This kid is 8 years old- lets call him Greg. His mom died when he was young, he has no memory of her. Dad re-married, but she cannot accept Greg. Nothing he does is good enough for her. Step-mom usually convinces dad that Greg is no good and a trouble maker. Most of the time dad confirms this. The real problem is Greg's older brother. He is good at sports. At all sports. Any sport Greg's older brother, Andy, tries he's very good at it. Greg tried them all, too. Looking for that one sport that he would be better than Andy at. He still can't find it and has pretty much given up. Greg is good at getting other kids to laugh. He's naturally funny, but this usually gets him in trouble with teachers and other authority figures. Here he fulfills his step-mother's prophecy, confirming what his dad suspects- and becomes the "bad kid". He will often accept dares to prove he is not afraid or that he can do it, too. He is a troubled kid starving for positive affection.