Created By: MorwenEdhelwen on July 4, 2012 Last Edited By: MorwenEdhelwen on July 6, 2012

Relative Prospect Hatred

A character hates the possibility of becoming related to another character.

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Do We Have This One?? Is This Tropeable?

Most [[index: Love Interests]] have relatives that become a part of the main characters' lives. In some cases, the protagonist and their Love Interest's relatives get along as soon as they meet. In others the protagonist meets them and dreads the prospect of becoming related to them. A common variant involves the protagonists as the usually school-aged children of single parents who hate the thought of stebsiblings. This version is distinct from Parent with New Paramour, but can also be a form of it.

Examples: (Both involve stepsiblings)

In Being Bindy by Alyssa Brugman, this issue drives the plot.

In "Dawn's Wicked Stepsister'', one of The Baby-Sitters Club books, Dawn and Mary Anne fight after they actually become stepsisters. So, Is This Tropeable? What does everyone else think? Does anyone have any other examples? EDIT:Expanded following Koveras' suggestion. And given new title.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • July 5, 2012
    MorwenEdhelwen
    Is this People Sit On Chairs or tropeable? What do more experienced tropers think?
  • July 5, 2012
    MorwenEdhelwen
    YKTTW Bump. Anyone?
  • July 5, 2012
    Koveras
    I dunno, maybe expand it to all cases of characters hating the prospect of becoming related to another character, regardless whether through adoption, marriage, or whatever? In Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning really hates it when her sister's boyfriend Snow calls her "sister".
  • July 5, 2012
    MorwenEdhelwen
    @Koveras: That sounds like a good idea. Any suggestions for a new name for the expanded trope? Hating Potential Relative? (On second thoughts, that sucks.)
  • July 6, 2012
    MorwenEdhelwen
    Three examples so far. Any more?
  • July 6, 2012
    kjnoren
    Literature In A Civil Campaign, Duv and Mark do not like that they will end up as brother-in-laws. Miles helpfully points out that in some legal jurisdictions, they'd be brothers.
    "I have not so far directed his attention to that legal wrinkle. But think, Duv, how much easier it will be if you only have to explain him as your brother-in-law. I mean, lots of people have embarrassing in-laws; it's one of life's lotteries. You'll have all their sympathy."

  • July 6, 2012
    MorwenEdhelwen
    @kjnoren: Good one.
  • July 6, 2012
    kjnoren
    Perhaps using Unwanted Inlaws as the trope name?
  • July 6, 2012
    kjnoren
    Possible new description:

    A significant other seldom come by their lonesome. They are like most people, and have parents, siblings, other relations, and maybe even children of their own. The old idea of that a marriage is a merging of two families instead of the creation of a new one is very much true.

    In most cases, learning about the new relations (also known as the in-laws) will go swimmingly. But quite often there is one embarrassing in-law, or the in-law that you absolutely hate.

    A variation is when two kids with single parents are interested in each other, but their parents beats them to it, and starts talking about getting married to each other. The kids would like to get related, but not as step-siblings.
  • July 6, 2012
    kjnoren
  • July 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • The Simpsons: When Homer's dad & Marge's mom start dating, Homer gets worried that, if they marry, he & Marge will become brother & sister. Their kids will retroacively become horribly deformed: "pink skin, five fingers, no overbite!"
    • WWE: A plotline concerned the identity of Vince Mc Mahon's son from a fling he'd had years ago. For a minute or two, it looked like it was Triple H. Both were disgusted by the idea, not only because they hate each other personally but because Trips was married to Vince's daughter. Then it turned out it was Hornswoggle.
  • July 6, 2012
    MorwenEdhelwen
    Will change the description.
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