->''"As far as I know, Peter Parker doesn't even have a mother; he was merely created spontaneously when Aunt May and Uncle Ben came down with nephewism, a common affliction in fictional characters."''
-->-- ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'', seemingly forgetting about Mary Parker

So [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan Bob's]] parents [[ParentalAbandonment aren't around]]. What happened to them? You tell me. What happens to Bob? [[ThickerThanWater He lives with his aunt/uncle, of course]]. Sometimes a cousin or two will be thrown into the mix. This trope usually occurs when a character's parents are ''completely'' absent (as in, not part of the story in any way), missing, secretly the BigBad, or established as dead.

If this trope happens in an adventure story, expect the aunt/uncle [[LockedOutOfTheLoop to be keeping secrets about the parents]], or who/what their niece/nephew [[TheReveal really is]]. Also, expect them to die fairly early on in the story to get the hero motivated.

It's an easy way to graft characters to an already-existing dramatic family, and have your old characters (and hence the viewers) be/get emotionally attached to them. The advantage for the writers might be that it's OK to be more distant from aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews than it is from parents and children. If it's a sitcom, expect the new addition to be a CousinOliver. If it's used in a soap-opera setting, expect the niece or nephew to be a TroubledButCute teen, who can stir things up without breaking any existing characterizations.

This trope can also be used in reverse, to apply to a person besieged with nieces and nephews in their life. In these cases it is often used to allow plots in which canonically single characters fulfill a parental role without significantly changing their character. Strangely enough, nephews in these situations often look and act like clones of their uncles, in defiance of everything we know about heredity.

The non-animated cousin of ChasteToons.

Not to be confused with {{Nepotism}}[[note]]Which comes from the Latin word that can mean "grandson", "nephew" or "descendant" and originally referred to the practice of Medieval Popes favoring their close relatives (including nephews) in their appointments.[[/note]].


* Froot Loops has a toucan and his three nephews as its mascots.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Majiru Itoshiki, a AdorablyPrecociousChild[=/=]MouthyKid is the nephew of the protagonist of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. Majiru was ''abandoned'' by his father and so decided to crash at his uncle's place.
* Aizawa Yuuichi, protagonist of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', starts the story by going to live with his aunt because his parents are leaving home for an extended period of time and would rather have him live with Akiko until graduation than be home by himself.
* In ''Manga/AishiteruzeBaby'', Yuzuyu, whom the protagonist Kippei is saddled with raising, is technically his ''cousin'', but given that her mother, Kippei's aunt, is basically the same age as his older ''sister'', it's more of this trope.
* ''Anime/TheLittlBits'', Lillibit lives with her uncle Dr. Snoozebit.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** Peter Parker has Aunt May and Uncle Ben; in almost all versions, they're his main role models for as long as he can remember.
** In the comics his parents turned out to have been ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} agents who were killed by the second ComicBook/RedSkull. In the Ultimate universe, they were geneticists killed when Eddie Brock Sr. experimented on himself with the anti-cancer Symbiote the Parkers and Brocks created, becoming the first Venom and crashing the plane they were on. The 1990's animated series had Peter Parker's parents being spies, who were actually not dead (as per the full effect of NeverSayDie that hit the show), but in Russia.
** The trope also kind of applies to Mary Jane Watson, who for the first two decades of her fictional existence only had her Aunt Anna as a relative. It was then revealed that her mother is dead and that she was very much estranged from her abusive father. (The 1987 wedding ceremony by the way was performed by MJ's Uncle Spencer.)
* Benjamin Grimm a.k.a. [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Thing]] was raised by his Uncle Jacob. It was often implied that he was also raised by Jacob's wife, Ben's Aunt Petunia, until a 1980s Creator/JohnByrne story revealed that Petunia was an attractive brunette, much younger than her husband, and about Ben's age.
* The only known relative of Hulk supporting character Rick Jones is his aunt.
* Due to ParentalNeglect, ComicBook/TheFlash Wally West considers his aunt Iris West and his uncle by marriage Barry Allen as his parents more than his biological ones.
* The [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Duck family]]: Scrooge [=McDuck=] is uncle to DonaldDuck, who is uncle to Huey, Dewey, & Louie. Not a parent among 'em. Scrooge's sister Hortense and husband Quackmore Duck are eventually revealed to be the parents of Donald and Della Duck, the mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie. They were first depicted long after the other characters were, and, in any case, are obscure enough to have made no appearances outside of Disney Comics.
** Huey, Dewey, and Louie are a particularly odd case in that, in their first appearance in 1938, they ''did'' have a mother, Dumbella, who was Donald's sister, and they were explicitly just visiting. They never left, and by 1942 Donald was shown onscreen listing them as dependents on his tax forms. Some German Donald Duck fans have even up with a theory that in Duckburg it is simply the done thing to have children raised by their uncles (or aunts) instead of their parents, and coined the technical term ''Veronkelung'' ("uncling") for it. It certainly [[ItRunsInTheFamily runs in the family]] -- although Scrooge's parents didn't die until he was an adult, Carl Barks, Keno Don Rosa, and ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' all depict Scrooge leaving Scotland for America at age 13, spending his teenage years being raised, employed, and trained by his own uncle!
** It's a trend -- Disney prefers nephews to children. MickeyMouse also has two nephews, Morty and Ferdy. Daisy Duck meanwhile has three nieces, named April, May, and June. {{Goofy}} has an InsufferableGenius nephew in the comics named Gilbert, although he is also the only actual parent; he has a son named Max. In the comics, Gyro Gearloose and Donald's cousin Fethry Duck also have nephews.
* Korky the Cat from ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' is often seen with his three nephews.
* One of the most-cited aversions, however, is from ''ComicBook/TheDandy's'' sister comic ''ComicBook/TheBeano'', where [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace's]] dog Gnasher is the ''father'' of his sidekick Gnipper.
* Desperate Dan from ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' lives with his Aunt Aggie. [[BlindMistake Colonel Blink]] from ''ComicBook/TheBeezer'' and Our Man from The Numskulls (also from ''ComicBook/TheBeezer'') also live with their aunts.
* Inverted by ''LittleDot'', who had such a severe case of Aunt/Uncleism that there was a long-running comic series ''dedicated'' to them.
* Subverted in ''Comicbook/ClanDestine''. Aspiring superheros Rory and Pandora Destine were raised by their Uncle Walter and grandmother Florence... who turn out to actually be their ([[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld much]]) older [[PromotionToParent siblings]] ''posing'' as their uncle and grandmother. Until Walter explained what was really going on, they sure looked like an instance of this trope...
* In the [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comics]] (and [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM the Saturday morning cartoon]], but the comics have had more opportunity to really explore it), Sir Charles Hedgehog is better known as Uncle Chuck, erstwhile guardian of Sonic the Hedgehog, famous inventor, and purveyor of the finest chili dogs on the planet Mobius. Early on in the comic it's just accepted as fact that Sonic's parents were casualties of Dr. Robotnik's enslavement program the same as everyone else's parents, and Chuck was for whatever reason the important relative. Later on it explains that Chuck is, in fact, the reason he has Nephewism in the first place; when he was forced to test his roboticizer on his gravely injured brother, he discovered that the machines his patients turned into had no will of their own (which made it rather unviable in its intended purpose of extending the lives of the injured and infirm). This sent him spiraling into depression and he abandoned the project, allowing Robotnik to swoop in and steal it for his takeover scheme.
* This occurs in ''ComicBook/WerewolfByNight'': [[spoiler:Jack's mother remarried her late husband's brother, meaning he is his children's stepfather as well as uncle.]]
* In ''Comicbook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' Fat Freddy's Cat has a trio of nephews he's raising.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Condorito}}'', Condorito has his Nephew named Coné. Coné was actually a DoorstopBaby but why he is called a Nephew is never known, they seem to live together, but in some instances is clear that Condorito lives alone. Also Yayita's nephew Yiyito. Yuyito's parents are never talked about.
* Played with in the Comicbook/MarvelOneHundredthAnniversarySpecial issue of ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': in this possible future, Rocket Raccoon is accompanied by his "nephews" Uno, Duo and Trey ... except they keep slipping up and calling him "Dad".
* Parodied in ''Svenska Serier'' (a Swedish comic anthology from the 80's and 90's) with Sven, an employed comic character whose schtick was that his employers/creators were constantly trying to make him more popular and marketable with anything they could think up. During a brief ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD''-themed story trying to use sex, violence and sci-fi to boost ratings, it was revealed that Sven literally had no genitals, only a metal seal with a tag labeled "prepared for nephews". (And later the same seal was broken through unspecified means, and three nephews started living in his house. None of which he even knew, since he didn't even have any siblings or family.)
* ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'': like Donal Duck, Gargamel has [[http://smurfs.wikia.com/wiki/Gargamel%27s_nephews_(characters) three similar looking nephews]]. They are not evil though.

* A really wonderful ''Series/VeronicaMars''[=/=]''Series/{{House}}'' crossover fic posited that Logan was House's nephew, and [[spoiler:he went to live with him after his dad was arrested for Lilly's murder]]. Canonically, [[spoiler:he became legally emancipated and started living in a hotel suite]].
** This is generally a popular trick in crossover fics, as the RelativelyFlimsyExcuse is often the only one that can explains why characters from two different canons should give a damn about one another.
* In ''Fanfic/IfThemsTheRules'', Franchise/{{Harry|Potter}} invokes this to [[PeggySue explain why]] [[RaiseHimRightThisTime he took Tom Riddle as his ward]]. He says that he is a distant uncle of Tom's to explain why a man barely out of his teens is raising a kid by himself.
* In ''FanFic/TheFifthAct'' [[PeggySue Cloud Strife]] poses as an uncle to the younger Cloud Strife of the timeline to explain away the name and the resemblance.
* In the second arc of the Fanfic/ElementalChessTrilogy, Roy and Riza are very startled to learn that one of their men [[spoiler:is the first cousin once removed of their late friend Maes Hughes. He grew up calling him "Uncle Maes," making him more of an HonoraryUncle, but it still fits.]]

* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Luke was raised by his [[AerithAndBob Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru Lars]] before they were killed by the Empire. Of course, when Darth Vader is your father, maybe it's for the better.
** Interestingly, the prequel movies reveal Owen to be Anakin's ''step''brother whom he only met as an adult (and for all we know, only once). Some early drafts/novelizations actually have Owen as Obi-wan's brother instead.
** Also [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Neither of the twins were placed with their mother's older sister since that would have been too obvious.
* The film version of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' doesn't even offer the books' token reference to Dorothy's parents.
* Orphaned Gillie Evans from ''Film/TigerBay'' lives with her aunt Mrs Phillips.
* ''Film/NowhereBoy'' is the RealLife story of Music/JohnLennon as a teenager living with his Aunt Mimi. Re-connecting with his mother and finding out what happened to his father are major plot threads in the movie.
* In ''RhymesForYoungGhouls'', Aila is raised by her uncle Burner since her mother committed suicide and her father was imprisoned.
* In ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'', Belinda was raised by her uncle after her mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbed]].
* Cantinflas in ''El Bolero de Raquel'' spent the entire movie taking care of his godson Chavita.
* ''Film/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' has the little ghost living with his trio of disruptive ghost uncles (albeit the prequel explains that they are not really his biological uncles but ghosts that end on his care for magical reasons).

* Dorothy in the ''Literature/LandOfOz'' series. One of the books does verify that her mother was Uncle Henry's sister; he makes the internal observation that his niece is "a dreamer, as her dead mother was".
* The ever-aunt-afflicted [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]] is an interesting example, because while his parents are established as dead, their deaths are ''never'' used as plot devices. Since this is a comedy series, they could just as easily have been written off as absent. This is exploited in FanFiction ''all the time''.
* Also Literature/MissMarple, who has nieces and nephews in plenty. She is even explicitly unmarried ("Miss").
* Bilbo Baggins in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' adopted his "nephew" Frodo (actually his first cousin once removed) at age 21. They used the terms "uncle" and "nephew" due to their 70-year age difference. Prior to this Frodo had been living with various other relatives; justified in that almost all Hobbits seem to be rather closely related.
** King Théoden adopts his nephew Éomer and niece Éowyn after their parents die. They live with their cousin Théodred until he also dies, and Éomer becomes heir to the throne.
** Likewise, Thorin Oakenshield from ''Literature/TheHobbit'' is the guardian of his nephews Fíli and Kíli, who are also his heirs since he doesn't have any children. Their mother is still alive, though.
* Eragon in ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is nominally the nephew of the couple he lives with. In practice, he's more the unpaid overworked abused servant with nowhere else to go than a family member. Dumbledore arranged for him to live there so he wouldn't learn about the whole "Boy Who Lived" thing until he could have some perspective - and because he needed Harry to live with a family member as part of a magical protection, and Petunia was the only candidate.
* Subverted in ''Literature/CodexAlera'', at first it seems like Tavi's aunt and uncle will play the role of the typical "Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen" and die early on to get Tavi's heroic journey started. Actually [[spoiler:They remain major characters and Tavi's aunt turns out to actually be his mother.]] It's worth noting that unlike most nephewism couples, Tavi's aunt and uncle are brother and sister, rather than husband and wife.
* Also subverted in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', in which [[spoiler:the man Lyra has been lead to believe is her uncle turns out to be her father]].
* Jupiter Jones in ''Literature/TheThreeInvestigators'' series lives with his aunt and uncle.
* A common plot in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' series was for the protagonist to be palmed off with an aunt and uncle while the parents made a flimsy excuse to disappear - usually just long enough for the protagonist to encounter the ghost/vampire/werewolf/mummy/whatever horror made up the subject of the book. The best (or worst) example is probably ''Werewolf Skin'', where Alex apparently has to live with his aunt and uncle indefinitely because he even starts going to the local school. And we never once hear where his parents are!
* Anthony Horowitz's ''Literature/AlexRider'' series, does this... ''twice''. First, when Alex's parents die, he gets sent to live with his Uncle, Ian Rider, and when ''he'' dies, he gets to live with Jack Starbright, who isn't actually family, subverting the trope, the second time.
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' employs this with Garion being raised by his "Aunt Polgara", in actuality, his [[spoiler:great-great-great-etc-aunt, sister to his royal ancestor some 3000 years ago]].
* The Finneys of Sharon Creech's novels ''Walk Two Moons'' and ''Absolutely Normal Chaos'' seem to take in cousins as necessary: in the latter book, Carl Ray is looking for a job, and in the former, Ben's mother is explicitly out of the picture due to [[spoiler:being in a mental institution]]. Where his father is in this isn't made clear.
* In ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', Edmund and Lucy are left to live with their aunt, uncle, and cousin Eustace while their parents and elder siblings are traveling.
** Prince Caspian was also raised by his uncle, Miraz, who'd secretly murdered his father to claim the crown. While Caspian's paternal grandfather had presumably died when Caspian's father became king, the absence of his mother or of his maternal grandparents is not explained.
* Tobias lives with various uncaring aunts and uncles for the first few ''Series/{{Animorphs}}'' books, until he gets [[ShapeshifterModelock stuck in hawk morph]].
* Tash and Zak Arranda in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. Their parents [[DoomedHometown died on Alderaan]], and they were taken in by their uncle-by-marriage, Hoole. While nothing secret is found out about their parents - [[FridgeLogic except that one or both could possibly have been Force Sensitive]] - Hoole starts out with tons of secrets and a refusal to let the kids get close. Eventually he thaws.
* In ''Dolphin Island'' by Arthur C. Clarke, the main character begins his adventure by stowing away on a transcontinental hovership that's made an emergency landing where his home is--this act made guilt-free by the conveniently uncaring (and immediately forgotten) aunt and uncle he lives with.
* In ''Literature/ParisInTheTwentiethCentury'', Michel lives with his aunt, his father's sister. So he is trapped with Monsieur Boutardin, who considers him a shame for his artistic qualities, like his father.
* Sebastian Verlac from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' was raised by his aunt Elodie after the death of his parents.
* Literature/JaneEyre lives with her maternal uncle's family. Sadly, her maternal uncle was the only one who really loved her, and he died so early that Jane [[OrphansOrdeal grew up bullied, abused, and constantly maligned.]] The Reeds constantly remind Jane that she is living on their charity.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** When Robert Baratheon fathered Edric Storm with Lady Delena Florent, he sent the boy to live with his younger brother Renly, who wasn't that mostly bothered about raising a kid while being a teenager himself, and had him surrendered by servants and maesters. [[spoiler: After Robert and Renly's death Edric lived with Stannis for a while, until Stannis' NumberTwo Davos saw fit to send him away [[HumanSacrifice for the boy's own sake]].]]
** If you buy into the [[EpilepticTrees most popular theory]] of [[spoiler: Jon Snow's parentage, Ned Stark raised his nephew, as Jon's parents are dead since the year he was born]].
* An exaggerated trope: in ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' Trisana Chandler's parents are alive, but they don't want her because of her [[BlessedWithSuck frightening and uncontrollable connection with the weather.]] She's been passed around from one relative to another, usually exploited as free labor before they get frightened of her, too, and shuffle her further along, until finally her parents decide to confine her in a Living Circle school. Tris can count the number of relatives that actually were kind to her on one hand.
* While Carla's mother is alive in ''Literature/TheRedAndTheRest'', she hasn't appeared at all in the story. Instead, her uncle/slash [[DisappearedDad surrogate father]] Mel tries to reign her in.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Jessica Fletcher from ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' has no children, but loads of nieces/nephews. Grady Fletcher is the only real repeater among them, but it's explained in more than one episode that he is actually her adopted son; after his parents died when he was very small, Jessica and her late husband Frank raised Grady essentially as their own.
* Used to the point of overdose in ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark?'' A large number of the protagonists were either living with aunts, uncles, and grandparents or visiting for the weekend, summer, holiday, etc. Used as a way for the kid to stumble into the episode's inherent weirdness without having people wonder why they had lived beside it for years and not noticed it before.
* Used at least twice on ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', first with Edie's nephew and then with Carlos and Gaby's niece.
* Jess is Luke's nephew on ''Series/GilmoreGirls''. His mother's inability and unwillingness to deal with him is the reason he was sent to Stars Hollow in the first place. His mother Liz does eventually show up in town, but it's quite obvious that he'd rather to keep their relationship at a distance. In fact, he states to Luke that the only reason he even showed up for her most recent wedding was for Luke's sake.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''. There were five regular Duke cousins (three originals, two temporary replacements). None of them were siblings. All of them mentioned being raised by "Uncle Jesse" with no sign of any of their parents around. What happened to Jesse's five brothers and/or their wives?
** The writing off of the replacement cousins introduced yet another sibling to Jesse as they leave Hazzard to go help an aunt who is also not a parent to any of the five, either.
** At least one set of parents (Luke's) were killed in a fire.
* ''Series/FamilyAffair''. Mom and Dad died, leaving Buffy, Jody and Cissy to be raised by Uncle Bill and his manservant, Mr. French.
* Cousin Pam on ''Series/TheCosbyShow''.
* Veronica on ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''. Her mother died and her father is a no-good con man. She is there to replace Carmen, who [[CreativeDifferences "went to college".]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Eleventh Doctor companion Amy Pond was raised by her aunt, saying that she "doesn't have a mum and dad." [[spoiler: This turns out to be a plot point - her parents were RetGone by the space-time anomaly in Amy's house. Though interestingly, even after they were brought back to reality, they [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome were never shown or mentioned again]] ]]
** Classic series companion Sarah Jane Smith was also raised by her aunt.
* ''Series/IronChef'': Chairman Kaga has at least one nephew and, depending on [[FanonDisContinuity what you]] [[CanonDiscontinuity consider canon]], may have two more.
* Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir, of course. He has a DisappearedDad, while his mom is alive and well in Philadelphia (and comes to visit occasionally); she just sent him to his aunt and uncle to keep him off the streets and out of trouble. His dad did show up, for one of the most emotional episodes of the series. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cwe6QJdru8 Here's the climax]].
* In ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'', Ryouga has been the adoptive parent figure to his niece Mai for most of her life, since her parents were killed when she was a baby.
** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' has Nossan living with his sister and young niece after his brother-in-law's death some time previously. WordOfGod states that the writer originally envisioned the character as an older man with a wife and daughter, but the executives said no so this trope came into play instead.
* Many PoliceProcedural episodes in which children's parents wind up murdered or jailed end with the tearful child being placed in the custody of an aunt or uncle.
* The American sitcom ''Bachelor Father'' (1957-62) was about bachelor attorney Bentley Gregg who raised his adolescent niece Kelly after her parents died in an automobile accident.
* Merlin's mother is still alive on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', but he lives with his uncle Gaius because of his growing magic and destiny in Camelot.
* ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' has a lot of its adult protagonists matching this trope: Stacy Jones is aunt to Matt and Dan, Schemer is uncle to Schemee, and Billy Twofeathers is uncle to Kit.
** JB King is also uncle to his bullying nephew Buster in the episode, "Bully for Mr. Conductor".
** Ginny Johnson mentions her nephew and his wife in the episode, "[[ThanksgivingEpisode Billy's Party]]".
* In 1982, ''Series/HappyDays'' added K.C. Cunningham, Howard's niece.
* Elena and her younger brother Jeremy from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' both live with their aunt Jenna. Their parents died in a tragic car accident relatively recently before the events of the show.
* ''Series/FullHouse'' has a mild example in that the girls' Uncle Jesse helps their father raise them after their mother dies. They also have family friend Joey as a father figure and occasionally call him Uncle Joey, even though he isn't blood-related.
* ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' : One of the few things we learned about Gage is that he was raised by an aunt for a time.
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'': Yui and Shiro Kanzaki are orphans, so Yui lives with their aunt. Shiro had been sent to live with relatives in America thirteen years prior to the start of the show [[spoiler:then was killed and replaced by his Mirror World counterpart.]]
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Nick was raised by his Aunt Marie after his parents died in a car accident. [[spoiler:Over the course of the first season Aunt Marie dies. This triggers Nick's Grimm Powers. A Wesen Nick encounters mentions an Grimm woman he was engaged to that left him to care for her Nephew after his parents were killed in a car accident. It is implied that the accident was actually a murder, because magical coins Nick's parents were protecting. Which leads to Nick looking into their deaths more. In the season finale, Nick finds out his Mother is alive.]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Late in the show's run, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Jon Snow, supposedly the bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark and raised by Eddard, is actually the trueborn son of Eddard's late sister with ''the Crown Prince'']]. The Newphewism was kept secret to protect the child from their family's enemies.
* Marilyn in ''Series/TheMunsters'', she's the teenage niece of Lily and Herman (daughter of Lily's sister) and granddaughter of Sam Dracula a.k.a. Grandpa. Born in Romania like the rest of the Family except Eddie (American by birth) and Herman (who was... well created, in Germany) is unknown for how long has she been living with her relatives, but the fact she uses the last name Munster (that can't be her original last name as she is not Herman's biological niece) seems to imply that she was officially adopted.
* Inverted in ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' were we have the opposite case; an uncle living with ''his niece''. In the original series Fester was Morticia's uncle (though in all other versions Fester is Gomez' brother).
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' has Popis, Doña Florinda’s [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Niece]] who at first spent a lot of time with her in Vecindad, but after Carlos Villagrán (who played Quico, Doña Florinda’s son) departure from the show she turns into a permanent resident (and Quico’s replacement). Also Malicha, the ReplacementScrappy after La Chilindrina left the show, is Don Ramon’s goddaughter and lives with him in Vecindad.
* ''Series/OdiseaBurbujas'' has Mimoso a mouse and godson of Patas Verdes (a toad), he’s also the TagalongKid.
* Jake in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' spent a lot of time with his Uncle Charlie, of course this due to his father’s parasitic living out of his brother, yet in the first seasons and before the general Fladerization that the characters suffered, Charlie had a very good relationship with Jake and was much more of a father figure to him than Alan himself.
* This is the cover story that Lyla, Nixie, Sirena, Mimmi and Ondina all use in ''Series/MakoMermaidsAnH2OAdventure'': they're staying with their beloved Aunt Rita for an undisclosed period of time. [[InvokedTrope It's a complete fabrication]]; they're only related to Rita in that they're all from the same mermaid pod (and even then, Mimmi was actually born into a different pod), but the younger mermaids needed ''some'' excuse to be in town, and daughters of the local high school principal suddenly showing up would have been too implausible.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Zipper Harris in ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', who matriculated to Walden College to fill the empty niche left by the graduation of his uncle, Zonker Harris.
* The title character of the strip ''Nancy'' lives with her aunt, Fritzi Ritz, who was actually the original title character of the strip.
* Prof. Cosmo Fishhawk, the lead character of ''ComicStrip/{{Shoe}}'', is shown raising his nephew Skyler, whose parents have never been mentioned.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Robin the Frog in ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is the nephew of Kermit the Frog. Robin's father was referenced only once on the show[[note]]Robin wanted to sing "They Call the Wind Maria," but Kermit was wanting him to sing "I'm Five"; when Robin refused, Kermit said "forget it", and Robin threatened to get an agent and a lawyer; Kermit trumped this by threatening to get his father[[/note]]; additionally, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' (in which he appears as a tadpole) established that his mother is Kermit's older sister. So he has parents, somewhere, but they're never seen.
* Andy and Randy Pig, nephews of Miss Piggy, in ''Series/MuppetsTonight''.
* Gobo hears regularly from Uncle Travelling Matt in ''Series/FraggleRock.'' Theirs is the only family relationship established between ''any'' Fraggles.
* In ''Series/LazyTown'', Stephanie's is staying with her uncle Milford Meanswell (who is a puppet while Stephanie is a live actress, oddly enough) for the summer. Her parents are never seen, and she seems to have moved in permanently as she has had many episodes taking place during non-summer seasons.

* In ''Theatre/CharleysAunt'', Mr. Spettigue has a niece, Amy, and a ward, Kitty. And of course, Dona Lucia has a nephew in Charley.
* Mame Dennis and her nephew, Patrick in ''Mame'', ''Literature/AuntieMame'', and ''Travels with my Aunt''. He's an orphan, so the cause of the nephewism isn't unknown, but Mame still has a case of it. [[spoiler: It's hinted that Mame is really Patrick's biological mother.]]
* In the stage musical ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'' (and the 1967 film adaptation), J.B. Biggley, the president of the World Wide Wicket ("WWW") Company, employs his nephew, Bud Frump, in the mailroom of the company. This is where the protagonist, J. Pierrepont Finch, is sent to work. Frump uses his relationship to Biggley as license to bully the others in the mailroom. [[spoiler:This is especially true regarding his treatment of Finch, whom he quickly realizes is a real go-getter whose drive for success may trump his nephewism.]] Just prior to the end of the play, [[spoiler:when WWW's chairman of the board, Wally Womper, threatens to fire everybody in the company -- including (''especially'') Biggley and Frump --]] Finch sings the show-stopper song "Brotherhood of Man" in an effort to change Womper's mind. (In the lead-in to the song, Finch tells Womper "we're all brothers," to which Biggley adds "some of us are uncles.") [[spoiler:Womper relents and retains everybody ''except Frump'', who vows revenge.]]
* A common trope in Shakespeare, especially in ''RomeoAndJuliet'' where family ties draw the line between the two opposing camps. To whit: Tybalt is Lady Capulet's nephew (specifically her brother's child) and Lord Montague addresses Benvolio the same way. Both are implied to have grown up alongside their respective protagonist (Juliet and Romeo, respectively).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ashley of ''VideoGame/AnotherCode'' gets raised by her aunt due to her dad's perpetual absence.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'''s main character (whose canonical name is Yu Narukami) gets sent to live with his uncle for the duration of the game because of his parents travels for their work.
** Likewise, Naoya of ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' (like ''Persona'', part of the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series) is the [[HelloInsertNameHere Hero's]] cousin, who was raised by his aunt and uncle (the Hero's parents) and treats the Hero like a younger brother.
* Sunny from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' calls her [[HasTwoMommies caretakers]] "uncle." Of course, anyone who's played the second game knows [[BoomHeadshot exactly what happened to her mother.]]
** Also Meryl, until we find out that [[spoiler:Campbell is actually her father, not her uncle.]]
* Emil from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''.
* Diddy Kong is Donkey Kong's nephew. Either he's adopted, or [[ArtisticLicenseBiology the sibling of a gorilla can have a monkey for a child]].
* Link, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', lives with his uncle. As it's eventually explained, they are all that remains of the bloodline of the Hylian Knights. The [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda manga]] gives a backstory to the absence of Link's parents.
* Dr. Neo Cortex's niece Nina Cortex from the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series. Parodied in ''Videogame/CrashTwinsanity'' when Neo first introduces her.
-->''My daught... err... NIECE!''
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has a minor example of this if the game is played using an imported save in which [[spoiler:Alistair]] was made king in the first game. He has a brief cameo alongside Bann Teagan, whom he introduces as "my uncle. Sort of." [[spoiler:They're not related - Teagan was actually the uncle of Alistair's deceased half-brother - but Teagan and his brother Eamon are the closest thing Alistair has to actual relatives and they helped to raise him.]]
** [[ThePaladin Cassandra]] [[ReligiousBruiser Pentaghast]] was raised by her father's brother Vestalus after her parents were executed for taking the wrong side in the second attempt to overthrow King Markus Pentaghast. She and her older brother Anthony were spared owing to the fact that they were children, and had nothing to do with the situation.

* Partial subversion in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' - in flashbacks, Agatha is being raised by her uncle, Barry Heterodyne, because her parents have disappeared, but by the time the story begins, Barry's gone missing too, and she's being raised by her foster parents Adam and Lilith Clay (better known as Punch and Judy, construct sidekicks of the Heterodyne Boys).
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' has the Vaeo family with Vince, his daughter Cypress, and his nephews/ her cousins, Nathaniel and Damien. It's been heavily implied so far that the [[NoodleIncident Vuelos Incedent]] killed off Cypress's mother and Nathaniel and Damien's real parents.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'', although not actually containing any examples of Nephewism, is the TropeNamer and provides the page quote.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Zuko was essentially raised by his uncle Iroh, as his father is the {{abusive|Parents}} BigBad and his mother is [[MissingMom mysteriously gone]]. Iroh took Zuko under his wing when a) his own son died in the war and b) Zuko's mom disappeared, having been banished long before the series started. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Eventually, Zuko considers Iroh to be]] [[ParentalSubstitute more like a father to him]] than his actual father ever was.
* WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget had his niece, Penny, living with him (and secretly solving his cases). The show's second season implies that both of Penny's parents are dead and the Gadget's her only living relative (or at least her ''closest'' living relative).
* In the older series, the Franchise/ScoobyDoo gang seems to spend more time visiting its various members' extended relatives than living with their real parents.
** Speaking of which, there is Scrappy-Doo. Although later on an episode was made to show Scrappy with his mother, Ruby Doo.
** Averted in WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated, where the parents are accounted for, although [[AdultsAreUseless they're not very helpful]], and [[spoiler: some of them (Fred's) are even revealed to be the bad guys.]]
* Up until TheReveal in the series finale, ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was a case of this, since all you knew for sure was that Arnold was living with his paternal grandparents. We never (canonically) found out the kid's last name for crying out loud!
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Skippy Squirrel]] does not appear to have any parents, and lives with his [[ScrewySquirrel Aunt Slappy]] According to Slappy's creator and voice actress, Skippy's folks are on sabbatical.
* WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr is the ''nephew'' of Franchise/JamesBond.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' has the eponymous grown Jackie living with [[NoNameGiven Uncle]], who is shown to have raised him. In the first episode, they are given care of Jackie's niece, Jade (technically his first cousin-once-removed), who, despite having living parents in Hong Kong, spends the rest of the series and after with her uncles. Jade's parents show up exactly once at the end of season two, where they wonder if Uncle is their Uncle as well.
* Popeye has four nephews that appear in several ''Popeye'' cartoons: Peepeye, Pupeye, Pipeye and Poopeye.
** The 1960 short "Popeye's Junior Headache" gave Olive Oyl a niece named Deezil.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'': Buck Tuddrussel tries to explain that Otto is his nephew to his ex wife who is of higher rank. She doesn't believe him, knowing that Larry had admitted to her that he was kidnapped/adopted.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' starts out with the well-established Kid Flash, who is TheFlash's nephew-by-marriage. When the team is formed, they add Miss Martian, the ComicBook/MartianManhunter's niece in this continuity. Later, ComicBook/GreenArrow brings ''his'' niece, Artemis, to the Team. (Which is when Robin lampshades it) PlayedWith because [[spoiler:Artemis isn't really Green Arrow's niece; she just doesn't want the Team to know who her real family is]].
** [[{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] is also being raised by his "[[MuggleFosterParents Uncle Dudley]]," though WordOfGod says that he's really just an HonoraryUncle. For that matter, we could throw in Red Arrow and Guardian, who only think they're nephew and uncle: they're actually [[spoiler:both clones of the original Roy Harper]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KingLeonardoAndHisShortSubjects'': King Leonardo has his twin nephews, Duke and Earl.
* Wonderheart Bear on ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' lives with her uncle Tenderheart. No parents are ever mentioned.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsAdventureInWonderland'', the pretext for getting the Care-a-Lot crew involved with the plot is that Swift Heart Rabbit is the niece of Wonderland's White Rabbit.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' has Ajax, Charles, and Mambo's Aunt Bernice [[spoiler:and later, their Aunt Beverly]] stay with the family as a maternal figure.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Princess Cadance and Prince Blueblood are apparently Princesses Celestia and Luna's niece and nephew, respectively. How this works out, since Celestia and Luna are both [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld well over 1,000 years old]], is never explained.
** Most fans just say that Cadance is adopted (the canon side-story ''TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'' states that Cadance was an orphan found by some village-folk). The season three finale supports that, as it shows that regular ponies can ''become'' princesses without having to be related to the existing royalty.
** In Blueblood's case, most fans claimed that he is indeed a nephew of either Celestia or Luna, but he's so far descended from them that it's easier to just forget all the "great-great-great..." and just call him "nephew". As of "Hearth's Warming Eve" and the revelation that there was a unicorn kingdom in place that preceded Celestia and Luna's rule, it's possible that he's a prince because he's a descendant of ''that'' line, which isn't related to Celestia and Luna at all.
*** In "The Ticket Master," Rarity explicitly states that she hopes to meet Celestia's nephew at the Grand Galloping Gala. It does leave open the great-great-great... possibility, but sets them more solidly as relatives.
*** Some fans have speculated that Blueblood is actually Luna's son.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': The Pine twins' summer caretaker is their great-uncle, Stanley Pines (aka "Grunkle Stan"). Dipper and Mabel's parents are sometimes mentioned, but as Dipper explains in a voiceover in the pilot episode, their parents sent them to stay with Grunkle Stan for the summer so they could get some "fresh air."
* Huey, Dewey and Louie more or less created this trope. In the cartoons, when they're not living with their [[WesternAnimation/QuackPack Uncle Donald]], they're living with their [[WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}} Great-Uncle Scrooge]].
** It gets more complicated. Scrooge is also Donald's uncle, so he's experienced nephewism at least twice over.
** The old Donald Duck short which first introduced the triplets explained that they are the sons of Donald's sister. She has never appeared in any Disney media, and has never even been mentioned outside of that short.
* Early Disney shorts and media assigned a pair of nephews to MickeyMouse. Morty and Ferdy's parents are never mentioned. They appear in some children's books, but otherwise nowadays seem to have vanished from existence.
* Sarah and James from ''WesternAnimation/FiremanSam'' were this for the first five seasons, with Sam himself being their only known relative. In season six, their parents, Charlie and Bronwyn, were introduced.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon plays with this trope by inflicting nephewism on Lydia's parents. Thing is, they don't actually ''have'' a nephew - it's Beetlejuice, pretending to be Lydia's "cousin B.J." so he can be part of family events. Charles and Delia both seem kind of confused by this, but never actually question the matter; they apparently each assume that B.J. is the other's nephew.
* ''WesternAnimation/ElChavoAnimado'', Popis is Doña Florinda’s niece and seems to live permanently in La Vecindad (her character was upgraded from the original live-action series as La Chilindrina was unable to appear due to the fact that the actress who played her, María Antonieta de las Nieves, holds the copyright).
* Played for a one-off gag in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Stanley Squarepants." Mr. Krabs reveals he has three nephews who solve mysteries, whom he tells to go solve the mystery of [[NepotIsm why they didn't get hired at the Krusty Krab]].
* Gargamel takes care of his niece Denisa in several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''. Unlike her uncle, Denisa is actually a nice good-hearted girl, for his uncle's annoyance.
* Mixadel from ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' appears to live with his cousin and uncle, with his parents never mentioned and his uncle treating him like a second son more than a nephew.
* The eponymous ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' live under the care of his ghost uncles in some continuities. Wendy the [[CuteWitch Friendly Witch]] also lives with her not friendly witch aunts.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Many medieval [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Popes]] had 'nephews' to whom they were close. The thing was, as often as not, said 'nephews' were the pope's unrecognized illegitimate children. Innocent VIII was the first to actually recognize his bastard children. This is where the term ''{{nepotism}}'' comes from, since Popes frequently appointed their nephews (both actual nephews and "nephews") to high-ranking Church positions, even when said nephews were clearly unqualified, and ''nepos'' is Latin for "nephew".
* Most real life custody arrangements do have either grandparents or aunts/uncles assuming custody if the parents die, followed in likelihood by unrelated godparents, whose express purpose is to raise the godchild in the event of the death or incapacity of the child's parents.
* This trope may have started just after the deadly influenza epidemic of 1918. A LOT of bachelor aunts and uncles suddenly found themselves having to care for their nieces and nephews.
* In some matrilineal cultures, the mother's (eldest) brother plays a much bigger part in the raising of a child than the father. This concept is known as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avunculate "Avunculate"]]. Some theorize that this may have roots in evolutionary biology; since a father can never be 100% certain his children are truly his, it makes sense for him to also invest in the children of his sister since they are guaranteed to share some of his DNA through his sister.