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Basic Trope: Grandparents are never seen and are only rarely (if ever) mentioned.

  • Straight: None of the characters appear to have any living grandparents. If we see any extended family, it's uncles or aunts, and if ancestors are mentioned, they are at least great-grandparents.
  • Exaggerated:
    • No one has any extended family, period. The only relatives we see for each character are their siblings (if they have any) and one or both parents.
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    • No grandparents or other ancestors are ever mentioned.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice and Bob each have one living grandparent, but no one else's grandparents are mentioned.
    • Grandparents are occasionally mentioned, but only dead ones.
  • Justified: The characters live in an area with an extremely short life expectancy.
  • Inverted: We see all four grandparents (and both parents) of each character, including characters who themselves are too old to realistically be alive.
  • Subverted: No grandparents are seen at first, but then Bob's grandfather - who lives far away - comes for a visit.
  • Double Subverted: Neither of Bob's parents recognizes the mysterious Cool Old Guy claiming to be Bob's grandfather; it turns out he was lying, and is really a villain.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Most characters have at least one living grandparent, and some have all four.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Why haven't we met anyone's grandparents? Are they all dead or what?"
  • Invoked: No one in Tropeland is allowed to live past 55 due to overpopulation.
  • Exploited: Hoping to ambush the heroes, the Big Bad hides in the cemetery, knowing that all the heroes' grandparents are buried there.
  • Defied: The government extends the legal lifespan limit to 75, so future generations will get to know their grandparents.
  • Discussed: "Why did you just assume I didn't have any grandparents? It's not like our town has a particularly short life expectancy."
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  • Conversed: "Ever notice how there are no grandparents on this show? What's up with that?"
  • Implied: Some characters' grandparents are mentioned, but they are always referred to in the past tense (e.g. "My mother tells me my grandmother was a great cook.") and none are ever seen. This strongly implies that they are dead.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice tells her parents, "It's a good thing I don't have any grandparents, because you two are all the family I need."
  • Played For Drama: Charlie is depressed because he really misses his grandparents. His depression drives him to insanity and eventually causes him to become evil.

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