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Basic Trope: The host of a children's show is a bad person, completely deranged, has substance abuse problems, or is otherwise not fit for their occupation because of a serious character flaw.

  • Straight: Uncle Bob is a pill-popping alcoholic who makes harsh threats toward his coworkers while his show is on the air.
  • Exaggerated: Uncle Bob is a pedophilic child murderer and his show remains on the air somehow.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • The stress of running a show where he has to be family-friendly at all times has caused Uncle Bob to snap.
    • Uncle Bob is a Child Hater and he has no problem making his hatred of his job known.
  • Inverted:
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  • Subverted: Uncle Bob is suspected of being a child molester, but it turns out to be nothing but a slanderous rumor.
  • Double Subverted: While Uncle Bob doesn't molest children, he is abusive to his own children.
  • Parodied: Uncle Bob's insanity and the questionable content of his show is played for Black Comedy.
  • Zig Zagged: Uncle Bob is alleged to be involved in a sex scandal. The sex scandal turns out to be a slanderous rumor. After that, rumors spread that he's addicted to narcotics. Uncle Bob claims this is a lie, but it's later revealed he actually does partake in narcotics. But only as prescribed by a doctor. Who is a Dr. Feelgood.
  • Averted: All children's show hosts are shown as relatively normal and innocent people.
  • Enforced: "Let's have one of the villains be a kids' show host who isn't right in the head. It's a famously disturbing character concept and would allow for a good deal of dark content for our series."
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  • Lampshaded: Adults make remarks that Uncle Bob's show isn't suitable for children and that the network executives would pull the plug on his show if they had common sense.
  • Invoked: Uncle Bob lets his personal issues trouble him to the point that he no longer cares about hosting his show appropriately.
  • Defied:
    • Uncle Bob refuses to partake in activities that would tarnish his reputation as a popular kids' show host and takes therapy sessions so he doesn't go crazy.
    • Uncle Bob turns down the job of hosting a kids' show because he doesn't want kids to turn out like him.
  • Discussed: "Isn't it weird how some villains used to be children's entertainers?"
  • Conversed: "If I had a job like that, I'd probably snap, too."
  • Implied: A child's parents forbid their kid from watching the show, stating that Uncle Bob is a bad role model.
  • Deconstructed: Uncle Bob's depraved actions result in him getting arrested and his show pulled off the air for good.
  • Reconstructed: After Uncle Bob is arrested, the network simply decides to replace him with a more honest person than to cancel the show, this time doing a thorough background check to make sure the new host won't cause any problems.
  • Played For Laughs: Uncle Bob calls the children watching his show "brats" and quickly corrects himself after realizing his slip-up.
  • Played For Drama: Uncle Bob's audience view him as a Broken Pedestal because of his dishonest actions and everyone he runs into refuse to forgive him for what he's done even though he really does want to change his ways.

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