Green Eyed Monster: Literature
- In The Count of Monte Cristo, envy is the motivating force of two of the conspirators — Danglars is jealous of Dantes' success, and Fernand of his fiancée.
- Inga in All Stays In The Family is jealous of Dora and Olaf's (her love) obvious infatuation. She can't hide it anyhow and it's strong enough that Dora starts suspecting Inga was one of she-werewolves who attacked her earlier. Even after she finds out that "obvious infatuation" was an act to draw out the attackers, Inga still doesn't trust Dora.
- In Dragon Bones, Tosten admits that he acted cold and distant, and was a jerk towards Ward, because he was jealous that his big brother, Ward, gave more attention to Oreg, someone Tosten believed to be a distant cousin, than himself. Ward promtply forgives him, comparing Tosten to a frightened horse. As Ward always protected his siblings from their abusive father, it is quite understandable that Tosten feels threatened by the fact that Ward seemed occupied with protecting someone else.
- Demandred in The Wheel of Time became evil because he envied the fact that Lews Therin was slightly better than him in every way. Also, Lanfear envied Ilyena for marrying Lews Therin. The same applies to Sammael, who was as skilled a general and sportsman as Lews Therin but felt that his height was the reason he was the less honored of the two. Be'lal (one of whose nicknames is "The Envious" was reputedly extremely jealous of virtually everyone; Lews Therin, Lanfear and Ishamael amongst them. A case could be made this was true of a lot of the Forsaken, many of whom were prominent Light side generals or otherwise decent figures but jealous of the acclaim given to the chosen leader Lews Therin or perceived general lack of acclaim for themselves. Not all though. Semirhage in particular may have been the greatest healer in the world but she was also a vicious sadist long before the Dark One appeared, and Ishamael, as Elan Morin Tedroni, seems to have switched sides for philosophical reasons.
- In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel Ghostmaker, Inquisitor Lilith actively tries to foment this between Gaunt and Corbec. Gaunt slaps her down because he realizes she's doing it, and she doesn't need to, when he is willing to work with her. She apologizes, saying she is too used to having to manipulate people to get the to do what is needed (although at the end, she reveals that she had actually found Gaunt attractive).
- In Sandy Mitchell's Warhammer 40,000 novel Scourge the Heretic, Horst finds himself quite envious of how obviously Lord and Lady Tomis are Happily Married after they jumped to their deaths together.
- In William King's Warhammer 40,000 Space Wolf novel Wolfblade, when Ragnar speaks of having lost the Spear of Rus, Haegr, with open envy, says that he had wielded the Spear of Rus and struck down a primarch with it, which shows he was marked for greatness.
"Do you think any man could cast such a weapon? Even a hero such as I?"
- In Ben Counter's Warhammer 40,000 Horus Heresy novel Galaxy In Flames, Lucius is envious of how easily Tarvitz assumes command of the betrayed Emperor's Children, which motivates his betraying them to Horus.
- In James Swallow's The Flight Of the Eisenstein, Grulgor pours out his bitter envy of 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.
- In Matt Farrer's "After Desh'ea" (in Tales of Heresy), Kharne tells Angron how he envies Angron's dead comrades, because they had the honor of fighting under his command.
- In James Swallow's Warhammer 40,000 novel Deus Encarmine, Arkio, primed by Sanchiel, accuses Rafen of being envious — although when Rafen declares he is concerned, Arkio immediately drops it to say that Rafen still thinks of him as a child.
- In Deus Sanguinius, Inquisitor Stele plays on Rafen's fears of envying him to convince him that he ought to die to free Arkio; Rafen has a desperate time breaking free, receiving assistance toward it. Later, when Arkio believes that he has killed Rafen, he feels a freedom he had coveted a long time.
- In Phenomena Tarkan is more or less a Green Skinned Monster with red Glowing Eyes of Doom. He's possessing Mentor, one of the character's twin brother, but unlike his brother never got revarded for his hard work, and this is his Freudian Excuse for his Face-Heel Turn.
- In Alexander Pushkin's Mozart and Salieri, Saliery explains how he hates Mozart for being so talented while never having to strain where he, who dedicated his entire life to music, lacks such talent. This is definitely a Historical Villain Upgrade.
- In C. S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces, a retelling of Psyche and Cupid, Orual hears that she persuaded Psyche to bring in the lamp at night and so lose him, because she was jealous. Infuriated by this injustice, she writes her story to make the truth known. Writing it, and the events afterwards, reveal to her that she was jealous: having raised Psyche from childhood, she was jealous of Cupid.
- In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one temptation for Lucy to cast the spell to make her beautiful was that it would make Susan, always the beauty of the family, jealous of her.
- In Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files novel Turn Coat, we learn that in the Back Story Morgan was in love with Luccio and so became jealous of Harry. In fact, Luccio was afraid he had hunted Harry down out of it. Then Morgan dies. And Luccio learns that she had been magically manipulated to "love" Harry.
- In G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown story "The Man in the Passage", the jealousy between Miss Aurora Rome's rival lovers is quite palpable.
- In J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Denethor's jealous attitude toward Aragorn was a major factor in his suicide; even if his side won, he would be demoted. It's also jealousy of Gandalf that causes Saruman to reject his offer of a Last-Second Chance.
- In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 Ultramarines novel Courage and Honour, Uriel is warned of Leachrus, who had commanded his company in his absence. Later, he has it out with him: when Leachrus claims not to resent him, Uriel accuses of him of lying, and Leachrus reluctantly admits that he wants Uriel's post, and with Uriel gone so long, he had gotten used to it. Uriel agrees that his ambition is not wrong and predicts that he will get a captaincy, one day.
- In Edgar Rice Burroughs's Thuvia, Maid of Mars, Jav is second only to Tario but must cringe before him and knows that Tario is awaiting the slightest excuse to be rid of him.
- In The Chessman of Mars, O-Tar is jealous of his son A-Kor because A-Kor would be much better for the throne than O-Tar is, and everyone knows it.
- Dragonlance: Raistlin is very jealous of his brother's looks, charm, health, strength and popularity.
- Likewise Kitiara is incredibly jealous of her romantic rival Laurana's impossible beauty. This jealousy causes Kit to relentlessly stalk Laurana and attempt to kill her rival. Even after Kitiara defeats Laurana and has the elfmaid as a prisoner completely at her mercy, she still can't let it go and continues to obsess about how Laurana is more beautiful than her.
- In Wen Spencer's Endless Blue, Mikhail feels deeply guilty that (in the Back Story) in his jealousy that Turk did not have to attend formal functions and got a trainer rather than a tutor, he did not consider what the trainer did until he accidentally stumbled on the Cold-Blooded Torture that was training for Reds. He put a stop to it at once, but thinks he should have thought earlier. Hardin reveals that he was jealous of Mikhail, because his Royal Blood ensured that he would be, at least, a footnote in history, and deliberately sabotuged his career because of it.
- Invidia of the Codex Alera, who, in the backstory, had Gaius Septimus killed because he chosen a commoner, Isana, over her. She spends most of the series attaching herself to powerful figures and aiding them while waiting for an opportunity to stab them in the back.
- Harry Potter: Ronald Weasley has a mild case of this throughout the series. While he doesn't envy his brothers, he finds himself in their shadow because of everything they have done while his sister was implied to be his mom's favorite, having always wanted a daughter. It went From Bad to Worse as his best friend Harry Potter got more fame and glory year after year (though Ron did get made a prefect instead of Harry in their fifth year) and having his insecurities be mounting over. It is also implied that Ron suspects (perhaps subconsciously) that his mother saw him as a disappointment, as she really wanted a daughter,. In the last book, Voldemort's locket Horcrux exploits this by tormenting Ron and attacking his insecurities for weeks before an argument led to a fight and for Ron to temporarily leave (he immediately tried to come back, but ran amok some Death Eaters). He ultimately conquers his envy when he faces the full blunt of the Horcrux's wrath and saves Harry.
- Also, we learn in the last book that Petunia wished she were a witch, just like Lily. It doesn't help that Lily was also the smarter and prettier sister.
- Harry also experiences this when he sees Ginny kissing Dean. It's described as a roaring monster in his chest.
- Arguably the series' biggest example was Severus Snape. He had a famous and bitter hate of James, who reciprocated it. While James' reasons aren't given explicitly given (though it was said he despised the Dark Arts and Snape was a natural at it), but Snape was envious of James' life compared to his (James was well-off, talented at Quidditch, intelligent, good-looking and a pretty nice guy, albeit prideful). This got worse when he discovered James liked Lily Evans (his only friend and also one-sided romantic interest). He never got over this as an adult and in fact, passed the hate down to James' son, Harry.
- Ivypool from Warrior Cats has this towards Dovewing because of her powers. But this is only because she doesn't know of her powers yet, and she gets really tired of living as her sister's "echo." However, she overcomes her jealosy when Dovewing reveals her powers after hearing Tigerstar's plan.
- Foxheart in regards to Yellowfang liking Raggedstar, thus making the former's life hell for her.
- Kludd from Guardians of Ga'Hoole feels jealousy towards Soren because he thinks his litte brother gets more attention. He doesn't get better, though.
- Each of the villains in the Keys to the Kingdom series represents a deadly sin, with Superior Saturday representing envy. She has become absolutely consumed by the fact that Lord Sunday controls the Incomparable Gardens (the epicenter of the universe), and she does not. She spends ten thousand years attempting to correct this fact through the following means:
- Turning her demesne into an immense tower to try to breach the underside of the Gardens.
- Attempting to destroy the four Drasil trees which are forever growing and taking the Gardens out of reach.
- In her titular book, she succeeds by sinking two sevenths of the House into nothing, an action of such catastrophic affect that by one of the last chapters of the book, nearly all of the House has been consumed.
- Attempting to assassinate various figures of power.
- Attempting to remove Arthur, the protagonist and rightful heir to her demesne and Lord Sunday's, from power via various means.
- Betraying one of her closer friends and turning her into a Leviathan rather than letting her give power to Arthur or another heir.
- and inflicting amnesia upon the Piper's Children because of a prophecy that states that doing so will prevent Arthur from winning.
- In short, she would be the Big Bad if it weren't for the fact that Lord Sunday was so much more powerful than she.
- Ella Enchanted: Hattie is jealous of Ella because she's brave, smart, and pretty. It's mainly the reason why she treats Ella so miserably.
- In Diana Wynne Jones's Howl's Moving Castle, Sophie becomes increasingly jealous of Howl's attempts to court Miss Angorian, a pretty teacher in Wales. However, when the Witch of the Waste kidnaps her to lure Howl out, Sophie goes out to rescue her, believing that Howl loves Miss Angorian and attempts to pull I Want My Beloved to Be Happy. Turns out Miss Angorian was the Witch of the Waste's fire demon and that Howl loved Sophie the whole time.
- Jealousy is a major theme of Cold Comfort, and the driving motive of the murderer.
- Used in A Song of Ice and Fire as part of the complicated Psychotic Love Triangle that forms the backstory of the Tully Sisters and Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish. Lysa is jealous of Catelyn for being the object of Petyr's (unrequited mind you) affections, whilst Petyr is jealous of Brandon and ultimately Ned Stark for wedding Catelyn. Both characters take this envy to extreme, Yandere levels, resulting in Petyr manipulating Lysa into becoming his accomplice in kicking off a continent-wide civil war. Bonus points for Littlefinger actually having Green Eyes.
- In Suzanne Collins's Catching Fire, Peeta confesses he feels this about Gale.
- The Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Cardboard Box is about a murder which resulted from jealousy. A woman fell in love with her younger sister's husband, and when he rejected her (because he loved his wife), she conspired to get her sister to have an affair with another man.
- Caroline Bingley is venomously jealous of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, because Mr. Darcy clearly admires Elizabeth and is completely oblivious to the fact that Caroline wants to marry him. In her mind, at least; while Darcy clearly admires Elizabeth from early on, towards her it's suggested that he's adopting the time-honoured 'ignore-her-and-maybe-she'll-go-away' approach.
- In another Jane Austen novel, Emma...
- Jane Fairfax rejects efforts by Emma to be friendly, because she's secretly engaged to Frank Churchill, who pays attention to Emma as part of the coverup, and even though she knows Emma's completely out of the loop she doesn't like it. Later, after The Reveal, she does admit to having been totally unreasonable about it.
- And meanwhile, Mr. Knightley is hideously jealous of Frank Churchill for the same reason, because he's secretly in love with Emma.
- Wuthering Heights:
- This is the main reason for Hindley's cruel treatment of Heathcliff, although it could also be down to a form of prejudice towards gypsies and dark skinned people (Heathcliff is mentioned as being dark skinned) that existed in the 18th century. Hindley takes an instant disliking to Heathcliff, possibly due to a long term Inferiority Superiority Complex regarding his father's affections which manifests itself upon Heathcliff's arrival. Mr Earnshaw is often shown to be warmer towards Heathcliff than his own son, which Heathcliff taunts him about. This envy makes Hindley hate Heathcliff for almost his entire life, culminating in Hindley attempting to murder Heathcliff with a pistol after Heathcliff swindles him out of Wuthering Heights.
- As well as the humiliation he faced, another possible reason for Heathcliff wanting to get back at Edgar Linton was envy of Edgar being married to Cathy (I) while Heathcliff felt that it should have been him marrying her. He doesn't just take this hatred out on Edgar, but on his sister too.
- In Daddy-Long-Legs, a man who is in love with Judy (Jervis Pendleton, aka Daddy Long Legs) tries to keep her away from Jimmie McBride, whom he mistakenly believes is his rival.
- In Aaron Allston's Galatea in 2-D the reason why Kevin turned on Roger and Donna with such vindicativeness.
- Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian stories:
- In The Slithering Shadow Thalis boasts of how the women are jealous of her, because she has not succumbed to the Lotus-Eater Machine and her reality is her chief allure to men. When her efforts to vamp Conan fail because of Natala's presence, she abducts her for Cold-Blooded Torture and Murder the Hypotenuse. After she dies, Natala is still jealous.
- In The Phoenix on the Sword, Conan envies Prospero's ability to leave.
- In Memoirs of a Geisha, it was Pumpkin's jealousy (along with a healthy dose of her mentor's influence) of Sayuri's popularity that would eventually cost them their friendship and would lead Pumpkin to betray Sayuri at a crucial moment.
- In Robert E. Howard's "The Shadow Kingdom", Kull envies the lack of formality at the Pictish banquet.
- In the Chinese Cinderella story Bound by Donna Jo Napoli, this was why Xing Xing's Wicked Stepmother treated her like she was a slave. Xing Xing's mother's last request was that Xing Xing would take care of all her father's needs more than anyone else, which she happily did and her father loved her more than the stepmother and his stepdaughter. In some ways, Xing Xing was closer to her father than her stepmother was to him.
- Green eyed Ozonne of the Disgaea novels is jealous of her big sister Flonne because of her fallen angel status, her disposition in the Netherworld and their parents favoritism of her.
- Lalla Moore is envious of Harriet Johnson's skating ability in Skating Shoes.
- Susie Peters and Mimi Barron are envious of each other's dancing ability in On Your Toes, Susie!. Oddly, neither realizes how the other feels.
- Bee Bye Simms is envious of David Perrin's riding ability in The Horsemasters.
- In the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne is jealous of any girl who gets too close or mentions they would like to get close to Gilbert. She doesn't recognize this as jealousy, and frustratingly, it doesn't lead to a Love Epiphany, though everyone else can see she's jealous.
- Morgan Sloat in The Talisman is driven by equal parts envy and ambition. By the end, they and the even worse Morgan of Orris have completely consumed him, leaving him a threat to the entire multiverse who cares for no one.
- Harrison Bergeron is about a society built on appeasing envy in the only logistically possible way—reducing everyone to ciphers.
- In Agatha Christie's Sad Cypress, Elinor Carlisle is jealous of her romantic rival to the point of being suspected of her murder. However, she's a rare case, because she pulls an I Want My Beloved to Be Happy, breaks up with the guy so that he can be free and actually gives him relationship advice. (That's before the murder, obviously.)
- In John C. Wright's Count To A Trillion, when Menelaus comes out of his other personality, Blackie fiercely accuses him of trying to steal his fiancee, whom he's never met.
- In L. M. Montgomery's Jane of Lantern Hill, the grandmother toward anyone who gets some of her favorite daughter's attention.
- In Edgar Rice Burroughs's The Monster Men, von Horn toward Number Thirteen.
A sudden wave of jealous rage swept through the man's vicious brain. He saw that the soulless thing within was endowed with a kindlier and more noble nature than he himself possessed.
- In Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale, Catarina's attitude toward Raechel is that she stole her brother Lucian away from her.
- ''The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster''
- In Gene Stratton Porter's The Song of the Cardinal, the cardinal envies the other birds while awaiting a mate.
he envied the blackbird his glossy, devoted little sweetheart, with all his might. He almost strained his voice trying to rival the love-song of a skylark that hung among the clouds above a meadow across the river, and poured down to his mate a story of adoring love and sympathy. He screamed a "Chip" of such savage jealousy at a pair of killdeer lovers that he sent them scampering down the river bank without knowing that the crime of which they stood convicted was that of being mated when he was not. As for the doves that were already brooding on the line fence beneath the maples, the Cardinal was torn between two opinions.
He was alone, he was love-sick, and he was holding the finest building location beside the shining river for his mate, and her slowness in coming made their devotion difficult to endure when he coveted a true love; but it seemed to the Cardinal that he never could so forget himself as to emulate the example of that dove lover. The dove had no dignity; he was so effusive he was a nuisance.
- In A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf, a retelling of the story Esther from the Bible, King Ahasuerus's close friend Haman grew jealous of Ahasuerus's new wife Esther, with whom the king was deeply in love. He also grew envious of Coes, another close friend of Ahasuerus, when the king had summoned Coes during an assasination attempt on his life but not Haman. And his jealousy towards Esther's uncle Mordecai, whom the king grew to like, would eventually lead to his own death.
- In a trilogy series called Dogs Of The Drowned City, Shep's friend Zeus gets jealous because Shep seemed to care more for the smaller dog breeds instead of him and the bigger breeds. Shep had only cared for the bigger dogs and himself more than the "yappers", but he sees that they need his help too. Zeus calls him out on it, and this causes him to run away from the pack and form one of his own.
- Erik, "The Phantom of the Opera", is quite envious when Raoul begins to get close with Christine again.
- In Dorothy L. Sayers's Whose Body?, Lord Peter Wimsey deduces the motive for murder was envy.
- In Michael Flynn's Spiral Arm novel In the Lion's Mouth, Ravn recounts how she seduces Donovan to give them a pretext to talk, and Bridget is furiously jealous despite not having any oaths between them, and despite her long having used such a tactic.
- In John Milton's Paradise Lost, Satan tells the other fallen angels that his position in Hell is not occasion for envy, unlike in Heaven.
The happier state
In Heav'n, which follows dignity, might draw
Envy from each inferior; but who here
Will envy whom the highest place exposes
Formost to stand against the Thunderers aime
Your bulwark, and condemns to greatest share
Of endless pain?
- In C. S. Lewis's The Four Loves, he discusses how this trope is common with either erotic love or affection; agape is needed to withstand it.
- In the Deryni works by Katherine Kurtz, Conall Haldane becomes envious of his cousin King Kelson's political and magical power, and he covets Rhothana Nur Hallaj, partly because she's a beautiful princess, and partly because he knows Kelson loves her.
- In Wicked, Elphaba is jealous of Nessarose, for the latter being the one with the attention and affection from their father as well as the special shoes. It never gets better.
- In Stephanie Burgis's A Most Improper Magick, the story about Sir Neville is that possessed by this trope, he locked his wife into a tower, where she died.
- David Rain from The Last Dragon Chronicles, whenever he thinks Tam is getting too familiar with Zanna.
- Prismia from Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell lived alone and was jealous of a nearby earth pony village for the love they had for each other.
- The Wings of Fire series provides a non-romantic example. The other NightWings ostracize Moonwatcher because she grew up in a prey-rich rain forest with clean air. (They, on the other hand, lived on an active volcano that could barely support life and was covered in smoke.) Contributing to their envy, Moon's relatively comfortable life made her visibly healthier than other NightWings.
An unnamed NightWing: I wonder what it must be like to eat every day.
- Friedrich "Fritz" Ivanov, the protagonist in Dream, Delusion, and Reality, is jealous of (or at least sensitive toward) his Missing Mom's close relationship with her niece Elsa, as their relationship looks so much like mother-daughter despite they're just aunt and niece.
- In Vampire Academy, Rose leaves Lissa to travel to Russia and resolve her issues with Dimitri. Lissa is not happy about this. (No homo.)
- Taran deals with this during the third part of the Chronicles of Prydain. In The Castle of Llyr, he's finally starting to realize that he's in love with his longtime friend Princess Eilonwy... who has just been shipped off to the realm of Mona, to be fostered in their royal palace and, the king and queen hope, eventually betrothed to the kindly but hapless Prince Rhun. Throughout the story, the increasingly agitated Taran is trying to both protect Eilonwy from danger and resign himself to her eventual marriage to someone else. Eilonwy tells him flatly at the end of the book that she has absolutely no intention of allowing herself to be betrothed to Rhun.
- In The Watchmaker Of Filigree Street, Mori and Grace are both jealous of the other's influence on Thaniel, to the point where Grace accuses Thaniel of becoming like one of Mori's clockwork toys, and engineers a disaster that she hopes to blame on Mori and use to push them apart.