Created By: FreezairForALimitedTime on July 23, 2011 Last Edited By: Catbert on February 19, 2012
Troped

Siblings Wanted

A child really wants a younger sister or brother, often to their parents\\\' chagrin.

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope

Up for Grabs

Siblings: Lots of us have 'em. Lots of us don't. The latter situation is often quite common in fiction, leading to a lot of only children running around.

But some fictional only kids (especially younger ones) are not happy with the situation. Maybe they're lonely because they have no one to play with. Maybe they're frustrated because they have no one to push around. Maybe they just see a lot of other kids with siblings in real life and are just jealous. Whatever way, they know what they really want: A younger sibling. And they aren't afraid to ask their parents for one.

Their parents are generally less thrilled about this, because even if they also want another child, they're not keen on telling their kid where said baby is going to come from.

Frequently, kids will express a desire for a sibling the same gender as them: Girls generally want little sisters, and boys typically want little brothers. But the opposite situation isn't unknown: Sometimes boys want little sisters in an attempt to purposefully invoke Big Brother Instinct. Similarly, sometimes tomboyish girls will want brothers... and not-so-tomboyish ones want living dolls.

In works with a fantastic bent, this may be a cue for a younger sibling to suddenly come into the picture through supernatural or superscience-y means. In less-fantastic works, it's often up in the air whether the kid gets their sibling or not. Nor is there any guarantee that, should they get their wish, they and their new sibling will get along the way the older one dreamed.

Compare I Want Grandkids (for when it's the parents' parents doing the pushing). This is also Truth in Television, which is probably why it shows up often enough.
Anime and Manga
  • Chocotto Sister is about a boy who always wanted to be an older brother, but who never got a younger sibling... until one day, in his college years, Santa Claus gives him a little sister for Christmas.

Western Animation

Video Games
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • July 23, 2011
    fluffything
    • Littlefoot in at least one of the The Land Before Time sequels has shown interest in wanting a sibling. It doesn't help that he's one of the only main characters in the entire series (except for Chomper) to be an only child.
  • July 24, 2011
    Koveras
    • In Nanoha The Movie First, it is revealed that Alicia Testarossa always wanted a little sister (which is exactly what Fate is to her), as Presea remembers only while plummeting to her death.
  • July 24, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Once on The Simpsons Bart asked for a little brother but his parents said no, so he went to an orphanage to adopt one.
  • July 24, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    In the film Red October, Jack Ryan tells his CIA boss that his daughter ("a very precocious five") asked him and his wife to "buy her a baby brother" and settled for them buying one for Stanley (her teddy bear) instead. At the close of the film, Ryan is shown sleeping on his flight home with a teddy bear in the next seat.
  • July 25, 2011
    peccantis
    Joke: A little boy complained to his friend that his parents wouldn't let him have a dog. "How did you ask them" asks the other boy. "I asked, 'Mum and Dad, can I have a dog?'" "That's the wrong way. You have to ask, 'Mum and Dad, can I have a baby brother?"
  • July 25, 2011
    Chabal2
    Calvin once tells his mother he wishes he had a little brother. "You want a new friend to play with?" "No, I just want somebody small I could beat up." The next panel is Calvin's dad at work telling his wife they'll talk about that operation later.

  • July 25, 2011
    FastEddie
    Title sounds like dialog. Try Siblings Wanted
  • @peccantis: That might be a good page quote, actually.
  • July 26, 2011
    Arivne
  • More examples, anyone...?
  • Bump again.
  • July 31, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    I like Siblings Wanted. It sounds like an add on Craig's list, which is hilarious.
  • July 31, 2011
    HappyMan
    Zig-zaged in the Family Guy episode Emission Impossible: first is subverted when Stewie hears that Peter and Lois want another kid, and he tries to sabotage any of their attempt at having sex. After meeting one of his possible future siblings inside Peter's testicles (It Makes Sense In Context), he's eager to have a younger sibling. However, he later made up his mind again.
  • August 1, 2011
    Frank75
    Subverted in this joke.
    • Two boys are playing with the dog which belongs to one of them.
      Boy 1: "I want a dog too, but my parents won't buy me one!"
      Boy 2: "You're doing it wrong. Tell them you want a little brother, then you'll get your dog."
  • August 1, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ That would be first inverted, not subverted.
  • September 10, 2011
    FreezairForALimitedTime
    I'm going to try resurrecting this. Foom.
  • September 10, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ I suggest you start by adding the examples from the comments...
  • September 15, 2011
    FreezairForALimitedTime
    I'm not doing Rolling Updates. I just want to see if people will agree on a name or something they like (though my intention with the starting name was to paralell I Want Grandkids) along wity a possible example or two.
  • September 15, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Not sure if this counts as an example, subverted, inverted, etc.

    Webcomics:
    • In Drowtales, it's considered good luck to have twins or a similar - age sibling. As a result, the Sharen clan has the practice of a "protector twin" (adopting - or buying - a child, usually from a servant family) to give their own children a chance to have a same - age sibling. Unfortunately, this often results in sibling rivalry, ending with the death of the protector twin at the hands of the former child, or (less often) vice - versa.
  • September 15, 2011
    Koveras
    @FreezairForALimitedTime: Then you won't get the remaining three hats anytime soon, I suspect. Also, as Fast Eddie pointed out above, the title is definitely not OK, so it can't get launched in this condition.
  • September 15, 2011
    SquirrelGuy
    @Frank75, that one appeared in MAD Magazine's Lighter Side of. Boy asks for a dog, father says no. So boy asks for a baby brother. Father hastily puts a jacket on with "I think the pet shop is still open".
  • February 18, 2012
    Koveras
    If someone added the examples from the comments to the write-up, I would give it my hat.
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    This appears to have been abandoned. Anyone want it?
  • February 19, 2012
    Koveras
    I could take over this one if no one objects. Still waiting for the last hat, though...
  • February 19, 2012
    Catbert
    Thanks! I'd give you another hat but I already gave all mine.
  • February 19, 2012
    Koveras
    OK, I will launch it tomorrow. Getting late over here...
  • February 19, 2012
    TomWalpertac2
    Web Original
    • Chakona Space has examples of Chakat cubs asking their parents to get busy giving them a little sister.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=70v91esbnpmda0layb5vfn6h&trope=SiblingsWanted