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Basic Trope: An arrogant, selfish and disrespectful Mouthy Kid who demands to be given everything.

  • Straight: Freddy is an unpleasant 7 years old kid who has no respect for his elders and yells in absolute rage whenever people refuse to give him something he wants.
  • Exaggerated: Freddy struts around, talks down to anyone he meets, never asks permission for anything, looks contemptuously at people who call him out for his behavior and his parents never discipline him.
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  • Downplayed: Freddy would be Spoiled Sweet, except he's a bit self-centered and insistent on getting his way. He tends more towards Puppy-Dog Eyes rather than tantrum-throwing to negotiate and would give to someone less fortunate than him...if not for being ignorant of others' situations.
  • Justified:
    • Freddy was never taught how to behave and is only showing what he knows.
    • Freddy was brought up by Pushover Parents who couldn't care less about him, or if they did, were so inept at parenting they compensated for it by giving in to his whims.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Freddy only acts this way to piss people off but is actually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who only lets very few people on his true self and is totally devoted to said people.
  • Double Subverted: But he only does so to ensure himself a court of loyal followers for him to use in his plans later on.
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  • Parodied: Freddy is a grown man who still acts like this, complete with public temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way.
  • Zig Zagged: Freddy seems unpleasant and selfish, except that he's a nice guy underneath it all, except the niceness was just an act to get someone on his good side, except that he really can be nice when he wants to be, except...
  • Averted: Freddy is polite and well-mannered.
  • Enforced: Children Are a Waste
  • Lampshaded: "Freddy, you're just asking for a slap across the face now..."
  • Invoked: A Child Hater takes Freddy as an example as for why they can't stand kids.
  • Exploited: The Big Bad bribes Freddy with food and toys to win him over, while using him to get useful information. It helps that Freddy is naive enough to not understand the seriousness of the situation and selfish enough to not care anyway.
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  • Defied: Freddy knows his parents won't discipline him for anything, but refuses to be a rotten brat.
  • Discussed: "You know, it's baffling how parents won't discipline their kids these days..."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Freddy gets everything he wants from his parents but is never satisfied and always wants more. He ends up a Lonely Rich Kid because no one wants to be around him any longer, not even his parents who throw him out of their house when he turns 18.
    • Freddy has Pushover Parents who try to compensate their crappy parenting skills by giving him what he asks for. He doesn't have much of a relationship with his parents and is quite lonely. When he falls on hard luck, no one feels sorry for him because he's seen as wholly deserving. Eventually, he crosses the Despair Event Horizon.
    • Freddy's parents confuse love with buying someone material possessions and basically treat him like a spoiled accessory dog and no one realizes the true reason for Freddy's discontent is due to feeling dehumanized, so they pass him off as spoiled (because having money means you have to be happy, right?) and his parents react by buying him more things to make him shut up. To make matters worse, Freddy starts to believe the implications that money can buy happiness and tries to compensate for his feelings of worthlessness through greed Conspicuous Consumption and haughty behavior.
  • Reconstructed: Freddy eventually learns that his behavior is unacceptable and starts being more polite and apologizes to everyone he's been nasty too. Of course, he only does this for the sake of getting what he wants.

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