Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Main / ChangelingFantasy

Go To



* The [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Who]] episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire "Dragonfire"]], is discussed and subverted. At one point in a moment of vulnerability, Ace confesses to Mel that as an escape from her miserable life back in Perivale she used to dream that she was actually a Changeling from the stars who would one day be whisked off to an alien world. Then, one day, she actually was whisked off to an alien world... only to end up in the same miserable life she'd had back home.

to:

* The [[Series/DoctorWho ''[[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Who]] Who]]'' episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire "Dragonfire"]], ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire "Dragonfire"]]'', is discussed and subverted. At one point in a moment of vulnerability, Ace confesses to Mel that as an escape from her miserable life back in Perivale she used to dream that she was actually a Changeling from the stars who would one day be whisked off to an alien world. Then, one day, she actually was whisked off to an alien world... only to end up in the same miserable life she'd had back home.

Added DiffLines:

* The [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Who]] episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire "Dragonfire"]], is discussed and subverted. At one point in a moment of vulnerability, Ace confesses to Mel that as an escape from her miserable life back in Perivale she used to dream that she was actually a Changeling from the stars who would one day be whisked off to an alien world. Then, one day, she actually was whisked off to an alien world... only to end up in the same miserable life she'd had back home.
-->'''Ace:''' I ended up here. Ended up working as a waitress again. Only this time I couldn't dream about going nowhere else. There wasn't nowhere else to go.


* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. At the beginning of the series Taro discovers that he belongs to a fabulously wealthy and powerful family.

to:

* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''.''Manga/HanaukyoMaidTeam''. At the beginning of the series Taro discovers that he belongs to a fabulously wealthy and powerful family.


* Opal Whiteley, or Princess Francoise Marie de Bourbon-Orleans (both names are engraved upon her tombstone), was a TeenGenius naturalist living in Oregon who kept a diary (now a respected classic) from the age of five or six. Stories about her life vary depending on who is telling them, but she seems to have believed almost from the beginning that she was adopted and was really the daughter of Prince [[http://bit.ly/1s9FjUq Henri d'Orleans]] of France (himself a naturalist who wrote several books on geography). She later became a CloudCuckoolander and ended her days in a hospital for the insane.

to:

* Opal Whiteley, or Princess Francoise Marie de Bourbon-Orleans (1897-1992) (both names are engraved upon her tombstone), tombstone along with the words ''I spake as a child''), was a TeenGenius naturalist living in from Cottage Grove, Oregon who kept a diary (now a respected classic) from the age of five or six. Stories about her life vary depending on who is telling them, but she seems to have believed almost from the beginning that she was adopted and was really the daughter of Prince [[http://bit.ly/1s9FjUq Henri d'Orleans]] of France (himself a naturalist who wrote several books on geography). She later went to India to retrace his travels, and was a guest of the Maharajah of Udaipur. She later suffered a severe head injury during the bombing of London, became a CloudCuckoolander and ended her days in a hospital for the insane.insane. By all accounts she was very respected there, and behaved consistently as a person of noble birth.

Added DiffLines:

* In Literature/TheCasteelSeries, Heaven, who grew up in extreme poverty in the country backwoods to a neglectful father and a stepmother who runs her ragged, learns that her birth mother actually came from a wealthy family and from then on frequently dreams about one day escaping her miserable life in the backwoods and finding her wealthy relatives. When she gets to do just that in later books, she learns that her fantasy isn't all it's cracked up to be — while she does get to live a more comfortable, luxurious life and have access to the higher education she never would've had in the Willies, she's still scorned by the upper-class students at her school and her mother's family turns out to be even more screwed-up than her adoptive one.


* ''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.

to:

* ''KingArthur'' ''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.

Added DiffLines:

* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' downplays this trope, as the main character's foster family is Nohr royalty, but their 'father' is an insane tyrant held together by conquest and the ''survivors'' of his family's brutal infighting. The MC's birth family, the Hoshido clan, are peace-loving but honor-bound racists. The main decision tree depends on which family the MC chooses[[note]]Birthright for Hoshido, Conquest for Nohr, and Revelation for "I'm siding with neither until they realize how pointless this conflict is"[[/note]].


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

to:

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



** Finding out the ''other'' parent is often a bad thing. For starters some parents were kind of absent. One can understand not telling a kid since they'd brag (Hey, it didn't turn out so well for poor Phaethon!) but when they ''need'' to know and they aren't there… well… Things are improving in the new saga, apparently. (demigods were claimed instantly; and they actually ''talk'' to their children)

to:

** Finding out the ''other'' parent is often a bad thing. For starters some parents were kind of absent. One can understand not telling a kid since they'd brag (Hey, it didn't turn out so well for poor Phaethon!) but when they ''need'' to know and they aren't there… well… Things are improving in the new saga, apparently. (demigods saga. (Demigods were claimed instantly; instantly, and they actually ''talk'' to their children)



* Deconstructed in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'' novels. A princess's duties and responsibilities are tough, and poor Mia didn't even want them in the first place.

to:

* Deconstructed in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'' novels. A princess's duties and responsibilities are tough, and poor Mia didn't even want them in the first place. Also, everyone on the royal side of her family is either extremely dysfunctional or a {{Jerkass}}. Her ordinary New Yorker mother remains the person that Mia is the most comfortable with.



* The ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series has an odd take on this. While the [=titular=] dragon ''is'' considered a valued and unique [[OrganicShip piece of ordinance]] in the British Aerial Corps; when he goes to China he finds out that A) dragons in general are treated as large [=citizens/subjects=] with wings rather than talking warbeasts and B) ''he'' is by rights part of the Imperial Household. While he does return to Britain it is with plans for reform on his mind.

to:

* The ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series has an odd take on this. While the [=titular=] dragon ''is'' considered a valued and unique [[OrganicShip piece of ordinance]] in the British Aerial Corps; when he goes to China he finds out that A) dragons in general are treated as large [=citizens/subjects=] with wings rather than talking warbeasts and B) ''he'' is by rights part of the Imperial Household. While he does return to Britain Britain, it is with plans for reform on his mind.



* Played ''very'' darkly in the ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' universe with both Alexander and Edgar. ''Literature/TheKingsQuestCompanion'' manages a {{Deconstruction}} by stating that Alexander doesn't even think of himself as a prince. Inwardly, he still thinks of himself as "Gwydion," [[EvilSorceror Mannanan's]] former slave, and signs his name as Alexander-Gwydion.

to:

* Played ''very'' darkly in the ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' universe with both Alexander and Edgar. ''Literature/TheKingsQuestCompanion'' manages a {{Deconstruction}} by stating that Alexander doesn't even ever think of himself as a prince. Inwardly, he still thinks of himself as "Gwydion," [[EvilSorceror Mannanan's]] former slave, and signs his name as Alexander-Gwydion.



** Gilgamesh believed himself to be an orphan taken into the Baron's care, and spent the first years of his life at the bottom of the pecking order established by the other kids on Castle Wulfenbach. He used to imagine who his parents might have been (maybe even a lost Heterodyne!). After a couple of [[RedHerring red herrings]], he finally found out he was the heir to the Wulfenbach empire, raised in secret for his own protection. Unfortunately that revelation (and the need to keep it secret) drove a wedge between him and his friends, especially his former best friend Tarvek, a situation not helped by someone intercepting all of their attempted correspondence. [[spoiler:Actually, Gil gets a double dose since his mother is the amazonian Queen of the fabled hidden LadyLand of Skifander, as shown by his ability to ''throw an entire titan-class clank'' (though he did sprain his shoulder doing it) and his father believes Gil had to be kept hidden from his mother's people as well for reasons he has yet to explain.]]

to:

** Gilgamesh believed himself to be an orphan taken into the Baron's care, and spent the first years of his life at the bottom of the pecking order established by the other kids on Castle Wulfenbach. He used to imagine who his parents might have been (maybe even a lost Heterodyne!). After a couple of [[RedHerring red herrings]], he finally found out he was the heir to the Wulfenbach empire, raised in secret for his own protection. Unfortunately that revelation (and the need to keep it secret) drove a wedge between him and his friends, especially his former best friend Tarvek, a situation not helped by someone intercepting all of their attempted correspondence. [[spoiler:Actually, Gil gets a double dose since his mother is the amazonian Queen of the fabled hidden LadyLand of Skifander, as shown by his ability to ''throw an entire titan-class clank'' (though he did sprain his shoulder doing it) and his father believes Gil had to be kept hidden from his mother's people as well well, for reasons he has yet to explain.]]



* In a nearly forgotten cartoon series called ''WesternAnimation/{{Wildfire}}'', an 'ordinary American cowgirl' named Sara turns out to be the princess of a realm from which she was removed in infancy for her own safety. Later in the series she discovers that [[spoiler: the man she lives with as her 'adopted' father is her true father the Prince, exiled for his own safety and brainwashed to forget his heritage, presumably to keep him from trying to return.]]

to:

* In a nearly forgotten cartoon series called ''WesternAnimation/{{Wildfire}}'', an 'ordinary American cowgirl' named Sara turns out to be the princess of a realm from which she was removed in infancy for her own safety. Later in the series she discovers that [[spoiler: the man she lives with as her 'adopted' father is her true father father, the Prince, exiled for his own safety and brainwashed to forget his heritage, presumably heritage (presumably to keep him from trying to return.return).]]


* In ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', instead of being a Zeus bastard like in the original myth, the title protagonist turn out to be his legitimate son, found later by his farmers foster parents.

to:

* In ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'', instead of being a Zeus bastard like in the original myth, the title protagonist turn out to be his legitimate son, found later by his farmers foster parents.



* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': The woman whom Rapunzel calls "Mother," who raised her—and who keeps her cooped up in a tower, makes demands of her, and insults her—isn't her real mother. Her real parents are a kindly king and queen who love her unconditionally and still celebrate her birthday every year as they wait for her to find them again.

to:

* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}}'': The woman whom Rapunzel calls "Mother," who raised her—and who keeps her cooped up in a tower, makes demands of her, and insults her—isn't her real mother. Her real parents are a kindly king and queen who love her unconditionally and still celebrate her birthday every year as they wait for her to find them again.



* Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' TV series had the lead's dull foster parents turn up to a parent evening, rather than his divine parents like he expected.

to:

* Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' TV series ''WesternAnimation/HerculesTheAnimatedSeries'' had the lead's dull foster parents turn up to a parent evening, rather than his divine parents like he expected.


* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' has the real parents using the {{Masquerade}}--and utterly evil.

to:

* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' ''Manga/CeresCelestialLegend'' has the real parents using the {{Masquerade}}--and utterly evil.


* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' [[TheWoobie Tobias]] admits at one point that as a child, he had liked to imagine that his [[ParentalAbandonment absentee parents]] had some sort of amazing lives/reason for abandoning him. In fact, [[DisappearedDad his father]] [[spoiler:was an alien [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transformed into a human]] who left [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou to fight a war]]]], while [[MissingMom his mother]] [[spoiler:was unable to care for him due to medical problems]].

to:

* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' [[TheWoobie Tobias]] admits at one point that as a child, he had liked to imagine spent his childhood hoping that his [[ParentalAbandonment absentee parents]] had some sort of amazing lives/reason for abandoning him. abandoned him because they were secretly spies or in the Witness Protection Program or something. In fact, [[DisappearedDad his father]] [[spoiler:was an alien was [[spoiler:a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transformed into a human]] shapeshifting]] alien who left [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou to fight a war]]]], while [[MissingMom his mother]] [[spoiler:was unable was [[spoiler:unable to care for him due to medical problems]].


* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Kristoff is a changeling, having been raised by the trolls since he was a small boy.


Related to DoorstopBaby and SeparatedAtBirth. MuggleFosterParents is a specific subtrope.

to:

Related to DoorstopBaby and SeparatedAtBirth. MuggleFosterParents is a specific subtrope.
subtrope, as is HumanAlienDiscovery.

Added DiffLines:

* Peter Parker from ''Fanfic/BornOfHellsKitchen'' was actually born the son of two enhanced humans, but a villain interfering with his mother's life led him to be adopted for seven years. When his adoptive family entirely dies out, Peter is taken back by his loving birth parents who became superheroes in the meantime.


** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Rey was left with a scrap trader and wants nothing more than for her real parents to come back for her. She eventually ends up with Han Solo and clearly latches onto him as a father-figure. In ''Film/TheLastJedi'', she does the same with Luke Skywalker. [[spoiler:Kylo Ren forces her to admit that her parents were "nobodies," random scrap traders who sold her for drinking money and died unremarked somewhere]].

to:

** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Rey was left with a scrap trader and wants nothing more than for her real parents to come back for her. She eventually ends up with Han Solo and clearly latches onto him as a father-figure. In ''Film/TheLastJedi'', she does the same with Luke Skywalker. [[spoiler:Kylo Ren forces her to admit that her parents were "nobodies," random scrap traders who sold her for drinking money and died unremarked somewhere]]. In ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', [[spoiler:it's revealed it's more complicated than that. While it's true that they abandoned her, it's to keep her safe from her grandfather, Palpatine.]]

Showing 15 edit(s) of 182

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report