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  • In the Dangerverse series, Hermione's parents are killed by Death Eaters when she's still a baby, and she's raised by her big sister, Danger.
  • Basically the core of the story in Family, following Yakko Warner as he tries to raise his siblings before and after their neglectful parents either die from a drug overdose (Mom) or abandon them (Dad).
  • A bit of an odd example in The New Retcons, in that no parent actually died, but when Elly started to go insane, she denied that April was ever her daughter and threw her out. Since April was still a minor, this could be applied to her older brother Michael, who took her into his family. A lot more plausible when John gives up on convincing Elly that April's their daughter, effectively disowning her.
    • Later, they're introduced to their half-sister, Claire, and Claire ends up becoming more of a mother figure to April than Elly ever was, even when she was sane. Was made kind of awkward when April said she could have been her mother: there's a 22 year age difference, since Claire was the result of a Teen Pregnancy and April was a late in life baby
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  • Averted in When Paths Cross where the older child left the then-fifteen-year-old main character in an orphanage after the death of their parents rather than even try to take care of her.
  • In most Cats fan fictions, Mungojerrie is often the protective one (Rumpleteazer often written as the younger sibling) and it is a fan WMG that Macavity killed their parents.
  • In Power Girl fanfic A Force of Four, Superman tried to serve as Kara's father upon his cousin's arrival, but she couldn't regard him as her own father.
  • Kristoph parented Klavier for a while after their parents died in a car accident in Dirty Sympathy. It obviously didn't end well since Klavier immediately left home when he was 15 and they both hate each other by the time the fic takes place.
  • In Ghosts of Evangelion Kaji becomes his little brother's guardian after Heishiro returns from Instrumentality. He thought Heishiro would want nothing with him, but his brother makes clear that he refuses to live with strangers.
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  • In Kill la Kill AU, we have an eleven-year old Satsuki, with her mother living at a special care facility and her father working constantly. She does note how difficult this can be, especially with the thought of her sisters being taken away from her. However, sadly, the stress of this is what turns her into an Ill Girl.
  • In Supergirl (2015) fic Survivors, Kal and Kara’s parents die on Krypton and Kara becomes her baby cousin’s mother de facto upon crash-landing on Earth.
    The mention of her mother almost took her back, but she shook her head. There was no time. Kara was a practical girl now. She had to be. No more playing, no more crafts, no more classes... no more anything. She was a mother for all intents and purposes. A 13 year old homeless mother on a strange world with no food.
  • "Aen'rhien Vailiuri": Jaleh Khoroushi mentions to the Aen'rhien's tactical officer that she and her older brother Ehsan ended up as backup parents just from the fact that she was the second of five kids.
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  • In Daisy Dursley Harry's aunt and uncle announce that their infant daughter is a "freak" after she exhibits accidental magic and make Harry responsible for her care. After his cousin Dudley worries that he might be classed as a freak someday too, the two boys make a blood oath that they and Daisy will always be a family of their own.
  • In The Equestria Chronicles, Celestia is as much a mother figure as a sister to Luna, at least at the start.
  • An adult example in To live again, a Criminal Minds fanfic: Alex and Annie were in an aunt/niece-like relationship in Annie's childhood and when they're reunited they just think of it as a chance to friendship... Then somewhere along the way Alex becomes Annie's Mama Bear and Annie decides that Alex is the best mom she could ask for. And you don't mess with Annie's mom. Ever.
  • In the The X-Files fanfic The Truth is out there... and it hurts, Sally takes Samantha's raising in her own hands after they escape from the colonists' prison. They call each other sister, but Sally is more of a mom to her.
  • In Vapors Aiko Uzumaki has a lot of bitterness (at the village) due to feeling that she had to raise Naruto instead of responsible adults. Later, Sasuke discovers that one of his cousins was secretly having an affair, and he has a now-orphaned, academy-student cousin in the village.
  • This happens with Satsuki and Nui (mostly the former) in Cellar Secrets. In light of Rei's suicide, their mother being committed and living in the care of a mental hospital before later on dying of a terminal illness, and the fact that their father died years ago, the sisters have to play a caregiving/parental role to their Wild Child little sister Ryuuko. Unlike some examples, they do have some help in the form of Aikurou on the side.
  • A popular Fandom-Specific Plot in the Undertale fandom, affectionately nicknamed "Baby Bones", involves this as a backstory for Sans and Papyrus. It does have some canon evidence to go by—they live with each other and have no other relatives to be seen, they apparently just showed up in town by themselves one day at an unspecified age, and due to Papyrus' immaturity, Sans still performs parental tasks for him such as nursing his belief in Santa and reading him bedtime stories. In some stories it's Played for Drama and used to speculate about their past and the hardships they'd face in such a situation, while in others it's played purely for its positivity.
  • A common occurrence in A Song of Ice and Fire fanfics where the Targaryens win in Robert's Rebellion and Prince Rhaegar becomes king. In addition to his own young children, he also has to raise his siblings; he's 25 at the end of the war, but his brother Viserys is 8 and his sister Daenerys is a newborn. Granted, the situation is a lot easier for him to deal with since he's a king.
  • Queen of the Swarm: Brian gets legal custody of his little sister Aisha to get her out of their home before their parents screw her up.
  • In the Aftermath of the Games universe, the human version of Shining Armor and Twilight's parents were killed by a Drunk Driver when the latter was thirteen. Shining, since he was in his mid-twenties during the time of the accident, took custody of his sister. His fiancee, Cadance, decided that she wanted to help raise Twilight, so they both agreed to tie the knot down at the courthouse instead of doing the big wedding they were planning before the tragedy struck so she could adopt Twilight as well. The two of them agreed to hold off on the wedding and having kids of their own until Twilight graduated high school so they can make sure she spends her teen years in an supportive environment.
  • Yin And Yang Series: Lupapa is perhaps the most egregious example of this trope, having taken care of his seven siblings since her parents' death. Frannie Martin also underwent this towards her younger siblings Oliver and Maggie.
  • In the Harmony and Valor universe, the human versions of Twilight Velvet and Night Light died in a semi-truck accident four years ago while on a family road trip. Shining Armor and Cadance have been taking care of Sci-Twi ever since then. During "A Daughter Not His Own," Sci-Twi lets them know on Patents' Day how much she appreciates all that they have done for her and asks if she can call them "Mom and Dad" just for the day, and they pull her into a group hug crying Tears of Joy. Shining Armor even calls her their "beautiful daughter".
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Brock is this as in canon, although this time much more seriously since his parents are dead in the new timeline.
  • In Son of the Sannin, Itachi becomes this to Sasuke. Shisui also becomes this to an extent, given that in this story he's the oldest surviving Uchiha.
  • In The Outside, we have this happen three times to Ryuuko in light of father's death and her mother's decade-long absence:
    • Earlier, we have Satsuki, who is Ryuuko's guardian, however, this is deconstructed as she's, agoraphobia and poor health aside, no more mature than Ryuuko is and isn't too capable a guardian, which gets Ryuuko removed from her care.
    • Later, Shiro starts to play this role and he really plays this to a hilt when he tends to give Ryuuko lectures in much the vein a father would.
    • Periodically, we have Nui playing something of this (despite being younger) because, due to being sheltered, Ryuuko is more naive than she is.
  • Percy Take the Wheel is a Harry Potter fanfic where an accident kills Molly and puts Arthur in a coma, leaving Percy to raise the younger Weasleys. (Bill and Charlie are supporting the family financially, but this means staying at their jobs overseas.)
  • In the Dusk to Dawn fan novel series, this is deconstructed in Catwoman's backstory. Selina had to be a mother figure for her sister Maggie after their parents died, and was way too wild and irresponsible to be up to the task. Realizing this, Selina left her sister behind in an orphanage where she believed Maggie could have a normal life. She didn't. The Corrupt Church funding the orphanage took Maggie shortly after, and raised/brainwashed her into their borderline superhuman warrior.
  • In To Try For The Sun, 12-year old Celestia and 8-year old Luna were orphaned in King Platinum's war. Celestia works as a grave-digger to support her family.
  • To Hell and Back (Arrowverse): After the destruction of Krypton and landing on Lian Yu, Kal-El was initially raised by a makeshift family, with Slade and Shado as the "parents". After Shado's death and Slade's disappearance/presumed death, however, he was then raised by his "siblings", Kara, Barry, and Oliver, with the...questionable help of the League of Assassins.
  • Little Fires: Goosepaw's mother Mousestep gave birth to several stillbirths and then ended up dying in childbirth after giving birth to her only living kit. With no father to raise her, Goosepaw's adult brother Beechfur took over as her father figure.
  • In To Hell and Back (Arrowverse), a consequence of Kara and Kal travelling in the same ship is that the former becomes her cousin's legal guardian.
  • In Painted Blind, it's mentioned that Stormer and Craig's father ran off when they were kids. Their mother was a Struggling Single Mother who worked two jobs, leaving Craig practically as his sister's second parent. This explains his overprotective nature towards Stormer.
  • Her Max: At six, Ruby is forced to become her toddler brother's guardian. She doesn't want to be split up from Max, so she gets her grandmother to talk to Social Services for her. Ruby is unofficially left in control of Max. It's very stressful for a six year old and she spends most of her time focusing on her brother. She worries that he'll resent her when he's older, but for now she's his surrogate mother. Due to his young age, Max can't even remember his mother anymore. Ruby is the closest thing he has to a mom.
  • One More Time, One More Chance has Satsuki making an effort at this and goes about some parental motions, after getting custody of Ryuuko.
  • Lord Tydal in The God Squad has this happen to him when his mother drops off filly Celestia and foal Luna on his doorstep. He is more than happy to step in and raise the two.
    • While known as being one of the gruffer and grumper gods his brothers and sisters (even the ones he didn't raise, like Chrysalis) consider him the father of their large and screwed up family due to their mother constantly abandoning them.
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