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25th Jul '16 12:03:44 AM PaulA
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* In ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold, Caz has a flashback to an epiphany he had during his youth. While Cazaril was considered the best fencer in the castle, he was paired off as a sparring partner to a visiting youth and was thoroughly convinced of his own superiority, only to be soundly trounced by the visitor. The realization that there's always someone better had a profound effect on his development from then on.
** Also, in the sequel ''Paladin of Souls'', Illvin muses that his elder half-brother was always better than him at everything they tried... [[spoiler:the one thing Illvin could do that his brother could not was fall in love with Ista. Aww.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Chalion}}'' series by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold:
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In ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold, ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'', Caz has a flashback to an epiphany he had during his youth. While Cazaril was considered the best fencer in the castle, he was paired off as a sparring partner to a visiting youth and was thoroughly convinced of his own superiority, only to be soundly trounced by the visitor. The realization that there's always someone better had a profound effect on his development from then on.
** Also, in the sequel ''Paladin of Souls'', In ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'', Illvin muses that his elder half-brother was always better than him at everything they tried... [[spoiler:the one thing Illvin could do that his brother could not was fall in love with Ista. Aww.]]
21st Jul '16 8:44:35 PM ThePocket
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* Tim Taylor's one-sided rivalry with recurring GuestStar and real-life TV carpenter Bob Vila, formerly of ''Series/ThisOldHouse''. Although Tim isn't really in any position to consider himself even second best, since his own co-host is vastly more competent than he is, so it borders on a parody of this trope.


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* ''WebAnimation/TwoMoreEggs'' stars Dooble, a weird little man who speaks in non-sequiturs, greets people with a quirky catch phrase ("Helloche!"), and shows up to solve people's problems in improbable ways, often without realizing it. Season two introduced a rival character, Renfrow, who has the same gimmick but always manages to show up first, even when Dooble tries to set up a problem that he can swoop in and fix.
20th Jul '16 4:19:24 PM Taskmaster123
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** Titania also has this with Spider-Man. When she first appeared, she beat just about everyone she went up against...until she encountered Spider-Man. Her confidence and arrogance evaporated quickly because her strength was useless against Spider-Man's speed and agility. He ran rings around her while effortlessly beating her into the ground. To add insult to injury, afterwards her villainous comrades were not the least bit surprised that Spider-Man kicked her ass...
19th Jul '16 1:10:35 PM Taskmaster123
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** The Heisman Trophy is awarded to the top ''college'' player. There simply are ''not'' very many Heisman Trophy winners in the NFL Hall of Fame. Most Heisman Trophy winners play offense, and every single one of them quickly learns he's going to get a bone-crunching body slam and a sincere "Welcome to the NFL" from practically every defensive player he tries to get by...

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** The Heisman Trophy is awarded to the top ''college'' player. There simply are ''not'' very many Heisman Trophy winners in the NFL Hall of Fame. Most Heisman Trophy winners play offense, and every single one of them quickly learns he's going to get a bone-crunching body slam and a sincere "Welcome to the NFL" from practically every defensive player he tries to get by...by during his rookie season.
19th Jul '16 1:06:07 PM Taskmaster123
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** The Heisman Trophy is awarded to the top ''college'' player. There simply are ''not'' very many Heisman Trophy winners in the NFL Hall of Fame. Most Heisman Trophy winners play offense, and every single one of them quickly learns he's going to get a bone-crunching body slam and a sincere "Welcome to the NFL" from practically every defensive player he tries to get by...
17th Jul '16 5:34:07 AM Taskmaster123
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* Nazi Germany found this out the hard way when Hitler decided attacking Russia was a good idea. Ditto for Imperial Japan when their leadership decided that giving the United States a bloody nose at Pearl Harbor would quickly convince those soft and decadent Americans that they were no match for the Empire of the Rising Sun.
17th Jul '16 5:25:00 AM Taskmaster123
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* As Tiger Woods and all other great athletes have found out, you can be the absolute best, with no one better, ''but only for a limited amount of time.'' Inevitably, age and injury take their toll and competitors that you once would have easily defeated are now the ones hoisting the trophy.
** Even a sport itself can evolve beyond the abilities of former players. Take any Super Bowl-winning football team from the 20th Century and they'd be completely outclassed and dominated by the championship teams of today. This applies to virtually all sports. When Mark Spitz attempted an Olympic comeback, his times were actually ''better'' than what he'd accomplished when he won his gold medals...but he didn't even make the cut because all the other swimmers left him in their wake.


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* John Lennon hesitated and gave it a great deal of thought before asking Paul McCartney to join his band...because Paul was just too good and he was afraid of being overshadowed. Fortunately Lennon decided what was best for his band overall trumped what was better for him.
17th Jul '16 5:07:27 AM Taskmaster123
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*** However, Quicksilver is this to Mr. X, as while his limited clairvoyance may give him the edge against normal or enhanced humans, it doesn't mean shit when you're going up against someone who can hit you a thousand times before you've even managed to clench your fists. It's notable that Mr. X always makes every effort to stay in or close to his weight class when picking opponents, as anyone with more than Wolverine's power level is simply out of his league.
12th Jul '16 3:23:19 AM F1Krazy
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--> '''Admiral Villeneuver''': There is no shame in surrendering to the gallant Sir Edward Pellew
--> '''Israel Pellew''': (*pissed) I am his brother, Israel

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--> '''Admiral Villeneuver''': There is no shame in surrendering to the gallant Sir Edward Pellew
Pellew.
--> '''Israel Pellew''': (*pissed) (*pissed*) I am his brother, IsraelIsrael.



** Andy Murray is generally considered to be the fourth member of the "Big Four" of the era, together with Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, but is consistently outshone by the other three. Of the ten Grand Slam finals he's reached, Murray has won just two - losing three to Federer and five to Djokovic - whereas the other members of the Big Four are already in double figures in terms of Grand Slam wins, and when he doesn't make the final it's usually because Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic beat him before he could get there. There are even questions about whether he ''belongs'' in the Big Four on the first place, especially with the emergence of Stan Wawrinka who's already won two Grand Slams himself. (It's worth noting that Murray ''does'' have one honour that not even Federer or Djokovic can boast: an Olympic gold medal.)

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** Andy Murray is generally considered to be the fourth member of the "Big Four" of the era, together with Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, but is consistently outshone by the other three. Of the ten eleven Grand Slam finals he's reached, Murray has won just two three - losing three to Federer and five to Djokovic - whereas the other members of the Big Four are already in double figures in terms of Grand Slam wins, and when he doesn't make wins. Notably, he's the final it's usually because Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic beat him before he could get there. only member of the Big Four who's never been ranked World No.1, having been stuck at No.2 behind one of the other three for most of the last seven years. There are even questions about whether he Murray ''belongs'' in the Big Four on in the first place, especially with the emergence of Stan Wawrinka who's already won two Grand Slams himself. (It's worth noting that Murray ''does'' have one honour that not even Federer or Djokovic can boast: an Olympic gold medal.)
11th Jul '16 12:03:13 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Giroro's brother, Lieutenant Garuru.
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