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* [[Manga/CrayonShinChan 5-year-old Shin]][[BigBrotherMentor nosuke's]] TheUnfavorite, [[WellDoneSonGuy and he knows it]].

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* [[Manga/CrayonShinChan Played with in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. At first it looks like Grandpa Rome likes only his youngest grandson Veneziano and completely neglects older grandson Romano due to Veneziano having more talent than his brother, but it later turns out that he ''does'' visit Romano from the afterlife too. In fact, a Himaruya sketch shows Romano crying TearsOfJoy... and then hiding because he doesn't want his Grandpa to see him cry.
** [[LoveFreak America]] also seems to be [[{{Tsundere}} England]]'s favorite ex-colony, especially compared to [[SiblingYinYang America's twin]] [[ShrinkingViolet Canada]]. England doesn't usually remember that Canada exists.
* 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]].
* In ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'',
5-year-old Shin]][[BigBrotherMentor nosuke's]] TheUnfavorite, [[WellDoneSonGuy Shinnosuke's brother is TheUnfavorite and he knows it]].it.
* ''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.



* Poor Shui Long from ''Manga/HaouAiren''.
* Ootori Kyouya is victim of a subtle version in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. As the youngest of three sons in a rich family, he is expected by his father to perform at respectable standards, but never to do anything to one-up his brothers, who will inherit the Ootori business empire.
** His sister also seems to get this treatment to some extent. She's admonished for returning home when she is happily married and has no real business to be there. This has the Ootori family fulfill two of the criteria. She, however, seems to ignore it and act cheery nonetheless, going out with Tamaki on occasion to explore the world of commoner cuisine.
** 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).
* Taken to extremes in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''. Gojyo is a 'child of taboo,' raised by his stepmother and half-brother. She eventually attempted to kill him, but her biological son killed her first.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' we see in the flashbacks that Fugaku Uchiha preferred his older, genius son Itachi to the younger Sasuke, saying several times to Sasuke that he wanted Sasuke to become a shinobi like Itachi.
** The situation eventually turns around completely after Itachi is suspected of murdering Shisui [[spoiler: which he did (except that he really didn't; Shisui really did commit suicide, albeit it, with Itachi's help)]]. After Sasuke masters the fireball technique, Fugaku tells him ''not'' to follow Itachi's footsteps.
*** Turned around even earlier when Sasuke's mother told him that in public, Itachi was the shining star, and Fugaku, in his capacity as head of the clan, was naturally concerned about him, due to his importance to the clan. In private, the only thing Fugaku talked about was Sasuke. [[TakeOurWordForIt Or so she says.]]
*** [[spoiler:It's revealed in Chapter 590 that despite all this, they loved both their children. When Itachi came to kill them the night of the massacre, Mikoto assured him that his parents still loved him and that they fully understood his decision, while Fugaku asked Itachi to take care of Sasuke, and that regardless of their differences in beliefs and the paths they both took, he was still proud of him.]]
** Likewise, Hiashi Hyuuga preferred his younger daughter Hanabi, as he believed Hinata lacked any real talent, especially when compared to her genius cousin Neji (the son of Hiashi's twin brother). After Neji loses his fight against Naruto, Hiashi's attitude starts to change and he softens up to both Hinata and Neji.
* Something that plagues [[Manga/{{Monster}} Johan]] very intently. Which one of them was the unwanted one?

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* Poor Shui Long from ''Manga/HaouAiren''.
* Ootori Kyouya is victim of a subtle version in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. As the youngest of three sons in a rich family, he is expected by his father to perform at respectable standards, but never to do anything to one-up his brothers, who will inherit the Ootori business empire.
** His sister also seems to get this treatment to some extent. She's admonished for returning home when she is happily married and has no real business to be there. This has the Ootori family fulfill two
Part of the criteria. She, however, seems to ignore it and act cheery nonetheless, going out with Tamaki on occasion to explore backstory of BigBad King of Gallia in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''; his elder brother was the world of commoner cuisine.
** 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
favorite for being 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).
* Taken to extremes in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''. Gojyo is a 'child of taboo,' raised by his stepmother and half-brother. She eventually attempted to kill him, but her biological son killed her first.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' we see
everything. Then, in the flashbacks that Fugaku Uchiha preferred his older, genius son Itachi to old King's last moments, he named the younger Sasuke, saying several times to Sasuke that he wanted Sasuke to become a shinobi like Itachi.
** The situation eventually turns around completely after Itachi is suspected of murdering Shisui [[spoiler: which he did (except that he really didn't; Shisui really did commit suicide, albeit it, with Itachi's help)]]. After Sasuke masters
his successor, due the fireball technique, Fugaku tells him ''not'' to follow Itachi's footsteps.
*** Turned around
old king's insanity. Ecstatic, even earlier when Sasuke's mother told him that in public, Itachi knowing the true reason he was the shining star, and Fugaku, chosen, he went to rub it in his capacity as head of older brother's face. Unfortunately, the clan, elder was naturally concerned about him, due to his importance to the clan. In private, the only thing Fugaku talked about was Sasuke. [[TakeOurWordForIt Or so she says.]]
*** [[spoiler:It's revealed in Chapter 590 that despite all this, they loved both their children. When Itachi came to kill them the night of the massacre, Mikoto assured him that his parents still loved him and that they fully understood his decision, while Fugaku asked Itachi to take care of Sasuke, and that regardless of their differences in beliefs and the paths they both took, he was still proud of him.]]
** Likewise, Hiashi Hyuuga preferred
honestly happy for his younger daughter Hanabi, as he believed Hinata lacked any real talent, especially when compared to her genius cousin Neji (the son of Hiashi's twin brother). After Neji loses his fight against Naruto, Hiashi's attitude starts to change brother's success. This drove Joseph mad, and he softens ended up to both Hinata and Neji.
* Something that plagues [[Manga/{{Monster}} Johan]] very intently. Which one of them was
killing his older brother. So begins the unwanted one?tale of the mad king.



* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Shiho Nishizumi favors Maho, her elder daughter and heir, over Miho, her younger daughter and the main character. A good example of this is when, in ''Little Army'', she arrives after Miho and Maho's training battle and offhandedly says "So Miho's here as well," before congratulating Maho on her tournament victory. Shiho disapproves of Miho so much that after hearing of her going to the semifinals against Pravda, she [[spoiler:considers disowning her. However, once Miho defeats Maho in the finals, Shiho sighs, then smiles and starts clapping, which could indicate that her attitude is shifting]].
%%* Shui Long from ''Manga/HaouAiren''.
* Despite being the WhiteSheep of the Zoldyck family, Killua from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' is the most beloved child of the family. His mother and his eldest brother love him [[{{Yandere}} too much]], his relationship with his father is the best father-son-relationship in the whole family that is known, his two younger brothers admire him, and the servants love him because Killua is nice to them. The only one who doesn't like him is the second eldest son, Milluki, who is a FatBastard, but even he admits that Killua is the best candidate to be the next heir of the family.



* Part of the backstory of BigBad King of Gallia in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''; his elder brother was the favorite for being better at everything. Then, in the old King's last moments, he named the younger his successor, due the old king's insanity. Ecstatic, even knowing the true reason he was chosen, he went to rub it in his older brother's face. Unfortunately, the elder was honestly happy for his younger brother's success. This drove Joseph mad, and he ended up killing his older brother. So begins the tale of the mad king.
* In ''Manga/PlusAnima'', the Royal Family of Sailand is a perfect example of Favoritism. [[spoiler: In fact, it's most likely why Husky was named Crown Prince out of birth order.]]

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* Part Ren Gyokuen in ''Anime/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' openly said that first prince Kouen (in actuality her nephew/stepson) was her "most loved son" while flirtatiously embracing him in front of the backstory rest of BigBad King her children, including her two biological children. Kouha disgustedly remarked how she used to fawn over Kouen and now wanted him to "replace" her recently dead husband.
* In ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', it is something that plagues Johan very intently. Which one
of Gallia in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''; his elder brother them was the favorite for unwanted one?
* In the case of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'''s Shouto Todoroki,
being better at everything. Then, the Favorite wasn't a good thing, as it lead to TrainingFromHell by his [[AbusiveParents father]]. Meanwhile, his older siblings were [[ParentalNeglect more or less discarded]] for not turning out how he wanted, but it also means they missed out on the horrible "training".
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' we see
in the old King's last moments, he named flashbacks that Fugaku Uchiha preferred his older, genius son Itachi to the younger his successor, due Sasuke, saying several times to Sasuke that he wanted Sasuke to become a shinobi like Itachi.
** The situation eventually turns around completely after Itachi is suspected of murdering Shisui [[spoiler: which he did (except that he really didn't; Shisui really did commit suicide, albeit it, with Itachi's help)]]. After Sasuke masters
the old king's insanity. Ecstatic, fireball technique, Fugaku tells him ''not'' to follow Itachi's footsteps.
*** Turned around
even knowing earlier when Sasuke's mother told him that in public, Itachi was the true reason shining star, and Fugaku, in his capacity as head of the clan, was naturally concerned about him, due to his importance to the clan. In private, the only thing Fugaku talked about was Sasuke. [[TakeOurWordForIt Or so she says.]]
*** [[spoiler:It's revealed in Chapter 590 that despite all this, they loved both their children. When Itachi came to kill them the night of the massacre, Mikoto assured him that his parents still loved him and that they fully understood his decision, while Fugaku asked Itachi to take care of Sasuke, and that regardless of their differences in beliefs and the paths they both took,
he was chosen, he went to rub it in his older brother's face. Unfortunately, the elder was honestly happy for still proud of him.]]
** Likewise, Hiashi Hyuuga preferred
his younger brother's success. This drove Joseph mad, daughter Hanabi, as he believed Hinata lacked any real talent, especially when compared to her genius cousin Neji (the son of Hiashi's twin brother). After Neji loses his fight against Naruto, Hiashi's attitude starts to change and he ended softens up killing his older brother. So begins the tale of the mad king.
* In ''Manga/PlusAnima'', the Royal Family of Sailand is a perfect example of Favoritism. [[spoiler: In fact, it's most likely why Husky was named Crown Prince out of birth order.]]
to both Hinata and Neji.



* Played with in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. At first it looks like Grandpa Rome likes only his youngest grandson Veneziano and completely neglects older grandson Romano due to Veneziano having more talent than his brother, but it later turns out that he ''does'' visit Romano from the afterlife too. In fact, a Himaruya sketch shows Romano crying TearsOfJoy... and then hiding because he doesn't want his Grandpa to see him cry.
** [[LoveFreak America]] also seems to be [[{{Tsundere}} England]]'s favorite ex-colony, especially compared to [[SiblingYinYang America's twin]] [[ShrinkingViolet Canada]]. England doesn't usually remember that Canada exists.

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* Played with Ootori Kyouya is victim of a subtle version in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. At first it looks like Grandpa Rome likes only his ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. As the youngest grandson Veneziano and completely neglects older grandson Romano due to Veneziano having more talent than of three sons in a rich family, he is expected by his brother, father to perform at respectable standards, but it later turns out that he ''does'' visit Romano from never to do anything to one-up his brothers, who will inherit the afterlife too. In fact, a Himaruya sketch shows Romano crying TearsOfJoy... and then hiding because he doesn't want his Grandpa to see him cry.
Ootori business empire.
** [[LoveFreak America]] His sister also seems to get this treatment to some extent. She's admonished for returning home when she is happily married and has no real business to be [[{{Tsundere}} England]]'s favorite ex-colony, especially compared there. This has the Ootori family fulfill two of the criteria. She, however, seems to [[SiblingYinYang America's twin]] [[ShrinkingViolet Canada]]. England doesn't usually remember ignore it and act cheery nonetheless, going out with Tamaki on occasion to explore the world of commoner cuisine.
** 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).
* In ''Manga/PlusAnima'', the Royal Family of Sailand is a perfect example of Favoritism. [[spoiler: In fact, it's most likely why Husky was named Crown Prince out of birth order.]]
* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Akasha and Gyokuro love their own respective blood-related daughters more than the other daughters. While Akasha loves her stepdaughters, too, Gyokuro loves only Kahlua; she distrusts Akua because Akua is adopted and only keeps her around because Akua is useful to her plans, and hates both Moka and Kokoa, the latter her ''other'' blood-related daughter, to the extent
that Canada exists. [[OffingOnesOffspring she tried to]] ''[[OffingOnesOffspring murder]]'' [[OffingOnesOffspring them]].
** Among the Shuzen sisters, Moka is the most beloved one. Akua is a {{Yandere}} for her, Kahlua loves all of her sisters, and Kokoa loves her because Moka is the only one in the family who treats her with respect.
* Taken to extremes in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''. Gojyo is a 'child of taboo,' raised by his stepmother and half-brother. She eventually attempted to kill him, but her biological son killed her first.
* ''Manga/SakuraDiscord'' has a strange and pretty disturbing example with Mebuki Sakura. Being a ChildProdigy for piano, her parents put way too much pressure on her, which resulted in her hating piano and said parents feeling incredibly guitly for it. So they started to unreasonably spoil her and forgive all of her mistakes and whims, but their introduction scene shows that this is ''not'' a healthy relationship by any means. She considers herself pretty much dead inside. To make it worse, [[TheUnfavorite her big brother Shin'ya]] tries to isolate her even more so that they will finally give up on her and focus their attention on him.



* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Shiho Nishizumi favors Maho, her elder daughter and heir, over Miho, her younger daughter and the main character. A good example of this is when, in ''Little Army'', she arrives after Miho and Maho's training battle and offhandedly says "So Miho's here as well," before congratulating Maho on her tournament victory. Shiho disapproves of Miho so much that after hearing of her going to the semifinals against Pravda, she [[spoiler:considers disowning her. However, once Miho defeats Maho in the finals, Shiho sighs, then smiles and starts clapping, which could indicate that her attitude is shifting]].



* Despite being the WhiteSheep of the Zoldyck family, Killua from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' is the most beloved child of the family. His mother and his eldest brother love him [[{{Yandere}} too much]], his relationship with his father is the best father-son-relationship in the whole family that is known, his two younger brothers admire him, and the servants love him because Killua is nice to them. The only one who doesn't like him is the second eldest son, Milluki, who is a FatBastard, but even he admits that Killua is the best candidate to be the next heir of the family.
* 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]].
* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Akasha and Gyokuro love their own respective blood-related daughters more than the other daughters. While Akasha loves her stepdaughters, too, Gyokuro loves only Kahlua; she distrusts Akua because Akua is adopted and only keeps her around because Akua is useful to her plans, and hates both Moka and Kokoa, the latter her ''other'' blood-related daughter, to the extent that [[OffingOnesOffspring she tried to]] ''[[OffingOnesOffspring murder]]'' [[OffingOnesOffspring them]].
** Among the Shuzen sisters, Moka is the most beloved one. Akua is a {{Yandere}} for her, Kahlua loves all of her sisters, and Kokoa loves her because Moka is the only one in the family who treats her with respect.
* Ren Gyokuen in ''Anime/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' openly said that first prince Kouen (in actuality her nephew/stepson) was her "most loved son" while flirtatiously embracing him in front of the rest of her children, including her two biological children. Kouha disgustedly remarked how she used to fawn over Kouen and now wanted him to "replace" her recently dead husband.
* ''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.
* ''Manga/SakuraDiscord'' has a strange and pretty disturbing example with Mebuki Sakura. Being a ChildProdigy for piano, her parents put way too much pressure on her, which resulted in her hating piano and said parents feeling incredibly guitly for it. So they started to unreasonably spoil her and forgive all of her mistakes and whims, but their introduction scene shows that this is ''not'' a healthy relationship by any means. She considers herself pretty much dead inside. To make it worse, [[TheUnfavorite her big brother Shin'ya]] tries to isolate her even more so that they will finally give up on her and focus their attention on him.
* In the case of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'''s Shouto Todoroki, being the Favorite wasn't a good thing, as it lead to TrainingFromHell by his [[AbusiveParents father]]. Meanwhile, his older siblings were [[ParentalNeglect more or less discarded]] for not turning out how he wanted, but it also means they missed out on the horrible "training".



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had Stan trying to insist that Francine's (adoptive) parents did not love her as much as they loved their biological daughter, Gwen. Francine starts to believe it when Stan finds her parents will leaving all their stuff to Gwen. But later the father reveals that [[spoiler:they only left everything to Gwen because she's apparently a moron and needed all the help she could get, while they knew Francine was already well-taken care of because she married a good man]].



* in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' -- ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'', it was stated by Grandfather himself that he favored Monty Uno over Benedict, who became Father and came to idolize Grandfather. Even after being revived by Benedict, Grandfather wished that Monty was on side because he saw more potential in him.
* In the ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'', Darkseid shows rather blatant partental favoritism towards his younger son Orion... Who is also his ArchEnemy and wants him dead. Not only is his other son, Kalibak, incompetent (despite being a devoted servant to Darkseid), but Orion absolutely ''hates'' [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame having Darkseid's approval.]]
* Pete on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' habitually forces his son PJ into servitude. Tellingly, in one episode one of the chores he had to do was "play with Pistol," his younger sister. Generally speaking, Pete [[AbusiveParents puts PJ through all manner of psychological torment and holds him to ridiculous standards]] while letting Pistol do as she pleases and giving her everything she wants. Resultingly, Pistol is a SpoiledBrat and a DaddysGirl, while PJ is an ExtremeDoormat, a ShrinkingViolet, and a NervousWreck who [[WellDoneSonGuy has some issues with his dad]]. Weirdly, though, there are some episodes where Pete treats them equally but in those episodes PJ and Pistol are played as {{Satellite Character}}s.But for Peg it's reversed where she would talk nice to PJ,and act like a mother should,( even like a mother to his friend Max also) but will yell and fuss, at Pistol, for every little thing.
* In the ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' TV series, Phil and Hercules go visit Phil's mother, where she openly calls Phil's brother her favorite, going on about how he's a successful salesman, which Phil resents. However, when the brother comes to visit, he bemoans to Phil that their mother goes on about Phil's accomplishments to him. The mother admits that she did this to make sure neither would grow a big head.



* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[ReluctantMadScientist Professor Membrane]] seems to favor his daughter, [[EnfantTerrible Gaz]] to his "[[ButtMonkey poor]], [[TheCassandra insane]] son" [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Dib]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' plays this for comedy. Kick, Brad, and Harold all know Brianna is number one in the house, so they all compete for number 2.
** A later episode revealed that Kick was actually Honey's favorite, Not Brianna due to being so much like her (Secretly being a water sports daredevil herself). This drives her other kids crazy.
* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill,'' Hank's father [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Cotton]] has another son in his old age and names the infant "Good Hank." Yeah.



* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': Bloberta's mother clearly prefers her older sister and younger brother over her, as they're much better singers than she is and are able to perform in a choir. Although not the best father, Clay prefers Orel over Shapey, as he suspects the latter might not actually be his son. [[spoiler:He's right.]]
* On ''Franchise/{{Ninjago}}'', before he leaves the underworld Lord Garmadon points out that his brother Sensei Wu was their father's favorite.



* On ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster'' Robot and Gart's mother prefers the latter because he's successful at life and not an embarrassment to the family name.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' movie "Race Across New Zealand," Ray suffers an episode of this when memories of his defeat in the same competition that his kids are competing in resurface at the sight of his former rival, whose son is also competing. When the phrase "Like father, like son" comes up, Ray then focuses all of his attention on Otto to make sure he beats his rival's son for revenge, leaving Reggie out in the cold.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' movie "Race Across New Zealand," Ray suffers an episode of this when memories of his defeat in the same competition that his kids are competing in resurface at the sight of his former rival, whose son is also competing. When the phrase "Like father, like son" comes up, Ray then focuses all of his attention on Otto to make sure he beats his rival's son for revenge, leaving Reggie out in the cold.
* In the ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' TV series, Phil and Hercules go visit Phil's mother, where she openly calls Phil's brother her favorite, going on about how he's a successful salesman, which Phil resents. However, when the brother comes to visit, he bemoans to Phil that their mother goes on about Phil's accomplishments to him. The mother admits that she did this to make sure neither would grow a big head.
* In the ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'', Darkseid shows rather blatant partental favoritism towards his younger son Orion... Who is also his ArchEnemy and wants him dead. Not only is his other son, Kalibak, incompetent (despite being a devoted servant to Darkseid), but Orion absolutely ''hates'' [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame having Darkseid's approval.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' plays this for comedy. Kick, Brad, and Harold all know Brianna is number one in the house, so they all compete for number 2.
** A later episode revealed that Kick was actually Honey's favorite, Not Brianna due to being so much like her (Secretly being a water sports daredevil herself). This drives her other kids crazy.
* in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' -- ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'', it was stated by Grandfather himself that he favored Monty Uno over Benedict, who became Father and came to idolize Grandfather. Even after being revived by Benedict, Grandfather wished that Monty was on side because he saw more potential in him.
* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill,'' Hank's father [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Cotton]] has another son in his old age and names the infant "Good Hank." Yeah.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Eight Misbehavin'", while Manjula introduces their eight newborn octuplets to Apu, she introduces the last child:
--> '''Manjula''': (to Apu) And mama's clear favorite, Gheet.
** Despite claiming that Gheet is her favorite, she needed to check Gheet's shirt tag to confirm his identity when she went to go back for him at Moe's Tavern in "Moe Letter Blues".
** Apu is seen holding Anoop more frequently than the rest of the octuplets.
** In “The Secret War of Lisa Simpson” Marge and Homer send Lisa a cassette intended to comfort her yet they don't send Bart anything, not even considering his feelings about how he is at the school.
*** One of the reasons Lisa is considered TheScrappy is because she repeatedly acts like this isn’t the case
** Separate episodes have confirmed that Lisa is Homer's favorite child and Maggie is Marge's, leaving Bart as TheUnfavorite
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had Stan trying to insist that Francine's (adoptive) parents did not love her as much as they loved their biological daughter, Gwen. Francine starts to believe it when Stan finds her parents will leaving all their stuff to Gwen. But later the father reveals that [[spoiler:they only left everything to Gwen because she's apparently a moron and needed all the help she could get, while they knew Francine was already well-taken care of because she married a good man]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster'' Robot and Gart's mother prefers the latter because he's successful at life and not an embarrassment to the family name.
* On ''Franchise/{{Ninjago}}'', before he leaves the underworld Lord Garmadon points out that his brother Sensei Wu was their father's favorite.
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[ReluctantMadScientist Professor Membrane]] seems to favor his daughter, [[EnfantTerrible Gaz]] to his "[[ButtMonkey poor]], [[TheCassandra insane]] son" [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Dib]].
* Pete on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' habitually forces his son PJ into servitude. Tellingly, in one episode one of the chores he had to do was "play with Pistol," his younger sister. Generally speaking, Pete [[AbusiveParents puts PJ through all manner of psychological torment and holds him to ridiculous standards]] while letting Pistol do as she pleases and giving her everything she wants. Resultingly, Pistol is a SpoiledBrat and a DaddysGirl, while PJ is an ExtremeDoormat, a ShrinkingViolet, and a NervousWreck who [[WellDoneSonGuy has some issues with his dad]]. Weirdly, though, there are some episodes where Pete treats them equally but in those episodes PJ and Pistol are played as {{Satellite Character}}s.But for Peg it's reversed where she would talk nice to PJ,and act like a mother should,( even like a mother to his friend Max also) but will yell and fuss, at Pistol, for every little thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': Bloberta's mother clearly prefers her older sister and younger brother over her, as they're much better singers than she is and are able to perform in a choir. Although not the best father, Clay prefers Orel over Shapey, as he suspects the latter might not actually be his son. [[spoiler:He's right.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' movie "Race Across New Zealand," Ray suffers an episode of this when memories of his defeat in the same competition that his kids are competing in resurface at the sight of his former rival, whose son is also competing. When the phrase "Like father, like son" comes up, Ray then focuses all of his attention on Otto to make sure he beats his rival's son for revenge, leaving Reggie out in the cold.
* In the ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' TV series, Phil and Hercules go visit Phil's mother, where she openly calls Phil's brother her favorite, going on about how he's a successful salesman, which Phil resents. However, when the brother comes to visit, he bemoans to Phil that their mother goes on about Phil's accomplishments to him. The mother admits that she did this to make sure neither would grow a big head.
* In the ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'', Darkseid shows rather blatant partental favoritism towards his younger son Orion... Who is also his ArchEnemy and wants him dead. Not only is his other son, Kalibak, incompetent (despite being a devoted servant to Darkseid), but Orion absolutely ''hates'' [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame having Darkseid's approval.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' plays this for comedy. Kick, Brad, and Harold all know Brianna is number one in the house, so they all compete for number 2.
** A later episode revealed that Kick was actually Honey's favorite, Not Brianna due to being so much like her (Secretly being a water sports daredevil herself). This drives her other kids crazy.
* in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' -- ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'', it was stated by Grandfather himself that he favored Monty Uno over Benedict, who became Father and came to idolize Grandfather. Even after being revived by Benedict, Grandfather wished that Monty was on side because he saw more potential in him.
* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill,'' Hank's father [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Cotton]] has another son in his old age and names the infant "Good Hank." Yeah.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Eight Misbehavin'", while Manjula introduces their eight newborn octuplets to Apu, she introduces the last child:
--> '''Manjula''': (to Apu) And mama's clear favorite, Gheet.
** Despite claiming that Gheet is her favorite, she needed to check Gheet's shirt tag to confirm his identity when she went to go back for him at Moe's Tavern in "Moe Letter Blues".
** Apu is seen holding Anoop more frequently than the rest of the octuplets.
** In “The Secret War of Lisa Simpson” Marge and Homer send Lisa a cassette intended to comfort her yet they don't send Bart anything, not even considering his feelings about how he is at the school.
*** One of the reasons Lisa is considered TheScrappy is because she repeatedly acts like this isn’t the case
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''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', separate episodes have confirmed that Lisa is Homer's favorite child and Maggie is Marge's, leaving Bart as TheUnfavorite
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had Stan trying to insist that Francine's (adoptive) parents did not love her as much as they loved their biological daughter, Gwen. Francine starts to believe it when Stan finds her parents will leaving all their stuff to Gwen. But later the father reveals that [[spoiler:they only left everything to Gwen because she's apparently a moron and needed all the help she could get, while they knew Francine was already well-taken care of because she married a good man]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster'' Robot and Gart's mother prefers the latter because he's successful at life and not an embarrassment to the family name.
* On ''Franchise/{{Ninjago}}'', before he leaves the underworld Lord Garmadon points out that his brother Sensei Wu was their father's favorite.
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[ReluctantMadScientist Professor Membrane]] seems to favor his daughter, [[EnfantTerrible Gaz]] to his "[[ButtMonkey poor]], [[TheCassandra insane]] son" [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Dib]].
* Pete on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' habitually forces his son PJ into servitude. Tellingly, in one episode one of the chores he had to do was "play with Pistol," his younger sister. Generally speaking, Pete [[AbusiveParents puts PJ through all manner of psychological torment and holds him to ridiculous standards]] while letting Pistol do as she pleases and giving her everything she wants. Resultingly, Pistol is a SpoiledBrat and a DaddysGirl, while PJ is an ExtremeDoormat, a ShrinkingViolet, and a NervousWreck who [[WellDoneSonGuy has some issues with his dad]]. Weirdly, though, there are some episodes where Pete treats them equally but in those episodes PJ and Pistol are played as {{Satellite Character}}s.But for Peg it's reversed where she would talk nice to PJ,and act like a mother should,( even like a mother to his friend Max also) but will yell and fuss, at Pistol, for every little thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': Bloberta's mother clearly prefers her older sister and younger brother over her, as they're much better singers than she is and are able to perform in a choir. Although not the best father, Clay prefers Orel over Shapey, as he suspects the latter might not actually be his son. [[spoiler:He's right.]]
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27th Apr '16 8:26:45 AM animenutcase
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* In the case of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'''s Shouto Todoroki, being the Favorite wasn't a good thing, as it lead to TrainingFromHell by his [[AbusiveParents father]]. Meanwhile, his older siblings were more or less discarded for not turning out how he wanted, but it also means they missed out on the horrible "training".

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* In the case of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'''s Shouto Todoroki, being the Favorite wasn't a good thing, as it lead to TrainingFromHell by his [[AbusiveParents father]]. Meanwhile, his older siblings were [[ParentalNeglect more or less discarded discarded]] for not turning out how he wanted, but it also means they missed out on the horrible "training".
27th Apr '16 8:24:34 AM animenutcase
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* In the case of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'''s Shouto Todoroki, being the Favorite wasn't a good thing, as it lead to TrainingFromHell by his [[AbusiveParents father]]. Meanwhile, his older siblings were more or less discarded for not turning out how he wanted, but it also means they missed out on the horrible "training".
20th Apr '16 6:21:43 AM Tropetastic1995
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** In Season 2, it is revealed that Aang himself sort of favored Tenzin over his two other children, Kya and Bumi. Mostly due to Tenzin being the only air bender among them and thus, the only one able to carry on the burden of restoring an almost wiped out culture. This favoritism even extended to the Air Acolytes, who seem to almost worship Tenzin and his Air bending children while having no idea that Kya and Bumi even existed. This favoritism had some negative consequences for Tenzin as he felt he needed to live up to his father's legacy and even viewed himself as "The son of Avatar Aang and the hope for future airbenders" rather then just as "Tenzin".

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** In Season 2, it is revealed that Aang himself sort of favored Tenzin over his two other children, Kya and Bumi. Mostly due to Tenzin being the only air bender among them and thus, the only one able to carry on the burden of restoring an almost wiped out culture.culture, pretty much forcing Aang to invest a lot of time in Tenzin's training and teaching. This favoritism even extended to the Air Acolytes, who seem to almost worship Tenzin and his Air bending children while having no idea that Kya and Bumi even existed. This favoritism had some negative consequences for Tenzin as he felt he needed to live up to his father's legacy and even viewed himself as "The son of Avatar Aang and the hope for future airbenders" rather then just as "Tenzin".
19th Apr '16 8:29:27 AM Silverblade2
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* Many a girl's comic, such as ''ComicBook/{{Bunty}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Mandy}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Tammy}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Jinty}}'' used this trope. The heroine was always TheUnfavorite.
19th Apr '16 8:28:21 AM Silverblade2
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19th Apr '16 8:28:19 AM Silverblade2
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* The trend continues in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' with [[spoiler: Noatok being favored by his father over Tarrlok. Subverted in that Noatok hates his father for this just as much or more than Tarrlok does.]]

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* The trend continues in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' with [[spoiler: Noatok being favored by his father over Tarrlok. Subverted in that However Noatok hates his father for this just as much or more than Tarrlok does.]]
14th Apr '16 9:35:15 AM Unversed333
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** Although never addressed in the animated media, Ariel is actually Triton's favorite daughter. The reason behind this being he sees show much in himself in her, personality-wise. Like him, she has red hair, and as seen in the third film, she has an almost uncanny resemblance to his late wife, Queen Athena.

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** Although never addressed in the animated media, WordOfGod states that Ariel is actually has always been Triton's favorite daughter. The reason behind this being he He sees show much in of himself in her, personality-wise. Like him, she her: She has red hair, hair like him when he was younger and as seen in the third film, she has an is strong-willed and independent personality-wise. Her almost uncanny resemblance to his late wife, Queen Athena.her mother may also play a role in this favoritism.
13th Apr '16 1:39:50 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''DeathOfASalesman'', Willy favors Biff over Happy.

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* In ''DeathOfASalesman'', ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'', Willy favors Biff over Happy.
6th Apr '16 6:25:35 PM ThorfinnRowle
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** Fire Lord Azulon wasn't much better. He seemed to greatly favor Iroh over Ozai and was greatly angered when the latter suggested that Iroh's birthright be revoked. This favoritism extends to his grandchildren as well as shown by his sympathy over the death of Iroh's son (and lack of anger toward Iroh for abandoning the siege), and by his disinterest in Azula's impressive firebending display and his sentencing Zuko to death in order to punish Ozai. Nice guy.
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