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Basic Trope: An unsympathetic character acts out against a sympathetic character out of jealousy.

  • Straight: Sally is jealous of the naturally-talented Alice, so she tries to make her life a living hell.
  • Exaggerated: Sally repeatedly and openly tries to kill Alice at various intervals.
  • Downplayed: Sally is jealous of Alice and steals her chocolate pudding.
  • Justified: Sally and Alice are competing for the same rewards, so Sally wants to give herself any advantage she can.
  • Inverted:
    • Sally is jealous of Alice, but does everything she can to make Alice's life better.
    • Alice considers the less-gifted Sally to be a disgrace, and because of this contempt makes a special effort to punish her for her inferiority.
  • Subverted: It turns out that Sally is actually a huge Jerk with a Heart of Gold - being mean to Alice is just her way of pushing her to succeed even further.
  • Double Subverted: But then it turns out that the Training from Hell angle was just an excuse to get Alice out of the picture for real.
  • Parodied: Sally is The Hero in a To Be a Master type of anime, and the way she progresses up the ranks is by killing off or otherwise annoying the hell out of her opponents.
  • Zig Zagged: As "Double Subverted"...except it turns out that Sally is so devoted to her Training from Hell angle that she makes it seem that she genuinely hates Alice - when the opposite is true.
  • Averted:
    • Sally is jealous, but not unreasonably so.
    • Sally is not jealous at all.
  • Enforced: "We want to show Sally as an Anti-Hero. She should envy another character, let's say Alice."
  • Lampshaded: "I'll make your life a living hell, Alice." "Well, I'll make your life two living hells, Sally."
  • Invoked: At first, Sally just ignores Alice. However, Alice teases Sally so much that she finally snaps.
  • Exploited: The Hero Bob tells Sally that Emperor Evulz is Alice in disguise.
  • Defied: "I am jealous of her, but that doesn't mean I should try to hurt her or anything."
  • Discussed: "Didn't Sally try to poison you because you were her rival?" "Oh, that's just crazy talk."
  • Conversed: "Why does Sally envy Alice, anyway?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Because Sally is so focused on her jealousy of Alice, she fails to develop her own talents enough to where she can achieve her own goals. As a result, she becomes a bitter failure while Alice goes on to great success.
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    • Sally spends so much time sabotaging and thwarting Alice that her own skills are neglected. When Alice finally gives up and leaves her career in shambles, Sally is no better off.
  • Reconstructed:
    • In time, however, she learns to bury the hatchet with Alice and the two become friends and collaborators.
    • Sally then diverts all of her effort into improving her own skills and in time becomes Alice's equal, or at least becomes notable and celebrated in her own regard.
  • Played For Laughs: Sally's attempts on Alice's life fail hilariously.
  • Played For Drama: Sally succeeds at killing Alice, and she ends up getting arrested. The last shot of her is in jail: she's smiling.

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