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* Film/BennyAndJoon the title characters parents have died some years before, leaving Benny to raise Joon, who is a mentally IllGirl. He takes his role very seriously but also objects to options that may have been helpful to Joon, such as sheltered accommodation or her relationship with [[Cloudcuckoolander Sam]] partly because he doesn't want to lose her.

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* Film/BennyAndJoon the title characters parents have died some years before, leaving Benny to raise Joon, who is a mentally IllGirl. He takes his role very seriously but also objects to options that may have been helpful to Joon, such as sheltered accommodation or her relationship with [[Cloudcuckoolander [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Sam]] partly because he doesn't want to lose her.


Compare to BigBrotherInstinct and FamilyMan. If this trope is a KlingonPromotion to parent, the promoted will also be a SelfMadeOrphan. PlayingHouse is when it's just a game kids play.

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Compare to BigBrotherInstinct and FamilyMan. If this trope is a KlingonPromotion to parent, the promoted will also be a SelfMadeOrphan. Contrast with DisappointingOlderSibling when the first born proves to be too immature, irresponsible, or ineffectual to be a parental substitute. PlayingHouse is when it's just a game kids play.


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* Bunny has been this to [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=sweetheart#/d5gr949 Sweetheart and Speckles]], [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=eglantine#/d58h76y Eglantine]], and, of course, [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=Madgie+#/d4la3jj Madgie]]. Needless to say, understandably so, she was rather unwilling to take on these responsibilities but, with her younger cousins, she seems not to mind. However, this is because Madgie is wanted fugitive, while said little cousins are not.

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Bunny has been this to [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=sweetheart#/d5gr949 Sweetheart and Speckles]], [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=eglantine#/d58h76y Eglantine]], and, of course, [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=Madgie+#/d4la3jj Madgie]]. Needless to say, understandably so, she was rather unwilling to take on these responsibilities but, with her younger cousins, she seems not to mind. However, this is because Madgie is a wanted fugitive, while said little cousins are not.


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* During the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Bulkhead and Bumblebee seemed to have a sibling relationship with Sari. After her father disappeared, they started moving into more of a parental role--or at least they tried.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Katara took on this sort of role in looking after her family after her mother Kya was murdered. A notable case, since Katara is actually the younger sibling. Even when she and Sokka leave the South Pole, she becomes the TeamMom. Her brother Sokka even highlights this at one point in Book 3, talking to Toph about how whenever he tries to picture his mother's face, Katara's is the face he sees.
** It was zigzagged around in the first few episodes, since Sokka was adamant about the duty that Hakoda gave to him: [[BigBrotherInstinct taking care of his little sister.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Mako took care of his younger brother Bolin while the two of them were growing up on the streets, and is still fiercely protective of him.
** Ghazan [[TheUnreveal may or may not]] have been raised by an older sister.
* A unique example in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''--the title character is the HalfHumanHybrid son of an alien MagicalGirlWarrior, being trained by his mother's old teammates. [[ParentsAsPeople Their attempts are spotty but loving]]. Steven's father, Greg, did raise him until recently and is still involved in his life, but decided that he needed to stay with the Gems in order to learn how to use his powers. (The fact that Greg LivesInAVan may have also contributed.)
* Their parents are alive and well in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', but Jazz relegated herself as the "parent" to Danny for a number of years. Fearing that her parents were too incompetent and obsessed with their ghost hunting that would in turn traumatize her naive, scared younger brother, Jazz served as a crutch and guidance to ensure his growth. In some ways it worked, but half the time he's irritated with her too-mature behavior. It works out in the end when Jazz realizes that she underestimated her parents' love and devotion to their children and that [[CharacterDevelopment Danny's doing a fine job standing on his own two feet. With it, she, too, learns to let go and enjoy her given age]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' Dib sometimes seems to feel this way towards Gaz, since their father is always working and their [[MissingMom mom may or may not have ever even existed]]. {{Fanon}} tends to exaggerate this a bit, however; for the most part, Gaz is self-sufficient, and Dib seems to know it.
* When Goliath in ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' (the [[AFatherToHisMen "rookery father"]] of the Manhattan Clan) goes missing, his NumberTwo Brooklyn, is forced to take up Goliath's [[TheLeader leadership responsibilities]].
* Though it's never mentioned what happened to their parents, Sue Storm on ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' is definitely this to [[HotBlooded Johnny]].
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Daria}}'' [[AllThereInTheManual website]] describes Casa Lane as the house where siblings [[CoolLoser Jane]] and [[TheSlacker Trent]] "were raised. By each other." It's not entirely true, but [[HandsOffParenting their parents are usually off in some foreign country]] and their older siblings (all moved out by the time the show takes place) are all dysfunctional in some way, leaving Jane and Trent alone to try to stabilize each other. (Trent is older, but Jane is probably the more responsible of the two.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', Dot takes this role to Enzo. Naturally it ends after Enzo's YearInsideHourOutside TimeSkip, rendering him physically older than Dot. Enzo's {{clon|ingBlues}}e gets the original and Dot as surrogate parents, but later gets his real dad back ([[AndIMustScream sort of]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn was adopted by Jake's parents, who later died, and Jake watches out for Finn, although Jake is the FunnyAnimal version of a ManChild (a Dog Puppy?) and they mostly act like best friends and equals rather than a younger brother and a much older brother. In one episode, Jake makes an odd comment that his ability to sense when Finn is going to cry is like a "mother-daughter" thing.
** [[spoiler: Simon Petrikov]] as well, after he found a young [[spoiler: Marceline]] in the ruins of a city in the aftermath of the [[WorldWarIII Mushroom War]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:'' The Apple siblings were technically [[RaisedByGrandparents raised by Granny Smith]], but she's a bit senile. It's implied that Big Macintosh has taken on the "dad" role for his sisters (with WordOfGod adding that he's probably the farm's legal owner), with Applejack also trying to be a BigSisterMentor for Apple Bloom.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** [[ShapeShifting M'gann]] and [[{{Animorphism}} Gar]] consider themselves "[[BloodBrothers blood siblings]]" after she saves his life with a SuperHumanTransfusion. After his mom dies during the TimeSkip he moves to Mount Justice with her.
** "Misplaced" is sort of a worldwide temporary example: all the adults in the world disappear and we see teenagers rounding up and trying to care for all the younger kids.
* Somewhat similar its live action counterpart, the animated WesternAnimation/PunkyBrewster becomes a de facto parent to Glomer, the magical creature who is stranded from his homeland within a rainbow.
* In TheSeventies' SaturdayMorningCartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Devlin}}'' by Creator/HannaBarbera, the main character and local BadassBiker Ernie Devlin has had to raise his teenage brother Todd and pre-teen sister Sandy in [[CircusBrat the circus they live and work in.]] According to some flashbacks, their dad was a highway motorcycle patrolman who was killed in the line of duty.
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* In several rapidly developing Southeast Asian cultures, such as Vietnam, as parents work for longer and longer hours to support their large families, the eldest children are expected to act as surrogate parents to their younger siblings while their parents are absent. This is common to all cultures where the firstborn son is considered to be second in status only to the father--many, if not most, place the firstborn son above the mother in the family hierarchy, while still maintaining the tradition of utter respect for one's parents--but is especially prominent in countries that have until recently been considered Third World. This is due to the rapid economy growth and increased cost of living resulting in a need for parents to work for longer and longer hours.
* There's quite a bit of Sub-Saharan Africa where the current parental generation has been severely depleted by HIV/AIDS leaving many households headed by the very young or the very old ... and given that life expectancies in Sub-Saharan Africa aren't all that great, the very young tend to get handed the ball.
* This can also happen in the western world, where one family has a lot of kids and the parents are too busy to look after each of them individually.
** One of the most notorious examples are the Duggars, who have '''19''' biological children. Although they say they are involved with the kids' lives, the Duggars have gone on record that each of their children is paired with an older sibling who basically acts as their mentor/parent. It's understandable, considering Jim Bob works and Michelle is perpetually pregnant and bed-ridden.
*** The most egregious example occurred at an airport. They allowed their (then) three year-old to travel to the bathroom by himself. When he (SHOCKER) got lost, he cried for/ran to his oldest sister for comfort when found and seemingly wanted nothing to do with his parents.
* This is what gave Herbert Gmeiner the idea to found the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOS_Children%27s_Villages SOS Children's Villages]]: His mother died when he was young and his father had to work very hard and couldn't take care of the family, so his older siblings, especially his oldest sister, took over the role of parents for the younger ones. This experience of family bonds and family love, even when parents are absent, was what inspired the SOS Children's Villages concept, which differs from other foster-care concepts in various ways, including in that siblings are supposed to be kept together by all means possible.
* UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan, while second of several children, supposedly teamed up with his younger full brother to ambush and kill his older half brother after their father was killed, because he couldn't accept being subordinated to this half-brother when he became head of the family, according to steppe tradition. Apparently the brother died with dignity, and thereafter young Temujin was undisputed head of the little clan, although his father's various wives hung around for years.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Rickenbacker Eddie Rickenbacker]]: Father died when he was 13. He quit school and went to work to support the family. Got in on the ground floor of automobile manufacturing (his job was cleaning the garage), took correspondence classes in mechanics and engineering, went on to become a race car driver, the American Ace of Aces in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Medal of Honor winner, and basically all-around badass.
* Given that the Gilbreths had twelve children (technically eleven, but Mary was always counted out of respect), the family worked under a system in which the older children were responsible for overseeing the younger ones. Since the parents were pioneers in the field of motion study and work saving (and rather successful ones at that), the systems set up pretty much worked perfectly. After their father died, the oldest four children (Anne, Ernestine, Martha, and Frank Jr.) split the various household responsibilities between them while their mother went out to give lectures.
* Stephen Brookes helped his family flee from the Japanese in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. [[https://www.amazon.com/Through-Jungle-Death-Escape-Wartime/dp/1620457768 And he wrote a book about it.]]
* Psychological studies have shown that there is a certain pattern in "problematic" families (such as families in which the parents have major problems like alcohol / drug abuse, mental health problems, etc): The first/oldest child is the "hero" of the family, the one who takes care of younger siblings, the parents and every-day problems, the youngest child is the "comedian/sunshine" of the family, who distracts the other family members from their problems and the other children in between (if there are more than two children) are the ones who're either the "troublemaker", or the "quiet/easy" child who doesn't make trouble at all. Interestingly enough, the roles of the younger children can vary (a child other than the youngest can be the "sunshine", for example), but the role of the oldest is pretty much always the "hero".
** "Parentified" children can actually result in a bit of an issue when a family of children is taken into the foster system. A six year old who has basically been acting as the adult her whole life is not always going to take kindly to being told to go to bed and that Mommy will take care of the siblings.
* Casts of players tend to form themselves into pseudo-families, usually (but not always) the director, male or female, as TeamDad and an older or at least WiseBeyondTheirYears actress as TeamMom. If the players in these roles have siblings in the cast, it'll cros into this.
* The patron saint of Ecuador, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariana_de_Jesus_de_Paredes Saint Mariana de Jesus de Paredes y Flores]], was the youngest of eight kids from a high-class family. Mariana's parents died when she was just 7 years old, so she was raised by her older sister Jerónima and her husband Cosme de Miranda. In fact, Mariana's mystical activities happened almost exclusively in a small room located inside Cosme and Jeronima's household.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nani Nani's]] father [[ParentalAbandonment left the family when he was 5, his mother left when he was 12]]. His older brother Paolo Roberto became a father figure to him. By Nani's confession, Paolo taught him everything he knows, including how to play football.
* From 2012 to 2015, actress Shanelle Workman-Gray had to be the caretaker of her little sister Creator/ArielWinter, after their mom Chrisoula Batista-Workman's StageMom behavior [[AbusiveParents went too far.]]
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic,'' it's heavily implied, and confirmed by WordOfGod, that Applejack's parents are dead. Applejack thus takes this role for her younger sister Apple Bloom, while oldest sibling Big Macintosh seems to take it for both of them.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic,'' it's heavily implied, and confirmed by WordOfGod, that Applejack's parents are dead. Applejack thus takes this role for her younger sister ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:'' The Apple Bloom, while oldest sibling siblings were technically [[RaisedByGrandparents raised by Granny Smith]], but she's a bit senile. It's implied that Big Macintosh seems to take it has taken on the "dad" role for both of them.his sisters (with WordOfGod adding that he's probably the farm's legal owner), with Applejack also trying to be a BigSisterMentor for Apple Bloom.


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* In the ''Fanfic/{{Dangerverse}}'' series, Hermione's parents are killed by Death Eaters when she's still a baby, and she's raised by her big sister, Danger.
* Basically the core of the story in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3703685/1/Family Family]], following Yakko Warner as he tries to raise his siblings.
* A bit of an odd example in ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'', in that no parent actually ''died'', but when Elly started to go insane, she denied that April was ever her daughter and threw her out. Since April was still a minor, this could be applied to her older brother Michael, who took her into his family. A ''lot'' more plausible when John gives up on convincing Elly that April's their daughter, effectively disowning her.
** [[spoiler: Later, they're introduced to their half-sister, Claire, and Claire ends up becoming more of a mother figure to April than Elly ever was, even when she was sane. Was made kind of awkward when April said she could have been her mother: there's a 22 year age difference, since Claire was the result of a TeenPregnancy and April was a late in life baby]]
* Averted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8413363/8/Where-Paths-Cross When Paths Cross]]'' where the older child left the then-fifteen-year-old main character in an orphanage after the death of their parents rather than even try to take care of her.
* In most ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' fan fictions, Mungojerrie is often the protective one (Rumpleteazer often written as the younger sibling) and it is a fan WMG that Macavity killed their parents.
* In ComicBook/PowerGirl fanfic ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', Franchise/{{Superman}} tried to serve as Kara's father upon his cousin's arrival, but she couldn't regard him as her own father.
* Kristoph parented Klavier for a while after their parents died in a car accident in ''FanFic/DirtySympathy''. It obviously didn't end well since Klavier immediately left home when he was 15 and they both hate each other by the time the fic takes place.
* In ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'' Kaji becomes his little brother's guardian after Heishiro returns from Instrumentality. He thought Heishiro would want nothing with him, but his brother makes clear that he refuses to live with strangers.
* In ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'', we have an eleven-year old Satsuki, with her mother living at a special care facility and her father working constantly. She does note how difficult this can be, especially with the thought of her sisters being taken away from her. However, sadly, the stress of this is what turns her into an IllGirl.
* In ''Series/Supergirl2015'' fic ''Fanfic/{{Survivors}}'', [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kal]] and [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]]ís parents die on Krypton and Kara becomes her baby cousinís mother de facto upon crash-landing on Earth.
-->The mention of her mother almost took her back, but she shook her head. There was no time. Kara was a practical girl now. She had to be. No more playing, no more crafts, no more classes... no more anything. She was a mother for all intents and purposes. A 13 year old homeless mother on a strange world with no food.
* "Fanfic/AenrhienVailiuri": Jaleh Khoroushi mentions to the ''Aen'rhien''[='s=] tactical officer that she and her older brother Ehsan ended up as backup parents just from the fact that she was the second of five kids.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6494630/2/Daisy-Dursley Daisy Dursley]]'' Harry's aunt and uncle announce that their infant daughter is a "freak" after she exhibits accidental magic and make Harry responsible for her care. After his cousin Dudley worries that he might be classed as a freak someday too, the two boys make a blood oath that they and Daisy will always be a family of their own.
* In ''Fanfic/TheEquestriaChronicles'', Celestia is as much a mother figure as a sister to Luna, at least at the start.
* An adult example in ''To live again'', a ''Series/CriminalMinds'' fanfic: Alex and Annie were in an aunt/niece-like relationship in Annie's childhood and when they're reunited they just think of it as a chance to friendship... Then somewhere along the way Alex becomes Annie's MamaBear and Annie decides that Alex is the best mom she could ask for. And you don't mess with Annie's mom. Ever.
* In the ''Series/TheXFiles'' fanfic ''The Truth is out there... and it hurts'', Sally takes Samantha's raising in her own hands after they escape from the colonists' prison. They call each other sister, but Sally is more of a mom to her.
* In ''{{FanFic/Vapors}}'' Aiko Uzumaki has a lot of bitterness (at the village) due to feeling that she had to raise Naruto instead of responsible adults. Later, Sasuke discovers that one of his cousins was secretly having an affair, and he has a now-orphaned, academy-student cousin in the village.
* This happens with Satsuki and Nui (mostly the former) in ''Fanfic/CellarSecrets''. In light of Rei's suicide, their mother being committed and living in the care of a mental hospital before later on dying of a terminal illness, and the fact that their father died years ago, the sisters have to play a caregiving/parental role to their [[spoiler: WildChild little sister Ryuuko]]. Unlike some examples, they do have some help in the form of Aikurou on the side.
* A popular FandomSpecificPlot in the ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' fandom, affectionately nicknamed "Baby Bones", involves this as a backstory for Sans and Papyrus. It does have some canon evidence to go by--they live with each other and have no other relatives to be seen, they apparently [[TheSpook just showed up in town by themselves one day]] at an unspecified age, and due to Papyrus' [[ManChild immaturity]], Sans still performs parental tasks for him such as nursing his belief in Santa and reading him bedtime stories. In some stories it's PlayedForDrama and used to speculate about their past and the hardships they'd face in such a situation, while in others it's played purely for its [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sheer adorableness]]
* A common occurrence in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fanfics where the Targaryens win in Robert's Rebellion and Prince Rhaegar becomes king. In addition to his own young children, he also has to raise his siblings; he's 25 at the end of the war, but his brother Viserys is 8 and his sister Daenerys is a newborn. Granted, the situation is a lot easier for him to deal with since he's a king.
* ''Fanfic/QueenOfTheSwarm'': Brian gets legal custody of his little sister Aisha to get her out of their home before their parents screw her up.
* In the ''Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames'' universe, the human version of Shining Armor and Twilight's parents were killed by a DrunkDriver when the latter was thirteen. Shining, since he was in his mid-twenties during the time of the accident, took custody of his sister. His fiancee, Cadance, decided that she wanted to help raise Twilight, so they both agreed to tie the knot down at the courthouse instead of doing the big wedding they were planning before the tragedy struck so she could adopt Twilight as well. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The two of them agreed to hold off on the wedding and having kids of their own until Twilight graduated high school so they can make sure she spends her teen years in an supportive environment.]]
* ''FanFic/YinAndYangSeries'': Lupapa is perhaps the most egregious example of this trope, having taken care of his seven siblings since her parents' death. Frannie Martin also underwent this towards her younger siblings Oliver and Maggie.
* In the ''Fanfic/HarmonyAndValor'' universe, the human versions of Twilight Velvet and Night Light died in a semi-truck accident four years ago while on a family road trip. Shining Armor and Cadance have been taking care of Sci-Twi ever since then. During "A Daughter Not His Own," Sci-Twi lets them know on Patents' Day how much she appreciates all that they have done for her and asks if she can call them "Mom and Dad" just for the day, and they pull her into a group hug crying TearsOfJoy. Shining Armor even calls her their "beautiful daughter".
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Brock is this as in canon, although this time much more seriously [[spoiler: since his parents [[DeathByAdaptation are dead in the new timeline]].]]
* In ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin'', Itachi becomes this to Sasuke. [[spoiler: Shisui also becomes this to an extent, given that [[SparedByTheAdaptation in this story he's the oldest surviving Uchiha]].]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheOutside'', we have this happen three times to Ryuuko in light of father's death and her mother's decade-long absence.
** Earlier, we have Satsuki, who is Ryuuko's guardian, however, this is deconstructed as she's, agoraphobia and poor health aside, no more mature than Ryuuko is and isn't too capable a guardian, which gets Ryuuko removed from her care.
** Later, Shiro starts to play this role and he really plays this to a hilt when he tends to give Ryuuko lectures in much the vein a father would.
** Periodically, we have Nui playing something of this (despite being younger) because, due to being sheltered, Ryuuko is ''more'' naive than she is.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12157282/1/Percy-Take-the-Wheel Percy Take the Wheel]]'' is a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic where an accident kills Molly and puts Arthur in a coma, leaving Percy to raise the younger Weasleys. (Bill and Charlie are supporting the family financially, but this means staying at their jobs overseas.)
* In the ''Dusk to Dawn'' fan novel series, this is deconstructed in ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'s backstory. Selina had to be a mother figure for her sister Maggie after their parents died, and was ''way'' too wild and irresponsible to be up to the task. Realizing this, Selina left her sister behind in an orphanage where she believed Maggie [[GiveHimANormalLife could have a normal life]]. [[spoiler:She didn't. The CorruptChurch funding the orphanage took Maggie shortly after, and raised/brainwashed her into their borderline superhuman warrior.]]
* In ''Fanfic/ToTryForTheSun'', 12-year old Celestia and 8-year old Luna were orphaned in King Platinum's war. Celestia works as a grave-digger to support her family.
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* In the ''Fanfic/{{Dangerverse}}'' series, Hermione's parents are killed by Death Eaters when she's still a baby, and she's raised by her big sister, Danger.
* Basically the core of the story in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3703685/1/Family Family]], following Yakko Warner as he tries to raise his siblings.
* A bit of an odd example in ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'', in that no parent actually ''died'', but when Elly started to go insane, she denied that April was ever her daughter and threw her out. Since April was still a minor, this could be applied to her older brother Michael, who took her into his family. A ''lot'' more plausible when John gives up on convincing Elly that April's their daughter, effectively disowning her.
** [[spoiler: Later, they're introduced to their half-sister, Claire, and Claire ends up becoming more of a mother figure to April than Elly ever was, even when she was sane. Was made kind of awkward when April said she could have been her mother: there's a 22 year age difference, since Claire was the result of a TeenPregnancy and April was a late in life baby]]
* Averted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8413363/8/Where-Paths-Cross When Paths Cross]]'' where the older child left the then-fifteen-year-old main character in an orphanage after the death of their parents rather than even try to take care of her.
* In most ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' fan fictions, Mungojerrie is often the protective one (Rumpleteazer often written as the younger sibling) and it is a fan WMG that Macavity killed their parents.
* In ComicBook/PowerGirl fanfic ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', Franchise/{{Superman}} tried to serve as Kara's father upon his cousin's arrival, but she couldn't regard him as her own father.
* Kristoph parented Klavier for a while after their parents died in a car accident in ''FanFic/DirtySympathy''. It obviously didn't end well since Klavier immediately left home when he was 15 and they both hate each other by the time the fic takes place.
* In ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'' Kaji becomes his little brother's guardian after Heishiro returns from Instrumentality. He thought Heishiro would want nothing with him, but his brother makes clear that he refuses to live with strangers.
* In ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'', we have an eleven-year old Satsuki, with her mother living at a special care facility and her father working constantly. She does note how difficult this can be, especially with the thought of her sisters being taken away from her. However, sadly, the stress of this is what turns her into an IllGirl.
* In ''Series/Supergirl2015'' fic ''Fanfic/{{Survivors}}'', [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kal]] and [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]]ís parents die on Krypton and Kara becomes her baby cousinís mother de facto upon crash-landing on Earth.
-->The mention of her mother almost took her back, but she shook her head. There was no time. Kara was a practical girl now. She had to be. No more playing, no more crafts, no more classes... no more anything. She was a mother for all intents and purposes. A 13 year old homeless mother on a strange world with no food.
* "Fanfic/AenrhienVailiuri": Jaleh Khoroushi mentions to the ''Aen'rhien''[='s=] tactical officer that she and her older brother Ehsan ended up as backup parents just from the fact that she was the second of five kids.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6494630/2/Daisy-Dursley Daisy Dursley]]'' Harry's aunt and uncle announce that their infant daughter is a "freak" after she exhibits accidental magic and make Harry responsible for her care. After his cousin Dudley worries that he might be classed as a freak someday too, the two boys make a blood oath that they and Daisy will always be a family of their own.
* In ''Fanfic/TheEquestriaChronicles'', Celestia is as much a mother figure as a sister to Luna, at least at the start.
* An adult example in ''To live again'', a ''Series/CriminalMinds'' fanfic: Alex and Annie were in an aunt/niece-like relationship in Annie's childhood and when they're reunited they just think of it as a chance to friendship... Then somewhere along the way Alex becomes Annie's MamaBear and Annie decides that Alex is the best mom she could ask for. And you don't mess with Annie's mom. Ever.
* In the ''Series/TheXFiles'' fanfic ''The Truth is out there... and it hurts'', Sally takes Samantha's raising in her own hands after they escape from the colonists' prison. They call each other sister, but Sally is more of a mom to her.
* In ''{{FanFic/Vapors}}'' Aiko Uzumaki has a lot of bitterness (at the village) due to feeling that she had to raise Naruto instead of responsible adults. Later, Sasuke discovers that one of his cousins was secretly having an affair, and he has a now-orphaned, academy-student cousin in the village.
* This happens with Satsuki and Nui (mostly the former) in ''Fanfic/CellarSecrets''. In light of Rei's suicide, their mother being committed and living in the care of a mental hospital before later on dying of a terminal illness, and the fact that their father died years ago, the sisters have to play a caregiving/parental role to their [[spoiler: WildChild little sister Ryuuko]]. Unlike some examples, they do have some help in the form of Aikurou on the side.
* A popular FandomSpecificPlot in the ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' fandom, affectionately nicknamed "Baby Bones", involves this as a backstory for Sans and Papyrus. It does have some canon evidence to go by--they live with each other and have no other relatives to be seen, they apparently [[TheSpook just showed up in town by themselves one day]] at an unspecified age, and due to Papyrus' [[ManChild immaturity]], Sans still performs parental tasks for him such as nursing his belief in Santa and reading him bedtime stories. In some stories it's PlayedForDrama and used to speculate about their past and the hardships they'd face in such a situation, while in others it's played purely for its [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sheer adorableness]]
* A common occurrence in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fanfics where the Targaryens win in Robert's Rebellion and Prince Rhaegar becomes king. In addition to his own young children, he also has to raise his siblings; he's 25 at the end of the war, but his brother Viserys is 8 and his sister Daenerys is a newborn. Granted, the situation is a lot easier for him to deal with since he's a king.
* ''Fanfic/QueenOfTheSwarm'': Brian gets legal custody of his little sister Aisha to get her out of their home before their parents screw her up.
* In the ''Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames'' universe, the human version of Shining Armor and Twilight's parents were killed by a DrunkDriver when the latter was thirteen. Shining, since he was in his mid-twenties during the time of the accident, took custody of his sister. His fiancee, Cadance, decided that she wanted to help raise Twilight, so they both agreed to tie the knot down at the courthouse instead of doing the big wedding they were planning before the tragedy struck so she could adopt Twilight as well. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The two of them agreed to hold off on the wedding and having kids of their own until Twilight graduated high school so they can make sure she spends her teen years in an supportive environment.]]
* ''FanFic/YinAndYangSeries'': Lupapa is perhaps the most egregious example of this trope, having taken care of his seven siblings since her parents' death. Frannie Martin also underwent this towards her younger siblings Oliver and Maggie.
* In the ''Fanfic/HarmonyAndValor'' universe, the human versions of Twilight Velvet and Night Light died in a semi-truck accident four years ago while on a family road trip. Shining Armor and Cadance have been taking care of Sci-Twi ever since then. During "A Daughter Not His Own," Sci-Twi lets them know on Patents' Day how much she appreciates all that they have done for her and asks if she can call them "Mom and Dad" just for the day, and they pull her into a group hug crying TearsOfJoy. Shining Armor even calls her their "beautiful daughter".
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Brock is this as in canon, although this time much more seriously [[spoiler: since his parents [[DeathByAdaptation are dead in the new timeline]].]]
* In ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin'', Itachi becomes this to Sasuke. [[spoiler: Shisui also becomes this to an extent, given that [[SparedByTheAdaptation in this story he's the oldest surviving Uchiha]].]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheOutside'', we have this happen three times to Ryuuko in light of father's death and her mother's decade-long absence.
** Earlier, we have Satsuki, who is Ryuuko's guardian, however, this is deconstructed as she's, agoraphobia and poor health aside, no more mature than Ryuuko is and isn't too capable a guardian, which gets Ryuuko removed from her care.
** Later, Shiro starts to play this role and he really plays this to a hilt when he tends to give Ryuuko lectures in much the vein a father would.
** Periodically, we have Nui playing something of this (despite being younger) because, due to being sheltered, Ryuuko is ''more'' naive than she is.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12157282/1/Percy-Take-the-Wheel Percy Take the Wheel]]'' is a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic where an accident kills Molly and puts Arthur in a coma, leaving Percy to raise the younger Weasleys. (Bill and Charlie are supporting the family financially, but this means staying at their jobs overseas.)
* In the ''Dusk to Dawn'' fan novel series, this is deconstructed in ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'s backstory. Selina had to be a mother figure for her sister Maggie after their parents died, and was ''way'' too wild and irresponsible to be up to the task. Realizing this, Selina left her sister behind in an orphanage where she believed Maggie [[GiveHimANormalLife could have a normal life]]. [[spoiler:She didn't. The CorruptChurch funding the orphanage took Maggie shortly after, and raised/brainwashed her into their borderline superhuman warrior.]]
* In ''Fanfic/ToTryForTheSun'', 12-year old Celestia and 8-year old Luna were orphaned in King Platinum's war. Celestia works as a grave-digger to support her family.
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* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'': Satomi's parents died years ago, in a car accident, leaving her to fend for herself and [[IllGirl her kid brother]], since they have no other living relatives. But she [[PerpetualPoverty barely earns enough for them to get by]], due to how costly her brother's treatments are, which is why she's [[HealthcareMotivation set her sights on the VG Tournament's prize money.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' [[PrivateEyeMonologue Lucas]] casually mentions that his older brother Marcus "took care of me after our parents died". Sounds sweet enough until you see their grave stones and figures out that Lucas was around eighteen when his parents died (ten years later he has a former girlfriend that used to live with him in his huge loft).
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Raine, sister of Genis, takes the parental role; at the start she only has a vague memory of her mother and Genis doesn't remember anything. [[spoiler:They do find their mother near the end, but she's insane and nursing a doll whom she named Raine]]. Raine [[spoiler: (not the doll)]] ends up in a parental role for the group of children sent out to save the world, along with Kratos, the mercenary hired for the job; of course [[spoiler: Kratos pulls a [[LukeIAmYourFather Darth Vader]]]].
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', [[spoiler: Van acts like a parent to Tear when Hod is destroyed]]. Also, although they aren't actual siblings, Guy acted as both an older brother and a parent to Luke, as he is the one who taught Luke how to walk/talk/etc. [[spoiler:after he was found at Choral Castle.]]
** Chester from ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' was promoted to a father figure for his little sister Ami after their parents died... up until she dies as well, [[DoomedHometown together with other denizens of Toltus]].
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'', Julius serves as a father figure for his younger half-brother, [[TheHero Ludger]] [[spoiler:after Julius killed Lugder's mother, who was the younger sister of Julius's mother, in self-defense. Julius was extremely careful to keep all of this hidden from their ArchnemesisDad]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'': Celica had to take care of her much younger siblings Velvet and Laphicet when their parents died. When Celica died, Velvet had to step up, but in that case she didn't have to fill the role completely since Celica's husband Arthur was still around to help.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'', the Falcoknight [[ActionMom Juno]] raised her sisters, the Pegasus Knights [[DefrostingIceQueen Thite]] and [[GenkiGirl Thany]], after their Ilian mercenary parents were killed together in the battlefield when Juno was a teenager and the others were little girls.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'' has [[LadyOfWar Fiora]], who raised her sisters [[{{Tsundere}} Farina]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Florina]]; [[TheStoic Uther]], who had to raise his younger brother {{H|otBlooded}}ector in addition to ruling Ostia; and [[MysteriousWaif Ninian]], who's been taking care of her little brother Nils.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has [[{{Stripperiffic}} Tethys]], who raised her younger brother [[MagikarpPower Ewan]] alone until she joined Gerik's group and he went to study with [[BadassBookworm Saleh]]). There's also [[spoiler: Forde]], who became a knight both to follow his DisappearedDad's example and provide for himself and his little brother [[spoiler: Franz (who would become a knight as well)]].
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' has Oscar raising his little brothers Boyd and Rolf in Greil's group.
** Going even further back in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' are half-brothers [[WellIntentionedExtremist Arvis]] and [[BadassBookworm Azelle]] of Velthomer. Azelle's mom was one of the maids working for Arvis' dead mother and died some time ago, and their father Lord Victor went the SpurnedIntoSuicide way at some point, so Arvis took upon himself the duty of helping raise young Azelle. [[spoiler: Arvis was less than an ideal parent, though, since Azel presumably dies along with the rest of Sigurd's army at the end of the game's first half when Arvis betrays and slaughters all of them. Other sources, however, hint that Azelle ''was'' spared by Arvis, but [[KilltheCutie died of illness]] and grief some time later.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':
*** [[spoiler: Morgan, the Avatar's KidFromTheFuture, can have an older brother or sister depending on who the Avatar marries (If a female Avatar marries Chrom, or if a male Avatar marries a first generation girl who ''also'' gives birth to another KidFromTheFuture). If this happens, in the Bad Future the parents will die and the Avatar will become the Vessel for Grima, leaving little Morgan in the care of his/her older brother or sister, barely a teenager themself.]]
*** This is also heavily implied with Lucina. [[spoiler: She's Chrom's daughter from a Bad Future ''and'' the first born of the Future Children, and as said above all of his playable wives have their own canonical child who's younger than her, meaning Chrom will typically father two children no matter who he marries (unless said wife is the Village Maiden). It's outright stated in all of Lucina's supports with her younger sibling that Chrom told her to protect them; if either Morgan or Cynthia is Chrom's kid, either of them says in their dad support that they have next to no memories of him (though for different reasons), further evidencing this.]]
*** Emmeryn is also this for her younger siblings Chrom and Lissa; Lissa explains to the Avatar that she never really knew her parents because they died when she was too young to remember them.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the Nohr siblings barely survived in a DeadlyDecadentCourt. The two eldest surviving kids, [[TeamDad Crown Prince Xander]] (mid-to-late 20's) and [[TeamMom Princess Camilla]] (early 20's), ended up taking parental roles towards their half-siblings Leo (mid-to-late teens) and Elise (early teens) and their adoptive sibling the Avatar (also mid-to-late teens, though older than Leo).
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its remake ''VideoGames/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', the villager Atlas has been raising his little siblings on his own. When they're kidnapped by Grieth, Atlas joins Celica's group to rescue them.
* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series has Chris Redfield to his little sister Claire, as it's stated in the Japanese companion novel that their parents died in a car crash years ago. Like many examples this realistically subverted as Chris given new responsibilities was overprotective of Claire since he trained her in firearms and combat training from a young age and apparently bossed her around frequently. Claire only expressed her struggles with Chrisís parenting much later in life in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2'' showing even as full grown woman she still has some bitterness about it.
** The first ''Gun Survivor'' has Lott taking care of his little sister Lilly once their parents are zombified.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' (DS version), where [[spoiler: Golbez/Theodor started to be a good older brother to Cecil, but Zemus started his mind control and Golbez proceeded to kick Cecil's ass to the curb.]]
* Allegretto, from ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', takes Beat in as his adopted little brother.
** This relationship is even further cemented with the orphans living in the sewer. At one point, you can speak to an orphan who will say, "If we're a family, then [[HoYay Beat's the mom and Allegretto's the dad!"]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', Lightning decides to raise Serah on her own at fifteen, when their mother dies (their father died when the girls were very small). There's an almost total lack of resentment, and the sisters care deeply about each other. Interestingly, Serah worries plenty about Lightning too, [[MarriedToTheJob and with]] [[SugarAndIcePersonality good reason.]]
** Lightning gets it again around the end of the first disc, when Hope joins her when she tries to go solo, in the process proving how [[SquishyWizard weak and defenseless]] he really is. She's visibly displeased--[[CharacterDevelopment at least at first]].
* Because ''everyone'' in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is either ConvenientlyAnOrphan or subject to ParentalAbandonment, but there still seem to be a fair number of siblings, even though there are no parents to go with them, this happens in a few places.
** Remilia Scarlet is head of the Scarlet Devil Mansion... even though she [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld looks (and often acts) like a 10-year-old]]. The actual maintenance of the house is handled by the human {{meido}} Sakuya (at least, as long as her merely human lifespan lasts), Remilia is functionally boss / dictator of the household. Of course, perhaps her most important duty is keeping EnfantTerrible little sister Flandre Scarlet from throwing a [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum temper tantrum]] that accidentally ends the world in an EarthShatteringKaboom.
** Satori Komeiji heads the household, although her younger sister, Koishi, often gives herself a PokeInTheThirdEye to give herself a functional InvisibilityCloak and live essentially as a hobo, stealing food and trespassing for shelter. Regardless, the household has many "pets" that have grown up into full-fledged humanoid {{youkai}} that live with Satori in the Komeiji household, although the events of ''Subterranean Animism'' imply she wields little control over her "pets" or "family" if one of them can make a crack at [[TakeOverTheWorld World Domination]] without her noticing.
*** It's worth pointing out that Rin seemed to be actively covering up for Utsuho [[DontTellMama for fear of Satori finding out]].
* In the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue first]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver second generations]] of ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'', Blue's sister Daisy seems to be assuming the role of acting mother for him in lieu of missing or deceased parents as she is several years older than him and looks after the house with no other adults present.
** It's stated in ''[[VideoGameRemake FireRed/LeafGreen Versions]]'' that Professor Oak lives with them, and even in the first generation, his lab is right next to Blue and Daisy's house. He probably cares for them.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', this ends up happening to Terra when she comes across a town in which all of the adults have died.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}} Xenoblade Chronicles]]'', Dunban is this to his younger sister Fiora, their father having died in a Mechon attack long before the events of the game, and their mother passing away not long after.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the Dwarf Commoner Origin implies, the PlayerCharacter was effectively raised by their elder sister Rica due to their mother's alcoholism.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'':
** Hawke became the sole breadwinner after the death of their father, three years prior to the game. Most of Hawke's actions for the first part of the game are simply trying to find a way to provide for their mother and their two younger siblings, the HalfIdenticalTwins Bethany and Carver.
** After the death of Varric's father a few years after their exile to the surface, Bartrand took over as head of House Tethras and busied himself with running the family business, while Varric ended up being left to raise himself and [[TheDutifulSon look after]] his alcoholic mother.
* ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'':
** Ryo Sakazaki looks after his little sister Yuri after his mother's death and his father left the family for a while, which would explain a ''lot'' about his massive BigBrotherInstinct towards her.
** King looks after her IllBoy little brother Jean. It is not known what happened to their parents, but she takes care of him and enters fighting tournaments in order to [[HealthcareMotivation pay for his medical bills and treatment]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', Henry is this to his brother Sam.
* The pre-generated Newson family in ''VideoGame/TheSims2: Apartment Life'' have this; two teens have to raise their younger siblings (two children and two toddlers) after their parents' death. [[note]]Also worth noting that everyone in said family is adopted, according to their bios.Does that mean there is a possibility that the teens can end up together?[[/note]]
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
** A particularly interesting example of this trope appears in the ''VideoGame/Persona2'' duology, in that both of the parents in question are alive, present in the home, and neither are antagonists. Tatsuya Suou's older, police sergeant brother Katsuya got the upgrade--although flashbacks in ''Innocent Sin'' show him in a quasiparental role even before this--after their father was released dishonorably from his capacity as a police officer and simply...wasn't interested in raising his children. Their mother (who's only ever mentioned [[AllThereInTheManual in the side material]]) is technically there, but entirely ineffective and as unconcerned about her children's lives as her husband, leaving Katsuya to act as the family's sole breadwinner and his brother's caretaker all on his own.
** In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', Makoto Nijima's older sister Sae looks after her after their father's death. While Sae cares for Makoto, the fact that Sae doesn't think much about Makoto's relatively idealistic worldview and desire to follow in her father's footsteps (since Sae blames her father for getting himself killed), and [[spoiler:is secretly jealous of Makoto]] causes friction between the sisters.
* Vetra Nyx in ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' raised her younger sister Sid after their father mysteriously disappeared. After her loyalty mission, it becomes clear that Vetra is so accustomed to being Sid's mother that she doesn't actually know how to be her sister now that Sid is approaching adulthood.
* In ''VideoGame/OneShot'' Calamus takes care of his younger sister, Alula after their mother died.
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* In ''Fanfic/ToTryForTheSun'', 12-year old Celestia and 8-year old Luna were orphaned in King Platinum's war. Celestia works as a grave-digger to support her family.


** Periodically, we have Nui playing something of this(despite being younger) because Ryuuko is ''more'' naive than she is.

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* In the ''Dusk to Dawn'' fan novel series, this is deconstructed in ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'s backstory. Selina had to be a mother figure for her sister Maggie after their parents died, and was ''way'' too wild and irresponsible to be up to the task. Realizing this, Selina left her sister behind in an orphanage where she believed Maggie [[GiveHimANormalLife could have a normal life]]. [[spoiler:She didn't. The CorruptChurch funding the orphanage took Maggie shortly after, and raised/brainwashed her into their borderline superhuman warrior.]]

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** Judge Justine Courtney in ''Investigation 2'' [[spoiler: adopted her cousin's son after he was orphaned.]]

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12157282/1/Percy-Take-the-Wheel Percy Take the Wheel]]'' is a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic where an accident kills Molly and puts Arthur in a coma, leaving Percy to raise the younger Weasleys. (Bill and Charlie are supporting the family financially, but this means staying at their jobs overseas.)

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