"Maybe you'd like to settle this with
fists instead of cards!"
The Sore Loser
(usually it's a sore loser, but not always) is not pleased that they lost the big game, got a bad call from a referee, or were humiliated in front of spectators. So what do they do? They decide to physically assault the offender after the game has ended and everyone's gone home. They usually intend to inflict a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
and/or Curb-Stomp Battle
on the offender.
As the examples show, it usually does not go well for the instigator of this trope. Usually, it turns out to be the assailant that ends up on the receiving end, adding to their Humiliation Conga
. This can serve as An Aesop
about sportsmanship and accepting defeat.
Expect to see this trope in sports related media (bonus points if it's a combat sport like boxing, karate, MMA, etc). Note that this trope doesn't have to happen immediately after the contest. It can take place beforehand or in between events.
If the violence happens inside the playing area during the game, it's Unnecessary Roughness
. If the violence happens outside the playing area during the game, it's Ring Out
. If the fans are the violent ones, it's Football Hooligans
. If the intent is to injure the opponents to hamper their skills & abilities, it's Crippling the Competition
Anime and Manga
Live Action TV
- In the second 3 Ninjas film 3 Ninjas Kick Back, the defeated baseball team goes for "extra innings" - that is, attack the victorious players and their friend, Miyo. One of the boys decides to fight Miyo, but it does not end well for him.
- From the The Karate Kid franchise:
- In The Karate Kid, Part Two, John Kreese does this to his losing students after they were beaten by Daniel in the first movie. He yells at them and gets physical until Mr. Miyagi intervenes. Like the above 3 Ninjas example, it doesn't go well for Kreese.
- The alternate ending to the 2010 remake has Master Li do the same after his students lose to Dre. Mr. Han intervenes and trashes Li in a fight, contributing to his Humiliation Conga.
- The 1995 martial arts movie A Dangerous Place has the hero, Ethan (played by TJ Roberts of Masked Rider), face the villain, Taylor Dylan (played by Corey Feldman), in a karate tournament. Ethan learned earlier that Dylan had been responsible for the death of his brother, driving him to fight harder and win. Dylan then makes a break for it to avoid arrest but is chased and cornered again by Ethan. The two fight again, this time without rules. Ethan trashes Dylan but decides to let him live, having the police arrest him.
- Another martial arts B-movie from 1995, Equal Impact, opens up with a beaten competitor from the Northwest Karate Tournament trying to fight the protagonist in the parking lot.
- Subverted in The Mighty Ducks second movie. A trio of players from the Hawks, still bitter about their defeat in the previous movie, spot the Ducks out and about while skating. The three set up a trap intended to humiliate the Ducks, only to encounter Fulton Reed who stops them.
- In Jeeves and Wooster, after Barmy wins a golf game by means of a gizmo, Bertie plots to puncture his hot water bottle in the night. He gets the wrong room, and hilarity ensues.
- The Neo Geo title Legend Of Success Joe has Joe not only boxing with opponents in the ring but also fighting it out with boxers and Mooks outside of the arena in between boxing matches.
- Jak and Daxter. In Jak II, after losing the hoverbike racing championship to Jak, Errol attempts to run him down. However, Jak jumps out of the way causing the enraged Krimzon Guard commander to crash in into several barrels of dark eco that Jak won, thus only hurting himself.
- The Simpsons: Bart plays an arcade game called "Hockey Dad" loosely based on the real life phenomenon where the parent of a player, thinking that the referee made a bad call, confronts & assaults the ref either during the game or afterwards.
- This has happened a number of times with combat sports competitors, notably boxing and MMA. This is not a good idea however. Away from rules, regulations and referees, brawling can lead to the combatants getting injured, maimed or even killed. Plus some sanctioning bodies may prohibit this, leading to fines, suspensions or even bans. There's also the reality of getting arrested and going to prison.
- A loss from a basketball game in Houston, Texas turned deadly when someone shot and killed one of the winning players soon after.
- This trope can happen during the game too. Manchester United star Eric Cantona took direct retribution on a fan who was heckling him during the 1994-1995 season. Cantona famously leapt into the crowd and delivered a roundhouse kick to the chest; he was banned from all football for a year and faced a criminal investigation. Man U fans still sing about this when playing Crystal Palace.