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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

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.


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.

Kids Raised by Wolves are often happy adoptees. Compare with Babies Ever After. Contrast Raised by Orcs. 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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  • Miyabi Kagurazaka of Ai Yori Aoshi. Her parents served the Sakurabas before dying in a car accident, so Aoi's parents took her in, where she served as a caretaker to Aoi. Aoi's mother even refers to Miyabi as her other daughter. At the end of the manga, Miyabi gets officially adopted, and refers to her former master and mistress as "Father and Mother", albeit uneasy about calling herself a Sakuraba.
  • Mikusa from Arata: The Legend is adopted by the Village Chief of the Himezoku.
  • Mikasa from Attack on Titan was adopted by Eren's family, after her own parents were killed. It goes to the point that after their mom's death and dad's disappearance, she considers Eren to be her only family left and stated she will follow him anywhere to protect him.
  • Baccano!'s Firo Prochainezo is so attached to his family that he'd slit his own throat simply because they asked. The fact that the family in question is the Camorra is insubstantial. He grew up in the same apartment as the Gandor brothers and is still in a good relationship with them even though they run a different gang.
  • Ryuta an orphan boy from Barefoot Gen is adopted by Gen and his mother Kimmi on account of he looks exactly like his dead little brother Shinji who was killed along with his father and sister when their house caught on fire when the atomic bomb was dropped, he is very grateful that he now has a place to live and some food to eat, he becomes a surrogate little brother to Gen and goes on journeys with him to earn money for food and supplies.
  • Berserk:
    • Zigzagged in the case of Guts. Guts was happily adopted by Sys, at least, when she picked up him as a baby from underneath his birth mother's corpse. It was implied that Guts lived a happy life for his first three years until Sys died of the plague. From there, young Guts was left to the mercy of his adoptive father Gambino, who was far less kind to him as he blamed Guts for Sys's death... Despite all of the tragedy and hell that he has been through and even being reminded of the fate of his birth mother, Guts still regarded Sys and Gambino as his parents.
    • Played straight with Erica, who was adopted by the exiled blacksmith Godo when her village was destroyed and her family killed.
  • Bleach:
    • When humans die, their souls travel to the Rukongai in Soul Society. Since nobody ever finds their blood relatives who died before them, they form adoptive families. Hitsugaya and Hinamori are both adopted a kind old woman they refer to as their grandmother. Even after they enter the Gotei 13 and become highly ranked Shinigami, they continue to regularly visit her and look after her.
    • Rukia is adopted into the Kuchiki clan as Byakuya's sister because she resembles his dead wife, Hisana, but is treated coldly until she breaks the law by turning Ichigo into a Soul Reaper, condemning her to execution, a decision Byakuya supports, much to Ichigo's disbelief. Once Ichigo saves Rukia and the law overturned, Byakuya reveals the truth: as an orphan in extreme poverty, Hisana abandoned her baby sister Rukia. After marrying Byakuya, she searches tirelessly for Rukia and her deathbed request is for Byakuya to find Rukia and protect her as a sister. However, Byakuya caused his aristocratic family so trouble by marrying a commoner and adopting her sister that he made a vow to his deceased parents to never again break the law. When Rukia is sentenced to execution, he is forced to choose his vow to his parents over his vow to his wife. Once Ichigo resolves that conflict, Byakuya and Rukia become extremely close and protective siblings.
  • In Blood+, several years before the series started, George Miyagusuku lost his wife and biological children in an accident, and was contemplating suicide when the amnesiac "teen" Saya entered his life. George adopted Saya as well as two boys named Kai and Riku, and it worked out very happily for all of them, especially George, whose life had meaning once again. This made it all the more heart-wrenching when he died trying to protect Saya. The orphaned siblings are devastated, but take solace in the fact that they still have each other. A recurring theme of the series, hinted at by the title, is that blood is relatively unimportant when it comes to family, which is best illustrated by Saya's Evil Twin Diva (and Riku's rapist/killer), and the epilogue showing Diva's twins Happily Adopted by Kai.
  • Blue Exorcist has the Okumura twins raised by Shiro Fujimoto. Shame it didn't last.
  • Marin's parentage is part of the mystery in Brigadoon: Marin and Melan, but Marin was still quite happy living with her adopted grandparents.
  • Rin in Bunny Drop is adopted by her father's grandson after his death, at least in the anime and the live action movie. In the manga post-timeskip, it's made clear she does not see Daikichi as her dad and has fallen in love with him.
  • Chance Pop Session:
    • Nozomi is mad at her adoptive parents when she learns the truth NOT because she was adopted, but because they were afraid she'd stop thinking as them as her parents if she did learn the truth.
    • Reika has also been happily adopted by the former pop idol, Kisaragi Akiba, whose music gave her the strength to live.
  • Played straight and horribly Subverted for the two main characters of City Hunter:
    • Kaori is the daughter of a criminal who died during a car chase, and the cop chasing her father adopted her. Her adopted father dies well before the start of the series, but her adopted older brother Hideyuki and her love each other as actual siblings, and Hideyuki is actually distraught on her 20th birthday, as he knows he'll have to tell her the truth and doesn't know what will happen. Hideyuki dies before he can tell her, and neither Ryo, to whom Hideyuki explained the truth, and her biological sister Sayuri, who in the end managed to track her down, ever told her, so she doesn't know. Except she found out on her own over a year before, and simply doesn't care because Hideyuki is her brother. Only Ryo knows this, and that's why he never told her.
    • Ryo's adopted father Kaibara was a guerilla fighter who raised him as his own and taught him how to fight and survive in the hell they were living. They loved each other... And then one day Kaibara snapped and dosed Ryo with Angel Dust in an attempt to end the war, and Ryo, once he recovered, tried to kill him in hate. Ryo eventually forgave Kaibara, but he still wants to kill him... Because Kaibara became a monster, and Ryo sees this as his filial duty. Kaibara agrees, hence why he came to Japan to fight him, and as he was bleeding out he thanked Ryo for stopping him.
  • Ruu in Daa! Daa! Daa! accepts Miyu and Kanata as his "mama" and "papa," so they worry about what will happen when he sees his real mother and father through a hologram machine for the first time in a long time. He ends up happily hugging all four of them, having cheerfully decided that he Has Two Mommies and Has Two Daddies as well.
  • In Delicious in Dungeon, human twins Kiki and Kaka were adopted by the Tansus, a gnome married couple, after their biological parents abandoned them. Ryoko Kui's artbook shows they are a happy and loving family.
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Zenitsu had no parents and lived an early life where he tried to make a living by walking in groups of equally aimless oprhans, then getting saddled with a woman piled with debts, Zenitsu was taken in by a swordsman demon slaying master; Zenitsu grew fondly of him, going on to affectionally call him grandpa.
  • Koushiro Izumi of Digimon Adventure initially withdraws from his adoptive parents (actually, his uncle and aunt) after overhearing them discussing his adopted status, and out of feelings of inadequacy began trying to prove his worth to them by burying himself in the computer sciences. After his adoptive parents open up about it and explain his actual origins, they reconcile and Koushiro very much puts himself in this category.
  • Much like Superman, Goku from Dragon Ball is an alien sent from his shortly-after-destroyed home planet, and after landing on Earth is happily adopted by an elderly master named Son Gohan as a child (though there were some snags at first). Unfortunately, Gohan died in an accident some time before the first chapter.
    • The accident was Goku himself, as an Oozaru (a gigantic were-monkey, which all members of Goku's race can turn into at the full moon) stomping on Gohan while going on a rampage. He doesn't find this out until his late twenties, and when he does he vows to apologize to Gohan in the afterlife — although his True Companions worked it out the first time they got caught outside with him on the full moon and decided not to tell him since he was a kid back then and didn't want to break his heart.
    • Although not strictly an adoption, Piccolo runs off with Goku's son Gohan (named after the previously mentioned elderly master) in order to train him after Goku dies and Gohan shows promise as a warrior. Gohan originally hates the ordeal and Piccolo regards him as a tool for fending off the Saiyans, but over the year long exercise they develop a very father-son like bond. It's so strong that even when Goku comes back, Gohan still thinks of Piccolo like family, and Piccolo saves Gohan's life more than once, one time sacrificing his own life to do it.
  • Elfen Lied has Mayu, who ran away from her abusive parents and got taken in by the protagonists. They later track down Mayu's mother, who signs over legal guardianship to them without any complaint (she didn't want Mayu in her life anyway). Afterward Mayu is seen living quite happily with Kouta and Yuuka, and says she considers the two of them to be her real family.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa, Rose is shown with her biological son, a little boy, and a little girl. It's heavily implied that Rose adopted the latter two children. They're shown happily with her at the end of the film.
  • Mamoru of GaoGaiGar spends a short while being distraught over being an alien from space, but gets over it pretty fast.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler: Hinagiku Katsura loves her parents, even though they abandoned her and her sister Yukiji over ten years ago, but also loves her adopted parents.
  • Averted with Arslan in The Heroic Legend of Arslan who loved their adoptive parents but said parents did not reciprocate and acted rather coldly towards their child. It's later revealed that Arslan is not even their child. He is the son of a cavalry soldier and a serving girl.
  • Gon from Hunter × Hunter. He is happily raised by his grandmother and maternal aunt. There's even an instance when Gon is given the opportunity to find out about his birth mother if he wants; he decides he doesn't need to know because he already has a mom.
  • Soichiro Arima in Kare Kano. His real mother was a completely abusive women who beat, starved and abused him almost daily and eventually tried to allow him to starve to death. He ends up being adopted by his aunt and uncle who show him the first true love and affection he ever received in his life and accepts them completely as his parents.
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn!:
    • The boss of Varia Xanxus by any right is supposed to be Happily Adopted as Ninth Vongola's son however due to he was raised as Spoiled Brat he became bitter once he found out the truth. Noted it's not part being adopted he was angry about, but the part Vongola blood in essential to succeed boss seat and he is not qualified.Spoiled Brat then evolve to Omnicidal Maniac
    • Nana Sawada, however, was successful in adopting three mafia children, Futa, Lambo and I-pin. Some fans however still think she is a horrible mother because she's sorta neglectful to Tsuna. (More due to obliviousness than actual malice).
  • Sana of Kodomo no Omocha is very aware she's adopted, and loves her adopted mother. She does get to meet her birth mother, Keiko, but the story behind her is decidedly tragic.
  • Kyo Kara Maoh! has Greta, who zigzags this one slightly. After her mother gave her up to protect her. Long story. she lived her distant family members who ignored and neglected her. She runs away and attempts to assasinate the Demon King, Yuuri Shibuya, whom her adoptive parents hated in a bout to earn their love. However when the assasination attempt fails, and after a short adventure, the surprisingly understanding demon king and his fiancé adopt Greta and actually become very loving father figures, playing this trope straight.
  • The Lyrical Nanoha franchise loves this trope almost as much as it loves The Power of Friendship:
    • Fate readily accepts being adopted by Admiral Lindy after working through her issues with Precia, her creator.
    • Vivio ends up adopted by Fate and Nanoha. She considers them both her mothers, though the series is still very hesitant to call them a couple.
    • Cinque, Dieci and Wendi are quite willing to be adopted by Genya Nakajima and Nove is, too, after some initial difficulty accepting Genya. Subaru and Ginga technically count, though they were both cloned from their adoptive mother's DNA.
    • And Erio. And Caro. And Tohma. And technically all the members of the Yagami Household who isn't named Reinforce Zwei. Kinda makes you wonder if people in the Nanohaverse still have children the usual way, although calling what happened between Hayate and the Wolkenritter "adoption" is really stretching the definition. In fact, it's faster to count the other way: Out of the main characters, there are three kids who are seen living with at least one blood parent: Nanoha, Chrono, and Lutecia. Out of the secondary characters, there are five, the first two and last two being siblings: Karel, Liera, Griffith, Kyouya, and possibly Miyuki.note  Pretty much everybody else is happily adopted.
    • First played straight, then zig-zagged with Rinne. She was still a cheerful girl upon being adopted and after attending school for a while, but her confidence starts to waver after she starts to get bullied. It's because of three bullies preventing her from being with her grandfather when he died that Rinne becomes the might-seeking girl who "had the look of somebody who despised the weak," as Fuka puts it. She still smiles while interacting with her family and when remembering her grandfather, but anyplace else and she's as cold as ice.
  • Macross Frontier: Ranka Lee is revealed to have been adopted as Ozma Lee's younger sister (presumably he was too young to comfortably call himself her father). The reason being that Ranka's home was attacked by Vajra when she was little, and she and Ozma are the only known survivors of the incident. Ranka's repressed her memories of the event, but after re-learning her past, she doesn't angst about her adoption, since Ozma has always loved her like a real sister.
  • Himari and Kanba from Mawaru-Penguindrum were probably this before their adoptive parents went missing. It's hard to tell due to their parents lack of screen time and the general Mind Screw nature of the series.
  • The very first Mobile Suit Gundam featured Sayla Mass, also known as Artesia Som Deikun and her brother Edward Mass Casval rem Deikun, or more commonly Char Aznable being adopted by Don Teabolo Mass after their parents died. By all accounts, they were very happy with him, which made it all the more tragic when assassins attacked them and Don later died from his injuries.
  • Relena in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing didn't find out until her father was murdered, but what we see showed that she very much loved her adoptive parents, and she prevents her mother from telling her about her birth parents by hugging her and sobbing "Never stop being my mother!"
  • Naruto:
    • Killer Bee was revealed to be A's adoptive brother, selected due to his potential to work in sync with A during battle. Their relationship is quite close including a hefty dose of Big Brother Instinct on A's part.
    • Naruto himself has practically been adopted by Cool Teacher Iruka Umino early on in the series. And it all started with Iruka taking a giant shuriken to the back to protect Naruto. The two are shown on numerous occasions to be extremely close and Naruto even asks him to stand in the traditional father's place in his wedding.
  • Natsume in Natsume's Book of Friends was passed from relative to relative (and other foster families) with no one really wanting him. Then he met the kind Fujiwara couple who were the first to offer him to live with them despite rumors of his reputation. Their kindness helped to soften Natsume's outlook on life.
  • One Piece:
    • Nami and Nojiko were adopted by Action Mom Bellemere.
    • Chopper, Sanji (somewhat, as he gets into a lot of arguments with his adoptive father but loves him anyway), Franky and Ace and Luffy, too.
  • Plastic Memories:
    • Many Giftia are this, being androids who are are taken in by humans as companions. For example, the girl in episode 1 was raised by a woman she considers her grandmother. It made her death all the sadder.
    • Episode 4 introduces the concept of children raised by Giftia. Tsukasa and Isla have to retrieve a Giftia who is raising a boy after their parents passed away. Michiru was also raised by a Giftia father.
  • Pokémon
    • This is a recurring theme with Ash's fire-type starters. They were treated so horribly by their Jerkass original trainers (Charmander and Tepig are both abandoned for being thought of as weak, while Chimchar was forced through Training from Hell and was released because he didn't meet his trainer's high expectations) Ash ends up taking them in and raising them as his own. Charmander had a lengthy rebellious streak when he evolved into Charmeleon and eventually Charizard, until Ash nursed him back to health from a critical injury, reminding Charizard of the kindness he received under Ash's care and once again became just as loyal to Ash as when he was a Charmander. Litten lived on the streets of Hau'oli City as the ward of an elderly Stoutland, with Ash adopting him after Stoutland dies.
    • Zorua from Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions is implied to be Zoroark's adopted son instead of her biological one. However, neither seem to give a darn and Zorua loves his 'Meema' with all his heart. And she loves him right back and is willing to go to any lengths to keep him safe, including going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge when someone intentionally hurts him.
    • This is (eventually) revealed to be Pikachu's backstory - he was hatched an orphan, but was eventually adopted by a kindly Kangaskhan and raised alongside her joey.
  • Ai and Zero are revealed to have been adopted in Psychic Academy. During the summer vacation, they're also shown as having a few younger siblings who are also adopted. They don't seem to mind at all — and in fact, Ai's mother even says that if anything, they're even closer than a normal family is because they chose to be a family.
  • Despite them all being supernatural warriors — and two of them trying to kill her previously — Hotaru of Sailor Moon is perfectly happy to have the other Outer Senshi as her (three) parents when her father dies. Even in the anime, where she's simply taken from him, by all accounts she's fine with her two mamas and one female "papa."
  • Happens quite a few times in Saiunkoku Monogatari. Kou Shouka and his wife Shoukun took in Seiran, who is the exiled prince Seien, and Shusui. Shouka's brother Reishin adopted Kouyuu. Sa Enjun rescues Kourin from starvation. The adopted children love and respect their foster parents dearly, sometimes a bit too much.
  • Elizabeth of the series The Seven Deadly Sins is actually not the daughter of the king of Lyonesse. She's from the kingdom of Danafor. Whether this means she's adopted or born out of wedlock has yet to be made clear. What is known however is that the King apparently accepted her as his daughter, as evidenced wherein he desperately tried to get her down from a tree despite not knowing how to climb.
  • Shokugeki no Soma: Akira's relationship with Jun, but with a twist. Jun is emotionally conflicted about adopting Akira, since she loves him deeply, but feels he spends so much time helping her and working on her research projects she is afraid he resents her for denying him a regular childhood, or worse, feels that she took him in just because he has special talents that relate to her work, so she could have a live-in assistant. Akira, on the other hand, considers the time spent helping her to be the least he could do to thank her for getting him off the street and finding a better use for his talents than pissing off street vendors, and his love for his adoptive mother is the driving force behind literally everything he does.
  • Sket Dance:
    • Bossun. The day he's born, both his parents got into accidents, his father dying and his mother lost her life giving birth to him. He was taken in by a close friend of their parents. He had some angst when he discovered the truth, but in the end he accepted his adopted family as his real one.
    • The Rival Tsubaki Sasuke also turn out to be this. More specifically, he's the Separated at Birth twin sibling of the previous example. The fact that the mother is carrying twins was supposed to be a surprise to the friend. When the doctor aided in their delivery, he decided to hand one twin to the friend and adopt the other one. While he and his wife loved the child deeply, this action haunted him for years. When he finally confessed, both children had momentary angst, but in the end decided they're fine with his decision.
  • In Sunday Without God Ai is adopted by Youki and Anna after her mother dies, and they do their best to make her happy, even hiding the fact she's the only living person in the whole village, and later Julie becomes her guardian after she loses her entire village and reconciles with her birth father Hampnie when he dies. Also, after the Ortus arc baby Celica is quite happily adopted by Scar.
  • Implied with Mio and Maria in The Testament of Sister New Devil. Even after they tried to deceive Basara, he still considers them family after learning more about their past from his father.
  • Toriko:
    • Melk II was adopted by Melk I after he found her abandoned in a forest as a baby. The one thing that marred their otherwise happy father-daughter bond was a years-long misunderstanding due to Melk I's incredibly quiet voice.
    • The Four Heavenly Kings were all found and raised by Ichiryuu. He did a pretty good job, though they all ended up having various quirks.
    • Horribly subverted in the case of Acacia's disciples Ichiryuu, Jiro, and Midora. Acacia and Froese rescued and raised the three in a clear parallel with Ichiryuu raising the Heavenly Kings. But while Acacia only faked being a loving mentor and father so he could manipulate his wards, Ichiryuu's love for his adopted children was genuine.
  • Jean Saber from Transformers Victory is a fairly well-adjusted kid, despite having been raised by giant alien transforming robots.
  • Vash and Knives of Trigun were Happily Adopted by Rem Saverem for the first year of their life, since bulb-bound plants aren't equipped to raise independent plants like the twins. Rem did pretty well, and both boys were genuinely attached to her.
    • Less so in the anime, where there are other crew members awake and Knives' reasons for going Axe-Crazy are less clear-cut and Creepy Child Magnificent Bastard type stuff.
      • Rem's last words to Vash in the anime are "Vash, Knives o—" and then she is seen mouthing something drowned out by the pneumatic door. Apparently this was meant to be understood as sewa o shimasu; all translations have the sentence as, "Vash, take care of Knives!" Note that the original Japanese is somewhat ambivalent as to just what Rem wanted Vash to do; the translation works well, given that "take care of" could be read as a Deadly Euphemism.
    • On the other hand, manga Rem turns out to have been such a careful mother to them because she's The Atoner: the last time an independent plant was born in the SEEDS ships, she didn't save her from being experimented on until it killed her. Vash forgives her, after a rocky period; Knives...can't. He was going to save her, though, in both versions, when he killed all the other humans. Except she died that they might live.
    • It started out Happily Adopted, but Knives disrupted it by deciding to Kill All Humans.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- has Fai who, after one hell of a messed up childhood, is brought to Celes by Ashura-ou. CLAMP themselves stated in the second artbook that they had a good parent-child relationship. Well, at least until everything goes south before the beginning of the series and the Trauma Conga Line that eventually ends with Kurogane having to put Ashura-ou down after he goes completely insane. Poor Fai just can't catch a break.
  • In Venus Versus Virus Nahashi adopted Lucia at a young age. Her father was a friend of his.
  • Anna in When Marnie Was There initially has trouble seeing her foster family as true family, calling her foster mother "auntie," however, the events of the movie cause her to accept them, and at the end she introduces her foster mother as simply "my mother."
  • Elsie of The World God Only Knows has no problem integrating herself into the household of Keima's mom, despite saying that she's the illegitimate daughter of her husband. Subverted at the end of the series when she performs a Cosmic Retcon to make it where she's always been Keima's biological sister.
  • The title character of Yotsuba&! is adopted and very much of a Cheerful Child. Sure, she only has a father, but with neighbors she treats as extended family (including calling their mother "Mom" — not to mention treating the daughters as older sisters) and the help of her father's friend Jumbo, she's more worried what this thing in her future called "school" is all about than what sort of family she has.
  • You Are Umasou:
    • Umasou, surprisingly considering he's being raised by a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
    • That Tyrannosaurus, Heart, was also Happily Adopted by a female Maiasaura — even if he did run away after learning the truth about himself.

    Comic Books 
  • Angel Catbird: The orphan cat-boy the group finds on the way to Castle Catula is adopted by the Russian cat-lady.
  • The Authority: Jenny Quantum loves her daddies. And leads them, too.
  • Deadpool's daughter, Ellie, is this. For the first 8 or so years of her life, she was living with her foster father -the brother of Deadpool's worst enemy. She loved him dearly, and was heartbroken when he was killed. Deadpool came to save her, and it's revealed to her that she's his daughter. After Deadpool fights off all the enemies and scares Flagmasher away from his daughter, he asks his friend, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Emily Preston, to take his daughter in and raise her for the time being. Later when Deadpool is visiting her, he asks if she's happy. Ellie says that the Prestons are cool, and Deadpool is glad because she's safe with them.
    • Recent chapters show Ellie would rather be with the Prestons than with Deadpool. He takes her away from them, to protect her. She yells that she doesn't want to go. At one point, he picks her up to carry her away and she yells for him to let go. While living with him, he comments that she wants to go back to the Prestons and cries.
  • Batman:
    • Sort-of present with Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl and later Oracle. She and James Gordon always (always) have a deep and emotional father/daughter bond that has even been seen to help her knock out Brainiac, but over the years the different writers can never seem to remember whether she is his biological daughter, his niece who he has raised since childhood, or an adopted daughter. Their relationship is largely the same no matter which way it is written, but sometimes it fits with the trope and sometimes it has nothing to do with the trope at all.
    • The Barbara/Jim relationship confusion is played with a bit: at one point, Barbara discovers that Jim may have had an affair with her mother (his brother's wife) around the time that she was conceived. When she has the chance to find out whether or not she's his biological daughter, she turns it down—not because she's ashamed of him for cheating, but because she wants it to be true.
    • More consistent is both Bruce's "sons" relationship with him, and Bruce's own relationship with Alfred (which results in some truly touching moments as Alfred hears Bruce call him dad in Bruce's farewell message when he's believed to be dead). Tim, Dick, and Jason may often have problems with Bruce, but they consider each other brothers and are proud to officially be his sons, except Jason after his return from the dead. Cassandra too, as the one daughter of the group, even though she doesn't hang out with her bros too much.
      • Damian, however, is Bruce's biological son and not half as well-functioning as the other Robins, largely due to being raised by crazy ninjas. It's quite clear where on the side of nature vs. nurture Batman falls.
  • A strip on the back page of a The Dandy comic featured an elephant sitting on a tree branch eating a banana next to two monkeys. One of the monkeys says to the other "I think the time has come to tell Junior he was adopted".
  • Another case was Gar Logan (Beast Boy). His parents died in a tragic accident, and his uncle turned out to be a nasty sort just using him to get at the money his parents left behind. He ran away and found the Doom Patrol. At the end of the arc, Rita Farr (Elasti-Girl) and Steve Dayton (Mento) adopted him. While Steve turned out to be too mentally unstable to be a decent parent, Gar and Rita adored one another, to the point where Gar even went into acting to follow in her footsteps.
  • A somewhat weird variant of this happens in The Books of Magic, in that Tim's true parentage is extremely convoluted and at times blatantly self-contradicting, but the trope is played fairly straight in the early issues of the book, after the first time he discovers that the people he thought were his parents may not have been: He laments it for a bit, but in the end he still acknowledges that "they did make me brush my teeth and wear clean socks all those years. Never once called me a changeling. They may not have been my parents but — bloody hell, they were my parents."
    • It's later revealed that his father was never really sure whether Tim was really his (Tim's mother was pregnant when the two married), but never thought it mattered if he was or not.
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie seem rather content to live with their maternal uncle instead of their parents... despite the fact that he is very much a jerkass with a horrible temper who cannot hold down a job. They also seem to develop into far more functional citizens than him, so it seems to work. Writers who care tend to emphasize that Donald Duck is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, though one Darker and Edgier interpretation is that their mother and father actually are that much worse than Donald — which actually is Truth in Television for some real adoptees.
    • Lampshaded in several comic stories, where Huey, Dewey, and Louie lament their uncle's many shortcomings, only to realize that when it comes down to it, he actually is a pretty good legal guardian.
  • Gold Digger: Brittany Diggers is an orphaned were-cheetah, taken in as an infant by Theodore and Julia Diggers, and raised as a sister to their own daughter Gina. They see her as nothing less than family, and the feeling is mutual. Eventually the comic makes "family isn't just blood" go Up to Eleven when a sorceress tries to kill Brit, Stryyp and their daughter Tiffany, and even if the spell explicitly says that only people from the same bloodline are effected by it, the whole Diggers family ends up in it and pull a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Hellboy knows perfectly well that he was adopted (being a huge red demon with a Right Hand of Doom is kind of a giveaway), but he has a genuinely loving relationship with his father, Professor Bruttenholm.
  • As in the cartoons, all of Jem and the Holograms members are sisters. Aja and Shana aren't adopted, they were foster children, but are still explicitly refer to as Jerrica's and Kimber's sisters. Compared to the cartoon everyone generally acts much more familial and affectionate.
  • Alex and Freddy of Mega Robo Bros are robots who were adopted by a human couple when their creator disappeared. They couldn't be happier.
  • DC Comics has the Fourth World title, which features Orion, the biological son of Darkseid, who was traded to the Highfather of New Genesis as part of a peace treaty. Despite his parentage, Orion grew up a good warrior ferociously dedicated to defending the ideals of his adopted family.
  • Paperinik New Adventures: After crashing on Earth, Everett Ducklair lost his memory and, due to being Older Than He Looks, was adopted by a couple of very loving humans. Unfortunately, discovering his true past created a strain on their relationship.
  • Power Girl: Earth-2 Superman and Lois Lane took his cousin Kara in when she arrived on Earth, and they treated her like their daughter.
    Power Girl: [tearfully] You took me in! You treated me like I was your daughter!
    Earth 2 Lois Lane: Oh, honey... as far as we were concerned, you were our daughter.
  • Red Tornado's adopted daughter, Traya, a Middle Eastern war orphan, seems very happy with him, even knowing he's an android.
  • Subverted, but also played surprisingly straight with Rogue's adoptive parents Mystique and Destiny. By all evidence, Rogue had a happy childhood with them, which is all the more surprising considering the kind of mother Mystique has been to her biological children Nightcrawler and Graydon Creed and that Rogue was raised to become a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Still, Mystique and Destiny must have taught Rogue to think for herself and respected her choice to reform and join the X-Men even though that brought a painful separation. Rogue continued to feel an emotional attachment to her adoptive parents that lasted until Destiny's death (and beyond, vide her brief resurrection in Necrosha), and if she eventually fell out with Mystique, it was because of horrific acts Mystique perpetrated after the separation, not because of a reassessment of her upbringing.
  • Relative Heroes: Cameron and Tyson were loved and very happy with their adoptive parents and siblings and when their parents died they joined with the Weinberg's biological children on a trip across the US to prevent Social Services from splitting up what remained of their family while seeking a moral way to revive their parents.
  • The Runaways are one big happy adoptive family, albeit one whose adoptions are not initially legally recognized. Attempts to break them up and send them to different foster homes have never worked out, and have sometimes led to fighting. However, when the team took Molly away from her evil grandma, they realized that if they wanted to send her back to school (which she loves), then there has to be a legal guardian of some sort. What to do? Nico took her magic staff and said "Legal adoption", and that was it. Nico and Chase are now the legal guardians of Molly.
    • This turns out to have been the fate of Klara after the group split up; since she didn't have the accidental death of a parent or a long history of breaking out of foster care on her record, she got taken in by a nice gay couple and has thus declined to go back to being a Runaway.
  • In Shazam, Billy is sent to (depending on the version) an Evil Uncle or at least one abusive foster home, only to get kicked out/run away and wind up living alone on the streets. However, he eventually meets his long-lost twin sister, Mary, who was adopted by the kindly Bromfield family, and gets taken in as well.
    • In the New 52, Billy gets taken in by a different kindly family, the Vasquezes, who already have five happy children (Mary, Freddy Freeman and three new characters)...except that in this version it's Billy who's a jerkass before eventually warming up to them.
  • Spider-Man was raised by his aunt and uncle from very early childhood and is just fine with that.
  • Supergirl: Superman's cousin's foster parents usually have a good relationship with their adopted alien daughter.
    • Pre-Crisis Kara was adopted by Fred and Edna Danvers. They loved her and she them, even after she found out that her biological parents were still alive. When she revealed she was Superman's cousin they took it in stride. And they got heart-broken when she died during the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
    • Pa and Ma Kent also kind of adopted Post-Crisis Kara. They were the only parental figures she established a rapport with, and she regarded them as family.
    • New 52 Kara's foster parents are Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers who first appeared in Supergirl (Rebirth) # 1. Although they are technically her DEO-appointed handlers, they established a strong rapport after a few weeks.
      Jeremiah: What did I miss?
      Eliza: Just the launch, Jeremiah. But the new uniform sure fits.
      Cameron: Years since I let you two get married and you still find ways to help me question that decision.
      Supergirl: Comms are live. I can hear you two.
      Eliza: We're your parents, Kara. We're not dead.
  • Superman:
    • Possibly the ur-example: Clark loves Ma and Pa Kent, and they him.
    • Also Superboy Connor Kent, who knows his biological parents are Superman and Lex Luthor, but also is quite happy with Ma and Pa Kent as his parental figures.
    • Post-Crisis Superman and Lois Lane adopted Lor-Zod -Superman's enemies Zod and Ursa's biological son-, renamed him Chris Kent and raised him. He loved them more than he ever loved Zod. Moreover, he fought Zod to protect Superman in the New Krypton.
  • Superman & Batman: Generations: Bruce Wayne Jr. marries the widowed Mei-Lai Kent and adopts her son Clark as his own, in order to spare him the turmoil that his birth father Joel Kent suffered from being Superman's powerless son. Clark eventually figures it out (by learning Vietnamese so he can understand his parents' "secret" conversations), but when he reveals this to Bruce he makes it very clear that "you've been all the father I could ever have wished for", and keeps the Wayne name even in later storylines when he takes up the mantle of Superman.
  • Towards the end of Tintin: The Blue Lotus, Chang Chong-chen is adopted by Wang Chen-Yee. He's overjoyed to learn that he's going to have a family.
  • Ultimate Marvel
    • Peter Parker's parents died years ago, so he was adopted by his aunt and uncle, Ben and May; and then just May when a burglar killed Ben. He is happy and fine with May. May is happy with Peter, too, but she is greatly troubled by the memory of all those people she has lost. So she also adopted Gwen Stacy (a teenager whose father was killed and her mother run away). And, after the worldwide disaster of Ultimatum, she also allowed Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake to stay in the house. And add Mary Jane, who was not legally part of the family but spent a lot of time with Peter anyway, and you get a full house.
    • Jimmy Hudson was conceived by Wolverine and Magda, but Wolverine gave him to the Hudson family. He thought that, if he took him, he could either be a victim of some villain, or turn out just like him. As seen in the Ultimate Wolverine miniseries, Jimmy thinks that Wolverine is his biological dad, but his adjetiveless dad is James Hudson.
  • W.I.T.C.H. has quite a few examples. In chronological order of the trope becoming evident, they are:
    • Elyon, Queen of Meridian, was raised by Miriadel and Alborn shortly after her birth, but didn't know she was adopted until they explained this much later. In the end, she accepts them as her actual parents. And given that their natural appearance is disconcerting makes Elyon's acceptance that much more heartwarming.
    • Irma's biological mother is nowhere to be seen, but her relationship with her father's second wife Anna is so good, and their resemblance so uncanny, that it's actually a shock to the reader when, during a fight, Irma throws in her face she's her stepmother.
    • The New Power story arc reveals, to her and the reader, that Taranee Cook was adopted, with her birth parents having put her up for adoption when their house was struck by a meteor and burned down and they couldn't care for her anymore. After a brief moment of rage, Taranee decided that her adopted parents were her real parents and burned down the contact information for her biological parents her stepmother had kept just in case.
    • Late in the series, Will: her mother Susan divorced her father for very good reasons and remarries with Dean Collins during the series, and some time after the New Power arc Will starts to see Dean as her actual father, even calling him "dad". The fact that, by that time, Susan had given birth to Dean's son may have helped.
  • Wolverine and X-23 are both quite aware that she's his clone (sort of), and he has no real obligation to do anything for her. He adopted her anyway, and the relationship is about as happy as Laura gets. His Relationship with his son Daken...Isn't as healthy.
  • Wonder Woman: Wonder Girl Donna Troy is quite happy with her adoptive family with the Amazons, though she was still curious about where she came from before she and Dick managed to track down her past in Who Is Donna Troy?. This history was erased by Crisis on Infinite Earths, but may be back in play as of DC Rebirth as it's the history that matches up with Wally's memories of Donna and his memories are some of the only unaltered and known to be true ones in the 'verse. note 
  • Wiccan and Speed from Young Avengers are adopted by Muggle Foster Parents, but still love them even after discovering their heritage. Sort of. It's complicated.
  • Thunderstrike: After Eric Masterson sacrifices himself to stop the Bloodaxe, Kevin is adopted by his mother's new husband.
  • Thanos of all people, by the Cosmic Ghost Rider. The Rider raised Frank after not being able to follow through with his plan of killing baby Thanos in his sleep, and while turned out much worse for his new upbringing, he shows nothing but love and respect for his adoptive father.
  • In Ninja High School, Anna Feeple (previously Anna Ichinohei), Jeremy's mother, was brought into the Ichinohei clan after her mother was killed while helping Kudasai during the second World War.

    Fan Works 
  • The Adam Winters series doesn't make this explicit in terms of making the adoption legal, but after his first year at Hogwarts, Adam Winters is essentially adopted by the Weasleys, who offer him a place to live as he has nowhere to go in the muggle world and the Ministry’s attempts to find a place for him to stay go poorly. Even without knowing his 'true' identity of Harry Potter, during the final battle at Hogwarts, Ron admits to Adam/Harry that when he learned that Ginny was dead (she turns up alive later), he was worried that he'd lost Adam as a brother as well as his sister.
  • Adoption of the Weirdest Kind (a Transformers fanfic): Jazz and an initially reluctant Prowl become the adoptive parents of a baby giraffe named Patchy. Despite a rough start, they quickly settle into their new role, and Patchy doesn't seem to have any problems about being raised by giant alien robots.
  • Altered Destinies by DobbyElfLord : Harry Potter's attempt to Peggy Sue his present by time-travelling into the past results in him adopting an infant/toddler-aged Voldemort, who becomes this throughout the story proper.
  • In Avenger Goddess, Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) might have an unconventional family relationship, considering that they met in 1992 when Natalia was eight and now look like they’re the same age in 2010, but while Natasha doesn’t call Diana her mother explicitly, she has privately referred to Ares as her ‘uncle'.
  • Winter in Líf's Holt sees Hiccup and Astrid adopt Astrid’s niece, &A Elig;tta, after the deaths of &A Elig;tta's parents; her father (Astrid's older brother) was lost at sea and her mother died of an illness. The girl is soon freely invited to call Stoick 'Granpa Stoick' and even unofficially claims one of Toothless's hatchlings as her future dragon.
  • A Bat in Storybrooke: Fidget was adopted by a couple of Aldoradian noblemen, and lived a happy life with them.
  • Becoming Family: Elsa and her wife Freya adopt a recently orphaned girl named "Katja". Katja loves her Mama and Mam, though she doesn't grasp their full relationship until she's nine.
  • Better Off Not Knowing: the implied biological daughter of Zaheer and P'Li is occasionally curious about her unusual height and her distant memories of being unseasonably cold, but nonetheless draws a distinction between "her parents" and the (unknown to her) "people who'd brought her into the world."
  • In The Key to Marauding, when Dawn Summers finds herself in Hogwarts during the Marauders' era, once she decides to remain in her new world even after Buffy and the others find her, she is adopted by James's parents, to the extent that she is down on some Ministry paperwork as 'Dawn Summers-Potter' up to the time of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Bless the Children has an interesting twist of this concept, as Daniel Jackson ends up adopting a clone of himself created by an alien culture who unintentionally gave the clone the memory of the traumatic death of Daniel's parents when he was eight years old. Even before he learned that Daniel was technically him, 'Danny' referred to Daniel as 'Daddy' after a violent nightmare and came to consider him and the rest of SG-1 family, with the 'Ship version of this story adding to this dynamic when Daniel and Samantha Carter develop feelings for each other. Having learned of his identity and connection to Daniel, Danny actually encouraged him and Sam to get together because he wants them to be happy, which culminates in Daniel and Sam getting married and Sam learning that she's pregnant, with Danny shown to be very excited at the idea of being a big brother.
    • On a wider note, Danny also refers to Jack O'Neill as 'Uncle Jack', and is told that he can consider General Hammond and Catherine Langford his new grandparents.
  • Blood That Flows: Momoko Takamachi (aka, Lina Inverse) adopts Fate Testarossa instead of Lindy, making Fate and Nanoha sisters. Both are quiet pleased by the arrangement. Years later, Yuuno and Arisa do this for Caro.
  • Bringing Me To Life: The A.I. named Cole Anderson to Neo and Smith, after being abandoned in the Matrix by his machine parents.
  • The Crystal Tokyo series of Bill K have Neo Queen Serenity adopt orphans over the years she has rule.
  • The Dangerverse has this happen to Harry and Hermione and Draco (though in Hermione's case one of the adoptive parents is her older sister).
  • In The Dogfather, the Dursleys refuse to take baby Harry Potter and unload him onto muggle social services, with the result that he's adopted by a loving muggle couple, Tim and Caro MacIntyre. Although he's interested in learning about his birth parents once he starts meeting people who knew them, he regards Tim and Caro as his parents, and can get quite short with people who refer to them as not his real parents. When he starts attending Hogwarts, it becomes a running gag that any time someone addresses him as "Potter" he'll politely but firmly remind them that it's MacIntyre, actually.
  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf: All the Smurfs within Empath's generation, including Smurfette, Baby Smurf, and the Smurflings, were adopted by Papa Smurf. It's Empath himself who is the only begotten son of Papa Smurf.
  • Facing the Future Series (a Danny Phantom fic): According to rumors, if the original cartoon had been allowed to continue, Danielle would've been adopted into the Fenton family. The author of this fic series rectified that.
  • In The Five Earths Project, Superboy-Prime has been adopted by the Golden Age Superman of Earth-2 and his wife Lois Lane Kent after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, thus averting the Character Derailment that the mainstream continuity version had suffered in Infinite Crisis.
  • A Gem, a Human, and a Baby: an inverted version takes place in Chapter 3 - Greg officially declares Pearl to be Steven's guardian, and a member of the Universe family.
  • Guardian of Light (a Rise of the Guardians fic): The main character Helen, Pitch's biological daughter, has been happily adopted by the Bennett family.
  • Bugsy's article in Gym Leader Wiki says that he was left at Kurt's at one month old. He admires Kurt and sees him as his second father.
  • Harry's New Home: Snape takes in Harry as his ward and eventually adopts him.
  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality: Harry's adoptive family is quite happy in contrast to the one from canon, and he makes a point of giving them equal billing or higher with his real parents, even though the rest of the world wants to put his birth parents on a pedestal.
  • Hell is a Martial Artist: In an interesting twist on this trope, Ranma isn't just adopted by Hild in; they rewrite reality to make Hild his/her biological mother. Furthermore, so far as Ranma was concerned, Hild was his mother even before then.
  • Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: In the story A Month of Sundays: Quetzalcoatl was adopted by the gods of Aztec Mythology.
  • It's not the Raptor DNA: Rexy, the Tyrannosaurus rex from Jurassic Park takes Elise under her wing after saving her from a prion-infected Triceratops.
  • Kimyōna, Komisch, Caldo, an Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic and sequel to Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Kugelmugel is very happy to have been adopted by Germany, Italy, and Japan by the end of the story.
  • In Know Thyself- the Prelude, Harry Potter is unplugged from The Matrix and is swiftly adopted by the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar, with Trinity and Neo as his parents while Tank and Morpheus are the fun uncle and strict grandfather respectively (although Harry is 'officially' down as Morpheus's apprentice for the purpose of justifying his presence on the crew).
  • The Lone Traveler: Happens several times, often because of changes the Traveler makes as he travels around the multiverse, usually to a version of Harry Potter.
  • Lullabies (a Rise of the Guardians fic): The two Bennett children, Jamie and Sophie, are happily adopted by the Guardians after their mother dies in a fire.
  • Marque and Reprisal: Itzak had been a child and the only survivor of a village destroyed by war. A soldier, Ebrahim Mlama, found him and adopted him, and they lived happily. Until their hometown is destroyed in an enemy attack.
    • Averted with the Founding Father of the Purifiers. Like Itzak, he was found after his family was slaughtered in ethnic cleansing during the Global Civil War. However, the family that adopted him subjected him to horrific abuse. His ethnic cleansing campaign forty to fifty years later was as much revenge against those who shared the blood of his adoptive family as it was to obtain more Lebensbraum for his followers.
  • Megorama sees Meg Griffin being accidentally sent into the year 3000, where she meets the Planet Express staff and is essentially adopted by Leela.
  • More Than My Friend: In the later stories of the series, Mac is adopted by Frankie due to being orphaned. He considers her his older sister.
  • My Simpsons Guy Story sees Meg Griffin essentially adopted by the Simpsons after she spends a summer in Springfield as a child; when they reunite in her teens, Meg falls in love with Bart, with Homer and Marge being far more supportive parents to her than Peter and Lois.
  • Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!: Izuku dearly loves his adoptive parents and wouldn't trade them for anyone else in the world. Even though his relationship with them was strained after learning that he is an alien, he still says with confidence that he considers Inko and Hisashi to be his real parents. This is after he meets a Virtual Ghost of his father, Jor-El and all the efforts put in to save him. In fact, the first thing he does when Hisashi returns home from working overseas is to fly into his arms.
  • The New Retcons: Claire Thompson, Elly Patterson's illegitimate daughter, is this trope, having led a good life with her adoptive parents. Having found out how dysfunctional her biological mother and half-siblings are, she planned on telling her mother just how much she appreciated being raised by her, but her mother sadly died before she got the chance. Elly ruefully notes that she turned out the best of her children, probably because she wasn't raised by Elly.
  • In The New Teacher, after Peter Parker takes a teaching role at Xavier's, an unusual chain of events leads to Peter and Mary Jane essentially adopting X-23 after Spider-Man finds her fighting off a group of potential rapists. Even after they identify her as Logan's clone, Logan concedes that he wouldn't be a good fit to be a parent to the girl when she has already genuinely bonded with the Parkers.
  • In the Mob Psycho 100 fanfic Permanency Teru's apartment is destroyed after the end of the second season so Reigen takes him in after realizing that Teru's parents are oceans and continents away. Teru is not adopted on paper but he still views Reigen as a father figure.
  • In Danny Phantom fanfic ResurrectedMemories: The Fentons have adopted Dani into the family after the Disasteroid incident.
  • The Return Of Dani Phantom: Dani Fenton/Phantom is adopted into the Fenton family.
  • The Twilight fic Roses in Winter has Angela Weber swiftly taken in by the Cullens after her biological parents are presented as incompetent at best and explicitly abusive at worst; the bond between Angela and the Cullens soon becomes so deep that not only does Emmett freely refer to himself as Angela's big brother while Angela states while falling asleep that she'd give anything for Esme to be her mother, but even the Volturi recognise that Angela's compassion makes her so like Carlisle she might as well be his biological daughter.
  • Safe and Sound (a Star Trek (2009) fic): At the end, Lucille Harewood is adopted by Khan. Despite the fact that he got her father killed, gave her the augment abilities which caused a lot of trouble, she sees good in him after spending time with him and his crew.
  • Security! (a Worm fanfic): Amy Dallon ends up being adopted by the Hebert family. It works out much better than her previous adoption.
  • Shadows Of The Past: Will is this, though his 'parents' are still alive; he states he just likes his adoptive ones better.
  • In the later installments of Skyhold Academy Yearbook, Cassandra Pentaghast and her husband are the parents of an adopted baby boy.
  • Slightly Altered has Buwaro adopted by Azurai and Iratu, and living a MUCH happier life than in canon at first.
  • Son of the Sannin:
    • Naruto ends up growing very happy with Jiraiya and Tsunade.
    • Shizune actually expresses relief that she isn't Jiraya and Tsunade's biological child in chapter 58 after finding out what happens when the Senju and Uchiha bloodlines mix. Having to raise her and Shisui's kids is hard enough without worrying about the possibility that they might suddenly turn into demigods.
    • Downplayed with Haku. He isn't very happy with being Hayate and Yugao's adopted son, but he eventually warms up to them.
  • Suddenly (a Transformers: Prime fanfic): June Darby is adopted by the Shattered Glass versions of the Decepticons when she is a kindergartner, and considers them her family even into her adulthood.
  • The Tainted Grimoire: Adelle a Hume is the adopted daughter of Sir Loin, a Seeq.
  • Things We Don't Tell Humans: the cast of Happily Adopted characters includes Prowl, Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, Faust, Hudson, Cobalt, Iris, Aether, and Alchemy.
  • Uplifted series: Joachim Hoch, in all but the legal sense by the Langers - so much so that he is willing to betray the Third Reich to the Quarians in order to secure their safety.
  • Vapors: A rare adult version. Hinata Hyuga decides to cast off her family name after being relegated to the Branch Family. She moves in with and is later adopted into the Uzumaki Clan.
  • When In Doubt, Obliviate (a parody fic): Harry Potter is kidnapped and adopted by Gilderoy Lockhart, of all people. In spite of Gilderoy's not at all altruistic motivation, it turns out to be this trope.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): Despite Cinder constantly denying it, she was adopted into the Salem family in all but name. She considers Jaune her little brother, Salem has plenty of Embarrassing Old Photos of her to coo over, and Nicholas outright refers to her as his eighth daughter. Even Jaune's sisters, while catty about it, also see her as part of the family—even if that means shoving her into Nicholas' big hugs.
  • Many Danganronpa fanfics set in either a post-despair or non-despair setting have Nagito adopting the Warriors of Hope. Whether he adopts all of them, just Monaca, or all of them except Monaca depends on the author. Hajime also sometimes serves as the second parent.
  • The Project Motherhood series by Gamer 95 on Fanfiction.Net runs almost entirely on this trope, having female or sometimes genderswapped versions of fictional characters rescuing Harry Potter [Sometimes Crona from Soul Eater or Isaac from The Binding of Isaac] from an intensely abusive living condition and raising them as their own child.
  • Us And Them: Sephiroth manages to have a fairly happy and normal childhood being raised by Gast and Ifalna.
  • Half Past Adventure: Despite a bit of Gene Hunting in the first chapter, Macy overall seems extremely happy with her adopted family.

    My Little Pony Fanfiction 
  • Ace Combat: The Equestrian War: Firefly becomes Rainbow Dash's older twin sister in the epilogue, while Pipsqueak becomes Dinky's foster brother.
  • Adopted Displaced, a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic multi-crossover series: Every single one of the Equestrian protagonists finds a new, loving family in the world they've been taken to.
  • Aftermath of the Games (and its sequel Integration): Sunset is revealed to have been adopted by the Apple Family after the Fall Formal after Granny discovered Sunset living in a slum, and dragged her out by her ear. Despite the obvious tension, Applejack and Apple Bloom gradually saw Sunset as their surrogate sister.
  • All-American Girl, for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Rarity's daughter gets sent to the human world, adopted by a childless couple and raised as a human.
  • Bad Future Crusaders has both a heroic and a villainous example: Apple Bloom was adopted and raised by a zebra couple after her hometown was destroyed, while Twilight Sparkle raised the orphaned Dinky Doo and Rumble as her Co-Dragons.
  • Bride of Discord: Applejack and Spike adopt two earth ponies, Cinnamon Stick and Cinnamon Roll, thinking that it isn't possible for them to have a biological child. They're wrong.
    • In one of the sequel stories, CMC: The Next Generation, we're introduced to Lemon Drop, the adopted son of Lyra and Bon Bon. Also a case of Has Two Mommies.
  • The Bridge shows neither the alicorn sisters Princess Celestia and Luna, nor the kaiju Big Good, Godzilla Junior, were raised by their biological parents. Celestia and Luna don't even know who their parents were and were raised by Starswirl the Bearded and Equestria's founders after they were discovered in the Everfree as babies. Godzilla Junior was raised by a biologist named Azusa Gojo and later by his namesake, Godzilla Senior; whom he considers his real parents and has no interest in finding his birth ones.
  • Diaries of a Madman: It's hard to say if either is particularly happy, but Navarone clearly loves his adopted daughter and vice versa.
  • The Differentverse: Coco, by the Apples. Spike, by Twilight after she hatched him. And Scootaloo, who's been raised by her aunt since she was a year old.
  • The Elements of Friendship:
    • Spike really wants to be this to Twilight, even calling her "Mom", but she doesn't share the sentiment. She does care for Spike, she just doesn't care about him that way. At least, not at first.
    • Twilight herself is pretty much adopted by Celestia while her birth parents are trapped in plant form.
    • Butter-And-Eggs, an Earth Pony colt adopted by the Stag Cobnut. He shrugs off being told the truth pretty quickly, and telling him is how Rainbow Dash unlocks the Element of Honesty.
  • The Equestrian Wind Mage: A major sign of how far Vaati has come is when, upon finding out how Scootaloo's drunken asshole of a father has been treating her immediately takes her in as his ward. And after killing said drunken asshole (albeit in self-defense after the latter attacked him during a chewing out), he quickly adopts her, making her happier than she's ever been.
  • The Flower Blooms Twice: Apple Bloom discovers that she's a Changeling Queen who, shortly after Applejack returned from Manehatten, was found by the Apples and adopted by them. Though she initially thinks she's a monster, Applejack's explanation of how she became part of the family makes her see otherwise.
  • FriendsAndFamily treats us to Applejack and her family adopting Rainbow Dash after the death of her parents in an accident at the weather factory. Regardless of the fact that she's more or less an adult Rainbow Dash can't help but be touched by the generosity and happily accepts.
  • The God Squad: Lord Tydal may be the first case a character being addicted to this trope. He is a gruff, angry, prone to murder everything War God... and hates to see little fillies cry. Along with his two natural born daughters he adopted a young Celestia and Luna, an abused zebra filly, and Sunset Shimmer after she returned from the Equestria Girl's universe. he has also tried to buy Sweetie Belle and make her his daughter... Sweetie Belle was very much okay with this.
  • If You Give A Little Love has Coco Pommel adopting Babs Seed. In spite of all the messed up events that occur between the two of them, Coco never really stops regretting this decision.
  • The Irony Of Applejack: Applejack turns out to have been a changeling adopted into the Apple family as a baby. As canon will tell you, she dearly loves her foster family, and they love her, with Big Mac and Granny Smith fully aware of her nature.
  • Justice League of Equestria series: In the story "Mare of Steel", while Rainbow Dash doesn't discover her true heritage until adulthood, she's known since she was a foal that she was adopted by Firefly and Thunderhead. And it seems she was perfectly happy with them, and stays on good terms with Firefly even after finding out the truth.
  • My Little Dashie: the unnamed protagonist finds a filly Rainbow Dash in a cardboard box in an alleyway, takes her home and raises her like his own daughter for fifteen years.
  • The Non Brony Verse:
    • In the mane timeline has Comet Screech, a bat pony, adopted by TD and Cheerilee after they finally tie the knot. They genuinely love her and after being viewed as at best a curiosity by most ponies beforehand, she quickly takes to her new family.
    • Their's also the non-canon spin-off TD's Little Rarity and its own spin-off TD's Little Rarity 1.5: This Time Its Personnel, which are heavily inspired by the aforementioned My Little Dashie and involve TD returning to his old life on Earth and trying to put his life in Equestria behind, only to find a box with the now filly Rarity on his doorstep and being forced to reluctantly take care of her until their friends from Equestria can find a way to rescue her. TD quickly developes a protective streak with her and Rarity even takes to calling TD "father", much to his shock.
  • The Nuptialverse: By the end of Families, Twilight has officially adopted Spike as her son and Rainbow Dash files papers to do the same for Scootaloo, whose Abusive Parents have been arrested.
  • Of Lilies and Chestnuts: Based on Fleur De Lis and her husband Fancy Pants adopting a bat pony. Though their lifestyles clash at first, both Fleur and Chestnut warm up immensely to each other.
  • Past Sins: Twilight adopts Nyx (who is, apparently, Nightmare Moon reborn), and this significantly impacts the story.
  • The Power of the Equinox:
  • Principal Celestia Hunts the Undead: Sunset by Principal Celestia, eventually.
  • Reading Rainbowverse: In a surprise twist, it's eventually revealed that Dinky is actually adopted.
  • Savage Skies: Dawn Lightwing is adopted by Fluttershy. Interestingly, it's generally agreed that it's more for emotional stability then actual child-rearing, as Dawn is more than capable of living on his own but has a tough time reintegrating into Equestrian society.
  • In the Triptych Continuum, Spike was adopted by Twilight's parents and has full Equestrian citizenship. They directly refer to each other as siblings, and most of Ponyville does the same. (This can occasionally freak out new arrivals, as some see Spike first, hear somepony mention his sister, and assume the town hosts a full family of dragons.)

    Films - Animated 
  • In 101 Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita end up adopting the orphaned puppies that they help 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 are adopted by their Aunt Cass after their parents died when Hiro was three, but it's clear they adore and consider Aunt Cass 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 adopted 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.
  • In 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.

    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).
  • 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.
  • 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 reunited 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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."
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 the 1632 series, Tom "Stoner" Stone's three "sons" all act like and treat each other as brothers, even though only one of them, Faramir ("Frank"), is definitely his. Elrond ("Ron") might be Tom's boy by another mother (commune, hippies), but Gwaihir ("Gerry") is clearly unrelated to the others. They have no issues with that, nor with their 17th century German stepmom, but some of the townsfolk do.
  • Achim in The Adoptive Room by Antonia Michaelis. Played halfway with Karl Sonntag from another book ( he finds his father, and is quite happy with his stepmother.
  • The titular character of Alfie the Werewolf starts out as a foster child, but is officially adopted by his foster family at the end of the third book.
  • The All American Pups book New Pup on the block features two examples of the animal variation:
    • Jake begins the first book in a shelter but is soon rescued by Mr. Casey.
    • Rosie, who is thrown out of a car in the first book, is adopted by John, the local deli owner, at the end.
  • In the American Girl Samantha stories, Samantha's friend Nellie and her sisters get sent to an Orphanage of Fear. Of course, she breaks out and is happily adopted by Sam's extraordinarily wealthy family.
  • Anne of Green Gables and Pollyanna may not have been 100% satisfied with their situations, but they were definitely loved.
    • Anne of Green Gables also subverts this, as Anne tells how she was put into the care of several foster families before the events of the books and how each of these families treated her horribly. Nonetheless, Anne still remembers them as kindly as she can (and is sympathetic to these families since they all were dirt poor). It's because of this and the real possibility that Anne may be adopted by another horrible family that Marilla Cuthbert decides to keep her. Marilla, her brother Matthew, and Anne become a very close and loving family and Anne loves them deeply as her parents.
  • Archer's Goon, in which Howard finds out he is adopted; he's taken aback at first but brings it up with his parents soon afterward and realises how much they love him. In addition, it turns out that the adoption has actually happened twice, due to various time-travel-related shenanigans, and the second time around, the influence of the adoptive parents has affected Howard, now on his third trip through puberty, positively enough that he is able to break the cycle he started when he was Venturus.
  • In Ariel (Block), Ariel is happy with David, but is increasingly put off by and fearful of Roberta. She senses that Roberta does not merely dislike her or conflict with her due to her age, but genuinely wants to be rid of her, and would have been happy if she had died instead of Caleb. She's right.
  • Jaenelle of the Black Jewels series tells her biological grandmother, "This body can trace its bloodline to you. That makes us related. It doesn't make us family."
  • Fearless from Bravelands is kicked out of his pride when his father is murdered. He ends up adopted by a baboon troop, who consider him to be a blessing from their God. Fearless spends the next year living happily amongst the Brightforest Troop, but he is forced out when the new leader decides he's getting too large and is a danger to the troop. Even then, Fearless remains close to his best friends Mud and Thorn.
  • At the end of A Brother's Price, little Neddie, born as Eldie Porter, innocent incestuous fruit of traitors, gets adopted by the Whistlers, and since she was very lonely as the only child anywhere near her age in her original family, she's happy to be part of a large family.
  • This becomes the default family in the future of Bumped. In this future, all people over the age of 18 are infertile, so families pay teenage couples top dollar to have children for them.
  • Taran, the hero of The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, is well aware that neither the enchanter Dallben nor the pig-keeper Coll are his real father, and that they raised him from a foundling baby. He loves them both dearly, but it doesn't stop him from trying to find out who his birth parents were. Princess Eilonwy, who comes to live in Caer Dallben at the end of the first book in the series, is essentially Happily Adopted by Dallben as well; unlike Taran, she knows at least who her mother was, but the woman has been dead since Eilonwy was a baby.
  • Circleverse: Tris, Daja, Sandry and Briar all become adopted siblings, with Lark and Rosethorn as their foster-mothers. Later, Briar himself adopts another street kid, Evvy.
  • Simon and Derek from Darkest Powers are foster siblings but Chloe notes that they're closer than any pair of biological brothers she has seen.
  • In Deep Secret, both Nick and Maree end up as this, once they discover they are adopted. In Nick's case, the adoptive (step) parent is far preferable to the biological one. In Maree's case, said adoptive parent even gets a Selfless Wish thrown at them.
  • Discworld: Carrot Ironfoundersson is a human who was raised by dwarf parents. He is a dwarf, in spite of being born a human and standing over six feet tall, and he always writes home to his parents to tell them about his day and ask how the latest mine shaft is going. Even dwarfs, who have never heard of his clan, recognise him as a dwarf, since being a dwarf is more of a matter of culture rather than of species. It's also implied that his birth family sprang from the dethroned kings of Ankh-Morpork. Implied much in the same way that it's implied that the sun is warmish.
  • Played with in the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Father Time. The Doctor adopts an eleven-year-old girl, who, oddly, looks a lot like him and has the same Bizarre Alien Biology. As he's a Ditzy Genius who acts like he has No Social Skills, it's not exactly a walk in the park, but they're happy enough. He even gets a job, using his superior Time Lord intellect to become quite well-off. However, he makes things highly awkward when she's around the boy she fancies and has no idea what's going on in her love life. And he lies to her about the fact she's not human, causing her to run away from home at the age of sixteen and spend three years traveling around on her own. When he finds her again, they get along just fine, though. But anyway it turns out she's the heir to an intergalactic empire and although she's not on board with the "empire" thing, she has responsibilities she has to leave in order to attend to. They have a heartwarming reunion in a later book, though. It's eventually implied she's his Kid from the Future, so the trope is Double Subverted on the "happy" and subverted on the "adopted", too.
  • Szelma of the Dora Wilk Series is a were-cat adopted by a pack of werewolves, but considers herself part of the family, her adopted father is warm and caring and her "brothers" are ready to turn anyone who as much as glanced at her unfavourably into mincemeat.
  • Dreamblood Duology:
    • Sunandi was adopted by Kinja Seh Kalabsha when she was a child and trained to be a diplomat and spy. While her upbringing was trying, Sunandi is aware of the privilege of having had it and her love and devotion for master Kinja is what motivates her to see their mission in Gujaareh through even after his untimely death.
    • Most of those living within the Hetawa, the temple, were adopted by the priesthood, either because their parents died or because they showed talent for narcomancy. Children who grow up within the Hetawa are cared for and educated and generally happy with their lot.
  • In Dreamsnake, healers are sterile or effectively so; therefore, they're all adoptees. Snake, the protagonist, adopts the horrifically abused twelve-year-old stablehand Melissa about halfway through the book.
  • After the death of her widowed father, Rose Campbell is happily adopted by her bachelor uncle Alec, in Louisa May Alcott's Eight Cousins. In the sequel Rose in Bloom, adult Rose opens an Orphanage of Love, and personally adopts a Heartwarming Orphan whom she names Dulcinea (Dulce for short), who is thus also happily adopted.
  • It's mentioned only briefly, but in The Elenium trilogy by David Eddings, the sidekick character Kalten was raised by the hero Sparhawk's family after his own parents were killed when he was a boy. The result was that "in some ways, they were closer than brothers."
  • In the first novel of the Emberverse, Dies the Fire, Chuck and Judy Barstow are traveling to Juniper Mackenzie's farm when they discover an abandoned, broken-down bus full of schoolchildren. Not only do they decide to bring the children along with them, but they also later adopt three of them, to whom they are loving and nurturing parents. Juniper sees that the children clearly adore Chuck and Judy, and suspects that "those three didn't really have parents before, only people who paid the bills."
  • Candy in Emergence. She speaks very lovingly of her adoptive parents.
  • Erec Rex is a children's book series where the main character who it is named after is of the "treats both sets of parents as real" variation. He is introduced as an adoptive child living with his adopted mother and several adopted siblings, he loves all of them and thinks of them as his real family. He later meets his real father who turns out to be a king and grows to love him too ( he also learns he has a biological brother and sister who are missing.) He loves both sets of families and cares deeply about them.
  • In Frostflower and Thorn, the titular warrior Thorn's biological son is wanted and loved by his adoptive mother Frostflower.
  • In The Goblin Emperor, after Maia's sister-in-law whom he never really knew betrays him, her children are not officially adopted by anyone, as they remain in the same family, but Maia asks that his nephew and nieces move into his rooms in the palace, and the children happily accept him as their new guardian. As they were mainly brought up by their nanny, whom they get to keep, it is not that big a change.
  • Nobody Owens from The Graveyard Book is adopted by a graveyard full of ghosts and one vampire after his biological parents and sister are brutally murdered. Naturally, he longs to see the world outside the gates, but he also loves Mr. and Mrs. Owens (the ghosts who raised him) like parents, and they love him like a son.
  • This is basically the entire point of The Great Gilly Hopkins. Gilly spends most of the story fantasizing about meeting her mother while looking down on her foster family, but in the end she realizes that she loves her foster family, and finds out that her mother doesn't want her and is far from perfect. Although she doesn't stay with them, she appears to stay in contact with them and ends up more or less this trope with her biological grandmother instead.
  • Harry Potter :
    • Harry is never officially adopted by the Weasleys, they still consider him a part of the family and he loves them far more than his horrible aunt, uncle, and cousin. The Weasleys end up as Harry's in-laws once he marries Ginny Weasley, so it all works.
    • Harry never legally adopted his godson, Teddy, (who was raised full-time by his grandmother Andromeda) but treats him like one of his own and the two of them are very close.
  • Honor Harrington: Berry and Lars, two orphans rescued from the sewers of Chicago by Helen Zilwicki as a teenager, are happily adopted by her widowed father Anton (and by his girlfriend, Catherine). In stories set several years later, there's no doubt that Berry loves her parents and sister ferociously, and that feeling is reciprocated. Which is somewhat to the detriment of people who discover the utter stupidity of threatening Anton Zilwicki's daughter.
  • In another S.M. Stirling work, Island in the Sea of Time, Marian Alston and her partner Swindapa adopt two Alban war orphans, Heather and Lucy. The girls are later seen to very much love, and be loved by, both of their mothers. Marian and Swindapa also adopt a baby boy near the end of the trilogy.
  • Another one from Roald Dahl: James from James and the Giant Peach. His blood relatives, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, are horrifically cruel to James after his parents die. Later on (though more prominent in the 1996 movie than the book), James's new insect friends legally adopt him and prove to be very loving parental figures.
  • Journey to Chaos: It's zigzagged with Zettai. At first, she's not at all happy with Basilard adopting her and says he's just as bad as her real dad, but that's because he insists that she's not his "daughter" but his "legal ward". In Mana Mutation Menace, he makes attempts to be a good dad and she wavers between accepting him as such and distancing herself for fear of him trying to manipulate her. By the end of the book, she's looking forward to a father-daughter-bonding vacation with him.
  • Mowgli and his adoptive wolf family in The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. And in the end (by which time Mowgli is grown up, and his wolf parents are dead) he is reunited with Messua, a human woman who had briefly been his foster-mother, and decides to live with her and her baby son, especially as Messua's husband is now dead. So this makes Mowgli both a Child Substitute for Messua (who had originally fostered him because he reminded her of her first son, who was killed by a tiger) and a Parental Substitute for Messua's new baby.
  • James Tock, the protagonist of the Dean Koontz novel Life Expectancy, is quite Happily Adopted. Considering that he comes from a birth family of evil acrobats and insane clowns, this is probably for the best.
    • Also Regina in Hideaway. She spends the first ten years of her life in a Catholic orphanage before being adopted by the Harrisons, who are very loving parents.
  • In A Little Princess, Sara is adopted by her father's business partner in the end.
  • In The Little White Horse Maria is adopted by her distant cousin, the much older Sir Benjamin Merryweather, after the death of her father. (Her mother died when she was a baby.) Since her father was a soldier and almost always away, Maria doesn't miss him much. Her main parental figure is her governess, Miss Heliotrope, who moves to the cousin's estate with her. As a result, she is very happy with the new situation.
  • Matilda: Matilda is adopted by Ms. Honey and lives happily ever after.
  • Rani of the Mermaid Magic trilogy. Even when she does find her biological family, she decides to stay with her adoptive family.
  • Metro 2033: Downplayed. Artyom loves "Uncle" Sukhoi, who took him in after his mother died, very much, but he never refers to Sukhoi as "father" but always as "Uncle". Also, Artyom and Sukhoi generally get along well, but they do have some pretty epic rows. And, Metro being what it is, happiness in general is in short supply.
  • In Les Misérables, Cosette was perfectly happy to be raised by Jean Valjean (after escaping an admittedly less-than-ideal situation with the Thenardiers).
  • Jace, by the Lightwoods in The Mortal Instruments. Granted, Maryse and Robert are not the most emotionally engaged of parents, but they do care for him greatly. His adoptive siblings all love him dearly. Clary lampshades this when he is angsting about his lack of a last name and she points out that he's always been Jace Lightwood.
  • This is the final happy ending for several of the characters in the The Mysterious Benedict Society books:
    • Reynie is adopted by his former tutor Miss Perumal.
    • Constance ends up adopted by Mr. Benedict.
    • It's revealed at the end of the first book that Rhonda and Number Two were adopted by Mr. Benedict as children.
  • The Night Garden: Franny is Old Tom's and Sina's adopted daughter, having been left with them by someone who was to take her to someone else, but never came back to bring her to them. Regardless, Franny is quite happy living with them.
    • Zebediah was adopted by Crying Alice's family, and is quite happy living with them.
  • In the children's novel Nooks and Crannies, this is true for several of the child characters, though the main protagonist, Tabitha Crum, is most definitely not this. None of them, however, actually know that they're adopted until it's revealed to them within the events of the book. Tabitha Crum's adoptive parents are so horrible that they almost make the Dursleys look good. They treat Tabitha like absolute vermin and the only reason they adopted her in the first place was because they hoped that she'd grow up to be pretty so that they could marry her off to somebody rich and become a part of high society themselves. When they decide that Tabitha is never going to be pretty enough, they decide to send her to an orphanage. It also transpires that they're petty criminals. At the end of the novel, it is revealed that Tabitha is the granddaughter of a rather wealthy woman and ends up being happily adopted by her grandmother, along with her long-lost twin brother.
  • Electra of the Not Quite a Mermaid series by Linda Chapman. Also counts as Interspecies Adoption, as she was born human, but as a baby she was found in a boat by mermaids, and given magic sea powder so she could live underwater.
  • Older Than Radio: Oliver Twist was adopted by the good Mr. Brownlow. Something of a twist (no pun intended) on the trope, however, since Mr. Brownlow turns out to be an old friend of Oliver's family who would have been Oliver's uncle-by-marriage had fate, in the form of the unbelievably complicated backstory, not intervened. (The musical Oliver!, as part of streamlining the unbelievably complicated backstory, makes him Oliver's biological grandfather.)
  • In Renegades, Adrian was adopted by the superhero couple Captain Chromium and Dread Warden after his mother - another member of their Super Team - was kiled, and he has no reservations about calling them his dads.
  • In the The Saxon Stories Uthred and Brida end up being adopted by Ragnar the Fearless, who turns out to be quite the loving father.
  • The Secret Garden doesn't start out with a happy adoption, as miserable sour 10-year-old Mary is sent to her only living relative, her uncle, after the death of her parents. Her uncle has little interaction with Mary, outside of doing his duty to his dead wife's sister's memory and ensuring Mary is provided for. However, after everyone is healed by the events of the story, Mary, her cousin Colin, and her uncle all become closer as a family and this is the assumed conclusion for them.
  • In the Septimus Heap series, Jenna has a bit of a mild crisis when she learns that she's actually an adopted princess. In a sad state, she remarks to her adoptive brother Nickolas how nice it must be to have a mother and father. Her brother promptly tells her to stop being an idiot; she has a mother, father and brothers, and her being a princess won't ever change that.
    • Similarly, due to spending the first ten years of his life as a Child Soldier, Septimus himself is almost more of an adoptee than Jenna is, even though he's now living with his biological parents. Although he loves them, it's still somewhat strange for him.
  • Or as happy as can be: Elrond and Elros from The Silmarillion (and The Lord of the Rings) were fostered by guys who tried to kill their mother and their grandparents before that.
    "...and love grew after between them, as little might be thought." (The Silmarillion, J. R. R. Tolkien)
  • Hope in Sky Jumpers was adopted by the Toriella family. She is very happy to live with them.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Mandalorians take family very seriously, but bloodlines... not so much. Two of their proverbs translate to "It doesn't matter who your father is, but the father you will be" and "Family is more than blood."
    • Jedi Apprentice outlines that Jedi give up their birthrights and sever connections to their birth parents when they're picked to come to the Temple. The Temple becomes home, the Jedi become family, the invisible ties of loyalty to blood become the ties of duty to The Force. Really young children are taken if the visiting Jedi wants them and the parents agree; slightly older ones have to agree, too. Most are happy to be Jedi, and it's rare for children of Padawan age to spontaneously even think of their origins, though there are plenty of cases of Jedi who adorn themselves as their people do. That doesn't mean this trope isn't occasionally subverted. Individually, Jedi can't own property, be part of a government, marry, or pick sides without regarding the big picture. They're raised to accept all that, but sometimes one becomes discontent.
    • The films didn't have any real chance to show it, but the Expanded Universe makes it clear that both Skywalker twins were happy with their adopted families. The one time Anakin Skywalker appeared to Leia as a force ghost, she told him to his face that Bail Organa will always come first as her father.
  • In Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet, Lucy becomes John Ferrier's daughter in everything but blood after they become the last two survivors from a band of settlers crossing the desert.
  • In Super Powereds, Vince's parents died when he was little. He then ended up in the foster system, however, his Power Incontinence eventually resulted in him ending up on the street, eating from garbage cans. He was found by a homeless man, who decided to adopt the boy as his own (not legally, of course) and raised him to be self-reliant, strong, and kind-hearted. Even after Vince learns that his father is the notorious criminal Globe, he still doesn't love him any less. In the fourth book, he also finds out that, by virtue of his adoption by Globe, he's Alice's cousin (their fathers are brothers). For bonus points, not a single person questions the fact that Vince wasn't the man's biological or wasn't legally adopted. He was the man's son, plain and simple.
  • Several examples from the Tortall Universe by Tamora Pierce.
    • An adult variant occurs in Song of the Lioness when Myles of Olau formally adopts Alanna, having been a Parental Substitute during her page years. Her biological dad was rather neglectful of his children before he passed away.
    • In The Immortals, Skysong the dragon (nicknamed Kitten) is given to Daine after her true mother dies in battle. While some of the dragons are later quite displeased by the arrangement, Kitten herself couldn't be happier. Daine herself is practically adopted into Tortallan royalty — Alanna's children refer to her as their aunt in later books.
    • In the Trickster's Duet, the Balitang family. When Duke Mequen's first wife died, he eventually re-married to her best friend. He has four children, two from each wife, who love each other very dearly, despite significant differences in age and race.
  • Tracy Beaker, sort of. Life with Cam isn't perfect, but in The Dare Game, Cam is shown as a much better mother figure than Tracy's biological mother.
  • Sigurd in the Poetic Edda and Volsunga Saga was adopted by the dwarf Regin and has a fairly close bond with him.
  • Deconstructed in Sharon Creech's The Wanderer. Sophie is very happy with her adopted family... so happy, in fact that she begins to think of them as her only family and constantly ignores and suppresses any notions that she is adopted. Only in the end (and after suffering a huge storm just like the one which killed her parents does she come to terms with the fact that she is an adopted orphan, which is a huge Tear Jerker.
  • In Warrior Cats:
    • Mistyfoot and Stonefur were adopted by the RiverClan cat Graypool, who had just lost her own kits. They grew up believing that she actually was their mother.
    • Brindleface adopts Cloudkit when Cloudkit's mother gives him up to be raised as a Clan cat.
    • In Dawn of the Clans, Gray Wing raises Thunder as his own after Thunder's mother dies and his father abandons him. He also adopts Turtle Tail's three kits, and especially feels protective of them after her death.
    • Also in Dawn of the Clans, a rogue is killed by Clear Sky's cats, and afterward they realize she had two kits. The kits, Birch and Alder, are raised by Petal, one of Clear Sky's cats.
  • V.I. Warshawski's friend Dr. Charlotte "Lotty" Herschel was evacuated from Nazi Germany with her little brother to stay with an aunt in the UK. The aunt is a vicious, mean person and had only agreed to take Lotty, not the brother, whom she farms out to an employee. The employee's family give the brother a loving warm childhood, in sharp contrast to Lotty's upbringing with the aunt.
  • Rand al'Thor in The Wheel of Time series gets over his "is-he-or-isn't-he-my-father" angst regarding adoptive father Tam al'Thor relatively quickly, concluding that Tam is his father no matter what their blood relation is or isn't. He fully acknowledges Kari al'Thor as his mother, too.
    • In the most recent book, he even attributes the fact that he's able to successfully pass through his Heroic BSoD to good upbringing.
  • While the Disney version lives on his own, the Tigger in the original Winnie-the-Pooh books is this, living with Kanga and Roo, Roo treating him like a big brother and Kanga showing him the same care she does to her biological son. Can also count for Interspecies Adoption.
  • In Andre Norton's Witch World novel The Jargoon Pard, although Gillian and Herrel reclaim their son, they do not give up Aylinn, who was switched with him.
  • The picture book Zombie in Love 2+1 is about a doorstop baby being adopted by Mortimer and Mildred, the newlywed zombies. They are initially confused over how they're even supposed to raise a baby at all (let alone a human one), but come to adore him over time, and the baby loves them in return.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Played straight with Michelle in Bones, who is adopted by Camille after her father's death. Camille used to date her father, but his philandering ways have led to their break-up. During that time, Camille and Michelle had grown very close. Later on, we're shown some friction between them, but it's not that much different between any mother and her teenage daughter. For example, when Camille refuses to allow Michelle to spend Christmas away with her friends, Michelle is initially angry, but then hugs Camille for wanting to spend Christmas as a family. At the end of the series, Camille states that she and Arastoo will be adopting three more children.
  • Both subverted and played straight in EastEnders with Sharon Watts. While her adoptive parents were double-dealing womaniser "Dirty" Den Watts and alcoholic Angie, whose arguments caused Sharon a lot of emotional neglect, she was loved and spoiled by them as their 'princess'. Both attempts to find and connect with her biological parents ended badly, with her real mother wanting a friend but not a daughter, and her real father having sold her to Den as a toddler. Sharon comes to realise that, despite her resentment towards Den and Angie, they will always be her real parents.
    • Subverted with tragic consequences with both Donna Ludlow and Danielle Jones. Both were adopted by normal, happy couples but both daughters ended up feeling out of place and longing for their birth mother. Donna was rejected by her mother, Kathy, who revealed she was the result of a violent rape when she was fourteen. Donna ended up going off the rails, lying and conning everyone in the Square, before taking her own life from a heroine overdose. Danielle was also the result of a teenage pregnancy which her mother, Ronnie, wanted to keep but was manipulated by her abusive father Archie into giving up for adoption. Danielle is hit by a car only minutes after Ronnie discovers Danielle's true identity and she dies in her birth mother's arms.
  • Subverted with Kendall Hart on All My Children and Carly Roberts of General Hospital. Though they were adopted by otherwise good and loving people, their adoptive parents keep their adoptions from them until each girl inadvertently learns about it. Kendall and Carly feel displaced and like they don't belong in their adoptive families, resulting in their bitterness over their adoptions and their longing to meet their birth mothers, yearning for their approval and a place to belong. Hurt and embittered by their adoptions, both girls begin to resent their respective mothers over it and lash out. However, Kendall and Carly eventually develop close, loving relationships with their biological mothers, come to appreciate their loving adoptive parents and how they each have two mothers, and in Kendall's case, her adoptive father's role in her life.
  • The hero Ray in BIMA Satria Garuda. His parents were killed by the series villains, so he grew up in a foster family for whom he has still fond feelings as an adult.
  • In Charmed Paige was adopted by a loving family. So the Powers That Be had to move them out of the way in a more brutal fashion...
  • In Chinese Paladin 3, Mao Mao seems have loved his adopted parents, and he really cares about his adopted brother Jing Tian.
  • CSI NY has Jo Danville's daughter Ellie, who Jo adopted after her drug-addicted mother was sent to prison.
  • Dr. Amanda Bentley in Diagnosis: Murder came from a happy and well-off family. In later seasons, she revealed that she was a foster child (actress Victoria Rowell was also adopted). Later Dr. Bentley adopted Dion, rescuing him from an abusive foster family.
  • Diff'rent Strokes is easily the modern Trope Codifier. Two street-smart black brothers, Arnold and Willis are adopted by a white family, the Drummonds. It spawned a notable copycat, Webster, with a similar premise.
  • Early in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Dr. Mike adopts the children of a woman, who has died. There is some initial friction, but they eventually accept her as their mother. After she marries Sully, it also takes them a little time to accept him as their new father. The first time Sully has to put his foot down, he struggles for a bit, but then resolves to do it. When the kid asks who he is to tell him what he can and can't do, Sully tells him "I'm your pa!" The boy walks away angrily, before running back and hugging Sully.
  • Back in the early '90s this storyline was done by the short-lived soap opera Eldorado as part of its attempt to stave off cancellation. It is one of the few acknowledged touching moments.
  • In The Flash (2014), Barry is taken in by Joe West after his mother was murdered and his father was wrongfully imprisoned. Joe raises him alongside his own daughter and despite the occasional challenges they face, they are a very tight-knit, loving family.
    Joe West: Barry, I know. I know I'm not your father.
    Barry Allen: You're right, you're not. You're just the man who kept me fed and in clothes, who sat beside my bed at night until I fell asleep because I was afraid of the dark, helped me with my homework. You taught me how to drive, and shave... and you dropped me off at college. Sounds a lot like a dad to me.
  • Friends: Discussed and implied with Jack and Erica, the infant twins Monica and Chandler adopt in the final episode.
    Chandler: I want to find a baby that needs a home and I want to raise it with you. And I wanna mess it up in our own specific way.
    • It's pretty heartwarming when you consider both of have pretty major issues with their own biological parents, suffering Parental Favoritism and Parental Neglect respectively. The fact that they want to prevent a child from experiencing that is very sweet and definitely implies a happy ending.
  • Fringe: Because of events at the end of Season Three, some characters get new backstories at the start of Season Four. In the new continuity, Nina Sharpe is Olivia Dunham's adoptive mother — she took Olivia in after Olivia's parents died when she was twelve. Nina has a picture of Olivia on her desk at work, so things clearly turned out well.
  • Colbert from Generation Kill was put up for adoption by his birth parents, and taken in by a Jewish couple. When one squad mate jokes about his birth parents already disowning him, he reminds that to him, his adopted parents' love was much more significant than what biological bond the squadmate had.
  • Gossip Girl's Chuck Bass, who was adopted by Lily van der Woodsen when he was seventeen. Lily actually seems to be a much better parent to him than to her two biological children.
  • Claire Bennett in Heroes is definitely this. She is very close with her adoptive family and remains so throughout the series. Though she is curious about her biological parents and ends up developing loving relationships with them, Claire's tight bonds with her adoptive family never diminish. She occasionally has some troubles with her adoptive father, but that has nothing to do with the fact she's adopted and everything to do with the fact she is a danger magnet and he is... overprotective.
    Claire: (after being told she needs to join her birth family at the end of Season 1) I already have a family.
  • One House episode featured an adopted son as the patient — it may have been medically relevant, but otherwise it was no big deal.
    • Kutner was adopted, and was seemingly happy to be so. It was firmly established that his adopted family was not a factor in his suicide.
    • Though they got off to a rocky start, by the end of Season 5, this is clearly the case with Cuddy and her adopted daughter Rachel.
  • While Cassie on The In Between mourns the loss of her mother at age 13, she has a deep love and loyalty to her mom's best friend Brian and his husband Tom, who raised her afterward.
  • In Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, Ondine was this to Thunderdell until he was killed by Wilhemina.
  • In one episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the team uncovers in the course of an investigation a boy who was raised by adoptive parents after his mother was murdered and he was kidnapped (the adoptive parents had no idea about any of this). In the process of solving the murder of the boy's mother, the detectives find both his biological father and his maternal grandparents. A three-way custody battle follows and the father wins, much to the unhappiness of the boy; however, the ending implies that the father will do his best to ensure that all parties are a part of his son's life.
    • In the Season 15 finale, Olivia becomes the foster parent to a baby boy she had found working an earlier case. She formally adopts him a year later.
  • Hardison from Leverage referred occasionally to his Nana, and the team always assumed he was raised by his grandparents, until the sixth episode, when he reveals that she was actually his foster mother. Besides providing An Aesop and contrasting Parker's experiences in the foster care system, she's treated within the character's backstory as if she was his biological grandmother.
  • One episode of Lie to Me has a teenage boy "hire" Dr. Lightman to find out the truth behind his family. When he meets his real wheelchair-bound parent and discovers they have nothing in common, he wishes he'd left well enough alone. Eventually, they get a custody-sharing agreement.
  • Major Crimes: Rusty's guardian and later adoptive mother, Sharon Raydor, treated him far better than his biological parents and accepts and loves him no matter what. The last thing he wants to do is to cause trouble for Sharon and disappoint her.
  • Abby Sciuto is one of the few cast members in NCIS to have a happy childhood; her parents were both deaf, but loved her dearly. In the Season 9 episode "Enemy on the Hill", she was surprised to learn that she had a biological brother she never met...
    "This whole brother/sister thing, it didn't make any sense to me. I mean, Kyle and me, our DNA is a total match. So we have to have the same biological parents. So then I was like... what? Did they give him up for adoption. I can't imagine the wonderful loving parents that raised me and Luca ever giving up a child. But they would have adopted a child. And they did... me. I'm adopted, Gibbs."
  • Ryan Atwood on The O.C. goes from the Orphan's Ordeal to this trope.
  • This is the entire premise of the TNBC show One World, where two parents adopt five children of different ethnicities.
  • Played with in the case of Regina and Henry in Once Upon a Time. At first glance, Regina might appear as a stern but loving mother for her lonely son who has "delusions" about fairy tales. However, as the series progresses, while Regina does love Henry, there is emotional abuse on her part, such putting Henry in therapy to safeguard the curse she had cast, neglecting him at times, and threatening Henry's therapist.
    • At the same time, Henry clearly loves Regina. He wants to see her turn away from being the Evil Queen and be a good person. As the series goes on, Regina legitimately shows she actually wants nothing but the best for Henry and is willing to let him go if he doesn't want to be with her. Henry comes to recognize he as two mothers with his adoptive mother Regina and his birth mother Emma
  • This has shown up a few times in Power Rangers. Twice, you get the sense that adoption is a hand wave to do family subplots while still filling Five-Token Band requirements (Ninja Storm has brothers Blake (Asian) and Hunter (white), while Dino Thunder has Trent (Filipino) and his dad Dr. Mercer (white)). Mystic Force, meanwhile, explains Nick as adopted to set up the biological parents as Chekhov M.I.A. for a Luke, I Am Your Father plot; he doesn't talk about his adoptive parents much, but never shows any problem with them and at the end of the season goes to introduce both sets of parents to each other.
  • Punky Brewster: Punky is a foster child of the kindly Henry; while she occasionally gets the urge to try and find her biological mother, it's clear the two of them are pretty happy together. Likewise, Punky's best friend, Cherie, who is being raised by her grandmother after the death of her parents.
  • In Queer as Folk, Michael and Ben are Hunter's foster parents, but in the last season they offer to adopt him, and he's very happy to accept.
  • In Romeo!, a Black family adopted a White boy named Louis.
  • Sanctuary's Henry Foss was found on the moors as a child by Helen Magnus, who then raised him. Only once in the entire series does the subject of his birth parents come up, when it's offered to do a DNA check to see where they were from. There are no negative connotations, and Henry says the Sanctuary is where he belongs.
  • Luke Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures. Really, the heart and soul of the show is the bond between Luke and Sarah Jane, and how it changed both of them for the better. Sarah Jane has called him "the most important thing in the universe" and Luke's worst nightmare is that Sarah Jane regrets adopting him and doesn't really want him. Honestly, they are the show's love story.
    • Sky as well. She seems to consider Sarah Jane her mother, despite calling her by her first name. Luke, after some initial reservation, is happy to accept Sky as his sister.
  • Ricky from The Secret Life of the American Teenager is not "officially" adopted by his foster parents. But to him, they're his mom and dad. They also refer to themselves as "Ricky's mom" and "Ricky's dad".
    • Also Tom Bowman, who is "officially" adopted.
  • Plot point in Single Father when someone points out to Dave that, since he never married Rita OR officially adopted Lucy, he could lose custody of her, especially once she finds her biological father.
  • An episode of Smart Guy involved Mo finding out he was adopted at birth. He, TJ, and Marcus manage to track down his biological mother, but she doesn't seem to care for Mo because having a child was inconvenient then and now. In the end Mo realizes that, by raising him with love, his adoptive parents are his true parents.
  • Cassandra, the adorable (human) alien child from Stargate SG-1, is adopted at the end of her first appearance by The Medic, Janet Frasier. Although Cassie only appears three times after this, she's mentioned quite frequently, and seems to have relatively little trouble being adopted on an alien planet. She remains a part of the backstory even after her mother's death, as the team seems to have become her adopted family, too, particularly Sam.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: While the circumstances behind Worf being adopted by the human couple Sergey and Helena Rozhenko were far from happy (they found him as the sole survivor of his colony after a Romulan attack), he considers them as much his family as his Klingon ancestors.
  • Too Close for Comfort: Muriel has a good relationship with her adopted parents, though she hates her mom's constant criticism of Henry.
  • Trail of Lies: Though Paulinha doesn't know she is adopted at first, because her father Bruno had her registered as his biological daughter after found her in a trash bin, she's clearly very happy with her family.
  • In The Walking Dead, Carl and Judith Grimes are adopted in everything but name by Michonne. After several seasons and finally making peace with the death of Lori, Carl tells Michonne in that she's become his second mother. He also admits that he loves her and would never allow her to remain a walker. In Season 6, he tells Rick that he's wholly on board with their new relationship, though he was a bit surprised to learn of it by seeing them half-dressed when emerging from their bedroom.
    • In a season 7 episode, Rick admits that Judith is not his daughter, but that of his late wife and best friend. He states that he loves her as if she were his own, though.
  • Lost in Space (2018): In this version, Judy Robinson is Maureen's daughter from her first marriage. John Robinson adopted her when he married Maureen. Despite this it's made clear right from the beginning that they love each other a great deal, with John claiming that Judy is just like him even though they're not biologically related. A flashback in the second season shows Judy giving a presentation at school about her hero in which she gives equal praise to both of her fathers.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • 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 called Orson "Mom."

  • "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.

  • The Bible: In the Book of Esther, Esther's elder cousin Mordecai adopts her as his daughter after her parents have died.

  • 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, ohmygod. Did you ever look for your real parents? Did ya ever do that?' Uh, no; I pretty much took the hint, actually."

    Video Games 
  • Another Code: Ashley spent the bulk of her life growing up with her aunt Jessica. She even tells D that she sees Jessica as something of her mother. Even when her dad comes back into her life, Jessica is still the primary caregiver since it's clear Richard is very lacking in both parental instincts and ability.
  • In Baldur's Gate, the main character and Imoen his half-sister were both adopted by the Harper Gorion. Unless you're roleplaying an Evil character, it's implied that life with Gorion was relatively peaceful and happy. Until the plot happened anyway.
  • In Castlevania 64, Carrie mentions that she was raised by a loving and caring step-mother who ultimately sacrificed herself to save her, to contrast the villainous Actrise who just casually claimed she slew her own biological child as the first of 100 child sacrifices to resurrect Dracula.
  • Adell from Disgaea 2 has known he was adopted pretty much his entire life, but considers his slightly loopy adoptive family to be real enough that he never even brings up that he was adopted until Rozalin drags the answer out of him. For his birth parents, on the other hand, he doesn't have much respect — as indicated by the fact that he refers to them with quotation marks.
    Adell: ...Oh, that. That is the truth. I'm not related to Mom and Dad by blood. Or to Taro and Hanako, either. ...I was abandoned by my "real" parents when I was still young.
    Rozalin: So, you have been risking your life all this time for people who aren't even your family! And, now you expect me to believe you?
    Adell: Blood isn't the bond that makes a group of people a family. It's the heart.
    • To twist the knife, it's heavily hinted that Adell's real parents are the two specters that are forced to be the right- and left-hand demons of Overlord Zenon. They didn't abandon him; they were brainwashed into forgetting him, but even then their parental love occasionally shines through in his presence. He kills them, completely unaware of any of this.
    • He is, in fact, so happy with the status quo that he either doesn't notice or just chooses not to notice that he's a demon, not a human.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, Leliana's mother died when she was a small child. She was then raised by Lady Cecile, the Orlesian noblewoman for whom her mother had worked, and Leliana remembers her with great fondness.
    • The dwarven merchant Bodahn Feddic found Sandal in the Deep Roads and informally adopted him. Dragon Age II brings their relationship into greater focus; Bodahn clearly thinks of Sandal as his son, and the two are deeply attached.
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Valentina, one of the first characters you meet in the game, reveals that she's known that she was taken in by Kalderasha after her biological parents died for a long time, and isn't bothered by the fact that he's not her blood relative.
  • In the Hearthfire DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the player can adopt up to two orphans provided he or she has a house fit for them. Most of them are happy to be adopted, though some of the orphans dislike Heljarchen Hall because it's so cold, and all of them hate Windstad Manor because they think the nearby swamp is haunted. And they're right.
  • Fatal Fury: After Geese Howard dies during his final fight with Terry Bogard in the events of Real Bout: Fatal Fury, Terry takes Geese's son, Rock, under his wing. By the events of Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Rock has grown into a well-adjusted young man who respects Terry and looks up to him like an older brother. Terry, himself, was adopted along with his brother Andy by Jeff Bogard, and they lived happily until Geese murdered Jeff.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Cecil of Final Fantasy IV was Happily Adopted by the King of Baron. He chose to become a Dark Knight in emulation of the King's soldiering days, and holds a deep respect for the man who raised him. Even when the king begins warmongering and demands Cecil attack a peaceful civilian settlement to obtain the water crystal, Cecil berates his men for having doubts, and is only willing to question the king about his orders in private. It eventually turns out that Baron's true king was killed by the Fiend Cagnazzo before the beginning of the game, who has been impersonating him, explaining the uncharacteristic behavior. The party can later obtain the King's aid as the summon Odin, and his comments at the time speak much more to his noble character.
    • In the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, Cloud and Tifa adopt Denzel. They are also the primary caregivers of Marlene, Barret's adopted daughter.
    • Final Fantasy IX has Princess Garnet, who loved her adoptive mother even after she was corrupted into stealing her daughter's Summon Magic by an evil manthong wearing Pretty Boy.
      Garnet: No I can't let anything happen to my mother! I've got to save her!
      Zidane: Uhh, Dagger? She extracted eidolons from you and started a war!
      Garnet: I still don't want her to die!
      Zidane: But she didn't care one bit whether you lived or died! You don't have to call her 'mother' anymore!
      Garnet: She's my only mother! I don't care if you don't understand!
      • Also Eiko Carol gets adopted by Cid and Hilda at the end of the game, and is clearly excited about having a real family, even calling her new parents "Mother" and "Father" rather deliberately.
    • Final Fantasy XIV has Pipin Tarupin, a dunesfolk lalafell and adopted son of highlander hyur and Immortal Flame general Raubahn Aldynn. Pipin had been sold into slavery by his father and was forced to work at the Bloodsands tending to the gladiators, where he met Raubahn. After Raubahn made his fortune, he bought Pipin's freedom and the contract for his ownership, taking the young future vice-marshall under his wing.
    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time has the main character, who was raised by his whole village.
  • In Fire Emblem Fates, Corrin was not born to the Nohr royal family, but is loved by all of them just the same. The Conquest path has Corrin side with Nohr, likely for this reason. It is later revealed that he is not of Hoshido, either: he was adopted into the family when his mother married King Sumeragi.
  • Golden Sun has Ivan, happily raised by a non-Adept merchant and his wife in Kalay, whom he doesn't even bother calling his parents... But don't think they're not important to him. Ever.
    • Late in the first game, we meet Sheba and her adoptive family in Lalivero, all of whom worry about her kidnapping. She loves them, too, but she's too caught up in the adventure to go home until the very end of The Lost Age.
    • Dark Dawn continues the tradition via Amiti, who is raised by his uncle and less angsty about learning the truth of his not-so-immaculate conception and unconventional upbringing, and more about being lied to about it his whole life (presumably to protect his late mother's dignity).
  • Ling Ling Johnson in Guilty Party was adopted at a scant few days old, and has cheerfully acquired all of her family's trademark detective lunacy with nary another thought. Bonus points for being the Chinese adopted daughter of a seemingly Scary Black Man (Gentle Giant, actually) and a much tinier, much older white woman, making them a very diverse big happy family.
  • Legend of Dragoon has Miranda of Mille Seseau. Her real mother abandoned her, her father was a drunk and died soon after. She was soon adopted by the childless Queen Theresa, and became the head of the army. Miranda loves her mother greatly, and remarks to teammate Meru that the day Theresa adopted her was the happiest day of her life.
  • In The Legend of Spyro, Spyro was raised by dragonflies. When he finds out that he's not actually a dragonfly, he asks his mother the question in the page quote... and receives the above answer, reassuring him that they love him all the same.
  • Link in Ocarina of Time was happily adopted by the forest guardian, the Great Deku Tree (especially in the manga version). He was raised along with the Kokiri children and didn't discover his true origin until he got trapped in the Sacred Realm for seven years, emerging as an adult (Kokiris never grow up).
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: Sunny is perfectly happy with Snake and Otacon, living in their plane-apartment and making breakfast.
  • In Metroid, Samus Aran loved her Chozo family deeply, and they cared for her deeply in kind. In the Metroid manga, she even goes on to accept a specific Chozo (Gray Voice) as her "real father."
    • Interestingly, as she is given Chozo gene grafts so she can survive on their homeworld, strictly speaking she is biologically related to them.
    • One game depicts a drawing she made as a child, showing young Samus waving happily alongside her Chozo family.
  • In Octopath Traveler, Ophilia is taken in by a priest in the Order of the Sacred Flame named Josef due to Ophilia's parents dying in a war. Josef, Ophilia, and Josef's biological daughter Lianna are nonetheless a very close family, due to Josef being a Good Shepherd and Lianna being a Cool Big Sis. Josef also makes it a point to remind Ophilia of how proud he is to have her as a daughter. As a result, Ophilia is completely devoted to them, even taking Lianna's place in the Rite of the Sacred Flame so Lianna can watch their father when he falls ill.
  • Naoto Shirogane in Persona 4 was raised by her grandfather for a large portion of her life due to her parents dying in a car crash. She still lived happily and comfortably with him, though, as a sharp contrast to the previous game's batch of parental issues.
  • In official side material and a few CD Dramas, it is mentioned that Akihiko Sanada in Persona 3 was eventually adopted by a wealthy family some time after his sister died in a house fire. How happy he is, though, is debatable, as one CD drama mentions that he doesn't really speak to his mother that much, and in the PSP version of the game, he still mentions not having parents in his Social Link.
  • In Persona 5, your eventual Mission Control, Futaba Sakura, is a variation on this. After her mother died saving her from incoming traffic, a family friend, Sojiro Sakura (who is also the protagonist's caretaker during his year-long probation), adopted her. However, the death traumatized Futaba to the point that she became a shut-in, and all of Sojiro's attempts to help her fell flat. It isn't until the Phantom Thieves steal her heart that she's able to recover, and after that, this gets played straight.
  • Pokémon:
    • Togepi is typically acquired as a gift from an NPC or by trading (i.e., adoption), and has a base happiness rating of 70, giving it a massive head start on most other Pokemon that need happiness to evolve.
    • In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, you receive N's Zorua from the reformed Plasma agents. If you treat it well and challenge N himself with it post-game, he's pleased to see it happy in your care.
    • In a human examples, in Pokémon X and Y post-game, there's Emma, a teenaged street urchin who is taken in by Looker. It isn't clear whether he legally adopts her or not, but he gives her a home, and provides her with education and living expenses, and even leaves his entire "detective agency" to her at the end of the sidequest. Emma's comments in private suggest that she sees him as a father figure, and she's greatly saddened when he leaves Kalos.
  • Heartwarming Orphan Flora Reinhold is happily adopted by Professor Layton after the events of the first game.
    • In The Azran Legacy, we learn that Layton himself was adopted as well. By the end of the game, he doesn't have much animosity for his biological father, Leon Bronev, but still plainly states that he could never see him as his father, and that his adopted parents are his true family. He also doesn't use his birth name, Theodore Bronev, since he was raised as Hershel Layton and that's how he sees himself.
  • Pia from Rune Factory 3 is a mermaid who was taken in by a human mother and her biological daughter after she decided to stop living with fish. She's also probably the happiest character in the game.
  • Rune Factory 4 loves this trope; adoptive families outnumber biological ones by the end of the plot. Before the start of the game, Doug has moved in with Blossom and helps the old woman out just like any adult son would, Volkanon has charge over Vishnal and Clorica (technically they're his trainees, but he treats them like family, and they get along like brother and sister), and Arthur joins Porcoline the day after your story begins. As the plot progresses, Illuminata adopts Amber as a part-little-sister, part-daughter arrangement, Porcoline gets a second adoptive son in Dylas, Happily Married Sickeningly Sweethearts Jones and Nancy adopt Dolce and her ghost-"sister" Pico, and the mother-daughter pair of Lin Fa and Xiao Pai adopt Leon as their son/brother. Porcoline has also been looking after Margaret like a father for some time now, though she has her own house and doesn't live with him, and Bado cares for his young neighbors Forte and Kiel. You could even say that the entire town adopts the main character in a way, with the way they offer to help you out with your amnesia.
  • The title character of Shantae. The residents of Scuttle Town aren't quite sure what to think of a half-genie, but it's generally agreed that her "uncle" Mimic did a good job of raising her — and it's obvious that the two are devoted to each other.
  • Silent Hill 3's Heather Mason is certainly this, and her unconditional love for her adoptive father, Harry Mason, is what causes her to go to Silent Hill in the first place, seeking revenge for his murder.
    • By the end of the game, it's discovered that Heather is, in fact, the reincarnation of both Cheryl Mason and Alessa Gillespie - and since Cheryl was also Happily Adopted by Harry, she represents this trope two times over!
  • The good ending of Bioshock 1 has this trope all over it. If the player chooses to save the Little Sisters by reversing the physical and mental conditioning done to them, Jack will take them back to the surface world and raise them as his daughters. They are shown growing up to be educated, get married, have their own children and, most of all, cherish Jack as their father until his passing.
  • Possible in all three main installments of The Sims, and some of the spin-offs. Pre-made examples include Mary-Sue Pleasant, Tara DeBateau, and the Newson children.
  • Solatorobo has Red and Chocolat, a brother-sister duo who adopted each other when they were kids at an orphanage. They refer to each other as "my brother/sister" without ever mentioning the fact that they're Not Blood Siblings, and considering Chocolat is still only thirteen, Red may actually have legal custody of her, despite the fact that she deals with day-to-day issues like money much better than he does.
  • Sieg from Suikoden Tierkreis was found by Elder Rajim when he was newborn in the place where the castle is now located. He never learns the truth about his real parents, but he is completely happy with the family that raised him.
  • Tales of Symphonia has Lloyd Irving, who was adopted by a dwarf named Dirk at the age of three. Even when he discovers his birth-father, he continues to refer to Dirk as his 'dad'.
    • At one point, he brags about having two dads.
  • In Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 the Player Character was adopted by a family of Craftknights, who offer encouragement throughout the game.
  • Tales of the Abyss has Natalia, who isn't blood related to the king and turns into this when the truth comes out: Both sides basically keep treating each other like they did before, even knowing they're not directly related.
    • Luke himself is also sort of an example. His parents are still, biologically, his parents, and he's technically been living with them longer than Asch, but he's still the clone of the 'real' Luke.
  • In Threads of Fate, Klaus' family welcomes Prima Doll with open arms. During the epilogue, Mint or Rue sees him with Elena, who's overjoyed that she now has a little brother.
  • Undertale has this in one of the outcomes of the pacifist ending where Frisk decides to stay with Toriel. We even get a cute little scene of Frisk sleeping in their new home with Toriel leaving a pie for them in their room, much the same way she did in the beginning of the game.
    • Debatable when it comes to the first fallen child who was also adopted by Toriel and her husband. The story of them living with their monster family paints most of it happily, but the videos in the true lab and Asriel at the very end of the game suggests that not all was well with them.
  • Shadowrun Returns: Hong Kong: Downplayed with regards to Duncan's relationship with Raymond. In the present Duncan refers to Raymond as his father, and is very grateful to him for all he's s done, but the teenage Duncan deeply resented Raymond's rather heavy-handed approach to parenting. The things that come to light about Raymond's past can drive an even deeper wedge between them, though they can reconcile on that account too
  • Octopath Traveler has Ophilia. After her family was killed in a Great Offscreen War, she was taken in by Archbishop Josef and raised alongside his biological daughter Lianna. In the present, Ophilia has followed her adopted father as a Cleric in the Order of the Sacred Flame and considers Lianna to be both her beloved sister and her best friend. The reason she sets off into the world to kindle the Sacred Flame at the start of her plot arc is because she realizes that Lianna, who was originally the one chosen for that task, simply can't stand the possibility of never seeing the increasingly ailing Josef again.
  • Soul Series has Bangoo, adopted son of Rock Adams.
  • A few characters in the Kiseki Series are adopted by their parents and end up being happier than when they were alone though issues do happen from time to time. Examples include Joshua, Schera, Renne, Rean, Fie, Sara, and Ash.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

    Western Animation 
  • In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic meets Tails when the fox is just a baby, orphaned and looking for a family. Sonic then adopts Tails as a brother and becomes his caretaker.
    • One episode, "Tails' New Home," focuses on Sonic trying to give Tails a stable life and a new family in concern for his safety. Tails, however, is perfectly happy living with the blue blur.
      Sonic: Sorry for all of the trouble, squirt. I was just trying to find you a real family.
      Tails: I got a real family. I got the best!
      Sonic: Yeah? Where?
      Tails: A family is just people who care about each other more than anyone else, right?
      Sonic: Right.
      Tails: You're it! You're my mom, you're my dad, and you're my picket fence!
  • Finn, one of the main protagonists of Adventure Time, is a human boy who was adopted by a family of talking dogs as a baby. Although they've since died, he lives with his adopted brother and they seem very close. While Finn has some angst (as much as he can) related to this, it's mostly because his background is such a mystery to him, which he eventually finds out.
  • The title characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks live happily with Dave Seville, their adoptive father-turned-manager, even after they reunite with their biological mother.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball has an...interesting version of this. Darwin used to be the family pet goldfish, but then he grew legs and lungs, so he became a normal member of the family and he is treated exactly the same as Gumball and Anais by their parents (though one episode claims that he's still technically considered a pet by some parts of the government). Darwin doesn't generally have any angst about this (In "The Roots", the Watterson thinks that he misses his original habitat, but it turns out just to be him trying to guilt trip them into buying him a bigger tank) but it's repeatedly shown that being treated as a pet and not a family member is something of a sore spot.
  • Francine from American Dad! was adopted by a Chinese couple called the Lings and loved them enough that she didn't care who her birth parents were. In one episode Stan gets fed up with them and tries to find Francine's biological parents, as well as driving a wedge between her and the Lings by finding their will and revealing that they left everything to their daughter Gwen. However, it turns out that Francine's parents are rich assholes who abandoned her at an airport because they weren't allowed to take babies into first class. When Stan's house catches fire, they leave him to his fate while Mr. Ling risks his life to save him. He explains to Stan that they left everything to Gwen because "She's an idiot! She needs all the help she can get!", but Francine will be fine on her own because she's smart and can take care of herself... and she has a good husband. After this episode, the Lings are treated as Francine's true parents, and her birth parents disappear, although Nicholas reappeared in "Family Plan" Cassandra committed suicide prior to the episode.
  • As of the end of Avatar: The Last Airbender, you could say that Zuko has become this, after much angsting and finally deciding that he's going to consider Iroh his real father. Iroh had already started thinking of Zuko as a son since his own son's death.
  • Savy SL2 from the Buzz Light Year Of Star Command episode "The Slayer" was adopted by robots, and judging by how determined she is to make NOS-4-A2 pay for draining them and the way she reacts when they are reactivated, she couldn't be happier with them.
  • Carmen Sandiego was this (emphasis on the past tense) in her 2019 incarnation. True, her five adoptive parents turned out to be a cartel of evil criminal masterminds, but they gave her an idyllic childhood nevertheless.
  • In CatDog's big movie about finding their long lost parents, they find out in the end that the parents that raised them as kids had adopted them. And were also a talking frog and a sasquatch. They never find out who their biological parents are, but are content to reunite with the ones that cared for them.
  • Frisky the fox from Chucklewood Critters.
  • Perhaps it's related to how she met him, but Gosalyn never had any issues with seeing Darkwing Duck as her real father. (Well, except for remembering not to call him "Dad" when he's in costume, but that's a skill any child of a costumed crimefighter needs to learn anyway.) Her biological parents died long before Darkwing came into the picture; the pilot of the series indicates that until his death, she was raised by her very loving grandfather.
  • In Defenders of the Earth, Mandrake has been raising Kshin (a pre-teen orphan) for a number of years prior to the start of the series. The two clearly share a very close bond, which is first seen in the final scene of "A Demon in His Pocket". A later episode, "The Adoption of Kshin", ends with Mandrake officially adopting his young protégé, who breaks down in tears - of happiness.
  • The PBS Kids series Dinosaur Train has Buddy, who managed to get into a Pteranodon nest as an egg, and he and his family initially don't know what kind of dinosaur he is. He's accepted immediately as part of the family in spite of this, and even when, in one episode, they learn that he is a T-rex and the other ones they met wonder if he wants to stay in their area, he says he'd much rather be with the parents and siblings that love him. Even the intro song establishes this, with Buddy's confusion at clearly not looking like his siblings, and Mrs. Pteranodon assuring him that she's his mom and that deep down he's still like the rest of his family.
  • In Dofus: The Treasures of Kerubim, Joris (AKA Jojo) loves his adoptive father completely. In fact, practically the entire show revolves around Kerub telling him stories of his youth, which Jojo finds absolutely enthralling.
    • In its sister series Wakfu Yugo is left in care of Alibert when he was a baby and happily raises him until the day Yugo has to leave to find the truth about his people. Before they depart, Yugo tells him that even when he finds his parents, Alibert will always be his real father.
    • There's also Ogrest, the small green creature who was created and adopted by the alchemist Otomai.
  • Bamm Bamm the Doorstop Baby from The Flintstones. This was around the time when adoption was starting to be accepted and not taboo, so it was very groundbreaking (and heartwarming) at the time.
  • In the two-part G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero episode "Captives of Cobra", Shipwreck finds out that his nephew is upset about learning he was adopted. Shipwreck manages to help him get over it by informing him that he was also adopted and gives a touching speech about how being adopted by loving and caring parents isn't all that different from being raised by your biological parents.
  • While Godzilla Jr. filial imprints on Nick in Godzilla: The Series, Junior has been extremely loyal to his human "father", even when confronted by his biological parent in the three-part "Monster Wars".
  • Trina and Corey Riffin of Grojband are stated to be this by Word of God, being raised by a single father without any mother. However, this is never indicated in the show in any way since none of the character's parents ever appear.
  • Creepella "Creepie" Creecher, the main protagonist of Growing Up Creepie, is this, despite being raised by a family of sentient bugs in a decrepit, abandoned mansion. She and her bug family love each other as much as any other and she turned out surprisingly well adjusted under their care.
  • Technobear on Harvey Beaks is a bear cub whose adopted parents are turtles. He and his parents both love each other very much, even after Technobear learned he was adopted.
  • One member of the Squirrel Club in Hey Duggee is a crocodile who is as loved by his adoptive elephant family as his friends are by their biological ones. His name, fittingly, is Happy.
  • Jem:
    • Kimber's and Jerrica's parents took in two foster children. At first Jerrica didn't like them but eventually they became friends. By the time of the show, Aja and Shana are considered family to the Benton sisters.
    • For all intents and purposes the girls at Starlight House, a foster home, are like adopted daughters to the main characters.
    • The Bentons' now-deceased mother Jacqui was a foster child and that was a large part of the reason she wanted to foster kids.
  • The title character of Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers.
  • Masters of the Universe
    • In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), Teela is Man-At-Arms's adopted daughter and well aware of the fact, though for the most part she doesn't care that she isn't biologically his; she doesn't even think about it much. In the episode Teela's Quest she goes in search for her real parents, leading to the revelation that the Sorceress is her mother. While Teela for unexplained reasons isn't allowed to remember her discovery, at the end of the episode she concludes that the man who has raised her from a tiny girl, been there for her all her life, and taught her everything she knows is her father, biological relation or not.
    • In the 2002 reboot, it was hinted that Man-At-Arms actually is her biological father, but doesn't know it. However, it was also hinted that Man-At-Arms's brother Fisto might be Teela's real father. The show was cancelled before the viewers could find out which one of these were the truth. Word of God says it's Fisto.
    • And in the proposed series He-Ro, Son of He-Man, (the bible can be found here), the new protagonist, Dare, would have been the adopted son of Adam and Teela, now king and queen of Eternia. It would have eventually been revealed that he was, in fact, the biological son of Adam's sister Adora and her husband Sea-Hawk, making him Adam's nephew.
  • Fulgor/Flynn in Insektors was found by The Great Pyro/Godfrey when he was a baby, and couldn't be happier living with his new family.
  • In Katie and Orbie, Orbie was unofficially adopted by Katie's family after landing on Earth, and he couldn't be happier.
  • Li'ella the lioness in Legends of Chima. Her relationship with Tormak the tiger is pretty positive, although she does find his over-protectiveness annoying.
  • By the end of Liberty's Kids, Henri has been adopted by the Marquis de Lafayette, and he couldn't be happier about it.
  • Dragon, Bounce and Shimmer in Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends and Grace the ladybug later on. Oh, and Miss Spider herself.
  • Block from Moral Orel, though it's an odd form of adoption. After getting Shapey and Block mixed up, Bloberta goes to exchange them with her former neighbors. Said former neighbor gives Shapey back, but doesn't take Block back. He becomes a regular member of the family from then on, and becomes best buds with Shapey.
    • It's also odd in that Mr. and Mrs. Puppington are actually pretty terrible parents - but Block does get along with Shapey and Orel treats him with the same brotherly love as he does his own.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has baby dragon Spike, who is all but explicitly the adoptive child of main character Twilight Sparkle, something neither of them have any problems with. It probably helps on his end that she hatched his egg.
    • If you count the Expanded Universe, then Princess Cadance was also adopted by Princess Celestia. Before this, she was an orphaned pegasus who was found and raised in an earth pony village.
    • In My Little Pony Tales, Patch is happily adopted and is not happy about the idea that she might be a princess and have to leave her family in "Princess Problems."
  • Megan is adopted by Jack, the team owner in NASCAR Racers. She's sad about her past, but Jack treats her very well.
  • Phineas and Ferb has a variant, where the two title characters (plus their sister Candace) live in a happily blended family where the kids are basically adopted by their stepparents. Word of God hand waves any question about Phineas and Candace's missing biological father or Ferb's missing biological mother as unimportant. All three kids refer to the parents as "Mom and Dad," and as much as they drive her crazy, Candace is fiercely protective of "my little brothers."
    • One of the few times this is explicitly mentioned is in the song "Takin' Care of Things":
    'That's right, we're bros, we're brothers, different father and mother
    But don't you diss, slam or slide us, we look after one another
  • Cookie, one of the main characters and Bruiser with a Soft Center in Pound Puppies (2010), grows attached to and becomes a mother to a puppy named Cupcake. Cupcake adores Cookie, and lovingly calls her "Cookie Mommy".
    Cupcake: Where are we going, Cookie Mommy? To the park, to the beach?
    Cookie: No, sugar, we're going to see some nice dogs who will find you your perfect person.
    Cupcake: But I don't want a "perfect person". I just want you, Cookie Mommy.
    • It later becomes a Pet the Dog moment when Cupcake gets adopted by the same family that Cookie has.
  • This is at the heart of the Disney series The Replacements, which is about a brother and sister living in an orphanage. They find a comic book with an ad in the back that will allow them to "replace" any adult with one sent by the company, and order themselves a new set of parents. Thus, they end up adopted by a gorgeous British superspy and her husband, an Elvis-lookalike stunt driver. It's a weird family, but they're devoted to one another.
  • Heffer Wolfe from Rocko's Modern Life was literally Raised by Wolves who in fact raised him so they could eat him later on, but changed their minds when they grew to love him.
  • Sofia the First becomes this when her mother marries King Roland II of Enchancia. Sofia's mother also happily adopts Prince James and Princess Amber, her husband's children from his previous marriage.
  • While families in South Park can be dysfunctional, Ike is considered part of Kyle's family despite the fact that he was adopted from Canada. And Kyle will protect Ike because he's the older brother.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Though they were handed to Buff Frog in a burlap sack as a bribe by Ludo, the tadpoles seem quite happy under their new doting father.
  • Ruby from Super 4 was found by a pirate who quit piracy to raise her. While she didn't like the peaceful life and wanted to be a pirate herself, she still loved her father.
  • In the first episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, a young Clark Kent mentions that his parents never kept secret the fact that he was adopted. What he finds soon after is that they did keep secret just how he was adopted, but after some initial angst all is well between them.
  • All three delivery kids in Three Delivery have nothing but bad memories of their time in the orphanage, and adore Nana, their adoptive caretaker.
  • In the 2011 ThunderCats reboot, Tygra is raised by the royal family after his own sends him away to save his life, and he continues to think of Claudus as his father and Lion-O as his brother even when he meets his own clan and reconnects with his father.
  • Otto Osworth in Time Squad. While technically he was kidnapped by Buck Tuddrussel and Larry 3000 from his orphanage (which Otto had begged them to do anyway), it's clear that Otto is better off and happy living with the two adults.
  • Implied in the What A Cartoon! Show short "Kitty Bobo", where the titular protagonist is a cat whose parents happen to be dogs. One of the first things Kitty Bobo does when he gets a new cellphone is call his parents, and it is apparent that he doesn't care whether or not they're his biological parents.
  • Wheel Squad: Sure, Emilie Rotter still has her mother, but she and her stepfather get along so well that her birth father was never mentioned in the whole series.
  • Donny from The Wild Thornberrys was taken in by the titular family before the series began, and officially adopted later.
  • Winx Club plays this trope straight and subverts it: Bloom, depending on the version, either knew she was adopted by her Muggle Foster Parents or didn't; either way, she remains close to them throughout the series. But she also is very interested in finding her biological parents, at times obsessive about it. after she does rescue them, the two sets of parents coexist fairly peacefully, despite their cultural differences.
  • WordGirl: Despite being the only member of her family that seems to remember that she's adopted, Becky shows no inclination to find her birth parents, and she's very close to her adoptive family.
  • X-Men: Evolution: Kurt "Nightcrawler" Wagner is a downplayed example; he very clearly loves and thinks the world of his adoptive family, but he also shows an interest in tracking down his biological family which almost turns into an obsession at times.
  • On Young Justice Bruce is portrayed as a better father figure to Dick than in other continuities, though the latter seems to retain some unfounded abandonment issues. Interestingly, Word of God says that Alfred and Bruce did not have this sort of relationship while Bruce was growing up, but that Alfred regrets not trying to be more of a parental figure.
    • In Season 2, the Kents have clearly adopted Superboy. Superman refers to him as "little brother" and gave him the Kryptonian name Kon-El, and in "True Colors" Pa Kent refers to Superboy as one of his boys.

    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.
  • Liz Phair considers Chicago her home and her adoptive parents her real parents.
  • Harpo Marx and his wife Susan had four adopted children, and were always open with said children about the fact that they were adopted. In his autobiography, Harpo describes how he would tell them fictionalized stories about the day they joined the family; each story ended with the parents (and any previous siblings) happily decreeing that this was the baby they'd been looking for.
  • 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 Biles has made it clear that she considers Ron and Nellie her parents.
  • Adoption occurs when birth parents are unable to raise their children. While this can be because they are dead as it tends to be in fiction, more often than not it is because the parents are addicted to drugs, incarcerated, abusive, or some combination thereof. For most such children adoption is a blessing they are grateful for.


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