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Basic Trope: A child is resented by an adult taking care of them for putting them in their position as guardian.

  • Straight:
    • Young Charlie is put under the custody of an extended family member, who finds no pleasure in it and mistreats him.
    • Single parent Bob is left to take care of his son, Charlie, but doesn't really have any fondness for the boy.
    • Alice works as the owner of an orphanage but finds no joy in neither taking of the children nor the children themselves.
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    • Alice's husband who has a son from a previous marriage dies, leaving her embittered and caring for the son, Charlie.
    • Alice and Bob don't seem all too pleased that they are stuck with taking care of their son, Charlie.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • As much as they resent taking care of him, Charlie's caretaker/s are at worst, neglectful towards him. Which has pretty much taught Charlie how to take care of himself.
    • Orphanage owner Alice falls into Parental Neglect towards the kids.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Charlie resents his caretaker(s).
    • The orphans aren't too fond of Alice.
  • Subverted:
    • But it turns out, Charlie's relative/s are just like that to everyone. Really, he's no exception.
    • Charlie's caretaker/s have...different ways of showing they care.
    • Alice's actions are just her way of masking her grief over losing her husband. In truth, she really loves her step son and it doesn't matter whether or not she's his mother by blood.
    • Then one day, Charlie's parents make it up to him by bringing him out.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: As obvious as it is, Charlie is either oblivious or in denial over how much his caretaker/s clearly resent him.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: No matter what the circumstances leading to Charlie being under their care, his caretaker/s love and care for him through and through.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Your son is gonna have an interesting upbringing under your care."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Despite how Bob feels about the circumstances that led him to take care of Charlie, he tries to treat him well and form a close parent-child bond.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Charlie was orphaned at such a young age and was placed in the care of some relatives. Throughout the series, he's said that he doesn't like being at home and has said I Just Want to Have Friends multiple times. Not to mention that he Desperately Craves Affection and has "Well Done, Son!" Guy tendencies.
    • Charlie has a poor relationship with his parents. There have been off handed comments about them having had big dreams but now, they struggle with managing things.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: The amount of mistreatment Charlie gets is presented in a Hilariously Abusive Childhood manner.
  • Played For Drama: Charlie ends up having issues (see Deconstructed) later in life.

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