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"His resentment boiled up behind his eyes like sinus pain. All this bloody hero worship, or whatever it was. All for Naismith. For Naismith, and not for me... never for me..."
Mark Pierre Vorkosigan, Mirror Dance

So you have got your hero. The Call to Adventure has found them. By birth, supernatural aid, or just plain luck, he is the Only One to be granted everything needed to save the world: Cursed With Awesome powers, a suit of Plot Armor in their exact size, the plucky supporting cast. He has basically caught the Hero Ball and is running with it as far as he can, but hiding in the shadows, there is someone with a problem. He might be the villain of the piece, but he is just as likely to be working on the same side as the heroes. Really, this is something that goes deeper than good and evil, love and hate.

It is resentment.

Maybe he is the Determinator, sick of seeing fate grant the hero the world on a silver platter when he himself has spent his whole life trying to achieve it. Maybe he is the Butt-Monkey, and he has had enough of it. Maybe he is The Smart Guy, sick of seeing the Idiot Hero be more successful than him despite numerous Too Dumb to Live moments. Maybe he is the Internal Affairs guy, hating how the Cowboy Cop gets away with breaking the rules time and time again. Maybe he discovered, after striving to his utmost to win a competition, that it had been a Secret Test of Character and his effort had only ensured his loss. Maybe he was Refused by the Call after all his effort.


In any case, there is one thing they certainly agree on: Whoever it is that chooses The Chosen One has clearly chosen the wrong one. The grapes are just out of reach, and that makes them all the more sour. This trope makes for prime Motive Rant bait as, if the resentful one makes a full Face–Heel Turn because of it, expect them to go down screaming about how unfair things are and how much better everything would have been if things had gone the "right" way.

One of the key traits of many a Beta Test Baddie. If the resentment is seen as truly justified, the character has been made Unintentionally Sympathetic.

Compare The Rival and Rival Turned Evil. If the resentment is over a girl, see Two Guys and a Girl.

Contrast Sour Supporter, who just thinks The Hero's insane. See Bastard Bastard for (Half)-Sibling Rivalry.


May turn into an Arch-Nemesis, unless of course the hero doesn't notice. Which is likely to piss them off even more. Or they may redeem themselves somehow, which is odd if you think about it.

See also Driven by Envy.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Seto Kaiba resents Yugi for having dethroned him as the dueling king. He also likely resents the idea that Yugi (or rather, his Superpowered Evil Side Yami Yugi) beats his opponents Because Destiny Says So, whereas Kaiba himself has to work hard to beat his opponents — and Hard Work Hardly Works. He eventually gets over this when he sees Yugi fight against Yami Yugi and hold his own.
    • Kaiba himself attracts one resenter after another in filler. His foster brother Noah hates him for stealing what Noah feels is rightfully his. The Big Five resent the way Kaiba discarded them after all the work they did helping him seize control of the company. And Kaiba's Evil Counterpart Siegfried von Schroeder resents the fact that KaibaCorp beat him to deals with Pegasus and Industrial Illusions (and put his company out of business).
  • Dragon Ball Z gives us Vegeta, prince of a proud warrior race who is incredibly arrogant and boastful — which means that when Idiot Hero Gokunote  constantly upstages him, he doesn't take it well. Goku does do this to practically all of his teammates, but only Vegeta has so much "pride" as to be resentful.
  • In Death Note, Mello resents Near for constantly edging ahead of him at their mutual School for Scheming. His overriding motivation throughout is to prove himself superior to Near.
  • Space Pirate Mito: Ranban's villainous motivation comes from being imprisoned because his body never settled on a gender, which drove him insane enough to get revenge by blowing up his planet (of which he was a member of the royal family). Only Mito escaped, and he continued to pursue her, mostly because he resented the fact that she could rule the galaxy while he was denied this right, despite the fact they were practically twins, except for the gender thing.
  • El-Hazard: The Magnificent World: Katsuhiko Jinnai is Always Second Best to Makoto Mizuhara and declares the two lifelong rivals, much to Makoto's confusion. Whether or not his resentment equates to his Start of Darkness, though, depends on the adaptation.
  • Gundam:
  • In an odd twist, the Bad Ass Normal Genki Girl giving The Call in Psycho Staff is also rather resentful that the call's refuser, a powerful esper, would rather study for uni exams than help win an interplanetary war. She also despises an evil genius who thinks that she can beat her with a super suit. ("You're both amateur fighters!")
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto spends much of the first half of the series resenting Sasuke for consistently outperforming him. When he finally calmed down and accepted Sasuke as an equal, Sasuke resents Naruto for catching up to him in spite of his winning the Superpower Lottery.
    • Neji resented the Main Branch Hyuuga for the freedom they stole from him and the death of his father. He especially resented Hinata for being perceived as weaker than himnote  yet holding a higher position within the clan.
    • Danzo resents Sarutobi, the Third Hokage, as he felt he should have been the Third himself. He thought his own Knight Templar approach was better suited than Sarutobi's idealism. He kind of admired Sarutobi's toughness and courage when he was younger, but that quickly turned to resentment when he realized he could never match that.
    • This played a big part in the schism between Madara and Hashirama Senju, also known as the First Hokage. Madara simply could not get over how Hashirama was a superior fighter and more importantly a far more charismatic man able to inspire others to his ideals.
  • In the final episode of Carole & Tuesday, Angela admits that this was the source of her animosity towards the duo: they remind her of when she was a child, and singing was still enjoyable for her. By this point, Angela has gotten over that resentment, and joins Carole and Tuesday for their guerrila concert.
  • Sugimoto in The Twelve Kingdoms, who as the series progresses starts to take her belief that The Chosen One was chosen incorrectly to annoying heights.
  • In the Scramble for the Throne arc of Kinnikuman, Super Phoenix is bitter that a buffoon like Suguru has so much wealth and fame, while he grew up in poverty and obscurity.
  • Ultra Magnus in Transformers: Robots in Disguise feels that as the strongest warrior on Cybertron, he was more deserving of the Matrix than Optimus Prime.
  • Furuichi in Xam'd: Lost Memories. His jealousy and bit of an inferiority complex is gradually shown; he is envious that Akiyuki has everything he wants (being The Chosen One, the love interest Haru, etc.), and he becomes a Rival Turned Evil out of that resentment. It does not end well for him.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Ryoga blames Ranma for almost everything bad about his life. The main reasons why he's resentful are:
      • Ranma always beats him in a fight. On the off chance he loses, he always manages to goad Ryoga into a rematch, beat him, and get the last word.
      • Ranma's curse turns him into a hot girl, while Ryoga gets turned into a little black piglet, all because of an accident involving the two of them.
      • Ranma is engaged to Akane and gets all her attention, while Ryoga is stuck in the friend zone.
    • Downplayed with Mousse, another of Ranma's rivals, whose entire hostile relationship with Ranma is born out of his resentment that Ranma is, by tribal law, the legal husband of the female Chinese Amazon, Shampoo. Not helping is that Shampoo quite vocally loves Ranma. Mousse blames his entire failure to win Shampoo's heart on Ranma's existence, and devotes himself to defeating Ranma in hopes of annulling the engagement. The facts that Ranma didn't want Shampoo's hand in marriage, that Ranma generally would be happy to give Shampoo to Mousse, and that Shampoo wanted nothing to do with Mousse for years before either of them knew Ranma existed fails to dissuade Mousse from his resentment. Ironically, outside of this field, Mousse normally doesn't give a damn about Ranma—unlike Ryoga, who is generally willing to blame everything wrong in his life on Ranma.
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula has Naoki Shinjyo and Karl Lichter von Randoll. The former becomes extremely resentful of Hayato and others for the attention they are getting, and the latter is not only resentful of Hayato's later success, but also of his relationship with Asuka. In 11, he resents Schumacher for what he thinks is messing up with his pace. Both get over their resentment as the series progresses.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, Yumi Komagata is revealed to resent the fighters in the Jupon Gatana. Because Makoto Shishio, her lover and their employer, always respected strength and good fighting ability, their skills made her feel useless by comparison. This prompts her self-sacrifice during Shishio's fight with Kenshin, in an effort to be somehow useful to him in a battle.
  • Envy in Fullmetal Alchemist resents the entire human race for their ability to live full lives despite their limitations, something that it is literally incapable of doing. The 2003 anime version of Envy specifically resents the Elric brothers on account of his own Parental Abandonment.
  • Three cases occur in Berserk that also overlap with Green-Eyed Monster.
    • After Guts joins the Band of the Hawk, Casca resents Guts for becoming the clear favorite of their leader, Griffith, despite, Casca's years of loyalty in contrast to Guts's reckless insubordination. Her romantic feelings for Griffith only make it worse.
    • Between insane Casca and her caretaker Farnese, Farnese feels resentment toward Casca because she often causes Guts trouble out of her fear of him. Despite this, Guts still goes out of his way for her and is, in fact, still deeply in love with Casca and is striving to find a cure for her insanity. However, Farnese has feelings for Guts, and although she knows that it is highly unlikely that he will ever reciprocate her affection, she at least wants his merit in the group as a witch in training. Guts does see Farnese as a person of worth to his group, but beyond that, he doesn't see her as any more than a fellow comrade and Casca's caregiver.
    • Young Sonia resents Princess Charlotte and the relationship that she has with Griffith as his fiance (and his Meal Ticket), seeing her as nothing more than a useless duck who has no real use beyond being the key to the throne of Midland, while Sonia sees herself as being a much more useful kite since she is gifted with clairvoyance and knows that Griffith is beyond this world.
  • In March Comes in Like a Lion, Kyoko resents Rei for being the best in shogi (and by extension, gaining the attention of their father), and that resentment is shown through her attempts to lead him into failure, even when she's being fairly cordial to him otherwise.
  • Shiratori in Yandere Kanojo resents Manabu for becoming best in his class without really trying (and taking it nonchalantly) and completely ignoring his own efforts to make it that high.
  • The Human Alien commander in The Legend of Black Heaven is a highly trained, highly decorated military veteran commanding an armada of spaceships — except he's completely dependent on a fleet-destroying Wave-Motion Gun powered by the music of a middle-aged ex-rockstar from an Insignificant Little Blue Planet. His resentment occasionally boils over, prompting him to challenge the Horde of Alien Locusts in a conventional engagement — which, inevitably, leads to heavy losses and a mad scramble to invite The Chosen One back on the ship to fire up the Wave-Motion Gun. He also starts to suspect that his fiancée — whom he's sort of neglected to command the fleet — may be getting a little too close to the "hero" she's supposed to be managing.
  • Jeremy from A Cruel God Reigns after he finds out his mother knew he was being abused by his stepfather. Jeremy realizes that he is constantly angry and he tends to lose his cool around Ian because Ian knows why he killed his stepfather. He tries to stop it by shutting off all of his emotions. This doesn't work out well for him.
  • Seiren of Suite Pretty Cure ♪ works for Mephisto because of resentment. She was good friends with Fairy Companion Hummy until Queen Aphrodite chose Hummy over Seiren to be the one to sing the Melody of Happiness. She grew incredibly jealous, thinking she was used. It isn't until she becomes human full time and is on the road to becoming Cure Beat full time that she realizes the consequences of her actions.
  • Idiot Savant Mashiro of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou seems to bring this out of people everywhere, as she was alienated from her friends at home because of her talent. Rita suggested that she draw manga, hoping she would learn how failure felt like. That completely failed as well. Even her Love Interest Sorata sometimes became dangerously close to resenting her, lashing out at Mashiro a few times when his hard work fails but her natural talent succeeds (but he always gets over it).
  • Eiko Arima from His and Her Circumstances resents her younger brother Shouji for having the life she always wanted but couldn't have due to her dad's Stay in the Kitchen attitude toward women becoming doctors.
  • A Certain Magical Index: Ayu Mitsuari towards Misaki Shokuhou. They started out with the same power, but Academy City's higher-ups chose to devote their resources to training Misaki and snubbed Ayu, plus Touma Kamijou became friends with Misaki and didn't notice her. The final straw for Ayu was when she ended up committing a Bungled Suicide, only to learn after said failure that the reason why Touma didn't try to stop her when she texted him prior to the attempt was because he was busy saving Misaki, which caused her to snap.
  • Gate:
    • Akira Yanagida is a bit angry that Youji Itami is a slacker who coasts through life, yet he finds success and can get people to follow him much easier than him.
    • Similarly, Shino has a minor breakdown on learning Itami is a ranger, and in Special Forces (even if it was the bare minimum) despite his otaku interests.
  • In earlier chapters of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Kaguya is quick to take offense and ire every time her plans with Shirogane are spoiled by either Fujiwara or Ishigami, so much that there's only venom in her mind; however, she's just as quick to calm down when kindness is dispensed upon her, and as the story progresses, she gradually appealing to her better nature, and admitting that such rage is caustic and unhealthy not only to them as people she considers her dear friends, but to herself too.
  • Kokushibo, the top of the Twelve Kizuki in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, is so envious of his younger twin brother Yoriichi's talent as a swordsman that his envy turned to resentment and hate. This eventually became the reason why Muzan turned him to a demon.
  • My Daddy Long Legs: Sadie, a model orphan whom Ms. Lippet held out to win the scholarship to attend high school. Of course, Judy wins it instead, and Sadie does thins like ripping younger orphans away from Judy, and later gets in a fight with Judy after she receives a nice pair of shoes with the money intended to go to a new wardrobe.
  • In Aquarion Logos, Hayato doesn't like how Akira's gut-instinct solutions always seem to work out for him.
  • Princess Sarah: Lavinia, resents her wealth and popularity, and this gets worse when Sarah learns that her father has invested in diamond mines, and replaces Lavinia as the class representative.
  • In Secret of Cerulean Sand, William spent much of his life feeling inferior to his stepbrother, because of his accomplishments and their father's praise. Whereas their father barely acknowledged his efforts, which caused him to resent both of them, though he pretended otherwise.
  • Asahi Saiba in Food Wars!. To contextualize, Joichiro Saiba took him as a disciple and acted as a fatherly figure to him, but after his wife died, Joichiro had to go back to Japan and raise his son Soma. Asahi grew up with a lot of resentment for Soma for being Joichiro's biological son, and part of his motive to defeat him is so Joichiro can be his father once more.
  • Log Horizon: Indicus. She is extremely resentful to the Debauchery Tea Party and especially its leader Kanami for Breaking the Fellowship and each going their own way or leaving Elder Tales entirely. Her case is particularly unreasonable, because many members had to leave because of Real Life reasons, yet despite being aware of it she chooses to ignore it and destroy Kanami's reputation as revenge.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman:
    • While Lex Luthor's motivations for hating Superman depend on the writer, very often it's because he resents his self-made Badass Normal accomplishments being upstaged by some alien creature who won the Superpower Lottery and can now lord over humanity as the Beloved Favorite Son of Metropolis. He believes he could save the world if not for Superman, as defeating him diverts his attention from real problems he could solve (which Superman points out he would be perfectly fine with letting him do). The Silver Age stretched this back to his Teen Genius years, with an added wrinkle: in Adventure Comics #271: "How Luthor Met Superboy!", Superboy saved Lex from a fire lab -accidentally caused by Lex, mind you-, and Luthor claimed Superboy caused the fire and ruined his experiments out of jealousy.
    • Action Comics #900, the climax of The Black Ring, gives Luthor an additional reason to resent Superman: he discovers his secret identity and finds out that he grew up in a happy family despite being an alien — while Luthor himself had to grow up with an abusive father.
      Luthor: I was happy to be rid of what I had for a father! But you... You got them! You're not human! You don't deserve to be Clark Kent!
    • In Generations, Joel Kent, the son of Superman, loses his powers in the womb, and grows up with a sister who didn't. They tried to keep it all from him to avert this, but fellow resenter Lex Luthor told Joel and began manipulating his resentment from an early age for his own purposes. Intriguingly, Lex was ultimately responsible for Joel's plight in the first place.
    • In Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes, Earth Man and his so-called "Justice League" hate the Legion because they wanted to join and were turned down. Earth Man argues that the Legion made young pencil-neck geek Clark "Superboy" Kent an honorary member not because of who he was but because of who he would become.
    • Lucy Lane. As revealed in Who is Superwoman?, Lucy Lane hated the fact that she worked hard to earn her father's approval, whereas her sister Lois, who was the obvious daddy's girl, couldn't care less for Sam Lane's affection. Ultimately, Lucy's envy and resentment led her to join Sam's genocidal conspiracy so he loved her more than her sister.
    • As seen in The Unknown Supergirl, Lesla-Lar hates Supergirl because, as an Earth super-hero, Kara will receive more adoration and accolades than Lesla ever earned.
      Lesla-Lar: "I envy and hate her! The honors that I, Lesla-Lar, have earned in Kandor as a scientific genius are as nothing compared to the acclaim the people of Earth will give Supergirl when they learn of her existence!"
  • Batman:
    • The Long Halloween portrays DA Harvey Dent's feelings toward Bruce Wayne after the latter is acquitted of murder as resentment: that someone as dedicated to doing justice and right as Harvey must see his family live on the edge of poverty, while the Rich Idiot With No Day Job can live a life of ease, buying anything, even a Not Guilty verdict.
    • Damian "Robin" Wayne resents Tim Drake for having a closer relationship to his father and holding the position of Robin, which Damian considers his birthright. It doesn't help that Damian considers Tim an outsider rather than a brother despite Damian being the outsider, and that Tim will never be able to really trust Damian due to Damian's repeated attempts to murder him. Jason Todd also resents Tim for replacing him and, from his perspective, helping Bruce forget about Jason and the revenge he feels owed. This means that out of the three brothers Tim gained when Bruce adopted him, two have made multiple attempts on his life.
  • Rayek in ElfQuest, in almost every flavor of the trope at some point in the story or another. Since the story unerringly paints the Wolfriders as heroes, Rayek's situation is drawn in a rather unsympathetic light no matter what it is.
  • Guy Gardner in Green Lantern is resentful for having lost out largely because another candidate was closer to the guy handing out the Hero Ball. He gets over this eventually.
  • Sabretooth is this to Wolverine. He has repeatedly expressed the belief that Logan is exactly like him, only he's a hypocrite who won't admit it and tries to act superior. Because of this belief, Sabretooth hates the success Logan has. Logan has numerous women who love him, comrades who respect him, and is overall celebrated as a hero. Meanwhile, Creed is called an animal and looked down on for having the same qualities everyone seems to love in Logan. It's been outright stated by Creed, and shown on a few different occasions. One example being the nightmare Creed has in Death of Wolverine. Logan appears in his nightmare to remind him that even though they're the same, everyone always liked him better and welcome him with open arms in spite of his killing. What Creed refuses to see is that Logan kills for a greater good, while Creed kills for pleasure.
  • The initial antagonism between Spider-Man and the Human Torch was because they both resented one another. Peter is jealous of Johnny's fame and public status, while Johnny is jealous of Peter's relationship with his Aunt May and his status as a Chick Magnet.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 2: Veronica Cale's hatred and jealousy of Wonder Woman was so powerful that she did everything she could to ruin her during Greg Rucka's run on the comic. She ran a smear campaign against Diana, helped turn an innocent acquaintance of Diana's into the next Silver Swan, and released Doctor Psycho in an attempt to turn a crowd of people against Diana. In 52, this trait was eventually dropped, and she became a more typical Mad Scientist after working on the Horsemen of Apokolips project had driven her (more) insane.
  • Doctor Doom greatly resents his Arch-Enemy Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. The reasons for his blinding hatred of Reed are numerous, twisted, personal, and all-around batshit insane, but what has kept it running for two decades in-universe (and five in real life) is a constant dose of this trope. Reed has everything Doom doesn't quite have: a family, loyal friends, public acknowledgement, admiration from people who aren't brainwashed subjects of his own dictatorship, good looks (which Doom once had, and blames Richards for their destruction), acknowledgment as a hero, and most important of all, a handful more IQ points, which he has used to defeat Doom and foil his plans time and time again. In short, Doom cannot stand the fact that Reed is always just one teensy bit better than him at everything and he never admits it all.
    • Comes to an absolute head in Secret Wars (2015). While leading the charge to restore the Multiverse from God-King Doom's Battleworld, the two finally lash out. Doom tries to rub his successes over what he saved into Reed's face while Reed is just pissed that Doom pretty much stole his family from him. As the fight goes on, Doom just accuses Reed that if Reed had all the powers of the Beyonders accumlated by the Molecule Man, that he could've done a better job. Reed finally tells Doom that yes he would've before saying that they both know it. After decades of comic history, Doom finally admits Reed is superior to him before trying to kill him. However, the Molecule Man gives Reed the power to begin restoring the Multiverse. Reed meanwhile leaves Doom a parting gift: he restores Doom's face as a gesture of good will.
  • In Gotham Central, Lieutenant Ron "The Probe" Probson greatly resents the fact that Captain Maggie Sawyer received the position of head of First Shift of the Major Crimes Unit instead of him. It's also strongly implied that he dislikes her sexuality and only stays quiet to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. The two characters are forced to work together, but over the course of the story they eventually develop a growing mutual respect.
  • The Flash
    • Prior to his Face–Heel Turn, Hunter Zolomon resented Wally West for being able to run around, solving crimes, while he himself was stuck at a desk job in the Keystone City Police Department due to a previous knee injury. He also felt that Wally couldn't truly be a hero because he has never known personal tragedy. Following his transformation into Zoom, Zolomon became determined that Wally should see things his way, even if it meant attempting to kill Wally's Love Interest in front of him — though, by this point, his resentment had given way to pure insanity and general anger at the world as a whole, with Wally simply being a convenient target.
    • Barry Allen's previously-unknown Evil Twin Malcolm Thawne, better known as the super-villain Cobalt Blue, was separated from his real family at birth to cover up the attending doctor's accidental killing of another child on the same night. Malcolm grew up with the second couple, who were Abusive Parents and con artists; the abuse was exacerbated by them knowing he wasn't really theirs (something Malcolm himself wouldn't learn until years later). It got worse when he learned that Barry was also the Flash and had superpowers he didn't.
    • Barry's grandson Bart had a similar situation with his evil clone Thaddeus, who, like Malcolm, was raised by the Thawnes, specifically Earthgov president Thaddeus Thawne I, who treated him even worse than Malcolm's parents. He eventually devolved into simply being an Axe-Crazy sociopath, however.
  • In the Blood & Glory crossover miniseries featuring The Punisher and Captain America, Punisher resents Cap for being hailed as a hero of the World War II, whereas he and other Vietnam veterans were branded as murderers of innocents for just being part of an unpopular war. This makes it all the easier for the bad guys dupe Punisher into believing that Cap is corrupted and part of the illegal weapons deals that had been happening recently, which leads him to try to assassinate him.
  • Knights of the Old Republic's Haazen, the Draay family's apparent Old Retainer. Formerly an inept Padawan, he held his rich and talented friend Barrison Draay responsible for his failure to be accepted as a Knight (expecting that Barrison had bribed his way in and would do the same for himself) and for Barrison's marriage to Krynda. He decided to be Barrison's servant and aide rather than find something else to do, which made his resentment worse, and jumped at the chance to betray Barrison to his death. Every action he takes in the present has its roots in his desire to spit on Barrison's grave forever.
  • Subverted in a Hellboy comic where a woman gives birth to two daughters, one as beautiful as the other is ugly. Despite the difference, they love each other dearly, and when the beautiful one is turned into a cow by trolls the ugly sister goes out to avenge her.
  • The Transformers: Robots in Disguise:
    • Prowl due to the fact that he wanted nothing to do with the war, but was pretty much forced into it by Optimus Prime, since he's good at whatever he does. It's pretty much the reason why he hates NAI Ls, because he didn't get to be one of them and escape the war like them.
    • Starscream suggests that Rattrap is this as well, because he spent centuries, if not millions of years, stuck on an unimportant, dead-end backwater world fighting Decepticons, and as a result wasn't able to move up the command structure to become someone important, like one of Optimus Prime's inner circle. So Starscream offers him a job in his government.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2020): Earth-616 Moondragon shows up in issue 3, and (somewhat understandably) turns out to be not a fan of her much more successful, heroic, happier and just generally better alternate counterpart, who for added insult is happily married to her reality's version of Phyla-Vell (still very much dead in our reality).
    Moondragon: Imagine spending your whole life fighting darkness - and then finding out you've been replaced with a version of you from some perfect parallel universe. A Moondragon who never knew what darkness was. A hero wearing your face. How would you feel?

    Fan Works 
  • Ancient Sins: Dante despises heroes in general for their false promises and delusion of being saviors. He later reveals he hates Celestia and Sunset for abandoning him. Finally, he also hold anger towards Twilight because she got the life he was denied. However, he really hates himself most of all for both his crimes and the fact that he believes he's never been good enough or worth anyone's time.
  • In Equestria: A History Revealed, the Lemony Narrator reveals that her anger and continuous Celestia-bashing throughout the fic was due to her resentment of Celestia after she was rejected from Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, albeit for being an earth pony. This explains a great deal on why she tends to be so bitter and sees the world as a giant conspiracy by Celestia.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures fanfiction Queen of All Oni, after her Face–Heel Turn, this forms a huge part of Jade's villain persona. She resents her parents for always ignoring her and shipping her off to relatives she didn't even know she had; she resents Jackie for never giving her the gratitude and respect she thinks she deserves for saving both his life and the world on multiple occasions; she resents Uncle for picking Tohru (a practical stranger) over her as his apprentice; and not only does she resent Tohru for being apprentice instead of her, she hates him for bringing her back down to normal last time she was the Queen.
  • Glitched Miko AU: M-2 resents Miko for having a normal human life, while she ended up living her life as a weapon.
  • This sets one of the plots in motion in the WWE story, A New Beginning, as Gail Kim performs a Face–Heel Turn on the brand-new Women's Champion, Melina. Gail claims that she's worked hard over the years and has nothing to show for it, while Melina sat out almost a year with an injury and got a title shot almost immediately upon her return.
  • In the wrestling fic A Ring Of Their Own, Victoria is shown at times feeling this way about Trish Stratus, especially when Trish signs on with the FWF, the federation Victoria founded and became the first champion of.
  • In Transformers Animated: Cybertronian Genesis, Sentinel Prime resents Optimus for his many heroic deeds. It only gets worse when Optimus becomes Ultra Magnus's chosen successor.
  • Hefty Smurf plays this role in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf. For all the good that he does for his fellow Smurfs, he always seems overshadowed by the presence of Empath every time that he comes home from Psychelia, even more so in his later visits and up to when he is finally home for good. It gets even worse when Smurfette, the very Smurf that he wants as his future wife, ends up falling in love with Empath and ultimately marrying him.
  • This is revealed to be the motivation for Gaara's hatred of Naruto in Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox. When they both came into their government-backed training program, Gaara joined up as part of his plan to pursue national conquest and revenge against the government for framing his parents for treason, while Naruto joined up out of an optimistic eagerness to serve his country. That Naruto had both parents still alive while Gaara was continually mourning his parents' deaths didn't help the situation any.
    Gaara: So naï cheerful...bad enough you were so happy while I was miserable, but to have the nerve to be happy because you had everything I didn’t — there’s no way I could ever forgive you for that!
  • The Lucky Star fanfic The Day Everything Changed has the main antagonist of the story, Sakura Takahashi, both absolutely despises and is insanely and irrationally jealous of Kagami. This reaches its peak at the end of Chapter 3 and during the first part of Chapter 4. Hopped up on two of the world's most potent steroids and armed with a metal pipe and a pocket knife, she goes on the attack, brutally beating poor Kagami half to death, and laying more than a few hits on Konata when she rushes in to help.
  • In Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters, it turns out that for years, Elyon has been increasingly bitter towards Cornelia for always hogging the spotlight, and for the haughtiness and arrogance she displays as part of her jerkass mask (which Elyon doesn't even realize is just that — a mask). This forms a huge part of how Cedric is able to convince her to turn on her friends and go to Meridian with him.
  • The New Athenians from The Conversion Bureau fanfic A Beacon of Hope'' are a whole nation of newfoal bigots who want to make the lives of Equestrians who like magic miserable, they will hire immigrants from equestria and let them use magic but if you want to teach them about the magic of friendship you're asking for trouble.
  • A Brighter Dark:
    • Corrin is resentful toward Hoshido. She despises how much better off Hoshido is while Nohrians are starving to death.
    • Turns out Flora hates Corrin just as much, for similar reasons.
  • Project Dark Jade: Another common element of the stories where Jade turns evil is that she's angry at Uncle for not choosing her as apprentice. She also often resents the fact that Jackie doesn't give her much credit for all the times she's saved the day.
  • Very similar to Project Dark Jade, many Villain!Deku fics, such as The Tale Of The Musketeer, often have Izuku turning to villainy out of resentment towards All Might for telling him he can't be a hero without a quirk, Katsuki for the years of bullying, or some combination thereof. These fics usually include All For One manipulating Izuku by giving him the encouragement he never got from anyone else, while grooming his negative feelings towards All Might.
  • In Kara of Rokyn, Jara resents Kara because she's popular, beloved and well off, whereas Jara had to scrape for a living. It doesn't help that Kara turned Jara's advances down.
  • In Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail, Chloe Cerise spells out to Ash that she hates him for being a great Pokémon trainer — and the Alola League Champion — and also because his love of Pokémon makes it so that Goh spends more time with him and leaves her behind like a discarded toy. She's also shown to really hate Mew (as it was the reason why Goh stopped being friends with her) and writes a story where it's a Jackass Genie and its protagonist (based off of Goh) is punished to chase after it for eternity.

    Film — Animated 
  • The Incredibles: Syndrome started out as a sort of Loony Fan who thought he was Mr. Incredible's Kid Sidekick. When Mr. Incredible spurned him, he became the Resenter and worked in adulthood to undermine and destroy Mr. Incredible and his family.
  • Snatcher from The Boxtrolls despises the White Hats for looking down on him and people like him and spends his entire life scheming in hopes of reaching the top.
  • Tai Lung of Kung Fu Panda so much so, that the fact that his resentment seems so justified makes him Unintentionally Sympathetic.
    • Tigress as well. While it was assumed by all of the Furious Five that one of them would be given the Dragon Scroll, she seemed the most focused on such a goal, believing Oogway had been pointing at her—and when this proved not to be the case, she spent the rest of the movie resenting, belittling, even outright insulting Po every chance she got. Only after she got her ass handed to her by Tai Lung did she start to realize that, whether or not Po was right to be chosen, perhaps she didn't deserve the scroll after all. When Po manages to not only understand the symbolic value of the scroll and use its wisdom to defeat Tai Lung, she is convinced and is at peace with that to the point of growing much closer to the panda.
  • Megamind is made of resentment. He and his Born Lucky rival Metro Man arrived on Earth at the same time; Metro knocks his ship off-course and he lands in a prison, while Metro got to live "the good life". Years later, Metro is beloved by his shool, while Megs is ostracized, leading Megs to become a supervillain since everyone hated him anyway. Megamind gets a chance to be The Hero when Metro Man appears to die but fakes his death, but his resentment leads him to ignore the Call.
  • Frozen (2013): Part of Prince Hans's motivation to seek a throne for himself is that he hated being last in line for his kingdom's throne, hence the reason why he fakes his romance with Anna so he could get closer to the Arendellian throne and overthrow Elsa by "arranging an accident" for her.

    Film — Live Action 
  • In Amadeus, Salieri is jealous of the childish and vulgar Mozart's gifted talent with music. He's also mad at God for giving someone as unworthy as Mozart that level of talent; it's implied that he tried to become a Celibate Hero in some strange bargain with God to be that talented.
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Batman's motivation against Superman, aside from the threat he potentially poses to humanity is that in the relatively short time since his debut, Superman has made a genuine difference in making the world a safer place to live, while Batman has made zero progress in saving Gotham City from crime. The moment he sees a way to get rid of Superman, he takes it without thinking about the consequences. Do we even need a spoiler tag to say this ends badly for everyone involved? No, we don't.
  • Implied rather subtly with Lady Tremaine's Motive Rant in Cinderella (2015). She reveals that she once married for love but was then left a widow with children and in debt. She implies that she despises the fact that Cinderella was not broken by grief like she was.
  • In The Dark Crystal, SkekZok the Ritual-Master is visibly resentful of skekUng the Garthim-Master's rise to power. He even questions the new emperor's competency when it seems the Garthim have failed to capture Jen. In the written material, skekZok was described as the old emperor's favorite and he had his own ambitions to take the throne when the emperor died. Unlike skekSil the Chamberlain, skekZok just didn't have the balls to make his play for the throne against skekUng.
  • Miles from Don't Think Twice becomes more and more resentful of his friend (and former student) Jack's success, to the point of eventually crashing a party and punching Jack in the face.
  • This is Jeannie's entire motivation in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Her brother gets away with everything, while she Can't Get Away with Nuthin' and can't even convince others of her brother's con when she unravels it.
  • The Godfather Part II: Fredo Corleone resents his younger brother Michael's ascension to Don, feeling it's because everybody else thinks he's The Ditz and can't be trusted with anything important. For his part, Michael sees him as a liability and arranges his death.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Obadiah Stane from Iron Man is driven at least in part by his resentment of Tony acting like a Rich Idiot With No Day Job while he feels that he does most of the actual heavy lifting behind the scenes, especially since Stane himself did run Stark Industries after the death of Tony's dad and Stane's friend Howard before handing it over to Tony, shouting in his Motive Rant that he's been holding Tony up "for thirty years!" Ironically, Villain Has a Point, and it's because of Obadiah's actions that Tony even starts growing as a person.
      Stane: Do you think just because you have an idea, it belongs to you?
    • Loki from Thor onward is driven in large part by his resentment of his brother Thor, largely as a result of being The Unfavorite to their father. In The Avengers, his motivation for trying to enslave the entire human race is basically that Thor has grown rather fond of them.
    • Adrian "The Vulture" Toomes from Spider-Man: Homecoming is highly resentful of the rich and powerful, particularly Tony Stark, whom he blames for ruining his legitimate business and forcing him into a life of crime. Tellingly, he uses his ill-gotten gains to buy a Big Fancy House right in New York City.
  • Rotti Largo from Repo! The Genetic Opera is full of resentment. First, his love married someone else, to which he responded by killing her. Then his children grew up to be astoundingly psychotic failures. Then he became terminally ill. He would have been Maddened Into Misanthropy if not for the fact that he was always a bastard.
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: Will Scarlet resents Robin for most of the film, though we don't find out why until the last third of the movie. Will is Robin's half-brother and the illegitimate son of their father, who sent him and his mother away because the affair upset Robin. Will and his mother wound up living in poverty, while Robin remained with his family's wealth and legitimate status.
  • In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Decker clearly resents Kirk for having command of the Enterprise given back to him. He delivers a Shut Up, Kirk! after the latter tries to reprimand him for countermanding an order of his when the latter's inexperience with the redesigned ship nearly killed them all. When McCoy enters and speaks with Kirk privately, he suggests that it's Kirk who is resentful of Decker as he has the one thing Kirk doesn't: permanent command of the Enterprise.
  • Lt. Col. Tall from Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line feels slighted due to having been passed for promotion. However, he displays no such characteristics in the novel the film is based on and enjoys a very successful career.
  • In What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, eponymous titular "Baby Jane" Hudson, a forgotten Former Child Star, greatly resents her sister Blanche for having a much more successful career than she did.
  • In The Wolverine, Lord Shingen hates the fact that his father prefers his own daughter over himself. He tries to kill her over it.
  • Doctor Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog was an orphan who had a particularly miserable childhood that drove him to become the sociopathic misanthrope who only loves machines, and according to Jim Carrey he resents Sonic most of all because the blue hedgehog represents the youth and happiness Robotnik never had.

  • Chalion: Ser Illvin dy Arbanos in Paladin of Souls is widely presumed to be this, being the bastard half-brother of Arhys dy Lutez, March of a critical border fortress and son of a great statesman. However, aside from traces of irritation over his brother's Chick Magnet status ("You could duck, try it sometimes"), Illvin's main feeling toward Arhys is filial affection leavened with pity for what amounted to a fatherless upbringing.
  • In Tolkien's The Children of Húrin, both Gwindor and Brandir resent the hero Túrin for stealing their loves and undercutting their authority, but while Gwindor stays a loyal friend, Brandir ends up taking his resentment too far and gets killed by Túrin.
    • Brandir maybe was resentful, but he only spoke the truth—he informed Túrin that he is a Doom Magnet: a curse on his own lineage and those that help him. Túrin killed him and later found out he spoke the truth, then asked his sword Gurthang to kill him, the sword does it to forget Brandir’s blood, because his death was unjust.
  • The title character from Cousin Bette towards her wealthy relatives.
  • In John C. Wright's The Golden Age, The Phoenix Exultant, and The Golden Transcendence, the defining trait of the Nevernexters, and the cacophiles: with the invention of personal immortality, they will never inherit their parents' wealth, and they openly base their entire program on resenting that.
  • The demons in Tosca Lee’s Demon: A Memoir are totally consumed by a double dose of resentment: towards God for rejecting them, and towards humanity for not suffering the same fate.
  • Friedrich Nietzsche argued in his work The Genealogy of Morals that ressentiment, the essential reassignment of the pain that accompanies a sense of inferiority onto an external scapegoat, is the central effective force for the creation of identities, moral frameworks and value systems. Most particularly, Judaism and Christianity are presented as the creation of the weak who resent how the strong are able to lord over them, and thus create a system of morals to "invert" the natural order.
  • In Harry Potter:
    • Severus Snape is the series' biggest example of this. He resents and loathes James for a variety of reasons: James was the Big Man on Campus who was a skilled athlete, handsome and popular on top of being a very skilled wizard along with having a loving family. Snape meanwhile had an abusive father and a neglectful mother, and while a very skilled wizard, he was a Creepy Child with No Social Skills and a massive amount of Pride. Given how James was a notorious prankster and Snape had Moral Myopia, it was only a matter of time before their natural disdain just exploded. James meanwhile hated Snape for embodying every negative aspect of Slytherin and the Dark Arts though also because he was friends with Lily. Despite this, James was still willing to risk his life to save Snape after his attempts at trying to get them expelled led to Sirius setting him up for a dangerous prank. This just made Snape loathe him more for being in his debt. However, while Snape would double down in his bad behavior (to where Lily finally cut him out of her life), James did mature to where he and Lily went from acquaintances in fifth year to dating by seventh year and marrying a couple years later.
    • Harry's Aunt Petunia resented her sister Lily becoming a witch, but it goes back and forth between whether she thought Magic Is Evil, or that she was just envious of Lily for getting to Hogwarts when she didn't (and became The Unfavorite). Much like Snape, she carried that resentment toward Lily's son Harry and it's why she is obsessed with "normality".
    • Draco Malfoy's motivations are never entirely clear, but it's strongly implied that he resents Harry's fame and his inability to rope Harry into his own social circle. This usually manifests itself in him mocking the unpleasant aspects of Harry's celebrity and generally spending more time than he should trying to upstage him.
    • Ron Weasley is an interesting example because he has to fight through the temptation to become a Resenter throughout the whole series. He's the youngest son in a large family of talented children who are either remarkable or accomplished, resulting in Ron feeling like The Unfavorite. His family is poor, which others mock him for, while his best friend is relatively well-off Ron is Harry's best friend, but it is Harry whom people notice and pay attention to while Ron feels like the Butt-Monkey. This escalates in the later books as he struggles with his feelings toward Hermione, who is both remarkably talented and intelligent, while she also harbors feelings toward Ron, but he suspects she has feelings for Harry. Ron struggles both with his feelings of resentment and emotions born from it and often keeps them inside (though Stiff Upper Lip in British culture would account for why they don't just talk it out and There Are No Therapists is in play here). Despite all of this and a few spats between them, Ron remains Harry's closest friend and eventually overcomes these issues. (Fandom, on the other hand, loves playing up this resentment so much that they named a trope.)
    • Aberforth Dumbledore resented his brother from the time they were teenagers until Albus's death partially because he's lived his entire life in the shadow of the greatest wizard of the era and mostly because he pretty directly caused the death of their sister.
  • An aversion is found in Christopher Moore's Lamb with young John the Baptist. When Joshua and Biff meet John (Josh's some number of cousin some number of times removed), he's convinced he's the Messiah and has taken to aggressively baptizing younger kids. When Biff and Josh tell him that Josh (Jesus) is the Messiah, and that he's actually mostly raised the dead, John wants to be absolutely sure... and is then grateful to have that load off his shoulders. He wants to help Josh, though, so he keeps baptizing people.
  • Lucifer is portrayed as this in the Left Behind series, resenting the worship that he felt belonged to him as God's "anointed cherub" being given to God and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ instead, which led to his rebellion and being cast down to Earth.
  • In The Lord of the Rings, one of the reasons Saruman fell from grace was because he resented Gandalf. Saruman the "Wise" might have been the one who everyone turned to for advice and counsel, yet Gandalf was the one who everyone liked and trusted. Basically, Saruman was the guy people would visit only when they wanted something, while Gandalf was the guy people would invite to parties.
  • In Memoirs of a Geisha, Chiyo and Pumpkin are taken under the wings of the famous geisha, Mameha and Hatsumomo respectively. They each teach Chiyo and Pumpkin to become top-ranking geisha. Initially, Chiyo and Pumpkin are good friends but, because they're being taught by geisha who are rivals to each other and want to get their "little sisters" on top (Chiyo and Pumpkin) as part of their rivalry, Chiyo and Pumpkin's friendship is effectively ended. Despite this, Chiyo and Pumpkin remain on good terms until Chiyo, now named Sayuri, becomes so successful that she displaces Hatsumomo as the breadwinner for the okiya, and is adopted by the woman who owns it as her daughter and heir, while Hatsumomo's career goes down the drain. However, unfortunately (and tragically) Sayuri never realises that by getting rid of Hatsumomo, she's effectively torpedoed Pumpkin's chance to be a very successful geisha. Pumpkin not only realises this, but she becomes very angry at Sayuri as time passes.
  • Nina Tanleven: In The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed, Phoebe Watson was married, has a big old house, and family who loved her, even those she never met. Carla Bond lost her father to suicide, her brother to the streets as a bum, and was raised on the dole through the Great Depression by her mother. She had to work for years to make something of herself, all while blaming the Fletcher family for her family's hardship and vowing to one day get what she felt she deserved.
  • In Persuasion, Captain Wentworth takes a long time to stop being angry that his love Anne Elliot broke their engagement while he was Lieutenant Wentworth, as she was persuaded by her godmother that he was Unable to Support a Wife. She thought she was doing him a favor by freeing him from an unwise engagement, but Wentworth was sure that he'd soon win prizes and get rich, and as fortune of war resulted in his optimism bearing fruit, he didn't see any justification to Anne and Lady Russell's misgivings. It's brought up that he could have renewed his addresses after gaining his own command but chose not to, and when he returns as a rich captain he talks a whole lot about how he thinks firmness of mind is the most important trait in a woman while flirting with the spirited Louisa Musgrove. (He later comes to deeply regret this.)
  • Red Dwarf: Rimmer is pathologically resentful of pretty much everyone. This can even include himself, when he creates a duplicate Rimmer, the two start being resentful towards one another. Much of Rimmer's behaviour is dedicated toward acting out that resentment in petty fashion.
  • This is basically Sir Apropos of Nothing's defining character trait. Eventually comes to a head when he beats the shit out of the Designated Hero and hijacks the entire plot.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish became resentful of Brandon Stark, after Brandon soundly defeated him in a duel over the girl Petyr loved and she tries to protect Petyr by dismissing him as "just a boy". So he started developing a plan that resulted in the death of her husband, the Seven Kingdoms being deep in debt, hundreds of thousands of people dying in a pointless war, and consequently being totally unprepared for oncoming Zombie Apocalypse... all because he did not get the girl he loved (or, rather, lusted after).
    • A downplayed example with Arya. She resents her sister Sansa for being so effortlessly good at most skills required by their culture while Arya, no matter what she does, simply cannot catch up. Although she is indulged by her parents, her behavior is not as celebrated when compared to Sansa's. Also, Sansa isn't terribly kind to her either as she disapproves of Arya's behavior — but in the vein of typical sibling rivalry.
    • Catelyn resents her husband’s illegitimate son, Jon Snow, for several reasons — but it has little to do with Jon’s own character, but with circumstances which have affected her: 1) Jon being Ned's illegitimate son who Ned brings home to raise alongside the trueborn children Catelyn has with Ned; 2) Ned's fierce protectiveness of Jon, who Ned loves and openly acknowledges as his own son. From this, Catelyn concludes that Ned must have loved Jon's mother deeply and when she asks Ned who Jon's mother is, Ned is so intimidating that he actually scares her — leading to her fears that maybe Ned loved Jon's mother more than her; and 3) that Jon looks more like a Stark than any of the children (aside from Arya) she bore Ned, who all inherited more of her features. As a result of Westerosi societal prejudice against illegitimate children and the history of the Blackfyres pretty much being responsible for these negative connotations, Catelyn fears that someday Jon or his children might be a threat to the inheritance claims of her own trueborn children and grandchildren — despite Jon's deep love for his trueborn siblings and loyalty to them (unbeknownst to her, Jon ends up turning down inheriting Winterfell). In the television adaptation, she admits that she was unfair to Jon, who she recognizes is an innocent child, and feels guilty over it. In the book series itself, she never interferes in the close bonds Jon shares with his half-siblings and she has moments of softness wherein she wonders if Jon's mother prays for him as she prays for Robb.
      Whoever Jon’s mother had been, Ned must have loved her fiercely, for nothing Catelyn said would persuade him to send the boy away. It was the one thing she could never forgive him. She had come to love her husband with all her heart, but she had never found it in her to love Jon. She might have overlooked a dozen bastards for Ned’s sake, so long as they were out of sight. Jon was never out of sight, and as he grew, he looked more like Ned than any of the trueborn sons she bore him. Somehow that made it worse.
    • Stannis, whose status as the least-popular Baratheon, a string of achievements that were ignored, the main reward he did get being custody of a barren rock miles from anywhere (admittedly also the traditional seat of the rightful heir), and a lengthy list of other grievances, have combined to produce a bitter and rigid man. And his incredible memory means he can't just forget them. He still manages to be one of the more honourable claimants to the Iron Throne, though.
    • Barbrey Dustin, the ruler of one of the Houses of the North, bitterly resents Ned Stark, even after his death. She was wedded to one of his friends and allies, Willam Dustin, who accompanied Ned on his mission to rescue his sister, Lyanna. Before he left, Willam swore to his bride that he would return to her riding the horse she had given him as a wedding present; however, Willam was killed on the mission, and Ned returned the horse to his widow, but not the corpse of her husband. Barbrey is still furious about this years later, so much so that she tells Theon that should Ned Stark's bones ever reach the North, she will take them and scatter them so they can never be buried in Winterfell, as retribution for his leaving her husband's bones behind.
  • Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold: Mark Vorkosigan's background as a clone commissioned, biosculpted, trained, and tortured into an effective copy of Aral Vorkosigan's son pretty much ensures this attitude at least as an undertone toward the little twerp in question for all that Miles seeks to claim him as a sibling. He gets a lot better in later appearances, at least in part because Aral and Cordelia treated him as being just as much their son as Miles is (which he legally is on Cordelia's homeworld; the situation on Barrayar, where Uterine Replicator technology is relatively novel, is a bit more complicated) and his brother is a genuinely honourable, compassionate and likeable man who sticks his neck out to get his brother out of trouble more than once.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • In Ben Counter's Horus Heresy novel Galaxy In Flames, Lucius is envious of how easily Tarvitz assumes command of the betrayed Emperor's Children, which motivates his betraying them to Horus.
    • In James Swallow's The Flight Of the Eisenstein, Grulgor resents Garro, claiming that he thinks himself above the rest of them because he came from Terra, and that is why he will not join a lodge. A major factor in his willingness to join Horus.
    • In James Swallow's Deus Sanguinius, believing Rafen to be dead, Sachiel admits to himself how much he resented him, from his quiet strength to his contempt for Sachiel to the way he won the respect of his men.
    • In Red Fury, the Flesh Tearers resent the Blood Angels, assuming out of hand that they are proud and will lord it over the other Chapters derived from Sanguinius because they came from the First Founding. Seth, their Chapter Master, tells them he intends to exploit the Blood Angels' weakness and wishes to take their position on Baal. He openly declares their chapter should be dissolved. After their battle with the Bloodfiends, and Dante's saving his life, Seth declares that these events came about so that they will remember that they are brothers not cousins.
    • In the Ciaphas Cain novel The Traitor's Hand, Tomas Beije profoundly dislikes his old classmate Cain. It's difficult to pin his resentment on any one event without bringing in almost every personality trait of Cain's, but in a quick comparison, Cain is fun-loving, mischievous, not particularly pious, incredibly likable, Really Gets Around, and frequently tackled Beije whenever a scrumball game came up (to be fair, so did every scrumball player opposing him, Beije's attitude never won him many friends). As of him growing up, not much of that changed, through he also seemed decidedly slack on discipline (In other words, he wasn't a trigger-happy task master) in his regiment, and appeared to spend a significant amount of time away from his official duties as a commissar. Beije is... none of those things, and was devoutly religious and a tattletale. However, one of them was stuck with an unremarkable Tallarn unit, while another happens to be regarded as one of the Imperium's greatest heroes, and is the current Commissar to the famed Valhallan 597th. Given the title, you can probably guess which is which. Eventually, Beije attempts to discredit Cain, due to his jealousy over Cain getting everything handed to him and having everything come easy. This backfires spectacularly: by bringing a Tallarn squad to arrest Cain for desertion (because Cain is investigating a ritual site instead of fighting on the front lines), he only ensures Cain has plenty of witnesses to testify that Cain was right to suspect daemonic influence when Emeli returns as a daemon princess, and that Cain fought off her easily fought off her seductions before defeating her, while Beije underwent minor Mind Rape when she touched him. Not only do the Tallarns end up adding Cain to their saints, worshipping him as an incarnation of the Emperor's will, Beije is the one to get officially reprimanded for wasting everyone's time. Cain also officially challenges him to a chainsword duel due to insulting the Valhallan's Colonel Badass unless Beije apologizes (he does so). Cain notes afterwards that he'll pull enough strings to pull Beije's ass out of the fire he lit under himself (Beije's reaction to that is unknown).
  • Warrior Cats has Ivypool being jealous of all the attention Dovewing has been getting from the older warriors and Firestar himself...though she's never realized her sister's powers yet. When she's told the truth, she's not happy at first about being lied to, but then she promises to help Dovewing out whenever she can.
    • Tigerstar reveals during his and Firestar's Final Battle that he became nothing the moment Firestar joined the Clan. Thus, he had waited for so long to get vengeance on his rival.
  • Several of the Forsaken in The Wheel of Time series were originally good guys who switched sides because they couldn't compare to The Chosen One leading humanity's forces. Especially notable is Demandred, who was Always Second Best, in every single way, up to and including height. Sammael and Be'lal were also notable resenters, though their resentment for Lews Therin was said to pale in comparison to Demandred's, even though they had more direct reason.
    • See also Mazrim Taim, who fulfills exactly the same role towards Rand that Demandred did towards Lews Therin Telamon, to the extent that it was a popular fan theory that the two were one and the same, until it was Jossed.
  • Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories: Gertrude McFuzz is unhappy with her plain tail, and it doesn't help that another young bird, Lolla-Lee-Lou, has a longer and more feathery one.
  • In The Neverending Story, this is Gmork's reason for wanting to see Fantastica destroyed; the Fantasticans have a world to call home, and he never did.
  • Spy School: Spyder Agent Ashley Reeves is very bitter over an Olympic Trials judge saying she didn't stick a landing. Ben's classmate Warren is also pretty jealous of him and relishes the chance to put him down.

    Live-Action TV 
  • It is implied that this, along with Sibling Rivalry, was what came between Shawn Farrell and his brother Danny in The 4400. To be fair to Danny, Shawn kind of stole his girlfriend and their mother's attention, was basically a dick for the first season, and then got superpowers. This probably contributed to Danny's decision to take Promicin in the last season.
  • Colonel Ari ben Zayn in the Babylon 5 episode "Eyes" turns out to be this; he was one of the top candidates to run the station, but the Minbari, who had veto power, rejected him and many other top candidates for Sinclair, who was well down the depth chart. His "investigation" of Sinclair is specifically meant to get the latter decommissioned. Of course, Colonel ben Zayn showed massive signs of mental instability which would have gotten him passed over anyway even if the Minbari hadn't interfered. His own aide turned on him and sided with Sinclair as a result.
  • From the look he gave him, this was probably the reason Walter White of Breaking Bad blew up the car of the jerkass with the license plate KEN WINS at the service station. It seems logical that a man with many problems in his life including financial yet at that time still did his best to be a kind, moral man would have a general resentment of a rich jerkass with few responsibilities. However, envy can hardly be considered Walt's primary sin, and over the course of the show he starts to ease out of it as he starts getting what he wants more and more.
    • This is also Walter's central motivation in building his meth empire. He eventually confesses that resentment over Eliot and Gretchen's success in Gray Matter while he was stuck as a high school chemistry teacher meant he would never stop cooking.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Faith, whose Face–Heel Turn came largely as a result of resenting that, although she was the Slayer, Buffy had the family and friends she never had, the role of leader, and all the respect and credit Faith feels she deserved as well.
    • Willow is also revealed to be one. "Six years as a side man, now I get to be The Slayer."
  • Colonel John Casey made it clear from day one that he resented having to guard "that moron" Chuck. Strangely, he had a problem with his orders to kill Chuck upon completion of the Intersect. The series constantly played with the idea that he might Face–Heel Turn. (He still might.)
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Catelyn always resented her husband Ned Stark's illegitimate son, Jon Snow, for being Ned's son by another woman and not her own.
    • Locke holds a bitter hatred for highborn nobles, believing they're all snobs who look down upon people like him. Although this doesn't extend to the Boltons.
    • Cersei Lannister is this especially for Jaime, but also for her father, husband and even Tyrion due to their respective positions of power which she believes came from the fact that they're men. While the society of Westeros is very sexist and she may have had a point back then, she's filled about twenty years since with resenting others and doing nothing constructive with her own position of power as the damn queen, which has led to the present situation where Cersei's completely justifiably being denied power due to her incompetence. She also is visibly this towards Brienne of Tarth, who by her achievements and not being nearly as reliant on being a Tarth as Cersei is on being a Lannister, much less on being beautiful, pokes a sharp hole in Cersei's worldview.
    • Stannis Baratheon was highly embittered and melancholic before the outbreak of the war, as a result of not having his contributions recognized and properly rewarded, and this gets out of hand when he learns that his claim to the throne was usurped not only by the Lannister-Baratheon bastards but also by his own brother Renly.
      Stannis Baratheon: My enemies think they've destroyed me. They're laughing at me, the way Renly laughed at me. I want Joffrey dead. I want Robb Stark dead. Make me another son.
    • Renly believes that he would make a far better king than either of his brothers or Robert's sons, but he's fourth (becoming second after the incest revelation) in line for the throne. He is one of many people with no legitimacy to rule who would want to do this anyway.
    • Euron has some massive resentment issues over Balon being chosen as King rather than him.
      Balon: Move aside for your King!
      Euron: Haven't I always, brother?
  • Johnny Crowder in Justified resents Boyd over a gunshot wound he received in season 1, leaving him disabled. Although technically that was his own fault for trying to play sides between Boyd and Bo, the latter of whom caught wind of it and Boyd was genuinely sorry about that. He also resents Boyd and Ava for their plans to move to the suburbs and leave him behind. His endless plotting against Boyd, including his decision to tell the Marshals about Boyd's arrangement to deliver Drew to the Tonins, stems from his deep-seated resentment. It finally boils over to full-on feuding in Season 5 when Johnny gets a gang of his own and goes to war, and he meets his end by Boyd's hand.
    • Johnny also resents Colt, disgusted that Boyd would trust a man outside the family and region. Colt's incompetence and violence toward Teri only exacerbates Johnny's resentment. To be fair, however, Colt was disrespectful to Johnny when they first met.
  • Kamen Rider Gaim: Mitsuzane "Mitchy" Kureshima starts off as Kouta's best friend and The Smart Guy - the youngest son of an important family, he acts serious and studious at home to keep his Aloof Big Brother Takatora happy, and only around his friends in Team Gaim can he "let his hair down". Except then Takatora reveals that he's been carrying around an incredibly weighty secret, and appoints Mitchy as his Secret Keeper and heir ("What we do is monstrous, but it must be done. Not everyone can see the big picture like we do, Mitsuzane; you're one of the only people in the world I'd trust with this."). As Kouta continues to fight his brother's "evil organisation", Mitchy increasingly comes to see him as a dangerous moron, eventually feeding him deliberate misinformation in an effort to get him killed. When it looks like Takatora is actually coming around to Kouta's point of view, and willing to abort his Necessarily Evil plan in order to follow Kouta's more idealistic one instead, Mitchy snaps and (apparently) murders Takatora, then uses his armour as a disguise to directly assault Kouta.
  • In Noah's Arc, this is a big part of Guy's motivation. He resents Alex for having a man like Trey and treating him the way that he does, so he goes out to get Trey for himself.
  • Though they didn't become villains, Taylor of Power Rangers Wild Force and Sky of Power Rangers S.P.D. are this towards the Rookie Red Ranger of their series, Cole and Jack respectively. For Taylor, it's because she was the first and the leader for a year before Cole came to Animarium and he ended up becoming leader because his chosen Power Animal had a higher rank than hers. She got over it after awhile. For Sky, he was top of the class in SPD, but his arrogance (and a dash of sexism) caused him to fail a test of character, leading to Cruger to give Jack, who was basically on Community Service, the role as a bit of ego-deflating. Sky does get the role in the end, after having that ego brought down big time.
  • More than a few characters on Scandal are plagued by resentment. One example is Abby, who owes Olivia a debt for getting her out of an abusive marriage. In the episode "Seven Fifty-Two", Abby reveals she is starting to resent Olivia for that debt, and how the debt cost her a chance to be genuinely happy with David.
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: The Original Series:
      • In "Court Martial", James T. Kirk and Ben Finney were friends when they were younger, until Kirk logged a mistake Finney had made aboard the Republic that could have blown up the ship had it not been discovered. This caused Finney to be reprimanded and dropped to the bottom of the promotion list. Years later, Finney, still burning with resentment of being denied the captaincy he believed Kirk had taken from him out of jealousy but pretending to have forgiven him, faked his death and framed Kirk for it. When discovered, Finney breaks into a tirade about how he has "killed" the Enterprise (by causing the ship's orbit to decay) and that he doesn't care about the people he'll kill as they are "officers and gentlemen, captains all...except for Finney, and his one mistake!"
      • Janice Lester in "Turnabout Intruder" combines this with Yandere resulting in Grand Theft Me.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: As explained by Kira at one point, Vedek/Kai Winn hates Sisko because her crowning achievement, being appointed as High Priest of the Prophets and spiritual leader of her entire planet, is overshadowed by the arrival of The Chosen One himself (Sisko), who turns out to be an alien, no less. Top it off with her secret shame that the often chatty (if confusing) deities have never spoken to her, and this eventually leads to a Face–Heel Turn. Which is probably why the Prophets (who experience the past, present, and future all at once) never liked her.
    • In Star Trek: Enterprise's Mirror Universe episode, Mirror Archer reads the biography of his more successful counterpart. This pisses him off so much and makes him so jealous that he starts hallucinating.
  • Vice-President John Hoynes on The West Wing. He was a lock for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, until dark horse candidate Bartlet came out of nowhere and started winning primaries — with the help of a team that included Josh Lyman, formerly Hoynes's most trusted lieutenant. Worse, after Bartlet got the nomination, Hoynes was insulted by the offer of the VP slot, and accepted it largely on the understanding that it would be "his turn" next time (and that "next time" would come after only one term, because of Bartlet's MS). His resentment was routinely exacerbated by the fact that the VP is traditionally more or less a prop for the White House's agenda, so he's generally ignored unless Bartlet wants to wheel him out to lend moderate credence to his more radical policies, which Hoynes doesn't necessarily even support. (This last in particular has some Real Life parallels with John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.)
  • The White Queen: George of Clarence is envious of both of his brothers because he feels that he's not their equal. His older brother Edward IV is king and thus the most powerful person in England, and it's a position that George covets. He's also jealous of his younger brother Richard of Gloucester because the latter owns more titles and lands than he does, so Richard has more prestige.
    Richard: (suspicious) A very sudden interest in the honour of your country, George. Could there be something in it for you?
    George: Why not, you both have enough already. When we take France, you will need a regent, I could do that, seeing as [Edward] will be busy being king and [Richard's] got ten titles as well as the whole of the north of England virtually to himself.
    Edward: (amused) Have you been counting, George?
    • And later:
      Richard: [Edward] may have forgotten your turn to Warwick, but I have not.
      George: And I've not forgotten that you've got Warwick Castle, despite the fact that the title belongs to me. You both have more than your fair share already, so maybe it's time I started to take things.
  • Downton Abbey: Miss Sarah O'Brien, Lady's Maid to Lady Grantham. Despite her skills, it's clear that a life serving her social superiors has rendered her embittered and underhand.

  • P.D.Q. Bach's A Little Nightmare Music, features a mysterious playwright from another century, appearing to accuse Salieri of murderous resentment toward Mozart. Salieri does inadvertently kill Mozart, but only because the servant PDQ Bach bumps him as he tries to poison the mysterious playwright.
  • Uncrowned by Celldweller is written in the perspective of one.
  • The Megas:
    • Protoman. To be fair, if you were taken apart to build your father's new child, who is now living in your place with no knowledge that you ever existed, you would probably not be overly pleased either when you came back. He eventually lets go of it after a Kirk Summation from Mega Man, deciding to move on and find a new path.
      They lost me, forgot me/Made you from parts of me/If you're the one, my father's son/Then what am I supposed to be?
    • Wily, too, seems to - among other things - resent that either Light or Mega Man is considered to be a hero and he isn't, despite the sacrifices he's made in pursuit of what he believes to be a better world.
      So tell me why/I'm the one that they fear/And for him they cheer

    Professional Wrestling 
  • One of the most widely used angles in any form of wrestling, typically between two faces where one is arguably more popular than the other, in a Tag Team, or within a family.
    • The epic feud between brothers Bret and Owen Hart, where Owen even called his rise towards main event status as him "leaping out of the shadow" of his more accomplished older brother. Even when Owen made his Face–Heel Turn at the Royal Rumble in '94 after months of build-up and tension, he was unable to get the match he craved with Bret until Bret finally relented and they opened that year's Wrestle Mania with one of the event's greatest ever matches, where Owen beat Bret cleanly, but was still overshadowed by Bret winning back the WWF Championship in the night's main event.
    • Resentment at Hulk Hogan's popularity, combined with his intense jealousy for Miss Elizabeth led to Macho Man Randy Savage become this ("OH YEAH, YOU'VE GOT JEALOUS EYES, HULK HOGAN!"). Bonus points for the two of them actually forming a tag team known as The Mega-Powers, and their WrestleMania match was famously known as "The Mega-Powers EXPLODE!"
    • After Edge won the King of the Ring tournament in 2001, it eventually led to his tag team partner Christian turning on him and beating him down with his own trophy, as well as a one man Con-chair-to, the team's signature move.
    • Molly Holly was portrayed as this in 2003 against Trish Stratus. Molly also convinced Gail Kim to help her in her cause, prompting Jim Ross to name the two "The Jealous Jezebels".
    • CM Punk plays with your emotions because he hates each and every single one of you and he will not stop until he has proven he is better than Low Ki, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.
    • Daizee Haze turned on her fire forged friend Mickie Knuckes after Knuckles won the IWA Mid-South\NWA Midwest Woman's title in a triple threat match with a disputed finish. NWA Midwest agreed with Haze, but awarded the belt to MsChif(who Haze was already at odds with) while Knuckles remained IWA M-S's title holder.
    • Matt Hardy's 2009 feud with Jeff Hardy. Matt just lost his ECW championship and became jealous of Jeff's rise to the top. As a result, he sabotaged Jeff's match against Edge, thus destroying their brotherly bonds.
      • In fact, a lot Matt's feuds with Jeff have always had jealousy as the underlying factor. The fact that Matt always seems to be the one resenting his brother makes you wonder if he really does have a chip on his shoulder.
    • Austin Aries's turn against Ring of Honor had to with the fact that despite him doing more than anyone to take down Age Of The Fall, the ROHBots cheered more for Tyler Black than himself, the same Tyler Black who helped start Age Of The Fall.
    • Alissa Flash resented the foreign knockouts Sarita and Ayako Hamada coming in with video packages and fan fair while she was largely ignored. After the other knockouts helped her defeat Cody Deaner, "tainting" what should of been her first win, she showed her frustration by throwing Hamada down the bleachers.
    • Angel Orsini toward Jazz (whom she doesn't need much motivation to hate anyway) and Mercedes Martinez in WSU 2010. Orsini had been on a role for there for years but in comes Homicide, singing the latter two's praises, then comes Pro Wrestling Illustrated, naming Mercedes MVP of the promotion and second best wrestler in the world that year (#1 was Madison Eagles).
    • Both Jesse Ventura and Carlito supported Sheamus on Monday Night Raw, simply because Sheamus wasn't John Cena. Ventura lamented that he never got a title shot while WWE conspired to keep John Cena champion while Carlito said he did not even like Sheamus but that Sheamus represented everyone in the locker room who hated John Cena.
    • On Monday Night Raw it was revealed that The Usos and Tamina Snuka attacked the Hart Dynasty because they felt their families did not get the deserved recognition the Harts got in comparison and resented the Dynasty for it.
    • Smith "Big Game" James revealed that he resented Carlito Colón "for being handed everything he ever wanted in wrestling." and supposedly throwing it away. (presumably, this being in reference to Carlito's WWE run) during their time in NWA New Jersey.
    • CM Punk's 2011/2012 feud with John Laurinaitis stems from Johnny's jealousy and resentment. His brother is one half the legendary Road Warriors and his tag team partner in the Dynamic Dudes was Shane Douglas, one of ECW's perennial main eventers. Yet despite having the look, Johnny was so bland that he couldn't land a decent job in the states and eventually had to trade in his tights for a suit to get anywhere in the business. Compare that to Punk, who doesn't have the look, doesn't fit the mold, wasn't made to succeed in the WWE, yet has achieved more in one year of his career than Johnny has his entire life. Johnny's so bitter over it that he spent a good chunk of his tenure as General Manager making Punk's life miserable and attempting to rid him of the WWE title. Just to rub salt in the wound, Punk would end up holding the title for 434 days, making him the longest-tenured WWE Champion of the modern era and pretty much immortalizing him in WWE history, while Johnny got fired from his position as General Manager.
    • Roderick Strong toward Kevin Steen, who continued to be cheered for by the fans despite burying everything Ring Of Honor then stood for and trying to destroy the company with S.C.U.M. He was also this way in Pro Wrestling Guerilla, partially at then champion Kyle O'Reilly but mostly at the fact he realized the promotion had basically set him up as a fall guy.
    • During 2012, La Amapola revealed that she resented that Estrellita was accepted by CMLL's tecnicas even though she was a former AAA luchadora who joined with other invading luchadors who were out to prove that even though they had left AAA for the independent circuit they were still better than CMLL's locker room back in 2010. It should be noted Amapola had no problem aligning Estrellita or anyone else in that group prior to Estrellia's Heel–Face Turn.
    • Roderick Strong, Jimmy Jacobs and BJ Whitmer's combined resentment over wrestlers leaving Ring Of Honor for larger companies lead them to found Decade, as that is how long each of them had been in the company.
    • James Storm already did not like The Great Muta, for apparently disrespecting him while they were both in WCW but he started actively resenting Muta when TNA struck up a deal with Wrestle 1 and he saw the morale in TNA's locker room rise since many of the wrestlers regarded the Great Muta as a legend. James Storm believed himself to be the legend TNA wrestlers should be excited about, so he started bullying the Seiya Sanada from Wrestle 1, whom Muta put much hope in.
    • Taeler Hendrix hated the fact she had to pay for her wrestling training in pennies and live out of a car while Ring Of Honor, who originally only used Hendrix as a tomato can, gave Mandy Leon a much fairer chance to sink or swim straight out of the dojo.
    • Silas Young resented that the four way dance he won during ROH's 14th anniversary was taped as an internet exclusive instead of being shown on the pay per view, claiming the New Japan wrestlers were stealing all the best spots while his was relegated to a place only nerds could see and that New Japan guys couldn't be so tough since Gedo was a part of that four way. So Young challenged Katsuyori Shibata to defend the NEVER Openweight Title belt against him at Death Before Dishonor.
    • Chris Jericho's 2016 feud with AJ Styles where he was jealous of AJ Styles getting all the attention, so he turned heel on Styles after they had a match against The New Day

    Religion and Mythology 
  • Older Than Feudalism The Bible examples:
    • The Old Testament tells us that this is the motive for Cain's murder of Abel. God told him that his sacrifice was unacceptable and Abel's sacrifice was acceptable. He was even told that if he did right, he would be accepted.
    • In the New Testament, the older brother in Christ's parable of the Prodigal Son is understandably resentful when his father not only welcomes back his ne'er-do-well younger brother, but also throws a huge party in his honor. The father has to gently remind him that he's still set to inherit everything the old man owns — while the younger brother blew his entire wad when he left — and to just be happy that his brother is okay.

    Tabletop Games 
  • A number of the fallen Primarchs in Warhammer 40,000 resented the Emperor, one or more of their brother Primarchs, or both. Perturabo has to be the standout example, as his hatred of Rogal Dorn played a major role in driving him to the dark in the first place.
  • In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, the Shadow Lord tribe serves as this to the Silver Fangs, the royal tribe that rules over the Garou Nation.
  • In Battletech, Clan Jade Falcon has a long grudge against Clan Wolf, as they were Kerensky's chosen Clan and have exclusive rights to his genetic material.

  • This is a large part of Don John's motivation in Much Ado About Nothing. He's the heroic Don Pedro's bastard brother, and recently lost a battle to him. Don Pedro forgives him and John joins the former's party, but remains bitterly resentful. The other part of Don John's motivation is that, by his own admission, he's just a massive prick who enjoys doing dickish things.

    Video Games 
  • Hugh Darrow of Deus Ex: Human Revolution certainly classifies, as he's willing to bring about The End of the World as We Know It simply because he's genetically incompatible with the augmentation technology he invented, and secretly loathes that people can use his technology while he can't.
  • Snowe from Suikoden IV fits this trope pretty well, being upstaged by the game's hero at every turn and making an ass of himself at every time he tries turn things on his favour.
  • In The Godfather: The Game, Monk's resentment of player character Aldo comes from how his parentage means that he will never become a made man.
  • Castlevania
    • Albus, bitter that Barlowe has chosen Shanoa to use the Dominus glyph instead of him, serves as the main antagonist of Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. Averted when it turns out that Albus acted like that because he was fully aware of what the Dominus glyphs would do to Shanoa, and refused to let her use them precisely because of that, in an attempt to protect her. He just went about it in the worst possible way.
    • Hugh Baldwin feels the same way about Nathan Graves in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. And gets brainwashed because of it.
    • And then there's Ortega's jealousy of Cornell's mastery of his beastman abilities in Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness. Also the real deal.
    • Castlevania has a lot of these. It's a good thing Eric Lecarde didn't go further down this road in Castlevania: Judgment.
    • Zobek resents his current "position" as an evil overlord: as each of his siblings bicker and plot against him and each other, but are each too strong to be defeated by the others and too weak to compete against REAL evil, they have ultimately become the Lords Of Shadow, protectors of Earth through sheer stubbornness and infighting alone, when they could be rulers of heaven and earth if they just stopped holding each other back like bickering schoolchildren.
  • Ulala Serizawa in Persona 2 Eternal Punishment does an unintentional variant of this when Nyarlahothep takes advantages of her drunken state to get her to use the Joker Curse on Maya Amano, whom she resented for being more successful in life and in love than herself. It should be noted, however, the resentment was real, but ordinarily, she wouldn't have acted on it. Katsuya is also a fairly serious example, having thrown away his dreams of being a patissier when his father was framed for a crime to take care of his younger brother, who hardly seems to appreciate Katsuya's sacrifice. Nyarlathotep has a lot of fun shoving this in their faces at the Monado Mandala.
    • Junpei of Persona 3, who, struggling with feelings of inferiority, jumps at the call but gets repeatedly shown up by the protagonist. In "The Answer", Yukari becomes this to Aigis after the latter inherits the Protagonist's powers.
    • Chie's Shadow in Persona 4 implies Chie felt this way towards Yukiko, being jealous of her popularity with the boys and general "girliness", while she was stuck in her shadow as the relatively unpopular tomboy of the pair. Confronting said Shadow and learning that Yukiko genuinely wished she could be more like Chie helps her get over this.
    • Also from Persona 4, the last stages of Yosuke's Social Link reveal that he was jealous of the Protagonist, who was able to adjust so well to life in the countryside while he was struggling to find his place, not to mention the Protagonist's popularity while Yosuke himself was initially hated at worst and ignored at best. By the time we learn this, however, he has largely gotten over it.
    • A darker example comes in Persona 5 with Goro Akechi's mixed feelings of admiration and jealousy towards the protagonist. Both were labeled unfairly by society and stigmatized as a result (the MC as a criminal due to his arrest for a crime he did not commit; Akechi as an unwanted bastard child who would amount to nothing for that very reason), but not only did the MC come to not care what society thinks of him, but he gained a network of friends and confidants who genuinely come to care for him; Akechi meanwhile despite being a celebrity detective who went to great lengths to appease society and hide his bastard child image, was and still is overwhelmingly Lonely at the Top. His jealousy warps into outright hatred by the time your party fights him, tipping over the edge even more than he already had, to the point that he uses his Persona's berserking abilities on himself in order to kill the Phantom Thieves. To make matters worse for Akechi, the player learns at the end of the game that Yaldabaoth more or less set him up to fail in his "game," and any kind of benevolent guidance (including the help of the embodiment of human hope, Morgana) that Akechi could have benefitted from were instead given to the protagonist.
      • Sae Niijima, the older sister of eventual Phantom Thief Makoto. This prosecutor's cynicism in her corrupted field is compounded not only by the sexist attitudes of Japanese society, but by Makoto herself: she has personal standards and a sense of justice that Sae believes that she can never live up to, and to make matters worse, Makoto is still a high school student who cannot really do much to relieve Sae's burdens. Sae winds up snapping at Makoto over her uselessness one night, and her resentment grows to the point that she gains a Palace of her own, built on the theme of Envy, no less.
  • In the Mega Man Classic era, Mega Man's rival Bass resents him due to former's position as a world champion. Likewise, Dr. Wily's work was glossed over in favor of Dr. Light's inventions, which caused Wily to grow resentful to the point of becoming a villain and attempting to take revenge on Light.
  • Mega Man Zero 2: Elpizo resents Zero for quite a few things. Whether it's for his strength as a warrior that Elpizo craves to have himself, his popularity within the Resistance which Elpizo himself is shown to have some insecurities over, or the fact that he has Ciel's attention over himself, who also has feelings for Ciel on some level. Note his passive-aggressive attitude toward Zero in the first half of the game. Which turns to just plain aggressive by the end when Elpizo hits both the Big Bad Slippage and gets Drunk on the Dark Side due to mounting pressures on his mind.
  • In the last act of the Nintendo 64 game Aidyn Chronicles, Prince Sheridan after betraying his kingdom to the powers of Chaos snaps and reveals his long-buried resentment of Aloran. He always hated how everyone in the castle — his father who is also Aloran's father as well, their combat instructor, the castle cook, Aloran's childhood friend Brenna (who always fawned over Aloran while snubbing Sheridan) — favored Aloran over him. When Aloran tries to avoid him to deal with bigger problems Sheridan screams in frustration and forces a confrontation that gets him killed.
  • Oswald, who is understandably resentful of his younger half-brother Mickey after the latter stole the former's spotlight in more ways than one.
  • Dragon Age II has this in Carver, who is often overshadowed by his twin sister Bethany due to her being a mage, and by the elder Hawke sibling (the player character) due to either also being a mage or for being a more focused fighter. Player choices can let Carver overcome this, if he doesn't die.
    • If you give Bethany over to become a Grey Warden, she acts like this the next time you see her because she's doomed to a cruel fate. She'll still come back to help you with the final battle, though.
    • Bringing Varric with you into the Fade can reveal that he deeply resents his mother's preference for his elder brother Bartrand, who left Varric to care for her while he was off building the family's businesses.
    • In his final personal quest in Act 3, Fenris goes to meet his long-lost sister Varania only to discover that she was the willing bait for his former master Danarius to reclaim him. Why? To Varania, Fenris competed for Danarius's favor was rewarded with power, adoration and an easy life by their master's side, while she and their mother suffered endless hardship. In actuality, Fenris competed so he could use the reward to free his family and suffered years of horrific abuse at Danarius's hands. If you talk Fenris into letting her go free she still says that she thinks he got the better end of the bargain.
    • This is the main basis of Fenris's and Anders's rivalry throughout the game. Fenris has suffered greatly in the mage-ruled Tevinter Imperium and thinks that mages can never be trusted to never abuse their power, and Anders was imprisoned in the cruel Mage Circles that keep mages locked away and thinks all mages should live free. Their resentment of the abuses they suffered and their opposing views means that a majority of their dialogue is very hostile. It becomes so bad that Anders, slowly being corrupted by Justice, actually gives approval points if you give Fenris back to Danarius.
  • In Duel Savior Destiny Lobelia turned to evil because she resented her ally Rubinas for being more popular, friendlier and not being horribly scarred like she herself was. When Rubinas in Nanashi's body attempts to talk her down, she's completely unwilling to listen.
  • Makarov Juno in Love & War is this to the hero, Ryan Eramond: he envies Ryan for his good fortune, his role as the designated hero, and (in an earlier edition, now edited out) his success with women. The remake provides a clearer reason for his resentment.
  • Metal Sonic, the robotic Evil Knockoff of Sonic the Hedgehog, describes his organic counterpart as his "loathsome copy". It's understandable why he hates him, it's what he's programmed to do.
  • Shinon from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance dislikes Ike, viewing him as a weakling who can't do anything without his father's help. When Ike assumes leadership of the Greil Mercenaries, he leaves the group. When Ike crosses swords with him later in the story, he returns. Later, under the influence of alcohol, Shinon reveals he's still not fond of Ike.
  • Marche secretly holds resentment towards his younger brother, Donned, in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Donned was a sick boy most of his life, so his parents have to pay attention to him a lot to make sure he gets the care that he needs. Marche perfectly understood the situation and he never acted out on it, but deep down, he held resentment towards his little brother because Marche basically grew up with aloof parents. Marche eventually confesses his feelings towards Donned, causing the younger brother to cry and apologize in guilt after realizing he had no idea how spoiled he was.
  • In Fable I, Thunder is this to the Hero of Oakvale, even when the Hero is a boy in training and Thunder is a well-respected Guild Hero. If the Hero goes down the path of unseating him as Arena champion, killing his little sister, and stealing his fiancee, it's understandable; if the worst the Hero does is upstage Thunder's little sister, it's... less so.
  • In Kya: Dark Lineage, Aton is the strongest of the Nativs, and is not happy when Kya turns out to be much stronger. Eventually, this leads to him selling her out.
  • Zelda and Revali in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild held resentment towards Link in the past for similar reasons. Because Link was chosen by the Master Sword, Link's accomplishments as a swordsman reminded Zelda of her own failures as a princess and in her inability to unlock her inherited sealing power from the goddess Hylia. Revali resents Link because he sees Link as having been handed his destiny on a plate, undermining Revali's own hard-earned skill as a Rito warrior. Both of them overcame this; Revali does come to begrudgingly recognize Link's skill, while Zelda not only befriends Link for him saving her, but she ends up falling for him.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, this is a major reason for the Thalmor's hatred of the Psijic Order, a powerful Magical Society and the oldest monastic order in Tamriel. Through thousands of years of intensive study in the nature of magic, the Order has become able to utilize it in ways (and on a scale) that the rest of Tamriel is unable to match. The Thalmor strongly desire that power, and cannot stand that the Order, a primarily Altmer organization, absolutely will not toe the Thalmor line or share their knowledge. Additionally, this is part of the reason the Thalmor hate Talos, and have banned his worship. On the surface, their extreme Aldmeri religious beliefs teach that the Altmer are a Superior Species, descended from the Aedra, and the idea of a man joining their ranks is offensive and blasphemous. (The deeper reasoning note  is even worse...)
  • Bea in Night in the Woods is shown to be resentful of Mae for getting the chance to go to college that Bea herself never got and then seemingly throwing it away without a care by abruptly dropping out. However, Bea gets over it when she learns that Mae dropped out because she was having a mental breakdown.
  • Played with in Mass Effect: Andromeda. Cora Harper the second in command of the Pathfinder team trained for quite some time to succeed Alec Ryder as the human Pathfinder, but before Alec dies, he transfers Pathfinder authority to his son/daughter. Cora is not pleased about this, and her first conversation with you after this shows some hints of resentment. Ultimately subverted in that she remains a loyal dependable teammate and ultimately realizes that she would have made a lousy Pathfinder as she is too much of a risk averse order follower and would be out of her depth when given decision making authority.
    • The Volus ambassador is resentful of humanity as a whole in the first game, as humanity was granted a lot of privileges by the Citadel Council while his own race had to “wait its turn” and was overlooked for millennia. The actual reason the Volus were passed over is because, while they are an economic powerhouse who even established the modern galactic economy, they don’t have anywhere close to the military might to enforce galactic stability.
    • If you choose Captain David Anderson to become the new human councilor, Ambassador Udina who wanted that position for quite some time, starts seething with quiet resentment towards Anderson. It is implied that it is this resentment that causes him to conspire with Cerberus to annex the Citadel.
  • At separate points in Sly Cooper, Bentley and Penelope develop jealousy towards Sly for his accomplishments. Bentley pulls out of it quickly because he knows Sly views him as an equal, and also that Bentley has his own skills that Sly might be jealous of. Penelope, on the other hand, succumbs to her resentment and decides to murder Sly.
    • Dr. M from Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves is Penelope's predecessor, having betrayed Sly's father out of envy and spent about 20 years trying to open the Cooper Vault because he feels overshadowed.
  • Fate/Grand Order: Kadoc Zemlupus was a man with weak magical abilities who joined Chaldea in an attempt to save the world and prove himself. Then he gets caught in a bomb explosion and goes into a coma. Later, he wakes up due to taking the deal from the Foreign God to become one of the Crypters and learns that Ritsuka Fujimaru, who also has weak magical abilities, has already saved the world. Enraged at the fact someone so similar to himself succeeded and in his mind "stole" his chance, Kadoc takes to the role of cultivating his Lostbelt and preparing for the clash with the other six Crypters for the fate of the world with gusto, and when confronted by Ritsuka rants about how he could have saved the world too and done it better if he was in their place, and about how he won't let them take his Lostbelt.

    Visual Novels 
  • Sakura for Rin in the "Heaven's Feel" scenario of Fate/stay night. It doesn't become an issue... Except until the point where it ought to stop being an issue because she's already won.
  • Sakazaki Yuuya shows slight hints of this for his brother Sakuya in Hatoful Boyfriend when speaking to a third party. Yuuya is absolutely devoted to his brother and would willingly sacrifice himself for him, longs for his happiness, is proud of his better traits... and Sakuya detests him and is a hyper-pampered aristocrat with some very obvious blind spots. Yuuya's devotion has a degree of spite mixed in with the love, and he does think of Sakuya with a degree of condescension.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Kristoph Gavin became very angry when he found that Phoenix Wright had been chosen over him to represent a defendant; from Kristoph's point-of-view, it looked like said client had chosen Phoenix over himself because Phoenix had beat the client at poker and he hadn't. In actuality, the client wasn't paying attention to the results so much as how they played the game; he saw a ruthless streak in Kristoph's play that he deemed dangerous. It turned out that his judgment was absolutely right; Kristoph would go on to destroy Phoenix's career by tricking him into using falsified evidence and later personally killed that defendant. The Hiimdaisy comic at the top of this page actually outlines Kristoph's view of the situation very well.
    • Before that there was Justice For All's Morgan Fey, who is very bitter that her younger sister had better spiritual powers than her and became the Kurain master, while she was shuffled off to one of the Branch families. So much in fact that she tries to get her sister's last daughter, Maya, arrested for murder and then murdered herself. Trials and Tribulations reveals that the entire Fey clan is full of Resenters, which is important for the backstory of the last case.

  • Drowtales: Quaintana might be the Drowtales equivalent of Big Boss, but her abusive and ruthless nature has caused many of her closest followers to develop agonizing grudges against her less-than-heroic actions; her daughter Syphille never forgave her for being passed over as the heir just because she took an "abnormal" style of combat (bonus points for being forced to raise the ignorant brat who was the heir), Su'ube spent centuries as her lieutenant but she felt betrayed when Quaintana rejected her daughter for the position of general in favor of a gullible kid with humanitarian pursuits, and a good chunk of her Saghress army thought it was hypocritical when she formed an alliance with one of the Sharen queens after they had sacrificed so much to conquer Chel from said Sharen (ignoring the very real threat of starvation as the Sharen seized all of the Saghress' agricultural sectors in the war). They all try to kill Quaintana out of revenge, and she gladly accepts their challenges until they finally succeed.
  • In Tales of the Questor Rahan is revealed, at the eve of Quentyn's departure, to have tormented Quentyn so long out of resentment — for his status as the Woobie, for seemingly skating off scot-free whenever he brings trouble down on the village, and for how he always lands on his feet.
  • Hoh from Tower of God absolutely loathes Bam for being crazy talented and really humble and friendly about it, especially since Bam's talent put him in a very difficult position. Or as Serena Linnen put it, he shines so bright, you can only close your eyes and be bitter. This leads to Hoh's parting words: "Right [...] I just for some reason really hated you, Bam!"
    • Rachel also hates Bam because the only thing worse than watching someone who lived his whole life in the dirt do better than you ever will on his very first trial, is the very real fear that same moronic person would reach the top of the tower and make the very tiny and tormenting wish for both of them to go back to his home in the dirt. In other words, he is better than everyone else, and he will waste the wish that everyone wants on something that nobody else would ever want.
  • In M9 Girls! Vero resents best friend Karla spending time with the M9 Girls instead of her.
  • Homestuck: Karkat, towards John, so much that he ends up getting a crush on him, in a weird troll romance sort of way.
  • In Prophecy of the Circle Yaren towards his former friend Jacind, for losing to him in a contest determining which of them would become the leader of Oros, even though Jacind should technically have been disqualified before the final challenge.
  • Magick Chicks: Hoo boy, does Cerise have issues with Melissa.
    • According to Jacqui, Cerise never forgave Melissa for diverting everyone's attention from her, back when they were kids. It didn't help matters any that everything always seemed to go her way, or simply fell into her lap, or the fact that even Hecate favored her, despite all Cerise's efforts. It was only a matter of time before she snapped.
  • In El Goonish Shive, after losing a match to Sarah, Larry mutters that she's a "fake geek lesbian".

    Web Original 
  • This also seems to be the only thing driving Kismet forward in the Whateley Universe. She hates Fey because Fey gets everything. Fey is prettier. Fey is a better and more powerful wizard, even though Fey is younger. Every time she tries to one-up Fey, it fails. She's put her team into a Team Tactics course solely to show up Fey and Fey's team. If she wasn't such a Bad Boss, her team might even succeed at it.
    • Also, Sharisha/Tempest, who utterly hates Chaka for being pretty, smart, having awesome powers, a team full of real friends and having heaps of people wanting to date her, especially since Chaka used to be male. Sharisha, who is fat, plain, doesn't have many friends, isn't very good at using her powers and doesn't have anyone after her, hates that a boy (which is how she sees Chaka, who is very female) gets everything she doesn't. Sadly, she doesn't realise that if she and Chaka weren't fighting, Chaka could probably help her with her powers, and if she didn't lash out at everyone, they'd like her more.
  • In Worm, Armsmaster is this to Dauntless, as Armsmaster is a Badass Normal Gadgeteer Genius who needs to spend hours improving his technology, training, and practicing, whereas Dauntless' powers mean that he effectively gets stronger every day with no effort. It's this resentment that eventually pushes Armsmaster to become a Fallen Hero, endangering the truce between heroes and villains which gives everyone a slight chance against Endbringer attacks for the sake of his own glory. Ironically, Dauntless is trapped in a bubble of frozen time during that same fight.

    Western Animation 
  • In Aladdin: The Series, this is a key component of villain Mozenrath's psyche: anger that Aladdin has been granted massive magical power (through the luck of having met the Genie), and become heir to Agrabah (through his chance meeting with Jasmine), whereas Mozenrath has had to sacrifice so much (including the flesh of his right hand in exchange for a magical gauntlet) for power.
  • Animaniacs gives us Buddy, an early Warner Brothers cartoon character whose shorts were so ridiculously boring, it threatened to do the company in. When the Warner siblings were created, their popularity skyrocketed and Buddy was given the shaft, forcing him to live out his life as a simple farmer and clearly wanting his stardom back.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender both subverts this and plays it straight: Though Prince Zuko would initially appear to be one of these characters, his dialogue would seem to reveal that almost all of his anger is directed inward at what he perceives to be his own failings, allowing him to be much more calm, once he makes the Heel–Face Turn. However, though she hides it well, Azula's secret resentment of Zuko, and the love their mother felt for him and not for her (at least so she thinks, it's really all in her mind. Her mother was actually worried about her.), ends up contributing greatly to her Villainous Breakdown. The person Zuko resents isn't any of the heroes — instead, he resents Azula for being a better villain than him, and for getting the approval (Ozai probably isn't capable of anything that could be called "love") of their father. Apparently, said father liked to say that Azula was "born lucky," whereas Zuko was "lucky to be born." Jesus. Christ.
    • The Sequel Series Legend of Korra features both Kya and Bumi showing jealously since they were both excluded by Tenzin from their dad for not being air-benders. The latter seems to show slightly more being the only non-bender amongst their family. And then Bumi becomes an air-bender himself.
    • From the same series, Lin Bei Fong spent much of her life resenting her mother, Toph Bei Fong, and younger half-sister, Suyin, albeit for different reasons. She resented her mother for not accepting her and for her seeming favoritism of Suyin, however slight or unintentional, such as when she covered up the fact that Suyin took part in a crime that led to Lin getting her face scarred, and she resented Suyin for being (from Lin's viewpoint) smug Karma Houdini who always got what she wanted and never had to suffer for any of the bad things she did, and refused to be a part of Suyin's life.
    • Evil Uncle Unalaq from Book 2 had been very jealous of Tonraq being next in line for the throne in the Northern Water Tribe, so he sets up a trap that gets him exiled. But when he hears that Tonraq had fathered the Avatar, he decides to kidnap her to manipulate her only to betray the kidnappers when they were stopped by the White Lotus. Later, he manipulates Korra into joining him and takes time to personally screw Tonraq over out of spite as Korra later points out when she learns the truth. Unalaq and Tonraq battle later, with Unalaq winning and gloating that he'll keep Tonraq alive so that the latter can see the former win once and for all.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Robin, Speedy and Aqualad resent Batman, Green Arrow and AQUAMAN because, despite being adults, they're still treated as young sidekicks. Robin especially as he had actually moved on and went to protect Bludhaven. It lets up for Robin once he becomes Nightwing.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command has Ty Parsec resenting Buzz Lightyear after the latter saved him 50+ times. It's also implied that Ty barely received any credit for any of his accomplishments whereas Buzz's own deeds are highly praised, thus causing Ty to resent his old friend. Ditto for Booster's old farm-town friend, who resented Booster being chosen for the Space Ranger academy and getting to go on adventures.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door has Chad Dickson, the former Numbuh 274 and Soopreme Leader of the KND. Originally considered to be the greatest KND operative on the planet, he did not take it well when the higher-ups decided Numbuh 1 was better than him and decided to make him the Earth's representative for the GKND. Part of that stems from all the sacrifices he made for the organization, including becoming a Fake Defector and having his legacy in the KND tainted with his betrayal. The jealousy and resentment for this decision consumed him so much that by the time of his final appearance on the show, he attempted to kill Nigel for it, even though it wasn't his fault nor was it something he was even aware of at the time. Though Nigel hating him for his fake betrayal (not that he knew at the time) certainly did not help matters.
    • In a dark twist, we find out a bit more why in a teaser of sorts: The GKND turn out to be a dark organization and have been coercing Nigel to do something terrible to Earth, while Chad is begging him not to do so, because it would threaten the people they care about. The fact that Nigel ultimately ends up going through with it shows why Nigel was ultimately chosen... and it was not a good reason.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • Vlad Masters. Despite being a billionaire celebrity and possessing half-ghost powers, Vlad is resentful towards his best friend Jack because he was the one who married the love of his life. Not to mention fathering a son who is half-ghost, a person who in Vlad's eyes, should rightfully be his! Naturally, he spends most of the series trying to kill Jack.
      • In a nice bit of irony, in an Alternate Universe caused by Danny meddling in the past, he does marry Maddie, but turns out to be a controlling husband who refuses to let her do ghost hunting related activities because it reminds him of Jack. Yes, even when he gets what he wants, he's still resentful.
    • Tucker Foley, but to a lesser extent. Prior to obtaining his ghost powers, Danny was on equal grounds with Tucker. The two were best friends who shared everything. Then Danny gets all the awesome powers and Tucker is stuck being the Butt-Monkey. One episode showed him acting on his resentment via an (unintentional) deadly wish that nearly had him kill Danny.
      • Indeed, seeing the monster his wish had created helps Tucker move past this trope.
        Tucker: That's me?
  • When Remy Buxaplenty first appears in Fairly OddParents, he's resentful of Timmy for having two godparents and real parents who, while neglectful, still love him deeply. Remy only has the one godparent, and his real parents are so obsessed with making money that they spend just two minutes a day with him and don't even know his name. In later appearances, he seems to be motivated by petty vengeance and sheer Jerkassery more than anything else.
  • I.R. Baboon from I Am Weasel resents Weasel's fame and considers himself better, even though Weasel is a certified genius, whereas Baboon is... well, not.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Princess Luna, angry that ponies enjoyed her sister Celestia's day but slept though her night, embraced her dark side and became Nightmare Moon, intending to reign over eternal darkness. This gets revisited in the Season 7 episode "A Royal Problem", where it's revealed both sisters think the other has it easier (and Celestia too has her fantasies of dropping all restraints and ruling unchallenged).
    • Sunset Shimmer, the Big Bad of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, clearly resents Twilight Sparkle, because she managed to earn everything Sunset desired: adoration, power, and an alicorn princess position. This becomes evident when Twilight's friends praise her for her loyalty and fortitude while she grows closer and closer to a Villainous Breakdown with every word spoken. Luckily, she pulls a Heel–Face Turn and appears to grow out of it by the time of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, learning to accept her loss and instead embracing what she has now: The human versions of the Mane Six and alicorn!Twilight as her friends, the true respect of Canterlot High, and some sweet magical powers on the side.
    • Though her Start of Darkness was the result of half the Mane Six ruining her show and two obnoxious fans causing an incident that ruined her career, Trixie would ultimately come to resent Twilight Sparkle for apparently having the power she doesn't. This would last through a Roaring Rampage of Revenge with an Artifact of Doom and then well into Season Six before she would finally drop the grudge. Ironically, the reason she drops the grudge is because of the grudge: she befriends someone to spite Twilight Sparkle, and the friendship becomes genuine.
    • Starlight Glimmer, the Big Bad of Season 5 has this and then some. It was bad enough that she had already developed deep-rooted social issues resulting from a broken friendship as a filly, which deeply traumatized her. Meeting the Mane Six, Twilight Sparkle most especially, just sent her over the edge. When the Mane Six thwarted her in the Season 5 premiere, she spent the entire season tracking them down and plotting her revenge against them. Starlight didn't care about why or what it would lead to, she despised Twilight and her friends that much. Revealing that this is what Starlight greatly desired: Friends. But her resentment for the Mane Six is so deep she still needs more talking down even after being shown the horrible consequences of her actions. Fortunately, Twilight Sparkle managed to get through to Starlight enough to finally make her let go of her resentment and give friendship another chance, which she does, ultimately being forgiven and becoming friends with the Mane Six.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Catra. She was raised by Shadow Weaver alongside Adora, receiving the most overt and physical mistreatmentnote . After Adora's defection coincided with Catra's recognition for her own talents up to and including Shadow Weaver being forced to give her the promotion planned for Adora, the idea that her own fortunes depended on Adora's defeats took root and metastasized.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Homer's Enemy", Frank Grimes' main character trait is resentment of how well Homer has done for himself despite being, well, Homer Simpson, while he has worked hard all his life and gotten nowhere. He might have done better to resent the people who favored Homer over him instead — Mr. Burns especially — since they were so blatant in their hostility toward him, while Homer was merely Innocently Insensitive.
  • Plankton of Spongebob Squarepants has, as his main villainous motivation, resentment of Mr. Krabs's success (and, in turn, the community that made Mr. Krabs a success), especially in comparison to his own restaurant, hence his ongoing attempts to steal the Krabby Patty formula. Also seems to be reversed at times: Krabs at the very least has a rather intense rivalry with Plankton and is obsessed with gloating to his face. Whenever Plankton seems to have even minor success that makes his own resentment fade, Krabs obsessively tries to destroy him, intent on putting him back in his shadow.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Higgs is a squire who has been training for years to eventually be worthy of becoming a knight. She gets angry at Marco Diaz when he seemingly goes on the fast track to knighthood just because he is Princess Star Butterfly's friend. She rants that she worked hard while he earned nothing. Ironically, she is unaware that Marco's fighting skills and years of adventures more than qualify him for the position. Later, she and her friends attack him, but he easily kicks their butts.
  • Initially, Raven appears to be this in regards to Terra in Teen Titans: angry that Terra has apparently managed to control her powers so easily, while Raven still must meditate constantly to keep hers in check. However, since it turns out that Terra got her control from working with the Titans' Arch-Enemy Slade, the resentment was probably justified.
  • Tangled: The Series: Over the course of Season 2 Cassandra is shown to resent Rapunzel for having everything come easy to her. Rapunzel is always happy, Cass isn't. Rapunzel is the beloved princess of a whole kingdom, while Cassandra struggles to prove her worth to her own father. They manage to work through this with Episode 16... only for Cassandra to find many, many more reasons to resent Rapunzel.
  • In Thunder Cats 2011, Lion-O and Tygra are Resenters to each other. Lion-O resents Tygra for being the Always Someone Better and Compassionate Critic whom nearly everyone in their kingdom — even his own father — preferred over him. Tygra resents Lion-O for being The Chosen One of the Sword of Omens and apparently Cheetara. That second one is particularly galling for Tygra since he's nursed a crush on Cheetara since childhood. Lion-O and Tygra's mutual resentment fuels their Sibling Rivalry, though Lion-O still wholeheartedly trusts Tygra and doesn't believe that Tygra would ever betray him even after hearing a prophecy stating Tygra will do just that.
    • They do eventually start to get over it when Cheetara makes it clear she wants a relationship with Tygra, and Tygra, in charge after Lion-O's (temporary) death, finds out that he isn't as successful a leader as Lion-O had proven to be.

Alternative Title(s): Resenter


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