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17th Sep '17 9:21:09 PM Pichu-kun
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* The Cadance/Twilight ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' oneshot ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/312111/sweet-dreams-are-made-of-this Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This]]'' takes the original cartoons usage of this and expands upon it. The reason why Celestia didn't adopt Cadance and instead raised her as her niece was because she had written ''Luna'' down as her adopted mother. Luna was still stuck in the moon at that point and Cadance didn't notice the fine print on the paperwork until adulthood. Still, Luna insists on calling Cadance her daughter despite not being around during her fillyhood. Cadance, however, is unnerved by having a pony she doesn't know well (and who is [[ImmortalityStartsAtTwenty physically her age]]) as her mother.

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* The Cadance/Twilight ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' oneshot ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/312111/sweet-dreams-are-made-of-this Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This]]'' takes the original cartoons usage of this and expands upon it. The reason why Celestia didn't adopt Cadance and instead raised her as her niece was because she had written ''Luna'' down as her adopted mother. Luna was still stuck in the moon at that point and Cadance didn't notice the fine print on the paperwork until adulthood. Still, Luna insists on calling Cadance her daughter despite not being around during her fillyhood. Cadance, however, is unnerved by having a pony she doesn't know well (and who is [[ImmortalityStartsAtTwenty [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty physically her age]]) as her mother.
17th Sep '17 9:20:26 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comics]] (and [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM the Saturday morning cartoon]], but the comics have had more opportunity to really explore it), Sir Charles Hedgehog is better known as Uncle Chuck, erstwhile guardian of Sonic the Hedgehog, famous inventor, and purveyor of the finest chili dogs on the planet Mobius. Early on in the comic it's just accepted as fact that Sonic's parents were casualties of Dr. Robotnik's enslavement program the same as everyone else's parents, and Chuck was for whatever reason the important relative. Later on it explains that Chuck is, in fact, the reason he has Nephewism in the first place; when he was forced to test his roboticizer on his gravely injured brother, he discovered that the machines his patients turned into had no will of their own (which made it rather unviable in its intended purpose of extending the lives of the injured and infirm). This sent him spiraling into depression and he abandoned the project, allowing Robotnik to swoop in and steal it for his takeover scheme.

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* In the [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comics]] ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comics (and [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM the Saturday morning cartoon]], but the comics have had more opportunity to really explore it), Sir Charles Hedgehog is better known as Uncle Chuck, erstwhile guardian of Sonic the Hedgehog, famous inventor, and purveyor of the finest chili dogs on the planet Mobius. Early on in the comic it's just accepted as fact that Sonic's parents were casualties of Dr. Robotnik's enslavement program the same as everyone else's parents, and Chuck was for whatever reason the important relative. Later on it explains that Chuck is, in fact, the reason he has Nephewism in the first place; when he was forced to test his roboticizer on his gravely injured brother, he discovered that the machines his patients turned into had no will of their own (which made it rather unviable in its intended purpose of extending the lives of the injured and infirm). This sent him spiraling into depression and he abandoned the project, allowing Robotnik to swoop in and steal it for his takeover scheme.



* ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': In all the various continuities, Sabrina lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda. In the original comics, they were her [[HonoraryUncle Honorary Aunts]] who created her themselves by magic. In the popular [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch TV sitcom]] and comics that followed it, however, they were retconned into her actual paternal aunts, whom she lives with because [[ItMakesSenseInContext her father lives in a book and her mother will turn into a ball of wax if she sees her.]]

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* ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': In all the various continuities, Sabrina lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda. In the original comics, they were her [[HonoraryUncle Honorary Aunts]] who created her themselves by magic. In the popular [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch TV sitcom]] and comics that followed it, however, they were retconned into her actual paternal aunts, whom she lives with because [[ItMakesSenseInContext her father lives in a book and her mother will turn into a ball of wax if she sees her.]]]] In ''ComicBook/ChilingAdventuresOfSabrina'' her mother was put into an asylum after she tried to run off with her infant, and thus Sabrina was raised by her paternal aunts.



* The Cadance/Twilight ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' oneshot ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/312111/sweet-dreams-are-made-of-this Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This]]'' takes the original cartoons usage of this and expands upon it. The reason why Celestia didn't adopt Cadance and instead raised her as her niece was because she had written ''Luna'' down as her adopted mother. Luna was still stuck in the moon at that point and Cadance didn't notice the fine print on the paperwork until adulthood. Still, Luna insists on calling Cadance her daughter despite not being around during her fillyhood. Cadance, however, is unnerved by having a pony she doesn't know well (and who is [[ImmortalityStartsAtTwenty physically her age]]) as her mother.



* A common trope in Shakespeare, especially in ''RomeoAndJuliet'' where family ties draw the line between the two opposing camps. To whit: Tybalt is Lady Capulet's nephew (specifically her brother's child) and Lord Montague addresses Benvolio the same way. Both are implied to have grown up alongside their respective protagonist (Juliet and Romeo, respectively).

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* A common trope in Shakespeare, especially in ''RomeoAndJuliet'' ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' where family ties draw the line between the two opposing camps. To whit: Tybalt is Lady Capulet's nephew (specifically her brother's child) and Lord Montague addresses Benvolio the same way. Both are implied to have grown up alongside their respective protagonist (Juliet and Romeo, respectively).



* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has a minor example of this if the game is played using an imported save in which [[spoiler:Alistair]] was made king in the first game. He has a brief cameo alongside Bann Teagan, whom he introduces as "my uncle. Sort of." [[spoiler:They're not related -- Teagan was actually the uncle of Alistair's deceased half-brother -- but Teagan and his brother Eamon are the closest thing Alistair has to actual relatives and they helped to raise him.]]

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'':
** ''Dragon Age II''
has a minor example of this if the game is played using an imported save in which [[spoiler:Alistair]] was made king in the first game. He has a brief cameo alongside Bann Teagan, whom he introduces as "my uncle. Sort of." [[spoiler:They're not related -- Teagan was actually the uncle of Alistair's deceased half-brother -- but Teagan and his brother Eamon are the closest thing Alistair has to actual relatives and they helped to raise him.]]



* In the older series, the Franchise/ScoobyDoo gang seems to spend more time visiting its various members' extended relatives than living with their real parents.

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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
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In the older series, the Franchise/ScoobyDoo gang seems to spend more time visiting its various members' extended relatives than living with their real parents.



* Up until TheReveal in the GrandFinale, ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was a case of this, since all you knew for sure was that Arnold was living with his paternal grandparents. We never (canonically) found out the kid's last name for crying out loud!
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Skippy Squirrel]] does not appear to have any parents, and lives with his [[ScrewySquirrel Aunt Slappy]] According to Slappy's creator and voice actress, Skippy's folks are on sabbatical.

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* Up until TheReveal in the GrandFinale, ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was a case of this, since all you knew for sure was that Arnold was living with his paternal grandparents. We never (canonically) found out the kid's last name for crying out loud!
loud! [[spoiler:It's "Shortman", by the way.]]
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': Skippy Squirrel]] Squirrel does not appear to have any parents, and lives with his [[ScrewySquirrel Aunt Slappy]] Slappy]]. According to Slappy's creator and voice actress, Skippy's folks are on sabbatical.



* Popeye has four nephews that appear in several ''Popeye'' cartoons: Peepeye, Pupeye, Pipeye and Poopeye.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'':
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Popeye has four nephews that appear in several ''Popeye'' cartoons: Peepeye, Pupeye, Pipeye Pipeye, and Poopeye.



* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' starts out with the well-established Kid Flash, who is ComicBook/TheFlash's nephew-by-marriage. When the team is formed, they add Miss Martian, the ComicBook/MartianManhunter's niece in this continuity. Later, ComicBook/GreenArrow brings ''his'' niece, Artemis, to the Team. (Which is when Robin lampshades it) PlayedWith because [[spoiler:Artemis isn't really Green Arrow's niece; she just doesn't want the Team to know who her real family is]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** ''Young Justice''
starts out with the well-established Kid Flash, who is ComicBook/TheFlash's nephew-by-marriage. When the team is formed, they add Miss Martian, the ComicBook/MartianManhunter's niece in this continuity. Later, ComicBook/GreenArrow brings ''his'' niece, Artemis, to the Team. (Which is when Robin lampshades it) PlayedWith because [[spoiler:Artemis isn't really Green Arrow's niece; she just doesn't want the Team to know who her real family is]].



* Wonderheart Bear on ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' lives with her uncle Tenderheart. No parents are ever mentioned.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CareBears'':
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Wonderheart Bear on ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' lives with her uncle Tenderheart. No parents are ever mentioned.



** Most fans just say that Cadance is adopted (the canon side-story ''TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'' states that Cadance was an orphan found by some village-folk). The season three finale supports that, as it shows that regular ponies can ''become'' princesses without having to be related to the existing royalty.

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** Most fans just say that Cadance is adopted (the canon side-story ''TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'' ''Literature/TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'' states that Cadance was an orphan found by some village-folk). The season three finale supports that, as it shows that regular ponies can ''become'' princesses without having to be related to the existing royalty.



* Early Disney shorts and media assigned a pair of nephews to MickeyMouse. Morty and Ferdy's parents are never mentioned. They appear in some children's books, but otherwise nowadays seem to have vanished from existence.

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* Early Disney shorts and media assigned a pair of nephews to MickeyMouse.WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse. Morty and Ferdy's parents are never mentioned. They appear in some children's books, but otherwise nowadays seem to have vanished from existence.
13th Sep '17 11:33:42 PM Luppercus
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Condorito}}'', Condorito has his Nephew named Coné. Coné was actually a DoorstopBaby but why he is called a Nephew is never known, they seem to live together, but in some instances is clear that Condorito lives alone. Also Yayita's nephew Yiyito. Yuyito's parents are never talked about.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Condorito}}'', Condorito has his Nephew named Coné. Coné was actually a DoorstopBaby but why he is called a Nephew is never known, they seem to live together, but in some instances is clear that Condorito lives alone. Also Yayita's nephew Yiyito.niece Yuyito. Yuyito's parents are never talked about.
11th Sep '17 7:21:55 AM dante8
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So [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan Bob's]] parents [[ParentalAbandonment aren't around]]. What happened to them? You tell me. What happens to Bob? [[ThickerThanWater He lives with his aunt and/or uncle, of course]]. Sometimes a cousin or two will be thrown into the mix. This trope usually occurs when a character's parents are ''completely'' absent (as in, not part of the story in any way), missing, secretly the BigBad, or established as dead.

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So [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan Bob's]] parents [[ParentalAbandonment aren't around]]. What happened to them? You tell me. What happens to Bob? [[ThickerThanWater He lives with his aunt and/or uncle, of course]]. Sometimes a cousin or two will be thrown into the mix. This trope trope, nephewism (coined by Josh Fruhlinger of ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'') usually occurs when a character's parents are ''completely'' absent (as in, not part of the story in any way), missing, secretly the BigBad, or established as dead.
10th Sep '17 10:17:54 AM nombretomado
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** It's a trend -- Disney prefers niblings to children. MickeyMouse has two nephews, Morty and Ferdie, Minnie has two nieces, Millie and Melody, and even Pete has two nephews, Pierino and Pieretto. Daisy Duck meanwhile has three nieces, named April, May, and June. {{Goofy}} has an InsufferableGenius nephew named Gilbert. In the comics, Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander, and Fethry Duck also have a nephew each. The Beagle Boys have both a set of three nephews and three nieces, while the Phantom Blot has only three nephews.

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** It's a trend -- Disney prefers niblings to children. MickeyMouse has two nephews, Morty and Ferdie, Minnie has two nieces, Millie and Melody, and even Pete has two nephews, Pierino and Pieretto. Daisy Duck meanwhile has three nieces, named April, May, and June. {{Goofy}} WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} has an InsufferableGenius nephew named Gilbert. In the comics, Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander, and Fethry Duck also have a nephew each. The Beagle Boys have both a set of three nephews and three nieces, while the Phantom Blot has only three nephews.
7th Sep '17 12:04:25 PM SayaAensland
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** It's a trend -- Disney prefers siblings to children. MickeyMouse has two nephews, Morty and Ferdie, Minnie has two nieces, Millie and Melody, and even Pete has two nephews, Pierino and Pieretto. Daisy Duck meanwhile has three nieces, named April, May, and June. {{Goofy}} has an InsufferableGenius nephew named Gilbert. In the comics, Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander, and Fethry Duck also have a nephew each. The Beagle Boys have both a set of three nephews and three nieces, while the Phantom Blot has only three nephews.

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** It's a trend -- Disney prefers siblings niblings to children. MickeyMouse has two nephews, Morty and Ferdie, Minnie has two nieces, Millie and Melody, and even Pete has two nephews, Pierino and Pieretto. Daisy Duck meanwhile has three nieces, named April, May, and June. {{Goofy}} has an InsufferableGenius nephew named Gilbert. In the comics, Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander, and Fethry Duck also have a nephew each. The Beagle Boys have both a set of three nephews and three nieces, while the Phantom Blot has only three nephews.
7th Sep '17 9:21:55 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' starts out with the well-established Kid Flash, who is TheFlash's nephew-by-marriage. When the team is formed, they add Miss Martian, the ComicBook/MartianManhunter's niece in this continuity. Later, ComicBook/GreenArrow brings ''his'' niece, Artemis, to the Team. (Which is when Robin lampshades it) PlayedWith because [[spoiler:Artemis isn't really Green Arrow's niece; she just doesn't want the Team to know who her real family is]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' starts out with the well-established Kid Flash, who is TheFlash's ComicBook/TheFlash's nephew-by-marriage. When the team is formed, they add Miss Martian, the ComicBook/MartianManhunter's niece in this continuity. Later, ComicBook/GreenArrow brings ''his'' niece, Artemis, to the Team. (Which is when Robin lampshades it) PlayedWith because [[spoiler:Artemis isn't really Green Arrow's niece; she just doesn't want the Team to know who her real family is]].
25th Aug '17 11:23:55 PM Pamina
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* The 2015 TV version of ''Theatre/TheWiz'' plays with this trope more than most versions of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' do. It portrays Dorothy as having only recently come to live with Aunt Em, still grieving her parents' deaths, and initially trying to go back to her childhood home in Omaha. But her journey through Oz makes her realize in the end that her true home is now in Kansas with her aunt.
25th Aug '17 11:14:32 PM Pamina
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* ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': In all the various continuities, Sabrina lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda. In the original comics, they were her [[HonoraryUncle Honorary Aunts]] who created her themselves by magic. In the popular [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch TV sitcom]] and comics that followed it, however, they were retconned into her actual aunts, whom she lives with because [[ItMakesSenseInContext her father lives in a book and her mother will turn into a ball of wax if she sees her.]]

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* ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': In all the various continuities, Sabrina lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda. In the original comics, they were her [[HonoraryUncle Honorary Aunts]] who created her themselves by magic. In the popular [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch TV sitcom]] and comics that followed it, however, they were retconned into her actual paternal aunts, whom she lives with because [[ItMakesSenseInContext her father lives in a book and her mother will turn into a ball of wax if she sees her.]]



** Interestingly, the prequel movies reveal Owen to be Anakin's ''step''brother whom he only met as an adult (and for all we know, only once). Some early drafts/novelizations actually have Owen as Obi-wan's brother instead.

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** Interestingly, the prequel movies reveal Owen to be Anakin's ''step''brother whom he only met as an adult (and for all we know, only once). Some The scripts' early drafts/novelizations drafts and some novelizations actually have Owen as Obi-wan's brother instead.instead, only masquerading as Luke's uncle.



* The film version of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' doesn't even offer the books' token reference to Dorothy's parents.

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* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', Dorothy famously lives with her Uncle Henry and Auntie Em. The original books specify in passing that her parents are dead, but the film version of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' doesn't even offer the books' that token reference to Dorothy's parents.them.



* Dorothy in the ''Literature/LandOfOz'' series. One of the books does verify that her mother was Uncle Henry's sister; he makes the internal observation that his niece is "a dreamer, as her dead mother was".

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* Dorothy in the ''Literature/LandOfOz'' series. series has her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, as mentioned above in [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the film's]] entry. One of the books does verify implies that her mother was Uncle Henry's sister; he makes the internal observation that his niece is "a dreamer, as her dead mother was".
25th Aug '17 11:05:27 PM Pamina
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* ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': In all the various continuities, Sabrina lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda. In the original comics, they were her {{HonoraryUncle Honorary Aunts}} who created her themselves by magic. In the popular [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch TV sitcom]] and comics that followed it, however, they were retconned into her actual aunts, whom she lives with because [[ItMakesSenseInContext her father lives in a book and her mother will turn into a ball of wax if she sees her.]]

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* ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': In all the various continuities, Sabrina lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda. In the original comics, they were her {{HonoraryUncle [[HonoraryUncle Honorary Aunts}} Aunts]] who created her themselves by magic. In the popular [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch TV sitcom]] and comics that followed it, however, they were retconned into her actual aunts, whom she lives with because [[ItMakesSenseInContext her father lives in a book and her mother will turn into a ball of wax if she sees her.]]
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