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->''"In the untalented, excellence generates a sense of wonder and amazement. In the merely talented, on the other hand, genius creates burning hatred and jealousy."''
-->-- '''Creator/HarlanEllison''', from his introduction to ''ComicBook/TheSandman: Season of Mists'' by Creator/NeilGaiman

Sometimes, the hero's many [[InformedAbility strengths]] and [[InstantExpert talents]] will inspire due awe and respect... ''and envy''. No matter how amazing and [[FriendToAllLivingThings lovable]] the protagonist is, these traits will invariably manage to rub someone the wrong way, sometimes prompting people into doing [[KickTheDog horrible]] [[MoralEventHorizon things]] just to get the hero out of their sight.

A sub-trope of GreenEyedMonster, Driven by Envy is a trope that deals specifically with a character acting on his envy. It is related to AlwaysSecondBest. [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Expect the character to think the one he envies is as preoccupied with him as the other way around, and even that he deliberately excels in order to rub the envious character's nose into it.]]

For those instances where love, rather than envy, is the impetus for the misdeeds, see IfICantHaveYou and MurderTheHypotenuse.

Compare TheResenter. SuperTrope of FairestOfThemAll.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This describes Salia to a T in ''Anime/CrossAnge'', who has felt upstaged by Ange for taking the attention of her idol and commander, Jill, and the privilege of piloting the Villkiss, to the point where she spends most of the second half [[FaceHeelTurn on the other side]] trying to best her in battle, even when it involves disobeying her new leader, Embryo, who she now adores. And yes, Embryo is also more interested in Ange while she's just a pawn in his eyes, doing her ego no favors either.
* Vegeta of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has this as his sole reason for, in order, working with Goku and his allies on Namek, staying on Earth, achieving his own SSJ transformation, and training further. Up to the Buu Saga, his AlwaysSecondBest status was taken for granted, but in his Majin state, he finally let it out and accepted that Goku's purity led to his strength always eclipsing his own.
* Mello of ''Manga/DeathNote'' wants to defeat Kira simply to satisfy his own inferiority complex. While he hates Near for surpassing him, Near hardly takes notice of this.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Envy]] from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. In the 2003 anime, it's envy towards [[spoiler:the Elric brothers]], because they received the love of [[spoiler:their shared father, Hohenheim]] while Envy was abandoned and thought of as a monster. In the manga and ''Brotherhood'', it's envy towards [[spoiler:the entirety of humanity because they're able to feel things he, as an ArtificialHuman, [[BetaTestBaddie cannot.]]]]
* Jagi in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', who is so jealous of his youngest brother Kenshiro becoming the successor of Hokuto Shinken that he corrupted his best friend Shin into committing the acts that kick off the series proper.
** Yuda is an even better example in regards to Rei and his Nanto Suichou Ken style.
%%* Danglars in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''.
%%* [[spoiler:Dr. Mikamura]] in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''
* In ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'', Princess Shoukei from Hou had a playmate who was very pretty and graceful. Shoukei's mom, Queen Kakai, was so upset by the girl being "better" than her little girl... that she falsely accused her mother (one of her own handmaidens) of accepting bribes, which led to both mother and daughter being executed. [[spoiler: After King Chuutatsu is overthrown and killed, the RebelLeader Gekkei captures Kakai and Shoukei, and harshly calls the queen out for killing the two maids before he [[OffWithHisHead beheaded her as punishment]].]]
* This trope pretty much drives the story of ''Manga/GaRei'' and its {{prequel}} ''Anime/GaReiZero''. In the prequel at least, Mei's FaceHeelTurn is fueled by her envy toward Yomi ''and then'' Yomi's FaceHeelTurn is caused by her envy toward Kagura. [[KillEmAll It didn't end well for everyone involved]].
* ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'': Yomi ([[NamesTheSame no relation to the above]]) [[DemonicPossession turns into Dead Master]] out of envy toward Yuu, who (from her POV) is taking Mato from her.
%%* ''Anime/HellGirl'' has a lot of people with a bad case of this, but the most notable is probably the theatre episode.
* Aki Honda from ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' is really envious of Hiroko's grades, which drives her to do horrible things to her. The end. [[CruelAndUnusualDeath It's not a nice end either.]]
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'''s Muruta Azrael is a genocidal madman who's out to exterminate every [[DesignerBabies Coordinator]]. He claims it's because they are a threat to humanity, but his flashbacks and some of the things that he says suggest that what he's really angry about is that they dare to be better than ''him''.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', this is why [[spoiler: Motoyasu Tsukumo]] killed [[spoiler: Yashiro Kinoshita]]: he was jealous and fearful of his pupil's raw talent as a magician, so [[spoiler: he tampered with the supplies of the water escape and as a result, Yashiro [[DrowningPit drowned]] while practicing.]] ''Too bad'' he didn't count on [[spoiler: Yashiro's little sister Mako, who saw the whole thing, she becomes his apprentice herself as part of her plot to get revenge for Yashiro's death.]]
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', the miko Tsubaki becomes overwhelmed with jealousy that Kikyou was chosen to be the guardian of the Shikon Jewel instead of her. Her envy would lead her to become a black miko.
* A combination of jealousy, arrogance, and stubbornness prove to be the driving motivation of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' BigBad [[spoiler: Madara Uchiha. While he and future 1st Hokage Hashirama Senju considered each other a WorthyOpponent while their families were at war, Madara went mad with envy when he ended up AlwaysSecondBest to Hashirama in the final days of the war and the early days of the Hidden Leaf Village their families founded together. Many of Madara's future actions can be chalked up directly to spite against his arch-rival's descendents; even nearly a century after the final battle between the two of them, Madara's ''still'' not over the fact that people chose to follow Hashirama's vision of the future instead of his own.]]
* Cavendish from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is this, being resentful of Luffy and the other Supernovae for overshadowing his fame. He tells this to “Lucy” without realising who is really under the fake beard, [[spoiler: and, predictably, Luffy is revealed in front of Cavendish, who then tries to murder him. ]]
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', [[TokenEvilTeammate Urie]] and [[spoiler: Takizawa]] are both fueled by jealousy towards [[TheAce Sasaki]]. While Urie is merely petty and driven to push himself too hard in his quest to become better than Sasaki, [[spoiler: Takizawa]] gives a MotiveRant concerning his desire to claim his rival's place as [[MadScientist Dr. Kanou]]'s "masterpiece" prior to brutally torturing him. It seems this factored into his FaceHeelTurn, with constant comparison to his predecessor feeding into his [[AlwaysSecondBest inferiority complex]] and helping twist him into his current state.
** In ''Jack'', this combined with their WellIntentionedExtremist tendencies is Lantern's real motivation behind their murders. They kill those who disrupt society's order, viewing them as undeserving of having the sort of normal life that their HorrorHunger meant they could never have.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''LightNovel/OnlySenseOnline'' during the [[PlayerVersusPlayer PvP]] Tournament organized by the Crafting Guild in volume 5, when a group of participants with unlucky love lives form an ad hoc alliance and gang up on participants who they deem lead wholesome lives in and outside the game[[note]]a.k.a. riajuu[[/note]], in the style of the [[LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts FFF]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse
** Flintheart Glomgold is made of this trope; his entire motivation is that he's the ''Second'' Richest Duck in the World. Creator/DonRosa implies in ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' that being richer than him isn't the only reason Glongold hates Scrooge.
** In a few stories it's implied that this is the reason Scrooge treats Donald so badly. Pretty much directly addressed in Don Rosa's ''Escape from Forbidden Valley'':
-->'''Huey:''' You pick on him so much! But he's so poor and you're so rich! He tries his best -- You should feel sorry for him!\\
'''Dewey:''' Wait... What if it's... just the opposite?\\
'''Louie:''' Unca Donald has no money bin to protect! No businesses to run! No stocks and investments to worry over!\\
'''Huey:''' He's free to seek the horizons that Unca Scrooge lost!\\
'''Dewey:''' Is Unca Scrooge envious of poor Unca Donald?
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** The Conduit.
** This is also a facet of both the Master Jailer's hatred.
** ComicBook/LexLuthor hates Superman because he's the only person alive who is simply better than him, and he knows if Superman wasn't around ''he'' would be humanity's greatest hero instead. In ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', ComicBook/WonderWoman used her lasso to make Lex admit that he wants to ''be'' Superman.
** Catherine Grant hatred towards ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} [[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 in the Post-Crisis comics]] stemmed to a great extent from jealousy. As ComicBook/LoisLane bluntly put, "She doesn't like someone '''half''' her age flying through Metropolis and turning heads".
* Ocean Master/Orm was indeed this trope in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} comics, where he grew up as ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'s non-superpowered half-brother and tried competing at things like ''swimming'' but he's had a different backstory since the first big CrisisCrossover ReBoot.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica villain Flag-Smasher didn't start out this way, but from his second appearance onwards admitted to hating Cap for simply being so much ''better'' physically and morally.
* The primary and secret reason for newspaper publisher J. Jonah Jameson's hatred of SpiderMan and why he uses the Daily Bugle to public denounce him. It is revealed in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #10 that Jameson is envious of Spidey's altruistic heroism. Jameson admits to himself he needs to tear down Spider-Man because he can't be as good a man as him.
* Although he'll never admit it, the reason Doctor Doom hates [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] as passionately as he does is because he can't stand the fact that Reed is smarter, better, and more admired than him, and always manages to foil his schemes through superior intelligence.
* One of the reasons Loki's relationship with his brother [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] was so conflicted was because Loki envied Thor for being Odin's favored son. Of course, Loki's constant scheming against Thor (though Thor was far from being Loki's only target) in his efforts to one-up him gave Odin and the rest of Asgard more and more reasons to hate Loki, to the point that now every Asgardian except Thor and (maybe) the Warriors Three wants to kill Loki, even after he was reincarnated as a relatively innocent and powerless child with no memories of his past self.
* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'':
** The Amazon Alcyone frequently tried to kill Wonder Woman, claiming that she was an abomination who would bring doom to Themyscira. After one defeat, Diana forced her to reveal the real reason: Alcyone envied Hippolyta because Hippolyta got to have a child while Alcyone couldn't. Deep down, she wished Diana was her daughter.
** Perfume magnate Veronica Cale is the ComicBook/LexLuthor to Diana's Superman, believing that she, and not Wonder Woman, should be viewed as the ultimate icon of female empowerment.
* Peloto from ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape''. His attempts to be as famous as Zipi y Zape often backfire quite espectacularly.
* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'': Barry Allen's {{Archenemy}} and EvilCounterpart Eobard Thawne was once an AscendedFanboy who worked at the Flash museum and dreamed of becoming just like his idol Barry Allen. Once he gains super speed he becomes distraught by the fact he's destined to become the Reverse Flash and die at the hands of Barry. He then makes it his personal mission to make the Flash's life as a living hell. He takes his frustration of being destined to always second best to the flash on him. A scene from ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
-->'''Barry:''' Is this what this about? Because you couldn't be me?\\

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Let's just say in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'', envy was a ''major'' reason Germany and Japan [[spoiler:ended up [[CockFight beating the crap out of each other]]. If Italy had not intervened in time, it would have gotten ''much'' [[MurderTheHypotenuse worse]].]]
* In ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria'', it is strongly hinted that the LemonyNarrator's reasoning for writing this essay is out of her envy for Celestia, and to an extent, the unicorns. This consequently causes her to [[PlayedForLaughs bash them whenever she can.]]
* The Takotsuboya K-ON Trilogy is often compared to ''Amadeus'', with Yui taking on the Mozart role and Mio becoming the Salieri. This being the kind of story it is, things end well for neither of them.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Hades from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' is this. It is implied in the animated series that Zeus put him in charge of the Underworld, knowing that it was an unpleasant and dank job to begin with, and he's often seen as the resident ButtMonkey by his fellow gods for his workaholic-ism. This ultimately spirals into a CainAndAbel situation where Hades is willing to overthrow Zeus and murder Hercules in order to become the King of Olympus while Zeus is banished to Tartarus. Zeus does not realize it until the climax, and is visibly appalled and angry when Hades betrays him by releasing the Titans from their prison.
* Xibalba, from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', desperately wants to rule his wife's world because she has endless fiestas, while he rules over a dreary and vile world.
* Pitch Black's motives in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' are driven by the fact that the titular Guardians are [[GodNeedsPrayerBadly believed in]] and loved by the children of the world, while he, the Boogeyman, is feared by them. Supplemental materials reveal that when the Guardians were first formed, he was offered a place among them, but rejected it because he thought they were upstarts who were stealing his place in the world.
* Prince Charming in the ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' films resents the title character, who married the princess and received the acclaim that Charming felt was his own due.
* Thrax in ''Film/OsmosisJones'' is motivated by envy -- not of the heroes, but of diseases more famous than he is, like Ebola and Influenza. As a virus with immense killing power but no fame or reputation, his aim is to rack up a body count big enough to be noticed by the medical community and be the most infamous illness of all.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Justin Hammer ''tries so hard'' to out-cool Tony Stark, but his efforts are doomed to failure.
* Salieri from ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', but [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade NOT in real life]].
%%* Commodus from ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''
%%* Eddie Brock Jr. from ''Film/SpiderMan3''
%%* Professor Fate of ''Film/TheGreatRace'' is this PlayedForLaughs.
* Prudence from ''Film/RedRidingHood'' has a bad case of this towards Valerie. She thinks that Valerie is too perfect and she should be killed by the werewolf.

%%* Joseph's brothers, in [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Genesis]].
* Satan from ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', as an Angel, envies God and leads a rebellion against him/her/it on the grounds that he/she [[AGodAmI would make a better lord of all creation]]... never mind the fact that the God of ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption is all-powerful, all-knowing,]] and thinks Satan unfit for the position for his lack of power (and general {{Jerkass}}itude).
* Danglars from ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', who is envious of Edmond's success (and particularly because Edmond got promoted to a position Danglars had been angling for himself), goes as far as to frame Edmond for treason.
* Isaac Boxtel of ''Literature/TheBlackTulip'', jealous of the hero's talent at horticulture and success at creating a black tulip, frames him and tries to steal the tulip's discovery for himself.
* In the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' book, ''Little Myth Marker,'' small-time magicians jealous of Skeeve's success hire a "character assassin" to sabotage his career and destroy his reputation.
* Zhou Yu, of [[RomanceoftheThreeKingdoms Three Kingdoms]] quasi-fame manages to envy himself ''to death'' when confronted again and again (and, crushingly, again) with Zhuge Liang's downright unfair genius.
%%* The entire deal behind the [[Literature/TheIliad Judgement of Paris]].
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', at least three of the Forsaken - Sammael, Be'lal and most especially Demandred - have hatred and envy of Lews Therin Telamon as their primary motivation for turning to the Shadow. Demandred in particular is noted for being basically Lews Therin Lite in almost every way, and when their rivalry drove him to the Shadow, it's noted that ''no one'' hates Lews Therin more than him. Maybe no one hates ''anything'' more than Demandred hates Lews Therin. Considering just how hateful the Forsaken in general are... that's a ''hell'' of a lot of hate.
* In Zora Neale Hurston's ''Literature/MosesManOfTheMountain'', Moses's uncle Ta-Phar plots against him because Moses upstaged him with his tactical genius.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Morgoth's main motivation for trying to destroy reality is that he is envious of Eru's ability to create. This later morphs into envy for all his creations: the Valar, Elves, Men and ''Middle-Earth itself''.
* This is part of what drives Lorgar and the Word Bearers to side with Horus in the ''Literature/HorusHeresy''. Lorgar was envious of the fact that Ultramarines Primarch Robuote Guilliman was so great in the Emperor's favor, while Lorgar's devotion was, at best, unnoticed and at worst ''unwelcome.''
* Despite the fact that the Shadowhunters are effectively the dominant power in the supernatural world, Valentine from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' greatly resents the Downworlders for their unique abilities, such as the vampires' ability to change shape or the magic wielded by the faeries and the warlocks.
* Saruman's fall from grace in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' was mostly out of envy that just about everybody liked Gandalf more than him. Saruman even started smoking pipeweed in secret to imitate Gandalf.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** An entire episode is devoted to the plots of another witch, [[spoiler:Amy the former rat,]] setting up traps for Willow out of sheer jealousy for Willow's talent at magic. The villain even rants about having to work and [[HardWorkHardlyWorks work and work]] to be half as powerful as Willow was without even trying. She also points out that Willow was EasilyForgiven for nearly killing all her friends and ''almost destroying the world'', but ''she'' was never even given a second chance.
** Genevieve can't believe Buffy, a colonial commoner, is the leader of the Slayers and wants to kill her to take over.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Frequently happens to one or both brothers, often with disastrous results. In "Door Jam," for example, they con their way into an exclusive day spa and enjoy the pampering, until they spot a door that leads to the facility for upper-tier members. They weasel their way in here and find it truly luxurious, until they see another door within easy reach. Thinking that it will take them to an area for the absolute top members, they charge through - and end up locked out of the spa in an alley strewn with garbage.
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': In season 1 there's an episode where a guy on a bike goes around killing cops in QuickDraw-style shootouts. This is because of a WildWest arcade game in his favorite bar where he's routinely the best, and he goes after people who beat his high score. Rick Hunter deliberately scores higher on the machine precisely because he knows it will draw out the cop killer.
* On ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', this seems to be Morgana's main motivating factor in her vendetta against Guinevere, considering Gwen has more or less taken what Morgana considers to be her rightful place in Camelot and is destined to be its Queen.
* On ''Series/OnceUponATime,'' the entire motivation of Zelena ([[Film/TheWizardOfOz the Wicked Witch of the West]]) is that she's jealous of the life Regina has led... and jealous anytime someone else looks like they might steal her perceived spotlight. She was so jealous, it actually turned her green. Regina's (true) statements that her life ''[[BreakTheCutie isn't]]'' [[CorruptTheCutie something]] to desire (especially being raised by her [[AbusiveParents mother]]) only enrages Zelena further.
* Sergeant Sally Donovan from ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' who is always a jerk toward the main character. She appears more than a little resentful of Sherlock's abilities, especially when the media start painting him a hero.

* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/MadDaedalus'', the Greek inventor Daedalus is driven to murder after he is jealous of the accolades his nephew received.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'', this is how [[BlessedWithSuck disquiet]] manifersts for the Galatea. Being around them causes people to feel intense envy. At first a thought that they can't quite get out of their heads but gradually becomes an obsession as the guilt of feeling attracted to this person leads them to commit evil acts that eventually turn towards attacking the Galatean.

%%* Salieri again. This time in the play that inspired the better known movie ''Theatre/{{Amadeus}}''.
%%** And again in the 2009 ''Theatre/MozartLOperaRock''.
* Iago from ''Theatre/{{Othello}}''. Subverted, as his priority is not Cassio, but Othello (although he might envy the latter's relationship with Desdemona).
** ''AlternateCharacterInterpretations'' by Shakespeare scholars also suggest the possibility that Iago was in love with Othello himself, so the entire play was really a ploy to remove those people closest to Othello so Iago could either have him all to himself, or so he could make Othello suffer for marrying Desdemona and promoting Cassio.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Myth/GreekMythology:
** Athena, who hated losing a weaving contest so much that she turned the winner into a spider. [[YouAreWhatYouHate Ironi]][[DramaticIrony cally]], Arachne (the above spider) may also have been driven by this -- as well as pride. Arachne could have been content with being (merely) one of the most genius weavers humanity had ever known... but she boasted, ''constantly,'' about how her skills surpassed both those of mortals ''and'' gods. Even when someone urged her to be more humble and not to taunt Athena (the goddess of weaving), she replied; [[TemptingFate "I am not afraid! Let Athena come, if she dares!"]]
** Aphrodite did not take well to people claiming that Psyche was more beautiful than her. In Aphrodite's case, she ordered her son Eros to make Psyche fall in love with a monster... which backfired when Eros fell in love with Psyche and married her.
** Apollo, who hated losing the first round of a music contest so much that he changed the rules of the second round to make it impossible for his competitor to win, then ''skinned the other guy alive''.
** The inventor Daedalus threw his nephew Perdix off a cliff because he realized the boy's natural genius would someday surpass his own -- or already had -- and Daedalus couldn't handle that. (Athena rescued Perdix by turning him into a bird and branded Daedalus to mark him as a murderer forever.)

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The Strong Style developed in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling was a means for the wrestlers, who wanted the attention and great foreign talents Wrestling/{{All Japan|ProWrestling}} had to let out (on each other), and let the everyone watching know they were better at everything and deserved what All Japan had. For what it's worth, All Japan remained the more mainstream company until the [[Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH NOAH]] exodus but Wrestling/AntonioInoki did become a bigger star than All Japan founder Giant Baba.
* On Pro Wrestling Syndicate show BLOW, [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]] did a brief HeelFaceTurn at the start of 2013 due to Mia Yim showing an unusual hostility towards her. As it turned out, Yim's final overseas contract, with the joshi fed REINA, was due to run out before she could get another title shot. Negra had a belt and won another before Yim's final REINA match put Yim back where she started with no belt of her own to show for it. So Yim wanted one Negra's, or failing that, to stop Negra from getting anymore.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sticky Fingaz in ''[[VideoGame/DefJamSeries Def Jam: Fight For NY]]''. His resentment of the player character's greater skills leads to him switching sides and trying to kill the hero and his girlfriend.
* Erik of Laus in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword]]'' in regards to Hector and Eliwood.
** Also, what drives a good part of the conflict between Trabant of Thracia and Cuan of Lenster in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem Seisen no Keifu]]. Thracia is a montainous land that borders on CrapsackWorld, while Lester is more peaceful and fertile; this drives Trabant to desire at first for the well-being for his people, and then to [[spoiler: cruelly murder Cuan and his wife Ethlin and take their daughter Altenna hostage]] so his land will have the upper hand.
* The backstory of the ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC ''Dead Money'' has singer Dean Domino envious of businessman Francis Sinclair's happiness, which he saw as self-absorbed pretentiousness. Because of this, he planned to rob the vault of his casino, the Sierra Madre with the help of Vera Keyes, an old fling. The plan failed due to a combination of Vera getting cold feet and the nuclear holocaust happening moments afterwards, though Dean (now a ghoul) stuck around trying to rob the vault. By the end of the DLC, [[spoiler:Dean either gets killed by the Courier or survives and helps the Courier into the vault, where in the epilogue he learns Sinclair and Keyes' side of the story, goes through a HeelRealization and leaves the Sierra Madre for the world outside]].
* Ultimately, this triggers everything that goes wrong in ''VideoGame/LiveALive''. [[spoiler:Straybow, friend and accomplice of the beloved knight Oersted, was so tired of being trapped in Oersted's shadow that he sabotaged the other man's life, tricking him into murdering the king and turning everything else in the kingdom against him. This ended with Oersted killing Straybow, Oersted's beloved Alicia committing suicide out of her love for Straybow, and Oersted, having lost everything he had in his life, turning his back on all of humanity and becoming the Demon King Odio. All because Straybow was jealous of Oersted's fame.]]
* [[spoiler:Joseph Bertrand]] of ''VideoGame/{{Infamous 2}}''. His reason for [[spoiler:wanting all Conduits dead, is because of his raw deal as a Conduit. While people like Cole and Nix got easily manageable powers, Bertrand's Conduit form is a mindless, [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever enormous]] monstrosity. His jealousy and anger over this is what leads him to brand Conduits as 'Abominations'.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' there is the hashihime [[note]]a kind of {{youkai}} associated with jealousy[[/note]] Parsee Mizuhashi who feeds on jealousy and envy and can manipulate it in others. At this point she is, herself, closer to being an AnthropomorphicPersonification of jealousy and envy more than anything else: She becomes jealous of someone if she thinks they're happier than she is; if they are about on the same level, she'll boast about how she is more unfortunate; if she thinks the other person is the unfortunate one yet they aren't jealous ''of her'' she'll become jealous of their forbearance and if they ''are'' jealous of her, then [[EmotionEater their jealousy becomes her sustenance]]... Either way the person is screwed, because Parsee can get violent if she's jealous of someone and she would likely attack if she got enough power from another's jealousy to overpower them.
* Bass, TheRival in the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series, is jealous of Mega Man's status as a world champion, which is why he wants to eliminate Mega Man.
* Taken UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. While it was bad enough in the films, the Evil Stepsisters' envy towards the extremely beautiful and kindhearted Disney/{{Cinderella}} was enough to drive them towards their attempt [[MoralEventHorizon to]] [[CainAndAbel murder her]] after [[spoiler: the glass slipper fits her, which grants her not only freedom, but also the prince's hand in marriage]]. Not only that, this very act made their hearts go deathly black, making them the opposites of Cinderella, who's a Princess of Heart.
* A major reason why Arpeggio, the [[spoiler: assumed]] BigBad of ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'', wants the Clockwerk parts is out of envy towards other birds, because they can fly while he cannot.
* The true BigBad of ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' [[spoiler:Hugh Darrow, the inventor of Augmentation]] enacts a plan that will sour humanity on augmentation forever [[spoiler:by using a signal to drive every Augment alive insane]]. He claims that it's for the greater good so that people will see how dangerous augmentation is. In reality, he's simply envious of Augments because [[spoiler:his own body cannot accept augmentation. Darrow is willing to drive a good chunk of the populace mad, causing global panic and destruction, just because he's jealous of other people who can replace bad limbs with augments while he's stuck walking with a cane.]]
* Arl Howe, in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', is consumed with jealousy for his best friend and liege lord, Teyrn Bryce Cousland. As illustrated in the Human Noble Origin, this envy leads him to ally with [[spoiler:Loghain]] and murder the Teyrn and nearly his entire family and household.
* ''VideoGame/Uncharted4'': Rafe. At first, it seems he's trying to buy his way into history books by funding the expedition to find the world's greatest pirate treasure. But when he finally makes it to the treasure spot, ''which is currently on fire'', he's completely fixated on killing the Drake brothers even as Nathan surrenders all rights to the treasure without so much as a complaint, and rather than figure out a way to escape a room on fire that is also connected to a mountain of gunpowder, he grabs a sword and rants about Drake's infamous misadventures and how he didn't deserve them. From an earlier conversation, he makes it clear to Nadine that he thinks that millions of gold is worth nothing compared to Sam Drake making it to the dangerously rigged deathtrap of a treasure room first.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' primary CreationMyth, Padomay is TheAntiGod [[AnthropomorphicPersonification personification]] of the forces of change, chaos, and darkess. He is the [[CainAndAbel twin brother]] to Anu, the GodOfGods personification of the forces of [[OrderVersusChaos stasis, order, and light]]. Their interplay in the great "void" before creation led to creation itself, sometimes personified as the female entity "Nir". Nir favored Anu, which angered Padomay. Envious of Nir's love, Padomay killed Nir and shattered the twelve worlds she gave birth to. Anu then wounded Padomay, presuming him dead. Anu salvaged the pieces of the twelve worlds to create one world: Nirn. Padomay returned and wounded Anu, seeking to destroy Nirn. Anu then [[TakingYouWithMe pulled Padomay and himself outside of time]], ending Padomay's threat to creation "forever". It is from their spilled and intermingled blood that the series' famous [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedra and Daedra]] would emerge.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Shinji Matou of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', despite being a descendant of the Matou line of magi, lacks any magic circuits and thus cannot perform any magecraft. He is intensely jealous of Shirou and [[spoiler:Sakura]], and his main goal in the Fifth Grail War is to become a magus by using the Grail.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Ho from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. He is very envious of fellow Wave Controller Baam's incredible talent. [[spoiler: He eventually attempts to kill Baam during a test that would have in all likelihood failed Ho and kicked him out of the Tower, ending his dream forever. Upon the failure of his plan, rather than face leaving the Tower, he commits suicide]].
* Hilary from ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' is described as being this by Art and by general exposition. Hilary started bullying Kat when they were eight because they both owned the same lunchbox, with Hillary believing that being its exclusive owner would have made her the most popular girl, something Kat remains completely unaware of to this day. Art is forced to deal with her as a client of the graphic design firm he works for, where she is unreasonably judgmental of his ideas out of spite; essentially bullying Kat vicariously through him. After blackmailing her into backing down, he points out to Kat that Hilary has no charm or personality to support her beauty, and that he believes this is why she hates Kat so much. [[ShipTease As a bonus, this implies that he finds Kat beautiful, charming and personable, and admires her for it.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* Orm from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold.''
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', The Ace Chad Dickson, f.k.a. Numbuh 274, was considered to be THE best operative on the planet up until his defection. Afterwards, it was believed that Nigel Uno, a.k.a. Numbuh 1, leader of Sector V, was the best. [[spoiler:The fact that Nigel is still considered the best even though he is still an active (undercover) operative angers Chad to no end, as Chad is ''obsessed'' with being the best. The jealousy eventually causes him to try and kill Nigel in his last appearance on the show]].
* Stargirl in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' gets very jealous upon seeing Supergirl's popularity. She soft later.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[spoiler:Korra speculates that this is the real reason why her uncle Unalaq got his older brother Tonraq, Korra's father, banished. Tonraq was a well-respected Northern Water Tribe general who was next-in-line to become chief. Unalaq, out of envy and his hunger for power, would arrange the incident that would get Tonraq banished. Korra also suggests that Unalaq's desire to teach her stems from further envy of the fact that in spite of the shame Tonraq "brought" on the family and Unalaq's own spirituality, Tonraq would go on to sire the next Avatar.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Princess Luna transformed into Nightmare Moon because she was jealous of all the attention her sister Celestia received. After being banished for a thousand years, she is finally cleansed of her evil and jealousy by the Elements of Harmony and makes amends with her sister.
** Sweetie Belle gets a bad case of this in "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Tolls." Her resentment over Rarity "stealing" the spotlight is serious enough that Princess Luna feels compelled to help her get over it. Luna even mentions that she's been where Sweetie Belle is.
* Shown in the page image is Princess Morbucks from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Her penchant for evil is entirely driven by her desire to be better than the Powerpuff Girls. Or rather, that the girls won't let her be one, and with good reason. She's a glory hog, has no powers of her own, and almost got herself killed when she tried to make her debut. In a nice bit of irony, once she gets an upgraded suit, it never occurs to her that she could strike out on her own instead of wasting her time and gadgetry on fighting the PPG.
** Morbucks even attacks the Powerpuff Girls' new friend Robin, because she can't understand why the girls would want to be friends with Robin and not her.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' might be considered to have on in the episode "Homer's Enemy" with Frank Grimes, while not only putting up with Homer who's TooDumbToLive. He's gotten angrier at the fact that despite Homer's stupidity and laziness, Homer met several presidents, won a Grammy, and met famous celebrities just to name a few while Frank [[SelfMadeMan has to work]] from scratch. Even though Homer tries to please Frank, the latter was driven an deeper hatred and jealousy that lead him to his death. This is especially ironic as had Grimes taken the time to actually get to know Homer, he would have found out that Homers life was far from easy, and in some ways much tougher and painful than his. Grimes could be seen as a kind of mirror version to Homer who never learned to take his misfortunes with stride.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' this seems to have been an underlying factor for [[IAmLegion Eddie Brock/Venom]]--in this continuity their parents were friends and died in the same plane crash, but Eddie seems angry that he apparently had no one to take him in while Peter got HappilyAdopted by [[GoodParents his aunt and uncle]].
** While the series was LeftHanging before he could make the full turn to supervillainy, [[WellDoneSonGuy Harry Osborn]] as well. Peter seems to be better than him at school and sports, [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Harry's father]] obviously [[WhyAreYouNotMySon prefers him]], and at the end of the series, he [[ExactEavesDropping accidentally overhears]] [[spoiler:Peter and his girlfriend, Gwen, planning to get together as soon as she can break up with Harry]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'':
** Chimera is very jealous of Stella, and always wants everything her way. When Stella is getting ready for her princess ball, Chimera tries to ruin Stella's fun. Chimera states that she hates Stella because she is a pretty, beautiful, spoiled and lucky princess.
** Prince Tritannus is jealous of his twin brother's popularity and lock on the throne. As such, he attempts to assassinate Nereus. When this fails, he retaliates by trying to conquer the whole Magic Dimension, brainwashing Nereus in the process.
* ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'': The Envy Brothers. Whatever they want, they want because other people have it. They have a magic ring that can make other people become driven by their envy, and use it on Yogi's friends.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Ethan Hawke admitted that he felt "Salieri" levels of envy of his friend and ''Film/{{Explorers}}'' co-star, the late Creator/RiverPhoenix, when he got so much acclaim and attention for his work in movies like ''Film/StandByMe''.
* The main drive behind most SiblingRivalry.