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* FanFic/ImAMarvelAndImADC lampshades the frequency of this with comic book characters in its Father's Day special. While recording Father's Day messages, Spider-Man asks if any of the superheroes gathered have parents who are actually alive and gets met with nothing but blank stares.
* In ''[[http://www.freewebs.com/captain_gamer/ Captain Gamer: Digital Defender]]'', main character Kate Gaines has only had her father mentioned -- and that, only as an offhand notice in one paragraph of BackStory!
* More than half the protagonists in ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' have parents who are either dead, missing, members of an evil cult, uncaring, or some combination of the above.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses spoofs the Disney's way of doing this in Chester A Bum's review.
-->'''Bum:''' But then he is like "Oh my god, I am a parent and married in a Disney film, I'M DOOMED!" and then he dies.
** Speaking of TGWTG, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's daddy left the family a while ago and is implied to have died of AIDS just before the ''Film/{{Alaska}}'' review.
* Occurs quite often in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', for various reasons.
* Trevor James Goodkind (who becomes Phase) starts off in the WhateleyUniverse as a spoiled rich kid, heir to billions, and second in line to take over all of Goodkind International. But the Goodkinds hate and fear mutants (and his mother is clinically mutophobic). When he manifests as a mutant, he is kicked out of the family, disinherited, and then experimented on by a MadScientist in a Goodkind Research lab, some of which activities ''his parents witness''. This may be ''worse'' than having your parents die.
** There are other examples at the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy. Generator has a deceased mother and a child-abuser criminal father. Carmilla's mother is dead and her father is a demon who can't visit this plane of existence under normal conditions. Bladedancer's parents are both dead, her father having been killed by the demon who is pursuing her to this day. There's also Heyoka, Timeless...
* This is implied to have happened to at least three of the heroes of ''TheQuestportChronicles'', further cementing their statuses as [[BreakTheCutie broken cuties]].
* In ''Literature/LovelaceOneTwo'', Andi Gannett-Moore has been shuttled from BoardingSchool to summer camp to summer camp to boarding school continuously since she was a little kid.
* [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Madgie-277607791 Madgie]]'s parents are dead, leaving her in her older sister's, [[http://tokiandcowiki.wikidot.com/wiki:bunny-rabbitwright Bunny]], care.
** On that note, Bunny also cares for [[http://tokiandcowiki.wikidot.com/wiki:eglantine-rabbitwright Eglantine]], [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Little-Cousins-Sweetheart-and-Speckles-330476265?q=gallery%3AAkaiChounokoe%2F43767625&qo=1 Sweetheart and Speckles]], [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Luckie-346894844 Luckie]], [[http://tokiandcowiki.wikidot.com/wiki:binky Binkie]], [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Baby-Sorrel-372202177?q=gallery%3AAkaiChounokoe%2F43767625&qo=5 Sorrel]], and [[http://tokiandcowiki.wikidot.com/wiki:magnolia-rabbitwright Magnolia]] after their mothers abandoned them, though, in the case of Sorrel and Magnolia their mothers died (Magnolia's mother, Margeret, died of illness and Sorrel's mother, Soreene, died in childbirth).
*** Toki also cares for abandoned or otherwise orphaned children and it is never stated what happened to their parents.
*** Her twin sister, Doki did adopt a baby that was abandoned right after birth in the hospital that she works in.

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