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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Shego's brothers have the ultimate embarrassing secret: She used to be good. However, their quirks (namely Hego's adherence to comic book style heroics and Mego's complex regarding his powers) along with her own troubles and impatience leads her to leave. She does still care about them, enough to where its implied she let Kim strip fof the rest of her brothers' powers so they can have them again (though she didn't like that being brought up.) Dr. Drakken has his own prodigal family, to a lesser extent: his mother and ''Motor Ed.'' (They're cousins. Seriously.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Shego's brothers have the ultimate embarrassing secret: She used to be good. However, their quirks (namely Hego's adherence to comic book style heroics and Mego's complex regarding his powers) along with her own troubles and impatience leads her to leave. She does still care about them, enough to where its implied she let Kim strip fof off the rest of her brothers' powers so they can have them again (though she didn't like that being brought up.) Dr. Drakken has his own prodigal family, to a lesser extent: his mother and ''Motor Ed.'' (They're cousins. Seriously.)


Sometimes this is the case. But sometimes it's a setup for the ProdigalFamily.

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Sometimes this is the case. But sometimes it's a setup for the ProdigalFamily.
Prodigal Family.



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Possessive families are more extreme. They've been actively hunting for Character for some time, and they want her back. Often evil, but sometimes have Character's best interests at heart without knowing what's really best for her. An encounter with a possessive family generally ends in either a showdown between the family and Character's friends (if the family is evil) or a painful decision by Character to stay on the show (if they're just misguided). Either way, friendship plays an important part in the conclusion and the arc ends with AnAesop about the true meaning of family, i.e., not those to whom you're born, but those to [[TrueCompanions whom you belong]].

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Possessive families are more extreme. They've been actively hunting for Character for some time, and they want her back. Often evil, but sometimes have Character's best interests at heart without knowing what's really best for her. An encounter with a possessive family generally ends in either a showdown between the family and Character's friends (if the family is evil) or a painful decision by Character to stay on the show (if they're just misguided). Either way, friendship plays an important part in the conclusion and the arc ends with AnAesop about the true meaning of family, i.e., not those to whom you're born, but those to [[TrueCompanions whom you belong]]. See also CoattailRidingRelative.


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* ''Film/MillionDollarBaby'': Maggie's loathsome trailer-trash family only see her as a source of money once she starts winning fights. She buys her mother a house, who doesn't sign the ownership papers since it'd make her ineligible for welfare. The nadir would be the moment where they come to visit her in the hospital after she's paralyzed (''after'' spending the day at Disneyland), and try to work out a way for her to sign over all her winnings to them since she can't hold a pen. She finally kicks them out on seeing she doesn't owe them anything and threatens to sell the house (which they don't own) if they visit again.
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* ''{{Anime/One Piece}}'': In the Zou Arc, it is shown that Sanji is the third child of a royal family. Brook and Chopper wonders about his past, and Nami recollects the conversation about Sanji's family in the Jaya Arc. Later is is revealed by Pekoms that he is part of a family of assassin's. There is obvious tension between Sanji and his family, and in the Whole Cake Island Arc, we see why. At birth, [[spoiler: Vinsmoke Judge (Sanji's father)]] wanted his children to become nothing more than [='=] {{TykeBombs}}. After having [[spoiler: an already-super-powered Reiju (Sanji's sister)]], he successfully did so with his sons [[spoiler: Ichiji, Niji, and Yonj]]. However, [[spoiler: thanks to the intervention of Vinsmoke Sora (Sanji's mother) due to the drug she took]] Sanji became a normal human being. His compassion and humility is what drove his brothers and his father to abuse him physically, mentally, verbally, and psychologically. For the next couple of years. Fortunately for Sanji, Reiju helped him escape escaped. 13 years later, [[spoiler: he is whisked away and threatened by Big Mom and his father, for the fate of his hands and loved ones, specifically his old crew and his adoptive father Zeff, on the Baratie. Unfortunately, he undergoes more torment by his brothers and father, and WORSE by his manipulative fiancée. Just when hope seems grim, his friends, along with new allies, decide to intervene with a plot to take down Big Mom and rescue his family. After they are rescued and the commotion has settled, Judge asks Sanji for what reason that he saved him. Sanji replies that it was to honor his adoptive father's beliefs and told Judge not to go to him or East Blue again. After even more commotion, as the Straw Hat crew passes by Judge's castle, Judge asks Luffy why he would go so far Sanji. The latter just responds with a thank you and goodbye.]]

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* ''{{Anime/One Piece}}'': In the Zou Arc, it is shown that Sanji is the third child of a royal family. Brook and Chopper wonders about his past, and Nami recollects the conversation about Sanji's family in the Jaya Arc. Later is is revealed by Pekoms that he is part of a family of assassin's. There is obvious tension between Sanji and his family, and in the Whole Cake Island Arc, we see why. At birth, [[spoiler: Vinsmoke Judge (Sanji's father)]] wanted his children to become nothing more than [='=] {{TykeBombs}}.[[TykeBomb Tyke-Bombs]]. After having [[spoiler: an already-super-powered Reiju (Sanji's sister)]], he successfully did so with his sons [[spoiler: Ichiji, Niji, and Yonj]]. However, [[spoiler: thanks to the intervention of Vinsmoke Sora (Sanji's mother) due to the drug she took]] Sanji became a normal human being. His compassion and humility is what drove his brothers and his father to abuse him physically, mentally, verbally, and psychologically. For the next couple of years. Fortunately for Sanji, Reiju helped him escape escaped. 13 years later, [[spoiler: he is whisked away and threatened by Big Mom and his father, for the fate of his hands and loved ones, specifically his old crew and his adoptive father Zeff, on the Baratie. Unfortunately, he undergoes more torment by his brothers and father, and WORSE by his manipulative fiancée. Just when hope seems grim, his friends, along with new allies, decide to intervene with a plot to take down Big Mom and rescue his family. After they are rescued and the commotion has settled, Judge asks Sanji for what reason that he saved him. Sanji replies that it was to honor his adoptive father's beliefs and told Judge not to go to him or East Blue again. After even more commotion, as the Straw Hat crew passes by Judge's castle, Judge asks Luffy why he would go so far Sanji. The latter just responds with a thank you and goodbye.]]


* ''{{Anime/One Piece}}'': In the Zou Arc, it is shown that Sanji is the third child of a royal family. Brook and Chopper wonders about his past, and Nami recollects the conversation about Sanji's family in the Jaya Arc. Later is is revealed by Pekoms that he is part of a family of assassin's. There is obvious tension between Sanji and his family, and in the Whole Cake Island Arc, we see why. At birth, [[spoiler: Vinsmoke Judge (Sanji's father)]] wanted his children to become nothing more than [='=] {{TykeBombs}}. After having [[spoiler: an already-super-powered Reiju (Sanji's sister)]], he successfully did so with his sons [[spoiler: Ichiji, Niji, and Yonj]]. However, [[spoiler: thanks to the intervention of Vinsmoke Sora (Sanji's mother) due to the drug she took]] Sanji became a normal human being. His compassion and humility is what drove his brothers and his father to abuse him physically, mentally, verbally, and psychologically. For the next couple of years. Fortunately for Sanji, Reiju helped him escape escaped. 13 years later, [[spoiler: he is whisked away and threatened by Big Mom and his father, for the fate of his hands and loved ones, specifically his old crew and his adoptive father Zeff, on the Baratie. Unfortunately, he undergoes more torment by his brothers and father, and WORSE by his manipulative fiancée. Just when hope seems grim, his friends, along with new allies, decide to intervene with a plot to take down Big Mom and rescue his family. After they are rescued and the commotion has settled, Judge asks Sanji]]

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* ''{{Anime/One Piece}}'': In the Zou Arc, it is shown that Sanji is the third child of a royal family. Brook and Chopper wonders about his past, and Nami recollects the conversation about Sanji's family in the Jaya Arc. Later is is revealed by Pekoms that he is part of a family of assassin's. There is obvious tension between Sanji and his family, and in the Whole Cake Island Arc, we see why. At birth, [[spoiler: Vinsmoke Judge (Sanji's father)]] wanted his children to become nothing more than [='=] {{TykeBombs}}. After having [[spoiler: an already-super-powered Reiju (Sanji's sister)]], he successfully did so with his sons [[spoiler: Ichiji, Niji, and Yonj]]. However, [[spoiler: thanks to the intervention of Vinsmoke Sora (Sanji's mother) due to the drug she took]] Sanji became a normal human being. His compassion and humility is what drove his brothers and his father to abuse him physically, mentally, verbally, and psychologically. For the next couple of years. Fortunately for Sanji, Reiju helped him escape escaped. 13 years later, [[spoiler: he is whisked away and threatened by Big Mom and his father, for the fate of his hands and loved ones, specifically his old crew and his adoptive father Zeff, on the Baratie. Unfortunately, he undergoes more torment by his brothers and father, and WORSE by his manipulative fiancée. Just when hope seems grim, his friends, along with new allies, decide to intervene with a plot to take down Big Mom and rescue his family. After they are rescued and the commotion has settled, Judge asks Sanji]] Sanji for what reason that he saved him. Sanji replies that it was to honor his adoptive father's beliefs and told Judge not to go to him or East Blue again. After even more commotion, as the Straw Hat crew passes by Judge's castle, Judge asks Luffy why he would go so far Sanji. The latter just responds with a thank you and goodbye.]]


* ''One Piece'': In the Zou Arc, it is shown that Sanji is the third child of a royal family. Brook and Chopper wonders about his past, and Nami recollects the conversation about Sanji's family in the Jaya Arc. Later is is revealed by Pekoms that he is part of a family of assassin's. There is obvious tension between Sanji and his family, and in the Whole Cake Island Arc, we see why. At birth, [[spoiler: Vinsmoke Judge (Sanji's father)]] wanted his children to become nothing more than monsters of war with no feelings. After having [[spoiler: an already-super-powered Reiju (Sanji's sister)]], he successfully did so with his sons [[spoiler: Ichiji, Niji, and Yonj]]. However, [[spoiler: thanks to the intervention of Vinsmoke Sora (Sanji's mother) due to the drug she took]] Sanji became a normal human being. His compassion and humility is what drove his brothers and his father to abuse him physically, mentally, verbally, and psychologically. Fortunately because of Reiju, he escaped.

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* ''One Piece'': ''{{Anime/One Piece}}'': In the Zou Arc, it is shown that Sanji is the third child of a royal family. Brook and Chopper wonders about his past, and Nami recollects the conversation about Sanji's family in the Jaya Arc. Later is is revealed by Pekoms that he is part of a family of assassin's. There is obvious tension between Sanji and his family, and in the Whole Cake Island Arc, we see why. At birth, [[spoiler: Vinsmoke Judge (Sanji's father)]] wanted his children to become nothing more than monsters of war with no feelings.[='=] {{TykeBombs}}. After having [[spoiler: an already-super-powered Reiju (Sanji's sister)]], he successfully did so with his sons [[spoiler: Ichiji, Niji, and Yonj]]. However, [[spoiler: thanks to the intervention of Vinsmoke Sora (Sanji's mother) due to the drug she took]] Sanji became a normal human being. His compassion and humility is what drove his brothers and his father to abuse him physically, mentally, verbally, and psychologically. For the next couple of years. Fortunately because of Reiju, he for Sanji, Reiju helped him escape escaped. 13 years later, [[spoiler: he is whisked away and threatened by Big Mom and his father, for the fate of his hands and loved ones, specifically his old crew and his adoptive father Zeff, on the Baratie. Unfortunately, he undergoes more torment by his brothers and father, and WORSE by his manipulative fiancée. Just when hope seems grim, his friends, along with new allies, decide to intervene with a plot to take down Big Mom and rescue his family. After they are rescued and the commotion has settled, Judge asks Sanji]]

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* ''One Piece'': In the Zou Arc, it is shown that Sanji is the third child of a royal family. Brook and Chopper wonders about his past, and Nami recollects the conversation about Sanji's family in the Jaya Arc. Later is is revealed by Pekoms that he is part of a family of assassin's. There is obvious tension between Sanji and his family, and in the Whole Cake Island Arc, we see why. At birth, [[spoiler: Vinsmoke Judge (Sanji's father)]] wanted his children to become nothing more than monsters of war with no feelings. After having [[spoiler: an already-super-powered Reiju (Sanji's sister)]], he successfully did so with his sons [[spoiler: Ichiji, Niji, and Yonj]]. However, [[spoiler: thanks to the intervention of Vinsmoke Sora (Sanji's mother) due to the drug she took]] Sanji became a normal human being. His compassion and humility is what drove his brothers and his father to abuse him physically, mentally, verbally, and psychologically. Fortunately because of Reiju, he escaped.
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* Jameson's family in GirlsWithSlingshots turn up at his wedding and reveal that they are [[spoilers: clowns]]. Jameson's deep shame at his heritage comes to the fore but the gang assure him it's nothing to be ashamed of.

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* Jameson's family in GirlsWithSlingshots turn up at his wedding and reveal that they are [[spoilers: clowns]].[[spoiler: clowns. Literally, white makeup, red ball noses, floppy shoes and all]]. Jameson's deep shame at his heritage comes to the fore but the gang assure him it's nothing to be ashamed of.

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* Jameson's family in GirlsWithSlingshots turn up at his wedding and reveal that they are [[spoilers: clowns]]. Jameson's deep shame at his heritage comes to the fore but the gang assure him it's nothing to be ashamed of.

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* ''{{Night Court}}'''s resident CasanovaWannabe Dan Fielding prided himself on his suave, urbane image; an unexpected visit from his parents collapsed the lies he'd been feeding his co-workers and friends, revealing his bayou-country background and (in Dan's mind, at least) the most embarrassing first name ever.

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* ''{{Night Court}}'''s ''Series/NightCourt''[='=]s resident CasanovaWannabe Dan Fielding prided himself on his suave, urbane image; an unexpected visit from his parents collapsed the lies he'd been feeding his co-workers and friends, revealing his bayou-country background and (in Dan's mind, at least) the most embarrassing first name ever.


* Happens in {{Black Books}} when Manny's incredibly irritating parents show up for the weekend.

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* Happens in {{Black Books}} ''Series/BlackBooks'' when Manny's incredibly irritating parents show up for the weekend.


* ''{{Daria}}'''s Jane Lane's family: Artists, photojournalists, wimpy sensitive guys named Wind, not to mention their numerous other relatives... They didn't show up often, but Jane and her brother Trent (who seemed to have run of the house for the most part) were often the only two rational Lanes at the scene when they did.
* ''KimPossible'': Shego's brothers have the ultimate embarrassing secret: She used to be good. However, their quirks (namely Hego's adherence to comic book style heroics and Mego's complex regarding his powers) along with her own troubles and impatience leads her to leave. She does still care about them, enough to where its implied she let Kim strip fof the rest of her brothers' powers so they can have them again (though she didn't like that being brought up.) Dr. Drakken has his own prodigal family, to a lesser extent: his mother and ''Motor Ed.'' (They're cousins. Seriously.)

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* ''{{Daria}}'''s ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'''s Jane Lane's family: Artists, photojournalists, wimpy sensitive guys named Wind, not to mention their numerous other relatives... They didn't show up often, but Jane and her brother Trent (who seemed to have run of the house for the most part) were often the only two rational Lanes at the scene when they did.
* ''KimPossible'': ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Shego's brothers have the ultimate embarrassing secret: She used to be good. However, their quirks (namely Hego's adherence to comic book style heroics and Mego's complex regarding his powers) along with her own troubles and impatience leads her to leave. She does still care about them, enough to where its implied she let Kim strip fof the rest of her brothers' powers so they can have them again (though she didn't like that being brought up.) Dr. Drakken has his own prodigal family, to a lesser extent: his mother and ''Motor Ed.'' (They're cousins. Seriously.)


* ''KimPossible'': Shego's brothers have the ultimate embarrassing secret: She used to be good. Her only concession to the enduring power of familial love after being forced to interact with them is allowing them to stop her before she destroys them completely. Dr. Drakken has his own prodigal family, to a lesser extent: his mother and Motor Ed. (They're cousins. Seriously.)

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* ''KimPossible'': Shego's brothers have the ultimate embarrassing secret: She used to be good. Her only concession However, their quirks (namely Hego's adherence to comic book style heroics and Mego's complex regarding his powers) along with her own troubles and impatience leads her to leave. She does still care about them, enough to where its implied she let Kim strip fof the enduring power rest of familial love after her brothers' powers so they can have them again (though she didn't like that being forced to interact with them is allowing them to stop her before she destroys them completely. brought up.) Dr. Drakken has his own prodigal family, to a lesser extent: his mother and Motor Ed. ''Motor Ed.'' (They're cousins. Seriously.)

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