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8th Sep '17 6:10:00 AM RedScharlach
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** In ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', the main character, Fanny Price, and her first cousin Edmund Bertram. (The elder Mr. Betram was concerned about adopting Fanny for this very reason.)

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** In ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', the main character, Fanny Price, and her first cousin Edmund Bertram. (The elder Mr. Betram Bertram was concerned about adopting Fanny for this very reason.)



*** Mr. Collins is a cousin of some sort to the Bennet sisters, and comes to their house with the intention of marrying one.

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*** Mr. Collins is a cousin of some sort to the Bennet sisters, and comes to their house with the intention of marrying one.one of them.



** It's implied that [[FantasticRacism purebloodism]] leads to frequent inbreeding. Arthur and Sirius explicitly state that all surviving pureblood wizards are related to some degrees. Particularly after the wholesale slaughter of the second Death Eater war, there are simply so few purebloods left that those who still care about blood purity will have no alternative but to marry their cousins. Essentially if a pure or half-blood wizard marries someone who isn't Muggle-born, they're going to be related in some way -- however distantly.

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** It's implied that [[FantasticRacism purebloodism]] leads to frequent inbreeding. Arthur and Sirius explicitly state that all surviving pureblood wizards are related to some degrees.degree. Particularly after the wholesale slaughter of the second Death Eater war, there are simply so few purebloods left that those who still care about blood purity will have no alternative but to marry their cousins. Essentially if a pure or half-blood wizard marries someone who isn't Muggle-born, they're going to be related in some way -- however distantly.



* An episode of ''Series/JustShootMe'' involved Nina being pursued by a handsome man who, for some unfathomable reason, she has no attraction to. When he mentions he is also from Colby, Kansas, they discover they are cousins. He's completely disgusted and flees, while Nina is relieved that she's not stopped being attracted to men.

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* An episode of ''Series/JustShootMe'' involved Nina being pursued by a handsome man who, for some unfathomable reason, she has no attraction to. When he mentions he is also from Colby, Kansas, they discover they are cousins. He's completely disgusted and flees, while Nina is relieved that she's not she hasn't stopped being attracted to men.



* Relatively common in Hispanic {{Soap Opera}}s. During Venezuelan soap ''Carita Pintada'''s pre-premiering the author claimed that the main couple could achieve a happy ending with white wedding and all because they were ''only'' third or second grade cousins, coincidentally the closest blood relation allowed to marry according to actual laws. For the most (emphasis there) part in Latin America, people consider cousin relationship to be rather incestuous only if they are first cousins, second cousins and onwards are not subject to this taboo.

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* Relatively common in Hispanic {{Soap Opera}}s. During Venezuelan soap ''Carita Pintada'''s pre-premiering the author claimed that the main couple could achieve a happy ending with a white wedding and all because they were ''only'' third or second grade cousins, coincidentally the closest blood relation allowed to marry according to actual laws. For the most (emphasis there) part in Latin America, people consider cousin relationship relationships to be rather too incestuous only if they are first cousins, cousins; second cousins and onwards are not subject to this taboo.



* ''Series/That70sShow'' had an early episode titled [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Eric's Hot Cousin"]], where said tattle-tale Floridian cousin is [[SheIsAllGrownUp not looking like the last time she visited]]. She blatantly flirts, causing conflicted feelings in Eric. It turns out to be [[WoundedGazelleGambit a trick to get him in trouble]] as revenge for the last time they butted heads.

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* ''Series/That70sShow'' had an early episode titled [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Eric's Hot Cousin"]], where said tattle-tale Floridian cousin is does [[SheIsAllGrownUp not looking look like the last time she visited]]. She blatantly flirts, causing conflicted feelings in Eric. It turns out to be [[WoundedGazelleGambit a trick to get him in trouble]] as revenge for the last time they butted heads.



* On ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', a major plot point is that the Earl is without a direct heir, and so their very distant cousin cousin Matthew is brought in as the only one suitable. The earl's daughter Mary is hoped to be his future wife because them marrying would ensure that Mary could keep the house and fortune she would get if she was born a boy. Nobody mentions that it's technically incest, and they eventually do fall in love. If you do the calculations, they're fourth cousins. Likewise Mary had been betrothed to the previous heir (before he died in the ''Titanic'' sinking), who was a cousin of hers. And it's implied Edith had a thing for him too.

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* On ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', a major plot point is that the Earl is without a direct heir, and so their very distant cousin cousin Matthew is brought in as the only one suitable. The suitable candidate. It is hoped that the earl's daughter Mary is hoped to be will become his future wife because them their marrying would ensure that Mary could keep the house and fortune she would get have inherited if she was had been born a boy. Nobody mentions that it's technically incest, and they eventually do fall in love. If you do the calculations, they're fourth cousins. Likewise Mary had been betrothed to the previous heir (before he died in the ''Titanic'' sinking), who was also a cousin of hers. And it's implied Edith had a thing for him too.



-->''Well, we used to play since we were three / How about a kiss for your Cousin Dupree?''



* "[[Music/SteelyDan Well, we used to play since we were three/ How about a kiss for your Cousin Dupree?]]"



** In most of the productions anyway. In Hungary it's less "he wishes his cousin returned his romantic love for her" and more "he's so obsessed with her that he thinks ''all'' men, including ''himself'', are unworthy of her". There's still some weirdness going on there, though.

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** In most of the productions anyway. In Hungary it's less "he wishes his cousin returned his romantic love for her" and more "he's so obsessed with her that he thinks ''all'' men, including ''himself'', are unworthy of her". There's still some weirdness going on there, though.



* In ''Webcomic/TemplarArizona,'' Mose's grandfather want him to "keep the bloodline pure" and tries to browbeat him into taking up with the temple dancers. Mose objects on the grounds that they're his cousins ... and underage.
* ''Webcomic/TriggerStar'': Saeurkraut and Avacado's idol, Exlax The Mighty. Not only are they cousins, they were lovers.

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* In ''Webcomic/TemplarArizona,'' Mose's grandfather want wants him to "keep the bloodline pure" and tries to browbeat him into taking up with the temple dancers. Mose objects on the grounds that they're his cousins ... and underage.
* ''Webcomic/TriggerStar'': Saeurkraut Sauerkraut and Avacado's Avocado's idol, Exlax The Mighty. Not only are they cousins, they were lovers.
5th Sep '17 8:53:57 AM Hwarin
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* ''FanFic/DancingWithMyPunchlines'' has Maedhros and Fingon (who are step-cousins but nonetheless), and [[spoiler: Finrod and Curufin, and Finrod and Caranthir]]
22nd Aug '17 2:33:16 AM Motherdragon64
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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' had a recurring storyline about George-Michael's crush on his cousin Maeby [[spoiler: who eventually turns out [[NotBloodSiblings not to be his biological cousin]])]]. Furthermore, when these feelings become mutual, Maeby tries to hide from them by dating a boy from her school, who turns out to ''also'' be her cousin. [[spoiler: Again, not by blood.]] This was mirrored in two storylines in the final season. The first saw Michael Bluth (played by Jason Bateman) thinking that a prostitute was his long-lost sister and hiring her to work at the company; she thought this was a ''Film/PrettyWoman'' situation and started coming on to him. (The prostitute was played by Justine Bateman, who is Jason Bateman's real-life sister.) Then, in the final episode [[spoiler: it was revealed that Lindsay was not actually Michael's biological sister. Upon finding out, she decided to act on a crush she had had for years.]] Additionally, Michael ended up going out with a woman who [[spoiler: suffered from mental retardation on account of her parents being cousins.]] It was a lot funnier and less creepy than this sounds.

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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' had a recurring storyline about George-Michael's crush on his cousin Maeby [[spoiler: who eventually turns out [[NotBloodSiblings not to be his biological cousin]])]]. Furthermore, when these feelings become mutual, Maeby tries to hide from them by dating a boy from her school, who turns out to ''also'' be her cousin. [[spoiler: Again, not by blood.]] This was mirrored in two storylines in the final season. The first saw Michael Bluth (played by Jason Bateman) thinking that a prostitute was his long-lost sister and hiring her to work at the company; she thought this was a ''Film/PrettyWoman'' situation and started coming on to him. (The prostitute was played by Justine Bateman, who is Jason Bateman's real-life sister.) Then, in the final episode [[spoiler: it was revealed that Lindsay was not actually Michael's biological sister. Upon finding out, she decided to act on a crush she had had for years.]] Additionally, Michael ended up going out with a woman who who, unbeknownst to him, [[spoiler: suffered from mental retardation on account as a result of her parents being cousins.]] It was a lot funnier and less creepy than this sounds.
6th Aug '17 2:35:06 AM Alia_of
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* German novel ''Literature/TheTinDrum'' has Agnes and Jan Bronski. It is left to speculation on whether main character Oskar is Jan's son or tthat of Agnes' husband Alfred. [[spoiler: Agnes second child is definitely from Jan and she kills herself because of realizing that]].

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* German novel ''Literature/TheTinDrum'' has Agnes and Jan Bronski. It is left to speculation on whether main character Oskar is Jan's son or tthat that of Agnes' Agnes's husband Alfred. [[spoiler: Agnes Agnes's second child is definitely from Jan and she kills herself because of realizing that]].
4th Jul '17 5:23:56 PM Goldfritha
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* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/MothAndCobweb Green Knight's Squire]]'', when it comes up that Nerea is Gil's cousin, Ruff is quick to point out that means second cousin once removed.
3rd Jul '17 1:38:26 AM AntonF
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* Some couples in the ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and its sequel ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' series by Creator/RickRiordan are technically this, thanks to having their divine parents inside a really complicated TangledFamilyTree. The main couple, Percy and Annabeth, for example, are first cousins once removed, since the former's father, Poseidon, is the uncle of the latter's mother, Athena. However, the second series handwaves this by stating that gods don't have DNA, so it isn't creepy for two demigods with different divine parents to have a relationship. A couple having the same godly parent, though, ''is'' creepy.

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* ''Literature/TheCampHalfBloodSeries'' and its associated [[Literature/TheKaneChronicles spin-off]] [[Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard series]]:
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Some couples in the ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and its sequel ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' series by Creator/RickRiordan franchise, particularly from the the Greco-Roman series, are technically this, thanks to having as their divine parents inside are part of a really complicated TangledFamilyTree. The For example, the main couple, Percy and Annabeth, for example, are first cousins once removed, since the former's father, Poseidon, is the an uncle of the latter's mother, Athena. However, the second series ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' handwaves this by stating that gods don't have DNA, so it isn't creepy for two demigods couples with different divine parents to have a relationship. A couple having Couples with the same godly parent, though, parents, however, ''is'' creepy.creepy.
** Other than gods, the ''Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard'' series has Sam being betrothed to Amir, who is explicitly stated to be a relative. They are both descended from the RealLife 10th century traveler Ahmad ibn Fadlan, but whether there are closer shared ancestors is unknown. Cousin marriage (or at least marriage between close families) is actually a common practice in the Arab world, not only to strengthen alliances (the Arabs being traditionally a [[TheClan clannish]] society) but also to keep inheritance in-family.
2nd Jul '17 9:08:05 AM MyFinalEdits
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** [[StalkerWithACrush Karin]] showed some interest in [[spoiler:Naruto]] at one point. Consider the fact that [[spoiler:they're ''both'' from the [[TheClan Uzumaki clan]]]].
*** Her attraction to Sasuke is also this to a lesser degree, since [[spoiler: the Uzumaki and Uchiha are genetically related, however distantly.]]

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** [[StalkerWithACrush Karin]] showed some interest in [[spoiler:Naruto]] at one point. Consider the fact that [[spoiler:they're ''both'' from the [[TheClan Uzumaki clan]]]].
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clan]]]]. Her attraction to Sasuke is also this to a lesser degree, since [[spoiler: the Uzumaki and Uchiha are genetically related, however distantly.]]
2nd Jul '17 1:25:11 AM AntonF
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*** Her attraction to Sasuke is also this to a lesser degree, since [[spoiler: the Uzumaki and Uchiha are genetically related, however distantly.]]
** The First Hokage, Hashirama Senju might do this when he married Mito Uzumaki, as the Uzumaki are an offshoot of the Senju. Such practice is not unusual; the two clans tend to trade marriage partners to maintain their ancestral connection. On top of that, the arrangement allowed Hashirama to keep an eye on Kurama, who was sealed within Mito. However, their exact relatedness is not stated.
** Then of course the final arc reveals that [[spoiler: the Hyuga are related to the Senju, Uzumaki, and Uchiha. Naruto ends up marrying Hinata, the Hyuga princess par excellence.]] Though since their (known) most recent common ancestor lived hundreds of years ago, it doesn't pose much problem.



* In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' by Creator/RickRiordan, it is mentioned that unless you have the same godly parent, it isn't creepy for two demigods to have a relationship.

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* In Some couples in the ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and its sequel ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' series by Creator/RickRiordan, it Creator/RickRiordan are technically this, thanks to having their divine parents inside a really complicated TangledFamilyTree. The main couple, Percy and Annabeth, for example, are first cousins once removed, since the former's father, Poseidon, is mentioned the uncle of the latter's mother, Athena. However, the second series handwaves this by stating that unless you gods don't have the same godly parent, DNA, so it isn't creepy for two demigods with different divine parents to have a relationship.relationship. A couple having the same godly parent, though, ''is'' creepy.



* The OfficialCouple in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', both being children of the gods, are technically cousins, but this is HandWaved by stating that the gods don't have DNA (and drawing a distinction between dating a child of another god and dating a child of the same god).
24th Jun '17 12:55:02 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* As an extension for its love of the [[BrotherSisterIncest sibling version]] ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has plenty of this, several preexisting relationships in 4s 2nd generation take on this form, and by selective pairing of characters in the first generation it is possible to make a vast number of such pairings.
** Two particularly noteworthy incidents in [=FE4=]'s second generation are the predestined couples of Lana/Faval and Lester/Patty. Because their mothers Aideen and Briggid were identical twins, IS pulled off the impressive feat of doing this and BrotherSisterIncest at the same time.
** It is possible to make Roy and Lilina from the 6th game cousins... [[spoiler:by pairing Eliwood with the Pegasus Knight Fiora and Hector with either of Fiora's youngest sisters Florina or Farina]] in the 7th game (which is a prequel to 6). Since 7 was not released yet (and the pairings involved exist among other possible pairings), the 6th game never makes any mention of the possibility.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' uses a love system very similar to that of the fourth game. Either Lucina or a Chrom-fathered Cynthia or Kjelle can potentially marry their paternal cross cousin Owain while other cousin pairings can be set up with certain combinations of parents. The international release has the status screens of such a pairing {{Bowdlerize}}d to read "Companion" instead of husband/wife, though. A female Morgan mothered by Lissa [[spoiler: or Emmeryn]] can also marry her cousin Inigo or Brady.

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* As an extension for its love of the [[BrotherSisterIncest sibling version]] ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' has plenty of this, several this:
** Several
preexisting relationships in 4s ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar''[='s=] 2nd generation take on this form, and by selective pairing of characters in the first generation it is possible to make a vast number of such pairings.
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pairings. Two particularly noteworthy incidents examples in [=FE4=]'s the second generation are the predestined couples of Lana/Faval and Lester/Patty. Because their mothers Aideen and Briggid were identical twins, IS Creator/IntelligentSystems pulled off the impressive feat of doing this and BrotherSisterIncest at the same time.
** It is possible to make Roy and Lilina from the 6th game ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'' cousins... [[spoiler:by pairing Eliwood with the Pegasus Knight Fiora and Hector with either of Fiora's youngest sisters Florina or Farina]] in the 7th game (which is a prequel to 6). ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade''. Since 7 ''The Blazing Blade'' was not released yet at the time of ''The Binding Blade''[='s=] own release (and the pairings involved exist among other possible pairings), the 6th game latter never makes any mention of the this possibility.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' uses a love system very similar to that of ''Genealogy of the fourth game. Holy War''. Either Lucina or a Chrom-fathered Cynthia or Kjelle can potentially marry their paternal cross cousin cross-cousin Owain while other cousin pairings can be set up with certain combinations of parents. The international release has the status screens of such a pairing {{Bowdlerize}}d to read "Companion" instead of husband/wife, though. A female Morgan mothered by Lissa [[spoiler: or Emmeryn]] can also marry her cousin Inigo or Brady.



*** The second set are [[spoiler:the Male Avatar and his ImpliedLoveInterest Azura--their mothers Mikoto and Arete were sisters.]] The twist is ''[[SurpriseIncest they]]'' [[SurpriseIncest don't know they're cousins]], and they don't find out until quite late in the GoldenPath (and note, ''only'' the GoldenPath, meaning in the other two they never find out). Even after they learn the truth, though, their S-support is explictly romantic, making them the straight example.
*** Of course, if ''they'' don't marry each other, it's possible for their respective ''children'', who would be second cousins, to marry each other. And if [[spoiler: the Female Avatar marries Azura's son Shigure (or possibly another), she'd marry her first cousin once removed.]]

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*** The second set are [[spoiler:the Male Avatar and his ImpliedLoveInterest Azura--their mothers Mikoto and Arete were sisters.]] The twist is they ''[[SurpriseIncest they]]'' [[SurpriseIncest don't know know]]'' they're cousins]], cousins, and they don't find out until quite late in the GoldenPath (and note, ''only'' the GoldenPath, meaning in the other two they never find out). Even after they learn the truth, though, their S-support is explictly romantic, making them the straight example.
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example. Of course, if ''they'' don't marry each other, it's possible for their respective ''children'', who would be second cousins, to marry each other. And if [[spoiler: the Female [[spoiler:the Avatar marries any of Azura's son Shigure (or possibly another), she'd marry her children]], he/she'll end up marrying his/her first cousin once removed.]]
16th Jun '17 3:23:31 PM mouschilight
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*** In {{canon}}, Neji remarked to his father that Hinata was beautiful when they first met. When he was 4 and she was 3.

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*** In {{canon}}, Neji remarked to his father that Hinata was beautiful when they first met. When [[PuppyLove he was 4 and she was 3.3]].
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