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->''"How very fitting that Yugi is competing in the first duel of my tournament. It's only a matter of time before he and I face off against each other again. After all, he's my [[InvokedTrope arch rival]]. The [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes to my Moriarty]]. The [[Manga/{{Akira}} Kaneda to my Tetsuo]]. The [[Anime/SpeedRacer Speed Racer to my Racer X]]. [[OverlyLongGag I could go on, but I won't.]]"''
-->--'''Seto Kaiba''', ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''.

The grim, volatile foe of the protagonist, who, through a series of inexplicable events up to and including attempted murder, gains grudging respect for said hero/heroine (and may [[IWasJustPassingThrough even save them]]) and goes from [[UngratefulBastard intolerable ass]] to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold tolerable ass.]] They usually never measure up in a crisis and ofttimes end up sacrificing their lives (RedemptionEqualsDeath) so everybody else can have CharacterDevelopment. Unless they're a DarkMagicalGirl. Frequently a {{Foil}} for the hero, showing what [[ForWantOfANail he could have become]].
Usually begins the series [[PrivilegedRival with a leg up]] on TheHero.

If fate is unkind, they may be the ButtMonkey version, the UnknownRival. If they start out as an AloofAlly, a HeelFaceTurn can be expected somewhere down the line. Occasionally a regular villain might go through a similar process and become a FriendlyEnemy. If their antagonism with the protagonist is particularly emphasized, it'll probably lead to FoeRomanceSubtext and FoeYayShipping.

Often subject to an EmbarrassingRescue. Might [[RivalTurnedEvil turn evil]]. On the other hand, the rival might develop a [[FriendlyRivalry genuine friendship]] with the hero. If the character in question is also a [[RebelliousSpirit bit of a rebel]], then expect some [[RebelRelaxation bad posture and a tendency to lean against things]].

Compare with the ArchEnemy and SitcomArchNemesis, which may or may not overlap and TheLancer, with a similar personality but on the side of TheHero. Could one of the OpposedMentors. See also FandomRivalry.
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* TheRival/AnimeAndManga
* TheRival/ComicBooks
* TheRival/LiveActionTV
* TheRival/{{Sports}}
* TheRival/VideoGames
* TheRival/WesternAnimation
* TheRival/RealLife
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* {{FanFic/Alex}} to [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Marceline]].
* The ''FanFic/PoniesOfOlympus'' series:
** Ran Biao to Rarity, out of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]] of being AlwaysSecondBest. [[spoiler: Though it turns out to be [[AllLoveIsUnrequited more]] [[GreenEyedMonster complicated]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero than]] [[RapeAsDrama that]].]]
** According to ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'', Luna's bodyguard Argent Javelin has one in [[CompanionCube Tom the boulder]]. No, seriously.
** Scootaloo invokes this in ''Somebody to Love'', drafting Spike into the role for her training with Rainbow Dash.
* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', after Takato [[TookAlevelInBadass takes a level in badass]], Rika becomes determined to prove herself the better Tamer no matter the cost.
* Hefty is this toward [[Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf Empath]].
* Sakura and Ino in ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', naturally; they're rivals in everything from academics to school sports to street fighting to Sasuke.
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[[folder:Film]]
* King Brian to Darby in ''Disney/DarbyOGillAndTheLittlePeople''.
* Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow to eachother in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' and ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Oberon and Theseus are this to each other in the ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' series.
* Devlyn and Set are definitely rivals in the ''{{Literature/Astral Dawn}}'' series, even though they work with each other for common goals.
* Cokie from ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub''. Also, one book featured the girls facing off against a rival babysitting club.
* In the BackStory of JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Encarmine]]'', Rafen and Sachiel were rivals. Lends an edge to their clashes, and their {{Foil}} status.
* Sammael of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' [[RivalTurnedEvil turned to the dark side]] because he was jealous of his rival (the former incarnation of the protagonist).
** Demandred has essentially the same motivation, but much, much stronger- he was born (birth name Barid Bel Medar) ''one day'' after Lews Therin Telamon (aforementioned prior incarnation) and his life followed that pattern from there on, with him being second to Lews Therin in almost every way, including skill with magic, political success, good looks, and even ''height''. They even both courted the same woman, but she preferred Lews Therin. Then [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the War of Power]] broke out, and Barid Bel found out he was better than Lews Therin at one thing- ''war''. Unfortunately, the powers that be made Lews Therin their top general anyway, and that final straw snapped Barid Bel's mind completely so that he became obsessessed with killing Lews Therin and joined the Shadow to better accomplish it, changing his name to Demandred in the process and quickly becoming its most feared general [[note]] Though the joke was on him still; the Dark One already ''had'' a [[TheDragon Dragon]], so Demandred was still stuck playing second fiddle, this time to [[TheAntichrist Ishamael]] [[/note]]. In the last book of the series, [[TheHero Rand]] (who now has memories of his life as Lews Therin back) reflects on how he encouraged this rivalry and expresses regret that he drove Demandred to madness and evil when he could have been one of the greatest heroes of the age- had he not been born at the same time as Lews Therin.
* In Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literature/GalateaIn2D'', Kevin's attitude toward Roger and Donna.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/TheScarletCitadel'', ConanTheBarbarian rescues Pelias, rival to EvilSorcerer Tsotha-lanti.
* [[Literature/HarryPotter Draco Malfoy]] is this to Harry, going out of his way to antagonize him at least once per book (excluding the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows last one]]).
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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' - Novick sees himself as a rival of Koon's half-brother Ran, who in turn sees him as nuisance.
* In ''Manhwa/FaeriesLanding'', Miranda (Medea) hates Fanta and frequently tries to one-up her, but Fanta really doesn't care much. Also, Yuri sees Fanta as a rival for Ryang's affections.
* Yeong In from ''Manhwa/HotBloodedWoman''.
* For Lotto, Aradon in ''Manhwa/{{Yureka}}''.
* Ah-ra towards Ma-ri for Jae-min's affections in ''Webcomic/OrangeMarmalade''.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* Clay and Candide in ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'' are competitive with each other since right before birth-in fact, who could be born first ''was'' their first competition. (Candide claims victory, Clay maintains she only won cause she was four inches shorter than him.)
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In ''Pinball/FullThrottle'', the player's rival is the reigning World Champion, Francisco "The Scorpion" Valentino.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* A light-hearted comedy example can be found in the long-running "feud" between comedians [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]] and Fred Allen. The two would frequently appear on each others shows to harass one another and trade barbs, leading to a CrowningMomentOfFunny when Jack Benny, who had taken an assumed name to appear on Allen's new game show, finds out his "big prize" is to have his pants pressed -- right then and there.
-->'''Jack Benny''': You haven't seen the end of me, Allen!\\
'''Fred Allen''': It won't be long now!
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game, [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/White_Magician_Pikeru White Magician Pikeru]] and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Ebon_Magician_Curran Ebon Magician Curran]] are supposed to be rivals. The two are even shown fighting on the Trap Card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/A_Rival_Appears! A Rival Appears]].
** Possibly the case with [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Alchemic_Magician Alchemic Magician]] and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Slacker_Magician Slacker Magician]] too, given the situation on [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Xyz_Tribalrivals this card]], although in their case it seems to be a FriendlyRivalry.
* This is an alternate title for Leonardo de Montreal, Nightmares' Angel, in ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'', to be used when he's focused more on his enmity with Chuubo than on his mad science.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* From ''{{Bionicle}}''; In the early days of the Toa Mata, de facto leader [[PlayingWithFire Tahu]] and future second-in-command [[AnIcePerson Kop]][[TheQuietOne aka]] bickered a ''lot.'' But, thanks to [[CharacterDevelopment character]] [[CharacterizationMarchesOn development]], they have [[FireForgedFriends forged a strong bond]] which is both professional and brotherly.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''
** In ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', we have Miles Edgeworth, who was a childhood friend of Phoenix, but is now his rival. [[spoiler: He eventually becomes Phoenix's friend again.]] Phoenix himself says that one of his primary motivations for becoming a lawyer was so he could face Edgeworth in court.
** Franziska von Karma steps up to the bench for the second game. She violently wants to defeat Phoenix because [[spoiler:she wants to succeed where Edgeworth failed.]]
*** She also shares this position with Shi-Long Lang in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'', specifically in [[spoiler:the flashback case four, where she's a thirteen-year-old obsessed with beating Edgeworth in everything. Edgeworth mostly ignores it.]]
** And for the third game we have Godot who really hates Phoenix's guts and won't explain why. [[spoiler:He blames Phoenix for Mia's death.]]
** In ''ApolloJustice'' we have Klavier Gavin, the brother of Apollo's [[spoiler:former]] mentor. He is way more helpful than the other rivals though.
* Yanagi and Hiroki have this relationship in {{Canvas 2}} after reconciling.
* Battler has two through the course of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''. On the first four arcs his rival is most likely Beatrice; while Battler tries to prove that all the murders happened by human methods, Beatrice opposes him stating that all were made with Magic, and they fight for a last time at [[spoiler: the Hidden Tea Party of the fourth episode, with Battler victorious over a resigning Beatrice who already got tired of the game]]. On the Chiru arcs his rival turns out to be [[spoiler: Furudo Erika, a piece placed by Bernkastel to serve as the detective, effectively hijacking Battler's role. Both clash numerous times and their conflict finally ends in the famous chained closed room deathmatch.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Captain Gamer's'' nemesis (Czar Gamer) regularly swings from friendly rival to bitter enemy and back again.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Lord Horribus considered himself to be Torg's rival, though Torg [[UnknownRival didn't take this too seriously]] for much of the series. [[spoiler:After Horribus [[NotSoHarmlessVillain killed Alt-Zoe]], Torg still denied him the chance for a final showdown.]]
** Bun-Bun also has a [[TheRival Rival]] in the form of Santa Claus, who tries to kill him each Christmas. An odd version of the trope, since Bun-Bun is a sociopath, and Santa is generally portrayed as a decent (if slightly obsessed) guy just trying to see that justice is done.
* Lance has a rival in ''WebComic/GoldCoinComics'' named Blake, who has traits from Seifer in FFVIII.
* Sixx and Butterfly, and to an extent [[FoeYay Ginger and Laura]] in ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}''.
* Dante in ''Webcomic/UberQuest'' seems to have it in for Sesame, in her first appearance she steals a kill and loot drop from Sesame.
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic had a rivalry, that finally got resolved in the ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' video ''WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl''.
** Later after The Nostalgia Critic got humiliated by MaraWilson, she wrote on her blog that she would love to be Creator/WilWheaton to Critic's [[TheBigBangTheory Sheldon Cooper]].
* ''WebVideo/TheyMadeMeWatchThis'' and ''WebVideo/TheFanFictionCritic'' are rivals in that when one sends on a crappy work to look at, the other retaliates in kind.
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