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Does He Have a Brother?
"Tell me more, tell me more, could she get me a friend?"
Grease, "Summer Nights"

One of the romantic Stock Phrases. Often spoken by a character to indicate that she finds someone attractive, but doesn't want to actually pursue him because he's already in a relationship, usually with one of the character's friends. Of course, this question assumes that the siblings are exactly the same.

A common inversion is when the character in the relationship suggests this to her or his friend instead, by mentioning that their date has a brother/sister they can date too. It can also be gender reversed, and if spoken by men about a woman, it's often Those Two Guys saying it. These days it's also likely to be spoken by the Camp Gay in reaction to a straight man he finds attractive.

The ultimate outcome of this trope may be Settle for Sibling or Double In-Law Marriage, depending on the context.

Contrast Twin Threesome Fantasy and some cases of Sibling Triangle, where the third party goes for both siblings.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • Jared, a chain of jewelry stores, runs commercials featuring two young women reading text/photo messages from a friend while she's on a date. Their reactions: "Aw, he bought her flowers." "They went to Chez Francois!", and the last one, following a photo of a piece of diamond jewelry, "He went to JARED!" The ad cuts to the couple in the restaurant with the woman showing her date a photo on her phone of the two friends with the message "Does he have brothers?"
  • An ad for Pam cooking spray had a guy brag to his buddy that he made the dish they're eating "with Pam," to which his buddy asks if she has a sister.

    Comicbooks 

    Film 
  • From Man on Fire:
    Rayburn: Mariana!... Obey me, and I will love you.
    Creasy: So that's how it works, huh?
    Rayburn: That's how it works.
    [Mariana brings Rayburn his drink]
    Creasy: Does she have a sister?
  • Black Widow (1987). The female undercover agent discovers that Femme Fatale Catherine's next potential victim is handsome and incredibly rich.
    "Does he have a brother? Cousin? Young grandfather?"
  • In a non-romantic example, Pleakley says this to the Grand Councilwoman in Lilo & Stitch:
    Councilwoman: A quiet capture would require an understanding of 626 that we do not possess! Who then, Mr. Pleakley, would you send for his extraction?
    Pleakley: ...Does he have a brother? (Councilwoman rolls her eyes) Close grandmother, perhaps?
  • As Charlotte finds out in The Princess and the Frog, Prince Naveen actually does have a brother. He's six and a half.
  • In Revenge of the Nerds II, Poindexter is talking with a gorgeous woman by the pool. Two of his fellow nerds accost him on the way to get her a drink, and the gay one tells him to "find out if she's got a brother!" (Unfortunately, what none of them seem to have noticed is that the 'woman' in question is a cardboard cutout.)
  • Absurdly, this provides the solution to the tangled double-love triangle in The Palm Beach Story.
  • George of the Jungle: One of Ursula's friends asks of George, who tells her "Have brother Ape."

    Literature 
  • Older Than Print: A cross-gender example in Tale of Genji occurs when Genji finds himself shot down by Utsusemi and more or less decides that her younger brother looks enough like her to...well, you can guess. Back then, this wasn't that rare with the nobles.
  • In Lois McMaster Bujold's Komarr, Miles Vorkosigan meets the married Ekaterin Vorsoisson, and falls for her; he tells himself to ask if she has a sister.
    • In the following A Civil Campaign, Miles's cousin Ivan jokingly asks the same of Ekaterin, who is now either in mourning for her late husband or involved with Miles, or both. Unmarried women their age are in short supply on Barrayar.
  • Talon Karrde keeps quipping about just how handsomely Han Solo was rewarded for showing his altruist side. When the subject comes to Han eventually marrying Leia as "his biggest reward" :
    Karrde: I don't suppose she has a sister?
  • David Copperfield has a weird example, in which Steerforth asks David if he has a sister.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Spin City, one of the ladies is talking about a guy she's dating. Apparently, he's charming, friendly, etc. Carter, the gay guy, asks:
    Carter: Does he have a gay brother?
    Woman: I don't think so. Why?
    Carter: Because I'm a gay brotha.
  • Similarly, in Will and Grace:
    Jack: Does he have a gay brother? Or even better, does he have a straight brother who drinks?
  • Criminal Minds:
    • In a season one episode of Criminal Minds, JJ questions Garcia's attraction to someone on a MMORPG:
      JJ: Please donít tell me you have a crush on a fictional character.
      Garcia: Heís not fictional. Heís the online alter-ego of a real person.
      JJ: Hmmm, you donít even know anything about him, even if it isÖhim.
      Garcia: Look, we meet online at specified times that he is never late to. We spend hours adventuring and chatting during which time I have his undivided attention and he lavishes me with flattery. When was the last time you had a date go that well?
      JJ: See if heís got a fictional brother.
  • In Friends, after Phoebe finds out that the gay man she's been attracted to for years is straight, but taken:
    Phoebe: So, your brother's straight, huh? ... No, seriously.
  • On How I Met Your Mother Barney and his brother exploit this to help each other pick up women/gay men respectively.
  • A Saturday Night Live skit is on the topic of why women find assholes so alluring, when an audience member bolts up and starts acting like the world's premiere asshole. The women on the panel swoon; Nora Dunn, playing a man-hating lesbian sociologist leans in and asks "Do you have a sister?"
  • One episode of Night Court has Dan describing his recent adventures in the Arctic to Harry, and saying how he met a really beautiful Inuit gal who he now hears is coming to New York for a visit. Instead of the woman, a lovestruck seal comes flippering into the room, and Harry jokingly invokes this trope.
  • In the Supernatural episode "Tall Tales", Sam recounts how the past days went by to Bobby. When talking about the past night, he plays up his brother Dean's drunken sluttiness: Dean, well-intoxicated, is all over a random girl he picked up in the bar, and uses the inversion when he proudly declares to Sam that the girl has a sister and gives his own brother an obvious wink in case he didn't catch on yet. Sam isn't interested.

    Theatre 
  • An interesting use of the line occurs in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing when Beatrice (who has a Will They or Won't They? relationship with Benedick) is flirting with Prince Don Pedro. After indirectly implying that she's interested in him, Beatrice adds, "Hath Your Grace ne'er a brother like you?" While this can be played as straight flirtation, the implication is generally along the lines of "I didn't mean you!"
    • It's actually rather sweet, when taken in context with everything else that gets said. What she tells him is that she wouldn't marry him unless she could have another husband "for working days - Your Grace is too costly to wear every day." In other words, she thinks he's too good for her. He understands that she's complimenting him with the whole thing, and takes it well, calling her "a pleasant-spirited lady."
      • Played with in the David Tennant/Catherine Tate version, where this line is played as an excuse after she realises he's serious in the flirting, while she's not. Still a very sweet moment, though; she really does think he's great, and doesn't want to hurt him.
  • Inverted in Avenue Q: Rod never actually asks Nicky if he has a brother, given that he's an Armored Closet Gay (the fact that it's a Transparent Closet is irrelevant), but it turns out he does. Ricky looks exactly like Nicky, except is much more muscular, and avoids the Incompatible Orientation problem.

    Videogames 
  • In Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay, when Anemone talks about Winslow after repairing the mast of the Screaming Narwhal, s/he says, "Your man Mr. Winslow took care of the bill. Nice guy, that Reggie. Does he have a cousin?" This indicates the start of Anemone's relationship with Winslow, which later blossoms in Chapter 5.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Lucky Dog 1, Luchino asks Gian at one point if he has any sisters or female cousins who share the same bright hair colour as him because he has an affinity for blondes. Much to his disappointment, Gian doesn't have any to speak of, although later on in his route, Luchino settles on Gian himself after deciding that his blond hair is attractive enough.

    Webcomics 

    Western Animation 
  • On Futurama the crew visits a company that specializes in romance. One lab has wire dummy men recite pick-up lines to a woman, who begins to kiss a dummy who says that its favorite activities are "commitment and changing myself." Leela turns to the tour guide and asks if the dummy has a brother.
  • In the Corpse Bride, after Victor is dragged down to the afterlife, one of the corpse women asks, "Does he have a dead brother?"
  • The House of Mouse episode in which The Three Caballeros are performing features this variation:
    Daisy Duck: Are you guys here for the Three Candelabras' show? In case you didn't know, I'm dating the Third Candelabra. You know it's Donald Duck, right?
    Lumiere: Does he have a sister?
  • In Batman: The Animated Series, when Harvey Dent asks Bruce Wayne what he thinks of his girlfriend Pamela Isley, Bruce responds, "Does she have a sister?"
  • Parodied in The Critic. Jay Sherman and his best friend's twin sister are in a planetarium, before Woody Allen interrupts them:
    Woody Allen: Jay, she's fantastic. Does she have a daughter?


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