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14th Aug '17 9:25:57 AM Gregzilla
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* Averted in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' with the abilities of the titular people. Nick inherits [[TheHunter his abilities]] from his mother who, along with her sister, inherited it from their father. The only real difference between male and female Grimms is that females normally start exhibiting their Grimm abilities (enhanced strength, endurance, and reflexes; being able to see [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals Wesen]]) in their teens, while males only become Grimms in their late 20s or even 30s. It's also not a guarantee that a Grimm's children will all become Grimms. It's also unclear how the Royals determine their line of succession, since we're never shown any female heirs. The King Frederick appears to have only had two children, both male: Eric (legitimate) and Sean (illegitimate). The family appears to be quite large, but only two cousins were shown, also male: Viktor and Kenneth. [[spoiler:Viktor eventually inherits the title after the deaths of Eric, Kenneth, and Frederick, even though he himself is sterile. Sean isn't even considered due to his illegitimacy and neither is Sean's daughter Diana, although the Royals do want her raised as one of them]].

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* Averted in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' with the abilities of the titular people. Nick inherits [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters his abilities]] from his mother who, along with her sister, inherited it from their father. The only real difference between male and female Grimms is that females normally start exhibiting their Grimm abilities (enhanced strength, endurance, and reflexes; being able to see [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals Wesen]]) in their teens, while males only become Grimms in their late 20s or even 30s. It's also not a guarantee that a Grimm's children will all become Grimms. It's also unclear how the Royals determine their line of succession, since we're never shown any female heirs. The King Frederick appears to have only had two children, both male: Eric (legitimate) and Sean (illegitimate). The family appears to be quite large, but only two cousins were shown, also male: Viktor and Kenneth. [[spoiler:Viktor eventually inherits the title after the deaths of Eric, Kenneth, and Frederick, even though he himself is sterile. Sean isn't even considered due to his illegitimacy and neither is Sean's daughter Diana, although the Royals do want her raised as one of them]].
7th Aug '17 10:10:44 PM ManOfSin
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* Played straight genetically. Although we inherit equal amounts of genetic mutations from our parents the mutations that make us who we are instead of some other person we actually 'use' more of the DNA that we inherit from our dad

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* Played straight genetically. genetically for mammals. Although we inherit equal amounts of genetic mutations from our parents the mutations that make us who we are instead of some other person we actually 'use' more of the DNA that we inherit from our daddad. Researchers tracked genetic mutations in nine kinds of mice bred from three genetically diverse inbred strains. They found that the offspring's gene expressions were more heavily influenced by the male parent.
7th Aug '17 10:08:54 PM ManOfSin
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* Genetically, its actually the inverse since there is more inheritable traits found in the much larger egg than the sperm. These things includes genetic and regulatory markers that are not present in the DNA coding alone.

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* Genetically, its Played straight genetically. Although we inherit equal amounts of genetic mutations from our parents the mutations that make us who we are instead of some other person we actually the inverse since there is 'use' more inheritable traits found in the much larger egg than the sperm. These things includes genetic and regulatory markers that are not present in of the DNA coding alone.that we inherit from our dad
29th Jul '17 11:04:01 PM Motherdragon64
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Maybe it's because MostWritersAreMale, but when a character has a [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] of [[RagsToRoyalty royalty]], [[InTheBlood villainy]] or [[SecretLegacy heroics]] it comes from the father. The implicit assumption is that if a character is going to inherit something of relevance from their bloodline, it's going to be from their father's side, never their mother's. This is applied to both sons and daughters.

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Maybe it's because MostWritersAreMale, but when a character has a [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] of [[RagsToRoyalty royalty]], [[InTheBlood villainy]] or [[SecretLegacy heroics]] it comes tends to come from the father. The implicit assumption is that if a character is going to inherit something of relevance from their bloodline, it's going to be from their father's side, never their mother's. This is applied to both sons and daughters.
17th Jul '17 8:47:43 PM AndreaTx
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* In ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Supernatural Supernatural]]'' it first look as if this trope are played straight. Because Dean and Sam Winchester are two demon hunters, because their father they brought up. But later it turns out that it is inverted with them. Actually there is her mother's family for generations from [[DemonSlaying Demon Hunters]], while her father's family, with the exception of John Winchester, rather were scholars who called themselves "Men of Letters."

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* In ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Supernatural Supernatural]]'' it first look looks as if this trope are is played straight. Because Dean and Sam Winchester are two demon hunters, hunters of the supernatural, presumably because their father they brought up. their father raised them that way. But later it turns out that it is inverted with them. Actually there is her actually a subverted trope. In actuality, their mother's side of the family for produced generations from of [[DemonSlaying Demon Hunters]], while her there father's family, side, with the exception of John Winchester, rather were John, Sam, and Dean, themselves, produced scholars of the supernatural world, who called themselves "Men of Letters."" Hunters and Men of Letters worked together to control the things that go bump in the night, making Sam and Dean the perfect amalgamation of the two.
1st Jul '17 5:11:34 PM nombretomado
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* Mitochondrial genetic inheritance comes exclusively from females, whereas the Y chromosome of mammals is passed solely from father to son. This makes it ''extremely'' useful for tracking migrations of people over thousands of years: since the only way that the mitochondrial DNA or Y chromosome can change is through mutation, and mutations happen exactly once, men with the same mutation in the Y chromosome have a common male ancestor in direct paternal line (they share a father's father's father's father's...father), and people with the same mutation in the mitochondrial DNA have a common female ancestor in direct maternal line (they share a mother's mother's mother's...mother). By identifying major mutations, you identify groups of genetically related people, including where and when different groups split off from others. See TheOtherWiki's articles on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Y-chromosome_DNA_haplogroup human Y-chromosome DNA]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_mitochondrial_DNA_haplogroup mitochondrial DNA haplogroups]].

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* Mitochondrial genetic inheritance comes exclusively from females, whereas the Y chromosome of mammals is passed solely from father to son. This makes it ''extremely'' useful for tracking migrations of people over thousands of years: since the only way that the mitochondrial DNA or Y chromosome can change is through mutation, and mutations happen exactly once, men with the same mutation in the Y chromosome have a common male ancestor in direct paternal line (they share a father's father's father's father's...father), and people with the same mutation in the mitochondrial DNA have a common female ancestor in direct maternal line (they share a mother's mother's mother's...mother). By identifying major mutations, you identify groups of genetically related people, including where and when different groups split off from others. See TheOtherWiki's Wiki/TheOtherWiki's articles on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Y-chromosome_DNA_haplogroup human Y-chromosome DNA]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_mitochondrial_DNA_haplogroup mitochondrial DNA haplogroups]].
28th Jun '17 4:23:21 PM Synchronicity
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', where Tetra's OrphansPlotTrinket comes from her mother.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** GenderInverted. The divine magic of the royal family is passed down from mother to daughter, allowing multiple Princess Zeldas to take the spotlight at different points in the timelines.
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Averted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', where Tetra's OrphansPlotTrinket comes from her mother.
21st Jun '17 3:52:49 PM Eievie
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Maybe it's because MostWritersAreMale, or because of the prevelance of HeirClubForMen, but when a character has a [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] of [[RagsToRoyalty royalty]], [[InTheBlood villainy]] or [[SecretLegacy heroics]] it comes from the father. The implicit assumption is that if a character is going to inherit something of relevance from their bloodline, it's going to be from their father's side, never their mother's. This is applied to both sons and daughters.

This is often paired with SingleLineOfDescent, creating a long line of fathers and sons. Likewise, the prevalence of this trope is a contributor to HumanMomNonhumanDad having the supernatural partner be the father. Compare the similar trope NeverASelfMadeWoman, where important female characters ultimately owe their positions or talents to men.

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Maybe it's because MostWritersAreMale, or because of the prevelance of HeirClubForMen, but when a character has a [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] of [[RagsToRoyalty royalty]], [[InTheBlood villainy]] or [[SecretLegacy heroics]] it comes from the father. The implicit assumption is that if a character is going to inherit something of relevance from their bloodline, it's going to be from their father's side, never their mother's. This is applied to both sons and daughters.

This is often paired with SingleLineOfDescent, creating a long line of fathers and sons. Likewise, the prevalence of this trope is a contributor to HumanMomNonhumanDad having the supernatural partner be the father. Compare the similar trope NeverASelfMadeWoman, where important female characters ultimately owe their positions or talents to men.
men.

In the matter in question is legal inheritance, you're looking at its sister trope HeirClubForMen. LineageComesFromTheFather is concerned with the less traditional "inheritance"--for example, [[InTheBlood villainy]] or [[SecretLegacy heroics]], rather than a title or money.


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In the case of a {{Matriarchy}} or otherwise matrilineal society, this trope is automatically [[GenderInvertedTrope gender-inverted]].
21st Jun '17 2:36:23 PM Eievie
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Maybe it's because MostWritersAreMale, or because a great deal of the time characters in the HeirClubForMen who ''insist'' on having a boy are men, that when a character has a [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] of [[RagsToRoyalty royalty]], [[InTheBlood villainy]] or [[SecretLegacy heroics]] it comes from the father. Even for female characters! The implicit assumption is that if a character is going to inherit something of relevance from their bloodline, it's going to be from their father's side, [[DoubleStandard never their mother's]].

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Maybe it's because MostWritersAreMale, or because a great deal of the time characters in the HeirClubForMen who ''insist'' on having a boy are men, that prevelance of HeirClubForMen, but when a character has a [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] of [[RagsToRoyalty royalty]], [[InTheBlood villainy]] or [[SecretLegacy heroics]] it comes from the father. Even for female characters! The implicit assumption is that if a character is going to inherit something of relevance from their bloodline, it's going to be from their father's side, [[DoubleStandard never their mother's]].
mother's. This is applied to both sons and daughters.



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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Emperor Charles Zi Britannia has fathered hundreds of children, from multiple wives. Every kid is at least a half brother or half sister to each other since they all have only one father, and a bunch of them are line to take over as the ruler of Britannia. Most of them are backups, in case something happens to the first three or so "sets" of sons and daughters. Even Lelouch is nowhere near in position to inherit the throne (17th in line at the beginning).
** Subverted by the protagonist himself and his sister though since they mostly take after their mother and choose to use her maiden name as their surname instead of making an alias after leaving the royal family. At least one of Lelouch's allies goes out of their way to emphasize that they are only helping him ''because'' of who his mother was. [[spoiler:Even the reason that he and Nunnally are actually his father's favorite children comes from her, as their mother is the only woman Charles has ever loved.]]

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Emperor Charles Zi Britannia has fathered hundreds of children, from multiple wives. Every kid is at least a half brother or half sister to each other since they all have only one father, and a bunch of them are line to take over as the ruler of Britannia. Most of them are backups, in case something happens to the first three or so "sets" of sons and daughters. Even Lelouch is nowhere near in position to inherit the throne (17th in line at the beginning).
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beginning). Subverted by the protagonist himself and his sister though since they mostly take after their mother and choose to use her maiden name as their surname instead of making an alias after leaving the royal family. At least one of Lelouch's allies goes out of their way to emphasize that they are only helping him ''because'' of who his mother was. [[spoiler:Even the reason that he and Nunnally are actually his father's favorite children comes from her, as their mother is the only woman Charles has ever loved.]]



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Subverted. It becomes really clear, really early on that Naruto's father is the village hero, the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze. However, it turns out that the one whom Naruto really got all the important stuff from was his ''mother'', Kushina Uzumaki, and Naruto being her child is emphasized far more by the characters and the story itself.
** [[spoiler:The focus on the importance of a mother's legacy becomes even more prevalent with the Sage of the Six Paths and his brother Hamura, who also gained their power from their mother, Princess Kaguya, the strongest person to have every lived. ''Unlike'' Kushina Uzumaki, [[EvilMatriarch she isn't the type of mother you would be proud of]].]]

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Subverted. It becomes really clear, really early on that Naruto's father is the village hero, the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze. However, it turns out that the one whom Naruto really got all the important stuff from was his ''mother'', Kushina Uzumaki, and Naruto being her child is emphasized far more by the characters and the story itself.
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itself. [[spoiler:The focus on the importance of a mother's legacy becomes even more prevalent with the Sage of the Six Paths and his brother Hamura, who also gained their power from their mother, Princess Kaguya, the strongest person to have every lived. ''Unlike'' Kushina Uzumaki, [[EvilMatriarch she isn't the type of mother you would be proud of]].]]



* ''Franchise/StarWars'' seems to play this straight, with the ever-present concern that Luke will end up [[InTheBlood like his father before him]]. Looking at the prequels and the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', it becomes clear that in terms of personality, he's more like his mother. He has that same apparently unfounded belief in the goodness of Vader, and though he can certainly get dangerous when there's call for that, he tries diplomacy first. He handles things his own way, and that's almost never Anakin's way; late-set books actually voice the opinion that he's become passive and reactionary instead of proactive. How much of this can be attributed to genetics versus his upbringing is debatable, but he's more like his mother than he initially seems. Leia, on the other hand, takes after Anakin, though she isn't happy about it. She is way more proactive and stubborn than her brother, and she isn't ''nearly'' as forgiving of Vader's sins. The Noghri call her "Lady Vader" for a good reason.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars''
** It
seems to play this straight, be played straight with the ever-present concern that Luke will end up [[InTheBlood like his father before him]]. Looking at the prequels and the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', it becomes clear that in terms of personality, he's more like his mother. He mother--he has that same apparently unfounded belief in the goodness of Vader, and though (though he can ''can'' certainly get dangerous when there's call for that, that) he tries diplomacy first. He handles things his own way, and that's almost never Anakin's way; late-set books actually voice the opinion that he's become passive and reactionary instead of proactive. How much of this can be attributed to genetics versus his upbringing is debatable, but he's more like his mother than he initially seems. Leia, on the other hand, takes after Anakin, though she isn't happy about it. She is way more proactive and stubborn than her brother, and she isn't ''nearly'' as forgiving of Vader's sins. The Noghri call her "Lady Vader" for a good reason.



* Played with in ''Literature/TheBible'' with Jesus's lineage. Jewish society played this trope straight, so how could {{God}} have Jesus be both biological descendant and legal heir of King David when he has no biological human father? A popular interpretation is that the genealogy presented in Luke is actually through Mary (with the different fathers listed for Joseph being justified as Heli being his father-in-law), meaning both Joseph and Mary can claim to be descendants of the royal line of Judah, making Jesus both a biological descendant of the royal line via Mary and its legal heir via his adoptive father Joseph, who is a direct male descendant of the royal line.
* Same for the ''[[Literature/TheBible Jewish Bible]]'': a lot of lineages are (in painful detail and length) detailed - but usually only on the male line. Sometimes the mothers along the way are also mentioned, but they're never recursed onto like the men. Interestingly, despite ''naming'' lineages by the men, one's "Jewishness" was passed through the ''mother''. Hence a ShiksaGoddess is considered to be a more serious temptation than a non-Jewish man: if a woman marries outside the faith, her children are still Jewish by birth, but if a man does it, the children are not.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': King Robert Baratheon has fathered lots of bastard children, all of whom have inherited his appearance and dark hair. [[spoiler:The fact that his legitimate children lack this resemblance is a pretty big clue that they aren't actually his.]]
** Averted in Dorne, where gender isn't important. The eldest child inherits, period, regardless of whether or not they are male or female. [[spoiler: They took control of the female "heir" to the Baratheon line, and in their eyes, she became heir after her elder brother died. The rest of Westeros considers her younger brother to be ahead of her, but given there's already a civil war going on that's not a big roadblock.]]
** If [[EpilepticTrees fan theories]] about Jon Snow's parentage are correct, [[spoiler:he takes strongly after his mother, Lyanna Stark -- Ned Stark's sister -- but not much at all after his biological father Rhaegar Targaryen]]
** Also played straight in Westerosi inheritance law, under which all legitimate male offspring must be dead before titles and property may be passed on to a daughter, and then only as caretaker for the rights of the male heirs she is assumed to be eager to pop out if she hasn't already (if she is found to be infertile or dies before giving birth to a son, everyone starts looking around for the nearest male cousin).
** One of the reasons Catelyn resented Jon Snow was because he resembled Ned more than any of the children she bore, most of whom inherited her Tully features.
** This whole concept is interestingly subverted with bastard children who have one high-born parent, usually the father. In many cases, the father is noble while the mother is a commoner. In such situations, the child is a noble-born bastard child but not able to inherit their father's lands/titles/name/etc, even though they are their father's blood and the father's blood is the more important factor. While it's definitely true that men are often more "important" lineage-wise in ASOIAF, it's interesting that simply having a noble father is not enough to make one noble -- the father has to publicly acknowledge the child for them to be a noble-born bastard child. Acknowledged, noble-born bastard children are given the regional surnames based on the land their noble father is from to indicate they are of noble blood, while the bastard children of commoner fathers are given no names at all.

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* ''Literature/TheBible'':
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Played with in ''Literature/TheBible'' with Jesus's lineage. Jewish society played this trope straight, so how could {{God}} have Jesus be both biological descendant and legal heir of King David when he has no biological human father? A popular interpretation is that the genealogy presented in Luke is actually through Mary (with the different fathers listed for Joseph being justified as Heli being his father-in-law), meaning both Joseph and Mary can claim to be descendants of the royal line of Judah, making Jesus both a biological descendant of the royal line via Mary and its legal heir via his adoptive father Joseph, who is a direct male descendant of the royal line.
* Same for ** In the ''[[Literature/TheBible Jewish Bible]]'': Torah, a lot of lineages are (in painful detail and length) detailed - but detailed--but usually only on the male line. Sometimes the mothers along the way are also mentioned, but they're never recursed onto like the men. Interestingly, despite ''naming'' lineages by the men, one's "Jewishness" was passed through the ''mother''. Hence a ShiksaGoddess is considered to be a more serious temptation than a non-Jewish man: if a woman marries outside the faith, her children are still Jewish by birth, but if a man does it, the children are not.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': King Robert Baratheon has fathered lots of bastard children, ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Played straight in Westerosi inheritance law, under which
all of whom have inherited his appearance and dark hair. [[spoiler:The fact that his legitimate children lack this resemblance male offspring must be dead before titles and property may be passed on to a daughter, and then only as caretaker for the rights of the male heirs she is assumed to be eager to pop out if she hasn't already. (If she is found to be infertile or dies before giving birth to a pretty big clue that they aren't actually his.]]
** Averted
son, everyone starts looking around for the nearest male cousin.)
**Averted
in Dorne, where gender isn't important. The eldest child inherits, period, regardless of whether or not they are male or female. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They took control of the female "heir" to the Baratheon line, and in their eyes, she became heir after her elder brother died. The rest of Westeros considers her younger brother to be ahead of her, but given there's already a civil war going on that's not a big roadblock.]]
** If [[EpilepticTrees fan theories]] about Jon Snow's parentage are correct, [[spoiler:he takes strongly after his mother, Lyanna Stark -- Ned Stark's sister -- but not much at all after his biological father Rhaegar Targaryen]]
** Also played straight in Westerosi inheritance law, under which all legitimate male offspring must be dead before titles and property may be passed on to a daughter, and then only as caretaker for the rights of the male heirs she is assumed to be eager to pop out if she hasn't already (if she is found to be infertile or dies before giving birth to a son, everyone starts looking around for the nearest male cousin).
** One of the reasons Catelyn resented Jon Snow was because he resembled Ned more than any of the children she bore, most of whom inherited her Tully features.
** This whole concept is interestingly subverted with bastard children who have one high-born parent, usually the father. In many cases, the father is noble while the mother is a commoner. In such situations, the child is a noble-born bastard child but not able to inherit their father's lands/titles/name/etc, even though they are their father's blood and the father's blood is the more important factor. While it's definitely true that men are often more "important" lineage-wise in ASOIAF, ''A Song of Ice and Fire'', it's interesting that simply having a noble father is not enough to make one noble -- the noble--the father has to publicly acknowledge the child for them to be a noble-born bastard child. Acknowledged, noble-born bastard children are given the regional surnames based on the land their noble father is from to indicate they are of noble blood, while the bastard children of commoner fathers are given no names at all.



* ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]; Terre d'Ange's monarchy passes patrilineally, but the king only has one daughter, who proceeds to have two daughters of her own. Meanwhile, in Alba, inheritance passes from uncle to nephew, although this is later revealed to be motivated by [[spoiler:the male rulers not trusting that their wives' sons are actually theirs, and preserving the lineage through their sisters]]. Meanwhile Imriel's significant lineage comes from both sides of his family.
* ''[[Literature/{{Wicked}} The Wicked Years]]'': Averted. The throne of Oz appears to be passed by matrilineal succession, and [[spoiler: Liir]] ends up picking up where his mother left off with his father barely a passing mention. It may be strong enough to be an outright ''inversion,'' especially considering that Melena Thropp's oldest daughter was not [[ReallyGetsAround fathered by her husband]], and her younger daughter Nessarose and son Shell ''might'' have been, but no one cared. In fact, the social standing of Elphaba, Nessarose, and (later) Shell was primarily due to their mother's family. Their legal father was an always-broke itinerant preacher. Even Baum's Oz has a tendency to run with this. Coo-Eh-Oh was descended from a line of "witches," and Ozma herself has the throne because she is the daughter (or matrilineal descendant) of Lurline, the first Fairy Queen of Oz.

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* ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]; Terre d'Ange's monarchy passes patrilineally, but the king only at the time of the books has one daughter, granddaughter, who proceeds to have two daughters of her own. Meanwhile, in Alba, inheritance passes from uncle to nephew, although this is later revealed to be motivated by [[spoiler:the male rulers not trusting that their wives' sons are actually theirs, and preserving the lineage through their sisters]]. Meanwhile Imriel's significant lineage comes from both sides of his family.
* ''[[Literature/{{Wicked}} The Wicked Years]]'': Averted. The throne of Oz appears to be passed by matrilineal succession, and [[spoiler: Liir]] ends up picking up where his mother left off with his father barely a passing mention. It may be strong enough to be an outright ''inversion,'' especially considering that Melena Thropp's oldest daughter was not [[ReallyGetsAround fathered by her husband]], and her younger daughter Nessarose and son Shell ''might'' have been, but no one cared. In fact, Melena's children inherit the social standing title of Elphaba, Nessarose, and (later) Shell was primarily due to their mother's family.Eminent Thropp from her. Their legal father was an always-broke itinerant preacher. Even Baum's Oz has a tendency to run with this. Coo-Eh-Oh was descended from a line of "witches," and Ozma herself has the throne because she is the daughter (or matrilineal descendant) of Lurline, the first Fairy Queen of Oz.



* Played straight in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. All of the [[RoyallyScrewedUp royal family of]] [[EmotionEater White Court vampires]] were born from human mothers and got the vampirism from Lord Raith. Inverted for the main character himself, whose mother has so far been more important to the story than his father. This is because magic is almost always passed along matrilineal lines (it has to do with exposure to magic prior to birth - a child whose father has a talent for magic might have the genes for it, but they'll probably be dormant). Though since Harry's mother died in childbirth, his father Malcolm's kind and naive nature was a major influence on Harry's personality.

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* Played straight in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. All of the [[RoyallyScrewedUp royal family of]] [[EmotionEater White Court vampires]] were born from human mothers and got the vampirism from Lord Raith. Inverted for the main character himself, whose mother has so far been more important to the story than his father. This is because magic is almost always passed along matrilineal lines (it has to do with exposure to magic prior to birth - birth-- a child whose father has a talent for magic might have the genes for it, but they'll probably be dormant). Though since Harry's mother died in childbirth, his father Malcolm's kind and naive nature was a major influence on Harry's personality.



* Averted in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. Two of the most important characters, [[TheSmartGuy Annabeth Chase]] and [[ActionGirl Piper Mclean]], are descended from Athena and Aphrodite, respectively.
** It is, however, played straight with the characters who inherit their Demigod status from their fathers.

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* Averted in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. Two of the most important characters, [[TheSmartGuy Annabeth Chase]] and [[ActionGirl Piper Mclean]], There are descended from Athena and Aphrodite, respectively.
** It is, however, played straight
lots demigod with the characters who inherit their Demigod status from their god for fathers and mortal women for mothers; there are also plenty of demigods with goddess mothers and mortal fathers.



* Inverted in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', where the only relevant lineage for Princesses is the female one and the male line is not considered relevant.

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* Inverted in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', where the only relevant lineage for Princesses princesses is the female one and the male line is not considered relevant.



* The [=DeMarian=] royal line in Fiona Patton's Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm passes through the firstborn, [[GenderIsNoObject regardless of gender]]. So do other noble families; the senior surname is invariably used.
* Somewhat justified for [[TheSoulless Preter]][[PowerNullifier naturals]] in Literature/TheParasolProtectorate. They are stated to breed true, but can only reproduce through male lines because the females cannot carry a child to term [[spoiler: unless the father is a vampire or werewolf. This results in a ''Meta''natural child with PowerCopying abilities derived from both parents]].
* Averted completely in Wicked, where patrilineal heritage means next to nothing. Elphaba and Glinda both inherited their surnames from their mothers, and Elphaba (and later, Nessarose) inherits the title of Eminent Thropp from her mother.

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* The [=DeMarian=] royal line in Fiona Patton's Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' passes through the firstborn, [[GenderIsNoObject regardless of gender]]. So do other noble families; the senior surname is invariably used.
* Somewhat justified for [[TheSoulless Preter]][[PowerNullifier naturals]] in Literature/TheParasolProtectorate.''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate''. They are stated to breed true, but can only reproduce through male lines because the females cannot carry a child to term [[spoiler: unless the father is a vampire or werewolf. This results in a ''Meta''natural child with PowerCopying abilities derived from both parents]].
* Averted completely in Wicked, where patrilineal heritage means next to nothing. Elphaba and Glinda both inherited their surnames from their mothers, and Elphaba (and later, Nessarose) inherits the title of Eminent Thropp from her mother.
parents]].
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* Surnames are usually inherited patrilineally (at least in Western countries). That fact, plus the prevalence of this trope and its relatives, may be why so many things about ancestry are counterintuitive people think in terms of a SingleLineOfDescent.

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* Surnames are usually inherited patrilineally (at least in Western countries). That fact, plus the prevalence of this trope and its relatives, may be why so many things about ancestry are counterintuitive people think in terms of a SingleLineOfDescent. NomDeMom is pretty rare as a result.
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