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This Is A Competition
...and I'm here to win.

If you've watched any competitive reality shows, you've undoubtedly heard one or more contestants utter this line at least once. Maybe they've watched too many reality shows themselves, or maybe they were fed this line by the show's crew members... Either way, reality contestants always feel the need to remind their fellow contestants or the viewer (via the Confession Cam) that they are in a competition and they will do whatever it takes to win.

Interestingly, this line also shows up in shows where the contestants have absolutely no say in who gets eliminated that week and have to rely on their own personal performance to stay in the game. Those same contestants usually don't make any sort of attempt to sabotage the other players' efforts either.

Usually comes after I'm Not Here to Make Friends. Interestingly, the characters who announce that this is a competition and they're here to win? Rarely seem to win.


Examples

Film
  • My Little Eye: Rex's state of mind throughout the film. It's clear that he really wants to win the one million dollars.
  • Starter For 10: The attitude of Patrick, who takes it all very very seriously:
    "Excuse me! This man has been sent from the offices of UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE!''

Live-Action TV
  • In The Amazing Race, using "This is a race," is usually not an indication the team is going to lose, and (especially later the series) is generally used to show the team is actually running the race and not holding Honor Before Reason. Also quite possibly the most quoted non-Phil line in the series.
    • You can actually see the how this attitude changes in the US version, where early on teams who held a competitive attitude over a friendly one were seen as unlikable or villainous by the other teams, and alliances were seen as a necessity by a lot of the teams. The shifting towards a more general competitive attitude was a major plot-line in Season 10, where the teams who valued friendship over the competition were portrayed as inept, while the most competitive team, Dustin & Kandice, were seen by the other teams and portrayed by the editing as the villains, but were wildly popular and are still seen as one of the best teams to ever run the race.
  • America's Next Top Model: No less than four different girls will remind us of this fact every. single. episode.
    • After the first elimination, this trope is probably the strongest in use. And the contestants are surprised about the fact.
      • 'Okay this is really a competition after this model went home. This is actually a competition.'
  • Fear Factor
  • In The Glee Project, this was one of Season One's Lindsay's Stock Phrases.
  • Project Runway: Most notably used by Season One's Wendy, who portrayed herself as the Team Mom in order to manipulate her peers because, well, This Is A Competition.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race: "This isn't Rupaul's School for Girls!"
  • Survivor: "This Is A Game" got used so many times during All-Stars it practically became the season's Arc Words.

Visual Novel

Web Original

  • In The Leet World, various characters state this, especially Cortez in the first half of season one and Westheimer in the second half.

Western Animation

  • Total Drama is a parody of competitive reality shows. Naturally, some characters, especially antagonists, take this position.
    Izzy: (objects to a suggestion to vote Owen off, and goes on about how much fun he is)
    Heather: This is an elimination game, not a dance. We need to vote someone off if we want to stay in the game.
  • Fry in the Futurama episode "The Duh-Vinci Code", when he competes in Who Dares To Be a Millionaire?. He loses in the first question.
    Morbo: Are you ready to play?
    Fry: I didn't come here to play, I came here to win. Now let's play.

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