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27th Nov '17 5:47:42 PM MasterN
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An NPR segment (9/12/2009) on this trope shows that studios do [[ManipulativeEditing feed this line]] sometimes. The segment also shows that the person/people who actually use the line ''never win''—not surprisingly, as it tends to signpost them as arrogant douchebags who, unless they can really win the audience over, will be at risk of being voted off before long. Especially in a social game show, fellow contestants have to ''like'' you, or at least respect you as a WorthyOpponent if you want to actually get further. There is also an implication that the contestant thinks they can win the contest all by themselves... [[LonersAreFreaks and you know what people think of those kinds of folks.]] It's ultimately a redundant and self-destructive attitude since ''everyone'' on the show is there to win; there's nothing to gain in being a {{jerkass}} about it. It goes without saying that these characters are prone to {{Cat Fight}}s.

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An NPR segment (9/12/2009) on this trope shows that studios do [[ManipulativeEditing feed this line]] sometimes. The segment also shows that the person/people who actually use the line ''never win''—not surprisingly, as it tends to signpost them as [[{{Jerkass}} arrogant douchebags douchebags]] who, unless they can really win the audience over, will be at risk of being voted off before long. Especially in a social game show, fellow contestants have to ''like'' you, or at least respect you as a WorthyOpponent if you want to actually get further. There is also an implication that the contestant thinks they can win the contest all by themselves... [[LonersAreFreaks and you know what people think of those kinds of folks.]] It's ultimately a redundant and self-destructive attitude since ''everyone'' on the show is there to win; there's nothing to gain in being a {{jerkass}} about it. It goes without saying that these characters are prone to {{Cat Fight}}s.
27th Nov '17 5:46:39 PM MasterN
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Along with reminding people that [[ThisIsACompetition they're in a competition]], contestants on competitive {{reality show}}s also like to remind their fellow contestants that they did not come on the show to make friends (or further their acting career. But that's a different issue entirely). Well, that makes sense. When you're trying to win a large sum of money or the love of a D-list celebrity, it's not exactly a good idea to be all buddy-buddy with your competition—unless you plan on backstabbing them later—instead of focusing on your own performance.

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Along with reminding people that [[ThisIsACompetition they're in a competition]], contestants on competitive {{reality show}}s also like to remind their fellow contestants that they did not come on the show to make friends (or further their acting career. But career, but that's a different issue entirely). Well, that makes sense. When you're trying to win a large sum of money or the love of a D-list celebrity, it's not exactly a good idea to be all buddy-buddy with your competition—unless you plan on backstabbing them later—instead of focusing on your own performance.
23rd Sep '17 6:25:57 AM DesertDragon
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* While several contestants on ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' have had this attitude, Season 4's Lashauwn Beyond was immortalized with the line, "I'm not here to make best buddies, bitch! This is not [=RuPaul's=] ''best friend'' race!" The irony is that while Lashauwn was a total SassyBlackWoman with the other contestants, she would instantly turn into a ShrinkingViolet in front of [=RuPaul=], and was the second queen eliminated despite her impressive design skills. The use of this trope on ''Drag Race'' is an extreme case of RealityShowGenreBlindness. Contestants often become friends on this show and go on to work together afterwards, and these collaborative efforts are always well-received by fans. And since sisterhood and community are important themes on ''Drag Race'', queens with an "In it to win it" attitude are received poorly by the other contestants as well as viewers, meaning such a queen is only shooting herself in the foot.

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* While several contestants on ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' have had this attitude, Season 4's Lashauwn Beyond was immortalized with the line, "I'm not here "I don't have to make best buddies, bitch! be your friend! This is not [=RuPaul's=] ''best friend'' race!" The irony is that while Lashauwn was a total SassyBlackWoman with the other contestants, she would instantly turn into a ShrinkingViolet in front of [=RuPaul=], and was the second queen eliminated despite her impressive design skills. The use of this trope on ''Drag Race'' is an extreme case of RealityShowGenreBlindness. Contestants often become friends on this show and go on to work together afterwards, and these collaborative efforts are always well-received by fans. And since sisterhood and community are important themes on ''Drag Race'', queens with an "In it to win it" attitude are received poorly by the other contestants as well as viewers, meaning such a queen is only shooting herself in the foot.
21st May '17 12:31:08 PM DaibhidC
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* When Brice is introduced to ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'' as the new assistant manager, he immediately criticises the other employees for not following the rules, then says he's not there to make friends. Marla comments he's doing a great job of it. Later, when Stuart says Brice is concerned Marla doesn't like him, she replies "Interesting. He told me on his first day that he wasn't here to make friends. So which is it?"
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18th May '17 3:43:40 PM MetalSmasher86
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** Jonathan in Season 6 reminds his partner Victoria that "This is a race! This isn't about compassion!" when they finish 2nd in one leg because of Victoria going back to pick up Jonathan's bag and slowing herself down for the final footrace to the mat.
13th May '17 3:52:39 AM NightShade96
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* PlayedForLaughs in the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Carpet Diem": In the ShowWithinAShow "Baby Fights", one of the babies' cooing is captioned as "I didn't come here to make friends."
2nd May '17 12:21:03 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Comes up with incredible frequency in ''Series/{{Chopped}}'', with at least one such chef with this attitude in about one-third of the episodes (but, curiously, never more than one at a time). Averted as far as the path this sort of contestant usually takes, as the cocky, competitive-minded chef is more often than not the winner.


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* Its sister show ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' has had its fair share too: Episodes about reality television comes up a lot, with the accompanying personalities. In particular, the episode "[[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S1E21TerriersAndTiaras Terriers & Tiaras]]" is a {{deconstruction}} of this trope: The ShowWithinAShow is ''dominated'' by the StageMom who exhibits this attitude. Blythe enters the competition as the idealistic, friendly sort, but the "I'm Not Here to Make Friends" competitive type rubs onto Blythe due to her constantly being surrounded by them, and by the third act, Blythe's original mindset has completely disappeared.


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** The issue is also more complicated than it might appear on the surface: These people who are very serious in gaming competitions usually DO have friends. It's just that these friends were made outside of competitions, and they're not interested in adding any more people to their social circles.
29th Apr '17 3:00:35 PM TrendingToon1
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** Ironically, Twilight even says that "the fate of Equestria does not rest on me making friends." Well, guess what? The MadGod Nightmare Moon can only be defeated with the Elements of Harmony...which are powered by friendship.

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** Ironically, Twilight even says that "the fate of Equestria does not rest on me making friends." Well, guess what? The MadGod Nightmare Moon can only be defeated with the Elements of Harmony...which are ''[[ThePowerOfFriendship powered by friendship.friendship]]''.
17th Apr '17 2:34:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Chainsawsuit}}'' shows the [[http://chainsawsuit.com/2010/06/25/i-did-come-here-to-make-friends/ wrong reality show]] to say this on.

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* ''{{Chainsawsuit}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Chainsawsuit}}'' shows the [[http://chainsawsuit.com/2010/06/25/i-did-come-here-to-make-friends/ wrong reality show]] to say this on.
10th Apr '17 1:03:23 PM nombretomado
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* And in {{Sandbox}} areas... "I'm not here to make friends. I'm here to build." But this is often averted; since some Sandbox games like ''SecondLife'' happen to be all about the social aspect. Especially since if you're not there to make friends, good luck finding anyone to let you build on ''their'' land, server, area, whatever.

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* And in {{Sandbox}} areas... "I'm not here to make friends. I'm here to build." But this is often averted; since some Sandbox games like ''SecondLife'' ''VideoGame/SecondLife'' happen to be all about the social aspect. Especially since if you're not there to make friends, good luck finding anyone to let you build on ''their'' land, server, area, whatever.
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