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22nd Oct '17 7:19:04 PM nombretomado
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* The Ballad, ''Twa Sisters'' (also known as ''Two Sisters'', ''Cruel Sister'' or ''The Bonny Swans'') collected by [[ChildBallads Francis J. Child]] depicts the rivalry of two sisters with ''horrific'' results. The eldest, referred to as darker and "coal-black", grows jealous of the younger, "bright as is the sun" sister as she wins the favor of the man they were romantically competing for. The eldest murders the youngest, nearly getting away with it had it not been for divine intervention at the end. The eldest is usually depicted as being not as beautiful as the younger, but clever enough to almost get away with murdering her sister. That would make the eldest the smart sister, while the younger is the beautiful one.

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* The Ballad, ''Twa Sisters'' (also known as ''Two Sisters'', ''Cruel Sister'' or ''The Bonny Swans'') collected by [[ChildBallads [[Literature/ChildBallads Francis J. Child]] depicts the rivalry of two sisters with ''horrific'' results. The eldest, referred to as darker and "coal-black", grows jealous of the younger, "bright as is the sun" sister as she wins the favor of the man they were romantically competing for. The eldest murders the youngest, nearly getting away with it had it not been for divine intervention at the end. The eldest is usually depicted as being not as beautiful as the younger, but clever enough to almost get away with murdering her sister. That would make the eldest the smart sister, while the younger is the beautiful one.
17th Sep '17 8:09:05 PM karstovich2
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* This was the relationship between the Tudor Queens of England, [[UsefulNotes/MaryTudor "Bloody" Mary I]] and her younger half-sister [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth I]]. Mary's happy childhood as the only surviving child of UsefulNotes/HenryVIII came to a crashing halt when Henry took up with UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn, for whom he divorced Mary's mother Catherine of Aragon. Anne was [[WickedStepmother infamously cruel to Mary]], persuading Henry to strip his daughter of her rightful title of 'Princess' and even forcing her to be a nursemaid to the infant who supplanted her as heir to the throne. Nevertheless, the much-older Mary was fond of her little sister and also their mutual half-brother Edward (later Edward VII). As Elizabeth grew older, however, Mary began to see her as a rival, a fact which was cemented during Mary's queenship. Their opposing religions did not help; Mary was a steadfast Catholic while Elizabeth had been reared in the (Protestant) Church of England. When Mary became Queen, Protestant plots to depose her and place Elizabeth on the throne resulted in Elizabeth being arrested and imprisoned several times. Elizabeth was much younger, prettier, and much, much smarter than poor Mary; she was unhappy, aging badly, despised by her subjects, unable to have children, and eventually died of a tumor. Against her inclination, she had no choice but to leave the throne to the sister she resented.

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* This was the relationship between the Tudor Queens of England, [[UsefulNotes/MaryTudor "Bloody" Mary I]] and her younger half-sister [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth I]]. Mary's happy childhood as the only surviving child of UsefulNotes/HenryVIII came to a crashing halt when Henry took up with UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn, for whom he divorced Mary's mother Catherine of Aragon. Anne was [[WickedStepmother infamously cruel to Mary]], persuading Henry to strip his daughter of her rightful title of 'Princess' and even forcing her to be a nursemaid to the infant who supplanted her as heir to the throne. Nevertheless, the much-older Mary was fond of her little sister and also their mutual half-brother Edward (later Edward VII). As Elizabeth grew older, however, Mary began to see her as a rival, a fact which was cemented during Mary's queenship. Their opposing religions did not help; Mary was a steadfast Catholic (under the influence of her devout Spanish mother) while Elizabeth had been reared in the (Protestant) Church of England. When Mary became Queen, Protestant plots to depose her and place Elizabeth on the throne resulted in Elizabeth being arrested and imprisoned several times. Elizabeth was much younger, prettier, and much, much smarter than poor Mary; she was unhappy, aging badly, despised by her subjects, unable to have children, and eventually died of a tumor. Against her inclination, she had no choice but to leave the throne to the sister she resented.
17th Sep '17 11:57:31 AM nombretomado
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* SeenItAMillionTimes in MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic. [[TheHighQueen Princess]] [[ThePrankster Celestia]] is the popular one, Princess Luna the smart one (more or less; she's certainly the headstrong one), and they're both already pranksters...

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* SeenItAMillionTimes Administrivia/SeenItAMillionTimes in MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic. [[TheHighQueen Princess]] [[ThePrankster Celestia]] is the popular one, Princess Luna the smart one (more or less; she's certainly the headstrong one), and they're both already pranksters...
8th Sep '17 11:17:49 PM jtierney50
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* Eponine and Cosette of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', although they were only raised as sisters after Cosette's mother Fantine placed her in of Eponine's parents, the Thenardiers. The rivalry, however, doesn't begin after they have long since stopped "being" sisters, when Cosette is introduced to Marius, Eponine's love interest. Cosette is the pretty, innocent one who eventually gets the guy while Eponine is more intelligent, snarky, and due to a bad case of CanNotSpitItOut (and Marius's obliviousness) ends up [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy helping Marius and Cosette get together]].
* PlayedWith in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}''. Angelica, the eldest Schuyler sister, is intelligent ''and'' attractive, but her younger sister Eliza is evidently more attractive to Alexander, and she is the one whom he marries. However, he clearly has affections for both (he flirts with Angelica in "Satisfied", and they have a ''very'' close relationship in "Take a Break"), and when push comes to shove [[spoiler:after he publicly admits to adultery]], Angelica sides with her sister, thus effectively ending the rivalry.
16th Jul '17 5:49:31 PM nombretomado
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** It has been speculated that the current [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth]] was not immune to this effect. Princess Elizabeth was never intended to be a contender to the throne: her father George, after all, was merely the younger brother of King Edward VIII, a man who, barring accident or the unthinkable act - abdication - was set to be King until well into the twentieth century. But events conspired, her father ascended a tarnished throne as King George VI, led a country through WW2, and died young in 1952, so the eldest of his two daughters became Queen Elizabeth II. The ongoing calculated bad behaviour and imperious hauteur of her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose, was out in public for all to see: Margaret lived in perpetual jealousy of Elizabeth's role as Queen, [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling and her antics were designed to embarrass the reign.]] Elizabeth is said to have felt like the dowdy and plain one next to her sister, a woman who regularly figured in lists of the world's most beautiful women and who was known for her grand living. While Margaret had some love and affection for her sister, she pushed the boundaries of acceptable behaviour and caused Elizabeth constant dread and embarrassment: her affairs were legion, not especially discreet, and included Peter Sellers and (according to legend) Mick Jagger, among many others. As the sisters entered middle age, however, Elizabeth asserted greater control as Margaret's looks faded and died; lacking the looks to keep rich lovers, Margaret now depended on her sister's dole and had to toe the Windsor party line - effectively, the Queen was taking her revenge for the put-downs and exquisite embarrassments of earlier years.

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** It has been speculated that the current [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth]] was not immune to this effect. Princess Elizabeth was never intended to be a contender to the throne: her father George, after all, was merely the younger brother of King Edward VIII, a man who, barring accident or the unthinkable act - abdication - was set to be King until well into the twentieth century. But events conspired, her father ascended a tarnished throne as King George VI, led a country through WW2, [=WW2=], and died young in 1952, so the eldest of his two daughters became Queen Elizabeth II. The ongoing calculated bad behaviour and imperious hauteur of her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose, was out in public for all to see: Margaret lived in perpetual jealousy of Elizabeth's role as Queen, [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling and her antics were designed to embarrass the reign.]] Elizabeth is said to have felt like the dowdy and plain one next to her sister, a woman who regularly figured in lists of the world's most beautiful women and who was known for her grand living. While Margaret had some love and affection for her sister, she pushed the boundaries of acceptable behaviour and caused Elizabeth constant dread and embarrassment: her affairs were legion, not especially discreet, and included Peter Sellers and (according to legend) Mick Jagger, among many others. As the sisters entered middle age, however, Elizabeth asserted greater control as Margaret's looks faded and died; lacking the looks to keep rich lovers, Margaret now depended on her sister's dole and had to toe the Windsor party line - effectively, the Queen was taking her revenge for the put-downs and exquisite embarrassments of earlier years.
15th Jul '17 1:26:07 PM nombretomado
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* Michelle Magorian's ''A Little Love Song[=/=]Not a Swan'' is about Rose (the smart one) and her big sister Diana (the beautiful one). At first, we only get Rose's side of the story, since she's the main character, which is that everyone likes Diana better because she's prettier, including their [[WorldWarII recently deceased father]]. When they finally talk about it, it turns out that Diana herself is convinced that their father liked Rose best because of her intelligence, and that he never took anything Diana said seriously. Diana also feels lonely because girls generally don't like her and boys are so mesmerized by her looks that they can't talk to her.

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* Michelle Magorian's ''A Little Love Song[=/=]Not a Swan'' is about Rose (the smart one) and her big sister Diana (the beautiful one). At first, we only get Rose's side of the story, since she's the main character, which is that everyone likes Diana better because she's prettier, including their [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII recently deceased father]]. When they finally talk about it, it turns out that Diana herself is convinced that their father liked Rose best because of her intelligence, and that he never took anything Diana said seriously. Diana also feels lonely because girls generally don't like her and boys are so mesmerized by her looks that they can't talk to her.



* Going by her autobiography, Jessica Mitford spent a certain amount of her adolescence in an extraordinarily black-comedic variant on this; she was developing into a lifelong socialist at precisely the same time as her sister Unity was becoming an [[NaziNobleman extremely dedicated British Fascist]] (and personal friends with most of the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi high command]]). Furthermore, there was a definite pretty one/smart one element to it; while neither was ugly, Unity was considered prettier (once he met her, Hitler - with whom she may or may not have had an affair - called her "a perfect specimen of Aryan womanhood"), while Jessica was famous for being crazy-smart (she wrote a lot of articles and books later in life). Until the international situation [[WorldWarII began to get really dire]], they behaved almost ''exactly'' like every other pair of arguing teenagers. Did we mention they shared a room? Well, they shared a room - which, as soon as their politics were cemented, they [[ThisIsMySide split down the middle with a chalk line]] and decorated on each side in the symbols of their ideologies (Unity in swastikas and pictures of Hitler, 'Decca' in hammers and sickles and pictures of Lenin).

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* Going by her autobiography, Jessica Mitford spent a certain amount of her adolescence in an extraordinarily black-comedic variant on this; she was developing into a lifelong socialist at precisely the same time as her sister Unity was becoming an [[NaziNobleman extremely dedicated British Fascist]] (and personal friends with most of the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi high command]]). Furthermore, there was a definite pretty one/smart one element to it; while neither was ugly, Unity was considered prettier (once he met her, Hitler - with whom she may or may not have had an affair - called her "a perfect specimen of Aryan womanhood"), while Jessica was famous for being crazy-smart (she wrote a lot of articles and books later in life). Until the international situation [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII began to get really dire]], they behaved almost ''exactly'' like every other pair of arguing teenagers. Did we mention they shared a room? Well, they shared a room - which, as soon as their politics were cemented, they [[ThisIsMySide split down the middle with a chalk line]] and decorated on each side in the symbols of their ideologies (Unity in swastikas and pictures of Hitler, 'Decca' in hammers and sickles and pictures of Lenin).
13th Jul '17 9:49:33 AM AnotherWanderingGhost
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* ''Literature/TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'' has Lena and Effie. Lena is the quiet, socially awkward sister and Effie is the popular, stylish, outgoing sister, but in a slight rearrangement of the usual types, ''Lena'' is the one who gets the male attention (at first sight, that is) because of her looks. Lena herself feels that their looks and personalities are mismatched.
18th Jun '17 10:19:23 AM nombretomado
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* This is the basis of the [[WaltDisney Disney]] film ''Film/WishUponAStar'', where Alexia and Hayley switch places. The differences are accentuated by using their favourite styles of music (rock and classical, respectively) in the background of their scenes.

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* This is the basis of the [[WaltDisney Disney]] Creator/{{Disney}} film ''Film/WishUponAStar'', where Alexia and Hayley switch places. The differences are accentuated by using their favourite styles of music (rock and classical, respectively) in the background of their scenes.
31st May '17 5:31:50 PM Linda58
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* Series/{{Arrow}} has the Lance sisters, Sara and Laurel. On top of sharing FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling dynamics, Sara and Laurel have competed for Ollie's affections.

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* Series/{{Arrow}} has the Lance sisters, Sara and Laurel. On top of sharing FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling dynamics, Sara and Laurel have competed for Ollie's affections.affections, with Laurel sabotaging Sara's chance to start dating Oliver and Sara sleeping with him after he starts dating Laurel. By the present, the rivalry has largely disappeared with Laurel being a CoolBigSis to Sara, [[spoiler:shame they keep dying on one another]].
29th May '17 9:23:09 AM M84
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** First off, we have Celestia and Luna, the [[PhysicalGod embodiments of day and night]]. Older sister Celestia is the Popular One - the [[GodEmperor God Empress]] of Equestria who brings daylight to the land, beloved by all of her people - while the younger Luna shows traces of the Smart One (she has PsychicPowers including being a DreamWalker) and, in her opinion, isn't as well-liked, because everypony is asleep when she delivers nighttime to the world. Luna's jealousy of Celestia's popularity eventually [[GreenEyedMonster transforms her into the monstrous Nightmare Moon]], which in turn forces Celestia to banish her to the moon for a thousand years. By the end of the pilot, Luna has been healed, and the two sisters mend their relationship (though a few later episodes, and the tie-in comics, hint that they're still rivals, though to a far lesser extent).

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** First off, we have Celestia and Luna, the [[PhysicalGod embodiments of day and night]]. Older sister Celestia is the Popular One - the [[GodEmperor God Empress]] of Equestria who brings daylight to the land, beloved by all of her people - while the younger Luna shows traces of the Smart One (she has PsychicPowers including being a DreamWalker) and, in her opinion, isn't as well-liked, because everypony is asleep when she delivers nighttime to the world. Luna's jealousy of Celestia's popularity eventually [[GreenEyedMonster transforms her into the monstrous Nightmare Moon]], which in turn forces Celestia to banish her to the moon for a thousand years. By the end of the pilot, Luna has been healed, and the two sisters mend their relationship (though a few later episodes, and the tie-in comics, hint that they're still rivals, though to a far lesser extent). This is the central conflict in the Season 7 episode "A Royal Problem", with both sisters being upset with each other because they believe that the other has the easier job. Luna thinks Celestia has it easy basking in the love and adoration of her subjects. Celestia thinks Luna has it easy dealing with dreams instead of being a SlaveToPR.
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