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27th Mar '16 5:34:23 PM nombretomado
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* Drives most of the plot of ''DowntonAbbey''. On the death of his heir, on the ''Titanic'', the Earl of Grantham's estate is all set to pass to...a solicitor. Gasp. Of course, the real issue is that Grantham would much rather leave his estate to one of his actual children (but can't, because they're all girls) than to a distant relative he's never met, who could potentially throw his daughters out onto the streets with nothing when the time comes.

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* Drives most of the plot of ''DowntonAbbey''.''Series/DowntonAbbey''. On the death of his heir, on the ''Titanic'', the Earl of Grantham's estate is all set to pass to...a solicitor. Gasp. Of course, the real issue is that Grantham would much rather leave his estate to one of his actual children (but can't, because they're all girls) than to a distant relative he's never met, who could potentially throw his daughters out onto the streets with nothing when the time comes.
19th Mar '16 1:47:28 AM Hossmeister
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22nd Feb '16 10:50:38 AM PixelKnight
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* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', Zepheniah Mann, seeing his sons [[MeaningfulName Blutarch and Redmond]] as idiotic and incompetent, gives them both half of his empire to squabble over (minus his company, Mann Co, which he gave to [[TestosteronePoisoning Saxton Hale]]'s (grand?)father). The two proceed to go to war with each other via an army of mercenaries, a war that lasted from 1850 to 1970.

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* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', Zepheniah Mann, seeing his sons [[MeaningfulName Blutarch and Redmond]] as idiotic and incompetent, gives them both half of his (worthless) empire to squabble over (minus his company, Mann Co, which he gave to [[TestosteronePoisoning Saxton Hale]]'s (grand?)father). The two proceed to go to war with each other via an army of mercenaries, a war that lasted from 1850 to 1970.
18th Jan '16 4:12:21 PM Willbyr
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* Shiki in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' is disinherited because he is extremely sick after an almost deadly accident, and even after recovering is still too bad as a result. [[spoiler:Also, he is not a real Tohno, only was fooled - and thus fooled the others - in believing to be. The real Tohno SHIKI was killed, and even after coming back to life he was too mentally unstable.]]
* In ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', wealthy head of the Ushiromiya family Kinzo is dying. His heir, Krauss has made several bad investments and lost a lot of money. The second oldest, Eva, is intelligent and ambitious, but not very personable and is border line crazy. The third oldest, Rudolf, is just a womanizer. The youngest, Rosa has an illegitimate daughter. So what does he do to remedy the situation? Teach them to be better heirs? [[AbusiveParents No]]. [[spoiler:Because he's been dead for over a year before the series begins anyway. In [=EP7=], an AlternateTimeline shows who Kinzo ''would'' have considered his ideal inheritor: [[AmbiguousGender Lion]], the child of his [[ParentalIncest unholy union]] with his illegitimate daughter, who he gave to Krauss and Natsuhi to raise as their own.]]

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* Shiki in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' is disinherited because he is extremely sick after an almost deadly accident, and even after recovering is still too bad as a result. [[spoiler:Also, he is not a real Tohno, only was fooled - and thus fooled the others - in believing to be. The real Tohno SHIKI was killed, and even after coming back to life he was too mentally unstable.]]
* In ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', wealthy head of the Ushiromiya family Kinzo is dying. His heir, Krauss has made several bad investments and lost a lot of money. The second oldest, Eva, is intelligent and ambitious, but not very personable and is border line crazy. The third oldest, Rudolf, is just a womanizer. The youngest, Rosa has an illegitimate daughter. So what does he do to remedy the situation? Teach them to be better heirs? [[AbusiveParents No]]. [[spoiler:Because he's been dead for over a year before the series begins anyway. In [=EP7=], an AlternateTimeline shows who Kinzo ''would'' have considered his ideal inheritor: [[AmbiguousGender Lion]], the child of his [[ParentalIncest unholy union]] with his illegitimate daughter, who he gave to Krauss and Natsuhi to raise as their own.]]
15th Jan '16 9:45:15 AM 0nyx
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** The Freakonomics podcast went into several cases of this trope in the business world, such as Busch Beer's financial troubles until it was eventually sold. Investors and companies seem to overvalue the "family line." Japanese culture has a strong tendency for the father to be succeeded by his son in the family business, with some families having run a particular business for dozens of generations. The Japanese would often adopt individuals (in the past, almost always men) into their family just to avert this trope if the son didn't seem worthy.

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** The Freakonomics podcast went into [[http://freakonomics.com/2011/08/03/new-freakonomics-radio-podcast-the-church-of-scionology/ several cases of this trope in the business world, world,]] such as Busch Beer's financial troubles until it was eventually sold. Investors and companies seem to overvalue the "family line." Japanese culture has a strong tendency for the father to be succeeded by his son in the family business, with some families having run a particular business for dozens of generations. The Japanese would often adopt individuals (in the past, almost always men) into their family just to avert this trope if the son didn't seem worthy.
19th Dec '15 10:24:48 PM nombretomado
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* Kate Blackwell struggles with finding a proper heir in SidneySheldon's ''Master of the Game''.

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* Kate Blackwell struggles with finding a proper heir in SidneySheldon's Creator/SidneySheldon's ''Master of the Game''.
8th Dec '15 1:09:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* King Henry in Shakespeare's ''HenryIV'' parts one and two believes his son Hal to be this, since instead of being a proper, honorable prince, Hal spends his time drinking, stealing and chasing skirts with the commonest of lowlifes. Henry eventually confronts his son about his behavior, and in the 2012 BBC production, Hal's rather flippant response [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51KWNvbDVA4 earns him a slap in the face]].

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* King Henry in Shakespeare's ''HenryIV'' ''Theatre/HenryIV'' parts one and two believes his son Hal to be this, since instead of being a proper, honorable prince, Hal spends his time drinking, stealing and chasing skirts with the commonest of lowlifes. Henry eventually confronts his son about his behavior, and in the 2012 BBC production, Hal's rather flippant response [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51KWNvbDVA4 earns him a slap in the face]].



* ''SaintsRow2'': Shogo Akuji leads the Ronin in Stilwater. He proves so inept at his job, though, that not only does his father has to fly in from Japan to take the reigns, but he ends up favoring Shogo's [[TheDragon lieutenant]] over him.

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* ''SaintsRow2'': ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'': Shogo Akuji leads the Ronin in Stilwater. He proves so inept at his job, though, that not only does his father has to fly in from Japan to take the reigns, but he ends up favoring Shogo's [[TheDragon lieutenant]] over him.



* This is the backstory to TheElderScrollsTwoDaggerfall, and through it, most of the setting -- the intro narration even begins by reciting how "The unworthy heirs of the Septim Dynasty have allowed the bonds of the Empire to weaken and crack..."

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* This is the backstory to TheElderScrollsTwoDaggerfall, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsTwoDaggerfall'', and through it, most of the setting -- the intro narration even begins by reciting how "The unworthy heirs of the Septim Dynasty have allowed the bonds of the Empire to weaken and crack..."
1st Dec '15 9:11:06 PM Lemia
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* In ''The King's Equal'', a king stipulates that his vain and haughty son can inherit the throne only after he marries a woman who he considers to be his equal in beauty, intelligence, and wealth -- something that his ego prevents him from doing until one particular woman teaches him a lesson in humility.
3rd Nov '15 9:43:39 AM Willbyr
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* In a flashback in ''{{Naruto}}'', Hiashi states that he's disappointed with Hinata's performance and notes that the clan doesn't need a weak heir, but never goes so far as to openly disinherit her. This, however, is ''before'' Hinata TookALevelInBadass, and the two have not been seen interacting in canon since, so fan works have several interpretations over whether Hinata lost her right to inherit the clan back then, and whether she would be considered worthy to inherit the Hyuga clan when the time came.

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* In a flashback in ''{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Hiashi states that he's disappointed with Hinata's performance and notes that the clan doesn't need a weak heir, but never goes so far as to openly disinherit her. This, however, is ''before'' Hinata TookALevelInBadass, and the two have not been seen interacting in canon since, so fan works have several interpretations over whether Hinata lost her right to inherit the clan back then, and whether she would be considered worthy to inherit the Hyuga clan when the time came.



* A RumikoTakahashi short story focused on a variation of this. Under insistence from her boyfriend Susumu, a woman named Nozomi pretends to be her dead best friend, Noriko, in order to claim an inheritance from Noriko's long dead grandmother. It helped that the last time Noriko's family saw her was when she was a little girl. Nozomi winds up receiving help from the grandmother's spirit, on the condition that the first thing she does with the money is provide a proper burial for Noriko (Nozomi was extremely offended that Susumu suggested such a ruse, but conceded because they have massive debts). Eventually, Nozomi learns that Noriko's mother had nearly been disowned by the family for eloping with a man, and only came back once when Noriko was a child to meet grandmother. It's implied that the grandmother didn't like the family any more than Noriko's mother did, as she made it clear that no one other than Noriko could touch the property registry. It's also implied that the family might have killed the grandmother themselves.
* In AnatoliaStory, while Prince Arunwanda is not an idiot, his physical weakness make him inadquate to reign over the Hitite Empire. Once the King dies, he tries to cope with the responsibility via having his more capable brothers help him run the kingdom. [[spoiler: He eventually chooses the male lead Kail as his successor, as he has no children of his own. And few chapters later, he's murdered.]]

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* A RumikoTakahashi Creator/RumikoTakahashi short story focused on a variation of this. Under insistence from her boyfriend Susumu, a woman named Nozomi pretends to be her dead best friend, Noriko, in order to claim an inheritance from Noriko's long dead grandmother. It helped that the last time Noriko's family saw her was when she was a little girl. Nozomi winds up receiving help from the grandmother's spirit, on the condition that the first thing she does with the money is provide a proper burial for Noriko (Nozomi was extremely offended that Susumu suggested such a ruse, but conceded because they have massive debts). Eventually, Nozomi learns that Noriko's mother had nearly been disowned by the family for eloping with a man, and only came back once when Noriko was a child to meet grandmother. It's implied that the grandmother didn't like the family any more than Noriko's mother did, as she made it clear that no one other than Noriko could touch the property registry. It's also implied that the family might have killed the grandmother themselves.
* In AnatoliaStory, ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', while Prince Arunwanda is not an idiot, his physical weakness make him inadquate to reign over the Hitite Empire. Once the King dies, he tries to cope with the responsibility via having his more capable brothers help him run the kingdom. [[spoiler: He eventually chooses the male lead Kail as his successor, as he has no children of his own. And few chapters later, he's murdered.]]
28th Oct '15 1:44:35 PM HeroicJay
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** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', Prince Charmles (the obligatory "Prince Charmless" pun is made early and often), heir to the throne of Argonia, is fat, lazy, spoiled, and dishonest, despite his father King Clavius' attempts to encourage, prod, or shame him into making something of himself. In the post-game content it comes out that [[spoiler: the Hero is a HiddenBackupPrince, the son of Clavius' older brother, and therefore has a better claim to Argonia's throne than either Charmles OR Clavius. The matter of succession is [[WhateverHappenedToTheMouse never definitively dealt with,]] however.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', Prince Charmles (the obligatory "Prince Charmless" "PrinceCharmless" pun is made early and often), heir to the throne of Argonia, is fat, lazy, spoiled, and dishonest, despite his father King Clavius' attempts to encourage, prod, or shame him into making something of himself. In the post-game content it comes out that [[spoiler: the Hero is a HiddenBackupPrince, the son of Clavius' older brother, and therefore has a better claim to Argonia's throne than either Charmles OR Clavius. The matter of succession GoldenEnding has Clavius denounce his own son as the fraud he is [[WhateverHappenedToTheMouse never definitively dealt with,]] however.(he cheated his way through his RiteOfPassage) and instead backs the Hero.]]



* [[VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2 Laharl]] is seen as one by some of [[BenevolentBoss his father]]'s former vassals. Everybody else doesn't even know who he is.

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* [[VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2 Laharl]] is seen as one by some of [[BenevolentBoss his father]]'s former vassals. [[spoiler:Little do they know that Krichevskoy approves of Laharl.]] Everybody else doesn't even know who he is.
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