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20th Feb '17 11:42:24 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Tywin Lannister favors Jaime (by manipulating him to do what ''Tywin'' wants), while generally ignoring or openly despising Cersei and Tyrion.
** Catelyn Stark loves all her children, but has special affection for her daughter Sansa (whose hair she brushes personally) and her son Bran (whose injury causes her a HeroicBSOD).
** Balon Greyjoy favors Yara over Theon because Theon spent half his life as a hostage of the Starks. Most of Theon's poor decisions are motivated by a desire to earn his father's respect.
** Samwell Tarly's father forced him to join the Night's Watch so his younger son could become his heir.
9th Feb '17 1:57:02 AM Tashtash
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* UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3918806/Trump-says-s-proud-kids-youngest-daughter-Tiffany-23-lesser-extent.html has stated]] that he is proud of all his adult children, though he specifically mentioned that it was "to a lesser extent" with Tiffany.
5th Feb '17 5:11:10 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Willis "Diamondback" Stryker has harbored a lifelong grudge against his half-brother Luke Cage because of perceived parental favoritism, like Isaac and Ishmael in the Bible. Key word is "perceived", as Luke explains to Claire Temple that their father James Lucas didn't really like Luke either.
4th Feb '17 7:09:49 AM Doug86
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** His parents ''do'' get fed up with Fudge and punish him when warranted. In ''Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing'' Fudge is throwing a tantrum and not eating his cornflakes and his dad makes him stand in the bathtub while he dumps the bowl of cereal on his head, and in ''Superfudge'' he was occasionally scolded (and spanked once) by his mother over his misdeeds and at the end was punished by his parents for riding his bike to town without telling anyone.

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** His parents ''do'' get fed up with Fudge and punish him when warranted. In ''Tales Of A of a Fourth Grade Nothing'' Fudge is throwing a tantrum and not eating his cornflakes and his dad makes him stand in the bathtub while he dumps the bowl of cereal on his head, and in ''Superfudge'' he was occasionally scolded (and spanked once) by his mother over his misdeeds and at the end was punished by his parents for riding his bike to town without telling anyone.



* StephenKing's ''{{IT}}'' plays with this to horrific effect with Patrick Hockstetter, one of the minor antagonists in the novel. Patrick suspects that his parents love his newborn brother more than him (which the narration confirms to the reader), but doesnt care one iota about that, because Patrick is solipstic (he belives that he is the only real mind that exists), and a psychopath. What he cant stand is the idea that the newborn infant might not only exist just like him, but will also disrupt his carefully planned schedules, and promptly smothers the infant to death, disguising it as crib death.

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* StephenKing's Creator/StephenKing's ''{{IT}}'' plays with this to horrific effect with Patrick Hockstetter, one of the minor antagonists in the novel. Patrick suspects that his parents love his newborn brother more than him (which the narration confirms to the reader), but doesnt doesn't care one iota about that, because Patrick is solipstic (he belives that he is the only real mind that exists), exists) and a psychopath. What he cant can't stand is the idea that the newborn infant might not only exist just like him, but will also disrupt his carefully planned schedules, and promptly smothers the infant to death, disguising it as crib death.
23rd Jan '17 1:52:33 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Bennet sisters, in Creator/JaneAusten's ''PrideAndPrejudice.'' Tearaway Lydia is Mrs. Bennet's favorite daughter; sensible and witty Elizabeth is Mr. Bennet's. Oldest sister Jane is loved by ''everyone'' thanks to her sweet nature, but bookish Mary and second-to-youngest Kitty get the short end of the stick. (Kitty doesn't even get a character trait; she's just 'second-to-youngest'. That's favoritism for you.)

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* The Bennet sisters, in Creator/JaneAusten's ''PrideAndPrejudice.''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice.'' Tearaway Lydia is Mrs. Bennet's favorite daughter; sensible and witty Elizabeth is Mr. Bennet's. Oldest sister Jane is loved by ''everyone'' thanks to her sweet nature, but bookish Mary and second-to-youngest Kitty get the short end of the stick. (Kitty doesn't even get a character trait; she's just 'second-to-youngest'. That's favoritism for you.)
18th Jan '17 7:20:30 AM SilentStranger
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* StephenKing's ''{{IT}}'' plays with this to horrific effect with Patrick Hockstetter, one of the minor antagonists in the novel. Patrick suspects that his parents love his newborn brother more than him (which the narration confirms to the reader), but doesnt care one iota about that, because Patrick is solipstic (he belives that he is the only real mind that exists), and a psychopath. What he cant stand is the idea that the newborn infant might not only exist just like him, but will also disrupt his carefully planned schedules, and promptly smothers the infant to death, disguising it as crib death.
18th Jan '17 7:07:21 AM SilentStranger
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* In the world of the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' gamebooks published by Puffin in the 1980s through to the 1990s, the wealthy ruler of the city of Fang blatantly favors his elder son Sukumvit over his younger son Carnuss, making Carnuss develop a searing hatred for his brother. When Sukumvit becomes ruler of Fang on his father's death, he constructs the deadly Deathtrap Dungeon as a private hobby, challenging adventurers to try and survive going through it for a 10,000 gold piece prize. An embittered Carnuss sees a chance at getting revenge on his hated brother, and begins kidnapping people to test them until he can find someone tough enough to send as his champion to penetrate the dungeon and humiliate his brother.

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* In the world of the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' gamebooks published by Puffin in the 1980s through to the 1990s, the wealthy ruler of the city of Fang blatantly favors his elder son Sukumvit over his younger son Carnuss, making Carnuss develop a searing hatred for his brother. When Sukumvit becomes ruler of Fang on his father's death, he constructs the deadly Deathtrap Dungeon as a private hobby, challenging adventurers to try and survive going through it for a 10,000 gold piece prize. An embittered Carnuss sees a chance at getting revenge on his hated brother, and begins kidnapping people to test them until he can find someone tough enough to send as his champion to penetrate the dungeon and humiliate his brother. He eventually succeeds in the book ''Trial Of Champions'' (where the dungeon had been remade after someone had beaten it once), only for his hated brother to turn the tables on him, offering the champion anything he wished on top of the gold, correctly guessing that what the champion wanted was revenge against Carnuss, and promptly killed him.



** For the Smiths themselves, they by far treat Steve better than their adult daughter Hayley, Francine because Steve is technically still a child and this "her baby", and Stan because Hayley opposes him in pretty much every ideological way.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', separate episodes have confirmed that Lisa is Homer's favorite child and Maggie is Marge's, leaving Bart as TheUnfavorite.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', separate episodes have confirmed that Lisa is Homer's favorite child and Maggie is Marge's, leaving Bart as TheUnfavorite. Ironically, despite this, Lisa suffers from ''massive'' MiddleChildSyndrone anyway, due to Bart requiring so much energy to deal with. She also feels like TheUnfavorite because Bart gets far more attention the few times he actually does something right instead of his usual bratty hijinx, which she ascribes to him being both the oldest child and the only boy. On the flip side, all three children UNANIMOUSLY prefer their mother over their bumbling, short-tempered father.
11th Jan '17 7:25:32 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' LordPeterWimsey novel ''Busman's Honeymoon'', the Dowager Duchess explicitly tells Harriet that Peter is her favorite child.

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* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Busman's Honeymoon'', the Dowager Duchess explicitly tells Harriet that Peter is her favorite child.
29th Dec '16 12:56:02 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/WalkHard: The Dewey Cox Story'': The fact that Dewey Cox's father is fond of reminding Dewey that "the wrong kid died" when discussing Dewey's deceased older brother is a pretty good indication of where Dewey stands on the pecking order.

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* ''Film/WalkHard: The Dewey Cox Story'': ''Film/WalkHardTheDeweyCoxStory'': The fact that Dewey Cox's father is fond of reminding Dewey that "the "[[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead the wrong kid died" died]]" when discussing Dewey's deceased older brother is a pretty good indication of where Dewey stands on the pecking order.
23rd Dec '16 6:04:27 AM Valiona
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** A similiar fate befalls Azuma Yunoki in ''La Corda d'Oro'', who is forced to give up playing piano by his [[EvilMatriarch grandmother]] because he's better at it than his two older brothers; as he says, "My place is always below my brothers." Most a result of Japanese cultural values, and seems [[ValuesDissonance wildly unfair to Western readers]]. Azuma develops [[SplitPersonality a bit of a psychological problem]] as a result (which means it's supposed to seem unfair to the original audience, as well).

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** A similiar similar fate befalls Azuma Yunoki in ''La Corda d'Oro'', who is forced to give up playing piano by his [[EvilMatriarch grandmother]] because he's better at it than his two older brothers; as he says, "My place is always below my brothers." Most a result of Japanese cultural values, and seems [[ValuesDissonance wildly unfair to Western readers]]. Azuma develops [[SplitPersonality a bit of a psychological problem]] as a result (which means it's supposed to seem unfair to the original audience, as well).


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* Downplayed in ''{{Manga/Bokurano}}'', as Jun and Kana Ushiro's father unintentionally favors the latter, his biological daughter, over the former, his adoptive son. He does love both his children, but he stays relatively distant from Jun, afraid that if he tries to get close and Jun rejects him, their relationship will never be the same. Mr. Ushiro is portrayed somewhat sympathetically for this trope, though, because he doesn't realize he's doing this until it's too late- namely, when he realizes that [[spoiler:he took the news that Kana would have to pilot(which would end with her death even if she won), much worse than the news of the same thing happening with Jun, being devastated by the news and horrified by his own reaction]]. When Jun apologizes for being such "a bad son" all this time in his final conversation with his father, Mr. Ushiro replies that he's sorry for being a bad father.
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