Created By: aoirann on April 27, 2012 Last Edited By: robinjohnson on September 18, 2012

My Baby Doll

Where-in a mother mistakes a doll for her child

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Also known as Soryu Syndrome. This trope is when a mother,in a delusion, thinks that a doll is her child. It can be cause by guilt due to Parental Abandonment, trauma, or cause by Artificial means. But no matter the means the end result is that mother treats a doll as their child. This usually results in whenever the real child interacts with their mother they treat them as an imposter to take the place of their child for added irony and sadness. The best case scenario is that they are so wrapped up that they don't even realize that their real child is standing in front of them and thinks that they are a stranger. Can involve The Doll Episode Example that involve Artifical Humans and Replacement Goldfish are different as the original child is still alive. Also being a Living Doll Collector is not this.

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  • The trope namer is Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion After the contact experiment with Unit 02 this fractured her psyche and lead to her believing that dolls was Asuka. However due to her psychotic nature she decapitated at least one of the dolls and then committed a 'murder-suicide' with another. Of which a young Asuka was the first to discover such a scene.
  • In Familiar Of Zero Tabitha's mother drank a spike drink meant for Tabitha, who is actually the next in line for the Galian throne. This resulted in her losing her mind and thinking that Tabitha's childhood doll was Tabitha and that her daughter was imposter sent to replace the doll. This leads to Tabitha leaving and adopting the name of her doll. Tabitha.
  • In Tales of Symphonia Raine's mother has Soryu Syndrome due to the guilt of sending her and her brother Genius through the Otherwordly Gate and not being able to go through too. Also the lost of her husband (a human) didn't help. This results in her living in a house on Exile talking to a doll as if it was a five year old Raine. The problem is that a now fully grown Raine is trying to get her to realize she is her daughter. Unlike the other examples she isn't hostile to real Raine and is friendly but still doesn't recognize her as her daughter.
  • Joy from Psychoville has a doll called "Freddie" that she is convinced is her real child. She even steals blood from the hospital where she works to give Freddie transfusions.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • April 27, 2012
    Real Life (which I just happened to find just now): In this news report/video, Anna Nicole Smith apparently mistakes a doll for her not-yet-born baby. Drug induced stupor, or mugging for the camera?
  • April 27, 2012
    I'm confused. The laconic says that this is about a child being mistaken for a doll, but all the examples are of dolls being mistaken for children. Also, needs a more descriptive title.
  • April 29, 2012
    Fixed it. And added three examples. The Evangleion entry isn't spoilered due to it being the trope namer and the fact that it's common knowledge by now.
  • April 29, 2012
    ^You mean Late Arrival Spoilers?

    This can be a neurological disease: see the book The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat.

    How about "My Baby Doll" as an alternate title? Mention that the very idea might originate from young girls being encouraged to play with dolls and pretend they were their children. I can't count how many commercials had those babies that could really pee and poop and made sounds and opened and closed their eyes...
  • April 29, 2012
    This needs to have an English-language title. I like My Baby Doll.
  • April 29, 2012
    Okay changed it. I like Soryu syndrome but I do agree My Baby Doll is catchy. Also I have read that book. IIRC it was a problem in his optic lobe right? He only saw her as a hat. He knew she was there and talked to her. In this case the mother it's psychological as the mother refuses to believe the child is actually the child.
  • April 29, 2012
    Joy in Psychoville is an example.
  • April 29, 2012
    Well could you add it in? I don't know that series.
  • April 29, 2012
    ^^ I believe the book is titled The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat.
  • May 2, 2012
    In the Rugrats episode "Toy Palace", Tommy and Chuckie get out of their strollers and put dolls in their places to go exploring. Neither parent notices the difference, nor does the security guard. And Chuckie's replacement was a monkey!
  • September 18, 2012
    I think Souseiseki from Rozen Maiden might count. In the anime, her medium, Motoharu Shibasaki, thinks she's his late son, Kadzuki. Because of this, he's overprotective of her and calls her by his son's name. The only reason I think it might not, is because the dolls in Rozen Maiden act like people.