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Something I've been wondering about recently.

Whenever there is a story that features a young boy or man at the protagonist, a lot of the time he doesn't have parents, or is missing one. In Hey Arnold, Arnold doesn't have parents. In Pokemon, you always play a kid with no dad. In Zelda, Link never has parents, only occasionally having a grandparent. I think if I'm remembering right, Harry Potter's parents are dead or something. I think the Karate kid didn't have a dad. I'm sure there are more.

Why do you think this is? Purely coincidental, or makes the character relatable? Makes the viewer sympathize with the main character? Discuss.
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Makes the viewer sympathize with the main character?


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Removes parental role model/guide figure so the author can move in their role model/guide. Grampa in Hey Arnold, The Professor in the Pokemon games, Navi/Zelda/King Of Red Lions/King Of Hyrule/The Sages/whoever or whatever it is in that game in LoZ, Dumbledore, Hagrid, and the Hogwarts staff, outside of Snape, for Harry Potter.
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It adds drama to the fact that the character is in an extraordinary situation. People are drawn in more by it.
#7
I never really cared until now... Just kidding. I don't care.

But seriously, never really bothered me, and I honestly just noticed there was no Dad in Pokemon.
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#8
Makes it seem as if the protagonist comes from insurmountable circumstances before the dilemma of the story even presents itself. In my opinion.
#9
I though Link had a parent in Link to the Past. Yeah, he had a dad.
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#10
Yeah that's the same in Great Expectations which imo is the best rags to riches novel out there.
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I was just thinking about that the other day with Disney movies, I can't think of a single one where the protagonist had both parents.

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I though Link had a parent in Link to the Past. Yeah, he had a dad.

Doesn't he also have parents in Windwaker?
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Most Disney movie protagonists are missing at least one parent.


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I never really cared until now... Just kidding. I don't care.

But seriously, never really bothered me, and I honestly just noticed there was no Dad in Pokemon.
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It adds drama to the fact that the character is in an extraordinary situation. People are drawn in more by it.

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I though Link had a parent in Link to the Past. Yeah, he had a dad.

That's his Uncle. Not dad.
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In the Gen III pokemon games you have a dad. He's a gym leader. And Harry Potter's parents may be dead but that doesn't stop them from being the Deus Ex Machina in every goddamn book/movie.
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#21
Finn and Flapjack don't have parents either.
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Finding somebody to look up to is more interesting than already having somebody to look up to.

This is probably true.

Also, let's take Karate Kid, for instance: the kid has no father figure, so Mr. Miyagi can come in and take over that role without having to compete against his real father. That lack of parental figure makes for a stronger connection between the student and his mentor / kid and fairy godmother / whatever, and it makes it easier to have the story flow well without having to have Miyagi and the father clash.
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Eric Cartman doesn't have a father... Like really, his mom's an intersexual
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This is probably true.

Also, let's take Karate Kid, for instance: the kid has no father figure, so Mr. Miyagi can come in and take over that role without having to compete against his real father. That lack of parental figure makes for a stronger connection between the student and his mentor / kid and fairy godmother / whatever, and it makes it easier to have the story flow well without having to have Miyagi and the father clash.
Good point, here. Usually in Pokemon, no dad and the professor is a male. I was surprised in Black/White when it had a female professor.
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He killed his dad, actually.
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Just about everyone in Naruto is an orphan.
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I was just thinking about that the other day with Disney movies, I can't think of a single one where the protagonist had both parents.



That's crazy can't believe I'm just noticing this now.

In Hercules he had both parents... but they weren't his real parents so not sure if that counts.
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He killed his dad, actually.


Seriously?? What episode is that?? I've seen almost every episode, but apparently not all of them.
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A lot of people can't really identify with family dynamics in a Leave it to Beaver kind of world. They find it depressing or annoying. So unless it needs to be part of the project, it's usually best to leave it out and substitute a darker past or something.
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Seriously?? What episode is that?? I've seen almost every episode, but apparently not all of them.

it was in the 201st episode, aka the "Matt and Trey decide to fuck with and piss everybody off"-episode.
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That's crazy can't believe I'm just noticing this now.

In Hercules he had both parents... but they weren't his real parents so not sure if that counts.



And even that was a horridly twisted version of the actual mythological story
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That's his Uncle. Not dad.

Didn't he get killed about 5 minutes into the game anyway?
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And even that was a horridly twisted version of the actual mythological story


I was so disappointed when I learned that wasn't the real story, for a large part of my childhood I was living a lie
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Seriously?? What episode is that?? I've seen almost every episode, but apparently not all of them.
200 and 201. The anniversary episodes. Explains who his dad really is. Weak episodes, though.
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That's crazy can't believe I'm just noticing this now.

In Hercules he had both parents... but they weren't his real parents so not sure if that counts.


His human mom was really his mom (Zeus had more kids than Dino), and Zeus was his dad. I mean, in he old ass books, now the Disney show/movie/American hentai porno/whatever, I dunno.
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I was just thinking about that the other day with Disney movies, I can't think of a single one where the protagonist had both parents.

Lion King 2. Mulan, maybe? Dont quite remember that movie.
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I was so disappointed when I learned that wasn't the real story, a part of my childhood was a lie





In my freshman year at university, my classic mythology class had us write a paper comparing mythology in pop culture to actual mythology. I wrote about that and how Disney made a much more enjoyable version
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Lion King 2. Mulan, maybe? Dont quite remember that movie.

You're right, Mulan and LK2, and the first Lion King too, for that matter (up until... you know).

Bambi technically met both his parents, even though his mom got killed and his dad was some kind of dead-beat deer-dad or something.

Sleeping Beauty had both her parents as well, IIRC.
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Lion King 2. Mulan, maybe? Dont quite remember that movie.


Mulan is correct. I consider Kovu to be the main character in Lion King 2 because I like him better and his Dad is Scar so he's dead.
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