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Basic Trope: Children are cruel, callous bullies.

  • Straight: Alice is a 7-year-old and bullies the other kids.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Alice is an 12-year-old who bullies the younger kids.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Children Are Innocent.
  • Subverted: Alice may seem to act like a bully to other children but suddenly acts nice.
  • Double Subverted: Only because she's hiding her true personalities and using them for her own selfish purposes.
  • Parodied: Alice is essentially a super-villain with her own secret lair and plans for world domination.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice switches from mean to nice depending on a certain mood she's in.
  • Averted: Alice is neither cruel nor kind.
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  • Enforced: The writer has a distaste for children and plans on portraying children as monsters.
  • Lampshaded: "Your mother should have aborted you, Alice."
  • Invoked:
    • Alice's parents teach her how to be mean to other children to make her feel special.
    • The Corrupter turns Alice into a cruel kid.
  • Defied: "Yes, children can be downright mean but not all children are total sociopaths, so we're going to have something not even Alice would cross."
  • Exploited: Bob is a classmate of Alice who sees that Alice keeps the other kids under her heel with constant bullying, so he tries to get on her good side to also control the other kids to an extent.
  • Discussed: "Just because Alice is a child and doesn't know any better doesn't mean her actions are excusable."
  • Conversed: "Do you think the author created Alice as a representation of how some children behave in real life?"
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  • Deconstructed: Sally the Social Worker cannot understand why Alice still choose to be cruel despite having no Freudian Excuse: she lives a somewhat comfortable life, no one bullies her, and has a loving supporting family. Because of this, Sally begins to question if all children are like Alice.
  • Reconstructed: Sally acknowledge that there are some children like Alice who are a lost cause, but the majority of kids aren't all like that, and children mostly do cruel things because something in their lives made them that way.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice wishes to rule the world while delivering an Evil Laugh.
  • Played For Drama: Alice's parents disowns her because of her heartlessness, and whether or not Alice cares, she now has to fend for herself alone with most of the world wanting her dead.

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