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22nd Jun '16 8:22:32 PM dotchan
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** Having a dead mother is practically a prerequisite to pilot the titular Evangelions (and for good reason: [spoiler]the souls of each pilot's mother has been incorporated into the machine as to weaponize their [[MamaBear maternal instincts]][/spoiler]).

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** Having a dead mother is practically a prerequisite to pilot the titular Evangelions (and for good reason: [spoiler]the [[spoiler: the souls of each pilot's mother has been incorporated into the machine as to weaponize their [[MamaBear maternal instincts]][/spoiler]).instincts]]]])
22nd Jun '16 8:21:31 PM dotchan
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Having a dead mother is practically a prerequisite to pilot the titular Evangelions (and for good reason: [spoiler]the souls of each pilot's mother has been incorporated into the machine as to weaponize their [[MamaBear maternal instincts]][/spoiler]).
** Of the rest of the NERV staff, Misato lost her father, Ritsuko her mother, and Kaji (at least in the manga) grew up in an orphanage/refugee camp.
** Given that the Second Impact killed ''two thirds'' of the world's population, non-orphaned people are probably the exception rather than the rule.
22nd Jun '16 8:14:49 PM dotchan
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* ''Manga/HappyLesson'': Chitose's orphan-ness serves as the paper-thin justification of the ExcusePlot, namely, that five of his teachers think he needs a mother in his life and all move in with him; HilarityEnsues.
13th Jun '16 10:14:27 AM ShorinBJ
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* All over the place in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''; [[TheHero the protagonist]], [[BigManOnCampus Akihiko]], and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Shinjiro]] are orphans, [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Ken]] is probably an orphan (dead mother, no mention of father but is being supported by a distant cousin), all three members of Strega are likely orphans ([[spoiler:Jin mentions that they, and other artificial Persona-users were all found on the streets as children]]), [[TheResenter Yukari]] and [[{{Ojou}} Mitsuru]] only have a mother (the latter's mother only appears in a CD drama, and [[spoiler:her father is killed late in the game]], [[SadClown Junpei]] only has a father, and only [[MissionControl Fuuka]] has two living parents, and she's estranged from them. Even [[TeamPet Koromaru]], a dog, has lost his own master. If for nothing else, it makes fighting Shadows easier for them.

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* All over the place in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''; [[TheHero the protagonist]], [[BigManOnCampus Akihiko]], and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Shinjiro]] are orphans, orphans. [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Ken]] is probably an orphan (dead mother, no mention of father but is being supported by a distant cousin), all cousin). All three members of Strega are likely orphans ([[spoiler:Jin mentions that they, and other artificial Persona-users were all found on the streets as children]]), children]]). [[TheResenter Yukari]] Yukari]]'s father is dead, and her mother a hot mess incapable of being any kind of real parent. [[{{Ojou}} Mitsuru]] only have a mother (the latter's Mitsuru]]'s mother only appears in a CD drama, and [[spoiler:her father is killed late in the game]], game]]. [[SadClown Junpei]] only has a father, and only father. Only [[MissionControl Fuuka]] has two living parents, and she's estranged from them. Even [[TeamPet Koromaru]], a dog, has lost his own master. If for nothing else, it makes fighting Shadows easier for them.
12th Jun '16 7:06:16 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Done plausibly as the Social Welfare Agency only selects girls for its secret killer cyborg program who don't have extended families who'll be concerned about them. As a victim of child sex trafficking, Triela's background is unknown even to the Agency. Henrietta's entire family was murdered and Angelica's parents are in prison. Petra's family are too poor to travel from Russian to see their daughter -- which is just as well as her appearance has been altered completely. It's eventually revealed that they were told she had died. As Rico is one of the few cyborgs who retains memories of her previous life, the occasional visit from her estranged parents is no doubt enough to reassure them that their IllGirl is receiving the best of care; the Agency would have no trouble getting Rico to play along.

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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'': Done plausibly as the Social Welfare Agency only selects girls for its secret killer cyborg program who don't have extended families who'll be concerned about them. As a victim of child sex trafficking, Triela's background is unknown even to the Agency. Henrietta's entire family was murdered and Angelica's parents are in prison. Petra's family are too poor to travel from Russian to see their daughter -- which is just as well as her appearance has been altered completely. It's eventually revealed that they were told she had died. As Rico is one of the few cyborgs who retains memories of her previous life, the occasional visit from her estranged parents is no doubt enough to reassure them that their IllGirl is receiving the best of care; the Agency would have no trouble getting Rico to play along.



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* Mr Benedict from ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' requires children who are all alone in order to [[KidHero help his cause]]. Kate considers herself an orphan, though technically her father is a deadbeat, and both Constance and Reynie are orphans. Sticky is a [[TheRunaway runaway]] though.
-->For one thing, children without guardians happen to be in a peculiar kind of danger that other children are not - this I shall explain later, to those of you who join the team. For another, it would be simply impossible for me to put at risk any child who ''wasn't'' alone. No matter how important the cause, parents are disciplined to send their children into danger, as well they should be. As it so happens, however, I now find myself in the presence of the best team of children I could ever hope for - indeed, have long hoped for - and with not a minute to lose. In other words, you are our last possible hope. You are our ''only'' hope.

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* Mr Benedict from ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' requires children who are all alone in order to [[KidHero help his cause]]. Kate considers herself an orphan, though technically [[ParentalAbandonment her father is a deadbeat, deadbeat]], and both Constance and Reynie are orphans. Sticky is a [[TheRunaway runaway]] though.
-->For one thing, children without guardians happen to be in a peculiar kind of danger that other children are not - this I shall explain later, to those of you who join the team. For another, it would be simply impossible for me to put at risk any child who ''wasn't'' alone. No matter how important the cause, parents are disciplined disinclined to send their children into danger, as well they should be. As it so happens, however, I now find myself in the presence of the best team of children I could ever hope for - indeed, have long hoped for - and with not a minute to lose. In other words, you are our last possible hope. You are our ''only'' hope.
30th May '16 5:15:07 PM GreenDragon500
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* A great many of the main characters in ''Franchise/StarWars'' are orphans. Han Solo and Anakin Skywalker are both orphans. Both Luke and Leia are orphaned - twice. Luke probably wouldn't have joined Ben Kenobi in rescuing the princess if the Imperial Stormtroopers hadn't killed his uncle and aunt. Every Jedi raised during the Clone Wars era (and a long time before that as well), save Anakin and a few others, was taken from their parents when they were still an infant and brought to the Temple.

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* A great many of the main characters in ''Franchise/StarWars'' are orphans. Han Solo and Anakin Skywalker are both orphans. Both Luke and Leia are orphaned - twice. Luke probably wouldn't have joined Ben Kenobi in rescuing the princess if the Imperial Stormtroopers hadn't killed his uncle and aunt. Every Jedi raised during the Clone Wars era (and a long time before that as well), save Anakin and a few others, was taken from their parents when they were still an infant and brought to the Temple. First Order Stormtroopers such as Finn are similarly taken from their families, though more forcefully. Also Rey was abandoned by her family at a young age was left to fend for herself on Jakku.
27th May '16 12:28:19 PM Apoz
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* Ryu from ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' is an orphan who was raised by Gouken, his master.
25th May '16 8:59:53 PM merotoker
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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji and Shiro's parents died in a lab experiment gone wrong [[spoiler:or so they were told. In reality, only their mother died. Their father would die for real at the end of ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', though.]] Sayaka also lost her mother before the beginning of the series.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Both Tetsuya and Jun are orphan kids, taken in by [[spoiler:Prof. Kabuto.]] And the end of the series his adoptive father [[spoiler:would also die.]]

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji and Shiro's parents died in a lab experiment gone wrong [[spoiler:or so they were told. In reality, only their mother died. Their father would die for real at the end of ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', though.]] though]]. Sayaka also lost her mother before the beginning of the series.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Both Tetsuya and Jun are orphan kids, taken in by [[spoiler:Prof. Kabuto.]] And the end of the series his adoptive father [[spoiler:would also die.]]die]].



* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Zelgadis and Gourry both have no parents (Zelgadis' great-grandfather [[AffablyEvil Rezo]] killed his, and Gourry's were killed during a [[BigScrewedUpFamily family feud]]), and Sylphiel, Filia, Pokota, Amelia, and [[spoiler:Naga]] only have one parent each (a father, actually); in Sylphiel's case, she falls under this trope when her father is KilledOffForReal in the third LightNovel/late first season of the anime in a [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill townwide explosion]]. Ironically, the main protagonist's ([[RedHeadedHeroine Lina]]) parents are both alive and well. And the status of the parents of Lina's later allies in the novels (Luke and Milina) is unknown.

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Zelgadis and Gourry both have no parents (Zelgadis' great-grandfather [[AffablyEvil Rezo]] killed his, and Gourry's were killed during a [[BigScrewedUpFamily family feud]]), and Sylphiel, Filia, Pokota, Amelia, and [[spoiler:Naga]] only have one parent each (a father, actually); in Sylphiel's case, she falls under this trope when her father is KilledOffForReal in the third LightNovel/late {{Light Novel|s}}/late first season of the anime in a [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill townwide explosion]]. Ironically, the main protagonist's ([[RedHeadedHeroine Lina]]) parents are both alive and well. And the status of the parents of Lina's later allies in the novels (Luke and Milina) is unknown.



** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'', most of the [[ChildSoldier 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 [[ChildSoldier [[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.



** [[spoiler:Momonosuke]] is also an orphan, his parents having been murdered by the[[spoiler: Beast Pirates on Kaido's]] orders when they took over [[spoiler: Wano Kingdom.]]

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** [[spoiler:Momonosuke]] is also an orphan, his parents having been murdered by the[[spoiler: Beast Pirates on Kaido's]] orders when they took over [[spoiler: Wano Kingdom.]]Kingdom]].



* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': When he was four Shinji lost his mother, and his father abandoned him shortly after. During a conversation with Misato he learns Asuka went through the same thing than him (but her ordeal was harsher). At the end of the story he also learns they are mecha pilots because they are orphans [[spoiler:since their mothers are inside their robots.]]

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* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': When he was four Shinji lost his mother, and his father abandoned him shortly after. During a conversation with Misato he learns Asuka went through the same thing than him (but her ordeal was harsher). At the end of the story he also learns they are mecha pilots because they are orphans [[spoiler:since their mothers are inside their robots.]]robots]].



* Franchise/JamesBond is an orphan. Used as a (possible) plot point; he was chosen ''because'' he's an orphan, so family is not a factor upon training/traveling, nor will it be leverage should he be captured. The Creator/DanielCraig films suggest that MI6 recruits orphans because they can exploit the particular brand of psychological scarring that results. It makes recruits more malleable to training and conditioning, since the bosses can frame themselves as a ParentalSubstitute -- the Creator/JudiDench version of M very explicitly does this with Bond.

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* Franchise/JamesBond is an orphan. Used as a (possible) plot point; he was chosen ''because'' he's an orphan, so family is not a factor upon training/traveling, nor will it be leverage should he be captured. The Creator/DanielCraig films suggest that MI6 [[SecretIntelligenceService MI6]] recruits orphans because they can exploit the particular brand of psychological scarring that results. It makes recruits more malleable to training and conditioning, since the bosses can frame themselves as a ParentalSubstitute -- the Creator/JudiDench version of M very explicitly does this with Bond.



* In ''Film/ExMachina'', Caleb's parents died in a car accident when he was fifteen. [[spoiler:Which is one of the reasons why Nathan chose him for the experiment as he wouldn't have anyone looking for him. Caleb even brings it up during his final confrontation with Nathan]].

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* In ''Film/ExMachina'', Caleb's parents died in a car accident when he was fifteen. [[spoiler:Which is one of the reasons why Nathan chose him for the experiment as he wouldn't have anyone looking for him. Caleb even brings it up during his final confrontation with Nathan]].Nathan.]]



* Mr Benedict from ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' requires children who are are all alone in order to [[KidHero help his cause]]. Kate considers herself an orphan, though technically her father is a deadbeat, and both Constance and Reynie are orphans. Sticky is a [[TheRunaway runaway]] though.

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* Mr Benedict from ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' requires children who are are all alone in order to [[KidHero help his cause]]. Kate considers herself an orphan, though technically her father is a deadbeat, and both Constance and Reynie are orphans. Sticky is a [[TheRunaway runaway]] though.



** Zidane in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. Truth be told, [[spoiler:he's revealed never to have had parents at all.]]
*** Eiko as well, [[spoiler:though she actually gains parents by the end of the game.]]

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** Zidane in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. Truth be told, [[spoiler:he's revealed never to have had parents at all.]]
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*** Eiko as well, [[spoiler:though she actually gains parents by the end of the game.]]game]].



** The worst part of Nino's family situation: [[spoiler:Her adopted family are all bosses late in the game. The worst part of it is, they're not bad guys at all, and some of the conversations if you force Nino to attack them are pretty heart wrenching. Worse still, their dead bodies are reanimated in the last level, which means she has to kill them TWICE.]]

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** The worst part of Nino's family situation: [[spoiler:Her adopted family are all bosses late in the game. The worst part of it is, they're not bad guys at all, and some of the conversations if you force Nino to attack them are pretty heart wrenching. Worse still, their dead bodies are reanimated in the last level, which means she has to kill them TWICE.]]TWICE]].



** Pretty much every character in Genealogy of Holy War due to [[spoiler:the entire playable cast save Fin being wiped out half way through the game leaving their orphaned children to continue the fight seventeen years later.]] Many other enemies are also orphaned by the player and are out for revenge.

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** Pretty much every character in Genealogy of Holy War due to [[spoiler:the entire playable cast save Fin being wiped out half way through the game leaving their orphaned children to continue the fight seventeen years later.]] later]]. Many other enemies are also orphaned by the player and are out for revenge.



** Isaac's father and Jenna's parents and brother are killed off right in the intro. Then it quickly turns out that the brother survived and seems to be an enemy. Then in the second game, [[spoiler:it turns out the trope is completely subverted: the parents and Isaac's dad also survived and were made hostages, and saving them is a big motivator to the quest. So the kids are not actually orphans... then [[SelfMadeOrphan they accidentally almost kill their own parents themselves]] near the end of the game.]] Poor Isaac's mother has to almost force her son to keep going on his quest and is a source of worry, as she falls gravely ill in his absence.

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** Isaac's father and Jenna's parents and brother are killed off right in the intro. Then it quickly turns out that the brother survived and seems to be an enemy. Then in the second game, [[spoiler:it turns out the trope is completely subverted: the parents and Isaac's dad also survived and were made hostages, and saving them is a big motivator to the quest. So the kids are not actually orphans... then [[SelfMadeOrphan they accidentally almost kill their own parents themselves]] near the end of the game.]] game]]. Poor Isaac's mother has to almost force her son to keep going on his quest and is a source of worry, as she falls gravely ill in his absence.



** 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.]]him]].



* Of the seven party members in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', only one of them has a living parent, five are stated to be orphans, and the last's parents are never mentioned. [[spoiler: The orphan total becomes six later thanks to the parent performing a HeroicSacrifice]].

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* Of the seven party members in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', only one of them has a living parent, five are stated to be orphans, and the last's parents are never mentioned. [[spoiler: The orphan total becomes six later thanks to the parent performing a HeroicSacrifice]].HeroicSacrifice.]]



* The protagonist of BaldursGate is raised by Gorion the sage, and at the start of the game does not know who his/her real parents were. [[spoiler:It turns out that both are dead, and that the PC's father was the deity of murder, Bhaal. The trope is subverted, since the latter part of the game, and the sequel, are about the consequences of Bhaal's attempts to avoid his coming death - which among other things resulted in the PC's birth and special heritage.]]

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* The protagonist of BaldursGate ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' is raised by Gorion the sage, and at the start of the game does not know who his/her real parents were. [[spoiler:It turns out that both are dead, and that the PC's father was the deity of murder, Bhaal. The trope is subverted, since the latter part of the game, and the sequel, are about the consequences of Bhaal's attempts to avoid his coming death - which among other things resulted in the PC's birth and special heritage.]]



** And as of [[spoiler: 2/19, all of the kids are orphans in both the traditional and technical sense. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Damn.]]]]

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** And as of [[spoiler: 2/19, all of the kids are orphans in both the traditional and technical sense. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Damn.]]]]Damn]]]].



* In ''Literature/BabeRuthManTankGladiator'', Babe Ruth lost his parents in the Boobquakes, and lived at the the Saint D'Clause School for Little Bastards.[[note]]In real life, Ruth's father sent him to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory and orphanage at the age of 7.[[/note]]

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* In ''Literature/BabeRuthManTankGladiator'', Babe Ruth lost his parents in the Boobquakes, and lived at the the Saint D'Clause School for Little Bastards.[[note]]In real life, Ruth's father sent him to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory and orphanage at the age of 7.[[/note]]
22nd May '16 11:10:50 PM Mhazard
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22nd May '16 11:07:50 PM Mhazard
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** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'', most of the [[ChildSoldier Tekkadan]] and [[SpacePirate Brewers]] members are orphaned children, they were considered expendable to a degree people called them "human debris" or "space rats".

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** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'', most of the [[ChildSoldier 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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