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30th Jan '17 2:02:17 PM Phred
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* Karl of ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' considers Julien to be this before they've even formally met. For the most part he is extremely gracious in defeat as defeat as this only serves as proof that Julien is a brilliant foe worthy of a brilliant mind such as his own.
20th Jan '17 7:39:32 AM bwburke94
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the Endbringers - a set of NighInvulnerable {{Kaiju}} monsters who have been regularly attacking humankind for thirty years by the start of the series - are implied to be ''created'' specifically to act like these for [[spoiler: Eidolon]] by his powers. In this case, the revelation that this is happening [[spoiler: stuns the ChronicHeroSyndrome Eidolon so badly that he falls into a HeroicBSOD.]]



* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', the protagonist, Sylvester, experiences moments of great excitement whenever he encounters someone that could rival him as TheSocialExpert, because simply to watch what they do in response to his own moves is completely fascinating. He finds two in the form of Reverend Mauer, a charismatic religious leader who stages a populist uprising, and Genevieve Fray, a rogue MadScientist with SuperIntelligence which has allowed her to optimize her brain for strategic planning and politics.
15th Jan '17 4:41:57 AM EDP
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* Holy Roman Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa was seen as this by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_commune Free Communes]] of Northern Italy who rebelled against his rule, even giving him his nickname (meaning "Red Beard" in Italian) because [[BadassBeard his red beard was just that awesome]]. They respected him so much that after (barely) defeating him in battle they ''refused to go for full independence'', instead settling for a large autonomy that was somewhat ''less'' that what they had when Barbarossa started trying to impose his absolute rule.
11th Jan '17 9:20:14 AM NateTheGreat
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** The Romulan commander in the episode "Balance of Terror", who tells Kirk that under different circumstances they could have been friends. This episode was specifically inspired by the movie ''The Enemy Below'' (see the Film section above).

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** The Romulan commander in the episode "Balance of Terror", who tells Kirk that under different circumstances they could have been friends. This episode was specifically inspired by the movie ''The Enemy Below'' (see the Film section above).subpage).
8th Jan '17 4:50:12 PM nombretomado
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* UsagiYojimbo is a celebration of samurai myth, so this trope appears several times.

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* UsagiYojimbo ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' is a celebration of samurai myth, so this trope appears several times.
8th Jan '17 1:53:37 PM lolface123
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** One [[WhatIf "Imaginary Story"]] involved a minor villain named Dimension Master killing Lois Lane, and Superman having to deal with it. Dimension Master then has his [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]] wife briefly disguise herself as Lois just to further torment him. At this, Dimension Master is suddenly defeated by ''Luthor and Brainiac.'' Supes asks in astonishment why they are helping him, and they tell him that even though they are his enemies, they ''respect'' him, and they couldn't stand watching D.M.'s pointless cruelty.

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** One [[WhatIf "Imaginary Story"]] involved a minor villain named Dimension Master killing Lois Lane, and Superman having to deal with it. Dimension Master then has his [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]] wife briefly disguise herself as Lois just to further torment him. At this, Dimension Master is suddenly defeated by ''Luthor and Brainiac.'' Supes asks in astonishment why they are helping him, and they tell him that even though they are his enemies, they ''respect'' him, and [[EvenEvilHasStandards they couldn't stand watching D.M.'s pointless cruelty.]]
7th Jan '17 7:23:29 PM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/TransformersAnimatedCybertronianGenesis'': Megatron and Optimus Prime, just like in canon. In Megatron's trophy room, he reserves a spot between the helmets of ''the two Magnuses'' he has personally defeated in combat just for Optimus, all but stating that, to him, defeating Optimus would be his greatest triumph.
6th Jan '17 1:31:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* Hector and Achilles of {{Homer}}'s ''Literature/TheIliad''. Hector was an honorable man and considered a worthy foe by many of the Achaean heroes fighting at Troy. Achilles had no such feelings for the man; he spent the early parts of the war pissed at his own leaders and the later parts in nothing less than a homicidal rage toward everyone after Hector killed Patroclus, and spent a lot of time and effort trying to desecrate Hector's corpse. Although he did relent after he'd taken his revenge and cooled down a bit. Achilles actually seemed to think more of Hector's father, Priam, as a worthy opponent (in the overall war) when the latter came to beg for his son's body for proper burial. Achilles agreed to allow Hector the honor he deserved, but Priam's love for his son and his bravery in coming alone to the Greek ships also got to him.

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* Hector and Achilles of {{Homer}}'s Creator/{{Homer}}'s ''Literature/TheIliad''. Hector was an honorable man and considered a worthy foe by many of the Achaean heroes fighting at Troy. Achilles had no such feelings for the man; he spent the early parts of the war pissed at his own leaders and the later parts in nothing less than a homicidal rage toward everyone after Hector killed Patroclus, and spent a lot of time and effort trying to desecrate Hector's corpse. Although he did relent after he'd taken his revenge and cooled down a bit. Achilles actually seemed to think more of Hector's father, Priam, as a worthy opponent (in the overall war) when the latter came to beg for his son's body for proper burial. Achilles agreed to allow Hector the honor he deserved, but Priam's love for his son and his bravery in coming alone to the Greek ships also got to him.
2nd Jan '17 12:56:09 PM McJeff
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* In the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. The two teams are rivals in the AFC north, and they really cannot stand each other - their rivalry is said to be one of the most bitter in the NFL. However, both teams are also willing to admit that the other is generally a very tough team to beat and that [=Ravens/Steelers=] games are always hard fought. Some even say that the rivalry helps to keep both teams at the top of their game, and that's why both teams have been among the NFL's most consistently successful franchises since the mid 2000s.

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* In the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. The two teams are rivals in the AFC north, and they really cannot stand each other - their rivalry is said to be one of the most bitter in the NFL. However, both teams are also willing to admit that the other is generally a very tough team to beat and that [=Ravens/Steelers=] games are always hard fought. Some even say that the rivalry helps to keep both teams at the top of their game, and that's why both teams have been among the NFL's most consistently successful franchises since the mid 2000s. And oddly, the longer the rivalry endures, the less bitter it gets - although the teams still can't stand each other, they both take great pride in how the Ravens/Steelers rivalry is considered hands down the best rivalry in the NFL, and the Cincinnati Bengals have, for various reasons, become the [[HateSkink more hated enemy]] of both teams.
22nd Dec '16 1:30:56 PM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/SoulChess'': Aizen views Lelouch as his sole intellectual equal and was [[VillainousBreakdown enraged]] when Lelouch refused to acknowledge him towards the end of their second confrontation. On Lelouch's end, while he does seem to respect Aizen's abilities and reciprocates their relationship as "rivals", it's ultimately trumped by his sheer hatred of the man for all the pain and suffering he's caused for Lelouch and others. Eventually, when Lelouch [[spoiler:merges with Hogyoku]] during the FinalBattle, allowing him to finally fight Aizen as an equal, he demands that his comrades leave, supposedly so they aren't at risk of his new powers; however, it is somewhat implied that the real reason Lelouch wanted everyone gone was so that he could finally finish things with Aizen once and for all. In turn, Aizen remarks that things are as they should be -- one-on-one with his greatest rival, so they can finally decide who is the superior one between them.
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