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Basic Trope: A character's mother is missing or absent.

  • Straight: Bob's mother died when he was a toddler.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob's mother is around but emotionally distant, and/or always too busy to be a part of his life.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: The story is about Bob's mother, whose husband and son are both missing.
  • Gender Inverted: Disappeared Dad
  • Subverted: It initially seems like Bob's mom is never about, but then we see her and Bob having good time together, and showing that they are quite close. She just works a lot.
  • Double Subverted: Until the villains kill her.
  • Parodied: All the family photos have Bob's mother cut out from them.
  • Zig Zagged: The actress who plays Bob's mother has a lot of other projects, and so her appearances are very erratic, and she sometimes vanishes for seasons at a time.
  • Averted: Bob's mom is always there for him, regardless of what happens.
  • Enforced: "We've got a few single moms. What if we had a single dad too?"
  • Lampshaded: "I Miss Mom."
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  • Invoked: Bob's mom leaves.
  • Exploited: The villain tries to use Bob's mother's absence to induce a breakdown in Bob.
  • Defied: Bob's mom goes to great lengths to be a part of her son's life, regardless of what the world throws at her.
  • Discussed: "Why doesn't that kid have a mom? Is he adopted or what?"
  • Conversed: "How come main characters generally don't have moms in these shows?"
  • Implied: We only see Bob's father, but we never get confirmation that his mother is absent.
  • Deconstructed: The effects of losing a parent take center-stage.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob's mom is around, but she goes to great lengths to avoid her ex-husband and son.
  • Played For Drama: In a Mother's Day episode, most characters are shown bonding with their mothers, and everyone sympathizes with Bob, who feels left out.

Mom, if you get this, come find me at Missing Mom. I miss you.


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