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28th Jan '18 11:40:36 AM Discar
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** The premise of the books is that someone has discovered away to make "Powereds" (people suffering from PowerIncontinence) into Supers, giving them full control of their abilities. The main characters are the first test run of the procedure. They all have far-reaching, dangerous powers, and they were chosen because it was more important that they get their powers under control than the guy who teleports randomly every time he sneezes. The exception is Alice Adair, who simply levitates whenever she gets emotional. While hardly pleasant, she just has to stay inside and she's fine. However, her father is the richest man on the planet and owns a significant stake in the company that is running the procedure, so he insists she be part of the first run. [[spoiler:It's implied that he knew she was a GravityMaster, and that if she didn't get her power under control before that part of it manifested, she would start leveling buildings]].

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** The premise of the books is that someone has discovered away to make "Powereds" (people suffering from PowerIncontinence) into Supers, giving them full control of their abilities. The main characters are the first test run of the procedure. They all have far-reaching, dangerous powers, and they were chosen because it was more important that they get their powers under control than the guy who teleports randomly every time he sneezes. The exception is Alice Adair, who simply levitates whenever she gets emotional. While hardly pleasant, she just has to stay inside and she's fine. However, her father is the richest man on the planet and owns a significant stake in the company that is running the procedure, so he insists she be part of the first run. [[spoiler:It's implied that he knew she was a GravityMaster, and that if she didn't get her power under control before that part of it manifested, she would start leveling buildings]]. And then in Year 3 it turns out that [[spoiler:Alice's father started the entire project to turn his Powered wife into a Super (who is supposedly dead, but actually in a coma). He put his daughter into the program because she is physiologically the closest person on the planet to his wife, and thus the best test case to see if the process would work on her]].
6th Jan '18 10:36:05 AM nombretomado
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Not to be confused with the trope {{Nephewism}}, although the word "nepotism" comes from the Latin word "nepos" which means "nephew" (the term originated from the tendency of Medieval and Renaissance-era churchmen to appoint their "nephews" -- who were often their unacknowledged bastard sons -- to comfortable sinecures). [[IReadThatAs Also not to be confused with]] [[{{Website/Neopets}} Neopetism]].

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Not to be confused with the trope {{Nephewism}}, although the word "nepotism" comes from the Latin word "nepos" which means "nephew" (the term originated from the tendency of Medieval and Renaissance-era churchmen to appoint their "nephews" -- who were often their unacknowledged bastard sons -- to comfortable sinecures). [[IReadThatAs [[JustForFun/IReadThatAs Also not to be confused with]] [[{{Website/Neopets}} Neopetism]].
2nd Jan '18 4:03:20 PM DanaO
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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' (and ''Mallorean'') make the whole Tolnedran Empire is like this; the current ruling house and its supporters hold most government jobs. It's said that even the customs officers change after dynastic succession.

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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' (and ''Mallorean'') make the whole Tolnedran Empire is like this; the current ruling house and its supporters hold most government jobs. It's said that even the customs officers change after dynastic succession. This isn't presented as entirely negative: families in the Empire are so extended and politically active the nepotism is less about giving incompetent family members sinecures as about filling positions with people who can be trusted not to be conspiring against the current imperial family.



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Justin was hired at the comic book shop by his uncle out of pity. Subverted, as Justin [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1448 went out of his way to prove he deserved the position.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Justin was hired at the comic book shop by his uncle out of pity. Subverted, as Justin [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1448 went out of his way to prove he deserved the position.]]]] This is brought up when Justin's friend Grace is applying for a job there. The owner points out she's guaranteed the job if she wants it, states he's not going to interview her, and asks if - as a friend Justin recommended for the job - she wants it. (She takes the point, and the job.)
26th Dec '17 3:54:02 AM Experiment_282
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** A more obvious example is in The second fic Chaoskampf. As the whole world is nearly destroyed due to the BigBad, Asmos creates the [[TheResistance Rozen Resistance]] and has several Chiefs of different divisions. We have Asher Rose, Asmos' other daughter and Amy's older sister, as Chief of Medicine and finally, her oldest son, Andrew Rose as Chief of Engineering. The latter is more telling as Milo Prower, who has just as much talent in technology as his little brother, points out:

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** A more obvious example is in The the second fic Chaoskampf. As the whole world is nearly destroyed due to the BigBad, Asmos creates the [[TheResistance Rozen Resistance]] and has several Chiefs of different divisions. We have Asher Rose, Asmos' other daughter and Amy's older sister, as Chief of Medicine and finally, her oldest son, Andrew Rose as Chief of Engineering. The latter is more telling as Milo Prower, who has just as much talent in technology as his little brother, points out:
26th Dec '17 3:53:27 AM Experiment_282
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* In ''FanFic/{{Entropy}}'', the first and second fics have Supreme Commander Asmos Rose, Amy's mother, actually in charge of GUN. Amy joins at Rouge's recommendation and [[spoiler: though she took a callsign (Mjollnir) to separate her civilian and GUN selves]], she became a part of a team [[spoiler: (the Femme Fatalex.)]] It's not discussed on how she got the position, but it's plausible that her mother had a hand even if they note that there was notable friction between Amy and her mother.
** A more obvious example is in The second fic Chaoskampf. As the whole world is nearly destroyed due to the BigBad, Asmos creates the [[TheResistance Rozen Resistance]] and has several Chiefs of different divisions. We have Asher Rose, Asmos' other daughter and Amy's older sister, as Chief of Medicine and finally, her oldest son, Andrew Rose as Chief of Engineering. The latter is more telling as Milo Prower, who has just as much talent in technology as his little brother, points out:
--> '''Milo:''' (Talking about how the resistance base was built) We had a lot of help. Andrew is not the perfect engineer, but he's a good designer.
-->'''Sonic:''' Why weren't you made Chief then?
-->'''Milo:''' Take a guess...
16th Dec '17 10:10:51 PM ex_ottoyuhr
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Fun fact: This trope, when applied to friends instead of relatives, is known as cronyism - after all, "It's not what you know, it's ''who'' you know."

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Fun fact: This trope, when applied to friends instead of relatives, is known as cronyism - after all, "It's not what you know, it's ''who'' you know."
" See also ThePowerOfFriendship...
15th Dec '17 7:27:42 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': This is usual in Westeros, but Reginald Lannister is a peculiar case that openly annoys his benefactor.
--> '''Reginald:''' We've worked through the night, my Lord. Perhaps we'd profit from some sleep.
--> '''Tywin:''' Yes, I think you would, Reginald. And, because you're my cousin, I might even let you wake from that sleep! Go! I'm sure your wife must miss you.
--> '''Reginald:''' ...My wife's in Lannisport...
--> '''Tywin:''' Well, then you'd better start riding. ({{beat}}) Go, before I change my mind and send her your head! If your name wasn't Lannister, you'd be scrubbing out pots in the cook's tent. Go.
29th Nov '17 8:43:53 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''In ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'', Sakurako Yukihira defies the trope by not only being a TeenGenius in her own right, but by hiding the fact that she is the niece of [[BigGood Morihiko Dan]] aka the director of the prestigious detective school that the members of the cast attend. She explains to Kyuu that, much as she loves and admires her uncle, she doesn't want other students to know their blood bond so she will be able to develop her detective talents in her own right.

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* ''In In ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'', Sakurako Yukihira defies the trope by not only being a TeenGenius in her own right, but by hiding the fact that she is the niece of [[BigGood Morihiko Dan]] aka the director of the prestigious detective school that the members of the cast attend. She explains to Kyuu that, much as she loves and admires her uncle, she doesn't want other students to know their blood bond so she will be able to develop her detective talents in her own right.
29th Nov '17 8:43:01 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In the non-canon ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' movie ''Captured in her Eyes'', one of the suspects was involved in a crime some years back, but wasn't pursued by the police because he was the son of the police superintendent. [[spoiler:It's subverted when it turns out that his father never had any hand in protecting him, and in fact was stunned to find out that his son was never investigated in spite of how heavily he was involved. Furthermore, the movie ends with the superintendent making it clear that his son will be prosecuted for the role he did play in the crime (blackmailing the victim).]]

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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
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In the non-canon ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' movie fourth NonSerialMovie, ''Captured in her Eyes'', one of the suspects was involved in a crime some years back, but wasn't pursued by the police because he was the son of the police superintendent. [[spoiler:It's subverted when it turns out that his father never had any hand in protecting him, and in fact was stunned to find out that his son was never investigated in spite of how heavily he was involved. Furthermore, the movie ends with the superintendent making it clear that his son will be prosecuted for the role he did play in the crime (blackmailing the victim).]]]]
** In a filler case, a very rich guy got away with being a middle-class girl's absolutely terrifying StalkerWithACrush because of his rich family. [[spoiler: The poor girl realized that the only way to stop him from killing her would be brewing a plan to kill him first. [[SympatheticMurderer Which she did]].]]
* ''In ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'', Sakurako Yukihira defies the trope by not only being a TeenGenius in her own right, but by hiding the fact that she is the niece of [[BigGood Morihiko Dan]] aka the director of the prestigious detective school that the members of the cast attend. She explains to Kyuu that, much as she loves and admires her uncle, she doesn't want other students to know their blood bond so she will be able to develop her detective talents in her own right.



* This is how Daigo became a CEO by 27 in ''Manga/VirginLove''. The fact that he's extremely competent definitely contributed though.

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* This is how Daigo became a CEO by 27 in ''Manga/VirginLove''. The fact that he's he ''is'' extremely competent definitely contributed though.
13th Nov '17 10:19:26 PM Chabal2
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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': A cavalry colonel's son is randomly affected to his unit and the father is way harder on him than any of his other men. When the son finally calls him out on putting him on cleaning duty for the slightest/imagined infraction and volunteer for a dangerous mission, the father cries tears of joy as he made a man out of his boy.

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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': A cavalry colonel's son is randomly affected to his unit and the father is way harder on him than any of his other men. men (to avoid anyone thinking this trope is in effect). When the son finally calls him out on putting him on cleaning duty for the slightest/imagined infraction and volunteer for a dangerous mission, the father cries tears of joy as he finally made a man out of his boy.


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* "Young man, let me congratulate you, I don't think we've ever seen anyone rise so high and so fast in our company! To think that three months ago, you joined us as an intern, became a manager two weeks later, and on the board of executives a month after that! I don't mind telling you that your name is at the top of the list to take over as CEO once I retire. Is there anything you'd like to say?" "Thanks dad."
* A woman goes to a law firm and says "I got fired from my job, and replaced by the CEO's son, a complete idiot who spends the day harassing female employees and making the others do his work. Can you help me?" "Certainly, ma'am. The law firm of Harris, Harris, Harris, Harris, Harris & Sons has a great deal of experience with nepotism."
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