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Basic Trope: Parents who don't discipline their children for certain reasons.

  • Straight: Carl's parents are afraid to punish Carl.
  • Exaggerated: Carl's parents become suicidal of the thought of giving Carl a time out.
  • Downplayed: Carl's parents feel nervous whenever faced with the situation where they could berate Carl for his bad behavior.
  • Justified:
    • Carl is a Creepy Child prone to committing irrevocably evil acts that even an average strict parent would be afraid to punish.
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    • Carl's parents punishing Carl is a horrible reminder of how each of their parents punished them, often a bit too much.
    • Carl's parents would feel that Carl would hate and resent them forever if they discipline him.
    • Carl's parents came from abusive backgrounds and are afraid of Jumping Off the Slippery Slope if they so much as raise their voices at him.
    • Carl's parents favor him more than Jake, whom they (and Carl) treat horribly.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: It seems that Carl's parents are afraid to punish him in public, and they are currently punishing him in private...
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  • Double Subverted: ...just until they start crying for disciplining him for the very first time.
  • Parodied: Carl's parents are afraid to punish Carl for the things that they would normally shrug off (accidentally spilling the milk, leaving the television on, forgetting to brush his teeth, etc.)
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Carl's parents are good parents who discipline him for his own good.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "You two call yourselves parents?! Control that little psychopath of yours!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Carl recognizes quickly how easy it is to manipulate his parents into giving him anything he wants, exploiting their passiveness.
  • Defied:
    • Although they won't like it, they put aside their soft feelings and begin disciplining Carl.
    • Although he won't always like it, Carl pleads his parents to punish him for his wrongdoing.
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  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Carl ends up becoming a Spoiled Brat who feels entitled to anything and everything he wants, and ends up becoming a loafer that mooches off his parents' enabling attitudes.

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