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  • Kanin of The Tainted Grimoire has never known who her mother is or anything about her, except the fact that she's a Viera, though has at least once expressed the desire too.
  • A Crown of Stars:
    • Shinji and Asuka lost their mothers when they were barely four. When Daniel tells both pilots he can bring them back and promises to do so, they agree to trust him and go with him.
    • Misato's mother passed away twenty years earlier before the beginning of the story, when she was a teenager. When she was told her mother had returned too, she demanded to go to see her right away.
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    • Hikari's mother was also missing due to SEELE. When she got her back, she barely could believe it.
  • Trixie's mother Hope Lulamoon in Actually, I'm Dead, left Trixie on the steps of her old mentors in Neigh Orleans, when she was an infant. It is later revealed that Hope died and was reincarnated as the The Grim Reaper of Travelers.
  • Advice and Trust:
    • After their First Kiss Shinji tells Asuka his mother died when he was four. Astonished, Asuka reveals her mother died when she was four, too.
    • Later Rei reveals to them that she grew up without a mother.
    • Hikari's mother is also missing although she felt her when she was stuck inside her Eva.
  • The Child of Love: In chapter 2 Shinji convince Misato to tell him why Asuka dreams about her mother. Misato tells him about Kyoko, her madness, her suicide… how she hang a doll she thought was Asuka together with her… and Shinji feels he can understand her at last because he also lost his mother.
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  • Children of an Elder God: Shinji and Asuka's mothers died when they were little children, although Asuka was taken in by a foster mother.
  • Doing It Right This Time: Shinji and Asuka's mothers died when they were children and Rei never knew hers. After returning to the past they know what happened to them, and they try talk to them when they are inside their robots.
  • The Missing Mom issue for the Smurfs in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf is explained with The Plague killing off all the parents in Papa Smurf's generation of Smurfs, including Empath's mother.
  • Evangelion 303: During a conversation Shinji reveals to Asuka that her mother died when he was a little kid and he barely remember her. Given Asuka's reaction to his history and her own backstory in the original series, her mother also may be dead.
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  • Ghosts of Evangelion: Shinji, Asuka and Misato lost their mothers when they were kids. After a while Shinji finally gets over Yui's death. However, Asuka gets her mother back.
  • HERZ: A good number of Shinji and Asuka’s traumas are rooted in having lost their mothers when they were four. In chapter 2 Asuka notes the irony that their mothers were always with them when they piloted their Evas.
  • Higher Learning: Asuka and Shinji's mothers died when they were very young. Their teacher Kaoru also lost her mother and grandmother when he was a child, before the beginning of the story.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Shinji and Asuka lost their mothers due to contact experiments with Evangelion Units. Ten years later Shinji found out his mother was the cause of his kryptonian DNA, and Asuka found out during her stay in Paradise Island that her mother got forced to undergo that experiment.
  • Little Bird: Robin's mother Leona is killed by Grimm when she's five.
  • The One I Love Is: In chapter 9, Asuka reveals Shinji her mother was dead. Shocked, Shinji realizes she is just like him.
  • Scar Tissue: In several scenes Shinji and Asuka argue how their mothers left them, and wonder about their motives. Both children are quite bitter about it.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Asuka's mother dying when she was barely four is the main cause of her pain and her angry, bitter behaviour. Later she finds out Shinji's mother is dead, too.
  • In Dead of Night, Vesser's selkie mother was emotionally distant with him. According to him, she could never decide if she wanted him around or not, so she spent most of her time in the ocean, leaving him in the care of a guy she enchanted into looking after him. When the story starts, she'd also been murdered under extremely suspicious circumstances...
  • In chapter 8 of Bait and Switch (STO) Captain Kanril Eleya and Lieutenant Commander Reshek Gaarra are talking about their families, and Gaarra mentions that his mother died when he was two. He was raised by his father and a paternal aunt.
  • From the Gensokyo 20XX series, we have Reimu's mother, Reiko. Aside from the sidestories, she generally didn't appear until about Life in Gensokyo Village and remained present through 20XXIII to about 20XXIV, when she died. In the sidestory, The Woman Whose Hair Smelled of Violets, Reimu mentions that, when her training was finished, her mother went away and left her to take over her duties. We find out in the Gensokyo Diaries that she's found her to way to the Outside World.
  • In The Ultimate Evil, it's revealed that the mother of the eight Demon Sorcerers disappeared shortly after they reached their full powers and started their conquest of the Earth. It's merely stated that she has probably hidden herself away for the past millennium, horrified at what she birthed. The sequel called The Stronger Evil reveals that she's actually the goddess of primordial chaos Tiamat and that Earth's unnatural climatic changes are a result of her reawakening. Shendu sets out to find her with Valerie's help, believing that only bonded Others such as them can find her.
  • Why Am I Crying? reveals that Diamond Tiara's mother was killed in train accident (while she was pregnant!), Scootaloo's mother walked out on her, and Apple Bloom's is implied to have died giving birth to her.
    • The former was jossed by the episode "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", which shows that Diamond's mother is alive and well.
  • In The God Squad:
    • Their mother, when Luna was barely a few months old, abandoned them with their older brother Tydal, the gruff God of the Sea and God of War. Luckily, Tydal turned out to be a great father and his wife stepped in a surrogate mother. Still, they reference from time to time that they were abandoned... and they never call Tydal's wife 'mom'.
    • Cadence was also abandoned, with Celestia raising her.
  • In Thousand Shinji, the mothers of Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Touji Hikari... and all his classmates are dead. Shinji suspects that it's not a coincidence, and when he finds out that their mothers were taken from them by SEELE, he's both appalled and homicidally furious.
  • Quicken: Taylor’s mother Annette died several months before the beginning of the story. Her death comes into play when Emma wants to prove who she is to Taylor, and reminds her of their talks after Annette's death.
  • The Second Try: Shinji and Asuka lost their mothers when they were four. When they return to the past and have the chance to talk to their mothers for first time after so many years, it's a very emotional moment for them.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide:
    • Both Shinji and Asuka lost their mothers when they were barely four. In chapter 8 they bond over their loss.
    • Keiko revealed Asuka that her mother died when she was a little child.
  • In Once More with Feeling Shinji and Asuka’s mothers died when they were barely four. After going back to the past Shinji knows what really happened to his mother, but Asuka is still unaware of it.
  • Trying to sort out who and where Ryuuko and Satsuki's mother is in The Outside is a plotpoint, as, due to Satsuki being deemed an unfit guardian, the former gets removed from her care and their father has died. We finally get to meet her in Chapter 27.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has a few.
  • In Humble Beginnings it's shown that Zwei's mother and several of his siblings mysteriously disappeared when he was a few days old.
  • Blind Courage: Zelda's mother Queen Iriana died when she was seven. She had been ill for a while with something that gave her headaches, convulsions, and vision problems. On Zelda's seventh birthday, her mother lost consciousness and died.
  • Brunswick Arc- The Adel Aka Rewrite gives a backstory for Adam. His mother died of overwork on the farm they lived on. The humans who owned the farm didn't care to help her, so Adam began hating humans.
  • You and Me (and Everyone in Between): Yang's biological mother Raven has been out of Yang's life for fifteen years. She tried to get custody of Yang after Yang's father Taiyang died, but she lost out in a custody battle with her brother Qrow. Since then, no one has heard from Raven.
  • In Peanuts fanfic Everybodys Gotta Leave Sometime, Peppermint Patty mentions she helped her father pull through after her mother left.
  • Golden Threads Tie Us: Severa's mother was killed in battle several years before the beginning of the story.
    Severa sniffled and wiped her eyes with her forearm. She just wanted to know. She wanted the same finality for Father as she and Morgan had received for Mother, no matter how wretched and distant the memory was.
  • The Portal has a young Earth Dragoness named Hope, who got her name because her father said she gave him hope after her mother passed away.
  • Single Parents Night: Cream lost her original two mothers. Her biological mother Vanilla died shortly after birth, while Vanilla's wife died while Vanilla was pregnant.
  • It's implied in Changing Luck that Jinx being Born Unlucky is why her mother died when she was a baby.
  • Happy Tree Friends: Origins states that Handy's mother left him since he was two years old. The story doesn't say anything about what happened to her.
    "His mother left them when he was only 2 so its always really been him and his old man together. He doesn't remember what she looked like or knows what happened to his mom; his father lied to him about his mother and that she just went missing."
  • married to the flames: Fire Nation kill benders, aside from firebenders. Jin's mother was killed because she was an earthbender.
  • Human After All: Lola's biological mother has been absent in her life because she was sentenced to thirty years for being involved in a massacre.
  • Clash's Revolt: Clash's mother died when she was young, leaving her father to raise her. As a result of this, he spoiled her rotten and turned her into a Daddy's Girl.
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