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-->-- '''Ben''', ''Film/WhoAmI2014''

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-->-- '''Ben''', '''Benjamin Engel''', ''Film/WhoAmI2014''


May entail TellMeAboutMyFather. Or [[AlwaysMale rarely]], mother. For [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail reasons of economy]], the child is seldom interested in both parents. See also ParentalNeglect, HandsOffParenting, MissingMom, and DisappearedDad. Parental Abandonment en masse may create a TeenageWasteland.

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May entail TellMeAboutMyFather. Or [[AlwaysMale rarely]], mother. For [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail reasons of economy]], the child is seldom interested in both parents. See also ParentalNeglect, HandsOffParenting, WhenYouComingHomeDad, MissingMom, and DisappearedDad. Parental Abandonment en masse may create a TeenageWasteland.


* ParentalAbandonment/WebComics


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->''"Every superhero needs a tragic family story: Spiderman's parents... Dead. Batman's parents... Murdered. Superman's parents... Exploded. I actually had the best requirements."''

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->''"Every superhero needs a tragic family story: Spiderman's Franchise/SpiderMan's parents... Dead. Batman's Franchise/{{Batman}}'s parents... Murdered. Superman's Franchise/{{Superman}}'s parents... Exploded. I actually had the best requirements."''


-->-- '''Ben''', ''Film/WhoAmI''

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-->-- '''Ben''', ''Film/WhoAmI''
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* During [[http://wowe.com WOW Women Of Wrestling]]'s original 2000-2001 run, Ice Cold's {{Backstory}} was that her parents abandoned her, forcing her to develop her cold attitude.

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* During [[http://wowe.com WOW Women Of Wrestling]]'s Wrestling/WOWWomenOfWrestling's original 2000-2001 run, Ice Cold's {{Backstory}} was that her parents abandoned her, forcing her to develop her cold attitude.


* During [[http://wowe.com WOW Women Of Wrestling]]'s original 2000-2001 run, Ice Cold's {{Backstory}} was that her parents abandoned her, forcing her to develop her cold attitude.

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* During [[http://wowe.com WOW Women Of Wrestling]]'s Wrestling/WOWWomenOfWrestling's original 2000-2001 run, Ice Cold's {{Backstory}} was that her parents abandoned her, forcing her to develop her cold attitude.


Of course, if you go back far enough, you'll reach a time when most young adults in RealLife actually were orphaned or abandoned. Adults died younger than they do now, and people with chronic illnesses like schizophrenia or tuberculosis were often sent away from the family to recover or die. It was also easier to abandon a family, given the poor communications of the times and the lack of a police force. Because of all this, it's quite common for a fictional character from the 19th century or earlier to mention being orphaned with no more emotional reaction than a shrug, since the experience was considered a normal part of real life. A good example is Jane Austen's ''Literature/{{Emma}}'', where the title character's mother died years earlier, but is barely mentioned.

Note that the parents in question don't actually have to die for this Trope to be in effect. Note also that in a few cases listed below, parents are hardly even mentioned -- which makes things incredibly awkward.

If only one parent is missing or dead, then it's a case of MissingMom or DisappearedDad. If the specifics of their absence aren't explained, they're an AmbiguouslyAbsentParent. When several siblings lack their original parents, the first born will receive a PromotionToParent. Parental Abandonment is also a leading cause of {{Dark Magical Girl}}s. One standard method for achieving it is to make your characters BlitzEvacuees.

In families with servants, this can lead to the OldRetainer acting as a ParentalSubstitute. If they were traveling abroad when both parents died, the child may be RaisedByNatives. If the parents die in the wilds, their surviving child may be RaisedByWolves. It is also possible the parents left them out there to die, expecting them to be a meal, not an adoptee.

When the parents had to separate from the child in order to protect it, this results in MosesInTheBulrushes. When the parents had to leave the child in order to give it "a better life", then it leads to GiveHimANormalLife.



Parental Abandonment is a common feature of a DarkAndTroubledPast (though children lucky enough to find a ParentalSubstitute generally avoid such a fate). It is a common feature of a TearJerker.

It should be noted that parental abandonment does not always mean either or both parent(s) leaving, but also the child being ignored by the parent, knowingly or unknowingly.

May entail TellMeAboutMyFather. Or [[AlwaysMale rarely]], mother. For [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail reasons of economy]], the child is seldom interested in both parents. See also ParentalNeglect, HandsOffParenting, MissingMom, and DisappearedDad. Parental Abandonment en masse may create a TeenageWasteland.

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*During [[http://wowe.com WOW Women Of Wrestling]]'s original 2000-2001 run, Ice Cold's {{Backstory}} was that her parents abandoned her, forcing her to develop her cold attitude.
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If only one parent is missing or dead, then it's a case of MissingMom or DisappearedDad. When several siblings lack their original parents, the first born will receive a PromotionToParent. Parental Abandonment is also a leading cause of {{Dark Magical Girl}}s. One standard method for achieving it is to make your characters BlitzEvacuees.

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If only one parent is missing or dead, then it's a case of MissingMom or DisappearedDad. If the specifics of their absence aren't explained, they're an AmbiguouslyAbsentParent. When several siblings lack their original parents, the first born will receive a PromotionToParent. Parental Abandonment is also a leading cause of {{Dark Magical Girl}}s. One standard method for achieving it is to make your characters BlitzEvacuees.


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* ParentalAbandonment/{{Theater}}ParentalAbandonment/{{Theatre}}


[[caption-width-right:180:[[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/pirate-parents/ Why having pirates for parents sucks.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:180:[[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/pirate-parents/ bugmartini.com/comic/pirate-parents/ Why having pirates for parents sucks.]]]]


Compare FreeRangeChildren when it's the children who voluntarily go out on their own accord.

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Compare FreeRangeChildren when it's the children who voluntarily go out on their own accord.
accord. The reverse form is the MissingChild, but there can be interesting crossover: the child may seem to go missing because of the abandonment of/distance created by their parents, and the parents either don't notice or get concerned and finally realize they love their offspring.

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