Created By: Westrim on December 20, 2011 Last Edited By: Westrim on March 15, 2013
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discard No desire for kids.

Author or character doesn't like the idea of having kids.

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People having babies is quite important to the continuation of the human race. Some philosophers even opine that it's the point of our existence. But not everyone feels that having children is right for them, for a variety of reasons. When either a story conspicuously has no kids despite the reasonableness of their presence, or Bob or the author shudders at the thought of having children, this applies. Does not apply if Bob is evil or actively persecutes children, or thinks they'd cramp their style.


Examples:

Film:
  • Alan Grant from Jurassic Park is none too fond of children, but softens to them after the events of the film. He's still uncomfortable with Ellie's kid in the third movie.

Literature:
  • In I, Jedi, Corran remarks in the second chapter that his wife Mirax has decided she wants kids. Corran said that he didn't mind kids as long as they went home with their parents at the end of the day. He comes around.

Live Action TV:
  • Bernadette Rostenkowski in The Big Bang Theory, following a bad experience at a child's birthday party, plus some childhood trauma with a My Beloved Smother and an Axe Crazy pop. She and Howard have decided when they do have kids, she'll bring home the bacon, and he'll be a stay-at-home dad.
  • Bones used then subverted the trope. Brennan said in one of the early seasons that she did not want kids, and then, a couple seasons later, she wanted Booth's kid, and eventually became pregnant with his child.
  • Robin, from How I Met Your Mother, says many times she doesn't want children. Subverted, perhaps, once she finds out she can't have children.
  • Bob Newhart was quite adamant about his character not having kids in The Bob Newhart Show. According to one anecdote the writers wrote an episode where Emily (his wife) gets pregnant and sent it to him for review. Bob responded that it was great, and he only had one question about it: who are they going to get to play Bob?

Web Comic:
  • So far every character in Questionable Content that has expressed an opinion about having children has had a negative one. The cartoonist, Jeph Jacques, has expressed the same opinion in his newsposts.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • December 20, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Characters who don't want kids tend to fall under Children Are A Waste.

    If the setting doesn't have children, there could be numerous reasons. If it's because of Video Game Cruelty Potential, the result is Hide Your Children.
  • December 21, 2011
    BearyScary
  • December 21, 2011
    Frank75
    See also Child Hater.
  • December 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Bob Newhart vetoed a storyline in The Bob Newhart Show where Emily got pregnant. After he read the script he said (paraphrased), "This is great. One question: who are you going to get to play Bob?"
  • December 21, 2011
    CharacterInWhite
    • Katniss from The Hunger Games does not want children because she doesn't ever want anyone else to even have a chance at being selected for the Games.
  • December 21, 2011
    Met
    I don't see how a character not liking the idea of something is tropable. It has to relate to the plot somehow. If one character wants kids and the partner doesn't, this could be a significant plot point. There are many romance novels with this theme. A lot of movies show a character who dislikes kids babysitting, and then finally deciding to have kids of his/her own because of the experience. Another point would be when a character doesn't want to have children because of the trauma of having lost a child, or because they were abused as a child.
  • December 21, 2011
    ScanVisor
  • December 21, 2011
    Westrim
    Children Are A Waste seems specifically selfish- children are a drag on why I want to do, so no kids.

    Child Hater is on the extreme end of this, being a villain trope, and some of the examples would be moved here - Alan from Jurassic Park definitely dislikes kids, not hates them.

    From what I know, Ben Crowshaw and Bob Newhart definitely fit this. I don't know about Splice, and Katniss is doing so due to outside forces.

    I intend this as a Character Trait, something that is part of how the audience views the character. It can also be a view of the author too, but I'm not sure how to go about reflecting that.

    The most immediate influence on the trope is Questionable Content- the artist and every character that's commented on the subject says something to the effect of "kids? Ew. Never having them."

    The confusion is partially my own- the original title was Babies Are Icky, and I started writing about that, but I felt that was limiting (since if the character envisions babies as constantly crying, they always seem to regard kids as constantly whining too)and changed partway through. I think that muddled the idea, so I welcome suggestions. In the meantime I'll work on the intro.

  • February 18, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    Bernadette Rostenkowski in The Big Bang Theory, following a bad experience at a child's birthday party, plus some childhood trauma with a My Beloved Smother and an Axe Crazy pop. She and Howard have decided when they do have kids, she'll bring home the bacon, and he'll be a stay-at-home dad.
  • February 18, 2012
    chicagomel
    • Bones did what I believe is a subversion, but correct me if I'm wrong. Brennan said in one of the early seasons that she did not want kids, and then, a couple seasons later, she wanted Booth's kid. Now, she's pregnant with his baby girl.
  • February 21, 2012
    Azkar
  • February 1, 2013
    Westrim
    Bumping.
  • February 6, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^^^I don't think Bones is a subversion; she just changed her mind. And then Real Life Wrote The Plot: since Emily Deschanel [sp] got pregnant they had to write in that Brennan got pregnant.
  • February 6, 2013
    StarSword
    Literature:
    • In I, Jedi, Corran remarks in the second chapter that his wife Mirax has decided she wants kids. Corran said that he didn't mind kids as long as they went home with their parents at the end of the day. He comes around.
  • February 7, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Not sure how to classify this: Bob Newhart was quite adamant about his character not having kids in The Bob Newhart Show. According to one anecdote the writers wrote an episode where Emily (his wife) gets preganant and sent it to him for review. Bob responded that it was great, and he only had one question about it: who are they going to get to play Bob?
  • February 28, 2013
    Larkmarn
    There seems to be way too much overlap with Children Are A Waste... it seems to be pretty much the same, but slightly milder.

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