Inanimate Rivalry
A person has a deep-seated rivalry with an object. Presumably one-sided.


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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 human 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 animus towards the object, seeming almost like they believe the object somehow has volition, and that the object would actually lack said volition. 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.

Compare 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).


Examples

Comic Books

Film
  • In Battle Creek (aka The Big Brawl), Jerry maintains a venomous relationship with the practice dummy.

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

Literature
  • 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.

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.

Newspaper Comics

Webcomics

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).
  • 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!

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