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** Another, from the Brodax era, had Popeye and Brutus named in the will and testament of Barnacle Bill, who leaves a can of spinach. Brutus is incensed and ambushed Popeye, but he eats the spinach and dispatches of Brutus. It turns out that Barnacle Bill also left $1000. It is awarded to Popeye, who donates it all to an orphans' fund.

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** Another, from the Brodax era, had Popeye and Brutus named in the will and testament of Barnacle Bill, who leaves a can of spinach. Brutus is incensed and ambushed ambushes Popeye, but he Popeye eats the spinach and dispatches of Brutus. It turns out that Barnacle Bill also left $1000. It is awarded to Popeye, who donates it all to an orphans' fund.

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** Another, from the Brodax era, had Popeye and Brutus named in the will and testament of Barnacle Bill, who leaves a can of spinach. Brutus is incensed and ambushed Popeye, but he eats the spinach and dispatches of Brutus. It turns out that Barnacle Bill also left $1000. It is awarded to Popeye, who donates it all to an orphans' fund.


* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''The Asylum and Other Tales'', adventure "Black Devil Mountain". A {{PC}} receives some property as a bequest from their recently deceased brother. It turns out to be near the site of some extremely nasty Franchise/CthulhuMythos activity.

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* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''
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''The Asylum and Other Tales'', adventure "Black Devil Mountain". A {{PC}} receives some property as a bequest from their recently deceased brother. It turns out to be near the site of some extremely nasty Franchise/CthulhuMythos activity.


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* ''TabletopGame/MarvelSuperHeroes Advanced Set'' ''Judge's Book''. Random Events includes a windfall: a bequest resulting from being named in another person's will. It can include a haunted house or a magical artifact with a powerful curse that is being sought by a dangerous evil being. The only guarantee is that it will get the PlayerCharacters in a great deal of trouble.


* The 1944 ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon "The Million Dollar Cat" has Tom inherit $1 million from Aunt Harriet, provided that Tom never harm any living thing, "even a mouse." Jerry, of course, torments Tom beyond all feline endurance.

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* The 1944 ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon "The Million Dollar Cat" has Tom inherit $1 million from Aunt Harriet, provided that Tom never harm any living thing, "even a mouse." Jerry, of course, torments Tom beyond all feline endurance. Needless to say, Jerry finds out the hard way that, if pushed far enough, [[RejectingTheInheritance even $1 million won't stop Tom]].


* In ''Film/{{Casper}}'', the Whipstaff Manor where Casper and his uncles reside is inherited by [[BigBad Carrigan Crittenden]] following her father's death. She's not happy about until she learns about a treasure within. Her seeking out this treasure would ultimately [[spoiler:lead to her own karmic death]].

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* In ''Film/{{Casper}}'', the Whipstaff Manor where Casper and his uncles reside is inherited by [[BigBad Carrigan Crittenden]] following her father's death. She's not happy about this until she learns about there's a treasure hidden within. Her seeking out this treasure would ultimately [[spoiler:lead to her own karmic death]].


* In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' Arthur Winkins great uncle left him an old crumbling castle in {{Uberwald}}, the title of Count, and a nasty case of vampirism. First time anyone was ever turned undead by a lawyer's missive. His wife, Doreen, has embraced it, but Arthur finds it more a nuisance to a small businessman in the fruit and veg trade.
* In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Moist receives Topsy Lavish's dog Mr. Fusspot as part of her will - and it turns out Mr. Fusspot owns 51% of the family bank's shares. Since Moist is his owner, he is now Chairman of the bank (on behalf of Mr. Fusspot, naturally), which prompts the other members of Ms. Lavish's family to try and ruin him to get their bank back.

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* In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' ''Literature/ReaperMan'' Arthur Winkins great uncle left him an old crumbling castle in {{Uberwald}}, the title of Count, and a nasty case of vampirism. First time anyone was ever turned undead by a lawyer's missive. His wife, Doreen, has embraced it, but Arthur finds it more a nuisance to a small businessman in the fruit and veg trade.
* In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', ''Literature/MakingMoney'', Moist receives Topsy Lavish's dog Mr. Fusspot as part of her will - and it turns out Mr. Fusspot owns 51% of the family bank's shares. Since Moist is his owner, he is now Chairman of the bank (on behalf of Mr. Fusspot, naturally), which prompts the other members of Ms. Lavish's family to try and ruin him to get their bank back.


** It's also a staple of ''Call of Cthulhu'' published adventures, to the point that GenreSavvy players, if they inherit an old house, will not go there until they've stocked up on the blowtorch fuel.

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** It's also a staple of ''Call of Cthulhu'' published adventures, to the point that GenreSavvy savvy players, if they inherit an old house, will not go there until they've stocked up on the blowtorch fuel.


* ''Film/MouseHunt'': The box of Cuban cigars Ernie got from his dead dad, which releases a cockroach that doesn't kill ''Ernie'' per se, but it ''does'' kill a high-profile customer of his and pretty much destroy his business.



* Respected restaurateur Ernie Smuntz inherits a box of very old cigars from his departed father, Rudolph Smuntz in Dreamworks' 1997 comedy ''Film/{{Mousehunt}}''. Ernie takes the cigar box to his restaurant, where he leaves it at the back of the kitchen. A huge cockroach escapes from the unguarded cigar box, and turns up during the Mayor's meal. This fiasco ruins Ernie's reputation, condemns his restaurant and leaves him destitute.

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* Respected restaurateur Ernie Smuntz inherits a box of very old cigars from his departed father, Rudolph Smuntz in Dreamworks' 1997 comedy ''Film/{{Mousehunt}}''. Ernie takes the cigar box to his restaurant, where he leaves it at the back of the kitchen. A huge cockroach escapes from the unguarded cigar box, and turns up during the Mayor's meal. This fiasco The resulting heart attack ruins Ernie's reputation, condemns his restaurant and leaves him destitute.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': In season 2 Mr. Heckles, who lives in the apartment below Monica and Rachel, dies and leaves everything to [[CeilingBanger "the noisy girls upstairs"]]. Monica is touched by the gesture...until she learns that Heckles' apartment is full of junk that they now have to sort through and throw out.
-->'''Monica:''' Would you look at this dump? He hated us. This is his final revenge!

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* The French comic ''ComicBook/GreenManor'' has the Spear of Destiny, a historical relic covered in ancient writing. Over the course of the story, it's discovered that it was owned by many famed warriors, all of whom died violently, with the latest being a brutal British general. When the general is found dead (apparently of suicide, despite his successful campaign against African natives), the cops investigating discover the translation of the text, a recipe for an alchemical potion that, combined with the Spear, will bring unimaginable glory to the wielder (the author claimed he was too old for such undertakings). The Spear disappears, stolen by one of the cops. The other one realizes the truth too late: the potion was a drug that induced a feeling of invincibility in the drinker ([[AmbitionIsEvil if they harbored overambitious projects]]), who would then inevitably kill himself in this state. [[BatmanGambit The alchemist who'd written down the recipe intended for would-be conquerers through the ages to remove themselves before they could inflict their dreams on the world.]]
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'': The "Kitchen Irish" arc features the PosthumousCharacter Nesbitt, the former head of the IrishMob and a shining example of EvilOldFolks who hated his successors (and the hate was very much mutual). His will gave the four biggest gangs a piece of code that together showed the location of his fortune. The four gangleaders (who have as much reason to hate each other as they did Nesbitt) finally agree to work together, crack the code and find a chest that... contains a [[ThanatosGambit bomb that goes off when opened]].


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* ''Film/MouseHunt'': The box of Cuban cigars Ernie got from his dead dad, which releases a cockroach that doesn't kill ''Ernie'' per se, but it ''does'' kill a high-profile customer of his and pretty much destroy his business.

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* ''FanFic/PokemonMysteryDungeonWhatCameAfter'': Gallade's late grandfather, a Wobbuffet, left him a dojo named Wobbuffet Dojo which is [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} built to look like a Wobbuffet]]. Gallade considers this embarrassing.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' episode "A Night of Fright Is No Delight", in which Scooby Doo is named in a wealthy man's will, but he must spend a night in a haunted house as a condition of receiving his share of the estate.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' episode "A Night of Fright Is No Delight", in which Scooby Doo is named in a wealthy man's will, but he must spend a night in a haunted house as a condition of receiving his share of the estate. After capturing the MonsterOfTheWeek, Scooby gets the entire estate (as the [=MotW=] had scared everyone else and said Monster was one of them), but it turns out that it was nothing but "worthless" Confederacy money.


* In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Moist receives Topsy Lavish's dog Mr. Fusspot as part of her will - and it turns out he (not Moist, the ''dog'') owns 51% of the family bank's shares. Since Moist is his owner, he is now Chairman of the bank (on behalf of the Mr Fusspot, naturally), which prompts the other members of Ms. Lavish's family to try and ruin him to get their bank back.
** It's worth noting that they target Moist exclusively. Ms. Fusspot can't be eliminated because every assassin in the city thinks being hired to kill a small dog is degrading.

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* In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Moist receives Topsy Lavish's dog Mr. Fusspot as part of her will - and it turns out he (not Moist, the ''dog'') Mr. Fusspot owns 51% of the family bank's shares. Since Moist is his owner, he is now Chairman of the bank (on behalf of the Mr Mr. Fusspot, naturally), which prompts the other members of Ms. Lavish's family to try and ruin him to get their bank back.
** It's worth noting that they target Moist exclusively. Ms.Mr. Fusspot can't be eliminated because every assassin in the city thinks being hired to kill a small dog is degrading.



* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' Nick's inheritance from his aunt is all the stuff he needs to fight the monsters of lore. It's not that his inheritance is evil, but it is a nasty surprise as he thought he was just normal and not a supernaturally gifted fighter.
* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'', Barbara inherits a robot with the exact personality of her hated "Uncle Simon",, and she only gets his wealth if she takes care of it.

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* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Nick's inheritance from his aunt is all the stuff he needs to fight the monsters of lore. It's not that his inheritance is evil, but it is a nasty surprise as he thought he was just normal and not a supernaturally gifted fighter.
* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'', Barbara inherits a robot with the exact personality of her hated "Uncle Simon",, Simon", and she only gets his wealth if she takes care of it.



* ZigZagged on ''Series/NYPDBlue'': PAA John Irvin's father dies and he is visited by the lawyer handling the estate. The lawyer tells him that there are various taxes, fees, and unpaid bills to be paid off from the estate, which John takes to mean that it will use up any inheritance and he'll have to pay some in addition. But no;after paying everyting John and his sister will inherit roughly $800,000. Each.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam and Dean get a call that Bobby has received an inheritance from an old friend. However, Bobby has already died so Sam and Dean go as his proxies. The inheritance turns out to be guardianship of a murderous shifter whose mother knew Bobby was a hunter and hoped would be able to control the shifter.

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* ZigZagged on ''Series/NYPDBlue'': PAA John Irvin's father dies and he is visited by the lawyer handling the estate. The lawyer tells him that there are various taxes, fees, and unpaid bills to be paid off from the estate, which John takes to mean that it will use up any inheritance and he'll have to pay some in addition. But no;after no, after paying everyting everything John and his sister will inherit roughly $800,000. Each.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam and Dean get a call that Bobby has received an inheritance from an old friend. However, Bobby has already died so Sam and Dean go as his proxies. The inheritance turns out to be guardianship of a murderous shifter whose mother knew Bobby was a hunter and hoped he would be able to control the shifter.



* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' begins with the player inheriting their (now cursed) family estate after the death (by self-inflicted gunshot) of their antecedent. They must now send parties of (likely doomed) adventurers deep into the ruins in order to uncover the truth and redeem their lineage. Oh, said family estate is also the home of an EldritchAbomination that was [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] until said Ancestor set it loose out of [[CuriosityKilledTheCat curiosity.]]

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* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' begins with the player inheriting their (now cursed) family estate after the death (by self-inflicted gunshot) of their antecedent. They must now send parties of (likely doomed) adventurers deep into the ruins in order to uncover the truth and redeem their lineage. Oh, said family estate is also the home of an EldritchAbomination that was [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] until said Ancestor set it loose out of [[CuriosityKilledTheCat [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot curiosity.]]

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* ''Webcomic/UglyHill'': After Grandpa Killgore dies, it's revealed that his will, which his two adult children had spent most of their lives using as a weapon against eachother and their own families, leaves them [[spoiler: 500.000$ in credit card debts. He did also leave his son his house, but even if he sold that it wouldn't come close to paying off his half of the debt]]


* Willing people tiny amounts of money or other such trivial items is more common than you might think. In some jurisdictions, a person not mentioned in the will (especially a direct relation like an estranged child) can make a legal case the deceased forgot to include them, leading to messy disputes over what share they "should" have gotten. Willing such a person a negligible sum (like a single dollar or one postage stamp of a collection) is proof they were remembered and left out on purpose. While this does tend to cause InheritanceBacklash, the point of the exercise is removing their ability to do anything about it.

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* Willing people tiny amounts of money or other such trivial items is more common than you might think. In some jurisdictions, a person not mentioned in the will (especially a direct relation like an estranged child) can make a legal case the deceased forgot to include them, leading to messy disputes over what share they "should" have gotten. Willing such a person a negligible sum (like a single dollar or one postage stamp of a collection) is proof they were remembered and left out on purpose. While this does tend to cause InheritanceBacklash, this trope, the point of the exercise is removing their ability to do anything about it.

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