History ParentalAbandonment / Comics

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.
11th Dec '16 8:58:57 AM XSpectreGreyX
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** Damian Wayne hadn't met his father until recently. [[spoiler: 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 has abandoned him also.

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** Damian Wayne hadn't met his father until recently. [[spoiler: That changed when Batman "died".[[note]]He was displaced in time by Darkseid's Omega Beam to gather more Omega energy.[[/note]]]] [[/note]] And since [[spoiler: spoiler: he chose his father and Dick Grayson's ideals over his mother's]], Talia has abandoned him also.
4th Nov '16 12:55:04 AM Tron80
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** Silver Age Superboy stories made much of the tragedy of Krypton, to the point where Superboy ''always'' referred to the Kents as his "foster parents".

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** Silver and Bronze Age Superboy stories made much of the tragedy of Krypton, to the point where Superboy ''always'' referred to the Kents as his "foster parents".parents".
** In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Superman is having a breakdown, and [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} his cousin]] tells him that he feels alone because he is an orphan and he feels at some subconscious level that his birth parents abandoned him.
4th Oct '16 12:24:00 AM Tron80
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* Comicbook/{{Superman}} 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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* Comicbook/{{Superman}} Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} ''alwas'' goes through this: She loses her parents when they send her to Earth to save her from Krypton/Kandor/Argo City's destruction. In the Post-Crisis universe, Kara finds out that they are still alive after all... and they get murdered soon after. So she lost them ''twice''.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** 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....



* 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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* ** After the Flashpoint event, Pa and Ma are both dead.
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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.]]
13th Jun '16 7:02:34 AM hullflyer
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* The original ComicBook/BlackCanary, Dinah Drake, died of cancer received due to radiation exposure from a battle that also killed her husband Larry. Dinah Drake is the mother of Dinah Lance, the post-Crisis Black Canary.

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* The original ComicBook/BlackCanary, Dinah Drake, died of cancer received due to radiation exposure from a battle that also killed her husband Larry. Dinah Drake is the mother of Dinah Lance, the post-Crisis Black Canary.Canary.
* Somewhat deconstructed in ''ComicBook/LockeAndKey''. The kids are largely free to roam the house, as their father is dead and their mother essentially ignores them. However, this is mostly justified as she is ''deeply'' traumatized by her husband's death, [[spoiler:as well being raped at the same time,]] and is drinking a lot. And there's the fact that she literally can't see magic happening. Toward the end of the story, she is starting to pull herself together.
10th Jun '16 1:15:24 PM EDP
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* In ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'', Will Vandom started out this way. Her parents divorced when she was young because her dad was a compulsive gambler. When he did come back, it was only to squeeze more money out of her mom. Years later, she did get a stepfather in the form of her teacher. As well, Irma Lair has a stepmother and stepbrother, but nothing is said about her mom or her stepbrother's dad. [[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} The cartoon]], though, alters this, making Will's father extremely less of a JerkAss and turning Irma's mother and brother into paternal family.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'', ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'' examples:
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Will Vandom started out this way. Her way: her parents divorced when she was young separated about a year before the series because her dad was a compulsive gambler. When gambler who had even bet away her mom's family house, and hen he did come back, back it was only to squeeze more money out of her mom. Years later, mom to pay for some debt, using the fact he hadn't signed the divorce papers and formally renounced to Will's custody. Thankfully for her, [[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} the cartoon]] makes him extremely less of a JerkAssYears, and years later she did get got a good stepfather in the form of her teacher. As well, Irma Lair has a teacher.
** Irma's mother was revealed to be her
stepmother during a fight between them (genuinely surprising the readers, as they have a very good relationship and stepbrother, but look almost identical to each other), and nothing is said about her mom or her stepbrother's dad. [[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} mom. The cartoon]], though, alters cartoon doesn't mention this, making Will's father extremely less though.
** [[spoiler:Taranee]] was adopted, something that surprised everyone (including her) when it was revealed, with her stepmom revealing that [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou her birth parents had to give her up for adoption as a toddler when their home burned down]] due [[ItMakesSenseInContext being hit by a magical meteor that saved her from being strangled by evil magical plants]]. Her stepmother kept track
of a JerkAss and turning Irma's mother and brother into paternal family.her birth parent in case she decided to meet them, [[HappilyAdopted but she decided that her stepfamily is her real family]]. This isn't mentioned in the cartoon, as it never got around adapting the story arc where this was revealed.
28th May '16 8:20:44 PM Doug86
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* In the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' titles, the teenaged mutants of Xavier's School are a mix of orphans, those with families hundreds or ''thousands'' of miles away, kids actively rejected by their parents, those on the run from parents who wish them harm, and other similar abandonment issues (for example, Kitty Pryde's parents went into the witness protection program (her father has since been killed). And Rogue's mother, it turns out, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence]].)

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* In the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' titles, the teenaged mutants of Xavier's School are a mix of orphans, those with families hundreds or ''thousands'' of miles away, kids actively rejected by their parents, those on the run from parents who wish them harm, and other similar abandonment issues (for example, Kitty Pryde's parents went into the witness protection program (her father has since been killed). And Rogue's mother, it turns out, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence]].)
14th May '16 10:25:12 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'', young Peter Parker lives with his aunt and uncle because his parents were killed long before the story opens, in most versions before he was old enough to remember them. His parents' death usually has little to do with his origin story, that role going to Uncle Ben.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'', ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', young Peter Parker lives with his aunt and uncle because his parents were killed long before the story opens, in most versions before he was old enough to remember them. His parents' death usually has little to do with his origin story, that role going to Uncle Ben.
14th May '16 10:23:31 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''{{Spider-Man}}'', young Peter Parker lives with his aunt and uncle because his parents were killed long before the story opens, in most versions before he was old enough to remember them. His parents' death usually has little to do with his origin story, that role going to Uncle Ben.

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* In ''{{Spider-Man}}'', ''Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'', young Peter Parker lives with his aunt and uncle because his parents were killed long before the story opens, in most versions before he was old enough to remember them. His parents' death usually has little to do with his origin story, that role going to Uncle Ben.



* Completely averted with ComicBook/BlueBeetle. Jaime Reyes' parents are both not only alive, but are very involved with his life as both a teenager and superhero. Plus, they're made of 100% pure awesome.

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* ComicBook/BlueBeetle:
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Completely averted with ComicBook/BlueBeetle. Jaime Reyes' Reyes, whose parents are both not only alive, alive but are very involved with his life as both a teenager and superhero. Plus, they're made of 100% pure awesome.



* [[Comicbook/TheFalcon The Falcon]] and his siblings lost his preacher father, killed trying to break up a fight, when he was a teen. Two years later, his mother was shot and killed by a mugger.

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* [[Comicbook/TheFalcon The Falcon]] Comicbook/TheFalcon and his siblings lost his preacher father, killed trying to break up a fight, when he was a teen. Two years later, his mother was shot and killed by a mugger.



* In ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'', Will Vandom started out this way. Her parents divorced when she was young because her dad was a compulsive gambler. When he did come back, it was only to squeeze more money out of her mom. Years later, she did get a stepfather in the form of her teacher. As well, Irma Lair has a stepmother and stepbrother, but nothing is said about her mom or her stepbrother's dad.
** The cartoon, though, alters this, making Will's father extremely less of a JerkAss and turning Irma's mother and brother into paternal family.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' is this in spades. Name a character. Chances are that they went parentless or are missing a parent or two. Of the main Freedom Fighters, only Antoine and Bunnie are parentless after the initial war with Robotnik. The Chaotix aren't so fortunate - nothing is mentioned of Vector's family or Espio's father, Mighty and Ray's parents are MIA, Julie-Su's parents were killed by her stepsiblings, Charmy's presumably died when Eggman attacked Mobius after Sonic's disappearnce and Knuckles' parents got divorced with his father performing a HeroicSacrifice to save him.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'', Will Vandom started out this way. Her parents divorced when she was young because her dad was a compulsive gambler. When he did come back, it was only to squeeze more money out of her mom. Years later, she did get a stepfather in the form of her teacher. As well, Irma Lair has a stepmother and stepbrother, but nothing is said about her mom or her stepbrother's dad.
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dad. [[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} The cartoon, cartoon]], though, alters this, making Will's father extremely less of a JerkAss and turning Irma's mother and brother into paternal family.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'':
** ''Sonic The Hedgehog''
is this in spades. Name a character. Chances are that they went parentless or are missing a parent or two. Of the main Freedom Fighters, only Antoine and Bunnie are parentless after the initial war with Robotnik. The Chaotix aren't so fortunate - nothing is mentioned of Vector's family or Espio's father, Mighty and Ray's parents are MIA, Julie-Su's parents were killed by her stepsiblings, Charmy's presumably died when Eggman attacked Mobius after Sonic's disappearnce and Knuckles' parents got divorced with his father performing a HeroicSacrifice to save him.



* As with the games, there's a noticeable lack of parents in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic''. Tails is the youngest, at least under fourteen by the final arc, but his parents are never mentioned even when he went to his home zone or when we have flashbacks.

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* As with the games, there's a noticeable lack of parents in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic''. Tails is the youngest, at least under fourteen by the final arc, but his parents are never mentioned even when he went to his home zone or when we have flashbacks. Knuckles are dead [[spoiler:as he is Really700YearsOld]].



* Iggy in ''ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}}'': He lives with his grandparents and his actual parents are never mentioned.

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* Iggy in ''ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}}'': He lives with his grandparents and his actual parents are never mentioned.mentioned.
* The original ComicBook/BlackCanary, Dinah Drake, died of cancer received due to radiation exposure from a battle that also killed her husband Larry. Dinah Drake is the mother of Dinah Lance, the post-Crisis Black Canary.
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