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Basic Trope: A character's father is missing or absent, often without mention.

  • Straight: Bob's father is absent from his life.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob doesn't even know his father.
    • Many characters seem not to have fathers.
  • Downplayed: Bob's father is around but emotionally distant, and/or always too busy to be a part of his life.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Bob is completely absent from his father's life for reasons out of either of their control.
  • Gender Inverted: Missing Mom
  • Subverted: It initially seems like Bob's dad is never about, but then we see him and his father having a good time together, and showing that they are quite close. Apparently the dad was just at work all this time or something.
  • Double Subverted: Until the villains kill the dad.
  • Parodied:
    • All the family photos have Bob's father cut out from them.
    • Bob's father is brutally murdered during a family outing, and the family carries on as if nothing had happened.
    • Bob's father literally vanishes into thin air.
  • Zig Zagged: Perhaps because his work is seasonal, sometimes Bob's dad is at home and always there for him, and other times his dad is absent for long streches and completely out of touch with Bob.
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  • Averted: Bob's dad is always there for him, regardless of what happens.
  • Enforced: "So far, it's all traditional households. Realistically, there should be at least one single-parent family among the main cast."
  • Lampshaded: "We've never met your father, Bob. What's he like?" "I don't know, he left when my mom was pregnant with me."
  • Invoked: Bob's dad purposefully walked out of his son's life, perhaps because he thought he would be a bad influence on Bob.
  • Exploited: The villain tries to use Bob's father's absence to induce a breakdown in Bob.
  • Defied: Bob's dad goes to great lengths to be a part of his son's life, regardless of what the world throws at him.
  • Discussed: "No, my father isn't dead, or even a deadbeat for that matter. He's just at work all the time."
  • Conversed: "Why doesn't that kid have a father? Are we to believe he was adopted or what?"
  • Implied:
  • Plotted A Good Waste: One of the writers was born after his father died (or his parents were divorced), and he decides to apply this aspect of his life to a character.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob's father is a deadbeat who still lives nearby, but goes to great lengths to avoid his ex-wife and son.
  • Played For Drama: In a Father's Day episode, most characters are shown bonding with their fathers, and everyone sympathizes with Bob, who feels left out because his father is dead.

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