History PlayingWith / OnlyChildSyndrome

9th Feb '15 11:49:06 PM TrickyTroper
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** About half to two-thirds of the characters are only children.

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** About half to two-thirds of the characters are only children.children, while the characters who do have siblings have varying numbers of them. [[FarmBoy Ben]] has the largest family, with seven siblings.



** Nearly everyone comes from [[MassiveNumberedSiblings massive farm families with at least eight siblings]] who [[TheGhost only receive mention]] as part of a NoodleIncident involving Alice being mistaken as a boy. Jacob is the sole exception. It's revealed that this is because his father fell apart after his mother died.
** The characters have [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan no known relatives]] ''other than'' siblings. This is true of all characters, regardless of age.

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** Nearly everyone comes from Large families are the norm; almost all of the characters, including those who only appear once, have [[MassiveNumberedSiblings massive farm families with at least eight siblings]] who siblings]]. None of these siblings are relevant to the plot, and the vast majority [[TheGhost only receive mention]] as part of a NoodleIncident involving mention once]], after Rita mistakes Alice being mistaken as for a boy. boy, and this starts a discussion about the characters' families and a NoodleIncident. Jacob is the sole exception. It's revealed that only main character who is an exception, and this is because his father fell apart after [[MissingMom his mother died.
died]].
** The Most or all of the characters have siblings, but [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan apparently have no known relatives]] ''other than'' siblings. other relatives]]. This is holds true of all characters, regardless of age.



** At first it looks like a [[PopulationControl one-child policy]] has been in effect for decades, but then it is revealed that Alice has an uncle.



** The pregnancies are forcibly aborted due to Tropistan's one-child policy.
** The newly-introduced siblings are immediately [[KilledOffForReal killed]], possibly due to their [[ShooOutTheNewGuy lack of popularity]].

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** The pregnancies are forcibly aborted due to Tropistan's one-child policy.
policy, except two: [[ConvenientMiscarriage Terrance's mother miscarries]], and Loretta conveniently dies so her baby sister can stay alive. Meanwhile, [[RedShirt Nathan]] dies shortly after his mother's forced abortion.
** The newly-introduced siblings are immediately [[KilledOffForReal killed]], killed]] (or [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome mysteriously vanish]]), possibly due to their [[ShooOutTheNewGuy lack of popularity]].



** He's an HonoraryUncle.



* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': The lack of siblings is not just incidental on the part of the writers; it turns out to be an important plot point, and an early sign that Tropistan is not what it seems to be.



** Fewer births than deaths result in an aging population and a shrinking workforce.



** [[TheUnchosenOne Yolanda]] stands in for Ichigo, thereby [[ScrewDestiny disproving the prophecy]].



* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': The lack of siblings is not just incidental on the part of the writers; it turns out to be an important plot point, and an early sign that this world is not what it appears to be at first glance.

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* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ** The lack of siblings government is not just incidental on the part of the writers; it turns out prepared to be support an important plot point, and an early sign that this world aging population.
** There
is not what it appears to be at first glance.a lifespan limit as well as a PopulationControl law.



** When the PopulationControl law is passed, parents are forced to murder all but one their children. [[TheUnfavorite Favoritism is imminent.]] Luckily, most main characters are only children anyway.

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** When the The PopulationControl law is passed, passed in the fourth season of the show, parents are forced to murder all but one their children. ParentalFavoritism is imminent, and [[TheUnfavorite Favoritism about a third of the cast]] is imminent.]] Luckily, most main killed off as a result.
* '''Untwisted''': At first, the
characters are do not know each other's families, and each assumes that some of the others have siblings. It is [[TheReveal eventually revealed]] (possibly [[AllThereInTheManual only children anyway.in a supplemental book]]) that none of them do.
21st Sep '14 11:23:32 PM TrickyTroper
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* '''Zig Zagged''': There are two main towns in the story. Almost everyone in town #1 is an only child, while most characters who live in town #2 have at least one sibling. (Averted + Played Straight)
* '''Averted''': All the characters in a work have varying numbers of siblings, from more than eight to none, few of whom are important to the plot.

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* '''Zig Zagged''': There are two main towns in the story. Almost everyone in town #1 is an only child, while most characters who live in town #2 have at least one sibling. (Averted + Played Straight)
sibling.
* '''Averted''': '''Averted''':
**
All the characters in a work have varying numbers of siblings, from more than eight to none, few of whom are important to the plot.plot.
** The characters are all adults, and their families are never shown or mentioned.
20th Jul '14 10:00:14 AM TrickyTroper
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'''Basic Trope''': A tendency for most characters in a work to be only children, save for when their siblings are important to the plot. Has various implications and effects on the setting in general.

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'''Basic Trope''': A tendency for most Very few characters in a work to be only children, save for when their siblings are important to have siblings, unless the plot.plot requires them to. Has various implications and effects on the setting in general.



** Sol is an only child (like many others) since sadly it is set in a time/world where the maternal death rate is ''so'' high that a women's first pregnancy is almost always a death sentence.
** Sol and his friends are part of a fantasy species where women only have one egg, and are deemed infertile after their first child.



** The unseen siblings are {{imaginary|Friend}}.



* '''Exploited''': The prophecy states that a descendant of a former hero will become TheChosenOne. As the PopulationControl law has existed for a long time, the heroes each have only one living descendant. Emperor Evulz kills said descendants, thereby [[TheBadGuyWins eliminating the last threat]] to his EvilPlan.

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* '''Exploited''': '''Exploited''':
** The children enjoy their parents' undivided attention.
**
The prophecy states that a descendant of a former hero will become TheChosenOne. As the PopulationControl law has existed for a long time, the heroes each have only one living descendant. Emperor Evulz kills said descendants, thereby [[TheBadGuyWins eliminating the last threat]] last]] [[TheUnchosenOne apparent]] threat to his EvilPlan.
14th May '14 10:15:11 PM TrickyTroper
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* '''Played For Laughs''': As a RunningGag, Alice asks her parents why she's an only child. They always respond with some variation of "You're ''more'' than enough for us, sweetie." (Alice never seems to pick up on the implication that she is too misbehaved for her folks to risk bringing another, similarly naughty kid into their world.)

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* '''Played For Laughs''': Laughs''':
**
As a RunningGag, Alice asks her parents why she's an only child. They always respond with some variation of "You're ''more'' than enough for us, sweetie." (Alice never seems to pick up on the implication that she is too misbehaved for her folks to risk bringing another, similarly naughty kid into their world.))
** The one-child policy took effect about two years ago and required each family to kill all but one of their children. The government brainwashed the adults but not the surviving children. When the main characters reminisce about their deceased siblings, everyone thinks they're crazy.
10th Feb '14 1:46:11 PM VPhantom
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* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': The lack of siblings is not just incidental on the part of the writers; it turns out to be an important plot point, and an early sign that this world is not what it appears to be at first glance.
* '''Played For Laughs''': As a RunningGag, Alice asks her parents why she's an only child. They always respond with some variation of "You're ''more'' than enough for us, sweetie." (Alice never seems to pick up on the implication that she is too misbehaved for her folks to risk bringing another, similarly naughty kid into their world.)
* '''Played For Drama''':
** The lack of siblings implies that the human race is in danger of extinction.
** When the PopulationControl law is passed, parents are forced to murder all but one their children. [[TheUnfavorite Favoritism is imminent.]] Luckily, most main characters are only children anyway.


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* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': The lack of siblings is not just incidental on the part of the writers; it turns out to be an important plot point, and an early sign that this world is not what it appears to be at first glance.
* '''Played For Laughs''': As a RunningGag, Alice asks her parents why she's an only child. They always respond with some variation of "You're ''more'' than enough for us, sweetie." (Alice never seems to pick up on the implication that she is too misbehaved for her folks to risk bringing another, similarly naughty kid into their world.)
* '''Played For Drama''':
** The lack of siblings implies that the human race is in danger of extinction.
** When the PopulationControl law is passed, parents are forced to murder all but one their children. [[TheUnfavorite Favoritism is imminent.]] Luckily, most main characters are only children anyway.
10th Feb '14 11:53:02 AM TrickyTroper
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** Most of Sol's friends once had siblings, but when the PopulationControl law was passed, each couple was only allowed to keep one child.



** None of the main characters' siblings are mentioned at first, but they start appearing in later episodes. (If the siblings in question are older than the main characters, perhaps they no longer live at home.)

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** None of the main characters' siblings are mentioned at first, but they start appearing in later episodes. (If If they are older than the main characters or if the parents are divorced, it is likely that the siblings in question are older than the main characters, perhaps were unseen because they no longer live at home.)in another city.



** At first it looks like a [[PopulationControl one-child policy]] has been in effect for decades, but then it is revealed that Alice has an uncle.



** The siblings in question are deceased.

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** [[PosthumousCharacter The siblings in question are deceased.deceased, which explains why they are only mentioned.]]
** He's an HonoraryUncle.



* '''Exploited''': The prophecy states that a descendant of a former hero will become TheChosenOne. As the PopulationControl law has existed for a long time, the heroes have only one descendant each. Emperor Evulz decides to kill them off, thereby [[TheBadGuyWins eliminating the last threat]] to his EvilPlan.

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* '''Exploited''': The prophecy states that a descendant of a former hero will become TheChosenOne. As the PopulationControl law has existed for a long time, the heroes each have only one descendant each. living descendant. Emperor Evulz decides to kill them off, kills said descendants, thereby [[TheBadGuyWins eliminating the last threat]] to his EvilPlan.
6th Feb '14 9:01:47 AM VPhantom
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** The pregnancies are [[DeadBabyComedy forcibly aborted]] due to Tropistan's one-child policy.

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** The pregnancies are [[DeadBabyComedy forcibly aborted]] aborted due to Tropistan's one-child policy.
6th Feb '14 8:48:11 AM TrickyTroper
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** The characters have [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan no known relatives]] ''other than'' siblings.

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** The characters have [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan no known relatives]] ''other than'' siblings. This is true of all characters, regardless of age.



** The pregnancies are forcibly aborted due to Tropistan's one-child policy.

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** The pregnancies are [[DeadBabyComedy forcibly aborted aborted]] due to Tropistan's one-child policy.



* '''Exploited''': ???

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* '''Exploited''': ???The prophecy states that a descendant of a former hero will become TheChosenOne. As the PopulationControl law has existed for a long time, the heroes have only one descendant each. Emperor Evulz decides to kill them off, thereby [[TheBadGuyWins eliminating the last threat]] to his EvilPlan.



** The government of Tropistan repeals the PopulationControl law in favor of a legal age limit; from then on, most people are only allowed to live for 60 years. For the elite, it's 70.
* '''Discussed''': "What? Why should you just assume I was an only child? Even today, you are statistically more likely to have a sibling than not to have one. So there."
* '''Conversed''': "Isn't it weird how everyone's an only child in these books?"

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** The To avoid an aging population, the government of Tropistan repeals the PopulationControl law in favor of a legal age limit; from then on, most people are only allowed to live for 60 years. For the elite, it's 70.
* '''Discussed''': "What? Why should you just assume I was an only child? Even today, you are statistically more likely to have a at least one sibling than not to have one.any. So there."
* '''Conversed''': "Isn't it weird how everyone's almost everyone is an only child in these books?"books?" "I know, right? There's no one my family can relate to."



* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': The lack of siblings is not just incidental on the part of the writers; it turns out to be an important plot point, and an early sign that this world is not what it appears to be at first glance.
* '''Played For Laughs''': As a RunningGag, Alice asks her parents why she's an only child. They always respond with some variation of "You're ''more'' than enough for us, sweetie." (Alice never seems to pick up on the implication that she is too misbehaved for her folks to risk bringing another, similarly naughty kid into their world.)
* '''Played For Drama''':
** The lack of siblings implies that the human race is in danger of extinction.
** When the PopulationControl law is passed, parents are forced to murder all but one their children. [[TheUnfavorite Favoritism is imminent.]] Luckily, most main characters are only children anyway.



** The lower reproduction rate means that parents have one shot at passing on their genes; one tragic death at the wrong time can completely wipe out that branch of the family line. While a prophecy states that a descendant of a former Hero will become TheChosenOne, the line is inadvertently snuffed out before the prophecy can come to pass. Hello, EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

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** The lower reproduction rate means that parents have one shot at passing on their genes; one tragic death at the wrong time can completely wipe out that branch of the family line. While a prophecy states that a descendant of a one of the former Hero heroes will become TheChosenOne, the line is lines are inadvertently snuffed out before the prophecy can come to pass. Hello, EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.



** According to prophecy, only the descendants of the last band of heroes can defeat the emerging evil once and for all. Unfortunately, there aren't too many descendants left; the current generation is made of only children, which TheEmpire is hunting down one by one.



** But prophecies can't be broken that easily, as a single member of the family line has secretly survived by pure chance. They just have to find him.

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** But prophecies Prophecies can't be broken that easily, as easily: one of the original heroes has a single member of the family line descendant who has secretly survived by pure chance. They just have to find him.



* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': The lack of siblings turns out to be an important plot point, as it's an early sign that this world is not what it appears to be at first glance...
* '''Played For Laughs''': As a RunningGag, Alice asks her parents why she's an only child. They always respond with some variation of "You're ''more'' than enough for us, sweetie." (Alice never seems to pick up on the implication that she is too misbehaved for her folks to risk bringing another, similarly naughty kid into their world.)
* '''Played For Drama''':
** According to prophecy, only the descendants of the last band of heroes can defeat the emerging evil once and for all. Unfortunately, there aren't too many descendants left; the current generation is made of only children, which TheEmpire is hunting down one by one.
** The lack of siblings implies that the human race is in danger of extinction.

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* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ** The lack of siblings "prophecy" turns out to be an important plot point, meaningless, as it's an early sign that this world Sol is not what it appears [[TheUnchosenOne unrelated to be at first glance...
* '''Played For Laughs''': As a RunningGag, Alice asks her parents why she's an only child. They always respond with some variation of "You're ''more'' than enough for us, sweetie." (Alice never seems to pick up on
the implication that she is too misbehaved for her folks to risk bringing another, similarly naughty kid into their world.)
* '''Played For Drama''':
** According to prophecy, only the descendants of the last band of heroes can defeat the emerging evil once and for all. Unfortunately, there aren't too many descendants left; the current generation is made of only children, which TheEmpire is hunting down one by one.
** The lack of siblings implies that the human race is in danger of extinction.
original heroes]].
30th Jan '14 1:57:57 PM TrickyTroper
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* '''Inverted''': Nearly everyone comes from [[MassiveNumberedSiblings massive farm families with at least eight siblings]] who [[TheGhost only receive mention]] as part of a NoodleIncident involving Alice being mistaken as a boy. Jacob is the sole exception. It's revealed that this is because his father fell apart after his mother died.

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* '''Inverted''': '''Inverted''':
**
Nearly everyone comes from [[MassiveNumberedSiblings massive farm families with at least eight siblings]] who [[TheGhost only receive mention]] as part of a NoodleIncident involving Alice being mistaken as a boy. Jacob is the sole exception. It's revealed that this is because his father fell apart after his mother died.died.
** The characters have [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan no known relatives]] ''other than'' siblings.
21st Jan '14 1:55:47 PM TrickyTroper
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** Sol is a only child (like many others) since sadly it is set in a time/world where the maternal death rate is ''so'' high that a women's first pregnancy is almost always a death sentence.

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** Sol is a an only child (like many others) since sadly it is set in a time/world where the maternal death rate is ''so'' high that a women's first pregnancy is almost always a death sentence.



** Sol might actually have had many sisters and brothers ... once. But this is [[AfterTheEnd a post-apocalyptic setting]] where the vast majority of the global population has been wiped out. If you're lucky enough to have survived, it's '''very''' unlikely that anyone else in your family would have too. And because of government brainwashing, no one has any memories of their deceased relatives.

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** Sol might actually have had many sisters and brothers ... once. But this is If the characters are orphans as well as only children, it could be [[AfterTheEnd a post-apocalyptic setting]] where the vast majority of the global population has been wiped out. If you're lucky enough to have survived, it's '''very''' unlikely that anyone else in your family would have too. And because of government brainwashing, no one has any memories of their deceased relatives.



** At first it looks like everyone is an only child, but then in one episode they talk about their families, and several characters are mentioned as having siblings. [[TheGhost They're just unseen.]]



** The siblings in question are deceased.



** According to prophecy, only the descendants of the last band of heroes can defeat the emerging evil once and for all. Unfortunately, there aren't too many descendants left, and the current generation is made up of only children -- which TheEmpire is hunting down one by one...

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** According to prophecy, only the descendants of the last band of heroes can defeat the emerging evil once and for all. Unfortunately, there aren't too many descendants left, and left; the current generation is made up of only children -- children, which TheEmpire is hunting down one by one...one.
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