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17th Jun '17 8:27:11 PM cherrychels
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** 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.



** 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 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.

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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 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 Catelyn's children 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.



* Gary Ewing on ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' was this in spades. Oldest J.R. was the most like their father and inherited Ewing Oil, Bobby was the most beloved by the family and inherited family ranch Southfork. Gary, who was considered weak by his father, was routinely ignored and when his alcoholism got bad enough in the backstory was effectively cast out of the family. His parents later made amends but still never played any role in the family dynasty.

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* Gary Ewing on ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' was this in spades. Oldest J.R. was is the most like their father and inherited Ewing Oil, Bobby was is the most beloved by the family and inherited family ranch Southfork. Gary, who was considered weak by his father, was is routinely ignored and when his alcoholism got gets bad enough in the backstory was backstory, is effectively cast out of the family. His parents later made make amends but he still never played plays any role in the family dynasty.



* Sue in ''Series/TheMiddle''. And not ''just'' because she has a rather generic name while her siblings are named "Axel" and "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.

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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", but because, as she puts it in an episode, she's not a succesful successful athlete like Axl nor "supersmart" like Brick. Both of her brothers tend to stand out for sports or intellectual habilities abilities respectively.



* 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.

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



** Some of this is probably due to Martha being more of an orignal series type companion. She travels with The Doctor for a time and moves on when the time comes. Most of the other female companions of the new series have had some sort of special destiny in some way (Bad Wolf, Doctor Donna, The Girl Who Waited, The Impossible Girl).

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** Some of this is probably due to Martha being more of an orignal original series type companion. She travels with The Doctor for a time and moves on when the time comes. Most of the other female companions of the new series have had some sort of special destiny in some way (Bad Wolf, Doctor Donna, The Girl Who Waited, The Impossible Girl).
16th Jun '17 9:14:14 AM MsZephy7
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* In ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', this was initially one of Edmund's many issues. Peter and Susan were "the older ones" and Lucy was babied as the youngest, while Edmund feels like he just gets in the way.
25th May '17 4:54:49 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]]. Tywin discounts the eldest child, Cersei, because she's a girl, and considers the youngest, Tyrion, a walking disappointment because he's a dwarf.

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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]]. Tywin discounts the eldest child, Cersei, because she's a girl, and considers the youngest, Tyrion, a walking disappointment because he's a dwarf.hedonistic dwarf. However, Jaime is the "middle Child" only the strictest possible definition, he's barely a minute younger than Cersei.
6th May '17 10:25:11 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''VenusEnvy'' has a variation mentioned in the scene where Zoe's brother is forced to talk to her psychiatrist. The psychiatrist theorises that Alex's coming out as {{Transsexual}} and becoming Zoe has made her brother feel like he now has a younger sibling instead of an older one, as Zoe now needs more parental care and attention, and her brother can no longer look up to her as an older brother and mentor. The brother vehemently denies this, as "I never looked up to that freak".

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* ''VenusEnvy'' ''Webcomic/VenusEnvy'' has a variation mentioned in the scene where Zoe's brother is forced to talk to her psychiatrist. The psychiatrist theorises that Alex's coming out as {{Transsexual}} and becoming Zoe has made her brother feel like he now has a younger sibling instead of an older one, as Zoe now needs more parental care and attention, and her brother can no longer look up to her as an older brother and mentor. The brother vehemently denies this, as "I never looked up to that freak".
4th May '17 5:39:56 PM DeisTheAlcano
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** Lampshaded by [Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim]], when he refers to Jason as the 'Jan Brady' of the [=BatFamily=]:

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** Lampshaded by [Comicbook/RobinSeries [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim]], when he refers to Jason as the 'Jan Brady' of the [=BatFamily=]:
4th May '17 4:31:01 PM darkemyst
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** Lampshaded by Tim, when he refers to Jason as the 'Jan Brady' of the [=BatFamily=]:

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** Lampshaded by Tim, [Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim]], when he refers to Jason as the 'Jan Brady' of the [=BatFamily=]:
26th Apr '17 5:16:17 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.

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* ''Manga/SuperGals'': Inverted with Ran. Out Ran; out of her siblings, she seem seems 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.
23rd Apr '17 7:22:23 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' with Panda being TheBabyOfTheBunch as he's constantly being coddled or protected by is older brother Grizz or [[BigLittleBrother younger brother]] Ice Bear.
15th Apr '17 12:27:45 AM meanmetalmario
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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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' focuses on Lincoln, who's not only [[OutnumberedSibling the only boy]] in a family out of [[MassiveNumberedSiblings eleven]], eleven siblings]], but smack-dab in the middle to boot. boot, with five older and five younger sisters.
13th Apr '17 6:45:42 AM nurikokairu
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* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', the Bronze Saints are our five protagonists who keep winning battle against people much stronger than them, and the Gold Saints are said much stronger people, who are greatly respected, extremely dangerous and are focused on just as much as the Bronzes. But... what about the Silver Saints...? They are pretty much just there to either be the Bronzes' mentors, or the obnoxious one-off enemies. Aside from [[CoolBigSis Marin]], [[ActionGirl Shaina]], [[TheFightingNarcissist Misty]] and [[TheAce Lyra Orphee]], nobody cares about the other Silvers.
** ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' is even worse. The only Silver Saint we know is Yuzuriha, nobody else are mentioned or play any important role. It doesn't help that this series focuses a LOT on the Golds (given that they were EnsembleDarkHorse in the classic series), and gives what other spotlight to [[TheHero Tenma]] and [[TheLancer Yato]]. It's hard not to feel sorry for the Silvers.
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