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Basic Trope: A character who hates children.

  • Straight: Harold is a Jerkass who hates children.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Harold is annoyed by children, but doesn't really despise them.
    • Harold despises babies and toddlers, but doesn't mind older children.
    • Harold is a Sadist Teacher, but doesn't treat adults much better.
    • Harold loathes children, but keeps the hatred to himself and doesn't act on it.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Friend to All Children
    • Harold is a kid who hates all adults even though he will become one in later years.
  • Subverted:
    • Harold only seemed to hate children because he had a rotten day and was feeling grumpy.
    • Harold doesn't hate children, he just avoids them because he's bad with them.
    • It turns out that Harold actually Hates Everyone Equally.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Even when he's in a good mood, Harold despises all children.
    • Turns out he only hates the child protagonist for some reason.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Harold's attitude towards children varies depending on what mood he is in.
    • Harold only hates some children, while some are tolerated, and some are liked.
  • Averted: Characters in the setting either like children or at least tolerate them. None of them express any hostility towards children even when they are annoyed by them.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded:
    • "I'm sorry, but you're going to have to get that kid of yours out of my sight! And if I ever see him again, you are fired!"
    • "How could you hate children Harold? You were a kid once!"
  • Invoked: Children Are a Waste
  • Exploited: Harold runs for a political position, but the heroes keep him from winning the election by exposing his hatred of children to the public.
  • Defied: Harold refuses to show hostility towards children, knowing that doing so will make some people see him as a horrible person.
  • Discussed: "It seems a lot of people think all children are spoiled brats. Honestly, they've never met my well-behaved son!"
  • Conversed: "Why would a child watch shows where a villain hates children?"
  • Implied:
    • When Harold looks at someone's baby, he looks at it with disdain.
    • Harold is poor and unemployed, but still refuses to apply for a teaching job even though he's qualified.
  • Played For Laughs: Harold is used as an Acceptable Target Butt-Monkey for the pranks of the child characters.
  • Played For Drama: Even though Harold would never hurt a child and isn't a bad person, other people accuse him of being "heartless" because he can't stand children.

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