So let's turn this on its head for a moment. What happens when the powerful sibling is an asshole? Like, say, a high-ranking member of a fascist regime? How can a screw-up brother throw a wrench in that? By being too nice?
In the 1930s, the Nazis stormed into power in Germany and quickly set up shop. As a result, all of Adolf Hitler's buddies soon got top jobs, including Hermann Goering, who quickly moved up the ranks from head of the German Air Force in 1935 to being Hitler's number one man in 1941. Things were working out well for Hermann, except for two small things: The Allies quickly fighting back against German advances, and his fuckup brother, Albert Goering.
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He's the one with the mustache.
Unlike big brother Hermann, Albert wasn't exactly a fan of Nazis. In fact, he hated Nazism, particularly because of all the violent tactics Nazis used against people who opposed them, but also because it was possible his dad was Jewish (a Jewish aristocrat banged his mother about a year before he was born, and Albert looked a lot like him).
Assuming his godfather loved cigarette holders and had an ultra-smooth forehead.
So, Albert started doing some decidedly un-Nazi things. When some Jewish women were forced to clean a street, he went down and started helping them. And when a German officer stopped him and immediately recognized him as the brother of Hitler's right-hand man, he had everyone stop and go home.
Another time, when his Jewish mentor in business, Oskar Pilzner, was sent to a concentration camp, he used his brother's name to not just get Pilzner and his family set free, but also sent them out of Germany. When Hermann heard about what Albert did, he kept it quiet from his temperamental boss and stuck his brother at a small position at a factory outside of Germany so he couldn't cause any more good deeds for humanity.
"'Brother?' I don't have a brother. Is that even a real word?"
Despite being relocated as a director of a remote Czechoslovakian factory, Albert still caused a lot of trouble by working even more aggressively against his country. He actually teamed up with the Czech resistance and helped sabotage his own factory while also forging his brother's signature on transit papers to help countless more Jews and dissidents escape out of Nazi-controlled territory. When he was caught doing this, all he had to do was phone up his brother, who bailed him out, much to Hermann's annoyance. And most famously, he sent for workers from concentration camps, where he then ordered the trucks on the way back to "mysteriously" break down, allowing the people to escape.
After the war, he was almost convicted of war crimes and was imprisoned for many years just because of his name, but so many of the Jewish survivors he saved came to his defense that he was let go. This was not the same for Hermann, the brother he pissed off numerous times. Hermann committed suicide during his trial in 1946.
"Screw you, Evil, I do what I want. You are not the boss of me."
As for Albert, he would go on to live a quiet and difficult life. But we like to think his final act summed him up: He was getting old and close to death, and he wanted to do something nice for his housekeeper. So he married her ... just so that when he died, she would keep getting a pension check as his widow.
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