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'''Dad:''' ''(coming out of the shadows)'' Dexter, [[CaptainObvious I... am your father.]]\\

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'''Dad:''' ''(coming out of the shadows)'' Dexter, [[CaptainObvious I... am your father.]]\\\\


** In the one-shot ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6277257/1/Severance Severance]]'', it's revealed early on that Ash's father is Giovanni. When Delia worked with Team Rocket, she had a one-night stand with Giovanni that resulted in Ash. Ash himself doesn't know. The story starts wiith Delia having been shot after she tried to kill Giovanni. Giovanni knows that Ash is his son... he just doesn't care and [[WouldHurtAChild is out]] [[OffingTheOffspring to kill him and Delia]].

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** In the one-shot ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6277257/1/Severance Severance]]'', ''Fanfic/{{Severance}}'', it's revealed early on that Ash's father is Giovanni. When Delia worked with Team Rocket, she had a one-night stand with Giovanni that resulted in Ash. Ash himself doesn't know. The story starts wiith Delia having been shot after she tried to kill Giovanni. Giovanni knows that Ash is his son... he just doesn't care and [[WouldHurtAChild is out]] [[OffingTheOffspring to kill him and Delia]].


Here is a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeGG0-2AhFQ compilation]] with a lot of examples.


* A handful of ''Harry Potter'' fics. A lot of Snape fans enjoy writing stories in which Snape is revealed to be Harry's biological father. Either Lily cheated or her whole marriage to James was a big, complicated ruse. Harry's reaction varies, but anger at being placed with the Dursleys when he had a living father the whole time is common.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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A handful of ''Harry Potter'' fics. A lot of Snape fans enjoy writing stories in which Snape is revealed to be Harry's biological father. Either Lily cheated or her whole marriage to James was a big, complicated ruse. Harry's reaction varies, but anger at being placed with the Dursleys when he had a living father the whole time is common.



* NiceGuy foreign transfer student from another planet, dates the female DarkAndTroubledPast / TheWoobie character? Seems simple until you realise... That they're MUCH closer than intended... ''IncestIsRelative''.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4489465/1/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_Erazors_Revenge Sonic the Hedgehog: Erazor's Revenge]]'', it is reveled (by the author) that the evil Genie of the Lamp, Erazor Djinn is the father of Sharah the Genie of the Ring, the lesser genie.

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* NiceGuy foreign transfer student from another planet, dates the female DarkAndTroubledPast / TheWoobie character? Seems simple until you realise... That they're MUCH closer than intended... ''IncestIsRelative''.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4489465/1/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_Erazors_Revenge Sonic the Hedgehog: Erazor's Revenge]]'', it is reveled revealed (by the author) that the evil Genie of the Lamp, Erazor Djinn is the father of Sharah the Genie of the Ring, the lesser genie.



* Inverted in Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure; we go through the whole story thinking Celesia is Twilight's mother, but then at the very end her brother's ghost tells her that it's not actually true, and in fact she killed Twilight's real parents.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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Inverted in Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure; we go through the whole story thinking Celesia is Twilight's mother, but then at the very end her brother's ghost tells her that it's not actually true, and in fact she killed Twilight's real parents.parents.
** ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': Discord reveals to Diamond Tiara that she and her mother are direct descendants of his mortal mother Shady [[note]]His actual mother is Entropy, but he once incarnated in Equestria as a mortal and was borne by Shady[[/note]], making him her great-great-something uncle.
** In ''Fanfic/PrincessTrixieSparkle'', the main antagonist reveals to Luna that she's her older sister. Astelle is a FallenHero who was already an adult when Luna was born. Celestia hid her existence from Luna for several thousand years.



* In the ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' fanfic, ''Fanfic/FrozenHearts'', while Hans is trying to return to Arendelle, he and his brother [[OriginalCharacter Heins]] run into some pirates, and, after a while, recognize their captain as their brother, Heinrik. Later that chapter, and that day, they encounter Harry, who ran away from home and serves as a fence for Heinrik.

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In the ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' fanfic, ''Fanfic/FrozenHearts'', while Hans is trying to return to Arendelle, he and his brother [[OriginalCharacter Heins]] run into some pirates, and, after a while, recognize their captain as their brother, Heinrik. Later that chapter, and that day, they encounter Harry, who ran away from home and serves as a fence for Heinrik.Heinrik.
** ''Fanfic/TheQueenOfHearts'' revolves around Elsa trying to find out if she's a ChocolateBaby or not. It turns out that [[spoiler:her parents couldn't conceive their first child, so they found a man to act as a sperm donor]]. Along the way Elsa and Anna find out that [[spoiler:Hans is their half-brother from when [[ChildByRape their mother was imprisoned]] during a war with the Southern Isles]]. [[spoiler:Hans]] doesn't know of their relationship.



* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fan fic ''FanFic/SpeakUp'', Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket, is Red's father. The author got this idea from ''Theatre/PokemonLive''.



* There are tons of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfics that imagine the Team Rocket leader Giovanni as being Ash's father. But many other theories exist. Since the 8th movie, for example, some writers have attributed Ash's aura to him being the son of Sir Aaron, or at least one of his descendants. Examples include:

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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There are tons of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfics that imagine the Team Rocket leader Giovanni as being Ash's father. But many other theories exist. Since the 8th movie, for example, some writers have attributed Ash's aura to him being the son of Sir Aaron, or at least one of his descendants. Examples include:This also extends to Ash's game counterpart, Red.



* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': Discord reveals to Diamond Tiara that she and her mother are direct descendants of his mortal mother Shady [[note]]His actual mother is Entropy, but he once incarnated in Equestria as a mortal and was borne by Shady[[/note]], making him her great-great-something uncle.
* Inverted during the [[TimeyWimeyBall time travel arc]] of ''{{FanFic/Vapors}}''. Minato quickly guesses that [[GenerationXerox Naruto]] is his son, but it takes much longer for him to realize that Aiko is being snippy because she's his daughter and has abandonment issues.

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* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': Discord reveals to Diamond Tiara that she ** ''Fanfic/BackToZero'' is a fanfic where Giovanni is not only Ash's dad, but he's also Jessie's dad. This unknowingly makes Ash and her mother are direct descendants Jessie half-siblings.
** [[WhamEpisode Chapter 23]]
of his mortal mother Shady [[note]]His actual mother is Entropy, but he once incarnated in Equestria as a mortal and was borne by Shady[[/note]], making him her great-great-something uncle.
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''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has Ash confront the [[TimeyWimeyBall time travel arc]] of ''{{FanFic/Vapors}}''. Minato local KnightOfCerebus, Belladonna Tyrian, who quickly guesses notices the resemblance between them, and realizes they're half-siblings. Moreover, this revelation quickly drops the bomb that [[GenerationXerox Naruto]] is his son, but it takes much longer for him to realize that Aiko is being snippy because she's his daughter and all those Ash-lookalikes our hero has abandonment issues.encountered before are related to him, having all been sired by the same father.
** In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fan fic ''FanFic/SpeakUp'', Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket, is Red's father. The author got this idea from ''Theatre/PokemonLive''.



* [[WhamEpisode Chapter 23]] of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has Ash confront the local KnightOfCerebus, Belladonna Tyrian, who quickly notices the resemblance between them, and realizes they're half-siblings. Moreover, this revelation quickly drops the bomb that all those Ash-lookalikes our hero has encountered before are related to him, having all been sired by the same father.



* In ''Fanfic/PrincessTrixieSparkle'', the main antagonist reveals to Luna that she's her older sister. Astelle is a FallenHero who was already an adult when Luna was born. Celestia hid her existence from Luna for several thousand years.
* 2003's ''Fanfic/{{Bloodlines}}'' begins with the Fourth Hokage revealing to Naruto that he's his father. This was years before it was revealed but canon, but [[CaptainObviousReveal fans already knew this]] (and an author's note in ''Bloodlines'' lampshades the obviousness).

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* In ''Fanfic/PrincessTrixieSparkle'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Inverted during
the main antagonist reveals to Luna [[TimeyWimeyBall time travel arc]] of ''{{FanFic/Vapors}}''. Minato quickly guesses that [[GenerationXerox Naruto]] is his son, but it takes much longer for him to realize that Aiko is being snippy because she's her older sister. Astelle is a FallenHero who was already an adult when Luna was born. Celestia hid her existence from Luna for several thousand years.
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his daughter and has abandonment issues.
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2003's ''Fanfic/{{Bloodlines}}'' begins with the Fourth Hokage revealing to Naruto that he's his father. This was years before it was revealed but canon, but [[CaptainObviousReveal fans already knew this]] (and an author's note in ''Bloodlines'' lampshades the obviousness).obviousness).
** ''Fanfic/TheLineIsNotBroken'' is a oneshot based on the theory that Tsunade is Minato's mother (and as a result, Naruto's grandmother). Tsunade had a OneNightStandPregnancy after a drunken fling with Jiraya. Jiraya never knew about the baby.


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* Parodied in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/1/21/ this]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' strip.

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Parodied in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/1/21/ this]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' strip.


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[[caption-width-right:350:[-If this image spoiled anything, [[ItWasHisSled where have you been for the last thirty-nine years]]?-] few decades]]?-] ]]

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* ''FanFic/ConversationsWithACryptid'', Izuku's father is Hisashi Midoriya (and this is his real name), but it's not until the end of the story that other characters connect him with the alias he's been using most of the time, [[spoiler: All for One.]]


Whether or not this is a good thing or a bad thing for whoever is being given the reveal mainly depends on who is giving the reveal in question. Sometimes an ally, a {{Mentor|s}} or a non-romantic MysteriousProtector will turn out to be the parent of the person being given the reveal, but other times, the reveal of who a character's parent is will be cause for serious anguish, such as someone who just [[HeroicSacrifice gave his or her life for him]], someone who could have been a LoveInterest, or worst of all, a villain working for the BigBad or even the BigBad himself, as in the most infamous ''Franchise/StarWars'' example.

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Whether or not this is a good thing or a bad thing for whoever is being given the reveal mainly depends on who is giving the reveal in question. Sometimes an ally, a {{Mentor|s}} or a non-romantic MysteriousProtector will turn out to be the parent of the person being given the reveal, but other times, the reveal of who a character's parent is will be [[UnpleasantParentReveal cause for serious anguish, anguish]], such as someone who just [[HeroicSacrifice gave his or her life for him]], someone who could have been a LoveInterest, or worst of all, a villain working for the BigBad or even the BigBad himself, as in the most infamous ''Franchise/StarWars'' example.


** TropeNamer. This is TheReveal from [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack the second part]] of the original trilogy.[[note]]The line as it's frequently quoted is actually a PopularMisquote; the radio adaptation ''[[FromACertainPointOfView does]]'' render it as "'''No, Luke.''' I am your father", however.[[/note]] The reason that this reveal worked and a lot of the imitators fell flat was that a big part of Luke's story revolved around his [[TellMeAboutMyFather Jedi Knight father]], whom he sought to emulate as a Jedi himself, which was ''why'' Luke let out the BigNo in response to the AwfulTruth about said father being revealed. In addition to that, this also means that both Obi-Wan and Yoda had been lying to him ever since they met. It also gives new light to Uncle Owen's reasons for refusing to let Luke accept the CallToAdventure, in particular Aunt Beru's assessment that "he's got too much of his father in him" and Owen's response "That's what I'm afraid of". Also, the reveal in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' is that Leia is Luke's sister.

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** TropeNamer. This is TheReveal from [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack the second part]] of the original trilogy.[[note]]The line as it's frequently quoted is actually a PopularMisquote; BeamMeUpScotty; the radio adaptation ''[[FromACertainPointOfView does]]'' render it as "'''No, Luke.''' I am your father", however.[[/note]] The reason that this reveal worked and a lot of the imitators fell flat was that a big part of Luke's story revolved around his [[TellMeAboutMyFather Jedi Knight father]], whom he sought to emulate as a Jedi himself, which was ''why'' Luke let out the BigNo in response to the AwfulTruth about said father being revealed. In addition to that, this also means that both Obi-Wan and Yoda had been lying to him ever since they met. It also gives new light to Uncle Owen's reasons for refusing to let Luke accept the CallToAdventure, in particular Aunt Beru's assessment that "he's got too much of his father in him" and Owen's response "That's what I'm afraid of". Also, the reveal in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' is that Leia is Luke's sister.


* In one issue of ''Oglaf'', a wizard who's fighting a Cthulhu-like monster has used all his spells to no effect and tell his companion that his last spell will allow him to travel back in time and seduce the monster's mother, so that he can invoke this trope and cause the monster to have a Luke Skywalker-esque breakdown. When the companion questions why he can't just lie and say he's the father, the wizard claims that won't work since everyone instinctively know who their parents are. When the warrior is skeptical, the wizard proves it by saying he is the warrior's father, causing him to have a breakdown.

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* In one issue of ''Oglaf'', ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', a wizard who's fighting a Cthulhu-like monster has used all his spells to no effect and tell his companion that his last spell will allow him to travel back in time and seduce the monster's mother, so that he can invoke this trope and cause the monster to have a Luke Skywalker-esque breakdown. When the companion questions why he can't just lie and say he's the father, the wizard claims that won't work since everyone instinctively know who their parents are. When the warrior is skeptical, the wizard proves it by saying he is the warrior's father, causing him to have a breakdown.



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* [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra Cain]] was raised in horrific by the assassin David Cain, never knowing the identities of her true parents. In the final arc of the Kelley Puckett run of the book, she finally comes to the realization that Cain ''was'' her real father, but her mother's identity is left unknown until the final arc of the entire book, where she confirms, as she has suspected for some time, that ComicBook/LadyShiva is her mother. Her Post-Flashpoint counterpart knew that David was her father the entire time, but it is only during the ''League of Shadows'' arc in ''ComicBook/DetectiveComicsRebirth'' that Shiva reveals that she is Cassandra's mother, sending Cass into a HeroicBSOD.


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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' takes this trope UpToEleven when it's revealed to the audience (but not to the protagonist) that Trucy is his half-sister, the guy who got killed in the first case was her father, and their mother is Lamiroir, the blind, amnisiac foreign singer from the third case. Whew....
** Oh, the third game was pretty good at this too: Evil serial killer Dahlia Hawthorne was coincidentally the cousin of Mia Fey, the lawyer who got her a death sentence, as well as the daughter of the culprit of 2-2. Dahlia Hawthorne is thus also the cousin of Maya Fey and the older sister of Pearl Fey. And so is Dahlia twin sister, Iris. The victim of the last case eventually turns out to have been Maya's long lost mother, who is also Pearl's (and Dahlia's and Iris's) aunt, Mystic Misty Fey, the master of Kurain. So there's no part of the Fey family that's not messed up.
** The madness that occurred in the 4th game [[ShipSinking sunk ship over ship over GODDAMN ship]], and it is unlikely they will ever be salvaged.
*** You [[BrotherSisterIncest underestimate the fandom.]]
** In ''Spirit of Justice'', it's revealed that Queen Ga'ran and Justice Minister Inga are not Rayfa's parents, but her aunt and uncle. Her real parents are the former Queen Amara and leader of LaResistance Dhurke Sahdmadhi, which also makes her Prosecutor Nahyuta Sahdmadhi's sister and Apollo's foster sister.
* After the first ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', Yuri Sakazaki revealed to her brother Ryo and his friend Robert Garcia that, the game's final boss, Mr. Karate, was Takauma Sakazaki, Ryo and Yuri's father. Good thing too, Ryo was about to kill him for thinking he was the BigBad. That honor belonged to Geese Howard who blackmailed Takuma by arranging for Yuri's kidnapping, so he could work for him.
** Used again in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' where K's long lost sister is presumably Whip.
* Throughout the adventure game ''VideoGame/BadMojo'', there are hints that Eddie, the landlord of main character Roger Samms, is actually Roger's estranged father. In the game's [[MultipleEndings best ending]], if you manage to save both Roger and Eddie from the gas explosion that takes out Eddie's bar at the end of the game, this turns out to be the case.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' (the first), we learn that the man who killed Gorion is Charname's brother.
** More literal example is the fact that the voice in your head belongs to Bhaal, God of Murder and your daddy. You'll have a LOT more of these revelations as the series goes on.
** For one more example, Imoen is one of the Bhaalspawn, and thus your half-sister.
* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', you find out at one point that Giacomo is Georg's son. However, since you find out even later that Kalas is an ArtificialHuman and therefore has no biological parents, this doesn't mean what you think it means.
* Inverted in the main campaign of ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'': TheReveal is that prince Konrad isn't actually related to the King at all.
* The Principal in ''VideoGame/BattleHigh 2'' is revealed to have changed his name to Frederick Regisworth, from Bryan Regis Harrisworth II. Considering that a character in both Battle High games is named Bryan Regis Harrisworth III, the outcome should be a no-brainer.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', Father Balder reveals that he is the titular character's father towards the end of the game. In the [[Videogame/{{Bayonetta 2}} sequel]], the Masked Lumen is revealed to be a younger version of Balder, which is also another variation of this.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/BioShock'' receives a one-two [[PlayerPunch punch]] of discovering that his biological father is Andrew Ryan ''and'' that Dr. Tennenbaum, Frank Fontaine, and Dr. Suchong were his surrogate parents. Ryan himself only figured this out about an hour earlier.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'': Jin is Ragna's brother, not just some psycho using UsefulNotes/JapaneseSiblingTerminology. Nu, and therefore Noel are clones of their Missing Little Sister, Saya.
** ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'': Lambda is another clone of Saya. The Imperator of the [[TheEmpire Novus Orvus Librarium]] is Saya herself.
* In ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow]]'' we find out Arikado is really Alucard, which means Alucard is protecting his father's reincarnated soul.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', it's revealed (in [[InfoDump a huge chunk of exposition]] that arrives immediately before the [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere unexpected final boss]]) that Lynx, the cat-man who was the recurring villain for the first part of the game, and who you (kinda, sorta, it's complicated) killed two dungeons ago, was actually Serge's father Wazuki all [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] and [[BalefulPolymorph polymorphed]]. Also, Kid turns out to be Schala's daughter-clone-time duplicate, which adds an extra layer of weirdness to the final boss since Schala's [[FusionDance one half of it]]. And if his backstory [[WhatCouldHaveBeen hadn't been dropped]], masked magician Guile would have been revealed as Magus, Schala's brother and therefore Kid's... something. He might still be if the bonus ending in the DS version of ''Chrono Trigger'' is any indication.
* In the Troperiffic fantasy game parody ''VideoGame/DarkenedSkye'', when Skye finally meets her long-lost mother, she finds her to be extremely bitter towards Skye's father and distrustful of men in general. The reason for this attitude is revealed in the game's penultimate battle, where Skye's father is revealed to be TheDragon to the BigBad. With 3 heads to boot.
* In ''Videogame/DawnOfMana'', it's eventually revealed that Keldric, the protagonist, and Stroud, the antagonist, are brothers.
* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'': The intro video of ''Dead or Alive Xtreme'' features Ayame revealing to Ayane that Ayane is her ChildByRape.
* The ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series. Nippon Ichi ''loves'' playing with this, and making them major plot points...
** It happens at least three times in the first game:
*** Mid-Boss is the reincarnated form of Laharl's father. This is hinted at in game, somewhat more strongly in the anime adaption of the game (even though it lacks the [[TheChessmaster "Seraph Lamington was behind everything"]] subplot, and confirmed by the ''World of Disgaea'' artbook.
*** The Big Sis Prinny is Laharl's mother, paying off the sin of suicide (that she did to save Laharl's life). The game does everything to tell you, short of actually telling you, and the anime preserves this plot point.
*** Jennifer was raised by General Carter. He makes a lousy father, though.
** As if they didn't beat this trope into the ground with the first game, they brought it back in the second game to beat it ''under the ground''.
*** Adell was given to Mom and Dad to raise by his real parents, Shura (the Masked Man) and Serion (the Masked Woman). Again, the game does everything to tell you, short of actually telling you.
*** Although the game makes clear that Rozalin, as Zenon's reincarnation, cannot be the daughter of the fake Zenon, and out right states that she was kidnapped. The game hints that Rozalin was born into the Snow Clan, and the fake Zenon's attack on them was to secure her. The second point is, once again, confirmed by the ''World of Disgaea'' artbook.
** With the third game, they don't bother even trying to take it seriously anymore...
*** In one scene, Laharl claims to be Mao's father. It doesn't work, mostly because Flonne and Etna can't decide who would be his mother.
*** And in Rasbperyl mode, [[{{Bishounen}} Master Big Star]] and [[ThoseWackyNazis Salvatore]] claim to be the [[GoldfishPoopGang Vato Brothers]]' parents, while two [[ButtMonkey Prinnies]] claim to be the parents of [[TheBigGuy Gold Knuckle]]. All of this, needless to say, is both impossible and absolutely ridiculous.
* ''VideoGame/DoubleSwitch'': Lyle the Handyman is Eddie's father, and Elizabeth, the apartment manager, is Eddie's mother. All three of them know this, but the player and the other characters did not know about that.
* Subverted in VideoGame/DragonFable 's Ash storyline. One of the necromancers tries to pull this.
-->'''Necro''' : Ash, I am your father.\\
'''Ash''' But my father lives on a farm west of Falconreach.\\
'''Necromancer:''' Dangit... thought you were one of those orphan heroes with a mysterious unexplained childhood.
* ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'': You find out early that Martin is the last of the Septims and must ascend the throne to save the world. To Martin it's all quite a shock and you must do a little work to convince him.
* ''VideoGame/ElementalMaster'': In the opening cutscene, TheHero finds out that the BigBad Gyra is also his brother Roki.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/Fallout4'': the Institute's mysterious elderly leader known only as "Father" is actually the Player's son Shaun, who is older than the HumanPopsicle player thanks to taking TheSlowPath after being stolen from Vault 111 as a baby sixty years ago.
* In the first ''VideoGame/FantasyZone'', the commander of the invading forces turns out to be Opa-Opa's father.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series uses this often:
** Also, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', the Dark Knight in charge of much of Palamecia's military operations turns out to be Leon, the adoptive brother of Firion and Maria.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', BigBad Golbez turns out to be Cecil's {{Brainwashed}} brother, who is being controlled by TheManBehindTheMan from the ''moon''.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', it's implied that Shadow is the father of Relm. What's particularly amazing is that it's actually fairly subtle.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', it is revealed near the end of the game that Professor Hojo is the father of Sephiroth and injected him with Jenova Cells while he was still in the womb, though Sephiroth never discovers this. One could only wonder what his reaction would be, considering his low opinion of the man. Likewise, Cloud is led to believe he is a Sephiroth clone implanted with somebody else's memories. While this proves to be false, he instead discovers that he was injected with Jenova cells as an adult in a failed cloning attempt, making Cloud and Sephiroth some weird gene-splicing version of brothers.
** ''Crisis Core'' states that Cloud was implanted with 'S-cells' directly from Sephiroth's body. Cloud's powers were supposedly given to him by Sephiroth through this.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', this trope is taken to an extreme, when discovered that ALL the PC's except Rinoa and Edea grew together at the same orphanage. The only reason why Edea is excluded was because she ran said orphanage. On top of that, numerous hints are dropped later on that the other star of the game, Laguna, is Squall's father.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', TheDragon Kuja is a "brother" of sorts of the main character Zidane -- they were both artificially created by the same man.
** Fairly early in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Auron reveals to Tidus that ''Sin'' is really his father, Jecht, without any explanation for how the human Jecht became a giant SpaceWhale beyond "you know it to be true." The explanations don't come until much, much later. Why he expects him to ''believe'' this...
** Parodied in ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy''. Gilgamesh attempts to get Wol to be a better Warrior of Light by coming up with a 'beef' for them, and the best he can come up with is "I am your father".
--->'''Wol''': I put up with all of this utter nonsense and all I get is a lousy dad?
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', as Noctis Lucis Caelum is being absorbed into the Crystal near the end of the game, BigBad Ardyn Izunia shows up to reveal that his real name is Ardyn '''Lucis Caelum'''. In truth, Ardyn is an ancient ancestor of Noctis and the elder brother of one of the first Lucian kings who swore revenge against his kin when he was scorned by the gods as a result of the corruption his soul suffered when he tried to heal those affected by a plague by absorbing daemons into his being.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'': During the climax of Chapter 4, Alm and his army fight King Rudolf, ruler of the Kingdom of Rigel. With his dying breath, said king reveals that Alm is his son, and he ''wanted'' Alm to kill him as a part of an [[GambitRoulette elaborate scheme]] to free the continent Rigel is a part of from the two gods that truly rule it. Needless to say, Alm is miffed at this fact. To add to this, in a nice form of GameplayAndStoryIntegration, if you have Alm attack Rudolf, Rudolf will ''never'' attack him back.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'': Julia is Seliph's half-sister. By extension, this makes [[BigBad Julius]] Seliph's half-brother.
** In addition to Julia and Julius, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776'' reveals that Arvis fathered a ''third'' child: Saias, a priest of Velthomer. His mother is Arvis' aide Aida, and supplementary materials note that he's the one who inherited Arvis' [[PlayingWithFire Major Fala]] blood (Julius has the dreaded [[DarkIsEvil Major Loptyr]] blood that stemmed from his parents being Minor carriers, while Julia has [[HolyHandGrenade Major Naga]] blood from her mother Deirdre). There's also Galzus, a mercenary whom we learn at the end of the game is the father of Leif and Nanna's childhood friend [[PluckyGirl Mareeta.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'': Nergal is the father of Ninian and Nils, Nino turns out to be Canas's niece, Dart is Rebecca's long-lost brother Dan, and Raven is actually Priscilla's brother Raymond.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'': Joshua is Ismaire's son. [[KingIncognito He knew this all along]], it's only TheReveal to the other characters and the player.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'': Micaiah is the sister of Empress Sanaki and Soren is the son of Almedha and Ashnard. Yes, the BigBad of the first game. Inverted for Pelleas, who is set up as Ashnard's son before revealing he really isn't.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'': Validar is [[PlayerCharacter The Avatar]]'s father. (Incidentally, Validar's name in the Japanese version is Fauder.)
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'': Zig-zagged with Corrin's parentage. It's revealed when he returns to Hoshido that he was actually taken as a baby by the one they presume is their father, meaning their real father is Sumaragi and real mother is Mikoto. Except then it turns out they and the Hoshidan royals are NotBloodSiblings, so Sumeragi isn't their father either. However Mikoto is still their real mother. In the end Corrin's actual biological father turns out to be Anankos, the game's true BigBad... but in a twist on the normal "the villain is the hero's father" trope, the reveal that he's Corrin's father comes with the reveal that he [[TragicVillain used to be good.]] And technically, Corrin's father isn't the villainous Anankos you fight in the story, but the LiteralSplitPersonality born of his good side. It is also revealed that Azura's mother, Arete, is Mikoto's sister, thus making her and Corrin cousins.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'', the Point Man is Alma's first son, Paxton Fettel is Alma's second son, the science experiment that produced them both was headed by Harlan Wade, Alma's father, who contributed genetic material to produce the two "prototypes"... the whole game is a fight within one BigScrewedUpFamily
* In the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Gex}}: Enter the Gecko'', BigBad Rez claimed to be Gex's Father.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/GiantsCitizenKabuto'' in Delphi's arc.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'': Zeus is revealed to be Kratos' father in a bonus cutscene in the first game and at the end of the second game.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'', Hama is revealed to be Ivan's sister.
** In the same game, one could also say that the Doom Dragon being a fusion of Felix and Jenna's parents and Isaac's father could count for this trope as well.
** And in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', it's heavily, ''heavily'', "Camelot-does-not-do-subtlety" implied (but never actually stated) that Alex is Amiti's father.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/GrabbedByTheGhoulies'', in which Baron Von Ghoul tells Cooper he can join him, and they can rule the mansion as father and son. After Cooper's reply, the Baron realizes he's gave the wrong speech.
* In ''VideoGame/HometownStory'', Midori, the travelling merchant who settles in the village around the time Shinji arrives, is actually his biological mother who gave him up as a child. The reveal occurs late in Shinji's storyline.
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' pulls this out of nowhere with the FinalBoss, "The Guy" that you want to kill for his title being a huge version of the player character. Just to make sure you got it he says, "Yes, I ''did'' have sex with your mother." before the final phase of the battle.
-->'''The Guy:''' Check your inventory screen, Kid. You know it to be true.
* ''[=Indestructo2Tank=]'''s Adventure Mode. After Dirk Danger defeats General Betton, Betton tells Dirk that he's Dirk's father.
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/InfiniteUndiscovery'', Iskan Du Bal reveals to Capell that Sigmund is his father. This was heavily implied by Svala explaining that after the newly born Capell was exiled from Casandra for being [[FantasticRacism born an Unblessed]], Sigmund, then-King of Casandra, had his Lunaglyph removed, thus reverting back to an infant.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander'', where a fatally wounded Damas makes a final request for Jak to find his missing son. Jak realizes that Damas' son is his younger self, whom he sent back into the past in the previous game.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmGegAIu1No A commercial for the game]] parodied this trope by having Daxter dramatically claim that ''he'' is Jak's father. The announcer at the end assures the viewers that the trilogy "won't end like this."
* In ''VideoGame/JaysJourney'', Jay's father is Max, the team ditz, who was rendered as such when a magical spell misfired. Jay is less than pleased.
* You learn well into ''VideoGame/KingdomComeDeliverance'' that Henry is the bastard son of Sir Radzig, which goes a long way to explain why the local nobility (save for Hans Capon and the Custodian of Sasau) is rather indulgent with him.
* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] twice in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': the BigBad tells the player she is your mother (quoting, almost word for word, the rest of the exchange from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', right to the BigNo)... then insults you for believing her. After you beat her, the Council that sent you to defeat her says "Say, did you know she was your mother?... nah, just kidding" as part of their congratulations message.
** More than twice, actually. When you kill enough soldiers for both sides in the war in the Mysterious Island quest, you get a choice adventure that lets you choose which boss of which side you get to fight, and the message you get has this. It's even lampshaded that it's been done to death!
* Semi spoofed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''. Two of the characters are related (it's not hard to guess which two by Disc 2. It's even lampshaded by the older party "There may be a secret connection between us!". Apparently seems to be a spoof in honor of the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' father/son thing.
** Then it goes on to have an actual example. Emperor Diaz is Dart's father and Rose's former lover, Zieg. Then it's subverted -- it's actually Melbu Frahma in Zieg's body.
* At climax of the main story in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel II'', Chancellor Giliath Osborne, the man the BigBad of the previous game assassinated out in the open and turned out to still be alive throughout the CivilWar, turns out to be [[TheHero Rean Schwarzer's]] biological father.
* Exaggerated in ''VideoGame/LEGOStarWars 2'': because of the games's VoiceGrunting, Vader is unable to deliver the revelation verbally, and instead settles for pulling out a Polaroid of Anakin and a pregnant Padme, pointing to Padme's belly then pointing to Luke.
* In ''VideoGame/LuminousArc2'', Master Mattias is Roland's father. He asked Steven to looked after his young son many years ago before going on his NecessaryEvil path. Partly played with in that Master Mattias didn't even know until Steven told him.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MagicAndMayhem'' with a plot twist:
-->'''[[BigBad The Overlord]]:''' Your mother was Viviane, a woman I once loved. After your birth, she betrayed me. [[ShoutOut Cornelius, I am your father!]]\\
'''[[EccentricMentor Lucan]]:''' No, Merlin, [[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo Viviane betrayed you long before she bore Cornelius...]]\\
'''The Overlord:''' But... you cannot mean... [[BigNo NO!]]
* In ''Videogame/MassEffect3'' Matriarch Aethyta reveals that she's the genetic father of Liara, which was hinted in the Shadow Broker DLC of the previous game. If told about this, Liara states that she figured it out a while ago since she's now the [[InformationBroker Shadow Broker]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' did it quite embarrassingly straight -- at least to start with. After that it ran with it, taking it to its logical, [[CloningBlues truly disturbing]] conclusion.
** Big Boss is Snake's father -- Clone.
** Liquid is Snake's brother -- Twin.
** Solidus is not only Snake's brother, he's also Raiden's "father" -- Foster.
** While not part of the reveal, The Boss is Big Boss's "mother".
** Gene, BigBad of Portable Ops, is Big Boss's "Brother", raised as a successor to The Boss
** Ocelot is the son of The Boss and The Sorrow (confirmed by the [[AllThereInTheManual Database]]), as well as Big Boss' "brother".
** Otacon is the son of "Huey" and Strangelove, though she considers him to be her and the Boss' child.
** Colonel Campbell is Meryl's father.
** Grey Fox is also the "brother"/father figure of Naomi. He killed her parents and raised her. One could also say he's a further continuation of the twisted familial relationships. He's practically Gene's "Son". And after Gene's death, he becomes Big Boss's protégé to boot!
** Major Zero started Les Enfantes Terrible to replace Big Boss. Para-Medic did the actual cloning, and EVA is Solid and Liquid's surrogate mother.
** Zig-zagged in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'': while Eli is a clone of Big Boss (and thus, the future Liquid), a genetic test shows that he is not related to Venom Snake whatsoever, because Venom Snake is '''not''' Big Boss.
* In the infamous [[GainaxEnding ending]] of ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', [=LeChuck=] is revealed to be Guybrush's brother. Fans are divided over whether this ending is to be considered canonical, or [[AllJustADream a dream sequence]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', the [[TheDragon Masked Man]] turns out to be Lucas' twin brother, Claus, who had been kidnapped and brainwashed by BigBad Porky.
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' Shandra learns her father is actually Ammon Jerro. Eventually you will have both PC's in your party (but not at the same time) and figure out their relationship.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' tell the story of Travis Touchdown, who became the best assassin in the US by a fictive association and that one of the responsible is in fact the wife of his brother that he didn't knew the existence before and that the number one assasin is in fact his half-sister who want to take a revenge on his father because he ran away from her mother.
** It's actually much more complicated than that. The character that's supposedly number one, Dark Star, claims to be Travis's father, but his half-sister Jeane shows up, kills Dark Star, and reminds him that his father is dead. After all, she's the one that killed him and Travis's mother. On top of this, Henry is not just his brother, but his long-lost twin, and a clip after the credits shows Henry's wife and Travis's main love interest, Sylvia, looking at a painting of the two battling with a young girl who she calls Jeane. Yep, just like Travis's half-sister. And his cat.
** The Dark Star example is a parody of this trope, as it turns out. Dark Star apparently tells all of his opponents things like that, [[ForTheEvulz just to mess with their head]] so they'll be an easier fight.
* ''Oden Cart: A Heartwarming Tale'': That 21-year-old Nice Girl who [[TrademarkFavoriteFood loves oden]]? She's the cart owner's long-lost daughter, as revealed in her ending.
* In ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'', the oracle dragon Hindel tells Oswald the Shadow Knight (who is about to slay him) that his father was a man named Edgar. Oswald dismisses this claiming that he doesn't care to know the name of the man who abandoned him as a baby. Hindel tells him not to forget it anyway. To get the True Ending, Oswald must be the one who fights the undead Darkova Gallon the former king of Titania. When Oswald strikes the killing blow, Gallon reacts with disbelief since a prophecy stated that he would only be slain by one of Titanian royal blood. Gallon then asks Oswald his father's name. Oswald recalls Hindel's last words and tells Gallon that his father was named Edgar. Gallon then reveals that Edgar was his eldest son whom he had assassinated out of fear that he was his prophecized killer. As Gallon dies for good, Oswald muses on this new information and realizes that his parents didn't abandon him but sent him away to the Fairy Kingdom for his own safety. While Titania slowly sinks into the sea, Oswald takes one last look at the homeland he never knew.
* In ''VideoGame/OverlordII'', the mysterious woman who foresees your inevitable downfall and secretly observes your progress is later revealed to be Rose, the previous Mistress and your mother. This is hinted at first with Gnarl noting how familiar she looks and revealed with this exchange:
-->'''Gnarl:''' Look, it's our old friend.\\
'''Rose:''' Oh, do shut up, Gnarl.\\
'''Gnarl:''' What! How did you know-- hang on, I recognize that voice now! Rose! Former Mistress Rose! Or Mrs. [[TheDragon Marius]] now, I should say. Don't trust her. She's a devious, manipulative, abandoner... Oh and she's your mother!
* A variation in ''VideoGame/Persona5'': Goro Akechi, the young detective who turns out to be TheMole that betrayed the Phantom Thieves, reveals that he's the illegitimate son of Masayoshi Shido, a Diet member and the BigBad - in fact, he had known for a long time, and spent a large chunk of his adolescent life assisting him and [[SunkCostFallacy performing elaborate schemes]] in order to both boost his own ego and eventually cause Shido's downfall by revealing his heritage. As for Shido himself, he didn't know Goro was his son, but he ''did'' suspect it due to his [[UncannyFamilyResemblance resemblance]] to his mother. When you reveal that yes, he's the father, he states that he doesn't care. Ouch.
* Implied by ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', which confirms that Chell is the possibly adopted daughter of an Aperture Science employee, maybe even Caroline, the CEO's secretary/lover who was [[BrainUploading Turned Into]] SelfDemonstrating/GlaDOS. A BilingualBonus supports this, with the lyrics of the turrets song translating to something along the lines of ''"Goodbye, my sweet child. Stay away from science."''
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Future: A Crack in Time''. After you beat the game, [[TheDragon Lord Vorselon]] will show up and claim "Rachet, ''I'' was... your father's accountant!"
* ''VideoGame/RivalSchools: United by Fate'' reveals that TheHero Batsu is the son of ([[LargeAndInCharge literal]]) BigBad Raizo. In a surprising twist, Batsu also learns that his classmate Kyosuke and the ''[[ManBehindTheMan real]]'' BigBad Hyo are twin brothers ''and'' Batsu's cousins (their father Mugen is the older brother of Raizo).
* In ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', the hero character's mother is the Mana Tree and his father is the ghost you meet at the beginning of the game who tells you to take the Mana Sword.
* The [[BlackKnight Darkshine Knight]] from ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' has a backstory that is way too similar to Darth Vader's to be a coincidence. He was once a heroic knight who fought against the Dragon Emperor, only to lose and be converted into his [[TheDragon Dragon]]. Oh, and he's Duran's father.
* Borderline example in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'': The titular character was created from the blood of the BigBad.
* In ''VideoGame/StardewValley'', one of the fisherman stories in the library ends with the revelation that Gordy was Tex's father all along. Cue dramatic music as the curtains fall.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'': Bowser Jr. claims early on that Princess Peach is his mother. This is inverted after you defeat Bowser, when he tells Bowser Jr. that Peach is, rather, ''not'' his mother, and further subverted when Jr. in turn reveals that he knew she wasn't his mother.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' Levi Tolah, one of the invading aliens is actually Aya Kobayashi's BrainwashedAndCrazy sister, Mai Kobayashi.
** Since that wasn't crazy enough, in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2'' it's revealed that neither are related because their "father" Dr. Kenzo Kobayashi {{brainwashed}} them into thinking they were his daughters when they were unrelated; their real past and identity are never revealed.
* This trope is common in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'', Leon reveals that he's Rutee's brother and that Hugo's both of their father.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' this comes up again. Judas is Leon Magnus, and thus is Kyle's uncle and Loni's uncle by adoption.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'', it's more of a "Luke, I am your mother": Meredy's mother, Shizel.
*** In the same game, after a prolonged sidequest, we find out the lonely painter Leticia sorting through her romantic issues is Max's missing wife.
** We find out near the end of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' that Kratos is Lloyd's father. It's hinted at.
** In the sequel, Marta is the daughter of Brute, leader of the Vanguard, an organization that's out to KILL her. Like Meredy, Marta is aware of this.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has this happen to Natalia - her real father is Largo the Black Lion, one of the God-Generals.
*** And ironically, in this case, the character named Luke technically has no father. He's a clone.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheTempest'': [[NobleDemon Lukius]] is Caius's SeparatedAtBirth twin brother, and the Pope is his father.
* A popular ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' theory is the idea that the Spy is the Scout's father. In "Meet the Spy," the BLU Spy reveals that the RED Spy has been sleeping with the BLU Scout's mother. A drawing of the Scout's mother is engraved on the barrel of the Spy's unlockable handgun, the Ambassador. And one achievement for the Spy, "Who's Your Daddy," involves headshotting three Scouts with the Ambassador, the gun on which his mother is engraved.
** ''[[Webcomic/TeamFortress2 Team Fortress Comics]]'' eventually settles the matter. The Scout has a "nightmare" about the Spy being his dad in the third issue, and in the fourth, the Heavy notes that "Yes. Your father disappears often." Issue 6 [[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf06_thenakedandthedead/#f=164 finally confirms this]] in a very... [[Music/TomJones interesting way]].
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' does this quite blatantly when Captain Blue reveals himself to be Silvia's father, to the point of downright quoting Darth Vader. The entire game is one big homage to movies, so it fits.
** They did it again in the sequel where the BigBad was Jet Black, Joe's father and yet again the DS game double trouble where the BigBad was Joe's mother.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'' repeatedly drops the fact that main character Jude has no father, then has the party meet a mysterious vagrant with the same hair colour as Jude, only a little darker. Jude immediately feels strangely connected to this unknown man. Slightly subverted when it is hinted that this is ''not'' Jude's real father (he died), but rather a collection of nanomachines that mimicked him.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', hoo boy... Wiseman, the mysterious masked man who occasionally shows up to impart cryptic wisdom while beating the crap out of our hero Fei, is Fei's father, Khan. [[DarthVaderClone Grahf]], the mysterious masked man who occasionally shows up to rant about "POWER!" while beating the crap out of Fei, is ''also'' Fei's father, or more specifically, someone possessing Khan. That someone turns out to be Lacan, Fei's [[{{Reincarnation}} previous incarnation]] from 500 years ago who went rogue and learned how to transfer his mind from one body to another, essentially becoming immortal. Fei-as-Lacan was good friends with the ancestor of present party member Bart, and also Krelian, who later became part of the current BigBadDuumvirate. The other half of said Duumvirate, Miang, was Fei's mother, due to her being TheVirus able to take control of any woman on the planet if her current host dies, and has been [[TheManBehindTheMan The Woman Behind the Man]] for many leaders throughout history. Id, another recurring menace, turns out to be Fei's SuperpoweredEvilSide, a split personality that occasionally takes over and destroys things when Fei goes catatonic. Elly, Fei's LoveInterest, is part of a ReincarnationRomance that spans the world's history, and the two have repeatedly come into conflict with Miang's incarnations, ending with one or both of them getting killed. Fei and Elly's incarnations 4000 years ago created [[ArtificialHuman Emeralda]], a sentient nanomachine colony that they thought of as a daughter, and who is kidnapped by Krelian before joining the party in the game's present. And this is all disregarding how many party members, supporting cast members and antagonists turn out to know each other through their dealings with the advanced civilization of Solaris, not to mention Fei and Elly's pivitol roles in the AncientConspiracy as old as humanity.
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* Masterfully inverted, gender-swapped, and played without melodrama in ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'', when via the magic mirror Virginia and her father learn that the Evil Queen is her missing mother Christine. This trope combined with that of the MysteriousParent (though here there is no revelation about the child). What makes it particularly unique is that, rather than the villain making the revelation, it comes from a third party (in this case a magical object), and it is the hero who must then convince their erstwhile parent of the truth, rather than the reverse. The tragedy ensues when Virginia breaks through to her real mother after the poison comb has loosed her from the Swamp Witch's spell, [[TearJerker she remembers who she is and declares her love...and dies in her daughter's arms.]]
* Infamously used on ''Series/TwentyFour'' where the other mastermind of Day 5 that was working with Charles Logan later turned out to be Jack Bauer's brother.
* In the fifth season of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' the team is teleported about 60 years into the future. When the team returns to the modern time, Deke from the future figures out that [[spoiler: Simmons and Fitz are his Maternal Grandparents]].
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'' loves this trope. Examples: Daisy Cortlandt and Myra Murdock (Nina's "dead" mother and long-lost grandmother), Palmer Cortlandt (Ross Chandler's long-lost father), and Jackson Montgomery (Greenlee Smythe's real father). In 2006, the show waved a magic {{Retcon}} wand to reveal Josh Madden is Erica Kane's son. It seems he was originally aborted but during the termination procedure, Dr. Greg Madden took Erica's fetus to implant into his wife and raise as his own son.
* Caleb and Sheriff Buck of ''Series/AmericanGothic1995''. Unique in that it is revealed ''in the pilot of the series'', and that while Caleb reacts in disgust and anger at the notion, he never has a HeroicBSOD or otherwise freaks out over the revelation. In fact the more time passes, the less issue he seems to take with it, even welcoming and embracing the relationship by the end of the series. This could be due to being orphaned and having no one else to turn to except an increasingly unstable doctor and a [[strike:CoolBigSis]] cool cousin [[EvilIsSexy who is also being drawn into Buck's orbit]], but [[DemonicPossession all things]] [[InTheBlood considered]], [[StartOfDarkness probably not]].
* On ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Oscar is really Buster's father, GOB is Steve Holt's father, and Lindsay is adopted.
* At the end of ''Bangkok Hilton'', Kat finds out that Bill Worthington, the man who helped her escape from the titular prison, is her father Hal Stanton. The audience, incidentally, has known this from the first episode.
* Taken to absurdity in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'', when they parody Australian soaps:
-->'''Fry:''' The truth is, mate, I was confused and slightly bewildered. I'd just discovered that Durnick isn't my real father.\\
'''Laurie:''' He isn't? Then who is?\\
'''Fry:''' I am.\\
'''Laurie:''' Then that must mean that you must be--\\
'''Fry:''' Exactly. Devlin's half-sister's wife's doctor's cousin's niece.\\
'''Laurie:''' Well then, who the hell am I?
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has this in one episode, where Bones discovers that the priest who has been helping them on a case is actually her long-lost father, who is also the murderer they are hunting for.
* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'': Where to begin? The mysterious Henry Scudder is Ben's father. Lucius Belyakov (AKA Management) is the father of both Justin and Iris (who were born Alexei and Irina Belyakov). And Justin is Sofie's father, having raped her mother Appolonia as a young man.
* The spy Richard Series/{{Castle}} knows as Jackson Hunt tells him this in response to Castle asking him why he's so fixated on rescuing Alexis (because she's his granddaughter).
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', DrunkenMaster Mo Yixi suspects from the beginning that he is Ah Nu's [[DisappearedDad long-gone father]], but due to a FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo on the mother's part, has to investigate further before he's sure.
* In season 3 of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', where Casey yells "I'm your father!" when Alex starts to run away after he has "kidnapped" her.
* ''Series/{{Continuum}}'': Subverted - Alec thinks Jason is his father when he experiences a flashback of Jason with his mother; he collects a DNA sample from him to see if they're genetic matches. When the results come back positive (99% match or so), Alec is now sure of his sneaking suspicion. However, this is a show involving time travel, so linear thinking is discouraged ... Simply, Jason is actually Alec's son from the future. So who's Alec father then? Why, Mr. Escher of Piron, of course.
* ''Series/LeCoeurASesRaisons'' ends with the revelation that Brett's, Brad's and Brenda's mother is not Crystale, but rather the maid, [[ButtMonkey Madge]].
* Parodied by the Melty Man (an AnthropomorphicPersonification of [[TheLoinsSleepTonight male impotence]], complete with black glove and [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] voice) in ''Series/{{Coupling}}''.
-->'''Patrick:''' You killed my erection!\\
'''Melty Man:''' No Patrick, I ''am'' your erection!
* Catherine Willows on Series/{{CSI}}, when she finds out that Sam Braun is her father.
* Parodied on ''Series/TheDailyShow''. Creator/StephenColbert is asked to report on the cancellation of daytime drama ''Another World''. He goes off on a wild melodramatic tangent, reveals that Colbert is not his real name and accuses Jon Stewart of abandoning his "bastard elevator baby". Subverted within the parody because when Stephen finally calls him "Daddy", Jon spoils it by pointing out that they're the same age.
* Beautifully done in season 3 of ''Series/TheDeadZone'' when Sarah finally tells JJ that Johnny is his biological father. JJ doesn't want to believe it and runs up to his room; Sarah and Walt follow. Johnny slowly, sadly heads to the door...and JJ reappears.
-->'''Walt''': John, JJ has a question to ask you.
-->'''JJ''': What am I supposed to call you?
-->'''Johnny''': (fighting tears and kneeling down to hug JJ) Johnny. You just call me Johnny.
* Done in very a surprising "How the hell did I not see that coming?" way on ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' when The Ice Truck Killer is revealed to be Dexter's brother.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Played straight in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]], when Nancy reveals that Jamie, the first of the gas mask zombies, was not her little brother as she had said earlier, but her son.
** Mocked in the third series when dealing with the Master, Martha asks if he is the Doctor's long-lost brother (an idea toyed with by previous producers). To which the Doctor responds, "[[YouWatchTooMuchX You've been watching too much TV.]]"
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' brings up the possibility briefly so as to deny it, when an OldFlame of the Dowager Duchess shows up in season 5.
-->'''Mary''': Granny has a past. Thank heavens Papa and Aunt Rosamund were already born or we could spin all sorts of fairy tales.
* One infamous ''Series/{{Eastenders}}'' moment (2001) is Zoe Slater telling her "sister" Kat: "You can't tell me what to do, [[YoureNotMyFather you ain't my mother]]," and getting in response, "YES I AM!"
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': After Axel Walker, the second Trickster broke him out of prison, James Jesse reveals that the reason he had chosen Axel to be his successor is because they're father-and-son. Creator/MarkHamill, who played James Jesse in Series/TheFlash1990 reprised the role, and gobbled up the scenery as he delivered this marvelous ActorAllusion to his role as Luke Skywalker.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** Monica has a crush on the replacement eye doctor. Only problem? He happens to be the son of her old flame Richard Burke.
** Used more dramatically when Phoebe (an orphan since her dad ran out years ago and her mom committed suicide) learns about her parents' friend Phoebe Abbott who was also her namesake. She pays the older Phoebe a visit hoping the latter knows where her DisappearedDad is. The older Phoebe admits that she doesn't know where he is, but is moved to reveal that she is Phoebe's (and by extension Phoebe's twin sister Ursula's) biological mother. The episode's ending shows that Ursula knew this all along (never bothering to tell Phoebe) since their supposed mother admitted it in the suicide note (which Ursula never showed Phoebe). Phoebe and Ursula don't have the best sibling relationship.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jaime admits to Myrcella he is her father, embracing her properly for the first time. She then almost immediately dies of poison.
** Rhaegar Targaryen is Jon Snow's biological father.
* Played straight in ''Series/{{Glee}}''. It turns out that [[AscendedMeme Shelby Corcoran is Rachel's biological mother]].
* In ''{{Series/Glitch}}'', episode 4 reveals that Paddy is Beau's ancestor from about 150 years ago.
* The main plot of ''Series/{{Graduados}}''. Back in High School, in TheEighties, Loli was cheated by her boyfriend Pablo Catáneo, escaped with Andy Goddzer, and had [[AutoErotica sex in his truck]]. [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin She got pregnant]], but they all thought that it was with Pablo. Her father [[ShotgunWedding ordered them to get married]] to raise the kid, Martín. Then, in 2012, it was the time for a meeting of former students. Loli saw Andy again, remembered the whole thing, and arranged a DNATest: it got that Andy is the father of Martín.
* This happens on ''Series/GreenWing'', where Guy discovers that Joanna is his mother, making him and Martin brothers. Unfortunately, he only finds this out ''after'' they have sex, leading to a complete meltdown on Guy's part.
* In season 3 of ''Series/{{Haven}}'' it is revealed that the Colorado Kid was James, the son of Sarah, the woman Audrey was 54 years ago. 27 years ago he came to Haven to seek his biological mother and found out that she has not aged and thought of herself as Lucy Ripley. In the season 3 finale it is revealed that his biological father was actually Nathan, who had a fling with Sarah when he traveled back in time to the 1950s. It is also revealed that the Bolt Gun Killer, a skin changing serial killer, is actually Arla, James's wife from 27 years ago and thus Audrey's and Nathan's daughter-in-law.
* In the series ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** In Volume One, Claire Bennet is revealed to be the daughter of Nathan Petrelli and Meredith Gordon, both evolved humans. After a fire occurs in Meredith's home with 18-month old Claire inside, Claire's paternal grandparents, Angela and Arthur Petrelli, arrange her adoption with the Bennet family but they tell Nathan and Meredith that their infant daughter died in the fire.
** In the final scene of the pilot episode, Claire Bennet, a character who was introduced with evolved abilities, is shown to be the daughter of HRG (Noah Bennet), a character who captures evolved humans. Shortly after, it is revealed HRG and his wife, Sandra Bennet, are her adoptive parents, leading to the revelation of the above example.
** Subverted in Volume 3 where Arthur Petrelli convinces Sylar he is his son (and third brother with Peter and Nathan). Turns out this is a lie.
* Teased in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' where it's been greatly hinted at (but never actually proved) that Frank is actually Charlie's father.
%%* Played straight in ''{{Series/Jekyll}}'', with an extra twist at the end of the final episode.
* In ''Series/JonathanCreek'', an actress attempts to covertly help the son that she secretly gave up for adoption many years ago by having him cast in the movie she is currently starring in, only to learn that he has developed a bit of an obsession with her, unaware that she is his mother. He's embittered when she rejects him in this sense, understandably a bit {{Squick}}ed out; unfortunately, she confesses this to her ex-husband who, holding his own grudge, manipulate the son into murdering her.
* Parodied on ''Series/KrodMandoonAndTheFlamingSwordOfFire''. Krod confronts Chancellor Dungalor, who stalls for time by revealing that he's Krod's ''brother''. Well, his ''brother-in-law'', as Dungalor was married to Krod's sister. Ex-brother-in-law, actually, as they're not even married anymore.
* The very last words said on ''Series/KyleXY'' by BigBad Cassidy to Kyle: "I'm your brother."
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/LasVegas'' where Mike finds evidence that the Montecito's new owner, AJ Cooper, is Piper's father. Piper confronts Cooper and he vehemently denies it. It turns out that Cooper knew her father from when they served in the Marines together and promised that he would keep an eye on her.
* Strongly hinted in the ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' episode "End Game", and confirmed in "Frame".
* ''Series/{{Lawman}}'': In "The Joker", outlaw Barney Tremain claims to be Johnny [=McKay=]'s real father. It is left unresolved whether he was telling the truth or not.
* Also subverted in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', where DCI Morgan takes Sam to a graveyard. He shows Sam two graves which have the name Williams on them, telling him that these are his parents, he is not Sam Tyler, but Sam Williams, working for him undercover. Sam shrugs this off and is about to leave when he spots three graves behind him, one of which says 'Here lies Sam Tyler', the other two with his parents names, Vic and Ruth Tyler. He's a little upset by this..
* In US version of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2008}}'', the trope is inverted: in the finale, Sam Tyler confronts his father, and tells him that he is his son.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Claire and Jack are half-siblings. And it seems their father (or his ghost, or [[MindScrew SOMETHING like it]]) is close to the mysterious Jacob.
** In season 5, Pierre Chang, the guy from the orientation tapes, turns out to be Miles' father. "The third day we were here, I was in line at the cafeteria and my mother got in line behind me. That was my first clue."
* In ''Series/LukeCage'', episode "Blowin' Up the Spot", Diamondback is revealed to be Luke Cage's brother. The line is spoken fairly similarly to the ''Franchise/StarWars'' version, though the exact quote is, "[[NWordPrivileges Nigga]], I am your brother."
* In 3x05 of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', it is revealed that Morgana is actually Uther's biological daughter, making her Arthur's half-sister. One wouldn't be surprised because this follows the Arthurian legends, but since Morgana was first introduced as the King's ''Ward'' and the daughter of Goloris, one wouldn't be given the impression of anything otherwise.
* ''Series/MidnightCaller'': 27 years after abandoning his family, Jack Killian's father hears his radio show. He calls in to tell him, "I think I may be your father."
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', "Journey to the Centre of the Punk": Howlin' Jimmy Jefferson, the Spirit of Jazz, claims to be Howard's father, then uncle, then second cousin twice-removed on his sister's side, in an attempt to keep Howard from killing him. Only the last one works.
-->'''Jimmy Jefferson:''' You can't kill me, boy!
-->'''Howard:''' Why!?
-->'''Jimmy Jefferson:''' Because I'm your father!
-->'''Howard:''' NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-
-->'''Jimmy Jefferson:''' Yeeeaaah! Let it out! Let it out, boy! Release the pain! Daddy's here, come to daddy! Daddy's come for ya, boy!
-->'''Howard:''' -OOOOOOOOOO Hang on, my dad's a geography teacher in Leeds.
-->'''Jimmy Jefferson:''' ...I meant, uh, I'm your uncle!
-->'''Howard:''' NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-
-->'''Jimmy Jefferson:''' All those hours spent weeping by the window, bring uncle back for me!
-->'''Howard:''' -OOOOOO...What, uncle Terry? Who works at Stansted?
-->''(Later)''
-->'''Jimmy Jefferson:''' Oh, I meant, um, your 2nd cousin twice removed on your sister's side!
-->'''Howard:''' Oh right, yeah. NOOOOOOOOOOOO-
-->'''Jimmy Jefferson:''' That's right, we's family!
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK4e6HZ215Q&list=SL&feature=sh_e_top the first episode]] of what is considered possibly the worst TV series made, ''Series/MyMotherTheCar'', his mother has to admit to David Crabtree that while she's a car, she really is his mother, come back as a 1928 Porter. So, he's sitting in the car and she talks to him. At one point, (3:34 in the video referenced in this example), she says, "David, I am your mother."
* ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'': Maeve, the BigBad, reveals she is TheChosenOne Rohan's mother. There is no indication at what point she learned this; Maeve seemed as shocked as anyone when Lugad told her Rohan told him they were brothers. The line is almost identical to the movie's with the names changed appropriately.
* ''Series/NightAndDay'''s ostensibly parentless Josh Alexander turned out to be Steph [=McKenzie=]'s son, and then Alex Wells'.
* In the series ''Series/NightCourt'' it is revealed after several seasons that Harry's mentally unbalanced stepfather "Buddy" is actually his ''biological'' father.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', it's revealed that Henry's biological father is Neal Cassidy, aka Baelfire, Rumpelstiltskin's long-lost son in the second season. Later on, in the third season, it's revealed that Rumpel's father is ''Peter Pan'', making him Henry's ''great-grandfather''.
* In the ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' 1987 Christmas special "The Frog's Legacy", Del and Albert hinted that Freddie the Frog, a gentleman safecracker had an affair with Del and Rodney's mum Joannie before Rodney was born. This rumor was confirmed to be true in the 2003 Christmas special "Sleepless in Peckham", when Rodney looks at an old photograph of the 1960 Jolly Boys' Outing and finds that Freddie bears an uncanny resemblance to him.
** The {{Prequel}} trilogy ''Series/RockAndChips'' tells the story of Joannie's affair with Freddie in the early 1960's.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has been fond of this one and uses it regularly since it was so successful the first time around:
** In ''Power Rangers In Space'', we are treated to the tasty reveal that BigBad Astronema is TheCaptain Andros's long-lost sister Karone after brainwashing.
** Two years later in ''Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue'', we are treated to the revelation that then-evil SixthRanger Ryan is MissionControl Captain Mitchell's long-lost son (And, thereby, Pink Ranger Dana's brother).
** In ''Power Rangers Ninja Storm'', we find out that BigBad Lothor is [[{{Mentors}} Sensei Watanabe's]] twin brother, and SixthRanger Cam's uncle. This was fortunate for Lothor's nieces by marriage, as they would have [[NeverSayDie been destroyed]] if Cam hadn't decided to save them--because "they're family."
** In ''Power Rangers Dino Thunder'', we have the revelation that SixthRanger Trent is the adopted son of BigBad Mesogog's human counterpart Anton Mercer.
** But the all-time leader is ''Power Rangers Mystic Force'', where we learn in short succession that the evil Wolf Knight Koragg is the mind-controlled form of Leanbow, husband to Udonna. Udonna then discovers that Red Ranger Nick is actually her long-lost son Bowen. Meanwhile, we discover that comic relief character Leelee is secretly the daughter of Necrolai, queen of the vampires.
*** This is invoqued a little differently in the original ''Mahô Sentai Magiranger'' serie. There is Wolzard, who has "killed" Miyuki Ozu, mother of the five heroes. But [[spoiler: in fact, he has transported her in a safe place. He revealed the truth to the heroes at the same time he sacrified him to defeat N'ma. But he still alive and come back to become Magi Fire Red along with the heroes and his wife, Magi Mother.]]
** Following ''In Space'''s example, ''RPM'' reveals that [[DarkActionGirl Dark Action]] RobotGirl Tenaya 7 is actally Dillon's missing sister, which surprises... ''[[TheUntwist absolutely no one]]''.
** Used again in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' when the Aqua ranger reveals to the Tyler, "It's ME. I'm your dad."
* The second-season finale of ''Series/ThePretender'': Miss Parker learns that she has a twin brother she was never told about because he supposedly died at birth -- and not only is he still alive, he's one of the recurring characters! (All four of the series' season finales feature a "He's the brother you never knew you had" [[TheReveal reveal]] for one of the lead characters -- counting the clone in the third season finale as a brother -- but this is the only one where the brother is an already-established character.)
* ''Series/PrincessReturningPearl'': Xiao Jian says a variation of this line to Xiao Yan Zi to reveal that he is her brother.
* Played straight in ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' with The Devil revealed to be Sam's father at the end of season one.
* In series 7 of ''Series/RedDwarf'' it is revealed that Lister's father is himself, and his mother is Kochanski, his long-lost love.
* In ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', Steele finds out in the last episode that Daniel Chalmers, his mentor and fellow con-man, is actually his long-lost father.
* In ''Series/{{Revenge}}'' Emily Thorne learns that the assassin- Gordon Murphy- responsible for the murder of her father ended up marrying her mother, Kara Clarke, making him her stepfather. [[spoiler: It still doesn't stop either of them from attempting to execute the other.]]
** Stevie Grayson, the ex-wife of Conrad Grayson and rival of Victoria Grayson, drops the bombshell in Season 3 that she is the biological mother of Jack Porter, Emily's childhood flame.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'': While the audience learns in episode 1 that John Druitt (AKA Jack the Ripper) is Ashley's father, she doesn't get the news until later in the season when he kidnaps her.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Parodied in season 1 when the Janitor tries to spook J.D. by bringing up stuff from his personnel file, but J.D. sees right through it. When he then brings up one of J.D.'s childhood memories and J.D. asks how he could possibly know that, the Janitor mockingly claims to be his father.
* ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}'':
** In the episode "The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy" Clary finds out that her father didn't actually die and is actually Valentine Morgenstern. Nine episode later in "Blood Calls To Blood", Jace finds out his father "Michael Wayland" is actually Valentine as well, who was in disguise.
** Clary tries to invoke this with Luke while he's telling her about his past in "Of Men And Angels". He gives her a long look and reminds her that while he and Jocelyn were in love [[spoiler:while she was still married to Valentine]], they [[ChocolateBaby would have known]] if he was her father.
* ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'': in ''[[Recap/SharpeS5E2SharpesJustice Sharpe's Justice]]'', the rabble-rouser Matt Truman is Sharpe's half-brother.
* [[TheParody Parodied]] in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "200": the rest of the SG team momentarily trick Mitchell into believing that O'Neill is his father by means of TimeTravel.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': It was hinted at throughout their character arcs, but nevertheless was a huge surprise when it was revealed that Enabran Tain and Elim Garak were father and son. However, Tain and Garak both knew it all along. The reveal was mainly for the audience who had not known it. The drama of the reveal is based on Tain wishing on his deathbed for Garak to avenge his death, while Garak wants - for [[WellDoneSonGuy once in his life]], and before it's too late - for them to have a moment as father and son, instead of a superior and inferior officer or a mentor and his protégé.
** It's also strongly hinted, but never acknowledged, that Tain's live-in-housekeeper is Garak's mother. She definitely raised him and at one point he implies she is the one person he ''knows'' genuinely cares for him.
* In a ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' two-parter, the Big Giant Head reveals that he is Dick's father. Tommy later likens this to Luke Skywalker finding out about Darth Vader, but Dick brushes him off, saying [[ThisIsReality this is real life]].
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Turns out that Uncle John is this to Elena.
** Subverted when ELENA confronts him with the reveal in order to get him to let her go.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'':
** Subverted when paternity tests confirm that Keith Mars is indeed Veronica's father, not her mother's highschool sweetheart Jake Kane.
** And then played straight with Logan's adopted sister in an... interesting way.
** Also played straight at the end of the second season episode "Green-Eyed Monster" with Wallace and Nathan.
* In the ''Series/WhiteCollar'' episode "Vested Interest", a DNA test reveals that mysterious informant Sam is actually Neal's DisappearedDad.
* Parodied innumerable times on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''.
* Averted in ''Series/WithoutATrace'': Agent Malone is captured and tortured by a conwoman who thinks he's an enemy out to get her and her partner who is, naturally, her son. I can't recall all the facts, but in the end the conwoman dies and asks Malone not to tell her son the truth (it probably would've been squicky for him anyway).
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Hints had been dropped throughout the series that Bill Mulder was not Mulder's father, but that his father was the Cigarette-Smoking Man. It was left up in the air until season seven's "The Sixth Extinction: Amor Fati", we find out that he ''is'' Mulder's father, but Mulder does not find out until much later.
** It's revealed in season 9 that he [[ReallyGetsAround also fathered Special Agent Jeffery Spender.]]
** [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]] in season 11, when we find out that CSM is also [[spoiler: William's father]].
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* In the final arc of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the BigBad Yhwach reveals that Ichigo is his descendent through his mother Masaki, calling him "my son born in the dark". The full explanation is not revealed for several chapters: Masaki was a Quincy, and Yhwach is the progenitor of all Quincies and source of their powers -- hence he's also the ancestor of Ichigo's AloofAlly and second cousin Uryu.
* In ''Anime/AquarionEvol'': NiceGuy and TheHero, Amata Sora, barely even knew his mother, believing her to have abandoned him at a young age due to his levitation powers. Then it turns out that she never abandoned him and is with the {{Al|ienInvasion}}tairians, but also that his father is in fact the LEADER OF THE ALTAIRIANS!!!
* In Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Part 2, it is revealed that Ripple master Lisa Lisa is actually Joseph Joestar's mother.
* In ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' Friend tells Kenji that he is Kanna's father. Kanna learns this after the first major timeskip.
* The third episode of ''Manga/DeathNote'': Light's father is the one leading the police effort to catch the mysterious murderer -- actually Light.
* PlayedForComedy in the crossdressing manga ''[[http://mangafox.me/manga/maid_in_japan/ Maid in Japan]].'' The main character's master has hated maids since her father left her for one, and puts up with her current one begrudgingly. But [[http://mangafox.me/manga/maid_in_japan/v01/c005/20.html things are not exactly]] [[http://mangafox.me/manga/maid_in_japan/v01/c005/21.html as they seem]].
* In the Mazinger trilogy it was played straight, subverted and inverted:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': "Kouji, Shiro, I am your mother." Subverted because in reality she was a cyborg, pretending being their real--and very deceased--mother.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Shiro learnt that Dr. Kenzo Kabuto is, in fact, his not-quite-dead father. Kouji learnt it later due to him not being in Japan during that time.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': It was inverted and played straight. Maria told Duke she was daughter of the King and Queen of Fleed, not knowing he was their son, and therefore, her brother. They played this trope straight with each other and hugged at each other.
** Reboot ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' reveals local innkeeper Nishiori Tsubasa to be Shiro and Kouji's mother. Her hairstyle and SlasherSmile are especially similar to Kouji's, as emphasized in a few shots in the episode where the reveal happens.
* ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'': Nadia learns that Captain Nemo is actually her long-lost father when he goes down with the damaged Nautilus at the beginning of the "castaway" arc of the series.
* It's revealed relatively early on in ''Manga/OnePiece'' that Luffy's grandfather is Vice-Admiral Garp, a legendary Marine, and his father is Dragon, the mysterious revolutionary who saved Luffy at Loguetown. The first part is subverted in that, while it was news to the readers (and the rest of the Straw Hats), Luffy himself was already well aware of who his granddad was.
** Chapter 550 [[TheReveal reveals]] that Ace's father is Gold Roger. He was aware of this before it was publicly announced to the world, although the audience wasn't, and he's pretty emphatic that he considers Whitebeard his true father.
** [[spoiler: While it's no surprise to Sanji, audience say hello to [[http://i3.mangapanda.com/one-piece/832/one-piece-7848607.jpg Judge Vinsmoke]], who's basically Darth Vader without the whole "actually loving his son part"]].
* In ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'', Auguste reveals to Gilbert that he is his father (not his uncle) to bring him back under his control. It doesn't go as well as he expected...
* Misaki's relationship to Shuuko/Shuu/the Champion in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''. The anime lets the viewer in on Shuuko's secret [[LockedOutOfTheLoop long before Misaki knows]], but in the manga, we only learn when she does.
* A rather unlikely example in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', where one of 10-year-old Negi Springfield's 15-year-old students claims to be his ''descendant''. She's from a hundred years in the future--and can prove it--so it's not as crazy as it sounds...
** The Lifemaker is Negi's and Asuna's ancestor. He also calls Evangeline "my daughter", although they might not be biologically related (He is her sire in the vampiric sense, not the paternal sense). Also in Negi's case, as The Lifemaker has possessed Nagi's body.
** Sequel series ''Manga/UQHolder'' has Negi's "[[ArtificialHuman grandson]]" Touta meet an astral projection of Asuna during a battle with the Lifemaker. She notes that as Touta's creation included some of her genetic material as well, she tells him "I guess that would make me your grandmother".
* Used in the ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime (''Monster Farm'' in Japan), in which Holly learns that the main bad guy is her father (with the villain using the Darth Vader's dialogue from ''The Empire Strikes Back''). It takes the trope further by having Holly screaming [[BigNo "NOOOOO!"]] afterwards [[labelnote:*]][[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFKqY6V2ctY Go pretty well together too]][[/labelnote]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** In Chapter 367, the [[CaptainObviousReveal most prevalent fan theory of the fandom is confirmed]]: Naruto is indeed the son of the Fourth Hokage. This is the third of three major [[TheReveal clarified mysteries]] that were revealed within a span of less than five chapters. A while earlier this was a lesser one: Asuma Sarutobi is the Third Hokage's son but they had the same name and similar looks, so it was kinda obvious, just not said before then.
** Aaaaand another for Naruto: his mother Kushina was the previous host for the Kyuubi.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' does this three times. Eva 1 contains the soul of Shinji's mother. Eva 02 contains the soul (well half) of Asuka's mother. Rei is occasionally compared to Shinji's mother (it is implied that she might be a clone of her).
** And Lilith is the mother of all humanity.
** All in all, in Eva, "YourMom" jokes are done at your own peril.
** ''Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Abriged Series'' plays with this in an interesting way:
--->'''01:''' Shinji, Gendo never told you what happened to your mother.\\
'''Shinji:''' He told me enough... He told me you killed her.\\
'''01:''' No Shinji. I AM YOUR MOTHER.\\
'''Shinji:''' Ehhh saw it coming.
** Kaworu pulls this off in ''Rebuild 2.0''
--->''(Gendo and Fuyutsuki spot Kaworu sitting shirtless in hard vacuum)''\\
'''Fuyutsuki:''' A human? Impossible...\\
'''Kaworu:''' Pleased to meet you, father.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' gives us a real good one, with Asura's "such a stupid little brother" line to Death the Kid, who just happens to be his little brother. Kid does not take this very well, as can be imagined.
* Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge gives us a unique variant. BigBad Ezelcant is convinced that Kio Asuno is the ''reincarnation'' of his ''dead'' son.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo!'' is full of these. Piece by piece we learn that Katsuhito is Ayeka's and Sasami's half-brother, which means they're both Tenchi's great aunts; then that Washu is Ryoko's mother; and eventually that the woman we thought was Tenchi's mother is actually his sister and that Washu is also Mihoshi's great great grandmother. Then in the second movie, ''Daughter of Darkness'', Mayuka turns up on the doorstep claiming that Tenchi is her father, which is awkward because they're both in their teens; but Washu does a DNA analysis, and yep, she's right. There's the moment in the first movie when Tenchi tells Achika and Nobuyuki that they're his parents, even though they're all about the same age, but that doesn't really count.
* It's nice to see a good old-fashioned subversion, and ''Manga/RaveMaster'' brings us one: there are two characters named Gale, one the antagonist (and head of the evil organization), one a good guy (who we've never seen before). Angst-tastic as it would be, the hero assumes his father is the former. Nope. It's the latter. They also play it straight with the two Musicas.
* A variation exists in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. After a successful raid on an illegal research facility, Quint adopts a pair of experimental [[SuperSoldier Combat Cyborgs]] because they looked so much like her and raises them as her own daughters. It's later revealed during a medical examination that the reason why Subaru and Ginga looked like her was because their genetic structures were identical. Somehow, Quint's genetic data had been acquired by the researchers and was used to create the two children. It's also later revealed that Nove is Quint's genetic daughter, too, explaining her strong similarity to Subaru.
** Jail Scaglietti claims to be Fate Testarossa's father, though in a purely metaphorical sense since she was the end result of his research into cloning.
* In the manga version of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Enishi, who wants revenge on Kenshin, is his brother in law (obviously Kenshin knew when he first met him). The old guy who befriends Kenshin is Kenshin's father in law who accepted that Kenshin killed his daughter accidentally. Naturally, Enishi ends up with the old guy and both remark that they remember seeing each other.
* Subverted in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Along the series, there had been a lot of hints that Marin was Seiya's long-lost sister Seika. She wasn't, his sister was actually a WaifProphet, and Marin's brother Touma even appears as an enemy in the Tenkai-hen movie.
** And played quite straight in the manga where, it was revealed that Mitsumasa Kido was actually the birth father of all the orphans he sent around the world to be trained as Saints.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', with Koji learning he has a twin brother he was SeparatedAtBirth from: Koichi, the {{Face Heel Turn}}ed SixthRanger with the [[EvilTwin Spirits of Darkness]]. Anime/DigimonSavers also has Keenan Crier finding out he is one of the "hum'''o'''ns" he despises so much, but it's painfully obvious that he was human from the start.
** Also from ''Savers'': Initially, it looks like Masaru's DisappearedDad is Yggdrasil, the "world tree," central computer and god of the Digital World. But [[MysteriousProtector BanchouLeomon]] reveals that ''he'' is Masaru's father. Yggdrasil was about to kill Suguru, but [=BanchouLeomon=] absorbed his soul. Unfortunately, Yggdrasil (being a ''god'' and all...) realized it, and has been using Suguru's body for its own ends.
* On ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', a ShowWithinAShow version occurs on ''The Sparrow'', where the hero's mother is the villain Galaxy Queen. (Which is In-universe MetaCasting, as the actress who plays Galaxy Queen is the lead actor's actual mother.)
* Parodied in a later episode of ''Anime/MagicalProjectS''. Romio claims that she's the older sister of Sasami, citing the fact that they share blue hair and the lack of resemblance between Sasami and her parents as the logical reasoning. Just as Sammy was going to run up for a "family reunion", Misa stops her and makes her realize it was a lie, which Romio confirms.
** Romio's character design is base on Ayeka who actually is Sasami's sister in the Tenchi Continuity.
* ''Anime/SonicX'': It is strongly suggested (said outright in the dub) that Dark Oak is Cosmo's father. However, while the characters ''do'' learn that the two are of the same species, Cosmo never directly learns of her heritage.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', Rue's father is revealed to be [[BigBad the Raven]] in the second season. That's not so surprising considering she's the DarkMagicalGirl...but it's later revealed that he actually kidnapped her as a child, and she's just a normal human girl after all. It's also later revealed that Drosselmeyer is Fakir's great-great-grandfather, and Fakir inherited his [[RealityWarper powers]].
* The very last volume of the ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' manga reveals that Chrono and Aion are twins, and their mother was a human woman turned into [[HiveQueen Pandaemonium]] when she was pregnant with them. Also, Satella discovers that her long-lost sister is Fiore.
* In ''Anime/{{Gravion}} Zwei'', it's eventually revealed that Sandman is Leele's father, as well as the brother of the Zeravire's creator/leader, and that Raven is Eiji's missing sister Ayaka.
* In ''Anime/RahXephon''... er, this is going to take a while: Ayato's real mother isn't Maya, but Itsuki's adopted sister Quon. Quon is also Maya's twin sister and Itsuki's ''mother'', making Itsuki Ayato's brother. Shirow Watari is their father. Haruka Shitow's uncle, Shougo Rikudoh, was the adoptive father of Maya and Quon. And Haruka? Before her mother remarried, her family name was '''Mishima''' - making her the same long lost "object of desire"/childhood sweetheart that [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ixtli/Ishtori]] took her appearance from. Or, for those that don't like to read: [[EveryoneIsRelated everyone is related to everyone ever.]]
* [[TheDragon Altair]] and [[TeamMom Vega]] in ''Anime/GearFighterDendoh'' are brother and sister, ''both'' of whom had presumed each other dead for years ([[MaskPower wearing those damn masks all the time]] probably only added to the confusion). Then there's Vega's true identity as Hokuto's mom.
* ''Anime/GlassFleet'' had a pair of sibling enemies learn at ''the same time'' that they were related. Vetti and Cleo were none-too-pleased to say the least.
* Silver and Giovanni from ''Manga/PokemonAdventures''. Silver was kidnapped when he was toddler and doesn't remember his father. Interestingly, this was revealed ''before'' it was confirmed in the games. It was based on a line in ''FRLG'' where a NPC mentions has a redheaded child.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' has Ken and the leader of Red Impulse. Just seconds before the latter's HeroicSacrifice, in fact.
* PlayedForDrama in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', where Cardeas Vist, wounded and on the verge of dying, reveals to protagonist Banagher Links that he was his real father, and [[IAmDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin entrusting him with the Unicorn Gundam.]]
* ''Manga/DaiNoDaibouken'' has the reveal that Baran, one of the six evil generals, is actually Dai's father. And because that's what evil dads do, he wants Dai to help him [[KillAllHumans rid the world of humanity]].
* ''Legend of Lemnear'' Manga has some examples well 2: Buan turns out to be lian's father and near the finale Lord Varol turns out to be the real father of Lemnear, who turns out to have wanted Lemnear to defeat him for the greater good after the evil has corrupted him; also near the finale Ragna turns out to be Varol's twin brother, which makes him Lemnear's uncle
* Rihoko from the ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' anime, with both parents.
* Halfway throughout ''Manga/ShamanKing'', Mikihisa, Yoh's father, reveals to Yoh himself and his friends that Hao, the BigBad, is actually Yoh's twin brother, much to their [[OhCrap huge surprise]].
* Done twice in ''Anime/SupercarGattiger'': [[BigBad Emperor Black Demon]] is the grandfather of [[TheHero Joe Kabuki]], while [[TheDragon Queen Demon]] is Joe's mother.
* ''Franchise/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', it is revealed that [[BigBad Father]] is a clone of Ed and Al's dad, and the homunculi are Ed And Al's siblings, as they are Father's "children."
** A similar thing happened in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]]. Envy is revealed near the end to be the Elric siblings' half-brother, being that he was the son of their father and [[BigBad Dante]].
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' reveals that Yuri Petrov/Lunatic is Mr. Legend's son. This in of itself isn't too startling a revelation until it's combined with a previous revelation of Yuri's history: Yuri's first kill was his own [[AbusiveParents abusive father]].
* Used at the beginning of ''Manga/DragonBallZ'' where invading space alien Raditz [[ItWasHisSled turns out to be Goku's brother]].
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' reveals that Kaito and Gaito/Gakuto are twin brothers.
* ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' DoubleSubverted this trope. Captain Garis continuously exhibits the exact same mannerisms as Daiya's father. His voice sounds similar, he acts as AFatherToHisMen, and even the opening focuses on him during the line "you can hear your father's voice''. Then it turns out that he's not even the same ''species'' as Daiya's father - he's just really damn caring. THEN it's revealed much later on that he's RURU's father, a memory that she'd suppressed up until that point.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Ragyo Kiryuin reveals she is Ryuko Matoi's true mother, which also means her daughter Satsuki is Ryuko's older sister. And in the next episode, it's revealed that Ryuko's father, Isshin Matoi, is actually Satsuki's father, Soichiro Kiryuin, after he faked his death to escape Ragyo and save Ryuko from death by abandonment.
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', Yuri and Tsubomi both find out that Professor Sabaaku, the creator of the Dark Precure, is actually Yuri's long-lost and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] father, Professor Tsukikage. What makes this a bit more heartbreaking is that Tsubomi's grandmother, Kaoruko, figured this out and tried to have Tsubomi keep Yuri away from him. Didn't work out too well.
** And then he reveals that he created Dark Precure from Yuri's DNA, making them biological sisters. The worst part about it: Professor Tsukikage tells Yuri about this ''after'' Yuri defeated Dark Precure who's dying at this moment.
* In ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'', the Masked Cure Muse reveals her identity infront of her BrainwashedAndCrazy father [[BigBadWannabe Mephisto]]: she's Ako. The next episode also reveals that Ako is Aphrodite's daughter and Otokishi is Aphrodite's father. Hibiki and Kanade are surprised by these reveals and Ellen and Hummy didn't recognize Ako as their princess.
* In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', Candy turns out to be Royale Queen's daughter and successor. This surprises everyone, even Candy's brother Pop.
* In ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'', it turns out that Aguri, Regina and Ai-chan originated from Princess Mari-Ange's life, meaning that they are not only sisters in a weird sense, but also that Aguri and Ai-chan are daughters of [[BrainwashedAndCrazy King Jikochuu]].
* Double subverted in ''Manga/FairyTail'' when Gray meets his supposedly dead father Silver. Naturally, Gray does not believe it's actually him at first since he saw him die at the hands of his ArchEnemy Deliora, but then Silver says he's actually Deliora possessing Silver's corpse, which [[UnstoppableRage really sets him off]]. Once Gray defeats him, he clues in that Silver really ''is'' his father brought BackFromTheDead, and was only pretending to be Deliora so Gray would [[DeathSeeker put him out of his misery]].
** Later on, it's revealed that [[TheHero Natsu]] is [[BigBad Zeref]]'s younger brother, reincarnated as Zeref's strongest demon, Etherious Natsu Dragneel (E.N.D.). Natsu doesn't remember any of this since he was only a baby when Igneel separated him from Zeref, while the rest of the world believed Zeref to have OnlyOneName (his full name being Zeref Dragneel).
** Also it's revealed in the recent chapter 513, that Eileen Berselion [[spoiler:the former Queen of Dragons]] is actually Erza Scarlet's mother.
* In ''Anime/InazumaEleven Go'', it's eventually revealed that "Helper X" is actually Asurei Rune, Fei's father. If that wasn't enough though, it's then revealed not long after that the bubbly middle school girl Nanobana Kinako is actually Fei's mother. Considering the respective ages of Fei and Kinako, this obviously confuses everyone until it's revealed that the Kinako we know was from the time when she was the same age as Fei, and was taken from her respective time period to help out with Asurei's plans (due to time traveling stuff).
* In ''Anime/FlipFlappers'' it's revealed that Papika's previous partner, Mimi, whom also appears in dream visions at the start of the series, is really Cocona's mother. Added to that, Dr. Salt, the head of Flip Flappers is Cocona's father.
* Inverted InUniverse in ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma''. The audience is very much aware that Soma is the son of the legendary chef Joichiro Saiba, but since [[TheMaidenNameDebate Joichiro took his wife's surname Yukihira when he got married]], nobody makes the connection between the two at first. It comes as a major shock to Erina Nakiri, who has grown up admiring Joichiro as a chef, and all that time has been antagonizing Soma unaware that he's the son of her idol.
* Prior to the final battle in ''Manga/NotLives'', [[TheDreaded Astaroth]] reveals himself to be Yukiya Amamiya, Kyouka's father.
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* In ''Film/{{Shocker}}'', the main villain reveals himself to be the protagonist's father before he is executed in the electric chair and is turned into a PsychoElectro.

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