Playing With / I Have No Son

Basic Trope: A parent disowns his/her child.
  • Straight: Alice disowns her son Bob for dishonoring the family.
  • Exaggerated: Alice not only disowns Bob, but also kills him.
  • Downplayed: When Bob is disowned, he's an adult with a steady job. So while he take care of herself, it's still technically disowning.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice kicks Bob out, but a few months later, she decides to let him back in.
    • Alice loudly and angrily declares "I Have No Son!" A moment later she starts apologizing profusely, saying she didn't really mean it, and that she loves him.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...at least until she realizes that Bob has disgraced her family... AGAIN... and kicks him out of the house with no indication that she misses him at all.
    • ...because her other son, Charlie, walked into the room just in time to hear that, and thought she was talking to him. Bob is still disowned.
  • Parodied: Alice disowns Bob at birth for crying.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice kicks Bob out because he's a criminal. And lets him back in. And then everyone thinks she kicks him out again, but this time she was really kicking out Bob's twin (her other son, Charlie) who had been committing crimes and framing his brother for them. But then it turns out she had it wrong, and Bob was actually the criminal all along, and he had framed Charlie, making it look like Charlie had framed him. But Alice decides they're both her sons in the end, regardless of what they have done, and lets them both come home.
  • Averted: Alice doesn't disown Bob. Or Alice doesn't have a son. Or Bob's mother is never mentioned in the story.
  • Enforced: "We need to show what an awful mother Alice is. Let's have her disown Bob."
  • Lampshaded: "Go ahead and kick me out! I never wanted to be around a pathetic excuse of a parent like you anyways!"
  • Invoked: Bob wants his mom to let him leave home, so he can move in with his girlfriend, and misbehaves in the hope of being disowned.
  • Exploited: ??
  • Defied: Bob fears his mother may kick him out, and tries to behave better so that she won't.
  • Discussed: "Why is everyone disowning their kids these days?"
  • Conversed: "Are you going to disown Bob?" "I don't know. You disowned Dana last year was it a good choice?"
  • Implied: In one episode, Bob becomes homeless with no In-Universe explanation. Alice still lives in the same house as before.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Alice disowns Bo for the most ridiculous reasons in every episode, so much that it becomes her catchphrase. Bob is so used to being disowned for minor incidents that he just shrugs it off, knowing it'll be dropped half an hour later.
  • Played For Drama: After being called out by practically everyone, Alice realized what she has done, and searches for her son to apologize. But in the meantime, Bob grew bitter and becomes resentful towards his former mother, and seeks revenge. When the two finally met, the result was powder keg waiting to happen.

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