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* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' features Lord and Lady Everglot, whose enormous manor indicates that their family once had wealth to go with their title, but the mostly empty rooms and the safe full of cobwebs indicate that they are now, to quote Lord Everglot in the couple's introductory song, [[ImpoverishedPatrician "land-rich, bankrupt aristocracy without a penny to their name".]] Their heritage prompts them to look down on the NouveauRiche Van Dorts, as William is a SelfMadeMan who earned his fortune rather than inheriting it (and has yet to learn manners to go with his money), but [[ArrangedMarriage engaging Victoria to Victor Van Dort]] is the Everglots' surest path [[NobilityMarriesMoney back to financial stability, while Victor will get a title that allows his parents to socialise with society's elite,]] and so the Everglots try to swallow their pride.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' features Lord and Lady Everglot, whose enormous manor indicates that their family once had wealth to go with their title, but the mostly empty rooms and the safe full of cobwebs indicate that they are now, to quote Lord Everglot in the couple's introductory song, [[ImpoverishedPatrician "land-rich, bankrupt aristocracy without a penny to their name".]] name"]]. Their heritage prompts them to look down on the NouveauRiche Van Dorts, as William is a SelfMadeMan who earned his fortune rather than inheriting it (and has yet to learn manners to go with his money), but [[ArrangedMarriage engaging Victoria to Victor Van Dort]] is the Everglots' surest path [[NobilityMarriesMoney back to financial stability, while Victor will get a title that allows his parents to socialise with society's elite,]] elite]], and so the Everglots try to swallow their pride.



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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor has been implied to be high-born or even aristocratic on occasion, although he's never outright admitted this. Indeed, in the EU he comes from one of the oldest Houses on Gallifrey.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E1TheMasqueOfMandragora "The Masque of Mandragora"]], the Duke and his uncle the Count. There are also a fair number in the FeudalFuture serials.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]] has the thrill-seeking cat burglar Lady Christina de Souza as guest companion.



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E1TheMasqueOfMandragora The Masque Of Mandragora]]'', the Duke and his uncle the Count. There are also a fair number in the FeudalFuture serials.
** The Doctor himself is implied to be high-born or even aristocratic. Indeed, in the EU he comes from one of the oldest Houses on Gallifrey.
** The Tenth Doctor special "Planet of the Dead" has the thrill-seeking cat burglar Lady Christina de Souza as guest companion.



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* The folktale of “Literature/TheLambtonWorm” is a myth about the history of a real-world aristocratic family.

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'''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking EVEN FURTHER]]''' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking not to be confused with octopus blood, or the blood of horseshoe crabs!]]

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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': Amy Rose was born into a noble house, but her parents renounced their wealth to instead focus on helping the poor.


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* Bruce Wayne, aka Franchise/{{Batman}}, as well. Unlike Supes, he ''lives'' like it. His family is basically responsible for building Gotham City. In fact, Bob Kane chose the name "Wayne" after an American Revolutionary soldier, Anthony Wayne (some writers suggest Bruce is an actual descendent), making him the closest to nobility you can get in the States.

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Bruce Wayne, aka Franchise/{{Batman}}, Batman, as well. Unlike Supes, he ''lives'' like it. His family is basically responsible for building Gotham City. In fact, Bob Kane chose the name "Wayne" after an American Revolutionary soldier, Anthony Wayne (some writers suggest Bruce is an actual descendent), making him the closest to nobility you can get in the States.



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* A major plot point of the movie ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' is that the title character's curse can only be broken when a blue-blood declares he loves her. [[spoiler:She ends up breaking the curse by stating that she loves herself the way she is, curse and all. Both heartwarming and amusing, as you find out that the man she loves and who presented himself as a blue-blood was actually lying, and when she begs him to just say he loves her and that he doesn't have to talk to her after that, he sadly responds that he can't, but not for the reasons she thinks (i.e. he finds her ugly due to the curse giving her a pig's nose, which actually isn't that bad)).]]

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* A major plot point of the movie ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' is that the title character's curse can only be broken when a blue-blood declares he loves her. [[spoiler:She ends up breaking the curse by stating that she loves herself the way she is, curse and all. Both heartwarming and amusing, as you find out that the man she loves and who presented himself as a blue-blood was actually lying, and when she begs him to just say he loves her and that he doesn't have to talk to her after that, he sadly responds that he can't, but not for the reasons she thinks (i.e. he finds her ugly due to the curse giving her a pig's nose, which actually isn't that bad)).]]
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* A major plot point of the movie ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' is that the title character's curse can only be broken when a blue-blood declares he loves her. [[spoiler:She ends up breaking the curse by stating that she loves herself the way she is, curse and all. Both heartwarming and amusing, as you find out that the man she loves and who presented himself as a blue-blood was actually lying, and when she begs him to just say he loves her and that he doesn't have to talk to her after that, he sadly responds that he can't, but not for the reasons she thinks (i.e. he finds her ugly due to the curse giving her a pig's nose, which actually isn't that bad)).]]



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* ''Literature/TheWickedYears'':
** Elphaba and Nessarose's mother was a blue blood, but she ended up living in poverty after marrying a preacher (admittedly, she had thought Frex would end up wealthy than he did).
** Glinda is this but, as Madame Morrible points out, not to the degree that Glinda likes to flaunt. Glinda only has "good blood" on one side of her family, and it's not considered particularly high-ranking at that. Glinda's middle-range but pretends she's more blue blood than she actually is. In the end, however, it doesn't matter as Glinda ends up queen of Oz in-all-but name by the end of the first book.


%%* ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey''


%%* Most of the Strahls in ''VideoGame/MeineLiebe'' is this.


* Even today, the British nobility[=/=]gentry is heavily involved in the military, particularly the Royal Navy, leading to the old joke about Army vs Navy rugby matches: "Why are the Army jerseys red? So the blood doesn't show. Why are the Navy jerseys blue? Same reason."

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* Even today, the British nobility[=/=]gentry is heavily involved in the military, particularly the Royal Navy, leading to the old joke about Army vs vs. Navy rugby matches: "Why are the Army jerseys red? So the blood doesn't show. Why are the Navy jerseys blue? Same reason."


* In the Middle Ages, nobility implied exemption from taxes--and the duty to serve as a soldier. That is due to the Feudal system. There were no standing armies, but the soldiers (knights and men-at-arms) were expected to train on their own and acquire their own armour and weapons. Exemption from taxes implied that the nobleman would spend all his income on weapons, gear and practising martial skills. Usually the core of the feudal army would be supplemented either by mercenaries or conscripted commoners (''arriere-ban'').

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* In the Middle Ages, nobility implied exemption from taxes--and taxes -- and the duty to serve as a soldier. That is due to the Feudal system. There were no standing armies, but the soldiers (knights and men-at-arms) were expected to train on their own and acquire their own armour and weapons. Exemption from taxes implied that the nobleman would spend all his income on weapons, gear and practising martial skills. Usually the core of the feudal army would be supplemented either by mercenaries or conscripted commoners (''arriere-ban'').

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* ''Film/TheMusicRoom'': Roy, a product of the hereditary Bengal aristocracy. Near the end of the movie he cites "Blood! The blood in my veins!" as the reason why he is still perceived as an aristocrat despite being an ImpoverishedPatrician while Mahim is still a NouveauRiche grasper.


Normal feature of the StandardRoyalCourt and DeadlyDecadentCourt. Endemic in HistoricalFiction, HighFantasy, and FeudalFuture. Oddly enough, often characters who have been MadeASlave have former nobility as their BackStory. The OfficerAndAGentleman is also often a BlueBlood, particularly if the ''noble'' code emphasizes [[TheMenFirst the duties and responsibilities]] that come with noble birth. Even in peacetime, they may regard readiness for war a duty; hence, TheTourney. As with Royalty, the ErmineCapeEffect can apply, so many should be expected to [[PimpedOutDress wear extremely fancy clothes]] if possible. Related character tropes are the EvilChancellor, GentlemanSnarker, RegentForLife, RoyalBrat, UpperClassTwit, ProperLady, SilkHidingSteel, and GrandeDame.

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Normal feature of the StandardRoyalCourt and DeadlyDecadentCourt. Endemic in HistoricalFiction, HighFantasy, and FeudalFuture. Oddly enough, often characters who have been MadeASlave have former nobility as their BackStory. The OfficerAndAGentleman is also often a BlueBlood, particularly if the ''noble'' code emphasizes [[TheMenFirst the duties and responsibilities]] that come with noble birth. Even in peacetime, they may regard readiness for war a duty; hence, TheTourney. As with Royalty, the ErmineCapeEffect can apply, so many should be expected to [[PimpedOutDress wear extremely fancy clothes]] if possible. If culturally foreign from their subjects, can be a ForeignRulingClass. Related character tropes are the EvilChancellor, GentlemanSnarker, RegentForLife, RoyalBrat, UpperClassTwit, ProperLady, SilkHidingSteel, and GrandeDame.


* In America, the most famous type of blue blood is the Boston Brahmin, a loose association of wealthy old Protestant families around New England, with roots in the earliest English settlers. Many people mistake the Kennedys as Boston Brahmins, but they are comparatively NouveauRiche and Catholic to boot. Other locations along the East Coast have their own local blue blood families.

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* In America, The United States, being a republic founded on Enlightenment values of formal equality before the law and born from a settler society with fluid social boundaries and a hearty disdain for old ways, nevertheless has developed some distinctive aristocratic groups. They are generally regionally defined; for example:
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most famous type of blue blood is the Boston Brahmin, a loose association of wealthy old Protestant (mostly Calvinist) families around New England, with roots in the earliest English settlers. settlers; the Cabots and the Lowells are among the most famous. Many people mistake the Kennedys as Boston Brahmins, but they are comparatively NouveauRiche and Catholic to boot. Other locations along boot.
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the East Coast have First Families of Virginia, who similarly descended from that colony's original settlers. Unlike the Boston Brahmins, these families are historically Episcopalian.
** In the late 19th century, the Georgia-born New York socialite [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward_McAllister Ward McAllister]] declared that there were only 400 fashionable people in the city. While his list was suspect (being unusually heavy with relatively recent arrivals and Confederate sympathizers), the families of the "the Four Hundred" are generally recognized today as some of the most elite families in New York. Particularly prominent set are a number of Dutch families, most of whom trace
their own local blue blood families.ancestries back to the 17th century; the most recognizable of these are probably the Vanderbilts (who were poor farmers on Staten Island until the early 19th century, when family patriarch Cornelius founded his steamboat empire) and the Roosevelts, who had been prominent in New York politics from the 1690s onward.


Since the duty of the nobility in the Middle Ages was [[KnightInShiningArmor warfare]], the sons of the nobility traditionally chose a military career. ''Even today'' sons of old noble families are over-represented in most military academies around the world. The word ''cadet'' for an officer trainee stems from French, meaning "younger": the eldest son inherited the manor and estate, and the younger sons went to military academies;[[note]]Or the Church, but we're getting ahead of ourselves.[[/note]] for a prime example of this, both UsefulNotes/{{Napoleon}} and UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington were younger sons of minor nobles (Napoleon was a second son, Wellington a third son). Tragically, since in the past the military education was begun at a ''very'' early age (7 to 11 years old), the nobility has also produced a lot of KidSamurai, but also a lot of ChildSoldiers. Today the old noble families are ''very'' likely to produce an OfficerAndAGentleman.

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Since the duty of the nobility in the Middle Ages was [[KnightInShiningArmor warfare]], the sons of the nobility traditionally chose a military career. ''Even today'' sons of old noble families are over-represented in most military academies around the world. The word ''cadet'' for an officer trainee stems from French, meaning "younger": the eldest son inherited the manor and estate, and the younger sons went to military academies;[[note]]Or the Church, but we're getting ahead of ourselves.[[/note]] for a prime example of this, both UsefulNotes/{{Napoleon}} [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Napoleon]] and UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington were younger sons of minor nobles (Napoleon was a second son, Wellington a third son). Tragically, since in the past the military education was begun at a ''very'' early age (7 to 11 years old), the nobility has also produced a lot of KidSamurai, but also a lot of ChildSoldiers. Today the old noble families are ''very'' likely to produce an OfficerAndAGentleman.


Since the duty of the nobility in the Middle Ages was [[KnightInShiningArmor warfare]], the sons of the nobility traditionally chose a military career. ''Even today'' sons of old noble families are over-represented in most military academies around the world. The word ''cadet'' for an officer trainee stems from French, meaning "younger": the eldest son inherited the manor and estate, and the younger sons went to military academies. Tragically, since in the past the military education was begun at a ''very'' early age (7 to 11 years old), the nobility has also produced a lot of KidSamurai, but also a lot of ChildSoldiers. Today the old noble families are ''very'' likely to produce an OfficerAndAGentleman.

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Since the duty of the nobility in the Middle Ages was [[KnightInShiningArmor warfare]], the sons of the nobility traditionally chose a military career. ''Even today'' sons of old noble families are over-represented in most military academies around the world. The word ''cadet'' for an officer trainee stems from French, meaning "younger": the eldest son inherited the manor and estate, and the younger sons went to military academies.academies;[[note]]Or the Church, but we're getting ahead of ourselves.[[/note]] for a prime example of this, both UsefulNotes/{{Napoleon}} and UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington were younger sons of minor nobles (Napoleon was a second son, Wellington a third son). Tragically, since in the past the military education was begun at a ''very'' early age (7 to 11 years old), the nobility has also produced a lot of KidSamurai, but also a lot of ChildSoldiers. Today the old noble families are ''very'' likely to produce an OfficerAndAGentleman.


** [[SpiritWorld Soul Society]] is split into commoners and nobility. Commoners are humans who died in the living world then entered Soul Society and live in an assigned district of the [[CrapsackWorld Rukongai]]. Nobles, on the other hand are those souls actually born in Soul Society. They tend to live in [[CrapsaccharineWorld Seireitei]] and are significantly more likely to display [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking officer-level shinigami]] power than [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority commoners]]. There's also a major/minor nobility distinction, with older, more gifted families commanding greater authority. In the past, it used to be unheard of for the shinigami ranks to be made up of anything but nobility. Since [[BadassGrandpa Yamamoto]] reorganised the shinigami academy, however, more Shinigami have Rukongai origins and commoners have even occasionally made [[TheCaptain captain]]. There's still a stigma to common origins, however, and for at least one shinigami ([[HotBlooded Renji]]) the noble-versus-commoner issue was something he took personally.

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** [[SpiritWorld Soul Society]] is split into commoners and nobility. Commoners are humans who died in the living world then entered Soul Society and live in an assigned district of the [[CrapsackWorld [[WretchedHive Rukongai]]. Nobles, on the other hand are those souls actually born in Soul Society. They tend to live in [[CrapsaccharineWorld Seireitei]] Seireitei and are significantly more likely to display [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking officer-level shinigami]] power than [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority commoners]]. There's also a major/minor nobility distinction, with older, more gifted families commanding greater authority. In the past, it used to be unheard of for the shinigami ranks to be made up of anything but nobility. Since [[BadassGrandpa Yamamoto]] Yamamoto reorganised the shinigami academy, however, more Shinigami have Rukongai origins and commoners have even occasionally made [[TheCaptain captain]]. There's still a stigma to common origins, however, and for at least one shinigami ([[HotBlooded Renji]]) the noble-versus-commoner issue was something he took personally.

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