History Main / Nephewism

6th May '18 5:18:29 AM Luppercus
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* The official biography of Dr. Smith in the background material of ''Series/LostInSpace'' mentions that he was raised by her aunt and uncle after his parents died in a car accident when he was a child, but his uncle was a terrible influence in him. This is never shown on camera but he does mentions his aunt in one episode.

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* The official biography of Dr. Smith in the background material of ''Series/LostInSpace'' mentions that he was raised by her aunt and uncle after his parents died in a car accident when he was a child, but his uncle was a terrible influence in on him. This is never shown on camera but he does mentions his aunt in one episode.
6th May '18 5:17:47 AM Luppercus
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* On ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', Cherie is raised by her grandmother. Cherie's parents both died in an auto accident.

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* On ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', Cherie is The official biography of Dr. Smith in the background material of ''Series/LostInSpace'' mentions that he was raised by her grandmother. Cherie's aunt and uncle after his parents both died in an auto accident.a car accident when he was a child, but his uncle was a terrible influence in him. This is never shown on camera but he does mentions his aunt in one episode.
22nd Apr '18 12:34:50 PM nombretomado
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** [[{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] is also being raised by his "[[MuggleFosterParents Uncle Dudley]]," though WordOfGod says that he's really just an HonoraryUncle. For that matter, we could throw in Red Arrow and Guardian, who only think they're nephew and uncle: they're actually [[spoiler:both clones of the original Roy Harper]].

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** [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] is also being raised by his "[[MuggleFosterParents Uncle Dudley]]," though WordOfGod says that he's really just an HonoraryUncle. For that matter, we could throw in Red Arrow and Guardian, who only think they're nephew and uncle: they're actually [[spoiler:both clones of the original Roy Harper]].
9th Apr '18 3:09:16 AM Joyce13
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** Prince Caspian was also raised by his uncle, Miraz, who'd secretly murdered his father to claim the crown. While Caspian's paternal grandfather had presumably died when Caspian's father became king, the absence of his mother or of his maternal grandparents is not explained.
* Tobias lives with various uncaring aunts and uncles for the first few ''Series/{{Animorphs}}'' books, until he gets [[ShapeshifterModelock stuck in hawk morph]].

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** Prince Caspian was also raised by his uncle, Miraz, who'd secretly murdered his father to claim the crown. While Caspian's paternal grandfather had presumably died when Caspian's father became king, the absence of his mother or of his maternal grandparents is not explained.
explained. (Though Caspian's tutor says that Miraz didn't take on the title of king, having previously been known as "Lord Protector", until after the queen died, so Caspian's mother is presumably dead.)
* Tobias lives with various gets shuffled between an uncaring aunts aunt (his mother's sister) and uncles for uncle (who apparently live on opposite sides of the first few U.S.) at the start ''Series/{{Animorphs}}'' books, until he gets [[ShapeshifterModelock stuck in hawk morph]].
21st Feb '18 5:02:52 AM Sharlee
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It's an easy way to graft characters to an already-existing dramatic family, and to give your old characters (and hence the viewers) an emotional attachment to them. The advantage for the writer might be that one's expected to be more distant from aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews than it is from parents and children.

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It's an easy way to graft characters to an already-existing dramatic family, and to give your old characters (and hence the viewers) an emotional attachment to them. The advantage for the writer might be that one's expected to be more distant from aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews than it is from parents and children. \n It also lets them avoid having to depict a youthful protagonist with secrets as constantly lying to their actual ''parents'' about what they've been doing on the sly.
16th Feb '18 3:34:49 PM margdean56
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* In ''Series/LazyTown'', Stephanie's is staying with her uncle Milford Meanswell (who is a puppet while Stephanie is a live actress, oddly enough) for the summer. Her parents are never seen, and she seems to have moved in permanently as she has had many episodes taking place during non-summer seasons.

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* In ''Series/LazyTown'', Stephanie's Stephanie is staying with her uncle Milford Meanswell (who is a puppet while Stephanie is a live actress, oddly enough) for the summer. Her parents are never seen, and she seems to have moved in permanently as she has had many episodes taking place during non-summer seasons.



* A common trope in Shakespeare, especially in ''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).

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* A common trope in Shakespeare, especially in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' where family ties draw the line between the two opposing camps. To whit: wit: 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).
16th Feb '18 3:28:52 PM margdean56
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** Huey, Dewey, and Louie are a particularly odd case in that, in their first appearance in 1938, their parents were mentioned and they were explicitly just visiting. They never left, and by 1942 Donald was shown onscreen listing them as dependents on his tax forms. Some German Donald Duck fans have even up with a theory that in Duckburg it is simply the done thing to have children raised by their uncles (or aunts) instead of their parents, and coined the technical term ''Veronkelung'' ("uncling") for it. It certainly [[ItRunsInTheFamily runs in the family]] -- although Scrooge's parents didn't die until he was an adult, Carl Barks, Keno Don Rosa, and ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' all depict Scrooge leaving Scotland for America at age 13, spending his teenage years being raised, employed, and trained by his own uncle!

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** Huey, Dewey, and Louie are a particularly odd case in that, in their first appearance in 1938, their parents were mentioned and they were explicitly just visiting. They never left, and by 1942 Donald was shown onscreen listing them as dependents on his tax forms. Some German Donald Duck fans have even come up with a theory that in Duckburg it is simply the done thing to have children raised by their uncles (or aunts) instead of their parents, and coined the technical term ''Veronkelung'' ("uncling") for it. It certainly [[ItRunsInTheFamily runs in the family]] -- although Scrooge's parents didn't die until he was an adult, Carl Barks, Keno Don Rosa, and ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' all depict Scrooge leaving Scotland for America at age 13, spending his teenage years being raised, employed, and trained by his own uncle!
1st Feb '18 3:15:06 PM DaibhidC
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* Robin the Frog in ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is the nephew of Kermit the Frog. Robin's father was referenced only once on the show[[note]]Robin wanted to sing "They Call the Wind Maria," but Kermit was wanting him to sing "I'm Five"; when Robin refused, Kermit said "forget it", and Robin threatened to get an agent and a lawyer; Kermit trumped this by threatening to get his father[[/note]]; additionally, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' (in which he appears as a tadpole) established that his mother is Kermit's older sister. So he has parents, somewhere, but they're never seen. ''Series/TheMuppets'' has an episode that reveals his parents have recently divorced, but we still don't learn anything about them.

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* Robin the Frog in ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is the nephew of Kermit the Frog. Robin's father was referenced only once on the show[[note]]Robin wanted to sing "They Call the Wind Maria," but Kermit was wanting him to sing "I'm Five"; when Robin refused, Kermit said "forget it", and Robin threatened to get an agent and a lawyer; Kermit trumped this by threatening to get his father[[/note]]; additionally, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' (in which he appears as a tadpole) established that his mother is Kermit's older sister. So he has parents, somewhere, but they're never seen. ''Series/TheMuppets'' has an episode that reveals his parents have recently divorced, but we still don't learn anything more about them.
1st Feb '18 3:14:27 PM DaibhidC
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* Robin the Frog in ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is the nephew of Kermit the Frog. Robin's father was referenced only once on the show[[note]]Robin wanted to sing "They Call the Wind Maria," but Kermit was wanting him to sing "I'm Five"; when Robin refused, Kermit said "forget it", and Robin threatened to get an agent and a lawyer; Kermit trumped this by threatening to get his father[[/note]]; additionally, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' (in which he appears as a tadpole) established that his mother is Kermit's older sister. So he has parents, somewhere, but they're never seen.

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* Robin the Frog in ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is the nephew of Kermit the Frog. Robin's father was referenced only once on the show[[note]]Robin wanted to sing "They Call the Wind Maria," but Kermit was wanting him to sing "I'm Five"; when Robin refused, Kermit said "forget it", and Robin threatened to get an agent and a lawyer; Kermit trumped this by threatening to get his father[[/note]]; additionally, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' (in which he appears as a tadpole) established that his mother is Kermit's older sister. So he has parents, somewhere, but they're never seen. ''Series/TheMuppets'' has an episode that reveals his parents have recently divorced, but we still don't learn anything about them.
29th Dec '17 4:38:19 AM Cryoclaste
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* In the stage musical ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'' (and the 1967 film adaptation), J.B. Biggley, the president of the World Wide Wicket ("WWW") Company, employs his nephew, Bud Frump, in the mailroom of the company. This is where the protagonist, J. Pierrepont Finch, is sent to work. Frump uses his relationship to Biggley as license to bully the others in the mailroom. [[spoiler:This is especially true regarding his treatment of Finch, whom he quickly realizes is a real go-getter whose drive for success may trump his nephewism.]] Just prior to the end of the play, [[spoiler:when WWW's chairman of the board, Wally Womper, threatens to fire everybody in the company -- including (''especially'') Biggley and Frump --]] Finch sings the show-stopper song "Brotherhood of Man" in an effort to change Womper's mind. (In the lead-in to the song, Finch tells Womper "we're all brothers," to which Biggley adds "some of us are uncles.") [[spoiler:Womper relents and retains everybody ''except Frump'', who vows revenge.]]

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* In the stage musical ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'' ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'' (and the 1967 film adaptation), J.B. Biggley, the president of the World Wide Wicket ("WWW") Company, employs his nephew, Bud Frump, in the mailroom of the company. This is where the protagonist, J. Pierrepont Finch, is sent to work. Frump uses his relationship to Biggley as license to bully the others in the mailroom. [[spoiler:This is especially true regarding his treatment of Finch, whom he quickly realizes is a real go-getter whose drive for success may trump his nephewism.]] Just prior to the end of the play, [[spoiler:when WWW's chairman of the board, Wally Womper, threatens to fire everybody in the company -- including (''especially'') Biggley and Frump --]] Finch sings the show-stopper song "Brotherhood of Man" in an effort to change Womper's mind. (In the lead-in to the song, Finch tells Womper "we're all brothers," to which Biggley adds "some of us are uncles.") [[spoiler:Womper relents and retains everybody ''except Frump'', who vows revenge.]]
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