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Basic Trope: Getting remarried in order to give your children a parental figure missing from their life.

  • Straight: Alice's spouse dies, leaving behind their children, and Alice remarries over the course of the story.
  • Exaggerated: Alice has a lot of kids, and she marries Bob, who also has a lot of kids. And the same thing happens with Carol and Dana.
  • Downplayed: Alice remarrying is simply backstory and it is a very minor part of the story.
  • Justified:
    • Most people don't have a Single-Target Sexuality, even parents, are at least capable if not desire another relationship after the death of their spouse
    • The character believes that a child requires both a mother and a father in order to thrive.
  • Inverted: Alice considers remarrying, but decides not to for the sake of the children.
    • Alice marries Bob to help him with his kids.
  • Subverted: Alice dates a couple people, including Bob. Her relationship with Bob is looking pretty serious, and her kids like Bob. But him and Alice break up.
  • Double Subverted: After that, Alice resigns to the fact that she will never remarry, but receives a Last Minute Hookup.
  • Parodied: "Why do you say you remarried for your kids? You don't have any!" "What about my darling kittens?! They don't like being half-orphaned!"
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Alice's spouse stays alive.
    • Alice has no children.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "I mean, yeah, it'd be nice to find romance, but what I really need is a partner — someone to help me with the kids. Being a single parent is so hard, you know?"
  • Advertisement:
  • Invoked: "Hey, what if you found some other widow and got married? Like The Brady Bunch!"
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice does not remarry.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Drama: A villain targets the parent for a Guess Who I'm Marrying?, Wicked Stepmother or even Black Widow situation; the parent is more interested in remarrying than a single character, which makes them more oblivious.

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