Playing With / Hollywood Genetics

Basic Trope: A character looks wildly different from their biological family.
  • Straight: Alice is a green-eyed redhead, Bob is a blue-eyed blond, and daughter Carol has black hair and dark eyes.
  • Exaggerated: Carol also has dark skin, while the rest of her family is pale.
  • Downplayed: Carol has dark eyes, but her dad's blond hair and her mother's pale complexion.
  • Justified: Carol looks like she does because she is a mutant, or a Reincarnation of someone with that appearance.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: It turns out that Alice had an affair with black-haired, dark-eyed Dan around the time of Carol's conception...
  • Double Subverted: ... but a DNA test is done and Bob is her biological father.
  • Parodied: Carol is born a completely different species for no adequately explained reason.
  • Zig Zagged: Carol is born to a dark-haired father and red-haired mother, meaning she should be dark-haired as well since red hair is recessive... except it's revealed her father has red hair in his family, making this possible.
  • Averted: Carol is a realistic combination of her parents, and even has a few traits unique to herself.
  • Enforced: The directors needed to hire big star celebrities, but couldn't get them to resemble their in character relatives.
  • Lampshaded:
    Carol: I'm Carol, Bob and Alice's daughter.
    Emily: You sure of that?
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