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->''"His resentment boiled up behind his eyes like sinus pain. All this bloody hero worship, or whatever it was. All for Naismith. ''For Naismith, and not for me...'' never ''for me...''"''
-->-- '''Mark Pierre Vorkosigan''', ''Literature/MirrorDance''

So you've got your hero. The CallToAdventure has found them. By [[WonderChild birth]], supernatural aid, or just plain luck, he's the OnlyOne to be granted everything needed to save the world: CursedWithAwesome powers, a suit of PlotArmor in their exact size, the plucky supporting cast. He's basically caught the HeroBall and is running with it as far as he can.

But hiding in the shadows, there's someone with a problem. He might be the villain of the piece, but he's just as likely to be working on the same side as the heroes. Really, this is something that goes deeper than good and evil, love and hate.

It's resentment.

Maybe he's the {{Determinator}}, sick of seeing fate grant the hero the world on a silver platter when he himself has spent his whole life trying to achieve it. Maybe he's the ButtMonkey, and [[WhosLaughingNow he has had enough of it]]. Maybe he's TheSmartGuy, sick of seeing the IdiotHero be more successful than him despite numerous TooDumbToLive moments. Maybe he's the InternalAffairs guy, hating how the CowboyCop gets away with breaking the rules time and time again. Maybe he discovered, after striving to his utmost to win a competition, that it had been a SecretTestOfCharacter and [[HardWorkHardlyWorks his effort had only ensured his loss]]. Maybe he was RefusedByTheCall after all his effort.

In any case, there's one thing they certainly agree on: Whoever it is that chooses TheChosenOne has clearly chosen the wrong one. [[GreenEyedMonster The grapes are just out of reach, and that makes them all the more sour]]. This trope is prime MotiveRant bait as, if the resentful one makes a full HeelFaceTurn because of it, expect them to go down screaming about how unfair things are and how much better everything would have been if things had gone the "right" way.

One of the key traits of many a BetaTestBaddie. If the resentment is seen as truly justified, the character has been made UnintentionallySympathetic.

Compare TheRival and RivalTurnedEvil. If the resentment is over a girl, see TwoGuysAndAGirl.

Contrast SourSupporter, who just thinks TheHero's insane. See BastardBastard for [[SiblingRivalry (Half)-Sibling Rivalry]].

May turn into an ArchNemesis, unless of course [[UnknownRival the hero doesn't notice]]. Which is likely to [[RivalTurnedEvil piss them off even more]]. Or they may [[RedemptionEqualsDeath redeem themselves]] [[HeroicSacrifice somehow]], which is odd if you [[FridgeLogic think]] about it.

See also DrivenByEnvy.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Seto Kaiba resents Yugi for having dethroned him as the dueling king. He also likely resents the idea that Yugi (or rather, his SuperpoweredEvilSide Yami Yugi) beats his opponents BecauseDestinySaysSo, whereas Kaiba himself has to work hard to beat his opponents -- and HardWorkHardlyWorks. He eventually gets over this when he sees Yugi fight ''against'' Yami Yugi and hold his own.
** Kaiba himself attracts one resenter after another in {{filler}}. His foster brother Noah hates him for stealing what Noah feels is rightfully his. The [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Big Five]] resent the way Kaiba discarded them after all the work they did helping him seize control of the company. And Kaiba's EvilCounterpart Siegfried von Schroeder resents the fact that [=KaibaCorp=] beat him to deals with Pegasus and Industrial Illusions (and put his company out of business).
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' gives us Vegeta, prince of a {{proud warrior race|guy}} who is incredibly {{arrogant|kungfuguy}} and boastful -- which means that when IdiotHero Goku constantly upstages him, he doesn't take it well. Goku does do this to [[CantCatchUp practically all of his teammates]], but only Vegeta has so much "pride" as to be resentful.
%%* Aoba towards Kou in ''CrossGame''.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', [[{{Determinator}} Mello]] resents [[TheChessmaster Near]] for contstantly edging ahead of him at their mutual SchoolForScheming. His overriding motivation throughout is to prove himself superior to Near.
* ''Anime/SpacePirateMito'': Ranban's villainous motivation comes from being imprisoned because his body never settled on a gender, which drove him insane enough to get revenge by blowing up his planet (of which he was a member of the royal family). Only Mito escaped, and he continued to pursue her, mostly because he resented the fact that she could rule the galaxy while he was denied this right, despite the fact they were practically twins, except for the gender thing.
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'': Katsuhiko Jinnai is AlwaysSecondBest to Makoto Mizuhara and declares the two lifelong rivals, much to Makoto's confusion. Whether or not his resentment equates to his StartOfDarkness, though, depends on the adaptation.
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'', Sai resents Flay for sleeping with Kira. He gets over it midway through the series. The series also gives us [[spoiler:[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Le Creuset]], who]] resents [[MisanthropeSupreme pretty much everybody.]]
* In an odd twist, the BadAssNormal GenkiGirl giving TheCall in ''Manga/PsychoStaff'' is also rather resentful that the call's {{refus|alOfTheCall}}er, a powerful esper, [[IJustWantToBeNormal would rather study for uni exams]] than help win an interplanetary war. She also despises an [[MadScientist evil genius]] who thinks that she can beat her with a super suit ("You're both amateur fighters!").
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto spends much of the first half of the series resenting Sasuke for consistently outperforming him. When he finally calmed down and accepted Sasuke as an equal, ''Sasuke'' resents Naruto for catching up to him in spite of his winning the SuperpowerLottery.
** Neji resented the Main Branch Hyuuga for the freedom they stole from him and the death of his father. He especially resented Hinata for being perceived as weaker than him[[note]]in reality, her crippling self-esteem issues prevented her from showing off even an ounce of her true strength until she got encouragement from Naruto[[/note]] yet holding a higher position within the clan.
** Danzo resents Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, as he felt he should have been the Third himself. He thought his own KnightTemplar approach was better suited than Sarutobi's idealism. He kind of admired Sarutobi's toughness and courage when he was younger, but that quickly turned to resentment when he realized he could never match that.
** This played a big part in the schism between Madara and [[spoiler:Hashirama Senju, also known as the First Hokage]].
* Sugimoto in ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'', who as the series progresses starts to take her belief that TheChosenOne was chosen incorrectly to annoying heights.
* In the Scramble for the Throne arc of ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'', Super Phoenix is bitter that a buffoon like Suguru has so much wealth and fame, while he grew up in poverty and obscurity.
* Ultra Magnus in ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' feels that as the strongest warrior on Cybertron, he was more deserving of the Matrix than Optimus Prime.
%%* Kurumi in ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke''.
* [[TheLancer Furuichi]] in ''Anime/XamdLostMemories''. His [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]] and bit of an [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter inferiority complex]] is gradually shown; he is envious that [[TheHero Akiyuki]] has everything he wants (being TheChosenOne, the love interest [[TheChick Haru]], etc.), and he becomes a [[spoiler:RivalTurnedEvil]] out of that resentment. [[spoiler:It does not end well for him.]]
* Ryoga of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' blaims Ranma for almost everything bad about his life. The main reasons why he's resentful are:
** Ranma always beats him in a fight. On the off chance he loses, he always manages to goad Ryoga into a rematch, beat him, and get the last word.
** Ranma's curse turns him into a [[AttractiveBentGender hot]] [[GenderBender girl]], while Ryoga gets turned into a little black piglet, all because of an accident involving the two of them.
** Ranma is engaged to Akane and [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther gets all her attention]], while Ryoga is [[JustFriends stuck in the friend zone]].
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' has Naoki Shinjyo and Karl Lichter von Randoll. The former becomes extremely resentful of Hayato and others for the attention they are getting, and the latter is not only resentful of Hayato's later success, but also of his relationship with Asuka. In ''11'', he resents Schumacher for what he thinks is messing up with his pace. Both get over their resentment as the series progresses.
* In the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', Kai Shiden and Hayato Kobayashi both resent Amuro Ray for his talent and the fact that he is key to the crew's survival; they feel he gets far too many privileges because of this. When Amuro avoids execution for deserting the ship, they both desert themselves in protest. Hayato has the added excuse that he's in love with Fraw Bo, [[LoveTriangle who has a crush on Amuro]] ([[UnluckyChildhoodFriend which Amuro, for his part, doesn't seem to notice or care about]]). The two are on much friendlier terms in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', by which point [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Fraw Bo has (mostly) gotten over Amuro and married Hayato instead]].
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Yumi Komagata is revealed to resent the fighters in the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Jupon]] [[CarnivalOfKillers Gatana]]. Because [[BigBad Makoto Shishio]], her lover and their employer, always respected strength and good fighting ability, their skills made her feel useless by comparison. [[spoiler:This prompts her self-sacrifice during Shishio's fight with Kenshin, in an effort to be ''somehow'' useful to him in a battle]].
* Envy in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' resents the entire human race for their ability to live full lives despite their limitations, something that [[NoBiologicalSex it]] is literally incapable of doing. The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] of Envy specifically resents the Elric brothers on account of his own [[spoiler:ParentalAbandonment]].
* Three cases occur in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' that also overlap with GreenEyedMonster.
** After Guts joins the Band of the Hawk, Casca resents Guts for becoming the clear favorite of their leader, Griffith, despite, Casca's years of loyalty in contrast to Guts's reckless insubordination. Her romantic feelings for Griffith only make it worse.
** Between insane Casca and her caretaker Farnese, Farnese feels resentment toward Casca because she often causes Guts trouble out of her fear of him. Despite this, Guts still goes out of his way for her and is, in fact, still deeply in love with Casca and is striving to find a cure for her insanity. However, Farnese has feelings for Guts, and although she knows that it is highly unlikely that he will ever reciprocate her affection, she at least wants his merit in the group as a witch in training. Guts does see Farnese as person of worth to his group, but beyond that, he doesn't see her as anymore than a fellow comrade and Casca's caregiver.
** Young Sonia resents Princess Charlotte and the relationship that she has with Griffith as his fiance (and his MealTicket), seeing her as nothing more than a useless duck who has no real use beyond being the key to the throne of Midland, while Sonia sees herself as being a much more useful kite since she is gifted with clairvoyance and knows that Griffith is beyond this world.
* In ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', Kyoko resents Rei for being the best in shogi (and by extension, gaining the attention of their father), and that resentment is shown through her attempts to lead him into failure, even when she's being fairly cordial to him otherwise.
* Shiratori in ''Manga/YandereKanojo'' resents Manabu for [[TeenGenius becoming best in his class]] without [[AchievementsInIgnorance really trying]] (and taking it nonchalantly) and completely ignoring his own efforts to make it that high.
* The {{Human Alien|s}} commander in ''Anime/TheLegendOfBlackHeaven'' is a highly -trained, highly-decorated military veteran commanding an armada of spaceships -- except he's completely dependent on a fleet-destroying WaveMotionGun powered by [[ThePowerOfRock the music]] of a middle-aged ex-rockstar from an InsignificantLittleBluePlanet. His resentment occasionally boils over, prompting him to challenge the HordeOfAlienLocusts in a conventional engagement -- which, inevitably, leads to heavy losses and a mad scramble to invite TheChosenOne back on the ship to fire up the WaveMotionGun. He also starts to suspect that his fiancée -- whom he's sort of neglected to [[MarriedToTheJob command the fleet]] -- may be getting a little ''too'' close to the "hero" she's supposed to be managing.
* Jeremy from ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' after he [[spoiler: [[BrokenPedestal finds out his mother knew]] he was being [[RapeAsBackStory abused by his stepfather]]]]. Jeremy realizes that he is constantly angry and he [[ConflictBall tends to lose his cool]] around Ian because [[spoiler: Ian knows why he killed his stepfather]]. He tries to stop it by [[TinMan shutting off all of his emotions]]. This [[SelfHarm doesn't work out]] [[DrivenToSuicide well for him]].
* Seiren of ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' works for Mephisto because of resentment. She was good friends with FairyCompanion Hummy until Queen Aphrodite chose Hummy over Seiren to be the one to sing the Melody of Happiness. She grew incredibly jealous, thinking she was used. It isn't until she becomes human full time and is on the road to becoming Cure Beat full time that she realizes the consequences of her actions.
* IdiotSavant Mashiro of ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'' seems to bring this out of people everywhere, as she was alienated from her friends at home because of her talent. Rita suggested that she draw manga, hoping she would learn how failure felt like. That completely failed as well. Even her LoveInterest Sorata sometimes became dangerously close to resenting her, lashing out at Mashiro a few times when [[HardWorkHardlyWorks his hard work fails but her natural talent succeeds]] (but he always gets over it).
* Eiko Arima from ''Manga/KareKano'' resents her younger brother Shouji for having the life she always wanted but couldn't have due to her dad's StayInTheKitchen attitude toward women becoming doctors.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Ayu Mitsuari towards Misaki Shokuhou. They started out with the same power, but Academy City's higher-ups chose to devote their resources to training Misaki and snubbed Ayu, plus [[TheHero Touma]] [[ChickMagnet Kamijou]] became friends with Misaki and didn't notice her.
* ''Literature/{{Gate}}'':
** Akira Yanagida is a bit angry that Youji Itami is a slacker who coasts through life, yet he finds success and [[MagneticHero can get people to follow him]] much easier than him.
** Similarly, Shino has a minor breakdown on learning Itami is a ranger, ''and'' in Special Forces (even if it was the bare minimum) despite his otaku interests.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'':
** While ComicBook/LexLuthor's motivations for hating Superman [[DependingOnTheWriter depend on the writer]], very often it's because he resents his self-made BadassNormal accomplishments being upstaged by some alien creature who won the SuperpowerLottery and can now lord over humanity as the Beloved Favorite Son of Metropolis. He believes he could save the world if not for Superman, as defeating him diverts his attention from real problems he could solve (which Superman points out he would be perfectly fine with letting him do). The [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] stretched this back to his TeenGenius years, with the added wrinkle of Superboy accidentally causing his [[PrematurelyBald premature baldness]].
*** ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' #900, the climax of the "[[ComicBook/TheBlackRing Black Ring]]" story arc, gives Luthor an additional reason to resent Superman: [[spoiler:he discovers his secret identity and finds out that he grew up in a happy family despite being an alien -- while Luthor himself had to grow up with an abusive father]].
--->'''Luthor:''' I was happy to be rid of [[spoiler:what I had for a father]]! But you... You got them! You're not human! [[spoiler:You don't deserve to be Clark Kent!]]
** In ''[[ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations Generations]]'', Joel Kent, the son of Superman, loses his powers in the womb, and grows up with a sister who didn't. They tried to keep it all from him to avert this, but fellow resenter Lex Luthor told Joel and began manipulating his resentment from an early age for his own purposes. Intriguingly, Lex was ultimately responsible for Joel's plight in the first place.
* The ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' portrays DA Harvey Dent's feelings toward Bruce Wayne after the latter is acquitted of murder as resentment: that someone as dedicated to doing justice and right as Harvey must see his family live on the edge of poverty, while the RichIdiotWithNoDayJob can live a life of ease, buying anything, even [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney a Not Guilty verdict]].
* Rayek in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', in almost every flavor of the trope at some point in the story or another. Since the story unerringly paints the Wolfriders as heroes, Rayek's situation is drawn in a rather unsympathetic light no matter what it is.
* Guy Gardner in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' is resentful for having lost out largely because another candidate was closer to the guy handing out the HeroBall. He gets over this eventually.
* ''{{ComicBook/Sabretooth}}'' is this to ''{{ComicBook/Wolverine}}''. He has repeatedly expressed the belief that Logan is exactly like him, only he's a hypocrite who won't admit it & tries to act superior. Because of this belief, Sabretooth hates the success Logan has. Logan has numerous women who love him, comrades who respect him, and is overall celebrated as a hero. Meanwhile, Creed is called an animal & looked down on for having the same qualities everyone seems to love in Logan. It's been outright stated by Creed, and shown on a few different occasions. One example being the nightmare Creed has in ''ComicBook/DeathOfWolverine''. Logan appears in his nightmare to remind him that even though they're the same, everyone always liked him better and welcome him with open arms in spite of his killing.
* The initial antagonism between Franchise/SpiderMan and [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Human Torch]] was because they both resented one another. Peter is jealous of Johnny's fame and public status, while Johnny is jealous of Peter's relationship with his Aunt May and his status as a ChickMagnet.
* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': Veronica Cale's hatred and jealousy of Wonder Woman was so powerful that she did everything she could to ruin her during Greg Rucka's run on the comic. She ran a smear campaign against Diana, [[MoralEventHorizon helped turn an innocent acquaintance of Diana's into the next Silver Swan]], and ''released Doctor Psycho'' in an attempt to turn a crowd of people against Diana. In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', this trait was eventually dropped, and she became a more typical MadScientist after working on the Horsemen of Apokolips project had driven her (more) insane.
* Doctor Doom greatly resents his ArchEnemy Reed Richards of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''. The reasons for his blinding hatred of Reed are numerous, twisted, personal, and all-around [[InsaneTrollLogic batshit insane]], but what has kept it running for two decades in-universe (and ''five'' in real-life) is a constant dose of this trope. Reed has everything Doom doesn't ''quite'' have: a family, loyal friends, public acknowledgement, admiration from people who aren't brainwashed subjects of his own dictatorship, good looks (which Doom once ''had'', and blames Richards for their destruction), acknowledgment as a hero, and most important of all, a handful more IQ points, which he has used to defeat Doom and foil his plans time and time again. In short, Doom cannot stand the fact that Reed is always just one teensy bit better than him at ''everything.''
* In ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'', Lieutenant Ron "The Probe" Probson greatly resents the fact that Captain Maggie Sawyer received the position of head of First Shift of the Major Crimes Unit instead of him. It's also strongly implied that he dislikes her sexuality and only stays quiet to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. The two characters are [[TeethClenchedTeamwork forced to work together]], but over the course of the story they eventually [[CharacterDevelopment develop a growing mutual respect]].
* ''Franchise/TheFlash''
** Prior to his FaceHeelTurn, Hunter Zolomon resented Wally West for being able to run around, solving crimes, while he himself was stuck at a desk job in the Keystone City Police Department due to a previous knee injury. He also felt that Wally couldn't truly be a hero because he has [[HurtingHero never known personal tragedy]]. Following his transformation into Zoom, Zolomon became determined that Wally should see things his way, even if it meant [[spoiler:attempting to kill Wally's {{Love Interest|s}} in front of him]] -- though, by this point, his resentment had given way to pure insanity and general anger at the world as a whole, with Wally simply being a convenient target.
** Barry's previously-unknown EvilTwin Malcolm Thawne, better known as the super-villian Cobalt Blue, was separated from his real family at birth to cover up the attending doctor's accidental killing of another child on the same night. Malcolm grew up with the second couple, who were AbusiveParents and con artists; the abuse was exacerbated by them knowing he wasn't really theirs (something Malcolm himself wouldn't learn until years later). It got worse when he learned that Barry was also the Flash and had superpowers he didn't.
** Barry's grandson Bart had a similar situation with his evil clone Thaddeus, who, like Malcolm, was raised by the Thawnes, specifically Earthgov president Thaddeus Thawne I, who treated him even worse than Malcolm's parents. He eventually devolved into simply being an AxeCrazy sociopath, however.
* In the ''Blood & Glory'' crossover miniseries featuring Comicbook/ThePunisher and Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, Punisher resents Cap for being hailed as a hero of the World War II, where as he and other Vietnam veterans were branded as murderers of innocents for just being part of an unpopular war. This makes it all the easier for the bad guys dupe Punisher into believing that Cap is corrupted and part of the illegal weapons deals that had been happening recently, which leads him to try to assassinate him.
* ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'''s Haazen, the Draay family's apparent OldRetainer. Formerly an inept Padawan, he held his rich and talented friend Barristan Draay responsible for his failure to be accepted as a Knight (expecting that Barristan had bribed his way in and would do the same for himself) and for Barristan's marriage to Krynda. He decided to be Barristan's servant and aide rather than find something else to do, which made his resentment worse, and jumped at the chance [[spoiler:to betray Barristan to his death]]. Every action he takes in the present has its roots in his desire to spit on Barristan's grave forever.
* Subverted in a ''{{ComicBook/Hellboy}}'' comic where a woman gives birth to two daughters, one as beautiful as the other is ugly. Despite the difference, they love each other dearly, and when the beautiful one is turned into a cow by trolls the ugly sister goes out to avenge her.
* In ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' Damian resents [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] for having a closer relationship to his father and holding the position of Robin which Damian considers his birthright. It doesn't help that Damian considers Tim an outsider rather than a brother despite ''Damian'' being the outsider and that Tim will never be able to really trust Damian due to Damian's repeated attempts to murder him. Jason Todd also resents Tim for replacing him and from his perspective helping Bruce forget about Jason and the revenge he feels owed. This means that out of the three brothers Tim gained when Bruce adopted him two have made multiple attempts on his life.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], the LemonyNarrator reveals that her anger and continuous Celestia-bashing throughout the fic was due to her resentment of Celestia after she was [[spoiler: rejected from Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, albeit for being an [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin earth pony.]]]] This explains a great deal on why she tends to be so bitter and sees the world as a giant conspiracy by Celestia.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', after her FaceHeelTurn, this forms a huge part of Jade's villain persona. She resents her parents for always ignoring her and shipping her off to relatives she didn't even know she had; she resents Jackie for never giving her the gratitude and respect she thinks she deserves for [[JerkassHasAPoint saving both his life and the world on multiple occasions]]; she resents Uncle for picking Tohru (a practical stranger) over her as his apprentice; and not only does she resent Tohru for being apprentice instead of her, she hates him for bringing her [[BroughtDownToNormal back down to normal]] last time she was the Queen.
* This sets one of the plots in motion in the WWE story, ''A New Beginning'', as Gail Kim performs a Face Heel Turn on the brand-new Women's Champion, Melina. Gail claims that she's worked hard over the years and has nothing to show for it, while Melina sat out almost a year with an injury and got a title shot almost immediately upon her return.
* In the wrestling fic ''A Ring Of Their Own'', Victoria is shown at times feeling this way about Trish Stratus, especially when Trish signs on with the FWF, the federation Victoria founded and became the first champion of.
* In ''[[FanFic/TransformersAnimatedCybertronianGenesis Transformers Animated: Cybertronian Genesis]]'', Sentinel Prime resents Optimus for his many heroic deeds. [[spoiler:It only gets worse when Optimus becomes Ultra Magnus's chosen successor.]]
* Hefty Smurf plays this role in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf''. For all the good that he does for his fellow Smurfs, he always seems overshadowed by the presence of Empath every time that he comes home from Psychelia, even more so in his later visits and up to when he is finally home for good. It gets even worse when Smurfette, the very Smurf that he wants as his future wife, ends up falling in love with Empath and ultimately marrying him.
* This is revealed to be the motivation for [[AdaptationalVillainy Gaara's]] hatred of Naruto in ''FanFic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox''. When they both came into their government-backed training program, Gaara joined up as part of his plan to pursue national conquest and revenge [[spoiler:against the government for framing his parents for treason]], while Naruto joined up out of an optimistic eagerness to serve his country. That Naruto had both parents still alive while Gaara was continually mourning his parents' deaths didn't help the situation any.
--> '''Gaara:''' So naïve...so optimistic...so cheerful...bad enough you were so happy while I was miserable, but to have the nerve to be happy because you had everything I didn’t--there’s no way I could ever forgive you for that!
* The Lucky Star fanfic ''Fanfic/TheDayEverythingChanged'' has the [[BigBad main antagonist]] of the story, Sakura Takahashi, both absolutely despises ''and'' is insanely and irrationally jealous of Kagami. This reaches its peak at the end of Chapter 3 and during the first part of Chapter 4. Hopped up on two of the world's most potent steroids and armed with a metal pipe and a pocket knife, she goes on the attack, brutally beating poor Kagami half to death, and laying more than a few hits on Konata when she rushes in to help.
* In ''Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters'', it turns out that for years, Elyon has been increasingly bitter towards Cornelia for always hogging the spotlight, and for the haughtiness and arrogance she displays as part of her JerkassFacade (which Elyon doesn't even realize ''is'' a facade). This forms a huge part of how Cedric is able to convince her to turn on her friends and go to Meridian with him.
* The New Athenians from ''TheConversionBureau'' fanfic A Beacon of Hope'' are a whole nation of [[RogueDrone newfoal]] [[BoomerangBigot bigots]] who want to make the lives of Equestrians who like magic miserable, they will hire immigrants from equestria and let them use magic but if you want to teach them about the magic of friendship you're asking for trouble.
* In ''FanFic/ABrighterDark,'' Corrin is this full-stop toward Hoshido. She despises how much better off Hoshido is while Nohrians are starving to death.
** Turns out [[spoiler: Flora hates ''Corrin'' just as much, for similar reasons.]]

[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' is made of resentment. He and his BornLucky rival Metro Man arrived on Earth at the same time; Metro knocks his ship off-course and he lands in a prison, while Metro got to live "the good life". Years later, Metro is beloved by his [[VerbalTic shool]], while Megs is ostracized, leading Megs to [[ThenLetMeBeEvil become a supervillain]] since everyone hated him anyway. Megamind gets a chance to be TheHero when Metro Man [[spoiler:appears to die but fakes his death]], but his resentment leads him to [[RefusedTheCall ignore the Call]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Syndrome started out as a sort of LoonyFan who thought he was Mr. Incredible's KidSidekick. When Mr. Incredible spurned him, he became the Resenter and worked in adulthood to undermine and destroy Mr. Incredible and his family.
* Snatcher from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls'' despises the White Hats for looking down on him and people like him and spends his entire life scheming in hopes of reaching the top.

[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', Salieri is jealous of the childish and vulgar Mozart's gifted talent with music. He's also [[RageAgainstTheHeavens mad at God]] for giving someone as unworthy as Mozart that level of talent; it's implied that he tried to become a CelibateHero in some strange bargain with God to be that talented.
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'': Franchise/{{Batman}}'s motivation against Franchise/{{Superman}}, aside from [[MillionToOneChance the threat]] [[BewareTheSuperman he potentially]] [[FallenHero poses to humanity]] is that in the relatively short time since [[Film/ManOfSteel his debut]], Superman has made a genuine difference in making the world a safer place to live, while Batman has made zero progress in saving Gotham City from crime. The moment he sees a way to get rid of Superman, he takes it without thinking about the consequences. Do we even need a spoiler tag to say this ends badly for everyone involved? [[spoiler:No, we don't.]]
* Implied rather subtly with Lady Tremaine's MotiveRant in ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}''. [[spoiler:She reveals that she once married for love but was then left a widow with children and in debt. She implies that she despises the fact that Cinderella was not broken by grief like she was]].
* This is Jeannie's entire motivation in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''. Her brother gets away with everything, while she CantGetAwayWithNuthin and can't even convince others of her brother's con when she unravels it.
* ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII'': Fredo Corleone resents his younger brother Michael's ascension to Don, feeling it's because everybody else thinks he's TheDitz and can't be trusted with anything important. For his part, Michael [[spoiler:sees him as a liability and arranges his death]].
* Rotti Largo from ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' is full of resentment. First, his love married someone else, to which he responded [[spoiler:by killing her]]. Then his children grew up to be astoundingly psychotic failures. Then he became terminally ill. He would have been MaddenedIntoMisanthropy if not for the fact that he was always a bastard.
* ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'': Will Scarlet resents Robin for most of the film, though we don't find out why until the last third of the movie. [[spoiler:Will is Robin's half-brother and the illegitimate son of their father, who sent him and his mother away because the affair upset Robin. Will and his mother wound up living in poverty, while Robin remained with his family's wealth and legitimate status]].
* Lt. Col. Tall from Terrence Malick's ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' feels slighted due to having been passed for promotion. However, he displays no such characteristics in the novel the film is based on and enjoys a very successful career.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** Loki from ''Film/{{Thor}}'' onward is driven in large part by his resentment of his brother Thor, largely as a result of being TheUnfavorite to their father. In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', his motivation for trying to enslave the entire human race is basically that Thor has grown rather fond of them.
** Adrian "The Vulture" Toomes from ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' is highly resentful of the rich and powerful, particularly Tony Stark, whom he blames for ruining his legitimate business and forcing him into a life of crime. Tellingly, he uses his ill-gotten gains to buy a BigFancyHouse right in New York City.
* In ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'', eponymous titular "Baby Jane" Hudson, a forgotten FormerChildStar, greatly resents her sister Blanche for having a much more successful career than she did.
* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Lord Shingen hates the fact that his father prefers his own daughter over himself. [[spoiler: He tries to kill her over it.]]
* Miles from ''Film/DontThinkTwice'' becomes more and more resentful of his friend (and former student) Jack's success, to the point of eventually crashing a party and ''punching Jack in the face''.

* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Severus Snape is the series' biggest example of this. He resents and ''loathes'' James for having a loving family and being talented at sports and popular while Snape had an abusive father and neglectful mother. Furthermore, the fact that James is his equal in academia adds salt to the wound and thus Snape sees him as the ultimate ambition in becoming recognized as a clever and powerful wizard. James resented Snape, albeit to a elsser extent, because of Snape's friendship with Lily despite Snape being... well, a {{Jerkass}}. The reason their hostilities are so open with one another is implied that James probably pranked Snape at one point, and Snape, with his {{Pride}} being his FatalFlaw, probably retalitiated.
** Harry's Aunt Petunia resented her sister Lily becoming a witch, but it goes back and forth between whether she thought MagicIsEvil, or that she was just [[GreenEyedMonster envious of Lily]] for getting to Hogwarts when she didn't (and became TheUnfavorite). Much like Snape, she carried that resentment toward Lily's son Harry.
** Draco Malfoy's motivations are never entirely clear, but it's strongly implied that he resents Harry's fame and his inability to rope Harry into his own social circle. This usually manifests itself in him mocking the [[CelebrityIsOverrated unpleasant aspects of Harry's celebrity]] and generally spending more time than he should trying to upstage him.
** Ron Weasley is an interesting example because he has to fight through the temptation to become a Resenter throughout the whole series. He's the youngest son in a large family of talented children who would likely beat him to any major accomplishments and feels like TheUnfavorite. His family is poor, which others mock him for. He's Harry's best friend but Harry is more talented and gets all the glory while Ron is stuck being the ButtMonkey. This comes into further terms in the later books as he struggles with his feelings toward Hermione, who inadvertably makes this worse (while she also harbors her feelings toward Ron.) Heck, his emotions coming from his resentment aren't acknoweldged despite being hinted at which just makes him feel even worse about it since he doesn't talk it out (though StiffUpperLip in British culture would account for why they don't just talk it out.) Despite all of this and a few spats between them, Ron remains Harry's closest friend and Ron eventually overcomes these issues. (Fandom, on the other hand, loves playing up this resentment so much that they [[RonTheDeathEater named a trope]].)
* OlderThanFeudalism [[Literature/TheBible biblical]] examples:
** The Old Testament tells us that this is the motive for [[CainAndAbel Cain's murder of Abel.]] God told him that his sacrifice was unacceptable and Abel's sacrifice was acceptable. He was even told that if he did right, he would be accepted.
** In the New Testament, the older brother in Christ's parable of the Prodigal Son is understandably resentful when his father not only welcomes back his ne'er-do-well younger brother, but also throws a huge party in his honor. The father has to gently remind him that he's still set to inherit everything the old man owns --while the younger brother blew his entire wad when he left-- and to just be happy that his brother is okay.
* ''Literature/EastOfEden'', based on the Cain and Abel story, extends this over two generations.
* The title character from ''Literature/CousinBette'' towards her wealthy relatives.
* An aversion is found in Christopher Moore's ''Literature/{{Lamb|TheGospelAccordingToBiff}}'' with young John the Baptist. When Joshua and Biff meet John (Josh's some number of cousin some number of times removed), he's convinced he's the Messiah and has taken to aggressively baptizing younger kids. When Biff and Josh tell him that Josh (Jesus) is the Messiah, and that he's actually mostly raised the dead, John wants to be absolutely sure... and is then grateful to have that load off his shoulders. He wants to help Josh, though, so he keeps baptizing people.
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche argued in his work ''The Genealogy of Morals'' that ''ressentiment'', the essential reassignment of the pain that accompanies a sense of inferiority onto an external scapegoat, is the central effective force for the creation of identities, moral frameworks and value systems. Most particularly, Judaism and Christianity are presented as the creation of the weak who resent how the strong are able to lord over them, and thus create a system of morals to "invert" the natural order.
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold: Mark Vorkosigan's background as a clone commissioned, biosculpted, trained, and tortured into an effective copy of Aral Vorkosigan's son pretty much insures this attitude at least as an undertone toward the little twerp in question for all that Miles seeks to claim him as a sibling. Admittedly, he has gotten a lot better.
* In Creator/BenCounter's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''Galaxy In Flames'', Lucius is [[GreenEyedMonster envious]] of how easily Tarvitz [[spoiler:assumes command of the betrayed Emperor's Children, which motivates his [[TurnCoat betraying them]] to Horus.]]
** In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''The Flight Of the Eisenstein'', Grulgor resents Garro, claiming that he thinks himself above the rest of them because he came from Terra, and that is why he will not join a lodge. [[spoiler:A major factor in his willingness to join Horus.]]
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Sanguinius]]'', believing Rafen to be dead, Sachiel admits to himself how much he resented him, from his quiet strength to his contempt for Sachiel to the way he won the respect of his men.
** In ''Red Fury'', the Flesh Tearers resent the Blood Angels, assuming out of hand that they are [[{{Pride}} proud]] and will lord it over the other Chapters derived from Sanguinius because they came from the First Founding. Seth, their Chapter Master, tells them he intends to exploit the Blood Angels' weakness and wishes to take their position on Baal. He openly declares their chapter should be dissolved. [[spoiler:After [[FireForgedFriends their battle with the Bloodfiends]], and Dante's [[TakeMyHand saving his life]], Seth declares that [[BecauseDestinySaysSo these events came about so that]] they will remember that they are [[FireForgedFriends brothers not cousins]].]]
* In the Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''The Traitor's Hand'', Tomas Beije profoundly dislikes his old classmate Cain. It's difficult to pin his resentment on any one event without bringing in almost every personality trait of Cain's, but in a quick comparison, Cain is fun-loving, mischievous, not particularly pious, incredibly likable, ReallyGetsAround, and frequently tackled Beije whenever a scrumball game came up. As of him growing up, not much of that changed, through he also seemed decidedly slack on discipline (In other words, he wasn't a trigger-happy task master) in his regiment, and appeared to spend a significant amount of time away from his official duties as a commissar. Beije is... none of those things, and was devoutly religious and a tattletale. However, one of them was stuck with an unremarkable Tallarn unit, while another happens to be regarded as one of the Imperium's greatest heroes, and is the current Commissar to the famed Valhallan 597th. Given the title, you can probably guess which is which. Eventually, Beije attempts to discredit Cain, due to his jealousy over Cain getting everything handed to him and having everything come easy. This backfires spectacularly.
* Several of [[CoDragons the Forsaken]] in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series were originally good guys who switched sides because they couldn't compare to TheChosenOne leading humanity's forces. Especially notable is Demandred, who was AlwaysSecondBest, in every single way, up to and including height. Sammael and Be'lal were also notable resenters, though their resentment for Lews Therin was said to pale in comparison to Demandred's, even though they had more direct reason.
** See also Mazrim Taim, who fulfills exactly the same role towards Rand that Demandred did towards Lews Therin Telamon, to the extent that it was a popular fan theory that the two were one and the same, until it was {{Jossed}}.
* This is basically Literature/SirAproposOfNothing's defining character trait. Eventually comes to a head when he ''beats the shit'' out of the DesignatedHero and hijacks the entire plot.
* Broud towards Ayla in ''[[Literature/EarthsChildren The Clan of the Cave Bear]]''.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', ''The Phoenix Exultant'', and ''The Golden Transcendence'', the defining trait of the Nevernexters, and the cacophiles: with the invention of personal immortality, they will never inherit their parents' wealth, and they openly base their entire program on resenting that.
* Ser Illvin dy Arbanos in ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'' is widely ''presumed'' to be this, being the bastard half-brother Arhys dy Lutez, March of a critical border fortress and son of a great statesman. However, aside from traces of irritation over his brother's ChickMagnet status ("You could duck, try it sometimes"), Illvin's main feeling toward Arhys is filial affection leavened with pity for what amounted to [[DisappearedDad a fatherless upbringing]].
* In Tolkien's ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'', both Gwindor and Brandir resent the hero Túrin for stealing their loves and undercutting their authority, but while Gwindor stays a loyal friend, Brandir ends up taking his resentment too far and gets killed by Túrin.
** Brandir maybe was resentful, but he only spoke the truth—he informed Túrin that he is a DoomMagnet: [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech a curse on his own lineage and those that help him.]] Túrin killed him and later found out he spoke the truth, then asked his sword Gurthang to kill him, the sword does it to forget Brandir’s blood, because his death was unjust.
* The demons in Tosca Lee’s ''Literature/DemonAMemoir'' are [[DrivenByEnvy totally consumed]] by a double dose of resentment: towards God for rejecting them, and towards humanity for not suffering the same fate.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has Ivypool being jealous of all the attention Dovewing has been getting from the older warriors and Firestar himself...though she's never realized her sister's powers yet. When she's told the truth, she's not happy at first about being lied to, but then she promises to help Dovewing out whenever she can.
** Tigerstar reveals during his and Firestar's FinalBattle that he became nothing the moment Firestar joined the Clan. Thus, he had waited for so long to get vengeance on his rival.
* In ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha'', Chiyo and Pumpkin are taken under the wings of the famous geisha, Mameha and Hatsumomo respectively. They each teach Chiyo and Pumpkin to become top-ranking geisha. Initially, Chiyo and Pumpkin are good friends but, because they're being taught by geisha who are rivals to ''each other'' and want to get their "little sisters" on top (Chiyo and Pumpkin) as part of their rivalry, Chiyo and Pumpkin's friendship is effectively ended. Despite this, Chiyo and Pumpkin remain on good terms until Mameha decides to adopt Chiyo as her daughter and heir in order to secure Chiyo's (now Sayuri)'s place in the okiya. To do this, the okia's efforts are devoted to making Sayuri the primary breadwinner and one of its top geisha, replacing Hatsumomo in this position and driving her out. The plan is successful and Sayuri becomes one of the okiya's top geisha, wherein she replaces Hatsumomo, but unfortunately (and tragically) Sayuri never realises that by getting rid of Hatsumomo, she's effectively torpedoed Pumpkin's chance to be a very successful geisha. Pumpkin not only realises this, but she becomes very angry at Sayuri as time passes.
* Lucifer is portrayed as this in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series, resenting the worship that he felt belonged to him as God's "anointed cherub" being given to God and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ instead, which led to his rebellion and being cast down to Earth.
* In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', one of the reasons Saruman fell from grace was because he resented Gandalf. Saruman the "Wise" might have been the one who everyone turned to for advice and counsel, yet Gandalf was the one who everyone ''liked'' and trusted. Basically, Saruman was the guy people would visit only when they wanted something, while Gandalf was the guy people would invite to parties.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', [[spoiler:Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish became resentful of Brandon Stark, after Brandon soundly defeated him in a duel over the girl Petyr loved and she tries to protect Petyr by dismissing him as "just a boy". So he started developing a plan that resulted in the death of her husband, the Seven Kingdoms being deep in debt, hundreds of thousands of people dying in a pointless war, and consequently being totally unprepared for oncoming ZombieApocalypse... all because he did not get the girl he loved (or, rather, lusted after).]]
** A downplayed example with Arya. She resents her sister Sansa for being so effortlessly good at most skills required by their culture while Arya, no matter what she does, simply cannot catch up. Although she is indulged by her parents, her behavior is not as celebrated when compared to Sansa's. Also, Sansa isn't terribly kind to her either as she disapproves of Arya's behavior -- but in the vein of typical sibling rivalry.
** Catelyn resents her husband’s illegitimate son, Jon Snow, for several reasons -- but it has little to do with Jon’s own character, which is of the [[HeroicBastard heroic kind]], but has to do with circumstances which have affected her: 1) Ned cheated on her, leading to Jon’s conception; 2) Ned's fierce protectiveness of Jon, who Ned loves and openly acknowledges as his own son, raising Jon alongside the trueborn children. From this, Catelyn concludes that Ned must have loved Jon's mother deeply and when she asks Ned who Jon's mother is, Ned is so intimidating that he actually ''scares'' her -- leading to her fears that maybe Ned loved Jon's mother more than her; and 3) that Jon looks more like a Stark than any of the children (aside from Arya) she bore Ned, who all inherited more of her features. As a result of Westerosi societal prejudice against illegitimate children and the history of the Blackfyres pretty much being responsible for these negative connotations, Catelyn fears that someday Jon or his children might be a threat to the inheritance claims of her own trueborn children -- even though (as her son Robb argues to her) Jon would never be a threat as Jon deeply loves his half-siblings, is loyal to them, and he is very moral (and, unbeknownst to her, Jon ''turns down'' inheriting Winterfell, out of consideration for his siblings’ claims and for the sake of duty). In the [[Series/GameOfThrones television adaptation]], she admits that she was unfair to Jon, who she recognizes is an innocent child, and feels guilty over it. In the book series itself, she never interferes in the close bonds Jon shares with his half-siblings and she has moments of softness wherein she wonders if Jon's mother prays for him as she prays for Robb.
** Stannis, whose status as the least-popular Baratheon, a string of achievements that were ignored, the main reward he ''did'' get being custody of a barren rock miles from anywhere (admittedly also the traditional seat of the rightful heir), and a lengthy list of other grievances, have combined to produce a bitter and rigid man. And his incredible memory means he can't just ''forget'' them. He still manages to be one of the more honourable claimants to the Iron Throne, though.
* In ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'', Captain Wentworth takes a long time to stop being angry that his love Anne Elliot broke their engagement while he was Lieutenant Wentworth, as she was persuaded by her godmother that he was UnableToSupportAWife. She thought she was doing ''him'' a favor by freeing him from an unwise engagement, but Wentworth was sure that he'd soon win prizes and get rich, and as fortune of war resulted in his optimism bearing fruit, he didn't see any justification to Anne and Lady Russell's misgivings. It's brought up that he could have renewed his addresses after gaining his own command but chose not to, and when he returns as a rich captain he talks a whole lot about how he thinks firmness of mind is the most important trait in a woman while flirting with the spirited Louisa Musgrove. (He later comes to deeply regret this.)
* ''Literature/YertleTheTurtleAndOtherStories'': Gertrude [=McFuzz=] is unhappy with her plain tail, and it doesn't help that another young bird, Lolla-Lee-Lou, has a longer and more feathery one.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Faith, whose FaceHeelTurn came largely as a result of resenting that, although she was the Slayer, Buffy had the family and friends she never had, the role of leader, and all the respect and credit Faith feels she deserved as well.
*** And that whole, them wanting her to at least stand trial for what was an accidental murder that she had no way of ever being found innocent.
*** An accidental murder that, in a court of law, Buffy would have actually been held equally responsible, seeing as she's the one who slammed him down and held him for Faith to kill him.
** Willow is also revealed to be one. "Six years as a side man, now I get to be The Slayer."
* Colonel John Casey made it clear from day one that he resented having to guard "that moron" ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. Strangely, he had a problem with is orders to [[spoiler:kill Chuck]] upon completion of the Intersect. The series constantly played with the idea that he might FaceHeelTurn. (He still might).
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Catelyn always resented her husband Ned Stark's [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]], Jon Snow, for being Ned's son by another woman and not her own.
** Locke holds a bitter hatred for highborn nobles, believing they're all snobs who look down upon people like him. Although this doesn't extend to the Boltons.
** Cersei Lannister is this especially for Jaime, but also for her father, husband and even Tyrion due to their respective positions of power which she believes came from the fact that they're men. While the society of Westeros ''is'' very sexist and she may have had a point back then, she's filled about twenty years since with resenting others and doing nothing constructive with her own position of power as the damn ''queen'', which has led to the present situation where Cersei's completely justifiably being denied power due to her incompetence. She also is visibly this towards Brienne of Tarth, who by her achievements and not being nearly as reliant on being a Tarth as Cersei is on being a Lannister, much less on being beautiful, pokes a sharp hole in Cersei's worldview.
* In ''Series/NoahsArc'', this is a big part of [[spoiler:Guy's motivation. He resents Alex for having a man like Trey and treating him the way that he does, so he goes out to get Trey for himself]].
* It is implied at this, along with SiblingRivalry was what came between Shawn Farrell and his brother Danny in ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''. To be fair to Danny, Shawn kind of [[spoiler: stole his girlfriend and their mother's attention, was basically a dick [[CharacterDevelopment for the first season]], and then got superpowers.]] This probably contributed to Danny's decision to [[spoiler: take Promicin in the last season.]]
* Vice-President John Hoynes on ''Series/TheWestWing''. He was a lock for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, until dark horse candidate Bartlet came out of nowhere and started winning primaries -- with the help of a team that included Josh Lyman, formerly Hoynes's most trusted lieutenant. Worse, after Bartlet got the nomination, Hoynes was insulted by the offer of the VP slot, and accepted it largely on the understanding that it would be "his turn" next time (and that "next time" would come after only one term, because of Bartlet's MS). His resentment was routinely exacerbated by the fact that the VP is traditionally more or less a prop for the White House's agenda, so he's generally ignored unless Bartlet wants to wheel him out to lend moderate credence to his more radical policies, which Hoynes doesn't necessarily even support. (This last in particular has some RealLife parallels with UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy and UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson.)
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': In "Court Martial", James T. Kirk and Ben Finney were friends when they were younger, until Kirk logged a mistake Finney had made aboard the ''Republic'' that could have blown up the ship had it not been discovered. This caused Finney to be reprimanded and dropped to the bottom of the promotion list. Years later Finney, still burning with resentment of being denied the captaincy he believed Kirk had taken from him out of jealousy but pretending to have forgiven him, faked his death and framed Kirk for it. When discovered, Finney breaks into a tirade about how he has "killed" the ''Enterprise'' (by causing the ship's orbit to decay) and that he doesn't care about the people he'll kill as they are "officers and gentlemen, Captains all...except for Finney, and his one mistake!"
** Janice Lester in "Turnabout Intruder" combines this with {{Yandere}} resulting in GrandTheftMe.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': As explained by Kira at one point, [[SinisterMinister Vedek/Kai Winn]] hates [[TheCaptain Sisko]] because her crowning achievement, being appointed as HighPriest of [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Prophets]] and spiritual leader of her entire planet, is overshadowed by the arrival of TheChosenOne himself (Sisko), who turns out to be an ''alien'' no less. Top it off with her secret shame that the often chatty (if confusing) deities have never spoken to ''her'' and this eventually leads to [[spoiler: a FaceHeelTurn]]. [[FridgeLogic Which is probably why]] the Prophets (who experience the past, present, and future all at once) never liked her.
* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'''s MirrorUniverse episode, Mirror Archer reads the biography of his more successful counterpart. This pisses him off ''so much'' and makes him ''so'' jealous that he starts hallucinating.
* Johnny Crowder in ''{{Series/Justified}}'' resents Boyd over a gunshot wound he received in season 1, leaving him disabled. He also resents Boyd and Ava for their plans to move to the suburbs and leave him behind. His endless plotting against Boyd, including [[spoiler: his decision to tell the Marshals about Boyd's arrangement to deliver Drew to the Tonins]], stems from his deep-seated resentment. [[spoiler:It finally boils over to full-on feuding in Season 5 when Johnny gets a gang of his own and goes to war, and he meets his end by Boyd's hand]].
** Johnny also resents Colt, disgusted that Boyd would trust a man outside the family and region. Colt's incompetence and violence toward Teri only exacerbates Johnny's resentment. To be fair, however, Colt was disrespectful to Johhny when they first met.
* Though they didn't become villains, Taylor of ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' and Sky of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' are this towards the RookieRedRanger of their series, Cole and Jack respectively. For Taylor, it's because she was the first and the leader for a year before Cole came to Animarium and he ended up becoming leader because his chosen Power Animal had a higher rank than hers. She got over it after awhile. For Sky, he was top of the class in SPD, but his arrogance (and a dash of sexism) caused him to fail a test of character, leading to Cruger to give Jack, who was basically on Community Service, the role as a bit of ego-deflating. Sky does get the role in the end, after having that ego brought down big time.
* More than a few characters on ''Series/{{Scandal}}'' are plagued by resentment. One example is Abby, who owes Olivia a debt for getting her out of an abusive marriage. In the episode "Seven Fifty-Two," Abby reveals she is starting to resent Olivia for that debt, and how the debt cost her a chance to be genuinely happy with David.
* From the look he gave him, this was probably the reason Walter White off ''Series/BreakingBad'' blew up the car of the {{jerkass}} with the license plate KEN WINS at the service station. It seems logical that a man with many problems in his life including financial yet at that time still did his best to be a kind, moral man would have a general resentment of a rich jerkass with few responsibilities. However, envy can hardly be considered Walt's cardinal sin, and over the course of the show he starts to ease out of it as he starts getting what he wants more and more.
** This is also Walter's central motivation in building his meth empire. [[spoiler:He eventually confesses that resentment over Eliot and Gretchen's success in Gray Matter while he was stuck as a high school chemistry teacher meant he would never stop cooking.]]
* Colonel Ari ben Zayn in the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Eyes" turns out to be this; [[spoiler:he was one of the top candidates to run the station, but the Minbari, who had veto power, rejected him and ''many'' other top candidates for Sinclair, who was ''well'' down the depth chart. His "investigation" of Sinclair is specifically meant to get the latter decommissioned. Of course, Colonel ben Zayn showed ''massive'' signs of mental instability which would have gotten him passed over anyway even if the Minbari hadn't interfered. His ''own aide'' turned on him and sided with Sinclair as a result.]]

* Music/PDQBach's ''A Little Nightmare Music,'' features a mysterious playwright from another century, appearing to accuse Salieri of murderous resentment toward Mozart. [[spoiler:Salieri does inadvertently kill Mozart, but only because the servant PDQ Bach bumps him as he tries to poison the mysterious playwright.]]
* ''Uncrowned'' by {{Music/Celldweller}} is written in the perspective of one.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* One of the most widely used angles in any form of wrestling, typically between two {{face}}s where one is arguably more popular than the other, in a TagTeam, or within a [[WrestlingFamily family]].
** The epic feud between brothers Wrestling/{{Bret|Hart}} and Wrestling/OwenHart, where Owen even called his rise towards main event status as him "leaping out of the shadow" of his more accomplished older brother. Even when Owen made his FaceHeelTurn at the Wrestling/RoyalRumble in '94 after months of build-up and tension, he was unable to get the match he craved with Bret until Bret finally relented and they opened that year's Wresting/WrestleMania with one of the event's greatest ever matches, where [[spoiler:Owen beat Bret cleanly, but was still overshadowed by Bret winning back the WWF Championship in the night's main event]].
** Resentment at Hulk Hogan's popularity, combined with his intense jealousy for Wrestling/MissElizabeth led to Macho Man Wrestling/RandySavage become this ([[{{Narm}} "OH YEAH, YOU'VE GOT JEALOUS EYES, HULK HOGAN!"]]). Bonus points for the two of them actually forming a tag team known as The Mega-Powers, and their Wrestling/WrestleMania match was famously known as "The Mega-Powers EXPLODE!"
** After Wrestling/{{Edge}} won the King of the Ring tournament in 2001, it eventually led to his tag team partner Wrestling/{{Christian| Cage}} turning on him and beating him down with his own trophy, as well as a [[KickTheDog one man Con-chair-to]], the team's signature move.
** Wrestling/MollyHolly was portrayed as this in 2003 against Wrestling/TrishStratus. Molly also convinced Wrestling/GailKim to help her in her cause, prompting Jim Ross to name the two "The Jealous Jezebels".
*** On the other hand, considering [[SchoolBullyingIsHarmless how Trish treated Molly]], it's not too hard to sympathize with Molly hating her.
** Wrestling/CMPunk plays with your emotions because he hates each and every single one of you and he will not stop until he has proven he is better than Wrestling/LowKi, Wrestling/AJStyles and Wrestling/SamoaJoe.
** Wrestling/DaizeeHaze turned on her {{fire forged friend|s}} Mickie Knuckes after Knuckles won the IWA Mid-South\Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Midwest Woman's title in a triple threat match with a disputed finish. NWA Midwest agreed with Haze, {{b|aitandswitch}}ut awarded the belt to Wrestling/MsChif(who Haze was already at odds with) while Knuckles remained IWA M-S's title holder.
** Wrestling/MattHardy's 2009 feud with Wrestling/JeffHardy. Matt just lost his ECW championship and became jealous of Jeff's rise to the top. As a result, he sabotaged Jeff's match against Edge, thus destroying their brotherly bonds.
*** In fact, a lot Matt's feuds with Jeff have always had jealousy as the underlying factor. The fact that Matt always seems to be the one resenting his brother makes you wonder if he really does have a chip on his shoulder.
** Wrestling/AustinAries's turn against Wrestling/RingOfHonor had to with the fact that despite him doing more than anyone to take down Age Of The Fall, the [=ROHBots=] cheered more for [[Wrestling/SethRollins Tyler Black]] than himself, the same Tyler Black who helped ''[[KarmaHoudini start]]'' Age Of The Fall.
** [[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Alissa Flash]] resented the foreign knockouts Wrestling/{{Sar|ahStock}}ita and Ayako Hamada coming in with video packages and fan fair while she was largely ignored. After the other knockouts helped her defeat Cody Deaner, "tainting" what should of been her first win, she showed her frustration by throwing Hamada down the bleachers.
** Angel Orsini toward [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] ([[ArchEnemy whom she doesn't need much motivation to hate anyway]]) and Wrestling/MercedesMartinez in Wrestling/{{WSU}} 2010. Orsini had been on a role for there for years but in comes Homicide, singing the latter two's praises, ''then'' comes Pro Wrestling Illustrated, naming Mercedes MVP of the promotion and second best wrestler in the world that year. [-(for the record, #1 was Madison Eagles)-]
** Both Wrestling/JesseVentura and Wrestling/{{Carlito|Colon}} supported Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} on Monday Night Raw, simply because Sheamus wasn't Wrestling/JohnCena. Ventura lamented that he never got a title shot while WWE conspired to keep John Cena champion while Carlito said he did not even like Sheamus but that Sheamus represented everyone in the locker room who hated John Cena.
** On Monday Night Raw it was revealed that Wrestling/TheUsos and Wrestling/TaminaSnuka attacked the Hart Dynasty because they felt their families did not get the deserved recognition the Harts got in comparison and resented the Dynasty for it.
** Smith "Big Game" James revealed that he resented Wrestling/{{Carlito Colon}} "for being handed everything he ever wanted in wrestling." and supposedly throwing it away. (presumably, this being in reference to Carlito's WWE run) during their time in Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA New Jersey.
** Wrestling/CMPunk's 2011/2012 feud with Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis stems from Johnny's jealousy and resentment. His brother is one half the legendary [[Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors Road Warriors]] and his {{tag team}} partner in the Dynamic Dudes was Wrestling/ShaneDouglas, one of ECW's perennial main eventers. Yet despite having the look, Johnny was so bland that he couldn't land a decent job in the states and eventually had to trade in his tights for a suit to get anywhere in the business. Compare that to Punk, who doesn't have the look, doesn't fit the mold, wasn't made to succeed in the WWE, yet has achieved more in one year of his career than Johnny has his entire life. Johnny's so bitter over it that he spent a good chunk of his tenure as General Manager making Punk's life miserable and attempting to rid him of the WWE title. Just to rub salt in the wound, Punk would end up holding the title for 434 days, making him the longest-tenured WWE Champion of the modern era and pretty much immortalizing him in WWE history, while Johnny got fired from his position as General Manager.
** Wrestling/RoderickStrong toward Wrestling/KevinSteen, who continued to be cheered for by the fans despite burying everything Ring Of Honor then stood for and trying to destroy the company with S.C.U.M. He was also this way in Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla, partially at then champion Kyle O'Reilly but mostly at the fact he realized the promotion [[TheWorfEffect had basically set him up as a fall guy.]]
** During 2012, La Amapola revealed that she resented that Estrellita was accepted by Wrestling/{{CMLL}}'s {{tecnic|o}}as even though she was a former Wrestling/{{AAA}} luchadora who joined with other invading luchadors who were out to prove that even though they had left AAA for the independent circuit they were still better than CMLL's locker room back in 2010. It should be noted Amapola had [[{{hypocrite}} no problem]] aligning Estrellita or anyone else in that group prior to Estrellia's HeelFaceTurn.
** Roderick Strong, Wrestling/JimmyJacobs and BJ Whitmer's combined resentment over wrestlers leaving Ring Of Honor for larger companies lead them to found Decade, as that is how long each of them had been in the company.
** Wrestling/JamesStorm already did not like Wrestling/TheGreatMuta, for apparently disrespecting him while they were both in Wrestling/{{WCW}} but he started actively resenting Muta when Wrestling/{{TNA}} struck up a deal with Wrestle 1 and he saw the morale in TNA's locker room rise since many of the wrestlers regarded the Great Muta as a legend. James Storm believed himself to be the legend TNA wrestlers should be excited about, so he started bullying the Seiya Sanada from Wrestle 1, whom Muta put much hope in.
** Taeler Hendrix hated the fact she had to pay for her wrestling training in pennies and live out of a car while Ring Of Honor, who originally only used Hendrix as a [[{{jobber}} tomato can]], gave Mandy Leon a much fairer chance to sink or swim straight out of the dojo.
** Silas Young resented that the four way dance he won during ROH's 14th anniversary was taped as an internet exclusive instead of being shown on the pay per view, claiming the Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}} wrestlers were stealing all the best spots while his was relegated to a place only nerds could see and that New Japan guys couldn't be so tough since Gedo was a part of that four way. So Young challenged Wrestling/KatsuyoriShibata to defend the NEVER Openweight Title belt against him at ''Death Before Dishonor''.
** Wrestling/ChrisJericho's 2016 feud with Wrestling/AJStyles where he was jealous of AJ Styles getting all the attention, so he turned heel on Styles after they had a match against The New Day

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A number of the fallen Primarchs in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' resented the Emperor, [[CainAndAbel one or more of their brother Primarchs]], or both. Perturabo has to be the standout example, as his hatred of Rogal Dorn played a major role in driving him to the dark in the first place.
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the Shadow Lord tribe serves as this to the Silver Fangs, the royal tribe that rules over the Garou Nation.
* In ''Tabletopgame/{{Battletech}}'', Clan Jade Falcon has a long grudge against Clan Wolf, as they were Kerensky's chosen Clan and have exclusive rights to his genetic material.

* This is a large part of Don John's motivation in ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''. He's the heroic Don Pedro's bastard brother, and recently lost a battle to him. Don Pedro forgives him and John joins the former's party, but remains bitterly resentful. The other part of Don John's motivation is that, by his own admission, he's just a massive prick who enjoys doing dickish things.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[spoiler:Hugh Darrow]] of VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution certainly classifies, as he's willing to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt simply because [[spoiler:he's genetically incompatible with the augmentation technology he invented, and secretly loathes that people can use his technology while he can't.]]
* Snowe from ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' fits this trope pretty well, being upstaged by the game's hero at every turn and making an ass of himself at every time he tries turn things on his favour.
* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'', [[spoiler: Monk]]'s resentment of player character Aldo comes from how his parentage means that he will never become a made man.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** Albus, bitter that Barlowe has chosen Shanoa to use the Dominus glyph instead of him, serves as the main antagonist of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia.'' [[spoiler:Averted when it turns out that Albus acted like that because he was fully aware of what the Dominus glyphs would do to Shanoa, and refused to let her use them precisely because of that, in an attempt to protect her. He just went about it in the worst possible way.]]
** Hugh Baldwin feels the same way about Nathan Graves in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon''. [[spoiler:And gets brainwashed because of it.]]
** And then there's Ortega's jealousy of Cornell's mastery of his beastman abilities in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLegacyOfDarkness''. [[spoiler:Also the real deal.]]
** ''Castlevania'' has a lot of these. It's a good thing Eric Lecarde didn't go further down this road in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment''.
** [[spoiler:Zobek]] resents his current "position" as an evil overlord: as each of his siblings bicker and plot against him and each other, but are each too strong to be defeated by the others and too weak to compete against REAL evil, they have ultimately become the [[TitleDrop Lords Of Shadow]], protectors of Earth through sheer stubbornness and infighting alone, when they could be rulers of heaven and earth if they just stopped holding each other back like bickering schoolchildren.
* Ulala Serizawa in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' ''Eternal Punishment'' does an unintentional variant of this [[spoiler: when Nyarlahothep takes advantages of her drunken state to get her to use the Joker Curse on Maya Amano, whom she resented for being more successful in life and in love than herself.]] It should be noted, however, the resentment was real, but ordinarily, she wouldn't have acted on it. Katsuya is also a fairly serious example, having thrown away his dreams of being a patissier when his father was framed for a crime to take care of his younger brother, who hardly seems to appreciate Katsuya's sacrifice. Nyarlathotep has a ''lot'' of fun shoving this in their faces at the Monado Mandala.
** Junpei of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', who, struggling with feelings of inferiority, [[JumpedAtTheCall jumps at the call]] but gets repeatedly shown up by [[InstantExpert the protagonist]]. In "The Answer", Yukari becomes this to Aigis after the latter inherits the Protagonist's powers.
** [[KickChick Chie's]] Shadow in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' implies Chie felt this way towards Yukiko, being jealous of her popularity with the boys and general "girliness", while she was stuck in her shadow as the relatively unpopular [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl tomboy of the pair]]. Confronting said Shadow and learning that Yukiko genuinely wished she could be more like Chie helps her get over this.
** Also from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', the last stages of Yosuke's Social Link reveal that he was jealous of the Protagonist, who was able to adjust so well to life in the countryside while he was struggling to find his place, not to mention the Protagonist's popularity while Yosuke himself was initially hated at worst and ignored at best. By the time we learn this, however, he has largely gotten over it and like with Chie and Yukiko, this resentment is hidden underneath a whole bunch of [[HoYay/{{Persona4}} Ho Yay]].
** A darker example comes in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' with [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream Goro Akechi]]'s mixed feelings of admiration and jealousy towards the protagonist. Both were labeled unfairly by society and stigmatized as a result (the MC as a criminal due to his arrest for a crime he did not commit; Akechi as an [[BastardAngst unwanted bastard child]] who would amount to nothing for that very reason), but not only did the MC come to not care what society thinks of him, but he gained a network of friends and confidants who genuinely come to care for him; Akechi meanwhile despite being a celebrity detective who went to great lengths to appease society and hide his bastard child image, was and still is overwhelmingly LonelyAtTheTop. His jealousy warps into outright hatred by the time your party fights him, [[RageBreakingPoint tipping over the edge]] even more than he already had, to the point that he uses his Persona's [[BadPowersBadPeople berserking abilities]] on himself in order to kill the Phantom Thieves. To make matters worse for Akechi, the player learns at the end of the game that [[BiggerBad Yaldabaoth]] more or less set him up to fail in his "game," and any kind of benevolent guidance (including the help of [[AnthropomorphicPersonification the embodiment of human hope]], Morgana) that Akechi could have benefitted from were instead given to the protagonist.]]
** Another ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' example, albeit less potent, is Sae Niijima, the older sister of eventual Phantom Thief Makoto. This [[HelloAttorney prosecutor's]] cynicism in her corrupted field is compounded not only by the sexist attitudes of Japanese society, but by Makoto herself: she has personal standards and a sense of justice that Sae believes that she can never live up to, and to make matters worse, Makoto is still a high school student who cannot really do much to relieve Sae's burdens. Sae winds up snapping at Makoto over her uselessness one night, and her resentment grows to the point that [[spoiler:she gains a [[EldritchLocation Palace]] of her own, built on the [[SevenDeadlySins theme of Envy]], no less.]]
* In the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Mega Man Classic era]], Mega Man's rival Bass resents him due to former's position as a world champion.
* In the last act of the Nintendo 64 game ''VideoGame/AidynChronicles'', Prince Sheridan [[spoiler:after betraying his kingdom to the powers of Chaos]] ''snaps'' and reveals his long buried resentment of Aloran. He always hated how everyone in the castle -- his father [[spoiler:who is also Aloran's father as well]], their combat instructor, the castle cook, Aloran's childhood friend Brenna (who always fawned over Aloran while snubbing Sheridan) -- favored Aloran over him. When Aloran tries to avoid him to deal with bigger problems Sheridan screams in frustration and forces a confrontation that gets him killed.
* [[VideoGame/EpicMickey Oswald]], who is understandably resentful of his younger half-brother Mickey after the latter stole the former's spotlight in more ways than one.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has this in Carver, who is often overshadowed by his twin sister Bethany due to her being a mage, and by the elder Hawke sibling (the player character) due to either also being a mage or for being a more focused fighter. Player choices can let Carver overcome this, if he doesn't die.
** [[spoiler:If you give Bethany over to become a Grey Warden, she acts like this the next time you see her because she's doomed to a cruel fate. [[ThickerThanWater She'll still come back to help you with the final battle, though]].]]
** Bringing Varric with you into the Fade can reveal that he deeply resents his mother's preference for his elder brother Bartrand, who left Varric to care for her while he was off building the family's businesses.
** In his final personal quest in Act 3, Fenris goes to meet his long-lost [[spoiler: sister Varania]] only to discover that she was the willing bait for his former master Danarius to reclaim him. Why? [[spoiler: To Varania, Fenris competed for Danarius's favor was rewarded with power, adoration and an easy life by their master's side, while she and their mother suffered endless hardship. In actuality Fenris competed so he could use the reward to free his family and suffered years of horrific abuse at Danarius's hands. If you talk Fenris into letting her go free she still says that she thinks he got the better end of the bargain.]]
** This is the main basis of Fenris's and Anders's rivalry throughout the game. Fenris has suffered greatly in the mage-ruled Tevinter Imperium and thinks that mages can never be trusted to never abuse their power, and Anders was imprisoned in the cruel Mage Circles that keep mages locked away and thinks all mages should live free. Their resentment of the abuses they suffered and their opposing views means that a majority of their dialogue is very hostile. [[spoiler: It becomes so bad that Anders, slowly being corrupted by Justice, actually gives ''approval points'' if you give Fenris back to Danarius.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' [[spoiler:Lobelia]] turned to evil because she resented her ally Rubinas for being more popular, friendlier and not being horribly scarred like she herself was. When [[spoiler:Rubinas in Nanashi's body]] attempts to talk her down, she's completely unwilling to listen.
* Makarov Juno in ''VideoGame/LoveAndWar'' is this to the hero, Ryan Eramond: he envies Ryan for his good fortune, his role as the designated hero, and (in an earlier edition, now edited out) his success with women. The remake provides a [[DarkAndTroubledPast clearer]] [[DisappearedDad reason]] for his resentment.
* Metal Sonic, the robotic EvilKnockoff of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', describes his organic counterpart as his "loathsome copy". It's understandable why he hates him, it's what he's programmed to do.
** To a lesser extent, [[TheRival Knuckles the Echidna]]. Despite his devotion to his duty of guarding the Master Emerald, [[StoicWoobie deep down he resents that it forces him to live alone]] in [[FloatingContinent Angel Island]] far away from civilization and envies Sonic's freedom and [[ThrillSeeker adventurous, carefree lifestyle]]. This didn't stop the two from becoming [[FriendlyRival Friendly Rivals]], VitriolicBestBuds and BashBrothers, though.
* Shinon from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' dislikes Ike, viewing him as a weakling who can't do anything without his father's help. When Ike assumes leadership of the Greil Mercenaries, he leaves the group. When Ike crosses swords with him later in the story, he returns. Later, under the influence of alcohol, Shinon reveals he's still not fond of Ike.
* Marche secretly holds resentment towards his younger brother, Donned, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''. Donned was a sick boy most of his life, so his parents have to pay attention to him a lot to make sure he gets the care that he needs. Marche perfectly understood the situation and he never acted out on it, but deep down, he held resentment towards his little brother because Marche basically grew up with aloof parents. Marche eventually confesses his feelings towards Donned, causing the younger brother to cry and apologize in guilt after realizing he had no idea how spoiled he was.
* In ''VideoGame/FableI'', Thunder is this to the Hero of Oakvale, even when the Hero is a boy in training and Thunder is a well-respected Guild Hero. If the Hero goes down the path of [[spoiler:unseating him as Arena champion, killing his little sister, and stealing his fiancee]], it's understandable; if the worst the Hero does is upstage Thunder's [[AlwaysSecondBest little sister]], it's... less so.
* Zelda and Revali in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' held resentment towards Link in the past for similar reasons. [[spoiler: Because [[TheChosenOne Link was chosen by the Master Sword]], Link's accomplishment reminded Zelda of her own failures as a princess and not unlocking her inherited sealing power from Hylia. Revali resents Link because he sees Link's accomplishment as nothing but pure luck and it also undermined his own skills as a Rito warrior.]] Both of them overcame this; [[spoiler: Revali does somewhat recognize Link's skill while Zelda not only befriends Link for him saving her, but she ends up falling for him.]]
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is a major reason for the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]]'s hatred of the [[TheOrder Psijic Order]], a powerful MagicalSociety and the oldest monastic order in Tamriel. Through [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic thousands of years of intensive study in the nature of magic]], the Order has become able to utilize it in ways (and on a scale) that the rest of Tamriel is unable to match. The Thalmor strongly desire that power, and cannot stand that the Order, a primarily Altmer organization, absolutely will not tow the Thalmor line or share their knowledge. Additionally, this is part of the reason the Thalmor hate [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], and have banned his worship. On the surface, their extreme Aldmeri religious beliefs teach that the Altmer are a SuperiorSpecies, descended from the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedra]], and the idea of a ''[[HumansAreBastards man]]'' joining their ranks is offensive and blasphemous. (The deeper reasoning [[OmnicidalManiac is even worse]]...)

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Sakura for Rin in the "Heaven's Feel" scenario of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. It doesn't become an issue... Except until the point where it ought to stop being an issue because she's already won.
* Sakazaki Yuuya shows slight hints of this for his brother Sakuya in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' when speaking to a third party. Yuuya is absolutely devoted to his brother and would willingly [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself for him]], longs for his happiness, is proud of his better traits... and Sakuya detests him and is a hyper-pampered aristocrat with some very obvious blind spots. Yuuya's devotion has a degree of spite mixed in with the love, and he does think of Sakuya with a degree of condescension.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Kristoph Gavin became VERY angry when he found that Phoenix Wright had been chosen over him to represent a defendant. From Kristoph's point-of-view, it looked like said client had chosen Phoenix over himself because Phoenix had beat the client at poker and he hadn't. [[spoiler: In actuality, the client wasn't paying attention to the results so much as ''how'' they played the game; he saw a ruthless streak in Kristoph's play that he deemed dangerous. It turned out that his judgment was absolutely right; Kristoph [[DisproportionateRetribution destroyed Phoenix's career by tricking him into using falsified evidence and later personally killed that defendant.]]]] The ''WebComic/{{Hiimdaisy}}'' comic at the top of this page actually outlines Kristoph's view of the situation very well.
** Before that there was ''Justice For All'''s Morgan Fey, who is ''very'' bitter that her younger sister had better spiritual powers than her and became the Kurain master, while she was shuffled off to one of the Branch families. So much in fact that she tries to get her sister's last daughter, Maya, arrested for murder and then murdered herself. ''Trials and Tribulations'' reveals that the entire Fey clan is full of Resenters, which is important for the backstory of the last case.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': Quaintana might be the Drowtales equivalent of Big Boss, but her abusive and ruthless nature has caused many of her closest followers to develop agonizing grudges against her less-than-heroic actions; her daughter Syphille never forgave her for being passed over as the heir just because she took an [[DemonicPossession "abnormal"]] style of combat (bonus points for being forced to raise the ignorant brat who was the heir), Su'ube spent centuries as her lieutenant but she felt betrayed when Quaintana rejected her daughter for the position of general in favor of a gullible kid with humanitarian pursuits, and a good chunk of her Saghress army thought it was hypocritical when she formed an alliance with one of the Sharen queens after they had sacrificed so much to conquer Chel from said Sharen (ignoring the very real threat of starvation as the Sharen seized all of the Saghress' agricultural sectors in the war). They all try to kill Quaintana out of revenge, and she gladly accepts their challenges until they finally succeed.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' Rahan is revealed, at the eve of Quentyn's departure, to have tormented Quentyn so long out of resentment --- for his status as the Woobie, for seemingly skating off scot-free whenever he brings trouble down on the village, and for how he always lands on his feet.
* Ho from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' absolutely loathes Baam for being [[TheGift crazy talented]] and [[NiceGuy really humble and friendly about it]], especially since Baam's talent put him in a very difficult position. Or as Serena Rinnen put it, he shines so bright you can only close your eyes and be bitter. This leads to Ho's parting words: "Right [...] I just for some reason really hated you, Baam!"
** [[spoiler:Rachel]] also hates Baam because the only thing worse than watching someone who lived his whole life in the dirt do better than you ever will on his very first trial, is the very real fear that same moronic person would reach the top of the tower and make the very tiny and tormenting wish for both of them to go back to his home in the dirt. In other words, he is better than everyone else, and he will waste the wish that everyone wants on something that nobody else would ever want.
* In ''[[Webcomic/M9Girls M9 Girls!]]'' Vero resents best friend Karla spending time with the M9 Girls instead of her.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Karkat, towards John, so much that he ends up getting [[FoeYay a crush on him, in a weird troll romance sort of way.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ProphecyOfTheCircle'' Yaren towards his former friend Jacind, for loosing to him in a contest determining which of them would become the leader of Oros, even though Jacind should technically have been disqualified before the final challenge.
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': Hoo ''boy'', does Cerise have issues with [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/you_had_that_look Melissa.]]
** According to Jacqui, Cerise never forgave Melissa for diverting everyone's attention from her, back when they were kids. It didn't help matters any that everything always seemed to go her way, [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/i_am_shipping_those_two or simply fell into her lap]], or the fact that even [[spoiler: Hecate]] [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/you_chose_her favored her]], despite all Cerise's efforts. It was only a matter of time before [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/little_miss_lives_a_lot she snapped.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', after [[http://www.egscomics.com/comic/2014-09-04 losing a match to Sarah]], Larry mutters that she's a "fake geek lesbian".

[[folder: Web Original]]
* This also seems to be the only thing driving Kismet forward in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. She hates Fey because Fey gets everything. Fey is prettier. Fey is a better and more powerful wizard, even though Fey is younger. Every time she tries to one-up Fey, it fails. She's put her team into a Team Tactics course solely to show up Fey and Fey's team. If she wasn't such a BadBoss, her team might even succeed at it.
** Also, Sharisha/Tempest, who utterly hates Chaka for being pretty, smart, having awesome powers, a team full of real friends and having heaps of people wanting to date her, especially since Chaka used to be male. Sharisha, who is fat, plain, doesn't have many friends, isn't very good at using her powers and doesn't have anyone after her, hates that a boy (which is how she sees Chaka, who is very female) gets everything she doesn't. Sadly, she doesn't realise that if she and Chaka weren't fighting, Chaka could probably help her with her powers, and if she didn't lash out at everyone, they'd like her more.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[TheCowl Armsmaster]] is this to [[TheCape Dauntless]], as Armsmaster is a BadassNormal GadgeteerGenius who needs to spend hours improving his technology, training, and practicing, whereas Dauntless' powers mean that he effectively gets stronger every day with no effort. [[spoiler:It's this resentment that eventually pushes Armsmaster to become a FallenHero, endangering the truce between heroes and villains which gives everyone a slight chance against [[OmnicidalManiac Endbringer]] attacks for the sake of his own glory. Ironically, Dauntless is [[PutOnABus trapped in a bubble of frozen time]] during that same fight.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', this is a key component of villain Mozenrath's psyche: anger that Aladdin has been granted massive magical power (through the luck of having met the Genie), and become heir to Agrabah (through his chance meeting with Jasmine), whereas Mozenrath has had to sacrifice so much (including the flesh of his right hand in exchange for a magical gauntlet) for power.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer's Enemy", Frank Grimes' main character trait is resentment of how Homer has done well for himself despite being, well, Homer Simpson, while he has worked hard all his life and gotten nowhere. He might have done better to resent the people who favored Homer over him instead - Mr. Burns especially - since they were so blatant in their hostility toward him, while Homer was merely InnocentlyInsensitive.
* Tai Lung of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' so much so, that the fact that his resentment seems so ''justified'' makes him UnintentionallySympathetic.
** [[ActionGirl Tigress]] as well. While it was assumed by all of the Furious Five that one of them would be given the Dragon Scroll, she seemed the most focused on such a goal, believing Oogway had been pointing at her--and when this proved not to be the case, she spent the rest of the movie resenting, belittling, even outright insulting Po every chance she got. Only after [[BreakTheHaughty she got her ass handed to her by Tai Lung]] did she start to realize that, whether or not Po was right to be chosen, perhaps she didn't deserve the scroll after all. When Po manages to not only understand the symbolic value of the scroll and use its wisdom to defeat Tai Lung, she is convinced and is [[DefrostingIceQueen at peace with that]] to the point of growing much [[ShipTease closer to the panda]].
* I.R. Baboon from ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' resents Weasel's fame and considers himself better, even though Weasel is a certified genius, whereas Baboon is... [[TheDitz well, not]].
* Plankton of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has, as his main villainous motivation, the resentful Mr. Krabs's success (and, in turn, the community that ''made'' Mr. Krabs a success), especially in comparison to his own restaurant (which Plankton regards as superior, hence his ongoing attempts to steal the Krabby Patty formula. Also seems to be reversed at times. Krabs at the very least has a rather intense rivalry with Plankton and is obsessed with gloating his success in his face. Whenever Plankton seems to have even minor success that makes his own resentment fade, Krabs obsessively tries to destroy him, intent on having him back in his shadow.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' both subverts this and plays it straight: Though Prince Zuko would initially appear to be one of these characters, his dialogue would seem to reveal that almost all of his anger is directed inward at what he perceives to be his own failings, [[spoiler: allowing him to be much more calm, once he makes the HeelFaceTurn]]. However, though she hides it well, Azula's secret resentment of ''Zuko'', and the love their mother felt for him and not for her (at least so she thinks, its really all in her mind. Her mother was actually worried about her.), ends up contributing greatly to her VillainousBreakdown. The person Zuko resents isn't any of the heroes - instead, he resents Azula for being a better villain than him, and for getting the approval (Ozai probably isn't capable of anything that could be called "love") of their father. Apparently, said father like to say that Azula was "born lucky," whereas Zuko was "lucky to be born." [[TheUnFavourite Ouch]].
** The SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' features both Kya and Bumi showing jealously since they were both excluded by Tenzin from their dad for not being air-benders. The latter seems to show slightly more being the only [[MuggleBornOfMages non-bender amongst their family.]] [[spoiler:And then Bumi becomes an air-bender himself.]]
** From the same series, Lin Bei Fong spent much of her life resenting her mother, Toph Bei Fong, and younger half-sister, Suyin, albeit for different reasons. She resented her mother for not accepting her and for her seeming favoritism of Suyin, however slight or unintentional, such as when she covered up the fact that Suyin took part in a crime that led to Lin getting her face scarred, and she resented Suyin for being (from Lin's viewpoint) smug KarmaHoudini who always got what she wanted and never had to suffer for any of the bad things she did, and refused to be a part of Suyin's life.
** EvilUncle Unalaq from Book 2 had been very jealous of Tonraq being next in line for the throne in the Northern Water Tribe, so he sets up a trap that gets him exiled. But when he hears that Tonraq had fathered the Avatar, he decides to kidnap her to manipulate her only to betray the kidnappers when they were stopped by the White Lotus. Later, he manipulates Korra into joining him and takes time to [[VillainBall personally screw Tonraq over out of spite]] as Korra later points out when she learns the truth. Unalaq and Tonraq battle later, with Unalaq winning and gloating that he'll keep Tonraq alive so that the latter can see the former win once and for all.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has Vlad Masters. Despite being a billionaire celebrity and possessing half ghost powers, Vlad is resentful towards his best friend Jack because he was the one who married the love of his life. Not to mention fathering a son who is half-ghost, a person who in Vlad's eyes, should rightfully be his! Naturally, he spends most of the series trying to [[MurderTheHypotenuse kill Jack]].
** In a nice bit of irony, in an AlternateUniverse caused by Danny meddling in the past. He does marry Maddie but turns out to be a controlling husband who refuses to let her do ghost hunting related activities because it reminds him of Jack. Yes, even when he gets what he wants, he's ''still'' resentful.
** Tucker Foley, but to a lesser extent. Prior to obtaining his ghost powers, Danny was on equal grounds with Tucker. The two were best friends who shared everything. Then Danny gets all the awesome powers and Tucker is stuck being the ButtMonkey. One episode showed him acting on his resentment via an (unintentional) [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor deadly wish]] that nearly had him kill Danny.
*** Indeed, seeing the monster his wish had created helps Tucker move past this trope.
--->'''Tucker:''' ''[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone That's me?]]''
* Initially, Raven appears to be this character in regards to Terra on ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': angry that Terra has apparently managed to control her powers so easily, while Raven still must meditate constantly to keep hers in check. However, since [[spoiler:it turns out that Terra got her control from working with Titans ArchEnemy Slade, the resentment was probably justified.]]
* In the backstory to ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Princess Luna's resentment over her subjects always sleeping through the night, her time of reign, while frolicking and working during the day when her sister ruled, led to her becoming [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]] and [[TheNightThatNeverEnds bringing forth eternal night]]. This gets revisited in the Season 7 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E10ARoyalProblem A Royal Problem]]", where it's revealed both sisters have some resentment for one another (so it wasn't just Luna being envious of Celestia's life).
** Sunset Shimmer, the BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', clearly resents Twilight Sparkle, because she managed to earn everything Sunset desired: adoration, power, and an [[spoiler:alicorn princess position]]. This becomes evident when Twilight's friends praise her for her loyalty and fortitude while she grows closer and closer to a VillainousBreakdown with every word spoken. [[spoiler: Luckily, she pulls a HeelFaceTurn and appears to grow out of it by the time of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', learning to accept her loss and instead embracing what she has now: The human versions of the Mane Six and alicorn!Twilight as her friends, the true respect of Canterlot High, and some [[SuperMode sweet]] [[TouchTelepathy magical powers]] on the side.]]
** [[DarkMagicalGirl Starlight Glimmer]], the BigBad of Season 5 has this and then some. It was bad enough that she had already developed deep rooted [[NeverBeHurtAgain social]] [[FriendlessBackground issues]] [[StartOfDarkness resulting]] from a broken friendship as a filly, which deeply traumatized her, Meeting the Mane Six, Twilight Sparkle [[GreenEyedMonster most especially]] just sent her over the edge. When the Mane Six thwarted her in the Season 5 premiere, she spent the ''entire season'' tracking them down and plotting her revenge against them. Starlight didn't care about why or what it would lead to, she despised Twilight and her friends that much. [[spoiler: Revealing that this is what Starlight greatly desired: [[IJustWantToHaveFriends Friends]]. But her resentment for the Mane six is so deep she still needs more talking down more even after being shown the [[BadFuture horrible consequences]] of her actions. Fortunately, Twilight Sparkle [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath managed to get through]] to Starlight enough to finally make her let go of her resentment and [[HeelFaceTurn give friendship another chance]], which she does, ultimately being forgiven and [[SixthRanger becoming friends]] with the Mane Six]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', Lion-O and Tygra are Resenters to each other. Lion-O resents Tygra for being the AlwaysSomeoneBetter and CompassionateCritic whom nearly everyone in their kingdom -- even his own ''father'' -- preferred over him. Tygra resents Lion-O for being TheChosenOne of the Sword of Omens and apparently Cheetara. That second one is particularly galling for Tygra since he's nursed a crush on Cheetara since childhood. Lion-O and Tygra's mutual resentment fuels their SiblingRivalry, though Lion-O still wholeheartedly trusts Tygra and doesn't believe that Tygra would ever betray him [[spoiler:even after hearing a prophecy stating Tygra will do just that.]]
** They do eventually start to get over it [[spoiler: when Cheetara makes it clear she wants a relationship with Tygra, and Tygra, in charge after Lion-O's (temporary) death, finds out that he isn't as successful a leader as Lion-O had proven to be]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' gives us Buddy, an early Warner Brothers cartoon character whose shorts were so ridiculously boring, it threatened to do the company in. When the Warner siblings were created, their popularity skyrocketed and Buddy was given the shaft, forcing him to live out his life as a simple farmer and ''clearly'' wanting his stardom back.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has [[spoiler:Chad Dickson, the former Numbuh 274 and Soopreme Leader of the KND. Originally considered to be the greatest KND operative on the planet, he did not take it well when the higher-ups decided Numbuh 1 was better than him and decided to make him the Earth's representative for the GKND. Part of that stems from all the sacrifices he made for the organization, including becoming a FakeDefector and having his legacy in the KND tainted with his betrayal. The jealousy and resentment for this decision consumed him so much that by the time of his final appearance on the show, he attempted to ''kill'' Nigel for it, even though it wasn't his fault nor was it something he was even aware of at the time. Though Nigel hating him for his fake betrayal (not that he knew at the time) certainly did not help matters.]]
** In a dark twist, we find out a bit more why in a teaser of sorts: [[spoiler: The GKND turn out to be a dark organization and have been coercing Nigel to do something terrible to Earth, while Chad is begging him not to do so, because it would threaten the people they care about. The fact that Nigel ultimately ends up going through with it shows why Nigel was ultimately chosen... and it was not a good reaosn.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' has Ty Parsec resenting Buzz Lightyear after the latter saved him 50+ times. It's also implied that Ty barely received any credit for any of his accomplishments whereas Buzz's own deeds are highly praised, thus causing Ty to resent his old friend. Ditto for Booster's old farm-town friend, who resented Booster being chosen for the Space Ranger academy and getting to go on adventures.