Created By: rt2012 on January 28, 2012 Last Edited By: FallenLegend on February 15, 2012
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Wrong Kid Died

When TheUnfavorite survives

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  • January 28, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Do not use that Harry Potter one. It's subjective, and Mrs. Weasley likely wouldn't be thinking that way.
  • January 28, 2012
    Generality
    Boromir?
  • January 28, 2012
    captainpat
  • January 28, 2012
    Nocturna
    • In The Lord Of The Rings, Boromir was Denethor's favorite son. Because of this, Denethor insisted that Boromir go on the journey to find out what the dream riddle meant; however, that trip ended with Boromir joining the Fellowship, and he died protecting Merry and Pippin, two other members of the Fellowship. Faramir, on the other hand, was participated in the home defense, and survived, causing Denethor to bitterly wish he had sent Faramir on the journey instead.
      'Do you wish then,' said Faramir, 'that our places had been exchanged?'
      'Yes, I wish that indeed,' said Denethor.
  • January 28, 2012
    FallenLegend
    removed This Troper.
  • January 28, 2012
    Psychobabble6
    Subtrope to You Should Have Died Instead - but I don't think this is a common enough subtrope to necessitate a split.
  • January 28, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Also featured in Pat Hodgell's Chronicles Of The Kencyrath stories, where it's gradually come out that the whole woeful tale of the fall of the royal house of Knorth began with this. Greshan, the perverted sadistic heir to the throne, who could do no wrong in his father's eyes, died leaving his despised, abused and hopelessly traumatized younger brother Ganth to become the lord of the Kencyrath. This led to Greshan and Ganth's father allowing Lord Gerridon to attempt to sire a daughter by the martyred Kinzie; the slaughter of the Knorth females arranged by Greshan's vengeful lover Rawneth; Ganth's subsequent madness, deposition and exile; and Gerridon sending his sister/wife Jamethiel to have a daughter by Ganth, leading to Jamie's birth as the last Knorth noblewoman
  • January 28, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Mrs. Weasley would not want any of her children to have died, even if Percy was estranged from the family.
  • January 28, 2012
    githyan
    Agreed with psychobabble, this seems to be a part of You should have died instead
  • January 28, 2012
    LeeM
    Truth In Television, according to some, with The Beatles ...
  • January 28, 2012
    Waterlily
    Is Walk the Line (which Walk Hard was spoofing) an example of this or did Johnny Cash just feel that it was?

  • January 29, 2012
    Danjorw1
    Can You Should Have Died be renamed wrong kid died?

    Or if it's its own trope then it should be in-universe. Not fans feeling the wrong person died, but someone on the show, film or work that states that they wish someone in particular died instead whomever did die, And mainly when it's toward a child whose sibling died, it should be in the ballpark of someone actually hating the survivor even if the post-mortem resentment isnt seen during the movie.But due the how the parent's relationships of the two kids was portrayed, and. Think of Boyz in da Hood. And sorry if I spoiled the ending if you didn't see it. the favorite son dies, a high-school running back who just got a full-ride to USC , however, the least favorite stlll dies, but in the where are they now ending before the credits role so it is unknown how the mother reacts to his death
  • January 29, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ No, it cannot be renamed, because it is not about kids but about any group of characters wherein one dies, and another thinks the third one should have died instead.
  • January 29, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    In Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb, assassins sent to slaughter a family missed a daughter because she was in the kitchen late at night and the assassins killed a friend who was sleeping over instead. The now-orphaned daughter stays with her friend's family briefly but the mother can't get over that her daughter died instead of the survivor.

  • January 29, 2012
    Psi001
  • January 30, 2012
    BlueIceTea
    Subtrope of You Should Have Died Instead. We could collect examples and see if there are enough to warrant a split.

    • The main character in Ordinary People thinks his mom thinks this. It's implied that she does, although she won't admit it.

    Oh, and totally take out the Harry Potter example. Percy isn't the fans' kid, so he can't be their Unfavourite.
  • February 15, 2012
    BlueIceTea
    Bump.
  • February 15, 2012
    Catbert
    You Should Have Died Instead covers this. This sort of thing is explicitly mentioned.
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