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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the episode "Trade Ya!" features Applejack and Rarity each wanting to trade all their barter goods for an item the other thinks is frivolous. They then shift to demanding the other do the trade they want to prove they're the better friend.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the episode "Trade Ya!" features Applejack and Rarity each wanting to trade all their shared barter goods for an item the other thinks is frivolous. They then shift to demanding the trade that's done should be the one the other do the trade they want wants, to prove they're the better friend.

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* WebVideo/JonTron: Jon and his assistant director Sergio Torres consider each other number one. They insist on it until they are grabbing each other by the shirt collar and threatening to kill each other.



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->'''Sheldon''': Howard, that's quite a gesture on your part. Showing yourself to be the bigger man.
->'''Howard''': Thank you.
->'''Sheldon''': Which I find totally unacceptable. I must be the bigger man.

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->'''Sheldon''': ->'''Sheldon:''' Howard, that's quite a gesture on your part. Showing yourself to be the bigger man.
->'''Howard''':
man.\\
'''Howard:'''
Thank you.
->'''Sheldon''':
you.\\
'''Sheldon:'''
Which I find totally unacceptable. I must be the bigger man.



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* In the ''[[http://www.epicrapbattlesofhistory.com/ Epic Rap Battles of History]]'' episode "MLK Jr. vs. Mahatma Gandhi", they try to out-forgive each other.

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* In the ''[[http://www.epicrapbattlesofhistory.com/ Epic Rap Battles of History]]'' episode "MLK Jr. vs. Mahatma Gandhi", they try to out-forgive each other.
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* In the ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' episode "MLK Jr. vs. Mahatma Gandhi", they try to out-forgive each other.
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* ''Lightnovel/DateALive'': The competitive "splinters"/twins Kaguya and Yuzura call each other out on arrogance and get violent again instead of waiting on the "duel" outcome, when they find out that they both have secretly asked Shidou to actually choose ''the other one of the two'' as the winner (Shidou is agreed to be [[FinalBattle the tie-breaking]] judge as well as the target of novel-for-the-two duel in womanly charms). The said winner is to get to solely inherit the Yamai spirit identity and keep on living while the loser is to cease to exist.

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* ''Lightnovel/DateALive'': The competitive "splinters"/twins Kaguya and Yuzura call each other out on arrogance and get violent again instead of waiting on the "duel" outcome, outcome when they find out that they both have secretly asked Shidou to actually choose ''the other one of the two'' as the winner (Shidou is agreed to be [[FinalBattle the tie-breaking]] judge as well as the target of novel-for-the-two duel in womanly charms). The said winner is to get to solely inherit the Yamai spirit identity and keep on living while the loser is to cease to exist.
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* In ''Series/FatherTed'', Mrs. Doyle goes for tea with her friend Mrs. Donne. Afterwards, both women insist on picking up the check, with the conflict escalating to a physical fight. In the end neither of them pays, because the management calls the police on them. ''Then'' they start insisting they will pay the bail for the other and almost come to blows again.

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* In ''Series/FatherTed'', Mrs. Doyle goes for tea with her friend Mrs. Donne. Afterwards, both women insist on picking up the check, with the conflict escalating to a physical fight. In the end end, neither of them pays, pays because the management calls the police on them. ''Then'' they start insisting they will pay the bail for the other and almost come to blows again.



* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': After an argument between Sheldon & Howard over a parking spot, Howard comes over to apologize and let Sheldon have the spot. Sheldon, annoyed Howard is trying to be the bigger man, decides to let him have it instead and demands Howard acknowledge him as as the bigger man.

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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': After an argument between Sheldon & Howard over a parking spot, Howard comes over to apologize and let Sheldon have the spot. Sheldon, annoyed Howard is trying to be the bigger man, decides to let him have it instead and demands Howard acknowledge him as as the bigger man.






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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', one of the fights between Peter and the Chicken was over who would pick up the check after the Chicken and his wife take Peter out for dinner in an attempt to bury the hatchet, because Peter refused to let the Chicken pay for everything.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', one of the fights between Peter and the Chicken was over who would pick up the check after the Chicken and his wife take Peter out for dinner in an attempt to bury the hatchet, hatchet because Peter refused to let the Chicken pay for everything.

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* In Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Act V, Scene 1, Hamlet and Laertes engage in this at Ophelia's funeral:
-->'''Hamlet''': I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not (with all their quantity of love) make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?\\
...Woo't weep? woo't fight? woo't fast? woo't tear thyself?\\
Woo't drink up eisell? Eat a crocodile? I'll do't.\\
Dost thou come here to whine? To outface me with leaping in her grave?\\
Be buried quick with her, and so will I.

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* Featured in Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Amish Paradise" as part of the religious equivalent of a BoastfulRap. "Think you're really righteous? Think you're pure in heart? Well, I know I'm a ''million'' times as humble as thou art!"

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ArchiesWeirdMysteries'' ends with Archie and Reggie each insisting that they'll pay for the tab. When it looks like they're going to break into an argument, Betty decides to pay instead. Subverted when it turns out they were only pretending to argue with each other so someone else would pay for them.

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One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ArchiesWeirdMysteries'' ends with Archie and Reggie each insisting that they'll pay for the tab. When it looks like they're going to break into an argument, Betty decides to pay instead. Subverted when it turns out they were only pretending to argue with each other so someone else would pay for them.
** Another episode has Reggie and a robot duplicate of him competing over which of them is nicer, a rather daunting task considering Reggie is a {{Jerkass}} while the robot is a NiceGuy. Reggie eventually wins by telling the robot if it was really the nicest, it would let him win.


** Naturally, given their SiblingRivalry, Frasier and Niles fall into this trap when trying to be the bigger man and ending the latest spat they've gotten themselves into. After one particular public humiliation in court:

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** Naturally, given their SiblingRivalry, Frasier and Niles often fall into this trap when trying to be the bigger man and ending the latest spat they've gotten themselves into. After one One particular public humiliation in court:court due to this results in the following exchange:


** Naturally, given their SiblingRivalry, Frasier and Niles fall into this trap when trying to be the bigger man and ending the latest spat they've gotten themselves into. Lampshaded after one particular public humiliation in court:

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** Naturally, given their SiblingRivalry, Frasier and Niles fall into this trap when trying to be the bigger man and ending the latest spat they've gotten themselves into. Lampshaded after After one particular public humiliation in court:


** In another episode, Frasier and Niles appear to have tried to avert this by taking turns "being the bigger man" whenever they have a falling out, leading Frasier to gleefully remember on one occasion that it's his turn to be the humble and mature one graciously accepting the other's apology. Unfortunately, when time comes, it turns out he'd forgotten an occasion a few weeks ago where Niles was the one to apologise, meaning that it ''is'' his turn after all.

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** In another episode, Frasier and Niles appear to have tried to avert this by taking turns "being the bigger man" whenever they have a falling out, leading Frasier to gleefully remember on one occasion that it's his turn to be the humble and mature one graciously accepting the other's apology. Unfortunately, when time comes, it turns out he'd forgotten an occasion a few weeks ago where Niles was the one to apologise, meaning that it ''is'' ''isn't'' his turn after all.

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** In another episode, Frasier and Niles appear to have tried to avert this by taking turns "being the bigger man" whenever they have a falling out, leading Frasier to gleefully remember on one occasion that it's his turn to be the humble and mature one graciously accepting the other's apology. Unfortunately, when time comes, it turns out he'd forgotten an occasion a few weeks ago where Niles was the one to apologise, meaning that it ''is'' his turn after all.

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** Naturally, given their SiblingRivalry, Frasier and Niles fall into this trap when trying to be the bigger man and ending the latest spat they've gotten themselves into. Lampshaded after one particular public humiliation in court:
--->'''Frasier:''' Oh, don't worry about it. I humiliated myself far more than you did today.\\
'''Niles:''' Obviously, you didn't see the way I was whoring after that TV camera.\\
'''Frasier:''' Obviously, you didn't see how I was tap dancing up there like an organ grinder's monkey.\\
'''Niles:''' Yes, well, I might as well have been tarred and feathered.\\
'''Frasier:''' I might as well have been pilloried in the town square.\\
'''Niles:''' I might as well have been stripped naked and forced to--\\
'''Frasier:''' ''[Impatiently]'' Oh, stop it, Niles! We're doing it again!


When this happens expect lots of PassiveAggressiveCombat. May also involve a GiftOfTheMagiPlot if the two characters are arguing over who should get the other their gift. It can also take the form of dueling ComplimentFishing ("No, you're really good, much better than me!"). Compare MoreHeroThanThou, OverlyPolitePals, PolitenessJudo. SisterTrope to MiseryPoker.

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When this happens expect lots of PassiveAggressiveCombat. May also involve a GiftOfTheMagiPlot if the two characters are arguing over who should get the other their gift. Compare with the AbileneParadox, where characters try to let the other have their way, and wind up choosing something that neither side wants. It can also take the form of dueling ComplimentFishing ("No, you're really good, much better than me!"). Compare MoreHeroThanThou, OverlyPolitePals, PolitenessJudo. SisterTrope to MiseryPoker.


* Discussed in ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters", Letter 26. Senior tempter Screwtape calls this scenario "the Generous Conflict Illusion", and says that it's an excellent way to make humans [[{{Hypocrite}} act selfishly but convince themselves they're being generous]].

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* Discussed in ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters", ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', Letter 26. Senior tempter Screwtape calls this scenario "the Generous Conflict Illusion", and says that it's an excellent way to make humans [[{{Hypocrite}} act selfishly but convince themselves they're being generous]].

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