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"When I was 15, my sister was born. She was more like a daughter to me than a sister."
Sora Inoue on Orihime, Bleach

Siblings tend to be relatively close in age. But there's a wide period where someone can become a parent, which can result in decades of difference in age. One sibling may be in diapers when the other is already at university or even has children of their own. They're practically in different generations despite being from the same generation. This could lead to Big Brother Instinct, and for a slightly shorter age gap, Annoying Younger Sibling.

More often this is because they're half-siblings, with the younger sibling being the result of a May–December Romance on their shared father's part. Or they're full-blooded siblings, but one was born early into their parents' relationship (likely a Teen Pregnancy) and the latter in their late 30s/40s, maybe even 50s with an Absurdly Elderly Mother. Or long after having their first kid, the parents chose to adopt.


Because of the large age gap, the siblings are likely to have an estranged relationship. If they're close, the older sibling may be more of a Parental Substitute or uncle/aunt in their behavior, rather than a regular sibling interaction. This can also lead to an uncle/aunt around the same age or even younger than their nephew/niece, who if close might share a sibling or cousin-like bond. Maybe they'll make jokes about the situation.

Sometimes there is also a Plot Twist where it turns out the older sibling was really the parent and had the younger “sibling” at a young age.

If one of the parents is immortal, this is almost guaranteed, though the age difference might be so huge the older sibling died long before the younger was even born. Producing these is semi-expected for kings and general nobility, as it ensures there's no lack of an heir. It was also common before reliable birth control as people often married young and were expected to have a lot of kids (partly because of high child mortality rates). Likely to contribute to a Tangled Family Tree or get older siblings asked Is That Cute Kid Yours?. Contrast Absurdly Youthful Mother, where two different generations are a lot closer to each other than is expected, and Family Relationship Switcheroo, where someone pretends their child is a much younger sibling.


To qualify for this trope, there must be at least a decade between the youngest and oldest sibling.


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  • Another: Kouichi's mother, Ritsuko, died not long after giving birth to him at 27, while her younger sister Reiko was a 15-year-old middle school student. Reiko's age is significant because her sister was a casualty of the curse that strikes parents and siblings of Class 3-3 members, which was Reiko's class at the time.
  • Attack on Titan: Zeke Yeager is ten years older than his half-brother, Eren.
  • Black Clover:
    • Noelle's oldest brother, Nozel, is fourteen years older than her.
    • Leopold is only a teenager while his older siblings, Fuegoleon and Mereoleona, are both in their thirties. They're also two of the most badass people in the kingdom, so it's understandable that he both idolizes and envies them.
  • Bleach: Sora Inoue is 15 years older than his sister Orihime, which led him to be Promoted to Parent when he ran away from their Abusive Parents with her. At the time of his death, he was 27 and Orihime was 12.
  • Bokurano has Maki Ano and her younger brother Kazuki. The Anos were unable to have children, so they adopted Maki, but Maki's mother finally succeeded in getting pregnant not long before the start of the series. Maki is about 12 when her younger brother is born.
  • Bunny Drop: The central characters of the series are Daikichi and his aunt, Rin. However, Rin is 24 years younger than Daikichi, because she was born through an affair Daikichi's grandfather had with a mangaka. It is later revealed that Rin is not Souichi's biological daughter, however.
  • Code Geass: With an official 108 consorts for Charles zi Britannia, there are plenty of half-siblings and even full-blooded siblings with years if not decades sized age gaps. For example, Second Princess Cornelia is 27, while her younger sister Third Princess Euphemia is 16. Schneizel, the Second Prince of Britannia, is almost in his thirties, while his half-brother Lelouch is 17. Extra materials reveal that Clovis (24) has a younger full-blooded sister who is fourteen years old. The only ones with a reasonable age gap are Lelouch and Nunnally, born three years apart, something that is likely because their mother Marianne was the favored consort to Charles.
  • Digimon Tamers: Per Word of God, there is a ten-year age gap between Jenrya/Henry's youngest sibling Shiuchon/Suzie and his oldest sibling Rinchei.
  • In Fruits Basket, ten years separate Yuki from Ayame. This means that while Yuki was a kid, Ayame was an Aloof Big Brother who wanted nothing to do with him, leaving Yuki permanently disillusioned towards him. Ayame came to regret this deeply, and by the time the manga starts, he has become the exact opposite, an extremely clingy and flamboyantly affectionate brother by whom Yuki is often annoyed.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Manga:
      • As an ageless Truly Single Parent, Father's homunculi children vary in age by decades, the largest gap being Pride at 350+ and Wrath in his 60s (or if you don't count him due to being formerly human, Gluttony at 160+). In a bizarre way, Father himself (or rather, the body he inhabits) is a much older half-brother to Ed and Alphonse Elric, being a clone of sorts of their father that was created about 400 years before them. A Yonkoma shows the homunculi begging their "uncle" Ed for money.
      • Denny Brosh is a young adult man serving in the military, living at home with his younger brother and sister, who are both implied to be under the age of twelve. No parents are seen, which may mean that Denny is raising his siblings.
    • The 2003 anime reveals Envy is actually the homunculus of Ed and Al's half-brother, born over 300 years before them.
  • Gakuen Babysitters: Both Ryuuichi Kashima and Hayato Kamitani are first-year high school students (age 15-16), while their younger brothers Koutarou and Taka are toddlers. Kashima was Promoted to Parent after his parents' deaths and was still Koutarou's primary caretaker while their parents traveled/worked a lot, and Kamitani acts as Taka's closest older male familial figure in place of their father (who divorced and left the family after the birth of Taka, who's unaware he even has a father). Since the two are used to looking after their siblings, they become part-time sitters for their school's daycare (where staff members leave their preschool-age kids while they work). The age gap (and lack of parents) is what makes Kashima so dedicated to his younger brother; Kamitani meanwhile is an Aloof Big Brother who constantly finds his younger brother's tantrums or misbehavior annoying. Kashima lampshades not being able to fight like normal siblings due to the age difference, but the two teens nevertheless love their younger brothers and are protective of them due to their circumstances.
  • Horimiya: Hori is 12 years older than her younger brother Souta. Because of this, their parents often left her in charge of taking care of him due to both of them constantly being busy with work.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders: Daniel D'Arby is 10 years older than his younger brother Telence. Telence lampshades the age gap by saying that they "are from different generations" and dismissing Daniel as "old-fashioned."
    • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable: Josuke Higashikata was born from an affair Joseph Joestar had with a woman young enough to be his daughter sometime after his grandson Jotaro is born. When informed of this by Jotaro, he points out the weirdness of being Josuke's nephew despite being over a decade older than him. Joseph eventually adopts a baby, Shizuka, meaning Jotaro has an adoptive aunt younger than his own daughter.
    • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo: While protagonist Giorno Giovanna is the son of Dio Brando because Dio stole Jonathan's body for his own he's genetically a Joestar (legally he's a Joestar as well since Dio was adopted into the family). Because of this, his oldest half-sibling is George II Joestar, who was born almost a century before Giorno, and his closest living relative (Joseph Joestar) is his nephew. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean reveals other children of Dio and Jonathan, the youngest of which is only a few years older than Jolyne-his great-great-great niece.
  • In the Kagerou Project, Hiyori Asahina and Ayaka Tateyama are sisters. Hiyori is a pre-teen and Ayaka is the mother of a 17-year-old.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War:
    • There is a huge gap between Kaguya and her three older brothers (enough so that the youngest of the three appears old enough to be her father). It helps that she doesn't have the same mother as them.
    • Shirogane and his little sister Kei are a little less than three years apart in canon. However, the recurring Kindergarten A.U. in the Official Doujinshi spinoff has him as a recently started teacher and her young enough that she hasn't even started school yet (meaning that they're around 20 years apart).
  • In Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl, Aika (18 years old) is so much younger than her sister that she's actually much closer in age to that sister's daughter Haine (15 years old). As a result, Aika and Haine behave more like sisters than aunt and niece (amongst other things…)
  • Shion Souryuin from Kengan Ashura is 35 years old. Her younger sister, Akemi, is in high school, giving them a more-or-less 20 years age difference.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • There is a 27-year gap between Fate and her "older sister" Alica who she was cloned from. To put it in perspective, had Alicia not died as a child she would be the same age as Fate's adoptive mother Lindy.
    • Nanoha is 8 years younger than her older sister Miyuki and 10 years younger than her older brother Kyouya. She notes in the very first episode of the franchise that it makes her feel like something of a third wheel in her own household, since she couldn't help out while her father was hospitalized.
    • Nanoha's friend Suzuka has an older sister, Shinobu, who's about Kyouya's age.
    • Teana Lanster appears to be significantly younger than her late older brother Tiida, who was serving in the TSAB while she was a young girl.
  • In Magical Sempai, the eponymous character is a second-year in high school, while her older sister works as a teacher at her school and is married.
  • My Hero Academia: Tensei Iida is 30 at the start of the series, while his younger brother Tenya, who starts at U.A. that year, is 15.
  • New Game!:
    • Yun is 20 at the start of the series and has five-year-old twin siblings, Ren and Miu.
    • Among the Yamato sisters, both Christina (the eldest) and Catherine (the middle child) seem to be fairly close in age, since they're adults and businesswomen, but Sophie, the youngest, is a grade-schooler.
  • One Piece: Big Mom has been marrying and dumping men since her teens, and has managed to have dozens of children well into her fifties. As a result, some of the Charlotte family differ in age by decades, even with adult half-siblings. The biggest age difference is Charlotte Prospero, who's 50, and Charlotte Anana, who's eight.
  • Ouran High School Host Club:
    • Umehito Nekozawa is a high school student, while his sister, Kirimi, is a three-year-old.
    • According to Bisco Hatori's notes, Hikaru and Kaoru get a baby sister after the series ends, by which time they are in their late teens.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Madoka, who's 14 at the start of the series, has a younger brother named Tatsuya, who's 3.
  • In Saki Achiga-hen, Ako has a much older sister, who's as old as Harue (who was Ako's teacher for the mahjong club).
  • Ren and his older sister in Sazanami Cherry have a several-year age gap. This age gap allows his sister to keep secret the fact she's transgender because Ren can't remember her as anything but an older sister.
  • A Silent Voice: Shoya's unnamed sister is much older than he is. She married and gave birth to a daughter when he was an elementary school student.
  • In Yuri Moyou, the eldest of the Sakimiya sisters, Ryou, is a teacher, the second oldest, Serina, is an Office Lady, and the younger two, Yuika and Mizuki, are students.

    Comic Books 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search: Kiyi is about 14 years younger than her half-brother and 12 years younger than her half-sister.
  • Wonder Woman: Wonder Girl Cassie Sandsmark is several thousand years younger than her half-siblings like Hercules, Ares and Athena, whom their father Zeus fathered in antiquity. Like in Classical Mythology, it's a consequence of Zeus both being immortal and never keeping it in his pants. In the New 52, Wonder Woman herself has this role due to Zeus being her father, with Cassie becoming the daughter of one of his demigods instead.
  • This comes up quite frequently with Wolverine's offspring, thanks to his Healing Factor, and he's had numerous other children over the decades. Most notably, Daken was born in the 1940s, putting him in his 70s. His sister-by-cloning, X-23 is 20. Her sister-by-cloning Gabby is physically 13 but is Younger Than They Look because she was rapid-aged to that point.
  • Batman's eldest adoptive child Dick is mentioned to be twenty-six in "Nightwing: 321 Days" while his biological son Damian is ten during "Batman Reborn," published two years later. Accordingly, Dick was Promoted to Parent while Bruce was believed to be dead. Bruce's other adoptive children Jason, Tim, and Cassandra are all in between Dick and Damian in age, with Tim said to be seventeen during "Batman Reborn."

    Fan Works 
  • The Hey Arnold! One-Shot Fic The Argument depicts Helga as an unplanned pregnancy because there's a twelve-year age gap between her and her sister Olga. Her parents decided to keep her, but they still neglected Helga while favoring her sister.
  • In the Miraculous Ladybug fanfic Baby Boom, due to a poorly thought akumatization, thousands of women in Paris end up pregnant, and many of them were mothers with teenage daughters but young enough to still be able to have more children. Marinette and Sabine's babies are the same age despite being from different generations (and in fact, since Marinette gives birth first, Sabine has a grandkid that's actually older than her second kid).
  • In Chemistry, Twilight Sparkle is roughly thirteen years younger than her brother Shining Armor. This is due to an incident where Cadance's love magic accidentally led to several pregnancies.
  • Subverted in Child of the Storm: Alison Carter is presented as Peggy Carter's much younger sister; however, she was actually Peggy's daughter - apparently she would have been passed off as her niece, but Peggy's only sibling died before Peggy entered the war. The trope was invoked to avoid people targeting her for the Super Serum in her blood, and the stigma of the era. Aside from an incident with the Red Room in 1953, it worked for over six decades.
  • Dangerverse: Although technically Hermione Granger's elder sister, Gertrude "Danger" Granger is effectively one of her mothers after their blood parents' deaths.
  • Eyes on Me:
    • Goldie and Maya are nineteen years old (and their younger brother John sixteen) when their sister Petunia is born.
    • Petunia herself is at least a decade older than her sperm donor father's children Circe, Athena, and Keanu.
    • Much like in his respective canon, William is a much older half-brother to Edward and Alphonse Elric. This results in Ed and Al being much closer in age to many of their niblings.
  • In the Jojos Bizarre Adventure Alternate Universe Fic Joestar Family Groupchat Shenanigans, Jonathan and Dio, the oldest Joestar children, are both 35, while the youngest, Josuke, is 15, which is around the same age as Dio's children.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3: Final Stand: Glacies, the elder child of Terra and Aqua, is 18 come the sequel Kingdom Hearts 4: New Light, while her younger brother Ignis is a toddler.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire fanfic Knight Of The Dreadfort The Ballad Of The Red King:
    • Domeric Bolton is three years older than his stepmother Walda "Fat Walda" Frey, so any children between her and his father will be this trope. The same holds true for his half-brother Ramsay.
    • Reversed with Roose Ryswell being only a couple years older than his nephews Domeric (see above) and Robert.
  • In the Final Fantasy VII Alternate Universe Fic Life Renewed, Love Renewed Ifalna gets pregnant again around the same time Aeris is expecting her first child. As a result, her sister Rakael(aka "Rockie") is actually a week younger than her son Keter. Aunt and nephew are actually best friends.
  • In Make a Man Out of You, there's an over thirteen-year age gap between Ping and Yao Er (and an even larger one between Yao Er and his older sister). This gap means that Yao Er doesn't remember Ping after Ping's been gone in the army for ten years. He doesn't remember that Ping was still living as "Mulan" before he left.
  • In Mended, Delia entered a relationship with Oak and became pregnant with Ash shortly after Oak was widowed. Ash's niece May is older than him.
  • Mother Diamond: By the time Pink Diamond takes her form, her older sisters are already ruling over their own planets.
  • A Nuisance Though Thou Art: The Elf Prince Nemolis Drazhar is in his late twenties/early thirties when he meets his younger half-brother Maia, who's barely four years older than Nemolis' eldest child. Nemolis admits the age cap meant he wasn't very interested in Maia at first — contributing to his neglect — and he's acting more as Maia's parent than sibling.
  • one day at a time: Bruce Wayne's four biological children, due to both being half-siblings and the younger two biologically engineered, having been born years after Bruce's death. Damian Wayne, the eldest of the four, is fifteen years older than his sister Helena, twenty-five years older than his younger brother Terry, and thirty-one years older than his youngest brother Matthew. Thus, despite legally being siblings of the first generation Wayne Family, the three are officially considered members of the second generation with their nieces Carrie Kelley and Penelope Todd, with the former six years older than Helena. The fact that they were raised by the Promoted to Parent Jason Todd, the second eldest of Bruce's original five children, only hammers it in.
  • In Discworld fan writings by A.A. Pessimal, Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes is the eldest of five siblings. She left Rimwards Howondaland for Ankh-Morpork at the age of nineteen. One of the things she left behind was her youngest sibling, who at the time wasn't even two years old. Scroll forward by nine years and Johanna is established as an Assassin and a teacher at the Guild school: the latest batch of eleven-year-old new pupils arrives and one is an overseas student from Howondaland: her youngest sibling Mariella. The two sisters spend time together outside School, and Johanna realizes that with a seventeen-year age difference, their relationship is not straightforward sisterhood - it has overtones of mother-daughter.
  • A popular Pokémon theory is that Ash's barely-mentioned father is Professor Oak. In canon, Professor Oak is his rival Gary's grandfather, which would make Gary Ash's nephew despite being the same age as him.
  • In Princess Trixie Sparkle, Celestia has kept a huge secret from her younger sister Luna for over a millennium: they have an older sister named Astelle. Astelle was a teenager/young adult prior to Luna's birth and had already ran away. When it turned out Astelle had become evil and vengeful, Celestia decided to keep her a secret from Luna.
  • Resident Evil: A Brother's Promise: William "BJ" Birkin, the elder sister of Sherry Birkin, is ten years older than her.
  • In The Secret, Emma and her younger brother Billy have a gap of seventeen years between them (at the start of the fic she's twenty-one and he's just four). As a result, Emma ends up acting as a parental figure to Billy at times especially after their mother dies, eventually becoming his legal guardian. To further emphasize this, Billy is still a young child when he becomes an uncle to Emma's newborn son.
  • In the Skyhold Academy Yearbook series, Evvy (the Inquisitor analogue) is twelve years younger than her eldest sibling Fred. Her son Cole is fifteen years older than her daughter Skye, although in this case Cole is adopted.
  • Son of the Sannin:
    • Among Jiraya and Tsunade's four children, there is a rather large gap between their eldest daughter Shizune and the rest of their children (sixteen between her and Naruto and an additional three for Hagane and Kaida). In fact, Naruto, Hagane, and Kaida are actually closer in age to Shizune's infant children than they are to her. It helps that both Shizune and Naruto are adopted.
    • For that matter, Haku is about 15 years older than his foster parents' biological son.
    • In the epilogue, Naruto and Hinata have a second daughter named Urara in addition to their two canon children. She's noted to be around a year and a half while her older brother is about to graduate from the academy, making the age gap between them somewhere between 10 and 11 years.
  • In the Steven Universe human Alternate Universe fanfic Too Soon, Winona's twins Yvonne and Beatrix are seventeen years old when their younger sister Piper is born.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus, it's revealed that Brietta the pegasus is actually Annika's older sister, whom she didn't know existed for much of her life. Annika was born after Brietta was turned into a pegasus on her sixteenth birthday, which would make Annika at least sixteen years younger than Brietta. Funnily enough, when Annika uses the Wand of Light to turn Brietta human again, Brietta looks the same age as Annika though she should be in her thirties (it's possible magic had something to do with this). The two quickly bond as sisters despite the age gap and lack of direct interaction up to this point; Brietta also reveals that she's secretly watched over Annika all her life.
  • In Barbie as Rapunzel, Prince Stefan appears to be about twenty years old, while his brother and three sisters are all about three.
  • A Bug's Life: The exact ages of Princess Atta and Dot are quite difficult to discern. From what little that can be inferred, Atta might be in the ant equivalent of early to mid-twenties. Dot, on the other hand, seems to be a child approximately between the ages of 7 to 10 years old.
  • The Incredibles: According to official sources, Violet is 14 and Dash is 10. Their little brother, Jack-Jack, is a baby.
  • The Land Before Time: In VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock we learn that Cera (who, despite her Vague Age, is still a child) is an aunt to two three-horn hatchlings named Dana and Dinah, thus proving that she has at least one older sibling who is already at an age that he/she can have children. This sibling is not seen, however.
  • Lilo & Stitch: Lilo is five going on six, while her older sister Nani is nineteen, and Nani has been Promoted to Parent since their parents died. As such, she acts much more like a mother than an older sister towards Lilo. In fact, the original version of the scene in which the sisters bond after their first big fight had to be replaced at the last minute since test audiences mistook Nani for Lilo's mom instead of her big sister and people kept having zero sympathy for their plight "because it was her own fault." The revised scene makes it more clear that they are sisters.
  • In The Princess and the Frog, Prince Naveen, a young adult, has a six-and-a-half-year-old brother. This is revealed as the punchline for Charlotte jokingly suggesting she could Settle for Sibling.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • American History X: Ally Vinnyard, who is only a Living Prop in the film, is about 7 years old. Her older siblings, Derek is in his early to mid-twenties, Davina is in her late teens to early twenties, and Danny is in his mid to late teens.
  • In The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Myrna Loy is the older sister to Shirley Temple, despite a 22-year age gap. The reason for that decision is probably because they're in a Love Triangle with Cary Grant and having a mother and daughter in a triangle would be too much Squick.
  • Black Panther: T'Challa's exact age is not given, but he is likely in his early to mid-thirties. (His actor, Chadwick Boseman, was in his early 40s at the time of filming.) His younger sister Shuri is 16 years old.
  • In Cheaper by the Dozen, Nora Baker, the eldest of the twelve children, is a young adult who has left home and lives with her boyfriend (Piper Perabo was about 27). The youngest Baker children, twins Kyle and Nigel, are about five or six years old (their dad Tom finally got a vasectomy after the twins were born). All the other kids fall somewhere in-between the nearly two-decade age gap.
  • In Crazy Stupid Love, a large age gap sets up a plot twist. In the late-twenties Jacob knows Cal has two children, a thirteen-year-old son and a younger daughter. He does not find out that Cal also has a much older daughter, Hannah — the woman Jacob is dating — until much later.
  • Enola Holmes is a sixteen-year-old girl, while her brothers are middle-aged career men. This is plot-relevant, as because they have been away from home for so long, they are initially not interested in acting as close-knit guardian figures and would prefer to ship her Off to Boarding School.
  • Elf: Buddy is a man in his early thirties, while his paternal half-brother Michael is 12. The fairly large age gap was the result of their father Walter unknowingly impregnating his girlfriend during college, and then marrying a different woman several years later.
  • Halloween (2007): Judith Meyers and Michael Meyers are 16 and 10 years older than their younger sister Laurie Strode/Angel Meyers. Shortly after Michael killed Judith, Judith's boyfriend, and their stepfather Ronnie, their mother Deborah gave the infant Angel up for adoption and committed suicide. Angel's new adopted parents renamed her Laurie and were unaware of her tragic past. Thus she was never aware of her biological siblings until an escaped Michael came charging into her life.
  • In the family sports comedy Kicking & Screaming, the main character's son is born on the same day as his father's son with his second wife.
  • Joker (2019): Arthur Fleck believes himself to the illegitimate son of Thomas Wayne. If this is true, then Fleck (implied to be in his early thirties) would be over 20 years older than his half-brother Bruce (who is only 10). Subverted, as it turns that Fleck's mother Penny was a Stalker with a Crush to the older Wayne. She was fired from Wayne Enterprises for that particular reason. Penny then deluded herself into thinking that Wayne was Fleck's father.
  • In Labyrinth, Sarah is sixteen years old while her younger half-brother Toby is still a baby and has only just started to toddle. As a result, Sarah is often tasked with caring for him while her father and stepmother are out, which she resents. However, when Toby is kidnapped by goblins, Sarah's Big Sister Instinct kicks in and she sets out to rescue him.
  • Lights Out (2016): Their ages aren't specified, but Rebecca is probably somewhere in her late twenties to early thirties (her actress, Teresa Palmer, was 29 at the time of filming). Her maternal half-brother Martin, on the other hand, is maybe around 8 to 10 years old (his actor, Gabriel Bateman, was 10). Through most of the film, Rebecca is battling with their mutual mother for custody over Martin.
  • Music (2021): Kazu (In-Universe age unspecified, the actress being in her thirties at the time of filming) and her twelve-year-old half-sister Music (her actress was a teenager at the time of filming) have an age gap of at least a decade between them.
  • Napoleon Dynamite: Napoleon is 16 years old, while his Manchild of an older brother Kip is 32. Evidently, large sibling age gaps are quite the tradition in Napoleon's family, as the brothers' uncle Rico seems to be no more than approximately 7 to 10 years older than Kip.
  • The Proposition: Mikey, the youngest of the Burns brothers (a family-led gang of bushrangers that prowl the outback of colonial Australia), is 14 years old. His older brothers, Arthur and Charlie, are likely in their mid-twenties to early thirties.
  • In Sorcerers, Ivan (In-Universe age unspecified, the actor being twenty-nine at the time) has a little sister Nina (age unspecified, the actress being nine). At first, she seems like an Annoying Younger Sibling, insisting she'll accompany him for his romantic evening with his fiancée and later sneaking after him when he goes to said fiancée's rescue. However, she is very quick-thinking, while her brother is badly affected by Love Makes You Stupid, and she ends up helping him a lot.
  • In Stand by Me and the original novella that inspired it, Gordie and his late older brother Denny are separated by a ten-year age gap. Their relationship is portrayed as distant in the book (the age gap renders Denny "just a guy"), but in the movie, Denny is painted as having been a kindly older brother who encouraged Gordie's writing. Gordie's parents (noted in the narrative as old enough to be his grandparents) have ignored him since Denny's death. It's given more focus in the novella that Denny was a miracle baby for his parents, who had believed themselves infertile, so he was the object of Parental Favoritism; Gordie, on the other hand, was not planned and The Unfavorite.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Mario is middle-aged, whereas Luigi is in his early 20s; in fact, it's stated early in the film that Mario was the one who raised Luigi. This is a contrast to the games, in which they're fraternal twins.
  • The tendency of the prequel X-Men films to set each film a decade apart leads to this with the Summers brothers. Havok is older and is a teenager in X-Men: First Class in the 60s, while Cyclops is a similar age when introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse in the 80s.
  • Thor: Ragnarok: Hela's age is not given in the films, but she is considerably older than her 1,500-year-old brother Thor. This can be inferred from the facts that he was unaware of her existence prior to the events of Thor Ragnarok, and that Hela was old enough to be a powerhouse in her own right before Thor's birth.
  • In You've Got Mail, Tom Hanks's character Joe has a 4-year-old half-brother. He also has an 11-year-old aunt, his grandfather's daughter with a younger woman.

  • Ascendance of a Bookworm: Later in the story, the protagonist is being passed off as a nobleman's youngest daughter. When this happens, the protagonist is eight years old and pretending to be seven. She gains three brothers in the form of the nobleman's actual children, the oldest of whom is eighteen years old and winds up guarding her on several of her subsequent adventures because he's among the few people who know that they actually aren't siblings.
  • In Ask Amy Green, Amy's mother is 20 years older than her younger sister Clover. Clover is 17, and only 4 years older than her niece Amy.
  • In the later installments of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, 36-year-old Aurora becomes the legal guardian of her 16-year-old half-brother Philip, after their mutual deadbeat father abandons him. His disappearance and Aurora's attempts to find him is the main conflict of the 10th book All the Little Liars.
  • Jane Austen employed this trope on occasion since it was Truth in Television for the time period when couples tended to marry comparatively young, have many children, and lose some as infants or small children.
    • In Pride and Prejudice, Darcy is Promoted to Parent for his sister Georgiana after their parents die. He is twenty-eight and she is sixteen at the end of the novel, giving them a twelve-year age difference.
      • Also in Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Lucas is twenty-seven and the oldest of Sir William and Lady Lucas's many children; we don't know how old the others are (except for Maria, who is apparently around the same age as Kitty Bennet), but the youngest are implied to be under ten.
    • In Mansfield Park, the eldest Price is 19-year-old William and the youngest is 5-year-old Betsey. The other eight Price children are between them in age.
    • In Sense and Sensibility, the youngest Dashwood child Margaret is around twelve years old. John, her older half-brother, doesn't have his exact age given but he's older than Elinor, who is stated to be 19 when the story begins and is married with a child who is not many years younger than Margaret.
    • In Emma, Frank Churchill is twenty-three years old when his half-sister Anna Weston is born. His mother was Mr. Weston's first wife, and Anna's mother is Mr. Weston's second wife.
    • In the unfinished Sanditon, the eldest Parker is 35-year-old Tom and the youngest is 21-year-old Arthur, and the heroine Charlotte Heywood is twenty-two years old while her oldest brother is thirty-one. We might have met more of the Heywoods' fourteen children had Jane Austen not died.
  • Inverted in the Brother Cadfael series, in which young Edwin Gurney and Edwy Bellecote are uncle and nephew respectively, yet look and behave just like brothers.
  • A Brother's Price: The setting makes up for the rarity of men via a form of Exotic Extended Marriage in which a man marries all the sisters of a family. This can easily result in women who are old enough to get married while their youngest sisters are still children or even yet to be born.
  • The Camp Half-Blood Series:
    • Percy's mother remarries by the end of the events of the second series and soon gives birth to his half-sister Estelle, who is 17 years younger than him. He has to take off from adventuring to help his mom and step-dad take care of her and catch up on all of the high school classes he missed.
    • A lot of the demigods have this, as their divine parents are immortal and therefore can have children at many different points in history, some thousands of years apart. For example, one of Percy's half-brothers though Poseidon is Theseus, who died thousands of years before he was even born.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley is 12, while his brothers Manny and Rodrick are 3 and 16 respectively. Manny gets treated differently by their parents because he's the youngest.
  • In the backstory of the Dollanganger Series, as revealed in the prequel novel Garden of Shadows, Malcolm Foxworth's father Garland married a 19-year-old girl, Alicia, and had a second son, Christopher. By the time Christopher was born, Malcolm and his wife Olivia already had two sons of their own. The family tree became a tangled mess from there.
  • In Dune:
    • Glossu Rabban was over 60 while his brother Feyd-Rautha was 19. The prequels establish that the Bene Gesserit slipped their parents' fertility drugs to ensure Feyd's birth for their Super Breeding Program.
    • Less extreme example with Paul Atreides, who is 16 years older than his sister Alia.
  • In Earth's Children, Joharran is indicated to be much older than his youngest half-siblings Thonolan and Folara; he was already considered an adult when his mother mated Thonolan and Folara's father and when Folara is having First Rites to become a woman (making her a teenager), Joharran is mated with a young child. It's complicated by the fact people in the setting are often considered adults at a younger age than most modern societies, note  although this still puts at least a decade between Joharran and Thonolan, and more than a decade between Joharran and Folara.
  • At fourteen, Enola Holmes is twenty years younger than her older brother Sherlock and twenty-seven years younger than Mycroft. Because of their large age gap, Sherlock and Mycroft would rather ship her off to boarding school than act as parental or brotherly figures.
  • The Fault in Our Stars: 17-year-old Augustus has two sisters, a pair of twins who are 11 years older than him. Both of them are married with children of their own. (They are Adapted Out of The Film of the Book.)
  • In The Great Opposition, Sima is born after an unplanned pregnancy when her sister Lyudmila is nineteen and her brother Georgy fifteen. As a result, she has never been close to either, and at the start of the novel, when she is still at school, Lyudmila is already married and living separately and Georgy is living and working half a continent away.
  • Harry Potter: There are seven Weasley siblings, so naturally there is a case of this. The eldest, Bill, is ten years older than Ginny, the youngest. Bill went to Hogwarts a year after Ginny was born. At the start of the series, Bill and Charlie, the two oldest, have graduated from Hogwarts and are leading separate lives; Harry (and the reader) doesn't even meet them until the fourth book.
  • In The Heartstrikers, Bethesda has had ten clutches over the course of a thousand years, starting when she was a hundred years old (fairly early for a dragoness to lay eggs). As a result, protagonist Julius has brothers and sisters centuries old while he's in his twenties. While Chelsie's F-clutch were all laid at the same time, the youngest failed to hatch; she kept the egg alive through sheer force of will and Felicity was ultimately born six hundred years after her brothers and sisters.
  • In The Princess Diaries series, Mia is a high school student when her mother gives birth to her little half-brother Rocky. She learns of her royal status around the same time as the birth of her little half-sister Olivia.
  • In The Red Tent, some of Tabea's half-siblings have children of their own. There is also another one on the way.
  • In one chapter of Fazil Iskander's Sandro of Chegem, a mule brought to the funeral of the local Dirty Old Man (one who went Out with a Bang at that) notes how ridiculous it is that the deceased one's son from his latest wife is being watched by the man's granddaughter who is thrice his age.
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Tibby's younger siblings Nicky and Katherine are thirteen and fourteen years younger than her.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Walder Frey is a peevish old man who keeps getting new young wives, with no plan of stopping even in his nineties. As a result, he has children from his later marriages younger than great-grandchildren from his early marriages. There's enough of an age difference that his great-grandson "Black" Walder Frey, who has a habit of sleeping with his relatives' wives, is rumored to be the real father of the children Walder had with his seventh wife.
    • Aerys II Targaryen had Prince Rhaegar as a teenager, and his youngest daughter Daenerys was born shortly after his death. This is because Queen Rhaella experienced a series of stillbirths and miscarriages after giving birth to Rhaegar, with only her last two children Viserys and Daenerys surviving to adulthood. Rhaegar already had infant children at this point, meaning that if Rhaenys and Aegon had survived the sack of King's Landing, they'd be older than their aunt Dany.
    • Aegon IV "The Unworthy" Targaryen was made to marry his sister Naerys as a teenager, but Really Gets Around into his forties. His heir (unless you believe certain rumors) Daeron and youngest bastard Shiera Seastar are at least over 20 years apart in age, and some of his Great Bastards are in the same age group as Daeron's older sons. Even if the count is limited only to Aegon's legitimate children, Daeron's younger sister Daenerys (not the one in the books) is 19 years his junior.
    • The current generation of House Stark. Oldest brothers Robb and Jonnote  are eleven years older than their youngest brother Rickon. Robb winds up being Promoted to Parent when their father Ned goes south to become Hand of the King.
    • The Baratheon brothers. King Robert and his middle brother Stannis are in their mid-thirties and only a couple years apart, but their youngest brother Renly is in his early twenties.
  • The Shadowhunter Chronicles: In the anthology book Ghosts Of The Shadowmarket, Tessa gives birth to a baby girl, Mina, in 2013. Tessa, who is immortal, previously gave birth in 1886 (James Herondale) and 1887 (Lucie Herondale). The same year Mina is born, James's great-great-grandson, Jace, turns 22 years old.
  • The Stormlight Archive: Kaladin, who is roughly 21, returns to his hometown in Oathbringer and learns that in the years he's been away his parents have had another child, a little boy whom he estimates is about a year old.
  • Played With in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium: since elves are immortal, "generation" doesn't have the same connotation. For example, there's a 111-year age difference between Arwen and her older brothers, the twins Elladan and Elrohir.
    • Narrowly averted with Túrin Turambar and his sister Nienor in The Children of Húrin. By the time Nienor was born, Túrin was nine years old and had left home for his own safety after their home of Dor-lómin was taken.
  • In Twilight, the adopted Cullen siblings all appear to be in their late teens, but some of them actually have decades between them. This is justified by them being vampires who were turned at different times. Jasper was born in 1844 and turned in 1863, Edward was born in 1901 and turned in 1918, Alice was born in 1901 and turned in 1920, Rosalie was born in 1915 and turned in 1933, and Emmett was born in 1915 and turned in 1935. There are 71 years between the 'eldest' Jasper and the 'youngest' Emmett.
  • Several examples from Warrior Cats; justified given that the characters are cats, who don't actually go through menopause and can have kits at any point in their lives, in addition to having much shorter childhoods compared to their overall lifespan than humans have. Even siblings with a "normal" age gap but not in the same litter often have adult siblings when they are born, due to, as mentioned above, being cats:
    • There's Leopardfoot and Patchpelt with their siblings Redtail, Willowpelt, and Spottedleaf, who are all younger than Leopardfoot's son and are still fairly young warriors when Patchpelt had retired to be an elder.
    • There is the gap between the first and second litters of Sorreltail and Brackenfur's kits and especially Cloudtail and Brightheart's kits (Whitewing was already a fairly senior warrior when full-grown children of her own by the time her siblings were born).
    • Yellowfang and her siblings are an especially extreme example - Yellowfang already has an adult child and is considered elderly when her siblings are born.
  • In The Wildflowers, Cat discovers she has a half-sister who was already an adult and married when Cat was born. It turns out that her half-sister is actually her adoptive mother Geraldine, who was pressured into adopting Cat to cover up the fact that Geraldine's mother had an affair with her brother-in-law.
  • Jacqueline Wilson's novels sometimes feature this trope:
    • In The Diamond Girls, there's a big age gap between the Diamond sisters and their newest sibling Sundance, whom their mother unexpectedly got pregnant with. Dixie, previously the youngest in the family, is still ten years older than Sundance; the eldest, Martine, is sixteen years older and is later revealed to be having a baby herself, meaning Sundance will have a niece or nephew who is around the same age. Dixie also finds out her father and his wife recently had another baby, making her ten years older than her other half-sibling too.
    • In My Sister Jodie, it's eventually revealed Sharon is pregnant with her third child; Pearl found her pregnancy test earlier in the story and thought it was her sister Jodie's at first. Pearl is eleven years older than her new sister May. Jodie would've been fourteen years older...if she'd lived to meet her; she tragically dies near the end of the novel and Pearl takes it upon herself to look after May the way Jodie did for her and ensure that she knows who Jodie was.
    • In Secrets, Treasure's mother has younger siblings who are closer to Treasure's age (she's about eleven). Treasure's aunt Loretta is only four years older than her at fifteen, Treasure's uncle Willie is still in school, while her aunt Patsy is even younger than her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On 7th Heaven, the twins Sam and David are born during their eldest brother Matt's first year of college. Mom Annie actually revealed her pregnancy to dad Eric at Matt's high school graduation.
  • In Anne with an E, this applies to Mary's children. She had Elijah when she was very young and had Delphine years later after marrying Bash. Elijah was already a young adult by the time Delphine was born.
  • Beverly Hills, 90210: Erin Silver is born the summer before her elder half-siblings Kelly and David's senior year at West Beverly (when Kelly is around 17 and David is around 16). When Erin herself starts going to West Beverly in the sequel series, Kelly's a guidance counselor there.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Shortly after his mother's death, Howard, who is in his thirties, is visited by a twenty-something young man named Josh who turns out to be his paternal half-brother.
  • On Blackish, DeVante is born as his eldest sister Zoey is heading off to college; actually, all of his siblings are about a decade or so older than him.
  • Bob Hearts Abishola: Bob Wheeler is 50 years old. His fraternal twin siblings Douglas and Christina are only 38, a twelve-year age gap. It's mentioned that Bob dropped out of college following their father's untimely passing in order to help their mother take care of Douglas and Christina.
  • Boy Meets World: Cory's younger brother Josh is born when Cory is in his first year of college and elder brother Eric is in his twenties. In the Sequel Series Girl Meets World, Josh is only three years older than Cory's daughter Riley and becomes a love interest for her best friend Maya.
  • Chicago Fire: Sylvie Brett was born when her birth mom Julie was 16 and flashforward thirty years later Julie ended up pregnant at 46 which is slim chances of reproducing at that age. She later gives birth to Sylvie's half-sister Amelia.
  • In The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Deet appears to be much older than her little brother Bobb'N. Their exact ages aren't given, but Deet appears to be in her late teens or early twenties by human standards, while Bobb'N is clearly a child who is only just learning to talk properly and still uses Baby Talk at times.
  • On Designing Women, Julia Sugarbaker is twelve years older than her "baby sister" Suzanne, and multiple episodes indicate that Julia helped to raise Suzanne. (One episode reveals that they also have a half-brother, from a relationship their father had when their parents were separated, who is roughly halfway between them in age.)
  • Doctor Who: Hinted at; while the Doctor is never seen having any children on-screen, by the First Doctor's introduction he already had a grandchild in Susan Foreman, and the Tenth Doctor does confirm to Rose in one episode that "I was a dad once." He ends up being a Truly Single Parent as the Tenth Doctor, multiple centuries and lifetimes later, with Jenny in "The Doctor's Daughter." Even by Time Lord standards, the gap between the two would be enormous.
  • This seems to be a case with some of the members of the Dingle family in Emmerdale. Although the ages of Zak's children are not mentioned or developed, his daughter Belle (who was born in 1998) has six half-siblings who were mostly adults when they arrived on the show before or after she appeared. Cain, for example, continues to look a whole generation older than her when she was a teenager (there's even a 27-year age difference between Belle and Cain's actors).
  • Game of Thrones:
    • At the start of the series, Robb Stark and Jon Snow are around 17-18 years old, while their youngest brother Rickon Stark is around six years old, making for a gap of eleven years.
    • Jon Snow is the secret child of Rhaegar Targaryen, Daenerys Targaryen's famed older brother. Jon Snow and Daenerys are about the same age, despite being nephew and aunt. Daenerys wasn't even born when Rhaegar died and he was already an adult with two young children (who also died before Dany's birth).
    • Ramsay Bolton (nee Snow) is a full-grown man when his father Roose Bolton sires another son early in Season 6. It doesn't last very long since Ramsay feeds the boy (and his stepmother) to his dogs a few minutes after finding out.
  • On Gilmore Girls, Rory's half-sister Gigi, from her father's marriage, is born when she is a senior in high school.
  • Good Luck Charlie: At the start of the show, Charlie is nine months old. Her closest-in-age sibling is 10-year-old Gabe, while her eldest siblings Teddy and PJ are in high school. This age gap provides some drama on the show... doubly so, when the Duncan kids' youngest sibling Toby is born later in the series.
  • iCarly: Carly and Spencer Shay are this. The first season establishes that Carly is 13 and Spencer is 26. Spencer is Carly's legal guardian as their father is in the military. No mention is made of their mother.
  • Jane the Virgin: The title character is in her late twenties with a child of her own when her father Rogelio fathers his second daughter Baby.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: By the time Elliot "Eli" Stabler Jr. was born, the next-youngest siblings, twins Richard and Elizabeth, were nearly 15 years old.
    • The Victim of the Week in one episode is a teenager who was born just as the last of his siblings left for college. His father walked out because he didn't want to go through the process of raising a kid again.
  • Malcolm in the Middle: Francis is out of the house and married when Lois finds out she's pregnant with Jamie. Reese and Malcolm have graduated from high school and are out of the house and in college in the finale, when Lois finds out she's pregnant again.
  • Modern Family: Jay's stepson Manny is over twenty years younger than his biological kids Claire and Mitchell, and younger than even Claire's kids. Claire and Mitchell are in their thirties by the time Jay and Manny's mother Gloria have Joe, who's even younger than Mitch's daughter. Joe himself is just six years old when he becomes a great-uncle to Hayley and Dylan's twins.
  • Double Subverted during the last season of The Nanny. When the season starts, Maxwell Sheffield, with his two older children Maggie and Brighton almost in their 20s and his youngest Gracie already becoming a teenager, has since married Fran Fine following years of Belligerent Sexual Tension. Fran finds out that she's pregnant, and is heartbroken when Maxwell tells her that he doesn't want any more children. It's made worse when she learns that she isn't really pregnant - the test provided a false positive. Later that season, Fran gets pregnant for real and Maxwell has since changed his mind about having additional children; the show ends with Fran having fraternal twins.
  • In Once Upon a Time thanks to interdimensional time passage and the Curse erasing her parents' memories, Emma's younger brother is at least ten years younger than her own son. Later, History Repeats with Emma's own children: she has a second child named Hope after Henry graduates high school, so they're at least eighteen years apart in age.
  • In Only Fools and Horses, Derek "Del Boy" Trotter is 13 years older than his brother Rodney, and has taken care of Rodney ever since their father walked out on them and their mother died when Rodney was still small.
  • In Orphan Black, Charlotte is roughly 20 years younger than all of her sisters. She calls Kira her cousin, although she's technically her niece.
  • Season One of Peaky Blinders has four of the five Shelby siblings as adults, who run the family betting shop (and street gang). Youngest sibling Finn is barely eleven in the first season, thirteen in the second, and it isn't until season four at approximately fifteen or sixteen that he becomes a full Blinder. In the prior seasons, he's ordered around by the rest of his family and serves as a Butt-Monkey for Arthur and John to mock.
  • Reba:
    • Cheyenne (seventeen years old in the first season) is ten years older than Jake (seven years old in the first season). However, Kyra (twelve in the first season) is in the middle to balance it out.
    • Later in the first season, Brock and Barbara Jean's son Henry is born. As a result, he's seventeen years younger than Cheyenne and twelve years younger than Kyra. He's only a few months older than his niece Elizabeth.
  • In the later seasons of Roseanne, Dan's father Ed has a May–December Romance with Roseanne's best friend Crystal, and they get married. Their son, Ed Junior, has this with both of his older half-brothers; Crystal's son Lonnie is a teenager, and Dan is in his forties. One episode even has Dan's daughters, both of whom are older than Lonnie, babysitting the teething infant Ed.
  • Shameless (US): Fiona and Liam seem to be about twenty years apart, and she acts as a Parental Substitute to him.
  • Six Feet Under: At the start of the series, Nate is 35 and David is 31. Their younger sister, Claire, is 17 and doesn't know Nate well specifically because he left home shortly after she was born.
  • Deanna Troi's mother Lwaxana got pregnant during the fourth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, ultimately giving birth to a son who was about 35 years younger than Deanna.
    • In a similar vein, Jake Sisko is twenty years old when his father's second wife gets pregnant.
  • On The Tudors, Henry VIII's daughter Mary is in her late teens when her stepmother, Queen Jane Seymour, is pregnant with and gives birth to the future Edward VI. Truth in Television; see Real Life below.
  • Two and a Half Men: In the sixth season, Judith gets pregnant and gives birth to a daughter named Milly, while Jake is in his mid-teens. Around the time of Milly's conception, Judith and Herb temporarily separated and Judith slept with Alan, only to quickly dump Alan and reconcile with Herb. Therefore, it is unclear whether Milly is Jake's half-sister or his sister. All signs point to Alan being Milly's father, but the show never confirmed it either way.
  • In season 2 of The Waltons, Olivia gets pregnant. She loses the baby because she's too old to carry properly; had the child (posthumously named Joy) survived, she would have been 18 years younger than her oldest sibling John-Boy.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Classical Mythology: While the age difference isn't discussed much because non-creation myths don't typically have clear timelines, the gods' Immortality and, in most cases, promiscuity, would lead to half-siblings centuries in age different at least, especially when it comes to Zeus's divine children and his innumerable demigod offspring.
  • In The Bible, Abraham has two sons, Ishmael and Isaac, born fourteen years apart. Then, when both are already married adults, he marries again and has six more sons, though they're much less important to the narrative.
    • Jacob's first twelve children seem to have been born during a span of about seven years (multiple wives were involved), but another seven or so years pass before Benjamin, the youngest, is born, so this would apply between him and the older ones.

  • Westeros: An American Musical: There is evidence of a large age gap between Rhaegar and his younger sister Daenerys. Elia Martell and her children, who were canonically Rhaegar's wife and children, were killed seventeen years prior to the beginning of the play. Daenerys, meanwhile, has only recently gotten married when the play starts.

    Video Games 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • At the time of Mia Fey's death at the start of the second case, she was 27 and her younger sister Maya was 17.
    • There's an age gap of more than 15 years between Pearl Fey and her half-sisters Dahlia and Iris.
  • The mermaid sisters Zelbess and Irenes in Chrono Cross are far enough apart in age that Zelbess's son is three years older than Irenes.
  • Crusader Kings: As with all other tropes involving royalty, this one is very possible and capable of being exagerrated to the extreme. A male character can marry and sire their first child at the age of 16 and remains fertile (though decreasingly so) for their entire life, meaning a child from a later marriage (or a concubine) can born around the same time as a great-great-grandchild from the line of their first child (meaning said first child is a great-grandparent around the birth of their youngest sibling).
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls: Haiji and Monaca Towa are half-siblings. Haiji is an adult while Monaca is in elementary school.
  • Dragon Age:
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, if Loghain is recruited to be a Grey Warden near the end of the game and is selected to do the Dark Ritual, his child by Morrigan is thirty years younger than his daughter Anora.
    • The most extreme example seen thus far in the series is revealed in the tie-in comic The Silent Grove. The heroes meet Yavana, a daughter of the Witch of the Wilds Flemeth (whose lifespan goes back several ages). Yavana figures into Antivan legends dating back as far as the Exalted Age, as some believe she was responsible for the death of Queen Madrigal. This would make Yavana at least 400 years older than her half-sister Morrigan, who is first introduced as a companion in Origins.
    • Gaspard and Florianne de Chalons, cousins of Empress Celene who are first encountered in Dragon Age: Inquisition, are brother and sister. Supplemental material reveals that Gaspard is thirteen years older than Florianne, and has doted on her since she was a little girl.
    • In the background of the game's predominant religion, the resident Crystal Dragon Jesus Andraste had two daughters very late in her mortal marriage to the Alamarri warlord Maferath. These two daughters were much younger than their three older half-brothers, Maferath's sons by his concubine, who were already young men when the girls were born. (Part of the reason Maferath had a concubine was to have children - it had been believed that Andraste was too frail to have a successful pregnancy - so the daughters were a surprise.)
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, this is common for children among the Long-Lived species of Mer (Elves). Mer age similarly to the races of Men until early adulthood, at which point their aging slows considerably. While subject to an Immortal Procreation Clause which limits the overall number of children a Mer woman can have (with few having more than three), they apparently remain fertile for hundreds of years. A prominent example is Barenziah, Queen and later Queen Mother of Morrowind and Wayrest. As a teenager, she had an affair with Emperor Tiber Septim, which resulted in a pregnancy. Since a child with a Dunmeri mistress would be incredibly inconvenient to Septim and his nascent empire, he ordered his healer to magically abort the child. Barenziah would later marry Septim's Dunmeri general, Symmachus, and have two children with him - Helseth (King of Morrowind during the eponymous game and Morgiah - some 350 years after conceiving with Septim. Around 20 years later, she would also birth an illegitimate child with a mysterious figure known as the "Nightingale", later revealed to be Drayven Indoril; the child was Dralsi Indoril, mother of Karliah from Skyrim.
  • In Final Fantasy Tactics, Ramza (18) and Alma (17) are much younger than their half-siblings Zalbag (28) and Dycedarg (37) at the start of the game.
  • In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Oscar is twenty-four while his youngest brother Rolf appears to be around ten and hasn't even learned how to fight yet when the game starts. Oscar and his middle brother Boyd basically raised Rolf themselves after Rolf's mother (Oscar and Boyd's stepmother) ran off and their father died of an illness.
  • In Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, one of the main characters, Micaiah, was an either infant or a toddler during the Serenes Massacre 23 years before the start of the game, and finds out late in the game that The Empress of Begnion, Sanaki, is her younger sister. Sanaki is 13 years old.
  • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Seteth is an adult and an official at the Garreg Mach monastery, while his younger sister Flayn is young enough to be a student. In reality, the two are father and daughter, but Seteth claims that they are siblings with a large age gap in order to conceal their identities.
  • God of War: Kratos once had a daughter called Calliope before being tricked into Offing the Offspring by Ares. Centuries later, in the era of Norse Mythology, he's raising a son called Atreus. Kratos himself would also likely be an example, given that his father is Zeus, who's been siring gods and demigods for thousands of years.
  • Elli the nurse in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is a young woman of marriageable age. Her younger brother Stu looks about 5-6 at most.
  • While the characters' ages in Harvest Town aren't specified, the age gap between Sherry Allen (a working young adult) and her brother Jerry (an elementary schooler) is very obvious, especially when compared to the other sibling pairs in the game.
  • This is revealed to be the case in Hero of the Kingdom II when the hero learns that the pirate captain Black Rose is his own long-lost older brother. The brother, whose real name is not given, left home at the age of 12 to earn money to support the family; the hero at that time was only three. Their younger sister had not yet been born, so this trope is in play for her and the oldest brother, who is at least a dozen years older than she is.
  • Highway Blossoms
    • Tess is eleven years old (turning 12 in Next Exit), while her sister Mariah is old enough to drink, and thus probably at least 21. Mariah implies that she and Tess are half-siblings with the same mother.
    • Marina, who's 18, has a five-year-old younger brother, meaning that there's a 13-year age gap between those two. Since Marina's only the middle of nine siblings, there's presumably a much larger age gap between her youngest and eldest siblings.
  • The Last of Us: Henry and Sam. Henry is 25, and Sam is around twelve or so. Given the post-apocalyptic setting and the fact that they don't look much alike, it's possible that they're actually half-brothers (something that Henry's voice actor has suggested) or blood-brothers. Either way, they are on their own and Henry is Sam's caretaker, with this gap in age resulting in Henry being overprotective to the point where he doesn't teach Sam how to defend himself unlike how Joel did with Ellie. This comes back to bite him (literally), when Sam is bitten and infected, resulting in Henry having to Mercy Kill him, then turning the gun on himself in despair.
  • Implied in Mass Effect. Liara T'soni begins the series at the age of 106, "barely more than a child" by asari standards. Liara's father, another asari, also states that she had at least one other daughter prior to her relationship with Liara's mother. Since Liara's parents were together for more than a century, and Liara was born after her parents had broken up, this means that when Liara was born, her half-sister was at least as old as Liara is during the series. Given their shared parent's advanced age, as an asari Matriarch, it's likely the difference is even greater than that.
  • In Persona 4, Kou Ichijo was adopted into the Ichijo family due to their being unable to have a child until they finally succeeded. At the start of the game, Kou is a second-year in high school, and thus about 16, while his sister is two years old.
  • In Skies of Arcadia, crew member Polly's husband Robinson has been missing for twenty years, with Polly raising their daughter Anne alone for all that time. If Robinson is recruited, his entry in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue notes that he and Polly go on to have ten more children, all of whom are obviously much younger than their sister Anne.
  • Implied in Story of Seasons (2014), where it's mentioned that Iris (one of the bachelorettes) was Promoted to Parent for her younger brother Mistel after their parents died. It's not clear how old either of them are exactly, but it's implied that Iris is around the same age as her good friend Klaus, who is in his thirties; Mistel is old enough for marriage so he's presumably in his late teens or maybe early twenties.
  • In Trials of Mana, nineteen-year-old Hawkeye's two best friends are Eagle and Jessica, who are around the same age. The prequel, Heroes of Mana, reveals that Eagle and Jessica are the much younger half-siblings of Hawkeye's mother, Falcon. Only Flamekhan, Hawkeye's grandfather and Falcon, Eagle, and Jessica's father, is aware of this.

  • Sabrina of Sabrina Online is an adult with a job. Her younger sister Tabitha is five years old.
  • Extreme case in The Cyantian Chronicles: Elite wolves live for centuries, but after a civil war among the second generation the first generation refrained from having more cubs for over 400 years, only changing their minds when their age started to catch up with them. Syrys wakes up from two centuries in stasis to find he has two half-brothers with their own cubs, while Rama's half-sister Sheana is a few months younger than his bastard son Vin.
  • Defied in Kill Six Billion Demons. The supplementary text reveals Solomon David has his sons in generational litters by multiple mothers and lets the older generation die off before siring a new one. He does this specifically to avoid this trope and its attendant problems of how multiple generations of mortal sons deal with having an immortal father.

    Western Animation 
  • 6teen: Two of the main characters, Jonesy and Jen, become step-siblings after Jonesy's father marries Jen's mother. Jonesy and Jen's mutual half-sister born of that marriage is sixteen years younger than them.
  • All Grown Up!: From her biological father's second marriage, Kimi has a half-sister around ten years her junior.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Iroh and Ozai are roughly sixty and forty years old respectively. Iroh had an adult son of his own when Ozai's children were still single-digit aged, and Iroh is once mistaken for the grandfather of Ozai's son rather than his uncle.
    • Mai is fifteen years older than her toddler brother, Tom-Tom.
    • The Legend of Korra: There's a twelve-year difference between Jinora and her infant brother (who is born in the first book).
  • The Batman: Criminal duo Wrath and Scorn, the Evil Counterparts to Batman and Robin, are brothers. William Mallory (Wrath) is an adult who's roughly the same age as Bruce Wayne and Andy Mallory (Scorn) is a tween/early teen around Dick Grayson's age.
  • A large age gap between siblings allows for a Family Relationship Switcheroo on BoJack Horseman. BoJack (in his fifties) initially thinks Hollyhock (eighteen) is his illegitimate daughter, but it turns out that the two are siblings — BoJack's father got the maid pregnant late in life.
  • Jay Sherman of The Critic is thirty-six, and his adoptive parents also have a biological daughter who's sixteen. Margo is actually closer in age to her nephew Marty than to Jay himself.
  • Daria: 16-year-old Jane Lane is the youngest of five siblings. Trent is already five years older than her, while their rarely-seen older siblings are all in their late twenties or mid-thirties.
  • Dan Vs.: Elise is in her late twenties to early thirties. Her brother Ben is in his mid to late teens.
  • DuckTales (2017) has Scrooge McDuck's children, as revealed in the Grand Finale. First there's his nephew and niece Donald and Della (36); then there's his Opposite-Sex Clone Webby (11-12); and finally Webby's clones May and June (physically the same age as Webby, though they're only a few weeks old at most by the time of their introduction).
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: As with most of the main cast, Eddy is 12 years old. Eddy's abusive older brother's precise age is not given, but he is most likely in his early to mid-twenties. This gives them a minimal age gap of ~10 years.
  • F is for Family: The newest member of the Murphy family is 15 years younger than Kevin and 12 years younger than Bill.
  • Family Guy:
  • Hey Arnold!: Helga Pataki, who's a 9-year-old 4th-grader in the original series, has an older sister named Olga who's off at college—while it's never confirmed how far apart in age they are, Olga's stated to have been 15 when Helga had her first day of preschool. Since most kids start preschool when they're around 3, this would mean that Olga's at least 12 years older than Helga. Olga's a very accomplished college student who's favored by their parents, so the age gap only strengthens the one-sided rivalry Helga feels.
  • King of the Hill: Cotton winds up having a baby, G.H., with his much younger wife, giving forty-something Hank a newborn baby brother. Later we also find out that Cotton had an unknown older son named Junichiro, meaning that there's a fifty-year gap between him and G.H.
  • The eponymous family of The Loud House have eleven kids, with the oldest child and the youngest child having an age difference of at least 16-years—however, the kids pretty evenly spread, though, so all of them have some similarly-aged siblings (for example, the five oldest kids are each only a year apart in age).
  • On one episode of Muppet Babies, the babies get to meet Kermit's nephew Robin, who is a tadpole in a fishbowl. The episode clarifies that Robin's mother is Kermit's much older sister, although how much older is not stated.
  • The Simpsons: "The Regina Monologues" all but outright states that Grandpa Simpson has an Abandoned War Child named Abbie from his WWII days. Homer is 38 years old, so going by the year that the episode came out (2003), he'd be at least 20 years younger than his long-lost half-sister.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • In the third season, teenager Marco visits Earth after living months in Mewni to discover his mother is pregnant again. He finally moves back in with his parents to meet his newborn sister Mariposa, 15 years his junior, and his friends keep assuming she's his daughter.
    • The Magic Book of Spells states that Eclipsa's uncle (her mom's brother), Jushtin, was initially heir to the throne of Mewni, despite the tradition of matrilineal descent, because he had no female siblings. By the time Eclipsa's mother, Solaria, was born and took his place as heir, Jushtin was well into his teens.
  • Steven Universe: Gems don't have relatives in an exact human sense, but Amethyst thinks of the other ones made on Earth (her "Famethyst") like siblings. Because of an error in their Bizarre Alien Reproduction, she is five hundred years younger than the rest of them, but gems don't age, so this may as well be nothing.
  • In Winx Club, Daphne's age is not explicitly stated, but she was definitely in her mid-teens or older when Bloom was born; this is shown both by the fact that she was the one who sent Bloom away and by her Nymph spirit form, which is that of an adult and presumably did not age after her death.
  • Young Justice provides one of the supernatural examples with the immortal Vandal Savage. His Villain Episode focuses on him interacting with two of his daughters, one of whom is 18 and the other who could pass for Savage's mother. The episode also delves into his backstory, revealing that he's had plenty of other kids over the millennia. (Including Nabu, apparently.)

    Real Life 
  • It's somewhat expected of a king, if he isn't still married to his first wife, to try and produce an heir as long as possible, in order to avert any possibility of a Succession Crisis. Some of the best-known examples are seen in the monarchy of the United Kingdom:
    • Due to scant documentation, many of Henry I's known illegitimate children fall under Vague Age. One of them, Matilda FitzRoy (not to be confused with her father's first wife Matlida of Scotland, her half sister Empress Matilda, her paternal grandmother Matilda of Flanders, and several other illegitimate half-sisters of the same name) could have been at least a decade or two (she was probably born somewhere in the 1080s or 1090s) older then her half-brother William Adelin (born in 1103). Both were killed in the White Ship shipwreck, with William dying in a botched attempt to save Matilda. As William was the heir to the throne, his death gradually trigged a civil war between the aformentioned Empress Matilda and their cousin Stephen of Bolis.
    • Edward IV's eldest child was his daughter Princess Elizabeth, later the wife of Henry VII. Elizabeth was fourteen years older than her youngest legitimate sibling, Princess Bridget. (Edward also had a number of mistresses and is confirmed to have acknowledged several illegitimate children; it's unknown how much younger than Elizabeth some of these might have been.)
    • Elizabeth and Henry VII had their first child, Arthur, Prince of Wales, in 1486. They proceeded to have seven more children over the course of their Perfectly Arranged Marriage; the youngest, Katherine, was born in 1503.
    • Their son Henry VIII's need for a legitimate son and multiple marriages resulted in a large age gap between his eldest surviving child, Mary Tudor, and the two youngest, Edward VI and Elizabeth I. When Edward ascended to the throne, he was nine and Elizabeth was thirteen. Mary was thirty.
    • George II and Queen Caroline had a total of ten children in nearly eighteen years. The eldest, Frederick, Prince of Wales, was born in February 1707; the youngest, Princess Louisa, was born in December 1724.
    • Their great-granddaughter, Queen Victoria, had nine children with Prince Albert (and might have had more had he not died when they were in their forties). The eldest, Princess Victoria, was born almost sixteen years before the youngest, Princess Beatrice; Victoria married when her youngest sister was just one, and her eldest son Kaiser Wilhelm II was only a couple years younger than his aunt Beatrice.
    • Queen Elizabeth II's eldest child Prince Charles is 15 years older than her youngest child Prince Edward.
  • Some Presidents of the United States, or their children, have/had siblings drastically older or younger than themselves.
    • George Washington's father was a widower who remarried his much younger mother. In total, there were ten children between the two marriages. His half-brothers were much older than him and he was the oldest of his six full siblings. The oldest half-sibling who survived to adulthood was his brother Lawrence (who was his father figure for most of his formative years), fifteen years his senior and twenty-two years older than the youngest child, Charles.
    • John Tyler had more children than any other President, due to being widowed during his presidency and then remarrying 21-year-old Julia Gardner. As a result, his youngest child was almost forty years younger than his oldest. One of his children from his second marriage would also remarry and have kids as an old man, resulting in an over 130-year difference between them and the President. As of 2019, he's by leaps and bounds the earliest President to have living grandchildren.
    • James Buchanan was born in 1791, the eldest of nine children; his youngest sibling, Elizabeth, was born when he was 21 years old.
    • Benjamin Harrison also remarried after his first wife's death. His child from his second marriage was younger than his grandchildren from his first marriage and 42 years younger than his oldest son. Harrison himself was 16 years older than his youngest sibling, who was 24 years younger than Harrison's oldest half-sibling. Their father John Scott Harrison was the son of William Henry Harrison, who had ten children, with a 17 year age gap between his oldest and youngest child. William Henry Harrison, in turn, was the youngest of seven children, being 24 years younger than his eldest sister.
    • Theodore Roosevelt's only daughter from his first marriage, Alice, was 13 years older than his youngest child from his second marriage, Quentin.
    • William Howard Taft's oldest half-sibling Charles was 13 years older than him and 21 years older than his youngest sibling Fanny.
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt's father James was a widower who married Franklin's mother while he already had an adult son from his first marriage. FDR ended up attending Harvard with his nephew "Tadd" Roosevelt, who was a few years older than him and mockingly called him "Uncle Frank" when they were in Groton together.
    • John F. Kennedy's youngest brother Teddy was 15 years younger than him and 17 years younger than their oldest sibling Joe Jr. (Their brother Bobby was a borderline aversion at eight years).
      • Bobby's youngest child Rory, born after his assassination, is 17 years younger than his oldest child Kathleen.
    • Richard Nixon's youngest brother Edward was 17 years younger than him and 21 years younger than their oldest brother Harold.
    • Gerald Ford's youngest half-brother James was 14 years younger than him.
    • Jimmy Carter's daughter Amy, who lived in the White House during his presidency, was born much later than his three sons. At the time of her birth, Jack was 20, Jim was 17, and Jeff was 15. Carter himself had a 12-year age gap with his youngest brother Billy.
    • Ronald Reagan's eldest daughter Maureen was 17 years older than her youngest half-brother Ron.
    • George H. W. Bush was 14 years older than his youngest brother Bucky, with there being a 16 year gap between Bucky and their oldest sibling Prescott. Bush's eldest son George W. Bush is 13 years older than his youngest sibling Doro.
    • Barack Obama's half-brother George is 21 years younger than him, and was born 15 years after their father's next-youngest child David.
    • Donald Trump has been married three times, having kids with each wife. His youngest son Barron is 28 years younger than oldest son Don Jr. (who, in turn, is only 7 years younger than Don Sr.'s wife Melania), and Barron Trump has a niece only a year younger than him because of it.
    • Joe Biden's youngest child, daughter Ashley, is a decade younger than her half-siblings Beau and Hunter. (Joe Biden married Ashley's mother Jill five years after he lost his wife and daughter in a car crash.note )
  • Trevor Noah reveals during a stand-up that he has two younger brothers. One is 9 years younger, and the other is 20 years younger. He jokes about his mother comparing their accomplishments as the same.
  • Famous drummer Chad Wackerman has two younger brothers who are also drummers. The youngest is Brooks Wackerman (of Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Religion, and Avenged Sevenfold, among many other bands), who is a whole 17 years younger.
  • In interviews, actress Naomie Harris has mentioned her siblings, who are about twenty years younger than her.
  • Pete Townshend of The Who has a brother, Simon, who's 15 years younger than him.
  • Stellan Skarsgård had six children with his first wife and two more with his much younger second wife. As a result his eldest child, Alexander Skarsgård, is 36 years older than his youngest child. Even just among the children by Stellan's first wife, Alexander is 19 years older than his youngest full-blooded sibling, Valter.
  • Dusty Rhodes' two sons Dustin and Cody have a 16-year age gap between them. Dustin is a child of Dusty's first marriage and Cody is from his second; to put it in perspective, when Dustin started his career as an active wrestler, Cody was in elementary school. WWE would often refer to Cody as a “third generation superstar” despite not meeting the typical criteria (being the child and grandchild of a wrestler), considering him and Dustin to effectively be stars of different eras.
  • Charlie Chaplin was married four times and had eleven children altogether (including his first child, born in 1919, who died in infancy). He had two children with his second wife, born in 1925 and 1926. He then went on to have eight children with his fourth wife – the eldest Geraldine was born in 1944, and the youngest Christopher in 1962, making Geraldine Chaplin 18 years younger than her youngest half-sibling and 18 years older than her youngest full sibling. This also means Chaplin's youngest child was born when his eldest surviving child was 37 years old.
  • Harrison Ford had two children with his first wife, who are more than 20 years older than his two children with his second wife. And they in turn are more than a decade older than his adopted son with his third and current wife Calista Flockhart.
  • The three Schuyler sisters featured in Hamilton were historically just the three oldest children of a quite large family. It says a lot that by the time the youngest of their siblings was born, Angelica (the oldest of the trio) had children of her own and Eliza (the second oldest who was the title character's wife) had her first child on the way.
  • Michael Douglas has three children, but from two different wives (Catherine Zeta-Jones had two with him): his son Cameron (b. 1978), Dylan Michael (b. 2000), and Carys Zeta (b. 2003). Around the time Cameron had his firstborn child in 2017 (around 39 years old), his two younger siblings were high school-aged.
    • Michael Douglas himself is fourteen years older than his youngest half-brother, the late Eric Douglas, born of his father Kirk Douglas' second marriage.
  • Vera Farmiga and her sister Taissa have a 21-year age difference between them, Vera was born in 1973 and Taissa was born in 1994.
  • Spanish gynecologist Julio Iglesias Puga had two sons in the 1940s: Carlos Iglesias and future world-famous Julio Iglesias. After his divorce in 1983, Iglesias Puga met another woman and remarried in 2001. He went on to have two more children: Jaime (born 2004) and Ruth (born 2006, several months after he died of old age). As a result, Carlos and Julio are six decades older than their two half-siblings, and Julio's children from his first marriage (Chábeli, Julio Jr., and Enrique Iglesias) are three decades older than their uncle and aunt, in addition to being a few decades older than their half siblings from Julio's second marriage.
  • Garcelle Beauvais had three sons from two marriages: Oliver Saunders (b. 1991) and twins Jax and Jaid Nilon (b. 2007). To put this into perspective, when Oliver welcomed his first child in 2020, his younger twin brothers were still in elementary school.
  • Actress Lisa Bonet had two children with Jason Momoa, born in 2007 and 2008. Bonet was previously married to Lenny Kravitz, with whom she had Zoë in 1988. This means Zoë's two half-siblings are more than eighteen years younger than she is.
  • Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, founder of Saudi Arabia, married 22 times and had a lot of children, including 45 sons and many more daughters. His eldest son was born when he was 25 and the youngest when he was 77, just a year before his death. His youngest son was actually younger than his eldest great-grandson.
  • The disputed (as of 2020) Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko's oldest son Viktor was born in 1975, while his youngest son Nikolai was born in 2004, giving Viktor and Nikolai a 29-year age gap.
  • Michael Jordan's twin daughters with his second wife are much younger than their three older half-siblings, whom Jordan had with his first wife during The '80s and The '90s. The eldest of the Jordan siblings, Jeffrey, is 25 years older than the twins. Jordan became a grandfather when the twins were five years old.
  • Phil Collins' children are: Simon (b. 1976), Lily (b. 1989), Nicholas (b. 2002), and Matthew (b. 2005). He also had a stepdaughter, Joely (b. 1972), from his first marriage. Joely and Simon are over a decade older than Lily, who in turn is over a decade older than Nicholas and Matthew.
  • Clint Eastwood had at least eight children with many different women. The eldest, Laurie, was born in 1954 and is over 40 years older than the youngest, Morgan, who was born in 1996.
  • John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) fame, had 3 children with his first wife Martha Paiz, and 3 other children with his second wife Julie Kramer. The children he had with Paiz were born during the late 60s and early 70s. Fogerty had two sons with Kramer in the early 90s, and a daughter in the early 2000s.
  • Actress Léa Seydoux (born in 1985) has 5 much older and much younger half siblings from both of her parents. Seydoux's maternal half siblings, from her mother's first marriage, are 16 (born in 1969), 14 (born in 1971), and 12 (born in 1973) years older then her. Seydoux's paternal half siblings, from her father's second marriage, are 10 (born in 1995) and 13 (born in 1998) years her junior.
  • The late Nancy Benoit (aka. Woman, Fallen Angel), was ten years older than her younger sister Sandra Toffoloni.
  • Actress Jamie Lynn Spears (born 1991) of Zoey 101 fame is ten years younger than her sister Britney Spears (born 1981) and fourteen years younger than her brother Bryan (born 1977). Her two daughters, Maddie (born 2008) and Ivey (born 2018), also have an age difference of ten years between them (mostly due to Maddie being the result of a Teen Pregnancy).
  • Michael Apted had four children with several different wives and girlfriends. Apted's late oldest son with his first wife, Paul (born in 1967), is 40 years older then his youngest daughter he had with an ex-girlfriend, Lily (born in 2007).
  • Robert Waldlow (born in 1918), the tallest recorded man in history, had a brother 14 years younger than him (born in 1932).
  • Ariel Winter (born 1998) is 18 years younger then her brother Jimmy Workman (born 1980) and 20 years younger then her sister Shanelle Workman (born 1978). Shanelle was Promoted to Parent to Ariel, after the courts revoked custody from their mother for her extreme Stage Mom behavior.
  • The age difference between the oldest (Kourtney, born 1979) and youngest (Kylie, born 1997) Kardashian-Jenner sisters is 18 years.
  • Ghislaine Maxwell (born 1961), infamous for her involvement with Jeffrey Epstein's trafficking ring, is 11 years younger then her sisters Isabel and Christine (born in 1950).
  • John Phillips, the songwriter and lead vocalist for The Mamas & the Papas, had five children with three wives. His oldest Jeffrey (born 1957) is 23 years the senior of his youngest Bijou (born 1980).
  • Remy Ma has two children with two different fathers, with her oldest child Jayson (born 2000) being eighteen years older than his half-sister Reminisce (born 2018). Remy herself became a grandmother when Reminisce was only two years old.
  • Mel Gibson's oldest daughter Hannah (born 1980) is 37 years older then his youngest son Lars (born 2017). To put matters into perspective, Hannah was a middle aged mother of three, during Lars' toddler stage of life.
  • Donald Sutherland's youngest son Angus Sutherland is nearly 16 years younger than his older half-brother Kiefer Sutherland.
  • Over the course of his life, Larry King had 7 children spread out among his 7 wives. His oldest son is 45 years older than his youngest son.
  • Egyptian culture actually has a special recognition for this relationship. Traditional families in the Arabic-speaking world often have wide gaps between eldest and youngest siblings, and still-wider gaps between eldest and youngest cousins of the same generation. Also, Egyptian Arabic (uniquely among Arabic varieties) has a comprehensive system of honorificsnote  which recognizes "elder relative of the same generation" as a legit grade of honorific (abla for female relatives and abeh for male ones). (To confuse matters "younger relative of the older generation"—e.g. an uncle who is only 10 years older than you—takes the same honorific.)
  • Eddie Fisher had four children: two with his first wife Debbie Reynolds (Carrie and Todd) and two more with his third wife Connie Stevens (Joely and Tricia). Joely (born 1967) is eleven years younger than Carrie (born 1956) and nine years younger than Todd (born 1958). Tricia (born 1968) is twelve years younger than Carrie and ten years younger than Todd.
  • Alec Baldwin has had seven children in total with two different women (he has six with his current wife Hilaria). In fact, there is an age gap of over twenty-five years between his oldest child Ireland (born 1995) and youngest child Lucia (born 2021).
  • Vanessa Williams's youngest daughter Sasha (born 2000) is twelve years younger than her oldest daughter Melanie (born 1987) and ten years younger than her second-oldest daughter Jillian (born 1989).
  • James Doohan had his youngest child at age 80, with there being an age difference over 40 years between his oldest and youngest child.
  • Bernie Ecclestone had his youngest child Ace (born 2020) when he was three months shy of turning 90 years old. Furthermore, there are huge age gaps between Ace and his sisters. Bernie's first daughter Deborah (born 1955) is sixty-five years older than her brother, and his two other daughters, Tamara (born 1984) and Petra (born 1988), are thirty-six and thirty-one years older than Ace. Deborah herself was already a grandmother when Ace was born.
    • Deborah is also twenty-nine years older than Tamara and thirty-three years older than Petra.
  • The late Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington's youngest child (born 1996) is thirty-three years younger than his son with his second wife, Toby (born 1963).
  • Elliot Rodger (born 1991), the poster child for the so-called "Incel Movement", had a paternal half-brother Jazz (born 2008) that was 17 years younger than him. Elliot initially planned to kill both Jazz and Jazz's mother, Moroccan actress Soumaya Akaaboune, in the Isla Vista massacre, but never got around to it.
  • Pro wrestler Booker T has three children. His first child, Brandon was born in 1984 as a result of a high school fling. In 2010, Booker and his second wife Sharmell had twins named Kendrick and Kennedy, twenty-six years after Brandon was born.
  • Millie Bobby Brown’s oldest sister Paige (born 1993) is 18 years older then their youngest sister Ava (born 2012).
  • Within the Turpin family (infamous for the horrific abuse that received national outcry in 2018), the oldest sibling (age 29 at the time of rescue) is 27 years older then the youngest (who was just 2 at the time).

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