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29th Dec '16 12:04:35 PM Leporidae
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* Inverted tn the Series/FaerieTaleTheatre version of ''Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp'': the "Evil Moroccan Magician" that convinces Aladdin to delve into the cave and retrieve the lamp does so by pretending to be Aladdin's long lost Uncle. Aladdin's mother calls him on it, stating that her deceased husband never mentioned having a brother, but the magician plays it off.
23rd Oct '16 1:06:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' (1978). After the Kents find baby Kal-El in the wreckage of the Kryptonian starship, Ma Kent suggests that they tell people that he's the recently orphaned child of her cousin in North Dakota.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. John introduces the Terminator to Enrique as "Uncle Bob".
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', when Mr. Waternoose finds the disguised Boo:

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* ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' (1978). After the Kents find baby Kal-El in the wreckage of the Kryptonian starship, Ma Kent suggests that they tell people that he's the recently orphaned child of her cousin in North Dakota.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. John introduces the Terminator to Enrique as "Uncle Bob".
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', when
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Mr. Waternoose finds the disguised Boo:



* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty [=McFly=] introduces Doc Brown to his teenage mother as his "uncle."
* In ''Film/WendyWuHomecomingWarrior'' Wendy tells everyone at school that Shen is her cousin.
* In ''Film/PrincessProtectionProgram'' Carter has to pretend that Rosie is her cousin.
* In ''Film/{{Chicago}}'', Roxie tells a neighbor that Fred Casely is her brother.
* In ''Film/KillBill,'' the Bride tries to pass her ex-lover Bill off as her father when he unexpectedly shows up at her wedding. He smiles and plays along, but his reaction when asked to "give her away" suggests he sees like salt in the wound.



* ''Film/JumpinJackFlash''. A (white) woman is trying to sneak Creator/WhoopiGoldberg's character into an embassy party, and claims she's her sister, getting some odd looks until she quickly adds, "By marriage."
* In ''Film/RushHour'', Carter goes to a Chinese restaurant where the criminal mastermind Juntao is supposed to be holed up. When confronted by Juntao's people, he claims that he's Juntao's half-brother. Carter is black. Juntao is [[spoiler:an EvilBrit]].
--> '''Carter:''' I'm Blackanese!
* In ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian'', Tim tries to tell his neighbour that his "guest" is in fact a Martian but she mishears it as "Martin" which the alien capitalizes on, interrupting a string of "Uhs" for uncle, thus getting the alias Uncle Martin.


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* ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' (1978). After the Kents find baby Kal-El in the wreckage of the Kryptonian starship, Ma Kent suggests that they tell people that he's the recently orphaned child of her cousin in North Dakota.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. John introduces the Terminator to Enrique as "Uncle Bob".
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty [=McFly=] introduces Doc Brown to his teenage mother as his "uncle."
* In ''Film/WendyWuHomecomingWarrior'' Wendy tells everyone at school that Shen is her cousin.
* In ''Film/PrincessProtectionProgram'' Carter has to pretend that Rosie is her cousin.
* In ''Film/{{Chicago}}'', Roxie tells a neighbor that Fred Casely is her brother.
* In ''Film/KillBill,'' the Bride tries to pass her ex-lover Bill off as her father when he unexpectedly shows up at her wedding. He smiles and plays along, but his reaction when asked to "give her away" suggests he sees like salt in the wound.
* ''Film/JumpinJackFlash''. A (white) woman is trying to sneak Creator/WhoopiGoldberg's character into an embassy party, and claims she's her sister, getting some odd looks until she quickly adds, "By marriage."
* In ''Film/RushHour'', Carter goes to a Chinese restaurant where the criminal mastermind Juntao is supposed to be holed up. When confronted by Juntao's people, he claims that he's Juntao's half-brother. Carter is black. Juntao is [[spoiler:an EvilBrit]].
--> '''Carter:''' I'm Blackanese!
* In ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian'', Tim tries to tell his neighbour that his "guest" is in fact a Martian but she mishears it as "Martin" which the alien capitalizes on, interrupting a string of "Uhs" for uncle, thus getting the alias Uncle Martin.
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23rd Oct '16 1:05:14 AM Morgenthaler
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*** [[FridgeLogic Or she could be his niece-in-law]]. Or just niece if he has more that one sibling.
16th Oct '16 12:49:45 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' and its sequel ''Webcomic/AkiChansLife'', Shinji and Asuka don't want to explain that [[spoiler:Aki is their KidFromTheFuture]], so they claim she's Asuka's four-year-old cousin... which prompts [[spoiler:Aki]] to happily exclaim: "Yes, I'm [[spoiler:Mama's]] cousin! Hey, what's a cousin?"
16th Oct '16 12:33:00 AM Tron80
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* In current Creator/DCComics "[[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} Conner Kent]]" is Clark's cousin who is being raised by Martha and Jonathan following his own parents' deaths, and "[[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Linda Lang]]" is Lana's neice. Likewise when he and Lois adopt Chris, they claim that he's the son of Clark's cousin. Or...Lois' cousin? Dang it, where are those forged papers again? Franchise/{{Superman}} might count as well - rather than the usual adoption route, current continuity has the Kents being snowed in for a few months after finding the rocketship, and claiming Martha was pregnant but hadn't told anyone[[note]]made more believable by her having several miscarriages prior to Clark showing up, so the neighbors wouldn't have found her not telling them about the pregnancy prior to the kid supposedly being born suspicious[[/note]].

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* In current Pre-Flashpoint Creator/DCComics "[[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} Conner Kent]]" is Clark's cousin who is being raised by Martha and Jonathan following his own parents' deaths, and "[[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Linda Lang]]" is Lana's neice. Comicbook/LanaLang's niece. Likewise when he and Lois Comicbook/LoisLane adopt Chris, they claim that he's the son of Clark's cousin. Or... Lois' cousin? Dang it, where are those forged papers again? Franchise/{{Superman}} might count as well - rather than the usual adoption route, current continuity has the Kents being snowed in for a few months after finding the rocketship, and claiming Martha was pregnant but hadn't told anyone[[note]]made more believable by her having several miscarriages prior to Clark showing up, so the neighbors wouldn't have found her not telling them about the pregnancy prior to the kid supposedly being born suspicious[[/note]].



* ''Film/{{Superman}}'' (1978). After the Kents find baby Kal-El in the wreckage of the Kryptonian starship, Ma Kent suggests that they tell people that he's the recently orphaned child of her cousin in North Dakota.

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* ''Film/{{Superman}}'' ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' (1978). After the Kents find baby Kal-El in the wreckage of the Kryptonian starship, Ma Kent suggests that they tell people that he's the recently orphaned child of her cousin in North Dakota.



* When [[Series/TheFlash2014 Barry Allen]] visited ''Series/{{Supergirl}},'' Kara, Winn, and James all quickly yet awkwardly tell Cat he's "my cousin." While Cat probably knows enough about Kara and Winn's families to figure out they're lying, the winner has to be James, a black man. Barry is more confused than Cat and clarifies that he's not anybody's cousin.

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* When [[Series/TheFlash2014 Barry Allen]] visited ''Series/{{Supergirl}},'' ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}},'' Kara, Winn, and James all quickly yet awkwardly tell Cat he's "my cousin." While Cat probably knows enough about Kara and Winn's families to figure out they're lying, the winner has to be James, a black man. Barry is more confused than Cat and clarifies that he's not anybody's cousin.
18th Sep '16 10:35:14 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' [[ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour Johnny Storm]] and [[ComicBook/UltimateXMen Bobby Drake]] moved in with Peter, May and Gwen for lack of anywhere else to live (Johnny had run away from the Fantastic Four and Bobby had been thrown out of his home by his parents for being a mutant). They both transferred into Peter's school (after an impromptu hair dye/buzz cut) as his cousins 'Johnny Parker and Bobby Parker'.

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* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' [[ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour Johnny Storm]] and [[ComicBook/UltimateXMen Bobby Drake]] moved in with Peter, May and Gwen for lack of anywhere else to live (Johnny had run away from the Fantastic Four and Bobby had been thrown out of his home by his parents for being a mutant). They both transferred into Peter's school (after an impromptu hair dye/buzz cut) as his cousins 'Johnny ''Johnny Parker and Bobby Parker'.Parker''.
12th Aug '16 8:42:46 AM lavendermintrose
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* After the end of ''[[Anime/{{K}} K: Return of Kings]]'', [[spoiler: Adolf K. Weismann becomes a teacher at Ashinaka High School]], and says this for Kuroh, Neko, and [[spoiler: Tooru Hieda, the teenager whose [[BodySurf body he was borrowing]] ([[ItMakesSenseInContext unintentionally]])]]. The students in the school wonder why [[spoiler: the German guy has so many Japanese relatives]], but then they decide, "[[EatingTheEyeCandy Who cares? They're all gorgeous!]]"
31st Jul '16 2:18:13 PM Duffan
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* When [[Series/TheFlash2014 Barry Allen]] visited ''Series/{{Supergirl}},'' Kara, Winn, and James all quickly yet awkwardly tell Cat he's "my cousin." While Cat probably knows enough about Kara and Winn's families to figure out they're lying, the winner has to be James, a black man. Barry is more confused than Cat and clarifies that he's not anybody's cousin.
11th May '16 11:53:14 AM erforce
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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' they pretended Cameron was John's sister.

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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' they pretended Cameron was John's sister.
16th Apr '16 6:57:49 PM Sheliak
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* Averted in the ''Literature/BooksOfTheRaksura''. When the court of Indigo Cloud has to send an embassy to a potentially hostile court in the second book, protagonist Moon has to go along because he's their only consort, even though his lack of known relatives could embarrass them. He suggests claiming to be from Sky Copper--an allied court that was recently wiped out except for three young children, who could be coached to back up his claims. However, the plan is vetoed for being too risky.
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