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14th Sep '17 4:52:18 PM jtvectorsigma
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** However, the [[Film/TransformersTheLastKnight fifth movie]] reveals Sam's family is part of an ancient clan known as the Witwiccans, going back to Arthurian times. In an attempt to keep the family alive, inbreeding might have happened.
21st Aug '17 3:08:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Greek Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt (founded by Ptolemy, who was one of Alexander the Great's Generals) is so knotted and twisted that it almost defies description. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20060701120643/www.geocities.com/christopherjbennett/ This website makes a brave effort.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_VIII Ptolemy VIII Tryphon]] and his wife (and double-niece) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_III Cleopatra III]] produced five children: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_IV_of_Egypt Cleopatra IV]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_IX Ptolemy IX]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_V_Tryphaena Tryphaena]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_Selene_I Cleopatra Selene]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_X_Alexander_I Ptolemy X Alexander I]]. Ptolemy IX secretly married his sister Cleopatra IV, but their mother forced them to divorce (they'd already produced two sons, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XII_Auletes Ptolemy XII Auletes]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_of_Cyprus Ptolemy of Cyprus]]). Cleopatra IV then married their cousin [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IX_Cyzicenus Antiochos IX of Syria]], and had another son with him, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_X_Eusebes Antiochos X]]. She was then murdered on the orders of her sister Tryphaena (who was in turn executed by Antiochos IX). Her brother/ex-husband Ptolemy IX meanwhile married his other sister, Cleopatra Selene, by whom he had a daughter, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berenice_III_of_Egypt Berenike III]]. He was expelled by Egypt by their brother, Ptolemy X Alexander I, who then married Cleopatra Selene himself (they had a son named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XI_Alexander_II Ptolemy XI Alexander II]]). After they divorced, Cleopatra Selene married three successive kings of Syria, becoming history's only known quintuple queen: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_VIII_Grypus Antiochos VIII]] (widower of her sister Tryphaena), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IX_Cyzicenus Antiochos IX]] (widower of her other sister, Cleopatra IV) and finally [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_X_Eusebes Antiochos X]], her own nephew, by whom she had two sons. Ptolemy X Alexander I married his niece/stepdaughter, Berenike III, and had a daughter by her, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_V_of_Egypt Cleopatra V]]. After his death, Berenike married her half-brother/cousin/stepson, Ptolemy XI Alexander II, who had her murdered and was subsequently murdered himself. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XII_Auletes Ptolemy XII Auletes]], the son of Ptolemy IX and Cleopatra IV, became king and married his niece, Cleopatra V, by whom he was father of the famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra Cleopatra VII]] (she of Caesar and Mark Antony fame). This tangled web is not at all helped by the fact that all the principal players shared only about four names and have to be distinguished by Roman numeral.
** If Mark Antony had won the war, it would have gotten a lot worse. For example, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donations_of_Alexandria Donations of Alexandria]] would have divided the Roman holdings in the Eastern Mediterranean (and parts of Armenia and Persia conquered by Mark Antony in the name of Egypt) into various kingdoms, each with one of Mark and Cleo's children as King or Queen. In Alexandria, Cleo would have been crowned "High Queen and Queen of Egypt". Her son by Caesar, Ptolemy Caesar (better known by his Latin nickname [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesarion Ceasarion]], meaning "Little Caesar"), would be crowned "High King, King of Egypt, heir to Caesar (who was by that point raised to the status of living god), Dictator of Rome". You just ''know'' the various lesser kings and queens would get into all kinds of family feuds and incestuous marriages like later day European royalty. Potentially even Twincest since Alexander Helios ([[MeaningfulName Alexander Sun]]) and Cleopatra Selene II ([[ThemeNaming Cleopatra Moon II]]) were twins, and both included in the land grab. However it gets really interesting when you consider that the King and Queen of Egypt, traditionally ruled together, were related, and [[ParentalIncest married]]. So Cleo's relationship record would've gone "Brother, other Brother, Caesar, Mark Antony, Son."

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* The Greek Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt (founded by Ptolemy, who was one of Alexander the Great's Generals) is so knotted and twisted that it almost defies description. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20060701120643/www.geocities.com/christopherjbennett/ This website makes a brave effort.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_VIII Ptolemy VIII Tryphon]] and his wife (and double-niece) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_III Cleopatra III]] produced five children: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_IV_of_Egypt Cleopatra IV]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_IX Ptolemy IX]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_V_Tryphaena Tryphaena]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_Selene_I Cleopatra Selene]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_X_Alexander_I Ptolemy X Alexander I]]. Ptolemy IX secretly married his sister Cleopatra IV, but their mother forced them to divorce (they'd already produced two sons, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XII_Auletes Ptolemy XII Auletes]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_of_Cyprus Ptolemy of Cyprus]]). Cleopatra IV then married their cousin [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IX_Cyzicenus Antiochos IX of Syria]], and had another son with him, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_X_Eusebes Antiochos X]]. She was then murdered on the orders of her sister Tryphaena (who was in turn executed by Antiochos IX). Her brother/ex-husband Ptolemy IX meanwhile married his other sister, Cleopatra Selene, by whom he had a daughter, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berenice_III_of_Egypt Berenike III]]. He was expelled by Egypt by their brother, Ptolemy X Alexander I, who then married Cleopatra Selene himself (they had a son named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XI_Alexander_II Ptolemy XI Alexander II]]). After they divorced, Cleopatra Selene married three successive kings of Syria, becoming history's only known quintuple queen: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_VIII_Grypus Antiochos VIII]] (widower of her sister Tryphaena), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IX_Cyzicenus Antiochos IX]] (widower of her other sister, Cleopatra IV) and finally [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_X_Eusebes Antiochos X]], her own nephew, by whom she had two sons. Ptolemy X Alexander I married his niece/stepdaughter, Berenike III, and had a daughter by her, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_V_of_Egypt Cleopatra V]]. After his death, Berenike married her half-brother/cousin/stepson, Ptolemy XI Alexander II, who had her murdered and was subsequently murdered himself. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XII_Auletes Ptolemy XII Auletes]], the son of Ptolemy IX and Cleopatra IV, became king and married his niece, Cleopatra V, by whom he was father of the famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra Cleopatra VII]] (she of Caesar and Mark Antony fame). This tangled web is not at all helped by the fact that [[KingBobTheNth all the principal players shared only about four names and have to be distinguished by Roman numeral.
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If Mark Antony had won the war, it would have gotten a lot worse. For example, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donations_of_Alexandria Donations of Alexandria]] would have divided the Roman holdings in the Eastern Mediterranean (and parts of Armenia and Persia conquered by Mark Antony in the name of Egypt) into various kingdoms, each with one of Mark and Cleo's children as King or Queen. In Alexandria, Cleo would have been crowned "High Queen and Queen of Egypt". Her son by Caesar, Ptolemy Caesar (better known by his Latin nickname [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesarion Ceasarion]], meaning "Little Caesar"), would be crowned "High King, King of Egypt, heir to Caesar (who was by that point raised to the status of living god), Dictator of Rome". You just ''know'' the various lesser kings and queens would get into all kinds of family feuds and incestuous marriages like later day European royalty. Potentially even Twincest since Alexander Helios ([[MeaningfulName Alexander Sun]]) and Cleopatra Selene II ([[ThemeNaming Cleopatra Moon II]]) were twins, and both included in the land grab. However it gets really interesting when you consider that the King and Queen of Egypt, traditionally ruled together, were related, and [[ParentalIncest married]]. So Cleo's relationship record would've gone "Brother, other Brother, Caesar, Mark Antony, Son."
7th Aug '17 7:30:26 AM wingedcatgirl
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* Although one might not count it as a "family" tree, the sheer number of people in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series who are, were, pretended to be, or were semi-kinda-possessed-by-fake Ansem is staggering. [[spoiler:Master Xehanort took over Terra's body, becoming the character known as "Xehanort." He pretended to be Ansem, and the Ansem in the first game ("Ansem, Seeker of Darkness") is Xehanort's Heartless. The antagonist of ''KHII'' (Xemnas, an anagram of Ansem with an X added in) is Xehanort's Nobody. Also, Riku (who was possessed for a time and even had his body stolen by ASOD in the first game), using ASOD's powers, took on the form and name of that Ansem. The actual real Ansem (Ansem the Wise, the former ruler of Radiant Garden) is first introduced in ''Chain of Memories'' as "[=DiZ=]" (short for "Darkness in Zero") and his true identity is discovered near the end of ''II''.]]
** Not to mention all the many Soras.
*** To clarify, aside of Roxas (Sora's Nobody), there's [[spoiler:Xion from ''Days'', a Replica of Roxas made from Sora's memories created by Xemnas to use as a fail-safe in case Sora and Roxas proved to be useless to Organization XIII's goals; in essence, she's an OppositeSexClone of Sora/Roxas]]. ''Birth by Sleep'' gives us Ventus, who not only looks like Roxas ([[{{Prequel}} or rather]], Roxas resembles him), but [[spoiler:whose heart dwells inside of Sora's due to certain circumstances taking place at the end of the game. Additionally, Vanitas, his EnemyWithout, shares Sora's face due to the heart of a newborn Sora offering to connect his heart to Ven's after the forcible creation of Vanitas (thanks to Master Xehanort) left Ven temporarily comatose]].

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Although one might not count it as a "family" tree, the sheer number of people in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series who are, were, pretended to be, or were semi-kinda-possessed-by-fake Ansem is staggering. [[spoiler:Master Xehanort took over Terra's body, becoming the character known as "Xehanort." He pretended to be Ansem, and the Ansem in the first game ("Ansem, Seeker of Darkness") is Xehanort's Heartless. The antagonist of ''KHII'' (Xemnas, an anagram of Ansem with an X added in) is Xehanort's Nobody. Also, Riku (who was possessed for a time and even had his body stolen by ASOD in the first game), using ASOD's powers, took on the form and name of that Ansem. The actual real Ansem (Ansem the Wise, the former ruler of Radiant Garden) is first introduced in ''Chain of Memories'' as "[=DiZ=]" (short for "Darkness in Zero") and his true identity is discovered near the end of ''II''.]]
** Not to mention all the many Soras.
*** To clarify, aside of
Soras. Alongside Roxas (Sora's Nobody), there's [[spoiler:Xion from ''Days'', a Replica of Roxas made from Sora's memories created by Xemnas to use as a fail-safe in case Sora and Roxas proved to be useless to Organization XIII's goals; in essence, she's an OppositeSexClone of Sora/Roxas]]. ''Birth by Sleep'' gives us Ventus, who not only looks like Roxas ([[{{Prequel}} or rather]], Roxas resembles him), but [[spoiler:whose heart dwells inside of Sora's due to certain circumstances taking place at the end of the game. Additionally, Vanitas, his EnemyWithout, shares Sora's face due to the heart of a newborn Sora offering to connect his heart to Ven's after the forcible creation of Vanitas (thanks to Master Xehanort) left Ven temporarily comatose]].
5th Aug '17 9:40:37 AM Axelmania
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*in ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' Todd's parents are brother and sister. Violet's dad is also her mother's brother. This is [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar shown in their family trees in the final season after it was cancelled]].
31st Jul '17 7:22:04 AM boatsnot
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* Parodied in ''Series/LabRats'', when Adam tries to figure out how exactly he and his biological siblings are related to his long-lost sibling Daniel. He somehow ends up making Chase [[HoYay his wife]] and finding out he died years ago.
23rd Jul '17 6:27:41 PM ArielLightning
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* [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy The Griffin family]] itself might count as this. Besides the standard nuclear family of Peter, his wife Lois, and their three children, [[RememberTheNewGuy countless relatives of his]] (his brother Thaddeus, sister Karen, broster, and vestigial twin Chip included) have come and gone over the years, especially ancestors who only appear in cutaway gags. One of his ancestors, Nate Griffin, even had children with one of Lois's ancestors, Lois Laura Bush Lynne Cheney Pewterschmidt, which somehow makes Peter and Lois KissingCousins. There have also been mentions of them having other children that either died in infancy, were stillborn, or miscarried (albeit mostly in cutaway gags). We're not even getting into [[MisterSeahorse the kids]] [[HomosexualReproduction Stewie had with Brian]] (who, by the way, [[BestialityIsDepraved is a]] ''[[BestialityIsDepraved dog]]'') in "Stewie is Enceinte" (which makes their offspring half-siblings to [[HalfHumanHybrid Brian's son Dylan]]), [[CloningBlues his clones]], his half-brother Bertram (and God knows how many other half-siblings he might have out there after Peter's mishap at the sperm bank), ''or'' his ancestor Leonardo Da Vinci. (To top it all off, Stewie became [[MyOwnGrampa his own ancestor]] in "The Big Bang Theory" in order to increase his chances of being born after Bertram killed Leonardo.) [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Did we mention Peter's biological father is Mickey McFinnigan?]]
** How about Peter and Lois being reincarnations of Quahog's founder Griffin Peterson and his true love, Lady Redbush? Yeah, well, it should also be noted that they each married a (possible) previous incarnation of [[ParentalIncest Meg and Stewie]] before finding each other again. Oh, and don't forget the kids Lois had with Quagmire in an alternate timeline... or many different versions of the Griffin family in alternate universes as seen in "Road to the Multiverse".
** It should also be noted that in one episode, Tom Tucker was technically Peter's stepfather (which made his son, Jake, Peter's stepbrother). Another episode saw Tricia Takanawa as the stepmother of Lois, her sister Carol, and her brother Patrick. Carol herself is married to Mayor West.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS4E5TheSignature "The Signature"]] Richard adopts his grandmother's (Granny Jojo) 72-year-old fiancee, Louie, to stop them from getting married. This makes Louie the brother of Gumball, Darwin, and Anais (his children) and it gets weirder when Louie adopts Richard's wife, Nicole. This means Nicole is married to her own grandfather, and Granny Jojo is engaged to hers. It also means that Nicole's the niece to her own children. They end up sorting it out by finding Richard's estranged father.

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* [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy The Griffin family]] itself might count as this. Besides the standard nuclear family of Peter, his wife Lois, and their three children, [[RememberTheNewGuy countless relatives of his]] (his brother Thaddeus, sister Karen, broster, and vestigial twin Chip included) have come and gone over the years, especially ancestors who only appear in cutaway gags. One of his ancestors, Nate Griffin, even had children with one of Lois's ancestors, Lois Laura Bush Lynne Cheney Pewterschmidt, which somehow makes Peter and Lois KissingCousins. There have also been mentions of them having other children that either died in infancy, were stillborn, or miscarried (albeit mostly in cutaway gags). We're not even getting into [[MisterSeahorse the kids]] [[HomosexualReproduction Stewie had with Brian]] (who, by the way, [[BestialityIsDepraved is a]] ''[[BestialityIsDepraved dog]]'') in "Stewie is Enceinte" (which makes their offspring half-siblings to [[HalfHumanHybrid Brian's son Dylan]]), [[CloningBlues his clones]], his half-brother Bertram (and God knows how many other half-siblings he might have out there after Peter's mishap at the sperm bank), ''or'' his ancestor Leonardo Da da Vinci. (To top it all off, Stewie became [[MyOwnGrampa his own ancestor]] in "The Big Bang Theory" in order to increase his chances of being born after Bertram killed Leonardo.) [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Did we mention Peter's biological father is Mickey McFinnigan?]]
** How about Peter and Lois being reincarnations of Quahog's founder Griffin Peterson and his true love, Lady Redbush? Yeah, well, it should also be noted that they each married a (possible) previous incarnation of [[ParentalIncest Meg and Stewie]] before finding each other again. Oh, and don't forget the kids Lois had with Quagmire in an alternate timeline... or the many different versions of the Griffin family that live in alternate universes as seen in "Road to the Multiverse".
** It should also be noted that in one episode, Tom Tucker was technically Peter's stepfather (which made his son, Jake, Peter's stepbrother). Another episode saw Tricia Takanawa as the stepmother of Lois, her sister Carol, and her brother Patrick. Patrick during the brief time she dated Carter Pewterschmidt. Carol herself is married to Mayor West.
West, who's currently her tenth husband and the stepfather of [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome her son who made his only appearance in "Emission Impossible"]]. Brian married and later divorced Lois in "The Perfect Castaway," which temporarily made him the stepfather of Meg, Chris, and Stewie; this also made Dylan their stepbrother.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS4E5TheSignature "The Signature"]] Signature,"]] Richard adopts his grandmother's (Granny Jojo) 72-year-old fiancee, seventy-two-year-old fiance, Louie, in order to stop them from getting married. This makes Louie the brother of Gumball, Darwin, and Anais (his children) (Richard's children), and it gets weirder when Louie adopts Richard's wife, wife Nicole. This means Nicole is married to her own grandfather, and Granny Jojo is engaged to hers. It also means that Nicole's the niece to her own children. They end up sorting it out by finding Richard's estranged father.
11th Jul '17 10:48:59 AM gb00393
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* Lady Olenna Tyrell gives a speech about this on ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Her granddaughter Margaery is getting married to the current (inbred) king, Joffrey, and her grandson Loras is betrothed to the king's mother, which would make him the king's stepfather and brother-in-law. Cersei will be Joffrey's mother (as well as aunt) and sister-in-law, though this depends on definition. A lot of people nowadays don't count the spouses of your siblings-in-law as additional siblings-in-law, but in this society they seemingly do. Loras will be Margaery's brother and father-in-law. Then she goes on to explain how any children would fit in, specifically that Margaery's and Joffrey's son will be Loras's nephew and step-grandson.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': It's not touched on much, but the Lannister family's inbreeding produced such a situation. Joffrey, Tommen, and Myrcella are Cersei's and Jaime's sons/daughter and nephews/niece, Tyrion's double nephews/niece, Tywin's double grandsons/granddaughter, and each others' brother/sister and cousin... and it only gets more complicated when marriages are arranged with the Tyrells. Lady Olenna Tyrell gives a speech about this on ''Series/GameOfThrones''.the complications of these arranged marriages. Her granddaughter Margaery is getting married to the current (inbred) king, Joffrey, and her grandson Loras is betrothed to the king's mother, which would make him the king's stepfather and brother-in-law. Cersei will be Joffrey's mother (as well as aunt) and sister-in-law, though this depends on definition. A lot of people nowadays don't count the spouses of your siblings-in-law as additional siblings-in-law, but in this society they seemingly do. Loras will be Margaery's brother and father-in-law. Then she goes on to explain how any children would fit in, specifically that Margaery's and Joffrey's son will be Loras's nephew and step-grandson. Furthermore, Tywin's marriage to his first cousin Joanna makes him both father and cousin to Jaime, Cersei, and Tyrion.
1st Jul '17 12:15:07 AM LoserTakesAll
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** Comicbook/{{Mystique}} is Comicbook/{{Sabretooth}}'s ex and mother of his son. She's later revealed to have also had children by ''both'' Wolverine and Charles Xavier. And she was also once planned to have been Nightcrawler's ''father'' (which would make Destiny his mother). It's also implied in ''Comicbook/WolverineOrigins'' that Wolverine is Sabretooth's half-brother.

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** Comicbook/{{Mystique}} is Comicbook/{{Sabretooth}}'s ex and mother of his son. She's later son, Graydon Creed. It's been revealed to that she may someday have also had children by ''both'' Wolverine and Charles Xavier. And Xavier, as said children (Raze and Charles Xavier II, respectively) have traveled back in time from the future. She's Nightcrawler's mother by Azazel (And she was also once planned to have been Nightcrawler's his ''father'' (which would make instead, with Destiny as his mother). It's also implied in ''Comicbook/WolverineOrigins'' that Wolverine is Sabretooth's half-brother. mother) and Rogue's foster mother.
28th Jun '17 1:58:01 AM KYCubbie
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* The Greek Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt (founded by Ptolemy, who was one of Alexander the Great's Generals) is so knotted and twisted that it almost defies description. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20060701120643/www.geocities.com/christopherjbennett/ This website makes a brave effort.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_VIII Ptolemy VIII Tryphon]] and his wife (and double-niece) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_III Cleopatra III]] produced five children: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_IV_of_Egypt Cleopatra IV]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_IX Ptolemy IX]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_V_Tryphaena Tryphaena]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_Selene_I Cleopatra Selene]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_X_Alexander_I Ptolemy X Alexander I]]. Ptolemy IX secretly married his sister Cleopatra IV, but their mother forced them to divorce (they'd already produced two sons, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XII_Auletes Ptolemy XII Auletes]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_of_Cyprus Ptolemy of Cyprus]]). Cleopatra IV then married their cousin [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IX_Cyzicenus Antiochos IX of Syria]], and had another son with him, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_X_Eusebes Antiochos X]]. She was then murdered on the orders of her sister Tryphaena (who was in turn executed by Antiochos IX). Her brother/ex-husband Ptolemy IX meanwhile married his other sister, Cleopatra Selene, by whom he had a daughter, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berenice_III_of_Egypt Berenike III]]. He was expelled by Egypt by their brother, Ptolemy X Alexander I, who then married Cleopatra Selene himself (they had a son named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XI_Alexander_II Ptolemy XI Alexander II]]). After they divorced, Cleopatra Selene married three successive kings of Syria, becoming history's only known quintuple queen: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_VIII_Grypus Antiochos VIII]] (widower of her sister Tryphaena), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IX_Cyzicenus Antiochos IX]] (widower of her other sister, Cleopatra IV) and finally [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_X_Eusebes Antiochos X]], her own nephew, by whom she had two sons. Ptolemy X Alexander I married his niece/stepdaughter, Berenike III, and had a daughter by her, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_V_of_Egypt Cleopatra V]]. After his death, Berenike married her half-brother/cousin/stepson, Ptolemy XI Alexander II, who had her murdered and was subsequently murdered himself. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XII_Auletes Ptolemy XII Auletes]], the son of Ptolemy IX and Cleopatra IV, became king and married his niece, Cleopatra V, by whom he was father of the famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_VII Cleopatra VII]] (she of Caesar and Mark Antony fame). This tangled web is not at all helped by the fact that all the principal players shared only about four names and have to be distinguished by Roman numeral.

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* The Greek Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt (founded by Ptolemy, who was one of Alexander the Great's Generals) is so knotted and twisted that it almost defies description. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20060701120643/www.geocities.com/christopherjbennett/ This website makes a brave effort.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_VIII Ptolemy VIII Tryphon]] and his wife (and double-niece) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_III Cleopatra III]] produced five children: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_IV_of_Egypt Cleopatra IV]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_IX Ptolemy IX]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_V_Tryphaena Tryphaena]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_Selene_I Cleopatra Selene]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_X_Alexander_I Ptolemy X Alexander I]]. Ptolemy IX secretly married his sister Cleopatra IV, but their mother forced them to divorce (they'd already produced two sons, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XII_Auletes Ptolemy XII Auletes]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_of_Cyprus Ptolemy of Cyprus]]). Cleopatra IV then married their cousin [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IX_Cyzicenus Antiochos IX of Syria]], and had another son with him, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_X_Eusebes Antiochos X]]. She was then murdered on the orders of her sister Tryphaena (who was in turn executed by Antiochos IX). Her brother/ex-husband Ptolemy IX meanwhile married his other sister, Cleopatra Selene, by whom he had a daughter, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berenice_III_of_Egypt Berenike III]]. He was expelled by Egypt by their brother, Ptolemy X Alexander I, who then married Cleopatra Selene himself (they had a son named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XI_Alexander_II Ptolemy XI Alexander II]]). After they divorced, Cleopatra Selene married three successive kings of Syria, becoming history's only known quintuple queen: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_VIII_Grypus Antiochos VIII]] (widower of her sister Tryphaena), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IX_Cyzicenus Antiochos IX]] (widower of her other sister, Cleopatra IV) and finally [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_X_Eusebes Antiochos X]], her own nephew, by whom she had two sons. Ptolemy X Alexander I married his niece/stepdaughter, Berenike III, and had a daughter by her, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_V_of_Egypt Cleopatra V]]. After his death, Berenike married her half-brother/cousin/stepson, Ptolemy XI Alexander II, who had her murdered and was subsequently murdered himself. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy_XII_Auletes Ptolemy XII Auletes]], the son of Ptolemy IX and Cleopatra IV, became king and married his niece, Cleopatra V, by whom he was father of the famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_VII org/wiki/Cleopatra Cleopatra VII]] (she of Caesar and Mark Antony fame). This tangled web is not at all helped by the fact that all the principal players shared only about four names and have to be distinguished by Roman numeral.



* Both Queen Victoria of Britain, and Christian IX of Denmark had a lot of children that were married off to the royalty of Europe according to custom. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, every monarch in Europe, even the rulers of minor nations like Romania, and Greece, were the grandchild of Vicky on one side, and Chris on the other, making them both maternal and paternal cousins. (Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary being among the only exceptions, although the latter, as a Habsburg, had a tangled family tree of his own.) Both the Russian Tsar and the German Kaiser spoke English as their first language, and the Swiss press at the time called it "the cousins' war". Surreal.

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* Both Queen Victoria of Britain, Britain and Christian IX of Denmark had a lot of children that were married off to the royalty of Europe according to custom. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, every monarch in Europe, even the rulers of minor nations like Romania, and Greece, were the grandchild of Vicky on one side, and Chris on the other, making them both maternal and paternal cousins. (Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary being among the only exceptions, although the latter, as a Habsburg, had a tangled family tree of his own.) Both the Russian Tsar and the German Kaiser spoke English as their first language, and the Swiss press at the time called it "the cousins' war". Surreal.
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** How about Peter and Lois being reincarnations of Quahog's founder Griffin Peterson and his true love, Lady Redbush? Yeah, well, it should also be noted that they each married a (possible) previous incarnation of [[ParentalIncest Meg and Stewie]] before finding each other again. Oh, and don't forget the kids Lois had with Quagmire in an alternate timeline... or many different versions of them in alternate universes as seen in "Road to the Multiverse".

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** How about Peter and Lois being reincarnations of Quahog's founder Griffin Peterson and his true love, Lady Redbush? Yeah, well, it should also be noted that they each married a (possible) previous incarnation of [[ParentalIncest Meg and Stewie]] before finding each other again. Oh, and don't forget the kids Lois had with Quagmire in an alternate timeline... or many different versions of them the Griffin family in alternate universes as seen in "Road to the Multiverse".Multiverse".
** It should also be noted that in one episode, Tom Tucker was technically Peter's stepfather (which made his son, Jake, Peter's stepbrother). Another episode saw Tricia Takanawa as the stepmother of Lois, her sister Carol, and her brother Patrick. Carol herself is married to Mayor West.
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