Watching some movies and tv lately, and some movies and series have used a few tropes that I just despise. Now this thread is for movies, books, tv series, comics, manga, any media form. So its wide open to any thoughts. So, my most hated trope: Surprise Daddy/missing Daddy, can be mom, but mostly Dad is used. ( Certain recent movie used this, and a recent tv series also used it) This trope, I dispise it in its various incarnations, from ST2 with us discovering Kirk had a kid all along with Carol, to Sisko leaving to the Celestial Temple when his kid was born, to the just Surprise! you have a X Year old kid I didn't tell you about! Or Surprise! you don't get to be in your kids life because of reason X To me thats just mean to do, having both a father and mother in your life is important, and the usual thing of this trope of a mom not telling the dad, so the dad isn't a part of the kids life. The dad WANTS to be there, and is torn up that he wasn't there. Sure there are times like with Kirk where he knew of the kid, but the mom asked him to but out. Or some reason the parent can't be there. But usually the Dad was in the dark about it. To me just lazy writing, and just serves to irritate the audience. Comments on mine? Other tropes you'd like to discuss?