How can you tell which sibling is older on sight? Common sense and Captain Obvious
say the taller one is older; after all, he (or she) has had more time to grow. But sometimes, due to circumstance or just Rule of Funny
, the younger
sibling will wind up the taller. Expect hilarity to ensue
when people identify the wrong sibling as the elder...
Sometimes happens on Measuring Day
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Anime and Manga
- Fullmetal Alchemist's Alphonse Elric had been taller than his elder brother Edward since childhood, but when he loses his body and is bound into a seven-foot-suit of armor, he towers over Ed, who is a hair under five feet (and very defensive when this is pointed out). Due to his new metal form, he often gets mistakenly attributed with his brother's title of "Fullmetal Alchemist". At the end of the series, Al and Ed are adults in a family photo featuring Ed's family, complete with children, and Al, with his human body restored, is several inches taller than Ed.
- Fairy Tail: Elfman is the younger brother to Mirajane, but is incredibly protective of her, to the point that it's almost ridiculous.
- Harry Dresden, at six and a half feet, towers over his older half-brother Thomas, who's a hair above six feet. In Cold Days, Harry realizes that he now looks like the older brother, and that since Thomas is a White Court vampire, he will look more youthful than Harry for the rest of their lives.
- The Gruffs play with this one. The fairy tales about the Billy Goats Gruff are about these guys, including the "my big brother will get you" shtick, where each older brother is exponentially bigger. the Eldest Gruff is five feet tall and crushed a Denarian out of hand.
Live Action Television
- Supernatural: Sam Winchester is insanely tall, while his notoriously protective big brother Dean is several inches shorter. Sam even teases him about it once.
- In Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, we have the Sneak Brothers, the elder of which is a little red spiked skull, small enough to be held in his "little" brother's hand.
- Evan R. Lawson is taller than his brother, Hank Lawson, by a few good inches in Royal Pains
- Genderflipped in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where Dawn is taller than her older sister Buffy.
- Homestar Runner: Zig-zagged with the Brothers Strong. Strong Mad, the eldest, is also the tallest. Strong Bad is the middle child, and shortest of the three. The youngest one, Strong Sad, is taller than Strong Bad but not Strong Mad.
- In the Regular Show episode "Don," the eponymous character is introduced as Rigby's hypercompetent brother and an endless source of frustration for him. He has a deeper voice, acts more mature, and looks like a grown man in a raccoon suit. It turns out that Rigby resents him because he's the younger brother, and people have always mistaken him for the older brother because he's taller than Rigby.
- Kick Buttowski: Shogun Sanchez is shorter than Papercut Peterson.
- In Escape From Planet Earth Gary is Scorch's older brother, but is noticeably shorter, and scrawnier.