History Main / MiddleChildSyndrome

10th Sep '16 7:03:12 AM Monolaf317
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Can be somewhat avoided, but not always, if the middle child is special by virtue of being of the opposite gender than their siblings, since they could share a bond with the same-gender parent. But if that parent is [[ParentalAbandonment not around]], then it's right back to this trope. If the middle child is [[SmurfettePrinciple a girl]], however, she might avoid this by being DaddysGirl.

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Can be somewhat avoided, but not always, if the middle child is special by virtue of being of the opposite gender than their siblings, since they could share a bond with the same-gender parent. But if that parent is [[ParentalAbandonment not around]], then it's right back to this trope. If the middle child is [[SmurfettePrinciple a girl]], however, she might avoid this by being a DaddysGirl.



For the series/installments [[RuleOfThree of three]] variant of this trope, it's SophomoreSlump.

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For the series/installments [[RuleOfThree of three]] (of just three)]] variant of this trope, it's SophomoreSlump.
5th Sep '16 3:32:33 AM Iceaura39
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*In ''Fanfic/FantasyDatabase'', we have the protagonist Icarus, who is often overlooked by AnnoyingYoungerSibling Phaeton and AloofBigBrother Sisyphus
31st Aug '16 9:23:46 PM NESBoy
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--> '''Marge''': We have ''three'' kids.\\
'''Homer''': Marge, the dog doesn't count as a kid.
** Lampshaded in-universe, when he describes her as "Maggie: the forgotten Simpson."

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--> '''Marge''': -->'''Homer:''' Bart's grades are up a little this term, but Lisa's are way down. Oh, we always have one good kid and one lousy kid. Why can't both our kids be good?\\
'''Marge:'''
We have ''three'' kids.kids, Homer.\\
'''Homer''': '''Homer:''' Marge, the dog doesn't count as a kid.
kid.\\
'''Marge:''' No, ''Maggie''.\\
'''Homer:''' Oh, yeah.
** Lampshaded in-universe, when he describes her as "Maggie: declares, "I'll lavish my attention on Maggie: the forgotten Simpson."



'''Homer''': I don't like your attitude, you water-cooler dictator. What do you have in that secret government file anyway? I have a right to read it.\\
'''Bureaucrat''': ''(turns his monitor toward Homer)'' You sure do.\\
'''Homer''': ''(reads)'' "Wife: Marjorie. Children: Bartholomew, Lisa" -- aha! See, this thing is all screwed up! Who the heck is Margaret Simpson?\\
'''Bureaucrat''': Uh, your youngest daughter.\\
'''Homer''': ''(mocking him)'' "Uh, your youngest daughter."

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'''Homer''': '''Homer:''' I don't like your attitude, you water-cooler dictator. What do you have in that secret government file anyway? I have a right to read it.\\
'''Bureaucrat''': '''Bureaucrat:''' ''(turns his monitor toward Homer)'' You sure do.\\
'''Homer''': '''Homer:''' ''(reads)'' "Wife: Marjorie. Children: Bartholomew, Lisa" -- aha! See, this thing is all screwed up! Who the heck is Margaret Simpson?\\
'''Bureaucrat''': '''Bureaucrat:''' Uh, your youngest daughter.\\
'''Homer''': '''Homer:''' ''(mocking him)'' "Uh, your youngest daughter."



--->'''Homer''': "I would do anything for Bart and Lisa!"\\
'''Social Worker''': "And what about Margaret?"\\
'''Homer''': "Who?"\\
'''Marge''': "She means Maggie!"\\
'''Homer''': "Oh. Eh, I got nothing against Maggie."

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--->'''Homer''': "I would --->'''Homer:''' Fathering children is the best part of my day. I'd do anything for Bart and Lisa!"\\
Lisa!\\
'''Social Worker''': "And what about Margaret?"\\
'''Homer''': "Who?"\\
'''Marge''': "She means Maggie!"\\
'''Homer''': "Oh. Eh,
Worker:''' And Margaret?\\
'''Homer:''' Who? Lady, you got the wrong file.\\
'''Marge:''' It's Maggie!\\
'''Homer:''' Oh, Maggie,
I got nothing against Maggie."



*** It should be noted that [[CharacterizationMarchesOn generally the episodes establishing a closer bond between Homer and Lisa came later]]. Lisa's miserable birthday song is from ''Stark Raving Dad'', which was broadcast as the first episode of Season 3 (i. e. as the 36th episode in all), but which as its number (7F24) indicates was originally produced for Season 2. Also, while Homer may often ignore Maggie, Marge generally is very attentive, sometimes obsessively so, to her needs - and as Maggie is too young even to go to kindergarten, she and Marge spend most of the day together every day.
*** Then that will make Bart TheUnfavorite of the children, as he has no good relationship at all with Homer and his relationship with Marge, though closer and much more caring, is mostly based around his bad behavior and he hardly calls the attetion of his parents for anything good, unlike Lisa who has good grades and artistic achievements and Maggie that, as baby, draws attention for the need of care.

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*** It should be noted that [[CharacterizationMarchesOn generally the episodes establishing a closer bond between Homer and Lisa came later]]. Lisa's miserable birthday song is from ''Stark Raving Dad'', which was broadcast as the first episode of Season 3 (i. e. as the 36th episode in all), but which as its number (7F24) indicates was originally produced for Season 2. Also, while Homer may often ignore Maggie, Marge generally is very attentive, sometimes obsessively so, to her needs - and as Maggie is too young even to go to kindergarten, she and Marge spend most of the day together every day.
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day.\\\
Then that will make Bart TheUnfavorite of the children, as he has no good relationship at all with Homer and his relationship with Marge, though closer and much more caring, is mostly based around his bad behavior and he hardly calls the attetion of his parents for anything good, unlike Lisa who has good grades and artistic achievements and Maggie that, as baby, draws attention for the need of care.
2nd Jul '16 12:50:55 PM Monolaf317
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For the series/installments variant of this trope, it's SophomoreSlump.

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For the series/installments [[RuleOfThree of three]] variant of this trope, it's SophomoreSlump.
SophomoreSlump.
25th Jun '16 4:11:07 PM Adept
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->''Personally, I have always suspected it is something far simpler: Kit doesnít like [[TheBabyOfTheBunch the little ones]] getting all the attention for being small and [[TheCutie cute]], and Lochan and me [[PromotionToParent telling everyone what to do]], while heís stuck in no-manís-land, the archetypal middle child with no partner in crime. Now that Kit has gained the necessary respect at school by joining [[{{Delinquents}} a gang who sneaks out of the gates to smoke weed in the local park at lunchtime]], he bitterly resents the fact that at home he is still considered just one of the children.''

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->''Personally, I have always suspected it is something far simpler: Kit doesnít like [[TheBabyOfTheBunch the little ones]] ones getting all the attention for being small and [[TheCutie cute]], cute, and Lochan and me [[PromotionToParent telling everyone what to do]], do, while heís stuck in no-manís-land, the archetypal middle child with no partner in crime. Now that Kit has gained the necessary respect at school by joining [[{{Delinquents}} a gang who sneaks out of the gates to smoke weed in the local park at lunchtime]], lunchtime, he bitterly resents the fact that at home he is still considered just one of the children.''



* In many ''HarryPotter'' stories with a 'brother mistaken for the boy who lived' plot, which often include a younger sister born years later. Harry will be overlooked between the child savior and the only daughter of the family.



* ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': This is one of Edmund's many issues in the first half of the film. Peter and Susan are the grown-up "older ones" who are given all the responsibility and Lucy is the adored baby of the family who everyone looks after. Edmund is just the awkward, rebellious one too old to be coddled but too old to keep up with the others. [[spoiler: This resentment eventually leads to him betraying the other three, although magic was involved and he makes up for it in the end.]]

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* ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': This is one of Edmund's many issues in the first half of the film. Peter and Susan are the grown-up "older ones" who are given all the responsibility and Lucy is the adored baby of the family who everyone looks after. Edmund is just the awkward, rebellious one too old to be coddled but too old young to keep up with the others. [[spoiler: This resentment eventually leads to him betraying the other three, although magic was involved and he makes up for it in the end.]]



* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
22nd Jun '16 4:19:47 AM Luppercus
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*** Then that will make Bart TheUnfavorite of the children, as he has no good relationship at all with Homer and his relationship with Marge, though closer and much more caring, is mostly based around his bad behavior and he hardly calls the attetion of his parents for anything good, unlike Lisa who has good greats and artistic achievements and Maggie that, as baby, draws attention for the need of care.

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*** Then that will make Bart TheUnfavorite of the children, as he has no good relationship at all with Homer and his relationship with Marge, though closer and much more caring, is mostly based around his bad behavior and he hardly calls the attetion of his parents for anything good, unlike Lisa who has good greats grades and artistic achievements and Maggie that, as baby, draws attention for the need of care.
22nd Jun '16 4:18:51 AM Luppercus
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*** Then that will make Bart the true left out of the children, as he has no good relationship at all with Homer and his relationship with Marge, though closer and much more caring, is mostly based around his bad behavior and he hardly calls the attetion of his parents for anything good, unlike Lisa who has good greats and artistic achievements and Maggie that, as baby, draws attention for the need of care.

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*** Then that will make Bart the true left out TheUnfavorite of the children, as he has no good relationship at all with Homer and his relationship with Marge, though closer and much more caring, is mostly based around his bad behavior and he hardly calls the attetion of his parents for anything good, unlike Lisa who has good greats and artistic achievements and Maggie that, as baby, draws attention for the need of care.
22nd Jun '16 4:12:04 AM Luppercus
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***Then that will make Bart the true left out of the children, as he has no good relationship at all with Homer and his relationship with Marge, though closer and much more caring, is mostly based around his bad behavior and he hardly calls the attetion of his parents for anything good, unlike Lisa who has good greats and artistic achievements and Maggie that, as baby, draws attention for the need of care.
22nd Jun '16 4:06:35 AM Luppercus
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* Sue in ''Series/TheMiddle''. And not ''just'' because she has a rather generic name while her siblings are named "Axel" and "Brick"...

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* Sue in ''Series/TheMiddle''. And not ''just'' because she has a rather generic name while her siblings are named "Axel" and "Brick"..."Brick", but because, as she puts it in an episode, she's not a succesful athlete like Axl nor "supersmart" like Brick. Both of her brothers tend to stand out for sports or intellectual habilities respectively.
24th May '16 8:04:28 PM Eievie
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->''Personally, I have always suspected it is something far simpler: Kit doesnít like the little ones getting all the attention for being small and cute, and Lochan and me telling everyone what to do, while heís stuck in no-manís-land, the archetypal middle child with no partner in crime. Now that Kit has gained the necessary respect at school by joining a gang who sneaks out of the gates to smoke weed in the local park at lunchtime, he bitterly resents the fact that at home he is still considered just one of the children.''

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->''Personally, I have always suspected it is something far simpler: Kit doesnít like [[TheBabyOfTheBunch the little ones ones]] getting all the attention for being small and cute, [[TheCutie cute]], and Lochan and me [[PromotionToParent telling everyone what to do, do]], while heís stuck in no-manís-land, the archetypal middle child with no partner in crime. Now that Kit has gained the necessary respect at school by joining [[{{Delinquents}} a gang who sneaks out of the gates to smoke weed in the local park at lunchtime, lunchtime]], he bitterly resents the fact that at home he is still considered just one of the children.''
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