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"Now, I need to say that he's not actually my uncle. For us Italians, anyone who's allowed to take off his belt and hit you with it you have to call uncle."
Santo Cilauro, The Late Show (1992) (Australia)

Your parents' True Companions, though not actually related by blood or marriage, are your uncles and aunts. Conversely, if you're very young, your True Companions' uncles and aunts are likely to be yours as well, through contagion, and their parents may be uncle and aunt to you. Actual relatives don't count, even if they're second-cousins-three-times-removed or some such distant relationship merely simplified to "uncle/aunt".


It goes without saying that they're all guaranteed to qualify for Cool Uncle (or Creepy Uncle) status.

This trope is used only in the context of a stronger relationship; as a rule, it would not be surprising to discover that an Honorary Uncle was named as the guardian, if something happened to the parents. This trope does not cover cultures where all older adults are addressed as "Uncle" or "Aunt" — only those with special relationships.

In a Babies Ever After ending, the unmatched characters may fall into this role, so they have a place in the Happy Ending.

A frequently sardonic invocation is for a character to be referred to, or refer to himself, as "Uncle" to indicate a friendly relationship that nevertheless has elements of authority.



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    Anime & Manga 
Note: In Japanese, the words for Uncle/Aunt (ojisan and obasan) respectively are the same words as middle-aged man/woman. Please make sure that it is this trope before adding an example.
  • The girls of Minami-ke have a relative, Takeru, whom they call oji-san ("uncle" in this context). At one point they realize they've forgotten what his actual relation to them is, so Haruka calls someone else in the family to ask; turns out Takeru is technically their cousin, but he's a good ten years older than any of them, and he takes his surrogate-uncle role seriously. At one point we see him grilling the unfortunate Fujioka about his interest in Kana.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Goten sometimes addresses Vegeta as "ojisan" (either "uncle" or "mister," depending on context) despite there being no blood between them. This is likely due to his being best friends with Trunks and the fact that Vegeta was probably the only prominent adult male figure in Goten's early life. This was not maintained in the American dub, however.
    • Also, Gohan to Krillin who is one of his father's closest friends. He even calls him "uncle" at least once.
    • In the original Japanese Gohan consistently refers to Piccolo as "Piccolo-san," (roughly, "Mr. Piccolo," which is Gohan's usual form of address for him in the English dub). However, Gohan once refers to him as his "big green uncle" in the English dub, and he is called "Uncle Strangehead" in the Malaysian dub.
  • In Fruits Basket, Kisa, who is 12 years old when she first appears, calls Hatori, Ayame, and Shigure Sohma "Grandpa" (in the English sub of the anime, although it should be "Uncle") or "Oji-chan" (in the English sub of the manga), despite their being only 15 years older than she is.
  • In Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Battle Tendency, Joseph Joestar calls his deceased Grandfather's best friend "Uncle" Speedwagon, considering him just as much a part of his family as his Grandmother.
  • Hayate Yagami from Lyrical Nanoha refers to Gil Graham, a friend of her father, his cover story while using her in his plan to fill and then seal the Book Of Darkness, who supports her, as "Graham-oji-san".
  • In X/1999, Kamui calls his best friend's father "uncle." This led to some confusion among fans as to whether Kamui and Fuuma were cousins (they're not).
  • Extremely Squicky example in His and Her Circumstances: Asaba becomes so much this trope from even before the kids are born that Yukino teases Soichiro that he's almost like a second husband and father. The Squick comes in when it's revealed that their daughter Sakura is his "soul mate".
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Ed and Al refer to the Doctors Rockbell, Urey and Sara, as "Aunt and Uncle Rockbell." They're not related to the Elrics in any way, but since they are Winry's parents, they are still close. They also refer to Pinako Rockbell (Urey's mother) as "Granny"; she's an old friend of their father's, and the closest thing the boys have ever had to a grandmother of their own.
  • In Saiyuki, in one of Hakkai's versions of the future he mentions Gojyo will be his children's uncle.
  • Reborn! (2004) Yuni addresses Reborn (who happens to know both her mother and grandmother) as "Reborn-ojii-sama". Tsuna is understandably shocked.
  • In Fate/Zero, Rin and Sakura Tohsaka refer to Kariya Matou as 'Uncle Kariya'. Kariya himself is the Unlucky Childhood Friend of their mother Aoi, and loves Rin and Sakura like (and secretly wishes) they were his own daughters. Kariya becomes Sakura's adoptive uncle before the start of the Fourth Holy Grail War.
  • Fairy Tail: the human Natsu Dragneel was the adopted son of the dragon Igneel. Later, when the dragon Atlas Flame learns of their relation, he ceases his attack on Natsu and joins his side, because Igneel was his best friend. Natsu starts calling him Uncle.
  • In the CLANNAD ~After Story~ Recap Episode, Tomoya Okazaki refers to Youhei Sunohara as "Uncle Youhei."
  • In My Monster Secret, multiple Grandkids from the Future join the cast in the series' second half, further complicating the Love Dodecahedron. In one chapter, Yuka refers to both Asahi as "Grandpa" and Shiho as "Grandmother". Shiho is distraught since Asahi is dating Youko and she can't believe she'd ever do something as despicable as stealing her best friend's boyfriend. Thankfully, Yuka quickly clarifies that Asahi is simply an Honorary Grandfather to the younger members of La Résistance, and that they're not actually blood relatives.
  • Boruto:
    • Chocho calls Temari "Aunt Temari". Chocho's teammate Shikadai is Temari's son.
    • Subverted with Boruto and Sarada. Despite possibly being Childhood Friends and their parents being True Companions, they don't refer to each others parents this way, Sarada refers to Naruto as "Seventh Hokage" and Boruto addresses Sasuke formally as "Sasuke-san". Boruto only refers to Sakura once as "Aunt Sakura" and Chouji as "Uncle Chouji".
    • Himawari begins calling Kiba "Uncle" after meeting him in episode 93.
  • Gokusen: Pretty much every leader of a Yakuza friendly with the Ooedo Clan seems to act like this for Kumiko, having known her since she was a little girl. This is also one of the main reasons why the leader of the Nekomata Group knew how absolutely screwed his Organization would be if any of them found out that one of his members kidnapped her.
  • Bakuten Shoot Beyblade: The last chapter of the manga features the cast some twenty years in the future. Takao has a son named Makoto. Kai has a son named Gō. Rei and Mao have a daughter named Lin. Max and Kyōju are childless still, but Makoto regards them as their surrogate uncles.
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes: Melissa Shield refers All-Might as Uncle Might, since her father David was All-Might's partner during the latter's work in America.
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise: Koutarou Hibino, Rinko Akaishi's old colleague when they were traveling biologists, is like an uncle to Kuroe. He's one of the few people she feels comfortable interacting with, the only person besides her mother and Manatsu to be on a First-Name Basis with her, and he's the one who helped her become a Metalhead. He's also the only other person besides Rinko to know about Kuroe's emotion-triggered Involuntary Shapeshifting (though he has yet to figure out that said shapeshifting has gone so far as to turn her into a Kaiju).

    Comic Books 
  • In the Fantastic Four, Franklin and Valeria Richards, Reed and Sue's children, call Ben "Uncle Ben"; Ben is even Franklin's godfather (and Frank's middle name, Benjamin, was given in honor of Ben, Reed's best friend since college). Spider-Man has also become one of these over the years, thanks to being more and more ingrained in the family. The way he's taken over Johnny's spot has been compared to an uncle moving in to look after everyone following a death in the family. Also, their nemesis Doctor Doom is also the official godfather of Valeria and was even the one who named her due to helping Sue give birth to her. The FF has always been just as much a family as a team, so this makes sense.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • In many (albeit not all) stories, Donald's nephews call his girlfriend "Aunt Daisy."
    • In Italian Scrooge McDuck comics, Scrooge's New Old Flame Glittering Goldie has a granddaughter who jokingly calls him "Granddad." A-hem...
  • Splinter, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage), is Shadow Jones' Honorary Uncle, a title he shares with retired superhero "Stainless" Steve Steel. Shadow also collectively refers to the turtles as her uncles.
  • Arsenal's daughter Lian of Teen Titans refers to all the other Titans as either "Aunt ____" or "Uncle ____".
  • Carol Danvers is this to Spiderwoman's son Gerry Drew to whom she is also his godmother.
  • TRON: Ghost in the Machine (follow up to TRON 2.0, Alternate Continuity to TRON: Legacy), Jet Bradley refers to "Uncle Kevin's" trip into cyberspace. An in-game email says that Kevin is Jet's godfather.
  • Shazam! has "Uncle Marvel," or Uncle Dudley. He was originally a Lovable Rogue who tried to exploit the Marvel family but developed a soft spot for them, becoming their Team Dad. Eventually he was Ret Conned into being Billy's actual uncle, however. In the post-Crisis Power of Shazam series, he was the janitor at Billy's school, but Billy only ever called him "Mr. Dudley".
  • Astro City:
    • After Quarrel broke up with MPH, he did find a wife who was a better match for him, and Quarrel became "Aunt Jess" to their kids.
    • The female superheroines of Honor Guard are this to Hummingbird II, as they are friends of her mother. They offer her support, training, and advice, especially in matters that she doesn't feel comfortable talking to her mom about.
  • Uncle Chuck to most of the cast in Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics). He's even this post-reboot to Sonic when he once actually was his uncle, as Sega has mandated that characters originating from the games can't have familial relations in the comic.
  • Superman:
    • Superman often acts as this to the various Robins, in particular Dick Grayson.
    • In Post-Crisis comics, Lana Lang acts as an aunt to Supergirl, letting her move to her apartment and looking after her when nobody else did. Kara, for her part, not only refers to her as "Aunt Lana" several times but also uses the "Linda Lang" alias.
    • Perry White, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet had died of cancer (from his cigar smoking) by the time of the 1969 story Superman & Batman: Generations, but Lois Lane mentions him as having held this role for her and Clark Kent's daughter Kara.
  • Valhalla: Loki (somewhat unwillingly) to Thor's children — when they are old enough to talk, they even call him "Uncle Loki."
  • In Star Wars: Poe Dameron, L'ulo L'ampar serves as this to the main character.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Cathy, Cathy's friend Andrea encouraged her daughter Zenith to call Cathy "Aunt Cathy" — and when Cathy's mother came to visit, she was declared "Aunt Grandma."
  • In Mallard Fillmore, a baby thinks that his uncle really thought he had pulled off the baby's nose and had in it in his hand; he really hopes that it's just an honorary uncle and not a blood connection.
  • In Strizz, Irmi's mother is as an aunt to Raphael, the main character's young nephew.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In The Three Aunts, the women agree to help the heroine in return for this.
    "Well, never mind, child," said the old woman. "If you'll call me Aunt on the happiest day of your life, I'll spin this flax for you, and so you may just go away and lie down to sleep."
    She complained of her trouble, and then they offered her their help and said, "If thou wilt invite us to the wedding, not be ashamed of us, and wilt call us thine aunts, and likewise wilt place us at thy table, we will spin up the flax for thee, and that in a very short time."
  • In the Indian fairy tale The Boy with the Moon on his Forehead, the boy keeps a Rakshasi from eating her by addressing her as this.
    [He], approaching the place where the Rakshasas were prowling about, called out, “O auntie dear, O auntie dear, your nephew is here.” A huge Rakshasi came towards him and said, “O, you are the youth with the moon on your forehead and stars on the palms of your hands. We were all expecting you, but as you have called me aunt, I will not eat you up."
  • In Asbjørnsen and Moe's The Blue Belt, the boy wins over a troll by calling him grandfather.
    "Good evening, grandfather!" said the lad.
    "Well, here I've sat three hundred years," said the man who sat on the bench, "and no one has ever come and called me grandfather before." Then the lad sat down by the man's side, and began to talk to him as if they had been old friends.
    • Both this and the above Indian tale probably stem from being polite: while in Standard English the polite way to address an older person would be 'sir' or 'ma'am', in many other languages it's preferred to call them as if they're a relative. The moral is, be polite or monsters will eat you.

    Fan Works 
  • Kyon: Big Damn Hero: Kyon and his sister consider Keiichi, Rika, Rena, Mion, Shion, Satoko and Satoshi as their aunts/uncles, despite only being related to the former two.
  • Star Trek: Phoenix: Inverted. Belle Hendricks, the psychiatrist assigned to care for Sunset and Twilight, is a close friend of their adopted mothers and, due to the significant amount of time she spent helping the two fillies adjust to their new lives, eventually came to see them as adoptive nieces.
  • Pops up a lot in CSI: NY fics involving the Danny/Lindsay pairing and their daughter Lucy. There's a lot of Lucy and "Uncle Don" and "Uncle Mac" and "Aunt Stella" and sometimes others like Sheldon or Sid get into it as well. Prime example: CTI-Jenn's "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" and "Begin Again" duo. (can be accessed through author page at the same link.)
  • Any Emergency fic with Roy's kids will have them calling Johnny their uncle. Occasionally it can extend to the other guys too, depending on the writer.
    • This series has Roy tell his kids it's a privilege to call John this, and a couple of times, Chris misbehaves, angers Roy and John, and has to ask John if he can call him this again.
    • Lost and Found, and its sequel, have Roy and Joanne adopting John's infant daughter after he is kidnapped and presumed dead. Then, John is found alive. John is encouraged to bond with his daughter, though Roy once makes a mistake and calls John Uncle Johnny in front of her. In the sequel, Roy tries to get the baby to call him Uncle Roy as John begins taking her place as her father, but she won't have it, and they end up becoming Poppa Roy and Mama Joanne.
  • In the Distant Epilogue of Bridge to Terabithia 2: The Last Time, after Jess and Leslie becomes a married couple with two children, Jess's college best friend Jake Elliots ends up as the godfather and honorary uncle to Jess's children, due to Jess having no brothers while growing up, with Jess naming his son Jake Jr. after his friend of the same name.
  • In Windfall, Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity are all referred to as the aunts of Fluttershy and Big Macintosh's foal.
  • The Mane Six (and the now older Cutie Mark Crusaders) also become this to each other's children in the Bride of Discord Verse.
  • The Oranges in the Manehattanverse insist on their friends calling them Auntie and Uncle.
  • In The Elements of Friendship, Twilight refers to King Leo of Aquastria, Celestia's cousin, as "Uncle Leo".
  • In The Bridge, Ki Seong is considered Gentle Leaf's aunt because she is best friends with her parents.
  • In Time Fixers: Nicktoons of the Future, SpongeBob's children all refer to Patrick and Squidward as uncles.
  • By the end of the Danganronpa V3 fanfic Three-Point Shot, Kaede has become an honorary aunt to Kaito and Maki's daughter.
  • In Childhood's End, the Gascoigne daughters refer to Djura and Eileen as Uncle Djura and Aunt Eileen. This is because the Gascoigne household was a meeting place for older hunters, and quite a few of them have become more or less family to them.
  • Fate/Harem Antics: Illya calls her Servant Raikou her aunt.
  • Freddie in The Merry Go Round Broke Down was named after the Flintstones character because Fred saved his dad's life. As a result, Freddie calls Fred "Uncle Fred".
  • Several examples exist in the Skyhold Academy Yearbook series, with the most prominent one being "Uncle Dorian." He gets the rank because he's the honorary brother to certain characters, and therefore their children call him this.
  • In the WWE AU story, The Horsewomen Of Las Vegas, Charlotte Flair considers Arn Anderson, one of her father's most trusted advisors, as this.
  • In Croft and Son, Sam is pretty much this to Nero, despite not calling her his 'aunt'. She is shown to be easier for Nero to talk than Lara, and raised him whenever Lara left for work, and she is his godmother though.
  • As a child in Back to Zero, Jessie refers to Cyrus and Giovanni as her "uncles". Cyrus has no relation to Jessie while Giovanni is secretly her father.
  • In The Next Best Thing to Normal, Jason calls Poison Ivy "Aunt Pam" (as her real name is Pamela). He knows that she's not actually his mother Harley's sister, but she's still Aunt Pam anyway.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton:
    • Danny's children in the actual ending refer to Tucker and Velma as their uncle and aunt.
    • In the fifth alternate ending, Danny and Kim's daughter, Annie, regards her mother's old friend as "Uncle Wade."
  • In Close (But No Coffee), Hareta calls the Unova champion "Uncle Alder".
  • In the Naruto Fan Verse Path Of Needles, the younger generation consider their parents' friends as their "aunts" and "uncles".
  • In Ginny Weasley: Double Life, when Milikan joins Ginny while Ginny's feeding the infant Lily, Ginny 'introduces' her Mistress to her daughter as 'Auntie Milikan' and Milikan is touched at the introduction.
  • In born of hell('s kitchen), Matt and Jessica's work (Foggy and Karen) and superheroics (Luke, Danny, Claire and Colleen) partners are introduced to their son as such and obviously love him as a blood nephew. It makes for an interesting contrast with Trish — who is Peter's legal aunt yet not acknowledged as such due to her current difficult relationship with Jessica.
  • The End of the World: Earl Bates grandchildren refer to his fellow victor (and presumed mentee) Kate Markez as "Aunty Kate."
  • Subverted in Frostbitten Flower. When Cassie was an infant, others disapproved of her calling Marlin "dada" and tried to get her to call him "uncle". Cassie never liked the word and doesn't feel it applies to her Parental Substitute Marlin.
  • In Leave Your Spirit, Katara and Aang's kids grew up seeing Zuko as "Uncle Zuko". Unbeknownst to Kya, Zuko is her biological father.
  • Son of the Sannin:
    • Ino's father Inoichi is said to be like an uncle to Shikamaru and Choji due to their three clans having been close allies for generations (and it can be presumed that this also applies to her mother and their parents as well). After Inoichi ends up being killed in the Uchiha coup, Shikamaru and Choji are both mentioned to be crying just as hard as Ino during the funeral.
    • The narration directly uses the term when referring to Haku's relationship with Zabuza and Mei's eldest daughter, and he presumably has this role for her five younger siblings as well.
    • It's implied that Fu is an honorary aunt to Naruto and Hinata's children as well as Kiba and Tamaki's daughter given how she gets upset when informed that Boruto is away on a mission while she's in the village for the Ninja Summit. They in turn appear to have this role for her and Shino's children.
  • In Precipice, Obi-Wan, Rex, and Ahsoka are all Anakin's long-time friends and have been close to him for years and all of them are considered by Leia to be her uncles (Obi-Wan and Rex) and aunt (Ahsoka), with her addressing them as such. On Padme's end, Luke often addresses Bail Organa, one of his mother's closest long-time friends, as "Uncle Bail".
  • Ace In The Hole (Persona 5): Kaito and Miyuki Arisato, Minato and Yukari's twin children, view the rest of the SEES as their honorary aunts and uncles. And when Makoto starts dating Ken, they are quick to refer to her as their aunt.
  • In What if Nappa Turned Good? Nappa surprisingly enough becomes this to Gohan and especially Goten, after swearing to protect and serve the Son family, after Goku saved his life.
  • In Fate/Sunny Order: Arturia is an honorary aunt to Ritsuka and Kana, having helped raised them alongside their parents Shirou and Rin. When Kana summons Arturia in Chaldea, the former is estactic that the latter remembers the twins.
    • It's later revealed that Taiga and Luvia were also Honorary Aunts for the twins, with Luvia helping the twins sneak into Chaldea in the first place.
  • In The Rigel Black Chronicles, the Marauders are like brothers (except Peter, who's estranged); Harry freely calls Archie her cousin and refers to Uncle Sirius and Uncle Remus. Sirius actually is blood-related to the Potters, albeit more distantly, but Remus isn't.
  • In The Legend of Genji, Mako has a daughter named Rin who considers his close friend Asami to be her favorite "aunt".

    Films — Animated 
  • In Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's friends Wayne, Murray, and Griffin serve as uncle figures to Mavis. She also refers to Wayne's wife as "Aunt Wanda". Likewise, Wayne and Wanda's werewolf pups call Dracula "Uncle Drac".
  • In Sleeping Beauty, Aurora addresses her three foster mothers — Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather — as her "aunts." They're actually her fairy godmothers, but she doesn't know that for a long time.
  • The Pelekai sisters of Lilo & Stitch, Lilo and Nani, treat the extraterrestrial Jumba Jookiba and Wendy Pleakley as their respective uncle and aunt figures (even though the latter alien is male), allowing the two to move in with them when the two aliens are exiled to Earth after the climax of the film. This is especially seen throughout Lilo & Stitch: The Series, with the aliens helping their niece figures and vice versa.
  • In Incredibles 2, Dash refers to family friend Lucius (aka Frozone) as "Uncle Lucius".
    • Superhero costume designer Edna Mode quickly bonds with baby Jack-Jack and declares herself his "Auntie Edna."
  • In Shrek the Third, when Fiona announces her pregnancy to Shrek, as well as everyone else, Donkey is elated that he's going to be an "uncle" (in contrast to Shrek, who is absolutely terrified about becoming a father). He is later seen playing with the triplets, regularly bringing his own children over for playdates.
  • In the final scene of Lady and the Tramp, Lady and Tramp's puppies call Trusty "Uncle Trusty."

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Sound of Music, the seven Von Trapp children call their father's friend Max "Uncle Max" at their father's encouragement.
  • The movie On Our Own is about a group of orphaned children trying to make it to their uncle's house. It's revealed later in the movie that he isn't actually their uncle, but a family friend—which complicates their quest in finding someone to take care of them.
  • The film Spy Kids features Uncle Felix, who is really a bodyguard assigned to the family. Subverted in the sense that, before he reveals the secret life of their parents as spies, the kids really thought he was their blood uncle.
  • In the live action film of The Flintstones, an anguished Pebbles cries out "Wake up, Uncle Barney!" after Barney is knocked unconscious. It's not like we shouldn't believe that this was the case in the series, though; Barney and Fred have been friends since fifth grade.
  • "Old Wen" from Eat Drink Man Woman is an Honorary Uncle to Chu's three daughters, to the point of being visibly shocked upon hearing of his death.
  • In Finding Neverland, the Llewelyn-Davies boys call James Barrie "Uncle James" and "Uncle Jim" after he befriends them and their mother. Given Barrie's personality, though, he's more of an honorary big brother.
  • Donna's best friends are Auntie Tanya and Auntie Rosie to her daughter Sophie in Mamma Mia!.
  • In the film version of The Who's Tommy, the mother's second husband asks Tommy to call him Uncle Frank. Whether or not he considers him as such (Tommy is mute through most of his life) is another matter.
  • Aunt Maggie from Child's Play isn't really Andy's aunt. She's a close friend and co-worker to his mom.
  • In Kontroll, Bulcsu the ticket inspector calls Bela the train driver "Uncle Bela." They are obviously not relations, because Bulcsu doesn't know that the young woman in the bear suit is Bela's daughter.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Clint Barton's kids call Natasha Romanoff "Auntie Nat", and she interacts with the Barton family as though she and Clint have been siblings all their lives.
    • In Black Panther, Zuri has this relationship with Erik Stevens/Killmonger while "helping" the Killmonger's father N'Jobu smuggle vibranium out of Wakanda under the guise of an American named James. Because T'Chaka killed N'Jobu in order to save Zuri's life, Erik considers Zuri a traitor to him and his father, a point he makes clear when he bitterly calls Zuri "Uncle James" before killing him.
    • In Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau calls Carol Danvers, her mother Maria's best friend, "Auntie Carol".
  • In the The Santa Clause series, there probably isn't a more exact term for the relationship between Scott and Lucy, who is the daughter of Scott's ex-wife by her second husband. The Calvin/Miller family seems to have decided that this trope is the simplest solution. Lucy addresses her half-brother's father as "Uncle Scott", and they clearly have an affectionate relationship. The nature of Scott's place in the family is reinforced in the third film; in an alternate timeline, Scott never becomes Santa Claus, the status of his relationships with Charlie and the Millers goes from rocky to distant, and while Laura and Neil still have Lucy, Lucy addresses Scott as "Mr. Calvin."
  • In Super, this is Frank's consolation prize when Sarah leaves him and has kids with somebody else; but he's at least happy with it and moves on with his life..
  • In Midwinter Night's Dream, Lazar falls in love with Jasna and becomes close to her daughter Jovana, so he refers to himself as Jovana's Uncle Lazar.
  • In Smokey and the Bandit, Cledus' children refer to Bandit as "Uncle Bandit", much to their mother's chagrin.
  • Creed: Adonis Creed, son of the late Apollo Creed, starts referring to Rocky Balboa as "Unc" shortly after they meet. Rocky's a little confused the first time it happens but quickly accepts the term.

  • In Fire and Hemlock, Tom Lynn, a completely unrelated adult friend is this to the protagonist. When she suggests she could call him "Uncle Tom", he points out that that would have Unfortunate Implications, and recommends that she reads the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin to understand why. He doesn't seem to have a problem with being a honorary uncle as such, though. The protagonist develops a crush on him, which he tries to gently discourage; he needs her friendship but has moral scruples about their relationship turning into a romantic one.
  • The Famous Five:
    • In Five go to Smuggler's Top, the Famous Five's friend Sooty is kidnapped with George's father. In his desperation to talk to somebody, Sooty wonders what to call him, not knowing his surname; then he remembers that George's cousins call him Uncle Quentin, so Sooty does too.
      Sooty: I hope you don't mind me calling you that, I don't know your surname.
    • In Five go off in a Caravan, Nobby refers to Tiger Dan as his uncle Dan, but reveals later that he is not actually his uncle.
    • In Five have plenty of Fun, George's mother tells the visiting girl Berta to call her Aunt Fanny.
  • In the Star Wars novels, both the Skywalker and Solo kids refer to Lando Calrissian as "Uncle Lando."
  • In the A Song of Ice and Fire series, Dagmer is this to Theon. (It is completely averted in Game of Thrones, where Dagmer is a younger, utterly treacherous psychopath.)
  • In Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga books, Miles Vorkosigan called Simon Illyan "Uncle Simon" until he entered the military, and his "Aunt Alys" is technically his first cousin once removed by marriage. Cordelia is also viewed as an honorary aunt to the Koudelka sisters.
  • In Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000 Gaunt's Ghosts novel First & Only, Ibrim Gaunt's father's commander featured as his "Uncle Dercius".
  • In Jo Walton's Half a Crown, Elvira refers to her adoptive father as "Uncle Carmichael".
  • A Mind Screw version in Dragaera. Devera calls Vlad "Uncle Vlad". The thing is, Devera is the not-yet-born daughter of Vlad's Dragaeran friend Aliera, and the father is Aliera's long-dead ancestor Kieron. As Vlad is the reincarnation of Kieron's brother (and Aliera is the reincarnation of their sister), he might be Devera's literal uncle as well. Devera also refers to Aliera's cousin as "Uncle 'Rollan," which probably qualifies as honorary. Well, unless it's because Morrolan, by pledging his soul to Verra, almost qualifies as Aliera's stepfather as well—Verra calls him "beloved," after all. Like we said—Mind Screw.
  • The Mouse and His Child lets the mouse adopt their helpful friends the Frog, Kingfisher and Bittern, and even the villainous Manny Rat, now repentant, and toothless as honorary uncles.
  • In L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, Marilla has Anne call her "Marilla" and not "Aunt Marilla". However, when Anne has children, she's "Aunt Marilla" to them. In fact, many extended families in Montgomery's stories are like this — just ask the Murrys of New Moon or the Leslies of Cloud of Spruce. No matter what your relationship to a member of the older generation, they are "Aunt" or "Uncle." Special cases, however, merit "Cousin" no matter what the age of the person — such as Cousin Jimmy, who "isn't all there."
    • Anne's children also call Diana Wright "Aunt Diana." She's not a relation, of course, but she's been close friends with Anne since they were both eleven.
    • Davy Keith, a distant cousin of Marilla who was raised by her following his mother's death, also gets called "Uncle Davy" by Anne's children.
  • At the end of John Barnes's One for the Morning Glory, Sir John is explicitly described as acting as a honorary uncle to Amatus and Calliope's children.
  • In A Wrinkle in Time, Meg Murray gives one of the faceless tentacled aliens from planet Ixchel the nickname "Aunt Beast," because the alien was her caretaker for a time but "mother" is far too close and personal a title.
  • In Dorothy L. Sayers' Gaudy Night, Saint George solicits permission to call Harriet Vane "Aunt Harriet" because she knows too many of his secrets. He doesn't get it. (But then she becomes his real aunt.)
  • In Tamora Pierce's Trickster's Duet, Aly calls all the main characters of the first two Tortall quartets "Aunt" and "Uncle" (except, obviously, for her the ones who are her parents, and Daine's animals.)
  • In The Belgariad, Garion always called Polgara "Aunt Pol" growing up. Technically, she's his infinite-great-aunt, but it still applies. He still does in informal situations in the Mallorean; Ce'Nedra (his wife) uses the name for her at one point near the end, a sign of how their relationship has changed. In turn, Polgara refers to the sorcerer Beldin (who helped raise her) as "Uncle Beldin" — when she isn't flinging (well-returned) insults at him.
    • In one of the prequels, Polgara comments that most little boys she meets call her "Aunt Pol". Granted, a good number of them are her great-nephews (Garion's ancestors).
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs begins John Carter of Mars by describing how Carter has a Direct Line to the Author, recounting his first meeting:
    I was then a child of but five years, yet I well remember the tall, dark, smooth-faced, athletic man whom I called Uncle Jack.
  • In Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files novel Dead Beat, when Harry insists on speaking to Luccio alone, Ramirez tells the other young Wardens, "We have to go sit with Uncle Morgan while the other adults have a serious talk."
    • A straighter example would be Harry to Michael's kids. Which is kind of creepy considering Molly's one-sided crush on Harry...
  • In C. S. Lewis's The Last Battle, Eustace reveals that all the younger Friends of Narnia call the elderly Polly Plummer "Aunt Polly." Professor Digory Kirke is always "The Professor," though.
  • Isaac Asimov's The Complete Adventures of Lucky Starr: Councilmen Conway, Henree, and Lawrence were all good friends. The three men were so close that as a child, David sometimes got confused and called his father Uncle Lawrence, too. After Lawrence Starr and his wife died when David was four, the other two men adopted David and raised him to be as awesome as his father would have been.
  • The Great Brain: Aunt Bertha is an unrelated widow who lives with the Fitzgeralds.
  • Discworld:
    • Although Esmerelda Weatherwax is often called "Granny Weatherwax", there's something more significant about Tiffany Aching being told she can refer to her by that title in A Hat Full of Sky (especially since one of the themes of The Wee Free Men was the loss of her actual Granny Aching). Not that having Esme as an Honorary Grandmother is easy...
    • The "character refers to self as 'uncle' to indicate a friendly relationship that nevertheless has elements of authority" variation appears in Monstrous Regiment, since Mal is wiser and (probably, being a vampire) older than the rest of The Squad: "Here's a happy little dream from your Uncle Maladict..." Mal also addresses a squadmate as "kid".
  • In the Miss Marple story "The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side", Inspector Craddock starts calling Miss Marple "Aunt Jane" — which he doesn't in any of the other books he's in.
  • Sidney Carton becomes one of these to Charles and Lucie's children in A Tale of Two Cities
  • Bridget Jones's Uncle Geoffrey is actually a close friend of her parents'.
  • In the Teenage Worrier series, Letty mentions that some divorced parents ask their children to call the parent's new partner "Aunt" or "Uncle."
  • In Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, narrator/protagonist Lily overhears Snow Flower addressing their chaperone the matchmaker informally as "Auntie", assumes this trope is the case, and imitates the form of address to beg for sweets. In a later chapter, Snow Flower admits that the matchmaker really is her aunt. Later, when Snow Flower is dying, her last request to Lily is that she become this to her children. She agrees.
  • In Angie Sage's Septimus Heap books, Aunt Zelda is not only an aunt to all the Heap boys, and Jenna, who was raised as her niece, but to Wolf Boy as well.
  • In P. G. Wodehouse's Thank You, Jeeves, Bertie admits that he's always regarded Jeeves less as a valet and more as "a sort of uncle".
  • In Michael Flynn's Up Jim River, Zorba is the harper's honorary uncle. The Fudir finds this small comfort in view of the Living Legend status of the man.
    • In On the Razor's Edge, the harper is told to listen to her "Auntie Gwen."
  • In L. M. Montgomery's Jane of Lantern Hill, Little Aunt Em is this to everyone — Jane's father can't even remember which of her husbands was second and so what her legal name is. There's also Uncle Tombstone, whose real name is Tunstone, and who is described as not having a niece or nephew in the world.
  • In Wen Spencer's Elfhome, Chloe tries to talk Tinker into talking, urging her to confide in "Auntie Chloe." Given she's a reporter, this just puts Tinker's back up.
  • By the time Scarlett marries Rhett in Gone with the Wind, her son Wade has been calling him "Uncle Rhett" for years.
  • In The Phantom Tollbooth, after Faintly Macabre has told Milo and Tock her story and about Rhyme and Reason, she tells them they may call her Aunt Faintly.
  • In Seanan McGuire's October Daye novels,
    • Toby is "Auntie Birdie" to a whole family of children.
    • In Late Eclipses, she remembers how Sylvester was "Uncle Sylvester" and her Parental Substitute, and Raysel calls Oleander "Auntie", spitefully, while thanking her for her help and killing her.
  • In the later Left Behind books, Buck and Chloe have a son. Tsion Ben-Judah, one of the people who lives with them, is called "Unca Zone".
  • In C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces, Orual calls the Fox "Grandfather."
  • In Rebecca Lickiss's Eccentric Circles, Aelvarim refers to "Grandmother Dickerson."
  • In Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, Mme. Padva was Tante Padva to Chadresh, when he was a child.
  • In The Mortal Instruments Clary Fray considers Luke Garroway to be like an uncle since he's been around her whole life.
  • At the end of A Little Princess, Mr. Carrisford tells Sara to call him Uncle Tom after he adopts her.
  • Philip Carey becomes "Uncle Phil" to (most of) Thorpe Athelny's children in Of Human Bondage.
  • Southern Vampire Mysteries: Sookie is known as Aunt Sookie to Hunter, who is actually her cousin once removed. In narration, she notes that where she lives one typically calls "Aunt" or "Uncle" one who is related to you and of an older generation, regardless of what their specific relation is.
  • The Poster Children: Mal, Marshal, Ernest, Rosario, and Libby's parents are all friends and they call each other's parents either "Auntie" or "Uncle." The exception being Mal and Marshal's father, Corbin Underwood, (who was estranged when alive) and in Marshal's case, Amira, who started out as an Honorary Aunt but became his stepmother, even calling her Mom after she marries Corbin.
    • Ernest frequently refers to Roz and Mal's moms as "the Aunties" and when Zip first met Mal, she heard him talking to Ernest's dad and calling him "Uncle John." When she comments she didn't know The Commander was his uncle, he clarifies that it is "a familiar term, not a literal one."
  • In Heidi, Heidi's grandfather is called "Uncle" by the villagers; this is later picked up by Heidi's friends from the city, too. Heidi's Aunt Dete (her actual mother's actual sister) said her family started it because they knew he was a distant relation of theirs, but couldn't quite recall what it was and wanted to be friendly to him; this was before Adelheid, Heidi's mother, married his son and had Heidi. He's often referred to as "the Alm-Uncle."
  • In Wearing the Cape novel Small-Town Heroes, Atifa calls them "Aunt Hope" and "Aunt Jacky" after a trip to the beach. Later, a figure from the future reveals that this is going to develop.
  • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban "Aunt Marge" is actually only Dudley's aunt; being Uncle Vernon's sister, she's in no way related to Harry. But in a subversion, Harry is forced to call her that.
  • Journey to Chaos: Annala calls Hasina "Auntie H" because Hasina and her mother have worked closely together for longer than she's been alive. This means Hasina goes Mama Bear for the girl whenever her actual mother (and her best friend) is not present.
  • The Last Dogs: At the end of the quartet, Rocky the dachshund and Gizmo the Yorkshire terrier have a litter of four puppies. Their friend Max (a Labrador retriever and the main POV character) had already declared that Rocky and Gizmo are like family to him, so he becomes an uncle to these pups, who call him "Uncle Max".
  • Mutual Adoption Clubs in Pala are a cross of this and communal child-rearing.
  • In Rose in Bloom, the sequel to Eight Cousins, Rose adopts an orphan child she names Dulcinea (Dulci for short), who calls her "Aunty Wose."
  • The Cat Who... Series:
    • Gender-inverted — starting in book #5 (The Cat Who Played Brahms), Qwill refers to Fanny Klingenschoen as Aunt Fanny, as he has done since childhood; she's actually his late mother's best friend, and considers him her godson. This is why she leaves him her estate of roughly $4 billion.
    • Qwill considers himself to be something like this to Liz Hart, whom he meets when he saves her life on Breakfast Island after she is bitten by a deadly snake. A later book notes that because of that connection, he takes a sort of "godfatherly interest" in the young woman's well-being and activities. When she dies in a car accident in book #28 (The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell), he is deeply saddened.
  • In some of the later Dragonriders of Pern books, Masterharper Robinton is the honorary grandfather of Menolly and Sebell's children.
  • In the Hannah Swensen books, Hannah's niece Tracey calls Hannah's two boyfriends "Uncle Mike" and "Uncle Norman." This sometimes makes Hannah uncomfortable, because she's not ready to marry either man yet.
  • The One and Only Bob: Ruby, who's a young elephant calls Bob, who's a dog, "Uncle Bob", and Ivan, who is a gorilla, "Uncle Ivan". What's more, Ivan is considered an honorary uncle by all the young gorillas in his habitat.
  • In Fengshen Yanyi, nearly all of Jiang Ziya's disciples refers to him as an uncle with pride. King Wu, meanwhile, considers him a foster father.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Heroes Fanon, it is generally accepted that Claire knew Claude, her father's old partner, as "Uncle Claude". This was also mentioned on the commentary for the episode "Company Man".
  • Arrested Development had Uncle Jack. "And remember, he's not really their uncle!"
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Future Ted regularly refers to the other characters as Aunt Robin, Uncle Barney, Uncle Marshall, and Aunt Lily when talking to his kids. This led to a lot of Wild Mass Guessing (more so in earlier seasons, before several possibilities got Jossed) as to whether any of them would, by the end of the series, actually end up related by some sort of Tangled Family Tree or Double In-Law Marriage situation. Especially notable since Ted doesn't refer to his actual sister as Aunt Heather just as his sister.
  • The Bernie Mac Show exemplifies the sardonic take on this trope. Bernie and his wife Wanda take in his blood nieces and nephews when his sister goes into rehab; he's their blood uncle. However, he invokes his having taken on the role of surrogate parent, adapting the fifth commandment in order to demand respect and obedience from the children "(Honor thy mother and thy father... figure."). One segment of the pilot episode is even called "Uncle Daddy".
  • There's an episode of The Golden Girls in which Dorothy's goddaughter is getting married. She calls her "Aunt Dorothy," which is not unusual. It's taken to a weird length, however, when Blanche appears and the young woman calls her "Aunt Blanche," despite there being absolutely no indication that Blanche even knows her.
  • Referenced in Shane's graduation speech in Weeds where one of the groups he named in the introduction was "...people we call aunts and uncles but really aren't..."
  • Supernatural: Bobby Singer is definitely Sam and Dean's honorary uncle, considering that he's been a better father figure to them (especially Dean) than their own father ever was. He's also the one who told Dean (in the Season 3 finale): "Family don't end with blood, boy."
  • Joey from Full House is the childhood best friend of Danny Tanner. Despite not being related to the family, he acts as an uncle to the kids of the house. Joey usually handles the day-to-day raising of the kids by doing chores like making meals, driving the kids to school, appointments, and after-school activities, taking care of Michelle as a baby, and helping the kids with their homework. Danny's daughters only call him "Uncle Joey" a few times in early episodes; the exact nature of his position in the household is discussed in one first-season episode in which he attempts to discipline DJ, who resents it. He also becomes their Uncle Jesse's best friend, and Jesse insists that his children call Joey "Uncle Joey" as a sign of respect.
  • Early seasons of Saturday Night Live had Buck Henry as Uncle Roy, who gets... a little too friendly while babysitting for his "nieces" (he is a friend of their mother's).
    • More recently, there's the Weekend Update guest character, Drunk Uncle. He's somebody's uncle, but it's never specified whose; he just shows up drunk and opinionated.
  • Power Rangers Samurai: Bulk (yes, Bulk) to Skull's son Spike.
  • In Frasier, Roz refers to the Cranes as "Uncle Frasier," "Uncle Niles," and "Aunt Daphne" when talking to her daughter Alice.
  • In Red Dwarf, Rimmer seems to think he'll be this after Lister gets pregnant in an alternate universe.
  • In The Sopranos, the mob guys are all honorary uncles towards their associates' respective children. Tony and Christopher are the most prominent example: as Christopher is Tony's protégé, Tony always refers to him as his "nephew", even though he's actually Carmella's cousin.
  • On Awkward., Jenna's mother's best friend, Ally, is her honorary aunt. Subverted in that Jenna and Ally can't stand each other, and Jenna dislikes having to refer to her as Aunt Ally.
  • During JAG's first season, Lt. Meg Austin could get hard-to-acquire information from her Uncle Ollie. The character was played by Oliver North, formerly a Lt. Colonel in the US Marine Corps who was (in)famous for his involvement in the Real Life Iran-Contra Affair in the 1980s.
  • In Friends, four of the other five main characters are honorary aunts and uncles to Ross's first child, Ben, born at the end of the first season. (The lone exception is Monica, who is Ross's sister and therefore Ben's actual aunt.) Presumably, the same principle holds up when Ross and Rachel later have a daughter named Emma together and Monica and Chandler become parents near the end of the series.
    • There's one episode where Rachel is delighted to be "fun Aunt Rachel" to Ben, and Rachel herself often refers to Joey as "Uncle Joey" around Emma. Conversational Troping begins when a horrified Monica speculates that her and Chandler's kids will think of Janice as an aunt.
    • In another episode, Phoebe learns Ben is in the same class as Sting's son and uses this knowledge in an attempt to score tickets to one of Sting's concerts. When she shows up at the boys' school, Ben exclaims, "Aunt Phoebe? What are you doing here?"
  • In Criminal Minds, Hotchner's son Jack calls David Rossi "Uncle Dave".
  • Private Pike in Dad's Army refers to Sergeant Wilson as "Uncle Arthur". In this instance, it's because Wilson is in a relationship with Pike's widowed mother. Interestingly, Word of God suggests that Wilson is actually Pike's biological father.
  • In American Horror Story:
    • Though Sister Jude of Asylum never had any children of her own, Kit's children affectionately called her "Nana".
    • Used again in Coven, where Cordelia refers to Myrtle Snow as Aunty Myrtle.
  • On Hawaii Five-0, Steve is this to Danny's daughter Grace, a fact which is openly acknowledged.
    Danny (to Grace): We love Uncle Steve very much but he knows nothing about baseball.
  • One Tree Hill: Jamie Scott has a small army of honorary aunts and uncles, including Karen (the mother of Jamie's (real) Uncle Lucas), Brooke (Jamie's godmother), and Skills and Mouth (both good friends of Jamie's parents and godmother).
  • Female example in Charles in Charge: The children and Charles' best friend Buddy Lembeck all referred to Charles's mother as 'Aunt Lillian'. In-Universe, this was a show of respect and affection, but the practical reason for it was so the writers could maintain their running gag of not revealing Charles' last name.
  • The Bordelon siblings from Queen Sugar consider their aunt's boyfriend Hollywood to be part of the family, even during their temporary break-up.
  • On Hannah Montana Dolly Parton is "Aunt Dolly" to Miley and Jackson, in addition to being Miley's godmother in real life.
  • On Girl Meets World Shawn is this to Riley and Auggie. Considering his relationship with their father Cory, who sometimes seems to love his best friend more than his wife Topanga, it's a given.
    • Cory and Topanga themselves act as this to Maya.
  • In Dinosaurs Robbie, Charlene, and Baby refer to Earl's best friend, Roy, as "Uncle Roy" in several episodes.
  • Discussed in Elementary when Joan contemplates adoption. Her Platonic Life Partner Sherlock wants to help her raise her child, which is why Joan suggests having her child call him "Uncle Sherlock". Sherlock says that he'll accept "Detective," but Joan doesn't like that. Sherlock playfully replies that "Uncle Detective" would also do.
    • Also invoked at the precinct. Joan's son Arthur calls Marcus "Captain Bell", but Marcus keeps telling him to call him "Uncle Marcus" instead.
    • In season five Kitty Winter returns from England with her baby son in tow. Kitty quickly refers to Joan as "Aunty Watson", which Joan happily accepts.
  • In NCIS, Gibbs serves as honorary uncle to Fornell's daughter by their mutual ex-wife. Ducky serves as honorary grandfather to Palmer's daughter Victoria (who was named after Ducky's mother).
    • In season 17, it's revealed that McGee is this to Tony and Ziva's daughter, Tali.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Amanda Rollins is this to Olivia Benson's adopted son Noah, and specifically referred to this way in "Chasing Demons."
    "Okay, so, Noah, Auntie Amanda is gonna take you to school, and Lucy is gonna pick you up."
    • In "Gone Baby Gone", Dominick "Sonny" Carisi and Rafael Barba are referred to as Noah's Uncle Sonny (by Olivia) and Uncle Rafa (by Noah himself). Carisi also takes on this role towards Amanda's daughters.
    • In an early episode, Elliot Stabler refers to John Munch as "Uncle Munchie" while talking to two of his kids.
    • In a non-main character example, a few episodes have a child victim with a family friend they call "Aunt" or "Uncle" who ends up being important to the story in some way.
  • In one episode of Who's the Boss?, when Angela's college roommate comes to town for their reunion, she thinks Jonathan is absolutely precious and asks him to call her "Aunt Trish."
  • On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when Kira Nerys becomes a surrogate mother for the O'Briens' second child, Miles and Keiko invite her to stay with them until the baby comes. At one point, their daughter Molly asks Kira, "Are you my aunt now?" Miles just grins and says, "Sounds right to me." Later episodes have Molly calling her "Aunt Nerys".
  • As described by Coach from Cheers, he once received an invitation for a family reunion... from the wrong family. Coach being Coach, he attended anyway to be polite. And apparently the family, who were to his surprise black, took to him. He's even hosted a few of the reunions since.
    Sam: They call him Uncle Whitey.
  • Day Break (2006): Nick Vukovich, Brett's father's former partner, is affectionally known to the Hopper family as "Uncle Nick". This is because Nick felt a bit guilty about killing him, and stayed close to his partner's family to, in his mind, make up for it at least somewhat.

  • In The Who's Tommy, we have Uncle Ernie, who is likely Tommy's uncle (or uncle-in-law in The Movie version, according to Pete Townshend). He becomes honorary later, however, when he apparently becomes a counselor at Tommy's Holiday Camp; he refers to himself as Uncle Ernie to a group of people who are most likely children.


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  • In Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Roo and Barney have been spending their summers at the same boarding house for nearly two decades. Bubba, the young woman who lives in the house next door, has grown up with them as a regular on-and-off part of her life, and considers them honorary uncles.
  • Uncle Tadpole in Bran Nue Dae, although subverted at the end, when it turns out he is Willy's father, much to everybody's surprise except Willy's mum.
  • In The Importance of Being Earnest, the main character's ward Cecily affectionately calls him "Uncle Jack."

    Video Games 
  • Story of Seasons:
  • In Stardew Valley, Jas will start to call you "Aunt/Uncle [Hello, [Insert Name Here]]" if you increase your friendship level with her enough. There's also Marnie, who isn't actually Jas's aunt, but the aunt to Jas's legal guardian Shane. Despite this, Jas refers to her exclusively as "Aunt Marnie".
    • Vincent also uses "Aunt/Uncle [Hello, [Insert Name Here]]" at higher friendship levels.
    • After persuading Leo to move to the Valley and begin reintegrating with human society, he takes to Linus as a family figure and eventually calls him "Uncle".
  • In Beyond Good & Evil, Jade refers to Pey'j as "Uncle," even though they're obviously not related. (Being different species and all.) He's actually more like her godfather.
  • Golden Sun:
  • In Mass Effect 2, Tali considers Shala'Raan, a quarian admiral who was a friend of both her parents this, calling her "Auntie Raan", or "Aunt Shala." As a result of her relationship to the Zorah family, Raan is forced to recuse herself during Tali's trial, merely serving as a moderator to the admirals, but tells Tali that she has her support, and hopes Tali will be exonerated.
    • In the third game, Tali considers Wrex to be this. Wrex seems to serve as the entire team's Honorary Uncle alongside Shepard's Team Dad. He even refers to himself as "Uncle Urdnot" a couple of times, although nobody finds this particularly impressive.
    Tali: You're like the crazy head-butting uncle I never had.
  • Dragon Age II has a few examples:
    • Aveline, who is generally the Team Dad of Hawke's crew, sort of functions as an honorary aunt for Hawke and (during Act 1 at least) their surviving sibling. She's implied to be a few years older than Hawke, and actively works to ensure the family's safety while they're working to secure a source of income for themselves. She even goes so far as to sleep on their doorstep some nights. When Hawke's mother Leandra dies in Act 2, Aveline grieves like a member of the family, being the companion who has known Hawke the longest and having been very fond of Leandra herself.
    • Hawke admits in Act 3 that they've come to see Bodahn Feddic as a member of their family and that, no matter what, Bodahn and his son Sandal always will have a place in their home.
    • Alistair was raised by Arl Eamon (Bann Teagan's brother) despite not being related to him, which (depending on how Alistair appears in the game) may lead to...
      Alistair: And this is Teagan, my uncle. Sort of.
      Teagan: I'm actually Teagan, I'm only "sort of" his uncle.
      • To clarify: Teagan and Eamon are the brothers of Alistair's late father Maric's late wife Rowan. Alistair was born a few years after Rowan died, the result of another relationship Maric had. Alistair is in no way related to his father's wife, let alone her younger brothers, but Teagan treats him like a nephew all the same. Teagan's actual nephew, Alistair's half-brother Cailan, has long since been killed in battle.
  • Kula considers Maxima as this in The King of Fighters. While they're members of a True Companions group alongside K', his sister Whip, and Kula's caretakers Foxy and Diana, he isn't exactly pleased to be referred to as "uncle."
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, Trevor Phillips is this to Michael's kids. They're very fond of him and in return he's quite protective of them, stating that ever since Tracey sat on his lap when she was two years old, he swore that he would tear the skin off of the face of anyone who wronged her.
  • Shantae: Shantae has her Uncle Mimic, who was friends with her genie mother.
  • In Guilty Gear, Sol Badguy is the long-time on-off friend and rival to Ky Kiske. In Overture, Ky's son Sin refers to Sol as "Oyaji" in the Japanese dub and "old man" or "pops" in the English dub, and prefers Sol as a Cynical Mentor over his father Ky. Sin is care-free, informal and occasionally foul-mouthed, much like Sol and in stark contrast to his prim-and-proper Knight in Shining Armor father, but because Sol half-asses everything, it's had a hugely detrimental effect on Sin's intelligence. Subverted after it was revealed that Ky's wife and Sin's mother, Dizzy, is actually Sol's daughter, which would mean that Sol actually has a grandson in Sin.
  • In Gears of War the surviving members of Delta Squad have taken this role to protagonist James 'JD' Fenix. He refers to Cole and Baird as 'Uncle' in casual conversation but drops the honorific in serious situations.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The Champions' Ballad DLC makes clear that Urbosa was one for Zelda, something that was only lightly hinted in the base game. Urbosa was a longtime friend of Zelda's mother, and after the latter's untimely death, the former made a point of looking after Zelda whenever the princess visited the Gerudo region. Urbosa's diary and the flashback to her recruitment make clear that she acted as The Confidant to Zelda and also appropriated the Queen's Affectionate Nickname of "little bird" for her. A scene in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity DLC further hammers the point in.
  • In Red Dead Redemption II, "Uncle" does not seem to be blood relatives with anyone in the Van Der Linde gang, yet that is still the name everyone calls him.
    • Jack Marston also calls most of the adults in the gang “Aunt” or “Uncle” but really sees Arthur in particular as this.
  • A variation in Guilty Party: Ling-Ling Johnson refers to Dorian and Olivia Dickens as "Grandpa" and "Grandma," despite the fact that they're actually her uncle and aunt (Ling-Ling's adoptive mother, Charlotte, is Dorian's sister).
  • In the Pokémon Sun and Moon video games, Trail Captain Acerola constantly refers to Nanu, Chief of Police and Kahuna of Ula'ula, as her uncle despite them not being related. The usually stoic and frowning Nanu doesn't seem to mind, suggesting Acerola acts like a Morality Pet of sorts to him.
  • In Return Of The Obra Dinn, we have It-Beng Sia, one of the Formosan royals aboard the ship, who has another Formosan royal, Bun-Lan Lim, as his ward, even calling her "Miss Lim". She even goes so far as to call him "Beng-suk" ("Uncle Beng"), making it possible to deduce his identity.
  • In the Grim Tales series, this basically describes protagonist Anna Gray's relationship to many of her so-called relatives. The fact is that quite a large number of the family members she assists in her work, most of whom refer to her as "Aunt Anna" or "Aunt Gray," aren't related to her at all - they're the relatives of her twin sister's husband. She is nevertheless treated like she's family by all of them, so she amounts to this trope.
    • The same series also has an unusual crossover example. It assigns this role to James Blackthorne, whom Anna's daughter Alice calls "Uncle James." James, however, isn't from the Grim Tales games — he's from Haunted Hotel, another series from Elephant Games. He and Anna make up two-thirds of the team in the Crisis Crossover series Detectives United.
  • Dragon Quest V: Sancho looked after his mater Pankraz's son and grandchildren, and all of them called and treated him as their surrogate uncle.
  • In Suzerain, Player Character President Anton Rayne is a childhood friend of his Vice-President, Petr Vectern. Petr is so close with the Rayne family, that both of Anton's children calls him "Uncle Petr".
  • Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion: Scrooge McDuck tells Mickey Mouse to call him "Uncle Scrooge" when Mickey saves him.
    Scrooge: Any best friend of my nephew Donald is an honorary nephew of mine.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, at the conclusion of Sanguine's quest chain, the daedric prince cheerfully refers to himself as "your old Uncle Sanguine." It's sort of a mix between this trope and the truth From a Certain Point of View; Sanguine being one of the Daedra, he is something like a half-brother to the Divines (Aedra). These include Akatosh, the god of time, who is the one who gave the Dragonborn their draconic soul and is therefore their "father."


    Web Original 
  • In the Camp Camp episode "Parents Day'', Space Kid's parents fail to make it; in their place, his cool and loving honorary uncle Buzz Aldrin shows up.
  • Protectors of the Plot Continuum: Agents who rescue child bit-characters and place them in the Nursery (specifically set up to take care of such children) often become honorary Aunts and Uncles. One good example is Oscar Henson, one half of the Department of MPreg, whose job is to rescue the unnaturally existing MPreg-created babies, and was in fact warned by his mentor Trojanhorse that he was likely to end up "Uncle Oscar" to an increasing proportion of the Nursery's inhabitants over time. In general, agents become parents (or aunts/uncles for that matter) by adoption more frequently than by blood.
  • In RWBY, Qrow Branwen is Yang Xiao Long's maternal uncle, being in no way related to Yang's half-sister Ruby Rose. That doesn't stop them from having a close uncle-niece relationship and serving as Ruby's mentor who influenced her fighting and clothing style, however.

    Western Animation 
  • Archer: Archer has referred to Pam, who he's also called his best friend, as being aunt to his and Lana's infant daughter.
  • Danny Phantom. Vlad Masters somewhat ironically insists on being called Uncle Vlad by his best friends' (one of which he hates and is constantly trying to kill, the other he has a stalkery crush on) children (again, one of which he hates and is constantly trying to kill when he isn't trying to make him his apprentice).
  • DuckTales (1987): Scrooge McDuck tells Webby — the granddaughter of his grand-nephews' nanny — to call him Uncle Scrooge. Like in the comics, Gladstone Gander also calls him "Uncle" even though they're only distantly related by marriage (Scrooge's sister was married to Gladstone's mother's brother).
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the sequel to the video game, where pretty much every character calls him "Uncle Scrooge" — even Launchpad McQuack and Gyro Gearloose. Launchpad also called him that in the first game, but only in the beta before the mistake was fixed. (Presumably, the sequel wasn't beta tested.)
    • In the 2017 reboot, Huey, Dewey, and Louie call their uncle's (and mother's) first cousin "Uncle Gladstone" for the first time (in all previous American material, he was always "Cousin Gladstone" to them).
      • For the record, he's Donald's cousin, and therefore would properly be the triplets' cousin-once-removed. Fethry is also Donald's cousin, but is saddled with "Cousin Fethry" because of his more Manchild tendencies.
      • The reboot also shows Donald's cousins Gladstone and Fethry addressing Scrooge as their uncle, despite being Donald's paternal cousins and therefore technically unrelated to Scrooge (whose sister was Donald's mother).
      • All of this gets lampshaded in the Season 1 finale when Scrooge's Arch-Enemy Magica De Spell has her niece Lena befriend Webby in order to infiltrate Scrooge's family so she can release her from imprisonment in Scrooge's #1 Dime.
        Scrooge: How?
        Magica: Why don't you ask your housekeeper's granddaughter's new best friend? (beat) You have a confusing family structure, you know that?
    • Like the original series, Scrooge allows Webby to call him Uncle Scrooge. When, in the Grand Finale, Webby finds out she's Scrooge's Opposite-Sex Clone, she upgrades him to 'Dad'. He's pretty elated about it.
  • With a new arrival on the way, Dora the Explorer's best friend Boots is over the moon, excited by the prospect of being "a big monkey brother" to what turns out to be twins who are later revealed to be named Guillermo and Isabella.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM): Tagalong Kid Tails calls Sally "Aunt Sally."
  • Uncle from Jackie Chan Adventures may not be any known character's biological uncle. Apparently, neither Jackie nor Jade nor anyone else in the family is entirely sure how he's related to them — or if he is at all! It doesn't help that, according to a time travel episode, he used "Uncle" as his professional nickname long before Jackie came to live with him.
  • In the second season of The Critic, Penny, the young daughter of Jay's girlfriend Alice, calls him "Uncle Jay."
  • When Bart from Young Justice first meets the Garricks he refers to them as his "honorary great-grandparents," since they're the sort-of mentors of his grandfather. Word of God also says they hold the "uncle/aunt" role for Wally.
  • Inverted in the first season South Park episode "Volcano". When Stan's Uncle Jimbo spends some quality time with Kenny, he declares Kenny to be his honorary nephew.
    • In South Park: Post Covid, Cartman tries to get his children to call Kyle "Uncle Kyle", but his infant son can only say, "Fuck you, Kyle." When he manages to say, "Fuck you, Uncle Kyle." Cartman considers it making progress. In South Park: Post Covid: The Return of Covid, Kyle's children happily call Stan "Uncle Stan" in the new future.
  • Over the Garden Wall has Auntie Whispers and Lorna; just the two of them live together and Lorna says Auntie Whispers isn't her actual aunt. Subverted because Auntie Whispers keeps Lorna in servitude through Mind Control, and Wirt actually seems to take them not being related as confirmation that Auntie Whispers just wants a slave. Double Subverted because Lorna is a victim of Demonic Possession, and Auntie Whispers is using Brainwashing for the Greater Good. Played straight after the demon is dealt with and Lorna chooses to stay with Auntie Whispers completely of her own free will.
  • As with almost all tropes, this one was parodied by The Simpsons. When Moe and Marge are leaving for a convention, Bart asks, "Where're Mom and Uncle Moe going?" As Homer was worried they were having an "emotional affair", he replies, "He's only your emotional uncle, I'm your REAL uncle!"
  • Rugrats:
    • Cousins Tommy and Angelica are related through their fathers. In an early episode, Angelica complains about having to stay with Tommy's maternal grandparents. ("They're Tommy's grandma and grandpa, not mine!") Of course, she ends up having a great time and happily calls her aunt-by-marriage's father "Grandpa Boris" in all future episodes.
    • Lou's kids and grandkids call his cousin "Aunt Miriam," although Angelica proudly declares she knows Miriam is actually her "great-aunt once removed" (close enough for a 3-year-old).
  • In Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, Alfred Pennyworth is Daphne's honorary uncle due to having helped the family in the past. She happily calls him Uncle Alfie.
  • Steven Universe: In "Gem Harvest," Steven meets his father's cousin Andy for the first time. He immediately tries calculating how they're related, correctly guessing it's "first cousin once removed", but Andy tells him not to worry about it and just call him "Uncle Andy." Although Andy initially has no love for the Gems, after being told they're Steven's mother's family, he refers to them with complete sincerity as his "aunts".

    Real Life 
  • Even if culture does not demand it, family friends of your parents' generation regularly come to be called "Uncle" or "Auntie", if only because it's easier to teach a child two words than a plethora of names.
    • In Russian culture, children refer to any adult as that.
    • Chilean writer Isabel Allende has stated in all of her biographies that she calls her stepfather Uncle, but that is partly due to the long tradition of attaching the honorific of Uncle/Aunt to every adult the age of one's parents regardless of filial relationship, and partly due to the fact that he and her mother weren't legally married (long story). Similarly, Salvador Allende was her (natural) father's cousin and thus actually "Uncle Salvador."
  • In Indonesia it's pretty common in casual settings, especially for the younger generations, to call middle-aged strangers as "om" (uncle) or "tante" (aunt).
  • Godmothers and godfathers are often referred to as Aunt or Uncle by their godchild and other children in the family. But then again, lots of families use an aunt or an uncle as godparents, so the two end up being interchangeable sometimes.
  • In Filipino family culture, close family friends are always given this honor, thus it is not surprising for children to call older people (about the same age as their parents) "Tito" and "Tita" (Uncle and Aunt respectively) or "Ate" and "Kuya" (older brother and sister respectively if the person being referred to looks like a teenager or a young adult) even if they are not related by blood. Calling total strangers "ate" or "kuya" is considered a sign of respect, equivalent to somebody referring to a stranger as "Sir" or "Madam."
  • Addressing a family friend as "Uncle" or "Aunt" is a given in Sri Lanka.
  • In many indigenous cultures, the term used for a father's friend is also "father". But in this case, it's also used for the father's brother.
  • This used to be common in the Netherlands, but lately the sense of formal speech in general is considered old-fashioned and elitist, and thus family-related titles like uncle, aunt, mom, dad, grandpa, etc. are considered old-fashioned as well.
  • This was apparently the case with Walt Disney himself, who reportedly insisted that the original stars of The Mickey Mouse Club call him "Uncle Walt".
  • In one of his Evening With DVDs, Kevin Smith says that his Heterosexual Life-Partner Jason Mewes is called "Uncle Jay" by Kevin's daughter Harley.
  • Director Mel Stuart's daughter approached him about making what would eventually become Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. She suggested that "Uncle Dave" (producer David Wolper) come up with the money for it.
  • Dhani Harrison, George Harrison's son, calls Ringo Starr "Uncle Ringo".
    • Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr's son, similarly referred to Keith Moon as "Uncle Keith".
  • Younger students in Brazil tends to refer to school teachers as "tio/tia (uncle/auntie)", especially at kindergarten, instead of calling "Professor/Professora" all the time. As they grow older, they start dropping the "auntie", especially if they have taken to disliking certain teachers or school in general.
  • Oscar Isaac's wife Elvira Lind has referred to Pedro Pascal as their sons' "Tio Pedro."
  • Bruce Lee's goddaughter Diana Lee Inosanto referred to him as her "Uncle Bruce".
  • Canadian musician David Foster is this for Robin Thicke, as revealed in one episode of season 6 of The Masked Singer. According to Robin, David had been best friends with Robin's father, Alan Thicke, since before Robin was born, and Robin has called him "Uncle Dave" for his entire life. Ironically, Robin was the only panelist to fail to guess that the Banana half of Banana Split was David!
  • Due to her Like Brother and Sister relationship with her ex-husband Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves was this to the future Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. Her actual relationship with Edward was friendly but somewhat distant, as he was much younger than his sisters, but she was very close with the two girls and with Elizabeth in particular.
  • Ming-Na Wen became an unofficial "auntie" to Kevin Tancharoen, who directed her on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Book of Boba Fett.

Alternative Title(s): Honourary Uncle, Honorary Aunt, Honourary Aunt