- The Wicked Stepmother in "Snow White" was envious of Snow White's beauty.
- Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother resented how beautiful Cinderella looked beside her own daughters.
- In "Dapplegrim", the king's servants envy the hero his position and so inspire the king to give him impossible tasks.
- In "The Three Aunts", the queen's servants envy the heroine and so inspire the queen to give her impossible tasks.
- In Joseph Jacobs's "Kate Crackernuts", the Wicked Stepmother has her stepdaughter Anne's head turned into a sheep's head because she is more beautiful than her own daughter. (Somewhat subverted; her own daughter Katie is in fact the heroine of the story, opposing her mother since she actually likes Anne.)
- In "Bearskin", when the hero, appalling shaggy, filthy and ragged, but rich, rescues a man from financial distress, the man promises that he may marry one of his daughters. Only the youngest is willing. However, his appearance stemmed from a Deal with the Devil, and that being over, he cleans up nicely, and the older sisters are reduced to envy and commit suicide out of resentment. The demon that made the deal then took their souls.
- Other variants of this type of fairy tale include "Don Giovanni de la Fortuna", "The Soldier and the Bad Man", "The Road to Hell" (where she actively cleans him up), "The Reward of Kindness", sutermeister "The Devil As Partner" and "Never Wash".
- There is a fairy tale about a hare and a turtle envying each other: The hare wants turtle's protection and the turtle the hare's speed.
- In The Grateful Beasts, Ferko's brothers envy him so much they try crippling him to avoid competition.
- In The Dancing Water, the Singing Apple, and the Speaking Bird, the older sisters envy the youngest because she married the king.
- In The One-Handed Girl, the brother envies the sister because she supports herself with little.
- In Prunella, the witch grows angrier with Prunella the more beautiful she grows.
Green Eyed Monster / Fairy Tales