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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]].
15th Dec '13 12:39:20 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' version of TheCloneSaga, [[spoiler:Peter's Dad pops in, totally alive and with an explanation as to where he's been. But it turns out at the end of the story, he's just a slightly altered clone of Peter with memory implants. Unlike most examples, his creator, Dr. Octopus, didn't seem to have any goal in mind to trap Peter or use him in some master plan (or if he did, we didn't see it since all the clones unexpectedly escaped). He appears to have done it just to screw with Peter.]]
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* In the ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' version of TheCloneSaga, ComicBook/TheCloneSaga, [[spoiler:Peter's Dad pops in, totally alive and with an explanation as to where he's been. But it turns out at the end of the story, he's just a slightly altered clone of Peter with memory implants. Unlike most examples, his creator, Dr. Octopus, didn't seem to have any goal in mind to trap Peter or use him in some master plan (or if he did, we didn't see it since all the clones unexpectedly escaped). He appears to have done it just to screw with Peter.]]
8th Nov '13 12:51:51 PM Hero_Gal_2347
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* In a GoldenAge ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comic, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uncreatively named]] "Bruce Wayne Loses the Guardianship of Dick Grayson", Dick Grayson's uncle and aunt appear to claim custody of him, which a court grants. It turns out to be a con with them willing to waive their custodial rights in exchange for a hefty bribe from Bruce Wayne. For obvious reasons, Bruce was enraged and it didn't take long for the Batman to get involved.
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* In a GoldenAge ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comic, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uncreatively named]] "Bruce Wayne Loses the Guardianship of Dick Grayson", Dick Grayson's uncle and aunt appear to claim custody of him, which a court grants. It turns out to be a con with them willing to waive their custodial rights in exchange for a hefty bribe from Bruce Wayne. For obvious reasons, Bruce [[PapaWolf Bruce]] was enraged and it didn't take long for the Batman to get involved.
28th Aug '13 4:16:48 PM TVRulezAgain
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* In a GoldenAge ''{{Batman}}'' comic, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uncreatively named]] "Bruce Wayne Loses the Guardianship of Dick Grayson", Dick Grayson's uncle and aunt appear to claim custody of him, which a court grants. It turns out to be a con with them willing to waive their custodial rights in exchange for a hefty bribe from Bruce Wayne. For obvious reasons, Bruce was enraged and it didn't take long for the Batman to get involved.
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* In a GoldenAge ''{{Batman}}'' ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comic, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uncreatively named]] "Bruce Wayne Loses the Guardianship of Dick Grayson", Dick Grayson's uncle and aunt appear to claim custody of him, which a court grants. It turns out to be a con with them willing to waive their custodial rights in exchange for a hefty bribe from Bruce Wayne. For obvious reasons, Bruce was enraged and it didn't take long for the Batman to get involved.
21st Aug '13 10:35:28 PM PaulA
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* In an episode of ''DaveTheBarbarian'', the King supposedly reutns mush to Fang's delight. She figures out the ruse when he [[BerserkButton calls her a monkey]] and Fang realizes it's Chuckles the Silly Piggy in disguise.
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* In an episode of ''DaveTheBarbarian'', ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', the King supposedly reutns mush returns, much to Fang's delight. She figures out the ruse when he [[BerserkButton calls her a monkey]] and Fang realizes it's Chuckles the Silly Piggy in disguise.
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