History Main / DoorstopBaby

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.
8th Apr '16 11:22:48 AM nighttrainfm
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* Variation: in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Tai Lung is left on the doorstep of the Jade Palace in perfectly beautiful weather, and we never see or are told who the mother was or why she 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 a bit too well) when he discovers the cub's aptitude for it.

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* Variation: in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' loves this trope:
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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 mother was parents were or why she 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) well]]) when he discovers the cub's aptitude for it.



** This is also part of Master Tigress's backstory as revealed in the short ''Secrets of the Furious Five'', being left at an orphanage until she was eventually adopted by Shifu. ''Kung Fu Panda'' apparently loves this trope.

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** This is also part of Master Tigress's backstory backstory, as revealed in the short ''Secrets of the Furious Five'', being left at an orphanage until she was eventually adopted by Shifu. ''Kung Fu Panda'' apparently loves this trope.
2nd Mar '16 8:06:33 PM PaulA
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* The title character of Josephine Tey's novel ''Brat Farrar'' was abandoned on the doorstep of an orphanage; as an adult, he is passed off as a child who had vanished at age 10, leaving an ambiguous note.

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* The title character of Josephine Tey's novel ''Brat Farrar'' ''Literature/BratFarrar'' was abandoned on the doorstep of an orphanage; as an adult, he is passed off as a child who had vanished at age 10, leaving an ambiguous note.
9th Feb '16 4:27:35 PM Pichu-kun
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* This is Shining Armor's origin in ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' according to Twilight's song. He wasn't a newborn though, in fact he seems older than Twilight.

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* This is Shining Armor's Francis' origin in ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' according to one of Twilight's song.songs. He wasn't a newborn though, in fact he seems older than Twilight.
4th Jan '16 12:47:26 AM shawnvw
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* ''Film/ThreeMenAndABaby'' (both the original French movie and American remake) starts with the baby being left on their doorstep.

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* ''Film/ThreeMenAndABaby'' (both the original French movie and American remake) starts with the baby being left on their doorstep. (One of the three is the baby's father.)
1st Jan '16 6:22:29 AM VinceM
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* This trope shows up in a lot of LooneyTunes - the attached note often says things like "Please take care of my Little Schnookums. Signed, Big Schnookums".
30th Dec '15 9:12:18 AM StFan
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* in ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'', one of the POWs receives a letter from his wife saying that she "found" a baby that happens to look a lot like her. (Her husband had been away fighting for more than a year.)

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* in ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'', one of the POWs [=POWs=] receives a letter from his wife saying that she "found" a baby that happens to look a lot like her. (Her husband had been away fighting for more than a year.)
10th Dec '15 4:41:50 PM kazokuhouou
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* Probably the only time the DoorstopBaby is in on it, in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' after the clone Dolly found herself regressed to a baby via an accident with a time machine, she conspired with her DNA parent Corrie and Corrie's boyfriend to leave herself (now going by Mary) on the doorstep of Candace Canid. The funny thing? That made the ''second'' time she was adopted by Candace.

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* Probably the only time the DoorstopBaby is in on it, in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', after the clone Dolly found herself regressed to a baby via an accident with a time machine, she conspired with her DNA parent Corrie and Corrie's boyfriend to leave herself (now going by Mary) on the doorstep of Candace Canid. The funny thing? That made the ''second'' time she was adopted by Candace.
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