Created By: Nazetrime on October 3, 2012 Last Edited By: Nazetrime on May 1, 2013

Just Like The Parent

Re Tool of My Mom Loves That Game

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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 Manchild Noob :
    Arthéon : Blessed are the meek.
    Sparadrap : Oh, but you're talking like my dad ! What does it mean ?

Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • October 4, 2012
    Not only bad case of Trope Namer Syndrome, but if this ever gets launched with the current title, it'll get cutlisted immediately due to the No New Stock Phrases rule.

  • October 4, 2012
    Precisely the reason I'm looking for another title among other things.
  • October 6, 2012
    Guess it must be Too Rare To Trope. Too bad, it seems like a neat narrative device (to me, at least).
  • October 6, 2012
    Also, please see Example As A Thesis. You shouldn't have an example as a description. Examples are what the example section is for.