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21st Aug '16 9:36:53 AM nombretomado
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* Completely averted with halflings in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', who are mentioned to, when meeting another of their species, trace their respective family trees back as far as they can remember, hoping to see if they're related. Taken almost to the point of parody by kender in the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' setting. The setting's resident halflings, a common kender greeting ritual when meeting one another is to walk back their own ancestry back to Uncle Trapspringer, a kender mythical figure. Thus, by [[InsaneTrollLogic kender logic]], all kender are extremely distantly related and thus treat one another like long-lost brothers. This is most likely based on Hobbits from ''LordOfTheRings'' who put huge emphasis on family and will often refer to each other by how they are related. Most famously, Bilbo and Frodo's are first and second cousin, once removed either way.

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* Completely averted with halflings in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', who are mentioned to, when meeting another of their species, trace their respective family trees back as far as they can remember, hoping to see if they're related. Taken almost to the point of parody by kender in the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' setting. The setting's resident halflings, a common kender greeting ritual when meeting one another is to walk back their own ancestry back to Uncle Trapspringer, a kender mythical figure. Thus, by [[InsaneTrollLogic kender logic]], all kender are extremely distantly related and thus treat one another like long-lost brothers. This is most likely based on Hobbits from ''LordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' who put huge emphasis on family and will often refer to each other by how they are related. Most famously, Bilbo and Frodo's are first and second cousin, once removed either way.
7th Aug '16 6:15:29 PM nombretomado
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* TheDCU is particularly bad about this, considering the sheer number of heroes who can include "orphaned at an early age" as part of their origin.

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* TheDCU Franchise/TheDCU is particularly bad about this, considering the sheer number of heroes who can include "orphaned at an early age" as part of their origin.
5th Aug '16 11:10:25 AM Dravencour
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* {{Enforced}} in ''Literature/TheGiver''. Since there are NoBloodTies, nobody knows who their biological grandparents are, and old people just go to the House of the Old.

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* {{Enforced}} in ''Literature/TheGiver''. Since there are NoBloodTies, nobody knows who their biological grandparents are, and old people just go to the House of the Old.Old [[spoiler:where it's implied they get ReleasedToElsewhere like so many other people in this novel]].
5th Aug '16 11:07:12 AM 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 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.

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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 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 that this is a World of No Grandparents.
5th Jul '16 5:15:33 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* In ''Science Ninja Team Gatchaman'', Jun and Jinpei are said to have been living on the street when they were adopted by Nambu. Jinpei was abandoned as a baby; no explanation was given for Jun. Subverted in Ryu's case, since his father (and brother) are still alive, but his grandparents are not seen or mentioned. Averted in Joe's case, since his grandparents would have been told he was dead (long story). Subverted in Ken's, where his father seems to have straight up given custody of Ken to Nambu ([[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseinContext even though his mother was alive at the time...]]) but no grandparents are ever mentioned.

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* In ''Science Ninja Team Gatchaman'', ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', Jun and Jinpei are said to have been living on the street when they were adopted by Nambu. Jinpei was abandoned as a baby; no explanation was given for Jun. Subverted in Ryu's case, since his father (and brother) are still alive, but his grandparents are not seen or mentioned. Averted in Joe's case, since his grandparents would have been told he was dead (long story). Subverted in Ken's, where his father seems to have straight up given custody of Ken to Nambu ([[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseinContext ([[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext even though his mother was alive at the time...]]) but no grandparents are ever mentioned.



*** Jason Todd's father died, and again Bruce Wayne takes in some random orphan he'd never met before. (Oh well, if [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Fate]] can get away with it...)

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*** Jason Todd's father died, and again Bruce Wayne takes in some random orphan he'd never met before. (Oh well, if [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Fate]] can get away with it...)
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.)
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