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Not to be confused with ''Film/TheParentTrap''.

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Not to be confused with ''Film/TheParentTrap''.
''Film/{{The Parent Trap|1961}}''.


* An interesting subversion of this trope occurs in ''Film/SecondHandLions'', in that one of TheTrapParents is Walter Coleman's actual mother.

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* An interesting subversion of this trope occurs in ''Film/SecondHandLions'', ''Film/SecondhandLions'', in that one of TheTrapParents is Walter Coleman's actual mother.



* ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'': After Warbucks offers a reward for information about Annie's family, her real parents show up to claim her, but they're actually just con artists after the reward.
** Notable in that after Daddy Warbucks offers the reward, ''hundreds'' of people showed up claiming to be Annie's parents, meaning they were all trying for this Trope. It's just one of the two con artists in question was the brother of Miss Hannigan, who ran the orphanage Annie lived at and could provide them with confidential info about how to pull off the job.

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* ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'': After Warbucks offers a reward for information about Annie's family, her real parents show up to claim her, but they're actually just con artists after the reward.
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reward. Notable in that after Daddy Warbucks offers the reward, ''hundreds'' of people showed up claiming to be Annie's parents, meaning they were all trying for this Trope. trope. It's just that one of the two con artists in question was the brother of Miss Hannigan, who ran the orphanage Annie lived at and could provide them with confidential info about how to pull off the job.


* In a GoldenAge ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comic, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uncreatively named]] "Bruce Wayne Loses the Guardianship of Dick Grayson", Dick Grayson's uncle and aunt appear to claim custody of him, which a court grants. It turns out to be a con with them willing to waive their custodial rights in exchange for a hefty bribe from Bruce Wayne. For obvious reasons, [[PapaWolf Bruce]] was enraged and it didn't take long for the Batman to get involved.

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* In a GoldenAge ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comic, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin uncreatively named]] "Bruce Wayne Loses the Guardianship of Dick Grayson", Dick Grayson's uncle and aunt appear to claim custody of him, which a court grants. It turns out to be a con with them willing to waive their custodial rights in exchange for a hefty bribe from Bruce Wayne. For obvious reasons, [[PapaWolf Bruce]] was enraged and it didn't take long for the Batman to get involved.


Bob is ConvenientlyAnOrphan, and lives a life of adventure and excitement with his friends.

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Bob is ConvenientlyAnOrphan, and lives a life of adventure and excitement with his friends.
friends. Or not.



If the fake parents are not the real antagonists, but have been employed by somebody else, they may find themselves BecomingTheMask and help Bob escape.

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If the fake parents are not the real antagonists, but have been employed by somebody else, they may find themselves BecomingTheMask and help Bob escape.
him in this quest, one way or the other.

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* This is what kicks off the plot of ''Film/SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird''. The Feathered Friends believe that Big Bird is miserable because he is without a family, and send Miss Finch to offer him a home with a family of Dodos. Big Bird accepts, but finds his adoptive family to be not what he imagined; they're [[TheDitz quite stubborn]], [[TheBore unimaginative]], and worst of all, [[FantasticRacism racist towards non-birds]]; when they refuse to let Snuffy come over for a visit, Big Bird views it as the last straw and runs away.


Not to be confused with ''TheParentTrap''.

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Not to be confused with ''TheParentTrap''.
''Film/TheParentTrap''.


* The live action version of ''Series/TheTick'' managed to do this with Tick's alleged ''wife'' rather than parents. In that case, The Tick was such an extreme CloudCuckooLander that he somehow didn't know who he even ''was'' (legally speaking, anyway). When a woman showed up out of nowhere with documents to prove he was her amnesiac husband, he went with it, leaving his TrueCompanions feeling oddly betrayed. The Tick gets frustrated when the fake wife demands he give up crime fighting and lead a normal life; the documents turned out to be forged and the wife AxCrazy, necessitating a [[StatusQuoIsGod rescue]].

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* The live action version of ''Series/TheTick'' ''Series/TheTick2001'' managed to do this with Tick's alleged ''wife'' rather than parents. In that case, The Tick was such an extreme CloudCuckooLander that he somehow didn't know who he even ''was'' (legally speaking, anyway). When a woman showed up out of nowhere with documents to prove he was her amnesiac husband, he went with it, leaving his TrueCompanions feeling oddly betrayed. The Tick gets frustrated when the fake wife demands he give up crime fighting and lead a normal life; the documents turned out to be forged and the wife AxCrazy, necessitating a [[StatusQuoIsGod rescue]].


* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', "The Lost Boy": Sarah Jane's adopted son Luke is reclaimed by his "real parents". This comes as a surprise to Sarah Jane since she had believed he was created in a lab by aliens, but they are able to supply evidence, which is verified by Mr Smith, that he's their son who was abducted. It turns out that they are actually disguised aliens who need him for their evil plan, and their evidence was faked using the same technology Mr Smith uses to maintain the {{Masquerade}}, which Mr Smith didn't catch because [[spoiler:he was in on the evil plan too, and faked the evidence himself]].

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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', "The Lost Boy": Sarah Jane's adopted son Luke is reclaimed by his "real parents". This comes as a surprise to Sarah Jane since she had believed he was created in a lab by aliens, but they are able to supply evidence, which is verified by Mr Smith, that he's their son who was abducted. It turns out that they are actually disguised aliens who need him for their evil plan, and [[spoiler:and their evidence was faked using the same technology Mr Smith uses to maintain the {{Masquerade}}, which Mr Smith didn't catch because [[spoiler:he he was in on the evil plan too, and faked the evidence himself]].

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* Billy Raven is temporarily adopted by Florence and Usher de Grey in ''[[Literature/ChildrenOfTheRedKing The Castle of Mirrors]]'' and is excited about getting a family but quickly discovers that the de Greys are abusive and only adopted him to have him spy on Charlie Bone's group.


* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', "The Lost Boy": Sarah Jane's adopted son Luke is reclaimed by his "real parents", who are actually disguised aliens who need him for their evil plan. (In this case there was never any question that they might ''really'' be Luke's parents, but Sarah couldn't exactly say "No, he was created in a lab by an alien soft-drink manufacturer".)

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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', "The Lost Boy": Sarah Jane's adopted son Luke is reclaimed by his "real parents", parents". This comes as a surprise to Sarah Jane since she had believed he was created in a lab by aliens, but they are able to supply evidence, which is verified by Mr Smith, that he's their son who was abducted. It turns out that they are actually disguised aliens who need him for their evil plan. (In this case there plan, and their evidence was never any question that they might ''really'' be Luke's parents, but Sarah couldn't exactly say "No, he faked using the same technology Mr Smith uses to maintain the {{Masquerade}}, which Mr Smith didn't catch because [[spoiler:he was created in a lab by an alien soft-drink manufacturer".)on the evil plan too, and faked the evidence himself]].


* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', "The Lost Boy": Sarah Jane's adopted son Luke is reclaimed by his "real parents", who are actually disguised aliens who need him for their evil plan.

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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', "The Lost Boy": Sarah Jane's adopted son Luke is reclaimed by his "real parents", who are actually disguised aliens who need him for their evil plan. (In this case there was never any question that they might ''really'' be Luke's parents, but Sarah couldn't exactly say "No, he was created in a lab by an alien soft-drink manufacturer".)

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* ''Literature/SansFamille'': After Jeromeís death, Remi is told that his real parents are a British couple named the Driscolls. Along with his friend Mattia, Remi seeks them out and is taken in by them, however they are very cold towards him. Eventually, it turns out they arenít his real parents at all, but just a bunch of thieves who are in league with Remi's EvilUncle James Milligan to keep Remi away from his real family.


** The adoption was never actualy going to happen. He discovered the ruse before the reading of Elfangor's letter so he was able to suppress any emotion that would have given him away to Visser Three.

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** The adoption was never actualy actually going to happen. He discovered the ruse before the reading of Elfangor's letter so he was able to suppress any emotion that would have given him away to Visser Three.


* ''Film/StuartLittle'': Stuart's real parents reclaim him, but they're actually impostors and it's part of a plot to separate him from his new family. They eventually start to feel regrat about what they did and admit the whole deception to Stuart.

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* ''Film/StuartLittle'': Stuart's real parents reclaim him, but they're actually impostors and it's part of a plot to separate him from his new family. They eventually start to feel regrat regret about what they did and admit the whole deception to Stuart.

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