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* In ''Fanfic/TheDarkLady'', after [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt slaying Fiona]], Rumpelstiltskin winds up becoming lord of the Dark Realm - and all of the magical resources that come with it - since he was her son.
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5th Apr '18 3:23:38 PM RedScharlach
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* The main plot of ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'' is kicked off by one of these, as a priceless painting is bequeathed to the hotel concierge protagonist, angering the actual relatives of the recently deceased countess. A second one comes at the end of the film, where [[spoiler:a second will is revealed giving not just the painting but the entire estate to said concierge, in the event of the countess' death by foul play (as the GenreSavvy countess had suspicions that her family was seeking to hasten their inheritence).]]

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* The main plot of ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'' is kicked off by one of these, as a priceless painting is bequeathed to the hotel concierge protagonist, angering the actual relatives of the recently deceased countess. A second one comes at the end of the film, where [[spoiler:a second will is revealed giving not just the painting but the entire estate to said concierge, in the event of the countess' death by foul play (as the GenreSavvy countess had suspicions that her family was seeking to hasten their inheritence).inheritance).]]



* The 2001 version of ''Film/Thir13enGhosts'', Cyrus Kriticos bequeaths his nephew Arthur with his beautiful, glass walled house. The bad news? It's [[HauntedHouse haunted by 12 ghosts,]] and [[spoiler:Cyrus is manipulating Arthur into commiting suicide so his master plan to have a ghost-powered oracle machine succeed.]]

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* The 2001 version of ''Film/Thir13enGhosts'', Cyrus Kriticos bequeaths his nephew Arthur with his beautiful, glass walled house. house to his nephew Arthur. The bad news? It's [[HauntedHouse haunted by 12 ghosts,]] and [[spoiler:Cyrus is manipulating Arthur into commiting committing suicide so his master plan to have create a ghost-powered oracle machine will succeed.]]



* In the ''Series/BreakingBad'' episode "[[Recap/BreakingBadS4E10Salud Salud]]", Skyler has [[AmoralAttorney Saul Goodman]] give her ex-lover [[WhiteCollarCrime Ted Beneke]] money from his non-existent "great aunt Birgit" in UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}}. It's not actually an inheritance, but money sent to him in order to pay off his tax debt and stop any further investigation by the goverment that might uncover Skyler's (and in turn Walt's) criminal activities.

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* In the ''Series/BreakingBad'' episode "[[Recap/BreakingBadS4E10Salud Salud]]", Skyler has [[AmoralAttorney Saul Goodman]] give her ex-lover [[WhiteCollarCrime Ted Beneke]] money from his non-existent "great aunt Birgit" in UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}}. It's not actually an inheritance, but money sent to him in order to pay off his tax debt and stop any further investigation by the goverment government that might uncover Skyler's (and in turn Walt's) criminal activities.



** The series gives us an interesting example in series 3. Matthew receives a letter indicating that he was one of three possible heirs named in the will of Reginald Swire -- father of his late fiancee Lavinia. The terms of the will were that if the first named heir had died before Mr Swire, then the second one would inherit the whole thing; if the second had also died before Swire, then the third would inherit the fortune. Matthew was the third; the other two are as yet unaccounted for. However, [[spoiler:he feels that he caused Lavinia's death by breaking her heart: she saw him kiss Mary, and she died shortly thereafter of Spanish flu, even though her case until then had been quite tame. As a result, Matthew [[HonorBeforeReason decides he his honour-bound not to take the money]], and hopes that the other heirs are still alive, or at least died after Mr Swire (if they had, the inheritance would go to their heirs). When it turns out that both died before Mr Swire, Matthew [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules resolves to give the money away]]. Unfortunately, at just this time [[LandPoor Lord Grantham had lost the entire Crawley family fortune and seemed like he would have to sell Downton]]. This drives the plot for a few episodes, before Matthew discovers information that he feels releases him from his obligation to give the money away; he invests the money in Downton, and his plans for maximising the estate's profits drive much of the plot for the rest of the series.]]

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** The series gives us an interesting example in series 3. Matthew receives a letter indicating that he was one of three possible heirs named in the will of Reginald Swire -- father of his late fiancee Lavinia. The terms of the will were that if the first named heir had died before Mr Swire, then the second one would inherit the whole thing; if the second had also died before Swire, then the third would inherit the fortune. Matthew was the third; the other two are as yet unaccounted for. However, [[spoiler:he feels that he caused Lavinia's death by breaking her heart: she saw him kiss Mary, and she died shortly thereafter of Spanish flu, even though her case until then had been quite tame. mild. As a result, Matthew [[HonorBeforeReason decides he his is honour-bound not to take the money]], and hopes that the other heirs are still alive, or at least died after Mr Swire (if they had, the inheritance would go to their heirs). When it turns out that both died before Mr Swire, Matthew [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules resolves to give the money away]]. Unfortunately, at just this time [[LandPoor Lord Grantham had lost the entire Crawley family fortune and seemed like he would have to sell Downton]]. This drives the plot for a few episodes, before Matthew discovers information that he feels releases him from his obligation to give the money away; he invests the money in Downton, and his plans for maximising the estate's profits drive much of the plot for the rest of the series.]]



* In an episode of ''Series/MenBehavingBadly'', Gary receives an inheritance of £35,000, which he tries to keep quiet about. Unfortunately, everyone else finds out - Tony, Anthea and George - and everyone wants a slice. His long-suffering girlfriend Dorothy is furious she hasn't been told about this, and she forces him to give it all to a hospital charity near her heart. Gary then compounds his inept crassness by trying to cancel the cheque...

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* In an episode of ''Series/MenBehavingBadly'', Gary receives an inheritance of £35,000, which he tries to keep quiet about. Unfortunately, everyone else finds out - -- Tony, Anthea and George - -- and everyone wants a slice. His long-suffering girlfriend Dorothy is furious she hasn't been told about this, and she forces him to give it all to a hospital charity near her heart.charity. Gary then compounds his inept crassness by trying to cancel the cheque...



* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' there is a subversion in [[Recap/SupernaturalS10E06AskJeeves the episode Ask Jeeves]]. Someone calls Bobby's phone to let him know that he's been bequeathed an inheritance. However, Bobby is deceased. As Bobby's "Next of Kin", Sam and Dean go to investigate and possibly collect on the inheritance. It turns out Bobby had been granted custody of the descendant's secret shape shifter daughter. Unfortunately, the daughter has already escaped from her attic prison and is killing the rest of the family because of her rage at being kept locked up. Sam and Dean arrive just in time to have to put her down.

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* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' there is a subversion in [[Recap/SupernaturalS10E06AskJeeves the episode Ask Jeeves]]. Someone calls Bobby's phone to let him know that he's been bequeathed an inheritance. However, Bobby is deceased. As Bobby's "Next of Kin", Sam and Dean go to investigate and possibly collect on the inheritance. It turns out Bobby had been granted custody of the descendant's secret shape shifter shape-shifter daughter. Unfortunately, the daughter has already escaped from her attic prison and is killing the rest of the family because of her rage at being kept locked up. Sam and Dean arrive just in time to have to put her down.



* The first arc in ''Webcomic/{{Savestate}}'' that isn't based on gaming involves Kade and Nicole inheriting a creepy old mansion from their uncle Sccoby.

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* The first arc in ''Webcomic/{{Savestate}}'' that isn't based on gaming involves Kade and Nicole inheriting a creepy old mansion from their uncle Sccoby.Scooby.



* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/TheWabbitWhoCameToSupper" has Elmer Fudd hunting Bugs when he gets a telegram from his Uncle Louie informing that he will inherit $3 million dollars as long he does not harm any animals, especially rabbits! After Bugs' heckling, Fudd get another telegram saying the Uncle Louie kicked the bucket, but the ''TaxmanTakesTheWinnings'', leaving Elmer owing $1.98.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/TheWabbitWhoCameToSupper" has Elmer Fudd hunting Bugs when he gets a telegram from his Uncle Louie informing that he will inherit $3 million dollars as long he does not harm any animals, especially rabbits! rabbits. After Bugs' heckling, Fudd get gets another telegram saying the that Uncle Louie kicked the bucket, but the ''TaxmanTakesTheWinnings'', leaving Elmer owing $1.98.



* In "A Night of Fright is No Delight" on ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' the plot centered around a Scooby getting the chance at inheriting an unexpected inheritance worth millions - which turned out to be millions in Confederate currency, which was worthless (clearly they never thought of selling all that Civil War memorabilia to museums or other collectors).

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* In "A Night of Fright is No Delight" on ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' the plot centered around a Scooby getting the chance at inheriting an unexpected inheritance legacy worth millions - which turned out to be millions in Confederate currency, which was worthless (clearly they never thought of selling all that Civil War memorabilia to museums or other collectors).



* While this trope is more found in fiction that it does in real life, it is possible in cases where there was a random exception in families of long lines of only children. After all if you are an only child of like four generations and an accident wipes out the family but hey your Great-Great-Grandfather had a brother, then perhaps his descendant may end up getting the one of this trope. Assuming of course they live in a place where one of the above laws is not enforced. That being said the odds both will be true is a major reason this trope applies to fiction more than real life, though one could argue that perhaps this trope rose out of people being envious of the very few real life examples of people who got this lucky.

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* While this trope is more found more often in fiction that it does than in real life, it is possible in cases where there was a random exception in families of long lines of only children. After all if you are an only child of like four generations and an accident wipes out the family but hey hey, your Great-Great-Grandfather had a brother, then perhaps his descendant may end up getting the one benefit of this trope. Assuming of course course, they live in a place where one of the above laws is not enforced. That being said said, the odds both will be true is a major reason this trope applies to fiction more than real life, are slim, though one could argue that perhaps this trope rose out of people being envious of the very few real life examples of people who got this lucky.
23rd Feb '18 6:29:00 PM DeckardCanine
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** Same goes for its predecessor, ''Film/MrDeedsGoesToTown''. The strangest aspect is that Mr. Deeds [[TheStoic barely reacts to the news]].
7th Feb '18 6:59:26 PM nombretomado
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* While not ''strictly'' adhering to the trope (in that the deceased in question isn't a family member, but rather the leader of a rival gang), ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has one in 'Joker's Millions', in which {{the Joker}}, particularly down on his luck in terms of cash at the time, inherits $250 million from King Barlowe, a crime boss with whom he had shared a mutual hatred. [[spoiler:As it turned out, this was all a big [[ThanatosGambit Thanatos]] / BatmanGambit on Barlowe's side, as $240 million from the fortune was counterfeit, and the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]] was knocking on Joker's door to the tune of around half the total. Barlowe correctly assumed that, by the time he'd gotten around to watching the video will, Joker would already have blown through the $10 million that was real. As such, he'd either have to go to jail for tax evasion, or admit that Barlowe had fooled him (which Barlowe had also known that he would '''never''' do).]]

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* While not ''strictly'' adhering to the trope (in that the deceased in question isn't a family member, but rather the leader of a rival gang), ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has one in 'Joker's Millions', in which {{the Joker}}, ComicBook/TheJoker, particularly down on his luck in terms of cash at the time, inherits $250 million from King Barlowe, a crime boss with whom he had shared a mutual hatred. [[spoiler:As it turned out, this was all a big [[ThanatosGambit Thanatos]] / BatmanGambit on Barlowe's side, as $240 million from the fortune was counterfeit, and the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]] was knocking on Joker's door to the tune of around half the total. Barlowe correctly assumed that, by the time he'd gotten around to watching the video will, Joker would already have blown through the $10 million that was real. As such, he'd either have to go to jail for tax evasion, or admit that Barlowe had fooled him (which Barlowe had also known that he would '''never''' do).]]
23rd Jan '18 1:07:08 PM StFan
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* There was that time [[ComicBook/MonicasGang Pitheco]] inherited ten million bucks from an uncle (it was unexpected because he didn't know the uncle was wealthy) [[OnOneCondition on the condition]] that he becomes a married man. When he was about to partake in the sacred vows, the executors of the will showed up to tell him that his uncle was secretly married and left a widow and three children. All Pitheco would inherit was the sum of twenty bucks (still on the marriage condition). The marriage was called off, much to Tooga's dismay.

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* ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'': There was that time [[ComicBook/MonicasGang Pitheco]] Pitheco inherited ten million bucks from an uncle (it was unexpected because he didn't know the uncle was wealthy) [[OnOneCondition on the condition]] that he becomes a married man. When he was about to partake in the sacred vows, the executors of the will showed up to tell him that his uncle was secretly married and left a widow and three children. All Pitheco would inherit was the sum of twenty bucks (still on the marriage condition). The marriage was called off, much to Tooga's dismay.



* In an issue of ''Comicbook/TheFlash'', Wally West inherited half the fortune of The Icicle, a rich Golden Age supervillain. He thoroughly disliked his family and felt that the original Flash, Jay Garrick, was the best man he'd ever known, so he arranged that when he died the money would go to whoever was currently the Flash--in this case, Wally, who he'd never even met.
* After Annihulus killed the Johnny Storm in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' (he got better), the remaining members invited Comicbook/SpiderMan to the Baxter Building for a private wake. There, Reed Richards showed a portion of Johnny's [[VideoWill holographic will]], in which he gave Spider-Man his most prized possession; his spot on the FF roster.

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* In an issue of ''Comicbook/TheFlash'', ''ComicBook/TheFlash'', Wally West inherited half the fortune of The Icicle, a rich Golden Age supervillain. He thoroughly disliked his family and felt that the original Flash, Jay Garrick, was the best man he'd ever known, so he arranged that when he died the money would go to whoever was currently the Flash--in Flash -- in this case, Wally, who he'd never even met.
* After Annihulus killed the Johnny Storm in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' (he got better), the remaining members invited Comicbook/SpiderMan to the Baxter Building for a private wake. There, Reed Richards showed a portion of Johnny's [[VideoWill holographic will]], in which he gave Spider-Man his most prized possession; his spot on the FF roster.



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* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'': Olive inherits a [[LongLostRelative missing uncle's]] fortune once he's declared dead. He was so long lost she didn't even remember him by the time she's informed of the inheritance. She gives it back to him once he returns.
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* The Franchise/SherlockHolmes story ''The Adventure of the Norwood Builder'' centers around a lawyer who learns he is to receive one the day before his benefactor dies, leading the police to believe that the titular builder was murdered for the inheritance.

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The Franchise/SherlockHolmes story ''The Adventure of the Norwood Builder'' centers around a lawyer who learns he is to receive one the day before his benefactor dies, leading the police to believe that the titular builder was murdered for the inheritance.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' receives a huge inheritance from his parents whom he never knew, much less suspected of being filthy rich.
** When [[spoiler:Sirius]] dies, he gets just about everything [[spoiler:Sirius]] owned--including, most surprisingly, the house-elf Kreacher. He really isn't happy with any of this, not least because of [[spoiler: the role Kreacher played in Sirius's death.]]

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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receives a huge inheritance from his parents whom he never knew, much less suspected of being filthy rich.
** When [[spoiler:Sirius]] dies, he gets just about everything [[spoiler:Sirius]] owned--including, owned -- including, most surprisingly, the house-elf Kreacher. He really isn't happy with any of this, not least because of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the role Kreacher played in Sirius's death.]]



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* ''{{Series/Cheers}}'' once opened with a lawyer taking Carla aside and informing her that a long lost uncle has passed away. Said uncle went west with his lucky quarter and made a vast fortune which he wanted to share with his family back in Boston. Unfortunately, this wasn't discovered until the death of his son who squandered the fortune on cheap pleasures. Carla is now the proud recipient of her uncle's lucky quarter.

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* ''{{Series/Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' once opened with a lawyer taking Carla aside and informing her that a long lost uncle has passed away. Said uncle went west with his lucky quarter and made a vast fortune which he wanted to share with his family back in Boston. Unfortunately, this wasn't discovered until the death of his son who squandered the fortune on cheap pleasures. Carla is now the proud recipient of her uncle's lucky quarter.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]], Craig's previous roommate moved out because he suddenly inherited a large sum of money from an uncle he had never met. [[spoiler:It turns out that it was the Doctor's doing, via a StableTimeLoop, so he could move in and investigate upstairs.]]
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' gives us an interesting example in series 3. Matthew receives a letter indicating that he was one of three possible heirs named in the will of Reginald Swire--father of his late fiancee Lavinia. The terms of the will were that if the first named heir had died before Mr Swire, then the second one would inherit the whole thing; if the second had also died before Swire, then the third would inherit the fortune. Matthew was the third; the other two are as yet unaccounted for. However, [[spoiler:he feels that he caused Lavinia's death by breaking her heart: she saw him kiss Mary, and she died shortly thereafter of Spanish flu, even though her case until then had been quite tame. As a result, Matthew [[HonorBeforeReason decides he his honour-bound not to take the money]], and hopes that the other heirs are still alive, or at least died after Mr Swire (if they had, the inheritance would go to their heirs). When it turns out that both died before Mr Swire, Matthew [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules resolves to give the money away]]. Unfortunately, at just this time [[LandPoor Lord Grantham had lost the entire Crawley family fortune and seemed like he would have to sell Downton]]. This drives the plot for a few episodes, before Matthew discovers information that he feels releases him from his obligation to give the money away; he invests the money in Downton, and his plans for maximising the estate's profits drive much of the plot for the rest of the series.]]

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]], "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger The Lodger]]", Craig's previous roommate moved out because he suddenly inherited a large sum of money from an uncle he had never met. [[spoiler:It turns out that it was the Doctor's doing, via a StableTimeLoop, so he could move in and investigate upstairs.]]
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
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gives us an interesting example in series 3. Matthew receives a letter indicating that he was one of three possible heirs named in the will of Reginald Swire--father Swire -- father of his late fiancee Lavinia. The terms of the will were that if the first named heir had died before Mr Swire, then the second one would inherit the whole thing; if the second had also died before Swire, then the third would inherit the fortune. Matthew was the third; the other two are as yet unaccounted for. However, [[spoiler:he feels that he caused Lavinia's death by breaking her heart: she saw him kiss Mary, and she died shortly thereafter of Spanish flu, even though her case until then had been quite tame. As a result, Matthew [[HonorBeforeReason decides he his honour-bound not to take the money]], and hopes that the other heirs are still alive, or at least died after Mr Swire (if they had, the inheritance would go to their heirs). When it turns out that both died before Mr Swire, Matthew [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules resolves to give the money away]]. Unfortunately, at just this time [[LandPoor Lord Grantham had lost the entire Crawley family fortune and seemed like he would have to sell Downton]]. This drives the plot for a few episodes, before Matthew discovers information that he feels releases him from his obligation to give the money away; he invests the money in Downton, and his plans for maximising the estate's profits drive much of the plot for the rest of the series.]]



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* The early Ahrens and Flaherty (''Theatre/{{Seussical}}'', ''Literature/{{Ragtime}}'') musical ''Lucky Stiff'' has the protagonist inheriting $6 million from an uncle he's never met ([[OnOneCondition on the condition]] that he [[OfCorpseHesAlive takes his uncle's taxidermied corpse on a vacation to the French Riviera]]).

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* The early Ahrens ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''The Asylum and Flaherty (''Theatre/{{Seussical}}'', ''Literature/{{Ragtime}}'') musical ''Lucky Stiff'' Other Tales'', adventure "Black Devil Mountain". A {{PC}} receives a letter informing them that their brother has died and left them some property (which, by sheer coincidence, just happens to have Franchise/CthulhuMythos activity going on nearby).
* Classic ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' Adventure 12 ''Secret of
the protagonist inheriting $6 million Ancients''. One of the {{PC}}s receives an inheritance from an uncle he's never met ([[OnOneCondition on uncle: a statuette which leads the condition]] that he [[OfCorpseHesAlive takes his uncle's taxidermied corpse on party into a vacation hunt to the French Riviera]]).find an [[{{Precursor}} Ancient]] site.



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* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'': Olive inherits a [[LongLostRelative missing uncle's]] fortune once he's declared dead. He was so long lost she didn't even remember him by the time she's informed of the inheritance. She gives it back to him once he returns.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'': Olive inherits a [[LongLostRelative missing uncle's]] fortune once The early Ahrens and Flaherty (''Theatre/{{Seussical}}'', ''Literature/{{Ragtime}}'') musical ''Lucky Stiff'' has the protagonist inheriting $6 million from an uncle he's declared dead. He was so long lost she didn't even remember him by never met ([[OnOneCondition on the time she's condition]] that he [[OfCorpseHesAlive takes his uncle's taxidermied corpse on a vacation to the French Riviera]]).
* The plot of the play ''Juno and the Paycock'' revolves around a poor Irish family being suddenly
informed of a massive inheritance from a distant cousin, leading to them heavily spending borrowed money in the inheritance. She gives expectation of paying it back easily. [[spoiler: It turns out that, due to him once he returns.the inexperience of the lawyer, the will is poorly worded, allowing ''dozens'' of distant relatives to stake a claim, rendering it worthless.]]



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* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''The Asylum and Other Tales'', adventure "Black Devil Mountain". A {{PC}} receives a letter informing them that their brother has died and left them some property (which, by sheer coincidence, just happens to have Franchise/CthulhuMythos activity going on nearby).
* Classic ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' Adventure 12 ''Secret of the Ancients''. One of the {{PC}}s receives an inheritance from an uncle: a statuette which leads the party into a hunt to find an [[{{Precursor}} Ancient]] site.
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* The plot of the play ''Juno and the Paycock'' revolves around a poor Irish family being suddenly informed of a massive inheritance from a distant cousin, leading to them heavily spending borrowed money in the expectation of paying it back easily. [[spoiler: It turns out that, due to the inexperience of the lawyer, the will is poorly worded, allowing ''dozens'' of distant relatives to stake a claim, rendering it worthless.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Looney Tunes}}'' short ''WesternAnimation/{{The Wabbit Who Came to Supper}}'' has Elmer Fudd hunting Bugs when he gets a telegram from his Uncle Louie informing that he will inherit $3 million dollars as long he does not harm any animals, especially rabbits! After Bugs' heckling, Fudd get another telegram saying the Uncle Louie kicked the bucket, but the ''TaxmanTakesTheWinnings'', leaving Elmer owing $1.98.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Looney Tunes}}'' ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''WesternAnimation/{{The Wabbit Who Came to Supper}}'' "WesternAnimation/TheWabbitWhoCameToSupper" has Elmer Fudd hunting Bugs when he gets a telegram from his Uncle Louie informing that he will inherit $3 million dollars as long he does not harm any animals, especially rabbits! After Bugs' heckling, Fudd get another telegram saying the Uncle Louie kicked the bucket, but the ''TaxmanTakesTheWinnings'', leaving Elmer owing $1.98.



17th Jan '18 3:44:05 PM margdean56
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* There was that time [[ComicBook/MonicasGang Pitheco]] inherited ten million bucks from an uncle (it was unexpected because he didn't know the uncle was wealthy) [[OnOneCondition on the condition]] that he becomes a married man. When he was about to partake in the sacred vows, the executors of the will showed up to tell him that his uncle has secretly married and left a widow and three children. All Pitheco would inherit was the sum of twenty bucks (still on the marriage condition). The marriage was called off, much to Tooga's dismay.

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* There was that time [[ComicBook/MonicasGang Pitheco]] inherited ten million bucks from an uncle (it was unexpected because he didn't know the uncle was wealthy) [[OnOneCondition on the condition]] that he becomes a married man. When he was about to partake in the sacred vows, the executors of the will showed up to tell him that his uncle has was secretly married and left a widow and three children. All Pitheco would inherit was the sum of twenty bucks (still on the marriage condition). The marriage was called off, much to Tooga's dismay.



** When [[spoiler:Sirius]] dies, he gets just about everything [[spoiler:Sirius]] owned - including, most surprisingly, the house-elf Kreacher. He really isn't happy with any of this, not least because of [[spoiler: the role Kreacher played in Sirius's death.]]

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** When [[spoiler:Sirius]] dies, he gets just about everything [[spoiler:Sirius]] owned - including, owned--including, most surprisingly, the house-elf Kreacher. He really isn't happy with any of this, not least because of [[spoiler: the role Kreacher played in Sirius's death.]]



* Literature/JaneEyre inherits a large sum of money from an unseen uncle (he has been mentioned before but only in passing, since [[spoiler: her abusive aunt/caretaker Sara hid his existance from her until her death]]), though it's towards the end of the story.

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* Literature/JaneEyre inherits a large sum of money from an unseen uncle (he has been mentioned before but only in passing, since [[spoiler: her abusive aunt/caretaker Sara hid his existance existence from her until her death]]), though it's towards the end of the story.



* The reader/protagonist of interactive book ''TheDandeeDiamondMystery'' didn't expect to be called for the reading of his/her uncle's will since the two of them hadn't seen each other ever since the protagonist was a little kid.

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* The reader/protagonist of interactive book ''TheDandeeDiamondMystery'' didn't expect to be called for the reading of his/her uncle's will since the two of them hadn't seen each other ever since the protagonist was a little kid.
20th Nov '17 6:34:59 AM eroock
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* ''Literature/GreatExpectations''. Pip receives inheritance completely out of left field, becomes rich and arrogant, finds out who his benefactor is, squanders money, gets the girl (it is implied at least), becomes less arrogant.

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* ''Literature/GreatExpectations''. ''Literature/GreatExpectations'': Pip receives inheritance completely out of left field, becomes rich and arrogant, finds out who his benefactor is, squanders money, gets the girl (it is implied at least), becomes less arrogant.
31st Oct '17 1:36:15 AM Aquila89
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* In Creator/GeraldDurrell's "Rosy is my Relative", Adrian Rookwhistle is bequeathed an unexpected sum of money from a distant relative, with the proviso that he look after Rosy, a circus performer and colleague of the uncle. Rosy turns out to be an alcoholic elephant. Hilarity ensues.

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* In Creator/GeraldDurrell's "Rosy ''Rosy is my Relative", Relative'', Adrian Rookwhistle is bequeathed an unexpected sum of money from a distant relative, his uncle, with the proviso that he look after Rosy, a circus performer and colleague of the uncle. Rosy turns out to be an alcoholic elephant. Hilarity ensues.
5th Oct '17 2:49:28 PM AndreaTx
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* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' there is a subversion in [[Recap/SupernaturalS10E06AskJeeves the episode Ask Jeeves]]. Someone calls Bobby's phone to let him know that he's been bequeathed an inheritance. However, Bobby is deceased. As Bobby's "Next of Kin", Sam and Dean go to investigate and possibly collect on the inheritance. It turns out Bobby had been granted custody of the descendant's secret shape shifter daughter. Unfortunately, the daughter has already escaped from her attic prison and is killing the rest of the family because of her rage at being kept locked up. Sam and Dean arrive just in time to have to put her down.
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* In ''Film/SnowDogs'', Ted Brooks first learns of his biological mother (as well as the fact that he's adopted) when he's served with her will.
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