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18th Jan '17 4:44:12 AM TheSinful
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* Ranma's former instructor in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10092339/21/Ranma-Saotome-Chi-Master Ranma Saotome, Chi Master]]'' is revealed to be Cologne's daughter-in-law and the many-greats grandmother of Shampoo's grandfather.
13th Jan '17 6:36:31 AM lavendermintrose
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** Should note that Lelouch and Suzaku's relationship is ''central'' to the series, not just a coincidence (check how the beginning and ending revolve around ''their'' relationship), and both are royalty - Lelouch literally, Suzaku [[HereditaryRepublic more or less]] - so it's no surprise that they're well-connected. Anya and Jeremiah are where they are due to the same thing that connects them to Lelouch - Anya [[spoiler: gets the piloting ability to be a Knight of the Rounds ''because'' she's possessed by Marianne]], and Jeremiah and pretty much everyone else who cared about [[spoiler: Marianne, or Lelouch and Nunnally, came to Area 11 specifically because Lelouch and Nunnally had supposedly died there - including Clovis, as revealed in an audio drama]]. Lloyd [[spoiler: gets engaged to Milly]] ''because'' the Ashford family has Marianne's knightmares, which they have because they were connected to her, which is also the reason they took in Lelouch and Nunnally. Legitimate coincidences include Euphie meeting Suzaku [[MeetCute unless she planned it that way]], Lloyd meeting Suzaku, Villetta - Jeremiah's second - getting her Knightmare stolen, and then [[spoiler: being rescued by Ohgi]], Lelouch's classmate Nina being the one to [[spoiler: invent Britannia's superweapon]], and a few others - plenty of DiabolousExMachina to go around for both protagonists. But the level of connectedness in general is pretty typical of monarchies, making it a JustifiedTrope.

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** Should note that Lelouch and Suzaku's relationship is ''central'' to the series, not just a coincidence (check how the beginning and ending revolve around ''their'' relationship), and both are royalty - Lelouch literally, Suzaku [[HereditaryRepublic more or less]] - so it's no surprise that they're well-connected. Anya and Jeremiah are where they are due to the same thing that connects them to Lelouch - Anya [[spoiler: gets the piloting ability to be a Knight of the Rounds ''because'' she's possessed by Marianne]], and Jeremiah and pretty much everyone else who cared about [[spoiler: Marianne, or Lelouch and Nunnally, came to Area 11 specifically because Lelouch and Nunnally had supposedly died there - including Clovis, as revealed in an audio drama]]. Lloyd [[spoiler: gets engaged to Milly]] ''because'' the Ashford family has Marianne's knightmares, which they have because they were connected to her, which is also the reason they took in Lelouch and Nunnally. Legitimate coincidences include Euphie meeting Suzaku [[MeetCute unless she planned it that way]], Lloyd meeting Suzaku, Villetta - Jeremiah's second - getting her Knightmare stolen, and then [[spoiler: being rescued by Ohgi]], Lelouch's classmate Nina being the one to [[spoiler: invent Britannia's superweapon]], and a few others - plenty of DiabolousExMachina DiabolusExMachina to go around for both protagonists. But the level of connectedness in general is pretty typical of monarchies, making it a JustifiedTrope.
13th Jan '17 6:35:01 AM lavendermintrose
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** One of Lelouch's subordinates was romantically involved with an enemy knight, who just happened to be the first person to survive Lelouch's MindControl powers in the beginning of the series, and the enemy knight had amnesia for a while after being shot by a high school girl who had a huge crush on Lelouch. His head scientist was a former colleague of an influential enemy scientist, who is both the mentor to Lelouch's aforementioned rival, and the fiancé of the head of the student council. Lelouch's primary accomplice and confidante was formerly the head of a cult whose members are now supporting the evil empire, and had watched over Lelouch when he was a child. Recently, a powerful knight in the empire was revealed to have had some sort of past connection with Lelouch. Also, a new rival of Lelouch's is a general in the Chinese Federation, who has pledged his life to support a child Empress whose first and only friend is the aforementioned fangirl of Lelouch's alter-ego.
** Still, ''Anime/CodeGeass'' isn't really any worse than any other series. The half-sibling thing is important to the plot of the first season, but it's not like their relationship is a coincidence. The rivalry between Lelouch and Suzaku's alter egos and their relationship several years beforehand is also pretty intentional, but closer. The real web of relations come towards the end, when we find out that several characters were in the home of, around, or had some business with Lelouch's mother.

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** One of Lelouch's subordinates was romantically involved with an enemy knight, who just happened to be the first person to survive Lelouch's MindControl powers in the beginning of the series, and the enemy knight had amnesia for a while after being shot by a high school girl who had a huge crush on Lelouch. His head scientist was a former colleague of an influential enemy scientist, who is both the mentor to Lelouch's aforementioned rival, and the fiancé of the head of the student council. Lelouch's primary accomplice and confidante was formerly the head of a cult whose members are now supporting the evil empire, and had watched over Lelouch when he was a child. Recently, a powerful knight in the empire was revealed to have had some sort of past connection with Lelouch. Also, a new rival of Lelouch's is a general in the Chinese Federation, who has pledged his life to support a child Empress whose first and only friend is the aforementioned fangirl of Lelouch's alter-ego.
** Still, ''Anime/CodeGeass'' isn't really any worse than any other series. The half-sibling thing is important to the plot of the first season, but it's not like their relationship is a coincidence. The rivalry between
Should note that Lelouch and Suzaku's alter egos and their relationship several years beforehand is ''central'' to the series, not just a coincidence (check how the beginning and ending revolve around ''their'' relationship), and both are royalty - Lelouch literally, Suzaku [[HereditaryRepublic more or less]] - so it's no surprise that they're well-connected. Anya and Jeremiah are where they are due to the same thing that connects them to Lelouch - Anya [[spoiler: gets the piloting ability to be a Knight of the Rounds ''because'' she's possessed by Marianne]], and Jeremiah and pretty much everyone else who cared about [[spoiler: Marianne, or Lelouch and Nunnally, came to Area 11 specifically because Lelouch and Nunnally had supposedly died there - including Clovis, as revealed in an audio drama]]. Lloyd [[spoiler: gets engaged to Milly]] ''because'' the Ashford family has Marianne's knightmares, which they have because they were connected to her, which is also pretty intentional, but closer. The real web of relations come towards the end, when we find out reason they took in Lelouch and Nunnally. Legitimate coincidences include Euphie meeting Suzaku [[MeetCute unless she planned it that several characters were in the home of, around, or had some business with way]], Lloyd meeting Suzaku, Villetta - Jeremiah's second - getting her Knightmare stolen, and then [[spoiler: being rescued by Ohgi]], Lelouch's mother.classmate Nina being the one to [[spoiler: invent Britannia's superweapon]], and a few others - plenty of DiabolousExMachina to go around for both protagonists. But the level of connectedness in general is pretty typical of monarchies, making it a JustifiedTrope.
8th Jan '17 5:25:33 PM nombretomado
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* The MarvelComics universe includes a concept called the "Nexus-Being" or some such, which describes the person who is the focus of their universe. That role is filled by the ComicBook/ScarletWitch: her [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} father]]'s a mutant {{supervillain}}, her [[TheVision ex-husband]] is a robot superhero, her [[ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} brother]] married into [[ComicBook/TheInhumans the royal family of a secret city]] that was TouchedByVorlons, her sister is dating a member of the Summers' famously TangledFamilyTree, and she herself got [[WitchSpecies inbuilt magic powers]] from a Chaos demon.

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* The MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics universe includes a concept called the "Nexus-Being" or some such, which describes the person who is the focus of their universe. That role is filled by the ComicBook/ScarletWitch: her [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} father]]'s a mutant {{supervillain}}, her [[TheVision [[ComicBook/TheVision ex-husband]] is a robot superhero, her [[ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} brother]] married into [[ComicBook/TheInhumans the royal family of a secret city]] that was TouchedByVorlons, her sister is dating a member of the Summers' famously TangledFamilyTree, and she herself got [[WitchSpecies inbuilt magic powers]] from a Chaos demon.
8th Jan '17 3:04:57 PM nombretomado
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* Marvel's recent ''Ultimate Origins'' mini series appears to be their attempt at doing this for the UltimateMarvel Universe.

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* Marvel's recent ''Ultimate Origins'' mini series appears to be their attempt at doing this for the UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Universe.
9th Dec '16 8:39:39 PM iroanxi
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* ''FanFic/ThisBites'':
** Captain T-Bone was a Marine soldier in the West Blue who was ordered on the sea-wide pursuit of Nico Robin. When he and his men protested against the unreasonable amount of force, they were sold out by [[spoiler:Vergo]] and the entire division massacred by [[spoiler:Akainu]]. T-Bone barely survived.
*** And when she hears about [[spoiler:Vergo]], Hina, who served with him under Tsuru, is suitably shell-shocked.
** Vice Admiral Jonathan trained together with Bell-mère.
** [[spoiler:Lily Carnation]] is the monster that chased Buggy out of the Grand Line and into the safety of the East Blue.
** Mr. 13 and Ms. Friday are from Kuraigana Island.
** Don Accino's Hot-Hot Fruit [[spoiler:is one of six Devil Fruits passed through Alabasta's Royal Guardians for generations, until several were lost or stolen (one of which is the Sand-Sand Fruit)]].
** Garp spars with Boss's teacher and role model Sifu Dugong on a yearly basis.
6th Nov '16 10:22:46 PM Argon2
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* As Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Tortall'' series(es...) lengthened, every protagonist developed close relationships with every other. Basically: Alanna [[note]]heroine of the ''Lioness'' quartet[[/note]] serves King Jonathan, whose queen establishes an elite combat unit taught by Onua, whose friend Numair used to be friends with the Emperor of Carthak. The Emperor later employs Daine [[note]]heroine of the ''Immortals'' quartet[[/note]] to heal his pet birds, and while doing so, Daine befriends the Emperor's son, whose future personal physician travels to the Copper Isles and falls in love with Sarai, whose maid/spymaster Aly [[note]]heroine of the ''Trickster'' duology[[/note]] is the daughter of Alanna and George, who is a ''very'' distant descendant of Beka [[note]]heroine of the ''Provost'' trilogy[[/note]]. Several years later, Daine works alongside Keladry [[note]]heroine of the ''Protector'' quartet[[/note]] to fortify a refugee camp, right before Keladry kills Blayce (the King of Scanra's pet mage) as she was commanded to do upon being knighted, which had been her dream since childhood because she admires Alanna so much.

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* As Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Tortall'' series(es...) lengthened, every protagonist developed close relationships with every other. Basically: Alanna [[note]]heroine of the ''Lioness'' quartet[[/note]] serves King Jonathan, whose queen establishes an elite combat unit taught by Onua, whose friend Numair used to be friends with the Emperor of Carthak. The Emperor later employs Daine [[note]]heroine of the ''Immortals'' quartet[[/note]] to heal his pet birds, and while doing so, Daine befriends the Emperor's son, whose future personal physician travels to the Copper Isles and falls in love with Sarai, whose maid/spymaster Aly [[note]]heroine of the ''Trickster'' duology[[/note]] is the daughter of Alanna and George, who is a ''very'' distant descendant of Beka [[note]]heroine of the ''Provost'' trilogy[[/note]]. Several years later, Daine works alongside Alanna is secretly the patron of Keladry [[note]]heroine of the ''Protector'' quartet[[/note]] to fortify a refugee camp, right before Keladry kills Blayce (the King of Scanra's pet mage) as she was commanded to do upon being knighted, which had been quartet[[/note]], who has admired her dream since childhood because she admires Alanna so much.childhood.



* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' uses this to an extreme in the third and fourth games, particularly the third. By the end of the third game's last case, protagonist Phoenix Wright is pretty much the only relevant character who is not either related to [[spoiler: the Feys]], wasn't directly screwed over in a way by the events of DL-6, or both. And even then they indirectly had huge influence on his life by setting up 90 of the 100 reasons he decided to become a Defense Attorney.

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* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' uses this to an extreme in the third and fourth games, particularly the third. By the end of the third game's last case, protagonist Phoenix Wright is pretty much the only relevant character who is not either related to [[spoiler: the Feys]], wasn't directly screwed over in a way by the events of DL-6, or both. And even then they indirectly had huge influence on his life by setting up 90 of the 100 reasons he decided to become a Defense Attorney.defense attorney.


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* The ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' character Sonny Joon has been mentioned in almost every game. At this point, he's worked in a Mayan museum (that would be stolen from), for a Parisian fashion designer (whose work would be sabotaged), witnessed an Italian cat burglar escaping, tamed monkeys near a Bahaman resort, and stayed in a 'haunted' Japanese inn...yet Nancy never actually ''meets'' him until ''The Shattered Medallion'', despite seeing marks of his presence in near every case she investigates.
3rd Nov '16 1:33:08 AM PaulA
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* Creator/SarahDessen is known for this. All of her books seem to take place in one town, or in the beach town next door to it, and it must be a small area because in any one of her books (aside from the first) there will invariably be references to the others.
** Examples include: Truth Squad (and Remy's) cameo in ''Just Listen''; Jamie getting Owen from Just Listen to help him with Cora's birthday present in ''Lock and Key'' as well as Rogerson from ''Dreamland'' appearing (while briefly); Annabel and Owen from Just Listen seeing Macy and Wes from ''The Truth about Forever'' at the World of Waffles; and Cora from ''Lock and Key'' inviting Remy's mom from This Lullaby to her Christmas party. In ''Along for the Ride'', Heidi is friends with Isabel and Morgan from ''Keeping the Moon'' and used to work at Last Chance Cafe.

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* Creator/SarahDessen is known for this. All of her books seem to take place in one town, or in the beach town next door to it, and it must be a small area because in any one of her books (aside from the first) there will invariably be references to the others.
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others. Examples include: Truth Squad (and Remy's) Remy) from ''Literature/ThisLullaby'' cameo in ''Just Listen''; ''Literature/JustListen''; Jamie getting Owen from Just Listen ''Just Listen'' to help him with Cora's birthday present in ''Lock and Key'' ''Literature/LockAndKey'' as well as Rogerson from ''Dreamland'' ''Literature/{{Dreamland}}'' appearing (while briefly); Annabel and Owen from Just Listen ''Just Listen'' seeing Macy and Wes from ''The Truth about Forever'' ''Literature/TheTruthAboutForever'' at the World of Waffles; and Cora from ''Lock and Key'' inviting Remy's mom from This Lullaby ''This Lullaby'' to her Christmas party. In ''Along for the Ride'', ''Literature/AlongForTheRide'', Heidi is friends with Isabel and Morgan from ''Keeping the Moon'' ''Literature/KeepingTheMoon'' and used to work at Last Chance Cafe.
1st Nov '16 7:56:36 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', Darth Revan, BigBad Malak's former master, was also HK-47's original owner, the Jedi who inspired Juhani to join the Order, and the one who led the fight against the Mandalorians (including Canderous). The former Dark Lord of the Sith died in a capture mission led by Bastila. [[spoiler:Revan got better, however, because s/he's also the player character.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', Darth Revan, BigBad Malak's former master, was also HK-47's original owner, the Jedi who inspired Juhani to join the Order, and the one who led the fight against the Mandalorians (including Canderous). The former Dark Lord of the Sith died in a capture mission led by Bastila. [[spoiler:Revan got better, however, because s/he's also the player character.]]]] When this all comes out Mission actually points out how ludicrously unlikely it is, only for Canderous to point out that The Force means this kind of thing happens all the time.
1st Nov '16 5:38:07 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''GosfordPark'' -- it's the motive for the murder.

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* ''GosfordPark'' ''Film/GosfordPark'' -- it's the motive for the murder.murder. [[spoiler: Robert Parks]] is acting as the valet for a guest of Sir William's. He's actually the [[spoiler: illegitimate son of both Sir William and the current housekeeper Mrs Wilson. And Mrs Wilson is also the sister of the cook Mrs Croft]].


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* In the remake of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' Meredith was planning to ask Elizabeth to design her wedding dress - not knowing Elizabeth is her fiancee's ex-wife and biological mother to her would-be stepdaughters. And of course the only reason the twins meet in the first place is because their separated parents send them to the same summer camp.


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* A lot of wrestlers will get introduced as the friends or family members of an existing roster member - only for this to quietly disappear as they settle into their character. It's especially common among the female stars - Wrestling/BethPhoenix debuting as a former friend of Mickie James, Natalya debuting as Victoria's "best friend", Michelle [=McCool=] as Rob Van Dam's personal trainer etc.
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