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23rd Nov '17 10:07:18 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': A minor example, but still there. Light's father Soichiro doesn't completely dismiss the possibility that Light could be Kira (which he is), but is adamantly certain that Light's little sister Sayu couldn't ''possibly'' be the killer.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': A minor example, but still there. Light's father Soichiro doesn't completely dismiss the possibility that Light could be Kira (which he is), is, but Soichiro [[LetThemDieHappy goes to his grave without ever finding this out), but is adamantly certain that Light's little sister Sayu couldn't ''possibly'' be the killer.
22nd Nov '17 1:53:02 PM ACW
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* In the LiveActionTV/DrakeAndJosh fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6619779/1/Into-the-Darkness "Into the Darkness"]], Drake and Meghan's biological father shows this to CompleteMonster levels. He clearly has adored Meghan since she was born and uses [[TermsOfEndangerment pet names like "sweetie" or "angel"]] whenever he talks about her. Drake on the other hand he hates for being born, among other nonsensical reasons such as "got me sent to jail for killing my boss" and "looking like me", and quite literally wants dead, even being willing to take matters into his own hands, spending nearly a week [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing Drake]] until he [[BreakTheCutie breaks emotionally]] and comes within an inch of death.

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* In the LiveActionTV/DrakeAndJosh fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6619779/1/Into-the-Darkness "Into the Darkness"]], Drake and Meghan's biological father shows this to CompleteMonster extreme levels. He clearly has adored Meghan since she was born and uses [[TermsOfEndangerment pet names like "sweetie" or "angel"]] whenever he talks about her. Drake on the other hand he hates for being born, among other nonsensical reasons such as "got me sent to jail for killing my boss" and "looking like me", and quite literally wants dead, even being willing to take matters into his own hands, spending nearly a week [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing Drake]] until he [[BreakTheCutie breaks emotionally]] and comes within an inch of death.
18th Nov '17 3:22:36 AM FoxBluereaver
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* Misty suffered a lot of this in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines''. Her parents constantly pampered her older sisters, while they treated her as little more than a servant, as she had been an unplanned child [[BlackSheep and had no interest in the performing arts like the rest of her family.]] [[FromBadToWorse Things just got worse for her]] [[FantasticRacism after she was revealed as a bloodliner]], and the only reason they didn't get rid of her was to avoid bad press.
17th Nov '17 11:58:29 PM LinTaylor
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* It doesn't appear in the original ''King's Quest'' series, but ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'' seems to imply that Graham favors his son Alexander over his daughter Rosella. This is at least partly due to Alexander having been [[spoiler:kidnapped as an infant and missing from the family for 18 years]]. Rosella herself doesn't seem to resent the situation - even though it also carries into the current generation, with Graham favoring Alexander's daughter Gwendolyn over Rosella's son Gart. The grandparental favoritism is actually much more blatant.

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* It doesn't appear in the original ''King's Quest'' series, but ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'' seems plays around with this in regards to imply that Graham favors his King Graham's twin children. His son Alexander over was kidnapped as a baby and Graham spent the next 18 years trying to find him, apparently neglecting his daughter Rosella. This is at least partly due to Alexander having been [[spoiler:kidnapped as an infant and missing from the family for 18 years]]. Rosella herself to an extent. However, it doesn't seem to resent the situation - even though it also carries into the current generation, with play out as one would expect because Graham favoring and Rosella get along quite well thanks to their similar personalities, but he had a hard time connecting with Alexander at first because of how dissimilar they are; in effect, each child is half of what Graham wanted (a son who shares his love of adventure and puzzles). Eventually he realized that he was wrongly blaming Alexander for not being the "perfect son" he wanted, and accepts him for who he is. However, the favoritism is played much straighter with Graham's grandchildren: he blatantly favors Alexander's daughter Gwendolyn over Rosella's son Gart. The grandparental favoritism is actually much more blatant.Gart, doting on her and telling her stories from his youth and [[spoiler:rewriting Daventry's laws so she could inherit the throne after his death]].
17th Nov '17 10:48:13 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch perceives himself and Nunnally as [[TheUnfavorite The Unfavorites]] to their father, TheEmperor Charles zi Brittania. [[spoiler:In reality, they're actually his ''favorite'' children, seeing as they're the offspring of the only woman he has ever loved -- Marianne. That's why he distanced themselves from the rest of the family and sent them to Japan -- to protect them from Marianne's "killer," their uncle V.V., who was jealous of Marianne for taking Charles's attention from him.]]
** Lelouch calls him out on this, [[spoiler:declaring that their obsession with killing the gods led them to turn their home into a complete warzone, and kills them for attempting to destroy free will via lobotomizing mankind's collective unconsciousness]].

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch perceives himself and Nunnally as [[TheUnfavorite The Unfavorites]] to their father, TheEmperor Charles zi Brittania. Brittania, because their mother was a commoner. [[spoiler:In reality, they're actually his ''favorite'' children, seeing as they're the offspring of children because Marianne was the only woman he has ever loved -- Marianne. That's why he distanced themselves from the rest of the family and truly loved. He sent them the kids to Japan -- to protect them from Marianne's "killer," their uncle V.V., who was jealous and intended to have them be a part of Marianne for taking Charles's attention from him.]]
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the AssimilationPlot he, Marianne, and C.C. had devised. When Lelouch calls him finds out on about all this, [[spoiler:declaring that their obsession with killing the gods led ''[[CallingTheOldManOut he lets them to turn their home into a complete warzone, and kills them for attempting to destroy free will via lobotomizing mankind's collective unconsciousness]].have it]]''.]]
8th Nov '17 12:46:27 AM Linda58
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': It is never directly stated or confirmed, but Dinah Lance seems to prefer Sara over Laurel. The flashbacks show that she saw Sara packing to join Oliver on the boat, and after briefly trying to talk her out of it let her go despite it being a betrayal of Laurel. Tellingly, after admitting this she breaks down weeping and apologizes to Quentin for killing their daughter; but ''doesn't'' apologize to Laurel over the betrayal ''or'' for keeping it a secret this long. She also ran away shortly after the boat sank [[ParentalAbandonment abandoning]] Laurel and made little effort to stay in touch; and most of her appearances deal are concerning Sara as if that's all that make her come back to Star City.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': It is never directly stated or confirmed, but Dinah Lance seems to prefer Sara over Laurel. The flashbacks show that she saw Sara packing to join Oliver on the boat, and after briefly trying to talk her out of it let her go despite it being a betrayal of Laurel. Tellingly, after admitting this she breaks down weeping and apologizes to Quentin for killing their daughter; but ''doesn't'' apologize to Laurel over the betrayal ''or'' for keeping it a secret this long. She also ran away shortly after the boat sank [[ParentalAbandonment abandoning]] Laurel and made little effort to stay in touch; and most of her appearances deal are concerning Sara as if that's all that make her come back to Star City.
8th Nov '17 12:41:55 AM Linda58
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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'', Laurel knows that her parents ''do'' love her, but between her mother's actions (see ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' below) and her father's drunken rants making it clear he wishes [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead she died instead of Sara]], realizes that they both love Sara more. To the point that Laurel is hesitant to have more than one child, because she's terrified she'll do this too. Notably this doesn't affect her relationship with Sara (whom she still loves dearly), and Sara herself seems to be unaware of it.

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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'', Laurel knows that her parents ''do'' love her, but between her mother's actions (see ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' below) and her father's drunken rants making it clear he wishes [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead she died instead of Sara]], realizes that they both love Sara more. Her mother, Dinah, takes it to extremes. Laurel recalls Dinah has only come to one of Mary's (Laurel's daughter, and her granddaughter) birthdays... and it was only because she thought Sara would be there. To the point that Laurel is hesitant to have more than one child, because she's terrified she'll do this too. Notably this doesn't affect her relationship with Sara (whom she still loves dearly), and Sara herself seems to be unaware of it.
5th Nov '17 9:45:42 AM Linda58
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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'', Laurel knows that her parents ''do'' love her, but between her mother's actions (see ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' below) and her father's drunken rants making it clear he wishes [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead she died instead of Sara]], realizes that they both love Sara more. Notably this doesn't affect her relationship with Sara (whom she still loves dearly), and Sara herself seems to be unaware of it.

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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'', Laurel knows that her parents ''do'' love her, but between her mother's actions (see ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' below) and her father's drunken rants making it clear he wishes [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead she died instead of Sara]], realizes that they both love Sara more. To the point that Laurel is hesitant to have more than one child, because she's terrified she'll do this too. Notably this doesn't affect her relationship with Sara (whom she still loves dearly), and Sara herself seems to be unaware of it.
1st Nov '17 1:19:37 AM darkemyst
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** Harry endured some pretty extreme abuse at the hands of his aunt Petunia and uncle Vernon, while his cousin Dudley was extremely pampered, owed at least in part to a long-held jealousy Petunia held of his mother. In the sixth book, Dumbledore notes that Dudley arguably got the worse end of the deal, being totally unprepared for the real world.

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** Harry endured some pretty extreme abuse at the hands of his aunt Petunia and uncle Vernon, while his cousin Dudley was extremely pampered, owed at least in part to a long-held jealousy Petunia held of his mother. In the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth book, book]], Dumbledore notes that Dudley arguably got the worse end of the deal, being totally unprepared for the real world.



** Regulus was the favorite over older brother Sirius (mostly because the former was just as much a bigot as his parents); Dumbledore's sister Ariana required constant supervision, leaving Albus rather aloof; Marvolo Gaunt favored Morfin greatly over Merope; Petunia certainly felt that her parents liked Lily better after discovering she was a witch.

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** Regulus was the favorite over older brother Sirius (mostly because the former was just as much a bigot as his parents); parents), even the family house-elf preferred him, partially for sharing the same bigoted views and partially because he was kind to him and [[spoiler: cared enough about him to order Kreacher to leave him behind and allow him to be the one to die when he betrayed Voldemort. In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' Kreacher's dislike and animosity towards Sirius for his "betrayal" of the House of Black culminates in Kreacher betraying ''him'' to his death]]''
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Dumbledore's sister Ariana required constant supervision, leaving Albus rather aloof; aloof to their brother's annoyance.
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Marvolo Gaunt favored Morfin greatly over Merope; Merope, and eventually was arrested when his abuse of her was seen by an Auror.
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Petunia certainly felt that her parents liked Lily better after discovering she was a witch.witch and it is heavily implied she already felt like TheUnfavorite before Lily ever received her Hogwarts letter.
28th Oct '17 11:45:00 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary and his consort Elisabeth/Sissi had four children. Out of them, their second daughter Gisela [[DaddysGirl was the apple of Franz's eye]], whereas Sissi's preferred child was their youngest kid (and the only one she could raise in her own terms), Marie Valerie.
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