Annoying Younger Sibling
aka: Annoying Younger Siblings
One of those occasions she'd rather be an only child.
The Annoying Younger Sibling is often used by writers as a balance to the "coolness" of the main protagonist. Typically the opposite sex of the main character.
Little brothers tend to be: dirty, good at sports, noisy, foul-mouthed
, always get in trouble with authority, perverted. Usually a Bratty Half-Pint
Younger sisters are usually: whiny, cry to get what they want, too curious
, go headlong into real danger
, ALWAYS have tea parties with dolls and one "real" participant
, cheeky, nosy. Likely to be a Bratty Teenage Daughter
if female and slightly older.
Alternatively, it may be that the younger sibling in question has none of the above attributes, but incurs the wrath of the main characters
in equal measure by being cleverer than they are, or by getting a disproportionate amount of (inevitably positive) attention.
Annoying younger siblings of both genders tend to be tag-alongs, especially when they're not wanted. Typically, there will be something of an age gap between the protagonist and the annoying younger sibling, about three to six years in general. Too much of a gap and the sibling will lack the resources to be annoying enough. Too close and you're into Sibling Rivalry
Note that this trope is for younger siblings who are annoying to the other characters
, not to the audience.
Truth in Television
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Anime & Manga
- Shiro Kabuto from Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger was Kouji's little brother. He was a hard-headed, hot-tempered, enthusiastic and nosy tag-along, and a Deadpan Snarker was constantly getting in trouble. Kouji found him annoying every so often, although it also may be because often Shiro seemed more mature than Kouji himself, and often he would point out the stunt his older brother was trying to pull might not be a good idea.
- Goro Makiba from UFO Robo Grendizer was also considered like a little pest for his older sister -Hikaru Makiba-. He was poking his nose where it did not belong and making remarks nobody had asked for, mainly about her relationship with The Hero Duke.
- Tsukino Shingo from Sailor Moon; he was actually quite tolerable and likable, but like many other extras, he vanished over the show's run. The Annoying Younger Sibling role was taken by Chibi-Usa, who immediately partnered with Shingo to make Usagi's life hell (posing as the main character's cousin, but actually her Kid from the Future), whose actual involvement in the plot (so much so that she got her own season) made her a little too annoying.
- Futari wa Pretty Cure
- Ryouta Misumi is... Shingo Tsukino reincarnated or something, considering how he acts towards Nagisa. He even mirrors Shingo's feelings towards his sister's smartass friend Ami, with his own feelings towards Honoka.
- The next season features Pollun's younger sister Lullun who is even more annoying than Pollun himself. When she is introduced, she takes almost all of Pollun's annoying attitude.
- Amy from Ai No Wakakusa Monogatari is a major example to this.
- Meg's son and daughter also count to this.
- This is inverted with Saki's little sister Minori in Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star. Probably to prove that Saki is not just an Expy to Nagisa, Saki being the Cool Big Sis who loves her cute little sister and doesn't mind to share her bedroom with her. Minori can be whiny, but she's not annoying and she's definitely an innocent girl. Her innocence affects even on Kaoru Kiryuu.
- And Rin Natsuki's siblings Yuu and Ai in Yes! Precure 5 are Ryouta in stereo as Half-Identical Twins.
- HeartCatch Pretty Cure!
- Averted twice: first, Erika is a main character, second, she does not act as an annoying younger sibling, she acts as an annoyed younger sibling to her older sister Momoka.
- Dark Precure is The Rival and archnemesis to Yuri and turns out to be her artificial younger sister. That makes her a very tragic example, as Yuri learns about the truth when Dark Precure is dying after their death battle.
- In Suite Pretty Cure ♪, Kanade Minamino's brother Souta often acts as an annoying younger sibling, but he is a much milder example than Ryouta. Kanade's best Hibiki and Souta's friend Ako Shirabe sympathize with him and they know his annoying character. But Kanade is a little bit to blind to notice his nice side.
- Smile Pretty Cure!
- Nao Midorikawa has five of them. Three brothers and two sisters. Though, Nao doesn't consider them as annoying and loves playing with them. Miyuki and Candy however, have a hard time with them.
- Nao gets a sixth newborn sibling in episode 42. A girl. Probably, she will become annoying, too.
- Akane has a snarky younger brother called Genki. However, he is a mild example and Akane doesn't get really annoyed of him.
- Momiji in Cross Game... from Aoba's perspective.
- Harukaze Pop in Ojamajo Doremi, who, like Chibi-Usa, ends up joining the main group.
- Spritle in Speed Racer. Speed was this to Rex in the Speed Racer.
- Shizuku from Candy Boy initially appears to be quite unpleasant to her older sister Kanade. She becomes less annoying once we see the reason for her behavior, though.
- Kyon's sister in Haruhi Suzumiya approaches this sometimes. More often she's just how kids her age are... sometimes a little annoying, sometimes cute.
- May's 8 year old brother Max in Pokémon. Naturally, his know-it-all attitude annoys the heck out of Ash and May, but he improves as they go through Hoenn and the Battle Frontier in Kanto. He'd likely be less annoying if he were to show up again with his own Pokémon team.
- Clemont's younger sister, Bonnie, isn't apparently as annoying to the viewers so far, but she is to him, being a sort of reverse Brock. She thinks it's her duty to find Clemont a wife and asks every girl they meet to marry him. That said, it may get old after a while, given generations last 3 to 4 years on average.
- Axis Powers Hetalia
- South Korea and Sealand respectively annoying China/Japan and England. In Korea's case, he seems to genuinely love his older brothers. A bit too genuinely.
- Hetalia also gives us Belarus, though she's more of an Axe Crazy Younger Sibling.
- England may or may not be one of these as well, to Scotland, Wales, and (presumably) Northern Ireland.
- Kyoko from Dennou Coil is obsessed with yelling "poop!" and always runs into trouble, giving her older sister Yasako major headaches throughout the series.
- Keiko Sasahara in Genshiken is a teenaged example, her gyaru lifestyle and her pompous attitude standing in stark contrast to that of her much more level-headed otaku brother Kanji. Her personality is also a deliberate subversion of the idealized moe portrayal of younger sisters.
- As Karluk from Otoyomegatari lives with his rather large family (this is 19th century Turkey after all) his many nieces and nephews fit this trope strongly.
- Not a sibling, but for the rest Ed from Cowboy Bebop fits this trope to a T.
- Durarara!! reveals that Orihara Izaya, of all people, has a pair of teenaged twin sisters named Mairu and Kururi, whom he abhors. Of course, this seems only to concern him because everyone else likes his twin sisters over him: they're a little off their rockers, but as long as you don't upset them, they're fairly sweet and even Moe. Even his sworn rival Shizuo thinks so.
- In Tamayura, Fuu's younger brother Kou is generally rather sweet and cute, although he clearly has his more annoying moments. That doesn't prevent Fuu from caring a lot for him, though.
- Bud Hanson from Transformers Cybertron tends to get on his older brother Coby's nerves from time to time.
- Yan Ming manages to be this for Lan in ½ Prince despite being less than a day younger than her.
- In Gakuen Babysitters, Hayato Kamitani's annoying younger sibling is Taka, who is loud and boisterous to everyone he talks to, including him. Kamitani often smacks Taka on the head whenever he gets particularly bad in this regard or otherwise misbehaves.
- Sorata's little sister Yuuko in Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo visited Sorata at a most inopportune time (just when he was waiting for the results of his video game thesis) to pester him with questions regarding school life after some out-of-context conversation with their mother over Sorata's relationship with Mashiro.
- Matt, Ian's younger brother and Jeremy's younger step brother from A Cruel God Reigns. He is also the Bratty Half-Pint.
- A Certain Magical Index
- In Servant × Service, Taishi sees his younger sister Touko as this. However, Touko was just very Type-A Tsundere about her Big Brother Worship.
- In Citrus, Mei, while her new step-sister Yuzu is a couple months older, certainly has no trouble viewing Yuzu as this due to the former acting more mature than the latter.
- Akatsuki No Aria gives us Ayako Nishimikado, Natsuo's Spoiled Brat of a little sister who treats their half-sister and our lead character Aria quite badly.
- Very much present in Himouto! Umaru-chan. While Umaru may present herself as The Ace to the outside world, at home (and with her big brother Taihei) she is a Lazy Bum who would rather pig out on snacks, watch anime, and play video games. Much of their interaction is Taihei trying to get Umaru to straighten up or at least clean up after herself.
- Averted in PS238, despite most of the main cast being preteens. Suzie Finster is however a straight example, being younger than the rest of the class. Also, a walking nuclear reactor with an internal body temperature that can melt lead.
- From Batman, Tim Drake sees Damian Wayne as this. At one point when he tries to keep Damian out of a computer file the password he sets is cousinoliver.
- A Growing Affection: Hanabi becomes this to Hinata after the former's falling out with Naruto. Kakashi also describes Naruto as this.
Films — Live Action
- Just pick ANY teen movie.
- Despite the fact they are adults, Tom Chamberlainn is played this way in Gettysburg for his brother Joshua "Don't Call Me Lawrence" Chamberlain. Historical records say he was probably quite different in Real Life. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain DID call him "the little rogue" when Tom was younger, though.
- Mikey (and his friends) is this to Brand in The Goonies. Their mother charges Brand with keeping an eye on Mikey during the day, which he's none too thrilled about. Mikey and co. escape by tying Brand to a chair and then he has to track them down. Mikey also accidentally steals Andi's First Kiss from Brand. A bit of a subversion as Mikey is the protagonist.
- Dani in Hocus Pocus. The Nostalgia Chick calls her a "beastly child".
- Sherry's little brother in Matinee.
- Amy from Disney's Minutemen.
- Samantha's brother, Mike, in Sixteen Candles.
- Thor: The Dark World: Loki knows how to get under Thor's skin, irritating the heck out of his brother with his shapeshifting pranks and his snarky comments about Thor's piloting skills during their escape from Asgard.
- The Baby-Sitters Club:
- David Michael and Karen, for Kristy. Worth noting that Karen annoyed the readers more than Kristy — Kristy and Karen are just different enough to get along and just far apart enough in age that their similarities (namely, being bossy and stubborn) don't come into conflict, since Karen hero-worships her stepsister. It helps that they only live together half the time, at most.
- Dawn's brother Jeff, in early books.
- All seven out of Mallory's siblings qualify. All of them, except maybe Vanessa, but she has her moments too.
- Averted however with Jessi's younger siblings, Becca and Squirt.
- Lucy is David's Annoying Younger Sibling from The Last Dragon Chronicles. Although not biologically related not in one of the universes, anyway..., she pesters him into helping her, corners him into listening to her and never gives him a moment of quiet. This all ties into them forming their Intergenerational Friendship as a result.
- Suzie from Enid Blyton's The Secret Seven.
- Henry Huggins
- Fudge in Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, who also begins as mere sibling but ultimately becomes star of a series.
- Dairine of the Young Wizards series serves as Nita's annoying younger sibling, albeit a younger sibling who's annoying because she's actually smarter and stronger than her older sister and eventually even a more powerful wizard.
- Todd Lyons from The Clique.
- Tiffany Aching's younger brother, Wentworth in The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. He gets better as he grows older, though.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians
- Several Greek gods act like this. Most notably Artemis; although she can't really say her "Annoying brother" is younger; since Apollo is her twin.note
- Nico di Angelo has this vibe early in The Titan's Curse. He's clingy, asks lots of questions, and is obsessed with the Mythomagic card game. Big sister Bianca loves him, but as they're orphans, she's tired of being joined at the hip with him and jumps at the chance to be an immortal Hunter of Artemis once she's assured that he'll be taken care of at Camp Half-Blood. Then she dies. Nico doesn't take it well.
- Sadie Kane of The Kane Chronicles (by the same author) has to be one of the most annoying younger siblings of all time - and the most dangerous.
- Manny of Diary of a Wimpy Kid is practically the human incarnation of this trope. If he lived in any of your families, chances are he wouldn't survive preschool without being the victim of fratricide.
- They're not children, but Maedhros and Maglor from The Silmarillion have really annoying younger brothers. Well. Not so much annoying as liable to start a war with everyone, including their own family and supposed allies.
- Taken to a whole new level with Briony Tallis in Atonement.
- Nearly every Goosebumps protagonist has one. Special mention to Tara from "The Cuckoo Clock of Doom" who is accidentally erased from history by her brother's time-traveling. He realizes that he could theoretically go back and fix things, and maybe he will. Maybe.
- Fudge Hatcher of the Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing series. He makes more trouble than any character in the series, but almost never gets told off for it. Not even after he ate Peter's turtle on purpose. The worst that could happen would be that he was constipated, it wasn't like he'd die!
- The 39 Clues has the (admittedly VERY awesome) Dan Cahill. Even though he can be annoying sometimes, his talents, especially his Photographic Memory can come in handy. Natalie Kabra is one to her brother, Ian. While he definitely does care for her, it is said in one of the books that he doesn't "even like Natalie."
- Harry Potter: even though Fred and George are older than Ron, they still fill this trope for him. They are the Class Clowns of the entire school, after all. However, they seem to think of Ron as this trope as well. Percy, likewise, thinks the same of every sibling younger than him, with equally mutual feelings.
- Artemis Fowl
- During the events of The Lost Colony, Artemis gets transported to a different dimension. When he comes back, he finds out what felt like just a few hours for him, was actually three years in our dimension. He comes back to find his family has expanded in those three years, as he now has two younger twin brothers: Miles and Beckett Fowl. He seems to love them— as much as Artemis can show love, at least— but they do make him feel a little frustrated when he's trying to instruct the three-year-olds in modern languages, and they seem more interested in worms and calling each other "simple-toon."
- Also Juliet to Butler in the first book, before she Took a Level in Badass.
- Captain (later Major, later Commander) Trouble Kelp is the LEP's "Golden Boy" for a reason. Corporal Grub Kelp is named "Grub" for a reason. The latter may involve filing complaints over hangnails and saying "Mommy said" on the battlefield.
- Sophie is the annoying younger sister of the title character in Planet Tad, a regular feature in MAD, later released as a book.
- Luke, Francis's younger brother from The Traitor Game, to disastrous results.
- In The Savannah Reid Mysteries, all of Savannah's younger siblings except Waycross and Alma.
- Galaxy of Fear's protagonists are a thirteen-year-old girl and her twelve year old brother. Mostly they get along well, but when Tash is approaching fourteen and trying to be grown up she finds Zak amazingly annoying.
- The three youngest Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice. Mary is a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, Kitty is an easily led ditz, and Lydia, the youngest and most annoying of all, is a shallow, air headed brat with no manners and no concern for anyone else.
- Poor Anastasia in "Prince Charming" — she has to put up with her spoiled younger brother, Prince Dmitriv. He expects her to rescue him from all the simpering young ladies he has caused to fall in love with him. And then he expects her help when he falls in love.
- Averted in Summers at Castle Auburn. Corie has many traits that her proper older sister could find very irritating—curious, a tomboy, cheeky, nosy—but Elisandra not only doesn't mind, she loves Corie specifically because of those things.
- In Heart In Hand, although it's made clear that they do have a good relationship with each other, Darryl's sister Brynn embarrasses and teases him, often teaming up with his teammates or Alex.
- In The Big Wave, Kino's younger sister Setsu plays pranks and hides his things.
- Thomas to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in Gods and Generals and The Killer Angels, mildly. Mainly because he keeps addressing his brother the colonel by name instead of rank or "sir."
Live Action TV
- Curtis has Barry, who benefits from Parental Favoritism.
- Hammie jumps in and out of this in Baby Blues.
- Can't mention sibling rivalry in connection with comic strips without mentioning Lucy and Linus van Pelt from the Peanuts series. To a somewhat lesser extent, Sally is this to Charlie Brown.
- Bill Cosby has a routine called "My Brother Russell," revolving around a terrible night trying to sleep in the same bed as his youngest sibling. Cosby actually had several of these, including one where Russel would tell his parents Bill had set him on fire.
- Colin in Lovely Little Thieves is a Insufferable Genius with a huge ego and a bratty attitude, which rubs every member of the group the wrong way, except, quite ironically, his older sister, Danielle, who is one of the few people he actually gets along well with.
- Ruby in Monsterful: She's really a very classic example... maybe except for the fact that she is also extremely cunning and evil (specially for a 4 years old), she loves to drive her mother Diamond crazy, make her own father cry and torture her older sisters, oddly enough she loves and respects her older brother Onyx. Almost set fire her mother on fire, made her crash and who knows what else. Deep inside she's just a cute little vampire girl, with tons of evil to share!
- Timulty in Ozy and Millie is Avery's Annoying Younger Sibling, though he's portrayed much more sympathetically than a lot of these examples, perhaps because Avery has a tendency to be a rather unsympathetic character....
- The Cyantian Chronicles: During Akaelae, Darius and little brother Ravon. During Campus Safari, Darius and little sisters Tae and Kea. Inversion: Quinn is older than Collin, but still manages to be an annoying little sister to his levelheaded "older" brother.
- Eerie Cuties: Layla's kid sister, Nina, ranges from embarrassing, to infuriatingly thoughtless at times - with the worst instance being when she plotted to steal Layla's body, offered to let Blair feel her up, then used it to go on a date with Layla's boyfriend, Kade just because Layla poked fun at her.
- Fan favourite Yuri Zahard to her adoptive sister Maschenny in Tower of God. Probably stems from the fact that the two are very alike.
- Zoe's sister Min from Sluggy Freelance. She seems to be a pretty cool person most of the time, but becomes ultra-annoying when she goes into Stalker with a Crush mode (mainly focused on Riff).
- Julia Greenhilt, little sister to Roy from The Order of the Stick, is the bratty teenage version; she's 12 years his junior, but still manages to annoy him by being mouthy, an Attention Whore, and dressing in Stripperiffic clothes. Despite all this, it's clear they really do love each other.
- Orange Marmalade has Ma-ri's younger brother, Joseph, a bratty half pint vampire kid who causes her family to move several times by blowing their cover. Doesn't stop Ma-ri from falling into a Pet the Dog moment with him every once in a while. Every once in a long while.
- Angelika, in Our Little Adventure, though her older sister Julie can be quite annoying to some as well.
- Good Cheese: Priya's little sister is explicitly stated to be this.
- In Forest Hill, Paz's quiet nature and quick thinking tends drive his older brother crazy.
- Furry Experience: Diana has a tendency to take things without asking, feeling her "special projects" justify it, which gets on her older brother Brian's nerves as well as their mother's.
- Maybe half the main characters in the webfiction Whateley Universe have an Annoying Younger Sibling who ranges from "pretty normal but wishing he had a superpower too" (Chaka's little brother) through "bratty behavior that accidentally poisons the protagonist" (Tennyo's younger brother) all the way up to "calling out a heavily-armed squad of anti-mutant soldiers and sicking them on protagonist" (Lancer's younger brother).
- In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, former Guardian Bandit has an Annoying Younger Sibling in the "Roger Clinton/Billy Carter" way: Ozcar Vizcairno is an irresponsible adult whose outrageous statements and actions always seem to land him on the front pages of the tabloids... not to mention utterly shredding Bandit's Secret Identity.
- Subverted with The Nostalgia Critic. While he is annoying, his big brother The Other Guy slaps him around and controls him for no reason other than for fun.
- Joseph Bonaparte had a younger brother; his name was Napoleon. Napoleon kept conquering half the world and tried forking countries over to Joseph to handle, but Joseph just wasn't as talented at the world conquest thing....
- He was arguably more talented at trying to be a Nice Guy; sometimes that's more important, though sometimes not so much.
- And Napoleon himself treated his younger siblings (especially the youngest, Caroline and Jérôme) as this, even more so when they convinced themselves that they had as much of a right as him to actually rule the puppet kingdoms he gave them. Given that Louis was a rheumatic, paranoid mess, Caroline was ambitious and manipulative and Jérôme earned the nickname "König Lustig" because he preferred to spend public funds and have numerous affairs, this was perhaps not entirely unjustified.
- Billy Carter, the alcoholic, slightly racist brother of President Jimmy Carter, seemed born to become tabloid-bait.
- And you probably once fit into this trope too, if you were the youngest in your family.
- And if you were the oldest, no matter how angelic your younger sibling may have been, you probably at some point felt they belonged in this category.
- Older siblings can also take the place as annoying. It's not always younger siblings.
- Angelina Galgani, younger sister of Saint Gemma Galgani. In her memoirs, Gemma recalls how Angelina and her school friends used to mock her because of her alleged visions, and many years later she was declared unfit to testify in her older sister's canonization process due to accusations of attempting profit from Gemma's reputation (and apparently, her relics.)