Created By: tkalir on November 29, 2011

The Kid Likes Him

When the single mother's kid likes him, you know they're gonna end up together

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In dramas\romantic comedies, the hero and another side character don't get along so well, but when her little kid gets along with them, you know these two are gonna end up together.
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  • November 29, 2011
    Needs A Better Title, it needs to be more specific.
  • November 29, 2011
    Subtrope of Licked By The Dog.
  • November 29, 2011
    Single Parent Shipper Kid?

    • While it never goes full circle, Rebcca's daughter Molly from Tale Spin adores Baloo, and it's more than obvious him and Rebecca were teased as a couple.
  • November 29, 2011
    Hogarth's mum (Annie) from The Iron Giant and the Mansley
  • November 29, 2011
    ^ Hogarth hated Kent Mansley. He liked Dean and that's who Annie ended up with. Although the relationship developing that way barely got even a hint onscreen.

    • The little boy from Sleepless In Seattle picked out Annie from a bunch of other letters to help his dad find someone to love.
    • Had to have happened prior to the show starting on Phineas And Ferb as Candace and Phineas are from Linda's first marriage, and Ferb is from Lawrence's first marriage.
    • The daughters in Practical Magic sabotaged their aunt's potions to get rid of the guy they liked for their mom. Their aunt wanted him gone because he was investigating a murder their aunt could've been a suspect for.

  • November 29, 2011
    • Virtually the whole premise of The Switch is the relationship between Walter and Kassie's son Sebastian rather than being about Walter and Kassie.
  • November 29, 2011
    There is a Teen Titans fic (called The Little Cherub), where Raven runs away, and only returns a few years later, with a child. Beast Boy and the boy like each other from the first moment. In the end, it turns out that the boy is his own, however. Beast Boy and Raven do end up together.
  • November 29, 2011
    See Parent With New Paramour as supertrope, and cull appropriate examples out of there? Are there enough to split off?
  • November 29, 2011
    I had a similar idea recently, though I called it Single Parents Criterion: when a single parent's main criterion in choosing their life partner is whether said a potential partner gets along with his/her kid. Here are examples I had in mind

    • In Terminator 2, Sarah Connor realizes with astonishment that of all the "would-be fathers", the eponymous robot man would make the best father for John. But then again, he is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, known for his Papa Wolf portrayals. Of course, they don't get together in the end.
    • In the Yuri Genre manga Sweet Guilty Love Bites, part II, a single mother discovers that a lesbian woman she had a drunken one-night stand with gets along with her daughter perfectly. They get together in the end.
  • November 29, 2011
    This may be invoked by would-be spouses, who will try to win the child's approval for the purpose of smoothing their way to the parent's heart. This will almost never work.

    • Enchanted: Nancy is clearly trying to bond with her fiancee Robert's young daughter, Morgan, but it is not going smoothly. Manic Pixie Dream Girl Giselle captures Morgan's heart effortlessly, even prompting Morgan to compare a shopping excursion with her to something she would do with her mother, so of course Giselle wins Robert's heart in the end.

    • In the Elsie Dinsmore series, one would-be suitor of Mr. Dinsmore deliberately tries to curry favor with Elsie by giving her expensive presents and extravagant compliments. Elsie dislikes the woman and naturally bonds with Rose, who ends up marrying Mr. Dinsmore.