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16th Jan '17 6:13:14 AM Jake
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* One episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had Jean-Luc Picard learn that he had a son by a woman he'd had a brief fling with decades ago, who had subsequently upped sticks and left for a frontier planet without bothering to tell him she was pregnant. It then turns out that the woman had died not long afterwards and her son had ended up a street-rat and a petty crook, and was understandably not very pleased that his father hadn't bothered showing up until he was an adult. That the only reason Picard knew he existed was because a Ferengi with a grudge against him was threatening his son's life really didn't help. [[spoiler: And then it turns out he's not actually Jean-Luc's son...]]
12th Jan '17 11:03:11 AM catmuto
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* ''[[Franchise/FatalFrame Fatal Frame V]]'' has Miku Hinasaki tell her daughter why she left her to be raised by a friend at the age of three. [[spoiler:Miu is a Shadowborn - a child of a human mother and ghost father. Since giving birth to a Shadowborn puts huge strains on the mother and [[YourDaysAreNumbered reduce her lifespan drastically]], Miku realized that her time was going to run out soon. She wanted to spare her daughter the sight of watching her mother die, since Miku had to see her mother's corpse herself years ago, and ran off to perform the Yuukon, a ghost marriage, with her spirited away brother and was put into a Black Box. Said Black Box sustained Miku over the years, allowing her and her grown daugher to reunite and explain things.]]
30th Dec '16 8:43:13 PM JMQwilleran
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18th Nov '16 7:11:13 AM ExSlacker
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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'': Apollo lost both biological parents when he was merely an infant, but in their stead he was raised by Dhurke Sahdmadhi in the Kingdom of Khurain. When Apollo was still a kid, however, Dhurke took Apollo to America and left him there, since Dhurke is a RebelLeader and he doesn't want Apollo to get in danger because of his revolution (and Dhurke said that being a wanted criminal prevented him from going back overseas). According to Apollo himself, Dhurke only showed up to his foster son after over ten years, but then [[spoiler:by this point Dhurke was DeadAllAlong.]]
12th Nov '16 12:33:12 PM nombretomado
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* In the JohnnyCash song ''A Boy Named Sue'', the dad doesn't explicitly mention just why he left at all. He does, however, justify naming his son Sue:
---> And he said, "Son, this world is rough/and if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough/and I knew I wouldn't be there to help you along..."

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\n* In the JohnnyCash Music/JohnnyCash song ''A "A Boy Named Sue'', Sue", the dad doesn't explicitly mention just why he left at all. He does, however, justify naming his son Sue:
---> --> And he said, "Son, this world is rough/and if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough/and I knew I wouldn't be there to help you along..."
11th Oct '16 8:12:11 AM erforce
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* Natural enough subject matter for PiratesOfTheCaribbean fanfic, where two [[spoiler: generations of Turner]] fathers accidentally abandon their sons. Bill Turner was (at least supposedly) working away and never came back, whereas [[spoiler: Will eventually finds himself in a HerHeartWillGoOn situation, though with a twist that he may be able to come back eventually.]] It's a good source of Issues.

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* Natural enough subject matter for PiratesOfTheCaribbean ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' fanfic, where two [[spoiler: generations of Turner]] fathers accidentally abandon their sons. Bill Turner was (at least supposedly) working away and never came back, whereas [[spoiler: Will eventually finds himself in a HerHeartWillGoOn situation, though with a twist that he may be able to come back eventually.]] It's a good source of Issues.



* In Fanfic/MirrorsImage, Queen Chrysalis left her daughter [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle]] in the care of a foster family due to the large amounts of [[EmotionEater love]] it takes to feed a Changeling Princess. [[spoiler:She learned how much love it takes [[ShootTheDog the hard way]], at the cost of her first daughter's life]].

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* In Fanfic/MirrorsImage, In'' Fanfic/MirrorsImage'', Queen Chrysalis left her daughter [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle]] in the care of a foster family due to the large amounts of [[EmotionEater love]] it takes to feed a Changeling Princess. [[spoiler:She learned how much love it takes [[ShootTheDog the hard way]], at the cost of her first daughter's life]].
6th Oct '16 11:06:00 AM SuperSonicHeroes
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* In ''{{Fanfic/Change}}'', Queen Chrysalis had to leave her newborn daughter, Twilight, at the door of a loving pony family because the Badlands Hive had a shortage of love energy and all changelings (especially royalty) need love to survive as they grow up.
24th Sep '16 12:22:48 AM Tron80
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* As reasons go, Jor-El's is pretty damn good: the planet was blowing up and the one rocket he had was just large enough to safely carry [[Franchise/{{Superman}} his son Kal]] to Earth. Further, in some continuities, Kryptonians are genetically dependent on their home planet such that they're unable to leave, and Jor-El had to create a "birthing matrix" (such that his son wasn't officially "born" until he came to Earth) to get around it.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}: As reasons go, Jor-El's Jor-El and Lara's is pretty damn good: the planet was blowing up and the one rocket he they had was just large enough to safely carry [[Franchise/{{Superman}} his their son Kal]] Kal -Superman- to Earth. Further, in some continuities, Kryptonians are genetically dependent on their home planet such that they're unable to leave, and Jor-El had to create a "birthing matrix" (such that his son wasn't officially "born" until he came to Earth) to get around it.



* Sinestro left his family to spare them from being associated with an intergalactic criminal.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} does [[InvertedTrope the exact opposite]]: rather than abandoning his adopted sons, he tends to be just enough of a JerkAss that they go away themselves. In his mind, it's for their own good--the less attached they are to him, the less painful it will be when he dies, and Batman knows that all it takes is one lucky shot to finish him off. So it's more like Daddy Had a Good Reason To Be An Ass, [[FridgeBrilliance which makes perfect sense when you think about how he became Batman in the first place.]]
** Dick Grayson [[CallingTheOldManOut called him out on this]] in one issue of ''[[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]]'' after discovering that Bruce has been secretly funding the team through a subsidiary of Wayne Industries.

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* Franchise/GreenLantern: Sinestro left his family to spare them from being associated with an intergalactic criminal.
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does [[InvertedTrope the exact opposite]]: rather than abandoning his adopted sons, he tends to be just enough of a JerkAss that they go away themselves. In his mind, it's for their own good--the less attached they are to him, the less painful it will be when he dies, and Batman knows that all it takes is one lucky shot to finish him off. So it's more like Daddy Had a Good Reason To Be An Ass, [[FridgeBrilliance which makes perfect sense when you think about how he became Batman in the first place.]]
** Dick Grayson alias Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} [[CallingTheOldManOut called him out on this]] in one issue of ''[[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]]'' after discovering that Bruce has been secretly funding the team through a subsidiary of Wayne Industries.


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* Played with in ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion''. Shinji and Asuka were terrified when she got pregnant because they didn't think they could be good parents… but they didn't want to abandon their child either. So they came to an agreement with Misato and Kaji -who lived next door-: they'd raise their daughter until she was a few years older and from that point on, Shinji and Asuka would take care of her.
12th Sep '16 2:41:06 PM margdean56
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* In Tolkien's ''UnfinishedTalesOfNúumenorAndMiddleEarth'', specifically in the "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife" tale, the titular character, prince Aldarion, leaves his native island for several years, many times. The last of these times, his wife (who thought he would have just settled down, by now) spent the years of his absence teaching their 4-to-7-year-old daughter Ancalimë to hate his father, and men in general. Turns out Aldarion was helping the elves and men of Middle Earth prepare against a new, vague, rising threat, which (despite not telling Aldarion) the elf king had correctly identified as Morgoth's former servant: Sauron. Whoops.

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* In Tolkien's ''UnfinishedTalesOfNúumenorAndMiddleEarth'', ''Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth'', specifically in the "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife" tale, the titular character, prince Aldarion, leaves his native island for several years, many times. The last of these times, his wife (who thought he would have just settled down, by now) spent the years of his absence teaching their 4-to-7-year-old daughter Ancalimë to hate his father, and men in general. Turns out Aldarion was helping the elves and men of Middle Earth prepare against a new, vague, rising threat, which (despite not telling Aldarion) the elf king had correctly identified as Morgoth's former servant: Sauron. Whoops.
12th Sep '16 2:39:21 PM margdean56
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This trope straddles a thin line - it can come off as extremely contrived unless said excuse is very, very convincing. In order for it to work there must be an explanation as to why no one bothered to bring it up until just the last minute. See also GlorifiedSpermDonor for a form this can take when it's handled badly.

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This trope straddles a thin line - -- it can come off as extremely contrived unless said excuse is very, very convincing. In order for it to work there must be an explanation as to why no one bothered to bring it up until just the last minute. See also GlorifiedSpermDonor for a form this can take when it's handled badly.



** Cyclops' father assumes both of his children have fallen to their deaths, because their parachute was on fire. That is the last thing he sees before the aliens beam him off his plane. He does not learn Scott and Alex are still alive until they have both reached adulthood. So up to that point, he has a good reason not to be there for them. However, as soon as he finds out they are alive, he asks Jean Grey not to tell his children, because this would supposedly be for their own good. When Scott finds out anyway a few months later he is mightily pissed off.

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** Cyclops' father assumes both of his children have fallen fell to their deaths, because their parachute was on fire. That is the last thing he sees before the aliens beam him off his plane. He does not learn Scott and Alex are still alive until they have both reached adulthood. So up to that point, he has a good reason not to be there for them. However, as soon as he finds out they are alive, he asks Jean Grey not to tell his children, because this would supposedly be for their own good. When Scott finds out anyway a few months later he is mightily pissed off.



* In ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'', [[spoiler:Taranee]]'s birth parent were financially ruined when [[ItMakesSenseInContext a magical meteor destroyed their house in the process of saving her from evil magical plants]], so they gave her up for adoption as a toddler.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'', [[spoiler:Taranee]]'s birth parent parents were financially ruined when [[ItMakesSenseInContext a magical meteor destroyed their house in the process of saving her from evil magical plants]], so they gave her up for adoption as a toddler.



* This is a big 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 teh Stone (and anvil).

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* This is a big 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 teh the Stone (and anvil).



* In ''Literature/{{Dinoverse}}'', the rebellious graffiti artist Janine resents how her mother is often not at home, forcing her to miss school in order to prepare the hotel for guests herself. As it turns out, her mother is keeping Janine from getting in trouble over the graffiti - she never confronted her daughter because she feared Janine would run away.

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* In ''Literature/{{Dinoverse}}'', the rebellious graffiti artist Janine resents how her mother is often not at home, forcing her to miss school in order to prepare the hotel for guests herself. As it turns out, her mother is keeping Janine from getting in trouble over the graffiti - -- she never confronted her daughter because she feared Janine would run away.



* In ''Literature/TheHistorian'' the primary narrator, a young woman in the 1970s, was raised by her diplomat father because her mother died when she was an infant. You find out that [[spoiler: her mother only faked her death to escape getting bitten - and therefore turned into a vampire - by Vlad "The Impaler" Tepes a.k.a. Dracula himself. The mother then spent the entirety of the narrator's childhood researching when and where Vlad would next appear so that she could kill him without endangering her family.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheHistorian'' the primary narrator, a young woman in the 1970s, was raised by her diplomat father because her mother died when she was an infant. You find out that [[spoiler: her mother only faked her death to escape getting bitten - -- and therefore turned into a vampire - -- by Vlad "The Impaler" Tepes a.k.a. Dracula himself. The mother then spent the entirety of the narrator's childhood researching when and where Vlad would next appear so that she could kill him without endangering her family.]]



* There's a variation in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Halley was the natural leader of the surviving princesses, but she wasn't the eldest - and by the traditions of this world, the eldest ''has'' to rule the family; especially this family, which will come to the thrones and has a recent tradition of turning into a CivilWar over this point. Halley disappeared BecauseYouCanCope and to try and force her eldest to step up and take more responsibility.
* In Tolkien's UnfinishedTalesOfNumenorAndMiddleEarth, specifically in the ''Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife'' tale, the titular character, prince Aldarion, leaves his native island for several years, many times. The last of this times, his wife (who thought he would have just settled down, by now) spent the years of his absence teaching their 4-to-7-years-old daughter Ancalimë to hate his father, and men in general. Turns out Aldarion was helping the elves and men of Middle Earth prepare against a new, vague, rising threat, which (despite not telling Aldarion) the elf king had correctly identified as Morgoth's former servant: Sauron. Whoops.

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* There's a variation in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Halley was the natural leader of the surviving princesses, but she wasn't the eldest - -- and by the traditions of this world, the eldest ''has'' to rule the family; especially this family, which will come to the thrones and has a recent tradition of turning into a CivilWar over this point. Halley disappeared BecauseYouCanCope and to try and force her eldest to step up and take more responsibility.
* In Tolkien's UnfinishedTalesOfNumenorAndMiddleEarth, ''UnfinishedTalesOfNúumenorAndMiddleEarth'', specifically in the ''Aldarion "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife'' Wife" tale, the titular character, prince Aldarion, leaves his native island for several years, many times. The last of this these times, his wife (who thought he would have just settled down, by now) spent the years of his absence teaching their 4-to-7-years-old 4-to-7-year-old daughter Ancalimë to hate his father, and men in general. Turns out Aldarion was helping the elves and men of Middle Earth prepare against a new, vague, rising threat, which (despite not telling Aldarion) the elf king had correctly identified as Morgoth's former servant: Sauron. Whoops.



* [[Literature/TheOdyssey'' Odysseus]] had to abandon his infant son Telemachus because he was compelled by oath to help Menelaus regain his wife Helen (a cousin of Telemachus' mother Penelope). This kept him busy for ten years in the Trojan War, while on his return journey to Ithaca Odysseus was held up for another ten years by a number of often supernatural factors.

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* [[Literature/TheOdyssey'' [[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]] had to abandon his infant son Telemachus because he was compelled by oath to help Menelaus regain his wife Helen (a cousin of Telemachus' mother Penelope). This kept him busy for ten years in the Trojan War, while on his return journey to Ithaca Odysseus was held up for another ten years by a number of often supernatural factors.
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