aka: Victory Gloating
Yes! We have defeated you for all time
! You will never
rise from the ashes of your shame and humiliation! [beat]
Well, that was fun.
In short, being a big gloat when winning in a situation where it's considered just rude, and unsportsmanlike (even if it doesn't involve sports).
Whether it's being subtly rude about it
, or outright shouting "Loser! Loser!
Nya, nya NYA
!", this trope shows the winner is just being a Jerkass
Often seen when The Rival
is a Smug Snake
Note that this is not just wanting to crush your enemies and hear the lamentations of their women
. This is strictly for when you win and are being a jerk about it. Although doing those things just after
you win does count.
A Sister Trope
to Sore Loser
Compare Evil Gloating
, Cherry Tapping
, Second Place Is For Losers
, Taunt Button
. Contrast Graceful Loser
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Anime and Manga
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- A Berenstain Bears book dealing with being a bad winner.
- Discworld: 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. As demonstrated by Greebo, it's also a cat thing.
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.
- 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.
- 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 after each win.
- 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 Cafe, Biff laughs "HA! HA! HA!" when he scores a point.
- Azula in the Beach Episode of Avatar The Last Airbender.
- Sokka, Suki and Toph engage in a little gloating at the end of the Grand Finale.
- The Simpsons: Marge Simpson spoke on this subject after Bart won a soapbox car race.
- In that same episode, both Bart and Homer dabble in this after Bart won the big race, and even after Nelson was decidedly gracious in defeat.
- South Park
- The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Skill Crane" had Squidward becoming obsessed with winning a prize from a crane machine. Once he gets one, however, he starts gloating like crazy. "I'm a winner, see my prize! You're a loser who sits and cries!"
- Mr. Krabs does this whenever Plankton fails to get the Krabby Patty formula just to rub his face in it.
- In the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, Michelangelo will often do this after beating his brothers at something.
- Mertle from Lilo & Stitch: The Series just loves to do this after she wins.
- King of the Hill
- Hank's old high school rivals won the state championship decades ago due to Hank breaking his ankle, and every day on the anniversary of their win, find every member of the old team (Hank especially) and gloat. To the point of barging into their home while eating dinner. Decades later.
- Another episode has Bobby and Peggy betting on mundane things. What are they betting on? Bragging rights, specifically the kind that let you act like a total jerk. Later they move to reverse bragging rights, meaning you need to shower the winner with praise.
- On Arthur D.W. beats her brother at checkers and starts singing and dancing about "I was checker champ, and Arthur checker chump!" — for an entire year.