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16th Aug '17 3:27:31 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Poor Chad. In any other show, this guy would be number one. Unfortunately for him, his ass-kicking arms are constantly overshadowed by Ichigo Kurosaki, the main character. When he ''does'' get to fight, he gets hit with the TheWorfEffect. It's particularly bad when, after training against a bankai, it's stated that he had gotten roughly as powerful as what is generally expected from a basic captain, something that is particularly notable since he's neither a hollow nor a shinigami. His encounter with Nnoitra Gilga is particularly worthy of mention here, since the latter (in his base form) one-shots the former, and then gets killed at full power by a captain who's still fresh enough after the fight to take on another (more powerful) enemy. Particularly misleading since the captain in question is amongst the most powerful holders of the title, but not obviously enough to be viewed as "above captain classification" at first glance.
** Chad need not feel too sorry however, for Ichigo managed to overshadow a good portion of the afterlife during the Soul Society Arc. With nothing but a few months (if that) of fighting hollows (including a Menos Grande before their VillainDecay) and a stint of training with Urahara underneath his belt, Ichigo manages plough his way through two Captains, One Lieutenant, one Third Seat, one Gatekeeper and a score of nameless lower-ranked mooks. Oh, and this was in between taking a little break to unlock his Zanpakuto's Bankai, which is considered to be the greatest mark of a Soul Reaper's skill.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Poor Chad. In any other show, this guy would be number one. Unfortunately for him, Chad is a powerhouse who could withstand being hit by motorcycles or steel girders without injury even before he obtained supernatural powers. His powers give him such powerful punches that he usually just fights with his ass-kicking arms are right arm's defensive power instead of his left arm's attack power. However, he struggles to keep up with both Ichigo and Uryuu's powers, and is constantly overshadowed by Ichigo Kurosaki, used as the main character. When he ''does'' get [[TheWorfEffect fall-guy]] to fight, he gets hit with reveal the TheWorfEffect. It's particularly bad when, after training against a bankai, it's stated that he had gotten roughly as powerful as what is generally expected from a basic captain, something that is particularly notable since strength of the next new enemy. During the final battle, he's neither a hollow nor a shinigami. His encounter with Nnoitra Gilga is particularly worthy of mention here, since the latter (in his base form) one-shots the former, and then gets killed at full power by a captain who's still fresh enough after the fight relegated to take on another (more powerful) enemy. Particularly misleading since the captain in question is amongst the most powerful holders of the title, but not obviously enough to be viewed as "above captain classification" at first glance.
** Chad need not feel too sorry however, for Ichigo managed to overshadow a good portion of the afterlife during the Soul Society Arc. With nothing but a few months (if that) of
an off-screen role, fighting hollows (including a Menos Grande before their VillainDecay) and a stint of training with Urahara underneath his belt, Ichigo manages plough his way through two Captains, One Lieutenant, one Third Seat, one Gatekeeper and a score of nameless lower-ranked mooks. Oh, and this was in between taking a little break to unlock his Zanpakuto's Bankai, which is considered to be off some never-before-seen animated statues, while the greatest mark rest of a Soul Reaper's skill. the gang take on the BigBad.
1st Aug '17 10:08:36 PM Azek
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* Luka from ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' easily qualifies for BadassNormal ActionSurvivor status, managing to survive and stay one step ahead of both Heaven and Hell while doing investigative work and uncovering the secret origins of the Trinity of Realities with only his wits, his GrapplingHookPistol, and [[MadeOfIron an impressive resilience]]. Unfortunately, he's in the same game as Bayonetta herself, a ShowyInvincibleHero who shreds titanic archangels with [[SpectacleFighter spectacular flair]] and commits several acts of [[KillTheGod deicide]].

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* Luka from ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' easily qualifies for BadassNormal ActionSurvivor status, managing to survive and stay one step ahead of both Heaven and Hell while doing investigative work and uncovering the secret origins of the Trinity of Realities with only his wits, his GrapplingHookPistol, and [[MadeOfIron an impressive resilience]]. Unfortunately, he's in the same game as Bayonetta herself, a ShowyInvincibleHero who shreds titanic archangels with [[SpectacleFighter [[StylishAction spectacular flair]] and commits several acts of [[KillTheGod deicide]].
28th Jul '17 9:35:27 PM KYCubbie
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** History repeated itself when [=LeBron=] returned to Cleveland and teamed up with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. [=LeBron=] is...[=LeBron=], and Irving is known as the best point guard not named Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook. Love? He's known for getting injured in the 2015 playoffs (and possibly costing Cleveland the title), a scapegoat for when the Cavs perform like crap, a big-man who can't play defense, and also the guy who will probably get traded when [=LeBron=] demands another superstar teammate.

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** History repeated itself when [=LeBron=] returned to Cleveland and teamed up with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. [=LeBron=] is...[=LeBron=], and Irving is known as the best point guard not named Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook. Love? He's known for getting injured in the 2015 playoffs (and possibly costing Cleveland the title), a scapegoat for when the Cavs perform like crap, a big-man who can't play defense, and also the guy who will probably get traded when [=LeBron=] demands another superstar teammate. Or would have been the guy who got traded before ''Kyrie'' reportedly demanded a trade during the 2017 offseason.



** International basketball is essentially "Team USA and everyone else", though Spain and Argentina can occasionally challenge the Americans' hegemony.
** Asian basketball is practically dominated by China and Iran, with The Philippines, Lebanon, and Korea occassionally crashing the party. Basketball in Southeast Asia is worse, with the Philippines pretty much guaranteed a gold medal in tournaments (coupled with really huge margins of victory).

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** International basketball is essentially "Team USA and everyone else", though Spain and Argentina can occasionally challenge the Americans' hegemony.
hegemony... at least on the men's side. On the women's side, Team USA has proven even more untouchable than the men (with a slightly different cast of pretenders).
** Asian basketball is practically dominated by China and Iran, with The Philippines, Lebanon, and Korea occassionally occasionally crashing the party. Basketball in Southeast Asia is worse, with the Philippines pretty much guaranteed a gold medal in tournaments (coupled with really huge margins of victory).



** Name a pro golfer whose name isn't Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods.

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** Name a pro golfer whose name isn't Jack Nicklaus UsefulNotes/JackNicklaus or Tiger Woods.



** Subverted twice, with Blackburn Rovers winning the league in 1995, and Leicester City following suit in 2016. The aforementioned successes didn't last though, with Rovers losing Alan Shearer, Graeme Le Saux, and Henning Berg, then getting relegated soon after, and Leicester losing N'Golo Kante, firing Claudio Ranieri, and dropping off to the relegation dogfight.

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** Subverted twice, with Blackburn Rovers winning the league in 1995, and Leicester City following suit in 2016. The aforementioned successes didn't last though, with Rovers losing Alan Shearer, Graeme Le Saux, and Henning Berg, then getting relegated soon after, and Leicester losing N'Golo Kante, firing Claudio Ranieri, and dropping off to the relegation dogfight.dogfight (though they eventually made it back to mid-table safety).



** You have to feel for Sergio Busquets, who has been the "invisible man" at Barca despite being one of the best Defensive Midfielders in the world (and also the world's biggest diver as well). During the Guardiola era of FC Barcelona, he was frequently overshadowed by midfield partners Xavi and Andrés Iniesta. Oh, and some guy named ''Lionel Messi'' was on the team too.
*** Even up to now, Sergio's pretty much overshadowed in the Barca squad. While Xavi left for Qatar and Iniesta got older, Messi got two new buddies named Luis Suárez and Neymar. Poor Sergio can't catch a break.

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** You have to feel for Sergio Busquets, who has been the "invisible man" at Barca Barça despite being one of the best Defensive Midfielders in the world (and also the world's biggest diver as well). During the Guardiola era of FC Barcelona, he was frequently overshadowed by midfield partners Xavi and Andrés Iniesta. Oh, and some guy named ''Lionel Messi'' was on the team too.
*** Even up to now, Sergio's pretty much overshadowed in the Barca Barça squad. While Xavi left for Qatar and Iniesta got older, Messi got two new buddies named Luis Suárez and Neymar. Poor Sergio can't catch a break.



** Talk about English midfielders in the 2000's, and you'll only hear about Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, and Paul Scholes.

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** Talk about English midfielders in the 2000's, 2000s, and you'll only hear about Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, and Paul Scholes.



*** Floyd Mayweather Sr. was never as famous, successful, or controversial as his son Floyd Jr. In fact, the defensive techniques that Floyd Jr. is hated or admired for were taught to him by Floyd Sr. This also applied to his Uncle and primary trainer for years, Roger Mayweather. He had great offensive skills, which he taught to Floyd Jr., had more power in both hands, and was known as a knockout artist. He was successful enough to become a two time world champion in his weight class, but had a very weak chin, which resulted in some brutal knockout loses. His other Uncle, Jeff Mayweather, who taught Floyd Jr. his Ring IQ, was the least successful of the brothers professionally, but became a decent boxing coach. However, Floyd Sr. overshadows him in that as well.

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*** Floyd Mayweather Sr. was never as famous, successful, or controversial as his son Floyd Jr. In fact, the defensive techniques that Floyd Jr. is hated or admired for were taught to him by Floyd Sr. This also applied to his Uncle uncle and primary trainer for years, Roger Mayweather. He had great offensive skills, which he taught to Floyd Jr., had more power in both hands, and was known as a knockout artist. He was successful enough to become a two time two-time world champion in his weight class, but had a very weak chin, which resulted in some brutal knockout loses. His other Uncle, Jeff Mayweather, who taught Floyd Jr. his Ring ring IQ, was the least successful of the brothers professionally, but became a decent boxing coach. However, Floyd Sr. overshadows him in that as well.



* Happens a lot during Drafts, where some otherwise solid players are overlooked or become busts due to the presence of legendary stars in their draft classes.

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* Happens a lot during Drafts, drafts, where some otherwise solid players are overlooked or become busts due to the presence of legendary stars in their draft classes.


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* Arguably the ultimate example of this trope in sports is Eric Heiden. In any other Winter Olympics, in any other place, what he did in 1980 at Lake Placid would have made him one of America's greatest Olympic icons. Heiden won all five gold medals in speed skating, at distances ranging from 500 m to 10,000 m. However, hardly anyone remembers him because of this other thing that happened in Lake Placid... "[[Film/{{Miracle}} Do you believe in miracles? YES!!!!]]"
28th Jul '17 11:01:15 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Few People also remember Thebans who also fight there.
* Be honest with yourself, how many of ''you'' out there have suffered this? No matter how good you at are something, there is always that one person you run into that makes all your hard earned effort look like an amateur's work in compared to their own skills. Can be worse when you for the first time sign up for some club or class to specifically train yourself the area of your interest, but you're surrounded by people who have been there for years. So you're surrounded by a whole group of people that can be perceived better than you.
** Especially when you've come from somewhere where you were one of a few with an interest in this something, e.g. a wannabe writer/musician/football player/etc, you go to a college, and you suddenly discover you are about average (or worse, ''bad'') compared to everyone else.
*** Or how about being a B average student with a straight A for sibling?
** [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons No matter how good you are at something, there's always about a million people better than you.]]



* Many chess experts consider Anatoly Karpov to be the second-greatest grandmaster ever to play the game. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Kasparov Guess who]] he's mainly remembered for spending his career as [[ArchEnemy foil]] to.

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* Chess:
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Many chess experts consider Anatoly Karpov to be the second-greatest grandmaster ever to play the game. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Kasparov Guess who]] he's mainly remembered for spending his career as [[ArchEnemy foil]] to.



* Most adaptations of Creator/AlanMoore films: they're actually pretty good films, if you look at them as separate from the comics they come from. But because they're compared to the comics they (very loosely) adapt, they're completely trashed because Creator/AlanMoore's comics are [[OpinionMyopia fucking]] ''[[OpinionMyopia BRILLIANT]]''.



* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat and UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}}. Their fathers would have easily been called "Great", if not for the sons.
** People can still remember Charles Martel, Charlemagne's granddad for stopping Muslim/Umayyad's Conquest at Battle of Tours. Ditto, Phillip of Macedonia, Alexander's father.

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* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat Kings:
** Philip of Macedonia was a hugely successful king
and UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}}. Their fathers would have easily been called "Great", if not for the sons.
general who is completely overshadowed by his son, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat.
** People can still remember Charles Martel, Charlemagne's granddad for stopping Muslim/Umayyad's Conquest "the Hammer," saved Christendom from the Muslim invasion at the Battle of Tours. Ditto, Phillip Tours, helping to found the Middle Ages of Macedonia, Alexander's father.Europe, and is the patriarch of the Carolingian dynasty, but his grandson UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}} is a household name.



* Eratosthenes was called 'Beta' by his contemporaries for being second best at everything (beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet). This title is somewhat unearned, however, as he was (amongst other things) the first man to determine the circumference of the Earth, with an error margin that we can now recognize as being less than 2%. For more modern society, Eratosthenes is lost amidst more well known scholars of the time such as Plato, Socrates, and Pythagoras.
** It's technically because he studied in the second room; Euler was named Epsilon for much the same reasons.
24th Jul '17 2:50:49 PM TheSinful
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* Once she [[TookALevelInBadass starts training seriously]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3665921/41/Black-Flames-Dance-In-The-Wind-Rise-of-Naruto Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto]]'', Sakura becomes a highly skilled kunoichi. However, due to always comparing herself to [[TheAce Sasuke]] and [[PersonOfMassDestruction Naruto]] she feels incredibly weak. WordOfGod says she'll realize how strong she is after nearly killing another genin in a spar.

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* Once she [[TookALevelInBadass starts training seriously]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3665921/41/Black-Flames-Dance-In-The-Wind-Rise-of-Naruto Black Flames Dance in the Wind: Rise of Naruto]]'', Sakura becomes a highly skilled kunoichi. However, due to always comparing herself to [[TheAce Sasuke]] and [[PersonOfMassDestruction Naruto]] she feels incredibly weak. WordOfGod says she'll While fighting Ino in Chapter 51, Sakura gets angry at her for not taking her seriously and goes on the offensive, knocking Ino out and fracturing several teeth along with her jaw with a single jab, causing Sakura to realize just how strong she is after nearly killing another genin in a spar.she's become.
23rd Jul '17 10:41:05 AM Gosicrystal
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* Scottie Pippen and the rest of the Chicago Bulls during the UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan era. Except possibly Dennis Rodman, who got his own recognition, partly by being a good defenseman, and partly by being too weird to miss.
** Speaking of the MJ era, [=LaBradford Smith=].

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* UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}}:
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Scottie Pippen and the rest of the Chicago Bulls during the UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan era. Except possibly Dennis Rodman, who got his own recognition, partly by being a good defenseman, and partly by being too weird to miss.
** Speaking of the MJ era, [=LaBradford Smith=].
miss.



*** Poor Chris Bosh. Despite being a talented forward in his own right, he was frequently mocked as [=LeBron=] and D-Wade's "Third Wheel".

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*** ** Poor Chris Bosh. Despite being a talented forward in his own right, he was frequently mocked as [=LeBron=] and D-Wade's "Third Wheel".



** According to an interview with Kevin Durant, then of the Oklahoma City Thunder, he confessed that during his basketball career so far, he's always been second best compared to someone else, and he's afraid this might be the legacy of his professional career, so he's fighting against it. Hopefully, he won't be a case of HardWorkHardlyWorks.
*** Ironically, he decided to solve his championship woes by moving to the [[TheJuggernaut Golden State Warriors]], whhere he was bound to be overshadowed the likes of UsefulNotes/StephenCurry (who was a TWO TIME MVP!), [[ImprobableAimingSkills Klay]] [[TheLancer Thompson]], and [[LightningBruiser Draymond]] [[BloodKnight Green]]. Thankfully, he's been recognized as one of the team's biggest stars (probably even bigger than Curry himself).
--> '''Kevin Durant:''' "Iíve been second my whole life. I was the second best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. Iíve been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the finals. Iím tired of being second. Iím not going to settle for that. Iím done with it."

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** According to an interview with Kevin Durant, then of the Oklahoma City Thunder, he confessed that during his basketball career so far, he's always been second best compared to someone else, and he's afraid this might be the legacy of his professional career, so he's fighting against it. Hopefully, he won't be a case of HardWorkHardlyWorks.
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HardWorkHardlyWorks. Ironically, he decided to solve his championship woes by moving to the [[TheJuggernaut Golden State Warriors]], whhere he was bound to be overshadowed the likes of UsefulNotes/StephenCurry (who was a TWO TIME MVP!), [[ImprobableAimingSkills Klay]] [[TheLancer Thompson]], and [[LightningBruiser Draymond]] [[BloodKnight Green]]. Thankfully, he's been recognized as one of the team's biggest stars (probably even bigger than Curry himself).
--> ---> '''Kevin Durant:''' "Iíve been second my whole life. I was the second best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. Iíve been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the finals. Iím tired of being second. Iím not going to settle for that. Iím done with it."



** International basketball is essentially "Team USA and everyone else", though Spain and Argentina can occasionally challenge the Americans' hegemony.
** Asian basketball is practically dominated by China and Iran, with The Philippines, Lebanon, and Korea occassionally crashing the party. Basketball in Southeast Asia is worse, with the Philippines pretty much guaranteed a gold medal in tournaments (coupled with really huge margins of victory).
** In Oceania, Australia's Boomers pretty much rule the roost, but New Zealand is pretty darn close.
** In North America, name a basketball team that's not Team USA.
%%** [=LaBradford Smith=].



* The Baltimore Ravens were an example of this when compared to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL during the mid 2000s. While the Ravens did win a UsefulNotes/SuperBowl in 2000, they were mostly the [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter second best team]] in the AFC North behind the Steelers, whom often [[AlwaysSecondBest beat them during their rivalry match-ups]] to seal the divisional title, and in two cases went on to win the Super Bowl. Not to mention a lot of players on the 2000 Baltimore Ravens team were once Steelers players. Furthermore, the Ravens modeled their playing style after the Steelers -- a run-to-pass offensive with a strong defense. However, in 2010 the Steelers began to decline as seasoned players got old, while the Ravens slowly built up their team as Super Bowl contenders. They began getting wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers more often and reaching the AFC championship games as a result. It finally paid off in 2013, as they won their second Super Bowl in franchise history, and then beat the Steelers in the playoffs for the first time in 2014.
** The Ravens have a second one, if "magnitude of a scandal" counts as 'awesome.' In 2014 they played the New England Patriots in the playoffs, and lost, based partly on one particular trick play. That play was essentially LoopholeAbuse - it was deemed legal during the game itself but after the season ended, the rules were promptly changed to prevent it from being used again. This was forgotten in the wake of the "Deflate-gate" scandal.
* It's rare that a Quarterback gets overshadowed by his teammates, but this can happen with Super Bowl-winning teams. Just ask Jim [=McMahon=] (1985 Bears), Jeff Hostetler (1990 Giants), Mark Rypien (1991 Redskins), Trent Dilfer (2000 Ravens), and Brad Johnson (2002 Buccaneers).
** This usually happens when a running back, receiver, or defense is more well-known than the quarterback. Not many people know the QB who threw passes to Randy Moss in the Vikings (Daunte Culpepper), the [=QBs=] who handed the ball to Barry Sanders in the Lions (Rodney Peete and Scott Mitchell), or the QB who led the defensively-strong Giants to a Super Bowl appearance in 2000 (Kerry Collins).

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* The Baltimore Ravens were Ravens:
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an example of this when compared to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL during the mid 2000s. While the Ravens did win a UsefulNotes/SuperBowl in 2000, they were mostly the [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter second best team]] in the AFC North behind the Steelers, whom often [[AlwaysSecondBest beat them during their rivalry match-ups]] to seal the divisional title, and in two cases went on to win the Super Bowl. Not to mention a lot of players on the 2000 Baltimore Ravens team were once Steelers players. Furthermore, the Ravens modeled their playing style after the Steelers -- a run-to-pass offensive with a strong defense. However, in 2010 the Steelers began to decline as seasoned players got old, while the Ravens slowly built up their team as Super Bowl contenders. They began getting wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers more often and reaching the AFC championship games as a result. It finally paid off in 2013, as they won their second Super Bowl in franchise history, and then beat the Steelers in the playoffs for the first time in 2014.
** The Ravens have a second one, if "magnitude of a scandal" counts as 'awesome.' In 2014 they played the New England Patriots in the playoffs, and lost, based partly on one particular trick play. That play was essentially LoopholeAbuse - it was deemed legal during the game itself but after the season ended, the rules were promptly changed to prevent it from being used again. This was forgotten in the wake of the "Deflate-gate" scandal.
* It's rare that a Quarterback gets overshadowed by his teammates, but this can happen with Super Bowl-winning teams. Just ask Jim [=McMahon=] (1985 Bears), Jeff Hostetler (1990 Giants), Mark Rypien (1991 Redskins), Trent Dilfer (2000 Ravens), and Brad Johnson (2002 Buccaneers).
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Buccaneers). This usually happens when a running back, receiver, or defense is more well-known than the quarterback. Not many people know the QB who threw passes to Randy Moss in the Vikings (Daunte Culpepper), the [=QBs=] who handed the ball to Barry Sanders in the Lions (Rodney Peete and Scott Mitchell), or the QB who led the defensively-strong Giants to a Super Bowl appearance in 2000 (Kerry Collins).



* In any other year, American Thoroughbred [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing Sham]] would probably have been the star of his three-year-old season. Unfortunately for him, he had the bad luck to face off against world-renowned Secretariat -- who is contested only by Man O' War as the greatest horse in American racing history. Today, he is mostly remembered for ''losing'' to Secretariat in all three legs of the Triple Crown. He paced Secretariat for the first three-quarter-mile of the Belmont -- but then Secretariat kicked it into high gear and took home the Triple Crown with a ''31-length-lead'' in Thoroughbred racing's finest moment ''ever'', while Sham faded back to finish ''last''. Poor guy.
** And if that wasn't bad enough for Sham, he ended up being no better than the ''third-best'' American horse of his birth cohort... because after Secretariat was retired to stud, Forego, a big gelding who took time to come into his own, was named U.S. Horse of the Year the next three years.

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* In any other year, American Thoroughbred [[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing Sham]] would probably have been the star of his three-year-old season. Unfortunately for him, he had the bad luck to face off against world-renowned Secretariat -- who is contested only by Man O' War as the greatest horse in American racing history. Today, he is mostly remembered for ''losing'' to Secretariat in all three legs of the Triple Crown. He paced Secretariat for the first three-quarter-mile of the Belmont -- but then Secretariat kicked it into high gear and took home the Triple Crown with a ''31-length-lead'' in Thoroughbred racing's finest moment ''ever'', while Sham faded back to finish ''last''. Poor guy.
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guy. And if that wasn't bad enough for Sham, he ended up being no better than the ''third-best'' American horse of his birth cohort... because after Secretariat was retired to stud, Forego, a big gelding who took time to come into his own, was named U.S. Horse of the Year the next three years.



** In terms of the ''whole'' Olympics, Phelps is all but the definition of a ToughActToFollow. If they're willing to dare it, future Olympic swimmers will have the absolutely daunting task of defeating Phelps' record in Beijing 2008 of winning 8 gold medals in a single Olympics, something that even Phelps himself admits had quite a bit of luck and insanity behind it. And as of Rio 2016, with a grand total of 28 medals (23 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze) to his name, Phelps is the most decorated Olympian '''EVER''' in any event ''and'' in Olympic history.
* This has happened in men's UsefulNotes/{{tennis}} over the past several years due to the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray (to a lesser extent). Together, the "Big Four" won 34 of the 36 Grand Slams from 2005 to 2013, with Federer and Nadal in particular overshadowing everyone else for much of the 2000s. To put the Big Four's sheer dominance into perspective: at the end of 2013, the Big Four member with the least impressive record was Andy Murray who had won 2 Grand Slams, reached 5 other Slam finals, and won 9 Masters 1000 titles. The four players who came the closest to challenging the Big Four (Ferrer, del Potro, Berdych, and Tsonga) had won 1 Grand Slam, reached 2 other Slam finals, and won just 3 Masters 1000 titles. ''Combined''.

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** * In terms of the ''whole'' Olympics, Phelps is all but the definition of a ToughActToFollow. If they're willing to dare it, future Olympic swimmers will have the absolutely daunting task of defeating Phelps' record in Beijing 2008 of winning 8 gold medals in a single Olympics, something that even Phelps himself admits had quite a bit of luck and insanity behind it. And as of Rio 2016, with a grand total of 28 medals (23 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze) to his name, Phelps is the most decorated Olympian '''EVER''' in any event ''and'' in Olympic history.
* UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}}:
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This has happened in men's UsefulNotes/{{tennis}} tennis over the past several years due to the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray (to a lesser extent). Together, the "Big Four" won 34 of the 36 Grand Slams from 2005 to 2013, with Federer and Nadal in particular overshadowing everyone else for much of the 2000s. To put the Big Four's sheer dominance into perspective: at the end of 2013, the Big Four member with the least impressive record was Andy Murray who had won 2 Grand Slams, reached 5 other Slam finals, and won 9 Masters 1000 titles. The four players who came the closest to challenging the Big Four (Ferrer, del Potro, Berdych, and Tsonga) had won 1 Grand Slam, reached 2 other Slam finals, and won just 3 Masters 1000 titles. ''Combined''.



** A modern example in women's tennis is Maria Sharapova. She's one of the best players of her generation who has won the Career Grand Slam, is renowned as one of the steeliest competitors on tour, and managed to make a successful comeback after suffering career-threatening shoulder injuries. Too bad she's also playing during the era of Serena Williams who is clearly the best women's tennis player of modern tennis and possibly the history of the game itself.
*** In fact, Serena Williams has this effect on ''everyone'' on tour: it's an axiom on the women's tour that everyone else is competing for second place when a healthy Serena is playing. It's just the most noticeable when it comes to Maria because she so clearly outclasses almost every other player on a regular basis and yet is so clearly outclassed by Serena in their matches that her not-inconsiderable achievements threaten to be overshadowed by her utter inability to even challenge Serena ever since 2004.
* For those who are not followers of professional golf, name a pro golfer whose name isn't Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods.
** Phil Mickelson, to whom this trope absolutely applies. If he'd played in an era that didn't have Tiger Woods, he'd be one of the most dominant golfers on the planet. \\

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** A modern example in women's tennis is Maria Sharapova. She's one of the best players of her generation who has won the Career Grand Slam, is renowned as one of the steeliest competitors on tour, and managed to make a successful comeback after suffering career-threatening shoulder injuries. Too bad she's also playing during the era of Serena Williams who is clearly the best women's tennis player of modern tennis and possibly the history of the game itself.
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In fact, Serena Williams has this effect on ''everyone'' on tour: it's an axiom on the women's tour that everyone else is competing for second place when a healthy Serena is playing. It's just the most noticeable when it comes to Maria because she so clearly outclasses almost every other player on a regular basis and yet is so clearly outclassed by Serena in their matches that her not-inconsiderable achievements threaten to be overshadowed by her utter inability to even challenge Serena ever since 2004.
* For those who are not followers of professional golf, name Golf:
** Name
a pro golfer whose name isn't Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods.
** If Phil Mickelson, to whom this trope absolutely applies. If he'd Mickelson had played in an era that didn't have Tiger Woods, he'd be one of the most dominant golfers on the planet. \\



** Duke Snider is a similar example: A Hall of Famer in his own right, the Brooklyn Dodgers slugger was only the ''third''-best centerfielder '''in New York''', behind the Giants' Willie Mays and the Yankees' Mickey Mantle. Also an aversion of FirstInstallmentWins, as Snider's major-league debut was four years before the others.
** Dom [=DiMaggio=] is an interesting case. He was a great centerfielder for the Boston Red Sox who could've been a Hall of Famer (some actually argue that he is still). Unfortunately, he lost 4 years of his prime due to World War II and he just so happened to be the younger brother of one of the greatest players of all time: Joe [=DiMaggio=].

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** * Duke Snider is a similar example: Snider. A Hall of Famer in his own right, the Brooklyn Dodgers slugger was only the ''third''-best centerfielder '''in New York''', behind the Giants' Willie Mays and the Yankees' Mickey Mantle. Also an aversion of FirstInstallmentWins, as Snider's major-league debut was four years before the others.
** * Dom [=DiMaggio=] is an interesting case. He was a great centerfielder for the Boston Red Sox who could've been a Hall of Famer (some actually argue that he is still). Unfortunately, he lost 4 years of his prime due to World War II and he just so happened to be the younger brother of one of the greatest players of all time: Joe [=DiMaggio=].



** The St. Louis Cardinals as a team qualify as well. Their 11 World Series championships are best in the National League and second-best in all of MLB. Unfortunately that's a ''distant'' second to the New York Yankees and their ''27'' World Series titles.

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** * The St. Louis Cardinals as a team qualify as well.qualify. Their 11 World Series championships are best in the National League and second-best in all of MLB. Unfortunately that's a ''distant'' second to the New York Yankees and their ''27'' World Series titles.



* Ask someone to name a Scottish football team. I'm sure they'll come up with either Celtic or Rangers (and probably Aberdeen).

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* Ask someone to name a Scottish football team. I'm sure they'll They'll come up with either Celtic or Rangers (and probably Aberdeen).



* International basketball is essentially "Team USA and everyone else", though Spain and Argentina can occasionally challenge the Americans' hegemony.
** Asian basketball is practically dominated by China and Iran, with The Philippines, Lebanon, and Korea occassionally crashing the party.
*** Basketball in Southeast Asia is worse, with the Philippines pretty much guaranteed a gold medal in tournaments (coupled with really huge margins of victory).
** In Oceania, Australia's Boomers pretty much rule the roost, but New Zealand is pretty darn close.
** North America, anyone? Name a basketball team that's not Team USA.
23rd Jul '17 9:59:21 AM Gosicrystal
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** British men have had this problem: Tim Henman has been described as a good player in a time of great players, and Andy Murray a great player in a time of amazing players.
*** Though with Murray becoming the first British multi-Slam winner since Fred Perry and [[CrowningMomentofAwesome becoming the first British Wimbledon mens singles champion since Perry]] he seems to have come into his own and the overshadowing is somewhat lessened these days.

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** British men have had this problem: Tim Henman has been described as a good player in a time of great players, and Andy Murray a great player in a time of amazing players. \n*** Though with Murray becoming the first British multi-Slam winner since Fred Perry and [[CrowningMomentofAwesome becoming the first British Wimbledon mens singles champion since Perry]] Perry he seems to have come into his own and the overshadowing is somewhat lessened these days.
23rd Jul '17 1:55:48 AM KYCubbie
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*** A little while back, that challenge would've been "name a goalkeeper not named Iker Casillas, Petr Cech, Edwin Van Der Sar, or Gianluigi Buffon.

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*** A little while back, that challenge would've been "name a goalkeeper not named Iker Casillas, Petr Cech, Čech, Edwin Van Der van der Sar, or Gianluigi Buffon."



*** Spain: Victor Valdes was frequently overlooked in favor of Iker Casillas. Even after Casillas' retirement, Valdes (and Kiko Casilla) won't be able to start as long as David De Gea's available.
*** England: Fans of Stoke City and Southampton were understandably upset during EURO 2016 when the underrated Jack Butland and Fraser Forster sat on the bench while the perenially-underperforming Joe Hart (who played for City back then) was starting.

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*** Spain: Victor Valdes Víctor Valdés was frequently overlooked in favor of Iker Casillas. Even after Casillas' retirement, Valdes Valdés (and Kiko Casilla) won't be able to start as long as David De Gea's available.
*** England: Fans of Stoke City and Southampton were understandably upset during EURO Euro 2016 when the underrated Jack Butland and Fraser Forster sat on the bench while the perenially-underperforming perennially underperforming Joe Hart (who played for City back then) was starting.



*** Or a United 'keeper who played after Schmeichel left and before Van Der Sar arrived. [[note]] If you're curious: Mark Bosnich, Massimo Taibi, Fabian Barthez, Roy Carroll, Tim Howard.[[/note]]
*** Or the center backs that partnered Jaap Stam in United's Treble-winning season. [[note]]Henning Berg and Ronny Johnsen[[/note]].

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*** Or a United 'keeper who played after Schmeichel left and before Van Der van der Sar arrived. arrived.[[note]] If you're curious: Mark Bosnich, Massimo Taibi, Fabian Fabien Barthez, Roy Carroll, Tim Howard.[[/note]][[note]]Aussie, French, and American fans would likely be able to correctly answer the question, respectively with Bosnich, Barthez, and Howard.[[/note]]
*** Or the center backs that who partnered Jaap Stam in United's Treble-winning season. [[note]]Henning Berg and Ronny Johnsen[[/note]].



** Name a famous Argentinian player who's not Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi.

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** Name a famous Argentinian Argentine player who's not Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi.



*** First-round pick Mychal Thompson was a solid starter for the Showtime Lakers. Nowadays, people only know him as the dad of sharpshooter (and Steph Curry's NumberTwo) Klay Thompson, who also outshone his brother Mychel Thompson. Trayce Thompson, on the other hand, has tried to step out of his dad's and brothers' shadows by playing Baseball instead.

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*** First-round pick Mychal Thompson was a solid starter for the Showtime Lakers. Nowadays, people only know him as the dad of sharpshooter (and Steph Curry's NumberTwo) Klay Thompson, who also outshone his brother Mychel Thompson. Trayce Thompson, on the other hand, has tried to step out of his dad's and brothers' shadows by playing Baseball baseball instead.



*** Poor Darko Miličić, #2 in 2003. He was a forgettable player who had the bad luck of being in a highly packed class. The next three names drafted after him? ''Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade''. The guy who came before him? '''''LEBRON. RAYMONE. JAMES.'''''

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*** Poor Darko Miličić, #2 in 2003. He was a forgettable player who had the bad luck of being in a highly packed class. The next three names drafted after him? ''Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade''. The guy who came before him? '''''LEBRON.'''''[[UsefulNotes/LeBronJames LEBRON. RAYMONE. JAMES.''''']]'''''
20th Jul '17 4:03:27 AM LaptopGuy
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* Wrestling/ThreeMB was a fairly decent gimmick that had the misfortune of happening at the same time there were not [[Wrestling/TheShield one]] but [[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily two]] other trios built upon never losing. The baby {{face}}s had to beat ''somebody'', so [=3MB=] became joke {{jobber}}s. They still stood out as a hilarious comedy heel stable, but even that's becoming moot as the thought of a hilarious trio of WWE wrestlers nowadays will make fans think of [[Wrestling/TheNewDay something completely different]].
20th Jul '17 3:57:49 AM LaptopGuy
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* It's not that uncommon for a show-stealing performance to come from a supporting actor over the lead. Examples include Creator/ChristianBale's performance in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' being overshadowed by Creator/HeathLedger's; Creator/JohnTravolta in ''Film/PulpFiction'' getting overshadowed by Creator/SamuelLJackson; Creator/RachelMcAdams stealing the show from Creator/LindsayLohan in ''Film/MeanGirls''; Creator/KevinSpacey over Stephen Baldwin in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''...

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* It's not that uncommon for a show-stealing performance to come from a supporting actor over the lead. Examples include Creator/ChristianBale's performance in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' being overshadowed by Creator/HeathLedger's; Creator/HeathLedger's (and to a lesser extent, by Creator/TomHardy's in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''); Creator/JohnTravolta in ''Film/PulpFiction'' getting overshadowed by Creator/SamuelLJackson; Creator/RachelMcAdams stealing the show from Creator/LindsayLohan in ''Film/MeanGirls''; Creator/KevinSpacey over Stephen Baldwin in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''...



* ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' has Harley Quinn in a squad of metahumans and highly skilled criminals/assassins with exotic weaponry while she's just a lunatic with a baseball bat and a HandCannon with no explicit superhuman abilities nor any special weapons.

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* ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' has Harley Quinn in a squad of metahumans and highly skilled criminals/assassins with exotic weaponry while she's just a lunatic with a baseball bat and a HandCannon with no explicit superhuman abilities nor any special weapons. In the real world, she's easily the most popular character from the movie, even overshadowing '''''The Joker'''''.
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