Dropped A Baby On Him
A regular joe has had a bad day, and the suck is gonna reproduce.
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Bob hasn't had a very good day. He just got fired from his job, someone stole his hubcaps, he just got a call from the bank about his late mortgage payments, he just got a call from the phone company that the phone's getting cut, he has a hell of a bad cold and while walking to his house door he stumbles and sprains his ankle. Things just can't get any worse. He finally walks into his house, kisses his wife Alice hello, sits down on his favorite couch and relates to her the awfulness of his day.

And then Alice tells him she is pregnant.

Dropped A Baby On Him refers to when a bad day becomes exponentially worse with the knowledge that the character now has 9 months or less to try to save his life from irreversible misery. It's a horrifying moment, because even if his current problems are actually short term(he might get a job again soon, for example), they can now have VERY long-time consequences, since, well, there's a new mouth to feed on the way.

This will always be complicated by the fact that Good Girls Avoid Abortion: even with the immense financial burden and problems it will cause them, Alice will ALWAYS insist on keeping the baby, and she(or the author) will make Bob seem an asshole if he even dares suggest it, even though it, at least practically speaking, a way to alleviate upcoming problems. Adoption's not considered either, even though it is usually more accepted socially and understandable given the situation.

For this trope to be in effect, it HAS to be portrayed as distressing to the dad. After all, if the dad sees the coming baby as something to be happy about, well, it isn't very dramatic or funny.

PLEASE, no Real Life examples...

Examples:

Film
  • Its A Wonderful Life. George is feeling like a failure because he rejected Potter's offer.
    George: Why in the world did you ever marry a guy like me?
    Mary: To keep from being an old maid.
    George: You could have married Sam Wainwright and anybody else in town.
    Mary: I didn't want to marry anybody else in town. I want my baby to look like you.
  • A female employee of NBC with whom Chuck Barris was having sex with pulled this on him in Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. Subverted in that it turns out she just had a late period.

Live-Action TV
  • Fran pulls this on Earl in Dinosaurs, made funnier by the fact that, since they're dinosaurs, she does the reveal by showing him the egg she laid.

Music
  • George Michael song "Everything She Wants". A man's wife demands that he do nothing but work to make money for her so she can buy stuff.
And now you tell me that you're having my baby,
I'll tell you that I'm happy if you want me to
One step further and my back will break,
If my best isn't good enough
Than how can it be good enough for two?

Video Games
  • A plot point in Catherine. Vincent has a mediocre life up to a point, until his girlfriend Katherine tells him she is pregnant and proposes they get married.

Webcomic
  • In Unshelved, Dewey states that he doesn't care if he is the one downsized as he is young and should have no trouble finding another job. No sooner does he say this then his girlfriend announces that she is pregnant.

Western Animation
  • In The Simpsons, Marge pulled one on Homer when they discovered she was pregnant with Bart. Homer had no stable job and they were not married yet.
    • Marge pulls this again on Homer after they already have two kids. The kicker is that Homer thought everything was perfect beforehand; he was about to give up his well-paying but soul-sucking nuclear plant job for his lower-paying dream job at a bowling alley, but that plan was foiled when he discovered he needed to provide for three kids.
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