Created By: adasdad on June 1, 2012 Last Edited By: CaptainJJC on February 17, 2018

Egotistical Speedster

A self-centered character with speed as a defining feature.

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A counterpart of Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: this is someone who's known for his speed (whether running or driving) characterized as having big ego. Expect him to claim that nobody can defeat him in speed, and lots of Too Slow taunts.

This is sometimes due to the temporal difference in how different characters interact - depending on how the power works from the speedster's viewpoint anyone without the power comes across as so incredibly slow (and by extension stupid) that the speedster often lacks the patience to deal with them making them seem arrogant and condescending.

Compare Insufferable Genius for this with "genius" as their ego ticket.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Kantai Collection: Shimakaze fancies herself as the fastest ship girl in the fleet and as such is pretty hyper and cocky.
  • Speed of Sound Sonic in One-Punch Man is very proud of his speed and skills, which are indeed miles above the average human. Unfortunately, he's resolved that he'll defeat Saitama one day, which always ends very badly for him (he's repeatedly and accidentally on the receiving end of a Groin Attack, while Saitama has no idea who he is).

Comic Books
  • Quicksilver is one of the fastest in the Marvel Universe and he is very annoyed by everyone around him. He explains this once, saying that to him everyone else is moving very slowly including their thought processes. Picture having to wait in a slow-moving line for hours for something mundane. That's what every single second is like for him.

Films — Animated
  • Lightning McQueen from Cars at first is characterized as this: an impulsive, cocky race car who wins the Piston Cup. Much of his character arc is about him slowly turning into a more humble person from his experiences at Radiator Springs, and learning that winning and fame aren't everything.
  • Dash of The Incredibles believes the main advantage of his Super Speed is that it makes him special, and prides on using it to fool his teacher and win races. He's also the most vain of the Incredibles when it comes to clothing, and takes more joy in defeating Syndrome's Mooks than any of the others.
  • Kung Fu Panda: In the short Secrets of the Furious Five, Po tells the story about how Mantis used to be - a cocky, impatient and brash person who, because of his agility, always rushes things and thinks that everything else around him is so slow. Then, because he was captured by [some bad guys] and imprisoned, he's forced to learn patience - to wait for the right time to escape. And his efforts bear fruit later.

Folklore
  • The hare who races the tortoise in the Aesop's Fables is a Smug Snake, cocksure that his lapine speed guarantees his triumph. His overconfidence causes the hare to lollygag during the race, allowing the Determinator tortoise to win.

Literature
  • Brianna from Gone. ZCE
  • The Iliad describes Achilles as an extremely fast runner. He also has a distinct It's All About Me attitude, allowing scores of his allies to die because he couldn't have things his own way. That makes this trope Older Than Feudalism.
  • Lapine genesis is discussed in Richard Adams's Watership Down, wherein the first rabbit sired so many progeny that the Earth was overgrazed. When the almighty Frith admonished him to control his kin, this rabbit defied God, saying "I cannot control my people. I think that no one can, for my people are the fastest in the world." In consequence, Frith reformed many other animals into predators, bent upon hunting and slaying rabbitkind. This genesis story is faithfully illustrated in the Animated Adaptation by Nepenthe Studios.
  • Mr Toad, from The Wind in the Willows, a "boy racer" and a very dangerous driver, whose first reaction after getting out of prison is to get back into his car and drive like a maniac again, having learnt nothing.

Video Games
  • The Scout from Team Fortress 2. Being the fastest runner of the team and has a cocky, Bratty Half-Pint personality.
  • Depending on the Writer this applies to the titular character of Sonic the Hedgehog. He was conceived as a rude, edgy character but Sega of America asked for that to be toned down. This caused Sonic to have two canon personalities: his westernized personality and his Japanese personality. In Japan, Sonic defies this trope—he's so confident that he's incredibly laidback and is very nice. Outside of Japan (and even in Japan in one case), Sonic was a badbutt Mascot with Attitude. The latter personality died out when Sonic Adventure began using the Japanese personality worldwide, however it was brought back starting with Sonic Colors. While not Totally Radical anymore, Sonic has a bit of his ol' cocky attitude again.
  • Mercury in Smite is a very cocky God that boasts about his speed and quickness and usually acts in a braggart fashion about it. His gameplay revolve around using his super speed to take down Gods quickly.

Western Animation
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Rainbow Dash is one of the fastest fliers in the world (if not the fastest). She isn't modest about this in the slightest.
    Rainbow Dash: There's no need to go struttin' around and showin' off like that.
    Trixie: Oh?
    Rainbow Dash: That's my job!
  • Speedy Gonzales is a downplayed case, like most of the Looney Tunes protagonists, he has a highly confident and sometimes outright smug side, but otherwise is an altruistic good-natured little guy. Granted the one time Speedy lost a short was due to showing off.
  • Steven Universe: Kevin loves to race his fancy sports car and gloat when he wins. He is so egocentric that he falls apart when Steven and Connie stop caring about losing a race to him, since he can't comprehend them not caring what he thinks of them.
  • Kid Flash from Teen Titans can use his super speed to defeat legions of villains more easily than any other hero, and he knows it. This is made clear in his debut episode, where he is fully capable of stopping the HIVE Five any time he wants, but deliberately waits until the moment they think they've pulled off a heist to zip by and take away whatever they've stolen. He goes so far as to flirt with the Five's leader while trying to avoid being murdered by them.
  • Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner has the latter, an invisibly fast bird who Coyote just can't keep up with. The cocky part comes into play when the Roadrunner deliberately turns the Coyote's traps around not to stop the Coyote, but to humiliate him in the most exaggerated ways.
  • Young Justice: Kid Flash, like his Teen Titans iteration, has aspects of this, crossed with Insufferable Genius due to being both a super-speedster and a science prodigy. His bravado is definitely masking some insecurities, however.
Community Feedback Replies: 45
  • June 1, 2012
    Sackett
    Doesn't this go all the way back to The Flash?
  • June 1, 2012
    adasdad
    ^I wouldn't know.
  • March 18, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump, sounds tropable, will grab this
  • March 19, 2015
    Psi001
    • Sonic The Hedgehog, while the extent of it varies from interpretation, he is frequently a rather cocky if heroic character.

    • Speedy Gonzales is a downplayed case, like most of the Looney Tunes protagonists, he has a highly confident and sometimes outright smug side, but otherwise is an altruistic good natured little guy. Granted the one time Speedy lost a short was due to showing off.
  • March 19, 2015
    ChrisX
    Whoa, 3 years old entry!? This is DEFINITELY gonna need a description in the beginning of the sentence. And all of the entries so far seems to be Zero Context Example

    But first another example that crosses my mind because of this:

    • Mercury in Smite is a very cocky God that boasts about his speed and quickness and usually acts in a braggart fashion about it. His gameplay revolve around using his super speed to take down Gods quickly.
  • March 20, 2015
    Arivne
  • March 20, 2015
    Arivne
    • Capitalized title and Laconic.
    • Copied Laconic to provide a Description.
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Added the word "Examples".
      • Namespaced and italicized work names.
      • Namespaced a character name.

    All of the OP examples are Zero Context Examples and need to explain how they're this trope.
  • March 20, 2015
    Arivne
    Before anyone asks, the OP adasdad has been gone from the Wiki since October 2014 and this is Up For Grabs.
  • March 21, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Folklore
    • The hare who races the tortoise in the Aesops Fables is a Smug Snake, cocksure that his lapine speed guaratees his triumph. His overconfidence causes the hare to lollygag during the race, allowing the Determinator tortoise to win.

    Literature
    • Lapine genesis is discussed in Richard Adams's Watership Down, wherein the first rabbit sired so many progeny that the Earth was overgrazed. When the almighty Frith admonished him to control his kin, this rabbit defied God, saying "I cannot control my people. I think that no one can, for my people are the fastest in the world." In consequence, Frith reformed many other animals into predators, bent upon hunting and slaying rabbitkind. This genesis story is faithfully illustrated in the Animated Adaptation by Nepenthe Studios.
  • December 31, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump again
  • January 1, 2016
    Chabal2
    Speed of Sound Sonic in One Punch Man is very proud of his speed and skills, which are indeed miles above the average human. Unfortunately, he's resolved that he'll defeat Saitama one day, which always ends very badly for him (he's repeatedly and accidentally on the receiving end of a Groin Attack, while Saitama has no idea who he is).
  • January 1, 2016
    MetaFour
    • In My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Rainbow Dash is one of the fastest fliers in the world (if not the fastest). She isn't modest about this in the slightest.
      Rainbow Dash: There's no need to go struttin' around and showin' off like that.
      Trixie: Oh?
      Rainbow Dash: That's my job!
  • January 1, 2016
    AgProv
    Literature
    • Mr Toad, from The Wind In The Willows, a "boy racer" and a very dangerous driver, whose first reaction after getting out of prison is to get back into his car and drive like a maniac again, having learnt nothing.
  • January 2, 2016
    Exxolon
    This is sometimes due to the temporal difference in how different characters interact - depending on how the power works from the speedster's viewpoint anyone without the power comes across as so incredibly slow (and by extension stupid) that the speedster often lacks the patience to deal with them making them seem arrogant and condescending.
  • January 2, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ which reminds me:

    • Kungfu Panda: in the short Legends of Awesomeness, Po tells the story about how Mantis used to be - a cocky, impatient and brash person who, because of his agility, always rushes things and thinks that everything else around him is so slow. Then, because he was captured by [some bad guys] and imprisoned, he's forced to learn patience - to wait for the right time to escape. And his efforts bear fruit later.
  • January 2, 2016
    Snicka
    One of the ZCE-s, Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, is already there as a proper example with context. Just remove the ZCE.
  • January 2, 2016
    randomsurfer
    Quicksilver is one of the fastest in the Marvel Universe and he is very annoyed by everyone around him. He explains this once, saying that to him everyone else is moving very slowly including their thought processes. Picture having to wait in a slow-moving line for hours for something mundane. That's what every single second is like for him.
  • January 3, 2016
    Arivne
    The ZCE My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic example is actually from the Video Game. Moved it to that section.
  • January 6, 2016
    Waddle
    (corrected the Kung Fu Panda part, it is from Secrets of the Furious Five not Legends of Awesomeness)
  • July 14, 2016
    DAN004
    • Kantai Collection: Shimakaze fancies herself as the fastest ship girl in the fleet and as such is pretty hyper and cocky.
  • September 30, 2016
    DustSnitch
    Bump. Would Spider-Man qualify for this?
    • Dash of The Incredibles believes the main advantage of his Super Speed is that it makes him special, and prides on using it to fool his teacher and win races. He's also the most vain of the Incredibles when it comes to clothing, and takes more joy in defeating Syndrome's Mooks than any of the others.
    • Kid Flash from Teen Titans can use his super speed to defeat legions of villains more easily than any other hero, and he knows it. This is made clear in his debut episode, where he is fully capable of stopping the HIVE Five any time he wants, but deliberately waits until the moment they think they've pulled off a heist to zip by and take away whatever they've stolen. He goes so far as to flirt with the Five's leader while trying to avoid being murdered by them.
    • Wile E Coyote And Road Runner has the latter, an invisibly fast bird who Coyote just can't keep up with. The cocky part comes into play when the Roadrunner deliberately turns the Coyote's traps around not to stop the Coyote, but to humiliate him in the most exaggerated ways.
  • September 30, 2016
    MonaNaito
  • October 29, 2016
    MonaNaito
    • Added examples from the last three comments to examples section
    • Moved two Western Animation examples that were in the Film section to their proper section
    • Alphabetized Western Animation section
  • March 12, 2017
    DustSnitch
    • Jet the Hawk from Sonic Riders is a Speed-type character who's so quick on his hover board that he can lap the Fastest Thing Alive, Sonic the Hedgehog. And Jet won't let anyone forget that, since most of his time is spent rubbing his skill in Sonic's face and otherwise bragging about his racing prowess.
    • Vidia from Disney Fairies is one of the fast-flying fairies, but she is hated by most because of her narcissism and disdain for others.
  • June 15, 2017
    Getta
    I thought the draft named "Speed Freak" already covers this.
  • June 15, 2017
    NightShade96
    Moved some Western Animation examples to Films — Animated.

    • In X Men Evolution, Quicksilver is a speedster and one of the least sympathetic members of the Brotherhood, tending to act cocky because of his speed.
  • June 15, 2017
    YasminPerry
    Is this an actual trope, or just a combination of character traits?
  • June 15, 2017
    Getta
    ^ Like how power and skills equals big ego, so could speed.
  • June 16, 2017
    StrixObscuro
    Comic Books
    • In Young Avengers, Tommy "Speed" Shepherd is the fastest member of the team, and also the most self-centered. Given that he is the nephew of the above-mentioned Quicksilver, this might not be so surprising.
  • August 17, 2017
    GirlofMassDeconstruction
    Bumping.
  • August 17, 2017
    hszmv1
    • The Flash from Justice League and Justice League Unlimited can be a bit of a show boat when compared to the rest of his team and tends to be a bit of an ego (once even doing add deals). Among several of his self doubts are that the rest of the League sees him as a child and not on par with them in terms of actual value to the team. In spite of his Ego, the League do note that he has one of the strongest moral compasses on the team and was always able to keep the league on the moral path when politics would start to divide, as evidenced by the fact that his death was the divergent point that made the Justice Lords. He was also noted to be among the most compassionate to the various bad guys he encountered, and on a few occasions, was able to empathize with various members (getting a Christmas tree for Ultra-Humanite... and implied that he took the time to find one Ultra-Humanite would appreciate and was able to talk the Trickster into turning himself in.).
  • August 17, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Comic Books
    • The early days of Marvel Comics' Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four portrayed him as cocky and glib, and somewhat of a prankster, especially to The Big Guy Ben Grimm. As the Human Torch, Johnny is the only one with innate flight ability, and is definitely the fastest and most agile of the Four. He also has a Casanova Wannabe approach with the ladies. Later issues have given Johnny Character Development to where he's more a team player and less a legacy jerkass.
  • August 24, 2017
    Snowy66
    Live Action TV
    • Nearly all of the evil speedsters on The Flash 2014 qualify as this.
      • Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash is extremely smug about his speed, constantly rubbing in Barry's face that he's not fast enough to beat him. Even during the penultimate episode "Rogue Air" where Barry recruits Firestorm and Oliver Queen/Arrow to help him battle, Eobard remains extremely smug and delighted at the fun the battle will provide him.
      • Hunter Zolomon/Zoom is an even worse case. He's obsessed with being the fastest speedster in The Multiverse, and will challenge and destroy anyone who he deems a threat to his title. He fully utilizes his speed for Evil Gloating, while constantly reminding Barry of how outclassed he is.
      Zoom: Never forget, I am the fastest man alive.
      • Savitar might take out the prize with his self-proclaimed status as the God of Speed. He's so fast that he makes other speedsters look like normal people compared to him. He constantly flaunts around his god-hood, ordering his enemies to kneel before him.
      • Even good speedsters like Barry and Wally showed shades of this. During hero team-ups with Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Barry would often tease Oliver of how much faster he is. While Wally was notorious for leaving lightning bolt graffiti around Central City to showoff to his Fan Girls.
  • November 8, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    • Sonic in Sonic The Comic shows signs of this. He's the fastest person on Mobius but also has a terrible attitude and ego.
  • November 14, 2017
    StrixObscuro
    Comic Books
    • In The American Way, the Civil Defense Corps' resident speedster X-15 is a racist asshole, which would not normally make him stand out given that half the team are openly racist, but he also insists that his speed powers make him special and entitle him to extra pay.
  • December 5, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    • Swifty from one of the The Lion King comic books is an arrogant cheetah cub who likes to brag about being the fastest around.
  • December 5, 2017
    Synchronicity
    • Quicksilver's sort-of nephew, Tommy Shepherd/Speed of the Young Avengers, is arrogant and egotistical about his super speed, but is a Jerk With A Heart Of Gold. Volume 2 explains that everybody is incredibly slow compared to him, to the point that he can do complex tech assembly in five minutes.
      Tommy: Look, here's the deal. We've got a super-soldier, a giant girl, a robot from the 30th century, a Skrull/Kree supersoldier, Billy (who, yeah, is kind of lame but can cast spells), an Olympic-class archer and martial artist, and...me. And really, me's all you need.
  • December 6, 2017
    Chabal2
    A-Train (The Flash expy) in The Boys is first introduced killing Wee Hughie's girlfriend (by accident, he can't really see where he's going at high speed) when he rushes by to chase another speedster, the wind tearing her body off at the elbows. He's remarkably callous about the whole thing, vaguely commenting that the cops probably have people to deal with that kind of fallout before leaving, and later still participates in forcing Starlight to perform oral sex if she wants to join the Seven (and later attempts to rape her). He also shows no hesitation to dump his equally-immoral friend Jack from Jupiter to save his own skin.
  • February 15, 2018
    GirlofMassDeconstruction
  • February 15, 2018
    Synchronicity
    Is this distinct enough from Smug Super to be its own trope?
  • February 15, 2018
    Cools-The-Calm
    • Two examples in Dragon Ball in Burter and Dyspo. Both are fragile speedsters, but Dyspo can at least back up some of his boasts by competing neck-and-neck with some of the multiverse's strongest, including a legendary assassin.
  • February 16, 2018
    Basara-kun
    Comic Books:
    • A common pattern in The Flash, in which various of the Big Bad that are speedsters are usually seen are egotistical, but also some of the Flash Family suffers of this from time in time:
      • The Trope Codifier is any of the incarnations of the Reverse-Flash (mostly Eobard Thawne and Hunter Zolomon), who know better their abilities and limitations than Flash and usually pushes him to the limit, confident in their own abilities and able to break the hero. Also, this confidence is their Achilles Heel more than been overpassed by Flash.
      • Savitar is another speedster that's connected directly to the Speed Force and Arch Enemy of Johnny Quick, and decades later, Wally West. He's probably the most egotistical of the franchise, making a cult around him and being known as "The God of Speed".
      • The Scarlet Speedsters aren't safe from this, mostly the Kid Flash incarnations that eventually became Flash (Wally West and Bart Allen). The difference of the villains above is that they learn from their mistakes and become Humble Heroes in the end.
  • February 16, 2018
    GirlofMassDeconstruction
    ^^^ Good point. It might be a large enough subtrope, but so far there's nothing distinguishing it from The Same But More Specific.
  • February 17, 2018
    Basara-kun
    Who's in charge of this?? Maybe leaving this as Rolling Updates so everyone can complete the draft with the lacking examples and adding stuff in the description (like this being the Sub Trope of Smug Super)

    ^If that's the case, almost all examples here aren't added to Smug Super, maybe working more on the description can make the job here. That's why I'm asking for leaving this as Rolling Updates
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