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Basic Trope: A character must care for an egg

  • Straight: Alice finds an abandoned nest. She takes the egg home and keeps it warm until it hatches.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The egg hatches out something unusual, such as a fairy, a dragon, a demon, a monster, etc.
    • The egg is a Cosmic Egg, with the beginnings of a whole new universe (or deity) inside.
  • Downplayed: Alice enjoys taking care of baby pets for others, and one of her jobs is to hatch an egg and take care of it for somebody.
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  • Justified: Eggs can often contain something cool, and may be found or otherwise obtained by a character.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is curled up inside the egg.
    • Alice participates in an Easter egg hunt, but cannot find any eggs.
  • Subverted: Alice finds an egg and decides to take care of it, but she drops it and it splatters.
  • Double subverted: She finds a second egg from the same nest.
  • Parodied: The egg hatches out... Candy.
  • Zig Zagged: Some eggs are significant to the plot, others are not.
  • Averted: There is no egg.
  • Enforced: You must care for my egg and hatch it, or else: Among some Brood Parasite birds, if the "Mafia Hypothesis" holds.
  • Lampshaded: "I can't come to dinner tonight, Bob. I have to sit on my egg." "You laid an egg?" "No, I found one."
  • Invoked: Alice trips and lands just in front of an abandoned nest.
  • Exploited: ???
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  • Defied: Alice decides to leave the nest alone, just in case the mother bird/dragon/dinosaur/whatever comes back.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Alice may not know how to care for the critter in question.
  • Reconstructed: Alice does her homework and learns how to go about it.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Alice is chased away when she tries to pick up the egg.
    • The egg hatches out Marshmallow Cheeps.
    • Alice participates in a Calvinball-like variation of an Easter egg hunt.
  • Played For Drama: Alice has to teach the hatchling to be whatever its species is, but (obviously) can't do that.

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