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19th Jan '17 5:51:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Honking" has Bender inherit a mansion from his Uncle Vladimir. Along with the expected catch that he must spend at least one night there (which he wants to do before complaining about there being a catch).

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episode "The Honking" has Bender inherit a mansion from his Uncle Vladimir. Along with the expected catch that he must spend at least one night there (which he wants to do before complaining about there being a catch).



* Fred Flintstone of WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones got two during the original series. First his late Uncle Zeke died and left him a broken down wreck of a hillbilly home called San Cemente.

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Fred Flintstone of WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones got two during the original series. First his late Uncle Zeke died and left him a broken down wreck of a hillbilly home called San Cemente.



* One ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' episode had Bullwinkle as the heir to the Earl of Crankcase, requiring him to spend a week inside the family manor before inheriting a 1 million pound note. At the end of the week it turns out that he isn't the rightful heir after all, and the actual heirs learn to their dismay that the note is a ''promissory'' note, and that they are now obliged to repay the late Earl's debts.

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One ''RockyAndBullwinkle'' episode had Bullwinkle as the heir to the Earl of Crankcase, requiring him to spend a week inside the family manor before inheriting a 1 million pound note. At the end of the week it turns out that he isn't the rightful heir after all, and the actual heirs learn to their dismay that the note is a ''promissory'' note, and that they are now obliged to repay the late Earl's debts.



* The premise of the short-lived cartoon ''MonsterFarm'' (not Rancher) involved a young man inheriting said farm from a great uncle [[Creator/BorisKarloff Karloff]].

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* The premise of the short-lived cartoon ''MonsterFarm'' ''WesternAnimation/MonsterFarm'' (not Rancher) involved a young man inheriting said farm from a great uncle [[Creator/BorisKarloff Karloff]].
19th Jan '17 5:50:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* The 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 SherlockHolmes 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.



* Early on in ''TheCatWho'' series, Qwilleran inherits a huge fortune from his "Aunt Fanny." All Qwill really remembers about her is that she was a dear friend of his mother's and that he was forced to write polite letters to her as a boy, but since she had no surviving blood relatives, he's the one who receives her billions. [[OnOneCondition The catch is]] that he has to live in Moose County for five years, but he grows to enjoy the small-town life fairly quickly.

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* Early on in ''TheCatWho'' ''Literature/TheCatWho'' series, Qwilleran inherits a huge fortune from his "Aunt Fanny." All Qwill really remembers about her is that she was a dear friend of his mother's and that he was forced to write polite letters to her as a boy, but since she had no surviving blood relatives, he's the one who receives her billions. [[OnOneCondition The catch is]] that he has to live in Moose County for five years, but he grows to enjoy the small-town life fairly quickly.



* ''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 CthulhuMythos activity going on nearby).
* Classic ''{{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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* ''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 CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos activity going on nearby).
* Classic ''{{Traveller}}'' ''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.



* In ''Series/TheSims2'', Olive Specter, who dies within a few days of first playing her house, leaves her inheritance to her estranged son Nervous Subject and not, as expected, her niece Ophelia Nigmos. This situation is rigged, since normally sims leave more money to those that they have higher relationships with (which in this case is Ophelia). In ''The Sims 3'', this is part of the backstory for the Ivy family, who in their family bio are said to be former hippies who came into money and don't know what to do with it.

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* In ''Series/TheSims2'', ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', Olive Specter, who dies within a few days of first playing her house, leaves her inheritance to her estranged son Nervous Subject and not, as expected, her niece Ophelia Nigmos. This situation is rigged, since normally sims leave more money to those that they have higher relationships with (which in this case is Ophelia). In ''The Sims 3'', this is part of the backstory for the Ivy family, who in their family bio are said to be former hippies who came into money and don't know what to do with it.
22nd Dec '16 11:32:41 AM Homemaderat
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* On ''WesternAnimation/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKids'' Wally is notified he has received a castle as one by Mr. Socrates. The Sundance Kids are GenreSavvy enough to think this may just be a set up for yet another spy mission. They stumble upon a caper but in this one rare instance, it wasn't their official job to expose it.



* 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 you die but hey your Great-Great-Grandfather had a brother, then perhaps his descendant may end up getting the one of this trope.

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* 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 you die 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.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.
14th Dec '16 9:08:58 AM Feslmogh
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Looney Tunes}}'' short ''WesternAnimation/{{The Wabbit Who Came to Supper}}'' has Elmer Fudd hunting Buggs 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 Buggs' 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}}'' short ''WesternAnimation/{{The Wabbit Who Came to Supper}}'' has Elmer Fudd hunting Buggs 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 Buggs' Bugs' heckling, Fudd get another telegram saying the Uncle Louie kicked the bucket, but the ''TaxmanTakesTheWinnings'', leaving Elmer owing $1.98.
14th Dec '16 9:04:25 AM Feslmogh
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Looney Tunes}}'' short ''WesternAnimation/{{The Wabbit Who Came to Supper}}'' has Elmer Fudd hunting Buggs 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 Buggs' heckling, Fudd get another telegram saying the Uncle Louie kicked the bucket, but the ''TaxmanTakesTheWinnings'', leaving Elmer owing $1.98.
30th Oct '16 3:39:03 PM nombretomado
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News of a death in the family is rarely well received, especially when its someone who cares very deeply for you. So deeply, in fact, that they have left you with a massive inheritance; but apparently not so much that they ever bother to get to meet you in person. This benevolent but reclusive relative you couldn't pick out of a police lineup (and trust us, this is something of a PlotPoint) is usually an aunt or uncle, grandparent, great aunt or uncle, or related so remotely as to give a team of forensic genealogists weeks of work to find a direct connection.

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News of a death in the family is rarely well received, especially when its it's someone who cares very deeply for you. So deeply, in fact, that they have left you with a massive inheritance; but apparently not so much that they ever bother to get to meet you in person. This benevolent but reclusive relative you couldn't pick out of a police lineup (and trust us, this is something of a PlotPoint) is usually an aunt or uncle, grandparent, great aunt or uncle, or related so remotely as to give a team of forensic genealogists weeks of work to find a direct connection.



* In one of the HeraldsOfValdemar books, Myste claims to have come into one of these as an excuse to get away from a group she was infiltrating, knowing that they would never go to the small town where her aged aunt allegedly lived.

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* In one of the HeraldsOfValdemar Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar books, Myste claims to have come into one of these as an excuse to get away from a group she was infiltrating, knowing that they would never go to the small town where her aged aunt allegedly lived.
1st Oct '16 2:43:31 PM eroock
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** In the episode "A Fishful of Dollars" Fry is attempting to save Bender from jail by withdrawing his meager savings. He soon figures out 1000 years of interest adds up. A lot. While it is 'unexpected', it wasn't technically inherited.

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** In the episode "A "[[Recap/FuturamaS1E6AFishfulOfDollars A Fishful of Dollars" Dollars]]" Fry is attempting to save Bender from jail by withdrawing his meager savings. He soon figures out 1000 [[CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit 1,000 years of interest adds up.up]]. A lot. While it is 'unexpected', it wasn't technically inherited.
29th Jul '16 7:50:25 PM kome360
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* A wealthy monopolist's last will involved bettering the city of Philadelphia, including some minor stocks to support the woman in Philadelphia who gave birth to the most children ten years after the will was read... right before the great depression. Suddenly, all his other assets (and the economy of Philadelphia) turned to shit while those "minor stocks" multiplied in worth by the HUNDREDS, and could become a lifesaver for hundreds of bankrupt couples / families. There was a great fucking. End result, most of the money had to be split among the tiebreakers, and a few consolation prizes for those who had even more bebehs but did so by questionable means (like cheating on their husbands).

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* A wealthy monopolist's last will involved bettering the city of Philadelphia, including some minor stocks to support the woman in Philadelphia who gave birth to the most children ten years after the will was read... right before the great depression. Suddenly, all his other assets (and the economy of Philadelphia) turned to shit while those "minor stocks" multiplied in worth by the HUNDREDS, and could become a lifesaver The Toronto Stork Competition. See OnOneCondition for hundreds of bankrupt couples / families. There was a great fucking. End result, most of the money had to be split among the tiebreakers, and a few consolation prizes for those who had even more bebehs but did so by questionable means (like cheating on their husbands).details.
29th Jul '16 7:37:17 PM kome360
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* A wealthy monopolist's last will involved bettering the city of Philadelphia, including some minor stocks to support the woman who gave birth to the most children ten years after the will was read... right before the great depression. Suddenly, all his other assets (and the economy of Philadelphia) turned to shit while those "minor stocks" became a lifesaver for hundreds of bankrupt families. There was a great fucking. End result, most of the money had to be split among the tiebreakers, and a few consolation prizes for those who had even more bebehs but did so by questionable means (like cheating on their husbands).

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* A wealthy monopolist's last will involved bettering the city of Philadelphia, including some minor stocks to support the woman in Philadelphia who gave birth to the most children ten years after the will was read... right before the great depression. Suddenly, all his other assets (and the economy of Philadelphia) turned to shit while those "minor stocks" became multiplied in worth by the HUNDREDS, and could become a lifesaver for hundreds of bankrupt couples / families. There was a great fucking. End result, most of the money had to be split among the tiebreakers, and a few consolation prizes for those who had even more bebehs but did so by questionable means (like cheating on their husbands).
29th Jul '16 7:36:03 PM kome360
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* A wealthy monopolist's last will involved bettering the city of Philadelphia, including some minor stocks to support the woman who gave birth to the most children ten years after the will was read... right before the great depression. Suddenly, all his other assets (and the economy of Philadelphia) turned to shit while those "minor stocks" became a lifesaver for hundreds of bankrupt families. There was a great fucking. End result, most of the money had to be split among the tiebreakers, and a few consolation prizes for those who had even more bebehs but did so by questionable means (like cheating on their husbands).
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