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Yeah being first is great and all. You get to be a pioneer. The door kicker. Boldly go where no man has gone before!
But without someone following behind you to press on and keep carrying that banner forth, you're pretty much just a goon out there by yourself!

So let this thread be for all those runner-ups!

Better than their firsts:
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Wars II: The Empire Strikes Back
World War II: The Hun and The Empire Raped

Famous seconds:
Buzz Aldrin - second man on the moon
Larry Doby - second colored in baseball
K2 - second tallest mountain on the planet

worst seconds ever: