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11th Jul '17 12:10:30 PM TMNTFanGirl
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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/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/uncle, 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.
21st Jun '17 9:08:21 PM cherrychels
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is nominally the nephew of the couple he lives with. In practice, he's more the unpaid overworked abused servant with nowhere else to go than a family member. Dumbledore arranged for him to live there so he wouldn't learn about the whole "Boy Who Lived" thing until he could have some perspective - and because he needed Harry to live with a family member as part of a magical protection, and Petunia was the only candidate.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is nominally the nephew of the couple he lives with. In practice, he's more the unpaid overworked abused servant with nowhere else to go than a family member. Dumbledore arranged for him to live there so he wouldn't learn about the whole "Boy Who Lived" thing until he could have some perspective - -- and because he needed Harry to live with a family member as part of a magical protection, and Petunia was the only candidate.



* A common plot in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' series was for the protagonist to be palmed off with an aunt and uncle while the parents made a flimsy excuse to disappear - usually just long enough for the protagonist to encounter the ghost/vampire/werewolf/mummy/whatever horror made up the subject of the book. The best (or worst) example is probably ''Werewolf Skin'', where Alex apparently has to live with his aunt and uncle indefinitely because he even starts going to the local school. And we never once hear where his parents are!

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* A common plot in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' series was for the protagonist to be palmed off with an aunt and uncle while the parents made a flimsy excuse to disappear - -- usually just long enough for the protagonist to encounter the ghost/vampire/werewolf/mummy/whatever horror made up the subject of the book. The best (or worst) example is probably ''Werewolf Skin'', where Alex apparently has to live with his aunt and uncle indefinitely because he even starts going to the local school. And we never once hear where his parents are!



* Tash and Zak Arranda in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. Their parents [[DoomedHometown died on Alderaan]], and they were taken in by their uncle-by-marriage, Hoole. While nothing secret is found out about their parents - [[FridgeLogic except that one or both could possibly have been Force Sensitive]] - Hoole starts out with tons of secrets and a refusal to let the kids get close. Eventually he thaws.

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* Tash and Zak Arranda in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. Their parents [[DoomedHometown died on Alderaan]], and they were taken in by their uncle-by-marriage, Hoole. While nothing secret is found out about their parents - -- [[FridgeLogic except that one or both could possibly have been Force Sensitive]] - -- Hoole starts out with tons of secrets and a refusal to let the kids get close. Eventually he thaws.



** If you buy into the [[EpilepticTrees most popular theory]] of [[spoiler: Jon Snow's parentage, Ned Stark raised his nephew, as Jon's parents are dead since the year he was born. His actual father (the crown prince) was killed in battle fighting the current king, and his mother (Ned's sister) died giving birth to him]].

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** If you buy into the [[EpilepticTrees most popular theory]] of that [[spoiler: Jon Snow's parentage, Ned Stark raised his nephew, as Jon's parents are dead since Lyanna Stark (Ned's sister) and Rhaegar Targaryen, Jon is the year he was born. His actual nephew of Ned Stark. Ned Stark raises his nephew Jon as his own and passes him off as his own son to protect him from the current king Robert Baratheon. Jon's biological father (the crown prince) was killed in battle fighting the current king, Robert Baratheon before Jon was born and his Jon's mother (Ned's sister) died shortly after giving birth to him]].



** Eleventh Doctor companion Amy Pond was raised by her aunt, saying that she "doesn't have a mum and dad." [[spoiler: This turns out to be a plot point - her parents were RetGone by the space-time anomaly in Amy's house. Though interestingly, even after they were brought back to reality, they [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome were never shown or mentioned again]] ]]

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** Eleventh Doctor companion Amy Pond was raised by her aunt, saying that she "doesn't have a mum and dad." [[spoiler: This turns out to be a plot point - -- her parents were RetGone by the space-time anomaly in Amy's house. Though interestingly, even after they were brought back to reality, they [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome were never shown or mentioned again]] ]]



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Late in the show's run, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Jon Snow, supposedly the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark and raised by Eddard, is actually the son of Eddard's late sister with the former Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen]]. The Newphewism was kept secret to protect the child from [[spoiler:the newly crowned King Robert, who would have likely had Jon killed for being a Targaryen despite his friendship with Ned]].

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Late in At the show's run, it's end of Season 6, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Jon Snow, supposedly the bastard illegitimate son of Lord Eddard Stark and raised by Eddard, (Ned) Stark, [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold is actually Eddard's nephew]] because Jon is the son of Eddard's late sister Lyanna Stark with the former deceased Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen]]. Targaryen. Jon is]] raised by [[spoiler:Eddard]] as his own, who keeps The Newphewism was kept secret to protect the child [[spoiler:Jon]] from [[spoiler:the newly crowned King Robert, who Robert Bartheon, as Robert Bartheon would have likely had Jon killed for being a Targaryen the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, despite his friendship with Ned]].



* ''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'' 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.]]



* Partial subversion in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' - in flashbacks, Agatha is being raised by her uncle, Barry Heterodyne, because her parents have disappeared, but by the time the story begins, Barry's gone missing too, and she's being raised by her foster parents Adam and Lilith Clay (better known as Punch and Judy, construct sidekicks of the Heterodyne Boys).

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* Partial subversion in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' - -- in flashbacks, Agatha is being raised by her uncle, Barry Heterodyne, because her parents have disappeared, but by the time the story begins, Barry's gone missing too, and she's being raised by her foster parents Adam and Lilith Clay (better known as Punch and Judy, construct sidekicks of the Heterodyne Boys).



* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon plays with this trope by inflicting nephewism on Lydia's parents. Thing is, they don't actually ''have'' a nephew - it's Beetlejuice, pretending to be Lydia's "cousin B.J." so he can be part of family events. Charles and Delia both seem kind of confused by this, but never actually question the matter; they apparently each assume that B.J. is the other's nephew.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon plays with this trope by inflicting nephewism on Lydia's parents. Thing is, they don't actually ''have'' a nephew - -- it's Beetlejuice, pretending to be Lydia's "cousin B.J." so he can be part of family events. Charles and Delia both seem kind of confused by this, but never actually question the matter; matter -- they apparently each seem to assume that B.J. is the other's nephew.
18th Jun '17 8:03:02 PM 20person
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** If you buy into the [[EpilepticTrees most popular theory]] of [[spoiler: Jon Snow's parentage, Ned Stark raised his nephew, as Jon's parents are dead since the year he was born]].

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** If you buy into the [[EpilepticTrees most popular theory]] of [[spoiler: Jon Snow's parentage, Ned Stark raised his nephew, as Jon's parents are dead since the year he was born]].born. His actual father (the crown prince) was killed in battle fighting the current king, and his mother (Ned's sister) died giving birth to him]].



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Late in the show's run, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Jon Snow, supposedly the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark and raised by Eddard, is actually the trueborn son of Eddard's late sister with ''the Crown Prince'']]. The Newphewism was kept secret to protect the child from their family's enemies.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Late in the show's run, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Jon Snow, supposedly the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark and raised by Eddard, is actually the trueborn son of Eddard's late sister with ''the the former Crown Prince'']]. Prince Rhaegar Targaryen]]. The Newphewism was kept secret to protect the child from their family's enemies. [[spoiler:the newly crowned King Robert, who would have likely had Jon killed for being a Targaryen despite his friendship with Ned]].
26th May '17 12:28:11 PM DoctorCooper
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* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'': Kanyenke is the paternal figure of Nathaniel Black, [[spoiler:since John Black sacrificed his life to prevent the Russians from invading the Colonies]]
20th May '17 10:03:04 PM bfunc
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* The relationships in ''Webcomic/Homestuck'' are ''seriously'' convoluted, but pretty much all count as Nephewism (John's "Dad" is actually biologically his half-brother, Dave's "Bro" is biologically his father, and Jade's "Grandpa" is biologically her father). The only one of the B1 kids whose biological relationship to their guardian is accurately described from the start is Rose (though even there shenanigans are involved).

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* The relationships in ''Webcomic/Homestuck'' ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' are ''seriously'' convoluted, but pretty much all count as Nephewism (John's "Dad" is actually biologically his half-brother, Dave's "Bro" is biologically his father, and Jade's "Grandpa" is biologically her father). The only one of the B1 kids whose biological relationship to their guardian is accurately described from the start is Rose (though even there shenanigans are involved).
20th May '17 10:02:14 PM bfunc
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* The relationships in ''Webcomic/Homestuck'' are ''seriously'' convoluted, but pretty much all count as Nephewism (John's "Dad" is actually biologically his half-brother, Dave's "Bro" is biologically his father, and Jade's "Grandpa" is biologically her father). The only one of the B1 kids whose biological relationship to their guardian is accurately described from the start is Rose (though even there shenanigans are involved).



* The relationships in ''Webcomic/Homestuck'' are ''seriously'' convoluted, but pretty much all count as Nephewism (John's "Dad" is actually biologically his half-brother, Dave's "Bro" is biologically his father, and Jade's "Grandpa" is biologically her father). The only one of the B1 kids whose biological relationship to their guardian is accurately described from the start is Rose (though even there shenanigans are involved).

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* The relationships in ''Webcomic/Homestuck'' are ''seriously'' convoluted, but pretty much all count as Nephewism (John's "Dad" is actually biologically his half-brother, Dave's "Bro" is biologically his father, and Jade's "Grandpa" is biologically her father). The only one of the B1 kids whose biological relationship to their guardian is accurately described from the start is Rose (though even there shenanigans are involved).
20th May '17 10:01:27 PM bfunc
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* The relationships in ''Webcomic/Homestuck'' are ''seriously'' convoluted, but pretty much all count as Nephewism (John's "Dad" is actually biologically his half-brother, Dave's "Bro" is biologically his father, and Jade's "Grandpa" is biologically her father). The only one of the B1 kids whose biological relationship to their guardian is accurately described from the start is Rose (though even there shenanigans are involved).
20th May '17 9:40:24 PM bfunc
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* Bilbo Baggins in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' adopted his "nephew" Frodo (actually his first cousin once removed) at age 21. They used the terms "uncle" and "nephew" due to their 70-year age difference. Prior to this Frodo had been living with various other relatives; justified in that almost all Hobbits seem to be rather closely related.

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* Bilbo Baggins in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' adopted his "nephew" Frodo (actually his first cousin once removed) at age 21. 21 (by our standards this may seem a bit long in the tooth for adoption, but hobbits don't "come of age" until 33). They used the terms "uncle" and "nephew" due to their 70-year 78-year age difference. Prior to this Frodo had been living with various other relatives; justified in that almost all Hobbits seem are fascinated by genealogy and tend to be rather closely related.large families (Bilbo and Frodo are somewhat unusual in that each of them is an only child). This means they have ''lots'' of relatives and know ''exactly'' how they're related to each of them; it's pointed out in the story itself (by yet another relative) that Frodo is Bilbo's "first ''and'' second cousin, once removed either way".
20th May '17 9:14:42 PM bfunc
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* Inverted by ''LittleDot'', who had such a severe case of Aunt/Uncleism that there was a long-running comic series ''dedicated'' to them.

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* Inverted by ''LittleDot'', who had such a severe case of Aunt/Uncleism that there was a long-running comic series ''dedicated'' to them. (Dot lived with her parents, she just had a ''lot'' of uncles and aunts, most of whom had an eccentricity of their own mirroring Dot's obsession with dots.)
14th May '17 2:54:23 PM DanielCarrero
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** In the Brazilian comics, Fethry Duck (Peninha, Portuguese for "small feather") has his nephew Dugan Duck (Biquinho, Portuguese for "small beak") and José Carioca has two nephews: Zico and Zeca.
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