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28th Jun '16 10:58:40 PM Morgenthaler
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* The titular hero in Bernard Cornwell's ''{{Sharpe}}'' series is the son of a prostitute and an unknown man.

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* The titular hero in Bernard Cornwell's ''{{Sharpe}}'' ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' series is the son of a prostitute and an unknown man.



* Alan Campbell's ''DeepgateCodex'' books have [[spoiler:Carnival, born from the rape of her mortal mother by Ulcis. (GodIsEvil much?) FromBadToWorse from there]].

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* Alan Campbell's ''DeepgateCodex'' ''Literature/DeepgateCodex'' books have [[spoiler:Carnival, born from the rape of her mortal mother by Ulcis. (GodIsEvil much?) FromBadToWorse from there]].



* Apropos in the ''SirAproposOfNothing'' series was the son of a prostitute who was gang-raped by a bunch of knights [[spoiler:and the King's jester]].
* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/{{Chalion}} world, one of the [[CrystalDragonJesus five gods]] is the Bastard, god of the unseason, who give shelter to those who have none and provides friends to the friendless and justice to those who cannot find it.
* Literature/{{Discworld}}'s King Verence... sort of. He's not really TheHero as much as a secondary protagonist. Verence becomes king after his half-brother [=TomJon=], the child of the last ruler, decides to be an actor. He was made king thanks to the fact that Verence and [=TomJon=] have a strong resemblance to each other and the previous king had a habit of [exercising his droit de seigneur. Granny Weatherwax decided this was close enough and made him king. Subverted however in [[spoiler: the previous king's wife had a thing for the previous court jester, Verence's father]].

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* Apropos in the ''SirAproposOfNothing'' ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing'' series was the son of a prostitute who was gang-raped by a bunch of knights [[spoiler:and the King's jester]].
* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/{{Chalion}} Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/{{Chalion}}'' world, one of the [[CrystalDragonJesus five gods]] is the Bastard, god of the unseason, who give shelter to those who have none and provides friends to the friendless and justice to those who cannot find it.
* Literature/{{Discworld}}'s ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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King Verence... sort of. He's not really TheHero as much as a secondary protagonist. Verence becomes king after his half-brother [=TomJon=], the child of the last ruler, decides to be an actor. He was made king thanks to the fact that Verence and [=TomJon=] have a strong resemblance to each other and the previous king had a habit of [exercising his droit de seigneur. Granny Weatherwax decided this was close enough and made him king. Subverted however in [[spoiler: the previous king's wife had a thing for the previous court jester, Verence's father]].



* Both Cat and Bones from the Literature/NightHuntress series. Cat is the product of rape, and she and her mother are both shunned by their small town for her out-of-wedlock birth. Bones is both a bastard and the SonOfAWhore. They [[BattleCouple team up]] to kill evil vampires and rescue the human victims.
* Technically, Kvothe of ''TheNameOfTheWind'' actually ''is'' a bastard; his parents were never formally married, though they lived as a couple.
* Jiaan in the FarsalaTrilogy is the bastard child of a Farsalan war leader and later takes his place, though with no one's consent.

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* Both Cat and Bones from the Literature/NightHuntress ''Literature/NightHuntress'' series. Cat is the product of rape, and she and her mother are both shunned by their small town for her out-of-wedlock birth. Bones is both a bastard and the SonOfAWhore. They [[BattleCouple team up]] to kill evil vampires and rescue the human victims.
* Technically, Kvothe of ''TheNameOfTheWind'' ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' actually ''is'' a bastard; his parents were never formally married, though they lived as a couple.
* Jiaan in the FarsalaTrilogy ''Literature/FarsalaTrilogy'' is the bastard child of a Farsalan war leader and later takes his place, though with no one's consent.
18th Jun '16 1:07:27 PM StarSword
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* In ''Fanfic/PeaceForgedInFire'' Morgan t'Thavrau mentions that her mother never told her who her father was, although given that Iliana t'Thavrau was an admin aide at the Romulan Imperial Senate, "I suspect she was sparing a ''deihu'''s[[labelnote:*]]"senator", literally "elder"[[/labelnote]] ''mnhei'sahe''[[labelnote:*]]the Romulan concept of honor[[/labelnote]]." (The Romulans as written by Creator/DianeDuane hold saving and maintaining face as an important cultural aspect.) It's confirmed later, in "Fanfic/HeisheRinanoai", that her father was [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E19InThePaleMoonlight Merken tr'Vreenak]], [[YourCheatingHeart who was married at the time she was conceived]].

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* In ''Fanfic/PeaceForgedInFire'' Morgan t'Thavrau mentions that her mother never told her who her father was, although given that Iliana t'Thavrau was an admin aide at the Romulan Imperial Senate, "I suspect she was sparing a ''deihu'''s[[labelnote:*]]"senator", literally "elder"[[/labelnote]] ''mnhei'sahe''[[labelnote:*]]the Romulan concept of honor[[/labelnote]]." (The Romulans as written by Creator/DianeDuane hold saving and maintaining face as an important cultural aspect.) It's confirmed later, in "Fanfic/HeisheRinanoai", "Fanfic/HeisheRinanovai", that her father was [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E19InThePaleMoonlight Merken tr'Vreenak]], [[YourCheatingHeart who was married at the time she was conceived]].
18th Jun '16 1:07:08 PM StarSword
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* In ''Fanfic/PeaceForgedInFire'' Morgan t'Thavrau mentions that her mother never told her who her father was, although given that Iliana t'Thavrau was an admin aide at the Romulan Imperial Senate, "I suspect she was sparing a ''deihu'''s[[labelnote:*]]"senator", literally "elder"[[/labelnote]] ''mnhei'sahe''[[labelnote:*]]the Romulan concept of honor[[/labelnote]]." (The Romulans as written by Creator/DianeDuane hold saving and maintaining face as an important cultural aspect.) There's hints dropped in other stories such as "Fanfic/FlaihhsamSSpahkh" that it was Vreenak from "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E19InThePaleMoonlight In the Pale Moonlight]]", and the same story also mentions that Iliana and her aunt, the head of House Thavrau and a senator herself, weren't on the best of terms after Iliana mysteriously turned up pregnant.

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* In ''Fanfic/PeaceForgedInFire'' Morgan t'Thavrau mentions that her mother never told her who her father was, although given that Iliana t'Thavrau was an admin aide at the Romulan Imperial Senate, "I suspect she was sparing a ''deihu'''s[[labelnote:*]]"senator", literally "elder"[[/labelnote]] ''mnhei'sahe''[[labelnote:*]]the Romulan concept of honor[[/labelnote]]." (The Romulans as written by Creator/DianeDuane hold saving and maintaining face as an important cultural aspect.) There's hints dropped It's confirmed later, in other stories such as "Fanfic/FlaihhsamSSpahkh" "Fanfic/HeisheRinanoai", that it her father was Vreenak from "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E19InThePaleMoonlight In [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E19InThePaleMoonlight Merken tr'Vreenak]], [[YourCheatingHeart who was married at the Pale Moonlight]]", and the same story also mentions that Iliana and her aunt, the head of House Thavrau and a senator herself, weren't on the best of terms after Iliana mysteriously turned up pregnant.time she was conceived]].
15th Jun '16 8:36:43 PM nombretomado
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* Tzigone, one of the central protagonists of ''CounselorsAndKings'' is the bastard daughter of the renegade wizardess Keturah [[spoiler: and King Zalathorm of Halruaa]]. She's very determined to keep this from coming out, however, since Halruaa's laws regarding marriage and procreation are draconian and a wizard's bastard is executed out of hand if both parents can't be named. [[spoiler: In the end, Zalathorm acknowledges Tzigone as his daughter and marries Keturah, giving Tzigone a proper family for the first time in her life- and also making her Princess of Halruaa, much to her consternation]].
* The title character of ''{{Candide}}'' is one of the nicest guys in the story. He also happens to be illegitimate (his mother refused to marry his father because "he could produce no more than seventy-one quarterings in his arms"). Despite how little legitimacy matters to the events of the book, Cunegonde's brother refuses to allow her to marry so far below her. He never lets up on this tiring belief, even after Candide bought him out of slavery.
* Emily Roland from ''{{Temeraire}}'' is and it's more common than not for women in the Air Corp to have children out of wedlock. The point that keeps coming up in the story is that no, she's not ''Laurence's'' bastard[[note]]her mom did not meet Laurence, or talk him into bed, until Emily was eight[[/note]].

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* Tzigone, one of the central protagonists of ''CounselorsAndKings'' ''Literature/CounselorsAndKings'' is the bastard daughter of the renegade wizardess Keturah [[spoiler: and King Zalathorm of Halruaa]]. She's very determined to keep this from coming out, however, since Halruaa's laws regarding marriage and procreation are draconian and a wizard's bastard is executed out of hand if both parents can't be named. [[spoiler: In the end, Zalathorm acknowledges Tzigone as his daughter and marries Keturah, giving Tzigone a proper family for the first time in her life- and also making her Princess of Halruaa, much to her consternation]].
* The title character of ''{{Candide}}'' ''Literature/{{Candide}}'' is one of the nicest guys in the story. He also happens to be illegitimate (his mother refused to marry his father because "he could produce no more than seventy-one quarterings in his arms"). Despite how little legitimacy matters to the events of the book, Cunegonde's brother refuses to allow her to marry so far below her. He never lets up on this tiring belief, even after Candide bought him out of slavery.
* Emily Roland from ''{{Temeraire}}'' ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' is and it's more common than not for women in the Air Corp to have children out of wedlock. The point that keeps coming up in the story is that no, she's not ''Laurence's'' bastard[[note]]her mom did not meet Laurence, or talk him into bed, until Emily was eight[[/note]].



* The main character of ''{{Inheritance}}'', Eragon, is one, the son of Selena and [[spoiler: Brom]]. One could argue that this applies to all Elves, as they don't marry.

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* The main character of ''{{Inheritance}}'', ''Literature/{{Inheritance}}'', Eragon, is one, the son of Selena and [[spoiler: Brom]]. One could argue that this applies to all Elves, as they don't marry.
11th Jun '16 6:31:29 PM nombretomado
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* Speaking of Fitzroys, the vampire protagonist of TanyaHuff's ''Literature/BloodBooks'' series is one Henry Fitzroy, the bastard son of King Henry VIII. He's also heroic.

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* Speaking of Fitzroys, the vampire protagonist of TanyaHuff's Creator/TanyaHuff's ''Literature/BloodBooks'' series is one Henry Fitzroy, the bastard son of King Henry VIII. He's also heroic.
11th Jun '16 3:54:30 PM nombretomado
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* Like the ''SwordOfTruth'' books, in ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' series, Richard finds out that he was adopted. However, the series changes who his real father is ([[spoiler:Panis Rahl instead of his son Darken Rahl]]) and the means of conception ([[spoiler:BedTrick instead of a forcible rape]]). In fact, it was actually a XanatosGambit by [[spoiler:Panis Rahl]] to merge two powerful magical bloodlines ([[spoiler:Rahl and Zorander]]) and sire an heir to fight [[spoiler:Darken Rahl]].

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* Like the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' books, in ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' series, Richard finds out that he was adopted. However, the series changes who his real father is ([[spoiler:Panis Rahl instead of his son Darken Rahl]]) and the means of conception ([[spoiler:BedTrick instead of a forcible rape]]). In fact, it was actually a XanatosGambit by [[spoiler:Panis Rahl]] to merge two powerful magical bloodlines ([[spoiler:Rahl and Zorander]]) and sire an heir to fight [[spoiler:Darken Rahl]].
11th Jun '16 6:38:52 AM Prfnoff
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* Prince Amiti of Ayuthay in ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' was raised believing his late mother was a powerful Mercury Adept who restored the lost {{Magitek}} beneath the palace and [[AWizardDidIt concieved him by a miracle]]. Once the player characters show up, the truth comes out-- Amiti's mother, a non-Adept, concieved him the natural way, with a foreign Adept who had started the machine and whose face no one else saw. It's implied the lie was to protect the royal family's reputation, but Amiti is quite upset that he was the last to know.
** [[spoiler: It's rather unsubtly indicated that Amiti's father is [[HiddenAgendaVillain Alex]]. [[WildMassGuessing Fans debate the implications of this.]]]]

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* Prince Amiti of Ayuthay in ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' was raised believing his late mother was a powerful Mercury Adept who restored the lost {{Magitek}} beneath the palace and [[AWizardDidIt concieved him by a miracle]]. Once the player characters show up, the truth comes out-- Amiti's mother, a non-Adept, concieved him the natural way, with a foreign Adept who had started the machine and whose face no one else saw. It's implied the lie was to protect the royal family's reputation, but Amiti is quite upset that he was the last to know.
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know. [[spoiler: It's rather unsubtly indicated that Amiti's father is [[HiddenAgendaVillain Alex]]. [[WildMassGuessing Fans debate the implications of this.]]]]
6th Jun '16 11:05:58 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]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_of_Parma Margaret of Parma]]. 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]], Austria]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_of_Parma Margaret of Parma]]. Since this is a '''very''' controversial topic, '''no further RealLife examples, please'''. It is sufficient to say they do exist.
6th Jun '16 11:05:42 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 William the Conqueror (previously known as "William the Bastard"), King of England, and Bertrand du Guesclin, Constable of France. 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 are: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_the_Conqueror William the Conqueror Conqueror]] (previously known as "William the Bastard"), King of England, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_du_Guesclin Bertrand du Guesclin, Guesclin]], Constable of France.France, and the half-siblings [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_Austria John of Austria]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_of_Parma Margaret of Parma]]. Since this is a '''very''' controversial topic, '''no further RealLife examples, please'''. It is sufficient to say they do exist.
30th May '16 4:58:29 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Daine in TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TheImmortals'' series is illegitimate, hence her [[strike:patronymic]] matronymic is "Sarrasri" from her mother. Turns out that her father [[spoiler: is really Weiryn, the God of the Hunt,]] though she doesn't find this out until the last book.

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* Daine in TamoraPierce's Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TheImmortals'' series is illegitimate, hence her [[strike:patronymic]] matronymic is "Sarrasri" from her mother. Turns out that her father [[spoiler: is really Weiryn, the God of the Hunt,]] though she doesn't find this out until the last book.
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