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27th Aug '17 10:04:13 PM PaulA
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* Creator/KeithLaumer did this, although in his version the baby was a huge insect- or crustacean-looking thing and it took the army with lots of artillery to kill it -- and ''then'' they decoded the message which read, "Please take good care of my little girl." Somewhere between TearJerker and {{Squick}} there.

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* Creator/KeithLaumer Creator/KeithLaumer's "Doorstep" did this, although in his version the baby was a huge insect- or crustacean-looking thing and it took the army with lots of artillery to kill it -- and ''then'' they decoded the message which read, "Please take good care of my little girl." Somewhere between TearJerker and {{Squick}} there."
21st Aug '17 5:51:12 AM CaptainTedium
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* Horribly subverted in [[http://explosm.net/comics/2381/ this]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' strip.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* A more NightmareFuel-inducing subversion in the case of Josef Fritzl as he claimed his daughter had ran away to join a cult, only returning in the dead of night to drop her kids off for her parents to raise and making the neighbors think she was an irresponsible slut, when in actuality [[ParentalIncest the children were born between Fritzl and his captive daughter]] and to ensure authenticity, [[MagnificentBastard Fritzl had his daughter actually write letters claiming to be in the imaginary cult]] despite the reality that she was an unwilling BasementDweller and this had been going on for ''years''.

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* A more NightmareFuel-inducing subversion Horribly subverted in [[http://explosm.net/comics/2381/ this]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' strip, where the case of Josef Fritzl as he claimed his daughter had ran away to join a cult, only returning in baby ends up dying before anyone can find the dead of night to drop her kids off for her parents to raise and making the neighbors think she was an irresponsible slut, when in actuality [[ParentalIncest the children were born between Fritzl and his captive daughter]] and to ensure authenticity, [[MagnificentBastard Fritzl had his daughter actually write letters claiming to be in the imaginary cult]] despite the reality that she was an unwilling BasementDweller and this had been going on for ''years''.poor thing.



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* The Hong Kong comic ''Old Master Q'' had the title character dropped a bundle at a Pet Shelter. The employee thinks it's the trope played straight, but when he opened the bundle, it was a puppy.

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* The Hong Kong comic ''Old Master Q'' had In the title character dropped ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Stoop Kid", a bundle at a Pet Shelter. The employee thinks it's subversion of the trope played straight, is the basis of the episode's titular character. As dictated by Gerald, the legend of Stoop Kid states that he was left on his stoop as a baby, but when he opened instead of being taken in and adopted by whoever lived in the bundle, it house, Stoop Kid was a puppy.left alone and somehow grew up all by himself with nobody to take care of him.


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[[folder:Real Life]]
* A more NightmareFuel-inducing subversion in the case of Josef Fritzl as he claimed his daughter had ran away to join a cult, only returning in the dead of night to drop her kids off for her parents to raise and making the neighbors think she was an irresponsible slut, when in actuality [[ParentalIncest the children were born between Fritzl and his captive daughter]] and to ensure authenticity, [[MagnificentBastard Fritzl had his daughter actually write letters claiming to be in the imaginary cult]] despite the reality that she was an unwilling BasementDweller and this had been going on for ''years''.
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* The Hong Kong comic ''Old Master Q'' had the title character dropped a bundle at a Pet Shelter. The employee thinks it's the trope played straight, but when he opened the bundle, it was a puppy.
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19th Aug '17 8:40:27 PM Pamina
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* Something like this happens in Disney's version of ''{{Hercules}}'', one of the ways in which it departs from the myth (traditionally Heracles is raised by Alcmene because she's his ''mother'', Zeus being one of the Greek gods who really got around, but this wasn't family-friendly enough for Disney so they made him the son of Zeus and Hera who left him with Alcmene and her husband because his inherent godly powers got mostly taken away).

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* Something like this happens in Disney's version of ''{{Hercules}}'', one of the ways in which it departs from the myth (traditionally myth. Traditionally Heracles is raised by Alcmene because she's his ''mother'', Zeus being one of the Greek gods who really got around, but around. But this wasn't family-friendly enough for Disney so they made him the son of Zeus and Hera who left him with Hera, and had Alcmene and her husband because his inherent godly powers got mostly taken away).find him and adopt him after [[AdaptationalVillainy Hades]] has him kidnapped and magically turned mortal.
23rd Jul '17 11:31:51 PM DrFraud
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* In the ''Series/{{Mash}}'' episode "Yessir, That's Our Baby", a baby girl fathered by an American G.I. is abandoned by her Korean mother at the 4077th M*A*S*H. After the doctors try, unsuccessfully, to send the infant to the United States, they follow Father Mulcahy's advice and deposit her at a nearby monastery via a foundling wheel.
* In an episode of ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', Simon helps a friend turn her newborn she can't take care of over to a hospital in a [[VerySpecialEpisode didactic script intended to publicize the existence]] of "safe haven" laws.
** ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' has had a similar episode. Since that show's set ''in'' a hospital, that should've been interesting.
** While not as {{Anvilicious}}, ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' had an episode dealing with an abandoned baby. A "safe haven" law is referenced during a discussion.
* On ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Rose tells of having been left in a basket at an orphanage... along with some beefsticks, cheeses, and "some kind of cracker that didn't go with anything." She's Minnesotan, for those who find this scenario confusing. It's called a "cracker barrel", generally used for those occasions where full-blown catering would be too much but food is still expected. The crackers never seem to be right for the cheese.
* The final episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' ends with the discovery of such a baby (wrapped in a Superman logo blanket) in L&C's living room. How it got there without Clark (who has super-hearing) hearing something is never explained. It was supposed to be the starting point for the fifth season, but the show was cancelled.
* Legendarily, each version/remake of {{telenovela}} ''Series/{{Cristal}}'' has the younger heroine being abandoned at a nunnery as a baby, only to grown up and unknowingly become the rival/main obstacle of her own mother.
* ''Series/DinnerLadies''' [[spoiler:Anita]] left her baby on the fire escape. Everyone thought it was Bren's.
* In one episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', Jack Dalton finds a baby, allegedly his son, in the cockpit of his plane.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', Eddie claims to have been left on a doorstep by his mother with her old service revolver and a note saying "Please look after my baby... I can't be bothered."
* The sisters find one in one episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}.'' It turns out that the father's family was being tormented by a demon, and he hoped the child would be safe if given to another family instead.
* Dawn is an interesting spin on this concept in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''- not only is she more of a Doorstop Teenager than anything else, [[spoiler: no one remembers the actual doorstopping]]. Also, her back story bears this out: [[spoiler: the monks guarded her when she was nothing but pure energy, but once Glory the hellgod got wind of that, they turned the Key into a fourteen-year-old human and packed her off to the Slayer with a handy back story (read: pile of fake memories for everyone involved), certain that Buffy would protect the Key if she thought it was a sibling.]] Of course, [[spoiler:Buffy being Buffy, she keeps Dawn under her protection even after she finds out the deception, arguing that in her mind, Dawn is her sister even if the monks say they made her up.]]
* Stephanie Mills, introduced in season 9 of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', is a variation of this trope. While not an actual baby (she was about 9 years old when first introduced), she was left on the Bunkers' doorstep by her alcoholic father, who also happened to be Edith's nephew.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/TheWaltons'' had a six-year-old deaf-mute girl left on the Waltons' doorstep by her mother after the father - mistakenly believing her to be mentally retarded - threatened to have her institutionalized.
* In the episode "Safe Haven" of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', a woman left her ''thirteen-year-old'' son at a hospital (see the RealLife section for how this was possible) because he was severely unhinged and she was afraid of him.
** In the episode "Soul Mates", the cop of the week asked where they found [[InsufferableGenius Reid]]. [[CoolOldGuy Rossi]] joked that he was left in a basket of the steps of the FBI.
* In Series/{{Carrusel}}, the local {{Tsundere}} Valeria finds a baby girl named Pelusita.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Jor-El sent his son Kal-El to Smallville because the Kent family helped him when he visited Earth and Harmon Kent (Jonathan's father) assured Jor-El that he could always count on the Kents if he needed anything.
* A teenage mother leaves her baby on the steps of Nonnatus House (a home for midwives) in ''Series/CallTheMidwife'''s 2012 ChristmasEpisode.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Melt My Heart to Stone", Lydia leaves her baby on Maura's doorstep.
* The ''[[Series/DoctorInTheHouse Doctor on the Go]]'' episode "When Did You Last See Your Mother?" revolves around a baby being left on Dr. Duncan Waring's doorstep, accompanied by a note reading "Baby Duncan". Waring, who has loved and left many women over the years, assumes he must be the father and tries to track down the mother among his ex-girlfriends. He takes quite a liking to the baby after a while, but eventually the mother shows up - and she is not an ex-girlfriend of his after all.
* In an episode of ''{{Series/Perception}}'', Dr. Pierce finds a baby in a basket left at his doorstep. [[spoiler: It's actually just one of his hallucinations]].
* Constable George Crabtree in the Canadian TV series Series/MurdochMysteries was left in a carpetbag on a clergyman's doorstep. His later attempt to find his birth mother was, um, more than successful.
* UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson compares the human race to this in ''Series/CosmosASpacetimeOdyssey'': alone on Earth with no idea where it came from or what its purpose is.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/{{Mash}}'' episode "Yessir, That's Our Baby", a baby girl fathered by an American G.I. is abandoned by her Korean mother at the 4077th M*A*S*H. After the doctors try, unsuccessfully, to send the infant to the United States, they follow Father Mulcahy's advice and deposit her at a nearby monastery via a foundling wheel.
* In an episode of ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', Simon helps a friend turn her newborn she can't take care of over to a hospital in a [[VerySpecialEpisode didactic script intended to publicize the existence]] of "safe haven" laws.
** ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' has had a similar episode. Since that show's set ''in'' a hospital, that should've been interesting.
** While not as {{Anvilicious}}, ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' had an episode dealing with an abandoned baby. A "safe haven" law is referenced during a discussion.
* On ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Rose tells of having been left in a basket at an orphanage... along with some beefsticks, cheeses, and "some kind of cracker that didn't go with anything." She's Minnesotan, for those who find this scenario confusing. It's called a "cracker barrel", generally used for those occasions where full-blown catering would be too much but food is still expected. The crackers never seem to be right for the cheese.
* The final episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' ends with the discovery of such a baby (wrapped in a Superman logo blanket) in L&C's living room. How it got there without Clark (who has super-hearing) hearing something is never explained. It was supposed to be the starting point for the fifth season, but the show was cancelled.
* Legendarily, each version/remake of {{telenovela}} ''Series/{{Cristal}}'' has the younger heroine being abandoned at a nunnery as a baby, only to grown up and unknowingly become the rival/main obstacle of her own mother.
* ''Series/DinnerLadies''' [[spoiler:Anita]] left her baby on the fire escape. Everyone thought it was Bren's.
* In one episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', Jack Dalton finds a baby, allegedly his son, in the cockpit of his plane.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', Eddie claims to have been left on a doorstep by his mother with her old service revolver and a note saying "Please look after my baby... I can't be bothered."
* The sisters find one in one episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}.'' It turns out that the father's family was being tormented by a demon, and he hoped the child would be safe if given to another family instead.
* Dawn is an interesting spin on this concept in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''- not only is she more of a Doorstop Teenager than anything else, [[spoiler: no one remembers the actual doorstopping]]. Also, her back story bears this out: [[spoiler: the monks guarded her when she was nothing but pure energy, but once Glory the hellgod got wind of that, they turned the Key into a fourteen-year-old human and packed her off to the Slayer with a handy back story (read: pile of fake memories for everyone involved), certain that Buffy would protect the Key if she thought it was a sibling.]] Of course, [[spoiler:Buffy being Buffy, she keeps Dawn under her protection even after she finds out the deception, arguing that in her mind, Dawn is her sister even if the monks say they made her up.]]
* Stephanie Mills, introduced in season 9 of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', is a variation of this trope. While not an actual baby (she was about 9 years old when first introduced), she was left on the Bunkers' doorstep by her alcoholic father, who also happened to be Edith's nephew.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/TheWaltons'' had a six-year-old deaf-mute girl left on the Waltons' doorstep by her mother after the father - mistakenly believing her to be mentally retarded - threatened to have her institutionalized.
* In the episode "Safe Haven" of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', a woman left her ''thirteen-year-old'' son at a hospital (see the RealLife section for how this was possible) because he was severely unhinged and she was afraid of him.
** In the episode "Soul Mates", the cop of the week asked where they found [[InsufferableGenius Reid]]. [[CoolOldGuy Rossi]] joked that he was left in a basket of the steps of the FBI.
* In Series/{{Carrusel}}, the local {{Tsundere}} Valeria finds a baby girl named Pelusita.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Jor-El sent his son Kal-El to Smallville because the Kent family helped him when he visited Earth and Harmon Kent (Jonathan's father) assured Jor-El that he could always count on the Kents if he needed anything.
* A teenage mother leaves her baby on the steps of Nonnatus House (a home for midwives) in ''Series/CallTheMidwife'''s 2012 ChristmasEpisode.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Melt My Heart to Stone", Lydia leaves her baby on Maura's doorstep.
* The ''[[Series/DoctorInTheHouse Doctor on the Go]]'' episode "When Did You Last See Your Mother?" revolves around a baby being left on Dr. Duncan Waring's doorstep, accompanied by a note reading "Baby Duncan". Waring, who has loved and left many women over the years, assumes he must be the father and tries to track down the mother among his ex-girlfriends. He takes quite a liking to the baby after a while, but eventually the mother shows up - and she is not an ex-girlfriend of his after all.
* In an episode of ''{{Series/Perception}}'', Dr. Pierce finds a baby in a basket left at his doorstep. [[spoiler: It's actually just one of his hallucinations]].
* Constable George Crabtree in the Canadian TV series Series/MurdochMysteries was left in a carpetbag on a clergyman's doorstep. His later attempt to find his birth mother was, um, more than successful.
* UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson compares the human race to this in ''Series/CosmosASpacetimeOdyssey'': alone on Earth with no idea where it came from or what its purpose is.
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4th Jul '17 2:25:12 PM fruitstripegum
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9495178/1/Return-of-the-Hero Return of the Hero]]'', Kelly reveals to [[spoiler: Nate]] that she found him on her doorstep when he was a baby, and resolved to raise him as her own son.



* A version of this is the beginning of Quasimodo's life in [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. Frollo is so disgusted by the child's appearance that he is about to drop him down a well… but the Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral informs him that killing an innocent child, even a deformed one, will certainly lead to damnation (especially after the whole "killing the child's mother" thing). In the face of that, Frollo has no choice. Interestingly, in the book Frollo ''was ''the archdeacon of Notre Dame, as well as being not quite such a bastard. So it's kind of like he got split apart and his better three-eighths popped out of the cathedral to restrain him from infanticide.

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* A version of this is the beginning of Quasimodo's life in [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. Frollo is so disgusted by the child's appearance that he is about to drop him down a well… but the Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral informs him that killing an innocent child, even a deformed one, will certainly lead to damnation (especially after the whole "killing the child's mother" thing). In the face of that, Frollo has no choice. Interestingly, in the book Frollo ''was ''the ''was'' the archdeacon of Notre Dame, as well as being not quite such a bastard. So it's kind of like he got split apart and his better three-eighths popped out of the cathedral to restrain him from infanticide.
1st Apr '17 12:39:41 PM creader
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* The central plot device in Satoshi Kon's ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers''. The heroes, three homeless bums of Tokyo (a runaway teenage girl, a trans woman and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold drunkard), are rummaging through a trash heap on Christmas Eve when they find a newborn baby ''in the trash,'' along with a key to a locker. The trans woman promptly adopts her and names her "Kiyoko" as they set off to find her parents (and give them a severe scolding). [[spoiler: It turns out the baby girl was kidnapped from the hospital she was born in by a mentally ill woman who had lost her own baby... and not only that, but she is the runaway girl's baby sister.]]



* The central plot device in Satoshi Kon's ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers''. The heroes, three homeless bums of Tokyo (a runaway teenage girl, a trans woman and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold drunkard), are rummaging through a trash heap on Christmas Eve when they find a newborn baby ''in the trash,'' along with a key to a locker. The trans woman promptly adopts her and names her "Kiyoko" as they set off to find her parents (and give them a severe scolding). [[spoiler: It turns out the baby girl was kidnapped from the hospital she was born in by a mentally ill woman who had lost her own baby... and not only that, but she is the runaway girl's baby sister.]]
16th Mar '17 3:04:12 PM roxana
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** Of course the problem with 'safe haven' laws is that present day social conditions mean that nobody ''has'' to abandon a baby rather than giving it up properly for adoption meaning that people who want to skip the paper work take advantage of the law while people mentally ill enough to actually abandon a baby continue to do so in dumpsters etc.
12th Mar '17 10:09:25 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Kolya}}'': Louka enters into a CitizenshipMarriage to get paid in order for allowing his Russian bride to emigrate to Czechoslovakia. But then the Russian bride lights out for West Germany...and then her aunt is killed in a car wreck. This chain of events leads to Louka the swinging bachelor very unexpectedly in charge of a five-year-old boy.
28th Feb '17 9:54:31 PM Veggieman
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* In ''Series/HotInCleveland'' the women find a baby left on their doorstep. It is revealed that Joy's son had come to visit and the baby is her new grandson, Wilbur.

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* In ''Series/HotInCleveland'' the women find a baby left on their doorstep. It is revealed that Joy's son Owen had come to visit and the baby is her new grandson, Wilbur.who had been left in fromt of the house while Owen went back to his car to get some things.
28th Feb '17 9:49:46 PM Veggieman
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* In ''Series/HotInCleveland'' the women find a baby left on their doorstep. It is revealed that Joy's son had come to visit and the baby is her new grandson, Wilbur.



* In ''Series/HotInCleveland'' the women find a baby left on their doorstep. It is revealed that Joy's son had come to visit and the baby is her new grandson, Wilbur.


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* In ''Series/HotInCleveland'' the women find a baby left on their doorstep. It is revealed that Joy's son had come to visit and the baby is her new grandson, Wilbur.


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