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Brother-Sister Team

The convention in kids movies and TV shows to make the Kid Heroes a brother and sister. This way, both the sexes are represented and they can be very close, while any thought that they'll end up together is, at least theoretically, killed off immediately. These teams can also bicker a lot more than teams of friends usually do, like siblings in real life, and there's no need to worry that they might "break up".

A subtrope of Sibling Team. They may also be part of a Badass Family.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU
  • Marvel Universe.
    • The Invisible Woman and the Human Torch as a subset of the Fantastic Four.
      • Also in the younger generation: Franklin and Valeria Richards in the mainstream continuity and the Thing's two kids in the MC-2 timeline.
    • Northstar and Aurora
    • Fenris
    • Power Pack has two brothers and two sisters.
    • Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, when they first appeared with the Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants, and occasionally since then.
    • Spider-Girl and Darkdevil. Who are technically half-brother and sister.
      • More like cousins. And they never really formed a permanent team. However, Mayday and her baby brother Benjy have the makings of becoming one in the future.
    • In Excalibur Alistaire and Alysande Stuart, a military officer and a scientist working for the Weird Happenings Organisation.
    • Captain Britain and Psylocke, although they did not team up that often.
    • In Avengers vs. X-Men, Colossus and Magik team-up to curb-stomp Spider-Man.
  • Helena and Damian Wayne, alternate universe half-siblings and Batman's two biological children, seem okay with this dynamic after their initial meeting. They called each other "brother" and "sister," which is more than they've given their three adopted brothers and adopted sister.
  • In Paperinik New Adventures, while Ziggy left the PBI because he was tired of secrets, he still has his skills and occasionally works with his sister Mary-Ann, who is still an agent.

    Film 

    Literature 
  • Alexander Key's Escape to Witch Mountain and The Film of the Book.
  • Harry Potter's friends, the Weasley family, are an all-family team, but Ginny and her brothers work together regularly.
  • Princess Andromeda and Sir George (actually Georgina) in One Good Knight from Mercedes Lackey's Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. Andie proposes that they become blood-siblings to invoke this trope, since otherwise The Tradition (the ambient magic in the land) would do everything it could to make her fall in love with the knight who rescued her.
    • Lackey's books in general have a tendency to do this whenever the main character isn't a total orphan, which is rare. Notably in the series with Andre Norton, where there are siblings everywhere.
  • Artemis Fowl features brother and sister Butler and Juliet.
  • The Pevensie brothers and sisters in C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia.
  • Leto and Ghanima of Dune. To a lesser extent, Paul and Alia. Paul's much older, but Alia is ... kind of special.
  • Vree and Bannon, assassins of the Empire, in Tanya Huff's "Quarters" novels.
  • Going into the New Jedi Order (and admittedly earlier), we have Jacen, Jaina and Anakin Solo.
  • Subverted by Sookie and Jason in The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries. Jason is a user who puts Sookie over a barrel so he can do whatever he wants.
    • In Dead Until Dark, he doesn't believe her when she tells him she was molested, because the molester was their uncle and seemed like a nice guy.
    • In Dead To The World, he volunteers Sookie to babysit an amnesiac vampire who's being headhunted by vicious witches, so he can get a cut of the reward money. His contribution was to loan Sookie a shotgun.
    • In From Dead To Worse, after his manipulation and cowardice forces her to smash a friend's fingers with a brick, she finally tells him she never wants to see him again.
  • Maya and Joey from the Maradonia Saga.
  • Éomer and Éowyn in The Lord of the Rings are almost this but not quite.
  • Maura and Patrick O'Connell in Beyond the Western Sea.
  • Dagny and James Taggart, sibling executives of a large railroad company in Atlas Shrugged. Subverted in that all of James' plans tend to either harm the company, or aid it by using legalization to crush their competitors, Dagny is the competent and underappreciated one who really keeps the company going and bail it out of James' mistakes. James does not appreciate this.
  • The 39 Clues has Dan and Amy Cahill working together to find Clues. Also applies to one of the rival teams in the Clue hunt: Ian and Natalie Kabra.
  • Carter and Sadie Kane take on the Egyptian gods in The Kane Chronicles. They start the series out extremely distant however, because they've been living apart for the better part of their formative years. The internal narration reveals that they're both still extremely loyal to each other despite that. And over the course of the series their team only gets stronger.
  • The Brothers Grimm quite liked this trope. In addition to the obvious "Hansel and Gretel", there's also a Fairy Tale by them simply called "Brother and Sister".
  • The Earth's Children series has Iza and Creb in the first book—aging sister and brother who are allowed to set up a hearth together. She's the clan medicine woman, and he's the clan shaman. Then in the third book, the Mamutoi custom is for the co-leaders to be a brother and sister. If somebody doesn't have a sibling and wants to set up a separate cave, they may adopt one.
  • Trapped on Draconica: Badass Princess Jenna fights alongside her Warrior Prince brother Kalak. It is immediately apparent that she wants to be his only female partner.
  • Tash and Zak Arranda in Galaxy of Fear. They became very close after the deaths of their parents, and Zak is distressed when his slightly older sister starts wanting to do things apart from him.
  • The Dresden Files has Lara and Thomas Raith, occasionally and rather reluctantly, as Thomas would rather be a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire than help his older sister take over Chicago. The most memorable instance was when they fought off a cave full of regenerating ghouls pretty much by themselves in order to let their allies escape.
  • Georgia and Shaun Mason from the Newsflesh trilogy. They were adopted as babies and both are born from different parents. They checked.
  • Jules and Yvette D'Alembert from E.E. "Doc" Smith's Family D'Alembert series. The fact that they achieved the two highest possible scores (1000 and 999) in their final training evaluation means they're evenly matched for ability, neither of them has to carry the other, and it doesn't exactly hurt their ability to get the job done.
  • Two of the five from Enid Blyton's The Famous Five novels.
  • Cashmere and Gloss, District One's tributes in the 75th Hunger Games.
  • Being a book about the Greek gods' return to the modern world, Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure includes the mythological brother-sister team of Apollo and Artemis, though Apollo spends some of the book keeping Artemis in the dark because he doesn't want to risk her safety.
  • In Angel Station, Ubu Roy and Beautiful Maria work together, live together and rule their ship together.

    Live Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones: Margaery Tyrell and her brother Ser Loras form this in their three-way marriage to King Renly Baratheon in Season 2. Unlike Queen Cersei and King Joffrey's barely concealed discord in "Valar Dohaeris," the Tyrell siblings are very much in sync during the dinner conversation.
  • The Go-on Wings, Miu and Hiroto, in Engine Sentai Go-onger. Also, The Landick siblings, Agri and Moune from Tensou Sentai Goseiger.
  • Annie and Tom on The Edison Twins. (They also have a younger brother, Paul, but he's mostly comic relief.)
  • A Brother/Sister team is part of the grifter gang from Season 5 of Hustle.
  • Simon & River Tam from Firefly.
  • Guy and Isabella of Gisborne in Robin Hood. At least in some episodes. The rest of the time, they're trying to kill each other.
  • Brian and Julie on one episode of the reality show Mantracker.
  • Justin and Alex of Wizards of Waverly Place, when they actually decide to work together.
  • Luke and Sky in The Sarah Jane Adventures started to become this in the final episode. It's a pity we didn't get to see more.
  • In Stargate Atlantis, McKay's little sister Jeannie pops up a few times to help him solve various problems. They have great sibling chemistry (read: they're pretty mean to each other), largely helped by the fact that the two actors are siblings in real life.
  • Inverted in Merlin, in which Arthur and Morgana work together several times in the early seasons, but are estranged by the time they realize that they're half-siblings.
  • JAG: When in Russia, Harm & Mac gets help from such a team in "Gypsy Eyes".
  • MythQuest: Alex and Cleo are Intrepid Fictioneers, who search for their father inside the mythology of the world.
  • In Dexter, the title character and his younger sister Debra team up in the seventh season after she learns of his secret and helps cover for him at times. Of course, this ends in the season 7 finale.
  • Sookie and Jason Stackhouse from True Blood work together and have a great relationship; although usually they have independant plotlines, when they do team up they're a pretty awesome team. For proof, just see the Fellowship of the Sun from season 2!
  • Common in The Amazing Race: Most Notably the Linz Siblings, Nick & Starr and Tammy & Victor all won their respective season.

    Music 
  • In classical music you have Wolfgang and Maria Anna Mozart.
  • Likewise Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. Society being what it was, in both Mozart's and Mendelssohn's case the female half of the team was not allowed to pursue her career to the full extent.
  • The White Stripes consists of Jack White on guitar and vocals with his sister (well... ex-wife, but billed as his sister) Meg on drums.
  • The Carpenters: Karen and Richard.
  • Early on, No Doubt had Eric and Gwen Stefani. Eric left after the completion of "Tragic Kingdom" to become an animator on The Simpsons.
  • Steam Powered Giraffe has The Spine and Rabbit, a robotic Brother-Sister Team (played by real life twins David and Bunny Bennett).
  • The Fiery Furnaces are basically siblings Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, plus whatever musicians they need to fill out the lineup.
  • The Oh Hellos are Maggie and Tyler Heath, adding on more musicians when they go on tour.

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    Theater 

    Video Games 

     Visual Novel 
  • Corpse Party: Satoshi and Yuka in the major part of the game and the anime OVA. They only have each other as they try to solve the mystery of the accursed place, as well as trying to find their other friends they lost in the earthquake at the beginning of the game.

    Webcomics 
  • Serafine and Nico Savoy from Lackadaisy Cats.
  • Kit and Ket of Miamaska.
  • Girl Genius: Othar Trygvassen (Gentleman Adventurer) and Sanaa "Wilhelm".
  • The main 4 Homestuck kids are split into two pairs of siblings. Rose and Dave fit this trope better though for most of the comic they communicate only through IM.
  • Brian and Rowan Fitzpatrick of Rhapsodies. Though admittedly financial consultation isn't quite as exciting as the other examples.
  • Peter and Maddie from Bad Moon Rising, and possibly Persephone and her brother Hyacinth.

    Web Original 
  • Polaron and Star Fyre of Super Stories.
  • The Dakota twins in Red vs. Blue are this, conforming to the traditional understanding of the trope most in the Freelancer saga. Brutally, horribly present especially in the current (post-Blood Gulch) era. Of course, this was The Director's plan.
    • As of season 10, Carolina and Epsilon, to a degree. Both are "children" of the Director, now teamed up.
  • Rian and Corrine Kismet in The Gungan Council.
  • The Stratosphere Siblings of the Whateley Universe. While the girl is younger than the twin boys, she still ends up playing team mom most of the time.

    Western Animation 
  • Zack and Ivy from The Carmen Sandiego cartoon chase the titular villain around the world.
  • Wilykit and Wilykat from ThunderCats and ThunderCats (2011).
  • SilverHawks being ThunderCats Recycled IN SPACE!, and
  • TigerSharks being ThunderCats recycled UNDERWATER, same deal. Except both brother-sister team were adults.
  • Yin Yang Yo has the eponymous twins.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, we have the Cake twins, Pound and Pumpkin. Even at their current age, (one month), they're inseparable.
  • Villainous example: Ravess and Snipe from Storm Hawks
  • Edgar & Ellen are a two-twin pranking duo.
  • Juniper Lee and Ray-Ray ...kind of. He's more of a hyperactive Annoying Younger Sibling who tags along.
  • Kim Possible and the tweebs in season four just barely fits the team trope. They outfitted the Kim-mobile with all its neat gizmos, and were very displeased when Motor Ed blew their doors off.
    • Ron and Hanna Stoppable fit the trope in Season Four as well.
    • Shego's Back Story also fits the trope as she and her brothers formed the heroic Team Go.
  • In Legend Of The Dragon the twins are a team at the beginning until Ang gets the power of the Golden Dragon. Ling, jealous, takes off, and in her rage and confusion, meets up with the Zodiac Master, and turns into the Shadow Dragon. But at the season finale, Ling comes back, and they end up sharing the power of Golden Dragon, thence to take out the Zodiac Master and his boss together.
    • Season 2 had yet another example in Yin Wi and the Emperor of the Darkest Yin.
  • Kim and Kam in Class of 3000.
  • Danny and Jazz (kind of) in Danny Phantom, particularly in "Secret Weapons".
    • To a degree, Danny and Danielle, since the latter, being his clone, could be seen as his genetic twin sister.
  • Grossology
  • American Dragon Jake Long almost subverts this trope. Jake and Haley have been known to work as a team, but it's usually reluctantly as they're most frequently at each other's throats.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Sokka and Katara
    • And subverting the trope, Zuko and Azula who, after years of mutual animosity, finally worked as a team until Zuko realized what he was doing and completed the Heel-Face Turn he'd started.
  • Hanna-Barbera's contributions feature:
  • He-Man and She-Ra, from their respective cartoons, are fraternal twins. Though they live on separate planets and usually operate independently, they fit this trope on the occasions when they work together, such as in the She-Ra pilot and the Christmas special.
  • Bart and Lisa Simpson, frequently.
    • In one of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes, Bart and Lisa become crime fighting supersiblings Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl.
    • Kang and Kodos, probably.
  • Martin and Diana in the western animation version of Martin Mystery. Note that in the original comic, they were both adults, and lovers...
    • The cartoon series has them as stepsiblings. And there's still a vibe.
  • Canon Immigrant Expy twins Downpour and Shifter, of the Justice League Unlimited series.
  • Dot and Enzo Matrix from ReBoot.
  • Jackal and Hyena from Gargoyles.
  • ZZ and Blitzy from The Bots Master.
  • Jules and Julie from The Twins of Destiny.
  • Mahad and Lena in Skyland.
  • Elastika and Kewl Breeze in Zevo3.
  • Doug and Judy became this on occasion, such as the episode Doug's Babysitter.
  • Reggie and Otto Rocket from Rocket Power, for the most part.
  • Dipper and Mabel from Gravity Falls.
  • Dexter and Dee Dee in any episode where their sibling rivalry isn't the source of conflict.
  • Young Justice villains the Terror Twins.

    Real Life 
  • Hans and Sophie Scholl who were part of the White Rose league against Those Wacky Nazis.
  • Edward the Elder and Ęthelflęd Lady of the Mercians the son and daughter of Alfred the Great. Together as King of Wessex and Queen in all but name of the English Midlands they continued their father's good work of driving back Viking raiders and bringing the Danelaw back under English control.
  • Rukhsana (sister) and Adaz (brother) Kauser helped fight off Islamist extortioners at their farmhouse on the Indian-Pakistani border. While they were busy beating up the parents Rukhsana seized an ax and whacked one on the head with it. Then the two siblings held off the terrorists with captured rifles. According to The Other Wiki, one of them was a "distinguished" terrorist with a 4000 pound bounty on his head.
  • Tennis players Marat Safin and Dinara Safina are the only brother and sister ever to have reached the world #1 ranking in singles. They also made up the Russian team at the 2009 Hopman Cupnote  and finished as runners-up.