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1st Jul '16 10:54:20 PM BenOfHouston
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* Jeb Bush. In almost any other family, being governor of Florida would make you the top, or at least second-most-achieved person in the family. However, Jeb has to sit behind his father, the former president, and his big brother, also a former president
27th Jun '16 11:06:49 AM ixfd64
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Sometimes overlaps with TheAce. In a MonsterProtectionRacket, a character can seem this way before they're revealed. See also AlwaysSecondBest, SecondPlaceIsForLosers, and TheBGrade, AlwaysSomeoneBetter.

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Sometimes overlaps with TheAce. In a MonsterProtectionRacket, a character can seem this way before they're revealed. See also AlwaysSecondBest, SecondPlaceIsForLosers, TheBGrade and TheBGrade, AlwaysSomeoneBetter.AlwaysABiggerFish.
27th Jun '16 11:05:53 AM ixfd64
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Sometimes overlaps with TheAce. In a MonsterProtectionRacket, a character can seem this way before they're revealed. See also AlwaysSecondBest, SecondPlaceIsForLosers, and TheBGrade,

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Sometimes overlaps with TheAce. In a MonsterProtectionRacket, a character can seem this way before they're revealed. See also AlwaysSecondBest, SecondPlaceIsForLosers, and TheBGrade,TheBGrade, AlwaysSomeoneBetter.
15th Jun '16 9:32:42 PM merotoker
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** The sequel ''Manga/YuGiOhR'' had a card that turned into a copy of the strongest monster on the field, with both stats being one point higher. Being literally undefeatable, it was only removed via ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot.

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** The sequel ''Manga/YuGiOhR'' had a card that turned into a copy of the strongest monster on the field, with both stats being one point higher. Being literally undefeatable, it was only removed via ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot.NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.



* Deconstructed in ''Manga/MedakaBox''. The titular character can and does copy any physical ability she sees and any other character's "abnormal" power she comes in contact with. This means she can copy, say, Akune's "superhuman" abnormality, or Maguro's "perfection" abnormality...but she can also absorb and perfect things that don't need to be perfected, like [[spoiler: an abnormal desire to kill others, or the abnormal ability to cause everything you touch to decay.]]

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* Deconstructed in ''Manga/MedakaBox''. The titular character can and does copy any physical ability she sees and any other character's "abnormal" power she comes in contact with. This means she can copy, say, Akune's "superhuman" abnormality, or Maguro's "perfection" abnormality...but she can also absorb and perfect things that don't need to be perfected, like [[spoiler: an abnormal desire to kill others, or the abnormal ability to cause everything you touch to decay.]]decay]].



* A former page quote was from ''Comicbook/SheHulk'', where the titular heroine fills this role for Titania and is the subject of her husband the Absorbing Man's lecture. She just can't beat her and it just drives her insane.

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* A former page quote was [[Quotes/AlwaysSomeoneBetter quote]] from ''Comicbook/SheHulk'', where the titular heroine fills this role for Titania and is the subject of her husband the Absorbing Man's lecture. She just can't beat her and it just drives her insane.



* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': No matter how much effort Randall Boggs put into it, he'd never become a better scarer than Sully, [[spoiler:a fact Waternoose acknowledged to Randall even after the two of them banished Sully for the sake of their EvilPlan]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': No matter how much effort Randall Boggs put into it, he'd never become a better scarer than Sully, Sulley, [[spoiler:a fact Waternoose acknowledged to Randall even after the two of them banished Sully for the sake of their EvilPlan]].EvilPlan]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'': Despite his love and knowledge of the Scaring field, Mike becomes a Scare Assistant to Sulley, though he does get treated as an equal. And the benign Oozma Kappa gang end up becoming Scarers too.
* 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.



* 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.



* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' certainly has a few cases of this. Firstly Bucky is portrayed as an unstoppable killing machine, yet T'Challa defeats him ''three'' times. Then he himself is defeated by Captain America in another case of AlwaysSomeoneBetter.

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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' certainly has a few cases of this. Firstly Bucky is portrayed as an unstoppable killing machine, yet T'Challa defeats him ''three'' times. Then he himself is defeated by Captain America in America, providing another case of AlwaysSomeoneBetter.example.



* In ''Gambit'' (2012 comedy), Martin Zaidenweber (StanleyTucci) seems to be better at everything than protagonist Harry Deane (Creator/ColinFirth).

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* In ''Gambit'' (2012 comedy), Martin Zaidenweber (StanleyTucci) (Creator/StanleyTucci) seems to be better at everything than protagonist Harry Deane (Creator/ColinFirth).



* Hannibal Lecter, whose intelligence is only matched by his ego, admits that he isn't even on the same plane as StephenHawking, as seen in [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs ''Hannibal'']].

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* Hannibal Lecter, whose intelligence is only matched by his ego, admits that he isn't even on the same plane as StephenHawking, Creator/StephenHawking, as seen in [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs ''Hannibal'']].''Literature/{{Hannibal}}''.



* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': In another example of the sibling being the rival, Rodney McKay's sister Jeannie is possibly even more brilliant than he is-but has chosen to settle down and have a family, rather than become a "real" scientist like him. He also has to accept Samantha Carter.

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': In another example of the sibling being the rival, Rodney McKay's [=McKay=]'s sister Jeannie is possibly even more brilliant than he is-but has chosen to settle down and have a family, rather than become a "real" scientist like him. He also has to accept Samantha Carter.



* In London in the late 60s, a young man fresh off the boat from America made the audacious request to jam with Music/{{Cream}}... and ended up upstaging guitar god EricClapton. The young man's name? JimiHendrix.

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* In London in the late 60s, a young man fresh off the boat from America made the audacious request to jam with Music/{{Cream}}... and ended up upstaging guitar god EricClapton. Music/EricClapton. The young man's name? JimiHendrix.Music/JimiHendrix.



** You're this once again to ''both'' of your rivals in VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite. Your first rival, Bianca, chooses the starter that's weak to what you picked, doesn't seem to know what she's doing sometimes and usually just accepts that she's probably the weakest of the three of you. Your other rival, Cheren, chooses the starter with an advantage over yours (may actually beat you in your first battle) but from then on, continues to lose to you, which he chooses to challenge you after almost every goddamn Gym battle, usually lamenting his loss with "why are you so much better than me?"
** Lance, who, depending on whether you're playing Red/Blue/Yellow or Gold/Silver/Crystal is either the fourth Elite Four member or the Champion, is this to his cousin Clair, the eighth Gym Leader in Johto.
** You become this even further in VideoGame/PokemonXAndY to the point that you could make an argument that you're more like the Gen 1 Rival than the actual protagonist. You're constantly one step ahead of your rival, you gain access to [[SuperMode Mega Evolution]] before him/her, you beat them at every single turn, you catch the Legendary Pokemon, you become Champion and post game, when the Rival comes back now equipped with Mega Evolution access of his/her own, you still beat them. All the while, the Rival never becomes angry or bitter and is only mildly frustrated at the inability to catch up.

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** You're this once again to ''both'' of your rivals in VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite.''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. Your first rival, Bianca, chooses the starter that's weak to what you picked, doesn't seem to know what she's doing sometimes and usually just accepts that she's probably the weakest of the three of you. Your other rival, Cheren, chooses the starter with an advantage over yours (may actually beat you in your first battle) but from then on, continues to lose to you, which he chooses to challenge you after almost every goddamn Gym battle, usually lamenting his loss with "why are you so much better than me?"
** Lance, who, depending on whether you're playing Red/Blue/Yellow ''Red/Blue/Yellow'' or Gold/Silver/Crystal ''Gold/Silver/Crystal'' is either the fourth Elite Four member or the Champion, is this to his cousin Clair, the eighth Gym Leader in Johto.
** You become this even further in VideoGame/PokemonXAndY ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' to the point that you could make an argument that you're more like the Gen 1 Rival than the actual protagonist. You're constantly one step ahead of your rival, you gain access to [[SuperMode Mega Evolution]] before him/her, you beat them at every single turn, you catch the Legendary Pokemon, you become Champion and post game, when the Rival comes back now equipped with Mega Evolution access of his/her own, you still beat them. All the while, the Rival never becomes angry or bitter and is only mildly frustrated at the inability to catch up.



** 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.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'': Despite his love and knowledge of the Scaring field, Mike becomes a Scare Assistant to Sulley, though he does get treated as an equal. And the benign Oozma Kappa gang end up becoming Scarers too.



* This trope was in full effect during the ColdWar:
** Although certain Eastern Bloc states like EastGermany and Czechoslovakia had pretty high standards of living compared to the vast majority of the world, it didn't help that they were bordering Western Europe, which alongside North America, Anzac and Japan, literally had the highest standards. Thus, onlookers could see a clear compare and contrast.

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* This trope was in full effect during the ColdWar:
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** Although certain Eastern Bloc states like EastGermany UsefulNotes/EastGermany and Czechoslovakia had pretty high standards of living compared to the vast majority of the world, it didn't help that they were bordering Western Europe, which alongside North America, Anzac and Japan, literally had the highest standards. Thus, onlookers could see a clear compare and contrast.
12th Jun '16 5:30:49 PM Doug86
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* In ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', Merlin warns [[KingArthur Arthur]], "You must remember, there's always something cleverer than yourself." This was a particularly prescient warning since it was the first time Arthur faced Lancelot.

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* In ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', Merlin warns [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Arthur]], "You must remember, there's always something cleverer than yourself." This was a particularly prescient warning since it was the first time Arthur faced Lancelot.
12th Jun '16 4:24:38 PM nombretomado
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%% ** ...and then SquirrelGirl came along.
* Like Wolverine above, {{Taskmaster}} is ''supposed'' to be this for the Franchise/MarvelUniverse mercenaries. Like Richard Dragon of DC, he's the one who "trains the best." DC stops Dragon from suffering from TheWorfEffect or BadassDecay by not having him around when he's not teaching. Taskmaster gets his butt kicked all over.

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%% ** ...and then SquirrelGirl ComicBook/SquirrelGirl came along.
* Like Wolverine above, {{Taskmaster}} ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}} is ''supposed'' to be this for the Franchise/MarvelUniverse mercenaries. Like Richard Dragon of DC, he's the one who "trains the best." DC stops Dragon from suffering from TheWorfEffect or BadassDecay by not having him around when he's not teaching. Taskmaster gets his butt kicked all over.
4th Jun '16 9:47:30 AM Terran117
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* This trope was in full effect during the ColdWar:
** Although certain Eastern Bloc states like EastGermany and Czechoslovakia had pretty high standards of living compared to the vast majority of the world, it didn't help that they were bordering Western Europe, which alongside North America, Anzac and Japan, literally had the highest standards. Thus, onlookers could see a clear compare and contrast.
** In the USSR, many ethnic groups felt this way about the Russians, who made up the majority of the population and were over represented in prestigious positions.
** Similarly in Yugoslavia, people felt this way about the Serbs, who they believe the government favored over other ethnic groups like Croats and Macedonians. Cue TheYugoslavWars.
** What is ironic is that many of these disparities in the standards of living and the favoring of one ethnic group over the other were already the norm in Europe for centuries. However, it was extra bitter for the Communist nations, whose ideology proclaimed that they would finally get a leg up over the west who practiced welfare capitalism.
6th May '16 3:31:22 PM mkrgolf
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* Mandark in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' is originally introduced as one of these, smarter and more efficient than Dexter in nearly every field imaginable (to the point of being able to read Dexter's mind), and he even has a not-so-secret laboratory that's even larger than Dexter's. However, once Dexter discovers Mandark's weakness, a crippling infatuation with his older sister [[TheDitz DeeDee]], the tables were turned rather quickly. In subsequent appearances, Mandark's competence as TheRival was entirely dependent on the needs of the episode.

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* Mandark in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' is originally introduced as one of these, smarter and more efficient than Dexter in nearly every field imaginable (to the point of being able to read Dexter's mind), and he even has a not-so-secret laboratory that's even larger than Dexter's. However, once Dexter discovers Mandark's weakness, a crippling infatuation with his older sister [[TheDitz DeeDee]], Dee Dee]], the tables were turned rather quickly. In subsequent appearances, Mandark's competence as TheRival was entirely dependent on the needs of the episode.



** In Dee-Dee's ballet class, a girl named Lala-Vava was this to her. Both she and Dee-Dee compete in a ballet recital, only for them to drop their rivalry and go to the mall.

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** In Dee-Dee's Dee Dee's ballet class, a girl named Lala-Vava Lalavava was this to her. Both she and Dee-Dee Dee Dee compete in a ballet recital, only for them to drop their rivalry and go to the mall.
6th May '16 3:49:12 AM reddean
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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' certainly has a few cases of this. Firstly Bucky is portrayed as an unstoppable killing machine, yet T'Challa defeats him ''three'' times. Then he himself is defeated by Captain America in another case of AlwaysSomeoneBetter.
5th May '16 8:36:42 AM SnowyWolf
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* Anyone with an overachieving sibling. It's a pretty good way to develop an inferiority complex.
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