Massive Numbered Siblings

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Lor: I've got 13 brothers. They have their own [basketball] league.
Tino: I thought you have 14 brothers.
Lor: Huh? Oh, yeah! I forgot to count one of the Dannys.

This is when a family has five or more children under the same roof. The parents will probably be Happily Married and have usually bred like rabbits. Sometimes they are the collective root of The Clan; other times, at least some of the children are from previous relationships. Expect this to be a noisy, rowdy clan as a whole. Also, this family will probably be portrayed in a positive light.

If this trope intersects with the Badass Family trope, be very afraid. But it's more often Played for Laughs.

If the family consists of animals, it will likely serve as a Furry Reminder (if the animals usually act human), as many animals usually give birth to litters.

For some reason, a popular subject for Reality TV shows — probably because this is extremely rare nowadays. In older works and stories, it sometimes just happens in passing. In the same way, older works had tropes like "the seventh son of a seventh son is always some kind of Chosen One", and this wasn't some phenomenon that's extremely rare to begin with, the way it is now.

In older works, this is generally seen as something great, because, in reality, most people had massive numbers of children; this trope indicated not the number of births but the lack of deaths. (One reason you had so many was that in few families did all survive.) Nowadays it's more a comedy trope. It was also common for the siblings in older works to be all female, with their parents disappointed that they weren't getting the son they wanted no matter how often they tried.

See also The Clan, Big, Screwed-Up Family and Tangled Family Tree, likely results of this kind of birthrate lasting more than one generation.

Inexplicably Identical Individuals overlaps with this. Likely to lead to a whole lot of children suffering from Middle Child Syndrome; in fiction especially it can also result in an Outnumbered Sibling. Contrast Only Child Syndrome. See also Magical Seventh Son.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Yukie Tezuka in Alive: The Final Evolution was, for reasons that weren't her alien-possession superpower because she only got that a couple of years ago, at least three times older than she looked, and a serial terrible mother. She'd come along and dump a new kid on the half-grown-up ones every so often, but when she appears in the story she's turned into a good mother due to the influence of the alien parasite, and is living with what may just be one of her clutches, five 'children' ranging from nine to nineteen and having nothing in common with one another. These include a shy, bald martial artist with lightning powers, a Wild Child speedster girl in Converse, and a hacker who smokes a lot.
    • According to an omake, some of her children were balding by the time the sylph bought the farm. But that's an omake.
  • Barron from Bakugan Battle Brawlers certainly qualifies. He's eager to move out of his parents' house because there's no room left.
  • In Berserk, Casca mentioned in her backstory that she was one of six siblings. When you look more deeply into it, her family's situation serves as a deconstruction, as she grew up very poor and her village often suffered from food shortage and death from starvation. As Casca herself mentioned that it was odd that no one in her family starved to death, it begs to question how much longer her family could have survived having to feed eight members, so this might have prompted her parents' decision into selling their youngest girl-child into servitude when a rich noble passes by their village. Of course, her parents' decision is also laced with Fridge Horror, since it turned out that the noble didn't exactly want young Casca as a typical servant.
  • Jushiro Ukitake from Bleach is the eldest of eight children and uses his position as Captain of the 13th Division to support all of them.
  • In Castle Town Dandelion, the king have 9 children.
  • If you extend this to half-siblings then Code Geass counts. Eight of Lelouch's siblings have parts in the story from minor roles (Guinevere and Carline) to moderate (Odysseus and Clovis) to major (Nunnally, Euphemia, Cornelia and Schneizel). Lelouch was the 11th born and 17th in the line of succession at the time of his mother's death, so he had at least 10 elder siblings at that point, with the possibility of still more being born in the seven years between then and the start of the main story. The exact number of children fathered by Charles Zi Britannia on his 108 wives is never stated, but since Nunnally, Lelouch's full blooded younger sibling, was 87th in line to the thronenote , he may have close to or over 100 children.
  • The Wong-Chang-Lee brothers (and sister May) from Daphne in the Brilliant Blue are all siblings by one Mother. "I am the son of our mother's 4th Husband..."
  • Oz, the demon king of Hell in the manga The Demon Ororon, has seven sons, of whom only four are named: Othello, Oscar, Olga, and the titular Ororon.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Ling Yao and Mei Chang's father, the Emperor of Xing, has 43 children.
    • Olivier Mira Armstrong is the eldest of five siblings; little brother Alex, fourth out of the five, is the only brother.
    • At the end of the series, Ed and Winry are the parents of two children, and Word of God says they go on to have several.
  • The Nezu siblings in Gakuen Babysitters amount to six, who all look extremely alike and have a shared theme in their names.
  • Ringo in Hime Chen Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri has seven younger identical brothers named, interestingly enough, after the days of the week. Coincidentally, Ringo is the one that transforms into Snow White.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, the Zoldyck family has five sons. Illumi, Milluki, Killua, Alluka and Kalluto.
  • Even though Ueda from Japan, Inc. says he has eight siblings, seven of whom are sisters, we only directly meet him.
  • According to a psychological test he took, Shirogane from Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai dreams of having nine kids. This causes Kaguya to start blushing, and she is later shown reading a book on how to increase the chances of having twins in the volume 4 omake.
    • This ends up working against him when the student council plays a Game of Life-esque board game and he actually gets those nine kids (with Fujiwara), only to have to pay 20,000,000 yen in child support per child when she draws a divorce card.
  • In K-On! High School, Nao Okuda is the eldest of five. The last four are quadruplets. Sumire was not expecting this when she went to visit.
  • Lyrical Nanoha has the twelve Numbers, all of them are sisters (though only some of them are related biologically). Technically, Subaru and Ginga are also counted as well, since they are the prototypes.
  • Max and Milia Jenius of Macross have seven natural daughters and adopted another. The only ones who have appeared in the actual anime are Komilia (the oldest, who appeared as an infant/toddler in the original series), Mylene (the youngest, who was one of the protagonists of Macross 7), and Emilia (the fifth daughter, who was featured in The Galaxy's Calling Me!). No news on how many grandchildren they have aside for Mirage.
  • In Magi – Labyrinth of Magic, it's justified for royal families to have harems to ensure the birth of male heirs. Not including Hakuei and Hakuryuu who were adopted into their uncle's family after he became emperor, the Kou siblings are ten children in total.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing's Quatre Raberba Winner has 29 sisters. Justified as the sisters are all but stated to be Gattaca Babies.
  • In Ojamajo Doremi, we have Doremi, Aiko and Hazuki's friend Itoko Yamada, a girl with at least five other siblings. There's a Yamada brother/sister in each grade: One's a first-grader, another is a second-grader, and so forth.
  • Baku's family in the anime Onegai My Melody: the sibs actually have numbers as names.
  • One Piece:
    • All pirates under Whitebeard's command are his adopted sons, and he has over 100 of them. Even pirates from his alliance call him father and he considers him as sons, meaning that he has at least more than 1,000 or 10,000 sons.
    • As far as biological children go, Big Mom has 85 children with 43 husbands. She has 46 sons and 39 daughters, with her 35th daughter being set to have an Arranged Marriage with Sanji.
  • Classic manga/anime example is Osomatsu-kun, which centers around identical sextuplets.
  • In Otomen, Juta has nine other siblings, of which he is the eldest. The primary reason of him moonlighting as a manga author is actually to financially support his siblings, since his parents have wilfully decided to go for a world tour all by themselves.
  • Brock from Pokémon and his Brocklings. Brock, himself, his younger brother, Forrest, and the others; Salvadore, Yolanda, Tommy, Cindy, Suzie, Timmy, Billy and Tilly, the latter two being toddler-aged twins.
    • In Japanese, the younger 9 all have number-based names.
    • All of the Officer Jennys and the Nurse Joys that Ash and his friends meet in a region are all sisters from two families.
  • Pretty Cure
    • Nao Midorikawa/Cure March from Smile Pretty Cure! has five younger siblings. Given how other Pretty Cures tend to either be only children or have a maximum of two siblings, this is quite an achievement. Also, a sixth sibling is born in episode 42.
  • Wataru Minakami in Sister Princess discovers that he has twelve sisters that he never knew about before (though some may not really be his sisters).
  • Meow from Space Dandy has six younger siblings back on his home planet of Betelgeuse.
  • In Taiyou No Ie, Oda has six sisters.
  • Millie Thompson from Trigun has at least three older sisters, three older brothers, and several younger siblings. The actual number of siblings she has is not very clear, particularly in the anime. At one point she proclaims to Wolfwood she has ten brothers and sisters - and as she drops her pudding to hold her fingers up, he mutters, "Lemme guess, you're the youngest", to which she responds with an astonished, "How did you know?!?" But when she writes a letter to her family, she only counts off six siblings before getting into names, and Meryl implies that the named people are her nieces and nephews.

    Comic Books 
  • If you extend this trope to siblings by adoption, if someone was to count up all the "Batkids" you'd realize that Batman has quite a few "kids." In Post-Crisis, Pre-New 52 continuity, Batman has three adopted sons (Dick, Jason, and Tim), one adopted daughter (Cassandra) and one biological son (Damian). If you count alternate universes, Bruce also has a biological daughter, Helena, who predates all of the above except for Dick. If you count spin-offs, Bruce also two biological sons via genetic theft, Terry and Matt McGinnis. If you count girls he's developed a parental relationship with but is not biologically or legally related to, there's Barbara Gordon, Stephanie Brown, and Harper Row. You can also count Dick Grayson's alternate universe biological daughter, Mar'i Grayson, or Barbara Gordon's protege, Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe, or Batwoman's niece, Bette/Betty Kane, or auxiliary Batfam vigilantes like Helena Bertinelli, Jean-Paul Valley, David Zavimbe, Luke Fox, Kate Kane... basically, you can go all day with this game.
  • The Guthrie Family in X-Men has 12 kids... several of whom are mutants (Sam, Paige, Jay, Melody (depowered), and Jeb). At least one of the sisters has been explicitly stated to not be a mutant, and was unhappy with it.
  • The "retired" (well, sort of) Asgardian warrior Volstagg and his wife have seven children, two of which are adopted Earth boys whose parents were killed in an accident that Thor was indirectly responsible for. (They at first mistook him for Santa Claus, and he quickly became attached to them.) Well, he claimed to have eighteen children before the adoption, but he's dreadfully prone to overstatements.
  • The entire premise of Dynamo5 from Image Comics is that the team is made up of half-siblings, the five superpowered illegitimate children of the deceased (and philandering) superhero, Captain Dynamo. The villainess Synergy also turns out to be another of Captain Dynamo's out-of-wedlock children.
  • Lille Skutt in Bamse is a rabbit, and when his childhood is described we are told that he left home early because "rabbits have children often and they have many children" - his parents basically had a new litter, and Lille Skutt was the smallest of septuplets in his litter, so they were running out of space and presumably carrots. (Lille Skutt himself only has one kid, though.)
  • The Destine family from ClanDestine. At least eighteen siblings known for sure, and probably quite a few more. The parents are immortal and have been married for roughly eight hundred years, which might have something to do with it.
  • The Ashe family of Princeless has eight kids, with seven daughters and one son. For bonus points all of the girls have names starting with the letter A, and by the time of the story all seven of them are locked up in towers waiting to be rescued by Princes, until Adrienne takes matters into her own hands.

    Comic Strips 
  • 9 Chickweed Lane: Uncle Roger lives up to his name via his eleven children, all identical white-blonde twins or triplets. No wonder he occasionally needs to take a weekend for himself to relax and give his Transparent Closet a break.
  • In Prickly City, Kevin complains about having to fill out the names of his siblings — there isn't enough paper. And he doesn't know their names.
    I'm a rabbit. My parents were rabbits! Do the math!

    Fairy Tales & Folklore 
  • There was an old lady who lived in a shoe...
  • "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" were all sisters, who in some versions married twelve brothers.
  • In some versions of "Beauty and the Beast", Beauty has five sisters and six brothers, of whom she is the youngest of all.
  • "The Six Swans" is about a girl trying to save her six brothers, who were transformed into swans.
    • A Norwegian variant, "The Twelve Wild Ducks", is similar, only with the protagonist trying to save her twelve older brothers who were transformed into ducks.
  • Udea in the North African fairy tale "Udea and her Seven Brothers" is the eighth child and only daughter of her parents.
  • Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Mermaid" has six older sisters, as does Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid take on the story.
  • Renzolla, the protagonist of Giambattista Basile's "The Goat-faced Girl", is the youngest of twelve daughters.
  • The titular protagonist of Madame d'Aulnoy's "Fortunée" has six older sisters, though her adoptive peasant family only has one brother.
  • The Fairy of the Desert in Madame d'Aulnoy's "The Yellow Dwarf" has eleven sisters.
  • In folklore, this is Aarne-Thompson type 762, otherwise known as "Woman with three hundred and sixty-five children". The stories generally go that a noblewoman is rude to a peasant woman with twins, arguing that the children can't possibly be hers because no one can possibly have two children at the same time, by one husband. The peasant responds that she hopes heaven punishes the noblewoman with as many children as there are days in the year, which leads to her giving birth to 365 children in one day. The children are all baptized, but die by the end of the day.
  • The Romanian fairy tale "Stan Bolovan" features a couple trying to have children, only to be rewarded with one hundred children. The children in this story survive - and help defeat a dragon.
  • In The Brothers Grimm's The Godfather, the number is not given, however, "A poor man had so many children that he had already asked every one in the world to be godfather, and when still another child was born, no one else was left whom he could invite."
  • In folklore, the seventh son of a seventh son was supposed to have magical powers. So it stands to reason sorcerers might have a large family.

    Fan Works 
  • In Aen'rhien Vailiuri Jaleh Khoroushi mentions offhand that she was the second of five, and that she and her older brother Ehsan ended up being backup parents.
  • In Nadra's The Lion King fan theories, Sarabi is born with a twin brother, Aheri, around the same time as her paternal half-siblings, Zira and Jasiri. She also has three younger, maternal half-sisters. What makes this qualify for the trope is that Sarabi has a close familial relationship with all six of her siblings.
    • Interestingly, in a deleted movie concept, Sarabi had at least three sisters, one of which was Nala's mom.
    • In the long fan webcomic The Relatives of the King, Scar and Zira have six children together, eight if you count their stillborn son, Chaka and Kovu, who was adopted.
  • Played with in The Missing Chao, a Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic. In Chapter 10, Amy proudly exclaims about being married to Sonic and having 25 hoglets in the future. Forestnote  corrects her by providing the fact that Mobians don't give birth to litters.
  • In My Family Before the World, Wolverine and Sabertooth, through the magic of Mpreg, have at least eight children, all of which, with the exception of the youngest one, are boys.
  • Sera the Eevee, one of the main characters in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance has five older siblings, each one being a different Eeveelution.
  • In Sylvia the Sylveon, the titular character has seven older siblings.
  • What About Witch Queen? amps it up - Hans already has twelve canon brothers, but the fic gives him two extra sisters, making the total number of von Schwalbes a fifteen. The oldest, Friedrich, mentions once that for his birthday, he invites nobody but the siblings and their families and they still must use a ballroom.
  • In Harry Potter and the Elder Sect Aunt Clara (aka Rowena Ravenclaw) mentions in passing that Salazar Slytherin and Helga Hufflepuff had nineteen children together.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has one case that is definite, and one case that is all but confirmed. The first case are a family of 7 criminal brothers from Orre known as the 7 criminal brothers, even if one is the White Sheep of the family.
    • It's hinted strongly in fic, still not fully confirmed, that one of them promptly had a lot of kids everywhere. The siblings in question come from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Alola, and other regions, and the first sibling seen is Ash Ketchum, and he was far from the last who appeared. One character suggests that there may hundreds of them. Said Brother didn't care for any of them and left after one night stands.

    Film — Animation 
  • In An American Tail, Tiger claims to have lost "eight brothers, ten sisters, and three fathers!"
  • Anastasia, in the film as in real life, had three sisters and one brother, all of whom perished in the Russian Revolution.
  • In Bambi, Thumper has five sisters, though the number changes to four in the sequel. By the end of the first film, Thumper marries and has four children.
  • In Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Genevieve has 11 sisters.
  • Rita from Flushed Away has about 30 younger brothers and sisters. Given that they're a family of rats, they're probably all from just two or three litters.
  • In Frozen, Hans has 12 older brothers.
  • In Hotel Transylvania, Wayne and Wanda have one daughter named Winnie and a bunch of sons (with more on the way), two of them named Wally and Wilbur. In the sequel, Winnie claims to have 300 brothers.
    • Jonathan mentions having six brothers in the first movie. But in the sequel, only one brother and a sister show up at his wedding.
  • In the movie version of Horton Hears a Who!, The Mayor has ninety-six daughters and one son named Jojo, who all share a bathroom. Each child gets twelve seconds to spend with their father per day.
  • As in the original fairy tale, Disney's The Little Mermaid Ariel has six older sisters: Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, and Allana.
  • In Beauty and the Beast, all of the living teacups are apparently Mrs. Potts' children, since she refers to them as Chip's "brothers and sisters" at one point. At least six others are seen; a Marvel tie-in comic, if taken as canon, says that she has twelve in all.
  • In The Seventh Brother, Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit have six children - three boys and three girls.
  • Storks: Tulip's family turns out to consist of at least ten other children.
  • Judy Hopps from Zootopia has 275 siblings. Of course, she is a rabbit.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The family in the adaptations of Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy (known, rather aptly, as the Rabbittes in the books but given various names in the films) - The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van - are an Irish family of six siblings.
  • Caddyshack's Danny Noonan is the oldest of nine children.
  • The Charlie Chan films. Seven guys note  and three girls note  This is an in-depth explanation of who's who, and points out a few inconsistencies.
  • Cheaper by the Dozen in all its incarnations — it's in the premise. The writers of the original book (see below) actually came from a twelve-child family, making it Very Loosely Based on a True Story.
  • Dear Lola was about a family of runaways with something like ten kids being raised by one eighteen-year-old.
  • In The Fighter, Micky has seven sisters and a brother.
  • The Corleone family in The Godfather have four biological children, and also raised Tom Hagen alongside them, bringing the total to five. While Kay considered this a big family, youngest son Michael says that by Italian standards, five children is a small family.
  • Will lies about having a ton of brothers in Good Will Hunting (he's actually an orphan that grew up in abusive foster homes). He's pretty obviously telling Blatant Lies (in a flirtatious way) but its also a chance for him to show off his brain power, by quickly rattling off all their names then immediately doing it again when prompted (so quickly his date can't tell if he gave the same list of names).
  • We're not sure exactly how many children King Mongkut had in The King and I by his various wives. We're introduced to a good deal of them (including crown-prince Chulalongkorn) during the musical number "March of the Siamese Children". After the number, the King mentions to Anna that someday he will let her meet his other children, produced by wives not currently in his favor. In his own words, "Sixty-seven, I think." By counting the children that approach during the number, and assuming his count of extra children is correct, King Mongkut had approximately 106 children with 5 more expected the next month.
  • Ma And Pa Kettle, and their fifteen children.
  • Parodied in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, where the Catholic family has an absurd if not impossible number of kids, because they're not allowed to use birth control.
  • The protagonist of My Left Foot has 13 siblings.
  • Nanny McPhee is about widowed Cedric Brown who has seven children: 11-year old Simon, 10-year old Tora, 9-year old Lily, 8-year old Eric, 7-year old Sebastian, 5-year old Christianna and 1-year old baby Agatha.
    • This is lampshaded both by their Great-Aunt Adele (who complains about how many children there are, and apparently doesn't notice when extra "children" are slipped into the group in the form of the farm animals) and Mrs. Selma Quickly (who believes their father is only interested in one thing from her, so "no wonder there's so many of you!")
  • Polish Wedding included a family of five siblings (four boys and a girl, respectively), plus a sister-in-law with a new baby boy.
  • The movie The Prizewinner Of Defiance Ohio includes a brood of 10 kids.
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It's even in the title. The seven were each named after someone (or something, in one case, but you'll call him "Frank" instead of "Frankincense" if you know what's good for you) from The Bible, each using a consecutive letter of the English alphabet. All are adults — at least physically — and live together.
  • There are seven children in The Sound of Music's von Trapp family before Maria comes along. One would guess that after the movie ends, she probably gives birth to more, since in real life she added three.
  • Yours, Mine, and Ours has this at its base. A widower with ten children meets and marries a widow with eight children, merging them into a single family with eighteen children. In the original version at least, by the time number nineteen arrives, the eldest moves out.note 
  • Comes into play with Rizzo in The Muppet Christmas Carol after expressing confusion to Scrooge's thoughts as he sees himself alone in his youth during the Christmas Holiday.
    Rizzo: Rats don't understand these things.
    Gonzo: You were never a lonely child?
    Rizzo: I had twelve hundred seventy-four brothers and sisters.
    Gonzo: Boy! Rats don't understand these things.

    Literature 
  • A lot of Diana Wynne Jones's work feature siblings, but the Dark Lord of Derkholm books have it topped with Derk and Mara having two human children (Blade and Shona), five magically engineered griffins who share their DNA (Kit, Callette, Lyddia, Don, and Elda) and in the sequel two Winged Humanoid children.
  • The original book Cheaper by the Dozen, which inspired the various film incarnations, was an autobiographical account of the authors' childhood; their parents had twelve children.
  • Hektor Aplyn-Ahrmahk from Safehold has seven or nine siblings; he's the middle one. When Irys, herself having only two brothers, state this as huge number, he says that most of them are twins. Their mother always wanted to have only four children, it's just that father didn't tell her that twins tend to run in family.
  • There are seven Weasley siblings in Harry Potter: Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny. When you add that Harry is all but adopted and Hermione spends practically every holiday with them and that both eventually marry into the family...
    • Bill and Charlie have moved out of the house by the time the story starts, and eventually Percy, Fred, and George move out over the course of the books as well. However, since all but Percy become involved in the Order of the Phoenix, they visit a lot.
    • It's implied in the first book that having large families may be something of a Weasley tradition. Draco Malfoy notes that his father told him that all Weasleys have red hair "and more children than they can afford." Word of God says Arthur only has two siblings, though it's unknown how many Weasley cousins there are. When the seven siblings start their own families, though, none have more than three children.
    • Averted but Played for Laughs: at one point, Trelawney predicts that Harry will have twelve children.
  • Fëanor and Nerdanel in The Silmarillion have seven sons - the largest recorded number of children for an elven family: Maedhros, Maglor, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin, and the twins Amrod and Amras.
  • Judging from his many nieces embroiled in engagement snarls, Lord Emsworth, in Blandings Castle, seems to have at least ten or eleven sisters.
  • The Stanton family in The Dark Is Rising. Will is the youngest of nine, and it's revealed that his parents' first child, Tom, died shortly after birth or was stillborn - which allowed Will to be the seventh son of a seventh son (his dad also had a large family).
  • The Baby-Sitters Club:
    • Mallory is the eldest of eight children.
    • Also applies to Kristy's blended family.
    • The Barrett-Dewitts are also a blended family example of this trope.
  • In Discworld, Nanny Ogg is the matriarch of a clan like this, having birthed fifteen children. Then again, by the time she's a main character the Massive Numbered Siblings have all grown up and moved out, but they still merit a mention.
    • Her children are even more notable because, given Lancre's small size, she's practically given birth to half of it.
  • Also of Discworld: Tiffany Aching has six older siblings and one Annoying Younger Sibling.
    • The father, grandfather, and great-grandfather of Coin, from Sourcery, each had eight sons. (Possibly some daughters also, although they're not mentioned.)
  • In Sid Fleischman's McBroom stories, Josh and Melissa McBroom have eleven kids (Will, Jill, Hester, Chester, Peter, Polly, Tim, Tom, Mary, Larry, and Little Clarinda), and it seems at least once a book Mr. McBroom has to do a head-count.
  • Karrin Murphy of The Dresden Files has numerous brothers and at least two sisters. In the Tabletop RPG rulebook, her family is listed as including "unknown number of brothers", with a footnote from Harry saying that he's pretty sure Mrs. Murphy knows how many sons she has, but he just can't keep track of them all.
    • The Carpenters as well. In the third book Charity gives birth to her seventh child. She and Michael probably would have gone on to have even more kids were it not for the events of the book, which rendered her sterile. The Carpenters later become foster parents of an eighth child, Maggie Dresden.
  • Probably one of the most humorous parts of L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series is that not only does Anne marry her once sworn enemy Gilbert Blythe, but they go on to have seven children (six living).
    • It really stands out, too, as none of the other main characters have nearly that many children. Diana and Fred have three while Owen and Leslie Ford have two. The only one that comes close is the Meredith family, who have four.
  • Lotte, Love Interest of The Sorrows of Young Werther, has eight younger siblings.
  • In the third book of the Spaceforce series, we learn that though he turned his back on his family many years before, Jay has eleven sisters (and, presumably, no brothers).
  • In the tween novel The Snowbird, the character July explains to protagonist Willanna how he got his name - he had so many older brothers and sisters that by the time he was on the way, his mother had run out of ideas for what to call her children, so his father said to just name the new baby after the month in which he was born. Since July is The Stoic, he takes it in stride.
    July: Could have been worse. I could have been born in April.
  • The Cleary family in The Thorn Birds, which was later adapted into the better-known made-for-TV movie, had nine kids. Of them all, only Meggie - the lone daughter - had children of her own, and she had just two.
  • The All-of-a-Kind Family has five daughters, each born two years apart. Followed by a son, Charlie, four or five years later.
  • Jane Austen had six brothers and one sister, so this trope's recurring appearance in her novels is unsurprising:
    • Catherine Morland of Northanger Abbey has 9 siblings, which puts a not-insignificant financial strain on their father when it comes to planning for their futures, like her brother James's marriage.
    • There are five Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice... unfortunately with no brother to save them from losing their home to an entailment whenever their father dies.
    • Fanny Price of Mansfield Park is the oldest daughter among 10 siblings (including the deceased Mary), although she lives with her uncle's family from age 10 to age 18, after her mother—on her latest pregnancy—wrote to her wealthier sister and begged for help. Returning to her dysfunctional childhood home for a season is a living nightmare because the family is impoverished and barely genteel.
    • Emma Woodhouse's older sister has her fifth child early in Emma.
  • While many of the families in A Song of Ice and Fire are relatively large, Lord Frey's immediate descendents — the ones still living in his castle, at least — are described as such: "Twenty[-one] living sons, thirty-six grandsons, nineteen great-grandsons, and numerous daughters, granddaughters, bastards, and grandbastards." Note that, despite wanting to get rid of them by marrying them off when he can, he still plans on having more.
    • And Craster, who is first introduced in A Clash of Kings, has nineteen daughters... who are also his wives. He leaves any male children they might have to the White Walkers.
    • King Aegon IV Targaryen had two trueborn children, at least thirteen bastards from his mistresses (including a son with his cousin Princess Daena Targaryen; the boy would end up causing some trouble later on), and presumably dozens more he doesn't know (or care) about from all of the other ladies, whores, and peasant women he's slept with.
  • Parodied to death in the Nurse Matilda series. The exact number of kids the Brown family has is never specified, but the narration almost never names the same kid twice. Its loose adaptation, Nanny McPhee, bumps it down to a more reasonable seven.
  • The royal family of Stormhold in Stardust features eight children, all of whom were at one point contending for the crown. Their names note in Latin their respective position in the birth order.
  • Implied that this will happen to Geran and Beldaran in The Belgariad. Belgarion is a sorcerer just like his 7000-year-old grandfather and is therefore all but immortal. His wife Ce'Nedra is a Dryad and it is suggested that she could easily live hundreds of years as well. The Voice of Prophecy even takes the time to congratulate Belgarion about the daughters he is still to have (Prophecy clearly states that Geran will be Garion's only son, but says nothing about how many daughters he could potentially have).
  • The Chronicles of Amber: The first book is even named Nine Princes in Amber. And that's not counting the Princesses... Even worse, that's only the known ones. New siblings have a habit of popping up out of nowhere. It's an express option in the RPG.
  • The Heap family in Septimus Heap has 7 children plus one adopted daughter.
  • In Wen Spencer's Tinker, Windwolf was one of ten children. This is very odd among elves.
  • By Wen Spencer, families in A Brother's Price tend to be huge. Jerin Whistler has twenty-eight sisters and three brothers, and Mother Eldest is pregnant again. However, due to a rarity of males, family structures in this world are different — he has twelve mothers, all of them sisters born to his ten Whistler grandmothers.
  • In the Galactic Milieu series, the Remillard clan (also, naturally, a Big, Screwed-Up Family). Paul Remillard is one of seven siblings, father of six legitimate children and thirty-eight illegitimate. And then his son Marc one-ups him by artificially siring upwards of a hundred children for his Super Breeding Program.
  • Did Dr. Seuss ever tell you of Mrs. McCave? She had twenty-three sons and named them all Dave.
  • Eff of Thirteenth Child is, as the title implies, the thirteenth of fourteen children in her family. Her father also had six brothers and an indeterminate number of sisters, making the previous generation also qualify.
  • In one of the Heralds of Valdemar short stories, the main character is the youngest of twelve children in the royal family (his mother kept having twins and triplets). All of them were Chosen, which is why he rides Circuit rather than being kept to the palace and capital city.
    • In the Collegium Chronicles, Herald Jakyr's parents belonged to a religion that believed in having as many children as possible for the Glory of God. He tells Mags that his parents had so many children that half the time they called them by the wrong names, and that according to the brother he still talks to, they never even noticed when he was Chosen and left. Jakyr ends the conversation by saying that "Just because you can have a quiverful of youngsters, it doesn't mean you should. Or any."
  • In Nerilka's Story, Nerilka's father Lord Holder Tolocamp has nineteen acknowledged children (although The Plague kills four of them at the beginning of the book) and an unspecified number of illegitimate children as well. They're informally known as the Fort Hold Horde. And that was before his first wife was killed by The Plague and he remarries to a mistress of his who is literally young enough to be his daughter.
  • Amy, the title character in The Ordinary Princess, is the seventh daughter of the King and Queen.
  • My Ántonia:
    • Lena Lingard has lots of siblings and as the eldest daughter, she has to take care of them. She's not too thrilled about it and says she doesn't want her own family as a result.
    • Ántonia Shimerda is a natural-born caretaker when it comes to children. She ends up having a family of eleven children, and her eldest daugher Martha has her first baby boy.
  • In the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms book Fortune's Fool, Prince Sasha is the youngest of seven sons. His betrothed Katya is the youngest of fourteen children to the Sea King. In One Good Knight, the Champion Gina reveals that she has thirteen siblings.
  • There are seven royal children at the beginning of The Kingdom of Little Wounds, and Queen Isabel gets pregnant again after Sophia dies. The number of children falls over the course of the story.
  • The long term implications of this set the scene for Mercedes Lackey's Dozen Daughters series. The royal family of a miniscule kingdom (maps of the region made in other countries often forget to acknowledge that they're even there) ends up having 12 daughters before finally producing an actual heir, at which point they realize that they can't afford twelve royal dowries. As a result, the princesses are all given first rate educations in whatever craft they desire until they turn eighteen, at which point they are all expected to leave the kingdom and seek their own fortune.
  • Raphael Santiago from The Mortal Instruments, was the eldest of seven brothers from a poor family.
    • Also Jules Blackthorn, from City of Heavenly Fire and star of The Dark Artifices series, who has four full siblings and two half-siblings.
  • The Bobbsey Twins have four kids—two sets of fraternal boy/girl twins.
  • The Happy Hollisters have 5 kids.
  • Wings of Fire: Queen Oasis has 6 children. Clay has 6 siblings (and this is completely normal for a MudWing). Queen Scarlet has 17 children. Queen Coral has 35 children that survived past hatching.
  • Warrior Cats: Ferncloud and Dustpelt have 7 children. Every kit in Daisy's first litter has at least 5 siblings, counting half siblings. Based on him referring to his "brothers and sister" and knowing about his other half-siblings, Firestar must have at least 6 siblings, more if you count the other time he said "brothers and sisters". Bramblestar has 4 named siblings, but if you count the rest of Goldenflower's litter that disappeared after the first book the number shoots up higher.
  • In the Kate Shugak mysteries, Father Smith is the proud proprietor of a forty acre homestead in the Park, along with a wife and seventeen children, all of whom live at home.
  • In Angel in the Whirlwind, Kat Falcone is the youngest of ten siblings, which means she inherits a negligible share of the family company and isn't important enough for an Arranged Marriage, meaning she's pretty much free to do as she pleases... which in her case means serving in the Commonwealth Navy and dating a commoner, Major Pat Davidson.
  • In the Dreamblood Duology, that's only natural in the royal line where the Prince is expected to take two hundred fifty-six wives. As a bonus, all of them are expected to duke it out among themselves to determine who will become the next Prince of Gujaareh.
  • Charlotte the Scientist is Squished is a children's picture book about a young bunny scientist named Charlotte who considers moving to the moon because at home she's too squished to do her experiments and doesn't even have room to relax properly when in the bath because, well... rabbits.
  • The Redwall series has a couple of examples:
    • The Stump family (hedgehogs) from Mattimeo consist of parents Jabez and Rosyqueen, ten daughters and one son. The latter was named Jubilation (Jube for short) because his parents were so delighted not to have yet another daughter; this implies that he is the youngest, or one of the youngest, of the Stump siblings.
    • Tarquin and Rosie (hares) who appear in Mariel of Redwall and The Bellmaker have twelve children.
  • Obscure kids' book series The Sisters 8 is about a family of octuplet girls. In the final book another sister is born.

    Live Action TV 
  • The Brady Bunch is about a blended family of her three daughters and his three sons.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine mentions that Detective Santiago is the youngest of eight children, and the only girl. Other characters use this to explain her ultra-competitive streak. So far, none of her brothers have appeared on-screen, but it's surely only a matter of time.
  • Boardwalk Empire:
    • Eli has a stereotypical Irish litter, to the point that one of his political cronies gets their names wrong trying to be avuncular.
    • Margaret is one of an Irish family of five; four daughters and a son.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Ned Stark has five legitimate children (three sons and two daughters) and one bastard son who, as revealed in the Season 6 finale, is actually his nephew.
    • Meanwhile, Oberyn Martell has eight daughters who are all illegitimate.
    • Walder Frey has twenty-nine legitimate children by eight wives as well as numerous bastards.
    • In sharp contrast to the Starks and the Baratheons, the Lannisters have several siblings, relatives with cousins and nephews aplenty, with multiple lines to inherit and keep their land and titles, though Tywin is obsessed with ensuring the main line represented by him remains at the top of the succession ladder.
  • Second Noah was a tween series in the nineties about a couple that adopted eight kids.
  • The Huxtables from The Cosby Show barely qualify, with five.
  • Frasier has Daphne, who is one of nine children, and the only girl of the family. Several of her brothers appeared over the course of the show, but even on her wedding day the group they showed on-screen was not even close to all of them.
  • Friends - Joey Tribbiani, of course! He is the only male out of eight siblings. His sisters Gina, Tina, Dina, Mary-Angela, Mary-Therese, Veronica and Cookie are revealed in a few episodes that encounter Joey's family.
  • Charlene and Carlene had numerous siblings from Designing Women. The Sugarbakers don't qualify but they do have a paternal half-brother named Clayton born in between Julia and Suzanne and the Designing Women spinoff establishes Suzanne has a mentally retarded brother named Jim.
  • Blanche's family from The Golden Girls just barely qualifies. On the series we meet her youngest sister Virginia, her oldest sister Charmaine and her gay younger brother Clayton. On the spinoff Golden Palace, viewers meet her mentally impaired older brother Tad, whom she never mentioned to her friends. Rose was adopted by the Lindstroms who had eight of their own children.
  • Step by Step is about a blended family of three of his children, three of hers, his nephew and eventually their daughter.
  • Just The Ten Of Us is about a couple with eight children. In an episode where they figured into the show it spun off from, Boner was amazed at this, and figured they were Catholic.
  • Jon & Kate Plus Eight: Obviously they have eight kids (one set of twins and one set of sextuplets), all of whom are under the age of ten.
  • The Duggar family's show isn't called 19 Kids and Counting for nothing!
  • Eight Is Enough
  • The Vasnetsov family in Daddy's Daughters now stands at five daughters and a newborn son.
  • 7th Heaven is a drama about a pastor, his wife, and their five kids. Then they get a dog in the first episode, and have twins Sam and David at the start of the third season, bringing the number up...seven of course.
  • In the That '70s Show episode "Stolen Car", Eric says to Kelso "Your parents have seven kids. They won't even notice you're gone!" However, only one of his siblings, Casey, appears in the show.
  • Pierce of Community has 32 "ex-stepchildren" from his seven failed marriages.
  • Played for Laughs in Scrubs with Dr. Stone who has 7 children from his 6 ex-wives. He and his new wife, with whom he has separated, are expecting another child.
  • In Cranford, there are Miss Mary Smith's half-siblings. There is five little Smiths and the eldest is barely seven. Mrs Smith is young and when seen on-screen, she's either chubby or already pregnant again.
  • Parodied by RTL Samstag Nacht, who subtitled Kelly Family, an Irish clan of musician, mentioning some more family members like Otto Kelly, Petra Kelly, Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly, Dr. Helmut Kelly, Kelly von Sinnen...
  • The Fosters has this, largely through fostering/adoption. There's Steph's biological son, Brandon, from a previous marriage; Jesus and Mariana, twins whose mother was a drug user and dealer and their father was never in the picture, and Callie and Jude, half-siblings who ended up in the foster system when their father went to prison for vehicular manslaughter after getting their mother killed while driving drunk. Lena wants a biological child of her own, too, and at one point she remarks that she's the only member of this family that isn't a blood relative of anyone else in the family; said baby would be the sixth. The first attempt at an in vitro pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.
    • Callie gets a bonus one, because upon finding out that Jude's father wasn't actually her biological father as she'd believed for all of her life, she meets her real father—and half-sister. So even without the baby, Callie already has 3 brothers and two sisters.
  • In "Lucy Goes to the Hospital," the famous episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy gives birth to Little Ricky, first-time godfather Fred finds himself in the waiting room at the hospital with Mr. Stanley, a man who has six daughters. His wife is currently in the maternity ward, and he's hoping that she'll finally have a boy. The nurse then emerges to tell Mr. Stanley that they have a "surprise" for him, and he begins to celebrate...until she tells him that his wife didn't have a girl or a boy. It's then that three nurses appear, each carrying a baby girl. Fred tells Mr. Stanley to look on the bright side: "You can always plan on a girl's softball team!"
  • In Bringing Up Bates, Kelly and Gil have 19 kids. Unlike the Duggars, the Bates have no sets of twins.
  • In Malcolm in the Middle, Lois and Hal start out with four kids (Dewey, Malcolm, Reese, and Francis), which expands to five with the addition of baby Jamie. However, since Jamie is born long after Francis is out of the house, they don't have to raise all five kids in the house at once. Also, in the series finale, Lois discovers she's pregnant again, prompting a loud scream from Hal.
  • Good Luck Charlie has five children, two girls and three boys, all with masculine names (PJ, Teddy, Gabe, Charlie, and Toby).
  • The Originals: Esther Mikaelson had seven children: Finn, Freya, Elijah, Klaus, Rebekah, Kol, and Henrik, with all but Klaus being a product of her marriage to Mikael Mikaelson.
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Cardassians are said to have huge family and several generations live in one household. Gul Dukat says he has seven children with his wife, an 8th from an affair, and a 9th from another affair. Notably, Cardassians are family oriented, so when the affair comes to light, he's essentially shunned from Cardassian society.

    Music 
  • The "Kelly Family", an Irish clan with no less than twelve siblings (nine of which in the band) who were quite successful in Germany in The '90s.
  • The Schmitt Brothers barbershop quartet was comprised of four actual brothers who had thirteen siblings.
  • Music//Doctor Bombay in his song Doctor Boom-Bombay lists "42 Cousins, I will never be alone" and later "24 brothers I can find in my home, 18 others that I really don't know, All my sisters are married and gone, 29 husbands and 32 sons". Quite the Big, Screwed-Up Family indeed, given that he also states that "My uncle's brothers sister is my mother in law. I don't know, I don't know, tell me There's only one thing that I really know for sure, That I am, that I am, Crazy."

    Myths & Religion 
  • In Greek Mythology, King Priam of Troy had fifty sons and a very large (though unspecified) number of daughters.
  • Another king, Thespius, had fifty daughters, all of whom had sex with and were impregnated by Heracles in one night, resulting in fifty grandsons.
  • The Bible allows polygamy and some men were supposed to have lived for centuries, so you can imagine this came up a lot.
    • Check out the genealogy sections early on. One thing you may notice is that most, if not all, of them say something to the effect that a man had the next step in the line, and had sons and daughters. That's at least five right there for every one who did that.
    • Jewish tradition says that Seth alone had 33 sons and 23 daughters.
    • After the death of Sarah (indeed, after the marriage of Isaac), Abraham went on to father six children by Keturah.
    • Famously, Jacob had twelve sons and one daughter. Granted, these were spread over four women, but one of them had the daughter and half the sons.
    • Gideon had seventy sons by an unknown number of wives/concubines. Ibzan, similarly, had 35 sons and 30 daughters.
    • Jesse had eight sons, at least at the time of the anointing of David, his youngest.
    • Speaking of David, he had at least seventeen children (the six listed as having been born in Hebron were all sons; the list of eleven may be a mixture of sons and daughters).
    • Job had seven sons and three daughters. After they died, he had seven sons and three daughters more.
  • In Classical Mythology, just about every male god had a dozen or more kids if you count all of their illegitimate demigod offspring. However, the all-time winner has to be Oceanus and Tethys, who had 6,000 children together, evenly split between sons and daughters. They were the minor gods of every river in the world.
    • A cross between this and Massive Numbered Cousins: there's a legend of a king who had, depending on the version, fifty or even a hundred daughters. Apparently he really wanted grandkids (particularly very strong sons), because when Hercules visited, he invited him to sleep with all of them in the course of one night. They all got pregnant.
    • The Danaïdes were fifty sisters who were forced to marry their fifty male cousins. (On the wedding night, all but one killed their grooms.)
  • Aztec Mythology has Coyolxauhqui, "Face painted with Bells", and the Centzonhuitznahua, "the Four Hundred Southerners". When Coatlicue, their mother, mysteriously became pregnant without her husband and their father Mixcoatl, "Cloud Serpent", Coyolxauhqui became convinced that she had shamed them and had to be killed. Their half-baked plan went wrong when their baby brother turned out to be Huitzilopochtli, "Hummingbird of the Left". He slaughtered his brothers and sister, splitting Coyolxauhqui into pieces and turning her head into the moon, so at least his mother could see her daughter when she looks into the sky.
  • The blind king Dhritrashtra from the Mahabharata had 100 sons and a daughter from his wife Ghandhari (made possible by semi-artificial means), plus another son conceived with a maid, 102 children in total. All but the latter get themselves killed in a bloody war of sucession after cheating their cousin out of the throne.

    Poetry 

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The Hart wrestling family. Wrestler Stu and his wife Helen Hart had 12 children. Smith, Bruce, Keith, Wayne, Dean, Ellie, Georgia, Bret Hart, Alison, Ross, Diana and Owen Hart. All the boys were wrestlers except for Wayne (who was a referee) and all the girls married wrestlers.
  • The Dudleys of ECW, a family of half-brothers who had the same father: Dudley, Dances With, Big Dick, Little Snot, Sign Guy, Chubby, Buh-Buh Ray, D-Von and Spike. Only the last three moved on to WWE.
  • John Cena just squeaks in, being the second oldest of a family of five brothers.

    Radio 
  • One of Garrison Keillor's "News from Lake Wobegon" monologues featured the the Lake Wobegon Whippets baseball team: nine brothers all born "nine months and ten minutes apart."

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Dragon Blooded Exalted of the Realm are encouraged to have numerous children because of their hereditary power which is integral to the proper functioning of the state. Combined with their extended lifespans, it's quite possible for ten generations of the same family to be living under one roof (although their exceptional wealth ensures that it's a big roof).

    Theater 
  • Leaf Coneybear of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has six siblings: Marigold, Brooke, Pinecone, Landscape, Raisin, and Paul.
  • Productions of The Pirates of Penzance will often do this with Major-General Stanley's daughters, as it's the only chance to have a female chorus in the operetta. The script calls for at least four; how many appear besides that is up to the director.
  • Titus Andronicus: Titus Andronicus has 26 children (25 sons, one daughter). At the start of the play, most are dead, except for five - so the trope still applies (however, by the end of the play, only eldest son Lucius is still alive).

    Video Games 
  • Ivalice Alliance features six moogle siblings, which are Montblanc, Sorbet, Horne, Nono, Hurdy and Gurdy.
  • In Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES, players were introduced to Bowser's seven children. However, in more recent Mario games they have been retconned into simply being high-ranking minions of his, making the 'eighth kid' - Bowser Jr. - his only son.
  • Avernum 3 has the Merry siblings, who own general stores across the continent, and who "left home before [their parents] finished."
  • Scout from Team Fortress 2 is the youngest of eight boys.
  • Fire Emblem Tellius
    • Brom reveals in his support conversations with Zihark that he has five sons and three daughters. We only ever meet the youngest daughter Meg, however.
    • The royal family of the Serenes Kingdom had at least seven children. In addition to Reyson, Leanne, and Rafiel, who join the player's army, and Lillia, who died in the backstory, there is mention of a third brother and two additional sisters who died in the Serenes Massacre.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, Anna has at least seven sisters, all of whom are completely identical to her and also named Anna.
  • In Scribblenauts Unlimited, Maxwell is revealed to come from a family with forty-one siblings. All of them are brothers, except for Lily.
  • In World of Warcraft, one daily quest for the Mantid faction known as the Klaxxi has the questgiver remark that the monster you killed for him ate his brother, but he points out that he has millions of brothers. This may be an exaggeration, but it's implied that the Mantid birth large numbers of young and send them to fight the pandaren, with the intent of having the strongest come back alive.
  • In The King of Fighters, Goro Daimon has six brothers and sisters. Goro is implied to be the fifth one: "Go" is the Japanese word for "five"
  • In Star Control II, Fwiffo is the youngest child in a family of 18,487. His happiest memory is the time his mother called him by his actual name.
  • In Rune Factory 4, Vishnal has at least five younger siblings. They aren't important enough to get character portraits, though, and generally stay out of town.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, the Human Mage comes from the Amell family. If Dragon Age II is played with this world state, it's revealed that the Mage Warden was one of several children born to Revka Amell, cousin of the protagonist Hawke's mother, who had to watch every single one of them be taken away by the Circle of Magi because they had magic ability.
  • Admiral Swiggins from Awesomenauts is the youngest of thirty siblings.
  • The Sims consistently limits household sizes to a maximum of eight, and pre-made families usually have six (i.e. two parents and four kids) at most; however, there are a few exceptions:
    • Peter and Samantha Ottomas from The Sims 2: Seasons have three children and are expecting twins when first played. Peter's mother Dora, who lives with the family, has a lifetime want to have six grandchildren, challenging the player to add yet another baby to the family once the eldest (David) leaves home.
    • The Best family from Starlight Shores in The Sims 3: Showtime are expecting their fifth child, as are the MacDuff family from Moonlight Falls in The Sims 3: Supernatural.
    • Brandi Broke in The Sims 2 is pregnant with her third child, but upon giving birth to him, she'll roll a want to have 10 children! (The want panel even warns the player that they'll have to move out the older siblings as they reach adulthood to make room for the new babies - even assuming Brandi stays a single parent, she'll have to move out the three she already has at some point to clear the space for the seven more the player is directed to have.)
    • The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 both include lifetime wishes/wants that require this trope in order to achieve them: randomly rolled Lifetime Wishes in 2 can include things like "Marry Off 6 Children", while the "Surrounded by Family" Lifetime Want in 3 is achieved by raising 5 children from babies to teenagers. Both can look pretty tame, though, in comparison to a regular (but high-scoring) want from The Sims 2 base game to "Have 10 Children"!
  • Crusader Kings II hard-caps rulers at ten legitimate living children at any one time, though there's no cap on bastards. It is common for a Muslim ruler to have multiple half-siblings (especially if his father has taken 4 fertile wives). Ditto for rulers whose religion allows them to take concubines. In the context of the game, this can lead to succession wars as the half-siblings can attempt to press their own claims on the throne.
  • Yozakura of Senran Kagura is the eldest of twelve siblings, with one pair of twins and one set of triplets, and claims they were born across a span of nine years. While the writers did the math, that's all the research they did, as if their mother carried each child to term, she needed to be constantly pregnant during that timenote . Not only is this unlikely to begin with, but there's a laundry list of health reasons not to do it.
  • In Overwatch's 2016 Christmas comic, it's revealed that Torbjorn and his wife have at least eight children, maybe even more.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Rito minstrel Kass has a clutch of five daughters waiting for him to come home. This is more startling when compared to his fellow Rito father, Teba, who only has one son.
  • The angara race in Mass Effect: Andromeda have large families. One angara remarks that being one of nineteen children is average, and another considers being one of fifteen children "small". Several of them are quite shocked to learn that Ryder has only one sibling.
  • Pikmin has Alph in the third game, who will sometimes state in his notes he has twelve older brothers, one older sister, and one younger brother!

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • According to the character profiles on the Season 3 DVD, Caboose from Red vs. Blue comes from a family of seventeen siblings. Dialogue in Reconstruction would suggest they're all girls.
  • Thalia's Musings:
    • Thalia and her eight sisters make up the Nine Muses.
    • Apollo's son and daughter-in-law, Asclepius and Epione, have nine children.
    • At the end of Volume One, Calliope gives birth to the Corybantes, identical septuplet brothers.
  • Chakona Space:
    • It gives us the Goldfur/Forestwalker household. 16 cubs, with another on the way.
    • Goldfur fathered 2 (Malena, Lupu), Garrek x Goldfur 2x, Garrek x Malena (Triplets!), Midnight x Forest (Twins), Forest x Midnight, Boyce x Midnight, Boyce x Forest, Kris x Katrina, Kris x Leanna, Leanna x Katrina. Since Goldendale is still living with Goldie and Forest: Dale x Lupu. (Dale x Swiftwalk on the way.) As many of the cubs don't share more than a single parent, and a few don't share any. But Goldfur and Forest are siblings, and Forest is mated to Leanna, Kris and Trina. And, thanks to a Teleporter Accident, Dale is now Goldfur's accidental twin sister.
    • Neal Foster's 2 different sets of adopted cubs. (With 6 more on the way with his companions / mates, all of which he treats as if he fathered them himself.
  • In RWBY, Jaune Arc apparently has seven sisters.
  • The noble de Rolo family of Critical Role had seven children, four boys and three girls. All but one — player character Percy, the third-eldest — were killed before the story began. His younger sister Cassandra is later revealed to be alive as well.
  • In Digimon World: Infamy, just about any family of Digimon is bound to have quite a few children running around, the relationship between the Player Character and his wife having resulted in seven children, four girls and three boys, with no plans to stop anytime soon.
  • The Parody Commercial "Powerthirst" promises that anyone who drinks it will have 400 babies.

    Western Animation 
  • Lor of The Weekenders has so many brothers that even she loses track of the exact number ("You can't count them! They keep moving around!"); however, she doesn't have a single sister. To make things worse, their parents seem to have eventually run out of names, as the page quote notes.
  • Noah from Total Drama is the youngest of nine siblings, according to his online bio.
  • The Mighty B! - Gwen, right-hand girl and friend of the Alpha Bitch, Portia Gibbons, has five younger brothers.
  • Kaeloo: Stumpy the squirrel's official bio says that he has 36 sisters.
  • The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan. Four girls note , six boys note . Plus a dog who's treated as an actual family member.
  • Ty Lee from Avatar: The Last Airbender had six sisters. The problem was that they were all nearly identical; Ty Lee ran away from home to avoid becoming part of a "matching set."
  • In The Legend of Korra, Suyin Beifong has four sons and one daughter. Her unmarried, childless sister Lin mumbles that this sounds like a "nightmare." Meanwhile, Tenzin and Pema are just under this trope with two sons and two daughters.
    • When Mako and Bolin get lost in Ba Sing Sei, they wind up running into their father's extended family, which seems to be made up of dozens of people sharing one house. More a case of Massive Numbered Cousins, but it doesn't look like any of their relatives stopped at two or three kids.
  • The Apple Family on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is enormous. Based on the number of cousins Applejack has, Granny Smith must’ve had at least ten foals.
    Applejack: This here's Apple Fritter, Apple Bumpkin, Red Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Caramel Apple, Apple Strudel, Apple Tart, Baked Apple, Apple Brioche, Apple Cinnamon Crisp... (stops and gasps for breath) ...Big Macintosh, Apple Bloom, aaaaaaaaand Granny Smith.
    • Alternatively, the Apple clan might be extending the meaning of "cousin" to include second and possibly even third cousins. Referring to distant cousins as just "cousin" isn't that unheard of in real life...
  • On Ugly Americans, Grimes has fifteen daughters and, to his displeasure, no sons.
  • Spongebob Squarepants Plankton is shown to have lots of cousins, possibly millions of them. The catch is they're all hillbillies.
  • Miss Martian of Young Justice mentions having 12 sisters, and, according to Word of God, 17 brothers and 300 cousins.
    • Robin references the above mentioned Bat-Family in the first episode after being told he was going to be cloned
    Robin: No thanks, Batcave is crowded enough
  • On Gargoyles, a whole generation in each clan refers to each other as "rookery siblings," despite not necessarily being biologically related. Angela, for example, refers to having fifteen sisters.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Cletus Spuckler, the slack-jawed yokel, has many kids, who are a classic case of Aerith and Bob. The known named ones are:
      Gummy Sue, Tiffany, Andie, Gordon, Lizzie, Jackson, Heather, Cody, Dylan, Dermot, Jacob, Jordan, Taylor, Brittany, Wesley, Rumor, Scout, Cassidy, Zoe, Chloe, Max, Hunter, Rubella Scabies, Kendall, Caitlin, Noah, Sasha, Morgan, Kyra, Ian, Lauren, Q*bert, Condoleezza Marie, Phil, Birthday, Crystal Meth, Dubya, Incest, International Harvester, Jitney, Witney, Mary WrestleMania, Carl, Stabbed In Jail Spuckler and long lost son Carl Durant.
    • Apu and his wife became parents of a set of octuplets. Holidays of Future Past shows that each of them had a set of octuplets.
  • On Daria, the Lanes just qualify with five kids (Summer, Wind (a boy), Penny, Trent and Jane). So far Summer is the only one known to have kids of her own, with four.
  • Wheel Squad: Akim and his several siblings.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Lawrence Fletcher's brother Adrian has six children: three boys named Beckham; two boys named Pele; and one girl named Eliza Beckham Fletcher. Just shows how much Adrian loves Association Football.
  • In Code Lyoko, Odd has five older sisters. (Louise, Marie, Elizabeth, Pauline, and Adele)
  • In Drawn Together, one Asian boy who's protesting Spawnky's use of Ling-Ling to make shoes says it leaves him no way of making a living for his several dozen brothers and single sister.
  • On Dragon Tales, Cassie, one of the main dragon characters, is noted to have a very large family with 72 brothers and sisters, though only three or four of them are seen outside of a brief appearance in a song number featured as an interstitial.
  • According to the fact sheet with his action figure, the character Barricade from Cops credited his skill at riot control to growing up in a house with seven kids and only one bathroom.
  • Sofia the First: Winter the faun has seven brothers and three sisters.
  • The Loud House is about a boy with ten sisters.
  • Parodied on Family Guy; a deleted scene features with a Show Within a Show called Dodecatuplets.
  • Dade from Harvey Beaks have lots of siblings, being a rabbit and all.
  • The titular party from Toad Patrol consists of eight close-knit siblings.
  • Dijonay from The Proud Family is the oldest of ten.
  • Wanda from Wanda and the Alien has twelve siblings. Justified seeing as they are, well, rabbits.
  • Being a rabbit, Babs Bunny from Tiny Toon Adventures has dozens of younger brothers and sisters, only one of whom has his name revealed (Mortimer). Averted with Buster, however, whose family is never seen.
  • Auriana from LoliRock has (at least) 32 sisters and at least one brother. However, that number may be more, since Auriana is shown evading capture at a young age, while a shot of her family in prison shows her mother with a baby and other girls much younger than Auriana.
  • According to Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension, Flying Princess Pony Head from Star vs. the Forces of Evil has twelve younger sisters.
  • By Season 5 of Samurai Jack, the Scotsman has had at least 41 daughters with his wife, with named ones being Flora, Maeve, Isla, Bradana, Murdina, Alana, Oban, Ardbey, Fiona, Assie, Bonnie, Lorna, Mawina, Shona, Nora, Piesil, Shanath, Euspeth, Edme, Freya, Gilbartha, Gesha, Grizela, Innes, Dawntha, Cora, Davina, and Kina (he was going to name more before they were cut off). Oddly enough all of them are attractive muscular woman, while the Scotsman and especially the Scotsman's wife were not attractive and a horrible mistake of god respectively.
    • The identical septuplet Daughters of Aku qualify for this until they tried to kill Jack
  • Ripple from Splash And Bubbles is a seahorse with 499 brothers, all of whom are referred to by their numbers.

    Real Life 
  • Truth in Television: Stephen Colbert is the youngest of eleven children and can recite them all in a Motor Mouth: Jimmy-Eddie-Mary-Billy-Margo-Tommy-Jay-Lulu-Paul-Peter-Stephen. Sadly, Paul and Peter (along with their father) died in a plane crash when Stephen was 11.
  • It applies to a greater or lesser extent to many Catholics. In some places and contexts, it is still the case, though not to the extent it would have been a few generations earlier. Unlike the Protestant Quiverfull movement, however, most aren't deliberately having massive numbers of children — just taking the injunctions against artificial birth control and abortion seriously.
  • Also applies more or less to many Muslims. The strict Salafi branch, in particular, equates abortion, even those not already developing into a fetus, as murder, and definitely encourages procreation. Combine this with a certain infamous rule that's actually not meant to be used in peaceful times, but some men have abused anyhow (it's polygamy, by the way), and one Salafi man can have as many as 60 children. See King Saud's entry below.
  • The "Open Quiver" movement encourages its followers to have as many children as possible. Families within the group with ten or more children are not uncommon.
  • The Kennedys (a Catholic family). Joseph P. Kennedy had nine children, including John and Robert, who had eleven.
  • The "Octomom". Octuplets... in addition to the six she already had. In vitro was involved, of course.
  • There's a U.S. religious movement known as Quiverfull, where families try to have as many children as they possibly can in order to develop "an army for Christ".
  • Fred Phelps, the controversial leader of the extremely homophobic Westboro Baptist Church had 13 children. The most well-known is Shirley Phelps-Roper, who has 11. In all, Phelps had 63 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, most of whom are members of his cult/church.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers defensive player James Harrison has 13 siblings.
  • The Duggar family and the Gosselin (Jon & Kate Plus Eight) family. Michelle Duggar is the youngest of seven herself; husband Bob has one brother, who has one daughter named Amy. (Her cousins call her Jamy so she'll fit in). Frequently featured on 19 Kids and Counting is the Bates family, which has 18 kids.
  • The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as well as its various branches and various other branches of the Mormon Church, practice polygamous marriages, marry women quite young (in fact the FLDS has gotten in trouble for this, as in some cases underage girls have been married off), and eschew birth control, leading to huge families. A few people who have left their communities have written about their experiences; wives having 10+ children apiece and multiple wives pregnant at the same time are not at all uncommon. For prominent men in the community with three, four, or more wives, this can lead to upwards of 50 whole and half siblings in one family.
  • Food Network cook Sandra Lee practically raised her five younger siblings after her mother's second divorce, buying groceries, preparing meals, caring for the children, and handling the family's finances by the tender age of eleven.
  • Céline Dion is the youngest of fourteen children.
  • Ronan Farrow, an American freelance journalist, Child Prodigy, and son of director Woody Allen and actress Mia Farrow, is one of fourteen (four biological and ten adopted) children. And that's just on his mother's side.
  • Queen Victoria had 9 children, who went on to marry just about every other monarch on the continent. She's not known as "the Grandmother of Europe" for nothing.
  • Maria Theresa had sixteen children (ten survived to adulthood), and so had her third son Leopold.
  • Philippe duc' Orleans, only sibling of Louis XIV, puts up a rather less impressive seven children from two marriages (including one stillborn and two that died in childhood), but what makes this impressive is (1) Massive Numbered Cousins—his surviving children, save one, had lots of kids, who went on to marry most of the Catholic royalty of the Continent, leading historians to call him "the grandfather of Europe" and (2) the fact that he was gay, and everyone knew he was gay, but he still got over his probable distaste for it and actually managed to become "the grandfather of Europe." (As a royal, marrying and having children was required, but rather than simply do the minimum he could have gotten away with—having one or two children and not remarrying after his first wife died—he did his full duty and then some.)
  • Par for the course in many Royal and Imperial families, as seen with the examples above, and there are far too many to list them all. Charlemagne beats them all in the long-run, starting with his 8 sons and some daughters. These children lived to adulthood and many went on to have (varying numbers) of their own children. As a result, a great many in Western Europe can claim some genetic descent from Charles the Great. note 
  • Mark Hamill (also from a mid-century conservative Catholic family) is the fourth of seven children.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker has seven siblings, most of whom also have careers in the entertainment industry.
  • Mark Wahlberg is the youngest of nine children. His older brother Donnie from New Kids on the Block is the eighth one.
  • All of the New Kids on the Block members (save for Danny Wood) came from numerous families. Jonathan and Jordan were the fifth and sixth of six kids, respectively, whereas Joe was the "runt" among nine.
  • The Jacksons. Joseph and Katherine Jackson had ten children (one died shortly after birth), including Michael and Janet (the respective eighth and tenth siblings). The fourth sibling, Jermaine, has seven children.
  • The Osmond Family. The first generation had nine children, eight sons and one daughter. Some of them went on to play this trope to a T themselves: Tom has nine children, Alan has eight, Wayne has five, Merrill has six, Donny has five, and Marie has seven (two biological, five adopted). In total, George Osmond, the patriarch of the family, so far has 55 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.
  • The Kardashians, counting their step-brothers and half-sisters (see Theme Initials) adds up to ten siblings.
  • Macaulay Culkin had four brothers and two sisters.
  • John Tyler, President of the United States between 1841 and 1845 was the father of fifteen children from two marriages, the most for any President. Only one didn't survive into adulthood. His last child was born when Tyler was 70. One of his sons also fathered children when he was over 70; thus, Tyler has two grandchildren still living.
  • Tyler's predecessor William Henry Harrison had 10 children, all from one marriage. Harrison's son John Scott Harrison in turn had 13 children from two marriages with ten from the second, including future President Benjamin Harrison.
  • Historically, Pharaoh Ramses The Great had 110 children. Obviously, this was through numerous women, including three of his own daughters. (Also a sister, but that was par for the course among the royal family.)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach had twenty children, many of whom became successful composers or performers in the family tradition. Granted, he was married twice (although that doesn't affect things too much: his first wife died young after giving him seven children, and his second wife gave him 13 children and found time to sing and to edit and compile his compositions, to boot), and several of them died in infancy, but still, it's a lot.
  • Carlos Mencia is the 17th of 18 children.
  • Charles Darwin was the fifth of six children; his wife Emma the youngest of seven. He himself went on to have nine children, two of whom died in infancy and one who died at the age of ten.
  • Mrs. Vassilet was pregnant twenty-seven times. She had sixty-nine children.
  • Jim Henson and his wife Jane fulfilled the bare minimum for this trope — they had five children, all of whom now work in the puppetry field.
  • Hanson are the three oldest of seven children, and Taylor is well on his way to this trope with his fifth child.
  • Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia had dozens of children (the exact number is unknown) through his 22 wives. His sons have been ruling Saudi Arabia since his death in 1953. His sons have had similar numbers of children. His son Saud notably had 115 children.
  • Arthur Guinness, founder of the Guinness brewery, had 21 children. Ten survived to adulthood.
  • Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien was the 18th of 19 children, of whom 9 survived to adulthood.
  • Benjamin Franklin was the 15th of his father's 17 children.note 
  • Actor Stellan Skarsgĺrd has eight children. His oldest sons Alexander and Gustaf are following in their father's footsteps.
  • As of May 2016, actor, comedian and singer Eddie Murphy has nine children.
  • Genghis Khan and his children had such large families that 8% of ALL of Asia can show a direct linage to the Great Khan. That's 16 million people, not counting other parts of the world were his genes have shown up.
  • The real-life Georg von Trapp had Rupert, Agathe, Maria, Werner, Hedwig, Johanna, and Martina with his first wife Agathe. With his second wife Maria, he had three more children: Rosmarie, Eleonore, and Johannes.
  • Castle's Stana Katic is the first-born of six children.
  • Country singer Loretta Lynn has eight siblings, including singer Crystal Gayle. Lynn herself had six children.
  • While not a human, Randy the guinea pig and his brood deserves a mention. After somehow breaking into the female enclosure at Hatton Country World in Warwickshire, England, and escaping discovery for a few weeks, he managed to impregnate all 100 females. That makes for about 400 siblings.
  • Pro wrestler Bret Hart is the eighth child of twelve. Owen Hart was the youngest.
  • Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland had one legitimate son, Augustus III of Poland and eight illegitimate children whom he recognised. He may however had as many as 365 or 382 children!
  • Chris Savino, the creator of The Loud House is the ninth of ten children. Has five sisters and four brothers. Five of the Loud sisters were named after all of his sisters.
  • Famous track-and-field Olympian Wilma Rudolph was child number 20 out of 22.
  • Marlon Brando had 16 known children (13 biological, three adopted). It's also rumored that he is Courtney Love's grandfather through her mother Linda Carroll, whose own mother was a roommate of Brando's around the time of her conception.

Alternative Title(s): Massively Numbered Siblings, Massively Numerous Siblings, Profusely Numerous Siblings

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