- This is the motivation of the Big Bad of Drakengard, Manah. Her mother showered her brother Seere with love but abused Manah, finally culminating with abandoning her in a monster-infested canyon for a cult to take. After that, she decided that the only way she could make her mother love her was if the gods themselves loved her. And since God Is Evil, this entails being infused with their power, ascending to the head of the cult, taking control of The Empire, and destroying the world. All at no older than six years of age. The moral of the story: don't abuse your children, or they'll destroy the world.
- Beat in The World Ends with You typically sees himself as the Unfavorite of his family, especially compared to his younger sister Rhyme. As a result of being unable to live up to their standards, he stops trying at school altogether, which Neku notes is at odds with the Hot-Blooded personality he demonstrates.
- In Silent Hill: Homecoming Alex's younger brother Joshua is clearly the favorite of his parents, to the extent that Alex tells his mother to "stop pretending you care about me" at one point when she tries to apologize to him. It's later revealed that Alex's parents had to choose one of their children to be sacrificed to Silent Hill's god in order to keep it from destroying Shepherd's Glen. They chose Alex and, knowing he was doomed, purposely remained distant with him to make the inevitable sacrifice easier.
- The titular "Bastard of Kosigan" from a Neverwinter Nights mod, whose situation at home was so uncomfortable for him that he ran off and became a mercenary after his father (the only person defending him from his uncle's abuse) died.
- Dragon Age:
- In Dragon Age: Origins, Alistair feels like this, not least because he was illegitimate. His mother died in childbirth (or so he was told - supplemental material later reveals otherwise) and his father, for very cogent reasons, couldn't acknowledge him as his son. The Warden who befriends/romances him helps him grow into his own.
- Dragon Age II has three examples:
- In a mage playthrough, Hawke's younger brother Carver in Dragon Age II sees himself as this, despite little evidence to support his claims. A classic case of Younger Brother Syndrome. Carver's uncle Gamlen is also one, since his parents made his sister their sole heir, despite disowning her after she eloped with an apostate (illegal) mage.. The game compares the two of them on occasion. It wasn't that Malcolm disliked Carver; indeed, in a non-mage run Bethany can mention that their father was proud of "his little soldier." Rather, Carver's lack of magical ability meant that Malcolm had very little time left over to spend with him, because he had to make sure that Bethany and Hawke didn't fall prey to the very real dangers of Demonic Possession and Power Incontinence that plague untrained mages. Ironically, in the Legacy DLC they actually learn that Carver was the son Malcolm always wanted - he desperately hoped his children would not inherit his magic. If done in a non-mage playthrough before Act 3, this discovery leads Bethany to wonder if she was secretly their father's unfavorite; her eldest sibling is very quick to shut down that line of thought.
- In the Exiled Prince DLC, Sebastian Vael also has elements of this. As the youngest of three sons in the Starkhaven royal family, he envied his brothers and resented the fact that he wasn't even Spare to the Throne; he implies that his parents took very little interest in him because he was such an extraneous son. When he rebelled and became The Hedonist, his parents packed him off to The Church of a neighbouring city-state. It's probably not a coincidence that the relative he describes in the most detail is his grandfather.
- The third example is Varric, although this is only seen if he's taken along to the Fade during one particular quest. Demons there can tempt the various companions to turn on Hawke, depending on certain circumstances. If Varric ends up being one of the tempted, it's through a demon offering the chance to get even with his brother Bartrand, who tried to kill him. Varric observes bitterly that "All my life, I did everything for the family... and he's still the favorite son."
- Metal Gear:
- Liquid Snake from Metal Gear Solid. He was so much of an unfavorite of his clonedaddy Big Boss that he swore revenge against his 'superior' twin, commandeered a walking nuclear death-tank, and held the world for ransom for the remains of Big Boss. Talk about family issues.
- Metal Gear Solid 2 had Fatman, who was neglected by his parents, and apparently, even though he built a nuclear bomb at age 10 and was rather famous (or infamous) within the bomb trade for this feat, he was hated within his own school.
- Though it may not be confirmed as we never see his parents, Nozomi Suemitsu, aka the Gourmet King from Persona 3, was constantly in his older and less rotund bother's shadow.
- Persona 4 takes this trope a step further with Kou Ichijo. It's revealed that Kou was raised in an Orphanage of Love and then adopted as a child because his adoptive parents thought they couldn't have any children of their own... until they actually do. When they do, Kou feels that they've literally cast him to the side now that they have a "real" child. However, progressing his Social Link will reveal that Kou's parents do truly love him, and will support him in whatever path he chooses.
- Defeating Futaba's uncle in Persona 5 reveals that he always felt this way compared to his sister Wakaba. She was far more intelligent and talented then him as kids, and became a brilliant scientist and researcher while he struggled just trying to be relevant. He then took this resentment out on her daughter Futaba after her death.
- Flora, in the Professor Layton series, seems like this sometimes because the Professor keeps trying to leave her at home when he goes on investigations, but allows Luke — who is younger — to tag along. Although the Professor's reasoning is good (he's unwilling to take a young lady into dangerous situations), it's a bit wince-worthy, especially since Luke is only the Professor's apprentice and Flora is his actual foster daughter.
- It's arguably justified by the differences in Flora and Luke's backgrounds. Luke, as the professor's apprentice, is used to solving puzzles and hazarding dangerous situations. Flora has not had that sort of experience, and also is implied to still be recovering from the trauma of her dad first having tried to pass off a robot as a replacement for her mother, then dying himself and leaving her to be raised by Ridiculously Human Robots. What's harder to justify is the fact that Layton persists in not explaining his reasons to her; her feelings are also exacerbated by Flora having an intense fear of being alone.
- In FEAR, it turns out that the Point Man was the unfavorite grandchild of Harlan Wade, as he did not possess the same Psychic Powers of his brother, Paxton Fettel.
- If you play Crusader Kings 2, you will most likely have your share of unwanted sons. Daughters are always wanted, no matter how bad their skills and social capabilities are, because you can marry them off to establish alliances; but if you practice primogeniture (eldest son inherits), and your firstborn is an unlikable fool, it might be a good time to get him killed. Elective Monarchy is a possible solution to the problem, but if you choose that inheritance law, every unlanded adult son you have in your court gives you a prestige penalty, meaning you might want to marry them off to some foreign duchess to get them out of your hair, while keeping your intended inheritor around and preparing him to take over after you croak.
- In Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, visiting the past shows you how badly the Chief treated poor Rekoteh. He laments that she's weak compared to her brother Rolan (not that he's a good father to him) and banishes her from the house until she can prove herself by finding the Dragon's Mark.
- Ni no Kuni has the princes of Hamelin, Marcassin and Gascon. As children, the younger Marcassin showed extreme magical potential while the elder Gascon had almost none. Thus, their emperor-mage father lavished attention on Marcassin while Gascon fell by the wayside. Although he loved his younger brother, Gascon believed his father hated him—and despite being very young, Marcassin seemed to know it as well, hiding his powers in order to make their father pay more attention to Gascon. And in the PS3 version, when the party travels back in time to the days of the two young princes, the emperor reveals to Swaine that he knew he was Gascon all along, and as he lay dying in his son's arms, tells him he's always loved him and is proud of him regardless.
- In Mysteries and Nightmares: Morgiana, the title character's younger sister Arabella was actually given Morgiana's horse just because she cried when her own horse broke its leg and had to be put down. Needless to say, this sort of disparity didn't end well.
- In King's Quest (2015), Gart feels like the unfavorite grandchild compared with his cousin Gwendolyn, who is clearly the apple of their grandfather's eye. All things considered, it's hard to blame him for being grumpy about it.
- In Mega Man ZX Advent, it turns out Grey is the unfavorite to Master Albert. Of the three Reploids he created (Prometheus, Pandora, and Grey), Grey was always meant to be the back-up Ultimate Mega Man if by some chance Albert was killed before his plan could succeed. The thing is, that's all he was meant to be in the long run unlike his siblings, who Albert used as his top minions for centuries to enact his plan (although considering what they went through, they probably think Grey got lucky). When he wakes up before his scheduled brainwashing was completed, Albert treats him with indifference at best and contempt at worst, calling him a "Defective" and acting like he's used goods, even happily trying to kill him himself at the endgame since he didn't need Grey after all. Albert treats Ashe, who's his last living human descendant and the other playable protagonist fighting against him, with far more care than he does Grey.
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