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Basic Trope: A baby is abandoned by his mother, who is unable to take care of him, and placed on a doorstep for the owners of the house to raise.

  • Straight: Bob's mother leaves him at the doorsteps of his aunt and uncle's home.
  • Exaggerated: Babies are piled on the doorstep, resulting in a Wave of Babies when the door is opened.
  • Justified: The doorstep is a church or orphanage and it is understood in that town that babies left there have been surrendered for adoption.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is an adult and can no longer take care of his aging mother, so he leaves her on someone's doorstep.
    • Alternately: a mother leaves the baby on her doorstep, in hopes that someone else will take it.
    • Alternatively to that: Someone goes door to door asking for unwanted children.
    • Or: Becky needs help getting pregnant, so she sits herself down on the nearest doorstep and waits.
  • Subverted: Bob's mother leaves him at the doorsteps of his aunt and uncle's home...before they arrive back home, Bob is stolen by a thief.
  • Double Subverted: The thief changes his mind and leaves Bob on another doorstep.
  • Parodied: The kindly parents take the infant in. The next day, a dozen more babies of different species are waiting for them on the doorstep.
  • Deconstructed:
    • The baby dies of exposure.
    • Alternatively, the baby is very sick and malnourished.
    • Alternatively, the owners of the house raise the baby as a Sex Slave.
  • Reconstructed: The baby is reared back to health.
    • The baby escapes the crazed family and finds refuge somewhere else.
  • Zig Zagged: The baby is sick, but is healed, but gets sick again when it isn't on the doorstep, and gets thrown out for being too much of a hassle, whereupon it gets sick again.
  • Averted:
    • The baby is put up for adoption the normal way.
    • Or the mother just keeps the baby.
  • Enforced: "If they just find the baby in the open, they may assume it's just lost. If the baby's on the doorstep, people will understand it was left for them to find."
  • Lampshaded: "Anything on the doorstep this morning? Milk? Newspaper? Baby?"
  • Invoked: The father kidnaps the baby and places him on the doorstep.
  • Defied: The mother abandons the child where she knows it will not be discovered.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

Please, kind sir, won't you take this child back with you to Door Step Baby?

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