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24th May '16 8:04:28 PM Eievie
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->''Personally, I have always suspected it is something far simpler: Kit doesn’t like the little ones getting all the attention for being small and cute, and Lochan and me telling everyone what to do, while he’s stuck in no-man’s-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 doesn’t 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 he’s stuck in no-man’s-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.''
24th May '16 7:56:58 PM Eievie
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->''"Why wreck my middle-child-always-being-left-out syndrome by including me now?"''
-->-- '''Lucy Camden''', ''Series/SeventhHeaven''

Everyone loves the oldest child because the [[ParentalFavoritism parents can rely on them]], [[BigBrotherMentor they watch out for their siblings]] and [[CoolBigSis they're so confidently attractive]]. The YoungestChildWins because they're [[TheBabyOfTheBunch the "baby".]] But what does that leave the one in the middle?

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->''"Why wreck my middle-child-always-being-left-out syndrome ->''Personally, I have always suspected it is something far simpler: Kit doesn’t like the little ones getting all the attention for being small and cute, and Lochan and me telling everyone what to do, while he’s stuck in no-man’s-land, the archetypal middle child with no partner in crime. Now that Kit has gained the necessary respect at school by including me now?"''
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.''
-->-- '''Lucy Camden''', ''Series/SeventhHeaven''

'''Maya Whitely''' about her middle child brother '''Kit''', ''Literature/{{Forbidden}}''

Everyone loves the oldest child because the [[ParentalFavoritism parents can rely on them]], [[BigBrotherMentor they watch out for their siblings]] and [[CoolBigSis they're so confidently attractive]]. The YoungestChildWins because they're [[TheBabyOfTheBunch the "baby".]] "baby"]]. But what does that leave the one in the middle?
1st May '16 10:01:43 PM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' focuses on Lincoln, who's not only [[OutnumberedSibling the only boy]] in a family of [[MassiveNumberedSiblings eleven]], but smack-dab in the middle to boot.
25th Apr '16 1:14:46 PM Monolaf317
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For the series/installments variant of this trope, it's SophomoreSlump.
13th Apr '16 5:07:51 AM fearlessnikki
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** In a meta sense, the middle Bingley child Louisa is the one who's frequently left out of adaptations. Eldest Charles is Jane's love interest, while youngest Caroline is a more memorable bitch.



* Ron Weasley from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is constantly overshadowed by his six siblings despite being the second youngest. This changes over the course of the series as he gains credit for his heroics fighting alongside Harry and ultimately probably becomes the most famous member of the Weasley family.
** As Ron isn't the true middle child, Percy bears some mention. He's sort of the ButtMonkey in earlier books before he turns into a full JerkAss, especially if Fred and George are involved. Everybody admires Bill and Charlie, everybody finds Fred and George fun to be around, Ginny is respected for her ability as a witch (plus she's both the youngest and the only girl) and Ron does get some respect as Harry's best friend and for his later heroics. Percy, on the other hand, gets nothing. Even his boss, Barty Crouch, Sr., calls him by the wrong name ''to his face''! Percy is actually made up to be the favourite in book one, too, but only because he was a prefect.
*** Barty Crouch being unable to remember Percy is "Weasley" and not "Weatherby" is particularly egregious considering he knows his father well, and by name. You have to be pretty forgettable if you're the son of your boss's longtime co-worker and he can't remember your ''last'' name.
*** May not apply, since [[spoiler: Barty Crouch spent the majority of Goblet of Fire under the effects of the Imperius Curse, we just don't find this out until he was killed off for real.]]
*** It may well be that Percy is ''Molly's'' favorite child, but he's definitely everyone else's least favorite in the family. All of the Weasley kids are smart, and all but Fred and George wound up prefects, so Percy gets no special points for his scholastic abilities but loses them for not being happy-go-lucky, brave and funny like the rest.

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* Ron ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Percy
Weasley from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is constantly overshadowed by his six siblings despite being the second youngest. This changes over the course of the series as he gains credit for his heroics fighting alongside Harry and ultimately probably becomes the most famous member of third brother in the Weasley family.
** As Ron isn't the true middle child, Percy bears some mention.
clan. He's sort of the ButtMonkey in earlier books before he turns into a full JerkAss, especially if Fred and George are involved. Everybody admires Bill and Charlie, everybody finds Fred and George fun to be around, Ginny is respected for her ability as a witch (plus she's both the youngest and the only girl) and Ron does get some respect as Harry's best friend and for his later heroics. Percy, on the other hand, gets nothing. Even his boss, Barty Crouch, Sr., calls him by the wrong name ''to his face''! Percy is actually made up to be the favourite in book one, too, but only because he was a prefect.
*** Barty Crouch being unable to remember Percy is "Weasley" and not "Weatherby" is particularly egregious considering he knows his father well, and by name. You have
prefect. He appears to be pretty forgettable if you're the son of your boss's longtime co-worker and he can't remember your ''last'' name.
*** May not apply, since [[spoiler: Barty Crouch spent the majority of Goblet of Fire under the effects of the Imperius Curse, we just don't find this out until he was killed off for real.]]
*** It may well be that Percy is ''Molly's'' favorite child,
Molly's favourite but he's definitely disliked by just about everyone else's least favorite in the family. All of the Weasley kids are smart, and all but else.
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Fred and George wound up prefects, so Percy allude to this trope in the fifth book, where Molly coos over "everyone in the family" becoming prefects after Ron gets no special points for his scholastic abilities but loses made one. The twins reminds Molly that she ignored them for not being happy-go-lucky, brave and funny like the rest.when she said this.




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* Petrova of ''Literature/BalletShoes'' is the ShrinkingViolet of the bunch. Eldest Pauline is the pretty one and gets enough charisma to become an actress. Youngest Posy has enough dance talent to be trained exclusively by an accomplished ballerina. Petrova is the plain one who gets hardly any encouragement. Although in a twist, in the 2007 film adaptation, Petrova gets the most scenes with Garnie and is the one who is told about the family's situation - implying she might be Garnie's preferred daughter. She never gets reprimanded like the other two.



* In the beginning of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Piper suffers from this because Prue was hard working career woman and Phoebe was adventurous. She felt like the peacekeeper and the most normal one. After Prue died, Piper became the oldest and Phoebe became the middle. But, Phoebe still acted like the youngest and Paige acted like the middle child.
** Averted when their mother visits Piper on her wedding day and says "I always knew you'd be the first to get married. You're the heart of this family, Piper."

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* In the beginning of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Piper suffers from this because Prue was hard working career woman and Phoebe was adventurous. She felt like the peacekeeper and the most normal one. After Prue died, Piper became the oldest and Phoebe became the middle. But, Phoebe still acted like the youngest and Paige acted like the middle child.
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child. Averted when their mother visits Piper on her wedding day and says "I always knew you'd be the first to get married. You're the heart of this family, Piper."



* ''Series/HopeAndFaith'' has this with Hayley. In one episode she counts the amount of photos each child has in the family albums - and she has twenty less than the oldest and youngest siblings.

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* ''Series/HopeAndFaith'' has this with Hayley.''Series/HopeAndFaith''
** Hayley is the middle child in between Sydney and Justin.
In one episode she counts the amount of photos each child has in the family albums - and she has twenty less than the oldest and youngest siblings.



* Edith Crawley on ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', probably has the most extreme case of this seen on television.

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* Edith Crawley on ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', probably has the most extreme case of this seen on television. With Mary being the glamorous one that everyone adores, and Sybil being the kind-hearted baby of the family - Edith is left as the odd one out. In Season 2 she manages to break out of it somewhat - where she becomes the favourite among the soldiers staying in the estate.



* While ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' are triplets and, thus, the same age, Buttercup still falls right into Middle Child Syndrome by being noticeably brattier than Blossom and Bubbles, who in turn behave like an Oldest and Youngest Child respectively.
** According to the DVDCommentary for TheMovie, this is due to the fact that while Blossom and Bubbles got {{Meaningful Name}}s, Buttercup got saddled with her name just for the sake of AddedAlliterativeAppeal.
* Lampshaded in ''TheSimpsons'' by Lisa: "Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday overlooked middle child, happy birthday to me."
** Which is strange because a lot of episodes show she's a likely candidate as Homer's favorite (He takes her places she likes that he finds boring, helped out with her soccer team, stuff like that). For him, Maggie is more this trope, since there are times he even forgets she exists.

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* While ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' are triplets and, thus, the same age, Buttercup still falls right into Middle Child Syndrome by being noticeably brattier than Blossom and Bubbles, who in turn behave like an Oldest and Youngest Child respectively.
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respectively. According to the DVDCommentary for TheMovie, this is due to the fact that while Blossom and Bubbles got {{Meaningful Name}}s, Buttercup got saddled with her name just for the sake of AddedAlliterativeAppeal.
* Lampshaded in ''TheSimpsons'' by Lisa: "Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday overlooked middle child, happy birthday to me."
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" Which is strange because a lot of episodes show she's a likely candidate as Homer's favorite (He takes her places she likes that he finds boring, helped out with her soccer team, stuff like that). For him, Maggie is more this trope, since there are times he even forgets she exists.
13th Apr '16 3:55:23 AM HoursGoneBy
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** Others outside the immediate Coreleone family, though, consider Fredo to be the most likable. While Sonny had a hairpin trigger, and one always had to be on guard with Tom and Michael for subtle nuances and double meanings, Fredo had the distinction of being both friendly and harmless, the most easily approachable of the Corleones for a drink and casual conversation.

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** Others outside the immediate Coreleone family, though, consider Fredo to be the most likable. While Sonny had a hairpin trigger, hair-trigger temper and one always had to be on guard with Tom and Michael for subtle nuances and double meanings, Fredo had the distinction of being both friendly and harmless, the most easily approachable of the Corleones for a drink and casual conversation.
8th Apr '16 7:07:19 AM RobTan
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** Jaime is a subversion, he's the middle Lannister child but also Tywin's favorite, for [[AbusiveParents whatever that's worth]]. This is Tywin discounts the eldest, Cersei, because she's a girl, and considers the youngest, Tyrion, a walking disappointment.
14th Mar '16 9:24:20 AM Eievie
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* Kana Minami from ''Manga/MinamiKe'' is the dumb and lazy sister among the three, is usually the ButtMonkey towards her younger sister, but also occasionally to her older sister, too. While Haruka is very popular in her school and and Chiaki is respected by her classmates, Kana is not, though, she's not unpopular either and is even the first one to get a LoveInterest, to whom she is [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]]...

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* Kana Minami from ''Manga/MinamiKe'' is the dumb and lazy sister among the three, is usually the ButtMonkey towards her younger sister, but also occasionally to her older sister, too. While Haruka is very popular in her school and and Chiaki is respected by her classmates, Kana is not, though, she's not unpopular either and is even the first one to get a LoveInterest, to whom she is [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]]...oblivious]]…



-->'''Jason:''' But boy, Dick, you sure got game... Guess that's why 'Dad' always loved you best.

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-->'''Jason:''' But boy, Dick, you sure got game... game… Guess that's why 'Dad' always loved you best.



* In some versions of ''Beauty And The Beast'', Belle is ''la cadette'', the second daughter... who, at least in one version, gets picked on by both her sisters, has a MissingMom, three absent brothers, and spends her time self-sacrificing for her father who apparently prefers her... but agrees, upon her insistence, to let her do all the work while her sisters get to be pampered and to mope, and finally, he abandons her in a creepy mansion in the woods because she told him to.

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* In some versions of ''Beauty And The Beast'', Belle is ''la cadette'', the second daughter... daughter… who, at least in one version, gets picked on by both her sisters, has a MissingMom, three absent brothers, and spends her time self-sacrificing for her father who apparently prefers her... her… but agrees, upon her insistence, to let her do all the work while her sisters get to be pampered and to mope, and finally, he abandons her in a creepy mansion in the woods because she told him to.



** Stannis Baratheon, the middle child of the Baratheon brothers and the only unpopular, humorless KnightTemplar of the bunch - both his older brother Robert and his younger brother Renly are instead charming {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s. Renly was happy looking up to Robert, but Stannis wanted to move out of his shadow.

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** Stannis Baratheon, the middle child of the Baratheon brothers and the only unpopular, humorless KnightTemplar of the bunch - both bunch--both his older brother Robert and his younger brother Renly are instead charming {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s. Renly was happy looking up to Robert, but Stannis wanted to move out of his shadow.


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*''Literature/{{Forbidden}}'': Kit, of the Whitely children. They're aged 17, 16, 13, 8, 5. His eldest two siblings have been [[PromotionToParent Promoted to Parents]], while the little two are just children. As a result of his middle child syndrome by acting out. As his sister said:
-->''Personally, I have always suspected it is something far simpler: Kit doesn’t like the little ones getting all the attention for being small and cute, and Lochan and me telling everyone what to do, while he’s stuck in no-man’s-land, the archetypal middle child with no partner in crime.''
20th Jan '16 6:19:18 PM Adept
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* Donald in ''MagicalDiary'' has this as his major issue. Depending on how the game goes he may decide he's sick of being a screw-up and seek a new identity of his own.

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* Donald in ''MagicalDiary'' ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'' has this as his major issue. Depending on how the game goes he may decide he's sick of being a screw-up and seek a new identity of his own.
15th Jan '16 2:30:09 PM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** Helen had this relationship with her sisters growing up. Oldest sister Rita was beautiful and outgoing, while youngest sister Amy was the smartest. Helen became an over-achiever to compensate. Although the bulk of Helen's animosity is aimed towards Rita, which is compounded by the fact that their mother not only favors Rita even as adults, but also dotes on Rita's daughter Erin and showers them with gifts. Helen's coldness towards Amy seems to stem from the idea that Amy apparently did whatever she wanted by using her sister' bickering as an excuse not to get involved. Rita claims that their mom only shows more attention to her because she keeps in contact with her, while saying Helen's overachieving made her sisters look lazy in comparison when they were younger. The Barksdales in general are a BigScrewedUpFamily, which is nothing compared to Jake's upbringing with a horrible father.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** Helen had this relationship with her sisters growing up. Oldest sister Rita was beautiful and outgoing, while youngest sister Amy
On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' the title character's mom [[TheWorkaholic Helen]] was the smartest. Helen middle child, and apparently became an over-achiever to compensate. Although the bulk of Helen's animosity is aimed towards Rita, which is compounded by the fact that their mother not only favors Rita even as adults, but also dotes on Rita's daughter Erin and showers them with gifts. Helen's coldness towards Amy seems to stem from the idea that Amy apparently did whatever she wanted by using her sister' bickering as an excuse not to get involved. Rita claims that their mom only shows more attention to her because she keeps in contact with her, while saying Helen's overachieving made attention. {{Deconstructed}}, however, when her sisters reveal that they think of ''her'' as [[ParentalFavoritism the favorite]], since she was always off winning awards "to make us look lazy in comparison when they were younger. The Barksdales in general are a BigScrewedUpFamily, which is nothing compared to Jake's upbringing with a horrible father.lazy."
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