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One of the classic story hooks is for an [[ParentalAbandonment orphan child]] from a strange land be raised by the people native to the land he or she finds themselves in. His origins (the orphan is [[AlwaysMale usually a boy]]) and the purpose of his parents' trek so far from home is a mystery, but they'll usually face an accident of some kind that wipes them all out save for him. Whatever the case, the child will be adopted by the chief and raised as one of his sons.

Growing up will be tough, he's likely to face [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer discrimination]] from [[KidsAreCruel other children]] if not the tribe itself, and even without that he'll feel as out of place as somebody of MixedAncestry.

When he grows up and ''finally'' feels at home after [[OfThePeople the tribe accepts him]] (or alternately, feels the most out of place and restless) his parents' people will show up. At best, they're peaceful(ish) and want to reintegrate him into their society, usually helped by a family member coming along who can connect him to the memory of his biological parents. In this case, he'll help resolve potentially deadly conflicts between both peoples and find a place as a mediator. At worst, it'll be a violent CultureClash because they're conquerors, slavers, or very violent settlers who may or may not turn his village into a DoomedHometown. Expect this to galvanize him as a pro-native hero.

A common variant is to have the kid be MightyWhitey raised to be a NobleSavage, uniting the most powerful traits of both ([[NinjaPirateZombieRobot being mighty, white, noble, and a savage]]!) and getting rid of his invading relatives. More seriously, this can be an {{Anvilicious}} trope used to give western audiences (the orphan is usually a Caucasian in a non-European continent) someone to relate to who can defend the natives of the place from "evil" Caucasians.

RaisedByWolves often functions as a subtrope. Compare with ObliviousAdoption, JunglePrincess, and UpbringingMakesTheHero. Contrast RaisedByHumans (as that trope involves the adoptee not being considered a fully sentient being), RaisedByOrcs (where the adoptee is raised by a family from an enemy culture), and MuggleFosterParents (which involves an empowered adoptee and non-powered fosters).



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* ''Manga/DragonBall'' has Goku, who ends up being sent to Earth from his home planet as a baby in a similar fashion to Franchise/{{Superman}}. The similarities between Superman and Goku are briefly pointed out in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''; when Grandpa Gohan finds Goku for the first time, he decides to name him Clark, only to immediately change his mind afterwards.
* In the 1981-1982 anime ''Anime/GodMars'' the protagonist Takeru Myoujin is a alien sent to earth to destroy it when he grows up but due to growing up with the native earthlings he grows found of them and refuses to set off the world destroying bomb he was set to earth with and the series storyline then proceeds to have the evil aliens trying to get him fulfill his original job or kill him so the bomb's fail-safe kicks in and blows up the earth anyways if they can't get him to do it willingly.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

%% * Franchise/{{Superman}}. And all CaptainErsatz thereof.
%% * ComicBook/TomStrong, from Alan Moore's comic of the same name.
* From Franchise/TheDCU, ComicBook/JonahHex, although he wasn't orphaned. His drunken father sold him as a slave to the Apaches.
%% ** Firehair
* James-Michael from ''ComicBook/OmegaTheUnknown'' is orphaned by his [[spoiler: robot]] parents and is put into the care of two locals in Hell's Kitchen, who try to teach TheStoic how to BecomeARealBoy.
* ''Comicbook/ElfQuest'' has the story of Little Patch, a human raised by elves. (This is, however, somethng of an inversion, since the elves are descendants of stranded aliens.) When he grows up he returns to a human tribe, and thanks to his elfin upbringing eventually becomes a chief.
* ''ComicBook/SheenaQueenOfTheJungle'' was raised by a native witch doctor after he accidentally poisoned her father.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* Faust, and several of the other Sparklings in ''[[FanFic/ThingsWeDontTellHumans Things We Don't Tell Humans]]'': The natives are humans, and the children are sentient alien robots, whose lifespans are much longer than their adoptive parents'...
* ''{{Fanfic/Anthropology}}'': Lyra's a human, and was turned into a unicorn by Princess Celestia and raised by ponies.
* Similar to the above is ''Fanfic/TwoWorldsOneFamily'' except Harry was left as a human.
* And the opposite of that is ''Fanfic/AllAmericanGirl'', a pony brought up as a patriotic... well, [[TitleDrop all-American girl]].
* In ''FanFic/SlyWitsParadise'', the Unicorns thought Celestia and Luna are this since they don't believe that the fillies were ever born as Earth Ponies. Also, the sisters were technically being raised by natives when they stayed with the Unicorns.
* This is a cultural imperative for griffons in the [[FanFic/TriptychContinuum Triptych Continuum]]. They believe that if a child is brought into the world, it ''must'' be raised to adulthood, and to attack a child is the highest of crimes. Should the parents die, someone else will always take over: no griffon is ever an orphan for more than a day. But in the deep past, when griffons went to war and the crying foals of the enemy were found... that belief was extended to them, and they were gently scooped up and flown to their new homes. Centuries later, the Republic has a significant pony population, virtually all of whom are the descendants of those children -- and those ponies were generally raised as and perceive themselves as being griffons. This also applies to ''every species the griffons have ever fought''.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7985679/1/To-the-Waters-and-the-Wild To the Waters and the Wild]]'' Hagrid dropped baby Harry while flying over a forest and Harry was found and raised by fairies.
* ''Fanfic/BesidesTheWillOfEvil'': After falling off of Cloudsdale as a filly, Fluttershy remained stranded on the ground (as she was still unable to fly well) and was found and adopted by a tribe of mule deer living in the Everfree Forest.

[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/CrocodileDundee'' was raised by Australian aborigines.
* The {{Love Interest|s}} from ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' was rescued by a tribe of Native Americans after her village was destroyed by another tribe.
* ''Film/Jungle2Jungle'' was a remake of the French film ''Un Indien Dans la Ville''. Averted somehow because the child isn't an orphan: His mother has chosen to live in this Amazonian tribe and she's the one who raised him. But as she's fully integrated, the child ends up being brought up pretty much like the other native chilren.
* Natty Bumppo, raised by the ''Film/LastOfTheMohicans''.
%% * The protagonist of ''Pathfinder''.
* Jim West from ''Film/WildWildWest'' was raised by Indians.
* In ''Film/{{Elf}}'', the protagonist crawls inside Santa's bag as an infant and is taken to the North Pole. With no way of knowing where he had come from, Santa raises him as one of the elves. He still doesn't figure it out when he grows over ''six feet tall''.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* {{Moses|InTheBulrushes}} from Literature/TheBible was raised in an Egyptian household ... at least partially ''by'' his real mother, who was hired as a wet nurse by the Egyptians in question (who didn't realize the relationship).
* In Conrad Richter's ''Light in the Forest'', a young white boy is captured by Native Americans in a raid. They raise him as their own, renaming him True Son. Eleven years later, he thinks of himself as completely Indian and does not remember his life with his real family. He is forced to leave his Indian family and return to his white family after a treaty is signed and all white "prisoners" were given up. When he returns to his white family he is unable to reconnect with them and runs away. However, when he returns his Indian father tells him he must return and accept his heritage.
* ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein has Valentine Michael Smith, a human raised by Martians after the first crewed exploration mission all died, and returned to Earth by the second. The Martians teach him their language-philosophy, how to use his puny human brain to use amazing powers, and to [[spoiler: spy on humanity to [[HumanityOnTrial determine whether they should or shouldn't blow us up]], like they did to the intelligent race on the "fifth" planet between Mars and Jupiter. You know, the ''asteroid belt?'']] He starts out as an IdiotSavant, and ends as [[spoiler:a MessianicArchetype.]]
* G. A. Henty's ''By Right of Conquest'' features an interesting twist on this. Roger Hawkshaw is the sole survivor of a shipwreck off the Yucatan coast and finds himself taken in by a village on the outskirts of the Aztec empire; everything else wobbles about this trope up through when Hernan Cortez arrives. Unfortunately, by this time most of the Aztecs don't particularly like him much, and the reason Roger was shipwrecked in the first place was part of a British attempt to break the international (Pope-mandated) division of the New World between the Spanish and Portuguese. XanatosSpeedChess ensues.
* Not exactly orphaned (his mother was marooned with him), but The Savage from ''Literature/BraveNewWorld''. Curiously, he isn't really a "NobleSavage" even though you would think the Indians would be portrayed a little nicer considering they're the only cultures left that aren't a dystopian baby factory. Still just the usual "hey, we smoke Peyote" and "random death-inducing ritual for no reason" stuff that was common in period Western works. Actually, an alternate reading is that their culture has decayed, with nobody remembering why they perform certain rituals anymore (or why they might not) -- and they ''are'' nicer by comparison to the rest. Remember, it ''is'' a CrapsackWorld.
* M.M. Kaye's ''The Far Pavilions'' has the MightyWhitey variant, who even ends up with an exotic Far East [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]].
* Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/{{Kim}}''. The title character is raised by a Hindu (Hindoo) attorney from Bengal, a Muslim warrior (specifically a Pashtun/Pathan tribesman from the foothills of Afghanistan), a Buddhist monk from Tibet, and a British colonel. The product: Kimball O'Hara: Friend of the Stars/Friend of All the World, the perfect warrior for the Great Game.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Captain Carrot (City Watch books) was raised by dwarves. Despite bordering on 7 foot and being the only dwarf who keeps bumping his head on the ceiling in mineshafts. (His dwarven name is literally translated as 'Head Banger'.) Unusually for this trope, Carrot wasn't merely raised by dwarves but actually ''is'' a dwarf, in every sense that matters to all but the most ultra-conservative, human-hating elements of dwarven society (and even they merely call his dwarfishness "debatable"). This becomes a plot point in both ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' and ''Discworld/{{Thud}}''. [[note]]The similarity to Judaism is quite deliberate; Discworld dwarves are basically the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame nigh-universal]] CultureChopSuey of [[{{Scotireland}} Celtic]], {{Nor|seByNorthwest}}dic and [[GreedyJew stereotypical Jewish]] traits by someone familiar with more than TheThemeParkVersion of the three constituent cultures.[[/note]]
** From ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' we have Stanley, who was abandoned on a farm and raised by peas (yes, not ''on'' peas, but ''by'' peas) and so tends to turn gently to face the sun. He manages to be rather better-adjusted to non-vegetable society than one might expect.
* Ayla was raised by Neanderthals in the ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' series when her parents were killed in an earthquake. ''The Clan Of The Cave Bear'' and its sequels devote extensive time comparing the Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal cultures, and following the interactions and occasional clashes between the two races, with Ayla often serving as an interpreter.
* In Creator/CJCherryh's novel ''Literature/FinitysEnd'', a merchant spacewoman's orphan is raised on a space station by the local humans and also the [[InnocentAliens Downers]] from the planet below. Just as he is getting settled into that society, his mother's ship returns and forces him back into their very different society. Drama ensues.
* The protagonist of ''The Hound and the Falcon'' is an elf who was raised by monks. Among other things, he's the only elvish character who's [[ShapeshiftersDoItForAChange uncomfortable with the idea of]] [[GenderBender changing gender]].
* Nefret Forth, in the ''Literature/AmeliaPeabody'' series, fits this trope morally if not factually. Her parents were 19th-century explorers who discovered a remnant of ancient Egyptian civilization in a lost oasis and spent the rest of their lives there, GoingNative in varying degrees. When Amelia and her family arrive, they find the 13-year-old Nefret being high priestess of Isis. Her parents being dead by the end of the book, Nefret goes back to Western civilization with the Emersons, where she has a realistically rough time fitting in.
* Nobody "Bod" Owens, hero of ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'', was orphaned just before the book starts, as a toddler, and wanders into a graveyard, where he is taken in and raised by ghosts. The whole book is a translation of ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' into the new setting, so this case wavers between this and RaisedByWolves.
* Bria in ''Literature/TheLastDove'' is often mocked in the village of bird people where she was raised because she hasn't yet been able to change into a bird. She later turns out to be able to [[spoiler: turn into both a dove and a wolf.]]
* In ''I Am Regina'' by Sally Keehn, Regina is a colonial settler kidnapped by Allegheny Indians. She is raised by them, and they grow to love each other. Later on she is found and brought back to her mother, only remembering a few words of English.
* Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''Dick Simon'' duology has the titular character be the son of a xenobiologist living in a small human colony on the high-G world of Tayahat. The locals are primitive {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s with four arms. Dick's father spends a lot of time studying their culture and the local wildlife, leaving his son to be trained by a Taya friend of his. Thus, Dick is raised to be a warrior, working extra hard to compete with the native {{Heavyworlder}}s. When Dick grows up, he leaves Tayahat to train at the Academy, where he's taught different arts (of the special forces variety) by a red-haired Texan. He especially loves missions involving woods and jungles, when he can strip off everything but a loincloth and become a beast stalking his prey. He also has a pet snake (a large Tayahat semi-sentient snake), inherited from his Taya mentor.
* In H. De Vere Stacpoole's ''The Garden of God'' (sequel to ''Literature/TheBlueLagoon''), the son of the original couple falls for Katafa, a Spanish girl raised by Kanaka natives. Stacpoole, who despised racism, described the Kanaka as intelligent, complex human beings; but Katafa seems to have been Spanish because readers wouldn't have accepted young Dick marrying a Kanaka beauty.
* ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy'': Korya Delat was raised by a lone [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Jaghut]] named Haut following her people's tradition of exchanging hostages. Even though the Jaghut do not follow that tradition, the Tiste just dropped off a kid of vaguely noble blood which nobody wanted in Jaghut lands and called it a day. Since there's no mention of Korya's parents and everyone back home seems to have forgotten of her existence, she likely is an orphan. Now, even though Haut ''does'' try his best to educate her properly, the Jaghut are big proponents of the MiseryBuildsCharacter approach and live in solitary towers in the middle of nowhere, so Korya ends up with a heaping of NoSocialSkills. Unfortunately, shortly before she comes of age, civil war breaks out in her home realm and makes a return impossible. Still, Tiste culture comes a-knockin' with another Tiste youth getting dropped off with the Jaghut and shows Korya how enstranged she's become from her own people.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Johnny Reach, the sidekick in the CBS Western action series ''Series/{{Bearcats}}'', was raised by Indians.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", Leela says she was trained to strike at the heart a certain way. To keep them both out of Colney Hatch or Broadmoor, the Doctor concocts a line about being raised by South American natives.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** Worf of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is the TV Tropes image subject. He is a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon]] raised by humans; adopted by a Starfleet serviceman after being found as the sole survivor of a Klingon outpost attacked by Romulans. Done interestingly because his foster parents wanted him to get the Klingon cultural side of his heritage and raised him accordingly, but the result is that Worf is often stricter about holding to Klingon customs and laws than ordinary Klingons. He also got MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong on top of the usual Klingon traits.
** Some of the Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse novels invert this, with human siblings raised by Klingons. One episode of Next Gen was focused on a young man who had been adopted by an enemy of the Federation after surviving a raid (according to the aliens' tradition, a warrior may adopt the child of an enemy if his own has been killed in combat with said enemy). His adoptive father is very loving and proud of his son, and the boy seems not to have suffered any discrimination among his alien brethren based on his race. During his time on the Enterprise, he struggles with deeply repressed memories of his birth parents and their violent deaths, as well as integrating with the very different human social structure (having grown up in a rigid, patriarchal, warrior culture). Strangely enough, Worf has almost no interaction with the boy. Despite the obvious parallels in their circumstances, nobody ever suggests Worf might be able to offer him some perspective or advice on integrating his upbringing and his heritage. In the end, Picard decides it would be wrong to ''force'' the boy to return to the Federation and allows him to go back to his adopted father, but they leave the door open if he ever wants to return or learn more about his human heritage and surviving family.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has Odo, a Changeling raised by Mora Pol, a Bajoran scientist. Because he has lived among humanoids all his life, Odo is more accepting of them than other Changelings, who often exhibit {{fantastic racism}}. Unfortunately, being raised outside the Great Link means that he's behind the curve in terms of his shapeshifting skills compared to other Changelings. Throughout the series, Odo feels torn between returning to the Great Link and remaining with his humanoid colleagues and love interest aboard Deep Space Nine. Despite having successully integrated into humanoid society, Odo has experienced {{fantastic racism}} due to his Changeling heritage. In one episode, when Odo is a suspect in a Bajoran's murder, his office is vandalized and a mob threatens his life.
%% * Cole Evans of ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''.
%% * Kamen Rider Amazon himself.
* Ilox in ''Literature/TheWildBoy''. He was raised by wild 'wolf' humans after the Lindauzi kicked him out. So it's also RaisedByWolves in a sense, but not literal wolves like that trope means. They accepted him after a while, but he did get regarded nervously because he was Lindauzi-bred. The 'wolves' he, Phlarx and Caleb take up with later do the same thing to a point.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** A batarian was raised by human parents, and founded an extranet organization dedicated to connecting children of various racial and ethnic backgrounds so that they would understand, tolerate, and befriend each other to make the galaxy a better place.
** Mention is made of some vorcha raised by asari, who turned out quite well-educated and civilized. They attempted to found a civilized vorcha colony world to become part of the galactic community, but it unfortunately failed within a few generations.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'': Samus Aran was raised by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien The Chozo]] after SpacePirates destroyed the human colony she was born on (and then, later, the homeworld of the Chozo who adopted her).
%% * Rock from the ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur]]''.
* ''VideoGame/WarCraft'': Thrall was raised by humans. To elaborate, orcs are not native to the world of Azeroth, unlike humans. Also, Thrall wasn't exactly ''raised'' by Blackmoore. The guy wanted an orc he could control to eventually lead the captive orcs to take over the world.
* Mallow in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' is a fluffy cloud thing raised by frog peoples ([[ObliviousAdoption unaware that he is not a tadpole]]).
* In a variation on this, [[TheHero Lloyd Irving]] of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', while not raised entirely immersed in a separate culture, was raised by a dwarf living in human lands, and it's clear right from the start that he considers his adoptive father's culture to be his own, right down to reciting Dwarven Vows. This is occasionally speculated by the other characters as being the reason for his willingness to fight against the social tide - he was never a part of it anyway.
%% * The main character from ''VideoGame/BeneathASteelSky''.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''
** Ivan was entrusted by his Adept family to (soon-to-be) Lord Hammet and Lady Layana of Kalay, along with some business advice to ensure that he grew up comfortably in the right place at the right time to join and help Isaac & Co., in fulfillment of a prophecy.
** Sheba fell from the sky near Lalivero as a small child and was promptly adopted by Faran's family. It's [[WildMassGuessing generally assumed by fandom]] that she came from [[spoiler: the city of the Anemos Jupiter Adepts, which was removed from mainland Weyard and became [[ThatsNoMoon the moon]] hundreds of years ago]]. The fact that Sheba herself is a Jupiter Adept supports this.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' has Firia, a HeartwarmingOrphan who was adopted by the Pendragon, leader of the WingedHumanoid Lefa tribe. As the only person in Gorges without wings, she has difficulty getting around, and is constantly bullied by the other kids. Her own little sister treats her like a personal slave! Yet she endures it all with a smile, until [[spoiler: her grandmother reveals she's Lefan by blood. She was just born without wings, and her cowardly father decided it'd be better to pretend he merely adopted her than admit she was his own flesh and blood, for fear he'd be ousted as leader if anyone knew he's fathered a 'flawed child']].
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', a Dark Elf shopkeeper in Riften mentions he was raised by Argonians, and follows many of their traditions and customs, even taking a Argonian name. He gives you a quest to find out who his real parents were and where they came from. [[spoiler:Turns out he's the son of a House Telvanni woman.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Lanaya of Zathrian's Dalish clan mentions that as a young girl, her city elf parents were murdered by bandits who kept her alive for use as a [[RapeAsBackstory sex slave]]. She was rescued several years later when the bandits made the mistake of venturing too near a Dalish camp and killed one of their scouts, causing their leader [[PapaWolf Zathrian]] to personally come after the bandits and utterly ''[[PayEvilUntoEvil destroy]]'' them! Because she reminded him of his own lost daughter, he adopted Lanaya and trained her as his apprentice.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' has Shadowchild, who is speculated by the characters to be a demon growing up around mortals. Later confirmed after Shadowchild [[spoiler: defeats Sweetgrass Voice]] he explains that most demons are raised evil or grow up feral, he is the only demon child raised by good.
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' this is the backstory of major villain Karnak and Dominic's father Donovan. Karnak was raised by Orcs in Maltak and Donovan was raised by Elves. Karnak had a harder time with it due to the considerable differences between Orcs and Callanians (for one thing Karnak can't properly eat their food thanks to his teeth) and the FantasticRacism on both sides. The BigBad even used him as a PretextForWar that turned the Orc nation into one giant wasteland!


[[folder: Web Original ]]

%% * Shandala in ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints.''
* [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Sandwich_Stoutaxe Sandwich Stoutaxe]], the drow (normally an AlwaysChaoticEvil race) raised by dwarfs (LawfulGood). She turns out fine.