->''"When it comes to Gensokyan sisters, in general the younger one is "broken"."''
-->-- '''ZUN''', ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''

In most games, if the BigBad has a sibling, he or she will be even stronger than the BigBad themselves. Mostly these appear as {{Bonus Boss}}es, but in some cases they may serve as a plot twist. This is a natural consequence of the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil; if you find yourself fighting a bad guy's relative later on, that relative will necessarily be tougher in order to keep pace with your increased skills.

Not to be confused with the Cain half of CainAndAbel. Also, many of these are big spoilers, so read with caution.

See also AlwaysSomeoneBetter, AloofBigBrother. You might find them AvengingTheVillain.
!!Some examples are:


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* An AntiHero example, Nanami from ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'' is by leagues stronger than her brother Shichika. When she was younger, her father refused to train her in the Kyoutoryuu style, not because she was a girl, not because she was [[IllGirl always sick]], but because she's far too strong for him.
* A ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' NonSerialMovie is based on Freeza's stronger older brother Cooler showing up on Earth [[AvengingTheVillain to kill Goku for killing his brother.]] (Goku hadn't actually killed Freeza, but Cooler didn't know that.) Ironically, Frieza gets revived much later on and becomes the stronger sibling again, though Cooler still beats him in savviness [[spoiler:and having a SuperMode that doesn't bleed stamina like a punctured water balloon.]]
* The Gorgon Sisters from ''Manga/SoulEater'' and ''Manga/SoulEaterNot''. Medusa, Arachne, and Shaula are savvy, [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], [[MadScientist experimenting]], [[AnimalMotifs animal themed]], [[HotWitch hot]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot witches]] who each held the title of the [[BigBad lead antagonist]] at different periods and otherwise act to [[XanatosSpeedChess one-up each other]], [[BatmanGambit the good guys]] and [[BigBadEnsemble even more villainous factions]].
* Inverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', where ''Destiny''s Rey Za Burrel is the younger, less insane "[[CloningBlues sibling]]" of ''SEED''s Rau Le Creuset. Where Le Creuset was the BigBad and sought [[OmnicidalManiac the destruction of the human race]], Rey's a WellIntentionedExtremist who believes UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, acts as TheDragon to new BigBad Gilbert Durandal, and isn't nearly the physical threat that Le Creuset was.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the younger brother Alphonse has been always stronger than his brother Edward in combat, even before he became a suit of AnimatedArmor. On the other hand, Edward is the better alchemist and uses it in battle, too.
* For the majority of ''Manga/InuYasha'', the titular character is weaker than his half-brother and full-blooded demon Sesshomaru.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* Played with in ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves''. Trixie's elder sister [[spoiler:[[BigBad Checker Monarch]]]] is far more dangerous than she is [[spoiler:due to being a {{Sociopath}} and [[WeakButSkilled exceptionally skilled with the power she has]]]], but Trixie has more sheer power than her.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Discord is revealed to be the youngest of the Draconequi, and his elder sister Strife is a ''much'' better fighter than he is and his older brother Destruction has used a ''nuke'' as an opening attack. At present, however, Discord is the strongest of the siblings because he [[spoiler:ate Destruction and an Avatar of his father Havoc]].
** It's revealed that [[spoiler:Chrysalis is technically siblings with Makarov (Pandora created both of them), and Makarov was a RealityWarper.]]
* There is a popular meme going around the internet (including several well-edited videos) about Jiren from Dragonball Super having a much stronger older brother known as 'El Hermano' (as the meme started among Spanish-speaking fans).


[[folder: Film ]]

* In the seventh ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' movie, the villain is the "big, bad brother" of the one from the previous movie.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Joe Bob Fenestre from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' reveals he has a 'prime' sibling in ''The Warning''. [[spoiler:It's none other than Visser Three, main villain of the series.]]
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' when, after Dobby tells Harry that Voldemort is not responsible for the shit hitting the fan this year, Harry asks whether Voldemort's got a brother.
* OlderThanSteam: The ''ArabianNights'' version of Aladdin has the BigBad's brother (also an EvilSorcerer, the vizier is more an ObstructiveBureaucrat in this one) as the villain of the second part, and far more powerful.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The [[spoiler:Elder Princess Shroob]] in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has several examples when it comes to pairs of characters who are sisters. In most cases, it's the younger sister who's the stronger one.
** Flandre Scarlet from the sixth game, ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil'' (her sister, Remilia, is the game's last boss).
** Shizuha Aki is the midboss to Minoriko Aki's stage in ''Mountain of Faith''. They're both still ridiculously weak, though, being the bosses of Stage 1.
** In ''Subterranean Animism'', Koishi Komeiji (Extra stage) to Satori Komeiji (fourth stage).
** There are two exceptions to the "younger sister is stronger rule"; the first is Gengetsu, Mugetsu's older twin sister in ''Lotus Land Story'', who is infamous for her nigh-impossible to dodge time-out phase bullets. The second is Shion Yorigami from ''Antimony of Common Flowers'', who is the older twin sister of Jo'on Yorigami and is the stronger of the two despite Jo'on being the face of the duo.
* Death and Schirach from ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa''. Death is the most powerful physically and controls Necromantic magic, and Schirach has the most powerful magic of the Trio of Dark Gods. However, if you power up the BigBad to its fullest then the point is rendered moot.
* [[spoiler: Hooktail]] in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' actually has two other siblings. [[spoiler: Gloomtail, who is her brother and is basically a PaletteSwap. Bonetail is the eldest of the group and is an undead dragon lurking in the BonusDungeon.]]
** [[spoiler: Bonetail]] is actually the BigBad's ''pet'', and is a lot more difficult to beat than the BigBad is.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'': After defeating [[spoiler: Archduke Kam'lanaut]] halfway through the Rise of the Zilart missions, you find out that his [[spoiler: comparatively pint-sized brother Eald'narche]] is really [[spoiler: his big brother]] and serves as the FinalBoss at the end of the mission set.
* Of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'''s Ashford twins, Alexia is the smarter and tougher one [[spoiler:as well as the BigBad in their game of appearance. Before she wakes up from a deep freeze, you're led to believe she's actually dead after finding out that whenever you see her beforehand it was her brother, at first the primary antagonist, impersonating her, so her arrival does serve as a turn.]]
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' also does this with strong implications that [[spoiler: there's another Wesker that's more clever and less [[{{LargeHam}} hammy]] than the one we all know.]] Check the files in chapter 6-2 and Lost in Nightmares, it's sad indeed.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', [[spoiler: Claus is the Mysterious Masked Man]], and proves to be much stronger than your entire party.
* Played for laughs in ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}.'' In Deep Darkness, there's an enemy called the Manly Fish. There's a stronger, rarer enemy called the Manly Fish's Brother.
* Rick and Nick Bruiser in ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Super Punch-Out]]''.
* A variation with a different relative. In ''VideoGame/LocoRoco 2'', the final boss of the main game isn't the BigBad of the first game, Bon Mucho--it's his mother, Majoline.
* In ''VideoGame/RosenkreuzStilette'', Zorne Sepperin is the adoptive older sister of the BigBad, Iris Sepperin, who has inherited Rosenkreuz's godly powers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': Sans is much stronger and smarter than Papyrus, on the rare occasion when Sans decides to stop [[LazyBum bumming around the house]] and actually do anything. [[spoiler:One such occasion being, if the player decides to go for a KillEmAll ending...]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Overwatch}}'': Zigzagged with Hanzo and Genji. Hanzo was Genji's AlwaysSomeoneBetter growing up and nearly killed him in a duel in their youth. When they meet as adults and duel again, Genji, now a cyborg, manages to defeat his brother. However, it is implied that even with his cybernetic enhancements, the only reason Genji stood a chance is because Hanzo vowed to never wield a sword again after (seemingly) murdering his brother, and so now uses a bow, [[WorfHadTheFlu which he is less effective with]].