Playing With / Scrub

Basic Trope: Somebody tries to ban (most/all) strategies they don't use and don't approve of, especially when those tactics defeat them.
  • Straight: Alex and BobR4nkDeity are playing Generic Fighter II. Alex plays as Daniel, and defeats BRD, who is playing as Charlie. BRD calls Daniel a Game-Breaker.
  • Exaggerated: BRD is playing badly as Charlie. Alex defeats him with Daniel, Eric, Frank, and even Gloria, the Ms. Fanservice Joke Character. BRD furiously accuses Alex of abusing glitches, and Rage Quits.
  • Downplayed: BRD only bans Daniel. Alex sighs and agrees.
  • Justified: Daniel really is a little too fast.
  • Inverted:
    • BRD really wants to get better at the game, and encourages Alex to play as Xeno, the playable version of the game's SNK Boss, despite his hefty advantage.
    • BRD bans the use of the Joke Character, even though he hasn't lost against it, just because he thinks the game is Serious Business.
  • Subverted: BRD only bans characters on the game's official ban list...
  • Double Subverted: ...which he typed out himself and printed off ten minutes before Alex came over.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: BRD only bans characters on the game's official ban list... which he typed out himself and printed off ten minutes before Alex came over. However, he'd typed it out from his best memory of it, and the retyping is accurate. To an old and outdated version of the ban list. BRD didn't use the latest banlist (freely available on the internet) because it banned Charlie and unbanned Daniel.
  • Averted: Alex plays against BRD according to the game's programmed rules.
  • Enforced: "We want to show how annoying online players can be. Let's make him a sore loser when they play video games."
  • Lampshaded: "So every character you lose to is a Game-Breaker now?"
  • Invoked: BRD wants to impress his girlfriend with his "leet skillz". But BRD knows that Alex always wins when he plays as Daniel. So BRD tries to ban Daniel to try to save face.
  • Exploited: Alex taunts BRD into playing a Mirror Match with two Daniels. Alex wins because of his practice.
  • Defied: Alex tells BRD to shove his ban-list and his whining, or he won't play.
  • Discussed: "Wow, Bob, you're really starting to sound like a scrub now."
  • Conversed: "Does this Rank Deity guy have Sore Loser written all over him, or what?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alex continues to defeat BRD, even when using characters BRD thinks are fair, including winning in several Mirror Match rounds. Bob himself realizes his (lack of) skill is at fault, not Game-Breaker characters, and either works hard to improve, or gives up Generic Fighter II.
    • Alex stops playing against BRD due to the drama which breaks out every time they compete; he gets sick of BRD's Sore Loser, Complacent Gaming Syndrome, Small Name, Big Ego, and Jerkass attitude.
  • Reconstructed:
    • BRD works hard to improve... against AI opponents. When BRD thinks he's good enough, he invites Alex over for a rematch. Alex quickly finds and uses a counter-strategy to BRD's new strategy... which BRD quickly begins calling overpowered.
    • Alex grows to miss playing Generic Fighter II against BRD, and agrees to some of Bob's house rules so that they can play together again. Within minutes, Bob's pushing his house rules further and further.
  • Played For Laughs: The Exaggerated scenario above happens. Wimp Fight ensues... and BRD claims that Alex's hair pulling is a Game-Breaker.
  • Played For Drama: Generic Fighter II is Serious Business to BRD, and he tells himself constantly he can't afford to lose to Alex any more, while trying harder and harder to force his house rules onto Alex. The stress threatens their friendship, as Alex threatens Bob's personal view of himself as the greatest Generic Fighter II player in the 'hood, and Alex is getting pretty sick of BRD's attitude.

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