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Playing With: Sibling Seniority Squabble
Basic Trope: In a set of twins, the older one puffs up this title, even if he/she's only older by a few minutes.
  • Straight: Alice was born half an hour before Eliza, and constantly takes advantage of "Older Sister Privilege".
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice ruthlessly exploits "Older Sister Privilege" so her parents treat her like royalty.
    • "Eliza" and "Alice" are clones, and Alice came out of the vat .001 seconds before Eliza; she has the timing memorized and takes advantage of Older Clone Privilege.
    • Alice has several friends and cousins who also use this excuse on their siblings to get the best of everything.
  • Downplayed: Alice only mentions being the older sister once, in order to get the last cookie.
  • Justified:
    • Alice and Eliza — or, if you will, Jacob and Esau — are born into a society that puts much importance on the inheritance of the firstborn child. So Alice (or Esau) having been born first isn't a mere accident: it will determine their entire future lives.
    • In a World where children born on the stroke of midnight have magical powers, Alice's birth at twelve o'clock precisely gives her wizardly gifts beyond mortal ken. Eliza has to content herself with being the sidekick.
    • Though she has no (known) special powers, the timing of Alice's birth makes her The Chosen One.
  • Inverted:
    • Eliza frequently brings up how, as the baby of the family, she should be indulged, petted, and protected, especially by her older sister.
    • The parents offer Alice various privileges because she's older than Eliza, but she declines them.
  • Subverted:
    • Eliza, much more worldly wise than Alice, acts as the leader, despite admitting that she is younger.
    • Alice was born half an hour before her brother Alex, but because they live in a patriarchal society, Alex is raised to think of himself as the leader automatically.
    • Despite squabbling over everything else in their lives, Alice and Eliza agree that there's really no point in either one claiming superiority because of the order they were born in.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Their parents reveal that, actually, Eliza is older than Alice, and therefore, has all Older Sister Privilege.
    • The law is changed to treat males and females equally.
    • They change their minds after overhearing this argument from another pair of siblings.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: "Alice and Eliza get along too well. It's unrealistic." "I know. Let's have Alice say that she should get the best of everything because she was born first."
  • Lampshaded: "I should have the best of everything because I'm the oldest. It's called Older Sister Privilege."
  • Invoked: Alice overhears her friends Diane and Helen arguing about Older Sister Privilege.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Eliza and Alice are only two of a huge, contentious brood of children; they're too busy holding their own against their brothers and sisters to squabble with each other.
    • Eliza and Alice's parents never say which twin was actually born first, denying either sister Privilege.
    • The family knows that Alice was born first, but their parents treat her and Eliza equally.
  • Discussed: "No, we don't argue about privileges. I'm the oldest, but that doesn't mean I should get the best of everything."
  • Conversed: "Why don't those girls' parents step in? Twin sisters should think of each other as equals."
  • Implied: The parents treat Alice better than Eliza for no apparent reason.

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