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20th May '17 1:19:35 AM Argon2
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* Not everyone in ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'''s Yotsuba Clan is evil as such, but they all share a certain pragmatism. Heroic Yotsuba such as Miyuki 'only' torture their enemies to get information. Villainous Yotsuba MindRape children and make {{Tykebombs}} out of whatever is left over. This is the main reason the clan hasn't fractured yet; its members all recognize and fear their similarities.
1st May '17 6:10:41 PM Caswin
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* SherlockHolmes speculates that the reason Colonel Moran from "The Adventure of the Empty House" started out as a fine, upstanding soldier of the Empire and then suddenly joined the Moriarty gang might be because "the individual represents in his development the whole procession of his ancestors, and that such a sudden turn to good or evil stands for some strong influence which came into the line of his pedigree. The person becomes, as it were, the epitome of the history of his own family." Watson calls this "rather fanciful".

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* SherlockHolmes speculates that the reason Colonel Moran from "The Adventure of the Empty House" started out as a fine, upstanding soldier of the Empire and then suddenly joined the Moriarty gang might be because "the individual represents in his development the whole procession of his ancestors, and that such a sudden turn to good or evil stands for some strong influence which came into the line of his pedigree. The person becomes, as it were, the epitome of the history of his own family." Watson calls this "rather fanciful".fanciful", to which Holmes admits that he doesn't "insist" on it.
8th Apr '17 1:02:58 PM nombretomado
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* Played straight in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series, where certain species are [[AlwaysChaoticEvil always designated]] as "good" or "bad." Even when a ferret (one of the "vermin" species) named Veil is raised from infancy in the abbey, he ultimately turns out to be evil. "The goodies are good and the baddies are BAD, no grey areas." (Weirdly, cats are one of the few species that's an exception to this rule, being good or evil -- in a series where mice are the standard heroes.) There are occasional exceptions, with good-aligned "vermin species" or evil-aligned "good species" but they are few and far between.

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* Played straight in the ''{{Redwall}}'' ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' series, where certain species are [[AlwaysChaoticEvil always designated]] as "good" or "bad." Even when a ferret (one of the "vermin" species) named Veil is raised from infancy in the abbey, he ultimately turns out to be evil. "The goodies are good and the baddies are BAD, no grey areas." (Weirdly, cats are one of the few species that's an exception to this rule, being good or evil -- in a series where mice are the standard heroes.) There are occasional exceptions, with good-aligned "vermin species" or evil-aligned "good species" but they are few and far between.
8th Apr '17 11:17:47 AM nombretomado
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* Just try to find a second- or third-generation wrestler whose gimmick ''doesn't'' center around wrestling being InTheBlood, face or heel. Probably the best example is Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s RandyOrton, a third-generation wrestler who believes that his lineage automatically makes him the greatest wrestler ever (never mind that dad, grandpa, and uncle Barry were all midcarders at best...). Orton went on to found a PowerStable called Legacy, where the biggest entrance requirement was that you must be at least a second-generation wrestler. Their motto? "Born better."

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* Just try to find a second- or third-generation wrestler whose gimmick ''doesn't'' center around wrestling being InTheBlood, face or heel. Probably the best example is Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s RandyOrton, Wrestling/RandyOrton, a third-generation wrestler who believes that his lineage automatically makes him the greatest wrestler ever (never mind that dad, grandpa, and uncle Barry were all midcarders at best...). Orton went on to found a PowerStable called Legacy, where the biggest entrance requirement was that you must be at least a second-generation wrestler. Their motto? "Born better."
3rd Apr '17 5:31:17 AM cherrychels
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** However, there are a few subversions: first off, [[spoiler:Itachi. He is easily one of the strongest Uchiha and possesses many typical Uchiha traits but, by all appearances, he seems to be avoiding [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope going too far overboard]] in the pursuit of his revenge]], a pursuit he seems more or less indifferent to. [[spoiler: Itachi]]'s primary motivation appears to be a weighted utilitarianism, trying to preserve the greatest possible amount of what he valued, with slight adjustments made for innocence as opposed to revenge.

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** However, there are a few subversions: first off, [[spoiler:Itachi. He is easily one of the strongest Uchiha and possesses many typical Uchiha traits but, by all appearances, he seems to be is avoiding [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope going too far overboard]] in the pursuit of his revenge]], a pursuit he and seems more or less indifferent to. to the idea of revenge. Instead, [[spoiler: Itachi]]'s primary motivation appears to be a weighted utilitarianism, trying to preserve the greatest possible amount of what he valued, values, with slight adjustments made for innocence innocence, as opposed to revenge.
3rd Apr '17 5:26:14 AM cherrychels
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** However, there are a few subversions: first off, [[spoiler:Itachi. He is easily one of the strongest Uchiha and possesses many typical Uchiha traits but by all appearances, he seems to be avoiding [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope going too far overboard]] in the pursuit of his revenge]] -- though [[spoiler: Itachi]]'s primary motivation appears to be a weighted utilitarianism, trying to preserve the greatest possible amount of what he valued, with slight adjustments made for innocence.

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** However, there are a few subversions: first off, [[spoiler:Itachi. He is easily one of the strongest Uchiha and possesses many typical Uchiha traits but but, by all appearances, he seems to be avoiding [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope going too far overboard]] in the pursuit of his revenge]] -- though revenge]], a pursuit he seems more or less indifferent to. [[spoiler: Itachi]]'s primary motivation appears to be a weighted utilitarianism, trying to preserve the greatest possible amount of what he valued, with slight adjustments made for innocence.innocence as opposed to revenge.
3rd Apr '17 5:18:45 AM cherrychels
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** However, there are a few subversions: First off, and most notably, [[spoiler:Itachi. He was easily one of the strongest Uchiha and possessed many typical Uchiha traits, but by all appearances attempted to avoid [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope going too far overboard]] in the pursuit of his revenge.]]
*** In fact, [[spoiler: Itachi]] was more or less indifferent to revenge. His controlling factor appears to have been a weighted utilitarianism, trying to preserve the greatest possible amount of what he valued, with slight adjustments made for innocence. If he cared about revenge, he would have killed Danzou years before the story even started, for putting him in the position to choose between [[spoiler: parricide on the one hand and dishonor and general war on the other]]. He certainly wouldn't have remained a loyal shinobi of Konoha, let alone [[spoiler: implanted a Mangekyou-activated brainwashing chakra crow in Naruto to convince Sasuke to go home and protect the village]] before Sasuke even reached his final level of rogue. He was a very weird Uchiha.

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** However, there are a few subversions: First first off, and most notably, [[spoiler:Itachi. He was is easily one of the strongest Uchiha and possessed possesses many typical Uchiha traits, traits but by all appearances attempted appearances, he seems to avoid be avoiding [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope going too far overboard]] in the pursuit of his revenge.]]
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revenge]] -- though [[spoiler: Itachi]] was more or less indifferent to revenge. His controlling factor Itachi]]'s primary motivation appears to have been be a weighted utilitarianism, trying to preserve the greatest possible amount of what he valued, with slight adjustments made for innocence. If he cared about revenge, he would have killed Danzou years before the story even started, for putting him in the position to choose between [[spoiler: parricide on the one hand and dishonor and general war on the other]]. He certainly wouldn't have remained a loyal shinobi of Konoha, let alone [[spoiler: implanted a Mangekyou-activated brainwashing chakra crow in Naruto to convince Sasuke to go home and protect the village]] before Sasuke even reached his final level of rogue. He was a very weird Uchiha.



* The forever brutish Tannen bloodline in the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' movies. The line goes back to "Mad Dog" Tannen, a murderous WildWest outlaw who kills Doc Brown in one timeline. In 1955, Biff Tannen is a bully who tries to rape Marty's mother. In various timelines, he matures into an abusive boss, a crime lord, and a bitter old man. Biff's grandson is a monstrous thug. However, it's implied that, absent all the time-travel anomalies, he ''does'' experience a HeelFaceTurn; however, this does not make him heroic but instead turns him into [[ExtremeDoormat a pathetic weakling who is forever sucking up to the man he bullied in high school]].

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* The forever brutish Tannen bloodline in the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' movies. The line goes back to "Mad Dog" Tannen, a murderous WildWest outlaw who kills Doc Brown in one timeline. In 1955, Biff Tannen is a bully who tries to rape Marty's mother. In various timelines, he matures either into an abusive boss, a crime lord, and a bitter old man. Biff's grandson is a monstrous thug. However, it's implied that, absent all the time-travel anomalies, he ''does'' experience a HeelFaceTurn; however, HeelFaceTurn. However, this does not make him heroic but instead instead, turns him into [[ExtremeDoormat a pathetic weakling who is forever sucking up to the man he bullied in high school]].



** Sansa (TheIngenue) and Jon (one of the series' heroes) of the Stark family in regard to their father [[HonorBeforeReason Ned Stark]], who is also one of the series' heroes and protagonists -- though, depending on the character who likens them to their father, it might not be meant it as a compliment. [[spoiler:Sansa is told she has "traitor's blood" by the series' more villainous characters because of her father's actions. Jon also gets whacked over his head about his very Ned Starkness by various characters, considering he's the [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] of Ned Stark.]]

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** Sansa (TheIngenue) (TheIngenue trying to survive a CrapsackWorld) and Jon (one of the series' heroes) of the Stark family heroes in said CrapsackWorld) in regard to their the father they both love and admire, [[HonorBeforeReason Ned Stark]], who is also one of the series' heroes and protagonists -- though, depending on the character who likens them to their father, it might may or may not be meant it as a compliment. [[spoiler:Sansa is told she has "traitor's blood" by the series' more villainous characters because of her father's actions. Jon also gets whacked over his head about his [[LikeFatherLikeSon very Ned Starkness Starkness]] by various characters, considering he's the [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] of Ned Stark.]]
3rd Apr '17 4:41:33 AM cherrychels
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* The goddess Urd of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is a near expy of her mother, the demon and ruler of Hell, Hild. Even though she identifies as a goddess and it is her affiliation, people have told her more than once her temperament is closer to demon - or rather, nearly exactly like her mother, which is the same for all intents and purposes. This even though she was only raised by Hild for a few early years, and has been a goddess as long as she can remember. Her power is also in the leagues of her mother.

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* The goddess Urd of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is a near expy of her mother, the demon and ruler of Hell, Hild. Even though she identifies as a goddess and it is her affiliation, people have told her more than once her temperament is closer to demon - -- or rather, nearly exactly like her mother, which is the same for all intents and purposes. This even though she was only raised by Hild for a few early years, and has been a goddess as long as she can remember. Her power is also in the leagues of her mother.



** The Targaryen royal family line is said to be "tainted" with madness; one character says that every time a new Targaryen was born, the country would hold its breath to see if the new Targaryen would be one of the good ones or one of the bad ones. However, this is a {{justified|Trope}}. The Targaryens are seriously inbred due to repeated BrotherSisterIncest and KissingCousins; the inbreeding results in a fair number of this line having physical problems (fewer than you'd think, though, all things considered) and/or serious mental and emotional instability, while the luckier ones inherit the family strong points and manage to miss the damaging recessives. Others of a less practical bent also point out that [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow messing with dragons]] for centuries might have accounted for some of their... quirks.
** Also, [[spoiler: Sansa being told she has "traitor's blood", because of her father's actions. Jon also gets whacked over his head about his very Ned Starkness by various characters, considering he's the illegitimate son of Ned Stark.]]
** Whatever it is in the Bolton linage, you know it ain't good news when enough [[{{Sadist}} Sadism]] of various descriptions has cropped up to get you a flayed man as a readily identifiable House sigil. As well as a broad collection of very nasty rumours piling up over centuries around your name. Added to all that is a House seat called... ''[[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace The Dreadfort]]''. [[ObviouslyEvil You can't say you're not warned...]]

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** The Targaryen royal family line is said to be "tainted" with madness; one character says that every time a new Targaryen was born, the country would hold its breath to see if the new Targaryen would be one of the good ones or one of the bad mad ones. However, this is a {{justified|Trope}}. The Targaryens are seriously inbred due to repeated BrotherSisterIncest and KissingCousins; the inbreeding results in a fair number of this line having physical problems (fewer than you'd think, though, all things considered) and/or serious mental and emotional instability, while the luckier ones inherit the family family's strong points and manage best qualities, managing to miss the damaging recessives. Others of a less practical bent also point out that [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow messing with dragons]] for centuries might have accounted for some of their... quirks.
** Also, [[spoiler: Sansa being (TheIngenue) and Jon (one of the series' heroes) of the Stark family in regard to their father [[HonorBeforeReason Ned Stark]], who is also one of the series' heroes and protagonists -- though, depending on the character who likens them to their father, it might not be meant it as a compliment. [[spoiler:Sansa is told she has "traitor's blood", blood" by the series' more villainous characters because of her father's actions. Jon also gets whacked over his head about his very Ned Starkness by various characters, considering he's the [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son son]] of Ned Stark.]]
** Whatever it is in the Bolton linage, you know it ain't good news when enough [[{{Sadist}} Sadism]] sadism]] of various descriptions has cropped up to get you a flayed man as a readily identifiable House sigil. As sigil -- as well as a broad collection of very nasty rumours piling up over centuries around your family name. Added to all that is a House seat called... ''[[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace The Dreadfort]]''. [[ObviouslyEvil You can't say you're not warned...]]



* Averted with the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth''. [[spoiler: Richard]] Rahl spends several books explaining that he's nothing like Darken Rahl. It turns out that way back when, the Rahls were some of the champions of order and good, but were corrupted by several thousand years of uncontested rule. [[spoiler: Richard]] takes after the parents who raised him, not his genetic ancestors. However, there are Rahl traits - like arrogance, determination, cleverness, and absolute ruthlessness, that the character in question develops over time.
* An issue in the [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]] - one of the protagonists was adopted, but was assured that he is considered the son of the one who raised him. His genetic family does still take him in, but that probably also has something to do with him being [[spoiler: the Dragon Reborn]].

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* Averted with the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth''. [[spoiler: Richard]] Rahl spends several books explaining that he's nothing like Darken Rahl. It turns out that way back when, the Rahls were some of the champions of order and good, but were corrupted by several thousand years of uncontested rule. [[spoiler: Richard]] takes after the parents who raised him, not his genetic ancestors. However, there are Rahl traits - -- like arrogance, determination, cleverness, and absolute ruthlessness, that the character in question develops over time.
* An issue in the [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]] - -- one of the protagonists was adopted, but was assured that he is considered the son of the one who raised him. His genetic family does still take him in, but that probably also has something to do with him being [[spoiler: the Dragon Reborn]].



* There's an episode of the original ''Series/LawAndOrder'' ("Born Bad") where a teenager on trial for murder has his parents put this forward as a legal defense - due to a unique genetic condition, the teen is predisposed to a life of violence, and thus not wholly responsible for his actions. [[spoiler: This backfires in the most ''spectacular'' way possible, as the teen himself decides to plea guilty after hearing ''his own defense'' talk about how he's destined to be a violent criminal.]]

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* There's an episode of the original ''Series/LawAndOrder'' ("Born Bad") where a teenager on trial for murder has his parents put this forward as a legal defense - -- due to a unique genetic condition, the teen is predisposed to a life of violence, and thus not wholly responsible for his actions. [[spoiler: This backfires in the most ''spectacular'' way possible, as the teen himself decides to plea guilty after hearing ''his own defense'' talk about how he's destined to be a violent criminal.]]



* Used extensively in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. The God-Emperor of Man created the twenty Primarchs, and when each wound up being raised on an alien planet by whoever happened to stumble across them, each become an immensely skilled warrior, and most of them ruled a planet or ten. The modern-day Space Marines are all genetically modified with gene-seed based on one of the Primarchs, and all exhibit behavior similar to that Primarch - the Blood Angels and their descendants, for example, all tend to be pious, noble, and prone to turning into bloodthirsty kamikaze maniacs intent on ripping the enemy limb from limb and drinking their blood.

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* Used extensively in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. The God-Emperor of Man created the twenty Primarchs, and when each wound up being raised on an alien planet by whoever happened to stumble across them, each become an immensely skilled warrior, and most of them ruled a planet or ten. The modern-day Space Marines are all genetically modified with gene-seed based on one of the Primarchs, and all exhibit behavior similar to that Primarch - -- the Blood Angels and their descendants, for example, all tend to be pious, noble, and prone to turning into bloodthirsty kamikaze maniacs intent on ripping the enemy limb from limb and drinking their blood.



* A general rule in ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'' is that a child of two Suits will be of the same Suit - eg., two Spades will produce a Spade - and child of mixed Suits will inherit Suit after one of its parents.

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* A general rule in ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'' is that a child of two Suits will be of the same Suit - -- eg., two Spades will produce a Spade - -- and child of mixed Suits will inherit Suit after one of its parents.
3rd Apr '17 4:21:04 AM cherrychels
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* ComicBook/VandalSavage's daughter, Scandal, usually seesaws between AntiVillain and AntiHero, though that's a lot better than her father, who's a fulltime villain. It's plausible that without her father's interference, she could have become a normal young woman or a heroine.

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* ComicBook/VandalSavage's daughter, Scandal, usually seesaws between AntiVillain and AntiHero, though that's a lot better than her father, who's a fulltime full-time villain. It's plausible that without her father's interference, she could have become a normal young woman or a heroine.



* The ''Film/{{Doom}}'' movie uses GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke this way. The {{Precursors}} of humanity living on Mars developed a new chromosome that wiped out disease and made them super human... or super evil (You can [[{{Gotterdammerung}} guess what wiped them out)]]. Apparently the chromosome reacted to the something in the "unmapped 10% of the human genome" that unlocked a person's latent "evil" and mutated them into a monster; the best these gentically evil people can hope for is a HeroicSacrifice before they fully mutate. So [[RousseauWasRight Rousseau was wrong]], technically people ''are'' genetically evil, and all it takes is a little help from TheVirus to bring it out.

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* The ''Film/{{Doom}}'' movie uses GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke this way. The {{Precursors}} of humanity living on Mars developed a new chromosome that wiped out disease and made them super human... or super evil (You can [[{{Gotterdammerung}} guess what wiped them out)]]. Apparently the chromosome reacted to the something in the "unmapped 10% of the human genome" that unlocked a person's latent "evil" and mutated them into a monster; the best these gentically genetically evil people can hope for is a HeroicSacrifice before they fully mutate. So [[RousseauWasRight Rousseau was wrong]], technically people ''are'' genetically evil, and all it takes is a little help from TheVirus to bring it out.



** Also, [[spoiler: Sansa being told she has "traitor's blood", because of her father's actions. Jon also gets whacked over his head about his very Ned Starkness by various characters, considering he's a Snow.]]

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** Also, [[spoiler: Sansa being told she has "traitor's blood", because of her father's actions. Jon also gets whacked over his head about his very Ned Starkness by various characters, considering he's a Snow.the illegitimate son of Ned Stark.]]
2nd Apr '17 7:55:19 PM Fireblood
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** The Boltons of the Dreadfort have had enough {{Sadist}}s and torture technicians in their bloodline to put a flayed man on their banners.

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** The Boltons of the Dreadfort have had enough {{Sadist}}s {{sadist}}s and torture technicians in their bloodline to put a flayed man on their banners.


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** One episode has the defendant's lawyer claim he was genetically predisposed to rape. His father was also a rapist, and in fact [[ChildByRape conceived him this way]]. The jury didn't buy it though.


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* ''Series/ChicagoJustice'': "Double Helix" has the defendant use a defense based on her genetics providing a propensity to kill because her father is a serial killer.
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