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9th Jan '17 9:23:55 AM Monolaf317
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For the series/installments [[RuleOfThree (of just three)]] variant of this trope, it's SophomoreSlump.

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For the series/installments [[RuleOfThree (of just three)]] trilogy variant of this trope, it's SophomoreSlump.
4th Jan '17 8:06:58 PM Monolaf317
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* ''Manga/SuperGals'': Inverted with Ran. Out of her siblings, she seem to have the most interactions with her parents (especially her father). However, this has less to do with her being a middle child, and more because of her rebellious tendencies.
20th Dec '16 3:09:11 PM cherrychels
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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 young to keep up with the others. [[spoiler:This resentment is what eventually leads to him betraying the other three, although Jadis and her evil magic were 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 sibling -- too old to be coddled but too young to keep up with the others. his older brother and sister. [[spoiler:This resentment is what eventually leads to him betraying the other three, his siblings, although Jadis and her evil magic were involved, and he makes up for it in the end.]]



** Not so apparent with Arya because she's a DaddysGirl but she's still the third child of Ned and Catelyn Stark's five children and the fourth child of Ned's six children (Arya has an older half-brother, Jon Snow, who is Ned's [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] and raised alongside his siblings) so it's still somewhat there. Two of her older siblings, Robb and Sansa, both easily fit into the responsibilities and expectations assigned to them; Robb and their half-brother Jon are raised side by side, mentored together by Ned and are best friends, while Bran and Rickon are doted upon because they are the babies of the family. It doesn't help that she's a misfit herself as her tomboyish nature clashes with societal expectations while Sansa exemplifies societal expectations as a lady to near perfection. She's also the only one out of all of them who doesn't look like a Tully but looks all Stark -- which is part of why she's so close with her half-brother Jon, also somewhat of an outsider like her, because she and Jon are the only two of Ned's kids to inherit the Stark look. This trope (and her being nine years old) is suggested to be why she acts out so much, especially in the first book.

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** Not so apparent with Arya because she's a DaddysGirl but she's still the third child of Ned and Catelyn Stark's five children and the fourth child of Ned's six children (Arya has an older half-brother, Jon Snow, who is Ned's [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] and raised alongside his siblings) so it's still somewhat there. Two of her older siblings, Robb and Sansa, both easily fit into the responsibilities and expectations assigned to them; her older brothers Robb and their half-brother Jon are raised side by side, mentored together by Ned and are best friends, while her younger brothers Bran and Rickon are doted upon because they are the babies of the family. It doesn't help that she's a misfit herself as her tomboyish nature clashes with societal expectations while Sansa exemplifies societal expectations as a lady to near perfection. She's also the only one out of all of them who doesn't look like a Tully but looks all Stark -- which is part of why she's so close with her half-brother Jon, also somewhat of an outsider like her, because she and Jon are the only two of Ned's kids to inherit the Stark look. This trope (and her being nine years old) is suggested to be why she acts out so much, especially in the first book.



** Percy Weasley is the third brother in the Weasley 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. He appears to be Molly's favourite but he's disliked by just about everyone else.

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** Percy Weasley is the third brother in the Weasley clan. He's sort of the ButtMonkey in earlier books before he turns into a full JerkAss, especially if where 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) girl of the family) and Ron does get some respect as Harry's best friend and for his later heroics. Percy, on the other hand, gets nothing.doesn't get much attention. Even his boss, Barty Crouch, Sr., calls him by the wrong name ''to his face''! Percy is actually made set up to be the favourite in book one, too, but one ''but'' only because he was a prefect. He appears to be Molly's favourite but he's disliked by just about everyone else.favourite, however the rest of his family don't seem to prefer him.



* Subverted in ''Literature/TheOutsiders'' where Sodapop is well-liked by his brothers and in their little group. However, this status causes him stress because he is the only mediator between Ponyboy and Darry.

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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheOutsiders'' where Sodapop is well-liked by his brothers and in within their little group. However, this status causes him stress because he is the only mediator between his younger brother Ponyboy and Darry.his older brother Darry, who tend to have opposite personality traits and end up in arguments while Sodapop is laid-back and even-tempered.
20th Dec '16 3:00:50 PM cherrychels
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* Subverted with Kankuro of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. While overall not as powerful as his older sister or younger brother, he's still formidable. It's also implied that ''none'' of them really got on well with their father, and Kankuro seems pleased with the opportunity to finally act like a big brother to Gaara after Gaara's HeelFaceTurn. He and Temari are likewise shown to be close. ''However'' he is all-but ignored by a lot of the fanbase.

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* Subverted with Kankuro of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. While overall While, overall, not as powerful as his older sister or younger brother, he's still formidable. It's also implied that ''none'' of them really got on well with their father, and Kankuro seems pleased with the opportunity to finally act like a big brother to Gaara after Gaara's HeelFaceTurn. He and Temari are likewise shown to be close. ''However'' he is all-but ignored by a lot of the fanbase.



* 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… who, at daughter who (at least in one version, version of the tale) 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 are pampered. Finally, her father abandons her in a creepy mansion in the woods because she told him to.



** Not so apparent with Arya, third of Ned and Catelyn's five children, because she's a DaddysGirl, but still there -- she's sandwiched between Robb and Sansa, who both easily fit into the responsibilities assigned to them, and Bran and Rickon, who are doted upon due to their young age. It doesn't help that she's a misfit herself as her tomboyish nature clashes with her sexist society. She's also the only one out of all of them who doesn't look like a Tully, which is part of why she's so close with fellow misfit Jon Snow. This trope (and her young age) is suggested to be why she acts out so much, especially in the first book.

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** Not so apparent with Arya, third of Ned and Catelyn's five children, Arya because she's a DaddysGirl, DaddysGirl but still there -- she's sandwiched between still the third child of Ned and Catelyn Stark's five children and the fourth child of Ned's six children (Arya has an older half-brother, Jon Snow, who is Ned's [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] and raised alongside his siblings) so it's still somewhat there. Two of her older siblings, Robb and Sansa, who both easily fit into the responsibilities and expectations assigned to them, them; Robb and their half-brother Jon are raised side by side, mentored together by Ned and are best friends, while Bran and Rickon, who Rickon are doted upon due to their young age. because they are the babies of the family. It doesn't help that she's a misfit herself as her tomboyish nature clashes with her sexist society. societal expectations while Sansa exemplifies societal expectations as a lady to near perfection. She's also the only one out of all of them who doesn't look like a Tully, Tully but looks all Stark -- which is part of why she's so close with fellow misfit her half-brother Jon, also somewhat of an outsider like her, because she and Jon Snow. are the only two of Ned's kids to inherit the Stark look. This trope (and her young age) being nine years old) is suggested to be why she acts out so much, especially in the first book.



** 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.
* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'' (but not the movie), Lettie is actually the prettiest and most ambitious of the three Hatter sisters, but Martha is the youngest child, so she gets sent off to train as a witch, and Sophie, the protagonist, is the oldest, so she's groomed to take over the family business. Lettie is expected to work as an apprenticeship at a pastry shop, where she'll meet some nice man and have lots of children. Also, Martha is Sophie and Lettie's half-sister from their father's second marriage, which "ought to have made Sophie and Lettie into Ugly Sisters", but didn't. As one might expect from a Diana Wynne Jones book, there is a plot twist whereby [[spoiler:Lettie and Martha reject their expected roles and switch places and appearances]].

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** Jaime is a subversion, he's subversion. He's the middle Lannister child but also Tywin's favorite, favorite for [[AbusiveParents whatever that's worth]]. This is Tywin discounts the eldest, eldest child, Cersei, because she's a girl, and considers the youngest, Tyrion, a walking disappointment.
disappointment because he's a dwarf.
* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'' (but not the movie), Lettie is actually the prettiest and most ambitious of the three Hatter sisters, but Martha is the youngest child, so she gets sent off to train as a witch, witch and Sophie, the protagonist, is the oldest, so she's groomed to take over the family business. Lettie is expected to work as an apprenticeship at a pastry shop, where she'll meet some nice man and have lots of children. Also, Martha is Sophie and Lettie's half-sister from their father's second marriage, which "ought to have made Sophie and Lettie into Ugly Sisters", but didn't. As one might expect from a Diana Wynne Jones book, there is a plot twist whereby [[spoiler:Lettie and Martha reject their expected roles and switch places and appearances]].
12th Dec '16 7:23:45 PM PaulA
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* The book ''Half Magic'' is about four siblings in the 1920s (from oldest to youngest, Jane, Mark, Katharine and Martha) finding a magic nickel that grants wishes by half (like if you wished for an ice-cream sundae, you'd get half an ice-cream sundae, etc.) Since Jane's the oldest, she calls the shots on everything. After Jane, Mark and Martha have already made wishes, gotten themselves into trouble, and figured out how to use the magic charm correctly, Jane pulls an I-get-to-have-the-first-wish after they get back home, and this is what happens:

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* The book ''Half Magic'' ''Literature/HalfMagic'' is about four siblings in the 1920s (from oldest to youngest, Jane, Mark, Katharine and Martha) finding a magic nickel that grants wishes by half (like if you wished for an ice-cream sundae, you'd get half an ice-cream sundae, etc.) Since Jane's the oldest, she calls the shots on everything. After Jane, Mark and Martha have already made wishes, gotten themselves into trouble, and figured out how to use the magic charm correctly, Jane pulls an I-get-to-have-the-first-wish after they get back home, and this is what happens:
12th Dec '16 6:01:22 AM saimcheeda
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Inverted with Rachel who is squished between [[{{RichBitch}} Amy]] and [[{{DumbBlonde}} Jill]] but is the favourite of their father, seemingly the most popular at school and the first to find a husband. (Though she didn't go through the wedding).
21st Nov '16 2:12:16 PM Lyendith
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* In ''Manga/HotarubiNoTomoruKoroNi'', Nobuteru is implied to have been The Unfavorite among the three Tadamura brothers (according to himself at least) and he ended up as the most rebellious among them, their birth village's stiffening rules not helping. The eldest broth Masashi, on the other hand, is a serious man who seems to still follow the village's customs faithfully, while the youngest one Tsunemasa is more candid and optimistic - and said by Nobuteru to have been their mother's favorite, although he objects to that.
30th Oct '16 11:45:15 PM Dravencour
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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 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.]]

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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 young to keep up with the others. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This resentment is what eventually leads to him betraying the other three, although Jadis and her evil magic was involved were involved, and he makes up for it in the end.]]



** Lysa Arryn is implied to contend with this, being in the middle between [[ParentalSubstitute Catelyn]] and [[HeirClubForMen Edmure]]. Jaime Lanniser, when he was younger, found Catelyn more interesting than Lysa, whom he might have been betrothed to.
** Not so apparent with Arya, third of Ned and Catelyn's five children, because she's a DaddysGirl, but still there -- she's sandwiched between Robb and Sansa, who both easily fit into the responsibilities assigned to them, and Bran and Rickon, who are doted upon due to their young age. It doesn't help that she's a misfit herself as her tomboy nature clashes with her sexist society. She's also the only one out of all of them who doesn't look like a Tully, which is part of why she's so close with fellow misfit Jon Snow. This trope (and her young age) is suggested to be why she acts out so much, especially in the first book.

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** Lysa Arryn is implied to contend with this, being in the middle between [[ParentalSubstitute Catelyn]] and [[HeirClubForMen Edmure]]. Jaime Lanniser, Lannister, when he was younger, found Catelyn more interesting than Lysa, whom he might have been betrothed to.
** Not so apparent with Arya, third of Ned and Catelyn's five children, because she's a DaddysGirl, but still there -- she's sandwiched between Robb and Sansa, who both easily fit into the responsibilities assigned to them, and Bran and Rickon, who are doted upon due to their young age. It doesn't help that she's a misfit herself as her tomboy tomboyish nature clashes with her sexist society. She's also the only one out of all of them who doesn't look like a Tully, which is part of why she's so close with fellow misfit Jon Snow. This trope (and her young age) is suggested to be why she acts out so much, especially in the first book.



* Fredo of ''Film/TheGodfather'' has this in spades. Sonny has the brawn, Michael has the brains, and Tom Hagen plays the traditional middle child role of mediating between them. While introducing Kay to his family during the novel's opening sections, Michael acknowledges that Fredo serves almost no purpose in the Corleone family.

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* Fredo Corleone of ''Film/TheGodfather'' has this in spades. Sonny has the brawn, Michael has the brains, and Tom Hagen plays the traditional middle child role of mediating between them. While introducing Kay to his family during the novel's opening sections, Michael acknowledges that Fredo serves almost no purpose in the Corleone family.



** In the Mark Winegartener sequel novels, it is implied that a severe case of pneumonia when Fredo was an infant was partially responsible for his behavior issues and/or mild retardation. In addition, he was also a heavily closeted homosexual, which is something of a no-no in Old World Italian values, and compensated by cultivating a reputation as a swinging ladies' man, which ''also'' went against his family's conservative upbringing. Following on from this, his "betrayal" in Part II came about because he wanted to start a racket of his own ''(described in the novels as owning his own cemetery in New Jersey, giving him a piece of all the stonemasonry, flowers, landscaping, etc., that came through, not to mention the obvious benefits of a mobster owning a place to legally hide dead bodies)'' in order to prove his independence and show that he could be successful and not reliant on his younger brother's largesse. It's also shown that Michael considers Fredo to be the unfavorite of his brothers; Nick Geraci, a Coreleone ''capo'' and primary antagonist in the novels, thinks to himself that Fredo's idea has plenty of merit, but that Michael wouldn't give it any consideration just because it was Fredo's.
** Others outside the immediate Coreleone family, though, consider Fredo to be the most likable. While Sonny had a 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.

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** In the Mark Winegartener sequel novels, it is implied that a severe case of pneumonia when Fredo was an infant was partially responsible for his behavior issues and/or mild retardation. In addition, he was also a heavily closeted homosexual, which is something of a no-no in Old World Italian values, and compensated by cultivating a reputation as a swinging ladies' man, which ''also'' went against his family's conservative upbringing. Following on from this, his "betrayal" in Part II came about because he wanted to start a racket of his own ''(described in the novels as owning his own cemetery in New Jersey, giving him a piece of all the stonemasonry, flowers, landscaping, etc., that came through, not to mention the obvious benefits of a mobster owning a place to legally hide dead bodies)'' in order to prove his independence and show that he could be successful and not reliant on his younger brother's largesse. It's also shown that Michael considers Fredo to be the unfavorite of his brothers; Nick Geraci, a Coreleone Corleone ''capo'' and primary antagonist in the novels, thinks to himself that Fredo's idea has plenty of merit, but that Michael wouldn't give it any consideration just because it was Fredo's.
** Others outside the immediate Coreleone Corleone family, though, consider Fredo to be the most likable. While Sonny had a 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.



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18th Oct '16 6:54:48 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Friends}}'': Inverted with Rachel who is squished between [[{{RichBitch}} Amy]] and [[{{DumbBlonde}} Jill]] but is the favourite of their father, seemingly the most popular at school and the first to find a husband. (Though she didn't go through the wedding).

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* ''{{Friends}}'': ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Inverted with Rachel who is squished between [[{{RichBitch}} Amy]] and [[{{DumbBlonde}} Jill]] but is the favourite of their father, seemingly the most popular at school and the first to find a husband. (Though she didn't go through the wedding).
7th Oct '16 1:27:21 PM MyFinalEdits
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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. 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.

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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. According to the DVDCommentary for TheMovie, this is due to the fact that because while Blossom and Bubbles got {{Meaningful Name}}s, Buttercup got saddled with her name just for the sake of AddedAlliterativeAppeal.
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