What's He Got That I Ain't Got?!

When one character is jealous of another one, they use the Stock Phrase "What's he got that I ain't got?" It's meant as a rhetorical question, but the Deadpan Snarker or another character will usually answer them anyway, almost always insultingly.

See also What Does She See in Him?.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In episode 5 of FLCL, Haruko titillates Amurao into giving her a weapon she can use against the Monster of the Week. Unlike Naota, all he can manage to summon up with his N.O. is a tiny little slingshot. When Haruko heads off into battle, leaving Amurao behind, he's reduced to screaming the trope title at her as she departs.
  • In Digimon, this is the last thing Puppetmon (AKA Pinocchimon) says before his demise. He spent much of his time tormenting the Digi-Destined out of envy beforehand, due to Cherrymon telling him they have something he lacks. Cherrymon explains postmortem that what they have are friends.
  • Maken-ki!: You'd think most girls wouldn't give Takeru the time of day, considering he's plain looking, book dumb, and a lecher. Yet, none of it's stopped several of the hottest girls at Tenbi from falling for him and it drives the other guys up the wall in confusion and frustration. Which gets lampshaded during the water polo match in episode 9, when Celia flirts with him too:
    guy: (shouts from offscreen) WHY DOES THAT JACKASS GET ALL THE GIRLS??!
    (guys team starts booing Takeru)

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    Films — Animation 
  • In Rock-A-Doodle, a jealous Goldie Pheasant makes this comment while complaining about how "The King" has become a star and she's still stuck in the chorus. Her boss, Pinky, doesn't miss a beat: "A voice!"

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery
    Larry: I mean, take away his fake tan, his capped teeth and his Cuban heels and what have you got?
    Carol: You!
  • Don's Party:
    Mal: I want a bit of sausage. What's he got that I haven't got?
    Susan: Sex appeal.
  • Dirty Dancing:
    Neil Kellerman: Last week, I took a girl from Jamie, the lifeguard. And he said to her, right in front of me, "What does he have that I don't have?" And she said, "Two hotels."
  • The Money Pit
    Walter: I mean, Max is rich, successful, handsome and talented, after all. What's he have that I don't?
    Anna: Walls.
  • Holy Matrimony. Ezekiel has just caught Havana cheating on him.
    Ezekiel: What does he have that I don't?
    Havana: Nothing! About twenty hard years. Strong arms. Kisses great. It was the usual bar pickup stuff.
    Ezekiel: What about the real husband stuff? What about that?
    Havana: What is that?
    Ezekiel: Can you trust him? Does he pray? Is he kind to plants and animals? Is his heart golden? Isn't this what a real husband supposed to be?
    Havana: I think I'm gonna be sick.
  • From "If I Were King of the Forest" in the film of The Wizard of Oz:
    Cowardly Lion: What makes the hottentot so hot?
    What puts the "ape" in apricot?
    Whadda they got that I ain't got?
    All: Courage.
    Cowardly Lion: You can say that again! Beat Huh?
  • In the rather obscure 1956 French film Plucking the Daisy (En effeuillant la marguerite) Agnes Dumont (Brigitte Bardot) needs to come up with money in a hurry and decides to enter a striptease contest, with a mask on her face and using the pseudonym Sophia. His boyfriend is becomes interested in the mysterious Sophia. At one point, Agnes exclaims: "What does she have that I don't?"
  • The Brady Bunch Movie:
    Jan: [after being tossed out by a modeling agency] Why does everyone always choose Marcia?! What does she have that I don't?!
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) has a variation, when Gaston wonders aloud why he's attracted to Belle instead of other women, beyond the fact that she's beautiful, that is. Le Fou replies it's because she has "dignity", and doesn't pathetically throw herself at Gaston like all other women in town.

    Live-Action TV 
  • How I Met Your Mother episode "Purple Giraffe":
    Barney: What does Carlos have that I don't?
    Robin: A date tonight?
  • The Avengers episode "The Cybernauts":
    Emma Peel: I must say, I can't wait to meet Oyama, "The Tall Mountain".
    John Steed: What's he got that I haven't got?
    Emma Peel: A hobby.
    John Steed: Archeology, philately, knitting?
    Emma Peel: Splitting doors.
  • Two and a Half Men episode "Is There a Mrs. Waffles?"
    Charlie Harper: How does he do it? What does he have that I don't?
    Alan Harper: Well, judging from first impressions, a genuine love of children and bladder control.
    Charlie Harper: That was a cheap shot.
    Alan Harper: I take them when I can.
  • That '70s Show:
    Michael Kelso: What does he have that I don't? I mean, I have the three things women want: I'm hot and I'm smart.
    Donna Pinciotti: That's two things, you moron.
    Michael Kelso: Nuh-uh, hot counts twice.
  • Cheers
    Cliff: What's he got that I ain't got?
    Carla: Would you like that list alphabetically, or in order of importance?
  • When Ann starts going out with Mark on Parks and Recreation, her ex-boyfriend Andy asks her this. She is somewhat aghast that he doesn't realize how obvious the answer is, what with Mark actually being a mature adult who has a job and Andy is unemployed and homeless. This causes Andy to get his first regular job as a shoeshiner in the hopes of impressing Ann.
  • In The X-Files episode "Hollywood A.D.", Mulder and Scully attend the premiere of a film very loosely based on one of their cases. The movie versions of Mulder and Scully have sexual tension ("Is that your flashlight, Mulder, or are you just happy to be lying on top of me?"), but in the end, movie Scully hooks up with Assistant Director Skinner. When movie Mulder protests ("What's he got that I don't?"), she replies, "Bigger flashlight."
  • Mash episode "Margaret's Engagement":
    Frank: What's he got that I haven't got?
    Margaret: Lips.
    Frank: Lips aren't everything!
  • An episode of Blue Bloods has this question posed to Danny by a hot nightclub owner, involving Danny's wife. Danny's response? "Me."


  • In Of Thee I Sing, Diana asks Wintergreen this question, which the chorus echoes (his answer, of course, is corn muffins):
    You seem to think Miss Turner hits the spot; But what has she got that I haven't got?
  • In Cole Porter's Out of This World, Juno's List Song "I Got Beauty" uses this line in its verse.
  • In the Broadway version of The Lion King, Zazu lights up Scar a bit more than he does in the original movie:
    Scar: What did my brother have that I don't have?
    Zazu: Do you want the short list or the long?
    Scar: ...whatever.
    Zazu: Well, he had a loving family—
    Scar: *grunt*
    Zazu: —adoring subjects—
    Scar: *groan*
    Zazu:a devoted queen
    Scar: That's it, I need a queen!

    Video Games 
  • Johnny Cage asks this in the 2011 release of Mortal Kombat. He gets snarked by a pair of Shaolin monks.
    Johnny Cage: What's Raiden got that I haven't got?
    Liu Kang: Godlike power?
    Kung Lao: A personality that is not at all like sanding paper?
    Johnny Cage: Jerks.

    Web Comics 
  • The Penny Arcade comic "A Truly Remarkable Circumference":
    Clonetrooper 1: I mean, what's he have that I don't?
    Clonetrooper 2: Well, and this is just for starters, the wookiee penis is about as big around as my thigh.

    Western Animation 
  • The Fairly OddParents!: You mean besides the clothes, the hair, the money, and the stuff?
  • Popeye. A question often posed by Brutus about Popeye.
  • Animaniacs:
    Dot: I'd be a great model. What's Christie Brinkley got that I don't?
    Yakko & Wacko: Billy Joel.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Daffy Duck in Hollywood
      Daffy: (flattering a studio cop) What's Errol Flynn got that you ain't got? (to audience) Don't answer that!
    • Daffy Dilly:
      Daffy: (breaking from interrogating a butler like a detective) What's Humphrey Bogart got that I ain't got?
    • In the cartoon The Bear's Tale, a retelling of the Three Bears story, Goldilocks takes a wrong turn and ends up at Grandma's house. The wolf, who's already in bed and dressed as Grandma tells her to beat it because he's waiting for Little Red Riding Hood. Goldilocks leaves asking what Red has that she doesn't. Once she's gone, the wolf realizes that she has a point and decides to go to bear's house to wait for her.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes
    Beezy: What's Jimmy Two-Shoes got that I don't?
    Heloise: A brain?
  • Hey Arnold!:
    Helga: What's she [Ruth MacDougal] got that I haven't got?
    Phoebe: Let me check my list: Long slender legs. A dazzling smile. Shiny chestnut hair.
  • From the Johnny Test Beach Episode: After Susan and Mary's crush Gil's attention is stolen by a hot blonde in a swimsuit, this conversation takes place:
    Susan: What does she have that we don't?
    Johnny: A gorgeous face, a perfect tan, strong white teeth...
    Mary: Hey, we have... strong white teeth.
  • An episode of the The Archie Show has Betty and Veronica rewarding Archie for winning a foot race against Reggie with kisses. Hot Dog licks Jughead's face, repulsing him:
    Hot Dog: (thought) What's Veronica got that I haven't got? Hmph. Must be her tutti-fruity lipstick.
  • Done hilariously in Static Shock while the titular hero is musing over another kids popularity (hilarious considering that the person asking has superpowers)
    Virgil: What does Derek Barnet got that I don't have?
    Richie: Let's make a list: Looks, height, all-state in track and field. Shall I quit while you're behind?
    Virgil: (not amused) I thought we were tight, Rich.