A character who has an extremely aggressive treatment of competitive events, ranging from important goals to even light-hearted pastimes
. "It's just a game" will always go over this person's head as he or she insists on being the best at any minor challenge placed in front of them. They are a Sore Loser
and not a humble winner, rubbing it in with Unsportsmanlike Gloating
While the trope is often Played for Laughs
, serious interpretations can exist. In most cases, expect them to have an Inferiority Superiority Complex
or Freudian Excuse
as to why they constantly insist on proving themselves or being the best at everything they do.
is often a case issued against a single competitor. See also Blood Knight
and “Stop Having Fun” Guys
. May also overlap into X Must Not Win
or Nobody Calls Me Chicken
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Anime and Manga
- Black Star from Soul Eater. Particularly if someone else is getting more attention than he.
- Ranma of Ranma ½ has a bad case of this, including at least one battle where he must prove he has better feminine sex appeal. Often lampshaded by bystanders.
- Tomo from Azumanga Daioh, though mainly in her first appearance. She's kind of terrible at everything she tries...
- Batman has Damian Wayne, who constantly seeks to prove himself as better than any previous Robin to his father, especially against Tim Drake, who he constantly demeans whenever Tim slips up for Damian manages something slightly better than him. This came to a head in the storyline War of the Robins where Damian went after Tim, Jason, and Dick individually to beat them and claim a prize from each as proof he was the superior Robin in an entirely-self-imposed challenge. He beat Tim and Jason, but Dick just gave him a prize and pointed out "you're the one with the R on his chest now".
Live Action Television
- Dark Sun half-elves like this. They even got a personal XP award for besting a human or elf in some or other traditional activity. Just because they want to be accepted and it always involves one way or another showing that they "aren't worse at this".
- In the Ace Attorney series a lot of the more evil prosecutors (and some attorneys) seem to only care for their win-loss records, not for actually seeing justice done. There's even a Prosecutor of the Year award they can for having a better record!. Snapping out of this mentality was key to Miles Edgeworth's character growth, and the fact that Klavier Gavin never did this in the first place makes him standout as unusual among the game's rivals.
- The most extreme example is Manfred Von Karma, who took pride in never losing a case in 40 years but was infuriated at a tiny blemish on his "perfect" win record from taking a penalty against Gregory Edgeworth in court.
- Stinkoman from Homestar Runner is this to a T: "...did somebody say — challenge?"
- SpongeBob SquarePants: A recurring plot line for many characters. Sandy and SpongeBob himself are perhaps the most notable examples.
- Recess: Vince is extremely egotistical about winning any game he takes part in. The others become irritated by this and dare him to last a day without winning once, at which point he becomes drunk on losing at every game he plays.
- South Park: Used to parody U2's Bono, having won a ridiculous number of achievements and becoming ridiculously protective of his "Biggest Crap Award" (to the point of cheating to reclaim it from Randy). The reason for this is revealed that Bono is the original Biggest Crap, constantly trying to be Number One in everything, but never managing to shake off he is actually a "Number Two".
Stan: Dude, don't you have enough? I mean, you got tons of money, a jet, and the biggest rock band in the world, a hot wife, and, you've been knighted. I mean, at some point, can't you just kind of... fuck off?
- Rainbow Dash in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is this trope, The Great And Powerful Trixie is Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better.
- Stan Smith of American Dad! insists on winning at every sport and game he does, the first instance he lost, he attempted suicide.
Steve: Don't you think that's a bit of an overreaction. So you lost. Nobody cares.
Stam: I care! I know I lost, and I couldn't bear to carry that shame around for the rest of my life.
- Parodied in the Family Guy episode "Running Mates" after Peter becomes obsessed with beating Lois in an election for school board president.
Brian: Peter, are you sure you wanna run against Lois. You know how competitive you get.
I've seen how competitive you get. You can't even handle losing a game of checkers. (cue Cutaway Gag)
- Rather unsurprisingly, Princess Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Her reaction to winning a beach volleyball match:
Yes, we defeated you for all time! You will never rise from the ashes of your shame and humiliation! (Beat
) Well, that was fun.
- Otto from Rocket Power is this in spades. In one episode he went too far trying to prove to his sister Reggie that he is the better snowboarder and broke his leg in the process, and in another episode he tried to become a professional surfer just after his 11th birthday, only to wipe out miserably, just to name a couple of examples.