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6th Feb '16 1:45:12 AM Minni128
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%%* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed is as much of a father to Al as he is an older brother.

* This happens with Satsuki and Nui and in ''Cellar Secrets''. In light of Rei's suicide, their mother being committed and living in the care of a mental hospital, and the fact that their father died years ago, the sisters have to play a caregiving/parental role to their [[spoiler: WildChild little sister Ryuuko]]. Unlike some examples, they do have some help in the form of Aikurou on the side.
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* This happens with Satsuki and Nui and (mostly the former) in ''Cellar Secrets''. In light of Rei's suicide, their mother being committed and living in the care of a mental hospital, hospital before later on dying of a terminal illness, and the fact that their father died years ago, the sisters have to play a caregiving/parental role to their [[spoiler: WildChild little sister Ryuuko]]. Unlike some examples, they do have some help in the form of Aikurou on the side.
5th Feb '16 12:33:27 PM MitziHD
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* Violeta from ''Literature/ShoShanYLaDamaOscura'' got this after losing the rest of her family. So she has to see over her little sister, Luisa.
2nd Feb '16 6:28:18 PM itstheurgetofall
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* In ''Series/{{GilmoreGirls}}'' Luke is promoted to parent for his nephew, Jess, after his sister and Jess's mother [[ParentalAbandonment ships Jess off to live with him]]
2nd Feb '16 6:23:34 PM itstheurgetofall
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** [[spoiler:after Jenna is killed, Elena becomes this towards Jeremy. Although she eventually leaves for college, leaving Jeremy in the custody of her boyfriend, Damon]] *** Elijah and Klaus are this to their younger siblings , Rebekah and Kol, since there parents are [[ParentalAbandonment dead]] and [[AbusiveParents horrible]].
1st Feb '16 6:20:41 PM nombretomado
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* Renie Sulaweyo, protagonist of TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' series, is forced into caring for her brother, Stephen, due to her mother's death and her father's degeneration into an irresponsible drunkard. As a variation of the trope, however, she is an adult.
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* Renie Sulaweyo, protagonist of TadWilliams' Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' series, is forced into caring for her brother, Stephen, due to her mother's death and her father's degeneration into an irresponsible drunkard. As a variation of the trope, however, she is an adult.
23rd Jan '16 3:08:24 PM Corderin
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** This is also heavily implied with Lucina. [[spoiler: She's Chrom's daughter from a Bad Future ''and'' the first born of the Future Children. and as said above all of his playable wives have their own canonical child who's younger than her, meaning Chrom will typically father two children no matter who he marrie. It's outright stated in all of Lucina's supports with her younger sibling that Chrom told her to protect them; if either Morgan or Cynthia is Chrom's kid, either of them says in their dad support that they have next to no memories of him (though for different reasons), further evidencing this.]]
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** This is also heavily implied with Lucina. [[spoiler: She's Chrom's daughter from a Bad Future ''and'' the first born of the Future Children. and as said above all of his playable wives have their own canonical child who's younger than her, meaning Chrom will typically father two children no matter who he marrie.marries. It's outright stated in all of Lucina's supports with her younger sibling that Chrom told her to protect them; if either Morgan or Cynthia is Chrom's kid, either of them says in their dad support that they have next to no memories of him (though for different reasons), further evidencing this.]]
7th Jan '16 11:03:51 PM DanielCase
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* Lucy for the [[CharacterTitle title character]] in ''Film/MarthaMarcyMayMarlene'', since it's implied both their parents are dead.
3rd Jan '16 3:24:02 PM GlassSpires
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There's lots of reasons adults could be "corrupted," and sex is only one of them. A loss of innocence, trust in strangers, a growing awareness of how sucky the world is, etc. are also possible explanations.
In some rare instances, there are still adults around but children get drafted as a ParentalSubstitute because of some combination of importance, dangerousness and difficulty. This is generally because only those of "pure heart" or some such can do it, and adults are too corrupted--code for "[[SexIsEvil sex makes you evil]]," by the way--and thus this variant is most likely to have the cut-off be puberty. It's kind of the opposite of the PubertySuperpower, with plenty of angst as the kids age towards the cut-off and/or their ability to perform their job wanes with increasing age. In some cases, it's just that the adults are [[AdultsAreUseless too incompetent to handle the job]] or the family is just that big, and thus the eldest children end up having to back up Mom and Dad.
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In some rare instances, there are still adults around but children get drafted as a ParentalSubstitute because of some combination of importance, dangerousness and difficulty. This is generally because only those of "pure heart" or some such can do it, and adults are too corrupted--code for "[[SexIsEvil sex makes you evil]]," by the way--and thus corrupted. Thus, this variant is most likely to have the cut-off be puberty. It's kind of the opposite of the PubertySuperpower, with plenty of angst as the kids age towards the cut-off and/or their ability to perform their job wanes with increasing age. In some cases, it's just that the adults are [[AdultsAreUseless too incompetent to handle the job]] or the family is just that big, and thus the eldest children end up having to back up Mom and Dad.
2nd Jan '16 9:38:44 PM Eievie
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A side effect of ParentalAbandonment that occurs when the trope applies to siblings. The first born takes over the role of parent - enforcing the rules, setting curfews, delivering lectures, and bringing home the paycheck. They may be doing the parents' job, but they are ''still'' a brother or sister to everyone else, and will probably get into [[YoureNotMyFather conflict with their siblings]] over how much power they should have and how much respect they deserve, depending on the ages of the younger ones, and the status of the original parents (i.e. missing/dead/villains...). The parents may have even specifically asked their eldest child to TakeCareOfTheKids.
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A side effect of ParentalAbandonment that occurs when the trope applies to siblings. The first born takes over the role of parent - -- enforcing the rules, setting curfews, delivering lectures, and bringing home the paycheck. They may be doing the parents' job, but they are ''still'' a brother or sister to everyone else, and will probably get into [[YoureNotMyFather conflict with their siblings]] over how much power they should have and how much respect they deserve, depending on the ages of the younger ones, and the status of the original parents (i.e. missing/dead/villains...). The parents may have even specifically asked their eldest child to TakeCareOfTheKids.

* The whole premise - played for laughs - of ''{{Manga/Beelzebub}}''. Example of a teenager being deemed the most appropriate parent, but only because his heart is the opposite of pure.
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* The whole premise - -- played for laughs - -- of ''{{Manga/Beelzebub}}''. Example of a teenager being deemed the most appropriate parent, but only because his heart is the opposite of pure.

* [[ChineseGirl Hwang Bu-ling]] aka Mew Pudding from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', a victim of ParentalAbandonment - her mother is dead, her father left to practice martial arts, and she has ''five'' younger siblings to look after. The anime version at least introduced a kind kindergarten teacher who helps her to take care of her little sister. Top it with the fact that Bu-ling herself is only an elementary school student, and prior to the series beginning, she apparently supported her family entirely by doing tricks in a park. It must be even more exhausting since she's a waitress at a cafe and a superhero fighting aliens.
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* [[ChineseGirl Hwang Bu-ling]] aka Mew Pudding from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', a victim of ParentalAbandonment - -- her mother is dead, her father left to practice martial arts, and she has ''five'' younger siblings to look after. The anime version at least introduced a kind kindergarten teacher who helps her to take care of her little sister. Top it with the fact that Bu-ling herself is only an elementary school student, and prior to the series beginning, she apparently supported her family entirely by doing tricks in a park. It must be even more exhausting since she's a waitress at a cafe and a superhero fighting aliens.

* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' does this in a painfully realistic and tragic manner, largely because much of it is a true story - Setsuko was based on Nosaka's younger sister, and he wrote the original novel in part as a way to cope with his grief and self-recrimination [[CynicismCatalyst over her death]].
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* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' does this in a painfully realistic and tragic manner, largely because much of it is a true story - -- Setsuko was based on Nosaka's younger sister, and he wrote the original novel in part as a way to cope with his grief and self-recrimination [[CynicismCatalyst over her death]].

** Tatewaki Kuno has also taken over in his family- and when his father returns they even fight about it, with Tatewaki refusing to surrender leadership of their family. Koidachi of course favors her father, and it's not like Tatewaki has done that great a job of "parenting" Koidachi, but considering the choices are Tatewaki or his father - [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it's one of the few times Tatewaki comes off very favorably]].
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** Tatewaki Kuno has also taken over in his family- family -- and when his father returns they even fight about it, with Tatewaki refusing to surrender leadership of their family. Koidachi of course favors her father, and it's not like Tatewaki has done that great a job of "parenting" Koidachi, but considering the choices are Tatewaki or his father - -- [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it's one of the few times Tatewaki comes off very favorably]].

** Also, Hisana, Rukia's older sister. This is unique in the fact that it was actually ''Hisana and Rukia'' who died together and wound up in the afterlife. Unfortunately, that afterlife turned out to be a CrapsackWorld and Hisana couldn't hack it. She thus abandoned Rukia years before the start of the series, and could never forgive herself for it - therefore [[spoiler: right before she died again, she begged her husband Byakuya to find Rukia and give her a normal life... [[SecretKeeper without telling her]]; it's because of her last wish, and [[TearJerker she felt she didn't deserve to be called Rukia's older sister after abandoning her, asking Byakuya to be the family-and older sibling that she never was to Rukia.]]]]
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** Also, Hisana, Rukia's older sister. This is unique in the fact that it was actually ''Hisana and Rukia'' who died together and wound up in the afterlife. Unfortunately, that afterlife turned out to be a CrapsackWorld and Hisana couldn't hack it. She thus abandoned Rukia years before the start of the series, and could never forgive herself for it - -- therefore [[spoiler: right before she died again, she begged her husband Byakuya to find Rukia and give her a normal life... [[SecretKeeper without telling her]]; it's because of her last wish, and [[TearJerker she felt she didn't deserve to be called Rukia's older sister after abandoning her, asking Byakuya to be the family-and older sibling that she never was to Rukia.]]]]

* In ''PandoraHearts'', poor [[TheChewToy Gilbert]] got PromotedToParent before his age reached the double digits: his parents sold him and his little brother Vincent to a freak show because of the latter's [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eye]] (a sign of being a [[ApocalypseMaiden Child of Misfortune]]). The two children grew up on the streets, and Gilbert took it upon himself to feed his brother (by stealing) and protect him - [[ThickerThanWater even though he was tempted to abandon him and fend for himself]] many times. [[PsychoticManchild Vincent]] developed [[{{Yandere}} a twisted obsession]] with Gilbert as a result.
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* In ''PandoraHearts'', poor [[TheChewToy Gilbert]] got PromotedToParent before his age reached the double digits: his parents sold him and his little brother Vincent to a freak show because of the latter's [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eye]] (a sign of being a [[ApocalypseMaiden Child of Misfortune]]). The two children grew up on the streets, and Gilbert took it upon himself to feed his brother (by stealing) and protect him - -- [[ThickerThanWater even though he was tempted to abandon him and fend for himself]] many times. [[PsychoticManchild Vincent]] developed [[{{Yandere}} a twisted obsession]] with Gilbert as a result.

* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheBeanTrees'' vows to graduate high school and escape her hometown without getting pregnant - only to become responsible for an abandoned toddler as soon as she hits the road.
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* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheBeanTrees'' vows to graduate high school and escape her hometown without getting pregnant - -- only to become responsible for an abandoned toddler as soon as she hits the road.

* Happened in Aussie soap ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' when a new family (or rather, part of an old family, the Ramseys) were introduced, but before they even got introduced properly, the single mother died in a car accident. With the father missing, oldest child Katie steps up to the plate as year-12 student and bread-winner for her marginally younger brother Harry (who repeatedly undermines her authority, not always deliberately, because he is only a year younger than her) and little sister Sophie (who's about 10 and looks up to both her older siblings - which causes problems if/when they clash).
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* Happened in Aussie soap ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' when a new family (or rather, part of an old family, the Ramseys) were introduced, but before they even got introduced properly, the single mother died in a car accident. With the father missing, oldest child Katie steps up to the plate as year-12 student and bread-winner for her marginally younger brother Harry (who repeatedly undermines her authority, not always deliberately, because he is only a year younger than her) and little sister Sophie (who's about 10 and looks up to both her older siblings - -- which causes problems if/when they clash).

** Lightning gets it again around the end of the first disc, when Hope joins her when she tries to go solo, in the process proving how [[SquishyWizard weak and defenseless]] he really is. She's visibly displeased - [[CharacterDevelopment at least at first]].
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** Lightning gets it again around the end of the first disc, when Hope joins her when she tries to go solo, in the process proving how [[SquishyWizard weak and defenseless]] he really is. She's visibly displeased - -- [[CharacterDevelopment at least at first]].

* In several rapidly developing Southeast Asian cultures, such as Vietnam, as parents work for longer and longer hours to support their large families, the eldest children are expected to act as surrogate parents to their younger siblings while their parents are absent. This is common to all cultures where the firstborn son is considered to be second in status only to the father - many, if not most, place the firstborn son above the mother in the family hierarchy, while still maintaining the tradition of utter respect for one's parents - but is especially prominent in countries that have until recently been considered Third World. This is due to the rapid economy growth and increased cost of living resulting in a need for parents to work for longer and longer hours.
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* In several rapidly developing Southeast Asian cultures, such as Vietnam, as parents work for longer and longer hours to support their large families, the eldest children are expected to act as surrogate parents to their younger siblings while their parents are absent. This is common to all cultures where the firstborn son is considered to be second in status only to the father - -- many, if not most, place the firstborn son above the mother in the family hierarchy, while still maintaining the tradition of utter respect for one's parents - -- but is especially prominent in countries that have until recently been considered Third World. This is due to the rapid economy growth and increased cost of living resulting in a need for parents to work for longer and longer hours.
1st Jan '16 3:05:56 PM Minni128
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%%* Ichiyō in ''Manga/CrossGame''.

%%* Ichiyō *This happens with Satsuki and Nui and in ''Manga/CrossGame''.''Cellar Secrets''. In light of Rei's suicide, their mother being committed and living in the care of a mental hospital, and the fact that their father died years ago, the sisters have to play a caregiving/parental role to their [[spoiler: WildChild little sister Ryuuko]]. Unlike some examples, they do have some help in the form of Aikurou on the side.

* Bunny has been this to [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=sweetheart#/d5gr949 Sweetheart and Speckles]], [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=eglantine#/d58h76y Eglantine]], and, of course, [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=Madgie+#/d4la3jj Madgie]]. Needless to say, she was rather unwilling to take on these responsibilities but, with her younger cousins, she seems not to mind.
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* Bunny has been this to [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=sweetheart#/d5gr949 Sweetheart and Speckles]], [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=eglantine#/d58h76y Eglantine]], and, of course, [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=Madgie+#/d4la3jj Madgie]]. Needless to say, understandably so, she was rather unwilling to take on these responsibilities but, with her younger cousins, she seems not to mind.
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