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Basic Trope: The teenaged daughter in a Dom Com is usually bratty and self-centered.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob's teenaged daughter Carla is a whiny, self-involved drama queen.
  • Exaggerated: Carla is a huge drama queen and doesn't care about anything the family does unless it involves her.
  • Justified: Hormonal changes in her teenaged body cause her to be moody.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Carla acts bratty like this, but when she gets enough attention and is happy she's a sweet girl who's easy to get along with.
  • Double Subverted: Carla appears to just need attention to be amiable, but still yells and cries even after you try to get along with her.
  • Parodied:
    • Carla screams that she hates everyone and slams doors at the slightest provocation.
    • The split second she hits puberty, Carla transforms from a sweet-natured little angel into one of these.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Carla doesn't get enough attention because her annoying younger siblings get all of it, and acting like this this is her way to get attention.
    • Alternately: Alice and Bob give Carla everything they can to make her happy, but they end up ruining their own lives trying to impress their ungrateful daughter.[1]
  • Reconstructed:
    • Carla becomes much happier when her parents realize that she doesn't get the love and attention she needs.
    • After seeing the damage she's caused, Carla complete reforms her attitude and the way she lives.
  • Zig Zagged: One episode Carla is a nice teenaged girl, and the next she is a self-centered brat.
  • Averted: Carla has the same moods and level of selfishness as all the other characters on the show.
  • Enforced: We need someone everyone can hate.
  • Lampshaded: "Look at that girl over there, throwing a tantrum. She must be a teenager."
  • Invoked: Carla throws a tantrum to make herself look bad in front of her relatives and embarrass her parents.
  • Defied: Carla is annoyed by other self-centered teenaged girls and decides to try her best to not become that.
  • Discussed: "What do you mean you don't throw tantrums?! You're a teenager!"
  • Conversed: "Of course Carla's been insufferable since the new season, she's the teenage daughter now."

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  1. i. e. Mildred Pierce
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