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In most games, if the Big Bad has a sibling, he or she will be even stronger than the Big Bad themselves. Mostly these appear as Bonus Bosses, but in some cases they may serve as a plot twist. This is a natural consequence of the Sorting Algorithm of Evil; if you find yourself fighting a bad guy's relative later on, that relative will necessarily be tougher in order to keep pace with your increased skills.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Not to be confused with the Cain half of Cain and Abel. Also, many of these are big spoilers, so read with caution.
See also Always Someone Better, Aloof Big Brother. You might find them Avenging the Villain.
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Death and Schirach from Romancing SaGa. Death is the most powerful physically and controls Necromantic magic, and Schirach has the most powerful magic of the Trio of Dark Gods. However, if you power up the Big Bad to its fullest then the point is rendered moot.
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Played for laughs in Earthbound. In Deep Darkness, there's an enemy called the Manly Fish. There's a stronger, rarer enemy called the Manly Fish's Brother.
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Deckard Shaw from Furious 7 is the "big, bad brother" of the villain from the previous movie.
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Zigzagged with the Elric brothers in Fullmetal Alchemist; the younger brother Alphonse has been always physically stronger than his brother Edward in combat, even before he became a suit of Animated Armor. On the other hand, Edward is the better alchemist and uses it in battle, too.
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For the majority of Inuyasha, the titular character is weaker than his half-brother and full-blooded demon Sesshomaru.
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The villain of a Kamen Rider Build Direct-to-DVD movie is Killbas, the even more Ax-Crazy and Sadistic older brother of series Big Bad Evolto.
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Undertale: Sans is much stronger and smarter than Papyrus, on the rare occasion when Sans decides to stop bumming around the house and actually do anything. One such occasion being, if the player decides to go for a Kill 'Em All ending...
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The Gorgon Sisters from Soul Eater and Soul Eater Not!. Medusa, Arachne, and Shaula are savvy, manipulative, experimenting, animal themed, hot witches who each held the title of the lead antagonist at different periods and otherwise act to one-up each other, the good guys and even more villainous factions.
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Resident Evil 5 also does this with strong implications that there's another Wesker that's more clever and less hammy than the one we all know. Check the files in chapter 6-2 and Lost in Nightmares, it's sad indeed.
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Overwatch: Zigzagged with Hanzo and Genji. Hanzo was Genji's Always Someone Better growing up and nearly killed him in a duel in their youth. When they meet as adults and duel again, Genji, now a cyborg, manages to defeat his brother. However, it is implied that even with his cybernetic enhancements, the only reason Genji stood a chance is because Hanzo vowed to never wield a sword again after (seemingly) murdering his brother, and so now uses a bow, which he is less effective with.
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Played with in Getting Back on Your Hooves. Trixie's elder sister Checker Monarch is far more dangerous than she is due to being a Sociopath and exceptionally skilled with the power she has, but Trixie has more sheer power than her.
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Inverted in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, where Destinys Rey Za Burrel is the younger, less insane "sibling" of SEEDs Rau Le Creuset. Where Le Creuset was the Big Bad and sought the destruction of the human race, Rey's a Well-Intentioned Extremist who believes Utopia Justifies the Means, acts as The Dragon to new Big Bad Gilbert Durandal, and isn't nearly the physical threat that Le Creuset was.
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Final Fantasy XI: After defeating Archduke Kam'lanaut halfway through the Rise of the Zilart missions, you find out that his comparatively pint-sized brother Eald'narche is really his big brother and serves as the Final Boss at the end of the mission set.
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Joe Bob Fenestre from Animorphs reveals he has a 'prime' sibling in The Warning. It's none other than Visser Three, main villain of the series.
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In the Pony POV Series:
Discord is revealed to be the youngest of the Draconequi, and his elder sister Strife is a much better fighter than he is and his older brother Destruction has used a nuke as an opening attack. At present, however, Discord is the strongest of the siblings because he ate Destruction and an Avatar of his father Havoc.
It's revealed that Chrysalis is technically siblings with Makarov (Pandora created both of them), and Makarov was a Reality Warper.
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Of Resident Evil – Code: Veronica's Ashford twins, Alexia is the smarter and tougher one as well as the Big Bad in their game of appearance. Before she wakes up from a deep freeze, you're led to believe she's actually dead after finding out that whenever you see her beforehand it was her brother, at first the primary antagonist, impersonating her, so her arrival does serve as a turn.
Resident Evil 5 also does this with strong implications that there's another Wesker that's more clever and less hammy than the one we all know. Check the files in chapter 6-2 and Lost in Nightmares, it's sad indeed.
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A heroic example in One Piece; Sanji's siblings, Reiju, Ichiji, Niji, and Yonji, are all genetically modified warriors who have special abilities of their own, and have a metallic outer skeleton that makes them harder to hit because they were all experimented on by their father, Judge. As children, the Vinsmoke boys made sure to lord their superiority over Sanji by verbally and physically abusing him whenever they get the chance, while Reiju pretended to laughs at his torment yet was ultimately responsible for helping Sanji get to East Blue by using her enhanced strength to free him from the dungeons. Ironically, Sanji became the stronger sibling during his time with the Straw Hats, to the point where he could fly without the aid of Germa 66's technology. He would've beaten his asshole family members into submission had Judge not pulled a trump card and blackmailed Sanji into submission in return for not sending assassins after Baratie. Later, karma bites them in the ass when Sanji saves them all from being executed by Big Mom's family despite having every reason to abandon them, leaving the Vinsmokes indebted to the family "failure".
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In Mother 3, Claus is the Mysterious Masked Man, and proves to be much stronger than your entire party.
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Rick and Nick Bruiser in Super Punch-Out.
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In Rosenkreuz Stilette, Zorne Sepperin is the adoptive older sister of the Big Bad, Iris Sepperin, who has inherited Rosenkreuz's godly powers.
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A variation with a different relative. In LocoRoco 2, the final boss of the main game isn't the Big Bad of the first game, Bon Mucho—it's his mother, Majoline.
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White Sheep (RWBY): When Team RYBN finally defeats "Hentacle," they are congratulating themselves on taking down an enemy that has hounded them for months. Then they start to wonder if it was too easy. And this Hentacle seems smaller and more feminine than the one they knew... cue the real Hentacle, the female one's big brother, bashing through the wall in an Unstoppable Rage. He nearly kills the entire team, and is only stopped because Ruby's Silver Eyes activate earlier than in canon, knocking him out of his rage and allowing him to retreat.
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Hooktail in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door actually has two other siblings. Gloomtail, who is her brother and is basically a Palette Swap. Bonetail is the eldest of the group and is an undead dragon lurking in the Bonus Dungeon.
Bonetail is actually the Big Bad's pet, and is a lot more difficult to beat than the Big Bad is.
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The Elder Princess Shroob in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. Whereas the younger princess fights atop a tripod-mounted throne and resorts to magical attacks when knocked off of it, the elder is a hulking brute who is quite content to simply shoulder tackle her enemies before transforming into a gigantic tentacled monster for the final battle.
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Touhou has several examples when it comes to pairs of characters who are sisters. In most cases, it's the younger sister who's the stronger one.
Flandre Scarlet, the EX-boss from the sixth game, Embodiment of Scarlet Devil (her sister, Remilia, is the game's last boss). Where Remilia's Semantic Superpower is the ability to manipulate fate, Flandre can destroy anything by ripping out its "heart".
Shizuha Aki is the midboss to Minoriko Aki's stage in Mountain of Faith. They're both still ridiculously weak, though, being the bosses of Stage 1.
In Subterranean Animism, Koishi Komeiji (Extra stage) to Satori Komeiji (fourth stage).
The final boss of Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, Keiki Haniyasushin, is based upon the Haniyasu no Kami, gods born from the excrement that Izanami expelled in her dying throes, making her one of the very last of Izanami's many, many divine children. Her being the final boss also makes her ridiculously more powerful than her older baby sister, the 1st stage boss, Eika Ebisu, based upon Ebisu, of course, who was the very first child that Izanami ever gave birth to.
There are two exceptions to the "younger sister is stronger rule"; the first is Gengetsu, Mugetsu's older twin sister in Lotus Land Story, who is infamous for her nigh-impossible to dodge time-out phase bullets. The second is Shion Yorigami from Antimony of Common Flowers, who is the older twin sister of Jo'on Yorigami and is the stronger of the two despite Jo'on being the face of the duo.
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A Dragon Ball Z Non-Serial Movie is based on Freeza's stronger older brother Cooler showing up on Earth to kill Goku for killing his brother. (Goku hadn't actually killed Freeza, but Cooler didn't know that.) Ironically, Frieza gets revived much later on and becomes the stronger sibling again, though Cooler still beats him in savviness and having a Super Mode that doesn't bleed stamina like a punctured water balloon.
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