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** In ''Discworld/EqualRites'', Eskarina ''would'' have been an eighth son of an eighth son if she hadn't been born a girl, which causes quite a lot of trouble when a wizard mistakenly bequeaths his powerful wizard's staff to her under the assumption that she would be an eighth son. [[GenderRestrictedAbility Women are supposed to be witches]], not wizards, so most of the story is spent trying to figure out where exactly she fits in the world.
** In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', we learn that the eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son becomes a super-powerful "sourcerer", a wizard that is actually a source of magic, and almost [[AGodAmI too powerful]] for the world to bear. (This is one of the reasons wizards are discouraged from having sex.)

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** In ''Discworld/EqualRites'', ''Literature/EqualRites'', Eskarina ''would'' have been an eighth son of an eighth son if she hadn't been born a girl, which causes quite a lot of trouble when a wizard mistakenly bequeaths his powerful wizard's staff to her under the assumption that she would be an eighth son. [[GenderRestrictedAbility Women are supposed to be witches]], not wizards, so most of the story is spent trying to figure out where exactly she fits in the world.
** In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', ''Literature/{{Sourcery}}'', we learn that the eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son becomes a super-powerful "sourcerer", a wizard that is actually a source of magic, and almost [[AGodAmI too powerful]] for the world to bear. (This is one of the reasons wizards are discouraged from having sex.)


* In ''FanFic/SonOfTheDesert'' Trisha is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, a batsheva which means she has a sacred place in Ishvalan society. Everyone is allowed to call her by name, marrying her will allow someone to start a new family name and she's free to speak her mind around anyone. She marries [[spoiler: the immortal Hohenheim.]]

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* In ''FanFic/SonOfTheDesert'' Trisha is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, a batsheva batsheva, which means she has a sacred place in Ishvalan society. Everyone In-universe, few people in Ishvalan society are allowed to refer to someone by their first name, and there are strict cultural rules dictating respect and deference in conversation. In contrast, everyone is allowed to call Trisha by name (and vice versa), she can speak her by name, mind at any time to anyone she wants (including talking back, even as a very young child), and marrying her will allow someone to start a new family name and she's free to speak her mind around anyone.name. She marries [[spoiler: the immortal Hohenheim.]]

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* Sheena Easton's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRnGv9l8UD8 "You Could Have Been With Me"]] begins with the lines:
-->''You're the seventh son of a seventh son,\\
Maybe that's why you're a strange and special one.''


* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Still Valley", a Confederate soldier met an old man who had magical powers because he was the seventh son of a seventh son. He also had a DealWithTheDevil thing going on.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Still Valley", a "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E76StillValley Still Valley]]", the Confederate soldier Sgt. Joseph Paradine met an old man named Teague who had magical powers because he was the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son. He also had made a DealWithTheDevil thing going on.to use BlackMagic.


* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', Septimus is a powerful wizard, and the seventh son of a seventh son.

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* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', Septimus is a powerful wizard, and the seventh son of a seventh son. On the other hand, in this series someone who is ''only'' seventh son isn't necessarily in any way special. This is shown by Septimus's father, Silas, who despite having been once apprenticed to the [=ExtraOrdinary=] Wizard has no great Magkyal power.


Traditionally, this trope was AlwaysMale, possibly because "seventh daughter of a seventh daughter" doesn't quite roll off the tongue. (Though it's more likely for less [[DoubleStandard charitable reasons]].) Modern works, however, have an increasing tendency to feature the distaff version--especially in FeministFantasy, where the author may explicitly add a "take that!" comment about the traditional version.

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Traditionally, this trope was AlwaysMale, possibly because "seventh daughter of a seventh daughter" doesn't quite roll off the tongue. (Though it's more likely for less [[DoubleStandard charitable reasons]].) Modern works, however, have an increasing tendency to feature the distaff version--especially version -- especially in FeministFantasy, where the author may explicitly add a "take that!" comment about the traditional version.
version. Speaking of gender politics, this trope may even overlap with SupernaturallyValidatedTransPerson if these powers confirm that the seventh son ''is'' a son, or that the seventh daughter ''is'' a daughter.


* It's mentioned in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' that Elphaba's preacher father is the seventh son of a seventh son and that he comes from a line of six ministers. He fully expected his firstborn to be a son, but he instead got a daughter. It, along with Elphaba's [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation green skin]], are just the start of Elphaba's life of screwing with her father's expectations.

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* It's mentioned in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' that Elphaba's preacher father is the seventh son of a seventh son and that he comes from a line of six ministers. He fully expected his firstborn to be a son, but he instead got a daughter. It, along with Elphaba's sex, along with her [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation green skin]], are just the start of Elphaba's life of screwing with her father's expectations.


* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', a seventh son of a seventh son is revealed to be TheChosenOne to defeat a powerfull witch, by using her own wand against her.

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* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', a seventh son of a seventh son is revealed to be TheChosenOne to defeat a powerfull witch, by using her own wand against her.


* It's mentioned in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' that Elphaba's preacher father is the seventh son of a seventh son and that he comes from a line of six ministers. He fully expected his firstborn to be a son, but he instead got a daughter. It, along with Elphaba's [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation green skin]], are just the start of Elphaba's life of screwing with her father's expectations.



* It's mentioned in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' that Elphaba's preacher father is the seventh son of a seventh son and that he comes from a line of six ministers. He fully expected his firstborn to be a son, but he instead got a daughter. It, along with Elphaba's [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation green skin]], are just the start of Elphaba's life of screwing with her father's expectations.

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* It's mentioned in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' that Elphaba's preacher father is the seventh son of a seventh son and that he comes from a line of six ministers. He fully expected his firstborn to be a son, but he instead got a daughter. It, along with Elphaba's [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation green skin]], are just the start of Elphaba's life of screwing with her father's expectations.


* In ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' according to WordOfGod, this is why Ginny Weasley, the seventh child of her parents, is a PintSizedPowerhouse. However, in this case it's PlayedWith because both of her parents had only two siblings each.


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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' according to WordOfGod, this is why Ginny Weasley, the seventh child of her parents, is a PintSizedPowerhouse. However, in this case it's PlayedWith because both of her parents had only two siblings each.



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* In ''Film/TheSeeker'', a movie based on Creator/SusanCooper's novel ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'', Will is the seventh son of a seventh son, and destined to save the world from darkness.

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* In ''Film/TheSeeker'', a movie based on Creator/SusanCooper's novel ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'', Will is the seventh son of a seventh son, and destined to save the world from darkness.

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* Music/RoryGallagher's ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'' tells the story of a man born with faith-healing powers, only to lose them in exchange for fame and fortune.

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Harry Wolfe's family is cursed to have seventh sons with magical gifts, but also a werewolf-ish appearance, and possibly PunnyNames as well.
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