but she's been beaten and abused that entire time.
* DarkFic: It's definitely not canon compliant levels of darkness. The story revolves around DW being kidnapped and tortured. The news leads to a rift between Arthur's parents and his grandmother dying of a sudden heart attack. Once DW's reunited with Arthur years later, he's out for revenge.
* DeadFic: The story hadn't been updated since 2012

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* AdultFear: The Tibbles dare DW D.W. to buy candy for them. DW D.W. tries to go to the store alone but, being only four, has a hard time finding it. A guy in a van tells her he has candy and DW D.W. believes him. This leads to her being kidnapped. No one can find DW D.W. and she is considered likely dead. Fourteen years later she's finally discovered, but she's been beaten and abused that entire time.
* DarkFic: It's definitely not canon compliant levels of darkness. The story revolves around DW D.W. being kidnapped and tortured. The news leads to a rift between Arthur's parents and his grandmother dying of a sudden heart attack. Once DW's D.W.'s reunited with Arthur years later, he's out for revenge.
* DeadFic: The story hadn't been updated since 20122012.



** Thora can't handle the news of DW's kidnapping. Her heart gives out.
** Jane is murdered early on trying to save DW after they're reunited.

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** Thora can't handle the news of DW's D.W.'s kidnapping. Her heart gives out.
** Jane is murdered early on trying to save DW D.W. after they're reunited.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: DW, even more-so than in canon. She's never once called her full name.

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: DW, D.W., even more-so than in canon. She's never once called her full name.


* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Kate begins hanging out amongst older kids at ten. By age fourteen she's already drinking and smoking. One of her friends also encourages her to prostitute herself, but one dat she meets a guy who is turned off by how young she is. [[spoiler:It turns out the guy was her brother Arthur]].

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* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Kate begins hanging out amongst older kids at ten. By age fourteen she's already drinking and smoking. One of her friends also encourages her to prostitute herself, but one dat day she meets a guy who is turned off by how young she is. [[spoiler:It turns out the guy was her brother Arthur]].

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*DeadFic: The story hadn't been updated since 2012


The story starts when DW is kidnapped. This sends the once happy Read family into chaos. and end up divorcing soon afterwards, with Arthur in his mother's custody and Kate in her father's. Years later, a now-adult Arthur finds DW after she escapes.

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The story starts when DW is kidnapped. This sends the once happy Read family into chaos. and end up divorcing soon afterwards, with Arthur in his mother's custody and Kate in her father's. Years later, a now-adult Arthur finds work with his mother at her store. When a familiar looking young woman enters the store one night, things take a sudden turn. With his mother missing and DW after she escapes.
confirmed alive, Arthur is on a mission to avenge his family and save his sister.



* AdaptationalJerkass: It's true your child's disappearance can stress you to the point of anger, but both and are out-of-character.
* AdultFear: The Tibbles dare DW to buy candy for them. DW tries to go to the store alone but, being only four, has a hard time finding it. A guy in a van tells her he has candy and DW believes him. This leads to her being kidnapped. No one can find DW and she is considered likely dead.

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* AdaptationalJerkass: It's true that your child's disappearance can stress you to the point of anger, but both Jane and David are out-of-character.
out-of-character. They're more quick-tempered than in canon and it takes very little for them to divorce.
* AdultFear: The Tibbles dare DW to buy candy for them. DW tries to go to the store alone but, being only four, has a hard time finding it. A guy in a van tells her he has candy and DW believes him. This leads to her being kidnapped. No one can find DW and she is considered likely dead. Fourteen years she's finally discovered, but she's been beaten and abused that entire time.


* DeathByAdaptation: Thora can't handle the news of DW's kidnapping. Her heart gives out.

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* DeathByAdaptation: DeathByAdaptation:
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Thora can't handle the news of DW's kidnapping. Her heart gives out.out.
** Jane is murdered early on trying to save DW after they're reunited.



"As far as I know," Mr. Read replied dryly, "I am an aardvark."''

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"As far as I know," Mr. Read replied dryly, "I am an aardvark."''"''
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: DW, even more-so than in canon. She's never once called her full name.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Kate begins hanging out amongst older kids at ten. By age fourteen she's already drinking and smoking. One of her friends also encourages her to prostitute herself, but one dat she meets a guy who is turned off by how young she is. [[spoiler:It turns out the guy was her brother Arthur]].

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''How To Break A Family'' is a ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' DarkFic that can be read [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3508375/1/How-To-Break-A-Family here]].

The story starts when DW is kidnapped. This sends the once happy Read family into chaos. and end up divorcing soon afterwards, with Arthur in his mother's custody and Kate in her father's. Years later, a now-adult Arthur finds DW after she escapes.

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!!''How To Break A Family'' provides examples of:

* AdaptationalJerkass: It's true your child's disappearance can stress you to the point of anger, but both and are out-of-character.
* AdultFear: The Tibbles dare DW to buy candy for them. DW tries to go to the store alone but, being only four, has a hard time finding it. A guy in a van tells her he has candy and DW believes him. This leads to her being kidnapped. No one can find DW and she is considered likely dead.
* DarkFic: It's definitely not canon compliant levels of darkness. The story revolves around DW being kidnapped and tortured. The news leads to a rift between Arthur's parents and his grandmother dying of a sudden heart attack. Once DW's reunited with Arthur years later, he's out for revenge.
* DeathByAdaptation: Thora can't handle the news of DW's kidnapping. Her heart gives out.
* FurryReminder: Used in an exchange in chapter 2:
-->''As soon as Mr. Read, Mrs. Read, Arthur and Kate left the room, Mrs. Read furiously turned towards her ex-husband.\\
"Are you happy now?" she yelled, tears filling her eyes, "It was your irresponsibility that got DW kidnapped, and now you are taking Kate away from me! What type of a husband are you, you… you selfish, horrible pig?!"\\
"As far as I know," Mr. Read replied dryly, "I am an aardvark."''

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