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! Aarg!"
There are many ways of facing a defeat. Sometimes, some people will admit defeat, compliment the one who bested them
and in case of death, Go Out with a Smile
. Sometimes.... not.
The Sore Loser is a character who doesn't take defeat very well, no matter what kind of defeat it was. Unlike the graceful loser, the Sore 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 himself
. 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, the loser 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. Leaving in anger
is also an alternative.
Of course, if your opponent engages in Unsportsmanlike Gloating
, he's basically giving you a license to react this way. The winner's reaction is a good way of telling who you're actually supposed to root for.
It 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), Unsportsmanlike Gloating
(being just as sore in victory).
Compare Rage Quit
, Defiant to the End
, Taking You with Me
. Contrast Graceful Loser
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Anime and Manga
- Gaara in the first part of Naruto start as cool and stern in battle, as nothing can virtually harm him. As Lee (and later Sasuke) start breaking through his defense, he reacts badly (namely, he ends up crushing Lee's legs and in the second battle starts turning in the Shukaku demon).
- Madara. Just Madara. His fighting style is based on making up an incredibly broken defense or attack system against his opponents and when they manage to overcome it due to hard work and strategy, he pulls out an even more broken technique. A big part of the series is due to Madara not being able to cope with Hashirama beating him in everything.
- Several villains from One Piece, but Don Krieg takes the cake: being pummeled several times in a row and slammed head-first in a ship didn't stop him from throwing a fierce rant about how he was supposed to be the stronger... the Gin stops him with a Megaton Punch to the gut.
- Zoro was like this when he was a kid, getting very annoyed when Kuina would beat him every time.
- After Luffy wins the final round, Foxy goes to shake his hand in a moment of a good sportsmanship. The second Luffy takes it, he tries to do an overhead throw. It fails due to Luffy's rubber body and Foxy ends up falling flat on his face.
- After Vegeta from Dragon Ball loses his cool after being injured twice in a row by Goku's Kaiohken attack, he decides to blow the Earth up (what he came to do in the first place) with his Galick Gun.
- Frieza and Cell try the same thing later on. DBZ villains in general are particularly poor losers and prone to trying to blow up the planet they're currently on if they can't win a fight.
- This becomes downright ridiculous when it turns out that the supposed God of Destruction, Bills, obliterated King Kai's planet down to it's current size just because he lost to him in a video game.
- Nnoitra Gilga from Bleach. On a second thought, also Luppi, Jirobo Ikkanzaka, Mayuri Kurotsuchi and eventually Aizen himself.
- Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh!. Panik even more so.
- Bandit Keith too. "No one beats Bandit Keith."
- 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.)
- 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.
- That said, he quickly composes himself and gives a gracious congratulations to his friend in public, and keeps the rest of his moping private.
- Doesn't that mean he's a gracious loser?
- 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.
- The usually cold and confident Ryuugo Daimaru from Gamaran goes apeshit on his brother Sakon when he's incapacitated in battle. It bites him in the ass later when an enraged and crazy Sakon tears his spine out.
- Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion certainly comes across as a sore loser, though to be fair she is pretty much on a downward spiral to insanity.
- Clotho Bauer and Muruta Azrael of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED are a dark take on this trope. The former's a Sociopathic Soldier who views fighting as a game, and in his own words, hates to lose. The latter's a Corrupt Corporate Executive who knows real people are dying but honestly, couldn't care less, and sees the entire thing in terms of winning and losing. Azrael actually dies while ranting about how "I can still win. I always win!"
- Paptimus Scirocco from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam ain't much better. The last thing he does as he dies is use his powers to Mind Rape The Hero into a coma, though given that said hero just killed him in nightmarish fashion, it's a little understandable.
- Flare Corona from Fairy Tail. As soon as she realized that her opponent was actually beating her, she used her hair to threaten a 6-year old girl in the audience to force her opponent to step down.
- Later, Orga Nanagear, who's the only partecipant to Pandaemonium other than Obra who doesn't compliment Erza for her victory.
- Livebearer from Toriko. Even more so because he was actually cheating all the time. Earlier there was Bei, who got childishly angry over Toriko destroying his battle robot.
- Nanamine of Bakuman。, once his plans go wrong, has one Villainous Breakdown after another. This is especially true when he fails his second attempt to launch a series and, as part of the deal with the editors, is banned from working for Shonen Jump.
- In the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga, there are a few cases.
- Seika becomes very upset when she ties with Asuka in the Miss Duel Academy pageant because Judai didn't cast his vote. After a fair amount of negotiation, Judai decides to duel Asuka, and while she loses, which would result in Seika's victory, Seika realizes that the entire school is on Asuka's side and reluctantly withdraws. She decides to rededicate herself to dueling after that and faces Judai in the quarterfinals of the school tournament, but loses. When he tells her dueling is supposed to be fun, she scoffs at it and storms off.
- Amon Garam also takes his loss against Asuka and Misawa in his tag duel alongside Johann, as well as his subsequent loss against Judai poorly. In his case, however, he and the other American students were offered the chance to become pros if they won against the Japanese students, and given that he wants to pay for his brother's healthcare, his frustration is understandable.
- Sangatsu No Lion has two cases of this, one done for humor and the other done for drama.
- One of Rei's opponenets, Matsunaga, slams his captured shogi pieces on the board in irritation after he's forced to admit defeat.
- Whenever Yasui loses a shogi match, he gets himself drunk and gambles.
- Anchovy of Anzio Academy in Girls und Panzer reacts to her defeat poorly, whereas even Katyusha was a Graceful Loser. After the match, Anchovy goes up to Miho, angrily protesting that she doesn't accept Miho's way of tankery, and bringing up the time when Miho abandoned the flag tank to save some of her teammates from drowning, resulting in her old school losing the championship.
- 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.
- This seems to be standard protocol for the Yautja, as if given the chance, the ones in the original movies seemed all too happy to take everyone else with them.
- 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 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.
Live Action TV
- In Cheers, Cliff Clavin appears on Jeopardy! and winds up with a score more than six times that of his trailing opponent at the end of Double Jeopardy!, guaranteeing him a win as long as he doesn't wager too much. Unable to think of the correct answer to Final Jeopardy!, he tries to keep Alex from reading his response. It is later revealed that Cliff wagered everything, dropping his score to $0. Immediately following are efforts by Cliff to convince the staff and audience that he was the real winner, including yelling towards a camera.
- Master Vile from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. How many other Evil Overlords actually throw a childish temper-tantrum after losing? (Berating minions doesn't count?) (Even Prince Sproket - an actual child - never did so.)
- A hallmark trope among heels, or the mark of a Face-Heel Turn.
- When Bob Backlund returned to the WWF in 1993, he brought up how he never submitted when he lost the WWE World Heavyweight Title in 1983. In 1994, Bret Hart gave him a title shot and defeated him. Afterwards, Bob snapped and locked Bret in a Crossface Chickenwing submission hold. This marked the beginning of the psycho "Mr. Backlund" character.
- The 1995 Survivor Series. Bret Hart challenged Diesel for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Bret caught Diesel in a surprise pinning combo for the win. Afterwards, Diesel gave him three powerbombs.
- CM Punk recently. In fact, he attacked Kane with The Undertaker's urn and mocked the Undertaker after he fled.
- The Shield has shown this after Undertaker defeated Dean Ambrose in a one-on-one match. As soon as Undertaker won, they began beating him up, yelling at him that they still remained undefeated.
- The Bella Twins after their match against the Funkadactyls. They pulled their switching trick, but the referee had seen this and reversed his decision for the winners. But the twins were not happy and gave the Funkadactyls a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown as a result.
- It's also the most likely reason why WWE squandered valuable time and money making the Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD. Warrior returned to WWE at WrestleMania XII in 1996 and squashed Triple H in around 90 seconds, and HHH knows he'll never get a return match.
- Smithy from Super Mario RPG goes berserk upon being defeated in his first form, with his various minions giving futile attempts to calm him down. He ends up destroying the foundation.
- Lakhesis in the second God of War is at first polite and even flirty towards Kratos. Then the "petulant mortal they were controlling" kick her curvaceous ass, prompting her to become suddenly far harsher.
- In the sequel, Hermes too is quite bratty.
- Rothschild in Musashi Samurai Legend: As he pulls a Load-Bearing Boss on Musashi after his defeat.
- To some extent Nines Rodriguez from Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. He constantly talks about how the Anarchs are the best and the Camarilla is shit and acting cool, but if you disagree with his view he'll get awfully snippy and even refuse to talk with you. Not that Prince Lacroix and Ming Xiao are any better mind you, and ditto for Andrei.
- Masamune Date from Samurai Warriors 1 has this attitude sometimes.
- In one of the Crash Bandicoot race games, the Big Bad is basically this.
- Ace Hardlight in Ratchet: Deadlocked.
- Laharl, the protagonist of Disgaea, 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.....
- 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.
- Rose, the daughter of Rugal, is very much an utter sore loser. Thankfully, her brother Adelheid is the complete opposite.
- In Devil May Cry, after his retreat from your first bossfight with him, Phantom will chase Dante down some incredibly narrow corridors. Even Dante found this to be dickish.
- In the third title, Beowulf is the only defeated Devil (except for Leviathan) that won't bow to Dante, and he rather flee, swearing revenge.
- In Batman: Arkham Asylum, the Riddler constantly mocks and insult Batman's intelligence as he solves his hidden riddles. However, once Batman completes over half of them, Riddler starts to get angry and accuses him of cheating and looking up the answers online.
- Razor in Need For Speed: Most Wanted. Bad enough the guy's a cheating bastard who gyps you out of your precious ride at the start of the game by cutting the gas line. Once you rise through the ranks and beat him in a fair race (while he's in your prized ride, no less), the guy tries to sic his cronies on you after you win. Luckily your female partner who also happens to be an undercover cop is there to prevent this from happening.
- If you beat a Slytherin at anything in one of the Harry Potter games, expect one of two responses:
- They declare that you cheated
- They declare that they didn't really try anyway.
- Two gym leaders pull this trope on you when you beat them in Pokemon Gold And Silver. Whitney cries and doesn't hand you over her badge, but she does calm down and gives it to you. Clair on the other hand flat out refuses to admit that you have beaten her and says you still have "lazy ideals," but will hand you the badge if you find an item in the Dragon's Den held by an old man. Even when you get it, not only does Clair believed you failed the test presented by the old man, but she once again refuses to believe that you actually passed the test and won't give the badge over to you. It's only until the old man threatens to tell Lance (he's the Pokémon Champion) about Clair's bad behavior that Clair finally decides to hand the badge over, but she still acts sore about it.
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, if you complete the Civil War Questline in favor of the Legion before the final mission of the main quest, you can meet Ulfric Stormcloak and Galmar Stone-Fist in Sovngarde. While the former is simply horrified that his war has simply given Alduin more souls to feed on, the latter thinks you're here to haunt him and curses your name for all eternity. However, after defeating Alduin he'll tell you that eternity is too long to hold a grudge.
- In Litchi's Gag Reel from BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, a group of characters is playing a board game (including Litchi herself). The usually cool and collected Rachel Alucard ragequits in her first turn after getting a one in the dice, despite Taokaka's warning that quitting the game will cause something really bad to all the participants. It results everyone getting a permanent itch, and when Rachel came back to her mansion, the itch got to her as well.
- In the "Mark of the Assassin" DLC for Dragon Age II, Baron Arlange throws a comically childish temper tantrum after Hawke's party beats him in a hunt, stating that he paid good money to win. He then attacks Hawke and gets handily defeated, after which you can choose to either finish him or let him go (after which he'll try to kill you later).
- In Starcraft II, when playing online against an opponent, it is expected that the loser will concede with either "gg" or "wp" (well played). It is considered bm (bad manners) to leave the game without saying the aforementioned, and is greatly frowned upon within the community, especially among the pros. One pro gamer, Idr A, gained notoriety for doing this and trash-talking his opponents with things like calling another pro a shit gamer, "I hope you get cancer," and other insults. In May 2013, he was let go from his team Evil Geniuses for insulting the community that helped make the pro SC 2 scene what it was. IdrA has gone on record about the circumstances of his release and what he plans to do in the future.
- Franziska von Karma in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All is so infuriated at losing to Phoenix in her American court debut that she whips him unconscious.
- In her second trial against Phoenix, she has a more subdued but still angry reaction after Phoenix finds out where Acro hid the murder weapon when her investigators failed to do so.
- Franziska learned from the best: her father, Manfred von Karma, was so obsessed with his perfect record of court victories that he murdered the one defense attorney ever to mar it (even though Gregory Edgeworth only managed to get him a penalty and still lost the trial), then when that didn't satisfy his need for revenge, spent fifteen years setting up an elaborate plot to destroy said defense attorney's son, including systematically building him up for the sake of the farthest possible fall.
- From Umineko no Naku Koro ni, you have Bernkastel, the true Big Bad of the story. The reason she does everything she does past Episode 5 is because of this. Trying to destroy the heart of the story, murdering Beatrice's incarnation in another world, ruing Ange's life and turning her against her family and trying to break open the catbox and permakilling everyone involved in the story of Rokkenjima is all because Battler beat her humiliatingly in Episode 5. In Episode 8, it's revealed she quite literally only cannot understand fun, only winning. And then you have her Villainous Breakdown in Episode 8 when Battler is the first person in many centuries to penetrate her invincibility and beat her down over and again.
- 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."
- 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.
- Hades in Hercules takes the victories of the titular hero over his monsters badly.
- In the Simpsons episode "The Boys of Bummer", after Bart fumbles the ball in the Little League Championships and causes Springfield to lose to Shelbyville, everyone in town harasses, mocks and attacks Bart even after it drove him to suicidal insanity. Good thing Marge put an end to it.
- The Merrie Melodies short "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?
- Of course, Bugs won after Blacque dealt him a 21 of Spades... You really can't blame Blacque for being upset.
- 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 Muppet Babies, Miss Piggy loses a race, and then insists they need to go another lap.
- In Beverly Hills Teens, Bianca holds a costume contest for Halloween, and after a couple Dresses the Same situations with Larke, Bianca still loses, and then throws everyone out of her mansion.
- Her being a Sore Loser is either the ending or the entire premise of half the episodes.
- Rainbow Dash of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Applejack, though usually a more Graceful Loser, is embittered into one against Rainbow's unsportsmanlike competitive streak, making for a very aggressive contest.
Rainbow Dash: I - hate - losing.
- Justified in that Rainbow is naturally super-competitive, but unintentionally goaded Applejack into being just as competitive, just to prove that she can win even despite Rainbow's ability to fly.
- Stan Smith of American Dad! is Driven to Suicide the first time he loses a sport.
Steve: What do you feel in this moment?
Stan: Shame, soul-shattering emptiness, embarrassment. I'm gonna turn the whole thing off.
- Turned Up to Eleven in the same episode, where after Stan loses a carnival dart game, he instantly holds a knife toward his throat.
- Roger likewise isn't good at losing either. So much so he's willing to kill just to get his way.
- Sappy Stanley from the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?", after his Oscar-nominated cartoon lost to Bugs Bunny's cartoon, Stanley scorns the American film industry, moves to Paris and spends decades planning his revenge on Bugs.
- Jake in the Adventure Time ep, Card Wars, when Finn and he play against each other and Finn gains the upper hand. Beemo 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.
- In 101 Dalmatians, Cruella de Vil takes the constant resistance to claiming the dalmatian puppies for her fur coat very badly.
- The Cluemaster from The Batman. 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.
Myth and Legend
- The Greek Gods: according to myth, Arachne, after claiming she was a better weaver than Pallas Athena, actually won a weaving contest against the goddess, and then was turned into a spider out of spite.
- 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 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.)
- Thor from Norse Mythology. In one myth he, Loki and another guy are invited in Utgard (the capital of the giants) and are humiliated in a series of challenges (the giants were cheating). When Thor fails his task (drinking from an apparently bottomless jug) he furiously demands two more chances to prove his power.
- Chess Grand Master Gary Kasparov was in a foul mood after finally being defeated by the computer, Deep Blue. He claimed that IBM had a team of Chess Masters aiding the computer. IBM declined Kasparov a rematch due to the insinuations.
- A political cartoon of the time showed the room the tournament took place in in shambles, a broken computer, and chess pieces everywhere, and Kasparov stomping out of the room in a huff. A man in the background says to another "I wonder when they'll teach a computer to do that."
- Another cartoon◊ has Kasparov standing near a swimming pool with the computer at the bottom and gloating that it cannot swim.
- Although he took it a bit far, the way Kasparov lost was pretty humiliating. Deep Blue actually made a severely sub-optimal move, and Kasparov, thinking there was no way the computer would make such a rookie decision, didn't capitalize on it an thus left himself open to defeat. It's one thing to a supercomputer, another to lose to a supercomputer's mistake.
- The infamous Nuclear Tesuji in Go, aptly described as "Tossing the board at the wall, denting it and the wall prior to uppercutting your opponent." As demonstrated above, tantrums like that can happen in any board game.