''The hero is in dire straits, on the ropes from the GiantMook's relentless attack, when who should come and save him but... his mom?''

Heroes are a lonely lot. Whether a SuperHero, [[PsychicPowers psychic]], the LastOfHisKind, or an IgnoredExpert fighting uphill for the sake of the ungrateful masses, heroing is a solitary and unpopular path that separates one from all other {{Muggles}} and [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies even loved ones]]. His own family can come to reject the hero, [[WellDoneSonGuy denying their approval]] or outright [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer scorning him as a freak]], it's not like their career choice is following the ancient family legacy. Or is it?

Despite growing up with an otherwise [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent mundane childhood]] with nary an inkling of the extraordinary, our hero jumps into the thick of things and becomes a hero, or is a WeirdnessMagnet and thrust into adventures he can barely fathom. A ways through the series, they'll find out that they're actually heirs to a SecretLegacy of heroism. Maybe it's an old ally of their parents, the parents themselves ([[LineageComesFromTheFather though a lot of the time, the legacy is from the father's side)]], or discovering a hidden cache of artifacts and weapons that belonged to his parents. In any case, characters who have a Secret Legacy are heirs to a [[LegacyCharacter family tradition]] of unusual and heroic proportions. Crime fighting, [[AdventurerArchaeologist archaeological adventure]], and super heroing are just some examples. Maybe it's [[LamarckWasRight "Genetic"]] or InTheBlood, but more often than not it's adventure that finds them, or simple common nature with the parents that leads to the hero picking up his birthright.

For whatever reasons, the hero's real or MuggleFosterParents chose [[PoorCommunicationKills not to tell him]] of their real job or former adventuring and keep him LockedOutOfTheLoop. Some reasons could be to forget the past, to protect him from their enemies, to raise him in a "normal" environment, [[TurnOutLikeHisFather to prevent his repeating the folly of dead relatives]], or [[ParentalAbandonment because they died]]. Whatever the specifics, from the point they reveal their Secret Legacy onwards they'll serve as mentors and occasional backup. A Secret Legacy can be used to add depth to a character's background, for cheap laughs, or to give them [[SuperFamilyTeam a support network capable of helping fight bigger threats]]. Occasionally, both sides will be in a double blind situation where neither knows what the other is up to.

Note, this can happen with the Villain's kids too. This can result in a LivingWithTheVillain situation if the kids get recruited to the other side before the parents tell the kid what's going on. Occasionally the parents won't know about their child's ''[[SuperHero real]]'' job outside the BurgerFool thanks to a SecretIdentity, so you have a double blind situation which at least justifies why they made him struggle alone with his powers and adventures, forcing him to [[FigureItOutYourself figure it out himself]].

Compare RagsToRoyalty and ReallyRoyaltyReveal, when the legacy is monarchy. May be passed on as an UnexpectedInheritance. See also HiddenBackupPrince.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Urahara reveals during the Shattered Shaft training that Ichigo has hereditary Shinigami power. Early in the Arrancar Arc, his father is confirmed to be the Shinigami parent. Later on, Ichigo finds out he has Fullbring power, implying his mother must have been [[TheCorruption attacked by a hollow]] before Ichigo was born. [[spoiler:Masaki was a Quincy victim of Aizen's Hollowfication experiments, passing on both Hollow and Quincy power to Ichigo. Her partial Hollowfication lead to her death at the hands of [[TheEmperor the Quincy Emperor]], the Final Arc's BigBad.]]
** Uryuu's always known about his Quincy heritage, but his family hides even deeper secrets than the Kurosakis. Uryuu had no idea his father Ryuuken still possessed active Quincy power until Ryuuken chose to reveal it. Ryuuken is implied to be protecting Uryuu's life by limiting his exposure to Quincy lore. [[spoiler:Uryuu's mother was killed by TheEmperor in the same attack that killed Masaki. Uryuu would have also died in that same purge, if not for a mysterious power that he doesn't know he possesses. A power the Emperor is determined to get his hands on...]]
* In ''GateKeepers'', Shun eventually learns that the reason his supposedly neglectful father was hardly ever home was because he was a Gate Keeper, too.
* The manga ''InitialD''. A character is left in the dust of an old Corolla, something he is understandably annoyed about, as he is riding an RX-7. He rides to a nearby gas station the next day to see if they know about the rust bucket, where the manager of said station implies that the only car fitting that description belongs to the main character's father, a local racing legend back in the day. The main character, however, couldn't care less about this bit of information (or about anything else at the beginning of the series.)
* The main character of ''{{Naruto}}'' is eventually revealed to be part of a line of people linked both by blood and {{mentor}} ship who have been the leaders of the village since its foundation.
** That's on his father's side, on his mother's side we have all [[spoiler:the jinchuuriki of the Kyuubi.]]
** [[spoiler:His mother's side is also distantly related to the first two Hokages and the first Kyuubi jinchuuriki, as she is an Uzumaki who married the First Hokage.]]
*** That's nothing, [[spoiler:on his mother's side, he's descended from the [[WorldsStrongestMan Rikudou]] [[PhysicalGod Sennin]].]]
** [[spoiler:To top it off, Naruto is the latest in a long line of reincarnations of the Rikudou Sennin's younger son -- the reincarnation of the older son of his generation being Sasuke. As if that weren't enough, it turns that their previous incarnations were Hashirama Senju and Madara Uchiha respectively, meaning that Naruto is technically the reincarnation of the ''First Hokage''.]]
* In ''OnePiece'', the people with "D" in their name are said to have "The Will of D." They all seem to share similar characteristics (being {{Big Eater}}s, having their own sense of justice which they doggedly pursue no matter who is in their way, and smiling at their deaths) and their actions tend to have far-reaching consequences (Luffy's being most apparent in his various adventures, but others such as Jaguar D. Saul saving Nico Robin who is now the only person who can read poneglyphs and seeks to discover the mystery of the [[AncientConspiracy Lost One Hundred Years]] have cropped up), not to mention Gol D. Roger, the Pirate King, who turned the world upside-down with his legendary feat of reaching the end of the Grand Line and his proceeding actions that led to the start of the Golden Age of Piracy.
** This legacy is so secret that not even those who carry it know what it means. Luffy and Saul don't even get the reference when asked about the D. This makes Roger notable as the only D (thus far) who actually knew what it meant.
** The only exception to this legacy is Marshall D. Teach, who's shown to beg for his life if it is in the slightest of danger. [[spoiler:This leads Whitebeard to conclude that "the man Roger is waiting for" is not him, insinuating that despite having the initial, Teach is not a true inheritor of the Will of D.]]
* ''MagicKaito'' is about the main character finding out about his father's secret identity and taking up the mantle. In aversion of the normal plot, the reason this was kept from him isn't any of the usual reasons, it's that the identity is that of a gentleman-thief, and so everyone keeps it a secret. His mother even knows, and is completely accepting of him taking up his father's mantle, even though it eventually got his father killed. He even has the rest of his father's support network working with him and some of them don't even know it's a different person now. Further complicating it, his best friend and love interest hate his secret identity, and her father is the police chief in charge of catching him.
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[[folder:Ballads]]
* In ''Literature/FauseFoodrage'', Wise William breaks the news to the boy he's raising when the boy is seventeen: points out a castle and tells him he's the rightful heir, because the man in possession killed his father and is keeping his mother a prisoner.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Marvel's ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' series embodies this trope pretty well.
* [[Comicbook/{{Spider-Girl}} May "Mayday" Parker]] in the [[MarvelComics2 MC2]] continuity fits this perfectly.
* Jacob and Miller find out that their mother was the world's greatest supervillain in ''Comicbook/NecessaryEvil''.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': In the earliest version of the story, Clark knew that the Kents had found him in a rocket ship, but had no idea where the ship came from, nor any inkling of the heroic legacy of his father, the original Jor-El. During the SilverAge, Kal-El came to Earth as a toddler and had total recall of his days on Krypton. In the Christopher Reeve movies, the Timm/Dini animated series, ''{{Smallville}}'', and the PostCrisis {{Ret Con}}s, he didn't even know about the ''space ship'' until his powers developed to the point where his adopted parents couldn't just dismiss them any more.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'', Wesley's father was The Killer, a member of the Fraternity, a worldwide group of Supervillains. As expected Wesley has no idea about this, since his father left him and his mother while he was still young. It is revealed to him after his father is killed that his father left everything he has to him, on the condition that he takes up the mantle of The Killer.
* ''SpiderMan'': Peter Parker's real parents were actually special operatives, which is why his camera was automated.
* William Warlock from ''IHuntMonsters'' finds out about his just as the monsters he's supposed to keep sealed break out from their prison.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}''. Mark Grayson knew all his life that his father was an alien superhero and Mark would probably inherit his powers. However, Mark didn't find out [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler until he began his own superhero career]] that his father was a ''scout for a race of conquering alien Nazis''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Creator/GeorgeLucas likes to use this for some reason.
** Indiana Jones and his father Henry Jones in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''
** Indiana Jones and his son Henry "Mutt" Williams in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''
** ''Franchise/StarWars'' plays this trope straight and subsequently subverts it in that Luke's father is Darth Vader and {{lampshade}}s it by having Yoda's last words being to tell Luke he has a sister.
* In ''Film/{{Wanted}}'', the protagonist Wesley is told that his father (who left his mother the first week after his birth) was actually an assassin and was killed by an evil man named Cross. Wesley endures harsh training to kill Cross, but Cross unexpectedly saves his life. That doesn't stop Wesley from [[spoiler:shooting him, and the dying Cross explains that ''he'' is actually Wesley's father, and the assassins he's been mingling with are the ''real'' bad guys, and they ordered Wesley to kill Cross only because they knew Cross would never shoot his own son. Being the hero sucks!]]
* The second two ''OceansEleven'' movies use this with Linus Caldwell's parents. In ''Twelve'', his mother appears as a police officer, takes over the investigation of his crime, [[PerpSweating breaks him]] in the interrogation room, and we are treated to a stunning reveal in the cars on the way out of the station. In ''Thirteen'', his father turns up and pulls a very similar stunt. In both cases, the twist works only because we don't know who these police officers are and they are introduced as if their credentials are valid.
** In the second film, Isabel's father was a thief who taught her everything he knew. She later becomes a cop and starts using that knowledge to catch thieves, including the famous Gaspar [=LeMarque=]. In the end, she finds out that [=LeMarque=] is her father.
** A blink-and-you'll miss it moment in ''Thirteen'' gives away Linus's father's identity. As Linus is being arrested by him in his day job as an FBI agent, Abigail calls him "Agent Caldwell". Before that, they take great pains not to mention his name, even when he picks up his office phone.
* In ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'', Evelyn is a quiet librarian who claims her mother was an Egyptian. She mostly plays the role of a damsel in the first movie. In the sequel, she gets [[TookALevelInBadass upgraded]] to an ActionGirl, which is revealed to be due to her being the reincarnation of an Ancient Egyptian princess. Given her heritage, it can be assumed she is descended from the princess. Also, her husband is actually descended from a Medjai tribe.
* Estelly Getty's eponymous character in ''Film/StopOrMyMomWillShoot'', as if the cover wasn't clear indication.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/GreystoneValley'', Sarah's ability to read Kay's spellbook and wield magic of her own is eventually explained as [[spoiler: something she got from her mom, who is the original Emerald Enchantress]].
* Jim Butcher's ''Proven Guilty'' of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Charity Carpenter doesn't tell her oldest daughter Molly [[spoiler: that she once had potential to be a wizard but chose not to use it]] even after Molly is almost executed for misuse of her power. When she finds out, Molly even cites the parable of the talents, a story from the Bible whose {{Aesop}} is "make the best use of what you're given."
** [[spoiler: Harry]] invokes this for his daughter.
** To some not-yet-fully-explained extent, Margaret [=LeFay=] [[spoiler:[=McCoy=]]] Dresden.
** As Harry figured out, to be eligible to be a Knight of the Cross, one has to be the descendant of royalty. Since most people don't know whether they are partially royalty, Knights of the Cross are this.
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', Tavi has the dubious distinction of being the [[TheCallPutMeOnHold one and only normal guy]] in a world where ''everyone'' has ElementalPowers. He proceeds to save the world repeatedly anyway through a combination of {{badass}}itude, [[GuileHero intelligence]], and leadership skills. It turns out that in this last especially, [[spoiler:he, Gaius Oc''tavi''an takes after his dad, Gaius Septimus. The reason Tavi is a BadassNormal is that his mother, masquerading as his aunt, stunted his growth and magic to hide him, knowing that as the heir to the throne he'd be a huge target to the same people who went after his father. And eventually he starts to display the [[PersonOfMassDestruction other traits]] he inherited...]]
* In Karen Chance's ''[[CassandraPalmer Hunt the Moon]]'', Cassandra Palmer finds out that the reason the power of the Pythia transferred to her after the reigning Pythia died is because [[spoiler:her mother is Artemis, the goddess of death]], and the other candidates, despite being well-trained (and under the mages' control--while Cassie had no training whatsoever) stood no chance because of that.
* Subverted in John Barnes's ''Literature/OneForTheMorningGlory''. Calliope learned, very young, that she was the only daughter of a king to be smuggled to safety after her father's throne was usurped. Not that that doesn't lead to complications on its own.
* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', the children are kept ignorant of their own legacy with systemic LaserGuidedAmnesia and {{Restraining Bolt}}s. They learn in due course that they are [[spoiler: being held hostage]].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', where should we start? Gendry, Arya's companion in early books [[spoiler: is King Robert's bastard]].
** Young Griff hasn't any Tyroshi mother and blue hair as well, [[spoiler: he dyes his hair to hide his natural silver-blond hair beacause he's Aegon IV Targaryen...or maybe not.]]
** Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen are not so royal blood [[spoiler: they are Lannister from both parents side as a product of {{Twincest}} of the queen and her brother.]]
** In the "Bael the Bard" song, the Lord Stark grandson of Brandon the Daughterless had no idea that Bael the Bard was his father and kills him.
** If certain fan theories are correct, there's also [[spoiler: Jon Snow]]'s lineage.
* The Marin family in ''Literature/{{Tranquilium}}'' is [[MindScrew somehow connected to]] [[spoiler: the metaphysical management of the titular AlternateDimension]]. The main character of the book is one Gleb Marin, who didn't know.
* The entire Royal line of [[HeraldsOfValdemar Valdemar]] is secretly descended from Vanyel, the Last Herald-Mage, through a bargain struck to preserve the continuity of the Monarchy during a time of major political upheaval. This is crucial to the plot, as his descendant, Princess Elspeth, takes up the mantle of being Valdemar's first new Herald-Mage six hundred years later. She subsequently meets up with yet another descendant of Vanyel, Firesong K'Treva of the Tayledras -- in fact, he's the one who tells her, as the Hawkbrothers were the only ones Vanyel entrusted with the knowledge outside of the inner Royal circle.
* In the ''Army of the Sun'' trilogy, the main character is an orphan whose mother told him that he was born from a one-night stand with a crewman on a spaceship. In the third novel, he finds out that he is the direct descendant of [[spoiler:the last human emperor, thus being the only human with the genetic key to the Solar System]].
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko and Creator/NickPerumov's ''Literature/WrongTimeForTheDragons'', Victor is an ordinary man from our world ends up in the Middle World, which is located between the world of magic (Trueborn World) and our non-magical world (Outworld). He is destined to become the next Dragonslayer, tasked with defending the Middle World from invasion of the Winged Lords of the Trueborn World (i.e. dragons). He is being hunted by the previous Dragonslayer who now believes that it is necessary for a Dragon to survive. In the end, Victor has a vision that reveals that his strange grandmother is actually from the Middle World and was banished by the Dragonslayer after being raped by him (ItMakesSenseInContext), making him the guy's grandson.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Salome learned that she was born to the royal family and her sister was queen.
-->''He had told me who I was, of the curse and my heritage. I have returned to take that to which I have as much right as you. Now it is mine by right of possession''
* In the backstory of ''TheLordOfTheRings'', Aragorn is raised in Rivendell as 'Estel' and not told of his lineage and destiny until he is twenty-one. This is to protect him from his allies and allow him a normal childhood (as normal as a Man raised by Elves can have).
* In Creator/RudyardKipling's "Literature/TheThreeDecker", he tweaks the use of this trope for both heroes and heroes in the Victorian three-volume novel.
* In WenSpencer's ''{{Literature/Tinker}}'', Tinker and her cousin Oilcan learn a secret about their ancestry.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/RavenorVsEisenhorn novel ''Pariah'', Beta learns, late in the novel, that she is [[spoiler:not quite a clone of another Alizabeta Bequin -- making her name a MeaningfulName]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Sydney Bristow on ''Series/{{Alias}}'', like, whoa. First it's the discovery that her mild-mannered father ''didn't'' sell airplane parts, but was rather one of the scariest double-agents in CIA and SD-6. And then it's the discovery that her mother was a double- no, triple- no, make that quadruple -- okay, at this point, we have no idea WHO Irina was working for -- agent up to her eyeballs in Rambaldi.
** Never mind her sister, Nadia, as well as the other two Derevko sisters. Man, JJ was really shooting for LamarckWasRight with these ladies, wasn't he?
* In ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', Red Ranger Nick knows prior to season start that [[spoiler:he's adopted]], but doesn't learn until episode 23 of 32 that [[spoiler:his biological mother is his team's White Ranger and mentor, and his father was the leader of the previous group of warriors 20 years ago, who fell to enemy forces and was brainwashed]]. This is obviously a slight change to the formula, as he knew the two were super-powered beforehand. He just didn't know [[spoiler:he was related to them]].
* Gendry in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is a apparently a low-born apprentice blacksmith, but actually [[spoiler: King Robert's bastard son.]]
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Angela Petrelli is introduced as a bored society matron shoplifting socks as a cry for attention/attempt to liven up her day. She's since been revealed to be a superpowered human who gave her son his first power, one of the founders of the Company, and an all round [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]].
* In ''{{Chuck}}'', Papa Bartowski turns out to be the mysterious Orion, the creator of the Intersect that got his son into the spy business in the first place. [[spoiler: And it looks like Mama Bartowski is in the espionage business as well.]]
* Eddie in ''MockingbirdLane'' gets as far as his preteen years without ever knowing [[spoiler:he's a werewolf]]. His parents go to rather extreme lengths to hide [[spoiler:his own bloodthirsty full-moon rampages]] from him.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam and Dean are raised to be hunters by their father but there's no indication that the three are anything more than a family of ordinary people thrust into the lifestyle by bad circumstances. Later we learn that [[spoiler: their mother was descended from a line of hunters and was a hunter herself]]. Much later we learn that [[spoiler: their grandfather was a hereditary member of a secret society of supernatural [[InformationBroker information brokers]]]].
* In ''{{Tracker}}'', Mel spends most of the series thinking she's an ordinary human who just happened to run into the alien Cole after he landed, only to find out near the end that she's part of an ancient hybrid bloodline devoted to guarding a DoomsdayDevice from the bad guys.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* As it turns out, most of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'''s player party can claim this. We know Lenna is a princess from the start. Then we learn that Faris is her sister, making ''her'' a princess. When Galuf gets his memory back he's a King, and his granddaughter's a princess. And Bartz, RidiculouslyAverageGuy who got involved in this completely by chance, is actually the son of one of the original heroes who sealed Exdeath in the first place.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', protagonist Tidus knows he's following on his father's footsteps as a star Blitzball player. What he ''doesn't'' know, not until he's thrown into Yuna's service as a volunteer Guardian, is that [[spoiler: Jecht was the Guardian of Braska, Yuna's father.]]
** Or that [[spoiler:the Jecht ''is'' the Final Aeon.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', [[spoiler: Raz is saved before the very final boss by his father. Despite Raz's belief that his father was [[FantasticRacism prejudiced against psychics]], his father was in fact a psychic himself, and had actually been trying to help Raz control his powers more effectively all along. He even gives Raz the [[EleventhHourSuperpower psychic boost he needs to defeat the final boss.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fable|I}}'', the player characters mother - Scarlet Rose, was a powerful hero, who was an Arena Champion and a Balvarine Hunter. When we finally meet her however...she's not.
* ''AceAttorney'' example: [[spoiler: Both Apollo's bracelet and lie-detecting abilities were handed down to him from his mother Thalassa Gramarye, a talented (stage) magician. However, while the viewer finds this out at the end of the game Phoenix and Thalassa decide they will tell him when he's ready and we never see his reaction to this rather important piece of news.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' {{DLC}} "Legacy", Hawke and (possibly) their siblings discover their father Malcolm's SecretLegacy. Turns out Malcolm was a ''very'' powerful mage, who helped the Grey Wardens reinforce the seals of a prison containing a particularly powerful, Ancient Darkspawn.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', any of the three wife heroines the protaginist marries will turn out to be a descendant of the Zenithian, winged humans who once lived in the sky, and is destinated to give a birth to the legendary hero. Note that this only happens to the girl you marry with. Bianca (DS) once lampshades as a joke that her life wouldn't be have been so suck if she didn't marry TheHero.
* In ''VideoGame/NancyDrew: The Silent Spy'', Nancy finds out that her mother was not just a reporter but also a spy, and that's what got her killed.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''{{Megatokyo}}'' has the Sonoda family. Meimi, the mother, has been shown to have been a MagicalGirl many years ago, but has given up that life to raise a "normal" family. Her daughter Yuki [[PubertySuperpower starts manifesting abilities]], culminating in disaster when she falls from a [[IHaveTheHighGround telephone pole]]. Embarrassed, Yuki only discusses actual events with the unfortunate victim. When her mother overhears, Yuki covers by saying they were discussing an {{anime}}. The next two strips feature [[SecretLegacy Meimi]] wondering about [[LampshadeHanging the silliness]] of MagicalGirl [[GenreSavvy shows]]
** Yuki's father is in on the secret, too; unfortunately, having an ex-Magical Girl and a Magical Girl-to-be in the family meant his Magical Girl Detector alarm kept on bugging him, which meant he had to keep it switched off, which meant that when Yuki's powers actually ''did'' [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1107 manifest]], Inspecter Sonoda was a little unprepared...
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is all this, with Agatha initially not knowing she's a child of an incredibly well-known hero and his less-well-known-as-the-ultimate-evil wife, or that her adoptive "parents" were also a well-known pair of heroes.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' inverts this somewhat: Antimony knew of (some of) her mum's powers all along; instead, it was her mum's position in the Court -- and [[GenerationXerox her relationships with the older members of Annie's circle]] -- that surprised her. The full reveal of her mother's heritage (part fire-elemental) and its relevance to her death is also a surprise to her.
* ''DrowTales'' has Ariel being the daughter of [[spoiler:Mel'arnach and the Aware, Zhor, not Quain'tana, who is really her grandmother]], which explains her high sorcery and wind affinity. [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] then uses her high sorcery to rescue Ariel and teaches her a few new tricks, including how to change the color of her hair. Until Chapter 32 she did know her true heritage, [[spoiler:and even when she found out she refused to accept it]].
* In ''ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/ISSUE07Pages/ib154.html Dara's manifestly odd upbringing is nevertheless trumped by her]] legacy. [[spoiler:She, like Roan, is part Ancient.]]
* In ''DragonMango'', [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter03/dm03-36.htm two stories are told of the missing princess: that she was smuggled away, and that she was kidnapped.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', we're introduced to [[NewMeat Daryl Smithson]], an aspiring [[LightEmUp Pacificator of Light]]. Oh, much later we find out that she's actually [[LegacyCharacter the granddaughter of a very famous Pacificator of Light]], and that she've inherited [[PassingTheTorch her grandmother's staff]]. However, the trope still plays in that while Daryl's grandmother ''had'' taught Daryl a few tricks, she still kept many secrets from her granddaughter...
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the WhateleyUniverse, up until Billie Wilson got her superpowers, she had no idea that her parents were superpowered mutants who work for the C.I.A. Or that her annoyingly-perfect older brother was a superpowered mutant with a low-level Paragon power. Or that her incredibly annoying kid inventor younger brother was ''also'' a mutant. Okay, her brothers were also clueless on this until she manifested and became Tennyo. (On the other hand, Jadis Diabolik has known about her father since she was old enough to keep a secret, because he is one of the most wanted supervillains on the planet.)
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'': Ben discovers long after receiving his ImportedAlienPhlebotinum that his grandfather is a former [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]]-esque alien hunter who MissedTheCall.
* ''KimPossible'''s Nana was resented by Kim, primarily for criticizing her clothes as too revealing and saying her world saving was just a phase, and that she'd grow out of it. What Kim's father never told her, but Dr. Drakken somehow knew, was that in TheSixties Nana studied with the Shaolin monks, was a top-rated aviatrix, and was the first woman to pass the Navy's underwater demolitions training course. He then uses a mind-controlling hearing aid to force Nana to fight Kim, a fight Nana ''wins''.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'': Jake and Eddie were fully aware of their fathers' legacies. Messrs Kong and Spenser, Sr. were more than ready and willing to pass the torch (or, in this case, the Dematerializer).
* An episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' reveals that ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' hero, Terry [=McGinnis=] is actually [[spoiler: the genetic son of Bruce Wayne as part of a secret experiment by a government group to create a new Batman. Basically, they gave Warren [=McGinnis=] an injection that replaced his reproductive material (and thus DNA) with Bruce Wayne's. Then again, it's rather a subversion: the program was called off before the defining moment of Bruce's life could be recreated. Terry ended up becoming Batman all on his own, mostly through coincidence, wholly independent of his genetic heritage.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', Teela has this. She struggles to understand why she's called upon by Castle Greyskull to replace the Sorceress when the Sorceress goes missing. She has no idea that the reason is because she is the Sorceress's daughter and her future successor. In [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 the 2000s remake]], a village believes she's a sorceress who once saved them from danger come back to help them again. The villagers are remembering the Sorceress and Teela almost uncovers the truth about her relationship with the Sorceress as a result. On another occasion, she's badly wounded defending the castle from Skeletor's army and the Sorceress gives her a transfusion of her own blood. It makes Teela temporarily telepathic as a result of the dormant abilities she doesn't know she possesses precisely because she's the Sorceress's daughter.
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