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1st Dec '16 11:57:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Finwë has three sons: the two eldest die in battle, the youngest doesn't and presumably remains king of the Noldor in Valinor until the end of Arda. Then again...he's barely in the story at all, being much less BadAss than his brothers -- and being sensible enough not to rebel against the Valar and exile himself from the safest, best place in Arda.

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* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Finwë has three sons: the two eldest die in battle, the youngest doesn't and presumably remains king of the Noldor in Valinor until the end of Arda. Then again...he's barely in the story at all, being much less BadAss badass than his brothers -- and being sensible enough not to rebel against the Valar and exile himself from the safest, best place in Arda.
17th Oct '16 4:49:43 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', Prince Jamka is the youngest son of King Batou of Verdane (the first nation to attack the protagonists) and joins Sigurd's army after his two brothers and his father fell under the machinations of the Lopto cult. [[spoiler:In the manga, he becomes the king of Verdane after his father's death.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
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In ''[[FireEmblemJugdral ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', Prince Jamka is the youngest son of King Batou of Verdane (the first nation to attack the protagonists) and joins Sigurd's army after his two brothers and his father fell under the machinations of the Lopto cult. [[spoiler:In the manga, he becomes the king of Verdane after his father's death.]]
16th Oct '16 11:25:52 AM nombretomado
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* Not only is Ramza from ''FinalFantasyTactics'' the youngest of three brothers, he's also ''half-brother'' to Zalbag and Dycedarg. And yet he is the most noble among House Beoulve. His younger sister Alma, the true youngest of the family, spends most of the plot as the DamselInDistress, but she still manages a personal CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she rejects [[EldritchAbomination Bloody Angel Altima]] from pulling a GrandTheftMe.

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* Not only is Ramza from ''FinalFantasyTactics'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' the youngest of three brothers, he's also ''half-brother'' to Zalbag and Dycedarg. And yet he is the most noble among House Beoulve. His younger sister Alma, the true youngest of the family, spends most of the plot as the DamselInDistress, but she still manages a personal CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she rejects [[EldritchAbomination Bloody Angel Altima]] from pulling a GrandTheftMe.
11th Aug '16 1:52:02 PM HarJIT-EGS
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* ''{{Literature/TheBookOfMormon}}'' has Nephi (then the youngest of four brothers) named by an angel as a future ruler over his brothers. Laman and Lemuel, the oldest and second-oldest son respectively, are not happy about this. [[SubvertedTrope Even younger brothers are subsequently born]] though.
7th Aug '16 1:20:59 PM erforce
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/WingCommander Privateer 2''.

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* %%* Subverted in ''VideoGame/WingCommander Privateer 2''.''VideoGame/Privateer2TheDarkening''.
22nd Jun '16 12:02:08 AM PaulA
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* "Literature/TheTwoBrothers", collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, is a minor example, in that it's the younger of the twins who marries the princess while the elder wanders around and fails to find adventure. On the other hand, it's averted with the WickedWitch, where the younger brother meets her first and falls victim, then the elder brother meets her and defeats her.
** "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/079.htm The Three Princes and Their Beasts]]", a similar story collected by Creator/AndrewLang, is a complete aversion: it's the eldest brother who wins the princess, and it's the middle brother who defeats the witch after the eldest and the youngest have failed.
3rd Jun '16 3:04:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''TalesFromTheCryptKeeper'' episode "The Sleeping Beauty," PrinceCharmless Chuck spends most of the episode pushing around his younger (by "ten lousy seconds") twin brother Melvin. Naturally, [[spoiler: Melvin gets the girl, and Chuck gets turned into a vampire, which means [[FauxHorrific he can no longer admire himself in the mirror]].]] "Chuck (and Melvin) and the Bean-Stalker" likewise ends well for Melvin and badly for Chuck.

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* In the ''TalesFromTheCryptKeeper'' ''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheCryptKeeper'' episode "The Sleeping Beauty," PrinceCharmless Chuck spends most of the episode pushing around his younger (by "ten lousy seconds") twin brother Melvin. Naturally, [[spoiler: Melvin gets the girl, and Chuck gets turned into a vampire, which means [[FauxHorrific he can no longer admire himself in the mirror]].]] "Chuck (and Melvin) and the Bean-Stalker" likewise ends well for Melvin and badly for Chuck.
13th Apr '16 4:54:40 AM fearlessnikki
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* Death, in the tale of the Three Brothers in ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'', pretends to congratulate the three brothers for cheating death, and rewards them, with full intention of being this. Only the [[YoungestChildWins youngest brother]] sees through the ruse and has his reward tailored specifically to prevent Death doing this to him. The other brothers are [[KarmicDeath not so lucky]].

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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Death, in the tale of the Three Brothers in ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'', pretends to congratulate the three brothers for cheating death, and rewards them, with full intention of being this. Only the [[YoungestChildWins youngest brother]] sees through the ruse and has his reward tailored specifically to prevent Death doing this to him. The other brothers are [[KarmicDeath not so lucky]].lucky]].
** Ron Weasley is the youngest of five brothers and is best friend of TheHero. Notable because the other two members of the lead trio are only children. Ron is the only one to have siblings.
** And the only Weasley child younger than Ron - as well as the only daughter - Ginny is the one who [[spoiler: Harry falls in love with and marries]]. Some fans were GenreSavvy about this trope and assumed Ginny would play an important role in the last book because she was the youngest Weasley.



* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'', because Perenelle is the youngest of seven daughters (and her mother too was a seventh daughter) she has the power to communicate with ghosts.
* Inverted in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' where the youngest daughter Lydia is a BrattyHalfPint and the least sympathetic of the Bennets. Additionally it's the two older sisters who are the protagonists. But played straight with Georgiana Darcy, who is far kinder and sweeter than her {{Tsundere}} of an older brother. Again inverted with the Bingleys, where the eldest Charles is the nice one - and the two younger daughters Caroline and Louisa are rude and snobby.



* Cordelia in ''Theatre/KingLear'' is the youngest of three sisters and the only one to care about their father... but ultimately it's a subversion. She may be virtuous, but she doesn't win. Nobody does.

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* Cordelia in ''Theatre/KingLear'' is the youngest of three sisters and the only one to care about their father... but ultimately it's a subversion. She may be virtuous, but she doesn't win. Nobody does. It was played straight in an alternate ending where [[spoiler: Cordelia survives and marries Edgar]] but the original ending is now more popular.
8th Apr '16 1:22:55 PM LordGro
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* In Creator/HansChristianAnderson's "The Wild Swans," the youngest child (and only daughter) of twelve is the heroine. Eliza's brothers have been transformed into swans by their WickedStepmother so she is the one that must save them. Also notable is that the youngest ''brother'' keeps one swan's wing due to a mistake [[note]]Eliza had to make shirts out of nettles for each of them to turn them back. She didn't finish the eleventh shirt in time[[/note]].

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* In Creator/HansChristianAnderson's Creator/HansChristianAndersen's "The Wild Swans," the youngest child (and only daughter) of twelve is the heroine. Eliza's brothers have been transformed into swans by their WickedStepmother so she is the one that must save them. Also notable is that the youngest ''brother'' keeps one swan's wing due to a mistake [[note]]Eliza had to make shirts out of nettles for each of them to turn them back. She didn't finish the eleventh shirt in time[[/note]].
8th Apr '16 1:22:55 PM LordGro
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