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1st Apr '16 11:33:28 AM VampireBuddha
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* One ''Comicbook/{{Dennis the Menace| UK}}'' strip involve Walter apparently becoming a menace and picking on Dennis. In the end it turned out it was actually Walter's [[{{evil twin}} identical cousin]], William, who unlike the rest of the family is a real menace.
29th Mar '16 2:13:03 PM margdean56
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* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Kitty and Lydia both live this trope in their rebellious behavior as noted by their father. Once Kitty grows out of her deplorable behavior, Lydia remains as the ''sole'' black sheep PushedUpToEleven.

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* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Kitty and Lydia both live this trope in their rebellious behavior as noted by their father. Once Kitty grows out of her deplorable behavior, Lydia remains as the ''sole'' black sheep PushedUpToEleven.pushed UpToEleven.



* In "Literature/TheSilmarillion" from the House of Fingolfin Maeglin. His grandfather Fingolfin and Uncles Fingon and Turgon are heroic figures who are all High King of the Noldor in turn, Turgon's daughter Idril is a decent PrincessClassic and her husband Tuor is a great hero, and his mother Aredhel was decent if quite adventuress. Maeglin is a treacherous figure who desires [[KissingCousins Idril]], and is the first Elf with such a desire. He betrays Turgon's city of Gondolin to [[BigBad Morgoth]] leading to [[EvilNephew Turgon's death]]. He also tries to 'take' Idril and murder her seven-year old son Earendil, at which her husband Tuor throws Maeglin from the walls of Gondolin. This villainous nature may be due to Maeglin's father Eol, the sinister Dark Elf, who basically kidnapped Aredhel, kept Maeglin in the forest for the first 80 years of his life, and accidentally killed Maeglin's mother while trying to kill Maeglin, at which Turgon had them executed. This treachery and serving [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]] marks Maeglin out as someone considered the wickedest Elf, worse then his relatives from the House of Feanor (Fingolfin's older half-brother), as at least they served their House and fought against the DarkLord.

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* In "Literature/TheSilmarillion" from the House of Fingolfin Fingolfin, Maeglin. His grandfather Fingolfin and Uncles Fingon and Turgon are heroic figures who are all High King of the Noldor in turn, Turgon's daughter Idril is a decent PrincessClassic and her husband Tuor is a great hero, and his mother Aredhel was decent if quite adventuress.adventurous. Maeglin is a treacherous figure who desires [[KissingCousins Idril]], and is the first Elf with such a desire. He betrays Turgon's city of Gondolin to [[BigBad Morgoth]] leading to [[EvilNephew Turgon's death]]. He also tries to 'take' Idril and murder her seven-year old son Earendil, at which her husband Tuor throws Maeglin from the walls of Gondolin. This villainous nature may be due to Maeglin's father Eol, the sinister Dark Elf, who basically kidnapped Aredhel, kept Maeglin in the forest for the first 80 years of his life, and accidentally killed Maeglin's mother while trying to kill Maeglin, at which Turgon had them him executed. This treachery and serving [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]] marks Maeglin out as someone considered the wickedest Elf, worse then his relatives from the House of Feanor (Fingolfin's older half-brother), as at least they served their House and fought against the DarkLord.DarkLord.
* Creator/GeorgetteHeyer's book ''Black Sheep'' has as its hero Miles Calverleigh, who was packed off to India after he [[spoiler:tried to elope with an heiress]]. Upon returning to England twenty years later, he acknowledges that wasn't a good idea, but still doesn't worry about conforming to the rules of propriety.
-->'''Miles:''' What [my father] worshipped was good ton. I wasn't good ton at all...
29th Mar '16 2:02:07 PM margdean56
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** [[PluckyGirl Stephanie Brown]] was, at best, a ''tolerated'' teen crime-fighter as Spoiler, but she was never accepted or welcomed into the group. Franchise/{{Batman}} alternated between ignoring her and actively ordering her to quit (and, on two occasions, [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage training her, including once as Robin]]) until she eventually [[LegacyCharacter asumed the mantle of]] [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl]] and ''[[TookALevelInBadass earned]]'' [[TookALevelInBadass the respect of everybody who previously dismissed her]].

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** [[PluckyGirl Stephanie Brown]] was, at best, a ''tolerated'' teen crime-fighter as Spoiler, but she was never accepted or welcomed into the group. Franchise/{{Batman}} alternated between ignoring her and actively ordering her to quit (and, on two occasions, [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage training her, including once as Robin]]) until she eventually [[LegacyCharacter asumed assumed the mantle of]] [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl]] and ''[[TookALevelInBadass earned]]'' [[TookALevelInBadass the respect of everybody who previously dismissed her]].



** Damian Wayne also has these issues, as he's been trained as an assassin during his whole pre-Gotham life, his mother has now disowned him for siding with his dad's point of view, and doesn't even know how to really play until Stephanie dragged him to a moonbounce. Did we mention he's ten? He proved himself to Dick fairly quickly and is in the process of getting his father's acceptance; but Tim still can't forget that this kid tried to kill him once. It's a mixed bag.
** [[ComicBook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]] was kinda-sorta accepted as a part of the Bat-family after he and Batman teamed up to take down a crazed weapons dealer and actively trained him to get him away from [[BrainwashedAndCrazy the hold of the System]]. However, things fell apart when he took over as Batman, as he was doused with Fear Gas by the Scarecrow, leading to the System to take over, go crazy and end up having a villain killed. Batman considered him a mistake and would ''really'' not want to deal with him.
** The Gordons have their own, James Gordon Jr. His father is the police commissioner, and his sister is a superhero, but James Jr. kills people for fun. He also tried to killed his mother and Barbara before he was caught by Batman and his father.

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** Damian Wayne also has these issues, as he's been trained as an assassin during his whole pre-Gotham life, his mother has now disowned him for siding with his dad's point of view, and doesn't he didn't even know how to really play until Stephanie dragged him to a moonbounce. Did we mention he's ten? He proved himself to Dick fairly quickly and is in the process of getting his father's acceptance; but Tim still can't forget that this kid tried to kill him once. It's a mixed bag.
** [[ComicBook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]] was kinda-sorta accepted as a part of the Bat-family after he and Batman teamed up to take down a crazed weapons dealer and actively trained him to get him away from [[BrainwashedAndCrazy the hold of the System]]. However, things fell apart when he took over as Batman, as he was doused with Fear Gas by the Scarecrow, leading to the System to take taking over, go went crazy and end ended up having a villain killed. Batman considered him a mistake and would ''really'' not want to deal with him.
** The Gordons have their own, James Gordon Jr. His father is the police commissioner, and his sister is a superhero, but James Jr. kills people for fun. He also tried to killed kill his mother and Barbara before he was caught by Batman and his father.



** Unusually, he's probably the only member of the family that everyone else likes- he's also one of the most affable, rational and well adjusted of them.

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** Unusually, he's probably the only member of the family that everyone else likes- he's likes--he's also one of the most affable, rational and well adjusted of them.



* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'''s sometime-flame Diamondback has a brother, Cutthroat. Where Diamondback was once a ruthless criminal, her brother remains one without shame or conscience. She still cares for him, in spite of Cap's belief that a brother who abandons his family (as Cutthroat has done several times) will always choose the easy way out.

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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'''s sometime-flame Diamondback has a brother, Cutthroat. Where Diamondback was once a ruthless criminal, her brother remains one one, without shame or conscience. She still cares for him, in spite of Cap's belief that a brother who abandons his family (as Cutthroat has done several times) will always choose the easy way out.
29th Mar '16 1:54:16 PM margdean56
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The '''Black Sheep''' is the one member of a family who does not fit in, the prodigal son, the castaway from TheClan or from the BigScrewedUpFamily unless he left on his own smashing the door and CallingTheOldManOut. Can be TheUnfavorite, but not necessarily.

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The '''Black Sheep''' is the one member of a family who does not fit in, the prodigal son, the castaway from TheClan or from the BigScrewedUpFamily -- unless he left on his own own, smashing the door and CallingTheOldManOut. Can be TheUnfavorite, but not necessarily.
28th Mar '16 7:50:32 PM ladyofthelibrary
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** [[PluckyGirl Stephanie Brown]] was, at best, a ''tolerated'' teen crime-fighter as Spoiler, but she was never accepted or welcomed into the group. Franchise/{{Batman}} alternated between ignoring her and actively ordering her to quit (and, on two occasions, [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage training her, including once as Robin]]) until she eventually [[LegacyCharacter asumed the mantle of]] [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl]] and ''[[TookALevelInbadass earned]]'' [[TookALevelInBadass the respect of everybody who previously dismissed her]].

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** [[PluckyGirl Stephanie Brown]] was, at best, a ''tolerated'' teen crime-fighter as Spoiler, but she was never accepted or welcomed into the group. Franchise/{{Batman}} alternated between ignoring her and actively ordering her to quit (and, on two occasions, [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage training her, including once as Robin]]) until she eventually [[LegacyCharacter asumed the mantle of]] [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Batgirl]] and ''[[TookALevelInbadass ''[[TookALevelInBadass earned]]'' [[TookALevelInBadass the respect of everybody who previously dismissed her]].



* ''Fanfic/TheBlackSheep'' does exactly what it says on the tin. A successful hard-working career girl in Ankh-Morpork is not happy at the coming of her favourite uncle, who she knows to be a con-man, grifter and scrounger. He has also been expelled from their native country for [[TheApartheidEra serious criminal offences]] against the State.

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* ''Fanfic/TheBlackSheep'' does exactly what it says on the tin. A successful hard-working career girl in Ankh-Morpork is not happy at the coming of her favourite favorite uncle, who she knows to be a con-man, grifter and scrounger. He has also been expelled from their native country for [[TheApartheidEra serious criminal offences]] against the State.



* ''FanFic/SwingingPendulum'': Amongst the cheerful and dark-haired Shiba, the pessimistic and bright-haired Ichigo tends to stick out. He also sucks at Kidou, which happens to be a clan speciality.

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* ''FanFic/SwingingPendulum'': Amongst the cheerful and dark-haired Shiba, the pessimistic and bright-haired Ichigo tends to stick out. He also sucks at Kidou, which happens to be a clan speciality.specialty.



* Scar is implied to be this in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. However this is due to his own attitude, rather then the others actions. Simba even seems to ''like'' him when he was a cub.

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* Scar is implied to be this in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. However this is due to his own attitude, rather then the others others' actions. Simba even seems to ''like'' him when he was a cub.



'''Mufasa:''' What am going to do with him?

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'''Mufasa:''' What am I going to do with him?
27th Mar '16 10:43:13 PM Statzkeen
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*** Actually, Sirius and Andromeda are the [[JustForPun White Sheep]] from the [[BigScrewedUpFamily Black family]].
25th Mar '16 12:47:32 PM pablo360
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* Ethan from ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' is a twenty something manchild who clearly has some sort of disorder and is obbsessed with video games to the point of physical addiction who owns his own game store, his brother is a former football player turned bar owner. Guess who his family prefers.
** Though later it turns out his brother got himself in trouble with the hawaian mafia and needed Ethan (who was getting married) to bail himout. He saved his brothers life but refused to implicate himself and ruin his wedding day to help with his brothers own failings. His parents actually got mad at Ethan for not helping their Favourite.

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* Ethan from ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' is a twenty something manchild twenty-something ManChild who clearly has some sort of disorder and is obbsessed obsessed with video games to the point of physical addiction and who owns his own game store, store; his brother is a former football player turned bar owner. Guess who whom his family prefers.
** Though later it turns out his brother got himself in trouble with the hawaian Hawaiian mafia and needed Ethan (who was getting married) to bail himout.him out. He saved his brothers life but refused to implicate himself and ruin his wedding day to help with his brothers own failings. His parents actually then got mad at Ethan for not helping their Favourite.
16th Feb '16 11:30:45 AM Robinton
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*** Actually, Sirius and Andromeda are the [[JustForPun White Sheep]] from the [[BigScrewedUpFamily Black family]].
22nd Jan '16 9:26:48 PM Adept
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* Wabisuke is the Jinnouchi's prodigal son in ''SummerWars.''

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* Wabisuke is the Jinnouchi's prodigal son in ''SummerWars.''Anime/SummerWars.''
7th Jan '16 4:11:06 AM technickal
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Contrast WhiteSheep, where all inversions of this trope belong.

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Contrast WhiteSheep, where all inversions of this trope belong.
belong. An OddballInTheSeries is often called its "black sheep".
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