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17th Jun '17 10:16:22 AM nombretomado
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* Taken UpToEleven in ''HarrisonBergeron'' by KurtVonnegut, where everyone is literally handicapped to the lowest common denominator. Athletic people must wear heavy chains to make them slow and clumsy. Smart people wear earphones that randomly play loud noises to disrupt their thinking patterns. And beautiful people must wear masks.

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* Taken UpToEleven in ''HarrisonBergeron'' ''Literature/HarrisonBergeron'' by KurtVonnegut, Creator/KurtVonnegut, where everyone is literally handicapped to the lowest common denominator. Athletic people must wear heavy chains to make them slow and clumsy. Smart people wear earphones that randomly play loud noises to disrupt their thinking patterns. And beautiful people must wear masks.
12th Jun '17 11:06:17 AM lillolillo
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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: Soviet Union: 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.



* One early ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story revealed that J. Jonah Jameson suffers this in regards to Spider-Man. Hence his relentless persecution of the webslinger.
* This trope was given as the reason the depowered superheroes receive no outside help in ''ComicBook/JLAActOfGod'', because it turns out that all the {{Muggle}}s and world governments are secretly happy that their superpowered protectors are now "on the same level" as everyone else. That's right, everyone is happy that Franchise/{{Superman}} is gone. Doug Moench doesn't read many comics besides Franchise/{{Batman}}. Considering the ''very'' long list of alien conquerors who have tried to take over Earth, [[UngratefulBastard these people]] may not be so happy later that [[FridgeLogic all their super-powered protectors are gone.]]

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* One early ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' Franchise/SpiderMan story revealed that J. Jonah Jameson suffers this in regards to Spider-Man. Hence his relentless persecution of the webslinger.
* This trope was given as the reason the depowered superheroes receive no outside help in ''ComicBook/JLAActOfGod'', because it turns out that all the {{Muggle}}s and world governments are secretly happy that their superpowered protectors are now "on the same level" as everyone else. That's right, everyone is happy that Franchise/{{Superman}} is gone. Doug Moench doesn't read many comics besides Franchise/{{Batman}}. Considering the ''very'' long list of alien conquerors who have tried to take over Earth, [[UngratefulBastard these people]] may not be so happy later that [[FridgeLogic all their super-powered protectors are gone.]]



*** Scrooge had previously gotten this treatment after winning the battle for the Anaconda copper mine. Upon returning to town he is reviled by those he previously counted as friends. Howard Rockerduck informs him that this is what happens when you get rich.

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*** ** Scrooge had previously gotten this treatment after winning the battle for the Anaconda copper mine. Upon returning to town he is reviled by those he previously counted as friends. Howard Rockerduck informs him that this is what happens when you get rich.



* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} has several times gotten this poor treatment:
** Daily Planet journalist Cat Grant hates Supergirl, among other -mostly petty- reasons, because she can't stand seeing a super-powerful teenager around.
** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Lena Thorul hates super-powered beings, feeling they make baseline humans look bad. As soon as she finds out her best friend Linda is Supergirl, Lena turns on her.
--->'''Supergirl:''' Lena... I'm still me! I'm your best friend!\\
'''Lena:''' Not anymore... Not now that I know the truth! You're my enemy now. I have no choice but to destroy you!\\
'''Supergirl:''' But why? I'm the same person you've been friends with for months! Why do you have to hate me?!\\
'''Lena:''' Because your kind offends the natural order! You float through the sky as if you own it! You change the course of rivers without a thought to the consequences! Your very existence undermines the purity of true human achievement!



* 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|ging}} him several times.

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* This is a major factor in most of the ''{{Sharpe}}'' ''Literature/{{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|ging}} him several times.
5th Jun '17 4:32:03 PM DoctorCooper
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4th Jun '17 3:57:50 PM AnotherDuck
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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.
3rd Jun '17 12:23:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s article "[[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/the-crazy-sociology-experiment-buried-in-russian-game-show/ The Crazy Sociology Experiment Buried in a Russian Game Show]]" notes that, in the Russian version of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', contestants "quickly became wary of asking the audience anything, because they'd almost always give the wrong answer." The theory is that the Russian audiences were deliberately sabotaging the contestants, to prevent them from rising above their peers.

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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s article "[[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/the-crazy-sociology-experiment-buried-in-russian-game-show/ The Crazy Sociology Experiment Buried in a Russian Game Show]]" notes that, in the Russian version of ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'', contestants "quickly became wary of asking the audience anything, because they'd almost always give the wrong answer." The theory is that the Russian audiences were deliberately sabotaging the contestants, to prevent them from rising above their peers.
26th May '17 12:21:07 PM WillBGood
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* ComicBook/LexLuthor feels this way about Franchise/{{Superman}}, he states no one man should have that much power. However, Lex's logic is that [[{{Hypocrite}} no one but him]] should have that much power...

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* ComicBook/LexLuthor feels this way about Franchise/{{Superman}}, he states no one man should have that much power. However, Lex's logic is that [[{{Hypocrite}} no one but him]] ''[[{{Hypocrite}} him]]'' should have that much power...
26th May '17 12:20:50 PM WillBGood
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* 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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* ComicBook/LexLuthor feels this way about Franchise/{{Superman}}, he states no one man should have that much power. [[{{Hypocrite}} But However, Lex's logic is that [[{{Hypocrite}} no one but him him]] should have that much power...]]
30th Apr '17 1:33:30 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' everyone will berate and snide you for using [[SchmuckBait Golden Lumber]] for a fence because of [[ConspicuousConsumption how ridiculously expensive it is]].

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* In ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' everyone will berate and snide you for using [[SchmuckBait Golden Lumber]] for a fence because of [[ConspicuousConsumption how ridiculously expensive it is]].
7th Apr '17 4:00:42 PM nombretomado
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* This is why critics in the U.K. hated ProgressiveRock so much. A lot of music critics on both sides of ThePond think that anybody who strives for anything more ambitious than ThreeChordsAndTheTruth is "pretentious." For critics, "experimental" is not a compliment.

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* This is why critics in the U.K. hated ProgressiveRock so much. A lot of music critics on both sides of ThePond UsefulNotes/ThePond think that anybody who strives for anything more ambitious than ThreeChordsAndTheTruth is "pretentious." For critics, "experimental" is not a compliment.
6th Apr '17 4:53:56 PM adenreagen
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* The Imperial Order from The Sword of Truth series is a very literal embodiment of this trope. Under their belief, everyone is meant to give to those who have less than them, and anyone who doesn't should be put to death. They want to kill all who can use magic because there are many who can't. They sack entire cities because the people who live there just want to live their own lives rather than join the Order. Though the leaders often openly contradict their own beliefs (just being leaders shows they think they are superior and, by their own ideals, should give up thethe r authorit's) it is often a society run by mob rule. As Nikki eloquently puts it, "The Order teaches us that to be better than someone is to be worse than everyone."
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