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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Downplayed. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Dalinar]] and [[GadgeteerGenius Navani]] are legally siblings because Navani is the widow of Dalinar's brother, which makes it difficult to find someone to marry them.



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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** Fan works pairing up Asriel and the first human, which would also be a case of InterspeciesRomance. We learn at New Home that the human was essentially adopted by his parents and that Asriel and the human "became like siblings" over time. When we see evidence of just how devoted he was to them though, it can [[IncestSubtext be read as]] a case of PuppyLove by some.
** Fan works pairing up [[spoiler:the Human Child and Asriel]] could fall into this, since [[spoiler:Asriel's parents try to take care of the Human Child and offer to adopt them as well]], and accepting the offer is the most popular ending with fans. Fans who want to try to avert this trope can HandWave it by simply setting their work in an ending where [[spoiler:the Human Child chose not to stay with Asriel's family]].
** Like the above example, fan works pairing up [[spoiler:the Human Child and Chara]] arguably also qualify, since [[spoiler:the Human Child can be adopted by the same parents who'd adopted Chara]], and can be downplayed in the same way.


* Jeremy and Ian of ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' fall into this category. While not blood brothers, they are brothers through adoption.

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* Jeremy and Ian of ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' fall into this category. While not blood brothers, they are brothers through adoption.They became stepbrothers when Jeremy's mother married Ian's father and begin a relationship of sorts after their parents' death.


** There are constant debates on who, if Scar and Mufasa are the lions of the Pride, Nala's father might be, and thus to what extent she is related to Simba. A full-on sibling seems unlikely, but she could easily be the daughter of Mufasa and another lioness; barring this, she may be the daughter of Scar, which is uncomfortable for ''several other reasons'': in some drafts (and in the Broadway musical), Scar actually tries to make Nala his consort, which is the real reason she exiled herself from the Pride. You see [[PervertDad what the problem with that is]]. Moreover, in the sequel, Nala and Simba's daughter Kiara hooks up with Scar's adopted son (well… supposedly, see the third bullet-point here), which is just as weird.[[note]] According to ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'', Nala's father is an unknown male [[DisappearedDad who died or disappeared in unknown circumstances prior to the events of the films]]. Some fans have been reluctant to accept this explanation (as well as other [[RetCon retcons]] done by the series) and declare it FanonDiscontinuity altogether.

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** There are constant debates on who, if Scar and Mufasa are the lions of the Pride, Nala's father might be, and thus to what extent she is related to Simba. A full-on sibling seems unlikely, but she could easily be the daughter of Mufasa and another lioness; barring this, she may be the daughter of Scar, which is uncomfortable for ''several other reasons'': in some drafts (and in the Broadway musical), Scar actually tries to make Nala his consort, which is the real reason she exiled herself from the Pride. You see [[PervertDad what the problem with that is]]. Moreover, in the sequel, Nala and Simba's daughter Kiara hooks up with Scar's adopted son (well… supposedly, see the third bullet-point here), which is just as weird.[[note]] According to ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'', Nala's father is an unknown male [[DisappearedDad who died or disappeared in unknown circumstances prior to the events of the films]]. Some fans have been reluctant to accept this explanation (as well as other [[RetCon retcons]] done by the series) and declare it FanonDiscontinuity altogether.


* Brought up by Monette in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03132009.shtml this]] ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' comic.

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* Brought up by Monette in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03132009.shtml [[https://somethingpositive.net/comic/questions/ this]] ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' comic.comic, where she ask Davan whether it would be illegal for them to have sex as adopted siblings.


* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments:'' The main couple, Clary and Jace, spend most of books 2-3 thinking that they're long-lost siblings, leading to much angst. The truth still turns out to be a {{Downplayed}} version of this trope: Jace spent his early years being raised by Clary's father, whom she didn't meet until years later.
** Alec was also in love with Jace, who's his adoptive brother. (They would have been about 12 and 10, respectively, when the Lightwoods took Jace in.) In that case, IncompatibleOrientation is presented as the bigger issue.

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* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments:'' The main couple, ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'':
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Clary and Jace, Jace spend most of two whole books 2-3 thinking that they're long-lost siblings, leading to much angst. The truth still turns out to be a {{Downplayed}} version of this trope: While they are not biological siblings, Jace spent his early years being was actually raised by Clary's father, whom she didn't meet Valentine, until he was 9 years later.
old, making him his father by all accounts. However, Clary was raised by a single mother and doesn't meet Valentine until she is 16, notably after she meets Jace.
** Midway through ''City of Bones'', it is revealed that Alec was also in love with has a crush on his adopted brother, Jace, who's whom he knew since they were 11 and 9 years old, respectively. However, this is explained to be a result of his adoptive brother. (They inferiority complex and {{Gayngst}}, since Jace is the closest male acquaintance he has. Furthermore, this trope is far from the only problem any romantic relationship would have been about 12 and 10, respectively, when the Lightwoods took Jace in.) In that case, have; IncompatibleOrientation is presented shown to be more of a factor against (as Jace is, as far as we know, straight) and later books reveal that parabatai are forbidden from loving each other romantically, so even if Jace does reciprocate the bigger issue. feelings, it would open another can of worms. After Alec experiences CharacterDevelopment and becomes more open, he moves away from his attraction at Jace and begins dating Magnus instead.


Therefore, in such cases, the story adaptations usually omitted the siblings relationship and the characters almost never treat each other as LikeBrotherAndSister, so as not to cause unpleasant associations in more conservative times. Not to mention the fact that thanks to the ValuesDissonance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, even the relationship between non-native siblings or foster parents was considered a real incest for religious and moral reasons. In that case, this trope will be an anachronism in the story, if it will be located in similar settings.

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Therefore, in such cases, the story adaptations usually omitted the siblings relationship and the characters almost never treat each other as LikeBrotherAndSister, so as not to cause unpleasant associations in more conservative times. Not to mention the fact that thanks to the ValuesDissonance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, even the relationship between non-native siblings or foster parents was considered a real incest for religious and moral reasons. In that case, this trope will be an anachronism in within the story, if it will be located takes place in a similar settings.
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* [[spoiler:Hiro and Karada]] in ''Manga/AsatteNoHoukou''; not taken to a romantic end, but still important to the plot. It's implied in the manga and left unmentioned in the anime is that, [[spoiler:while not siblings, they ARE blood-related, but Karada never knows (she would be the daughter of Hiro and his aunt conceived just before he went to study at the US).]]

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* [[spoiler:Hiro and Karada]] in ''Manga/AsatteNoHoukou''; not taken to a romantic end, but still important to the plot. It's implied in the manga and (but left unmentioned in the anime is that, anime) that [[spoiler:while not siblings, they ARE blood-related, but Karada never knows (she would be the daughter of Hiro and his aunt conceived just before he went to study at in the US).]]



* In the German comic ''Wendy'', does [[TheProtagonist Wendy]] date her foster-[[KissingCousins cousin]] for most of the story until her aunt decide that she didn't want to adopt him and his twin sister after all, as they aren't as rich anymore. After that, he breaks up with Wendy to date his previous foster sister Vanessa instead, while implied to still live in her house. It's weird.

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* In the German comic ''Wendy'', does [[TheProtagonist Wendy]] date her foster-[[KissingCousins cousin]] for most of the story until her aunt decide decides that she didn't doesn't want to adopt him and his twin sister after all, as they aren't as rich anymore. After that, he breaks up with Wendy to date his previous foster sister foster-sister Vanessa instead, while being implied to still live in her house. It's weird.



* Back in the early 1980s, DCU stories set on Earth-Two hinted at the mutual attraction between the Huntress (Helena Wayne, Earth-Two Batman's daughter) and the local version of Dick Grayson. It pretty much remained subtext, with both parties insisting all too earnestly that even though they weren't biologically related, their relationship would be too wrong to even contemplate. That subtext inexplicably became text in the recent ''Justice Society of America Annual''. The 1980s version was from the original [[TheMultiverse Earth Two]]. After ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', that Universe ended. The whole point of the recent Annual was to show that the Earth-2 ComicBook/PowerGirl was sucked into was NOT the same Earth 2 she came from. And since DC destroyed and remade its universe AGAIN since then, it's all out the window anyway.

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* Back in the early 1980s, DCU stories set on Earth-Two hinted at the mutual attraction between the Huntress (Helena Wayne, Earth-Two Batman's daughter) and the local version of Dick Grayson. It pretty much remained subtext, with both parties insisting all too earnestly that even though they weren't biologically related, their relationship would be too wrong to even contemplate. That subtext inexplicably became text in the recent ''Justice Society of America Annual''. The 1980s version was from the original [[TheMultiverse Earth Two]]. After ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', that Universe ended. The whole point of the recent Annual was to show that the Earth-2 ComicBook/PowerGirl was sucked into was NOT the same Earth 2 she came from. And since DC has destroyed and remade its universe AGAIN since then, it's all out the window anyway.



** Cassandra is shown to have a romantic interest in her adopted brother Tim Drake [[DorkAge when she was controlled by Deathstroke]] in ComicBook/TeenTitans, which caused quite a bit of backlash since they had been LikeBrotherAndSister even before either of them were adopted by Batman.

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** Cassandra is was shown to have a romantic interest in her adopted brother Tim Drake [[DorkAge when she was controlled by Deathstroke]] in ComicBook/TeenTitans, which caused quite a bit of backlash since they had been LikeBrotherAndSister even before either of them were adopted by Batman.



** In ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', isn't it so convenient that Kovu isn't really Scar's son, making it perfectly okay for him to get it on with his cousin? This was a last-minute change as Kovu was originally Scar's biological son with a StrongFamilyResemblance before the writers realized the [[KissingCousins minor case of incest in point]] (some dubs even still keep them as cousins).

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** In ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', isn't it so convenient that Kovu isn't really Scar's son, making it perfectly okay for him to get it on with his cousin? This was a last-minute change as Kovu was originally Scar's biological son with a StrongFamilyResemblance before the writers realized the [[KissingCousins minor case of incest in point]] (some dubs even still keep them as cousins).



--> '''Elizabeth:''' Brother and Sister no longer...

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--> '''Elizabeth:''' Brother and Sister sister no longer...



* The ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' films changed the Chipettes so that they end up adopted by Dave instead of Miss Miller. This means that they're legally the adopted siblings of the Chipmunks while still being their love interests.

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* The ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' films changed the Chipettes so that they end up being adopted by Dave instead of Miss Miller. This means that they're legally the adopted siblings of the Chipmunks while still being their love interests.



* Played with in Augusten Burroughs' 'Sellevision' where two main characters fall in love and bang, then find out they are related [[spoiler:but they're actually not... whew]].
* Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden and his [[EnigmaticMinion mysterious ex-girlfriend Elaine]] were adopted by their EvilMentor when they were small children and raised as brother and sister. Once puberty struck, they took their relationship in the expected direction - which, it is also repeatedly implied, was what their EvilMentor intended as part of his MoreThanMindControl manipulation of them to be loyal to him. Granted, "small children" here is about ten, at least in Harry's case, which is more than old enough to avoid feeling like brother and sister.

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* Played with in Augusten Burroughs' 'Sellevision' ''Sellevision'' where two main characters fall in love and bang, then find out they are related [[spoiler:but they're actually not... whew]].
* Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden and his [[EnigmaticMinion mysterious ex-girlfriend Elaine]] were adopted by their EvilMentor when they were small children and raised as brother and sister. Once puberty struck, they took their relationship in the expected direction - -- which, it is also repeatedly implied, was what their EvilMentor intended as part of his MoreThanMindControl manipulation of them to be loyal to him. Granted, "small children" here is about ten, at least in Harry's case, which is more than old enough to avoid feeling like brother and sister.



* In the Lord John Gray spinoffs of Diana Gabaldon's ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series, the main character finds out that his new stepbrother was a guy he used to sleep with. It's awkward, but that apparently doesn't last long, and they're promptly back together. Which is ok, except for the fact that they're living in the 18th century and hence have the appropriate [[EternalSexualFreedom awkwardness]]. (There was CharacterDevelopment in there somewhere, but it still managed to {{squick}} some readers...)

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* In the Lord John Gray spinoffs of Diana Gabaldon's ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series, the main character finds out that his new stepbrother was a guy he used to sleep with. It's awkward, but that apparently doesn't last long, and they're promptly back together. Which is ok, okay, except for the fact that they're living in the 18th century and hence have the appropriate [[EternalSexualFreedom awkwardness]]. (There was CharacterDevelopment in there somewhere, but it still managed to {{squick}} some readers...)



** This trope is played around with Ultraman Ace and Taro—whilst Ace is an orphan who was adopted by Taro's family, they have such a close brotherly relationship that they might as well be considered blood brothers.

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** This trope is played around with Ultraman Ace and Taro—whilst Taro -- whilst Ace is an orphan who was adopted by Taro's family, they have such a close brotherly relationship that they might as well be considered blood brothers.



** In a weird Meta twist, nearly every ''actor'' on the show [[CastIncest hooked up with one or more members of their TV family]] at one point or another.

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** In a weird Meta meta twist, nearly every ''actor'' on the show [[CastIncest hooked up with one or more members of their TV family]] at one point or another.



* On ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', Charlie becomes sexually involved with the daughter of his mother's fiancé, repeatedly pointing out that she will only be his stepsister.

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* On ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', Charlie becomes sexually involved with the daughter of his mother's fiancé, repeatedly pointing out that she will would only be his stepsister.



** Also any sexual relations between the seven models of humanoid Cylons, such as Boomer/Cavil and Caprica/D'Anna, as well as the failed attempts at Cylon breeding offscreen (their religion mandates "be fruitful", but their tinkered biology is such that breeding with each other simply doesn't work), since they all refer to each other as "brother" and "siser" and have the same "parents" in the Final Five, but don't actually share DNA except for the copies of the same model.

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** Also any sexual relations between the seven models of humanoid Cylons, such as Boomer/Cavil and Caprica/D'Anna, as well as the failed attempts at Cylon breeding offscreen (their religion mandates "be fruitful", but their tinkered biology is such that breeding with each other simply doesn't work), since they all refer to each other as "brother" and "siser" "sister" and have the same "parents" in the Final Five, but don't actually share DNA except for the copies of the same model.



** All three male Solomons also occasionally show sexual interest in Sally—again, because her being their sister/aunt is only a cover story.

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** All three male Solomons also occasionally show sexual interest in Sally—again, Sally — again, because her being their sister/aunt is only a cover story.



* Perhaps the sickest and overly complicated example imaginable on ''Series/{{Passions}}''. Chad who is biracial comes to town and eventually dates Whitney the son of Eve and TC (the only black family in town). Chad is for several years hinted to be the son of Eve and her white lover Julian from before she was married. Later Chad and Whitney have a baby together and the revelation comes out that they are half-brother and half-sister and their baby was born from incest. Later is revealed that Chad is not really Eve and Julian's long lost son. It turns out Julian's father Alistair had raped Eve's adopted sister, so Chad's son is not a product of incest - but on the other hand Chad himself is a product of rape. Even later it is revealed that Chad is having a gay relationship on the down-low with a guy named Vincent... who turns out to be Eve and Julian's hermaphroditic long lost child for realsies this time... oh and he's a serial killer and a rapist to boot. So yeah Chad didn't sleep with his half-sister... but he did sleep with his girlfriend's half-brother who was also his own half-nephew.

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* Perhaps the sickest and overly complicated example imaginable on ''Series/{{Passions}}''. Chad who is biracial comes to town and eventually dates Whitney Whitney, the son daughter of Eve and TC (the only black family in town). Chad is for several years hinted to be the son of Eve and her white lover Julian from before she was married. Later Chad and Whitney have a baby together and the revelation comes out that they are half-brother and half-sister and their baby was born from incest. Later is it's revealed that Chad is not really Eve and Julian's long lost long-lost son. It turns out Julian's father Alistair had raped Eve's adopted sister, so Chad's son is not a product of incest - but on the other hand hand, Chad himself is a product of rape. Even later it is revealed that Chad is having a gay relationship on the down-low with a guy named Vincent... who turns out to be Eve and Julian's hermaphroditic long lost long-lost child for realsies this time... oh and he's a serial killer and a rapist to boot. So yeah Chad didn't sleep with his half-sister... but he did sleep with his girlfriend's half-brother who was also his own half-nephew.



* At present, Japanese law allows adopted siblings to marry, which has [[JidaiGeki feudal-era]] origins. Japanese family inheritance traditionally emphasize the transmission of family ''traditions'' rather than ''blood'', so at the time titles could only be transmitted to the title-holder biological or adopted ''son''; even nephews needed to be adopted as an heir. This caused adoptions in feudal Japan to be as political as ArrangedMarriage, and many just do both—adopting a child from another family as one's heir and have the latter marry his own daughter.\\\

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* At present, Japanese law allows adopted siblings to marry, which has [[JidaiGeki feudal-era]] origins. Japanese family inheritance traditionally emphasize the transmission of family ''traditions'' rather than ''blood'', so at the time titles could only be transmitted to the title-holder biological or adopted ''son''; even nephews needed to be adopted as an heir. This caused adoptions in feudal Japan to be as political as ArrangedMarriage, and many just do both—adopting a child from another family as one's heir and have having the latter marry his own daughter.\\\


* In ''Series/TheUmbrellaAcademy'', adopted siblings Allison and Luther are in love, despite having grown up together from infancy. This leads to a clash in tone since the six main characters are ''constantly'' referred to as brothers and sisters.

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* In ''Series/TheUmbrellaAcademy'', adopted ''Series/TheUmbrellaAcademy'':
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siblings Allison and Luther are in love, despite having grown up together from infancy. This leads to a clash in tone since the six main characters are ''constantly'' referred to as brothers and sisters.sisters.
** In season 2 [[spoiler:Diego]] falls in love with a girl who turns out to be another one of the special children. When he learns of this, he nervously asks the others if they're not biologically related.


* Stepsiblings Boone and Shannon in the first season of ''Series/{{Lost}}''.

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* Stepsiblings Boone and Shannon in the first season of ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Becomes downplayed in the second season with the revelation that Boone's mother never regarded Shannon as family. Or [[WickedStepmother human]], apparently.


* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Although Dexter and Deb are not in the least bit involved, there was an instance where when Deb got angry with Masuka for not inviting her to Dexter's bachelor party. He said that it was men only unless she had wanted to be talent for the evening. Deb says that is gross as they're siblings, to which Masuka replies "not by blood". Dex just puts on his killing face in response. [[spoiler:Turns out Dexter may actually be Harry's bastard son, which would make Dexter and Deb half-siblings]]. Deb also dated [[spoiler:Dexter's biological brother, the Ice Truck Killer]] in the first season, although she was [[IncestIsRelative unaware of the connection at the time]]. Her own psychologist tries this excuse while suggesting that Debra's love for Dexter may be more than just sisterly, using this trope as a justification. She later fell in love with Dexter totally, which became a key plot point late season six onwards.

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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Although Dexter and Deb are not in the least bit involved, there was an instance where when Deb got angry with Masuka for not inviting her to Dexter's bachelor party. He said that it was men only unless she had wanted to be talent for the evening. Deb says that is gross as they're siblings, to which Masuka replies "not by blood". Dex just puts on his killing face in response. [[spoiler:Turns out Dexter may actually be Harry's bastard son, which would make Dexter and Deb half-siblings]]. Deb also dated [[spoiler:Dexter's biological brother, the Ice Truck Killer]] in the first season, although she was [[IncestIsRelative unaware of the connection at the time]]. Her own psychologist tries this excuse while suggesting that Debra's love for Dexter may be more than just sisterly, using this trope as a justification. She later fell in love with Dexter totally, which became a key plot point late season six onwards.

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** [[spoiler:Subverted again in the GrandFinale with the reveal that Lindsey actually is Lucille's younger half-sister. Making all these examples 100% incestuous.]]


* Similiar to the Thor and Loki example above, there's room for debate as to whether shipping John and Arthur in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'' counts as incest. We know John was taken in by the gang when he was twelve, so he was at least a preteen when him and Arthur met (and thus already past several formative years), but that doesn't change the fact Arthur played the role of a big brother for a good amount of time. They refer to each other in-game as brothers a few times as well, though often begrudingly. Most fanworks make it ''very'' clear the two didn't develop feelings for each other until John was well of age, at least- and others simply put them into an alternate universe where they didn't meet until they were both adults. Also worth taking into account is the fact that Dutch's gang was anything but conventional in terms of societal values and taboos.

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* Similiar to the Thor and Loki example above, there's room for debate as to whether shipping John and Arthur in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'' counts as incest. We know John was taken in by the gang when he was twelve, so he was at least a preteen when him and Arthur met (and thus already past several formative years), but that doesn't change the fact Arthur [[BigBrotherMentor played the role of a big brother brother]] for a good amount of time. They refer to each other in-game as brothers a few times as well, though often begrudingly. Most fanworks make it ''very'' clear the two didn't develop feelings for each other until John was well of age, at least- and others simply put them into an alternate universe where they didn't meet until they were both adults. Also worth taking into account is the fact that Dutch's gang was anything but conventional in terms of societal values and taboos.



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* Similiar to the Thor and Loki example above, there's room for debate as to whether shipping John and Arthur in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'' counts as incest. We know John was taken in by the gang when he was twelve, so he was at least a preteen when him and Arthur met (and thus already past several formative years), but that doesn't change the fact Arthur played the role of a big brother for a good amount of time. They refer to each other in-game as brothers a few times as well, though often begrudingly. Most fanworks make it ''very'' clear the two didn't develop feelings for each other until John was well of age, at least- and others simply put them into an alternate universe where they didn't meet until they were both adults. Also worth taking into account is the fact that Dutch's gang was anything but conventional in terms of societal values and taboos.



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has this a lot, mostly due to the Westerosi custom of fostering their children. Romances between foster-siblings aren't considered anything out of the ordinary and are often encouraged, as it makes the ArrangedMarriage that comes after [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage a lot easier]] to go through with. Kids are usually tweens by the time they're fostered out, and view their foster-siblings as peers and friends, not siblings:

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has this a lot, mostly due to the Westerosi custom of fostering their children. Romances between foster-siblings aren't considered anything out of the ordinary and are often encouraged, as it makes the ArrangedMarriage that comes after [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage a lot easier]] to go through with. Kids are usually tweens neonates by the time they're fostered out, and view their foster-siblings as peers and friends, not siblings:

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* Arno and Élise in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity''. Arno's father was assassinated when he was a child and was adopted by Élise's father. Although they grew up together, neither of them saw the other as a sibling and they started a relationship sometime in their adolescence that flourished [[spoiler: until Élise's death]].


** Played straight so far in ''Manga/ZetsuenNoTempest'' with Mahiro's dead sister.

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** Played straight so far in ''Manga/ZetsuenNoTempest'' with Mahiro's dead sister.

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