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* In ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' and its SpiritualSequel ''Fanfic/GhostOfYou'' Herminone and Neville (or "Navel" as these things put it) were actually pureblooded vampires all along whose parents died in a car crash and were adopted by abusive muggle parents.

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* In ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' and its SpiritualSequel ''Fanfic/GhostOfYou'' ''Fanfic/GhostOfYouHarryPotter'' Herminone and Neville (or "Navel" as these things put it) were actually pureblooded vampires all along whose parents died in a car crash and were adopted by abusive muggle parents.


Perhaps this is due to the greater acceptance of adoption today. It used to be extremely taboo and "shameful" to discover that one was adopted. Nowadays the Changeling Fantasy is evolving into dualism; with the main character having one foot in both worlds. Yes, they have a fantastic lineage; [[HappilyAdopted but it's their down-to-earth family that ultimately shaped their values]].

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Perhaps this is due to the greater acceptance of adoption today. It used to be extremely taboo and "shameful" to discover that one was adopted. Nowadays the Changeling Fantasy is evolving into dualism; dualism, with the main character having one foot in both worlds. Yes, they have a fantastic lineage; [[HappilyAdopted but it's their down-to-earth family that ultimately shaped their values]].



Often overlaps with MosesInTheBulrushes and/or SwitchedAtBirth and very often IJustWantToBeSpecial.

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Often overlaps with MosesInTheBulrushes and/or SwitchedAtBirth and very often IJustWantToBeSpecial.
IJustWantToBeSpecial. A subversion may involve a DisappointingHeritageReveal.





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* In ''Literature/EvilGenius'', by Catherine Jinks, Cadel Piggott (who knows he's adopted) learns that his father is Dr. Phineas Darkkon, who is, well, an EvilGenius. Subversion occurs when [[spoiler:Cadel learns that his adoptive parents are actually in the employ of Darkkon, and deliberately cold so that Cadel would bond with his real father when they meet]]. Subverted some more when [[spoiler:Thaddeus Roth, Cadel's therapist and Darkkon's right hand man, claims that HE is Cadel's real father]].

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* In ''Literature/EvilGenius'', by Catherine Jinks, the ''Literature/EvilGeniusTrilogy'', Cadel Piggott (who knows he's adopted) learns that his father is Dr. Phineas Darkkon, who is, well, an EvilGenius. Subversion {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion occurs when [[spoiler:Cadel learns that his adoptive parents are actually in the employ of Darkkon, and deliberately cold so that Cadel would bond with his real father when they meet]]. Subverted some more when [[spoiler:Thaddeus Roth, Cadel's therapist and Darkkon's right hand man, claims that HE ''he'' is Cadel's real father]].


* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'': Harry is orphaned and raised within an abusive household, but discovers early in the first book that he's a wizard, extremely well-off thanks to his parents' inheritance, and a celebrity within the wizarding world. However, most of the parental figures he acquires either abuse or betray him, or are killed, and the Dursleys who raised him get slightly sympathetic by the end. (Well, his aunt and cousin do anyways. [[EvilUncle The uncle]] stays a {{jerkass}}.)

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* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'': Harry is orphaned and raised within an abusive household, but discovers early in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheSorcerersStone first book book]] that he's a wizard, extremely well-off thanks to his parents' inheritance, and a celebrity within the wizarding world. However, most of the parental figures he acquires either abuse or betray him, or are killed, and the Dursleys who raised him get slightly sympathetic by the end. (Well, his aunt and cousin do anyways. [[EvilUncle The uncle]] stays a {{jerkass}}.)



* Flipped around around and inverted in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. When Angelo's family died, he went off to the Abbey in hopes of having a place to live and at having a future, not having anything left to his name cept for a small sack, thanks to his dad being a bit reckless. The first person he meets at the Abbey who kindly greets him tells him it'd be his home from then on turns out to be his half brother, who was cast out and disinherited by said father because of Angelo's birth... and ''immediately'' tears into him, telling him to leave the abbey, accusing him of attempting to destroy his life there, and from then on, was never kind to him in the least bit.
* Played oddly in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII''. The protagonist's foster mother actually ''did'' give birth to the him; he was conceived hundreds of years ago and gestated for seven months, at which point his real mother turned into a mermaid (thus lacking a womb) and the Spirit of Water teleported him into a random woman's womb at a random point in the future.

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* ''Franchise/DragonQuest'':
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Flipped around around and inverted in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. When Angelo's family died, he went off to the Abbey in hopes of having a place to live and at having a future, not having anything left to his name cept for a small sack, thanks to his dad being a bit reckless. The first person he meets at the Abbey who kindly greets him tells him it'd be his home from then on turns out to be his half brother, who was cast out and disinherited by said father because of Angelo's birth... and ''immediately'' tears into him, telling him to leave the abbey, accusing him of attempting to destroy his life there, and from then on, was never kind to him in the least bit.
* ** Played oddly in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII''. The protagonist's foster mother actually ''did'' give birth to the him; he was conceived hundreds of years ago and gestated for seven months, at which point his real mother turned into a mermaid (thus lacking a womb) and the Spirit of Water teleported him into a random woman's womb at a random point in the future.


* Rather savagely parodied in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', in which a dream-avatar cuckoo sums up this trope with the line "Girls' fantasies are much simpler -- their families aren't their families, their lives aren't their lives. Little cuckoos."

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* Rather savagely parodied in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', ''ComicBook/TheSandman1989'', in which a dream-avatar cuckoo sums up this trope with the line "Girls' fantasies are much simpler -- their families aren't their families, their lives aren't their lives. Little cuckoos."


** Agatha doesn't know that she's sole surviving heir to a dynasty of {{Mad Scientist}}s, or that her adoptive parents are their iconic assistants Punch and Judy (although she did know they were Frankenstein-esque "constructs"). She preferred her normal life. In a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of sorts, her mother is evil, and she has tried to possess Agatha, practically succeeding.

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** Agatha doesn't know that she's sole surviving heir to a dynasty of {{Mad Scientist}}s, that her dad was a the legendary hero she grew up hearing stories about, or that her adoptive parents are their iconic assistants Punch and Judy (although she did know they were Frankenstein-esque "constructs"). She preferred her normal life. In a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] {{ZigZagg|ingTrope}}ed case of sorts, her mother is evil, evil and she has [[spoiler:has tried to possess Agatha, practically succeeding.Agatha]].


* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in Sharon Creech's ''The Wanderer'': Sophie constantly thinks of her adopted family as her biological one, until she is finally forced to admit that she is adopted and that the sea (which she likes a lot) killed her biological parents.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in Sharon Creech's ''The Wanderer'': ''Literature/TheWanderer'': Sophie constantly thinks of her adopted family as her biological one, until she is finally forced to admit that she is adopted and that the sea (which she likes a lot) killed her biological parents.


* For an unusual (and very Byzantine) subversion, see Caroline Cooney's teen novel [[Literature/{{Janie}} The Face on the Milk Carton]] and its sequels.

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* %%* For an unusual (and very Byzantine) subversion, see Caroline Cooney's teen novel [[Literature/{{Janie}} The Face on the Milk Carton]] and its sequels.


* The Creator/RogerZelazny novel ''Changeling'' has its plot built on this trope. No, it is not the TropeNamer (see ChangelingTale). It's a subversion because Pol (né Daniel) acknowledges that the family that raised him was nothing but supportive, and openly admits that his real father was a terrible man when he went off the deep end, especially after learning more in ''Madwand''.

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* The Creator/RogerZelazny novel ''Changeling'' series ''Literature/TheChangelingSaga'' has its plot built on this trope. No, it is not the TropeNamer (see ChangelingTale). It's a subversion because Pol (né Daniel) acknowledges that the family that raised him was nothing but supportive, and openly admits that his real father was a terrible man when he went off the deep end, especially after learning more in ''Madwand''.



* Neal Stephenson's ''The Diamond Age'' is an interesting subversion. Nell is ''actually'' the biological child of Brad and Tequila, but over the course of the novel she comes to believe that her true mother is the woman who she can feel speaking to her through her Primer. [[spoiler:And to some extent, she is correct: Miranda does behave far more like a parent to Nell than either Brad or Tequila, notably by sacrificing her own career and freedom to make sure Nell will be safe]].
* Subverted in the short story "Dragon's-Eyes," by Margaret Ronald.
* In ''Evil Genius'', by Catherine Jinks, Cadel Piggott (who knows he's adopted) learns that his father is Dr. Phineas Darkkon, who is, well, an EvilGenius. Subversion occurs when [[spoiler:Cadel learns that his adoptive parents are actually in the employ of Darkkon, and deliberately cold so that Cadel would bond with his real father when they meet]]. Subverted some more when [[spoiler:Thaddeus Roth, Cadel's therapist and Darkkon's right hand man, claims that HE is Cadel's real father]].

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* Neal Stephenson's ''The Diamond Age'' ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'' is an interesting subversion. Nell is ''actually'' the biological child of Brad and Tequila, but over the course of the novel she comes to believe that her true mother is the woman who she can feel speaking to her through her Primer. [[spoiler:And to some extent, she is correct: Miranda does behave far more like a parent to Nell than either Brad or Tequila, notably by sacrificing her own career and freedom to make sure Nell will be safe]].
* %%* Subverted in the short story "Dragon's-Eyes," by Margaret Ronald.
* In ''Evil Genius'', ''Literature/EvilGenius'', by Catherine Jinks, Cadel Piggott (who knows he's adopted) learns that his father is Dr. Phineas Darkkon, who is, well, an EvilGenius. Subversion occurs when [[spoiler:Cadel learns that his adoptive parents are actually in the employ of Darkkon, and deliberately cold so that Cadel would bond with his real father when they meet]]. Subverted some more when [[spoiler:Thaddeus Roth, Cadel's therapist and Darkkon's right hand man, claims that HE is Cadel's real father]].


* Zigzagged. The titular character from Creator/OscarWilde's ''The Star Child'' is the adoptive son of a poor woodcutter, who believes that he's actually born from an actual star. He is then approached by a beggar woman, who claims to be his biological mother, but the vain star-child cruelly rejects this notion and mocks the woman instead. He is then cursed to become ugly and despised by everyone until he learns humility, after which the beggar woman reveals herself to be the Queen, and takes the child back to be the crown prince and eventually crowned king.
* In Creator/EvaIbbotson's ''The Star of Kazan'', the main character, Annika, a [[MosesInTheBulrushes foundling]], despite having a loving family, endlessly dreams of the rich woman who will sweep into the house one day and tearfully ask for the baby she abandoned in a church years ago. When such a woman really does appear, Annika finds that she does not like life as a [[AristocratsAreEvil noblewoman's daughter]] and, at the end of the book, [[spoiler: is perfectly willing to accept that the woman is not her real mother, as expressed by her ''jumping off of a boat'' to get away from her]].

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* Zigzagged. The titular character from Creator/OscarWilde's ''The Star Child'' ''Literature/TheStarChild'' is the adoptive son of a poor woodcutter, who believes that he's actually born from an actual star. He is then approached by a beggar woman, who claims to be his biological mother, but the vain star-child cruelly rejects this notion and mocks the woman instead. He is then cursed to become ugly and despised by everyone until he learns humility, after which the beggar woman reveals herself to be the Queen, and takes the child back to be the crown prince and eventually crowned king.
* In Creator/EvaIbbotson's ''The Star of Kazan'', ''Literature/TheStarOfKazan'', the main character, Annika, a [[MosesInTheBulrushes foundling]], despite having a loving family, endlessly dreams of the rich woman who will sweep into the house one day and tearfully ask for the baby she abandoned in a church years ago. When such a woman really does appear, Annika finds that she does not like life as a [[AristocratsAreEvil noblewoman's daughter]] and, at the end of the book, [[spoiler: is perfectly willing to accept that the woman is not her real mother, as expressed by her ''jumping off of a boat'' to get away from her]].


* The main character of ''Mio, My Mio'' by Creator/AstridLindgren is this. His actual father is a king in a magical land.

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* The main character of ''Mio, My Mio'' ''Literature/MioMyMio'' by Creator/AstridLindgren is this. His actual father is a king in a magical land.



* In the sixth book of L. J. Smith's ''Nightworld'' series, ''Soulmate'', Hannah learns that she is an old soul, and emotionally related to Thierry.

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* In the sixth book of L. J. Smith's ''Nightworld'' ''Literature/{{Nightworld}}'' series, ''Soulmate'', Hannah learns that she is an old soul, and emotionally related to Thierry.


* ''Myth/KingArthur'' is raised by Sir Ector. Though treated well, he's considered of lower rank than Ector's biological family, who have no idea of his true identity.

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* ''Myth/KingArthur'' Myth/ArthurianLegend: Myth/KingArthur is raised by Sir Ector. Though treated well, he's considered of lower rank than Ector's biological family, who have no idea of his true identity.


* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', we meet a little girl named Rosine, a bright, imaginative child with a terrible [[AbusiveParents home life.]] Her favorite fairy tale was about an a boy by the name of Pirkaf, who while loved by his parents never fit in amongst humans and eventually came believe he was a elf (due to being in similar appearance) and ran off to live with them. Believing the same about herself Rosine runs off as well but she obviously ignored the ending of the fairy tale. [[spoiler:Pirkaf meets the Elves and learns that he is indeed human; his appearance was caused by the magic used to save him as infant thanks to his parents begging request for help. Upon hearing this Pirkaf runs back home only to find mysterious forest had sprung up overnight, caused by the Elves' anger over no one mentioning how they saved the boy's life, and Pirkaf -- now completely alone -- wept and wept.]] [[spoiler: In the end Rosline finds no Elves and falls in despair only made worse by being found by her abusive father who then starts beating the crap out of her at that moment her [[DespairEventHorizon deepest despair]] activates a [[ArtifactOfDoom certain little egg]]. The summoned Godhand grants her wish to become an elf by transforming her into a fairy-like Apostle in exchange for both of her parents' lives.]] She has since taken to creating a "fairyland" where the children that she kidnaps are turned into her creepy little pseudo-elves in a very twisted version of the ChangelingTale, one that eventually comes crashing down when Guts comes calling.

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* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', we meet a little girl named Rosine, a bright, imaginative child with a terrible [[AbusiveParents home life.]] Her favorite fairy tale was about an a boy by the name of Pirkaf, who while loved by his parents never fit in amongst humans and eventually came to believe he was a elf (due to being in similar appearance) and ran off to live with them. Believing the same about herself Rosine runs off as well but she obviously ignored the ending of the fairy tale. [[spoiler:Pirkaf meets the Elves and learns that he is indeed human; his appearance was caused by the magic used to save him as an infant thanks to his parents parents' begging request for help. Upon hearing this Pirkaf runs back home only to find a mysterious forest had sprung up overnight, caused by the Elves' anger over no one mentioning how they saved the boy's life, and Pirkaf -- now completely alone -- wept and wept.]] [[spoiler: In the end Rosline finds no Elves and falls in into despair only made worse by being found by her abusive father who father. He then starts beating the crap out of her her, and at that moment her [[DespairEventHorizon deepest despair]] activates a [[ArtifactOfDoom certain little egg]]. The summoned Godhand grants her wish to become an elf by transforming her into a fairy-like Apostle in exchange for both of her parents' lives.]] She has since taken to creating a "fairyland" where the children that she kidnaps are turned into her creepy little pseudo-elves in a very twisted version of the ChangelingTale, one that eventually comes crashing down when Guts comes calling.



* In ''Comicbook/SuburbanGlamour'', the teenage protagonist learns that [[ChangelingTale she's a literal changeling]], and is the daughter of Fae royalty. She's initially elated to have the chance to get out of her dull, miserable life in a small middle-of-nowhere English village, but soon comes to realize that her Fae family are controlling and distant, and that [[WhatTheHellHero they did abandon her for seventeen years without any explanation]] and as such have no right to barge into her life and start making demands of her. She decides to remain with her human parents, who at least love and respect her even if they don't always understand her.

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* In ''Comicbook/SuburbanGlamour'', ''ComicBook/SuburbanGlamour'', the teenage protagonist learns that [[ChangelingTale she's a literal changeling]], and is the daughter of Fae royalty. She's initially elated to have the chance to get out of her dull, miserable life in a small middle-of-nowhere English village, but soon comes to realize that her Fae family are controlling and distant, and that [[WhatTheHellHero they did abandon her for seventeen years without any explanation]] and as such have no right to barge into her life and start making demands of her. She decides to remain with her human parents, who at least love and respect her even if they don't always understand her.



* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''FanFic/{{Anthropology}}''. A unicorn named Lyra is thrilled to discover she has human parents and gladly gives up her magic power and life in Equestria for a pair of glorious hands.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''FanFic/{{Anthropology}}''.''Fanfic/{{Anthropology}}''. A unicorn named Lyra is thrilled to discover she has human parents and gladly gives up her magic power and life in Equestria for a pair of glorious hands.



** ''Guardians of the Galaxy'': Peter Quill spends the [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy first movie]] wondering who his real father was and in [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 the second movie]] he turns out to be a small-time god who is immortal and has [[ThePowerOfCreation the ability to control the molecules around him]] both of which are passed on to Peter. [[spoiler:He is revealed to be an OmnicidalManiac who killed Peter's mother and has no qualms using his son as a battery to help further his goals. Peter has no problem killing Ego, despite that he would become a normal human for doing so]].

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** ''Guardians of the Galaxy'': Peter Quill spends the [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy2014 first movie]] wondering who his real father was and in [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 the second movie]] he turns out to be a small-time god who is immortal and has [[ThePowerOfCreation the ability to control the molecules around him]] both of which are passed on to Peter. [[spoiler:He is revealed to be an OmnicidalManiac who killed Peter's mother and has no qualms using his son as a battery to help further his goals. Peter has no problem killing Ego, despite that he would become a normal human for doing so]].



* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem Gaiden]]'' has both protagonists being this. Alm, actually Prince Alpine Rudolf of Rigel, was raised by a retired Zofian General. Meanwhile, Celica is the princess of Zofia, but was raised in a monastery as priestess. [[spoiler:The reason for their upbringing was a massive XanatosGambit by King Rudolf in order to end the reign of local deities of life and death Mila and Duma]]

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* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem Gaiden]]'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' has both protagonists being this. Alm, actually Prince Alpine Rudolf of Rigel, was raised by a retired Zofian General. Meanwhile, Celica is the princess of Zofia, but was raised in a monastery as priestess. [[spoiler:The reason for their upbringing was a massive XanatosGambit by King Rudolf in order to end the reign of local deities of life and death Mila and Duma]]


* In ''{{ComicBook/Blackbird}}'', Nina Rodriquez discovers that magic is real and that her long-dead mother is actually both alive and a major leader of a secret society of invisible wizards known as paragons. Nina's efforts to retrieve her kidnapped sister from her mother -- and get a satisfactory explanation for why her mother abandoned her family and is trying to erase her memory of finding her (and of her sister's very existence) constitutes the first arc of the story.
** Eventually Nina discovers that her sister was forcibly inducted as a paragon despite her mother's wishes [[spoiler: in what was basically a version of Film/SophiesChoice]]; in fact, Nina herself had died in an earthquake years before and was partially initiated as a paragon in order to restore her to life -- and her mother is desperate to prevent her from following her and her sister into a life that she considers to be tantamount to damnation.

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* In ''{{ComicBook/Blackbird}}'', ''ComicBook/Blackbird2018'', Nina Rodriquez discovers that magic is real and that her long-dead mother is actually both alive and a major leader of a secret society of invisible wizards known as paragons. Nina's efforts to retrieve her kidnapped sister from her mother -- and get a satisfactory explanation for why her mother abandoned her family and is trying to erase her memory of finding her (and of her sister's very existence) constitutes the first arc of the story.
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story. Eventually, Nina discovers that her sister was forcibly inducted as a paragon despite her mother's wishes [[spoiler: in what was basically a version of Film/SophiesChoice]]; ''Film/SophiesChoice'']]; in fact, Nina herself had died in an earthquake years before and was partially initiated as a paragon in order to restore her to life -- and her mother is desperate to prevent her from following her and her sister into a life that she considers to be tantamount to damnation.

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