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Subverted Innocence

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Writers like to play with our perceptions and subvert our expectations, especially when it comes to the innocent. Things associated with purity, happiness, and joy are frequently warped and twisted into something more sinister, either for humour, drama, horror, or eroticism. These are the tropes that make you sit back and think, "Well, thanks for ruining my idyllic childhood."

Related to Evil All Along and Hidden Evil. Contrast with Obviously Evil, which doesn't even bother with hiding any malice, and Index with a Heart of Gold, which is basically the inverse example of this index in tropes about subverting malice.