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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Nelson's dad went to the store a few years ago and never came back. It is later revealed that he actually ''did'' to go to the store, at which point he suffered a peanut allergy and got abducted into a circus sideshow; later episodes ignore this, however, and portray him as if he still abandoned the family.[[note]]Also note that even the first abandonment was a retcon--in early episodes, Nelson lived with his father and it was his MOTHER who was absent.[[/note]]
** In episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E15FutureDrama Future Drama]]", Future Nelson pulls the same trick on Sherri and Terri, both of whom he got pregnant.




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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Nelson's dad went to the store a few years ago and never came back. It is later revealed that he actually ''did'' to go to the store, at which point he suffered a peanut allergy and got abducted into a circus sideshow; later episodes ignore this, however, and portray him as if he still abandoned the family.[[note]]Also note that even the first abandonment was a retcon--in early episodes, Nelson lived with his father and it was his MOTHER who was absent.[[/note]]
** In episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E15FutureDrama Future Drama]]", Future Nelson pulls the same trick on Sherri and Terri, both of whom he got pregnant.


* In the season one finale of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', Rick tells Morty he's going to go get ice cream. [[GenreSavvy Morty begins to worry]] that Rick is invoking this trope, despite Rick's assurances.

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* In the season one two finale of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', Rick tells Morty he's going to go get ice cream. [[GenreSavvy Morty begins to worry]] that Rick is invoking this trope, despite Rick's assurances.


* Subverted with ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. [[FanNickname Dilmom]]'s explanation for Dilbert's DisappearedDad is that they lost him at an all-you-can-eat buffet. In a much later strip, though, Dilbert visits his father, who is indeed still at the buffet restaurant because he's so resolutely LiteralMinded that he refuses to leave until he has actually had "all he can eat".

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* Subverted with ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. [[FanNickname Dilmom]]'s explanation for Dilbert's DisappearedDad is that they lost him at an all-you-can-eat buffet. In a much later strip, though, Dilbert visits his father, who is indeed still at the buffet restaurant because he's so resolutely LiteralMinded that he refuses to leave until he has actually had "all he can eat".
eat". It should be noted that this took place in ''December of 1992'', and by all accounts Dildad is still at the buffet today.


Compare to ReleasedToElsewhere for when parents tell their children that their parent ran off or divorced when they actually died and WhenYouComingHomeDad for when a dad is busy but not completely absent. Contrast FamilyMan, who probably never would do this.

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Compare to ReleasedToElsewhere for and DogGotSentToAFarm or when parents tell their children that their parent ran off or divorced when they actually died and died, as well as to WhenYouComingHomeDad for when a dad is busy but not completely absent. Contrast FamilyMan, who probably never would do this.


'''[[spoiler:Nancy:]]''' [[BlatantLies It-it was--It was VERY hard to find.]]

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'''[[spoiler:Nancy:]]''' '''[[spoiler:Nancy]]:''' [[BlatantLies It-it was--It wasó It was VERY hard to find.]]


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* Subverted with ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. [[FanNickname Dilmom]]'s explanation for Dilbert's DisappearedDad is that they lost him at an all-you-can-eat buffet. In a much later strip, though, Dilbert visits his father, who is indeed still at the buffet restaurant because he's so resolutely LiteralMinded that he refuses to leave until he has actually had "all he can eat".



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* Subverted with ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. [[FanNickname Dilmom]]'s explanation for Dilbert's DisappearedDad is that they lost him at an all-you-can-eat buffet. In a much later strip, though, Dilbert visits his father, who is indeed still at the buffet restaurant because he's so resolutely LiteralMinded that he refuses to leave until he has actually had "all he can eat".



* Parodied in {{Webcomic/Cyanide and Happiness}}: [[http://explosm.net/comics/4901/ The father just needed to get enough cigarettes for everyone.]]

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* Parodied in {{Webcomic/Cyanide and Happiness}}: ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'': [[http://explosm.net/comics/4901/ The father just needed to get enough cigarettes for everyone.]]



* Near the end of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''[='s=] second season, after Yang's MissingMom Raven made some very brief appearances, [[MemeticMutation fan-made]] "RWBY Character Status Chart"s listed Raven's status as "Went out to buy Powerball tickets" or "Still out buying those cigarettes" throughout Season 3. When Season 4 rolled around and Raven finally stuck around for most of an episode before splitting again, her status was updated to "After finding her cigarettes, [[YankTheDogsChain Raven left once again after realizing she doesn't own a lighter."]]

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* Near the end of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''[='s=] second season, volume, after Yang's MissingMom Raven made some very brief appearances, [[MemeticMutation fan-made]] "RWBY Character Status Chart"s character status charts listed Raven's status as "Went out to buy Powerball tickets" or "Still out buying those cigarettes" throughout Season Volume 3. When Season Volume 4 rolled around and Raven finally stuck around for most of an episode before splitting again, her status was updated to "After finding her cigarettes, [[YankTheDogsChain Raven left once again after realizing she doesn't own a lighter."]]



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* Told from the parent's perspective in "Hungry Heart" by Music/BruceSpringsteen:
-->Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack\\
I went out for a ride and I never went back.\\




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* In the season one finale of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', Rick tells Morty he's going to go get ice cream. [[GenreSavvy Morty begins to worry]] that Rick is invoking this trope, despite Rick's assurances.



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* An Internet meme is that "My father left to walk the dog/went to the store to get milk [number] years ago."



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* Played very seriously once on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' where a father really didn't come home from the store because he got killed in a holdup. This does not do good things for the mother's sanity, and it ''really'' doesn't turn out well for the children.



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* ''Series/MidnightCaller'': Jack's father went to buy a pack of cigarettes and never returned, leaving the family $486 and an overdue rent bill.


'''Candy''': But Todd, You don't smoke!


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'''Candy''': But Todd, You you don't smoke!

smoke!



* Subverted in one of WebVideo/StuartAshens' videos about [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byHbd_1NVu4 cheap Fathers Day gifts]]:

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* Subverted in one of WebVideo/StuartAshens' WebVideo/StuartAshen's videos about [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byHbd_1NVu4 cheap Fathers Day gifts]]:



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* Subverted in one of WebVideo/StuartAshens' videos about [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byHbd_1NVu4 cheap Fathers Day gifts]]:
-->''That's right, it's Father's Day! The day that we celebrate all dads that went out to get some cigarettes... and came back shortly afterwards with some cigarettes''.


->''My mom already left for the diner and dad went to the 7-Eleven to get scratchers. I guess he won, 'cause that was six years ago.''

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->''My ->''"My mom already left for the diner and dad went to the 7-Eleven to get scratchers. I guess he won, 'cause that was six years ago.''"''


* Parodied in {{WebComics/Cyanide and Happiness}}: [[http://explosm.net/comics/4901/ The father just needed to get enough cigarettes for everyone.]]

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* Parodied in {{WebComics/Cyanide {{Webcomic/Cyanide and Happiness}}: [[http://explosm.net/comics/4901/ The father just needed to get enough cigarettes for everyone.]]


* Parodied in {{WebComics/CyanideAndHappiness}}: [[http://explosm.net/comics/4901/ The father just needed to get enough cigarettes for everyone.]]

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* Parodied in {{WebComics/CyanideAndHappiness}}: {{WebComics/Cyanide and Happiness}}: [[http://explosm.net/comics/4901/ The father just needed to get enough cigarettes for everyone.]]

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