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

"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."