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Mikey is a film made in 1992 about a 9-year-old psychopath who longs for a loving family after being abused by his original family. When he feels that his foster families don't love him, he murders them or anyone else who makes him angry. The film starred Brian Bonsall as the title character.


Tropes featured in this film include:

  • Antagonist Title: Mikey is the film's villain, despite being a nine-year-old boy.
  • Abusive Parents: Mikey's biological parents are suspected to have been abusive to him. Which would explain a lot.
  • Adults Are Useless: No one believes Ben and Jessie about Mikey's sociopathic behavior until it's too late.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The film ends with Mikey going to live with another family, facing no retribution for the murders he committed.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Mikey breaks the neck of Jessie's pet cat Rosie with his bare hands and feeds Ben's pet frog to piranhas.
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  • Batter Up!: Mikey kills his first foster father by bashing him in the head with a bat.
  • Creepy Child: Mikey. He kills people and animals, and has no qualms about peeping on a much older girl.
  • Critical Psychoanalysis Failure: It's possible that Mikey's just a very good actor, but none of the doctors realize a thing.
  • Double Entendre: Everything Mikey says to Neil and Rachel in their introduction is a massive hint to what he did to his other set of parents.
  • Electrified Bathtub: Mikey killed his first foster mother by throwing a hairdryer into her hot tub.He also kills David by kicking his stereo into the bath.
  • Enfant Terrible: Mikey is a very, very messed-up nine-year-old.
  • Evil Orphan: Mikey is a textbook example: a Self-Made Orphan, serial killer with a Freudian Excuse, who uses his youth and supposed innocence to avoid detection.
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  • Genre Blindness: For a man who claims to love horror movies, Mr. Jenkins isn't aware he's in one.
  • Here We Go Again!: "Are you going to be my new Mommy and Daddy?"
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Mikey's main motivation.
  • Karma Houdini: Mikey gets away with two sets of murders.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Well, they don't get much crueler than one who's a serial killer.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Rosie's and David's deaths.
  • Male Gaze: Mikey certainly likes to give Jessie a good looking...
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mikey via being a Deliberately Cute Child.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: The moment you knew Jessie had a boyfriend you knew he wouldn't last the film.
  • Obviously Evil: In the first five minutes of the film, Mikey kills his little sister and one set of parents.
  • Recycled In Space: The film is like The Stepfather, but with a boy instead of a man.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Mikey towards Jessie, watching her undress, sneaking into her room, the usual.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Mikey kills both sets of adoptive parents he receives
  • Too Dumb to Live: Rachel, she sees the video tape of David's murder and getting attacked by Mikey with a hammer she doesn't leave the house
  • Totally Radical: They do actually say 'radical'.

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