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Just Like The Parent
Re Tool of My Mom Loves That Game
Needs Examples Better Name Tropeworthy? Description Needs Help

(permanent link) added: 2012-10-03 13:21:03 sponsor: Nazetrime (last reply: 2013-05-01 02:06:26)

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Making the original idea into a broader trope.

Is This Tropable? Needs a Better Title (too similar to a Stock Phrase). Needs Examples. Laconic needs help. Rolling Updates.

Not supposed to be a stock phrase, it's just the working title until I find a better one.
Carl: Let's play a game. It's called See-Who-Can-Be-Quiet-The-Longest.
Russell: Cool! My mom loves that game!
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Parental Subtitutes tend to come along after Parental Abandonment. But sometimes, the Parental Abadonment is relatively recent or the child is not as much abandonned as seperated from its parents as part of the plot. Different degrees of Parental Neglect are also possible. Or a character is at an age at which most people are expected to be able to care of themselves, but is too stupid and/or too immature for that to actually happen.

In parallel, the Parental Substitute situation hasn't happened yet, but needs to be set in motion one way or another. One of the first signs may be one of the older characters displaying a behaviour that the child notices as similar to that of one of its own parents. The child pointing that out be will usually be the first indication that the future Parental Substitute shares anything with its parent. That trope double as giving character Invisible Parents without having to show them or having people who know/knew them talking about them.

Bonus Points if the thing shared between the child's parent(s) and Parental Substitute is annoyance with the child. Extra points is the child is oblivious to the annoyance (as per the the quotes from the old proposal).


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Live-Action TV
  • Noob: That exchange between the titular guild's master and the resident Man Child Noob :
    Arthéon : Blessed are the meek.
    Sparadrap : Oh, but you're talking like my dad ! What does it mean ?

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