History Main / PassedOverInheritance

16th Nov '17 8:26:32 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* Horribly subverted in ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'': [[spiiler: Vera Claythorne kills her pupil Cyril because, according to her, if he wasn't there then his uncle/her boyfriend Hugo wouldn't fit into this anymore [[UnableToSupportAWife and they'd finally be able to marry]]. Thing is, Hugo ''adored'' Cyril [[LikeASonToMe as if they were brothers or father/son]], and was horrified when [[OhCrap he realized that Vera had killed him]]; he dumped Vera immediately and [[DrowningMySorrows fell into alcoholic depression]], which led him to meet [[HangingJudge Judge Wargrave]]...]]

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* Horribly subverted in ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'': [[spiiler: [[spoiler: Vera Claythorne kills her pupil Cyril because, according to her, if he wasn't there then his uncle/her boyfriend Hugo wouldn't fit into this anymore [[UnableToSupportAWife and they'd finally be able to marry]]. Thing is, Hugo ''adored'' Cyril [[LikeASonToMe as if they were brothers or father/son]], and was horrified when [[OhCrap he realized that Vera had killed him]]; he dumped Vera immediately and [[DrowningMySorrows fell into alcoholic depression]], which led him to meet [[HangingJudge Judge Wargrave]]...]]
14th Nov '17 12:58:35 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* More than one greed-motivated murder in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has this trope as its motivation. i.e., in a {{filler}} case a rich old man hires Kogoro to spy on his two RichBitch daughters and their motivations as he pretends to have a life-threatening heart attack: the one who shows more openly her love for him will inherit everything, leaving the other destitute. [[spoiler: And then the guy is murdered... [[RedHerring but not by]] [[SelfMadeOrphan the daughters]] but by his doctor, who lost it in rage when the JerkAss old man tried to test his family's love.]]


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* In ''Literature/SansFamille'' (and its two {{animated adaptation}}s), [[spoiler: James Milligan tried to get rid of his eldest nephew Richard/Remi and even plots to murder his other nephew Arthur is because his late brother left his fortune to his sons, leaving James empty handed.]]
* Horribly subverted in ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'': [[spiiler: Vera Claythorne kills her pupil Cyril because, according to her, if he wasn't there then his uncle/her boyfriend Hugo wouldn't fit into this anymore [[UnableToSupportAWife and they'd finally be able to marry]]. Thing is, Hugo ''adored'' Cyril [[LikeASonToMe as if they were brothers or father/son]], and was horrified when [[OhCrap he realized that Vera had killed him]]; he dumped Vera immediately and [[DrowningMySorrows fell into alcoholic depression]], which led him to meet [[HangingJudge Judge Wargrave]]...]]
30th Oct '17 12:49:10 AM Lanes17B
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* The plot of the Mexican movie, ''El miedo no anda en burro'' (Fear doesn't Ride a Donkey) starring la India Maria, is kicked off by this. The titular Maria [[EthnicMenialLabor works as a maid]] for the matriarch of a wealthy family, who considers her a friend, and takes care of the lady's little dog. When the matriarch dies, her greedy relatives kick Maria out, [[AndYourLittleDogToo make her take the little dog with her,]] and rush over to the lawyer's office to hear how much of an inheritance they are receiving. The lawyer then goes on to tell them that the matriarch [[InadequateInheritor considered them too selfish and greedy]] and will receive nothing. [[PetHeir Her little dog will get everything]] and Maria will act as its regent. The Greedy relatives then get the idea to try and [[InheritanceMurder scare Maria to death in order to get ahold of the dog, and thus the estate.]] HilarityEnsues.
4th Oct '17 7:30:40 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'': In "A Funeral Beings George to His Niece", Angie's sister Claudia dies, leaving her fortune to her daughter Gloria via a trust fund, and Vic expects to be named the trustee of the money. Then, when the family watches her [[VideoWills video will]]...
-->'''Claudia:''' The person I chose has worked hard his whole life and knows the value of money. Will Vic Palmero please step forward.
-->''(Vic gets up and walks to the front)''
-->'''Claudia:''' Okay, now bend over and kiss George Lopez's ass, because I pick him!
26th Sep '17 11:25:12 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* When Maxwell Sheffield's father died on ''Series/TheNanny'', his will revealed that he had a secret illegitimate daughter from a previous affair with a flamenco dancer, and that he left the bulk of his estate to the daughter out of pity for her.

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* When Maxwell Sheffield's father died on ''Series/TheNanny'', his will revealed that he had a secret illegitimate daughter from a previous affair with a flamenco dancer, and that he left the bulk of his estate to the daughter out of pity for her. In a happier turn of events, Concepción subsequently meets Fran, who can't bring herself to mention the money and instead welcomes her into the family and invites her to Fran and Maxwell's upcoming wedding. This act of kindness leads Concepción to willingly share her inheritance with her siblings.



* ''WesternAnimation/TopCat and the Beverly Hills Cats'': Benny saved a wealthy woman's life. Because she hated all her relatives (besides a missing niece), she left her entire estate to him. [[OnOneCondition Assuming the niece doesn't reappear and nothing happens to him within 48 hours from her death]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TopCat and the Beverly Hills Cats'': Benny saved a wealthy woman's life. Because she hated all her relatives (besides a missing niece), she left her entire estate to him. [[OnOneCondition Assuming the niece doesn't reappear and nothing happens to him within 48 hours from her death]]. [[spoiler: Of course, then it turns out she's faked her death.]]
30th Apr '17 10:03:58 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/RainMan'' begins this way. TomCruise's character's father dies, leaving him his vintage car and prizewinning rose bushes. After digging around for a while, he learns that the money went to take care of his unknown autistic brother.

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* ''Film/RainMan'' begins this way. TomCruise's Creator/TomCruise's character's father dies, leaving him his vintage car and prizewinning rose bushes. After digging around for a while, he learns that the money went to take care of his unknown autistic brother.
16th Apr '17 5:17:49 PM Divra
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* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club'', a wealthy widow leaves her fortune to her elderly brother and his grandsons, or, if he predeceases her, to her poor niece. Brother and sister are found dead on the same day, and Literature/LordPeterWimsey is brought in to determine who is the passed-over heir. [[spoiler:In the end, the heirs agree to split the money and be friends.]] There is also a subversion between the brothers. Wimsey finds out that the younger brother was left a significantly larger chunk than the elder, and asks if the elder felt passed over. It turns out the elder not only knew, but approved, since his brother was married and couldn't hold a job due to his PTSD, whereas he was single and had a steady job.

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* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club'', a wealthy widow leaves her fortune to her elderly brother and his grandsons, or, if he predeceases her, to her poor niece. Brother and sister are found dead on the same day, and Literature/LordPeterWimsey is brought in to determine who is the passed-over heir. [[spoiler:In the end, the heirs agree to split the money and be friends.]] There is also a subversion between the brothers.grandsons. Wimsey finds out that the younger brother was left a significantly larger chunk than the elder, and asks if the elder felt passed over. It turns out the elder not only knew, but approved, since his brother was married had a wife and several young children to support but couldn't hold a job due to his PTSD, whereas he was single and had a steady job.
12th Feb '17 3:14:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* TheFrantics' "Last Will and Temperament:" the willmaker leaves to each of the attendees a boot to the head; he leaves his fortune to "the people of Calgary so they can afford to move somewhere decent."

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* TheFrantics' Radio/TheFrantics' "Last Will and Temperament:" the willmaker leaves to each of the attendees a boot to the head; he leaves his fortune to "the people of Calgary so they can afford to move somewhere decent."
11th Jan '17 7:25:42 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club'', a wealthy widow leaves her fortune to her elderly brother and his grandsons, or, if he predeceases her, to her poor niece. Brother and sister are found dead on the same day, and LordPeterWimsey is brought in to determine who is the passed-over heir. [[spoiler:In the end, the heirs agree to split the money and be friends.]] There is also a subversion between the brothers. Wimsey finds out that the younger brother was left a significantly larger chunk than the elder, and asks if the elder felt passed over. It turns out the elder not only knew, but approved, since his brother was married and couldn't hold a job due to his PTSD, whereas he was single and had a steady job.

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* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club'', a wealthy widow leaves her fortune to her elderly brother and his grandsons, or, if he predeceases her, to her poor niece. Brother and sister are found dead on the same day, and LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey is brought in to determine who is the passed-over heir. [[spoiler:In the end, the heirs agree to split the money and be friends.]] There is also a subversion between the brothers. Wimsey finds out that the younger brother was left a significantly larger chunk than the elder, and asks if the elder felt passed over. It turns out the elder not only knew, but approved, since his brother was married and couldn't hold a job due to his PTSD, whereas he was single and had a steady job.
6th Jan '17 11:19:30 PM Eievie
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* Literature/HarryPotter has an interesting case, where it isn't ''just'' about favoritism among heirs. [[spoiler: Sirius]] named [[spoiler: Harry]] as his only heir, not just to give him all the money he owned in the bank and his house, but also to contribute to the war - [[spoiler: the other possible heirs were his cousins Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange (his murderer), and his house was the first Headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix. Had he not excluded them they'd have his his money and the Order's own HQ to aid Voldemort.]]

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* Literature/HarryPotter ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has an interesting case, where it isn't ''just'' about favoritism among heirs. [[spoiler: Sirius]] [[spoiler:Sirius]] named [[spoiler: Harry]] [[spoiler:Harry]] as his only heir, not just to give him all the money he owned in the bank and his house, but also to contribute to the war - [[spoiler: the war--[[spoiler:the other possible heirs were his cousins Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange (his murderer), and his house was the first Headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix. Had he not excluded them they'd have his his money and the Order's own HQ to aid Voldemort.]]



* In a reversal, Hayden Fox of ''Series/{{Coach}}'' is outraged when a wealthy alumni of Minnesota State leaves his entire estate to his widow rather than the school - especially since he'd been planning to build a new athletic center with all that money.

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* In a reversal, Hayden Fox of ''Series/{{Coach}}'' is outraged when a wealthy alumni of Minnesota State leaves his entire estate to his widow rather than the school - especially school--especially since he'd been planning to build a new athletic center with all that money.
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