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There seems to be a barrier between them.

'He gave me this note for you,' Josie took a half-torn binder sheet out of her pocket and handed it over. It read: Too busy with work. Sort it out yourself. You're fine—Trust me. F.
''Too busy?' Jim screwed up the note in his hand. 'Wonderful!' He shook his head in bitter frustration. 'Evavich is going to kill me and my brother doesn't care.'

He's smarter, stronger, faster, more talented, and more refined than the hero, and — just to add insult to injury — he's probably sexier, too. His only problem seems to be moving his face out of that expression of bored, dignified disdain. And he just happens to be the elder brother of one of the main cast, which often gives them a raging inferiority complex.

Will most likely double as the Ineffectual Loner and Noble Demon, thereby running the risk of becoming an Ensemble Dark Horse. May or may not be evil, strictly speaking, but is almost guaranteed to fight against the protagonists at one point, and spout off Cryptic Conversation to prove how much better informed he is. May or may not be a Stealth Mentor and/or consider his younger siblings annoying. Often an integral part of a mysterious organisation, and may be the Enigmatic Minion or even a Hero Antagonist in that case.


Compare to Always Someone Better, who is also often an older brother, Big Brother Mentor, where the brother is more open as well as a leader, and Big Brother Bully, where the brother is mean towards younger siblings. Contrast Big Brother Instinct, where the older brother instead goes out of his way to look after his younger siblings. A subtrope of The Stoic.

Contrast Cool Big Sis, who is often of the opposite gender and generally has a better relationship with their younger sibling, and Annoying Younger Sibling, a younger sibling who's annoying to their older siblings.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Angel Sanctuary, Michael's Aloof Big Brother is Lucifer, though most of this is told in the backstory and we only get to see the aftereffects.
  • Suguru Aizawa of Area no Kishi is often cold and aloof with his younger brother, Kakeru, and quite obviously disapproves of his brother's dream to become a professional football trainer. It is hinted, however, that Suguru may act this way because he knows that Kakeru is only truly happy when playing the sport he loves.
  • In BanG Dream!, Sayo has this kind of relationship with her younger twin sister Hina, but in a twist, she isn't the more talented one. In fact, the rift between the sisters is because Sayo is jealous of Hina's upstaging her at everything she does, including playing the guitar, which was the one thing Sayo thought was her own. Eventually, Sayo does recognize the error of her ways and starts to be kinder to Hina.
  • J Sawaragi in Battle Spirits Shonen Toppa Bashin. It's clear that he cares a lot about his sister Kyoka, as well as Bashin and his other friends. However, his secret personal agenda forces him to distance himself from them.
  • In Black Clover, Nozel Silva is this to his younger sister Noelle, who, along with their other siblings, he disparaged for being unable to control her magic. It's later revealed he did so to protect her, not confident that she would become strong enough to become a powerful Magic Knight, and not wanting to lose her due to her resemblance to their late mother.
  • Bleach: Byakuya is Ichigo's initial nemesis solely because of two conflicting vows, choosing to protect the law (made to his deceased parents) over protecting his sister (made to his deceased wife). Ichigo helps him resolve this conflict, turning him into a master of Loophole Abuse. His Big Brother Instinct now has full reign resulting in Knight Templar Big Brother violence against anyone who dares injure Rukia, to whom he is now a Big Brother Mentor.
  • Bloom Into You: In the School Play that the main characters put on, the main character, an amnesiac high school student who hears three completely different accounts about herself, apparently is one to her younger brother. He says that they had the same mother but different fathers, and tells his sister that she kept her distance from the rest of the family. He's somewhat bitter about it, noting that if she acted that way at home, she probably really was a cold and distant person, but holds out hope that they can reconcile once she gets home from the hospital. On the other hand, the main character suggests that she acted distant in order to keep the peace around her family, and even though her brother doesn't think she remembers his birthday, it's one of three important dates to her that, when added up, makes her cell phone password, so it's suggested that she may have cared more than she let on.
  • A subversion of this appears in Bobobobobobobo with Softon, who happens to be heroine Beauty's missing older brother. He initially sided with The Empire before his defeat at Bo-bobo's hands, and he does act very aloof and stoic throughout, even when he pratfalls into the series' regular nonsensical gags. However, he is helpful to the main party, and he is very protective of his sister, albeit discreetly.
  • In Brave10, Rokuro is one towards his younger twin, Nanakuma, as Rokuro is far less emotionally demonstrative. He doesn't hate Nanakuma like Nanakuma hates him but in reality Rokuro's cold stoicism only contributes to Nanakuma's insecurities and anger.
  • Yue from Cardcaptor Sakura, though he's a lot nicer about it. More of a brotherly mentor.
  • Lelouch vi Britannia of Code Geass is initially an inversion, being warm and caring towards his little sister Nunnally, but later on, he dons a cold facade of a jerk for the sake of world peace. Poor Nunnally only learns his motives when he's dying. He's also an interesting take on this trope since he's the main character.
    • And Lelouch himself (though perhaps Nunners and by extension the whole of the Britannian royal family) has this in the form of Prince Schneizel.
  • Death Note: Thanks to his sister Sayu, Light Yagami can be considered one, since he is too busy killing criminals to help her do her homework.
  • Takeru of The Devil Does Exist is this to Yuzuru. Takeru is athletic, handsome, and popular, while Yuzuru is mostly mistaken for a girl and physically bullied at school. He studies hard to go to his big brother's school and even stalks and blackmails Kayano just to get Takeru's attention.
  • Yamato/Matt from Digimon Adventure is an odd example of the trope, as he seems to try to be a more typical case of this, but gets flustered and angry so easily that he may as well kiss the "aloof" part (which he pulls more from being a loner) goodbye.
    • One could argue it's because of Yamato's young age that he's mostly trying to act aloof in order to be seen as cool (many kids/young teens adopt "personas" based on fictional characters they admire until they themselves figure out who they really are as people), but he genuinely cares about his baby brother too much to follow through with the trope's characteristics of being detached and insensitive to Takeru/T.K.'s well-being.
  • As of the 2008 Dragon Ball OVA special, Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Vegeta can be considered one to his younger Nice Guy brother, Tarble.
  • Subverted in Eyeshield 21 with Agon and Unsui. It's the younger twin that's perfect and gives the older one a raging inferiority complex. In terms of personality though, Unsui is definitely the aloof one
  • Zeref from Fairy Tail fits this to T. He is way smarter, refined, and talented than his younger brother Natsu being considered the greatest genius that his academy as ever seen. He is also stronger and faster than him as he is the strongest wizard to have ever live and always has a calm and dignified expression on his face. That said, his entire motivation revolves around Natsu. He became what he is in the first place due to trying to revive Natsu. His later goal is to go back in time so that he can reclaim the happy home life he once had with his baby brother and their parents.
  • The ur-example in anime would be Raoh, Kenshiro's older brother from Fist of the North Star. He was even the Big Bad for most of the series but eventually did a Heel–Face Turn.
    • Hyoh, Kenshiro's actual elder brother from the Sequel Series, is a bit of a subversion. While a strong fighter by his own right, he is actually stated to be weaker than both Kenshiro and his former training partner, Kaioh (who just happens to be Raoh's true elder brother).
    • On some occasions, Raoh is shown trying his hardest to keep up this image. He refuses to show either fear or love, even when he knows he's feeling these emotions because he wishes to maintain his pride as the elder brother.
  • Kurei from Flame of Recca is Recca's EXTREMELY Aloof Big Brother (well, half-brother). Similar to the Byakuya Kuchiki example, Kurei is unable to openly display the kindness his allies know he has, and it very much stems from the traumatic past he has gone through and having the wrong man raise him.
  • Subverted by Takumi Aldini of Food Wars!. Takumi and his younger (by about three minutes) brother Isami are both well aware that Takumi is by far the better chef of them, but Takumi recognises just how good his brother is compared to nearly everyone else and encourages him to stand on his own two feet. The two also get along splendidly well and work like a well-oiled machine during group assignments.
  • In Free! Rin Matsuoka is this to his little sister Gou. For the most part, he's as cold and distant to her as he is with everyone else, though he does have moments that show he cares for her.
  • Fruits Basket: Ayame's Back Story shows him treating Yuki like this, as he was ten years older and Yuki was very sick as a child. His current wish to help and support Yuki is, he admits, trying to make up for it.
  • Pride from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, the oldest of the Homunculi siblings and always willing to tell his brothers how much they screwed up.
    • He's also willing to eat them as well.
    • Non-blood-related example, but Scar and Mei have a dynamic similar to this as well. Though the 'aloof' is a vast improvement over Scar's previous Serial-Killer Killer occupation.
  • Leonard Testarossa from Full Metal Panic!! The Second Raid, though more expressive than most.
  • Osamu Sugo/Knight Shoemach of Future GPX Cyber Formula, who is Asuka's older brother. He's actually more of a Big Brother Mentor, but he has this trait on several occasions, especially in the Double-One arc, when he challenges Hayato and the others.
  • Game×Rush has Ken, who is Memori's Aloof Big Bro in a somewhat more active sense - repeatedly taunts him, remains completely blank-faced at Memori's protests, but he's really not a bad guy.
  • In Girls und Panzer, Miho's older sister Maho appears to treat her coldly with the only thing she says to her in their first on-screen encounter being "I didn't think you'd still be doing tankery." It turns out that this is a facade of a jerkass on her part, brought on by the pressures related to being Nishizumi heiress, and her reason for trying so hard to be a good heiress is so that Miho will be free to live and do tankery the way she wishes.
  • Gundam:
    • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char Aznable to Sayla Mass (original names Casval Rem and Artesia Som Deikun).
    • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: It seems Kyouji Kasshu is a textbook and very cruel Aloof Big Brother...but by the end of the series, we see that he never truly was. His original personality was closer to a Big Brother Mentor, but he was forcefully turned into an Aloof Big Brother Big Bad due to the brainwashing given to him by the Devil Gundam and its DG Cells. He still uses his last bits of strength and sanity to create a clone of himself with some more DG Cells and the dead body of the original Schwarz Bruder (whom the Devil Gundam fought and killed); said clone becomes Domon's Big Brother Mentor, the second Schwarz Bruder.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Zechs Marquise (a.k.a. Milliardo Peacecraft) is so aloof that he concealed his identity completely from his sister, Relena, even as he maneuvered events to push her into accepting their family's legacy. She eventually learns of their relationship from his love interest, Lt. Noin, rather than from him directly.
  • Ray Langren in GUN×SWORD, ever since his wife was murdered by the Claw.
  • Austria from Hetalia: Axis Powers starts as this, especially to young North Italy. Even in modern times, he's quite aloof compared with the rest of his entourage.
    • The Netherlands is still like this to his younger siblings Belgium and Luxembourg. Poor Belgium still frets about how unsociable and penny-pinching he is.
    • Switzerland seems like this at first glance, but it's very much subverted.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, Killua's stoic older brother Illumi seems to give off this impression. The truth is that Illumi is incredibly protective of Killua; so protective, in fact, that he refuses to let him live his own life, believing that it is his job as The Dutiful Son to make sure that Killua inherits the Family Businessassassination.
  • Subverted by Yuki Aiba, the Aloof Little Brother of Infinite Ryvius protagonist Kouji Aiba. Yuki is cooler, stronger, taller, smarter, and more competent than his awkward and dopey older brother. He even has a more active love life too.
  • Infinite Stratos has Chifuyu Orimura, the big sister of the protagonist Ichika who has won the Mondo Grosso tournament using nothing but the same weapon Ichika's Byakkushiki is using right now. She has taken care of him since he was small after their parents abandoned them. She is also his homeroom teacher and combat instructor, which leads to many comparisons and expectations that he knows he's not ready to fulfill.
  • Ryosuke Takahashi from Initial D fits this trope to a T. He's rarely ever seen displaying any emotion even when a ghost from his past, the Shinigami, is actually trying to kill him during a race. He often spends his time either on a computer screen analyzing data from racing or tuning his car and shows no connection to any character that isn't Takumi or his brother, though this might have something to do with his implied Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Sesshomaru from Inuyasha. He seems to be the only one better at fitting this trope than Uchiha Itachi. The only one more daunting than Sesshomaru in this manga (including Naraku) is... Sesshomaru's mother.
  • Kekkaishi's Masamori is initially more capable than Yoshimori, the main character. He also rarely visits home and is the leader of the Night Troops. Aside from his Manipulative Bastard Anti-Hero tendencies, he really does care for his family.
  • Meta Knight to Kirby in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Subverted in that Kirby's actually more powerful.
  • Gwendal von Voltaire on Kyo Kara Maoh!! has this as his default setting, particularly toward his annoying youngest brother, Wolfram, who looks up to him and toward whom he stands in something of a fatherly role. He actually cares a lot, though, it's just that, because of what his mother's like, he's been playing the role of Only Sane Man since he was thirty or so, and over the decades, it's gotten to him. (He currently runs the kingdom for Yuuri, is probably 200 or so, and looks forty-fivish and a lot older than his mother.) His other brother, Conrad, actually gets less support of any kind from him, but they understand each other better and Conrad's a bit of an emotional masochist, so it works out.
    • Conrad has, in turn, wound up doing a very different style of this to Wolfram, who, at the start of the series, resents him heartily and subjects him to racial slurs, though he gets better about that. Interestingly, all the rancor as well as the divide come from Wolfram, who rejected Conrad when they were kids after finding out he was half-human. Conrad is revealed to have, at one point, been an obsessively devoted big brother. The man evidently requires somebody to fixate on, meaning both Julia and Yuuri are essentially Wolfram replacements in his life.
      • He would be the world's most creepy boyfriend after all the ones that might actually hurt you.
    • Yuuri's actual big brother, Shori, manages a little of this, despite the fact that he is deeply concerned with all things 'Yuu-chan', while Yuuri (a Wide-Eyed Idealist with a 100% Adoration Rating who eventually becomes an All-Loving Hero) finds his family annoying and grouches at Shori most of the time. Shori shares with Gwendal the history of being the Only Sane Man in his family since their parents' adorable insanity apparently led to a certain amount of neglect sometimes.
      • On the other hand, when plot-things requiring him aren't happening, Shori is usually either out or closeted in his room playing dating sims, making him aloof enough, and he's the freakishly talented one with a work ethic and ambition, putting Yuuri rather in the shade. The fact that all that ambition is channeled into making Yuuri's life easier is another matter altogether.
      • The fact that their parents always loved Yuuri better, either.
  • Cicada from Last Exile, Maestro Delphine's Dragon and Battle Butler, arguably fulfills this in regards to Luciola, the Battle Butler to Delphine's younger brother, Dio. However, they look nothing alike, are only revealed to be brothers in a throwaway line by Delphine, and are only seen onscreen together when Luciola kills him to get to Delphine and save Dio.
  • Rikka's big sister Touka in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions invoked and lampshaded this trope. This is also a Deconstruction, as her aloofness results from her inability to handle her sister very well and her own emotional problems. As a result, she ends up hurting her sister more than helping when it comes to her time of need. Even she realizes this herself, and often asks Yuuta, who could connect with Rikka better, for help.
  • Aoyagi Seimei from Loveless. His feelings for his brother are... more than a little creepy.
  • Tiger from Monster Rancher is a particularly tragic example as he's one of the primary good guys, a tough, experienced bandit attempting to rescue his kidnapped younger brother, Gray Wolf. Over the course of the series, flashbacks reveal that they had exactly this kind of relationship, and though Tiger's intentions were good (well... he thought his brother was a wimp and tried to beat it out of him), he finds, to his horror, that Gray Wolf has joined the bad guys, pretty much for the sole purpose of being able to beat the shit out of his arrogant, aloof older brother.
    • This is made worse by the fact that Gray Wolf has indeed got stronger, to the point where Tiger is forced to go for a fatal blow in order to win the fight. A grinning Gray Wolf notes that it's "typical of him" before slumping to the ground, leaving Tiger standing over the body of the very reason he joined the fight in the first place. Interestingly, Tiger makes a point of not angsting overly about this, however, considering his brother to have died bravely.
    • And then, in the third season, Tiger's at it again, telling the (Phoenix-resurrected) Gray Wolf that they're not really brothers, only "thrown away in the same box". This turns out to be a ploy to get Gray Wolf mad enough not to hold back in their upcoming tournament match against each other.
  • Reito is Mikoto's Aloof Big Brother in My-HiME, although she doesn't know it's him for a good while.
  • Naruto:
    • Itachi Uchiha. Kishimoto probably read the page and designed him from it that's how close the description is. Even the "more bishonen" part — Itachi's always had way more real-life fangirls than Sasuke. This has since been subverted all to heck since it turns out that Itachi actually had a huge brother complex with Sasuke, and most of his unkind or distant behavior was because, at age 13, he was trying to cope with his career as a human weapon, his best friend's death, and the fact that his family was planning to betray his village, forcing him to choose a side and kill people he owed loyalty to. Before he started trying to deal with the upcoming coup, he spent a good deal of time playing with his little brother, and he always loved him more than anything.
    • Neji Hyuga starts out as an Aloof Older Cousin of Hinata's, thinking she's too weak to inherit the clan, seeing her determination to improve herself as foolish, and having a long-standing grudge against her side of the family but has a Heel–Face Turn. Hinata even addresses him as she would an older brother (appending "-nii-san" to his name).
    • Ibiki Morino is shown to be one toward his significantly younger brother, Idate Morino, in the Land of Tea filler arc, who, he believes, fails to understand trusting and helping other people enough to be a ninja.
  • Keiichi Hiiragi in Onegai My Melody; his younger brother, Jun, always resents that Keiichi is better in every single aspect.
  • Surprisingly, in One Piece, it was revealed that Nice Guy Ace was this to Luffy when they were kids. Over time, he developed a Big Brother Instinct and became a Knight Templar Big Brother towards anyone who wants to hurt Luffy.
    • Amusingly, they aren't actually related. Garp pawned off both his son's son and his Worthy Opponent's son, who had come into his care, on the same set of bandits, where they eventually bonded.
  • Ryō Kanzato from Persona -trinity soul-.
  • Hachimaki in Planetes is one of these to his brother.
  • Reggie from Pokémon inverts this by being a hell of a lot nicer than his ruthless younger brother, local Jerkass Paul.
  • Touga Kiryuu from Revolutionary Girl Utena.
  • Kokoa Shuzen from Rosario + Vampire has three of them. Two of them are subversions.
    • Moka seems to be an aloof sister, but Kokoa loves her because Moka is the only sister who treats her as a person. It should be noted that Moka does love all of her sisters.
    • Kahlua also loves all of her sisters, including Kokoa. However, due to Kahlua's creepy nature as a berserk assassin, Kokoa is afraid of her even when Kahlua is cheerful and plays with her.
    • Akua plays it straight since her sisterly love being mostly focused on Moka, resulting in that both Akua and Kokoa arguing with each other about Moka. While Akua does love her sisters, she seems to ignore Kokoa a lot. Additionally, Kokoa is afraid of Akua, too.
  • Aoshi Shinomori (to Makimachi Misao) from Rurouni Kenshin.
  • Phoenix Ikki from Saint Seiya is an excellent example of this trope: older brother of Shun and the strongest of all the bronze saints by far. Has elements of an Ineffectual Loner in him to boot.
  • Saki has her older sister Teru, who stopped speaking to her around the time their parents separated, each taking one daughter, and now denies having a sister, although they were closer in the past.
  • Tomohiko Yamada from Satou Kashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai. Despite (or because of) his reclusive tendencies, his family describes him as having: "no need to work, no need to live precariously. You can survive by watching, thinking, and speaking of what you are interested in... it's as though we are secretly rearing a beautiful creature."
  • Slayers: Though she has yet to actually appear in the series, Luna Inverse absolutely terrifies her little sister, Lina. Yes, that Lina Inverse. Just mentioning her sister in Lina's presence is enough to send her into a panic. As she seems content to stay in her home town working as a waitress, Luna doesn't really fill in the "rival" quota, but due to her nature as the Ceiphied Knight, she is incredibly powerful, rivaling even Xellos, one of the most powerful Mazoku in the world, who even Lina doesn't like the idea of fighting.
  • From Snow White with the Red Hair, there's Izana, the older brother of male lead Zen. He's not only the heir to the throne, he's also immensely capable. He does seem to care about Zen in his own way, but he expresses said care by testing and questioning Zen's actions as a prince at every turn. He also doesn't approve much of heroine Shirayuki, seeing her as too ordinary and low-ranking to be connected to the royal family.
  • Guess Asura from Soul Eater could count as this, as he always seems very calm and contained (except in his occasional freak-outs), compared to the "need to know NOW" attitude of his little brother Kid.
  • Racer X and Speed Racer.
  • Ralph Werec from Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry was also the Big Bad.
  • Sword Art Online has Kazuto "Kirito", the main character as this to his younger sister/cousin Suguha. After learning the truth about his parentage- that he'd been adopted by his maternal aunt and uncle after his parents died in a car crash, he started to distance himself from Suguha, having come to believe that it's impossible to truly know anyone. After being trapped in the eponymous video game for two years, though, Kirito learns that there is no "real" you out there, which means that you should simply trust the people you know, and this realization, along with the fact that he didn't know whether he'd see Suguha again, causes him to work to repair the distance once he's escaped. Unbeknownst to him, though, Suguha has become attracted to Kirito upon learning that he's her cousin (a crush that she's trying to get over), and initially believes that his warm behavior is sending mixed signals to her. They do manage to work things out and repair their sibling relationships, though.
  • In the Tokyo Mew Mew anime, Minto's older brother is this to her, coldly shrugging off her attempts to impress him in the episode in which he appears, although he gets to show that he cares for her by the end.
  • This trope perfectly describes Neeba of The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk, who plays the literal Aloof Big Brother to Idiot Hero Jil.
  • The Eccentric Family's Yaichirou tries to be this and mostly succeeds, but he cracks under pressure.
  • Doumeki of Twittering Birds Never Fly has an adopted younger sister for whom he cares deeply. However, as a teenager, he started ignoring her after his classmates told him she had a crush on him, hoping that her feelings would go away. He failed to notice his father sexually abusing her as a result. He still avoids her as an adult working for the Yakuza, but now it's out of shame at having failed her. His boss has to intervene to get them to talk to each other again.
  • Subverted to hell and back by Clari Net of Violinist of Hameln. In his introduction, he's set up to be this type of character—bishounen (ridiculously so), glasses, badass, haughty, serious, et cetera—and it becomes plucky lad Trom Bone's great ambition to earn Clari's respect. However... then we're introduced to Clari's actual little sister. To say that he fawns over her is a gross understatement. The other characters are left gobsmacked and so is the audience.
  • Although he's shown to be a loving big brother in flashbacks, Folken Fanel from The Vision of Escaflowne is a typical Aloof Big Brother by the time the series begins, due to trauma and bitterness. And when he drops the act, it's Redemption Equals Death time.
  • In Yowamushi Pedal Shingo is this to the team.
  • Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh!. Ryo Marufuji of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX as well.
    • Ryo's a lesser case in the manga adaptation, as he initially thinks that his younger brother, who once throws a duel to spare his opponent's feelings, doesn't have the competitive spirit to be a pro, even if he has the talent. After seeing Sho in action at the school tournament, Ryo is more impressed by his abilities.
  • Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho to basically everyone on the main team, at first. Hiei from the same show could also be seen as an example, though his sibling is Yukina and he cares a lot about her. He first had his Jagan eye implanted so that he could find Yukina and even stayed aloof after finding her.
    • Shizuru Kuwabara would qualify as an Aloof Big Sister.

    Comic Books 
  • Rokk Krinn (Cosmic Boy) has a distant relationship with his younger brother Pol partially because Rokk left their homeworld to look for work when he was fourteen. In the Pre-Boot continuity Pol followed Rokk to join the Legion of Super-Heroes and died in a Heroic Sacrifice that made his big brother regret the distance he'd enforced in their relationship.
  • Thor was portrayed this way in the Loki miniseries, in marked contrast to his Silver Age portrayal, wherein he couldn't see all of Loki's flaws through his Big Brother Instinct.
  • In Mother Panic, the titular character's brother is considerably older than her (he was in law school before she was in high school), so the two of them were never really close as siblings.
  • Darkdevil to Spider-Girl, his cousin-slash-genetic-half-sister. They have a complicated family tree.
  • When the tension between them is portrayed from Alex Summers/Havok's point of view, his brother, Scott, aka Cyclops, fits this role to a tee (and considering Scott's famous emotional reserve, isn't exactly surprising); however, since Cyclops is a much more prominent member of the X-Men, Havok usually comes off looking more like his Annoying Younger Sibling instead.

    Fan Works 
  • In the sequel to Child of the Storm it's revealed that Carol, despite her habit of playing Cool Big Sis to younger girls who look in need of it, is this to her younger brothers. The older of the two, Stevie, points this out when she admits that she hadn't noticed that the youngest of the three siblings, Joe junior, was having a bad time. This is somewhat mitigated by the fact that Carol tends to have a lot of problems of her own and has a difficult home life thanks to poor relationships with her parents (she patches things up with her mum. Her dad, not so much), and in the previous year has undergone several PTSD inspiring experiences. She admits that he has a point, and tries to better thereafter. It should also be said that even before that she's kind enough to both of them, albeit distant, and extremely (sometimes violently) protective.
  • In Frozen Hearts, most of Hans’ siblings are this, as per canon, with Hugo, Harald, and Helm being noted as the three who treated Hans like he was invisible. Some of them, such as Heins, are a little better than that, but a few, such as Harald, are worse. And this is before they find out what he's done and that he's a political liability.
    Horatio: (to Hans) Did the queen even look at you?
    Hugo: Doubtful. Why pay attention to the runt?
  • A Growing Affection in addition to Itachi, like canon, also has Minato's older brother Gouki. He has trouble answering to Minato as Hokage, and telling Minato how proud he is.
  • Averted in the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Once Upon a Farmhouse. Sam and Jim Kirk don't see one another often (thanks to Sam being away at a space school) but they are on very good terms.
  • When you have a adopted brother like Kerlongsj who as man, has earned the respect of several Infinite Stratos pilots, including the Brunhilde, you would think that Anaton has a lot of inferior problems. Strangely enough, in [Infinite Stratos To The Other End Of The World], he and Kerlongsj aren't like that. They have a good relationship and don't seem to be bothered by the huge gaps between them. Kerlongsj knows Anaton will get close to him.
  • Ann the Yellow Ranger in Power Rangers: Shuriken Force to her younger sister, being distant at best and is implied to hate her at worst.
  • In Heimatfront, Marco Nitzschmann (a Gender Flip and name-changed version of Maho Nishizumi in Germany near the end of World War II) initially comes off as somewhat cold toward his younger sister Maria, particularly since he'd rather not have her risk her life on the front lines, where she has no business being.
  • In One Year, Hitomi hardly ever sees her older brother, who, as the eldest child and heir to their wealthy family, has his own responsibilities.
  • TRON: Endgame Scenario: Played with when it comes to Tron and Jet. Technically, they have the same father, which is why Jet considers Tron his older brother. Tron has zero idea what to make of Jet, however, as Programs do not have the same concept of family. This being post-TRON: Legacy there's also all the psychological damage from "Rinzler" to factor in. Furthermore, despite Jet hating his status as a User and doing everything he can to downplay it, the fact he is one is a fact neither one can escape.
  • Tales of the Undiscovered Swords: Sasanoyuki is this to Izuminokami, being clearly superior on the battlefield and is the series' champion in terms of coldness and aloofness. Downplayed in the sequel after Sasanoyuki comes back from kiwame as he's become less stoic (for better or for worse) and the story focuses less on his relationship with his brothers, but the fic features an omake in which he still calmly beats Izuminokami at iai despite the latter's having trained himself in the art.
  • Forum of Thrones: Though they haven't been shown interacting with each other so far, the fact that Carvin just flat out left his little sister Ilish when she needed him the most paints him as this.
  • The exploited version of this trope is subverted in Fixing RWBY. Yang plans on becoming one of these because she wants Ruby to learn how to fend for herself in case something happens to Yang. Her mentor for the year, Yatsuhashi, questions this and says it'd be better if she tried to gain her sister's trust, and vice versa.
  • Having the most experience being independent of horde Prime's Hive Mind, Hordak in Purple unwittingly took on this role for Wrong Hordak/Kadroh and the dozens of clones Entrapta provided sanctuary for. Hordak being... well... Hordak, he is grouchy and reluctant in this role, but he behaves for Entrapta and basic decency for his new family.
  • The Bridge subverts it in the case of Godzilla III a.k.a Junior and his "older brother" SpaceGodzilla a.k.a Xenilla. At first they are extremely antagonistic, but later on it's revealed Xenilla was Good All Along and had been playing the villain role because he thought their relationship unmendable after Xenilla tried to kill their father. He's actually been extremely concerned for his little brother's wellbeing and remorseful for his acting.

    Films - Animated 
  • Steve from Arthur Christmas is this, being much more of a pragmatic busybody than Arthur, and who spends a good part of the film annoyed with his younger brother's (increasingly drastic) antics.
  • Frozen:
    • Hans claims that three of his twelve brothers pretended he didn't exist for two years.
    • Gender-flipped, justified, and deconstructed with Elsa. Elsa acts distant and aloof to Anna because she's afraid of losing control of her Emotional Powers. Anna is unaware of this, and is left with self-esteem and relationship issues. In the end, Elsa becomes more open once she learns to control her power, which she achieves in no small part because she loves Anna.
  • ParaNorman: At the beginning of the film, Courtney is at first uncaring and aloof to her brother Norman and is not above mocking him and trying to prove he's a liar. She still tries to search for him when he is missing and shows genuine concern when it looks like he is in danger. She finally drops being aloof when she realizes his ability to see the dead is real and realizes how much pain he is in for being an outcast, becoming kinder and more supportive to him.

    Films - Live-Action 
  • Cries and Whispers: Karin is the eldest of three sisters and is as ice-cold to them as to anyone else. She is pretty blatantly ignoring Maria (the youngest sister) for the first hour of the film. She cares for Agnes (the middle sister) in her illness, but it would seem that this is more because she knows she is expected to rather than out of genuine affection. Granted, Karin has a lot of issues in her life, being possibly depressed and suicidal, and she seems to regret and be ashamed by her worst Jerkass moments towards her sisters.
  • Subverted in Gattaca with the character of Anton, the aloof little brother.
  • Pablo Ramirez in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly seems to be Tuco's older brother and certainly acts that way. When they reunite, Tuco is open and affectionate while Pablo is more distant and impassive.
  • Brand in The Goonies.
  • Joshua in Little Odessa.
  • The Earl of Moray in Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • The title character of Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro left his little brother behind for Argentina with a note saying he'd explain it later. When he shows up in Argentina, Tetro continues to be aloof to him. Then it turns out that he's not really his brother...

  • In The Machineries of Empire, Berezan has an older sister who, like him, is a Kel, and a more successful and skilled one than him in pretty much every way. He notes that the only thing more annoying than her smugness about it is the fact that she doesn't seem to be aware that she's being snobbish in the first place.
  • Ponyboy from The Outsiders feels that his oldest brother, Darry, is this. Darry is the unofficial leader of their group, as well as one of the strongest and most mature. Darry's strict criticism leads Ponyboy to believe that Darry doesn't like him and that he is only another mouth to feed. However, he is proven wrong when Ponyboy finally realizes that Darry cares very much for him and is only strict on him because he wants the best for his youngest brother.
  • In Patience and Sarah, Patience's brother Edward has always been a distant and strict brother, but she does believe he loves her.
  • Pretty Little Liars Melissa to Spencer, also Jason.
  • Older Than Television: Mycroft in Sherlock Holmes, first appearing in The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (1893). Not only is he Sherlock's older, richer, and more politically powerful brother, but he's also the only person in the Doyle canon that Sherlock acknowledges as his intellectual superior, and he even Out-SherlockScans Sherlock, though he is too lazy to do detective work like Sherlock does, simply setting him on the right track (sometimes solely with information from the newspaper) as a mental exercise. This trope could be alternately named "The Mycroft".
  • Fugil to main character Lux in Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle. Fugil was the first prince while Lux was the seventh, yet unlike the rest of his family, he treated Lux kindly and encouraged him. Then they both rebelled against the family, with Lux defeating the army without killing any of them... only for Fugil to massacre the army, the nobles, and the rest of the royal family. He then called Lux's idealism foolish and disappeared. In the present of the series, he treats Lux (and everyone else) with disdain, and is arguably the strongest Drag-Knight. Played with, given later revelations that Fugil isn't actually part of the family and has actually been supporting Lux the entire time.
  • Galad to Gawyn Trakand in The Wheel of Time. His relationship to his younger half-sister Elayne has elements of this.

    Live Action TV 
  • The extended universe of Doctor Who gives us Irving Braxiatel, a brilliant, conniving, charming, and well-dressed Time Lord who also happens to be the Doctor's older brother. Given the number of complex manipulations and strategies he can juggle simultaneously, he is likely as intelligent or even more intelligent than the Doctor himself.
  • Elementary's version of Mycroft is the same and it pisses Sherlock off. Then it turns out Mycroft is an MI6 agent and it's later shown that Mycroft genuinely loves his brother and is extremely protective of him. The sole reason he resumed his espionage career was that if he didn't, Sherlock would have been arrested and tried for treason for unwittingly aiding a terrorist plot.
  • It is retroactively revealed in Frasier that the titular character seemed to have been one of these to Niles during Frasier's nine-year run on Cheers: although Niles wasn't actually mentioned until Frasier premiered, a flashback during Frasier's third season to the time gap between the finale of Cheers and the pilot of Frasier implies Niles was vaguely bitter that Frasier ran off to Boston and abandoned him for at least a decade, subjecting Frasier's presence on Cheers to a mild Cerebus Retcon. Admittedly, it's fairly easy to connect the dots and come to the same conclusion without the implicit support of that flashback — given Frasier and Niles' thick-as-thieves sibling relationship (which was not new Character Development; they were like that since toddler age) as opposed to a more typical friendly-but-separated sibling relationship, Frasier being removed enough to not even mention Niles' existence in front of the cameras for nine years seems bizarrely Out of Character in retrospect (on Frasier, Frasier would probably be hard-pressed to stay away from Niles for nine days).
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Robert Baratheon to Stannis and Renly. He points out to Ned Stark that he loves Ned like a brother, but doesn't love either of his actual brothers. Robert also seems to be the only man in the capital unaware of his brother Renly's Open Secret relationship with Loras Tyrell because he asks his youngest sibling, "Have you ever fucked a Riverlands girl?"
    • Stannis to Renly. However, Stannis has somewhat fond memories of the child Renly used to be. In the books, while their relationship was still strained, Stannis admits to loving Renly after Renly's death. Robert never got along with Stannis either, Stannis says in "The North Remembers" that "I didn't love him. He didn't love me." In the books, Stannis is a bit more ambiguous, stating, "He loved me no more than he had to, nor I him," and later, when Jon says that he loved his brother Robb, Stannis replies that he loved Robert, but the context of the exchange is harsh.
  • Nathan Petrelli in Heroes. It did help Peter become a better person for it, as Peter claimed that Nathan didn't bring him down, but rather built him up.
  • Monk's brother is smarter, better at spotting small details, and more eccentric.
    • Interestingly, Ambrose seems to think that Adrian is actually stronger and better than him.
  • As with his literary counterpart, Mycroft Holmes of Sherlock is a perfect example of this trope. It drives Sherlock up a wall. There's a reason why he'd prefer to work with John instead of his older brother. His older brother works for the British government and would most likely cause wars in countries. And he's emotionally distant.
  • Alexis/Alex Meade qualifies as such in Ugly Betty. Before her transition was established to be smarter, better looking, and more successful than her brother, Daniel, making him feel inferior. Also, she actively acted against her father and brother in season one.
  • Wilhelm Winter from the German World War II Mini Series Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter is frequently critical and even cold towards his younger brother Friedhelm. The fact that Wilhelm is his commanding officer doesn't really help.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Lion El'Johnson, primarch of the Dark Angels chapter of Space Marines in Warhammer 40,000, was very stoic and a bit of a paranoid and secretive loner to boot. Indeed, he was the oldest of the Primarchs, and was a real no-nonsense guy in contrast to his rival and later best friend, Leman Russ. Many of his character traits were inherited to his chapter, and the Dark Angels tend to work alone to maintain dark secrets spanning all the way to the Horus Heresy. Though this is subverted in that Lion wasn't older than Russ by more than a few days, if at all (since the Primarchs are all transhuman clones of the same guy).

  • Gabe is this to Natalie in Next to Normal — or at least, she perceives him as such based on their mother's favoritism.
    Natalie: Superboy and the invisible girl/Son of steel and daughter of air/He's a hero, a lover, a prince/She's not there.

    Video Games 
  • Backyard Sports has Sally Dobbs, the oldest backyard kid and Team Mom whose nickname is "The Boss". Most of her sayings in the player bios are either bossing her little brother Ronny around or making fun of him for being a little kid. Ronny's stats will decrease if he is put on the same team as Sally; he warns against doing that for a reason.
  • Sho from Battle Arena Toshinden. He was playing the mentor role on his younger brother but then left suddenly. Now he "Goes where the Wind Blows".
  • BlazBlue, plays with this trope a lot with the three main characters. Ragna was originally very close with both of his younger siblings Jin and Saya when they were children, but once Saya grew ill and Jin grew especially needy, he distanced himself from the latter to tend to the former. Naturally, Jin started to resent Saya because of this, making him this trope toward her. Fast forward to the present timeline where Ragna & Jin are adults and their relationship is especially estranged due to their sister being taken from them when they were children. Complicating things is how Noel looks very much like their sister due to being a clone of her, which causes all of their old issues to resurface.
  • Dauragon C. Mikado from The Bouncer.
  • Magus from Chrono Trigger, despite the fact that he is, ironically, a younger brother to an important character of the series.
  • Yuuya Kizami of Corpse Party has a bad relationship with his older sister, Haruna, particularly when he was a child. A flashback has him insist that if he had a younger sibling, he'd be much better than his sister and brother (who he's implied to not be very fond of, either). Haruna might have been a bit nicer had Yuuya not been so interested in torturing animals. And his entire encounter with Yuka is a good example of why he should never be allowed to have a younger sibling.
  • Dead or Alive's heroine, Kasumi, displays some of this towards her half-sister, Ayane, especially in Dimensions.
  • Vergil from the Devil May Cry series fits this trope to a tee despite being Dante's twin brother. He is, at least, the older twin.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, this is technically the case for Alduin, the draconic Beast of the Apocalypse. He is the "firstborn" of Akatosh's (the draconic God of Time and Top God of the Nine Divines pantheon) which includes all other dragons and Dragonborn, and he's by no means a friend to any of them.
    • Alternatively, because of how Elder Scrolls canon works, this may be true for Akatosh re: Alduin and Auri-El re: Akatosh, as Auri-El, Akatosh and Alduin can be seen to represent Past, Present and Future, respectively. To clarify: Auri-El may or may not be dead, but ever since the Middle Dawn probably isn't on speaking terms with Akatosh anymore, while Akatosh sent the Last Dragonborn to gently remind Alduin to tone it down until the end times.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Golbez of Final Fantasy IV is very aloof, mostly due to being Brainwashed and Crazy for most of the game. He's a more conventional example in Dissidia Final Fantasy, in which he's pretty much The Mole and so can't do much more than be a Stealth Mentor without breaking cover.
    • Sephiroth, at least in the Final Fantasy VII prequel Crisis Core, is arrogant and aloof, but still capable of being friendly and considerate, which explains why both Zack and Cloud looked up to Sephiroth and considered him a hero and role model. Unfortunately, this makes Sephiroth's Face–Heel Turn all the more traumatic for both Zack and Cloud during the infamous Nibelheim Incident.
    • Though she's the main character, Lightning of Final Fantasy XIII acts like this towards her younger sister after being Promoted to Parent. She becomes a tough soldier to protect Serah, but along the way dropped things like friendliness and affection. This leads to some major Parting Words Regret when Serah says she's been indelibly cursed as a l'Cie.
    • Dycedarg Beoulve of Final Fantasy Tactics initially appears to be an extreme case of this toward his younger half-brother Ramza, while the middle brother, Zalbag, plays the more mild example of the trope. This gets subverted hard. Ultimately, Dycedarg shows himself to truly be a merciless and uncaring man who likely cares nothing for his family beyond what his name and lineage grant him. Zalbag plays the trope more straight, with it in part playing into his Fatal Flaw
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade:
      • Lord Uther of Ostia is slightly like this towards his Hot-Blooded brother, Hector.
      • From the same game, Karel is definitely like this to Karla, though he mellows out after she dies.
    • Also, Innes the Sniper and Tana the Pegasus Knight from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, although they have a moment in their A support that resolves it.
    • Xander from Fire Emblem Fates plays with this. While he does care about all of his siblings, best shown in his supports with Leo and Camilla, he also admits that he invokes this trope a bit in order to take care of all his princely duties.
      • In the Hoshidan side, Hinoka turns out to be this for Takumi and Sakura. She admits to Azura admits that despite loving both her and her younger siblings, she did not spend a lot of time with them because of her Sky Knight training in order to save the Avatar. In fact, the Supports of the game may quite possibly be the first real bonding time she's ever had with them, and she's genuinely stunned when finding out how angry Takumi is at her for it and how Sakura thinks they're nothing alike. Her love for them is not up to discussion, but she became so focused on training and on the Avatar that she heavily neglected Takumi and Sakura's emotional needs.
    • Saizo is this to his younger twin brother Kaze. In the brothers' supports, it's revealed that Saizo has kept many secrets from Kaze, including the fact that he lost an eye in a failed attempt to avenge their father, although the brothers do become closer. In Kaze's supports with Saizo's ex-girlfriend Kagero, he suggests that Kagero knows Saizo better than he does, lamenting that "I don't think my brother and I are as close as other siblings seem to be."
  • Riku from Kingdom Hearts can be seen as a more expressive example to Sora, though not actually being directly related.
  • Adelheid Bernstein from The King of Fighters, as a contrast to his little sister Rose, who does all the talking for him.
  • Lloyd from The Legend of Dragoon.
  • Proto Man/Blues in his original Mega Man (Classic) incarnation.
    • Despite no longer being brothers, Blues/ProtoMan.EXE and his operator fill this role in the Mega Man Battle Network games, arguably more than the original.
  • Mother 3. Claus starts off as the energetic brother (while Lucas, the main character, is the shy and coddled one), but eventually becomes the Aloof Big Brother after he is killed by the Mecha-Drago trying to avenge their mother's death. His body is found by Pigmasks and (because of his ability to use PK Love) he is mechanically altered into becoming a silent, ruthless servant to the Pig King.
  • Persona:
    • The Persona 2 duology plays with this. In Innocent Sin, Tatsuya Suou's older brother Katsuya comes across as a cold-hearted jerk preoccupied with his job. However, Eternal Punishment shows things from Katsuya's point of view, revealing that while he does resent having to sacrifice his own ambitions in order to raise Tatsuya on his own, he still loves his brother dearly.
    • Persona 5 has Sae Niijima, who's been single-handedly raising her younger sister Makoto after their father's death. Sae cares for Makoto, but due to the pressures of her own job as a public prosecutor, is often fairly distant. Sae also harbors various issues of her own, such as blaming her father for getting himself killed and leaving her with the responsibility of raising Makoto, and secretly being jealous of Makoto, to the point where Sae's Shadow becomes the demon of Envy.
  • Alex Mercer of [PROTOTYPE]. Well, the real Alex, that is.
  • Elzam V. Branstein in Super Robot Wars Original Generation. This is a subversion: Elzam puts on an aloof facade as part of his whole Necessarily Evil facade his organization is portraying. After he drops it, he turns out to be quite kind and friendly, if a bit stoic.
    • Also, Folka Albark is like this towards Fernando Albark. And on the other hand, Altis Tarl is the Aloof Big Brother for Folka.
    • With how things goes, it is possible that this trope is now being subverted by Axel Almer towards Lamia Loveless. At one point, he mentioned that she never beat him in any sparring match, and is pretty much an all-around more efficient soldier in battle, having been around in the Shadow Mirror way longer than she ever did (thus more experience). Then he saved her from certain death, and as things goes, they're now the only remains from the Shadow Mirror. He may not be her brother, but he pretty much fills in the 'Aloof' part to a tee, thus Axel can be considered Lamia's Aloof Senior Captain.
  • Tales Series:
    • Asch and Van from Tales of the Abyss are both prime examples of this trope; Van is Tear's older brother and Asch is the template Luke was cloned from.
    • Hubert from Tales of Graces actually inverts this perfectly. He has every relevant characteristic: he's serious, aloof, practically emotionless when he's not frustrated with everyone around him, he beats up Asbel in a Duel Boss encounter, and mostly everyone recognizes that he rules Lhant much more efficiently than his brother. A certain bug and his Impossibly Cool Weapon made him a certified fandom badass. When Asbel tries to be nice or tries to repair their relationship, Hubert tends to shoot him icily down. When they do get closer, Hubert frequently gives Asbel advice, on everything from the party's next step to girl trouble. Why is this inverted? Because Hubert is Asbel's younger brother.
    • Kratos from Tales of Symphonia fits this trope to a tee in regards to Lloyd, despite not being his older brother — their relationship eventually evolves into a wholly different type of familial conflict as the truth comes out.
  • The protagonist, Sadwick, in The Whispered World has a big brother who is this combined with Big Brother Bully. He constantly reminds Sadwick of how much better he is at everything.
  • Jin Uzuki of Xenosaga is like this to Shion, though it turns out that he does care a lot about Shion — he just feels that he has to keep his distance.
  • Toal to Hugo in Ys Origin, though in Toal's route, it becomes obvious that Toal cares a lot about Hugo beneath that aloofness.

    Visual Novels 
  • In the Ace Attorney series, Lana Skye is a female version towards her little sister Ema. However, it is revealed that she used to be warm and affectionate and only withdrew into herself and became cold after the SL-9 Incident, due to Gant blackmailing her. She was doing it all for Ema though, and after the truth of SL-9 is revealed, she eventually goes back to her old self.
    • Franziska von Karma also views her adoptive brother Miles Edgeworth as this, saying that he's always gone on ahead by himself while leaving her behind. Despite being exasperated by Franziska's incredibly competitive personality, Edgeworth does care for her, though.
    • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies has Aura Blackquill, the aloof science driven older sister of Simon Blackquill and one of two people who taught him everything he knows. She's also this to Apollo, her adopted little brother.
  • Rin Tohsaka from Fate/stay night. She does not make it very obvious she cares for her younger sister and will retreat to her "we're just strangers" mask when around her. It turns out that Rin had hoped that Sakura, who'd been given up to the Matou family while both were young, was living a peaceful and easy life that Rin couldn't have as a magus, and this admission, combined with Rin nearly dying rather than kill Sakura, helps the sisters reconcile.
  • Sayuri in Kanon was an aloof elder sister to a brother, but meant well; she wanted her brother to grow up like their father, a man of high social standing. Her guilt over that treatment of her brother, plus his early death, caused her to become a Third-Person Person.
    • Kaori treats her Ill Girl sister Shiori as if she never existed, as a way to avoid the pain of her eventual death. She gets better.
  • In a sense, Shizune is this to her brother Hideaki in Katawa Shoujo. She is better than him in virtually every way possible (other than the obvious fact that she is deaf and he isn't), and it's rather obvious that relations between them are... tense, to say the least. This only adds more fuel to the conflagration that the utterly dysfunctional Hakamichi family already is.

  • Dominic Deegan's older brother, Jacob, is an excellent example.
    • Dominic can be this to his little brother, Gregory, as well.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Carol is an Aloof Big Sister to Sarah. She has never been shown interacting with Sarah and didn't even recognize her little sister's best friend when she interviewed Susan. She gives Sarah an inferiority complex and as Dan puts it:
    From Sarah's perspective, Carol is in many ways similar to an older, idealized version of herself who has one of her fantasy jobs.
  • Homestuck has Dave Strider's Bro. With his Flash Step, Unbreakable Katana, Cool Shades, and puppet fetish, Bro seems impossibly cool. However, the only way he seems to communicate with Dave is through cryptic notes, traps, ambushes, beat-downs, and his Demonic Dummy.
    • However, Dave later admits that while he tried to convince himself his Bro was just "stern" or "aloof", he was actually just an immature abusive asshole.
    • In the Post-Scratch world, Dirk Strider has a similar problem with his Bro. Alpha Dave truly is The Ace: a Hollywood celebrity zillionaire entrepreneur freedom fighter. Dirk admires him, but will never meet the man — due to Weird Time Shit, they live over a century apart.
    • Deconstructed in conversation when Dave and Dirk meet. Neither is the other's Bro, but they speak their feelings to one another in a way they could not before. Then they laugh until they cry.
  • In MYth, Hades is this to his brothers. He's on better terms with Poseidon while Zeus hates him with passion. In A Promise is revealed that Hades willingly made Zeus hate him because "He (Hades) was his (Zeus) weakness".

    Web Original 
  • DSBT InsaniT: Killer is very distant and rather cold towards his twin sister Killdra.
  • Lizzie Bennet is Aloof Big Sister in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries to Lydia. It becomes heartbreaking after a few Played for Laughs moments in episodes when you realize that Lydia is desperately trying to reach out to her, feels probably a bit alone, and doesn't have a close big sister like Lizzie has in Jane to help her deal with the stress.
  • In-universe, The Other Guy to The Nostalgia Critic. He has a couple of Pet the Dog moments, but mostly he's the "dark overlord that controls [him]" and doesn't care about his problems.

    Western Animation 
  • Norbert of The Angry Beavers started out as one, but as the show progressed, he became less aloof and more self-absorbed.
  • Zuko post-Heel–Face Turn becomes a combination of this and a Big Brother Mentor for Aang on Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • And his little sister kept pulling it on him until then.
  • In Ed Eddn Eddy, Eddy's brother until The Movie.
  • Prince Daring Charming vs his younger brother Dexter Charming, in Ever After High. While Daring is confident, handsome, and has all students, male and female, fawning in awe of his greatness, Dexter is awkward, is a lot less perfectly chiseled and coiffured (though he still is good looking in his own right), and is implied to be almost as unpopular as Raven Queen — but not as feared, obviously.
  • The Legend of Korra has this too with Mako as the aloof brother to Bolin, and later it turns out Amon was this to Tarrlok as children, though he was much more openly affectionate before his father's abuse.
  • Dennis Lee of The Life and Times of Juniper Lee is one of the fantasy role-playing and anime fanboy variety.
  • Optimatus in Loonatics Unleashed.
  • Rigby's muscular, cooler, taller, friendlier, smarter brother, Don, from Regular Show actually subverts this since Don is actually the younger brother.
  • Zigzagged in Rick and Morty. Summer goes back and forth on this. Earlier on, she was much closer to being actually aloof and uncaring about Morty. But as the show went on, she's become closer to Morty and cares about him, even if she doesn't always show it.
  • In Steven Universe, the older Diamonds were this to their youngest sister Pink Diamond, treating her as an annoyance and later reducing her to a Puppet King when they believed she couldn't manage her first and only colony on Earth. It got so bad that she faked her own death to become Rose Quartz for good, believing the other Diamonds would lose interest in Earth since she thought they didn't care about her. Then it turned out that her sisters did love her a lot and were heartbroken and enraged over her apparent assassination, with dire consequences for Earth and the Crystal Gems and Steven.
  • In Thunder Cats 2011, Lion-O's older brother, Tygra, is introduced as this: haughty, distant, and Always Someone Better, even disdainful of Lion-O's Wide-Eyed Idealist and Lost Technology studying ways. When Lost Technology proves real and their kingdom falls to invaders, Tygra's mask slowly falls away to reveal a deeply conflicted, resentful Broken Ace.

Alternative Title(s): Aloof Older Brother, Aloof Big Sister


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