History Main / FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo

23rd Mar '17 2:44:50 PM gb00393
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** Like it's hinted in the books, [[spoiler:Season 6 confirms that Ned Stark passed Jon Snow off as his bastard son instead of his nephew to conceal his Targaryen legacy from Robert Baratheon.]]

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** Like it's hinted in the books, [[spoiler:Season 6 confirms that Ned Stark passed Jon Snow off as his bastard son instead of his nephew (Jon being his late sister's son) to conceal his Targaryen legacy from Robert Baratheon.]]
13th Mar '17 9:26:07 PM FF32
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* The FirstEpisodeSpoiler for ''Series/AndiMack'' is that Andi's "sister" Bex is really her mother.
9th Mar '17 12:34:24 AM Nakuyabi
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* ''Literature/WeCantRewind'': Mostly back story, but Don grimly notes that being "a grandmother not yet turned thirty" made it pretty easy for Denise's mother to pose as Jaymee's mother too. [[spoiler: Later on, due to a FreakyFridayFlip, Don and Denise are easily able to pass themselves off as the family's children and pass their actual children Jackie and Jaymee off as their parents while getting them married to each other. When Jaymee in her mother's body gives birth to little Jubilee, they decide rather than try to sort out the complicated disparities between her biological and emotional relation to them, they'll just think of her as the ''whole family's'' daughter and raise her together accordingly.]]
2nd Mar '17 9:31:32 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''Series/{{Patriot}}'', Efram is Edward's biological son, but has been raised to think of Edward as a Big Brother-type mentor, because Edward is a Senator and might lose his job if people found out that he had a kid out of wedlock.
11th Feb '17 2:39:24 PM JordanTH
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** Averted with Rose: Mom Lalonde IS her genetic mother. ]]
** And then [[spoiler:after the scratch, we have the original kids swapped with their genetic parents. Jane Crocker was raised by Dad, who is now her genetic grandson. Jake was adopted by his genetic daughter, Jade, who called herself his grandmother. Dirk and Roxy refer to their genetic son and daughter respectively as older brother and mother. [[TimeTravel Time]] [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] [[TimeParadox shenanigans]].]]

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** Averted with Rose: Mom Lalonde IS her genetic mother. ]]
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** And then [[spoiler:after the scratch, we have the original kids swapped with their genetic parents. Jane Crocker was raised by Dad, who is now her [[TangledFamilyTree whose exact genetic grandson.relation to her is unclear]]. Jake was adopted by his genetic daughter, Jade, who called herself his grandmother. Dirk and Roxy refer to their genetic son and daughter respectively as older brother and mother. [[TimeTravel Time]] [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] [[TimeParadox shenanigans]].]]
26th Jan '17 4:41:43 AM VicGeorge2011
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* In ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', Empath was left in the dark until his 150th birthday that he was actually Papa Smurf's only biological son, while Brainy himself grew up thinking that he was Papa Smurf's only biological son. (He turned out to be Empath's half-brother through the same mother.)
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.
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