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20th Aug '16 11:42:50 AM Terran117
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* Enver Hoxha of Albania was pretty much this to the communist world in the ColdWar, having split off ties with Tito's Yugoslavia, the Soviet Eastern Bloc and the Chinese led third world for not being hardliner enough. Albania would go on to build numerous bunkers around the country out of fear of an invasion that never came. Needless to say, his more successful rivals didn't care much for invading.
20th Aug '16 6:20:14 AM fearlessnikki
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* In ''Film/CountryStrong'', much drama comes from Kelly Canter worrying that Chiles Stanton is going to replace her as the hot new thing. Chiles meanwhile is oblivious to this.



* In RepoTheGeneticOpera, Paris Hilton plays Amber Sweet, a spoiled brat heiress with pretensions of being a gifted singer. Amber believes she is due to replace Broadway legend Sarah Brightman's character, Blind Mag, a world-famous opera singer who headlines the Genetic Opera for the all-powerful Gene Co company. Mag must know who Amber is due to her association with Amber's father, but Mag doesn't even acknowledge Amber.

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* In RepoTheGeneticOpera, ''Film/AGuideToRecognizingYourSaints'' Mike merely thinks Antonio is a jerk to everyone. He doesn't know that Antonio is jealous that Dito is blowing him off to hang out with Mike.
* In ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'',
Paris Hilton plays Amber Sweet, a spoiled brat heiress with pretensions of being a gifted singer. Amber believes she is due to replace Broadway legend Sarah Brightman's character, Blind Mag, a world-famous opera singer who headlines the Genetic Opera for the all-powerful Gene Co company. Mag must know who Amber is due to her association with Amber's father, but Mag doesn't even acknowledge Amber.
17th Aug '16 4:31:01 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', Falk considers Jaume to be his rival and contantly attempts to one-up him, undermine him and, above all, prove that he's worse than Falk. Jaume, on the other hand, has no idea of this and considers Falk to be little more than his co-worker, though one who ascended through ranks admirably fast.
14th Aug '16 1:55:58 PM HighOctaneAwesome
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** Meanwhile, Viral spends a fair portion of the series unaware that Simon even exists. Due largely to Simon being the [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni to Kamina's Red]], Viral only ever interacts with Kamina when they fight. He's even [[spoiler: unaware that he'd killed Kamina for some time, and is shocked to learn Kamina hadn't been piloting Gurren Lagann in their fights since.]]
6th Aug '16 12:23:44 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' Asuka often comes across as this to Rei, especially where [[LoveTriangle Shinji]] is involved. Subverted in that Rei's internal monologue indicates that she actually does consider Asuka something of a rival, but since [[TheStoic this]] [[TheQuietOne is]] [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Rei]] she gives no outward acknowledgment of this.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':

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* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' Asuka often comes across as this to Rei, especially where [[LoveTriangle Shinji]] is involved. Subverted in that Rei's internal monologue indicates that she actually does consider Asuka something of a rival, but since [[TheStoic this]] [[TheQuietOne is]] [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Rei]] she is somewhat confused by these feelings as she cannot fully understand them and she gives no outward acknowledgment of this.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
31st Jul '16 10:13:52 PM Kadorhal
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** In the original series: Hayato for Amuro. Hayato spends much of the series angsting over how much better a pilot Amuro is and desperately trying to prove that he's just as good (unfortunately for Hayato, Amuro is TheAce and leaves him in the dust from the start). Amuro never realizes any of this is going on, being much more preoccupied with his own issues and rivalry with Char.
** Yzak Joule to Athrun Zala, and in a degree to Kira Yamato, in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]''. In their earlier battle, Yzak just view Kira (as the Strike's pilot) as normal enemy that he must shot down, but after in one battle Kira damaged Duel so bad and injuring him to the point he got a large scar on his face. As the result, he hated Kira down to his deepest heart and count his scar as his MarkOfShame that reminiscing him to Kira (and Strike particularly). After the end of the series, he chose to remove his scar, and marking the conflict between him and the Strike's pilot, Kira.
** In the above's sequel, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', Shinn and Kira spend the entire series as faceless enemies to each other that only know each other by their Gundams. They do meet briefly, but don't know who each other is. This means that they only know each other by their actions in battle, and Shinn in particular without knowing of Kira's kind shy nature, believes that he's either evil or crazy and either way a very arrogant person that needs to be put down. Kira doesn't think much of Shinn at all, and when Shinn changes machines, doesn't initially even realize it's him he's fighting (while Shinn interesting immediately correctly assumes the guy piloting the brand new Strike Freedom is still Kira back from the dead). When Shinn meets him again and is told who he is, the idea that this kind man was the guy he was fighting kills any remaining notion that his side was correct.
*** Averted with Shinn and Athrun, and in fact pitted against someone that he couldn't write off as a faceless guy who he could believe to be evil (because Shinn knew Athrun was a good person at heart) Shinn couldn't quite muster up his usual performance.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]] has many. In the first season, Patrick Colasour is this to Tieria Erde, while Neil "Lockon Stratos" Dylandy hunts down Ali Al-Saachez for [[ItsPersonal personal issues]]. In season 2, Mister Bushido fills the role to Setsuna F. Seiei, his season 1 [[TheRival rival]]. Soma Peiris is this to Andrei Smirnov after [[spoiler:he killed his father Sergei]], while Andrei is this to Saji Crossroad [[LoveTriangle for love's sake]].

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** In the original series: Hayato for Amuro. Hayato spends much of the series angsting over how much better a pilot Amuro is and desperately trying to prove that he's just as good (unfortunately for Hayato, Amuro is TheAce and leaves him in the dust from the start). Amuro never realizes any of this is going on, being much more preoccupied with his own issues and rivalry with Char.
Char. In a sense this is also the case for Amuro and Char's rivalry, at least at first - Char does recognize the strength of the Gundam and Amuro's growing potential, but doesn't see him as any specific threat; in fact, he meets Amuro face-to-face at one point and helps him out of a ditch. [[spoiler:Then [[HeroicSacrifice Lalah sacrifices herself to protect Char from Amuro]] when they meet in battle again over Solomon. From then on, ItsPersonal for ''both'' of them.]]
** Yzak Joule to Athrun Zala, and in a degree to Kira Yamato, in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]''. In their earlier battle, Yzak just view viewed Kira (as the Strike's pilot) as a normal enemy that he must shot shoot down, but after then in one battle Kira badly damaged Yzak's Duel so bad and injuring injured him to the point he got a large scar on his face. As the a result, he hated Kira down to his deepest heart and count heart, counting his scar as his MarkOfShame that reminiscing reminds him to of Kira (and Strike particularly). After the end of the series, he chose to remove his scar, and marking the conflict between him and the Strike's pilot, Kira.
** In the above's sequel, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', Shinn and Kira spend the entire series as faceless enemies to each other that only know each other by their Gundams. They do meet briefly, but don't know who each other is. This means that they only know each other by their actions in battle, and Shinn in particular without knowing of Kira's kind shy nature, believes that he's either evil or crazy and either way a very arrogant person that needs to be put down. Kira doesn't think much of Shinn at all, and when Shinn changes machines, doesn't initially even realize it's him he's fighting (while Shinn interesting immediately correctly assumes the guy piloting the brand new Strike Freedom is still Kira back from the dead). Kira). When Shinn meets him again and is told who he is, the idea that this kind man was the guy he was fighting kills any remaining notion that his side was correct.
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*** Averted with Shinn and Athrun, and in fact pitted against someone that he couldn't write off as a faceless guy who he could believe to be evil (because Shinn knew Athrun was a good person at heart) heart), Shinn couldn't quite muster up his usual performance.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]] 00]]'' has many. In the first season, Patrick Colasour is this to Tieria Erde, while Neil "Lockon Stratos" Dylandy hunts down Ali Al-Saachez for [[ItsPersonal personal issues]]. In season 2, Mister Bushido fills the role to Setsuna F. Seiei, his season 1 [[TheRival rival]]. Soma Peiris Peries is this to Andrei Smirnov after [[spoiler:he killed his father Sergei]], while Andrei is this to Saji Crossroad [[LoveTriangle for love's sake]].



* Happens twice to Mugen in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''; In the second episode, Mugen is confronted by the man whose arm he cut off in the first episode, who freaks out when Mugen says he doesn't remember him. To be perfectly fair, this apears to have happened just a week or so earlier and it's hard to imagine that week being so jam-packed with excitement that Mugen would lose track of all the guys he maimed. Second is in the three part finale, where the three brothers crippled by Mugen during the raid on the sugar ship converge on him; leader Umanosuke loses his mind even more than Ryujiro did when he hears Mugen has no idea what he's talking about. Again, it's hardly unreasonable to expect him to remember this since the sugar ship raid is one of the major formative experiences of his recent life.
** But then again, Mugen's a self-centered blockhead.

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* Happens twice to Mugen in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''; In the second episode, Mugen is confronted by the man whose arm he cut off in the first episode, who freaks out when Mugen says he doesn't remember him. To be perfectly fair, this apears appears to have happened just a week or so earlier and it's hard to imagine that week being so jam-packed with excitement that Mugen would lose track of all the guys he maimed. Second is in the three part finale, where the three brothers crippled by Mugen during the raid on the sugar ship converge on him; leader Umanosuke loses his mind even more than Ryujiro did when he hears Mugen has no idea what he's talking about. Again, it's hardly unreasonable to expect him to remember this since the sugar ship raid is one of the major formative experiences of his recent life.
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life. But then again, Mugen's a self-centered blockhead.



* The [[EmbarrassingNickName so-called]] {{Fundoshi}} Mask from ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa'' is this for Mitsuhashi. Before the series, Mitsuhashi ''[[KickTheSonOfABitch completely ruined his life in self-defence]]'', including giving him the EmbarrassingNickname, but when he shows up again [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Mitsuhashi can't remember of him]] until circumstances lead to the poor bastard getting bandaged in a way that resembles having a fundoshi as mask (how he got the nickname in first place). When he shows up again, Fundoshi Mask decides to wear his 'mask' to be recognized immediately... And Mitsuhashi can't remember him in the slightest.

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* The [[EmbarrassingNickName so-called]] {{Fundoshi}} Mask from ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa'' is this for Mitsuhashi. Before the series, Mitsuhashi ''[[KickTheSonOfABitch completely ruined his life in self-defence]]'', including giving him the EmbarrassingNickname, but when he shows up again [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Mitsuhashi can't remember of him]] until circumstances lead to the poor bastard getting bandaged in a way that resembles having a fundoshi as mask (how he got the nickname in first place). When he shows up again, Fundoshi Mask decides to wear his 'mask' to be recognized immediately... And and Mitsuhashi can't remember him in the slightest.
31st Jul '16 9:54:41 PM Kadorhal
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** [[spoiler:Danzou]] was fiercely envious of the Third Hokage. [[spoiler:He had a severe inferiority complex towards Sarutobi, especially during a flashback where he wasn't able to volunteer himself for a suicidal mission sacrificing his life for the rest of his teammates, but Sarutobi did. In his eyes, Danzou wasn't able to live up to his families and his own beliefs. Not to mention the Second Hokage naming Sarutobi his successor in front of Danzou, something he had longed for and bitterly desired for the rest of his life]]. However at the same time, he did respect the Third and was even on a FirstNameBasis with him. Which is actually kind of a big deal, because ''nobody'' else is shown to be on a first name basis with the Third, not even his former squad or ''his own son''. Hell, Danzo is the first person to actually use his first name in the entire manga.

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** [[spoiler:Danzou]] was fiercely envious of the Third Hokage. [[spoiler:He had a severe inferiority complex towards Sarutobi, especially during a flashback where he wasn't able to volunteer himself for a suicidal mission sacrificing his life for the rest of his teammates, but Sarutobi did. In his eyes, Danzou wasn't able to live up to his families family's and his own beliefs. Not to mention the Second Hokage naming Sarutobi as his successor in front of Danzou, something he had longed for and bitterly desired for the rest of his life]]. However at At the same time, he did respect the Third and was even on a FirstNameBasis with him. Which is actually kind of a big deal, because he ends up being the first person to use the Third's name - ''nobody'' else is shown to be on a first name first-name basis with the Third, him, not even his former squad or ''his own son''. Hell, Danzo is the first person to actually use his first name in the entire manga.son''.



* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' inverts this trope with Andy, who is TheRival to Spike for one episode and never remembers Spike, constantly confusing him with the episode's bounty.

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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' inverts this trope with Andy, who is TheRival to Spike for one episode and never remembers Spike, constantly confusing him (and everybody else) with the episode's bounty.
23rd Jul '16 3:55:17 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Perhaps the most well-known wrestling example: Starting in the mid-nineties, Wrestling/ShaneDouglas has spent over a decade running down Wrestling/RicFlair. Flair barely paid him any attention. This didn't stop even after Douglas finally got a program with Flair in WCW in 2000 (and beat Flair twice).

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* Perhaps the most well-known wrestling example: Starting in the mid-nineties, Wrestling/ShaneDouglas has spent over a decade running down Wrestling/RicFlair. Flair barely paid him any attention. This didn't stop even after Douglas finally got a program with Flair in WCW Wrestling/{{WCW}} in 2000 (and beat Flair twice).
23rd Jul '16 3:54:24 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** Then there was that ridiculous and pointless storyline where BG James and [[Wrestling/BillyGunn Kip James]] as the "Voodoo Kin Mafia" would spend weeks mocking Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/TripleH, and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. They would often challenge the three to a fight with $1 million on the line, wait a few minutes, then denounce them as cowards for not showing up. The three ''never'' gave any indication they were aware of this.

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** Then there was that ridiculous and pointless storyline where BG James and [[Wrestling/BillyGunn Kip James]] as the "Voodoo Kin Mafia" would spend weeks mocking Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/TripleH, and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. They would often challenge the three to a fight with $1 million on the line, wait a few minutes, then denounce them as cowards for not showing up. The three ''never'' gave any indication they were aware of this.this...Michaels ''did'' make a reference to someone "jerking a curtain" but even the fans mistook it as a jab at ''Wrestling/KurtAngle'' rather than the James gang.


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* Within Wrestling/RingOfHonor itself, the Briscoes Decade feud was setup by BJ Witmer encouraging Adam Page to call out Jay Briscoe while Briscoe was not around in an attempt to make Jay look bad. Page, [[GenreBlind not really getting the point]], went on to confront and challenge Jay on the first show they were both on together after this. Jay accepted, but not before admitting he had no idea who Page was.
21st Jul '16 6:06:04 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In 2004 [=H2Wrestling=] acted as such to Wrestling/RingOfHonor, running directly against it with fired ROH wrestler Teddy Hart. ROH was in a moment of weakness, having lost its distributor to the RF Video Scandal, but for the same reason didn't pay H2 or Hart any mind and Hart making a brief return to ROH in 2009 after it went under.
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