History Main / WhosYourDaddy

24th Apr '16 9:45:14 AM Morgenthaler
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** Note that the show took place before DNA testing was commercially feasible. In fact by the end of the series, commercial DNA testing has come out and they took one, but ended up throwing away the results without reading them, thinking it was better that way.
14th Apr '16 12:29:48 PM Eievie
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[[Film/KindergartenCop ...and what does he do?]]

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[[Film/KindergartenCop ...and [[Film/KindergartenCop …and what does he do?]]



* The mother, upon learning the child's paternity, hides it so that her current partner will not leave her (or alternatively, so that the biological father will be safe from negative consequences.)
* The mother's new partner, on discovering the baby is not his, abandons them, leaving her to cope with raising the child on her own. If the child is already old enough to remember this, this can be a pivotal traumatic childhood event.
* The mother's new partner raises the child out of a sense of duty, but always resents the child and puts his biological children first.

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* The mother, upon learning the child's paternity, hides it so that her current partner will not leave her (or her. (Or alternatively, so that the biological father will be safe from negative consequences.)
* The mother's new partner, on discovering the baby is not his, abandons them, leaving her, leaves her to cope with raising the child on her own. If the child is already old enough to remember this, this can be a pivotal traumatic childhood event.
* The mother's new partner husband raises the child out of a sense of duty, but always resents the child and puts his biological children first.



* Done very dramatically in ''Film/RobRoy'', where Mary is uncertain if her baby's father is her husband, the titular character. . .or his mortal enemy, her rapist Cunningham.

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* Done very dramatically in ''Film/RobRoy'', where Mary is uncertain if her baby's father is her husband, the titular character. . .character… or his mortal enemy, her rapist Cunningham.



* The ''Jeremy Kyle Show'' does this a lot with DNA tests. "And the test reveals that John... ''(thirty second pause)'' ...'''is''' the father of Jean's baby!"

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* The ''Jeremy Kyle Show'' does this a lot with DNA tests. "And the test reveals that John... John… ''(thirty second pause)'' ...'''is''' pause)'' …'''is''' the father of Jean's baby!"



* On ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', there were two candidates for the father of Anne's son: George, her ex-husband and her new boyfriend. The boyfriend had been told he was sterile, but George had gotten a vasectomy years earlier, so everyone assumed that the boyfriend was, in fact, not sterile and the father. Then George confessed that he had lied about getting a vasectomy. This led the boyfriend to conclude that George was the father. The boyfriend [[PutOnABus broke up with Anne and left]] and that was that. We [[spoiler: are initially led to believe that George is the father, but we later find out it's the boyfriend, David.]]
* ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' did a rather convoluted plotline where the mother of the child had a serious relationship with the guy who WASN'T the father, but he was the only one who knew that he wasn't the father. Then the mother died and left him the baby, and he got together with the dead mother's sister (I know, c'est la {{squick}}) and their relationship ended horribly. So then they had a big custody war over the baby because of the complicatedness.

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* On ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', there were two candidates for the father of Anne's son: George, her ex-husband George and her new boyfriend. The boyfriend David. David had been told he was sterile, but George had gotten a vasectomy years earlier, so everyone assumed that the boyfriend David was, in fact, not ''not'' sterile and the father. Then George confessed that he had lied about getting a vasectomy. This led the boyfriend David to conclude that George was the father. The boyfriend David [[PutOnABus broke up with Anne and left]] and that was that. We [[spoiler: are initially led to believe that George is the father, but we later find out it's the boyfriend, David.]]
* ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' did a rather convoluted plotline where the mother of the child had a serious relationship with the guy who WASN'T ''wasn't'' the father, but he was the only one who knew that he wasn't the father. Then the mother died and left him the baby, and he got together with the dead mother's sister (I know, c'est la {{squick}}) and their relationship ended horribly. So then they had a big custody war over the baby because of the complicatedness.



* The central concept of ''Series/MyTwoDads'' - the mother died without knowing who the father was, and a judge ruled both potential fathers had to raise the daughter together. HilarityEnsues.

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* The central concept of ''Series/MyTwoDads'' - the ''Series/MyTwoDads''--the mother died without knowing who the father was, and a judge ruled both potential fathers had to raise the daughter together. HilarityEnsues.



* Another central concept of the trope - the Creator/{{Fox}} reality show ''Who's Your Daddy?''. A person who had been adopted as an infant must pick out his or her biological father out of a group of 25 men. It gained a lot of controversy and massive backlash and was pulled off the air after only one episode. The remaining 5 episodes aired on their reality cable channel.

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* Another central concept of the trope - the trope--the Creator/{{Fox}} reality show ''Who's Your Daddy?''. A person who had been adopted as an infant must pick out his or her biological father out of a group of 25 men. It gained a lot of controversy and massive backlash and was pulled off the air after only one episode. The remaining 5 episodes aired on their reality cable channel.



* On ''Series/PeepShow'' there were at least three candidates for the father of Sophie's baby -- Mark, Jeremy, and Jeff. Mark has claimed fatherhood on the basis of Sophie telling him DNA tests have revealed it is his.

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* On ''Series/PeepShow'' there were at least three candidates for the father of Sophie's baby -- Mark, baby--Mark, Jeremy, and Jeff. Mark has claimed fatherhood on the basis of Sophie telling him DNA tests have revealed it is his.



--->'''Mitchell''': And I ask this not 100% sure I want to know the answer: Whose baby is it?
--->'''Vala''': That's the thing: I don't know.
--->'''Carter''': As in...
--->'''Vala''': I swear, I did none of the necessary bits.

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--->'''Mitchell''': And I ask this not 100% sure I want to know the answer: Whose baby is it?
--->'''Vala''':
it?\\
'''Vala''':
That's the thing: I don't know.
--->'''Carter''':
know.\\
'''Carter''':
As in...
--->'''Vala''':
in…\\
'''Vala''':
I swear, I did none of the necessary bits.



** In Series 2, Trixie and Sister Evangelina are called to deliver a baby on a Swedish cargo ship. They're confused at first because women aren't allowed on cargo ships. The expectant mother explains that her father is the captain, who brought her on board after her mother died . . . and pimped her out to the crew. All the sailors stand outside the cabin door while the baby is born and sing to their possible daughter when they hear her crying, but in the end the mother decides to abandon ship and give her daughter a proper life.

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** In Series 2, Trixie and Sister Evangelina are called to deliver a baby on a Swedish cargo ship. They're confused at first because women aren't allowed on cargo ships. The expectant mother explains that her father is the captain, who brought her on board after her mother died . . . died… and pimped her out to the crew. All the sailors stand outside the cabin door while the baby is born and sing to their possible daughter when they hear her crying, but in the end the mother decides to abandon ship and give her daughter a proper life.



* ''Theatre/MammaMia'', in which there are three prospective men who could be Sophie's father...and all three are invited to her wedding.

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* ''Theatre/MammaMia'', in which there are three prospective men who could be Sophie's father...father… and all three are invited to her wedding.
13th Mar '16 4:38:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheAffair'': Noah and Alison's affair eventually results in her becoming pregnant again. However, she also had sex once with her ex-husband Cole at the approximate time of conception, so isn't sure about the parentage for a while and keeps this from Noah. [[spoiler:Later confirmed to be Cole's child through DNA tests taken during the trial.]]
29th Feb '16 12:22:09 PM hamza678
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* Hachi's first pregnancy in ''{{Nana}}''. It remains unclear which of two possible men fathered her son.

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* Hachi's first pregnancy in ''{{Nana}}''.''Manga/{{Nana}}''. It remains unclear which of two possible men fathered her son.
30th Jan '16 9:05:43 PM jormis29
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* The movie ''Film/FathersDay''.

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* The movie ''Film/FathersDay''.''Film/FathersDay1997''.
29th Dec '15 5:27:09 PM Steven
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See also GeneHunting, in which ''the child'' seeks his or her parentage. Nothing to do with the stock phrase used when [[BringIt one person taunts another in a fight.]]

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See also GeneHunting, in which ''the child'' seeks his or her parentage. Nothing to do with the stock phrase used when [[BringIt one person taunts another in a fight.]]
]] Also to not be confused with the [[VideoGame/WhosYourDaddy video game of the same name]].
9th Oct '15 3:33:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sue Ellen became pregnant on ''{{Dallas}}'' after an affair with Cliff Barnes. Turned out the baby was indeed JR's. And they did it ''again'' years later when Cliff bumped into old girlfriend Afton and her daughter. Despite Cliff's hopes, this child too turned out to be someone elses daughter.
* On ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', there were two candidates for the father of Anne's son: George, her ex-husband and her new boyfriend. The boyfriend had been told he was sterile, but George had gotten a vasectomy years earlier, so everyone assumed that the boyfriend was, in fact, not sterile and the father. Then George confessed that he had lied about getting a vasectomy. This led the boyfriend to conclude that George was the father. The boyfriend [[PutOnABus broke up with Anne and left]] and that was that. We [[spoiler: are initially led to believe that George is the father, but we later find out it's the boyfriend, David.]]

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* Sue Ellen became pregnant on ''{{Dallas}}'' ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' after an affair with Cliff Barnes. Turned out the baby was indeed JR's. And they did it ''again'' years later when Cliff bumped into old girlfriend Afton and her daughter. Despite Cliff's hopes, this child too turned out to be someone elses daughter.
* On ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', there were two candidates for the father of Anne's son: George, her ex-husband and her new boyfriend. The boyfriend had been told he was sterile, but George had gotten a vasectomy years earlier, so everyone assumed that the boyfriend was, in fact, not sterile and the father. Then George confessed that he had lied about getting a vasectomy. This led the boyfriend to conclude that George was the father. The boyfriend [[PutOnABus broke up with Anne and left]] and that was that. We [[spoiler: are initially led to believe that George is the father, but we later find out it's the boyfriend, David.]]



* Another central concept of the trope - the {{Fox}} reality show ''Who's Your Daddy?''. A person who had been adopted as an infant must pick out his or her biological father out of a group of 25 men. It gained a lot of controversy and massive backlash and was pulled off the air after only one episode. The remaining 5 episodes aired on their reality cable channel.

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* Another central concept of the trope - the {{Fox}} Creator/{{Fox}} reality show ''Who's Your Daddy?''. A person who had been adopted as an infant must pick out his or her biological father out of a group of 25 men. It gained a lot of controversy and massive backlash and was pulled off the air after only one episode. The remaining 5 episodes aired on their reality cable channel.



* ''{{Terriers}}'': Britt's girlfriend Katie gets pregnant shortly after a drunken one-night stand with her professor. Britt eventually finds out when he confronts her about why she hid the pregnancy from him. He's angry at first, but later asks her to throw away the paternity test results without looking, because he wants to believe the child is his.

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* ''{{Terriers}}'': ''Series/{{Terriers}}'': Britt's girlfriend Katie gets pregnant shortly after a drunken one-night stand with her professor. Britt eventually finds out when he confronts her about why she hid the pregnancy from him. He's angry at first, but later asks her to throw away the paternity test results without looking, because he wants to believe the child is his.
24th Sep '15 9:56:09 PM DrOO7
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* Done very dramatically in ''Film/RobRoy'', where Mary is uncertain if her baby's father is her husband, the titular character. . .or his mortal enemy, her rapist Cunningham.



* Every SoapOpera ever. Ever!

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* Every SoapOpera ever. Ever! So common that ''Soap Opera Digest'' actually needed to ''applaud'' ''Series/GeneralHospital'' for avoiding this trope when Brenda slept with husband Jax and ex-lover Sonny.


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* In the ''LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek'' (of course) ''The Secret She Carried'', a woman is raped and later finds out she's pregnant, but is uncertain if her husband or the rapist is the father. Adding to the drama is that by the time the pregnancy is advanced enough for her to do a paternity test, it will be too late for an abortion should the rapist be the father. As it turns out, her husband is the father after all, but in true ''{{Creator/Lifetime}}'' style, it doesn't stop the rapist from believing otherwise and promptly stalking and terrorizing her in an effort to claim "his" child.
12th Sep '15 10:26:02 PM nombretomado
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* ''series/NipTuck'' has this with [[spoiler:Julia]] and the paternity of [[spoiler:Matt]]. After finding out that [[spoiler:Christian]] is his father, due to a one night stand before [[spoiler:Julia's]] wedding to [[spoiler:Sean]], she hides it from her husband. She reveals it to her son's father, her son, and her husband (in that order) causing her husband to kick her out. Her husband doesn't treat her son any differently and eventually forgives both his wife and his son's father for the affair.

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* ''series/NipTuck'' ''Series/NipTuck'' has this with [[spoiler:Julia]] and the paternity of [[spoiler:Matt]]. After finding out that [[spoiler:Christian]] is his father, due to a one night stand before [[spoiler:Julia's]] wedding to [[spoiler:Sean]], she hides it from her husband. She reveals it to her son's father, her son, and her husband (in that order) causing her husband to kick her out. Her husband doesn't treat her son any differently and eventually forgives both his wife and his son's father for the affair.
16th Aug '15 7:41:44 PM coralina33
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* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'': When Clare finds out she's pregnant, she figures the father is Drew, a one night stand, because he was the last guy she slept with. A few weeks later at her ultrasound, she finds out she's further along than she thought, meaning the father is actually her ex-boyfriend Eli.
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