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7th May '18 4:42:11 PM N1KF
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Worst day ever. Bobby's [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan parents have died]] [[StuffBlowingUp in a terrible freak accident]] that has him living in an empty house. It is up to the author, however, to decide whether life will be [[BestYearsOfYourLife sunshine and puppies]], or [[OrphansOrdeal downright gruesome]]. Depends on the [[HumansAreBastards point]] of the [[{{Anvilicious}} story].]

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Worst day ever. Bobby's [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan parents have died]] [[StuffBlowingUp in a terrible freak accident]] that has him living in an empty house. It is up to the author, however, to decide whether life will be [[BestYearsOfYourLife sunshine and puppies]], or [[OrphansOrdeal downright gruesome]]. Depends on the [[HumansAreBastards point]] of the [[{{Anvilicious}} story].]
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So now we get to the trope. Remember that house in which Bobby has been living since his parents died? That's [[MinorsLivingAlone his new abode]]. But there is no way that Bobby, a child, could pay for the water, the food, the drinks, the crazy weekend parties and the taxes, right? Bobby isn't even old enough for a job!

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So now we get to the trope. Remember that house in which Bobby has been living since his parents died? That's [[MinorsLivingAlone [[MinorLivingAlone his new abode]]. But there is no way that Bobby, a child, could pay for the water, the food, the drinks, the crazy weekend parties and the taxes, right? Bobby isn't even old enough for a job!
7th May '18 4:41:37 PM N1KF
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Worst day ever. Bobby's [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan parents have died]] [[StuffBlowingUp in a terrible freak accident]] that has him living in an empty house. It is up to the author, however, to decide whether life will be [[BestYearsOfYourLife sunshine and puppies]], or [[OrphansOrdeal downright gruesome]]. Depends on the [[HumansAreBastards point]] of the [[{{Anvilicious}} story.]]

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Worst day ever. Bobby's [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan parents have died]] [[StuffBlowingUp in a terrible freak accident]] that has him living in an empty house. It is up to the author, however, to decide whether life will be [[BestYearsOfYourLife sunshine and puppies]], or [[OrphansOrdeal downright gruesome]]. Depends on the [[HumansAreBastards point]] of the [[{{Anvilicious}} story.]]
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So now we get to the trope. Remember that house in which Bobby has been living since his parents died? That's his new abode. But there is no way that Bobby, a child, could pay for the water, the food, the drinks, the crazy weekend parties and the taxes, right? Bobby isn't even old enough for a job!

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So now we get to the trope. Remember that house in which Bobby has been living since his parents died? That's [[MinorsLivingAlone his new abode.abode]]. But there is no way that Bobby, a child, could pay for the water, the food, the drinks, the crazy weekend parties and the taxes, right? Bobby isn't even old enough for a job!
22nd Apr '18 12:40:40 PM nombretomado
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* [[{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]], the world's youngest full-time radio presenter, started out as homeless, selling newspapers near the subway station where he slept at night. Freddie Freeman (Capt. Marvel Jr.) was doing all right living with his grandfather until Capt. Nazi fell into their fishing boat. Now ''he's'' an orphaned newspaper boy living on his own, although he has a tiny garret apartment.

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* [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]], the world's youngest full-time radio presenter, started out as homeless, selling newspapers near the subway station where he slept at night. Freddie Freeman (Capt. Marvel Jr.) was doing all right living with his grandfather until Capt. Nazi fell into their fishing boat. Now ''he's'' an orphaned newspaper boy living on his own, although he has a tiny garret apartment.
8th Mar '18 2:12:26 AM CaptEquinox
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* Another RealLife example on film is the short film ''[[https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/552602/chinese-left-behind-children-raising-themselves/ Down from the Mountains]]. The "left behind" children of China are rural kids who actually have parents, but because the parents have to live where the jobs are, sometimes a thousand miles away, the kids stay in the family home, take care of the farm, go to school and raise themselves and each other. The parents send money home for their upkeep and, most important of all, their education.
12th Sep '17 5:12:19 AM CaptEquinox
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* Willie Connolly does this to a certain extent in J.R. Lowell's ''Daughter of Darkness'' after she accidentally kills her mother with one of her spells. Although her dad's still around, he has a HeroicBSOD for a time before he starts working again, and devotes all his time to that, so twelve-year-old Willie takes over all the housekeeping and financial responsibility for the next three years.

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* Willie Connolly does this to a certain extent in J.R. Lowell's ''Daughter of Darkness'' after she accidentally kills her mother with one of her RitualMagic spells. Although her dad's still around, he has a HeroicBSOD for a time before he starts working again, and then devotes all his time to that, so twelve-year-old Willie takes over all the housekeeping and financial responsibility for the next three years.years.
8th Jul '17 9:47:31 AM nombretomado
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Sorting through TheOtherWiki's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notable_orphans list of notable literary orphans]] (at the bottom), other tropers can probably help expand this article, so if you've read any of those stories, sort the orphans.

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Sorting through TheOtherWiki's Wiki/TheOtherWiki's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notable_orphans list of notable literary orphans]] (at the bottom), other tropers can probably help expand this article, so if you've read any of those stories, sort the orphans.



* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Girl_Who_Lives_Down_the_Lane The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane]]''. TheOtherWiki article says her father "...made plans to allow Rynn to live alone...", presumably including financial matters.

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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Girl_Who_Lives_Down_the_Lane The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane]]''. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki article says her father "...made plans to allow Rynn to live alone...", presumably including financial matters.
22nd Jun '17 6:50:25 PM CaptEquinox
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* This is the setup in the 1967 film ''Our Mother's House''. Dad deserted the family and the children are cared for by their ailing mom. When she dies they're afraid they'll be split up, so they bury her secretly and continue to live according to what she taught them. The money comes from Mom's annuity; the kids forge her signature on monthly checks. Everything works out great until Dad shows up and blows all the money on prostitutes and booze.

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* This is the setup in the 1967 film ''Our Mother's House''.''Film/OurMothersHouse'' (based on Julian Gloag's 1963 book). Dad deserted the family and the children are cared for by their ailing mom. When she dies they're afraid they'll be split up, so they bury her secretly and continue to live according to what she taught them. The money comes from Mom's annuity; the kids forge her signature on monthly checks. Everything works Although there are power struggles among the kids to determine who should be in charge[[note]]in the book it's even worse, and one of the little girls actually dies after her siblings punish her for "inviting" her own molestation[[/note]]the economics work out great all right, until Dad shows up and blows all the money on prostitutes and booze.
11th Jun '17 9:27:52 AM mister-bittersweet
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* Riki Naoe, the protagonist of VisualNovel/LittleBusters, mentions in the second Rin route that he has an inheritance left behind by his parents, [[spoiler:which he uses to get by after he and Rin run away from school]], but also mentions that he feels awkward spending the last thing connecting him to his parents. That route also establishes that he does have a legal guardian who took him in and it's implied they take care of expenses like the BoardingSchool he attends, but it's also implied Riki isn't really close to them emotionally.
8th Jun '17 10:40:19 PM CaptEquinox
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* Willie Connolly does this to a certain extent in J.R. Lowell's ''Daughter of Darkness'' after she accidentally kills her mother with one of her spells. Although her dad's still around, he has a HeroicBSOD for a time before he starts working again, and devotes all his time to that, so twelve-year-old Willie takes over all the housekeeping and financial responsibility for the next three years.
29th Apr '17 6:39:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''TokyoMewMew'' has Bu-ling, the KidAppealCharacter of the group. She is eight years old when the series begins and, though only her mom's dead, her dad has gone off to train in the mountains and left her with five younger siblings to care for and a dojo to run -- but she's dirt poor, knows it, and has to perform in the street to pay the bills. Even when she's given a job at Cafe Mew Mew, she continues to perform -- sometimes even during work to entice the customers to give her tips -- and has to count her change to see if she can buy a bottle of ketchup. The anime had a filler episode revealing that her father apparently arranged for her to be engaged to a grown man, with the implication that it was only set up to legally allow her to keep the house.

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* ''TokyoMewMew'' ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' has Bu-ling, the KidAppealCharacter of the group. She is eight years old when the series begins and, though only her mom's dead, her dad has gone off to train in the mountains and left her with five younger siblings to care for and a dojo to run -- but she's dirt poor, knows it, and has to perform in the street to pay the bills. Even when she's given a job at Cafe Mew Mew, she continues to perform -- sometimes even during work to entice the customers to give her tips -- and has to count her change to see if she can buy a bottle of ketchup. The anime had a filler episode revealing that her father apparently arranged for her to be engaged to a grown man, with the implication that it was only set up to legally allow her to keep the house.
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