Hobbes: Look, it's just a game.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, if 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 person nervous about possible harm from winning against this type of person may decide to Let the Bully Win. 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.
Calvin: I know. You should see me when I lose in real life.
Calvin: I know. You should see me when I lose in real life.
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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.
- Villains in Dragon Ball Z are particularly poor losers. While they are still on the winning hand, they are prone to Evil Gloating and other unsportsmanlike behavior. However, when they realize they can't win, they almost always suffer a Villainous Breakdown and are prone to trying to blow up the planet they're currently on, just because they can't accept defeat. Specific examples include:
- After Vegeta loses his cool after being injured twice in a row by Goku's Kaioken attack, he decides to blow the Earth up (what he came to do in the first place) with his Galick Gun.
- When Frieza realizes he is outmatched by Super Saiyan Goku in almost every terms, he blows up the core of planet Namek, setting off a countdown that will eventually destroy the planet itself. Also, the thought of losing to a Saiyan 'monkey' angers him so much, that he attacked Goku from behind, right after Goku prevented him from dying by transferring some of his life energy to Frieza.
- Cell arguably takes losing even worse than Frieza; whereas Frieza deliberately held back to delay Namek's explosion so he'd have time to escape, Cell fully intended to die in his own blast as long as Gohan wouldn't win.
- This becomes downright ridiculous when it turns out that the supposed God of Destruction, Beerus, reduced King Kai's planet to it's current size just because he lost to him in a video game.
- Frieza does this again in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ when he realizes he can't win. He actually successfully destroys the Earth, but this being Dragonball, it gets undone pretty quickly.
- Champa does not take his team's losses well. Every time the opposing team managed to gain the upper hand and defeat his team, he quickly whines and throws a temper tantrum at it. And when his entire team loses (or in one case, forfeit), he decides to murder his entire team for the crime of "dragging his name through the mud. Fortunately Zen'o's arrival prevents Champa from doing just that.
- Zamasu takes losing a sparring match to Goku extremely poorly and uses it as a justification to hate mortals even more. Future Zamasu even wants to kill Goku personally because he's apparently still bitter about it.
- Nnoitra Gilga from Bleach. On a second thought, also Luppi, Jirobo Ikkanzaka, Mayuri Kurotsuchi and eventually Aizen himself.
- The original Yu-Gi-Oh! had plenty:
- Seto Kaiba's rivalry with Yugi all comes down to one loss from a guy who really hated to lose. Originally, he tore Solomon Mouto's copy of Blue Eyes in half just to spite Yugi into a rematch (there were only four copies of that card in the anime world, and at most three at a time are allowed in a deck). It was worse in the manga, where he actually spent a billion yen to build Death-T, an amusement park deathtrap that he hoped would cumulate into a rematch where he disposed of Yugi personally. (He lost.)
- Panik was worse. A duelist who uses a great deal of intimidation, his reaction to losing was to attack Yugi with a flamethrower. Fortunately, his Puzzle protected him (and probably prevented a wildfire, when you think about it)
- 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.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
- And there was Takasu from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. 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.)
- 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.
- Shinj Weber of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. He was using his duels in the Tournament Arc to provoke the Commons into rebelling against the Tops, with him as their hope. When Yuya beats him, Shinji realizes his revolution has died before even getting started, he snaps and is shown to be pretty bitter over it. When the Tops-aligned Roget comes to congratulate Yuya, he continually calls Yuya a traitor to the Commons. He even tries to have the match overruled by claiming the duel was rigged, despite the fact that, if the duel was rigged, he'd have to be in on it for the plan to work. His last interaction with Yuya before he's pulled away is a declaration that he will get revenge.
- Ash Ketchum 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.
- Ichijo Ranko and Close in Go! Princess Pretty Cure both go under here, for Ichijo refuses to let Kirara stop her from her dream of becoming a teen idol and Close can't stand it when the heroines deafet his monsters, which evenly led to his death.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fairy Tail:
- 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 participant to Pandaemonium other than Obra who doesn't compliment Erza for her victory.
- The Sabertooth guild leader, Jinemma, is an especially notable example. He won't accept anything less then absolute victory, so when Yukino loses to Kagura, he instantly humliates her by causing her to strip naked in front of the guild memebers before kicking her out. Later when Sting and Rouge single-handily lose to Natsu, he beats them senseless then tries to kill Sting's exceed friend, Lector, when he tries to defend him. He gets a hole in his mid-section by Sting in retaliation for his trouble. But the real kicker comes an arc later when he shows up transformed into a demon by Tartous (which he accepted willingly) just to take revenge on the two for what happened. By this point, Sting and Rouge are both sick of his crap and take him down together.
- Minerva, Jinemma's daughter, clearly gets this from him - after losing to Erza at the Grand Magic Games, she goes off the deep end, joins a Dark Guild, and seeks to beat Erza no matter how she has to do it.
- 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.
- 3-gatsu 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.
- Love Machine from Summer Wars is a real Jerkass and an in-universe example of The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard. It plots to direct a falling satellite onto a nuclear reactor until the Jinnochis beat it at a hanafuda game, then it decides to drop the satellite on her house.
- 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.
- 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).
- Also, Roger is one every time Andy beats him at chess or golf, which is all the time, because he stinks at both. Ironically, Andy hates playing him at both (partially because he's a Sore Loser, but also because he's obsessed.) Even more ironic, Andy was a Sore Loser at chess in the very first strip, telling Roger he was sleeping on the couch after he checkmated her. (Although, future strips would show he's a sore winner too.)
- In one Sunday 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?"
- Snoopy doesn't mind losing when he plays shortstop, but in one arc where Charlie Brown let him be manager, he threw a fit after losing, taking his anger out - physically that is - on the team and the equipment, then stormed off roaring I hate losing!! (Which is likely why, in the last strip of the arc, he was very eager to relinquish the job back to Charlie Brown.)
- In The Wizard of Id, the king really hates to lose at Monopoly...
- In Blondie, Dagwood has been known to be angry at Herb for weeks after losing bad to him at bowling, golf, pool, or anything else; Herb is no better.
- In Saki After Story, found here, Teru is assumed in-universe to be a particularly extreme case of this when she, after losing her younger sister Saki in the tournament, attacks her (as well as Nodoka when she tries to help Saki) with a pipe, a box cutter and a chair, sending both of them to the hospital. The actual reason, however, seems to be that Saki's mere presence and claiming to be her sister sent her into a rage.
Eri: I honestly don't know how this incident came to pass. To think that someone could be such a poor sport at losing a simple game of Mahjong and snap like that just astounds and angers me.
- 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.
- The Second Try: When she was again defeated by Bardiel, Asuka was sore, moody and irritable for several days.
"I still can't believe I lost again!" the redhead mumbled out of the blue.
"Asuka, we're alone." Shinji yawned. "Misato left while you were taking a shower."
He gave her a curious look. It had been a while since he had seen her grumpy like this, at least without just acting it. "You're not saying that you still take something like that so personally, are you?"
"And what if I do?" she grumbled and rolled on her side, turning away from him.
"Oh, Asuka..." He chuckled at her behavior. For someone who had always thought of herself as mature, she sure had kept some childish attitudes even after actually going through adulthood. At least that's what he hoped it was...
- In Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion, Suzaku is one of these in spades.
Films — Animation
- 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.
- Metegol: El Grosso never got over the fact he lost a football game back when he was a kid.
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
- The Equestria Girls version of Rainbow Dash has yet to tone down her sore loser tendencies, rage-quitting a video game she is losing before Applejack can beat her in Rainbow Rocks.
- In Friendship Games, Abacus Cinch, the principal of Crystal Prep (the rivals to Canterlot High), is so used to winning that she'll take nothing less than a flawless victory. So when her students lose a baking contest in the first act of events, she's more then a little frustrated. Later when Canterlot High wins the second events, she accuses them of cheating because of human world's Twilight's magical amulet going haywire and opening portals to Equestria during the race which she assumed were Canterlot's doing. While she's not wrong to be skeptical, it was clear the protagonists weren't using their powers to cheat and were even trying to save the competitors. What's more she was more than willing use said magic power to ensure her students won when she found out Twilight had collected some of it. When all is said and done and the games are declared a tie, Cinch is practically trying to decry that it shouldn't have counted. By this point even her own students are tired of her whining and refuse to support this claim, forcing her to accept the outcome and break her spotless winning streak.
- The Lion King: A rare non-villainous example. As a cub, Simba tries to pounce on his friend Nala after they get into an argument and she easily beats him. After he pushes her off he glares at her, then tries pouncing her again while she's distracted. That roll down a hill together with Simba struggling to stay on top, only for Nala to pin him once again, and smuggle rub it in his face.
Films — Live-Action
- Death from Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, who keeps demanding rematches every time he loses.
- 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.
- In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin finally catches Dr. Evil, who was trying to escape his Underground Lair with Mr. Bigglesworth as the lair was overrun by Austin, Vanessa and their soldiers, along with Project Vulcan aborted by Austin. In retaliation for thwarting his escape, Dr. Evil then attempts to demoralize Austin by lecturing him on how all the things Austin fought for in then 1960's were now "evil" in the 1990's, and that freedom failed. It doesn't work, and things look hopeless for Dr. Evil. However, Alotta Fagina manages to turn the tables by showing up holding Vanessa as a hostage, which sabotages Austin's chance of bringing Dr. Evil to justice and leads to Dr. Evil's escape following a failed attempt at betrayal by Number Two.
- In Happy Gilmore, after Happy wins the final tournament, his opponent Shooter McGavin breaks down into a rant about how "impossible" Happy's win is, then steals Happy's Gold Jacket as it's being presented to him. He gets chased down and brutally beaten by Happy's fans for this.
- 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.
- 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.
- Although Loras doesn't do or say anything negative to Brienne after she wins their melee competition, he's shown to be bitter about his defeat when he speaks to Renly in private.
- 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!
- One episode of Taxi starts with Alex telling everyone he won $1,300 from Louie in a bet, and Louie is very, very angry about it. After Louie threatens to fire anyone who laughs at him (they all do anyway) he convinces Alex to go double or nothing on a football game, but later, when Louie gloats about how his team only has to make an easy field goal to win, they botch it, and he now owes Alex $2,600. Later, Louie convinces Alex to go double or nothing again, betting that Tony’s protégé will lose his first match, bringing $5,200 in cash to the stadium to prove he can cover it. Alex accepts after telling Louie off in front of Tony and the protégé in a short "The Reason You Suck" Speech; this proves prophetic, because Tony’s student wins via spectacular knockout, humiliating Louie (and adding insult to injury, receives a sweet deal from a boxing syndicate which also gains Tony five grand). In the final scene, Louie storms into the locker room, stuffs the cash into Alex’s pocket, and curses, “Take it and DIE! Die, die, DIE!” before storming off.
- Goosebumps: In "The Haunted House Game", the two villains refuse to let the two protagonists leave the house even after they won the game fair and square.
- Little Lunch:
- Atticus in "The Beep Test", who desperately tries to avoid the test purely so Tamara can't beat him. Once she sprains her ankle, he's totally enthusiastic for it.
- Debra Jo's also a pretty bad loser, as seen when she calls her mother to get her out of school when Mrs. Goncha holds a spelling test on words she doesn't know.
- The Tom Chapin song "Sore Loser" is, as you might expect, about one, who takes it poorly when he loses at checkers and struck out in baseball.
It was the checkers championship of the whole known galaxy
My brother still had all his pieces, I was down to my last three
When he triple jumped me I got angry and my temperature soared!
Then he said "King me!" So I crowned him... with the board!
Myths & Religion
- 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. It should be noted though that in some of these stories, Athena's rage is arguably well deserved not because she had lost specifically but because Arachne was a poor winner, gloating smugly over her triumph over a Greek diety, any of which tend to be especially famous for responding to any sign of mortal disrespect with immediate and excessive retribution.
- 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.)
- Athena and Hera supported the Greeks during the Trojan War because they resent prince Paris for chosing Aphrodite over them in the infamous beauty contest.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Premier Athlete Brand didn't take their loses too well, except Mr. A's because they began to view him as a failure and purposefully set him up to lose against Moose at EVOLVE 30. But when Trent Baretta lost to Uhaa Nation later on the same show (appropriately titled Baretta vs Nation) they all ran out to attack the victor.
- 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 Vélez won the last time they wrestled.
- Street Fighter: While Ryu is the archetypal Spirited Competitor and all-around nice guy... it turns out that deep down, 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") that, in normal circumstances, Ryu really doesn't want to tap into. 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, and soon triggered Sagat's temporary Face–Heel Turn into Shadaloo.
- 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.
- In Batman: Arkham Knight, Harley is even worse than the Riddler, taking being arrested by Batman with all the dignity of a kindergartner. He has to carry her as she futilely kicks, hits him, and cries like a baby.
- Razor in 2005's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. It's bad enough that 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 (Clair's cousin and the local 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.
- Goro from Mortal Kombat is a moderate example; his pre-fight dialogue between him and Liu Kang in X shows that he really doesn't like being reminded of the first time they fought.
- 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 Dragon Age: Inquisition, after the Inquisitor foils most of his plans to conquer Thedas, Corypheus re-opens the Breach, a massive tear in the Veil that will consume the entire world. The ploy is meant to draw the Inquisitor into a final confrontation, but Solas implies that Corypheus is also upsetting the game board so that no one will win.
- 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 , Mewtwo crosses his arms indignantly, and Wario can be seen adding in a "boo" (or similar effect) between clapping.
- 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.
- In Splatoon, the losing team's inklings can be seen throwing ridiculous temper tantrums in the results screen. The most impressive is shooter-wielders, who fall to their knees and begin angrily banging their fists against the ground. Subverted by the Roller and Brush wielders, who shrug and shake their heads as if disappointed in their teammates. Marie can also be one after a Splatfest if her team loses, making remarks like Team Cats winning in Europe only because Judd was the ref, Team Art only winning because Team Science had jobs to do, and Team Pirates being a bunch of cheats.
- Callie: Avast, me hearties! Sore loser off the port bow!
- Everybody is a Sore Loser in Mario Strikers. The captains each have special animations of them getting very upset, which plays sometimes when they're losing badly in a match. Special mention goes to Petey Piranha and Princess Daisy, the former of whom decides to attack one of the opposing team's players out of rage and eat them and the latter of whom, well...
- Minecraft: Story Mode:
- When your build seems like it's gonna win the competition, Aiden decides to unleash some lava on your contraption.
- Petra will call your team out on this if you were to say "losing sucks" while they're talking about how they lost the Build-Off.
- Aiden and his crew is this when Jesse's new Order of The Stone keep finding treasure. What's more, Aiden wanted to be the hero of the Wither Storm crisis instead of Jesse, because he doesn't feel Jesse truly earned it.
- The Talos Principle: If you confound Milton with questions he can't answer, he rants that he cannot lose as it contradicts his programming. He'll then ask you the same question repeatedly until you exit from it (the dialogue option is even called "exit"!).
- 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.
- 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 before calling the court a sham.
- 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: When They Cry, 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.
- 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.
- Vriska Serket, a killer Game Master who's convinced she's the best of the best, can play others like fiddles, and is the one holding up her team. In reality, she just has a horrible attitude and psychic Mind Control powers that give her an advantage over others, so when the former comes back to bite her and the latter can't help her, she throws a fit and accuses the other of cheating, before trying to calm down and trying to make whatever she lost not seem like the Serious Business she clearly believes it to be.
- Her dancestor Aranea is even worse, if possible. Seeming kind and polite at first, Aranea is actually frustrated at not having had an adventurous life like her A2 counterpart. From paying people to listen to her, to trying to subvert the roles of the remaining players, Aranea's hubris comes back to bite her when it turns out that she's bitten off more than she can chew by trying to take over the B2 session. Upon realizing this, Aranea kills a total of three other players and tries a planet destroying Rage Quit, before Her Imperious Condescension catches up to her and breaks her neck.
- Wallis from Gloomverse.
- 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 reined 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 father that always wins any game they play together, Judge Dead has this problem also.
- DevinWithDevin from Epic's Gameshows decided to, not only not own up to his bullying, refuse to do an interview after his elimination and chose to just leave.
- In the Google Halloween Doodle "Global Candy Cup 2015", the over-confident red witch is shown to be in a tantrum since the cat-loving yellow witch ends up winning.
- Seemingly a trait of Yang in RWBY. After losing to Neptune in a board game, she angrily storms through her room and grumpily remarks that they never should've let him play. She similarly reacts negatively when she loses a match in a video game after Qrow distracts her with a perverted comment. Played for Laughs both times.
- Exaggerated 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.
- The same thing happened to a football team in "The Joy of Sect".
- 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 Jacque dealt him a 21 of Spades... You really can't blame Jacque 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.
- "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.
- Wacky Races:
- 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 and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, 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 the Teen Titans episode "Only Human", Atlas assaults Cyborg and then kidnaps the other Titans to spite him after Cyborg beats him at an online video game. (Which he clearly plays too much of as it is; a later scene shows he's a sore winner at it too.)
- 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.
- In The Real Ghostbusters episode "The Devil to Pay", diabolic game show host Dib Devlin is a sore loser. He tricks the heroes into an infernal game show where they risk their souls, luring them into it by offering a trip to Tahiti as a grand prize. When they manage to win, he decides to kill them, because he never said he's spare their lives. They manage to escape, however, and Venkman forces him to give them the trip. (He includes three tons of deviled ham with the prize, likely to annoy them.)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Rainbow Dash, 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.
- Rainbow Dash, at least before her later Character Development, was never graceful in a loss:
- American Dad!:
Stan: What a wonderful alternative to suicide!
- Stan Smith 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.
- 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!
- Tiny Toon Adventures:
- Sappy Stanley from the 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.
- The Prefecto Prep students are sore losers after being beaten at football by the Acme team, but what can you expect from a school whose motto is, "We Never Lose"?
- 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 goes into a tantrum and calls for an attorney.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- After losing to Zuko in an Agni Kai, Admiral Zhao 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 in exile, he still had way more honor than Zhao. 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.
- Dexter's Laboratory: Dexter himself displays this whenever he's in a competition with Dee Dee, freaking out when she beats him at video games and, on one occasion, going so far as to deliberately destroy his own lab to beat her at a game. That being said, this is probably fueled by Dee Dee's tendency to rub her victories in his face on both occasions.
- 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).
- Total Drama:
- Courtney sued her way onto the second season of the animated reality show after being cheated out of the prize money a season earlier.
- Josee from Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race throws tantrums whenever she and Jacques don't come first. When they eventually place third in the final, she starts destroying Central Park until Jacques manage to calm her down.
- 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!
- None of The Misfits in Jem take losing terribly well however Pizzazz is the worst by far. She has quite a complex about coming in second, but all she does is come in second to Jem. But when you think about it, what spoiled brat isn't a sore loser?
- Lynn Loud from The Loud House cannot stand losing at anything. In the first episode she shows this she would rather believe she lost because her brother was bad luck, and in a later episode actually starts losing it when she loses a board game.
- One Roland and Rattfink cartoon has the two entering in a race. Rattfink, the series' Dastardly Whiplash, wins the race by accident, not even cheating in the process. We expect Roland, the series' good guy, to handle his loss with grace, but he lampshades that he's a poor loser, and proceeds to beat Rattfink up with his trophy.
- 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.
- 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."
- Journalist Chip Berlet described the Birther Movement as as example of this trope, since it only came to to large-scale attention after Barack Obama launched his campaign for the 2008 presidential election and eventually won it.
Berlet: For some people, when their side loses an election, the only explanation that makes sense to them – that they can cope with – is that sinister, bad, evil people arranged some kind of fraud.
- 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 (in reality, there wasn't an Ukranian flag handy so Baiul simply couldn't get onto the platform)... 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“).
- Judoka Masahiko Kimura hated losing a match, to the extent that he considered quitting judo after his first loss, and when he was convinced by his friends to stay, he devoted his life to never lose again.
- After a second Quebec independence referendum narrowly lands on the "No" for the province leaving Canada in 1995, the provincial premier, Jacques Parizeau, gave an petulant public tirade of how his dream was thwarted by "Money and the ethnic vote." At that, his allies had a collective Face Palm at that outburst that reminded all the province's minorities of the stubbornly insular ethnocentric element of Quebec Separatism. Twenty years since, the quest of separatists for the "winning conditions" for a third referendum has so far proved dispiritingly hopeless.
- Since then, Parizeau's planned victory speech was released, in which he would have effectively claimed that in choosing independence, Quebecers democratically chose their destiny. It's Hilarious in Hindsight to hear the man who decried the ethnic vote claim that people of different cultures and nations will join the "future 16th economic power of the world".
- 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. Players who fall under this trope are sometimes described as being "salty", referring to the saltiness of tears, more specifically their "whiny" tears / Berserker Tears.
- Korean eSports example - after losing to Geguri, a 17-year old girl (and one of the world's best Zarya players with a 6.31 Kill/Death ratio and an 80% win rate) in the Nexus Cup of Overwatch two professional players accused her of using aimbots and other hacks to get an unfair advantage and reported her to Blizzard for cheating. Even though Blizzard officially cleared her of cheating the two players still believed she was cheating so they started sending her death threats if she didn't confess and even announced they'd quit playing the game altogether if she was truly that good. So Geguri went directly to Blizzard's Korean headquarters, started streaming from their offices and completely dominated her opponents... before apologizing to those who were watching for not playing to her usual standards because she's been so stressed out about the death threats and accusations. The two accusers resigned from their teams and stopped playing but sadly have not stopped harassing Geguri.
- The fans of the Vancouver Canucks are notorious for this kind of behavior whenever their favorite team loses the Stanley Cup Final against the other team. They express it in the ultimate form of Serious Business possible by rioting on their own city if their team loses the Final. Two instances of this happened during 1994 and 2011. Coincidentally, both Finals ended in seven games.