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Basic Trope: A character who practices a certain profession fails to notice that their family members need assistance in that field.

  • Straight: Bob is a therapist specializing in child psychology, but his relationship with his own children is distant and dysfunctional.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is a doctor, yet does nothing when his own children get fatally ill.
    • The White Mage can't heal himself.
  • Downplayed: While Bob is shown to struggle when dealing with family problems, he still has a good relationship with all of them.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is able to recognize and diagnose his patients because he is unrelated to them. It's not so easy with his kids.
    • Bob's children developed issues from Bob treating them like patients instead of his children.
  • Inverted: Bob is excellent at diagnosing and helping his children - not so much with his patients.
  • Subverted: It seems like Bob is going to be set up as an ineffectual father to his children, but that turns out to be a Red Herring of sorts - he's a good, attentive father.
  • Double Subverted: one child, at least. The others get a mix of emotionlessness and apathy from him.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob is a mechanic, yet refuses to fix his own car when it breaks down.
    • Bob is literally a cobbler, but everyone else in his family Does Not Like Shoes, and they all refuse to wear them despite his insistence.
  • Zig Zagged: He's a good father some days. Others, he's just not very good at all.
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  • Averted: He's competent as both a father and therapist.
  • Enforced: "Those blue-collar idiots watching at home won't sympathize with this highly-paid therapist unless his home life is in a shambles."
  • Lampshaded: "My son's in trouble at school? Why didn't I see this coming?"
  • Invoked: "Can't talk to you now, son, daddy has to go to work."
  • Exploited: School bullies bully the child, knowing that the father won't help..
  • Defied: "Huh, you know, if I remember my schooling, some of that could probably be applied to my home life."
  • Discussed: "It sickens me that there are people who say they are better psychologists than me, but can't see what's right in front of them."
  • Conversed: "Is he blind!? Look at his kids!"
  • Deconstructed: Bob's troubling home life takes a huge toll on his ability to relate to others. As a result, he fails as both a therapist and a father.
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  • Played For Laughs: Bob's a great therapist, but when he applies his skills to his dysfunctional family, Hilarity Ensues (as well as screwball hijinks and wacky antics).
  • Played For Drama: Bob Wangsts about how he can help everybody except the people he loves.

Please go back to The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes and edit it - my father, despite being a Troper, refuses to do so himself.

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