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22nd Aug '16 4:38:29 PM nombretomado
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* Stragen, a thief in David Eddings' ''[[TheElenium Elenium and Tamuli]]'' series, is the bastard son of a noble. He is initially a bit sensitive about it, but gets over it.

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* Stragen, a thief in David Eddings' ''[[TheElenium ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium and Tamuli]]'' series, is the bastard son of a noble. He is initially a bit sensitive about it, but gets over it.
21st Aug '16 10:18:47 PM Yuihime
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* Prince Amiti of Ayuthay in ''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. [[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 ''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 conceived 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 still 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.]]]]]]
20th Aug '16 5:16:58 PM nombretomado
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* Tanis Half-Elven, the leader of a band of heroes in the ''{{Dragonlance}} Saga'' novels, is the product of a Human warrior raping his Elven mother.

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* Tanis Half-Elven, the leader of a band of heroes in the ''{{Dragonlance}} ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Saga'' novels, is the product of a Human warrior raping his Elven mother.
16th Aug '16 7:56:08 AM specialsam110
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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'' ''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.
16th Aug '16 7:54:10 AM specialsam110
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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.
15th Aug '16 1:19:18 PM 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]] 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.

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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"), Bastard", King of England, England), [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_du_Guesclin Bertrand du Guesclin]], Constable Guesclin]] (Constable of France, France) and the half-siblings [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_Austria John of Austria]] and (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]].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.
5th Aug '16 11:11:20 AM Katsuhagi
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** Similarly, [[spoiler:Levi Ackerman]] is eventually revealed to be the child of his sex-worker mother and one of her mother's [[SonOfAWhore johns]], meaning his parents almost certainly weren't married, and he's one of humanity's best fighters against the Titans.
2nd Aug '16 11:49:02 AM Katsuhagi
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* Sour Cream from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is the son of FormerTeenRebel Vidalia and Greg's [[TheSvengali manipulative manager]] Marty, with whom she had a brief summer fling that resulted in his birth. He's an extremely caring and mellow young man who's nothing like his {{Jerkass}} of a biological father, who may not even know or care that he exists.

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* Sour Cream from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is the son of FormerTeenRebel Vidalia and Greg's [[TheSvengali manipulative manager]] Marty, with whom she had a brief summer fling that resulted in his birth. He's an extremely caring and mellow young man who's nothing like his {{Jerkass}} of a biological father, who may not even know or care that he exists.father.
31st Jul '16 11:56:31 AM nombretomado
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* DCComics is crawling (so to speak) with them:

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* DCComics Creator/DCComics is crawling (so to speak) with them:
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.
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