A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family
There's also the family pets, but who's counting?
Or a Boy, a Girl, and Baby siblings. Not only are families with three kids common in TV land, but often they are made with a boy, a girl and a baby of either sex (nearly 50/50 ratio).
And that kind of family has immutable rules:
- The two elder siblings are very close in age, between one and three years. The eldest sibling can be either sex, but it is usually a girl. The odds of her being a girl seem to go up with the size of the age gap between the two older siblings.
- On the opposite end of the scale, the youngest is far from them, between five and 14 years younger.
- The boy and girl are between ages 8 and 15 years: not babies and not too old teens, either.
- The baby is not an infant: more like a toddler between 6 months and 2 years old, but before the age of learning to talk.
- Just because one can't walk or talk yet does not mean that the infant sibling is good for nothing or powerless. On the contrary, the infant is often shown to be the most powerful in the family (if applicable), or a Brainy Baby, or a Little Miss Badass. Even when they are only the Plucky Comic Relief for most of the story, the baby can save the day at the very end as the Big Damn Hero.
The reason? Brother and Sister have the target audience's age and allow everyone in the audience to identify with the sibling of the same gender. The baby could also be a substitute for a child while the siblings are "parents". It also allows the writers to have starring characters for Always Male
and Always Female
plots or tropes, and the baby as a child substitute, a third man or younger sibling role. The sex of the baby varies as gender doesn't make as much of a difference for infant characters. Alternatively, the baby can take the role of a Team Pet
See also Sibling Team
- In the manga Kocchi Muite Miiko, the Yamada family has Miiko, Mamoru, and their baby sister Momo.
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- At the very end of the Superjail! fanfic Extended Stay, the Warden and the Mistress's family has been established as this with their mixed-gender twins Matilda and Ethan and the "baby" Edward. (Although at this point, the twins are twenty years old; their brother being about four years younger than them.)
- Pugsley, Wednesday and Pubert Addams in the second movie of The Addams Family.
- Nick, Amy and Adam Szalinski in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise (although they didn't appear together).
- In the short 1950s film A Date With Your Family (seen on MST3K), the family in question included teenaged "Son" and "Daughter" and their little brother "Junior." They're an older variant on the trope; "Junior" is around eight.
- The Baudelaire siblings from A Series of Unfortunate Events.
- The 10-year old twins Kestrel and Bowman Hath and their infant sister Pinto in The Wind Singer. In the later books of The Wind On Fire, the characters age.
- The Balicki family from The Silver Sword.
- The Berenstain Bears, at least since the addition of baby Honey Bear.
- Tash and Zak Arranda in Galaxy of Fear are being looked after, with some difficulty, by their uncle. When they find a baby they want to adopt him and make this, but he's actually a Tykebomb.
- Robbie, Charlene and Baby Sinclair in Dinosaurs.
- Good Luck Charlie: With a fifth child on the way, the family will have two boys, two girls and a baby.
- In the fourth season of ALF, the Tanner family consisted of this, with Lynn, Brian, and Eric.
- Zoe, Hammie and Wren from Baby Blues.
- For Better or for Worse, back when April was still a baby.
- For a short time after Rerun was born, there's Lucy, Linus and Rerun van Pelt in Peanuts.
- The family from FoxTrot would have followed this back when Jason was a baby, although we never get to see that time except in the rare Flash Back.
- Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson in The Simpsons.
- Chris, Meg and Stewie Griffin in Family Guy.
- Arthur, DW and Baby Kate in Arthur. A bit of a difference from the norm in that Baby Kate is still just a baby and doesn't really do anything special, at least until the show introduces the idea of babies and animals all talking to each other and being able to understand only each other. A lot of the other time, it's easy to forget that that there even is a baby in the house and sometimes it seems like the writers do just that, especially in some of the earlier installments.
- Doug, Judy and Cleopatra "Dirtbike" Funnie in Doug when the last one was born in the Disney version.
- PB&J Otter: Peanut (brother), Butter (baby sister) and Jelly Otter (sister). Another slight aversion from the normal rules - Baby Butter is old enough to talk a little at least, and while the ages aren't certain, she may be only about three or four years younger that Peanut and Jelly.
- The Lionhearts also plays this straight.
- Birdz too.
- Buzzbee and his familly on The Hive
- Subverted in The Buzz on Maggie with two boys, a girl, and a baby.
- Animaniacs has this with Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, slightly altered with all three being able to talk, and the two boys (Yakko and Wakko) are both older than their sister Dot.
- The Legend of Korra, Sequel Series to Avatar: The Last Airbender, reveals that Aang and Katara had three children together: Kya, Bumi, and the "baby" Tenzin.
- An animated series based on the Fisher-Price toys called "Little People" (one episode can be seen here) involved a family whose children were Timmy, Penny, and "Baby Sister," who apparently didn't get her own name.
- The Duff Family from the Tiny Toon Adventures episodes, "Take Elmyra Please" and "Grandma's Dead" consists of two girls (Amanda and Elmyra), a boy (Duncan) and a baby (aptly named "Baby").
- In Bobby's World, from the fourth season onwards, the Generic Family consisted of a girl (Kelly), two boys (Derek and Bobby), and two babies (Jake and Al).
- Peter Rabbit has this with Peter, Flopsy and Mopsy, and Cotton-Tail.
- Depending on the birthrate, families like this are easy to find around the world.