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Basic Trope: An absent father who leaves after getting a woman pregnant.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob have a one-night stand. Alice finds herself pregnant, but Bob is completely out of the picture.
  • Exaggerated: Bob has several children, by several different women, whom he never again contacts or pays child support money to. In fact, he is always on the move, changing his name, so that the mothers of his children won't be able to find him.
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  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob were in a relationship, but they break up. Bob gets visitation rights, although he wishes he could be a bigger part of his kids' lives.
  • Justified:
    • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You
    • Bob dies.
    • They were drunk when it happened, and Bob never remembered who she was.
    • The child was conceived under less-than-consensual circumstances.
    • Bob is just that irresponsible.
    • Bob gets sent to Prison, and his strained relationship with his ex-girlfriend Alice and the fact that the prison is located in a remote area far from Alice and the kids, means seeing the kids is inconvenient, and Bob doesn't have enough money to pay child support due to earning only a few cents per hour (which he needs so he can buy basic things like soap and toothpaste from the comissary) assembling widgets.
    • Bob assumed he was sterile and didn't think Alice's child could have been his.
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    • Alice and Bob were teenagers at the time and Bob just didn't take any responsibility.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice becomes pregnant, and Bob stays with her.
    • Alice and Bob break up during or shortly after Alice's pregnancy, but Bob gets visitation rights, and cherishes every moment he has with his kids. And he is certainly good about paying child support on time.
    • Alice becomes pregnant by Bob, but either miscarries or has an abortion.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then they have a fight and break up, and Bob never contacts Alice again or sees his child.
    • He doesn't get to see his kids as often as he'd like.
    • Bob was out of the picture when Alice found out she was pregnant. He never knew about the pregnancy, or about the miscarriage or abortion.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob is surprised to find out that he even has a child.
    • Bob gets Alice pregnant. They haven't even had sex.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Bob has no children by any of the women he's slept with.
    • Bob gets Alice pregnant, but does not leave her or the child.
    • Bob didn't sleep with Alice, therefore if she is pregnant, it's not his.
  • Enforced: Disappeared Dad, Darker and Edgier
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Alice tells Bob she's pregnant, and the child is his. Bob flees the country.
  • Exploited: Alice cuts off contact with Bob (with the exception, of course, of his monthly child-support check).
  • Defied: Alice tells Bob she's pregnant, and the child is his. Bob proposes to her.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Children can certainly be raised by just one parent, but it's always better if they have another positive role model and caregiver. It is also more economically practical that way.
    • The child (and possibly Alice) is(/are) resentful of Bob's absence.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Even if Alice and Bob don't stay together, Bob finds a way to be an active part of his children's life.
    • Alternatively, Alice marries Carl, who is more of a dad than the kids' biological father.
    • Alice raises the child alone. She has the financial means to provide for it without anyone else's help, and she raises a well-adjusted, healthy, happy child...all on her own.
  • Played For Drama: The difficulty Alice has raising the child alone, and Bob feeling guilty for leaving.
    • Alternatively, Bob may very well feel guilty about abandoning his child. But he doesn’t even know how to start being a father or partner to Alice and their child. Making him feel like more of a failure (And chances are, he really is).

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