History Main / FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo

13th Jan '17 12:36:41 PM WaggishPony
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* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'': [[RememberTheNewGuy Gina]] was introduced in the show's ninth season as Donna's cousin, and caused much havoc within the group. In season 10, the audience discovered that Donna's father had an affair with Gina's mother in the 1970s, resulting in her birth, making Gina her half-sister in addition to being her cousin. Donna's father, Dr. Martin, discovered this, and was quick to accept Gina as his daughter, though [[spoiler: he later died soon after accepting her into the Martin family]].
23rd Nov '16 9:11:36 PM cherrychels
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** Similarly Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, the uncle of King Daeron II Targaryen "The Good" on both sides (due to Daeron's parents being siblings, as per Targaryen tradition) was actually his father. However many think it is more likely that King Aegon IV Targaryen "The Unworthy" began the rumors himself out of spite at his only legitimate son, as Aegon wanted to make one of his bastards heir.
** There are rumors around the Twins that Lord Walder Frey's sixth wife Anarra Farring conceived her children with Black Walder, Lord Walder's great-grandson by his first wife Perra Royce. If that's the case, it means Elmar's great-nephew is actually his father while his father is actually his great-great grandfather. Black Walder is also rumored to have had affairs with many of the women round the Twins, such as his both his brother's wives, even those who are also [[KissingCousins descended]] from Lord Walder. [[BigScrewedUpFamily As if the Frey family tree wasn't already bizarre and tangled]].

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** Similarly Similarly, Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, the uncle of King Daeron II Targaryen "The Good" on both sides (due to Daeron's parents being siblings, as per Targaryen tradition) was actually his father. However However, many think it is more likely that King Aegon IV Targaryen "The Unworthy" began the rumors himself out of spite at his only legitimate son, as Aegon wanted to make one of his bastards bastard children his heir.
** There are rumors around the Twins that Lord Walder Frey's sixth wife Anarra Farring conceived her children with Black Walder, Lord Walder's great-grandson by his first wife Perra Royce. If that's the case, it means Elmar's great-nephew is actually his father while his father is actually his great-great grandfather. Black Walder is also rumored to have had affairs with many of the women round the Twins, such as his both his brother's wives, even those who are also [[KissingCousins descended]] from Lord Walder. [[BigScrewedUpFamily As if the Frey family tree wasn't already bizarre and tangled]].tangled enough]].



** It is theorised by many fans that Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark's bastard son Jon Snow, [[spoiler:is really his sister Lyanna Stark's son with Rhaegar Targaryen, and that Ned is passing his nephew off as his son as he promised his dying sister that he would keep her son safe. Ned would rather claim Jon as his bastard (thus dishonouring himself and permanently souring relations with his new wife) than allow Robert to kill Lyanna's only child]].

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** It is theorised by many fans that Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark's bastard illegitimate son Jon Snow, Snow [[spoiler:is really his nephew, the son of his late sister Lyanna Stark's son Stark with Rhaegar Targaryen, and that Targaryen. Ned is spends the rest of his life protecting his nephew, passing his nephew him off as his own son as to keep him safe from their family's enemies and honour ThePromise he promised made to his dying sister that he would keep her son safe. Ned would rather claim sister, Lyanna. Claiming Jon as his bastard (thus dishonouring himself own illegitimate child, Ned accepts the stain on his honour and permanently souring sours relations with his new wife) than allow wife to protect Jon -- his nephew and his sister's only child -- from the fatal wrath of Robert to kill Lyanna's only child]].Baratheon]].
28th Oct '16 11:59:13 AM demonslayerkaiya
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* Occurs twice in ''Literature/TheLightbringerSeries''. The story opens with Gavin finding out he has a bastard son. However, [[spoiler: Gavin is not the real Gavin, but Gavin's brother Dazen in disguise. The real Gavin is implied to be Kip's father, making Dazen his uncle.]] Later on, [[spoiler: it is revealed that their father Andross may actually be Kip's father, making him Gaven and Dazen's half-brother]].
21st Oct '16 4:52:05 PM BreadBull
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The most typical example of the trope would be an "older sister" who is actually a mother and "parents" who are really grandparents, a situation that was frequently TruthInTelevision before premarital sex and childrearing out-of-wedlock were destigmatized. (See the RealLife section for more historical detail.) In fiction set in the past, this may still be the reason for the Switcheroo. In contemporary society, the damage done by forcing the family to lie to the child and to the outside world is generally seen as much worse than an admitted out-of-wedlock birth -- even if the child is being RaisedByGrandparents or [[{{Nephewism}} other relatives]], they will know who their birth mother is. Contemporary Switcheroos (both in real life and in fiction) are likely to be concealing a much darker and more potentially damaging family secret, such as a pregnancy caused by rape or incest.

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The most typical example of the trope would be an "older sister" who is actually a mother and "parents" who are really grandparents, a situation that was frequently TruthInTelevision before premarital sex and childrearing out-of-wedlock were destigmatized.became less taboo. (See the RealLife section for more historical detail.) In fiction set in the past, this may still be the reason for the Switcheroo. In contemporary society, the damage done by forcing the family to lie to the child and to the outside world is generally seen as much worse than an admitted out-of-wedlock birth -- even if the child is being RaisedByGrandparents or [[{{Nephewism}} other relatives]], they will know who their birth mother is. Contemporary Switcheroos (both in real life and in fiction) are likely to be concealing a much darker and more potentially damaging family secret, such as a pregnancy caused by rape or incest.
24th Sep '16 1:15:45 AM foxley
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%%* The ''Literature/AlexDelaware'' novel ''Blood Test'' by Jonathan Kellerman.

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%%* * The ''Literature/AlexDelaware'' novel ''Blood Test'' by Jonathan Kellerman.Kellerman, has this as the big reveal, with the older sister being the mother of the younger [[spoiler:and then having the same father.]]


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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Death and the Divas", it is revealed that when a younger sister had an illegitimate baby, her older married sister registered the baby as hers and raised the girl as her own.
15th Sep '16 12:19:41 PM ThatBitterTase
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* Upon the announcement of her candidacy for Vice-President of the United States in the 2008 elections, rumours began to circulate that Gov. Sarah Palin was actually the grandmother of her youngest son, and that his oldest sister was actually his mother. Subverted, as the rumours were soon proved completely unfounded. Her eldest daughter, Bristol, would later get pregnant out of wedlock, but the Palins decided to be public about it.

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* Upon the announcement of her candidacy for Vice-President of the United States in the 2008 elections, rumours began to circulate that Gov. Sarah Palin was actually the grandmother of her youngest son, and that his oldest sister was actually his mother. Subverted, as the rumours were soon proved completely unfounded.unfounded; one of the giveaways was that the boy, Trig, had Down's Syndrome, which is ''far'' more common with older mothers. Her eldest daughter, Bristol, would later get pregnant out of wedlock, but the Palins decided to be public about it.
12th Sep '16 5:37:38 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Unauthorized Obituary", Jessica discovers that the sister of the VictimOfTheWeek was really her daughter, with the mother having given birth when she was fifteen. This explains why she was so protective of her 'sister'.
8th Aug '16 9:45:41 PM Fireblood
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** Since Season 1 we have the knowledge that Jaime Lannister is actually the father of Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen, instead of their uncle due to BrotherSisterIncest.
** Like hinted in the books, [[spoiler:Season 6 confirms that Ned Stark passed Jon Snow for his bastard son instead of his nephew to conceal his Targaryen legacy from Robert Baratheon.]]

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** Since Season 1 we have the knowledge that Jaime Lannister is actually the father of Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen, instead of their uncle ([[{{Squick}} though he's also that too]]) due to BrotherSisterIncest.
** Like it's hinted in the books, [[spoiler:Season 6 confirms that Ned Stark passed Jon Snow for off as his bastard son instead of his nephew to conceal his Targaryen legacy from Robert Baratheon.]]]]
* ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'': Leila reveals to Cameron that she had an affair with Barry, who is really his father, but let Jamal think he was his.
15th Jul '16 2:37:19 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has this at the centre of one of its key reveals: [[spoiler: Peggy Carter]] wasn't [[spoiler: Alison Carter's]] older sister. She was her mother. The crucial parts, however, are the identity of the father, [[spoiler: Steve Rogers]] and what this means for [[spoiler: Alison's]] granddaughter, [[spoiler: Carol Danvers.]]
13th Jul '16 12:24:57 AM PaulA
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** In the ''Cutler'' series by the same author, Lillian discovers that her mother Georgia [[spoiler:is actually her aunt - Lillian's birth mother was Georgia's sister who died shortly after Lillian was born.]] Later, when Lillian [[spoiler:is raped and gives birth to Charlotte, the family pretends that Georgia is Charlotte's mother too.]]

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** In the ''Cutler'' ''[[Literature/CutlerSeries Cutler]]'' series by the same author, Lillian discovers that her mother Georgia [[spoiler:is actually her aunt - Lillian's birth mother was Georgia's sister who died shortly after Lillian was born.]] Later, when Lillian [[spoiler:is raped and gives birth to Charlotte, the family pretends that Georgia is Charlotte's mother too.]]



** In the ''Heaven'' series, the titular Heaven learns that her supposed step-grandfather is actually her father, thanks to him raping her mother, meaning that she isn't related at all to any of the people that she thought were her siblings. In a later book, her daughter Annie is horrified to find herself developing feelings for her half-brother Luke (the result of her father's drunken one-night with Heaven's "sister" Fanny), only to have it turn out that ''she'' is the result of her mother's own adulterous liaison, meaning she and Luke aren't related at all.
** The ''Dollanganger'' series reveals that [[spoiler:Chris Sr's mother Alicia was raped by his older half-brother Malcolm, leading to the birth of Corrine. Therefore, while Chris Sr and Corrine married believing themselves to be "only" uncle and niece, they were in fact brother and sister.]]
** In the ''Logan'' series, Melody Logan's mother Haille was raised as the adoptive daughter of Olivia and Samuel Logan, but [[spoiler:her biological mother turns out to be Olivia's sister Belinda.]] This also means that [[spoiler: Melody and Cary are second cousins rather than first cousins, paving the way for them to marry.]]
** In ''My Sweet Audrina'', Vera is revealed to be Audrina's half-sister as well as her cousin, due to Damion Adare having an affair with Vera's mother.

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** In the ''Heaven'' ''[[Literature/TheCasteelSeries Casteel]]'' series, the titular Heaven Casteel learns that her supposed step-grandfather is actually her father, thanks to him raping her mother, meaning that she isn't related at all to any of the people that she thought were her siblings. In a later book, her daughter Annie is horrified to find herself developing feelings for her half-brother Luke (the result of her father's drunken one-night with Heaven's "sister" Fanny), only to have it turn out that ''she'' is the result of her mother's own adulterous liaison, meaning she and Luke aren't related at all.
** The ''Dollanganger'' ''[[Literature/DollangangerSeries Dollanganger]]'' series reveals that [[spoiler:Chris Sr's mother Alicia was raped by his older half-brother Malcolm, leading to the birth of Corrine. Therefore, while Chris Sr and Corrine married believing themselves to be "only" uncle and niece, they were in fact brother and sister.]]
** In the ''Logan'' ''[[Literature/LoganSeries Logan]]'' series, Melody Logan's mother Haille was raised as the adoptive daughter of Olivia and Samuel Logan, but [[spoiler:her biological mother turns out to be Olivia's sister Belinda.]] This also means that [[spoiler: Melody and Cary are second cousins rather than first cousins, paving the way for them to marry.]]
** In ''My Sweet Audrina'', ''Literature/MySweetAudrina'', Vera is revealed to be Audrina's half-sister as well as her cousin, due to Damion Adare having an affair with Vera's mother.
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