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"Hey, what's the big idea? That's my sister, man! [...] So give her back those cupcakes before I knock your block off”

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  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: This show has possibly the most emphasized use of Sonic's Big Brother Instinct towards Tails than any other Sonic show. In "Tails' New Home", Tails summarizes it perfectly:
    Tails: A family is just people who care about each other more than anyone else, right?
    Sonic: Right.
    Tails: You're it!
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Even though his baby sister Anais is smart enough to be in 8th grade and likely the smartest in Elmore, Gumball looks out for her whenever she gets picked on or is manipulated for her social awkwardness. He's also this to his adoptive brother Darwin as well.
  • Jake Long, a.k.a. the American Dragon has a very perky, know-it-all sister that grates on his nerves more often than not, but his brotherly instincts kick in if there are any signs of danger towards her. And when the prank he plays on her in "Family Business" out of jealousy of the attention she's getting from the magical world disarms her long enough to get her kidnapped, he's utterly sick at what his actions have wrought and immediately rushes to her rescue.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Sokka and Katara switch off in who's taking care of who when it comes to the group.
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    • But played completely straight in "The Deserter" when Aang accidentally burns Katara with inexpert Fire bending, Sokka tackles Aang to the ground and yells.
    Sokka: I told you we shouldn't mess around with this! Look what you did YOU BURNED MY SISTER!
    • In a rare moment in The Search comic after Sokka expresses his care for Katara, Zuko follows his example and puts puts blanket over Azula. Pretty heartwarming to be that gentle to the Magnificent Bitch who manipulated and tried to kill him a dozen times... but at the end of the day she’s still his sister.
    • In the comic Rebound, Mai takes down a room of Ozai loyalists to save her little brother from being indoctrinated into their father's radical group.
    • After he joins the group, Zuko appears to quickly develop this with the rest of the gang, especially towards Aang, Katara and especially Toph.
  • Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Despite their differences Kevin acts this way towards Ben.
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  • CatDog: Despite the fact that they're twins and he's only a few minutes older, Cat is very protective of Dog and will try to keep him out of trouble. The trope is also inverted as Dog, the younger twin, is also quite protective of Cat.
  • Breadwinners: Sway Sway sometimes has this for Buhdeuce. When Buhdeuce was being tortured by Steven Quackberg’s movie crew, Sway Sway goes crazy and torments them.
  • While Blocky from ChalkZone is technically the older brother rather than Snap, since Rudy drew Blocky long before he drew Snap, Snap is often shown to act more mature than Blocky and has frequently acted like a protective older brother to him. "Bulky Blocky", in particular, has Snap dead set on making Butch Biceps pay for picking on Blocky.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • Danny does this with his Opposite-Sex Clone, Danielle. In the first episode they meet, he goes from suspicious to protective, keeping her safe from Vlad with his Ghostly Wail, the second time he was willing to be Valerie's captive if it meant saving her from being dissolved. Interestingly, he develops this instinct even with his older sister, becoming overprotective when she's in trouble or in the rare moments when she does something irrational.
    • The feeling is mutual. Danny may be the one with powers, but Jazz is the older sibling and doesn't like seeing people pick on her brother. While Danielle is younger than Danny, she'll stand up for Danny when she needs to.
  • In Dawn of the Croods, Eep is pretty protective of her brother, Thunk; this is something that went unexplored in the movie from which this show is spun-off. For example:
    • In "Wet Hot Ahhh! Valley Summer", when Thunk is hanging from a vine, visibly scared of jumping into the deep end of the Watering Hole, Eep grabs another vine, swings over, and encourages him, offering to jump down with him.
    • In "The First Picture Show", when everyone thinks Thunk is lying about the story he's telling, Eep (and their younger sister Sandy) jumps to his defense.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Ed is this to Sarah.
    • Sarah herself is this to Jimmy, she maybe is a Spoiled Brat but this is arguably one of her redeeming qualities.
    • Subverted with Eddy and his brother.
  • Inverted and Played for Laughs in an episode of Family Guy where Stewie sticks up for Meg, punching Quagmire in the shins and telling him to stay away from her.
  • In Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, Susan is this to Johnny. One of the most notable examples is "Trial By Fire."
  • Franklin Turtle, without a doubt, seen in the third season in "Big Brother Franklin" when Franklin took to looking after a little kid named Squirrel. He also became a "best friend big brother" to Bear's little sister, Beatrice. Eventually, Paulette Bourgeois finally made him a big brother for real in the book "Franklin's Baby Sister" and the film Franklin and the Green Knight soon followed.
  • In Generator Rex, Rex's older brother Cesar instantly goes into protective mode after their reunion and tries to 'rescue' Rex, even though Rex isn't in any danger. He later knocks out a bunch of Providence agents and jumps down from a ship to help Rex fight an Evo.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Dipper has this for Mabel, even though they're twins and he's the younger one at that. For example, in one episode they work together to get back at Pacifica for hurting Mabel's feelings, only for Mabel to learn that she has nothing to prove to her. Dipper, however, says that he's learned nothing and gets revenge on Pacifica anyway.
      • Dipper's protectiveness over Mabel becomes even more obvious as the series goes on. He is willing to do just about anything for his sister, such as breaking up with a boy when she can't bring herself to do it, help her put together a puppet show so that she can impress her crush of the week (even though it means devoting less time to his own important project), and he encourages her to cheat in mini golf so that she can beat her rival. The season one finale even has him jumping off a cliff into a giant robot to save Mabel.
    • And to an only slightly lesser extent, she protects him right back.
    • Wendy develops this for Dipper and shields him from the Shapeshifter.
    • Soos has also developed this for both the twins. He even goes as far as to go against Stan in order to protect them.
      Soos: Sorry Mr. Pines, but I have a new mission: to protect these kids!
    • Wendy is a downplayed example but she still has a deep protective streak over the twins, demonstrating by how mad she gets when Mabel breaks down after a unicorn tells her she isn't pure of heart.
    • Stan labored for thirty years to rescue his brother from another dimension after their fight threw him into it. He even took his brother's name, presumably to constantly remind himself what he was working for. In the end, he sacrifices his mind to protect his family (though thankfully he gets better).
  • On Invader Zim, Dib has this for Gaz...sometimes. "Gaz, Eater of Pork" is one example, when he's willing to take a punishment for Gaz, protesting that she's "just a little girl." In reality Gaz wasn't about to get any punishment, but she lets him take it for her anyway.
  • Loopy's older brother Larry on KaBlam!'s Life with Loopy shorts is like that towards her.
  • Kaeloo: While it is never made clear whether Stumpy's sister exists or not, he does not like it when people insult her.
  • In Kid VS Kat, Coop Burtonburger thinks his younger sister Millie is annoying, but he is more than willing to put his life at risk to protect her.
    • On one occasion, when Millie is sad because she wants Coop to play with her, the boy agrees to spend time with her.
    • Even when Mr. Kat is lost, Coop finally decides to reunite Millie and Mr. Kat to make her happy.
  • In Kim Possible, sidekick Ron Stoppable quite suddenly gets the news that his family has adopted a baby girl named Hana. He is, at first, disgusted by the "intruder" and wants little to do with her. He slowly starts to soften up, and when it's later revealed that Hana is the target of a villain's scheme, his brotherly instincts kick in with a vengeance. In a later episode where this story arc continues, he even cries when he believes that Hana's life is in danger.
  • Mako from The Legend of Korra spent his childhood watching over his brother Bolin and he still is in his adulthood. When Bolin was kidnapped by the Equalists, he threw one of his captors across the screen Hulk-style, or in this universe, Korra-style.
    • Mako also deconstructs this trope: He's sheltered his brother from the harsh realities and darker nature of their environment to such a degree that it's partially led to Bolin's current naiveté and dependency.
    • Bolin himself counts, too. When Korra receives gifts from Tarrlok in front of him, Bolin offers to "have a word with the guy," as he thinks she's being harassed by a Stalker with a Crush.
    • Mako also seemed to have such an instinct for Korra between episodes five and nine.
    • Noatak, better known as Amon shows a pretty dark take on this. He'll bloodbend his brother Tarrlok, but when their father goes a little too far, he starts bloodbending him.
    Noatak/Amon: Stay away from him.
    • Lin Beifong, the elder daughter of Toph, is incredibly protective of her baby sister, Suyin ("Su"). In case there's any lingering doubts, just see those:
      • The first time we see Lin's Big Sister Instinct, it was in a flashback, in which Lin was trying to warn Su against her no-good friends, who were triad members.
      • The second time, we see Lin shielding Su with her body from the combustion-bender P'Li's attacks, before quite literally throwing herself into P'Li's line of sight, in order to give Su an opening. Luckily, Su made the shot.
      • The third time, Lin shoved Su out of the path of a huge incoming fire blast (and very nearly got burned herself), on the top of recusing Su from the prison — one that Su had landed herself in, nonetheless.
      • The fourth time, Su had been knocked unconscious when the Big Bad Kuvira yanked off the giant mech-suit's arm — of which Lin and Su were inside, wrecking the mechanism — and Lin made a makeshift metal seatbelt to strap Su to the wall (Lin's own 'seatbelt' was only half the size of Su's), right before the giant arm got thrown all the way across the city. Oh, and before this, Lin took on the guard attacking them and told Su to go ahead.
  • Lilo & Stitch: Nani takes on this role to Lilo after their parents' death.
  • In The Loud House, all of the Loud siblings demonstrate this instinct for each other, regardless of age order, with such moments as Lincoln attacking what he believed to be a dangerous ghost for the sake of the twins and all ten of Lincoln's sisters stepping in to help him when they hear someone's bullying him (at least until they discover that Lincoln's bully is a girl after initially assuming that his bully was a boy).
    • Ronnie Anne, the girl who was bullying Lincoln, is revealed to be the younger sister of Lori's boyfriend, Bobby, and in an episode where a hurtful misunderstanding between Lincoln and Ronnie Anne led to the latter crying, Bobby's Big Brother Instinct towards his sister is shown—he even broke up with Lori after explaining that he couldn't bring himself to go out with someone who's related to someone who hurt the feelings of someone he's related to, and he only got back together with Lori after he saw Lincoln being nice to his sister and apologizing for what he said.
    • There was an episode that showed a dimension where the sexes of Lincoln and his sisters were the exact oppositenote , the ten Loud brothers are shown to be just caring and protective of their sister as the ten Loud sisters are towards their brother (it's especially noticeable after the episode showed how mean the brothers were towards Lincoln). For example: when the brothers hear their sister screaming in the middle of the night, they immediately run to her room to see if she's okay and even offer to stay with her until she falls asleep.
  • Martin Mystery is a huge man-child that doesn't take anything seriously in life, except when any danger that comes to his slightly older stepsister, Diana. Examples of this are shown in every episode where she calls out for help and he comes straight to her rescue.
  • Mega Man: Mega Man is this to his sister Roll to the point that in the pilot episode he is crush by a monorail train protecting her. In the same episode he tells a lie, something that robots are supposedly incapable of doing, to save Roll from reprogramming.
  • Motorcity: Dutch is this towards his younger brother Dar, refusing to let him join the Burners after Dar realizes becoming a Kane Co soldier was a mistake.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    Fluttershy (to Pinkie Pie): I'm a year older than you.
    • Though they are all about the same age, Rainbow Dash can be this to her friends, but especially Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and even Spike. She's willing to kick the teenage dragon's asses when she finds out what they're going to do to Spike. She also stands up for Fluttershy against some bullies back when they were fillies. She ends up having this attitude towards her fan-filly Scootaloo, being affectionate with the filly and fiercely protective of her when she's in trouble.
    • Twilight Sparkle was responsible for hatching her dragon assistant, Spike, when she was little. Since then, Twilight has been a surrogate big sister to him, and always caring for him. When Nightmare Moon takes over Equestria, the first thing she does is put an exausted Spike to bed before she starts searching for the Elements of Harmony, and Twilight was also willing to hurt the teenage dragons if they laid a claw on him.
    • Applejack to Apple Bloom, of course. She'll jump in front of a Chimera in a heartbeat to protect her little sister.
    • Maud Pie will literally move mountains if Pinkie Pie is in danger.
  • A huge part of Wirt's character arc in Over the Garden Wall. He plays the babysitter role for his half-brother Greg as they journey through the Unknown, but it's a long time before he really takes his job seriously.
  • Skipper and Kowalski of The Penguins of Madagascar display this toward Private occasionally, covering his eyes or ears to protect him from "inappropriate" content.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Perry the platypus seems to be like this to the title characters, judging by how much more viciously he attacks his nemesis Doofenshmirtz when his current scheme would put Phineas and Ferb into danger.
    • In the movie Across the Second Dimension, Candace-2 from the alternate dimension is fiercely protective of her brothers Phineas and Ferb. To the point she is willing to abandon the alternate Phineas and Ferb to protect her own. Though she eventually came back for them.
    • Though not nearly to the same extreme, this also applies to regular-dimension Candace herself. Despite having a morbid fear of heights, she once rode a flying bicycle into space when her brothers got captured by an alien poacher.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: Bullwinkle was like this towards Rocky at least once; in an episode where Rocky was injured, Bullwinkle became enraged, and chased after the bad guys like a man, er, moose possessed. Of course, the injury was only a bump on the head, but the doctor's medical jargon made him overreact.
  • Rugrats:
    • Big Binky from "He Saw, She Saw" will go out of his way to protect his little sister Emma from harm (even if he won't take his binky out of his mouth).
    • Tommy cares a lot about his younger brother, Dil. He openly objects to Phil and Lil trying to return him to the hospital in the first movie, and is often quick to defend Dil if someone says bad things about him.
  • The Simpsons: Bart Simpson usually couldn't give a damn what happens to Lisa on a mundane basis, and the two have an intense sibling rivalry, but his instinct does kick in every time something serious happens.
    • In "Bart the General", Bart has been insulting Lisa all morning. Upon getting to school, one of Nelson's cronies takes a batch of muffins Lisa had baked earlier. That's all it takes for Bart to attack the cronie and he winds up punching Nelson in the face and is challenged to fight. It's the first sign in the series that Bart isn't a total jerk towards his sister.
    • In "Separate Vocations", an Aptitude Test tells Lisa that her suitable career is housewife. In response she becomes a delinquent, and eventually steals the teacher's guides, an expulsion-worthy offense. When Bart finds out what Lisa did, he takes the blame, staying in school due to his work as hall monitor. When she asked why, Bart tells Lisa that test or no test, she's the one with the makings to be a success.
    • In "'Round Springfield" when Lisa is absolutely crushed that she can't get the last copy of Bleeding Gums' album for a tribute after his death, Bart spends all the remaining money from his recent legal settlement involving Krusty the Clown's cereal to get it for her. He was thanking because she was the only one who believed him when he said his stomach hurt.
    • In "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson", Bart helps Lisa when they're at military school.
    • In "Gone Abie Gone", Bart helps Lisa keep her college fund through poker because he secretly cares about her.
    • In "Black-Eyed, Please", Homer asks Ms. Krabappel to get rid of Lisa's bully substitute teacher. You know what she does? She gets Bart to play a transfer student in the woman's class, and he then proceeds to cause absolute havoc during a two-minute bathroom break and makes the woman quit her job. While it isn't shown, the fact that Bart agreed to do this at all shows that he does care about Lisa.
    • In "Moe'N'a Lisa", Bart is shocked when he finds out that Moe won't give Lisa credit for his success as a poet and teams up with Homer to get revenge on him.
    • To a lesser extent, Lisa is this to Bart. The best examples are the episode "Bart's Girlfriend" where she protects Bart from Jessica Lovejoy and the episode "Lisa on Ice" where Bart is attacked by a group of boys and Lisa beats up the bullies to protect him.
  • South Park
    • Kenny McCormick cares a great deal about his younger sister, Karen. So much so that he dresses up as his superhero persona, Mysterion, and acts as her Guardian Angel. Awww.
      • In South Park: The Fractured but Whole, if the player character identifies as female then Kenny will note that he feels an urge to protect you because you remind him of his sister for some reason. The Casa Bonita DLC deals with him trying to save his sister from the Vampire Kids, or to be more exact, save her from hanging out with a pack of losers.
    • Alternatively and less immediate, Kyle and Ike's relationship has varied throughout the course of the show; originally, Ike was more of an Annoying Younger Sibling who idolized Kyle, following him to school and copying his mannerisms, while Kyle held a more superficial malice towards his brother (when he learned Ike was adopted, he completely shunned him for a while). Nowadays, Kyle goes to great lengths to keep his little brother safe, from stopping him from running off to Somalia, to dragging his friends to Canada on Christmas Eve to get Ike back from his biological parents. Ike has now become Kyle's greatest drives, even moreso than his antagonism towards Cartman. Kyle was perfectly willing to let Cartman kill himself in Somalia, and even the thought of other classmates following him did not budge him from his celebrations. Realizing Ike had joined Cartman however completely reversed his feelings.
    • Female version — Let it be understood that only Shelley has the right to torture little brother Stan.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Obi-Wan has this towards Anakin, who in turn has it towards Ahsoka. A villainous example exists between Savage Opress and Darth Maul, as while the latter still has a stiff adherence to the Sith code and forceful enforcement of the Master/Apprentice chain, Savage is still the only being he shows legitimate caring and concern for.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Amethyst can be considered one when hanging out with Steven, given her easygoing, fun-loving nature; she even teases Steven for being concerned about her in "An Indirect Kiss" when he uses his healing saliva to fix Amethyst's cracked gem:
    Steven: Amethyst, I'm sorry, I can't do anything right. Now I'm going to lose you, and it's all my fault.
    Amethyst: Ha ha, you care about me. [Steven hugs Amethyst]
    Steven: Please let me be a magic healer. [A tear from Steven hits Amethyst's gem, but nothing happens] Oh, come on!
    [Rose's fountain activates, washing over the brambles and making roses grow; Steven gasps]
    Amethyst: Look at this guy, saving my life and junk.
    • Garnet for Steven as well, since she's the strongest member of the team with a very protective instinct.
    • Steven can be this to the Gems, helping to reassure them whenever they are having self-esteem issues.
    • Connie becomes one to Steven in "Steven's Birthday" note  when he magically shapeshifts into a baby, offering to stay behind and care for Steven:
    Greg: Connie, let me take you home, I-I'll call you when this all this gets sorted out. [Steven coos]
    Connie: Wait, no, I want to stay.
    Greg: Are you sure?
    Connie: Yeah, I just want to be there for Steven. Don't worry, Steven, it doesn't matter to me what age it seems like you are, I wanna hang out with you no matter what. Your dad still has his car wash and the gems have to do gem stuff so I'll watch you when they're not around. I can come see you after I'm done training with Pearl too. Doesn't that sound fun? [Steven coos with delight, holding Connie's finger]
  • In Street Sharks, all of the titular brothers act this way towards each other.
  • Teen Titans: The Titans have this towards each other. Of additional note is Raven having this towards her "kids" (Melvin, Timmy Tantrum, and Teether), Beast Boy towards his adoptive family (the Doom Patrol), and Cyborg towards the Titans East team.
  • The titular turtles in most Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles incarnations are this for each other. Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) in particular doesn't like it when anybody or anything threatens or hurts his brothers, especially his two younger brothers, Donnie and Mikey. More than once, he has jumped in-between their attackers to defend them.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine is this to some of the other engines, especially Percy. This is especially prominent in later seasons, where he is more matured and experienced so often charged with keeping an eye on newcomers. Also inverted since he is sometimes this to older engines such as Toby as well.
    • Although they are twins, Donald falls into this category with Douglas, especially predominate in their debut episode Brake Van where he bumps said brake van hard after Douglas' trains were delayed, and the CGI episode Love Me Tender where he realises that Douglas is stuck in the snow when he took his brother's tender by accident. This is also subverted in the episode Twin Trouble, where it's the younger twin's instincts which takes over. Duck barely has time to say "Donald's in trouble", before Douglas rushes to the rescue.
  • In ThunderCats (2011) Tygra often struggles with his deep resentment of his younger brother Lion-O, but when Lion-O is protecting some stockaded prisoners from an Angry Mob and has challenged them to Go Through Me, Tygra immediately comes to his aid informing the crowd "You better be sure you want to do this because I've got his back."
  • Wild Kratts has the Kratt Brothers, who both play it straight and invert it. Most obvious in episode 32, when Chris goes missing after getting stuck to a bee, Martin is upset that he wasn't able to keep Chris from going missing and keep him safe, and he keeps setting out to find him.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh isn't particularly smart to say the least, though he will constantly aid and comfort Piglet as much as his hapless self allows. Similarly Tigger is something of a Keet, though cares a lot about Roo. With a fair helping of Big Brother Worship in there from the latter, both even refer to each other as brothers. Both of these are seen in the original novels, though it is the Disney incarnations where this trope is most evident.
    Tigger: Only the best...for my bestest little brother...
  • Wolverine often acts as a mentor to one of the younger heroines on the team: Kitty Pryde (comics), Jubilee (comics/animated series), or Rogue (film/second animated series).
  • Young Justice:
    • Nightwing is this to the current Robin, Tim Drake after the Time Skip.
      • Given how the quarrel between him and Batman (leading to him quitting Robin to become Nightwing) never happened in this universe, he is close to Jason Todd (confirmed on Ask Greg); and after Jason's death, understandably he is more protective of Tim than ever.
      • Nightwing has this for all the younger team members. When the Reach kidnaps Lagoon Boy, Beast Boy, Impulse, and Blue Beetle, he orders the rescue squads to proceed despite the probability of discovery, only saying "Get our boys."
    • Other examples include Cheshire, who was ready and willing to murder to Aqualad when she believed he'd murdered her little sister; Miss Martian, who is scary protective of Superboy and Lagoon Boy (her boyfriends) and Beast Boy (her surrogate little brother); and Aqualad, who hates being the leader of the team but continues to, believing that Robin is too young.
    • In season 2, Superman finally showed at least one sign of this towards Superboy by taking a missile in the chest for him (presumably a missile that would've packed too much punch for Superboy) fired at the younger half by deep cover mole Aqualad.

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