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* Edna, the main character of ''VideoGame/EdnaAndHarveyTheBreakout'' doesn’t seem to have a mother, a fact that is important to the plot but never brought up or explained.
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* In MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm Up Jim River]]'', why the harpist is setting out to search.

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* In MichaelFlynn's Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm Up Jim River]]'', why the harpist is setting out to search.
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* In the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' manga's "Turnabout From Heaven" case, the defendant, Diana Wheatley, says she was visited by the spirit of her mother, who was killed in an auto accident 16 years ago and promised to give her a necklace when she turned 20. [[spoiler:It turns out that her dead supposed birth mother [[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo was actually her stepmother]], because the birth certificates were altered, and that her actual mother was working for her father in disguise]].
* The death of Jintan's IllGirl mother Touko was pretty important in ''Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay''.



* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' mentions three mothers among the Ancient Nations: AncientGreece (Modern Greece's mother), Ancient Egyot (Modern Egypt's), and Ancient Brittannia (England and his siblings's). The three are pretty much stated to be dead due to obvious reasons; specially in the case of AncientGreece, since [[MommasBoy her son]] is shown in her ruins [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest and recalling her with quite the affectionate nostalgia]]. [[spoiler:In the CD dramas, it's mentioned that AncientGreece became the Byzantine Empire after Rome's death...and she died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, whom we know as Turkey]].



* Ur from ''Manga/FairyTail'' to her daughter Ultear, though it wasn't intentional. [[spoiler:She took said daughter to some scientist tam because Ultear was an IllGirl in serious risk, but they [[MoralEventHorizon kidnapped her instead and told Ur she was dead]].]]



* In ''Manga/FutatsuNoSpica,'' Asumi has never known her mother, who was horribly burned and left in a coma when the Lion exploded and fell on her hometown. This series does a rather nice job of delving into the after-effects of this. For one thing, it's revealed that the infant Asumi [[spoiler: was in her arms when she was burned, and that she protected her from further harm, which explains why Asumi sometimes has horrible nightmares about the incident in spite of having been too young to remember it]]. It's especially poignant when Asumi's mother [[spoiler: later dies, and Asumi repeatedly tries to take the box containing her ashes from the funeral service and put it out on her favorite hilltop, because she's never seen her mother inside anything besides a closed box (the life support system she languished in, or the box containing her ashes) and wants her to be able to be in a nicer place]].
** Later on, Asumi does meet her mother, [[spoiler: after she nearly dies from drowning and ends up in the world through which dead souls travel. She ultimately helps her mother, whose spirit is, for the time, blind due to the harm her body suffered; she's able to help her spirit make her way to the other side. It's especially sad because Asumi cannot tell her mother who she is, since speaking her name aloud here means that she won't ever be able to go back to the living world; the moment at which Asumi's mother, having begun to make the final trip to the afterlife and regained her sight as her full form is restored, sees her daughter and starts to cry is absolutely heart-wrenching.]]
* Made into a huge TearJerker in one of the ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro'' series. [[spoiler: A widowed man consults Kitaro to help his [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless boy]] of a son, and it turns out the boy became emotionless after having witnessed his mother's death as [[LookBothWays she was ran over by a truck]] while riding her bike to meet up with him. Ever since then the poor kid has constant guilt-driven flashbacks and BadDreams of the terrible event, and it's only with the help of Kitaro and his mother's spirit that he can get over his trauma and start properly living again.]]



* In ''Manga/HaikaraSanGaTooru'', both Benio and Shinobu lost their mothers early in their lives. Same goes to Ranmaru, which is why Benio befriended him. [[spoiler:Then the readers learn that Shinobu's mother, a German woman, was forced away from Japan due to her heritage and married a Russian count, having a son named Sasha...aka Larissa's dead husband]].
* In ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', Takeshi Sendoh's grandmother tells Mari that Sendoh's mother died right after giving birth. It's not known whether it was DeathByChildbirth or not, however.
** Later in the series, [[spoiler: Alexander Volg Zangief's IllGirl of a mother passes away.]]



* In ''Manga/HappyYarouWedding'', Yuuhi grew up without a mother and had a very lonely childhood. When he starts working as a nanny to Shouta, whose mom is also dead, he sees too much of his own past in him and becomes determined to be the perfect parent to Shouta.



* The ''Manga/IsTheOrderARabbit'' anime never made this clear, but the manga stated Chino's mom died when she was younger.



* ''Manga/KareKano'':
** Tsubasa's mother fell victim to DeathByChildbirth, which is why she [[ParentWithnewParamount reacts badly to her dad remarrying at first]].
** Soichirou's mother was ''horribly'' abusive and as a consequence his father sent him to live with his uncle and aunt instead. [[spoiler: And later in the manga, she actually ''returns''...]]



* The death of Kei Enjouji's mother Hotaru in Manga/{{Kizuna}} is an extremely important plot point, since she leaves behind a letter in which she reveals the secret behind Enjouji's heritage: [[spoiler: he is actually the HeroicBastard of Hotaru's former lover, the {{Yakuza}} boss Takeshi Sagano.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Lady}}'', Sarah's mother Frances died when she was a little girl. Her dad George married a Japanese woman named Misuzu, who'd become the mother of main character Lynn...and later ''she'' died too, with [[SacrificialLion her death kicking off the plot]] since Lynn must stay in England with George and Sarah from then on.
* ''Manga/LoveLucky'': Kirari's mother [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned her]].



* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', Medaka's mother died right after her birth. Not from childbirth complications, she just happened to have a heart attack after the baby was born. Medaka claims she didn't feel sad upon learning about this, and merely thought that her mother had served her purpose in life and died. [[spoiler:Which ends up being creepily accurate, since her birth was all a plot by her uncle to breed the perfect wife.]] Averts the part about the mother being looked on fondly though, since apparently she was best known for being something of a [[GoodIsNotNice bitch]].
* [[AllThereInTheManual In the manga]], Quatre Raberba Winner of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' loses his mother ''twice''. First, IllGirl Katherine Winner [[DeathByChildbirth dies in childbirth]], having chosen to bear a child naturally despite knowing that pregnancy was so dangerous she was guaranteed not to survive. Quatre's [[WellDoneSonGuy father]] Zayeed then lets him believe he is just replaceable offspring [[DesignerBabies grown in a laboratory]] to be an heir (like his sisters), so he won't be traumatised and blame himself for Katherine's death; he dies without revealing the truth. This is just one of [[BewareTheNiceOnes Quatre's]] [[TroubleFollowsYouHome many]], [[ChildSoldiers many]] [[SanitySlippage issues]].
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', Setsuna F. Seiei lost his mother when he was no older than 10. [[spoiler: More exactly, when he was a BrainwashedAndCrazy {{Child Soldier|s}} under the name of Soran Ibrahim, he killed her under the orders of his leader, Ali Al-Saachez.]] One of the reasons why he gets platonically close to Princess Marina is because [[IdenticalStranger she looks a LOT]] like his dead mom.
** Similarly, the conflict between [[spoiler:Sergei and Andrei Smirnov]] comes from the death of [[spoiler:Andrei]]'s ActionMom Holly, whom he ''never'' forgave his father for. [[spoiler:It ends up in horrible tragedy, as Andrei [[SelfMadeOrphan kills Sergei]] believing him to be a traitor; once he realizes what he has done with help of his adoptive sister Marie, he becomes TheAtoner, and goes through RedemptionEqualsDeath in TheMovie]].
* The death of Flit Asuno's mother happens right at the start of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', and it's ''vital'' to the plot: Mrs. Asuno, in her last moments, handed young Flit the design for a mobile suit: the Gundam that he would later build.
** The sequel novel ''Frozen Teardrop'' does it thrice over: [[spoiler: for Heero (his parents were HitmanWithAHeart Odin Lowe and OZ spy Aoi Clark, who raised Heero in his very early years alongside her SecondLove and husband; when they both died, Odin Lowe took little Heero back in), Treize (his mother Angelina [[TheOphelia went completely mad]] after her husband Ein Yuy was horribly killed and she was kidnapped by her family, [[StarCrossedLovers who never approved of their marriage.]] She and her ''other'' son/Treize's former NumberTwo Vingt died in the crossfire when the real Heero Yuy was assassinated), and Duo II (his adoptive mother Hilde Scheibaker died some time before the story began, leaving her husband "Father" Duo Maxwell to raise the kid alone).]]
* In ''Manga/MyLittleMonster'', Shizuku's mother is barely home. She spends most of her time at work instead of with her unemployed husband and children.
** Haru's case is even worse. His parents selfishly sought after his intelligence when he was little. When his father kicked him out, she didn't try to convince her ex-husband to let him stay. She didn't even take him in afterwards. Instead, she let her sister-in-law have him.



* Happens a lot in ''Manga/OmamoriHimari''. Both of Yuuto's parents are dead, as are all of Shizuku's relatives. Himari's mother died either in childbirth or shortly after. Lizlet never had relatives to begin with. Rinko and Kuesu's mothers are alive, but have virtually no presence in the story.



* In ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'', Himeno's mother died when Himeno was a child, leading to her being raised by her father Kaoru alone -- as a result, she is pretty good in martial arts, but finds it difficult to behave like a lady, which becomes a problem after her father marries a rich widow with [[{{Ojou}} two]] [[RichBitch daughters]]. (Yes, this plot ''is'' from "Literature/{{Cinderella}}", {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the manga by Yayoi.)
** In the manga, this is expanded: [[spoiler: Mrs. Awayuki fell victim to DeathByChildbirth, and Kaoru keeps it from Himeno to not cause her psychological damage. She actually learns that from her ''stepmother'' Natsue.]]



* In ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'', Himeno's mother died when Himeno was a child, leading to her being raised by her father Kaoru alone -- as a result, she is pretty good in martial arts, but finds it difficult to behave like a lady, which becomes a problem after her father marries a rich widow with [[{{Ojou}} two]] [[RichBitch daughters]]. (Yes, this plot ''is'' from "Literature/{{Cinderella}}", {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the manga by Yayoi.)
** In the manga, this is expanded: [[spoiler: Mrs. Awayuki fell victim to DeathByChildbirth, and Kaoru keeps it from Himeno to not cause her psychological damage. She actually learns that from her ''stepmother'' Natsue.]]
* Numerous examples in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', to the point that the fact that title character has a mother at all [[CrapsackWorld is called out]] [[BreakTheCutie as distinctive.]] [[DeathByOriginStory Mami lost hers]] [[spoiler: in a car crash (alongside her father).]] [[BrokenBird Homura]] is, well, [[MysteriousProtector Hom]][[NewTransferStudent ura.]] Kyouko, well, let's [[PaterFamilicide not]] [[DerangedAnimation go]] [[AxCrazy there.]]



* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kaoru's mother is so missing that she doesn't get mentioned ''at all''. Her father not being a part of the story is explained and is actually plot relevant: He was drafted into the army and then killed, leaving Kaoru to try to handle the family business alone. In fact, the mother of every other cast member whose parentage is discussed at all is deceased, as are most of their fathers. [[spoiler: In the ([[CanonDiscontinuity Watsuki-disowned]] ''Seishouhen'' OAV Kaoru explains to Kenshin that Mrs. Kamiya died of illness when she was very young; she adds that the very day she died her father ''immediately'' came back to handling the dojo, and she resented him for refusing to grieve for his dead wife.]]; no details in the actual canon have openly contradictyed.)
** In the filler Shimabara arc, the death of Shougo and Sayo's mom is very important: [[spoiler: it was an HeroicSacrifice from Mr. Mutou to make sure that her children would safely escape from their DoomedHometown with their uncle. The kids even see her being shot to death in the seashore.]]



* In ''Manga/SandChronicles'', Ann's mother Miwako commits suicide in the very first chapter due to depression, leaving her daughter in her parents' care. This death haunts Ann throughout the series.
* ''Manga/ShinshunkiMimanOkotowari'' actually begins right after the death of Asuka's mother, Kazue. This is the catalyst for the whole manga since Asuka sets off to find the father she has never met, but she first finds her also until-then-unknown half-siblings Kazusa and Manato instead...



* In ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'', Luluco's parents got divorced and she's been living with her father. [[spoiler: We find out in episode 4 that her mother is a notorious {{Space Pirate|s}} named Lalaco Godspeed.]]
* In ''Manga/SweetnessAndLightning'', Tsumugi's mom (and Kouhei's wife) died six months before the beginning of the story.



* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', a large percent of the cast are orphans. However, the absence of mothers is a major theme uniting many characters and having strong influence over the course of the story. Of particular note are the deaths of Kaneki's mother, [[SacrificialLamb Hinami Fueguchi's mother Ryouko]], Hikari Kirishima, Kasuka Mado, and Ukina ([[spoiler: aka the mother of Eto/the One-Eyed Owl]]).



* In ''Manga/{{Tsukigasa}}'', Azuma's mother dies when he's quite young, leading to his CreepyUncle raping him because of his resemblance to her.









* [[AllThereInTheManual In the manga]], Quatre Raberba Winner of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' loses his mother ''twice''. First, IllGirl Katherine Winner [[DeathByChildbirth dies in childbirth]], having chosen to bear a child naturally despite knowing that pregnancy was so dangerous she was guaranteed not to survive. Quatre's [[WellDoneSonGuy father]] Zayeed then lets him believe he is just replaceable offspring [[DesignerBabies grown in a laboratory]] to be an heir (like his sisters), so he won't be traumatised and blame himself for Katherine's death; he dies without revealing the truth. This is just one of [[BewareTheNiceOnes Quatre's]] [[TroubleFollowsYouHome many]], [[ChildSoldiers many]] [[SanitySlippage issues]].
** The sequel novel ''Frozen Teardrop'' does it thrice over: [[spoiler: for Heero (his parents were HitmanWithAHeart Odin Lowe and OZ spy Aoi Clark, who raised Heero in his very early years alongside her SecondLove and husband; when they both died, Odin Lowe took little Heero back in), Treize (his mother Angelina [[TheOphelia went completely mad]] after her husband Ein Yuy was horribly killed and she was kidnapped by her family, [[StarCrossedLovers who never approved of their marriage.]] She and her ''other'' son/Treize's former NumberTwo Vingt died in the crossfire when the real Heero Yuy was assassinated), and Duo II (his adoptive mother Hilde Scheibaker died some time before the story began, leaving her husband "Father" Duo Maxwell to raise the kid alone).]]
* The death of Kei Enjouji's mother Hotaru in Manga/{{Kizuna}} is an extremely important plot point, since she leaves behind a letter in which she reveals the secret behind Enjouji's heritage: [[spoiler: he is actually the HeroicBastard of Hotaru's former lover, the {{Yakuza}} boss Takeshi Sagano.]]
* Numerous examples in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', to the point that the fact that title character has a mother at all [[CrapsackWorld is called out]] [[BreakTheCutie as distinctive.]] [[DeathByOriginStory Mami lost hers]] [[spoiler: in a car crash (alongside her father).]] [[BrokenBird Homura]] is, well, [[MysteriousProtector Hom]][[NewTransferStudent ura.]] Kyouko, well, let's [[PaterFamilicide not]] [[DerangedAnimation go]] [[AxCrazy there.]]
* Ur from ''Manga/FairyTail'' to her daughter Ultear, though it wasn't intentional. [[spoiler:She took said daughter to some scientist tam because Ultear was an IllGirl in serious risk, but they [[MoralEventHorizon kidnapped her instead and told Ur she was dead]].]]
* In ''Manga/HappyYarouWedding'', Yuuhi grew up without a mother and had a very lonely childhood. When he starts working as a nanny to Shouta, whose mom is also dead, he sees too much of his own past in him and becomes determined to be the perfect parent to Shouta.
* In ''Manga/{{Tsukigasa}}'', Azuma's mother dies when he's quite young, leading to his CreepyUncle raping him because of his resemblance to her.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' mentions three mothers among the Ancient Nations: AncientGreece (Modern Greece's mother), Ancient Egyot (Modern Egypt's), and Ancient Brittannia (England and his siblings's). The three are pretty much stated to be dead due to obvious reasons; specially in the case of AncientGreece, since [[MommasBoy her son]] is shown in her ruins [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest and recalling her with quite the affectionate nostalgia]]. [[spoiler:In the CD dramas, it's mentioned that AncientGreece became the Byzantine Empire after Rome's death...and she died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, whom we know as Turkey]].
* Happens a lot in ''Manga/OmamoriHimari''. Both of Yuuto's parents are dead, as are all of Shizuku's relatives. Himari's mother died either in childbirth or shortly after. Lizlet never had relatives to begin with. Rinko and Kuesu's mothers are alive, but have virtually no presence in the story.
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', Setsuna F. Seiei lost his mother when he was no older than 10. [[spoiler: More exactly, when he was a BrainwashedAndCrazy {{Child Soldier|s}} under the name of Soran Ibrahim, he killed her under the orders of his leader, Ali Al-Saachez.]] One of the reasons why he gets platonically close to Princess Marina is because [[IdenticalStranger she looks a LOT]] like his dead mom.
** Similarly, the conflict between [[spoiler:Sergei and Andrei Smirnov]] comes from the death of [[spoiler:Andrei]]'s ActionMom Holly, whom he ''never'' forgave his father for. [[spoiler:It ends up in horrible tragedy, as Andrei [[SelfMadeOrphan kills Sergei]] believing him to be a traitor; once he realizes what he has done with help of his adoptive sister Marie, he becomes TheAtoner, and goes through RedemptionEqualsDeath in TheMovie]].
* The death of Flit Asuno's mother happens right at the start of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', and it's ''vital'' to the plot: Mrs. Asuno, in her last moments, handed young Flit the design for a mobile suit: the Gundam that he would later build.
* In the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' manga's "Turnabout From Heaven" case, the defendant, Diana Wheatley, says she was visited by the spirit of her mother, who was killed in an auto accident 16 years ago and promised to give her a necklace when she turned 20. [[spoiler:It turns out that her dead supposed birth mother was actually her stepmother, because the birth certificates were altered, and that her actual mother was working for her father in disguise]].
* In ''Manga/HaikaraSanGaTooru'', both Benio and Shinobu lost their mothers early in their lives. Same goes to Ranmaru, which is why Benio befriended him. [[spoiler:Then the readers learn that Shinobu's mother, a German woman, was forced away from Japan due to her heritage and married a Russian count, having a son named Sasha...aka Larissa's dead husband]].
* The death of Jintan's IllGirl mother Touko was pretty important in ''Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay''.
* In ''Manga/{{Lady}}'', Sarah's mother Frances died when she was a little girl. Her dad George married a Japanese woman named Misuzu, who'd become the mother of main character Lynn...and later ''she'' died too, with [[SacrificialLion her death kicking off the plot]] since Lynn must stay in England with George and Sarah from then on.
* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', Medaka's mother died right after her birth. Not from childbirth complications, she just happened to have a heart attack after the baby was born. Medaka claims she didn't feel sad upon learning about this, and merely thought that her mother had served her purpose in life and died. [[spoiler:Which ends up being creepily accurate, since her birth was all a plot by her uncle to breed the perfect wife.]] Averts the part about the mother being looked on fondly though, since apparently she was best known for being something of a [[GoodIsNotNice bitch]].
* ''Manga/LoveLucky'': Kirari's mother [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned her]].
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kaoru's mother is so missing that she doesn't get mentioned ''at all''. Her father not being a part of the story is explained and is actually plot relevant: He was drafted into the army and then killed, leaving Kaoru to try to handle the family business alone. In fact, the mother of every other cast member whose parentage is discussed at all is deceased, as are most of their fathers. [[spoiler: In the ([[CanonDiscontinuity Watsuki-disowned]] ''Seishouhen'' OAV Kaoru explains to Kenshin that Mrs. Kamiya died of illness when she was very young; she adds that the very day she died her father ''immediately'' came back to handling the dojo, and she resented him for refusing to grieve for his dead wife.]]; no details in the actual canon have openly contradictyed.)
** In the filler Shimabara arc, the death of Shougo and Sayo's mom is very important: [[spoiler: it was an HeroicSacrifice from Mr. Mutou to make sure that her children would safely escape from their DoomedHometown with their uncle. The kids even see her being shot to death in the seashore.]]
* In ''Manga/MyLittleMonster'', Shizuku's mother is barely home. She spends most of her time at work instead of with her unemployed husband and children.
** Haru's case is even worse. His parents selfishly sought after his intelligence when he was little. When his father kicked him out, she didn't try to convince her ex-husband to let him stay. She didn't even take him in afterwards. Instead, she let her sister-in-law have him.
* Made into a huge TearJerker in one of the ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro'' series. [[spoiler: A widowed man consults Kitaro to help his [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless boy]] of a son, and it turns out the boy became emotionless after having witnessed his mother's death as [[LookBothWays she was ran over by a truck]] while riding her bike to meet up with him. Ever since then the poor kid has constant guilt-driven flashbacks and BadDreams of the terrible event, and it's only with the help of Kitaro and his mother's spirit that he can get over his trauma and start properly living again.]]
* The ''Manga/IsTheOrderARabbit'' anime never made this clear, but the manga stated Chino's mom died when she was younger.
* In ''Manga/SandChronicles'', Ann's mother Miwako commits suicide in the very first chapter due to depression, leaving her daughter in her parents' care. This death haunts Ann throughout the series.
* ''Manga/ShinshunkiMimanOkotowari'' actually begins right after the death of Asuka's mother, Kazue. This is the catalyst for the whole manga since Asuka sets off to find the father she has never met, but she first finds her also until-then-unknown half-siblings Kazusa and Manato instead...
* In ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', Takeshi Sendoh's grandmother tells Mari that Sendoh's mother died right after giving birth. It's not known whether it was DeathByChildbirth or not, however.
** Later in the series, [[spoiler: Alexander Volg Zangief's IllGirl of a mother passes away.]]
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', a large percent of the cast are orphans. However, the absence of mothers is a major theme uniting many characters and having strong influence over the course of the story. Of particular note are the deaths of Kaneki's mother, [[SacrificialLamb Hinami Fueguchi's mother Ryouko]], Hikari Kirishima, Kasuka Mado, and Ukina ([[spoiler: aka the mother of Eto/the One-Eyed Owl]]).
* In ''Manga/FutatsuNoSpica,'' Asumi has never known her mother, who was horribly burned and left in a coma when the Lion exploded and fell on her hometown. This series does a rather nice job of delving into the after-effects of this. For one thing, it's revealed that the infant Asumi [[spoiler: was in her arms when she was burned, and that she protected her from further harm, which explains why Asumi sometimes has horrible nightmares about the incident in spite of having been too young to remember it]]. It's especially poignant when Asumi's mother [[spoiler: later dies, and Asumi repeatedly tries to take the box containing her ashes from the funeral service and put it out on her favorite hilltop, because she's never seen her mother inside anything besides a closed box (the life support system she languished in, or the box containing her ashes) and wants her to be able to be in a nicer place]].
** Later on, Asumi does meet her mother, [[spoiler: after she nearly dies from drowning and ends up in the world through which dead souls travel. She ultimately helps her mother, whose spirit is, for the time, blind due to the harm her body suffered; she's able to help her spirit make her way to the other side. It's especially sad because Asumi cannot tell her mother who she is, since speaking her name aloud here means that she won't ever be able to go back to the living world; the moment at which Asumi's mother, having begun to make the final trip to the afterlife and regained her sight as her full form is restored, sees her daughter and starts to cry is absolutely heart-wrenching.]]
* In ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'', Luluco's parents got divorced and she's been living with her father. [[spoiler: We find out in episode 4 that her mother is a notorious {{Space Pirate|s}} named Lalaco Godspeed.]]
* In ''Manga/SweetnessAndLightning'', Tsumugi's mom (and Kouhei's wife) died six months before the beginning of the story.
* ''Manga/KareKano'':
** Tsubasa's mother fell victim to DeathByChildbirth, which is why she [[ParentWithnewParamount reacts badly to her dad remarrying at first]].
** Soichirou's mother was ''horribly'' abusive and as a consequence his father sent him to live with his uncle and aunt instead. [[spoiler: And later in the manga, she actually ''returns''...]]
10th Mar '17 3:34:13 PM TrickyTroper
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Missing Moms are often considered more unusual than missing fathers and are more likely to have their absence explicitly explained. This might be because a man can technically leave his baby-mama at any time after knocking her up (or she can leave him)--it's even possible for him to never find out he's a father. But a woman carrying a child to term and giving birth, then disappearing, is rarer, especially if it was by her own choice, since it contradicts the CloserToEarth image most cultures have of women. If it was DeathByChildbirth that disposed of the mother, this is usually mentioned because it adds an extra touch of tragedy to the character's life.

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Missing Moms are often considered more unusual than missing fathers and are more likely to have their absence explicitly explained. This might be because a man can technically leave his baby-mama at any time after knocking her up (or she can leave him)--it's even possible for him to never find out he's a father. But a woman carrying a child to term and giving birth, then disappearing, is rarer, especially if it was by her own choice, since it contradicts the CloserToEarth image most cultures have of women. If it was DeathByChildbirth that disposed of the mother, this is usually mentioned because it adds an extra touch of tragedy to the character's life.
life. And if the MissingMom is never mentioned, then the character likely belongs to a SingleLineOfDescent.



* Ryuko Matoi in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' was raised by only her father, Isshin Matoi. While she was told her mother died when she was a baby, [[spoiler:the AwfulTruth is that her mother, Ragyo Kiryuin, actually abandoned her by intentionally throwing her down a garbage chute when she believed the experiments to infuse Ryuko with Life Fibers had failed. Isshin had decided he has had enough of his evil wife's shit, and faked his own death so as to raise Ryuko on his own. To makes things even more {{Squick}}, Ragyo relishes in performing deliberate ParentalIncest on both Ryuko and her sister, Satsuki Kiryuin.]]
* Eren's and Mikasa's mother, Carla, from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Her death was the CynicismCatalyst behind Eren's violent hatred of Titans and his vow to destroy all of them.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': The queen of Seyruun and mother of [[GenkiGirl Amelia]] and her older sister Gracia was murdered by an assassin that was after the latter princess. [[spoiler:Gracia killed said assassin ''[[BloodyMurder very messily]]'', [[BreakTheCutie was extremely traumatized due to that]], and left to learn of the world the next day under a ''nom de guerre'', "Naga the Serpent", and would eventually meet Lina, among other things]]. From the scant number of times this is mentioned, Amelia is still rather sensitive about it.

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* Ryuko Matoi The whole plot behind the ''1000 leagues to find Mother'' TV series. The [[BreakTheCutie melodramatic]] journey of 11-year-old Marco in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' was raised by only her father, Isshin Matoi. While she was told her search of his estranged mother died when she Anna, who was a baby, [[spoiler:the AwfulTruth is that her mother, Ragyo Kiryuin, actually abandoned her by intentionally throwing her down a garbage chute when she believed the experiments to infuse Ryuko with Life Fibers had failed. Isshin had decided he has had enough working in South America, traumatized hundreds of his evil wife's shit, and faked his own death so as to raise Ryuko on his own. To makes things even more {{Squick}}, Ragyo relishes in performing deliberate ParentalIncest on both Ryuko and her sister, Satsuki Kiryuin.]]
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* Eren's and Mikasa's mother, Carla, from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Her death was the CynicismCatalyst behind Eren's violent hatred of Titans and his vow to destroy all of them.
them.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': The queen of Seyruun and Tamaki's mother in ''Anime/BambooBlade''. The fact that she practiced kendo and taught it to her daughter is a major plot point.
* Guts
of [[GenkiGirl Amelia]] ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' had ''two''. The first of them died [[DeathByChildbirth as Guts was being born]], and his adoptive mother, Sys, was an IllGirl who died of plague before Guts's eyes just several years after she took him from his mother's lifeless body. To make matters even worse, Gambino, Sys's lover and Guts's adoptive father, blamed him for her death and was abusive toward him, resulting in [[HarmfulToMinors one hell of a]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast horrific childhood for him]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo Kurosaki's mother [[PosthumousCharacter Masaki]] died during a hollow attack when he was nearly nine years old, making Ichigo and Karin perpetual frowners and Yuzu a homemaker. [[spoiler: [[TheEmperor Yhwach's]] [[ThePurge purge]] of impure Quincies stole her power just as she engaged the Grand Fisher in battle, leaving her defenceless against a hollow she should have curb-stomped.]]
** Uryuu Ishida's mother Kanae is a complete mystery until her introduction in the final arc[[labelnote:*]]The [[{{filler}} Bount]] [[{{anime}} arc]] invents a cameo to claim she is exactly like one of its anime-invented characters to justify Uryuu's behaviour; the manga eventually debunks this comparison[[/labelnote]]. [[spoiler:The pure-blood [[BlueBlood Ishida family]] employed the impure servant Kanae Katagiri until she and Ryuuken MarryForLove. [[TheEmperor Yhwach's]] [[ThePurge purge]] also killed Kanae but, while the Grand Fisher ensured Masaki's death was quick, the power theft left Kanae comatose for three months until she died.]]
* In ''Anime/BloodPlus'', Saya and Diva's biological mother is only briefly mentioned, and only appears in corpse form. Though Saya ends up with a replacement or two for their biological father, who is never mentioned in the context of the story, neither of the girls ends up with another mother figure (unless you count Julia).
** Later, [[spoiler: Diva pretty much becomes a Missing Mom to her twin girls [[ChildByRape that she conceived after raping and killing Riku]]. The babies are HappilyAdopted by Riku's older brother Kai after Saya kills Diva and enters a thirty-year hibernation.]]
* In two of the three ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' anime series, Roberto Hongo lost his mother very tragically. In Captain Tsubasa J, she abandoned him in a convent to work and later die of illness; in Road to 2002, she was a factory worker who died in a work accident.
** In the WYC manga, Brazilian star player [[TheQuietOne Carlos Santana]] was abandoned by his mother as a baby, since she was a teenager and couldn't raise him. [[spoiler: In the end of the Japanese Cup, she actually appears and begs him for forgiveness, and Santana not only hugs her tearfully and accepts, he actually takes her to live with him in Spain to rekindle their relationship]].
** Misaki's parents are divorced and he lives/travels with his dad. At some point his mom reappears and asks him to live with her instead of going abroad, but Taro decides not to take it when he learns that she has remarried and even has a daughter with her new husband. [[spoiler: However, when said daughter begs him to re-meet with their mom, Taro accepts and reconciles with her.]]
* A major plot point of ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' is that the whereabouts of six year-old Rin's mother are unknown. As the series progresses, her guardian Daikichi eventually tracks down and confronts her. [[spoiler: Rin's very young mother, Masako, struggled between taking care of Rin
and her older sister Gracia career as a manga-ka and eventually chose career. Though rather immature, she ''does'' clearly care for Rin, as evidenced by her request Rin use Daikichi's surname upon entering school to help cut down on any teasing she may catch from their names being different.]]
* Nadeshiko in ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' died when Sakura was three years old. Like in the ''Nanoha'' example, there doesn't seem to be any negative repercussions and her presence can still be felt in the series...sometimes literally, since she visits her family every so often as a ghost.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch's mother Marianne "The Flash" Lamperouge
was murdered by an assassin that was after in specially messy and suspicious circumstances which also left [[IllGirl Lelouch's sister Nunally]] blinded and crippled. One of Lelouch's [[ItsPersonal leitmotives]] for his "revolution" is to find out the latter princess. [[spoiler:Gracia truth behind Marianne's death.
** Eventually it's revealed that[[spoiler: she isn't actually dead, having {{body surf}}ed into someone else. Turning this from a case of Missing Mom to flat out ParentalAbandonment.]] When Lelouch finds out, he gets pissed, really pissed. Enough to end up [[spoiler: a SelfMadeOrphan.]]
** Played straight with the never-mentioned variety when it comes to Suzaku's mother, who is never touched upon. His [[DisappearedDad dead father]] is the main tragic plot-point behind his story, [[spoiler: because ''Suzaku
killed said assassin ''[[BloodyMurder very messily]]'', [[BreakTheCutie was extremely traumatized due to that]], and left to learn of the world the next day under a ''nom de guerre'', "Naga the Serpent", and would eventually meet Lina, among other things]]. From the scant number of times this is mentioned, Amelia is still rather sensitive about it.him''.]]



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Even though Naruto's mother, [[spoiler:Kushina Uzumaki]], is dead, she was never even mentioned until very late in the series. [[spoiler:This is because she was the previous container for the Kyubii. After Naruto was born, it escaped after an attack by Tobi, and Kushina had to seal it in her son's body at the cost of her (and her husband Minato's) life]]. He shares her surname, though.
** Also, lots of characters like Neji, Hinata, Shino, etc., are shown to have fathers but no mothers. Hinata's mom was seen once in the anime in a picture, but not much more is mentioned.
* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'', Richard Jones (William's father) has a portrait of his wife hanging in their mansion, but she is never mentioned except in recollections. In the second season, [[spoiler:her whereabouts are revealed, along with an explanation]].
* ''Manga/YamiNoPurpleEyes'' states that protagonist Rinko's mother died two years before the story takes place. [[spoiler: Eventually, Rinko goes missing and is presumed dead, shortly after giving birth to her daughter Mai.]]
* Although much ado is made about the whereabouts of Negi's father in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', no mention is ever made of his mother until rather late in the story. In chapter 252 we learn her name: Princess Arika of Old Ostia. (And in 258 Rakan confirms it.) It also turns out that there ''is'' a decent reason that no one told Negi who his mother is: [[spoiler:a GovernmentConspiracy framed her for ''genocide'' and tried to have her executed, and now they might be targeting Negi. Who ''was'' safely hidden until he started poking around, looking for information about his parents...]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Anya's mother was turned into stone in the incident where Negi's hometown was destroyed. Alongside ''many'' other people]].

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Even though Naruto's mother, [[spoiler:Kushina Uzumaki]],
''Anime/CuteyHoney'', being a {{Ridiculously Human Robot|s}}, is dead, understandable in her lack of a mother in her later incarnations (''Flash'', ''Re''). However, in the original (and by extension, ''New''), she was never even mentioned until very late in the series. [[spoiler:This is because she was the previous container created partially as a ReplacementGoldfish for the Kyubii. After Naruto was born, it escaped after an attack by Tobi, and Kushina had to seal it in her son's body at the cost of her (and her husband Minato's) life]]. He shares her surname, though.
** Also, lots of characters like Neji, Hinata, Shino, etc., are shown to have fathers but no mothers. Hinata's mom was seen once in the anime in a picture, but not much more
"father" Doctor Kisaragi's dead daughter. The good doctor's wife is ''never'' mentioned.
* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'', Richard Jones (William's father) has a portrait of his wife hanging in their mansion, but she is never mentioned except in recollections. In the second season, [[spoiler:her whereabouts are revealed, along with an explanation]].
* ''Manga/YamiNoPurpleEyes'' states that protagonist Rinko's
''Franchise/{{Digimon}}
** Juri Katou from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': her biological
mother died two years before of illness when she was very young and she never quite got over it, after being told that it was her "destiny" by her father ([[ParentsAsPeople who also never quite got over it]]). She has a good-hearted and caring stepmother, but poor Juri is simply too screwed up to connect with the story takes place. second Mrs. Katou emotionally, despite actually trying to do so and having no ill will towards her.
** In ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', Touma's mother
[[spoiler: Eventually, Rinko goes missing was hit by a truck on her way to a summer festival and is presumed dead, shortly after giving birth to her daughter Mai.died. Oddly enough, the mother of Touma's IllGirl half-sister Relena also died, apparently [[DeathByChildbirth in childbirth]].]]
* Although much ado In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', neither Goku nor Vegeta's mothers are ever brought up or shown, although Goku's may have died in childbirth which may be the reason why his father initially resented him; if not, both are likely to have perished when Frieza blew up their home planet.
** Likewise Broly's mother isn't shown either.
** None of the pure Saiyans' mothers are ever mentioned, in fact only a handful of Saiyan women are ever seen or heard of, and those are in the first Bardock special.
* Renton from ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' has no mother to speak of. In addition, Renton's replacement mother figure and older sister, Diane,
is made gone by the beginning of the series, which directly and indirectly causes angst for several members of the main cast.
** Holland's mother fell victim to DeathByChildbirth.
** [[spoiler: Renton's and Eureka's son]] Ao also has this problem - mostly because [[spoiler: TimeTravel is screwing him over]]. An interesting subversion of this trope; while [[spoiler: Eureka]] is prominently mentioned, no one seems to really care about who Ao's father is...at least at first.
* In ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', Naota's mother is ''briefly'' mentioned when Amaro is discussing Kamon's (Naota's Dad's) personal history. She died.
** Having no apparent mother relationship aside of this brief mention may have been intentionally significant to the plot. Consider the fact that Naota grew up in a totally male environment (his grandfather, father, and older brother) and most of the relationship problems he has in the show are with women.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Notable cases include Tohru (her mom died in an accident), Momiji (his mentally-unstable mother rejected him after finding out
about the whereabouts of Negi's father in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', no mention is ever made of his curse), Arisa (her mother until rather late in left the story. In chapter 252 we learn her name: Princess Arika of Old Ostia. (And in 258 Rakan confirms it.) It also turns out that there ''is'' a decent reason that no one told Negi who his mother is: [[spoiler:a GovernmentConspiracy framed her for ''genocide'' family and tried to have her executed, married another man), and now they might be targeting Negi. Who ''was'' safely hidden until he started poking around, looking for information about his parents...]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Anya's mother was turned into stone in the incident where Negi's hometown was destroyed. Alongside ''many'' other people]].
Kyou (his mom committed suicide).



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Brock's mother Lola was said to have left their family ([[DubInducedPlotHole or died in the American translation]]), but later returned.
** Jessie's mom, Miyamoto, went missing on an expedition to find Mew in the Andes Mountains. She never returned but is apparently alive.
** Team Rocket's Meowth is a rare case in that he can actually talk about his ParentalAbandonment. Flashbacks show that Meowth's first memories were of being alone, with no family or friends.
** Misty, Tracey, Iris, Cilan, and Clemont and Bonnie all having a Missing Mom as well.
* Quint, the mother of Subaru and Ginga Nakajima in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', was an ActionMom who was killed during a secret mission. Her death didn't seem to affect them in a negative way, and they remember her quite fondly. ''Nanoha'' is much more notable for ''[[ImprobablyFemaleCast missing men]]'', though Nanoha herself has a father that her ''VideoGame/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' counterpart didn't (he was killed while in his bodyguard work while his wife Momoko was still pregnant with Nanoha).
* Nadeshiko in ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' died when Sakura was three years old. Like in the ''Nanoha'' example, there doesn't seem to be any negative repercussions and her presence can still be felt in the series...sometimes literally, since she visits her family every so often as a ghost.
* In ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Konata's IllGirl mother Kanata died when Konata was very young, forcing her {{Otaku}} father to raise her on his own. An episode has her visiting her family as a ghost...which causes much terror for Konata and her father when she secretly joins in on a picture. HilarityEnsues, in a genuine way.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has a boatload of missing mothers:
** The Tendo sisters' mother died when they were little, which especially affected Akane (and apparently Nabiki in the manga); Kasumi got a PromotionToParent (or at least, homemaker) and Soun appears to have never gotten over it. (The Tendos' ongoing grief is played remarkably straight for a comedy series.)
** Ranma left to train with his father at such a very young age that until his mom [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Nodoka]] showed up to visit he'd forgotten he ever ''had'' one.
** Shampoo's father was seen a time or two in the manga, but never her mother, and she is otherwise raised by her great-grandmother.
** Both of Ryoga Hibiki's parents are never around due to an [[NoSenseOfDirection improbably bad sense of direction]] and we never meet them. Different from the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' norm because they're all alive and aware of the others' existence and would spend more time together under better circumstances.
** Mousse's mother is never mentioned in the manga and only briefly in the anime.
** The Kuno siblings' mother and Ukyo's mother are never seen or even mentioned.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Brock's
In ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', Domon's mother Lola Mikino [[spoiler: was said to have left their family ([[DubInducedPlotHole or died in shot by the American translation]]), but later returned.
** Jessie's mom, Miyamoto, went missing on an expedition
government when trying to find Mew in protect his brother]]. It's also full ParentalAbandonment, since the Andes Mountains. She never returned but is apparently alive.
** Team Rocket's Meowth is a rare case in that he can actually talk about
same incident led to [[TheProfessor his ParentalAbandonment. Flashbacks show that Meowth's first memories were of father]] being alone, with no family or friends.
** Misty, Tracey, Iris, Cilan,
arrested and Clemont sentenced to [[HumanPopsicle a cryogenic state]]. [[spoiler: Reversed later, when Dr. Kasshu is cleared of his supposed "crimes" (he was framed) and Bonnie all having a Missing Mom returns: he's shown as well.
* Quint,
a good person who encourages and even helps Domon to fight against the mother of Subaru and Ginga Nakajima in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', was true BigBad.]]
** Domon's close friend [[BoisterousBruiser Chibodee Crocket]] is also
an ActionMom who was killed example. [[spoiler: His mom disappeared during a secret mission. Her death didn't seem to affect them in a negative way, riot caused by [[MonsterClown terrorists dressed as clowns]] and they remember her quite fondly. ''Nanoha'' is much more notable for ''[[ImprobablyFemaleCast missing men]]'', though Nanoha herself has a strongly hinted to be dead after that. [[MommasBoy Chibodee]] never fully got over it, and the flashback shows that he loved his mother very much.]]
* Sho Fukamachi's
father that her ''VideoGame/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' counterpart didn't (he was killed while in his bodyguard work while his wife Momoko was still pregnant with Nanoha).
* Nadeshiko in ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' died when Sakura was three years old. Like in the ''Nanoha'' example, there doesn't seem to be any negative repercussions and her presence can still be felt in the series...sometimes literally, since she visits her family every so often as
''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' is a ghost.
* In ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Konata's IllGirl mother Kanata died when Konata was very young, forcing her {{Otaku}} father to raise her on his own. An episode has her visiting her family as a ghost...which causes much terror for Konata and her father when she secretly joins in on a picture. HilarityEnsues, in a genuine way.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has a boatload of missing mothers:
** The Tendo sisters'
single father; Sho's mother died when they were little, which especially affected Akane (and apparently Nabiki years before. He does a good job raising Sho and even gets in on the action until [[spoiler: he gets turned into a Zoanoid that nearly kills Sho, forcing the catatonic Guyver to kill his own father in one of the most shocking twists in anime.]]
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Taro's mother dies
in the manga); Kasumi got a PromotionToParent (or at least, homemaker) and Soun appears to have never gotten over it. (The Tendos' ongoing grief is played remarkably straight for a comedy series.)
** Ranma left to train with his father at such a
backstory just before the series begins. Oddly enough she's very young age that until his mom [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Nodoka]] showed up to visit he'd forgotten he ever ''had'' one.
** Shampoo's father was seen a time or two in the manga, but never her mother, and she is otherwise raised by her great-grandmother.
** Both of Ryoga Hibiki's parents are never around due to an [[NoSenseOfDirection improbably bad sense of direction]] and we never meet them. Different from the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' norm because they're all alive and aware of the others' existence and would spend more time together under better circumstances.
** Mousse's mother is never
rarely mentioned in during the manga and only briefly in the anime.
** The Kuno siblings' mother and Ukyo's mother are never seen or even mentioned.
series itself.



* In ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', [[WholesomeCrossdresser Ryuunosuke Fujinami]] is about the only main character with this. Everyone else has a mother, even if they only show up in rare occasions (Sakura's {{Gonk}}ish mother, Jariten's obsessive firefighter mother, etc) or don't get paid much attention (Shinobu's parents). It's never made clear whether her mother, Masako Fujinami, died in childbirth or if she was driven off by Mr. Fujinami's whacked-out obsession with having a son to carry on the family tea shop. Nobody knows what she looked like- not even the Fujinamis themselves; Mr. Fujinami hired lots of women to pose for pictures with him and baby Ryuunosuke after Masako left, and took so many that even he doesn't remember which of them is Ryuunosuke's real mother and which are fakes.

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* Kotoko's mother is dead at the start of ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'' and she lives with just her father until they lose their home, and she gets sort of adopted/taken over by Naoki's mother.
* Jeanie's mom in ''Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair''.
* In ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', [[WholesomeCrossdresser Ryuunosuke Fujinami]] is about ''Anime/{{Kaiba}}'', Popo's mother was separated from him at a young age, saying that they'd be reunited if he became great. This serves as a drive for his efforts to overthrow the only main character with this. Everyone else has a mother, government.
* Yoshimori Sumimura's mother in ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' is never seen by the audience properly, not
even if they only show when she showed up again briefly in rare occasions (Sakura's {{Gonk}}ish mother, Jariten's obsessive firefighter mother, etc) or don't get paid much the manga (only to leave again immediately). Also a subversion--she's clearly the one that Yoshimori inherited his powers from, as his father is a house-husband who works from home. Yoshimori and his brothers are generally shown to be craving her approval and attention (Shinobu's parents). It's never made clear whether while she's off doing whatever it is that she does. In other words, her role is that of the DisappearedDad.
* Ryuko Matoi in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' was raised by only her father, Isshin Matoi. While she was told her mother died when she was a baby, [[spoiler:the AwfulTruth is that
her mother, Masako Fujinami, Ragyo Kiryuin, actually abandoned her by intentionally throwing her down a garbage chute when she believed the experiments to infuse Ryuko with Life Fibers had failed. Isshin had decided he has had enough of his evil wife's shit, and faked his own death so as to raise Ryuko on his own. To makes things even more {{Squick}}, Ragyo relishes in performing deliberate ParentalIncest on both Ryuko and her sister, Satsuki Kiryuin.]]
* In ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Konata's IllGirl mother Kanata
died in childbirth or if she when Konata was driven off by Mr. Fujinami's whacked-out obsession with having a son very young, forcing her {{Otaku}} father to carry raise her on the his own. An episode has her visiting her family tea shop. Nobody knows what as a ghost...which causes much terror for Konata and her father when she looked like- not even secretly joins in on a picture. HilarityEnsues, in a genuine way.
* Quint,
the Fujinamis themselves; Mr. Fujinami hired lots mother of women to pose for pictures with him Subaru and baby Ryuunosuke after Masako left, Ginga Nakajima in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', was an ActionMom who was killed during a secret mission. Her death didn't seem to affect them in a negative way, and took so many that even he doesn't they remember which her quite fondly. ''Nanoha'' is much more notable for ''[[ImprobablyFemaleCast missing men]]'', though Nanoha herself has a father that her ''VideoGame/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' counterpart didn't (he was killed while in his bodyguard work while his wife Momoko was still pregnant with Nanoha).
* Although much ado is made about the whereabouts
of them Negi's father in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', no mention is Ryuunosuke's real ever made of his mother until rather late in the story. In chapter 252 we learn her name: Princess Arika of Old Ostia. (And in 258 Rakan confirms it.) It also turns out that there ''is'' a decent reason that no one told Negi who his mother is: [[spoiler:a GovernmentConspiracy framed her for ''genocide'' and which tried to have her executed, and now they might be targeting Negi. Who ''was'' safely hidden until he started poking around, looking for information about his parents...]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Anya's mother was turned into stone in the incident where Negi's hometown was destroyed. Alongside ''many'' other people]].
* Arika's reason for joining Garderobe Academy in ''Anime/MaiOtome'' is to find out what happened to her mother, Lena Sayers. Near the end of the main series, she finds [[spoiler: her dead body in a jar.]]
* Kouji Kabuto, the original IdiotHero of ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and most of its related continuities has grandfather Juuzo (KilledOffForReal, often in the first episode of any given series) and a father named Kenzou (who effectively abandoned him and his TagalongKid brother, but they later reconcile [[spoiler: and later dies, at least in ''Anime/GreatMazinger'']]). . . but it wasn't until ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' (made ''thirty years'' after the original) that we get to meet his mother, [[spoiler: [[HotScientist Tsubasa]] [[MagnificentBitch Nishikiori]], a lady who is more or less responsible for all of the traits that make Kouji a badass.]] In the original anime, though, she died in a laboratory experiment gone wrong.
** Most of the young characters of the Mazinger trilogy
are fakes.motherless: Sayaka -Kouji's {{Love Interest|s}}- and her father live alone, and it is often assumed her mother died -or left-; Tetsuya and Jun from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' are both orphans and adopted by Kenzo; the parents of Duke and Maria from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' got murdered and Hikaru and her little brother are raised by their father since their mother died.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Even though Naruto's mother, [[spoiler:Kushina Uzumaki]], is dead, she was never even mentioned until very late in the series. [[spoiler:This is because she was the previous container for the Kyubii. After Naruto was born, it escaped after an attack by Tobi, and Kushina had to seal it in her son's body at the cost of her (and her husband Minato's) life]]. He shares her surname, though.
** Also, lots of characters like Neji, Hinata, Shino, etc., are shown to have fathers but no mothers. Hinata's mom was seen once in the anime in a picture, but not much more is mentioned.



* Sho Fukamachi's father in ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' is a single father; Sho's mother died years before. He does a good job raising Sho and even gets in on the action until [[spoiler: he gets turned into a Zoanoid that nearly kills Sho, forcing the catatonic Guyver to kill his own father in one of the most shocking twists in anime.]]
* ''Anime/WagayaNoOinarisama'' gives us Noboru and Tooru Nakagami, whose mother died soon after Tooru was born. She is seen mainly in photos and flashbacks, but her ghost appears in episode five to visit with Tooru for a short time before having to return to the afterlife.
* Let's examine ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Rei and Hotaru both have living fathers and never-seen dead mothers; this is a plot point in the case of the latter, and in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] and [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live-action]] series the first alienated herself from her dad because of how coldly he treated her mother. Setsuna may not even ''have'' parents, but she's called "Daughter of Cronos" at least once; that's a father, if taken literally, but also no mother. Neither Haruka nor Michiru ever reference parents; although they do have a mysterious benefactor, this is generally theorized to be Setsuna, sometimes jokingly referring to how her ability to see the future could be used in the stock market.
** This is used in Creator/NaokoTakeuchi's earlier work, ''Manga/TheCherryProject'', in which Chieri's mother died in a plane crash and all she has left is her dopey if well-meaning dad. This was used again in ''Sailor Moon'', with Makoto's parents both dying in a plane crash.
* In ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', Naota's mother is ''briefly'' mentioned when Amaro is discussing Kamon's (Naota's Dad's) personal history. She died.
** Having no apparent mother relationship aside of this brief mention may have been intentionally significant to the plot. Consider the fact that Naota grew up in a totally male environment (his grandfather, father, and older brother) and most of the relationship problems he has in the show are with women.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch's mother Marianne "The Flash" Lamperouge was murdered in specially messy and suspicious circumstances which also left [[IllGirl Lelouch's sister Nunally]] blinded and crippled. One of Lelouch's [[ItsPersonal leitmotives]] for his "revolution" is to find out the truth behind Marianne's death.
** Eventually it's revealed that[[spoiler: she isn't actually dead, having {{body surf}}ed into someone else. Turning this from a case of Missing Mom to flat out ParentalAbandonment.]] When Lelouch finds out, he gets pissed, really pissed. Enough to end up [[spoiler: a SelfMadeOrphan.]]
** Played straight with the never-mentioned variety when it comes to Suzaku's mother, who is never touched upon. His [[DisappearedDad dead father]] is the main tragic plot-point behind his story, [[spoiler: because ''Suzaku killed him''.]]
* In two of the three ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' anime series, Roberto Hongo lost his mother very tragically. In Captain Tsubasa J, she abandoned him in a convent to work and later die of illness; in Road to 2002, she was a factory worker who died in a work accident.
** In the WYC manga, Brazilian star player [[TheQuietOne Carlos Santana]] was abandoned by his mother as a baby, since she was a teenager and couldn't raise him. [[spoiler: In the end of the Japanese Cup, she actually appears and begs him for forgiveness, and Santana not only hugs her tearfully and accepts, he actually takes her to live with him in Spain to rekindle their relationship]].
** Misaki's parents are divorced and he lives/travels with his dad. At some point his mom reappears and asks him to live with her instead of going abroad, but Taro decides not to take it when he learns that she has remarried and even has a daughter with her new husband. [[spoiler: However, when said daughter begs him to re-meet with their mom, Taro accepts and reconciles with her.]]
* The whole plot behind the ''1000 leagues to find Mother'' TV series. The [[BreakTheCutie melodramatic]] journey of 11-year-old Marco in search of his estranged mother Anna, who was working in South America, traumatized hundreds of Latin-American 80's children.



* ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' spent an episode on Urara's deceased mother and how Urara feels about her.
* Tenchi Masaki's mother from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' Both [[TheMovie the first movie]] and the third {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VA series focus on his relationship with her; the OVA deconstructs the trope by revealing that she was...kind of a bitch.
** Not exactly a bitch, just a JerkWithAHeartOfGold -- exactly like her mother (and, arguably, most of the series female characters). Also, first movie and third OVA are the [[AlternateContinuity separate storylines]].
* Juri Katou from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': her biological mother died of illness when she was very young and she never quite got over it, after being told that it was her "destiny" by her father ([[ParentsAsPeople who also never quite got over it]]). She has a good-hearted and caring stepmother, but poor Juri is simply too screwed up to connect with the second Mrs. Katou emotionally, despite actually trying to do so and having no ill will towards her.
* In ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', Touma's mother [[spoiler: was hit by a truck on their way to a summer festival and died. Oddly enough, the mother of Touma's IllGirl half-sister Relena also died, apparently [[DeathByChildbirth in childbirth]].]]

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* ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' spent an episode on Urara's deceased ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Luffy's
mother hasn't been shown yet and how Urara feels about her.
* Tenchi Masaki's mother from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' Both [[TheMovie the first movie]] and the third {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VA series focus on his relationship with her; the OVA deconstructs the trope by revealing
it's unknown whether she's still even alive. Ace reveals that she was...kind of a bitch.
** Not exactly a bitch, just a JerkWithAHeartOfGold -- exactly like her mother (and, arguably, most
he took his mother's maiden name Portgas as his own since he refuses to acknowledge his father's side of the series female characters). Also, first movie family and third OVA are the [[AlternateContinuity separate storylines]].
* Juri Katou from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': her biological mother died of illness when she was very young and she never quite got over it, after being told
he states that it was he "owes her "destiny" by her a great debt." It's unknown as of yet whether Luffy knows/remembers his mother, especially given his response to hearing about his father ([[ParentsAsPeople who also never quite got over it]]). She was "I have a dad?". But his family has a good-hearted and caring stepmother, tendency to pop out of the woodwork at the most unexpected times.
** In [[WordOfGod an SBS]] Oda stated she's probably alive,
but poor Juri is simply too screwed up to connect with the second Mrs. Katou emotionally, despite he hasn't decided if she'll actually trying to do so and having no ill will towards her.
*
make an appearance.
**
In ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', Touma's a more traditional case, Robin's mother Olvia left Robin as a young child to go and continue her late husband's ''very'' risky work in archeology, causing her to be shunned. Robin is only given a brief time to reunite with Olvia before all the archeologists are killed in a Buster Call by the World Government.
** Ace's aforementioned mother, Portgas D. Rouge, was introduced in the story
[[spoiler: immediately prior to Ace's execution. There it was hit revealed that to prevent Ace from being found by a truck on their way the government (who sought him out because of his father), Rouge [[LongestPregnancyEver managed to a summer festival delay giving birth]] and died. Oddly enough, the mother of Touma's IllGirl half-sister Relena also died, apparently remained pregnant for ''twenty months'' [[MamaBear to protect her son.]] [[DeathByChildbirth An act that ultimately killed her]].]]
** Other Straw Hats hit by the Missing Mom are Usopp, Nami and Sanji. The death of Usopp's mother by illness started him on his tendency for lying. Nami's biological mother is never shown but it's safe to assume she died
in childbirth]].]]the war 18 years ago, and her later adoptive mother Bellemere sacrificed herself to save her and her sister Nojiko. As for Sanji, his mother [[spoiler: Sora]] died when he was very young from [[spoiler:a drug she took to try and prevent Judge's plans to modify his children's genes and turn them into {{Tykebomb}}s. It sadly only worked on Sanji, and the drug's aftereffects made her an IllGirl and eventually killed her, but she died with no regrets, happy that Sanji grew up into such a kind child.]]
** Other deceased mothers include Rebecca's mother Scarlett ([[spoiler:Shot by Diamante while trying to get her daughter some food]]). Vivi's mother Titi (Passed away from unspecified causes when her daughter was very young), Shirahoshi's mother Otohime ([[spoiler:Shot by Hody Jones for her attempts to make peace between Fishmen/Merfolk and humans]]), Law's unnamed mother ([[spoiler:Burned along with her husband and daughter when soldiers destroyed the hospital where they lived]]) and Momonosuke's unnamed mother ([[spoiler:Executed alongside her husband by Kaido and the shogun of Wano Country for refusing to tell a certain secret]]).
** A reader noted and lampshaded in an SBS how mothers in the ''One Piece'' world have a high death rate, and asked Oda why. His answer was [[BlackComedy because "mothers are the opposite of adventure"]].



* In ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', Bu-ling's mother died some time before the start of the show; her father is alive, but she and her younger siblings ended up with full ParentalAbandonment because he left to practice martial arts. Zakuro is a case of ParentalAbandonment from the start.
** This is only in the anime. In the manga, the only parents ever seen are Ichigo's, who have a bad case of OlderThanTheyLook, while Mint's ''mom'' is mentioned, but never seen. Ichigo's parents are seen twice in the series. [[ThereAreNoAdults Adults do not exist practically at all.]]



* In ''Anime/BloodPlus'', Saya and Diva's biological mother is only briefly mentioned, and only appears in corpse form. Though Saya ends up with a replacement or two for their biological father, who is never mentioned in the context of the story, neither of the girls ends up with another mother figure (unless you count Julia).
** Later, [[spoiler: Diva pretty much becomes a Missing Mom to her twin girls [[ChildByRape that she conceived after raping and killing Riku]]. The babies are HappilyAdopted by Riku's older brother Kai after Saya kills Diva and enters a thirty-year hibernation.]]
* Renton from ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' has no mother to speak of. In addition, Renton's replacement mother figure and older sister, Diane, is gone by the beginning of the series, which directly and indirectly causes angst for several members of the main cast.
** Holland's mother fell victim to DeathByChildbirth.
** Renton's and Eureka's [[spoiler: son]] Ao also has this problem - mostly because [[spoiler: TimeTravel is screwing him over]]. An interesting subversion of this trope; while Eureka is prominently mentioned, no one seems to really care about who Ao's father is...at least at first.
* None of the four protagonists from the various ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' anime have mothers; in fact, their mothers are never mentioned at all. It's particularly noteworthy with Van from ''Chaotic Century/Guardian Force''; his father is an oft-mentioned decorated war hero, but his mother's existence is never even hinted at.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo Kurosaki's mother [[PosthumousCharacter Masaki]] died during a hollow attack when he was nearly nine years old, making Ichigo and Karin perpetual frowners and Yuzu a homemaker. [[spoiler: [[TheEmperor Yhwach's]] [[ThePurge purge]] of impure Quincies stole her power just as she engaged the Grand Fisher in battle, leaving her defenceless against a hollow she should have curb-stomped.]]
** Uryuu Ishida's mother Kanae is a complete mystery until her introduction in the final arc[[labelnote:*]]The [[{{filler}} Bount]] [[{{anime}} arc]] invents a cameo to claim she is exactly like one of its anime-invented characters to justify Uryuu's behaviour; the manga eventually debunks this comparison[[/labelnote]]. [[spoiler:The pure-blood [[BlueBlood Ishida family]] employed the impure servant Kanae Katagiri until she and Ryuuken MarryForLove. [[TheEmperor Yhwach's]] [[ThePurge purge]] also killed Kanae but, while the Grand Fisher ensured Masaki's death was quick, the power theft left Kanae comatose for three months until she died.]]
* In ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', Domon's mother Mikino [[spoiler: was shot by the government when trying to protect his brother]]. It's also full ParentalAbandonment, since the same incident led to [[TheProfessor his father]] being arrested and sentenced to [[HumanPopsicle a cryogenic state]]. [[spoiler: Reversed later, when Dr. Kasshu is cleared of his supposed "crimes" (he was framed) and returns: he's shown as a good person who encourages and even helps Domon to fight against the true BigBad.]]
** Domon's close friend [[BoisterousBruiser Chibodee Crocket]] is also an example. [[spoiler: His mom disappeared during a riot caused by [[MonsterClown terrorists dressed as clowns]] and is strongly hinted to be dead after that. [[MommasBoy Chibodee]] never fully got over it, and the flashback shows that he loved his mother very much.]]

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* In ''Anime/BloodPlus'', Saya and Diva's biological ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Brock's
mother Lola was said to have left their family, but later returned. In the English dub, she is only briefly mentioned, and only [[DubInducedPlothole stated to be dead due to a mistranslation]], but still appears alive and well later on. This has led some fans to believe that she is a ghost.
** Jessie's mom, Miyamoto, went missing on an expedition to find Mew
in corpse form. Though Saya ends up the Andes Mountains. She never returned but is apparently alive.
** Team Rocket's Meowth is a rare case in that he can actually talk about his ParentalAbandonment. Flashbacks show that Meowth's first memories were of being alone,
with no family or friends.
** Misty, Tracey, Iris, Cilan, and the BrotherSisterTeam of Clemont and Bonnie all having
a replacement Missing Mom as well.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has a boatload of missing mothers:
** The Tendo sisters' mother died when they were little, which especially affected Akane (and apparently Nabiki in the manga); Kasumi got a PromotionToParent (or at least, homemaker) and Soun appears to have never gotten over it. (The Tendos' ongoing grief is played remarkably straight for a comedy series.)
** Ranma left to train with his father at such a very young age that, until his mom [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Nodoka]] showed up to visit, he'd forgotten he ever ''had'' one.
** Shampoo's father was seen a time
or two for their biological father, who in the manga, but never her mother, and she is otherwise raised by her great-grandmother.
** Both of Ryoga Hibiki's parents are never around due to an [[NoSenseOfDirection improbably bad sense of direction]] and we never meet them. Different from the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' norm because they're all alive and aware of the others' existence and would spend more time together under better circumstances.
** Mousse's mother
is never mentioned in the context manga and only briefly in the anime.
** The Kuno siblings' mother and Ukyo's mother are never seen or even mentioned.
* Let's examine ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Rei and Hotaru both have living fathers and never-seen dead mothers; this is a plot point in the case
of the story, neither of latter, and in the girls ends up with another mother figure (unless you count Julia).
** Later, [[spoiler: Diva pretty much becomes a Missing Mom to her twin girls [[ChildByRape that she conceived after raping
[[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] and killing Riku]]. The babies are HappilyAdopted by Riku's older brother Kai after Saya kills Diva and enters a thirty-year hibernation.]]
* Renton
[[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live-action]] series the first alienated herself from ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' has no mother to speak of. In addition, Renton's replacement mother figure and older sister, Diane, is gone by the beginning of the series, which directly and indirectly causes angst for several members of the main cast.
** Holland's mother fell victim to DeathByChildbirth.
** Renton's and Eureka's [[spoiler: son]] Ao also has this problem - mostly
her dad because [[spoiler: TimeTravel is screwing him over]]. An interesting subversion of how coldly he treated her mother. Setsuna may not even ''have'' parents, but she's called "Daughter of Cronos" at least once; that's a father, if taken literally, but also no mother. Neither Haruka nor Michiru ever reference parents; although they do have a mysterious benefactor, this trope; while Eureka is prominently generally theorized to be Setsuna, sometimes jokingly referring to how her ability to see the future could be used in the stock market.
** This is used in Creator/NaokoTakeuchi's earlier work, ''Manga/TheCherryProject'', in which Chieri's mother died in a plane crash and all she has left is her dopey if well-meaning dad. This was used again in ''Sailor Moon'', with Makoto's parents both dying in a plane crash.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': The queen of Seyruun and mother of [[GenkiGirl Amelia]] and her older sister Gracia was murdered by an assassin that was after the latter princess. [[spoiler:Gracia killed said assassin ''[[BloodyMurder very messily]]'', [[BreakTheCutie was extremely traumatized due to that]], and left to learn of the world the next day under a ''nom de guerre'', "Naga the Serpent", and would eventually meet Lina, among other things]]. From the scant number of times this is
mentioned, no one seems to really care Amelia is still rather sensitive about who Ao's father is...at least at first.
* None of the four protagonists from the various ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' anime have mothers; in fact, their mothers are never mentioned at all. It's particularly noteworthy with Van from ''Chaotic Century/Guardian Force''; his father is an oft-mentioned decorated war hero, but his mother's existence is never even hinted at.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo Kurosaki's mother [[PosthumousCharacter Masaki]] died during a hollow attack when he was nearly nine years old, making Ichigo and Karin perpetual frowners and Yuzu a homemaker. [[spoiler: [[TheEmperor Yhwach's]] [[ThePurge purge]] of impure Quincies stole her power just as she engaged the Grand Fisher in battle, leaving her defenceless against a hollow she should have curb-stomped.]]
** Uryuu Ishida's mother Kanae is a complete mystery until her introduction in the final arc[[labelnote:*]]The [[{{filler}} Bount]] [[{{anime}} arc]] invents a cameo to claim she is exactly like one of its anime-invented characters to justify Uryuu's behaviour; the manga eventually debunks this comparison[[/labelnote]]. [[spoiler:The pure-blood [[BlueBlood Ishida family]] employed the impure servant Kanae Katagiri until she and Ryuuken MarryForLove. [[TheEmperor Yhwach's]] [[ThePurge purge]] also killed Kanae but, while the Grand Fisher ensured Masaki's death was quick, the power theft left Kanae comatose for three months until she died.]]
* In ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', Domon's mother Mikino [[spoiler: was shot by the government when trying to protect his brother]]. It's also full ParentalAbandonment, since the same incident led to [[TheProfessor his father]] being arrested and sentenced to [[HumanPopsicle a cryogenic state]]. [[spoiler: Reversed later, when Dr. Kasshu is cleared of his supposed "crimes" (he was framed) and returns: he's shown as a good person who encourages and even helps Domon to fight against the true BigBad.]]
** Domon's close friend [[BoisterousBruiser Chibodee Crocket]] is also an example. [[spoiler: His mom disappeared during a riot caused by [[MonsterClown terrorists dressed as clowns]] and is strongly hinted to be dead after that. [[MommasBoy Chibodee]] never fully got over it, and the flashback shows that he loved his mother very much.]]
it.



* Tamaki's mother in ''Anime/BambooBlade''. The fact that she practiced kendo and taught it to her daughter is a major plot point.
* In ''Anime/{{Kaiba}}'', Popo's mother was separated from him at a young age, saying that they'd be reunited if he became great. This serves as a drive for his efforts to overthrow the government.
* A major plot point of ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' is that the whereabouts of six year-old Rin's mother are unknown. As the series progresses, her guardian Daikichi eventually tracks down and confronts her. [[spoiler: Rin's very young mother, Masako, struggled between taking care of Rin and her career as a manga-ka and eventually chose career. Though rather immature, she ''does'' clearly care for Rin, as evidenced by her request Rin use Daikichi's surname upon entering school to help cut down on any teasing she may catch from their names being different.]]
* ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', being a {{Ridiculously Human Robot|s}}, is understandable in her lack of a mother in her later incarnations (''Flash'', ''Re''). However, in the original (and by extension, ''New''), she was created partially as a ReplacementGoldfish for her "father" Doctor Kisaragi's dead daughter. The good doctor's wife is ''never'' mentioned.
* Arika's reason for joining Garderobe Academy in ''Anime/MaiOtome'' is to find out what happened to her mother, Lena Sayers. Near the end of the main series, she finds her [[spoiler: dead body in a jar.]]

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* Tamaki's Tenchi Masaki's mother in ''Anime/BambooBlade''. The fact from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' Both [[TheMovie the first movie]] and the third {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VA series focus on his relationship with her; the OVA deconstructs the trope by revealing that she practiced kendo and taught it to was...kind of a bitch.
** Not exactly a bitch, just a JerkWithAHeartOfGold -- exactly like
her daughter is a major plot point.
* In ''Anime/{{Kaiba}}'', Popo's
mother was separated from him at a young age, saying that they'd be reunited if he became great. This serves as a drive for his efforts to overthrow the government.
* A major plot point
(and, arguably, most of ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' is that the whereabouts of six year-old Rin's mother are unknown. As the series progresses, female characters). Also, first movie and third OVA are the [[AlternateContinuity separate storylines]].
* In ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', Bu-ling's mother died some time before the start of the show;
her guardian Daikichi eventually tracks down and confronts her. [[spoiler: Rin's very young mother, Masako, struggled between taking care of Rin father is alive, but she and her career as a manga-ka and eventually chose career. Though rather immature, she ''does'' clearly care for Rin, as evidenced by her request Rin use Daikichi's surname upon entering school younger siblings ended up with full ParentalAbandonment because he left to help cut down on any teasing she may catch practice martial arts. Zakuro is a case of ParentalAbandonment from their names being different.the start.
** This is only in the anime, and the English dub simply does not mention the mother. In the manga, the only parents ever seen are Ichigo's, who have a bad case of OlderThanTheyLook, while Mint's ''mom'' is mentioned, but never seen. Ichigo's parents are seen twice in the series. [[ThereAreNoAdults Adults do not exist practically at all.
]]
* ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', being a {{Ridiculously Human Robot|s}}, In ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', [[WholesomeCrossdresser Ryuunosuke Fujinami]] is understandable in her lack of a mother in her later incarnations (''Flash'', ''Re''). However, in about the original (and by extension, ''New''), she was created partially as only main character with this. Everyone else has a ReplacementGoldfish for her "father" Doctor Kisaragi's dead daughter. The good doctor's wife is ''never'' mentioned.
* Arika's reason for joining Garderobe Academy
mother, even if they only show up in ''Anime/MaiOtome'' is to find out what happened to rare occasions (Sakura's {{Gonk}}ish mother, Jariten's obsessive firefighter mother, etc) or don't get paid much attention (Shinobu's parents). It's never made clear whether her mother, Lena Sayers. Near Masako Fujinami, died in childbirth or if she was driven off by Mr. Fujinami's whacked-out obsession with having a son to carry on the end of family tea shop. Nobody knows what she looked like- not even the main series, Fujinamis themselves; Mr. Fujinami hired lots of women to pose for pictures with him and baby Ryuunosuke after Masako left, and took so many that even he doesn't remember which of them is Ryuunosuke's real mother and which are fakes.
* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'', Richard Jones (William's father) has a portrait of his wife hanging in their mansion, but
she finds is never mentioned except in recollections. In the second season, [[spoiler:her whereabouts are revealed, along with an explanation]].
* ''Anime/WagayaNoOinarisama'' gives us Noboru and Tooru Nakagami, whose mother died soon after Tooru was born. She is seen mainly in photos and flashbacks, but
her ghost appears in episode five to visit with Tooru for a short time before having to return to the afterlife.
* ''Manga/YamiNoPurpleEyes'' states that protagonist Rinko's mother died two years before the story takes place.
[[spoiler: dead body in a jar.]]Eventually, Rinko goes missing and is presumed dead, shortly after giving birth to her daughter Mai.]]
* ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' spent an episode on Urara's deceased mother and how Urara feels about her.



* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', neither Goku nor Vegeta's mothers are ever brought up or shown, although Goku's may have died in childbirth which may be the reason why his father initially resented him; if not, both are likely to have perished when Frieza blew up their home planet.
** Likewise Broly's mother isn't shown either.
** None of the pure Saiyans' mothers are ever mentioned, in fact only a handful of Saiyan women are ever seen or heard of, and those are in the first Bardock special.
* Yoshimori Sumimura's mother in ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' is never seen by the audience properly, not even when she showed up again briefly in the manga (only to leave again immediately). Also a subversion--she's clearly the one that Yoshimori inherited his powers from, as his father is a house-husband who works from home. Yoshimori and his brothers are generally shown to be craving her approval and attention while she's off doing whatever it is that she does. In other words, her role is that of the DisappearedDad.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Luffy's mother hasn't been shown yet and it's unknown whether she's still even alive. Ace reveals that he took his mother's maiden name Portgas as his own since he refuses to acknowledge his father's side of the family and he states that he "owes her a great debt." It's unknown as of yet whether Luffy knows/remembers his mother, especially given his response to hearing about his father was "I have a dad?". But his family has a tendency to pop out of the woodwork at the most unexpected times.
** In [[WordOfGod an SBS]] Oda stated she's probably alive, but he hasn't decided if she'll actually make an appearance.
** In a more traditional case, Robin's mother Olvia left Robin as a young child to go and continue her late husband's ''very'' risky work in archeology, causing her to be shunned. Robin is only given a brief time to reunite with Olvia before all the archeologists are killed in a Buster Call by the World Government.
** Ace's aforementioned mother, Portgas D. Rouge, was introduced in the story [[spoiler: immediately prior to Ace's execution. There it was revealed that to prevent Ace from being found by the government (who sought him out because of his father), Rouge [[LongestPregnancyEver managed to delay giving birth]] and remained pregnant for ''twenty months'' [[MamaBear to protect her son.]] [[DeathByChildbirth An act that ultimately killed her]].]]
** Other Straw Hats hit by the Missing Mom are Usopp, Nami and Sanji. The death of Usopp's mother by illness started him on his tendency for lying. Nami's biological mother is never shown but it's safe to assume she died in the war 18 years ago, and her later adoptive mother Bellemere sacrificed herself to save her and her sister Nojiko. As for Sanji, his mother [[spoiler: Sora]] died when he was very young from [[spoiler:a drug she took to try and prevent Judge's plans to modify his children's genes and turn them into {{Tykebomb}}s. It sadly only worked on Sanji, and the drug's aftereffects made her an IllGirl and eventually killed her, but she died with no regrets, happy that Sanji grew up into such a kind child.]]
** Other deceased mothers include Rebecca's mother Scarlett ([[spoiler:Shot by Diamante while trying to get her daughter some food]]). Vivi's mother Titi (Passed away from unspecified causes when her daughter was very young), Shirahoshi's mother Otohime ([[spoiler:Shot by Hody Jones for her attempts to make peace between Fishmen/Merfolk and humans]]), Law's unnamed mother ([[spoiler:Burned along with her husband and daughter when soldiers destroyed the hospital where they lived]]) and Momonosuke's unnamed mother ([[spoiler:Executed alongside her husband by Kaido and the shogun of Wano Country for refusing to tell a certain secret]]).
** A reader noted and lampshaded in an SBS how mothers in the ''One Piece'' world have a high death rate, and asked Oda why. His answer was [[BlackComedy because "mothers are the opposite of adventure"]].
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', just...''Fruits Basket''. Notable cases include Tohru (her mom died in an accident), Momiji (his mentally-unstable mother rejected him after finding out about the curse), Arisa (her mother left the family and married another man), and Kyou (his mom committed suicide).
* Kotoko's mother is dead at the start of ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'' and she lives with just her father until they lose their home, and she gets sort of adopted/taken over by Naoki's mother.
* Guts of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' had ''two''. The first of them died [[DeathByChildbirth as Guts was being born]], and his adoptive mother, Sys, was an IllGirl who died of plague before Guts's eyes just several years after she took him from his mother's lifeless body. To make matters even worse, Gambino, Sys's lover and Guts's adoptive father, blamed him for her death and was abusive toward him, resulting in [[HarmfulToMinors one hell of a]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast horrific childhood for him]].
* Kouji Kabuto, the original IdiotHero of ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and most of its related continuities has grandfather Juuzo (KilledOffForReal, often in the first episode of any given series) and a father named Kenzou (who effectively abandoned him and his TagalongKid brother, but they later reconcile [[spoiler: and later dies, at least in ''Anime/GreatMazinger'']]). . . but it wasn't until ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' (made ''thirty years'' after the original) that we get to meet his mother, [[spoiler: [[HotScientist Tsubasa]] [[MagnificentBitch Nishikiori]], a lady who is more or less responsible for all of the traits that make Kouji a badass.]] In the original anime, though, she died in a laboratory experiment gone wrong.
** Most of the young characters of the Mazinger trilogy are motherless: Sayaka -Kouji's {{Love Interest|s}}- and her father live alone, and it is often assumed her mother died -or left-; Tetsuya and Jun from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' are both orphans and adopted by Kenzo; the parents of Duke and Maria from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' got murdered and Hikaru and her little brother are raised by their father since their mother died.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Taro's mother dies in the backstory just before the series begins. Oddly enough she's very rarely mentioned during the series itself.
* Jeanie's mom in ''Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair''.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', neither Goku nor Vegeta's None of the four protagonists from the various ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' anime have mothers; in fact, their mothers are ever brought up or shown, although Goku's may have died in childbirth which may be the reason why his father initially resented him; if not, both are likely to have perished when Frieza blew up their home planet.
** Likewise Broly's mother isn't shown either.
** None of the pure Saiyans' mothers are ever mentioned, in fact only a handful of Saiyan women are ever seen or heard of, and those are in the first Bardock special.
* Yoshimori Sumimura's mother in ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' is
never seen by the audience properly, not even when she showed up again briefly in the manga (only to leave again immediately). Also a subversion--she's clearly the one that Yoshimori inherited his powers from, as mentioned at all. It's particularly noteworthy with Van from ''Chaotic Century/Guardian Force''; his father is a house-husband who works from home. Yoshimori and his brothers are generally shown to be craving her approval and attention while she's off doing whatever it is that she does. In other words, her role is that of the DisappearedDad.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Luffy's mother hasn't been shown yet and it's unknown whether she's still even alive. Ace reveals that he took
an oft-mentioned decorated war hero, but his mother's maiden name Portgas as his own since he refuses to acknowledge his father's side of the family and he states that he "owes her a great debt." It's unknown as of yet whether Luffy knows/remembers his mother, especially given his response to hearing about his father was "I have a dad?". But his family has a tendency to pop out of the woodwork at the most unexpected times.
** In [[WordOfGod an SBS]] Oda stated she's probably alive, but he hasn't decided if she'll actually make an appearance.
** In a more traditional case, Robin's mother Olvia left Robin as a young child to go and continue her late husband's ''very'' risky work in archeology, causing her to be shunned. Robin is only given a brief time to reunite with Olvia before all the archeologists are killed in a Buster Call by the World Government.
** Ace's aforementioned mother, Portgas D. Rouge, was introduced in the story [[spoiler: immediately prior to Ace's execution. There it was revealed that to prevent Ace from being found by the government (who sought him out because of his father), Rouge [[LongestPregnancyEver managed to delay giving birth]] and remained pregnant for ''twenty months'' [[MamaBear to protect her son.]] [[DeathByChildbirth An act that ultimately killed her]].]]
** Other Straw Hats hit by the Missing Mom are Usopp, Nami and Sanji. The death of Usopp's mother by illness started him on his tendency for lying. Nami's biological mother
existence is never shown but it's safe to assume she died in the war 18 years ago, and her later adoptive mother Bellemere sacrificed herself to save her and her sister Nojiko. As for Sanji, his mother [[spoiler: Sora]] died when he was very young from [[spoiler:a drug she took to try and prevent Judge's plans to modify his children's genes and turn them into {{Tykebomb}}s. It sadly only worked on Sanji, and the drug's aftereffects made her an IllGirl and eventually killed her, but she died with no regrets, happy that Sanji grew up into such a kind child.]]
** Other deceased mothers include Rebecca's mother Scarlett ([[spoiler:Shot by Diamante while trying to get her daughter some food]]). Vivi's mother Titi (Passed away from unspecified causes when her daughter was very young), Shirahoshi's mother Otohime ([[spoiler:Shot by Hody Jones for her attempts to make peace between Fishmen/Merfolk and humans]]), Law's unnamed mother ([[spoiler:Burned along with her husband and daughter when soldiers destroyed the hospital where they lived]]) and Momonosuke's unnamed mother ([[spoiler:Executed alongside her husband by Kaido and the shogun of Wano Country for refusing to tell a certain secret]]).
** A reader noted and lampshaded in an SBS how mothers in the ''One Piece'' world have a high death rate, and asked Oda why. His answer was [[BlackComedy because "mothers are the opposite of adventure"]].
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', just...''Fruits Basket''. Notable cases include Tohru (her mom died in an accident), Momiji (his mentally-unstable mother rejected him after finding out about the curse), Arisa (her mother left the family and married another man), and Kyou (his mom committed suicide).
* Kotoko's mother is dead at the start of ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'' and she lives with just her father until they lose their home, and she gets sort of adopted/taken over by Naoki's mother.
* Guts of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' had ''two''. The first of them died [[DeathByChildbirth as Guts was being born]], and his adoptive mother, Sys, was an IllGirl who died of plague before Guts's eyes just several years after she took him from his mother's lifeless body. To make matters
even worse, Gambino, Sys's lover and Guts's adoptive father, blamed him for her death and was abusive toward him, resulting in [[HarmfulToMinors one hell of a]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast horrific childhood for him]].
* Kouji Kabuto, the original IdiotHero of ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and most of its related continuities has grandfather Juuzo (KilledOffForReal, often in the first episode of any given series) and a father named Kenzou (who effectively abandoned him and his TagalongKid brother, but they later reconcile [[spoiler: and later dies, at least in ''Anime/GreatMazinger'']]). . . but it wasn't until ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' (made ''thirty years'' after the original) that we get to meet his mother, [[spoiler: [[HotScientist Tsubasa]] [[MagnificentBitch Nishikiori]], a lady who is more or less responsible for all of the traits that make Kouji a badass.]] In the original anime, though, she died in a laboratory experiment gone wrong.
** Most of the young characters of the Mazinger trilogy are motherless: Sayaka -Kouji's {{Love Interest|s}}- and her father live alone, and it is often assumed her mother died -or left-; Tetsuya and Jun from ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' are both orphans and adopted by Kenzo; the parents of Duke and Maria from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' got murdered and Hikaru and her little brother are raised by their father since their mother died.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Taro's mother dies in the backstory just before the series begins. Oddly enough she's very rarely mentioned during the series itself.
* Jeanie's mom in ''Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair''.
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** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': Kida's mother, the former queen of Atlantis, is sacrificed by the Mother Crystal as an attempt to save the eponymous lost city from a tidal wave at the very beginning of the film. Unfortunately, she cannot save her kingdom, and as a result she is pronounced dead once Atlantis ends up underwater. Kida actually loses her [[Creator/LeonardNimoy father]] later on to internal bleeding, therefore making her TheHighQueen.



** In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', [[KidAppealCharacter Olivia]] is trying to get Basil to help her find her father. He says "Surely your mother knows where he is" and she says "I don't have a mother." The implication is that Mom is dead.

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** In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', [[KidAppealCharacter Olivia]] ''Disney/BrotherBear'': The bear Kenai killed as revenge for killing his older brother is trying to get Basil to help her find her father. He says "Surely your mother knows where he is" and she says "I don't have a actually [[spoiler: Koda's mother." The implication is that Mom is dead.]]



** ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'':
*** Aladar is separated from his mother when his egg is unexpectedly taken away from her nest by a hungry Oviraptor while his mother was trying to protect said nest from [[BigBad the Carnotaurus]]. The Oviraptor then takes the egg into a nearby forest where it proceeds to crack it open and eat the fetus inside, but loses the egg to another Oviraptor. While the two Oviraptors begin to fight over the egg, Aladar's egg rolls off a ledge and into a nearby river where it is then picked up by a passing Pterodactyl. The Pterodactyl then flies the egg all the way to Lemur Island (home to Aladar's eventual foster family of lemurs) and leaves it there, where he will eventually hatch and be adopted. It's implied that his biological mother was either killed by [[BigBad the Carnotaurus]] (who also smashed her other eggs) or was among the many dinosaurs that was killed by the meteorite.
*** Inverted with [[LastOfHisKind Baylene]] however. She, despite being one of the oldest dinosaurs in the film, actually lost her spouse, as well of all of her siblings and her descendants to the meteorite, therefore making her the last surviving Brachiosaurus on Earth. Also, Plio, the lemur girl that adopts Aladar, despite her father being the chief of the lemur clan, actually doesn't have a mother as well. Inverted with Plio herself, where even though she already has a daughter named Suri, she actually doesn't have a husband.
** Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' lacks in the parental department as well.



** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': No mention is made of Ariel's mother, or what became of her. (''Ariel's Beginning'' is about her: she's called Athena. Ariel's love of music comes from her mother, who died in a hit-and-run with a pirate ship. Since that event, King Triton banned music from Atlantica in grief, so ''Ariel's Beginning'' is about how the music was brought back.)
** The title character of ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' also has a dead mother and receives a necklace in memory of her. According to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, though it's not outright stated in the film, the mother's spirit is the source of the DramaticWind that follows the heroine throughout.
** See the Literature section for ''Disney/PeterPan''.



** In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', [[KidAppealCharacter Olivia]] is trying to get Basil to help her find her father. He says "Surely your mother knows where he is" and she says "I don't have a mother." The implication is that Mom is dead.
** Quasimodo's Roma mother in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' [[DeathByFallingOver is kicked down a flight of stone stairs and cracks her head open]] while trying to save her baby son from Frollo. His father was arrested, so one can assume she's dead. (Considering Quasimodo has fair skin, he may not be their biological son; on the other hand, he may be Roma and have the fair skin as part of his deformity. In any case, it still counts.)
** Mowgli from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' is a feral child [[RaisedByWolves raised by...wolves]]. Since he was found abandoned in a wrecked boat, it can be assumed his parents are deceased.
** The female eponymous character from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' lives with her older sister. Apparently their parents died recently, as she remembers things they used to say. Given her explanation ("It was raining, and they went for a drive"), we can assume they died in a car accident.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': No mention is made of Ariel's mother, or what became of her. (''Ariel's Beginning'' is about her: she's called Athena. Ariel's love of music comes from her mother, who died in a hit-and-run with a pirate ship. Since that event, King Triton banned music from Atlantica in grief, so ''Ariel's Beginning'' is about how the music was brought back.)



** ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'' is taken care of by her [[WickedStepmother step-mother]]. It is unclear what happened to her parents. However a disney storybook based on the movie and fairytale hints that her parents died, her mother died from childbirth and the father was poisoned by the queen
** Mowgli from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' is a feral child [[RaisedByWolves raised by...wolves]]. Since he was found abandoned in a wrecked boat, it can be assumed his parents are deceased.
** Penny from ''Disney/TheRescuers'' is an orphan.
** Quasimodo's Roma mother in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' [[DeathByFallingOver is kicked down a flight of stone stairs and cracks her head open]] while trying to save her baby son from Frollo. His father was arrested, so one can assume she's dead. (Considering Quasimodo has fair skin, he may not be their biological son; on the other hand, he may be Roma and have the fair skin as part of his deformity. In any case, it still counts.)
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'''s loving mother ''and'' father are killed by a [[CatsAreMean leopard]]. And there is no mother for Jane Porter, who's been raised by her father.
** Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' lacks in the parental department as well.
** The female eponymous character from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' lives with her older sister. Apparently their parents died recently, as she remembers things they used to say. Given her explanation ("It was raining, and they went for a drive"), we can assume they died in a car accident.

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** ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'' is taken care of by her [[WickedStepmother step-mother]]. It is unclear what happened to her parents. However a disney storybook based on the movie and fairytale hints that her parents died, her mother died Li Shang from childbirth and ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has no mother.
** See
the father was poisoned by the queen
** Mowgli from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' is a feral child [[RaisedByWolves raised by...wolves]]. Since he was found abandoned in a wrecked boat, it can be assumed his parents are deceased.
** Penny from ''Disney/TheRescuers'' is an orphan.
** Quasimodo's Roma mother in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' [[DeathByFallingOver is kicked down a flight of stone stairs and cracks her head open]] while trying to save her baby son from Frollo. His father was arrested, so one can assume she's dead. (Considering Quasimodo has fair skin, he may not be their biological son; on the other hand, he may be Roma and have the fair skin as part of his deformity. In any case, it still counts.)
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'''s loving mother ''and'' father are killed by a [[CatsAreMean leopard]]. And there is no mother
Literature section for Jane Porter, who's been raised by her father.
** Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' lacks in the parental department as well.
''Disney/PeterPan''.
** The female eponymous title character from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' lives with her older sister. Apparently their parents died recently, as she remembers things they used to say. Given her explanation ("It was raining, of ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' also has a dead mother and they went for receives a drive"), we can assume they died necklace in a car accident.memory of her. According to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, though it's not outright stated in the film, the mother's spirit is the source of the DramaticWind that follows the heroine throughout.



** ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'':
*** Aladar is separated from his mother when his egg is unexpectedly taken away from her nest by a hungry Oviraptor while his mother was trying to protect said nest from [[BigBad the Carnotaurus]]. The Oviraptor then takes the egg into a nearby forest where it proceeds to crack it open and eat the fetus inside, but loses the egg to another Oviraptor. While the two Oviraptors begin to fight over the egg, Aladar's egg rolls off a ledge and into a nearby river where it is then picked up by a passing Pterodactyl. The Pterodactyl then flies the egg all the way to Lemur Island (home to Aladar's eventual foster family of lemurs) and leaves it there, where he will eventually hatch and be adopted. It's implied that his biological mother was either killed by [[BigBad the Carnotaurus]] (who also smashed her other eggs) or was among the many dinosaurs that was killed by the meteorite.
*** Inverted with [[LastOfHisKind Baylene]] however. She, despite being one of the oldest dinosaurs in the film, actually lost her spouse, as well of all of her siblings and her descendants to the meteorite, therefore making her the last surviving Brachiosaurus on Earth. Also, Plio, the lemur girl that adopts Aladar, despite her father being the chief of the lemur clan, actually doesn't have a mother as well. Inverted with Plio herself, where even though she already has a daughter named Suri, she actually doesn't have a husband.
** ''Disney/BrotherBear'': The bear Kenai killed as revenge for killing his older brother is actually [[spoiler: Koda's mother.]]
** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': Kida's mother, the former queen of Atlantis, is sacrificed by the Mother Crystal as an attempt to save the eponymous lost city from a tidal wave at the very beginning of the film. Unfortunately, she cannot save her kingdom, and as a result she is pronounced dead once Atlantis ends up underwater. Kida actually loses her [[Creator/LeonardNimoy father]] later on to internal bleeding, therefore making her TheHighQueen.
** Li Shang from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has no mother.

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** ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'':
*** Aladar is separated
Penny from his mother when his egg ''Disney/TheRescuers'' is unexpectedly taken away from her nest by a hungry Oviraptor while his mother was trying to protect said nest from [[BigBad the Carnotaurus]]. The Oviraptor then takes the egg into a nearby forest where it proceeds to crack it open and eat the fetus inside, but loses the egg to another Oviraptor. While the two Oviraptors begin to fight over the egg, Aladar's egg rolls off a ledge and into a nearby river where it is then picked up by a passing Pterodactyl. The Pterodactyl then flies the egg all the way to Lemur Island (home to Aladar's eventual foster family of lemurs) and leaves it there, where he will eventually hatch and be adopted. It's implied that his biological mother was either killed by [[BigBad the Carnotaurus]] (who also smashed her other eggs) or was among the many dinosaurs that was killed by the meteorite.
*** Inverted with [[LastOfHisKind Baylene]] however. She, despite being
an orphan. (Except in one of the oldest dinosaurs in the film, actually lost her spouse, as well of all of her siblings and her descendants to the meteorite, therefore making her the last surviving Brachiosaurus on Earth. Also, Plio, the lemur girl that adopts Aladar, despite her father being the chief of the lemur clan, actually doesn't have a mother as well. Inverted with Plio herself, book adaptations, where even though she already has a is Medusa's daughter named Suri, she actually doesn't have a husband.
** ''Disney/BrotherBear'': The bear Kenai killed as revenge for killing his older brother is actually [[spoiler: Koda's mother.]]
** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': Kida's mother,
and ''pretends'' to be an orphan in the former queen hope of Atlantis, is sacrificed by the Mother Crystal as an attempt to save the eponymous lost city from a tidal wave at the very beginning of the film. Unfortunately, she cannot save her kingdom, and as a result she is pronounced dead once Atlantis ends up underwater. Kida actually loses her [[Creator/LeonardNimoy father]] later on to internal bleeding, therefore making her TheHighQueen.
** Li Shang from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has no mother.
being adopted into safety.)



** ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'' is taken care of by her [[WickedStepmother step-mother]]. It is unclear what happened to her parents. However a Disney storybook based on the movie hints that her parents died; her mother suffered DeathByChildbirth like in the original fairy tale, and the father was poisoned by the queen.
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'''s loving mother ''and'' father are killed by a [[CatsAreMean leopard]]. And there is no mother for Jane Porter, who's been raised by her father.



* WordOfGod says that on ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'', Trina and Corey were adopted by their single father who favors them equally, and there was no mother.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Archie Vanderloo is a single father to twins Ansel and Angie. It is never stated what happened to their mother.



* In ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', Gadget's DisappearedDad is stated to be "lost" and "never coming back", possibly [[NeverSayDie implying death]]. Her mother, on the other hand, is never mentioned.



* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** WesternAnimation/PorkyPig had a daughter in two ''Looney Tunes'' projects: In 2003's ''My Generation G-G-G-Gap'', he has a BrattyTeenageDaughter named Peta, and in 2006's ''[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Bah, Humduck]]! A Looney Tunes Christmas'', he plays the Bob Cratchit role, with a young daughter named Pricilla standing in for Tiny Tim. Though Petunia Pig is a safe assumption to be the mother, she is not seen or mentioned in either cartoon. Contrast with 1979's ''Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol'', where Petunia ''does'' portray Porky/Bob Cratchit's wife, but doesn't have any speaking lines (and Tiny Tim is played by ''[[BellisariosMaxim Tweety]]''.)
** Sylvester the Cat and his son star in the Robert [=McKimson=]-directed cartoons where Sylvester mistakes Hippety Hopper the kangaroo as a giant mouse. No mom seen, none mentioned.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'', Carolina's mother is absent without explanation.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pelswick}}'' has a single father who is occasionally shown dating. There is no mention of what happened to the mother.



* WesternAnimation/PorkyPig had a daughter in two ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' projects: In 2003's ''My Generation G-G-G-Gap'', he has a BrattyTeenageDaughter named Peta, and in 2006's ''[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Bah, Humduck]]! A Looney Tunes Christmas'', he plays the Bob Cratchit role, with a young daughter named Pricilla standing in for Tiny Tim. Though Petunia Pig is a safe assumption to be the mother, she is not seen or mentioned in either cartoon. Contrast with 1979's ''Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol'', where Petunia ''does'' portray Porky/Bob Cratchit's wife, but doesn't have any speaking lines (and Tiny Tim is played by ''[[BellisariosMaxim Tweety]]''.)



* Sylvester the Cat and his son in the Robert [=McKimson=]-directed [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes WB cartoons]] where Sylvester mistakes Hippety Hopper the kangaroo as a giant mouse. No mom seen, none mentioned.
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* [[OnlySaneMan Jeera]] and [[TheDitz Zariah]] from ''VideoGame/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' just only lived with their FatBastard of a father.



* ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'' takes place at a monster boarding school, so parents don't usually make an appearance. Of the main characters, Headmaster Gromble's mother is seen (he's a MommasBoy), and both of Oblina's parents [[MyBelovedSmother are]] [[HenpeckedHusband introduced.]] Krumm mentions having both parents but Horvak seems to be the only one who lives nearby (unless his mother doesn't [[StayInTheKitchen work on the mold farm.]]) Ickis' father Slickis means well, but is often [[ParentsAsPeople too busy to attend to his son's needs]] and Slickis' wife is never shown. Not surprisingly, nearly all of the characters have ParentalIssues.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', only Marceline's father and her [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate father]] [[spoiler: Simon Petrikov]] are ever seen, with her mother only having appeared in a flashback in the "Stakes" arc. Considering that the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld immortality]] of all the others is the only reason they're even on the show, this is justified.
** While Finn eventually met his DisappearedDad, his mother has still only been seen in an AlternateUniverse.
** Unlike the other two, [[PlayingWithFire Flame Princess]]' mother has never even been mentioned, [[spoiler: not even after she usurps her father's throne]], and she even has older and younger siblings to further complicate matters.
* Mr. Chan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' appears to be a single father, as no mention is ever made of the childrens' mother. Popular fan theory is that he's a widower. (Not that farfetched, actually: CharlieChan actually ''is'' a widower in the original books.)
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad,'' Hayley mentions that Jeff's mother walked out on him [[FridgeLogic before he was born]]. Stan is understandably confused.
* Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, the Creator/HannaBarbera father and son duo. But where is the mother of the family?



* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has this: Stella's mom divorced with her father, Musa's mom was a very famous singer who died when she was a little girl (and she terribly misses her), and for Roxy, [[spoiler: her mother is revealed to be Morgana, the Queen of Fairies.]] That explains how she gets her powers.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has this: Stella's mom divorced On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' aside from {{Franchise/Batman}} himself, Comicbook/BlackCanary I died [[HeroicSacrifice rescuing people from a fire]] when Black Canary II was a child, asking her teammate Wildcat to [[TakeCareOfTheKids take care of her daughter]].
* Julie Kane's mother (who apparently had her with Abraham Kane) is nowhere to be seen in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''. Also Tennie lives
with her father, Musa's mom father and her mother is absent.
* The 2006 revival of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' reveals in the three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Earth" that Stoker has a daughter named Spitfire, but her mother is nowhere to be seen and isn't even mentioned.
* Nutsy from ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'' happens to have a dead mother, as she reveals it in the Mother's Day episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'':
** Bob's mother
was a very famous singer who not mentioned at all until the seventh season, when it is revealed that she died when Bob was very young.
** Also, Jimmy Pesto is a single father.
* Reggie Bullnerd from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' basically is seen with his father in the second, third, and fourth seasons. The whereabouts of his mother is still unknown. Since she's been mentioned a few times,
she probably isn't too far away.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has two. Antea Hopper, Aelita's mother,
was a little girl (and she terribly misses her), and for Roxy, [[spoiler: kidnapped by the "Men in Black"]] some time before the series timeline. Her fate remains uncertain. Sissi's mother is never seen or mentioned at all. WordOfGod states that she is alive, but living away from Sissi and her father.
** Averted by Jeremie's mother. She is the only Lyoko Warrior parent who remains unseen at the end of the series, but she is mentioned just enough for us to know that she is not this trope.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom,'' everyone seems to have two parents except for [[WellIntentionedExtremist Valerie]], who is explicitly shown living alone with her father. Her mother's whereabouts are never mentioned.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' [[DumbBlonde Brittany]] was raised by her father and stepmother, a TrophyWife with whom she seems to have a sisterly relationship. [[AllThereInTheManual According to a tie-in book]], Brittany's mom left the family to move to Hollywood ("where people are relatively sane") shortly after the birth of Brittany's little brother Brian.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Gosalyn is adopted by only a father (who is Darkwing). Gosalyn has no surrogate mother because, obviously, Darkwing isn't married. As far as her actual mother, it's mentioned that her grandfather was her last living relative, so her parents died at some point before he did.
* Pretty much everyone in ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' -- King Features' answer to the JLA that teams up ComicStrip/FlashGordon, ComicStrip/ThePhantom, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician and his sidekick Lothar along with their children Rick, Jedda, K'Shin & Lothar Jr -- suffered from this. Rick is orphaned in the very first episode [[spoiler:when his mother, assumed to be but never named as Dale Arden, dies resisting Ming's mind probes. Though they somehow manage to rescue her essence to power the Defenders' super computer, she is never mentioned again nor are Flash or Rick ever shown interacting with the computer as though it held emotional value for them]]. Jedda's mother is never mentioned at all, nor is LJ's (though one might presume that the absent women were Diana and Karma, their father's respective lovers from the source comics), while K'Shin was an orphan adopted by Mandrake.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'', the Jack-in-the-Boxes Big Jack and Little Jack are a father-and-son team, but there's no mother.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', Patti Mayonnaise's
mother is revealed to be Morgana, have died in a car accident when Patti was nine. (This is also the Queen reason why Patti's father is in a wheelchair.) Patti visits her mother's grave in one episode. At the end of Fairies.]] That explains how she the series, her father gets married a second time, to Ms. Krystal.
** Willy White's mom has also never been shown in the series, but since his dad (who was the mayor of Bluffington for most of the Nickelodeon series) has mentioned
her powers. in various episodes, she's not too far away.
* There's actually quite a few on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. Wanda, Chester, Wendell (Dr. Bender's son), and Trixie have no mothers onscreen despite their fathers appearing. Trixie mentioned her mother in her first appearance, but she has never appeared on screen, even when all the parents in Dimmsdale meet, leading some fans to believe this was a {{retcon}}. Wanda's mom was also mentioned in "Blondas Have More Fun".
* WordOfGod says that on ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'', Trina and Corey were adopted by their single father who favors them equally, and there was no mother.
* Contrary to popular belief, ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' never justifies the absence Max Goof's mother. She is simply absent without explanation. (Most fans believe that she is dead, but the oft-cited quote "[[GodNeverSaidThat up there amongst the stars]]" is spurious.)
** The ''[[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie Goofy Movies]]'' also [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome quietly disposed of]] PJ's mom, Peg.
* ''Music/{{Gorillaz}}'''s Murdoc Niccals was a DoorstopBaby, abandoned at his father's house. According to him; "Oddly, everyone knew who my father was, but no-one quite knew who my mother was. Although there were a lot of vivid suggestions." The most prevalent rumour is that she was an inmate at "the Belphegor Sanatorium for the sick, the needy, and the incredibly bored".
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Wendy Corduroy is the oldest of four children, and while we see her father Manly Dan often enough, her mother has never appeared. WordOfGod is she's dead.
* In ''HerselfTheElf,'' the protagonist's father is mentioned (the elf king who died recently) but nothing about her mother or whether she had one at all. Similarly, on the antagonist side we have an evil King Thorn and his daughter the wicked Creeping Ivy but no mention of a mother.
* Arnold's mother Stella ''and'' his father Miles are missing on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', Dib and Gaz have a father, world-famous scientist Professor Membrane, but no mother is ever mentioned. WordOfGod says that before the show was cancelled, the creators were considering an episode where Dib finds out he is an ArtificialHuman, which may indicate he has no mother. Where Gaz is supposed to have come from in this scenario is unknown. The fandom seems fairly divided on the issue; some give them a mother (usually a dead MarySue), some make them experiments (Dib is usually said to be [[TrulySingleParent a clone of his father]]), and some try to reconcile the two theories.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JakersTheAdventuresOfPiggleyWinks'', Ferny's mom is missing. It's eventually revealed that she's sadly passed away, although it's unknown how.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Beezy only has his father, Lucius. He's still a step up from Jimmy and Heloise, [[ParentalAbandonment who have no parents at all]].



* On ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', June's dad has appeared in one episode and one of the tie-in comics in Nickelodeon Magazine, however there was never an appearance or mention of her mother.
* ''WesternAnimation/KidVsKat'': Coop & Molly Burtonburger's Mother is never seen or heard of. What happened to her is unknown.



* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'': Eva goes from a kid with a Missing Mom to a complete ParentalAbandonment case as Don Wei abandons her to boarding school after the death of her mother. [[spoiler:The series ends with a revert back to Missing Mom as Don Wei realizes Molly is his child and tries to do better as a father.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'': Eva goes In ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'', Penny seems to be living alone with her dad. We've never seen Gwen's mom either, but since Gwen has five younger siblings, including one who's still an infant, one suspects that she can't be that far away.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'', Lu's father Wendel is a major recurring character, but her mother is never seen or mentioned.
* On ''WesternAnimation/MikeTheKnight'' - ''Journey to Dragon Mountain'', [[spoiler:Mike's dragon companion, Squirt, discovers both his missing mom and his DisappearedDad, and has a baby sister hatch as well
from a kid with a Missing Mom to a complete ParentalAbandonment case as Don Wei abandons her to boarding school after an EggMacGuffin.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug:'' Adrien Agreste's,
the death alter-ego of Ladybug's partner Cat Noir, mother appearantly just vanished. It seems to have deeply affected both Adrien and his father, Gabriel Agreste. Pictures of her mother. [[spoiler:The series ends with Adrien and Gabriel show them all smiling. In pictures without her, both Gabriel and Adrien are miserable. [[spoiler: In the episode ''Volpina'', when Adrien looks in a revert back to Missing Mom as Don Wei realizes Molly is safe his child and tries father has hidden behind a portrait of her, there is a picture of Adrien's mother next to do better the Peacock miraculous. This has spawned some EpilepticTrees.]]
** Chloe Bourgeois, the main AlphaBitch of the series, is speculated to also deal with this issue,
as a father.]]her mother has never been mentioned once, let alone make an appearance.



* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'': Eva goes from a kid with a Missing Mom to a complete ParentalAbandonment case as Don Wei abandons her to boarding school after the death of her mother. [[spoiler:The series ends with a revert back to Missing Mom as Don Wei realizes Molly is his child and tries to do better as a father.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', no explanation is ever given for what happened to Ferb's biological mother (or Phineas and Candace's [[DisappearedDad biological father]], for that matter). Their happy blended family makes this something of a non-issue, however.
* WesternAnimation/PorkyPig had a daughter in two ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' projects: In 2003's ''My Generation G-G-G-Gap'', he has a BrattyTeenageDaughter named Peta, and in 2006's ''[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Bah, Humduck]]! A Looney Tunes Christmas'', he plays the Bob Cratchit role, with a young daughter named Pricilla standing in for Tiny Tim. Though Petunia Pig is a safe assumption to be the mother, she is not seen or mentioned in either cartoon. Contrast with 1979's ''Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol'', where Petunia ''does'' portray Porky/Bob Cratchit's wife, but doesn't have any speaking lines (and Tiny Tim is played by ''[[BellisariosMaxim Tweety]]''.)



* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' completely ignores the mother of Dot and Enzo Matrix. Their father gets a small mention in season 2 and comes back as a self-aware null in season 4, but no mention of the mother at all. Then again, their father is the ''only'' parental figure to appear in this show, so everyone else is missing their mothers as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' only showed Mr. Mallard as Pops' father, his mom is unknown as well. Although, ''Skips vs. Technology'' showed us a flashback of what appears to be a younger version of Pops' parents.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': Chuckie's mom Melina long went unmentioned, until [[TearJerker the Mother's Day episode]], which [[NeverSayDie all but said]] that she was an IllGirl who died at some point when he was a months-old baby. Chuckie and his father are seen visiting her grave in a later episode; shortly after, Chuckie's dad remarried and his new wife, Kira, [[HappilyAdopted adopted]] Chuckie.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': Chuckie's mom Melina Melinda long went unmentioned, until [[TearJerker the Mother's Day episode]], which [[NeverSayDie all but said]] that she was an IllGirl who died at some point when he was a months-old baby. Chuckie and his father are seen visiting her grave in a later episode; shortly after, Chuckie's dad remarried and his new wife, Kira, [[HappilyAdopted adopted]] Chuckie.Chuckie.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Back when Fred was believed to be Mayor Jones' son, he believed his mother passed away when he was little. Mayor Jones had a picture of some woman in an ad to further the masquerade. [[spoiler:And then Judy Reeves (and Brad Chiles) appears . . .]]



* {{Averted|Trope}} partially in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan:'' Peter's parents are still dead, but Harry's mom is alive, unlike in most other continuities. {{Word Of|God}} Creator/GregWeisman says that it just seemed odd to him for all of the ThreeAmigos to be from single-parent families. It might as well be in here too, since Harry's mom seems to be emotionally distant.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpeedRacerTheNextGeneration'': Speed and X's mother is never seen or really brought up, though the smart money is on her being Trixie.
** [[spoiler:It's later confirmed that yes, Trixie IS the mother. She also turns out to be the BigBad. Have fun with that one, Speed/Trixie shippers...]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Mr. Krabs' wife and Pearl's mother is never seen but sometimes mentioned; she may either be dead or divorced. It is also possible that Mr. Krabs was never married and just adopted Pearl (which would make a ''[[{{Understatement}} lot]]'' [[ArtisticLicenseBiology more sense]]).
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'', Mindy has no mother.
* Virgil's mother on ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' died when he was little. He tried to save her in a TimeTravel episode [[TearJerker/StaticShock but wasn't successful]]. Another episode deals with the family preparing a memorial service in her honor. We see that Virgil still has trouble dealing with her death. By the end of the episode, he seems to have come to terms with it, and we see that [[SurrogateSoliloquy the entire story's narration was him telling it to her]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' [[HalfHumanHybrid Steven]]'s mother, [[AllLovingHero Rose Quartz]], suffered a supernaturally DeathByChildbirth, [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence giving up her physical form]] to bring him into the world. She comes up enough to count as a PosthumousCharacter. Both the Fryman and Pizza families seem to have a single father with no mother mentioned except for a DeletedScene mentioning Mrs. Fryman.
* The mother of the protagonists of ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'' is never seen and her absence is hardly mentioned at all. All that is known is that she gave their father a watch for his birthday, which he valued greatly (implying that she was dead).
* Sylvester the Cat and his son in the Robert [=McKimson=]-directed [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes WB cartoons]] where Sylvester mistakes Hippety Hopper the kangaroo as a giant mouse. No mom seen, none mentioned.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' both Ilana and Lance's mothers are absent. Unlike his DisappearedDad, Lance's mother is never brought up. During a WholeEpisodeFlashback, we see a woman who might be Ilana's mother, although this is unanswered.
* Lion-O and Tygra in ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' had king Claudus for a dad. [[spoiler:Lion-O's biological mother--Tygra's adoptive mother--died giving birth to the former.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool'', Claude and the Franks appear not to have mothers.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', Spike the bulldog has a son but his mate is nowhere to be seen.



* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has two. Antea Hopper, Aelita's mother, was [[spoiler: kidnapped by the "Men in Black"]] some time before the series timeline. Her fate remains uncertain. Sissi's mother is never seen or mentioned at all. WordOfGod states that she is alive, but living away from Sissi and her father.
** Averted by Jeremie's mother. She is the only Lyoko Warrior parent who remains unseen at the end of the series, but she is mentioned just enough for us to know that she is not this trope.



* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Gosalyn is adopted by only a father (who is Darkwing). Gosalyn has no surrogate mother because, obviously, Darkwing isn't married. As far as her actual mother, it's mentioned that her grandfather was her last living relative, so her parents died at some point before he did.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom,'' everyone seems to have two parents except for [[WellIntentionedExtremist Valerie]], who is explicitly shown living alone with her father. Her mother's whereabouts are never mentioned.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', Spike the bulldog has a son but his mate is nowhere to be seen.
* Pretty much everyone in ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' -- King Features' answer to the JLA that teams up ComicStrip/FlashGordon, ComicStrip/ThePhantom, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician and his sidekick Lothar along with their children Rick, Jedda, K'Shin & Lothar Jr -- suffered from this. Rick is orphaned in the very first episode [[spoiler:when his mother, assumed to be but never named as Dale Arden, dies resisting Ming's mind probes. Though they somehow manage to rescue her essence to power the Defenders' super computer, she is never mentioned again nor are Flash or Rick ever shown interacting with the computer as though it held emotional value for them]]. Jedda's mother is never mentioned at all, nor is LJ's (though one might presume that the absent women were Diana and Karma, their father's respective lovers from the source comics), while K'Shin was an orphan adopted by Mandrake.
* There's actually quite a few on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. Wanda, Chester, Wendell (Dr. Bender's son), and Trixie have no mothers onscreen despite their fathers appearing. Trixie mentioned her mother in her first appearance, but she has never appeared on screen, even when all the parents in Dimmsdale meet, leading some fans to believe this was a {{retcon}}. Wanda's mom was also mentioned in "Blondas Have More Fun".
* The mother of the protagonists of ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'' is never seen and her absence is hardly mentioned at all. All that is known is that she gave their father a watch for his birthday, which he valued greatly (implying that she was dead).
* ''WesternAnimation/KidVsKat'': Coop & Molly Burtonburger's Mother is never seen or heard of, it is most likely that she is dead or divorced
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', Dib and Gaz have a father, world-famous scientist Professor Membrane, but no mother is ever mentioned. WordOfGod says that before the show was cancelled, the creators were considering an episode where Dib finds out he is an ArtificialHuman, which may indicate he has no mother. Where Gaz is supposed to have come from in this scenario is unknown. The fandom seems fairly divided on the issue; some give them a mother (usually a dead MarySue), some make them experiments (Dib is usually said to be [[TrulySingleParent a clone of his father]]), and some try to reconcile the two theories.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', no explanation is ever given for what happened to Ferb's biological mother (or Phineas and Candace's [[DisappearedDad biological father]], for that matter). Their happy blended family makes this something of a non-issue, however.
* WesternAnimation/PorkyPig had a daughter in two ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' projects: In 2003's ''My Generation G-G-G-Gap'', he has a BrattyTeenageDaughter named Peta, and in 2006's ''[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Bah, Humduck]]! A Looney Tunes Christmas'', he plays the Bob Cratchit role, with a young daughter named Pricilla standing in for Tiny Tim. Though Petunia Pig is a safe assumption to be the mother, she is not seen or mentioned in either cartoon. Contrast with 1979's ''Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol'', where Petunia ''does'' portray Porky/Bob Cratchit's wife, but doesn't have any speaking lines (and Tiny Tim is played by ''[[BellisariosMaxim Tweety]]''.)
* ''Music/{{Gorillaz}}'''s Murdoc Niccals was a DoorstopBaby, abandoned at his father's house. According to him; "Oddly, everyone knew who my father was, but no-one quite knew who my mother was. Although there were a lot of vivid suggestions." The most prevalent rumour is that she was an inmate at "the Belphegor Sanatorium for the sick, the needy, and the incredibly bored".
* Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, the Creator/HannaBarbera father and son duo. But where is the mother of the family?
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'', Penny seems to be living alone with her dad. We've never seen Gwen's mom either, but since Gwen has five younger siblings, including one who's still an infant, one suspects that she can't be that far away.
* Virgil's mother on ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' died when he was little. He tried to save her in a TimeTravel episode [[TearJerker/StaticShock but wasn't successful]]. Another episode deals with the family preparing a memorial service in her honor. We see that Virgil still has trouble dealing with her death. By the end of the episode, he seems to have come to terms with it, and we see that [[SurrogateSoliloquy the entire story's narration was him telling it to her]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' completely ignores the mother of Dot and Enzo Matrix. Their father gets a small mention in season 2 and comes back as a self-aware null in season 4, but no mention of the mother at all. Then again, their father is the ''only'' parental figure to appear in this show, so everyone else is missing their mothers as well.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Beezy only has his father, Lucius. He's still a step up from Jimmy and Heloise, [[ParentalAbandonment who have no parents at all]].
* Contrary to popular belief, ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' never justifies the absence Max Goof's mother. She is simply absent without explanation. (Most fans believe that she is dead, but the oft-cited quote "up there amongst the stars" is spurious.)
** The ''[[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie Goofy Movies]]'' also [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome quietly disposed of]] PJ's mom, Peg.
* Nutsy from ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'' happens to have a dead mother, as she reveals it in the mother's day episode.
* Mr. Chan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' appears to be a single father, as no mention is ever made of the childrens' mother. Popular fan theory is that he's a widower. (Not that farfetched, actually: CharlieChan actually ''is'' a widower in the original books.)
* Sylvester the Cat and his son in the Robert [=McKimson=]-directed [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes WB cartoons]] where Sylvester mistakes Hippety Hopper the kangaroo as a giant mouse. No mom seen, none mentioned.
* Reggie Bullnerd from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' basically is seen with his father in the second, third, and fourth seasons. The whereabouts of his mother is still unknown. Since she's been mentioned a few times, she probably isn't too far away.
* [[OnlySaneMan Jeera]] and [[TheDitz Zariah]] from ''VideoGame/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' just only lived with their FatBastard of a father.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Gosalyn is adopted by only a ''WesternAnimation/TheWackyAdventuresOfRonaldMcDonald'' character Franklin's father (who is Darkwing). Gosalyn has no surrogate mother because, obviously, Darkwing isn't married. As far as her actual mother, it's mentioned that her grandfather was her last living relative, so her parents died at some point before he did.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom,'' everyone seems to have two parents except for [[WellIntentionedExtremist Valerie]], who is explicitly shown living alone with her father. Her mother's whereabouts are never mentioned.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', Spike the bulldog has
a son but his mate is nowhere to be seen.
* Pretty much everyone in ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' -- King Features' answer to the JLA that teams up ComicStrip/FlashGordon, ComicStrip/ThePhantom, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician and his sidekick Lothar along with their children Rick, Jedda, K'Shin & Lothar Jr -- suffered from this. Rick is orphaned in the very first episode [[spoiler:when his mother, assumed to be but never named as Dale Arden, dies resisting Ming's mind probes. Though they somehow manage to rescue her essence to power the Defenders' super computer, she is never mentioned again nor are Flash or Rick ever shown interacting with the computer as though it held emotional value for them]]. Jedda's mother is never mentioned at all, nor is LJ's (though one might presume that the absent women were Diana and Karma, their father's respective lovers from the source comics), while K'Shin was an orphan adopted by Mandrake.
* There's actually quite a few on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. Wanda, Chester, Wendell (Dr. Bender's son), and Trixie have no mothers onscreen despite their fathers appearing. Trixie mentioned her mother in her first appearance, but she has never appeared on screen, even when all the parents in Dimmsdale meet, leading some fans to believe this was a {{retcon}}. Wanda's mom was also mentioned in "Blondas Have More Fun".
* The mother of the protagonists of ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'' is never seen and her absence is hardly mentioned at all. All that is known is that she gave their father a watch for his birthday, which he valued greatly (implying that she was dead).
* ''WesternAnimation/KidVsKat'': Coop & Molly Burtonburger's Mother is never seen or heard of, it is most likely that she is dead or divorced
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', Dib and Gaz have a father, world-famous
scientist Professor Membrane, but no mother is ever mentioned. WordOfGod says that before the show was cancelled, the creators were considering an episode where Dib finds out he is an ArtificialHuman, which may indicate he has no mother. Where Gaz is supposed to have come from in this scenario is unknown. The fandom seems fairly divided on the issue; some give them a mother (usually a dead MarySue), some make them experiments (Dib is usually said to be [[TrulySingleParent a clone of his father]]), and some try to reconcile the two theories.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', no explanation is ever given for what happened to Ferb's biological mother (or Phineas and Candace's [[DisappearedDad biological father]], for that matter). Their happy blended family makes this something of a non-issue, however.
* WesternAnimation/PorkyPig had a daughter in two ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' projects: In 2003's ''My Generation G-G-G-Gap'', he has a BrattyTeenageDaughter
named Peta, and in 2006's ''[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Bah, Humduck]]! A Looney Tunes Christmas'', he plays the Bob Cratchit role, with a young daughter named Pricilla standing in for Tiny Tim. Though Petunia Pig is a safe assumption to be the mother, she is not seen or mentioned in either cartoon. Contrast with 1979's ''Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol'', where Petunia ''does'' portray Porky/Bob Cratchit's wife, Dr. Quizzical, but doesn't have any speaking lines (and Tiny Tim is played by ''[[BellisariosMaxim Tweety]]''.)
* ''Music/{{Gorillaz}}'''s Murdoc Niccals was a DoorstopBaby, abandoned at his father's house. According to him; "Oddly, everyone knew who my father was, but no-one quite knew who my mother was. Although there were a lot of vivid suggestions." The most prevalent rumour is that she was an inmate at "the Belphegor Sanatorium for the sick, the needy, and the incredibly bored".
* Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, the Creator/HannaBarbera father and son duo. But where is the mother of the family?
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'', Penny seems to be living alone with her dad. We've never seen Gwen's mom either, but since Gwen has five younger siblings, including one who's still an infant, one suspects that she can't be that far away.
* Virgil's mother on ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' died when he was little. He tried to save her in a TimeTravel episode [[TearJerker/StaticShock but wasn't successful]]. Another episode deals with the family preparing a memorial service in her honor. We see that Virgil still has trouble dealing with her death. By the end of the episode, he seems to have come to terms with it, and we see that [[SurrogateSoliloquy the entire story's narration was him telling it to her]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' completely ignores the mother of Dot and Enzo Matrix. Their father gets a small mention in season 2 and comes back as a self-aware null in season 4, but no mention of the mother at all. Then again, their father is the ''only'' parental figure to appear in this show, so everyone else is missing their mothers as well.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Beezy only has his father, Lucius. He's still a step up from Jimmy and Heloise, [[ParentalAbandonment who have no parents at all]].
* Contrary to popular belief, ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' never justifies the absence Max Goof's mother. She is simply absent without explanation. (Most fans believe that she is dead, but the oft-cited quote "up there amongst the stars" is spurious.)
** The ''[[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie Goofy Movies]]'' also [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome quietly disposed of]] PJ's mom, Peg.
* Nutsy from ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'' happens to have a dead mother, as she reveals it in the mother's day episode.
* Mr. Chan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' appears to be a single father, as
absolutely no mention is ever made of his mother.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wildfire}}'': Sara's mother died within one year of marriage because of a curse cast by Diabolyn. Sara and her father left Dar Shan so
the childrens' mother. Popular fan theory is that he's a widower. (Not that farfetched, actually: CharlieChan actually ''is'' a widower in the original books.)
curse won't reach them.
* Sylvester the Cat and his son in the Robert [=McKimson=]-directed [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes WB cartoons]] where Sylvester mistakes Hippety Hopper the kangaroo as a giant mouse. No ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has this: Stella's mom seen, none mentioned.
* Reggie Bullnerd from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' basically is seen
divorced with her father, Musa's mom was a very famous singer who died when she was a little girl (and she terribly misses her), and for Roxy, [[spoiler: her mother is revealed to be Morgana, the Queen of Fairies.]] That explains how she gets her powers.
* Caleb of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' starts the series an orphan, only for
his father in the second, third, to reappear halfway through season 1 and fourth seasons. The whereabouts of [[spoiler: his mother is still unknown. Since she's been mentioned a few times, she probably isn't too far away.
* [[OnlySaneMan Jeera]] and [[TheDitz Zariah]] from ''VideoGame/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' just only lived with their FatBastard
to turn up as the BigBad of a father.season 2.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' only showed Mr. Mallard as Pops' father, his mom is unknown as well. Although, ''Skips vs. Technology'' showed us a flashback of what appears to be a younger version of Pops' parents.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' [[DumbBlonde Brittany]] was raised by her father and stepmother, a TrophyWife with whom she seems to have a sisterly relationship. [[AllThereInTheManual According to a tie-in book]], Brittany's mom left the family to move to Hollywood ("where people are relatively sane") shortly after the birth of Brittany's little brother Brian.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Mr. Krabs' wife and Pearl's mother is never seen but sometimes mentioned; she may either be dead or divorced. It is also possible that Mr. Krabs was never married and just adopted Pearl (which would make a ''[[{{Understatement}} lot]]'' [[ArtisticLicenseBiology more sense]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'' takes place at a monster boarding school, so parents don't usually make an appearance. Of the main characters, Headmaster Gromble's mother is seen (he's a MommasBoy), and both of Oblina's parents [[MyBelovedSmother are]] [[HenpeckedHusband introduced.]] Krumm mentions having both parents but Horvak seems to be the only one who lives nearby (unless his mother doesn't [[StayInTheKitchen work on the mold farm.]]) Ickis' father Slickis means well, but is often [[ParentsAsPeople too busy to attend to his son's needs]] and Slickis' wife is never shown. Not surprisingly, nearly all of the characters have ParentalIssues.
* Lion-O and Tygra in ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' had king Claudus for a dad. [[spoiler:Lion-O's biological mother--Tygra's adoptive mother--died giving birth to the former.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpeedRacerTheNextGeneration'': Speed and X's mother is never seen or really brought up, though the smart money is on her being Trixie.
** [[spoiler:It's later confirmed that yes, Trixie IS the mother. She also turns out to be the BigBad. Have fun with that one, Speed/Trixie shippers...]]
* In ''HerselfTheElf,'' the protagonist's father is mentioned (the elf king who died recently) but nothing about her mother or whether she had one at all. Similarly, on the antagonist side we have an evil King Thorn and his daughter the wicked Creeping Ivy but no mention of a mother.
* Arnold's mother Stella ''and'' his father Miles are missing on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad,'' Hayley mentions that Jeff's mother walked out on him [[FridgeLogic before he was born]]. Stan is understandably confused.
* {{Averted|Trope}} partially in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan:'' Peter's parents are still dead, but Harry's mom is alive, unlike in most other continuities. {{Word Of|God}} Creator/GregWeisman says that it just seemed odd to him for all of the ThreeAmigos to be from single-parent families. It might as well be in here too, since Harry's mom seems to be emotionally distant.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', Patti Mayonnaise's mother is revealed to have died in a car accident when Patti was nine. (This is also the reason why Patti's father is in a wheelchair.) Patti visits her mother's grave in one episode. At the end of the series, her father gets married a second time, to Ms. Krystal.
** Willy White's mom has also never been shown in the series, but since his dad (who was the mayor of Bluffington for most of the Nickelodeon series) has mentioned her in various episodes, she's not too far away.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' aside from {{Franchise/Batman}} himself, Comicbook/BlackCanary I died [[HeroicSacrifice rescuing people from a fire]] when Black Canary II was a child, asking her teammate Wildcat to [[TakeCareOfTheKids take care of her daughter]].
* Julie Kane's mother (who apparently had her with Abraham Kane) is nowhere to be seen in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''. Also Tennie lives with her father and her mother is absent.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wildfire}}'': Sara's mother died within one year of marriage because of a curse cast by Diabolyn. Sara and her father left Dar Shan so the curse won't reach them.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Back when Fred was believed to be Mayor Jones' son, he believed his mother passed away when he was little. Mayor Jones had a picture of some woman in an ad to further the masquerade. [[spoiler:And then Judy Reeves (and Brad Chiles) appears . . .]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' both Ilana and Lance's mothers are absent. Unlike his DisappearedDad, Lance's mother is never brought up. During a WholeEpisodeFlashback, we see a woman who might be Ilana's mother, although this is unanswered.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', only Marceline's father and her [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate father]] [[spoiler: Simon Petrikov]] are ever seen, with her mother only having appeared in a flashback in the "Stakes" arc. Considering that the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld immortality]] of all the others is the only reason they're even on the show, this is justified.
** While Finn eventually met his DisappearedDad, his mother has still only been seen in an AlternateUniverse.
** Unlike the other two, [[PlayingWithFire Flame Princess]]' mother has never even been mentioned, [[spoiler: not even after she usurps her father's throne]], and she even has older and younger siblings to further complicate matters.
* WordOfGod says that on ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'', Trina and Corey were adopted by their single father who favors them equally, and there was no mother.
* Caleb of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' starts the series an orphan, only for his father to reappear halfway through season 1 and [[spoiler: his mother to turn up as the BigBad of season 2.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JakersTheAdventuresOfPiggleyWinks'', Ferny's mom is missing. It's eventually revealed that she's sadly passed away, although it's unknown how.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'', the Jack-in-the-Boxes Big Jack and Little Jack are a father-and-son team, but there's no mother.
* On ''WesternAnimation/MikeTheKnight'' - ''Journey to Dragon Mountain'', [[spoiler:Mike's dragon companion, Squirt, discovers both his missing mom and his DisappearedDad, and has a baby sister hatch as well from an EggMacGuffin.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Wendy Corduroy is the oldest of four children, and while we see her father Manly Dan often enough, her mother has never appeared. WordOfGod is she's dead.
* On ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' [[HalfHumanHybrid Steven]]'s mother, [[AllLovingHero Rose Quartz]], suffered a supernaturally DeathByChildbirth, [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence giving up her physical form]] to bring him into the world. She comes up enough to count as a PosthumousCharacter. Both the Fryman and Pizza families seem to have a single father with no mother mentioned except for a DeletedScene mentioning Mrs. Fryman.
* On ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', June's dad has appeared in one episode and one of the tie-in comics in Nickelodeon Magazine, however there was never an appearance or mention of her mother.
* In TimothyGoesToSchool the duo Frank and Frank and Claude are the only students who mother aren't seen.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWackyAdventuresOfRonaldMcDonald'' character Franklin's father is a scientist named Dr. Quizzical, but absolutely no mention is made of his mother.
* The 2006 revival of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' reveals in the three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Earth" that Stoker has a daughter named Spitfire, but her mother is nowhere to be seen and isn't even mentioned.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'', Lu's father Wendel is a major recurring character, but her mother is never seen or mentioned.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug:'' Adrien Agreste's, the alter-ego of Ladybug's partner Cat Noir, mother appearantly just vanished. It seems to have deeply affected both Adrien and his father, Gabriel Agreste. Pictures of her with Adrien and Gabriel show them all smiling. In pictures without her, both Gabriel and Adrien are miserable. [[spoiler: In the episode ''Volpina'', when Adrien looks in a safe his father has hidden behind a portrait of her, there is a picture of Adrien's mother next to the Peacock miraculous. This has spawned some EpilepticTrees.]]
** Chloe Bourgeois, the main AlphaBitch of the series, is speculated to also deal with this issue, as her mother has never been mentioned once, let alone make an appearance.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', Jimmy Pesto is a single father.
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* The ''[[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie Goofy Movies]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' indicate Max Goof's mother is dead. The movies disposed of PJ's mom, Peg. [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome She's not seen or even mentioned.]]

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* Contrary to popular belief, ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' never justifies the absence Max Goof's mother. She is simply absent without explanation. (Most fans believe that she is dead, but the oft-cited quote "up there amongst the stars" is spurious.)
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The ''[[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie Goofy Movies]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' indicate Max Goof's mother is dead. The movies disposed of PJ's mom, Peg. also [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome She's not seen or even mentioned.]]quietly disposed of]] PJ's mom, Peg.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', Jimmy Pesto is a single father.
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* Parodied by ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': Gonzo says that he was born ''two years'' after his mother died. No word on whether this is BizarreAlienBiology or BlatantLies.


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* in ''And I Darken'', Lada and Radu's mother, Princess Vasilisa, only about fifteen when she gives birth to Lada, begs to be released back to her family, and their father Vlad disgustedly allows it, telling Lada that she has no mother but her country. Already before she left she seemed a nonentity in her children's lives, leaving their nurse to do most of the raising.
** Mehmed, being the third son of the sultan, has a nonrelationship with his father and mother. His mother, though heavily invested in his life, is alien to him.
--> ''Huma: And you may call me ''Mother.''''
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