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Fanfic genre based on the idea of giving one or more characters a child to raise. This is a common device for promoting a favored shipping (often slash), by showing how well the favored pair act as parents together. Sometimes the resident badass will be given a child to soften them (can be seen as somewhat related to Morality Pet) before pairing them with the hero.

In some cases the child may be another canon character, de-aged in some manner. In other cases, it can be the instantiation of an Intercontinuity Crossover, with a child imported from another story or series.

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When one or more males are involved in the process, mpreg is always a possibility.

If the author is particularly unoriginal, Patchwork Kids or Gender Equals Breed may ensue.

If this is canonical, it may be a Parents for a Day situation.

Add a few years, and you get Next-Gen Fic.


Examples

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    Film — Animation 
  • Zootopia:
    • The Zootopia fanfic The Violet Diaries is about Nick and Judy having a bunnyfox kit named Violet.
    • In Take a Stand Nick Wilde discovers that he has a six-year-old daughter named Luna with one of his ex-girlfriends. Which complicates his relationship with Judy somewhat.
  • Frozen:
    • Becoming Free has a sequel called Becoming Family where Elsa and her lover Freya adopt an orphaned girl.
    • The oneshot Love Will Thaw revolves around Elsa being too scared to hold her nephew.

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    Literature 
  • Harry Potter:
    • Laume (on fanfiction.net) has written several kidfics for Harry Potter, including:
      • Last Chance, in which a slightly more sensitive Dumbledore ends up raising the young Tom Riddle, and
      • Four and Counting, in which a potions mishap reduces Severus Snape to age four, several years after Voldemort's defeat.
    • A very well-written example would be Stealing Harry by Sam The Story Teller (link), which starts with Harry being raised by first the Dursleys and then Remus and Sirius (who open a bookshop near the Dursleys' house to keep a watch on him, then kidnap him after discovering he was being abused).
    • This Harry Potter fanfiction, called Baby Project, is an example.
    • Also this classic Dramione fic, Future Parents Program.
    • Malfoy Child, is a classic Drarry fic in which Draco is de-aged and put into Harry's care.
    • This one takes quit long until the parents are revealed.

    Live Action TV 
  • In the Leverage fandom on livejournal there's a somewhat common trend of de-aging the team's badass bruiser Eliot to be a small child and then sticking him under Nate's care.
  • Supernatural:
  • There are a LOT of House finding out he has a daughter to the point of the fans getting annoyed at them.
  • NUMB3RS:
    • One story, Nixie, has Don discovering he has a young daughter with a dangerous woman who is being charged with trafficking.
    • In a series known as Watson, Colby has a daughter named Nena that he raises with Charlie.
    • There also numerous fics that have Don and Charlie as kids.
  • Sherlock:
    • The Lizzyverse, a Sherlock series, is about Sherlock and John's adopted daughter Elizabeth. It starts out with how they go about scaring off her boyfriends, and skips all over the age range after that.
    • Getting Better is an AU in which both Sherlock and John are single parents, centred around the growing friendship between their children, Emily and Tristram.
    • In this drabble, Sherlock's abused son shows up on their doorstep. No pairings.
    • Another novel-length Sherlock kidfic is the Cinnamon 'verse, in which Sherlock has been raising his adopted daughter Imogen since before John moved in.
  • The Nursery Files is an entire website dedicated to The X-Files kidfics from various couples in various categories.

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    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • The fic Snowflake! is about Yang and Weiss' 5-year old daughter Snowflake.
    • Flame's Shade is a fic where Raven is killed but her newborn daughter Ace survives. While on a mission, Ruby coincidentally comes across her half-Faunus sister and decides to raise her, mainly alongside Blake.
    • Little Bird is about Qrow's daughter Robin as she grows up into a huntress.

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  • There are a few Homestuck fanfics based on this, such as "Cold Grublings". Made very convenient by the setting's local Applied Phlebotinum - "ectobiology", which allows an instant creation of a child which is a genetic mix of any two persons from anywhere and anytime (regardless of gender or age), without the need for actual physical contact. The universe introduced in Act 6 created a lot of these, as it had the four human heroes switching places with their ectobiological parents. The Grand Finale depicting several grubs and kids being ectobiologically born on Earth C and The Homestuck Epilogues (which is partly a parody of common fanfic tropes) introducing some semi-canon teen offspring of the kids didn't hurt either.

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