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21st Sep '16 2:00:23 AM Tron80
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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In the Silver and Bronze Ages, Supergirl was this to her best friend Barbara Gordon, the original Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}. Babs envied Kara because she was a [[BadassNormal baseline, non-powered human]], whereas her friend was virtually a PhysicalGod. Several times Barbara thought that Kara was very lucky because she could do almost anything. However she complained about it loudly once, and Supergirl told her that having powers isn't what defines a hero.
** Post-Crisis Supergirl is this to her friend Stephanie Brown, [[NeverBeAHero who always failed to measure up to other superheroes and was constantly told to stop trying]], [[TookALevelInBadass improved in almost all areas of crimefighting]] after [[LegacyCharacter she assumed the mantle of]] Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} from [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]]. However, in one issue of her own ongoing series Kara stops by for a night together and outshines Stephanie ''in every way''. Not only does she have natural superpowers, but she is also able to understand the TechnoBabble explanation for why they are fighting {{Dracula}}, and in their civilian identities Supergirl has a much greater zeal for college life than Stephanie did. Stephanie, however, never resented Supergirl for any of this, and liked her ''even more'' because of how awesome she was.



* ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}}: Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} is this to her friend Stephanie Brown, [[NeverBeAHero who always failed to measure up to other superheroes and was constantly told to stop trying]], [[TookALevelInBadass improved in almost all areas of crimefighting]] after [[LegacyCharacter she assumed the mantle of]] Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} from [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]]. However, in one issue of her own ongoing series Kara stops by for a night together and outshines Stephanie ''in every way''. Not only does she have natural superpowers, but she is also able to understand the TechnoBabble explanation for why they are fighting {{Dracula}}, and in their civilian identities Supergirl has a much greater zeal for college life than Stephanie did. Stephanie, however, never resented Supergirl for any of this, and liked her ''even more'' because of how awesome she was.
21st Sep '16 1:42:41 AM Tron80
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* In [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, this was Vartox's shtick. Vartox was the superhero protector of a distant planet. He had been superheroing longer than Supes and had an even wider array of powers than he did. Fortunately, Vartox was a hero, and the two were nominally friends. ''Un''fortunately, Vartox frequently showed signs of emotional instability, and seemed to get mind-controlled or otherwise manipulated every time he showed up, so the two ''always'' got in a fight. Supes couldn't out-muscle him, so he always had to win by using his head.

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* ** In [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, this was Vartox's shtick. Vartox was the superhero protector of a distant planet. He had been superheroing longer than Supes and had an even wider array of powers than he did. Fortunately, Vartox was a hero, and the two were nominally friends. ''Un''fortunately, Vartox frequently showed signs of emotional instability, and seemed to get mind-controlled or otherwise manipulated every time he showed up, so the two ''always'' got in a fight. Supes couldn't out-muscle him, so he always had to win by using his head.
21st Sep '16 1:41:18 AM Tron80
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* Likewise, [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] has been shown to resent Tony Stark because of how beloved and successful Tony's inventions have made him, while Bruce's invention turned him into an out of control freak.
* This motivation is attributed to ComicBook/LexLuthor's hatred of Franchise/{{Superman}}, starting with John Byrne's reboot in the 1980s. Lex Luthor was the most powerful man in Metropolis, with even politicians and law enforcement afraid to cross him, until Superman arrived in town and not only showed Lex up but emboldened the police and mayor to stand up to Lex as well. In John Byrne's version of the first meeting between Lex and Superman, Lex tried to hire Superman as one more obedient employee, and he has never forgiven Superman for being the first person in Metropolis ever to dare to say "no" to him. This is further compounded by the fact that, over the years, Superman's increasing popularity has drastically overshadowed Lex. The obvious factor that Superman has a whole load of awesome super powers and Lex doesn't, which Lex is rather bitter about. Luthor has actually justified his hatred of Superman by claiming he is this to ''the human race'', and all human achievement pales when compared to the things "the alien" can do ''effortlessly''. Lex has even gone so far as to tell Superman that as soon as he's out of the picture, he will solve all of humanity's problems himself, thus proving his superiority to all. However, this is proven as a petty lie after the events of ComicBook/FiftyTwo, when Superman was out of commission for a year and Luthor did nothing but be his scheming evil self. Superman taunts him for this: "Where's the cancer cure, Lex?"
-->'''Luthor:''' I could have saved the world if it wasn't for you!
-->'''Superman:''' [[CutLexLuthorACheck You could have saved the world years ago if it mattered to you, Luthor]].

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* Likewise, [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Comicbook/IncredibleHulk: Bruce Banner]] Banner has been shown to resent Tony Stark because of how beloved and successful Tony's inventions have made him, while Bruce's invention turned him into an out of control freak.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}::
**
This motivation is attributed to ComicBook/LexLuthor's hatred of Franchise/{{Superman}}, starting with John Byrne's Creator/JohnByrne's reboot in the 1980s. Lex Luthor was the most powerful man in Metropolis, with even politicians and law enforcement afraid to cross him, until Superman arrived in town and not only showed Lex up but emboldened the police and mayor to stand up to Lex as well. In John Byrne's version of the first meeting between Lex and Superman, Lex tried to hire Superman as one more obedient employee, and he has never forgiven Superman for being the first person in Metropolis ever to dare to say "no" to him. This is further compounded by the fact that, over the years, Superman's increasing popularity has drastically overshadowed Lex. The obvious factor that Superman has a whole load of awesome super powers and Lex doesn't, which Lex is rather bitter about. Luthor has actually justified his hatred of Superman by claiming he is this to ''the human race'', and all human achievement pales when compared to the things "the alien" can do ''effortlessly''. Lex has even gone so far as to tell Superman that as soon as he's out of the picture, he will solve all of humanity's problems himself, thus proving his superiority to all. However, this is proven as a petty lie after the events of ComicBook/FiftyTwo, when Superman was out of commission for a year and Luthor did nothing but be his scheming evil self. Superman taunts him for this: "Where's the cancer cure, Lex?"
-->'''Luthor:''' --->'''Luthor:''' I could have saved the world if it wasn't for you!
-->'''Superman:'''
you!\\
'''Superman:'''
[[CutLexLuthorACheck You could have saved the world years ago if it mattered to you, Luthor]].Luthor]].
* In [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, this was Vartox's shtick. Vartox was the superhero protector of a distant planet. He had been superheroing longer than Supes and had an even wider array of powers than he did. Fortunately, Vartox was a hero, and the two were nominally friends. ''Un''fortunately, Vartox frequently showed signs of emotional instability, and seemed to get mind-controlled or otherwise manipulated every time he showed up, so the two ''always'' got in a fight. Supes couldn't out-muscle him, so he always had to win by using his head.



** 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...
* In [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, this was Vartox's shtick. Vartox was the superhero protector of a distant planet. He had been superheroing longer than Supes and had an even wider array of powers than he did. Fortunately, Vartox was a hero, and the two were nominally friends. ''Un''fortunately, Vartox frequently showed signs of emotional instability, and seemed to get mind-controlled or otherwise manipulated every time he showed up, so the two ''always'' got in a fight. Supes couldn't out-muscle him, so he always had to win by using his head.
* [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Stephanie Brown]], [[NeverBeAHero who always failed to measure up to other superheroes and was constantly told to stop trying]], [[TookALevelInBadass improved in almost all areas of crimefighting]] after [[LegacyCharacter she assumed the mantle of Batgirl]] from [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]]. However, in one issue of her own ongoing series Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} stops by for a night together and outshines Stephanie ''in every way''. Not only does she have natural superpowers, but she is also able to understand the TechnoBabble explanation for why they are fighting {{Dracula}}, and in their civilian identities Supergirl has a much greater zeal for college life than Stephanie did. Stephanie, however, never resented Supergirl for any of this, and liked her ''even more'' because of how awesome she was.

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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...
* In [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}}: Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} is this was Vartox's shtick. Vartox was the superhero protector of a distant planet. He had been superheroing longer than Supes and had an even wider array of powers than he did. Fortunately, Vartox was a hero, and the two were nominally friends. ''Un''fortunately, Vartox frequently showed signs of emotional instability, and seemed to get mind-controlled or otherwise manipulated every time he showed up, so the two ''always'' got in a fight. Supes couldn't out-muscle him, so he always had to win by using his head.
* [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}}
her friend Stephanie Brown]], Brown, [[NeverBeAHero who always failed to measure up to other superheroes and was constantly told to stop trying]], [[TookALevelInBadass improved in almost all areas of crimefighting]] after [[LegacyCharacter she assumed the mantle of Batgirl]] of]] Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} from [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]]. However, in one issue of her own ongoing series Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara stops by for a night together and outshines Stephanie ''in every way''. Not only does she have natural superpowers, but she is also able to understand the TechnoBabble explanation for why they are fighting {{Dracula}}, and in their civilian identities Supergirl has a much greater zeal for college life than Stephanie did. Stephanie, however, never resented Supergirl for any of this, and liked her ''even more'' because of how awesome she was.
21st Sep '16 1:25:28 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Asuka resents Shinji for always surpassing her. Subverted because Shinji thinks that she has nothing to be jealous of:
-->'''Asuka:''' You always gotta one-up me, eh?\\
'''Shinji:''' Says the woman who's fluent in three languages, has two Ph.D.s, and does guest lectures at MIT and Harvard and other places on a regular basis.
18th Sep '16 8:18:13 AM kuchiki222
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** Goku is better than everyone by the end of the series. Only for it to subverted when Beerus, the God of Destruction, turns up, easily beats everyone including Goku's Super Saiyan 3 state, and even [[spoiler: the Super Saiyan God state, canonically the strongest power up in the series]] only manages to bring him to 70% of his power and still lose. [[spoiler: And it turns out that there's his master Whis, and eleven other universes' Gods of Destructions who are stronger than him, the former stated and the latter implied, combined with the fact that Bills didn't show his full power.]]

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** Goku is better than everyone by the end of the series. Only for it to subverted when Beerus, the God of Destruction, turns up, easily beats everyone including Goku's Super Saiyan 3 state, and even [[spoiler: the Super Saiyan God state, canonically the strongest power up in the series]] only manages to bring him to 70% of his power and still lose. [[spoiler: And it turns out that there's his master Whis, and eleven other universes' Gods of Destructions who are stronger than him, the former stated and the latter implied, combined with the fact that Bills didn't show his full power.]][[spoiler: And then, there is the Omni-King, who is THE ruler of the MULTIVERSE, and has such power to back it up that not only he destroyed 6 universes in a fit(in comparison, Kid Buu devastated a galaxy and Beerus can 'only' destroy several in a good day) , but also, Beerus and Whis, the previous record holders, wet their pants in terror of his news.]]
16th Sep '16 12:23:34 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': No matter how much effort Randall Boggs put into it, he'd never become a better scarer than Sulley, [[spoiler:a fact Waternoose acknowledged to Randall even after the two of them banished Sully for the sake of their EvilPlan]].
13th Sep '16 11:03:50 PM PaulA
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** Bean is confirmed in the ''Shadow'' series to be much smarter than Ender. However, Bean is too small and lacks the qualities Ender has to inspire others. Bean realizes quickly that he's there to be second fiddle to Ender. True, he was specifically brought in to replace Ender if Ender broke down, but Bean explains that no one would follow him, and what good is a brilliant commander with no soldiers? Additionally, Bean was genetically-engineered to be brilliant, to always have the learning ability of a one-year-old ([[spoiler:which, ultimately does lead to his death from the SquareCubeLaw]]). When he first meets Ender, he is utterly unimpressed. Unlike Ender, he quickly figures out the truth. Moreso, he does it by reading a few pages of a random historical book and going off on a tangent.

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** Bean is confirmed in the ''Shadow'' ''Literature/EndersShadow'' series to be much smarter than Ender. However, Bean is too small and lacks the qualities Ender has to inspire others. Bean realizes quickly that he's there to be second fiddle to Ender. True, he was specifically brought in to replace Ender if Ender broke down, but Bean explains that no one would follow him, and what good is a brilliant commander with no soldiers? Additionally, Bean was genetically-engineered to be brilliant, to always have the learning ability of a one-year-old ([[spoiler:which, ultimately does lead to his death from the SquareCubeLaw]]). When he first meets Ender, he is utterly unimpressed. Unlike Ender, he quickly figures out the truth. Moreso, he does it by reading a few pages of a random historical book and going off on a tangent.
8th Sep '16 2:24:34 PM eroock
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26th Aug '16 3:02:22 PM FordPrefect
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* Wrestling/TripleH was forced to realize that ''Wrestling/{{Batista}}'' was this to him in 2005 after Triple H lost 3 straight ppv matches to him, even handing Triple H his first pinfall loss inside the Hell in a Cell (He had been in 5 before that, winning 4, and was not involved in the winning decision of the other).

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* Wrestling/TripleH was forced to realize that ''Wrestling/{{Batista}}'' was this to him in 2005 after Triple H lost 3 straight ppv matches to him, even handing Triple H his first pinfall loss inside the Hell in a Cell (He (he had been in 5 before that, winning 4, and was not involved in the winning decision of the other).
24th Aug '16 5:08:37 PM RaisenRhaasen
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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.

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* John Lennon JohnLennon hesitated and gave it a great deal of thought before asking Paul McCartney PaulMcCartney 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.
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