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Enmity With An Object
A person has a deep-seated rivalry with an object.
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Alt title: Inanimate Enemy, Enmity with an Object

Edward Elric: Picking fights with milk since 2003.

If Cargo Ship is the love someone will have for an inanimate object, this is the other side of that coin - a deep-seated, irrational hatred a person has with an object.

The person half of the rivalry will even see it as a legitimate rivalry on par with any they might have with a human. All that's required is that the human has an inordinate animosity towards the object, seeming almost like they believe the object somehow has volition, and that the object would actually lack said volition (although may be justified if said object annoys/harms him/her somehow). For example, a human harboring a suspicion that a Ridiculously Human Robot is out to get them would not qualify, but if they felt the same way about an ordinary brick, it would.

Often Played for Laughs.

Inherently, a subtrope of Unknown Rival (in that there's no way an inanimate object even know someone has a grudge on it). May be justified with a Job-Stealing Robot or Vengeful Vending Machine. Sister trope of Cargo Envy where a person is envious on something that another, attractive person is showing some affection onto, which may or may not lead of said person having a rivalry with said object.

Compare Does Not Like Spam. Compare also Companion Cube (where the inanimate object is the focus of inordinate affection) and Animal Nemesis (where the foe is at least alive, if not capable of reason).

Careful when your object is/turns out to be an Animate Inanimate Object - the object must not be sentient/sapient, or at least the person with the enmity must not know that said object is sentient/sapient. Otherwise it doesn't fall here.


Anime And Manga
  • In episode 50 of Fairy Tail, a misused potion cause Makarov to see alcohol as his rival, Ezra sees a pillar as hers, and at the end, Grey sees the horizon as his rival.
  • Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist really dislikes milk, because it is "an opaque, white liquid secreted by a cow". This is played as part of the gag on Edward's diminutive stature, supposedly being the cause of it.
    • In an interesting bit of trivia related to this, it seems that the creator, Hiromu Arakawa, grew up on a dairy farm.

Comic Books
  • Luke Cage. Power Man vs. the coffee vending machine at police headquarters was a Running Gag.
  • In the 1950s, the Martian Manhunter spent several years tracking down the Diabolu Idol-Head, an Artifact of Doom that regularly spawned monsters he was forced to deal with. J'onn eventually destroyed the Idol-Head, which has yet to return.

  • In Battle Creek (aka The Big Brawl), Jerry maintains a venomous relationship with the practice dummy.
  • The dad from A Christmas Story was "one of the most feared furnace fighters in Northern Indiana." He attacks the thing offscreen while swearing so loudly at it, the whole house can hear.
  • In Office Space, the main characters have a very antagonistic relationship with a fax/copy machine. They end up finishing it of in an abandoned field with a baseball bat.
  • When King Neptune walks smack into a pole in The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie, he orders the pole executed.
  • A 1967 Mustang GT500 has tantalized Memphis Raines in Gone in Sixty Seconds throughout his career as car thief. It's mentioned that he was arrested and imprisoned while trying to steal one, and at one point, Raines refers to this car as "unicorn:" something fantastic and wonderful that he can never, ever have.

Let's Play
  • Pewdiepie with barrels, and to a lesser extent statues.

  • From If Chins Could Kill, Bruce Campbell's autobiography, "The Classic," Sam Raimi's 1973 Delta 88 Oldsmobile. Raimi in particular is convinced that Campbell is out to destroy it in jealousy.
  • In Death. Eve Dallas has an irrational fear and hatred of all vending machines. If at all possible she refuses to use them directly, preferring to hand her money to someone else and have them buy the candy bar or whatever for her.
  • Cribbins in Making Money stole the spring-powered dentures from a man he'd killed. It's possible they were haunted by the ghost of their former owner, because the springs tend to malfunction at the worst times, and he has to gnash them back into position at the most awkward times. He's eventually killed when the spirngs go off inside his mouth and into his brain.

Live-Action TV
  • On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Chief O'Brien hated the station's computer so much he called it his archenemy. Eventually an alien AI made a home in it that made it better disposed to him.
  • In an episode of CHiPs a big man in a tiny car gets pulled over for speeding and he beats up his car in retaliation, tearing it to pieces right there on the highway. His name in the credits is "car killer."
  • The villain Annorax from the Star Trek: Voyager two-parter "Year of Hell" considers the time to be his archenemy. And no, it's not meant in a mundane way like worrying too much about punctuality or about one's age or something.
  • The original Twilight Zone episode "A Thing About Machines" revolves around a man who hates all the machines around him. In true Twilight Zone fashion, the feeling is mutual.
  • An episode of Seinfeld had George express anger towards a watch with "I hate you, you time piece from Hades!"
  • The Star Trek episode "The Ultimate Computer" had Kirk worried about being replaced with an AI. His worries are laid to rest when it's revealed that the AI has no moral code.

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Video Games

Web Comics

Web Video
  • In Naruto The Abridged Series, Sasuke's eternal rival is The Log. Sasuke even notes how he keeps mistaking logs for people, causing him to mess up his aim. All because he hates the Log.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons
    • Sideshow Bob and rakes, after the extended "rake tripping" scene from the "Cape Feare" episode. Bart even lampshades how Bob apparently equates that rivalry with the one between the two (mind you, Bart at that point got Bob sent to jail multiple times).
    • In the episode "Deep Space Homer," Homer has an intense hatred for an inanimate carbon rods (or, possibly, all such rods).
    • And there's the meme-worthy picture of Abe with the headline "Old man yells at cloud."
  • In one episode of Phineas and Ferb, when Perry fails to show up, Doofenschmirtz uses a potted plant as a stand in for Perry as he rants about his evil plans, and even ties him up. Due to a series of accidents, the potted plant ends up thwarting Doofenshmirtz and is even awarded a medal at the end for his heroic efforts.
  • Kung Fu Panda Legends Of Awesomeness. "My old enemy — stairs."
  • Code Lyoko. Odd vs. Vending Machine. Nicholas has struggled with it as well, and later, in "XANA Awakens", it was used by XANA to electrocute Jeremie.
  • Family Guy: Stewie Griffin and the toilet. Brian has a few bones to pick with it, too.
    Stewie: So they DO make bigger diapers! That deceitful woman told me I had to learn to use the toilet! Well fah on the toilet! It's made slaves of you all! I've seen it sitting in there, lazy, slothful porcelain layabout...feeding on other people's doo-doos while contributing nothing of its own to society! (runs to bathroom) You get a job!
  • In The Angry Beavers it is used repeatedly with Beavers friend, The Stump. Also it is implied that it can move somehow, it does it offscreen and is, more or less, an imaginative friend to all of the forest inhabitants. Dagget has a great rivalry with The Stump, especially in it's first appearance episode.
  • The police officer in Clone High played by Andy Dick addresses a plastic cup of beer as though it were a Worthy Opponent.
    Well, well, well. If it isn't my old friend, Underage Drinking. So, we meet again. How are you, Underage Drinking? Besides illegal!

Real Life
  • As any pet owner can attest, animals, and dogs in particular, hate loud appliances. Even the most mellow puppy goes nuts when a vacuum cleaner is turned on.
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