Created By: rph on April 11, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on April 20, 2012
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Most Births Are Boys

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If a baby is born it's going to be a boy.
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  • April 12, 2012
    Arivne
    So this trope is about how births that occur in fictional works are much more likely to be boys than girls, when the Real Life ratio is around 50/50?

    The current title Its A Boy is a Stock Phrase/line of dialog which will get the trope discarded from YKTTW by Fast Eddie (as well as causing people to think it's about the Stock Phrase when it isn't), so I'm changing it on an interim basis so it can be evaluated.
  • April 12, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    People Sit On Chairs? Seriously, as Arivne says, the real life ratio is 50/50 and I feel like the more example you get, the closer we're going to get to that. Surely this is only a trope if there's some kind of plot relevance to boys?

    That said, off the top of my head I can think of two TV shows where the sex of the baby is male and that is important to the plot:

    • On Sex And The City Miranda has a boy, which is ironic because men have been a source of trouble for her, romantically.
    • On Charmed the fact that Piper has a son is relevant because the magic in the show is passed down through generations of women.

    Also, you have a lot of stories from historical fiction and real life history about people in power wanting sons because daughters can't inherit, e.g. Henry VIII wanting a son so much that he changed religions so that he could divorce his first wife. I'm oversimplifying, but he obviously wanted a son BAD. So basically it's not like this trope can't be improved because sometimes boy babies are meaningful but as it is, it makes no sense?

    Tropes are commonly used plot devices that we recognise and even expect. If someone gets pregnant in a story it's not like we're thinking "oh yeah, that's definitely going to be a boy, that old chestnut". Does that make a girl a subversion? Because that doesn't make any sense and is a bit Unfortunate Implications.
  • April 12, 2012
    Routerie
    Some births are boys. Some girls.

    If we launch a page called Most Births Are Boys, people will add every birth they can think of, either as example or an "aversion."
  • April 12, 2012
    reub2000
  • April 12, 2012
    captainpat
    Sorry, but this is definitely People Sit On Chairs.
  • April 12, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Is there a trope for a man wanting a boy? And then it either happens or doesn't. 'Cause I could see that as a trope.
  • April 12, 2012
    Dawnwing
    Maybe it could be called something like Significantly Male Baby and edit the description to the effect of what HeartOfAnAstronaut said - the fact that the baby is male is significant?
  • April 12, 2012
    darkclaw
    Aren't there a lot of male and female births in fiction? Like in Real Life? I don't really see this working as a trope, because listing all male or female births in fiction would go on a long time.
  • April 12, 2012
    uncannybeetle
    I agree with the above. In the exmaples I can think of where the births are mostly boys it usually balances out by the end.
  • April 12, 2012
    SharleeD
  • April 12, 2012
    TwinBird
    ...I don't know if this is a thing. Is it? Someone more familiar with media studies...
  • April 14, 2012
    Prfnoff
    There's also the trope where the father-to-be is overjoyed at the thought of having a son... but wait a minute! What if he's a girl?
  • April 14, 2012
    TwinBird
    ^ That, though, is definitely a thing.
  • April 15, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    What about something like Ironic Baby Gender for contrast between what the parents want/expect and what they get? It could include subversions or inversions of Heir Club For Men, and grown-up characters with this as a backstory, as well as just new babies in series.
  • April 20, 2012
    Statalyzer
    It would be a trope if it were accurate that most ficitional births are male, but I doubt that it is.
  • April 20, 2012
    Statalyzer
    It would be a trope if it were accurate, but I doubt that it is.
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