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: This is so unfair! I liked you back when you were a cyclops! That guy's only interested now that you have two eyes. Leela
: You're just jealous! Fry
: No, I'm not! Oh Wait
, I am. But my point remains valid!
A character has just had a stroke of good fortune. She's landed that amazing guy. He's won something which appears to be extremely valuable. But the character's friends will warn that the prize isn't as good as it seems — or is actually dangerous. The character may heed the warning and let it go, deciding that her friends are only looking for her best interests. Or she may feel so caught up in the joy of having this longed-for thing that she clings to it and brushes her friends aside. Who needs those kill-joys around, anyway? They just can't stand to see her happy. They're just jealous.
If a character dismisses his friends' concerns by saying, "You're just jealous
," they usually are not
jealous and there is
good reason for them to be worried. In time, he will find that out the hard way, often to his grief.
This trope can be weakly justified provided that the friend doesn't have any evidence to support their claims, but oftentimes they will have, if not outright evidence, at least a fairly well-reasoned argument that You're Just Jealous just brushes off.
Also note that a skeptic will often say this just before a Skepticism Failure
, which may or may not be justified along the same lines as above.
See also What Does She See in Him?
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Anime and Manga
- In one episode of Samurai Pizza Cats the Monster of the Week attaches himself onto Speedy. The robot's special power is to bring lots and lots of money to whoever it attaches to. When he quits his job and goes around acting like a complete douchbag Guido and Polly call him out and along comes the "You're jealous, aren't you?" line.
- In Ranma ½ this comes up whenever Akane gets a dangerous powerup. For example:
- Relatively early on, she ate a bowl of "super soba," which increased her strength to godlike levels, with her lording said strength over Ranma. The side effect? Increase testosterone production that would have eventually given her a full beard. When Ranma tried explaining this to her, she completely ignored him and claimed he was just jealous... until she sprouted whiskers. She couldn't devour the antidote fast enough.
- Much later into the manga, Akane came into the possession of a magical martial arts gi that gave her fighting skill surpassing even Ranma's. Ranma attempted to confess to liking Akane as a means of getting her away from the gi, and it almost worked until the family intervened (because of how Status Quo Is God and all), causing Akane to, you guessed it, accuse Ranma of just being jealous.
- Reed Richards tried to warn Victor von Doom about a mistake in an experimental setup; Doom decided that Richards was trying to hold him back out of jealousy and ignored the warning. The experiment proceeded to literally blow up in Doom's face, scarring his features (and his ego). Unable to admit that he could have possibly been wrong, Doom decided that it must have been someone else's fault; namely, Reed's. His entire vendetta against the Fantastic Four started with this.
- As for what keeps it going, Doom continues to blame Reed Richards for everything that has gone wrong with his life. He justifies his belief by insisting that Reed is envious of Doom's genius. It is, of course, Doom who is bitterly envious of Reed, and Reed mentioning this usually sends Doom into an Unstoppable Rage involving a lot of stretchy torture, since deep down, Doom knows it's true too.
- The Pre Crisis version of Lex Luthor always maintained that Superman was jealous of his genius.
- Fanfiction writers use this so much in response to negative reviews that the community has come up with its own name for it: Not Bob's Law.
- From Calvin & Hobbes: The Series:
You're just jealous because you can't play Wii
- Smurfette pulls this on Empath a few times in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf series — once in the main timeline as a joke when Papa Smurf starts showing some amorous interest in Smurfette for the first time since "Romeo And Smurfette", and another time in an alternate timeline when Smurfette is actually in a relationship with Papa Smurf that results in a marriage, only this time she wasn't joking.
- Batman Returns: "You're just jealous, because I'm a genuine freak and you have to wear a mask!" Actually a subversion, since Batman admits that the Penguin is right.
- In Dead Heat, newly-zombified cop Roger catches some rounds in a gunfight with some reanimated criminals, then realizes that (being undead) they didn't cause any damage to speak of. He and his still-living partner trade quips about it:
Doug: Remember the good old days, when bullets killed people?
Roger: You're just jealous, that's all!
- From Romy And Michele's High School Reunion, when the Alpha Bitch tries to defend herself against a former Girl Posse member who shows her up:
Christie: You're just jealous. Because unlike a certain ball-busting dried up career woman, I might mention, we're all HAPPILY MARRIED!
Live Action TV
- In an episode of Workaholics, Eliza uses this as a defense as to why her coworker Joan doesn't like her because Eliza has "perfectly symmetrical features and hair like Ariel. Eliza quickly drops this, saying its because she once ate Joan's gizpacho-and was then caught by Joan, without even realizing she was Joan.
- In Seven Days. Olga will commonly express this when Frank has just jumped back through time and warned her against seeing the week's male guest star. Unusually for this trope, there tends to be a 50-50 chance that Frank really is just jealous as opposed to giving her a legitimate warning.
- Scrubs did this when J.D. was dating someone Elliot didn't approve of. Of course Elliot was justified in her suspicion but afterward she admitted she was actually jealous.
- Also annoyingly done when the genders were reversed in Season Three. JD got to a coding patient first, Elliot accuses him of only doing it because he's jealous of her and Sean and what's worse? The show thinks she's right!
- And they did it again, when JD sided with Dr. Cox in his disdain for Elliot clocking out at 5 as a private practice doctor. JD gives no hint whatsoever that he actually is jealous, and by all indications agrees with Cox just because he agrees with Cox of his own freewill. Until Elliot basically blackmails him into "admitting" he was jealous by having Keith beat him up and wasting the time he would have spent talking to his then-girlfriend. And, again, she's treated as 100% in the right.
- Happens on Smallville pretty much every time Clark tries to warn Lana about the Freak of the Week.
- And also to a certain extent when Chloe warns Lana about Clark actually being Bizarro.
- You'd think they'd learn to just sit back and laugh when Lana is being stupid.
- In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Bad Girlfriend", Monk and Natalie warn Stottlemeyer about his new girlfriend, who is their prime suspect in a shooting, and he accuses Monk of being jealous. But he should've listened to Randy: MONK IS NEVER WRONG!
- In the Friends episode "The One With The Screamer", Ross is accused of this when he tries to warn the rest of the friends about Rachel's new boyfriend.
- This parody of Hannah Montana had the unfortunate luck of fans stumbling across it and accusing Mad TV of being jealous of Hannah Montana's success, never mind that Mad TV makes fun of everyone, because it's supposed to be a parody show.
- In Season 2 of Supernatural, Dean has reached a new level of infamy (FBI database) and Sam attempts to lecture him on it, finding that he is not on the list. Dean recites the trope title.
- This phrase gets thrown around a few times in an episode of H2O: Just Add Water in which the main characters are infatuated with a Casanova Wannabe because of a cologne that makes him stink to everyone else but acts as a pheromone for mermaids.
- Orange Is The New Black : After Pennsatucky gets new teeth following her No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Pipler Leanne tells her she's acting stuck up. Pennsatucky's response is these exact words.
- On an episode of Newhart, Dick is trying to make a series of self-help tapes based on a book about do-it-yourself plumbing he wrote, however, he's considered not charismatic enough to host the videos and gets replaced by an airheaded model who looks appealing but doesn't know squat about plumbing. When the new host makes a joke from the cue cards and is praised by the director for his "ad-lib", Dick politely points out that he wrote the joke. "Keep that Green-Eyed Monster in a cage, Dick." the director replies.
- Slightly subverted in Sting's warnings that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff were up to no good in TNA. He received much of the same reaction, but knowing this would happen, instead of ineffectively shouting his concerns to Dixie Carter and not being allowed to yield any results before the trope title and crackdown came calling, he made a necessary turn against Hogan and spoke in hinting language knowing the smarks would understand. Kevin Nash and The Pope caught on as well towards the end. Now Pope is one of the main characters fighting against Immortal.
- Occurred during the summer of 2009, with a bit of No Fourth Wall thrown in. Maria Kanellis had just started up a romantic relationship with Dolph Ziggler, who was still quite new in WWE and was currently challenging Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Championship. Maria's friend Melina Perez tried to warn Maria that Dolph was a very bad person and that Maria shouldn't be getting mixed up with him, which led Maria to respond that how Dolph acted in the ring was just Kayfabe and to fire back with this trope. Melina was eventually proved right, of course, but we never got to see what the consequences of this were for Maria, since she suddenly took time off from WWE almost as soon as the story began and didn't pick up with it when she returned a few months later.
- When Molly Holly rebranded herself as a self-righteous prude in 2002, numerous vignettes would have her telling off one of the Divas (always a girl very heavy on the Fanservice) over their lack of morals. The other girl would then tell Molly that she's just jealous about her own lack of sex appeal, followed by removing her top or something similar. Molly would be left standing with her jaw hanging open, then walk away.
- During AJ Lee's infamous "Pipe Bomb-Shell" promo deriding the cast of Total Divas (all of whom were standing in the ring), the Bella Twins said AJ was just jealous of them because she wasn't part of the show.
- During Yukiko story mode in Persona 4 Arena Teddie makes the mistake of saying that line to an already (for various reasons) very angry Yukiko. He suffers badly for it.
- The Futurama example at the top of the page hangs a lampshade on this, but the trope still goes through legitimately.
- The Toaster claims that this was the Air conditioner's motivation on why he is backtalking their owner, since he spent more time with the other machines. He denied it first but when Kirby says "'Cause you're stuck in the wall", the air conditioner can't take it, and, in a sudden moment of released repressed rage, exploded.
- In an episode of KaBlam!, Henry says this to June when she lies about telling him that Dawn liked him (she just wanted to save time). He was right.
- Batman: The Animated Series gives us this piece of dialogue between Harley Quinn and DA Janet VanDorne in the episode "Trial":
- Danny Phantom, "What You Want":
Tucker: Oh sure. Phase the car through the building! You *had* to save the day, *didn’t you*?
Danny: Uh, yeah, because a car smashing into the 28th floor of anything is BAD!
Tucker: You’re just jealous! Because there’s somebody else around to grab the spotlight now!
- Fiona tries to use this on Shrek in Shrek, but it doesn't work so well.
: You're just jealous that you can't measure up to a great ruler like Lord Farquaad!
Shrek: We'll let you do the measuring when you see him tomorrow.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic gives us two examples, with the same pony on different sides of it: In "Griffon the Brush-Off," when Pinkie Pie denounces Gilda as a jerkass, Twilight Sparkle attributes it to jealousy over Rainbow Dash wanting to catch up with an old friend. Then, in "A Canterlot Wedding: Part 1," when Twilight Sparkle thinks something is up with Princess Cadence, just about everyone—up to and including Princess Celestia—accuses her of being overly possessive of her brother. In both cases, the "jealous" pony was right all along: Gilda really was horrible to everyone except Rainbow Dash; and Cadence really was evil... because she'd been ponynapped and replaced by an impostor.
- On Invader Zim, Zim is trying to convince Dib that Tak is really a member of his species and that the two have to team up to defeat her. Note that Tak is friendly with Dib and sort of dating Zim, even though she just uses this as a way to continually hurt him:
- Scooby-Doo tells Shaggy he's just jealous of when he knocks Scooby's crush on actress Sandy Duncan in the New Scooby Doo Movies episode "Sandy Duncan's Jekyll And Hyde."
- In Legend Of Korra, the title character uncovers evidence that Hiroshi Sato might be working for the Big Bad. When she tries to explain this to her friend and crush Mako, who's dating Hiroshi's daughter, he just says that she's jealous and trying to ruin their relationship.
- Smurfette in The Smurfs episode "Papa's Wedding Day" says this of her fellow Smurfs when they see Papa Smurf falling in love with and dating Flowerbell the woodnymph, only to remain oblivious to the fact that Flowerbell was just luring Papa Smurf with her affections into being captured by Lord Balthazar until it was too late.
- Anybody who criticizes a celebrity of any sort will have a jealousy card pulled on them, even if it's perfectly reasonable that they just flat-out hate what they do.
- Mike Nelson wrote a great article for the original IronMinds.com (sadly defunct) calling bullshit on this defense, pointing out that Blackbeard the pirate was very successful and Henry VIII made a ton of money, but both were still horrible people.
- People who criticize internet celebrities, especially on YouTube, will often recieve the jealousy card.
- Taken Up to Eleven by Roman Polanski, who in the court case implicating him in having sex with an underage girl, suggested that the judge and jury were just jealous they didn't have sex with her themselves.
- The website Inner Michael likes to argue that everyone who ever speaks ill of Michael Jackson is jealous that he was a brilliant artist and loving, Too Good for This Sinful Earth humanitarian and they're not. Those who would point out any of his flaws? Obviously they believe/have spread that evil, money-grabbing tabloid caricature of him, because they're jealous (and possibly greedy and/or stupid).
- Anyone who's spent any amount of time perusing comments on blogs knows that this phrase will inevitably show up as an "argument" against those who criticize the blog — you're just jealous that Maddox has a better blog than you!
- When it comes to debates over video games or their consoles, it is guaranteed that someone will play the jealous card to put down their opponents' arguments or even going as far as saying something like "You can deny it all you want, but I know how you really feel." Hard to tell how someone feels through the blandness of text on a screen.
- Anyone who's spent any time on a camwhore site is familiar with this trope. Criticism of camwhore X is simply because the critic is fat and therefore jealous of the camwhore's amazing body / legions of fans / raging hotness. Especially obnoxious if the "You're just jealous" comes from the camwhore him/herself. 7chan's /men/ board used to ban anyone outright who invoked this trope because it got so ubiquitous.
- In politics, every time a member of the opposition says something critical about the current administration's politics (which is what the opposition is supposed to do anyway), there is a member of the majority who claims that the opposition is just jealous because they lost the last election, usually without making the effort to try to justify his own point of view.
- Barack Obama is reported to have actually said to John Mc Cain, during a routine meeting wherein Mc Cain was disagreeing with the President, "John, I won. Get over it."
- On this article about the reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, some of the commenters question the Gosselins' parenting abilities due to Kate's obsession with cleanliness and all-around bitchiness toward her husband and Jon's passive-aggressiveness. Obviously, according to their defenders, anyone who hates them is just jealous of their success and must get a life.
- And, thus, their current breakup had nothing to do with the above mentioned problems.
- It looks like Petrarch really was jealous of Dante, despite his claim to be "unimpressed".
- Anyone who advocates higher taxation, social programs, or wealth redistribution is frequently accused of being jealous of the upper class' wealth. Whether or not these accusations are correct will not be addressed here.
- Many Twilight fans use this as a rebuttal towards anyone who dislikes the series, often citing the financial success of its author.
- Michael Bay often accuses his critics of being jealous because his films make so much money.
- Some Justin Bieber fans do this.
- Some fans of Korean Pop music love to throw this one around whenever someone else criticizes their favorite artist.
- Some people who get picked on at school are told by their parents that the bully is just jealous of them. Sometimes, however, this can be true and it is widely believed that bullies just have very low self-esteem.
- Criticism of stripperiffic costumes in media tends to garner roughly the same response as criticism of Twilight.
- Criticism of any starlet, model or other female celebrity who happens to be dating the hot guy of the moment with lots of fangirls is invariably dismissed using this trope as a defense, at least for as long as she's with the guy. Regardless of the nature of the criticism, the gender or sexual orientation of the critic or whether or not the critic even gives half a crap about her SO, you ARE just a "scary" fangirl and you ARE just jealous because she has the guy you want. No exceptions. The gender-flipped version of this is not often seen.
- Popular religious figures of all sorts whose doctrine is seen even by the masses as flat-out erroneous will have their fans pull out the jealousy card on the critics, saying "look how many people who got saved because of their ministry" or something to that effect. Even worse, in the case of Christian televangelists like Word Of Faith and "prosperity gospel" teachers on TBN and DayStar, critics are often accused of being "heresy hunters" with "Jezebel spirits" that are "touching the Lord's anointed" and "blaspheming" or "quenching the Holy Spirit" if the religious figure's teachings are accompanied by miraculous healings of a dubious nature that goes against the Scriptures, even if they use Scripture erroneously as their defense. Some of the big-name preachers have even gotten as far as actually pronouncing death threats and curses on their opponents during their broadcasts.