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18th Jul '16 2:24:31 AM arjayoh
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* ''Series/LadyDynamite'': To generate some sympathy after accidentally dressing an African child militia in Maria tour shirts, Bruce takes over her Twitter account with a made-up story of her losing her baby while horseriding #RedSaddle
11th Jul '16 2:23:56 AM Dravencour
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' offers a non-ResetButton variant. Casca [[spoiler: became pregnant at the beginning of the Griffith rescue arc]] but the knowledge of it only came up after [[spoiler: the Eclipse happened, where Casca was brutally raped to insanity, and the trauma of it caused her to miscarry the fetus]]. However, since it was [[FetusTerrible tainted with evil]] [[spoiler: the fetus - often referred to as the Child - survived the miscarriage and continued to be a presence in the story.]] This also happens to be mixed with PlotArmor, as several women throughout the story have been [[spoiler: brutally raped by demons and monsters and impregnated as a result]] but none were as lucky as Casca to be given the "luxury" of miscarrying said fetus [[ChestBurster before it came to term...]]
* [[BitchInSheepsClothing Sae]] - the malicious ''frienemy'' of the leading female in highschool drama ''Manga/PeachGirl'', falls pregnant [[spoiler:only after she conveniently gets attacked. It turns out her pregnancy was a phantom one.]]

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' offers a non-ResetButton variant. Casca [[spoiler: became pregnant at the beginning of the Griffith rescue arc]] but the knowledge of it only came up after [[spoiler: the Eclipse happened, where Casca was brutally raped to insanity, insanity by the newly-demonic Griffith, and the trauma of it caused her to miscarry the fetus]]. However, since it was [[FetusTerrible tainted with evil]] because of what [[spoiler:Griffith]] did to her, [[spoiler: the fetus - often referred to as the Child - survived the miscarriage and continued to be a presence in the story.]] This also happens to be mixed with PlotArmor, as several women throughout the story ''Berserk'' have been [[spoiler: brutally raped by demons and monsters and impregnated as a result]] but none were as lucky as Casca to be given the "luxury" of miscarrying said fetus [[ChestBurster before it came to term...]]
* [[BitchInSheepsClothing Sae]] - the malicious ''frienemy'' ''frenemy'' of the leading female in highschool drama ''Manga/PeachGirl'', falls pregnant [[spoiler:only after she conveniently gets attacked. It turns out her pregnancy was a phantom one.]]
3rd Jul '16 8:13:45 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* One of the oddest occurred in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}: Prelude to the Shadow Chronicles''. Mainly used to bridge plot points between the end of the TV series and the upcoming movie, several characters had rather sudden changes worked upon them, were killed off, etc. Perhaps the most {{Anvilicious}} was Admiral Lisa Hunter from the original ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' segment of ''Robotech''. Due to a space battle in which she is commanding one of the ships involved (while pregnant!), she loses her baby and later steps down from military command. This is rather confusing because Admiral Rick Hunter, her husband, only shows up in one brief shot, and Lisa herself not at all. Even more confusing, there had been no canonical evidence that she was pregnant before that sequence.
** That said, the ''PTTSC'' miniseries did tend to incorporate elements of the now dubiously canon Robotech novels (as a nod to older fans), which had Rick and Lisa have a son later on. Max and Miria's psychic MessianicArchetype daughter Aurora was {{retcon}}ned into their hotshot ace pilot daughter Maia, so the details are not always important...
*** It picks up where the comic book version of Sentinels left off (with Kyle being killed and Minmay kidnapped)) and the main reason for the miscarriage seems to have been to shock Rick into having white hair, to distance his design from that of Hikaru's which due to the current status of the court ruling on the Macross IP, Harmony Gold can not use in derivative animation.

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* One of the oddest occurred in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}: Prelude to the Shadow Chronicles''. Mainly used written to bridge plot points between the end of the TV series and the upcoming movie, several characters had film ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'', the comic worked some rather sudden changes worked upon them, were killed on several characters (killing them off, etc. etc.). Perhaps the most {{Anvilicious}} was Admiral Lisa Hunter from the original ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' segment of ''Robotech''. Due to a space battle in which she is commanding one of the ships involved (while pregnant!), she loses her baby and later steps down from military command. This is rather confusing because Admiral Rick Hunter, her husband, only shows up in one brief shot, and Lisa herself not at all. Even more confusing, there had been no canonical evidence that she was pregnant before that sequence.
sequence; it picks up where the comic book version of ''Sentinels'' left off (with Kyle being killed and Minmay kidnapped)) and the main reason for the miscarriage seems to have been to shock Rick into having white hair, to distance his design from that of [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Hikaru's]], which, due to the current status of the court ruling on the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' IP, Harmony Gold can not use in derivative animation.
** That said, the ''PTTSC'' miniseries did tend to incorporate elements of the now dubiously canon Robotech ''Robotech'' novels (as a nod to older fans), which had Rick and Lisa have a son later on. Max and Miria's psychic MessianicArchetype daughter Aurora was {{retcon}}ned into their hotshot ace pilot daughter Maia, so the details are not always important...
*** It picks up where the comic book version of Sentinels left off (with Kyle being killed and Minmay kidnapped)) and the main reason for the miscarriage seems to have been to shock Rick into having white hair, to distance his design from that of Hikaru's which due to the current status of the court ruling on the Macross IP, Harmony Gold can not use in derivative animation.
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11th Jun '16 3:42:37 PM nombretomado
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* Used in the ''SwordOfTruth'' series. Despite Shota's warnings that a child born of Richard and Kahlan would bring about a cataclysmic disaster, they go ahead and get pregnant. (They had an artifact to prevent conception which [[ButWeUsedACondom failed to work as advertised]]). Soon afterward, Kahlan is struggling over drinking a miscarriage potion and finally decides against it, pouring it away. However, she is then beaten by a gang of thugs to an inch of her life, losing the baby anyway.

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* Used in the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series. Despite Shota's warnings that a child born of Richard and Kahlan would bring about a cataclysmic disaster, they go ahead and get pregnant. (They had an artifact to prevent conception which [[ButWeUsedACondom failed to work as advertised]]). Soon afterward, Kahlan is struggling over drinking a miscarriage potion and finally decides against it, pouring it away. However, she is then beaten by a gang of thugs to an inch of her life, losing the baby anyway.
12th May '16 8:54:20 PM Seanette
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* Carrie White could have caused one in her self titled Stephen King novel, Carrie.

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* Carrie White could Creator/StephenKing does this twice:
** In ''Literature/RoseMadder'', Norm causes Rosie to miscarry by punching her in the abdomen several times.
** ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' may
have caused one in Sue to miscarry [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy Tommy's baby]]. It's ambiguous whether Sue was actually pregnant or her self titled Stephen King novel, Carrie.period was just late.
5th May '16 2:50:03 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', Kyrie reveals that she had one around the same time Battler was born, which is part of the reason she resents his mother. Had her son lived, Rudolf might have married her instead of Asumu. [[spoiler:With the revelation that Asumu isn't Battler's biological mother, fans have theorized that her son might be closer than she thinks, and EP 8 of the games confirms this.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Kyrie reveals that she had one around the same time Battler was born, which is part of the reason she resents his mother. Had her son lived, Rudolf might have married her instead of Asumu. [[spoiler:With the revelation that Asumu isn't Battler's biological mother, fans have theorized that her son might be closer than she thinks, and EP 8 of the games confirms this.]]
23rd Mar '16 8:46:15 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{NYPD BLUE}}'': Diane miscarries her child with Bobby. (He later meets him in the afterlife.) Another time, Danny has a crisis when he gets his girlfriend pregnant, but she has a miscarriage at the end of the episode. (''Entertainment Weekly'' complained at the time that it was a cop-out way to end that storyline.)

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* ''{{NYPD ''Series/{{NYPD BLUE}}'': Diane miscarries her child with Bobby. (He later meets him in the afterlife.) Another time, Danny has a crisis when he gets his girlfriend pregnant, but she has a miscarriage at the end of the episode. (''Entertainment Weekly'' complained at the time that it was a cop-out way to end that storyline.)



* Kirsty did this on ''HomeAndAway'': first she lied she was pregnant, then to weasel out of it she lied she miscarried, and then she found she was having a baby for real, and then she miscarried for real. (Doubly convenient since she needed a kidney transplant but couldn't bring herself to have an abortion.) Several years later (having had a full term pregnancy in the meantime), it happened to her ''again'': She pretended to try for a baby but kept taking the pill, admitted she didn't want a baby, got pregnant anyway, considered an abortion but realised she wanted the baby, then had a miscarriage.

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* Kirsty did this on ''HomeAndAway'': ''Series/HomeAndAway'': first she lied she was pregnant, then to weasel out of it she lied she miscarried, and then she found she was having a baby for real, and then she miscarried for real. (Doubly convenient since she needed a kidney transplant but couldn't bring herself to have an abortion.) Several years later (having had a full term pregnancy in the meantime), it happened to her ''again'': She pretended to try for a baby but kept taking the pill, admitted she didn't want a baby, got pregnant anyway, considered an abortion but realised she wanted the baby, then had a miscarriage.



* ''CoronationStreet'' actually inverted the subversion. In the 1980s, the soap received a certain amount of controversy by featuring UK soap's first abortion storyline, when Susan Barlow chose to get rid of her baby rather than be trapped in her marriage to Mike Baldwin. Nearly ''fourteen years later'', this was {{retcon}}ned to reveal she had actually lied about having an abortion and had been bringing up a son that neither Mike nor Susan's father Ken knew about.

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* ''CoronationStreet'' ''Series/CoronationStreet'' actually inverted the subversion. In the 1980s, the soap received a certain amount of controversy by featuring UK soap's first abortion storyline, when Susan Barlow chose to get rid of her baby rather than be trapped in her marriage to Mike Baldwin. Nearly ''fourteen years later'', this was {{retcon}}ned to reveal she had actually lied about having an abortion and had been bringing up a son that neither Mike nor Susan's father Ken knew about.



* Somewhat subverted on ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', since [[spoiler: Adrian and Ben]] wanted their daughter and were devastated when she was a stillborn. But it was still pretty convenient for the writers.

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* Somewhat subverted on ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', since [[spoiler: Adrian and Ben]] wanted their daughter and were devastated when she was a stillborn. But it was still pretty convenient for the writers.



* Used in ''SavingHope''. Maggie gets pregnant by Gavin, the two of them fight a lot and don't seem particularly well suited to having a baby. When they eventually come to accept the pregnancy, Maggie miscarries.
* ''TheLAComplex'': Raquel gets pregnant by either Connor or Gary (it's left ambiguous.) She decides to pursue a relationship with Connor and is just about to tell him about the pregnancy when she miscarries while he is on a date with another woman (Connor's other relationship is a publicity stunt, but still.)

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* Used in ''SavingHope''.''Series/SavingHope''. Maggie gets pregnant by Gavin, the two of them fight a lot and don't seem particularly well suited to having a baby. When they eventually come to accept the pregnancy, Maggie miscarries.
* ''TheLAComplex'': ''Series/TheLAComplex'': Raquel gets pregnant by either Connor or Gary (it's left ambiguous.) She decides to pursue a relationship with Connor and is just about to tell him about the pregnancy when she miscarries while he is on a date with another woman (Connor's other relationship is a publicity stunt, but still.)
15th Mar '16 7:05:21 PM WhatTheSpoot
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*[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}}, who underwent one of these during their marriage; the reader didn't find out about the pregnancy at all until years after it was over, and the miscarriage didn't manage to maintain the status-quo - the couple divorced afterward.
9th Feb '16 11:02:33 AM socialist-cokehead
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* OrphanBlack: Gracie losing Helena and Henrik's baby is inconvenient for Gracie (even though she didn't want the pregnancy, it's the only reason her family still has use for her), but an excellent plot point as it will force her away from the Proletheans and to Art (and maybe the rest of clone club.)

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* OrphanBlack: ''Series/OrphanBlack'': Gracie losing Helena and Henrik's baby is inconvenient for Gracie (even though she didn't want the pregnancy, it's the only reason her family still has use for her), but an excellent plot point as it will force her away from the Proletheans and to Art (and maybe the rest of clone club.)
8th Jan '16 10:38:57 PM DrOO7
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** A classic example in a ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' fanfic that has CP Alesha Philips conceiving as a result of her rape. When she decides to keep the baby, DS Matt Devlin offers to step in as the baby's father. When she miscarries it draws them even closer, with Matt outright offering to light a candle, for ''our'' baby, thus playing this trope twice--not only does Alesha not have to carry her rapist's baby, losing makes she and Matt realize how much they love each other.



* On ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', following a fight with their respective partners, a despondent and drunken Will and Jessica had sex, resulting in pregnancy. After the requisite waffling over having an abortion, marrying her boyfriend (who graciously offered to step up and "do the right thing" even though he wasn't the father) or placing the baby for adoption, Jessica ultimately decided to keep and raise the baby herself. In what has to be one of the most ridiculous examples of this trope, she was ''hit by a car as she was going into labor.'' (She had gone for a walk to escape the chaos of her baby shower.)

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* On ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', following a fight fights with their respective partners, a despondent and drunken Will and Jessica had sex, resulting in pregnancy. After the requisite waffling over having an abortion, marrying her boyfriend (who graciously offered to step up and "do the right thing" even though he wasn't the father) or placing the baby for adoption, Jessica ultimately decided to keep and raise the baby herself. In what has to be one of the most ridiculous examples of this trope, she was ''hit by a car as she was going into labor.'' labor'' (She had gone for a walk to escape the chaos of her baby shower.)shower), thus eliminating any chance of the show handling this realistically.
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