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26th Feb '17 1:06:27 PM DVB
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', the twin geniuses, Susan and Mary, turn themselves into babies so that their boy crush, Gill, can take care of them, much to their brother's annoyance. It doesn't take long for Johnny to find out that Gill is, in fact, a horrible babysitter who, while good intentioned, knows absolutely nothing about caring for babies and often threatens Susan and Mary's lives. Johnny steps in and proves to be a far better caretaker of his sisters as a brother should be.
* The Uxorite species from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' as a whole have this. Once the egg is hatched the newborn is left to fend entirely for itself. They are actually confused by a parents attachment to their children in other species.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', the twin geniuses, Susan and Mary, turn themselves into babies so that their boy crush, Gill, Gil, can take care of them, much to their brother's annoyance. annoyance (since it ruins his plans to have fun). It doesn't take long for Johnny to find out that Gill Gil is, in fact, a horrible babysitter who, while good intentioned, knows absolutely nothing about caring for babies and often threatens Susan and Mary's lives. Johnny steps in and suprisingly proves to be a far better caretaker of for his sisters as and being a brother should be.
good brother. He did have help from Dukey (the uplifted Dog) to help, though with th advantage in numbers.
* The Uxorite species from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' as a whole have this. Once the egg is hatched the newborn is left to fend entirely for itself. They are actually confused by a parents parents' attachment to their children in other species.


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** Subverted as far as we can tell in her ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' counterpart. She does genuinely care for her daughter and goes to confront the father to help get him up to code about it.
25th Feb '17 2:14:46 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11536013/11/Hyperemesis-gravidarum Hyperemesis Gravidarum]]'', Miss Alice Band freely states she has the maternal instincts of a concussed housefly. However, confronted with several pregnant colleagues....

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* In ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11536013/11/Hyperemesis-gravidarum Hyperemesis Gravidarum]]'', Miss Alice Band freely states she has the maternal instincts of a concussed housefly. However, confronted with several pregnant colleagues....
31st Jan '17 7:30:34 PM LittleGoat
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzNH9FkuF4Q This advertisement]] for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz featured a woman complaining to her son that he’s boring and never discusses interesting things like world affairs or culture. Her son is a toddler, so he pretty much ignores her.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzNH9FkuF4Q This advertisement]] for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz featured a woman complaining to her son that he’s he's boring and never discusses interesting things like world affairs or culture. Her son is a toddler, so he pretty much ignores her.



* One of the many comedy tropes that ends up being completely not funny in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is Misato's utter inability to serve as a maternal figure. She would be a passable or even effective [[CoolBigSis Older Sister Surrogate]] if it weren’t for the implied sexual tension between her and Shinji.

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* One of the many comedy tropes that ends up being completely not funny in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is Misato's utter inability to serve as a maternal figure. She would be a passable or even effective [[CoolBigSis Older Sister Surrogate]] if it weren’t weren't for the implied sexual tension between her and Shinji.



* PlayedForDrama in ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'': the narrator/lead character Marjane mentions how in a time of crisis, her neighbour handed her her baby and ran off, and since then she has always been very sceptical towards the concept of ‘maternal instinct’.

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* PlayedForDrama in ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'': the narrator/lead character Marjane mentions how in a time of crisis, her neighbour handed her her baby and ran off, and since then she has always been very sceptical towards the concept of ‘maternal instinct’.'maternal instinct'.



* Happened to Alanna in the fourth ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' book when she wound up protecting some clergy and orphans. It's her man-at-arms ''Coram'' who has to teach her how to hold a baby and deal with diapers, since he cared for her and her brother as infants. Presumably the experienced helped her when she had three kids of her own.

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* Happened to Alanna in the fourth ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' book when she wound up protecting some clergy and orphans. It's her man-at-arms ''Coram'' who has to teach her how to hold a baby and deal with diapers, since he cared for her and her brother as infants. Presumably the experienced experience helped her when she had three kids of her own.
1st Dec '16 3:26:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* Predictably, BadAss ActionGirl Aeryn in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' expects she will fulfill this trope when her child is born. She later learns to love motherhood.

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* Predictably, BadAss ActionGirl Aeryn in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' expects she will fulfill this trope when her child is born. She later learns to love motherhood.
22nd Oct '16 2:44:07 PM AgProv
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* In ''{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11536013/11/Hyperemesis-gravidarum Hyperemesis Gravidarum]]'', Miss Alice Band freely states she has the maternal instincts of a concussed housefly. However, confronted with several pregnant colleagues....
-->"Babies." said Alice. "Who, without prejudicing my reputation as a flinty-hearted lethally murderous stone-cold bitch, I'd quite like to see. You know, out of interest. As long as ''other people'' have them. Did I tell you I've already had one offer to be a godsmother?"
-->Vimes started. Alice Band as a godsparent? Well, she'd be one mean Mother, Gods help the child.
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15th Oct '16 8:51:24 PM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Justified with the Crystal Gems, since they're asexually produced aliens who are created fully formed. At one point Rose Quartz believed that babies were a different species.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Justified with The series revolves around the [[MagicalGirlWarrior Crystal Gems, Gems]] raising the teenage son of their former leader. Although they [[ParentsAsPeople usually]] do a good job, "Steven's Birthday" has him revert to a baby, and his father Greg has to take over because they have no idea how to take care of him. This is pretty {{Justified}}, since they're asexually produced [[NoBiologicalSex asexual]] aliens who are created fully formed. At one point Rose Quartz believed that babies were a different species.
all BornAsAnAdult.



** It's probably better to say that Cheshire's maternal feelings (and her morality in general) are DependingOnTheWriter.

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** It's probably better to say that Cheshire's maternal feelings (and are DependingOnTheWriter--some making Lian her morality in general) are DependingOnTheWriter.MoralityPet, others consider her too evil to have any sort of loving relationship.
15th Oct '16 8:46:29 PM JoeMerl
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** It's probably better to say that Cheshire's maternal feelings (and her morality in general) are DependingOnTheWriter.
27th Sep '16 2:04:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* In an episode of ''JohnnyTest'', the twin geniuses, Susan and Mary, turn themselves into babies so that their boy crush, Gill, can take care of them, much to their brother's annoyance. It doesn't take long for Johnny to find out that Gill is, in fact, a horrible babysitter who, while good intentioned, knows absolutely nothing about caring for babies and often threatens Susan and Mary's lives. Johnny steps in and proves to be a far better caretaker of his sisters as a brother should be.

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* In an episode of ''JohnnyTest'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', the twin geniuses, Susan and Mary, turn themselves into babies so that their boy crush, Gill, can take care of them, much to their brother's annoyance. It doesn't take long for Johnny to find out that Gill is, in fact, a horrible babysitter who, while good intentioned, knows absolutely nothing about caring for babies and often threatens Susan and Mary's lives. Johnny steps in and proves to be a far better caretaker of his sisters as a brother should be.



* Cynthia Frady from the original ''MaddisonAtkins''

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* Cynthia Frady from the original ''MaddisonAtkins''''WebVideo/MaddisonAtkins''
21st Aug '16 11:00:10 AM nombretomado
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** The matriarch, Quain'tana, is a warlord [[http://www.drowtales.com/archiveContest2009.php?id=36 who grew up on the streets]] and may not have ever known what proper parenting looks like, and as a result treats her children like tools at best and trash at worst. ** Her daughter Mel'arnach, who probably has the strongest maternal instinct of Quain's potential heirs, is in prison and has a horrible relationship with her mother to the point of actual death threats.

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** The matriarch, Quain'tana, is a warlord [[http://www.drowtales.com/archiveContest2009.php?id=36 who grew up on the streets]] and may not have ever known what proper parenting looks like, and as a result treats her children like tools at best and trash at worst. worst.
** Her daughter Mel'arnach, who probably has the strongest maternal instinct of Quain's potential heirs, is in prison and has a horrible relationship with her mother to the point of actual death threats.
21st Aug '16 10:59:50 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', this seems to run in the Sarghress family. The matriarch, Quain'tana, is a warlord [[http://www.drowtales.com/archiveContest2009.php?id=36 who grew up on the streets]] and may not have ever known what proper parenting looks like, and as a result treats her children like tools at best and trash at worst. Her daughter Mel'arnach, who probably has the strongest maternal instinct of Quain's potential heirs, is in prison and has a horrible relationship with her mother to the point of actual death threats. And [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=63 Syphile, who is completely unqualified, is forced to care for Ariel since the latter was an infant]]. Unfortunately is this PlayedForDrama rather than PlayedForLaughs and has very real effects the lives of the characters involved.
** Syphile ends up calling her out on this, telling Quain'tania just how poisonous of a mother she is, right before Quain' ''[[spoiler: kills her]]''

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* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', this ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': This seems to run in the Sarghress family. family and is PlayedForDrama, having very real effects on the lives of the characters involved.
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The matriarch, Quain'tana, is a warlord [[http://www.drowtales.com/archiveContest2009.php?id=36 who grew up on the streets]] and may not have ever known what proper parenting looks like, and as a result treats her children like tools at best and trash at worst. ** Her daughter Mel'arnach, who probably has the strongest maternal instinct of Quain's potential heirs, is in prison and has a horrible relationship with her mother to the point of actual death threats. And threats.
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[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=63 Syphile, who is completely unqualified, is forced to care for Ariel since the latter was an infant]]. Unfortunately is this PlayedForDrama rather than PlayedForLaughs and has very real effects the lives of the characters involved.
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Syphile ends up calling her out on this, telling Quain'tania just how poisonous of a mother she is, right before Quain' ''[[spoiler: kills her]]''
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