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Basic Trope: Character's older brother is very strong and treats his siblings coldly.

  • Straight: Alice's older brother Bob is cold and distant towards her.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is social, friendly and helpful to friends, family and even total strangers but completely ignores Alice's existence.
  • Downplayed: Bob is very busy and will sometimes be to distracted to socialize with Alice but they are on good terms with each other.
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  • Justified: Alice and Bob are very different people and have never really seen eye-to-eye.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Dan's older sister, Colleen, does everything in her power not to have to talk to him.
  • Subverted: Bob appears to be cold but that's only because he's The Stoic. He actually adores Alice and he'd do anything to make her happy.
  • Double Subverted: ...But that's only to keep up appearances; he really couldn't care less about her.
  • Parodied: Bob freezes the instant Alice comes within twenty feet of him. Whenever she steps outside that radius, he begins once again to act perfectly normally.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob constantly ignores Alice, but when he hears she's in trouble, he sweeps in to save her, but then he'll abandon her for some time with his friends.
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  • Averted: Bob endeavours assiduously to be kind and include her in his life so he'll be a cool big brother.
  • Enforced: Bob was told by his parents to ignore Alice.
  • Lampshaded: "You know Bob and I have never been very close. I don't think he really likes me."
  • Invoked: Bob deliberately ignores Alice to make her unhappy.
  • Exploited: Bob ignores Alice so she gets some form of Character Development.
  • Defied: Even if they have nothing in common, Bob refuse to let him and Alice become estranged from each other.
  • Discussed: Alice asks her adult relatives if they had an older brother who treated them the way Bob treats her.
  • Conversed: "Bob's not a very nice guy."
  • Implied: The audience never sees Alice and Bob talking with each other and it seems Bob almost actively ignore Alice.
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Bob are distant from each other. Ever time Alice tries to spend some time or become closer to Bob, he shoots her down. This greatly depresses Alice that she can't become close to someone in her own family no matter how hard she tries, and it ends up affecting many of her other relationships as a result.
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  • Reconstructed: Bob sees how much his aloofness is hurting Alice and make an effort to be nicer to her bringing them closer together.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob reveals he avoids Alice because she Cannot Tell a Joke.

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