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Basic Trope: A parent creature followed by babies.

  • Straight: A mother duck crosses the road with 5 ducklings trailing behind her.
  • Exaggerated: The duck has 50 ducklings trailing behind her.
  • Downplayed: Just one duckling, and she has to catch its attention to keep it from wandering away.
  • Justified: The ducklings imprint on their mother, so she can protect them and better teach them how to be, well, ducks.
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  • Inverted: The ducklings walk ahead of the mother duck.
  • Subverted: The duck appears and crosses the street by herself.
  • Double Subverted: But then several ducklings cross the street when she calls to them.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • The duck has no babies.
    • The duck crossing the street is...a drake.
  • Enforced: Shown Their Work
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: The ducklings hatch and imprint on their mother.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The mother duck never leaves the nest.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: A group of four ducks wearing distinctive wigs do the famous Abbey Road Crossing scene. They start performing atop a roof-top after that.
  • Played For Drama: Someone runs over the ducks because they're too impatient and uncaring.

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