History Main / ChangelingTale

3rd May '16 7:42:14 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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The earliest fairy tale versions are OlderThanPrint. Contrast MosesInTheBullrushes, where the parents do the switching. See also {{Foundling}}. Compare [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Persephone]], YearOutsideHourInside, and its inverse YearInsideHourOutside.

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The earliest fairy tale versions are OlderThanPrint. Contrast MosesInTheBullrushes, MosesInTheBulrushes, where the parents do the switching. See also {{Foundling}}. Compare [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Persephone]], YearOutsideHourInside, and its inverse YearInsideHourOutside.
26th Apr '16 11:18:33 AM GothicProphet
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* In ''MAnga/{{Berserk}}'', a young girl named Rosine offers up her parents' lives to the Godhand to become a fairy (or rather, a demon that takes the form of a fairy). She then makes the same offer to other children, transforming them into insectile pseudodemons that can ''look'' like fairies (to the disgust of Puck, an actual elf). Her mistake is trying to make the offer to her former best friend, Jill, because said friend happens to have just met series protagonist Guts, a former mercenary on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge [[DemonSlaying against all demonkind]] following the horrors of the Eclipse.

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* In ''MAnga/{{Berserk}}'', ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', a young girl named Rosine offers up her parents' lives to the Godhand to become a fairy (or rather, a demon that takes the form of a fairy). She then makes the same offer to other children, transforming them into insectile pseudodemons that can ''look'' like fairies (to the disgust of Puck, an actual elf). Her mistake is trying to make the offer to her former best friend, Jill, because said friend happens to have just met series protagonist Guts, a former mercenary on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge [[DemonSlaying against all demonkind]] following the horrors of the Eclipse.



* Heather Alexander's ''Changeling Child'' is about this.

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* Heather Alexander's Dale's ''Changeling Child'' is about this.
16th Mar '16 2:22:07 PM Lanthorn
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* One of the mysteries of ''The Family'' is whether or not the youngest son whose disappearance altered his family's dynamic and whose reappearance almost ten years later is disrupting things again is really the same kid. One of the ads shows him watching a video of "his" birthday on repeat until he can mimic the kid on the screen; in the series the older brother points out that he likes eggs when he hated eggs as a kid.

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* One of the mysteries of ''The Family'' is whether or not the youngest son whose disappearance altered his family's dynamic and whose reappearance almost ten years later is disrupting things again is really the same kid. One of the ads shows him watching a video of "his" birthday on repeat until he can mimic the kid on the screen; in the series the older brother points out that he likes eggs now when he hated eggs them as a kid.



* In German fairy-tales there are generally two possiblities to get rid of them: 1) treat them horribly (as described above), or 2) doing something really stupid (e.g. cooking water in egg shells), the changeling then would laugh at you (sometimes even taunt you with a rhyme), which broke the spell and forced the fairy to take the changeling back and return the real child.

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* In German fairy-tales there are generally two possiblities possibilities to get rid of them: 1) treat them horribly (as described above), or 2) doing something really stupid (e.g. cooking water in egg shells), the changeling then would laugh at you (sometimes even taunt you with a rhyme), which broke the spell and forced the fairy to take the changeling back and return the real child.
16th Mar '16 2:14:59 PM Lanthorn
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* One of the mysteries of ''The Family'' is whether or not the youngest son whose disappearance altered his family's dynamic and whose reappearance almost ten years later is disrupting things again is really the same kid. One of the ads shows him watching a video of "his" birthday on repeat until he can mimic the kid on the screen; in the series the older brother points out that he likes eggs when he hated eggs as a kid.
16th Mar '16 4:51:46 AM DannWoolf
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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, boy babies and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an [[RedHeadedStepchild unwanted child]]. Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that {{adultery}} [[SarcasmMode was of totally not to blame in any of these incidents.]] Compare AlienAbduction.

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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, boy babies and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an [[RedHeadedStepchild unwanted child]]. Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that {{adultery}} [[SarcasmMode was of totally not to blame in any of these incidents.]] Compare AlienAbduction.
16th Mar '16 4:51:26 AM DannWoolf
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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, boy babies and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an [[RedHeadedStepchild unwanted child]]. Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that {{adultery}} [[SarcasmMode was ''of course'' not to blame in any of these incidents.]] Compare AlienAbduction.

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One favorite game of TheFairFolk was to abduct human infants and leave behind a {{doppelganger}} or changeling. The human baby was taken back to the LandOfFaerie to be a soldier or slave. According to most European {{fairy tales}}, boy babies and children with golden hair were in particular danger of being stolen by [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and possibly replaced by an [[RedHeadedStepchild unwanted child]]. Alternatively, the mother might be abducted, seduced, and impregnated by the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha de Danaan]] (or local equivalent), resulting in a ([[EnfantTerrible possibly malevolent]]) [[CreepyChild fairy child]]. We know for a fact that {{adultery}} [[SarcasmMode was ''of course'' of totally not to blame in any of these incidents.]] Compare AlienAbduction.
27th Feb '16 3:27:07 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Literature/TheMidwichCuckoos'', Gordon Zellaby suggests that the [[BizarreBabyBoom Dayout babies]], who resemble neither their mothers nor their fathers nor any known race, would have been undoubtedly identified as changelings in the past, though modern science has no word for them. He notes:
-->"The idea of the changeling therefore, far from being novel is both old, and so widely distributed that it is unlikely to have arisen, or to have persisted, without cause, and occasional support. True, one has not encountered the idea of it taking place on such a scale as this, but quantity does not, in this case, affect the quality of the event; it simply confirms it."
7th Feb '16 10:33:13 PM Chariset
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** Even today, the (spurious) link between infant vaccination and autism has shades of this trope, where parents feel that their child was perfectly healthy before science "took him away" and now caution other parents to stay vigilant.

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** Even today, the (spurious) link between infant vaccination and autism has shades of this trope, where parents feel that their child was perfectly healthy normal before science "took him away" and now caution other parents to stay vigilant.
6th Feb '16 8:02:23 PM Chariset
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** Even today, the (spurious) link between infant vaccination and autism has shades of this trope, where parents feel that their child was perfectly healthy before science "took him away" and now caution other parents to stay vigilant.
31st Jan '16 6:45:47 PM GrammarNavi
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* In TadWilliams' novel ''TheWarOfTheFlowers'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Theo is actually a changeling baby that the fairies replaced his parents' real son with, while the human child is taken to the fairy world and becomes an EnfantTerrible]].

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* In TadWilliams' Creator/TadWilliams' novel ''TheWarOfTheFlowers'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Theo is actually a changeling baby that the fairies replaced his parents' real son with, while the human child is taken to the fairy world and becomes an EnfantTerrible]].
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