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Basic Trope: A sibling becomes hell-bent on murdering the other.

  • Straight: Bob wants to murder his brother, Charles.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob has fifteen siblings, he plots to kill every single one of them.
    • Most of the work's characters feels murderous hatred towards at least one sibling.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Charles suffers a Disney Death at Bob's hands.
    • Bob thinks he's killed Charles, but it turns out that "Charles" was just a dummy planted by the real Charles in order to fool Bob.
    • Charles was murdered, and the police suspect Bob at first, but they later figure out that he's innocent.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Bob kills Charles, and later saves Alice's life.
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  • Averted: No one attempts to kill or injure a sibling.
  • Enforced: "The plot requires Charles to die, but how should we kill him off?" "We know he has a brother who never liked him. Let's have his brother kill him."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Why do want to kill Charles? Sibling Rivalry?" "No, I just feel like it. That's all."
    • "I need today off. There's about to be a death in the family." "Wait, how do you know that?" "...Do you not know what a one-liner is?"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited:
    • Bob's parents are villains who want to get rid of Charles for opposing them, so they manipulate Bob into killing him by feeding him lies about his good-hearted brother.
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    • On the other hand, Bob is The Unfavorite who desperately wants his parents' approval, so his parents give him the task of killing Charles, who Bob hated for being the favored child, knowing that Bob would mostly like fail and either incriminate himself or die at Charles' hands.
  • Defied:
    • Charles suspects that Bob is out to get him, and flees the country.
    • Bob refuses to kill Charles.
    • Alice intervenes and forces Bob and Charlie to settle their differences in a manner that doesn't involve fratricide.
  • Discussed: "I didn't kill Charles. Why does everyone always suspect the victim's siblings?"
  • Conversed: "What did I miss?" "Not much. Bob just killed his brother."
  • Deconstructed: When Charles is found dead, Bob's previous and repeated outspoken hatred of Charles and his wish to kill him means he is quickly found out and arrested.
  • Reconstructed: Bob comes up with an alibi in advance, and destroys any surveillance cameras that are present. The key piece of evidence, a hair, is DNA tested, and though to be Charles's. It's actually Bob's, but him and Charles are identical twins.
  • Played For Laughs: The police overlook some seemingly obvious evidence that Bob murdered Charles. Bob publicly boasts about his successful murder scheme, and still doesn't get arrested.

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