Sore Loser

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!"
Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes

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, Never My Fault. Contrast Graceful Loser, Touché.

Examples:

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  • 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 of course, Gozaburo Kaiba, the Big Bad of the Virtual Nightmare Arc. After being beaten by Seto at the finale of the arc, he refuses to accept defeat and tries to renege on their agreement.
    • 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.
    • Dragonite is little better. It's notable that in a species known for being peaceful by nature, Iris' Dragonite is a raging berserker even when he's not losing. Put on the ropes by Ash's Krookodile, Dragonite throws a violent tantrum and starts demolishing the arena, screaming at the top of his lungs.
  • 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.
  • Kei Karima in Gundam Build Fighters Try acts like this in the final episode when he finds out that his Rafflesia didn't win the Meijin Cup and attempted to attack everyone in the battle royale with Bugs.
    • Earlier in that episode, it's Minato who acts like this when Yuuma wins the Meijin Cup Open Circuit because his entry, the Super Fumina, was pretty much disqualified due to the fact that he never got Fumina's permission to use her likeness. He doesn't care and ends up leading to a one-on-one watch that devolves into a battle royale.
  • 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.
  • School Rumble: Asou was one of the few students to not be intimidated by Mikoto's height and athleticism and even dated her, but he broke up with her a short time afterward. When her friend, Eri, asked her about it, Mikoto said she didn't know the reason herself. All she knew was, Asou stopped talking to her after she beat him at a couple of arcade games.

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  • In A New Chance For Adventure after being thoroughly and soundly defeated by Ash and his Pokemon, and facing arrest for his poaching activities, Rico tries to knife attack Ash. But with Pikachu nearby that works about as well as one could expect.
  • Sharing Thoughts has Shampoo accidentally remove herself from the "fiancee wars" after getting some of her potions mixed up. Since Cologne can no longer bring Ranma into her tribe through her, she isn't happy when she goes to inform Ranma and Akane of the situation:
    Cologne: Please try not to gloat, or I just may kill you myself.

    Films — Animated 
  • Xibalba from The Book of Life, who would rather kill an innocent human than lose a wager. He seems to have ultimately gotten better.
  • Hades in Hercules takes the victories of the titular hero over his monsters badly.
  • In 101 Dalmatians, Cruella de Vil takes the constant resistance to claiming the dalmatian puppies for her fur coat very badly.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.

    Literature 
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • In the Buddy Rich episode of The Muppet Show, the last act was a drum battle between Rich and Animal. After losing to Rich, Animal threw one of his drums at Buddy in a rage. Lampshaded earlier when Rich met Animal backstage;
Buddy Rich: He looks like a sore loser.
Floyde: If that chain breaks, you'll be a sore winner!

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    Mythology and Legend 
  • Classical Mythology gives us the story of Arachne, a girl who claimed to be a better weaver than Athena and ended up in a contest with the Goddess of Wisdom herself, which ends with Arachne dying and Athena turning her into a spider in order to acknowledge and preserve her exceptional skills. There are many different tellings of the story, but they tend to fall into one of two categories, both of which fit this trope:
    • In versions where Athena wins, Arachne hangs herself in shame, and Athena turns her into a spider out of pity (the noose becoming her web).
    • In versions where Arachne wins, Athena tries to/actually does kill her in a fit of rage, but feels remorse and/or shame for her actions and turns her into a spider.
  • 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.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • 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).
  • In one Sunday Peanuts strip, after Lucy strikes out while playing baseball, she says she deserves four strikes because she's a girl. They give her one, but she misses again. Then she says she should get five because she was sick yesterday. Again, they give her one, but she misses again. Then she smarmily says she should get six because she's so cute. But they don't give her one. She storms off saying, "What kind of stupid game is this where you only get six strikes?"

    Professional Wrestling 
  • A hallmark trope among heels, or the mark of a Face-Heel Turn.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In 2005, Chris Hero lost in The Ted Petty Invitational to Arik Cannon and went on the warpath against all things IWA Mid-South, disowning his students, attacking one of his instructors in Ian Rotten and destroying the Mid-South Heavyweight Championship belt. Also counts as misplaced retribution.
  • Even after Ring of Honor finally got CZW to give up its active campaign against it, Chris Hero continued the attack on the promotion with Claudio Castagnoli. As a result, he was praised by CZW owner John Zandig and eventually awarded a full time spot on the ROH roster.
  • Presumably why CM Punk 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.
  • Ivelisse Vélez wasn't just sore about losing the SHINE Championship belt to Mia Yim at WWN's China tour, but also threw a temper tantrum about Yim getting what she expected to be her rematch with Nevaeh, who made Ivelisse look bad even though she won the last time they wrestled.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • Street Fighter: While Ryu is the archetypal Spirited Competitor and all-around nice guy... it turns out, he can't handle losing. In fact, depending on just how badly he starts losing, his desire to win has a high risk of triggering the Satsui no Hado (lit. "the Murderous Intent"). Such as when Sagat bested him and offered what was supposed to have been a friendly hand, to help Ryu back on his feet. His thanks for it? A surprise Metsu Shoryuken that left him scarred for the rest of his life and cost him what should've been his victory.
  • 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.
  • In Luigi's Mansion, Henry and Orville ask Luigi to play hide and seek with them, while Jarvis challenges him to a game that's sort of like "whac-a-mole". In both cases, if Luigi wins, the ghosts get angry and attack him. (However, this is the only way he can capture them, something which is required to proceed in the case of the twins.)
  • 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.
  • 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:
    1. They declare that you cheated
    2. 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. There's also The Rival, Silver, who continually talks trash about how weak you are even after you've wiped the floor with him several times.
  • 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 Super Smash Bros., most characters applaud politely or enthusiastically at the winning player, up and including ruthless villains like Ganondorf. There are some characters however that are not as graceful in defeat: Bowser claps sarcastically, the Ice Climbers sob, Diddy Kong scratches his head dejectedly,note  and Mewtwo crosses his arms indignantly.
  • After you beat Leonard Steakcharmer in Sam & Max: Freelance Police (by sabotaging his cheating method, no less) he later shows up in the office and tries to get his money back at gunpoint. It doesn't work out well (mainly because he uses an obviously fake gun) and he ends up their prisoner/pet for several following chapters.

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  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • 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.
  • DevinWithDevin from Epics Gameshows decided to, not only not own up to his bullying, refuse to do an interview after his elimination and chose to just leave.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
      Bugs Bunny: Well, that's the way the ball bounces. Somebody's gotta lose, somebody's gotta win.
      Blacque Jacque Shellacque: Oooh! Nobody wins from Blacque Jacque Shellacque!
      Bugs Bunny: They don't? How come?
      Blacque Jacque Shellacque: Cuz Blacque Jacque Shellacque is roughest, toughest, muklukest Canuck in ze Klondike! [fires several bullets into the ground and then points his guns at Bugs] Zat's why!
      • Of course, Bugs won after Blacque dealt him a 21 of Spades... You really can't blame Blacque for being upset.
      • ...until you see Jacque's hand and realize he'd dealt himself two 10 of Spades. Yeah, both of them were blatantly cheating, but Bugs was a little more creative.
    • 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, at least before her later Character Development, was NEVER graceful in a loss:
    Rainbow Dash: I hate losing.
    • 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. It's probably the worst Rainbow ever gets as well, as she pulls more than a few dirty tricks herself before flat out breaking the rules they agreed to (not using her wings) and attempting to fly to the finish, with the two actively fighting each other as they reach the finish.
    • The Equestria Girls version of RD has yet to tone down her sore loser tendencies, rage-quitting a video game she was losing before Applejack can beat her.
  • Stan Smith of American Dad! apparently spent years of his life convincing himself that winning was all that mattered; he even cut his own son from the team. When Steve responded by forming all the kids Stan cut into a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits and actually winning, Stan's first response is to attempt suicide. He does it again after losing a carnival game (even though Steve points out that they're rigged so nobody can win). Eventually Steve talks Stan down by making him imagine how it would feel for his own father to kick him off the football team, which results in Stan finding another way to vent his frustration: crying.
    Stan: What a wonderful alternative to suicide!
    • Roger likewise isn't good at losing either. So much so he's willing to kill just to get his way.
  • Taken way Up to Eleven in one episode of Family Guy. When Brian gets a 'king me' in checkers, Peter throws the checkerboard into his car, drives the car off a cliff into the ocean, then shoots the gas tank with a gun to make it explode!
  • 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.
  • 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 Garfield and 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).
  • Courtney from Total Drama sued her way onto the second season of the animated reality show after being cheated out of the prize money a season earlier.
  • In one episode of Kablam, there's Life With Loopy cartoon where Loopy challenges Mother Nature to a bowling match note . Loopy narrowly won (after picking up a spare on the dreaded 7-10 split no less), which caused Mother Nature to sob uncontrollably. Of course, being Mother Nature, her crying resulted in endless rain for the rest of the summer.
    Loopy: Don't be such a sore loser!

    Real Life 
  • Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks, an American Football team, has the dubious honor of being the only player ejected from the Super Bowl after throwing punches during the closing seconds of Super Bowl XLIX. What puts him into Sore Loser territory was that the Seahawks had no chance to win at the point Irvin instigated the brawl.
  • 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 and thus left himself open to defeat. It's one thing to lose to a supercomputer, another to lose to a supercomputer that made a 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.
    • After being edged out by Yuka Sato in the 1994 World Championships Surya Bonaly initially refused to come out for the medal ceremony, then refused to get onto the platform, then yanked off her silver medal, feeling that Sato, who was Japanese, had won solely because the competition was being held in Japan. Four years later at the Olympics, she performed a backflip, a move illegal in amateur competition and ended her program with her back to the judges, essentially telling them "fuck you'' for what she felt was years of unfair scoring due to her not being a typical figure skater—aside from being black, she chose loud, garish costumes and music, in sharp contrast to the ballet-like choices of her competitors.
    • 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.
  • Belarussian gymnast Svetlana Boginskaya developed a rivalry with American Kim Zmeskal after the latter defeated her at the 1991 World Championships, outright stating that the only reason Zmeskal won is because the competition was held in America and that she would have won had it been held in Europe and refused to shake Zmeskal's hand during the medal ceremony.
  • It's all beauty and grace at the Miss Universe pageant, but unfortunately for Miss Amazonas (Venezuela) 2015, they do things a little differently down south. After Carol Toledo was crowned, Sheislane Hayalla yanked her crown off, threw it on the floor and stomped away while screaming something in Portuguese as another contestant clapped(!).
    Michael K.: Being a gracious loser is so overrated and life’s too short to not snatch a crown right off of a trick’s head. The runner-up of Miss Amazonas 2015 knows what I’m talking about and when she lost the main prize on Friday in Brazil, she won the title of Miss Fuck It 2015...when Carol Toledo won the title of Miss Amazonas 2015, the other beauty queens put on manufactured smiles and pretended to be happy, but not the runner-up Sheislane Hayalla (that’s Portuguese for “Stay in your lane, bitch“).