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[[DoomedHometown Don't expect them]] [[FriendlyTarget to live too long]] [[DeathByOriginStory once they've served their purpose]], and their "son" [[ForgottenFallenFriend might not be terribly grief-stricken either]]. On other hand, if they are still around into the hero's adulthood and you are stupid enough to ''[[TooDumbToLive threaten]]'' them, it's not going to end well for you.

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[[DoomedHometown Don't expect them]] [[FriendlyTarget to live too long]] [[DeathByOriginStory once they've served their purpose]], and their "son" "offspring" [[ForgottenFallenFriend might not be terribly grief-stricken either]]. On other hand, if they are still around into the hero's adulthood and you are stupid enough to ''[[TooDumbToLive threaten]]'' them, it's not going to end well for you.


->'''Jonathan Kent:''' You're the answer, son. The answer to "are we alone in the universe?"\\
'''Clark:''' [...]Can't I just keep pretending to be your son?\\
'''Jonathan:''' You ''are'' my son.

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->'''Jonathan Kent:''' Kent''': You're the answer, son. The answer to "are we alone in the universe?"\\
'''Clark:''' '''Clark''': [...]Can't I just keep pretending to be your son?\\
'''Jonathan:''' '''Jonathan''': You ''are'' my son.



See TellMeAboutMyFather, can be HappilyAdopted. Contrast RaisedByOrcs, TurnOutLikeHisFather. See also ChangelingFantasy and RaisedByNatives.

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See TellMeAboutMyFather, can be HappilyAdopted. Contrast RaisedByOrcs, TurnOutLikeHisFather.TurnOutLikeHisFather and RaisedByTheSupernatural. See also ChangelingFantasy and RaisedByNatives.



--->'''Eliza:''' (smiling) Damn -- Look at her go. And here's us, the adorable, slow-moving human parents.

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--->'''Eliza:''' --->'''Eliza''': (smiling) Damn -- Look at her go. And here's us, the adorable, slow-moving human parents.



* This is the big twist of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Fanfic/MommyNearest.'' [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash is actually Celestia's daughter, sent to be raised by a pegasus couple to protect her from unicorn prejudice in Canterlot. The pain in her head is in fact from her horn growing in belatedly.]]

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* This is the big twist of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Fanfic/MommyNearest.'' ''Fanfic/MommyNearest''. [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash is actually Celestia's daughter, sent to be raised by a pegasus couple to protect her from unicorn prejudice in Canterlot. The pain in her head is in fact from her horn growing in belatedly.]]



* In ''Literature/InheritanceCycle,'' [[DragonRider Eragon]] was raised by his Uncle Garrow (mother's brother) and Aunt Marian. The latter died sometime prior to the story, while the former dies near the beginning.

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* In ''Literature/InheritanceCycle,'' ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', [[DragonRider Eragon]] was raised by his Uncle Garrow (mother's brother) and Aunt Marian. The latter died sometime prior to the story, while the former dies near the beginning.



* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime,'' Rand is found by Tam al'Thor on a battlefield, and Tam decides to take him home to his wife Kari to raise as their son. Tam isn't completely a muggle however. He is a skilled swordsman and Rand uses basic techniques Tam taught him to survive his first brushes with baddies before he can get [[TookALevelInBadass more training]]. Also subverted in that it appeared Tam was going to be a DeathByOriginStory, but he survives and becomes an active member of his hometown's resistance fighters and [[spoiler: has a heated confrontation with Rand in book 12 that leads to Rand having a MyGodWhatHaveIDone / EpiphanyTherapy moment]].

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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime,'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand is found by Tam al'Thor on a battlefield, and Tam decides to take him home to his wife Kari to raise as their son. Tam isn't completely a muggle however. He is a skilled swordsman and Rand uses basic techniques Tam taught him to survive his first brushes with baddies before he can get [[TookALevelInBadass more training]]. Also subverted in that it appeared Tam was going to be a DeathByOriginStory, but he survives and becomes an active member of his hometown's resistance fighters and [[spoiler: has a heated confrontation with Rand in book 12 that leads to Rand having a MyGodWhatHaveIDone / EpiphanyTherapy moment]].



* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' Tobias is raised alternatively by an aunt and uncle who live on opposite sides of the country; neither was very good at it. An odd example of this trope, because while Tobias has a supernatural origin ([[spoiler:his father was an alien who {{Shapeshifter Mode Lock}}ed himself as a human]]) he was in every other way a {{Muggle}} himself before the series begins.

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Tobias is raised alternatively by an aunt and uncle who live on opposite sides of the country; neither was very good at it. An odd example of this trope, because while Tobias has a supernatural origin ([[spoiler:his father was an alien who {{Shapeshifter Mode Lock}}ed himself as a human]]) he was in every other way a {{Muggle}} himself before the series begins.






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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_Q 'True Q']] involved a similar scenario except her parents were self-depowered Q living as humans. Her subsequent adoptive parents fit this trope.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_Q 'True Q']] [[StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E6TrueQ "True Q"]] involved a similar scenario except her parents were self-depowered Q living as humans. Her subsequent adoptive parents fit this trope.



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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Molly the Monster--arguably the most intelligent being on Earth but still young and very naive--is being raised by the very human Bob & Jean.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', Molly the Monster--arguably the most intelligent being on Earth but still young and very naive--is being raised by the very human Bob & Jean.



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* [[HonoraryUncle Uncle Dudley]] for [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy]] on ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice.'' Oddly he seems to be the only example, since all the other kids were either raised by their biological parents and/or adult superheroes.

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* [[HonoraryUncle Uncle Dudley]] for [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy]] on ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice.'' ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Oddly he seems to be the only example, since all the other kids were either raised by their biological parents and/or adult superheroes.



* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub,'' Bloom is HappilyAdopted by Mike and Vanessa after being found in a house fire on Earth as a baby. She later finds out that she is not just a fairy but [[spoiler: [[LostOrphanedRoyalty a princess]] from a [[SoleSurvivor dead planet]]. Then, even later, that her birth parents are alive. Some plot is made of the relationships between Bloom, her birth parents, and her adoptive parents.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub,'' ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', Bloom is HappilyAdopted by Mike and Vanessa after being found in a house fire on Earth as a baby. She later finds out that she is not just a fairy but [[spoiler: [[LostOrphanedRoyalty a princess]] from a [[SoleSurvivor dead planet]]. Then, even later, that her birth parents are alive. Some plot is made of the relationships between Bloom, her birth parents, and her adoptive parents.]]





* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/SupremePower''. The U.S government attempts to invoke this with Hyperion in an attempt at turning him into an obedient, All-American metahuman weapon, by making two agents raise him together as their adopted child. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. Not only does Hyperion realise what's going on by the time he's a teenager, as his enhanced senses mean that they can't effectively hide the surveillance, but it's also heavily implied that the agents not only don't love him as a son, but are actually afraid of him and his powers, and are only following orders.

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* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/SupremePower''. The U.S government attempts to invoke this with Hyperion in an attempt at turning him into an obedient, All-American metahuman weapon, by making two agents raise him together as their adopted child. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. Not only does Hyperion realise realize what's going on by the time he's a teenager, as his enhanced senses mean that they can't effectively hide the surveillance, but it's also heavily implied that the agents not only don't love him as a son, but are actually afraid of him and his powers, and are only following orders.


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* ''ComicBook/RainbowRowellsRunaways'' introduces Josh and Paul, Klara's new foster [[HasTwoDaddies dads]].


* Victor and Rosa Vasquez are this to Billy and the others in the New 52 reboot of ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' and the [[Film/Shazam2019 movie adaptation of it''.

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* Victor and Rosa Vasquez are this to Billy and the others in the New 52 reboot of ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' and the [[Film/Shazam2019 movie adaptation of it''.


* Early on in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', Kobayashi takes in a young ([[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld well, youngish]]) dragon named Kanna. Kanna also has [[HasTwoMommies a second mother figure]] in the form of Tohru (the eponymous Dragon Maid), but prefers to view her as a CoolBigSis. Unlike most examples, Kanna was exiled by her biological parents for pulling pranks.

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* Early on in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', Kobayashi takes in a young ([[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld well, youngish]]) dragon named Kanna. Kanna also has [[HasTwoMommies a second mother figure]] in the form of Tohru (the eponymous Dragon Maid), but prefers to view her as a CoolBigSis. Unlike most examples, Kanna was exiled by her biological parents for pulling pranks.Kobayashi later takes in another dragon named Ilulu who fills the teenage daughter role.


* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', [[spoiler: the Grangers]] turn out to be this for [[spoiler: Hermione, whose real parents are Wanda Maximoff and John Constantine - since it was at the height of the first Wizarding War, Wanda had all the enemies she'd made as Apprentice to Doctor Strange, as a member of the Order of the Phoenix, and as the daughter of Magneto, and that's before one gets on to Constantine's enemies, it's not surprising that she had real reason to doubt that Hermione would live beyond infancy.]]

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[[spoiler: the Grangers]] turn out to be this for [[spoiler: Hermione, whose real parents are Wanda Maximoff and John Constantine - since it was at the height of the first Wizarding War, Wanda had all the enemies she'd made as Apprentice to Doctor Strange, as a member of the Order of the Phoenix, and as the daughter of Magneto, and that's before one gets on to Constantine's enemies, it's not surprising that she had real reason to doubt that Hermione would live beyond infancy.]]



* In some ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfics, Petunia's parents were this to Lily, destroying the only reason Harry could be sent to live with the Dursleys instead of any wizards who ''want'' him.
* This is the big twist of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''MommyNearest.'' [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash is actually Celestia's daughter, sent to be raised by a pegasus couple to protect her from unicorn prejudice in Canterlot. The pain in her head is in fact from her horn growing in belatedly.]]

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* In some ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfics, Petunia's parents were this to Lily, destroying the only reason Harry could be sent to live with the Dursleys instead of any wizards who ''want'' him.
* This is the big twist of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''MommyNearest.''Fanfic/MommyNearest.'' [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash is actually Celestia's daughter, sent to be raised by a pegasus couple to protect her from unicorn prejudice in Canterlot. The pain in her head is in fact from her horn growing in belatedly.]]


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* In ''Fanfic/YokaiWatchRe'', [[spoiler:Nate]] is at least half-yokai and is secretly Lord Enma's heir. He was adopted by humans and raised for eleven years, knowing that he was adopted but not knowing his exact heritage. After he's taken back the Yo-kai World with his biological morher, he promises to still visit his adopted parents.


* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}''., this applies to the Uther and Morgana relationship, [[spoiler:until season 3. Then we find out [[LukeIAmYourFather he IS her father]], though he isn't a sorcerer either]].

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* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''., this applies to the Uther and Morgana relationship, [[spoiler:until season 3. Then we find out [[LukeIAmYourFather he IS her father]], though he isn't a sorcerer either]].


* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Paige Matthews was given to normal parents after her birth and didn't know her true heritage until her powers started manifesting thanks to a spell Piper had cast to bring Prue back.

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* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', Paige Matthews was given to normal parents after her birth and didn't know her true heritage until her powers started manifesting thanks to a spell Piper had cast to bring Prue back.

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* Tally from ''Webcomic/TheWeave'' was raised by her aunt after [[MissingMom her mother died]] and [[DisappearedDad her father disappeared]]. Whether or not she knew about Tally's true nature is not known, but either way, she didn't seem to be the most loving or supportive surrogate parent, begrudging the fact that she had to raise Tally without having a choice in the matter.


* In ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth The Sword of Truth]]'', Richard Cypher is kind of raised by a muggle foster father in the non-magical land of Westland, and although his mother is his real mother, she's also non-magical. It's only much later that he finds out that [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather the BigBad, who is a powerful wizard, is his father]] and that the [[CoolOldGuy 'friend']] he's known all his life is actually his grandfather and a powerful wizard as well, which is where he gets all his [[GodModeSue awesome wizard powers from]]]].

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* In ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth The Sword of Truth]]'', Richard Cypher is kind of raised by a muggle foster father in the non-magical land of Westland, and although his mother is his real mother, she's also non-magical. It's only much later that he finds out that [[spoiler: [[spoiler:the BigBad [[LukeIAmYourFather the BigBad, who is a powerful wizard, is his father]] and that the [[CoolOldGuy 'friend']] he's known all his life is actually his grandfather and a powerful wizard as well, which is where he gets all his [[GodModeSue awesome wizard powers from]]]].


** One side-effect for Ivan was that no one ever taught him [[MindOverManners reading minds is rude]], because no one ever understood that he ''was'' reading their minds. Consequently, he had a reputation for [[CreepyChild knowing things he shouldn't, with no explanation]].

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** One side-effect for Ivan was that no one ever taught him [[MindOverManners reading minds is rude]], because no one ever understood that he ''was'' reading their minds. Consequently, he had causing him to develop a bad reputation for [[CreepyChild knowing things he shouldn't, with no explanation]].everyone else's secrets.

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** One side-effect for Ivan was that no one ever taught him [[MindOverManners reading minds is rude]], because no one ever understood that he ''was'' reading their minds. Consequently, he had a reputation for [[CreepyChild knowing things he shouldn't, with no explanation]].


* Elie from ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' was raised by cave dweller couple. Her biological parents died hundreds of yeas ago.

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* Elie from ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' was raised by a cave dweller couple. Her biological parents died hundreds of yeas ago.


** At the beginning ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', Kara wants to be adopted by Lana officially.

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** At the beginning of ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', Kara wants to be adopted by Lana officially.

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