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10th Aug '16 4:55:38 AM Underachiever
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', genealogical research prompted by Harry Dresden on a hunch reveals that apparently all present-day Knights of the Cross are distant descendants of well-remembered royal figures. Probably less of a stretch than some other examples since all the intervening generations necessarily mean that royal DNA had plenty of time to get around, and wielders of the Swords are definitely chosen primarily for their character...but as pure coincidence it certainly would make for a curious one.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', genealogical research prompted by Harry Dresden on a hunch reveals that apparently all present-day Knights of the Cross are distant descendants of well-remembered royal figures. Probably less of a stretch than some other examples since all the intervening generations necessarily mean that royal DNA had plenty of time to get around, and wielders of the Swords are definitely chosen primarily at least as much for their character...actual character as for any other reason...but as pure coincidence it certainly would make for a curious one.
10th Aug '16 4:53:50 AM Underachiever
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', genealogical research prompted by Harry Dresden on a hunch reveals that apparently all present-day Knights of the Cross are distant descendants of well-remembered royal figures. Probably less of a stretch than some other examples since all the intervening generations necessarily mean that royal DNA had plenty of time to get around, and wielders of the Swords are definitely chosen primarily for their character...but as pure coincidence it certainly would make for a curious one.
10th Jul '16 7:52:36 PM ninjadude853
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* Kvothe from ''Literature/TheWiseMansFear'' is actually a slightly inverted example. Turns out his mother was a Vintish noblewoman who eloped with a the [[{{Romani}} Edema Ruh]]. Unfortunately, he finds out because his prospective patron is about to marry his aunt, who now has a serious grudge against the Edema Ruh, her nephew included...

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* Kvothe from ''Literature/TheWiseMansFear'' is actually heavily implied (but not yet confirmed) to be a slightly inverted example. Turns out his mother was may have been a Vintish noblewoman who eloped with a the [[{{Romani}} Edema Ruh]]. Unfortunately, he finds out because the implications come when his prospective patron is about to marry his aunt, who now has a serious grudge against the Edema Ruh, her nephew included...Ruh.
4th Jul '16 1:07:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. Eragon is the son of a DragonRider. When he and Murtagh start comparing their families they discover that they have the same mother; Murtagh later yelling that [[TheDragon his father's]] CoolSword should have gone to his eldest son not his youngest... It later turns out that they are only half-brothers, Eragon's father actually being [[TheObiWan Brom]], also a past DragonRider.

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* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. Eragon is the son of a DragonRider. When he and Murtagh start comparing their families they discover that they have the same mother; Murtagh later yelling that [[TheDragon his father's]] CoolSword should have gone to his eldest son not his youngest... It later turns out that they are only half-brothers, Eragon's father actually being [[TheObiWan Brom]], Brom, also a past DragonRider.
19th May '16 10:15:23 PM SSJMagus
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[spoiler:Sanji]] is revealed to be [[spoiler:the third son of the Vinsmoke family, formerly the rulers of the entire North Blue (which is to say ''roughly 1/4 of the world''), and still recognized as royalty despite no longer having any land and now operating as assassins for hire.]]
3rd May '16 9:49:23 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* King Belgarion of Riva in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is the descendant of a MosesInTheBullrushes, a few hundred years down the line. He has a [[DistinguishingMark strange birthmark]], and an [[CoolSword heirloom sword]] which he claims from the throne room where it was stored when he finds out his station.

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* King Belgarion of Riva in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is the descendant of a MosesInTheBullrushes, MosesInTheBulrushes, a few hundred years down the line. He has a [[DistinguishingMark strange birthmark]], and an [[CoolSword heirloom sword]] which he claims from the throne room where it was stored when he finds out his station.
3rd May '16 9:39:13 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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The character's reason for not knowing their heritage is most often due to some form of ParentalAbandonment; common plots including MosesInTheBullrushes, HiddenBackupPrince and ManInTheIronMask. A variation occurs when an older character suffers from IdentityAmnesia, having temporarily forgotten their rank.

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The character's reason for not knowing their heritage is most often due to some form of ParentalAbandonment; common plots including MosesInTheBullrushes, MosesInTheBulrushes, HiddenBackupPrince and ManInTheIronMask. A variation occurs when an older character suffers from IdentityAmnesia, having temporarily forgotten their rank.
5th Mar '16 2:55:09 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Jill Mastrano is introduced as a non-royal Moroi in ''Shadow Kiss''. She spends the next two books in this role. In ''Last Sacrifice'', she is later revealed to be royalty, the paternal half-sister of Princess Lissa Dragomir. Rose announces Jill's true parentage in a public session of Court. Jill's existence is used to give Lissa status as head of a living royal house, voting rights in the royal council, and a valid claim as a candidate for the throne. Jill herself is made a Princess.

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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Jill Mastrano is introduced as a non-royal Moroi in ''Shadow Kiss''. She Kiss'', and spends the next two books in this role. In ''Last Sacrifice'', she is later revealed to be royalty, the paternal half-sister of Princess Lissa Dragomir. Rose announces Jill's true parentage in a public session of Court. Jill's existence is used to give Lissa status as head of a living royal house, giving her voting rights in the royal council, and a valid claim as a candidate for the throne. Jill herself is made a Princess.
31st Jan '16 6:34:19 PM M84
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* Lysander's campaign in ''Videogame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' ''IV'' ends with him drawing the legendary Gryphonheart sword which only a member of the Gryphonheart bloodline can wield. [[spoiler:Script notes by the game's writer reveal that he's not the only Gryphonheart on Axeoth. The protagonists of the Might and Death campaigns, Waerjak and Gauldoth Half-dead, are his brothers, though none of them are aware of their familial bonds.]]
31st Jan '16 6:29:02 PM M84
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** Also played with in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. The protagonist is royalty, but not the royalty they think they are. They were raised as royalty of Nohr, but later find out the king kidnapped them as a baby after killing the king of Hoshido. They later run into their long-lost Hoshidan kin... in the middle of a war between the two countries. Whether they choose to reclaim their birthright or keep fighting for the family who raised them [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo leads to completley different storylines.]]

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** Also played with in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. The protagonist is royalty, but not the royalty they think they are. They were raised as royalty of Nohr, but later find out the king kidnapped them as a baby after killing the king of Hoshido. They later run into their long-lost Hoshidan kin... in the middle of a war between the two countries. Whether they choose to reclaim their birthright or keep fighting for the family who raised them [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo leads to completley different storylines.]] [[spoiler:A third route reveals that the protagonist is actually the heir to a ''third'' kingdom ruled by their actual biological father who is a dragon.]]
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