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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 Ageless, Ben had a normal lifespan.
  • Inverted: Ben outlives his father.
  • Subverted: Ben turns out to be alive, or is resurrected moments after his death.
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  • Double Subverted: But the returned Ben is an impostor.
  • Parodied: Alice breaks one of her dolls, and wails melodramatically about losing her child, even holding a mock-funeral service for Teddy.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's son Ben is apparently killed during an accident while on a trip abroad, but he returns alive and well a few months after he is declared dead. Bob is overjoyed, until he finds out that this "Ben" is an impostor trying to gain inheritance. The one who tipped him of turns out to be the real Ben, but he's actually a ghost, and disappears for good shortly after a brief reunion with his father.
  • 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.
  • Exploited: ???
  • 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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