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The Mature Younger Sibling is prone to comforting their older sibling in their times of crisis.
"Remember when Father was about to pick a leader, and you were all looking at me to do it? That horrified me. I couldn't stand the thought of being leader, and I wanted nothing to do with the position. So when Father let it slide when I said no, I was relieved. More than that, I was ecstatic. If someone else was leader, that meant I wouldn't have to be as much of the responsible one being the oldest, there would be someone else to carry that weight instead. And when Father picked Leo, I knew he was way better for the job than me."

Normally in works that center around Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling relationships, the older one is portrayed as the mature one who keeps their younger sibling in line, with the latter usually playing the Annoying Younger Sibling role to their Aloof Big Brother. But what happens if the roles are reversed?

In that case, you'll get the Mature Younger Sibling, whose main role is to act as the voice of reason to their older sibling, who in turn is either a Childish Older Sibling, Disappointing Older Sibling, a Big Brother Bully, or a combination of all three.

The younger sibling may be an Adorably Precocious Child or Wise Beyond Their Years, or maybe just an average kid themselves but has some sort of maturity advantage which causes them to claim seniority over their older sibling. The older sibling may be a Kiddie Kid who either acts in an infantile way due to a head injury as a baby, a mental disability, or perhaps they do know better but just decide to act immaturely towards their younger sibling For the Evulz. In extreme cases, the parents actually trust the younger sibling to look after the older one and babysit for them while they're gone.

To signify the ironic power dynamic, the younger one may be a Big Little Brother while the older one may be a Little Big Brother.

Contrast Childish Older Sibling, Disappointing Older Sibling, Annoying Younger Sibling, and Oblivious Younger Sibling. If the younger sibling has flaws of their own that cause them to be overpowered by an older person in authority, they're Only Sane by Comparison.


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    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts:
    • Downplayed with Rerun. His older brother Linus isn't immature per se (in fact, he's one of the most sensible characters), but Rerun doesn't suck his thumb, believe in the Great Pumpkin, or carry around a blanket. Rerun has admitted he doesn't idolize Linus in any way.
    • Linus is a wise kid (albeit one with a slight immature streak) who is mostly even-tempered and in touch with moral principles, as opposed to his older sister Lucy, who will fly into a rage at the smallest provocations. He at least tries to steer her in the right direction, but she doesn't listen to him.

    Fan Works 
  • While Miwa is the oldest of the Hamato siblings in Same Difference, it is stated multiple times that Leonardo is the most mature out of all of his siblings, often acting as the responsible older sibling towards all of them.

    Films — Animated 
  • In Onward, Ian is more level-headed, timid, and less enthusiastic about going into dangerous situations than his older brother Barley, who jumps right into trouble without thinking things through. This is actually the source of some conflict between them, as Ian considers Barley a Disappointing Older Sibling.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Godzilla vs. Kong: Josh Valentine is apparently one. Although we never meet his Disappointing Older Brother, Madison's remarks about the guy indicate he's lazy and/or oblivious. Josh on the other hand is a sharp Cowardly Lion with moments of cunning, savviness and bravery when he's helping his best friend commit corporate espionage or trying to shut down an omnicidal Mechanical Abomination.

  • Ascendance of a Bookworm: Ferdinand, one of the more straight-laced characters to start with, eventually turns out to have a Childish Older Sibling as an older half-brother. On top of this, it turns out that he's spoiling his older brother without realizing it and hiding some of the darker aspects of his past from him, which are situations that come across as more fit for an older sibling in regards to a younger one rather than the other way around.
  • In Doctrine of Labyrinths, Mildmay is several years younger than Felix but spends the bulk of the entire series trying to mitigate the damage Felix's recklessness and mental health issues cause, to the point of even having to manage Felix's money for the pair.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Amongst Cersei's three children, it's Myrcella Baratheon, the middle child, who's easily the most mature, especially for a child as young as herself. She's sharp and very strong-willed, in contrast to her cowardly, stupid and utterly vicious devil-spawn of an older brother, Joffrey.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The title character of Blossom is the youngest of three, with older brothers Tony and Joey. However, as their father put it in one episode, "Tony has a head full of problems, and Joey... has a head full of hair." Joey is sweet but incredibly dumb, while Tony is more intelligent but also a recovering alcoholic. Blossom, with her interest in social causes and excellent academic record, is easily the most level-headed of the three.
  • In Good Luck Charlie, Teddy Duncan is this to her older brother, P.J., being the wisest and most responsible of the Duncan siblings. While P.J. is much less of a troublemaker than their younger brother, Gabe is, P.J. is far more immature and airheaded than Teddy is, and far more careless than both Teddy and Gabe.
  • iCarly: While Carly has a goofy sense of humor and often gets into scrapes with her friends, she's much more organized and mature than her older brother Spencer, who prefers to spend his time making abstract, borderline dangerous art pieces. She often comforts him when he's distraught. However, Spencer proves himself to be a good caretaker even with all his dumb ideas. In one Christmas episode, Carly lashes out at Spencer and wishes that he was normal, though she regrets this after an It's a Wonderful Plot where she sees how boring her life is with a mature older brother.

    Video Games 
  • Picky from EarthBound (1994) is immensely kinder and more mature than his older brother and Ness's childhood friend, Porky, is.
  • Neptunia: Nepgear is this to Neptune, to the point where she's sometimes mistaken as being the older sibling of the two.

    Web Comics 
  • Zigzagged in Rosebuds with Maricela. On one hand, she often needs to be looked after by her eldest sister, Rosa. On the other hand, she proves herself to be much more mature and responsible than her other big sister, Maria. She is also the smartest of the three sisters, which Rosa acknowledges and likes about her, but there are moments when Maricela may accidentally rub that fact in.
  • Deconstructed in Mob Psycho 100. While Ritsu is good at assuming a Big Brother Mentor facade for Mob, having to carefully manage his older brother's fragile, literally explosive emotional state for so long wears him down and leads him to silently fear and resent his brother for robbing him of a healthy childhood and sibling relationship. So when he finally manifests his Puberty Superpower, he quickly develops a toxic strain of Chuunibyou and starts lashing out at nearly everyone he encounters, culminating in an angry rant at Mob and a challenge to a psychic duel.

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