Tall poppy syndrome is a (usually) pejorative term used in most English speaking countries except the US. It describes a common social phenomenon when people who are more talented or have achieved more than their peers (so-called tall poppies, see the image on the right) are criticized, attacked, or resented by the others. Nonetheless, such behaviour is mostly irrational, as the following witty quote succinctly summarizes:
P.S. My special thanks goes to Mark Curran for pointing out this phenomenon to me. The picture of poppies is from Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0).