You see her all the time. She's lying in bed, the lights out and the curtains drawn. Her cheeks are gaunt, her eyes either dull or frantic She comes in two flavors: the physically sick and the mentally sick. Either way, expect serious angst about her. Yup, I'm talking about the young (probably used to be beautiful) mother of the protagonist or another main character. Usually, she gets cured sometime in the story. In the meantime, she's probably mentally checked out, or doesn't recognize her child. If not, her resolve is still painfully sad to read about. Examples of this archetype are Angeline from Artemis Fowl and Tabitha's mother from Zero no Tsukaima. Anyway, would you say this archetype is overused? A platitude? Of course, all tropes can be respun, but I'm asking about it played straight.