Two men, one woman and a baby. Sounds like a cute ’80s movie, but in actuality, it is the basis for countless soap storylines over the years. Figuring out the paternity of a baby seems like a rite of passage for some characters. In fact, if a woman is expecting on a soap opera, more often than not, she’s either in danger of losing that baby, having it swapped with another, or not knowing the child’s true paternity. Below is a list of stunning paternity dramas in soap opera history.
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6. John Black – Days of Our Lives
For almost thirty years now, ever-popular Days of Our Lives (DOOL) character John Black has been everything under the sun. He’s been a priest, art thief, super spy, police officer, mercenary, and so much more. In his age-old quest to find out his true identity, it was revealed (in 2008) that he was in fact part-Brady, and ironically, part-DiMera. It turned out that John was the love child of Colleen Brady (Shawn Brady Sr.’s sister) and Santo DiMera (Stefano’s dad). The child was originally named Ryan Brady, therefore making John a bonafide DiMera, and half-brother to Stefano. Then, in 2014, it was revealed that John Black was not Colleen’s baby boy, after all. It seems that in the end, Ryan Brady passed away at the orphanage where he was left, leaving John Black’s identity a mystery once again!