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6th Oct '17 5:38:55 AM LadyJafaria
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** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Moist von Lipwig lost his parents at an early age and was raised by his grandfather, who died some time before the actual start of the story. Having no family connections is, indeed, convenient for Moist, who makes his way in the world as a ConMan.
9th Sep '17 5:20:19 PM merotoker
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** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. The [[Literature/{{Aladdin}} original folklore version]] had a dead father but a living mother; the Disney version has neither parent until we find out in [[Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves the third movie]] that his father only [[DisappearedDad disappeared.]] According to WordOfGod, Aladdin was originally supposed to have a mom, who functioned as his conscience of sorts; however, it was decided that the [[AnAesop Aesop]] would be more meaningful [[BeYourself if he learned it on his own]].

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** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. The [[Literature/{{Aladdin}} original folklore version]] had a dead father but a living mother; the Disney version has neither parent until we find out in [[Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves the third movie]] that his father only [[DisappearedDad disappeared.]] {{disappeared|Dad}}. According to WordOfGod, Aladdin was originally supposed to have a mom, who functioned as his conscience of sorts; however, it was decided that the [[AnAesop Aesop]] would be more meaningful [[BeYourself if he learned it on his own]].






** Lightning, Serah, and Snow in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. Presumably Fang and Vanille as well, since they [[spoiler:were in crystal stasis for several hundred years]]. Only Hope is the exception, and both his parents are seen during the course of the game, though his mother dies less than an hour in. Though this is averted with the BigBad. [[spoiler: It's unclear if, as a MechanicalLifeform, it really has parents, but the game is fond of related symbolism in regards to it, and at the very least it was abandoned by the gods who created it. Unlike the heroes, it took the [[OrphansOrdeal trauma]] of this situation rather badly. [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum very badly]] actually.]] Unfortunately the heroes never [[NotSoDifferent discuss this]].

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** Lightning, Serah, and Snow in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. Presumably Fang and Vanille as well, since they [[spoiler:were in crystal stasis for several hundred years]]. Only Hope is the exception, and both his parents are seen during the course of the game, though his mother dies less than an hour in. Though this is averted with the BigBad. [[spoiler: It's unclear if, as a MechanicalLifeform, {{Mechanical Lifeform|s}}, it really has parents, but the game is fond of related symbolism in regards to it, and at the very least it was abandoned by the gods who created it. Unlike the heroes, it took the [[OrphansOrdeal trauma]] of this situation rather badly. [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum very badly]] actually.]] Unfortunately the heroes never [[NotSoDifferent discuss this]].
6th Sep '17 1:24:48 PM Nerrin
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', everyone in your entire party is an orphan. With most of them, all we get is either the parent left or the parent died, or both, no further explanation. We only find out how one parent died, although it's implied (very ''very'' subtly) that several of the mothers died in childbirth. In all honesty, it feels a little ridiculous at times.

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* A recurring element in the VideoGame/TalesSeries:
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', several party members including the leads Cress and Mint are orphaned very early in the game, several because [[spoiler:their parents were a previous generation of heroes who sealed away Dhaos, and who are being targeted for the keys they hold]].
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In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', everyone in your entire party is an orphan. With most of them, all we get is either the parent left or the parent died, or both, no further explanation. We only find out how one parent died, although it's implied (very ''very'' subtly) that several of the mothers died in childbirth. In all honesty, it feels a little ridiculous at times.times.
** Sorey in ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'', as he was a human raised by seraphs, which was what gave him a strong enough resonance to be the Shepherd. The seraph party members never had family, as spirits born from sites of natural power [[spoiler:except Mikleo, who as a baby died in the same event that orphaned Sorey but immediately reincarnated as a seraph and raised alongside Sorey. His mother's technically still alive but in no position to have raised him]].
** Exactly what orphaned Velvet, Laphicet, and Celica Crowe before ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' is not fully explained, but can probably be blamed on the daemons that plague the world. The rest of Velvet's family is eventually stripped away as well. Other human party members Magilou and Eleanor are orphaned as well, also to be blamed on the daemons. Rokurou isn't orphaned, his family just comes from extremely far away [[spoiler:but he's hinted to have to become a SelfMadeOrphan to succeed the head of his family someday]]. As with the seraphs in ''Zestiria'', the malakhs are spirits born spontaneously from the world [[spoiler:or reincarnated from those who die in specific circumstances]].



** The two earlier games do not really feature this, with the only cases of [[ParentalAbandonment parental loss]] both being from ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}}'': Maya's father, a war journalist, died on the field, and [[spoiler:Jun's father died from being thrown in a clock tower, and the BigBad masquerades as him]].

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** The two earlier games do not really feature this, with the only cases of [[ParentalAbandonment parental loss]] both being from ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}}'': Maya's father, a war journalist, died on the field, and [[spoiler:Jun's father died from being thrown in a clock tower, and the BigBad masquerades as him]]. Tatsuya and Katsuya Suou's parents are an ambiguous case, as their [[MissingMom mother is completely missing]] and their father is only confirmed as having retired in disgrace in ''Eternal Punishment'' - which had a stronger theme of corrupt and fallen authority/parental figures versus ''Innocent Sin'''s bevy of missing, useless, and ''dead'' authority/parental figures, making the earlier game's (and alternate timeline's) silence about their father more ominous.
10th Aug '17 12:49:45 AM Pamina
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* Literature/HarryPotter is an orphan, raised by his aunt and uncle. Creator/JKRowling has admitted to using this trope in interviews, and that the original drafts of the first book killed off Harry's parents rather anticlimactically; it wasn't until [[CreatorBreakdown she lost her own mother that Harry's parents' sacrifices became an important plot point]].

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* Literature/HarryPotter This trope is zigzagged in Literature/HarryPotter. Harry of course is an orphan, raised by his aunt and uncle. uncle, but his parents' lives and deaths, particularly his mother's self-sacrifice, do serve the plot in important ways throughout the series. However Creator/JKRowling has admitted to using this trope in interviews, interviews that she originally killed off Lily and James mainly so their presence wouldn't hamper Harry's adventures, and that the original drafts of the first book killed them off Harry's parents rather anticlimactically; it wasn't until [[CreatorBreakdown she lost her own mother that Harry's parents' sacrifices became an important plot point]].
3rd Apr '17 3:19:15 AM Vir
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* Red from ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBirdsMovie''; as the beginning of the movie shows, his egg was left unattended in a lost and found room when he hatched.
12th Feb '17 3:08:10 AM JackG
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27th Dec '16 1:01:17 PM kazokuhouou
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* This was why Rita was allowed to be Dana's Wonderita in ''WebComic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': she had no next of kin to even tell her that being a sidekick was a dumb idea. [[spoiler: One strip, however, hints that Dana herself might be Rita's biological mother.]]
17th Dec '16 5:51:09 PM InSetsofThree
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* ''ComicBook/Shazam'': In every continuity, Billy, Mary, and Freddy are orphans. Sometimes, they have foster parents; other times, they'll live on their own, and Billy will use his Captain Marvel form to pose as their guardian.

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* ''ComicBook/Shazam'': ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'': In every continuity, Billy, Mary, and Freddy are orphans. Sometimes, they have foster parents; other times, they'll live on their own, and Billy will use his Captain Marvel form to pose as their guardian.
17th Dec '16 5:47:48 PM InSetsofThree
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* ComicBook/Shazam: In nearly every continuity, Billy, Mary, and Freddy are orphans. Sometimes, they have foster parents; other times, they'll live on their own, and Billy will use his Captain Marvel form to pose as their guardian.

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* ComicBook/Shazam: ''ComicBook/Shazam'': In nearly every continuity, Billy, Mary, and Freddy are orphans. Sometimes, they have foster parents; other times, they'll live on their own, and Billy will use his Captain Marvel form to pose as their guardian.
17th Dec '16 5:45:16 PM InSetsofThree
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* ComicBook/Shazam: In nearly every continuity, Billy, Mary, and Freddy are orphans. Sometimes, they have foster parents; other times, they'll live on their own, and Billy will use his Captain Marvel form to pose as their guardian.
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