Rage Quit

Gabe: What am I supposed to do?
Tycho: What every Dungeon Master has done, ever, for all time.
Gabe: Persevere?
Tycho: Shit no. Quit in a huff.

A character is playing a game (usually with other people or online) and quite simply, they're losing. Maybe they didn't read up on how to effectively play the game, maybe they're off their A-game, maybe it's their teammates, or perhaps the other guy just found a way to break their supposedly impenetrable defense. Whatever the reason, their armies are dying, their buildings are burning, their avatar has been sliced into six different pieces and they are about to get this loss added to their permanent gaming record. If they had a winning streak or an undefeated season, it's about to end now.

Enter the Rage Quit: If they can't win this game, no one can! Screw going down with the ship and using the loss as a learning experience; someone is about to put the first black mark on their untarnished gaming record, truly a Fate Worse Than Death! Alternately, it need not even be an actual loss or a bad game, some players have ragequit over the most trivial of matters such as their favorite map not being selected, or their favorite character being used by someone else. In any case, if they can't have it, then no one will!

As you can well imagine, this is obviously incredibly annoying to the opponents; players who ragequit too often tend to look weak, and it pisses off other players who often just want to get through a game without the other guy backing out on them at the last minute because they don't want to get stuck with a loss. Rage quitting is also common in people who simply get frustrated at the game and quit early to cool off, whether it be from several streaks of bad luck or results in a game simply not working out in their favor, despite everything they've been doing. Of course, quitting is still quitting, which greatly annoy other players who want to finish the game or earn the win.

In some very rare instances, the rage-quit may not in fact be due to the player sucking or getting frustrated. Rather it's punishment for allies of the player who are in some way abusing game mechanics or items to make the player's experience miserable. As vengeance, the player abandons their team at the worst possible moment.

Measures to alleviate this vary. Some games will register a rage-quit as an automatic loss to the player who quit (possibly with an automatic win for everyone else), or even keep a separate tally for the number of "disconnects". Unfortunately, it is impossible for the network to distinguish a ragequit from actual technical problems (a power outage, for example), and there are usually still ways for players to exploit the ranking system to avoid taking the loss. Other systems use a punishment system where the player leaving a game will be unable to find/join another game for a certain amount of time in order to prevent them from pulling a rage quit multiple times in a row, although this can greatly annoy players who quit a game for a good reason.

Can be spelled both "rage quit" or "ragequit". As the page illustration shows, ragequitting is Older Than They Think.

Compare Save Scumming, a mostly single-player phenomenon that may not entirely be caused by RAGE at losing. Can also mix with Jerkass/Griefer where people may quit the game, in addition to losing, exclusively to piss off other people. People who quit may literally say Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.

See also Fake Difficulty, Nintendo Hard, That One Boss, That One Puzzle, That One Level, Flipping the Table. For more information see Rage Quit Baddie

Not to be confused with the Rage Quit series by Michael Jones of Rooster Teeth's Achievement Hunter, though there are some cases of rage quitting in it.

This page is for In-Universe and Invoked examples only. If we had examples such as "{Insert Game Here} is prone to ragequitters", you might as well add every game in existence to this list. For your personal experiences with Ragequitting, take it to the message boards.

In-Universe Examples Only

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the very beginning of Captain Tsubasa, the young talented goalkeeper Wakabayashi, back then a Jerk Jock extraordinaire, was obsessed by the challenge he gave to The Hero Tsubasa to try and score a goal against him in the Shűtetsu vs Nankatsu match. When Tsubasa manages to do so, Wakabayashi is so mortified and disgusted he quits the match and leaves his team on his own. Fortunately, his personal coach Mikami promptly gives him a violent Get a Hold of Yourself Man that makes him realize how rotten his attitude is, and he comes back to the match matured and determined to win it along with his teammates.
  • Cell from Dragon Ball Z did this after Gohan went SSJ2. After Gohan beats Cell so hard he vomits up Android 18 (causing him to revert to Semi-Perfect form), Cell decides to just blow himself up and take the whole planet with him. It takes Goku making a Heroic Sacrifice by teleporting Cell off-planet before he blows to keep the Earth from being destroyed... though then Cell manages to regenerate From a Single Cell, now in Super Perfect form, and tries to destroy the entire solar system with a massive Kamehameha. Gohan counters with one of his own, and eventually manages to defeat Cell.
    • Freeza did something similar, destroying Namek's core which would cause it to explode within minutes when he realized that he may actually be defeated by Goku, who had just unlocked his Super Saiyan powers. Goku was quick to call him out on this. However, Freeza's race can survive in the vacuum of space, so this was a bit more reasonable than it seemed at first.
    • And before Freeza, Vegeta tries to do this against Goku during their first fight. Upset that a lowlife commoner was able to match him, Vegeta attempts to nuke the entire planet. Goku ends up defeating him in the Beam-O-War, forcing him to go One-Winged Angel (a tactic meant for whole populations) on a single opponent.
    • DBZ villains in general tend to be poor losers and will try to blow up the planet if it looks like they'll lose a fight. Or in Buu's case, out of boredom.
    • Speaking of Buu, he performs a notable subversion. He appears to play it straight during his fight with Gohan by choosing to explode, but in reality it's a diversion to get away so he can buy some time and think of a plan to overpower him. He succeeds, by tricking Goten and Trunks into fusing back into Gotenks and then absorbing Gotenks' power.
    • During his own fight with Cell, Goku plays with the trope. Once it becomes clear Cell's superior, he flies into the sky, setting up a super-powerful Kamahamaha, which would be enough to destroy the entire Earth. While Cell is standing there stunned that the Incorruptible Pure Pureness protagonist is willing to go to such extreme lengths to kill him.... Goku teleports directly in front of Cell and unleashes the Kamahamaha in his face. If Cell was like Piccolo and really needed his head to regenerate his body parts, it would've worked.
  • During Pokémon's infamous Tag Tournament, Paul abdicated his role in the match when Chimchar, after taking levels of abuse the previous night that would make PETA's founders spin in their graves fast enough to power Unova, froze with fear when Zangoose got up close and personal one time too many. Ash, Paul's partner in that matchup, proved himself the better trainer on the spot by taking command of Chimchar, as well as his own injured Turtwig, to turn the entire fight around and score a victory. This is followed up by a Rage Release by Paul, leaving Chimchar free to be taken up by Ash.
  • In Mega Man NT Warrior, Mega Man's duel with Shadow Man concludes with Shadow Man declaring the battle a draw, then disappearing in a smoke bomb.
  • Seto Kaiba's very first card game match against Yugi in Yu-Gi-Oh! "Season Zero" has Kaiba on the ropes. Kaiba then plays "Goblin," which apparently forces the match to end with no declared winner. Somehow, the table gets destroyed in the process. Yugi (the Pharaoh, actually), doesn't seem bothered by it, as it was his first time playing.
  • In Ben-To, Sen of all people does this after just about everyone beats her at Virtua Fighter 2. Rather than simply pulling the plug, however, she throws Satou's beloved Dreamcast out the window.
  • In Red Line the Roboworld military decides to give up when the racers blast off to watch the final stretch of the race.
    "Fuck this. They're too fast."
  • In Gundam Build Fighters Try, Team Angelfish, a marine-themed team with marine Gunpla, are going up against Team Try Fighters, taking up the Tundra battlefield. Easy enough, get into the water and take out the trio. However, when they find out the water's too frozen solid, they just self-destruct instead of allowing Team Try Fighters to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle. Fumina and Sekai are not happy over this.


    Comic Books 
  • Iron Man: James Rhodes, after finding out Tony Stark was Back from the Dead, stormed into Tony's hospital room to bring back the damaged remote-control Iron Man unit Tony was using, stripped off his own armor, and told Tony he's through being Stark's "War Machine". Tony accepted the resignation from the company, but told Rhodey to keep the armor, and to use it to be better than him.
  • Even Mickey Mouse of all people did this once. In one of the early comics Mortimer managed to woo Minnie and humiliate Mickey repeatedly: after Minnie purposefully and repeatedly ignored his request to go to a party, thinking he had heard of it before Mortimer even though she had already agreed to go with him and didn't want to tell Mickey until Mortimer showed up, his reply was to simply walk out right through her first-floor window while quipping "Send me the bill."
  • In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, Robotnik had a backup plan that was essentially "Rage Quit: The Plan", called "Operation: Wasteland", which all of Robotnik's SWATBots, Badniks and other machines would just destroy everything, friend or foe, once the phrase "Sonic has won it all!" was said. Snively accidentally discovers it after thinking Robotnik died (prior to his Killed Off for Real moment) and Robotnik stops it before it ravages the Great Forest.

    Comic Strips 
  • Brian of Knights of the Dinner Table is king of the trope. If he doesn't like B.A.'s call, if someone accuses him of cheating or reminds him that his imaginary girlfriend wasn't real, he'll flip the whole table over. Other characters have been known to storm off in anger, but never with quite the panache Brian uses.
  • Calvin and Hobbes had this a few times, with even a metaphysical example of Calvin stating that his spirit was kicking the chess-board's spirit clear across the room.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Jason X, two guys playing a holographic video game have their characters (controlled mentally) killed by Jason, so they quit in frustration. It doesn't take a genius to realize how events played out after that.
  • A bar brawl version of this happens in the first scene of The Way of the Gun, as pointed out by the director in the commentary. The two antiheroes square off against an angry man and a number of his friends. Heavily outnumbered, they realize that they're going to get beaten up anyway, so they throw their first punch at the guy's girlfriend, spoiling his victory.
  • In John Carpenter's The Thing, when we meet MacReady, he loses a game of chess to the computer, accuses it of being a "cheating bitch", and then pours whiskey into the CPU. MacReady's character will destroy the game rather than lose it - which is what he does at the end of the movie, burning down the camp in order to deny the Thing victory.
  • Premium Rush: That poor bicycle officer just can't catch a break. Once his own bike gets stolen, he's had it.
    Officer: [seeing Wiley jack his patrol cycle] *sigh* Know what. I'm done.
  • Bad Santa has a hilarious scene where Thurman trolls Willie in a game of checkers, by choosing moves and then taking them back. After Willie calls him out on it, Thurman takes out three of his pieces and reaches the edge of the board in one move. Thurman just smiles and says "King me". Willie doesn't take it very well.

  • In David Weber's Out of the Dark, this is how the invading Shongairi ultimately decide the end the war with humanity. The humans keep fighting despite half their population being wiped out in orbital bombardments, they can't beat the humans into submission on the ground, further orbital bombardment just pisses them off, and the bioweapon they were developing and intending to "leak" to wipe out most of the human population (thus making the genocide and occupation palatable to the rest of the galaxy) doesn't work because every attempt to gather human test subjects ends with their troops getting slaughtered. Then "something" starts attacking their ground bases and wiping out the garrisons, so the Shongairi commander just knocks over the whole table and pulls his troops back into orbit, intending to just destroy the entire planet and be done with it, purely out of spite.
  • In The Twelve Chairs, one of Ostap Bender's money-making schemes involves pretending to be a chess grandmaster and hosting a simultaneous exhibition, despite being utterly inept at the game. After losing game after game, he resorts to stealing a rook from his last opponent, and when called on it, throws a handful of chess pieces in his face.
  • In Diane Duane's Star Trek novel My Enemy, My Ally, McCoy describes a 4D chess game between two Enterprise crew in which the one who was losing programmed the game to explode.
  • In The Martian, after half a book of taking whatever Mars throws at him with snark, relative calm, and determination, Mark Watney temporarily has this reaction to his own survival efforts after the Hab — his living space on Mars, with all of his food and supplies — breaches. It's hard to blame him.
    Mark: You know what!? Fuck this! Fuck this airlock, fuck that Hab, and fuck this whole planet! Seriously, this is it! I've had it! I've got a few minutes before I run out of air and I'll be damned if I spend them playing Mars's little game. I'm so god damned sick of it I could puke! All I have to do is sit here. The air will leak out and I'll die. I'll be done. No more getting my hopes up, no more self-delusion, and no more problem-solving. I've fucking had it!
  • In Enders Game, the titular character is known for inventing creative solutions to impossible odds. During the final exam for Command School, he faces an insurmountable number of opponents around a planet. Everyone waits for his first move, until a classmate reminds him of his own words, "The Enemy's gate is down", which is the trigger for action in Ender. For the test, Ender blows up the planet and everyone else in the area. This a rage quit from Ender because he's given up on strategy and is just trying to end the tests and go home as fast as possible.
  • In "The Manchurian Candidate" a Senator's manipulative, power mad wife asks him what he does if he has to go the bathroom during a session. He says that he gets up and leaves. She instructs him to start pounding on the desk, scream "Point of Order" and loudly announce that he will not stand for this any more. Then go to the bathroom.

    Live-Action TV 
  • All in the Family: The 1973 episode "The Games Bunkers Play" sees the cast (on Mike's suggestion) play a game called Group Therapy, a truth-or-dare type game where participants – instead of being asked softball questions – are asked tough, hard questions and the participants must answer truthfully and honestly. Mike was hoping to have some fun opening up about his friends and family, but the odds aren't in his favor, to say the least ... he's always the target of well-meaning but blunt criticism about his attitudes and such. Eventually, Mike goes into a rant and storms out of the room. He goes on a tirade about Archie and how he got everything in the world but (in his view) didn't deserve it. Edith takes Mike aside and essentially tells her son-in-law about why Archie is the way he is.
  • In Cheers, Frasier famously did this playing Woody in chess, to the point of upsetting the board. Woody pointed out his King was still standing, so Frasier tossed it, mimicking Woody's annoying explosion noise (every time he took one of Frasier's pieces). Woody didn't mind, he did the explosion noise with Frasier.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
    • In "Peak Performance," Data has a rematch against an opponent at a game of Stratagema. Rather than playing to win, which got him soundly defeated last time, Data goes for a stalling tactic to keep the game at a permanent impasse. His opponent eventually rage quits.
    • A Klingon challenges Data to two-fisted arm wrestling. After getting defeated, he tries to headbutt Data, but discovers to his dismay that Data's skull is thicker than a Klingon's.
  • An episode of According to Jim, Andy turns off the video game before he can lose to Gracie.
  • The Amazing Race
    • In US Season 15, one team was eliminated at the starting line, and they were so mad they just up and left and didn't even attend the finale. The part where people were sympathetic to them was that they didn't even get to leave the country, or even go through the first leg of the race. One fan compared it to qualifying for the Olympics and being eliminated during the opening ceremony.
    • Nick of Nick and Vicki got mad and quit in the middle of a task in Season 17. The episode in question turned out to be a non-elimination, which meant that the audience had to suffer their presence for another episode.
  • Lisi in the American Survivor ragequit too, but instead of just walking out and leaving, simply asked everyone to vote her out.
  • In Season 3 of Top Shot, Blue Team member Jake quit after being voted into an elimination challenge, but before actually participating in said challenge. The other person getting the votes, Phil, didn't win the elimination challenge by default, though; instead, he had to compete against the last person eliminated (Mike Hughes). Mike won, and made it all the way to the final challenge that season.
  • In the "CharDee MacDennis: The Game of Games" episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the gang explains that they always have to nail the playing board down to the bar counter because at some point Mac will get angry that he's losing and try to flip the board over. Mac admits that it's "for the best." Sure enough, toward the end of the game, Mac goes into a rage and tries to flip the board over.
  • In the series finale of Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined), Cavil blurts an expletive and kills himself when the means of immortality are taken from his grasp.
  • In the Doctor Who story "Dragonfire", the villain Kane melts himself to death on discovering that he's outlived all the people who he intended to take revenge on.
  • Discussed on Leverage when Hardison is running a con he designed based on video game principles. Turns out he may have made the whole thing too complicated and didn't account for this possible reaction.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Master Vile realizes that the good guys always find a way to win, even after his supposed victory, he pitches a fit and pulls up stakes, leaving Rita and Zedd to deal with the Power Rangers.
    • This quite possibly makes him the smartest enemy the Rangers ever had, as he was only to realize the Rangers always won.
  • In the introductions to the "Cheating Death" segments of The Colbert Report, The Grim Reaper often shows violent disapproval for Stephen's strategy in the current game.
  • Done a couple times on Storage Wars, once by Dave after Barry brings along a couple of supposed psychics to scan the lockers of the week, and in another episode by Jarrod's employee Mark. Dave returned the next week, Mark did not.

  • Gottlieb's Tee'd Off shows several golfers rage quitting their golf games, including one man breaking his putter over his knee and another golfer hurling his clubs off a cliff and into the ocean.
  • Most modern pinball machines are equipped with one or more slam tilt sensors, typically on the coin door, on the bottom of the machine (to detect a drop) and occasionally on the playfield glass. Triggering one of these sensors by slamming the machine will result in an immediate game over.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Any heel not booked as a "monster heel" will almost certainly have done it at some point in their career, ESPECIALLY if they hold a title belt. Whether it's a blatant kick to the opponent's groin, hitting the referee, or even just going berserk on their opponent (and ignoring the referee's request to back off), they will have done something to get themselves disqualified. At its most basic? Walking back up the ramp so that the referee counts them out. As long as you're still the champion, who cares about a non-pinfall/submission loss? This is why No DQ/Falls Count Anywhere matches were created to begin with.
  • This can sometimes be used as a means of writing a heel off of TV if they have decided to quit a company for other endeavors. For example, John Bradshaw Layfield angrily declared that he quit at WrestleMania 25 after losing the Intercontinental Championship to Rey Mysterio Jr in 21 seconds. This was also done by Eve Torres, who, after losing her Diva's Championship to Kaitlyn, quit the company in a fit of rage. In reality, she left to be with her new husband and to continue to pursue her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs.
  • Done quite literally with Batista (a heel at the time) on the episode of RAW after a humiliating loss to John Cena, his third in a row. He was reported to have left due to not liking the direction WWE was going in.


  • The NFL's Buffalo Bills held a slim lead in the closing seconds of the November 29, 1998 game against the New England Patriots. The Patriots' quarterback heaved a long pass (known as a "Hail Mary" due to the difficulty in completing it), but the Bills were called for Pass Interference in the endzone. Defensive Pass Interference as the clock expires gives the offense one more untimed down, which the Patriots used to score the winning points. The Bills by this point had seen the replay showing there was no interference, and were incensed when the refs tried to force them to come out and play the conversion even though it was completely meaningless. The Bills responded by storming off the field en masse, allowing New England to play the final conversion completely uncontested.
  • The much-hyped race between Michael Johnson and Donovan Bailey in 1997. At the time, Johnson held the world record for the 200m event, and Bailey held the record for the 100m. They were to settle the question of the "World's Fastest Man" with a 150m race. At around the 100m mark, Bailey was clearly ahead, and Johnson pulled up with an injured hamstring. Cynics thought he faked the injury rather than lose to Bailey fair and square.
  • During the 1976 Soviet Red Army vs. Philadelphia Flyers exhibition ice hockey game, the Soviet Team, who agreed to play by NHL rules, began protesting calls made by the officials. After vocal complaints weren't going anywhere, the Soviet Coach opted to call the entire team back and leave the game. In another ragequit move, the Flyers owner threatened to not pay the Soviets for the game should they leave. Eventually, the Red Army team relented and continued play...and lost.
    • In fairness, it's universally agreed by experts that the Soviets were indeed getting hosed by the pro-american refs. The only people think otherwise are have been either diehard Flyers fans and/or loonies stuck in the Cold War era.
  • Michael Jordan is so intense and committed to winning that he has a tendency to do this. Once in 1992 just before the All-Star game he did this on court after drawing a foul and was suspended from the next game and fined $5,000.
  • The Green Bay Packers / Seattle Seahawks game in 2012. The NFL referees were locked out at the time due to a contract dispute, and the replacement refs made 4 horrendously bad calls in the final minute of the game. The last two of these were on the same play. Blatant offensive pass interference in the endzone that was not called, followed by a Packers interception that was ruled a simultaneous catch and therefore a touchdown for Seattle, with zero time on the clock. It cost the Packers the game, and they were so pissed that they walked off the field before the (utterly meaningless) extra point was kicked. After a few minutes they came back to contest the final play for appearance's sake, presumably after some persuasion from Mike McCarthy.
  • After the New Mexico men's basketball team were upset by Harvard in the first round of the 2013 NCAA tournament, one sportswriter covering the team was so incensed that he retired the very next day.
  • Mixed Martial Arts: Coach Ken Shamrock enforced this on his fighter Guy Mezger in the Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round. Mezger's fight with fan favorite Kazushi Sakuraba was ruled a draw, requiring both fighters to go to a tiebreaker round. Shamrock believed that Mezger had clearly won the fight and prohibited him from entering the tiebreaker in protest, resulting in a forfeit loss.
  • The highest scoreline in soccer history occurred as a spectacular form of rage quit: SO l'Emyrne, in protest of a referee's decisions earlier in the tournament, repeatedly scored against themselves for the duration of their match against AS Adema, with the final score being 149 - 0.
  • Kinda sports: the Săo Paulo carnival vote count in 2012 had to be interrupted once a supporter of one of the samba schools jumped the barrier, grabbed the grades from the announcer's hand and ripped them.

    Video Games 
  • A common rage quitting tactic in most games, especially RTS games, is for the loser to cut their own internet connection so that they would get disconnected rather than taking a loss, as well as spiting their opponents by forcing them wait for their connection to the server to time out. This tactic is commonly dubbed "plug pulling", and most games now count disconnects as automatic losses.
  • Sports games have the highest level of ragequit. One of the new features of FIFA 13 allows players to quit at halftime so they can do it peacefully and not disrupt someone's win.
  • Team Fortress 2: Actually, Valve makes fun of this with the Pyro's "BarbeQueQ" achievement, which is awarded if a player you are Dominating ends up leaving the server you are currently playing in.
    • An achievement for the Spy, "Slash and Burn", is awarded if another player rage-switches to the Pyro class immediately after you kill him.
    • Also, the Scout now has a voice clip that says "Yeah, I dare ya, Rage Quit! C'mon, make us both happy!" when he dominates someone or kills them with the Fan-o-War (a low-damage weapon) or the Holy Mackerel (a fish that has a hit counter).
      • This video plays with both the trope and the Scout's taunts. In it, the Scout repeatedly defeats the Pyro in Soul Calibur, obnoxiously taunting him all the while. Eventually, after Scout does the rage quit taunt, Pyro does rage quit... by shooting the tv and turning his flamethrower on Scout. All of Scout's teammates find him so obnoxious they sit back and watch him burn.
    • Some servers will announce players on a losing side leaving the game as "RAGE QUIT!", with the requisite notification on your heads-up display and a Large Ham voice booming it so everyone can hear.
      • The plugin is also common in Left 4 Dead (see below).
    • When the Mann vs. Machine co-op mode was added, rage quitting started rearing its ugly head, so a countermeasure was instituted. If you're caught leaving or get idle-kicked before seeing a single wave through or while on one of the special servers where you can earn loot, leaving at least four other players behind, you're marked as a potential rage quitter. Rage quitters get sent to the back of the line meaning you have a harder time getting into a new game. Trying to leave under potential rage-quit conditions triggers a confirmation warning. The system tries its best to account for Murphy's Law. If you get dropped due to network trouble, it'll hold your place and give you a few minutes to get back in. You're not penalized for quitting between waves, pass or fail (as you're considered to have at least put forth an effort) or for vote-kicking (they leave it to the admin(s) to determine your fate).
  • Whenever somebody leaves the game shortly after dying in Heroes of Newerth the announcer yells out RRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAGGGEQUIT.
  • In one of the anime shorts of Kid Icarus: Uprising, Thanatos screams this at the end.
  • In Sid Meier's SimGolf, NPC golfers will rage quit your golf course if their attitude levels drop too low. This is caused by a variety of factors, but the biggest one is if the holes are too difficult to play due to poor or unfair designs. Other factors include: being bombarded by other golfers' balls (caused by poor course layouts or too many golfers playing the same hole), unkempt course grounds, walking up steep slopes and seeing other golfers rage quit.
  • In Red Dead Redemption, vindictive players have the option of murdering everyone at the card table where they were just blasted out of the pot at poker.
  • Fist Of The North Star Twin Blue Stars Of Judgment actually gives one character this as a Super Move. As a reference to his death in the series, Shin starts to limp away and tells his opponent that he won't give them the satisfaction of killing him, then throws himself into the anime Speed Stripes void. Not surprisingly, it counts as a win for Shin's opponent.
  • Inverted in You Don't Know Jack, as strange as that sounds. In the earlier games, if someone types in "Fuck You" as an answer to a Gibberish Question or other question with a typed answer, the host will make fun of you and deduct a vast amount of points from the offending player. Do it again, and the host does nothing, but makes fun of you for being unoriginal. Do it a third time, and the host gets so pissed that he ragequits the game on you, booting you back to the desktop!
  • Inverted with the first PC version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. If you don't enter a name at the screen which prompts you to do so, Regis Philbin will at first coax you, then get annoyed, and after a minute of not typing in a name, gets angry and says "Fine! You wanna be that way? I quit!" and the game shuts itself off.
  • Happens a LOT in Left 4 Dead. Seriously, it's reached outright memetic levels.
    • It's now an Ascended Meme: Valve made an achievement in Left 4 Dead 2 called Connecting Fights, where you could only earn the achievement by playing the Dead Air campaign (a campaign notable for rage quits even by Left 4 Dead standards) in VS mode from start to finish, meaning you can't quit. Valve's official blog encouraged people not to rage quit if they wanted this achievement.
    • Some servers in Left 4 Dead announce via text when someone rage quits (though the plugin can't discern between people ragequitting and those leaving the server normally for other, more peaceful reasons).
  • Neopets
    • Apparently the game had enormous problems with people quitting while playing against other players in the Battledome and had to implement countermeasures because of this.
    • It remains a problem in Key Quest, especially in two-player games. The losing player will quit just as the winning player is about to enter the door to win the game. This is despite the fact that a silver key will occasionally net prizes better than the gold key.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3 includes a quits tracker, and punishes rage quitters by auto matching them with other rage quitters.
  • At the end of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All's 2nd case, Amoral Attorney Franziska von Karma is so furious at having been defeated by Phoenix that she angrily whips him into unconsciousness.
  • Infamously dubbed the "Logoffski" in the EVE Online community. When suddenly surprised by an enemy, players who quickly use the Ctrl-Q command to kill the game client will initiate an automatic procedure called "Emergency Warp" designed to save players who suddenly lose internet connection. This will cause the ship to warp out of the battlezone and disappear after a couple of minutes, (hopefully) before your ship is destroyed.
    • Self-Destruct initiates a countdown that destroys your ship completely after a few minutes. The purpose is to deny the enemy anything salvageable from your wreckage, but also to deny them a kill mail confirmation. The latter reason is why Pv Pers hate it so much.
    • "Gank quitting" is form of this that can only be done in high security space, where players can only fight under certain, but diverse, circumstances. If you attack anyone who doesn't have negative security status, is a war target, has agreed to a duel, or that you kill rights on, the police CONCORD will come and murder you. That said, when players are losing during a legitimate fight in high sec, they will sometimes shoot a random ship so that the police will kill them before their enemies can, which denies them a kill mail.
  • Leaving during a League of Legends match, assuming teams are more or less equal in terms of skill and progress, is almost always a guaranteed defeat for your team, meaning people on your team will get a rating loss without that being any of their fault. Thus, leaving during a match gives you a larger rating loss and no IP / Exp gain. It is also a punishable offense and, much like griefing and trashtalking, leads to eventual permaban.
  • Brütal Legend multiplayer does not count a disconnection as a loss. As a result many of the highest-ranked players on the leaderboards are ones who got there by pulling the plug whenever they're losing.
  • Mass Effect 3 has multiplayer where your character earns experience for each match. If you quit the gamenote  you earn no experience or money.
  • Warlords2 offered a "Resign" option for hopeless situations, giving you the option to resign "ungracefully" (razing all your cities first) or "gracefully." If you choose to resign gracefully the game sneers at you and burns everything anyway.
  • Dota 2 solves this problem by flagging rage quitters for "abandonment". Flagged players are punished by taking lower priority in matchmaking and are only matched with other flagged players for a set period of time. It also helps that after a certain period of time after disconnecting (to allow genuine disconnects time to re-connect), all players are free to leave the match with no consequences. The side with the leaver gets pardoned for the would-be loss while the other side receives a win so that spiteful players cannot Rage Quit just to deny the opposition their win.
  • Dickson in Xenoblade. Right after Shulk delivers a fatal blow and prepares to finish him off he declares they can proceed and he won't try to stop them. He then sits down and mutters to himself that he won't let Shulk see him die, he doesn't want to give him the satisfaction of knowing that he beat him.
  • Happens occasionally in Pokémon random matchups online.
    • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 attempt to alleviate this with some success by preventing players from playing in random matchups for an hour if the DS is turned off during a random matchup. However, when it does happen in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, it's doubly frustrating because you get neither the win nor the extra Join Avenue points.
    • Pokémon X and Y discourages this even further by counting rage quits as a loss for the quitter, defeating the purpose of rage quitting.
  • Attempting to ragequit after dying in Hardcore mode on Minecraft will not work; Perma Death still applies and you will still be forced to delete your game world.
  • Mass Effect 1. Don't like the Council's whining when reporting to them in the Comm Room? If you're tired of cracking jokes or apologising for everything, you can always just cut the signal.
  • In Dynasty Warriors Online people who do this actually have a name: Alt Tabber. This is because if you use the alt + tab command you can force the game to stop working, getting you out of the match. In the English version, because direct combat PVP is so common, this can become an actual problem due to the increased likelihood that somebody will quit when there is a distinct chance of turning the match around. This leaves their character not only with an A.I. that has both poor survival skills and an inability to preform certain moves, but killing a ditched player still counts as a kill, as opposed to a character that was an A.I. from the beginning which doesn't count.
  • The (possibly apocryphal) story surrounding the first attempt at the Infamous Pandamonium Warden from Final Fantasy XI. After spending nearly eighteen real life hours grinding the boss down and risking their personal health to do so, it used the white mage two hour ability to restore all of its health. This resulted in several members of the raid party permanently quitting the game on the spot out of sheer disbelief.
  • In the Assassins Creed III DLC story "The Tyranny of King Washington", Connor learns from a mocking Blue Coat whom he's playing checkers with that all of his friends were ambushed and massacred. Cue the command prompt "Press X to rage quit".
    Connor: "That's it!" (smashes the guy's face with the checkerboard and beats up everyone in the bar)
  • Any player in Tabletop Simulator can flip the table. Server hosters can disable this.
  • In Star Trek Online, the game punishes people who bail or Rage Quit PVE queues by slapping them with a one-hour penalty. However, the game doesn't discriminate between actual Rage Quitting or server drops, so it isn't a surprise for those who get disconnected and can't return ASAP to get slapped with this. This doesn't count towards Borg Incursions as it's quite easy to Rage Quit when a fight goes incredibly sour.
  • This is common in the appropriately named sub-genre of "rage games". While creators of these games don't always intend them to be rage-inducing (due to bad design or multiple game ruining bugs), there has been a culture of gamers that flock to these games for a wide range of reasons. Popular Let's Players jump into these games to entertain their audiences with their screams of rage. Some of these games, like the appropriately named game of "Give Up", encourages rage quitting. Some common features of "good" rage games include their addictive nature and frustrating difficulty. Another common feature of these games is that they never end or they contain an insane level cap and/or insane difficulty curve.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Non-Video Game Example: After opening a canned hamburger, and seeing an unexpected bun, Stuart Ashen loses his cool, drops a Cluster F-Bomb and leaves in frustration, grumbling, "Right, we're never going to top that, that's it, channel's over," and leaves in indignation (He comes back).
  • Another Non-Video Game example: On youtube comments you can sometimes see people with no arguments being trounced by rational people, and then leaving a last incendiary comment before disabling replies.
  • Spoony's first review of Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge counts as an epic, Crowning Moment of Funny Rage Quit.
    I warn you now that the tale of Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge is long, cryptic, and incredibly stupid. I have never before wasted this much time on a project this pointless, and if you sit through this review, you will truly be stupider for having experienced it.
    • A similar thing happened in his review of The Adventures of Bayou Billy. After slogging through several stages of Nintendo Hard beatdowns, the final straw for him came when he encountered a bunch of enemy mooks who were immune to bullets.
      • "But a bullwhip messes them up!"
    • His review of Ultima IX, while the ending is glossed over, shows that Spoony is clearly done riffing on the game when Dupre comes back from the dead, causing the final "betrayal" to happen.
    • His review of Final Fantasy XIII ends surprisingly not at the very end of the game, but when the Big Bad reveals himself, since the driving force of the game has been the Fal'cie's inability to communicate directly, having to express their wishes through hazy mental images. Except that the Big Bad, himself a Fal'cie, can talk, and has been passing as human for years. He later revealed this to be a fake-out and that he would continue the review; explaining that the Rage Quit in the video was just illustrating that this was the point where he originally got fed up with the game in real life and gave up on it.
    • During the reviews for the Sega CD games Make My Video, he reaches the Kriss Kross one and comes upon a cut scene where the DJ mocks his video (y'know one of those, "try again" things). Spoony instantly ejects the game, throws the CD to ground and, to the tune Jump, starts stomping on it.
      Spoony: There! I just made your video, dogg.
  • Epee Em in his Let's Play of the Megaman Battle Network series. The whole Lets Play for the fourth game in the series featured Epee Em raging at the game's numerous flaws (and keeping track to pass the time and to give some motivation to beat the game). Because the game requires multiple playthroughs to unlock all the post-game content, he used cheat codes to burst through the second and third playthroughs. This caused a surprising amount of glitches such as permanently reducing the HP to a base zero, randomly deleting all of the in-game currency and completely glitching out during some minigames. The game itself responded by corrupting the save file at the end of the second playthrough.
  • Leelee Scaldaferri counts herself as the first person to ragequit Feed Dump, after discovering how much the Jersey Shore cast makes per episode.
  • Perhaps one of the most justifiable Rage Quits was when Kikoskia of Let's Play fame rebooted Action52 because he was utterly sick of playing Storm Over The Desert.
  • Rooster Teeth's Achievement Hunter has Rage Quit, where Michael plays through a game, which invariably becomes this trope. Sometimes it's more than justified, since he's going in with no instructions — going into Ikaruga without ever knowing how to switch polarities (a key gameplay mechanic and required to even pass Stage 1), for example. Bonus material showed that right after filming his play of Catherine, he flung the Xbox out the window and smashed its remains with a crowbar.
    • Word of Jack says that it was faked as the Xbox thrown out of the window was already broken.
    • He also ragequit Demons Souls on the title screen.
    • Humorously subverted in the Rage Quit episode on Rage, where Michael's incredibly mellow throughout the video.
    • Subverted another way for "Space Chimps" and "Uncraft Me 2", as he beats these games.
    • Hilariously inverted in the Rage Quit episode on Uproar!, where the game crashes on him, leaving Michael completely dumbfounded and declared that the game quit on him.
  • raocow is normally a cheerful person, but when he plays a hard level ... things won't get pretty. In the next episode, he mentioned it as a ragequit.
  • True Capitalist radio broadcasts often end in this, due to Ghost's Hair-Trigger Temper
  • In The Guild, Codex unknowingly complains about recent changes to The Game's creator, who gets frustrated with the constant stream of criticism and decides to sell The Game. She spends the remainder of the season trying to talk him out of rage quitting.
  • Do NOT make up your own rules while playing a game with Natalie Tran. She will flip your scrabble board.
  • Uber Haxor Nova has an entire series dedicated to rage quitting now, he'll keep playing notoriously hard games until he gets to the breaking point. He made it 10 episodes on Super Meat Boy, 3 on I Wanna Be The Guy, 3 on Street Fighter X Tekken, 2 on The Impossible Game and 3 on Aban Hawkins and the 1000 Spikes.
    • On Street Fighter X Tekken, he kept receiving challenges from players online. As a result, he never got past the first level of Arcade Mode.
  • Pro Starcraft II player Idra has picked up quite a reputation for being a notorious rage quitter. It's not uncommon during a tournament game where Idra will suddenly just quit the game when he's outplayed, even if he has a chance of making a comeback. What also doesn't earn points in his favor is that he hardly ever gives out the customary "gg" when he leaves. Hilarious in Hindsight in that at least twice during major tournaments, he's quit a game that he's essentially won (but felt he was losing), much to the shock of the crowd and play-by-play casters.
  • Neil Cicierega's "What's Dylan Grillin'?" features a player trying to ragequit the titular game, only for the game to prevent it, leaving the player with the only option of hurling insults at the game.
  • Mario Party TV:
    • Holms tends to threaten this, leading to a Lampshading during their first 8-Player run on 7's Neon Heights. By the end of that same episode, everyone but Team Dolphin resigns.
    • During the group's play-through of Mario Party 2's Space Land (found on Mr. Doom's YouTube channel), Holms' gambit during a duel minigame against Steeler late in the game failed. Holms, who was not having his best game to begin with, then proceeded to take himself out by setting his controller to the Easy-level CPU.
  • In Super Mario Galaxy Versus, AttackingTucans dies right at the end of a level. Cue raging.
  • Among the most memorable of Rage Quits ever heard came from the Game Grumps during a review of Sonic '06, a game that is still regarded as one of the worst of its time. Through out the playthrough, Arin and Jon jokingly mock the game for its complicated story, long load times, strange character design, and many, many glitches. However, once they encountered one on a lava stage that sent Knuckles twirling skyward and latched him to the side of a cliff (sort of, with Knuckles "climbing" in midair), Arin. Just. Lost it.
  • Brad Jones has one that doubles as a Moment Of Awesome when reviewing "Rock, It's Your Decision" on DVD-R Hell. Brad is mostly having fun at the movie's expense, he announces that he's ending the review early when the main character makes a deeply homophobic statement, his "The Reason You Suck" Speech that followed can be summed up with the line "Kid, go fuck yourself". And this is a man who sat through A Serbian Film despite being horrified by the whole thing. Real Life reason is that Brad's mother is a lesbian, which is why in his eyes, the Designated Hero had crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Shinryuu82 has quit two playthroughs midway due to this:
    • He quit Mega Man Eons of Dreams 2 after experiencing frustration with the Platform Hell Metal Man stage.
    • His run of the Obvious Beta fangame Mega Man DOS Remake ended after discovering to his horror that passwords do not record Wave Man's defeat (who was reduced to a Bonus Boss in the remake, only unlockable by collecting the W A V E letters), and that the 8 fortress stages have the same design choice of simply filling each screen with tons of enemies.
  • Destroy The Godmodder: the godmodder's goal is to have everyone rage quit. Permanently. And then when he lost at the end of the first game he rage quit himself.
  • Simon Lane chose to quit his and Lewis Brindley's I Get This Call Every Day playthrough, after they were fired three times in a row, shouting "FUCK THIS GAME, I QUIT" and leaving Lewis to awkwardly finish the video. Their Fable III playthrough also ended due to a game-breaking glitch not being fixed after the game was ported to PC, resulting in Simon angrily leaving.
  • Hat Films choose to do this with the adventure map "From Ashes", after getting heavily frustrated with the map's poor design. They decide to Trash the Set on the way out, however.
  • Happened temporarily when In The Little Wood, Strippin and Sparkles* did a livestream, resulting in Ross and Trott of Hat Films temporarily crashing it. After Sparkles* inadvertently opens his mouth as Ross waves a fake penis in front of it, Sparkles* storms out for a few minutes. He came back, granted.

    Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Discord's reaction to Fluttershy beating his mind games is pretty much this. Up until then, he was treating the task of putting the rest of the Mane Six in a Hate Plague like a game; when someone actually wins, he goes berserk, brute-force brainwashes her, and leaves in a huff.
      Discord: Oh for goodness' sake! You've been kind for far too long, my dear! TIME TO BE CRUEL! Arrivederci!
    • It comes back to haunt Discord when he returns in Season 3's "Keep Calm and Flutter On". Tired of Discord's pranks despite being the only pony to actually be his friend, Fluttershy throws down her ice skates and trots off in a huff. Discord calls her out on it, saying that it's only because she was his friend that she's doing that. Until he realizes she really was his friend, leading Discord to realize he really was an idiot.
    • Princess Luna does this for the holiday of Nightmare Night after Pinkie Pie's fake panics over Luna pushes her over the edge.
  • In a Family Guy Cutaway Gag, after Brian beat Peter at checkers, Peter took the checker board, put it in the car, drove the car off a cliff and shot at it until it exploded.
  • Transformers Prime:
    • Arcee chews out team newbie Smokescreen one time to many. It gets to the point that Smokescreen, having finally had enough promptly leaves the base to "get some air".
    • Wheeljack also has left the Wreckers and Team Prime on account of one Ultra Magnus.
  • Subverted in The Simpsons. In a Russian district, a losing chess player sweeps the pieces off the board while shouting, but the subtitles reveal that he's simply saying "Good game. How about another?"

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