Yeah, Batman lost, fair and square.
"You win? Aaugghh! You won last time! I hate it when you win! Aarrggh! Mff! Gnnk! I hate this game! I hate the whole world! Aghhh! What a stupid game! You must have cheated! You must have used some sneaky, underhanded mindmeld to make me lose! I hate you! I didn't want to play this idiotic game in the first place! I knew you'd cheat! I knew you'd win! Oh! Oh! Aaaargh!"
There are many ways of taking a loss. Alice, for example, will admit defeat, compliment the one who bested them
and in case of death, Go Out with a Smile
. And Bob.... won't.
The Sore Loser is a character who takes defeat very ungraciously, no matter what kind of defeat it was. Unlike his graceful counterpart, Bob will get very snippy and bad tempered, insult his opponent, accuse him of cheating, rant about his "superior skills" and, in some extreme cases, even try to kill his rival
. Depending on the setting, he could do things like Flipping the Table
, throw away the cards he was using, angrily swipe all the remaining pieces from the chessboard, and so on. In a fighting series, Bob will usually lose his calm behavior, resort to cheap tricks in order to win, adopt a more ruthless and brutal strategy
or unleash a Dangerous Forbidden Technique
just to have a chance. Storming off in a huff
is also an alternative.
Of course, Bob's opponent Carol engages in Unsportsmanlike Gloating
, she's basically giving Bob free license to react however he likes. The winner's reaction is a good way of telling who the sympathetic character is supposed to be in this exchange.
This trope is often the launching pad for Villainous Breakdown
, attempted "The Reason You Suck" Speech
and in some extreme cases, One-Winged Angel
. If I Can't Have You
could be considered as the romantic version of this trope.
A Sister Trope
to Second Place Is for Losers
(and usually overlaps unless it's not the loser that thinks this), and Unsportsmanlike Gloating
(being a sore winner).
Compare Rage Quit
, Defiant to the End
, Taking You with Me
. Contrast Graceful Loser
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Anime and Manga
- Gaara in the first part of Naruto start as cool and stern in battle, as nothing can virtually harm him. As Lee (and later Sasuke) start breaking through his defense, he reacts badly (namely, he ends up crushing Lee's legs and in the second battle starts turning in the Shukaku demon).
- Madara. Just Madara. His fighting style is based on making up an incredibly broken defense or attack system against his opponents and when they manage to overcome it due to hard work and strategy, he pulls out an even more broken technique. A big part of the series is due to Madara not being able to cope with Hashirama beating him in everything.
- Several villains from One Piece, but Don Krieg takes the cake: being pummeled several times in a row and slammed head-first in a ship didn't stop him from throwing a fierce rant about how he was supposed to be the stronger... the Gin stops him with a Megaton Punch to the gut.
- Zoro was like this when he was a kid, getting very annoyed when Kuina would beat him every time.
- After Luffy wins the final round, Foxy goes to shake his hand in a moment of a good sportsmanship. The second Luffy takes it, he tries to do an overhead throw. It fails due to Luffy's rubber body and Foxy ends up falling flat on his face.
- After Vegeta from Dragon Ball loses his cool after being injured twice in a row by Goku's Kaiohken attack, he decides to blow the Earth up (what he came to do in the first place) with his Galick Gun.
- Frieza and Cell try the same thing later on. DBZ villains in general are particularly poor losers and prone to trying to blow up the planet they're currently on if they can't win a fight.
- This becomes downright ridiculous when it turns out that the supposed God of Destruction, Bills, obliterated King Kai's planet down to it's current size just because he lost to him in a video game.
- Nnoitra Gilga from Bleach. On a second thought, also Luppi, Jirobo Ikkanzaka, Mayuri Kurotsuchi and eventually Aizen himself.
- Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh!. Panik even more so.
- Bandit Keith too. "No one beats Bandit Keith." (In fact, he's such a sore loser that, in his anger, he slips up and says too much, letting everyone know he stole Jonouchi's tournament card.)
- And there was Takasu from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds. Sadly, this was far from the worst thing about him. (You have to be a pretty big scumbag for the Big Bad to side with the hero and fire you, but that's what happened to Takasu.)
- Ushio was so upset about the first two times he lost to Yusei, that the third time they dueled, when it became obvious he was about to lose again, he resorted to the most obvious of cheating methods to take his opponent out - ramming him with his D-Wheel. Fortunately, this time Yusei had Saiga to help him, and he was able to finish him off again. (Ushio still wouldn't accept defeat, and tried to challenge him a fourth time later, only to be stopped by a direct order from Rex Godwin's henchman Jeagar, who had different plans.)
- Ash Ketchum from Pokémon gets really upset at the end of the first season when his friend beats him during a tournament, causing him to be eliminated, although he had a very good reason to be upset. His Charizard fell asleep in the middle of the match (this was during a time when Charizard refused to obey Ash's orders and would only listen if his opponents were strong). Because his other Pokémon were used up while trying to escape Team Rocket, Ash wound up losing by disqualification. On top of that, Ash fell victim to an utterly bizarre call by the ref when one of his Pokemon "lost" solely by getting hit by his opponent's Sleep Powder (in addition to being absurdly cheap, in every other battle in the series, a Pokemon that's put to sleep is given an opportunity to wake up again before being declared out.) That said, he quickly composes himself and gives a gracious congratulations to his friend in public, and keeps the rest of his moping private, merging this into Graceful Loser to an extent.
- Georgia the Dragon Buster from Best Wishes is very good at coming up with excuses as to why one of her Pokémon lost a battle. Usually, it's along the lines of: The Battle Didn't Count if she wasn't beaten by a Dragon-type Pokémon. Iris calls her a kid as a result. Although at least once she had a point: in one battle she went up against and lost to Iris's Dragonite, which Iris hadn't trained yet and spent the battle pointedly ignoring every order she gave it; Georgia informs Iris that the match didn't count because she was beaten by Dragonite, not Iris.
- The usually cold and confident Ryuugo Daimaru from Gamaran goes apeshit on his brother Sakon when he's incapacitated in battle. It bites him in the ass later when an enraged and crazy Sakon tears his spine out.
- Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion certainly comes across as a sore loser, though to be fair she is pretty much on a downward spiral to insanity.
- Clotho Bauer and Muruta Azrael of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED are a dark take on this trope. The former's a Sociopathic Soldier who views fighting as a game, and in his own words, hates to lose. The latter's a Corrupt Corporate Executive who knows real people are dying but honestly, couldn't care less, and sees the entire thing in terms of winning and losing. Azrael actually dies while ranting about how "I can still win. I always win!"
- Paptimus Scirocco from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam ain't much better. The last thing he does as he dies is use his powers to Mind Rape The Hero into a coma, though given that said hero just killed him in nightmarish fashion, it's a little understandable.
- Flare Corona from Fairy Tail. As soon as she realized that her opponent was actually beating her, she used her hair to threaten a 6-year old girl in the audience to force her opponent to step down.
- Later, Orga Nanagear, who's the only partecipant to Pandaemonium other than Obra who doesn't compliment Erza for her victory.
- Livebearer from Toriko. Even more so because he was actually cheating all the time. Earlier there was Bei, who got childishly angry over Toriko destroying his battle robot.
- Nanamine of Bakuman。, once his plans go wrong, has one Villainous Breakdown after another. This is especially true when he fails his second attempt to launch a series and, as part of the deal with the editors, is banned from working for Shonen Jump.
- In the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga, there are a few cases.
- Seika becomes very upset when she ties with Asuka in the Miss Duel Academy pageant because Judai didn't cast his vote. After a fair amount of negotiation, Judai decides to duel Asuka, and while she loses, which would result in Seika's victory, Seika realizes that the entire school is on Asuka's side and reluctantly withdraws. She decides to rededicate herself to dueling after that and faces Judai in the quarterfinals of the school tournament, but loses. When he tells her dueling is supposed to be fun, she scoffs at it and storms off.
- Amon Garam also takes his loss against Asuka and Misawa in his tag duel alongside Johann, as well as his subsequent loss against Judai poorly. In his case, however, he and the other American students were offered the chance to become pros if they won against the Japanese students, and given that he wants to pay for his brother's healthcare, his frustration is understandable.
- Sangatsu no Lion has two cases of this, one done for humor and the other done for drama.
- One of Rei's opponenets, Matsunaga, slams his captured shogi pieces on the board in irritation after he's forced to admit defeat.
- Whenever Yasui loses a shogi match, he gets himself drunk and gambles.
- Anchovy of Anzio Academy in Girls und Panzer reacts to her defeat poorly, whereas even Katyusha was a Graceful Loser. After the match, Anchovy goes up to Miho, angrily protesting that she doesn't accept Miho's way of tankery, and bringing up the time when Miho abandoned the flag tank to save some of her teammates from drowning, resulting in her old school losing the championship.
- In Saki, most of the mahjong players take their defeat relatively gracefully, even if, in the company of their friends and teammates, they indicate that they're quite disappointed or upset. Two of Kiyosumi's rivals from the first round of the prefectural tournament, however, steal Nodoka's penguin Etopen in revenge for their defeat, but are caught, and accidentally leave the penguin behind. They end up seeing the error of their ways, and while their attempt to rectify their mistake ends up doing more harm than good, they end up rooting for Kiyosumi. Momo is a variation, as she's not that upset about her failure to secure first place for her school, but bears a grudge against Saki for defeating her friend and senpai, Yumi.
- This is a core part of Saki's own backstory. Her family were major Mahjong players, but were both sore winners and sore losers. Saki's defense against this was to develop an ability to always break even in her score, losing on purpose.
- Death from Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, who keeps demanding rematches every time he loses.
- The Predator, who, once defeated, attempts to self destruct with an explosive powerful enough to destroy a sizable area around him, and judging by his Evil Laugh, he hoped to catch the person who defeated him in it too.
- In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, after Holmes both figuratively and literally checkmated Moriarty, he responded by threatening to kill Sherlock and Watson and his wife.
- After Frank wins the first race in Hidalgo, an upper class snob he raced against whined is a subtler way, by claiming Frank's horse shouldn't be a race horse because he wasn't a thoroughbred (which turned out not to be a good idea with Frank).
- In A New Hope, Han mentions wookies tear arms out of sockets when they lose.
- In Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Natalie Sands is not happy when she loses at the end. Her father quickly tells her to shut up though.
- Shelby and Otto of the H.I.V.E. Series.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire and its TV adaptation, when Ser Gregor Clegane is unhorsed in a tourney, he calls for his sword and proceeds to decapitate his steed and attempt to murder his victorious opponent in full view of the King and his court.
- Conall Haldane loses an informal archery match to Dhugal McArdry early in The King's Justice and "all but slammed down his bow, though he did manage a stiff little bow of acknowledgment before stalking off sullenly toward the stables". This is noticed and commented upon; Kelson says his cousin "hasn't yet learned the graceful art of losing."
- Draco Malfoy was such a sore loser on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, he reacts to his Quidditch team losing by insulting Mrs. Weasley and Lily Potter in front of Harry and the twins. Bad move.
- In the Star Trek Expanded Universe The Q Continuum trilogy, Q reveals a former acquaintance of his named 0 that is a mass-murdering example of this trope. With powers comparable to the Q, 0 is the one who teaches young Q the value of testing younger races. However, as Q finds out, 0 does not like to have the younger races beat his tests. The first example is when 0 and Q infiltrate the Calamarain society but are discovered and expelled. 0, angry at this, freezes the Calamarain for centuries (if not millennia). This is the reason why they're later pissed off at Q. The second example involves 0 testing the ancient Tkon Empire whose homeworld's star is reaching the end of its life and will go nova within a century or two. Using their advanced technology, the Tkon are building a giant transporter around their star and around a faraway younger star with similar mass. The goal is to swap them. 0 invites three other omnipotent beings (Gorgan, (*), and The One) to help him "test" the Tkon. They end up starting a civil war between the inner and outer planets, but the Tkon manage to come together in the end and complete the project. In a final act of defiance, 0 reaches into the star and turns its fusion Up to Eleven, resulting in a supernova that consumes the system and the surrounding systems, leaving barely anything of the Tkon Empire. The Q Continuum shows up too late to save the Tkon, but they manage to defeat 0 and his cronies.
- After Prof. St. John-Finnes invites James Bond to play a war game simulation with him in Role of Honour, he is warned that the man is a poor loser. Sure enough, he ends up having a childish tantrum at the end of the game. This trait helps partially in saving the day at the climax, where the professor, enraged by the fact that his plan didn't go as expected, attacks the novel's real Big Bad.
Live Action TV
- In Cheers, Cliff Clavin appears on Jeopardy! and winds up with a score more than six times that of his trailing opponent at the end of Double Jeopardy!, guaranteeing him a win as long as he doesn't wager too much. Unable to think of the correct answer to Final Jeopardy!, he tries to keep Alex from reading his response. It is later revealed that Cliff wagered everything, dropping his score to $0. Immediately following are efforts by Cliff to convince the staff and audience that he was the real winner, including yelling towards a camera.
- Master Vile from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. How many other Evil Overlords actually throw a childish temper-tantrum after losing? (Berating minions doesn't count?) (Even Prince Sproket - an actual child - never did so.)
- Game of Thrones: Ser Gregor Clegane, upon losing a joust to Ser Loras, decaptiates his own horse and then proceeds to attack the now-unarmed Loras. Right in front of the king and all the joust spectators.
- In The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper is established as a rather sore loser. Of course, he's also a rather unpleasant winner.
- Garfield: Jon reading this letter from his brother: "Maddie Ferguson's pie took first place at the fair so Mom burned her barn down".
- Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes provides the page quote. When Hobbes tells him that it's just a game, he cheerfully responds "I know. You should see me when I lose in real life!"
- And he was. When the traffic safety poster he designed for a school contest (which everyone but him knew would lose, given as it was a gory picture with the slogan "Be Careful or be Roadkill") lost to Suzie, he claimed the contest was rigged.
- In FoxTrot, Jason is this whenever he is outmatched by Eileen (which tends to be all the time, seeing as he often goes to ridiculous lengths to outdo her and sabotages his own efforts).
- A hallmark trope among heels, or the mark of a Face-Heel Turn.
- When Bob Backlund returned to the WWF in 1993, he brought up how he never submitted when he lost the WWE World Heavyweight Title in 1983. In 1994, Bret Hart gave him a title shot and defeated him. Afterwards, Bob snapped and locked Bret in a Crossface Chickenwing submission hold. This marked the beginning of the psycho "Mr. Backlund" character.
- The 1995 Survivor Series. Bret Hart challenged Diesel for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Bret caught Diesel in a surprise pinning combo for the win. Afterwards, Diesel gave him three powerbombs.
- CM Punk recently. In fact, he attacked Kane with The Undertaker's urn and mocked the Undertaker after he fled.
- The Shield has shown this after Undertaker defeated Dean Ambrose in a one-on-one match. As soon as Undertaker won, they began beating him up, yelling at him that they still remained undefeated.
- The Bella Twins after their match against the Funkadactyls. They pulled their switching trick, but the referee had seen this and reversed his decision for the winners. But the twins were not happy and gave the Funkadactyls a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown as a result.
- It's also the most likely reason why WWE squandered valuable time and money making the Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD. Warrior returned to WWE at WrestleMania XII in 1996 and squashed Triple H in around 90 seconds, and HHH knows he'll never get a return match.
- Hulk Hogan refused to leave ringside after being eliminated in the 1987 Survivor Series until referees threatened to strip him of the title. He went into histrionics after losing the WWF Championship in 1988, and he illegally eliminated the men who threw him out of the 1989 and 1992 Royal Rumbles, including his then best friend Sid Justice. In WCW, he spoiled Randy Savage's 1995 World War 3 victory celebration. None of it kept him from portraying an All American Face.
- This type of attitude is quite common in multiplayer gaming, both offline (ever had a sibling or friend throw their controller at you after defeat?) and online (expect a torrent of swears and insults, either drowning out voice chat or flooding text chat). The trope Rage Quit frequently refers to such an attitude in multiplayer game exhibited by acting out rudely and usually loudly before making an exit from the game or (especially hated) while the game is happening, with the latter liable to cause problems for the remaining players in the match depending on how the game works for a variety of reasons.
- Smithy from Super Mario RPG goes berserk upon being defeated in his first form, with his various minions giving futile attempts to calm him down. He ends up destroying the foundation.
- Lakhesis in the second God of War is at first polite and even flirty towards Kratos. Then the "petulant mortal they were controlling" kick her curvaceous ass, prompting her to become suddenly far harsher.
- In the sequel, Hermes too is quite bratty.
- Rothschild in Musashi Samurai Legend: As he pulls a Load-Bearing Boss on Musashi after his defeat.
- To some extent Nines Rodriguez from Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. He constantly talks about how the Anarchs are the best and the Camarilla is shit and acting cool, but if you disagree with his view he'll get awfully snippy and even refuse to talk with you. Not that Prince Lacroix and Ming Xiao are any better mind you, and ditto for Andrei.
- Masamune Date from Samurai Warriors 1 has this attitude sometimes.
- In one of the Crash Bandicoot race games, the Big Bad is basically this.
- Ace Hardlight in Ratchet: Deadlocked.
- Laharl, the protagonist of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, shows up as a Hopeless Boss Fight in Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories. If you do manage to beat him, he's so upset he destroys the world. Now that's sore!
- The King of Fighters: Rugal Bernstein. Nothing says "Waaah, I can't handle defeat!" like a Villainous Breakdown followed by blowing up your own aircraft carrier with everyone else still on it. One would think that a Blood Knight would enjoy having a strong opponent to face again at a later date...
- Not to mention that, in most of his later re-appearances in the non-canon games, he does this again every time the player beats him...
- His son Adelheid takes his own defeats in grace and stride. His daughter Rose however, is very much an utter sore loser.
- The "Loveable" Igniz in KOF 2001 won't accept anything less then godhood. Once you beat him, his response is to send the meteor base you're fighting on (long story) crashing into the Earth.
- In Devil May Cry, after his retreat from your first bossfight with him, Phantom will chase Dante down some incredibly narrow corridors. Even Dante found this to be dickish.
- In the third title, Beowulf is the only defeated Devil (except for Leviathan) that won't bow to Dante, and he rather flee, swearing revenge.
- In Batman: Arkham Asylum, the Riddler constantly mocks and insult Batman's intelligence as he solves his hidden riddles. However, once Batman completes over half of them, Riddler starts to get angry and accuses him of cheating and looking up the answers online.
- Razor in Need For Speed: Most Wanted. Bad enough the guy's a cheating bastard who gyps you out of your precious ride at the start of the game by cutting the gas line. Once you rise through the ranks and beat him in a fair race (while he's in your prized ride, no less), the guy tries to sic his cronies on you after you win. Luckily your female partner who also happens to be an undercover cop is there to prevent this from happening.
- If you beat a Slytherin at anything in one of the Harry Potter games, expect one of two responses:
- They declare that you cheated
- They declare that they didn't really try anyway.
- Two gym leaders pull this trope on you when you beat them in Pokémon Gold and Silver. Whitney cries and doesn't hand you over her badge, but she does calm down and gives it to you. Clair on the other hand flat out refuses to admit that you have beaten her and says you still have "lazy ideals," but will hand you the badge if you find an item in the Dragon's Den held by an old man. Even when you get it, not only does Clair believed you failed the test presented by the old man, but she once again refuses to believe that you actually passed the test and won't give the badge over to you. It's only until the old man threatens to tell Lance (he's the Pokémon Champion) about Clair's bad behavior that Clair finally decides to hand the badge over, but she still acts sore about it.
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, if you complete the Civil War Questline in favor of the Legion before the final mission of the main quest, you can meet Ulfric Stormcloak and Galmar Stone-Fist in Sovngarde. While the former is simply horrified that his war has simply given Alduin more souls to feed on, the latter thinks you're here to haunt him and curses your name for all eternity. However, after defeating Alduin he'll tell you that eternity is too long to hold a grudge.
- In Litchi's Gag Reel from BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, a group of characters is playing a board game (including Litchi herself). The usually cool and collected Rachel Alucard ragequits in her first turn after getting a one in the dice, despite Taokaka's warning that quitting the game will cause something really bad to all the participants. It results everyone getting a permanent itch, and when Rachel came back to her mansion, the itch got to her as well.
- In the "Mark of the Assassin" DLC for Dragon Age II, Baron Arlange throws a comically childish temper tantrum after Hawke's party beats him in a hunt, stating that he paid good money to win. He then attacks Hawke and gets handily defeated, after which you can choose to either finish him or let him go (after which he'll try to kill you later).
- In Starcraft II, when playing online against an opponent, it is expected that the loser will concede with either "gg" or "wp" (well played). It is considered bm (bad manners) to leave the game without saying the aforementioned, and is greatly frowned upon within the community, especially among the pros. One pro gamer, Idr A, gained notoriety for doing this and trash-talking his opponents with things like calling another pro a shit gamer, "I hope you get cancer," and other insults. In May 2013, he was let go from his team Evil Geniuses for insulting the community that helped make the pro SC 2 scene what it was. IdrA has gone on record about the circumstances of his release and what he plans to do in the future.
- The von Karma line of prosecutors in the Ace Attorney takes winning and losing really, REALLY seriously. Manfred von Karma treats his first penalty as if he had been outright fired, even though he still won. His daughter Franziska gets so infuriated at losing to Phoenix Wright that the first time it happens, in case 2-2, she whips him unconscious.
- Franziska von Karma in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All is so infuriated at losing to Phoenix in her American court debut that she whips him unconscious.
- In her second trial against Phoenix, she has a more subdued but still angry reaction after Phoenix finds out where Acro hid the murder weapon when her investigators failed to do so.
- Franziska learned from the best: her father, Manfred von Karma, was so obsessed with his perfect record of court victories that he murdered the one defense attorney ever to mar it (even though Gregory Edgeworth only managed to get him a penalty and still lost the trial), then when that didn't satisfy his need for revenge, spent fifteen years setting up an elaborate plot to destroy said defense attorney's son, including systematically building him up for the sake of the farthest possible fall.
- From Umineko no Naku Koro ni, you have Bernkastel, the true Big Bad of the story. The reason she does everything she does past Episode 5 is because of this. Trying to destroy the heart of the story, murdering Beatrice's incarnation in another world, ruing Ange's life and turning her against her family and trying to break open the catbox and permakilling everyone involved in the story of Rokkenjima is all because Battler beat her humiliatingly in Episode 5. In Episode 8, it's revealed she quite literally only cannot understand fun, only winning. And then you have her Villainous Breakdown in Episode 8 when Battler is the first person in many centuries to penetrate her invincibility and beat her down over and again.
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2: After the Allies destroy the Psychic Amplifier in Chicago that was about to mind control the entire country, the Soviet commander Vladimir interrupts the transmission to announce that he is wiping the city off the map with a nuclear bomb.
- Ryu from Street Fighter. After he loses to Sagat in the first Street Fighter tournament, the Satsui no Hadou within him is triggered as he scars Sagat with a Metsu Shoryuken, just as the latter was about to help him up.
- Kleya in Not A Villain can't stand losing. While she's doing her best to curb it, she tends to instinctively hack when she's in danger. And judging from what the people who are trying to catch her have told us, she used to be even worse.
- In Hello Wandering Star, "Apart from hating people, Panim also greatly disliked losing."
- The Trope picture is from Batman and Sons. Bruce... doesn't take losses well.
- Everyone within the Mario Party TV group has their moments, particularly when fortune swung against them at the last moment, but Holms gets especially vocal. The Reverend Inferno's rants at the end of the 8-Player Neon Heights run deserves mention because he was furious at the extremely lucky Team Dolphin.
- During the early days of Achievement Hunter's Let's Play Minecraft series, Geoff was not a particularly good sport. Still isn't, but he's really reigned it in.
- At some point in Noob:
- Omega Zell seriously considers quitting the game over losing his first real duel against Gaea.
- Due to the combination of Inferiority Superiority Complex and a fahter that always wins any game they play together, Judge Dead has this problem also.
- Hades in Hercules takes the victories of the titular hero over his monsters badly.
- In the Simpsons episode "The Boys of Bummer", after Bart fumbles the ball in the Little League Championships and causes Springfield to lose to Shelbyville, everyone in town harasses, mocks and attacks Bart even after it drove him to suicidal insanity. Good thing Marge put an end to it.
- Looney Tunes.
- "Bonanza Bunny" featured Blacque Jacque Shellacque as Bugs Bunny's antagonist-of-the-moment, and a very sore loser when Bugs beats him in a game of blackjack.
- Of course, Bugs won after Blacque dealt him a 21 of Spades... You really can't blame Blacque for being upset.
- In "Barbary Coast Bunny", the Con Man Nasty Canasta was a sore loser. After stealing gold from Bugs in the beginning and using it to open a casino, Bugs comes in seeking revenge, and proceeds to win every game in the place, even though most of them are rigged. Finally, after Bugs beats his full house with four aces in poker, Canasta pulls out a gun and tries to rob Bugs - who spins the pistol's cylinder, causing it to shoot coins. (The last scene of this is usually edited; Canasta tries to do the same thing as Bugs leaves, only to shoot himself in the face.)
- Bugs Bunny himself actually never takes it well when he's the target of mischief for a change, as seen when he's up against Cecil Turtle, or during the rare times they Throw the Dog a Bone with Elmer Fudd.
- The usually depends on the writer though, in some shorts he quite a Graceful Loser too.
- His rival Daffy Duck can't stand losing to Bugs, at certain points even willing to kill the rabbit just to dispose of the competition.
- Dick Dastardly was a consummate sore loser, taking having lost only one Wacky Race well—the debut episode "See Saw To Arkansas," where he stops his car just at the finish line so he can pose for the race's photo finish.
- This drive to win at all costs gets so bad he has an entire trope named after him: Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat. Dick would win more often if he wasn't such a, well, dick to the other racers.
- In his own show, Dastardly one-ups the captain of a ship on which the Vulture Squadron is stationed, thanks to some influence from the General, via Dastardly's phone. The captain shoves the phone into Dastardly's mouth, making him sputter "If there's one thing I hate, it's a sore loser!"
- In Muppet Babies, Miss Piggy loses a race, and then insists they need to go another lap.
- In Beverly Hills Teens, Bianca holds a costume contest for Halloween, and after a couple Dresses the Same situations with Larke, Bianca still loses, and then throws everyone out of her mansion.
- Her being a Sore Loser is either the ending or the entire premise of half the episodes.
- Rainbow Dash of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Applejack, though usually a more Graceful Loser, is embittered into one in "Fall Weather Friends" against Rainbow's unsportsmanlike competitive streak, making for a very aggressive contest.
Rainbow Dash: I hate losing.
- Justified in that Rainbow is naturally super-competitive, but unintentionally goaded Applejack into being just as competitive, just to prove that she can win even despite Rainbow's ability to fly.
- Stan Smith of American Dad! is Driven to Suicide the first time he loses a sport.
Steve: What do you feel in this moment?
Stan: Shame, soul-shattering emptiness, embarrassment. I'm gonna turn the whole thing off.
- Turned Up to Eleven in the same episode, where after Stan loses a carnival dart game, he instantly holds a knife toward his throat.
- Roger likewise isn't good at losing either. So much so he's willing to kill just to get his way.
- Sappy Stanley from the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?", after his Oscar-nominated cartoon lost to Bugs Bunny's cartoon, Stanley scorns the American film industry, moves to Paris and spends decades planning his revenge on Bugs.
- Jake in the Adventure Time episode "Card Wars", when Finn and he play against each other in the eponymous trading-card game and Finn gains the upper hand. BMO mentions that Jake wouldn't talk to him for a month just because he won against him, forcing Finn to take a dive to prevent the same outcome.
- Bravestarr: "Fallen Idol" showed how the Pride of one made a Broken Pedestal: Jingles Morgan lost a fighting match and fell off a bridge into mud. People laughed at his defeat, even his victorious opponent (which seems too close to Unsportsmanlike Gloating). In a moment of Uncontrollable Rage, he grabbed his nearby disintegrator pistol and blasted the opponent with it, killing him.
- In 101 Dalmatians, Cruella de Vil takes the constant resistance to claiming the dalmatian puppies for her fur coat very badly.
- The Batman:
- In the Riddler's first appearance, he is furious when Batman outwits him, purposely answering one of his questions with a lie when he inadvertently puts himself in the path of the blaster aimed at Detective Yin (set to fire at her whenever the lie detector monitoring him detects a lie) so that it zaps him instead.
- The Cluemaster takes this Trope Up to Eleven Not only was this the entire reason he spent his entire life plotting revenge against three people (because he lost a rigged game show when he was a child, for pete's sake), when Batman appears, the Insufferable Genius says he will let his hostages go if the hero can ask him a question he cannot answer, claiming he can answer anything. When Batman makes it clear that he can, indeed, ask anything, he does indeed manage to stump the villain. The question he asks is, "What is the the true identity of the Batman." The Cluemaster quickly says it wasn't a fair question and tries to go back on his promise, at which point Batman stops being nice.
- In the Grojband episode "Queen Bee", Trina Riffin did not take her defeat in the hands of Laney Penn very well.
- The Little Flying Bears: The aptly-titled episode "Sore Losers" featured a yearly competition Skulk and Sammy always lose. One year, they took it so bad they bullied the winning team into accepting a rematch.
- On episode of Garfieldand Friends, "Best of Breed," Garfield is in a cat show and as the other contestants leave upon elimination he tells them "The important thing is to be a good dignified loser." Then when he is eliminated he he goes into a tantrum and calls for attorney.
- Admiral Zhao from Avatar: The Last Airbender. After losing to Zuko in an Agni Kai, he attempts to get a shot at him in the back as he's walking away only for Iroh to block it and berate him for it, stating that even if Zuko was his junior, he still had way more honor then him. This takes a much darker turn in the season finale, when Iroh tells him to give up the fish that embodies the moon spirit's physical being. After doing what Iroh says, Zhao kills it immediately after in a fit of blind rage.
- Azula is Born Lucky, but when she does lose, she takes it pretty hard. In a childhood flashback, she fails to do an acrobatic move that Ty Lee pulls off perfectly, and responds by shoving her to the ground. In the modern day, when practicing her lightning martial arts, she grows enraged upon seeing a single lock of hair came undone while doing so. Even her treatment of her friends (threatening them with bodily harm when they don't obey and trying to murder them when they betray her) can be seen as an extension of just never wanting to lose. When Katara beats her and leaves her chained up, she falls into a fit of wailing, screaming and crying. Though for the record, she's not much better when she's winning.
- In one episode of Rocket Power, Twister found a sport that he was better at than Otto. Unable to accept defeat, Otto took a shortcut in the final race and won because of it. His conscience caught up to him, though, and when Twister wanted a playoff race for the trophy, Otto was finally able to accept his defeat.
- One episode of Rugrats had Angelica challenge Suzie to see who was the best older kid. Every time Suzie won, Angelica kept throwing in another match (it started out as 2-out-of-3, but kept going higher and higher until they got to the last challenge).
Myth and Legend
- The Greek Gods: according to myth, Arachne, after claiming she was a better weaver than Pallas Athena, actually won a weaving contest against the goddess, and then was turned into a spider out of spite.
- Other sources suggest that Arachne, in a fit of sore losership, hanged herself rather than suffer the humiliation of defeat, even at the hands of a goddess. Said goddess transformed Arachne's blackened and bloated body into the spider we all know and love today; it crawled up the thread it had used in the hanging and learned to spin with all eight legs.
- Yet another version seems to combine those two versions. Athena was so enraged at being beaten by a mortal, she attacked Arachne with the intent to beat her to death. Arachne fled from her and hung herself from a tree rather than face her wrath (exactly how she managed to outrun Athena is never mentioned) and Athena, after finding her body, felt a little regret, and turned her into a spider.
- And yet another version says Athena wasn't a sore loser at all, and under a disguise she warned Arachne that she was commiting the sin of pride against the Gods - one of the worse things a Greek can commit. Arachne didn't listen and continued with her claim, she and Athena carried out the duel, and after losing Arachne killed herself. Continuity Snarl is par for the course in Classical Mythology, if you were wondering.
- The Sphinx was an example. After Oedipus solved her riddle, she was so upset that she committed suicide by throwing herself off the cliff she perched on, rather than live with the shame.
- In Jean Cocteau's The Infernal Machine, a retelling of the legend of Oedipus, the Sphinx is changed to a sympathetic character, and her suicide is not because she's a sore loser. In fact, she would have won the contest, but tells Oedpus the answer to her riddle, simply so she can end her life and be free of the curse that compels her to kill. (And also to make him love her. Unfortunately, he leaves without so much as saying thank you.) The scene ends with Anubis taking her soul to Heaven.
- In some versions (depends on which adaptation you're reading) the Sirens did the same thing after Odysseus' crew escaped from them. This may be an exaggeration of the original story, however, because their success record wasn't perfect. (Jason and the Argonauts escaped from them as well, though Odysseus was the only one who heard them and lived. Jason and crew survived because Orpheus drowned out their music. Butes, who had really good hearing, also heard them, despite Orpheus' effort, and lived, but he only survived due to literal divine intervention, so it might not have counted.)
- Thor from Norse Mythology. In one myth he, Loki and another guy are invited in Utgard (the capital of the giants) and are humiliated in a series of challenges (the giants were cheating). When Thor fails his task (drinking from an apparently bottomless jug) he furiously demands two more chances to prove his power.
- Chess Grand Master Gary Kasparov was in a foul mood after finally being defeated by the computer, Deep Blue. He claimed that IBM had a team of Chess Masters aiding the computer. IBM declined Kasparov a rematch due to the insinuations.
- A political cartoon of the time showed the room the tournament took place in in shambles, a broken computer, and chess pieces everywhere, and Kasparov stomping out of the room in a huff. A man in the background says to another "I wonder when they'll teach a computer to do that."
- Another cartoon◊ has Kasparov standing near a swimming pool with the computer at the bottom and gloating that it cannot swim.
- Although he took it a bit far, the way Kasparov lost was pretty humiliating. Deep Blue actually made a severely sub-optimal move, and Kasparov, thinking there was no way the computer would make such a rookie decision, didn't capitalize on it an thus left himself open to defeat. It's one thing to a supercomputer, another to lose to a supercomputer's mistake.
- The infamous Nuclear Tesuji in Go, aptly described as "Tossing the board at the wall, denting it and the wall prior to uppercutting your opponent." As demonstrated above, tantrums like that can happen in any board game.
- Nancy Kerrigan's infamous declarations against Oksana Baiul in the Lillehammer olympics of 1994 came after Kerrigan's loss to Baiul fot the Gold. Upon the delay of the medal ceremony, Kerrigan began echoing the rumors about Baiul taking too much time to fix her make-up... near a still working microphone.
- Similarly, during the Montreal Olympics of 1976, American swimmer Shirley Babaschoff made a rather bad joke about the gold-winning East German swimming team and their members's records, commenting on their almost manly voices. She was accused of being this and of baselessly saying they were taking steroids, alongisde getting the derisive nickname "Sour Shirley". For worse, she couldn't know it... but she wasn't that far off.