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9th Sep '17 4:50:53 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride,'' Nuka is neglected in favor of the youngest adoptive son, Kovu, whom Scar chose as his heir. Nuka is also implied to be Scar's son, but this isn't confirmed in the movie.
** And if the tie-in book for the first movie is true, Scar was originally named "Taka" by his parents, which translates roughly into "Garbage".
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', Morgana revealed that her older sister Ursula was favored over her and that she was always compared to Ursula, and in the climax of the movie, it's shown that Morgana had MommyIssues over it.

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* ''Franchise/TheLionKing'':
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In ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride,'' Nuka is neglected in favor of the youngest adoptive son, Kovu, whom Scar chose as his heir. Nuka is also implied to be Scar's son, but this isn't confirmed in the movie.
** And if the tie-in book for the first movie ''Literature/TheLionKingSixNewAdventures'' is true, Scar was originally named "Taka" by his parents, which translates roughly into "Garbage".
"garbage". His father always preferred Mufasa due to his dependability.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'':
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In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', Morgana revealed that her older sister Ursula was favored over her and that she was always compared to Ursula, and in the climax of the movie, it's shown that Morgana had MommyIssues over it.



* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': ''A Frozen Heart'', a tie-in novel to the movie, [[spoiler:reveals that while [[TragicVillain Prince Hans]]' father doted on his older sons (especially Caleb, Hans' oldest brother), he coldly regarded his youngest son as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who doesn't know how to stand up to the abuse he and his twelve older sons throw at him, claiming that Hans should "learn a thing or two" from them, so in his view, Hans being beaten up by his brothers was a "sign of strength". Growing up as the youngest and most forgettable of his clan, and being the BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat of his family wound up becoming his FreudianExcuse.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': ''A Frozen Heart'', ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a tie-in novel to the movie, [[spoiler:reveals that while [[TragicVillain Prince Hans]]' father doted on his older sons (especially Caleb, Hans' oldest brother), he coldly regarded his youngest son as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who doesn't know how to stand up to the abuse he and his twelve older sons throw at him, claiming that Hans should "learn a thing or two" from them, so in his view, Hans being beaten up by his brothers was a "sign of strength". Growing up as the youngest and most forgettable of his clan, and being the BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat of his family wound up becoming his FreudianExcuse.]]
30th Aug '17 7:17:12 AM TheCastawayPariah
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In fact, the obligatory "talk with the parents" is normally part of a Parental Favoritism plot...but that does not guarantee it will solve anything. If the writer is trying to HandWave the glaring bias of the parents, there will be a scene where mum and dad will give a long speech on how they value all their kids equally, and will tell the [[TheUnFavorite un-favorite]] child that making them live in the basement and forcing them to bow whenever their little brother enters a room is really a mark of their esteem. The words "you're the responsible one" will be mentioned in some form. A more realistic version is where the big talk is honest, and the parent doesn't bother trying to justify their actions, but do realise they were wrong and attempt to make amends. This is regularly done to "humanise" the hitherto parents -- but it's too late. By the time of the talk, most of the audience will already be set against the parents, and it'll take a hell of a lot of good writing to redeem them. If the parents have clearly realized their foolishness and have shown to be really sorry, then this MAY take a lot of weight off them.

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In fact, the obligatory "talk with the parents" is normally part of a Parental Favoritism plot...but that does not guarantee it will solve anything. If the writer is trying to HandWave the glaring bias of the parents, there will be a scene where mum and dad will give a long speech on how they value all their kids equally, and will tell the [[TheUnFavorite un-favorite]] child that making them live in the basement and forcing them to bow whenever their little brother sibling enters a room is really a mark of their esteem. The words "you're the responsible one" will be mentioned in some form. A more realistic version is where the big talk is honest, and the parent doesn't bother trying to justify their actions, but do realise they were wrong and attempt to make amends. This is regularly done to "humanise" the hitherto parents -- but it's too late. By the time of the talk, most of the audience will already be set against the parents, and it'll take a hell of a lot of good writing to redeem them. If the parents have clearly realized their foolishness and have shown to be really sorry, then this MAY take a lot of weight off them.
18th Aug '17 2:20:27 PM gb00393
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** Tywin Lannister favors Jaime (by manipulating him to do what ''Tywin'' wants), while generally ignoring Cersei (because she's just a woman) and openly despising Tyrion (who is a dwarf).

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** Tywin Lannister favors Jaime (by manipulating him to do what ''Tywin'' wants), while generally ignoring Cersei (because she's just a woman) and openly despising Tyrion (who is a dwarf). He trusts him with half of his army, praises him on occasion and considers him his heir even though by law Jaime cannot inherit as a member of the Kingsguard. Cersei and Tyrion, who both love Jaime, are still resentful of this blatant favoritism. Tyrion in particular points out that he will never be recognized for all his accomplishments even though he's by far Tywin's most capable descendant, while Jaime is still Tywin's designated heir even after forfeiting his inheritance, murdering a king, losing his sword hand and screwing his own sister, which caused a countrywide scandal and a SuccessionCrisis that almost destroyed the Lannister bid for the Iron Throne.
--> '''Tyrion:''' You're the golden son. You could kill a king, lose a hand, fuck your own sister, you'll always be the golden son.
2nd Aug '17 1:28:29 PM gb00393
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** [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] is clearly Cersei's favourite child, with Myrcella second and Tommen running a very distant third.

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** [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] is clearly Cersei's favourite child, with Myrcella second and Tommen running a very distant third. Considering the effects, the younger children have probably benefited from that.
27th Jul '17 10:04:35 AM Njein
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': ''A Frozen Heart'', a tie-in novel to the movie, [[spoiler:reveals that while [[TragicVillain Prince Hans]]' father doted on his older sons (especially Caleb, Hans' oldest brother), he coldly regarded his youngest son as a "weakling" and an incompetent coward who doesn't know how to stand up to the abuse he and his twelve older sons throw at him, claiming that Hans should "learn a thing or two" from them, so in his view, Hans being beaten up by his brothers was a "sign of strength". Growing up as the youngest and most forgettable of his clan, and being the BlackSheep and ExtremeDoormat of his family wound up becoming his FreudianExcuse.]]
15th Jul '17 12:39:18 PM Arcana4th
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Weiss's father, Jacques, is heavily implied to prefer her little brother Whitley over her and her sister. During a shot showing his work desk, Whitley's is the only picture that he keeps there. [[spoiler:Halfway through season 4, Weiss causes a scene and Jacques takes her off his will and reveals that Whitley is the only one that will inherit his company and fortune. It's implied he has taken Winter out of the will when she joined the military against his will and Whitley is the only one to never have challenged him.]]
13th Jul '17 12:01:34 PM SpideyTerry
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** "Three Sisters" makes this a plot-point when Mike won't take money out of a college fund so Eve can buy some recording equipment, but Kristen does. When Mike objects to this as circumventing his authority, it leads to a big argument over who the favorite actually is, with each sister thinking it's someone else and pointing to various acts of perceived favoritism. Mike and Vanessa argue that while it might look like one child is getting constant favoritism and attention, it's actually parsed out. As unfair as it sounds, they say raising multiple kids over the years sometimes required deciding which one of them needed special attention and help, even if it was at the expense of the others daughters.
10th Jul '17 8:55:39 AM otemple700
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* A huge plot point in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]''. [[spoiler: King Desmond favors his daughter Guinevere and hates his son Zephiel because Guinevere is the child of his beloved old girlfriend while Zephiel is born from an unhappy marriage to Queen Helene. To make things worse, Zephiel is TheAce ''and'' insists on pleasing his father [[WellDoneSonGuy out of love]], while Guinevere loves her brother but is condemned to be in Zephiel's shadow since, well, [[HeirClubForMen she's a girl]] and a [[HeroicBastard bastard]]. This becomes so bad that Desmond hires the Black Fang ''[[OffingTheOffspring to murder Zephiel]] right before his coming of age ceremony'' so Guinevere can become heir apparent instead. Eliwood, Hector, Lyn, and their groups must stop this EvilPlan, or it's a Game Over.]]

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* A huge plot point in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]''. [[spoiler: King Desmond favors his daughter Guinevere and hates his son Zephiel because Guinevere is the child of his beloved old girlfriend while Zephiel is born from an unhappy marriage to Queen Helene. To make things worse, Zephiel is TheAce ''and'' insists on pleasing his father [[WellDoneSonGuy out of love]], while Guinevere loves her brother but is condemned to be in Zephiel's shadow since, well, [[HeirClubForMen she's a girl]] and a [[HeroicBastard bastard]]. This becomes so bad that Desmond hires the Black Fang ''[[OffingTheOffspring to murder Zephiel]] right before his coming of age ceremony'' so Guinevere can become heir apparent instead. Eliwood, Hector, Lyn, and their groups must stop this EvilPlan, or it's a Game Over.''[[StartOfDarkness This ends up backfiring horribly]]''.]]
16th Jun '17 9:49:50 AM MsZephy7
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* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', it's a case of brotherly favoristism. Peter loves all of his siblings but he is especially close with the youngest, Lucy.
8th Jun '17 11:06:07 PM LadyNorbert
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* Laws throughout history have often geared parents from making the first born son the "favorite." Inheritance went to him first, and often the oldest boy had the second position of power in the house. Having only a daughter was (and some places, still is) a horrible dishonor because nobody can carry on you family name.

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* Laws throughout history have often geared parents from making the first born son the "favorite." Inheritance went to him first, and often the oldest boy had the second position of power in the house. Having only a daughter was (and some places, still is) a horrible dishonor because nobody can carry on you your family name.
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