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1st May '16 4:13:52 PM easytorememberhandle
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* One thing ComicBook/ArchieComics often got criticized for was that despite the attempt at depicting a "typical teenage" group of friends, an unrealistically high proportion of them were only children. Archie, Reggie, Veronica, and even minor characters like Chuck, Nancy, Moose, Midge and Dilton are all only children. Betty is actually the youngest of three children, but only the most hardcore of fans know that; her sister Polly makes single-digit appearances per ''decade'', and her brother Chic is almost never mentioned even when Polly is. For all storytelling purposes, Betty may as well be an only child. And Jughead gained a baby sister fifty ''years'' after his debut, and it's a coin-toss whether most writers remember Jellybean's existence nowadays. The only significant siblings in the Archie cast are Jason and Cheryl Blossom, the sexy, snobby TricksterTwins.

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* One thing ComicBook/ArchieComics often got criticized for was that despite the attempt at depicting a "typical teenage" group of friends, an unrealistically high proportion of them were only children. Archie, Reggie, Veronica, and even minor characters like Chuck, Nancy, Moose, Midge and Dilton are all only children. Betty is actually the youngest of three children, but only the most hardcore of fans know that; her sister Polly makes single-digit appearances per ''decade'', and her brother Chic is almost never mentioned even when Polly is. For all storytelling purposes, Betty may as well be an only child. And Jughead gained a baby sister fifty ''years'' after his debut, and it's a coin-toss whether most writers remember Jellybean's existence nowadays. The only significant siblings in the Archie cast are Jason and Cheryl Blossom, the sexy, snobby TricksterTwins.
who are about as far from role models as you can get.
29th Apr '16 7:25:23 PM easytorememberhandle
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* One thing ComicBook/ArchieComics often got criticized for was that despite the attempt at depicting a "typical teenage" group of friends, an unrealistically high proportion of them were only children. Archie, Reggie, Veronica, and even minor characters like Chuck, Nancy, Moose, Midge and Dilton are all only children. Betty is actually the youngest of three children, but only the most hardcore of fans know that; her sister Polly makes single-digit appearances per ''decade'', and her brother Chic is almost never mentioned even when Polly is. For all storytelling purposes, Betty may as well be an only child. And Jughead gained a baby sister fifty ''years'' after his debut, and it's a coin-toss whether most writers remember Jellybean's existence nowadays. The only significant siblings in the Archie cast are Jason and Cheryl Blossom, the sexy, snobby TricksterTwins.
20th Apr '16 12:16:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Anakin in ''ThePhantomMenace'' is his mother's only child.

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* Anakin in ''ThePhantomMenace'' ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' is his mother's only child.



* From book to the first movie of ''TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'' they removed one of Tibby's younger sibling so that she only has one, Bridget's brother so that she's an only child and Lena's sister so that she can go to Greece by herself. Lena's sister who we see in the second movie must have been jealous.

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* From book to the first movie of ''TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'' ''Film/TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'' they removed one of Tibby's younger sibling so that she only has one, Bridget's brother so that she's an only child and Lena's sister so that she can go to Greece by herself. Lena's sister who we see in the second movie must have been jealous.



* Noah and Allie from ''TheNotebook'' are both only children.

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* Noah and Allie from ''TheNotebook'' ''Film/TheNotebook'' are both only children.



* ''TheWheelOfTime'' contains a particularly {{egregious}} example. Throughout the first three volumes, Perrin never mentions any siblings and he explicitly says that he had no sisters. Then in the fourth book [[spoiler: the trollocs come in and kill his entire family, including a boatload of siblings, some of whom are indeed female. Basically, they didn't exist until they became necessary to the plot.]]
* In the ''{{Belgariad}}'', Riva Iron-Grip's family has a tendency to produce only children, due to [[BecauseDestinySaysSo divine intervention]]. Garion, at least, is only alone because his parents were killed when he was an infant. (It's implied at the end of the ''Malloreon'' that he'll break the tendency - by having one son and ''legions'' of daughters. After all, the Prophecy stated the Rivan King would have only one son. It said nothing of daughters...) ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'' lampshades this.

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* ''TheWheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' contains a particularly {{egregious}} example. Throughout the first three volumes, Perrin never mentions any siblings and he explicitly says that he had no sisters. Then in the fourth book [[spoiler: the trollocs come in and kill his entire family, including a boatload of siblings, some of whom are indeed female. Basically, they didn't exist until they became necessary to the plot.]]
* In the ''{{Belgariad}}'', ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', Riva Iron-Grip's family has a tendency to produce only children, due to [[BecauseDestinySaysSo divine intervention]]. Garion, at least, is only alone because his parents were killed when he was an infant. (It's implied at the end of the ''Malloreon'' that he'll break the tendency - by having one son and ''legions'' of daughters. After all, the Prophecy stated the Rivan King would have only one son. It said nothing of daughters...) ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'' lampshades this.



* In ''SavedByTheBell'', Kelly and Slater are the only children to have siblings. Jessie does end up gaining a stepbrother. Zack, Screech, and Lisa are all only children.

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* In ''SavedByTheBell'', ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', Kelly and Slater are the only children to have siblings. Jessie does end up gaining a stepbrother. Zack, Screech, and Lisa are all only children.
19th Mar '16 2:04:06 PM nombretomado
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* Very much averted in ''TheBigBangTheory''. Howard grew up an only child, but discovered a half-brother. Sheldon has an older brother, George, and a twin sister, Missy; Leonard has an unnamed older sister and a younger brother, Michael; Penny has an unnamed brother and sister; and Raj has a younger sister, Priya, three unnamed brothers, and another unnamed sister. Bernadette, Amy, and Stuart have an unspecified number of siblings as well. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and grandparents are also mentioned throughout the series.

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* Very much averted in ''TheBigBangTheory''.''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Howard grew up an only child, but discovered a half-brother. Sheldon has an older brother, George, and a twin sister, Missy; Leonard has an unnamed older sister and a younger brother, Michael; Penny has an unnamed brother and sister; and Raj has a younger sister, Priya, three unnamed brothers, and another unnamed sister. Bernadette, Amy, and Stuart have an unspecified number of siblings as well. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and grandparents are also mentioned throughout the series.



* Also averted in ''{{Friends}}'': Joey has seven sisters, Rachel has two sisters, Phoebe has a twin sister and a half-brother, Monica and Ross are brother and sister, leaving Chandler as the only only-child. And that's justified seeing as parents hated each other, his Dad was gay and they [[{{ParentalNeglect}} barely noticed the son they did have.]]
* On ''{{Zoey 101}}'', Zoey is the only one of the main characters to have a sibling, her brother Dustin. Lola mentions a younger sister in passing (season three's "Surprise") who is never mentioned again and never seen, and none of the other characters seem to have siblings at all.
* This is discussed in an interesting way in ''EverybodyHatesChris''. Chris is jealous of Greg when he comes to stay with them because he's an only child and he expects all of the attention and does everything by himself, whereas Chris usually has to take care of his younger siblings. Near the end of the episode, Chris confronts Greg, and Greg says that the reason why he does everything by himself is not because he wants to, but because he has to, being an only child.

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* Also averted Averted in ''{{Friends}}'': ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Joey has seven sisters, Rachel has two sisters, Phoebe has a twin sister and a half-brother, Monica and Ross are brother and sister, leaving Chandler as the only only-child. And that's justified seeing as parents hated each other, his Dad was gay and they [[{{ParentalNeglect}} barely noticed the son they did have.]]
* On ''{{Zoey ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'', Zoey is the only one of the main characters to have a sibling, her brother Dustin. Lola mentions a younger sister in passing (season three's "Surprise") who is never mentioned again and never seen, and none of the other characters seem to have siblings at all.
* This is discussed in an interesting way in ''EverybodyHatesChris''.''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''. Chris is jealous of Greg when he comes to stay with them because he's an only child and he expects all of the attention and does everything by himself, whereas Chris usually has to take care of his younger siblings. Near the end of the episode, Chris confronts Greg, and Greg says that the reason why he does everything by himself is not because he wants to, but because he has to, being an only child.



* Rory is her mother's only child in ''GilmoreGirls'' but that might be because Lorelai made sure she didn't have another child out of wedlock. Of course, the basic premise of the whole series is that it focuses on a mother-daughter team.

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* Rory is her mother's only child in ''GilmoreGirls'' ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' but that might be because Lorelai made sure she didn't have another child out of wedlock. Of course, the basic premise of the whole series is that it focuses on a mother-daughter team.



* In an exception to the vaunted realism of ''MySoCalledLife'', five of the seven youth characters (Brian, Sharon, Rayanne, Rickie, and [[FullNameBasis Jordan Catalano]]) are only children, and the remaining two (Angela and Danielle) are each other's only sibling. These characters would have been born c. 1980, which was the beginning of the "Echo Boom", when Boomers settled down and started having families, and the birthrates rose.
* {{Series/Merlin}} zigzags the trope. At first, the core four characters (Arthur, Merlin, Gwen and Morgana) are all apparently only children. Arthur's mother died in childbirth, Merlin's father was run out of town before he ever knew he had a son, Gwen's mother is nowhere to be seen, and Morgana has a dead father and a MissingMom. [[spoiler: Arthur and Morgana are half-siblings through their father]], and Gwen has a brother named Elyan who's spent the majority of his life running around, leaving Merlin the only one without siblings.
* ''That70sShow'' had Hyde, Jackie, and Fez as only children. Eric had sister Laurie and Kelso eventually had brother Casey make an appearance, while Donna had a [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness sister]] but was [[Retcon retconned]] into being an only child.

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* In an exception to the vaunted realism of ''MySoCalledLife'', ''Series/MySoCalledLife'', five of the seven youth characters (Brian, Sharon, Rayanne, Rickie, and [[FullNameBasis Jordan Catalano]]) are only children, and the remaining two (Angela and Danielle) are each other's only sibling. These characters would have been born c. 1980, which was the beginning of the "Echo Boom", when Boomers settled down and started having families, and the birthrates rose.
* {{Series/Merlin}} ''{{Series/Merlin|2008}}'' zigzags the trope. At first, the core four characters (Arthur, Merlin, Gwen and Morgana) are all apparently only children. Arthur's mother died in childbirth, Merlin's father was run out of town before he ever knew he had a son, Gwen's mother is nowhere to be seen, and Morgana has a dead father and a MissingMom. [[spoiler: Arthur and Morgana are half-siblings through their father]], and Gwen has a brother named Elyan who's spent the majority of his life running around, leaving Merlin the only one without siblings.
* ''That70sShow'' ''Series/That70sShow'' had Hyde, Jackie, and Fez as only children. Eric had sister Laurie and Kelso eventually had brother Casey make an appearance, while Donna had a [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness sister]] but was [[Retcon retconned]] into being an only child.
19th Mar '16 7:45:43 AM Hossmeister
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12th Mar '16 12:28:53 AM IniuriaTalis
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* Averted for the most part in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''; Rarity has her younger sister Sweetie Belle, Pinkie Pie has her sisters, namely her older sister Maud Pie, Twilight has her older brother Shining Armor (along with sister-in-law Cadence and even surrogate younger brother Spike) and of course, Applejack has her large family, inculding her older brother Big Mactinosh and her younger sister, Apple Bloom. They are pretty important supporting characters and even have a few [[ADayInTheLimelight episodes]] of their own.
** Interestingly enough, the pegasi Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash have next to nothing revealed about their family in general, and even then, we have Rainbow Dash having a surrogate younger sister in Scootaloo and a flashback revealing who might possibly be her father (the stallion was revealed to be named Rainbow Blaze)

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* Averted for the most part in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''; Rarity has her younger sister Sweetie Belle, Pinkie Pie has her sisters, namely her older sister Maud Pie, sisters Limestone, Maud, and Marble, Twilight has her older brother Shining Armor (along with sister-in-law Cadence and even surrogate younger brother Spike) and of course, Applejack has her large family, inculding her older brother Big Mactinosh and her younger sister, Apple Bloom. They are pretty important supporting characters and even have a few [[ADayInTheLimelight episodes]] of their own.
** Interestingly enough, the pegasi Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash have had next to nothing revealed about their family in general, families for a long time, and even then, we have Rainbow Dash having a surrogate younger sister in Scootaloo and a flashback revealing who might possibly be her father (the stallion was revealed Scootaloo. Fluttershy eventually turned out to be named have a brother as well, leaving Rainbow Blaze)Dash as the sole only child.
11th Mar '16 4:40:19 PM TrickyTroper
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Most examples of ParentalAbandonment in a WorldOfNoGrandparents also features Only Child Syndrome. Oh, the {{Wangst}}.

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Most examples of ParentalAbandonment in a WorldOfNoGrandparents also features feature Only Child Syndrome. Oh, the {{Wangst}}.


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Because not that many fictional characters have siblings, some {{fanfic}}s feature OriginalCharacter siblings.
26th Feb '16 1:55:24 PM IniuriaTalis
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** This even persists into the next generation, this time without the dead parents excuse. Of all the members of Naruto's generation, only [[spoiler: Naruto and Hinata]] have two kids, with everyone other couple having only one.



* In ''OnePiece'', Boa Hancock is the only major character known to have biological siblings, as it eventually is revealed Ace is Luffy's adopted brother. There are a few minor siblings like the Nyaban Brothers, the Decalvan brothers, Hotori and Kotori etc. The series does much to say that [[TrueCompanions it's not necessarily your]] [[HappilyAdopted blood that makes you family]], though.

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* In ''OnePiece'', Boa Hancock is the only major character known to have biological siblings, siblings [[spoiler:until it turns out that Sanji has at least two brothers]], as it eventually is revealed Ace is Luffy's adopted brother. There are a few minor siblings like the Nyaban Brothers, the Decalvan brothers, Hotori and Kotori etc. The series does much to say that [[TrueCompanions it's not necessarily your]] [[HappilyAdopted blood that makes you family]], though.



* Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet from ''RomeoAndJuliet'' are both only children. Tybalt, Mercutio and Benvolio are presumably only children as well.

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* Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet from ''RomeoAndJuliet'' are both only children. Tybalt, Mercutio Tybalt and Benvolio are presumably only children as well.
well, although Mercutio has a brother only mentioned in passing.
27th Jan '16 10:30:15 AM Willbyr
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* In ''IchigoMashimaro'', Matsuri and Miu are the only ones who are ''explicitly'' only children; Nobue and Chika are, of course, sisters, and Ana... well, who knows? In episode 16, Nobue mentions this in connection with Matsuri's parents knowing to get her the new ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book. In episode 22, Nobue reflects on why Miu often feels left out.

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* In ''IchigoMashimaro'', ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', Matsuri and Miu are the only ones who are ''explicitly'' only children; Nobue and Chika are, of course, sisters, and Ana... well, who knows? In episode 16, Nobue mentions this in connection with Matsuri's parents knowing to get her the new ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book. In episode 22, Nobue reflects on why Miu often feels left out.



* Every mermaid in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is either an only child, or they're all sisters. Because most of the other races are off doing their own thing and mermaids have a thing about not revealing their identity to humans, the only way that most of them reproduce is by having their [[MineralMacGuffin pearl]] create a new mermaid when they die. Caren and Noel refer to themselves as twins despite never even having met before the story starts just because they were born two minutes apart, and some of the songs refer to Aqua Regina as a symbolic "mother", but the FridgeLogic says they must all be only children.

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* Every mermaid in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is either an only child, or they're all sisters. Because most of the other races are off doing their own thing and mermaids have a thing about not revealing their identity to humans, the only way that most of them reproduce is by having their [[MineralMacGuffin pearl]] create a new mermaid when they die. Caren and Noel refer to themselves as twins despite never even having met before the story starts just because they were born two minutes apart, and some of the songs refer to Aqua Regina as a symbolic "mother", but the FridgeLogic says they must all be only children.
22nd Jan '16 10:20:30 PM nombretomado
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** Since ''House'' is based on SherlockHolmes, WordOfGod states that House [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally intended to have a brother representing Mycroft]], played by Hugh Laurie's comedy partner StephenFry, no less. The character was cut due to a combination of scheduling conflicts and not being able to find room for the character in the show's dynamic.

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** Since ''House'' is based on SherlockHolmes, WordOfGod states that House [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally intended to have a brother representing Mycroft]], played by Hugh Laurie's comedy partner StephenFry, Creator/StephenFry, no less. The character was cut due to a combination of scheduling conflicts and not being able to find room for the character in the show's dynamic.
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