History Main / ObliviousAdoption

7th Dec '17 11:54:24 PM aceredshirt13
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** A female tiger in a [[http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/tigerpig.asp Chinese zoo]] adopted a litter of piglets.
15th Oct '17 11:57:56 AM DarkHunter
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** Fireheart's sister Princess gave her firstborn kit to [=ThunderClan=] because she wanted to choose the destiny of one of her children. Snowkit was too young to remember what happened. He didn't learn that Brindleface was his adopted mother until Fireheart told him when he was nearly six moons old.

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** Fireheart's sister Princess gave her firstborn kit to [=ThunderClan=] because she wanted to choose the destiny of one of her children. Snowkit Cloudkit was too young to remember what happened. He didn't learn that Brindleface was his adopted mother until Fireheart told him when he was nearly six moons old.



* One episode of the Israeli sitcom ''Shemesh'' shows [[TheDitz Sasi]]’s parents, who turn out to be very wealthy, educated, and look nothing like him. He discusses with fellow [[TheDitz Ditz]] [[DumbBlonde ‘Ogen]] the possibility that he might be adopted, and when he finally goes to ask his mother, it turns out they’ve actually told him that he is, several times, only he never bothered to listen. (Of course, [[ContinuitySnarl that’s just one explanation]] of [[MultipleChoicePast Sasi’s origins]].)

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* One episode of the Israeli sitcom ''Shemesh'' shows [[TheDitz Sasi]]’s parents, who turn out to be very wealthy, educated, and look nothing like him. He discusses with fellow [[TheDitz Ditz]] [[DumbBlonde ‘Ogen]] the possibility that he might be adopted, and when he finally goes to ask his mother, it turns out they’ve actually told him that he is, several times, only he never bothered to listen. (Of course, [[ContinuitySnarl that’s that’s just one explanation]] of [[MultipleChoicePast Sasi’s origins]].)
8th Oct '17 9:41:37 AM StFan
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* The French comics ''Les Psys'' (The Shrinks) has a couple bring in their kid for help, because though they never told him he's adopted, he got that yelled at him by other kids on the playground and he's been asking himself if he is. Since the parents would rather wait until he's older to tell him, the shrink goes into the consult room and asks the kid why he thinks he's adopted (kid's black, parents are white).

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* The French comics ''Les Psys'' (The Shrinks) ("''The Shrinks''") has a couple bring in their kid for help, because though they never told him he's adopted, he got that yelled at him by other kids on the playground and he's been asking himself if he is. Since the parents would rather wait until he's older to tell him, the shrink goes into the consult room and asks the kid why he thinks he's adopted (kid's black, Black, parents are white).White).



* One gag in the German comic ''Webcomic/NichtLustig'' had a [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin mother]] tell her adopted giraffe son the harsh, yet so very obvious, truth. In the background, a naked human man can be seen thinking, "Wow, poor guy".

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* One gag in the German comic ''Webcomic/NichtLustig'' had has a [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin mother]] tell her adopted giraffe son the harsh, yet so very obvious, truth. In the background, a naked human man can be seen thinking, "Wow, poor guy".guy."



* In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', Butter-And-Eggs is an Earth Pony raised by a Stag named Cobnut, who comes complete with a set of sticks he wears as antlers. [[spoiler:Turns out he put them on himself at a young age and forgot they were fake. He gets over being told pretty quickly.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', Butter-And-Eggs Butter-and-Eggs is an Earth Pony raised by a Stag named Cobnut, who comes complete with a set of sticks he wears as antlers. [[spoiler:Turns out he put them on himself at a young age and forgot they were fake. He gets over being told pretty quickly.]]



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* Disney's ''Film/TheUglyDachshund'' concerns a Great Dane who was adopted into a family of dachshunds. The Great Dane grows up thinking he is a dachshund. HilarityEnsues.
** This has happened in RealLife. This troper can attest to that personally.

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* Disney's ''Film/TheUglyDachshund'' concerns a Great Dane who was adopted into a family of dachshunds. The Great Dane grows up thinking he is a dachshund. HilarityEnsues.
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* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'':
** This is invoked with Neddie at the end of the novel. [[spoiler:She is actually the child of a family executed for treason, and a toddler at the time she is adopted. The Whistlers do everything to help her fit in, from dyeing her hair to giving her the same tattoos her "sisters" have. They seem to hope that she will forget about her birth family, and not want revenge once they tell her the truth when she comes of age.]]
*** Wanting to keep the adoption under wraps is justified by the cultural norms of the setting -- the major religion frowns on adoption. The main character speculates that this is because the skewed birthrate makes boys so much more valuable than girls, and abandonment of excessive female children might be more prevalent if other families could be convinced to take them in. An oblivious adoption is the only option to avoid scorn.

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* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'':
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''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': This is invoked with Neddie at the end of the novel. [[spoiler:She is actually the child of a family executed for treason, and a toddler at the time she is adopted. The Whistlers do everything to help her fit in, from dyeing her hair to giving her the same tattoos her "sisters" have. They seem to hope that she will forget about her birth family, and not want revenge once they tell her the truth when she comes of age.]]
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]] Wanting to keep the adoption under wraps is justified by the cultural norms of the setting -- the major religion frowns on adoption. The main character speculates that this is because the skewed birthrate makes boys so much more valuable than girls, and abandonment of excessive female children might be more prevalent if other families could be convinced to take them in. An oblivious adoption is the only option to avoid scorn.



-->''If he hadn't known she was adopted, he’d never have guessed. She looked just like her stepfather.''
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series by Steven Brust, the Dragaeran [[OurElvesAreBetter Morrolan]] never questions why he's about a foot and a half taller than his adoptive human village, nor why he's still young at more than 100 years of age. It takes another Dragaeran to seek him out and explain things.

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-->''If he hadn't known she was adopted, he’d he'd never have guessed. She looked just like her stepfather.''
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series by Steven Brust, the Brust:
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Dragaeran [[OurElvesAreBetter Morrolan]] never questions why he's about a foot and a half taller than his adoptive human village, nor why he's still young at more than 100 years of age. It takes another Dragaeran to seek him out and explain things.



* In a ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' short story, an ogre loses his memory in the Cataclysm...and is adopted by a clan of Gully Dwarves. An adult, 9-foot-tall ogre, adopted by a bunch of creatures under 4 feet that can't count to 3. HilarityEnsues. Later he gets his memory back and gets angry...[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming but simply can't bring himself to hurt the little creatures that treated him like family]].

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* In a ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' short story, an ogre loses his memory in the Cataclysm... and is adopted by a clan of Gully Dwarves. An adult, 9-foot-tall ogre, adopted by a bunch of creatures under 4 feet that can't count to 3. HilarityEnsues. Later he gets his memory back and gets angry... [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming but simply can't bring himself to hurt the little creatures that treated him like family]].



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E9NightTerrors "Night Terrors"]] inverts it in a frightening way. The Doctor visits a little boy that's scared of everything with a mysterious cupboard giving him off-the-scale readings on his Sonic Screwdriver. When asked about his birth, the father reveals his wife [[spoiler:can't have kids.]] The Doctor reveals [[spoiler:the kid is an alien and is using a perception filter to make it seem like they always had him. This is how his species normally reproduces. They find a childless couple, and leave them with one of their young. They're pretty much alien cuckoos.]]

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E9NightTerrors "Night Terrors"]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E9NightTerrors Night Terrors]]" inverts it in a frightening way. The Doctor visits a little boy that's scared of everything with a mysterious cupboard giving him off-the-scale readings on his Sonic Screwdriver. When asked about his birth, the father reveals his wife [[spoiler:can't have kids.]] The Doctor reveals [[spoiler:the kid is an alien and is using a perception filter to make it seem like they always had him. This is how his species normally reproduces. They find a childless couple, and leave them with one of their young. They're pretty much alien cuckoos.]]



* In the video game ''{{VideoGame/FTL}}'' you can find an alien Mantis that was raised by humans and believes it is a human. Treating it like one and talking to it with a human crew member is one of the ways to get a positive outcome to the event.

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* In the video game ''{{VideoGame/FTL}}'' ''VideoGame/{{FTL}}'' you can find an alien Mantis that was raised by humans and believes it is a human. Treating it like one and talking to it with a human crew member is one of the ways to get a positive outcome to the event.



* The trope is pushed to an extreme level of silliness in the AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/TrollsDeTroy''. The heroine, Waha, is a human girl who was adopted by a family of trolls ([[AllTrollsAreDifferent in this world, big, hairy, smelly, man-eating humanoids]]). She ''stays'' utterly oblivious to this fact (unlike in the original comic, where her adoptive father reveals the truth to her in the first issue, when they desperately need her to use magic). In fact, [[BerserkButton she responds with violence]] to the mere suggestion that she could be human. Instead, she thinks of herself as a troll with a [[InsistentTerminology "thwarted pilosity"]] -- and the other trolls believe it too! Of course, trolls are notoriously stupid and scatterbrained, but even ''her adoptive parents'' seem to have forgotten about the little matter of her adoption. The worst part, however, is that even every human she encounters (admittedly, barely smarter than the trolls in general) also swallows the "hairless troll" story. This even includes an experienced troll hunter (who wants to add her head to his trophy wall) and a "trolologist" (but he was crazy anyway). Chances of Waha ever realizing her true heritage? Zero.

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* The trope is pushed to an extreme level of silliness in the AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/TrollsDeTroy''. The heroine, Waha, is a human girl who was adopted by a family of trolls ([[AllTrollsAreDifferent in this world, big, hairy, smelly, man-eating humanoids]]). She ''stays'' utterly oblivious to this fact (unlike in the original comic, where her adoptive father reveals the truth to her in the first issue, when they desperately need her to use magic). In fact, [[BerserkButton she responds with violence]] to the mere suggestion that she could be human. Instead, she thinks of herself as a troll with a [[InsistentTerminology "thwarted pilosity"]] -- and the other trolls believe it too! Of course, trolls are notoriously stupid and scatterbrained, but even ''her adoptive parents'' seem to have forgotten about the little matter of her adoption. The worst part, however, is that even every human she encounters (admittedly, barely smarter than the trolls in general) also swallows the "hairless troll" story. This even includes an experienced troll hunter (who wants to add her head to his trophy wall) and a "trolologist" "trollologist" (but he was is crazy anyway). Chances of Waha ever realizing her true heritage? Zero.
22nd Sep '17 11:54:39 PM Everdream
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** Similarly, it's actually not rare for a lioness whose babies have died to adopt a baby antelope... which usually gets killed by the other lions in her pride, unfortunately.

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** Similarly, it's actually not rare for a lioness whose babies have died to adopt adopted a baby antelope... which usually gets killed by the other lions in her pride, unfortunately.antelope. She became famous for this.
20th Sep '17 3:19:21 PM AsherTye
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** This has happened in real life. This troper can attest to that personally.

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20th Sep '17 3:18:31 PM AsherTye
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** This has happened in real life. This troper can attest to that personally.
22nd Aug '17 8:20:29 AM Pichu-kun
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* Lain doesn't look much like her family in ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''. This is because she's adopted. [[spoiler:Lain's an ArtificialHuman whose "family" is an experiment. They were made to take care of. This explains why they're so distant, and sometimes distasteful, towards her.]]
16th Aug '17 1:22:35 PM Pichu-kun
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* "Literature/TheUglyDuckling". Though cygnets ''do'' resemble ducklings, but with a dull pearly gray color.

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* "Literature/TheUglyDuckling"."Literature/TheUglyDuckling" is really a swan adopted by ducks. Though cygnets ''do'' resemble ducklings, but with a dull pearly gray color.



* Greenie from ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild'' is a duck while his mother is a chicken. He doesn't realize that he's adopted until his teens.

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* Greenie from ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild'' is a duck while his mother is a chicken. He doesn't realize that he's adopted until his teens.preteens, when he's teased by other ducklings.


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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Fireheart's sister Princess gave her firstborn kit to [=ThunderClan=] because she wanted to choose the destiny of one of her children. Snowkit was too young to remember what happened. He didn't learn that Brindleface was his adopted mother until Fireheart told him when he was nearly six moons old.
** [[spoiler:Bluestar, then Bluefur,]] had her kits raised in [=RiverClan=] by [[spoiler:Graypool]]. [[spoiler:Stonefur and Mistyfoot]] didn't learn their heritage until adulthood.
10th Jun '17 8:35:52 AM Montanto
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* Nancy, in ''{{Rhapsodies}}'', gets annoyed when Paul only realizes this after meeting her [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/04032007/ WASP mother.]]
-->'''Nancy:''' Jiminy Cricket, Paul! With a name like “Wellington” what the hell did you think?\\
'''Paul:''' Well... I just assumed that... ah...\\
'''Nancy:''' Keeping in mind if you say “Some geriatric’s trophy wife” you die.\\
'''Paul:''' Oh no! I was thinking of something completely different!
9th Jun '17 7:11:09 PM Montanto
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* Nancy, in ''{{Rhapsodies}}'', gets annoyed when Paul only realizes this after meeting her [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/04032007/ WASP mother.]]
-->'''Nancy:''' Jiminy Cricket, Paul! With a name like “Wellington” what the hell did you think?\\
'''Paul:''' Well... I just assumed that... ah...\\
'''Nancy:''' Keeping in mind if you say “Some geriatric’s trophy wife” you die.\\
'''Paul:''' Oh no! I was thinking of something completely different!
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