adasdad on Jun 1st 2012 at 5:43:31 PM
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CaptainJJC on Feb 17th 2018 at 1:56:14 PM
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A counterpart of Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: this is someone who's known for his speed (whether running or driving) characterized as having big ego. Expect him to claim that nobody can defeat him in speed, and lots of Too Slow taunts.
This is sometimes due to the temporal difference in how different characters interact - depending on how the power works from the speedster's viewpoint anyone without the power comes across as so incredibly slow (and by extension stupid) that the speedster often lacks the patience to deal with them making them seem arrogant and condescending.
Compare Insufferable Genius for this with "genius" as their ego ticket.
- Kantai Collection: Shimakaze fancies herself as the fastest ship girl in the fleet and as such is pretty hyper and cocky.
- Speed of Sound Sonic in One-Punch Man is very proud of his speed and skills, which are indeed miles above the average human. Unfortunately, he's resolved that he'll defeat Saitama one day, which always ends very badly for him (he's repeatedly and accidentally on the receiving end of a Groin Attack, while Saitama has no idea who he is).
- Quicksilver is one of the fastest in the Marvel Universe and he is very annoyed by everyone around him. He explains this once, saying that to him everyone else is moving very slowly including their thought processes. Picture having to wait in a slow-moving line for hours for something mundane. That's what every single second is like for him.
Films — Animated
- Lightning McQueen from Cars at first is characterized as this: an impulsive, cocky race car who wins the Piston Cup. Much of his character arc is about him slowly turning into a more humble person from his experiences at Radiator Springs, and learning that winning and fame aren't everything.
- Dash of The Incredibles believes the main advantage of his Super Speed is that it makes him special, and prides on using it to fool his teacher and win races. He's also the most vain of the Incredibles when it comes to clothing, and takes more joy in defeating Syndrome's Mooks than any of the others.
- Kung Fu Panda: In the short Secrets of the Furious Five, Po tells the story about how Mantis used to be - a cocky, impatient and brash person who, because of his agility, always rushes things and thinks that everything else around him is so slow. Then, because he was captured by [some bad guys] and imprisoned, he's forced to learn patience - to wait for the right time to escape. And his efforts bear fruit later.
- The hare who races the tortoise in the Aesop's Fables is a Smug Snake, cocksure that his lapine speed guarantees his triumph. His overconfidence causes the hare to lollygag during the race, allowing the Determinator tortoise to win.
- Brianna from Gone. ZCE
- The Iliad describes Achilles as an extremely fast runner. He also has a distinct It's All About Me attitude, allowing scores of his allies to die because he couldn't have things his own way. That makes this trope Older Than Feudalism.
- Lapine genesis is discussed in Richard Adams's Watership Down, wherein the first rabbit sired so many progeny that the Earth was overgrazed. When the almighty Frith admonished him to control his kin, this rabbit defied God, saying "I cannot control my people. I think that no one can, for my people are the fastest in the world." In consequence, Frith reformed many other animals into predators, bent upon hunting and slaying rabbitkind. This genesis story is faithfully illustrated in the Animated Adaptation by Nepenthe Studios.
- Mr Toad, from The Wind in the Willows, a "boy racer" and a very dangerous driver, whose first reaction after getting out of prison is to get back into his car and drive like a maniac again, having learnt nothing.
- The Scout from Team Fortress 2. Being the fastest runner of the team and has a cocky, Bratty Half-Pint personality.
- Depending on the Writer this applies to the titular character of Sonic the Hedgehog. He was conceived as a rude, edgy character but Sega of America asked for that to be toned down. This caused Sonic to have two canon personalities: his westernized personality and his Japanese personality. In Japan, Sonic defies this trope—he's so confident that he's incredibly laidback and is very nice. Outside of Japan (and even in Japan in one case), Sonic was a badbutt Mascot with Attitude. The latter personality died out when Sonic Adventure began using the Japanese personality worldwide, however it was brought back starting with Sonic Colors. While not Totally Radical anymore, Sonic has a bit of his ol' cocky attitude again.
- Mercury in Smite is a very cocky God that boasts about his speed and quickness and usually acts in a braggart fashion about it. His gameplay revolve around using his super speed to take down Gods quickly.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Rainbow Dash is one of the fastest fliers in the world (if not the fastest). She isn't modest about this in the slightest.
Rainbow Dash: There's no need to go struttin' around and showin' off like that.Trixie: Oh?Rainbow Dash: That's my job!
- Speedy Gonzales is a downplayed case, like most of the Looney Tunes protagonists, he has a highly confident and sometimes outright smug side, but otherwise is an altruistic good-natured little guy. Granted the one time Speedy lost a short was due to showing off.
- Steven Universe: Kevin loves to race his fancy sports car and gloat when he wins. He is so egocentric that he falls apart when Steven and Connie stop caring about losing a race to him, since he can't comprehend them not caring what he thinks of them.
- Kid Flash from Teen Titans can use his super speed to defeat legions of villains more easily than any other hero, and he knows it. This is made clear in his debut episode, where he is fully capable of stopping the HIVE Five any time he wants, but deliberately waits until the moment they think they've pulled off a heist to zip by and take away whatever they've stolen. He goes so far as to flirt with the Five's leader while trying to avoid being murdered by them.
- Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner has the latter, an invisibly fast bird who Coyote just can't keep up with. The cocky part comes into play when the Roadrunner deliberately turns the Coyote's traps around not to stop the Coyote, but to humiliate him in the most exaggerated ways.
- Young Justice: Kid Flash, like his Teen Titans iteration, has aspects of this, crossed with Insufferable Genius due to being both a super-speedster and a science prodigy. His bravado is definitely masking some insecurities, however.
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