Quotes: Overshadowed by Awesome

"I am very smart. I went to the best Medacad in Osiris, top three percent of my class, finished my internship in eight months. "Gifted" is the term. So when I tell you that my little sister makes me look like an idiot child, I want you to understand my full meaning. River was more than gifted, she... she was a gift. Everything she did, music, math, theoretical physics — even dance — there was nothing that didn't come as naturally to her as breathing does to us."
Simon, Firefly

"You know, I've saved lives. Dozens. Maybe hundreds. I reattached a girl's leg. Her whole leg. She named her hamster after me. I got a hamster. [Jayne] drops a box of money, he gets a town."
Simon, Firefly

"I'd call you a genius except I'm in the room."
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Age of Steel"

"And that's Stoney's real problem. He's the Satan figure from a different story, a different mythology. Stumbling unwelcome and unneeded into this story ó where the Satan figure is actually Satan ó he just can't compete... He stumbles around the edges of this story, unable to find any legitimate reason for his presence. He seems a sad, vestigial relic."
Fred Clark, on the character of Jonathan Stonagal in Left Behind

Armsmaster hates you. He hates that youíre the next big thing, the guy thatís going to be better than him. That you get the easy road to being a big name in the Protectorate, and heís the one that has to stay up nights, reworking his stuff, compiling simulations, coming up with new ideas, training in the gym for hours and hours on end. Every second of work he puts in, he gets more and more resentful of you. Why do you think you were the one member of the team he sent off to patrol the city and watch over the Wards, instead of having you come to the party?
Tattletale to Dauntless, Worm, Tangle 6.7

"It's just, all you guys can do this awesome bending stuff like putting out forest fires, and flying around and making other stuff fly around. I can't fly around, okay? I can't do anything. Look, I appreciate the effort, but the fact is each of you is so amazing and so special and I'm... not. I'm just the guy in the group who's regular."

Rhodey: So then I fly up to the general's palace, drop the tank on his front step, and say "Boom. Were you looking for this?"
[Tony and Thor stand there politely, waiting for the punchline]
Rhodey: [annoyed] ...so then I fly up to the general's palace, drop the tank on his front step, and say "Boom. Were you looking for this?"
Tony: And then what?
Thor: Is that the whole story?
Rhodey: What? Yes, that's the whole story!
Thor: Oh, well in that case, ha ha! Yes, that was quite amusing!
Rhodey: You know what, screw you guys, everywhere else that story kills.

"Even the positive things [Scottie] Pippen did were the little things, the shadow things that only experienced eyes could discern. I remember Jim O'Brien, then a New York Knicks assistant coach, describing a subtle play Pippen made in his second season. The Knicks, trailing the Bulls by one with about ten seconds left, were trying to get a simple turnaround jumper for Patrick Ewing on an inbounds play from the frontcourt. But Pippen applied heavy pressure to his man, the target of the inbounds pass, forcing him to get the ball much higher than he wanted. That in turn fouled up the entry pass to Ewing, who now turned in desperation to shoot. By that time, guess who had come over to double? [Michael] Jordan. He blocked the Ewing shot and drew the plaudits. But it was the Shadow Man who had made the shadow play."
Dream Team by Jack McCallum