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These are tropes that have to do with paternity. If you get past the questionable paternity to actual parenthood, see The Parent Trope.

  • Chocolate Baby: A supposed father is obviously not the biological father, because the baby looks very different.
  • Daddy DNA Test: Science or magic are used to confirm paternity.
  • Give the Baby a Father: A man who isn't the father of the child proposes to a pregnant woman, claiming fatherhood—if not paternity—of her baby.
  • Law of Inverse Paternity: The possible father who would cause the most problems turns out to be the actual father.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: A character is disclosed as a possible parent.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Fathers (especially ones without DNA testing) cannot be sure of their children's paternity and must trust the mothers.
  • Not Actually His Child: A man learns he's not genetically related to a child he's raised.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: The mother herself is unsure of the paternity, causing angst and drama.
  • Your Son All Along: A man learns he's the father of a child presumed to be someone else's.