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->''"And the good guy doesn't have a mommy, 'cause his mommy died."''
-->-- '''Zoe''', ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues''

A subtrope of ParentalAbandonment: The mother of a character or characters is missing or absent.

Perhaps she died. Perhaps she left and there's bitterness involved. Perhaps she's a DamselInDistress. Regardless of what happened--and regardless of whether or not the viewers find out what happened--Dad seems to have raised his children on his own or with help from a mom-substitute.

Missing Moms are often considered more unusual than missing fathers and are more likely to have their absence explicitly explained. This might be because a man can technically leave his baby-mama at any time after knocking her up (or she can leave him)--it's even possible for him to never find out he's a father. But a woman carrying a child to term and giving birth, then disappearing, is rarer, especially if it was by her own choice, since it contradicts the CloserToEarth image most cultures have of women. If it was DeathByChildbirth that disposed of the mother, this is usually mentioned because it adds an extra touch of tragedy to the character's life. And if the Missing Mom is never mentioned, then the character likely belongs to a SingleLineOfDescent.

However, the flip-side is that if both parents are absent, the character is ''far'' more likely to be obsessed with his or her lost father. Characters who have lost both parents often do not mention the lost mother at all. Missing Moms in general are likely to get a '''brief''' mention as to what happened to them, but are far less likely to turn up again in the story and/or be a driving force behind a hero's adventures.

Missing Moms are almost always remembered in a positive light, unlike Disappeared Dads (although see FirstFatherWins). Expect the father to wax poetic about the times they shared, and to tell a female hero "You look so much like your mother." DeathByChildbirth can be a cause of this. By contrast, if the Missing Mom is alive and ''willingly'' abandoned her child, she will probably be portrayed as [[MandatoryMotherhood worse]] than an absentee dad[[note]]expect in some period stories--before the 20th century, children of divorced or legally-separated couples were invariably awarded to the father[[/note]]. This beatification can also lead the way to a WickedStepmother, if the father remarries, or a child's TellMeAboutMyMother. If the mother is [[ReallyDeadMontage dead]], the surviving spouse is almost obligated to have a HappierHomeMovie about her, such as a wedding video or one with the hero as a baby.

Combine with DisappearedDad, and you get ParentalAbandonment.

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!!Examples:

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* MissingMom/AnimeAndManga
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]]'s mother passed her to her father literally at birth, who in turn shot the midwife dead and took the infant to be trained as the [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower ultimate]] [[TykeBomb assassin]] in isolation from spoken language. Given that said mother became known as ComicBook/LadyShiva, it is hard to imagine that her influence would have helped...and the kid seemed to have turned out emotionally together enough to [[StreetUrchin run away from home]] [[ThouShaltNotKill rather than kill...]][[TheAtoner again]]... at least until she's forced to kill Shiva herself. [[UnexplainedRecovery She got better.]]
* Comicbook/{{Batwoman}} lost her mother in a hostage situation when she was a kid. [[spoiler:She also lost her twin sister...or so she thought]].
* Matt Murdock, aka Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, was raised entirely by his father (this turned into ParentalAbandonment when the guy was murdered in the first issue of Matt's series). His mother went completely unmentioned for over twenty years before finally showing up out of the blue; turns out that she abandoned her child to become a nun. ''ComicBook/OriginalSin'' later revealed that she abandoned him because [[spoiler: she was hit with a major case of Post-Natal Depression that drove her to nearly kill him. She was so horrified of the actions that she ran away.]] Darkdevil, Daredevil's LegacyCharacter in ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'', also has a missing mom and a dead dad. It's implied that Mom is still in jail for killing her abusive father. At least, that's what Darkdevil hopes.
* In Franchise/TheDCU, Roy Harper once broke an [[LotusEaterMachine illusory world]] by asking about his mother -- she's so comprehensively missing that the illusion [[AGlitchInTheMatrix couldn't summon anything from his mind to fill in the details]]. (Note that this is ''in addition'' to being an orphan; his dad's dead, his mom just isn't part of the story.)
* Since there are LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in ''Comicbook/XMen'', the following are only a few examples. Elizabeth Howlett committed suicide after [[Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} her son]] killed [[AbusiveParents Thomas Logan]]. Katherine Summers was killed by [[EvilOverlord D'ken]] of the Shi'ar empire. Rogue's biological mother would AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence when Rogue was a small child, leaving her traumatized and in the care of her strict aunt. Edie Eisenhardt would be killed in a concentration camp, leading to ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s StartOfDarkness. His wife Magda fled into the wilderness after giving birth, continuing the pattern. Nightcrawler was probably better off not being raised by his real mother, [[Characters/XMenVillains Mystique]].
* Peppermint Patty from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is raised only by her father, and it's hinted that her mom is dead. (When Marcie [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1973/09/27 asks her]] why she can't stay with her mother when her father is out of town, Patty simply says: "I don't have a mother, Marcie!")
* The children in ''ComicStrip/{{Baldo}}'' are cared for by their father and great-aunt, after having lost their mother in a car accident.
* Rush's mom in ''ComicStrip/MallardFillmore'' is this, having divorced his dad because [[StrawFeminist he named their son after Rush Limbaugh behind her back]].
* Brian Fies' ''Whatever happened to the World of Tomorrow'' is more about the world at large than the unnamed main characters, but the fact that the son's mother is never ever mentioned stands out like a sore thumb when it's heavily implied his father is serving in WWII - so ''who'' is taking care of the teenaged or pre-teen kid?
* [[Characters/YoungAvengers Kate Bishop]]'s mother died some time before ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers'' started. So did [[spoiler: Teddy's]], though he didn't know it for years, [[spoiler: and then the woman who raised him burned to death in front of him.]]
* Happens to both of the heroes in ''Comicbook/QuantumAndWoody''. Quantum's parents went through a divorce after an auto accident, and she happily left after securing a huge alimony payment. Woody's mother divorced out of an abusive relationship and became an impoverished drug addict, emotionally absent as she left Woody to fend for himself.
* In ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' Peter has full ParentalAbandonment. His best friend Harry's mom also died when he was quite young, which is a pity, since his father ComicBook/{{Norman|Osborn}} isn't exactly Father of the Year material.
* ComicBook/JessicaJones parents and little brother were killed in the car crash that gave Jessica her powers. She was adopted into a loving family(the mother had been adopted herself at a similar age), but except for flashbacks, she isn't seen in ''Comicbook/{{Alias}}''. Her adoptive parents both finally make a real-time appearance in ''Comicbook/ThePulse''.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}'', Katie talks to her father on the phone, but her mom is never mentioned. [[spoiler: It's implied she died from an unspecified illness]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{Violine}}'', Violine's mom turns out to be missing [[spoiler: and Marushka, the woman who adopted her, turns out to have lied about being her mother]].
* In ''ComicBook/ZodiacStarforce'', Emma's mother is implied to be one of the casualties of the girls' battles with Cimmeria.
* Kenton's mother in ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'' is absent, presumably having returned to the Darkside after bearing Praxton a child.
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* The mothers of the title characters of "Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs" and "Literature/{{Cinderella}}" have no role other than dying to leave their respective daughter to the WickedStepmother.
** In the earliest version published by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, Snow White has no step-mother - the horrific treatment she receives comes directly from ''her own biological mother''. Ditto for Literature/HanselAndGretel. It's likely that such stories wound up axing the real mother and putting a step-mother in their place because the concept of [[OffingTheOffspring a mother conspiring against her own children]] came to be seen as too disturbing.
* In ''Literature/TsarevichPetrAndTheWizard'', the mother is the object of TheQuest.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Kanin of ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'' has never known who her mother is or anything about her, [[spoiler: except the fact that she's a Viera]], though has at least once expressed the desire too.
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'':
** Shinji and Asuka lost their mothers when they were barely four. When Daniel tells both pilots he can bring them back and promises to do so, they agree to trust him and go with him.
** Misato's mother passed away twenty years earlier before the beginning of the story, when she was a teenager. When she was told her mother had returned too, she demanded to go to see her right away.
** Hikari's mother was also missing due to SEELE. When she got her back, she barely could believe it.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
** After their FirstKiss Shinji tells Asuka his mother died when he was four. Astonished, Asuka reveals her mother died when she was four, too.
** Later Rei reveals to them that she grew up without a mother.
** Hikari's mother is also missing [[spoiler:although she felt her when she was stuck inside her Eva.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': In chapter 2 Shinji convince Misato to tell him why Asuka dreams about her mother. Misato tells him about Kyoko, her madness, her suicide… how she hang a doll she thought was Asuka together with her… and Shinji feels he can understand her at last because he also lost his mother.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Shinji and Asuka's mothers died when they were little children, although Asuka was taken in by a foster mother.
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Shinji and Asuka's mothers died when they were children and Rei never knew hers. After returning to the past they know what happened to them, and they try talk to them when they are inside their robots.
* The Missing Mom issue for the Smurfs in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' is explained with ThePlague [[OnlyFatalToAdults killing off all the parents in Papa Smurf's generation of Smurfs]], including Empath's mother.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': During a conversation Shinji reveals to [[LoveInterest Asuka]] that [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/960259/024/ her mother died when he was a little kid]] and [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/960258/023/ he barely remember her]]. Given [[NotSoDifferent Asuka's reaction]] to his history and her own backstory in the original series, her mother also may be dead.
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Shinji, Asuka and Misato lost their mothers when they were kids. After a while Shinji finally gets over Yui's death. However, [[spoiler:Asuka gets her mother back]].
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': A good number of Shinji and Asuka’s traumas are rooted in having lost their mothers when they were four. In chapter 2 Asuka notes the irony that their mothers were always with them when they piloted their Evas.
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Asuka and Shinji's mothers died when they were very young. Their teacher Kaoru also lost her mother and grandmother when he was a child, before the beginning of the history.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': Shinji and Asuka lost their mothers due to contact experiments with Evangelion Units. Ten years later [[spoiler:Shinji found out his mother was the cause of his [[Franchise/{{Superman}} kryptonian DNA]],]] and Asuka found out during her stay in [[spoiler:[[Franchise/WonderWoman Paradise Island]]]] that her mother got forced to undergo that experiment.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': In chapter 9, Asuka reveals Shinji her mother was dead. Shocked, Shinji realizes she is just like him.
* ''Fanfic/ScarTissue'': In several scenes Shinji and Asuka argue how their mothers left them, and wonder about their motives. Both children are quite bitter about it.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': Asuka's mother dying when she was barely four is the main cause of her pain and her angry, bitter behaviour. Later she finds out Shinji's mother is dead, too.
* In ''Fanfic/DeadOfNight'', [[Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName Vesser's]] selkie mother was emotionally distant with him. According to him, she could never decide if she wanted him around or not, so she spent most of her time in the ocean, leaving him in the care of a guy she enchanted into looking after him. When the story starts, she'd also been murdered under extremely suspicious circumstances...
* In chapter 8 of ''Fanfic/BaitAndSwitchSTO'' [[TheHero Captain Kanril Eleya]] and Lieutenant Commander Reshek Gaarra are talking about their families, and Gaarra mentions that his mother died when he was two. He was raised by his father and [[ParentalSubstitute a paternal aunt]].
* From the ''Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX'' series, we have Reimu's mother, Reiko. Aside from the sidestories, she generally didn't appear until about ''Life in Gensokyo Village'' and remained present through 20XXIII to about 20XXIV, when she died. In the sidestory, ''The Woman Whose Hair Smelled of Violets'', Reimu mentions that, when her training was finished, her mother went away and left her to take over her duties.
* In ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'', it's revealed that the mother of the eight [[WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures Demon Sorcerers]] disappeared shortly after they reached their full powers and started their conquest of the Earth. It's merely stated that she has probably hidden herself away for the past millennium, horrified at what she birthed.
* ''Fanfic/WhyAmICrying'' reveals that Diamond Tiara's mother was killed in train accident (while she was pregnant!), Scootaloo's mother walked out on her, and Apple Bloom's is implied to have [[DeathByChildbirth died giving birth to her]].
** The former was {{jossed}} by the episode "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", which shows that Diamond's mother is alive and well.
* In ''Fanfic/TheGodSquad'':
** Their mother, when Luna was barely a few months old, abandoned them with their older brother Tydal, the gruff God of the Sea and God of War. Luckily, Tydal turned out to be a great father and his wife stepped in a surrogate mother. Still, they reference from time to time that they were abandoned... and they never call Tydal's wife 'mom'.
** Cadence was also abandoned, with Celestia raising her.
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', the mothers of Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Touji Hikari... and all his classmates are dead. Shinji suspects that it's not a coincidence, and when [[spoiler:he finds out that their mothers were taken from them by SEELE]], he's both appalled and homicidally furious.
* ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'': Taylor’s mother Annette died several months before the beginning of the story. Her death comes into play when Emma wants to prove who she is to Taylor, and reminds her of their talks after Annette's death.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Shinji and Asuka lost their mothers when they were four. When they return to the past and have the chance to talk to their mothers for first time after so many years, it's a very emotional moment for them.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'':
** Both Shinji and Asuka lost their mothers when they were barely four. In chapter 8 they bond over their loss.
** [[spoiler:Keiko]] revealed Asuka that her mother died when she was a little child.
* In ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'' Shinji and Asuka’s mothers died when they were barely four. After going back to the past Shinji knows what really happened to his mother, but Asuka is still unaware of it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon'' movies '''love''' this trope:
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': ''Aladdin's'' mother, who appears in [[Literature/{{Aladdin}} the original story]], was going to be in the movie as well, but was dropped early on. In [[Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves the third movie]] he mentions that his mother died when he was a kid. The Sultan's wife is mentioned as being deceased. In one of the direct-to-TV princess movies, it is shown that the Sultan spends a great deal of time with his wife's stallion, Sahara, indicating that she died quite recently.
** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': Kida's mother, the former queen of Atlantis, is sacrificed by the Mother Crystal as an attempt to save the eponymous lost city from a tidal wave at the very beginning of the film. Unfortunately, she cannot save her kingdom, and as a result she is pronounced dead once Atlantis ends up underwater. Kida actually loses her [[Creator/LeonardNimoy father]] later on to internal bleeding, therefore making her TheHighQueen.
** ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'': The eponymous character's mother is killed by hunters.
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': There is no mention of what happened to Maurice's wife. Not so in the stage musical, which reveals her to be dead and still honoured in the family.
** ''Disney/BrotherBear'': The bear Kenai killed as revenge for killing his older brother is actually [[spoiler: Koda's mother.]]
** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': The main character's mother is deceased. The Prince's mother is also absent. One of the sequels confirms that she's dead, and that the King loved her very much. (However, in many non-Disney adaptations, the Queen is still alive.)
** ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'':
*** Aladar is separated from his mother when his egg is unexpectedly taken away from her nest by a hungry Oviraptor while his mother was trying to protect said nest from [[BigBad the Carnotaurus]]. The Oviraptor then takes the egg into a nearby forest where it proceeds to crack it open and eat the fetus inside, but loses the egg to another Oviraptor. While the two Oviraptors begin to fight over the egg, Aladar's egg rolls off a ledge and into a nearby river where it is then picked up by a passing Pterodactyl. The Pterodactyl then flies the egg all the way to Lemur Island (home to Aladar's eventual foster family of lemurs) and leaves it there, where he will eventually hatch and be adopted. It's implied that his biological mother was either killed by [[BigBad the Carnotaurus]] (who also smashed her other eggs) or was among the many dinosaurs that was killed by the meteorite.
*** Inverted with [[LastOfHisKind Baylene]] however. She, despite being one of the oldest dinosaurs in the film, actually lost her spouse, as well of all of her siblings and her descendants to the meteorite, therefore making her the last surviving Brachiosaurus on Earth. Also, Plio, the lemur girl that adopts Aladar, despite her father being the chief of the lemur clan, actually doesn't have a mother as well. Inverted with Plio herself, where even though she already has a daughter named Suri, she actually doesn't have a husband.
** Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' lacks in the parental department as well.
** ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': Morgan's mother left. We had the explanation, and it was significant. Prince Edward has a missing mom too, hence his stepmother.
** ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'': Tod's mother is shot during the opening scene.
** In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', [[KidAppealCharacter Olivia]] is trying to get Basil to help her find her father. He says "Surely your mother knows where he is" and she says "I don't have a mother." The implication is that Mom is dead.
** Quasimodo's Roma mother in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' [[DeathByFallingOver is kicked down a flight of stone stairs and cracks her head open]] while trying to save her baby son from Frollo. His father was arrested, so one can assume she's dead. (Considering Quasimodo has fair skin, he may not be their biological son; on the other hand, he may be Roma and have the fair skin as part of his deformity. In any case, it still counts.)
** Mowgli from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' is a feral child [[RaisedByWolves raised by...wolves]]. Since he was found abandoned in a wrecked boat, it can be assumed his parents are deceased.
** The female eponymous character from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' lives with her older sister. Apparently their parents died recently, as she remembers things they used to say. Given her explanation ("It was raining, and they went for a drive"), we can assume they died in a car accident.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': No mention is made of Ariel's mother, or what became of her. (''Ariel's Beginning'' is about her: she's called Athena. Ariel's love of music comes from her mother, who died in a hit-and-run with a pirate ship. Since that event, King Triton banned music from Atlantica in grief, so ''Ariel's Beginning'' is about how the music was brought back.)
** ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'': Lewis' mother left him in an orphanage. His desire to discover her drives most of the story.
** Li Shang from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has no mother.
** See the Literature section for ''Disney/PeterPan''.
** The title character of ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' also has a dead mother and receives a necklace in memory of her. According to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, though it's not outright stated in the film, the mother's spirit is the source of the DramaticWind that follows the heroine throughout.
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': Charlotte just lives with her father and there's no mention of a mother. Averted with Tiana, though, who has her mother and a [[DisappearedDad dad who was hinted to have died in]] UsefulNotes/WorldWarI during the TimeSkip.
** Penny from ''Disney/TheRescuers'' is an orphan. (Except in one of the book adaptations, where she is Medusa's daughter and ''pretends'' to be an orphan in the hope of being adopted into safety.)
** In ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' while Aurora's mother survives the movie, Prince Phillip's mother is never seen nor mentioned.
** ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'' is taken care of by her [[WickedStepmother step-mother]]. It is unclear what happened to her parents. However a Disney storybook based on the movie hints that her parents died; her mother suffered DeathByChildbirth like in the original fairy tale, and the father was poisoned by the queen.
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'''s loving mother ''and'' father are killed by a [[CatsAreMean leopard]]. And there is no mother for Jane Porter, who's been raised by her father.
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Nemo's mother is missing because she was killed by a barracuda, along with all of Nemo's unhatched siblings.
* There is no mention of Remy's mother in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. Early production art shows that she was intended to be a character (named Desiree), but was dropped to allow greater focus upon the father-son relationship between Django and Remy.
* There is no mention of Mindy's mother in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie''. King Neptune appears to be a single parent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' we see the eponymous panda and his father, and no mother. And we don't even get to know what happened to her! According to ''[[AllThereInTheManual The Art of Kung Fu Panda]]'', the directors originally intended to put Po's mother into the story, but decided in the end that it distracted from the main story and wasn't very interesting. The fact they didn't want to make Po seem special for having a goose father, and that they wanted [[TheUnreveal to play silly buggers]] with the audience about the ObliviousAdoption may also have had something to do with it.
* It's finally revealed in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' that both of Po's biological parents were seemingly killed by Lord Shen during his attempted genocide of the panda species. The SequelHook at the end shows that [[spoiler: Po's dad survived, but it's implied that his mother pulled a HeroicSacrifice to save Po and is most likely dead]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'', the absence of Ozzie's mate and Heather's mother is never addressed.
* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'': Flint's mother dies when he was young. Although this was an important plot point; she encouraged him to pursue his scientific dreams and his dad never understood him. His mom was essentially their translator.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' MK moves in with her father because her mother passed away. It becomes the source of where most of MK's and her dad's dramatic moments come from.
* ''WesternAnimation/SongOfTheSea'' has Bronagh, who disappeared on the night of her daughter Saoirse's birth. As a result, Saoirse's father Conor has become wistful and distant and her brother Ben [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild blames her for their mother's "death"]]. [[spoiler:In the end, she becomes this permanently since as a [[SelkiesAndWereseals selkie]], she must go across the sea with the other fairies to their homeland, though she's still able to bid her family goodbye.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls'', Eggs' is never seen. Averted with Winnie, but Lady Portley-Rind isn't involved with the main plot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** Played with in regards to Manolo's mother Carmen. She dies before the events of the film, and it is never explained why, but she still becomes a supporting character due to the nature of the setting. Manolo meets her in the Land of the Remembered, and she accompanies him on his journey.
** Joaquin's mother is never mentioned or seen in the film. However, it has been confirmed that she left San Angel when Captain Mondragon was killed.
** WordOfGod confirmed that Maria's mother divorced her father and moved to Spain.
* Mia of ''Film/MethHead'' is an interesting case in which we see the missing mom without the daughter. She lost her daughter because of her drug use but she tried to keep an eye on her by watching her daughter's web site.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'': Littlefoot's mother is killed by the sharptooth. Cera's mother also mysteriously vanishes after the Great Earthshake and is [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse neither seen or mentioned at the end of the movie or in any of the sequels]].
* It is discussed in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' that Hiccup's mother passed away before the events of the movie. [[spoiler:In the sequel, however, she turns out to be alive.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' begins with a Missing Mom as Harry Tasker raises his daughter Grace with a bunch of oil rig roughnecks, but [[spoiler: it turns to an adult-onset ParentalAbandonment as [[HeroicSacrifice/{{Film}} Harry dies saving the earth from a giant meteor the size of Texas]]]]. We find out from Grace that mom left.
* One of the main plot threads of Korean film ''Film/{{Punch}} is the teenaged protagonist Wan-deuk reuniting with his mother, who abandoned him when he was a baby. Although she's clearly ashamed about it, the film never really explains why she left. Apparently she just couldn't get along with Wan-deuk's father.
* In ''As It Is In Heaven'' [[spoiler: Daniel and Lena]] both have lost their parents at a young age.
* ''Film/DickieRobertsFormerChildStar'': Dickie's mother abandoned him once he lost stardom.
* In ''Film/PrettyInPink'', Andie's mom abandoned Andie and her dad sometime before the movie started. The two of them coming to terms with it is addressed.
* ''Film/EllaEnchanted'': As a partial send-up of ''Cinderella'', Ella also lost her mother and ended up with a WickedStepmother.
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': Russell Case is raising his kids alone. By a comment he makes, she probably died of a chronic illness, possibly the same one his child suffers from.
* ''Film/JerseyGirl'': The title character's mother (played by Music/JenniferLopez) dies early on in the film.
* ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'': Jonah's mother died more or less recently, which prompts him to find his dad a new wife and himself a new mother.
* In TheFilmOfTheBook for ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'', the children's mother is a rare case of a Missing Mom who is physically present but absent in the motherly duties thing. She was so fixated on doing everything the way they "agreed" they would in therapy, and refused to discuss anything else. She did get better, though.
* ''Film/{{Stardust}}'': Tristan Thorn's mother is missing. She's a DamselInDistress on the other side of the wall. She is a rare example of the type of Missing Mom who is rescued and returns for the HappyEnding.
* ''Film/{{Juno}}'' has this, but the eponymous character has a stepmother, who she has a pretty close bond with, as the film continues.
* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''
** Hannah's mother is deceased, though whether this is before or after the eponymous period of devastation is unclear. Jim's parents commit suicide together some time before he wakes from his coma, realising somewhat what's happening, and though Jim is an adult this is presumably part of why he bonds so well with the much older Frank.
** According to WordOfGod Selena had to kill her entire family in one afternoon. No wonder she's so cold.
* ''Film/{{Underdog}}'': Shoeshine's human family has a Missing Mom. It takes two thirds of the movie before someone mentions she died.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''. Unlike all of the other children, Violet Beauregarde's mother is not shown, only her father. She does speak a brief line, but she is offscreen and difficult to see.
* In ''Film/{{Hancock}}'', Aaron's mother died shortly after his birth, but he has a stepmom who may as well be his mother since she's known him from his infancy.
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' has Marni, Shilo's mother, who died before the movie began, and the missing mother(s) of the three Largo children.
* In ''{{Film/Unforgiven}}'', Creator/ClintEastwood must raise his son and daughter alone, trying to atone for his past solely on the memory of his late wife.
* ''Film/FlyAwayHome'' begins with the heroine's mother dying in a car crash.
* This is the plot of ''Grace Is Gone''. The mother died in Iraq, and the father tries to explain this to kids.
* This is Susan's fate in ''Film/TheParentTrap''.
* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', princess Vespa has (naturally) no mother.
* The heroine of ''Film/WhaleRider'' has no mother.
* In ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' there is no mother in the Vonn Trapp family. Captain Von Trapp is explicitly referred to as a widower.
* In ''Forward, Gardemarines'', one of the heroes is a bastard, whose mother, a poor woman, died in childbirth -- and thus his father, a rich count, hates him.
* In ''Film/HoundDog'', Lewellen also has no mother.
* Creator/JackieChan in ''Film/DrunkenMaster'' also seems to have no mother.
* ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' also features an eponymous heroine who is motherless. Her death is explained at the beginning of the movie.
* The child protagonists of ''Film/{{Millions}}'' lost their mother before the events of the film.
* In ''Literature/TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'', Bridget's mother is dead, presumably having committed suicide because of mental instability. Her funeral is shown briefly when the characters are introduced. Later, after Bridget [[spoiler: gets it on with her soccer coach]], she cries and wishes her mom was still alive to talk things over with.
** This is explored a bit more in the sequel, when she visits her grandmother and has a nightmare about her mother abandoning her. [[spoiler:Apparently there had been one last chance for them to get her to get help for her mental problems, but the only way to convince her to do so was if her mother lied that she was alright. Bridget's grandmother confessed that she was unable to lie to her daughter about it.]]
* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', while both Bruce's parents die, he spends the rest of the movie obsessed only with whether or not his ''father'' would be proud of him. Mother is not mentioned after her death, and while she does appear on film, she's not cast as a speaking part.
* From the western comedy ''Film/SupportYourLocalSheriff'':
-->'''Mayor Perkins:''' I wanted you to meet my daughter, Sheriff. She's a good cook, a mighty fine looking girl. Takes after her dear, departed mother.\\
'''Jason [=McCullough=]:''' Mother died, huh?\\
'''Mayor Perkins:''' Nope, she just departed.
* In ''Film/LettersToJuliet'', Sophie's mom "left" when she was nine.
* More like missing foster mom, but we never actually see Robert's wife in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* Polly's mother is never mentioned in the two early animated ''Toys/PollyPocket'' movies, but her absence is a plot point in "Pollyworld". Polly's father would remarry. Lorelei, Polly's [[WickedStepmother stepmother-to-be]], planned to send her into a BoardingSchool out of jealousy and tricked Polly's father into thinking it'd be good for Polly. Fortunately, he saw Lorelei's true colors on time to call off the engagement.
* Marian has been dead for years at the start of ''Film/PrincessOfThieves''. Her absence is one of the reasons Gwyn grows up such a tomboy.
* ''Film/KramerVsKramer'' features a rarely portrayed instance of the mother leaving the family, wherein the mother Joanna leaves her son Billy with his father and her husband, Ted. This movie is more even-keeled than most films featuring ParentalAbandonment as it shows Ted initially being a workaholic executive who didn't have much involvement with the home-life or the raising of their son while Joanna, a struggling house-wife, experiences the need to find herself and asks for a divorce. The film focuses on the re-adjustment of Ted's life, where he learns to raise Billy on his own and they develop a close father-son rapport. A year and a half later, Joanna returns to take Billy back but Ted refuses and a custody battle ensues. [[spoiler:Joanna is awarded custody on the assumption that a child is best raised by the mother but, despite wanting Billy, she realizes that her son's true home is with Ted and decides not to take custody away from him.]]
* Lilli's mother dies at her birth in ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleOfTerror''.
* In ''{{Film/Holiday}}'', Linda and Julia's mother died some time after giving birth to their brother, Ned.
* Luke Skywalker in ''Film/StarWars'' is far more curious about his long dead (supposedly) father than his mother. Hell, he doesn't even ask about her - on screen - until the ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi third]]'' film, and then it's only because [[spoiler: he's getting ready to break the news to Leia that they're siblings.]]
* ''Film/InAWorld...'': Lake Bell's father is either a widower or divorced; we don't hear much about her mom.
* Dave's mother left the family two years ago in ''Film/OffTheBlack'', which has apparently crushed the spirit of David's father, and leaves David and his sister adrift.
* Sandra Brody by the Janjira reactor breach in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''.
* In ''Film/IntoTheWoods'', [[spoiler:by the end of the play everyone's mother is dead]].
* Neither ''Film/BillAndTed'' films mention the titular dudes' biological mothers. Seeing as Missy was married to Bill's dad in the first and then Ted's dad in the second, it's pretty obvious that they're either dead or simply not around.
* Noni's father walked out on his pregnant teenage wife and Kaz's mother is not mentioned once in Film/BeyondTheLights.
* ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop'' has this in a somewhat new direction: said missing mom was an illegal immigrant who only married the titular character long enough to gain citizenship and have a daughter before she took off.
* Mrs. Hill in ''Film/TheNorthAvenueIrregulars''.
* In ''Film/{{Twins}}'', Julius and Vincent are DesignerBabies who were SeparatedAtBirth and never knew their mother. Julius was informed that his mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]]. Vincent believed his mother abandoned him. Of course they are reunited by the end.
* In ''Film/MadchenInUniform'', Manuela's missing mother plays a pivotal part in her attraction to her female teacher, in whom she sees a surrogate mother as well as a lover.
* Savannah's mother in ''Film/SundaySchoolMusical'' died a few months before the events of the film. It's left the relationship between her and her pastor father more than a bit strained.
* ''Film/TheBoy2015'' has an example in the form of Ted's mother. She [[YourCheatingHeart left with one of the guests at the]] [[HellHotel hotel.]]
* ''Film/FreeWilly'': Jesse was abandoned by his mother when he was only six, which informs much of his character and why he [[ABoyAndHisX bonds with a six-ton whale]]. The first sequel reveals that she had another son as well before having the courtesy of dying and leaving his older half-brother as his only family.
* ''Film/DearWhitePeople'': Troy's father plays a large role in the film, but his mother is unmentioned and never seen.
* Almost everyone in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. Elizabeth Swann was raised by a doting father; her mother is mentioned once in a throwaway line which establishes that she is dead. Will Turner's DisappearedDad is a major plot point; his mother is mentioned once in a throwaway line which establishes that she is dead. Jack Sparrow's father is a powerful and respected pirate; his mother is shown once, as a ShrunkenHead, establishing that she is dead. Angelica Teach's father is the main villain of the fourth film; her mother is mentioned once in a throwaway line which establishes that she is Latina and dead. Carina Smyth's father is [[spoiler:Captain Hector Barbossa]]; her mother's name was Margaret, and [[BrokenRecord she is dead]]. [[spoiler:Elizabeth is the only named female character who has a child and is still alive.]]
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* Literature/AlfieAtkins' mother is never mentioned in the books. Her absence is not mentioned either. Alfie seems to have a completely normal kid's life, with friends, cousins, and a loving father. Just no mother. When MoralGuardians and other curious people wanted to know where she is, the author replied: "[[ShrugOfGod Maybe she's dead. Maybe the parents are divorced. Maybe she's in the laundry room.]] [[DeathOfTheAuthor It's up to the reader.]]"
* Gunilla Bergström, author of the popular Swedish ''Alfons Åberg'' books, is often asked where Alfons's mom is (Alfons appears to be living alone with his dad). Her answer is...[[ShrugOfGod anti-climatic]]: Alfons's mom is absent from the books because Bergström has never written a story that required her presence.
* In the ''[[Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture Alisa Selezneva]]'' series by Creator/KirBulychev, Alisa nominally has both parents, but only her father is actually present.
* in ''And I Darken'', Lada and Radu's mother, Princess Vasilisa, only about fifteen when she gives birth to Lada, begs to be released back to her family, and their father Vlad disgustedly allows it, telling Lada that she has no mother but her country. Already before she left she seemed a nonentity in her children's lives, leaving their nurse to do most of the raising.
** Mehmed, being the third son of the sultan, has a nonrelationship with his father and mother. His mother, though heavily invested in his life, is alien to him.
--> ''Huma: And you may call me ''Mother.''''
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Marco's mom is [[NeverFoundTheBody presumed dead]], and his father is torn apart by grief. Initially, Marco was reluctant to get involved in the fight against the Yeerks, knowing that his father would never recover if he died as well. Unfortunately, [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive The Call knew where he lived]], and his mother wasn't dead; she was a Controller.
* ''Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore''
** One of the first thing Orrec tells us in ''Gifts'' is that his mother Melle is dead. We don't find out how or why until much later.
** Memer's mother in ''Voices'' died during a sickness about a year after giving birth to her daughter.
* Creator/JaneAusten's record of heroines' mothers includes:
** 2 dead mothers (''Literature/{{Emma}}'' and ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'')
** 2 absent mothers (''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' and ''Literature/MansfieldPark'')
** 2 incompetent mothers (''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' and ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', albeit to a far lesser extent)
** 1 evil mother (''Literature/LadySusan'')
** In ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'', Edward's mother.
* In ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'', Mary Anne's mother died of cancer when she was very little. She left a letter to Mary Anne that she was to have received on her sixteenth birthday.
* In Creator/KateDiCamillo's ''Literature/BecauseOfWinnDixie'', the main character's mother left when she was three.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', Poledra let her husband Belgarath think she had died in childbirth while he was away for... some reason. Her daughters Polgara and Beldaran, and the god Aldur, knew the truth. Belgarath only found out over three thousand years later.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the Whistler mothers are all in another city selling horses for all of the early events of the book, so their children have to fend for themselves. Which wouldn't be a big deal if Eldest, who's twenty-eight, and the ten elder sisters hadn't gone out, which again wouldn't have been as big a deal if Corelle hadn't taken the middle sisters to pay court to the Brindles as Heria went out patrolling their borders, leaving no one older than twelve in charge.
* In the books of Creator/DaleBrown [[spoiler: Bradley [=McLanahan=]'s]] mother [[spoiler: Wendy [=McLanahan=]]] is dead because she was killed by an enemy of his parents.
* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/CharmedLife'' (first book of the ''Literature/{{Chrestomanci}}'' series), Cat and Gwendolen's parents are killed.
* ''[[Literature/TheBooksOfEmber The City of Ember]]'' has a double load. Lina Mayfleet's mom died when her younger sister Poppy was born. But her friend Doon Harrow's mom is ''never'' mentioned in the series with no explanation whatsoever. Many fans' favorite excuse is that she died when Doon was young.
* In ''Literature/CoilingDragon'', everyone is told that [[TheHero Linley]]'s mother died [[DeathByChildbirth when his brother was born]]. Learning the truth behind her death, and exacting his revenge, drives the story's plot for a time.
* ''Literature/TheCuriousIncidentOfTheDogInTheNightTime'': Christopher, an eccentric boy, is raised by his father because his mother has died. [[spoiler: Or so he's been told, and the fact she hadn't]] is a major plot point.
* Chichikov's in ''Literature/DeadSouls''.
* In ''Literature/DetectivesInTogas'', Caius' mother is dead, so his sister has to care for the household instead.
* Melodía's unnamed mother in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' died in childbirth while bearing Melodía's sister Montse, ten years before the start of the story.
* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the inept wizzard Rincewind claims he was so unloved as a child that his mother ran away before he was born. This may explain not only his gloomy existential pessimism, but also a life in which he has played havoc with the smooth running of time and causality. Meanwhile the not-quite-twin-brothers Lobsang Ludd and Jeremy Clockson had to deal with apparently being orphans - their mother turns out to be no less than the anthropomorphic personification of Time itself and she had no other option than to be an apparently absent parent.
** The mother of Tomjon, heir to the throne of Verence I, is absent without explanation in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters''. The witches do make a point to recite "may she rest in peace" when she's mentioned, so presumably she died, but precisely how or when is unstated.
* Evelyn Johnson-Eaton to her son, Four in the ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' series. In ''Four: A Divergent Collection'', it's presented in the traditional "my kind mother is gone", but by the time of the main series, after Four discovered that Evelyn disappeared on purpose, he's much more bitter and prefers for her to stay that way. [[spoiler:No longer so, after the events of ''Allegiant'']].
* Vlad Taltos of the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series was raised by his father and his paternal grandfather. He has no memories of his mother, has no idea how old he was when she disappeared and doesn't know if she died or left his father, because his father keeps changing stories and avoiding talking about her altogether.
* ''Literature/DragonQueen'': One of Trava's main goals is finding her mother.
* In ''Literature/DrawingABlank'', Carlton's mother died of cancer well before the events of the book. Since then, his step-mother left the family due to emotional neglect from his father.
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DrawOneInTheDark'', Tom's mother divorced his father and left, to marry and raise a different family. After the first year, she didn't even send Tom a birthday card. When his father calls her in vain hopes that he might find Tom there, she barely remembers him.
* The title character of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' lost his mother to DeathByChildbirth [[spoiler: apparently; it later emerged that she was murdered when she happened to be giving birth]]. He then became a full ParentalAbandonment case when his [[DisappearedDad father died]] some years later.
** Thomas Raith's mother ran away from his father, leaving Thomas behind when he was five years old [[spoiler: the same woman who later married Harry's father and gave birth to him as mentioned above]].
* ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'':
** Ged's mother died less than a year after he was born.
** In the short story "Dragonfly", the title character's mother died in childbirth. She was also [[spoiler:a dragon in human form]].
* Brutus in Conn Iggulden's ''Emperor'' series was abandoned by his mother after his father died. However they establish some form of relationship once he's an adult.
* In ''Literature/{{Everworld}},'' [[BigBad Senna]]'s mother dropped her off with her biological father when she was a child and disappeared (literally). [[spoiler:It turns out she's living in Everworld-Egypt]].
* ''Literature/FirstLight'': Thea's mother died when she was a baby. She was raised by her aunt.
* In George Selden's ''The Genie of Sutton Place'' the main character's mother died when he was small and he was given a rather unorthodox upbringing by his father. After his father died as well, he was sent to live with a more straitlaced aunt.
* Ana's mother in ''Literature/TheGlimpse'' died when she was little.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', Helion is a TrulySingleParent, but he emancipated a partial, Galatea, to help him raise his son. After four centuries, she divorced him and eventually descended into the sea to merge with the minds there.
* Pip in ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' lost his mother and was left to be raised by his older sister and her husband.
* In ''Literature/GuildHunter'' Elena's mother suicided when she was young while [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Raphael]]'s had been Sleeping for centuries, [[spoiler: at least until the third book]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** [[DeathByOriginStory Harry's mother Lily, who died along with his father]] in a pair of {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s.
** [[CloudCuckooLander Luna]]'s mother died when she was 9 years old. She was then raised by her father alone. "She did like to experiment, and one of her spells went badly wrong."
** Also, at the end of the last book, [[spoiler:Teddy Lupin]] suffers from the trope when his parents die in battle.
** And Voldemort's mother Merope, who suffered DeathByChildbirth. Significantly, she ''could'' have saved herself with magic, but was apparently so distraught over her [[DisappearedDad husband's abandonment]] that she chose to simply leave her son in an orphanage. To be fair, this was more a case of her [[DespairEventHorizon being destitute and heartbroken]] and running to an orphanage as it was known as a safe place for mothers and children and then dying in childbirth than choosing to leave.
** Hagrid's mother, a giantess, left him when he was three. Hagrid mentions her death casually, as he hardly even remembers her.
** Neville's mother (and father) are technically [[FateWorseThanDeath still alive]], but certainly the poor woman was in no condition to raise her son [[spoiler:after having been tortured into insanity by Barty Crouch Jr. and the Lestranges]].
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': Piper [=McLean=] has no idea who her mother is -- because she's actually the goddess [[spoiler:Aphrodite]], who didn't tell her father because she knew Tristan [=McLean=] wouldn't be able to handle the revelation of her identity.
* Lyra, the heroine of ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Golden Compass]]'', has no mother and a mostly absent father-figure, Uncle Asriel ([[spoiler: actually her father]]). Later we find out that [[spoiler: her mother is Mrs. Coulter, the main villain of the book]].
* ''Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion'': Esperanza Mendoza, María and Emilia's mother. While she did have a good reason to flee Opium, it is shown that she is more interested in her political activism than she is in her own children. The death of her family members seem to be more of a inconvenience to her than a tragedy.
* ''Literature/InDeath'': Eve's mother is missing and her fate has not been elaborated on. [[spoiler: She appears in ''New York To Dallas'', reveals what she is, and gets killed off]]. Roarke's [[spoiler: non-biological]] mother has not been seen since she left.
* In Bryan Miranda's ''Literature/TheJourneyToAtlantis'', one of the character's mother, [[spoiler: Stacie]], died in a drowning accident.
* In ''Laura Leander'', the heroine starts the series with both parents missing: her mother presumably drowned when she was five and her [[DisappearedDad dad disappeared]] about a year ago. However, rescuing her dad is relatively straightforward, (he was "only" held captive by the BigBad) and from then on, she fits this trope. Until she manages to [[RescuedFromTheUnderworld rescue her mother from some realm between life and death]], [[spoiler:at the price of [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime abandoning all her powers]]]].
* In ''Lightning'', by Creator/DeanKoontz, Laura's mother dies giving birth to her.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Cosette's biological father abandons her mother, Fantine, forcing Fantine into poverty. Their dire circumstances lead Fantine to arrange for her daughter Cosette to live with an inn-keeping family in the country in an effort to provide Cosette with a better life, unaware that they'll force Cosette into CinderellaCircumstances. Their demands for money force Fantine into selling her hair and teeth and then, finally, entering into prostitution to pay the inn-keepers for housing her daughter. As a result, Fantine eventually dies from tuberculosis. Fortunately, Cosette's full ParentalAbandonment doesn't last for long-she's rescued by TheHero, Jean Valjean, who raises her with great love as his own daughter and teaches her to revere her mother as a kind of angel, without traumatizing her with the sadder details of Fantine's downfall.
* In ''Literature/MufarosBeautifulDaughters'', Manyara and Nyasha have a father, but no mother is ever mentioned.
* Literature/NancyDrew is famously being raised by her attorney father and housekeeper Hannah Gruen. Mom died when Nancy was three -- presumably too young to remember her, as she's rarely mentioned and never in detail.
* John Taylor, the main character of the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' series of UrbanFantasy/[[FilmNoir Gothic Noir]] novels, was raised by his father [[spoiler: because his mother is [[EldritchAbomination Lilith]].]] His mom coming back is actually a plot that spreads over several books.
* In the first novel of the ''Literature/OutlanderLeander'' series, Leander makes a single passing mention of his mother in the entire book when he wishes his ears were like his father's instead of his mother's. She never makes an appearance and it isn't explained where she is, although it's made clear his father raised him. Oddly, his mention can be taken as being bitter towards his mother because he also says he likes his ears; he just wishes that he didn't get them from her.
* The title character of ''Literature/PeterPan'' is a runaway, but when he gets Wendy and her brothers to come with him to Neverland, he tries to fit Wendy into the role of the Missing Mom for the Lost Boys. This is also true in TheMovie.
* In ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', both of Christine's parents are dead. However, the father is discussed in great detail and features in prominently in the {{flashback}} sequences of Raoul's and Christine's childhood; there is even a visit to his grave [[note]] that is, mausoleum in this musical (no mention of how a poor violinist could afford such a freakin' massive tomb)[[/note]] and an IWantSong about it in the musical. Christine's mother is never mentioned once; she has a ParentalSubstitute in Mama Valerius anyway, whom Raoul even refers to as her "adoptive mother."
* Good God, Creator/TamoraPierce, you don't let us down.
** ''Literature/TortallUniverse'':
*** Alanna's mom in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' suffered DeathByChildbirth, which turned their father into an emotionally DisappearedDad. She gets a ParentalSubstitute for dad, but not mom.
*** The death of Daine's mother shortly before ''Literature/TheImmortals'' briefly turns her into a WildChild and forces her to leave Galla. Much of ''Wild Magic'' is about Daine struggling with her grief. [[spoiler:Fortunately, Sarra became a minor goddess, so they meet again in the fourth book and they can visit on certain holidays]].
*** Keladry in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' is a subversion. Her mother Ilane is alive and well and they keep up a regular correspondence while Kel is training away from home.
*** ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' doesn't kill off Alanna, but Aly suffers from WhenYouComingHomeDad syndrome.
*** In ''Literature/ProvostsDog'', Ilony Cooper writes a diary in which she knows perfectly well she has "lung rot" (probably [=TB=]) and she will die soon, several years before Beka starts her own diary.
** Each of the four main protagonists in ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' suffers ParentalAbandonment of one or both parents. In Tris' case it's emotional, since her family disowned her. Briar [[DisappearedDad doesn't know who his dad was]], but he's not terribly interested either since it was his mother who raised him and her murder by a thief that affected his young life the most. Daja's entire family died by shipwreck, and Sandry lost mom and dad in a smallpox plague.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Regained]]'', all of the Prosperoes' mothers are gone. This is particularly important for Miranda, since it allows the question of who, exactly, her mother was to be open.
* ''Literature/RabbleStarkey'' Emotionally, Veronica and Gunther's mother was not around. She is eventually hospitalized for a number of months due to her mental illness.
** In the backstory, Rabble's was raised by her grandmother since Sweet Ho, at 14, was unable to do so.
* Sometimes done in ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', including with villains. Ferahgo the Assasin and Verdauga Greeneyes both have children, but no mates, and Sixclaw's wife dies in childbirth.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Reynard has a bad case of this. ([[spoiler: She died.]]) Also, his father abandoned his family when he was even younger, making his background a full blown case of ParentalAbandonment.
* Creator/BrandonSanderson: Common in many of his works.
** ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'': Raoden's mother is dead and rarely mentioned, serving to highlight his antagonism with his father.
** ''{{Literature/Mistborn}}'': Elend Venture's mother is never mentioned, though she was presumably noble. It's clear the marriage was just a political alliance of convenience, so Elend's father never shed a tear over her loss.
** ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'': Vivenna and Siri's mother is dead, which is part of the reason their father [[SpareToTheThrone switches them in the first place]]. Vivenna reminds him of his wife, and he can't bring himself to send her on what he sees as a suicide mission. So he sent his youngest instead.
** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Shallan's mother died when she was young, while Adolin and Renarin's died approximately ten years ago. Shallan's case is complicated by the fact that [[spoiler:Shallan herself killed her in self-defense, and then her father took the blame]]. Adolin and Renarin's situation appears to be more normal, but it is difficult to get an exact read because their father [[spoiler:lost all memories of her due to a curse he accepted in grief]].
** ''Literature/AlcatrazSeries'': Alcatraz's mother is understandably absent; it's why he's in the foster care system. [[spoiler: Subverted. She was there all along, disguised as a social worker who spent all her time telling Alcatraz he was worthless.]]
* ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'': Mary's mother passed her off to the servants right after she was born to keep her quiet and out of the way, and never so much as looked at her since.
* The heroine in ''Literature/TheSecretLifeOfBees'' has what might as well be the type specimen for the realistic fiction subtrope. Her father never speaks of her missing mom, he practically ignores her, and she assumes that mommy must have been amazing. However, Lily is also wracked with angst because according to her clearest memory of her mother, Lily accidentally shot her dead.
* ''Literature/SeekerBears'':
** Kallik's mother Nisa dies early in the first book trying to save her cubs from orcas.
** Toklo's mother abandoned him after his sickly brother Tobi died.
* ''Literature/ATasteOfHoney'':
** Aqib's mother died [[DeathByChildbirth giving birth to him]]. He muses on how this allows him to always imagine her as a consoling presence whenever he needs it.
** PlayedWith in the case of Femysade and Lucretia. Femysade leaves her family to live and study with the Ashëans in the Ashëan Enclave, so technically, they know where she is, but since she leaves when Lucretia is six years old, never returns in flesh and appears only for brief talks by hologram once in a while, she is very much absent from her daughter's life.
* ''Literature/ShoShanYLaDamaOscura'' In the trilogy, if the mom was a [[GoodParent good mother]], she's probably dead [[spoiler:or was going to die in some point of the story]]. If she's still alive, she's a MyBelovedSmother.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire,'' Jon Snow is raised in by his father Ned Stark alongside his half-siblings as Ned's [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]], never being told who his mother is while growing up. At least three different possible mothers have been brought up by characters in story. [[spoiler:The most popular theory is that Jon's mother is Lyanna Stark, the younger sister of Ned Stark (making Jon Ned's nephew) and his biological father is Rhaegar Targaryen. Rhaegar died in battle before Jon was born while Lyanna (Ned's younger sister) [[DeathByChildbirth died after giving birth to him]] and she asks Ned to make a promise to her. After this, [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Ned brings Jon home with him]], raises and loves Jon as his own son, and protects him from the fatal wrath of the Baratheon regime by hiding his real parentage by claiming him as his own illegitimate son because King Robert Baratheon wanted anyone with Targaryen blood dead.]].
** The death of Joanna Lannister while giving birth to her youngest son, the dwarf Tyrion. This completely wrecks the BigScrewedUpFamily's balance.
** Daenerys' mother died giving birth to her.
* In ''Spell Fall'', the [[KidHero heroine's]] mother also drowned when she was little, presumably by accident (she was blind). [[spoiler:Actually, she was killed by Hawk and his people. Her soul lives in the giant tree, which makes it so important to stop Hawk later on. And, boy, [[FateWorseThanDeath did Hawk pay]] for this]].
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm Up Jim River]]'', why the harpist is setting out to search.
* In the ''Literature/{{Strange Angels|Crow}}'' series, Dru's mom is dead and she was left by her father with her grandmother who also died. [[spoiler: Her mother was killed by the Vampire Sergej and her Grandmother died of natural causes.]]
* In ''Literature/SummersAtCastleAuburn'', Corie's mother hasn't been seen or heard from since Corie was a toddler. Only unlike many of the examples of this trope, Corie doesn't particularly mind and never thinks of her mother.
* ''[[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers The Vicomte De Bragelonne]]'': Raoul de Bragelonne grew up without a mother, since he's the result of a one night stand and she left him with his dad as soon as it was convenient. (She had her reasons, but still.) To be completely accurate she left Raoul on the doorstep of the man she ''thought'' was the father but wasn't, (it's complicated). The man was understandably confused but fortunately the actual father showed up shortly thereafter and took charge of Raoul.
* The heroine of ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' grows up with father (and brother), but her mother is dead.
* Creator/JRRTolkien has many young-made full or half-orphans, by death or separation:
** ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Fëanor's mother [[DeathByChildbirth died]] when he was young; that, and his father's subsequent remarriage, seemed to have unhinged him quite a bit. When Fëanor and his sons leave the Undying Lands, his wife does not go with them, abandoning all her sons. Túrin's separation from his mother at a relatively early age didn't do him much good either. Elrond and Elros were separated from parents and raised by an enemy. In a break from Tolkien's usual love of full family histories, we have Curufin's son Celebrimbor (who made the Three Elven Rings) whose mother is never mentioned at all.
** ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Boromir and Faramir lost their mother at a young age; Éomer and Éowyn's parents died young as well; and Frodo lost both of his parents to a boating accident. Legolas and Gimli's mothers are never mentioned.
* [[spoiler: When Gregor's mom gets the plague]] in ''[[Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods]]'', [[spoiler:she spends most of the rest of the series recuperating in the Underland.]]
* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Janine Hathaway doesn't see much of her daughter, Rose until ''Frostbite'', as she abandoned her to be raised in the Academy when Rose was two-years-old.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** Elena Bothari-Jesek in ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'' is an especially tragic case: Miles and Elena go looking for Elena's Missing Mom totally unaware of the AwfulTruth that her father [[PrisonRape raped her mother]]. And when they finally do find her Mom [[spoiler:she rejects Elena as an abomination and shoots her father dead]].
** Discussed in ''Literature/ACivilCampaign''. In the context of explaining why she doesn't want to marry yet, Kareen Koudelka says:
--->"Why else do all the stories ''end'' when the Count's daughter gets married? Hasn't that ever struck you as a bit sinister? I mean, have you ever read a folk tale where the Princess's mother gets to do anything but die young? I've never been able to figure out if that's supposed to be a warning, or an instruction."
*** Ironically, Kareen herself is named after Emperor Gregor's Missing Mom who was killed in a palace coup when he was five.
* In Chris Roberson's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/BloodRavens novel ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'', a SpaceMarine squad happens on two boys, who are searching for their mother; Sergeant Thaddeus at first thought she had abandoned them, and then realized that she could have been searching for them and been caught in the tyranid attack. When the boys realize that she is almost certainly dead, they are eager for {{Revenge}}; Thaddeus tells them to leave the fighting to the Marines, but they might be Blood Ravens one day, and they want to be, so they can fight.
* Jackie's [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] mother in ''Literature/WeCantRewind'' died in a car accident with a DrunkDriver. In a somewhat unusual treatment for this trope, his father Don admits to feeling a bit guilty for not mourning her death more, since their little six-year-old son Jackie was heartbroken over it.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand's mother Kari died when he was a baby, and it is later revealed that [[spoiler: she is not his real mother and Tam is not his real father, and his real parents are also dead]]. Later [[spoiler: Perrin]] loses his whole family in a Trolloc attack and [[spoiler: Elayne's]] mother is presumed killed by Rahvin. We also get to know in book 10 that Aviendha has lost her mother. There might be more even more examples, but considering that the series has more than a thousand named characters and the setting is quasi-medieval, this may not be a very prevalent trope in WoT after all. [[spoiler: Elayne's]] mother's death is also a major plot point.
* In ''Literature/WhiteAsSnow'', Arpazia's mother died when she was born. In addition, Arpazia herself is such a non-presence in Coira's life that Coira thinks her real mother is dead and Arpazia is a stepmother.
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', Vivia's and Merik's mother jumped off a bridge when the latter was seven.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Taylor's mother died two and a half years before the story began because she was driving while on her cell phone.
* In ''Literature/{{Zeroes}}'', Mob was raised by her father, who refuses to tell her anything about her mother.
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* Series/SeventhHeaven: Oldest daughter (of the original family) Mary has a son with her husband; then promptly abandons son and husband (much played for drama, as her parents strongly oppose to this). Induced plot point since by this time, the actress who portrayed Mary (Creator/JessicaBiel) had left the show, but the show still wanted to portray her husband and son every now and then. Subverted in the end, as the plot had her (off-screen) reconcile with her husband and even become pregnant with him again.
* In ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'', this is rather masterfully pulled off. [[spoiler: Virginia finds out her mother is alive, and is actually pretty much the person responsible for her and her father getting pulled into the plot. She already knew that her mother had left, but she didn't know that she'd wound up as a wicked step-mother in a parallel fairy-tale world.]] This leads to a rather realistic rant after she finds out.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfShirleyHolmes'': One important motive for Shirley Holmes is to solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance. [[spoiler: And she does, eventually.]]
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': Sydney's mother is gone and everyone thinks that she died in a car accident. It's later revealed that she was a deep cover Soviet agent sent to spy on Syd's [[KnightTemplar American Spy father]] and that the car accident happened when she was being pursued by Federal Agents. And she's not dead. It gets more convoluted from there.
* Played hilariously on ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' in ''Moody's Point''. Moody's mom disappeared in a hot air balloon, and it's presented as a case of NeverFoundTheBody that was quite traumatizing--however, we then cut to Moody's mom several times, floating above the scenes and calling down to the other characters for help.
%%* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'': Yet another dead mother.
* George-Michael's mom in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. It's implied (if not out and out stated) that she died of ovarian cancer.
* On ''Series/TheATeam'', Murdock's mother died when he was five (his father is never mentioned) and Face is an orphan.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Ivanova's mother died when she was a child. Garibaldi mentioned that it was just him and his Dad when he described his birthday tradition. Delenn's mother joined a Minbari convent when she was a child. Franklin and Sheridan's mothers were alive, but only their fathers appeared on screen. G'Kar and Londo mention significant memories of their fathers, but not their mothers.
* In ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', Lee's mother is presumed dead when the Cylons attack. She is later shown to have been [[spoiler: an alcoholic and bipolar, therefore having strained relationships with her sons.]]
** Likewise, Kara Thrace's mother was so abusive that she [[spoiler: once broke all of Kara's fingers by slamming her hand repeatedly in a door. She later refused to congratulate Kara's graduation, focusing on her mistakes instead.]] This made Kara so angry that [[spoiler: she never went to see her mother as she was dying of lung cancer.]]
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' ultimately subverts this in the second season, when [[spoiler:Annie is helping out a medium with his show and her mother attends to try to communicate with her daughter's ghost. The mother later converses with Annie, with the medium speaking on Annie's behalf, and cries because she was unable to protect her daughter. An earlier episode said that Annie and her fiancé moved away at some point, so presumably Annie's mom wasn't involved in her life very much since then.]]
* ''{{Series/Beyond}}'': Willa's mother died when she was still a baby.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Seriously averted, since all guys except of Raj have some sort of mommy issue, although different in each case. Sheldon's father is dead, Howard's left his wife and son long ago and Leonard's wasn't shown (yet). Both of Raj's parents were shown.
* In the TV western ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', Ben Cartwright has three sons- Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe- by three different wives, and all of the mothers died within a few years of their son's births.
* In the pilot episode of ''{{Series/Bones}}'', Brennan tells Booth that her parents disappeared when she was fifteen. In the season one finale, [[spoiler: they discover that Brennan's mother is one of the Jane Does in Limbo at the Jeffersonian.]]
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': There was a Missing Mom in the backstory before Mike married Carol.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Willow's mom is alive, but she's never around. Except that one episode when she tried to burn Willow at the stake, so maybe not such a helpful influence (however, at the time, she was BrainwashedAndCrazy, along with most of the other adults in town, including Buffy's own mother).
* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Meredith--Richard's ex-wife and Alexis' mother--lives in Los Angeles to further her acting career, meaning she's not around. Played with in that, as much as Richard and Alexis care for her, they're kind of ''glad'' she's missing--she's flighty, irresponsible (even more so than Richard), and [[TheDitz ditzy]], with the kind of obnoxiously-shallow personality that grates after a while.
* The main characters' mother in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' was drowned by a Warlock when they were very young. Prue saw her die, Phoebe was too young to remember her at all, and Paige never knew her since she was raised by MuggleFosterParents. They meet her in the past and some episodes feature her as a SpiritAdvisor, though.
* In ''Series/ChinaBeach'', [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold KC Koloski]] is a missing mom for most of the time as far as her daughter Karen is concerned. There are references to a few visits in infancy, but Karen was mostly raised by a Vietnamese nanny until her mother got her onto one of the last choppers out of Saigon and sent her to the U.S. to live with KC's old friend (and former john) Boonie.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Mama Bartowski left her husband and children for unknown reasons years before the series started. [[spoiler: But it looks like we'll finally get to find out more about her next season. As it turns out, she's spent numerous years undercover as part of a mission to stop a dangerous arms dealer.]]
** In an inversion, [[spoiler: Sarah Walker is a missing ''daughter'', having severed all contact with her mother after delivering an orphaned infant heiress to her care in order to protect them both from a rogue CIA agent immediately before the series began. Since Sarah appeared to have spent more time in the care of her father and grandmother growing up, it's uncertain how much contact she had with her mother prior to then and whether or not she also plays the trope straight. Five years later, Sarah reconnects with her mother and the girl raised as her half-sister after killing the rogue agent attempting to track them down]].
** No mention is made at all of Vivian Volkoff's mother, even though her ''very'' complicated daddy issues (see the entry under DisappearedDad) play a major role in the ongoing plot of the second half of season four.
* On ''Series/TheCloser'' ''/'' ''Series/MajorCrimes'', there's sixteen-year-old Rusty. Months before he first appears in ''The Closer'' series finale, his mother and her boyfriend dropped Rusty off at the zoo and said they'd pick him up in a couple of hours, and never came back. Eventually Captain Raydor [[FosterKid takes Rusty in]], and the police manage to track down his mother. She promises to come back if they send her money so that she can buy a bus ticket. They do, but when they go to pick her up at the bus station, she doesn't turn up.
* Abed on ''Series/{{Community}}'' is revealed to have one. Her absence for an annual Christmas event causes a mental breakdown where in he sees everything as claymation.
* ''The Courtship of Eddie's Father'': Eddie's mother died, hence the reason for the title.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock's father died ''not'' fixing a fight he was supposed to take a dive in, but his mom's absence is never really explained. The closest a nun comes is telling Stick that "that's a whole other story".
%%* ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'': Another dead mother.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Rory Williams' mother is the only parent of a main companion, up to the end of series 9, never to appear in the new series. She's mentioned only once, in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E5TheRebelFlesh "The Rebel Flesh"]] (Rory says: "My mum's a ''massive'' fan of Music/DustySpringfield."), and never again, not even in the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship two]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E4ThePowerOfThree episodes]] in which Rory's dad Brian guest-starred.
** Clara Oswald is a rather prominent example of this trope. While she's [[FunPersonified cheery and optimistic on the surface]], her introverted personality [[BeneathTheMask often hides]] the fact that she misses her mother very much, and that her mother's death had traumatised her quite a bit. It's implied that her "big kid" traits and overprotectiveness of children are her way of coping with what she perceives as SurvivorGuilt. Part of the story arc of [[ThePowerOfFriendship her friendship with the Eleventh Doctor]] focuses on her slowly starting to come to terms with her mother's passing and becoming a more self-confident and less shut-in young lady.
* ''Series/FakingIt'': Lauren's mom apparently died sometime in the past, since she mentions enjoying Christmas partly due to fond memories of spending the holiday together with her.
%%* ''Series/FamilyAffair'': Another dead mother.
* Series/{{Frasier}} Crane's mother was dead at the start of the series but had appeared on ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* ''Series/FreeSpirit'': Gene, Jessie, and Robb Harper have no mother, due to their parents getting a divorce.
* ''Series/FullHouse'': yet another dead mother. The reason why Jesse (said mother's younger brother) and Joey (Danny's best friend) moved in with the Tanners was to [[HasTwoMommies help Danny with the three girls]].
** Jesse later gets married and Aunt Becky becomes [[ParentalSubstitute a mother figure]] to the Tanner girls.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jon Snow grew up as the illegitimate son of Ned Stark, never knowing who his mother is or if she is even alive. Ned promises Jon they will talk about his mother some day when they reunite, but they never see each other again [[spoiler:as Ned is executed before they are able to reunite]]. When King Robert Baratheon pushes Ned for the identity of Jon's mother, Ned claims she is a woman called "Wylla." However, Stannis Baratheon is quite skeptical that Jon Snow was the result of a one-night stand, noting that it wasn't Ned Stark's style. In season 6, it's revealed that Jon's mother [[spoiler:is Ned's sister, Lyanna Stark, who died after giving birth to him and passing her infant son into the care of her brother. Ned claimed his nephew Jon as his own son and had to hide Jon's mother's true identity to protect Jon from Robert Baratheon as Robert would kill Jon if he knew Jon's true parentage.]]
** Tyrion Lannister's mother died giving birth to him, causing his father and sister to resent him.
** Similar to Tyrion, Daenerys was raised by her brother because her mother died giving birth to her.
** Lyanna Stark's mother is nowhere to be seen in the flashbacks.
* Two ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' team members have missing moms. Lenni's mom died when she was little and Rob only lives with his dad.
* Kurt on ''Series/{{Glee}}''. This seems to have been quite affecting for him and his dad as his dad is quite depressed and brings her up often while Kurt at one point talks about opening all the drawers in her old room just to [[TearJerker smell her perfume again]].
* ''Series/GossipGirl'': Poor Chuck Bass. The first eighteen years of his life he thought his mother [[DeathByChildbirth died giving birth to him]] (something he blamed himself for, mostly because his father blamed him for it). Then a woman shows up who claims to be his mother saying she didn't want him so she gave him up and demanded he be told she was dead so he'd never try to find her. After being in his life for about a month she cons him out of his hotel and plays a part in him losing the love of his life. Whether or not she actually is his mother is never explained. Her last episode of the show hinted that she was, but the writers have since refuted it on Twitter.
* Sean's mother on ''Series/GroundedForLife''.
* ''Series/HannahMontana'': Miley and Jackson's mother died a while ago, prompting Miley to become upset with Robby Ray when he wants to go out with another woman.
** It doesn't seem to bother her when Miley tries hooking her dad up with Lilly's mom. But things don't work out as planned.
** Also worth noting that several episodes hinge around [[ParentsAsPeople how hard it's been for Robbie Ray and how much Miley misses her mom]] ("I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak" springs to mind.)
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Hiro Nakamura's mother Ishi is absent. [[spoiler: We find out she's dead later on, and that it completely shattered Hiro's father Kaito. Further, in the novel ''Saving Charlie'', we find out that Kaito being devastated by Ishi's loss is why he's so emotionless and hard now. When the adult Hiro gets his memories reverted to that of his 10-year-old self, he visits his dead mother via TimeTravel: Ishi turns out to have been [[HealingHands a healer]], who uses her powers to heal Hiro's memories and give him the MacGuffin.]]
** Played with in the case of Claire Bennet. For the first 18 months of her life, Claire was raised by her Missing Mom, Meredith Gordon, until a fire happened. As a result, Nathan Petrelli, Claire's DisappearedDad, and Meredith, Claire's Missing Mom, were told their baby daughter perished in this fire and they believed Claire died. However, her father's parents, Angela and Arthur Petrelli, knew she survived the fire and let Nathan and Meredith believe their daughter died. Angela and Arthur made arrangements for their granddaughter to be adopted by an agent in their company, Noah Bennet. Claire was lovingly raised by her adoptive parents, Noah and Sandra Bannet, and she reconnected with her birth parents, Nathan and Meredith, ultimately resulting in Claire having [[HasTwoMommies two fathers and two mothers]].
* In ''Series/HeyDad'', Martin Kelly is a widower. In the first episodes, this is sometimes mentioned; later, not so much.
* Buddy's mother/Mr. Ernst's ex-wife on ''Series/HeyDude''.
* ''Series/HomeAndAway'' has had a few:
** Sally, Steven, Frank, Lynn and Carly were all fostered (Lynn, at least, subverts this before leaving)
** As were Ric, Cassie and Jai.
** Martha's main tenure was in between the two actresses who played her mother.
** Charlie's mother died before her tenure started. Ruby was led to believe this too, until the truth came out.
** April and Bianca's mother lives in Italy.
** In an odd twist, some of the fan favourites are parents who outlasted their kids' stay on the show. Miles may or may not qualify, given that Rabbit was actually a ghost.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Carly's mother has never been mentioned; the likely choices are her completely abandoning her children (as their father has been deployed in the military since before the show started), being insane, locked up, or dead. Sam's mother is something of a psychologically absent type.
* A card of narration before the first scene of the short-lived CitizenshipMarriage-based sitcom ''I Married Dora'' explained that the mother had been on a plane that mysteriously vanished. This editor doesn't recall the exact phrasing, but it was pretty clear even to a child that they were [[LampshadeHanging hanging a lampshade]] on the device.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Mac's mother left when she was a kid. They eventually reunited, but it didn't go well.
* Carrie's mother on ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': In the 1981-1982 season opener, where the Olesens adopt Nancy (an orphan with a severe behavior disorder), Nancy gives a sob story about being abandoned by her mother. In truth, her mother suffered from a condition today known as preecclampsia, and died while giving birth to Nancy. (Since Nancy's biological father was unknown -- remember, the series is set in the 1800s, more than 100 years before the advent of DNA testing -- she was sent to an orphanage.) Her unstable life and frequent moving to different orphanages resulted in her behavior problems and "missing mom" story, which she maintained for years until -- of all people -- series anti-hero Mrs. Olesen (her adopted mother) made her come to terms with the truth.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is famous for the characters having Daddy Issues, but there are some missing Moms to be had, too:
** Walt's mother dies mysteriously just before the crash.
** Locke's mother gives him up for adoption. Later, his foster mother dies.
** Jin's mother, [[SonOfAWhore a prostitute]], leaves him with one possible father, and only shows up to blackmail his {{Ojou}} wife Sun.
** Sawyer's mother is killed in front of him (by his father) when he's very young.
** Claire leaves Aaron to follow her dead father into the jungle, and intended to give him up for adoption before the plane crashed. Claire's own mother is in a coma for several years before the crash.
** Kate's mother gives her up to the police, more than once.
** Ben's mother dies in childbirth.
** Shannon's mother is dead, and her stepmother cuts her off after her father dies.
* ''Make Room For Daddy'': The 1956-1957 season fits this trope, as Danny Thomas' original costar Jean Hagen left the show after the end of the third season and her character was McLeaned.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', it's eventually established that Hawkeye's mother died when he was ten (although, in one of several [[SeriesContinuityError continuity error]]s on the show, an early episode has him mention her as if she were alive).
%%* ''Series/MyThreeSons'': Another dead mother.
* The premise of ''Series/MyTwoDads''.
* This is a DiscussedTrope in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' in the episode featuring ''Film/{{Eegah}}''. Crow and Tom are confused as to why the main heroine only has a father and Joel explains that, back during the time the movie was made, divorce was a taboo topic still, so to allow a father to be a swinging bachelor and still dispense wisdom for the younger characters, this trope was used.
* In the TV series of ''Series/TheNakedBrothersBand'', the mother is dead despite the fact that TheMovie (which was actually a cute indie film...) had them address the camera operator as "Mom".
* ''Series/TheNanny'': Sara Sheffield died before the show started in a car accident caused by a drunk driver.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': We never meet or hear about Tony or Gibbs' mothers until season 7, when we found out they died. ''NCIS'' is bad about this. We know so much about Tony, Gibbs and Ziva's fathers, but where are any of their mothers?
* In ''Series/NUMB3RS'', Don and Charlie's mom died a few years prior to the show. Definitely a case of adult-onset Missing Mom. Her death is mentioned repeatedly, appropriate given how recently it happened. She makes an appearance in Charlie and Alan's dreams in the season 2 episode ''Hotshot''.
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'': Sarah, before the events of the show started. She disappeared for a whole year and left Kira with Mrs. S.
** [[spoiler: Sarah and Helena's surrogate mom, until she is revealed in the the penultimate episode of season 1.]]
* The parentage of the various members of Team Machine in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' are rarely mentioned, and when they are, it's ''always'' the father that is discussed. We know that Shaw's father died in a car accident when she was young, and Finch's father's body died of Alzheimer's in 1981 (Finch considers his father's mind to have succumbed to the disease several years earlier), but the whereabouts of their mothers (And everyone else's mothers, for that matter) are never mentioned.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** This is true for a ''lot'' of villains. The fate, as well as the identity, of Rita Repulsa's mother are a mystery to this day; the mothers of [[PowerRangers/LostGalaxy Trakeena]] and [[PowerRangers/TimeForce Nadira]] (both daughters of the respective BigBad) are never mentioned, if they even had any.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'': Justin's mother died before he debuted in TheMovie, and it's implied that his relationship with his father also enters WhenYouComingHomeDad and ParentalAbandonment territory at times.
* ''Series/{{Privileged}}'': Megan and Lily's mother ran out on the family when they were little, sparking the father's alcoholism and Megan's PromotionToParent status. History repeats itself when [[spoiler: Shelby returns, only to con Megan's boyfriend out of quite a significant (to her if not to Will) sum of money and run off once again]]
* ''{{Series/Psych}}'': Shawn Spencer's mother is absent, but we find out from a bitter remark on Henry's part that [[spoiler: she left.]]
** In the pilot, when Shawn sees his father for the first time in years, he makes a caustic comment about helping his mother through the divorce.
*** In the season two finale, [[spoiler: Shawn opens Henry's front door at the very end and simply says, "Mom." So it looks like she's not so missing after all.]]
*** During this time we also find out that, contrary to what Shawn thought, [[spoiler: She did actually leave them; it wasn't his dad that initiated the breakup.]]
* Series/PunkyBrewster, anyone? Her mom abandoned her during a shopping trip and she wound up living alone with her dog Brandon in an empty apartment until she was discovered by Henry Warnimont.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'':
** Ned: Missing, then back, then gone for good.
** Chuck: Missing...it seems that way, doesn't it? [[spoiler:Or maybe not, as Aunt Lily confesses on a [[MushroomSamba holistic drug trip]] that she's really Chuck's mother]].
* When Kryten's farewell party on ''Series/RedDwarf'' enters the "maudlin drunk" stage, the crew start sobbing about never having had mothers...
-->'''Rimmer''': Well, you can all have mine. Everyone else did.
* ''Series/TheRifleman'': Mark's mother and Lucas' wife died due to disease leaving Lucas to care for his son alone. It comes up frequently in the various episodes whether from Lucas reminiscing, Mark asking a question, or another character bringing it up in someway.
* The first two seasons of ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' have this the case for the Twist kids. The circumstances of their mother dying are never mentioned in the series (then again, there likely isn't time with all the weirdness going on).
* The eponymous character of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' is prevented from seeing her mother by witch law (her mother is mortal) and if she sees her, the mother will turn into a ball of wax. Roxie's mother is also later revealed to have been in prison for years though the two patch things up. The aunts' mother Lydia and her ParentalFavoritism is also a plot point in a few episodes but she doesn't actually appear until the fourth season.
* ''Series/SanfordAndSon'': Lamont's deceased mother Elizabeth, who Fred is always claiming he's "coming to join" during his fake heart attacks.
** Also Harold's mother in the TransAtlanticEquivalent, ''Series/SteptoeAndSon''.
* Averted in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. Yes, Maria's parents (Alan and Chrissie) are divorced because her Mum ran off with the judo instructor, and yes, Maria lives with her Dad, but Chrissie is a DropInCharacter and is only absent in one story: the same one Alan doesn't appear in.
* Teen dramas tend to adore this, and ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' is no exception.
** Ben's mom is dead before the series starts. His dad later marries an [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold ex-prostitute]]. Needless to say, it takes Ben some time to warm up to her.
** Madison's mom is dead before the series starts as well. She has a stepmom, but the two aren't particularly close due to Madison resenting how "soon" her dad remarried after mom's death. The two eventually do attempt to find some common ground.
** Adrian's mom also applies to a certain degree. While she is alive and there for Adrian, her job as a flight attendant takes her away for long periods of time.
* Elaine's mother on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is never mentioned and presumably dead.
* Explored thoroughly in ''Series/SingleFather'' when Rita dies and the mini-series follows the lives of her children and husband in the wake of her death.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' pushes this to a logical extreme. Out of all seventeen main characters over ten seasons, only three ([[BlackBestFriend Pete]], [[TheDragon Jason]], and [[JerkJock Whitney]]) definitely have their mothers around and they are all minor. Jason's is an EvilMatriarch to boot. Comicbook/{{Lois|Lane}} was 6 when Ella Lane passed away. Moira Sullivan was voluntarily institutionalized to protect Chloe. Lilian Luthor died when ComicBook/{{Lex|Luthor}} was 13. Lana's parents were killed in the first meteor shower. Laura Queen died with her husband in a plane crash caused by Lionel Luthor. Jimmy never met his mother. Faora (Davis' mother) is trapped in the PhantomZone, [[AbusiveParents not that he misses her]]. [[spoiler:Pamela]] (Tess' birth mother) [[spoiler:died of cancer seasons before Tess was even introduced.]] The deaths of Lara-El and Alura-El (Kara's mother) on [[DoomedHometown Krypton]] should also probably be mentioned. An interesting side-effect is that due to their missing moms, the three most important girls in Clark's life (Chloe, Lana and Lois) have all looked upon [[MuggleFosterParents Martha]] as a mother figure.
%%* ''Series/SmartGuy'': Ditto with the above examples.
* ''Series/{{Starman}}'': We know Jenny Hayden freaked out shortly after birthing her half-alien child and ran off, leaving the title character to [[WalkingTheEarth Walk The Earth]] raising his son alone. The show's premise was built on this.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' loves this:
** Riker has a father, but no mother.
** [[spoiler: Geordi's]] mother dies in the series, as does the mother of [[spoiler: Alexander.]]
** Jake Sisko's mother was killed by the Borg.
** Ezri has a very bad relationship with her mother.
** Ziyal's mother died when she was 13.
** Kathryn Janeway appears to be raised by her father alone.
** Nog's uncle is part of the main cast. His father regularly appears and his grandmother even appears in a couple of episodes. His mother, however, never does. Apparently, she abandoned him and his father shortly after Nog's birth having helped her father clean out Rom's finances.
** Garak's father is introduced during the course of the show, but his mother isn't. It is once mentioned that his father had regularly told him that he wished he had killed Garak's mother before Garak was born, but her status (alive or dead) is never revealed.
** Sisko's father appears in the show, but his mother is a complicated case. He both has a Missing Mom and he doesn't. [[spoiler: an alien possessed a human woman long enough to ensure she married Sisko's father and gave birth to Sisko then depossessed her. The depossessed mother, having never loved Sisko's father, fled and died somewhere in Australia years before Sisko ever learned that the woman who raised him was his (deceased) step-mother not his biological mother. Then he meets the alien who was responsible for arranging his birth and she's sort of his mother as well as a result. So, that's two counts of Missing Mom for Sisko (a dead biological mother he never knew and a dead step-mother who's therefore never appeared in the show) and one case of an alien mother-by-design who actually does appear in the final series of the show.]]
* ''Series/StepByStep'': Frank Lambert's wife abandoned him and their three children (J.T., Al, and Brendan). Although it is implied that she is still very much alive, she disappeared to parts unknown and has no contact with her children, leaving step-mother Carol Foster to fill the void.
* Tessa from ''Series/{{Suburgatory}}''.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': The Winchester boys' mother died when Dean was four and Sam was six months old, killed by the Yellow-Eyed Demon. They have issues aplenty regarding her death and what happened to their childhood and lives because of it.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Mrs. Stilinski, who died several years before the show.
* Yoko/Yellow Buster from ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'', whose mother disappeared into the subspace thirteen years ago. Hiromu lost both parents the same way, but his arc focuses more on his father.
* The sitcom the Olsen Twins were in some years after ''Series/FullHouse'', ''Series/TwoOfAKind'', also had a rarely-mentioned dead mother, partially replaced by a recently-hired hip babysitter to take care of the (pre-)teen girly stuff professor dad obviously can't deal with. Several of their earlier movies also have a dead mother.
* Series/VeronicaMars' mother ran off before the show began, when Keith lost his job as sheriff. Veronica ends up tracking her mom down and forcing her to enter rehab, and then she returns later in the season to restart her relationship with Keith...only she's still on the booze, so Veronica forces her to leave before she ruins things for Keith again.
* Samantha's mother on ''Series/WhosTheBoss''.
* ''Series/YoungDracula'': Vlad and Ingrid's mother ran off with a werewolf, and Jonathon's mother left because of van Helsing's vampire obsession.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Two out of four [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] had this problem. Music/JohnLennon's mother more or less abandoned him when he was about five, leaving him to be raised by his aunt; they later reconnected, but when he was seventeen she was hit by a bus. Music/PaulMcCartney's mother died of cancer when he was fourteen. "Let It Be" was inspired by Paul's loss ("When I find myself in times of trouble / Mother Mary comes to me"), and "Julia" was inspired by John's (during his solo career, he also wrote "Mother" and "My Mummy's Dead").
* Music/{{Madonna}}'s mother died when she was very young. Her song "Promise To Try" from ''Like A Prayer'', which was played during a scene from the documentary film ''Truth Or Dare'', is about her coming to terms with her mother's absence in her life. In the video for "Oh Father", the absence of the mother also affects the father's relationship, resulting in domestic abuse in one scene where the actor playing him roughly scolds the little girl playing the young Madonna for wearing her mother's clothes and jewelry.
* Music/{{Sufjan Stevens}} was a baby when his mother Carrie, who struggled with mental illness and substance abuse problems, walked out on the family. He spent a few summers with her and her second husband, but after that marriage also dissolved, she was rarely in contact and her whereabouts were often unknown. He has quite a few songs, notably "Romulus" and most of the album ''Carrie & Lowell'', that center around her and the pain caused by her absence.
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[[folder:Pinballs]]
* Happens to both Trixie and Victoria in the backstory for ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]''. Trixie's mother died giving birth to her, leaving her to be raised by Tex. Victoria's mother died during her youth, and she grew up in a boarding school as a result.
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Based on the evidence available, certainly true for Treelo on ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'', almost certainly true for all of the other main kid characters on the show. Bear seems to be raising them all and in one episode remembers taking care of Treelo when he was a baby. It is never, ever talked about, though.
* Parodied by ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': Gonzo says that he was born ''two years'' after his mother died. No word on whether this is BizarreAlienBiology or BlatantLies.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* In ''Radio/RevoltingPeople'' Sam Oliphant raised his three children by himself. He seems to have been rather vague as to what happened to their mother, apparently telling Joshua that she was kidnapped by razor-beaked terripins and became Queen of the Sea People. Actually, she's shacked up with a Scotswoman called Agnes.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In the Russian theater play ''An Ordinary Miracle'' by E. Shwartz, the mother of the heroine ([[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses who is a princess]]) died when said princess was "seven minutes old".
** Same in ''Naked King'' (again the princess) and ''The Shadow'' (both the princess and Annunciata).
* In ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' by Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw (and thus, in the adaptation ''Theatre/MyFairLady''), Elisa has no contact at all with her mother.
* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', Elphaba's mother [[DeathByChildbirth dies while giving birth]] to Elphaba's sister Nessarose. In the book the musical is based on, she STILL dies in childbirth, except it's with Elphie and Nessa's brother Shell.(He [[Adapted Out didn't make it]] into the stage adaptation.)
* [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] is full of missing moms: Ophelia and Laertes of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia of ''Theatre/KingLear''; and Jessica of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' all have fathers (Polonius, Lear, and Shylock respectively), but no mention is ever made of their mothers.
** In ''Theatre/TheTempest'', Miranda's mother is mentioned once.
-->''Thy mother was a piece of virtue, and\\
She said thou wast my daughter;''
* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Violet}}'', the title character's mother died when she was young.
* In the musical version of ''Theatre/TheLightPrincess'', Althea, the eponymous princess, and her love interest, Prince Digby, both lose their mothers when they are children. Their very opposite reactions to their grief are what cause most of the conflict in the show.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ashley's mom in ''VideoGame/AnotherCode'' disappeared ten years prior to the game's start and it's only until 2/3s of the way into the game that she finds out what happened to her. [[spoiler:She wound up getting murdered.]]
* Both played straight and inverted in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': Marle's mom died when she was young. But Crono has a missing ''dad'' and nothing is mentioned of him. Both of Lucca's parents are alive.
* Almost all main characters in the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series have mothers dead or unmentioned but fathers extant - e.g. Roy, Eirika and Ephraim, Ike, and so forth. (To be fair, [[ParentalAbandonment their fathers don't languish long, either.]])
** Of the main characters, Ike and Mist's mother Elena actually has plot significance, including her death. She died [[spoiler: while trying to recover Lehran's Medallion from her husband Greil, as the relic turned him into a mindless berserker that slaughtered everything that crossed his path. Elena was one of the few persons able to wield said Medallion ''without'' going nuts, but when she tried to get it from Greil, she died.]] By the time he learns of this, his father was already dead as well.
** Eliwood has the distinction of being the only Fire Emblem lord whose mother, Eleanora, is alive, well, and visible. [[spoiler: but in exchange, it's his ''father'' who dies.]]
** The absence of the mothers of Roy and [[MagicalGirl Lilina]] gets around having to decide upon a canon pairing for either his or her father [[spoiler: Lyn, in any of these cases. Ninian or Fiora, in the case of Roy. Florina or Farina, in the case of Lilina.]]
** The death of [[spoiler: Joshua]]'s mother is an important plot point in Eirika's path. [[spoiler:She is Ismaire, the Queen of Jehanna, who is murdered by General Caellach when she tries to keep him from shattering the Stone of Jehanna]].
** ''Several'' cases happen in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Seisen no Keifu and Thracia 776]]''.
** Seisen Gen 1: The wives of the bad guys aren't seen, and a good part of [[spoiler: Lord Arvis]]'s backstory is centered in regards to his mother [[spoiler:Cigyun]], [[spoiler:who left him after his dad Viktor is SpurnedIntoSuicide...and succumbs to DeathByChildbirth while giving birth to her daughter with Prince Kurth, Deirdre]]. And to make things worse, [[spoiler:''Deirdre'' becomes a Missing Mom to Seliph when she's BrainwashedAndCrazy into marrying Arvis himself; Ethlyn is killed in the Yied Massacre alongside her husband Quan; and Ares's mother Grahnye dies in the brutal occupation of Lester]].
** Seisen Gen 2: [[spoiler: If the girls from Gen 1 got married and had kids, almost all of them except for Edain become Missing Moms. Ayra disappears after Belhalla and it's not clear if she still lives or not, though the Oosawa manga says she did kick the bucket; Ferry is crowned as the Queen of Silesse since Lewyn is gone and his mother Rahna is dead, but dies of illness a little before Gen 2 kicks off; Tailto is pretty much taken hostage by her family alongside Tinny and so abused by her sister-in-law that she falls victim to DeathByDespair (and if she isn't married, her sister Ethnia follows the same role to ''her'' kids); Sylvia leaves her kids in an orphanage and disappears; Raquesis is at first by Nanna's side, but later she disappears in the Yied Desert when trying to visit her son Delmud, though she`s implied to be still alive; and finally Briggid is rendered amnesiac and lost after Belhalla, reappearing in ''Thracia'' as the still amnesiac Evayle]]. As corollary, [[spoiler:Deirdre is revealed to have been killed...by her own son Julius, possessed by the god Loptyr]].
** ''Thracia 776'': Aside from [[spoiler:Leif and Nanna]]'s mothers, there's [[spoiler:Mareeta's mother, who fell to DeathByChildbirth; Misha's mom Deet'var, who was an enemy slain by Sigurd's troops; Sara's mother, who died of grief some time after Sara's birth since Manfroy killed her husband in front of her; Saias's mother Liza, once a MagicKnight at the service of Saias's father aka the aforementioned Arvis, who died protecting him from the Loptyr sect; and, ultimately, Karin's conversation with Ced alludes to Queen Ferry's recent death]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'', [[spoiler:''all'' the first generation female characters who had children become missing mothers in the BadFuture]]. And there is also [[spoiler:the Avatar's own mother, who ran away with him/her to protect her child from the Grimleal sect, but what happened to her afterwards isn't clear]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Fates]]'', many characters have missing moms. To be specific, the Avatar's mother Mikoto was seen as the ruling Queen of Hoshido but [[spoiler:died protecting him/her as early as Chapter 5]], causing his/her draconic powers to awaken. It's later revealed that the rest of the Hoshido siblings are [[spoiler:born from the previous Queen, making the Avatar Mikoto's only child, though she ''was'' their ParentalSubstitute and mother figure.]] In the case of the Nohr siblings, they each have [[spoiler:separate mothers who died fighting over Garon (save for Xander's mother Queen Katerina, who died when he was a little boy), making them half-siblings. Azura's own mother, Lady Arete, became Garon's second Queen but died defending the kingdom and was resurrected to serve Anankos in the third route.]]
* In the early 90's ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' comics published to promote ''VideoGame/{{Star Fox|1}}'', it is revealed that [[TheHero Fox McCloud]]'s mother Vixy was killed by a car bomb [[BigBad Andross]] had intended for his father James, only for Vixy to get in the car instead.
* In ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars]]'', Sonja's mother is implied to have died before the events of the first game, and none of the other [=COs=] (save Sasha and Colin) mention their parents. Also, Sonja and her father Kanbei are the only [=COs=] with a parent/child relationship.
* In the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series, Alyx Vance's mother, Azian, died during the Black Mesa Incident, and she was raised by her father, Eli. Eli was clearly devastated by his wife's death, and has a picture of her in whatever space is currently serving as his office. Alyx was very young when Azian died, but she still gets indignant when BigBad Dr. Breen mentions her.
* Sonia from ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' lost her mom due to a disease and becomes a famous celebrity to cope with her mom's death.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has this one is spades.
** Rikku's mother is never mentioned outside of one unlockable scene, where it is revealed that she was killed years ago by a rampaging machina.
** Seymour Guado, the game's [[TheDragon Dragon]] (or at least The Dragon's Dragon), is parentless, and not entirely by accident. The death of his mother serves as his FreudianExcuse.
** Tidus, lost both his parents in one swoop. When he was a child, his father became one of the {{disappeared|Dad}} variety, which caused his mother to die of grief. For years afterward he never forgave his father for it.
** Yuna's situation is similar, if reversed. Her mother was killed by the BigBad's monster suit, which prompted her father to go on a suicidal mission to destroy it, and thus make the world a better place for his daughter. This greatly influences Yuna, who follows in his footsteps.
* Like ''X'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is ''flooded'' with this; almost every single main character, as well as the entire villainous force, has [[MommyIssues some kind of issue with their mother]].
** [[TheHero Lightning]] (and by extension, her [[MySisterIsOffLimits sister Serah]]) lost their parents, causing Lightning to be [[PromotionToParent promoted to the matriarch of the family]]. She also later [[ParentalSubstitute fills in as Hope's surrogate mother]]; [[ChildrenRaiseYou while she initially sees him as a burden]], [[LikeASonToMe she eventually comes to care for him with the care of a mother]].
** [[BoisterousBruiser Snow's]] parents are never shown, [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan nor given explanation for their disappearance]], so he falls into this by default.
** [[TokenMinority Sazh]] lost his wife at some point before the story, leaving him to care for their son, Dajh, and in return leaving him without a mom.
** [[AgeAppropriateAngst Hope's]] mom [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest dies during the riot at the Hanging Edge]], and his entire motive throughout the story is to [[CrusadingWidower take out vengeance for her death]] against ''Snow'' of all people, the man who fought alongside her and attempted to save her life, while she willingly joined the fight (though to be fair, he does admit later on that he only chose to blame Snow and take revenge against him so that he would have a reason to want to keep living). He then comes to [[ParentalSubstitute accept Lightning as his new mother figure]] and, by extension, [[TrueCompanions sees the rest of his party as his new family]].
** [[HideYourLesbians Fang and Vanille's]] families are never brought up, though considering that [[spoiler:they've [[HumanPopsicle spent 500 years frozen]] [[TakenForGranite as crystals]]]], any parents they had are probably dead.
** Perhaps most significant, though, is the plot of [[spoiler:the fal'Cie, and their ringleader [[BigBad Barthandelus]]]], which is to [[spoiler:bring back the Maker to their world [[EndOfTheWorldSpecial so that she can hit the]] ResetButton [[NeglectfulPrecursors after the fal'Cie and humans screwed the world up so much]]; more so, however, they want to be reunited with her, [[HaveYouSeenMyGod since after everything was fine and dandy after creation, she left without a word]], leaving the stability of Cocoon in the hands of the fal'Cie [[RuleOfSymbolism Orphan]]. In other words, ''[[MommyIssues they want their mommy back]]''.]]
* Tifa Lockhart of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' also has this issue. Her mother died when she was very young. [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker So depressed she was]] that Tifa went on a dangerous trek to Mt. Nibel (with Cloud accompanying her) in the hopes that she would see her mother again. It didn't work.
** Additionally, [[spoiler: Aerith and her mother Ifalna were experimented on for years, and Ifalna was so physically weakened that when the two managed to escape, Ifalna collapsed and barely managed to entrust her to Elmyra before dying.]]
* Princess Zelda fits the trope, as she is never seen as having a mother. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' gave her a father, and she usually has a mother figure in the form of her nursemaid/protector Impa, but never a mother. And Link is never shown as having any parents at all (though he occasionally has other relatives).
** Not completely true. While Link's parents are never shown, the Great Deku Tree mentions in ''Ocarina of Time'' that Link was left in Kokiri forest by his mother as she tried to escape a war that ended before the game's beginning. She promptly dies after leaving Link in the GDT's care.
** Link also has a younger sister in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. Unless she is biologically unrelated, this would imply that WW Link must have known his parents for a short while in his childhood, despite their later absence.
** Zelda's (or rather, [[spoiler: Tetra's]]) deceased mother is seen as a portrait in Wind Waker (But you can only access the room containing this portrait once, so most people miss it). She looks similar to the Zelda from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', except for donning a very short hair-cut and even darker hair.
** This trope runs rampant in the N64 games especially. In ''Ocarina of Time'', besides Link and Zelda, Malon and Ruto both have fathers but no mothers. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' continues the "present father absent mother" trend with the Deku princess, the baby Goron, and Pamela (from the Music Box House). This tendency's inverted with Anju: she lives and works with her mother and grandmother, but her [[DisappearedDad father disappeared]] years before. Cremia and Romani are orphans who have to fend for themselves.
*** The baby Goron may be justified as the Gorons seem to be a OneGenderRace.
*** If you have Link talk to Talon while wearing the Gerudo mask, he'll comment that the mask resembles Malon's mother. Given that a Gossip stone says that the Gerudo warriors go elsewhere to find boyfriends (presumably for getting pregnant to carry on their civilization), fans hold the [[{{fanon}} idea]] that Malon's mother was a Gerudo. Though if that's the case, it does raise the question of why Malon was left with her dad, instead of taken to the Gerudo Valley.
*** Possible question answer: Malon looks like a Hylian, not a Gerudo, so she'd likely be ostracized for looking like old enemies/frequent victims... and leaving Malon behind with her father to grow up in a farm instead of being taken to the tribe so she'd be raised to be a desert bandit is probably the most responsible and sensible thing Malon's mother could do that wouldn't invite retaliation from the tribe if she tried leaving the Gerudo behind for the sake of her family instead.
** This plays into the plot, albeit in a very minor way, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. In Zelda's journal in Hyrule Castle, one of the entries talks about her mother, who suddenly passed away when she was a very young girl. This deprived Zelda of not only her parent, but her teacher, as the queen was able to use the royal blood's divine power and was to instruct Zelda how to awaken it. [[spoiler: In a way, her death is one of the biggest reasons that Zelda failed to awaken it in time and it lead to the destruction of the world.]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is big on InvisibleParents / ParentalAbandonment in general. Sora's mother gets a line from offscreen in the first game, and Riku mentions his to confirm that he'll risk never seeing them again if it means finding other worlds. Kairi is a true orphan, given that her home world was ruined and she ended up living with the mayor of Destiny Islands. It's quite likely TheHeartless, Maleficent or Xehanort killed her parents (and grandmother) when they attacked Radiant Garden.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana 2'', the hero has a Missing Mom and a DisappearedDad[[spoiler: She become a tree and die short after meeting the hero and his dad was dead already]]
* Aside from the eponymous protagonist of ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'', whose past has no details (probably on purpose), Kaya Daidouji, the game's DamselInDistress has an established (though offscreen and dying) father and an uncle, but no mention of her mother is ever made.
* Lloyd Irving of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'''s mother [[spoiler: was turned into a monster and]] died long ago, killed by [[spoiler: Kratos, who turns out to be Lloyd's birth father. It was because of the aforementioned "turned into a monster" thing, a mercy killing/protecting Lloyd from the rampaging monster.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', [[spoiler: Hinawa, Lucas's mother, is found dead midway through the first chapter with a Drago fang through her heart.]] The rest of the game following this point chronicles [[spoiler: Lucas's adolescence as he tries to come to terms with the loss of his Mother and move on from his grief over her death.]]
* Amelia Croft in the ''Franchise/TombRaider: Legend'' arc. At the end of ''Underworld'', Lara finds that her mom is now a zombie. And [[DisappearedDad her dad was disappeared/killed by the]] BigBad.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** Throughout ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', Bowser Jr. went after Mario under the belief that Princess Peach is his mother . At the end of the game, Bowser tries to tell his son something about Princess Peach, but Junior beats him to the punch: "I know, she's not really my mama." He then drops the issue and focuses on [[OverlordJr his desire to fight Mario again]].
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' we find out that Rosalina's mother [[spoiler: is dead in Chapter 7 of the storybook.]]
* Both of the heroes in ''VideoGame/{{Dark C|loud}}hronicle'' have missing moms. [[GadgeteerGenius Max]] has a major subplot about finding his mother. [[ActionGirl Monica's]] is simply never mentioned. [[spoiler: Max does eventually find his mom, but since she came from another time period, she cannot stay with him and her husband Gerald.]]
* Apparently, if you're going to be a mom in the ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series, you will at some point in your child's youth drop completely out of their life, probably through death, and will only be mentioned once in a while.
* In ''VideoGame/OverlordII'', [[spoiler: Rose left the [[EnfantTerrible Witch-boy]] in Nordburg in order to help Florian Greenheart establish his Empire from behind the scenes, believing that the latter will at least bring some semblance order to the world.]] She attempted to drive her son away from evil initially from behind the scenes, but by the end accepts him as NecessarilyEvil. Overall she doesn't show much love to her son, but she does have one motherly act near the end: [[spoiler: After defeating Florian and exploding him into ooze all over, she orders him to clean it all up himself.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'': Sasha Nein's mother died when he was still a baby. Being a psychic he thought it would be a good idea to read his father's mind to find out what his mother was like. [[DirtyMindReading Child-traumatizing ensued]].
* Mothers really don't fare well in ''VideoGame/YoakeMaeYoriRuriiroNa''. Tatsuya and Feena lost their mothers before the events of the game (at around the same time, no less), and Jin and Natsuki's mother is off training somewhere during the events of the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has them in spades:
** The Player, Harden Simms, Amata, Angela Staley, Sarah Lyons, Brian Wilks, Sydney, Derek Pacion
** The Player's situation is particularly interesting in that his/her mother suffered DeathByChildbirth...and is never seen. (A nice trick that allows you to make your character look however you want even if they don't match the Caucasian dad: they take after their mother.)
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', protagonist Matthew's mother, Jenna, is nowhere to be found. Particularly notable because she was one of the protagonists of the previous game in the series.
** She is at least said to be in a city that the player doesn't visit. Tyrell and Karis' mothers aren't even named.
*** Karis however does make references to her parents in the plural sense, so her mother is at least implied to be present in her life even if the player doesn't know who she is.
* The absence of Fei Fong Wong's mother in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' has a significant impact on his current state, especially as she was absent long before she died due to being possessed by an entity that inflicted horrifying torture on him as a boy leading him to develop multiple personality disorder. Learning of her final act - wresting control over her own body to save his life by sacrificing hers - goes some way to healing his disorder.
* Every single ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' playable character that somehow manages to retain one parent for the whole game '''always''', without fail, retains the father, which means that every character in the series suffers from this if they don't fall under the broader ParentalAbandonment and/or DeceasedParentsAreTheBest. Perhaps hardest hit is Garnet of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', who turns out to be an orphan, gets adopted, and sees her adopted mother die in front of her, thus missing twice as many moms as most ''Final Fantasy'' characters.
* ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'': Jeff's mom is shown in Magicant and is seen leaving Prof. Andonuts in a flashback, [[{{Fanon}} explaining why she's not seen in Earthbound]].
* Bella Goth of ''VideoGame/TheSims'' franchise was revealed to have gone missing in ''The Sims 2'' during an alien abduction shortly after the birth of her second child, Alexander.
* Jun Kazama of ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', mother of Jin Kazama. She held Ogre back from assaulting his son and then vanished, causing Jin to think that Ogre murdered her. WordOfGod, however, say that [[HesJustHiding she's gone missing instead of officially dead]]. In story canon, Jin's father Kazuya Mishima returned, but Jun so far has never popped herself up, unless it's hints of her appearance or mentions or non-canon games like ''Tag Tournament''.
* After ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur 4]]'', Sophitia Alexandra becomes this trope for her children Patroklos and Pyrrha. Their interpretation differed as well, Patroklos thinks Sophitia is dead, while Pyrrha thinks she's just missing.
* In a variation, Sagani, your [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame boreal dwarf]] party member in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'', '''is''' the Missing Mom to her three children. It's part of her people's traditions that the women are the hunters, and so those women that have had children draw straws to go looking for the {{reincarnation}}s of their village elders. Sagani drew the short straw, has now been away from home on her quest for five years, and complains that her youngest probably won't even know her by the time she gets home.
* [[OnlySaneMan Jeera]] and [[TheDitz Zariah]] from ''VideoGame/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' just only lived with their FatBastard of a father.
* Edna, the main character of ''VideoGame/EdnaAndHarveyTheBreakout'' doesn’t seem to have a mother, a fact that is important to the plot but never brought up or explained.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', Tomoya Okazaki lost his mother when he was young, and the grief caused his father to become an alcoholic bum in the process.
** In After Story, [[spoiler: the main character works to keep it from repeating with Ushio after getting a wake-up-call. That's because Nagisa, Ushio's mother, [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]].]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the reason no one's seen Battler in such a long time is because he left his family after his mother Asumu died six years ago. [[CoolBigSis Kyrie]] is his stepmother. [[spoiler:Later it turns out that Asumu isn't his biological mother at all. Learning that sends Battler into a HeroicBSOD, and Ange snaps him out of it in a HeroicSacrifice. In [=EP8=], it's revealed that Battler's real mother is in fact Kyrie]].
* Mia and Maya's mother, Misty Fey, in the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' games. Disappeared after the [[ArcWords DL-6]] incident, leaving Maya and Mia alone. [[spoiler: She was ultimately killed in the last case of ''Trials & Tribulations'', while trying to protect poor Maya from [[ThePlan a trap prepared by Misty's sister, Morgan.]].]]
** Pearl's mother, Morgan, becomes a Missing Mom after being imprisoned in the second case of ''Justice for All''. [[spoiler: She's also the mother of Dahlia and Iris.]]
*** From the same series, although their respective fathers are key characters to the plot and backstory, neither Franziska's nor Edgeworth's mothers are ever even mentioned. [[{{Fanon}} The fandom's explanation for this]] is that they're either dead or were not connected to law.
*** Kay Faraday has a similar problem. After [[spoiler: her father is murdered]] she says she "went to live with her mom's family" in another town, which indicates either a death or a divorce. Someone on the writing staff had serious mom issues.
** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' also had this, although we didn't even know his mom was missing until [[spoiler: it's revealed that she's Lamiroir/Thalassa Gramarye.]] Trucy's mother Thalassa disappeared, presumed dead, when Trucy was young. [[spoiler: Also secretly Lamiroir! Yeah, that's not contrived at all...]]
** In ''Dual Destinies'', Jinxie's mother died when she was little, and her daughter explains how the sight of her mother's favorite flower is enough to give her courage. [[spoiler:The final case also centers around the death of Athena's mother, Metis Cykes, who was stabbed to death when Athena was a pre-teen...and to spare Athena from [[SelfMadeorphan being accused of killing her]], Simon Blackquill went TakingTheHeat for her and spent seven years in prison]].
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', a few characters have lost their mothers.
** [[spoiler:Hanako Ikezawa]] lost her mother [[spoiler:in the same fire in which her father was killed and she received her scars, because [[MamaBear Mrs. Ikezawa]] [[HeroicSacrifice shielded her from the flames at the cost of her own life]]]].
** [[spoiler:Shizune Hakamichi's]] mother does not appear in game, even when Hisao visits her home on her route, and is generally assumed to be dead.
** In a milder case, [[spoiler: Lilly Satou]]'s mother lives abroad and she's mentioned, but is never seen.
* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', [[spoiler: Sayaka Maizono]]'s mother is said to have died when the chara was a kid.
* In ''VisualNovel/AsagaoAcademyNormalBootsClub'', Hana's mother died when she was eight. This deeply affected her father and the family's finances.
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* Cub's mother in ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''. Some fans speculate that it is her grave Pop and Cub are visiting in "Can't Stop Coffin" (meaning that she is not affected by the NegativeContinuity which keeps destroying and resurrecting the other characters in a never-ending cycle). The production team seem divided as to whether she is actually dead, or simply left Pop in disgust at his terrible parenting (ironically abandoning Cub with him).
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' we find out [[spoiler: Allison was this to Carolina.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':  Yang's biological mother, Raven Branwen, disappeared shortly after Yang was born.  Summer Rose stepped in to help Yang's father, adopting Yang as her own and eventually having another daughter, Ruby.  Then Summer disappeared as well when Ruby was a toddler.  While Summer is presumed dead, Raven is very much alive, but doesn't care enough to return.  Her brother, Qrow (who is a much larger presence in the girls' lives) says she has an odd morality.  He later confronts Raven that she doesn't seem to care in the slightest what her daughter is going through.  Raven retorts that she saved Yang's life once; that's more than she'd give most people.

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* In ''Webcomic/FineSometimesRain'', Georgia's mother had previously passed away before any of the events in the comic.
* In ''Webcomic/MotherlyScootaloo'', a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Tumblr comic, Scootaloo's mother [[spoiler: died of cancer a while back]].
* Ash, from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', initially has no contact with his mother. After a GenderBender caused by a filing accident made by a pot-smoking angel, Ash's mother is back in the picture, although Ash's parents remain divorced.
* Fiona's mom has been dead for many years at the start of ''Webcomic/YuMeDream''.
* Requisite ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' example: Tedd's Mother left when he was little and is presently "somewhere in Europe", leaving poor Tedd with some [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2007-11-24 serious]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1595 abandonment]] [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2004-09-15 issues]]. (Although the last one isn't technically the same Tedd...)
* Sam(antha) from ''Webcomic/{{Cheer}}'', implied to be DeathByChildbirth.
** And both of Alex's parents are pretty distant with her.
* [[http://www.goldcoincomics.com/?id=11]] Alluded to in Webcomic/GoldCoinComics.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the identity of Gilgamesh Wulfenbach's mother is unknown, although hinted at.
** Similarly, we've never met Tarvek's mother and don't know much about her beyond her connection to an illustrious family.
** The ultimate fate of Agatha's mother is also unknown (Along with the fate of her father and uncle). Given what has been revealed about Lucrezia Mongfish-Heterodyne so far, Agatha will probably be better off if her mother ''stays'' this way.
*** Resolved BADLY. Unless that AI-copying matrix had faulty data, Lucrezia was always a self-centered, genocidal-dominatrical, infanticidal b*$(%.
*** We don't actually know that; it's still unclear whether Lucrezia always was The Other, or whether The Other had come to possess Lucrezia, or when. If The Other had completely taken over Lucrezia's personality, then technically Lucrezia is still a Missing Mom.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Seekers}}'' Giselda's mother died when she was rather young. The reason hasn't been explained yet, just that Takchi took care of her like a brother through it.
* Sandra's mother Julie of ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' died of a yet unknown cause several years ago.
* ''Webcomic/WoodenRose'': The sisters live with only their dying father. [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter2/40.html Their mother died when Nessa was only four.]]
* In ''{{Webcomic/Strays}}'', Meela's mother never appears; she also [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy dreams]] of a boy [[http://www.straysonline.com/comic/162.htm whose mother was murdered]] by her StalkerWithACrush.
* ''Webcomic/{{Dreamkeepers}} Prelude [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=122 And Dad exploits as a "struggling single parent."]]
* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', Gus Gunthrie
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', both [[http://endstone.net/2010/07/15/4-06/ Kyri]] and [[http://endstone.net/2010/05/24/issue-3-webpage-36/ Jon]] lost their mothers.
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1310311/blue-yonder-chapter-1-page-30/ Lena's motive for helping Jared with his lost family is her own lost mother]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Haley's mother died. Trying to live up to her injunction to be better than the ViceCity they lived in has been a driving force in Halley's life.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'' Princess Peonie's mother is described as...[[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1830 significant pause]]..."disappeared". The King is on the hunt for a replacement mother figure for her.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', Lil' E's mother has appeared, [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-04-08 but only in flashbacks]]. What happened to her and what the significance of her present day disappearance is are not known.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0248.html Julie and Angelika's]]. Angelika doesn't even remember her, and the family fell apart soon after her death.
* ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson'' runs [[LonelyRichKid Miranda]] through multiple flavors of ParentalAbandonment, including this one.
* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-227/ Princess Nautilus returns to find this]].
* In ''Webcomic/RedsPlanet'' [[http://www.redsplanet.com/comic/rp/ch03/chapter-three-29/ Gene complains that it's not easy being a single parent on the best of days -- but he tried to take his son camping and got them abducted by aliens.]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlsOfTheWild'', Jae Gu's mother was unable to handle the stress of raising her children after the [[DisappearedDad death of her husband]] and ''[[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]]'' them to be raised alone by [[PromotionToParent him]], he understandably harbors a deep hatred for her now.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/{{Dicebox}}''. Griffen ''is'' the Missing Mom. Her disappearance from her birth identity drives the {{Metaplot}} of having to coming back and fix what she had wrought in her personal and professional life.
* In ''Webcomic/LucidSpring'', the story begins on the anniversary of the death of Pacem's mother, Mulier.
* Masako's mother in ''Webcomic/BeneathTheClouds'' died in a house fire.

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* Both Generator and Heyoka, in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Generator's mom died when she was 11, and Generator hasn't physically aged since then.
* Played for horror in the creepypasta [[http://www.creepypasta.com/my-fear-of-water/ "My Fear of Water."]]
* Website/{{Cracked}} examines this its article "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/why-every-80s-sitcom-decided-to-kill-off-mom/?wa_user1=5&wa_user2=Movies+%26+TV&wa_user3=blog&wa_user4=companion Why Every '80s Sitcom Decided to Kill Off the Mom]]."
* One of the ongoing {{story arc}}s in WebVideo/DemoReel is what happened to Donnie's dead mom.
* In ''Literature/ChronoHustle'' Jack grew up not knowing who either of his parents are, although he has since learned that his mother was [[spoiler:a Greek Goddess]], although he still doesn't know her identity. Also no mention is made of Mary's mother, only her father.
* Two are known of in ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'':
** Sparadrap can get quite talkative about his family in the webseries version, which lets us know he has a younger brother who's [[spoiler:Ystos]] in-game, a father and a grandmother. The father is apparently a priest and the novels mention that the brothers were raised by their grandmother, whose surname indicates that she's indeed their paternal grandmother. The mother is simply not mentionned, but volumes are spoken about the extent of her absence when Sparadrap, being a ManChild, calls for his grandmother in moments where IWantMyMommy would be expected.
** The woman who was [[spoiler:Tenshirock]]'s wife and [[spoiler:Judge Dead]]'s mother, whose death is heavily implied to be linked to some mental condition she had. That notably enabled the father among the two to diagnose the same condition in one of his guildmates.
* Four of the eight main characters in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'' lost their mothers at some point in their backstories: Scanlan's mother was killed by goblins when he was young, Vex and Vax's mom died in a dragon attack, and Keyleth's mother vanished while on her druidic quest. In addition, there's been no mention made of Grog's mother, Pike seems to have been raised by her grandfather, and Percy's entire family was murdered several years before he joined the party. Even [[TeamPet Trinket]] lost his mother to poachers before being adopted by Vex. Really, the only member of Vox Machina who doesn't fit this trope to some degree is Tiberius.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'' takes place at a monster boarding school, so parents don't usually make an appearance. Of the main characters, Headmaster Gromble's mother is seen (he's a MommasBoy), and both of Oblina's parents [[MyBelovedSmother are]] [[HenpeckedHusband introduced.]] Krumm mentions having both parents but Horvak seems to be the only one who lives nearby (unless his mother doesn't [[StayInTheKitchen work on the mold farm.]]) Ickis' father Slickis means well, but is often [[ParentsAsPeople too busy to attend to his son's needs]] and Slickis' wife is never shown. Not surprisingly, nearly all of the characters have ParentalIssues.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', only Marceline's father and her [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate father]] [[spoiler: Simon Petrikov]] are ever seen, with her mother only having appeared in a flashback in the "Stakes" arc. Considering that the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld immortality]] of all the others is the only reason they're even on the show, this is justified.
** While Finn eventually met his DisappearedDad, his mother has still only been seen in an AlternateUniverse.
** Unlike the other two, [[PlayingWithFire Flame Princess]]' mother has never even been mentioned, [[spoiler: not even after she usurps her father's throne]], and she even has older and younger siblings to further complicate matters.
* Mr. Chan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' appears to be a single father, as no mention is ever made of the childrens' mother. Popular fan theory is that he's a widower. (Not that farfetched, actually: CharlieChan actually ''is'' a widower in the original books.)
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad,'' Hayley mentions that Jeff's mother walked out on him [[FridgeLogic before he was born]]. Stan is understandably confused.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Archie Vanderloo is a single father to twins Ansel and Angie. It is never stated what happened to their mother.
* Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy, the Creator/HannaBarbera father and son duo. But where is the mother of the family?
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' could practically have its own entry!
** Aang had Monk Gyatso as father figure (and has the spirit of Roku, plus King Bumi as current day father figures), but there was no indication of a mother in his BackStory to date.
*** During the opening of his fourth chakra in "The Guru", Aang confronts his guilt about abandoning his people a century before and there is [[http://piandao.org/screenshots/earth/earth19/earth19-500.jpg a woman]] shown sitting to the right of Monk Gyatso. She doesn't look like [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/avatar/images/c/c8/Yangchen001.png Avatar Yengchen]], so most fans who noticed it assume she is in fact Aang's mother.
** Katara and Sokka begin with a Missing Mom, but end up as a ParentalAbandonment case as their father leaves to fight the Fire Nation, leaving Gran-Gran Kanna to raise them instead.
** Toph is a forced inversion. Her parents were both present, but emotionally and supportively absent. They were overprotective to the point of the outside world not knowing that Toph existed. And they left her caretaking to servants, so they never realized until the Avatar showed up that she was a master earthbender. Upon finding this out, seeing that their child was not only ''[[CuteBruiser not]]'' [[CuteBruiser helpless]] but able to hold her own against much bigger, older and seemingly stronger opponents, Mr. Bei Fong reacted by tightening the yoke of overprotectiveness. His wife did nothing but go along with it, which resulted in Toph abandoning them and running away.
** Teo, the son of the MadScientist occupying the Northern Air Temple is also missing his mother, killed in the same natural disaster that left him a paraplegic.
** Zuko and Azula are a variant on the theme, because although their mother Princess Ursa left, Azula fits the trope played straight, as Lord Ozai's favored child. Ozai disfigured and banished Zuko, leaving him to be raised by surrogate father figure Iroh.
*** [[spoiler: Let's be fair here: Ursa didn't ''leave'' exactly, she was exiled for ''saving Zuko's life.'']]
** Jet is a straight ParentalAbandonment case, and this would appear to be the case for his entire treehouse-dwelling group of freedom fighters.
** Princess Yue of the Northern Water Tribe [[CaptainObvious had a mother once]]: we see her in FlashBack. By the time Team Avatar arrives at the North Pole, though, she is nowhere to be found.
** Iroh's wife, the mother of his son Lu Ten is never mentioned. But it's a safe assumption she's dead as Lu Ten's death is regarded as the end of Iroh's bloodline.
** The sequel, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', offers a new bunch of Missing Moms. Mako and Bolin's [[ParentalAbandonment parents were killed]], while Asami's mother died when she was young [[spoiler: at the hands of Firebenders]]. Averted with Korra herself, though.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', aside from {{Franchise/Batman}} himself, Comicbook/BlackCanary I died [[HeroicSacrifice rescuing people from a fire]] when Black Canary II was a child, asking her teammate Wildcat to [[TakeCareOfTheKids take care of her daughter]].
* The 2006 revival of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' reveals in the three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Earth" that Stoker has a daughter named Spitfire, but her mother is nowhere to be seen and isn't even mentioned.
* Nutsy from ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'' happens to have a dead mother, as she reveals it in the Mother's Day episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'':
** Bob's mother was not mentioned at all until the seventh season, when it is revealed that she died when Bob was very young.
** Also, Jimmy Pesto is a single father.
* Reggie Bullnerd from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' basically is seen with his father in the second, third, and fourth seasons. The whereabouts of his mother is still unknown. Since she's been mentioned a few times, she probably isn't too far away.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', Gadget's DisappearedDad is stated to be "lost" and "never coming back", possibly [[NeverSayDie implying death]]. Her mother, on the other hand, is never mentioned.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has two. Antea Hopper, Aelita's mother, was [[spoiler: kidnapped by the "Men in Black"]] some time before the series timeline. Her fate remains uncertain. Sissi's mother is never seen or mentioned at all. WordOfGod states that she is alive, but living away from Sissi and her father.
** Averted by Jeremie's mother. She is the only Lyoko Warrior parent who remains unseen at the end of the series, but she is mentioned just enough for us to know that she is not this trope.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom,'' everyone seems to have two parents except for [[WellIntentionedExtremist Valerie]], who is explicitly shown living alone with her father. Her mother's whereabouts are never mentioned.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', [[DumbBlonde Brittany]] was raised by her father and stepmother, a TrophyWife with whom she seems to have a sisterly relationship. [[AllThereInTheManual According to a tie-in book]], Brittany's mom left the family to move to Hollywood ("where people are relatively sane") shortly after the birth of Brittany's little brother Brian.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Gosalyn is adopted by only a father (who is Darkwing). Gosalyn has no surrogate mother because, obviously, Darkwing isn't married. As far as her actual mother, it's mentioned that her grandfather was her last living relative, so her parents died at some point before he did.
* Pretty much everyone in ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' -- King Features' answer to the JLA that teams up ComicStrip/FlashGordon, ComicStrip/ThePhantom, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician and his sidekick Lothar along with their children Rick, Jedda, K'Shin & Lothar Jr -- suffered from this. Rick is orphaned in the very first episode [[spoiler:when his mother, assumed to be but never named as Dale Arden, dies resisting Ming's mind probes. Though they somehow manage to rescue her essence to power the Defenders' super computer, she is never mentioned again nor are Flash or Rick ever shown interacting with the computer as though it held emotional value for them]]. Jedda's mother is never mentioned at all, nor is LJ's (though one might presume that the absent women were Diana and Karma, their father's respective lovers from the source comics), while K'Shin was an orphan adopted by Mandrake.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'', the Jack-in-the-Boxes Big Jack and Little Jack are a father-and-son team, but there's no mother.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', Patti Mayonnaise's mother is revealed to have died in a car accident when Patti was nine. (This is also the reason why Patti's father is in a wheelchair.) Patti visits her mother's grave in one episode. At the end of the series, her father gets married a second time, to Ms. Krystal.
** Willy White's mom has also never been shown in the series, but since his dad (who was the mayor of Bluffington for most of the Nickelodeon series) has mentioned her in various episodes, she's not too far away.
* There's actually quite a few on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. Wanda, Chester, Wendell (Dr. Bender's son), and Trixie have no mothers onscreen despite their fathers appearing. Trixie mentioned her mother in her first appearance, but she has never appeared on screen, even when all the parents in Dimmsdale meet, leading some fans to believe this was a {{retcon}}. Wanda's mom was also mentioned in "Blondas Have More Fun".
* The Future is Wild animated series. It was suspected by fans that C.G.'s mother died, leaving her husband to look after their Daughter by himself, before C.G. left for her mission and meet Ethan, Emily, Luis and Squibby, though how she died is up to interpretations. In anyway, how C.G.'s mother died might explain why C.G.'s father is overprotective and strict of his Daughter.
* Contrary to popular belief, ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' never justifies the absence Max Goof's mother. She is simply absent without explanation. (Most fans believe that she is dead, but the oft-cited quote "[[GodNeverSaidThat up there amongst the stars]]" is spurious.)
** The ''[[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie Goofy Movies]]'' also [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome quietly disposed of]] PJ's mom, Peg.
* ''Music/{{Gorillaz}}'''s Murdoc Niccals was a DoorstopBaby, abandoned at his father's house. According to him; "Oddly, everyone knew who my father was, but no-one quite knew who my mother was. Although there were a lot of vivid suggestions." The most prevalent rumour is that she was an inmate at "the Belphegor Sanatorium for the sick, the needy, and the incredibly bored".
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Wendy Corduroy is the oldest of four children, and while we see her father Manly Dan often enough, her mother has never appeared. WordOfGod is she's dead.
* WordOfGod says that on ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'', Trina and Corey were adopted by their single father who favors them equally, and there was no mother.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HerselfTheElf'', the protagonist's father is mentioned (the elf king who died recently) but nothing about her mother or whether she had one at all. Similarly, on the antagonist side we have an evil King Thorn and his daughter the wicked Creeping Ivy but no mention of a mother.
* Arnold's mother Stella ''and'' his father Miles are missing on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', Dib and Gaz have a father, world-famous scientist Professor Membrane, but no mother is ever mentioned. WordOfGod says that before the show was cancelled, the creators were considering an episode where Dib finds out he is an ArtificialHuman, which may indicate he has no mother. Where Gaz is supposed to have come from in this scenario is unknown. The fandom seems fairly divided on the issue; some give them a mother (usually a dead MarySue), some make them experiments (Dib is usually said to be [[TrulySingleParent a clone of his father]]), and some try to reconcile the two theories.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JakersTheAdventuresOfPiggleyWinks'', Ferny's mom is missing. It's eventually revealed that she's sadly passed away, although it's unknown how.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Beezy only has his father, Lucius. He's still a step up from Jimmy and Heloise, [[ParentalAbandonment who have no parents at all]].
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''. Jonny's mother is absent because she's dead. Hadji's mother isn't mentioned at all.
** The first TOS episode states that Jonny's mom died -- from what is unknown.
** The first of the two 90's TV movies (''Jonny's Golden Quest'') that preceded ''Real Adventures'' revealed that [[spoiler: Dr. Zin killed Jonny's mom]], although it has since been filed under the CanonDiscontinuity heading.
*** According to comic-book side story (drawn and written by Wendy Pini of ''Comicbook/ElfQuest'' fame back in the mid 80s) she died of illness (presumably cancer).
*** Apparently the details of her disappearance in ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' would have been dealt with in the third season. The one that never happened.
* On ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', June's dad has appeared in one episode and one of the tie-in comics in Nickelodeon Magazine, however there was never an appearance or mention of her mother.
* ''WesternAnimation/KidVsKat'': Coop & Molly Burtonburger's Mother is never seen or heard of. What happened to her is unknown.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheDragon'': Played with, as the twins Ang and Ling are a ParentalAbandonment case. Both parents are dead, and they end up being raised by Master Chin. It then turns out that their mother, believed dead, is alive with a case of amnesia. And finally, inverted, because the twins' father really ''is'' dead.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** WesternAnimation/PorkyPig had a daughter in two ''Looney Tunes'' projects: In 2003's ''My Generation G-G-G-Gap'', he has a BrattyTeenageDaughter named Peta, and in 2006's ''[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Bah, Humduck]]! A Looney Tunes Christmas'', he plays the Bob Cratchit role, with a young daughter named Pricilla standing in for Tiny Tim. Though Petunia Pig is a safe assumption to be the mother, she is not seen or mentioned in either cartoon. Contrast with 1979's ''Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol'', where Petunia ''does'' portray Porky/Bob Cratchit's wife, but doesn't have any speaking lines (and Tiny Tim is played by ''[[BellisariosMaxim Tweety]]''.)
** Sylvester the Cat and his son star in the Robert [=McKimson=]-directed cartoons where Sylvester mistakes Hippety Hopper the kangaroo as a giant mouse. No mom seen, none mentioned.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'', Carolina's mother is absent without explanation.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'', Penny seems to be living alone with her dad. We've never seen Gwen's mom either, but since Gwen has five younger siblings, including one who's still an infant, one suspects that she can't be that far away.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'', Lu's father Wendel is a major recurring character, but her mother is never seen or mentioned.
* On ''WesternAnimation/MikeTheKnight'' - ''Journey to Dragon Mountain'', [[spoiler:Mike's dragon companion, Squirt, discovers both his missing mom and his DisappearedDad, and has a baby sister hatch as well from an EggMacGuffin.]]
* Literally in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug:'' [[BrokenAce Adrien]]'s mother disappeared about a year before the series begins, with no explanation. He also says that his father, [[ParentalNeglect Gabriel]], was a "different man" before she vanished, while now the two have a very strained relationship. The question of what happened to her is implied to plot important, especially since [[spoiler:she seems to have a connection to the [[AnimalThemedSuperbeing Peacock]] [[TransformationTrinket Miraculous]]]].
** [[AlphaBitch Chloe]] is a spoiled daddy's girl, but her mom has never been mentioned. [[BetaBitch Sabrina]] too, for that matter.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoonbeamCity'': Both Pizzaz and Chrysalis are missing their mothers. As is Dazzle ([[UnreliableNarrator maybe]]). Chrysalis' father, Blade, implies that his wife is dead with, "Your mother would be so proud", while Pizzaz's mother is simply not seen or mentioned in any way by anyone in her family, even regarding Pizzaz's upbringing or her father's impending death.
** Dazzle states directly to Chrysalis that his mother died when he was a child, but knowing Dazzle's love of false embellishment, it's possible that [[spoiler:he was only saying it for self-absorbed dramatic purpose]].
** Also, given that Chrysalis' father, Blade, is himself a CloudCuckoolander, her mother might still be around. Though Chrysalis fails to disagree with his implication, so she may actually be gone.
* Julie Kane's mother (who apparently had her with Abraham Kane) is nowhere to be seen in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''. Also Tennie lives with her father and her mother is absent.
* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'': Eva goes from a kid with a Missing Mom to a complete ParentalAbandonment case as Don Wei abandons her to boarding school after the death of her mother. [[spoiler:The series ends with a revert back to Missing Mom as Don Wei realizes Molly is his child and tries to do better as a father.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pelswick}}'' has a single father who is occasionally shown dating. There is no mention of what happened to the mother.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', no explanation is ever given for what happened to Ferb's biological mother (or Phineas and Candace's [[DisappearedDad biological father]], for that matter). Their happy blended family makes this something of a non-issue, however.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** An example that's pretty extreme: their Missing Mom doesn't exist. No woman necessary! Professor Utonium [[ArtificialHuman mixed them up]] out of pure [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]].
** The Rowdy Ruff Boys are the identical example. No woman necessary! Mojo Jojo, lacking Chemical X, made his [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]] out of...more mundane and disgusting substances. If you interpret it differently, it could be argued that their mother is [[spoiler:Mojo Jojo]]. Or [[spoiler:the toilet]].
** The Professor tried to get them a mother figure. It didn't end well.
** An issue of the comic book had the girls excitedly discussing what kind of mommy they'd want and who'd be right for the Professor and the Prof couldn't get a word in edgewise. At the story's end, they tell the Professor to not rush at finding a mom for them.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' completely ignores the mother of Dot and Enzo Matrix. Their father gets a small mention in season 2 and comes back as a self-aware null in season 4, but no mention of the mother at all. Then again, their father is the ''only'' parental figure to appear in this show, so everyone else is missing their mothers as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' only showed Mr. Mallard as Pops' father, his mom is unknown as well. Although, ''Skips vs. Technology'' showed us a flashback of what appears to be a younger version of Pops' parents.
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'': The first Mrs. Raymundo Rocket was finally revealed to have died in one of their telemovies very late in the run. Ray re-married, but the series ended practically immediately afterwards (as in, there was one full regular episode with the new wife as stepmom).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': Chuckie's mom Melinda long went unmentioned, until [[TearJerker the Mother's Day episode]], which [[NeverSayDie all but said]] that she was an IllGirl who died at some point when he was a months-old baby. Chuckie and his father are seen visiting her grave in a later episode; shortly after, Chuckie's dad remarried and his new wife, Kira, [[HappilyAdopted adopted]] Chuckie.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Back when Fred was believed to be Mayor Jones' son, he believed his mother passed away when he was little. Mayor Jones had a picture of some woman in an ad to further the masquerade. [[spoiler:And then Judy Reeves (and Brad Chiles) appears . . .]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer's mother Mona left to become a political activist, and was on the run from the law until the events of the 19th-season episode "Mona Leaves-A"...which killed her off. [[CallingTheoldManOut Right after she and Homer have a fight]] and before [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye Homer could apologize to her]].
** Krusty's mother is not mentioned, not even in the flashback of his boyhood in "Like Father, Like Clown". The episode "Walking Big And Tall" implies that she died when he was a kid.
** A few one-time children have been shown or mentioned to have fathers, but not mothers: Samantha Stanky, Allison Taylor, Shelby, Spud, and Colin.
* {{Averted|Trope}} partially in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan:'' Peter's parents are still dead, but Harry's mom is alive, unlike in most other continuities. {{Word Of|God}} Creator/GregWeisman says that it just seemed odd to him for all of the ThreeAmigos to be from single-parent families. It might as well be in here too, since Harry's mom seems to be emotionally distant.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpeedRacerTheNextGeneration'': Speed and X's mother is never seen or really brought up, though the smart money is on her being Trixie.
** [[spoiler:It's later confirmed that yes, Trixie IS the mother. She also turns out to be the BigBad. Have fun with that one, Speed/Trixie shippers...]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Mr. Krabs' wife and Pearl's mother is never seen but sometimes mentioned; she may either be dead or divorced. It is also possible that Mr. Krabs was never married and just adopted Pearl (which would make a ''[[{{Understatement}} lot]]'' [[ArtisticLicenseBiology more sense]]).
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'', Mindy has no mother.
* Virgil's mother on ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' died when he was little. He tried to save her in a TimeTravel episode [[TearJerker/StaticShock but wasn't successful]]. Another episode deals with the family preparing a memorial service in her honor. We see that Virgil still has trouble dealing with her death. By the end of the episode, he seems to have come to terms with it, and we see that [[SurrogateSoliloquy the entire story's narration was him telling it to her]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' [[HalfHumanHybrid Steven]]'s mother, [[AllLovingHero Rose Quartz]], suffered a supernaturally DeathByChildbirth, [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence giving up her physical form]] to bring him into the world. She comes up enough to count as a PosthumousCharacter. Both the Fryman and Pizza families seem to have a single father with no mother mentioned except for a DeletedScene mentioning Mrs. Fryman.
* The mother of the protagonists of ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'' is never seen and her absence is hardly mentioned at all. All that is known is that she gave their father a watch for his birthday, which he valued greatly (implying that she was dead).
* In ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' both Ilana and Lance's mothers are absent. Unlike his DisappearedDad, Lance's mother is never brought up. During a WholeEpisodeFlashback, we see a woman who might be Ilana's mother, although this is unanswered.
* Lion-O and Tygra in ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' had king Claudus for a dad. [[spoiler:Lion-O's biological mother--Tygra's adoptive mother--died giving birth to the former.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool'', Claude and the Franks appear not to have mothers.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', Spike the bulldog has a son but his mate is nowhere to be seen.
* In the original ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' cartoon, no mention is ever made of Spike's mother.
* Averted with Sari Sumdac of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. It looks at first like she has one of these, but it later turns out that [[spoiler: she's a HalfHumanHybrid RobotGirl, part human and part Cybertronian. The human part comes from the male Isaac Sumdac, and the cybertronian part doesn't come from gender-based sexual reproduction, so no female was actually involved in her production.]]
** In an official bio, it is blatantly stated the she was adopted, it is likely this is what Sumdac told everyone to explain him randomly having a baby one day.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the mother of Hank and Dean was unknown until [[spoiler: the second season when it was revealed that it might be Myra Brandish, Dr. Venture's former bodyguard who fell in love with him and went insane.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWackyAdventuresOfRonaldMcDonald'' character Franklin's father is a scientist named Dr. Quizzical, but absolutely no mention is made of his mother.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wildfire}}'': Sara's mother died within one year of marriage because of a curse cast by Diabolyn. Sara and her father left Dar Shan so the curse won't reach them.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has this: Stella's mom divorced with her father, Musa's mom was a very famous singer who died when she was a little girl (and she terribly misses her), and for Roxy, [[spoiler: her mother is revealed to be Morgana, the Queen of Fairies.]] That explains how she gets her powers.
* Caleb of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' starts the series an orphan, only for his father to reappear halfway through season 1 and [[spoiler: his mother to turn up as the BigBad of season 2.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Kimiko's father appears, but her mother was never seen or mentioned and it's unknown what happened to her. There's also Omi, who is [[ParentalAbandonment an orphan]].
* Keo from ''WesternAnimation/YakkityYak'' only lived with his dad.
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