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13th Mar '17 11:40:02 AM arkholt
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* ''Webcomic/TheBirdFeeder'':
** Inverted with Darryl and Edna, two cardinals, and their adopted children, who, in [[http://thebirdfeeder.com/comic/1 the very first strip]] are revealed to be an adopted bluejay and titmouse, and were only adopted because Edna is colorblind.
** Done more traditionally with Tina, a hummingbird. In [[http://thebirdfeeder.com/comic/163 #163]], "Bunnies," she tries to find her real parents, as she herself was [[RaisedByWolves raised by rabbits]], and accidentally adopts a rabbit.
22nd Feb '17 3:46:45 PM Wordpainter
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* In ''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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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' this ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'':
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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.
22nd Feb '17 12:40:55 PM Wordpainter
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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' this is invoked with Neddie. [[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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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' this is invoked with Neddie.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.
20th Feb '17 5:03:38 PM StFan
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* The trope is pushed to an extreme level of silliness in the AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/TrollDeTroy''. 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/TrollDeTroy''.''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.
20th Feb '17 5:02:55 PM StFan
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* The trope is pushed to an extreme level of silliness in the AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/TrollDeTroy''. 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.
27th Jan '17 3:34:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* WizardsOfWaverlyPlace: plays with this. First we meet a kid who claims to be the runt of his giant family when he was about the same size as a normal human. Then later it turns out he's adopted. [[WhatAnIdiot Which he knew, but he'd always assumed he'd been adopted from other giants]] [[FridgeLogic Despite the fact he was a wizard.]]

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* WizardsOfWaverlyPlace: ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': plays with this. First we meet a kid who claims to be the runt of his giant family when he was about the same size as a normal human. Then later it turns out he's adopted. [[WhatAnIdiot Which he knew, but he'd always assumed he'd been adopted from other giants]] [[FridgeLogic Despite the fact he was a wizard.]]
28th Dec '16 5:02:25 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', [[spoiler:Izzy was this before the series started, and his parents intended to keep him this way until he'd grown up enough to handle the truth. Unfortunately, Izzy overheard them talking about it one night, which caused him a lot of angst until they were able to sort things out. Trying to keep a secret from any series's SmartGuy doesn't usually work.]]

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** In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', [[spoiler:Izzy [[spoiler:Koushirou aka Izzy was this before the series started, and his parents (actually, his biological parents' cousins) intended to keep him this way until he'd grown up enough to handle the truth. Unfortunately, Izzy overheard them talking about it one night, which caused him a lot of angst until they were able to sort things out. Trying to keep a secret from any series's SmartGuy doesn't usually work.]]



* Subverted in Creator/RumikoTakahashi's ''Fire Tripper'': a flashback shows that the female lead Suzuko realized on her own that she was adopted (as her parents had no baby photos of her) and, when Mom and Dad came to her with the intention to tell her, she told them that she already knew, and thanked them for [[GoodParents raising her lovingly]]. [[spoiler: She's actually a little girl from MedievalJapan [[TimeTravel who was thrown in time and space]], alongside a boy from the modern era who was tossed into Feudal Japan and grew into the male lead Shukumaru. [[IChooseToStay They stay in Medieval Japan and get married there]].]]



* In ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker'', some of the daughters know that they're adopted, but some don't. Those who don't are Patricia from the fourth game and [[NoNameGiven Musume]] from the fifth one.



* ''Disney/LambertTheSheepishLion'': Only Lambert himself is out of the loop; all of the other sheep know and (aside from his loving mother) mock him for not acting like his actual species, though eventually Lambert does discover his inner bestial nature when a wolf imperils his mother.

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* ''Disney/LambertTheSheepishLion'': Only Lambert himself is out of the loop; all of the other sheep know and (aside from his loving mother) mock him for not acting like his actual species, though eventually Lambert [[CowardlyLion does discover his inner bestial nature nature]] [[ParentsInDistress when a wolf imperils his mother.mother]].



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' had a duckling imprint on Tom and remain oblivious to Tom's attempts to eat him (despite Jerry repeatedly saving him and trying to illustrate the difference between cats and ducks). When the duckling finally figures things out, he decides to let Tom eat him anyway, though of course [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Tom can't bring himself to do it]].

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' had a duckling imprint on Tom and remain oblivious to Tom's attempts to eat him (despite Jerry repeatedly saving him and trying to illustrate the difference between cats and ducks). When the duckling finally figures things out, he decides to let Tom eat him anyway, though of course [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Tom can't bring himself to do it]].it and, at the end of the episode, ''actually'' takes the duckling in.



* An unusually irritating version. A woman wrote into an advice column, telling about the time when she commented on an Asian baby's adoption by white parents and the parents blew up that she had "given it away."

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* An unusually irritating version. A woman wrote into an advice column, telling about the time when she commented on an Asian baby's adoption by white parents and the parents blew up that she had "given it away."



* Let's not forget [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imprinting_%28psychology%29#Filial_imprinting imprinting,]] most easily observed in chickens and waterfowl. The article mentions a group of goslings believing that ''a pair of wading boots'' was their mother.

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* Let's not forget There's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imprinting_%28psychology%29#Filial_imprinting imprinting,]] most easily observed in chickens and waterfowl. The article mentions a group of goslings believing that ''a pair of wading boots'' was their mother.
8th Nov '16 5:47:53 AM leelea
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* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', [[spoiler:Lindsey Bluth was adopted, and her parents claimed she was Michael's twin sister... in spite of her being three years older than him. Lucille {{hand wave}}d her going through puberty by simply claiming she was becoming fat]].

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* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', [[spoiler:Lindsey Bluth was adopted, and her parents claimed she was Michael's twin sister... in spite of her being three years older than him. When Lindsey obviously started going through puberty before Michael, Lucille {{hand wave}}d her going through puberty Lindey's growth away by simply claiming she was becoming getting fat]].
8th Nov '16 5:40:07 AM leelea
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' [[spoiler: Jon Snow]] hasn't the slightest clue of being adopted [[spoiler: by his biological uncle Ned Stark, whom he believes to be his father. His parents Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark are long-dead, and Ned promised to protect her sister's son despite being the heir of the dynasty he just helped to overthrow.]]

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' [[spoiler: Jon Snow]] hasn't the slightest clue of being adopted [[spoiler: by his biological uncle Ned Stark, whom he believes to be his biological father. His biological parents are actually the deceased Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark are long-dead, Stark, who have been dead for all of his life. As Lyanna knew she was dying, she manages to pass her infant son (Jon) into the care of her brother, Ned, and Ned promised [[DyingWish asks him to protect her son]] from Robert Baratheon before she dies. Ned brings Jon home with him, raises and loves Jon as his own son alongside his other children, and [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold spends the rest of his life protecting his sister's son]] by hiding Jon's biological parentage by claiming Jon as his own illegitimate son despite being since the heir of current-reigning regime, the dynasty Baratheons, would kill Jon if they ever found out he just helped to overthrow.was the hidden son of Rhaegar Targyaren and Lyanna Stark.]]
25th Oct '16 3:38:00 PM nombretomado
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* Later on in the Gensokyo20XX series, we seem to have this with Marisa, who, according to Ren, doesn't seem to know or care that she was adopted by two {{Kitsune}}.

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* Later on in the Gensokyo20XX ''Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX'' series, we seem to have this with Marisa, who, according to Ren, doesn't seem to know or care that she was adopted by two {{Kitsune}}.
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