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10th Aug '16 2:18:36 AM Mareon
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->''"Some people will always need help. But that doesn't mean they are not worth helping."''
-->'''Meera Reed''', ''Series/GameOfThrones''

1st Aug '16 3:44:54 PM margdean56
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* Mrs. Medlock in ''Literature/TheSecretGarden''. She watched over the young lord's "ill" son Colin assiduously, and scolded Mary when she worsened his condition as being reckless. When it turns out it was years of overprotective care that left Colin unable to walk, which Mary cured, Medlock was reduced to [[HeroicBSOD a near friendless crying heap]].

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* Mrs. Medlock in ''Literature/TheSecretGarden''. She watched over the young lord's "ill" son Colin assiduously, and scolded Mary for being reckless when she worsened his condition as being reckless.condition. When it turns out it was years of overprotective care that left Colin unable to walk, which Mary cured, Medlock was reduced to [[HeroicBSOD a near friendless crying heap]].



* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books, Caramon Majere takes on this role for his SquishyWizard brother, Raistlin, who greatly resents needing the help. Made particularly toe-curling by the fact that Raistlin is perfectly capable of murdering his caretaking brother, a fact which Caramon is well aware of - and yet, he stays. True to the trope, when Raistlin overcomes his sickness and achieves godlike power, [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurPoseInLife Caramon is left as a drunken wreck without a direction in life... ]]

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* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books, Caramon Majere takes on this role for his SquishyWizard brother, Raistlin, who greatly resents needing the help. Made particularly toe-curling by the fact that Raistlin is perfectly capable of murdering his caretaking brother, a fact which Caramon is well aware of - -- and yet, he stays. True to the trope, when Raistlin overcomes his sickness and achieves godlike power, [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurPoseInLife [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife Caramon is left as a drunken wreck without a direction in life... ]]



* Princess Marya in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' acts as TheCareTaker for her old father until his death, and then becomes the primary caretaker of her nephew, whose mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] and whose father is off to war.

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* Princess Marya in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' acts as TheCareTaker TheCaretaker for her old father until his death, and then becomes the primary caretaker of her nephew, whose mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] and whose father is off to war.



* Nadine Cross in ''Literature/TheStand'' to an orphan she calls "Joe" who had been rendered mute and feral due to the trauma of seeing his family due to the plague. True to the trope, she ultimately needed him much more than he needed her. Things go downhill fast the moment he recovers from his trauma and he doesn't need her to such an extent anymore.

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* Nadine Cross in ''Literature/TheStand'' to an orphan she calls "Joe" who had been rendered mute and feral due to the trauma of seeing his family due to die of the plague. True to the trope, she ultimately needed him much more than he needed her. Things go downhill fast the moment he recovers from his trauma and he doesn't need her to such an extent anymore.
1st Aug '16 5:29:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* Jo, towards Beth in the second half of ''LittleWomen''. [[spoiler: When poor Beth dies... [[TearJerker Sniff]].]]
* Will Parry in ''HisDarkMaterials'' starts out as a caretaker for his mother who suffers from mental illness and having to leave her for a time weighs heavily on him.
* In the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' books, Caramon Majere takes on this role for his SquishyWizard brother, Raistlin, who greatly resents needing the help. Made particularly toe-curling by the fact that Raistlin is perfectly capable of murdering his caretaking brother, a fact which Caramon is well aware of - and yet, he stays. True to the trope, when Raistlin overcomes his sickness and achieves godlike power, [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurPoseInLife Caramon is left as a drunken wreck without a direction in life... ]]

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* Jo, towards Beth in the second half of ''LittleWomen''.''Literature/LittleWomen''. [[spoiler: When poor Beth dies... [[TearJerker Sniff]].]]
* Will Parry in ''HisDarkMaterials'' ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' starts out as a caretaker for his mother who suffers from mental illness and having to leave her for a time weighs heavily on him.
* In the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books, Caramon Majere takes on this role for his SquishyWizard brother, Raistlin, who greatly resents needing the help. Made particularly toe-curling by the fact that Raistlin is perfectly capable of murdering his caretaking brother, a fact which Caramon is well aware of - and yet, he stays. True to the trope, when Raistlin overcomes his sickness and achieves godlike power, [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurPoseInLife Caramon is left as a drunken wreck without a direction in life... ]]



* Princess Marya in ''WarAndPeace'' acts as TheCareTaker for her old father until his death, and then becomes the primary caretaker of her nephew, whose mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] and whose father is off to war.
* The Old Man in ''BeingThere'', with his maids, was this to the mentally challenged Chance the Gardener. The story proper begins when the Old Man dies and the now-middle-aged Chance is forced to venture out into the world for the first time, as the Old Man forbade him to leave their townhouse, with the threat of institutionalization if he did. What's particularly sad about this is the possibility that Chance is his (unknowing) son. In the movie version, the black maid Louise is a kindly caretaker and was likely closer to Chance than the Old Man... but she resents his later success as "Chauncey Gardiner" because she knows he's an idiot; as she sees it, he gained power solely because he's white.

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* Princess Marya in ''WarAndPeace'' ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' acts as TheCareTaker for her old father until his death, and then becomes the primary caretaker of her nephew, whose mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] and whose father is off to war.
* The Old Man in ''BeingThere'', ''Literature/BeingThere'', with his maids, was this to the mentally challenged Chance the Gardener. The story proper begins when the Old Man dies and the now-middle-aged Chance is forced to venture out into the world for the first time, as the Old Man forbade him to leave their townhouse, with the threat of institutionalization if he did. What's particularly sad about this is the possibility that Chance is his (unknowing) son. In the movie version, the black maid Louise is a kindly caretaker and was likely closer to Chance than the Old Man... but she resents his later success as "Chauncey Gardiner" because she knows he's an idiot; as she sees it, he gained power solely because he's white.



* Many of Creator/JodiPicoult's novels have this, though usually the caretaker is somewhat narcissistic. The caretaker is always a mother taking care of her child, who has a chronic, usually life-threatening illness. They often will ignore anyone else and focus solely on the child. Sara in ''MySistersKeeper'' cares about her daughter Kate to the point of having a child specifically to donate blood and tissue to Kate and ignoring the other child. Charlotte in ''Literature/HandleWithCare'' actually sues her best friend so she can get money to take care of the child.

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* Many of Creator/JodiPicoult's novels have this, though usually the caretaker is somewhat narcissistic. The caretaker is always a mother taking care of her child, who has a chronic, usually life-threatening illness. They often will ignore anyone else and focus solely on the child. Sara in ''MySistersKeeper'' ''Literature/MySistersKeeper'' cares about her daughter Kate to the point of having a child specifically to donate blood and tissue to Kate and ignoring the other child. Charlotte in ''Literature/HandleWithCare'' actually sues her best friend so she can get money to take care of the child.
24th Jul '16 5:38:36 PM nombretomado
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* The backstory of ''ChronoCrusade'' reveals that Rosette ''almost'' took on this role for her little brother Joshua. After they [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan became orphaned]], Joshua developed holy powers which also caused him to be [[IllBoy constantly sick]]. Rosette tells Chrono that she wants to become a doctor to cure him (giving up on her dream of being an explorer), but Joshua overhears her and attempts to [[DefiedTrope defy the trope]] by agreeing to become a member of the Magdalan Order. However, Aion gets to him first and promises him the chance to gain enough power to control his illness...and kidnaps him, which sets off the events of the main storyline.

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* The backstory of ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' reveals that Rosette ''almost'' took on this role for her little brother Joshua. After they [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan became orphaned]], Joshua developed holy powers which also caused him to be [[IllBoy constantly sick]]. Rosette tells Chrono that she wants to become a doctor to cure him (giving up on her dream of being an explorer), but Joshua overhears her and attempts to [[DefiedTrope defy the trope]] by agreeing to become a member of the Magdalan Order. However, Aion gets to him first and promises him the chance to gain enough power to control his illness...and kidnaps him, which sets off the events of the main storyline.
28th Jun '16 9:27:11 AM Hydrosoul
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* ''VideoGame/{{Wildstar}}'' has a character [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin named]] Caretaker, who is a sentient program left behind to maintain and monitor the Eldan's various experiments and Drusera.
30th May '16 7:42:20 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''{{Seinfeld}}'': PlayedForLaughs several times, where Elaine's boyfriends have a tendency to wind up horribly injured, suffering a heart attack, or going through heroin withdrawal just as she's about to dump them.

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* ''{{Seinfeld}}'': ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': PlayedForLaughs several times, where Elaine's boyfriends have a tendency to wind up horribly injured, suffering a heart attack, or going through heroin withdrawal just as she's about to dump them.
11th May '16 8:59:01 PM creekery
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NotToBeConfusedWith the musician [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Caretaker_%28musician%29 The Caretaker.]]
15th Jan '16 9:54:57 PM nombretomado
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* Nadine Cross in ''TheStand'' to an orphan she calls "Joe" who had been rendered mute and feral due to the trauma of seeing his family due to the plague. True to the trope, she ultimately needed him much more than he needed her. Things go downhill fast the moment he recovers from his trauma and he doesn't need her to such an extent anymore.

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* Nadine Cross in ''TheStand'' ''Literature/TheStand'' to an orphan she calls "Joe" who had been rendered mute and feral due to the trauma of seeing his family due to the plague. True to the trope, she ultimately needed him much more than he needed her. Things go downhill fast the moment he recovers from his trauma and he doesn't need her to such an extent anymore.
11th Dec '15 8:06:28 AM Nohbody
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* Big Daddies in ''Franchise/BioShock'' protect the Little Sisters from any Splicer that wants to get their hands in the [[AppliedPhlebotinum ADAM]] they produce. And given how they are giant men in diving suits with either: a drill equiped with a grappling hook, a giant riveting gun that doubles as a machine gun and mines, a giant laser gun, or remotely controlled mini-turrets and a rocket launcher, ''and on top of all that'', sometimes [[MagicByAnyOtherName Plasmids]]; Splicers rightly consider attacking the Protectors suicide.

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* Big Daddies in ''Franchise/BioShock'' ''VideoGame/BioShock'' protect the Little Sisters from any Splicer that wants to get their hands in the [[AppliedPhlebotinum ADAM]] they produce. And given how they are giant men in diving suits with either: a drill equiped equipped with a grappling hook, a giant riveting gun that doubles as a machine gun and mines, a giant laser gun, or remotely controlled mini-turrets and a rocket launcher, ''and on top of all that'', sometimes [[MagicByAnyOtherName Plasmids]]; Splicers rightly consider attacking the Protectors suicide.
5th Dec '15 6:08:03 PM WillBGood
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* C.S. Lewis married a woman to protect her from her abusive husband he later found out she was going to die of cancer but chose to take care of her.

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* C.S. Lewis married a woman to protect her from her abusive husband husband; he later found out she was going to die of cancer but chose to take care of her.
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