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23rd Dec '17 10:28:33 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Since many ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' origin stories revolve around parents abandoning their mutant children, its assumed that the no one else in the kid's family would want a fish-boy/spiked/avalanche-making teenager. Averted (eventually), at least in one case. After Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}' parents are apparently killed (but actually kidnapped by aliens) he spends years convinced he's an orphan. Eventually it's revealed that his father's parents are still alive (so is his father, but he's busy [[strike:having a mid-life crisis]] being a SpacePirate), and they become a significant part of his life.

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** Since many ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' origin stories revolve around parents abandoning their mutant children, its assumed that the no one else in the kid's family would want a fish-boy/spiked/avalanche-making teenager. Averted (eventually), at least in one case. After Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}' parents are apparently killed (but actually kidnapped by aliens) he spends years convinced he's an orphan. Eventually it's revealed that his father's parents are still alive (so is his father, but he's busy [[strike:having a mid-life crisis]] being a SpacePirate), and they become a significant part of his life.
4th Dec '17 7:32:42 PM f
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** Massively averted by the Freys: Lord Walder Frey has a veritable army of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and bastards, grandbastards, and great-grandbastards. He's north of ninety and not looking likely to kick off any time soon.

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** Massively averted by the Freys: Lord Walder Frey has a veritable army of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even two great-great-granddaughters; along with bastards, grandbastards, and great-grandbastards. He's north of ninety and not looking likely to kick off any time soon.
30th Nov '17 3:35:22 AM TroperNo9001
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* Literature/HarryPotter was born when his parents were 20 and shortly afterwards was left with only one surviving family member in his Aunt Petunia. Apparently all four of his grandparents had died, and WordOfGod was that James' parents specifically were quite old when they had him, and get brief mention as Sirius refers to James' parents taking him in when he ran away, and we get about a sentence mention of Lily's parents reaction to Platform Nine and Three Quarters.

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* Literature/HarryPotter was born when his parents were 20 and shortly afterwards was left with only one surviving family member in his Aunt Petunia. Apparently all four of his grandparents had died, and WordOfGod was that James' parents specifically were quite old when they had him, and get brief mention as Sirius refers to James' parents taking him in when he ran away, and we get about a sentence mention of Lily's parents parents' reaction to Platform Nine and Three Quarters.



** Its been confirmed on Pottermore that Remus' mother Hope died sometime before Voldemort attacked the Potters. No confirmation on his father Lyall though.

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** Its It's been confirmed on Pottermore that Remus' mother Hope died sometime before Voldemort attacked the Potters. No confirmation on his father Lyall though.
3rd Nov '17 10:29:17 AM nighttrainfm
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** Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne, orphaned at age 8. Despite being the heir of one of the oldest and most prominent families in Gotham (and possibly America), he is raised by his ''butler''. ''Possibly'' justified by the fact that Alfred was more or less considered family. In Golden and Silver Age comics, Bruce was raised by a relative, his uncle Philip Wayne; Alfred only raised him in modern comics.
*** Some other Waynes have appeared over the years including, believe it or not, Bruce's ''older brother''. Where has he been all these years? In a coma, apparently. The ghost hero Deadman actually took over his body for a while. He doesn't seem to exist ComicBook/PostCrisis, however. Also, Owlman, Batman's EvilCounterpart from a parallel universe, was Bruce's older brother rather than al alternate version of him.
*** [[spoiler:Owlman is canon again as of the Comicbook/New52]].

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Bruce Wayne, orphaned at age 8. Despite being the heir of one of the oldest and most prominent families in Gotham (and possibly America), he is raised by his ''butler''. ''Possibly'' justified by the fact that Alfred was more or less considered family. In Golden and Silver Age comics, Bruce was raised by a relative, his uncle Philip Wayne; Alfred only raised him in modern comics.
*** Some other Waynes have appeared over the years including, believe it or not, Bruce's ''older brother''. Where has he been all these years? In a coma, apparently. The ghost hero Deadman actually took over his body for a while. He doesn't seem to exist ComicBook/PostCrisis, however. Also, Owlman, Batman's EvilCounterpart from a parallel universe, was Bruce's older brother rather than al an alternate version of him.
*** [[spoiler:Owlman is canon again as of the Comicbook/New52]].
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4th Jul '17 11:43:45 AM wuggles
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* Happens for the most part in ''VideoGame/TheSims'' series.
** In the first game, other than Cassandra Goth, none of the premade Sims have grandparents. Technically nobody has any family, since this installment doesn't have family relations.
** The second through fourth games have very few sims with living grandparents. There is an exception in ''The Sims 2'', where the Capp and Monty grandparents are still alive and in fact have outlived several of their children.
22nd Jun '17 7:49:00 AM Sharlee
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** Averted with Tom Riddle, whose Muggle grandparents survived long enough for him to murder them both along with his father. Played straight with his maternal grandparents, as Marvolo Gaunt died before Tom sought out his wizarding family, and his maternal grandmother isn't mentioned at all.
22nd Jun '17 7:44:35 AM Sharlee
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** In the ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' movie, Matt Murdock's father dies, and he's immediately bundled off to an orphanage. No mention of his father's or mother's parents. (The comic doesn't have them either, but Matt is over eighteen at the time, so it's a less obvious omission.) It's implied in the ''Battlin' Jack Murdock'' mini that his mother's [[spoiler:father didn't approve of her relationship with Jack Murdock, so she abandoned Matt and left to become a nun. Matt's maternal family may not even know he exists, and if they do, they may not care.]]



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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''. After Littlefoot's mother dies, his grandparents raise him from that point onwards. Although there is no mention of his paternal grandparents, or the grandparents of any of his friends. Littlefoot's father is shown to be part of a migratory herd of Longnecks (Apatosaur/Brachiosaur) so it's not impossible that the rest of his father's family is also constantly on the move.
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon films usually involve no grandparents. Often times this is because the original stories had no grandparents either though sometimes grandparent characters are AdaptedOut (for example, ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'' had the little mermaid's grandmother as an important character but she never appears in the [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Disney adaptation]]). Exceptions and variations include:
** Semi-canon supplementary ''Disney/TheLionKing'' materials introduced Mufasa and Scar's parents, Ahadi and Uru, but come the time of the film and neither are present. Prides seem to work more like human monarchy's than realistic lion prides, so it's implied they're deceased. This extends to ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' (and subsequently ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'') as Sarabi is mysteriously not present in the film, however this was due to her voice actress dying and the writers not wanting to [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim kill her off]], give her [[TheOtherDarrin a new actress]], or have her in a non-speaking cameo. Kiara's maternal grandmother Sarafina is also mysteriously absent from the film and series.
** {{Averted}} in ''Disney/{{Mulan}},'' where the title character's grandmother lives with the family.
** Averted in ''Disney/{{Moana}}''. Moana not only has both her parents alive and active in her life but she has her paternal grandmother present too. [[spoiler:The film averts the usual traditional of [[ParentalAbandonment dying parents]], however Moana's grandmother does die]].
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** In the ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' movie, Matt Murdock's father dies, and he's immediately bundled off to an orphanage. No mention of his father's or mother's parents. (The comic doesn't have them either, but Matt is over eighteen at the time, so it's a less obvious omission.) It's implied in the ''Battlin' Jack Murdock'' mini that his mother's [[spoiler:father didn't approve of her relationship with Jack Murdock, so she abandoned Matt and left to become a nun. Matt's maternal family may not even know he exists, and if they do, they may not care.]]
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[[folder: Film - Animation]]
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''. After Littlefoot's mother dies, his grandparents raise him from that point onwards. Although there is no mention of his paternal grandparents, or the grandparents of any of his friends. Littlefoot's father is shown to be part of a migratory herd of Longnecks (Apatosaur/Brachiosaur) so it's not impossible that the rest of his father's family is also constantly on the move.
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon films usually involve no grandparents. Often times this is because the original stories had no grandparents either though sometimes grandparent characters are AdaptedOut (for example, ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'' had the little mermaid's grandmother as an important character but she never appears in the [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Disney adaptation]]). Exceptions and variations include:
** Semi-canon supplementary ''Disney/TheLionKing'' materials introduced Mufasa and Scar's parents, Ahadi and Uru, but come the time of the film and neither are present. Prides seem to work more like human monarchy's than realistic lion prides, so it's implied they're deceased. This extends to ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' (and subsequently ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'') as Sarabi is mysteriously not present in the film, however this was due to her voice actress dying and the writers not wanting to [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim kill her off]], give her [[TheOtherDarrin a new actress]], or have her in a non-speaking cameo. Kiara's maternal grandmother Sarafina is also mysteriously absent from the film and series.
** {{Averted}} in ''Disney/{{Mulan}},'' where the title character's grandmother lives with the family.
** Averted in ''Disney/{{Moana}}''. Moana not only has both her parents alive and active in her life but she has her paternal grandmother present too. [[spoiler:The film averts the usual traditional of [[ParentalAbandonment dying parents]], however Moana's grandmother does die]].
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5th Jun '17 12:39:48 PM Sharlee
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** Sadly, said Grandpa had been alienated from his daughter well before Harry was born, so didn't meet him until much later.
** Played straight with the paternal side of Harry's family, which evidently consisted solely of Malcolm.
26th Feb '17 3:58:33 PM Silverblade2
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* SoapOpera tend to avert this, due to their mult-generational nature and being on for decades. In fact, when a character shows up who appears to have no relatives, there will often be a revelation that he/she is in fact related to one or more of the other characters.
31st Jan '17 10:41:05 PM Pichu-kun
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** Semi-canon supplementary ''Disney/TheLionKing'' materials introduced Mufasa and Scar's parents, Ahadi and Uru, but come the time of the film and neither are present. Prides seem to work more like human monarchy's than realistic lion prides, so it's implied they're deceased. This extends to ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' (and subsequently ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'') as Sarabi is mysteriously not present in the film, however this was due to her voice actress dying and the writers not wanting to [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim kill her off]], give her [[TheOtherDarrin a new actress]], or have her in a NonSpeakingRole. Kiara's maternal grandmother Sarafina is also mysteriously absent from the film and series.

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** Semi-canon supplementary ''Disney/TheLionKing'' materials introduced Mufasa and Scar's parents, Ahadi and Uru, but come the time of the film and neither are present. Prides seem to work more like human monarchy's than realistic lion prides, so it's implied they're deceased. This extends to ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' (and subsequently ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'') as Sarabi is mysteriously not present in the film, however this was due to her voice actress dying and the writers not wanting to [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim kill her off]], give her [[TheOtherDarrin a new actress]], or have her in a NonSpeakingRole.non-speaking cameo. Kiara's maternal grandmother Sarafina is also mysteriously absent from the film and series.
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