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27th Mar '17 2:41:16 AM marcoasalazarm
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* This is used to set up the plot in ''Film/HotFuzz''. The protagonist, London police officer Nicholas Angel, is [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigned to a small village in]] UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry because his hypercompetence is making the entire rest of the Met look bad in comparison. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, their figures go "a bit squiffy" without him, forcing them to swallow their pride and ask him to return...only to be told he's [[ReassignmentBackfire come to like the village]].]]

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* This is used to set up the plot in ''Film/HotFuzz''. The protagonist, London police officer Nicholas Angel, is [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigned to a small village in]] UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry because his hypercompetence is making the entire rest of the Met look bad in comparison. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, their figures go "a bit squiffy" (as in a ''400% increase in London's crime rate'') without him, forcing them to swallow their pride and ask him to return...only to be told he's [[ReassignmentBackfire come to like the village]].]]
22nd Mar '17 1:17:27 AM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11725053/1/The-Bald-and-The-Esper The Bald and the Esper]]'', a lot of Saitama's detractors are either people who failed to join the Hero Association or ones who succeeded and are less successful than him. When Saitama's rank skyrockets from 388 (dead last) to 5 among the C-Ranks, one person insists that he must have cheated because it was impossible to change ranks, even though the Hero Association has several rules pertaining to changing ranks.
5th Mar '17 5:25:18 PM nombretomado
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* ''ILoveLucy'' has a rather humorous take on this: Frustrated at Lucy's perpetual mistakes, Ricky draws up a very tight, rigorous schedule for her to do her chores. It actually seems to help the scatterbrained Lucy, until Ethel and her friends complain that Lucy's efficiency makes them look bad, that, "How can we say we can't get everything done in one day, when you're doing just that?" An appeal to her vanity makes Lucy herself decide to derail the schedule, naturally when Ricky has friends over, and HilarityEnsues.

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* ''ILoveLucy'' ''Series/ILoveLucy'' has a rather humorous take on this: Frustrated at Lucy's perpetual mistakes, Ricky draws up a very tight, rigorous schedule for her to do her chores. It actually seems to help the scatterbrained Lucy, until Ethel and her friends complain that Lucy's efficiency makes them look bad, that, "How can we say we can't get everything done in one day, when you're doing just that?" An appeal to her vanity makes Lucy herself decide to derail the schedule, naturally when Ricky has friends over, and HilarityEnsues.
23rd Feb '17 6:38:05 AM JohnPrestwick
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* Happens a number of times in Series/TheInbetweeners. When a character shows signs of making some form of progress in their social lives, the others conspire to bring them back to their level. Examples include Jay's football friend and Will's romance with Daisy.
17th Feb '17 9:10:25 AM Gravidef
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* In the DCOM ''Film/TowerOfTerror'', this is ultimately revealed as the villain [[spoiler: Abby's]] motivation: [[spoiler: as the older, non-talented sister of child star Sally Shine, she felt neglected by both her parents and the world at large, and so used black magic to send Sally, as well as the four other people unlucky enough to be in an elevator with her, into the Twilight Zone, forced to live on as ghosts. Thankfully, a healthy dose of ThePowerOfLove convinces Abby that Sally and her family really ''did'' care about her, which reverses the spell]].



* ''Series/{{The Wire}} is often made of this type with its bleak neo-realist worldview saying that nothing changes and you can't break the cycle, especially with characters wanting to leave the game. In Series 1, it was [[spoiler: Boadie and Poot]] shooting [[spoiler: Wallace]]; Series 2 had [[spoiler: the murder of D'Angelo (just after his depressing, crab-barrel analysis of The Great Gatsby)]]; Season 3 went gloriously big with [[spoiler: Avon setting Stringer to be killed for wanting to go legit]].

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* ''Series/{{The Wire}} ''Series/TheWire'' is often made of this type with its bleak neo-realist worldview saying that nothing changes and you can't break the cycle, especially with characters wanting to leave the game. In Series 1, it was [[spoiler: Boadie and Poot]] shooting [[spoiler: Wallace]]; Series 2 had [[spoiler: the murder of D'Angelo (just after his depressing, crab-barrel analysis of The Great Gatsby)]]; Season 3 went gloriously big with [[spoiler: Avon setting Stringer to be killed for wanting to go legit]].


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* "Three on a Couch," an episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', sees Rose, Dorothy, and Blanche visiting a psychiatrist when they seem unable to stop fighting with each other. The girls complain about each other's flaws, with Rose's CloudCuckoolander status and Blanche's [[ReallyGetsAround insatiable sex drive]] as targets for derision. Dorothy's, though, is the fact that she's largely [[LawfulGood rule-abiding]] and level-headed; Rose and Blanche complain that she "lords it over" them and acts superior just because she has her life in order.
18th Jan '17 11:05:01 PM Hanz
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* In the ''Dead Money'' [[DownloadableContent DLC]] of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', the reason Dean Domino tried to ruin Frederick Sinclair is because he was happier and more successful than him, which Dean interpreted as Sinclair showing off and thinking he was better than everyone else. If you pass any of Dean's skill checks (showing that you are indeed better than him at said skill) and don't kiss his ass at every opportunity, he'll develop similar feelings towards you as well and turn on you, requiring you to kill him in order to proceed. If he doesn't betray you and therefore survives the DLC, he'll learn about the final fates of Sinclair and his love interest Vera Keyes, and [[HeelRealization feel a bit sad]] [[EvilCannotComprehendGood for some strange reason he cannot identify]], [[IgnoredEpiphany so he puts it out of his mind and decides to head to New Vegas]].

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* In the ''Dead Money'' [[DownloadableContent DLC]] of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', the reason Dean Domino tried to ruin Frederick Sinclair is because he was happier and more successful than him, which Dean interpreted as Sinclair showing off and thinking he was better than everyone else. If you pass any of Dean's specific skill checks (showing that lets you are indeed better than one-up him at said skill) and don't kiss placate his ass at every opportunity, ego, he'll develop similar feelings towards you as well and turn on you, requiring you to kill him in order to proceed. If he doesn't betray you and therefore survives the DLC, he'll learn about the final fates of Sinclair and his love interest Vera Keyes, and [[HeelRealization feel a bit sad]] [[EvilCannotComprehendGood for some strange reason he cannot identify]], [[IgnoredEpiphany so he puts it out of his mind and decides to head to New Vegas]].
15th Jan '17 3:58:52 PM Subbak
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-->-- [[BeamMeUpScotty Attributed to]] '''UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein'''

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-->-- [[http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/04/06/fish-climb/ Falsely]] [[BeamMeUpScotty Attributed to]] '''UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein'''



* You might not believe it, but many schools operate this way, enforcing the ''Tall Poppy Syndrome''. German researchers claim, that 98% of all born children are geniuses, but after school education only 2% of the 98% remain.
** Most children express discomfort in such schools, because they do not learn what they personally need for their own development. As a result, many talents within the children, as they themselves become stunted, as they were caged into a system, which doesn't serve their needs.
** Ask a young student this question: "''Why do you go to school?''". Most of the time, if they are honest, they will likely answer, "''Because I must.''"
*** It is known that children, which learn by their own accord something new, they will keep it in their long term memory, unlike things you are ''forced'' to learn for archieving good grades in school, only to forget the new material in a few months or weeks.
12th Jan '17 2:56:45 PM Tacitus
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* Enforced in ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2'' with the Realm Divide mechanic. As you win battles and conquer rivals, your clan's reputation will increase until it reaches the point that the Ashikaga Shogunate feels threatened by your success and declares you an enemy of the state, prompting every other clan in Japan - even your allies and vassals - to [[GangUpOnTheHuman gang up on you to prevent you from rising any further]]. The cinematic that announces this even warns that "The tallest tree is the first to feel the axe."
26th Dec '16 9:50:30 PM Ebrbfureh
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This trope is often found in {{Dystopia}}s and {{Crapsack World}}s, and may also show up in {{Crapsaccharine World}}s. Indeed, in a Crapsaccharine World, Tall Poppy Syndrome may be the first clue that everything isn't as sweet and nice as it appears on the surface. Common in social ghettos and places where institutionalized categorism (e.g. racism) results in {{Aggressive|Categorism}} and {{Internalized|Categorism}} categorism, with people of a certain category (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, species, mutant etc.) believing --even on a subconscious level-- that they are inferior and should act in a certain way, and hence pull down and demean anyone who acts differently, rises to greatness, or escapes the social ghetto. Expect this variation in {{alternate|Universe}} and [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture futuristic]] worlds that have social divide or contain {{Dystopia}}n elements, and from writers who are trying to write social commentary about RealLife -- with whom it's a particular favorite.

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This trope is often found in {{Dystopia}}s and {{Crapsack World}}s, and may also show up in {{Crapsaccharine World}}s. Indeed, in a Crapsaccharine World, Tall Poppy Syndrome may be the first clue that everything isn't as sweet and nice as it appears on the surface. Common in social ghettos and places where institutionalized categorism (e.g. racism) results in {{Aggressive|Categorism}} and {{Internalized|Categorism}} categorism, with people of a certain category (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, species, mutant etc.) believing --even -- even on a subconscious level-- level -- that they are inferior and should act in a certain way, and hence pull down and demean anyone who acts differently, rises to greatness, or escapes the social ghetto. Expect this variation in {{alternate|Universe}} and [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture futuristic]] worlds that have social divide or contain {{Dystopia}}n elements, and from writers who are trying to write social commentary about RealLife -- with whom it's a particular favorite.



Also related is the UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese proverb ''Deru kugi utareru'' -- "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down" (in English, the phrase "proud nail" often has the same implication), which not only refers to ambition, but ''anyone'' who fails to conform; the [[UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} Norwegian]] "Jantelov" (see in Literature below); the UsefulNotes/{{Philippine|s}} ''Crab Mentality'' or "Crab Bucket Syndrome", based on the myth that if you have at least two crabs in a bucket, you don't need to have a lid, because the other(s) prevent any one member from trying to climb out of it; and the [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands Dutch]] proverb ''boven het maaiveld uitsteken'', more or less literally, "standing out above the level at which the field is mown". In Chinese, "the tall bird must be shot at". UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}n proverb "Вот радость у соседа корова сдохла" (''Vot radost'--u soseda korova sdokhla'' "What a joy, a neighbour's cow has died") describes the ''schadenfreude'' borne out of such mentality.

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Also related is the UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese proverb ''Deru kugi utareru'' -- "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down" (in English, the phrase "proud nail" often has the same implication), which not only refers to ambition, but ''anyone'' who fails to conform; the [[UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} Norwegian]] "Jantelov" (see in Literature below); the UsefulNotes/{{Philippine|s}} ''Crab Mentality'' or "Crab Bucket Syndrome", based on the myth that if you have at least two crabs in a bucket, you don't need to have a lid, because the other(s) prevent any one member from trying to climb out of it; and the [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands Dutch]] proverb ''boven het maaiveld uitsteken'', more or less literally, "standing out above the level at which the field is mown". In Chinese, "the tall bird must be shot at". UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}n proverb "Вот радость у соседа корова сдохла" (''Vot radost'--u radost' -- u soseda korova sdokhla'' "What a joy, a neighbour's cow has died") describes the ''schadenfreude'' borne out of such mentality.
24th Oct '16 10:33:58 PM DavidDelony
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** Most children express dicomfort in such schools, because they do not learn what they personally need for their own development. As a result, many talents within the children, as they themselves become stunted, as they were caged into a system, which doesn't serve their needs.

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** Most children express dicomfort discomfort in such schools, because they do not learn what they personally need for their own development. As a result, many talents within the children, as they themselves become stunted, as they were caged into a system, which doesn't serve their needs.


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* People who support progressive taxation are often accused of this mentality, claiming that they just envy the success of the rich and want to punish them for it.
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