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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:²%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.²%%²[[quoteright:350:]]²²Mom, Dad, 2-3 kids, dog, house in the suburbs. Cat optional. ²²Basis for most DomCom series. The name references that this is the minimal "core" family unit, a single generation of parents and kids, as opposed to an "extended" family with cohabiting aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. Or the fact that it is usually unstable, can cause hair loss, has a fifty-fifty chance of a spontaneous split, and may also lead to early death; either works. Generally avoided in dramas, as [[ParentalAbandonment missing parents]] are a good source of teen angst.²²If you want to break out of the 2-or-3-kids pattern, you could try going much, much larger. This can be justified via religious beliefs [[note]]Catholics, Mormons, some Evangelical Christians, and Orthodox Jews are just a few of the groups whose beliefs promote large families[[/note]], but it doesn't have to be. However, if the big family is not the ''main'' family for the story, it's almost certainly a religious reason -- and almost certainly, most or all of the kids are treated as a unit, not as individuals. They may even dress and look identical except for age and gender.²²You may also choose to have a gaggle-o'-kids by using a blended family. The parents' exes are even more optional than the cat.²²Then again, you could go for moderation and stick by the nuclear family, but have the extended family [[DropInCharacter get way more involved than is typical]]. Instead of a grandparent or two and the occasional uncle or unruly cousin, try adding two to three siblings on each side and two to three kids per sibling (with the childless sibling constantly asked when he or she is going to start a family). Pretty soon you have the kind of setup needed for ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding''.²²[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with people affected by radiation]] or a certain ending in ''VideoGame/Fallout4''.²²ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily is a subtrope, when there's a son and daughter around the same age, and also a much younger sibling.²²Compare and contrast TheClan, BigScrewedUpFamily.²²----²!!Examples²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Advertisement]]²* Advertisements for four-door vehicles often pitch their ability to comfortably convey the average nuclear family, even using the 2.3 kids gag (meaning they've got extra space).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* See ''Anime/MyNeighborsTheYamadas'' for the Japanese version.²* Anime/SummerWars features the exploits of an extended family (and one love interest) over the course of a few days trying to stop a viral social networking disaster from causing IRL mayhem.²* ''Anime/DeathNote'' plays this surprisingly straight - for the VillainProtagonist, no less - and gleefully [[PlayedForDrama plays it for all the drama it's worth]] by the second season.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* In the DCU comic ''ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders'' (first run), there was a group of robot super-villain terrorists called the Nuclear Family. They were based on an idealized 1950s sitcom family and had radiation-based powers. They were eventually blown up.²** They then got rebuilt for the much-maligned ''Battle For Bludhaven''.²*** Said Nuclear Family later reappeared in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'', much less maligned than said Bludhaven bout.²* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' has a strip where the kids are watching TV while the parents are welcoming guests, telling them to come in and meet their 1[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe .5]] children.²* In ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'', The Nuclear Family is a superhero team which is also an extended family. Despite their "Nuclear" moniker their power set varies from GadgeteerGenius to at least one FlyingBrick. Student Susie Fusion is the child of one of its members, [[spoiler:and Julie Fincher ("84") is the daughter of a [[{{Muggles}} non-superpowered offshoot]], who doesn't get along well with his superpowered cousins.]]²* Invoked by ComicBook/TheVision in ''ComicBook/TheVision2015''; he creates a nuclear family of synthezoids for himself (comprised of a wife, a son, and a daughter) and gets a house in a suburb near Washington DC since he's trying to live a normal human life.²* ''ComicBook/SensationComics'': The Allen family, which Franchise/WonderWoman meets in issue #38, is the down on their luck remains of such a family. The father died a little over a year before and the mother had to take her two kids and move in with her brother-in-law, whom she did not realize was a massively abusive {{Jerkass}} until she was in a position she couldn't easily escape with her children.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fairy Tales]]²* ''[[Literature/{{Goldilocks}} Goldilocks and the Three Bears]]'' features Mama, Papa, and Baby Bear who [[FunnyAnimals live in a nice little house]] in the forest.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:FanWorks]]²* In ''FanFic/TheRWBYLoops'' team JNPR becomes this due to an early variant loop cropping up around the time Ren and Nora's baseline orphan status was confirmed. Unusual in that all four individuals are biologically unrelated, as well as generally all being seventeen years of age, and Pyrrha has an on-again-off-again affliction known as being dead. Jaune appears to just roll with it.²* ''Fanfic/YoursMineAndOurs''²* In ''Fanfic/SadalaChroniclesTheSaiyanAndTheDevilsFruit'', Cabba's family is interpreted as this, with Cabba being the oldest son of a nuclear family, with a dad, a mom, a younger brother, and a pet dinosaur. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film]]²* ''Film/DisneylandDream'' is a 1956 home movie by amateur filmmaker Robbins Barstow, documenting his family's trip from their hometown in Connecticut to the then-new Disneyland theme park. It is, among other things, a perfect record of the stereotypical all-American nuclear family with the mom, dad, and kids, in this case three.²* In the 1997 informative video ''Film/TheKidsGuideToTheInternet'' The Jamisons, as established in the EstablishingShot of their home. Mom and Dad, Peter and Dasha. They make it abundantly clear that Mom likes to pay bills and how the kids grades have improved, and Dad likes to check the stocks and sports scores. On top of that they all helped set up the computer, each having their own job. Any sweeter and Lisa and Andrew would have died of diabetes upon entering the house.²* In ''Film/{{Suffragette}}'' despite the film taking place in an age where the nuclear family wasn't that common, Maud's family consists of herself, her husband and her son. Having lost her mother at a young age, Maud never had siblings, and the fact that she never knew who her father was further serves to reduce the family size. Her husband's family is never mentioned, but it's implied he has no female relatives who can [[ParentingTheHusband cook for him]] while Maud is away. Considering that they're not that well off, it can be assumed his parents died early, too.²* ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'' fits the large family motif.²* The Creator/BobHope film the ''The Seven Little Foys'', a VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory comedy about an immature, absentee father (legendary vaudeville performer Eddie Foy) forced to become a real parent after [[MissingMom the death of his wife.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Invoked by the Community in ''Literature/TheGiver''. All families are intentionally set up like this, although minus the dog, as pets don't exist in the Community.²* In ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'', the main character visits Digitopolis, the land of numbers, and tries to find a way to Infinity. After giving up, he encounters half a boy, cut right down the middle (the other half just ''not there''). Turns out he's the .58 child in 2.58 children for the average family -- luckily the average went up a bit, because it was painful being only .47. Fortunately, the average family also has 1.3 automobiles, and since he's the only one who can drive three-tenths of a car, he gets to use it all the time.²* ''Literature/ProjectNRI": Yamagi Noriko's family is composed of her mother, her father, herself and her little brother Haseo.²* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'': The family that moves into the titular House and who are the protagonists of the core story, are a husband and wife and a son and daughter (plus a dog and a cat).²* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' a nuclear family is made of a group of sisters, their husband, and their children. Thirty children are not uncommon, but considered irresponsible if there's [[GenderRarityValue only one boy.]] Overlaps with TheClan, as the children are technically half sisters, half cousins - but as far as the protagonists are concerned, they're sisters.²* ''Literature/CheaperByTheDozen'' (the book, movie version, and modern remake) has 12. In the original movie there's a scene where a representative from Planned Parenthood arrives to ask the mother (who's apparently well known as having her household in order) to head the local chapter... and upon meeting the kids at first thinks it's a boarding school and then gasps in horror, "Why -- they're all ''yours!''"²* Teresa Bloomingdale's comedy novel ''I Should Have Seen It Coming When the Rabbit Died'' is an autobiography about a strongly Catholic family with some 10 kids.²* The Weasleys from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Six boys and one girl.²* The Carsons in Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''Literature/TheChangeling'' are like this. Outside of Ivy and Josie, the only one of the eight kids who appears or does anything is Jerry. They're described as all looking pretty much alike.²* ''All-of-a-Kind Family'' details a depression-era Jewish family with 5 girls spaced two years apart, and, by the end of the first book, a new baby brother.²* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' uses the extended family trope quite a bit. In ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', you might even think Luke and Mara were the Solo kids' parents.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live Action TV]]²* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''²* ''Series/EightSimpleRules''²* ''Series/TwoPointFourChildren''; they named the series after it. ²* ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''²* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' is an inversion of the Nuclear Family.²* The main family in ''Series/JustTheTenOfUs'', spinoff from ''Series/GrowingPains''. As [[HaveAGayOldTime Bo--]] er, ''Richard'' Stabone noted upon seeing the Lubbock family, "They're Catholic!"²* Ma and Pa Kettle, stars of a popular franchise of late '40s/early '50s comedies, were a rural farm couple with 15 children. A running gag would have Ma forgetting a kid's name.²* On the RealityShow ''Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting'', the Duggar family has 19 kids. There also is a SpinOff about their friends the Bates, who have 21 kids.²* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'', bringing together a father with three boys and a mother with three girls.²* ''Series/StepByStep''²* ''Series/LifeWithDerek''²* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''²* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has a core group of three boys, plus older brother Francis (away at military camp, and later starting his own family) and baby brother Jamie.²* ''Film/TooManyCooks'' starts out parodying nuclear families... and then the episode just keeps going, and going, and going, introducing more and more Cooks along the way.²* The Family from ''Series/{{Titans}}'', since they're based on the Nuclear Family (see Comics above). They don't appear to actually be related since [[spoiler: when Dad is killed, he's simply [[LegacyCharacter replaced by a new man]]]], but are [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] into acting like an old-fashioned nuclear family of [[StandardFiftiesFather Dad]], Mum, [[TheAllAmericanBoy son]] and [[SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl daughter]] all while performing horrific acts of torture and murder.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Toys]]²* The "Loving Family" ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' toys consisted of a mare, a stallion, a filly, and a colt.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* The Sardini family in ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy''. Father Vito is a CorruptCorporateExecutive who sells crappy skateboards to innocent teenagers and does not care even if they die. Flo is his proud but easily frightened wife. Tony is their son who is interested in telescopes and ninjas. Mimi is their BrattyTeenageDaughter with GirlishPigtails. They also have an unnamed dog that makes your game harder.²* In ''VideoGame/{{Sheltered}}'', you have to help a family of four (five if you let them have a pet) survive in the aftermath of a nuclear war by helping them to maintain their fallout shelter.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. [[TheNineties Early on]], it even used "America's Most Nuclear Family" as a TagLine.²* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': all of the kids except for Cartman follow this trope to the T.²* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''²* The evil supervillain "Brainchild" (a.k.a Charles) from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'''s animated series is the older son in a nuclear family. His parents are very progressive and hope he'll eventually grow out of the "supervillain" phase. ²* The Morgendorrfers in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' are a parody, although they do genuinely seem to care for each other. Even if the mother is a hopeless {{Workaholic}}, the father a CloudCuckoolander, the eldest daughter a misanthopic SnarkKnight, and the youngest a boy-crazy, popularity-obsessed PrettyFreeloader.²* In ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', Lor is the sole girl in a family with 12 boys, all of whom are treated as a unit. Her family environment has formed much of the core of her personality.²* Taken to perhaps its ultimate extreme with Cletus Spuckler, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s resident "slack jawed yokel". He and his wife Brandine are the parents of some 44 children. In one episode, the Spucklers take in Bart and Lisa when Homer and Marge go to jail, implying that some of the other children may be fostered as well.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' has the titular Loud family, consisting of Rita and Lynn Sr. and their eleven kids, with the sole boy, Lincoln, being the focus of the show.²* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' where the family is [[HappilyAdopted so blended]] it can be hard for a casual viewer to notice it at all. This is helped by Ferb, who has a British accent, hardly ever speaking.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' began with Chuckie being raised by a single father, but in the second movie Chas remarries a woman named Kira who has a daughter named Kimi.²* WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse has a very unconventional family (his mother gave up her physical form to become half of him, and he lives with three of her close friends who are sentient gemstones with humanoid projections), but his friend Connie's parents are very traditional, which leads to this humorous dialogue when Connie's parents want to meet Steven's. ²--> '''Connie:''' I told my parents you have a nuclear family. ²--> '''Steven:''' ''Nuclear?'' Sure, they make stuff blow up sometimes, but that's because they're magic, not radioactive! ²** Steven then has the Crystal Gems fuse into Alexandrite to pass themselves off as his mother, because he can't choose just one of them to play the part. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* The Western nuclear family is a relatively recent innovation, the product of social and physical mobility brought about by the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution.²* In more traditional societies, like some in Latin America, the Mediterranean, and South/Southeast Asia, this is ubiquitous. Extended family are almost universally considered close family in those cultures. In many of these areas, extended family either lives under one roof or near one another. The Arab Gulf states, for example, are notorious for having cases of three or four generations living under one roof, with ''all'' of a particular patriarch's (very fertile) descendants living in a single building. In profound cases (e.g., Italy), "family" might include TrueCompanions, or [[TwentyFourHourPartyPeople casual acquaintances.]]²** Weddings are an issue in these cultures. The minimum size for an Indian or Middle Eastern wedding is somewhere in the triple digits; anything smaller and you will run the risk of offending many people. If you live far away from most of your relatives, they will insist that it be held close to them. This goes double if you live abroad—they ''will'' have you get married in TheOldCountry, and that is final.²[[/folder]]²²----


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