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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.
23rd Aug '16 8:14:55 AM whereismytea
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Saizou was famous for his skills and was considered to be unbeaten until he met Useful/HattoriHanzo, who frustratingly proved to be more than his match, such that [[spoiler:Hanzo was [[HoistByHisOwnPetard foiled by his own arrogance]] at the climax instead of bested in a fight.]]
9th Aug '16 5:08:50 PM Doug86
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* One of [[Comicbook/AntMan Hank Pym]]'s biggest problems has always been that no matter how good he is in any given area, at least one of his fellow heroes is always better. When he was Giant-Man, he lacked the raw power of [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] or Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk, and as a scientist, he's not as well respected as Commicbook/IronMan or the above-mentioned Mister Fantastic. A {{Retcon}} in ''Comicbook/MightyAvengers'' established that many of his neuroses began after he discovered that Iron Man was actually the genius billionaire Tony Stark, which immediately caused Hank to feel inferior.

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* One of [[Comicbook/AntMan Hank Pym]]'s biggest problems has always been that no matter how good he is in any given area, at least one of his fellow heroes is always better. When he was Giant-Man, he lacked the raw power of [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] or Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk, the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, and as a scientist, he's not as well respected as Commicbook/IronMan or the above-mentioned Mister Fantastic. A {{Retcon}} in ''Comicbook/MightyAvengers'' established that many of his neuroses began after he discovered that Iron Man was actually the genius billionaire Tony Stark, which immediately caused Hank to feel inferior.



* Likewise, [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk 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.

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* Likewise, [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk [[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.
8th Aug '16 6:28:35 PM ultimomant
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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents]]'', Remy Buxaplenty acts as this to Timmy, at least in his first appearance. He's an obscenely rich kid who shows up everywhere Timmy goes, and instantly outdoes him at whatever he's trying to do, either through sheer skill or by just [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney throwing money around]]. Timmy even questions how Remy can possibly be that much better than him at everything. It turns out that Remy is a LonelyRichKid with a fairy godparent whose real parents completely ignore him, and he's jealous of the fact that Timmy has a loving family ''and'' godparents when he only has the latter.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents]]'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
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Remy Buxaplenty acts as this to Timmy, at least in his first appearance. He's an obscenely rich kid who shows up everywhere Timmy goes, and instantly outdoes him at whatever he's trying to do, either through sheer skill or by just [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney throwing money around]]. Timmy even questions how Remy can possibly be that much better than him at everything. It turns out that Remy is a LonelyRichKid with a fairy godparent whose real parents completely ignore him, and he's jealous of the fact that Timmy has a loving family ''and'' godparents when he only has the latter.



* One episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero G.I. Joe]]'' had a costumed crimefighter, "Serpentman" come out of nowhere and begin upstaging the Joes in their fight against [=COBRA=], complete with a toadying news crew that followed him around everywhere, reporting on his successes. Naturally, it turns out to be another of Cobra Commander's schemes, intended to make the Joes look unnecessary and lose public support and government funding. What's great is that it actually ''works'', until C.C. screws it all up.

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* One episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero G.I. Joe]]'' ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' had a costumed crimefighter, "Serpentman" come out of nowhere and begin upstaging the Joes in their fight against [=COBRA=], complete with a toadying news crew that followed him around everywhere, reporting on his successes. Naturally, it turns out to be another of Cobra Commander's schemes, intended to make the Joes look unnecessary and lose public support and government funding. What's great is that it actually ''works'', until C.C. screws it all up.
30th Jul '16 7:26:41 PM Ninja857142
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** Katara herself was a victim of this. When she starts training Aang in waterbending, she is very pissed to find out he only takes a few minutes to master techniques that took her years. Ironically, she eventually becomes good enough to be a waterbending master for Aang (partly because Aang was BrilliantButLazy).

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** Katara herself was a victim of this. When she starts training Aang in waterbending, she is very pissed to find out he only takes a few minutes to master techniques that took her years. Ironically, she eventually becomes good enough to be a waterbending master for Aang (partly because Aang was BrilliantButLazy).
30th Jul '16 7:26:03 PM Ninja857142
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** Zuko always felt like this regarding his talented sister Azula, as he lamented to Aang:

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** Katara herself was a victim of this. When she starts training Aang in waterbending, she is very pissed to find out he only takes a few minutes to master techniques that took her years. Ironically, she eventually becomes good enough to be a waterbending master for Aang (partly because Aang was BrilliantButLazy).
** Sokka and Jet, since Jet was both better at combat and planning. When Sokka accused Jet of being evil, Katara accused Sokka of jealousy regarding this trope. [[spoiler:Turns out, Sokka was right.]]
** Zuko always felt like this regarding his talented sister Azula, as he lamented to Aang:Azula.



** However, this eventually happens to Azula as well. The season 2 finale would show hints of this: [[spoiler: Katara was very close to beating Azula, until Zuko interfered and saved her]]. Later, in Season 3, after learning firebending techniques from the original firebenders, Zuko proved capable of fighting his sister more evenly. In the series finale, Zuko actually gains the advantage against Azula in their final duel, pushing her further towards her [[SanitySlippage growing insanity]]. [[spoiler: In desperation, Azula cheats to strike down Zuko. Ultimately, however, it's Katara who beats Azula, finally pushing her [[VillainousBreakdown completely over the edge]].]]
** Katara herself is a victim of this. When she starts training Aang in waterbending, she is very pissed to find out he only takes a few minutes to master techniques that took her years.
** Sokka and Jet, since Jet is both better at non-bending combat and planning.

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** However, this eventually happens to Azula as well. The season 2 finale would show hints of this: [[spoiler: Katara was very close to beating Azula, until Zuko interfered and saved her]]. Later, in In Season 3, after learning firebending techniques from the original firebenders, Zuko proved capable of fighting his sister more evenly. In the series finale, Zuko actually gains the advantage against Azula in their final duel, pushing her further towards her [[SanitySlippage growing insanity]]. [[spoiler: In desperation, Azula cheats to strike down Zuko. Ultimately, however, it's Katara who beats Azula, finally pushing her [[VillainousBreakdown completely over the edge]].]]
** Katara herself is a victim of this. When she starts training Aang in waterbending, she is very pissed to find out he only takes a few minutes to master techniques that took her years.
** Sokka and Jet, since Jet is both better at non-bending combat and planning.
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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...
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