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** 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]].

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** 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.]]

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* Many ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fics of a particular subgenre follow a subverted form of this. Harry is still raised by his aunt and uncle, but his parents (and twin brother, it's nearly always a twin brother) survived the attack on Halloween. The brother was declared the Boy Who Lived, Lily and James left the fame go to their heads, had more children (usually) and lived perfectly happy lives with Harry being forgotten. They will inevitably be complete jerks and function as a perfect HateSink when he returns to the magical world.


** Eventually Nina discovers that she herself died in an earthquake 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 into life as a paragon, as which she considers to be the equivalent of damnation.

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** Eventually Nina discovers that she 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 as a paragon, as which that she considers to be the equivalent of tantamount to damnation.


* 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. 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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* 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. 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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* 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 she herself died in an earthquake 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 into life as a paragon, as which she considers to be the equivalent of damnation.


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* 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 an invisible secret society of wizards. 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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* 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 an invisible a secret society of invisible wizards. 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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* 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 an invisible secret society of wizards. 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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* 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.


* The last arc of ''Literature/{{Aztec}}'' introduces us to Malintzin. When Mixtli meets her, she is an orphan brat with DelusionsOfGrandeur. Aztec custom names the child by their day of birth (hers is One Grass) and they're given a full name on their seventh birthday, but because she's an orphan, her name remains One Grass (Ce Malinali). By the time he meets her later, she's become Cortez' interpreter and consort to one of Cortez' men. She's also made up a back story for herself: that she was [[IndianPrincess formerly royalty]], but her family sold her when they fell on hard times. The "tzin" suffix (which means lord/lady and is assigned to nobility) is entirely fabricated.

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* The last arc of ''Literature/{{Aztec}}'' introduces us to Malintzin. When Mixtli meets her, she is an orphan brat with DelusionsOfGrandeur.delusions of grandeur. Aztec custom names the child by their day of birth (hers is One Grass) and they're given a full name on their seventh birthday, but because she's an orphan, her name remains One Grass (Ce Malinali). By the time he meets her later, she's become Cortez' interpreter and consort to one of Cortez' men. She's also made up a back story for herself: that she was [[IndianPrincess formerly royalty]], but her family sold her when they fell on hard times. The "tzin" suffix (which means lord/lady and is assigned to nobility) is entirely fabricated.


* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'' by Rose Ben being a member of the young [[MessianicArchetype Thorn's]] real family as well. Thorn wasn't so much adopted as she was stolen away by her grandmother for her safety, who's just as much a hidden royal as Thorn is. As Thorn goes through the story and returns to her rightful position, Grandma Ben is right alongside her (for the [[IJustWantToBeNormal most part]]), returning to her royal position also.

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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'' by Rose Gran'ma Ben being a member of the young [[MessianicArchetype Thorn's]] Thorn's real family as well. Thorn wasn't so much adopted as she was stolen sent away by with her grandmother for her safety, who's just as much a hidden royal as Thorn is. As Thorn goes through the story and returns to her rightful position, Grandma Gran'ma Ben is right alongside her (for the [[IJustWantToBeNormal most part]]), returning to her royal position also.also. Also deconstructed in that Thorn is upset and angered by the reveal that her own grandmother has been lying to her for years, and it takes a while for Thorn to forgive her.


* Harshly deconstructed in ''Literature/TheMerchantPrincesSeries'' by Creator/CharlesStross. All the elements are there: Miriam Beckstein discovers she is the daughter of a powerful noble family with seemingly-magical powers from a medieval kingdom in another world, where she is engaged to marry a prince. But her family turns out to be an amoral organized-crime family that uses their magical powers for drug smuggling; the other world is by modern standards a squalid hellhole, where women have no rights; the prince is mentally retarded, and she is expected to marry him with no argument for the political advantage of her family, regardless of whether she wants to.

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* Harshly deconstructed in ''Literature/TheMerchantPrincesSeries'' by Creator/CharlesStross. All the elements are there: Miriam Beckstein discovers she is the daughter of a powerful noble family with seemingly-magical powers from a medieval kingdom in another world, where she is engaged to marry a prince. But her family turns out to be an amoral organized-crime family that uses their magical powers for drug smuggling; the other world is by modern standards a squalid hellhole, where women have no rights; the prince is mentally retarded, disabled, and she is expected to marry him with no argument for the political advantage of her family, regardless of whether she wants to.

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* Inverted in ''Film/Shazam2019''. Billy (secretly) becomes an extraordinary superhero while [[spoiler: his biological mother is living a mundane, less-than-stellar life and wants nothing to do with her son.]]

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* In the Eighth Doctor ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic stories, this is the arc of long-running companion Izzy. When she first meets the Doctor, she is an unhappily adopted teen who has always felt that she must be some kind of alien princess, and becoming the Doctor's companion initially makes her conviction deeper. After all her travels with the Doctor, however, she is reconciled to her adoptive parents and her nature as an ordinary human, through recognising the root of her problem, [[spoiler:that she was in denial about being lesbian]].
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* Invoked and defied in ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', in which Miles tells his clone-brother Mark that most orphans dream of the changeling fantasy about having royal parents (which Cordelia and Aral technically are). Mark bitterly rejects this, saying he "always knew the score".

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* ''Literature/TheAccursedKings'' is a novelisation of the history of France in the 1300's. A secondary plot involves the substitution of the genine newborn prince with an expendable commoner double - this is so that a suspected assassination attempt, if successful, would not kill the real heir. But when the double is indeed murdered and it is falsely believed the real Heir is dead, the actual royal baby is packed off to rural France to be brought up by the kind of barely-there nobility who only just squeak onto the scale. Only one or two people - including the Pope - know there is indeed a surviving and legitimate royal heir. Scroll forwards by twenty years when that child, now an adult, learns his real story. Alas for him, the people who grabbed the French throne have no interest in surrendering it, and he discovers it really doesn't matter a damn that he's the real deal. He doesn't have the power to do anything about it, and dies, held incommunicado in a prison, the last Capet heir to the throne of France.

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