This has been puzzling me for years and my research so far hasn't turned up anything conclusive.

So is there a word which communicates the concept of an apprentice outperforming their teacher? I suspect the answer is most likely no—but if anyone knows differently and can tell me what that word is, that would be great.

  • Luke Skywalker? Darth Vader? Take your pick. – Tushar Raj Jan 24 '17 at 9:07
  • Could be prodigy? Although there's no aspect of betrayal – newt Jan 24 '17 at 10:40
  • @newt, where's the aspect of betrayal in the question? – alwayslearning Jan 24 '17 at 10:41
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    I wouldn't say betrayal, however the idea is very similar to Anakin overcoming Obi Wan in Star Wars. – user138774 Jan 24 '17 at 11:26
  • Showoff? Whippersnapper? Uppity little git? 🙃 – verbose Jan 24 '17 at 18:18

If you're looking for an informal word, you can use 'bested'.

Which means:

  1. to get the better of; defeat; beat

An example of it being used is:

Until one day she bested her master...and left.

XKCD 1337 Part 2

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By definition wouldnt that be a savant. A person who has little or no training that is able to perform above expectations, above a normal person or trained person in a specific field.

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    I wouldn't use this word. – user116032 Feb 2 '17 at 23:07

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