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Basic Trope: The teenaged daughter in a Dom Com is usually bratty and self-centered.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob's teenaged daughter Carla is a whiny, self-absorbed drama queen.
  • Exaggerated: Carla is offended by pretty much everything, is a total Attention Whore, talks only about herself and what she wants and doesn't care about anything the family does unless it involves her.
  • Downplayed: Carla's normally a well-behaved, nice girl, but has her moments.
  • Justified:
    • Hormonal changes in her teenaged body cause her to have heavy mood swings.
    • Carla's behavior is that of a much younger child, and her parents treat her like one because she is not mature enough to have the privileges normally conferred upon someone her age.
    • Carla doesn't get enough attention because her annoying younger siblings get all of it, and acting like this is her way to get attention.
    • Carla's parents are extremely neglectful and her acting out is her way of getting them to notice her.
  • Inverted: Carla is the kindest and humblest person in the family.
  • Gender-Inverted:
  • Subverted: Carla acts bratty like this, but when she gets enough attention and is happy she's a sweet girl who's easy to get along with.
  • Double Subverted: Carla appears to just need attention to be amiable, but still yells and cries even after you try to get along with her.
  • Parodied:
    • Carla screams that she hates everyone and slams doors at the slightest provocation.
    • The split second she hits puberty, Carla transforms from a sweet-natured little angel into one of these.
    • Carla's demands are quite minor and reasonable but everyone reacts like she is a total brat for wanting a notebook and number #2 pencil.
    • From the stories he tells about her, Bob's coworkers assume that his daughter is a typical moody teen; it turns out she's actually eight years old.
  • Zig Zagged: Some episodes Carla is a nice teenage girl, while others she is a self-centered brat.
  • Averted: Carla has the same moods and level of selfishness as all the other characters on the show.
  • Enforced: "We need someone everyone can hate."
  • Lampshaded: "Carla, you pitch just one more hissy fit over your cuticle cream and I'll start slapping you until you stop talking, got it?"
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  • Invoked: Carla throws a tantrum to make herself look bad in front of her relatives and embarrass her parents.
  • Exploited: Someone (sibling or peer) repeatedly presses Carla's Berserk Button(s) to trigger her outbursts, just For The Lulz.
  • Defied: Carla is annoyed by other self-centered teenaged girls and decides to try her best to not become that.
  • Discussed: "What do you mean you don't throw tantrums?! You're a teenager!"
  • Conversed: "Of course Carla's been insufferable since the new season, she's the teenage daughter now."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice and Bob give Carla everything they can to make her happy, but they end up ruining their own lives trying to impress their ungrateful daughter.note 
    • Carla is seen years later as an adult and has not changed a bit, as she is still an ill-tempered, drama-prone, lazy Attention Whore who burns bridges left and right, is utterly incapable of sincerely taking responsibility for any of her many bad acts, regularly manufactures major life crises for attention, is constantly starting trouble with other people for no good reason, rarely works or keeps a job for very long, and mooches off of her boyfriends until they get sick of her shit or catch her cheating on them (and she is notorious for faking pregnancies to try and drag them back in). She is almost universally disliked, and the only people who still willingly associate with her are her equally shitty and trashy friends, thirsty orbiters who want to sleep with her, and the rare few outsiders who buy her latest sob story and give her the benefit of the doubt (though they seldom last long, and are usually the subject of social media posts about "fake friends" and "toxic people" whenever they do fall out with her).
  • Reconstructed:
    • Carla becomes much happier when her parents realize that she doesn't get the love and attention she needs.
    • After seeing the damage she's caused, Carla complete reforms her attitude and the way she lives.
  • Played For Laughs: Carla's obnoxious behaviour is a source of comedy for her bewildered parents.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Carla is going beyond talking back and whining, as she's involved with hard drugs and dangerous people, frequently runs away from home, has repeatedly come home blackout drunk, is dating a man who is significantly older than her, is a notorious and incorrigible thief, and has used or threatened to use a False Rape Accusation to evade consequences or exact revenge for attempts to rein her in on multiple occasions. She is absolutely out of control, and people are prepared for the worst.
    • Carla's poor behaviour is indicative of a more serious problem, such as depression (which is often expressed as anger in teenagers), bipolar, or a burgeoning personality disorder, or it's a reaction to an abusive environment/situation.

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