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Basic Trope: Character struggles with the scorn of their peers based on something their parents did wrong.

  • Straight: Jake and Lucy's father was a convicted felon who passed away in prison, while their mother is a known alcoholic; because of this, the other adults see the two as a "lost cause" and have taught their children to scorn the pair.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Jake and Lucy struggle with their family's poor reputation because Daddy once shortchanged the grocery store by a penny, even though he corrected the mistake immediately after making it.
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    • Jake and Lucy were both conceived by rape, so everyone treats them like rapists even though neither of them even reached puberty yet.
  • Downplayed:
    • Jake and Lucy's father murdered the son of a local celebrity in a bar brawl and was executed. Their mother is rumored to have slept around and was Teen Pregnant with Jake; it's rumored that they aren't even both related to their infamous father, though that doesn't spare them from suffering for his bad reputation.
    • The discrimination lasted for a few weeks; afterwards, Jake and Lucy were treated as normal people.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Jake and Lucy's upstanding parents are judged for their children's misdeeds.
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    • Jake and Lucy are presumed to be innocent and charitable at all times, in spite of their secret (or not-so-secret) misdeeds, because their parents have always been held in high-esteem.
    • The people assume Jake and Lucy are good, because their parents were bad, and evil (supposedly) skips a generation.
  • Subverted: Despite their parents having a bad rep, Jake and Lucy are judged for who they are.
  • Double Subverted: ...At least, that's what everyone claims. In practice, it's clear that isn't the case by a longshot.
  • Parodied: The townspeople are proven right as Jake and Lucy grow up to be exact clones of their parents.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • No one considers judging people by their parents.
    • Jake and Lucy are orphans.
  • Enforced: Rule of Drama
  • Lampshaded: "Well, of course Jake and Lucy are bad; after all, we all know that evil runs In the Blood."
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  • Invoked: The mayor paid the media to post the picture of the criminal's family up on the TV screen so that they will be recognized.
  • Exploited:
    • Whenever anyone does something bad in the town, they use Jake and Lucy as a convenient scapegoat.
    • When the villain needs followers, he showers Jake and Lucy with affection and praise; since he's the first person who didn't treat them like garbage, they become his loyal followers Because You Were Nice to Me.
  • Defied:
    • After the incident, Jake and Lucy's mother moves away from that community to spare her children that sort of treatment.
    • The new Mayor of the town gives everyone a scathing admonishment, causing them to feel ashamed of themselves and to judge Jake and Lucy by their own merits.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "This show is sick! You shouldn't judge people by who they're related to."
  • Implied: Everyone is afraid of Jake and Lucy, except for their few friends; the reason for this is never mentioned.
  • Deconstructed: Having never really been given a chance, the siblings suffer until Jake is murdered while trying to keep the football team from raping his sister; when the police laugh off any thoughts of prosecuting the offenders, Lucy goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge that basically wipes the town off the map.
  • Reconstructed: After slaying her tormentors, Lucy goes into exile: while overseas, she performs some acts of heroism and becomes a hero there; the people there love and admire her, and she moves permanently. When they learn about her past they not only support her, but also defend her from slanderers and would-be tormentors.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Jake and Lucy are a Brother-Sister Team of scrappies.
    • Jake and Lucy move to another country where they aren't well known and become a local hero thereafter they save the King from an assassin; when a crowd of onlookers gathers around to applaud them, Jake makes a comment about how them not knowing how to Boo and the King they saved actually has to explain what applause are.
  • Played For Drama: Not only Jake and Lucy the town's scapegoats because of their parents' misdeeds, but those same parents also abuse them; due to this double whammy of being scorned by everyone for the actions of the very same people who abuse them, and shown No Sympathy whatsoever - Jake and Lucy are, eventually, Driven to Suicide.

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