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15th Mar '17 5:17:07 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Hau in ''VideoGame/SunAndMoon'' engages in Pokémon battles to have a good time and treats them all as sparring matches, regardless of if it actually is a sparring match or he's taking on [[spoiler:the Aether Foundation]]. He really doesn't care if he wins or loses. Hau's attitude is of endless frustration to Gladion, who takes Pokémon battling as SeriousBusiness and is motivated primarily by revenge, leading to an odd situation at Akala Island where Gladion trounces Hau in battle, resulting in a bright and smiling Hau and an even grumpier Gladion.

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* Hau in ''VideoGame/SunAndMoon'' ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' engages in Pokémon battles to have a good time and treats them all as sparring matches, regardless of if it actually is a sparring match or he's taking on [[spoiler:the Aether Foundation]]. He really doesn't care if he wins or loses. Hau's attitude is of endless frustration to Gladion, who takes Pokémon battling as SeriousBusiness and is motivated primarily by revenge, leading to an odd situation at Akala Island where Gladion trounces Hau in battle, resulting in a bright and smiling Hau and an even grumpier Gladion. [[spoiler:Hau is actually merely [[StepfordSmiler putting on a happy face]]--he has an inferiority complex through a lifetime of being compared to his grandfather Hala, whom Hau was never able to beat at anything. Over the course of the game, Hau learns to be satisfied with who he is by helping to save the world, and he becomes perpetually happy for real.]]
15th Mar '17 5:13:45 PM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''Manga/OnePunchMan'', Suiryu, a competitor in a martial arts tournament and an audience favorite to win, is introduced with this attitude: Where others have entered to prove themselves, to show off, or for honor, Suiryu is quite open that he entered the tournament because he figured it'd be fun, and he points out to his second-round opponent Snek that he hardly ever trained and is just naturally this good. Though Suiryu has fun when he's dominating, he absolutely [[SoreLoser cannot stand it if his opponent turns out to be better than he is.]] He is also a [[spoiler:SocialDarwinist, believing himself to be superior because he's stronger and that if anyone is killed, it's their fault for being too weak to defend themselves. As a result, Suiryu has a very dim view of heroes, as they run counter to his way of thinking. It really strikes a nerve with Snek, who is a professional hero and believes strongly in protecting others.]]



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* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Most of the U2 participants seem to be this. They don't take their fights seriously, and when the last one of them is eventually defeated, they return to their universe, disgusted at how everyone seems to consider the tournament SeriousBusiness.

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* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Most of the U2 participants seem Hau in ''VideoGame/SunAndMoon'' engages in Pokémon battles to be this. They don't take their fights seriously, have a good time and when the last one of treats them all as sparring matches, regardless of if it actually is eventually defeated, they return a sparring match or he's taking on [[spoiler:the Aether Foundation]]. He really doesn't care if he wins or loses. Hau's attitude is of endless frustration to their universe, disgusted Gladion, who takes Pokémon battling as SeriousBusiness and is motivated primarily by revenge, leading to an odd situation at how everyone seems to consider the tournament SeriousBusiness.Akala Island where Gladion trounces Hau in battle, resulting in a bright and smiling Hau and an even grumpier Gladion.


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* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Most of the U2 participants seem to be this. They don't take their fights seriously, and when the last one of them is eventually defeated, they return to their universe, disgusted at how everyone seems to consider the tournament SeriousBusiness.
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25th Aug '16 2:20:23 PM Willbyr
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* Suzuhara Misaki completely exemplifies this trope in ''AngelicLayer''; she plays to have fun. After all, when all is said and done, it really is just a game, and not SeriousBusiness at all. Her attitude is shared by several others in the series whether they compete or not, including the creator of the game, and while she repeatedly faces opponents who take the game far more seriously than she does, this attitude also proves to be [[DefeatMeansFriendship quite infectious]].

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* Suzuhara Misaki completely exemplifies this trope in ''AngelicLayer''; ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''; she plays to have fun. After all, when all is said and done, it really is just a game, and not SeriousBusiness at all. Her attitude is shared by several others in the series whether they compete or not, including the creator of the game, and while she repeatedly faces opponents who take the game far more seriously than she does, this attitude also proves to be [[DefeatMeansFriendship quite infectious]].
3rd Jun '16 7:45:17 AM Willbyr
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* Cell from ''DragonBallZ'' demonstrates the second interpretation of this trope when he reaches his Perfect form, an end-result of having Freeza's and the arrogant Vegeta's cells in him. Wanting to see Gohan's hidden power [[BloodKnight for a greater challenge]], he [[KickTheDog crushes Android 16's head beneath his foot]] to have his anger erupt. Needless to say, [[BreakTheCutie his wish]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes was granted]]. Once the pissed-off, now Super Saiyan 2 Gohan [[CurbStompBattle starts pounding him with ease]], Perfect Cell [[VillainousBreakdown gets angry]] and drops his Cavalier Competitor attitude, since the game isn't fun anymore. Were it not for Goku stepping in, Perfect Cell would have [[EarthShatteringKaboom taken his ball and gone home]].

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Cell from ''DragonBallZ'' demonstrates the second interpretation of this trope when he reaches his Perfect form, an end-result of having Freeza's and the arrogant Vegeta's cells in him. Wanting to see Gohan's hidden power [[BloodKnight for a greater challenge]], he [[KickTheDog crushes Android 16's head beneath his foot]] to have his anger erupt. Needless to say, [[BreakTheCutie his wish]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes was granted]]. Once the pissed-off, now Super Saiyan 2 Gohan [[CurbStompBattle starts pounding him with ease]], Perfect Cell [[VillainousBreakdown gets angry]] and drops his Cavalier Competitor attitude, since the game isn't fun anymore. Were it not for Goku stepping in, Perfect Cell would have [[EarthShatteringKaboom taken his ball and gone home]].
30th May '16 7:27:29 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Baby{{face}}!Solo Darling described pro wrestling as a way to become best friends with people while earning candy money. Overtime she gained took to wearing furry costumes and her finishing is preceded by [[TheGlomp a glomp]].[[/folder]]
25th May '16 12:00:31 PM R1ck
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Some people treat [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries children's games]] like SeriousBusiness... and sometimes it's even justified, when the game determines world events.

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Some people treat [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries children's games]] games like SeriousBusiness... and sometimes it's even justified, when the game determines world events.
17th Feb '16 6:49:07 AM Knight20
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* Suzuhara Misaki completely exemplifies this trope in ''AngelicLayer''; she plays to have fun. After all, when all is said and done, it really is just a game, and not SeriousBusiness at all. Her attitude is shared by several others in the series whether they compete or not, including the creator of the game, and while she repeatedly faces opponents who take the game far more seriously than she does, this attitude also proves to be [[DefeatMeansFriendship quite infectious]].
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* This trope was used as CharacterDevelopment for Amber in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}''. Her mom orchestrated Tracy's exclusion to win a call in competition for her, and once defeated, Amber gets over it ("Mom, I lost. Let's just deal with it"), Her mom didn't take it so well.



* This trope was used as CharacterDevelopment for Amber in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}''. Her mom orchestrated Tracy's exclusion to win a call in competition for her, and once defeated, Amber gets over it ("Mom, I lost. Let's just deal with it"), Her mom didn't take it so well.

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* This trope was used For a serf, the Tourney in the ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series means the difference between exile, continued tenure as CharacterDevelopment for Amber a serf, and full Citizenship (being a life of ridiculous luxury and freedom), and thus is extremely SeriousBusiness. Citizens can enter if they feel like it, with nothing at stake. Stile's Tourney opponents in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}''. Her mom orchestrated Tracy's exclusion to win the first trilogy include the Rifleman, a call in WorthyOpponent who takes the skill and competition for her, very seriously, and once defeated, Amber gets over honestly wishes Stile success after Stile defeats him, and an unnamed ten-year-old boy (who's parents tenure was up and had nothing to lose) who "beats" him in a "contest" of [[LuckBasedMission slot machines]] and crows about it ("Mom, I lost. Let's just deal with it"), Her mom didn't take it so well.disgustingly, while Stile now only needs one more loss to disqualify him from the Tourney, which is fairly life-or-death by this stage.



* For a serf, the Tourney in the ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series means the difference between exile, continued tenure as a serf, and full Citizenship (being a life of ridiculous luxury and freedom), and thus is extremely SeriousBusiness. Citizens can enter if they feel like it, with nothing at stake. Stile's Tourney opponents in the first trilogy include the Rifleman, a WorthyOpponent who takes the skill and competition very seriously, and honestly wishes Stile success after Stile defeats him, and an unnamed ten-year-old boy (who's parents tenure was up and had nothing to lose) who "beats" him in a "contest" of [[LuckBasedMission slot machines]] and crows about it disgustingly, while Stile now only needs one more loss to disqualify him from the Tourney, which is fairly life-or-death by this stage.
* Twilight Sparkle pulls this one off in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Fall Weather Friends." During the big Running of the Leaves race, Applejack and Rainbow Dash develop an intense rivalry and take the race very seriously. Twilight, a first-timer who is quite [[{{nerd}} non-athletic]], is seen just strolling along throughout the race, admiring the autumn leaves with a peaceful expression on her face. In the end, Twilight comes in fifth, which isn't a great showing, but her friends come in dead last because they tired themselves out too quickly, whereas Twilight paced herself and saved all her energy for the final stretch.
* Servant Assassin has this attitude towards the Grail War itself in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': He's only in it for the promise of one good sword fight and treats everything else in it with cavalier disinterest. Justified because [[spoiler:the War is rigged against him anyway; he is the one Servant who ''literally'' cannot win the War in any possible way. Consequently, the promise of one good fight is all he has.]] He also fulfils the second stipulation of 'usually winning' by being the best sword-fighter in the Grail War and occupying some very favourable home ground, and can afford to be calm about any duels that do come his way.

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* For a serf, the Tourney in the ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series means the difference between exile, continued tenure as a serf, and full Citizenship (being a life of ridiculous luxury and freedom), and thus is extremely SeriousBusiness. Citizens can enter if they feel like it, with nothing at stake. Stile's Tourney opponents in the first trilogy include the Rifleman, a WorthyOpponent who takes the skill and competition very seriously, and honestly wishes Stile success after Stile defeats him, and an unnamed ten-year-old boy (who's parents tenure was up and had nothing to lose) who "beats" him in a "contest" of [[LuckBasedMission slot machines]] and crows about it disgustingly, while Stile now only needs one more loss to disqualify him from the Tourney, which is fairly life-or-death by this stage.
* Twilight Sparkle pulls this one off in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Fall Weather Friends." During the big Running of the Leaves race, Applejack and Rainbow Dash develop an intense rivalry and take the race very seriously. Twilight, a first-timer who is quite [[{{nerd}} non-athletic]], is seen just strolling along throughout the race, admiring the autumn leaves with a peaceful expression on her face. In the end, Twilight comes in fifth, which isn't a great showing, but her friends come in dead last because they tired themselves out too quickly, whereas Twilight paced herself and saved all her energy for the final stretch.
* Servant Assassin has this attitude towards the Grail War itself in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': He's only in it for the promise of one good sword fight and treats everything else in it with cavalier disinterest. Justified because [[spoiler:the War is rigged against him anyway; he is the one Servant who ''literally'' cannot win the War in any possible way. Consequently, the promise of one good fight is all he has.]] He also fulfils the second stipulation of 'usually winning' by being the best sword-fighter in the Grail War and occupying some very favourable home ground, and can afford to be calm about any duels that do come his way.
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* Suzuhara Misaki completely exemplifies this trope in ''AngelicLayer''; she plays to have fun. After all, when all is said and done, it really is just a game, and not SeriousBusiness at all. Her attitude is shared by several others in the series whether they compete or not, including the creator of the game, and while she repeatedly faces opponents who take the game far more seriously than she does, this attitude also proves to be [[DefeatMeansFriendship quite infectious]].

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* Suzuhara Misaki completely exemplifies this trope in ''AngelicLayer''; she plays to have fun. After all, when all is said and done, it really is just a game, and not SeriousBusiness at all. Her attitude is shared by several others in the series whether they compete or not, including the creator of the game, and while she repeatedly faces opponents who take the game far more seriously than she does, Servant Assassin has this attitude towards the Grail War itself in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': He's only in it for the promise of one good sword fight and treats everything else in it with cavalier disinterest. Justified because [[spoiler:the War is rigged against him anyway; he is the one Servant who ''literally'' cannot win the War in any possible way. Consequently, the promise of one good fight is all he has.]] He also proves fulfils the second stipulation of 'usually winning' by being the best sword-fighter in the Grail War and occupying some very favourable home ground, and can afford to be [[DefeatMeansFriendship calm about any duels that do come his way.
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* Twilight Sparkle pulls this one off in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Fall Weather Friends." During the big Running of the Leaves race, Applejack and Rainbow Dash develop an intense rivalry and take the race very seriously. Twilight, a first-timer who is
quite infectious]].[[{{nerd}} non-athletic]], is seen just strolling along throughout the race, admiring the autumn leaves with a peaceful expression on her face. In the end, Twilight comes in fifth, which isn't a great showing, but her friends come in dead last because they tired themselves out too quickly, whereas Twilight paced herself and saved all her energy for the final stretch.
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19th Nov '15 12:31:25 AM Adept
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* Subverted in ''{{Hikaru No Go}}.'' When Akira first meets Hikaru, it seems like this trope is being played out to a T: Akira, the genius wonderkid, gets his ass handed to him at Go by Hikaru, who seems to take the whole thing as a joke and says it's his first time playing. The match shocks Akira to the point that he spends years obsessing over it. The irony is, Hikaru isn't really playing at all, he's just following the orders of his ghost companion who Akira can't see; said ghost is an INCREDIBLY serious competitor and definitely not cavalier.

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* Subverted in ''{{Hikaru No Go}}.''Manga/HikaruNoGo.'' When Akira first meets Hikaru, it seems like this trope is being played out to a T: Akira, the genius wonderkid, gets his ass handed to him at Go by Hikaru, who seems to take the whole thing as a joke and says it's his first time playing. The match shocks Akira to the point that he spends years obsessing over it. The irony is, Hikaru isn't really playing at all, he's just following the orders of his ghost companion who Akira can't see; said ghost is an INCREDIBLY serious competitor and definitely not cavalier.
18th Oct '15 3:15:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Randy in ''BallsOfFury'' goes into the tournament thinking it's a highly competitive but still harmless ping pong game, and can't understand all the extreme attitudes about it. However, their interpretation of "Sudden Death" ping pong has ''actual'' death for the losers. He loses the Cavalier Competitor attitude pretty fast after that.
* This trope was used as CharacterDevelopment for Amber in ''{{Hairspray}}''. Her mom orchestrated Tracy's exclusion to win a call in competition for her, and once defeated, Amber gets over it ("Mom, I lost. Let's just deal with it"), Her mom didn't take it so well.

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* Randy in ''BallsOfFury'' ''Film/BallsOfFury'' goes into the tournament thinking it's a highly competitive but still harmless ping pong game, and can't understand all the extreme attitudes about it. However, their interpretation of "Sudden Death" ping pong has ''actual'' death for the losers. He loses the Cavalier Competitor attitude pretty fast after that.
* This trope was used as CharacterDevelopment for Amber in ''{{Hairspray}}''.''Film/{{Hairspray}}''. Her mom orchestrated Tracy's exclusion to win a call in competition for her, and once defeated, Amber gets over it ("Mom, I lost. Let's just deal with it"), Her mom didn't take it so well.
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