- "What don't die can't live. What don't live can't learn."—Granny Weatherwax to the elf queen, Lords and Ladies
- A source of conflict in Austin Powers in Goldmember. Nigel Powers has been a secret agent for far longer than his son Austin, which makes him arrogant and snooty. Austin is far greener in the field (even taking into account that he was put in suspended animation from 1967 to 1997), but he has alot more common sense and is friendlier than Nigel.
- Inverted in Ciaphas Cain. In the first novel, one of the points of contention between Colonel Kasteen and her second-in-command Major Broklaw is that when their regiments were merged, she was made Colonel by virtue of only a few days seniority, and he felt that his front line combat experience made him more suitable.
- Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel by Scott Adams contains a letter from a reader who describes a meeting where the longest-serving employee at the company took it over and demanded that the project be done in a particular way, because he had "experience". He was disinvited from further meetings.
- Lords and Ladies: The eternally-youthful elf queen tries throwing her Time Abyss status at Granny Weatherwax, who is an old woman and much younger than the queen. Granny counters that sure, the queen's lived a long time, but hasn't spent any of that time learning or growing stronger.
- Warhammer Fantasy:
- Dwarf Longbeards are the eldest of dwarves who've been around for at least 5 centuries. While this does make them extremely deadly and their counsel is often best heeded, one of the reasons they're kept in their own unit is because they complain about how everything was better back then (beer tasted better, goblins weren't so weak, etc.), and nearby dwarf units can reroll some failed dice rolls because they sure as hell don't want to be the target of pointed remarks and "I told you so"'s by the Longbeards.
- Dwarf Slayers who increase in experience actually lose self-respect despite the ever-tougher foes they've killed (from Trollslayer to Giantslayer to Dragonslayer to Daemonslayer), because a Slayer is supposed to die in battle against a giant ugly monster to atone for some past failure.
- Warhammer 40K: One of the (many) reasons the Eldar are hated by the Imperium is because they believe themselves the only ones smart or experienced enough to deal with Chaos. While it is true that humans fall to Chaos with depressing regularity, the Eldar screw up just as often due to following an uncertain prophecy, and the fact that they're a Vestigial Empire (due in large part to actually spawning a Chaos god through millenia of sadistic hedonism) has done nothing to curb their arrogance, and many a Chaos incursion or daemonic summoning has succeeded in spite or because of their interference.
- In Fate/stay night, Archer 2, better known as Gilgamesh, contains the prototypes of all the treasures in the world in his Noble Phantasm, on top of being the oldest known hero and king. Naturally, he loves endlessly boasting his greatness. Although he's so powerful he can back it up, mind you, this makes him an unpleasantly arrogant, egotistical, narcissistic, and self-centered bastard that very few actually tolerate. Gets even better when people like Shirou Emiya and Saber (King Arthur), who existed after his time, still best him in battle in certain routes.
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