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21st Mar '16 9:12:01 AM Eievie
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* In the backstory of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', [[TheHero Rosette]] constantly dragged her brother, [[IllGirl Joshua]], out to play in the forest near the orphanage where they lived because she was afraid that Father Remington would split them up by taking Joshua to the Magdalene Order and leave her behind. Joshua himself wasn't quite as bothered by the idea of having to split up with Rosette, because he wanted to learn how to control his healing powers. Additionally, his powers didn't heal himself-- he was often sickly and was afraid of Rosette having to put her life on hold to take care of him.

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* In the backstory of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', [[TheHero Rosette]] constantly dragged her brother, [[IllGirl Joshua]], out to play in the forest near the orphanage where they lived because she was afraid that Father Remington would split them up by taking Joshua to the Magdalene Order and leave her behind. Joshua himself wasn't quite as bothered by the idea of having to split up with Rosette, because he wanted to learn how to control his healing powers. Additionally, his powers didn't heal himself-- he himself--he was often sickly and was afraid of Rosette having to put her life on hold to take care of him.



* The siblings from ''Anime/MazeMegaburstSpace'' who takes their desire NOT to be split up to quite a... unique solution

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* The siblings from ''Anime/MazeMegaburstSpace'' who takes their desire NOT '''not''' to be split up to quite a... unique solution



-->Nothing but death can keep me from it! - Nettie, promising to write

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-->Nothing but death can keep me from it! - Nettie, it!--Nettie, promising to write



** In ''Lily Alone'', a young girl and her toddler-aged siblings are left alone at home when their mother goes on holiday and the appointed babysitter does not show up. The heroine fears that they will be taken into care and separated, so decides to hide out in the woods with the children so that Social Services can't check up on them. [[spoiler:Ultimately, they ''are'' taken into care and separated - but it's shown that the children all still have contact with each other and that their mother will have a fair chance of getting custody back when she's released from prison for neglect.]]
** In ''Lola Rose'' by the same author, Lola is forced to take care of her younger brother alone while their mother goes into hospital for breast cancer surgery - she is afraid to let anyone find out in case she and her brother are taken into care and separated. [[spoiler:She eventually gets help when she is able to trace their aunt.]]

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** In ''Lily Alone'', a young girl and her toddler-aged siblings are left alone at home when their mother goes on holiday and the appointed babysitter does not show up. The heroine fears that they will be taken into care and separated, so decides to hide out in the woods with the children so that Social Services can't check up on them. [[spoiler:Ultimately, they ''are'' taken into care and separated - but separated--but it's shown that the children all still have contact with each other and that their mother will have a fair chance of getting custody back when she's released from prison for neglect.]]
** In ''Lola Rose'' by the same author, Lola is forced to take care of her younger brother alone while their mother goes into hospital for breast cancer surgery - she surgery--she is afraid to let anyone find out in case she and her brother are taken into care and separated. [[spoiler:She eventually gets help when she is able to trace their aunt.]]



* One of ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' mystery specials was based around the girls undertaking work experience at a local shopping mall. They eventually discover that mysterious thefts from the mall were committed by three children, who have been secretly living there since their mother went into hospital - they are afraid of being separated by the local authorities.

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* One of ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' mystery specials was based around the girls undertaking work experience at a local shopping mall. They eventually discover that mysterious thefts from the mall were committed by three children, who have been secretly living there since their mother went into hospital - they hospital--they are afraid of being separated by the local authorities.



* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' takes place six months after Tash and Zak Arranda lost their families on Alderaan. Tash, being the more responsible sibling, develops separation anxiety and a fear of abandonment. She swore to herself that she would never lose anyone else like that, and whenever she's apart from her brother for too long she starts to worry that something's happened to him - with good reason! [[OrphansOrdeal Horrible things are constantly happening to both of them]]! She reacts very negatively to even suggestions of a more permanent parting.

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* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' takes place six months after Tash and Zak Arranda lost their families on Alderaan. Tash, being the more responsible sibling, develops separation anxiety and a fear of abandonment. She swore to herself that she would never lose anyone else like that, and whenever she's apart from her brother for too long she starts to worry that something's happened to him - with him--with good reason! [[OrphansOrdeal Horrible things are constantly happening to both of them]]! She reacts very negatively to even suggestions of a more permanent parting.



* ''Literature/{{Forbidden}}'': Staying together is the most important thing in the world to the five Whitely siblings. Five years ago, their father [[DisappearedDad abandoned them]], and their mother steadily became more and more [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]]. The eldest two were [[PromotionToParent promoted to parents]] for the younger three, and have been working ever since then to keep the family off the radar of social services, who would split them up.



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23rd Jan '16 6:43:55 AM talltalltree
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** In ''Lily Alone'', a young girl and her toddler-aged siblings are left alone at home when their mother goes on holiday and the appointed babysitter does not show up. The heroine fears that they will be taken into care and separated, so decides to hide out in the woods with the children so that Social Services can't check up on them.

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** In ''Lily Alone'', a young girl and her toddler-aged siblings are left alone at home when their mother goes on holiday and the appointed babysitter does not show up. The heroine fears that they will be taken into care and separated, so decides to hide out in the woods with the children so that Social Services can't check up on them. [[spoiler:Ultimately, they ''are'' taken into care and separated - but it's shown that the children all still have contact with each other and that their mother will have a fair chance of getting custody back when she's released from prison for neglect.]]


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* One episode of ''Series/SilentWitness'' was based around a social worker dealing with three child protection cases: one of which involves two young girls taken into care after suspected abuse by their stepfather. When their [[KnightTemplarBigBrother older brother]] finds out about this after his release from juvenile detention, he begins taking increasingly desperate steps to reunite the family.
12th Jan '16 6:02:05 AM JaywalkersNeverProsper
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* Lotte and Luise in Erich Kästner's ''Literature/LottieAndLisa'' were too young to do this the first time they were separated, but once they are reunited and find out about each other, it's their greatest wish to stay together as a family.
24th Nov '15 1:00:28 PM merotoker
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* In the "Quantum Quest" story arc of ''Comicbook/CaptainAtom'', it is revealed that Cap's sister didn't want social services to discover that their mother was an abusive, neglectful drunk because she was afraid that if she and Nate were put in foster care, they would be separated. [[PromotionToParent So even though she was only nine years old, she had to take care of both of them]]. [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse It Got Worse]]]].

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* In the "Quantum Quest" story arc of ''Comicbook/CaptainAtom'', it is revealed that Cap's sister didn't want social services to discover that their mother was an abusive, neglectful drunk because she was afraid that if she and Nate were put in foster care, they would be separated. [[PromotionToParent So even though she was only nine years old, she had to take care of both of them]]. [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse It Got Worse]]]].Worse.]]]]



* In both versions of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' the girls don't want to be separated once they've found each other.
** Of course, this is a subversion, since the girls had already been split up before the movie began, and now they're trying to make sure they don't get separated again.
* ''Film/SavingSarahCain''

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* In both versions of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' the girls don't want to be separated once they've found each other.
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other. Of course, this is a subversion, since the girls had already been split up before the movie began, and now they're trying to make sure they don't get separated again.
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* This is used very effectively in ''Film/HotelForDogs''.
* ''Film/NannyMcPhee'' had Christianna nearly taken by their mother's aunt, Lady Adelaide Stitch, so as to better provide for her.
** The threat of this happening to ''all'' the children is what drives Mr Brown to try to marry any woman, even if she's horrible. The only way he can provide for his large family is an allowance sent by Aunt Adelaide, and she sets the condition that she'll only continue to provide if he marries by the end of the month. Mr Brown is well aware of what will happen if the family is split up: [[AdultFear the younger children will go to orphanages or foster homes, while the older ones will be sent to work in factories, with who-knows-what happening to baby Agatha]].

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* ''Film/NannyMcPhee'' had Christianna nearly taken by their mother's aunt, Lady Adelaide Stitch, so as to better provide for her.
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her. The threat of this happening to ''all'' the children is what drives Mr Brown to try to marry any woman, even if she's horrible. The only way he can provide for his large family is an allowance sent by Aunt Adelaide, and she sets the condition that she'll only continue to provide if he marries by the end of the month. Mr Brown is well aware of what will happen if the family is split up: [[AdultFear the younger children will go to orphanages or foster homes, while the older ones will be sent to work in factories, with who-knows-what happening to baby Agatha]].



* In the ''{{American Girl|sCollection}}'' Samantha books, when Nellie's parents die, Samantha helps her and her siblings run away from the orphanage and smuggles them into her (Samantha's) attic so that they'll be able to stay together.
*** The problem is solved when [[spoiler:Samantha's aunt and uncle adopt them.]]

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* In the ''{{American ''Franchise/{{American Girl|sCollection}}'' Samantha books, when Nellie's parents die, Samantha helps her and her siblings run away from the orphanage and smuggles them into her (Samantha's) attic so that they'll be able to stay together.
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together. The problem is solved when [[spoiler:Samantha's aunt and uncle adopt them.]]them]].



* Joan Lowery Nixons ''Orphan Train'' books are about six siblings sent to Missouri by their mother and divided between four families. They all eventually end up in happy families, with only one child going to live with their mother when she moves out west and remarries.

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* Joan Lowery Nixons Nixon's ''Orphan Train'' books are about six siblings sent to Missouri by their mother and divided between four families. They all eventually end up in happy families, with only one child going to live with their mother when she moves out west and remarries.



* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', [[MadeASlave When Lord Bern buys Caspian]], Lucy begs him not to split up the group, but he tells her he can't afford them all.

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* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', [[MadeASlave When when Lord Bern buys Caspian]], Lucy begs him not to split up the group, but he tells her he can't afford them all.



* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'': Toward the end of Season 14, the episode "The Sound of Sadness" saw a dirt farmer (Jack Albertson, of ''Series/ChicoAndTheMan'' fame) make an ultimately successful attempt to adopt two orphaned brothers. Before the adoption takes place, the requisite drama sees numerous families want to adopt the older, stronger of the two boys, but not the younger one, a tiny boy who has multiple disabilities, including muteness. Griff King (Tim Matheson in an early TV role) played an influential role in swaying the hard-nosed adoption director's initial decision to split the boys up.

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* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'': Toward the end of Season 14, the episode "The Sound of Sadness" saw a dirt farmer (Jack Albertson, of ''Series/ChicoAndTheMan'' ''Series/{{Chico and the Man}}'' fame) make an ultimately successful attempt to adopt two orphaned brothers. Before the adoption takes place, the requisite drama sees numerous families want to adopt the older, stronger of the two boys, but not the younger one, a tiny boy who has multiple disabilities, including muteness. Griff King (Tim Matheson in an early TV role) played an influential role in swaying the hard-nosed adoption director's initial decision to split the boys up.



* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Recess}}'' episode "The Biggest Trouble Ever" the gang accidentally destroys a statue and is almost sent off to seperate schools as punishment. [[EveryoneHasStandards Even Principal Prickly and Miss Finster thought this was going too far]].

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* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Recess}}'' episode "The Biggest Trouble Ever" the gang accidentally destroys a statue and is almost sent off to seperate separate schools as punishment. [[EveryoneHasStandards Even Principal Prickly and Miss Finster thought this was going too far]].



** There's a similar policy in the British military. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne and earlier conflicts, the British Army often mustered "Pals battalions": all the young men in a single town or CloseKnitCommunity would enlist together, and the army would form a platoon or unit consisting entirely of young men from a single community who had known each other their entire lives. This tradition was stopped following the disastrous Battle of the Somme in World War One, because of the devastating effect on the community back home when such a unit sustained heavy casualties. Men who enlist together (whether brothers or merely friends) are now nearly always assigned to different units.

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** There's a similar policy in the British military. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and earlier conflicts, the British Army often mustered "Pals battalions": all the young men in a single town or CloseKnitCommunity would enlist together, and the army would form a platoon or unit consisting entirely of young men from a single community who had known each other their entire lives. This tradition was stopped following the disastrous Battle of the Somme in World War One, because of the devastating effect on the community back home when such a unit sustained heavy casualties. Men who enlist together (whether brothers or merely friends) are now nearly always assigned to different units.



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3rd Oct '15 3:55:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'': Toward the end of Season 14, the episode "The Sound of Sadness" saw a dirt farmer (Jack Albertson, of ''ChicoAndTheMan'' fame) make an ultimately successful attempt to adopt two orphaned brothers. Before the adoption takes place, the requisite drama sees numerous families want to adopt the older, stronger of the two boys, but not the younger one, a tiny boy who has multiple disabilities, including muteness. Griff King (Tim Matheson in an early TV role) played an influential role in swaying the hard-nosed adoption director's initial decision to split the boys up.

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* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'': Toward the end of Season 14, the episode "The Sound of Sadness" saw a dirt farmer (Jack Albertson, of ''ChicoAndTheMan'' ''Series/ChicoAndTheMan'' fame) make an ultimately successful attempt to adopt two orphaned brothers. Before the adoption takes place, the requisite drama sees numerous families want to adopt the older, stronger of the two boys, but not the younger one, a tiny boy who has multiple disabilities, including muteness. Griff King (Tim Matheson in an early TV role) played an influential role in swaying the hard-nosed adoption director's initial decision to split the boys up.



* There was also a television series called ''OnOurOwn'', in which the eldest brother, not yet of legal age, had to crossdress and pose as an older relative so that he and his siblings wouldn't be separated.

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* There was also a television series called ''OnOurOwn'', ''Series/OnOurOwn'', in which the eldest brother, not yet of legal age, had to crossdress and pose as an older relative so that he and his siblings wouldn't be separated.
8th Jun '15 11:38:05 AM Elkhound
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*** The former custom arose from the army evolving from militias raised and trained by the local nobility/gentry; particularly in Scotland, where clan affiliation was important.
24th May '15 8:17:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SavingSarahCain''

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* ''SavingSarahCain''''Film/SavingSarahCain''



* This drives much of the plot of ''OurMothersHouse'', the mother herself has died and her seven children are determined to keep up the fiction otherwise, knowing they will be split up once Children's Services find out the truth. Their ruse works, at least for a time, [[spoiler: until their worthless father returns.]]

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* This drives much of the plot of ''OurMothersHouse'', ''Film/OurMothersHouse'', the mother herself has died and her seven children are determined to keep up the fiction otherwise, knowing they will be split up once Children's Services find out the truth. Their ruse works, at least for a time, [[spoiler: until their worthless father returns.]]



* This is used very effectively in HotelForDogs.

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* This is used very effectively in HotelForDogs.''Film/HotelForDogs''.



* ''TheColorPurple'': Nettie and Celie.

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* ''TheColorPurple'': ''Film/TheColorPurple'': Nettie and Celie.



* ''Gracie's Choice'' features a young KristinBell as a teenager trying to raise her four younger half-siblings after their mother is sent to jail. When the authorities finally catch on, there is a heart-wrenching scene where the boys and girls are split up and sent to different homes. Fortunately, Gracie later gets custody and keeps the family together.

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* ''Gracie's Choice'' features a young KristinBell Creator/KristinBell as a teenager trying to raise her four younger half-siblings after their mother is sent to jail. When the authorities finally catch on, there is a heart-wrenching scene where the boys and girls are split up and sent to different homes. Fortunately, Gracie later gets custody and keeps the family together.



* Henri and Clementa Tod in ''TheStoryOfHenriTod''. They were Jewish children in World War II and the resistance told them that they had to be sheltered separately. In this case they ''were'' split up. This gives Henri Tod a FailureKnight mentality that drives the plot.

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* Henri and Clementa Tod in ''TheStoryOfHenriTod''.''Literature/TheStoryOfHenriTod''. They were Jewish children in World War II and the resistance told them that they had to be sheltered separately. In this case they ''were'' split up. This gives Henri Tod a FailureKnight mentality that drives the plot.
26th Mar '15 4:43:54 AM Gowan
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* Played with in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': Jerin hopes he will be swapped for the brother of another family, (and not for the eponymous brother's price in money) so that he can often visit his siblings. His toddler sisters cry when they hear he is going to leave and get married. Princess Ren has a different kind of problem: Splitting the family into two groups of sisters (as has been done in the past) is not an option, as it caused a succession war back then. So, if she wants to marry, she has to get all her sisters to agree on the same husband. Even Trini, who is reluctant to marry again after the abusive late husband.
26th Feb '15 8:52:48 PM jormis29
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* Mentioned in several novels by JacquelineWilson:

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* Mentioned in several novels by JacquelineWilson:Creator/JacquelineWilson:
24th Feb '15 8:20:59 AM tropower
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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Mokuba recounts how everyone wanted to adopt Seto since he was a genius, but he refused to go without his brother. Joey and Serenity also attempt this in their backstory, but are unsuccessful.

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Mokuba Kaiba recounts how everyone wanted to adopt his brother Seto Kaiba since he was a genius, but he refused to go without his brother. him. Katsuya Jonouchi / Joey Wheeler and Shizuka Kawai / Serenity Wheeler also attempt this in their backstory, but are unsuccessful.
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