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Playing With: Glorified Sperm Donor
Basic Trope: An absent father
  • Straight: Alice and Bob have a one-night stand. Alice finds herself pregnant, but Bob is completely out of the picture.
  • Exaggerated: Bob has several children, by several different women, whom he never again contacts or pays child support money to. In fact, he is always on the move, changing his name, so that the mothers of his children won't be able to find him.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob were in a relationship, but they break up. Bob gets visitation rights, although he wishes he could be a bigger part of his kids' lives.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice becomes pregnant, and Bob stays with her.
    • Alice and Bob break up during or shortly after Alice's pregnancy, but Bob gets visitation rights, and cherishes every moment he has with his kids. And he is certainly good about paying child support on time.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then they have a fight and break up, and Bob never contacts Alice again or sees his child.
    • He doesn't get to see his kids as often as he'd like.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob is surprised to find out that he even has a child.
    • Bob gets Alice pregnant. They haven't even had sex.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Bob has no children by any of the women he's slept with.
    • Bob gets Alice pregnant, but does not leave her or the child.
    • Bob didn't sleep with Alice, therefore if she is pregnant, it's not his.
  • Enforced: Disappeared Dad, Darker and Edgier
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Alice tells Bob she's pregnant, and the child is his. Bob flees the country.
  • Exploited: Alice cuts off contact with Bob (with the exception, of course, of his monthly child-support check).
  • Defied: Alice tells Bob she's pregnant, and the child is his. Bob proposes to her.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Children can certainly be raised by just one parent, but it's always better if they have another positive role model and caregiver. It is also more economically practical that way.
    • The child (and possibly Alice) is(/are) resentful of Bob's absence.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Even if Alice and Bob don't stay together, Bob finds a way to be an active part of his children's life.
    • Alternatively, Alice marries Carl, who is more of a dad than the kids' biological father.
    • Alice raises the child alone. She has the financial means to provide for it without anyone else's help, and she raises a well-adjusted, healthy, happy child...all on her own.
  • Played For Drama: The difficulty Alice has raising the child alone, and Bob feeling guilty for leaving.

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