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12th Mar '16 12:07:12 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/TheSaddestMusicInTheWorld'', Roderick asks his father if he has seen his missing wife and sure enough she turns out to be Roderick brother's current lover.
24th Feb '16 9:57:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheMiddleman'', Wendy Watson very specifically mentions that her father disappeared "under mysterious and as-yet unexplained circumstances". [[spoiler:He shows up in the cliffhanger ending of the comic continuity, but remained MIA in the TV version]]

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* In ''TheMiddleman'', ''Series/TheMiddleman'', Wendy Watson very specifically mentions that her father disappeared "under mysterious and as-yet unexplained circumstances". [[spoiler:He shows up in the cliffhanger ending of the comic continuity, but remained MIA in the TV version]]



* That Ned's father in ''PushingDaisies'' abandoned him at a boarding school as a child is mentioned at practically the beginning of every episode. In the episode The Norwegians, Ned and Olive are rescued by a mysterious man, who at the end of the episode is revealed to be Ned's dad. Unfortunately, due to the cancellation of the show, this became an ''AbortedArc'' and was never mentioned again for the rest of the series. In addition, Charlotte's father may be a twist on this trope, as he really is dead until Ned brings him back to life.

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* That Ned's father in ''PushingDaisies'' ''Series/PushingDaisies'' abandoned him at a boarding school as a child is mentioned at practically the beginning of every episode. In the episode The Norwegians, Ned and Olive are rescued by a mysterious man, who at the end of the episode is revealed to be Ned's dad. Unfortunately, due to the cancellation of the show, this became an ''AbortedArc'' and was never mentioned again for the rest of the series. In addition, Charlotte's father may be a twist on this trope, as he really is dead until Ned brings him back to life.



* ''TerraNova'': Commander Taylor's son went missing some years back.

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* ''TerraNova'': ''Series/TerraNova'': Commander Taylor's son went missing some years back.



* ''TwinPeaks'' had Josie Packard's deceased husband Andrew.

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* ''TwinPeaks'' ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had Josie Packard's deceased husband Andrew.
31st Jan '16 1:21:51 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* In ''NoMoreHeroes'', [[spoiler: Jeane (the person, not [[MoralityPet the cat]]), Travis' long-lost former love interest]] combines this with AllThereInTheManual. [[spoiler: And then she comes into the scene when she shows up out of nowhere, kills [[BaitAndSwitchBoss Dark Star]] with a [[GroinAttack punch through the groin]], drops a crap-ton of information about [[BrotherSisterIncest her and Travis]], and becomes the real [[strike: final]] penultimate boss]].

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* In ''NoMoreHeroes'', ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', [[spoiler: Jeane (the person, not [[MoralityPet the cat]]), Travis' long-lost former love interest]] combines this with AllThereInTheManual. [[spoiler: And then she comes into the scene when she shows up out of nowhere, kills [[BaitAndSwitchBoss Dark Star]] with a [[GroinAttack punch through the groin]], drops a crap-ton of information about [[BrotherSisterIncest her and Travis]], and becomes the real [[strike: final]] penultimate boss]].
1st Jan '16 12:50:56 AM LucaEarlgrey
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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', the very first line of the opening crawl is "Luke Skywalker has vanished". Much of the plot consists of the two sides fighting over a map to his location - the heroes want his help or to ensure his safety, while the First Order wants to exterminate the Jedi. [[spoiler:He is finally seen for the first time since ''Return of the Jedi'' in the last few minutes of the film, having gone into isolation years ago as a result of failing to establish a new Jedi order and losing his nephew Kylo Ren to the Dark Side.]]

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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', the very first line of the opening crawl is "Luke Skywalker has vanished". Much of the plot consists of the two sides fighting over a map to his location - the heroes want his help or to ensure his safety, while the First Order wants to exterminate the Jedi. [[spoiler:He is finally seen for the first time since ''Return of the Jedi'' in the last few minutes of the film, having gone into isolation years ago as a result of failing to establish a new Jedi order Order and losing his nephew Ben Solo a.k.a. Kylo Ren to the Dark Side.]]
1st Jan '16 12:49:53 AM LucaEarlgrey
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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', the very first line of the opening crawl is "Luke Skywalker has vanished". Much of the plot consists of the two sides fighting over a map to his location - the heroes want his help or to ensure his safety, while the First Order wants to exterminate the Jedi.

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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', the very first line of the opening crawl is "Luke Skywalker has vanished". Much of the plot consists of the two sides fighting over a map to his location - the heroes want his help or to ensure his safety, while the First Order wants to exterminate the Jedi. [[spoiler:He is finally seen for the first time since ''Return of the Jedi'' in the last few minutes of the film, having gone into isolation years ago as a result of failing to establish a new Jedi order and losing his nephew Kylo Ren to the Dark Side.]]
20th Dec '15 10:35:13 AM nighttrainfm
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* The first ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy is a good example. In ''Film/ANewHope'', Luke Skywalker's father is said to be dead, killed by a young jedi called Darth Vader. Towards the end of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', [[LukeIAmYourFather something Darth Vader says puts a new cast on things...]].

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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The first ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy is a good example. In ''Film/ANewHope'', Luke Skywalker's father is said to be dead, killed by a young jedi called Darth Vader. Towards the end of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', [[LukeIAmYourFather something Darth Vader says puts a new cast on things...]].]].
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', the very first line of the opening crawl is "Luke Skywalker has vanished". Much of the plot consists of the two sides fighting over a map to his location - the heroes want his help or to ensure his safety, while the First Order wants to exterminate the Jedi.
2nd Nov '15 3:02:16 PM Libika
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* In the {{Nightrunner}} series : [[spoiler: Seregil's ex lover, Ilar, is one. He is assumed to be dead when he is first mentioned, but it is revealed in Traitor's Moon that he is indeed alive. He is a slave in Plenimar when Alec and Seregil meet him.]]
29th Oct '15 1:26:29 AM jormis29
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* In the first episode of ''{{Moyashimon}}'', the police are searching for a missing student. The main characters stumble over what they think is her grave only to learn she's alive and their professor's graduate student.

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* In the first episode of ''{{Moyashimon}}'', ''Manga/{{Moyashimon}}'', the police are searching for a missing student. The main characters stumble over what they think is her grave only to learn she's alive and their professor's graduate student.
16th Sep '15 1:57:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* Will's father in ''HisDarkMaterials''.

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* Will's father in ''HisDarkMaterials''.''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''.



* In the ''LonelyWerewolfGirl'' books much mention is made of the mysterious werewolf mage Minerva [=MacRinnalch=] who was mentor to Thrix, but she remains unseen in person until late in book 2.

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* In the ''LonelyWerewolfGirl'' ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'' books much mention is made of the mysterious werewolf mage Minerva [=MacRinnalch=] who was mentor to Thrix, but she remains unseen in person until late in book 2.



* [[RetiredBadass Ser Barristan Selmy]] in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. In the first book, he's forced into retirement when [[spoiler: Cersei and Joffrey take the throne]], but refuses to give up, saying he'll be in the service of the ''true'' king. In the second book, all the candidates for the Iron Throne are making much ado about his comments, wondering why he hasn't shown up anywhere. In the third book, [[spoiler: it turns out they had the wrong continent -- he went to go serve ''Daenerys'']].
** ''A Dance with Dragons'' gives us [[spoiler:Aegon Targaryen, who instead of being dead was SwitchedAtBirth with some other unfortunate infant and has been receiving education intended to make him an effective ruler since he was old enough to understand it; he is being raised by Jon Connington, another character who until the events of ADWD has been thought dead. Fans are also already speculating that "Septa" Lemore is Ashara Dayne, another background character who is supposedly dead. It's worth noting that Connington refers to her as "Lady Lemore" in his internal monologue]].

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
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[[RetiredBadass Ser Barristan Selmy]] in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Selmy]]. In the first book, ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'', he's forced into retirement when [[spoiler: Cersei and Joffrey take the throne]], but refuses to give up, saying he'll be in the service of the ''true'' king. In the second book, all the candidates for the Iron Throne are making much ado about his comments, wondering why he hasn't shown up anywhere. In the third book, [[spoiler: it turns out they had the wrong continent -- he went to go serve ''Daenerys'']].
** ''A Dance with Dragons'' ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' gives us [[spoiler:Aegon Targaryen, who instead of being dead was SwitchedAtBirth with some other unfortunate infant and has been receiving education intended to make him an effective ruler since he was old enough to understand it; he is being raised by Jon Connington, another character who until the events of ADWD has been thought dead. Fans are also already speculating that "Septa" Lemore is Ashara Dayne, another background character who is supposedly dead. It's worth noting that Connington refers to her as "Lady Lemore" in his internal monologue]].



** Theon's sinister uncle Euron is mentioned offhandedly throughout ''A Clash of Kings'' as exiled from the Iron Islands. His return a book later proves to have significant consequences.
* Mackenzie Calhoun's son Xyon in ''StarTrekNewFrontier''. We go through an entire book with him as the secondary protagonist, then he and Calhoun finally meet, and Xyon introduces himself via a HeyYouHaymaker.
* [[spoiler:Drualt]] in ''TheTwoPrincessesOfBamarre''.
* When the ''VenusPrime'' series begins, Sparta's parents have been missing for nearly two decades.

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** Theon's sinister uncle Euron is mentioned offhandedly throughout ''A Clash of Kings'' ''Literature/AClashOfKings'' as exiled from the Iron Islands. His return a book later proves to have significant consequences.
* Mackenzie Calhoun's son Xyon in ''StarTrekNewFrontier''.''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier''. We go through an entire book with him as the secondary protagonist, then he and Calhoun finally meet, and Xyon introduces himself via a HeyYouHaymaker.
* [[spoiler:Drualt]] in ''TheTwoPrincessesOfBamarre''.
''Literature/TheTwoPrincessesOfBamarre''.
* When the ''VenusPrime'' ''Literature/VenusPrime'' series begins, Sparta's parents have been missing for nearly two decades.
4th Sep '15 2:34:44 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/TheCobbler'', Max's [[DisappearedDad dad is said to have disappeared for good]] when he [[GoingToTheStore went out to fetch some pears]]. Of course he returns during TheReveal.
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