The Resenter
"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..."

So you've got your hero. The Call to Adventure has found them. By birth, supernatural aid, or just plain luck, he's the Only One to be granted everything needed to save the world: Cursed with Awesome powers, a suit of Plot Armor in their exact size, the plucky supporting cast... basically he's caught the Hero Ball 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... everything that the resenter has spent toiling his whole life to achieve. Maybe he's the Butt Monkey, and he has had enough of it. Maybe he's The Smart Guy, sick of seeing the Idiot Hero be more successful than him despite numerous Too Dumb to Live moments. Maybe he's the Internal Affairs guy, hating how the Cowboy Cop 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 Secret Test of Character and his effort had only ensured his loss. Maybe he was Refused by the Call after all his effort.

In any case, there's one thing they certainly agree on: Whoever it is that chooses The Chosen One has clearly chosen the wrong one. The grapes are just out of reach, and that makes them all the more sour.

One of the key traits of many a Beta Test Baddie. If the resentment is seen as truly justified, the character has been made Unintentionally Sympathetic.

Compare The Rival, Rival Turned Evil. If the resentment is over a girl, see Two Guys and a Girl.

Contrast Sour Supporter, who just thinks The Hero's insane. See Bastard Bastard for (Half)-Sibling Rivalry.

May turn into an Arch-Nemesis, unless of course the hero doesn't notice. Which is likely to piss them off even more. Or they may redeem themselves somehow, which is odd if you think about it.

See also Driven by Envy.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Seto Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh!. Aside from disliking Yugi for having dethroned him as dueling king, he also likely resents the idea that Yugi (or rather Yami Yugi) wins against opponents Because Destiny Says So, while Kaiba's own hard work against said opponents isn't worth squat.
    • Upon accepting that Yami Yugi is real, Kaiba is entirely resentful of Yugi for this. Until he's watching the end of series duel between the Pharaoh (Yami) and little Yugi. And watches Yugi be a genius. By way of defeating the Three Egyptian God Cards through Rules Lawyering. Seriously, who thought that making Slifer automatically attack every new monster was A GOOD IDEA?!
    • Kaiba himself attracts one resenter after another in anime Filler Arcs. There's foster brother Noah, who hates him for stealing what Noah feels was rightfully his, and the Big 5 who resent the way Kaiba discarded them after all the work they did helping seize control of the company. Finally there's Kaiba's Evil Counterpart, Siegfried von Schroeder, who resents the fact that KaibaCorp was able to sign a deal with Maximillion Pegasus and Industrial Illusions first, thusly putting Siegfried out of business.
  • Dragon Ball Z's Vegeta, who seems to be the inspiration for Kaiba. "I'm a prince, you're the son of a lowly fighter!" Vegeta's resentment is born of his pure, unadulterated arrogance. Sorry, "pride". But then, if you were constantly being upstaged by Goku then you might be a little resentful too. Truly, Krillin is a saint for his patience.
  • Mello in Death Note is this to Near, since Near continually edged ahead of him at their mutual School for Scheming. His overriding motivation throughout is to prove himself superior to Near.
  • Space Pirate Mito: 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 the entire royal family (which he was part of)'s planet. 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.
  • Katsuhiko Jinnai from El-Hazard: The Magnificent World is constantly number 2 in everything, right after Makoto Mizuhara (he gets lower grades, is second in races during gym, and is right behind him in lunch line, presumably among others). So Jinnai declares them lifelong rivals, much to Makoto's confusion, and joins the villains in the other world.
    • Actually, in the original OAV series at least, Jinnai was pretty much a villain-in-the-making to begin with. He truly hated Makoto for always managing to best him, but he signed up with Queen Diva and the Bugrom because he liked the sound of their mission to conquer the world, not because of his hate for Makoto.
      • And in the TV series Makoto is far more laid back and doesn't really participate in anything other than his science experiments, making Jinnai's jealousy all the more irrational, and hilarious.
  • In Gundam SEED, Sai is this after Flay sleeps with Kira. He gets over it midway through the series. Le Creuset is this to Kira, La Flaga, and everyone on the planet.
  • In an odd twist, the Bad Ass Normal Genki Girl giving The Call in Psycho Staff is also rather resentful that the Refuser, a powerful esper, would rather study for uni exams than help win an interplanetary war. She also despises an evil genius who thinks that she can beat her with a super suit ("You're both amateur fighters!").
  • In Naruto...well Naruto himself fits this trope actually, at least for the first half of the first series. He spent the early part of the series jealous of the attention and praise Sasuke received.
    • After which it reversed and he calmed down and viewed him as an equal, while Sasuke started to freak because Naruto had become his equal, or better. Apparently he became the resenter because the Superpower Lottery wasn't enough anymore.
    • 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 weaker than him yet holding a higher position within the clan.
    • Danzo was this to Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, believing his pragmatic/Knight Templar approach was better than the latter's idealism and that he should have been the Third. In their youth, he actually kind of admired how Sarutobi would, without hesitation, risk his life for his comrades, while Danzo himself was struggling with his fear and anxiety when a suicide mission is called for. Even back then though, he fit the trope, resenting the praise and admiration Sarutobi received for volunteering immediately.
    • This played a big part in the schism between Madara and Hashirama Senju, also known as the 1st Hokage.
  • Sugimoto in The Twelve Kingdoms, who as the series continues starts to take her belief that The Chosen One was chosen incorrectly to annoying heights.
  • In the Scramble For The Throne arc of 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 Transformers: Robots in Disguise, who feels that as the strongest warrior on Cybertron, he was more deserving of the Matrix than Optimus Prime.
  • Furuichi in Xam'd: Lost Memories. His jealousy and bit of inferiority complex is gradually shown; he is envious that Akiyuki has everything he wants (being The Chosen One, the love interest Haru, etc), and he becomes a Rival Turned Evil out of that resentment. It does not end well for him.
  • Ryoga of Ranma ½ blaims Ranma for almost everything bad about his life. The main reasons why he's resentful are: (1) Ranma always beats him in their fights. Always. Even if Ranma loses, he always challenges Ryoga to a rematch and beats him in the end. (2) Ranma's curse turns him into a hot girl, while Ryoga gets turned into a little, black piglet, all because of an accident involving the two of them. (3) Ranma's engaged to Akane and gets all her attention, while Ryoga is stuck in the friend zone.
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula 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 Mobile Suit Gundam Kai Shiden and especially Hayato Kobayashi resent Amuro Ray for his talent and the fact that he is key to the survival of the crew; from their perspective he is given far too many privileges because of this. It gets to the point where they desert the ship in a rage because Amuro wasn't executed for his own previous desertion of the ship. Kai gets over it.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, Yumi Komagata is revealed to have been this toward the fighters in the Jupon Gatana. Because Makoto Shishio, her lover and their employer, always respected strength and good fighting ability, their skills made her feel useless by comparison. This prompts her self-sacrifice during Shishio's fight with Kenshin, in an effort to be somehow useful to him in a battle.
  • Envy is this in Fullmetal Alchemist. It resents the entire human race for their ability to live full lives despite their limitations, something that it is literally incapable of doing.
  • Two cases occur in Berserk that also overlap with Green-Eyed Monster.
    • Between insane Casca and her caretaker Farnese, Farnese feels resentment toward Casca because she often causes Guts trouble out of her current fear toward 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 Meal Ticket), 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 Sangatsu no Lion, 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 Yandere Kanojo resents Manabu for becoming no. 1 in school tests, apparently without much trying, and taking it nonchalantly, while Shiratori works hard to be no.1, only to be beaten again and again. And despite his efforts, Manabu still didn't recognize him.
  • The Human Alien commander in The Legend of Black Heaven is this in spades. He's a highly-trained, highly-decorated military veteran commanding an armada of hyperadvanced spacecrafts... and yet, he's completely dependent on a fleet-destroying Wave Motion Gun driven by The Power of Rock... specifically, the rock stylins' of one middle-aged ex-rockstar from an Insignificant Little Blue Planet. His resentment occasionally boils over, prompting him to challenge the Horde of Alien Locusts in a conventional engagement — which, inevitably, leads to heavy losses, near-defeat, and a mad scramble to invite The Chosen One back on the ship to fire up the Wave Motion Gun. His growing suspicion that his fiancee (whom he's too busy commanding the fleet to pay much attention to) may be getting a bit TOO close to the 'hero' she's supposed to be managing, doesn't make things better...
  • Jeremy from A Cruel God Reigns after he finds out his mother knew he was being abused by his stepfather. Jeremy realizes that he is constantly angry and he tends to lose his cool around Ian because Ian knows why he killed his stepfather. He tries to stop it by shutting off all of his emotions. This doesn't work out well for him.
  • Seiren of Suite Pretty Cure ♪ has this as for why she easily works for Mephisto: she was good friends with Fairy Companion Hummy until Queen Aphrodite chose Hummy over Seiren to be the one to sing the Melody of Happiness. She grew incredibly jealous, leading to her being 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.
  • Idiot Savant Mashiro of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou seems to bring this out of people everywhere, as she was alienated from her friends back at home because of her talent. Rita actually suggested to her drawing manga, hoping she would learn how failure felt like. That completely failed as well. Even her love interest Sorata sometimes became dangerously close to becoming this, lashing out at Mashiro a few times when his hard work fails but her natural talent succeeds. He managed to prevent himself from becoming a full-blown Resenter however and managed to stay close with Mashiro.
  • Eiko Arima from Kare Kano is this to her younger brother Shouji, for having the life she always wanted while she has none due to her dad's Stay in the Kitchen attitude toward women becoming doctors.
  • A Certain Magical Index: 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 Touma Kamijou became friends with Misaki and didn't notice her.
  • Gate: Akira Yanagida is a bit angry that Youji Itami is a slacker who coasts through life, yet he finds success and can get people to follow him much easier than him.

    Comic Books 
  • Some continuities depict this as a primary motivation for Lex Luthor's hatred of Superman (apart from the whole "thwarting of his evil" thing): that this otherworldy alien creature, in possession of massive power, but without the intelligence to use it correctly, is able to lord over humanity as the Beloved Favorite Son of Metropolis, rendering all the accomplishments of self-made Badass Normals like himself moot. Without Superman, Lex would rule the world, and he constantly blames Superman for "forcing" Lex to spend his time thinking up ways to kill Supes rather than stopping global warming or curing cancer. (Though as Superman has pointed out, if Lex were interested in saving the world, he would have done it already.)
    • One strip based in the DCAU demonstrates his resentment perfectly, with a young Lex Luthor planning the future center of his business empire and declaring it will be the tallest building in Metropolis and everyone will look up to him. And then shows the present of him standing in the tallest building in Metropolis - looking at Superman flying overhead.
    • Darius Dax, the Lex Luthor analogue in Supreme, makes the resentment an explicit part of his origin: a child genius who feels that he is constantly overlooked because of this hick that stumbled over a power-giving meteor one day. This comes directly from Silver Age Lex Luthor's resentment of Superboy. Child genius overlooked by a super-powered hick. In his zeal to outdo Superboy, he created an accident and Superboy's attempt to fix it caused Lex Luthor to go bald.
    • In 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. (Nevermind Lex was ultimately responsible for Joel's plight in the first place.)
    • In Action Comics #900, the climax of the "Black Ring" story arc, Luthor discovers Superman and Clark Kent are one and the same. This gives yet another reason to resent Superman: Lex had to grow up with an abusive drunkard for a father while Superman, an alien, grew up with loving parents.
      Luthor: I was happy to be rid of what I had for a father! But you... You got them! You're not human! You don't deserve to be Clark Kent!
  • The Batman story The Long Halloween, 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 Rich Idiot with No Day Job can live a life of ease, buying anything, even a Not Guilty verdict.
  • Rayek in 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 Green Lantern, though perhaps this was justified, considering he only lost out because the other candidate was closer to the one handing out the Hero Ball. He does get over this though... eventually.
  • The initial antagonism between Spider-Man and the Human Torch was because they both resented one another. Peter was jealous of Johnny's fame and public status while Johnny was jealous of Peter's relationship with his Aunt May and his status as a Chick Magnet.
  • Veronica Cale. Veronica'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, 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 52 this trait was eventually dropped and she became a more typical Mad Scientist since working on the Horsemen of Apokolips project had driven her (more) insane.
  • Doctor Doom, for his Arch-Enemy Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. The reasons for his blinding hatred of Reed are numerous, twisted, personal, and all-around batshit insane, but what has kept it running for two in-universe (and five real-life) decades 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 actually 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 Gotham Central, 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. Also, though he never comes right out and says it, there is the implication that he really dislikes her because of her sexuality and that the only reason keeps quiet on that account is because he fears being slapped with a discrimination lawsuit. Over the course of the series the two characters bicker constantly, attempt to deny each other credit for work they have done and fight over responsibility and authority. However, they also develop a growing mutual respect, and in the climax of the "Soft Targets" storyline Ron decides to perform a morally questionable action so that Captain Sawyer can "stay clean." For the first time he calls her "Maggie."
  • Prior to his Face–Heel Turn, Hunter Zolomon appears to have been this toward Wally West, albeit low-key. To be more specific, Hunter disliked being stuck with a desk job at the Keystone City Police Department as opposed to being able to run around like Wally could (due to having a limp from a gunshot to the knee when he was in the FBI). He also believed strongly that tragedy makes better heroes, but that Wally failed to appreciate this view because unlike Barry Allen and Hunter himself, Wally had never known personal tragedy. Following his transformation into Zoom, he became determined that Wally should see things his way, even if it meant attempting to kill Wally's Love Interest in front of him.
    • There's also the earlier case of Barry's previously-unknown Evil Twin Malcolm Thawne, better known as the super-villain Cobalt Blue. Separated from his real family at birth to cover up the attending doctor's accidental killing of another couple's child on the same night, Malcolm grew up with the second couple, a pair of con artists who treated him horribly, the abuse exacerbated by their knowledge that he wasn't really theirs—something he wouldn't learn until years later. After finding out the truth of his parentage, Malcolm also learned that Barry was the Flash, and hated him both for having the good childhood Malcolm got cheated out of and for gaining powers Malcolm (believed he) should have rightfully received.
  • In the Blood & Glory crossover miniseries featuring The Punisher and Captain America, 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. Which makes it all the easier for the bad guys dupe Punisher to believe that Cap is corrupted and part of the illegal weapons deals that had been happening recently, and try to assassinate him.
  • Knights of the Old Republic's Haazen, the Draay family's apparent Old Retainer. 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 / aide rather than find something else to do, which made his resentment worse, and jumped at the chance 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.

    Fan Fiction 
  • In Equestria: A History Revealed, the Lemony Narrator reveals that her anger and continuous Celestia-bashing throughout the fic was due to her resentment of Celestia after she was rejected from Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, albeit for being an 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 Jackie Chan Adventures fanfiction Queen of All Oni, after her Face–Heel Turn, 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 saving both his life and the world on multiple occasions; she resents Uncle for picking Tohru (a practical stranger) over her (family) as his apprentice; and not only does she resent Tohru for being apprentice instead of her, she hates him for bringing her 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 Transformers Animated: Cybertronian Genesis, Sentinel Prime resents Optimus for his many heroic deeds. It only gets worse when Optimus becomes Ultra Magnus's chosen successor.
  • Hefty Smurf plays this role in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf. 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.

     Film - Animated 
  • Megamind. So much. The titular alien is this, with his rival, Metro Man (a more human-looking alien), being the object of his envy. To summarize: they arrived on Earth at the same time. Megamind was en route for a mansion, but Metro's shuttle knocked him off-course, bouncing Megs into a prison and landing "the good life" for himself instead. Years later, Metro was beloved by his shool while Megs was ostracized, leading Megs to become a supervillain since everyone hated him anyway.
    • He is also jealous that Metro Man always gets the girl. (After all, who would date a blue alien supervillain?) It's implied he had a thing for Roxanne even prior to the movie. And let's not even mention that thing with Bernard...
    • Then when Metro Man dies (fakes his death) and Megamind is challenged to be The Hero for once, and he ignores the call... yeah, major resentment there.
  • Snatcher from The Boxtrolls, despises the White Hats for looking down on him and people like him, and has spent his entire life scheming in hopes of reaching the top.

     Film - Live Action 
  • In Amadeus, Salieri is jealous of the childish and vulgar Mozart's gifted talent with music.
  • Implied rather subtly with Lady Tremaine's Motive Rant in Cinderella (2015). 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 Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  • The Godfather Part II: Fredo Corleone to his younger brother Michael, when Michael becomes the Don.
  • The major villains of the Iron Man films all hate and resent Tony Stark.
  • Rotti Largo from Repo! The Genetic Opera has a lot of this—first his love married someone else causing him to kill her, then his children grew up to be astoundingly psychotic failures, then he became terminally ill. Poor guy. It would make anyone turn into a bastard, though Rotti saves time by being one from the start.
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: Will Scarlet is this toward Robin for most of the film, though we don't find out why until the last third of the movie. 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 The Thin Red Line feels slighted due to having been passed for promotion. (Contrary to this, he displays no such characteristics in the novel the film is based on and enjoys a very successful career.)
  • Loki in the new Thor movie combines this with being The Unfavourite to make his very own villainous motivation. Probably.
    • It carries over into The Avengers. Loki tries to enslave the entire earth just because Thor has grown fond of humans.
  • In What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the titular "Baby Jane" Hudson, a forgotten Former Child Star greatly resents her sister, Blanche because Blanche had a much more successful career than she did.
  • In The Wolverine, Lord Shingen hates the fact that his father prefers his own daughter over himself. He tries to kill her over it.

  • In Harry Potter:
    • Minor example with Ron Weasley who, although one of Harry's closest friends, becomes increasingly angry with his Butt Monkey status as well as being poor, in comparison to Harry's fame, vault full of gold, and the yearly chance to shine as the Chosen One, eventually coming to a head in Deathly Hallows. Ron is also resentful for being the youngest son in such a large family of talented children, so that any of his accomplishments become standard expectations (getting into Gryffindor, becoming a prefect, joining the Quidditch team, etc.) but this isn't focused on as much in the series, except for a few moments.
    • The largest and most famous example was Severus Snape. He had an entirely justifiable seething hatred for James Potter, because he relentlessly bullied him in school and unfairly transferred his hated of James to his son.
    • It's also implied that Aunt Petunia's reactionary attitude toward the revelation that her sister Lily was a witch was partly out of envy, and this contributed to their falling out.
    • Draco Malfoy wants to hang out with the famous Harry Potter at the start, but gets rejected because he takes about five seconds to prove he's a haughty, mean little twit. He spends most of the rest of the series tormenting Harry over all the unwanted fame and attention he's getting and failing to match him in things like Quidditch. Way to spend your energy on someone you supposedly don't care about.
  • Older Than Feudalism biblical examples:
    • The Old Testament tells us that this is the motive for Cain's murder of Abel... of course when God Himself tells you you're The Unfavourite, maybe a little jealousy is justified.
    • Of course He was never actually told that, just that his sacrfice was unacceptable and Abel's was. He was even told 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.
  • East of Eden, based on the Cain and Abel story, extends this over two generations.
  • The title character from Cousin Bette towards her wealthy relatives.
  • An aversion is found in Christopher Moore's Lamb 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.
  • Friedrich Nietzsche 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.
  • Mark Pierre 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 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 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. A major factor in his willingness to join Horus.
  • In James Swallow's Warhammer 40,000 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 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. After their battle with the Bloodfiends, and Dante's saving his life, Seth declares that these events came about so that they will remember that they are brothers not cousins.
  • In the Ciaphas Cain 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 likeable, Really Gets Around, 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 the Forsaken in The Wheel of Time series were originally good guys who switched sides because they couldn't compare to The Chosen One leading humanity's forces. Especially notable is Demandred, who was Always Second Best, in every single way, up to and including height. Sammael and Be'lal were also notable resenters, though their hatred for Lews Therin was said to pale beside 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 Sir Apropos of Nothing's defining character trait. Eventually comes to a head when he beats the shit out of the Designated Hero and hijacks the entire plot.
  • Broud towards Ayla in The Clan of the Cave Bear.
  • In John C. Wright's 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 Paladin of Souls 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 Chick Magnet status ("You could duck, try it sometimes"), Illvin's main feeling toward Arhys is filial affection leavened with pity for what amounted to a fatherless upbringing.
  • In Tolkien's The Children of Húrin, 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 Doom Magnet: 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 Demon: A Memoir are totally consumed by a double dose of resentment: towards God for rejecting them, and towards humanity for not suffering the same fate.
  • Warrior Cats 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 Final Battle that he became nothing the moment Firestar joined the Clan. Thus, he had waited for so long to get vengeance on his rival.
  • In Memoirs of a Geisha, Chiyo and Pumpkin are taken under the wings of the famous geisha Mameha and Hatsumomo, respectively, and are taught by them to become top-rank geisha. Initially, Chiyo and Pumpkin are good friends, but because they're being taught by rivals, the friendship is effectively ended. Despite that, they remain on good terms until Mameha decides that to secure Chiyo (now Sayuri)'s place in the okiya and get her adopted as the daughter and heir, they must first make Sayuri the breadwinner, and then they must drive Hatsumomo out. They do this successfully, but 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 it, but she becomes very angry at Sayuri as time passes.
  • Lucifer is portrayed as this in the Left Behind 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 Lord of the Rings, one of the reasons Saruman fell from grace was because he resented Gandalf. Saruman the "Wise" might have been the one everyone would go to for advice and counsel, but Gandalf was the one 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.

    Live Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Faith, whose Face–Heel Turn came largely as a result of resenting that, although she was the Slayer, the Chosen One, Buffy had the family and friends she never had, the role of leader, and all the respect and credit Faith deserved.
      • 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" Chuck. Strangely, he had a problem with is orders to kill Chuck upon completion of the Intersect. The series constantly played with the idea that he might Face–Heel Turn. (He still might).
  • In Noah's Arc, this is a big part of 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 Sibling Rivalry was what came between Shawn Farrell and his brother Danny in The 4400. To be fair to Danny, Shawn kind of stole his girlfriend and their mother's attention, was basically a dick for the first season, and then got superpowers. This probably contributed to Danny's decision to take Promicin in the last season.
  • Vice-President John Hoynes on The West Wing. 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 Real Life parallels with John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: 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!"
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: As explained by Kira at one point, Vedek/Kai Winn hates Sisko because her crowning achievement, being appointed as High Priest of the Prophets and spiritual leader of her entire planet, is overshadowed by the arrival of The Chosen One 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 a Face–Heel Turn. Which is probably why the Prophets (who experience the past, present, and future all at once) never liked her.
  • Johnny Crowder in 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 his decision to tell the Marshals about Boyd's arrangement to deliver Drew to the Tonins, stems from his deep-seated resentment.
    • 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 Power Rangers Wild Force and Sky of Power Rangers S.P.D. are this towards the Rookie Red Ranger 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 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 Breaking Bad 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.
  • Colonel Ari ben Zayn in the Babylon 5 episode "Eyes" turns out to be this; 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.

  • P.D.Q. Bach's A Little Nightmare Music, features a mysterious playwright from another century, appearing to accuse Salieri of murderous resentment toward Mozart. Salieri does inadvertently kill Mozart, but only because the servant PDQ Bach bumps him as he tries to poison the mysterious playwright.
  • Uncrowned by Celldweller is written in the perspective of one.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • One of the most widely used angles in any form of wrestling, typically between two faces where one is arguably more popular than the other, in a Tag Team, or within a family.
    • The epic feud between brothers Bret and Owen Hart, 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 Face–Heel Turn at the Royal Rumble 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 WrestleMania with one of the event's greatest ever matches, where 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 Miss Elizabeth led to Macho Man Randy Savage become this ("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 WrestleMania match was famously known as "The Mega-Powers EXPLODE!"
    • After Edge won the King of the Ring tournament in 2001, it eventually led to his tag team partner Christian turning on him and beating him down with his own trophy, as well as a one man Con-chair-to, the team's signature move.
    • Molly Holly was portrayed as this in 2003 against Trish Stratus. Molly also convinced Gail Kim to help her in her cause, prompting Jim Ross to name the two "The Jealous Jezebels".
    • CM Punk 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 Low Ki, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.
    • Daizee Haze turned on her fire forged friend Mickie Knuckes after Knuckles won the IWA Mid-Soutn\NWA Midwest Woman's title in a triple threat match with a disputed finish. NWA Midwest agreed with Haze, but awarded the belt to MsChif(who Haze was already at odds with) while Knuckles remained IWA M-S's title holder.
    • Matt Hardy's 2009 feud with Jeff Hardy. 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.
    • Austin Aries's turn against Ring of Honor had to with the fact that despite him doing more than anyone to take down Age Of The Fall, the ROHBots cheered more for Tyler Black than himself, the same Tyler Black who helped start Age Of The Fall.
    • Alissa Flash resented the foreign knockouts Sarita 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 Jazz (whom she doesn't need much motivation to hate anyway) and Mercedes Martinez in 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 Jesse Ventura and Carlito supported Sheamus on Monday Night Raw, simply because Sheamus wasn't John Cena. 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 The Usos and Tamina Snuka 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 Carlito Colón "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 NWA New Jersey.
    • CM Punk's 2011/2012 feud with John Laurinaitis stems from Johnny's jealousy and resentment. His brother is one half the legendary Road Warriors and his tag team partner in the Dynamic Dudes was Shane Douglas, 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.
    • Roderick Strong toward Kevin Steen, 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 Pro Wrestling Guerilla, partially at then champion Kyle O'Reily but mostly at the fact he realized the promotion had basically set him up as a fall guy.
    • During 2012, La Amapola revealed that she resented that Estrellita was accepted by CMLL's tecnicas even though she was a former 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 no problem aligning Estrellita or anyone else in that group prior to Estrellia's Heel–Face Turn.
    • Roderick Strong, Jimmy Jacobs 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.
    • James Storm already did not like The Great Muta, for apparently disrespecting him while they were both in WCW but he started actively resenting Muta when 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • A number of the fallen Primarchs in Warhammer 40,000 resented the Emperor, 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 Werewolf: The Apocalypse, the Shadow Lord tribe serves as this to the Silver Fangs, the royal tribe that rules over the Garou Nation.
  • In 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 Much Ado About Nothing. 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.

    Video Games 
  • Hugh Darrow of Deus Ex: Human Revolution certainly classifies, as he's willing to bring about The End of the World as We Know It simply because he's genetically incompatible with the augmentation technology he invented.
  • Snowe from Suikoden IV 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 The Godfather: The Game, Monk's resentment of player character Aldo comes from how his parentage means that he will never become a made man.
  • Castlevania
    • Albus, bitter that Barlowe has chosen Shanoa to use the Dominus glyph instead of him, serves as the main antagonist of Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. 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 Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. And gets brainwashed because of it.
    • And then there's Ortega's jealousy of Cornell's mastery of his beastman abilities in Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness. 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 Castlevania: Judgment.
    • 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 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 Persona 2 Eternal Punishment does an unintentional variant of this 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 Persona 3, who, struggling with feelings of inferiority, jumps at the call but gets repeatedly shown up by the protagonist. In "The Answer", Yukari becomes this to Aigis after the latter inherits the Protagonist's powers.
    • Chie's Shadow in 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 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 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 Ho Yay.
  • In the 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 Aidyn Chronicles, Prince Sheridan 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 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.
  • Oswald, who is understandably resentful of his younger half-brother Mickey after the latter stole the former's spotlight in more ways than one.
  • Dragon Age II 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.
    • 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. 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 sister Varania only to discover that she was the willing bait for his former master Danarius to reclaim him. Why? 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. It becomes so bad that Anders, slowly being corrupted by Justice, actually gives approvement points if you give Fenris back to Danarius.
  • In Duel Savior Destiny 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 Rubinas in Nanashi's body attempts to talk her down, she's completely unwilling to listen.
  • Makarov Juno in Love And War 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 clearer reason for his resentment.
  • Metal Sonic, the robotic Evil Knockoff of Sonic, describes his organic counterpart as his "loathsome copy". It's understandable why he hates him, it's what he's programmed to do.
  • Shinon from 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 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • Sakura for Rin in the "Heaven's Feel" scenario of Fate/stay night. 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 Hatoful Boyfriend when speaking to a third party. Yuuya is absolutely devoted to his brother and would willingly 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.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, 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. 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. He was right; Kristoph personally killed that defendant and had Wright disbarred. The 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.

    Web Comics 
  • In Tales of the Questor 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 Tower of God absolutely loathes Baam for being crazy talented and 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!"
  • In M9 Girls! Vero resents best friend Karla spending time with the M9 Girls instead of her.
  • Homestuck: Karkat, towards John, so much that he ends up getting a crush on him, in a weird troll romance sort of way.
  • In Prophecy Of The Circle 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.
  • Magick Chicks: Hoo boy, does Cerise have issues with 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, or simply fell into her lap, or the fact that even Hecate favored her, despite all Cerise's efforts. It was only a matter of time before she snapped.

     Web Original 
  • This also seems to be the only thing driving Kismet forward in the Whateley Universe. 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 Bad Boss, 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 Worm, Armsmaster is this to Dauntless, as Armsmaster is a Badass Normal Gadgeteer Genius 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. It's this resentment that eventually pushes Armsmaster to become a Fallen Hero, endangering the truce between heroes and villains which gives everyone a slight chance against Endbringer attacks for the sake of his own glory. Ironically, Dauntless is trapped in a bubble of frozen time during that same fight.

    Western Animation 
  • In Aladdin: The Series, 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 The Simpsons 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 Innocently Insensitive.
  • Tai Lung of Kung Fu Panda so much so, that the fact that his resentment seems so justified makes him Unintentionally Sympathetic.
    • 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 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 at peace with that to the point of growing much closer to the panda.
  • I.R. Baboon from I Am Weasel resents Weasel's fame and considers himself better, even though Weasel is a certified genius, whereas Baboon is... well, not.
  • Plankton of Spongebob Squarepants 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.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender 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, allowing him to be much more calm, once he makes the Heel–Face Turn. 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 Villainous Breakdown. 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." Ouch.
    • The Sequel Series Legend Of Korra 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 non-bender amongst their family. 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 a smug Karma Houdini 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.
    • Evil Uncle 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 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.
  • Danny Phantom 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 kill Jack.
    • In a nice bit of irony, in an Alternate Universe 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 Butt Monkey. One episode showed him acting on his resentment via an (unintentional) deadly wish that nearly had him kill Danny.
      • Indeed, seeing the monster his wish had created helps Tucker move past this trope.
      Tucker: That's me?
  • Initially, Raven appears to be this character in regards to Terra on Teen Titans: 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 it turns out that Terra got her control from working with Titans Arch-Enemy Slade, the resentment was probably justified.
  • In the backstory to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, 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 Nightmare Moon and bringing forth eternal night.
    • Sunset Shimmer, the Big Bad of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, clearly resents Twilight Sparkle, because she managed to earn everything Sunset desired: adoration, power, and an 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 Villainous Breakdown with every word spoken. Luckily, she pulls a Heel–Face Turn and appears to grow out of it by the time of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, learning to accept her loss and instead embracing what she has now: The human versions of the Mane Six (sans Twilight's) and alicorn!Twilight as her friends.
    • Starlight Glimmer, the Big Bad of Season 5 has this and then some. It was bad enough that she had already developed deep rooted social issues resulting from a broken friendship as a filly, which deeply traumatized her, Meeting the Mane Six, Twilight Sparkle 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. Revealing that this is what Starlight greatly desired: Friends. But the resentment is so deep she still needs more talking down more even after being shown the horrible consequences of her actions. Fortunately, Twilight Sparkle managed to get through to Starlight enough to finally make her let go of her resentment and give friendship another chance.
  • In Thunder Cats 2011, Lion-O and Tygra are Resenters to each other. Lion-O resents Tygra for being the Always Someone Better and Compassionate Critic whom nearly everyone in their kingdom — even his own father — preferred over him. Tygra resents Lion-O for being The Chosen One 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 Sibling Rivalry, though Lion-O still wholeheartedly trusts Tygra and doesn't believe that Tygra would ever betray him even after hearing a prophecy stating Tygra will do just that.
    • They do eventually start to get over it 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.
  • 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.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door has 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 Fake Defector 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.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 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.

Alternative Title(s): Resenter