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* In ''Literature/TheAliceNetwork'', Eve feels jealous of Lili when Cameron first describes her as his best spy, but gets over it when she meets Lili. Not only does she like Lili a lot, she also realizes that their roles are different, but both important. (Lili’s job is “to be anyone” — to pretend to be many different people, all insignificant. Eve can’t do this — her stutter is too memorable — so instead her job is “to be no one,” or, in other words, Marguerite.) To top it off, Lili even gives her explicit permission to sleep with Captain Cameron if she gets the opportunity, removing any competition on that front.


* ''Fanfic/WhiteSheepRWBY'': When going all-out, Jaune is one of the strongest people on the planet. In [[OneWingedAngel Grimm form]] while in an UnstoppableRage fights all of Team RYBN at once and almost kills them, keeps up with both [[StrongAndSkilled Adam]] and [[{{Cyborg}} Ironwood]], and fights most of the forces at the Battle of Haven by himself. But when his eldest sister Sapphire shows up, he immediately panics because he knows he ''cannot'' win. Sapphire has appointed herself the protector of all her younger siblings, and therefore spends all her time training. If she decides to take him back, there's nothing he can do about it.

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* ''Fanfic/WhiteSheepRWBY'': When going all-out, Jaune is one of the strongest people on the planet. In [[OneWingedAngel Grimm form]] while in an UnstoppableRage he fights all of Team RYBN at once and almost kills them, he keeps up with both [[StrongAndSkilled Adam]] and [[{{Cyborg}} Ironwood]], and he fights most of the forces at the Battle of Haven by himself. But when his eldest sister Sapphire shows up, he immediately panics because he knows he ''cannot'' win. Sapphire has appointed herself the protector of all her younger siblings, and therefore spends all her time training. If she decides to take him back, there's nothing he can do about it.

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* A non-combat version of this trope occurs in ''[[Film/Yesterday2019 Yesterday]]''. Music/EdSheeran is initially impressed by Jack Malick's songwriting, but is gobsmacked and a little jealous when -- on a three hour flight to Moscow -- Jack "comes up with" "Back in the U.S.S.R." without the assistance of a guitar or a keyboard and turns it into an immediate hit. This leads to a song-writing contest where both men write a song in 10 minutes to see who is better. After losing to "The Long and Winding Road," Sheeran even calls Jack "the Mozart" to his "Salieri."

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* ''Fanfic/WhiteSheepRWBY'': When going all-out, Jaune is one of the strongest people on the planet. In [[OneWingedAngel Grimm form]] while in an UnstoppableRage fights all of Team RYBN at once and almost kills them, keeps up with both [[StrongAndSkilled Adam]] and [[{{Cyborg}} Ironwood]], and fights most of the forces at the Battle of Haven by himself. But when his eldest sister Sapphire shows up, he immediately panics because he knows he ''cannot'' win. Sapphire has appointed herself the protector of all her younger siblings, and therefore spends all her time training. If she decides to take him back, there's nothing he can do about it.

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** As mentioned above, Frieza (along with most of his men) tend to have problems wrapping their heads around this. Thanks to their over-reliance on Scouters, they're used to everyone having a static battle power by a certain point and sit in particular spots on the pecking order. Thus when the heroes show up with the [[FanNickname Zenkai power up]] and the ability to mask their battle powers, the Frieza Force struggle to comprehend it and wind up losing through pure, stubborn arrogance. Frieza in particular was ''so used'' to his unnaturally high battle power going unchallenged he had never trained a day in his life, and wound up unprepared in the Goku fight as a result.

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* ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'': Played with. The Liberators were certainly trying for this. The Abomination was the Hulk with brains. Swarm summons armies of wasps. Crimson Dynamo has a bigger suit no doubt intended to be higher powered. etc. But the Ultimates counter by revealing upgrades or levels taken in badass. And in the case of the Abomination, being an intellectual isn't very useful when your best assets are your rage and your fists.

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* Part of ''Fanfic/CloseButNoCoffee'' revolves around how, while Jun is strong, his [[TheRival rival]] Hareta is always one step ahead of him. It frustrates him more than he lets show.


It's not uncommon for the characters to be siblings, not unlike the AloofBigBrother -- e.g. [[Series/{{Cheers}} Sam Malone's]] brother was more popular than him, [[Series/{{Monk}} Adrian Monk's]] brother was better at deduction. The [[OlderThanTelevision classic]] better sibling is, of course, [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Mycroft Holmes]], better known as "Sherlock Holmes' smarter brother."

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It's not uncommon for the characters to be siblings, not unlike the AloofBigBrother -- e.g. [[Series/{{Cheers}} Sam Malone's]] brother was more popular than him, [[Series/{{Monk}} Adrian Monk's]] brother was better at deduction. The [[OlderThanTelevision classic]] better sibling is, of course, [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Mycroft Holmes]], better known as "Sherlock Holmes' smarter older brother."

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* Peter is annoyed that ComicBook/MilesMorales, a new and younger Spider-Man, has a costume way cooler than his.

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* ''Fanfic/IAmRedacted'': Nimbus/Redacted serves as this to Katsuki. There is an appreciable gap between Katsuki and the Number Three Hero, and if he lived in any other country, he'd be the undisputed Number One Hero. Unfortunately for him, however, he lives in Japan, where the StoryBreakerPower One For All originated, and whose current holder, the aforementioned Nimbus (aka his former childhood friend and bully victim Izuku), resides and also works as a pro-hero. Katsuki, understandably, does not take it well when he realizes that one thing he's worked for his entire life is completely out of his reach, and Nimbus remains a huge BerserkButton for him when the main story starts.


* The episode "The Original Fry Cook" of ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' has [=SpongeBob=], who is regarded as the best fry cook in Bikini Bottom, meeting the Krusty Krab's first and best fry cook, named Jim.

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** Squilliam to Squidward. Squidward has always dreamed of becoming famous, rich, and talented in music. Squilliam? Been there, done that. The one thing they share, it's [[ItsAllAboutMe oversized ego]], except that Squilliam is successful enough to subvert SmallNameBigEgo, something Squidward is frustrated about.
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The episode "The Original Fry Cook" of ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' has Cook"has [=SpongeBob=], who is regarded as the best fry cook in Bikini Bottom, meeting the Krusty Krab's first and best fry cook, named Jim.


%%* Minnesota Fats from ''Film/TheHustler'', and the former trope namer.

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%%* * ''Film/TheHustler'': As good as Fast Eddie may be at pool, he will not be satisfied until he has beaten the one player he sees as his possible superior, Minnesota Fats. Minnesota Fats from ''Film/TheHustler'', and was even the former trope namer.TropeNamer at one point.



* The title character in ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValence'' bullies everyone in town and causes trouble because he knows that none of them could best him in a gunfight. Any time Tom Doniphan approaches though Liberty does little more than mouth off a little because he knows that Tom would kill him if guns were drawn. Doniphan himself feels this way about Ransom Stoddard in regards to Hallie.

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* The title character in ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValence'' ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' bullies everyone in town and causes trouble because he knows that none of them could best him in a gunfight. Any time Tom Doniphan approaches though Liberty does little more than mouth off a little because he knows that Tom would kill him if guns were drawn. Doniphan himself feels this way about Ransom Stoddard in regards to Hallie.



* In [[Creator/DaveDuncan David Duncan's]] ''The Reluctant Swordsman'' series, Wallie Smith, transported into the body of the seventh level swordsman Shonshu, is given all of Shonshu's skill and ability with a blade. He's unbeatable except that a god tells him there's "one as good" out there somewhere. The climax of the book comes after Wallie has faced that one and discovers that [[spoiler: his protege, Nnanjji, has gone from being a second level to being the youngest seventh in history-- and easily bests the "one as good," making ''him'' the true destined wielder of the Goddess's Sword]].

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* In [[Creator/DaveDuncan David Duncan's]] Creator/DaveDuncan's ''The Reluctant Swordsman'' series, Wallie Smith, transported into the body of the seventh level swordsman Shonshu, is given all of Shonshu's skill and ability with a blade. He's unbeatable except that a god tells him there's "one as good" out there somewhere. The climax of the book comes after Wallie has faced that one and discovers that [[spoiler: his protege, Nnanjji, has gone from being a second level to being the youngest seventh in history-- and easily bests the "one as good," making ''him'' the true destined wielder of the Goddess's Sword]].


** [[UltimateLifeForm Shadow]] is this to Sonic, hence his position as [[TheRival Sonic's most serious rival]]. Shadow has been a serious threat to Sonic [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 since they first met]], and while Sonic usually wins due to being the default PlayerCharacter, Shadow can easily overpower him ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''.

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** [[UltimateLifeForm Shadow]] is this to Sonic, hence his position as [[TheRival Sonic's most serious rival]]. Shadow has been a serious threat to Sonic [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 since they first met]], and while Sonic usually wins due to being the default PlayerCharacter, Shadow can easily overpower him in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''.


** [[UltimateLifeForm Shadow]] is this to Sonic, hence his position as [[TheRival Sonic's most serious rival]]. Shadow has been a serious threat to Sonic [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 since they first met]], and while Sonic usually wins due to being the default PlayerCharacter, Shadow can easily overpower him in spinoffs like ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', ''Anime/SonicX'', and ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom''.

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** [[UltimateLifeForm Shadow]] is this to Sonic, hence his position as [[TheRival Sonic's most serious rival]]. Shadow has been a serious threat to Sonic [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 since they first met]], and while Sonic usually wins due to being the default PlayerCharacter, Shadow can easily overpower him in spinoffs like ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', ''Anime/SonicX'', and ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom''.''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''.


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