History Main / Nephewism

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.]]
23rd Dec '17 7:47:42 AM TheGreatConversation
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If this trope happens in an adventure story, expect the aunt/uncle [[LockedOutOfTheLoop to be keeping secrets about the parents]], or who/what their niece/nephew [[TheReveal really is]]. Also, expect them to die fairly early on in the story to get the hero motivated.

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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.

If this trope happens it's a sitcom, expect the new addition to be a CousinOliver. If it's used in a soap-opera setting, expect the niece or nephew to be a TroubledButCute teen, who can stir things up without breaking any existing characterizations. If it's an adventure story, expect the aunt/uncle [[LockedOutOfTheLoop to be keeping secrets about the parents]], or who/what their niece/nephew [[TheReveal really is]]. Also, Also expect them to die fairly early on in the story to get the hero motivated.



It's an easy way to graft characters to an already-existing dramatic family, and have your old characters (and hence the viewers) be/get emotionally attached to them. The advantage for the writers might be that it's OK to be more distant from aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews than it is from parents and children. If it's a sitcom, expect the new addition to be a CousinOliver. If it's used in a soap-opera setting, expect the niece or nephew to be a TroubledButCute teen, who can stir things up without breaking any existing characterizations.
17th Dec '17 7:37:15 PM Willbyr
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1st Dec '17 2:02:12 PM Luppercus
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Foofur}}'': The puppy Rocki is under the care of her Uncle Foofur. In one episode is shown that her father (Foorfur's brother) is a sailor and that's the reason why she's with her uncle.
27th Nov '17 12:17:56 AM AnotherDuck
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* Many medieval [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Popes]] had 'nephews' to whom they were close. The thing was, as often as not, said 'nephews' were the pope's unrecognized illegitimate children. Innocent VIII was the first to actually recognize his bastard children. This is where the term ''{{nepotism}}'' comes from, since Popes frequently appointed their nephews (both actual nephews and "nephews") to high-ranking Church positions, even when said nephews were clearly unqualified, and ''nepos'' is Latin for "nephew".
* Most real life custody arrangements do have either grandparents or aunts/uncles assuming custody if the parents die, followed in likelihood by unrelated godparents, whose express purpose is to raise the godchild in the event of the death or incapacity of the child's parents.
* This trope may have started just after the deadly influenza epidemic of 1918. A LOT of bachelor aunts and uncles suddenly found themselves having to care for their nieces and nephews.
* In some matrilineal cultures, the mother's (eldest) brother plays a much bigger part in the raising of a child than the father. This concept is known as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avunculate "Avunculate"]]. Some theorize that this may have roots in evolutionary biology; since a father can never be 100% certain his children are truly his, it makes sense for him to also invest in the children of his sister since they are guaranteed to share some of his DNA through his sister.
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18th Nov '17 7:30:10 PM Pichu-kun
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' when the characters are telling their tragic (fake) backstories. Raven's backstory parodies Spiderman's. She lived with two old people and the man later died of natural causes in his 90s. Raven refers to them as just "old people" but the man's grave says "Uncle" (and ''[[NoNameGiven only]]'' "Uncle").
14th Nov '17 9:30:30 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Film/StellaMaris'': Stella Maris was raised by her aunt.
10th Nov '17 7:49:22 AM StarTropes
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And speaking of adventure stories, if Bob has special powers to be used in his upcoming adventure, then his aunt and/or uncle may also be his MuggleFosterParents.
3rd Nov '17 1:10:53 PM MajinAkuma
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* Aizawa Yuuichi, protagonist of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', starts the story by going to live with his aunt because his parents are leaving home for an extended period of time and would rather have him live with Akiko until graduation than be home by himself.

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* Aizawa Yuuichi, Yuuichi Aizawa, protagonist of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', starts the story by going to live with his aunt because his parents are leaving home for an extended period of time and would rather have him live with Akiko until graduation than be home by himself.
24th Oct '17 9:07:20 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Princess Cadance and Prince Blueblood are apparently Princesses Celestia and Luna's niece and nephew, respectively. How this works out, since Celestia and Luna are both [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld well over 1,000 years old]], is never explained.
** Most fans just say that Cadance is adopted (the canon side-story ''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.
** In Blueblood's case, most fans claimed that he is indeed a nephew of Celestia and Luna, but he's so far descended from them that it's easier to just forget all the "great-great-great..." and just call him "nephew". As of "Hearth's Warming Eve" and the revelation that there was a unicorn kingdom in place that preceded Celestia and Luna's rule, it's possible that he's a prince because he's a descendant of ''that'' line, which isn't related to Celestia and Luna at all.
*** In "The Ticket Master," Rarity explicitly states that she hopes to meet Celestia's nephew at the Grand Galloping Gala. It does leave open the great-great-great... possibility, but sets them more solidly as relatives.
*** Some fans have speculated that Blueblood is actually Luna's son.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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Princess Cadance and Prince Blueblood are apparently Princesses Celestia and Luna's niece and nephew, respectively. How this works out, since Celestia and Luna are both [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld well over 1,000 years old]], is never explained.
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explained. Most fans just say that Cadance is adopted (the canon side-story ''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.
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royalty. In Blueblood's case, most fans claimed that he is indeed a nephew of Celestia and Luna, but he's so far descended from them that it's easier to just forget all the "great-great-great..." and just call him "nephew". As of "Hearth's Warming Eve" and the revelation that there was a unicorn kingdom in place that preceded Celestia and Luna's rule, it's possible that he's a prince because he's a descendant of ''that'' line, which isn't related to Celestia and Luna at all.
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In "The Ticket Master," Rarity explicitly states that she hopes to meet Celestia's nephew at the Grand Galloping Gala. It does leave open the great-great-great... possibility, but sets them more solidly as relatives.
*** Some fans have speculated that Blueblood is actually Luna's son.
relatives.
** Scootaloo's parents are [[WhenYouComingHomeDad usually busy]] so she's left in the hooves of her [[HasTwoMommies two aunts]], Lofty Love and Holiday.
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