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20th Jul '17 9:17:14 PM Jacpinnajp14
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has their iconic rivalry with Kyle and Cartman. Cartman is an insane anti-Semitic ComedicSociopath, Kyle is an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters over-persistent]] voice of logic (and a Jew). Their feud ranges anywhere between exchanging childish insults, attempting to humiliate the other (typically Cartman's style) or actually trying to kill each other on numerous occasions.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has their iconic rivalry with Kyle and Cartman. Cartman is an insane insane, sadistic anti-Semitic ComedicSociopath, Kyle is an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters over-persistent]] moral-loving voice of logic (and a Jew). Their feud ranges anywhere between exchanging childish insults, attempting to humiliate the other (typically Cartman's style) or actually trying to kill each other on numerous occasions. Cartman is seen as very obsessive with their rivalry, and can go great lengths to ensure his rival's misery. Kyle himself has also been shown to get quite competitive on multiple occasions as well, just to get back at his enemy.
20th Jul '17 9:10:41 PM Jacpinnajp14
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has their iconic rivalry with Kyle and Cartman. Cartman is an insane anti-Semitic ComedicSociopath, Kyle is an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters over-persistent]] voice of logic (and a Jew). Their feud ranges anywhere between exchanging childish insults, attempting to humiliate the other (typically Cartman's style) of actually trying to kill each other on numerous occasions.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has their iconic rivalry with Kyle and Cartman. Cartman is an insane anti-Semitic ComedicSociopath, Kyle is an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters over-persistent]] voice of logic (and a Jew). Their feud ranges anywhere between exchanging childish insults, attempting to humiliate the other (typically Cartman's style) of or actually trying to kill each other on numerous occasions.
20th Jul '17 9:08:16 PM Jacpinnajp14
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has their iconic rivalry with Kyle and Cartman. Cartman is an insane anti-Semitic ComedicSociopath, Kyle is an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters over-persistent]] voice of logic (and a Jew). Their feud ranges anywhere between exchanging childish insults or actually trying to kill each other on numerous occasions.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has their iconic rivalry with Kyle and Cartman. Cartman is an insane anti-Semitic ComedicSociopath, Kyle is an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters over-persistent]] voice of logic (and a Jew). Their feud ranges anywhere between exchanging childish insults or insults, attempting to humiliate the other (typically Cartman's style) of actually trying to kill each other on numerous occasions.occasions.
19th Jul '17 8:22:07 PM KoopaKid17
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': After she undergoes her HeelFaceTurn, Trixie ends up acting as one of these to Twilight, spending most of their mutual screentime bothering her without ever crossing into genuine villainy. [[spoiler:Discord]], another former antagonist, becomes this for her after the Season 6 finale.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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After she undergoes her HeelFaceTurn, Trixie ends up acting as one of these to Twilight, spending most of their mutual screentime bothering her without ever crossing into genuine villainy. [[spoiler:Discord]], another former antagonist, becomes this for her after the Season 6 finale.finale.
** Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are this to the Cutie Mark Crusaders, taunting them about their [[FantasticSlur blank flanks]] and also referring to them as such. Then came Season 5's "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" when Silver Spoon finally called out Diamond Tiara for her behavior which led to them befriending the Crusaders when they got their cutie marks.
17th Jul '17 3:38:22 PM Karxrida
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'''Tein:''' ''(smirking)'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext Ki-ko-how]] ya doin'?\\

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'''Tein:''' ''(smirking)'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext Ki-ko-how]] Ki-ko-how ya doin'?\\
12th Jul '17 4:15:12 AM MCanter89
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The Sitcom Arch Nemesis is a very different creature from the dramatic or action-show ArchEnemy. He usually isn't dangerous or evil (when he is, the contrast between his cruelty and his petty bickering has comedy value of its own); although it's possible that he's very annoying, it isn't always the case. He can even sometimes be portrayed as a straight-up NiceGuy. He just rubs a character from the show (usually the lead) entirely the wrong way, and the two will never miss an opportunity to have at each other with VolleyingInsults or small-minded pranks. Often the character and his nemesis are kindred spirits and don't realize it; these rivals are much more likely to have an EnemyMine plot than dramatic rivals. Since generally there isn't much at stake in that rivalry it will usually revolve around insignificant, everyday matters, filled with comedic moments.

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The Sitcom Arch Nemesis Arch-Nemesis is a very different creature from the dramatic or action-show ArchEnemy. He usually isn't dangerous or evil (when he is, the contrast between his cruelty and his petty bickering has comedy value of its own); although it's possible that he's very annoying, it isn't always the case. He can even sometimes be portrayed as a straight-up NiceGuy. He just rubs a character from the show (usually the lead) entirely the wrong way, and the two will never miss an opportunity to have at each other with VolleyingInsults or small-minded pranks. Often Often, the character and his nemesis are kindred spirits and don't realize it; these rivals are much more likely to have an EnemyMine plot than dramatic rivals. Since generally there isn't much at stake in that rivalry rivalry, it will usually revolve around insignificant, everyday matters, filled with comedic moments.



Note that these aren't necessarily unique to sitcoms, and other stories- including more comedic action stories-, can have a character who fills this role, sometimes even if there is a character who fulfils the role of an actual ArchEnemy. In the more lighthearted action shows, particularly in certain cartoons and kid shows, sometimes the actual ArchEnemy will act like a Sitcom arch-nemesis when the story or comedy demands it, alternating between trying to murder the main character(s) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking trying to wreck their birthday party the next]].

This character is rarely part of the main cast, because if he were, then TheProtagonist would do nothing but fight with them. Exceptions are on the analysis page.

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Note that these aren't necessarily unique to sitcoms, and other stories- stories including more comedic action stories-, stories can have a character who fills this role, sometimes even if there is a character who fulfils the role of an actual ArchEnemy. In the more lighthearted action shows, particularly in certain cartoons and kid shows, sometimes the actual ArchEnemy will act like a Sitcom arch-nemesis when the story or comedy demands it, alternating between trying to murder the main character(s) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking trying to wreck their birthday party the next]].

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This character is rarely part of the main cast, because if he were, then TheProtagonist would do nothing but fight with them. Exceptions are on the analysis page.
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* The "Super Buddies" (a group of losers [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational Formerly Known as the Justice League]]) had a pair of neighbours building a bar next to their headquarters. One of them was Richard "Dick" Hertz; Sue hated him when she found out that he was once the supervillain Blackguard (who?), who worked for the "1000" in Metropolis (oh, ''that'' Blackguard, sure). Oh, and Dick had an associate in the bar, who was once the greatest American hero, or so he says -- [[spoiler: Guy Gardner]]

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* The "Super Buddies" (a group of losers [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational Formerly Known as the Justice League]]) had a pair of neighbours building a bar next to their headquarters. One of them was Richard "Dick" Hertz; Sue hated him when she found out that he was once the supervillain Blackguard (who?), who worked for the "1000" in Metropolis (oh, ''that'' Blackguard, sure). Oh, and Dick had an associate in the bar, who was once the greatest American hero, or so he says -- [[spoiler: Guy [[spoiler:Guy Gardner]]



* In the first chapter of ''Literature/LunarPark'', Bret (in a semi-fictionalized account of the author's real life) takes several personal shots at KeanuReeves.

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* In the first chapter of ''Literature/LunarPark'', Bret (in a semi-fictionalized account of the author's real life) takes several personal shots at KeanuReeves.Creator/KeanuReeves.



--->'''Bill:''' Hasn't this been done before? I mean, every year some billionaire goes up in a balloon.\\

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--->'''Bill:''' -->'''Bill:''' Hasn't this been done before? I mean, every year some billionaire goes up in a balloon.\\



* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Season 1 had Harry Tang, arch-nemesis to Chuck and Morgan at the Buy-More. Season 2 had Emmit Milbarge fill the role (and how spectacularly he did).

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* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Season 1 had Harry Tang, arch-nemesis to Chuck and Morgan at the Buy-More. Buy More. Season 2 had Emmit Emmett Milbarge fill the role (and how spectacularly he did).



* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'' Tim's hated rival Bob Vila made several guest appearances, often dismissing Tim's show as a ripoff of his own.

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* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'' ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Tim's hated rival Bob Vila made several guest appearances, often dismissing Tim's show as a ripoff of his own.



* ''Series/ThirtyRock''

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* ''Series/ThirtyRock''''Series/ThirtyRock'':



* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' has Shelby and Kendall be mutual Sitcom Arch-Nemeses to each other. They're both "good guys" - Shelby's the Pink Ranger and Kendall is MissionControl [[spoiler:and the Purple Ranger]] - but they rub each other the wrong way; since Shelby has a bit of an ego and annoys people (especially Kendall, who is her boss) trying to get what she wants, while Kendall is no-nonsense and has little patience for such things. As a result, Kendall [[DeadpanSnarker makes unnecessarily bitchy remarks]] about Shelby and Shelby complains that she's not being treated as well as she deserves. They are able to work together when there's an actual crisis to deal with, though.

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* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' has Shelby and Kendall be mutual Sitcom Arch-Nemeses to each other. They're both "good guys" - Shelby's the Pink Ranger and Kendall is MissionControl [[spoiler:and the Purple Ranger]] - but they rub each other the wrong way; since Shelby has a bit of an ego and annoys people (especially Kendall, who is her boss) trying to get what she wants, while Kendall is no-nonsense and has little patience for such things. As a result, Kendall [[DeadpanSnarker makes unnecessarily bitchy remarks]] about Shelby and Shelby complains that she's not being treated as well as she deserves. They are able to work together when there's an actual crisis to deal with, though.



** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', this is the initial relationship between Joker and [[SpaceshipGirl EDI]] leading them to partake in an EscalatingWar of pranks. Shepard and [[EveryoneCanSeeIt other characters]] joke that they really should just admit their BelligerentSexualTension already. [[spoiler: In [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the sequel]] they do.]]
** The ''Citadel'' DLC of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' reveals that Samantha Traynor has one in Polgara T'Suzsa, her rival in the asari version of chess who is a very unsportsmanlike winner. They each do an EyedScreen when they see each other.
** Also in ''Citadel'' Joker has started falling into this with fellow AcePilot Steve Cortez. Particularly when they were bickering about how to fly the taxi they were in [[spoiler:when they were using it to keep the ''Normandy'' from jumping to FTL.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', this is the initial relationship between Joker and [[SpaceshipGirl EDI]] EDI]], leading them to partake in an EscalatingWar of pranks. Shepard and [[EveryoneCanSeeIt other characters]] joke that they really should just admit their BelligerentSexualTension already. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the sequel]] sequel]], they do.]]
** The ''Citadel'' DLC of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' reveals that Samantha Traynor has one in Polgara T'Suzsa, her rival in the asari version of chess chess, who is a very unsportsmanlike winner. They each do an EyedScreen when they see each other.
** Also in ''Citadel'' ''Citadel'', Joker has started falling into this with fellow AcePilot Steve Cortez. Particularly when they were bickering about how to fly the taxi they were in [[spoiler:when they were using it to keep the ''Normandy'' from jumping to FTL.]]



* A rather odd variant in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' with the usually [[{{Archenemy}} archenemies]] [[ImmortalImmaturity Kaguya and Mokou]]. While Mokou absolutely hates Kaguya for humiliating her father a long time ago, Kaguya [[ButForMeItWasTuesday doesn't think seriously of this supposed slight]] but still [[DeathIsCheap kills Mokou just as much as she kills her]] just because she's [[WhoWantsToLiveForever bored]] and finds her frequent fights with Mokou to be entertaining.

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* A rather odd variant in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' with the usually [[{{Archenemy}} archenemies]] [[ArchEnemy arch-enemies]] [[ImmortalImmaturity Kaguya and Mokou]]. While Mokou absolutely hates Kaguya for humiliating her father a long time ago, Kaguya [[ButForMeItWasTuesday doesn't think seriously of this supposed slight]] but still [[DeathIsCheap kills Mokou just as much as she kills her]] just because she's [[WhoWantsToLiveForever bored]] and finds her frequent fights with Mokou to be entertaining.



* In ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Dark Prison]]'', this is the relationship between [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Elma, Selena Recital's]] RobotBuddy, and [[Characters/MasouKishin Chika, Shu Shirakawa's]] [[SmallAnnoyingCreature familiar.]] In fact, half of the hilarity in ''Dark Prison'' is the both of them butting heads at each other.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Dark Prison]]'', this is the relationship between [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Elma, Selena Recital's]] RobotBuddy, and [[Characters/MasouKishin Chika, Shu Shirakawa's]] [[SmallAnnoyingCreature familiar.]] familiar]]. In fact, half of the hilarity in ''Dark Prison'' is the both of them butting heads at each other.



* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic play this to each other. The guys who play them actually get along in real life, but even the character's attempts to do a review together ends in them beating each other up... again.

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* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic play this to each other. The guys who play them actually get along in real life, but even the character's characters' attempts to do a review together ends in them beating each other up... again.



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* Creator/DonaldTrump and [[Series/TheView Rosie O'Donnell]]. The feud began when Rosie described Trump as being reminiscent of a 'snake oil salesman' from [[Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie Little House on the Prairie]] on her first talk show. Rosie makes fun of the Donald's hair, Don reacts like a little girl who's had her pigtails pulled, calls Rosie fat, rinse and repeat.

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* Creator/DonaldTrump UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump and [[Series/TheView Rosie O'Donnell]]. The feud began when Rosie described Trump as being reminiscent of a 'snake oil salesman' from [[Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie ''[[Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie Little House on the Prairie]] Prairie]]'' on her first talk show. Rosie makes fun of the Donald's hair, Don reacts like a little girl who's had her pigtails pulled, calls Rosie fat, rinse and repeat.



* When the tech college [[note]]American readers, think "community college", only not so glamorous and well-resourced[[/note]] in Wrexham, Wales, rebranded itself as a university, this led to a lawsuit with a university of the same name in New England. Apparently Yale College, USA, felt threatened by a very minor British new university wanting to call itself Yale University, and alleged this would lead to confusion. Wrexham countered by saying it had been called Yale College for over a century, and had in fact been founded by the same Mr Yale who had emigrated to the USA and latterly had another educational establishment named after him. Alas, Wrexham had neglected to copyright the name. Unlike New England. The court found in favour of the American version of Yale, but it was agreed the Welsh-language ''Coleg Ial'' offered no scope for confusion. NEWI Wrexham rebranded itself as University of Wales, Wrexham, or ''Prifysgol Owain Glyndwr/ Coleg Ial''

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* When the tech college [[note]]American readers, think "community college", only not so glamorous and well-resourced[[/note]] in Wrexham, Wales, rebranded itself as a university, this led to a lawsuit with a university of the same name in New England. Apparently Yale College, USA, felt threatened by a very minor British new university wanting to call itself Yale University, and alleged this would lead to confusion. Wrexham countered by saying it had been called Yale College for over a century, and had in fact been founded by the same Mr Yale who had emigrated to the USA and latterly had another educational establishment named after him. Alas, Wrexham had neglected to copyright the name. Unlike New England. The court found in favour of the American version of Yale, but it was agreed the Welsh-language ''Coleg Ial'' offered no scope for confusion. NEWI Wrexham rebranded itself as University of Wales, Wrexham, or ''Prifysgol Owain Glyndwr/ Coleg Ial''Ial''.



9th Jul '17 3:20:28 PM nombretomado
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* Although not an individual person, Australia in general seems to serve in this role for Murray and the band in ''FlightOfTheConchords''

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* Although not an individual person, Australia in general seems to serve in this role for Murray and the band in ''FlightOfTheConchords''''Series/FlightOfTheConchords''
22nd Jun '17 10:26:15 AM ading
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* A very dark version from ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' in the form of the promiscuous Fraulein Kost, who turns the play's extremely sympathetic Jewish character over to the Nazis, then rallies a bunch of background characters to Nazism in the [[EpicRocking truly spectacular]] VillainSong that closes act one. Her motive in doing this? ''To spite her landlady''.
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* The relationship between Tycho from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' and ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'''s Strong Bad in ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory''.

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* %%* The relationship between Tycho from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' and ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'''s Strong Bad in ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory''.
20th Jun '17 8:20:47 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Meera to Osha, who quickly grows jealous of Meera.
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