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17th Feb '18 10:03:56 PM CV12Hornet
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* The Minnesota Vikings reached the Super Bowl four times in eight years (IV, VIII, IX, and XI) and losing each time (to the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Oakland Raiders, respectively). They and the Bills are tied for the most Super Bowl losses in league history without winning one. The Denver Broncos matched this record, losing four Super Bowls (three under John Elway), until finally winning back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998.

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* The Minnesota Vikings reached the Super Bowl four times in eight years (IV, VIII, IX, and XI) and losing lost each time (to the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Oakland Raiders, respectively). They and the Bills are tied for the most Super Bowl losses in league history without winning one. The Denver Broncos matched this record, losing four Super Bowls (three under John Elway), until finally winning back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998.


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* Every wide receiver who ever played the game of football, with the possible exception of Don Hutson[[note]]He invented the position and the very concept of route running, after all.[[/note]] lives in the shadow of Jerry Rice, the consensus best wide receiver of all time. Most notably, Rice not only holds damn near every career receiving record in the books, but those records are so far out of reach as to be functionally untouchable.
12th Feb '18 8:19:13 PM foxley
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* ''Film/MollysGame'': While Molly was quite accomplished at a young age herself, both of her brothers eventually eclipsed her in their father's eyes at least, she seems to think so.
5th Feb '18 9:43:40 PM DaScarecrow
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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': Riku is hinted to have always been able to outdo the main character Sora, something the latter admits at the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. Unfortunately this gets a brutal {{Deconstruction}} throughout the first game for several reasons. Riku is a case of IWantToBeSpecial and grows jealous that Sora is TheChosenOne because of the Keyblade going to him, even though both are able to wield it. The two are also in a LoveTriangle with their mutual ChildhoodFriend Kairi, who loses her heart for most of the first game but only Riku is working to save her and he believes that Sora has abandoned them for his new friends. These factors lead to him embracing the powers of darkness and taking the Keyblade from Sora to achieve all of his goals but Sora is able to reclaim the Keyblade and fight him off. By this point TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget has taken effect, leading Riku to on even more power from the darkness and allowing the BigBad to take over his body while his heart is lost to darkness.
** The later games see a {{Reconstruction}} of this trope. Riku has become TheAtoner for all the damage he caused to his friends and is frequently working separately form the other heroes. His ability to outdo Sora as a warrior means he can deal with threats the former isn't ready for yet and proves to be a SpannerInTheWorks for the plans of the villains. By the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' he admits to how he sees Sora as the AlwaysSomeoneBetter to himself and goes on in the later games to acknowledge that Sora is the one they need while his capabilities are devoted to supporting him.
28th Jan '18 4:23:36 PM nombretomado
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* Many basketball greats back in the 90's like Karl Malone and Charles Barkley have led their respective teams to the [=NBA=] playoffs multiple times, with these two players going all the way to the finals. The last hurdle that they had to face for a championship trophy was a guy named Creator/MichaelJordan, and this guy proved to be an insurmountable hurdle for both players.

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* Many basketball greats back in the 90's like Karl Malone and Charles Barkley have led their respective teams to the [=NBA=] playoffs multiple times, with these two players going all the way to the finals. The last hurdle that they had to face for a championship trophy was a guy named Creator/MichaelJordan, UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, and this guy proved to be an insurmountable hurdle for both players.
7th Jan '18 2:03:00 PM KBABZ
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Whatever new skill Vegeta manages to acquire, he always ends up falling behind Goku. His sense of jealousy and rivalry gets increasingly bitter since Goku doesn't care and treats him like an old friend. Also, Goku is a good guy who can almost treat gods on a first-name basis, while Vegeta [[spoiler:ends up in Hell after his HeroicSacrifice]]. At the end of the anime, he seems to have found some peace in always playing second fiddle to Goku.
** Tien was much like Vegeta when he was first introduced. He was the star pupil of the Crane Hermit, who boasted about being better than the Turtle School and went through almost the entire 22nd World Martial Tournament talking about how much better he was compared to everyone. Then he got matched against Goku, who proved to be his match. After that, Tien spent his entire life trying to surpass Goku, although he was ''nowhere'' near as bitter about it as Vegeta and accepted earlier on that he would never catch up and instead focused on bettering himself as a martial artist.
** Goku was this trope to everyone in the original series. Every time a rival showed up to challenged Goku, he would always be better than them. It wasn't until Piccolo that Goku got a rival that was completely equal to him and even then Piccolo has a no-win record against Goku, not counting his father.
** This was the reason Muten Roshi went undercover to test his students in the Tenkaichi Budokai; he didn't want them getting lazy, thinking they'd already reached the top. It becomes a recurring facet in the series, as characters like Tien, Piccolo, Vegeta, Frieza, Cell and Buu appear, each being the strongest opponent Goku has ever faced when they're introduced. Goku even calls out Frieza's ignorance on the subject when fighting against him on Namek.
** 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 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 Destruction who are stronger than him, the former stated and the latter implied, combined with the fact that Beerus didn't show his full power. And then there is Jiren, a mortal who is stated to be stronger than even a God of Destruction, possibly even moreso than Beerus and the Omni-King, who is THE ruler of the MULTIVERSE, and has such power to back it up that he not only destroyed 6 universes in a fit (in comparison, Kid Buu devastated a galaxy and Beerus can only destroy one universe in a good day), but also, Beerus and Whis, the previous record holders, wet their pants in terror of this news.]]
** 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 in the world after beating King Piccolo, telling him point-blank that no matter how strong he becomes, there will ''always'' be someone better.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
''Anime/DragonBallZ'' features this as an over-arching trope:
** This was the reason Muten Roshi went undercover to test his students in the Tenkaichi Budokai; he didn't want them getting lazy, thinking they'd already reached the top, and imposed himself as their roadblock. It becomes a recurring facet in the series, as characters like Tien, Piccolo, Vegeta, Frieza, Cell and Buu appear, each being the strongest opponent Goku has ever faced when they're introduced. [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Goku even calls out Frieza's ignorance on the subject when fighting against him on Namek]].
** This is how most villains and rivals get introduced throughout the series, using the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil. General Blue is the earliest example, followed shortly by [[CrossOver Arale]] and Tao Pai Pai. The latter proved strong enough to almost kill Goku, forcing him to do the series' first instance of acquiring a power up in order to defeat him. Bandages the Mummy from the Baba saga is another, more minor example.
** Goku was this trope to everyone in [[Anime/DragonBall the early portion of the series]]. Every time a rival showed up to challenge him, he would always find a way to be better than them.
** Tien was much like Vegeta when he was first introduced. He was the star pupil of the Crane Hermit, who boasted about being better than the Turtle School and went through almost the entire 22nd Tournament talking about how much better he was compared to everyone else. Then he got matched against Goku, who proved to be his match. After that, Tien spent his entire life trying to surpass Goku, although he was ''nowhere'' near as bitter about it as Vegeta and accepted earlier on that he would never catch up and instead focused on bettering himself as a martial artist.
** After narrowly losing to Tien, considered his equal, Goku then has to face Piccolo Daimao, who is strong enough to stop Goku's heart ''before'' getting his youth restored. He returns in the form of his son for the 23rd Tournament, but aside from a sacrificial example he would not be able to score another win against Goku (although he comes incredibly close on several occasions). Early in Z Piccolo has an almost equal amount of power as Goku does.
** Invoked by Mr. Popo to Goku after he beats King Piccolo, both verbally and literally. Mr. Popo chews Goku out for being so arrogant and thinking that he was the strongest in the world after beating King Piccolo, telling him point-blank that no matter how strong he becomes, there will ''always'' be someone better, such as himself.
** Characters like Raditz, Nappa, Dodoria, Zarbon and the Ginyu Force are interesting in that while they mathematically are stronger than all previous opponents, they happen to be in the shadow of someone stronger ''[[FromBadToWorse than them]]''. Raditz in particular kicks off ''Z'' and teases Nappa and Vegeta, giving the heroes (and the audience) a warning that future foes will be in a whole different league than in ''Anime/DragonBall''.
** Whatever new skill Vegeta manages to acquire, he always ends up falling behind Goku. His sense of jealousy and rivalry gets increasingly bitter since Goku doesn't care and treats him like an old friend. Also, Goku is a good guy who can almost treat gods on a first-name basis, while Vegeta [[spoiler:ends up in Hell after his HeroicSacrifice]]. At the end of the anime, he seems to have found some peace in always playing second fiddle to Goku.
** Tien was much like Vegeta when he was first introduced. He was the star pupil of the Crane Hermit, who boasted about being better than the Turtle School and went through almost the entire 22nd World Martial Tournament talking about how much better he was compared to everyone. Then he got matched against Goku, who proved to be his match. After that, Tien spent his entire life trying to surpass Goku, although he was ''nowhere'' near as bitter about it as Vegeta and accepted earlier on that he would never catch up and instead focused on bettering himself as a martial artist.
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Goku was this trope to everyone in the original series. Every time a rival showed up to challenged Goku, he would always be better than them. It wasn't until Piccolo that Goku got a rival that was completely equal to as it gives him and even then Piccolo has a no-win record against Goku, not counting his father.
** This was the reason Muten Roshi went undercover
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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 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 Destruction who are stronger than him, the former stated and the latter implied, combined with the fact that Beerus didn't show his full power. And then there is Jiren, a mortal who is stated to be stronger than even a God of Destruction, possibly even moreso than Beerus and the Omni-King, who is THE ruler of the MULTIVERSE, and has such power to back it up that he not only destroyed 6 universes in a fit (in comparison, Kid Buu devastated a galaxy and Beerus can only destroy one universe in on a good day), but also, Beerus and Whis, the previous record holders, wet their pants in terror of this news.]]
** 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 in the world after beating King Piccolo, telling him point-blank that no matter how strong he becomes, there will ''always'' be someone better.
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22nd Dec '17 5:35:41 AM SirPellucidar
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* Almost all world chess champions eventually lose their titles to a younger, up - and - coming player. Emanuel Lasker, who held the title for a record 27 years, recognized this and ceded his title in advance to the Cuban Jose Raul Capablanca, so that when the time came for their match, Lasker was actually the challenger. He still lost, though.
21st Dec '17 11:26:29 AM New_Jack_Swing
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** Knuckles, Metal Sonic, Eggman and Team Chaotix are all trying to give Sonic the upperhand. However, he is always on top of them no matter how hard they try. They are all quite furious about this.
** Shadow is also this to Sonic, hence the main reason why he's his arch-rival. From the first time he appeared and so on, Shadow has won nearly every fight against Sonic and (usually) steals his spotlight. His solo game ''Shadow the Hedgehog'' and the '''Sonic X''' anime both prove that his power is superior to Sonic. The only exception appears to be ''Generations'' and ''Chronicles'' (which to be fair, was mainly because he relied on help from his friends and allies to fight him all on one).

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** Knuckles, Metal Sonic, Eggman Dr. Eggman, and Team Chaotix are all trying to give Sonic the upperhand.upper hand. However, he is always on top of them no matter how hard they try. They While Knuckles and the Chaotix are all quite furious about this.
content with a FriendlyRivalry, Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic [[ArchEnemy hate Sonic with a passion]], and defeating the hero is just as important to them as [[TakeOverTheWorld world conquest]].
** [[UltimateLifeForm Shadow]] is this to Sonic, hence his position as [[TheRival Sonic's most serious rival]]. Shadow has been a serious threat to Sonic [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 since they first met]], and while Sonic usually wins due to being the default PlayerCharacter, Shadow can easily overpower him in spinoffs like ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', ''Anime/SonicX'', and ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom''.
** Shadow is also this to Sonic, hence the main reason why he's his arch-rival. From the first time he appeared and so on, Shadow has won nearly every fight [[spoiler: Infinite]] in ''VideoGame/SonicForces''. Shadow's CurbStompBattle against Sonic [[spoiler: Infinite]] triggered the latter's InferioritySuperiorityComplex, prompting him to redouble his efforts as [[BigBad Dr. Eggman's]] [[TheDragon enforcer]], be ReforgedIntoAMinion, and (usually) steals his spotlight. His solo game ''Shadow go on a rampage around the Hedgehog'' and the '''Sonic X''' anime both prove that his power is superior to Sonic. The only exception appears to be ''Generations'' and ''Chronicles'' (which to be fair, was mainly because he relied on help from his friends and allies to fight him all on one).world. [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Oops.]]
20th Dec '17 5:24:18 PM oforiousmic
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** And finally, in ''End of Evangelion'', Asuka makes her [[HesBack long-overdue comeback]] by going up against the eight Mass-Produced Evas and doing quite well... only to [[spoiler:get slaughtered and EatenAlive anyway when the true power of their signature weapons is unveiled, the supposedly disabled ones rise up in spite of being in varying states of heavy damage, and all eight gang up on her]]. In the very end, it's [[spoiler:Shinji (in whose the decision is left) and Rei (who more or less holds the key to the required power to do so)]] who are instrumental in averting [[TheEndOfTehWorldAsWeKnowIt Instrumentality]].

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** And finally, in ''End of Evangelion'', Asuka makes her [[HesBack long-overdue comeback]] by going up against the eight Mass-Produced Evas and doing quite well... only to [[spoiler:get slaughtered and EatenAlive anyway when the true power of their signature weapons is unveiled, the supposedly disabled ones rise up in spite of being in varying states of heavy damage, and all eight gang up on her]]. In the very end, it's [[spoiler:Shinji (in whose the decision is left) and Rei (who more or less holds the key to the required power to do so)]] who are instrumental in averting [[TheEndOfTehWorldAsWeKnowIt [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Instrumentality]].
20th Dec '17 5:05:07 PM Loekman3
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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 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 Destruction who are stronger than him, the former stated and the latter implied, combined with the fact that Beerus didn't show his full power. And then, there is Jiren who is stated to be stronger than even a God of Destruction, possibly even moreso than Beerus and the Omni-King, who is THE ruler of the MULTIVERSE, and has such power to back it up that he not only destroyed 6 universes in a fit (in comparison, Kid Buu devastated a galaxy and Beerus can only destroy one universe in a good day), but also, Beerus and Whis, the previous record holders, wet their pants in terror of this news.]]

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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 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 Destruction who are stronger than him, the former stated and the latter implied, combined with the fact that Beerus didn't show his full power. And then, then there is Jiren Jiren, a mortal who is stated to be stronger than even a God of Destruction, possibly even moreso than Beerus and the Omni-King, who is THE ruler of the MULTIVERSE, and has such power to back it up that he not only destroyed 6 universes in a fit (in comparison, Kid Buu devastated a galaxy and Beerus can only destroy one universe in a good day), but also, Beerus and Whis, the previous record holders, wet their pants in terror of this news.]]
16th Dec '17 7:59:19 AM Daylight
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* In the world of Track and Field, Justin Gatlin, America's top 100 and 200 meter runner, only beat the Jamaican Juggernaut, Usain Bolt, once during both Olympic and World Championship games after over a decade of competing.

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* In the world of Track and Field, Justin Gatlin, America's top 100 and 200 meter runner, only beat the Jamaican Juggernaut, Usain Bolt, once during both Olympic and World Championship games Games after over a decade of competing.competing. Gatlin finally got a second win against Bolt during the 2017 World Championship Games, but Bolt already heading into retirement, was clearly past his prime at this point and left the games with a hamstring injury during the final team relay race.
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