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->'''Socrates''': ''My friend, I am a man, and like other men, a creature of flesh and blood, and not 'of wood or stone,' as Creator/{{Homer}} says; and I have a family, yes, and sons, O Athenians, three in number, one almost a man, and two others who are still young''
-->-- '''Creator/{{Plato}}''', ''[[Literature/ApologyOfSocrates Apology]]''

Of course parents can be important in fiction, whether or not they are actually around.

For the other side of things, see SonOfTropeDaughterOfIndex

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] SuperTrope.
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!!Tropes:

* AbandonedWarChild: Women are left single mothers during or after a war.
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Mother appears too young to have her children.
* ActionDad: A father who is an Action Guy.
* ActionMom: A mother who is an ActionGirl.
* AdoptivePeerParent: The parents adopted a child who appears too old to be their biological offspring.
* AlmightyMom: A mother who succeeds in telling off anyone, even the worst antagonists.
* AmicablyDivorced: A split couple who are still friends.
* AntagonisticOffspring: TheHero's kid is his or her nemesis.
* AnticlimacticParent: A parent is revealed to have a bad rep.
* AntiSmotherLoveTalk: Someone tries to talk a parent concerned for their child's safety into letting them take risks.
* ArchnemesisDad: The villain is the protagonist's father.
* AsianBabymama: The male lead discovers he has a child and the mother is an ex who is an "exotic" Asian lady.
* BabiesEverAfter: The story ends when the main couple has kids.
* BabyDollBaby: Looking after a baby doll like it's your actual son or daughter.
* BecauseISaidSo: Someone says that their inferior (often their child) should obey "just because".
* BecauseYouCanCope: A character (usually a child) is ignored by a loved one because said loved one has decided to look after someone else.
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Someone is born shortly after someone else dies.
* BumblingDad: A klutzy and/or unintelligent father.
* CallingParentsByTheirName: Someone calls their parents by their given names, rather than "Mom", "Dad", or what-have-you.
* ChildrenRaiseYou: CharacterDevelopment comes from looking after a kid.
* ChosenConceptionPartner: Someone wants a child and picks someone who is not their spouse to be the other parent.
* CubCuesProtectiveParent: The human characters find a baby wild animal and are chased by its parent.
* DadTheVeteran: A parent who is a retired military person.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: An adolescent girl or young woman living with her parents brings home her boyfriend, whom her dad disapproves of.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: The GoodParents die.
* DeliverUsFromEvil: An evil person [[HeelFaceTurn turns good]] after starting a family.
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Child Services works stupidly.
* DesignatedParents: A group of friends have two people the same age who are more mature, acting like the parents of the others.
* TheDiaperChange: Changing a baby's diaper.
* DisappearedDad: A dad is not present.
* DivineParentage: A child of one or two gods.
* DontTellMama: People do bad things but want to keep their mothers from knowing about the bad things they do.
* DotingParent: A parent who believes their kid is the best child in the world.
* EducationMama: A parent who worries a lot about their child's education.
* EggSitting: Learning about parenting by having to care for an egg, or a doll, or a sack of flour.
* ElderAbuse (when the now-old parent is abused)
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: When someone (often their parent) shows the protagonist a photo of them as a child which, for whatever reason, embarrasses them.
* EmptyNest: A couple whose children have left home, miss them.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Tough or even bad guys being affectionate to their mothers.
* EvilMatriarch: A villainous mother.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Villains want their children to be good.
* ExtraParentConception: Someone is somehow the biological child of ''three'' people.
* FamilyMan: A man who's very loyal to his family.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: A parent or guardian forbids their kid to take part in any hobbies outside their job because they view the hobbies as a "distraction" or a "waste".
* FinancialAbuse: Someone needs money but another character is keeping it away from them.
* FirstFatherWins: A divorced father is the lead and the mother takes custody of the kids, but then the stepdad turns out to be evil and gets killed off or otherwise "loses".
* FosteringForProfit: Someone fosters a child purely for business.
* FreudianExcuse: The villain is the way they are because something bad happened to them somewhere along the line.
* GenerationXerox: Kids have very similar lives as their parents or even distant ancestors.
* GiveHimANormalLife: Superheroes have kids and give them up for adoption to protect them.
* GiveTheBabyAFather: A man who isn't the father proposes to a pregnant woman.
* GlamorousSingleMother: A single mother whose kids are never inconvenient.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: The father left after impregnating the mother, but all's well when he shows up again.
* GoodParents: Parents who are good to their children.
* GoToYourRoom: A child is sent to their room as punishment, often by one or both of their parents.
* GroundedForever: A child is grounded (often by their parents) for a ridiculously long time like "a million years" or "forever".
* HappilyAdopted: A person knows they are adopted and is happy with it.
* HappilyMarried: A successful marriage.
* HasTwoMommies: A gay couple with a child.
* HippieParents: A hippie couple with kids.
* {{Housewife}}: A stay-at-home wife who looks after the house and does most of the parenting.
* HouseHusband: A married man who takes care of the housework.
* HumanMomNonhumanDad: A HalfHumanHybrid whose mother is or was the human and the father is or was not.
* IAmNotYourFather: A reveal that the protagonist's "parents" are not their real parents.
* IAmXSonOfY: Someone boasts "I am [their name], son/daughter of [one or both their parents' names]!"
* IHaveNoSon: A family member disowns another one out of shame.
* IWantGrandkids: An adult's parent wants grandchildren and annoys their son or daughter to get them some.
* ImmigrantParents: Someone has parents who immigrated from another country.
* InvisibleParents: A character whose parents are never seen.
* JacobAndEsau: Parents favour one child or vice versa.
* JealousParent: The mum or dad competes with their child for their spouse's affection.
* JewishMother: The stereotype of a nagging, overprotective mother who's also Jewish.
* JockDadNerdSon: The father is very athletic. The son is nerdy but not athletic.
* LamarckWasRight: Inheriting traits which shouldn't ordinarily be genetic.
* LetHerGrowUpDear: The father doesn't want the child (often a girl) to have romance, but the mother doesn't mind.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: A person resembles one of their parents.
* LikeFatherUnlikeSon: A child doesn't resemble at least one of their parents, in fact, they may be exact opposites.
* LineageComesFromTheFather: All of the character's significant lineage is on their father's side.
* LukeIAmYourFather: TheHero finds out the BigBad was a relative, often their dad.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Someone reveals that they are the child of the person they're talking to.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: A MadScientist has a daughter who's their only child, is somewhere between sixteen and twenty-four, and is beautiful.
* MandatoryMotherhood: Women who don't want kids are demanded to have them.
* MamaBear: A mother whose kids you'd better not mess with.
* MissingMom: A mom is not present.
* MommyIssues: Means the same thing as FreudianExcuse.
* MonsterIsAMommy: A menacing creature's behaviour turns out to be justified, often because it's a mother or father protecting its kids or eggs.
* MotherMakesYouKing: Someone's mother makes them come into power.
* MotherOfAThousandYoung: A monster who is the parent of most of the other monsters.
* MuggleFosterParents: Someone with powers is raised by people without them.
* MumLooksLikeASister: Someone's mother looks like their sister.
* MyBelovedSmother: A bossy, overprotective, clingy mother.
* MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad: Children boasting about how their fathers are cooler than their rivals' fathers.
* MyParentsAreDead: A departed acquaintence or relative (often one the character was close to) is brought up and the character responds that the person is dead.
* MysteriousParent: When the reason for ParentalAbandonment is revealed and the parent is an important character.
* {{Nephewism}}: A character's aunt and/or uncle acts as their parental figure/s.
* NoBloodTies: Parents are not expected to raise their kids.
* NotWantingKidsIsWeird: Wanting to have kids is the norm, and not wanting them is unusual.
* OffingTheOffspring: Killing your children.
* OpenMindedParent: A son or daughter lies to parents that are actually open-minded.
* OrcRaisedByElves: A character from an evil origin raised by good people, usually with a Heel-Face Turn.
* OrphanageOfFear: A torturous orphanage.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: A parent outlives their children.
* OverlordJr: The EvilOverlord's kid is also evil.
* OverprotectiveDad: A father who protects his kids a bit too much.
* PapaWolf: When a dad gets ''really angry'' that you messed with his kids.
* ParentService: {{Fanservice}} in a kids' show.
* ParentsAsPeople: Parents with proper character traits besides their parenthood.
* ParentsForADay: A baby or something like it is raised by one or two main characters for a day and leaves by the end of the episode.
* ParentsKnowTheirChildren: A parent can identify their kid who's in disguise, surrounded by look-alikes, or an impostor.
* ParentalAbandonment: The character's parents are missing or dead.
* ParentalBetrayal: Someone betrays their child.
* ParentalHypocrisy: Parents did exactly what their children do now when they were that age, but now they disapprove of it.
* ParentalIncest: Sex between a parent and their child.
* ParentalLoveSong: A love song between a parent and their child.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Parents not letting their kid marry their boyfriend or girlfriend.
* ParentalObliviousness: Parents seem oblivious to everything.
* ParentalSexualitySquick: Someone is {{squick}}ed out by the idea of their parents having sex.
* ParentalSubstitute: Someone who is not a parent raised a character.
* ParentExMachina: Parents that only exist to bail their children out.
* ParentsInDistress: The parents are in danger and the children must save them.
* ParentTrapPlot: A FeudEpisode which focuses on the parents of the child characters arguing.
* ParentWithNewParamour: A parent gets a new LoveInterest.
* {{Patronymic}}: A surname formed from the name of the owner's father that is different from the father's surname.
* PervertDad: Fathers who come off as perverted towards their children (often their daughters).
* PromotionToParent: The oldest sibling takes charge of the parenting.
* PushoverParents: Parents who don't discipline their offspring.
* RaisedByGrandparents: A character who was raised by their grandparents.
* RaisedByNatives: An orphan child from a foreign land finds themselves in another land and is raised by that land's natives.
* RaisedByOrcs: A character is raised by evil characters.
* RaisedByWolves: A character was raised by animals.
* RemarryingForYourKids: A widowed character with children remarries.
* ResentfulGuardian: A character hates suddenly having to raise a child.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: Two otherwise different family members share one quirk.
* SingleMomStripper: A single mother who moonlights as a stripper.
* SinkOrSwimFatherhood: A character unexpectly becomes a parent and must learn on the job.
* SlidingScaleOfParentShamingInFiction
* SoProudOfYou: Everyone shows admiration for something good TheHero did, especially said hero's loved ones.
* SolomonDivorce: Divorced parents split custody of their children down the middle.
* StageMom: A mother puts her kid on the stage.
* StandardFiftiesFather: A smart, reliable, neat dad, who often smokes a pipe.
* StandInParents: Their is a father/child or mother/child event coming up and the kid enters but someone else pretends to be the parent.
* SupernaturalProofFather: When a household starts experiencing supernatural events, the whole family except the dad experience them.
* SupernaturallyYoungParent: A child looks older than their parents due to supernatural causes.
* TeamDad: The grumpy rule-enforcer of the team who acts like a parent.
* TeamMom: The surrogate mother to a group of friends.
* TeenPregnancy: A teenage girl becomes pregnant.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Someone has no memories of one parent and asks the other to tell about the missing/dead one.
* ThatThingIsNotMyChild: A character is used to create offspring in a way that makes them refuse to identify as the child's parent.
* ThroughHisStomach: Winning a man's heart by cooking for him.
* TimeOut: Misbehaving children or pets are grounded or put in time out.
* ToughLove: Doing things that seem mean but are ultimately kind or have good intentions.
* TheTrapParents: An orphan gains some parents that don't want them to hang around their friends.
* TrulySingleParent: Someone clones themselves if they want kids.
* TwerpSweating: When a teenage girl has a date and comes over to pick her up, he hangs out with the girl's OverprotectiveDad.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Someone looks a ''lot'' like people related to them.
* UnflappableGuardian: A perfectly competent parent.
* UnnamedParent: The parents' names are not revealed.
* UselessBystanderParent: The parent enables bullying/abuse by doing nothing.
* VisitByDivorcedDad: A separated parent visits the family.
* WellDoneDadGuy: A role model longs for the approval of their followers.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Someone's dad is almost too busy for them.
* WhereDidWeGoWrong: When a kid turns out different than the parents hoped, the parents wonder where they went wrong.
* WhoWillTakeTheKids: Parents wonder who would look after the kids if something bad happened.
* WinningOverTheKids: When someone bonds with their LoveInterest's kids.
* WonderChild: A person who is supposed to be infertile ends up with kids anyway.
* YouAreGrounded: A parent grounds their child.
* YouKilledMyFather: Someone gets revenge on a baddie who murdered their family member.
* YourSonAllAlong: Alice thinks Bob is Carol's son, but he's actually hers.
* YoureNotMyFather: Someone rebuffs someone posing as a parent by saying something along the lines of "You're not my mother/father!"
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