- This is pretty common in fairy tales, as a good chunk of the time, the protagonists are are minus a mom, dad, or both, however, they usually get some form of intervention, magical or otherwise.
- In The One-Handed Girl, both parents die in rapid succession.
- This tends to happen in Cinderella, as, according to some versions, her mother dies when she's a baby and her father either leaves or dies, regardless, she's left in the care of her Wicked Stepmother.
- In Rapunzel, the titular girl loses her parents when taken by a witch as repayment for her the latter's stolen herbs.
Parental Abandonment / Fairy Tales