Created By: Gwendy on January 30, 2013 Last Edited By: N1KF on March 21, 2015

Granted to Everyone But Me

When numerous characters get a rare item or power . . . except for the character who wants it first.

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This is when you have a (usually supporting) character who establishes fairly early on that he's desperately wanted something highly valued or unique (and considered by all to be extremely rare) in the world of the story, whether it be an ultra-powerful weapon, legendary magical powers, or acceptance into a highly coveted group, but never gets it, despite numerous other characters in the story getting the power, item or position.

Maybe it's because of spiritual or emotional reasons that he never receives what he's after. Maybe it's because there's only six positions or items to go around, and they've all been claimed by other characters. Maybe he's just the Butt-Monkey of his universe, and his failure at achieving this supposedly rare power that everyone else has gotten at a certain point is used as a Running Gag.

Point is, despite knowing about the legendary weapon or secret magic power longer than the other characters, or even after relentless life-long training to use it, this character will never, ever be able to have it for himself.

Contrast with The Call Put Me on Hold.


Video Games
  • In Kingdom Hearts, it's implied that Leon wanted to be the Keybearer fairly early on in the game, and is shown to have extensive knowledge of how Keyblades work. Despite this, after many other characters had received their own Keyblades, Leon still never gets one of his own.

Western Animation
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", Rainbow Dash never gets the Apple Family's special cider (which they can only make once a year, and always run out of extremely fast), despite her determination. Eventually at the end, Pinkie Pie, who usually hoards cider for herself, decides to share her cider with Rainbow (which at this point, the special cider is plentiful and common enough to keep the entire town's thirst quenched).
  • In the Futurama episode "Time Keeps on Slippin'", Bender desperately wants to be a Harlem Globetrotter and asks Bubblegum Tate (who was helping Professor Farnsworth find a way to keep time from skipping forward) if he could be a member of the team. Bubblegum Tate tells Bender that he can't, despite Bender's numerous attempts at trying to impress Bubblegum, but goes on to make every other member of Planetary Express an honourary Globetrotter after Farnsworth offers up a doomsday device to destroy a nebula to stop the time skips. Bubblegum then explains to Bender that he's not funky enough to be a Globetrotter.

Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 30, 2013
    Needs a better name AND more examples.
  • January 30, 2013
    Yeah, the name means absolutely nothing if you're not familiar with the game.
  • January 30, 2013
    Anyway, a non-weapon example would be The Simpsons episode Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie. In it, Bart is super excited about the upcoming Itchy & Sratchy movie, and he even gets an advance ticket for it. But when Bart fails spectacularly at babysitting Maggie, Homer punishes him by forbidding him from ever seeing the movie. Lisa and everyone else at Bart's school goes to see the movie, and they all keep talking about how great it is, to Bart's infinite irritation. Even Marge, known for disliking Itchy & Scratchy, starts feeling sorry for Bart, so she asks Homer to relent... But he doesn't, so Bart never sees the movie. Not until the Distant Finale, that is.
  • January 30, 2013
    ^^ ^^^ Thus making it a Bad Trope Namer.

    Also, the first two paragraphs are an Example As A Thesis, which is a no-no. It should be changed to just a description of the trope.
  • January 31, 2013
    Contrast (and overlap?) with The Call Put Me On Hold.
  • January 31, 2013
    In the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic episode "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", Rainbow Dash never gets the Apple Family's special cider, despite her determination. Eventually Pinkie Pie, who usually hoards cider for herself, decides to share her cider with Rainbow.
  • January 31, 2013
    Attempt at creating a better title: But I wanted it most! Conclusion: attempt failed.
  • January 31, 2013
    I removed the Simpsons example, because this trope is supposed to be about a rare, special position, power, or item being bestowed upon numerous characters as the story goes on, except for the character who should have had it first, either by determination, skill, completing a ritual, etc. Going to see a movie is something literally anyone can enjoy, and if Bart wasn't being punished, he would have had an easy time going to see a publicly-accessible movie.
  • February 1, 2013
    Le Donjon De Naheulbeuk has a scene where every party member gains a level except for the dwarf.
  • February 1, 2013
    May be a stretch (given that The Simpsons example is no good), but how about when Bender wanted to become a Harlem Globetrotter, and everyone else got it except him?

    What?... that's a highly coveted group, right???
  • March 19, 2015
    Bump, maybe
  • March 19, 2015
    Honestly, I think narrowing it to keep the Simpson's example out seems a bit arbitrarily narrow. Seeing the movie is still a thing the character really wants and doesn't get despite other people getting it. It's the same trope, just with an event rather than a physical item.
  • March 19, 2015
    • In Xiaolin Showdown, the monks travel to find their Wudai weapons that will give them greater power. Each time they find one Omi is the first to scramble for it, but it always passes him over for another monk. The very last one is finally his... and it's basically a stick. Luckily, it eventually turns out that it's just as powerful as the other weapons, once the monks learn how to use theirs.
  • March 20, 2015
  • March 21, 2015
    • The bottle of "Michaels' Secret Stuff" from Space Jam gets passed to everyone in the locker room at halftime, which triggers a Growing Muscles Sequence. Everyone but Stan Podolak, that is. Stan is the most pathetic man on the team, and could use it most. By the time he gets his hands on the bottle, it's empty.
  • March 21, 2015
    In another Simpsons "Deep Space Homer" The Nuclear Power Plant is contractually obligated to award each employee the Worker of the Week Award at least once, and since literally everyone at the plant has won except Homer, he thinks this is his week. Come award time, Worker of the Week goes inanimate carbon rod.
  • March 21, 2015
    • In the indie film All Superheroes Must Die Charge doesn't lose his superpower ( Super Strength ) at the beginning of the movie like the other heroes. It turns out the event that gave the others powers didn't affect him, his envy of them drove him to work out, a lot.
  • March 21, 2015
    Reminds me of My New Gift Is Lame, except the subject in question didn't even get a lame gift.