"Yes! We have defeated you for
all time! You will
never rise from the ashes of your shame and humiliation!... Well, that was fun."
Most games end with a winner and a loser. Everyone likes to win and no one likes to lose, so there's a code of conduct (written or unwritten) that says both parties need to be gracious about the outcome. Losers shouldn't rant and rave; winners shouldn't dance and gloat. It's just unsportsmanlike (even if it doesn't involve sports) to defeat someone and then pile on the humiliation afterward.
This character has never read the code of conduct. Whether she's being subtly rude about it
, or outright shouting "Loser! Loser! Nya, nya, nya!", Alice sees no need to be a gracious winner. She won, so why shouldn't she enjoy the moment? Who cares if her defeated foes think she's an utter Jerkass
? They're probably just jealous anyway.
Often seen when The Rival
is a Smug Snake
, and/or an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
Note that this is not just wanting to crush your enemies and hear the lamentations of their women
. This is strictly for when Alice wins and proceeds to be insufferable about it. Although doing those things just after
you win does count.
A Sister Trope
to Sore Loser
(and the more gloating and ungracious a character is in victory, the more sulky and ungracious they'll be in defeat).
Compare Evil Gloating
, Cherry Tapping
, Second Place Is for Losers
, Taunt Button
. Contrast Graceful Loser
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Anime and Manga
- Full Metal Panic!
- Pokémon has everyone's favorite Jerkass, Paul/Shinji. In one of his many dick moves, right after he battled Veilstone Gym Leader Maylene, took out her team with ease and received his Cobble Badge, Paul gave a glowing critique on her skill as a Gym Leader:
- Iron Wok Jan: At one point Jan follows a defeated opponent out to the street to taunt him some more as the fellow looked insufficiently crushed.
- In Azumanga Daioh Yukari does this after the first two of the three Sports Fest the second one complete with the Finger Point and "Loser Team Loser Team" her class just walks aways when she starts it.
- In Fairy Tail, Flare Corona mocks Lucy mercilessly after she wins their match in the magic tournament. Even worse than usual since the only reason Flare won was because one of her teammates interefered from the sidelines to depower Lucy right when she had Flare on the ropes. Flare doesn't get off completely scott free though — in a later chapter, one of her other teammates beats her up for being so weak.
- In Gundam Build Fighters Try, Yomi of Team G-Master engages in some snotty gloating towards Kaoruko (AKA Gyanko) after G-Master beats Team Song Dynasty Vase. Yomi's teammate Sudou tells her to knock it off, and when she continues her other teammate Akira Suga slaps her and chews her out, saying it's wrong to mock an opponent who fought to the best of their ability. (Note that this sequence is an Homage to a similar scene from Mobile Suit Gundam, with Akira taking the place of his Expy material Sleggar Law.)
Films — Animated
- Invoked on Chicken Little:
Announcer: This excitement isn't just about the fun of baseball. It's not about the prize. It's about the gloating, the rubbing their noses in it, the nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-we-beat-you taunting, if you will, that comes with the winning.
- Cars: Chick Hicks, after winning the Piston Cup by blatantly causing an accident for the car who'd been beating him for years. If the dirty race hadn't cost him the Dinoco sponsorship already, then the gloating certainly put him over the top.
Films — Live-Action
- Big Fat Liar has an over-the-top example with Marty Wolf when he almost wins:
Yeah, I stole your story, whoop-de-doodle-do! I STOLE JASON SHEPARD'S STORY AND TURNED IT INTO BIG FAT LIAR! Do you know who's listening? Nobody and get used to it. Because I will never-ever-never-ever-ever-ever-ever-infinity tell the truth!
- Good Will Hunting has Will do this as an awesome moment after getting Skylar's number, as the guy he beat is a bit of a jerk. Has led to an Ascended Meme:
Will:: How do you like them apples?
- In Django Unchained, Calvin Candie is described by Dr. Schultz as being "an abysmal winner". It is Candie's insistence on gloating and rubbing his victory in Schultz's face that causes Schultz to shoot him.
- This Is the End: If you are ever drawn into Heaven during the Rapture, it's best not to give people the finger and call them various vulgar names. Ask the gnawed and broken corpse of James Franco.
- Shelby of the HIVE series does this at every opportunity. Otto, as well, to a lesser extent.
- A The Berenstain Bears book dealing with being a bad winner.
- Esme Weatherwax insists on not killing her opponents since it's no real victory if you can't rub it in their faces. It's a witch thing, but possibly more a Weatherwax thing, as lampshaded when she's the only one of the three witches to instantly realise why Lady Lilith didn't kill them. As demonstrated by Greebo, it's also a cat thing. There is also no such thing as a "friendly contest" with Granny Weatherwax; when one of the other witches tells Lettice Earwig that they've never needed a trophy for the Witch Trials because "everyone just knows who won", Nanny Ogg sardonically notes that this is very true indeed.
- Among the Gods, Fate tends to be this; he's been accused at least once of being "a sore winner". (He's also capable of being a sore loser, as shown when Cohen the Barbarian uses an unconventional method of winning at dice.)
Live Action TV
- In Perfect Strangers, Larry talked about how Mr. Gorply would rub the bowling trophies he won in Larry's face. Balky tells Larry to be a good sport when he finally wins, but then agrees to let Larry have one phone call about it.
- In Sabrina the Teenage Witch, her cousin chanted "I won! I won!" whenever she won some board game or card game.
- The King of Queens: Arthur Spooner has been shown to be much like this, which had — strong effects on his daughter.
- Hot Shot: In this Chinese drama series, one of the more famous and well known scenes from the series consists of a music video-like part where the main characters taunt the opposing basketball team after their win. They're shown to dance their own choreographed victory taunting dance to Nese's "Superman" (which, in and of itself, is pretty much a song dedicated to Unsportsmanlike Gloating).
- Top Gear
- Jeremy Clarkson is quite prone to this, the Large Ham-y fellow.
- His co-presenter Richard Hammond can be just as bad. A particularly egregious example appears in the Top Gear vs. D Motor crossover challenge.
- Regina is prone to this on The Steve Harvey Show and always says, "BAM! In your FACE!" whenever she wins something, no matter how big or small, and especially if it's against Steve.
- In The Pilot of Kickin' It, Milton had his yellow belt taken away shortly after he was awarded it for this reason.
- In The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper is established as a rather unpleasant winner.
(Series 3 Episode 6 "The Cornhusker Vortex"): "And without rules, the competition has no meaning. And without meaning, the following would be an empty gesture. (Sings) I have your kite. I have your kite."
- The day after CM Punk ran off with the WWE Title in his hometown of Chicago, one hour before his contract expired, he tweeted a picture of the belt...in his refrigerator.
- Daniel Bryan, upon winning the world heavyweight championship, began enthusiastically chanting "Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes" nonstop and walked out of the arena posing with the belt while he did so. In his proceeding appearances, he was still chanting celebratory "YES"es and when he ambushed Sheamus and put him the Lebell, the "Yes!" chant started up again. This happened again when Team Hell No won the world tag team championships, only in this case Daniel Bryan was gloating to his forced partner Kane.
- Kimberly dancing on the Orpheum bar at SHINE 6.
- "My client, Brock Lesnar, conquered the Undertaker's undefeated streak at Wrestlemania!"
- World of Warcraft allows and even encourages players to use emotes such as /laugh, /pity and /hug on the bodies of their recently-deceased enemies. The Forsaken can even eat the corpse. Corpsecamping the opponent can be considered a more extreme version of this, making sure that the enemy stays down. You can also teabag dead enemies, as mentioned below.
- Droppable banners were recently added to the game, which grant a buff to nearby players... or can be dropped on corpses to humiliate them. There even exists the Banner of Ownership, which shoves a banner with a mocking thumbs down emblem into the corpse of an enemy.
- Many FPS games (though other types can have it as well) have this in the form of teabagging. Someone scores a kill on you and they celebrate by going to your corpse and keep squatting down on your face. It isn't enough that they killed you, they also have to violate you as well. Hilarity Ensues if the teabagger gets killed while not paying attention and gets teabagged himself.
- Sonic Colors
Sonic: (gloating over a defeated boss) Wow, sometimes I even impress myself! For a second there I wasn't sure I was going to pull it off... Oh, who am I kidding, we both knew how this would end.
Tails: Uh, are you talking to the broken robot who can't hear you?
Sonic: ...Maybe. That's between me and the robot.
- Since the Taunt Button was implemented in Fighting Games, most of them do not permit taunting after a round is finished to avoid this behavior (in-game, of course). Notable exceptions include Street Fighter III, and the Guilty Gear series. In Guilty Gear, however, taunting the opponent when a round is over will give him a full super meter the next round.
- Even before the taunt button most fighting game characters do a victory animation and/or voice-over after each win. While most of them just celebrate their victory, particularly villainous or anti-heroic fighters may insult the defeated opponent. Expect an Evil Laugh or very encouraging dialogue like "Weak!", "Too easy." or "Is that all you've got?"
- After a match in League of Legends there is a very good chance at least one of the members of the winning team will say something like "gg easy" or "bg too easy" while one of the members of the losing team will answer "bg noob team". In a recent patch Riot reduced the time delay between meeting the win condition and the game ending, exactly to cut down on the amount of trash talking.
- Expect this to happen on the Playstation Network or X-Box Live with certain gamers, especially if they win a measly round after losing multiple times to the same player.
- In Shufflepuck Café, Biff laughs "HA! HA! HA!" when he scores a point.
- Wario and Waluigi are the best examples of this trope in the Mario Series. For example, one of Waluigi's celebrations in Mario Strikers has him take the ball (which is made of metal) and say "Want the ball? HERE!" before he throws it at a member of the other team and starts dancing around.
- Aquapazza, Ma-ryan is all about this, complete with an annoying Noblewoman's Laugh.
- Team Fortress 2 encourages it in the brief period after the match ends: The losing team loses the ability to attack and goes into "surrender" poses, while the winning team gets charged up with guaranteed Critical Hits. Cue celebratory slaughter of the defeated team.
- In Dark Souls II "Crown of the Sunken King", Black Phantom Jester Thomas will mock you if he manages to kill you. No other Black Phantom does this.
- As part of his general campaign to rub his disrespect for the evil Kua-Toa in their scaly faces, Little One of Tales From My D&D Campaign sets up some impromptu art displays using the corpses of Kua scouting parties he surprised on a raid into trout-occupied territory. The first group he simply impales on stakes, for the second he cuts their heads off, impales the bodies upside-down, and then sticks the head on top (i.e., the Kua have their heads up their behinds).
- Jayuzumi has this as a staple of his show, taunting opponents via soundboard when he wins.