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10th Jun '17 2:37:15 AM lillolillo
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* In 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 Comicbook/LanaLang's niece. Likewise when he and 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]].

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
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In 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 Comicbook/LanaLang's niece. niece.
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Likewise when he Clark and 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}} again?
** 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, baby, laying low for a while and then claiming Martha was pregnant but hadn't told anyone[[note]]made more believable by her having several miscarriages prior anyone.
** In Silver Age story ''Adventure Comics'' #278, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} goes back in time and she meets Pa and Ma Kent. As she remains in Smallville, she pretends
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]].be Linda Kent, niece of Jonathan and Martha.



-->'''Waternoose:''' Ah, James. Is this one yours?\\

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-->'''Waternoose:''' --->'''Waternoose:''' Ah, James. Is this one yours?\\



'''Mike:''' She's his...brother's niece!\\

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'''Mike:''' She's his... brother's niece!\\
29th Mar '17 10:42:49 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''Literature/NumberTheStars,'' Annemarie's family must temporarily shelter her Jewish friend Ellen. When the Nazis show up, they claim that Ellen is Lise, their eldest daughter (a PosthumousCharacter who was already an adult when she died).

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* In ''Literature/NumberTheStars,'' Annemarie's family must temporarily shelter her Jewish friend Ellen. When the Nazis show up, they claim that Ellen is Lise, their eldest daughter (a PosthumousCharacter who was already an adult when she died). The Nazis show obvious suspicion of this dark-haired girl in an otherwise blond family, but thankfully the real Lise had dark hair as a baby, so they have a photograph to offer as proof.
29th Mar '17 10:30:34 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows,'' Harry pretends to be Ron's cousin at Bill's wedding by taking [[HumanShifting Polyjuice Potion]] imbued with some hair from a redheaded neighbor. It works pretty well though--one of Ron's drunk uncles actually seems confused whether or not Harry is his son. In the same book the Ministry becomes ANaziByAnyOtherName, forcing Muggle-borns to go into hiding or fake a new family tree. Ron suggests teaching Hermione enough about his family to pass her off as some sort of cousin.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows,'' Harry pretends to be Ron's cousin at Bill's wedding by taking [[HumanShifting Polyjuice Potion]] imbued with some hair from a redheaded neighbor. It works pretty well though--one of Ron's drunk uncles actually seems confused whether or not Harry is his son. Interestingly, [[CloudCuckooLander Luna]] [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight instantly recognizes him]] from his body language.
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In the same book the Ministry becomes ANaziByAnyOtherName, forcing Muggle-borns to go into hiding or fake a new family tree. Ron suggests teaching Hermione enough about his family to pass her off as some sort of cousin.


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* In ''Literature/NumberTheStars,'' Annemarie's family must temporarily shelter her Jewish friend Ellen. When the Nazis show up, they claim that Ellen is Lise, their eldest daughter (a PosthumousCharacter who was already an adult when she died).
3rd Mar '17 7:46:09 PM Gamermaster
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* Tooru and Kanna from ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon'' both masquerade as Kobayashi's cousins from overseas. Just like the [[HornedHumanoid horns]], no one questions it.

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* Tooru Tohru and Kanna from ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon'' ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' both masquerade as Kobayashi's cousins from overseas. Just like the [[HornedHumanoid horns]], no one questions it.
9th Feb '17 5:15:01 PM eroock
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->'''Random Co-Worker:''' Hey, Sully, is the kid yours?\\
'''Sullivan:''' No! She's, uh...\\
'''Mike:''' She's his...brother's niece!\\
'''Sullivan:''' *{{Beat}}* Which makes her my ''daughter.''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' (deleted scene)
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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[[folder:Film]]
* ''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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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''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
''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'':
** When
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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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''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.
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