Created By: VampireBuddha on May 15, 2011

Speed Freak

Someone who likes to go really fast

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For this character, there's nothing better than travelling as fast as they can. Whether in a car, a plane, or just running, it doesn't matter, as long as they can move at great speed in it.

This character is often quite energetic, bringing their love of speed to everyday activities as well as travelling. They may also bring their love of speed to their manner of speaking, becoming a Motor Mouth. In a Speculative Fiction series, this character type is the most likely to have Super Speed.

Examples:

  • Transformers examples:
    • Blurr in Generation 1 is the fastest Autobot on Cybertron, and likes to remind people of it.
    • Cheetor in Beast Wars has this to an extent; he chooses as cheetah as an altmode partly because it's the fastest animal the scanners detect.
    • Velocitron in Cybertron is an entire planet of speed freaks, and their culture centres around racing. Hot Shot also becomes this trope during the series, and it is on Velocitron where he unlocks his cyber key power.
    • Bumblebee in Animated, since he took elements from Cheetor and Hot Shot, is another speed freak, to the extent of secretly competing in illegal street racing. Wasp and Blurr also seem to enjoy high speed.
  • Rainbow Dash in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, so much so that speed is what got her her cutie mark.
  • Orks in Warhammer 40,000 in general are fond of going really fast, but the aptly-named Kult of Speed is the only group that enjoys it more than killing.
Community Feedback Replies: 46
  • May 15, 2011
    QuakPenguin
    The Cosby Show one of Denise's friends was nicknamed Kara "the Turbo Tongue" because of her ability to speak really fast and nothing else!
  • May 15, 2011
    Ryuuma
    • Oracion Seis member Racer from Fairy Tail IS this trope: he's dressed in, well racer garments, can summon motocycles and wheels out of nothing and his magic mainly revolves on speed or rather, on the perception of speed in others. His Catch Phrase is "Speed is Good!"
  • May 17, 2011
    TonyG
    Looney Tunes characters Speedy Gonzalez and the Roadrunner.
  • May 17, 2011
    redpyro
    • Most speedsters fit the category (so far I have yet to see one who actually dislikes going fast, but there are some who doesn't seem to enjoy it as much as this trope requires)
    • Kamio from Prince of tennis enjoys running fast and even says some stuff about being in the "rythm"
    • The titular character from Prince of Persia (2008) seems to dislike all the powers he gets through the game... except for the one that makes him run so fast he can wallrun (he makes expresions about enjoying it)
  • May 17, 2011
    CaveCat
    An episode of Winnie-The-Pooh had Rabbit and the others trying to get Pooh to speed up, thinking that he is late for everything that happens. Of course, Gopher fixes the problem by putting Pooh on roller skates. Unfortunately, it works a little bit too well.
  • May 17, 2011
    Andygal
    Ofanim from In Nomine are angels of motion, and are stereotypically known for driving like maniacs as well as just plain being constantly in motion.
  • May 17, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Ricky-Bobby from Talladega Nights, he always either wins races or crashes because he goes all fast all the time even when he shouldn't. When he was a kid he'd always say "I wanna go fast!" A misattributed quote from the movie:
      "America's about speed. Hot, nasty, bad-ass speed." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
  • May 17, 2011
    ILoveAeroBars
    • The Blue Blur a.k.a Sonic the Hedgehog loved speed, especially in the DIC cartoons. One of them even called him the Fastest Thing Alive in the opening theme.
  • May 17, 2011
    jaytee
    Really, this Needs A Better Title. Too easily confused for someone who is actually addicted to uppers. (ie. there's nothing to tip readers off that it's a pun)
  • May 17, 2011
    CaveCat
    Yard Bird from Samurai Pizza Cats
  • May 18, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Paranoia adventure "Vapors Don't Shoot Back''. Fiber-O, the NPC who takes the PCs to their first assignment, drives his autocar at such a high speed that his passengers' lives are endangered.
  • May 18, 2011
    TooBah
    In the remake of The Italian Job, Stella (Charlize Theron) drives fast and recklessly. Turns out to be a plot point.
  • May 18, 2011
    VampireBuddha
    @ Tony G: Are you sure? I seem to remember them as just having super speed, not being addicted to speed itself.

    @jaytee: This isn't a pun. Speed freak is a common term for people who love speed. Indeed, that's what it's more commonly used for, and I honestly doubt anyone (other than you, apparently) is going to see it and think "This must be about someone addicted to ecstasy!"
  • May 18, 2011
    jaytee
    You've never heard speed freak refer to someone addicted to amphetamines (also known as "speed"; ecstasy is a different beast altogether); I've never heard anyone who enjoys speed refered to as a speed freak. I assure you, "speed freak" is an existing term, analogous to "crackhead" or "coke fiend," and the potential for confusion is there. Assuming otherwise is falling prey to Small Reference Pools and to imply that I am the only person that thinks differently than you is quite rude.

    I don't see any harm in throwing around a few ideas for new titles, do you?
  • May 18, 2011
    AFP
  • May 18, 2011
    Rolf
    Contrast Frigle Speedser

    Cant recall name so.. dunno :)
  • May 19, 2011
    Arivne
  • May 19, 2011
    AGroupie
    I agree with jaytee, definitely Needs A Better Title. It does sound like an amphetamine addict.
  • May 19, 2011
    dotchan
    • Real Life - Eric Liddel, as quoted in Chariots of Fire:
      I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.
  • May 19, 2011
    AGroupie
    hide for the Real Life section just because he managed to fit *both* definitions of the term ;) from running around on stage like he did to singing rapid-fire breakdowns or Scat Singing in songs that are nearly *impossible* to replicate (try "Dice" or "Doubt" as a couple of examples) and was rumored to be a methamphetamine addict.
  • May 19, 2011
    VampireBuddha
    @jaytee: Fair enough, though I maintain that Speed Freak is the best and most used name for this trope, plus it's a pre-existing term. (Well, I initially considered Need For Speed, but that's already being used for a video game series).
  • May 19, 2011
    jaytee
    I think Speed Freak might work as a redirect... but then again we could be due for an amphetamine-related trope any day now.

    You're right that Need For Speed would be perfect... That's probably why it got used for a video game a decade ago :) We could do Do You Feel The Need For Speed... Wordy, but could work.

    There's Speed Demon, which I feel like I've heard more than Speed Freak, but of course, someone could confuse it for a pun about some kind of gremlin with a jetpack. Less likely than getting confused for a drug addict though.

    I'll work on some snappy ideas.
  • May 19, 2011
    KyleJacobs
    Anime And Manga
  • May 19, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    It didn't occur to me that it would refer to an amphetamine addict. I've never heard it used that way. And I agree it's the best and most used name for the trope. You guys are just gutter-brains.
  • May 20, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Thanks, that was super(!) constructive.
  • May 20, 2011
    VampireBuddha
    So now we've got two people in favour of Speed Freak and two against.

    I think I've heard Speed Demon before, so it's an OK title, but I still favour Speed Freak. Still, Speed Demon is a good redirect if nothing else.

    Although come to think of it, there's a project in the forum at the moment to move all work pages out of the Main/ namespace. Perhaps move Need For Speed into Game/ and use Main.Need For Speed for the trope? (Something like this has previously been done with Band Of Brothers, by the way).
  • May 20, 2011
    jaytee
    ^I think that last bit sounds like a great solution. I was going to suggest it, but wasn't sure if we only displaced works pages for special reasons. I was unaware we were slowly moving toward moving them off of Main/.
  • May 20, 2011
    Arivne
    Thirding Speed Demon.

    Tabletop RPG
  • May 20, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    I've heard Speed Demon, but I wonder if it might make people think the character is in some way supernatural.
  • May 24, 2011
    randomsurfer
    I'm going to register my vote against Speed Freak for the reasons noted above, but remain neutral on Speed Demon.
  • May 24, 2011
    Fanra
  • May 25, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^^I agree, but I think the potential for confusion is less than with Speed Freak.

    With Speed Freak, we have two pre-existing terms for two different concepts.

    With Speed Demon, we have a pre-existing term that means the same as the trope along with a potentially confusing interpretation that requires the reader to assume we're making a pun on the aforementioned pre-existing term.
  • May 25, 2011
    jaytee
    I should mention that while I prefer Speed Demon to Speed Freak, I don't have my heart set on it. We could probably do better.
  • March 28, 2015
    DAN004
    I'm okay with Speed Demon, but just a wild suggestion: Likes Everything Fast?
  • March 22, 2016
    DAN004
    Before I grab this, there's something bugging me: is this indeed specific to "someone who likes going fast" or can that be interpreted as "someone who likes rushing things"?
  • March 22, 2016
    NateTheGreat
    In the cartoon The Batman we have Speedfreak, a villain who loves to go fast and has the superpower of being a cyborg that can use nanites to transform any vehicle he's in into a flashy sportscar.
  • March 23, 2016
    marcoasalazarm
    Here is a Literature example, and a classic: The Wind In The Willows has Mister Toad, who is so much of an example of this that he has spent a large amount of his fortune in both buying the newest fastest thing around (like horses) and paying the devastation that his demented driving has left behind (and his firnds continuously tell him that, at the rate he's going, he's going to spend it all soon - not that he cares). He even falls for a (very simple) con from the Big Bad because Toad would obtain a car (not only faster than a horse, but incredibly rare during the time the novel takes place) in exchange and nearly ruins everybody's plans to help him escape from prison (it's a long story) by running the train being used for said plan to borderline-derailing speeds. The epilogue of the story has him swearing to become a better person... when he becomes enthralled by an airplane flying above his house.
  • March 23, 2016
    Chabal2
    Also from 40K: The Tzeentchian daemon known as the Changeling once infiltrated an ork Waaagh! and started making up a story about their gods competing to see who was the fastest. Driven to recreate this feat, the orks piled into their vehicles and, thanks to the Changeling's misdirection, drove off a cliff.
  • March 24, 2016
    DAN004
    Answer my question plz...
  • March 24, 2016
    marcoasalazarm
    Think it could be applied as "someone who likes fast living"-which could be both, but the more literal application of this Trope would be "people who love speed above everything else-even their own safety".
  • March 24, 2016
    oneuglybunny
    Film Animated or Western Animation
    • The closing scene of Disney's Zootopia has Officers Hopps and Wilde pull over a maniac clocked at 115 through the downtown streets. The perp is revealed to be Flash the sloth from the DMV, complete with a custom plate "FST NML".
  • March 25, 2016
    69BookWorM69
    First, an example:
    • Dorothy L Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey has a habit of driving fast, and this is an occasional joke in the works. In Gaudy Night, he tells Harriet Vane how "three counties and as many driving summonses later" he got important information for their case. His nephew Gerald ("Pickled Gherkins") takes after his uncle, having even learned to fly a plane in the interwar years. Sayers wrote a series of letters between the various Wimsey family members which indicate young Gerald joined the RAF when World War II started. Jill Paton Walsh, who continued the adventures of Wimsey and his kin, also mentions young Gerald's propensity to drive fast, and he is noted to have died in the service during the war.

    @ DAN 004 I rather think it's both, or else it might too Chairsy. The behaviour is supposed to have additional meaning, so I'd think the trope would have to be inclusive to convey that additional meaning.

    The tendency towards speed might indicate a generally energetic character (as with Lord Peter, who is an active man despite being an aristocrat), or it might be associated with youth and impetuosity (as with his nephew Gerald).
  • March 25, 2016
    ANTMuddle
    Link to Drives Like Crazy and you're on to something.
  • March 25, 2016
    DAN004
    What I mean by "rushing things" is doing work/routines quickly even when you may not need to. It's often a good trait, but it may sonmetimes be detrimental.

    Do you guys want this trope to count that kind of people? Currently it doesn't.
  • March 28, 2016
    69BookWorM69
    ^^ Oh yes, these sorts of characters likely do drive like crazy.

    ^ That is also true and, as you say, it cuts both ways. Such people may be efficient and energetic, or they may overlook important details. I think it should count; it's every bit as much evidence of the character trait to do housework or office work quickly as it is to drive fast—if you follow me.
  • March 28, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ it's decided then.
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