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26th Oct '17 12:52:46 AM DoctorNemesis
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* In the Literature/NeroWolfe novels, Archie Goodwin freely admits that Saul Panzer is a much better all-round private detective than he'll ever be, and the two men get on quite well. However, Archie in turn is specifically much better at being Nero Wolfe's assistant than anyone else, particularly Orrie Cather. Unlike with Saul and Archie, however, Orrie is constantly scheming to try and find some way of getting Archie's job for himself, resulting in tension between the two.
9th Oct '17 11:20:50 PM iroanxi
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* ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'': Harmund is this to Harlan Hoare, being more handsome, more capable and more powerful. It is one of the reasons Harlan constantly seeks to be close to his brother, despite said brother's... [[BigBrotherBully tendencies]].
22nd Sep '17 12:23:22 AM gophergiggles
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* Woody and Buzz in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''; Buzz appears to be better at Woody in everything when he first arrives. Though only due to the fact he's an upgraded toy while Woody is considered a relic.

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* Woody and Buzz in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''; Buzz appears to be better at Woody in everything when he first arrives. Though only due to the fact he's an upgraded toy while Woody is considered a relic. It's notably inverted in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' where it's ultimately revealed Buzz is an overproduced common toy (the shelves are ''overflowing'' with them), while Woody is a nearly one-of-a-kind invaluable collector's item.
17th Sep '17 9:43:48 PM ultimomant
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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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* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' has 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.
15th Sep '17 11:04:11 PM FuzzyBarbarian
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** In many ways, Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) is better than his arch-nemesis ComicBook/DoctorDoom, 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 ComicBook/DoctorDoom, 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 convinces the Molecule Man to take away Doom's powers and give them to Reed so he can do just that]].
11th Sep '17 10:34:13 AM lillolillo
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-->'''Claremont:'''Father and son. That's why Sabretooth always considered Logan "sloppy seconds" to his "original" / "real deal." The other critical element in my presentation of their relationship was that, in their whole life, Logan has never defeated Sabretooth in a knock-down, drag-out, kill-or-be-killed berserker fight. By the same token, on every one of his birthdays, Sabretooth has always managed to find him, no matter where Logan was or what he was doing, and come within an inch of killing him. For no other reason than to remind him that he could.

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-->'''Claremont:'''Father --->'''Claremont: '''Father and son. That's why Sabretooth always considered Logan "sloppy seconds" to his "original" / "real deal." The other critical element in my presentation of their relationship was that, in their whole life, Logan has never defeated Sabretooth in a knock-down, drag-out, kill-or-be-killed berserker fight. By the same token, on every one of his birthdays, Sabretooth has always managed to find him, no matter where Logan was or what he was doing, and come within an inch of killing him. For no other reason than to remind him that he could.


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* In ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is clearly more powerful than ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy and the rest of the Gang]]''. Yet Buffy doesn't care and Kara never puts her down. And it's pointed out several times that, even if Supergirl ''is'' more powerful, Buffy surpasses her at fighting magical creatures.
-->'''Giles:''' With all respect, Kara, please donít flaunt your extra powers around that much. We know what you can do, in theory.\\
'''Buffy:''' Giles. Iím all right with this, okay? I know Kara can do more than I can. Iím not about to become Inferiority Complex Girl, okay?\\
'''Supergirl:''' Sorry, I wasnít trying to put anyone down by comparison.
11th Sep '17 10:09:53 AM Byzantine
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** WordOfGod reveals that Mabel is this to Dipper when it comes to social skills and Dipper is this to her in acaedmics, leading to the twins envying the others' abilities.

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** WordOfGod reveals that Mabel is this to Dipper when it comes to social skills and Dipper is this to her in acaedmics, academics, leading to the twins envying the others' abilities.
11th Sep '17 9:06:15 AM Byzantine
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* Subvervted in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' by Teresa. She is the number 1 warrior of the organization then comes up a new recrue Priscilla who is very promising and is said to share Teresa's abilities. Other warriors say that she might be able to surpass Teresa one day given her potential and Teresa herself considers killing her before it happens for a brief moment. However when they fight, Teresa easily subdues her with only 10% of her yoki while Priscilla is in rage mode with 70% of her yoki. The final [[spoiler: cements Teresa 's indisputed status as the most powerful warrior to have ever lived]].

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* Subvervted in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' by Teresa. She is the number 1 warrior of the organization then comes up a new recrue Priscilla recruit, Priscilla, who is very promising and is said to share Teresa's abilities. Other warriors say that she might be able to surpass Teresa one day given her potential and Teresa herself considers killing her before it happens for a brief moment. However when they fight, Teresa easily subdues her with only 10% of her yoki while Priscilla is in rage mode with 70% of her yoki. The final [[spoiler: cements Teresa 's indisputed status as the most powerful warrior to have ever lived]].
10th Sep '17 7:11:59 AM jormis29
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': [[spoiler:In ''A Frozen Heart'', [[WellDoneSonGuy Despite Prince Hans']] best efforts to please his father, he still regarded all of his twelve older sons as superior to Hans, who actually seems to agree with this. Hans' brothers were more effective, more skilled and more capable of wooing eligible maidens quicker than he was. It's one of the driving factors for his plans in Arendelle, to prove his family wrong by claiming a throne more effectively by himself. And even after sullying the Westergaard name in Arendelle, Hans' father still coldly regards him as a [[DisappointedInYou disappointment in his eyes.]]]]

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': [[spoiler:In ''A Frozen Heart'', ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', [[WellDoneSonGuy Despite Prince Hans']] best efforts to please his father, he still regarded all of his twelve older sons as superior to Hans, who actually seems to agree with this. Hans' brothers were more effective, more skilled and more capable of wooing eligible maidens quicker than he was. It's one of the driving factors for his plans in Arendelle, to prove his family wrong by claiming a throne more effectively by himself. And even after sullying the Westergaard name in Arendelle, Hans' father still coldly regards him as a [[DisappointedInYou disappointment in his eyes.]]]]
31st Aug '17 5:42:12 AM Demotivator
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** This is also the reason why [[MasterSwordsman Arie Hon]], considered the strongest of the 10 Family Heads, chose to follow [[WorldsStrongestMan Zahard]]. Before entering the Tower, Arie Hon challenged Zahard 10 times and lost 10 times, so he chose to serve Zahard as a result.
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