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* Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom in ''Literature/RabbitRun'' was a baseball hero in high school. At the time of the novel, however, he is a nobody in a [[AwfulWeddedLife loveless marriage]] and a SoulSuckingRetailJob.

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* Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom in ''Literature/RabbitRun'' was a baseball basketball hero in high school. At the time of the novel, however, he is a nobody in a [[AwfulWeddedLife loveless marriage]] and a SoulSuckingRetailJob.


--: “I once did something right. I played first-rate basketball. I really did. And after you're first-rate at something, no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second-rate.”

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* Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom in ''Literature/RabbitRun'' was a baseball hero in high school. At the time of the novel, however, he is a nobody in a [[AwfulWeddedLife loveless marriage]] and a SoulSuckingRetailJob.
--: “I once did something right. I played first-rate basketball. I really did. And after you're first-rate at something, no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second-rate.”

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* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' gives us "Big" Willie Lane, a former backup lineman for the Dallas Cowboys who had an unremarkable career, except for when he blocked a kick that allowed the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl. He's pretty much spent his entire life since coasting on that glory and constantly brags about it. By the time he moves to Rainy Street, he's become an incredibly obnoxious, overweight alcoholic. This is best exemplified by Willie's Super Bowl Ring; he's never taken it off, and he's gained so much weight that it's now virtually impossible for him to do so, because of how fat his fingers have gotten. By the end of the episode, Hank has gone from worshipping him to blackmailing him with a potential assault charge to get him to move away.


One of the classic examples is the stereotypical high school jock who won the big game, and spends the rest of his life in an unsatisfying job. Either he didn't make it in college, or he's treated as a rank-and-file OfficeDrone in the business world. Later he may inform his miserable children that these are the BestYearsOfYourLife.

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One of the classic examples is the stereotypical high school jock who won the big game, and spends the rest of his life in an unsatisfying job. Either he didn't did not make it in college, or he's he is treated as a rank-and-file OfficeDrone in the business world. Later he may inform his miserable children that these are the BestYearsOfYourLife.


-->'''Penny''': It's funny. I wish I fit in better at school, but mom says that doesn't matter any. Someone with big dreams and big plans like me will blossom out in the real world, she says, while for the cheerleaders and football jocks, this is as good as it’ll get. Their lives will just head downhill after this. I hope that's right about me, at least. It's no fun feeling like a freak, darn it.

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-->'''Penny''': -->'''Penny:''' It's funny. I wish I fit in better at school, but mom says that doesn't matter any. Someone with big dreams and big plans like me will blossom out in the real world, she says, while for the cheerleaders and football jocks, this is as good as it’ll get. Their lives will just head downhill after this. I hope that's right about me, at least. It's no fun feeling like a freak, darn it.


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* This trope is OlderThanFeudalism with a famous [[https://www.bartleby.com/73/195.html quote]] from Creator/{{Socrates}} on the youth of his time. Ask anyone that is one or two generations older than you about what they feel about the current generation. 9 times out of 10 they will say that their generation is the best and you are living in a "privileged world" and wouldn't understand what true hardship is. Never mind that making lives better for the future is the reason why the current generation would bother with innovation and progress.


* ''Theatre/ThatChampionshipSeason'' is about an all grown up SixStudentClique who long for the simplicity of their youth, even though some of them are now successful (though their success is built on rotten foundations).

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* ''Theatre/ThatChampionshipSeason'' is about an all grown up SixStudentClique group of friends from high school who long for the simplicity of their youth, even though some of them are now successful (though their success is built on rotten foundations).

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* ''Fanfic/TheBoltChronicles'': Inverted regarding Penny's mom in "The Walk," given what her daughter says. She rightly has given Penny advice that secondary school will only be the high water mark for a certain subset of people.
-->'''Penny''': It's funny. I wish I fit in better at school, but mom says that doesn't matter any. Someone with big dreams and big plans like me will blossom out in the real world, she says, while for the cheerleaders and football jocks, this is as good as it’ll get. Their lives will just head downhill after this. I hope that's right about me, at least. It's no fun feeling like a freak, darn it.


* ''VideoGame/YesYourGrace'': Sir Friderick made an impressive win in a battle in his youth, but that moment is now long forgotten. By the time he's introduced, he's quite close to retirement age and wants to fight one last battle. Fortunately for Sir Friderick, a former student of his is invited to participate in a battle and refuses to join unless Sir Friderick gets to do the same.

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* ''VideoGame/YesYourGrace'': Sir Friderick made an impressive win in a battle became famous during several battles in his youth, but that moment fame is now long forgotten. By the time he's introduced, he's quite close to retirement age and wants to fight one last battle. Fortunately for Sir Friderick, a former student of his is invited to participate in a battle and refuses to join unless Sir Friderick gets to do the same.

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* ''VideoGame/YesYourGrace'': Sir Friderick made an impressive win in a battle in his youth, but that moment is now long forgotten. By the time he's introduced, he's quite close to retirement age and wants to fight one last battle. Fortunately for Sir Friderick, a former student of his is invited to participate in a battle and refuses to join unless Sir Friderick gets to do the same.

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** A witch in one episode ([[TropeOverdosed who didn't see this coming]]) never got over her glory days as a cheerleader, so forcibly switched places with her daughter to relive "her glory days".

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** A witch in one episode ([[TropeOverdosed who didn't see this coming]]) In "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E3TheWitch The Witch]]", Amy's mother never got over her glory days as a cheerleader, so forcibly switched places with her daughter to relive "her glory days".


* The Renaissance saw UsefulNotes/AncientRome as the Glory Days of mankind, hence the popularity of the term "DarkAgeEurope" and "MedievalMorons". Petrarch even said "What else, then, is all history, but the praise of Rome?" In the Victorian and Romantic era, UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance was seen as Europe's true glory days with its achievements in exploration, science, philosophy and art seen as the DawnOfAnEra. Needless to say, Victorian, Romantic, Modernist and 60s Art movements are all seen and invoked the same way.

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* The Renaissance saw UsefulNotes/AncientRome AncientRome as the Glory Days of mankind, hence the popularity of the term "DarkAgeEurope" and "MedievalMorons". Petrarch even said "What else, then, is all history, but the praise of Rome?" In the Victorian and Romantic era, UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance was seen as Europe's true glory days with its achievements in exploration, science, philosophy and art seen as the DawnOfAnEra. Needless to say, Victorian, Romantic, Modernist and 60s Art movements are all seen and invoked the same way.


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* The Dwarves in ''Franchise/DragonAge''. Due to the Darkspawn having overrun the Deep Roads that once connected their Thaigs together, their great Empire that once spanned Thedas has been reduced to just two remaining cities, separated by thousands of miles. While the Surface Dwarves and Casteless are fully aware of their glory days being a long-distant memory, the Noble Castes [[SelectiveObliviousness refuse to admit]] it and insist on acting like they're still living them.



* This is the crux of the Team Rocket subplot in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' - three years after [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue they were originally defeated and Giovanni disbanded the team]], the remnants that are still calling themselves Team Rocket are left in a rather sorry state, going from an open presence in the largest cities of Kanto to having to resort to small-scale Poké-napping and audio experimentation out in the sticks of Johto. Even when they manage to pull together enough people to storm the radio tower in Goldenrod City, the whole purpose turns out to be to broadcast a plea for Giovanni to come back, because they're totally lost without him.
* Captain Qwark is implied to be this throughout the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, particularly when his adventurous youth is shown in [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal the third game]] as backstory. After that he sided with the villains on several occasions and was even [[spoiler:the big bad for [[RatchetAndClankGoingCommando the second game]] to kickstart his big comeback]], and is generally much more cowardly. However, while he is called out by the cognizant characters such as Ratchet and a disgruntled fan, the [[ViewersAreMorons general populace]] is generally forgiving of the captain, his tumultuous term as galactic president aside.



* Come the events of ''VideoGame/SakuraWars2019'', the Imperial Combat Revue has seen better days. Far from demon-vanquishing vanguard and theater superstars they were in the [=1920s=], the Revue is in dire straits in 1940: the theater is understaffed and falling apart, the actresses are inexperienced and uncoordinated, and the MiniMecha are obsolete relics that are poorly maintained. Things are so bad that not only do they rely on a rival Revue from Shanghai to keep the peace, but they are now facing the possibility of dissolution.
* Two are mentioned in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. The Canaanites and the people of Hispania under legendary king Eshmun. Laelius mentions that TheEmpire has seen much better days and he's determined to return it to its former glory.



* The Dwarves in ''Franchise/DragonAge''. Due to the Darkspawn having overrun the Deep Roads that once connected their Thaigs together, their great Empire that once spanned Thedas has been reduced to just two remaining cities, separated by thousands of miles. While the Surface Dwarves and Casteless are fully aware of their glory days being a long-distant memory, the Noble Castes [[SelectiveObliviousness refuse to admit]] it and insist on acting like they're still living them.
* Two are mentioned in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. The Canaanites and the people of Hispania under legendary king Eshmun. Laelius mentions that TheEmpire has seen much better days and he's determined to return it to its former glory.
* Captain Qwark is implied to be this throughout the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, particularly when his adventurous youth is shown in [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal the third game]] as backstory. After that he sided with the villains on several occasions and was even [[spoiler:the big bad for [[RatchetAndClankGoingCommando the second game]] to kickstart his big comeback]], and is generally much more cowardly. However, while he is called out by the cognizant characters such as Ratchet and a disgruntled fan, the [[ViewersAreMorons general populace]] is generally forgiving of the captain, his tumultuous term as galactic president aside.
* This is the crux of the Team Rocket subplot in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' - three years after [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue they were originally defeated and Giovanni disbanded the team]], the remnants that are still calling themselves Team Rocket are left in a rather sorry state, going from an open presence in the largest cities of Kanto to having to resort to small-scale Poké-napping and audio experimentation out in the sticks of Johto. Even when they manage to pull together enough people to storm the radio tower in Goldenrod City, the whole purpose turns out to be to broadcast a plea for Giovanni to come back, because they're totally lost without him.
* Come the events of ''VideoGame/SakuraWars2019'', the Imperial Combat Revue has seen better days. Far from demon-vanquishing vanguard and theater superstars they were in the [=1920s=], the Revue is in dire straits in 1940: the theater is understaffed and falling apart, the actresses are inexperienced and uncoordinated, and the MiniMecha are obsolete relics that are poorly maintained. Things are so bad that not only do they rely on a rival Revue from Shanghai to keep the peace, but they are now facing the possibility of dissolution.



* ''Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse'' was one of ''the'' most talked about websites of the Web 1.0 era. His attempts to translate his old popularity into Website/YouTube popularity haven't fared well, as his real [[{{Nerd}} persona]] doesn't match well with his over the top troll style used in the writing that made him popular back then.



* Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse was one of ''the'' most talked about websites of the Web 1.0 era. His attempts to translate his old popularity into Website/YouTube popularity haven't fared well, as his real [[{{Nerd}} persona]] doesn't match well with his over the top troll style used in the writing that made him popular back then.

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