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An Index of tropes about orphans or that often involve orphans.

Tropes that have been left all alone in the world include:

  • Abandon the Disabled: A character is abandoned by their parents, because they are born disabled.
  • Alone Among Families: A character with no family is surrounded by happy families.
  • Anachronistic Orphanage: A traditional orphanage in a setting where there logically shouldn't be one.
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  • The Artful Dodger: Crafty, street-wise homeless child.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: A character is an orphan so the plot can move along more easily.
  • Don't Split Us Up: Siblings don't want to be adopted by separate families.
  • Doorstop Baby: A baby is left on someone's doorstep and adopted by whoever lives in the house.
  • Escaped from the Lab: The character is a refugee from a laboratory that experimented on them.
  • Evil Orphan: An orphan (normally a young girl but sometimes a young boy) who turns out to be evil.
  • Evil Orphanage Lady: An female orphanage owner who's cruel to the orphans.
  • Fostering for Profit: Someone fosters a child purely for business.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: An orphan child who normally ends up being adopted and is a good character who makes the audience emotional.
  • Lost Orphaned Royalty: An orphan turns out to be descended from royalty.
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  • Nephewism: A kid is raised by his aunt/uncle rather than by his parents.
  • Notorious Parent: The mother and/or father leaves the kid because they’re criminals on the run.
  • Orphanage of Fear: An orphanage where the orphans are abused and tormented by the people running it.
  • Orphanage of Love: An orphanage that treats its orphans well.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: When being an orphan sucks.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Plot critical object of sentimental value to an orphan.
  • Parental Abandonment: Neither of the character's parents are seen or mentioned.
    • Disappeared Dad: A character's father is never seen while their mother is accounted for.
    • Missing Mom: A character's mother is never seen while their father is accounted for.
  • Parental Substitute: A character who acts as a parental figure to someone whose parents are absent or out of focus.
  • Pauper Patches: A character living in poverty is wearing clothes that are patched up.
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  • Promotion to Parent: An older sibling takes responsibility to take care of their younger sibling or siblings.
  • Raised by Grandparents: A character with missing parents is instead raised by their grandparents.
  • Raised by the Community: An entire community of people not related to a child raise the child.
  • Rules of Orphan Economics: Orphans will either be totally provided for or will have to scrape by on their own
  • Satisfied Street Rat: An orphaned kid who has turned living on the street to their advantage.
  • Saving the Orphanage: The hero has to stop a heartless business exec who wants to destroy a local Orphanage of Love.
  • Self-Made Orphan: A person who has killed their own parents.
  • Street Urchin: An orphan who spends most of their time on the streets doing what they can to get by.
  • Teenage Wasteland: Kids now have adult power and responsibility and rule over society.
  • Unknown Relative: The identity of a character's close relative is unknown to them, the audience or both.

Alternative Title(s): Orphan Tropes, Tropes About Orphans, Have You Seen This Indexs Parents, These Tropes Have No Parents