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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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8th Apr '16 1:22:29 PM LordGro
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* In ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', Manny has this with ParentalFavoritism.

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* In ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', Manny has this with ParentalFavoritism.



* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Clio's practice is ultimogeniture, because the older sons would have made their own way by the time the father dies.
* In Hans Christian Anderson'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 AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Clio's practice is ultimogeniture, because the older sons would have made their own way by the time the father dies.
* In Hans Christian Anderson's 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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* ''Literature/OrkneyingaSaga'': After the death of his brother Sigurd the Powerful and the failure of his son Hallad, Jarl Rognvald decides to give Orkney to his youngest and least liked son Einar, mostly to get rid of Einar and although he expects Einar to fail as a leader (like Hallad did). Einar, who has been sent away with a single ship, not only defeats the vikings, but turns out a capable leader who rules a long time. Moreover, it is Einar who eventually avenges the killing of his father, not one of Rognvald's three older, legitimate sons.
4th Apr '16 1:30:38 PM wootzits
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* ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'': Akari Sakura is the insecure younger sister of Monica Sakura, a popular IdolSinger, but it's Akari who gets to go on adventures in a magical land and become a powerful wizard. A later episode focusing on Monica also shows that idol life is not all it's cracked up to be.
24th Mar '16 3:09:03 PM YgothanEru
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* In "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/398.htm How the Dragon was Tricked]]" features two brothers. The younger brother is the protagonists and wins over the king's daughter, while the older brother gets nothing.

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* In "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/398.htm How the Dragon was Tricked]]" features two brothers. The younger brother is the protagonists protagonist and wins over the king's daughter, while the older brother gets nothing.
1st Mar '16 4:56:22 PM DoctorCooper
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* ''Frozen'': [[spoiler: Inverted. Hans is the youngest of thirteen brothers, yet he ends up being the villain. The other brothers play no role except to explain why Hans wants the throne.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'' Arlo is the youngest of his family and is also the runt and the hero

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* ''Frozen'': ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': [[spoiler: Inverted. Hans is the youngest of thirteen brothers, yet he ends up being the villain. The other brothers play no role except to explain why Hans wants the throne.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'' Arlo is the youngest of his family and is also the runt and the herohero.
28th Dec '15 5:10:52 PM Mario876
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'' Arlo is the youngest of his family and is also the runt and the hero
7th Dec '15 9:23:18 AM kquinn0830
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* In ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', it appears to be in full force; while George is kept out of the army by the fact that he's deaf in one ear, his younger brother Harry goes to war and saves an entire ship of sailors, becoming acclaimed for his heroism. But the WonderfulLife reveal is that without George's having saved Harry's life when they were young, all those sailors would have drowned when the ship was sunk; and Harry, on hearing that George is in trouble, drops everything [[spoiler:- including a meeting with President UsefulNotes/HarryTruman to congratulate him on his heroism -]] to run to his aid.

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* In ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', it appears to be in full force; while George stuck in a dead end job and is kept out of the army by the fact that he's deaf in one ear, his younger brother Harry gets a successful job and later goes to war and saves an entire ship of sailors, becoming acclaimed for his heroism. But the WonderfulLife reveal is that without George's having saved Harry's life when they were young, all those sailors would have drowned when the ship was sunk; and Harry, on hearing that George is in trouble, drops everything [[spoiler:- including a meeting with President UsefulNotes/HarryTruman to congratulate him on his heroism -]] to run to his aid. The flashbacks also show that the only reason Harry became a success was because of the sacrifices George made. Harry only went to college because George chose to stay home and run the Savings and Loan instead of going himself and when Harry turned down a job offer from his father-in-law so he could take over for George like he promised, George made him take the job.
12th Nov '15 7:10:55 PM nombretomado
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* In both of RobinMcKinley's retellings of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast", ''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and ''Literature/RoseDaughter'', Beauty is the youngest of three daughters. The trope is subverted in that in both versions, the main character's elder sisters are beautiful and kind-hearted, and love her dearly; while she is the one who has the adventures, the elder sisters also get their happy endings. It's further subverted in ''Beauty'' in that she's not technically the youngest child -- just the youngest ''living'' child. The fourth sister, Mercy, died at birth.

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* In both of RobinMcKinley's Creator/RobinMcKinley's retellings of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast", ''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and ''Literature/RoseDaughter'', Beauty is the youngest of three daughters. The trope is subverted in that in both versions, the main character's elder sisters are beautiful and kind-hearted, and love her dearly; while she is the one who has the adventures, the elder sisters also get their happy endings. It's further subverted in ''Beauty'' in that she's not technically the youngest child -- just the youngest ''living'' child. The fourth sister, Mercy, died at birth.
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