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8th Nov '17 12:37:02 AM Linda58
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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'', both of Laurel's parents display ParentalFavoritism to Sara, but her mother Dinah takes it to higher levels. She [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned Laurel]] when Sara was believed dead, openly disapproves of Laurel's husband, critique's ''her'' parenting, and feels Laurel didn't become who Dinah wanted her to be. And she's implied to be completely unaware of it.
2nd Nov '17 9:00:33 AM Njein
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** Wilhelm felt very close to and dearly loved his grandmother, UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria, 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. (Her partiality for Wilhelm was in large part because he was the only one of her grandchildren who was old enough to remember her late husband, Prince Albert.) This may have contributed to the deep antipathy between Edward VII and Wilhelm II.

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** Wilhelm felt very close to and dearly loved his grandmother, UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria, 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. (Her partiality for Wilhelm was in large part because he was the only one of her grandchildren who was old enough to remember her late husband, Prince Albert.) This may have contributed to the deep antipathy between Edward VII and Wilhelm II. And most of his British cousins thought of him as an arrogant and obnoxious JerkAss, not to mention being cantankerous and grouchy.
2nd Nov '17 4:38:23 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''Series/{{Matador}}'', the principal character Mads Skjern frequently dotes on his stepdaughter Ellen, while being cold, distant and occasionally emotionally abusive towards his biological son, Daniel. It eventually comes to a head when Mads disowns Daniel and banishes him from his house when he finds out that [[spoiler:Daniel is homosexual]].

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* In ''Series/{{Matador}}'', ''Series/Matador1978'', the principal character Mads Skjern frequently dotes on his stepdaughter Ellen, while being cold, distant and occasionally emotionally abusive towards his biological son, Daniel. It eventually comes to a head when Mads disowns Daniel and banishes him from his house when he finds out that [[spoiler:Daniel is homosexual]].
2nd Nov '17 4:36:13 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In Series/{{Matador}}, the principal character Mads Skjern frequently dotes on his stepdaughter Ellen, while being cold, distant and occasionally emotionally abusive towards his biological son, Daniel. It eventually comes to a head when Mads disowns Daniel and banishes him from his house when he finds out that [[spoiler:Daniel is homosexual]].

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* In Series/{{Matador}}, ''Series/{{Matador}}'', the principal character Mads Skjern frequently dotes on his stepdaughter Ellen, while being cold, distant and occasionally emotionally abusive towards his biological son, Daniel. It eventually comes to a head when Mads disowns Daniel and banishes him from his house when he finds out that [[spoiler:Daniel is homosexual]].
2nd Nov '17 4:35:37 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In Series/{{Matador}}, the principal character Mads Skjern frequently dotes on his stepdaughter Ellen, while being cold, distant and occasionally emotionally abusive towards his biological son, Daniel. It eventually comes to a head when Mads disowns Daniel and banishes him from his house when he finds out that [[spoiler:Daniel is homosexual]].
30th Oct '17 10:16:58 PM darkemyst
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** Molly has shown some unfavorite sentiments toward Fred and George. More than once she's compared the three of them unfavorably to their three older brothers. When Ron is appointed a school prefect (like Bill, Charlie, and Percy), Molly squeals, "That's everyone in the family!" prompting George to quip, "What are Fred and I? Next-door neighbors?" She also apparently didn't have much faith in Ginny becoming a prefect either. Granted, Fred and George can be a handful, but even so...

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** Molly has shown some unfavorite sentiments toward Fred and George. More than once she's compared the three of them (and Ron) unfavorably to their three older brothers. When Ron is appointed a school prefect (like Bill, Charlie, and Percy), Percy) in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', Molly squeals, "That's everyone in the family!" prompting George to quip, "What are Fred and I? Next-door neighbors?" She also apparently didn't have much faith in Ginny becoming a prefect either. Granted, Fred and George can be a handful, but even so...
30th Oct '17 8:47:24 PM ellequoi
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** The end of the story, when Carrie Louise turns to Mildred for support and comfort and an earlier conversation between the former and Literature/MissMarple implies that much of this 'unfavoritism' was Mildred's perception.
* 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 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.

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** *** The end of the story, when Carrie Louise turns to Mildred for support and comfort and an earlier conversation between the former and Literature/MissMarple implies that much of this 'unfavoritism' was Mildred's perception.
** There's also ''The Moving Finger'' by Creator/AgathaChristie, in which the local barrister's grown-up stepdaughter, Megan, is neglected by the family. They either forget about or don't know what to do with her, favouring the two younger boys who are biologically his.
* 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 Phuy 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 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.
26th Oct '17 10:00:38 AM Chabal2
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** Lin Bei Fong and her younger half sister Suyin also had some un-favoritism issues due to their mother Toph neglecting them.

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** Lin Bei Fong and her younger half sister Suyin also had some un-favoritism issues due to their mother Toph neglecting them. them (likely due in part to her own extremely overprotective parents).
** In fact, the fandom noted that just about the ''only'' guy who didn't have some kind of resentful relationship with his children was Unalaq, season 2's BigBad.
24th Oct '17 10:09:49 PM micucci
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* ''LittleBusters'': [[spoiler:[[GenkiGirl Poor]] little {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Haruka]] is constantly at odds with [[spoiler:her sister, Kanata]], but as we learn through the story, [[spoiler:Kanata]] is really just protecting [[spoiler:Haruka]] from their family, a really messed up band of villains who, among other despicable things, forces the eligible daughter to copulate with two fathers to have a higher chance of producing an heir, then taking the infant from the mother right after birth to be raised in the main household by the evil old matriarch, as well as being insular, clannish, ultra-conservative, and abusive. When the mother [[spoiler:had twins]], and one of the fathers is arrested and branded a criminal, the family set upon a plan to make sure one of the siblings was eligible and tagged the child of the good father, whilst the other would be labeled the child of the criminal (against any logic which would state they would really have no knowledge of who the father was, or even if the two children were conceived by different father's sperm). [[spoiler:Kanata]] ends up able, smart, athletic, and hard-working, while [[spoiler:Haruka]] is lackadaisical, clumsy, mischievous, and a general loser [[spoiler:which is completely an act, as a rebellious reaction to the endless abuse at the hands of her family and perceived abuse at the hands of the sister she once trusted]]. Subsequently, the family turns [[spoiler:Haruka]] into a brutal version of TheUnfavorite, beating, torturing, insulting, and criminally abusing [[spoiler:her]] at every turn.
** It later comes out that [[spoiler:Kanata]] is not immune to the abuse, having been lashed and beaten as well. And it turns out that the criminal father actually was attempting to free the siblings from the clutches of such a vile, demonic family, and was arrested and framed in the attempt to allow the other father and the mother to flee. [[spoiler: It also turns out that all of the abuse Kanata heaped upon Haruka was due to the fact that if the family ever thought the siblings were anything but rivals, they would outright [[KillTheCutie murder Haruka]], to hell with any logical consequences which would definitely ensue from such a horrific act. So, Kanata kept up the [[JerkassFacade pose of being rivals]], accepted the lashing without complaint, and stayed distant, all to protect the twin sister she loved more than anything else in the world.]]
13th Oct '17 7:17:47 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Empress Elizabeth of Ausstria-Hungary (also known as 'Empress Sissi') doted on her youngest daughter Valerie. Because Sissi was not permitted to raise her older children Gisela and Rudolf, their relationship was not able grow as close as Sissi's relationship with Valerie -- the only of Sissi's kids she was allowed raise freely herself; Sissi's extremely by-the-book AlmightyMom-in-law and aunt, Archduchess Sophie, insisted on raising Gisela and Rudolph. It did ''not'' help that Sissi's eldest daughter Sophie died as a toddler and the loss badly, ''badly'' affected [[BrokenBird her.]]

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* Empress Elizabeth of Ausstria-Hungary (also known as 'Empress Sissi') doted on her youngest daughter daughter, Marie Valerie. Because Sissi was not permitted to raise her older children Gisela and Rudolf, Rudolf (raised by Sissi's extremely by-the-book AlmightyMom-in-law and aunt, Archduchess Sophie), their relationship was not able grow as close as Sissi's relationship with Valerie -- the only of Sissi's her kids she was allowed to raise freely herself; Sissi's extremely by-the-book AlmightyMom-in-law and aunt, Archduchess Sophie, insisted on raising Gisela and Rudolph.freely. It did ''not'' help that Sissi's eldest daughter Sophie died as a toddler and the loss badly, ''badly'' affected [[BrokenBird her.]] ]]
** On the other hand, the aforementioned Gisela is said to have been [[DaddysGirl the apple of her father Franz Josef's eye]].
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