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Spyro: So... you mean I—I'm not your real son?
Nina: You are our real son. It's just that you came from somewhere else.
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning
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Once upon a time, being an adoptee was a raw deal. Either your adoptive or foster parents were Muggles—caring, but utterly, utterly clueless—or they were downright abusive, presumably because you weren't their "blood." If it wasn't adoptive parents, it was step-parents. Either you went Gene Hunting, found your REAL parents, and were loved for the rest of your life, or you moved out, lived on your own, and promptly forgot about them. Even if your adoptive parents were fairly harmless, if you ever found your real family, you forgot all about the people who raised you. Blood's thicker and all that, right?

Or so it used to be.

Because there are some problems in implying that adoptive parents are either bad (in the Abusive Parents variety) or unnecessary/useless (the Gene Hunting variant), many adoptees have a better deal. They're adopted. They know they're adopted—if not right off the bat, then it gets revealed to them that they are. Their reaction is... not to care. Oh, sure—maybe they care at first. Maybe they spend some time wondering about their birth parents, their origins, and where they really come from, but after some thought, they come to one conclusion: No matter who they were born to, they know who cared for them when they were sick, who helped them when they were down, and, most importantly, who loved them. When love's in play, the truth becomes obvious: Those who love them are their real family, blood be damned. Usually, the kid will eventually tell the parent that, throw in a hug and Heartwarming Moments are made as their bond grows stronger.

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What happens in cases where the child in question is a Wonder Child, and has celestial or other fantastic parentage? While in older works, the Muggle Foster Parents would frequently be forgotten about, in this trope, the child tends to accept both sets of "parents" as being real. If the child is a Heartwarming Orphan whose "original" parents died, the same thing may also apply. Thus, this has often become a component of the modern Happily Ever After: What will happen to the orphan child protagonist? He/she gets adopted by the adult good guys! Everybody is happy!

Truth in Television, (thankfully) as evidenced by the Real Life examples.

Can be an application of Nurture over Nature.

The counterpart trope to Adoption Is Not an Option and Adoption Angst.

Kids Raised by Wolves are often happy adoptees. Compare with Babies Ever After. Contrast Raised by Orcs and First Father Wins. See True Companions, which is closely related (by adoption, of course). An Adoption Diss might be used against these characters for Kick the Dog purposes if it's clear to the audience that this trope applies. Also see Orphan's Ordeal for the flipside of the coin.

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Examples

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    Comic Strips 
  • Dick Tracy and Tess Trueheart adopted Junior Tracy after Dick rescued him from Steve the Tramp. This is also featured in the movie Dick Tracy.
  • Little Orphan Annie, in the comic strip, musical and both movies. It doesn't hurt that her adoptive father is rich as hell.
  • Rusty, the perpetual boy who appears alongside Mark Trail in the comics, is adopted by Mark and his longtime girlfriend Cherry after they finally get married.
  • In U.S. Acres, Booker and Sheldon were found and hatched by Orson, who seems content to raise them. Booker even calls Orson "Mom."
  • In Popeye, Swee'pea was left on Popeye's doorstep, and Popeye more than eagerly took him in. In a comic in November of 2004, as away of commemorating National Adoption Month, Popeye officially adopted him.

    Films - Animated 
  • In 101 Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita end up adopting the 84 orphaned puppies that they helped rescue.
  • In All Dogs Go to Heaven, Anne-Marie and Itchy get adopted by a loving couple in the end.
  • Hiro and Tadashi in Big Hero 6 were adopted by their Aunt Cass after their parents died when Hiro was three. It's clear that they adore Aunt Cass and consider her to be their mom.
  • At the end of The Care Bears Movie, orphan brother and sister Jason and Kim have been adopted legally, while Nicholas has been essentially adopted by the magician he assists. And it turns out that Nicholas then grows up to be the film's narrator, who runs an Orphanage of Love with his wife, who is implied to possibly be Kim.
  • In Dinosaur, Aladar is adopted by a family of lemurs when he was a hatchling and they become a very close family.
  • In Despicable Me: Gru adopts 3 orphan girls as a plot but he ends up becoming close to them and loving them as his own. After Dr. Nefarious sends them back due to this, Gru later gets the girls back and officially adopts them. This continues in the sequels, where Gru gets married to a woman who gladly treats the girls as her own.
  • The trolls adopted Kristoff as a young boy in Frozen. He considers them overbearing, annoying, and intrusive - you know, just like any other family - and he loves them.
  • In the Disney Animated Canon version of Hercules, Herc's mortal parents seem to fade from the picture once they tell him he was adopted, and he discovers that he's the son of Zeus. However, one song mid-way through the movie shows that Hercules is using his newfound fame to take very good care of them, building them an enormous mansion. In the film's conclusion, when Hercules triumphantly returns to Earth, they greet him happily as well. Hercules seems to accept both his earthly and heavenly parents as legit. The Series had an Aesop about this, with Herc's Muggle parents showing up at his school for a Parents' Day Thing rather than his godly ones.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • Kung Fu Panda starts out with Po being Obliviously Adopted by Mr. Ping, with their relationship so lovingly strong that the subject of parentage never came up. Kung Fu Panda 2 has Po getting memory flashbacks that drive him to confront Mr. Ping to finally confirm that he is adopted and the panda is feeling rather ambivalent about it. However, by the end of the story, Po comes to realize that despite what he learns about his past, the fact remains he is truly Mr. Ping's son in every meaningful way outside of biology and makes a point of telling him that. Ironically, his biological father is revealed to be alive immediately afterward. Even after he meets his biological father in the third film, Po still maintains a close relationship with Mr. Ping, calling both of them "Dad".
    • Tai Lung was treated like a son by Shifu before the former betrayed his foster father's principles in his pursuit of power. Tigress and Shifu had a similar relationship, although Shifu was relatively cold to her because of his falling out with Tai Lung. At least Tigress got to turn that around with Po's help.
  • At the end of The Land Before Time, Spike is adopted by Ducky's family, and he couldn't be happier.
  • Greenie from Leafie, a Hen into the Wild is this trope through-and-through. He is a duckling adopted by the titular hen.
  • The main character of Meet the Robinsons is an orphaned boy approaching his teenage years who wants to be adopted before he becomes a teenager (because teenagers have much more difficulty getting adopted). This finally happens in the end. It's implied that his roommate might also have this at the end.
  • In Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Mr. Peabody adopted Sherman as an infant and loves him as his son; Sherman considers himself the luckiest boy in the world.
  • Jeffrey by the end of The Night Before Christmas.
  • Penny was fretting about her chances of adoption in The Rescuers before she got kidnapped by the verbally abusive Madame Medusa. With the help of the titular two mice, she saves the day, and the movie ends with her getting adopted.
  • Fernando at the end of Rio.
  • Disney's Tarzan, Kala adopts Tarzan and they have a close relationship. Rosie O'Donnell (who has two adopted children) has said that she took a role in the film because she liked how it put adoption in a positive light. Granted, Tarzan was adopted by gorillas, but he was happy.
  • Alise at the end of The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale.
  • In From Up on Poppy Hill, Shun Kazama is told he was given to his family by his gruff but loving father's commanding officer following the Korean War. The story they know is that the C.O simply showed up one day and told the couple his wife couldn't care for the baby. He even sent child support until his death. But Shun's father makes it clear that Shun is his son and nothing will change that. Shun only brings up the topic because he fears that the girl he likes might be his biological sister.

    Films - Live-Action 
  • Babe the pig was taken in by Fly the sheepdog.
  • Alok in Baghban was old enough to understand that he was an orphan before he was adopted. However, since Raj and Pooja took care of him, he acknowledges them as his true parents and claims that his real parents probably would never give him the love he received from Raj and Pooja.
  • In Belle, Dido and Elizabeth are cousins adopted by their aunt and uncle, whom they call "Mama" and "Papa." Notably, while Dido is truly an orphan, Elizabeth's father and stepmother are still alive. She vastly prefers her adoptive family to her father, who disinherits her to favor his child by her stepmother.
  • The Tuohys adopt Michael Oher in The Blind Side and he's damn happy with them, even with the expected prejudice and problems. Also, the film is Based on a True Story.
  • In Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, a brief Hand Wave explains that the first film's Bosley (Bill Murray) was adopted many years ago by the mother of the new Bosley (Bernie Mac).
  • The Dark Crystal:
    • After Jen's clan was slaughtered, the Mystics raised him. He kept happy memories of being raised by the Mystics, such as them giving him a bath as a baby or being educated by the Master.
    • After her clan was captured by the Garthim and slaughtered by the Skeksis, a clan of Podlings adopted and raised Kira. She kept happy memories of being raised by the Podlings just like Jen kept happy memories of being raised by the Mystics.
  • Olive's brother Chip in Easy A. The film makes fun of Oblivious Adoption when Chip (who is a black kid in a white family) casually remarks "I'm adopted" in conversation over breakfast and Dill, the dad, exclaims "What! Oh my God, who told you?!" in mock outrage.
  • In Four Brothers, the titular brothers were all adopted by their social worker as children because no one else would take them. The plot revolves around how fiercely loyal they are to her, even after she dies.
  • Jesse in Free Willy eventually bonds with his foster parents, Glenn and Annie. In the sequel, he refers to Glenn as "my dad."
  • At the end of Green Eyes, the protagonist adopts the orphan boy he befriended in Vietnam after trying and failing to find his own son he had with a woman when he was a soldier in The Vietnam War.
  • In The Godfather, after being brought in from the streets by Sonny, Tom Hagen is treated just like Don Vito's biological children, who think of him as their sibling, despite the fact that he was never formally adopted. Tom is forever loyal to the Corleones because of this.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, for all his many faults and Jerkass qualities, Peter ends up having to admit Yondu was much more of a father to him than Ego.
    Yondu: He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy.
  • In the Korean film Harmony it is implied that the young boy of Hong Jeong-hye has become this.
  • Hugo:
    • Hugo is implied to be this at the end by Georges Méliès. Averted at the beginning when his drunken uncle takes him in after his father's death, forcing him to do all the work at the train station and refusing him to go to school.
    • Also played straight with Isabelle, adopted by her godfather Papa Georges.
  • In The Jerk, Navin Johnson grew up part of a poor black family. While he does strike out on his own upon learning that he was adopted ("You mean I'm going to stay this color?") it's solely out of a desire to find his place in the world, and he stays in contact with his family and sends them money when he starts making it. When it all blows up in his face, they take him back in, and it ends with him and his wife dancing and playing music with the family.
  • Kin 2018: Elijah was adopted into a white family when he was a little kid. He is clearly loved by his adopted father and brother, while obviously loving them in turn.
  • The 2012 film adaptation of the long-running Les Misérables musical plays this trope completely straight, with Hugh Jackman portraying Jean Valjean as a completely caring and devoted father to his adopted child Cosette. Many viewers enjoyed the new song included in the film, a tune called "Suddenly" about the Cosette-Valjean relationship.
  • In a Russian adaptation of A Little Princess, Sara ends up adopted by her father's companion after her father's death, which is Truer to the Text.
  • Me, Myself & Irene: Charlie's sons, despite being the children of his ex-wife's affair, still love him and help him though the film. It certainly helps that Charlie kept them after the ex-wife and her affair left town.
  • Min of Min and Bill loves her Doorstop Baby Nancy, but both the Department of Child Disservices and Nancy's horrible monster of a bio mom threaten the relationship.
  • Money Train reunites the "salt and pepper" team of Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as Charlie and John, cops who are foster brothers. Charlie was adopted by John's family at a young age and as a result, always looked up to John. He also felt inadequate next to John, but that was his own issue and not directly the result of his upbringing.
  • By the end of Moonrise Kingdom, Sam seems to be this, having been adopted by Captain Sharp.
  • Brianna by the end of Mystery Team.
  • At the end of Not Cinderella's Type, Indy is adopted by her boyfriend's father, a school psychologist, who also helps her leave her abusive aunt and uncle and get back the money they stole from her.
  • In Pacific Rim, Mako Mori was taken in by Stacker Pentecost after her family was killed in a Kaiju attack. While it's implied that she was not formally adopted due to her referring to him as "Marshall" and "sensei," it's clear she considers him to be a father. Pacific Rim: Uprising also shows that she and Pentecost's biological son Jake truly care for each other despite some tension over his irresponsible and illegal actions.
  • In Pete's Dragon (1977), Pete ends up living happily with Nora and her newly returned love Paul. He's so happy he no longer needs Elliot.
  • At the end of Pollyanna, Pollyanna's orphan friend has been adopted by the local grump.
  • In the 2010 film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the main character Dastan was adopted by the King of Persia, who was impressed by the young boy's skill and courage as he saved another boy from mutilation. Dastan grows up very aware of the circumstances of his birth, but is utterly devoted to his adopted father, brothers, and uncle.
  • Despite being the product of Apollo Creed's affair with another woman, his widow, Mary Ann, takes in his son Adonis and raises him as her own after his birth mother dies. At the climax of Creed she sends him a pair of Stars-and-Stripes patterned shorts, styled after the pair his father wore, to wear at his big match with the Creed name on the front and his birth mother's surname on the back. The present comes with a note from Mary Ann signed "Ma".
  • In Scanner Cop, Samuel Staziak has a very good bond with his adoptive parents, who took him in after his biological father (a deranged scanner) died. His new father is also his boss at the LAPD. They don't appear in the next film.
  • In Shara, Yu's mother reveals to her that she's actually her aunt, and adopted her as a baby from her sister-in-law. Yu takes it in stride and keeps thinking of her aunt as her real mother.
  • SHAZAM!: When Billy Batson is taken in by foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, they already have five happily adopted foster kids. Billy at first isn't interested in having a meaningful relationship with the family, but eventually defrosts, and he becomes this as well by the end of the film.
  • In The Smurfs live-action film series, Smurfette after her transformation into a real Smurf is adopted by Papa Smurf as his stepdaughter.
  • In Splitting Heirs, Eric Idle is the lost son of a British noble family who was switched at birth. He has been brought up by an Asian family who see nothing odd in their paler-skinned son Tomi Patel speaking with a cut-glass upper-class British accent, wearing pinstripe suits, and going to work as a stockbroker every morning - despite being brought up Asian...
  • In Star Wars, Leia Organa (a Skywalker and Naberrie-Amidala by birth) fits into this trope quite nicely, until, well... yeah.
    • The Expanded Universe suggests that Luke was this as well with his aunt and uncle, despite the conflicts he had with the latter during the movie.
  • The eponymous mouse in Stuart Little was adopted by the human Little family.
  • Then She Found Me is a less than idealistic portrayal of this trope, with Helen Hunt's adopted mother being a Jewish Mother with all the accompanying difficulties - but she is nonetheless very much the heroine's mother, and mourned so accordingly when she dies early in the movie. While Bette Midler as the biological parent then shows up, it's pointed out that she wasn't the heroine's mother when being so required work (as Helen says in when she calls her out, she was sick a lot as a child). Meanwhile, the heroine's brother (their mother's biological son) is the only person with whom she remains on speaking terms through the whole movie. And though she spends the whole movie trying to have a baby and ignoring all suggestions of adopting a Chinese orphan, the final shot is of her being a loving mother to a little Chinese girl.
  • In the 2011 film Thor, despite Loki's many transgressions and schemes, he genuinely loves his adoptive father, mother, and brother as well as his adoptive homeland, Asgard - to the point where he's willing to brutally manipulate those around him in order to destroy his native homeland of Jotunheim, an enemy of his adoptive Asgard, and kill his biological father to please Odin and gain the acceptance he so strongly desires from him. Tragically, Loki goes through all of this for little reason in the end, since his adoptive family already loves and accepts him.
  • An especially moving example is revealed toward the end of Where the Heart Is, when Lexie marries Ernie. She explains to Novalee that Ernie's daughter Carol Ann is not his daughter - she's the child of his ex-wife, with whom he also has a son. His wife ran off and left him with both kids, so he raised them as though they were both his own; when the ex realized that Ernie wanted custody of her daughter, she demanded that he turn over his valuable antique sports car in exchange. As Lexie says, "He traded his car for her daughter."
  • Kim from Wake of Death, after being rescued from a Human Trafficking vessel belonging to a Chinese triad, ends up being adopted by the Archer family which she grows to embrace by the end of the film. The Archer family wife Cynthia is this trope herself, being an orphan and a white girl adopted by a Chinese-American family - which is why she felt obliged to provide a home for this orphaned Chinese girl she found.
  • Wolves: Cayden at the beginning, although he doesn't know he is adopted. The emergence of his Wolf form changes that in the most horrific way.

    Podcasts 
  • The Adventure Zone: Graduation:
    • Gordy was abandoned as a small child because his parents feared his necromantic powers, but he was found and adopted by some kind people who weren't afraid of him, but instead took care of him as they travelled the world and taught him all they knew about necromancy. He clearly considers them to be his real parents, and as a result of their care, he is now the Lich King.
    • Gordy decided to pay it forward and wound up adopting Rainer when she was a young girl. Just as his parents did for him, he taught her everything he knows, and completely adores her. Whether Rainer was abandoned or orphaned has yet to be revealed, but it doesn't seem to matter to her, as Gordy gives her everything she needs.

    Poetry 
  • "Not flesh of my flesh" by Fleur Conkling Heyliger
    Not flesh of my flesh
    Nor bone of my bone,
    But still miraculously my own.
    Never forget for a single minute,
    You didn't grow under my heart,
    But in it.

    Religion 
  • The Bible: In the Book of Esther, Esther's elder cousin Mordecai adopts her as his daughter after her parents have died.
  • In Classic Mythology we have Aphrodite, goddess of beauty. Aphrodite was born of Uranus - the sky’s castrated privates hitting the sea, and the foam coalescing as Aphrodite. Zeus takes her in as one of the Olympians, and she even becomes one of the twelve main Greek Gods, with her never qualified as anything but Zeus’s daughter. It is a little more ambitious if Zeus’s wife, Hera, is adoptive mother or step-mother and the two had their fights from time to time... but Hera tends to get into fights with her biological family too, so that likely only reinforces Aphrodite as a daughter figure.

    Roleplay 
  • In Covered In Blood And Surrounded By Spirits, Aimi is the only biological child of the Renko family. Akuma and Miyako are both adopted, and they both couldn't be happier.
  • Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues:
    • Josephine was taken in by a kindly couple after being raised by an abusive aunt. They've been helping her to recover from her unhealthy paranoia that's come about as a result of her abuse.
    • As a newborn, Mirielle was left on the doorstop of a bakery. She was taken in by its owners, who have been happily raising her since.
    • Simon was adopted and moved over to the States when he was a child. While he does have a lot of hang-ups, his relationship with his parents is shown to be strong and caring.
  • Odette the Swanna and Shahinne the Starly in We Are All Pokémon Trainers. Odette is adopted by a Mienshao and a Liepard, both female, of all things. Shahinne is being raised by a Fearow and a Honchkrow, who get romantically involved together precisely because she needed a maternal figure.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Comedian D.L. Hughley had a bit where he gave props to his adoptive father and makes a point of calling the man "Dad". Hughley adds that he has no desire to know his biological father, saying that whoever the guy was, he threw away a winning lottery ticket.
  • Comic Joe DeRosa is likewise quite happy with this adoptive parents, and is annoyed by the suggestion that whoever gave him up is his "real" family:
    "I hear it constantly: 'Joe, you're adopted, oh my God. Did you ever look for your real parents? Did ya ever do that?' Uh, no; I pretty much took the hint, actually."

    Visual Novels 
  • Misuzu in Air is an interesting case. Her aunt Haruko acts as her adopted mother, but distances herself from her for fear Misuzu will be taken away; but as the series continues, they grow very close.
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney: Trucy Wright, the adopted daughter of Phoenix Wright, adores her father. She even calls him "Daddy" immediately after Phoenix gives her the option to call him Nick or Daddy if she wants.
    • However, Trucy loves both her adopted and real fathers to the same extent and was, in fact, extremely sad when she figured out that her biological father had been murdered. She merely put on a brave smile as to not worry neither Apollo or her adopted father, Phoenix. Too bad it doesn't work, as Phoenix already has prior experience with the Stepford Smiler trope.
    • Also, from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All there were the brothers Acro and the comatose Bat, adopted by the circus ringmaster Russell Berry. This pushes the events of the "Big Top" case into serious Tear Jerker territory, as Russell is the accidental victim of Acro's murder attempt.
    • Apollo's adoptive father, Dhurke Sahdmadhi, has saved his life several times and is someone who he loves as though he were family.
  • Hayama Mizuki from ef - a fairy tale of the two. was adopted as a Replacement Goldfish for her parents' actual daughter, who drowned as a little girl. Mizuki herself underwent several traumatic experiences previously. Despite all this, she adores her parents, they adore her, and Mizuki says late into the story that she wasn't born to her real parents—she only came to be with them later.
  • Shirou Emiya, the main character of Fate/stay night, was adopted by the magus Kiritsugu after his parents (and other immediate family members) died in a fire. After Kiritsugu also died, Shirou remembers the six years they spent together as the happiest time in his life.
  • Chizuru in Hakuouki, somewhat. It's subverted in most routes, where Kodo reveals that he only took her in and raised her because she was the heir to the Yukimura clan and would be useful for repopulating it, but played straight in Hijikata and Okita's good routes, where he sacrifices himself to save her.
  • Hatoful Boyfriend: Hatoful House was an orphanage for birds orphaned specifically by war. The older birds worked, most of the younger birds went to school, and it was explicitly a family. Nageki, at least, was happy there.
  • In Reflections on the River, Prince Shun was adopted into the royal family from a neighbouring kingdom, and seems happy enough with his situation despite having been demoted to Spare to the Throne. However, it's somewhat illusory, and some paths through the game end with him deciding to leave. The king and queen may have given him a life of luxury, but they didn't do it for his sake, and expect unquestioning obedience in return for their "charity". If Shun tells them that they wronged the protagonist, they call it treason.
  • Quark in Virtue's Last Reward. Tenmyouji found him abandoned as an infant during a thunderstorm, and although he initially tried to find a better home for the baby, he ended up raising the child as his own. The two have a deeply loving relationship, and in the game's Golden Ending, it's strongly implied that Tenmyouji, AKA Junpei, doesn't want the Bad Future to change because he loves his adoptive grandson.
  • In Dream Daddy, Amanda can become this if the player so chooses.
  • Both the main protagonists, Hitomi and Kyosuke, are this in the Parascientific Escape series. Hitomi starts the first game going Gene Hunting, but not because she dislikes her family—in fact, she's still deeply traumatized by her adoptive father's death because of how much she loves her family. Similarly, Kyosuke took after his adoptive dad in becoming a detective. However, Ritsu and Tsukiko's adoptive family is a bit of an aversion, as their adoptive parent is a Manipulative Bastard.

    Web Animation 
  • A Day With Bowser Jr: In Two Koopas for a throne (part 3), all of the Koopalings are the sons of Morton Koopa Sr. Bowser still loves them as his children though.
  • Ered Miller from Camp Camp is the adopted daughter of two gay FBI agents, and doesn't seem the least bit ashamed of it. In fact, she embraces it.
  • RWBY: A variation. Yang thought that Summer Rose was her biological mother until Summer disappeared while on a mission when Yang was a child. It was only after that Yang discovered Summer was her father's second love, after Yang's mother Raven abandoned them. While Yang has been searching for Raven for years, she still speaks of Summer in glowing terms, and clearly considers her to be her mother.

    Webcomics 
  • Arthur in Arthur, King of Time and Space is fostered rather than adopted by Ector, even in the contemporary arc, but it's definitely a happy family, with even Kay being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. When his worst fear is manifested in the space arc as being that he's really Ector's bastard and condemned to life as Kay's squire, his reaction is "Well, it could be worse".
  • Myan from Cat Nine. Calling her happy is an understatement as she seems to genuinely love her new dad.
  • Lampshaded in Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures, with Alexis' relationship with Destania.
  • Cole is the happily adopted brother of Nate in Doodle Diaries.
  • El Goonish Shive: Elliot's parents don't bat an eye when he brings home an Opposite-Sex Clone of himself. They're just ticked he didn't tell them where he was.
    • Similarly, Grace takes to the Verres household like a fish to water, though her exact status in the family is a bit ambiguous as to whether it's official adoption (she's dating their son, Tedd), but since she turns 18 during the course of the story it may be a moot point.
    • It's also indicated that adopted siblings Rhea and Diane are also this, and despite sniping at each other their concern for each other is genuine.
    • Noah, the androgynous seyunolou whose parents were killed by Damien, was taken in by Adrian Raven. While their exact relationship is unclear at first and seems a bit distant, it soon becomes clear that they both consider each other family and care for one another deeply.
  • Freefall has the Bowman's Wolves, who were all adopted by human families. Florence's family treat her as a human child, for the most part. The fact that she's legally property is little more than a formality. Her owner considers her his little sister and buys and sells things for her.
  • Sharon of General Protection Fault was adopted by an interracial couple.
  • Agatha Clay in Girl Genius often speaks of Adam and Lilith Clay as her mother and father, though she's always known herself to be adopted. They make it clear that they love her, and she won't let anyone insult them.
  • Depending on how you look at it, artificial creature Molly of The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! doesn't have any real parents (though Jean sort of qualifies, because they share some genetic material). Anyway, Bob raised her, and she's currently living with Jean, and she loves them both very much.
  • Cute Monster Girl Gronk was adopted by human woman Dale, and very much prefers the human side of life.
  • In Kevin & Kell, Lindesfarne was adopted by Kevin during his first marriage with Angelique (who wanted a prickly species as an excuse to keep her at arm's length) and while she has her own issues with Angelique neglecting her during her childhood, she loves her father and stepmother. Corrie was also briefly adopted by the Canids, but while she tired of their obsessive routines, her clone Dolly, who was used to living a structured life from being in the lab, appreciated what her adoptive family had to offer.
    • Dolly's rather special because she's Happily Adopted.... twice. After she started rapidly aging, she pretended to be Corrie's birth mother so the Canids wouldn't realize something was wrong. Then a time machine accident caused Dolly to regress to a baby. She conspired with Corrie to present herself as a Doorstop Baby named Mary, whom the Canids promptly adopted.
  • Eva of Metal Phone Mouse.
  • Averted in 9th Elsewhere: Carmen has been through at least 8 different foster families.
  • Ozy from Ozy and Millie is a fox raised by a dragon. He's quite happy with his dad, even if he is a bit... odd. And, at the very end of the strip, his dad and Millie's mom get married, giving him an adoptive-but-loving mother as well. He's been told of his biological parents, but as he reminded Millie once, he knows who his real father is. Even if he occasionally sits on him, or sets him on fire, or makes him scrub the moat as a chore.
  • This is actually the whole plot behind Selkie. It's even called A Tale Of Adoption by the author.
  • Enel of The Silver Eye is quite happily adopted by Marcus, and although Apen wasn't raised by the Alvarados, they still consider him to be a part of their family.
  • In Slightly Damned, Darius assumed the role of father for orphaned demons Iratu, Sakido and Buwaro. When Buwaro found out the lengths Darius went to in order to protect them, he proudly assumed Darius's last name, something Demons don't normally have.
    • A similar connection can be made for Rhea assuming the role of "big sister" to Buwaro, something she promised Sakido she would do when they escaped Hell.
  • An odd version of this appears in Something*Positive. The strip's resident ditz Monette is adopted by Davan's parents, Fred and Faye, once they realize that her biological parents are complete jerks. The oddity of the arrangement is that they adopt Monette when she's in her twenties. But it works out surprisingly well.
    • And now, Aubrey and Jason have adopted Pamela Joycelyn ("Pamjee") and she already feels more kin to her adoptive parents than most could have hoped for.
    • Donna's son Rory was briefly thought to be Davan's biological child, but turned out not to be. Since his bio dad is apparently quite a shit, though, Davan's stepped into a paternal role to the point that Rory calls him Dad.
  • Terinu has his adoptive mother Melika, who, though a vulpine, loves her ferin "cubling" deeply. Word of God has said that Teri's memory of their brief time together as a family has kept him from being completely warped by Space Pirate Mavra Chan's Training from Hell.
  • A complicated version in Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic: Glon Smitharm was raised by the local smith and wasn't exactly happy, being considered ugly and half-human. It's later revealed he's the son of Baron Greyfort and Mrs. Bloodhand, while the Baron's son Lucas is actually the smith's son. They trade places, but neither are particularly happy (Lucas having been one of Glon's tormentors and showing no inclination towards smithing). Eventually Glon goes to the Black Mountain, having embraced his half-orc nature and Lucas becomes the baron after their biological/adoptive father's death, and after a lot of Character Development become true Bash Brothers.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, the barrier around Betel's Forest, among other things, makes people believe that Betelgeuse is their mother, and in turn that everyone else is their sibling. Combined with Easy Amnesia, most inhabitants end up living there with their new family in blissful ignorance.
  • Dragon Sanctuary: Dean's not a Conin, but he considers Ellen and Meale his mother and sister all the same. Even after he’s brought into the royal court, he reaffirms to Meale that they're not his real family, just more family.

    Web Original 
  • Flotsam the pegasus from Fallout Is Dragons is very happy with her adopted family. Aurelia is also an example, although she does grow weary of her adopted family's antics on occasion.
  • Lucahjin is this in Real Life, but it became relevant to her Let's Plays when she played Super Paper Mario. The scene where Luvbi learns that her parents were not her biological parents, and resents learning of this hit especially close to home for her, and she mentions that, as an adopted child herself, such discussion on the nature of family tends to make her especially weepy. And it did.
  • Most kids picked up by the Protectors of the Plot Continuum are far happier in the Nursery or with whichever agents become their parents than they were with their original families, which were often Sues or other fic characters. Mary Sue characters do not make good mothers; among other things, they've been known to cause their own children to be killed or molested just for attention.
  • Sandwich Stoutaxe, a Drow raised among Dwarves. Despite rough beginnings (Dad wished she was a sandwich instead of a baby, she tried to stab him in his sleep as an infant) and the difficulties a Drow Elf would face living among Dwarves (such as doors that are built for people half her height), she does quite well. She considers herself a member of the Stoutaxe clan first and an Elf second. Given what Drow society is like, she is definitely better off.
  • Played with in The Book of Stories OCT - while Aella loved her foster family, she'd still like to know about her real parents.

    Real Life 
  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie state that their children are very happy.
  • Jeff Dunham was happily adopted and says that he has no real desire to search for his birth parents. His eldest daughter is also happily adopted (by him), being the child of his first wife from a previous relationship.
  • Liz Phair considers Chicago her home and her adoptive parents her real parents.
  • Gymnastics star Simone Biles and her sister were adopted by their grandfather Ron and his wife Nellie after their biological mother lost custody of them, and consider Ron and Nellie to be their parents. In a 2016 article, Biles recounted the heartwarming moment when the parent-child relationship between them was solidified.
    "[Nellie] said, 'It’s up to you guys. If you want to, you can call us Mom and Dad.' I went upstairs and tried practicing it in the mirror— 'Mom, Dad, Mom, Dad.' Then I went downstairs, and she was in the kitchen. I looked up at her and I was like, 'Mom?' She said, 'Yes!'"
  • Dave Thomas, the founder of the Wendy's chain of fast food restaurants, was adopted from an orphanage and absolutely adored his parents. He went on to establish the Dave Thomas Foundation to help children be adopted into good loving homes like he was.
  • Harpo Marx and his wife Susan had four adopted children, and were always open with said children about the fact that they were adopted (which was relatively rare at the time) because they wanted their children to accept this fact and see it in a positive light, rather than ever wondering if they were less wanted or loved than a biological child would have been. In his autobiography, Harpo describes how one day, at the age of twelve, his second son came to him, wanting to discuss the adoption.
    "Well, Dad," He said, "we've been talking, Jimmy and Minnie and me. And, well, there's something none of us ever said to you that we ought to have. And we voted I should come and say it."
    My heart was in my throat. Maybe the truth was coming out after all these years. Maybe we'd made a big mistake, told the kids too much too soon.
    I said, "What is it you want to say, Alex?"
    He finally got up the courage to look straight at me. He took a deep breath and said, "Thanks. Thanks for adopting us."
    My heart went back where it belonged, and it's stayed there ever since.
  • Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour adopted his second wife's son, Charlie. Charlie's biological father was the poet Heathcoate Williams, who has largely been absent from Charlie's life. In an interview, Charlie described David Gilmour as his "real father." He added that if he ever became a dad, "I very much hope I would have my real father’s excellent parenting skills."
  • In general, while there are unfortunately still bad adoptive situations in some cases, and while adoption can create unique challenges that don't usually occur in biological families, many adoptees are overall happy in their adoptive families. This can be especially true for an older adoptee who spent time in a dysfunctional family situation and/or in foster care, as finding a loving family may be something they had actively wished for.
  • Despite being famous as the father of our country, George Washington had no children of his own, but did raise children from his wife, Martha's, previous marriage and was by all counts, a beloved father figure to them.

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