Haven avoids most gender and sexuality related tropes, except for un-balanced casting. See our Bechdel page and Death by gender for more on the numbers.

Missing momsEdit

The large gender imbalance in Haven is most noticeable when looking at family lines. Most mothers are Missing Moms, and many of these are not even named.

There are many reasons for this. Troubles are triggered by emotional distress often leading to an origin story where the death of a parent triggers their child's Trouble. In Haven Lineage Comes From The Father using a Single Line Of Descent so the mother is often the dead parent or is simply not important enough to be mentioned. The number of dead parents has left most of the main characters suffering Parental Abandonment. For other death tropes, see Tropes/Death.

If you're a Doylist, this is because Most Writers Are Male.[note 1] There has been no Watsonian explanation presented for the lack of women, but many fans theorise that the Mysterious Woman is being punished for some original sin and that this punishment hurts the women of Haven as well.

Number overviewEdit

The ratio for recurring characters in Haven is mostly even (5:4 in favor of men) there are severe number imbalances when looking at smaller characters.[note 2] The ratio for minor characters is 3:2 in favor of men.[note 3] The ratio for mentioned characters is even more severe, 2:1 in favor of men.[note 4] See Tropes: Bechdel for more specific number breakdowns.

The classic trope Men Are The Expendable Gender, is regularly averted. See Tropes: Death by gender for more.

There are twice as many fatherhood stories in Haven as there are motherhood stories (24 to 12). The gender gap is so large that there are more father/son stories (13) than there are motherhood stories total (12) and almost twice as many missing mother stories (22) as there are motherhood stories.[note 5] This may be largely attributed to the affects of lineage coming from the father. Ten of the fatherhood stories are stories of a Troubled bloodline, compared to only one of the motherhood stories. See Tropes: Bloodlines for more on this.

The numbers get even more disparate when looking at missing parents. There are 22 missing mothers, compared to only 5 missing fathers. 18 of those mothers are never named, and 8 of those are never even mentioned. Of the five missing fathers, only 2 are unmentioned and unnamed. Some of this can be attributed to lineage coming from the father, like the odd case of Mark. We know the name of Mark's sperm donor, but not the name of Mark's mother because Mark is a minor character and his family is only important because his bloodline is Troubled.[3]


Even among the mothers who have the distinction of actually appearing, many die or leave their children. Beatrice Mitchell, Sarah Vernon and Mary Collins have to give up their children.[4][5][6] Piper Taylor, Eleanor Carr and Roslyn Toomey die.[7][8][9]

Over a quarter of these mothers are not birth mothers, showing the effects of lineage coming from the father. Hannah Driscoll and June Cogan are adoptive mothers, while Gwen Glendower[note 6] and Gloria Verrano are step-mothers. In contrast, there is only one father who's an adoptive parent: Garland Wournos.[10] Not only do non birth mothers not die young, they tend to subvert this trope entirely and outlive their children. James Cogan, Leith Glendower, and Aaron Harker all die young while their adopted and step-mothers are all still living.

Mother/daughter storiesEdit


There are twice as many fatherhood stories as there are motherhood stories (24 to 12) and more father/son stories (13) then all motherhood stories combined (12). Of these stories, 10 focus on multiple generations of the Troubled.

Anticipatory fathersEdit

There are three fatherhood stories that focus on the relationship between father and child even before the child is born:

  • Kyle Hopkins kills himself to spare his unborn child his grave-digging Trouble[17]
  • Braer Brock his wife, Carmen are not parents, or anticipatory parents but Braer's longing to be a father and his guilt over being unable to give his wife children triggers his Trouble, conjuring Dounes.[18]
  • Aiden Driscoll - anticipatory father[1]

Father/daughter storiesEdit

Father/son storiesEdit

Missing mothersEdit

These characters are missing their mothers: their mother died, ran off or is unmentioned or unnamed. This list includes mothers who left a child when they were young (run-away, died) and mothers who are missing from the narrative. This list also includes instances where the parent is mentioned but for some reasons never named.

  • Marion Caldwell's mother died, triggering her Trouble. Though mentioned several times, she is never named.[24]
  • Nathan Wuornos has two fathers (Garland Wuornos and Max Hansen). How many mothers he had is unknown and four seasons in no mother has been named.
  • Duke Crocker is an orphan, but his father, Simon Crocker functions as a Mysterious Parent when he comes back from the dead to reveal Duke's Secret Legacy. Duke also meets his grandfather Roy, and Fitzwilliam Crocker, another male ancestor is mentioned. His mother is unnamed.
  • Hannah Driscoll's mother Penny faked her death and abandoned her daughter.[11][6][note 6]
  • Vicki Dutton works for her father, Alec. Her mother is never seen or mentioned.[19]
  • Zack Taylor's father Landon and unnamed mother died in a fire. Landon's mother Piper brings Landon back to life but not his wife. The wife is never named.[7]
  • Jackie Clark mentions that her father died, triggering her Trouble, but her mother is never mentioned.[29][note 17]
  • Dwight Hendrickson mentions his father, but never his mother.[30]
  • Aaron Smith's mother Connie Shubert dies in childbirth[25]
  • Chris Brody's father Richard is seen, but his mother is unseen and unnamed.Chris also has a Wicked Stepmother in Felicia.[26]
  • Henry's mother abandoned him, causing him to run away from home.[31]
  • Rory Campbell's father is notified of his disappearance and helps run the search part. A mother is never mentioned.[21]
  • Hadley Chambers's parents split-up causing her unnamed mother to literally disappear. Her father Gordon Chambers still exists, he is the last person to be vanished by his daughter's Trouble.[22]
  • Elizabeth Hendrickson - Dwight's daughter, Lizzie is portrayed as motherless. Her mother is never mentioned.[32]
  • Liam Magnusson is raised by single father Tor, after an unnamed mother abandoned him.[27]
  • Mark's mother is unnamed. We know the name of his sperm donor (Harry Nix), but all we know about his mother is that she's Stan's sister.[3]
  • James Cogan is raised by June and Paul Cogan. As an adult he seeks out his birth mother, Sarah Vernon.[5][14]
  • Ginger Danvers is raised by single father Morton after her unnamed mother died.[23]
  • Wade Crocker's mother is never named, despite the fact that Wade was not raised by his father and was therefore likely raised by his mother.[33]
  • Bill and Sally Marigold's father have a father Frank but their mother is never mentioned.[33] [note 18]
  • Ben Harker, Jr. - Ben's mother is never mentioned. She appears to have died or left the family when he was young, as Ben Jr. considers Gloria Verrano, his step-mother, to be the woman responsible for raising him.[16]
  • Aaron Harker - Aaron's mother Ashley appears briefly, before dropping dead, killed by her infant son's Trouble. Ashley is not named until after she dies.[16][note 19]

Missing fathersEdit

  • Julia Carr's father is never mentioned.[8]
  • Daniel Glendower's father Cole is murdered. His mother Mary Collins will take over as his primary caretaker once the Troubles are over and the Glendower males's can return to dry land.[6]
  • Wesley Toomey's father is never mentioned. His Trouble is triggered when his mother Roslyn is abducted.[9]
  • Mark's mother used a sperm donor, who turned out to be Harry Nix.[3]
  • Michael and Brooke Garrick cannot see their father, James. While he watches over his family, his Trouble means that they cannot see him or interact with him.[2]


Haven has very few siblings, due in large part to the high number of characters dealing with Orphan's Ordeal.



Mixed siblingsEdit

Almost all of these are mentioned only. The Garrick siblings are the only set of mixed siblings where we get to see their story.


  1. Haven has had 8 male and 6 female writers. See Tropes: Bechdel - By writer for a thorough breakdown.
  2. The ratio for recurring characters does not tell the whole story. When measurements of duration and episodes are taken into account, men strongly dominate here as well. Also, this does not take into account that there are 2 main male characters to 1 main female character.
  3. A minor character is a character who appears in at least one episode, but not more than two. Current numbers as of "Crush"[1] are 48-31. These numbers are not exact.
  4. Mentioned characters are characters that are mentioned but not seen or heard. This has a large effect when looking at the numbers of missing moms and unnamed women. Telling stories about women is often as important as seeing female characters. Current numbers as of "Crush" are 124-64. These numbers are not exact.
  5. The operative word here is *stories*. There are a few characters that have both parents but one is the clear focus of the story. There has been only one story where both parents were present and equally important: "Resurfacing",[2] where both James and Tracy Garrick are shown as full parents.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Penny Driscoll and Gwen Glendower are the same person. As Penny abandoned her daughter and faked her death while Gwen seems to have raised her step-son, she's counted both as a mother and a missing mother.
  7. Reverend Driscoll is technically Bobby Mueller's foster-father, but the main parental influence in Bobby's life is Hannah.[11]
  8. It's never explicitly stated that she's Leither's step-mother, but it's a safe assumption. Leith's son, Daniel is 10 in 2010, and Penny Driscoll left the Rev to become Gwen Glendower in 1983, meaning that Leith would have been 16 at the oldest when his son was conceived.
  9. James' father, Paul, is mentioned, but this is primarily a motherhood story[12]
  10. Penny Driscoll abandoned Hannah as a child and faked her own death.[6] The two are never seen on screen together and the primary parental influence in Hannah's life is her father. Reverend Driscoll is also technically Bobby Mueller's foster-father, but the main parental influence in Bobby's life is Hannah.[11]
  11. While Jeanie does have a mother—Anson's ex-wife Berta—this is primarily a fatherhood story.[20]
  12. Roland's wife is mentioned but unnamed.[13]
  13. While James has both a daughter and a son, the story focuses much more heavily on the son as they share the same Trouble.
  14. Connor's mother is present but is a very minor role, close to that of an extra. Harry's other children are also extras. The main story is a fatherhood story.[3]
  15. We don't see Roy's with Simon, though we do hear about their relationship. We also see Duke's interaction with his grandfather.[28]
  16. Aaron's mother Ashley appears, but this is primarily a fatherhood story. Ashley is not even named until she drops dead and her husband calls her name.[16]
  17. This would not be notable except for the fact that Clark is a teenager. She mentions living at home after her father's death and once her Trouble triggers she flees town. Her mother, someone she'd presumably be living with and who would file a missing person's report is never mentioned.
  18. This would not be unusual except that the family is discussed more than once with no mention of a mother. Rudy Lucassi mentions doing the notification but mentions only the father. Wuornos and Hendrickson believe the Trouble to be in the Marigold family but only mention the father, not the mother.
  19. While Aaron Harker loses both of his parents, the narrative revolves around his father. We hear about Ben's childhood, his family, his desire to protect his son and so on. He makes the decision to sacrifice himself for his child, and his death ends the Harker trouble and saves his son's life. Ashley is seen only a little. We hear none of her thoughts (on motherhood or anything) and hear none of her story. She's even unnamed for most of the story, rarely referred to and then only as a "mother".
  20. Both the Benton sisters and Moira and Noelle were orphaned young, and none of the parents are named. The Benton parents are referred to once, as having died in a plane crash. Moira and Noelle's mother died of cancer, triggering Noelle's Trouble. Their father is mentioned a fair amount, but interestingly, never named.
  21. Carmen and Valerie do not share a scene. Their being sister is mentioned only.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Crush"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Resurfacing"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "The Farmer"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Ball and Chain"
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 "The Tides That Bind"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Fur"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "As You Were"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "301"
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Spiral"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Butterfly"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Magic Hour: Part 1"
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Real Estate"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Thanks For The Memories"
  15. "Countdown
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  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "Sins of the Fathers"
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Lost and Found"
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Sketchy"
  20. "Audrey Parker's Day Off"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?"
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Silent Night"
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Burned"
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 "Welcome to Haven"
  25. 25.0 25.1 "A Tale of Two Audreys"
  26. 26.0 26.1 "Sparks and Recreation"
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Stay"
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Sarah"
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  30. "Business As Usual"
  31. "Friend or Faux"
  32. "Escape to Haven"
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 "Survivors"
  34. "Consumed"
  35. "Fallout"
  36. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named roots
  37. "Last Goodbyes"

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