[[quoteright:350:[[VideoGame/FatalFury http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/garou_s5.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:The insult hurts more than the injury.]]

->''"I did twenty years of martial arts training in ten years by skipping the discipline part so ''bring it!''"''
-->-- '''Broadman''', ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''
%% One quote is sufficient. Please place additional entries on the quotes tab.

More Creator/SonnyChiba than Creator/BruceLee, the Arrogant [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kung-Fu]]/[[ItIsPronouncedTroPay Gongfu]] Guy is a loner. He's simply too mean to have friends. Unparalleled in combat, he has TheGift. [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining His interpersonal skills are nonexistent]], and his temper is best described as "[[HotBlooded volcanic]]." Living in a [[HairTriggerTemper constant state of aggravation]], his only joy comes from {{Trash Talk}}ing and putting "[[YouFool foolish]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment fools]]" in their place (and sometimes even that's a stretch). He may not actually [[BloodKnight enjoy fighting]], or even ''want'' to if he can help it, but [[InHarmsWay it's all he knows]], possibly through being trained by a ThugDojo. Their view of the world means they can never understand the concept of the WorthyOpponent, as they are either better than you or you are the roadblock standing in the way of greatness (forcing them to recognize someone can be a WorthyOpponent is often where they will [[BreakTheHaughty falter]] and reconsider their demeanor towards others).

With this character, FailureIsTheOnlyOption. They are almost always defeated by TheHero and are never {{the protagonist}}. Much of the time, they aren't as talented as they let on. If taken seriously, they might defeat {{the hero}} or a member of the supporting cast, only to be defeated by {{the protagonist}} in a rematch. Often, if you're in an anime or eastern videogame, they'll spout off a line about how you are [[YearsTooEarly a hundred or more years too early]] to be fighting them. If this character is the protagonist, expect BreakTheHaughty to come into play or for them to in some other way learn AnAesop that true mastery comes from patience, discipline and humility. If not, then they may be a DesignatedHero or at least a ShowyInvincibleHero.

Despite the name, this trope does not merely apply to merely those that know Chinese martial arts. Indeed all martial arts are probably represented at least once in this trope somewhere. Nor is the limit there -- any skill may apply. The CookingDuel is about as likely to involve one as anything else. That said, at least for martial arts, due to their a having strong national identity it's probably more likely for a foreigner to display this trope for some bonus CulturalPosturing about their proud history, especially if the native land has its own martial arts traditions. Which probably explains why many Japanese-made examples do use Kung Fu for this trope, while China might, say, have an [[Film/IpMan arrogant boxer]] instead.

Tends to have a {{foil}} in a MartialPacifist, the inverse of this {{trope}}. The StockShonenRival is often saddled with this characterization, as their contrast to the StockShonenHero archetype usually mandates some sense of discrimination against those not born with great potential. See also SmugSuper, JerkJock. Contrast/See also CavalierCompetitor and InsufferableGenius. Also an inversion of MilesGloriosus, who has the social skills to maintain a facade but zero bravery or combat skill to back it up.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''[[Anime/BtX B't X]]'', there's Ron, the hot-headed spiritual guardian.
* Several of the villains in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' act like this, but many of them change after their initial appearance. [[DumbMuscle Yammy]] takes the cake though.
** Nnoitra. He's capable of going over anyone and everyone just to show that he's better than everyone - this shows in his shared backstory with Neliel, whose repeated ass-handing to him made him inflict severe head trauma on her to turn her into a kid and, thus, kick her out of Las Noches. And, for bonus points, his reasoning is combined with pure machismo here: not only he didn't accept to be bested in battle, but it always stuck in his craw to be regularly beaten by a woman.
* ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' -- Syaoran, though this is cheerful {{shoujo}} fare so it's toned down. But as far as he's concerned, no one but him is entitled to the Clow Cards and Sakura's name is 'weakling'. [[{{Tsundere}} At first...]]
* The only thing to match the strength of Teresa of the Faint Smile in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', [[WorldsStrongestMan the number 1 not only of her generation, but of all generations]], was her overconfidence. The whole reason she fell to Priscilla was treating the latter, a legendarily powerful warrior in her own right, as a petulant child in need of schooling, until Priscilla struck her InTheBack with the sudden power boost from her Awakening. [[spoiler: And after coming back in Claire's body, Teresa is treating Priscilla, who is now a seemingly unbeatable EldritchAbomination, and was just about to finish off the rest of the cast combined, with even greater contempt.]]
** Teresa was even nicknamed for this trope. She was constantly displaying a patronizing smile. Even the number 1 of the time while Teresa was only a recent warrior could not bare this smile. Aside from her, several number 1 tend to have this kind of attitude, examples include Hysteria, Roxanne, Isley, Rosemary, Priscilla (post-awakening).
* In a bizarre case of this trope, Sakurai in ''Manga/CrossManage'' believes that any time someone could possibly be competitive about something, [[StopHavingFunGuy they should be]], at least at the beginning of the series. Indeed, he applies this mindset to the concept too, looking for people to deride for playing just for fun or continuing to practice something if they're not good at it. Sakurai does not have many friends, and this seems to be how he prefers it.
* Loneken in ''Manhua/CyberWeaponZ'' is a quite classic example. Aloof, tall, blond, usually observing things from afar with a critical, oten contemptuous, eye and has a henchwoman who you have to beat before even wishing to challenge him. And of course, he has the skills to live up to his reputation.
* Ruki Makino/Rika Nonaka (depending on the dub) from ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. Being a Mon series, this applies to her tactical abilities rather than her melee prowess, to the point where she nearly has the main character's partner killed for experience. This attitude only lasts until she acknowledges that Digimon are living beings.
* Any and all villains from ''Franchise/DragonBall'', particularly Frieza, Tao Pai Pai, Vegeta, and Tien (though the latter two did a HeelFaceTurn).
** Vegeta is the [[TropeCodifier KING]] of this trope for Modern Shonen. You could rename this trope to "The Vegeta" without any confusion. His HeelFaceTurn in the Buu saga was cemented by him [[DiscussedTrope precisely realizing]] that he was the embodiment of the Arrogant Kung-Fu guy and coming to grips with his [[AlwaysSecondBest inability]] to surpass Goku.
** Tien is actually a subversion. His arrogance comes from believing he has a better master and Goku doesn't fight or train seriously but when he finds out Crane was having Chiaotzu use his powers on Goku to throw the fight, he [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules demands his friend stop]] [[HonorBeforeReason and gives Goku a free shot to try and make the fight fair again]]. When he wins by virtue of Goku hitting a car seconds before he hit the ground, he tries to request a rematch as he felt that the victory should be Goku's.
** Hercule/Mr. Satan is a subversion. He's the official world martial arts champion (a title he got because Goku and his friends were too busy saving the world to participate in the tournament) and incredibly arrogant about it. He thinks Dudes flying around and shooting energy blasts are all trickery, and when he learns that it's real, he still acts like it isn't publicly. Among all the main characters in the series, he's easily the weakest. At the same time, he is legitimately the greatest martial artist in the world among normal human beings, so it's not like that bravado comes from nowhere either.
** Frieza may very well be this trope incarnate. It's mentioned that he's a mutant amongst his species and was ''born'' so powerful that he never bothered to train a day in his life. As a result, Frieza is utterly DrunkWithPower and cannot/will not accept that there could possibly be anyone in the universe who could be stronger than him, let alone beat him.
** Cell. What makes him stand out among the rest, however, is that he is a very skilled fighter who [[UnskilledButStrong doesn't have the shortcomings of the Saiyans and Frieza]]. He can sense energies like the heroes, suppress his power down to almost nonexistent, can think on his feet in the heat of battle, and does not rely on pure brute strength to get ahead. He shows more battle experience and understanding of fighting than Trunks and Gohan and actually rivals Goku and Piccolo in fighting instincts. This is mostly thanks to his genetics which gives him the power and experience of the universe's greatest fighters.
** Out of all the Buu forms, Super Buu. He prides himself on being the strongest in the universe and will throw a tantrum if anyone surpass him in power. Before he absorbs Piccolo, [[UnSkilledButStrong he is not that well trained, relying on force and his regeneration]]. He become much more disciplined once he starts absorbing people.
** The reason Master Roshi adopts the Jackie Chun alias is to make sure his students do not adopt this trope.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield21}}'' has a bunch of arrogant football guy but one who could even be an arrogant kung fu guy without IKnowMaddenKombat is [[TheGift Kongo Agon]]. Agon is a freak of nature with time reaction that couldn't be possible otherwise that allows him to become an expert in everything '''and''' he has endless stamina all thanks to him winning the genetic lottery. He is also a borderline sociopath who enjoys crushing the dreams of people with less inane talent and those who actually have talents just make him want to crush them harder.
* Lyon (for a time),[[QuirkyMinibossSquad Zancrow,Neinhart,Ajeel]],Minerva and the entire Sabertooth guild...Almost every antagonist in the ''Manga/FairyTail'' world is arguably this.
* All top-tier martial artists from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', except [[KungFuJesus Toki]]. Unless ''really'' being that good, or less than completely antisocial, disqualifies you, in which case the chief protagonist, Kenshiro, also doesn't count.
** Much more downplayed, but Kenshiro's uncle and namesake, Kasumi Kenshiro, from ''Manga/FistOfTheBlueSky'', was also prone to overconfidence.
* Kyo Sohma from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' fits this trope almost perfectly. He is a loner, being cursed by the spirit of the cat of the zodiac, and he loses his temper constantly. On top of that, he trash talks Yuki Sohma whenever he gets the chance and spent tons of time up in the mountains training with his master to one day overcome Yuki in a fight. Yet, Yuki remains the stronger, better fighter throughout the course of the series.
* Issei Tsubaki from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' is a comic (and less evil) example; his extreme nearsightedness prevents him from being taken seriously.
* Ginga Izumo, one of the heroes of ''Anime/GearFighterDendoh'', is a lesser (hey, he's only 10) version of this trope at the start of the series. Being [[OddCouple forced to work with]] the much more mellow Hokuto keeps him from ever venturing into the full blossom of this {{trope}}.
* Chang Wufei of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]''. When you scowl all day and beat up ''hyenas'' without batting an eye, you wind up here.
* [[TheAce Zekka]] in ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}: Last Order''. He's a bit more affable than it's the norm, but his arrogance certainly is UpToEleven (not that it wasn't unfounded). Which [[AmbitionIsEvil sometimes makes him]] [[KicktheDog a much bigger jerk]] than he really is.
** So, naturally, his {{foil}} is his [[TheRival rival]] [[BareFistedMonk Don Fua]], who's a MartialPacifist.
* Jan Akiyama of ''Manga/IronWokJan'' embodies this {{trope}} for the CookingDuel.
* Tokita Ohma, the protagonist from ''Manga/KenganAshura'', is extremely arrogant and provokes all his opponents, although it isn’t unprovoked as many of his opponents are of the same braggart clause, some many levels more demeaning than Ohma, he is more level headed to those supporting him also.
* Pick a villain in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. Some got better after they are defeated, but some refuse to change.
** Except Boris. Out of like fifty villains (... recurring, post HeelFaceTurn or no...) there ''had'' to be one eventually who admitted Kenichi didn't suck before actually losing, right?
** Out of Yomi, Boris, Ethan, and Chikage all act more like a PunchClockVillain than anything else. The rest of Yomi, and almost all the Fists of Ragnarok, fit this trope well.
* Tetsuya from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' is the [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] male example (predating Asuka for twenty years). Also known as Tetsuya "Combat Pro" Tsurugi, he was [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan an orphan kid]] trained since he was a child in martial arts and piloting HumongousMecha. Don't you dare questioning his skills and his AcePilot status unless you want to make him mad. Don't try to show him up unless you want make him MAD. And when he is angry he can be a world-class jerk. Later you find out that [[spoiler:he is so arrogant because he tries to hide he has a HUGE InferioritySuperiorityComplex and an utter lack of self-steem.]] Nevertheless, all of that arrogance [[spoiler:and underlying confidence and abandonment issues]] caused MANY troubles throughout the series.
* Balsa's self appointed rival from ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'' is one of these. It turned out he overestimated himself a bit.
** The son and father who get involved in the wrestling celebration in the village are another example. Ironically, neither of them are even all that good.
* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'': The protagonist, TheRival and the UnknownRival fit in this trope. Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries, all three are also {{Man Child}}ren.
* Satsuki Arashiyama of ''Anime/NanakaSixSeventeen'', whose constant aggravation is due to no one taking her seriously and Nanaka accidentally foiling her at every turn. Despite this, she's an incredibly competent swordswoman and downright deadly roughly 100% of the time.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Neji Hyuuga is an uppercrust example (for a time, he was the trope picture) as is [[TheRival Sasuke Uchiha]]. Neither are exactly smack-talkers, however: Neji tends to use [[TheFatalist long speeches about fate]], while Sasuke prefers [[DeathGlare long, lingering stares]]. Neji gets better thanks to DefeatMeansFriendship. Sasuke is a ''much'' harder sell, as it turns out this trope is ingrained in the Uchiha clan at the genetic level.
** The signature Uchiha arrogance reaches a peak in ol' Madara himself, who has powers close to a god and will not hesitate to remind you of it.
* Asuka from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is a deconstructed female example. She's ''extremely'' cocky and aggressive, and takes great pride in her skills as an AcePilot. However, it's later revealed that she uses this attitude to obfuscate just how [[BreakTheHaughty messed up she really is]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Kuroobi, part of Arlong's QuirkyMinibossSquad. He brags about his prowess in Fishman Karate, gets Sanji on the ropes for most of their fight due to most of it taking place in water, and only loses because he stops to boast and can't finish his ultimate move (when the first attack hardly did any damage at all) resulting in Sanji curb-stomping him. As a bonus, his name translates to English as "black belt".
** Bellamy constantly thinks he's more powerful than Luffy due to the belief that Luffy is weak because he still believes in his dreams and had let Bellamy beat him up as he found fighting him pointless. Plus he regarded bounties as power levels and that his 55,000,000 Beri trumped Luffy's (at the time) 30,000,000 Beri. However, Bellamy made the mistake of beating up his friends and disregarding the new 100,000,000 Beri bounty as an attempt to scare him. So when the two confronted each other again, it was virtually a no contest; [[CurbStompBattle Luffy floored him]] ''with one hit''.
** At first, old Whitebeard appeared to be like this, ripping up Shanks' letter and demanding he come in person to deliver his message. However, [[spoiler: we see that Whitebeard may be proud but not smug. He is fully aware of his decreasing health and when one of his comrades stabbed him, rather than kill the guy outright, he calmly embraced the traitor, calling him his son and forgiving him. He had charged into battle, expecting to die, in order to save Ace]]. If anything, he is more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
** [[TheDragon Rob Lucci]]. Gives up his key so it won't distract from his fight with Luffy. Is unconcerned about anything else but defeating Luffy. Trash talks through the entire thing about how he is more powerful than a [[YouRebelScum mere pirate.]] And unlike virtually every ''One Piece'' main villain, he never suffers a VillainousBreakdown. He's arrogant up until the exact moment of his defeat, and doesn't have time for anything but an OhCrap.
*** Like Whitebeard, Lucci is more than justified in his belief though: until Luffy comes alongm Lucci had never lost and was (short of the Admirals) the strongest agent the World Government had (and had more operational freedom). Had Luffy not been a {{Determinator}} Lucci would have beaten him and gone to successfully massacre his crew and take Robin back.
** [[spoiler: Sanji's brothers,]] Yonji, Niji and Ichiji Vinsmoke, [[SuperSoldier genetically altered human beings]] who trained in combat since childhood, and are [[AristocratsAreEvil royal princes of the Germa Kingdom]]. They look down on [[spoiler: [[TheUnfavorite Sanji]]]] for being a weakling (despite him becoming much stronger since they were children) and [[VirtueIsWeakness acting compassionate towards "commoners"]], [[spoiler: [[BigBrotherBully even bullying him in the past (and present) for it]].]] Special mention, however, goes to Yonji, who personally [[CurbStompBattle felt the brunt end]] of [[spoiler: Sanji's]] pent-up anger during their reunion...and Yonji ''STILL'' considers him to be a worthless failure!
* Paul of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', to the extent that even one fair and square crushing loss haven't changed his attitude.
* Hyoutei's Hiyoshi from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', whose ''Enbu tennis'' style is based on Kobujutsu (an ancient martial arts from Okinawa). Not really a people person, often seems to be annoyed or angry, and his philosophy in life is ''gekokujo'' (which means that subordinates will surpass, defeat and take the place of their superiors... similar to putting fools in their place, in a way).
** Rikkai's Sanada is such an arrogant kung fu guy that his signature move ''Fuurinkazan'' comes straight out of The Art of War.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': The first paragraph of this trope's description aptly describes Kyoko Sakura, who is a JerkAss in every way imaginable. [[spoiler:[[TookALevelInKindness She gets better massively]], ultimately laying down her life to save the girl she called fool in the first place. What an idiot!... [[TearJerker Right]]]]?
** Homura, even moreso. When she actually bothers to fight, she neutralizes powerful witches and {{Magical Girl}}s without even trying, and acts astoundingly condescending most of the time. [[spoiler:Subverted; she does all this for the sake of protecting Madoka, not because she wants to. Her HiddenHeartOfGold comes out near the end. That said, she ''can'' be pretty arrogant about her powers at times, which leads to [[TookALevelInBadass Sayaka]] in ''Rebellion'' showing her she's not as invincible as she seems when she briefly neutralizes her powers, leading to an OhCrap on Homura's part.]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Ryouga Hibiki, the epitome of {{the rival}} version, whose menace is slightly undercut by the fact that [[NoSenseOfDirection he couldn't walk around a tree without getting lost]].
** Tatewaki Kuno also fits, for the most part, except for the fact that most other characters could kick his ass in their sleep once he falls victim to CantCatchUp. Apparently, he's too arrogant to realize he needs to improve.
*** It helps that he's [[WhyWontYouDie too stupid to die]]. People improve in response to threats, and nothing can actually threaten him - and since he CantCatchUp, he's not enough of a threat to anyone else to really get things going.
** Mousse doesn't qualify quite as much as Ryouga, but almost. Fortunately, like Ryouga, he has an easily-exploitable weakness in his [[BlindWithoutEm absolutely terrible vision]]. He's hiding an infinite supply of glasses in his robes, but it still takes time to put on a new pair.
** Ryu Kumon is probably one of the only characters in the entire manga who isn't at all humorous ever at all ''ever'' (''especially'' in his backstory). A completely ruthless fighter who causes only senseless destruction.
** Pantyhose Taro. He's a martial artist capable of resisting Ranma in a normal fight even before using his Jusenkyo curse to become a giant flying minotaur (later with CombatTentacles tentacles and ink) able to fight off most of the [[FanNickname Nerima Wrecking Crew]] at once. He's also ruthless, clever and underhanded.
%%** Herb of the Musk.
** Ranma himself is pretty much this. He's also a sore loser who'd do anything to win a fight.
*** Surprisingly averted with Ranma while his casual use of super human abilities, the belief he can win, and maybe a tiny bit of trash talk once or twice in the series make many consider Ranma a braggart/show off in fanon. Canon Ranma will most likely be the first person to downplay his skill.
*** This is most likely because Ranma is a very secretive person who hates talking about himself and did not talk about any of his previous battles (most things about Ranma's past we learn second hand), Akane even complains that Ranma never really tells her anything in the manga. However Ranma is an incredibly SoreLoser so this aspect will show up from time to time when he his the underdog.
** Shampoo fits this well, even to Ranma (hint: she's in Japan for losing against Ranma and the gap just keeps getting bigger). Also she isn't above using cheats like the Super Soba and drugs and [[{{Hypocrite}} complains when other fighters do the same]]
** [[{{Tsundere}} Akane]] fits this on the count that she gets jealous easily of anyone whose fighting ability exceeds her own (which is almost everyone after Ranma came into the picture).
* In ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' the Hengen Musou style was eventually taught to a genius who came to believe it was his right to rule the world. This was in direct conflict with the philosophy of the style and so the other practitioners fought against him, resulting in most dying. The survivors swore not to pass on the art. Naofumi suspects the genius was [[spoiler:a reincarnated minion sent by Medea to destroy the style]].
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' featured Shouryuu, a Japanese kendo student-cum-Shaolin martial arts master who killed reputable samurai in order to prove his superiority. He takes every fight seriously; After his return to Japan, he killed another student during a sparring match.
* Kyuzo of ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' is a cross between this and AloofAlly. He is very, very good, and enjoys fighting (which seems to be all he knows), but he's too much the strong silent type to brag about it.
* Black*Star of ''Manga/SoulEater'' is extremely arrogant about his abilities, although also a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. His genuine skill and (latterly) achievements do little to justify his attitude; the kid thinks the world revolves around his 'godly' strength. He's been known to proclaim himself {{the Hero}} of the series in which he is, technically, TheBigGuy to [[TheHero Maka's Heroine]] and [[TheLancer Soul's Lancer]].
* This is a definite description for Kurogane, of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''.
** However, he slowly warms up his travelling companions ([[HoYay especially Fai]]), and begins to value their well-being and safety above everything else. He even decides that fighting is only justified if it's to protect someone important.
* Manga/UshioAndTora: Kirio Inasa,he believes having the Elzaar Scythe and Kuin make him better than Ushio and he's confident that he can beat Hakumen no Mono on his own.
* UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi is portrayed this way in ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}''. His StoryArc throughout the whole series could be seen as him growing out of this.
** Musashi gets the most spotlight, but he is not even the worst example. Many of the fighters of the series – particularly the younger ones are this to some degree. Gion Toji is a particularly bad case. He believes himself second only to his master, Yoshioka Seijuro, and is an insufferable {{Jerkass}} with a constant [[SmugSmiler Smug Smile]] on his face, who takes pleasure in curbstomping outmatched opponents.
* Rinne Berlinetta of ''Anime/VividStrike'' becomes one after she's adopted and turns out to be an exceptional martial artist. Her former friend Fuuka describes her as now having eyes that look down on the weak, with their falling out occurring after Rinne publicly denounced her opponent as being weak and out-of-shape after said opponent had given her all for the last fight in her career.
* Takeshi Onimaru in ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', before and after his transformation. Also Gekkou the Black Moon Bunny and Budou the [[ItMakesSenseInContext Grapefruit Soldier]].
* Kaiser Ryo of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' post his FreakOut; his addiction to sadistic duelling eventually [[spoiler:killed him in another world...[[DeathIsCheap no big deal, though]]]].
* Yuri Plisetsky from ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' is an Arrogant Figure Skating Guy who winds up eating humble pie after his first face-off against the hero. However the experience inspires him to train more seriously, to the point where [[spoiler: he beats the hero in the final competition, pushing himself so hard that he bursts into tears after his grueling free program.]]
* Hiei from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' comes close to becoming one if he wasn't already a dark badass or the TheComicallySerious.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Toyota, of ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'', is a ''very'' Arrogant Kung Fu ''Chick''. Also a {{ninja}}. She [[KickTheDog kicks the dog]] every three frames or so, with apparent [[PsychoForHire enjoyment]].
* ComicBook/LadyShiva. She occasionally can be cajoled into [[TrainingFromHell training]] promising fighters for good or ill, but her main life's work is to hunt down the best martial artists in Franchise/TheDCU and beat them to death in single combat.
* Creator/MarvelComics' Moving Shadow is, at the very least, equal in skill to his brother, Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu. Unlike his brother, however, he never learned the path of peace, and is controlled by his anger. He's also straight up evil, and wants to kill (and, more importantly, defeat) his brother more than anything.
* The Mandarin, enemy of ComicBook/IronMan. He barely even uses the rings anymore, preferring to kill Iron Man with his [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower martial arts abilities]].
** The Mandarin's son Temugin is the Mandarin minus everything except the martial arts skills and superiority complex.
* Davos, the Steel Serpent, from ''[[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]'' comics. To him, there is no defeat. His alleged loss to Wendell Rand? Slanderous lies. His inability to contend with the fully realized power of the Immortal Iron Fist? A fluke. To hear him tell it, anyway. While he is an incredibly talented martial artist with the sacred power of the Serpent Sting, he wants nothing more than to kill Iron Fist and prove once and for all that he's the best there is.
* Richard Dragon, in his latest series. The first issue opens with him winning a pit fight against two opponents, mercilessly killing one of them, and leaving the other alive to spread the knowledge that Richard Dragon is the greatest master alive. His narration remarks that "even those who win money off me do not cheer", because his brutality is ''too much for an underground fighting circuit''.
* A ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'' story entitled "Quack Fu" showed an AKFG putting a fatal beatdown on a hyperactive kid who made playful moves against him. Howard [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous]] on his deserving ass.
* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' is rife with these type of characters, they make up the majority of the series' antagonists. Even the {{main character}}s, such as Brittney, aren't safe from this.
** The alternate dimension of Jade appears to have an Arrogant Kung Fu Guy-based economy and be governed by an Arrogant-Kung-Fu-Guy-ocracy.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' villain Mr. X joined Norman Osborn's incarnation of the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} because just killing all comers in underground fighting matches in Madripoor wasn't challenging enough anymore. He was enthusiastic about invading Asgard because he wanted to prove he could kill a god with his bare hands. [[spoiler:He could, and he did.]]
* [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern]] Skallox is a temperamental BloodKnight who trusts his fighting skills fully and completely. In the ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline he openly declares that he has no weaknesses.
* ''ComicBook/GIJoe2016 has Quick Kick, a rare heroic example, who considers himself to be the best martial artist in the world. [[AwesomeEgo It helps that he may well be right about that.]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Akira Yamamoto from ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'' comics is an Arrogant ''Video Game Designer'', who nevertheless fits this trope like a glove. Mainly because he's ''also'' a talented martial artist. He and his father are rivals to the titular Tanaka brothers, and their rivalry that has gotten very physical in the past. Like when Akira cut Hsu's hand off in a swordfight.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'' episode "Mosaic," the crew has to deal with an enemy pirate gang that includes an arrogant martial arts master named Si Quan. He considers River to be a WorthyOpponent who he can test his skills against, but River disagrees. [[spoiler: When he goes after her, she shoots him twice in the head.]]
* Pennsylvania in Fanfic/ProjectFreelancerPhaseOneGenesis will do anything to overcome the number one agent and only becomes [[FriendlyEnemy "friends"]] with those he considers [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou worth killing.]]
* ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'' has several examples of this.
** Leonard Constantine started off as one. Developments in later chapters, especially his experiences in Oldtown, turn him into a far more humble person.
** Elias Tyrell is an incredibly gifted fighter and he makes sure that everyone knows about it. He at least tries to appear like a true knight and usually manages to fool others to fall for this trick, but upon closer examination, his arrogance and lack of discipline become obvious.
** Willfred Reyne is the eldest son and heir of the most powerful lord of the Kingdom of the Rock. Because of this, he has received the best training possible and has developed into a swordsman that is as skilled as he is arrogant.
** Rayden spends his entire lifetime in the story being smug and overly arrogant about his skills. We don't get to see much of it, though he is considered to be extremely dangerous by the master assassin Clayton, so there must be something about him.
* Paul keeps this attitude in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', taking great pride in his victories and crushing his opponents, and when he loses, he attributes it to either dumb luck or his Pokémon not being up to par.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'':
** Just how arrogant is Tai Lung? When he meets the Furious Five, who had just cut the rope bridge he was on and were holding it up just long enough for Tigress to get off it and drop him, his first move is to use the rope bridge like a ''[[SlouchOfVillainy lounge chair]]'' while asking where the Dragon Warrior was and then mocking the Five when he reveals that he knows that none of them are that warrior.
** Master Tigress flirts with kung-fu arrogance but in the end, is closer to a subversion. She will gladly tell you that she has much to learn and does not boast about her skill. However, in the face of someone like Po, who possesses none of the skill or finesse that she has spent her life perfecting yet is supposedly TheChosenOne in spite of that, she will speak her mind and some of this leaks out.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MuneGuardianOfTheMoon,'' Sohone has a greatly inflated sense of his own combat abilities and thinks he alone is good enough to save the sun after Mune messes things up. Of course, the audience quickly realizes that although he is strong, he lacks a lot of the basic knowledge [[TheSmartGuy Glim]] has just from reading.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Many villains from Kung Fu movies fit this trope, particularly the Beast from ''Film/KungFuHustle'' and Han from ''Enter the Dragon''.
** Another would be Sho'nuff from ''Film/TheLastDragon'', who even has a gang/chorus following him around repeating how great he is.
* Wong Fei Hung in the first ''Film/DrunkenMaster'' movie qualifies as this, as the protagonist. He one-ups the school's assistant teacher by criticizing his style, constantly gets into trouble by getting into fights and is generally a brat (with a streak of kindness here and there); yet even his father grudgingly admits that his son is an exceptional fighter, prompting him to teach his son a lesson in humility- by letting his uncle teach him [[DrunkenMaster a new martial art instead]], one with a brutal training regimen.
* Parodied to great effect in ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'', with "Wimp-Lo" constantly challenging the hero. His master "purposely trained him wrong, as a joke". He believes that losing is winning, and as such his abilities range from "my nuts to your fist style" to declaring: "I'm bleeding! Making me the victor!"
* Creator/SonnyChiba portrayed his real life master Masutatsu Oyama this way in ''Karate Bullfighter'', ''Karate Bearfighter'', and ''Karate for Life''.
** His character Terry Tsurugi from ''Film/TheStreetFighter'' series also qualifies, a viciously brutal {{antihero}}ic badass with absolutely no qualms about killing opponents in bloody and painful ways.
* The Cobra Kai dojo from ''Film/TheKarateKid''. No mercy, and all that. Oh, and karate is about winning. Don't be afraid to [[OrderedToCheat sweep the leg]] even if you risk disqualification.
** Chozen from Part II.
* In ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'', Jen fits this trope to an extent, particularly in the latter half of the story. She has TheGift of the art of Wudan, uses it arrogantly, and treats a lot of people she meets as enemies, without even observing the usual etiquette of the kung-fu world when doing so. She's one of the rare examples that are both female and a protagonist, being more young and headstrong than out-and-out bad girl.
* In ''Samurai 3: Duel at Ganryu Island,'' this is how famous real-life samurai Kojiro Sasaki is portrayed. Hero (and more famous real-life samurai) Miyamoto Musashi, something of an Arrogant Kung Fu Guy himself in the earlier films, completes his transformation into a [[MartialPacifist Martial Pacifist]] as a result of their climactic duel.
* Pai Mei from ''Film/KillBill''. Mr. "Compared to me you're as helpless as a worm fighting an eagle?" The man who slaughtered a temple of monks because [[DisproportionateRetribution one of them didn't return his nod]]?
* Number One, the Centipede, in ''The Film/FiveDeadlyVenoms''. Of the six students of the Poison Clan, he's easily the most self assured, feeling that as the first student he's the one in charge and bearing an intense grudge against number five, the Toad, after being defeated by him. He's also the one with among the most impressive abilities; They call him the Centipede because he's faster than greased lightning.
* Several in ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine'', including "Wins Without a Knife", the dishonest Japanese fighter who, when outclassed, invariably pulls a knife on his opponent and kill them, and the titular OldMaster wielding the Flying Guillotine himself, who searches far and wide for the One Armed Boxer to kill him as revenge for a loss that wasn't even his.
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}''
** Apollo Creed from the series fits this trope to a T. Subverted slightly in that while the guy does have an ego it's partly played up in the ring as part of his flashy acts and openings, plus he gets plenty of PetTheDog moments.
** Clubber Lang from ''Film/RockyIII'' is probably a better example; With Apollo, he clearly had a life outside the ring. Lang knows nothing and cares about nothing but bringing the pain and proving he was the best all along.
* Storm Shadow from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* The Kurgan from ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' definitely comes under this heading. He openly admits that he only seeks to kill all of the other immortals, and only deals with mortals for convenience/amusement, but is described as "The perfect warrior" by Ramirez.
* The Twister from ''Film/IpMan2'' is a Western boxer who fits this {{trope}}, in contrast with the eponymous MartialPacifist. From the first {{film}} there was General Miura, BloodKnight FourStarBadass, and several others from the {{sequel}}. Wong Leung starts this way but eventually gets better after a few hard lessons.
* Creator/JetLi's character in ''Film/{{Fearless 2006}}'' starts off this way, before he accidentally kills a master martial artist and wrecks his best friend's restaurant, followed shortly thereafter by the posse of the former killing his family in retaliation. He then has a HeroicBSOD and reforms.
* [[TheProtagonist Darth Vader]], in both ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogies, shows many of these qualities (lacks respect for authority, resorts to violence with minimal provocation, etc.)
** Especially Vader-before-he-was-Old-Buckethead, as depicted in the ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' finale (during his climactic duel with Obi-Wan on Mustafar) fits this trope to a tee.
** The more so Darth Maul. If you count in the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse EU]] background, the latter exemplifies a training style given to Sith deemed less gifted, in which they're taught little ''but'' martial arts and using the Dark Side to enhance aggression and physical power, intended to produce shock troops and disposable assassins. At times there have been a ''lot'' of these.
* Kelly Stone, played by Joe Piscopo in the film ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}'', is an example of this trope taken to ridiculous extremes. He even mouths off about Creator/ChuckNorris... to the man's face.
* Uri Boyka from ''Film/UndisputedIILastManStanding'' movie considers himself "the most complete fighter in the world" and is just as skilled as he's arrogant. [[spoiler: After having his knee snapped in the climax he takes a turn towards WarriorPoet in the third one.]]
* In Shaw Brothers wuxia ''Soul Of The Sword'', the nameless hero is this to the core, irritating practically everyone in the martial world by challenging famous swordsmen to duels...and killing them. Amusingly, he is repeatedly told that he is not, in fact, arrogant ''enough''.

* In ''Literature/InheritanceCycle,'' Vanir plays this role, though in this case the art in question is sword fighting rather than kung fu.
* ''Literature/SisterhoodSeries'' by Creator/FernMichaels: Harry Wong is the ''second'' greatest martial artist in the world (regrettably, the identity of the greatest martial artist in the world is never given). On a personal level, he acts like this. Fortunately, his relationship with Yoko Akia (the only person to beat him and the only person he fears) seems to have a civilizing influence on him.
* A common trend in Creator/DavidGemmell's writing is the flashy arrogant guy who is convinced he can take the less flashy hero, and who usually has a friend who advises him not to bother. The archetype, Dorian in ''Legend'', goes down in [[OneHitKill one hit]] from [[AnAxeToGrind Snaga]].
* Liam Ironarm from ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''. He's actually a LoveInterest for Alanna, but he's recognized as the Shang Dragon, one of the most skillful unarmed fighters in the world, and hoo ''boy'' does he have an ego. He's constantly lecturing Alanna not just on the inferiority of armed combat and magic, but every aspect of living her life, and they break up soon after she ignores his attempted order to abandon TheQuest.
%% * Gabriel Lightwood from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* The unnamed one-scene character in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' who, newly advanced to the Third Djim, challenges a sweeper for entering the dojo, unaware that this is [[AlmightyJanitor Lu-Tze]].
-->'''Dojo Master''': Hold! Do you not want to know the name of the man you are about to destroy?\\
'''Arrogant Kung Fu Guy''': I don't need to know the name of a sweeper.\\
'''Dojo Master''': It is always wise to know the name of a sweeper, boy. And my question was not addressed to you.
* Orc warlord Hartusk from ''Literature/CompanionsCodex'' is manipulated easily by the drow, because his warmongering and arrogance mean that he will pretty much attack anything they point to and conveniently ousts his former ruler's moderate dynasty for them.
* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' has Jean de Vrailly, who believes himself to be the greatest knight in the world and has decided that this gives him the right to do whatever he pleases.
* Mr. Sexton in the Literature/ModestyBlaise novel ''The Silver Mistress'' is a particularly villainous example of this, constantly boasting about how he's the greatest unarmed fighter in the world while also being a professional PsychoForHire and TortureTechnician. His pretensions to spiritual advancement do nothing to stop him from brutally torturing helpless people and taking pleasure in it.
* The protagonist, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, in the first few books of ''Literature/TheSaxonStories''. A hugely arrogant master swordsman, he firmly believes that the English simply can't win without him on their side, and takes every opportunity to boast of his prowess and of his victories (especially of killing the Danish warlord Ubba in single combat). This helps make him extremely unpopular with the English, but endears him to the Danes. As he grows older, he learns a little humility and a surprising measure of tact; by the time he is in his 50s, his boasting has been stripped down to grimly saying, in response to an offer of a champion to fight on his behalf: "I do my own work."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jaime Lannister's prodigious swordsmanship ''and'' being a Lannister makes him one of the most self-assured men in the Seven Kingdoms. His smugness starts to wear off in Season 3, slowly at first, what with getting his ass kicked by Brienne and the loss of his sword hand dramatically puts a dead stop to this. While he still tries to reassure his lord father that not being as good with his left hand doesn't matter as long as he's better than anyone else, an honest conversation with Tyrion shows that his self-confidence is gone.
** Loras Tyrell is one of the best in the realm and knows it, lamenting in "Kissed By Fire" that there are no worthy opponents for him to spar with in King's Landing.
** Anguy is extremely sure of his archery and has good reason to be.
** The water-dancing gladiator in "The Dance of Dragons" is ''very'' good but can't resist making a show of finishing off his opponent, allowing the another combatant to skewer him with a ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind.
* Mordred in the 1998 miniseries ''{{Series/Merlin|1998}}''. The first we see of him is [[WilliamTelling practicing archery with a group of servants standing with apples on their heads]]. "If you gentleman don't stop trembling, I might miss and kill you all!"
* The villains of the Wuxia-themed ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''. Of special note is the second main villain: Maku/Grizzaka, a bear-themed berserker whose two main characteristics are a gigantic ego and a hair-trigger temper. Maku's overwhelming pride was behind his pre-series fall to evil; he couldn't stand knowing he was his mentor's ''second'' choice for successor, the first one having turned down the role.
* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': In "The Inheritance", an arrogant Japanese acrobat and judo expert joins the troupe. He is constantly getting into fights with anyone who does not follow his Japanese customs, and quickly alienates the rest of the circus. Ben eventually brings him down a peg or two.
* Franchise/KamenRider has a number of them in many variations. Examples include:
** [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Souji Tendou]], who plays this straight.
** [[Series/KamenRiderExAid Taiga Hanaya]], arrogant doctor marksman.
* This seems to be the default template for champion gladiators in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', with the two most notable examples being Gannicus (who puts down his swords mid fight in order to demonstrate to the crowd just how easily he can beat his opponent) and Crixus (who seems to exist in a perpetual state of rage, and loves to humiliate and beat the trainees).

[[folder:Pro wrestling]]
* Back when the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance was still a huge thing, every other NWA World title holder seemed to be one. The most famous of course was Wrestling/HarleyRace but ''every'' world champion belt had more than a few holders of this variety. If you were a champion of any regional territory of the alliance and your belt corresponded to a "world" equivalent, it was just safer on your sanity to expect the world title holder to give you headaches and stock up on aspirin early. Wrestling/RicFlair was a subversion though, he talked a big game and did win a lot, but usually by the skin of his teeth and through dubious means. [[CardCarryingVillain And he was proud to admit it.]] This hasn't stopped now that the NWA is a smaller thing either, [[VestigialEmpire its just not as noticeable.]]
* Wrestling/AntonioInoki and Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling in general garnered this reputation in Inoki's efforts to prove professional wrestling the strongest style in the world and his particular brand of strong style the strongest of all professional wrestling. The NJPW dojo would attract and open its doors to any fighters who disagreed, then shut its doors on them and have the best guys in their locker room beat them up.
* Even among New Japan Wrestlers, Wrestling/MasakatsuFunaki had a reputation for going to any length to show he was the best at whatever he happened to be involved in.
* Also from New Japan is [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson American Dragon]]. He takes his job very seriously and if you're going in the ring with him you had better too because he will always look to kick your head in and let everyone know he has till five. He'll lecture you on why you're not good enough to beat him, talk about everyone else he's beaten, boast about his [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor unbreakable small package]] and if you have the unfortunate fate of falling to him, [[UnsportsmanlikeGloating he'll celebrate over enthusiastically]]. Don't talk about your favorite wrestlers around him either, unless you compare him to them in a favorable way. He'll take not being mentioned as an insult.
* Dragon's trainee, [[Wrestling/SaraDelRey American Angel]], wasn't an example of this trope at first but those days of humility are a distant memory. What's that? Easy escape point from the bottom position? She'll start on her back and still not get pinned? Tap out? She know's one million different submissions holds! No closed fists? Fine, its more fun to knock people out with the foot anyway.
* Despite being of the New Japan mold, helping form the shoot fighting Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation and becoming the general manager of MMA rules Pride Fighting Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada was notably not an example of this trope for most of his career. That is until Wrestling/{{HUSTLE}} came along and he became TheGeneralissimo [[SelfParody bent on destroying professional wrestling in favor of mixed martial arts]][[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke there is actually little distinction between the two in Japan, in part because of his legacy]][[/note]]
* Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki is another for New Japan, talking down to foreigners and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners while kicking in the face those who would enter "his" ring holding the ropes. Also, was a founder of the world's second MMA promotion, Pancrase. He really wasn't quite so mean as he would have you believe but apparently his derision of jiu-jitsu is legit.
* Similar to the above, UWF's "[[RedBaron Gracie Hunter]]" Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba was not an example of this at heart but put up the image, boasting about the might and superiority of professional wrestling during the lead up to his MMA matches. Once he actually got done with his matches, even when he won, he was much more respectful.
* Continuing The New Japan trend is Wrestling/AkiraMaeda, who was notorious among his coworkers up to and including Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, for shooting when he did not get his way. Not even Antonio Inoki had much patience for Maeda but the fans loved him.
* Even among New Japan Pro Wrestling, Wrestling/KatsuyoriShibata's persona plays on this enough to stand out. Only in this case, he is a "shooter" who looks down on professional wrestlers. Now add in NoSell and suddenly we have a problem([[RootingForTheEmpire or not]], fans really like him)
* Subverted by Wrestling/BlackRose, she's a cocky showoff with a short temper that shows little respect for her opponents and has a hard time believing she's ever not right, but wrestling isn't the only thing she's arrogant about. She's equally competitive in managing, coaching and dancing. She might even try to befriend {{worthy opponent}}s [[BerserkButton but be careful rejecting the offer]].
* [[Wrestling/EvanBourne Matt Sydal]] is the epitome of arrogance and lack of discipline, or so it seems. If pushed on the issue, he'll admit it is just something he puts on and he would never go so far as to alienate the people who may otherwise buy his shirts.
* Jimi Mayhem in Vendetta Pro Wrestling, as any self proclaimed "[[Film/TheLastDragon Shogun Of Harlem]]" should be.
* [[Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla The Young Bucks]] fit this trope to a tee. They are regarded as one of the best tag teams on the independent scene, and they won't hesitate to remind everyone how great they are. Their arrogance knows no bounds and they will superkick anyone and everyone, including referees and ring announcers, [[ItAmusedMe just because they can]].
* Few people would felt proud of getting disqulified in K-1, but Wrestling/BobSapp did, just like he laughed on his opponent's faces and threatened to eat them in cartoonish forms. When he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Kensuke Sasaki, everybody realized he went for real.
* Wrestling/SamoaJoe as face or heel.
* Wrestling/RomanReigns: He loved the idea that he could be (and, to this point, is) the one to retire Undertaker, and refused to listen to Shawn Michaels' advice about the match prior to Wrestling/WrestleMania. On an episode of Raw, he told Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman, as plainly as he could, that he's done much more in WWE than they have. And, at least once, he's simply told the fans "I can't be beaten one-on-one in a fair fight whether you like it or not."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The worst of the [[WarriorMonk Immaculate]] [[ChurchMilitant Order]], from ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', combine this attitude with that of TheFundamentalist. Their mascot is the signature character Peleps Deled.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 4th Edition'' has a whole class dedicated to the concept. The Battlemind is a psionic swordsman whose powers act as a form of wish fulfillment, and whose blade is an extension of their ego. Many of their powers revolve around berating enemies for their lack of skill so convincingly they actually become less skilled. Or just die from terror at your abilities
** There's even a Battlemind Paragon Path called "Steel Ego", and it's perfectly possible for a Battlemind character to ''not know'' they have psionic powers and simply believe themselves to be that good.
** It depends on the player, but about half the fluff for the Monk class falls in this category; the other half goes into DissonantSerenity.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Many "Pro" gamers tend to be like this, in part due to the {{GIFT}}. Good at the game, yes, but with a terrible attitude, often veering into SocialDarwinist level. The ninth wonder of the world could easily be how they manage to even ''have'' friends to play with in the first place. See also StopHavingFunGuys - partly induced by the {{GIFT}}. (as acting this way in real life typically results in either you receiving a kick in the face, or people deciding "screw you")
** Subverted by a lot of people who physically attend gaming tournaments. Plenty of them are actually good competitors.
** Indeed, among the professional ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' scene there are joking complaints about a lack of drama to stir up rivalries, because most of the pros (especially the Koreans) are so ridiculously polite with each other.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'': Altaïr. So much. It gets one of his fellow assassins killed during the first part of the game, and another (the first guy's brother, Malik) crippled. [[BreakTheHaughty Altaïr gets some straightening out, though.]]
** Ezio from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' starts off as this, but gets better quickly. The first game only shows a few weeks of Altaïr's life, whereas the second follows Ezio from the age of 17 to 40, showing us his career highlights. It reaches the point where [[spoiler:Ezio refuses to kill Rodrigo Borgia, the man responsible for the murder of his brothers and father, because it won't bring them back. A decision which gets most of household killed by the vengeful Rodrigo in the beginning of the sequel, admittedly.]]
* Rathe from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' enjoys battle especially against those he finds worthy. To those he doesn't, he belittles them in the most arrogant fashion. Basically he can be compared in this regard to [[Franchise/DragonBall Vegeta]] which [[Creator/ChristopherSabat his voice actor]] also voices.
* Everquest II's Bruiser class has this as its lore background. The Good-aligned Monk is the MartialPacifist counterpart.
* ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'': Jet Chan is a perfect example of this {{trope}} (in addition to being an obvious dual ShoutOut). The only way to beat him permanently [[spoiler: is to drug him so he loses a fistfight with one of your {{ninja}}s. He is so humiliated he never returns.]]
* Seifer Almasy from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. He's one of only a very few individuals in the setting who can use a [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy gunblade]], and he and Squall are both "in a class of their own" in terms of fighting ability. Seifer's also a BloodKnight who loves fighting, demands that he be allowed to get the kills in a fight [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits so he can get the XP]], deliberately injures his training partners and thinks that he's doing them a favor, and disobeys orders to charge off for personal glory. His wild ways soon lead him to [[FaceHeelTurn defect to the Sorceress]].
* Kakarotto from ''VideoGame/HerosRealm''. Not only is he a total jerk who [[YouKilledMyFather killed Akira's father]], he's in the pay of [[EvilGenius Murzhor.]]
** In reality, [[spoiler: he's not even ''human'' and transforms into a [[OneWingedAngel dragon]] in the middle of your fight.]]
* Mahk in ''VideoGame/IMissTheSunrise''. He's from a culture that does nothing except craft and sell weapons to the point of obsession, so it's really all he knows, and ''boy'' is he smug about it. This is the complete opposite of [[ActualPacifist his personality]] in ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction'', however, so he ends up going through a lot of CharacterDevelopment.
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', practically anyone who follows the Way of the [[KarmaMeter "Closed]] [[TheSocialDarwinist Fist"]] including, potentially, the player character. This is only ''usually'' the case, however, and adherents of the Way of the Open Palm can also act this way.
* [[VideoGame/FatalFury Gato]] and Shen Woo from the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series both fit this to a T, despite not resembling one another much in personality. Gato, in particular, is probably ''the'' example, from the way he speaks to the way he dresses to the brutal way he fights.
* The Echani Handmaidens in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'' are quick to disparage your skills and see you as a welcome new "target" if you ask for a sparring session. Their usual target is their youngest half-sister (who joins a male PlayerCharacter), and they're happy to insult her and her abilities to strangers. Unsurprisingly, the subplot around that half-sister culminates in her beating their asses near the end of the game. Some of the Mandalorians on Dxun cop this attitude as well, seeing Jedi as weaklings who get by only because they have the Force. (You can prove them wrong in the battle circle.)
* Mr. X from ''VideoGame/KungFuMaster'' is probably this. He even kidnaps the protagonist's girlfriend just so he can get a chance to show that he is the [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours better fighter]].
* ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade'' series has a few. [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid Lawful Stupid]] government agent Keiichiro Washizuka is extremely self-sure, with the skill to back it up, and has very little in the way of people skills. The series' protagonist, Kaede, has some elements of this normally, but is a much better example in his SuperMode.
* Two of the incarnations of Odio in ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' are like this. Odi Wang Lee in the Ancient China chapter is the head of a brutal martial arts school, and targets the Master's school just for sport. Odie Oldbright in the Present Day chapter is a monstrous fighter who considers brute strength the only virtue [[spoiler:and ''murders'' his opponents in order to prove his superiority]].
* Byrne/Staven from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'': ''"* arrogant grunting* He's only human, Cole. It was hardly a fair fight."''
* Though a far more friendly and comedic example, Dekar from the ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' series qualifies. He constantly asserts that he is the world's strongest warrior, and though his arrogance often leads to him looking like a total fool outside of battle, his skill in combat is certainly no joke. By the end of his adventure with Maxim, he's willing to give Maxim credit...as the ''second'' strongest warrior in the world.
* Ghost Kick, from the fighting game ''Martial Masters'', is a despicable misanthrope with an insanely brutal fighting style trying to beat the (supposed) fact that he's the top fighter in the world into everyone else's skulls.
* Kai Leng from ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is this to a T. He's a [[SmugSnake smug]], [[SuicidalOverconfidence arrogant]], [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty]] cyborg ninja who, despite his love of violence, is still [[DirtyCoward cowardly]], [[EvilIsPetty petty]] (he ate Anderson's cereal because he's an "adrenaline junkie"), [[FlunkyBoss gets backup from grunts and a gunship when the heat is on]], and can't take the shit he throws (he doesn't have any smart comebacks when Shepard calls him out on running). He vehemently believes that he's better than Shepard when he doesn't see him/her as his ArchNemesis (something Shepard doesn't see) and pays dearly for all of the needless pain he caused. He is also half-Chinese which is more dominant than his Russian heritage.
* Bass from ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' is what happens when you give one of these an assault rifle for an ArmCannon.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''[='=]s Johnny Cage. He's a somewhat mild example, and his arrogance is somewhat justified by the fact that he's a Hollywood actor, and thus is fairly superficial (and in fact, his attendance at the Mortal Kombat in [[VideoGame/MortalKombat1 the original game]] is motivated by wanting to show the world that he wasn't faking his abilities). Kobra on the other hand is definitely this.
** Kenshi, prior to his debut in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance'', spent his life WanderingTheEarth not ToBeAMaster but because he thought he already was and was simply challenging people to reinforce that. He had an impressive win record, so it was not without merit, but his arrogance eventually got the best of him when an old man tempted him to unseal a well that contained the souls of his ancestors (that old man in fact being [[ManipulativeBastard Shang Tsung]]), promising him a legendary sword was contained within. The consequence of this was Kenshi's sight was taken from him as the souls rushed out to be absorbed by Shang Tsung, who left Kenshi to die alone. However the well did indeed contain a legendary sword, Sento, which also granted him [[MindOverMatter telekinetic abilities]]. Now driven by {{Revenge}}, Kenshi had also [[BreakTheHaughty become solely humbled]] and dedicated himself to fighting for better things than mere pride.
** Liu Kang gives shades of this in some of his pre-match intros in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. [[spoiler:The fact that he is a revenant (following his death at Raiden's hands) may account for why he is arrogant and egotistical; it allows him to show off the anger he harbors towards Raiden following the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. He even feels jealous when Johnny Cage of all people takes the spot as Raiden's champion, sneers at Kung Jin's sexuality and openly mocks Kung Lao.]]
*** This intro example with Jacqui is a good example of his arrogance:
-->'''Jacqui Briggs:''' From "champ" to "chump".\\
'''Liu Kang:''' You will respect me!\\
'''Jacqui Briggs:''' Were you champion of the whiners?
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' often uses this trope for Black Belts, Battle Girls, and other Fighting type Trainers. Fighting type Pokemon in games such as the Mystery Dungeon series, by contrast, tend to avert this trope.
%%** Silver in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''.
* The Shaolin monk Chinnen from the ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct'' series of fighting games, by virtue of being an intentional subversion of the MartialPacifist mold and an amoral egotist with incredibly intense moves. He's more explicitly evil than most, too.
* [[MyHeroZero Xaero]], end boss of ''VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena''. While he doesn't really use kung fu on you (seeing as how guns are the primary means of fighting and your PowerFist is an emergency weapon), he has the look down pat, constantly {{trash talk}}s you, and is a ''[[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard ridiculously]]'' skilled shot with a [[SniperRifle railgun]].
* Played for laughs in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2. The Big Boss of the Ronin, Kazuo Akuji, crosses katanas with you. After draining his health, he cries out in a cutscene "You cannot match my skill!" to which your character replies "No, so I'm gonna cheat" and shoots him in the chest. Instant hilarity, followed by more hilarity as you use your cell phone to broadcast his screams of pain.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series:
** Genjuro Kibagami is ''always'' angry, has an intense rivalry with Haohmaru, and is just a sociopath in general. The only time he ever seems to enjoy himself at all is when he's cutting someone to shreds.
** Thing is, Haohmaru himself is as well. He's more gung-ho and optimistic about his place in life but he's definitely got the personality of an AKFG.
** Wan Fu, a gigantic Chinese royal who believes the path of the sword is "Possessing absolute power to crush his enemies." His character bio states he can kill a tiger in under three seconds, and that he insists he has no flaws and idolizes no one.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' series:
** Akuma is exemplary; embracing the darkness within, he eventually killed his former master and his own MartialPacifist brother ([[NotQuiteDead or so it seemed]]) before searching the world for a worthy opponent.
** Adon stands right up there with Gato as a definitive example, however. He has nothing but contempt for anyone, his moves are extremely punishing, and he will not stop until he's defeated every last person who might even kind of be able to challenge him. Unlike most examples of this trope, Adon [[SlasherSmile can often be]] [[LaughingMad seen smiling]]... and it's ''much'' creepier than if he were to scowl.
*** Better yet, it's implied he '''fought Akuma'''.
** On the other end of the scale and the [[CharacterTiers tier list]], [[JokeCharacter Dan Hibiki]] is a parody of this - he has all the traditional traits, with one exception - he's hilariously weak, which turns his bravado into a massively ironic joke.
*** Unless a really good player uses him to humiliate a weaker player. Nothing says 'pwned' better than [[LethalJokeCharacter using the joke character to beat your opponent]].
*** Especially in ''Street Fighter 4'', Dan is more of a mind game character who has a brutally effective counter super with unreal priority. Beat Dan down enough and he can unleash and turn the tables, turning him into CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. Even in prior games you could pull it off, it just took a lot more skill.
** Just as Fei Long is Bruce Lee, Gen comes off as Pai Mei. Which is interesting since he predates Kill Bill.
*** Pai Mei, aka Bak Mei, et al, has his roots as a semi-historical Chinese figure. He even founded, influenced, or is credited with the creation of the actual kung fu style, Bak Mei; White Eyebrow. The Pai Mei in Kill Bill was based on Pai Mei from earlier Shaw Brothers movies.
** Rufus, an arrogant fat guy who proclaims he's the best fighter in America (though he ''actually could'' back this up), and searches for Ken, ''without knowing who the guy even was.'' All he knows is that "Ken Masters" wears red, a gi, and had blonde hair and anyone who fits that description, such as [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Bob]], must be Ken. Even if they're women!
* Played with in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsGaiden'', with one of Elemental Lord Masters: Hwang Yang Long. Maybe he does not have the loner intent and aggravation, but he's still pretty distant compared to the other Masters, and he's more like TheLancer towards Masaki. Guess what's his occupation: Chinese PE teacher that knows Kung Fu.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'''s Feng Wei exemplifies this well enough.
** And Paul Phoenix is a non-kung-fu example (his fighting style is based on judo).
* Real-life skater Tony Trujilio is portrayed this way in ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk's American Wasteland]]''; He constantly condescends to the player and kicks your ass if you beat his challenge.
* Lei-Fei from ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' is exactly like this.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] have this attitude as a common racial trait, typically coming across as incredibly self-confident in their abilities. This extends even beyond martial arts to anything they take interest in, including acrobatics, thievery, and wizardry.
* Shadow from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' views himself superior to everyone in battle. This is especially shown in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' and the ''VideoGame/SonicRivals'' games.
** It shows in the Pure Hero-Dark Path of his [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog self-titled game]] as well, where he ended up challenging Sonic as earned to being his rival, than boasted highly about his own strength after he defeated him, and even laughing about it.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicForces'', [[spoiler:this comes to bite him [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom and the rest of the world.]] His physical and verbal beatdown of a pre-empowerment [[AxCrazy Infinite]] inflamed the latter's InferioritySuperiorityComplex and [[CreateYourOwnVillain sent him over the edge into sociopathic villainy.]]]]
* Jann Lee from the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' series is this; he fought to overcome the deaths of his parents and eventually became so skilled that he became a bouncer at a fancy nightclub. He's so proud of his self taught skills that he comes across as arrogant to others, but he's quite chill when not fighting, as shown in a few cutscenes.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Franziska von Karma of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. Though she practices law instead of martial arts, Franziska is a good fit for the trope. Perfection is the only satisfaction she can understand and she acts condescendingly towards everyone else, both in and out of court.
** Her father, Manfred, is probably the best example from the series (as later on Franziska does start to [[DefrostingIceQueen become more sociable]], though still relatively harsh towards what she perceives as ignorance).
** Yutaka Kazami in ''Investigations 2'' has this attitude towards [[MundaneMadeAwesome dessert baking]].
* Bolt in ''VisualNovel/{{SC2VN}}'' is an Arrogant Starcraft Player.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Aiastes from Webcomic/{{Break}} fits the bill, treating his fights like jokes and assuming his opponent cannot compete with him
* Tek Jansen in ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble'' starts out this way, but [[TookALevelInKindness takes a level in kindness]] later.
* Both Isabel and her grandfather Francisco in ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' are inclined this way, in a JerkWithAHeartOfGold kind of way - they both mean well, in their own way, but are super-invested in how awesome they are. Of course, this causes them to butt heads: Francisco is convinced his training is the best thing ever and Isabel needs to suck it up and learn it, and Isabel thinks it's a load of crap and putting up with his high standards is more trouble than it's worth.
-->'''Isabel:''' I don't need Spectral Fist. I can make whatever I want out of paper just by ''deciding'' to...I'm only training to please you, Grandfather, so it'd be nice if you'd act grateful every once in a while!\\
'''Francisco:''' Arrogant girl! [[HypocriticalHumour How could an immaculate and majestic being such as myself produce a descendant with such a flaw?!]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Ruby in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is a downplayed version. She is a friendly girl to the people around her but she believes her skills alone are enough to win her any fight she's in. She initially identifies more with weapons than [[NoSocialSkills with people]] other than her family. And in the beginning, she is constantly being told that fighting isn't all there is to life. Part of her development is learning how to fight in a team and trust her teammates.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[{{Deuteragonist}} Prince Zuko]] is a prime example, particularly in the first season. Skilled in both firebending and martial arts, his abilities lack refinement, and he is overly reliant on power. He can never stop fighting because [[{{Determinator}} he cannot fathom giving up]]. [[CharacterDevelopment He gets much better over the course of the series]], especially after his [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]].
** Pakku on first appearance somewhat counts as this, but becomes nicer later.
** Xin Fu, the tournament runner tracking [[SixthRanger Toph]] with the more pragmatic Master Yu. The needlessly confrontational part can be seen in how happy he is to get in a BarBrawl and by this line when he heard [[SixthRanger Toph]] may have died in the desert:
--->'''Xin Fu:''' That's okay, since she's wanted dead or alive.\\
'''Master Yu:''' No she's not! I'm certain her father wants her alive.\\
'''Xin Fu:''' [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Hey, look! Fire Nation wanted posters]]!
** And then there's Admiral Zhao:
--->'''Jeong Jeong''': (describing Zhao) I had a pupil once who had no interest in learning discipline. He was only concerned with the power of fire - how he could use it to destroy his opponents and wipe out the obstacles in his path.
** Aang himself was this as well, being just a child and wanting to always get to the cool stuff. His first attempt at firebending fails because he stopped his "control the fire" to make more fire, and burned Katara.
*** This seems to only apply to firebending, though. When it comes to airbending and waterbending, he's highly spiritual, and doesn't really like fighting much. And he doesn't like bending earth at all.
** [[CuteBruiser Toph]], [[DisabilitySuperpower Toph]], [[DishingOutDirt Toph]]. She is a [[PintsizedPowerhouse blind little girl]] that [[BoisterousBruiser loudly declares herself]] the greatest earthbender in the world whenever she gets the chance. ''She is absolutely right''. She participated in an [[IncrediblyLamePun underground]] fighting tournament and quickly became its champion, repeatedly gets into fights with huge guys with arms larger than she is just to [[CurbstompBattle curbstomp them]] seconds later, developed [[ExtraOreDinary metalbending]], and embraces this trope. When she found out that the play chronicling their adventures was portraying her as a burly man who sees by screaming, she was ecstatic.
** SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has the titular Avatar Korra be an Arrogant Kung Fu Girl. Over four seasons, this flaw and many others are broken down.
* Kyodai Ken from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is one of the only characters who can pose a real threat to Batman hand-to-hand... and would've killed him if Bats hadn't sort of cheated. He's also a complete lunatic who just likes beating people up.
* Bushido Brown from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' is this. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] when he beats the living ''crap'' out of Huey in their fight, but not so much when [[spoiler:he gets [[OffWithHisHead beheaded]] by the Hateocracy]].
* A rare female example, ''Jinx'' from ''GIJoe''. But more so a mild version of a SmallNameBigEgo.
* Before his HeelFaceTurn, Tohru from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' was a textbook example, being an easily aggravated goliath who could crush the title hero with his bare hands. Hak Foo, who filled Tohru's role as TheBrute, is also a fine example, a PerpetualFrowner with martial arts skills unparalleled in the series.
** Additionally, late-series villains Strikemaster Ice, DJ Cobra, and MC Fist, TotallyRadical [[JiveTurkey Jive Turkeys]] who learned their moves from the Shaolin before going all DeceptiveDisciple on them and eschewing "the path of peace" for criminal operations.
%%* Monkey Fist from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', Po himself sometimes fits this, though he usually learns a lesson by the end. [[AesopAmnesia And promptly forgets it]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheDragon'' has Ling as the Arrogant Kung Fu Girl at the beginning. She is pretty violent to her brother Ang, is unwilling to consider the responsibilities of the Golden Dragon, and wants its power, even if she has to take it by force and go to the Yin side (i.e. the Dark side). [[spoiler: By season 2, she goes back to the Yang side (i.e. the Good or Light side), and becomes a Golden Dragon herself. She still retains a degree of cockiness, however.]]
* Lightning Dust from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Her only real care is pushing herself to the limit, which puts Rainbow Dash, the other Wonderbolt cadets, and even the other Mane Six in danger.
* Grooor and Ceres from ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''. Grooor is an extremely fierce competitor and never lost a race until he went up against Molly. He actually gave her a head start just to make her defeat all the more humiliating... then tried to kill her after he lost. Ceres, on the other hand, constantly flings insults at his opponent and their entire species and makes them hallucinate with his flute until they crash.
* Katarou, the gigantic wannabe ninja from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "The Quest", had it all. He bested Robin early in the episode, something only Slade had really ever done before.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Tokyo Mater]]'' has Kabuto, a mean and obnoxious Japanese racing car who likes to cheat his way to victory in every single drift race he's been in, as well as having a tendency to strip his rivals of their modifications after losing to him. [[DefeatbyModesty Guess what happens to him]] after he loses to [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Mater]] at the end of the short!
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'':
** BadassAdorable Omi is still a child, and it's not like he's unfounded in his beliefs; he ''is'' the [[MakingASplash Xiaolin Dragon of Water]] for a reason after all.
** Another example would be Chase Young, who is very similar to Omi, and was once even a Xiaolin warrior before turning to the Heylin side.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is taught karate by his grandma after having his bus pass stolen. He masters the style very quickly and the power eventually corrupts him to the point where he attacked an innocent bystander. He instantly regrets this and snaps out of it rather quickly.
* Quite a few characters in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. Da Samurai is the only one who got any CharacterDevelopment though.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': After Kaeloo teaches Stumpy martial arts, he manages to beat Mr. Cat in a fight and briefly becomes very arrogant. The problem quickly fixes itself when he tries to attack [[TheAce Quack Quack]], who manages to easily defeat him.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Certain UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts exponents dismiss traditional martial arts as outdated and ineffective. Some traditional pugilists dismiss MMA-ers as KnowNothingKnowItAll upstarts. So on and so forth.
** Anderson Silva aka the Spider of UFC fame is known for his taunting and goading in the ring. Often to the point that Dana White gets embarrassed of his tactics. While this tactic worked to unnerve his opponents, the one time he goes overboard is against Chris Weidman. After playing off a jab by Weidman Anderson drops his guard in an attempt to mock Weidman; only to be met by a flurry of punches that knock him out.
* While Jobst Brandt made a name for himself with his groundbreaking book on bicycle wheel design, he's almost as well known for his endless tirades against anyone who disagrees with him.
* UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli. Subverted though, thanks to his many PetTheDog moments. And the fact, [[AwesomeEgo that he was just that good]].
* For an actual example from Kung Fu, we have Li Shuwen, a famed martial artist from late Qing/early Republican China and teacher of many famed bodyguards and warlords. He was a notorious master of Bajiquan, a style specializing in powerful close-range fighting, and was a [[{{BloodKnight}} frequent]] unarmed and spear duelist who is believed to have never lost, maiming and even killing countless opponents in the process. He [[{{BadassBoast}} bragged]] that he did not know what it was like to have to strike a foe twice, and was known for [[{{CallingYourAttacks}} announcing which technique he would use]] to win. A harsh teacher, unrepentant killer and all around [[{{AsianRudeness}} unpleasant]] man, his vicious ways finally [[{{LaserGuidedKarma}} caught up]] to him in elder years when he was [[{{SarcasmMode}} unexpectedly]] poisoned and died.