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1st Jul '16 9:37:51 PM Kartoonkid95
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** In "Quagmire's Baby", Quagmire finds a baby that resulted from a one-night stand on his doorstep. After struggling with taking care of her, he decides to put her up for adoption.
1st May '16 5:51:24 PM Knight20
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15th Jan '16 3:34:55 PM mephistos
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To qualify for this trope, a male (who need not necessarily be related to the child, [[PromotionToParent simply acting in a fatherly role]]) must suddenly be given sole responsibility over this child AND not have enough prior experience in this capacity to know what the heck he is doing. Maybe there was a divorce, and the kid lived with Mom but she died or ran off. Maybe he just took in an unrelated child off the streets, or his KidFromTheFuture ended up on his doorstep. Either way, he has to shape up ''fast.''

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To qualify for this trope, a male (who need not necessarily be related to the child, [[PromotionToParent simply acting in a fatherly role]]) must suddenly be given sole responsibility over this child AND not have enough prior experience in this capacity to know what the heck he is doing. Maybe there was a divorce, and the kid lived with Mom but she [[MissingMom died or ran off.off]]. Maybe he just took in an unrelated child off the streets, or his KidFromTheFuture ended up on his doorstep. Either way, he has to shape up ''fast.''
30th Dec '15 7:06:39 PM JediVulcan
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* In ''Film/BreakfastWithScot'', the titular Scot's mother dies of a drug overdose, and custody is supposed to go to her ex-boyfriend (who isn't Scot's biological father). Said boyfriend being a jerkass off in Brazil, Scot ends up with the jerkass's brother and his partner.

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* In ''Film/BreakfastWithScot'', the titular Scot's mother dies of a drug overdose, and custody is supposed to go to her ex-boyfriend Billy (who isn't Scot's biological father). Said boyfriend Since Billy is busy being a jerkass off in Brazil, Scot ends up with the jerkass's Billy's brother Sam and his partner.partner Eric, neither of whom have any experience at parenting.
2nd Sep '15 2:59:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', Gru adopts three little girls as part of his own insidious plans. At first he ignores them and does a terrible job parenting, having no intention of actually being their father, only to use them, but eventually he comes around and really gets into being a Dad, and takes on the challenge for real.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', Gru adopts three little girls as part of his own insidious plans. At first he ignores them and does a terrible job parenting, having no intention of actually being their father, only to use them, but eventually he comes around and really gets into being a Dad, and takes on the challenge for real.
21st May '15 11:46:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''BunnyDrop'', Daikichi, despite being a bachelor, adopts his grandfather's illegitimate 6-year old daughter (yes, that makes her his aunt), when no one else in his family would take on the responsibility. It could be a subversion in that he has to ask for advice and goes through a lot of crap at work trying to make time to be able to pick her up from preschool, but all in all he does a really good job.
* ''OtakuNoMusumeSan'' is about an otaku who gets his formerly unknown daughter dumped on him by his high school sweetheart. [[spoiler:Furthermore, the climax of the story is what happens when the mother comes back and intends to take the daughter back.]]

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* In ''BunnyDrop'', ''Manga/BunnyDrop'', Daikichi, despite being a bachelor, adopts his grandfather's illegitimate 6-year old daughter (yes, that makes her his aunt), when no one else in his family would take on the responsibility. It could be a subversion in that he has to ask for advice and goes through a lot of crap at work trying to make time to be able to pick her up from preschool, but all in all he does a really good job.
* ''OtakuNoMusumeSan'' ''Manga/OtakuNoMusumeSan'' is about an otaku who gets his formerly unknown daughter dumped on him by his high school sweetheart. [[spoiler:Furthermore, the climax of the story is what happens when the mother comes back and intends to take the daughter back.]]



* ''SakendeYaruze'' features a type two, where the father, unaware that he had a kid, has his seventeen year old son show up on his doorstep one day after his mother's death. Though they do manage to build something of a relationship in spite of their conflict, they ultimately can't make it work and the son moves back in with his maternal grandmother at the end.

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* ''SakendeYaruze'' ''Manga/SakendeYaruze'' features a type two, where the father, unaware that he had a kid, has his seventeen year old son show up on his doorstep one day after his mother's death. Though they do manage to build something of a relationship in spite of their conflict, they ultimately can't make it work and the son moves back in with his maternal grandmother at the end.



* In ''MyGirl'' by Mizu Sahara, the hero gets his formerly unknown five-year-old daughter dropped in his lap when his high-school sweetheart dies. The story is played for the heart-warming drama.

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* In ''MyGirl'' ''Manga/MyGirl'' by Mizu Sahara, the hero gets his formerly unknown five-year-old daughter dropped in his lap when his high-school sweetheart dies. The story is played for the heart-warming drama.



* In ''PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'', university freshman Segawa Yuuta takes in his sister's three daughters (ages 14, 10, and 3) to prevent the other family members from separating them. Naturally, the move from their home to his one room apartment [[AccidentalPervert causes problems]]...and [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale problems]].



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* In ''PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'', ''LightNovel/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'', university freshman Segawa Yuuta takes in his sister's three daughters (ages 14, 10, and 3) to prevent the other family members from separating them. Naturally, the move from their home to his one room apartment [[AccidentalPervert causes problems]]...and [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale problems]].


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* In ''TheGamePlan'', Dwayne Jonhson's character is a professional football player who suddenly is stuck with his 8-year old daughter who he didn't know existed until she showed up on his door step. He doesn't take it well.

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* In ''TheGamePlan'', ''Film/TheGamePlan'', Dwayne Jonhson's character is a professional football player who suddenly is stuck with his 8-year old daughter who he didn't know existed until she showed up on his door step. He doesn't take it well.



* Buddy's biological dad in ''{{Elf}}'' is this, although the focus of the film is elsewhere. On the other hand, Walter is involved in the upbringing of his younger son by a different woman.

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* Buddy's biological dad in ''{{Elf}}'' ''Film/{{Elf}}'' is this, although the focus of the film is elsewhere. On the other hand, Walter is involved in the upbringing of his younger son by a different woman.



* In ''BigDaddy'' this happens to the main character's roommate but the roommate is out of town when the kid arrives so the main character tells child services he's the kid's father. Eventually child services finds out the main character was lying [[spoiler: and a trial ensues where the child's real dad saves the day.]]
* ''ThreeMenAndABaby'' (and its French [[ForeignRemake original version]], ''Trois Hommes et un Couffin''[[labelnote:lit.]]"Three men an a [[DoorstopBaby basket]]"[[/labelnote]]).

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* In ''BigDaddy'' ''Film/BigDaddy'' this happens to the main character's roommate but the roommate is out of town when the kid arrives so the main character tells child services he's the kid's father. Eventually child services finds out the main character was lying [[spoiler: and a trial ensues where the child's real dad saves the day.]]
* ''ThreeMenAndABaby'' ''Film/ThreeMenAndABaby'' (and its French [[ForeignRemake original version]], ''Trois Hommes et un Couffin''[[labelnote:lit.]]"Three men an a [[DoorstopBaby basket]]"[[/labelnote]]).



* ''OldDogs'': Robin Williams' character discovers that his short marriage resulted in twins when his ex-wife dumps them on his doorstep and asks to take care of them while she faces jail time for an environmental protest.
* A variation in ''RealSteel''; the {{Jerkass}} self-admitted unfit father played by Creator/HughJackman starts by off-handedly signing the adoption papers that will give his son (who he hasn't seen in years,) to the boy's mother's family. However, the recently married husband of that family wants one summer holiday alone with his new wife before becoming a full time parent, so pays the jerkass to look after his biological son for that period of time. Neither the biological nor the adopted father are aiming for any father-son bonding to happen, and fully expect the boy to be happily adopted and never to have anything to do with his useless biological father, but needless to say, this trope ends up being played completely straight.
* It's played this way in ''Jack & Sarah'' when the protagonist's wife [[DeathByChildbirth dies in childbirth]], leaving him to raise their baby alone. Between the shock of his wife's death and the fact he doesn't have her around to help, he's totally lost and ends up doing things such as putting the baby in a large envelope for want of nappies.

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* ''OldDogs'': ''Film/OldDogs'': Robin Williams' character discovers that his short marriage resulted in twins when his ex-wife dumps them on his doorstep and asks to take care of them while she faces jail time for an environmental protest.
* A variation in ''RealSteel''; ''Film/RealSteel''; the {{Jerkass}} self-admitted unfit father played by Creator/HughJackman starts by off-handedly signing the adoption papers that will give his son (who he hasn't seen in years,) to the boy's mother's family. However, the recently married husband of that family wants one summer holiday alone with his new wife before becoming a full time parent, so pays the jerkass to look after his biological son for that period of time. Neither the biological nor the adopted father are aiming for any father-son bonding to happen, and fully expect the boy to be happily adopted and never to have anything to do with his useless biological father, but needless to say, this trope ends up being played completely straight.
* It's played this way in ''Jack & Sarah'' ''Film/JackAndSarah'' when the protagonist's wife [[DeathByChildbirth dies in childbirth]], leaving him to raise their baby alone. Between the shock of his wife's death and the fact he doesn't have her around to help, he's totally lost and ends up doing things such as putting the baby in a large envelope for want of nappies.



* The ''SuviKinos'' series begins with the titular character being orphaned in a car accident. She ends up in the care of her uncles. Her five hulking, academical doctor uncles. They are varying mixes of caveman and nerd, so hilarity ensues. For example, when little Suvi cries to not be pacified by default maintenance, they look up a childcare book, and end up desperate because there's no index entry for "vocal alarm". The entire first book, dealing with Suvi's years 0 to 6, is a big zigzagging of this trope.

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* The ''SuviKinos'' ''Literature/SuviKinos'' series begins with the titular character being orphaned in a car accident. She ends up in the care of her uncles. Her five hulking, academical doctor uncles. They are varying mixes of caveman and nerd, so hilarity ensues. For example, when little Suvi cries to not be pacified by default maintenance, they look up a childcare book, and end up desperate because there's no index entry for "vocal alarm". The entire first book, dealing with Suvi's years 0 to 6, is a big zigzagging of this trope.



* ''AllyMcBeal'' somehow managed to reverse this trope an have a sink or swim mother.

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* ''AllyMcBeal'' ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' somehow managed to reverse this trope an have a sink or swim mother.



** A few in-series years later, it happens again during the Dominion War. An apparently late-teen Alexander (who according to the timeline should be about 11-12), shows up an a newly enlisted recruit aboard the Klingon warship on which Worf is serving as First Officer. This time, instead of a strong-willed child, Worf has to deal with an angry teen. He does much better this time around and they quickly come to terms with each other. Alexander even serves as his best-man at his wedding.

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** * A few in-series in-universe years later, later in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', it happens again during the Dominion War. An apparently late-teen Alexander (who according to the timeline should be about 11-12), shows up an a newly enlisted recruit aboard the Klingon warship on which Worf is serving as First Officer. This time, instead of a strong-willed child, Worf has to deal with an angry teen. He does much better this time around and they quickly come to terms with each other. Alexander even serves as his best-man at his wedding.



* Crochety photographer Henry Warnimont discovers ''PunkyBrewster'' living by herself in a vacant apartment (she was abandoned by her mother) and initially planned to take her to Fenster Hall orphanage. That is, until Punky warmed his heart. It didn't take long for Henry to be able to swim as her new dad.
* Happens a lot on ''SixteenAndPregnant''. A lot of the dads...really aren't emotionally ready to be dads due to their young ages. (The same could be said about some of the moms, but [[TheUnfairSex it seems to happen more with the dads.]]) Some of these teen dads do eventually get into their new role...the vast majority of them don't. (Or they do for a little while, only to lapse right back into their old partying ways.)

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* Crochety photographer Henry Warnimont discovers ''PunkyBrewster'' ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' living by herself in a vacant apartment (she was abandoned by her mother) and initially planned to take her to Fenster Hall orphanage. That is, until Punky warmed his heart. It didn't take long for Henry to be able to swim as her new dad.
* Happens a lot on ''SixteenAndPregnant''.''Series/SixteenAndPregnant''. A lot of the dads...really aren't emotionally ready to be dads due to their young ages. (The same could be said about some of the moms, but [[TheUnfairSex it seems to happen more with the dads.]]) Some of these teen dads do eventually get into their new role...the vast majority of them don't. (Or they do for a little while, only to lapse right back into their old partying ways.)



* In the backstory of ''TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' (and thus, presumably, ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''), Shiro Takamachi in his youth had an affair with a woman named Kaori, who left him, then returned a year later with their baby son Kyoya and ran away again, leaving him to raise the boy alone.

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* In the backstory of ''TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' ''VideoGame/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' (and thus, presumably, ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''), ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''), Shiro Takamachi in his youth had an affair with a woman named Kaori, who left him, then returned a year later with their baby son Kyoya and ran away again, leaving him to raise the boy alone.



* In ''ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', the newly disbarred Phoenix Wright becomes an instant dad after choosing to adopt the young daughter of his disappeared client. It's lucky little [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Trucy]] is so competent.

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* In ''ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', the newly disbarred Phoenix Wright becomes an instant dad after choosing to adopt the young daughter of his disappeared client. It's lucky little [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Trucy]] is so competent.



* ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' were the result of Professor Utonium mixing of known elements (sugar, spice and everything nice) and an unstable element (Chemical X). He initially set out to create "the perfect little girl" to bring a little sunshine into his corner of the cruel world--he got three superpowered girls in the bargain. Warts and all, he wouldn't trade being their dad for anything.
* ''TheBatman'''s interpretation of Robin's origin has an element of this. As an orphan himself, Bruce Wayne decides to take Dick in as a foster son, telling Alfred he wants to give him the same stability and support Alfred gave him as a child... ''but'' he's not very good at it, at first, because he's also determined that Dick won't spend his life agonizing over his parents' killer getting away, while often leaving Dick alone. It takes him some time (and Dick some superhero initiative) to find the right balance of grandiose favors and just being there for him.

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* ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' were the result of Professor Utonium mixing of known elements (sugar, spice and everything nice) and an unstable element (Chemical X). He initially set out to create "the perfect little girl" to bring a little sunshine into his corner of the cruel world--he got three superpowered girls in the bargain. Warts and all, he wouldn't trade being their dad for anything.
* ''TheBatman'''s ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'''s interpretation of Robin's origin has an element of this. As an orphan himself, Bruce Wayne decides to take Dick in as a foster son, telling Alfred he wants to give him the same stability and support Alfred gave him as a child... ''but'' he's not very good at it, at first, because he's also determined that Dick won't spend his life agonizing over his parents' killer getting away, while often leaving Dick alone. It takes him some time (and Dick some superhero initiative) to find the right balance of grandiose favors and just being there for him.
15th May '15 11:57:13 AM SoapheadChurch
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Bob has just discovered that Charlie, a virtual stranger, [[LukeYouAreMyFather is his son.]] Bob now has a serious problem. He is expected to raise this kid without any of the experience or knowledge that a father would be normally expected to have. There can be any number of reasons for this: maybe Bob didn't have a father of his own to show him how it's done, maybe he's simply to young or immature to play the role he's meant to play, or maybe his personality or lifestyle just isn't suited for fatherhood. Regardless of the reason, Bob is now in a situation where he must either rapidly become the parent Charlie needs or risk screwing him up for life. Congratulations, Bob: you've just entered into a SinkOrSwimFatherhood.

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Bob has just discovered that Charlie, a virtual stranger, [[LukeYouAreMyFather is his son.]] Bob now has a serious problem. He is expected to raise this kid without any of the experience or knowledge that a father would be normally expected to have. There can be any number of reasons for this: maybe this. Maybe Bob's own father was out of the picture, leaving Bob didn't have with no idea of what a father of his own is supposed to show him how it's done, maybe he's be like. Maybe Bob is simply to too young or immature to play the role he's meant to play, or maybe his play. Or it may just be that Bob's personality or lifestyle just isn't suited for fatherhood. Regardless of the reason, Bob is now in a situation where he must either rapidly become the parent Charlie needs needs, or risk screwing him up for life. Congratulations, Bob: you've just entered into a SinkOrSwimFatherhood.
14th May '15 11:37:08 AM SoapheadChurch
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[[HilarityEnsues And now the hijinks begin.]]

This trope deals with the after effects of either a LukeYouAreMyFather situation, or a sudden StreetUrchin adoption. Unlike other dads, this man hasn't raised this child since birth and doesn't have the level of experience that most dads at this point in the child's life would be expected to have. He doesn't know how to braid a little girl's hair or get a toddler to eat his vegetables. And even if he took the child in of his own volition and is ''happy'' to have a youngster in his bachelor pad, he is going to go through a period of acclimatization.

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This trope deals with the after effects of either
has a LukeYouAreMyFather situation, or a sudden StreetUrchin adoption. Unlike other dads, serious problem. He is expected to raise this man hasn't raised this child since birth and doesn't have kid without any of the level of experience or knowledge that most dads at this point in the child's life a father would be normally expected to have. He doesn't know how to braid There can be any number of reasons for this: maybe Bob didn't have a little girl's hair or get a toddler to eat his vegetables. And even if he took the child in father of his own volition and is ''happy'' to have a youngster in show him how it's done, maybe he's simply to young or immature to play the role he's meant to play, or maybe his bachelor pad, personality or lifestyle just isn't suited for fatherhood. Regardless of the reason, Bob is now in a situation where he is going to go through must either rapidly become the parent Charlie needs or risk screwing him up for life. Congratulations, Bob: you've just entered into a period of acclimatization.
SinkOrSwimFatherhood.
11th Apr '15 7:05:35 PM nombretomado
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* Dante as ten-year-old Nero's father in the [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''DevilMayCry'' fic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6822576/1/Like_Father_Like_Son Like Father, Like Son]]", fully demonstrated in chapter 6. Trish also lampshades it in the same chapter, chastising Dante that he has to "grow up, at least a little bit" and "shape up". Patty doesn't quite count as Dante's kid, as she visits the shop instead of permanently living there.

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* Dante as ten-year-old Nero's father in the [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''DevilMayCry'' ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' fic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6822576/1/Like_Father_Like_Son Like Father, Like Son]]", fully demonstrated in chapter 6. Trish also lampshades it in the same chapter, chastising Dante that he has to "grow up, at least a little bit" and "shape up". Patty doesn't quite count as Dante's kid, as she visits the shop instead of permanently living there.
18th Jan '15 1:21:50 PM Iwishtologin
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* In ''PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'', university freshman Segawa Yuuta takes in his sister's three daughters (ages 14, 10, and 3) to prevent the other family members from separating them. Naturally, the move from their home to his one room apartment [[AccidentalPervert causes problems]]...and [[AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale problems]].



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* In ''PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'', university freshman Segawa Yuuta takes in his sister's three daughters (ages 14, 10, and 3) to prevent the other family members from separating them. Naturally, the move from their home to his one room apartment [[AccidentalPervert causes problems]]...and [[AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale problems]].


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