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26th May '16 2:57:36 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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17th May '16 4:04:48 PM MadCat221
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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 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" 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.village]].]]
9th May '16 12:10:43 PM smalltime
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* PlayedForLaughs with Rita Glossner on ''Series/TheMiddle''. She and her family are rednecks and she sees the Hecks as rich snobs when they're middle class at best.
6th May '16 3:17:51 AM M84
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** The season 6 premiere adds a layer of irony to the whole mess [[spoiler:with TheReveal that her former best friend is actually an IneptMage (though his ''knowledge'' of magic arguably surpasses even Twilight's) and that one of the reasons he never contacted her again was because he was too ashamed to tell her the truth.]]
3rd May '16 3:54:15 AM mrponeis
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* In ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'', heroine Yuknoshita Yukino says that she's been the victim of this for much of her life, having few friends because the other girls resented her superiority, and having to deal with the frustration of being surrounded by lazy people who'd rather drag her down than raise themselves up.

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* In ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'', heroine Yuknoshita Yukinoshita Yukino says that she's been the victim of this for much of her life, having few friends because the other girls resented her superiority, and having to deal with the frustration of being surrounded by lazy people who'd rather drag her down than raise themselves up.



* In ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'', this is something the titlur character very much endures in his SocialDarwinist school. A good majority of the student body resent his talent and achievements and frequently try to downplay them. One notable example is in the TournamentArc where despite making it all the way to the finals along with two other top chefs from his generation, Soma is treated as a complete afterthought between them by the students. True to form, the students are jealous of his hard-working attitude and acknowledging that would mean acknowledging that they do not work as hard as Soma does.

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* In ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'', this is something the titlur titular character very much endures in his SocialDarwinist school. A good majority of the student body resent his talent and achievements and frequently try to downplay them. One notable example is in the TournamentArc where despite making it all the way to the finals along with two other top chefs from his generation, Soma is treated as a complete afterthought between them by the students. True to form, the students are jealous of his hard-working attitude and acknowledging that would mean acknowledging that they do not work as hard as Soma does.
23rd Apr '16 2:38:08 AM Chabal2
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* The central conflict of the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' revolves around the fact that some people are born with the ability to "bend" the elements around them, while most people are not, with the Equalists trying to bring everyone down to their level.

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* The central conflict of the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' revolves around the fact that some people are born with the ability to "bend" the elements around them, while most people are not, with the Equalists trying to bring everyone down to their level. [[spoiler:Naturally, their leader is a bender, and a very good one too.]]
13th Apr '16 7:09:10 PM Tarlonniel
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* "Gifted" kids tend to get a lot of hate, even bullying, from their less academically-oriented classmates, especially if they're being graded on a curve.
* YMMV, but [[Creator/KarlMarx Marxism]] is a political ideology rooted in this. This view advocated that the bourgeoisie (wealthy) were exploiting the proletariat (working class), and it called for a society that has no economic classes so that everyone is on equal footing with each other. It also calls for the wealth of the ruling class to be redistributed to the working class, since they have so much money anyways.
** Debatable and a case of [[Common Knowledge]]. It calls primarily for the abolishment of "rents", i.e. return on capital. A goal (at least for a time) is "To each acording to his abilities", i.e. a factory owner may not get money just for owning the factory. If he manages it well, that would be a different case.
13th Apr '16 6:01:26 AM pi4t
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* Discussed in "Screwtape Proposes a Toast" from ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''. Screwtape, a senior devil from Hell, discusses how Tall Poppy Syndrome can be used to undermine democracy. While a full discussion would become a lengthy entry, the short version is that Screwtape says the Devils can undermine democracy and education - the government ''least'' inclined toward the Hellward road and one of humanity's greatest achievements, respectively - by introducing mediocrity in a citizenry that refuses to accept excellence. Talented individuals become ''ashamed'' of their talents because their excellence elevates them. In short, while the Enemy (God, from Screwtape's point of view) would want humans to excel while remaining humble and kind, the devils want humans to be proud but mediocre. Screwtape best summarizes it as confusing the message "All men are created equal," meaning all humans deserve rights, equal protection before the law, and to be valued as individuals, with "All men are created equal," to mean no one is truly more virtuous, more talented, more industrious, or more capable. The full lecture goes into much greater detail.

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* Discussed in "Screwtape Proposes a Toast" from ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''. Screwtape, a senior devil from Hell, discusses how Tall Poppy Syndrome can be used to undermine democracy. While a full discussion would become a lengthy entry, the short version is that Screwtape says the Devils can undermine democracy and education - the government ''least'' inclined toward the Hellward road and one of humanity's greatest achievements, respectively - by introducing mediocrity in a citizenry that refuses to accept excellence. Talented individuals become ''ashamed'' of their talents because their excellence elevates them. In short, while the Enemy (God, from Screwtape's point of view) "the Enemy" (ie God) would want humans to excel while remaining humble and kind, the devils want humans to be proud but mediocre. Screwtape best summarizes it as confusing the message "All men are created equal," meaning all humans deserve rights, equal protection before the law, and to be valued as individuals, with "All men are created equal," to mean no one is truly more virtuous, more talented, more industrious, or more capable. The full lecture goes into much greater detail.
10th Apr '16 11:17:26 PM DarkastKiller
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* Any city that becomes to big or technologically advanced in FinalFantasyX will be attacked and normally destroyed by Sin in short notice, the only exceptions being the city it was made to protect, and the most popular city whose warriors fight extra hard for.
6th Apr '16 12:23:32 AM Aporio
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** Debatable and a case of [[Common Knowledge]]. It calls primarily for the abolishment of "rents", i.e. return on capital. A goal (at least for a time) is "To each acording to his abilities", i.e. a factory owner may not get money just for owning the factory. If he manages it well, that would be a different case.
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