Created By: dalek955 on December 18, 2011 Last Edited By: dalek955 on February 29, 2012

Sins Of Our Brothers

People attack TheHero becaise he came from the same place as the BigBad.

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Bob is a Fish out of Water in some way, Trapped in Another World or displaced in time or even just traveling. He finally finds his way to civilization...and then everyone attacks him, because they remember the last time they saw someone with those weird clothes and bizarre accent he eventually became the Big Bad. This time they're determined to nip it in the bud!

Bonus points if the Big Bad himself counts on this reaction to eliminate competition if any of his peers end up in the same place he did.

Traveling Salesmen are particularly prone to this, due to assorted Honest Johns giving them a bad name.

Compare Sins of Our Fathers, where someone is judged/cursed/etc. because of something an ancestor did, rather than a displaced peer. See also Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond and Outside-Context Villain, one of which the original immigrant probably was if he could generate such a strong reaction.

Literature
  • In The Transall Saga, the Merkon demands that anyone like him be brought before him, thus placing any potential rivals in his power.

Web Comics
  • In Deverish Also, Finn gets attacked because the last guy who came through the portal to Earth wound up killing the royal family and setting himself up as a tyrant, using his weird not-magic to destroy all who opposed him.
  • Girl Genius has Mechanicsburg, where the townsfolk look with extreme suspicion on anyone claiming Heterodyne descent. They actually like the genuine Heterodynes, but they really, really hate fake ones, and lately there's been nothing but fakes.

Video Games
  • The Un-Sorcerer protagonist of Black Sigil is trusted by almost nobody because a previous non-magical character in this setting was guilty of terrible deeds.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • December 19, 2011
    Hedgi
    In the Tenis Shoes Aventure Series, Jim and his two younger children return to the past to try and rescue is kidnapped oldest daughter. However, the Big Bad is the only one who has used the Time Tunnels in generations, so the survivors of a massacare see the family's modern clothes and promptly have them locked up and tried for murder and witchcraft.
  • December 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Does This Count?
    • In The Comedy Of Errors Aegeon of Syracuse is condemded to death upon first arriving in Ephesus because of a trade dispute between Syracuse and Ephesus.
  • December 20, 2011
    dalek955
    I see I need a better description. Trouble is, for some reason I can't edit the YKTTW at all! Anyone know what's going on?
  • December 25, 2011
    dalek955
    Bump. Still need help with the editing problem.
  • December 28, 2011
    MorganWick
    I don't see how either of the examples posted aren't examples of the trope, and the description seems clear enough to me, at least for an Example As A Thesis. What problem do you have with the description, and if you have a better one in mind, could you post it here?
  • December 28, 2011
    dalek955
    I just wanted to expand it to include characters who are simply visiting a foreign country, like in randomsurfer's example.
  • December 28, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • February 27, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    The name doesn't fit the definition very well - it souns more like "People attack The Hero becaise he came from the same family as the Big Bad."
  • February 27, 2012
    dalek955
    We have a motion for a better name. Suggestions anyone?
  • February 27, 2012
    Clevomon
    In Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni's Onisarashi-hen (and its spinoffs), Natsumi is terrified of anyone finding out that she's from Hinamizawa because people from there have been being discriminated against and targeted for violent acts since the Great Hinamizawa Disaster.
  • February 28, 2012
    Koveras
    In Grandia II, Mareg attacks Ryudo on their first meeting because he smells similar to the villain who devastated Mareg's village. As it turns out, said villain was Ryudo's long-lost Aloof Big Brother Melfice.
  • February 28, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
  • February 28, 2012
    DoctorGringo
    Hitler Was Austrian, maybe? Yes, I know about Godwin's Law, but this trope reminds me of Hitler Ate Sugar in a way (X is from Y, X is evil, therefore everyone in Y must be evil).
  • February 28, 2012
    dalek955
    ^ Nobody thinks of Austrians that way, though.
  • February 28, 2012
    Bisected8
  • February 29, 2012
    DoctorGringo
    ^^ True, he's commonly associated with Germans, but he WAS Austrian. Still, you're right, that title isn't clear and calling him German would be a contradiction. I take it back.

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