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20th Jul '17 2:50:44 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Joy|2016}}'': 8-year-old Az basically becomes the mom after her mother dies in childbirth. She looks after baby Jargal when their father is away, she keeps the family bankroll under her mattress, and she lectures her father about budgeting and keeping track of expenses.
18th Jul '17 1:39:11 PM Mewrocks
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* In ''VideoGame/OneShot'' Calamus takes care of his younger sister, Alula after their mother died.
12th Jul '17 1:35:33 AM QuizBowlNerd
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* In TheSeventies' SaturdayMorningCartoon ''Devlin'' by Creator/HannaBarbera, the main character and local BadassBiker Ernie Devlin has had to raise his teenage brother Todd and pre-teen sister Sandy in [[CircusBrat the circus they live and work in.]]

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* In TheSeventies' SaturdayMorningCartoon ''Devlin'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Devlin}}'' by Creator/HannaBarbera, the main character and local BadassBiker Ernie Devlin has had to raise his teenage brother Todd and pre-teen sister Sandy in [[CircusBrat the circus they live and work in.]]
3rd Jul '17 4:28:36 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'', Yumoto Hakone's parents are never seen and he's been pretty much raised by his older brother Gora. Gora makes Yumoto's school lunches and is shown to be extremely protective of him, while Yumoto quotes his advice often and dreams of being a man like him someday.
30th Jun '17 8:08:16 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/ShinshunkiMimanOkotowari'':
** The junior high student Manato Sudou has pretty much raised his little sister Kazusa since their mom died and their dad, aside of sending them money, isn't present in their lives.
** When Kazusa and Manato's older half-sister Asuka arrives to the Sudou household, she decides to invoke the trope and take care of ''them'' and their home from then on, hoping that the three will become a family - which she badly needs, since ''her'' mom died too and she wants to [[WellDoneSonGuy prove herself to their father, Mr. Sudou]].



*** [[spoiler: Morgan, the Avatar's KidFromTheFuture, can have an older brother or sister depending on who the Avatar marries (If a female Avatar marries Chrom, or if a male Avatar marries a first generation girl who ''also'' gives birth to another KidFromTheFuture). If this happens, in the Bad Future the parents will die and the Avatar will become the Vessel for Grima, leaving little Morgan in the care of his/her older brother or sister, barely a teenager themselves.]]

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*** [[spoiler: Morgan, the Avatar's KidFromTheFuture, can have an older brother or sister depending on who the Avatar marries (If a female Avatar marries Chrom, or if a male Avatar marries a first generation girl who ''also'' gives birth to another KidFromTheFuture). If this happens, in the Bad Future the parents will die and the Avatar will become the Vessel for Grima, leaving little Morgan in the care of his/her older brother or sister, barely a teenager themselves.themself.]]



* In the ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' Akira Satou was this to her sister Lilly [[spoiler: after their parents moved to Scotland and left them behind]] until the demands of her job force Lilly to start living on-campus at Yamaku. She's quite bitter toward her parents leaving her with Lilly, and thinks she didn't do as good of a job as she could, as Lilly ended up learning how to be independent.

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* In the ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', the lawyer Akira Satou was this to her blind sister Lilly [[spoiler: after their parents moved to Scotland and left them behind]] until the demands of her job force Lilly to start living on-campus at Yamaku. She's quite bitter toward her parents leaving her with Lilly, and thinks she didn't do as good of a job as she could, as Lilly ended up learning how to be independent.



* In ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', [[spoiler: Ryoko Shimazaki]] was raised by her older brother [[spoiler: Tadaaki]] ever since their parents died when she was a child. [[spoiler: He's also her manager, as she's the local IdolSinger; Ryoko notes that Tadaaki has dedicated all of his adult life to make her the best idol in Japan, but has become obsessed with her career in the last years. If the MC wants to romance Ryoko, then it's up to him to help her deal with her manager/tutor/brother.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', [[spoiler: Ryoko Shimazaki]] was raised by her older brother [[spoiler: Tadaaki]] Tadaki]] ever since their parents died when she was a child. [[spoiler: He's also her manager, as she's the local IdolSinger; Ryoko notes that Tadaaki Tadaki has dedicated all of his adult life to make her the best idol in Japan, but has become obsessed with her career in the last years. If the MC wants to romance Ryoko, then it's up to him to help her deal with her manager/tutor/brother.]]



* The patron saint of Ecuador, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariana_de_Jes%C3%BAs_de_Paredes Saint Mariana de Jesus de Paredes y Flores]], was the youngest of eight kids from a high-class family. Her parents died when she was young, so Mariana was raised by her older sister Josefina and her husband. In fact, due to not being able to go into a monastery, Mariana's mystical activities happened almost exclusively in her sister's household.

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* The patron saint of Ecuador, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariana_de_Jes%C3%BAs_de_Paredes org/wiki/Mariana_de_Jesus_de_Paredes Saint Mariana de Jesus de Paredes y Flores]], was the youngest of eight kids from a high-class family. Her parents died when she was young, so Mariana was raised by her older sister Josefina and her husband. In fact, due to not being able to go into a monastery, Mariana's mystical activities happened almost exclusively in her sister's household.
27th Jun '17 3:26:25 AM NNinja
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* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': Santa [[spoiler: or Aoi Kurashiki]] was promoted to parent after his parents were killed in an accident. He's been looking out for [[spoiler: Akane]] since he was 9. [[spoiler: It's basically the reason he's TheLancer to Akane when she's acting as [[BigBad Zero]] - he knows that if her plans fail or never come to fruition then she'll die.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': Santa [[spoiler: or Aoi Kurashiki]] was promoted to parent after his parents were killed in an accident. He's been looking out for [[spoiler: Akane]] since he was 9.8. [[spoiler: It's basically the reason he's TheLancer to Akane when she's acting as [[BigBad Zero]] - he knows that if her plans fail or never come to fruition then she'll die.]]
25th Jun '17 9:17:23 AM AdelePotter
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* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Mr. Darcy has raised his teenage sister Georgiana since their parents died when she was a child. He had help from his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam and his staff, but it's clear Mr. Darcy is Georgiana's primary caretaker.
22nd Jun '17 7:22:37 AM merotoker
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** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': In the sequel, [[spoiler:Tetsuya and Jun take care of Shiro most of the time.]] Subverted because [[spoiler:they didn't know for a long while that they were his adoptive siblings.]]

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** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': In the sequel, [[spoiler:Tetsuya and Jun take care of Shiro most of the time.]] time]]. Subverted because [[spoiler:they didn't know for a long while that they were his adoptive siblings.]]siblings]].



* Yuuta from ''Literature/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'', he was just a 19-years-old college freshmen when his older sister asked him to take care of her daughters for a week while she and her husband were gone on vacation... then they died in the air flight. The three girls would be separated into different homes, taken by different family relatives; the girls didn't want to be separated, seeing this dire situation Yuura volunteered to become their guardian; the family agreed, but they're one step away of taking the girls away if the young and stubborn Yuuta fails to raise them properly

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* Yuuta from ''Literature/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'', ''LightNovel/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'', he was just a 19-years-old college freshmen when his older sister asked him to take care of her daughters for a week while she and her husband were gone on vacation... then they died in the air flight. The three girls would be separated into different homes, taken by different family relatives; the girls didn't want to be separated, seeing this dire situation Yuura volunteered to become their guardian; the family agreed, but they're one step away of taking the girls away if the young and stubborn Yuuta fails to raise them properly



*** [[http://www.onemanga.com/Magical_Girl_Lyrical_Nanoha_StrikerS/4/06/ In the ''StrikerS'' manga]], he occasionally calls Fate "Fate-[[JapaneseSiblingTerminology nee-san]]," but exclusively refers to her as "Fate-[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics san]]" in the anime.

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*** [[http://www.onemanga.com/Magical_Girl_Lyrical_Nanoha_StrikerS/4/06/ In the ''StrikerS'' manga]], he occasionally calls Fate "Fate-[[JapaneseSiblingTerminology "Fate-[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseSiblingTerminology nee-san]]," but exclusively refers to her as "Fate-[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics san]]" in the anime.



*** Not to mention, there's MadScientist Jail Scaglietti referring to Fate as Erio and Caro's mother [[spoiler: during his horrifying HannibalLecture towards her, in which he accuses her of raising them as ChildSoldiers and being NotSoDifferent from her EvilMatriarch mom Presea. Luckily, Erio and Caro [[KirkSummation don't agree]] and tell Fate it's all right, which reassures Fate and lets her beat the shit out of Jail.]]

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*** Not to mention, there's MadScientist Jail Scaglietti referring to Fate as Erio and Caro's mother [[spoiler: during his horrifying HannibalLecture towards her, in which he accuses her of raising them as ChildSoldiers and being NotSoDifferent from her EvilMatriarch mom Presea. Luckily, Erio and Caro [[KirkSummation don't agree]] and tell Fate it's all right, which reassures Fate and lets her beat the shit out of Jail.]]Jail]].



** 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.]]]]Rukia]]]].



* ''Manga/MaiHime'': Mai Tokiha]] inherited the responsibility of taking care of her sickly younger brother Takumi from first her mother and later her father. This responsibility weighs on her pretty heavily, but she [[StepfordSmiler tries not to let anyone know that]]. She also ends up considering her status as Takumi's caretaker a key part of her identity, so much so that she has conflicting feelings when he expresses a desire to become more independent, and this is part of the reason Yuuichi replaces Takumi as her Key.

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* ''Manga/MaiHime'': Mai Tokiha]] Tokiha inherited the responsibility of taking care of her sickly younger brother Takumi from first her mother and later her father. This responsibility weighs on her pretty heavily, but she [[StepfordSmiler tries not to let anyone know that]]. She also ends up considering her status as Takumi's caretaker a key part of her identity, so much so that she has conflicting feelings when he expresses a desire to become more independent, and this is part of the reason Yuuichi replaces Takumi as her Key.



* Sakanoue Gammon of ''Anime/PhiBrainPuzzleOfGod'' has a younger sister, who he supports by submitting puzzles to magazines. He also tries to butt into every one of the Kenja Puzzles set up by the P.O.G. in an attempt to get the prize money [[spoiler: and later joins them, though in that case it's not just for the money.]]

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* Sakanoue Gammon of ''Anime/PhiBrainPuzzleOfGod'' has a younger sister, who he supports by submitting puzzles to magazines. He also tries to butt into every one of the Kenja Puzzles set up by the P.O.G. in an attempt to get the prize money [[spoiler: and later joins them, though in that case it's not just for the money.]]money]].



* Ian gets this in ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' after his father, Greg, and stepmother, Sandra, die. Although his aunt Natasha is around to help, she runs away due to a guilty conscience for not telling anyone that [[spoiler: she knew Greg was sexually abusing Jeremy.]]
* ''Manga/BinbougamiGa'' has the Tsuwabuki family where the eldest brother, Keita, cares for his four younger siblings as breadwinner (while still a high school student) and the eldest sister, Rika, does a lot of the household chores and cooking. Their parents are nowhere to be seen.

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* Ian gets this in ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' after his father, Greg, and stepmother, Sandra, die. Although his aunt Natasha is around to help, she runs away due to a guilty conscience for not telling anyone that [[spoiler: she knew Greg was sexually abusing Jeremy.]]
Jeremy]].
* ''Manga/BinbougamiGa'' ''Manga/BinboGamiGa'' has the Tsuwabuki family where the eldest brother, Keita, cares for his four younger siblings as breadwinner (while still a high school student) and the eldest sister, Rika, does a lot of the household chores and cooking. Their parents are nowhere to be seen.



* In ''Manga/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 ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', poor [[TheChewToy Gilbert]] got PromotedToParent promoted to parent 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 [[PsychopathicManchild Vincent]] developed [[{{Yandere}} a twisted obsession]] with Gilbert as a result.



* Franchise/{{Superman}} usually serves this role for his younger cousin Kara Zor-El alias Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, who arrives on Earth after losing her parents. Ironically, in the Post-Crisis comics Kara was born earlier and she expected to raise her baby cousin when she arrived on Earth, but her ship was delayed and she put in suspended animation, and when she crash-landed on Earth, Kal was nearly twice his age.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} usually serves this role for his younger cousin Kara Zor-El alias Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, who arrives on Earth after losing her parents. Ironically, in the Post-Crisis ComicBook/PostCrisis comics Kara was born earlier and she expected to raise her baby cousin when she arrived on Earth, but her ship was delayed and she was put in suspended animation, and animation; when she crash-landed on Earth, Kal was nearly twice his her age.



* In ''Comicbook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam,'' Billy (who's about ten) serves this role for his younger sister Mary--the two orphans live alone, using Billy's OlderAlterEgo whenever they need a fake parent. (Note that this is different than most ''{{Shazam}}'' adaptations, where the pair are the same age and both are eventually HappilyAdopted by the Bromfields.)

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* In ''Comicbook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam,'' Billy (who's about ten) serves this role for his younger sister Mary--the two orphans live alone, using Billy's OlderAlterEgo whenever they need a fake parent. (Note that this is different than most ''{{Shazam}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' adaptations, where the pair are the same age and both are eventually HappilyAdopted by the Bromfields.)



* In most ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' fan fictions, Mungojerrie is often the protective one (Rumpleteazer often written as the younger sibling) and it is a fan WMG that McAvity killed their parents.

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* In most ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' fan fictions, Mungojerrie is often the protective one (Rumpleteazer often written as the younger sibling) and it is a fan WMG that McAvity Macavity killed their parents.



* Disney/BigHero6: Although Tadashi and Hiro live with their Aunt Cass, Tadashi makes a special effort to fulfill the role of big brother and father figure. It's most obvious when he's distressed over Hiro's botfighting hobby and wonders what their dad would say in that situation.
** This trope also applies to Aunt Cass who took both boys in when their parents died.

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* Disney/BigHero6: ''Disney/BigHero6'': Although Tadashi and Hiro live with their Aunt Cass, Tadashi makes a special effort to fulfill the role of big brother and father figure. It's most obvious when he's distressed over Hiro's botfighting hobby and wonders what their dad would say in that situation.
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situation. This trope also applies to Aunt Cass who took both boys in when their parents died.



* Sarah Biederman in ''Film/DeepImpact'' is forced into the role as her parents outfit her with carrier, diaper bag, and baby [[spoiler:so she and Leo can get safely to high ground before the meteor strike floods and kills everyone at ground level. Sarah's parents don't even bother trying to get to high ground themselves. They just stand there and gaze at each other with resigned affection.]]
** [[spoiler: That's kinda justified, in that the water was already coming, and the only reason they had the opportunity for ''her'' to get to safety is that her boyfriend just showed up on a bike looking for her and they couldn't exactly fit ''four'' grown people and a baby on a single bike.]]

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* Sarah Biederman in ''Film/DeepImpact'' is forced into the role as her parents outfit her with carrier, diaper bag, and baby [[spoiler:so she and Leo can get safely to high ground before the meteor strike floods and kills everyone at ground level. Sarah's parents don't even bother trying to get to high ground themselves. They just stand there and gaze at each other with resigned affection.]]
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That's kinda justified, in that the water was already coming, and the only reason they had the opportunity for ''her'' to get to safety is that her boyfriend just showed up on a bike looking for her and they couldn't exactly fit ''four'' grown people and a baby on a single bike.]]bike]].



* David in indie horror film ''Film/TheHamiltons''.

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* The protagonist of the novel ''Literature/Back Roads'', by ''Creator/TawniODell'', becomes this to his three younger sisters.

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* The protagonist of the novel ''Literature/Back Roads'', ''Literature/BackRoads'', by ''Creator/TawniODell'', becomes this to his three younger sisters.



* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', a [[TwiceToldTale retelling]] of Cupid and Psyche, Psyche's mother [[DeathByChildbirth dies in childbirth]], leaving Psyche's sister Orual to raise her. [[spoiler: [[MyBelovedSmother Rather too much so.]]]]

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* Creator/CSLewis:
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In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', a [[TwiceToldTale retelling]] of Cupid and Psyche, Psyche's mother [[DeathByChildbirth dies in childbirth]], leaving Psyche's sister Orual to raise her. [[spoiler: [[MyBelovedSmother Rather too much so.]]]]



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn, parental units of house Stark, head south on matters of intrigue, leaving eldest son Robb to perform the lord's duties. He commands the household, deals with his father's bannermen, holds and scolds his younger brother Bran, and [[spoiler: even marches off to war to defend the family honor. At that point Bran himself might qualify for the trope, as he is then the acting lord in his brother's place and the only role model the even younger Rickon has left.]]

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn, parental units of house Stark, head south on matters of intrigue, leaving eldest son Robb to perform the lord's duties. He commands the household, deals with his father's bannermen, holds and scolds his younger brother Bran, and [[spoiler: even marches off to war to defend the family honor. At that point Bran himself might qualify for the trope, as he is then the acting lord in his brother's place and the only role model the even younger Rickon has left.]]left]].



* [[Literature/HarryPotter Albus Dumbledore]], a child prodigy, was quite bitter about becoming the parent to his two younger siblings, Aberforth and Ariana, after his mother Kendra died. When he was too distracted by a mysterious stranger who was a prodigy equal, Albus neglected his siblings in his new excitement and unfortunately, [[spoiler:this eventually led to a three-way fight between himself, Aberforth and best friend Grindelwald that accidentally killed poor Ariana, and led to years of bitterness between the two remaining siblings]].
* Happens in Creator/KAApplegate's ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'' series, especially to Jobs, who takes the role for both his own little brother and Billy, who is oddly vulnerable despite being about Jobs' age.
** And also more literally with Mark, who raised his little brother D-Caf after their parents' deaths. He didn't do a very great job, being moody and mercurial, but was [[PapaWolf willing to kill]] [[spoiler:and die]] to get him and D-Caf to survive [[EarthShatteringKaboom the Earth's destruction]].

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* [[Literature/HarryPotter ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Albus Dumbledore]], Dumbledore, a child prodigy, was quite bitter about becoming the parent to his two younger siblings, Aberforth and Ariana, after his mother Kendra died. When he was too distracted by a mysterious stranger who was a prodigy equal, Albus neglected his siblings in his new excitement and unfortunately, [[spoiler:this eventually led to a three-way fight between himself, Aberforth and best friend Grindelwald that accidentally killed poor Ariana, and led to years of bitterness between the two remaining siblings]].
* Happens in Creator/KAApplegate's ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'' series, especially to Jobs, who takes the role for both his own little brother and Billy, who is oddly vulnerable despite being about Jobs' age.
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age. Also more literally with Mark, who raised his little brother D-Caf after their parents' deaths. He didn't do a very great job, being moody and mercurial, but was [[PapaWolf willing to kill]] [[spoiler:and die]] to get him and D-Caf to survive [[EarthShatteringKaboom the Earth's destruction]].



* ''Literature/TheDemonsLexicon'' by Sarah Rees-Brennan gives us Alan, who took charge of his younger brother Nick at a very young age after [[spoiler:Nick's intensely unstable mum Olivia tried to drown him as a baby]]. The sequel ''The Demon's Covenant'' reveals that [[FromBadToWorse Worse it's even worse]] than that: [[spoiler:Daniel Ryves, Alan's father, made baby Nick Alan's "especial charge" to avoid dealing with him because of what Olivia said he was. When Alan was seven, he caught his father with a magic knife, ready to stab a five-year-old Nick in his bed.]] As a result of this, Alan freely admits to putting his brother before the entire world, [[spoiler:with potentially disastrous consequences.]]

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* ''Literature/TheDemonsLexicon'' by Sarah Rees-Brennan gives us Alan, who took charge of his younger brother Nick at a very young age after [[spoiler:Nick's intensely unstable mum Olivia tried to drown him as a baby]]. The sequel ''The Demon's Covenant'' reveals that [[FromBadToWorse Worse it's even worse]] than that: [[spoiler:Daniel Ryves, Alan's father, made baby Nick Alan's "especial charge" to avoid dealing with him because of what Olivia said he was. When Alan was seven, he caught his father with a magic knife, ready to stab a five-year-old Nick in his bed.]] bed]]. As a result of this, Alan freely admits to putting his brother before the entire world, [[spoiler:with potentially disastrous consequences.]] consequences]].



* The big twist reveal in ''Literature/AfternoonOfTheElves'' is that Sara-Kate [[spoiler:has been acting as a mother to ''her own mother'' for nearly a year, after Mrs. Connolly fell victim to some sort of breakdown or serious illness. Sara-Kate is terrified of being taken away by CPS, so she's been keeping their situation secret and making ends meet through a combination of clever deceit, hard work, MacGyvering, and sheer force of will.]]

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* The big twist reveal in ''Literature/AfternoonOfTheElves'' is that Sara-Kate [[spoiler:has been acting as a mother to ''her own mother'' for nearly a year, after Mrs. Connolly fell victim to some sort of breakdown or serious illness. Sara-Kate is terrified of being taken away by CPS, so she's been keeping their situation secret and making ends meet through a combination of clever deceit, hard work, MacGyvering, and sheer force of will.]]will]].



* Jaime Sommers in the 2007 ''Series/BionicWoman'' series.

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* %%* Jaime Sommers in the 2007 ''Series/BionicWoman'' series.



* Tom Jennings on ''Series/{{Dark Shadows}}'' was apparently a very good parent to his much younger sister, Amy, [[spoiler:then he got turned into a vampire.]] His twin, Chris, took over, but seemed content to let [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Collins]] look after her [[spoiler:because he's a werewolf.]]

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* Tom Jennings on ''Series/{{Dark Shadows}}'' was apparently a very good parent to his much younger sister, Amy, [[spoiler:then he got turned into a vampire.]] His twin, Chris, took over, but seemed content to let [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Collins]] look after her [[spoiler:because he's a werewolf.]]werewolf]].



* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', after Simon rescues River he is put in a position where he has to protect and take care of her due to the [[MindRape results]] of what was done to her at the Academy. He is also considered responsible for her actions in the ship and is expected to keep her in line, though this sort of blurs as the series progressed, with the rest of the crew starting to care for River as well toward the end.
** Notably, Simon and River's parents never actually died; Simon was just the only member of the family willing to do what it took to [[AFriendInNeed rescue]] and [[BigBrotherInstinct protect]] River from the government.

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* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', after Simon rescues River he is put in a position where he has to protect and take care of her due to the [[MindRape results]] of what was done to her at the Academy. He is also considered responsible for her actions in the ship and is expected to keep her in line, though this sort of blurs as the series progressed, with the rest of the crew starting to care for River as well toward the end.
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end. Notably, Simon and River's parents never actually died; Simon was just the only member of the family willing to do what it took to [[AFriendInNeed rescue]] and [[BigBrotherInstinct protect]] River from the government.



* [[spoiler: Sam Evans]] on ''{{Series/Glee}}'' is revealed to be this after [[spoiler: his father loses his job and he's forced to babysit his young brother and sister while his parents look for work.]]

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* [[spoiler: Sam Evans]] on ''{{Series/Glee}}'' is revealed to be this after [[spoiler: his father loses his job and he's forced to babysit his young brother and sister while his parents look for work.]]work]].



* In ''Series/{{Privileged}}'', part of Megan's back-story is that she became this when her mother left; some of the conflict in the later half of the season stems from her father and sister expecting her to resume this mantle when [[spoiler: the mother returns, only to abandon them all over again]]. She is also usually promoted to parent for the twins whenever Laurel has to leave town for a while.
** Sage also fits this trope; after the twins' parents died, she took it upon herself to partially fulfill the parental role and sees herself as responsible for both her own and Rose's future security (as revealed in ''All About The Big Picture'' after she [[spoiler:fires their publicist]]).

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* In ''Series/{{Privileged}}'', part ''Series/{{Privileged}}''
** Part
of Megan's back-story is that she became this when her mother left; some of the conflict in the later half of the season stems from her father and sister expecting her to resume this mantle when [[spoiler: the mother returns, only to abandon them all over again]]. She is also usually promoted to parent for the twins whenever Laurel has to leave town for a while.
** Sage also fits this trope; after the twins' parents died, she took it upon herself to partially fulfill the parental role and sees herself as responsible for both her own and Rose's future security (as revealed in ''All About The Big Picture'' after she [[spoiler:fires their publicist]]).publicist]].)



* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Elena's aunt Jenna, after her parent's are killed.
** [[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]].

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* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''
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Elena's aunt Jenna, after her parent's are killed.
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killed. [[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]]
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Damon.]]
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Elijah and Klaus are this to their younger siblings , siblings, Rebekah and Kol, since there parents are [[ParentalAbandonment dead]] and [[AbusiveParents horrible]].



* Animal sort-of example in Series/TooCute. The Tonkinese cat Queenie and her eldest daughter Princess [[HasTwoMommies raise their litters together]], but [[SickEpisode Queenie gets sick]] so Princess finds herself with her paws full by taking care of both her half-siblings and her own babies until the matriarch gets better.

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* Animal sort-of example in Series/TooCute.''Series/TooCute''. The Tonkinese cat Queenie and her eldest daughter Princess [[HasTwoMommies raise their litters together]], but [[SickEpisode Queenie gets sick]] so Princess finds herself with her paws full by taking care of both her half-siblings and her own babies until the matriarch gets better.



* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Raine, sister of Genis, takes the parental role; at the start she only has a vague memory of her mother and Genis doesn't remember anything [[spoiler: but they do find their mother near the end, but she's insane and nursing a doll whom she named Raine.]] Raine [[spoiler: (not the doll)]] ends up in a parental role for the group of children sent out to save the world, along with Kratos, the mercenary hired for the job; of course [[spoiler: Kratos pulls a [[LukeIAmYourFather Darth Vader]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', [[spoiler: Van acts like a parent to Tear when Hod is destroyed.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Raine, sister of Genis, takes the parental role; at the start she only has a vague memory of her mother and Genis doesn't remember anything [[spoiler: but they do find their mother near the end, but she's insane and nursing a doll whom she named Raine.]] Raine]]. Raine [[spoiler: (not the doll)]] ends up in a parental role for the group of children sent out to save the world, along with Kratos, the mercenary hired for the job; of course [[spoiler: Kratos pulls a [[LukeIAmYourFather Darth Vader]].]]
Vader]]]].
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', [[spoiler: Van acts like a parent to Tear when Hod is destroyed.]] destroyed]].



* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'', Julius serves as a father figure for his younger half-brother, [[TheHero Ludger]] [[spoiler:after Julius killed Lugder's mother, who was the younger sister of Julius's mother, in self-defense. Julius was extremely careful to keep all of this hidden from their ArchnemesisDad. ]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'', Julius serves as a father figure for his younger half-brother, [[TheHero Ludger]] [[spoiler:after Julius killed Lugder's mother, who was the younger sister of Julius's mother, in self-defense. Julius was extremely careful to keep all of this hidden from their ArchnemesisDad. ]]ArchnemesisDad]].



* Ryo Sakazaki from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' looks after his little sister Yuri after his mother's death and his father left the family for a while, which would explain a ''lot'' about his massive BigBrotherInstinct towards her.

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Ryo Sakazaki from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' looks after his little sister Yuri after his mother's death and his father left the family for a while, which would explain a ''lot'' about his massive BigBrotherInstinct towards her.



* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' had Chief Prosecutor Lana Skye, who has been taking care of her teenage sister Ema (13 years younger than her) since the two of them were orphaned. Of course, [[spoiler:it's Lana's love for her little sister which leads to her being blackmailed by her boss, Damon Gant, into covering up a crime.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' had Chief Prosecutor Lana Skye, who has been taking care of her teenage sister Ema (13 years younger than her) since the two of them were orphaned. Of course, [[spoiler:it's Lana's love for her little sister which leads to her being blackmailed by her boss, Damon Gant, into covering up a crime.]]crime]].









* Snickers from ''Webcomic/NamirDeiter'' after Mrs. Namir runs away (although she wasn't exactly June Cleaver to begin with), especially after Twix comes along.

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Snickers from ''Webcomic/NamirDeiter'' after Mrs. Namir runs away (although she wasn't exactly June Cleaver to begin with), especially after Twix comes along.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Dave's Bro]] plays it straight while John's Dad is simply a [[MissingMom Single]] [[AvertedTrope Parent]], with no insight into the rest of their respective families. Later, thanks to a lot of complicated [[CloningBlues Ectobiology]] [[TimeParadox Shenanigans]] and [[StableTimeLoop Weird]] {{Time|yWimeyBall}} [[RunningGag Shit]], we learn that [[spoiler: [[InvertedTrope Dave's Bro is his biological clone-father,]] [[DoubleSubversion John's Dad is his genetic half-brother and his grandmother is actually his biological clone-mother,]] [[RuleOfThree and]] [[TrulySingleParent John is unwittingly responsible for cloning both the parents and the kids]] [[ZigZaggingTrope just before they all got launched throughout time and space to become those very people.]]]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Dave's Bro]] plays it straight while John's Dad is simply a [[MissingMom Single]] [[AvertedTrope Parent]], with no insight into the rest of their respective families. Later, thanks to a lot of complicated [[CloningBlues Ectobiology]] [[TimeParadox Shenanigans]] and [[StableTimeLoop Weird]] {{Time|yWimeyBall}} [[RunningGag Shit]], we learn that [[spoiler: [[InvertedTrope Dave's Bro is his biological clone-father,]] [[DoubleSubversion John's Dad is his genetic half-brother and his grandmother is actually his biological clone-mother,]] [[RuleOfThree and]] [[TrulySingleParent John is unwittingly responsible for cloning both the parents and the kids]] [[ZigZaggingTrope just before they all got launched throughout time and space to become those very people.]]]]people]]]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[ShapeShifting M'gann]] and [[{{Animorphism}} Gar]] consider themselves "[[BloodBrothers blood siblings]]" after she saves his life with a SuperHumanTransfusion. After his mom dies during the TimeSkip he moves to Mount Justice with her.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
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[[ShapeShifting M'gann]] and [[{{Animorphism}} Gar]] consider themselves "[[BloodBrothers blood siblings]]" after she saves his life with a SuperHumanTransfusion. After his mom dies during the TimeSkip he moves to Mount Justice with her.



* In The70's SaturdayMorningCartoon ''Devlin'' by Hanna-Barbera, the main character and local BadassBiker Ernie Devlin has had to raise his teenage brother Todd and pre-teen sister Sandy in [[CircusBrat the circus they live and work in.]]

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* In The70's TheSeventies' SaturdayMorningCartoon ''Devlin'' by Hanna-Barbera, Creator/HannaBarbera, the main character and local BadassBiker Ernie Devlin has had to raise his teenage brother Todd and pre-teen sister Sandy in [[CircusBrat the circus they live and work in.]]



* Stephen Brookes helped his family flee from the Japanese in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://www.amazon.com/Through-Jungle-Death-Wartime-ebook/dp/B000PY3Z12/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1263952298&sr=8-2 And he wrote a book about it.]]

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* Stephen Brookes helped his family flee from the Japanese in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[http://www.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. [[https://www.amazon.com/Through-Jungle-Death-Wartime-ebook/dp/B000PY3Z12/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1263952298&sr=8-2 com/Through-Jungle-Death-Escape-Wartime/dp/1620457768 And he wrote a book about it.]]
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* The novel ''Tex'' (and the movie based on it) has the titular character being taken care of by his older brother Mason, since their mother died and their father tours the rodeo circuit.
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** Dean was the one who looked after Sam when they were kids since their dad John was too busy going around trying to find the demon that killed their mother. Hell, Dean was the one who pulled Sam out of the fire that killed Mary, and he even uses the BecauseISaidSo line, like in "Bedtime Stories." Dean arguably replaces their mom even more when the three are reunited, as he regularly acts as peace-keeper between Sam and John.

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** Dean was the one who looked after Sam when they were kids since their dad John was too busy going around trying to find the demon that killed their mother. Hell, Dean was the one who pulled Sam out of the fire that killed Mary, and he even uses the BecauseISaidSo line, like in "Bedtime Stories." Dean arguably replaces their mom even more when the three are reunited, as he regularly acts as peace-keeper between Sam and John. In Season 12, Dean outright states that he had to be a big brother, father, ''and'' mother to Sam (John clearly couldn't be any) which was damned unfair to expect of a child.
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