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23rd Nov '17 4:20:05 PM nighttrainfm
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} and all of his proteges except for [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara]] fall under this trope, though since he's adopted most of the Robins and [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra]], they consider themselves siblings ([[BigBrotherMentor for better]] [[CainAndAbel or worse]]). There's also Batman's older brother, Thomas Wayne Jr., who's existed in various alternate continuities (and possibly in the Comicbook/{{New 52}} as well). Also, for a while he actually thought Comicbook/{{Bane}} was his half-brother, but that didn't pan out in the end.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} and all of his proteges protégés except for [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara]] fall under this trope, though since he's adopted most of the Robins and [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra]], they consider themselves siblings ([[BigBrotherMentor for better]] [[CainAndAbel or worse]]). There's also Batman's older brother, Thomas Wayne Jr., who's existed in various alternate continuities (and possibly in the Comicbook/{{New 52}} as well). Also, for a while he actually thought Comicbook/{{Bane}} was his half-brother, but that didn't pan out in the end.



* [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Oliver Queen]] and all of ''his'' proteges...until his ComicBook/DCRebirth series, where a long-lost half-sister showed up.

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* [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Oliver Queen]] and all of ''his'' proteges...protégés...until his ComicBook/DCRebirth series, where a long-lost half-sister showed up.



** Tony Stark (Comicbook/IronMan) is an only child [[spoiler:except for the brother he never knew about]].

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** Tony Stark (Comicbook/IronMan) is an only child [[spoiler:except for the brother he never knew about]].about.]]
20th Nov '17 11:43:45 PM mattthelurker
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* Averted for the most part in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rarity has her younger sister Sweetie Belle; Pinkie Pie has her sisters Limestone, Marble, and Maud; Twilight has her older brother Shining Armor and sister-in-law Cadance; Fluttershy has her younger brother Zephyr Breeze; and Applejack has her large family, including 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.

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* Averted for the most part in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rarity has her younger sister Sweetie Belle; Pinkie Pie has her sisters Limestone, Marble, and Maud; Twilight has her older brother Shining Armor and sister-in-law Cadance; Fluttershy has her younger brother Zephyr Breeze; and Applejack has her large family, including her older brother Big Mactinosh Macintosh and her younger sister, Apple Bloom. They are pretty important supporting characters and even have a few [[ADayInTheLimelight episodes]] of their own.
20th Nov '17 11:43:13 PM mattthelurker
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* Averted for the most part in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rarity has her younger sister Sweetie Belle; Pinkie Pie has her sisters Limestone, Marble, and Maud; Twilight has her older brother Shining Armor and sister-in-law Cadance; and Applejack has her large family, including 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.
** Oddly enough, the pegasi seemed to be the exception to this aversion for the longest time: Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Scootaloo were the only ponies in the main cast not to have biological siblings. This was eventually averted when Fluttershy's [[RememberTheNewGuy previously unmentioned younger brother]] was introduced in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E12FlutterBrutter Season 6]].
* ''WesternAnimation/NedsNewt'': There is no mention of any of the kids having siblings.

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* Averted for the most part in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rarity has her younger sister Sweetie Belle; Pinkie Pie has her sisters Limestone, Marble, and Maud; Twilight has her older brother Shining Armor and sister-in-law Cadance; Fluttershy has her younger brother Zephyr Breeze; and Applejack has her large family, including 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.
** Oddly enough, Of the pegasi seemed to be the exception to this aversion for the longest time: main cast, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Dash is the only one confirmed to be an only child, while Starlight Glimmer's, Spike's, and Scootaloo's families have yet to appear (although a TieInNovel shows that Scootaloo were the only ponies in the main cast not to have biological siblings. This was eventually averted when Fluttershy's [[RememberTheNewGuy previously unmentioned younger brother]] was introduced in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E12FlutterBrutter Season 6]].
* ''WesternAnimation/NedsNewt'': There is no mention of any of the kids having siblings.
stays with her aunts, as her parents are usually away on business).
8th Nov '17 4:27:11 AM sayaleviathan
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Out from the five main characters, Lily is the only one who does not have siblings considering that [[DisappearedDad her dad is not doing his parental responsibilities very well]]. Ted has a younger sister [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome who more or less appear in the show]]. Robin also has a younger sister. Marshall has three older brothers [[BigBrotherBully who are more or less jerks to him]]. And Barney has an older half-brother who is black from his mother's side and three half-siblings from his biological father's side.
6th Nov '17 1:59:08 PM LaughingGiraffe
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* Protagonists and major characters in the {{Kushiel's Legacy}} series tend to be only children or have otherwise odd family situations. Imriel and Moirin both have no siblings; Phedre has a sibling she never meets due to ParentalAbandonment, but is adopted into the home of Anafiel Delaunay (another only child) along with Alcuin, who was orphaned as a small child; Joscelin has brothers and sisters but doesn't know them well because he was sent to a monastic order at the age of ten. Other characters explicitly stated to be only children: Hyacinthe, his mother Anastaizia, Ysandre, her father Rolande, Snow Tiger, and the Rani Amrita's son.
6th Nov '17 1:28:45 PM LaughingGiraffe
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* Almost all of the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es are only children. However, in the original poem ''The Ballad of Hua Mulan'', Mulan has a younger sister, an older sister and a little brother ([[MythologyGag which is who they named they dog after in the movie]]) who is not old enough to join the army, but old enough to kill pigs by the time she comes home. Also, the real Pocahontas probably had many brothers and sisters as Powhatan had quite a few wives. Belle is given an unwanted suitor instead of the two jealous sisters from the original tale. Cinderella still has her mean stepsisters, though. Rapunzel is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that her mother's pregnancy almost killed them both. The exceptions are Ariel, who has [[MassiveNumberedSiblings six older sisters]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Brave}} Merida]], who has three younger brothers (triplets), and [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Anna and Elsa]].

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* Almost all of the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es are only children. However, in the original poem ''The Ballad of Hua Mulan'', Mulan has a younger sister, an older sister and a little brother ([[MythologyGag which is who they named they dog after in the movie]]) who is not old enough to join the army, but old enough to kill pigs by the time she comes home. Also, the real Pocahontas probably had many brothers and sisters as Powhatan had quite a few wives. Belle is given an unwanted suitor instead of the two jealous sisters from the original tale. Cinderella still has her mean stepsisters, though. Early drafts of {{Moana}} made her the youngest and the only daughter in a family with several sons, with a stronger "girls can do anything" theme; this was dropped in favour of focusing on a "follow your heart" message, with Moana an only child expected to become chief of her tribe. Rapunzel is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that her mother's pregnancy almost killed them both. The exceptions are Ariel, who has [[MassiveNumberedSiblings six older sisters]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Brave}} Merida]], who has three younger brothers (triplets), and [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Anna and Elsa]].
3rd Nov '17 6:08:48 AM nighttrainfm
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** ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'': [[ComicBook/KateBishop Kate]] has an older sister, and it's implied that Eli comes from a large family. Billy mentioned two younger siblings early on, but over ten years later they've failed to appear in any capacity whatsoever, so it may as well be played straight for him.

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** ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'': [[ComicBook/KateBishop Kate]] has an older sister, and it's implied that Eli comes from a large family. Billy mentioned two younger siblings early on, but over ten years later they've failed to appear in any capacity whatsoever, so it may as well be played straight for him. Teddy is an only child, which isn't too surprising given his parents were on opposite sides of an interstellar war.
3rd Nov '17 6:06:21 AM nighttrainfm
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** As of 2017, ComicBook/WonderWomanRebirth is apparently introducing Diana's long-lost ''brother.''
3rd Nov '17 6:04:28 AM nighttrainfm
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} and all of his proteges except for [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara]] fall under this trope, though since he's adopted all of the Robins and Cassandra, so they consider themselves siblings ([[BigBrotherMentor for better]] [[CainAndAbel or worse]]). There's also Batman's older brother, Thomas Wayne Jr., who's existed in various alternate continuities (and possibly in the Comicbook/{{New 52}} as well). Also, for a while he actually thought Comicbook/{{Bane}} was his half-brother, but that didn't pan out in the end.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} and all of his proteges except for [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara]] fall under this trope, though since he's adopted all most of the Robins and Cassandra, so [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra]], they consider themselves siblings ([[BigBrotherMentor for better]] [[CainAndAbel or worse]]). There's also Batman's older brother, Thomas Wayne Jr., who's existed in various alternate continuities (and possibly in the Comicbook/{{New 52}} as well). Also, for a while he actually thought Comicbook/{{Bane}} was his half-brother, but that didn't pan out in the end.
24th Oct '17 9:22:10 PM LB7979
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* It's glaringly noticeable in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' that lion cubs are born as individuals when in real life litters are the norm. Even Timon, a meerkat, is presented as an only child in ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf''. Kiara was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] written as being a pair of twins but they scrapped the brother in development. Over a decade later she finally got a younger sibling in Kion from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' though.
** Nala was also supposed to have a brother named Mheetu, but he was likewise cut.

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* It's glaringly noticeable in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' that lion cubs are born as individuals when in real life litters are the norm. Even Timon, a meerkat, is presented as an only child in ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf''. Kiara was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] written as being a pair of twins but they scrapped the brother in development. Over a decade later she finally got a younger sibling in Kion from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' though.
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though. Nala was also supposed to have a brother named Mheetu, but he was likewise cut. On the other hand, Mufasa and Scar are brothers so avert this.
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