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Basic Trope: A parent survives longer than their child does.

  • Straight: Bob outlives his son, Ben.
  • Exaggerated: Bob outlives all his children, and even his grandchildren.
  • Downplayed: Bob dies moments after Ben does.
  • Justified:
    • Ben died of disease.
    • Ben was killed.
    • Bob is Long-Lived, possibly even being The Unaging, Ben had a normal lifespan.
  • Inverted: Ben outlives his father.
  • Subverted: Ben turns out to be alive.
  • Double Subverted: but then he dies.
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  • Averted: Bob and Ben are both alive throughout the story.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "The thing I fear the most is my son dying before me."
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  • Defied: Bob fears outliving his son, so he raises, Ben, to stay as healthy as possible.
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  • Implied: Bob lives with his grandson, John, while his son, Ben, is nowhere to be seen at all.
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  • Played For Laughs: ???
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