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Basic Trope: A child hero is reduced to a lower status in life, usually a servant.

  • Straight: Madam Bitchica forces Alice to work as a servant in her own home.
  • Exaggerated: Madam Bitchica beats, humiliates, and starves Alice, but still expects her to complete her chores on time.
  • Downplayed: Madam Bitchica favors her own daughters and gives Alice more chores than them, but still treats her like a member of the family.
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  • Justified: Madam Bitchica wants her children to do well in life, but Alice has a more legitimate claim to inherit her father's estate. So she mistreats Alice, hoping to drive her away, so that her own daughters can inherit.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice forces her stepmother to work as a servant.
    • Madam Bitchica neglects her biological daughters and spoils Alice.
  • Subverted: Madam Bitchica is trying to build Alice's character.
  • Double Subverted: She just said that to get away with treating Alice like crap.
  • Parodied: Madam Bitchica forces Alice to build her an entire mansion from scratch in one day. Alice does it, singing "It's the Hard-Knock Life" the whole time.
  • Zig Zagged: Madam Bitchica has occasional Pet the Dog moments, but still treats Alice like a servant.
  • Lampshaded: "I'm going to treat you like a servant because I'm the villain of this story."
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  • Averted: Alice has a normal upbringing.
  • Enforced: "If Alice had nice parents, it wouldn't be as exciting when she got the letter inviting her to Wizarding School."
  • Lampshaded: "Clean the whole house or no food for a week." — "Yes, Stepmother."
  • Invoked: The Eccentric Mentor left Alice with Madam Bitchica because he thought it would build character.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The McCoy didn't leave Alice with Madam Bitchica because he didn't want her to be abused.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Oh great, it's another version of Cinderella."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Madam Bitchica causes Alice the emotional damage of Abusive Parents in Real Life.
    • The police find out about this and arrest Bitchica for child abuse.
  • Reconstructed: Although it wasn't Madam Bitchica's intention, the experience does build Alice's character.
  • Played For Laughs: Madam Bitchica gives Alice a Hilariously Abusive Childhood.

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