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30th May '17 4:39:51 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''Literature/SansFamille'': After Jeromeís death, Remi is told that his real parents are a British couple named the Driscolls. Along with his friend Mattia, Remi seeks them out and is taken in by them, however they are very cold towards him. Eventually, it turns out they arenít his real parents at all, but just a bunch of thieves who are in league with Remi's EvilUncle James Milligan to keep Remi away from his real family.
6th May '16 3:44:51 PM margdean56
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** The adoption was never actualy going to happen. He discovered the ruse before the reading of Elfangor's letter so he was able to suppress any emotion that would have given him away to Visser Three.

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** The adoption was never actualy actually going to happen. He discovered the ruse before the reading of Elfangor's letter so he was able to suppress any emotion that would have given him away to Visser Three.
8th Apr '16 2:55:02 AM Maniago
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* ''Film/StuartLittle'': Stuart's real parents reclaim him, but they're actually impostors and it's part of a plot to separate him from his new family. They eventually start to feel regrat about what they did and admit the whole deception to Stuart.

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* ''Film/StuartLittle'': Stuart's real parents reclaim him, but they're actually impostors and it's part of a plot to separate him from his new family. They eventually start to feel regrat regret about what they did and admit the whole deception to Stuart.
8th Apr '16 2:44:54 AM Maniago
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* ''Film/StuartLittle'': Stuart's real parents reclaim him, but they're actually impostors and it's part of a plot to separate him from his new family.

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* ''Film/StuartLittle'': Stuart's real parents reclaim him, but they're actually impostors and it's part of a plot to separate him from his new family. They eventually start to feel regrat about what they did and admit the whole deception to Stuart.


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*In ''Silvertooth'', the third book from the Dutch childrens book series ''Literature/AlfieTheWerewolf'', a man claiming to be Alfie's uncle shows up at the house of Alfie's foster family to adopt him, complete with court order to back up his claim. In reality, he's a werewolf hunter who wants to sell Alfie to a mad scientist, and the court order is a forgery. Alfie's grandfather realizes the deception when he's told about the 'uncle', and leads the family in a mission to rescue Alfie from the hunter.
3rd Jan '16 12:26:55 AM Dravencour
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Then StatusQuoIsGod takes a hand: Once Bob is on his own, it's not long before he discovers that the whole loving parent thing has been an act to get him in their power for some sinister purpose. Then it's up to Bob to escape (or his TrueCompanions, who never quite trusted those two), to rescue him.

If the fake parents are not the real antagonist, but have been employed by somebody else, they may find themselves BecomingTheMask and help Bob escape.

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Then StatusQuoIsGod takes a hand: Once Bob is on his own, it's not long before he discovers that the whole loving parent thing has been an act to get him in their power for some sinister purpose. Then it's up to Bob to escape (or his TrueCompanions, who never quite trusted those two), two, to rescue him.

him).

If the fake parents are not the real antagonist, antagonists, but have been employed by somebody else, they may find themselves BecomingTheMask and help Bob escape.
22nd Oct '15 4:57:16 PM PaulA
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* ''Rick O'Shay'' did this plot with TagalongKid Quyat, who was found wandering in the forest as a small child. A man shows up claiming to be the kid's father, but is actually an outlaw who killed Quyat's father over a treasure map, only to find that Quyat and the map had both disappeared; having now tracked Quyat down, he wants to get Quyat to remember where the map was hidden.

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* ''Rick O'Shay'' ''ComicStrip/RickOShay'' did this plot with TagalongKid Quyat, who was found wandering in the forest as a small child. A man shows up claiming to be the kid's father, but is actually an outlaw who killed Quyat's father over a treasure map, only to find that Quyat and the map had both disappeared; having now tracked Quyat down, he wants to get Quyat to remember where the map was hidden.
22nd Oct '15 4:53:00 PM PaulA
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* A ''{{Spider-Man}}'' story arc had Peter Parker's parents turn up alive and well, but they were actually robot duplicates created by one of Spider-Man's enemies.

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* A ''{{Spider-Man}}'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story arc had Peter Parker's parents turn up alive and well, but they were actually robot duplicates created by one of Spider-Man's enemies.



* ''StuartLittle'': Stuart's real parents reclaim him, but they're actually impostors and it's part of a plot to separate him from his new family.
* An interesting subversion of this trope occurs in ''SecondHandLions'', in that one of TheTrapParents is Walter Coleman's actual mother.

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* ''StuartLittle'': ''Film/StuartLittle'': Stuart's real parents reclaim him, but they're actually impostors and it's part of a plot to separate him from his new family.
* An interesting subversion of this trope occurs in ''SecondHandLions'', ''Film/SecondHandLions'', in that one of TheTrapParents is Walter Coleman's actual mother.



* In ''EscapeToWitchMountain'', a man appears at the orphanage claiming to be Tony and Tia's uncle. He's actually there to capture them and their supernatural abilities. In the Creator/{{Disney}} film, he appears [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished after Tia saves his life]].

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* In ''EscapeToWitchMountain'', ''Literature/EscapeToWitchMountain'', a man appears at the orphanage claiming to be Tony and Tia's uncle. He's actually there to capture them and their supernatural abilities. In the Creator/{{Disney}} film, he appears [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished after Tia saves his life]].



* In ''JustShootMe'', a couple claims to be Nina's real parents. Maya later learns that they are con artists and warns Nina through the elevator intercom. Nina doesn't believe it until she sees them attempting an ElevatorEscape.

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* In ''JustShootMe'', ''Series/JustShootMe'', a couple claims to be Nina's real parents. Maya later learns that they are con artists and warns Nina through the elevator intercom. Nina doesn't believe it until she sees them attempting an ElevatorEscape.



* ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'': Tails is adopted by a loving fox family who later turn out to be robots created by Dr. Robotnik to capture him. Sonic figured out something was wrong when he realised they called him Tails, the nickname Sonic gave him, instead of his real name, "Miles".

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* ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'': ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'': Tails is adopted by a loving fox family who later turn out to be robots created by Dr. Robotnik to capture him. Sonic figured out something was wrong when he realised they called him Tails, the nickname Sonic gave him, instead of his real name, "Miles".



* ''TeamoSupremo'', "The Parents From Another Planet!": Captain Crandall's "[[ChangelingFantasy real alien parents]]" show up, but they're actually con artists.

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* ''TeamoSupremo'', ''WesternAnimation/TeamoSupremo'', "The Parents From Another Planet!": Captain Crandall's "[[ChangelingFantasy real alien parents]]" show up, but they're actually con artists.
22nd Oct '15 4:31:04 PM nombretomado
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* In ''EscapeToWitchMountain'', a man appears at the orphanage claiming to be Tony and Tia's uncle. He's actually there to capture them and their supernatural abilities. In the {{Disney}} film, he appears [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished after Tia saves his life]].

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* In ''EscapeToWitchMountain'', a man appears at the orphanage claiming to be Tony and Tia's uncle. He's actually there to capture them and their supernatural abilities. In the {{Disney}} Creator/{{Disney}} film, he appears [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished after Tia saves his life]].
3rd May '15 9:57:04 AM Anddrix
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* In ''MaximumRide'', Iggy finds his real parents, and they actually ''are'' his real parents -- but they don't care about him except as a cash cow, so he rejoins his TrueCompanions anyway.

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* In ''MaximumRide'', ''Literature/MaximumRide'', Iggy finds his real parents, and they actually ''are'' his real parents -- but they don't care about him except as a cash cow, so he rejoins his TrueCompanions anyway.
22nd Mar '15 1:03:39 PM MarkLungo
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* ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'', "The Lost Boy": Sarah Jane's adopted son Luke is reclaimed by his "real parents", who are actually disguised aliens who need him for their evil plan.
* The live-action ''Superboy'' series, "Abandon Earth": Superboy's parents show up alive to take him home to Krypton, but they're actually shape-shifting aliens.

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* ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'', ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', "The Lost Boy": Sarah Jane's adopted son Luke is reclaimed by his "real parents", who are actually disguised aliens who need him for their evil plan.
* The live-action ''Superboy'' ''Series/{{Superboy}}'' series, "Abandon Earth": Superboy's parents show up alive to take him home to Krypton, but they're actually shape-shifting aliens.



* The live action version of ''TheTick'' managed to do this with Tick's alleged ''wife'' rather than parents. In that case, The Tick was such an extreme CloudCuckooLander that he somehow didn't know who he even ''was'' (legally speaking, anyway). When a woman showed up out of nowhere with documents to prove he was her amnesiac husband, he went with it, leaving his TrueCompanions feeling oddly betrayed. The Tick gets frustrated when the fake wife demands he give up crime fighting and lead a normal life; the documents turned out to be forged and the wife AxCrazy, necessitating a [[StatusQuoIsGod rescue]].

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* The live action version of ''TheTick'' ''Series/TheTick'' managed to do this with Tick's alleged ''wife'' rather than parents. In that case, The Tick was such an extreme CloudCuckooLander that he somehow didn't know who he even ''was'' (legally speaking, anyway). When a woman showed up out of nowhere with documents to prove he was her amnesiac husband, he went with it, leaving his TrueCompanions feeling oddly betrayed. The Tick gets frustrated when the fake wife demands he give up crime fighting and lead a normal life; the documents turned out to be forged and the wife AxCrazy, necessitating a [[StatusQuoIsGod rescue]].
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