History ParentalAbandonment / WesternAnimation

22nd Nov '16 4:48:50 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheDavincibles'': Pablo and Zoë Davinci live with their uncle Leo, who is apparently also their legal guardian. No mention is ever made of their parents.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheDavincibles'': Pablo and Zoë Davinci live with their uncle Leo, who is apparently also their legal guardian. No mention is ever made of their parents.parents.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuBumLaStradaVersoCasa'': the main character, Bu-Bum, is seperated from his parents in the first episode due to an air attack on the truck that was transporting them. They don't get reunited untill the end of the series.
14th Nov '16 4:14:56 AM Phred
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* Very few characters in ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' appear to have parents, presumably as a result of predators. Of the parents mentioned, King Julien's parents left him to pursue a life of luxury and were assumed dead, and Maurice's parents abandoned him as a baby due to their traditions, and were killed by fossa sometime before the present day, Hector's mom was taken into human captivity when he was a baby, and Pancho is a ManchurienAgent unable to remember if he even had a family.

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* Very few characters in ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' appear to have parents, presumably as a result of predators. Of the parents mentioned, King Julien's parents left him to pursue a life of luxury and were assumed dead, and Maurice's parents abandoned him as a baby due to their traditions, and were killed by fossa sometime before the present day, Hector's mom was taken into human captivity when he was a baby, and Pancho is a ManchurienAgent ManchurianAgent unable to remember if he even had a family.
14th Nov '16 4:14:28 AM Phred
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* Very few characters in ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' appear to have parents, presumably as a result of predators. Of the parents mentioned, King Julien's parents left him to pursue a life of luxury and were assumed dead, and Maurice's parents abandoned him as a baby due to their traditions, and were killed by fossa sometime before the present day.

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* Very few characters in ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' appear to have parents, presumably as a result of predators. Of the parents mentioned, King Julien's parents left him to pursue a life of luxury and were assumed dead, and Maurice's parents abandoned him as a baby due to their traditions, and were killed by fossa sometime before the present day.day, Hector's mom was taken into human captivity when he was a baby, and Pancho is a ManchurienAgent unable to remember if he even had a family.
14th Nov '16 4:11:09 AM Phred
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* Very few characters in ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' appear to have parents, presumably as a result of predators. Of the parents mentioned, King Julien's parents left him to pursue a life of luxury and were assumed dead, and Maurice's parents abandoned him as a baby due to their traditions, and were killed by fossa sometime before the present day.
17th Oct '16 5:45:52 PM TheDogSage
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** Steven himself subverts this, as while his father Greg doesn't live with him (due to the Gems), Greg does spend as much time as he can with him, and not only pays for Steven's expenses, but also built the house he lives in by hand. However, Greg's former manager Marty plays this straight with his son Sour Cream, having apparently abandoned Sour Cream and Vidalia after he was born, rarely seeing him (the last time before Drop Beat Dad being nine years before).
11th Jun '16 7:48:20 PM bweb
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** Averted with Rarity and her sister Sweetie Belle, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Twilight Sparkle, who all have both of their parents shown on screen at various points. Also averted with the latest Alicorn, Flurry Heart, whose parents, Cadance and Shining Armor, are both around.
** To date, we've seen no parents for the recently reformed Starlight Glimmer.
4th Jun '16 4:47:05 PM Acebrock
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** After four seasons we have also yet to see Fluttershy's parents at all, even in flashbacks (which focus on her time at flight camp) and they have never been mentioned.
9th May '16 9:48:21 AM Pichu-kun
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* Used excessively and in a variety of ways in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[JustifiedTrope due to the fact that war is raging.]] Aang, like all Airbender children, was raised communally by monks. However his father-like mentor, his unknown parents and the rest of his nation were [[DoomedHometown entirely wiped]] out while Aang was [[HumanPopsicle frozen in an iceberg]]. Hence the subtitle of the show. Katara and Sokka's mother was killed when they were young and as of the beginning of the show their father has left to fight in the war. They live with their grandmother who rather blithely sends them off to travel the world with Aang (though [[spoiler: it is later revealed that she ran away from home herself, which perhaps explains her attitude]]). Toph deliberately runs away from her overprotective parents. This trope even applies to Appa.

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* Used excessively and in a variety of ways in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[JustifiedTrope due to the fact that war is raging.]] ]]:
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Aang, like all Airbender children, was raised communally by monks. However his father-like mentor, his unknown parents and the rest of his nation were [[DoomedHometown entirely wiped]] out while Aang was [[HumanPopsicle frozen in an iceberg]]. Hence the subtitle of the show. Katara and Sokka's mother was killed when they were young and as of the beginning of the show their father has left to fight in the war. They live with their grandmother who rather blithely sends them off to travel the world with Aang (though [[spoiler: it is later revealed that she ran away from home herself, which perhaps explains her attitude]]). Toph deliberately runs away from her overprotective parents. This trope even applies to Appa.



** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has this tradition continue.

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* [[TheHero Finn]] [[SpeciesSurname the Human]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was left in a forest as a baby.

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[[TheHero Finn]] [[SpeciesSurname the Human]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was left in a forest as a baby.



* In ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', their parents are sometimes mentioned but never seen, and they seem to take no real interest in the sometimes outrageous lives of their children. (In fact, the only who's ever mentioned with any regularity is Beavis' mother, who is said to be a slut; we find out in the film ''Beavis and Butt-Head Do America'' that the boys are the bastard sons of two heavy-metal roadies, and possibly half-brothers (Mike Judge refers to the two as their "dads", however).
** Could be the dads are brothers, or half-brothers, making the guys cousins.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', their parents are sometimes mentioned but never seen, and they seem to take no real interest in the sometimes outrageous lives of their children. (In fact, the only who's ever mentioned with any regularity is Beavis' mother, who is said to be a slut; we find out in the film ''Beavis and Butt-Head Do America'' that the boys are the bastard sons of two heavy-metal roadies, and possibly half-brothers (Mike Judge refers to the two as their "dads", however).
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however). It could also be the dads are brothers, or half-brothers, making the guys cousins.



* Gadget from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' lost her father a year before the team was formed. Due to lack of information, many fan theories exist about what actually happened. Her mother is never mentioned.
** May be explained at some point in the [[Comicbook/ChipNDaleRescueRangers current comics]].

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* Gadget from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' lost her father a year before the team was formed. Due to lack of information, many fan theories exist about what actually happened. Her mother is never mentioned.
** May
mentioned. This may be explained at some point in the [[Comicbook/ChipNDaleRescueRangers current comics]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Tom, along with Princess Katherine, The Magus, Tom's mother, Mary, & Finella, fled from the castle of King Kenneth II when he was slain by Constantine, who later usurped his throne. After using the Grimorum to find a way into Avalon, The Magus is forced to give up the magical book because it can't be taken into Avalon. To keep it away from Constantine, so he won't be able to find them, Finella volunteers to protect the book and go into hiding from the King of Scotland. Mary volunteers to go with, deciding that protecting this magic book is more important than raising her only child, who at this point in the story wasn't even ten years old.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
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Tom, along with Princess Katherine, The Magus, Tom's mother, Mary, & Finella, fled from the castle of King Kenneth II when he was slain by Constantine, who later usurped his throne. After using the Grimorum to find a way into Avalon, The Magus is forced to give up the magical book because it can't be taken into Avalon. To keep it away from Constantine, so he won't be able to find them, Finella volunteers to protect the book and go into hiding from the King of Scotland. Mary volunteers to go with, deciding that protecting this magic book is more important than raising her only child, who at this point in the story wasn't even ten years old.



* Jade from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' is left by her parents in the first episode, and although they are alive, they are only referred to twice during the rest of the series. Jackie as well, it is implied, was sent to America to train with Uncle when he was a kid. His parents are never mentioned.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'':
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Jade from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' is left by her parents in the first episode, and although they are alive, they are only referred to twice during the rest of the series. Jackie as well, it is implied, was sent to America to train with Uncle when he was a kid. His parents are never mentioned.



* Subversion: The teen hero team The Ultimen in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' is initially presented with a variety of ParentalAbandonment issues; by the end of their first appearance, it's revealed that this is actually because they are clones with FakeMemories implanted.

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* Subversion: The teen hero team The Ultimen in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' is initially presented with a variety of ParentalAbandonment issues; by the end of their first appearance, it's revealed that this is actually because they are clones with FakeMemories implanted.



* Adam Lyon of ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' seems to have parents, but they don't seem to object to him attending middle school with the animal kingdom.
** They explained why in one episode but [[TheUnintelligible we couldn't understand them]] (They have fur allergies and were in containment suits at the time).

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* Adam Lyon of ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' seems to have parents, but they don't seem to object to him attending middle school with the animal kingdom.
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kingdom. They explained why in one episode but [[TheUnintelligible we couldn't understand them]] (They (they have fur allergies and were in containment suits at the time).



* In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', the entire main cast is made up of 14-year-olds, and the show is one of the awkward cases in which nobody even mentions their parents. The closest we ever get is an aunt. And considering how many times they brush death, it's amazing they're allowed out of the house at all. (In fact, the only brothers we see freely admit to hatching out of eggs, leading to much speculation about how exactly the cast are born.)

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', the ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'':
** The
entire main cast is made up of 14-year-olds, and the show is one of the awkward cases in which nobody even mentions their parents. The closest we ever get is an aunt. And considering how many times they brush death, it's amazing they're allowed out of the house at all. (In fact, the only brothers we see freely admit to hatching out of eggs, leading to much speculation about how exactly the cast are born.)



* In the animated ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the Titans are conspicuously independent, lacking even {{mentor}} {{superhero}}es (* cough* Franchise/{{Batman}} * cough* ). However, many of their parents are actually accounted for: Robin's origin, although it is never covered in any detail, is hinted at in one episode and would dictate that his parents are dead. It also comes up a couple times in season four: [[spoiler: Raven's mother appears briefly in one episode, and her father is a demonic overlord named Trigon (also evidently dead by the end of the season). It is also implied that Cyborg's parents and Beast Boy's parents have passed on, as well.]]

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* In the animated ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** The
Titans are conspicuously independent, lacking even {{mentor}} {{superhero}}es (* cough* Franchise/{{Batman}} * cough* ). However, many of their parents are actually accounted for: Robin's origin, although it is never covered in any detail, is hinted at in one episode and would dictate that his parents are dead. It also comes up a couple times in season four: [[spoiler: Raven's mother appears briefly in one episode, and her father is a demonic overlord named Trigon (also evidently dead by the end of the season). It is also implied that Cyborg's parents and Beast Boy's parents have passed on, as well.]]



** [[AllThereInTheManual The comic book]], ComicBook/TeenTitansGo, explained that they fell ill after their son (and Star and Black's brother), Wildfire, was sent off the planet and never recovered from it.
* The ''ScoobyDoo'' gang members either have no parents or just very hands-off parents who don't seem to care that their teenagers go all around the world, hunting down villains in Halloween costumes. Subverted in the 'Mystery Inc.' series.

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** [[AllThereInTheManual The comic book]], ComicBook/TeenTitansGo, ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'', explained that they fell ill after their son (and Star and Black's brother), Wildfire, was sent off the planet and never recovered from it.
* The ''ScoobyDoo'' ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' gang members either have no parents or just very hands-off parents who don't seem to care that their teenagers go all around the world, hunting down villains in Halloween costumes. Subverted in the 'Mystery Inc.' 'WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' series.



* The titular bunnies from ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' have Master Yo the panda as their sensei and father figure, but so far their parents have not been mentioned... though some of their friends (and enemies) have parents ("CAAAAAAARL!").
** [[spoiler: It Was Later Revealed That Master Yo ''IS'' Yin and Yang's Father.]]

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* The titular bunnies from ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' have Master Yo the panda as their sensei and father figure, but so far their parents have not been mentioned... though some of their friends (and enemies) have parents ("CAAAAAAARL!").
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("CAAAAAAARL!"). [[spoiler: It Was Later Revealed That was later revealed that Master Yo ''IS'' Yin and Yang's Father.]]



* ''FanboyAndChumChum'' have the same living situation.
* InspectorGadget's niece Penny. He seems to be her only relative, although the backstory is pretty non-existent for her.

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* ''FanboyAndChumChum'' ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' have the same living situation.
situation. They live alone despite being young boys.
* InspectorGadget's ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'''s niece Penny. He seems to be her only relative, although the backstory is pretty non-existent for her.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'': Huey and Riley's parents are never seen or mentioned, and it is not known how they came to live with Granddad. It's pretty heavily implied that they're dead.
** Partially a case of AllThereInTheManual, or at least in the Comics. Their parents are dead, and in the first episode Granddad mentions spending their inheritance on that house (explaining in part why they were able to move to suburbia, hence, the boondocks).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'': Huey and Riley's parents are never seen or mentioned, and it is not known how they came to live with Granddad. It's pretty heavily implied that they're dead.
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dead. Partially a case of AllThereInTheManual, or at least in the Comics.[[ComicStrip/TheBoondocks comics]]. Their parents are dead, and in the first episode Granddad mentions spending their inheritance on that house (explaining in part why they were able to move to suburbia, hence, the boondocks).



* The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' are missing a [[DisappearedDad biological dad]] and a [[MissingMom biological mom]], respectively. However, their remaining parents are HappilyMarried to each other and have HappilyAdopted their stepchildren, so any issues with this are confined to FanFic.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
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The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' are missing a [[DisappearedDad biological dad]] and a [[MissingMom biological mom]], respectively. However, their remaining parents are HappilyMarried to each other and have HappilyAdopted their stepchildren, so any issues with this are confined to FanFic.



* In MaxAndRuby, Ruby and Max's parents are never mentioned. They do have a grandmother. Possibly the only character with a parent that's seen in-show is baby Huffington, whose dad runs a shop in town.

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* In MaxAndRuby, ''Literature/MaxAndRuby'', Ruby and Max's parents are never mentioned. They do have a grandmother. Possibly the only character with a parent that's seen in-show is baby Huffington, whose dad runs a shop in town.



* {{Daria}} Morgendorffer's home life is made more interesting due to her needy self-obsessed father - a man who lives in his own unhappy childhood and still has issues to resolve - and her workaholic mother who places job before family for the greater part of the time. This is one of the factors that shaped the Princess of Snark's alienation and mordant cynicism.

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* {{Daria}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** Daria
Morgendorffer's home life is made more interesting due to her needy self-obsessed father - a man who lives in his own unhappy childhood and still has issues to resolve - and her workaholic mother who places job before family for the greater part of the time. This is one of the factors that shaped the Princess of Snark's alienation and mordant cynicism.



* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Soos' dad left him when he was very young and never visited, only sending postcards. His grandmother reassures him that he'll visit someday, but in some (Spanish) lines she says to herself, it's clear she thinks the father is a terrible person. As for his mother, we never see her.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
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Soos' dad left him when he was very young and never visited, only sending postcards. His grandmother reassures him that he'll visit someday, but in some (Spanish) lines she says to herself, it's clear she thinks the father is a terrible person. As for his mother, we never see her.



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' Jasper's criticism of Amethyst being overcooked indicates her abandonment at the kindergarten was intentional. Though this DEFINENTLY wasn't the first time Amethyst had to experience this, as Rose hung out with her less when Greg came into her life, and Pearl and Garnet began to treat her as worthless when Rose left.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Jasper's criticism of Amethyst being overcooked indicates her abandonment at the kindergarten was intentional. Though this DEFINENTLY wasn't the first time Amethyst had to experience this, as Rose hung out with her less when Greg came into her life, and Pearl and Garnet began to treat her as worthless when Rose left.



** Aja and Shana never refer to their biological parents. They were the Benton's foster children.

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** Aja and Shana never only refer to their biological parents.parents once in a single passing line in "Father's Day" where they apparently have video tapes of their biological fathers. They were the Benton's foster children.
22nd Apr '16 8:12:47 PM godzillavkk
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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Skippy lives with his aunt with no mention of a mother or father. Years later, in an interview with ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'', Slappy's VA Sherri Stoner claimed, in-character, that Skippy's parents dumped him on Slappy shortly after he was born, then left on a "sabbatical". Played straight however in ''Film/Wakko's Wish where the Yakko, Wakko and Dot are portrayed as orphans, and it's implied that [[BigBad King Salazar]] murdered their parents when he seized power. [[spoiler:It would actually make sense for him to have killed their parents as they were the real King and Queen.]]

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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Skippy lives with his aunt with no mention of a mother or father. Years later, in an interview with ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'', Slappy's VA Sherri Stoner claimed, in-character, that Skippy's parents dumped him on Slappy shortly after he was born, then left on a "sabbatical". Played straight however in ''Film/Wakko's Wish ''Film/WakkosWish'' where the Yakko, Wakko and Dot are portrayed as orphans, and it's implied that [[BigBad King Salazar]] murdered their parents when he seized power. [[spoiler:It would actually make sense for him to have killed their parents as they were the real King and Queen.]]
22nd Apr '16 8:09:50 PM godzillavkk
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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Skippy lives with his aunt with no mention of a mother or father. Years later, in an interview with ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'', Slappy's VA Sherri Stoner claimed, in-character, that Skippy's parents dumped him on Slappy shortly after he was born, then left on a "sabbatical".

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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Skippy lives with his aunt with no mention of a mother or father. Years later, in an interview with ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'', Slappy's VA Sherri Stoner claimed, in-character, that Skippy's parents dumped him on Slappy shortly after he was born, then left on a "sabbatical". Played straight however in ''Film/Wakko's Wish where the Yakko, Wakko and Dot are portrayed as orphans, and it's implied that [[BigBad King Salazar]] murdered their parents when he seized power. [[spoiler:It would actually make sense for him to have killed their parents as they were the real King and Queen.]]
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