"Only ''I'' can pick on Twister! It's a brother thing!"Older siblings as bullies towards their younger siblings as well as others. However, it can be justified if the victim in question is an Annoying Younger Sibling towards them. Related tropes: Kids Are Cruel, Teens Are Monsters (because the big brother/sister is often a teenager as compared to the younger more sympathetic protagonist). Compare Aloof Big Brother, Sibling Rivalry. Contrast Big Brother Instinct; oftens mixes with it in the "The only one allowed to hurt my little brother is me!" sense. Do not confuse it with Big Brother Is Watching, even though a totalitarian state, like a bully, can use physical force to intimidate its citizens into submission. Unfortunately, very Truth in Television... and even a big sister isn't exempt.
— Lars Rodriguez, Rocket Power
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Anime & Manga
- Bakemonogatari: The protagonist, Koyomi Araragi, is this towards his sisters.
- Ryousuke and his now deceased sister Yui from Bokura no Hentai got along well for the most part however he mentions she would always beat him and make him cry.
- Bokurano and Kodomo no Omocha play it for drama, as both Jun Ushiro and Natsumi Hayama abuse their siblings Kana and Akito because each one blames their kid sibs for their moms falling victim to Death by Childbirth. And in Jun's case, Mrs. Ushiro wasn't even his mom, as he grew up believing that she was his birth mother but she only was his aunt or the wife of his birth mom's teacher (depending on whether you're watching the anime or reading the manga). In Jun's case, after his fellow pilots repeatedly point out where he's going wrong and how much stronger a person his younger sister Kana is than he is, he eventually sees the error of his ways, and essentially sacrifices himself to save Kana in the anime.
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Touya Kinomoto is both this and an overprotective older brother: "No-one's allowed to bully my little sister but me!"
- Gender Inverted by every big sister in Daily Lives of High School Boys. The only big brother in the series is just Not So Different to the main characters.
- Raditz from Dragon Ball Z so very, very much. Upon finding his younger brother Kakarot he tries to force him to join the other Saiyans by kidnapping his son and then attempted to kill him when he refused. There's no love lost when Raditz is killed and Goku never thinks of him again.
- Mairu and Kururi's more unusual... quirks probably stem from having one. Let's face, growing up with Izaya as an older brother can't be easy.
- Ran Izumi constantly beats up his younger brother Aoba when the two were younger.
- Inverted with the Kongo Bros in Eyeshield 21; the younger twin tends to pick on the older one.
- Played for Laughs in Futari Ecchi, where male lead Makoto's older brother Akira keeps butting into his and Yura's sex life whether Makoto wants it or not.
- InuYasha: Sesshomaru was a bully to Inuyasha when Inuyasha was growing up, mainly due to Inuyasha's half-human heritage which youkai view as a stain on their family reputation and Sesshomaru completely believing that he was The Un-Favourite. Once the brothers learn their father's Infinity +1 Sword Sesshomaru's spent years searching for is Inuyasha's, their Sibling Rivalry escalates into Cain and Abel territory. By the time the inheritance issue is resolved, Sesshomaru has morphed into the Aloof Big Brother who never protects his brother, he just happens to be passing through whenever his brother is in trouble...
- In Komori-san Can't Decline!, Masako's elder sister loves to torment her in a Faux Affably Evil way, even going into a literal Big Sister Is Watching during their hiking trip.
- From Nichijou, we have Mio's older sister Yoshino. She loves playing pranks on just about everyone, but her little sister is her favorite victim.
- One Piece
- When Ace first met his adoptive brother Luffy, he spat at him. When Luffy followed him through the mountains he attempted to kill him several times and outright contemplated murder when Luffy learned of Sabo and his treasure stash. Eventually, he graduated to Aloof Big Brother and finally Big Brother Mentor by the time of the main story.
- Sanji is revealed to have had three (though one was technically a Little Brother Bully), in the form of his fellow quadruplets (Ichiji, Niji, and Yonji). His older sister Reiju was a downplayed version of a Big Sister Bully; she didn't directly participate, but she didn't help him when his brothers were picking on him, either, merely laughing at his misery.
- Since Todomatsu is the youngest of the sextuplets, he's at the bottom of the family hierarchy and has to answer to all five of his older brothers (who can easily make life hell for him). This is best exemplified in "Pachinko Police", where his older brothers literally gun him down for hiding some money from them (with a supplementary article later explaining that this is something that only happens to Todomatsu), and "Kerosene", where all the brothers except Jyushimatsu (who was pretending to be sleeping) gang up on him by pinching his feet so that he'll be forced to leave the kotatsu they're all sitting at. However, Todomatsu's situation is downplayed in that he isn't exactly a saint, and Word of God maintains that his inability to overcome his brothers is essentially a form of karmic retribution.
- In the same skit, Osomatsu sticks a tissue up Ichimatsu's nose (which goes all the way through and out his mouth) and rubs it in and out until Ichi goes up in flames.
- Osomatsu is generally a very mild version of this, often teasing his siblings for the sake of getting a reaction, but "Letter" has him crossing a line by kicking and then threatening Jyushimatsu after the latter accidentally pisses him off during dinner. The situation is rectified by Karamatsu decking Oso and then dragging him out of the house, but the younger brothers are visibly shaken both during and after the outburst.
- In Persona 5: The Day Breakers, it turns out that the Phantom Thieves' target isn't just the ringleader of a gang of thieves, but he's also physically abusive toward his younger brother. After defeating the incarnation of the evil within him, the Phantom Thieves sway him into apologizing for his behavior and turning himself in.
- Mirai from Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 isn't as much of a bully as other examples but still counts. She is at odds with her positive, friendly younger brother but still shows huge concern for his safety. When he dies after saving her she breaks down and goes into heavy denial.
- Maho from Wandering Son is also picking on her younger sibling Shuuichi. She also has a Big Sister Instinct though.
- YuYu Hakusho: Kazuma Kuwabara's older sister Shizuru. While she's sometimes abusive towards her brother, she also has a Big Sister Instinct.
- Sonic in Sonic the Comic is this to Tails, though they're not blood related. He's constantly calling him "Pixel Brain" and berating him, though it's shown he does care for him.
- In the last arc of Runaways, Chase nearly becomes this towards Klara, because he resents the fact that she survived the accident that killed Old Lace. After realizing what he was turning into, he decides that he needs to get away from the others for a while.
- Sabretooth was this to Saul, whom he terrorized constantly and gave annual birthday-beatings to. Both Saul, and his sister Clara hate Victor. After Saul's death, Sabretooth shows up on his birthday to beat him. Clara informs him that his little brother is dead. Victor is angry that Saul would be dead without his permission. When they were younger, he gave Saul a choice -get maimed by him or maim Clara. Saul chooses the latter and was very hurt at having to harm his sister, which Clara said was Victor's motivation. Clara brings up the last part when Victor tells her that he never hurt her.
- Etrigan was this to his brother Scapegoat.
- The Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do miniseries introduced a minor supervillain named Francis Klum, whose slide into evil began after his older brother started sexually abusing him and then forced him to use his low-level teleportation abilities to help create a criminal empire.
- Speaking of Spider-Man, his old foe Kraven the Hunter was technically like this towards his younger half-brother Dmitri. (Who would grow up to be the Chameleon, his occasional partner in crime.) "Technically" because Dmitri didn't know they were brothers at the time, Dmitri only learning this from Kraven's son Alyosha decades later.
- Jason Todd makes for an absolutely brutal big brother, mostly to Tim Drake, constantly belittling him, attacking him and refusing to use his actual name. After he snaps he ends up nearly killing both Tim and Damian, and thought for a while he had killed Tim, for which he showed no remorse. He never messes with his little sister, though given that Cass could wipe the floor with him that may be out of a sense of self preservation.
- Lucy Van Pelt from Peanuts is a female example; she yells at her younger brother, Linus, and punches him a lot.
- Jeri Keene in PreTeena tries to be this with younger sister Teena, but her heart isn't really in it. Besides, Teena gives as good as she gets. Jeri does behave predictably abominably to Teena's best friend, the A Dork Able Stick, though.
- Inverted because of age in A Triangle in the Stars, but this is what Gabriel was implied in Chapter Thirty-Five to have become towards Bill when they were growing up. All the love and especially the hierarchy of their society went to his head.
- Gender-inverted in Divided Rainbow, with Pinkie Pie starting out as a verbally abusive older sister to young Apple Bloom (it makes sense in context). She gets better, though.
- In Frozen Hearts, some of Prince Hans' brothers fall into this. Harald beats up Hans when two of his best men get dismissed over how they treated him. Harken is eager to punish Hans with a whipping, even though people have died from his whippings before, largely as a means of saving face. Both of them were participants in the "pretend Hans is invisible" game that Hans referenced in the film.
- Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja fanfic "Killer Chimps In Norrisville" introduced the OC Robert Warburton as brother to other OC Niall Warburton who also debuted in KCIN. Robert didn't appear in person though until "The Good, the Bad and the Randy" where he was established to be physically abusive and even tried to strangle Niall with a scarf or sock. Needless to say, Robert is very much hated by readers.
- Jonathan Crane in The CATverse is a horrible older brother to his sister Marilyn. He murders their mother before mutilating the body and driving Marilyn to insanity, then having her abducted years later to terrorize her again.
- Getting Back on Your Hooves. Checker Monarch is this Up to Eleven. She is systematically determined to destroy Trixie's chances at happiness.
- Inverted in Sword Art Online Abridged. Suguha's a year younger than Kirito, but she mercilessly thrashes him during kendo practice even as he protests that he just got out of the hospital, and spends the rest of her time with him unleashing a constant stream of sarcasm, insults and other verbal abuse.
Films — Animation
- Frozen: Prince Hans of the Southern Isles despised most of his 12 older brothers for making his life a living hell, including an incident where three of them pretended he didn't exist for two straight years. Though he tried to downplay the abuse, Word of God confirmed he grew up without love, but the Tie-In Novel A Frozen Heart revealed it to be way more worse than what he said, as he was severely understating it to the point he assumes it's normal. His father, an extremely ruthless and corrupt man, deliberately encouraged his older sons to humiliate him, as he saw kindness and virtue weaknesses, traits he frequently attributed to his youngest son. Their abuse went from cruel jokes and pranks, to downright extensive physical and psychological harassment, and they did it because Hans often failed to exceed the cruel goals their father set for them and despised how they cruelly treated their subjects. It's gotten so bad that he gave up fighting back out of fear that they'll just treat him even worse, yet it only worsened his situation. The emotional trauma he received from his family, combined with their constant belittling, maltreatment, and receiving little to no help from his parents, ultimately became his Freudian Excuse, and led him to do things he ironically hated, including attempted regicide.
- Sid Phillips from the first Toy Story movie is not nice to his younger sister, Hannah. He enjoys taking her dolls away and mutilating them.
Films — Live-Action
- The titular character of Boy is this to his four years old younger brother Rocky, insulting him constantly and, according to Rocky, even blaming him for their mother's death, saying that his 'super-powers' killed her.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick, Rodrick, RODRICK. He frequently torments Greg and plays mean pranks on him. It's a plot point in the second movie where Rodrick has a major focus and his relationship with Greg slightly improves by the end.
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Elliot's bro normally. He improves.
- Fanboys: Eric Bottler's older brother constantly belittling him and his friends for their love of Star Wars. In the end of the movie, he shows up while they're in line for The Phantom Menace and chases off two guys who were harshly criticizing Eric's new comicbook.
- Ben Grimm's brother in Fantastic Four (2015). One of the most detested changes to the source material is changing the Thing's catchphrase of "It's clobberin' time!" into what his brother says before beating him.
- Home Alone:
- Buzz to Kevin. The reason why the family gets mad at Kevin at the beginning of both movies is because of something Buzz did to pick on Kevin and make him mad; eating Kevin's cheese-only pizza in the first movie and pulling a prank on him at the school's Christmas concert in the second. Even after Kevin is accidentally left behind, everyone shows concern for him being alone at home. Everyone except Buzz, who is still entirely unsympathetic of him.
- While Buzz gets more focus, Kevin has other older siblings and none of them are very nice to him. Linnie calls him "les incompetent", while Megan and Jeff call him "completely helpless" and "such a disease", respectively.
- James Bond: In Spectre, Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld hated the attention an orphaned 007 got from Franz's own father, spiraling into a Cain and Abel situation where Franz committed Patricide and now wants to screw his foster brother's life in any way possible.
- Little Nicky: both of Nicky's older brothers have spent most of their lives picking on him, from hitting him with a shovel (giving him a speech impediment) to psychically forcing him to crotch-punch himself. Their father steps in when this goes too far:
Dad: Cassius, didn't I tell you to stay out of your brother's mind?
Cassius: I forgot.
Dad: Maybe this will help you remember. (Cassius punches himself so hard he goes flying)
- Inverted by the film Little Sweetheart. The younger sister blackmails and bullies her older brother with the information that he's sleeping with an older woman in secret.
- Michael Wormwood in the film version of Matilda. He acts very similar to their parents towards his younger sister Matilda, throwing food at her and calling her names when they're alone. Contrast with the book version, who's never mean to his sister and we know very little about him outside that he seems to be average.
- Sex Drive: with the big brother constantly giving his brother crap about his supposed sexuality (or lack thereof). On the other hand, the brother does give him a ride to work in his Pontiac Judge and helps him out in the end.
- It's mentioned several times by Loki that Thor wasn't exactly the easiest older brother to be around before his Character Development in the first film. This is likely what led to a lot of Loki's crippling self-worth issues, including a massive Inferiority Superiority Complex and obsession with being respected by his family. In Ragnarok, it's also implied that Loki's accustomed to using tricks and annoyance to express affection, which sheds a different light on his various betrayals against Thor.
- Scowler from Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie acts this way to Patchi just because Patchi is the runt of the litter, pestering him for not much reason. It gets worse when they become adults, where Scowler mauls Patchi when the latter just led the Pachyrhinosaurus herd off the frozen lake to safety.
- Judd for Billy in Kes
- A Brother's Price starts with Corelle bullying Jerin. Later, there is a moment where he mentions that it's the first time in some weeks that he felt love for Corelle. He gets along better with his eldest sister, though - it's a big family. There are also passing references to (the late) Princess Eldest using a riding crop to keep younger sisters in line.
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer starts off with the suggestion of this, when Tom scraps with the local dandified boy; each boy swears he'll get his big brother to beat up the taunter, with Twain adding that both big brothers were imaginary.
- Ender's Game: Peter to Ender and Valentine.
- Harry Potter:
- Harry's cousin/adopted brother Dudley Dursley spent most of their childhood making Harry's life miserable. He improves, though.
- The Weasley twins, while not as thuggish or mean-spirited as Dudley, could be hard to live with for Ron. They turned his teddy bear into a spider, used one of his pets as a bludger, nearly had him make an Unbreakable Vow, and didn't do much to help his Performance Anxiety on the Quidditch team.
Hermione: I think Ron might do better without Fred and George around. They never exactly gave him a lot of confidence...
- A Song of Ice and Fire:
- Gregor Clegane, towards Sandor and their unnamed baby sister. He kills the little girl and almost does the same to the little boy, leaving him badly scarred.
- Viserys Targaryen is this towards his younger sister Daenerys. For 14 years he did the best he could before bitterness, paranoia, and possibly genetic madness turned him into what he was. Dany thought well enough of him to name one of her dragons, albeit the smallest one, after him after all.
- Joffrey Baratheon to his brother Tommen. In the fourth book Tommen says that he would "go away inside" whenever Joffrey... actually, we don't know what Joffrey did to Tommen because Cersei interrupted him, but whatever it was it clearly wasn't good.
- Gender inverted by Cersei Lannister, who hated Tyrion and blamed him for their mother's death, and never let him forget it. According to Oberyn, who visited the Lannisters as a child, Cersei has been hurting Tyrion physically and emotionally since he was a newborn.
- Theon Greyjoy's memory of his brothers Rodrik and Maron are chiefly of "Rodrik's drucken cuff and Maron's cruel japes". It seems to run in the Greyjoy family. Theon's uncle Aeron still has nightmares about his older brother Euron Crow's Eye. It's strongly implied Euron actually raped Aeron.
- Not quite as bad as some other examples in this series, but Sansa Stark was rather nasty to her little sister Arya: calling her names, mocking her appearance, her and her friends nicknaming her "horseface", calling her stupid, scoffing at her tomboyish behavior, telling her she was too ugly to marry anyone but their old stablehand and at one point saying she wished she'd died. Even after they've been separated for years and suffered much worse situations, Arya still struggles with lingering insecurities caused by Sansa and thinks of herself as Arya Horseface.
- Historically, King Aegon the Unworthy. He abused and raped his younger sister (and wife) Queen Naerys and accused his brother Aemon the Dragonknight of fathering Naerys' son to damage both their reputations, even after Aemon died saving his life.
- Edmund Pevensie is this to Lucy in the beginning of The Chronicles of Narnia, despite not being the oldest. In fact, Peter harshly calls him out on it when he pretends to side with her and then humiliates her.
- Played for Drama in When She Was Good by Norma Fox Mazer. Em's older sister Pamela brutally abuses her, physically and emotionally. In fact, she is suspected by psychologists to have some sort of mental illness. Em and Pamela end up moving out, and Em works while Pamela stays at home and forces her to have a very strict routine, cooking for her and cleaning for her. The book deals with what happens after Pamela unexpectedly dies of a stroke.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
- Rodrick. Just like in the movies, he's a complete Jerk Ass who just abuses Greg and gets away with it.
- In one of the books, Greg explicitly says he had intended to become this to Manny and treat Manny the same way Rodrick treats him. But he could never really do it because he can't get away with a thing with Manny, due to his parents being extremely protective of him.
- In the Goosebumps book "The Barking Ghost", Cooper's brother Mickey is this to him big time, taking advantage of his fear every opportunity he gets.
- Then there's Eddie's older brother Kevin in You Can't Scare Me.
- Followed by Don't Go To Sleep with Matt's older siblings Greg and Pam, who are seen as good siblings towards Matt according to their mother.
- But the worst out of them all is Wade's older brother Micah in the 2000s series book Revenge R Us, who enjoys tormenting Wade for the pleasure and their parents do nothing about it!
- Fisk claims that his older sister Judith in the Knight and Rogue Series was and perhaps still is one of these (he expresses a desire repeatedly for her to turn out to be the criminal they're tracking). While some of the past actions he claims sound rude at best, she does nothing worse than one-up him in arguments while present in the story.
- Amelia Peabody: Amelia got this from pretty much all her brothers, but especially her oldest brother James:
"Dear Amelia. You haven't changed since you were a little girl. Do you remember the time..."There he stuck, probably because he couldn't recall any fond memories of our childhood. I certainly had none that included him.
- Charlie Angelfield in The Thirteenth Tale intends to make a victim of his much younger sister. This doesn't work as planned, and they instead become more like partners in crime.
- Aun in The Shamer Chronicles beats his younger half-sister, Rose.
- Paddy Clarke in Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is this in the first half of the novel, letting his friends pick on and bully his younger brother Francis, making him pop a capsule of lighter fluid in his mouth only to then light it on fire to make it seem as though he's breathing fire. Later in the book, as it becomes obvious that his parents are going to get divorced he and his brother become extremely close.
- Patricia AKA "The Troll" in Patrick McManus's humorous stories of his childhood.
- Kindling Ashes: Huw taunts Corran, deliberately injures him during sparring, and later tries to kill him for being a firesoul.
- In the Warrior Cats book Thunder Rising, as soon as he sees Jagged Peak, Clear Sky drops the niceness and politeness he showed Gray Wing and acts ugly towards him, taunting him and accusing him of being lazy and selfish. Gray Wing stands up for Jagged Peak, and Clear Sky begins to apologize only to be rejected by Jagged Peak, calling him out for making him leave the forest just because of a broken leg. As of The Blazing Star, however, he's no longer this. In fact, he even apologizes to Jagged Peak for kicking him out of the forest.
- A Kestrel for a Knave has Billy's half-brother Jud.
- Jane Eyre: Jane Eyre's older step-brother John Reed has been bullying Jane with impunity her whole life when the book begins.
Narrator (Jane): John had not much affection for his mother and sisters, and an antipathy to me. He bullied and punished me; not two or three times in the week, nor once or twice in the day, but continually: every nerve I had feared him, and every morsel of flesh on my bones shrank when he came near. There were moments when I was bewildered by the terror he inspired; because I had no appeal whatever against either his menaces or his infliction; the servants did not like to offend their young master by taking my part against him, and Mrs Reed was blind and deaf on the subject: she never saw him strike or heard him abuse me; though he did both now and then in her presence: more frequently, however, behind her back.
- In Autobiography of Red, Geryon's older brother insults, undermines, and sexually abuses him.
- Nineteen Eighty-Four invokes a massively exaggerated version. The mythical ruler of Oceania is called "Big Brother", watching over us 24/7, who must be loved and feared. Their vision of humanity is to stomp on humanity and grind it into the ground forever after.
- In the novella A Taste of Honey, the Corporal, Aqib's older brother, has a very hands-on way of making Aqib do what is right and proper. He flat-out beats Aqib into marrying Femysade and attacks him and Lucrio at the fondac, meaning to drag Aqib back home. Unfortunately, Aqib sees the Corporal more as an Aloof Big Brother and refuses to believe Lucrio when the latter points out the truth of things.
- Delia from Tom Gates.
- Game of Thrones:
- Viserys has browbeaten Daenerys emotionally and physically all her life.
- Renly claims Robert and Stannis both bullied him for possessing zero aptitude for warfare. Robert was more passive but certainly no kinder to Stannis, never giving him credit for his many accomplishments and staunch loyalty.
- Tommen reveals in Season 4 that his brother Joffrey threatened to have his pet cat Ser Pounce skinned and then the meat served to him in his food.
- Gregor Clegane's response to his little brother playing with his toy was to push his face into a brazier.
- Cersei has been cruel and hateful to her little brother since his birth. As related by Oberyn Martell, she considered him a monster and presented him as a freak to strangers and openly abused him even as a baby.
- Yara is introduced invoking Surprise Incest on Theon as a cruel prank when he returns home.
- Inverted with Arya and Sansa. While in the books, Sansa was usually the crueler one, in the series, Arya throws food on Sansa's gown she'd made herself in front of their house and her future in-laws for no good reason, calls her an idiot, mocks her interests of sewing and marrying a prince, and stuffs sheep crap in her bed when she's annoyed with her (which apparently was a lot).
- Ian and Paul Branagh to Robin in Young Dracula.
- The Wonder Years: Kevin's big brother Wayne.
- Malcolm in the Middle plays this quite well. The real oldest brother, Francis was implied to be this before being sent to military school; however he's more of a Big Brother Mentor during the series (though he can still have moments that fall under this trope). The next eldest brother, Reese fills this role for Malcolm & Dewey for the majority of the series, although Malcolm gives as much as he he receives and joins in with bullying Dewey. Dewey, being the youngest for most the series, doesn't fall under this but gets a few The Dog Bites Back episodes and after Jamie's born, complains that it's not fair that Reese & Malcolm got the Cool Big Bro Francis when they were kids, but Francis left for military school before Dewey form any memories of having a cool big brother - Francis then reveals that he treated Malcolm & Reese the same way they treat Dewey when he was younger.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Robert Picard to Jean-Luc, as shown in "Family".
- Also Lore to Data.
- That '70s Show: Female example, with older sister Laurie being this to Eric. No wonder he and his friends call her "the witch".
- Brad and Randy to Mark on Home Improvement, especially in the earlier episodes, when they were too young to really know better.
- The eponymous character from Frasier has elements of this towards his little brother Niles. However, Niles is far from a poor helpless victim of his brother's torment, and can usually give as good as he gets.
- Inverted in Drake & Josh in which their little sister Megan is very much the bully to her two older brothers, and she also is often able to make it look like they are bullying her by being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing that her parents don't see past.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Ward's older brother. It was his older brother's bullying of both Ward and his younger brother that convinced Ward to learn how to fight and made him the man he is today.
- In season 2 we actually meet Grant Ward's older brother, Senator Christian Ward who claims that Grant tortured their little brother and blamed him for it. It's not clear whose story is more trustworthy, the HYDRA mole who fooled a lie detector, or the politician.
- In season 3, we finally meet the youngest brother. He reveals both of his older brothers bullied him, but Grant apparently also tried to act as a protector and denied any responsibility for his bullying. This leads to the youngest brother begging S.H.I.E.L.D. to kill Grant, and outright tells him he is the worst person in a deeply screwed up family.
- In the Supernatural episode "Heart" (S02, Ep17), Dean tries to use his status as the older sibling to bully his way into staying with an attractive woman, but Sam gets him to rock paper scissors for it. Dean loses, even though they do two out of three.
- In The Worst Year of My Life, Again, Alex's older sister Sam is a female example.
- In The Middle, Axl is towards this with his little brother, Brick, and especially his younger sister, Sue.
- Sherlock perceives his brother, Mycroft, this way in his own mind. He sees himself as an inferior child in the presence of his brother who is always being admonished and demeaned by his brother's superior intellect. However this may only be his perception, as Mycroft is often a loner and distant, showing concern for his brother as the only real positive human interaction he can sustain. He is, however, intellectually superior so there may be merit to Sherlock's perception.
- As mentioned in the film section, Chett to Wyatt in Weird Science, probably due to his military formation. Due to the nature of the show this turns him into both the Designated Villain and the Butt-Monkey.
- Parodied in a sketch comedy show (In Living Color!, maybe?) with a fake ad for a service called the "Little Brother" Foundation that provides younger "siblings" for older kids to pick on. The spokesman then reveals that he's also a client, at which point another, bigger teenager shows up and forces him to play a round of Stop Hitting Yourself.
- It's revealed in Wynonna Earp that dead big sister Willa Earp was this big-time to Waverly, but Waverly isn't comfortable bringing it up since Willa's tragic death happened so long ago. Averted with middle child Wynonna, who was close to both her sisters.
- At her worst, Kelly from Married... with Children is this way to Bud. Examples range from her endlessly teasing his lack of a love life to allowing her friends to badmouth him as well to threatening to run him down in a car upon getting her license (and the latter example was in the early seasons!)
- Mary from 7th Heaven is this to Lucy, which the latter lampshaded when talking about two sisters who were close and said "She's much nicer to her than Mary is to me!" It's most telling that she's this way with just her and is comparatively more civil to her other younger siblings.
- In Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Guybrush Threepwood's creepy brother Chuckie is a tormentor. It's also the true identity of the villain LeChuck. Because the entire two games were just one big daydream by a young boy in an amusement park. This was thankfully retconned later.
- Leon in Yggdra Union and its related games. In Blaze Union it's pretty clear that this is just a part of his tsundere nature, but it's Played for Drama in Yggdra Union, where his being a jerk to his little sister Elena and everyone else is representative of the fact that he recently took a dive off the deep end.
- Female example: Beldam from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door towards her little sister Vivian. Thankfully Vivian wises up and dumps her sister after accidentally befriending Mario.
- Another female example in Persona 3 and its assorted spinoffs: it's implied that Elizabeth, one of the Velvet Room attendants, harasses and pulls off cruel pranks on her younger brother Theodore, which include things such as force-feeding him dog food and soybean powder. Gets taken Up to Eleven in Persona Q, where their mutual older sister Margaret also treats him poorly, and their treatment of him dips into outright abuse at times.
- In Persona 5, one of the sidequests involves the Phantom Thieves taking down a petty burglar who's also been physically abusing his younger brother (if this sounds familiar, that's because this sidequest was the very one adapted into the Persona 5: The Day Breakers OVA).
- In Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony Mori Kibbutz plays this role towards his brother Brucie from the main game.
- The Child's brother in Five Nights at Freddy's 4. He locks him in his room, terrorizes him with a Foxy mask, repeatedly takes him to a pizzeria he knows he hates, and shoves him into an animatronic's mouth, causing the child's head to be smashed in when it closes. This last causes the brother to have a My God, What Have I Done? moment.
- In Fate/EXTRA CCC, Meltlilith acts this way towards Passionlip; Meltlilith is verbally abusive and callous to Lip as she only could only protest weakly at her.
- Aurelia from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! is this towards her brother, Sir Alistair Hammerlock. Alistair won't let her stay with him on "vacation" because she'd kill the creatures he studies just for fun.
- In Homestar Runner, Strong Bad is very abusive and cruel to his younger brother, Strong Sad. To a lesser extent, so is the oldest of the brothers, Strong Mad, but he mostly just follows orders.
- Bridget Tice in The Most Popular Girls in School is this to her sister Rachel; though to be fair, Rachel always ends up bringing it onto herself.
Rachel Tice: Yeah, that's right, just walk away! ...Like a bitch.
Bridget Tice: What. The fuck. Did you Say?!
- Mike to Angel in The Good Witch, but only in their original history; his memory of that has been erased. In the reality created after Angel is given the powers of the Good Witch, it's inverted into "Little Sister Bully" instead, since she's a sociopathic Reality Warper who loves to turn him into a girl for what is ostensibly "punishment" for his behavior in their old timeline, but is really for her own amusement.
- In Homestuck Bro is kind of this to Dave, though given that he's Dave's sole guardian he's really more of an abusive parent.
- "uu"/Caliborn is this to "UU"/Calliope in the later acts; he takes it to the extreme, though, as later he sends someone to murder her. Double subverted because they're actually sharing a body, but still see each other as siblings.
- Matilda's older brother Gordon is this in Step Monster, with Gordon being such a Jerk Ass that he actively visits his sister for the sole purpose of taunting her about how she's an overweight loser with no real friends or family who most recently had a job as a Closet Monster, which is the monster equivalent of being a Burger Fool, whilst he's a top executive in a prestigious company and has an exotic foreign wife.
- Plume has Aricon and Corrick in the latter's backstory. The former literally forced his younger brother to take upon himself a dangerous and untested spell without consulting him or even informing him about it first, out of his own paranoia.
- Aaron is about strained relationships between brothers. Chris the older brother's bully side comes out when he's heard about Adam's latest screw-up.
- The Other Guy to The Nostalgia Critic. Of course this is only in-character, Rob and Doug play around but could easily be classed as Heterosexual Life-Partners.
- Ares was this to his half-brother Apollo in Thalia's Musings.
- Some of the (as yet unfinished) "Tales" by the DeviantArt user verDerbt, in particular Aaron's Tale, have Aaron being severely bullied by his big brother Thomas, although Thomas is actually being manipulated by a psychopathic third party. Warning: Mature themes. The stories are not intended for children and although non-explicit, are definitely adult in nature and emotionally disturbing.
- Rooster Teeth's Burnie Burns describes his older brother as one of these growing up. For instance, he once convinced Burnie he was going to get him into Guinness Book of World Records, making him wait outside holding his arm up for an hour while he just watched TV. Another time he almost caused Burnie to blind himself by convincing him that he'll find buried treasure if he stares directly at the sun. Burnie attributes his lifelong fear of zombies to his brother telling him after watching Dawn of the Dead that the movie was Based on a True Story. The list goes on.
- Inverted in Avatar: The Last Airbender, where the little sister, Azula, bullies her big brother Zuko. Eventually this turns into a Cain and Abel relationship.
- Bobby's older brother Derek in Bobby's World is like this. He often portrays the villain in Bobby's fantasies. His teen sister Kelly is sometimes, albeit most of the time she's just indifferent to Bobby.
- Camp Lazlo: Edward's four older brothers are revealed to be this to Edward, which probably explains why Edward is in a perpetual bad mood in many episodes.
- Dexter's Laboratory:
- Inverted with Lalavava and Mandark. Even though Lalavava had one appearance, she proved herself to be dominating and demanding towards her older brother. It had reached a point where she threatened to beat him up if he didn't help her, which had Mandark begging her not to hurt him.
- In the episode "Oh, Brother", Dexter creates an alternate universe where he has an older brother instead of an older sister. Unfortunately, "Dudey" turns out to be a bullying Jerk Jock who's even more destructive than Dee Dee.
- Dee Dee tends to be more of inverse Annoying Younger Sibling, breaking his stuff while running away when he tries to stop her, but sometimes is more directly confrontational and often mercilessly teases. She once stole Dexter's money right out of his hands to buy something, and when Dexter asks why she did so, she tells him point-blank, "You're so small and weak that I could!"
- Ed, Edd n Eddy:
- Eddy's brother.
- Lee and Marie Kanker to their younger sister May.
- Inverted with little sister Sarah bullying big brother Ed.
- In The Fairly OddParents!, whenever she is not babysitting any children Vicky often tends to abuse her little sister Tootie to death.
- Family Guy inverts this with Chris, Meg, and Stewie. Meg is the eldest sibling, but she is constantly abused and bullied by Chris, who is the middle child. Stewie, being the youngest (and a baby) of the three, also abuses Meg, but not as much as Chris and has made attempts to stick up for Meg on a few occasions.
- Mac's cruel older brother named Terrence from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
- Duncan Douglas, the older brother of Dexter Douglas alias Freakazoid!
- In the U.S. Acres segments of Garfield and Friends, Orson is unlucky enough to have three big brothers who are like this. (And they don't limit their bullying to him; the whole farm is afraid of them).
- Grojband: Trina to Corey, as she is rude to him, and has tried to harm or even kill him and his friends.
- Hey Arnold!: Gerald's older brother Jamie-o is this to Gerald.
- Invader Zim inverts the trope with the Membrane siblings. Younger sister Gaz abuses her brother Dib both verbally and physically.
- Kaeloo: Mr. Cat had two of these, who often beat him up for no reason. He ended up running away from home to escape from their abuse. In one episode he mentions after being shot with Truth Serum that one of the main reasons they hated him was because their mother preferred him to them.
- Kick Buttowski's older brother Brad.
- In one episode, Kick gets wrestling lessons from a former wrestler, whose wrestling school was taken over by his own Big Brother Bully, who in turn is teaching Brad as well.
- One episode of Kim Possible shows that this is how Bonnie's sisters behave towards her.
- It's mentioned in the backstory to The Legend of Korra that Tenzin was often beaten up by his older siblings as a child. It's implied this is because they were jealous of him being their father's favorite kid (being the only Airbender), and even as adults their relationship is less-than-perfect.
- The Loud House
- Lori and Lynn can be this to Lincoln at times. The former openly mocks Lincoln's hobbies and uses her stature as the eldest sibling to boss him around. The latter enjoys beating up Lincoln and giving him Dutch ovens.
Lori: Beat it, twerp.
Lincoln: Come on, Lori, no fair! I was here first!
Lori: Well, I was born first.
- In the episode "One of the Boys", Lincoln goes to an alternate universe where he has 10 brothers instead of sisters. At first, Lincoln has a heck of a time with his brothers, but they soon fall into this trope (even the younger ones) in ways the Sisters wouldn't do, such as mocking Lincoln's "boo-boos", making fun of his relationship with Ronnie Anne, and lacking the inherent sensitivity of his sisters. Yet again though, they do seem to be protective of Linka.
- Lori and Lynn can be this to Lincoln at times. The former openly mocks Lincoln's hobbies and uses her stature as the eldest sibling to boss him around. The latter enjoys beating up Lincoln and giving him Dutch ovens.
- The Powerpuff Girls:
- Although they're technically the same age, Buttercup sometimes veers into this territory towards Bubbles, like destroying her chalk in "All Chalked Up," but she shows that she cares for Bubbles. Occasionally, Buttercup merely teases her sisters a bit and sometimes, she doesn't intend to make them feel bad.
- The "Forced Kin" episode features one who repeatedly calls his brother "stupid." Similarly, in the next scene, a military officer is also shown to call his subordinate "stupid."
- Ready Jet Go!: Inverted with Face 9000's younger brother, Face 9001. In "A Kid's Guide to Mars", Face 9001, is mean to Face 9000, argues with him, and always try to show off, to the point of 9000 calling "MOOOOMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!" at least two times.
- Recess: Averted with Vince's older brother Chad, subverted with T.J.'s older sister Becky, since she's nicer to him at the end of Recess: School's Out, but mostly just a Bratty Teenage Daughter, and as for Spinelli's older brother Joey, not much is known about him...except that he's in prison.
- Gart DeFault from Robot and Monster is a rare example. Rather than physically threatening his younger brother Robot, he uses Alpha Bitch tricks to ruin his life.
- Also, the DeFault family are also mean to him and the others. The only one (apparently) to have a kind heart of this "family" is Gizmo... even if he's schizophrenic.
- Tommy Turnbull's older brother, Donnie, from Robotboy.
- Rocket Power: Twister's older brother Lars often enjoys picking on Twister for the heck of it, playing simple pranks on him, tricking him into believing his lies, and is even a rival of him during the hockey games.
- In Rugrats, Drew was like this to Stu when they were kids and doesn't quite seem to have grown out of it. Played with since he's not nearly as bad as Stu's accounts, and at least one Flashback episode shown both brothers were equally abrasive towards each other.
- The Simpsons: Bart often antagonizes and pranks Lisa, but when the two truly get physical, Lisa frequently overpowers him. Often times Lisa is the one inflicting physical, verbal and psychological abuse on her brother.
- South Park:
- Kyle to Ike in the first season. "Kick the baby!" (This seems to be done more for his and everyone else's amusement. He is still very protective of his little brother.)
- Scott Tenorman to Cartman, though they don't know they're half-brothers at the time. Incensed at being pushed around by Scott, Cartman eventually gets his own back.
- Stan's older sister Shelly.
- SpongeBob SquarePants has Patrick's sister Sam from the episode "Big Sister Sam". While Sam loves her little "brubber" Patrick she also has the worst traits of Patrick and made worse. Sam is hulking lunk of a starfish who has no concern for anyone else as she smashes up Squidward and SpongeBob's houses and was going beat them up for little reason until Patrick stops her. She leaves scott free and never shows up ever again.
- The first few episodes of Stanley depicted Lionel as this; He turned into a Cool Big Brother after that.
- The third season of Superjail! introduced "The Triplets", a group of older brothers to the Twins. Immediately in their introduction, they proceed to verbally intimidate the Twins. After they all meet face-to-face, the Triplets proceed to beat the Twins up and humiliate them. We then learn that sibling rivalry can escalate to the point of wars on their planet if the younger siblings don't properly respect their elders (that is, to hand over anything said elders demand from them).
- Raphael in the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon was shown to bully Michelangelo when they were little, although he is a bit nicer to him when they're older he does smack him when he says something stupid.
- The tradition continues in the new Nick Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where Raphael's tendency to smack Mikey around a bit extends to Donatello and even Leonardo (the last of which, at least, will hit back). A lot of Raphael's humor involves various insults leveled at his brothers.
- Total Drama:
- In the finale of World Tour it's revealed that Alejandro despises being called Al due to the fact that his older brother José (who is apparently better than him at everything) has called him that all his life. It came to a head in an episode of All Stars when José made an appearance and the two had a boxing match (the challenge of the episode was a boxing match with everyone's worst fear). During that fight, José proceeded to call his brother Al the entire time and then insulted Heather by calling her personality unattractive. Alejandro snapped after that point, and needless to say, it didn't end well for José.
- In Pakhitew Island, Amy is this to her twin Sister Samey.