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3rd May '16 10:58:16 AM TheBigBopper
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': The Bakiraka are a tribe of warriors and assassins who constitute a distinct ethnicity within the Kushan Empire. The loss of their homeland and autonomy as punishment for supporting the deposed former Kushan royal house has led to a diaspora of Kushan working in foreign lands as mercenaries, and Silat's motivation is to restore his clan to its former glory.
17th Apr '16 4:15:42 PM Eievie
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The dynasty: This is a large extended family with many assets. Other than its power and the effort it expends on institutionalizing itself it is no different then any other extended family; that is its membership will probably include a [[ThePatriarch grandfather]] and/or [[ApronMatron grandmother]] as head, their children, and their children plus some in-laws depending on how the [[ArrangedMarriage matchmaker]] arranged the deal. Also included will be dead ancestors which will be honored, carefully recorded and used to make claims in convoluted inheritance disputes. This kind will be typical of aristocratic societies and is as likely to exist in a society with a strong state as one with a weak one. Real Life examples include most European royal and noble families. Also included are several famous mercantile and industrial families, some of whom have left their names on large corporations or other business concerns, as well as on philanthropic enterprises they patronised. These include Rothschild, Vanderbilt, Krupp, etc. Also included in this type of clan are typical Italian patronage webs as featured in TheGodfather. These however are not all [[TheMafia criminal enterprises]] but have been typical of commercial, political, and social life in Italy for hundreds of years.

The tribe: Though "tribe" is often used to mean "clan confederation" or "ethnicity" this term will do. It is basically like a small kingdom or principality, all of whose members are officially related. It will have far greater population then a dynasty but may have fewer assets. In some ways the difference is as much in how it uses its members rather then the actual numbers. A tribe is more likely to use the physical force provided by the concentration of it's members while a dynasty is likely to use their capacity for gaining social connections. For instance emphasizing it's ability to provide a large warband(or a large workcrew in more stable times) of hundreds or thousands of cousins is typical of a "tribe" but emphasizing the hereditary estates it holds and the possible [[ArrangedMarriage Arranged Marriages]] it can acquire is more typical of a "dynasty". The tribal arrangement will likely be found in nomadic or low-technology cultures but not exclusive to them. It will often arise where the central government is not strong enough to either repress or protect its subjects. This type was the original meaning of the word clan in its Celtic origin where it meant "children"( the original meaning of "tribe" by the way was "Roman voting district"; there were originally three of them and according to the other wiki they were ethnically based so there is a connection to the modern definition). When a more centralized system is instituted these clans often change into mutual assistance groups, business enterprises, political lobby groups, ceremonial associations or what not. RealLife examples include Scots clans, Native American tribes, Arab tribes, and, in origin, Jews as is indicated by the name "Israel", the name of an ancestral founder.

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\nThe dynasty: *'''The dynasty:''' This is a large extended family with many assets. Other than its power and the effort it expends on institutionalizing itself it is no different then any other extended family; that is its membership will probably include a [[ThePatriarch grandfather]] and/or [[ApronMatron grandmother]] as head, their children, and their children plus some in-laws depending on how the [[ArrangedMarriage matchmaker]] arranged the deal. Also included will be dead ancestors which will be honored, carefully recorded and used to make claims in convoluted inheritance disputes. This kind will be typical of aristocratic societies and is as likely to exist in a society with a strong state as one with a weak one. Real Life examples include most European royal and noble families. Also included are several famous mercantile and industrial families, some of whom have left their names on large corporations or other business concerns, as well as on philanthropic enterprises they patronised. These include Rothschild, Vanderbilt, Krupp, etc. Also included in this type of clan are typical Italian patronage webs as featured in TheGodfather. These however are not all [[TheMafia criminal enterprises]] but have been typical of commercial, political, and social life in Italy for hundreds of years.

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*'''The tribe:'''
Though "tribe" is often used to mean "clan confederation" or "ethnicity" this term will do. It is basically like a small kingdom or principality, all of whose members are officially related. It will have far greater population then a dynasty but may have fewer assets. In some ways the difference is as much in how it uses its members rather then the actual numbers. A tribe is more likely to use the physical force provided by the concentration of it's members while a dynasty is likely to use their capacity for gaining social connections. For instance emphasizing it's ability to provide a large warband(or a large workcrew in more stable times) of hundreds or thousands of cousins is typical of a "tribe" but emphasizing the hereditary estates it holds and the possible [[ArrangedMarriage Arranged Marriages]] it can acquire is more typical of a "dynasty". The tribal arrangement will likely be found in nomadic or low-technology cultures but not exclusive to them. It will often arise where the central government is not strong enough to either repress or protect its subjects. This type was the original meaning of the word clan in its Celtic origin where it meant "children"( the "children" (the original meaning of "tribe" by the way was "Roman voting district"; there were originally three of them and according to the other wiki they were ethnically based so there is a connection to the modern definition). When a more centralized system is instituted these clans often change into mutual assistance groups, business enterprises, political lobby groups, ceremonial associations or what not. RealLife examples include Scots clans, Native American tribes, Arab tribes, and, in origin, Jews as is indicated by the name "Israel", the name of an ancestral founder.



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27th Mar '16 11:12:14 AM howdotheyriseup
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has the Fifty Families, the ruling families of Europa.
** The most notable dynastic clan is the Valois family, with the known branches including Sturmvoraus, von Blitzengaard, Selnikov and Mondarev - and presumably a lot more. They all want each other dead, and are continually scheming and plotting against each other.
** A former dynasty was the Heterodynes, complete with ancient rites of Mad Science to identify them by blood. In the time of the comic, however, the family has been reduced to only one Heterodyne heir, which the sentient MalevolentArchitecture Castle Heterodyne isn't particularly pleased by.
18th Mar '16 4:16:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': The Li Clan, while not mentioned often in the series, is a large magical family directly descended from the sorcerer [[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Clow]] [[XxxHolic Reed]] of which Syaoran and Meiling Li are members.
* The issue-ridden Sohmas from ''FruitsBasket'' who need someone to make their lives better.

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* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': The Li Clan, while not mentioned often in the series, is a large magical family directly descended from the sorcerer [[TsubasaReservoirChronicle [[Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Clow]] [[XxxHolic [[Manga/XxxHolic Reed]] of which Syaoran and Meiling Li are members.
* The issue-ridden Sohmas from ''FruitsBasket'' ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' who need someone to make their lives better.



* The Scrya Clan in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' that [[AdventurerArchaeologist Yuuno]] is a part of. Examining history and the past is the clan's main occupation, and they possess quite a few specialty spells for those purposes such as one that lets them scan through several books at once.

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* The Scrya Clan in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' that [[AdventurerArchaeologist Yuuno]] is a part of. Examining history and the past is the clan's main occupation, and they possess quite a few specialty spells for those purposes such as one that lets them scan through several books at once.



* ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is set in a FantasyCounterpartCulture of Imperial China with the ruling nobility consisting of eight clans, all named after a different colour.

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* ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is set in a FantasyCounterpartCulture of Imperial China with the ruling nobility consisting of eight clans, all named after a different colour.



* ''{{Tsukihime}}'': The Nanaya clan were a clan of inbred demon-slaying super-assassins who had achieved the limitations of human reflexes/strengths on sheer willpower, training, and dedication. They had a special mutation in their blood which gave them various psychic perception abilities, but since psychic mutations can only usually last for one generation they were a completely incestuous clan in order to maintain that gene. They [[spoiler:were wiped out by the Tohno Family before the events of the game, with only one member (the protagonist, Nanaya Shiki) surviving due to a whim of the Tohno Family head (Nanaya Shiki had the same-name-written-differently as his son, Tohno SHIKI); Nanaya Shiki is later brainwashed into believing he is Tohno Shiki to cover for the "accident".]]

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* ''{{Tsukihime}}'': ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'': The Nanaya clan were a clan of inbred demon-slaying super-assassins who had achieved the limitations of human reflexes/strengths on sheer willpower, training, and dedication. They had a special mutation in their blood which gave them various psychic perception abilities, but since psychic mutations can only usually last for one generation they were a completely incestuous clan in order to maintain that gene. They [[spoiler:were wiped out by the Tohno Family before the events of the game, with only one member (the protagonist, Nanaya Shiki) surviving due to a whim of the Tohno Family head (Nanaya Shiki had the same-name-written-differently as his son, Tohno SHIKI); Nanaya Shiki is later brainwashed into believing he is Tohno Shiki to cover for the "accident".]]
29th Jan '16 5:24:15 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/JoePickett'': The principal bad guys in ''Endangered'' are the Cates: a clan of murderous white trash.
15th Jan '16 4:39:28 PM zarpaulus
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'':
** The nobles of the kingdom of Calabria are divided among four Great Houses (Rinaldi, Avoirdupois, Bisclavret, and Doloreaux) and a few dozen minor Houses. Each of the four Great Houses once ruled an independent kingdom, but over the course of 600 years the Rinaldi manged to vassalize the other three, though their power is waning.
** The Phelan have five tribes or clans, both terms are used to describe them, House Bisclavret used to be the sixth. The tribes are further divided into matrilineal derbfine and septs.
20th Dec '15 4:34:56 PM nombretomado
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* The House of Finwë from ''TheSilmarillion''. The Fëanorians wear the AxCrazy hat (but Maedhros and Maglor at least are shaded with rather more subtlety than that), whereas the Fingolfinians and Finarfinians are much easier to live with. Creator/JRRTolkien loves this trope. Most of his heroes are part of one clan or another. Hobbits have lots of clans like the Tooks, the Brandybucks, the Bagginses, and of course the Proudfoots[[note]] Proud''feet!''[[/note]].

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* The House of Finwë from ''TheSilmarillion''.''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. The Fëanorians wear the AxCrazy hat (but Maedhros and Maglor at least are shaded with rather more subtlety than that), whereas the Fingolfinians and Finarfinians are much easier to live with. Creator/JRRTolkien loves this trope. Most of his heroes are part of one clan or another. Hobbits have lots of clans like the Tooks, the Brandybucks, the Bagginses, and of course the Proudfoots[[note]] Proud''feet!''[[/note]].
24th Nov '15 2:57:56 PM Greystone101
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* The noble houses of Westeros in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. House Targaryen is a house of beautiful mad geniuses. House Stark is stoic and honorable. House Frey is backbiting and greedy. House Bolton are Machiavellian bastards. House Greyjoy are grim raiders. House Lannister is vain. Some of the hats are strongly influenced by the current heads of the family, while other hats seem to go back generations. Houses also try to brand themselves with their particular hat through a house motto.

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* The noble houses of Westeros in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. House Targaryen is a house of beautiful mad geniuses. House Stark is stoic and honorable. House Frey is backbiting and greedy. House Bolton are Machiavellian bastards. House Greyjoy are grim raiders. House Lannister is vain. Some of the hats are strongly influenced by the current heads of the family, while other hats seem to go back generations. Houses also try to brand themselves with their particular hat through a house motto. In more wild parts of Westeros there are actual clans that fit the more tribal version of the trope, such as the semi-civilised Mountain Clans of the Vale and the civilised, but distant and very traditional Northern Mountain Clans (who essentially are to Northerners what Northerners are to the rest of Westeros).
21st Sep '15 2:11:15 PM StFan
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* The society of the city of Anvard in ''{{Finder}}'' is heavily based on clans. It's strongly implied that the similarity of their members is the result of past genetic engineering.

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* The society of the city of Anvard in ''{{Finder}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Finder}}'' is heavily based on clans. It's strongly implied that the similarity of their members is the result of past genetic engineering.
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16th Sep '15 3:25:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' has tons of these, the most prominently featured being the Kou Clan, which the main character belongs to. Most of the plotlines involve some kind of politics between clans or within a specific clan.

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* ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' ''Literature/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' has tons of these, the most prominently featured being the Kou Clan, which the main character belongs to. Most of the plotlines involve some kind of politics between clans or within a specific clan.



* Most of the main characters in ''WarAndPeace'' are from, or vaguely related to, one of three aristocratic Russian families: the Bezukhovs, the Rostovs, and the Bolkonskys. Other clans are also mentioned often throughout the book.
* The [[OurElvesAreBetter Aurënfaie]] in ''{{Nightrunner}}'' are divided up into clans. They include almost-literal hats in the form of headscarves with distinctive colors and styles.

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* Most of the main characters in ''WarAndPeace'' ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' are from, or vaguely related to, one of three aristocratic Russian families: the Bezukhovs, the Rostovs, and the Bolkonskys. Other clans are also mentioned often throughout the book.
* The [[OurElvesAreBetter Aurënfaie]] in ''{{Nightrunner}}'' ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' are divided up into clans. They include almost-literal hats in the form of headscarves with distinctive colors and styles.



* ''SecretHistories'': The Droods from the books by Simon R. Green.

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* ''SecretHistories'': ''Literature/SecretHistories'': The Droods from the books by Simon R. Green.



* In TheSevenwatersTrilogy the "tuath"(clan) of Sevenwaters holds an easily defended forested zone in Ireland and engages in feuding with British, Viking, and other Irish tribes as well as interacting with TheFairFolk.

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* In TheSevenwatersTrilogy ''Literature/TheSevenwatersTrilogy'' the "tuath"(clan) of Sevenwaters holds an easily defended forested zone in Ireland and engages in feuding with British, Viking, and other Irish tribes as well as interacting with TheFairFolk.
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