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Basic Trope: The character is the child of a military person.

  • Straight: Junior is the son of Sergeant Bob.
  • Exaggerated: Both of Junior's parents came from a long family line of military personnel.
  • Downplayed: Junior's father is a veteran, but Junior was born after Bob left the army.
  • Justified:
    • It is mandatory for Junior's country for people to serve in the military for a number of years once they've come of age.
    • Junior's country is defended by a warrior aristocracy.
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  • Inverted: Junior is a solider who has parents who have never served in the military.
  • Subverted: Bob once thought about joining the military but has chosen the life of a civilian instead.
  • Double Subverted: Bob was soon conscripted into the military by the government.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob works for the military but is quite incompetent. Junior is embarrassed by his father.
    • Junior is a bratty child who likes to wear a military getup.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob isn't currently in the military, but it turns out he was until (and during) The War. This gave him a deep pacifist outlook, which he fails to impart to Junior, who joins the army out of rebelliousness.
  • Averted: Junior has civilian parents.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Man, look at Junior go. I bet his dad is a soldier or something."
  • Invoked: A recruiter knocked on Junior's home and asked if his father is interested in joining the military.
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  • Exploited: Junior would often use the fact that his father is a military man to gain leverage in social situations.
  • Defied:
    • Bob's wife, Alice, is trying to prevent Bob from joining the military due to fear that he may get killed or die.
    • Bob is a (former) soldier who doesn't want kids and neither does his wife, Alice.
  • Discussed: "The military's been in a recruitment spree these past few days. Sooner or later we might hear news that Junior's dad have joined the military."
  • Conversed: "Why are all military brats like that on TV? I've met people with soldiers for parents and not all of them turned out like that."
  • Implied: A photograph was found in Junior's house. It was a picture of a lady, a child who bare resemblance to Junior and a man in military uniform.
  • Deconstructed: Junior's childhood is brutal compared to other people due to how strict and disciplinarian his father, Sergeant Bob, is.
    • Junior resents the fact that he spent so much of his childhood moving around different places and had to change schools and friends all the time, but wasn't allowed to be even just a little sad about it because his dad told him he just needed to suck it up and deal with it.
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  • Reconstructed: Sergeant Bob is quite a loving and caring family man despite what his occupation implies him to be.
  • Played For Drama: Junior is an orphan. Sergeant Bob was killed in combat. Alice commited suicide after she heard the news.

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