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Basic Trope: A character is strongly attracted to their older sibling (usually their brother), despite knowing they're related to them.

  • Straight: Alice is romantically/sexually attracted to her older brother Bob.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is attracted to all three of her older brothers- Bob, Charlie, and Drake... and her eldest sister, Evelyn too.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Bob is attracted to his little sister Alice.
  • Subverted: It looks like Alice is attracted to Bob, but it turns out that she only loves him as a brother and just shows it rather intensely.
  • Double Subverted: Alice actually does develop an attraction to Bob; she's just good at hiding it from other people.
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  • Zigzagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice only loves Bob as a sibling.
  • Enforced: "We need to make it clear how unhealthy it is Alice clings to her brother Bob, so... Let's have her be sexually attracted to him!"
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  • Lampshaded: "Did nobody teach you the differences between familial and romantic love?"
  • Invoked: Alice decides to romantically pursue her own brother, figuring it'll be easy enough to seduce him.
  • Exploited: Alice, not wanting someone to take her brother away, feigns sexual attraction to him in order to freak out her brother's romantic interests.
  • Defied: "What!? I will not seduce my brother- I rather not play Russian roulette with my hypothetical children's health!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Alice tends to prioritize her brother Bob over her dates, and puts in more effort being her best around him. Though if it is genuine attraction or just trying maintain his good graces isn't clear.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice is attracted to Bob, but she is also disgusted by her feelings and tries to get rid of them, causing her a great deal of angst and negatively affecting her relationship with Bob.
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    • The fact Alice has become attracted to her brother shows that nobody tried convincing her against it, or worse outright fanned incestuous attraction in her- Either way, Alice ends up ignoring perfectly sweet men over the unlikely outcome of her brother.
  • Reconstructed: Though Alice's feelings clash against mainstream society, she doesn't deny them- Deciding I Want My Beloved to Be Happy instead of continuing to let her one-sided attraction get in the way of having a positive relationship.
  • Played For Drama: Alice isn't able to understand why it is wrong to be in love with her brother, merely getting angry & upset whenever others try to dissuade her- With her even going into denial when Bob himself tries to explain, not wanting her heart to be crushed by his rejection.

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