Created By: iTroperJanuary 15, 2008

Doorstep Baby

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Okay, here's the other YKTTW that got deleted.

Basically, it's that type of scene. You know the one. It's raining, and a mother is carrying a baby in a basket. The baby is wrapped up in a blanket, but is obviously a main character. The mother may or may not be kept anonymous by a cloak.

So the mother goes up to a doorstep, puts the baby down, rings the doorbell and slips quetly into the night. The door is opened by the child's adopted parents, and the scene cuts to several years later.

Seen It A Million Times, 'nuff said.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • January 15, 2008
    Oh, and before I forget... *snicker* Doorstop Baby *snicker*
  • January 15, 2008
    Air of Mystery
    Yes, definitely Doorstop Baby.
  • January 15, 2008
    The Three Stooges took a baby off someone else's doorstep when they thought nobody was home to find it... The mom was only gone for five minutes, and Hilarity Ensues.
  • January 15, 2008
    Truth In Television: in Illinois (or isit Indiana?) a new mother can drop her baby anonymously on the steps of a local fire house or police station and vanish into the night, no questions asked.

    Doorstop Baby got its foot in the door and won't let go. ;)
  • January 15, 2008
    Subverted in Problem Child where the baby gets left on (I think) 11 successive doorsteps before a family finally keeps him, much to their future detriment.
  • January 15, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Meet the Robinsons.
  • January 15, 2008
    Bam-Bam in The Flintstones.
  • January 15, 2008
    Insanity Prelude
    Another vote for Doorstop Baby.

    Discworld does this: In Thief of Time, it's described as being a common practice to leave babies in front of the various guilds, where they're then raised to whichever trade.
  • January 15, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Further Truth In Television info: From the linked page: "In the M*A*S*H episode "Yessir, That's Our Baby" a baby girl, fathered by an American G.I., is abandoned by her Korean mother at the MASH 4077. After the doctors try unsuccessfully to send the infant to the United States, they follow Father Mulcahy's advice and deposit her at a nearby monastery via a foundling wheel."

    Also, iirc, Quasimodo from (the origional) Hunchback of Notre Dame was abandoned in a foundling wheel.
  • January 15, 2008
  • January 15, 2008
    Silas Marner's adoptive daughter, if I remember correctly.
  • January 15, 2008
    The Super Mario Bros. movie.
  • January 15, 2008
    Turanga Leela from Futurama.

    As for the Truth In Television on in Illinois (or is it Indiana?), many, if not most, states in the USA have laws where a newborn child may be dropped off at a hospital emergency room or other spot with no questions asked. There are some restrictions, in that the child must be unabused, under a certain age, and can't just be left out in the cold (i.e. someone working there must be aware there is a baby that needs care).
  • January 17, 2008
    Harry Potter: The title character, and similarly Tom Riddle follow this trope.
  • January 17, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Nobody's mentioned the subversion from Father Ted, where the priests find a baby on the doorstep but it turns out the mother's simply got the wrong house?
  • January 17, 2008
    Meet The Robinsons.

    A midget thief poses as a doorstep baby to gain access to a house in the awful movie Little Man.
  • January 17, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    "Nobody's mentioned the subversion from Father Ted, where the priests find a baby on the doorstep but it turns out the mother's simply got the wrong house?"

    It was mentioned pre-crash.

    -- Ungvichian
  • January 17, 2008
    Masami Phoenix
    Webcomic example. In Pv P Skull the Troll's diminuitive cousin Sheky passes himself off as an abandoned infant (with a note to Skull to take care of him) so he can pickpocket the entire crew. He is found out and admits his real story.
  • January 18, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Yet further Truth In Telivision. There was something in the paper recently about how Italian hospitals were reintroducing foundling wheels to deal with these sorts of cases.

    Edit: here's the story [2]

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