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* Chapter 5 of ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'' reveals that Edith and all of her other siblings were left on the doorstep of the woman they call [[HappilyAdopted Mom]].



* In ''Webcomic/BlindSpot'' (now regrettably defunct), Dr. Dorian Mitchell is instructed to destroy the clone [=EUM061=] he'd been raising at the laboratory. Harboring somewhat fatherly feelings toward the [[DesignerBabies Designer Baby]], he elects to drug him and smuggle him out of the lab instead; however, while driving down the highway, he panics and ends up leaving the child by the road unconscious.

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* In ''Webcomic/BlindSpot'' the Webcomic called [=BlindSpot=] (now regrettably defunct), Dr. Dorian Mitchell is instructed to destroy the clone [=EUM061=] he'd been raising at the laboratory. Harboring somewhat fatherly feelings toward the [[DesignerBabies Designer Baby]], he elects to drug him and smuggle him out of the lab instead; however, while driving down the highway, he panics and ends up leaving the child by the road unconscious.

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* In ''Theatre/TheLadysNotForBurning'', Richard says he was found as a baby in the donation box of the local church.


* ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster''. Marion was left to be RaisedByWolves, though their initial reaction of a hamster being left at their doorstep is to [[CarnivoreConfusion ask if someone ordered takeout]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster''. Marion was left to be RaisedByWolves, though their initial reaction of to a hamster being left at their doorstep is to [[CarnivoreConfusion ask if someone ordered takeout]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster''. Marion was left to be RaisedByWolves, though their initial reaction of a hamster being left at their doorstep is to [[CarnivoreConfusion ask if someone ordered takeout]].


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* ''WebAnimation/{{Chadam}}'': Viceroy was left on the doorstep of an orphanage, in the rain, by his mother.


Lead-in to MosesInTheBulrushes and MuggleFosterParents. The pet version is AbandonedPetInABox.

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Lead-in to MosesInTheBulrushes and MuggleFosterParents. The pet version is AbandonedPetInABox. A dwarf criminal may exploit this trope by pulling a GooGooGetup.

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** On the other hand, there are still people who'd ''think'' that they can't go through proper procedures or have reason to be afraid of doing so; illegal immigrants, teenagers who concealed their pregnancies and are afraid of how their parents would react, people who are in trouble with the law, etc.

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*''Literature/HettyFeather'', The main thing driving the plot is the fact that Hetty is a foundling, and her struggle to shed that image.


* {{Superman}} is arguably an instance of this trope. Of course, in this case, the doorstep is Kansas, and the note's either missing or undecipherable. In some versions it's more the [[MosesInTheBulrushes Moses]] thing, with Kal-El being shot "to wherever", but, in most versions, Kal-El was deliberately and specifically sent to Earth, which makes it a deliberate placing, just with an added multimillion light year shot-put effect in between (rather than laid on the doorstep, he was chucked there). There is even at least one incarnation where Jor-El sends Kal-El specifically to Kansas.

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* {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} is arguably an instance of this trope. Of course, in this case, the doorstep is Kansas, and the note's either missing or undecipherable. In some versions it's more the [[MosesInTheBulrushes Moses]] thing, with Kal-El being shot "to wherever", but, in most versions, Kal-El was deliberately and specifically sent to Earth, which makes it a deliberate placing, just with an added multimillion light year shot-put effect in between (rather than laid on the doorstep, he was chucked there). There is even at least one incarnation where Jor-El sends Kal-El specifically to Kansas.



* Each ''HomeWantedByABaby!'' strip begins with the same baby being found on a doorstep and ends with the baby leaving because he does not like his new home.
* Swee' Pea wasn't left on a doorstop- he was delivered to {{Popeye}} in the mail. In fact, due to being in a box when delivered, Popeye thought the sound of his rattle meant there was a snake in the package, and was prepared to shoot the thing until he heard crying.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', Violine's father leaves her with his governess, Marushka, when she is three, so he can go back to Zongo and [[spoiler: search for her mother]]. Unbeknownst to him, though, Marushka [[spoiler: claims Violine as her own child]].

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* Each ''HomeWantedByABaby!'' strip begins with the same baby being found on a doorstep and ends with the baby leaving because he does not like his new home.
* Swee' Pea wasn't left on a doorstop- he was delivered to {{Popeye}} in the mail. In fact, due to being in a box when delivered, Popeye thought the sound of his rattle meant there was a snake in the package, and was prepared to shoot the thing until he heard crying.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Violine}}'', Violine's father leaves her with his governess, Marushka, when she is three, so he can go back to Zongo and [[spoiler: search for her mother]]. Unbeknownst to him, though, Marushka [[spoiler: claims Violine as her own child]].



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* Each ''ComicStrip/HomeWantedByABaby!'' strip begins with the same baby being found on a doorstep and ends with the baby leaving because he does not like his new home.
* Swee' Pea wasn't left on a doorstop- he was delivered to ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} in the mail. In fact, due to being in a box when delivered, Popeye thought the sound of his rattle meant there was a snake in the package, and was prepared to shoot the thing until he heard crying.
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* Freckles in Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}''

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* Freckles in Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}''''Literature/{{Freckles}}''.



* Occurs is the ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' book ''Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy''. In the short story "Born to Endless Night", a warlock baby is left on the steps of the academy and found by Simon and his friends. Warlock babies being abandoned isn't uncommon. Warlocks are the result of a demon and human breeding and sometimes the human parent is not willing to raise a magical, visibly non-human child (that they may not have even wanted in the fist place). Coincidentally, warlock Magnus Bane is visiting the academy with his boyfriend Alec as a guest lecturer. [[spoiler:Magnus and Alec end up adopting the baby warlock.]]

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* Occurs is in the ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' book ''Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy''. In the short story "Born to Endless Night", a warlock baby is left on the steps of the academy and found by Simon and his friends. Warlock babies being abandoned isn't uncommon. Warlocks are the result of a demon and human breeding and sometimes the human parent is not willing to raise a magical, visibly non-human child (that they may not have even wanted in the fist place). Coincidentally, warlock Magnus Bane is visiting the academy with his boyfriend Alec as a guest lecturer. [[spoiler:Magnus and Alec end up adopting the baby warlock.]]



* The Creator/JacquelineWilson novel ''DustbinBaby'', about a Doorstop Baby (actually found abandoned in a bin, as the title suggests) who sets out to trace her past on the day of her 14th birthday.

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* The Creator/JacquelineWilson novel ''DustbinBaby'', ''Literature/DustbinBaby'', about a Doorstop Baby (actually found abandoned in a bin, as the title suggests) who sets out to trace her past on the day of her 14th birthday.



* Astronomer Creator/CarlSagan's book "Shadows of our Forgotten Ancestors", sets this up as BookEnds, the idea of ''humanity'' as a doorstop baby, an orphan raised by the laws of the universe and growing up to [[OntologicalMystery wonder about its origins and how it got there]]. Only fragments of a note remain - the fossil record.

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* Astronomer Creator/CarlSagan's book "Shadows ''Shadows of our Forgotten Ancestors", Ancestors'', sets this up as BookEnds, the idea of ''humanity'' as a doorstop baby, an orphan raised by the laws of the universe and growing up to [[OntologicalMystery wonder about its origins and how it got there]]. Only fragments of a note remain - the fossil record.



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* In Series/{{Carrusel}}, the local {{Tsundere}} Valeria finds a baby girl named Pelusita.

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* In Series/{{Carrusel}}, ''Series/{{Carrusel}}'', the local {{Tsundere}} Valeria finds a baby girl named Pelusita.



* Constable George Crabtree in the Canadian TV series Series/MurdochMysteries was left in a carpetbag on a clergyman's doorstep. His later attempt to find his birth mother was, um, more than successful.

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* Constable George Crabtree in the Canadian TV series Series/MurdochMysteries ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' was left in a carpetbag on a clergyman's doorstep. His later attempt to find his birth mother was, um, more than successful.



* Murdoc Niccals of Music/{{Gorillaz}} was abandoned on his father's doorstep, presumably by his MissingMom. Noodle, aged eight, was left on the doorstep of Kong Studios [[GirlInABox in a FedEx crate]], [[InstantHomeDelivery seconds after Murdoc finished placing the ad for a guitarist]].
* Music/TheDecemberists' "The Chimbley Sweep":

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* Murdoc Niccals of Music/{{Gorillaz}} ''Music/{{Gorillaz}}'' was abandoned on his father's doorstep, presumably by his MissingMom. Noodle, aged eight, was left on the doorstep of Kong Studios [[GirlInABox in a FedEx crate]], [[InstantHomeDelivery seconds after Murdoc finished placing the ad for a guitarist]].
* Music/TheDecemberists' ''Music/TheDecemberists''' "The Chimbley Sweep":



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* This is Mirielle's backstory in ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues''. As a newborn she was left on the steps of the Bogdan bakery. The Bogdans took her in, believing her to be a miracle ([[MeaningfulName hence her name]], which translates to "miracle" from French) and she's been HappilyAdopted since.
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* After Charlotte gets knocked up without benefit of marriage, she leaves her daughter Tina as a Doorstop Baby with a local family. She arranges to still be near Tina, however, by starting a day-care center that takes Tina in.

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* In ''WebOriginal/CommodoreHustle'' a baby is found in their trash filled basement, with no one sure where she came from. They decide to keep her as a prop. The baby in question is Kathleen and Graham's real life daughter, and is later seen as a toddler, standing in a [[BrickJoke box labelled "Prop Baby".]]

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* In ''WebOriginal/CommodoreHustle'' ''WebVideo/CommodoreHustle'', a baby is found in their trash filled basement, with no one sure where she came from. They decide to keep her as a prop. The baby in question is Kathleen and Graham's real life daughter, and is later seen as a toddler, standing in a [[BrickJoke box labelled "Prop Baby".]]



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-->"Believe it or not," he grinned, "I really vas the baby in the cartoons, you know, the vun left on the doorstep. I must have been only a few days old ven I vas found in a courtyard in Helsingør. That's the very pretty place you call Elsinore, {{Hamlet}}'s home town. I never learned vere I came from. Such happenings is very rare in Denmark, and the police tried hard to find out, but they never did."

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-->"Believe it or not," he grinned, "I really vas the baby in the cartoons, you know, the vun left on the doorstep. I must have been only a few days old ven I vas found in a courtyard in Helsingør. That's the very pretty place you call Elsinore, {{Hamlet}}'s Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'s home town. I never learned vere I came from. Such happenings is very rare in Denmark, and the police tried hard to find out, but they never did."


* The sisters find one in one episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}.'' It turns out that the father's family was being tormented by a demon, and he hoped the child would be safe if given to another family instead.

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* The sisters find one in one episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}.''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}.'' It turns out that the father's family was being tormented by a demon, and he hoped the child would be safe if given to another family instead.

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*According to ''Fanfic/OneMoreTimeOneMoreChance'', Ryuuko was left on the doorstep of the orphanage Satsuki takes her from.


* Common in UsefulNotes/{{China}} due to its One Child Policy, which heavily fines parents (outside of rural districts that need the manpower and ethnic minorities) who have more than one child. With a strong cultural preference towards boys (male children are expected to take care of their parents when they grow too old to work), if a firstborn child is a girl, it's been common to just drop them off in a public area, usually near a police station or marketplace, where they'll be easily found. Combined with a streamlined paperwork system for foreign adoptions, and this fortunately resulted in many orphaned girls being HappilyAdopted.
** [[WhatTheHellHero This would actually come back to bite China in the ass many years later]] as the outflow of infant girls resulted in a ''gender imbalance'' in China meaning that there were many more men then women available for them to marry. In some extreme cases, women were actually being ''kidnapped'' to be forced to be married to other men just so the men could continue their family line...

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* Common in UsefulNotes/{{China}} due to its One Child Policy, which heavily fines fined parents (outside of rural districts that need the manpower and ethnic minorities) who have had more than one child. With a strong cultural preference towards boys (male children are expected to take care of their parents when they grow too old to work), if a firstborn child is a girl, it's been common to just drop them off in a public area, usually near a police station or marketplace, where they'll be easily found. Combined with a streamlined paperwork system for foreign adoptions, and this fortunately resulted in many orphaned girls being HappilyAdopted.
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HappilyAdopted. [[WhatTheHellHero This would actually come back to bite China in the ass many years later]] as the outflow of infant girls resulted in a ''gender imbalance'' in China meaning that there were many more men then women available for them to marry. In some extreme cases, women were actually being ''kidnapped'' to be forced to be married to other men just so the men could continue their family line...line. The gender imbalance became a contributing factor to China eventually switching to a Two Child Policy, and they are now even thinking about abolishing child number restrictions altogether...

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* Early on in the old classic ''[[http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/25102 Nobody's Boy]]'', both the reader and the title character discover that he was this, and was kept by his "mother" in defiance of the wishes of his "father" after the latter left home to work in a city. When his "father" returns home, he almost immediately sells the young boy to a travelling entertainer who, fortunately for the boy, is a kind and gentle man.

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