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20th May '16 8:20:35 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Yusuke and Kurama on ''YuYuHakusho'' both have just their mothers. Atsuko had Yusuke at fourteen and there's every chance she was either already an orphan or disowned on the spot; his father is [[DisappearedDad conspicuously absent]]. Shiori seems to have had her son late in life, but although her husband is dead it's still surprising that neither her parents nor his appear when she's dying. Kuwabara's parents seem to be just straight-up neglectful, and Hiei's case is [[JustifiedTrope justified]].

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* Yusuke and Kurama on ''YuYuHakusho'' ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' both have just their mothers. Atsuko had Yusuke at fourteen and there's every chance she was either already an orphan or disowned on the spot; his father is [[DisappearedDad conspicuously absent]]. Shiori seems to have had her son late in life, but although her husband is dead it's still surprising that neither her parents nor his appear when she's dying. Kuwabara's parents seem to be just straight-up neglectful, and Hiei's case is [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
30th Apr '16 1:13:53 PM TVRulezAgain
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* In ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', the Baudelaire orphans are raised by absurdly distant relatives (on the order of "fourth cousin three times removed") and later by people who aren't relatives at all, as if their grandparents or other relatively close relatives are simply not present. (Though in the book, Mr. Poe says that the children will be raised by whoever is most "convenient", and Count Olaf is simply the only "relative" of the children in the city, while in the movie, he explains that the children will stay with their "closest living relative", which he takes [[LiteralMinded far more literally than probably intended]], as Klaus starts to protest.) The movie gives this a LampshadeHanging, in which Klaus observes that "none of our relatives are related to us".

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* In ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', the Baudelaire orphans are raised by absurdly distant relatives (on the order of "fourth cousin three times removed") and later by people who aren't relatives at all, as if their grandparents or other relatively close relatives are simply not present. (Though in the book, Mr. Poe says that the children will be raised by whoever is most "convenient", and Count Olaf is simply the only "relative" of the children in the city, while in the movie, he explains that the children will stay with their "closest living relative", which he takes [[LiteralMinded far more literally than probably intended]], as Klaus starts to protest.) The movie gives this a LampshadeHanging, in which Klaus observes that "none of our relatives are related to us".
24th Apr '16 7:00:32 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Averted in ''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.

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* Averted in ''TheLandBeforeTime''.''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.



* In the DCAU ''Batman'' series, the circus people offer to take Dick in; Gordon comments on the boy not having any (blood) family. But since Dick [[spoiler:saw the guy who sabotaged the trapeze and caused his parents' deaths,]] Dick is a material witness. The combined needing him available ([[spoiler:they didn't know it would take ten years to catch the guy]]) and the need to protect him explains why Bruce obtained physical (and apparently legal) custody of the boy.
** Static and Gear are both of an age where'd you'd expect their grandparents to still be around. But even in the episode [[spoiler:where Static teams up with Soul Power]] ''while working at a senior citizen home'', we never see them.

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* In the DCAU ''Batman'' series, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', the circus people offer to take Dick in; Gordon comments on the boy not having any (blood) family. But since Dick [[spoiler:saw the guy who sabotaged the trapeze and caused his parents' deaths,]] Dick is a material witness. The combined needing him available ([[spoiler:they didn't know it would take ten years to catch the guy]]) and the need to protect him explains why Bruce obtained physical (and apparently legal) custody of the boy.
** On ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', Static and Gear are both of an age where'd you'd expect their grandparents to still be around. But even in the episode [[spoiler:where Static teams up with Soul Power]] ''while working at a senior citizen home'', we never see them.
17th Apr '16 9:53:19 PM YZQ
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* Justified and very, very common for the children of [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Holocaust survivors]], and definitely in effect if they grew in up survivor communities.

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* Justified and very, very common for the children of [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Holocaust survivors]], and definitely in effect if they grew up in up survivor communities.
22nd Feb '16 5:06:11 AM nighttrainfm
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* MarvelComics is pretty bad about this, too, though since it's a slightly less common origin there (slightly), it's not quite as glaring.
** ''Comicbook/{{Spiderman}}'': Peter Parker's parents died in a plane crash, and he's raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, without much mention of any other family. (Though oddly, in the comic his aunt and uncle ''look'' more like his grandparents, the FridgeLogic of which has become more obvious to people in recent years.)

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* MarvelComics Franchise/MarvelComics is pretty bad about this, too, though since it's a slightly less common origin there (slightly), it's not quite as glaring.
** ''Comicbook/{{Spiderman}}'': ''Comicbook/{{Spider Man}}'': Peter Parker's parents died in a plane crash, and he's raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, without much mention of any other family. (Though oddly, in the comic his aunt and uncle ''look'' more like his grandparents, the FridgeLogic of which has become more obvious to people in recent years.)
26th Dec '15 7:06:46 PM nombretomado
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** Subverted in a SilverAge {{ComicBook/Superboy}} story (1959's ''Superboy'' #77), where a flashback to Clark's toddlerhood shows the Kents taking him to spend the day with Jonathan's very elderly parents, who're still alive (but deceased by the story's then-present).

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** Subverted in a SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] {{ComicBook/Superboy}} story (1959's ''Superboy'' #77), where a flashback to Clark's toddlerhood shows the Kents taking him to spend the day with Jonathan's very elderly parents, who're still alive (but deceased by the story's then-present).
21st Nov '15 7:42:57 PM JohnnyNevada
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** Subverted in a SilverAge {{Superboy}} story (1959's ''Superboy'' #77), where a flashback to Clark's toddlerhood shows the Kents taking him to spend the day with Jonathan's very elderly parents, who're still alive (but deceased by the story's then-present).

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** Subverted in a SilverAge {{Superboy}} {{ComicBook/Superboy}} story (1959's ''Superboy'' #77), where a flashback to Clark's toddlerhood shows the Kents taking him to spend the day with Jonathan's very elderly parents, who're still alive (but deceased by the story's then-present).
21st Nov '15 7:39:39 PM JohnnyNevada
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** Though Franchise/{{Superman}}'s parents were [[RetCon rebooted back to life]] after the Golden/Silver age, their parents are never really mentioned. This trope was (possibly unintentionally) lampshaded when, in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark responded to mention of Martha's father with a startled look and saying "My grandfather?" in a tone that clearly said, "I ''have'' one?!" This [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] with versions of Superman that were adopted by already aging Kents.

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** Though Franchise/{{Superman}}'s adopted parents the Kents were [[RetCon rebooted back to life]] after the Golden/Silver age, their parents are never really mentioned. This trope was (possibly unintentionally) lampshaded when, in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark responded to mention of Martha's father with a startled look and saying "My grandfather?" in a tone that clearly said, "I ''have'' one?!" This [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] with versions of Superman that were adopted by already aging Kents.Kents.
** Subverted in a SilverAge {{Superboy}} story (1959's ''Superboy'' #77), where a flashback to Clark's toddlerhood shows the Kents taking him to spend the day with Jonathan's very elderly parents, who're still alive (but deceased by the story's then-present).
15th Nov '15 12:41:31 PM Dravencour
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This is especially telling in a shared universe setting where parental death is a common part of the {{backstory}} for the characters. They may wind up being raised by aunts, uncles, butlers, random rich people or [[RaisedByWolves wolves]], or wind up in an orphanage. Which, hey, some people's grandparents just didn't live long enough to be a factor in this... but when you've got over 20 or so heroes with this in their backstory, and not one of them had one out of four grandparents live, it starts to become obvious as a World of No Grandparents.

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This is especially telling in a shared universe setting where parental death is a common part of the {{backstory}} for the characters. They may wind up being raised by aunts, uncles, butlers, random rich people or [[RaisedByWolves wolves]], or wind up in an orphanage.orphanage of [[OrphanageOfFear either]] [[OrphanageOfLove flavor]]. Which, hey, some people's grandparents just didn't live long enough to be a factor in this... but when you've got over 20 or so heroes with this in their backstory, and not one of them had one out of four grandparents live, it starts to become obvious as a World of No Grandparents.
25th Oct '15 12:35:45 PM Gideoncrawle
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-> ''"But my dad had no grandparents. Not a single cousin. I've never met another Wayne in Gotham ever. Are we dealing with generations of [[OnlyChildSyndrome only childs marrying other only childs]], with grandparent suicide pacts?"''

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-> ''"But my dad had no grandparents. Not a single cousin. I've never met another Wayne in Gotham ever. Are we dealing with generations of [[OnlyChildSyndrome only childs marrying other only childs]], childs, with grandparent suicide pacts?"''
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