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14th Sep '17 12:46:16 PM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'':
** Godzilla Junior is technically one. He was hatched from an abandoned egg and raised by first the human Azusa Gojo and then the kaiju Godzilla Senior, and he grew up to be a great hero. Moonbeam Glimmer specifically brings up the fact his parents were not married and mocks him for being a bastard.
** Godzilla Junior's brother Xenilla is also technically one. He is a clone spawned when some of Mothra Lea's mother's magic mixed with Godzilla Senior's blood. He's inherited traits from both of them. While Xenilla seemed to be a villain at first, it's revealed he's been GoodAllAlong.
** Flash Sentry's ancestor Ardent Sentry was born from a one-night stand Commander Hurricane had with a barmaid named Speedy Service. Hurricane did not know he had a daughter, and Ardent did not tell him until after she had distinguished herself as a member of the Royal Guard, so that she could prove she was a great warrior through merit instead of nepotism.
3rd Sep '17 12:04:11 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward and Alphonse Elric have their mother's surname because she never officially married their father, Van Hohenheim, despite living with him for years and sharing a house with him. Hohenheim's failure to make an "honest woman" out of Trisha Elric is in the manga because [[spoiler:he's a living, immortal Philosopher's stone, and probably doesn't actually exist [[UndeadTaxExemption in any official records]], and he was trying to keep his sons from being associated with him to keep them away from Father, who would want to use them in his plot]].
** Similarly, the anime version [[spoiler:is a near-immortal {{Body Surf}}er with a jealous and centuries old ex-lover/ex-wife looking for him, who probably wouldn't have the best intentions in mind for his new family. His latest body may or may not have had its own name and proper records, but Van Hohenheim for whatever reason didn't want to use them if it did, likely to not take any kinds of risks. (And considering that Dante later wanted Ed to be her "consort" once her plan to hijack Rose's body was complete, [[RapeAsDrama with or without his consent]] (fortunately, it didn't work), he had quite the point.)]]

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward and Alphonse Elric have their mother's surname because she never officially married their father, Van Hohenheim, despite living with him for years and sharing a house with him. Hohenheim's failure to make an "honest woman" out of Trisha Elric is in the manga and the second anime because [[spoiler:he's a living, immortal Philosopher's stone, and probably doesn't actually exist [[UndeadTaxExemption in any official records]], and he was trying to keep his sons from being associated with him to keep them away from Father, who would want to use them in his plot]].
** Similarly, the first anime version [[spoiler:is a near-immortal {{Body Surf}}er with a jealous and centuries old ex-lover/ex-wife looking for him, who probably wouldn't have the best intentions in mind for his new family. His latest body may or may not have had its own name and proper records, but Van Hohenheim for whatever reason didn't want to use them if it did, likely to not take any kinds of risks. (And considering that Dante later wanted Ed to be her "consort" once her plan to hijack Rose's body was complete, [[RapeAsDrama with or without his consent]] (fortunately, it didn't work), he had quite the point.)]]



* Tybalt from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet''. This is one of the reasons why he fights the Montagues, in fact. [[spoiler: His mom was a Capulet lady who fell victim to DeathByChildbirth... and his dad is the Montague leader ''and'' the BigBad]].
* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Kallen]] [[IllGirl Stadtfeld]] of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is the [[{{Ojou}} daughter]] of a [[DisappearedDad noble]] and his lawfully wed wife. Except that [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters Kallen]] [[PluckyGirl Kozuki's]] mother is actually [[spoiler:the house maid and her father's former lover]], but no one talks about that.

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* Tybalt from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet''. This ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' is one, and this is one of the reasons why he fights the Montagues, in fact.Montagues. [[spoiler: His mom was a Capulet lady who fell victim to DeathByChildbirth... and his dad is the Montague leader ''and'' the BigBad]].
* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Kallen]] [[IllGirl Stadtfeld]] of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is the [[{{Ojou}} daughter]] of a [[DisappearedDad noble]] and his lawfully wed wife. Except that [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters Kallen]] [[PluckyGirl Kozuki's]] mother is actually [[spoiler:the the house maid and her father's former lover]], lover, but no one talks about that.



** Giorno Giovanna, hero of the fifth part (''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Vento Aureo]]'' aka ''Golden Wind''), is one of [[BigBad Dio Brando]]'s sons. It's unlikely that Dio married any of the women he had kids with. One of his allies, Trish Una, is also an example as the daughter of [[ArcVillain Diavolo]] he had with his girlfriend.

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** Giorno Giovanna, hero of the fifth part (''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Vento Aureo]]'' aka ''Golden Wind''), is one of [[BigBad Dio Brando]]'s sons. It's unlikely that Dio married any of the women he had kids with. One of his allies, [[spoiler: Trish Una, Una]], is also an example as the daughter of [[spoiler: [[ArcVillain Diavolo]] he had with ]] and his girlfriend.girlfriend, [[spoiler: which puts her at a lot of risk since Diavolo wants to kill ''anyone'' who has seen his face, [[OffingTheOffspring Trish included]].]]



* [[spoiler: Sakuya Ookuchi]] from ''Manga/SensualPhrase''. Doubles as [[spoiler: ChildByRape.]]

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* [[spoiler: Sakuya Ookuchi]] from ''Manga/SensualPhrase''. Doubles as [[spoiler: ChildByRape.He doubles as ChildByRape: since his mother was violated by an American man.]]
3rd Sep '17 11:59:13 AM GlitteringFlowers
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There are several RealLife examples, especially in the Middle Ages, as being illegitimate offspring and excluded from inheritance, heroism was sometimes the ''only'' way to eke out a decent life. The most notable examples are: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_the_Conqueror William the Conqueror]] (previously known as "William the Bastard", King of England), [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_du_Guesclin Bertrand du Guesclin]] (Constable of France) and the half-siblings [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_Austria John of Austria]] (military commander who won [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lepanto the Battle of Lepanto]]) and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_of_Parma Margaret of Parma]] (Governor of the Netherlands, plus Duchess of Parma and Piacenza). Since this is a '''very''' controversial topic, '''no further RealLife examples, please'''. It is sufficient to say they do exist.

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There are several RealLife examples, especially in the Middle Ages, as being illegitimate offspring and excluded from inheritance, heroism was sometimes the ''only'' way to eke out a decent life. The most notable examples are: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_the_Conqueror William the Conqueror]] (previously known as "William the Bastard", King of England), [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_du_Guesclin Bertrand du Guesclin]] (Constable of France) and the half-siblings [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_Austria John of Austria]] (military commander who won [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lepanto the Battle of Lepanto]]) Lepanto]] for Spain) and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_of_Parma Margaret of Parma]] (Governor of the Netherlands, plus Duchess of Parma and Piacenza). Since this is a '''very''' controversial topic, '''no further RealLife examples, please'''. It is sufficient to say they do exist.



** In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' remake, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', one of the {{canon immigrant}}s turn out to be this: [[spoiler: Conrad the Masked Knight, aka the illegitimate son of King Lima IV of Zofia and Celica/Princess Anteze's older brother. He fully dedicates himself [[BigBrotherInstinct to protect his half-sister]] and, if he survives, becomes her (and Alm)'s advisor in the newborn Kingdom of Valentia.]]
* Two of the party members in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' are this, which the player learn later in the game: [[spoiler:Futaba Sakura, the eventual MissionControl, and Goro Akechi, a detective who initially pursues the protagonist before joining the party.]] Their situations {{Foil}} one another greatly, however: [[spoiler: Futaba's mother got pregnant virtually on a whim but took it upon herself to raise her, and she had loved her until her untimely death - Futaba's profound social anxiety, as it turns out, is the result of a power-hungry congressman falsifying her mother's testament. Goro, on the other hand, is the result of an affair between the aforementioned congressman and a mistress; said mistress was kicked to the curb when she got pregnant, and she would eventually commit suicide out of shame for conceiving Goro.]] Sadly, [[spoiler: while Futaba would eventually be HappilyAdopted by a family friend, Goro spent years being abused by the system, eventually molding him into a jaded, vain, deeply wounded BastardBastard.]]

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** In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' remake, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', one of the {{canon immigrant}}s turn out to be this: [[spoiler: Conrad the Masked Knight, aka the illegitimate son of King Lima IV of Zofia and Celica/Princess Anteze's older brother. He fully dedicates himself [[BigBrotherInstinct to protect his half-sister]] and, if he survives, becomes her (and Alm)'s advisor in the newborn Kingdom of Valentia.]]
* Two of the party members in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' are this, which the player learn later in the game: [[spoiler:Futaba Sakura, the eventual MissionControl, and Goro Akechi, a detective who initially pursues the protagonist before joining the party.]] Their situations {{Foil}} one another greatly, however: [[spoiler: Futaba's mother got pregnant virtually on a whim but took it upon herself to raise her, and she had loved her until her untimely death - Futaba's profound social anxiety, as it turns out, is the result of a power-hungry congressman falsifying her mother's testament. Goro, on the other hand, is the result of an affair between the aforementioned congressman and a mistress; said mistress was kicked to the curb when she got pregnant, and she would eventually commit suicide out of shame for conceiving Goro.]] Sadly, [[spoiler: while Futaba would eventually be HappilyAdopted by a family friend, friend (the protagonist's guardian, Soujiro Sakura), Goro spent years being abused by the system, eventually molding him into a jaded, vain, deeply wounded BastardBastard.]]


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* One of the love interests in ''[[VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow]]'' is the illegitimate son of a rich man and his mistress. [[spoiler: It's Yuzuki Hirano, the local PrincelyYoungMan; his HeManWomanHater tendences come from his resentment at his prostitute mother for leaving him. For worse, while his father and half-brothers love him deeply, [[SonOfAWhore Yuzuki]] is loathed by the rest of the Hirano clan and the rich people of Nagasaki for his "filthy" origins.]]
29th Aug '17 7:02:57 PM nombretomado
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* Alexander Hamilton of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' is repeatedly described as "a bastard orphan." This is true of [[AlexanderHamilton the real-life founding-father]] as well; Alexander's mother Rachel Lavien was unable to get a divorce from her first husband, so her second marriage, to James Hamilton could never be legitimized. James eventually left the family when Alexander was 10 years old.

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* Alexander Hamilton of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' is repeatedly described as "a bastard orphan." This is true of [[AlexanderHamilton [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton the real-life founding-father]] as well; Alexander's mother Rachel Lavien was unable to get a divorce from her first husband, so her second marriage, to James Hamilton could never be legitimized. James eventually left the family when Alexander was 10 years old.
1st Aug '17 3:24:06 AM FoxBluereaver
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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', it's all but stated that Ash is illegitimate, which is later confirmed in [[ExpandedUniverse a later sidestory]].

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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', it's all but stated that Ash is illegitimate, which is later confirmed in [[ExpandedUniverse a later sidestory]].sidestory]]. [[spoiler: And the story strongly implies that he's just one of many, perhaps in the ''hundreds'']].
14th Jul '17 11:43:01 PM Fireblood
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* BigGood John Connor of the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise, whose time-travelling father was killed shortly after conceiving him. [[spoiler: [[StableTimeLoop Which motivates him to send said father back in time to save/create him in the first place.]] ]]

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* BigGood John Connor of the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise, whose time-travelling time-traveling father was killed shortly after conceiving him. [[spoiler: [[StableTimeLoop Which motivates him to send said father back in time to save/create him in the first place.]] ]]


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* ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'': Balian, in contrast with the real man being somewhat less heroic, plus legitimate and a nobleman.
13th Jul '17 4:49:25 PM OrangenChan
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** There's a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] with [[spoiler:Lissa]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. She's definitely on the heroes' side, and she ''feared'' that she was illegitimate for a long time due to [[spoiler:lacking the brand of the Exalt that her older siblings, Chrom and Emmeryn, have]]. She's proven to be legitimate by [[spoiler:her son Owain having the mark]], though.
12th Jul '17 3:22:21 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', it's all but stated that Ash is illegitimate, which is later confirmed in [[ExpandedUniverse a later sidestory.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', it's all but stated that Ash is illegitimate, which is later confirmed in [[ExpandedUniverse a later sidestory.]]sidestory]].
* ''FanFic/ThePalaververse'': Princess Celestia herself, having been born as the result of an extramarital relationship between a pegasus noble and an earth pony farmer mare. Luna, technically Celestia’s half-sister, was born later after said pegasus noble returned home and married.
12th Jul '17 10:27:02 AM Zaptech
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** It turns out that Jon Snow is [[spoiler: a subversion. He's not a bastard son, but the legitimate child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, thus having a claim to both the North and the South]].
4th Jul '17 8:36:12 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* On of the important reveals of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is that [[spoiler:King Cailan]] had an illegitimate half-brother, namely [[TheSnarkKnight Alistair]], one of the few [[LawfulGood unambiguously heroic]] characters in the game.

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* On ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
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of the important reveals of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is that [[spoiler:King Cailan]] had an illegitimate half-brother, namely [[TheSnarkKnight Alistair]], one of the few [[LawfulGood unambiguously heroic]] characters in the game.



* [[Characters/DeadOrAlive Ayane]] of the game ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' is the product of Kasumi's mother being raped.

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* [[Characters/DeadOrAlive Ayane]] Ayane of the game ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' is the product of Kasumi's mother being raped.
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