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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.''
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 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 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.
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