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Big Brother Worship
aka: Big Sister Worship
She just can't resist.

"You gave up everything to find me. You found me broken."
River Tam, Firefly

My big brother is the best and I refuse to believe he has any flaws.

Sometimes a younger sibling just adores their elder brother or sister. After all they are more mature, and usually physically taller too, and able to do a lot of cool things like adults, but are also closer to your age and willing to do fun things with you and play with you. They protect you too. Why wouldn't you just agree with everything they tell you? Often will also happen when said older sibling takes the place of the parent.

Most commonly occurs with siblings of the same gender, but it can happen the other way around too.

Has always been related to Cool Big Sis. Has never been related to God Emperor. Thank god this has nothing to do with that Big Brother.

Compare with Big Brother Attraction.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga 
  • As a general note, this trope appears often in erotic works.
  • Soukou No Strain has Sara, who idolizes her older brother Ralph and joins the military to see him. By the end of the first episode, he's gone evil and killed her friends, and she has to come to terms with her Big Brother Attraction before she can defeat him. The same goes for the living Emily, in some respects Ralph's replacement sister, who ends up choosing Sara over her "onii-chan" when she sees what he has done.
  • Mai-HiME: Takumi Tokiha appears to Big Sister Worship his older sister Mai, and she goes out of her way to protect him. On the other hand, Shiho likes to address her childhood friend Yuuichi as her "big brother", even though they're not related (Mai points this out to Takumi when they introduce themselves).
    • In the manga version, Alyssa displays Big Sister Worship towards Natsuki, desperately wanting her attention from basically the moment they meet. Unfortunately, her Mother Complex is even bigger, and when Natsuki turns on their shared mom, Alyssa goes berserk.
    • Taken further in the Mai-Otome manga, where Alyssa tries to replace the Otome system with copies of Miyu, which would dramatically alter the military and political landscape of the entire world... so her beloved big sis Natsuki can quit her job as Headmistress of the Otome academy and thus have more free time to spend with her.
  • Asami from High School Debut has a huge Big Brother Attraction to her brother Yoh that really becomes apparent in the last few chapters. She says he's her ideal guy and tells his girlfriend she loves him more and actually cries when it's pointed out she can't be his girlfriend because she's his sister. She does all of this despite having a boyfriend (who she started going out with because her brother wasn't paying enough attention to her).
  • Bakemonogatari is an interesting example: upon meeting Koyomi, Nadeko asks him if she can address him as an older brother, and goes on to develop a complex over him.
  • Ren Uesugi, from They Are My Noble Masters, thinks his sister Mihato is the best there is.
  • In the Ouran High School Host Club manga, Satoshi Morinozuka's adores his older brother Takashi.
  • Death Note: Sayu Yagami has a bit of this with her older brother, Light. Though, she does tease him about eating potato chips right after dinner, claiming he'll get fat, all in all she really looks up to her big brother.
  • Kari in Digimon Adventure, to the point that she nearly dies twice not wanting to make Tai worry about her.
    • Shown more explicitly in the episode "Iron Vegiemon." Kari is so admiring of her big brother that the idea of anyone trash talking their sibling disgusts her.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Mokuba has a serious case of hero worship over his older brother Seto. It makes sense, given that Seto basically raised him since they were five- and ten-years-old. Even though Mokuba still gets kidnapped all the time, he can always rely on his older brother to rip his way through the transgressors' ranks to get him back.
  • In Code Geass, Nunnally Lamperouge seems to hold this opinion in regards to her Onii-sama Lelouch, who was her only family after being attacked and exiled. She does not take it well when she discovers his role in the Rebellion and what he did (initially) in her name. Notable in that he also holds her on a sort of pedestal, along with his mother, and seems to regain his former status in her heart in the most tragic way possible.
  • Liechtenstein feels this way about her adoptive Big Brother Switzerland in Axis Powers Hetalia. He found and rescued her in the aftermath of World War I when she went through a horrible recession that almost killed her. Since then, she shares a customs union with him and he protects, teaches, and generally dotes on her.
  • Hatsukoi Limited, being something that explores all kinds of first loves, does this with Koyoi Bessho, so much so that her brother Yoshihiko is literally a glomp on site target.
  • Even if he gets punched in the head as many as three times, and gets scared of her, Ichika highly respects his big sister Chifuyu. Fanon plays this up with Incest Subtext.
    • The manga takes it a step further, and puts subtle hints and "arbitrary" blushing (for Chifuyu), here and there.
  • Naruto: Uchiha Sasuke and Itachi had this relationship until Itachi killed the entire Uchiha Clan. After Sasuke killed Itachi, Madara revealed that Itachi loved Sasuke more than everything all along, and the real reason why the clan was killed; consequently, Sasuke turned to Post-mortem Big Brother Worship.
  • Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist readily admits he has faults and outright says he is taller than Ed and a better fighter but no one has more confidence in him.
  • Elsie of The World God Only Knows is mocked in-universe for this, in regards to her adopted big brother Keima. She also looks up to her big sister Rimyuel, and seeks to follow in her footsteps.
  • Dragon Ball: Ask Son Goten who his hero is and the answer will always be his Super-Cool Big Bro Gohan.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: Poor Nanami honestly believes that her older brother is the most awesome, amazing, handsome guy in the entire world! Unfortunately, he's actually kind of a jerk deep down.
  • In Girls und Panzer, it's revealed in the Little Army manga that Miho looks up to her older sister Maho, who started out as a nicer girl, and got into tankery because of her.
  • The main reason why Servant Service's Touko always hanging around at the Ward Office is because she wants to spend more time with her brother, Taishi, although he's rather clueless about it— and her abusive attitude does nothing to help.
  • In Ah! My Goddess, Skuld worships Belldandy and holds her up to be the ideal goddess, but is noticeably less enthused with her other older sister, Urd; however, they do have some moments of their own.
  • In One Piece, while not very explicit, it's shown that Luffy did have some degree of worship for his older adopted brother Ace when they were younger. Granted, Luffy was never blind to Ace's faults, and they did have a bit of sibling rivalry. Nonetheless, he did idolize his older brother, and it can be argued that Ace was probably the most important person in Luffy's life, protecting him, caring for him, and helping shape Luffy into the happy and carefree person he is today. The only people in the world who could ever supersede the love he had for his brother would be his crew and his other older brother, the long-thought dead Sabo. Even then, this is largely in part due to the fact that Ace has been dead for two years.
  • Miyuki from Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei looks up to her brother and main character Tatsuya, and thinks very highly of him. She's always ready to speak in his defence, and looks to him as a source of comfort. And that isn't including all of the Brother-Sister Incest subtext that's so obvious that it's just plain text.
  • Played straight and also inverted in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. While not biologically brothers, Simon has a great deal of respect and love for his bro, the 'invincible' Kamina. Having lost his parents in a horrible earthquake, he relies on his bro for moral support. The same is with Kamina, who always goes to protect Simon and be by his side. We also see that Kamina's inspiration is Simon's own drive and hidden potential. While they have an occasional argument, these two soul-brothers adore and respect one another a great deal.

     Comic Book 
  • Loki's hatred towards his brother The Mighty Thor is matched only by his love for him. It's complicated.
    • It was justified after Loki was turned into a kid. Thor was the only one nice to him, and is the main reason why none of Asgard had attacked him in retribution for his crimes as an adult, knowing full well that Thor would go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge as a result and most likely level the entire city in retaliation.
  • All New Ghost Rider has Gabe, who sings his brother's praises after the latter fights off a few bullies.
  • Tim Drake completely adores Dick Grayson.

     Fan Fiction 
  • In the Back to the Future Homecoming, Jules and Verne "follow [Marty] around like ducks" and are described as being like "his own fan club."

     Film 
  • The House of Yes.
  • Played with in American History X.
    • Danny plays this perfectly straight. Derek is his idol and Danny will follow in Derek's footsteps. Period. When Derek goes neo-Nazi, Danny goes neo-Nazi. When Derek comes home and says, "No. This is not the way.", Danny gives it up and eschews Nazism in all its forms.
    • Davina, the elder sister, is more complex. She adores Derek in the present and thinks he's wonderful. She's willing to follow his lead and, indeed, is very nearly silent except for criticizing Derek's former and Danny's present neo-Nazi friends. In the past, she was willing to go after Derek with a baseball bat (though not without some fairly heavy provocation). Clearly, she loves the man her brother is now much more than the boy he was.
    • Henry, the kid at the end who murders Danny did it because his big brother told him to.

     Literature 
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Daenerys Targaryen shows shades of this towards Rhaegar, the older brother she's never met. Viserys, who is actually old enough to remember Rhaegar, may have possibly also had this.
    • Sansa, Bran, and Arya have some of this towards Robb, too. Sansa's is justified as Robb's forces are her best hope of getting out of King's Landing.
      • Arya's worship of Robb is nothing compared to her worship of Jon Snow, their other older (bastard) brother. Bran has a healthy amount of worship for Jon as well.
    • Kevan Lannister spent his whole life in the service of his older brother Tywin. At first it's hinted that he may just be a Yes-Man, kissing up to the guy in charge, but we later learn that he truly loved and respected Tywin and he actually thought he was right most of the time.
    • Genna Lannister may not have approved of the man Tywin became later in life, but she loved him all the same.
    • Most important plotwise is Tyrion's affection for Jaime Lannister, who is everything Tyrion is not — handsome, a great soldier and adored by his father and brother, and the only one who treated Tyrion like a member of the family instead of despised dwarf. This leads to Tyrion's Start of Darkness when Jaime admits to lying to him about Tysha, a common girl who married Tyrion that Jaime had claimed was a prostitute he'd hired to help Tyrion lose his virginity. This comes at the end of a Humiliation Conga of events orchestrated by his father and sister; Tyrion swears vengeance against his entire family and starts by murdering their father.
  • Georgiana Darcy has this in Pride and Prejudice.
    • For that matter, Elizabeth herself. Jane is probably the person she loves and admires the most, because she's such a good person, yet still undeniably has her head screwed on straight. Elizabeth says at one point that there aren't very many people she truly loves, and even less who she actually likes.
  • Early on in The Mark of the Lion, Julia adores Marcus and wants to emulate him in almost every way possible. This is complemented by his strong Big Brother Instinct towards her.
  • The titular heroine of the Enola Holmes mysteries practically gushes over how smart, handsome, and brave her big brother is on more than one occasion.
  • Lucy towards David in The Last Dragon Chronicles.

     Live Action Television 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Dawn Summers both resents and idolizes her superhero sister.
  • River Tam showed this in "Ariel" when Simon rescued the patient. Which is natural as that was a Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
    • There is an inversion at the beginning when Simon essentially makes a Badass Boast about how smart he is, then says "She makes me look like an idiot child".
    • In The River Tam Sessions, we see River being interviewed by someone at the Academy before all the brain-cutting starts, and they talk about how her brother's studying to be a surgeon. With utter fondness and affection, River smiles and says "Simon's a genius. I could never do what he does." Coming from a girl to whom everything from dancing to painting to theoretical science comes as easy as breathing, that's saying something. The Academy official's reply to that is "Actually, I believe that if you put your mind to it, you could do whatever you wanted."
      • The Academy finally breaks her by claiming that her beloved brother is too busy to visit her.
  • On Malcolm in the Middle, Reese, Malcolm, and Dewey all look up to their older brother Francis because he dared to rebel and stand up to their sadistic, domineering mother Lois, while the rest of them are still at home under her control. As the series progressed and Francis showed up less often (and asking for money in season 3), the boys started to see him on more equal grounds, not taking him any more seriously than each other.
  • In Engine Sentai Go-onger Miu Suto does this. Oh, boy, does she do it. Plain shirts are not worthy to clothe him. After all, he's "cool, righteous, and impressive...the shiniest Ani in the world..." (This might very well be true; he certainly has one of the shiniest suits in the Super Sentai series thus far.)

     Music 
  • The classic kid's boasting song about My great big brother Sylvest, with a row of forty medals on his chest.
  • There is another one about "My cousin Joe" with the Twist Ending that Joe is a girl.

     Theater 
  • Electra adores and idolizes Orestes in Electra, but doesn't quite play the trope straight because her love is entirely contingent on the fact that she thinks he will kill Clytemnestra one day and avenge their father. If he chose to stay happily in exile for the rest of his life she'd probably disown him, but as her only ally and potential savior he is the recipient of all her love.

     Video Games 
  • Luigi looks up to his big bro, as revealed in his wish in Super Mario RPG: "I wanna be a great plumber like my brother Mario."
    Luigi: "Big bro... it's your choice... Luigi... will follow you... We're all here for you, bro. Always."
  • Ventus in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep has a massive case of this going on for Team Dad/Big Brother Mentor Terra. Edges into tragic as it blinds Ven to the fact Terra is starting to fall to the Darkness. Eventually Terra ends up slipping into Knight Templar Big Brother territory.
  • In Fatal Frame, Miku's primary motivation for entering the Haunted Mansion is due to the bond she has with her older brother Mafuyu, who is the latest to disappear into the old house.
    Miku: "When I saw Mafuyu in that dream... I just wanted to be with him again."
  • Emilia of Yggdra Union feels this way towards her big brother Gulcasa; Blaze Union goes to show that she'd already started to adore him like this before they knew that they were related. (Granted, this may just be because Gulcasa is Gulcasa.) In one of the alternate routes of Blaze Union, Yggdra manages to develop a complex over her Long-Lost Relative Aegina in record time.
  • Bethany of Dragon Age II starts off the game with her relationship meter heavily tilted to "friendship" to her older sibling Hawke. Her Codex entry states that she nearly idolizes her eldest sibling either for their skill with magic or protective attitude towards her.
  • Nanako Dojima of Persona 4 absolutely adores her "big bro", the protagonist. He may not actually be her big bro (he's actually her cousin), but she makes things for him when he does well on tests, hangs out with him and his friends, confides with him about everything, and is just generally the perfect little sister. The vast majority of the fanbase love her back, to the point where it's rare to find anyone who didn't save her from the TV on the first day they could. To quote a Let's Play: "I don't care (...) I am not leaving Little Sis in there!"
  • Suikoden V: Lymsleia Falenas has this towards her elder brother, the main character, if they have a good relationship value. Her introduction is Glomping him.
  • A recurring trio of minor characters in Final Fantasy X are a Summoner and his two younger brothers. Even though the middle brother is old enough to know what would be in store for his eldest brother (the youngest is still a small kid), they're proud of their brother and happy to guard him as he makes the pilgrimage.
  • In Prototype, Dana Mercer drops everything to help her big brother despite not seeing him in years, and continues to do so, even though she is rightly terrified at what he is when the game begins. Supplementary materials say that Alex was the closest thing she had to a father figure growing up. As it turns out, Alex himself cared nothing for her, though the plague which is animating his corpse ingame certainly seems to do.
  • Yonaka for her brother in Mogeko Castle. At first, it seems natural and almost heartwarming. However, towards the end, it reaches a dangerous level when he is revealed to be a sadistic murderer.

     Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney: As Phoenix puts it, as much as Ema claims that she and Lana don't get along, Ema really idolizes her big sister.
  • Satoko of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni feels this way towards Satoshi, her older brother. This is because he protected Satoko from their abusive aunt for years- often taking violent blows from her so that Satoko could sleep- at great emotional and physical cost to himself. It was also because they were orphans living in a village that hated and ostracized them, and so for most of her childhood, Satoshi was literally the only person in the world who cared about her.

     Web Original 

     Western Animation 
  • Strange case in ReBoot, as both brothers involved are the same person (Time Skip + System Restore = Clones). Little Enzo is obsessed with Big Enzo (Matrix)'s life and thinks Matrix is the best person to become when he grows up (he even asks to be called Little Matrix). However, Little Enzo realizes just how terrible Matrix's life was when he's asked to repeat what happened to Matrix in order to deal with Daemon. After that point, Little Enzo stops being obsessed with Matrix.
  • Scooter Chan has this for his brother Flip; Flip is the only one he'll take orders from and he's constantly trying to emulate him.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle adore their big sisters. So much so, that when Scootaloo suggests finding the coolest pony they know, they respond with "Applejack" and "Rarity" respectively.
    • As revealed in the Season Two finale, Twilight Sparkle had this attitude towards her brother Shining Armor; she admits that when they were growing up, he was pretty much her only friend, and she's worried about them growing apart.
    • The Season 4 episode "Maud Pie" has Pinkie Pie and her older sister, the titular Maud. Pinkie Pie absolutely idolizes Maud; Maud, in turn, although she doesn't show it most of the time, adores her younger sister.


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