History Main / TheGloriousWarofSisterlyRivalry

8th Jun '16 12:57:43 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]]: In the first book of the ''{{War of the Spider Queen}}'' hexad, Pharaun's sisters Sabal and Greyanna have one of these... except that they're said to be identical in both looks and personality [[InformedAbility (not that Sabal gets much personality given to her)]]. We see the whole thing from Pharaun's perspective, in a flashback.

to:

* [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]]: In the first book of the ''{{War ''Literature/{{War of the Spider Queen}}'' hexad, Pharaun's sisters Sabal and Greyanna have one of these... except that they're said to be identical in both looks and personality [[InformedAbility (not that Sabal gets much personality given to her)]]. We see the whole thing from Pharaun's perspective, in a flashback.



* The entire point of Philippa Gregory's ''TheOtherBoleynGirl'' is the rivalry between Anne Boleyn and her younger, less famous sister Mary. Interestingly enough, neither of them fit completely into the stereotypes listed. Anne would be the "Popular Sister," yet she is far more intelligent than Mary. Accordingly, Mary would be the "Smart Sister," except she's not as smart as Anne, and is generally considered more beautiful. What it really comes down to is Anne knows how to work the court and has heaping piles of ambition, while Mary just wants to raise her children in the country. The true fit in the types comes in that Anne is far more shallow than Mary.
* JudyBlume's ''{{Deenie}}''--their mother frequently tells people (including complete strangers) that "Deenie's the beauty, Helen's the brain." At one point Helen tells Deenie she doesn't have to fall into the role their mother has chosen for her.

to:

* The entire point of Philippa Gregory's ''TheOtherBoleynGirl'' ''Literature/TheOtherBoleynGirl'' is the rivalry between Anne Boleyn and her younger, less famous sister Mary. Interestingly enough, neither of them fit completely into the stereotypes listed. Anne would be the "Popular Sister," yet she is far more intelligent than Mary. Accordingly, Mary would be the "Smart Sister," except she's not as smart as Anne, and is generally considered more beautiful. What it really comes down to is Anne knows how to work the court and has heaping piles of ambition, while Mary just wants to raise her children in the country. The true fit in the types comes in that Anne is far more shallow than Mary.
* JudyBlume's ''{{Deenie}}''--their Creator/JudyBlume's ''Literature/{{Deenie}}''--their mother frequently tells people (including complete strangers) that "Deenie's the beauty, Helen's the brain." At one point Helen tells Deenie she doesn't have to fall into the role their mother has chosen for her.
2nd Jun '16 7:12:17 AM Anata
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Subverted on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', as the rivalry between Buffy and Dawn is short lived, and somewhat one sided. However, there are some callbacks to this dynamic in later episodes, especially season 7's ''Him'', in which Dawn and Buffy fall under the same guys' love spell.



* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': Spencer and Melissa; unlike in the books, Spencer is the smart one and Melissa is the pretty one, and their parents' favorite, although both are smart and pretty.

to:

* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': Spencer and Melissa; unlike in the books, Spencer is the smart one and Melissa is the pretty one, and their parents' favorite, although both are smart and pretty. They have created ''two'' [[SiblingTriangle sibling triangles]] - (First with Ian, then with Wren).



* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has Regina, [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs the Evil Queen,]] versus her half-sister, Zelena, [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the Wicked Witch of the West.]] Zelena's FatalFlaw is jealousy and from her perspective, Regina had everything she ever wanted and she set out to take everything from her sister. Regina begs to differ because their mother Cora, was an emotionally AbusiveParent who saw her daughters as nothing more than mere tools to cement her own social status and majorly screwed up Regina's life. The sisters still bicker and fight, especially after Zelena tricked Regina's SecondLove, Robin Hood, into impregnating her and Regina herself is trying break the cycle of hatred and abuse and redeem herself to true happiness.

to:

* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has Regina, [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs the Evil Queen,]] versus her half-sister, Zelena, [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the Wicked Witch of the West.]] Zelena's FatalFlaw is jealousy and from her perspective, Regina had everything she ever wanted and she set out to take everything from her sister. Regina begs to differ because their mother Cora, was an emotionally AbusiveParent who saw her daughters as nothing more than mere tools to cement her own social status and majorly screwed up Regina's life. The sisters still bicker and fight, especially after Zelena tricked Regina's SecondLove, Robin Hood, into impregnating her and Regina herself is trying break the cycle of hatred and abuse and redeem herself to true happiness. In Zelena's eyes, she is the smart, worthy one, and her sister is the beautiful, not-green undeserving favorite of their mother.
** By the end of the fifth season, their mother explicitly asks them to make amends and be good sisters.


Added DiffLines:

* ''Series/FakingIt'' has a light-hearted step-sister example - Amy is the smart {{Tomboy}}, and Lauren is the girly one. Most of the tension between them revolves around Amy's mother alleged favoritism of Lauren.
* ''Series/That70sShow'' features Kitty and her twin sister, Paula. Paula was always the pretty social butterfly and their mother's favorite, while Kitty was the [[FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling responsible, grounded one.]]


Added DiffLines:

* ''Music/AshleeSimpson'' has a very intense take on this trope in ''Shadow'', written about her difficult, envy-ridden relationship with [[Music/JessicaSimpson her sister]].
11th May '16 12:35:35 AM Spindriver
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', Amber and Ruby are virtually a textbook case, apart from a moderately substantial age difference. Admittedly, Amber (the pretty one) doesn't want to fight, and is trying to negotiate a truce, but she doesn't seem to have a clue how to talk to her sister, while Ruby (the smart one, a BrokenBird who blames Amber for her condition, with some logic) isn't ready to stop, and keeps finding legitimate new grounds for resentment.

to:

* In ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', Amber and Ruby are virtually a textbook case, apart from a moderately substantial age difference. Admittedly, Amber (the pretty one) doesn't want to fight, and is trying sometimes tries to negotiate a truce, but she doesn't seem to have a clue how to talk to her sister, while Ruby (the smart one, a BrokenBird who blames Amber for her condition, with some logic) isn't ready to stop, and keeps finding legitimate new grounds for resentment.resentment, legitimate or dubious.
9th May '16 8:17:31 AM Spindriver
Is there an issue? Send a Message


A special, [[AlwaysFemale female]] variant of SiblingRivalry. CainAndAbel can happen when the differences of opinion go really wrong.

to:

A special, [[AlwaysFemale female]] variant of SiblingRivalry. If either or both sisters get on okay with people they ''aren't'' related to, but the Glorious War gets nasty, then, well, FriendsAreChosenFamilyArent. CainAndAbel can happen kick in when the differences of opinion go really ''really'' wrong.
8th May '16 5:30:45 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Surprisingly and refreshingly averted in ''TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''. Anne Chan is the Smart One and a {{Bokukko}} while her older sister Suzie is TheCutie and the Pretty One, but they get along quite well. In fact, a good part of the SiblingRivalry tropes are averted in the cartoon: while the kids ''did'' have their disagreements, ''extended'' rivalries didn't really happen.

to:

* Surprisingly and refreshingly averted in ''TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''.''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''. Anne Chan is the Smart One and a {{Bokukko}} while her older sister Suzie is TheCutie and the Pretty One, but they get along quite well. In fact, a good part of the SiblingRivalry tropes are averted in the cartoon: while the kids ''did'' have their disagreements, ''extended'' rivalries didn't really happen.



* ''HeyArnold'' has Helga, who's a tomboyish {{Tsundere}}, and Olga, who's pretty and brilliant. Of course the rivalry is only present because of [[ParentalFavoritism their parents showing so much favoritism towards Olga]], who doesn't even want it in the first place and tells Helga that being ignored is ''better'' than being [[StageMom stiffled and bound by said attention.]] The girls do generally care for each other.

to:

* ''HeyArnold'' ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has Helga, who's a tomboyish {{Tsundere}}, and Olga, who's pretty and brilliant. Of course the rivalry is only present because of [[ParentalFavoritism their parents showing so much favoritism towards Olga]], who doesn't even want it in the first place and tells Helga that being ignored is ''better'' than being [[StageMom stiffled and bound by said attention.]] The girls do generally care for each other.
6th May '16 7:48:57 AM GlitteringFlowers
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* It looks like [[spoiler: Princess Lemrina (Smart) and Princess Asseylum (Pretty)]] are this in Anime/AldnoahZero. We haven't seen them interact face to face since [[spoiler: Asseylum is in a ConvenientComa by the time Lemrina is introduced]], but we ''do'' know that [[spoiler: Lemrina resents Asseylum since she is an illegitimate child while Asseylum is the "official" Martian Princess, and seeks to replace her as she works with Saazbaum and Slaine as Asseylum's BodyDouble,]]

to:

* It looks like In the second season of ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', [[spoiler: Princess Lemrina (Smart) Vers Envers]] is the Smart Sister and she heavily resents her Pretty Sister [[spoiler: Princess Asseylum (Pretty)]] are this in Anime/AldnoahZero. We haven't seen them interact face to face Vers Allusia]] since [[spoiler: Asseylum is in a ConvenientComa by the time Lemrina is introduced]], but we ''do'' know that [[spoiler: Lemrina resents Asseylum since she is an IllGirl ''and'' an illegitimate child while Asseylum is the "official" Martian Princess, Princess]], and seeks to replace her as she [[spoiler: works with Saazbaum and Slaine as Asseylum's BodyDouble,]]BodyDouble.]]
8th Apr '16 2:19:00 AM M3
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Turns out to be GenerationXerox to some extent: their mother, Helen, has an acrimonious relationship with her older sister Rita, and to a lesser extent their younger sister Amy. Rita seems to be the pretty one, Amy the smart one, and Helen the overachiever who's become the most successful.

to:

** Turns out to be GenerationXerox to some extent: their mother, Helen, has an acrimonious relationship with her older sister Rita, and to a lesser extent their younger sister Amy. Rita seems to be the pretty one, Amy the smart one, and Helen the overachiever who's become the most successful. Interestingly, each sister has their own gripes towards the other two. Despite being spoiled the most by their mother, Rita felt that Helen's achievements made Amy and herself look lazy; whereas Amy got out of doing anything for the family by shutting herself in. By comparison, Amy feels that Helen was too high strung/high maintenance (going as far to congratulate Jake for putting up with her) and resented the constant attention that Rita got from their mother which in turn led to Amy constantly withdrawing herself.
1st Mar '16 3:02:00 PM fearlessnikki
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Subverted in another Austen example: [[PrideAndPrejudice Jane and Elizabeth Bennet]] are the pretty and the smart one respectively, but they are best friends instead of rivals. Though one could argue that the rivalry is between Elizabeth and youngest sister Lydia, who is not as pretty as Jane but fits the flirty personality type better.
** If we're going Austen, Anne and Elizabeth Elliot have elements of this, though they have another sister too.

to:

** Subverted in another Austen example: [[PrideAndPrejudice Jane and Elizabeth Bennet]] are the pretty and the smart one respectively, but they are best friends instead of rivals. Though one could argue that the rivalry is between Elizabeth and youngest sister Lydia, who is not as pretty as Jane but fits the flirty personality type better.
**
* If we're going Austen, Anne and Elizabeth Elliot have elements of this, though they have another sister too.too.
* Austen's ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' examines the trope in some way, before it [[UnbuiltTrope was even a trope yet]]. The two eldest Bennett daughters Jane and Lizzie are both smart and pretty, but one trait overshadows the other in each case - Jane being the pretty one of the family but a little too naive and trusting, while Lizzie's {{Tomboy}} nature preventing her from being thought as pretty as Jane but her wit and intelligence making up for it. They embody the positive qualities of the smart and pretty sisters, while their three younger sisters embody the negatives. Mary the wannabe smart sister is actually a KnowNothingKnowItAll, who cares more about forcing her opinions on others than actually cultivating her mind. Lydia and Kitty are the wannabe pretty sisters, but are silly vapid boy-crazy idiots - who embarrass the family at every possible interval.



* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' is basically a [[GenderFlip Glorious War Of Brotherly Rivalry]].

to:

* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' is basically a [[GenderFlip Glorious War Of Brotherly Rivalry]]. Drake would the 'pretty brother' - as he's a ChickMagnet musician who gets a lot of slack because of his good looks. Josh is the 'smart brother' who often resents Drake's special treatment.



* Hope and Faith from...uh...''Series/HopeAndFaith''.

to:

* Hope and Faith from...uh...''Series/HopeAndFaith''. Hope fills the smart sister role - as a responsible stay-at-home mom, while Faith fills the pretty sister role - a fallen SoapOpera actress.


Added DiffLines:

* ''Series/TotalDivas'' plays this up between the Wrestling/BellaTwins - with Brie taking the role of the smart sister, and Nikki being the pretty sister. Also a case of PolarOppositeTwins too.
16th Feb '16 4:14:48 AM Euodiachloris
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Sansa and Arya Stark in George R.R. Martin's ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''almost'' meet the description. Sansa is very conventionally pretty, popular, and fashionable, but she's actually the more bookish of the two, if ''very'' [[ThinksLikeARomanceNovel naive]]. Her sister's lack of standard graces, manners and polish constantly embarrasses her and she always feels the need to call her out on any faux pas she makes. Arya is, although not particularly intellectual, rather more StreetSmart and is rebellious, active, comparatively homely, supremely uninterested in fashion and ''very'' critical of her sister's perceived shallowness and unwillingness to get out and smell the reality. Their relationship seems to straddle the line between truly loving each other, and CainAndAbel: you cannot leave them alone in the same room for ten minutes without both finding ways to hurt the other -- and then feel (reluctantly, if almost genuinely) sorry about it, later. At least until [[BreakTheCutie both of them are horribly broken]].

to:

* Sansa and Arya Stark in George R.R. Martin's ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''almost'' meet the description. Sansa is very conventionally pretty, popular, and fashionable, but she's actually the more bookish of the two, if ''very'' [[ThinksLikeARomanceNovel naive]]. Her sister's lack of standard graces, manners and polish constantly embarrasses her and she always feels the need to call her out on any faux pas she makes. Arya is, although not particularly intellectual, rather more StreetSmart and is rebellious, active, comparatively homely, supremely uninterested in fashion and ''very'' critical of her sister's perceived shallowness and unwillingness to get out and smell the reality. Their relationship seems to straddle the line between truly loving each other, and CainAndAbel: you cannot leave them alone in the same room for ten minutes without both each finding ways to hurt the other -- and to then feel start feeling (reluctantly, if almost genuinely) sorry about it, it once their emotions have settled, later. At least until [[BreakTheCutie both of them are horribly broken]].broken]] [[spoiler:upon their being separated]].
3rd Feb '16 3:56:05 PM animenutcase
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''FanFic/ADifferentDursleyFamily", Petunia speculates that her mother tried to invoke this by only praising her daughters when they were out of earshot and unfavorably comparing them to each other, perhaps out of the belief that it would lead to healthy competition. It didn't work, and Petunia struggles with her resentment towards Lily for years, even seeking therapy when it starts to affect the way she treats Harry.

to:

* In ''FanFic/ADifferentDursleyFamily", ''FanFic/ADifferentDursleyFamily'', Petunia speculates that her mother tried to invoke this by only praising her daughters when they were out of earshot and unfavorably comparing them to each other, perhaps out of the belief that it would lead to healthy competition. It didn't work, and Petunia struggles with her resentment towards Lily for years, even seeking therapy when it starts to affect the way she treats Harry.
This list shows the last 10 events of 324. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.TheGloriousWarofSisterlyRivalry