History Main / TallPoppySyndrome

1st Feb '16 11:27:23 AM ayjazz
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* Invoked and subverted in ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet.'' Jordan is disdainful of the idea of FBI Agent Denham investigating Stratton-Oakmont's rise to Wall Street stardom, pointing out that Denham had tried and failed to get his broker's license and is now only taking out his frustrations by ruining the accomplishments of people who pulled it off. He even remarks "Every time someone rises up in this world, there's always gonna be some asshole trying to drag him down." But in actuality, this is only because Jordan is the narrator, and the film makes it clear he's a hedonistic, morally-bankrupt scumbag whose rise to power was accomplished by illegal means, so Denham is justified in taking him down.
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* Invoked and subverted in ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet.'' Jordan is disdainful of the idea of FBI Agent Denham investigating Stratton-Oakmont's rise to Wall Street stardom, pointing out that Denham had tried and failed to get his broker's license and is now only taking out his frustrations by ruining the accomplishments of people who pulled it off. He even remarks "Every time someone rises up in this world, there's always gonna be some asshole trying to drag him down." But in actuality, this is only because [[UnreliableNarrator Jordan is the narrator, narrator]], and the film makes it clear he's a hedonistic, morally-bankrupt scumbag whose rise to power was accomplished by illegal means, so Denham is justified in taking him down.

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[[folder: Real Life]] * Invoked and subverted The !Kung Bushman enforce this in ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet.'' Jordan is disdainful of their own tribes through a practice called "insulting the idea of FBI Agent Denham investigating Stratton-Oakmont's rise to Wall Street stardom, pointing out that Denham had tried and failed meat." For example, if a hunter were to get his broker's license a sizable kill, and is now only taking out his frustrations by ruining bring it back to camp boasting about it, the accomplishments of people who pulled other tribal members would insult it, claiming it off. He even remarks "Every time someone rises up in was worthless. [[http://www.waketech.edu/sites/default/files/libraryfiles/ereserves/ant220/kalahari.pdf When an anthropologist found this world, there's always gonna be some asshole trying out the hard way]], an elder explained to drag him down." But that it was done in actuality, this is only because Jordan is order to prevent a skilled tribal member from walking around like he owned the narrator, and the film makes it clear he's a hedonistic, morally-bankrupt scumbag whose rise tribe, which would lead to power was accomplished by illegal means, so Denham is justified in taking him down. trouble. [[/folder]]
28th Jan '16 3:47:16 PM cybertoy0
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': It's implied that Stan has this; He goes out of his way to mock Dipper, the more intellectual of the Pines Twins, and in "Little Gift Shop of Horror", tells a story of Waddles the pig becoming super-intelligent then giving it up to stay Mabel's pet. [[spoiler: It's possible that this stems from a resentment he has for his genius brother, whose intellectual pursuits led to a schism between the two. When said brother is kidnapped by an evil wizard with intent to eat his brains, Stan considers letting the wizard take a few bites if it means the two of them becoming mental equals.]]
14th Jan '16 10:32:55 PM Nakuyabi
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[[folder:Advertising]] * In one Cheerios commercial, a father with a pair of little twin girls is trying to read his newspaper when one of them complains that the other has more Cheerios in her bowl than she does. To even things up, he digs a spoonful out from the other twin's bowl and eats it... only to decide upon tasting it that he "needs" to take some more scoops from either bowl to make them equal. Numerous scoops later, he leaves exactly ''two'' Cheerios in each bowl. "There. Now they're equal." The twins stare at their bowls for a while, and then the other one says [[IgnoredAesop "She's got]] [[HereWeGoAgain more milk."]] [[/folder]]
12th Jan '16 8:33:54 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In response to hearing the [[FandomCommunityNickname RoHbots]] thank The American Wolves during their departure, Wrestling/JimmyJacobs and Wrestling/RoderickStrong attacked, later joining with BJ Whitmer: three wrestlers who had been "loyal" to Wrestling/RingOfHonor for a decade who were tired of seeing celebrations for those going to larger companies. This degenerated into Decade attacking people returning from larger companies (The Addiction from Wrestling/{{TNA}}), {{commuting|onabus}} between larger companies (Wrestling/AJStyles bringing in the IWGP heavyweight title and Wrestling/BulletClub from Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}}) and then attacking "rookies" who they suspected of using ROH to get to larger companies (Adam Page, [=TaDarius=] Thomas, Andrew Everett, Cedric Alexander, ACH)
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* In response to hearing the [[FandomCommunityNickname [[FanCommunityNickname RoHbots]] thank The American Wolves Eddie Edwards during their departure, Wrestling/JimmyJacobs and Wrestling/RoderickStrong attacked, later joining with BJ Whitmer: three wrestlers who had been "loyal" to Wrestling/RingOfHonor for a decade who were tired of seeing celebrations for those going to larger companies. This degenerated into Decade attacking people returning from larger companies (The Addiction ([[Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels The]] [[Wrestling/FrankieKazarian Addiction]] from Wrestling/{{TNA}}), {{commuting|onabus}} between larger companies (Wrestling/AJStyles bringing in the IWGP heavyweight title and Wrestling/BulletClub from Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}}) and then attacking "rookies" who they suspected of using ROH to get to larger companies (Adam Page, [=TaDarius=] Thomas, Andrew Everett, Cedric Alexander, ACH)
9th Jan '16 2:39:36 AM DoctorNemesis
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Compare DoWellButNotPerfect and TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong. Contrast SocialDarwinism, which is about those on top making it harder for those at the bottom to climb up, rather than those below acting to bring down those who try to rise, BullyingADragon, where trying to hammer down those clearly superior to you in magnitudes result in catastrophic consequences, and BewareTheSuperman, where the short poppies ''should'' be afraid of the tall. TheParagon actively tries to avoid this trope by bringing others ''up'' to his or her level, rather than letting them push him or her down. Contrast also the American aphorism "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." See also AmbitionIsEvil; EnemyMine; ItsPopularNowItSucks; and EnemiesEqualsGreatness (where it's people who hate an individual for being great). This is one of ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest.
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Compare DoWellButNotPerfect and TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong. Contrast SocialDarwinism, which is about those on top making it harder for those at the bottom to climb up, rather than those below acting to bring down those who try to rise, BullyingADragon, where trying to hammer down those clearly superior to you in magnitudes result in catastrophic consequences, and BewareTheSuperman, where the short poppies ''should'' be afraid of the tall. TheParagon actively tries to avoid this trope by bringing others ''up'' to his or her level, rather than letting them push him or her down. Contrast also the American aphorism "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." See also AmbitionIsEvil; EnemyMine; ItsPopularNowItSucks; and EnemiesEqualsGreatness (where it's people who hate an individual for being great). This is one of ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest. ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest. [[TropesAreTools It should also be noted that]], regardless of what the Tall Poppies themselves might think, it's not this trope if their own actions have legitimately brought a negative response on them.
8th Jan '16 2:15:09 PM PhysicalStamina
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* Briefly discussed in Music/GangStarr's "Moment of Truth" with these lyrics: -->''See when you're shining, some chumps'll wanna dull ya'' -->''Always selfish jealous punks, will wanna pull ya'' -->''Down, just like some shellfish in a bucket''
5th Jan '16 8:39:52 AM WillBGood
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* This is a major factor in most of the ''{{Sharpe}}'' stories -- the Establishment is deeply offended that a common soldier born to poverty could have become an officer. Then even more offended when he goes around being better at it than them. Similarly, a lot of the common soldiers resent being given orders by a "jumped-up Sergeant". To the point where they attempt to frag him several times.
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* This is a major factor in most of the ''{{Sharpe}}'' stories -- the Establishment is deeply offended that a common soldier born to poverty could have become an officer. Then even more offended when he goes around being better at it than them. Similarly, a lot of the common soldiers resent being given orders by a "jumped-up Sergeant". To the point where they attempt to frag {{frag|ging}} him several times.
5th Jan '16 8:34:34 AM WillBGood
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** Similarly, this one from the SovietUnion: A man is visited by a genie, who offers to grant him a wish. The man responds that his neighbor has a cow, but he himself has no cow. The genie asks if the man wants a cow of his own too. The man says no, that he wants his neighbor's cow to die.\
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** Similarly, this one from the SovietUnion: A man is visited by a genie, who offers to grant him a wish. The man responds that his neighbor has a cow, but he himself has no cow. The genie asks if the man wants a cow of his own too. The man says no, that he wants his neighbor's cow to die.\
30th Dec '15 9:01:23 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/HarrisonBergeron'', the film adaptation of the Creator/KurtVonnegut short story, starring Sean Astin, is also about a brilliant young man in a society where everyone is forced to be mediocre.
29th Dec '15 2:26:25 PM Anddrix
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* SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor feels this way about Franchise/{{Superman}}, he states no one man should have that much power. [[{{Hypocrite}} But Lex's logic is that no one but him should have that much power...]]
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* SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor feels this way about Franchise/{{Superman}}, he states no one man should have that much power. [[{{Hypocrite}} But Lex's logic is that no one but him should have that much power...]]
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