History ParentalAbandonment / Comics

13th Aug '17 2:54:50 PM nighttrainfm
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** A major inspiration for the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' series was an avid Superman fan describing to the producers that Superman is unique to comics because his parents being there for him when he was a young child growing up with the powers of a god [[UpbringingMakesTheHero made him the man he is today.]] Early seasons of ''Smallville'' averted this trope many times and has been argued to be more about Jonathan and Martha raising the world's greatest hero rather than about Clark. Then they left the show.

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** A major inspiration for the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' series was an avid Superman fan describing to the producers that Superman is unique to comics because his parents being there for him when he was a young child growing up with the powers of a god [[UpbringingMakesTheHero made him the man he is today.]] Early The early seasons of ''Smallville'' averted this trope many times and has have been argued to be more about Jonathan and Martha raising the world's greatest hero rather than about Clark. Then they left the show.Clark himself.
27th Jun '17 5:09:19 PM nombretomado
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* For {{Wild Child}}ren like Tarzan to be raised by animals (or gods or spirits or whatever), their parents ''have'' to be missing or deceased. This also happens to Nävis (in the French ComicBook ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'', a.k.a. ''Wake'') -- the only survivor of a spaceship crash, raised by a robot and a tiger; and also to the eponymous ''Pyrénée'' from another French comic, raised by a bear after her mother dies in an earthquake; and to numerous other characters. TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_children_in_mythology_and_fiction a list]], but it's probably far from comprehensive.

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* For {{Wild Child}}ren like Tarzan to be raised by animals (or gods or spirits or whatever), their parents ''have'' to be missing or deceased. This also happens to Nävis (in the French ComicBook ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'', a.k.a. ''Wake'') -- the only survivor of a spaceship crash, raised by a robot and a tiger; and also to the eponymous ''Pyrénée'' from another French comic, raised by a bear after her mother dies in an earthquake; and to numerous other characters. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_children_in_mythology_and_fiction a list]], but it's probably far from comprehensive.
11th Jun '17 5:27:44 PM MagBas
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** A major inspiration for the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' series was an avid Superman fan describing to the producers that Superman is unique to comics because his parents being there for him when he was a young child growing up with the powers of a god [[UpbringingMakesTheHero made him the man he is today.]] Early seasons of ''Smallville'' averted this trope many times and has been argued to be more about Jonathan and Martha raising the world's greatest hero rather than about Clark. Then they left the show and, to many, it [[JumpingTheShark leaped tall sharks in a single bound.]]

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** A major inspiration for the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' series was an avid Superman fan describing to the producers that Superman is unique to comics because his parents being there for him when he was a young child growing up with the powers of a god [[UpbringingMakesTheHero made him the man he is today.]] Early seasons of ''Smallville'' averted this trope many times and has been argued to be more about Jonathan and Martha raising the world's greatest hero rather than about Clark. Then they left the show and, to many, it [[JumpingTheShark leaped tall sharks in a single bound.]]show.
8th Jun '17 1:20:23 PM darkemyst
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** Tim Drake (Robin III), who previously only had a case of {{missing mom}}, becomes a full-fledged orphan in the ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' mini. Made all the more poignant in that he and Franchise/{{Batman}} hear the whole thing over the phone while in the Batmobile, interspersed with the son of his father's murderer, [[spoiler: Captain Boomerang]] listening to, in effect, [[spoiler: a suicide message from Captain Boomerang]]. The whole sequence ends with a very heart-wrenching two-page splash of Batman cradling Robin in his arms over his father's body.

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** [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake (Robin III), III)]], who previously only prior to becoming Robin had a case essentially no supervision outside of {{missing mom}}, becomes school as his parents were always traveling, then his [[MissingMom mother was murdered]], and he became a full-fledged orphan in the ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' mini. Made all the more poignant in that he and Franchise/{{Batman}} hear the whole thing over the phone while in the Batmobile, interspersed with the son of his father's murderer, [[spoiler: Captain Boomerang]] listening to, in effect, [[spoiler: a suicide message from Captain Boomerang]]. The whole sequence ends with a very heart-wrenching two-page splash of Batman cradling Robin in his arms over his father's body.
5th Jun '17 1:14:02 PM nighttrainfm
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** Clark has had it both ways. His origin has always involved the destruction of his homeworld, and his birth parents along with it. As for his foster parents....

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** Clark has had it both ways. His origin has always involved the destruction of his homeworld, and his birth parents along with it. As for The fate of his foster parents....parents is a bit of a YoYoPlotPoint - in most takes, they get to see him grow up.
4th Jun '17 7:03:49 PM nombretomado
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** As for the Hulk's sons, Skaar and Hiro-Kala, their mother died in an explosion, and their father, unaware that they had survived their mother's death, headed back to Earth to [[WorldWarHulk seek revenge on those he blamed]]. Neither of them is entirely happy with their father.

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** As for the Hulk's sons, Skaar and Hiro-Kala, their mother died in an explosion, and their father, unaware that they had survived their mother's death, headed back to Earth to [[WorldWarHulk [[ComicBook/WorldWarHulk seek revenge on those he blamed]]. Neither of them is entirely happy with their father.
22nd Mar '17 11:47:42 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' -- Look at the title! Their parents aren't curiously absent so much as ''a group of supervillains out to help evil supernatural beings destroy the world.'' How's ''that'' for family issues?

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* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' -- ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'':
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Look at the title! Their parents aren't curiously absent so much as ''a group of supervillains out to help evil supernatural beings destroy the world.'' How's ''that'' for family issues?issues?
** The first 18-issue run ends with ''all'' the aforementioned supervillain parents dying. Later recruits include Victor (mother dies in his intro arc and his dad is ''Ultron''), Xavin (both parents abusive war criminals, now dead) and Klara (a FishOutOfTemporalWater whose parents sold her into marriage).



* One doesn't necessarily think of Franchise/{{Batman}} as having ParentalAbandonment issues, mostly because he's not a teen hero and, unlike Spider-Man, never was, but it is worth noting that his parents were killed right in front of him when he was a child, and thus he was able to spend most of his teen years [[TookALevelInBadass taking about 20 levels in badass]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
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One doesn't necessarily think of Franchise/{{Batman}} as having ParentalAbandonment issues, mostly because he's not a teen hero and, unlike Spider-Man, never was, but it is worth noting that his parents were killed right in front of him when he was a child, and thus he was able to spend most of his teen years [[TookALevelInBadass taking about 20 levels in badass]].
22nd Mar '17 11:44:26 AM nighttrainfm
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** A major inspiration for the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' series was an avid Superman fan describing to the producers that Superman is unique to comics because his parents being there for him when he was a young child growing up with the powers of a god made him the man he is today. Early seasons of ''Smallville'' averted this trope many times and has been argued to be more about Jonathan and Martha raising the world's greatest hero rather than about Clark. Then they left the show and it [[JumpedTheShark leaped tall sharks in a single bound.]]

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** A major inspiration for the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' series was an avid Superman fan describing to the producers that Superman is unique to comics because his parents being there for him when he was a young child growing up with the powers of a god [[UpbringingMakesTheHero made him the man he is today. today.]] Early seasons of ''Smallville'' averted this trope many times and has been argued to be more about Jonathan and Martha raising the world's greatest hero rather than about Clark. Then they left the show and and, to many, it [[JumpedTheShark [[JumpingTheShark leaped tall sharks in a single bound.]]
17th Dec '16 6:44:26 AM WillBGood
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** Damian Wayne hadn't met his father until recently. That changed when Batman "died".[[note]]He was displaced in time by Darkseid's Omega Beam to gather more Omega energy.[[/note]] And since spoiler: he chose his father and Dick Grayson's ideals over his mother's, Talia abandoned him also.

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** Damian Wayne hadn't met his father until recently. That changed when Batman "died".[[note]]He was displaced in time by Darkseid's Omega Beam to gather more Omega energy.[[/note]] And since spoiler: he chose his father and Dick Grayson's ideals over his mother's, Talia abandoned him also.
11th Dec '16 8:59:12 AM XSpectreGreyX
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** Damian Wayne hadn't met his father until recently. That changed when Batman "died".[[note]]He was displaced in time by Darkseid's Omega Beam to gather more Omega energy.[[/note]] And since spoiler: he chose his father and Dick Grayson's ideals over his mother's]], Talia abandoned him also.

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** Damian Wayne hadn't met his father until recently. That changed when Batman "died".[[note]]He was displaced in time by Darkseid's Omega Beam to gather more Omega energy.[[/note]] And since spoiler: he chose his father and Dick Grayson's ideals over his mother's]], mother's, Talia abandoned him also.
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