Created By: Psi001 on October 21, 2011 Last Edited By: LordLaharlsVassal on December 20, 2011
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Competition Freak

I can beat anyone, anytime, anywhere at anything!

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A character who has an extremely aggressive treatment of competitive events, ranging from important goals to even light hearted past times. "It's just a game" will always go over this guy's head as he insists on being the best at any minor challenge placed in front of him. Takes losing VERY badly, and generally isn't the most humble winner either.

While often Played for Laughs, serious enterpretations can exist. In most cases expect them to have an Inferiority Superiority Complex or Freudian Excuse as to why they constantly insist on proving themselves or being the best at everything they do.

The Rival is often a case issued against a single individual. May also overlap into X Must Not Win. See also Blood Knight and “Stop Having Fun” Guys.

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Black Star from Soul Eater. Particularly if someone else is getting more attention than him.
  • Ranma of Ranma ˝ has a bad case of this, including at least one battle where he must prove he has better feminine sex appeal. Often lampshaded by bystanders.
  • Tomo from Azumanga Daioh, though mainly in her first appearance. It should be noted she's kind of terrible at everything she tries...

Film

Live-Action Television
  • Monica Geller in Friends often becomes this, often becoming extremely intense and controlling over any minor game the gang take part in.
    Monica: I made this game what it is.
    Chandler: Not fun anymore?
  • Barney from How I Met Your Mother will often take an innocent remark as a challenge and respond with "Challenge accepted!!!". Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Wilfred, the neighbor's boyfriend is shown to be uber-competitive. This was used in an episode where Ryan challenges the boyfriend to a game of table tennis, hoping that he could beat the boyfriend in front of the neighbor. However, the boyfriend ends up beating him. All is well though, because the neighbor is turned off by the boyfriend's gloating.
  • Zeke of Zeke and Luther is so competitive he'll even get into "Are not!" "Am too!" arguments just to win them through sheer refusal to quit.
  • Both Andy Bernard and Dwight Schrute from the US version of The Office have this as one of their defining traits.
  • The Better Off Ted episode "Win Some, Dose Some" is all about how the entire cast (except Linda) fits this trope. Ted goes meta with it in the opening narration when he proudly asserts that "no one's more competitive than me and Veronica."
  • In a first season episode of Will and Grace, Grace is shown to be a competition freak, to the point that neighbors won't even play charades with her anymore.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Often a recurring plot line for many characters in Spongebob Squarepants, Sandy and Spongebob himself are perhaps the most notable examples however.
  • Vince comes off as this in an episode of Recess, becoming extremely egotistical about winning any game he takes part in. The others become irritated by this and dare him to last a day without winning once, at which point he becomes drunk on losing at every game he plays.
  • Used to parody Bono in South Park, having won a ridiculous number of acheivements and becoming ridiculously protective of his "Biggest Crap Award" (to the point of cheating to reclaim it from Randy). The reason for this is revealed that Bono is the original Biggest Crap, constantly trying to be Number One in everything, but never managing to shake off he is actually a "Number Two".
    Stan: Dude, don't you have enough? I mean, you got tons of money, a jet, and the biggest rock band in the world, a hot wife, and, you've been knighted. I mean, at some point, can't you just kind of... fuck off?
  • Rainbow Dash in Friendship Is Magic is this trope, The Great And Powerful Trixie is Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.
  • Stinkoman from Homestar Runner is this to a T: "did somebody say...CHALLENGE?!"
  • Stan Smith of American Dad! insists on winning at every sport and game he does, the first instance he lost, he attempted suicide.
  • Parodied in the Family Guy episode "Running Mates" after Peter becomes obsessed with beating Lois in an election for school board president.
    Brian: Peter, are you sure you wanna run against Lois. You know how competitive you get.
    Peter: Hey I can be just as non competitive as anyone. In fact I am the most non competitive, so I win!

Real Life
  • A stereotype exists that Australians can and will turn anything into a competition. This would certainly explain how sheep shearing came to be a sport.
Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • October 21, 2011
    X2X
    It seems like this trope would be connected to having an Inferiority Superiority Complex. See also: Blood Knight, Sore Loser, Stop Having Fun Guys.
  • October 21, 2011
    hevendor717
    Masamune Kadoya from Metal Fight Beyblade. He's great at proclaiming new rivals, setting new standards for himself, settling scores with contests, and making a general ruckus along the way.
  • October 21, 2011
    GreenMachine
    There was a Brother Bear named Brash in Donkey Kong Country 3 that apparently set a record on the level "Riverside Race." This trope fits him to a T. In fact, when you beat his record, he throws what can only be described as a temper tantrum. This sends a log (or something) floating down the river, which unlocks a Banana Bird cave.

    (although the change in the map might be different in the original, as I played the "enhanced" remake for the GBA...)
  • October 22, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Often these characters are Hot Blooded.

    I feel like we had a trope called The One Upper or The Topper, or something. I think it was kind of like this, dunno if it ever got launched. It was characters who always had to try to top other characters.
  • October 22, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better was launched way better than this.
  • October 23, 2011
    Psi001
    I'm mixed about that trope being identical to this. It has a similar rivalistic trait, however Anything You Can Do seems to be more about just gloating and usually it all being bull crap. Competition Freak may not have a direct rivalry with any competitors, they are just someone who takes a simple game as Serious Business and insists on winning at everything they do.
  • October 23, 2011
    PacificState
  • October 23, 2011
    Bisected8
  • October 23, 2011
    isk2837
    An episode of Recess focused on Vince being a Competition Freak. And Monica Geller isn't the only Competition Freak in Friends, just the most serious case of it. Look at Ross in The One With The Football and tell me he's not a Competition Freak.
  • October 23, 2011
    BooleanEarth
    • Stinkoman from Homestar Runner is this to a T: "did somebody say...CHALLENGE?!"
  • October 23, 2011
    SKJAM
    • Ranma of Ranma One Half has a bad case of this, including at least one battle where he must prove he has better feminine sex appeal. Often lampshaded by bystanders.
  • October 24, 2011
    azmod
  • October 26, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    Another South Park example: This is one of the defining characteristics of Randy Marsh. Whenever someone challenges Randy to something, he's unable to turn it down, regardless of if it's engineering anti-volcano measures, World Of Warcraft, breakdancing, or a bro-down. Naturally, he has a poor track record but shows surprisingly rapid proficiency at any task if he's given at least some time to prepare, always able to put up some kind of fight to his perceived foes.
  • October 29, 2011
    LordLaharlsVassal
    bump
  • November 1, 2011
    DorianMode
    Tomo from Azumanga Daioh, though mainly in her first appearance. It should be noted she's kind of terrible at everything she tries...
  • November 1, 2011
    ChunkyDaddy
    • In Wilfred, the neighbor's boyfriend is shown to be uber-competitive. This was used in an episode where Ryan challenges the boyfriend to a game of table tennis, hoping that he could beat the boyfriend in front of the neighbor. However, the boyfriend ends up beating him. All is well though, because the neighbor is turned off by the boyfriend's gloating.
  • November 1, 2011
    Generality
    A stereotype exists that Australians can and will turn anything into a competition. This would certainly explain how sheep shearing came to be a sport.
  • November 13, 2011
    LordLaharlsVassal
    Is this Up For Grabs? Or is it really just Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better?
  • November 13, 2011
    Psi001
    Sort of Up For Grabs. I'd prefer it if the trope kept it's current meaning (and have already commented on potential differences between Anything You Can Do) on previous comments, but if someone else wants to make edits that may get it turned into a proper trope then I guess that's fine.
  • November 14, 2011
    LordLaharlsVassal
    I just want to sort the examples, I like current meaning meaning as well and have Seen It A Million Times.
  • November 29, 2011
    LordLaharlsVassal
    bump
  • November 29, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Zeke of Zeke And Luther is so competitive he'll even get into "Are not!" "Am too!" arguments just to win them through sheer refusal to quit.
  • November 30, 2011
    Psi001
    • Parodied in the Family Guy episode "Running Mates" after Peter becomes obsessed with beating Lois in an election for school board president.
      Brian: Peter, are you sure you wanna run against Lois. You know how competitive you get.
      Peter: Hey I can be just as non competitive as anyone. In fact I am the most non competitive, so I win!
  • December 2, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Both Andy Bernard and Dwight Schrute from the US version of The Office have this as one of their defining traits.
  • December 2, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Perhaps the article should mention this is a frequent trait of youngest siblings? And between sisters, can lead to The Glorious War Of Sisterly Rivalry?
  • December 2, 2011
    morenohijazo
    What about Ross from Friends?
  • December 3, 2011
    LordLaharlsVassal
    ^ I would not know, I never saw much og Friends.
  • December 3, 2011
    BooleanEarth
    I have. If Ross was this then it was a lot subtler than most examples.
  • December 3, 2011
    Psi001
    Monica seemed a more prominant traditional example, as mentioned above, it may be worth noting Ross as a side note though, especially since they are brother and sister (I know they have the odd intense Sibling Rivalry if that counts).
  • December 4, 2011
    kirikomorisan
    Kagura from Azumanga Daioh fits into this towards Sakaki.
  • December 4, 2011
    bhl88
    Isn't Haruhi Suzumiya a good example of this one (losing = world ends)?

    or would it be Maito Gai (who gives himself weird punishment for losing)
  • December 5, 2011
    LogicallyDashing
  • December 5, 2011
    Micah
    • The Better Off Ted episode "Win Some, Dose Some" is all about how the entire cast (except Linda) fits this trope. Ted goes meta with it in the opening narration when he proudly asserts that "no one's more competitive than me and Veronica."
  • December 13, 2011
    LordLaharlsVassal
    bump
  • December 13, 2011
    franzt
    Related to Munchkin...?

  • December 13, 2011
    ScanVisor
  • December 14, 2011
    Jhimmibhob
    Live-Action film

  • December 20, 2011
    Met
    In a first season episode of Will And Grace, Grace is shown to be a competition freak, to the point that neighbors won't even play charades with her anymore.
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