History Main / DoorstopBaby

9th Aug '16 1:46:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* Common in {{China}} due to its One Child Policy, which heavily fines parents (outside of rural districts that need the manpower and ethnic minorities) who have more than one child. With a strong cultural preference towards boys (male children are expected to take care of their parents when they grow too old to work), if a firstborn child is a girl, it's been common to drop them off in a public area, usually near a police station or marketplace, where they'll be easily found. Combined with a streamlined paperwork system for foreign adoptions, and this fortunately resulted in many orphaned girls being HappilyAdopted.

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* Common in {{China}} UsefulNotes/{{China}} due to its One Child Policy, which heavily fines parents (outside of rural districts that need the manpower and ethnic minorities) who have more than one child. With a strong cultural preference towards boys (male children are expected to take care of their parents when they grow too old to work), if a firstborn child is a girl, it's been common to drop them off in a public area, usually near a police station or marketplace, where they'll be easily found. Combined with a streamlined paperwork system for foreign adoptions, and this fortunately resulted in many orphaned girls being HappilyAdopted.
7th Aug '16 7:59:15 PM LadyJaneGrey
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** A nearly identical variation provided the main plot of the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Dirty Rotten Diapers" in which, much like Baby Face Finster, a midget gangster pulls the same stunt in order to check the loot that his two henchwomen would actually steal.

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** * A nearly identical variation of the Bugs Bunny example provided the main plot of the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Dirty Rotten Diapers" in which, much like Baby Face Finster, a midget gangster pulls the same stunt in order to check the loot that his two henchwomen would actually steal.steal. Although, in this case, his plan is almost ruined, as the couple [[RealityEnsues at first think to take the wiser option and call child services]]; they relent a little and bring him inside due to his crying.
6th Aug '16 11:56:42 PM JoeMerl
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* The opening scene in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' shows Lewis's mother leaving him on the doorstep of the 6th Street Orphanage in this way.

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* The opening scene in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' shows Lewis's mother leaving him on the doorstep of the 6th Street Orphanage Orphanage. Twelve years later, Lewis gets swept up in this way.time-travel shenanigans and agrees to help Wilbur only if he'll take him back to that night so that he can meet his mom; Wilbur agrees, though to preserve history he has no intention of doing so. [[spoiler:In the end, Wilbur does take him back and Lewis is able to see himself getting left on the doorstep, but he chooses not to speak to his mom, since his trip to the future reveals that he's about to be HappilyAdopted]].
17th Jul '16 6:35:12 PM foxley
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* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood'', Shang deposits the infant Robyn on the doorstep of the Locksleys.
11th Jul '16 1:19:51 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In an episode of ''Anime/MazingerZ'', Sayaka and Kouji find a baby boy in the doorstep of the Institute, plus a note that explains why was he left there. [[spoiler: His mother is a WidowWoman who not only was hit hard by the death of her husband, but has just found out she's [[IllGirl seriously ill]] and can't take care of him any longer, so she's leaving him there to GiveHimANormalLife. Koji goes to finds her... ''when she's about to commit suicide''.]]
25th Jun '16 11:39:57 AM DarthWalrus
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** As it turns out, this is ''also'' part of Shifu's backstory, left abandoned there by his father, a thief, where he was taken in by oogway.
27th May '16 8:27:02 AM Willbyr
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* Kaito Doumoto in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' has his first HeroicBSOD upon discovering a note from his parents explaining that they found him like this and took him in.

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* Kaito Doumoto in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' has his first HeroicBSOD upon discovering a note from his parents explaining that they found him like this and took him in.



* In the ''{{Cyborg 009}}'' 2001 series, a Catholic priest found a dying single mother and her healthy baby boy in the doorsteps of his church. He took the baby in, and he grew up to become Joe Shimamura aka 009.

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* In the ''{{Cyborg ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' 2001 series, a Catholic priest found a dying single mother and her healthy baby boy in the doorsteps of his church. He took the baby in, and he grew up to become Joe Shimamura aka 009.



* Carlos Santana from ''CaptainTsubasa''. As a little baby, his teenaged single mother left him in a soccer field, and the caretakers of said sport place took him in. [[BreakTheCutie When his adoptive parents died, much misfortune followed.]] [[spoiler: In a subversion, he finds his genuinely remorseful mother when he's an adult, and they get reconciled. EarnYourHappyEnding, indeed.]]
* Flute, from ''ViolinistOfHameln'', was left in some villager's doorstep on a snowy day [[spoiler: by, supposedly, a dying soldier of her country, Sforzando]]. Subverted in that the house's owner refused to open the door, and the villagers who passed by the screaming baby in a basket purposefully averted their eyes; it was the Elder of Staccato who finally picked her up and took her home.

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* Carlos Santana from ''CaptainTsubasa''.''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''. As a little baby, his teenaged single mother left him in a soccer field, and the caretakers of said sport place took him in. [[BreakTheCutie When his adoptive parents died, much misfortune followed.]] [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In a subversion, he finds his genuinely remorseful mother when he's an adult, and they get reconciled. EarnYourHappyEnding, indeed.]]
* Flute, from ''ViolinistOfHameln'', ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'', was left in some villager's doorstep on a snowy day [[spoiler: by, supposedly, a dying soldier of her country, Sforzando]]. Subverted in that the house's owner refused to open the door, and the villagers who passed by the screaming baby in a basket purposefully averted their eyes; it was the Elder of Staccato who finally picked her up and took her home.
3rd May '16 8:35:30 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Lead-in to MosesInTheBullrushes and MuggleFosterParents.

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Lead-in to MosesInTheBullrushes MosesInTheBulrushes and MuggleFosterParents.



* {{Superman}} is arguably an instance of this trope. Of course, in this case, the doorstep is Kansas, and the note's either missing or undecipherable. In some versions it's more the [[MosesInTheBullrushes Moses]] thing, with Kal-El being shot "to wherever", but, in most versions, Kal-El was deliberately and specifically sent to Earth, which makes it a deliberate placing, just with an added multimillion light year shot-put effect in between (rather than laid on the doorstep, he was chucked there). There is even at least one incarnation where Jor-El sends Kal-El specifically to Kansas.

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* {{Superman}} is arguably an instance of this trope. Of course, in this case, the doorstep is Kansas, and the note's either missing or undecipherable. In some versions it's more the [[MosesInTheBullrushes [[MosesInTheBulrushes Moses]] thing, with Kal-El being shot "to wherever", but, in most versions, Kal-El was deliberately and specifically sent to Earth, which makes it a deliberate placing, just with an added multimillion light year shot-put effect in between (rather than laid on the doorstep, he was chucked there). There is even at least one incarnation where Jor-El sends Kal-El specifically to Kansas.



** Tai Lung is left on the doorstep of the Jade Palace in perfectly beautiful weather, and we never see or are told who the parents were or why they abandoned him. And far from growing up to [[MosesInTheBullrushes discover his secret special heritage]] or [[MuggleFosterParents be raised by someone who does not understand his uniqueness]], the snow leopard finds his glory and power right there in training to be a kung fu warrior, something his adoptive father Shifu embraces wholeheartedly (and apparently [[ArrogantKungFuGuy a bit too well]]) when he discovers the cub's aptitude for it.

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** Tai Lung is left on the doorstep of the Jade Palace in perfectly beautiful weather, and we never see or are told who the parents were or why they abandoned him. And far from growing up to [[MosesInTheBullrushes [[MosesInTheBulrushes discover his secret special heritage]] or [[MuggleFosterParents be raised by someone who does not understand his uniqueness]], the snow leopard finds his glory and power right there in training to be a kung fu warrior, something his adoptive father Shifu embraces wholeheartedly (and apparently [[ArrogantKungFuGuy a bit too well]]) when he discovers the cub's aptitude for it.



* Oswald Cobblepot -- alias The Penguin -- in the movie ''Film/BatmanReturns''. Not so much left on the doorstep as [[MosesInTheBullrushes Mosed]] to be [[RaisedByWolves Raised By Penguins.]]

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* Oswald Cobblepot -- alias The Penguin -- in the movie ''Film/BatmanReturns''. Not so much left on the doorstep as [[MosesInTheBullrushes [[MosesInTheBulrushes Mosed]] to be [[RaisedByWolves Raised By Penguins.]]
26th Apr '16 9:35:36 PM Pamina
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* Played with in ''Film/{{Annie|2014}}''. Annie was actually 4 years old when she was left at an Italian restaurant with her locket and a note written on the receipt by her real parents.

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Annie|2014}}''. Annie was actually 4 years old when she was left at an Italian restaurant with her locket and a note written on the receipt by her real parents. Played straighter in the original stage and earlier screen versions, where she was left at the orphanage as a baby (see {{Theatre}} below).
16th Apr '16 8:41:10 PM nombretomado
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* The ''FatherTed'' ChristmasSpecial begins with the priests finding a baby on their doorstep. As they prepare to take it in, the mother appears to announce she's made a mistake and takes the baby back. Ted muses about how [[LampshadeHanging they would have gotten into all kinds of hilarious situations]] while trying to take care of the baby. Dougal points out that it actually wouldn't have been all that funny, and Ted concurs.

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* The ''FatherTed'' ''Series/FatherTed'' ChristmasSpecial begins with the priests finding a baby on their doorstep. As they prepare to take it in, the mother appears to announce she's made a mistake and takes the baby back. Ted muses about how [[LampshadeHanging they would have gotten into all kinds of hilarious situations]] while trying to take care of the baby. Dougal points out that it actually wouldn't have been all that funny, and Ted concurs.



* Discussed in the first episode ''RaisingHope''. When Jimmy first brings Hope home, Jimmy's mother tries to convince him to leave Hope down at the fire station, because she doesn't think Jimmy is in any way capable of raising a child. Jimmy eventually decides to keep Hope.

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* Discussed in the first episode ''RaisingHope''.of ''Series/RaisingHope''. When Jimmy first brings Hope home, Jimmy's mother tries to convince him to leave Hope down at the fire station, because she doesn't think Jimmy is in any way capable of raising a child. Jimmy eventually decides to keep Hope.
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