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23rd May '17 8:14:37 PM FuzzyBarbarian
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** Dick Grayson/Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} has been noted to be Batman's favored son, being the first Comicbook/{{Robin}}, the easiest to get along with, and, as Batman himself notes, possessed the qualities none of the other Robins will ever have. He understands Bruce's teachings the most, came into his own as a hero, and while as skilled as Bruce, can still make friends and keep them, something Bruce can't do. It's to the point that Bruce has shown an absolute willingness to kill for him, something he doesn't show for ''anyone else''. After Bruce "died" in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'', Dick became Batman against his wishes. When he returned, he reacted pretty well to it, to the point that it's just ''common knowledge'' among the Batfamily that Dick will takeover when Bruce is unable to be Batman. Although Bruce tries to hide it, everyone in not only the Batfamily, but the entire DCU, knows that Dick is Bruce's favourite son, partner and colleague.

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** [[Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson/Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} Grayson (Robin I/Nightwing)]] has been noted to be Batman's favored son, being the first Comicbook/{{Robin}}, the easiest to get along with, and, as Batman himself notes, possessed the qualities none of the other Robins will ever have. He understands Bruce's teachings the most, came into his own as a hero, and while as skilled as Bruce, can still make friends and keep them, something Bruce can't do. It's to the point that Bruce has shown an absolute willingness to kill for him, something he doesn't show for ''anyone else''. After Bruce "died" in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'', Dick became Batman against his wishes. When he returned, he reacted pretty well to it, to the point that it's just ''common knowledge'' among the Batfamily that Dick will takeover when Bruce is unable to be Batman. Although Bruce tries to hide it, everyone in not only the Batfamily, but the entire DCU, knows that Dick is Bruce's favourite son, partner and colleague.



* In ''ComicBook/TheKingdom'', Wally West has two kids: Barry and Iris West. Both inherited his superspeed, but are vastly different in how they use them. Barry is a slacker who uses them for petty reasons, though not anything illegal. Meanwhile, Iris took up Wally's old identity of Kid Flash and is actively a superhero. However, Wally clearly favours Barry as his replacement as the Flash. It takes its toll on Iris, and Barry knows it. It may have something to do with his ''name'' even, since Barry Allen, the second Flash and Wally's mentor, is someone Wally has ''never'' stopped looking up to.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheKingdom'', Wally West (the third Flash) has two kids: Barry and Iris West. Both inherited his superspeed, but are vastly different in how they use them. [[BrilliantButLazy Barry is a slacker who uses them for petty reasons, though not anything illegal. illegal]]. Meanwhile, [[WellDoneSonGuy Iris took up Wally's old identity of Kid Flash and is actively a superhero. superhero]]. However, Wally clearly favours Barry as his replacement as Barry, and constantly drives him to be the next Flash. It takes its toll on Iris, and Barry knows it. It may have something to do with his ''name'' even, since Barry Allen, the second Flash and Wally's mentor, is someone Wally has ''never'' stopped looking up to.
23rd May '17 8:12:23 PM FuzzyBarbarian
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** Dick Grayson/Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} has been noted to be Batman's favored son, being the first Comicbook/{{Robin}}, the easiest to get along with, and, as Batman himself notes, possessed the qualities none of the other Robins will ever have. He understands Bruce's teachings the most, came into his own as a hero, and while as skilled as Bruce, can still make friends and keep them, something Bruce can't do. It's to the point that Bruce has shown an absolute willingness to kill for him, something he doesn't show for ''anyone else''. After Bruce "died" in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'', Dick became Batman against his wishes. When he returned, he reacted pretty well to it, to the point that it's just ''common knowledge'' among the Batfamily that Dick will takeover when Bruce is unable to be Batman. Although Bruce tries to hide it, everyone in not only the Batfamily, but the entire DCU, knows that Dick is Bruce's favourite son, partner and associate.

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** Dick Grayson/Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} has been noted to be Batman's favored son, being the first Comicbook/{{Robin}}, the easiest to get along with, and, as Batman himself notes, possessed the qualities none of the other Robins will ever have. He understands Bruce's teachings the most, came into his own as a hero, and while as skilled as Bruce, can still make friends and keep them, something Bruce can't do. It's to the point that Bruce has shown an absolute willingness to kill for him, something he doesn't show for ''anyone else''. After Bruce "died" in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'', Dick became Batman against his wishes. When he returned, he reacted pretty well to it, to the point that it's just ''common knowledge'' among the Batfamily that Dick will takeover when Bruce is unable to be Batman. Although Bruce tries to hide it, everyone in not only the Batfamily, but the entire DCU, knows that Dick is Bruce's favourite son, partner and associate.colleague.
23rd May '17 8:11:58 PM FuzzyBarbarian
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** Dick Grayson/Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} has been noted to be Batman's favored son, being the first Comicbook/{{Robin}}, the easiest to get along with, and, as Batman himself notes, possessed the qualities none of the other Robins will ever have. He understands Bruce's teachings the most, came into his own as a hero, and while as skilled as Bruce, can still make friends and keep them, something Bruce can't do. After Bruce "died" in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'', Dick became Batman against his wishes. When he returned, he reacted pretty well to it, to the point that it's just ''common knowledge'' among the Batfamily that Dick will takeover when Bruce is unable to be Batman.
** Bruce also treats his adopted daughter, [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], 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 Gordon -the first Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}- calls him out on several times.

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** Dick Grayson/Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} has been noted to be Batman's favored son, being the first Comicbook/{{Robin}}, the easiest to get along with, and, as Batman himself notes, possessed the qualities none of the other Robins will ever have. He understands Bruce's teachings the most, came into his own as a hero, and while as skilled as Bruce, can still make friends and keep them, something Bruce can't do. It's to the point that Bruce has shown an absolute willingness to kill for him, something he doesn't show for ''anyone else''. After Bruce "died" in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'', Dick became Batman against his wishes. When he returned, he reacted pretty well to it, to the point that it's just ''common knowledge'' among the Batfamily that Dick will takeover when Bruce is unable to be Batman.
Batman. Although Bruce tries to hide it, everyone in not only the Batfamily, but the entire DCU, knows that Dick is Bruce's favourite son, partner and associate.
** Bruce also treats his adopted daughter, [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], with some favoritism. He gives her her own Bat-Cave, Batcave, 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 Gordon -the (the first Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}- Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}) calls him out on several times.


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* In ''ComicBook/TheKingdom'', Wally West has two kids: Barry and Iris West. Both inherited his superspeed, but are vastly different in how they use them. Barry is a slacker who uses them for petty reasons, though not anything illegal. Meanwhile, Iris took up Wally's old identity of Kid Flash and is actively a superhero. However, Wally clearly favours Barry as his replacement as the Flash. It takes its toll on Iris, and Barry knows it. It may have something to do with his ''name'' even, since Barry Allen, the second Flash and Wally's mentor, is someone Wally has ''never'' stopped looking up to.
9th May '17 8:58:50 AM VoxAquila
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** The Tams are worried about their son's apparent loss of mental balance. After all, River is safe in a government school, nothing could possibly be wrong....
8th May '17 5:40:57 AM Mooncalf
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* In ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'', Ma Dalton constantly dotes on her youngest son, Averell, while just as constantly giving her oldest, Joe, a hard time. [[spoiler:She later admits that Joe is actually her favorite; he's the smartest and reminds her so much of their father, and Ma is only hard on him because she expects so very much of him. [[ManChild Averell]], however, will always be her baby.]]
6th May '17 6:56:16 PM TheLuckyCat
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** Tywin Lannister favors Jaime (by manipulating him to do what ''Tywin'' wants), while generally ignoring or openly despising Cersei and Tyrion.

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** Tywin Lannister favors Jaime (by manipulating him to do what ''Tywin'' wants), while generally ignoring or Cersei (because she's just a woman) and openly despising Cersei and Tyrion.Tyrion. (Who is a dwarf)



** [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] is clearly Cersei's favourite child, with Myrcella second and Tommen running a very distant third.
** Daenerys says her dragons are the only children she will ever have and loves them greatly, but it's very clear that Drogon is her favourite.
** Margaery is her grandmother's favourite, as Olenna has groomed her to be her successor and largely dismisses Loras as a "silly boy on a horse", though she isn't cruel about it like Tywin and does care for him too.
** It's implied that Catelyn was Hoster's favourite child, calling her "Little Cat".



*** In another episode later in the series, we see Rachel's spoiled little sister Jill, who was cut off from her father's money and was told to come and learn how to be responsible from "the one daughter he's proud of" (for being an independent Career Woman instead of the shallow spoiled princess she was early in the series.)

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*** In another episode later in the series, we see Rachel's spoiled little sister Jill, who was cut off from her father's money and was told to come and learn how to be responsible from "the one daughter he's proud of" (for being an independent Career Woman instead of the shallow spoiled princess she was early in the series. Of course, Dr. Green doesn't seem to notice his parenting might be why all his daughters turned out that way.)


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* Sarah is blatantly the favourite child in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddnEddy'', being [[SpoiledBrat spoiled]] rotten by her parents while they ignore and neglect Ed, who ironically is ''much'' nicer than his little sister.
6th May '17 6:43:23 PM TheLuckyCat
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* In ''Manga/Ranma'', [[YamatoNadeshiko Kasumi]] is clearly Soun Tendo's favourite child. This is because [[PromotionToParent she helped him raise her little sisters]], and the image song ''Otousan'' (''Father'') performed by Soun and Kasumi's seiyuu states that he feels rather guilty about it.

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* In ''Manga/Ranma'', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', [[YamatoNadeshiko Kasumi]] is clearly Soun Tendo's favourite child. This is because [[PromotionToParent she helped him raise her little sisters]], and the image song ''Otousan'' (''Father'') performed by Soun and Kasumi's seiyuu states that he feels rather guilty about it.
25th Apr '17 4:50:19 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat was apparently his mother's favorite child, to the chagrin of his two older brothers.
16th Apr '17 5:50:04 PM TrickyTroper
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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.

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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 MiddleChildSyndrome anyway, due to Bart requiring so much energy to deal with. with.
--> '''Marge''': Bart's such a handful, and Maggie needs attention. But all the while, our little Lisa's becoming a young woman.
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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.
--> '''Lisa''': Bart gets everything, because he's the oldest and he's a
boy. And Maggie gets what's ever left over, because she's the youngest and she's a baby.
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On the flip side, all three children UNANIMOUSLY '''unanimously''' prefer their mother over their bumbling, short-tempered father.



* The reason WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'s parents are [[TheScrappy Scrappies]] is because of their blatant favoritism towards DW and almost never punishing her

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* The reason WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'s parents are [[TheScrappy Scrappies]] is because of their blatant favoritism towards DW and almost never punishing her her.
15th Apr '17 8:51:06 PM LaptopGuy
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** When the parents split favoritism, it will usually be the father favoring the firstborn and the mother favoring the baby.



** Sometimes, one child is funnier, more gregarious, or more talented than the others, making them "the favorite" almost automatically. In some cases, this sibling will be sweetness and light to everyone else, but the DevilInPlainSight to their brothers and sisters. Although, in other cases, the other child could have a negative personality, so the fault could partly fall on them. Alternatively, somebody (one of the parent) may die. In this case, one child will be favored because of their resemblance to a particular person. Particularly narcissistic parents, however, tend to favor the child that most looks/acts like him/herself (although that can happen in a more benign way, with a parent simply having more in common with a child who's also athletic, musical, artistic, etc.)

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** Sometimes, one child is funnier, more gregarious, or more talented than the others, making them "the favorite" almost automatically. In some cases, cases (such as on ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''), this sibling will be sweetness and light to everyone else, but the DevilInPlainSight to their brothers and sisters. Although, in other cases, the other child could have a negative personality, so the fault could partly fall on them. Alternatively, somebody (one of the parent) may die. In this case, one child will be favored because of their resemblance to a particular person. Particularly narcissistic parents, however, tend to favor the child that most looks/acts like him/herself (although that can happen in a more benign way, with a parent simply having more in common with a child who's also athletic, musical, artistic, etc.)



** This is also commonly inverted - the [[CheerfulChild adopted child will be well behaved]], the [[SpoiledBrat biological child will be spoiled]] and [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]], and when the inheritance or the call to adventure is passed down to the adopted child instead of the "true" inheritor, expect the biological child to start a CainAndAbel situation rapidly.

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** This is also commonly inverted - the [[CheerfulChild adopted child will be well behaved]], the [[SpoiledBrat biological child will be spoiled]] and [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]], and when the inheritance or the call to adventure is passed down to the adopted child instead of the "true" inheritor, expect the biological child to start a CainAndAbel situation rapidly.
rapidly. Often the two can mix, with the biological child still being favored by the parents but the adopted child being given the call to adventure from outside the family. ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is a good example of this.



* Manny Heffley, the baby of the Heffley family from ''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.

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* Manny Heffley, the baby of the Heffley family from ''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.that, as his family was in a weaker financial state at the time. 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.



* From ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':

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* From ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Michael is portrayed as George's favorite and Buster as Lucille's. Of the grandchildren, George Michael is generally given preferential treatment to Maeby (and certainly he is treated much better by his father than she is by her parents):
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