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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.
17th Oct '16 5:52:52 AM merotoker
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** ''Every single Gundam Meister'' in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' is an orphan: Setsuna [[SelfMadeOrphan gunned his parents down]] to go play ChildSoldier, Lockon got his blown up along with his sister in a terrorist bombing, Allelujah was picked up from somewhere by the HRL SuperSoldier research program and Tieria [[ArtificialHuman never had any in the first place]]. [[AllThereInTheManual Nor did the Trinities for that matter]]. Lichty is an orphan too, his parents having died in an accident that [[spoiler:required him to get [[WeCanRebuildHim extensive cybernetic reconstruction]]]].

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** ''Every single Gundam Meister'' in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' is an orphan: Setsuna [[SelfMadeOrphan gunned his parents down]] to go play ChildSoldier, {{Child Soldier|s}}, Lockon got his blown up along with his sister in a terrorist bombing, Allelujah was picked up from somewhere by the HRL SuperSoldier research program and Tieria [[ArtificialHuman never had any in the first place]]. [[AllThereInTheManual Nor did the Trinities for that matter]]. Lichty is an orphan too, his parents having died in an accident that [[spoiler:required him to get [[WeCanRebuildHim extensive cybernetic reconstruction]]]].



** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'', most of the [[ChildSoldiers Tekkadan]] and [[SpacePirate Brewers]] members are orphaned children, they were considered expendable to a degree people called them "human debris" or "space rats". There is no in-universe explanation of how they were orphaned.

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** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'', most of the [[ChildSoldiers Tekkadan]] and [[SpacePirate [[SpacePirates Brewers]] members are orphaned children, they were considered expendable to a degree people called them "human debris" or "space rats". There is no in-universe explanation of how they were orphaned.



* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has many orphans, including the three main characters and [[spoiler: Count Olaf, whose parents may have been killed by the Baudelaire parents.]]
* [[http://writebadlywell.blogspot.com/2010/05/cast-childrens-stories-exclusively-with.html This How To Write Badly Well entry explains the concept]]

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* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has many orphans, including the three main characters and [[spoiler: Count Olaf, whose parents may have been killed by the Baudelaire parents.]]
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* [[http://writebadlywell.blogspot.com/2010/05/cast-childrens-stories-exclusively-with.html This How To Write Badly Well entry explains the concept]]concept.]]



* Ryu from ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' is an orphan who was raised by Gouken, his master.

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* Ryu from ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' is an orphan who was raised by Gouken, his master.
2nd Sep '16 1:52:09 PM amitakartok
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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''All over the freaking place in ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kamille Bidan]] starts off his story with both parents alive and well, but quickly loses them within a few episodes. His mother is loaded into a transparent capsule by the [[StateSEc Titans]] and chucked out into space in front of Kamille as bait so that Jerid will have a clear shot at him - except Jerid, having been falsely briefed that the capsule contains a bomb instead of a person, shoots the capsule instead of Kamille in an attempt to catch Kamille in the nonexistent bomb's explosion and wonders what the heck is going on when there's no explosion but there ''is'' one royally pissed Kamille screaming bloody murder at him. Kamille's father is also taken into custody by the Titans and told that he'll be let free if he infiltrates the Argama; unfortunately for him, his attempt to hijack a mobile suit and escape back to the Titans is [[SelfMadeOrphan cut short by Kamille]]. Aside from allowing him to work full-time for AEUG without having any relative the Titans can go after, his mother's death in particular [[ItsPersonal sets up]] the CycleOfRevenge between Kamille and Jerid that kills several other people down the line on both sides of the conflict, ending with Jerid himself.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Banagher Links]] has been living on his own even since his mother took him and ran away from his father and died a few years later. He runs into his father after all those years, only for the man to [[spoiler:die right in front of him after biometrically locking the Unicorn to Banagher]], making him an orphan for real.
*** For that matter, Mineva is an orphan too, being the daughter of Dozle Zabi whom Amuro killed all the way back in the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam original series]]. While her mother survived the war and made it to Axis, she fell ill and died a few years later; Mineva then got under the care of Haman, only for her to [[GiveHimANormalLife send the girl down to Earth]] and subsequently get killed by Judau at the end of ZZ.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Kira Yamato]] seemingly has both parents alive and well, only to find out later on that [[spoiler:the woman who raised him as his mother is actually his aunt; both of his parents died when he was a baby, with at least his father being murdered by Blue Cosmos]]. By virtue of [[spoiler:being Kira's twin sister]], this applies to [[spoiler:Cagalli]] as well.
*** And in the Astray mangas, [[spoiler:Canard Pars]] joins them as third, being [[spoiler:one of Kira's failed prototype clones]].
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' begins with Shinn and his family fleeing from a mobile suit battle and Shinn going back to get his sister Mayu's phone when she drops it, conveniently putting him outside the blast radius when the others get blown to pieces by a stray shot ''and'' providing him with a TragicKeepsake. This event ends up defining his [[TheBerserker personality]] for the rest of the series.
** ''Every single Gundam Meister'' in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' is an orphan: Setsuna [[SelfMadeOrphan gunned his parents down]] to go play ChildSoldier, Lockon got his blown up along with his sister in a terrorist bombing, Allelujah was picked up from somewhere by the HRL SuperSoldier research program and Tieria [[ArtificialHuman never had any in the first place]]. [[AllThereInTheManual Nor did the Trinities for that matter]]. Lichty is an orphan too, his parents having died in an accident that [[spoiler:required him to get [[WeCanRebuildHim extensive cybernetic reconstruction]]]].
*** Feldt's parents are revealed by supplemental materials to have been Gundam Meisters who died from GN particle poisoning caused by a drive malfunction in the Virtue's predecessor unit Plutone. She never found out about this but it may have contributed to her EmotionlessGirl phase in the first season.
9th Aug '16 1:16:25 AM UltimateLazer
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* Taki from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' had her immediate family die of sickness, leaving her to be raised by the [[HiddenElfVillage Fu-Ma Ninja Clan]].
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