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Basic Trope: An extremely convoluted and utterly confusing family tree.

  • Straight: Bob's step-uncle is his father too, and his grandma is younger than him.
  • Exaggerated: Bob has two fathers and no mother, his son is his grandfather, there are three million clones of Bob, and just about everybody's committed incest more than once.
  • Downplayed: Bob is the nephew of an uncle decades younger than him and his godmother is his step-mother.
  • Justified:
    • Someone had multiple children along the line, causing the records to mess up.
    • Bob's family is a bunch of Reality Warpers.
  • Inverted: In a work where everybody's family is a Tangled Family Tree, Bob is the only one to have a normal family.
  • Subverted: All the people claiming to be his family are mistaken, and he simply has the standard extended family...
  • Double Subverted: ...Who turn out to be an incestuous wreck themselves.
  • Parodied: Bob's pet dog, cat, bird, and hamster turn out to his biological parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, daughters, sons, nephews, nieces, stepparents, godparents and his roommates.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's step-uncle is his father,
  • Averted: Bob has a normal family tree.
  • Enforced: The creators set this up as conflict so their character Bob fix the problem.
  • Lampshaded: "Woah, Bob. That's a pretty tangled family you got there!"
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  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Betty claims to be Bob's Opposite-Sex Clone from the future and Bob believes her because of how confusing his genealogy otherwise is.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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