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* Played With in ''Series/StillStanding''. While Bill and Judy aren't the best parents to any of their three children, they relate the Brian the least due to Brian being very nerdy and effeminate, even announcing that they won't know who he is if he fails at something. One time, they even stole money from him.
5th Jul '17 2:37:36 AM Hjortron18
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* In the new ''Film/{{Thor}}'' movie, Loki's StartOfDarkness is a result of his jealousy over the fact that his father, Odin, has always favored his brother Thor. [[spoiler: It turns out that Odin chose Thor to succeed the throne of Asgard because Loki is adopted, and isn't Asgardian. Loki could never have ruled no matter what Odin's preference was. Odin's actual feelings towards Loki are left ambiguous -- it could be that he genuinely loves Loki as a son, or it could be that he only took the boy in to use as a political pawn.]]

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* In the new ''Film/{{Thor}}'' movie, ''Film/{{Thor}}'', Loki's StartOfDarkness is a result of his jealousy over the fact that his father, Odin, has always favored his brother Thor. [[spoiler: It turns out that Odin chose Thor to succeed the throne of Asgard because Loki is adopted, and isn't Asgardian. Loki could never have ruled no matter what Odin's preference was. Odin's actual feelings towards Loki are left ambiguous -- it could be that he genuinely loves Loki as a son, or it could be that he only took the boy in to use as a political pawn.]]
16th Jun '17 11:13:19 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Taxi}}'': Alex's sister Charlotte worriedly drops by to tell him their father Joe had suffered a heart attack. Contrary to what she expected, Alex doesn't even mind. May sound like an ''uncharacteristically'' selfish act from him, but it turns out in a later conversation that apart from deserting the family frequently since Alex was a kid, their father lent much less attention to him than to Charlotte, for whom Joe bought a brand-new car as her 21st birthday present.

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* ''{{Taxi}}'': ''Series/{{Taxi}}'': Alex's sister Charlotte worriedly drops by to tell him their father Joe had suffered a heart attack. Contrary to what she expected, Alex doesn't even mind. May sound like an ''uncharacteristically'' selfish act from him, but it turns out in a later conversation that apart from deserting the family frequently since Alex was a kid, their father lent much less attention to him than to Charlotte, for whom Joe bought a brand-new car as her 21st birthday present.
13th Jun '17 9:51:27 PM nombretomado
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* Wilhelm II, [[WorldWarOne the last emperor of the German Empire]], was despised by his mother, who even openly refused to write him birthday messages. This may have been a [[FreudianExcuse major contributing factor]] for him to grow up to be arsehole enough to declare war on one of his closest cousins, "[[RomanovsAndRevolutions Nikki]]").

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* Wilhelm II, [[WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the last emperor of the German Empire]], was despised by his mother, who even openly refused to write him birthday messages. This may have been a [[FreudianExcuse major contributing factor]] for him to grow up to be arsehole enough to declare war on one of his closest cousins, "[[RomanovsAndRevolutions Nikki]]").
7th Jun '17 9:40:48 PM StrixObscuro
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* [[ComicBook/Marvel2099 Paul-Philip Ravage]] suffered from this quite a bit. Didn't help that his was a family of backstabbing businessmen, all of whom immediately began plotting his downfall when he started proposing ''actual'' solutions to pollution problems. [[spoiler: And by the time he was winning his father's respect, he began losing his human form...]]
* Jimmy in the ComicBook/{{Chick tract|s}} "Unloved," as his parents refuse to attend his high school graduation, constantly tell him he's inferior to his sister, criticize his choice of a wife for having kids (and she later leaves him with all his money) and disown him after he asks to borrow money. Strangely enough, while his sister always does better in their eyes, [[FridgeLogic they don't even bother to attend her wedding]].

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* [[ComicBook/Marvel2099 Paul-Philip Ravage]] suffered from this quite a bit. Didn't help that his was a family of backstabbing businessmen, all of whom immediately began plotting his downfall when he started proposing ''actual'' solutions to pollution problems. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And by the time he was winning his father's respect, he began losing his human form...]]
* Jimmy in the ComicBook/{{Chick tract|s}} Tract|s}} "Unloved," as his parents refuse to attend his high school graduation, constantly tell him he's inferior to his sister, criticize his choice of a wife for having kids (and she later leaves him with all his money) and disown him after he asks to borrow money. Strangely enough, while his sister always does better in their eyes, [[FridgeLogic they don't even bother to attend her wedding]].


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* In ''ComicBook/TheTechnopriests'', Panepha favors her son Almagro, barely tolerates her other son Albino, and utterly despises her daughter Onyx, because Onyx has red skin and four arms.
4th Jun '17 4:24:06 PM LaptopGuy
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* Max from "Series/TheThundermans" He is clearly the least favorite child in the house hold. His parents constantly ignore him, make fun of him (along with his siblings), call him stupid, imply they love the other children more, etc. And it causes him to have many issues. A lot of times they don't want him around. While his mother has made it clear that she loves him, he's still treated like crap and believes that his family will turn against him.

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* Max from "Series/TheThundermans" He ''Series/TheThundermans'': he is clearly the least favorite child in the house hold. His parents constantly ignore him, make fun of him (along with his siblings), call him stupid, imply they love the other children more, etc. And it causes him to have many issues. A lot of times they don't want him around. While his mother has made it clear that she loves him, he's still treated like crap and believes that his family will turn against him.


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* Series/KirbyBuckets is generally treated much more favorably by his parents than his older sister Dawn is.
2nd Jun '17 11:58:19 AM LadyNorbert
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** Nuka from ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. The scrawny, barely a mane growing lion voiced by Andy Dick. Little cub Kovu gets picked over him to take on Scar's heritage [[note]]Kovu not even having been sired by Scar, though it's implied Nuka is, being the son of Zira, who was apparently one of Scar's mates.[[/note]] and gets treated unfairly by the lionesses. This makes [[spoiler: his death even more tragic, when he chases Simba up a dam, proclaiming he's doing it for his mother, and that this'd be his moment of glory, with a mad driven look in his eyes. Just before the footing gives away from underneath him, and he ends up crushed by a bunch of logs. His mother for the first time in the movie shows she actually ''does'' care and frantically tries to dig him out. He ends with a whimper. "Sorry... I tried..."]] A deleted storyboard set continues with Nuka saying [[spoiler: "I got your attention now . . . " and then expiring.]]

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** Nuka from ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. The scrawny, barely a mane growing lion voiced by Andy Dick. Little cub Kovu gets picked over him to take on Scar's heritage [[note]]Kovu not even having been sired by Scar, though it's implied Nuka is, being the son of Zira, who was apparently one of Scar's mates.[[/note]] and gets treated unfairly by the lionesses. This makes [[spoiler: his death even more tragic, when he chases Simba up a dam, proclaiming he's doing it for his mother, and that this'd be his moment of glory, with a mad driven look in his eyes. Just before the footing gives away from underneath him, and he ends up crushed by a bunch of logs. His mother for the first time in the movie shows she actually ''does'' care and frantically tries to dig him out. He ends with a whimper. "Sorry... I tried..."]] A deleted storyboard set continues with Nuka saying [[spoiler: "I got your attention now . . . now..." and then expiring.]]



* The mother in ''[[Film/{{Crossroads 2002}} Crossroads]]'' quite blatantly tells her high school graduate daughter who she abandoned years ago that she was a mistake and that she never wanted to have her. She is remarried and has two sons.

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* The mother in ''[[Film/{{Crossroads 2002}} Crossroads]]'' quite blatantly tells her high school graduate daughter who daughter, whom she abandoned years ago earlier, that she was a mistake and that she never wanted to have her. She is remarried and has two sons.



** Jacqueline's treatment as the unfavorite of the stepsisters is lampshaded by her, when she predicts that she'd be the one treated as a servant, if Danielle weren't around. When Danielle falls ill and can't wait on her family, the stepmother sure enough orders Jacqueline to do their chores. Jacqueline is not pleased.

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** Jacqueline's Jacqueline lampshades her own treatment as the unfavorite of the stepsisters is lampshaded by her, when she predicts that she'd be the one treated as a servant, if Danielle weren't around. When Danielle falls ill and can't wait on her family, the stepmother sure enough orders Jacqueline to do their her chores. Jacqueline is not pleased.



** In the sequel this is shown to be compounded by Buzz being a ManipulativeBastard as well as a bully.
* ''Bollywood/KabhiKushiKabhieGham'' actually manages to play this trope compassionately ''without'' villifying the parents for it. This is arguably attributable to the fact that the Unfavorite in this case is mostly so by default, rather than actually being unloved or undervalued.

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** In the sequel sequel, this is shown to be compounded by Buzz being a ManipulativeBastard as well as a bully.
* ''Bollywood/KabhiKushiKabhieGham'' actually manages to play this trope compassionately ''without'' villifying vilifying the parents for it. This is arguably attributable to the fact that the Unfavorite in this case is mostly so by default, rather than actually being unloved or undervalued.



* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' '''movies''', especially the 3rd, hit this trope pretty hard for Faramir. It's text, not subtext, in his father's dialog. While Faramir ''is'' a grown character and, logically, "should've gotten over it by now", his father's scathing treatment of him makes it almost impossible for anyone ''not'' to sympathize. This factor, combined with some deleted scenes present in the extended versions, helps explain why [[spoiler: Faramir initially decided to capture Frodo and the Ring, which is the opposite way he chose in the book]]. It's also notable that the favorite, Boromir, actually admires and defends Faramir, and is fed up with their father just as much as Faramir.

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' '''movies''', especially the 3rd, third, hit this trope pretty hard for Faramir. It's text, not subtext, in his father's dialog.dialogue. While Faramir ''is'' a grown character and, logically, "should've gotten over it by now", his father's scathing treatment of him makes it almost impossible for anyone ''not'' to sympathize. This factor, combined with some deleted scenes present in the extended versions, helps explain why [[spoiler: Faramir initially decided to capture Frodo and the Ring, which is the opposite way he chose in the book]]. It's also notable that the favorite, Boromir, actually admires and defends Faramir, and is fed up with their father just as much as Faramir.



* Gordie in ''Film/StandByMe'', whose parents never forgave him for being the one to survive.

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* Gordie in ''Film/StandByMe'', whose parents never forgave him for being the one to survive. However, a flashback indicates that even when his older brother was alive, his father took very little interest in him; said brother seems to have been the only one who ever really paid any attention to Gordie.



* In ''{{Willard}}'', despite being the strongest of the rats, Ben can never get the same level of affection as Socrates. [[spoiler: after he [[LoveMakesYouEvil decides to stop taking it]] Willard directly states "I hate you."]]

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* In ''{{Willard}}'', ''Film/{{Willard}}'', despite being the strongest of the rats, Ben can never get the same level of affection as Socrates. [[spoiler: after After he [[LoveMakesYouEvil decides to stop taking it]] it,]] Willard directly states states, "I hate you."]]



* Preston from ''Film/BlankCheck'' is this to his father, who favors his older brothers for going into business for themselves.

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* Preston from ''Film/BlankCheck'' is this to his father, who favors his older brothers for going into business for themselves. Preston is ''twelve''.



** Similarly in ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'', plain, sensible, and sensitive Anne is ignored and dismissed by her family while her beautiful but vain sister Elisabeth is admired by all.
** Similarly in ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', Fanny's mother only cares about her sons and babies her youngest daughter, but ignores her older two daughters. Fanny only discovers this when returning for a much anticipated visit after years away from home.

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** Similarly in In ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'', plain, sensible, and sensitive Anne is ignored and dismissed by her family while her beautiful but vain sister Elisabeth is admired by all.
** Similarly in In ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', Fanny's mother only cares about her sons and babies her youngest daughter, but ignores her older two daughters. Fanny only discovers this when returning for a much anticipated visit after years away from home.



** Tyrion Lannister's mother died giving birth to him and he is a dwarf. No, not the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame fantasy kind]]. His father Tywin deeply resents him. Interestingly enough, however, is that Tywin's favorite son, Jaime, is actually the only one in the family who truly loves Tyrion and takes his side.
** Tyrion's uncles, Kevan, Tygett and Gerion, all loved him during his childhood and, in the present story, Kevan and his aunt Genna respect him. Tywin's distain just eclipses all this.
** Jon Snow is treated this way by Catelyn Stark, although he is actually the [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] of her husband Ned Stark. Ned loves and treats Jon like all of his other children and Jon loves and is loved by his family. Catelyn, on the other hand, treats him coldly. Though it was only the one time after Bran fell from a tower, Catelyn -- deranged with grief and worry -- wishes to Jon's face (who is also deeply grieved and worried over Bran) that this near fatal accident should have happened to him rather than to one of her own children.

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** Tyrion Lannister's mother died giving birth to him and he is a dwarf. No, not the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame fantasy kind]]. His father Tywin deeply resents him. Interestingly enough, however, is that Tywin's favorite son, Jaime, is actually the only one in the family who truly loves Tyrion and takes his side.
** Tyrion's uncles, Kevan, Tygett and Gerion, all loved him during his childhood and, in the present story, Kevan and his aunt Genna respect him. Tywin's distain disdain just eclipses all this.
** Jon Snow is treated this way by Catelyn Stark, although he is actually the [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] of her husband Ned Stark. Ned loves and treats Jon like all of his other children and Jon loves and is loved by the rest of his family. Catelyn, on the other hand, treats him coldly. Though it was only the one time after Bran fell from a tower, Catelyn -- deranged with grief and worry -- wishes to Jon's face tells Jon (who is also deeply grieved and worried over Bran) that this near fatal accident should have happened to him rather than to one of her own children.



** Ron ''feels'' like this, even though it's not true (his family never shows him anything but the utmost unconditional love). Specifically, he feels overshadowed by his five older brothers, '''and''' his younger sister because his mum supposedly wanted a daughter most of all, '''and''' his famous best friend, who his mum treats like another son.

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** Ron ''feels'' like this, even though it's not true (his family never shows him anything but the utmost unconditional love). Specifically, he feels overshadowed by his five older brothers, '''and''' his younger sister because (because his mum supposedly wanted a daughter most of all, all), '''and''' by his famous best friend, who whom his mum treats like another son.



** Voldemort's mother, [[ShrinkingViolet Merope]], to such an extent that it stunted the growth of her magical abilities.

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** Voldemort's mother, [[ShrinkingViolet Merope]], suffered from this to such an extent that it stunted the growth of her magical abilities.



** Survivor's Quest has him, much older and as one of the main characters, realize that it wasn't quite like that. They did love the absent sister, and idolized their image of what she might become, but they never neglected him.

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** Survivor's Quest ''Survivor's Quest'' has him, much older and as one of the main characters, realize that it wasn't quite like that. They did love the absent sister, and idolized their image of what she might have become, but they never neglected him.



* In ''Literature/SeekerBears'' Toklo resents his IlBoy brother Tobi because their mother dotes over Tobi. He also feels Tobi weighs them down and that they'd be better off without him. When [[spoiler:Tobi dies]] their mother [[spoiler:[[ParentalAbandonment abandons Toklo]] in her despair due to not wanting to lose both cubs due to food shortages (especially after losing previous litters).]] Afterwards Toklo begins hating his mother for [[spoiler:abandoning him]].

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* In ''Literature/SeekerBears'' Toklo resents his IlBoy IllBoy brother Tobi because their mother dotes over Tobi. He also feels Tobi weighs them down and that they'd be better off without him. When [[spoiler:Tobi dies]] their mother [[spoiler:[[ParentalAbandonment abandons Toklo]] in her despair due to not wanting to lose both cubs due to food shortages (especially after losing previous litters).]] Afterwards Toklo begins hating his mother for [[spoiler:abandoning him]].
2nd Jun '17 11:45:33 AM LadyNorbert
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* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Sesshoumaru feels that he's this. After finding out that his brother [[HalfHumanHybrid InuYasha]] inherited their father's [[InfinityPlusOneSword legendary offensive weapon]] that he had wanted while he was bequeathed the [[HealingShiv healing sword]] that he disdained, events conspire to lead him to the [[AlwaysSecondBest realisation]] that his [[PowerAtAPrice hard-earned]] extremely impressive [[CruelAndUnusualDeath offensive ability]] was only given to him so that he could master it for Inuyasha to take from him. This leads him to the conclusion that his father had been ''[[ParentalFavoritism grooming]] Inuyasha to kill him''. [[spoiler:Getting over his daddy issues and learning that his father actually wanted him to be a BigBrotherMentor is a major part of his CharacterDevelopment whereupon he settles for being the AloofBigBrother type.]] It can make sense why he feels this way. After all, Inuyasha is the son of a woman who his father was madly in love with while Sesshomaru was possibly the result of a political marriage.

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* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Sesshoumaru feels that he's this. After finding out that his brother [[HalfHumanHybrid InuYasha]] inherited their father's [[InfinityPlusOneSword legendary offensive weapon]] that he had wanted while he was bequeathed the [[HealingShiv healing sword]] that he disdained, events conspire to lead him to the [[AlwaysSecondBest realisation]] that his [[PowerAtAPrice hard-earned]] and extremely impressive [[CruelAndUnusualDeath offensive ability]] was only given to him so that he could master it for Inuyasha to take from him. This leads him to the conclusion that his father had been ''[[ParentalFavoritism grooming]] Inuyasha to kill him''. [[spoiler:Getting over his daddy issues and learning that his father actually wanted him to be a BigBrotherMentor is a major part of his CharacterDevelopment CharacterDevelopment, whereupon he settles for being the AloofBigBrother type.]] It can make sense why he feels this way. After all, Inuyasha is the son of a woman who with whom his father was madly in love with while Sesshomaru was possibly the result of a political marriage.



* In ''Manga/{{Nononono}}'', Nono's brother, Yuuta, is like this. Both of them were trained by their ski-jumper dad to be ski-jumpers, hoping to go to the olympics. The problem is, Nono is the more talented of the two, but she can't go to the Olympics due to being a girl. Their father kept on pushing Yuuta to be as good as his sister.

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* In ''Manga/{{Nononono}}'', Nono's brother, Yuuta, is like this. Both of them were trained by their ski-jumper dad to be ski-jumpers, hoping to go to the olympics.Olympics. The problem is, Nono is the more talented of the two, but she can't go to the Olympics due to being a girl. Their father kept on pushing Yuuta to be as good as his sister.



* Alluka from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' is not even considered as a family member of the Zoldyck because her ability is too difficult to control and could kill all of them. The only one who loves her is Killua.

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* Alluka from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' is not even considered as a family member of the Zoldyck because her ability is too difficult to control and could kill all of them. The only one who loves her is Killua.



** Subverted with Akasha's relationship with her daughters. While Moka is definitely her favorite daughter because it's her own, she also loves her three stepdaughters.

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** Subverted with Akasha's relationship with her daughters. While Moka is definitely her favorite daughter because it's she's her own, she also loves her three stepdaughters.



* On a planet where twins are the norm, Mekt Ranzz (Lightning Lord), older brother of twins Lightning Lad and Lightning Lass of the ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', felt like he was ''everyone'''s unfavorite. Which is why he eventually became a supervillain who terrorized his younger siblings.

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* On a planet where twins are the norm, Mekt Ranzz (Lightning Lord), older brother of twins Lightning Lad and Lightning Lass of the ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', felt like he was ''everyone'''s unfavorite. Which This is why he eventually became a supervillain who terrorized his younger siblings.



** In the 616 timeline this actually would be quite an exaggeration. It seems to have been true of Bobby Drake (Iceman), but none of the other original five (Scott's parents were actually abducted by aliens before getting to see his and his brother's powers manifest), it was not true of Colossus, ComicBook/{{Storm}} (her parents were killed too early), Thunderbird I, Kitty Pryde, Rogue (she ran away from home before her powers manifested), Jubilee (her parents were dead before her powers manifested), and with reference to their human adoptive parents it was not true of ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, the ComicBook/ScarletWitch, Nightcrawler or Comicbook/{{Gambit}} (who was actually preferred to his adoptive father's biological son).

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** In the 616 timeline this actually would be quite an exaggeration. It seems to have been true of Bobby Drake (Iceman), but none of the other original five (Scott's parents were actually abducted by aliens before getting to see his and his brother's powers manifest), it manifest). It was also not true of Colossus, ComicBook/{{Storm}} (her parents were killed too early), Thunderbird I, Kitty Pryde, Rogue (she ran away from home before her powers manifested), or Jubilee (her parents were dead before her powers manifested), and with manifested). With reference to their human adoptive parents parents, it was not true of ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, the ComicBook/ScarletWitch, Nightcrawler Nightcrawler, or Comicbook/{{Gambit}} (who was actually preferred to his adoptive father's biological son).



-->'''Oracle''', speaking about Huntress: And what about the least favorite daughter?

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-->'''Oracle''', speaking ''speaking about Huntress: Huntress:'' And what about the least favorite daughter?



** This isn't the only time [[spoiler: Briar]] mentioned this. She explains that her family treated her like an old, useless nursemaid and made [[spoiler: her younger sister Rose the queen instead of her. The reason, according to her, is because nobody knew she was a Veni-Yan-Carni, a type of powering dreaming sorcerous born into the family line. It's possible she just neglected to tell them though, since Rose mentions she thought Briar's "dreaming eye" was blind.]]

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** This isn't the only time [[spoiler: Briar]] mentioned this. She explains that her family treated her like an old, useless nursemaid and made [[spoiler: her younger sister Rose the queen instead of her. The reason, according to her, is because nobody knew she was a Veni-Yan-Carni, a type of powering dreaming sorcerous sorceress born into the family line. It's possible she just neglected to tell them though, since Rose mentions she thought Briar's "dreaming eye" was blind.]]



* In certain fairy tales, a king and queen have many sons, all of whom become unfavorites in favor of a soon-to-be-born daughter to the point of them being planned to be ''killed''. They escape, and eventually are joined by their innocent sister.

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* In certain fairy tales, a king and queen have many sons, all of whom become unfavorites in favor of a soon-to-be-born daughter daughter, to the point of them being planned to be ''killed''. They escape, and eventually are joined by their innocent sister.



* ''Film/WelcomeToTheDollhouse'' has Dawn. Punished constantly by her parents, especially when younger sister Missy (the apple of their eye) constantly baits her.

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* ''Film/WelcomeToTheDollhouse'' has Dawn. Punished She's punished constantly by her parents, especially when younger sister Missy (the apple of their eye) constantly baits her.



** In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', Elizabeth is her father's favorite, and her mother's least favorite. Lydia is her mother's favorite, and her father's least favorite. This is nice indicator of what each parent values. Jane is adored by both of her parents, Mary is almost universally ignored, but the second-youngest Bennet daughter Kitty is perpetually told to shut up and stop getting in everyone's way.
** Similarly in ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'', plain, sensible and sensitive Anne is ignored and dismissed by her family while her beautiful but vain sister Elisabeth is admired by all.
** Similarly in ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', Fanny's mother only cares about her sons and babies her youngest daughter, but ignores her older two daughters. Fanny only realises this when returning for a much anticipated visit after years away from home.
** In ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', Mrs. Ferrars dotes on her daughter Fanny and younger son Robert, but doesn't seem to particularly like elder son Edward.

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** In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', Elizabeth is her father's favorite, and her mother's least favorite. Lydia is her mother's favorite, and her father's least favorite. This is a nice indicator of what each parent values. Jane is adored by both of her parents, pretty much everybody, Mary is almost universally ignored, but the second-youngest Bennet daughter Kitty is perpetually told to shut up and stop getting in everyone's way.
** Similarly in ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'', plain, sensible sensible, and sensitive Anne is ignored and dismissed by her family while her beautiful but vain sister Elisabeth is admired by all.
** Similarly in ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', Fanny's mother only cares about her sons and babies her youngest daughter, but ignores her older two daughters. Fanny only realises discovers this when returning for a much anticipated visit after years away from home.
** In ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', Mrs. Ferrars dotes on her daughter Fanny and younger son Robert, but doesn't seem to particularly like elder son Edward.



** Ron feels like this, though it's not true (his family never shows him anything but the utmost unconditional love). Specifically, he feels overshadowed by his five older brothers, '''and''' his younger sister because his mum supposedly wanted a daughter most of all, '''and''' his famous best friend, who his mum treats like another son.

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** Ron feels ''feels'' like this, even though it's not true (his family never shows him anything but the utmost unconditional love). Specifically, he feels overshadowed by his five older brothers, '''and''' his younger sister because his mum supposedly wanted a daughter most of all, '''and''' his famous best friend, who his mum treats like another son.



** Aunt Petunia implies that she herself held this position in the Evans family, especially after Lily's magical abilities are discovered. Though it's difficult to know just how much of this perception was due to her jealousy over Lily's powers, as we only ever hear her side of the story. Lily's more attention drawing personality and beauty next to plain, boring, older, more responsible sister Petunia might have played a role as well, as well as being magical, which caused Petunia to equate boring and normal with being better as a defense mechanism. However, when [[spoiler:we do see them as young children, they seem to get along reasonably well, there's even subtle evidence to suggest that Lily idealized her older sister by taking Petunia's side in every conflict, even when Petunia was wrong to insult Severus Snape.]] In addition, Petunia never even says explicitly that the Evans parents treated Petunia differently or as second-best, only that she was upset that they loved Lily and didn't perceive Lily as a freak the way Petunia did, which upset Petunia to no end.
** Severus Snape was revealed to have grown up with parents too busy fighting with each other to give a rip about him. Which is sad, considering he was an only child.

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** Aunt Petunia implies that she herself held this position in the Evans family, especially after Lily's magical abilities are discovered. Though it's It's difficult to know just how much of this perception was due to her jealousy over Lily's powers, as we only ever hear her side of the story. Lily's more attention drawing personality and beauty next and more magnetic personality, contrasted to her plain, boring, older, more responsible sister Petunia Petunia, might have played a role as well, as well as being magical, which initially; when Lily's powers manifested, the combination likely caused Petunia to equate boring and normal with being better as a defense mechanism. However, when [[spoiler:we do see them as young children, they seem to get along reasonably well, well; there's even subtle evidence to suggest that Lily idealized her older sister by taking Petunia's side in every conflict, even when Petunia was wrong to insult Severus Snape.]] In addition, Petunia never even says explicitly that the Evans parents treated Petunia differently or as second-best, only just that she was upset that they loved Lily and didn't perceive Lily as a freak the way Petunia did, which upset Petunia to no end.
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** Severus Snape was revealed to have grown up with parents too busy fighting with each other to give a rip about him. Which is It's especially sad, considering he was an only child.



** Even Princess Elspeth suffered from this to a degree, despite being an only child until well into her teens. She takes after her father more than a little in looks, and given that said father not only manipulated her mother into a miserable marriage but eventually tried to murder her; Queen Selenay could never quite convince herself that she was capable of dealing with her rationally and ended up using various nannies and other proxies beyond what the whole monarch thing required for good and ill.

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** Even Princess Elspeth suffered from this to a degree, despite being an only child until well into her teens. She takes after her father more than a little in looks, and looks; given that said father not only manipulated her mother into a miserable marriage but eventually tried to murder her; her, Queen Selenay could never quite convince herself that she was capable of dealing with her daughter rationally and ended up using various nannies and other proxies beyond what the whole monarch thing required for good and ill.



* In J.R. Ward's ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'', Phury is the Unfavorite of his family. He was the second-born twin, which apparently is bad luck in his world. His twin, Zsadist, is kidnapped by a nanny as an infant and sold into slavery. Phury is not directly blamed for this, but it is inherent that his birth and its bad luck was the reason. His family falls apart, and notes that he had to drag his father's drunken body inside as dawn approached so that he would not die. It was also noted that when he left to find his brother, no one noticed his departure, and he did not attend his parents' funerals. He finally finds his twin, who is being horribly abused and tortured by an aristocrat, and helps him escape. In the process, he loses the lower half of one of his legs and uses a prothesis. He vows that he will help his brother, which includes beating him up on several occasions at his request. He takes a vow of celibacy, and becomes a drug addict. He eventually finds peace with his parents while withdrawing from the drugs, but spends most of the series with some serious guilt.

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* In J.R. Ward's ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'', Phury is the Unfavorite of his family. He was the second-born twin, which apparently is bad luck in his world. His twin, Zsadist, is kidnapped by a nanny as an infant and sold into slavery. Phury is not directly blamed for this, but it is inherent that his birth and its bad luck was the reason. His family falls apart, and notes that he had to drag his father's drunken body inside as dawn approached so that he would not die. It was also noted that when he left to find his brother, no one noticed his departure, and he did not attend his parents' funerals. He finally finds his twin, who is being horribly abused and tortured by an aristocrat, and helps him escape. In the process, he loses the lower half of one of his legs and uses a prothesis.prosthesis. He vows that he will help his brother, which includes beating him up on several occasions at his request. He takes a vow of celibacy, and becomes a drug addict. He eventually finds peace with his parents while withdrawing from the drugs, but spends most of the series with some serious guilt.



* Claudia Kishi of ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' often feels like this with her parents, due to her older sister Janine being a certified genius and good at academics. However, one of the Claudia books reveals that ''Janine'' also feels like the UnFavorite because Claudia is so pretty and popular.

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* Claudia Kishi of ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' often feels like this with her parents, due to her older sister Janine being a certified genius and good at academics. However, one of the Claudia books reveals that ''Janine'' also feels like the UnFavorite Unfavorite because Claudia is so pretty and popular.



** This wasn't helped by early depictions of Chad, which gave him a gleaming, perfect smile, the rest of his head unseeable, atop a perfect body to go with the notion that he could do no wrong. Later depictions make him look...like Jeremy with a beard.

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** This wasn't helped by early depictions of Chad, which gave him a gleaming, perfect smile, the rest of his head unseeable, unable to be seen, atop a perfect body to go with the notion that he could do no wrong. Later depictions make him look... like Jeremy with a beard.



* In Catholicism, [[PatronSaint Saint Therese of Lisieux]]'s sister Léonie was always the odd one out. Sickly, learning-disabled, possibly autistic, she'd been repeatedly beaten by a servant as a toddler. She was regarded as an embarrassment to her own family. The other "perfect" sisters all went into the Carmelite order. Finally making it as a sister of the Visitation of Caen after several tries at various convents, Léonie completed her life happily. There is a movement now to [[TakeThat make her a saint]] of unfavorites, marginalized people and autistics. There is even a mission of sisters called the Léonie League, which proposes to found a new religious order especially for autistic monks and nuns.

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* In Catholicism, [[PatronSaint Saint Therese of Lisieux]]'s sister Léonie was always the odd one out. Sickly, learning-disabled, possibly autistic, she'd been repeatedly beaten by a servant as a toddler. She was regarded as an embarrassment to her own family. The other "perfect" sisters all went into the Carmelite order. Finally making it as a sister of the Visitation of Caen after several tries at various convents, Léonie completed her life happily. There is a movement now to [[TakeThat make her a saint]] of unfavorites, marginalized people people, and autistics. There is even a mission of sisters called the Léonie League, which proposes to found a new religious order especially for autistic monks and nuns.



* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'':
** Hawke's younger brother Carver in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' sees himself as this, despite little evidence to support his claims. A classic case of Younger Brother Syndrome. Carver's uncle Gamlen is also one, since [[spoiler:his parents made his sister their sole heir, despite disowning her after she eloped with an apostate (illegal) mage.]]. The game compares the two of them on occasion. It wasn't that Malcolm disliked Carver, indeed Bethany once mentions that their father was proud of "his little soldier", but that Carver's [[MuggleBornOfMages lack of magical ability]] meant that Malcolm had very little time left over to spend with him after making sure his other two children didn't fall prey to the very real dangers of DemonicPossession and PowerIncontinence that plague untrained mages.
** Sebastian Vael also has elements of this. As the youngest son of three in the Starkhaven royal family, he envied his brothers and resented the fact that he wasn't even SpareToTheThrone. When he rebelled and became TheHedonist, his parents packed him off to TheChurch of a neighbouring city-state. It's probably not a coincidence that the relative he describes in the most detail is his grandfather.

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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', [[spoiler:Alistair]] feels like this, not least because he was illegitimate. His mother died in childbirth [[spoiler:(or so he was told - supplemental material later reveals otherwise)]] and his father, for very cogent reasons, couldn't acknowledge him as his son. The [[PlayerCharacter Warden]] who befriends/romances him helps him grow into his own.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has two examples:
*** In a mage playthrough,
Hawke's younger brother Carver in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' sees himself as this, despite little evidence to support his claims. A classic case of Younger Brother Syndrome. Carver's uncle Gamlen is also one, since [[spoiler:his parents made his sister their sole heir, despite disowning her after she eloped with an apostate (illegal) mage.]]. The game compares the two of them on occasion. It wasn't that Malcolm disliked Carver, indeed Carver; indeed, in a non-mage run Bethany once mentions can mention that their father was proud of "his little soldier", but that soldier." Rather, Carver's [[MuggleBornOfMages lack of magical ability]] meant that Malcolm had very little time left over to spend with him after making sure his other two children didn't fall prey to the very real dangers of DemonicPossession and PowerIncontinence that plague untrained mages.
** *** In the ''Exiled Prince'' DLC, Sebastian Vael also has elements of this. As the youngest son of three sons in the Starkhaven royal family, he envied his brothers and resented the fact that he wasn't even SpareToTheThrone.SpareToTheThrone; he implies that his parents took very little interest in him because he was such an extraneous son. When he rebelled and became TheHedonist, his parents packed him off to TheChurch of a neighbouring city-state. It's probably not a coincidence that the relative he describes in the most detail is his grandfather.



** Although it's arguably justified by the differences in Flora and Luke's backgrounds. Luke, as the professor's apprentice, is used to solving puzzles and hazarding dangerous situations. Flora has not had that sort of experience, and also is implied to still be recovering from [[spoiler:the trauma of her dad first trying to pass off a robot as a replacement for her mother, then being raised by RidiculouslyHumanRobots after her father's death.]]

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** Although it's It's arguably justified by the differences in Flora and Luke's backgrounds. Luke, as the professor's apprentice, is used to solving puzzles and hazarding dangerous situations. Flora has not had that sort of experience, and also is implied to still be recovering from [[spoiler:the trauma of her dad first trying to pass off a robot as a replacement for her mother, then being raised by RidiculouslyHumanRobots after her father's death.]]]] What's harder to justify is the fact that Layton persists in not ''explaining'' his reasons to her; her feelings are also exacerbated by Flora having an intense fear of being alone.



* If you play ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings 2'', you will most likely have your share of unwanted sons. Daughters are always wanted, no matter how bad their skills and social capabilities are, because you can marry them off to establish alliances, but if you practise primogeniture (eldest son inherits), and your firstborn is an unlikeable fool, it might be a good time to get him killed. ElectiveMonarchy is a possible solution to the problem, but if you choose that inheritance law, every unlanded adult son you have in your court gives you a prestige penalty, meaning you might want to marry them off to some foreign duchess to get them out of your feet, while keeping your intended inheritor around and preparing him to take over after you croak.

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* If you play ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings 2'', you will most likely have your share of unwanted sons. Daughters are always wanted, no matter how bad their skills and social capabilities are, because you can marry them off to establish alliances, alliances; but if you practise primogeniture (eldest son inherits), and your firstborn is an unlikeable unlikable fool, it might be a good time to get him killed. ElectiveMonarchy is a possible solution to the problem, but if you choose that inheritance law, every unlanded adult son you have in your court gives you a prestige penalty, meaning you might want to marry them off to some foreign duchess to get them out of your feet, while keeping your intended inheritor around and preparing him to take over after you croak.



* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'', Gart clearly feels like the unfavorite grandchild compared with his cousin Gwendolyn, who is clearly the apple of their grandfather's eye. All things considered, it's hard to blame him for being grumpy about it.



* [[spoiler: Shizune Hakamichi]] turns out to be this in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', due to [[spoiler: being deafmute and thus "not normal" in the eyes of her JerkAss father Jigoro.]]

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* [[spoiler: Shizune Hakamichi]] turns out to be this in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', due to [[spoiler: being deafmute deaf-mute and thus "not normal" in the eyes of her JerkAss father Jigoro.]]



* WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} seems to be regarded this way - not by his parents, who are never shown interacting with their younger son, but by members of his extended family. His neighbors also prefer his brother Donny (although it's a little harder to blame them).



** If one child has some sort of disability or chronic illness, then the other siblings can often feel like this, due to the extra time, attention, and focus that the child with needs gets.
** In some cultures, disabled kids themselves are, because they are seen as cursed or affected by dark magic, or as a burden.

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** If one child has some sort of disability or chronic illness, then the other siblings can often feel like this, due to the extra time, attention, and focus that the child with needs gets.
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gets. In some cultures, disabled kids themselves are, because they are seen as cursed or affected by dark magic, or as a burden.



* Animals do this a lot. Strong, healthy young have better survival chances than runts, and for this reason are often favored by parents. Sick young are often rejected, as nature won't allow time to be wasted on a baby that will not survive. Even species that don't usually do it will if food is scarce or if they have more than they can feed -- especially mammals, who only have so many teats to go around, like in ''CharlottesWeb''. Marsupials, for example, have young that latch onto a teat and stay there for weeks or months. If there are more babies than teats, the extras must be abandoned. Sometimes, even other young will attack small or sick offspring, especially if food is scarce-birds and live-bearer sharks (whose young eat each other inside the womb at times).

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* Animals do this a lot. Strong, healthy young have better survival chances than runts, and for this reason are often favored by parents. Sick young are often rejected, as nature won't allow time to be wasted on a baby that will not survive. Even species that don't usually do it will if food is scarce or if they have more than they can feed -- especially mammals, who only have so many teats to go around, like in ''CharlottesWeb''.''Literature/CharlottesWeb''. Marsupials, for example, have young that latch onto a teat and stay there for weeks or months. If there are more babies than teats, the extras must be abandoned. Sometimes, even other young will attack small or sick offspring, especially if food is scarce-birds scarce; animals who are known to do this include birds and live-bearer sharks (whose young eat each other inside the womb at times).



* Wilhelm II, [[WorldWarOne the last emperor of the German Empire]], was despised by his mother (who even openly refused to write him birthday gratulations), as well as his grandmother, UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria. This may have been a [[FreudianExcuse major contributing factor]] for him to grow up to be arsehole enough to declare war on one of his closest cousins, "[[RomanovsAndRevolutions Nikki]]").
** Wilhelm felt very close and dearly loved his grandmother Victoria, who died in his arms. It would seem ''she'' got along better with him than with her son, the Prince of Wales, who appears to have been her least favorite child. Wilhelm on the other hand occupied a special space in her heart because he was the only one of her grandchildren who remembered her late husband, Prince Albert. This may have contributed to the deep antipathy between Edward VII and Wilhelm II.

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* Wilhelm II, [[WorldWarOne the last emperor of the German Empire]], was despised by his mother (who mother, who even openly refused to write him birthday gratulations), as well as his grandmother, UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria.messages. This may have been a [[FreudianExcuse major contributing factor]] for him to grow up to be arsehole enough to declare war on one of his closest cousins, "[[RomanovsAndRevolutions Nikki]]").
** Wilhelm felt very close to and dearly loved his grandmother Victoria, grandmother, UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria, who died in his arms. It would seem ''she'' she got along better with him than with her son, the Prince of Wales, who appears to have been her ''her'' least favorite child. (Her partiality for Wilhelm on the other hand occupied a special space was in her heart large part because he was the only one of her grandchildren who remembered was old enough to remember her late husband, Prince Albert. Albert.) This may have contributed to the deep antipathy between Edward VII and Wilhelm II.II.
* UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfTudor had this in spades when it came to the offspring of Henry VIII. Of all his numerous children, only three of his legitimate offspring survived childhood - Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward. Mary, for many years, was his only legitimate child, so he doted on her until his marriage to Anne Boleyn; after that, he more or less abandoned her in favor of Elizabeth. After Anne's beheading, he married Jane Seymour, who persuaded him to bring both daughters back into the fold. Jane was the mother of Edward, whom Henry naturally favored as the long-awaited prince who would eventually succeed him as Edward VI.
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--> '''Tyrion:''' ''[to Jon Snow]'' All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes [...] If I had been born a peasant, they might have left me out in the woods to die. Alas, I was born a Lannister of Casterly Rock.

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--> '''Tyrion:''' ''[to Jon Snow]'' All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes [...] If I had been born a peasant, they might have left me out in the woods to die. Alas, I was born a Lannister of Casterly Rock. Things are expected of me.



** Samwell Tarly is at the Wall because his father threatened to ''murder'' him if he didn't "voluntarily" remove himself from the line of inheritance. Ouch. In the books, this was after a long series of failed attempts to make him a man, including taking him to whorehouses, making him sleep in chainmail, forcing him to walk around in a dress to shame him into manliness, and bathing him in blood. Eventually, Lord Randyll's wife gave him another son, allowing why he could dispense with his girly-man firstborn. Incidentally, Randyll Tarly has achieved MemeticBadass status amongst the book fandom... but they didn't mean it entirely as a compliment.

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** Samwell Tarly is at the Wall because his father threatened to ''murder'' him if he didn't "voluntarily" remove himself from the line of inheritance. Ouch. In the books, this was after a long series of failed attempts to make him a man, including taking him to whorehouses, making him sleep in chainmail, chain mail, forcing him to walk around in a dress to shame him into manliness, and bathing him in blood. Eventually, Lord Randyll's wife gave him another son, allowing why he could dispense with his girly-man firstborn. Incidentally, Randyll Tarly has achieved MemeticBadass status amongst among the book fandom... but they didn't mean it entirely as a compliment.



** Weirdly enough, despite being an only child, Ramsay is still this since Roose is hopeful of having an actual legitimate son so that he can discard him.

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** Weirdly enough, despite being an only child, Ramsay is still this since Roose is hopeful of having an actual legitimate son so that he can discard him. [[spoiler: After this happens, Ramsay kills him, plus his baby half-brother and step-mother, to prevent this.]]



* Kara "Starbuck" Thrace of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' was The Unfavorite and apparently an only child. We learn that Starbuck's mother Socrata was in the Colonial military and Starbuck joined up largely to win her approval. When she graduated Viper school and earned her commission, her mother berates her for not being first in her class, despite managing to become an officer rather than an NCO like Socrata was.
** Not quite a straight example. Socrata was bastardly and abusive to Kara because she knew Kara had a special destiny and didn't think she was trying hard enough to live up to her natural ability.



* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': Chuck and Jimmy's dad always liked Jimmy better. This annoys Chuck not only because Jimmy took money from their dad's store whenever he wanted, but he was far less responsible in general. Even so, on their dad's deathbed it's Jimmy he called for.

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* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'': Chuck and Jimmy's dad always liked Jimmy better. This annoys Chuck not only because Even though Jimmy took money was irresponsible (and secretly stole from their dad's store whenever he wanted, but he father), he's much more personable than Chuck. On his deathbed, it was far less responsible in general. Even so, on Jimmy that their dad's deathbed it's Jimmy he mother called for.for. Chuck has clearly developed a complex about this, as evidenced in the flashback where he gets irritated by how charmed his wife is by Jimmy's jokes.
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* Liquid Snake from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. He was so much of an unfavorite of his clonedaddy Big Boss that he swore revenge against his 'superior' twin, commandeered a walking nuclear death-tank, and held the world for ransom for the remains of Big Boss. Talk about family issues.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' had Fatman, who was neglected by his parents, and apparently, even though he built a nuclear bomb at Age 10, and was rather famous (or infamous) within the bomb trade for this feat, he was hated within his own school.
* Though it may not be confirmed as we never see his parents,Nozomi Suemitsu aka the Gourmet King from ''VideoGame/Persona3'',[[spoiler:he constantly in his older and less rotund bother's shadow]]
** ''VideoGame/Persona4'' takes this trope a step further with Kou Ichijo. [[spoiler: It's revealed that Kou was raised in an OrphanageOfLove and then adopted as a child because his adoptive parents thought they couldn't have any children of their own... until they actually do. When they do, Kou feels that they've literally cast him to the side now that they have a "real" child.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
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Liquid Snake from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. He was so much of an unfavorite of his clonedaddy Big Boss that he swore revenge against his 'superior' twin, commandeered a walking nuclear death-tank, and held the world for ransom for the remains of Big Boss. Talk about family issues.
* ** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' had Fatman, who was neglected by his parents, and apparently, even though he built a nuclear bomb at Age 10, and was rather famous (or infamous) within the bomb trade for this feat, he was hated within his own school.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
**
Though it may not be confirmed as we never see his parents,Nozomi Suemitsu parents, Nozomi Suemitsu, aka the Gourmet King from ''VideoGame/Persona3'',[[spoiler:he ''VideoGame/Persona3'', [[spoiler:was constantly in his older and less rotund bother's shadow]]
shadow]].
** ''VideoGame/Persona4'' takes this trope a step further with Kou Ichijo. [[spoiler: It's revealed that Kou was raised in an OrphanageOfLove and then adopted as a child because his adoptive parents thought they couldn't have any children of their own... until they actually do. When they do, Kou feels that they've literally cast him to the side now that they have a "real" child. However, progressing his Social Link will reveal that Kou's parents do truly love him, and will support him in whatever path he chooses.]]
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