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14th Jan '17 6:47:42 AM esq263
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** The Maddoxes, Llawcaes, and O'Keefes are an interesting example. The Maddoxes and Llawcaes are generally good families, but one person's intermarriage, as with Gwen and Gedder or Bran and Zillie, can spoil the entire family tree from that point forward. The O'Keefes are generally a degenerate family, including Jack, who flings homeless puppies to death against the wall of the barn, and Paddy, who schemes with Duthbert the Younger to have Chuck committed. However, when Paddy and Beezie marry, although most of their children take after their father, becoming bullies and thugs, Calvin inherits the Maddox traits and becomes one of the heroes of ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' and "Literature/AWindInTheDoor'' Later, all of Calvin's children inherit the good Maddox traits rather than the bad O'Keefe traits.

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** The Maddoxes, Llawcaes, and O'Keefes are an interesting example. The Maddoxes and Llawcaes are generally good families, but one person's intermarriage, as with Gwen and Gedder or Bran and Zillie, can spoil the entire family tree from that point forward. The O'Keefes are generally a degenerate family, including Jack, who flings homeless puppies to death against the wall of the barn, and Paddy, who schemes with Duthbert the Younger to have Chuck committed. However, when Paddy and Beezie marry, although most of their children take after their father, becoming bullies and thugs, Calvin inherits the Maddox traits and becomes one of the heroes of ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' and "Literature/AWindInTheDoor'' ''Literature/AWindInTheDoor'' Later, all of Calvin's children inherit the good Maddox traits rather than the bad O'Keefe traits.
14th Jan '17 6:42:35 AM esq263
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** Similarly, anyone with the last name Mortmain is similarly tainted. During Colonial times, Pastor Mortmain and his son Duthbert attempt to railroad Zylle for witchcraft. Later, during Beezie's childhood, a descendant, Duthbert Mortmain (II?) is a competent businessman -- who beats his wife and makes passes at his thirteen-year-old stepdaughter. He has a son who inherits his criminality but none of his competence and dies in prison.

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** Similarly, anyone with the last name Mortmain is similarly tainted. During Colonial times, Pastor Mortmain and his son Duthbert attempt to railroad Zylle for witchcraft. Later, during Beezie's childhood, a descendant, Duthbert Mortmain (II?) is a competent businessman -- who beats his wife and makes passes at his thirteen-year-old stepdaughter. He has a His son who inherits his criminality but none of his competence and dies in prison.
14th Jan '17 6:40:32 AM esq263
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* Played straight in ''Literature/ASwiftlyToltingPlanet'' with Gwydyr's descendants and the Mortmain family.

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* Played straight in ''Literature/ASwiftlyToltingPlanet'' ''Literature/ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'' with Gwydyr's descendants and the Mortmain family.
14th Jan '17 6:40:03 AM esq263
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** All of the descendants of Gwydyr are bad news: Gwydyr arrogates himself to the position of king of the People Across the Lake; later, his descendant, Gedder, uses scheming and murder to gain prominence of Vespugia. Even Gedder's seemingly harmless sister, Zillie will, if she marries Bran, become the ancestor of the OmnicidialManiac Mad Dog Branzillo, who plans to destroy the world in a nuclear war. Later, in the revised timeline, in ''Troubling A Star'', another descendant, Guedder, is the dictator of Vespugia, whose scheming ensnares Vicky.

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** All of the descendants of Gwydyr are bad news: Gwydyr arrogates himself to the position of king of the People Across the Lake; later, his descendant, Gedder, uses scheming and murder to gain prominence of Vespugia. Even Gedder's seemingly harmless sister, Zillie will, if she marries Bran, become the ancestor of the OmnicidialManiac OmnicidalManiac Mad Dog Branzillo, who plans to destroy the world in a nuclear war. Later, in the revised timeline, in ''Troubling A Star'', another descendant, Guedder, is the dictator of Vespugia, whose scheming ensnares Vicky.
14th Jan '17 6:39:34 AM esq263
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* Played straight in ''Literature/ASwiftlyToltingPlanet'' with Gwydyr's descendants and the Mortmain family.
** All of the descendants of Gwydyr are bad news: Gwydyr arrogates himself to the position of king of the People Across the Lake; later, his descendant, Gedder, uses scheming and murder to gain prominence of Vespugia. Even Gedder's seemingly harmless sister, Zillie will, if she marries Bran, become the ancestor of the OmnicidialManiac Mad Dog Branzillo, who plans to destroy the world in a nuclear war. Later, in the revised timeline, in ''Troubling A Star'', another descendant, Guedder, is the dictator of Vespugia, whose scheming ensnares Vicky.
** Similarly, anyone with the last name Mortmain is similarly tainted. During Colonial times, Pastor Mortmain and his son Duthbert attempt to railroad Zylle for witchcraft. Later, during Beezie's childhood, a descendant, Duthbert Mortmain (II?) is a competent businessman -- who beats his wife and makes passes at his thirteen-year-old stepdaughter. He has a son who inherits his criminality but none of his competence and dies in prison.
** The Maddoxes, Llawcaes, and O'Keefes are an interesting example. The Maddoxes and Llawcaes are generally good families, but one person's intermarriage, as with Gwen and Gedder or Bran and Zillie, can spoil the entire family tree from that point forward. The O'Keefes are generally a degenerate family, including Jack, who flings homeless puppies to death against the wall of the barn, and Paddy, who schemes with Duthbert the Younger to have Chuck committed. However, when Paddy and Beezie marry, although most of their children take after their father, becoming bullies and thugs, Calvin inherits the Maddox traits and becomes one of the heroes of ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' and "Literature/AWindInTheDoor'' Later, all of Calvin's children inherit the good Maddox traits rather than the bad O'Keefe traits.
8th Jan '17 4:59:05 PM nombretomado
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* 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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* VandalSavage's 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.
6th Jan '17 7:04:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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[[caption-width-right:334: He's got [[TurnOutLikeHisFather too much of his fathe]][[FreudWasRight r]] in him.]]

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[[caption-width-right:334: He's got [[TurnOutLikeHisFather too much of his fathe]][[FreudWasRight r]] father]] in him.]]
1st Jan '17 6:48:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of the main sources of dramatic tension in ''Series/AmericanGothic'' is the question of Caleb's parentage -- not just whether he really is Buck's son, but whether he can actively resist becoming corrupt and evil just like his father. And it seems he and Merlyn are right to worry, since [[spoiler:the more time he spends with Buck, and the more he learns from him, the more cruel, amoral, callous, and sadistic he becomes]]. This is likely helped along by his near-death experience, Buck's powers, and [[spoiler:being possessed by Buck]] but the simple fact is after ten or so years of showing no signs of evil, once he learns of his (possible) heritage, Caleb's fall into darkness is somehow inevitable.

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* One of the main sources of dramatic tension in ''Series/AmericanGothic'' ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'' is the question of Caleb's parentage -- not just whether he really is Buck's son, but whether he can actively resist becoming corrupt and evil just like his father. And it seems he and Merlyn are right to worry, since [[spoiler:the more time he spends with Buck, and the more he learns from him, the more cruel, amoral, callous, and sadistic he becomes]]. This is likely helped along by his near-death experience, Buck's powers, and [[spoiler:being possessed by Buck]] but the simple fact is after ten or so years of showing no signs of evil, once he learns of his (possible) heritage, Caleb's fall into darkness is somehow inevitable.
17th Dec '16 8:34:47 PM Discar
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* ''Series/That70sShow'': PlayedForLaughs when it is discovered that Hyde's father is black. While everyone else is clearly trying not to freak out, Hyde is ecstatic, because it explains his otherwise bizarrely anti-authoritarian personality and overall mistrust of white people.
-->'''Hyde:''' Hey, who do you think killed JFK?\\
'''Hyde's Father:''' I don't know--because ''They'' don't want me to know.
28th Nov '16 5:09:25 PM N1KF
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* Used in ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and ''Comicbook/SpiderGirl'', with the "Osborn Legacy" ending up twisting three generations of Osborns. There's no evidence that any of them were evil before Norman, and if his formula affected his genes, Harry was already a teen at that point.

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* Used in ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' and ''Comicbook/SpiderGirl'', with the "Osborn Legacy" ending up twisting three generations of Osborns. There's no evidence that any of them were evil before Norman, and if his formula affected his genes, Harry was already a teen at that point.
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