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20th Aug '16 10:42:38 AM Chabal2
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* Imposed by the premise of ''{{Manga/Ooku}}'', in which 17th-century Japan is ravaged by a plague that only targets men, leaving only one man for every four women. Thus sons can expect better treatment than daughters, since the plague only stops hitting men who reach forty, and die very frequently. And in the more unhinged families, can result in ParentalIncest as well.
12th Aug '16 1:45:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* Goes both ways in the ''{{Conqueror}}'' books. Temuge is the youngest of five brothers, and his mother dotes on him as a result. This leads to him becoming a rather soft and chubby child who never learns to use a bow or sword effectively, making him the ''least'' favorite in his father's eyes.

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* Goes both ways in the ''{{Conqueror}}'' ''Literature/{{Conqueror}}'' books. Temuge is the youngest of five brothers, and his mother dotes on him as a result. This leads to him becoming a rather soft and chubby child who never learns to use a bow or sword effectively, making him the ''least'' favorite in his father's eyes.



** In ''MySistersKeeper'', youngest daughter Anna was conceived specifically to be a donor for cancer-struck big sister, Kate. While she is pregnant with Anna, her mother, Sara, admits that she hasn't really considered her new daughter's ''personality'', only the genetics that ensure she will make a good donor. Even when Anna is born, Sara's main concern is that the doctors don't damage the umbilical cord (which can be used to save Kate) - she pays very little attention to the newborn baby. Anna's dad is more concerned with her, but even ''he'' neglects his oldest child, Jesse. Late in the book, he admits that he hasn't really paid much attention to Jesse's development, and can't fill in the gap between being told that Jesse wasn't a suitable donor for Kate, and being confronted with a seriously troubled 18-year-old. Jesse and Anna are only seen in terms of what they can do for Kate - who, to her credit, notices this and doesn't like it one bit.

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** In ''MySistersKeeper'', ''Literature/MySistersKeeper'', youngest daughter Anna was conceived specifically to be a donor for cancer-struck big sister, Kate. While she is pregnant with Anna, her mother, Sara, admits that she hasn't really considered her new daughter's ''personality'', only the genetics that ensure she will make a good donor. Even when Anna is born, Sara's main concern is that the doctors don't damage the umbilical cord (which can be used to save Kate) - she pays very little attention to the newborn baby. Anna's dad is more concerned with her, but even ''he'' neglects his oldest child, Jesse. Late in the book, he admits that he hasn't really paid much attention to Jesse's development, and can't fill in the gap between being told that Jesse wasn't a suitable donor for Kate, and being confronted with a seriously troubled 18-year-old. Jesse and Anna are only seen in terms of what they can do for Kate - who, to her credit, notices this and doesn't like it one bit.



* In ''OutboundFlight'', Jedi Lorana Jinzler is confronted, to her shock, by the brother she never knew, who told her angrily that their parents, who she also never knew, ''loved'' her for being a Jedi, loved her more than their other children, held her up as a shining example of what they should be. She's confused and disturbed and both of them come away from that confrontation worse off; at the end of the book, Lorana tells someone to find her brother and tell him that she was thinking of him, and hoping that he could find a way to let go of his anger - at her, at their parents, at himself.
** Fifty years later, in ''SurvivorsQuest'', that person Lorana talked to ''finally'' stops neglecting the promise and arranges for Dean Jinzler to go to the ruins of Outbound Flight, where his sister died. Time has muddled up his anger, and although he still believes that she was unduly favored, he wants to put things to rest and say his goodbyes. During the events of the novel he realizes, in a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, that he'd been lying to himself for years. Their parents ''had'' loved the absent Lorana, but they had loved the children they had just as much. All those years when Dean had been pushing himself to excel in his father's fields, they ''had'' been proud. He just hadn't seen it.

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* In ''OutboundFlight'', ''Literature/OutboundFlight'', Jedi Lorana Jinzler is confronted, to her shock, by the brother she never knew, who told her angrily that their parents, who she also never knew, ''loved'' her for being a Jedi, loved her more than their other children, held her up as a shining example of what they should be. She's confused and disturbed and both of them come away from that confrontation worse off; at the end of the book, Lorana tells someone to find her brother and tell him that she was thinking of him, and hoping that he could find a way to let go of his anger - at her, at their parents, at himself.
** * Fifty years later, in ''SurvivorsQuest'', ''Literature/SurvivorsQuest'', that person Lorana talked to ''finally'' stops neglecting the promise and arranges for Dean Jinzler to go to the ruins of Outbound Flight, where his sister died. Time has muddled up his anger, and although he still believes that she was unduly favored, he wants to put things to rest and say his goodbyes. During the events of the novel he realizes, in a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, that he'd been lying to himself for years. Their parents ''had'' loved the absent Lorana, but they had loved the children they had just as much. All those years when Dean had been pushing himself to excel in his father's fields, they ''had'' been proud. He just hadn't seen it.



* Manny Heffley, the baby of the Heffley family from ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid''. (Manny is three years old, Greg is around eleven to thirteen, while Rodrick is implied to be in between fifteen to seventeen.) Manny is allowed to do all sorts of stuff like bring toys to church, call his brothers names, throw fits to get his way, and crawl out of bed at night and stay up. Greg states that when he was Manny's age, he had none of that. The Parental Favoritism also spreads to the ''extended family''. (Manny is given far more presents for Christmas and more stuff that he wants, Greg is given stuff like books of Algebra or deodorant.) The only in-focus grandmother is particularly bad, as she claims to like all of her grandchildren equally but her fridge is practically wallpapered in pictures of Manny. Also, [[KarmaHoudini Manny hardly ever receives punishment for his actions]], even when he steals supplies and leaves his family for dead during a blizzard.

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* Manny Heffley, the baby of the Heffley family from ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid''.''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''. (Manny is three years old, Greg is around eleven to thirteen, while Rodrick is implied to be in between fifteen to seventeen.) Manny is allowed to do all sorts of stuff like bring toys to church, call his brothers names, throw fits to get his way, and crawl out of bed at night and stay up. Greg states that when he was Manny's age, he had none of that. The Parental Favoritism also spreads to the ''extended family''. (Manny is given far more presents for Christmas and more stuff that he wants, Greg is given stuff like books of Algebra or deodorant.) The only in-focus grandmother is particularly bad, as she claims to like all of her grandchildren equally but her fridge is practically wallpapered in pictures of Manny. Also, [[KarmaHoudini Manny hardly ever receives punishment for his actions]], even when he steals supplies and leaves his family for dead during a blizzard.



* In ''GoneWithTheWind'', Scarlett is Gerald O'Hara's favored child. He has come to realize that he will never have any sons, and speaks to Scarlett in a sort of man-to-man way that Scarlett enjoys very much. Scarlett carries this out much further with her own children; her youngest daughter, Bonnie is her favored child.
* A major theme in ''EastOfEden'', due to the running CainAndAbel parallel. It happens first with Cyrus Trask, his [[TheUnfavorite unfavorite]] eldest son Charles, and the favorite, Adam. Thanks to GenerationXerox, things go the same way with Adam's twin sons, Cal and Aaron.

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* In ''GoneWithTheWind'', ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', Scarlett is Gerald O'Hara's favored child. He has come to realize that he will never have any sons, and speaks to Scarlett in a sort of man-to-man way that Scarlett enjoys very much. Scarlett carries this out much further with her own children; her youngest daughter, Bonnie is her favored child.
* A major theme in ''EastOfEden'', ''Literature/EastOfEden'', due to the running CainAndAbel parallel. It happens first with Cyrus Trask, his [[TheUnfavorite unfavorite]] eldest son Charles, and the favorite, Adam. Thanks to GenerationXerox, things go the same way with Adam's twin sons, Cal and Aaron.



* In the ''SweetValleyHigh'' series, Ned and Alice Wakefield consistently blast Jessica for her bad behavior--promiscuity, bad grades, etc. Similar behavior from Elizabeth is glossed over or rationalized. One scene illustrates this perfectly--when Jessica tries to fix her brother Steven up with one of her friends, she's screamed at by everyone. But when Elizabeth steps in to defend Jessica and explain that it was her idea, suddenly it's a great idea and everyone's falling all over themselves to praise her for it. Not until Jessica RAN AWAY (TWICE, in two separate books) did it finally dawn on her family how troubled she was.

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* In the ''SweetValleyHigh'' ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' series, Ned and Alice Wakefield consistently blast Jessica for her bad behavior--promiscuity, bad grades, etc. Similar behavior from Elizabeth is glossed over or rationalized. One scene illustrates this perfectly--when Jessica tries to fix her brother Steven up with one of her friends, she's screamed at by everyone. But when Elizabeth steps in to defend Jessica and explain that it was her idea, suddenly it's a great idea and everyone's falling all over themselves to praise her for it. Not until Jessica RAN AWAY (TWICE, in two separate books) did it finally dawn on her family how troubled she was.
30th Jul '16 5:25:11 PM TotalDramaRox97
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* The reason Arthur's parents are [[TheScrappy Scrappies]] is because of their blatant favoritism towards DW and almost never punishing her
28th Jul '16 7:58:21 PM PaulA
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* Literature/{{Fudge}}, in JudyBlume's series of young adult novels beginning with ''Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing'', was the family favorite, getting away with murder while big brother Peter got repeatedly whacked over the head with AnAesop about loving his brother. The fact that Peter CantGetAwayWithNuthin doesn't help.

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* Literature/{{Fudge}}, in JudyBlume's Creator/JudyBlume's series of young adult novels beginning with ''Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing'', was the family favorite, getting away with murder while big brother Peter got repeatedly whacked over the head with AnAesop about loving his brother. The fact that Peter CantGetAwayWithNuthin doesn't help.



* Played with in JudyBlume's ''The Pain And The Great One'', a kids book told in two parts. The first, an older sister describes how her little brother "The Pain" gets away with murder and is ''clearly'' the parents' favorite, in the second the brother describes the sister "The Great One" in the same way, also concluding that ''she'' must be the favorite.

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* Played with in JudyBlume's Creator/JudyBlume's ''The Pain And The Great One'', a kids book told in two parts. The first, an older sister describes how her little brother "The Pain" gets away with murder and is ''clearly'' the parents' favorite, in the second the brother describes the sister "The Great One" in the same way, also concluding that ''she'' must be the favorite.
17th Jul '16 1:33:51 AM DaibhidC
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* John feels like this in ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter'':
-->'''John''': Who says poor John? Don't everybody sob at once! My God, if I went up in flames there's not a living soul who'd pee on me to put the fire out!
-->'''Richard''': Let's strike a flint and see!
::Geoffrey, in turn, has a bad case of MiddleChildSyndrome:
-->'''Geoffrey''': It's not the power I feel deprived of... ''it's the mention I miss''. There's no affection for me here: You wouldn't think I'd want that, would you?

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* John feels like this in ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter'':
-->'''John''': ** John feels like this:
--->'''John''':
Who says poor John? Don't everybody sob at once! My God, if I went up in flames there's not a living soul who'd pee on me to put the fire out!
-->'''Richard''': --->'''Richard''': Let's strike a flint and see!
::Geoffrey, ** Geoffrey, in turn, has a bad case of MiddleChildSyndrome:
-->'''Geoffrey''': --->'''Geoffrey''': It's not the power I feel deprived of... ''it's the mention I miss''. There's no affection for me here: You wouldn't think I'd want that, would you?
17th Jul '16 1:31:19 AM DaibhidC
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'''TIm''': Pretty sure it's Tyler.

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'''TIm''': '''Tim''': Pretty sure it's Tyler.
29th Jun '16 5:49:03 PM nombretomado
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* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Uncle Offlas has charge of Roane, but blatantly favors his own son.
* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', the family split in two: Jern and his father, and his mother with the other two siblings.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Uncle Offlas has charge of Roane, but blatantly favors his own son.
* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', the family split in two: Jern and his father, and his mother with the other two siblings.
28th Jun '16 9:08:57 PM siberia82
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* Played painfully straight in ''TheFeastOfAllSaints'', where Cecile overtly favors her son Marcel and barely tolerates her daughter Marie, largely because she is jealous of Marie's beauty. This culminates with [[spoiler: Cecile attacking Marie when the latter comes home after being gang raped.]] Near the end of the movie, Cecile even says she wishes Marie was dead and asks Marcel to pass along the message.

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* Played painfully straight in ''TheFeastOfAllSaints'', ''The Feast of All Saints'', where Cecile overtly favors her son Marcel and barely tolerates her daughter Marie, largely because she is jealous of Marie's beauty. This culminates with [[spoiler: Cecile attacking Marie when the latter comes home after being gang raped.]] Near the end of the movie, Cecile even says she wishes Marie was dead and asks Marcel to pass along the message.


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* ''Film/XMen'': Downplayed with Professor X since he never neglects any of his students whether as a teacher or as a ParentalSubstitute, but he is closer to those who are BirdsOfAFeather, like Hank [=McCoy=] in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' and Jean Grey in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''. Hank and Jean do receive a bit more of Xavier's time and care.
26th Jun '16 12:05:42 AM troodos
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* Bruce also treats his adopted daughter, [[ComicBook/Batgirl 2000 Cassandra]], with some favoritism. He gives her her own Bat-Cave, expects her to eventually take his place as Gotham's protector, and generally showers her with praise. The favoritism gets to a point that when Damian, Bruce's biological son, meets her, he is immediately hostile (despite the fact that, having been raised as a League of Assassins member, he knows that she's supposed to be their chosen one), because Bruce chose her over him. It's heavily implied that this treatment is because he is projecting onto Cassandra, treating her more like a miniature version of himself rather than her own person, which Barbara calls him out on several times.

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* Bruce also treats his adopted daughter, [[ComicBook/Batgirl 2000 [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra]], with some favoritism. He gives her her own Bat-Cave, expects her to eventually take his place as Gotham's protector, and generally showers her with praise. The favoritism gets to a point that when Damian, Bruce's biological son, meets her, he is immediately hostile (despite the fact that, having been raised as a League of Assassins member, he knows that she's supposed to be their chosen one), because Bruce chose her over him. It's heavily implied that this treatment is because he is projecting onto Cassandra, treating her more like a miniature version of himself rather than her own person, which Barbara calls him out on several times.
26th Jun '16 12:03:48 AM troodos
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* Bruce also treats his adopted daughter, [[ComicBook/Batgirl 2000 Cassandra]], with some favoritism. He gives her her own Bat-Cave, expects her to eventually take his place as Gotham's protector, and generally showers her with praise. The favoritism gets to a point that when Damian, Bruce's biological son, meets her, he is immediately hostile (despite the fact that, having been raised as a League of Assassins member, he knows that she's supposed to be their chosen one), because Bruce chose her over him. It's heavily implied that this treatment is because he is projecting onto Cassandra, treating her more like a miniature version of himself rather than her own person, which Barbara calls him out on several times.
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