Follow TV Tropes


Playing With / Kid with the Leash

Go To

Basic Trope: A kid holds back his Sealed Evil in a Can from doing evil.

  • Straight: The demon Riptongue would like nothing more than to bathe in the blood of his enemies, but Alice convinces him to spare them.
  • Exaggerated: Alice's presence is so purifying that Riptongue actively helps his enemies get any counselling they need to become upstanding citizens.
  • Downplayed: Riptongue kills his enemies despite Alice's protests, unless she can give a practical reason for sparing them.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is Riptongue's Morality Chain.
    • Riptongue owes Alice a debt, or is bound to serve her.
  • Inverted: Riptongue prefers to leave his enemies alive, but Alice convinces him that it isn't worth the effort.
  • Subverted: Riptongue only pretends to be swayed, so he can gain Alice's trust.
  • Double Subverted: ...But over time he starts seeing her as a genuine friend and listens to her for its own sake.
  • Parodied:
    • Riptongue is on a literal leash, which Alice yanks if she doesn't like what he's trying to do.
    • Riptongue is Alice's Henpecked Husband.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice holds no sway over Riptongue's actions or morality.
  • Enforced: "Give the demon some character development!"
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Alice builds up a relationship with Riptongue, in part to minimise the damage he causes.
  • Exploited: Alice threatens to sick her demon on people if they don't provide for her.
  • Advertisement:
  • Defied: Alice lets the villains kidnap her so that Riptongue will kill them all.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Alice and Riptongue start spending time together, and Riptongue starts sparing his enemies.
  • Deconstructed: Alice becomes a target because she has sway over Riptongue.
  • Reconstructed: Her willingness to spare even her kidnappers helps Riptongue to become a better person.

Back to Kid with the Leash.

Example of: