->'''Skeeter:''' Shoot me, Gonzo!\\
'''Scooter:''' Me first, I'm older!\\
'''Skeeter:''' Only by a minute!\\
-- ''MuppetBabies''

Twins often argue, among themselves or with others, about the respect they are due because of age, even though the difference is minuscule. In the most common form, Twin A will attempt to give their side leverage by saying that he/she is oldest, which will cause Twin B to retort "Yeah, by five minutes" and therefore defuse such an argument. If it fails to defuse it, it can easily spiral into an ArgumentOfContradictions, since neither side will generally have any actual proof.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''{{Naruto}}'', Hiashi Hyuga was born seconds before Hizashi. The difference is especially crucial in the Hyuga clan, as Hiashi grew up to become head of the clan, while Hizashi was made into a branch house member and expected to obey Hiashi [[spoiler:and give his life to protect him... or so Neji thought]], under threat of his cursed seal activating and causing him pain or killing him.
* ''GundamSEED'': [[spoiler: When Cagalli tells Athrun she's glad to have Kira for a little brother, he teasingly asks her if he might not be her big brother instead. She grumpily insists that she was born first]].
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''LuckyStar''. Tsukasa tells Kagami it's good she's older, because it would be bad for an older sister to need so much help with schoolwork from the younger. Kagami tells her [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine it's bad anyway]].
* Despite being twins, Unsui of ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is referred to as the "elder brother" quite often. It's partially because he acts the part, often taking responsibility for his "younger brother's" actions, despite the fact that they're the same age. Agon could be seen as an extreme (and violent) version of the AnnoyingYoungerSibling trope.
* In ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', the Numbers cyborgs type numbers do not represent their actual birth order; Sette (Type VII), is the youngest of them, while Dieci (Type X) is older than several others. As a result, Quattro (Type IV) is annoyed that Cinque (Type V) being technically older due to being born first, and refers to her as she would a younger sibling. In ''SoundStageX'' and ''Manga/ViVid'', [[spoiler:Nove]] is somewhat unwilling to accept that she's [[spoiler:Subaru]]'s ''younger'' sister after her adoption.
* Vash and Knives' screwed-up relationship in {{Trigun}} contains shades of this. Since no one was actually watching when they were born and their mother couldn't talk even if she hadn't apparently suffered DeathByChildbirth, they don't know who's older. They're also theoretically speaking English, even though they're actually speaking Japanese, and since the normal Japanese words for brother require knowledge of birth order they use the vague and slightly standoffish term 'kyoudai,' or 'sibling' most of the time. Knives appears to have appointed himself older in a lot of their interactions, but when they were kids this role (in the manga) very slightly defaulted to Vash, and he has the responsibility to 'take care of Knives.'
** Their arguments about whether to kill off the human race etc. all boil down partly to a debate about which twin has more authority over the other. Being psychotic and incapable of self-doubt has given Knives [[KnightTemplarBigBrother the more forceful personality]], but Vash is at bottom tougher. It never actually is settled; [[spoiler: even after Vash wins the clash of philosophies and Knives accepts his loss, he takes up a 'watching over you' role while he waits to die that [[BigBrotherInstinct suits an elder brother better]].]]
** Anime Knives is pretty definitely finagling the elder role from the start, though, although they do still use 'kyoudai.' Vash even seems to have accepted his authority for a couple of years after the Fall, before flipping out that Knives is still on his KillAllHumans kick, shooting him in the leg, and running. This has led to a split understanding in the fanbase.
* Liza and Tate from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime have this dynamic, with Tate suffering a bit of an inferiority complex considering how Liza holds her seniority (and the fact that she continuously pummels him in battles) over him.

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[[folder:Films]]
* Used in the movie ''Hangman's Curse''.
* Variant: the French musical ''Les Demoiselles de Rochefort'' has the younger twin calling the other "old girl," leading the other to reply:
-->'''Solange:''' Just because I was born fifteen minutes earlier doesn't mean you can call me "old girl!"
* The seniority of rank example also occurs in the 1964 film ''{{Zulu}}'', between Lieutenant Chard and Lieutenant Bromhead. This [[WildMassGuessing might have been]] the origin for the ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' example.
* Variation: A deleted scene from ''TheBoondockSaints'' includes the main characters trying to get their mother to tell them which of them is older, presumably so they will then be able to use this trope. Eventually she tells them, "The one with the bigger cock!"
* Widget and Sludge in the 2009 ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' film.
--> "By ninety seconds!"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''SweetValleyHigh'': "Elizabeth was 4 minutes older than Jessica, but sometimes it felt more like 4 years..."
* When the Auditors of Reality obtain bodies in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', they begin to argue about who incarnated first because "seniority is seniority".
* Averted in the ''Series/StarTrek'' novel ''Probe'', which features Romulan twins Jaina and Dejan. Dejan likes to refer to Jaina as his "Little Sister" despite the fact that she's actually the older twin. Jaina doesn't seem to mind, despite the fact that according that that book, being the older of a set of twins is [[SeriousBusiness a very big deal in Romulan culture]].
* And in PeterDavid's ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Star Trek: TNG]]'' novel "Vendetta", Picard's old Academy classmate Morgan Korsmo tries to give him orders because he got his captain's pips a few weeks before Picard.
* The "promoted two minutes earlier is still seniority" variant was used in AaronAllston's ''[[XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'' novels.
* Done with Apollo and Artemis in the ''PercyJackson'' series.
--> '''Artemis''': I'm fine, Apollo. And I am not your little sister.
--> '''Apollo''': Hey, I was born first.
--> '''Artemis''': We're twins! How many millennia do we have to argueŚ
** This becomes even more absurd when you realize that, in most versions of [[ClassicalMythology the source material]], it was ''Artemis'' who was born first.
* ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', ''The Horse and His Boy''. King Loon explains that Prince Cor, rather than his twin brother Prince Corin is first in line to succession, because he's the elder by 20 minutes. [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] because Corin is quite happy about this while Cor is not.
* Literature/TheBible: Jacob and Esau squabbling over who is the rightful heir. Esau ends up giving it to Jacob for a "mess of pottage" (lentil soup).
* Averted in Heinlein's Literature/{{The Rolling Stones}}, where the twins Castor and Pollux jokingly address one another as "Grandpa" and "Junior".
* Subverted with a double twist in ''Sea Legs'', a children's novel by Alex Shearer. Eric and Clive are twins, though not identical ones, and Clive is perfectly willing to admit that he was born second but only, he insists, because Eric shoved him out of the way when they were being born. [[spoiler:At the end of the novel, the midwife who was there when Eric and Clive were born pays a visit and reveals that she had gotten them mixed up, that it was actually Clive who was born first. Becoming the eldest changes Clive's perspective on life.]]
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* Zack is ten minutes older than Cody in ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', and he has no problems making sure his brother remembers that fact.
* A rare non-sibling example found in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Paris tried to order Torres to do something. Torres refuses on the grounds that they're the same rank, so Paris plays the seniority card. Torres immediately points out that he only has about a week over her. (Paris also points out that he's a bridge officer and she isn't.)
* Data and Lore in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', androids created with the same physical template, both argue that seniority gives them precedence. (Lore had lied and said Data was the older twin.)
* And a rare non-twin example: On ''{{Soap}}'', there is an exchange between Jessica and Mary where they're trying to decide which one is the older sister. They definitely remember that they're a year apart, but each one seems to think that they're the younger one. (Remember, they're at a point in their lives where younger is better -- both of them are grandmothers by the end of the show's run.)
* On ''AllTogetherNow'', Anna comments on how she is fifteen minutes older than Thomas and wonders if she kicked him in the head on the way out.
* An episode of ''PairOfKings'' plays with this; Brady claims to be the older twin, prompting Boomer to go to an oracle to find proof.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Used at the beginning of the Peabody-winning drama "Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Inverted in ''FinalFantasyVI'', where Sabin affectionately calls his twin Edgar "big brother", the imprecision of which is Lampshaded by the other characters. Further toyed with in that Sabin, due to his years of training in the wilderness, is way bigger physically than his pampered royal brother.
* Dante and Vergil in ''DevilMayCry''. Vergil is the slightly older twin brother... [[AloofBigBrother and acts like it.]]
* Yuri and Chelink in ''FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles: Ring of Fates'' have this argument constantly, with Chelinka insisting that Meeth told her she's a couple minutes older.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'', Stella is older than Loretta and tends to take on a larger share of authority and responsibility. At the end of the game, [[spoiler:while Stella tells her father that it was an older sister's duty to bear the responsibility, he tells her not to overdo her role before passing on. When Stella collapses sobbing, Loretta tells her that she will become stronger so she can take more of the burden and Stella will not have to suffer as much]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Koume and Kotake have a moment within an argument, compounded by the fact that one of them misrepresents her own age ''to her own twin''.
* In ''NoMoreHeroes'', we find out that [[spoiler:Travis and Henry are twin brothers]]; however, it is not discussed until the sequel (in an overly long answering machine message) that [[spoiler:Henry]] is supposedly the older twin, something [[spoiler:Travis]] is quick to make a snarky remark on:
--> '''[[spoiler:Travis]]:''' Big brother? How do you know I didn't pop out first?
--> '''[[spoiler:Henry]]:''' [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat You're prob'ly spoutin' off about which one of us popped out first]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'': Twins Cash and Carrie try to use this on each other. The problem is, since they were both adopted, neither knows who the older sibling is.
* Completely [[AvertedTrope averted]] in SuperMarioBrothers Whenever he's not a HeroicMime like his brother, Luigi is more than happy to address Mario as "Big bro" or something similar. Particularly noticeable in SuperPaperMario's epilogue, where it's the very first thing you read.
* ''FatalFrame 2'' doesn't have a squabble among the twins themselves, but confusion over which is older is a major plot point. Technically speaking, Mayu is the elder twin, and Mio refers to her as "onee-chan", as one would expect from the younger sister. The ritual the two have gotten pulled into by the ghosts of the Lost Village dictates that the elder twin strangles the younger as part of the sacrifice. [[spoiler:It turns out that All God's Village subscribed to an old belief that the elder twin was the one who was born ''later'', as a good elder sibling would let their younger sibling go first to make sure they're okay. The twist ending then is that it is Mio who ends up strangling Mayu.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'': Jason notes that Michelle is only 5 minutes older and holds out his hand to indicate "5" only to [[LampshadeHanging realize that as a cartoon]] he only has [[FourFingeredHands four digits per hand.]]
* Hank Venture mentioned that he and Dean were about 4 minutes apart in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. How true this is is debatable, since they're clones and may well have been activated at exactly the same time.
* Lampshaded in a ''SpaceGhost'' episode:
-->'''Jan:''' Jace, we're twins. You're only two minutes older than me.\\
'''Jace:''' A guy can learn a lot in two minutes!
* Inverted on ''TheSimpsons'', when Selma laments Patty's good fortune in being "two minutes younger" and thus presumably more desirable to men than Selma herself.
* ''{{Rugrats}}'': Lil is 2 minutes older than Phil, continued to come up in arguments in ''All Grown Up''.
* ''DragonTales'' took this to the extreme, with one head of a two-headed dragon popping out of the egg two seconds before the other.
* In one episode of ''KimPossible'', Dr. Director's [[EvilTwin evil (fraternal) twin]] is four minutes older, and blames his megomaniacal ambitions on the fact she didn't defer to him as a kid.
-->'''Gemini:''' Four minutes, four years, the point is I am the older brother and she never respected that!
** Avoided by Kim's twin brothers, strangely enough.
* Scooter and his sister Skeeter arguing above, over who gets filmed by a camera the kids are playing with in ''MuppetBabies''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' "The Malicious Mr. Mind!" Mary Marvel argues that Billy Batson is only older than her in superhero form, otherwise she's older than him by three seconds.
* In ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', Blossom always takes charges and generally acts older than her sisters, Buttercup has typically the behaviour of the somewhat overlooked middle-child, and Bubbles acts like the baby of the three. In spite of the fact that there is no age-gap between them at all.
* ''SevenLittleMonsters'': One frequently asserts authority (or at least attempts to) by saying she's the oldest. Someone (usually Four) almost always snarks that she's only the oldest by a few seconds. One's typical response is, "And oh what a difference those few seconds make."
* In ''TalesFromTheCryptkeeper,'' PrinceCharming is NoHeroToHisValet like ''whoa.'' Who is his valet? His "younger" brother, who is actually a twin but doesn't get the inheritance or status due to not being the first one to pop out. "Ten seconds! Ten ''lousy seconds!!''" is his CatchPhrase, usually uttered when his bro does something Jerkass-ish (which is often.) He refuses to call him Prince Charming, as well - the prince's real name is Chuck.
* According to the ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' episode, "Irreconcilable Dungferences", Skip is three seconds older than Chip, while Chip is three seconds smarter than Skip.
* Mabel and Dipper in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. She often remarks that "you'll get it when you're older" due to being older than Dipper by five minutes, according to WordOfGod. It often drives him nuts, since "Dipper Vs. Manliness" proves that he wants to grow up and become a man because he hates being a wimpy 12-year old.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* An interview with the band Tokio Hotel, which includes identical twins:
-->'''Interviewer:''' Now I notice in the [CD] liner notes, I think Tom, you say "my younger brother"?\\
'''Tom Kaulitz:''' Yeah, I'm 10 minutes older!\\
'''Bill Kaulitz:''' Yeah, he's so proud of it! So, please. 10 minutes? ''Oh wow''.
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