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"Hey, wait a second. I know who you are now! You're that guy! The one who kept getting pissed off at me for not remembering...something."

Two characters can be competing for the same goal, without one of them even aware of the competition. Maybe the reason they haven't picked up on the rivalry is that it is hard to take their rival seriously. Maybe the rival simply hasn't shown up onscreen at the same time. Perhaps they do acknowledge the would-be rival's skills, but someone far superior has already taken the coveted spot. It might just be that the rival is so much weaker, that they can't be considered a serious threat. Whatever the reason, the rival is competing for the same thing as the other character. Objectives for competition may be the fair maiden's hand, simple revenge, a pot of gold, the title of "World's Best Whatever" or the extra-special MacGuffin of the week.

This is common with non-evil antagonists, giving writers a character who can be a source of tension without necessarily being a bad guy. Compare But for Me, It Was Tuesday. See also We Meet Again, which is usually followed by a "Have we met before?", much to the would-be-rival's chagrin.


Supertrope to Enmity with an Object in that there's no way an object can be aware that someone has a grudge on it.

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    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: With at least one exception in Season 8 where Sweet S. nearly discovers Big M. is a villain before Huo Haha manages to convince her otherwise, the Supermen are completely unaware that Big M. and Little M. are trying to invade their home planet and send out most of the monsters they fight — even if the evidence is right there in plain sight.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Tom the Dancing Bug, wealthy Holligsworth Hound is constantly offended by impoverished Lucky Ducky's existence as an beneficiary of government services paid for by Hollingsworth's taxes. Some strips end with Lucky Ducky declaring "Gotcha!" to underscore Hollingsworth's outrage, but in general he doesn't bother to acknowledge the hostility.

    Fan Works 
  • In Kira Is Justice, O is this, being Mello's counterpart. Justin doesn't even know of him, and the closet thing that O had done so far to challenge him was to send SIS agents to Chicago-partially to bring out L.
  • The Immortal Game has an inverted example. The Cadet claims that he and Sir Unimpressive have been archenemies for years even before the war. Unimpressive doesn't remember him at all.
  • Earth and Sky: While Apple Bloom knows that Diamond Tiara doesn't like her, it's unlikely she realizes that DT views them as archenemies.
  • Baldwin Coster is this to Rhuna at the World Martial Arts Tournament in Dragon Ball X. He doesn't even recognise her, although in his case it's because he's so full of himself that he doesn't bother to remember faces. Add in his sexism and Rhuna's a blank doll to him. In the ensuing fight, Rhuna took extra special pleasure in reminding him who she was.
  • Dirty Sympathy Daryan Crescend is one to Apollo for Klavier's affections. While he later finds out that Klavier is cheating on him, he never finds out that Klavier is cheating on him for Apollo and that Apollo sees him as an obstacle and danger to Klavier.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Tron Bonne sees herself as a rival for Mega Man's affections, but both Mega Man and Kalinka don't even know who she is.
  • Raven to Celestia in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III, That is until she kills Twilight Sparkle.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim:
    • Zim is completely unable to remember the names of Dib's new teammates, Steve and Viera, constantly referring to them both as "Not Dib". And that's when he can even remember who they are.
    • Arnold Quis, aka Agent Spider Monkey, is this to Dib in the Swollen Eyeball Network, as Dib barely knows he exists and doesn't know just how much he hates him. And when Quis' spiteful actions get him kicked out of the SEN, he blames Dib, who isn't even aware of it. This is lampshaded by the title of his first major appearance, which is "Rise of the Unknown Rival".
  • Rivals Series: Yuuri is this to Viktor; Yuuri has devoted a decade of his life to breaking Viktor's winning streak and unseating him as the best skater in the world, after Viktor tactlessly insulted him when he was a fan. While Viktor deeply respects Yuuri's abilities and acknowledges him as his only equal, he interprets their personal relationship in a completely different light.
  • The More Things Change provides several examples:
    • Ryo Muhoshin craves for killing his hated rival Ryoga Hibiki due to (perceived) unforgivable slights. He spent years tracking him down and found out that Ryoga didn't even remember him.
    • Tanya Noori. Ryoga has absolutely no idea of why she wants to kill him.
  • The Westerosi:
    • Cersei Lannister becomes paranoid of and obsessed with destroying Jade Hasegawa because she suspects Jade is the "younger, more beautiful queen" in the prophecy who will overthrow her. While Jade sees Cersei as an opponent because Cersei won't cooperate with her, she doesn't worry about her because she is more concerned with helping Westeros survive the Long Night. Jade doesn't know about the prophecy and doesn't care about the Iron Throne or any of Westeros' political power struggles.
    • Euron Greyjoy is also obsessed with defeating Jade, seeing her as a rival in magic, and believes she is also working to defeat him. When Jade is in the House of the Undying, they are able to see and hear each other during one of Jade's visions. Euron lectures her on resorting to going to the House of the Undying for the secret of defeating him. She says she has no idea who he is.
  • For Love of Magic: For the few scenes she's in, Hermione tries to set herself up as Harry's academic rival but the boy is barely aware of her attempts.
  • Harry is a Dragon, and That's Okay: Draco Malfoy still has an axe to grind with Harry and goes out of his way to cause trouble — and mostly falls flat. For Harry's part, he just shrugs off Draco's attempts and finds him rather strange. Eventually Draco realises it works far better in his favour to team up with Harry than antagonize him all the time and forms the Defense Club with him.
  • RWBY Alternate: Ruby adores her older half-sister Yang, but Yang feels jealous of Ruby due to the Parental Favoritism she gets from their dad. Yang's attempts at one-upping her sister go unnoticed, until Yang goes too far during a fight and nearly kills her sister.
  • A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor plays with this trope in a strange way: while Arturia is aware of the Elder One's existence and threat, she hasn't gotten a clue just what the hell they can even be at all. The Elder One on the other hand, is fully aware of Arturia's past, implying they were there themselves and given the sheer contempt they have for the King of Knights, It's Personal.
  • Fixing RWBY: Arslan is bitter towards Pyrrha because she always comes in second place against Pyrrha in tournaments. Pyrrha, however, hasn't noticed Arslan's disdain. She doesn't even really care about winning.
  • Handmaid: Jane Seymour to Anne Boleyn. Jane views Anne as a rival for Henry's affections because, while she's a secondary lover like Jane, any child Henry sires on Anne will be legitimate due to her status as Henry's handmaid. Anne, however, is in love with Katherine of Aragon, and is sleeping with Henry and having his children to secure Katherine and Mary's positionsnote . She doesn't care about Henry turning his affections to someone else, and doesn't interfere with Jane's relationship with Henry because, by the time it started, Anne was already in the midst of her second pregnancy. This backfires on everyone after Henry's increased time with Jane causes her to become pregnant with Edward while she's still his mistress, prompting Thomas Seymour to try and murder Anne so Jane can replace her. While Anne survives, she miscarries her and Henry's son. After Thomas and Jane are arrested and set to be executed (the latter after the birth of Edward), both Anne and Katherine admit they should've payed more attention to Jane instead of dismissing her as another one of Henry's flings.
  • The Mountain and the Wolf:
    • The Wolf is rather put out to find that his warning to the Westerosi at large has been ignored and that they haven't started preparing for a Chaos invasion.
    • Conversely, the Wolf seems to have difficulty remembering some of the people he deals with, only vaguely remembering he'd seen Tyrion once.
  • Fates Collide: Nero sees Ruby Rose as her rival and vows to defeat her for having the power to summon roses, which she believes should belong to her alone. When she finally confronts and challenges her, Ruby has no idea who she is, and pays more attention to her other opponents Cinder and Amakusa.
  • Hachiman actually has three in My Hero School Adventure Is All Wrong As Expected:
    • After Hachiman defeated Bakugo in every one of the Quirk assessment tests (solely for the joy of rubbing his victory in the explosive blond's face) and proved instrumental in the villain's defeat at U.S.J., the volatile teen has considered the 1-A Class Representative to be something of a Worthy Opponent. This has actually helped to curb some of Bakugo's more abrasive tendencies and kick-start his character development several months faster than canon by showing him alternative ways for Heroes to accomplish their goals.
    • Todoroki also thinks of Hachiman as a goal to surpass due to his success during the U.S.J. event and even views him as a threat to his chance of victory in the final tournament rounds of the U.A. Sports Festival. Todoroki even goes so far as to pull a Cavalry Betrayal on Hachiman's group at the last minute of the tournament's second round, stealing their points and walling them off from all other teams to make sure they couldn't progress.
    • More than his strength, what Deku admires most about Hachiman are his mental and social attributes. Deku can't help but think to himself that his planning skills fall short of Hachiman's after seeing the strategies and contingencies the other teen is able to easily formulate and implement during times of conflict. Socially, his classmate's ability to incite the rest of his group during the sports festival and U.S.J. incident was so great that, when combined with the inspiring figure Hikigaya portrayed during the singles bout, Midoriya couldn't help but favorably compare Hachiman to the Symbol of Peace himself. For a more comedic example, what Midoriya actually finds most impressive is Hachiman's ability to casually talk to girls and converse with Bakugo without getting his head bit off.
  • A variation of this in Julie Horowitz's Mummies Alive! fics; back in Ancient Egypt, Ja-Kal's wife Tia arranged for Nefer-Tina to be raped just because she saw Nefer-Tina looking at her husband when Nefer-Tina had no intention of acting on her feelings and there was no sign that Ja-Kal even knew about her.
  • In Doctor in the Underworld, while the Doctor expresses his disapproval of Viktor after learning about his role in starting the war as he decides to try and end the vampire/lycan conflict, it is unclear if Viktor was ever even aware of the Doctor’s existence, as he never mentions him when talking with Selene about her ‘crimes’, Selene speculating that her memories may have been so jumbled that Viktor didn’t ‘remember’ the Doctor.
  • Fate/Harem Antics: After Rider crushed Zouken Matou under rubble and then Assassin killed him, his grandson Shinji becomes terrified of the two and goes into hiding, paranoid that they will come after him next and praying that they don't find him. He's hiding for nothing, as those two barely, if at all, noticed him, and they certainly don't give him a second thought.
  • Arrow: Rebirth: Oliver is sent back in time to immediately after he first returned to Lian Yu, with Felicity following a few days later. Felicity is outraged when she learns Oliver won't immediately resume their relationship, as he's still in love with (the still alive) Laurel. Felicity then plots to murder Laurel so that she and Oliver can be together again, only to be murdered herself by a third party before she can get anywhere. Laurel meanwhile, is not only unaware that Felicity hates her, but seemingly doesn't even know who Felicity is.
    • Ultimately deconstructed. Laurel is eventually informed of the above events, and is horrified to learn someone she's never met could hate her that much, to the point of having nightmares about it.
  • The God of Destruction comes to Remnant: Gojira defeats Adam Taurus and severely injures him, causing Adam to swear vengeance on him, saying that as soon as his injuries heal, he will hunt him down and make him suffer. Gojira does not give him a second thought.
  • Ruby Pair: In "Meeting of Ruby Eyes'', Zim has no recollection of having previously encountered Gabo Amebo when attacked by his forces on Cyberflox, despite remembering everything else from that past adventure.
  • In The Whole Academys On Fire, Monokuma reacts violently to Sonic the Hedgehog's arrival and acts like Sonic should know him...while the hedgehog outright admits to not having a clue as to who Monokuma even is, only caring about stopping him because Monokuma admits to running a killing game.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Hercules, throughout the majority of the film, the titular hero was completely unaware of Hades' existence, that he was behind him losing his godhood as a baby, and was the one responsible for all the seemingly random monsters he had been defeating. It isn't until the final act that Hades introduces himself to Herc and the hero finally learns the extent of Hades' manipulations.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup is completely oblivious to how jealous Astrid is of him suddenly outperforming her in training. When she confronts him after he officially becomes top of the class, he has no idea how mad she is or why she's getting so physical with him.
  • Kung Fu Panda 2: Lord Shen has spent the greater part of two decades meticulously preparing for his eventual battle with Po, but Po sees Shen as just some random baddie to stop. Po is completely unaware of the deeply personal role Shen played in his history, having only learned he existed a few days before meeting him. Even after he learns the truth, he refuses to make their conflict personal, which absolutely baffles Shen.
  • In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Kovu never seems to have any idea that Nuka resents him. In fact during the few scenes the two are shown interacting, Kovu never shows anything but love and care towards his brother.
  • In Penguins of Madagascar, Dave's disdain for penguins started out when the Penguins stole his glory back at Central Park Zoo back when they were younger. They never really met the guy until this movie and Skipper especially has trouble remembering his name.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Salieri in Amadeus hates Mozart with a passion. However, he never lets on that he does, and actually is rather nice to the younger man when they are in each other's company.
  • In Big Fish, Ewan McGregor's character unknowingly grew up with a rival who was constantly overshadowed by him. They end up fighting over the same girl when they become adults.
  • Sort of happens in Black Swan. While Nina feels threatened by the new dancer Lily, Lily's not really threatened by her.
  • In Casper Meets Wendy, the Big Bad Desmond Spellman is this to Wendy. He wants to destroy the Good Little Witch because he is currently the world's most powerful magic user, but the Magic Mirror which decides such things has foretold that Wendy will usurp him. Wendy, meanwhile, is only about twelve years old and has no idea who Spellman even is, much less why he's trying to kill her.
  • In Country Strong, much drama comes from Kelly Canter worrying that Chiles Stanton is going to replace her as the hot new thing. Chiles meanwhile is oblivious to this.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • Wonder Woman (2017): General Ludendorff and Dr. Maru spend almost the entirety of the movie completely unaware that Diana even exists, let alone that she's working with Steve to foil their plans. However, the ignorance (and irrelevance) of Ludendorff is supposed to be more of a minor plot twist, since throughout the movie Diana believes that Ludendorff is actually Big Bad Ares, who naturally knows about Diana and all the other supernatural secrets of the world, but is merely pretending to be an ordinary human. The climax shows that Ludendorff really is just an ordinary human and that Ares was really disguised as another, seemingly harmless, minor character.
    • Aquaman (2018): When David Kane meets Aquaman, Kane says as a pirate, he's dreamed of fighting the protector of the ocean for some time and considers him his Arch-Enemy. Aquaman is just meeting him for the first time and has no idea who he is and doesn't care. After Aquaman defeats him and refuses to rescue his father from death, Kane reinvents himself as Black Manta, obtains some Atlantean technology, and forces Aquaman to take him seriously.
  • Enchanted: Queen Narissa ploted to destroy Giselle because she thinks Giselle is going to remove her from her throne once she married her son Prince Edward. Until Narissa reveals herself at the climax, Giselle has no idea about any of this and sincerely wants to become friends with her.
  • Enter the Dragon has the Big Bad confront two minor characters before he ever meets the protagonist of the movie, played by none other than Bruce Lee. Oddly enough, Lee was sent there for the specific purpose of bringing the villain down while the two minor characters were at the tournament for unrelated reasons.
  • Odd example from The Fifth Element: Korben, the hero, and Zorg, the villain, never actually meet in the entire movie, despite being clearly the good guy and the bad guy. It's not even clear that the two of them realize they're in competition with each other over the stones. The closest they ever get to interacting is either when Zorg orders one million of his employees fired, a pink slip shows up in Korben's mail tube in the next scene, or when Korben and Co. enter one elevator as Zorg steps off the one next to it. The pink slip part is about as impersonal as it gets, as well. An underling tells Zorg that due to possible economic troubles, they want to fire 500,000 employees, possibly in one of the smaller cab companies where no one will notice. Zorg, being a Card-Carrying Villain, orders one million fired instead.
  • Godzilla vs. Kong: Godzilla is this to Kong. While Godzilla views Kong as a potential rival to his position as the Alpha of all Titans on Earth, Kong is completely uninterested in the position and would rather be left alone in his own territory, be it Skull Island or Hollow Earth. It's unclear if Kong even knew he was a legitimate contender for Godzilla's position. Hell, it's entirely possible that prior to Godzilla's first attack against Kong, Kong had no idea who he was or that he even existed. Even after that attack, Kong made no move to seek out a rematch until Godzilla used his atomic breath to blow a hole into Hollow Earth and destroyed part of Kong's ancestral home, provoking him.
  • In A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Mike merely thinks Antonio is a jerk to everyone. He doesn't know that Antonio is jealous that Dito is blowing him off to hang out with Mike.
  • Tien Hao in Legendary Weapons of China is in a quest to kill off every rival martial artist who knew the skills of all 18 titular weapons, regardless of their allegiance. This is naturally confusing th Uncle Yu, the heroine's mentor, who was ambushed by Tien and had to knock him out in self-defense, and later as Tien recovers from his injuries, upon waking up one od the first thing he did is attacking Uncle Yu again.
  • This is the case for the first half of The Man with the Golden Gun. James Bond is tracking down Scaramanga on the basis of the bullet carved with his number which was sent to MI6 and interpreted as a threat. The bullet was actually sent by Scaramanga's assistant Andrea, who wanted Bond to kill him, and Scaramanga even admits when he meets Bond that he has nothing against him. He still has a training dummy of Bond in his funhouse and desires a one-on-one duel to prove who's the best killer, but he didn't actually plan on summoning Bond until Andrea's interference brought him into the plot.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Ant-Man: Hank Pym and Howard Stark had a bitter falling out after the former found out the latter was trying to replicate his shrinking technology to use in military weapons. Hank is so bitter about it that he refuses to contact Howard's son Tony to help him with a mission. Then in Captain America: Civil War, Hank's protégé Scott Lang is furious at Tony for locking him, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and the Falcon in prison and tells him that Hank was right about the Starks. On the other hand, this is the first time Tony has ever met Scott and he has no idea who he is or what he's talking about.
    • In Guardians of the Galaxy, Drax wants revenge on Ronan the Accuser for murdering his family. He's outraged when he can barely get Ronan to pay attention to him, as shown when he challenges Ronan to a fight and charges him, only for Ronan to nonchalantly walk away mid-charge. When he finally gets Ronan's attention, Ronan effortlessly beats him up.
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming: In the wake of the Chitauri invasion, Tony created a government agency to oversee the cleanup of all the disaster areas. However, Adrian Toomes, who was employed by the City of New York to do just that and invested a lot of money in the operation, to lose the contract and not be compensated. This causes Toomes to develop a hatred for Tony Stark and get indirect revenge by using stolen alien and Avenger technology to create weapons to sell for profit. Interestingly, Toomes is savvy enough to exploit the "unknown" aspect of the trope by using it to stay off Stark's radar and sell his weapons with him none the wiser.
    • Black Panther: Prince N'Jobu had teamed up with Ulysses Klaue to steal Wakandan vibranium as part of a plan to arm oppressed African-Americans. However he was killed by his brother, King T'Chaka, when he found out and N'Jobu attempted to pull a gun on Zuri, the spy who sold him out. This results in N'Jobu's son Erik developing a burning hatred for the Wakandan royal family and spending the rest of his life training to get revenge on them. T'Chaka's son T'Challa on the other hand is completely unaware of the incident in question and doesn't even know that Erik exists until he reveals himself decades later.
    • In the Final Battle of Avengers: Endgame, Thanos is this to most of the Avengers since most of them don't realize he is not the version that dusted half the universe. He knows the Avengers who were around in 2012, since his underling loaned Loki the Chitauri to invade Earth, but others, he has no idea what his past self did that would make them specifically want to kill him.
      Wanda Maximoff: You took EVERYTHING from me!
      Thanos: (almost bewildered) I don’t even know who you are!
      Wanda Maximoff: You will.
  • In Repo! The Genetic Opera, Paris Hilton plays Amber Sweet, a spoiled brat heiress with pretensions of being a gifted singer. Amber believes she is due to replace Broadway legend Sarah Brightman's character, Blind Mag, a world-famous opera singer who headlines the Genetic Opera for the all-powerful Gene Co company. Mag must know who Amber is due to her association with Amber's father, but Mag doesn't even acknowledge Amber.
  • In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan from Kirk's perspective the encounter with Khan was a one-off event that happened 15 years ago and ended with Khan and his people voluntarily leaving to peacefully set up their own colony free of Federation control. Meanwhile, the colony suffered a massive natural disaster and complete ecological collapse almost immediately afterwards and Khan watched his wife and most of his friends die horribly with no way to leave the planet. Khan is enacting 14 years of pent-up revenge for something Kirk is completely unaware of.
  • Street Fighter has a situation similar to the above Superman one. Chun Li pledged her life to bring down M. Bison for having her father shot. But for Bison, it was Tuesday. Bison acknowledges his actual arch-enemy to be Colonel Guile.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men: Everybody assumes Magneto is trying to kidnap Wolverine, presumably to experiment on him because of his Healing Factor. When they meet face to face, Magneto reveals he doesn't care about Wolverine and was really after Wolverine's companion, Rogue.
    • Deadpool 2: Deadpool assumes Cable is an assassin sent to kill him, until Cable reveals he doesn't care about Deadpool and was really after Russell Collins.

  • Alexis Carew: In the backstory, Rashaed Coalson for Dunholm Carew, which leads to a one-sided family feud. When it was Dunholm's turn to pick first on land claims during the colonization of Dalthus, several times he happened to pick out claims that Rashaed wanted. Dunholm insists to the Coalsons to this day it was pure coincidence, but Rashaed became convinced Dunholm was deliberately screwing him and taught the hatred to his sons and grandsons. Later Rashaed sabotaged the colony's antigrav hauler when it was headed to the Carew estate to bring Dunholm's wife to Port Arthur for treatment, leading to her Death by Childbirth. Later his son Daviel made a high-speed pass over Alexis's parents' buggy, spooking the horses to a crash that killed both of them.
  • The Bible: In the Book of Job, Satan works to undermine Job's faith by ruining his life, intending to prove to God that Job's piety is superficial. Job variously lays blame for his misfortune on bad luck, unkind fate, or his own mistakes, and resists the temptation to blame God, but he never even suspects that Satan might be engineering his misfortune.
  • The Black Tulip: Cornelius van Baerle is completely unaware that he's become Isaac Boxtel's archenemy, and only vaguely remembers him as a next-door neighbor when he finally sees him at the end of the novel..
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian stories, he and Thoth-amon never actually meet and Conan is never the direct object of Thoth-amon's attacks. In The Phoenix on the Sword Thoth sends a demon to kill the man who enslaved him after he lost his powers who is leading an assassination attempt on then king Conan, actually inadvertently saving him although he also tells the demon to kill everyone with his erstwhile master, thus putting Conan in danger again. In The God in the Bowl Conan just happens to be robbing the museum where a deadly gift from Thoth-amon to a rival is being kept. In The Treasure of Tranicos Thoth-amon is after one of several parties after the title treasure, Conan, once again just happens to inadvertently get in the way. In The Hour of the Dragon Thoth-amon is just mentioned by a group of Stygian priests seeking a way to combat him after his return to power.
  • In The Dinosaur Lords, Falk considers Jaume to be his rival and contantly attempts to one-up him, undermine him and, above all, prove that he's worse than Falk. Jaume, on the other hand, has no idea of this and considers Falk to be little more than his co-worker, though one who ascended through ranks admirably fast.
  • In The Fountainhead, Toohey considers himself Howard Roark's arch-rival. When he confronts Roark and asks him, "Why don't you tell me plainly what you think about me?", Roark replies, "I don't think about you."
  • In the Gotrek & Felix series, the Skaven wizard Thanquol spends decades plotting how to defeat the titular duo after they hunted him for so long and destroyed all his plans. When he finally catches them he finds out that they have no idea who he is, or that the various Skaven attacks they had blundered into over the years were even connected.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy takes this to an extreme. Mild-mannered and mostly confused Arthur Dent is captured and accosted by Agrajag, who claims that he keeps being reincarnated only to be killed by Arthur Dent every single time, including the times he was a bowl of petunias, a bystander at a cricket match, and one in a time and place Arthur has yet to visit. This, as one may imagine, has left Agrajag rather unhinged, so that when Arthur insists that he's not doing it on purpose and the universe is just "playing silly buggers" with them, Agrajag point-blank refuses to believe it.
  • In The Lord of the Rings, Saruman has always envied Gandalf for being the more popular of the two (which was in no small part thanks to him being humbler and wiser). Gandalf on the other hand always respected Saruman and apparently had no idea how much his fellow Maia resented him, being sincere and personable right up to the moment Saruman revealed his true colours and attacked him.
  • In the Marla Mason series, the chaos witch Nicolette is obsessed with becoming Marla's nemesis, while Marla considers her nothing more than a minor nuisance. In the novel Lady of Misrule, several characters outright tell Marla that her refusal to take Nicolette seriously has motivated her to become a far greater threat than she might otherwise have been, as she is trying to become so dangerous that Marla won't be able to ignore her anymore.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has a couple of possible examples.
    • Cersei very definitely sees Margaery Tyrell as a rival, but it is not clear whether Margaery is actually trying to undermine Cersei or not. It is certainly true that Margaery's family is trying to increase their power at Cersei's expense, but it is unknown if Margaery is knowingly assisting in their schemes, or is genuinely trying to be friendly with Cersei and is upsetting her largely by accident. The latter seems unlikely, since she is shrewd enough to immediately see through Cersei's plan to get her damned in trial by combat, and calls her a "vile, scheming, evil bitch". Cersei's main reason for antagonizing Margaery is because of a prophecy that says she will be brought down by a younger and more beautiful queen. The reader is well aware that this could just as easily be Daenerys, whom Cersei has never even considered.
    • Viserys Targaryen is one for Robert Baratheon: Viserys sees himself as the Big Good to Robert's Big Bad, but Robert (correctly) sees Viserys' sister Daenerys as more dangerous (though for the wrong reasons). Despite this, Robert still considers him a threat, but would likely reconsider this if he knew just how staggeringly incompetent and useless Viserys really is, making this a strange example of Viserys being a Partly-known Rival who deserves to be treated as an Unknown Rival, and probably would be treated as an Unknown Rival if Robert actually knew anything about him. Viserys is also convinced he's been staying just ahead of Robert's assassins for his whole life, but Robert had never actually tried to have him killed since he got to Essos.
  • In Austin Grossman's novel Soon I Will Be Invincible, the relationship between the hero Core Fire and the villain Dr. Impossible is like this.
  • Wendy Mass' short story "The Stars at the Finish Line" averts this — the protagonist's academic rivalry with a girl he has a crush on has nabbed him excellent grades. When he mentions this to her close to the end of the story, she acts confused...then laughs and reveals that of course the rivalry was mutual; she was just messing with his head.
  • In Warrior Cats, (spoilers for Rise Of Scourge and The Darkest Hour) Scourge desperately wants to kill Tigerstar, who has no idea who he is.

  • Jonathan Coulton has the song Nemeses which is eventually driven by this trope. Once the protagonist catches on, he begins to exploit the trope... though the song's tone suggests heartbreak, rather than triumph.
    Ah yes, my old friend
    You are a master of this game
    The hidden blade when you pretend
    That you don't even know my name
    Well played

    Sometimes it's hard to tell
    If you even notice me
    Maybe it's just as well
    It's better you don't see
    The way I'm running just to keep your back in view
    In your shadow, waiting for the perfect moment
  • During the beginning of Lil Bow Wow's rap career, he made a few songs, calling out Will Smith for not making hardcore gangsta rap songs during his career. Will Smith, who's now more into acting than rapping, was unaware of Lil Bow Wow's jabs, until someone finally asked him about it in an interview. He ended the possible rivalry simply saying "I don't respond to children."
  • Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum started a feud with Primus because he thought their song "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" was mocking his girlfriend Winona Ryder, and at a Soul Asylum concert renamed a song to "Les Claypool's a Big Fucking Asshole". Meanwhile, Primus mastermind Les Claypool pointed out that the song wasn't about her, and Ryder said she didn't mind anyways.
  • Henry Rollins cheerfully admits to having been one (along with a dash of Always Someone Better) to Iggy Pop. Rollins admired the hell out of Iggy, but also was determined to try to outplay and upstage Iggy if they ever performed together. He got that chance 3 times in the 90s. The first two times not only did Iggy blow Rollins off the stage, but he acted like he wasn't even aware of what Rollins had tried to do and humbly thanked Rollins for the honor of playing with him. Naturally, this just made Rollins more determined to upstage Iggy. So, upon learning that there's a third gig where they'll be playing together, Rollins sets up a punishing, months long training course so he can play harder and long than he's ever played before. He gives the performance of a lifetime... and Iggy still blows him off the stage, but at least Iggy acknowledged Rollin's attempt for the first time and had to put some energy into destroying him.
    Rollins: "What are you doing in Denmark?" I-I played tonight! "You did?" Yes, I was the opening band, I saw you staring at me! "You played? I just remember Iggy Pop." [Iggy]'s just like *finger flick* dink.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Perhaps the most well-known wrestling example: Starting in the mid-nineties, Shane Douglas has spent over a decade running down Ric Flair. Flair barely paid him any attention. This didn't stop even after Douglas finally got a program with Flair in WCW in 2000 (and beat Flair twice).
  • During the last year of WCW, Booker T was clearly being modeled as a copy of The Rock with promos, popularity and a finisher ("The Bookend") that was a copy of the Rock Bottom. When Booker joined WWF in 2001, he interrupted the Rock in the ring to run the Rock down and say he was the better man. The Rock's reply: " the blue hell...are you?"
  • TNA, as part of its campaign to compete with WWE, markets itself as a Darker and Edgier alternative to WWE, being more violent and bloodier, even going so far as to make occasional not-so-veiled quips at their "competition". WWE responds by...going about their business as usual, not paying any mind to them.
    • Then there was that ridiculous and pointless storyline where BG James and Kip James as the "Voodoo Kin Mafia" would spend weeks mocking Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and Vince McMahon. They would often challenge the three to a fight with $1 million on the line, wait a few minutes, then denounce them as cowards for not showing up. The three never gave any indication they were aware of this, and when Michaels did make a reference to someone "jerking a curtain", even the fans mistook it as a jab at Kurt Angle rather than the James gang.
    • According to some backstage reports, this wasn't simply a "dig at the WWE" angle — this was a genuine attempt by TNA to do a crossover with WWE, the $1 million prize money was apparently real (at a time when many of their top draws worked second jobs to pay the bills). They actually sent a message to the WWE front office, asking if the head of the largest wrestling promotion in America and two of his biggest stars would appear on their show broadcast from Universal Studios. Apparently, Dixie Carter was legitimately shocked when they ignored her, and kept checking at the TNA office to see if Vince had left her any messages.
    • It's educational to compare WWE's reaction to TNA with their reaction to the formation of All Elite Wrestling in 2019. For pretty much their entire history, WWE has basically treated TNA with bemused indifference, just keeping half an eye on them to see if they have anyone leaving who'd be worth signing (most notably AJ Styles in 2016). When AEW started up, WWE went into overdrive in an attempt to drive them out of business by immediately moving WWE NXT from the WWE Network to live TV on Wednesday night to counter-program against AEW Dynamite, going into a frenzy of signing as much new talent as possible while resigning existing talent to much longer contracts in an attempt to keep performers from leaving WWE for AEW, and generally trying to screw with AEW as much as possible e.g trying to keep them from booking large venues such as Madison Square Garden. Mind you, WWE isn't in quite as unassailable a position in the industry in 2019 as they were back in 2002, with a much more dissatisfied employee roster and fanbase, which is possibly just making Vince McMahon much more paranoid than he once was about competition.
  • John Cena's first major feud was as the Unknown Rival to Brock Lesnar. Lesnar injured Cena in a match, leading up to months of Cena putting out videos trash talking Lesnar while he recovered. When he returned, Cena would even adopt a new Finishing Move, the F-U, as a mockery of Lesnar's finisher, the F-5. Lesnar showed absolutely no response to Cena, and when they met again... well, Lesnar beat him again, though Cena actually looked really good in the match, even in defeat, solidifying his status as a rising star.
  • In 2004 H2Wrestling acted as such to Ring of Honor, running directly against it with fired ROH wrestler Teddy Hart. ROH was in a moment of weakness, having lost its distributor to the RF Video Scandal, but for the same reason didn't pay H2 or Hart any mind and Hart made a brief return to ROH in 2009 after H2 went under.
  • The Miz was this to John Cena during their first feud in 2009. Averted since then, however.
    • He got this again in 2011, where The Miz was WWE Champion and was supposed to be the main event at Wrestlemania against Cena. Unfortunately for Miz, Cena and the audience were far more concerned with Cena's problems with The Rock. It wasn't until Miz ambushed and practically murdered Cena that anybody really remembered that he was actually in the equation at all.
  • TNA had its own unknown rival in the form of Pro Wrestling Syndicate, who it actually did acknowledge...after eight years, during a conflict with its much more known rival Global Force Wrestling. Though the Syndicate was very tongue-in-cheek on their own end, nowhere near as persistent or antagonistic as TNA was towards WWE.
  • Within Ring of Honor itself, the Briscoes Decade feud was setup by BJ Whitmer encouraging Adam Page to call out Jay Briscoe while Briscoe was not around in an attempt to make Jay look bad. Page, not really getting the point, went on to confront and challenge Jay on the first show they were both on together after this. Jay accepted, but not before admitting he had no idea who Page was.
  • Brandi Lauren was this to Allysin Kay in Shine Wrestling. Lauren did get Kays (divided)attention after using Kay's own(possible stolen) disguise to help LuFisto retain the single's title belt against Kay, but Kay could never quite remember what it was that made Lauren hate her in the first place. What was worse, the fans couldn't remember seeing Brandi Lauren before, so her whole gimmick in Shine became bragging about how she had been a "star" on bigger shows like EVOLVE and WWE NXT.
  • Matt Riddle constantly badmouths Goldberg and Brock Lesnar, calling them horrible wrestlers and boasting that he will one day face Lesnar and force him to retire. They mostly ignore him, but Goldberg eventually confronted him backstage and told him to knock it off, while Lesnar said he'll never face him because of his attitude.

  • In Romeo and Juliet, although Count Paris is technically Romeo's rival for Juliet, he's never made aware of that fact. He dies without ever realizing that the girl he wants to marry loves someone else. Romeo is vaguely aware of Paris's interest in Juliet, but he doesn't learn of it until after Juliet's seeming death; when he does, his reaction is more a feeling of kinship with Paris over their shared loss than rivalry.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Battletech universe, the Taurian Concordat (size: Roughly 30 systems) considers the neighbouring Federated Suns to be their Arch-Enemy and live in a state of constant mobilization in case the Federated Suns attack them again like they did during the Reunification War. The Federated Suns (size: 300+ systems), on their end, consider the Concordat Beneath Notice and Not Worth Killing (mostly because the Concordat have a history of fighting extremely dirty on home terrain) and are way more concerned with the Draconis Combine.
  • In Eclipse Phase, the Jovian Republic is terrified of the threat posed by the Titanian Commonwealth, and is convinced that the Commonwealth will nuke them if it gets the chance. The Titanian Commonwealth doesn't actually care about the Jovians, viewing them as a tedious bunch of Evil Luddites who are more of a threat to their own citizens than anyone else, and is more likely to send humanitarian aid than anything military unless the Jovians are trying to start something with a Titanian ally.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Fate/stay night, Issei considers Rin to be his arch-nemesis. Rin never responds to his enmity, which only makes him more suspicious and jealous. And on a less humorous note, Shinji has this going on towards Shirou, but this grudge reaches extreme levels fairly quickly.
  • Hatoful Boyfriend has Nishikikouji Tohri in Holiday Star and the drama CD. He's always trying to go after Shuu, and he's never able to even encounter him. Yuuya tells Shuu about one of his attempts, once.
    Shuu: Nishiki...kouji... The client from four years ago? No, that's not right. The other witness from the third toucan trial... isn't right either, is it?
    Yuuya: You really don't remember? It's rare for Iwamine-sensei's world-renowned preeminent memory to be so troubled.
    Shuu: You're making too much of it. I won't remember each and every thing about anybirdie I have no interest in.
    Yuuya: Somehow or another, it looks like Nishikikouji Tohri has some catastrophically one-sided feelings. Life doesn't always go as planned.
  • Little Busters!: Sasasegawa Sasami and Rin. Sasami interprets their constant battles as them being fierce rivals and takes them very seriously. Rin interprets their battles as Sasami being annoying and can never remember her name.
  • Parodied in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney:
    • Butt-Monkey Gumshoe announces himself to be Phoenix's rival, who is both confused and flattered — but mostly amazed.
    • Even more so with Winston Payne, who is hardly remembered by Phoenix and completely ignored by fellow prosecutor Edgeworth.
    • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, Phoenix's reaction to Gaspen Payne claiming that his older brother Winston is Nick's "longstanding rival" is suitably incredulous.
      Phoenix: ("Longstanding rival"...? When were we ever rivals, let alone "longstanding"...?)

  • Akuma's Comics: The glitch Ashura the Hedgehog has a major ax to grind with Shadow as he feels he deserved to be Sonic's fake and Evil Counterpart in Sonic Adventure 2, not him. Shadow couldn't care less about Ashura and just wants him to leave him alone, rebuffing his attempts to be a rival and telling him to get a life.
  • Bravoman: Anti-Bravoman tries to play himself up as a dark anti-heroic rival to Bravoman, who goes about without noticing him, when he does find Anti-Bravo, he befriends him and still remains ignorant to Anti-Bravo trying to set up a rivalry. When Bravoman goes to an alternate Dimension where Anti-Bravoman has leveled the world all in the pursuit of power he tells Anti-Bravoman that he can be a real threat, and to keep up the good work.
  • Played straight in Cosmic Dash where the space pirate Vid Seng, and by extension his larger crew, has a rivalry with Dash Kameku and his cohorts. Dash doesn't see Vid so much as a rival but more of an annoyance... when and if he remembers him.
  • Jango Fett from Darths & Droids is the Unknown Rival to Obi-Wan Kenobi, complete with Obi-Wan saying "Sorry? Do I know you?" as Fett prepares to gloat about his plans for revenge. Although unlike many of the other examples on this page, Obi-Wan really has never before met or seen Fett, or indeed had any inkling of the man's existence. Fett is well aware of this too, and takes great pleasure in watching Obi-Wan squirm while trying to figure out why this random bounty hunter is trying to utterly ruin him.
  • In Dumbing of Age, Becky sees Dorothy as her implacable rival for Joyce's affections. (Platonic affections; Becky is gay and in love with Joyce, but knows that both she and Dorothy are straight.) Dorothy sees Becky as another of Joyce's friends, who's a bit weird around her for some reason.
    Becky: So I betcher wonderin' why you're invited. Well, I keep my friends close but my enemies closer.
    Dorothy: Becky, we're not enemies. We routinely come to each other for advice.
    Becky: Do you prefer cheese pizza or pepperoni?
    Dorothy: Pepperoni.
    Becky: Then you're only allowed cheese pizza, nemesis.
  • Las Lindas has Alejandra to Mora. This is more a Deconstruction of the trope, since Mora doesn't really care and is more worried about keeping her farm up and running, Alejandra's near-overwhelming desire to crush Mora into dust mostly just harms her mental state and her company's reputation and financial state.
  • Mechagical Girl Lisa ANT: Lisa is too oblivious to realize that Pink Flash is her enemy.
  • Nebula: Jupiter devotes the majority of his waking moments to trying to find a way to kill Sun and take his place as leader. Because he's incredibly obvious about it, Sun knows, but finds him to be so little of a threat that he's just vaguely concerned about the possibility of Jupiter injuring himself in the course of a Zany Scheme to try and kill him instead of holding him as any sort of serious rival.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Main character Roy Greenhilt is the Unknown Rival of the Big Bad Xykon, who's vaguely aware that there's a guy called Redpommel or something who swore revenge on him for some reason or other. Even after Roy personally thwarts his plans and destroys his body and lair, the most he gets from Xykon is the page quote. Double Subverted later when Xykon makes a Call-Back to his last encounter with Roy... except it was All Just a Dream. When Xykon actually faces Roy again in the desert, he's already forgotten everything about him.
    • Interestingly, Redcloak, who isn't the Order's main target, actually recognizes them every time they meet, and even gives Xykon a recap of their previous fights when they arrive at the pyramid. Even he is a bit fuzzy on who they are beyond a recurring enemy, though. The Monster in the Darkness doesn't recognize them at first, but remembers the name of the Order, and when in the desert, actually recalls Roy (alias Flopsy).
    • Also the case with Ian Starshine, who thinks his own plan to topple Tarquin is significant to the latter, to the point that he (falsely) believes that Elan was sent by Tarquin to infiltrate the Order of the Stick to get close to Haley and then, by extension, Ian himself. The real reason Ian was being held by Tarquin? Bozzok was paying him to. Other than that, Tarquin didn't care about him. Tarquin does later frame Ian for assassination, but it's over a petty argument and to "test" Haley, more or less the opposite of what Ian imagined. Although Tarquin does state he vaguely remembers Ian at one point (but not his name), so he may be partially right.
  • In Questionable Content, Hannelore's archenemy is a woman who lives in her apartment building who left a pair of underpants in the washing machine, meaning OCD Hanners had to get rid of all her clothes, and was later spectacularly rude to her in the coffee shop. The woman did not interact with Hanners the first time, and barely acknowledged her the second time (which was the problem), so she's completely unaware of this.
  • Inverted in Shortpacked!, Sydney Yus has a whole speech about how Galasso will remember her now, which she insists on saying despite Galasso making it clear that he knows exactly who she is and always saw her as his most dangerous enemy.
  • In Something*Positive, Ollie sees Davan as his Arch-Enemy. Davan wasn't even aware that Ollie hated him until Ollie recently confronted him and declared that they were enemies. This is because Ollie blames Davan for derailing Ollie's theater career years ago when it was really Ollie's own incompetence that did it. Davan is actually a bit upset by this.
  • Van Von Hunter has a recurring character named Vengeance Joe who swears revenge against the title character... for failing to introduce himself when they passed on the street.
  • In The Wotch, Cassie is this to Anne. Anne is oblivious to most of the goings-on in her world and just sees Cassie as a friend, not realizing that she's jealous about Robin's affection and Anne's magic power, which Cassie thinks Anne did nothing to earn. Though Cassie later wins Robin, she's still upset about the magic thing.

    Web Original 
  • Back when it was still a parody magazine, Cracked relished in taking pot shot after pot shot at MAD. Not once did MAD ever even acknowledge that Cracked existed. This was averted in Real Life, as MAD publisher William Gaines was so acutely aware of knockoffs that he had a voodoo doll in his office, and each pin was labelled with the name of a different magazine. To Cracked's credit, theirs was the only pin left in the voodoo doll by the time Gaines died in 1992.
  • DarkSydePhil frequently makes antagonistic comments toward Hideo Kojima whenever he struggles on one of Kojima's games, which is often. Phil seems to view Kojima himself as his ultimate rival and really pushes how much he hates Kojima in some creative ways, such as deliberately killing Kojima's character avatar several times in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and having a blast while doing so. By contrast, Kojima has never directly acknowledged Phil’s existence, only sending out one tweet that was possibly about Phil ("Fan sent me video of angry man playing MGS3. Couldn’t figure out simple instructions. He said, 'Fucking Kojima,' a lot. Lol.") Phil seems to be aware that his rivalry is one-sided however, though he plays it up anyway. Phil himself is also ironically on the receiving end of this at times in the exact same way as Kojima is to him, whenever a vocal member of his Hatedom tries to get his attention and goes ignored.
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Not quite unknown, but Johnny Snow apparently repeatedly writes to Dr. Horrible, challenging him to showdowns, and doesn't seem to get that the feud is entirely one-sided.
    "Look. Dude. You are not my rival!"
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • After the Freeza saga, there's a Running Gag of the villains either not knowing or not caring about Vegeta.
    • Garlic Jr. is dispatched easily by Mr. Popo without ever encountering any of the main cast.
  • From The Hard Times: ""Rival" Band Totally Indifferent to Your Existence". The band Gift Horse deeply hates the band Weed Killer, and are constantly playing pranks on them and trying to sabotage their success, which always backfires. Meanwhile, Weed Killer consider Gift Horse to be nice guys that they dimly remember meeting once.
  • At the end of the pilot of Hazbin Hotel, Sir Pentious attacks Alastor, giving a hammy We Meet Again speech. Alastor's response is "Do I... know you?", although Alastor being Alastor, he might have been just trying to make Pentious mad.
  • A variant in Kung Tai Ted. After being attacked by a hitman sent by bitter rival Solomon in his The Angry Dragon review, Ted pledges to find and defeat him. However, he takes so long in doing so that by the time he manages it in Golden Ninja Warrior, Solomon has long since forgotten about him.
  • In SynthOrange's Let's Play of Princess Maker 2, Lizzie Shinkicker earned the rivalry of Wendy because her magic prowess was slightly better then the rest. Every encounter with Wendy was hilariously short, as Wendy was a Squishy Wizard and Lizzie was well-rounded enough that she could often One-Hit Kill Wendy with her sword. Cube even comments on Wendy's desire to beat Lizzie as a "suicidal delusion."
  • True Capitalist Radio has Ghost's enthusiastic and entirely one-sided vendetta against Alex Jones.
  • Anthony "A-Log" Logatto is this to Chris "Chris-Chan" Chandler; A-Log gained notoriety for his commentaries on Chris-Chan's videos, and would also wish harm towards Chris for, among other things, "giving autistics like him a bad name". Despite this, there has been no indication by Chris as to knowing who A-Log is.
    • After Chris lost a talent contest for the video game PaRappa the Rapper, Chris subsequently started a one-sided beef with the winner, a guy named Adam Stackhouse, who (at the time) had no idea who Chris was.
  • The Nostalgia Critic invokes this trope when he made a video telling The Angry Video Game Nerd to stop letting his fans draw comparisons between them.
    Critic: So, please, leave this petty, jealous rage behind you and simply acknowledge that I'm the better man. If you accept this defeat, please respond by leaving absolutely no comment whatsoever. In fact, don't even respond to this video. In fact, act like you have a million other things going on in your life that you wouldn't even have time to WATCH this video, let alone respond to it. Do that, and I will accept your apology.
  • The Pittsburgh SOAPranos has Sami entirely unaware that she has a rival soap shop, let alone that it's run by The Mafia and that they've attempted to issue death threats to her.
  • The Dorkly series Pokémon Ralphie focuses on Ralphie, a former Bug Catcher who Red beat when he first became a trainer. He's now a middle-aged man with delusions about being Red's number one rival and is intent on proving it. Red has become the head of a multi-million dollar Master Ball company and doesn't even remember him, saying that Blue is his only rival.
  • In Red vs. Blue, Carolina is obsessed with proving that she is better than Texas and reclaiming her status as Number One on the leaderboard. Meanwhile, Texas doesn't really care about their one-sided rivalry and at times, even seems to pity Carolina, which only infuriates Carolina further. Unfortunately, the rivalry ended up causing the death of a simulation trooper named Biff, and the annoyed dismissal of Biff's death by Carolina drove his friend Temple to declare a war against the Freelancer Project and all participants. In a classic case of From Nobody to Nightmare, Temple and his cohorts end up killing at least half a dozen of Freelancers, who are normally considered to be Super Soldiers of near-SPARTAN levels.
  • In Welcome to Night Vale, Cecil will express disgust with the rival town Desert Bluffs whenever they come up in his broadcast and will go on about how awful it is. When Night Vale comes up in Kevin's broadcast to Desert Bluffs, however, he makes no mention of any negative feelings between the towns and says that he bets Night Vale is wonderful and beautiful.
    • Cecil also very vocally declares his disdain for his supposed Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Steve Carlsberg. Steve is actually the human personification of a puppy dog, and treats Cecil with happy excitement.
  • There's a couple of cases in the Whateley Universe.
    • One is Phase and Golden Girl — Golden Girl wants to be the boss of her martial arts class, but Phase continually blows her out of the water by combining his weapons, his damn good powers and his gift for strategy. Phase really doesn't care about Golden Girl beyond 'she's an occasional annoyance', because he has real problems to deal with, while Golden Girl despises Phase utterly.
    • Another is Nemesis and She-Beast — She-Beast's father, Dr Diabolik, attacked a city and ended up killing over a hundred people, one of whom was Nemesis' grandfather. Nemesis blames Jadis personally, and Jadis' only response to her declaration of war was 'Take a number and get in line, bitch.'
  • TV Tropes versus Wikipedia (That Other Wiki if you're feeling bitter about it) with TV Tropes as the unknown one. Well, mostly unknown — they do have an article about us, at least.
    • Played far straighter with Uncyclopedia vs Wikipedia. The former can't stop badmouthing the latter. It is a shitpost site, after all.


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Alternative Title(s): Schoolgirl Rival, One Sided Rivalry



Stella claims Jesse is her rival, but Jesse doesn't even know her and considers her just a minor nuisance.

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