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What you get when you add The Parent Trope to its offspring, Son of Trope, Daughter of Index. Especially applies when you add the parent's parent or the offspring's offspring. Also applies to any ancestor/descendant connection. Extended Family Tropes count too since they are related through the generations. Anyone who fits the age of about 20 years or so apart counts too. If they are in an immediate family and the same generation they belong in Sibling Tropes.



  • Caretaker Reversal: After taking care of the patient, the caretaker gets sick and now the patient must take care of them.
  • Cool Uncle: An uncle (or sometimes aunt) that is beloved by their niece/nephew.
  • Country Cousin A cousin who hails from the rural parts of the nation.
  • The Descendants of Cain: The descendants of the Biblical Bad Guy who murdered his brother.
  • Doting Grandparent: A grandparent who's hip and spoils their grandchildren.
  • Familial Foe: The villain opposes the hero's descendants.
  • The Generation Gap: The psychological idea that members of different generations are incapable of understanding each other.
  • Generational Saga: A tale spanning multiple generations of the same family.
  • Generation Ships: A slow starship equipped for generations to live and die on the way.
  • Generation Xerox: When kids have the same basic story as their parents/ancestors.
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  • Grandparental Obliviousness: A grandparent left in charge of their grandchildren is too senile to keep a proper eye on them.
  • The Hecate Sisters: A trio of female archetypes: an alluring young maiden, a matronly mother, and a wise crone.
  • Identical Grandson: A character closely resembles their ancestor.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Friendship between two people who have a significant age gap.

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