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10th Feb '17 7:08:48 PM LadyNorbert
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* In case the title wasn't a clue, this is a big factor in the plot of ''VideoGame/QueenAtArms.'' [[spoiler:With her adoptive father dead, protagonist Marcus does not and cannot know that she is the rightful Queen of Orthera until her big brother Nick tells her.]]
6th Feb '17 3:16:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TearsOfTheSun'': Lt. Waters and his team have been escorting a U.S. citizen, her staff, and other refugees to safety in war-torn Nigeria. A local militia has been so doggedly pursuing them for days on end that Waters eventually forces the refugees to reveal the truth: that one of them is actually the last survivor of a deposed royal house whom the militia wants to see dead.
22nd Nov '16 7:37:47 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[BigBad Validar]] reveals he is the the player character's [[LukeIAmYourFather father]], and by extension the Avatar is now the heir to Plegia's throne. Virion is also revealed to be the head of a noble house in Valm at the start of the game's second act, though this is pretty obvious given how he acts.

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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[BigBad Validar]] reveals he is ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the the player character's [[LukeIAmYourFather father]], Holy War]]'', Patty and by extension the Avatar is now the heir to Plegia's throne. Virion is also revealed to be the head of a Faval had no idea about their MissingMom Briggid's noble house in Valm at the start of origins... until midway through the game's second act, though this is pretty obvious given how he acts. half, when TeamDad Lewyn explains it all.



** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' when [[spoiler: Pelleas is revealed to ''not'' be the prince of Daein, the birthmark he supposedly had was really the mark of a Spirit Charmer.]] Played straight with [[spoiler: Micaiah being Sanaki's long-lost sister and the true Apostle of Begnion, however she declines to act on this.]] Played with with [[spoiler: Soren, who is revealed to be the ''true'' prince of Daein through his mother recognising him. However, he never becomes aware of this himself.]]
** 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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** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' when [[spoiler: Pelleas is revealed to ''not'' be the prince of Daein, the birthmark he supposedly had was really the mark of a Spirit Charmer.]] Played straight with [[spoiler: Micaiah being Sanaki's long-lost big sister and the true Apostle of Begnion, however she declines to act on this.this and becomes Queen of Daein instead.]] Played with with in regards to [[spoiler: Soren, who is revealed to be the ''true'' prince of Daein through his mother Almedha recognising him. However, he never becomes aware of this himself.himself... and considering how his father is the MNad King Ashnard, it's probably for the best.]]
** Also played In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[BigBad Validar]] reveals himself first as the King of Plegia and later as the player character's [[LukeIAmYourFather father]], and by extension the Avatar is now the heir to Plegia's throne. Virion is also revealed to be the head of a noble house in Valm at the start of the game's second act, though this is pretty obvious given how he acts.
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with in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. The ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' since the protagonist is royalty, but not ''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 toddler after killing the king 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.dragon, and this comes up ''when he/she runs away from BOTH realms'' and, with the help of their best friend, go into said kingdom itself...]]
22nd Nov '16 5:16:15 AM ectostar
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This occurs when a character who was previously thought to be relatively ordinary turns out to actually be descended from someone important and powerful , and therefore have access to that status themselves. Although this trope most commonly uses [[RoyalBlood royalty]], it can apply to [[BlueBlood any hereditary position of power in-universe]]. This trope applies when the character's [[SecretLegacy true heritage was previously unknown]] ''to both the audience and the character themselves. ''

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This occurs when a character who was previously thought to be relatively ordinary turns out to actually be descended from someone important and powerful , powerful, and therefore have access to that status themselves. Although this trope most commonly uses [[RoyalBlood royalty]], it can apply to [[BlueBlood any hereditary position of power in-universe]]. This trope applies when the character's [[SecretLegacy true heritage was previously unknown]] ''to both the audience and the character themselves. ''
20th Nov '16 9:36:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''In Oath of Gold'', the third book of ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion'' trilogy by ElizabethMoon, Paks takes up the task of locating the rightful king of Lyonya, a man with elven blood and specific birthright powers that make him the only one the [[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]] will accept as ruler. He was stolen by evil forces as a child, and, it turns out, enslaved for some years and forced to endure some terrible things that the book doesn't go into great detail on. A visitor contrived to give him a chance to escape, and he found his way to some distant relatives who didn't realize who he was, but raised him well. He went on to make his own life, and it isn't until Paks figures out who he is that his true purpose and powers are revealed - but it turns out that half a dozen people actually knew where he was, but feared to bring the truth to light, because 1) his time in the hands of the evil ones could have damaged him beyond help (specifically, making him an unstable ruler or making him unable to wield the powers needed to perform his duties as king), and 2) until shortly before the story begins, his sister was alive and showed great promise as a ruler

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* ''In Oath of Gold'', the third book of ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion'' trilogy by ElizabethMoon, Creator/ElizabethMoon, Paks takes up the task of locating the rightful king of Lyonya, a man with elven blood and specific birthright powers that make him the only one the [[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]] will accept as ruler. He was stolen by evil forces as a child, and, it turns out, enslaved for some years and forced to endure some terrible things that the book doesn't go into great detail on. A visitor contrived to give him a chance to escape, and he found his way to some distant relatives who didn't realize who he was, but raised him well. He went on to make his own life, and it isn't until Paks figures out who he is that his true purpose and powers are revealed - but it turns out that half a dozen people actually knew where he was, but feared to bring the truth to light, because 1) his time in the hands of the evil ones could have damaged him beyond help (specifically, making him an unstable ruler or making him unable to wield the powers needed to perform his duties as king), and 2) until shortly before the story begins, his sister was alive and showed great promise as a ruler
7th Oct '16 9:46:07 AM Servbot
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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', the MysteriousWaif Vivio is revealed to be the [[CloneJesus clone]] of [[GodEmperor the last Sankt Kaiser]], and the reason why the BigBad has been targeting her is because the [[CoolStarship Saint's Cradle]] could only be operated by members of the then extinct Sankt Kaiser royal family. As the last Sankt Kaiser is also the [[CrystalDragonJesus Jesus analogue]] of the setting, she's literally treated like royalty by the [[SaintlyChurch Saint Church]] after this is revealed, though they do respect her wishes to grow up as a normal girl with her [[HasTwoMommies adopted mothers]].

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', the MysteriousWaif Vivio is revealed to be the [[CloneJesus clone]] of [[GodEmperor the last Sankt Kaiser]], and the reason why the BigBad has been targeting her is because the [[CoolStarship Saint's Cradle]] could only be operated by members of the then extinct Sankt Kaiser royal family. As the last Sankt Kaiser is also the [[CrystalDragonJesus Jesus analogue]] of the setting, she's literally treated like royalty by the [[SaintlyChurch Saint Church]] after this is revealed, though they do respect her wishes to grow up as a normal girl with her [[HasTwoMommies adopted mothers]].
30th Sep '16 11:40:35 PM Xtifr
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* In ''The Dragons of Babel'' by Michael Swanwick, the king of Babel has been missing for a few decades. Will, the protagonist, falls in with a con man named Nat, who comes up with a plan to pass off Will as the king's bastard son and therefore the sole heir to the throne. In the end, it turns out that Nat is both the long-lost king and Will's biological father, meaning that Will really is the heir to the throne.

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* In ''The Dragons of Babel'' by Michael Swanwick, Creator/MichaelSwanwick, the king of Babel has been missing for a few decades. Will, the protagonist, falls in with a con man named Nat, who comes up with a plan to pass off Will as the king's bastard son and therefore the sole heir to the throne. In the end, it turns out that Nat is both the long-lost king and Will's biological father, meaning that Will really is the heir to the throne.
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.
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