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** Zoey, Dawn's rival during the Sinnoh Arc. Dawn NEVER defeated her, [[spoiler:not even in the finals in the Grand Festival.]]
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** Zoey, Dawn's rival during the Sinnoh Arc. Dawn NEVER defeated her, [[spoiler:not even in the finals in the Grand Festival.]]Festival]].

** 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]].power.]]

* KareKano's Yukino was considered to be the perfect person by her peers until Arima came into her life.
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* KareKano's ''Manga/KareKano'''s Yukino was considered to be the perfect person by her peers until Arima came into her life.

* In ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', Tetsuya is pictured to be much more superior than Koji in many ways during his introduction, being a same character with their only difference was Tetsuya being better, more mature but more arrogant than Koji. When Koji returns after being PutOnABus, it become apparent that Tetsuya has a weakness which was [[spoiler:none, on the flipside, Tetsuya himself don't even know that he is better than Koji and accepted by the others in the same way as Koji, and at the same time have a massive Inferiority complex. This caused a huge amount of problem.]]
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* In ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', Tetsuya is pictured to be much more superior than Koji in many ways during his introduction, being a same character with their only difference was Tetsuya being better, more mature but more arrogant than Koji. When Koji returns after being PutOnABus, it become apparent that Tetsuya has a weakness which was [[spoiler:none, on the flipside, Tetsuya himself don't even know that he is better than Koji and accepted by the others in the same way as Koji, and at the same time have a massive Inferiority complex. This caused a huge amount of problem.]]problem]].

** Furuichi's resentment towards Akiyuki, who has everything Furuichi wants -- mainly, the affections of their love interest Haru. And when Furuichi puts the matter in his own hands to get what he wants in Episode 14, [[spoiler:things don't end well for the guy.]]
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** Furuichi's resentment towards Akiyuki, who has everything Furuichi wants -- mainly, the affections of their love interest Haru. And when Furuichi puts the matter in his own hands to get what he wants in Episode 14, [[spoiler:things don't end well for the guy.]]guy]].

* Both Keith/Sky High and Barnaby Brooks Jr. serve as this to Kotetsu/Wild Tiger in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', in slightly different ways. Keith overshadows Kotetsu by the virtue of being [[TheAce comically amazing in every way]]. Barnaby, on the other hand, gets to make Kotetsu feel inadequate by having the exact same powers while being younger, [[{{bishonen}} better looking]], more competent, and more loved by fans and sponsors alike. Later on in the series, however, [[spoiler:Kotetsu's relation sort of flips around in a way, as Barnaby starts seeing ''him'' as someone he can't ever hope to compare to.]]
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* Both Keith/Sky High and Barnaby Brooks Jr. serve as this to Kotetsu/Wild Tiger in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', in slightly different ways. Keith overshadows Kotetsu by the virtue of being [[TheAce comically amazing in every way]]. Barnaby, on the other hand, gets to make Kotetsu feel inadequate by having the exact same powers while being younger, [[{{bishonen}} better looking]], more competent, and more loved by fans and sponsors alike. Later on in the series, however, [[spoiler:Kotetsu's relation sort of flips around in a way, as Barnaby starts seeing ''him'' as someone he can't ever hope to compare to.]]to]].

** Max also serves as this for Milia, who can't even beat him in a video game. Bizarrely enough, after Max beats her a third time when she tries to kill him in a park, [[spoiler: they end up getting married in that same episode.]]
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** Max also serves as this for Milia, who can't even beat him in a video game. Bizarrely enough, after Max beats her a third time when she tries to kill him in a park, [[spoiler: they end up getting married in that same episode.]]episode]].

** In many ways, Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) is better than his arch-nemesis Doctor Doom, with regards to science at least; one of Doom's key driving motivations is to prove himself superior to Richards, who has always demonstrated that he's just that little bit smarter and better than Doom. In this case, the rivalry is far from unnoticed, although it's always Doom who actively plans and attempts to humiliate and subdue Reed, who is less interested in proving himself superior to Doom and in fact considers it a waste that Doom expends his still-impressive intellect on what amounts to little more than petty jealousy. It is worth noting, however, that Doom is an equally-powerful sorcerer, and is in fact more powerful than Richards in this respect. However, he still meets the basic nature of the trope, as he is obsessed with besting Richards entirely on his own terms, i.e. with science, and when he uses his formidable skills in sorcery against Richards, Richards nevertheless manages to find some way to outwit him and win. In ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'', [[spoiler:Reed finally gets Doom to admit that Reed can do something better than him - saving the multiverse. This allows the Molecule Man to take away Doom's powers and give them to Reed so he can do just that.]]
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** In many ways, Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) is better than his arch-nemesis Doctor Doom, with regards to science at least; one of Doom's key driving motivations is to prove himself superior to Richards, who has always demonstrated that he's just that little bit smarter and better than Doom. In this case, the rivalry is far from unnoticed, although it's always Doom who actively plans and attempts to humiliate and subdue Reed, who is less interested in proving himself superior to Doom and in fact considers it a waste that Doom expends his still-impressive intellect on what amounts to little more than petty jealousy. It is worth noting, however, that Doom is an equally-powerful sorcerer, and is in fact more powerful than Richards in this respect. However, he still meets the basic nature of the trope, as he is obsessed with besting Richards entirely on his own terms, i.e. with science, and when he uses his formidable skills in sorcery against Richards, Richards nevertheless manages to find some way to outwit him and win. In ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'', [[spoiler:Reed finally gets Doom to admit that Reed can do something better than him - saving the multiverse. This allows the Molecule Man to take away Doom's powers and give them to Reed so he can do just that.]]that]].

** Ironically, in UltimateMarvel, Reed Richards gets to experience it himself, claiming that he feels inferior to his universe's incarnation of [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]].
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** Ironically, in UltimateMarvel, ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, Reed Richards gets to experience it himself, claiming that he feels inferior to his universe's incarnation of [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]].

* [[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 her of 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 undestand 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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* [[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 of 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 undestand 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.

* {{Wolverine}} has often claimed to be the best there is at what he does. Perhaps no enemy of his has presented more conclusive evidence against this than Tomi Shido - the Gorgon. Faster, stronger, smarter, more agile, more silent, more skillful, all despite his mutant powers having nothing to do with any of these things. Many of Wolvie's enemies are in some way an equal match for him, but the Gorgon is, simply put, ''too much'' for ''Wolverine'', even according to the man himself. It took using his own TakenForGranite powers against him to put him away... but sometimes [[HesBack you just can't keep a bad man down]].
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* {{Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} has often claimed to be the best there is at what he does. Perhaps no enemy of his has presented more conclusive evidence against this than Tomi Shido - the Gorgon. Faster, stronger, smarter, more agile, more silent, more skillful, all despite his mutant powers having nothing to do with any of these things. Many of Wolvie's enemies are in some way an equal match for him, but the Gorgon is, simply put, ''too much'' for ''Wolverine'', even according to the man himself. It took using his own TakenForGranite powers against him to put him away... but sometimes [[HesBack you just can't keep a bad man down]].

** {{Wolverine}} and ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' have fought a couple of times, and every single time, ''Spider-Man'' has basically handed {{Wolverine}} his ass. Of course, this could always be chalked up to {{Wolverine}} simply not fighting in the same weight-class as ''Spider-Man''.
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** {{Wolverine}} Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} and ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' have fought a couple of times, and every single time, ''Spider-Man'' has basically handed {{Wolverine}} Wolverine his ass. Of course, this could always be chalked up to {{Wolverine}} Wolverine simply not fighting in the same weight-class as ''Spider-Man''.

* In ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' [[spoiler:Upon seeing the sheer power Twilight possesses, Chrysalis immediately declares she wants Twilight to be ''her'' apprentice. Though Twilight is quick to point out while she can gather all the power in the world, unlike Twilight, she doesn't know how to really use it.]]
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* In ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' [[spoiler:Upon seeing the sheer power Twilight possesses, Chrysalis immediately declares she wants Twilight to be ''her'' apprentice. Though Twilight is quick to point out while she can gather all the power in the world, unlike Twilight, she doesn't know how to really use it.]]it]].

* The plot of ''Fanfic/TheTwoSidesOfDaringDo'' revolves around this trope. An artifact creates a clone of Daring Do from Yearling's novels. This trope comes into play because Yearling made Daring Do 'herself but better,' so the clone proceeds to outdo her in everything to the point Yearling begins questioning her own worth [[spoiler:and develops [[SanitySlippage Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome]]. However, while the clone is stronger and faster than her, she is smarter and more patient.]] * In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Alex "Superwoman" Harris swiftly proves herself to be this for basically every hero and villain in the MarvelUniverse. It is remarked several times that its going to take power on the level of the Silver Surfer or Doctor Strange to take her out, and neither of those two individuals are interested in the job.
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* The plot of ''Fanfic/TheTwoSidesOfDaringDo'' revolves around this trope. An artifact creates a clone of Daring Do from Yearling's novels. This trope comes into play because Yearling made Daring Do 'herself but better,' so the clone proceeds to outdo her in everything to the point Yearling begins questioning her own worth [[spoiler:and develops [[SanitySlippage Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome]]. However, while the clone is stronger and faster than her, she is smarter and more patient.]] patient]]. * In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Alex "Superwoman" Harris swiftly proves herself to be this for basically every hero and villain in the MarvelUniverse.Franchise/MarvelUniverse. It is remarked several times that its going to take power on the level of the Silver Surfer or Doctor Strange to take her out, and neither of those two individuals are interested in the job.

* The concept was subverted in Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/HerculePoirot'' novel ''The Big Four'', when Poirot mentions his older brother Achille as being a better detective than he is; the only visual difference, he claims, is that Achille doesn't have a mustache and has a scarred lip. Near the end, when the villains have captured Hastings and Poirot, Hastings realizes that they captured Achille instead - only to have it revealed [[spoiler:that Achille doesn't ''exist''; in order to fool the villains, Hercule shaved off his mustache revealing his own scarred lip. Hastings probably should have realized something was up when Poirot, the biggest egomaniac in literature, started describing someone as better...]] This idea was likely inspired by Mycroft Holmes; Poirot gives a ShoutOut to him by noting, "Don't all great detectives have a brother better at it than them?"
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* The concept was subverted in Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/HerculePoirot'' novel ''The Big Four'', when Poirot mentions his older brother Achille as being a better detective than he is; the only visual difference, he claims, is that Achille doesn't have a mustache and has a scarred lip. Near the end, when the villains have captured Hastings and Poirot, Hastings realizes that they captured Achille instead - only to have it revealed [[spoiler:that Achille doesn't ''exist''; in order to fool the villains, Hercule shaved off his mustache revealing his own scarred lip. Hastings probably should have realized something was up when Poirot, the biggest egomaniac in literature, started describing someone as better...]] better..]]. This idea was likely inspired by Mycroft Holmes; Poirot gives a ShoutOut to him by noting, "Don't all great detectives have a brother better at it than them?"

--->'''Ender:''' I've had too many teachers, how was I supposed to know you'd turn out to be a- --->[[spoiler:'''Mazer Rackham:''']] An enemy, Ender Wiggin. I am your enemy, the first one you've ever had that was smarter than you. There is no teacher but the enemy. No-one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do. No-one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on. From now on, I am your teacher.
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--->'''Ender:''' -->'''Ender:''' I've had too many teachers, how was I supposed to know you'd turn out to be a- --->[[spoiler:'''Mazer -->[[spoiler:'''Mazer Rackham:''']] An enemy, Ender Wiggin. I am your enemy, the first one you've ever had that was smarter than you. There is no teacher but the enemy. No-one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do. No-one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on. From now on, I am your teacher.

* In Literature/ChildBallads #132 ("The Bold Pedlar and Robin Hood"), RobinHood & LittleJohn meet a pedlar in Sherwood Forest who beats both of them in hand-to-hand combat. He finally reveals his name to be "Gamble Gold" and himself to be an exile from England for murder--at which point it is determined that he is Robin Hood's cousin (specifically, the son of his mother's sister, so that their relationship is in no doubt). This actually seems to make the beatings more acceptable, as all three then finish out the song merrily drinking together at an alehouse. * In [[Creator/DaveDuncan David Duncan's]] ''The Reluctant Swordsman'' series, Wallie Smith, transported into the body of the seventh level swordsman Shonshu, is given all of Shonshu's skill and ability with a blade. He's unbeatable except that a god tells him there's "one as good" out there somewhere. The climax of the book comes after Wallie has faced that one and discovers that [[spoiler: his protege, Nnanjji, has gone from being a second level to being the youngest seventh in history-- and easily bests the "one as good," making ''him'' the true destined wielder of the Goddess's Sword.]]
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* In Literature/ChildBallads #132 ("The Bold Pedlar and Robin Hood"), RobinHood Myth/RobinHood & LittleJohn meet a pedlar in Sherwood Forest who beats both of them in hand-to-hand combat. He finally reveals his name to be "Gamble Gold" and himself to be an exile from England for murder--at which point it is determined that he is Robin Hood's cousin (specifically, the son of his mother's sister, so that their relationship is in no doubt). This actually seems to make the beatings more acceptable, as all three then finish out the song merrily drinking together at an alehouse. * In [[Creator/DaveDuncan David Duncan's]] ''The Reluctant Swordsman'' series, Wallie Smith, transported into the body of the seventh level swordsman Shonshu, is given all of Shonshu's skill and ability with a blade. He's unbeatable except that a god tells him there's "one as good" out there somewhere. The climax of the book comes after Wallie has faced that one and discovers that [[spoiler: his protege, Nnanjji, has gone from being a second level to being the youngest seventh in history-- and easily bests the "one as good," making ''him'' the true destined wielder of the Goddess's Sword.]]Sword]].

* In ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'', [[TheHero Phenix]] feels that [[TheLancer North]] is this to him. North is better in fights, conversation, and has a better grasp on his life in general than Phenix does, making the latter's already lacking self-esteem even worse. This is exacerbated in one chapter when, after spending the entirety of the story arc up to that point trying to convince a group of haggard soldiers to follow him to safety, [[spoiler: North comes in and delivers a RousingSpeech that makes them all follow him instantly.]]
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* In ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'', [[TheHero Phenix]] feels that [[TheLancer North]] is this to him. North is better in fights, conversation, and has a better grasp on his life in general than Phenix does, making the latter's already lacking self-esteem even worse. This is exacerbated in one chapter when, after spending the entirety of the story arc up to that point trying to convince a group of haggard soldiers to follow him to safety, [[spoiler: North comes in and delivers a RousingSpeech that makes them all follow him instantly.]]instantly]].

** The show had the [[BuffySpeak weird undefined demon-ish...thing]] The Immortal, who in his single not-quite-appearance managed to embody Spike and Angel's insecurities, by constantly one-upping them at everything they did--without even trying. He had a threesome with Darla and Drusilla while they were still seeing Angel and Spike respectively (the girls ''never'' allowed Angel or Spike to do this), and in the present day was supposed to be dating ''Buffy''. The demon world--and some of the magical world that wasn't fond of demons--fawned over him and considered him an idol. In a subversion, at the end of the episode, Spike and Angel were no more over their inferiority complex than before. Later, it is established in the in-canon ''[[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' comics that [[spoiler:the Immortal wasn't dating Buffy, Spike and Angel had been fooled (by ''Andrew'', of all people) to keep Buffy a bit safer and because [[ItAmusedMe he thought it would be funny]].]]
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** The show had the [[BuffySpeak weird undefined demon-ish...thing]] The Immortal, who in his single not-quite-appearance managed to embody Spike and Angel's insecurities, by constantly one-upping them at everything they did--without even trying. He had a threesome with Darla and Drusilla while they were still seeing Angel and Spike respectively (the girls ''never'' allowed Angel or Spike to do this), and in the present day was supposed to be dating ''Buffy''. The demon world--and some of the magical world that wasn't fond of demons--fawned over him and considered him an idol. In a subversion, at the end of the episode, Spike and Angel were no more over their inferiority complex than before. Later, it is established in the in-canon ''[[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' comics that [[spoiler:the Immortal wasn't dating Buffy, Spike and Angel had been fooled (by ''Andrew'', of all people) to keep Buffy a bit safer and because [[ItAmusedMe he thought it would be funny]].]]funny]]]].

** It's subverted in the episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E17Superstar Superstar]]" when previously {{nerd}}y Jonathan shows up ''everyone'' on the cast. He even takes over the opening credits montage. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:being perfect created an EvilTwin which doubled as his KryptoniteFactor, which only Buffy was able to destroy.]]
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** It's subverted in the episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E17Superstar Superstar]]" when previously {{nerd}}y Jonathan shows up ''everyone'' on the cast. He even takes over the opening credits montage. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:being perfect created an EvilTwin which doubled as his KryptoniteFactor, which only Buffy was able to destroy.]]destroy]].

** An early episode has JD frustrated since even though he's at the top of his game, there's another intern who keeps outshining him. However the other intern ends up [[spoiler:not being able to handle the emotional stress of working with sick people, and quits.]]
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** An early episode has JD frustrated since even though he's at the top of his game, there's another intern who keeps outshining him. However the other intern ends up [[spoiler:not being able to handle the emotional stress of working with sick people, and quits.]]quits]].

* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "A Game of Pool" combines this with a case of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor when a pool player wishes he could play one game with a deceased pool champ and defeat him so that he can be considered the best in the world. He suddenly gets challenged to a game by the ghost of said champ with the stakes being that if he wins he will be considered the best in the world, but if he loses he will die. He wins, [[spoiler:but finds out that it means taking the previous champ's place and having to spend the afterlife defending his title until someone else defeats him.]] ** Remade for the 80's version, where as intended by the original author, he loses [[spoiler:but discovers that the "death" is only metaphorical. If he'd won, he would've been remembered forever.]]
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' episode "A Game of Pool" combines this with a case of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor when a pool player wishes he could play one game with a deceased pool champ and defeat him so that he can be considered the best in the world. He suddenly gets challenged to a game by the ghost of said champ with the stakes being that if he wins he will be considered the best in the world, but if he loses he will die. He wins, [[spoiler:but finds out that it means taking the previous champ's place and having to spend the afterlife defending his title until someone else defeats him.]] him]]. ** Remade for [[Series/TheTwilightZone1985 the 80's version, version]], where as intended by the original author, he loses [[spoiler:but discovers that the "death" is only metaphorical. If he'd won, he would've been remembered forever.]]forever]].

* Sterling from ''{{Leverage}}'' is simply better than Nate at just about everything. At best the team escapes him by the skin of their teeth or at great cost. He usually finds away to benefit even from his apparent losses.
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* Sterling from ''{{Leverage}}'' ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is simply better than Nate at just about everything. At best the team escapes him by the skin of their teeth or at great cost. He usually finds away to benefit even from his apparent losses.

* As expected, Series/{{Sherlock}}'s older brother Mycroft is a big example of this trope. Unlike the book version, this Mycroft is actively involved in running the British government (while, technically, only holding a minor post). He is a lot smarter than Sherlock. In fact, when they were kids and had not yet been introduced to other children, they assumed that Sherlock was stupid. However, even Mycroft admits that Sherlock might be able to best him once in a while, like the case with [[FemmeFatale Irene Adler,]] [[spoiler:whom Sherlock saves from her executioners, while convincing Mycroft that she's dead]]. You can understand why [[MostImportantPerson John is the most important person in Sherlock's life.]]
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* As expected, Series/{{Sherlock}}'s older brother Mycroft is a big example of this trope. Unlike the book version, this Mycroft is actively involved in running the British government (while, technically, only holding a minor post). He is a lot smarter than Sherlock. In fact, when they were kids and had not yet been introduced to other children, they assumed that Sherlock was stupid. However, even Mycroft admits that Sherlock might be able to best him once in a while, like the case with [[FemmeFatale Irene Adler,]] [[spoiler:whom Sherlock saves from her executioners, while convincing Mycroft that she's dead]]. You can understand why [[MostImportantPerson [[TheNotLoveInterest John is the most important person in Sherlock's life.]]

* ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' has Larry "Solo Wing Pixy" Foulke, who starts off more famous/notorious than player character Cipher. Eventually, Cipher manages to become better, as demonstrated when [[spoiler:Cipher in his F-15 squares off against Pixy in the Morgan and wins.]] * Unprovable, but it seems like Scarlet in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' immediately hates Tifa for innocently being more {{Stripperific}} and better equipped for it than she without even trying. Well, there has to be some reason, and the way Scarlet dresses... Kind of a subversion, since played straight it would be more fitting the other way around.
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* ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' has Larry "Solo Wing Pixy" Foulke, who starts off more famous/notorious than player character Cipher. Eventually, Cipher manages to become better, as demonstrated when [[spoiler:Cipher in his F-15 squares off against Pixy in the Morgan and wins.]] wins]]. * Unprovable, but it seems like Scarlet in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' immediately hates Tifa for innocently being more {{Stripperific}} {{Stripperiffic}} and better equipped for it than she without even trying. Well, there has to be some reason, and the way Scarlet dresses... Kind of a subversion, since played straight it would be more fitting the other way around.

* The episode "The Original Fry Cook" of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has Spongebob, who is regarded as the best fry cook in Bikini Bottom, meeting the Krusty Krab's first and best fry cook, named Jim.
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* The episode "The Original Fry Cook" of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' has Spongebob, [=SpongeBob=], who is regarded as the best fry cook in Bikini Bottom, meeting the Krusty Krab's first and best fry cook, named Jim.

* Jonas Venture Jr. in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. Despite being eaten by his twin brother in the womb and spending 40 years inside him, within weeks of escaping he's already become a better super-scientist, has more friends, still has his hair, and is much more successful with the ladies (actually winning over Sally Impossible, the one female that Dr. Venture had any chance with). He even somehow has a better tan than Dr. Venture right after spending 40 years in his stomach. ** Phantom Limb was like this compared to the Monarch. Descendant of a long line of costumed adventurers, he was handsome, refined, had an intellect comparable to Jonas Jr., able to handle Brock at his own level, and was high enough in the Guild of Calamitous Intent's ranks to have direct command over its sizable forces. This was subverted or deconstructed, when [[spoiler:he lost Dr. Girlfriend to the Monarch because he was too refined and lacked the passion that the Monarch has. He was also sexist, mainly having Dr. Girlfriend around as glorified eye candy, unlike the Monarch who listened to her ideas and respected her. The end of season two has him losing his career, and some limbs, when his take over attempt is foiled by a huge number of unexpected events.]] As season three showed [[spoiler:he was disowned from by his family for having deformed limbs, a botched lab experiment brought them to normal size and granted him his death touch power.]]
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* Jonas Venture Jr. in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Despite being eaten by his twin brother in the womb and spending 40 years inside him, within weeks of escaping he's already become a better super-scientist, has more friends, still has his hair, and is much more successful with the ladies (actually winning over Sally Impossible, the one female that Dr. Venture had any chance with). He even somehow has a better tan than Dr. Venture right after spending 40 years in his stomach. ** Phantom Limb was like this compared to the Monarch. Descendant of a long line of costumed adventurers, he was handsome, refined, had an intellect comparable to Jonas Jr., able to handle Brock at his own level, and was high enough in the Guild of Calamitous Intent's ranks to have direct command over its sizable forces. This was subverted or deconstructed, when [[spoiler:he lost Dr. Girlfriend to the Monarch because he was too refined and lacked the passion that the Monarch has. He was also sexist, mainly having Dr. Girlfriend around as glorified eye candy, unlike the Monarch who listened to her ideas and respected her. The end of season two has him losing his career, and some limbs, when his take over attempt is foiled by a huge number of unexpected events.]] events]]. As season three showed [[spoiler:he was disowned from by his family for having deformed limbs, a botched lab experiment brought them to normal size and granted him his death touch power.]]power]].

** Another episode had Dr. Orpheus meeting with the man who stole his wife and finding he was younger, handsomer, and a better sorcerer, even able to jump back and forth between dimensions (Orpheus studied for decades to just ''perceive'' a separate universe). [[spoiler:Orpheus finds however, the other guy has been using a shortcut- he had a mystical item surgically implanted into his brain that granted him greater power than he should really have. They make peace at the end of the episode, with the other guy explaining that he saw what a workaholic Orpheus was and wanted to find a way to get results without losing connections with his friends and family.]]
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** Another episode had Dr. Orpheus meeting with the man who stole his wife and finding he was younger, handsomer, and a better sorcerer, even able to jump back and forth between dimensions (Orpheus studied for decades to just ''perceive'' a separate universe). [[spoiler:Orpheus finds however, the other guy has been using a shortcut- he had a mystical item surgically implanted into his brain that granted him greater power than he should really have. They make peace at the end of the episode, with the other guy explaining that he saw what a workaholic Orpheus was and wanted to find a way to get results without losing connections with his friends and family.]]family]].

** 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]].]]
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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.]] 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]].]]

* Velma is pegged as the smartest of the ScoobyDoo gang, but in the DVD feature ''ScoobyDooMoonMonsterMadness'', she finds herself bested when Daphne scores higher on a pre-launch exam (the gang won seats to be launched to a space station). Velma spends the bulk of the movie grousing at Daphne over this, only for it to be all subverted when the perp, Shannon Lucas, had Daphne's test score switched with [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Shaggy's]] in an attempt to split the gang up.
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* Velma is pegged as the smartest of the ScoobyDoo Franchise/ScoobyDoo gang, but in the DVD feature ''ScoobyDooMoonMonsterMadness'', ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMoonMonsterMadness'', she finds herself bested when Daphne scores higher on a pre-launch exam (the gang won seats to be launched to a space station). Velma spends the bulk of the movie grousing at Daphne over this, only for it to be all subverted when the perp, Shannon Lucas, had Daphne's test score switched with [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Shaggy's]] in an attempt to split the gang up.

* This would sadly be the story of the Buffalo Bills during their AFC reign in the 90s. Despite being the best AFC team in the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball NFL]] and going to four straight [[SuperBowl Super Bowls]], every NFC team they faced was always better, including the Dallas Cowboys, whom would go on to have the dynasty the Buffalo Bills were denied, including getting a SuperBowl win over their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom was always the better NFL team during the 70s.
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* This would sadly be the story of the Buffalo Bills during their AFC reign in the 90s. Despite being the best AFC team in the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball NFL]] and going to four straight [[SuperBowl Super Bowls]], UsefulNotes/{{Super Bowl}}s, every NFC team they faced was always better, including the Dallas Cowboys, whom would go on to have the dynasty the Buffalo Bills were denied, including getting a SuperBowl Super Bowl win over their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom was always the better NFL team during the 70s.

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27th Jan '16 4:02:04 AM Nintendoman01
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** Invoked by Mr. Popo to Goku after he beats King Piccolo. Mr. Popo chews Goku out for being so arrogant and thinking that he was the strongest man in the world after beating King Piccolo, telling him point-blank that no matter how strong Goku becomes, there will ''always'' be someone better.
26th Jan '16 2:18:30 PM Exxolon
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* In "The Whole of the Moon" by Music/TheWaterboys the singer compares himself to someone else who exceeds him in everything he describes. However the song also implies that the other person was so brilliant they burned out so being second best might not be such a bad thing after all.
20th Jan '16 2:53:06 PM Tavernier
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** Ritchie, during the Indigo Plateau; notably, he would almost be an ExaggeratedTrope if the anime didn't actually play him straight. Being another character derived from Red, he goes so far as to have a SuspiciouslySimilarSquad and a variation on Ash's own outfit. Ritchie's always been a controversial character, in part because he shows up out of nowhere and gets some serious CharacterShilling from Ash's friends, often pointing out Ash's flaws at the same time.
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** Ritchie, during the Indigo Plateau; notably, he would almost be an ExaggeratedTrope if the anime didn't actually play him straight. Being another character derived from Red, he goes so far as to have a SuspiciouslySimilarSquad SimilarSquad and a variation on Ash's own outfit. Ritchie's always been a controversial character, in part because he shows up out of nowhere and gets some serious CharacterShilling from Ash's friends, often pointing out Ash's flaws at the same time.
20th Jan '16 2:51:14 PM Tavernier
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** Ritchie, during the Indigo Plateau.
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** Ritchie, during the Indigo Plateau.Plateau; notably, he would almost be an ExaggeratedTrope if the anime didn't actually play him straight. Being another character derived from Red, he goes so far as to have a SuspiciouslySimilarSquad and a variation on Ash's own outfit. Ritchie's always been a controversial character, in part because he shows up out of nowhere and gets some serious CharacterShilling from Ash's friends, often pointing out Ash's flaws at the same time.
17th Jan '16 6:46:34 PM crl85
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* At the 1983 NHL All-Star Game, Campbell Conference goaltender John Garrett played well enough to be voted the game's MVP...until Wayne Gretzky scored ''four goals in the last ten minutes of it''. A second vote for MVP was held, and Gretzky won. Even more cruel for Garrett was the fact that he wasn't even originally voted into the game in the first place. The man he backed up in net for the Vancouver Canucks, Richard Brodeur, was. Brodeur pulled out of the game with an ear injury, and Garrett took his place.
14th Jan '16 7:09:31 PM Blazer
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** In many ways, Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) is better than his arch-nemesis Doctor Doom, with regards to science at least; one of Doom's key driving motivations is to prove himself superior to Richards, who has always demonstrated that he's just that little bit smarter and better than Doom. In this case, the rivalry is far from unnoticed, although it's always Doom who actively plans and attempts to humiliate and subdue Reed, who is less interested in proving himself superior to Doom and in fact considers it a waste that Doom expends his still-impressive intellect on what amounts to little more than petty jealousy. It is worth noting, however, that Doom is an equally-powerful sorcerer, and is in fact more powerful than Richards in this respect. However, he still meets the basic nature of the trope, as he is obsessed with besting Richards entirely on his own terms, i.e. with science, and when he uses his formidable skills in sorcery against Richards, Richards nevertheless manages to find some way to outwit him and win.
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** In many ways, Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) is better than his arch-nemesis Doctor Doom, with regards to science at least; one of Doom's key driving motivations is to prove himself superior to Richards, who has always demonstrated that he's just that little bit smarter and better than Doom. In this case, the rivalry is far from unnoticed, although it's always Doom who actively plans and attempts to humiliate and subdue Reed, who is less interested in proving himself superior to Doom and in fact considers it a waste that Doom expends his still-impressive intellect on what amounts to little more than petty jealousy. It is worth noting, however, that Doom is an equally-powerful sorcerer, and is in fact more powerful than Richards in this respect. However, he still meets the basic nature of the trope, as he is obsessed with besting Richards entirely on his own terms, i.e. with science, and when he uses his formidable skills in sorcery against Richards, Richards nevertheless manages to find some way to outwit him and win. In ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'', [[spoiler:Reed finally gets Doom to admit that Reed can do something better than him - saving the multiverse. This allows the Molecule Man to take away Doom's powers and give them to Reed so he can do just that.]]
14th Jan '16 3:19:18 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9939848/1/Pokemon-Reset-Bloodlines Pokémon Reset Bloodlines]]'', Gary Oak is an excellent trainer, one of the only two Pallet Town trainers to pass Professor Oak's test. However, he nevertheless consistently loses to Red, much to his chagrin, first in Viridian Forest, then Cerulean and Lavender Town.
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9939848/1/Pokemon-Reset-Bloodlines Pokémon Reset Bloodlines]]'', Gary Oak is an excellent trainer, one of the only two Pallet Town trainers to pass Professor Oak's test. Moreover, his performance is impressive enough that a major TV network purchases the rights to film him. However, he nevertheless consistently loses to Red, much to his chagrin, first in Viridian Forest, then Cerulean City, and third in Lavender Town.
14th Jan '16 12:53:00 PM Ninja857142
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** Happens to Rainbow again in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E7WonderboltsAcademy "Wonderbolts Academy"]], where Lightning Dust matches her flight performance and earns a spot as Rainbow's leader. However, Lightning's secret is that she takes a lot more risks than Dash. When Lightning's recklessness endangers some bystanders, LaserGuidedKarma kicks in: Lightning gets punished, and Rainbow Dash gets promoted to Lightning's position.
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** Happens to Rainbow again in In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E7WonderboltsAcademy "Wonderbolts Academy"]], where Lightning Dust matches her Rainbow Dash's flight performance performance, and earns Spitfire gives Lightning a spot as Rainbow's leader.leader, reasoning that Lightning Dust pushes herself harder than Rainbow Dash. However, Lightning's secret is that she takes a lot more risks than Dash. When Lightning's recklessness endangers some bystanders, LaserGuidedKarma kicks in: Lightning gets punished, and Rainbow Dash gets promoted to Lightning's position.
10th Jan '16 4:19:30 PM phoenix
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* In TheBeautifulGame, [[GermanicEfficiency Germany is frequently the best]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany%E2%80%93Italy_football_rivalry except when facing Italy.]]
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* In TheBeautifulGame, UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball, [[GermanicEfficiency Germany is frequently the best]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany%E2%80%93Italy_football_rivalry except when facing Italy.]]
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