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Basic Trope: A child kills their parents.

  • Straight: Carl has shot both Alice and Bob in both of their faces.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Carl's parents were abusive.
    • Carl's parents were villains.
    • Alice and Bob never gave Carl what he wants and Carl does this out of revenge.
    • Carl is inherently evil.
    • Carl's parents were about to kill him and he did it in self-defense.
    • Carl does this to save innocent bystanders who were about to be harmed by his parents.
    • Carl wants his inheritance money sooner rather than later.
    • Carl's parents were crippled to the point of near death by someone else and were unable to recover from their condition, and so poor Carl had no other choice but to put them out of their misery.
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    • Carl's parents were pretty strict towards him, which was enough to set him off.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • It appears that the murder of Carl's parents was an accident.
    • It appears that Carl was framed for killing his parents.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
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  • Zig Zagged: It looks like Carl killed his parents, but then it turns out Bob did it. Of course, this is because Alice payed him to, but Alice is bankrolled by Carl... Or rather, Carl's Split Personality, Steven. It then turns it was the 'good' side, Carl, that ordered the hit after a Split-Personality Merge.
  • Averted: Carl never kills his parents.
  • Enforced:
    • "Okay, so Emperor Evulz gets defeated. We want an early sign that Carl will grow up to be the new Big Bad." "Let's have him kill his own parents."
    • "We want an Anti-Hero with a Dark and Troubled Past, let's have him as the son of Emperor Evulz and have him killed his evil parents?"
  • Lampshaded: "What have you done, Carl!? They were your parents!"
  • Invoked:
    • Carl's parents deliberately raise him to be a murderer.
    • Carl's parents abuse him in the hope that he kills them.
  • Exploited:
    • In his adulthood, Carl works as a hitman.
    • Carl uses it to get his inheritance early.
  • Defied:
    • Carl refuses to kill his parents, no matter what they do to him.
    • Worried that Carl might be murderous, his parents give him what he wants so he doesn't kill them.
    • After Carl attempts to murder his parents, they give him up for adoption in another city.
  • Discussed:
    • "Mom and Dad are so evil. I would kill them, but that would be wrong."
    • "The term "orphaned" implies someone else made me an orphan...Not so much as it turns out."
  • Conversed: "Carl killed his parents at the end of the episode? About time! I never liked them anyways."
  • Implied: Carl walks into his parents' house carrying a knife. The next time we see him, he's living with his grandparents.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Carl is soon exposed for the murder of his parents and is tried as an adult. As he becomes an adult, he is sentenced for 25 years in prison.
    • Alex and Claire team up to avenge their parents' deaths by killing Carl.
    • Carl realizes too late that this was a terrible idea, and he now misses Alice and Bob. He becomes a pariah to the rest of the world, and his siblings shun him.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Although this didn't stop him from being satisfied in killing his parents. Also, he breaks out at the first opportunity.
    • Of course, Alex and Claire were abusive siblings towards Carl, so Carl kills them successfully.
    • Carl is enrolled in an institution that is focused on helping children to earn back their places in society.
  • Played For Laughs: Carl's parents ground him. When he kills them as revenge, his friend Adam says, "It's good to have you back, Carl."
  • Played For Drama:
    • Carl has killed Alice and Bob while making his siblings, Alex and Claire, watch.
    • Carl has a nasty argument with his parents. Carl yells at the both of them, telling them that he wished they were dead, which earns him a slap from Bob. Carl then punches Bob in return, earning the rage of Alice who scolds him for doing that to his own father. Carl pushes Alice down, which then leads to a fight between him and Bob. Losing the fight, Carl grabs a gun out of desperation and shoots Bob, killing him in the process. Carl turns to Alice, who is shocked that Carl would kill his own father, and to her horror, she gets shot and killed too. A few minutes have passed and Carl realizes what he has done and leaves the house with no idea what to do next.
  • Plot Foundation: Carl averting Children Are Innocent makes it that much easier to believe he's a Complete Monster later in the story.

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