->''"Of course, the problem with playing alone is that when you do finally get your mates around, suddenly you turn into ''that guy.'' Don't pretend you don't know what I mean. That guy who's so much better than everyone because he plays it on his own, the loser."''
-->-- '''[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw]]''', on ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl''

That One Player describes someone who has played a game so much, discovered all the secrets, knows all the moves, hell, he might as well have gotten the timing down to the point where he plays with almost super human reflexes. However, this ruins the fun of everyone else who plays with or against that one guy because he's so skilled, he's either doing all the fun parts or able to take on an army of adversaries without breaking a sweat. However, sometimes being That One Guy can be a talent for entertainment, when he can show off his inhuman skills.

That One Player, though, may not necessarily mean a [[StopHavingFunGuys stop having fun guy]] or the other way around. Nor is he ThatOneBoss, though if he was a boss, he would be. May possibly be a ChallengeGamer, which would certainly explain their ungodly skill. And chances are they are a {{munchkin}}, and their munchkinry is to blame for their annoyingness.

Some video games have a "handicap" option to either make a certain player weaker or everyone else stronger, purely to keep ThatOnePlayer from restricting other players' fun... or [[ItsEasySoItSucks their own]], for that matter.

Not to be confused with TheOneGuy, a trope about one male character in an otherwise all female cast.




[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Konata Izumi of ''Manga/LuckyStar'' is seen playing a fighting game at an arcade in one episode. She beats a guy, much to his dismay of finding out who beat him. A strip similar in idea was: since she is [[OlderThanTheyLook excessively short]], the other {{tomboy}} misjudged her ability and got owned. On the next day, that other {{tomboy}} beat Konata-- but with such razor thin of a margin that she knew that Konata ''let her win''!
* Ami Mizuno in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' manages to be this ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome on a game she has never played before]]'', '''''twice'''''! First a platforming game in the original series and then a fighting game ''at a tournament'' in the ''Stars'' series. She's just ''that'' smart.
* Makoto Kousaka from ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' is like this with ''all'' video games, but his skill at fighting games (as well as ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'') makes other otaku quake.
* In ''Manga/AiKora'', ClosetGeek Yukari is secretly a fan of video games, and likes to unwind after final exams by going to the local arcade incognito and getting a high score on all her favorite games under the alias "Fantazma".
* Sora and Shio in ''Anime/NoGameNoLife'' turn this UpToEleven. Through teamwork, and years of experience from never leaving their house they are the greatest game players in the world to the point that they catch the God of Games' attention and win an invitation to his world where everything is based on games.


[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* ''Fanfic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'', a crossover between [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanoha]] and ''Anime/SailorMoon'', has Nanoha perform so well on the Sailor Moon arcade game that she maxes out her score and reaches a KillScreen. She notes that the only thing difficult about it is that it was built for right-handed people (Nanoha is left-handed).


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'' has one of these, who gives the kids a vital clue as to how to handle the eponymous creature.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* ''Film/TheWizard'' features two of these. There's Jimmy and Lucas. Arguably Lucas is more of ThatOnePlayer as Jimmy just seems to have his skills as an ExcusePlot.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Wobbler Johnson from the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy''.
** Kirsty, even more so.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Marshall Eriksen has a preternatural skill for board games, such that he can deduce the rules of a complex foreign gambling game just by watching others play for a few minutes, despite not understanding what the players are saying. His friends assigned him to [[KickedUpstairs officiate their game nights rather than playing]], because otherwise he'd win every time.
* Nestov in ''{{Series/Tracker}}'' was this with one of the video games in the Watchfire. He could analyze the math and patterns well as a Dessarian, according to Cole. He was making bets and money off it.


[[folder: Music ]]

* The song "Pinball Wizard" by Music/TheWho is about a [[spoiler: psychosomatically]] deaf, dumb, and blind kid who still manages to be That One Player.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Every table top RPG can have that player who has read every sourcebook and is CrazyPrepared for every challenge and has the right tactics for every situation and knows every metapoint and knows how to read the GameMaster. If they're the LawfulGood type, they'll use their vast experience and preparedness to help new players and avoid breaking the game. If they're not, they can quickly annoy the entire table or get less talented players killed as the GM struggles to make things challenging enough for That One Player.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* If you beat ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' on the hardest setting, you're instantly this, even if you use the save glitch near the end, which most (which is exactly 2) people have.
* reallyjoel's dad (an in-joke of Creator/DanielRemar and the eponymous reallyjoel, which developed into a RunningGag of his games) is a MemeticBadass version of ThatOnePlayer.
* PVP nuts in the average MMORPG tend to have this reputation, especially the camp that is vocal about establishing serious tournaments for the game.
* The UsefulNotes/FightingGameCommunity has a small number of individuals who are just so many cuts above the rest that the title race in every tournament seems to be among them ''alone''.
* The TournamentPlay scene for the original ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft|I}}'' and its ExpansionPack had the ''bonjwas'', players with incredible streaks of dominance in the top Korean tournaments.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', competitive level Scouts run through enemy ranks Scattergunning and Back-capping everything in sight. Competitive Soldiers have the tendency to blast the shit out of any player in their way (whenever they aren't flying over the heads of their opponents with tricky rocket-jumps). Competitive Demos won't let the enemy team go NEAR an objective. Competitive Snipers often are accused of aimbotting and are a #1 source of ragequitting. Competitive Spies are good at not only disappearing and reappearing without a trace, but also making ridiculously tricky backstabs even on the players that ''know'' they're there. (And are the #2 source of ragequitting.) There's a trend going on here...
** On a community level, people generally accept B4nny as the best ThatOnePlayer in [=TF2=], with frequent claims that he's worth at least two competitive-level players.
* ''VideoGame/AceOfSpades'' seems to have one of these on every server.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' is full of these players. A player may be the best in their circle of friends and probably holds their own in random online battles until they meet the one player that knows all the game mechanics, knows how to manipulate the stats for their Pokemon, and has their team set up to counter most common teams and set ups. Pokemon tournaments may as well be made for these kinds of players.
** It can be said that serious competitive play is basically creating the most elaborate XanatosGambit you can come up with.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' has its share of players that know everything when it comes to VS mode. A skilled and dedicated player can almost know exactly where the infected team will hide or attack from and effectively counter as survivors. When playing as the zombies, that one player will play off the weaknesses of the survivor team and tear them apart with their zombie team, even if the survivors are fully armed to the teeth.
* In [[MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena MOBA]] games you are ''expected'' to be this or you will be raged at by your team if your skill at the game falls short of this. Understandable since one sub-par player can drag the entire team down but that doesn't make the communities of these games any less unpleasant.
** At the same time, since the genre requires good teamwork at higher levels of play it's not unusual to find That One Player being shackled by a team that is only sub-par when compared to that individual, who will often be the team's superstar 'face'. Notable examples in VideoGame/{{DotA 2}} include Team Liquid's Miracle- and Evil Geniuses' [=Suma1L=] while League examples include SK Telecom's Faker and CLG's Doublelift.
* ''VideoGame/{{Osu}}'', being a rhythm game, has several of these, most famously Cookiezi. Also he gets perfects on maps where he can't see the beats.
* Racing games also have their share of super skilled players. The really skilled drivers will know when to boost at the right time, how long they need to drift, and will avoid every obstacle the track may have. Even more casual racing games that have items designed to screw anyone over, such as ''Mario Kart'', have players that can either dodge attacks directed at them or know how to use items that can cripple their opponents way more than what the item can do by itself. The highly skilled players can even beat out the RubberbandAI, SpitefulAI, and any potential handicaps that the game may impose on the skilled.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Ingress}}'', a single well-stocked player living or working at the site of a portal farm can prevent enemy players from being able to take control of it. Even worse is if the farm is on private property that is non-trivial to get into (e.g. an amusement park) and the player works there, in which case they can regularly hack for supplies with almost no hassle.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', despite many of the mechanics being luck-based, can create these types of players. One such example is Liam from the now defunct ZetaBetaOmegaFratBoys; out of all of the Mario Party games they have played, both uploaded and not, he wins the majority. The only one who beat him on-screen is Colton from JustAnotherLetsPlay, and Rob (from the same group) off-screen.
* Anyone with a Grand Master title in VideoGame/{{Tetris}}. There's relatively few of them, and for a good reason.
* In any game with a matchmaking system smurfs (high level players on new, lower ranked accounts) tend to gain the ire of the enemy team.
* In professional ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'', especially in the early 1.6 scene it wasn't unusual to see single players carry their teams to victory. Neo from ESC and coGu from various Brasilian teams are the most known examples. f0rest tends to be the exception as he usally had at least one other player on his level in every team he played in.
** ''Global Offensive'' scene tends to favor more balanced teams, but around mid 2014 kennyS was almost singlehandedly carrying Titan to great results, even scoring 50 kills in regular time (30 rounds). Unfortunately Valve nerfing the AWP threw him off his game to the point he now is simply one of the best at his role instead of uncontested #1 player in the world.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonTrozei Pokémon Shuffle]]'''s competitive events, starting from the Blazikenite one, pretty much anyone at the near-top (or outright number one) ranks whose Pokémon consist of simply a [[CastingAShadow Gengar]] (a common Pokémon capable of [[SuperMode Mega Evolution]] used to score lots of points), [[OlympusMons Arceus]], and two strong [[NonElemental Normal-type]] mons. This combination is considered DifficultButAwesome because you need to think fast (especially getting Double Normal to work without breaking your combo), but once you've mastered it, you'll soon become this type of player and the "Optimize" button means nothing anymore (that is, unless the target Pokémon is resistant against Normal-types). For a somewhat specific example, one Japanese player used this exact strategy and managed to score around ''150,000'' points! Assuming that Attack Power ↑ is used (making the base score around a still-whopping ''75,000''), such score is near-impossible to achieve (even if the RandomNumberGod is friendly towards you) unless you're using a "Home" button exploit that no longer works in the more recent versions.
* Infamous ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' player Angwe was this to all Alliance players on the Dethecus server. Angwe was an Orc Rogue whose tactic of choice was to set up camp at a certain strategic point which the Alliance used a lot, and kill absolutely everyone - from lowbies to high-levels - that passed through, for 8 to 10 hours every day. That was back when Rogues were pretty much unstoppable if they got a drop on you, as they could get you in a virtually infinite [[CycleOfHurting stunlock loop]] and tear you to shreds, plus Angwe was really good at playing a rogue. He evolved beyond a simple {{griefer}} into an almost mythical figure, a God of Ganking of sorts. Entire '''guides''' have been written about how to avoid him. ''Cracked'' lists his actions as [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-7-most-elaborate-dick-moves-in-online-gaming-history_p7/ one of the most legendary dick moves in online gaming history]].


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/FinalFantasyVIITheSevening'', Yuffie is appearently really good at fighting games.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Pablo "DJ [[VideoGame/FinalFight Mike Haggar]]" Bert from [[http://speeddemosarchive.com Speed Demos Archive]] qualifies, as he holds the run for VideoGame/BattleToads, and he plays it almost perfectly. And it's not a tool-assisted speedrun either because he clearly makes a few mistakes.
** Hell, pretty much ''everyone'' on Speed Demos Archive could count as this considering how much work goes into planning and executing a speedrun. You almost literally have to know the game inside and out.
** Speed Demos Archive ran a charity event called ''WebVideo/AwesomeGamesDoneQuick''. Highlights include speedrunner sinister1 playing ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' for the NES on an actual console and reaching Mike Tyson ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvzIb53Lcno blindfolded]]'', while fellow speedrunner Zallard1 takes it one step further to complete ''Super Punch Out'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSr3aXd4XuQ under the same circumstances]]. Zallard even goes so far as to precisely call match times down to the ''hundredth-second'' (1/100 of a second)!
* Creator/LordKaT, formerly of Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. He beats insanely hard games (some deliberately so, more often those with FakeDifficulty) mainly through being a {{Determinator}} about never giving up. This means he's defeated games which have induced UnstoppableRage in other internet reviewers. And yet even he couldn't beat some games, as he admitted in his [[http://www.lordkat.com/until-we-win-top-10-worst-requested-games.html Top 10 Worst Game Requests]].
** Bear in mind, he beat games like ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' and ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfBayouBilly'' and called them too easy.
* Isai is particularly memetic for his skill at ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros 64'', while "Ken" is known as the best Melee player.
** Ken retired in about 2008; he's replaced by any of three or four players, usually Mango. [=Mew2King=] has generally been this in Brawl, although to a much lesser extent. And pretty much every Smashboards-goer is this when in a non-Smash circle.
** Taken UpToEleven with Zero, the best Smash 4 player in the world, who has lost very few tournament sets and not a single tournament
* Exaggerated and parodied with AAA, who's essentially the best player in the cosmos.
--> '''God:''' Who's this guy who always beats my ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' high scores?
* The founder and leader of the ''VideoGame/{{Arma}}'' clan Creator/ShackTactical, known as Dslyecxi, is famous for his uncanny ability to take down ridiculous amount of enemy soldiers solo through a combination of stealth and manipulating game psychology, to the point that a running gag within the group is dslyecxi being a hacker and players ingame calling 'dslyecxi watch' when he is known to be in the area.
** In one mission, Dslyecxi's team ([=OPFOR/Russians=]) and the other team ([=INDFOR/Independents=]) are meeting to negotiate a hostage release. The two sides aren't completely hostile to the other... but each side is looking to get the upper hand so they can cheat the other side by either retaking the hostages without paying anything, or getting the payment and then keeping or killing the hostages. Dslyecxi decided to have a little fun with the formula. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PKPX-f2j4w He runs into the Independent's base before they even arrive]], and when they do arrive he spends the next several minutes sneaking around, either in darkened rooms just next to where the Independents are or passing along in the shadowy corners of rooms where they are congregating, moving quickly enough that they don't get a good look at him and realize he isn't one of them. Eventually he winds up right into the middle of a group of about six of them who are guarding the hostages when the building's light finally get turned on. It still takes almost another 40 seconds before anyone realizes that he not on their team, causing the follow to happen:
--->'''INDFOR Soldier:''' Who-? Are you a Russian? [several beats] Hey, we have a Russian here.\\
''[[LetsGetDangerous Everyone takes a step forward]].''\\
'''INDFOR Soldier:''' It's Dslyecxi.\\
''[[MassOhCrap Everyone]] [[MookHorrorShow takes a step back]]''.\\
'''Dslyecxi:''' [[{{Troll}} I've been here the entire time if that helps you sleep better]].\\
'''INDFOR Commander:''' ... [[OhCrap Jesus]] [[ParanoiaFuel Christ]].
*** A little bit later we get another conversational gem.
---->'''Dslyecxi:''' You guys need to relax. There's one of me and like... [takes a look around at the large group of soldiers who have guns pointed at him] many of you.\\
'''First INDFOR Soldier:''' I've seen you take out [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4Ib5rK_OGg whole]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyNkpCVMvl8 squads]] of [[NewMeat pFNGs]].\\
'''Second INDFOR Soldier:''' [[https://youtu.be/xY8x8OJspN0?t=4m10s It only takes one of you to kill everyone]].
** Likewise, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZuvRiyIh6c&hd=1 a cornered Dslyecxi is the most dangerous Dslyecxi]].
** You say you've got Dslyecxi [[LastStand surrounded in a field and overwhelmingly outnumbered]]? Well done. [[https://youtu.be/pPal3CDSapk?t=7m1s Hopefully you can afford to lose at least a dozen guys in order to take him down]].
* There are a few Youtube videos of someone named "zeixpe", who does playthroughs of ''Metal Gear'' games, though some videos are devoted to [[{{Troll}} just totally messing with the enemy AI]]. The sheer amount of stuff he seems to know about the game is ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le23bsVURds scary]]''.
* Beaglerush, who happens to be friends with Dslyecxi and was a fellow member of Creator/ShackTactical for years, is this with regards to ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. He regularly ([[ScheduleSlip kinda]]) releases episodes of him playing [[HarderThanHard Ironman Impossible]] gameplay, and considering the odds are stacked against him in such a manner, he does extraordinarily well. Sometimes the game just gives him the middle finger, but then there are times he beats missions that are UnwinnableByDesign difficulty and only loses a single soldier.
** Moreover, the XCOM game has a notoriously difficult, intricate and insanely long mod called ''[[VideoGame/XCOMLongWar Long War]]'' (taking hundreds of hours for a single playthrough). The so-called "Ironman Impossible" of this mod is almost literally impossible - even for those who have bested its cousin from the base game. Not only did Beaglerush play this mode for thousands of hours while losing a handful of times; he essentially regulates the ongoing development of the mod, its difficulty and the smartness of its AI by being so unerringly, frighteningly good. In the eyes of an experienced player, his winning streaks look no less improbable as hundreds of competitive chess games won by a single person in a row.
* Posters on Website/FourChan's video game board sometimes post about their (fictional) encounters with the MemeticBadass player known only as "Gregor", who joins a server and proves to be frighteningly competent at whatever role he chooses to play: offense, healing, whatever, and somehow knows exactly how to coordinate with his teammates in every situation despite [[HeroicMime never using any voice or text chat]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': the main characters take up ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', but find it unplayable because a griefer has leveled up so high that even the admins can't ban him. As you can see, IRL he's just a PerpetualFrowner fat guy.
-->"But how do you kill that which has no life?"
* A running gag in ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' was that Genie would always lose to carpet in the many, many games they played.