History Main / DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou

10th Nov '17 3:37:40 PM harostar
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** [[spoiler: Reiner Braun's father was absent from his life due to Marley's [[MixedAncestry anti-miscegenation]] laws. His mother claims this is the only thing preventing the family from being together, though it's unclear whether this is ''actually'' true or not]].

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** [[spoiler: Reiner Braun's father was absent from his life due to Marley's [[MixedAncestry anti-miscegenation]] laws. His mother claims this is the only thing preventing the family from being together, though it's unclear whether but this is ''actually'' true or not]]. proven to be a complete lie. Just before beginning his mission, Reiner went to meet his father and was promptly rejected by the ''terrified'' man. He claimed Karina was a WomanScorned, so bent on revenge that she'd use her own son to expose their crime.]]
18th Oct '17 4:09:43 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'', the [[TheDragon Man with the Red Eyes]] comments that Meg's father hasn't been behaving rather fatherly. Meg defends him with this trope, saying that he was working for the government. He was on a top-secret mission -- learning about applied tessering. Of course, the real reason he wasn't with Meg's family was that [[spoiler:he was trapped on Camazotz by Red-Eyes, his fellow leaders, and IT]], and [[spoiler:trying to avoid being swallowed up mentally by IT]].

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* In ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'', the [[TheDragon [[MouthOfSauron Man with the Red Eyes]] comments that Meg's father hasn't been behaving rather fatherly. Meg defends him with this trope, saying that he was working for the government. He was on a top-secret mission -- learning about applied tessering. Of course, the real reason he wasn't with Meg's family was that [[spoiler:he was trapped on Camazotz by Red-Eyes, his fellow leaders, and IT]], Camazotz]], and [[spoiler:trying to avoid being swallowed up mentally by IT]].


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* In ''Literature/{{Everworld}},'' [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]]'s mother characterizes things this way--she says that there were forces (presumably [[GodOfEvil Loki]]) trying to find them, but that their [[WitchSpecies magical powers]] would be harder to sense if they were separated. This isn't ''wrong,'' really, but given how flighty her mothering already was and how unforgiving Senna generally is, she takes this as more of an excuse than a justification. (Senna's father could also count for the first seven years of her life--he didn't know about her at all until Senna's mom dropped her off and literally vanished.)
18th Oct '17 3:59:57 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''Comicbook/{{PS238}},'' [[spoiler:Atlas]] winds up leaving behind his son so that he can try to fix the dystopian empire that he's [[HiddenBackupPrince suddenly the heir to]].
7th Oct '17 4:36:26 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in TheMovie of ''BlackHoleHigh'' when [[spoiler: Avenir]] tries to pull this on Josie. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]

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* Averted in TheMovie of ''BlackHoleHigh'' ''Series/BlackHoleHigh'' when [[spoiler: Avenir]] tries to pull this on Josie. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
24th Sep '17 3:32:49 PM nombretomado
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* Played with on ''BrothersAndSisters''. [[spoiler: Adulterer-patriarch William sired a bastard son with a married woman. The boy, Ryan, doesn't know this until both of his bio parents are dead. William couldn't be part of his life because both he and Ryan's mother were married to other people and weren't willing to destroy their marriages for the sake of their son.]] Here it's not really even a justification, but rather an explanation. Everyone still thinks William is a dick after this is revealed.

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* Played with on ''BrothersAndSisters''.''Series/BrothersAndSisters''. [[spoiler: Adulterer-patriarch William sired a bastard son with a married woman. The boy, Ryan, doesn't know this until both of his bio parents are dead. William couldn't be part of his life because both he and Ryan's mother were married to other people and weren't willing to destroy their marriages for the sake of their son.]] Here it's not really even a justification, but rather an explanation. Everyone still thinks William is a dick after this is revealed.
31st Aug '17 9:40:27 AM iowaforever
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': Gender-swapped. As in the biblical myth, baby Moses' mother puts him in a basket to float down the Nile to safety, as a [[NiceJobBreakingItHero mass murder of all Hebrew babies]] is happening. She's clearly heartbroken to do so.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': Gender-swapped. As in the biblical myth, baby Moses' mother puts him in a basket to float down the Nile to safety, as a [[NiceJobBreakingItHero [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod mass murder of all Hebrew babies]] is happening. She's clearly heartbroken to do so.
30th Aug '17 3:09:13 PM cherrychels
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** In ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Stone Ocean]]'', Jolyne resents her father, Jotaro Kujo, for being absent for most of her childhood. Although partly due to work reasons, Jotaro also didn't want her getting mixed up in the supernatural troubles that he's frequently a part of. [[spoiler: Subverted in the video game ''VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureEyesOfHeaven,'' where Jotaro takes advantage of a brand-new timeline to attempt to be a better father to her. He claims he had to take her to Morioh with him, because she was crying too much otherwise, but the fact that he's hugging her and gently stroking her hair tells a different story.]]

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** In ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Stone Ocean]]'', Jolyne resents her father, Jotaro Kujo, for being absent for most of her childhood. Although he left partly due to work reasons, Jotaro also didn't want her getting mixed up in the supernatural troubles that he's frequently a part of. [[spoiler: Subverted in the video game ''VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureEyesOfHeaven,'' where Jotaro takes advantage of a brand-new timeline to attempt to be a better father to her. He claims he had to take her to Morioh with him, because she was crying too much otherwise, but the fact that he's hugging her and gently stroking her hair tells a different story.]]



** Also more or less used in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'', where Monica Arno is the mobile suit engineer that creates the Gundam in the title. Her youngest daughter Reese seems to understand it, but her eldest son Seabook [[CallingTheOldManOut is understandably pissed off at her]]. The fact that [[spoiler: the patriarch of the family, Leslie, has just kicked the bucket]] doesn't help.

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** Also more or less used in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'', where Monica Arno is the mobile suit engineer that who creates the Gundam in the title. Her youngest daughter Reese seems to understand it, but her eldest son Seabook [[CallingTheOldManOut is understandably pissed off at her]]. The fact that [[spoiler: the patriarch of the family, Leslie, has just kicked the bucket]] doesn't help.



* Gale, from ''Manga/RaveMaster'' left his family when Haru was one in order to find the Rave stones, which is revealed fairly early on in the manga (or 15 years after he left. Why did no one tell Haru sooner?) This explanation alone is still unacceptable to Haru. When he actually meets Gale and learns that he left to find Rave in order to stop his BigBadFriend, the leader of Demon Card, Haru accepts him as a father.

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* Gale, Gale from ''Manga/RaveMaster'' left his family when Haru was one in order to find the Rave stones, which is revealed fairly early on in the manga (or 15 years after he left. Why did no one tell Haru sooner?) This explanation alone is still unacceptable to Haru. When he actually meets Gale and learns that he left to find Rave in order to stop his BigBadFriend, the leader of Demon Card, Haru accepts him as a father.



** After 5 years of wondering where his father ran off to, Eren finally learns the reason Grisha abandoned him: [[spoiler: He was DeadAllAlong. Knowing that he had run out of [[YourDaysAreNumbered time]], Grisha turned Eren into a mindless Titan and allowed himself to be EatenAlive in order to pass the Attacker Titan and the Founding Titan on to his son]].
** Rod Reiss ''tries'' to claim that he had no choice but to abandon HeroicBastard Historia. She initially believes him, but later recognizes his attempts to manipulate her and calls him on his bullshit.

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** After 5 years of wondering where his father ran off to, Eren finally learns the reason Grisha abandoned him: [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:he was DeadAllAlong. Knowing that he had run out of [[YourDaysAreNumbered time]], Grisha turned Eren into a mindless Titan and allowed himself to be EatenAlive in order to pass the Attacker Titan and the Founding Titan on to his son]].
** Rod Reiss ''tries'' to claim that he had no choice but to abandon HeroicBastard Historia. She initially believes him, but later recognizes his attempts to manipulate her and [[CallingTheOldManOut calls him on his bullshit.bullshit]].
30th Aug '17 3:04:59 PM cherrychels
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* This is a major theme in literary treatments of the ''KingArthur'' myth, where the young Arthur is given away by his father Uther Pendragon to be raised either by Merlin or Sir Ector. The reason for this varies depending on which version of the Arthur myth is read -- often it is [[BecauseDestinySaysSo because prophetic Merlin tells Uther he has to do this]]. Part of it depends on when you think Arthur was conceived. In Geoffrey of Monmouth's version, this happened before the parents married, with Uther magically assuming the shape of Igraine's first husband Gorlois. In this case, Arthur would have appeared to the world to be Gorlois' son, calling his legitimacy as Uther's heir into question. Thomas Malory, on the other hand, was obsessed with legitimacy and therefore stresses that Arthur was only conceived after the death of Gorlois and the wedding of Uther Pendragon and Igraine, necessitating a different rationale to explain why Arthur's claim to the throne had to be established by pulling the Sword from the Stone (and anvil).

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* This is a major theme in literary treatments of the ''KingArthur'' myth, where the young Arthur is given away by his father Uther Pendragon to be raised either by Merlin or Sir Ector. The reason for this varies depending on which the version of the Arthur myth is read -- often it is [[BecauseDestinySaysSo because prophetic Merlin tells Uther he has to do this]]. Part of it depends on when you think Arthur was conceived. conceived, which is under discussion. In Geoffrey of Monmouth's version, this happened his conception occurs before the his parents married, with Uther magically assuming the shape of Igraine's first husband Gorlois. In this case, Arthur would have appeared to the world to be Gorlois' son, calling his legitimacy as Uther's heir into question. Thomas Malory, on On the other hand, Thomas Malory was obsessed with legitimacy and therefore stresses that Arthur was only conceived after the death of Gorlois and the wedding of Uther Pendragon and Igraine, necessitating a different rationale to explain why Arthur's claim to the throne had to be established by pulling the Sword from the Stone (and anvil).



* The father of ''Demon Princess'''s protagonist was first in line for the throne, which also carried the responsibility of making sure nothing bad gets through portals to the human world. The way it's run is that when the current demon king/queen dies, the heir is immediately transported to the castle and can never leave. While he was with the protagonist's mother, his father died and he was called back, giving him no time to explain or say good-bye. He decided that she wouldn't even believe the explanation, so never made contact with his family until he learned about his daughter and her latent powers.

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* The father of ''Demon Princess'''s protagonist was first in line for the throne, which also carried the responsibility of making sure nothing bad gets through portals to the human world. The way it's run is that way, when the current demon king/queen dies, the heir is immediately transported to the castle and can never leave. While he was with the protagonist's mother, his father died and he was called back, giving him no time to explain or say good-bye. He decided that she wouldn't even believe the explanation, so he never made contact with his family until he learned learns about his daughter and her latent powers.



* ''Literature/HereticalEdge'': Flick Chambers is thrown out of whack upon learning that her MissingMom used to be a Heretic and realizes there's a very real chance she had a good reason for abandoning their family. At this point, [[DramaticIrony the readers know]] that Flick's mother (Joselyn) probably did have a good reason, considering that her younger child [[EnfantTerrible Ammon]] has [[CompellingVoice mind control powers]]. [[spoiler: As it turns out, Joselyn [[TakeMeInstead traded her own freedom]] to Ammon's father in exchange for a promise to leave Flick alone ([[ExactWords as long as she's a child]]).]]

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* ''Literature/HereticalEdge'': Flick Chambers is thrown out of whack upon learning that her MissingMom used to be a Heretic heretic and realizes there's a very real chance she had a good reason for abandoning their family. At this point, [[DramaticIrony the readers know]] that Flick's mother (Joselyn) probably did have a good reason, considering that her younger child [[EnfantTerrible Ammon]] has [[CompellingVoice mind control powers]]. [[spoiler: As it turns out, Joselyn [[TakeMeInstead traded her own freedom]] to Ammon's father in exchange for a promise to leave Flick alone ([[ExactWords as long as she's a child]]).]]



** On ''Series/AllMyChildren'', Erica gave her daughter Kendall up for adoption in an effort to give Kendall a better life as she was too young to raise her properly at 14 and felt adult parents would provide a better home. Kendall is devastated to learn she was given up and the circumstances surrounding her conception, which Erica tried to shield her from[[note]]Erica was raped at 14 years old and too young to raise her daughter so she and her mother surrender Kendall for adoption[[/note]]. Kendall feels unwanted and abandoned, yearning for Erica's love while lashing out against her mother, [[LikeMotherLikeDaughter paralleling aspects of Erica having lashed out]] at her mother over her father having left, whose love she yearned for. However, Erica and Kendall reconcile and rebuild their relationship.

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** On ''Series/AllMyChildren'', Erica gave her daughter Kendall up for adoption in an effort to give Kendall a better life as she was too young to raise her properly at 14 and felt adult parents would provide a better home. Kendall is devastated to learn she was given up and the circumstances surrounding her conception, which Erica tried to shield her from[[note]]Erica was raped at 14 years old and too young to raise her daughter so she and her mother surrender Kendall for adoption[[/note]]. Kendall feels unwanted and abandoned, yearning for Erica's love while lashing out against her mother, [[LikeMotherLikeDaughter paralleling aspects of Erica yearning for her absentee father's love and having lashed out]] at her mother over her father having left, whose love she yearned for. it. However, Erica and Kendall ultimately reconcile and rebuild their relationship.



* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''. One would think that being possessed by the spirit of a near-12,000 year old megalomaniacal Wingly dictator and forced to set off a series of events that would lead to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is a good reason for ParentalAbandonment.
* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' Cernd left his wife and unborn son to pursue his calling as a druid. ''He'' thinks his commitment to maintaining the balance of nature is a good reason for abandoning his family. Nobody else does. Even the evil wizard who is about to sacrifice the baby to a lich calls him out on it, asking if Cernd even knows the kid's name. To be fair, he didn't know his wife was pregnant at the time.
** Really bites Cernd in the ass; in Cernd's epilogue, his constant favoring of his druidic calling over his son leads to his son becoming an evil wizard, leading an army, and eventually forcing a showdown that results in a MutualKill.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''. One ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'': one would think that being possessed by the spirit of a near-12,000 year old megalomaniacal Wingly dictator and forced to set off a series of events that would lead to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is a good reason for ParentalAbandonment.
* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', Cernd left his wife and unborn son to pursue his calling as a druid. ''He'' thinks his commitment to maintaining the balance of nature is a good reason for abandoning his family. Nobody else does. Even the evil wizard who is about to sacrifice the baby to a lich calls him out on it, asking if Cernd even knows the kid's name. To be fair, he didn't know his wife was pregnant at the time.
** Really bites Cernd in the ass; ass: in Cernd's epilogue, his constant favoring of his druidic calling over his son leads to his son becoming an evil wizard, leading an army, and eventually forcing a showdown that results in a MutualKill.



** Except in the last panel of the same comic, she says "Perhaps I did something to displease him... or he wants nothing more to do with me." Both of which are definitely ''not'' valid excuses for basically orphaning your only daughter, [[MissingMom soon after her mother died in a hospital.]]

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** Except in the last panel of the same comic, she says says, "Perhaps I did something to displease him... or he wants nothing more to do with me." Both of which are definitely ''not'' valid excuses for basically orphaning your only daughter, daughter [[MissingMom soon after her mother died in a hospital.]]
30th Aug '17 2:49:48 PM cherrychels
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': Gender-swapped. As in the biblical myth, baby Moses' mother puts him in a basket to float down the Nile to safety, as a [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod mass murder of all Hebrew babies]] is happening. She's clearly heartbroken to do so.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': Gender-swapped. As in the biblical myth, baby Moses' mother puts him in a basket to float down the Nile to safety, as a [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod [[NiceJobBreakingItHero mass murder of all Hebrew babies]] is happening. She's clearly heartbroken to do so.



** In [[Creator/MaryStewart Mary Stewart's]] Merlin trilogy Uther knows that Arthur is his but sends him away on Merlin's advice for Arthur's own safety and the security of future legitimate heirs (who are never born).

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** In [[Creator/MaryStewart Mary Stewart's]] Merlin trilogy trilogy, Uther knows that Arthur is his son but sends him away on Merlin's advice for Arthur's own safety and the security of future legitimate heirs (who are never born).



* Susan Cooper's ''Literature/TheGreyKing''. Bran Davies is in truth the son of [[spoiler:King Arthur]]: he was brought forward in time and left in the 20th century by his mother [[spoiler:Guinevere]] after she betrayed his father. She had to leave him because she was going to find sanctuary in a convent.

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* Susan Cooper's ''Literature/TheGreyKing''. Bran Davies is in truth the son of [[spoiler:King Arthur]]: Arthur]] -- he was brought forward in time and left in the 20th century by his mother [[spoiler:Guinevere]] after she betrayed his father. She had to leave him because she was going to find sanctuary in a convent.



* In ''Series/{{Alias}}'', Sydney has a rocky relationship with her father, Jack. It's implied he wasn't around much while she was growing out. Turns out he's a CIA agent fighting to save the country. And he was also in prison for part of time. Her mother, Irina, wasn't around because she faked her death and defected back to Russia.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Holtz is perfectly plain about Connor's origins almost sinisterly so. Although Connor has been drilled to think of his parents as monsters, he is, at heart, angry at them for abandoning him. Angel is obviously torn up about it, and makes a final attempt to reason with him, but Connor is too far gone to hear it.

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* In ''Series/{{Alias}}'', Sydney has a rocky relationship with her father, Jack. It's implied he wasn't around much while she was growing out.up. Turns out he's a CIA agent fighting to save the country. And he was also in prison for part of time. Her mother, Irina, wasn't around because she faked her death and defected back to Russia.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Holtz is perfectly plain about Connor's origins -- almost sinisterly so. Although Connor has been drilled to think of his parents as monsters, he is, at heart, angry at them for abandoning him. Angel is obviously torn up about it, and makes a final attempt to reason with him, but Connor is too far gone to hear it.



* In season 4 of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', Lynette's stepfather shows up and tells her that the reason he left her family when she was a kid was because he's gay. Lynette's mother never told her because she was embarrassed about it.

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* In season 4 of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', Lynette's stepfather shows up and tells her that the reason he left her family when she was a kid was because he's gay. Lynette's mother never told her because she was felt embarrassed about it.by this.



** Played straight during Season 3 when Maury performs a HeelFaceTurn and works for Arthur Petrelli in exchange for his son's safety.

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** Played straight during Season 3 when Maury performs a HeelFaceTurn and works for Arthur Petrelli in exchange for to ensure his son's safety.



** On ''Series/AllMyChildren'', Erica gave her daughter Kendall up for adoption in an effort to give Kendall a better life as she was too young to raise her properly at 14 and felt adult parents would provide a better home. Kendall is devastated to learn she was given up and the circumstances surrounding her conception, which Erica tried to shield her from[[note]]Erica was raped at 14 years old and too young to raise her daughter so she and her mother surrender Kendall for adoption[[/note]]. Kendall feels unwanted and abandoned, yearning for Erica's love while lashing out against her mother, [[LikeMotherLikeDaughter paralleling Erica having lashed out]] at her mother over her father having left, whose love she yearned for. However, Erica and Kendall reconcile and rebuild their relationship.

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** On ''Series/AllMyChildren'', Erica gave her daughter Kendall up for adoption in an effort to give Kendall a better life as she was too young to raise her properly at 14 and felt adult parents would provide a better home. Kendall is devastated to learn she was given up and the circumstances surrounding her conception, which Erica tried to shield her from[[note]]Erica was raped at 14 years old and too young to raise her daughter so she and her mother surrender Kendall for adoption[[/note]]. Kendall feels unwanted and abandoned, yearning for Erica's love while lashing out against her mother, [[LikeMotherLikeDaughter paralleling aspects of Erica having lashed out]] at her mother over her father having left, whose love she yearned for. However, Erica and Kendall reconcile and rebuild their relationship.



* Inverted in ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'': [[{{Pollyanna}} optimist heroine]] Annie assumes that her parents abandoned her for a very good reason and they will one day be reunited. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:it turns out she is really an orphan, and Miss Hannigan never told her, which enables the baddies to pull a con job]].

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* Inverted in ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'': [[{{Pollyanna}} optimist heroine]] Annie assumes that her parents abandoned her for a very good reason and they will one day be reunited. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:it turns out she is really an orphan, and orphan but the woman who runs the orphanage, Miss Hannigan Hannigan, never told her, which enables the baddies to pull a con job]].
29th Aug '17 12:55:57 AM cherrychels
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* Done very sympathetically on an episode of ''Series/LieToMe'' where the team investigates a congressman who has spent 80 grand on a prostitute. However, they find out that he's never had sex with her, and was giving her the money to get her out of that business. She doesn't know that he's her father, and he is portrayed as someone who gave up his child for adoption but regretted it. The fact that he has no hesitation to sacrifice his reputation and political career in order to protect her from the scandal counts a lot toward making him so sympathetic.

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* Done very sympathetically on an episode of ''Series/LieToMe'' where the team investigates a congressman who has spent 80 grand on a prostitute. However, they find out that he's he never had sex with her, and was giving her the money to get her out of that business. She doesn't know that he's he is her father, and he is portrayed as someone who gave up his child for adoption but regretted it. The fact that he has no hesitation to sacrifice his reputation and political career in order to protect her from the scandal counts a lot toward making him so sympathetic.



* [[SoapOpera Soaps]] are rife with this. Knowing that viewers aren't interested in seeing their characters parenting children, writers either keep them off-screen, age them, or find contrived reasons to send them out of town to live with relatives--a classic scenario is the kid being shipped off to boarding school or to live with a character's ex-spouse. Occasionally, RealityEnsues--the grown up child returns to town hating the absentee parent.
** Victor with Adam on ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless''. Here, Adam's mother specifically asked Victor have no part in Adam's life, but charged Victor to take care of Adam on her deathbed. Not really sure why -- it's a SoapOpera so her reasons for this were probably explained like, ten or twenty years ago.
** Same with Paul and Heather. He was asked to stay out of Heather's life ''completely'' at her mother's request. Paul also sent his and Isabella's son Ricky to live with her parents after she was arrested.

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* [[SoapOpera Soaps]] are rife with this. Knowing that viewers aren't interested in seeing their characters parenting children, writers either keep them off-screen, [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome rapidly age them, them]], or find contrived invent reasons to send them out of town to live with relatives--a relatives -- a classic scenario is the kid being shipped off to boarding school or to live living with a character's ex-spouse. Occasionally, RealityEnsues--the grown up RealityEnsues -- the teenaged or grown-up child returns to town hating with complex and often conflicted feelings about the absentee parent.
** Victor with Adam on ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless''. Here, Adam's mother specifically asked asks that Victor have no part in Adam's life, but charged Victor to take care of Adam on her deathbed. Not really sure why -- it's a SoapOpera so her reasons for this were probably explained like, ten or twenty years ago.
** Same with Paul and Heather. He was is asked to stay out of Heather's life ''completely'' at her mother's request. Paul also sent his and Isabella's son Ricky to live with her parents after she was arrested.
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