Created By: WaxingName on October 26, 2012 Last Edited By: WaxingName on December 22, 2012
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Shared Family Quirks

Blood relatives have similar habits, take similar actions, or have similar personality quirks.

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Formerly Shared Family Habits

Appearance isn't the only thing that family members can share. Much of the time, family members tend to act similarly, either by having similar habits, taking similar actions when faced with similar decisions, or otherwise having certain quirks indicative of the family. While their overall personalities can be entirely different, individual habits can still be shared between them.

This has the scientific justification of learned behavior in immediate families, since a young, impressionable child is very likely to be watching when a parent or sibing is doing something, so the child will be likely to imitate that behavior.

In several works, this can actually be Foreshadowing a reveal that two characters are related when certain habits are shared between them.

Subtrope to Like Father, Like Son.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • One Piece: Even before Garp was revealed as Luffy's grandfather, they both showed a Bunny-Ears Lawyer mentality, being more concerned with eating most of the time and often being absent-minded.
  • In Naruto the Ninja Families share their powers and inclinations for some reason.
  • In the short-lived manga Takama-ga-hara hero Yamato has a Childhood Friend, Mizuho, who's kind of obsessed with being a good match for him by getting stronger. In the penultimate chapter, we see that she has four sisters...who are equally obsessed with Yamato's four brothers, each with the age-appropriate counterpart.

Film
  • At the end of Maverick, Annabelle tells how she figured out that Zane Cooper is Maverick's father; that they both draw their guns the same way, kiss the same way, and both sing the same incredible wrong words to "Amazing Grace."
    Both Mavericks: Do not!
  • In one scene in Back to the Future, Marty facepalms at a diner in disbelief that he's in the past, and the camera pans to his future father, George, who is facepalming the exact same way.
  • In The Darjeeling Limited one of the Brothers has a quirky way of planning breakfast by semi-arbitrarily assigning different cereals to each brother. When they encounter their mother, the audience sees that he picked this quirk up from her.
  • In the movie What a Girl Wants, Daphne and her absent father Henry put jam on their toast before folding it in half and eating it in the exact same way. They also both have a thing for Coco Pops.
  • Forrest Gump: At the end, both young Forrest and older Forrest bend their head in the exactly same way.

Literature
  • In the Nero Wolfe novella Before I Die, the client, Dazy Perrit, has a daughter, but he has kept her existence and identity a secret to protect her from his enemies. He hires Wolfe to, among other things, break her of a habit she has of shrugging just like her mother did, which he fears has, or will reveal her parentage.
  • Jane Austen liked this trope:
    • Emma: Mr Woodhouse and his older daughter Isabella, Mrs John Knightley, are both of fragile constitution and very anxious, yet very kind-hearted. They are very particular about their (and everybody else's) health and they couldn't do without their family doctors. They also deeply love their family and they respect their old friends and acquaintances. Oh, and both Mr Woodhouse and Mrs John Knightley are very fond of gruel.
    • Pride and Prejudice, both Mr Bennet and his daughter Elizabeth love making fun of silly people. Lydia and to a lesser extent Kitty take after their mother: they are loud, silly and generally embarrassing.
    • Sense and Sensibility: Mrs Dashwood and her younger daughter Marianne are both very romantic and have deep feelings (that especially Marianne exaggerates), to the point that it's rather self-harming.
      • Fanny Dashwood is envious, greedy and mean. Her mother, Mrs Ferrars, is even more so, yet they are both sure they are perfectly lovely. Quite the evil variant of the trope.
      • Mrs Jennings and her daughter Charlotte behaviour would fall into this category as well. They both loved fun, however, it was sometimes very inappropriate.

Live-Action TV
  • Friends did this a few times. As Ross and Monica were siblings they were revealed to have some weird shared obsessions from their childhood, including quiz shows, the Osmonds, a dance routine that they won a school talent show by performing and the "Gellar Family Cup" awarded after family sports matches.
    • Similarly when Phoebe meets her long-lost biological mother she discovers that they both use the made up word "floopy". The mother then plays with this by pointing out her love of pizza as another sign that they must be related.
  • One Midsomer Murders has Barnaby figure out two women are related when both use the same bizarre expression despite not living near each other, just in time to save the Asshole Victim.
  • On Monk, all of Kevin Dorfman's relatives are big talkers.
  • In Once Upon a Time, Mary Margaret (Snow White), her daughter Emma, and Emma's son Henry all share a taste for cinnamon sprinkled on top of their hot chocolate. This helps to "prove" that they're all related even though Mary Margaret has no memory of it and Emma doesn't believe it.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: A visiting Mountie starts upstaging Detective Murdoch in the areas where he usually excels. They share ideas on how to investigate the case and at one point, they are seen walking side by side, with their hands joined behind their back and deep in thought. It turns out that Murdoch and the Mountie are half-brothers.

Video Games
  • Metal Gear Solid 3 reveals that Naked Snake/Big Boss had an affinity for cardboard boxes like his son/clone Solid Snake. According to the cardboard box trophy for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Liquid Snake, Big Boss's other clone/son, shares this affinity for cardboard.
  • In Pokémon Platinum, your rival (Canon Name: Barry), is always in a rush and is rather impatient. This is shared with his father, Tower Tycoon Palmer, who runs into the player just like his son does.

Web Comics
  • The MGS example above is parodied in The Last Days of FOXHOUND when Liquid is almost convinced by a voice coming from a cardboard board box, but then lampshades how ridiculous it would be to have a cardboard box be a useful disguise. Of course, when Big Boss takes control of Liquid's Body, however, he uses it as he always did, regardless of Liquid's snarkery.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Ancient Romans were believers in this and it affected elections.
Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • October 26, 2012
    nielas
    How close to In The Blood is this?
  • October 26, 2012
    SneakySquirrel
    • In the second Lady And The Tramp movie, this is how Buster figures out that Scamp is Tramp's son despite the former's denial. They both scratch in exactly the same way.
  • October 26, 2012
    Tallens
    In The Blood seems to be more about good and evil than mannerisms.

    • At the end of Maverick, Annabel tells how she figured out that Zayne Cooper is Maverick's father; that they both draw their guns the same way, kiss the same way, and both sing the same incredible wrong words to "Amazing Grace."
      Both Mavericks: Do not!
  • October 26, 2012
    LimitRemoval
    Personally, I think this is a copy of It Runs In The Family.
  • October 26, 2012
    WaxingName
    ^Looked at it, and it seems to be much more specific than its name implies. That is when the whole family has the same weird characterization. This is more about singular quirks that are shared between relatives.
  • October 26, 2012
    Tallens
    This isn't a clone of Turn Out Like His Father either. That's more about character paths and Secret Legacy.

    By the way, couple of corrections. The names are Annabelle and Zane.
  • October 28, 2012
    MrRuano
    The MGS example is parodied in The Last Days Of Foxhound when Liquid is almost convinced by a voice coming from a cardboard board box, but then lampshades how ridiculous it would be to have a cardboard box be a useful disguise. Of course, when Big Boss takes control of Liquid's Body, however, he uses it as he always did, regardless of Liquid's snarkery.
  • October 29, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    • Friends did this a few times. As Ross and Monica were siblings they were revealed to have some weird shared obsessions from their childhood, including quiz shows, the Osmonds, a dance routine that they won a school talent show by performing and the "Gellar Family Cup" awarded after family sports matches.
      • Similarly when Phoebe meets her long-lost biological mother she discovers that they both use the made up word "floopy". The mother then plays with this by pointing out her love of pizza as another sign that they must be related.
  • November 9, 2012
    Chabal2
    One Midsomer Murders has Barnaby figure out two women are related when both use the same bizarre expression despite not living near each other, just in time to save the Asshole Victim.
  • November 9, 2012
    Premonition45
    Isn't this In The Blood?
  • November 9, 2012
    Tallens
    ^Already had that conversation.
  • November 10, 2012
    WaxingName
    ^^Since you may not be in the know, In The Blood is more of a family being entirely good or evil. This trope is about singular quirks even when characterizations can be different.
  • November 10, 2012
    blueflame724
    Seems like an interesting distinction. Examples...
    • One Piece: Even before Garp was revealed as Luffy's grandfather, they both showed a Bunny-Ears Lawyer mentality, being more concerned with eating most of the time and often being absent-minded.
  • November 11, 2012
    Sligh_Br
    In Naruto the Ninja Families share their powers and inclinations for some reason.
  • November 12, 2012
    SWNT
    I think I ignored the Up For Grabs convention because I'm a n00b, sorry about that.
  • November 13, 2012
    SKJAM
    In the short-lived manga Takama-ga-hara hero Yamato has a Childhood Friend, Mizuho, who's kind of obsessed with being a good match for him by getting stronger. In the penultimate chapter, we see that she has four sisters...who are equally obsessed with Yamato's four brothers, each with the age-appropriate counterpart.
  • November 23, 2012
    WaxingName
    Changed title to Shared Family Quirks since I find that title much broader.
  • November 23, 2012
    reub2000
    • On Monk, all of Kevin Dorfman's relatives are big talkers.
  • November 26, 2012
    Lhys
    In the movie What a Girl Wants, Daphne and her absent father Henry put jam on their toast before folding it in half and eating it in the exact same way. They also both have a thing for Coco Pops.
  • November 28, 2012
    WonderDave
    On the Reality show My big fat obnoxious Fiance they hired actors to pretend to be a family that had the same bunch of annoying/rude behavior
  • November 28, 2012
    WaxingName
    ^That's more of It Runs In The Family.

    Speaking of, it probably needs a rename, but we're just spinning our wheels waiting for TRS to clear up.
  • November 29, 2012
    Robotech_Master
    In Once Upon A Time, Mary Margaret (Snow White), her daughter Emma, and Emma's son Henry all share a taste for cinnamon sprinkled on top of their hot chocolate. This helps to "prove" that they're all related even though Mary Margaret has no memory of it and Emma doesn't believe it.
  • November 29, 2012
    jatay3
    Ancient Romans were believers in this and it affected elections.
  • November 30, 2012
    Madrugada
    In the Nero Wolfe novella Before I Die, the client, Dazy Perrit, has a daughter, but he has kept her existence and identity a secret to protect her from his enemies. He hires Wolfe to, among other things, break her of a habit she has of shrugging just like her mother did, which he fears has, or will reveal her parentage.
  • November 30, 2012
    XFllo
    Literature
    • Jane Austen's Emma: Mr Woodhouse and his older daughter Isabella, Mrs John Knightley, are both of fragile constitution and very anxious, yet very kind-hearted. They are very particular about their (and everybody else's) health and they couldn't do without their family doctors. They also deeply love their family and they respect their old friends and acquaintances. Oh, and both Mr Woodhouse and both Mrs John Knightley are very fond of gruel.
    • In Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice, both Mr Bennet and his daughter Elizabeth love making fun of silly people. Lydia and to a lesser extent Kitty take after their mother: they are loud, silly and generally embarrassing.
    • Jane Austen's Sense And Sensibility: Mrs Dashwood and her younger daughter Marianne are both very romantic and have deep feelings (that especially Marianne exaggerates), to the point that's it rather self-harming.
      • Fanny Dashwood is envious, greedy and mean. Her mother, Mrs Ferrars, is even more so, yet they are both sure they are perfectly lovely. Quite the evil variant of the trope.
      • Mrs Jenniings and her daughter Charlotte behaviour would fall into this category as well. They both loved fun, however, it was sometimes very inappropriate.

    Film
    • Forrest Gump: At the end, both young Forrest and older Forrest bend their head in the exactly same way.

    I agree that It Runs In The Family is close, probably a sister trope, but it's written for examples covering the whole family.

    Also, I agree on what was said about In The Blood - definitely not the same thing.

    My opinion: definitely tropeworthy and useful and fun. When the description is finished, I'd be happy to hat tip this one.
  • November 30, 2012
    WaxingName
    ^I don't know what else to put in the description, though. I think it's good as is, though I'm open to contribution.
  • November 30, 2012
    SunnyV
  • December 1, 2012
    XFllo
    ^^ I added one more example (from Murdoch Mysteries) and slightly corrected those from Jane Austen (repeating words, typos etc.).

    About the description - you're right, it's fairly fine as it is now. I just included the comment because I saw the tag "description needs help". Maybe you could include compare&contrast with those tropes that appeared in the discussion.

    I also think it will be a good addition to sub-tropes of this super-trope -- Like Father Like Son. Worth-mentioning, no?

    And I'm giving this my hat :-)

  • December 19, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In the TV series Men In Trees an older man and a younger man who are friends realize that they are father-and-son when the younger one sneezes; they both sneeze in sevens.
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