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Yeah, Batman lost, fair and square.

Hobbes: Look, it's just a game.
Calvin: (after throwing a gigantic temper tantrum over losing a checkers game) I know. You should see me when I lose in real life!

There are many ways of taking a loss. Alice, for example, will admit defeat and might even compliment the one who bested them. Bob, however.... won't.

The Sore Loser is a character who takes defeat very ungraciously, no matter what kind of defeat it was. Unlike his graceful counterpart, Bob will get very snippy and bad-tempered, insult his opponent, accuse him of cheating, rant about his "superior skills" and, in some extreme cases, even try to physically assault his rival or kill him (Although sometimes they end up humiliated even further). Depending on the setting, he could do things like Flipping the Table, throw away the cards he was using, angrily swipe all the remaining pieces from the chessboard, and so on. In a fighting series, Bob will usually lose his calm behavior, resort to cheap tricks in order to win, adopt a more ruthless and brutal strategy, or unleash a Dangerous Forbidden Technique just to have a chance. Storming off in a huff is also an alternative. Many Dirty Cowards may also be this, as them losing usually means death in lethal situations.


Of course, if Bob's opponent Carol engages in Unsportsmanlike Gloating, she's basically giving Bob free license to react however he likes. The winner's reaction is a good way of telling who the sympathetic character is supposed to be in this exchange. That being said, the character engaging in Unsportsmanlike Gloating is often also the Sore Loser, ungracious in both victory and defeat.

This trope is often the launching pad for Villainous Breakdown, attempted "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and, in some extreme cases, One-Winged Angel. If I Can't Have You... could be considered as the romantic version of this trope. A person nervous about possible harm from winning against this type of person may decide to Let the Bully Win.

A Sister Trope to Second Place Is for Losers (and usually overlaps unless it's not the loser that thinks this), and Unsportsmanlike Gloating (being a sore winner).


Compare Rage Quit, Defiant to the End, Taking You with Me, Never My Fault, Post-Game Retaliation. Contrast Graceful Loser, Touché. If you were looking for a loser who frequently feels sore physically that's The Chew Toy.


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  • This commercial has a witch doctor shrink a guy's head for beating him at Dr. Mario.
  • Some Uber Eats commercials have Patrick Stewart and Mark Hamill gaming against each other. Neither one takes losing very well.
    [playing Connect-4]
    Hamill: I win again, Patrick.
    Stewart: [slams his fists on the table] That's Sir Patrick.
    Hamill: [mockingly] Oooooooh! Sir!

    [playing air hockey]
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    Anime & Manga 
  • Naruto:
    • Gaara in the first part of Naruto start as cool and stern in battle, as virtually nothing can harm him. As Lee (and later Sasuke) start breaking through his defense, he reacts badly (namely, he ends up crushing Lee's legs and in the second battle starts turning in the Shukaku demon).
    • Madara. Just Madara. His fighting style is based on making up an incredibly broken defense or attack system against his opponents and when they manage to overcome it due to hard work and strategy, he pulls out an even more broken technique. A big part of the series is due to Madara not being able to cope with Hashirama beating him in everything.
  • Several villains from One Piece, but Don Krieg takes the cake: being pummeled several times in a row and slammed head-first in a ship didn't stop him from throwing a fierce rant about how he was supposed to be the stronger... then Gin stops him by knocking him out.
    • Zoro was like this when he was a kid, getting very annoyed when Kuina would beat him every time. Actually he's still technically a sore loser as an adult (of sorts) given the only time we see him cry is when he loses to Mihawk and tearfully vows he'll never lose again (a declaration he couldn't keep as Arlong kicked his ass in the next arc). Of course, it's justified as he swore to the memory of Kuina he would beat Mihawk and become the greatest swordsman and would naturally be upset that he fell short as well as believing he had disappointed Luffy by losing (which isn't true).
      • Zoro still doesn't take defeat well at all, he was extremely embarrassed that the Mooks of Thriller Bark were able to capture him and he absolutely cannot stand Sanji doing better than him or receiving more credit than he does. A good example is in Little Garden where Zoro had a hunting competition with Sanji who killed a T-Rex bigger than the Triceratops Zoro had caught causing Zoro to demand they go hunting again saying the hunt was about weight, not size.
    • Sanji has his moments; he sulked when Zoro got a bounty before him and Usopp ended up in the picture; Sanji also especially hates it when other men have better luck with women he than he does e.g Luffy going to Amazon Lily and Momonosuke getting special treatment despite being a Dirty Kid.
    • After Luffy wins the final round, Foxy goes to shake his hand in a moment of good sportsmanship. The second Luffy takes it, he tries to do an overhead throw. It fails due to Luffy's rubber body and Foxy ends up falling flat on his face.
    • Law has this reaction when he fails to kill Doflamingo and Luffy has to step up to the plate, considering how Doflamingo killed Corazon who was basically the closest thing Law had to a loved one after his parents and little sister were killed... it's no wonder he'd be upset over being unable to kill Doffy himself.
    • Vinsmoke Yonji always had the luxury of being genetically superior to his brother Sanji who he beat on regularly as a child, so it came as a shock to Yonji after meeting his brother years later that Sanji was much stronger and promptly handed his ass to him. Needlessly to say Yonji didn't take it well.
  • Villains in Dragon Ball are particularly poor losers. While they are still on the winning hand, they are prone to Evil Gloating and other unsportsmanlike behavior. However, when they realize they can't win, they almost always suffer a Villainous Breakdown and are prone to trying to blow up the planet they're currently on, just because they can't accept defeat. Specific examples include:
    • After Vegeta loses his cool after being injured twice in a row by Goku's Kaioken attack, he decides to blow the Earth up (what he came to do in the first place) with his Galick Gun.
    • When Frieza realizes he is outmatched by Super Saiyan Goku in every way, he blows up the core of planet Namek, setting off a countdown that will eventually destroy the planet itself. Also, the thought of losing to a Saiyan 'monkey' angers him so much that he attacked Goku from behind, after being bisected, right after Goku prevented him from dying by transferring some of his life energy to Frieza.
    • Cell arguably takes losing even worse than Frieza; whereas Frieza deliberately held back to delay Namek's explosion so he'd have time to escape, Cell fully intended to die in his own blast as long as Gohan wouldn't win.
    • This becomes downright ridiculous when it turns out that the supposed God of Destruction, Beerus, reduced King Kai's planet to its current size just because he lost to him in a video game.
    • Frieza does this again in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and its Super adaptation when he realizes he can't win. He actually successfully destroys the Earth, but this being Dragon Ball, it gets undone pretty quickly.
    • Champa does not take his team's losses well. Every time the opposing team manages to gain the upper hand and defeat his team, he quickly whines and throws a temper tantrum at it. And when his entire team loses (or in one case, forfeits), he decides to murder his entire team for the crime of "dragging his name through the mud." Fortunately, Zen'o's arrival prevents Champa from doing just that.
    • Zamasu takes losing a sparring match to Goku extremely poorly and uses it as a justification to hate mortals even more. Future Zamasu even wants to kill Goku personally because he's apparently still bitter about it. His present counterpart’s Alternate Self, Goku Black, even took Goku’s body and killed him primarily because of this, then butchered his family just as a final, immature act of revenge.
    • When Jiren gets overpowered by Goku's Mastered Ultra Instinct form, he attempts to murder his friends sitting on the elimination bench out of pure spite and rage (along with his own teammates, too). This makes an already uneven battle against Goku even more brutally one-sided, as he viciously beats the stuffing out of Jiren.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood: After making Jonathan Joestar's life a living hell since the literal minute he arrived, as well as stealing his love interest Elina's first kiss, Dio Brando gets the ass kicking of his life when Jonathan finally reaches his Rage Breaking Point. To say Dio took the loss poorly would be putting it lightly - he pulls out a knife on Johnathan, and only George Joestar's intervention stopped Dio from seriously injuring or killing him. Later, he ties up and stuffs Jonathan's dog Danny in a furnace, with him unknowingly burned alive by a butler. This was Dio at his most sane, by the way.
  • The original Yu-Gi-Oh! had plenty:
    • Seto Kaiba's rivalry with Yugi all comes down to one loss from a guy who really hates to lose. Originally, he tore Solomon Mouto's copy of Blue Eyes in half just to spite Yugi into a rematch (there were only four copies of that card in the anime world, and at most three at a time are allowed in a deck). It was worse in the manga, where he actually spent a billion yen to build Death-T, an amusement park deathtrap that he hoped would cumulate into a rematch where he disposed of Yugi personally. He lost again and gets a Mind Crush for all of his troubles. By the time of The Movie The Dark Side Of Dimensions he's so obsessed with getting just one more rematch after several times he's lost that he creates a machine that allows him to chase the Pharaoh Atem to the afterlife just to challenge him yet again.
    • Panik was worse. A duelist who uses a great deal of intimidation, his reaction to losing was to attack Yugi with a flamethrower. Fortunately, his Puzzle protected him (and probably prevented a wildfire, when you think about it).
    • Bandit Keith too. "No one beats Bandit Keith." (In fact, he's such a sore loser that, in his anger, he slips up and says too much, letting everyone know he stole Jonouchi's tournament card. And this is before he threatens Pegasus with a gun unless he gives up his prize money.)
    • And of course, Gozaburo Kaiba, the Big Bad of the Virtual Nightmare Arc. After being beaten by Seto at the finale of the arc, he refuses to accept defeat and tries to renege on their agreement.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's:
    • And there was Takasu from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. Sadly, this was far from the worst thing about him. (You have to be a pretty big scumbag for the Big Bad to side with the hero and fire you, but that's what happened to Takasu.)
    • Ushio was so upset about the first two times he lost to Yusei, that the third time they dueled when it became obvious he was about to lose again, he resorted to the most obvious of cheating methods to take his opponent out - ramming him with his D-Wheel. Fortunately, this time Yusei had Saiga to help him, and he was able to finish him off again. (Ushio still wouldn't accept defeat, and tried to challenge him a fourth time later, only to be stopped by a direct order from Rex Godwin's henchman Jeagar, who had different plans.)
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga, there are a few cases.
    • Seika becomes very upset when she ties with Asuka in the Miss Duel Academy pageant because Judai didn't cast his vote. After a fair amount of negotiation, Judai decides to duel Asuka, and while she loses, which would result in Seika's victory, Seika realizes that the entire school is on Asuka's side and reluctantly withdraws. She decides to rededicate herself to dueling after that and faces Judai in the quarterfinals of the school tournament, but loses. When he tells her dueling is supposed to be fun, she scoffs at it and storms off.
    • Amon Garam also takes his loss against Asuka and Misawa in his tag duel alongside Johan, as well as his subsequent loss against Judai poorly. In his case, however, he and the other American students were offered the chance to become pros if they won against the Japanese students, and given that he wants to pay for his brother's healthcare, his frustration is understandable.
  • Shinji Weber of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. He was using his duels in the Tournament Arc to provoke the Commons into rebelling against the Tops, with him as their hope. When Yuya beats him, Shinji realizes his revolution has died before even getting started, he snaps and is shown to be pretty bitter over it. When the Tops-aligned Roget comes to congratulate Yuya, he continually calls Yuya a traitor to the Commons. He even tries to have the match overruled by claiming the duel was rigged, despite the fact that, if the duel was rigged, he'd have to be in on it for the plan to work. His last interaction with Yuya before he's pulled away is a declaration that he will get revenge.
  • Lightning in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. Combined with his Inferiority Superiority Complex, he believes he's above humanity and refuses to accept an outright defeat from Revolver, instead opting to take his opponent down with him and at the same time barely hang on with 1 LP since he converted part of Jin's consciousness data into extra LP to keep himself in the game.
  • Pokémon:
    • Ash Ketchum acts like this in the episode "Brave the Wave." He was acting all high and mighty and got too carried away until he challenged Brawly in a gym battle and lost. When Brock tries to advise Ash about how wrong he was to force Treecko to fight, Ash angrily tells Brock to shut up. He does eventually feel guilty about forcing Treecko to battle, accepts his loss, and ends up beating Brawly in a rematch.
      • It's downplayed in his first major League loss after he lost his top 16 match to Ritchie. He wasn't upset that Ritchie beat him so much as he was that he got eliminated after coming so far (Team Rocket kidnapping him and forcing him to fight under a handicap didn't help matters). His friends called him out on this attitude, noting he had mostly been scooting by on just pure luck alone, and his attempts to battle with his particularly stubborn and disobedient Charizard as a last-ditch effort showed how little time he took in trying to get the big lug back to helping him. Later Leagues show him as getting visibly crushed upon defeat, but he doesn't take the losses nearly as hard, and is respectful enough to congratulate those who defeated him. This wasn't the case in Alola at all, since HE won that League!
    • While Max isn't a direct example, he acts like one when his dad lost the gym battle with Ash. He got so upset with his father losing that he angrily snatches Ash's badge away.
    • Paul from the Diamond and Pearl arc blames his Pokémon for being weak whenever he loses a battle. This is despite him saying that it’s usually the trainer’s fault for being weak.
    • Georgia the Dragon Buster from Best Wishes is very good at coming up with excuses as to why one of her Pokémon lost a battle. Usually, it's along the lines of: The Battle Didn't Count if she wasn't beaten by a Dragon-type Pokémon. Iris calls her a kid as a result. Although at least once she had a point: in one battle she went up against and lost to Iris's Dragonite, which Iris hadn't trained yet and spent the battle pointedly ignoring every order she gave it; Georgia informs Iris that the match didn't count because she was beaten by Dragonite, not Iris.
    • Dragonite is little better. It's notable that in a species known for being peaceful by nature, Iris' Dragonite is a raging berserker even when he's not losing. Put on the ropes by Ash's Krookodile, Dragonite throws a violent tantrum and starts demolishing the arena, screaming at the top of his lungs.
    • Every time a member of Team Rocket (mainly Jessie) loses or is disqualified from the competition of the day, they would interrupt said competition and steal the main prize, winner, and/or Pikachu in retaliation. Guilt by Association will always be at play if any of the other members (often James) is shown to be a fair-played Graceful Loser. The only reason why they don't have lifetimes bans from all events is that Status Quo Is God.
  • Ichijo Ranko and Close in Go! Princess Pretty Cure both go under here, for Ichijo refuses to let Kirara stop her from her dream of becoming a teen idol and Close can't stand it when the heroines defeat his monsters, which evenly led to his death.
  • The usually cold and confident Ryuugo Daimaru from Gamaran goes apeshit on his brother Sakon when he's incapacitated in battle. It bites him in the ass later when an enraged and crazy Sakon tears his spine out.
  • Clotho Bauer and Muruta Azrael of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED are a dark take on this trope. The former's a Sociopathic Soldier who views fighting as a game, and in his own words, hates to lose. The latter's a Corrupt Corporate Executive who knows real people are dying but honestly, couldn't care less, and sees the entire thing in terms of winning and losing. Azrael actually dies while ranting about how "I can still win. I always win!"
  • Paptimus Scirocco from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam ain't much better. The last thing he does as he dies is to use his powers to Mind Rape The Hero into a coma, though given that said hero just killed him in nightmarish fashion, it's a little understandable.
  • Kei Karima in Gundam Build Fighters Try acts like this in the final episode when he finds out that his Rafflesia didn't win the Meijin Cup and attempted to attack everyone in the battle royale with Bugs.
    • Earlier in that episode, it's Minato who acts like this when he loses the Meijin Cup Open Circuit by disqualification. Meijin Kawaguchi (the judge) blasts Minato out in front of the entire audience for building a model based on another person without getting her permission, especially since the girl in question clearly doesn't appreciate the attention and is utterly mortified. Minato really doesn't care and challenges Yuuma (his rival, who won the Meijin Cup instead) to a battle then and there.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Flare Corona from Fairy Tail. As soon as she realized that her opponent was actually beating her, she used her hair to threaten a 6-year old girl in the audience to force her opponent to step down and let herself take a beating. Granted, she was also scared shitless of what her leader Alexi would do to her if she lost too.
    • Later, Orga Nanagear, who's the only participant to Pandaemonium other than Obra who doesn't compliment Erza for her victory.
    • The Sabertooth guild leader, Jinemma, is an especially notable example. He won't accept anything less than absolute victory, so when Yukino loses to Kagura, he instantly humiliates her by causing her to strip naked in front of the guild members before kicking her out. Later when Sting and Rouge single-handily lose to Natsu, he beats them senseless then tries to kill Sting's exceed friend, Lector, when he tries to defend him. He gets a hole in his mid-section by Sting in retaliation for his trouble. But the real kicker comes an arc later when he shows up transformed into a demon by Tartaus (which he accepted willingly unlike his daughter Minerva who had to have it forced on her) just to take revenge on Sting and Rogue for daring to change his guild from a Social Darwinist mindset to True Companions. By this point, Sting and Rogue are both sick of his crap and take him down together.
    • Minerva, Jinemma's daughter, clearly gets this from him - after losing to Erza at the Grand Magic Games, she goes off the deep end, joins a Dark Guild, and seeks to beat Erza almost no matter how she has to do it.
  • Livebearer from Toriko. Even more so because he was actually cheating all the time. Earlier there was Bei, who got childishly angry over Toriko destroying his battle robot.
  • Nanamine of Bakuman。, once his plans go wrong, has one Villainous Breakdown after another. This is especially true when he fails his second attempt to launch a series and, as part of the deal with the editors, is banned from working for Shonen Jump.
  • March Comes in Like a Lion has two cases of this, one done for humor and the other done for drama.
    • One of Rei's opponents, Matsunaga, slams his captured shogi pieces on the board in irritation after he's forced to admit defeat.
    • Whenever Yasui loses a shogi match, he gets himself drunk and gambles.
  • Anchovy of Anzio Academy in Girls und Panzer (only in manga) reacts to her defeat poorly, whereas even Katyusha was a Graceful Loser. After the match, Anchovy goes up to Miho, angrily protesting that she doesn't accept Miho's way of tankery, and bringing up the time when Miho abandoned the flag tank to save some of her teammates from drowning, resulting in her old school losing the championship.
  • In Saki, most of the mahjong players take their defeat relatively gracefully, even if, in the company of their friends and teammates, they indicate that they're quite disappointed or upset. Two of Kiyosumi's rivals from the first round of the prefectural tournament, however, steal Nodoka's penguin Etopen in revenge for their defeat but are caught, and accidentally leave the penguin behind. They end up seeing the error of their ways, and while their attempt to rectify their mistake ends up doing more harm than good, they end up rooting for Kiyosumi. Momo is a variation, as she's not that upset about her failure to secure first place for her school, but bears a grudge against Saki for defeating her friend and senpai, Yumi.
    • This is a core part of Saki's own backstory. Her family were major Mahjong players but were both sore winners and sore losers. Saki's defense against this was to develop an ability to always break even in her score, losing on purpose.
  • School Rumble: Asou was one of the few students to not be intimidated by Mikoto's height and athleticism and even dated her, but he broke up with her a short time afterward. When her friend, Eri, asked her about it, Mikoto said she didn't know the reason herself. All she knew was, Asou stopped talking to her after she beat him at a couple of arcade games.
  • Love Machine from Summer Wars is a real Jerkass and an in-universe example of The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard. It plots to direct a falling satellite onto a nuclear reactor until the Jinnochis beat it at a hanafuda game, then it decides to drop the satellite on her house.
  • My Monster Secret: The future version of Mikan seems to be like this, encouraging her past self to be more proactive in trying to win the heart of the protagonist that he picks her instead of one of the other girls. It's subverted and becomes Heartwarming in Hindsight when it's revealed that future Mikan is actually trying to avert a Bad Future where Asahi ends up living his life alone and heartbroken.
  • Ben-To: Sen of all people. After losing three times in a row in Virtua Fighter, she responds by chucking the Sega Saturn out of the window.
  • Soma Yukihira, the protagonist of Food Wars!, is an interesting case, as he manages to be both this and Graceful Loser at the same time. On one hand, Soma's a good sport and not one to linger for too long on his losses. On the other hand, he openly admits he hates to lose and has a tendency to vent his frustration on his dishes, and he uses any loss as an opportunity to improve himself. The housekeeper of his dormitory at one point calls him "the ultimate sore loser".
  • Most of the important fighters in Fist of the North Star are either incredulous at being killed by Kenshiro or graceful in death. Then there's Jagi, who goes from boasting on how he's going to murder Ken to express fear to downright having the guts to call him a coward and a sadist as he's delivering justice to him.
  • Yuno from Black Clover hates losing and describes himself as a really bad loser, so much that he gains some control of Sylph's power out of frustration for being on the losing side. Yuno says that he's completely fine as he sweats excessively when Leopold heats the hot springs to melt his cool off, then cheating by cooling himself off with wind.
  • Assassination Classroom: Chairman Asano. And in the worst way imaginable. As told by the man himself, in the past he attended a karate class and was soundly trounced during a spare match by the sensei. The pain and humiliation at such crushing defeat drove him insane and he spent the rest of the class analyzing every move of the teacher to device a successful retaliation. The next class, Asano delivered a decisive defeat to the teacher. This became part of the foundation of his pedagogy: to make his students think that losing is a Fate Worse than Death so they will avoid failure by any means necessary. He created Class E for this purpose: to show everybody what happens to the people that are labeled "failures" by the system.
    • His son Gakushu takes after his father and unlike him, Gakushu will make very clear his dissatisfaction, best shown in the aftermath of his defeat at the School Festival where he the hypocritically accused Class E of cheating despite Gakushu bringing five Foreign students to bolster his team for the contest.

    Comic Books 
  • Most The DCU and Marvel Universe supervillains don't take defeat well at all, Spider-Man and Batman's villains are particularly bad with foes like The Joker and Green Goblin likely to Rage Quit if they fail to destroy/convert their respective Arch-Enemy. Subverted in the fact there are a few honorable foes such as Thanos or Dr. Doom who considered the heroes Worthy Opponent(s) and even subconsciously give the heroes to a chance to win. Though there still rather frequently appearing Jerkass like Lex Luthor who absolutely refuses to accept to defeat or give into the hero benevolence often leading to Villainous Breakdown.
    • The Pre-Crisis version of Odin was infuriated Wonder Woman lead a contingent of Amazons that defeated him and his Valkyries, who were aiding the Axis Powers during WWII. After his second defeat at her hands, the shame of it actually drove him to suicide.
  • In an issue of Betty and Veronica, Veronica double subverts this by wanting to show what a good loser she is in the Beauty Contest, but then shoves the trophy in Betty's face. For Veronica, that's pretty well par for the course.
  • In Tintin album "The Broken Ear", General Alcazar, upon receiving a Surprise Checkmate from Tintin, thunders, "¡Mil millón bombas! You dare to beat me, your general?" and fires his pistol several times in Tintin's direction. However, this causes no harm because, as he proceeds to explain, "my gun's always loaded with blanks."
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman: In "Wonder World" the bully says he'll give Diana the shirt off his back if she beats him in addition to letting Riley and her friends play "Dance Dance Retribution" which the bully has been monopolizing for the evening. After he gets distracted and falls, and angrily gives her his shirt as per their accord, he goes and finds a cop and tells the officer that Diana attacked him and stole his shirt.
  • Ultimate X-Men: In the first arc, the X-Men foil Magneto's plot to have Sentinels level Washington, D.C. His response? Use his powers to set off all the US's nukes, preferring to burn the world to the ground rather than let mankind keep living.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield: Jon reading this letter from his brother: "Maddie Ferguson's pie took first place at the fair so Mom burned her barn down".
  • Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes provides the page quote. When Hobbes tells him that it's just a game, he cheerfully responds "I know. You should see me when I lose in real life!" And he was. When the traffic safety poster he designed for a school contest (which everyone but him knew would lose, given as it was a gory picture with the slogan "Be Careful or be Roadkill") lost to Suzie, he claimed the contest was rigged.
  • FoxTrot:
    • Jason is this whenever he is outmatched by Eileen (which tends to be all the time, seeing as he often goes to ridiculous lengths to outdo her and sabotages his own efforts).
    • Also, Roger is one every time Andy beats him at chess or golf, which is all the time because he stinks at both. Ironically, Andy hates playing him at both (partially because he's a Sore Loser, but also because he's obsessed.) Even more ironic, Andy was a Sore Loser at chess in the very first strip, telling Roger he was sleeping on the couch after he checkmated her. (Although, future strips would show he's a sore winner too.)
  • Peanuts:
    • In one Sunday strip, after Lucy strikes out while playing baseball, she says she deserves four strikes because she's a girl. They give her one, but she misses again. Then she says she should get five because she was sick yesterday. Again, they give her one, but she misses again. Then she smarmily says she should get six because she's so cute. But they don't give her one. She storms off saying, "What kind of stupid game is this where you only get six strikes?"
    • Snoopy doesn't mind losing when he plays shortstop, but in one arc where Charlie Brown let him be manager, he threw a fit after losing, taking his anger out - physically that is - on the team and the equipment, then stormed off roaring I hate losing!! (Which is likely why, in the last strip of the arc, he was very eager to relinquish the job back to Charlie Brown.)
  • In The Wizard of Id, the king really hates to lose at Monopoly...
  • In Blondie, Dagwood has been known to be angry at Herb for weeks after losing badly to him at bowling, golf, pool, or anything else; Herb is no better.

    Fan Works 
  • In A New Chance For Adventure after being thoroughly and soundly defeated by Ash and his Pokemon, and facing arrest for his poaching activities, Rico tries to knife attack Ash. But with Pikachu nearby that works about as well as one could expect.
  • Sharing Thoughts has Shampoo accidentally remove herself from the "fiancee wars" after getting some of her potions mixed up. Since Cologne can no longer bring Ranma into her tribe through her, she isn't happy when she goes to inform Ranma and Akane of the situation:
    Cologne: Please try not to gloat, or I just may kill you myself.
  • The Second Try: When she was again defeated by Bardiel, Asuka was sore, moody, and irritable for several days.
    "I still can't believe I lost again!" the redhead mumbled out of the blue.
    "Asuka, we're alone." Shinji yawned. "Misato left while you were taking a shower."
    "So what?"
    He gave her a curious look. It had been a while since he had seen her grumpy like this, at least without just acting it. "You're not saying that you still take something like that so personally, are you?"
    "And what if I do?" she grumbled and rolled on her side, turning away from him.
    "Oh, Asuka..." He chuckled at her behavior. For someone who had always thought of herself as mature, she sure had kept some childish attitudes even after actually going through adulthood. At least that's what he hoped it was...
  • In Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion, Suzaku is one of these in spades.
  • In the crossover Fan Fic Soul Chess, Lelouch accuses Aizen of being one after he is defeated during their final confrontation and about to be sent back to the ninth circle of Hell when he reveals that he rigged his floating palace so it would blow up in the event of his defeat and take out the Soul King anyway.
  • In contrast to most of the other Gym Leaders Ash faces in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, the Sensational Sisters grow increasingly angry as they fail to defeat Ash's Pokémon. After they lose, they continue to scream in rage as they're getting dragged away by the authorities.
  • Discussed in Ambience: A Fleet Symphony chapter 270. When an American asks Kikuzuki why she can't let go of her hatred of Americans, she retorts that it's easy for Americans to be magnanimous in victory, but they probably wouldn't feel the same way if they had somehow lost the war. Considering works like Red Dawn (1984) that glorify La Résistance fighting on in the face of Invaded States of America, it's hardly an unfounded complaint.
  • In Kara of Rokyn, heel wrestler Jara is defeated by Kara during a no-stakes preliminary match, and spends months hating Kara as well as waiting for another chance to beat her to the ground.
  • In Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness, Yuuka was sorely tempted to rampage after losing to Coop, never mind the fact that doing so would mean an "extermination" of the permanent variety courtesy of Reimu. It's only after receiving some sunflower seeds and learning the truth about the fight's trigger that she calms down enough to leave quietly.
  • Lampshaded in Mia Fey: Ace Attorney – The Fool's Turnabout. When Prosecutor Sae Niijima loses her airtight case against Mia Fey's client, Sae's response is... somewhat overblown. After looking Limp and Livid, she releases an Atomic F-Bomb and slams the prosecution bench repeatedly while grumbling about her setback. Yes, her setback. She hasn't even lost yet and she's already throwing a tantrum since it wasn't the easy win she wanted. She does compose herself at the end of the first trial day, but it's clear that she's miffed about it. When Mia comes across her later that day, she's still taking it personally. She thankfully outgrows this by the time she actually loses the case at the end of the story.
  • Played for Drama in Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail. After Sara and the rest of Chloe's bullying classmates have been publicly exposed as such and are dealing with their various punishments, Sara continues grousing and blaming Chloe for everything. This spurs her to casually insult Chloe while Ash, Serena and his friends are trying to calm down a vengeful Parker who's on the verge of awakening the Unown, with her snippy comment pushing him over the edge.
  • Zig-Zagged in Leave for Mendeleiev. Aurore has some valid reasons to be upset over losing the Weather Girl competition — Chloe bragged about buying votes to ensure she'd lose, but she has no way of proving whether her rigging was enough to skew the results. At the same time, however, she can't help feeling bitter towards Mirielle, having a lot of deeply uncharitable thoughts about how unsuited she is for the position. Aurore recognizes that she's being unfair, and resolves to keep those thoughts to herself... but then notes that if they wind up having to replace the Weather Girl, she fully intends to rub it in Alec's face.

    Films — Animation 
  • Xibalba from The Book of Life, who would rather kill an innocent human than lose a wager. He seems to have ultimately gotten better.
  • Hades in Hercules takes the victories of the titular hero over his monsters badly, and blames Megara for it, since she was the one who encouraged him, taking her soul as a consolation prize.
    "WE WERE SO CLOSE!!!!! So close! But we trip at the finish line! And why? Because that little nut Meg had to go all noble!"
    • Hades becomes even more sore when he realizes, too late, that Hercules' Heroic Sacrifice to save Meg makes him immortal.
  • In 101 Dalmatians, Cruella de Vil takes the constant resistance to claiming the Dalmatian puppies for her fur coat very badly.
  • Metegol: El Grosso never got over the fact he lost a football game back when he was a kid.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • The Equestria Girls version of Rainbow Dash has yet to tone down her sore loser tendencies, rage-quitting a video game she is losing before Applejack can beat her in Rainbow Rocks.
    • In Friendship Games, Abacus Cinch, the principal of Crystal Prep (the rivals to Canterlot High), is so used to winning that she'll take nothing less than a flawless victory. So when her students lose a baking contest in the first act of events, she's more than a little frustrated. Later when Canterlot High wins the second events, she accuses them of cheating because of human world's Twilight's magical amulet going haywire and opening portals to Equestria during the race which she assumed were Canterlot's doing. While she's not wrong to be skeptical, it was clear the protagonists weren't using their powers to cheat and were even trying to save the competitors. What's more, she was more than willing to use said magic power to ensure her students won when she found out Twilight had collected some of it. When all is said and done and the games are declared a tie, Cinch is practically trying to decry that it shouldn't have counted. By this point even her own students are tired of her whining and refuse to support this claim, forcing her to accept the outcome and break her spotless winning streak.
  • The Lion King (1994): A rare non-villainous example. As a cub, Simba tries to pounce on his friend Nala after they get into an argument and she easily beats him. After he pushes her off he glares at her, then tries pouncing her again while she's distracted out of spite. They roll down a hill together with Simba struggling to stay on top, only for Nala to pin him once again and smuggly rub it in his face, with him just glaring up at her.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Death from Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, who keeps demanding rematches every time he loses.
  • In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, after Holmes both figuratively and literally checkmated Moriarty, he responded by threatening to kill Sherlock and Watson and his wife.
  • After Frank wins the first race in Hidalgo, an upper-class snob he raced against whined is a subtler way, by claiming Frank's horse shouldn't be a racehorse because he wasn't a thoroughbred (which turned out not to be a good idea with Frank).
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Obadiah Stain from Iron Man had this reaction upon discovering he couldn't copy Tony's arc reactor, leading to him to rip the reactor out of Tony's chest nearly killing but not before this lovely exchange.
      Obadiah Stane: Here is the technology. I've asked you to simply make it smaller.
      Scientist: All right, sir, that's what we're trying to do, but... honestly, it's impossible.
    • Ivan Vanko aka Whiplash has an interesting variation where despite Iron Man beating his ass, he shouts gleefully as the authorities drag "you lose" . What he means by this is, is by successfully attacking Tony he shown that the eponymous Iron Man is Not So Invincible After All. Whiplash is still a sore loser though, as when Tony and Rhodey beat him in the climax he rigged all his drones to explode and whispering "you lose" echoing back to his line earlier.
  • In A New Hope, Han mentions Wookies tear arms out of sockets when they lose.
  • In Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Natalie Sands is not happy when she loses at the end. Her father quickly tells her to shut up though.
  • In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin finally catches Dr. Evil, who was trying to escape his Underground Lair with Mr. Bigglesworth as the lair was overrun by Austin, Vanessa, and their soldiers, along with Project Vulcan aborted by Austin. In retaliation for thwarting his escape, Dr. Evil then attempts to demoralize Austin by lecturing him on how all the things Austin fought for in the 1960s were now "evil" in the 1990s, and that freedom failed. It doesn't work, and things look hopeless for Dr. Evil. However, Alotta Fagina manages to turn the tables by showing up holding Vanessa as a hostage, which sabotages Austin's chance of bringing Dr. Evil to justice and leads to Dr. Evil's escape following a failed attempt at betrayal by Number Two.
  • In Happy Gilmore, after Happy wins the final tournament, his opponent Shooter McGavin breaks down into a rant about how "impossible" Happy's win is, then steals Happy's Gold Jacket as it's being presented to him. He gets chased down and brutally beaten by Happy's fans for this.
  • In Predator, the Predator himself in the first two films. Upon being defeated, both individuals activate a wrist-mounted nuke and try to take their opponents down with them, the first one giving an Evil Laugh and the second one giving a sarcastic "Shit happens!"
  • In Shortcut to Happiness, the Devil throws an epic hissy fit when the jury finds in Stone's favour and nullifies her contract.
  • Marcus Valorium in Once Upon a Spy. An Evil Genius, he still bears a grudge against Jack Chenault for winning a scientific award they were both nominated for 12 years earlier. According to Valorium, this was the only time he ever lost. After capturing Chenault, he forces Jack's partner Paige Tannehill to run through a Death Course as a way of evening the score.
  • In In China They Eat Dogs, a poker player is seen throughout the film's Framing Device playing against a bartender. The bartender loses every round, much to his chagrin. At the end of the film, the bartender turns out to be a Devil in Disguise. Angry over having repeatedly lost, the devil accuses him of having cheated during the poker game, and based on that, he sentences him to go to Hell. The poker player confusedly protests his innocence as he is dragged off.
  • In Get Out!, the Greater-Scope Villain of the story is the deceased patriarch of the Armitage family, who came to hate black people for their "physical superiority" after he lost a race against Jesse Owens in 1936. So he developed a way to Body Surf and concocted a family scheme to steal the bodies of black people, because he doesn't believe they deserve to be so physically fit. He occupies of the body of the black groundskeeper, Walter, and he dies when the groundskeeper temporarily regains control and shoots himself.
  • Tak Mashido from Real Steel manages the impressive task of being this even when he won. Tak's robot Zeus technically wins against Atom in the finale, but only because he was saved by the bell, and Charlie and Max are content with losing the match if it meant going the distance. But apparently even this is too much of a blow to Tak's massive ego, because he proceeds to throw a massive temper tantrum over the fact that he almost lost, smashing his control console to bits and storming out of the arena in a rage.

  • Shelby and Otto of the H.I.V.E. Series.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire and its TV adaptation, when Ser Gregor Clegane is unhorsed in a tourney, he calls for his sword and proceeds to decapitate his steed and attempt to murder his victorious opponent in full view of the King and his court.
  • Conall Haldane loses an informal archery match to Dhugal McArdry early in The King's Justice and "all but slammed down his bow, though he did manage a stiff little bow of acknowledgment before stalking off sullenly toward the stables". This is noticed and commented upon; Kelson says his cousin "hasn't yet learned the graceful art of losing."
  • In Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Draco Malfoy reacts to his Quidditch team losing by insulting Mrs. Weasley and the late Lily Potter in front of Harry and the Weasley twins, Fred and George. He ends up getting thrashed by Harry (who tries not to get involved until Draco insults Lily) and George for this.
  • In the Star Trek Expanded Universe The Q Continuum trilogy, Q reveals a former acquaintance of his named 0 that is a mass-murdering example of this trope. With powers comparable to the Q, 0 is the one who teaches young Q the value of testing younger races. However, as Q finds out, 0 does not like to have the younger races beat his tests. The first example is when 0 and Q infiltrate the Calamarain society but are discovered and expelled. 0, angry at this, freezes the Calamarain for centuries (if not millennia). This is the reason why they're later pissed off at Q. The second example involves 0 testing the ancient Tkon Empire whose homeworld's star is reaching the end of its life and will go nova within a century or two. Using their advanced technology, the Tkon are building a giant transporter around their star and around a faraway younger star with similar mass. The goal is to swap them. 0 invites three other omnipotent beings (Gorgan, (*), and The One) to help him "test" the Tkon. They end up starting a civil war between the inner and outer planets, but the Tkon manage to come together in the end and complete the project. In a final act of defiance, 0 reaches into the star and turns its fusion Up to Eleven, resulting in a supernova that consumes the system and the surrounding systems, leaving barely anything of the Tkon Empire. The Q Continuum shows up too late to save the Tkon, but they manage to defeat 0 and his cronies.
  • After Prof. St. John-Finnes invites James Bond to play a war game simulation with him in Role of Honour, he is warned that the man is a poor loser. Sure enough, he ends up having a childish tantrum at the end of the game. This trait helps partially in saving the day at the climax, where the professor, enraged by the fact that his plan didn't go as expected, attacks the novel's real Big Bad.
  • When Don Poiteau from The Speed of Dark lost his first fencing tournament, he drank a six-pack, threw up behind a tree, cried, and said it was the worst day of his life.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Cheers, Cliff Clavin appears on Jeopardy! and winds up with a score more than six times that of his trailing opponent at the end of Double Jeopardy!, guaranteeing him a win as long as he doesn't wager too much. Unable to think of the correct answer to Final Jeopardy!, he tries to keep Alex from reading his response. Then Cliff wagers everything on the question being "who are three people who've never been in my kitchen", dropping his score to $0. Immediately following are efforts by Cliff to convince the staff and audience that he was the real winner, including yelling towards a camera.
  • Master Vile from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. How many other Evil Overlords actually throw a childish temper-tantrum after losing? (Berating minions doesn't count?) (Even Prince Sproket - an actual child - never did so.)
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Ser Gregor Clegane, upon losing a joust to Ser Loras, decapitates his own horse and then proceeds to attack the now-unarmed Loras. Right in front of the king and all the joust spectators.
    • Although Loras doesn't do or say anything negative to Brienne after she wins their melee competition, he's shown to be bitter about his defeat when he speaks to Renly in private.
    • Balon bitches and moans incessantly about his losses, even though his belief in the Iron Price means everything he lost was taken fairly because he wasn't strong enough to keep it. He's also fond of referring to northerners as a bunch of soft girly weaklings, even though they've repeatedly whooped his ass and taken his stuff, which should, according to his own fucked up belief system, prove that they're stronger than him.
  • In The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper is established as a rather sore loser. Of course, he's also a rather unpleasant winner.
  • In the Buddy Rich episode of The Muppet Show, the last act was a drum battle between Rich and Animal. After losing to Rich, Animal threw one of his drums at Buddy in a rage. Lampshaded earlier when Rich met Animal backstage;
    Buddy Rich: He looks like a sore loser.
    Floyde: If that chain breaks, you'll be a sore winner!
  • One episode of Taxi starts with Alex telling everyone he won $1,300 from Louie in a bet, and Louie is very, very angry about it. After Louie threatens to fire anyone who laughs at him (they all do anyway) he convinces Alex to go double or nothing on a football game, but later, when Louie gloats about how his team only has to make an easy field goal to win, they botch it, and he now owes Alex $2,600. Later, Louie convinces Alex to go double or nothing again, betting that Tony’s protégé will lose his first match, bringing $5,200 in cash to the stadium to prove he can cover it. Alex accepts after telling Louie off in front of Tony and the protégé in a short "The Reason You Suck" Speech; this proves prophetic because Tony’s student wins via spectacular knockout, humiliating Louie (and adding insult to injury, receives a sweet deal from a boxing syndicate which also gains Tony five grand). In the final scene, Louie storms into the locker room, stuffs the cash into Alex’s pocket, and curses, "Take it and DIE! Die, die, DIE!" before storming off.
  • Goosebumps: In "The Haunted House Game", the two villains refuse to let the two protagonists leave the house even after they won the game fair and square.
  • Little Lunch:
    • Atticus in "The Beep Test", who desperately tries to avoid the test purely so Tamara can't beat him. Once she sprains her ankle, he's totally enthusiastic for it.
    • Debra Jo's also a pretty bad loser, as seen when she calls her mother to get her out of school when Mrs. Goncha holds a spelling test on words she doesn't know.
  • Woe betide he who beats Hank from Corner Gas at golf. He will follow the victor around endlessly while constantly making an obnoxious whining noise.
  • To the Nietzscheans of Andromeda this is a racial trait. However, as Gaheris explains to Dylan, this is because to the Nietzscheans, life is a constant contest, and every instance is far more important than mere life or death. Nietzschean existence is all about proving your genetic superiority so that you will be selected to procreate and perpetuate your genes. Any loss could be the one that makes a potential mate think your genes aren't worthwhile, and any victory could be the one that impresses the person you want to mate with. Therefore, losing is more important than mere life and death.
  • In The Office (UK), Finch has an outright Villainous Breakdown after losing a pub trivia night, invents a "double-or-nothing" kettle-tossing competition, and starts insulting the trivia night's winners after "winning" the kettle-toss.
  • The InBESTigators: Kyle after losing the 100-meter race to another student in "The Case of the Spoiled Sports Day", which sets off an investigation that leads to a cheating conspiracy.
  • Frasier: Frasier himself when he loses something, often obsessing and sulking for days afterwards. Of course, he's insufferable when he wins as well.


    Myths & Religion 
  • Classical Mythology gives us the story of Arachne, a girl who claimed to be a better weaver than Athena and ended up in a contest with the Goddess of Wisdom herself, which ends with Arachne dying and Athena turning her into a spider in order to acknowledge and preserve her exceptional skills. There are many different tellings of the story, but they tend to fall into one of two categories, both of which fit this trope:
    • In versions where Athena wins, Arachne hangs herself in shame, and Athena turns her into a spider out of pity (the noose becoming her web).
    • In versions where Arachne wins, Athena tries to/actually does kill her in a fit of rage but feels remorse and/or shame for her actions and turns her into a spider. It should be noted though that in some of these stories, Athena's rage is arguably well deserved not because she had lost specifically but because Arachne was a poor winner, gloating smugly over her triumph over a Greek deity, any of which tend to be especially famous for responding to any sign of mortal disrespect with immediate and excessive retribution.
  • The Sphinx was an example. After Oedipus solved her riddle, she was so upset that she committed suicide by throwing herself off the cliff she perched on, rather than live with the shame.
    • In Jean Cocteau's The Infernal Machine, a retelling of the legend of Oedipus, the Sphinx is changed to a sympathetic character, and her suicide is not because she's a sore loser. In fact, she would have won the contest, but tells Oedpus the answer to her riddle, simply so she can end her life and be free of the curse that compels her to kill. (And also to make him love her. Unfortunately, he leaves without so much as saying thank you.) The scene ends with Anubis taking her soul to Heaven.
    • In some versions (depends on which adaptation you're reading) the Sirens did the same thing after Odysseus' crew escaped from them. This may be an exaggeration of the original story, however, because their success record wasn't perfect. (Jason and the Argonauts escaped from them as well, though Odysseus was the only one who heard them and lived. Jason and crew survived because Orpheus drowned out their music. Butes, who had really good hearing, also heard them, despite Orpheus' effort, and lived, but he only survived due to literal divine intervention, so it might not have counted.)
  • Athena and Hera supported the Greeks during the Trojan War because they resented prince Paris for choosing Aphrodite over them in the infamous beauty contest.
  • Apollo got into a music contest with a satyr named Marsyas. Apollo played the lute, while Marsyas played the reed pipes. In one version of the myth, Marsyas actually won the first round. Apollo responded by turning his lute upside down and challenging Marsyas to play his instrument upside down as well. Marsyas obviously couldn't do that and thus lost the second round. Apollo then flayed Marsyas alive as payback for daring to challenge him.
  • Thor from Norse Mythology. In one myth he, Loki, and another guy are invited to Utgard (the capital of the giants) and are humiliated in a series of challenges (the giants were cheating by means of concealing the reality and thus sheer difficulty of these challenges). When Thor fails his task (drinking from an apparently bottomless jug) he furiously demands two more chances to prove his power. (Their host complies, delaying the realization the giants are in fact extremely impressed by their guests' feats and the whole thing was just a kind of hazing.)

    Pro Wrestling 
  • A hallmark trope among heels, or the mark of a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Hulk Hogan refused to leave ringside after being eliminated in the 1987 Survivor Series until referees threatened to strip him of the title. He went into histrionics after losing the WWF Championship in 1988, and he illegally eliminated the men who threw him out of the 1989 and 1992 Royal Rumbles, including his then-best friend Sid Justice. In WCW, he spoiled Randy Savage's 1995 World War 3 victory celebration. None of it kept him from portraying an All-American Face.
  • When Bob Backlund returned to the WWF in 1993, he brought up how he never submitted when he lost the WWE World Heavyweight Title in 1983. In 1994, Bret Hart gave him a title shot and defeated him. Afterwards, Bob snapped and locked Bret in a Crossface Chickenwing submission hold. This marked the beginning of the psycho "Mr. Backlund" character.
  • The 1995 Survivor Series. Bret Hart challenged Diesel for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Bret caught Diesel in a surprise pinning combo for the win. Afterwards, Diesel gave him three powerbombs.
  • It's also the most likely reason why WWE squandered valuable time and money making the Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD. Warrior returned to WWE at WrestleMania XII in 1996 and squashed Triple H in around 90 seconds, and HHH never got a return match.
  • In 2005, Chris Hero lost in The Ted Petty Invitational to Arik Cannon and went on the warpath against all things IWA Mid-South, disowning his students, attacking one of his instructors in Ian Rotten, and destroying the Mid-South Heavyweight Championship belt. Also counts as misplaced retribution.
  • Even after Ring of Honor finally got CZW to give up its active campaign against it, Chris Hero continued the attack on the promotion with Claudio Castagnoli. As a result, he was praised by CZW owner John Zandig and eventually awarded a full-time spot on the ROH roster.
  • Presumably why CM Punk attacked Kane with The Undertaker's urn and mocked the Undertaker after he fled.
  • The Shield has shown this after Undertaker defeated Dean Ambrose in a one-on-one match. As soon as Undertaker won, they began beating him up, yelling at him that they still remained undefeated.
  • The Bella Twins after their match against The Funkadactyls. They pulled their switching trick, but the referee had seen this and reversed his decision for the winners. But the twins were not happy and gave the Funkadactyls a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown as a result.
  • The Premier Athlete Brand didn't take their losses too well, except Mr. A's because they began to view him as a failure and purposefully set him up to lose against Moose at EVOLVE 30. But when Trent Baretta lost to Uhaa Nation later on the same show (appropriately titled Baretta vs Nation) they all ran out to attack the victor.
  • Ivelisse Vélez wasn't just sore about losing the SHINE Championship belt to Mia Yim at WWN's China tour, but also threw a temper tantrum about Yim getting what she expected to be her rematch with Nevaeh, who made Ivelisse look bad even though Vélez won the last time they wrestled.
  • Scott Hall is notorious for retaliation on any victor who defeats him by a surprise pin. For instance, while busy taunting the referee has his opponent take advantage of the distraction by coming from behind and makes a successful pin. To no surprise, Hall, with the aid of his comrade, repays by attacking both the winning opponent and the referee.

    Video Games 
  • Street Fighter: While Ryu is the archetypal Spirited Competitor and all-around nice guy... it turns out that deep down, he can't handle losing. In fact, depending on just how badly he starts losing, his desire to win has a high risk of triggering the Satsui no Hado (lit. "the Murderous Intent") that, in normal circumstances, Ryu really doesn't want to tap into. Such as when Sagat bested him and offered what was supposed to have been a friendly hand, to help Ryu back on his feet. His thanks for it? A surprise Metsu Shoryuken that left him scarred for the rest of his life and cost him what should've been his victory, and soon triggered Sagat's temporary Face–Heel Turn into Shadaloo.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Smithy from Super Mario RPG goes berserk upon being defeated in his first form, with his various minions giving futile attempts to calm him down. He ends up destroying the foundation.
    • In Luigi's Mansion, Henry and Orville ask Luigi to play hide and seek with them, while Jarvis challenges him to a game that's sort of like "whack-a-mole". In both cases, if Luigi wins, the ghosts get angry and attack him. (However, this is the only way he can capture them, something which is required to proceed in the case of the twins.)
    • Everybody is a Sore Loser in Mario Strikers. The captains each have special animations of them getting very upset, which plays sometimes when they're losing badly in a match. Special mention goes to Petey Piranha and Princess Daisy, the former of whom decides to attack one of the opposing team's players out of rage and eat them and the latter of whom, well... And then there's Wario, who says "I give up!" before blowing himself up with a bomb.
    • Played for Laughs at the end of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins when Wario is defeated. After Mario trounces him, Wario cries and then throws a shoe at Mario while sticking his tongue out before running away.
    • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! has Wario exclaim that he lost to a bunch of losers should he lose a race. Likewise, Bowser Jr. will have a fit and cry his eyes out if he loses a race.
    • Everyone in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour is a sore loser when they get a bogey or double bogey to such a ridiculous degree, to the point it's actually almost downright depressing to watch with how damn over the top childish they react. Mario of all people throws his hands over his face and starts crying while running around in circles before clumsily falling onto the ground; Luigi takes it really hard and frantically stomps his feet and cries before sighing and utters in disappointment, "I'm a loser..."; Peach and Yoshi literally fall over and faint; Daisy gets extremely mad at herself; Wario grabs a freaking huge rock out of nowhere and throws it in anger only for it to land back onto his head and knock him out cold; Waluigi bawls and collapses to his knees while clawing at the sky in a dramatic fashion that would make Lady McBeth cringe; Birdo stamps her feet in rage; Koopa Troopa hides in his shell in embarrassment; Diddy Kong chants angrily; Bowser collapses to the ground and slams his fist in furious anger; Donkey Kong slams his fists in disappointment; Petey Piranha throws up and pukes... And then there's Bowser Jr., who begins to cry at the top of his lungs and starts throwing a huge screaming and kicking temper tantrum that puts every single other character to shame.
  • Lakhesis in God of War II is at first polite and even flirty towards Kratos. Then the "petulant mortal they were controlling" kick her curvaceous ass, prompting her to become suddenly far harsher.
  • Rothschild in Musashi Samurai Legend: As he pulls a Load-Bearing Boss on Musashi after his defeat.
  • Happens a lot during random competitive encounters in Red Dead Redemption 2. From horse racing to target shooting, if you end up winning, your opponent will most likely take the loss pretty negatively as they storm away claiming you just got lucky. One horse racing encounter in particular has your opponent shoot their own horse in the head just because they lost the race.
  • Masamune Date from Samurai Warriors 1 has this attitude sometimes.
  • Laharl, the protagonist of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, shows up as a Hopeless Boss Fight in Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories. If you do manage to beat him, he's so upset he destroys the world. Now that's sore!
  • The King of Fighters: Rugal Bernstein. Nothing says "Waaah, I can't handle defeat!" like a Villainous Breakdown followed by blowing up your own aircraft carrier with everyone else still on it. One would think that a Blood Knight would enjoy having a strong opponent to face again at a later date...
    • Not to mention that, in most of his later re-appearances in the non-canon games, he does this again every time the player beats him...
    • His son Adelheid takes his own defeats in grace and stride. His daughter Rose, however, is very much an utter sore loser.
    • The "Loveable" Igniz in KOF 2001 won't accept anything less than godhood. Once you beat him, his response is to send the meteor base you're fighting on (long story) crashing into the Earth.
  • In Devil May Cry, after his retreat from your first boss fight with him, Phantom will chase Dante down some incredibly narrow corridors. Even Dante found this to be dickish.
    • In Devil May Cry 3, Beowulf is the only defeated Devil (except for Leviathan) that won't bow to Dante, and he'd rather flee, swearing revenge.
  • In Batman: Arkham Asylum, the Riddler constantly mocks and insults Batman's intelligence as he solves his hidden riddles. However, once Batman completes over half of them, Riddler starts to get angry and accuses him of cheating and looking up the answers online.
  • In Batman: Arkham Knight, Harley is even worse than the Riddler, taking being arrested by Batman with all the dignity of a kindergartner. He has to carry her as she futilely kicks, hits him, and cries like a baby.
  • Razor in 2005's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. It's bad enough that the guy's a cheating bastard who gyps you out of your precious ride at the start of the game by cutting the gas line. Once you rise through the ranks and beat him in a fair race (while he's in your prized ride, no less), the guy tries to sic his cronies on you after you win. Luckily, your female partner who also happens to be an undercover cop is there to prevent this from happening.
  • If you beat a Slytherin at anything in one of the Harry Potter games, expect one of two responses:
    1. They declare that you cheated
    2. They declare that they didn't really try anyway.
  • Metal Wolf Chaos has Richard Hawk, who, after finally losing to Michael, tries to blow up the entire Earth out of spite.
    "Never, never, never! I will never lose to you, Michael!!!"
  • Two gym leaders pull this trope on you when you beat them in Pokémon Gold and Silver. Whitney cries and doesn't hand you over her badge, but she does calm down and gives it to you after a little bit. Clair on the other hand flat out refuses to admit that you have beaten her and says you still have "lazy ideals," but will hand you the badge if you find an item in the Dragon's Den held by an old man. Even when you get it, not only does Clair believe you failed the test presented by the old man, but she once again refuses to believe that you actually passed the test and won't give the badge over to you. It's only until the old man threatens to tell Lance (Clair's cousin and the local Pokémon Champion) about Clair's bad behavior that Clair finally decides to hand the badge over, but she still acts sore about it. There's also The Rival, Silver, who continually talks trash about how weak you are even after you've wiped the floor with him several times.
    • Ghetsis was always a Sore Loser, but he takes this trope an extra mile in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon; after losing to the player character, he threatens to kill Lillie if the player doesn't drop their Poke Balls immediately. All the other bosses, even Giovanni, take their defeats in stride; Ghetsis is the only one among them who refuses to admit defeat.
      "Myah-ha-ha! No, no, no, no, no! You don't get it, do you? I can't be defeated! I won't be! IT. CANNOT. BE. ALLOWED!"
    • Downplayed with Leon from Sword and Shield, but he's clearly upset after he's defeated by the protagonist. During the Championship finals, he gives a grimace before becoming the epitome of a Graceful Loser, but when the cameras aren't rolling, like during his defeat at the Battle Tower, he takes much longer to recover - blatantly obscuring his face while he regathers his composure while clenching his fists all the while. Justified since he's been completely undefeated since he became the Champion when he was at least ten years old, so he's not used to handling losing.
  • Goro from Mortal Kombat is a moderate example; his pre-fight dialogue between him and Liu Kang in X shows that he really doesn't like being reminded of the first time they fought.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, if you complete the Civil War Questline in favor of the Legion before the final mission of the main quest, you can meet Ulfric Stormcloak and Galmar Stone-Fist in Sovngarde. While the former is simply horrified that his war has simply given Alduin more souls to feed on, the latter thinks you're here to haunt him and curses your name for all eternity. However, after defeating Alduin he'll tell you that eternity is too long to hold a grudge.
  • At various points in the Fallout series, it's very heavily implied that China shot first during The Great War as an act of desperation after losing the Sino-American War and being on the verge of collapse, dooming the entire world out of spite.
  • In Litchi's Gag Reel from BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, a group of characters is playing a board game (including Litchi herself). The usually cool and collected Rachel Alucard ragequits in her first turn after getting a one in the dice, despite Taokaka's warning that quitting the game will cause something really bad to all the participants. It results in everyone getting a permanent itch, and when Rachel came back to her mansion, the itch got to her as well.
  • In the "Mark of the Assassin" DLC for Dragon Age II, Baron Arlange throws a comically childish temper tantrum after Hawke's party beats him in a hunt, stating that he paid good money to win. He then attacks Hawke and gets handily defeated, after which you can choose to either finish him or let him go (after which he'll try to kill you later).
    • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, after the Inquisitor foils most of his plans to conquer Thedas, Corypheus re-opens the Breach, a massive tear in the Veil that will consume the entire world. The ploy is meant to draw the Inquisitor into a final confrontation, but Solas implies that Corypheus is also upsetting the game board so that no one will win.
  • In Super Smash Bros., most characters applaud politely or enthusiastically at the winning player, up and including ruthless villains like Ganondorf. There are some characters however that are not as graceful in defeat: Bowser claps sarcastically, the Ice Climbers sob, Diddy Kong scratches his head dejectedly,note  Mewtwo crosses his arms indignantly, and Wario can be seen adding in a "boo" (or similar effect) between clapping.
  • After you beat Leonard Steakcharmer in Sam & Max: Freelance Police (by sabotaging his cheating method, no less) he later shows up in the office and tries to get his money back at gunpoint. It doesn't work out well (mainly because he uses an obviously fake gun) and he ends up their prisoner/pet for several following chapters.
  • In Splatoon, the losing team's inklings can be seen throwing ridiculous temper tantrums in the results screen. The most impressive is shooter-wielders, who fall to their knees and begin angrily banging their fists against the ground. Subverted by the Roller and Brush wielders, who shrug and shake their heads as if disappointed in their teammates. Marie was also one after a Splatfest when her team lost, making remarks like Team Cats winning in Europe only because Judd was the ref, Team Art only winning because Team Science had jobs to do, and Team Pirates being a bunch of cheats.
    Callie: Avast, me hearties! Sore loser off the port bow!
  • Splatoon 2 continues this with a new set of poses for losing Inklings, with the Roller and Brush users trading the shrug of disappointment for a facepalm. And then there's Pearl, who is particularly pissy whenever she loses a Splatfest, like throwing a little tantrum for Ice Cream vs Cake or a cold "Whatever." for Sci-Fi vs Fantasy.
  • Luckily, it seems Inklings have become more graceful in defeat in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where they'll happily clap for the winner.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode:
    • When your build seems like it's gonna win the competition, Aiden decides to unleash some lava on your contraption.
    • Petra will call your team out on this if you were to say "losing sucks" while they're talking about how they lost the Build-Off.
    • Aiden and his crew are this when Jesse's new Order of The Stone keep finding treasure. What's more, Aiden wanted to be the hero of the Wither Storm crisis instead of Jesse, because he doesn't feel Jesse truly earned it.
  • The Talos Principle: If you confound Milton with questions he can't answer, he rants that he cannot lose as it contradicts his programming. He'll then ask you the same question repeatedly until you exit from it (the dialogue option is even called "exit"!).
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2: After the Allies destroy the Psychic Amplifier in Chicago that was about to mind control the entire country, the Soviet commander Vladimir interrupts the transmission to announce that he is wiping the city off the map with a nuclear bomb.
  • In Duck Season, if the player manages to hold off the dog's assault in the game fair and square, they will instead come into the real world, holding a knife, and trying to kill you instead.
  • In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Brash Bear is an athlete who prides himself on his Riverside Race record of 1 minute and 15 seconds. If you beat his record and talk to him, he flies off the goddamned handle and slams on his desk repeatedly, causing a tree stump nearby to fall into a river and create a bridge to a cave that is required for 103% Completion.
  • In the Wii version of Punch-Out!!, Mr. Sandman acts like this after being defeated in Contender Mode. Visiting the opponent selection screen will show him shaking with rage, plus his Title Defense cutscene has him leveling a building just because a poster of Little Mac was on it.
  • Fate/Grand Order makes use of Saber's example in Fate/stay night (see the Visual Novels folder below) in a rather amazing fashion. At the end of the Camelot chapter, Bedivere finally manages to fulfill his goal and return Excalibur to his king. By this point, though, Altria has become Goddess Rhongomyniad thanks to the holy spear's influence and has had her personality warped dramatically from what it once was. However, this one facet remains unchanged as, once she's been defeated by the protagonist, she challenges them to yet another fight (for the record, the protagonist has already beaten her TWICE), this time with her wielding Excalibur. The protagonist's dialogue choice gives them the option of lampshading this, resulting in one of the few genuinely funny moments in the otherwise dead-serious Singularity.
  • In Sonic Forces Episode Shadow, it is revealed that Infinite was once the captain of a mercenary team called Squad Jackal, and Eggman hired them to protect one of his labs in the Mystic Jungle. Then Shadow came along, effortlessly defeated the team, and then curbstomped him when he tried to avenge his comrades. He was literally such a bad loser that a parting comment from Shadow drove him Ax-Crazy and he practically sold his soul for power. It unfortunately has the effect of taking away all his cool factor and making him seem absurd.
  • The Final Boss of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Demon King Demise, is such a terrible loser that he makes Link and Zelda's descendants fight Ganondorf, a manifestation of his hatred who keeps reincarnating right alongside them. You know someone's got problems accepting defeat when he spends his dying breath speaking one of the most notorious villains in video game history into existence.
  • Any time Mothiva from Bug Fables loses a fight to Team Snakemouth, she acts like a spoiled toddler by screaming at and insulting them before storming off in a huff.
  • Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys: Arem takes any moment he loses poorly. When Lefance defeated him, he was enraged over the centuries he spent in the realm of chaos. When Adol manages to best him in his second form, Arem tries to drag him down to hell with him.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Fate/stay night for all of her knightly aspects Saber's hatred of losing is probably second only to her hatred of bad food. This is shown most prominently during her day out with Shirou and Rin in the Unlimited Blade Works route where the three of them try their hand at a batting cage with the caveat of not using magical energy. It becomes apparent that without it Saber is, in fact, the weakest of the three and spends time afterwards rather grumpy.
    • It also pops up in the sequel, Fate/hollow ataraxia, during Shirou and Saber's date at the water park. It turns out that Saber can't swim (due to being able to Walk on Water thanks to the blessing of the Lady of the Lake), so Shirou easily beats her in a swim race. He regrets it afterward.
    • This quality is present in all incarnations of her character. At the end of Camelot in Fate/Grand Order, the Holy Lance Rhongomyniad is broken and Bedivere has returned Excalibur to the Lion King (a version of Artoria that has transcended her humanity and become a Divine Spirit). As the Singularity is collapsing and the Chaldea team is Rayshifting away, she tells them that they do not truly stand triumphant until they defeat her again, with her having Excalibur this time. She prepares for battle even though it should be obvious that no fight can happen at all since the Singularity is seconds away from disappearing, and she knows it, meaning that her final declaration was just bluster meant to let claim victory and run.
  • Rin is just as if not more envious in comparison to Saber. When she discovers that Shirou had summoned the type of servant (or servant class) she wanted, she wastes no time in giving Shirou grief, talking smack on about him and acting aggressive the latter as a form of petty revenge. Her behaviour gets worse later on in Unlimited Blade Works, becoming abusive towards Shirou after he saves her life while she was unconscious. She eventually reaches Ungrateful Bitch levels of arrogance after Archer betrays her, where she shifts all the blame to Shirou, who had rescued her yet again.
  • Franziska von Karma in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All is so infuriated at losing to Phoenix in her American court debut that she whips him unconscious before calling the court a sham.
  • From Umineko: When They Cry, you have Bernkastel, the true Big Bad of the story. The reason she does everything she does past Episode 5 is because of this. Trying to destroy the heart of the story, murdering Beatrice's incarnation in another world, ruing Ange's life and turning her against her family and trying to break open the catbox and permakilling everyone involved in the story of Rokkenjima is all because Battler beat her humiliatingly in Episode 5. In Episode 8, it's revealed she quite literally only cannot understand fun, only winning. And then you have her Villainous Breakdown in Episode 8 when Battler is the first person in many centuries to penetrate her invincibility and beat her down over and again. Even the other true Big Bad Lambdadelta wasn’t so crazy about losing (though this may be because she’s already suffered crushing defeat in the past and is used to it.)

    Web Animation 

  • Kleya in Not a Villain can't stand losing. While she's doing her best to curb it, she tends to instinctively hack when she's in danger. And judging from what the people who are trying to catch her have told us, she used to be even worse.
  • In Hello Wandering Star, "Apart from hating people, Panim also greatly disliked losing."
  • The Trope picture is from Batman and Sons. Bruce... doesn't take losses well.
  • Homestuck
    • Vriska Serket, a Killer Game Master who's convinced she's the best of the best, can play others like fiddles and is the one holding up her team. In reality, she just has a horrible attitude and psychic Mind Control powers that give her an advantage over others, so when the former comes back to bite her and the latter can't help her, she throws a fit and accuses the other of cheating, before trying to calm down and trying to make whatever she lost not seem like the Serious Business she clearly believes it to be.
    • Her dancestor Aranea is even worse, if possible. Seeming kind and polite at first, Aranea is actually frustrated at not having had an adventurous life like her A2 counterpart. From paying people to listen to her, to trying to subvert the roles of the remaining players, Aranea's hubris comes back to bite her when it turns out that she's bitten off more than she can chew by trying to take over the B2 session. Upon realizing this, Aranea kills a total of three other players and tries a planet-destroying Rage Quit, before Her Imperious Condescension catches up to her and breaks her neck.
  • Wallis from Gloomverse.
  • Narbonic: Helen, according to a side story where Artie and Mell are trying to find a board game she hasn’t trashed. They settle on Boggle since her Biologist vocabulary gives her an advantage on that one.
  • Wylie from Undead Friend after playing video games for the first time.

    Web Original 
  • Everyone within the Mario Party TV group has their moments, particularly when fortune swung against them at the last moment, but Holms gets especially vocal. The Reverend Inferno's rants at the end of the 8-Player Neon Heights run deserves mention because he was furious at the extremely lucky Team Dolphin.
  • During the early days of Achievement Hunter's Let's Play Minecraft series, Geoff was not a particularly good sport. Still isn't, but he's really reined it in.
  • At some point in Noob:
    • Omega Zell seriously considers quitting the game over losing his first real duel against Gaea.
    • Due to the combination of Inferiority Superiority Complex and a father that always wins any game they play together, Judge Dead has this problem also.
  • DevinWithDevin from Epic's Gameshows decided to, not only not own up to his bullying, refuse to do an interview after his elimination and chose to just leave.
  • In the Google Halloween Doodle "Global Candy Cup 2015", the over-confident red witch is shown to be in a tantrum since the cat-loving yellow witch ends up winning.
  • Seemingly a trait of Yang in RWBY. After losing to Neptune in a board game, she angrily storms through her room and grumpily remarks that they never should've let him play. She similarly reacts negatively when she loses a match in a video game after Qrow distracts her with a perverted comment. Played for Laughs both times.
  • Low Tier God is infamously controversial in the competitive fighting game scene for performing "opt outs" (Rage Quits) and for insulting his opponents at length when he loses. One of his lowest moments had him mocking a disabled playernote  who beat him 2-0, calling him "half a man".
  • DSBT InsaniT: Alex does not take falling even the slightest bit behind in a competition very well. Death threats WILL be made!
    • Not as much as Alex, but Duck is still not a good sport. For example, he more-or-less implies that Snake and Duck were cheating when they beat him in the game they were all playing in VRcade
  • Binder of Shame: Al Bruno III mentions that whenever El Disgusto died or lost in any significant way during games, he would either go on enraged rants, whine until the loss was overturned, or have his character scream "HASTUR HASTUR HASTUR" to try and ruin the game for everybody else.
  • In iteachvader's YTPMV Win the Race, Robotnik loses a race to Sonic and is so upset about it he goes to extreme lengths to win the rematch. This includes cheating in plain sight and spending a billion Mobiums on kidnapping Tails (who in this universe is his adopted son) and threatening to hurt him unless Sonic throws the race.
  • Animator vs. Animation: This is a Running Gag in the Animation VS Minecraft shorts. Green is such a good builder that he almost always wins building contests. Very frequently, at least one person throws TNT at his builds. And when part of his build is destroyed by an accidental boss summoning, no one bothers to help him, finally causing him to lose.
  • Void Domain: The spider-demon Arachne claims to be the Arachne, a human woman who was transformed into a spider for the Blasphemous Boast that she was a better weaver than Athena. According to Arachne, however, Athena lost their weaving contest and transformed her out of spite.

    Western Animation 
  • Exaggerated in The Simpsons episode "The Boys of Bummer", after Bart fumbles the ball in the Little League Championships and causes Springfield to lose to Shelbyville, everyone in town harasses, mocks and attacks Bart even after it drove him to suicidal insanity. Good thing Marge put an end to it.
    • The same thing happened to a football team in "The Joy of Sect".
    • And it's best said by Moe in "Pygmoelian" when he discovers the character he plays in a soap opera is going to be killed off:
      Moe: Well, if they're gonna stomp on my dreams... the least I can do is go out in a blaze of sour grapes!
  • Looney Tunes:
    • "Bonanza Bunny" featured Blacque Jacque Shellacque as Bugs Bunny's antagonist-of-the-moment and a very sore loser when Bugs beats him in a game of blackjack.
      Bugs Bunny: Well, that's the way the ball bounces. Somebody's gotta lose, somebody's gotta win.
      Blacque Jacque Shellacque: Oooh! Nobody wins from Blacque Jacque Shellacque!
      Bugs Bunny: They don't? How come?
      Blacque Jacque Shellacque: Cuz Blacque Jacque Shellacque is roughest, toughest, muklukest Canuck in ze Klondike! [fires several bullets into the ground and then points his guns at Bugs] Zat's why!
      • Of course, Bugs won after Jacque dealt him a 21 of Spades... You really can't blame Jacque for being upset.
      • ...until you see Jacque's hand and realize he'd dealt himself two 10 of Spades'. Yeah, both of them were blatantly cheating, but Bugs was a little more creative. (But then, Bugs anticipated that the top card would be a 21 and thus froze on it.)
    • In "Barbary Coast Bunny", the Con Man Nasty Canasta was a sore loser. After stealing gold from Bugs in the beginning and using it to open a casino, Bugs comes in seeking revenge and proceeds to win every game in the place, even though most of them are rigged. Finally, after Bugs beats his full house with four aces in poker, Canasta pulls out a gun and tries to rob Bugs - who spins the pistol's cylinder, causing it to shoot coins. (The last scene of this is usually edited; Canasta tries to do the same thing as Bugs leaves, only to shoot himself in the face.)
    • Bugs Bunny himself actually never takes it well when he's the target of mischief for a change, as seen when he's up against Cecil Turtle, or during the rare times they Throw the Dog a Bone with Elmer Fudd.
      • This usually depends on the writer though; in some shorts he quite a Graceful Loser too.
    • His rival Daffy Duck can't stand losing to Bugs, at certain points even willing to kill the rabbit just to dispose of the competition.
  • Wacky Races:
    • Dick Dastardly was a consummate sore loser, taking having lost only one Wacky Race well — the debut episode "See Saw to Arkansas," where he stops his car just at the finish line so he can pose for the race's photo finish. This drive to win at all costs gets so bad he has an entire trope named after him: Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat. Dick would win more often if he wasn't such a, well, dick to the other racers.
    • In his own show Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, Dastardly one-ups the captain of a ship on which the Vulture Squadron is stationed, thanks to some influence from the General, via Dastardly's phone. The captain shoves the phone into Dastardly's mouth, making him sputter "If there's one thing I hate, it's a sore loser!"
  • In the Teen Titans episode "Only Human", Atlas assaults Cyborg and then kidnaps the other Titans to spite him after Cyborg beats him at an online video game. (Which he clearly plays too much of as it is; a later scene shows he's a sore winner at it too.)
  • In the Muppet Babies (1984) episode, "Kermit Goes to Washington", Baby Piggy loses a race and then insists they need to go another lap. The other babies find this unfair.
  • In the Muppet Babies (2018) episode, "Animal Loses It", Animal dislikes losing games, and is at first reluctant to play Scooter and Skeeter's Banana Whamma Jungle Jamma board game. He joins in when he is determined to win a game for once. Animal is teamed up with Piggy, and at first, they make great progress. Unfortunately, things turn south for Animal when he loses a turn and then has to go back to Start. This causes him to quit the game. He comes back when Miss Nanny teaches him that sometimes it's more fun to play with your friends than win, and he becomes a better sport as a result.
  • In Beverly Hills Teens, Bianca holds a costume contest for Halloween, and after a couple Dresses the Same situations with Larke, Bianca still loses and then throws everyone out of her mansion. Her being a Sore Loser is either the ending or the entire premise of half the episodes.
  • In The Real Ghostbusters episode "The Devil to Pay", diabolic game show host Dib Devlin is a sore loser. He tricks the heroes into an infernal game show where they risk their souls, luring them into it by offering a trip to Tahiti as a grand prize. When they manage to win, he decides to kill them, because he never said he's spare their lives. They manage to escape, however, and Venkman forces him to give them the trip. (He includes three tons of deviled ham with the prize, likely to annoy them.)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rainbow Dash, at least before her later Character Development, was never graceful in a loss:
      Rainbow Dash: I hate losing.
    • Applejack, though usually a more Graceful Loser, is embittered into one in "Fall Weather Friends" against Rainbow's unsportsmanlike competitive streak, making for a very aggressive contest. It's probably the worst Rainbow ever gets as well, as she pulls more than a few dirty tricks herself before flat-out breaking the rules they agreed to (not using her wings) and attempting to fly to the finish, with the two actively fighting each other as they reach the finish.
    • Wind Rider in "Rarity Investigates", a retired Wonderbolt veteran, hated the thought of a up-and-comer like Rainbow Dash closing in on breaking his flying record so he frames her of sending Spitfire away on a bogus claim of her mother needing her attention, making it look like Dash had wanted to fly in a stunt show as her replacement. Luckily Rarity foils this attempt as Wind Rider is ultimately disgraced for his actions.
  • American Dad!:
    Stan: What a wonderful alternative to suicide!
    • Roger likewise isn't good at losing either. So much so he's willing to kill just to get his way.
  • Taken way Up to Eleven in one episode of Family Guy. When Brian gets a 'king me' in checkers, Peter throws the checkerboard into his car, drives the car off a cliff into the ocean, then shoots the gas tank with a gun to make it explode!
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • Sappy Stanley from the episode "Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?". After his Oscar-nominated cartoon lost to Bugs Bunny's cartoon, Knighty Knight Bugs, Stanley scorned the American film industry, moved to Paris, and spent decades planning his revenge on Bugs.
    • The Prefecto Prep students are sore losers after being beaten at football by the ACME team in "The ACME Bowl", but what can you expect from a school whose motto is, "We Never Lose"?
  • Jake in the Adventure Time episode "Card Wars", when Finn and he play against each other in the eponymous trading-card game and Finn gains the upper hand. BMO mentions that Jake wouldn't talk to him for a month just because he won against him, forcing Finn to take a dive to prevent the same outcome.
  • Bravestarr: "Fallen Idol" showed how the Pride of one made a Broken Pedestal: Jingles Morgan lost a fighting match and fell off a bridge into mud. People laughed at his defeat, even his victorious opponent (which seems too close to Unsportsmanlike Gloating). In a moment of Uncontrollable Rage, he grabbed his nearby disintegrator pistol and blasted the opponent with it, killing him.
  • The Batman:
    • In the Riddler's first appearance, he is furious when Batman outwits him, purposely answering one of his questions with a lie when he inadvertently puts himself in the path of the blaster aimed at Detective Yin (set to fire at her whenever the lie detector monitoring him detects a lie) so that it zaps him instead.
    • The Cluemaster takes this Trope Up to Eleven Not only was this the entire reason he spent his entire life plotting revenge against three people (because he lost a rigged game show when he was a child, for Pete's sake), when Batman appears, the Insufferable Genius says he will let his hostages go if the hero can ask him a question he cannot answer, claiming he can answer anything. When Batman makes it clear that he can, indeed, ask anything, he does indeed manage to stump the villain. The question he asks is, "What is the true identity of the Batman." The Cluemaster quickly says it wasn't a fair question and tries to go back on his promise, at which point Batman stops being nice.
  • In the Grojband episode "Queen Bee", Trina Riffin did not take her defeat in the hands of Laney Penn very well.
  • The Little Flying Bears: The aptly-titled episode "Sore Losers" featured a yearly competition Skulk and Sammy always lose. One year, they took it so badly they bullied the winning team into accepting a rematch.
  • On an episode of Garfield and Friends, "Best of Breed," Garfield is in a cat show and as the other contestants leave upon elimination he tells them "The important thing is to be a good dignified loser." Then when he is eliminated he goes into a tantrum and calls for an attorney.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • After losing to Zuko in an Agni Kai, Admiral Zhao attempts to get a shot at him in the back as he's walking away only for Iroh to block it and berate him for it, stating that even if Zuko was in exile, he still has way more honor than Zhao. This takes a much darker turn in the season finale when Iroh tells him to give up the fish that embodies the moon spirit's physical being. After doing what Iroh says, Zhao kills it immediately after in a fit of blind rage.
    • Azula is Born Lucky, but when she does lose, she takes it pretty hard. In a childhood flashback, she fails to do an acrobatic move that Ty Lee pulls off perfectly, and responds by shoving her to the ground. In the modern day, when practicing her lightning martial arts, she grows enraged upon seeing a single lock of hair came undone while doing so. Even her treatment of her friends (threatening them with bodily harm when they don't obey and trying to murder them when they betray her) can be seen as an extension of just never wanting to lose. When Katara beats her and leaves her chained up, she falls into a fit of wailing, screaming, and crying. Though for the record, she's not much better when she's winning.
    • Prior to Character Development, Toph wasn't exactly good with losing either and took it very poorly when Aang beat her in a bending competition (if only cause he uses air bending which, at the time, she can't counter against). It's revealed that she really takes stock of being a self-trained Earth bender as it's the only thing she gained on merit coming from a wealthy household, not wanting to be seen as this weak being because of her blindness. Heck, she only joined the group after she did a sneak attack on Aang just to make her feel better. Thankfully the journey and interactions with others mellow her out and eventually break her of this.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: Dexter himself displays this whenever he's in competition with Dee Dee, freaking out when she beats him at video games and, on one occasion, going so far as to deliberately destroy his own lab to beat her at a game. That being said, this is probably fueled by Dee Dee's tendency to rub her victories in his face on both occasions.
  • Dragon Tales: This is Emmy's problem throughout the episode "Tails You Lose". Emmy only wants to play games if she wins them, so when she gets called out during a game of Freeze Dance, she gets furious and doesn't want to play anymore. Fortunately, she learns from Quetzal that winning isn't the most important part of playing a game.
  • This is pretty much the general reaction of Otto Rocket in Rocket Power whenever he would lose in just about any game he plays, as his adamant competitiveness keeps him from accepting a single loss. One episode that does stick out more, however, is "Total Luger", in which Twister found a sport that he was better at than Otto. Unable to accept defeat, Otto took a shortcut in the final race and won because of it. His conscience caught up to him, though, and when Twister wanted a playoff race for the trophy, Otto was finally able to accept his defeat.
  • The Rugrats episode, "Susie Vs. Angelica" had Angelica challenge Susie to see who was the best older kid. Every time Susie won, Angelica kept throwing in another match (it started out as 2-out-of-3, but kept going higher and higher until they got to the last challenge).
  • Total Drama:
    • Courtney sued her way onto the second season of the animated reality show after being cheated out of the prize money a season earlier.
    • Josee from Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race throws tantrums whenever she and Jacques don't come first. When they eventually place third in the final, she starts destroying Central Park until Jacques manage to calm her down.
  • In one episode of Kablam, there's a Life With Loopy cartoon where Loopy challenges Mother Nature to a bowling match.note  Loopy narrowly won (after picking up a spare on the dreaded 7-10 split no less), which caused Mother Nature to sob uncontrollably. Of course, being Mother Nature, her crying resulted in endless rain for the rest of the summer.
  • None of The Misfits in Jem take losing terribly well however Pizzazz is the worst by far. She has quite a complex about coming in second, but all she does is come in second to Jem. But when you think about it, what Spoiled Brat isn't a sore loser?
  • Lynn Loud from The Loud House cannot stand losing at anything. In the first episode she shows this, "No Such Luck", she would rather believe she lost because her brother was bad luck, (she does apologize at the end when he proves her wrong, but still has her brother keep her team’s mascot on for good luck.) and in "Lynner Takes All" she actually starts losing it when she loses in "Settler's of Cat-land", trying to one-up all of her sisters and brother in everything to validate her gloating and hyper-competitive nature. In "Fool Me Twice", she faints in humiliation at one point when her double deliberately loses tetherball to Zach.
  • One Roland and Rattfink cartoon has the two entering in a race. Rattfink, the series' Dastardly Whiplash, wins the race by accident, not even cheating in the process. We expect Roland, the series' good guy, to handle his loss with grace, but he lampshades that he's a poor loser, and proceeds to beat Rattfink up with his trophy.
  • One episode of the '90s Mr. Men cartoon has Little Miss Wise beat Mr. Busy and Little Miss Somersault in a skateboarding race (Which she didn't intentionally take part in.) While Mr. Busy takes it well and even praises her for winning the race, Little Miss Somersault's response is to whine that she's "usually unbeatable." The book version takes it to an extreme by having her storm out while everyone else is celebrating.
  • Max Kanté ends up lapsing into this during a Moment of Weakness in Miraculous Ladybug. While he tries to be a Graceful Loser when Marinette and Adrien both score higher than him at the eliminations for a video game competition he's spent a year training for, he can't help but feel resentful in private, which leads to his corruption by Hawk Moth.
  • In the Thomas the Tank Engine episode, "Grudge Match", it is revealed that Raul, a Brazilian tank engine did not take well to losing to Thomas in the Shunting Competition at the Great Railway Show. Raul tries to prove that he is better than Thomas in both racing and strength competitions, but he becomes a better sport after Thomas saves him from falling into the water.
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: In "The Mystery of the Missing Hi-Tops", it is revealed that Robotnik does not take well to losing card games against his robots. When one wins, he shoots at the robot repeatedly, yelling, "I don't remember programming you to beat me!", and tosses the robot into a pile of other discarded robots who presumably won against him and suffered the same consequences.

    Real Life 
  • American Football
    • Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks has the dubious honor of being the only player ejected from the Super Bowl after throwing punches during the closing seconds of Super Bowl XLIX. What puts him into Sore Loser territory was that the Seahawks had no chance to win at the point Irvin instigated the brawl.
    • Tom Brady is widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in American Football, but he's said to take losing very badly. After all of Brady's Super Bowl losses,note  Brady went straight to the locker room after the game without shaking the hands of anyone from the opposing team.
      • It's not just limited to football. Pro golfer Jordan Spieth recalls playing a match with Brady at Augusta National. After Spieth, who plays golf for a living, beat Brady on the 18th hole, Brady refused to speak with him afterwards.
    • After losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 season, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton wouldn't even address the press in the post-game interview. Also, after losing Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos, Newton only gave a very short interview before he just walked away from the press.
  • Chess Grand Master Garry Kasparov was in a foul mood after finally being defeated by the computer, Deep Blue. He claimed that IBM had a team of Chess Masters aiding the computer. IBM declined Kasparov a rematch due to the insinuations.
  • Journalist Chip Berlet described the Birther Movement as an example of this trope since it only came to large-scale attention after Barack Obama launched his campaign for the 2008 presidential election and eventually won it.
    Berlet: For some people, when their side loses an election, the only explanation that makes sense to them – that they can cope with – is that sinister, bad, evil people arranged some kind of fraud.
  • The infamous Nuclear Tesuji in Go, aptly described as "Tossing the board at the wall, denting it and the wall prior to uppercutting your opponent." As demonstrated above, tantrums like that can happen in any board game.
  • Skating:
    • Nancy Kerrigan's infamous declarations against Oksana Baiul in the Lillehammer Olympics of 1994 came after Kerrigan's loss to Baiul for the Gold. Upon the delay of the medal ceremony, Kerrigan began echoing the rumors about Baiul taking too much time to fix her make-up (in reality, there wasn't a Ukrainian flag handy so Baiul simply couldn't get onto the platform)... near a still working microphone.
    • After being edged out by Yuka Sato in the 1994 World Championships, Surya Bonaly initially refused to come out for the medal ceremony, then refused to get onto the platform, then yanked off her silver medal, feeling that Sato, who was Japanese, had won solely because the competition was being held in Japan. Four years later at the Olympics, she performed a backflip — a move illegal in amateur competition — and ended her program with her back to the judges, essentially telling them "fuck you" for what she felt was years of unfair scoring due to her not being a typical figure skater — aside from being black, she chose loud, garish costumes and music, in sharp contrast to the ballet-like choices of her competitors.
  • During the Montreal Olympics of 1976, American swimmer Shirley Babaschoff made a rather bad joke about the gold-winning East German swimming team and their members' records, commenting on their almost manly voices. She was accused of being this and of baselessly saying they were taking steroids, alongside getting the derisive nickname "Sour Shirley". For worse, she couldn't know it... but she wasn't that far off.
  • Belarussian gymnast Svetlana Boginskaya developed a rivalry with American Kim Zmeskal after the latter defeated her at the 1991 World Championships, outright stating that the only reason Zmeskal won is that the competition was held in America and that she would have won had it been held in Europe and refused to shake Zmeskal's hand during the medal ceremony.
  • It's all beauty and grace at the Miss Universe pageant, but unfortunately for Miss Amazonas (Venezuela) 2015, they do things a little differently down south. After Carol Toledo was crowned, Sheislane Hayalla yanked her crown off, threw it on the floor, and stomped away while screaming something in Portuguese as another contestant clapped(!).
    Michael K.: Being a gracious loser is so overrated and life’s too short to not snatch a crown right off of a trick’s head. The runner-up of Miss Amazonas 2015 knows what I’m talking about and when she lost the main prize on Friday in Brazil, she won the title of Miss Fuck It 2015...when Carol Toledo won the title of Miss Amazonas 2015, the other beauty queens put on manufactured smiles and pretended to be happy, but not the runner-up Sheislane Hayalla (that’s Portuguese for “Stay in your lane, bitch“).
  • Judoka Masahiko Kimura hated losing a match, to the extent that he considered quitting judo after a string of losses. When he was convinced by his friends to stay, he devoted his life to never losing again.
  • Korean eSports example - after losing to Geguri, a 17-year old girl (and one of the world's best Zarya players with a 6.31 Kill/Death ratio and an 80% win rate) in the Nexus Cup of Overwatch two professional players accused her of using aimbots and other hacks to get an unfair advantage and reported her to Blizzard for cheating. Even though Blizzard officially cleared her of cheating, the two players still believed she was cheating, so they started sending her death threats if she didn't confess and even announced they'd quit playing the game altogether if she was truly that good. So Geguri went directly to Blizzard's Korean headquarters, started streaming from their offices and completely dominated her opponents... before apologizing to those who were watching for not playing to her usual standards because she's been so stressed out about the death threats and accusations. The two accusers resigned from their teams and stopped playing but sadly have not stopped harassing Geguri.
  • The fans of the Vancouver Canucks are notorious for this kind of behavior whenever their favorite team loses the Stanley Cup Final against the other team in a nail-biter. And by behavior, we mean rioting: both of the Canucks' Game 7 losses in the 1994 and 2011 Final were marked with millions of dollars in damages. Conversely, their getting swept in the 1982 Finals at the hands of the juggernaut and massively-favored New York Islanders had no such disturbances.
  • Swedish ice hockey forward Lias Andersson threw his silver medal at the crowd after his team lost the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship Final to Canada.
  • After losing Game 6 of the 1985 World Series on a blown call by Don Denkinger, the St. Louis Cardinals imploded even further by being routed in Game 7 by the Kansas City Royals. Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog and pitcher Joaquín Andújar were ejected for arguing balls and strikes by Denkinger; the former went as far as to say, "We wouldn't even be here if you hadn't missed the fucking call last night!" and the latter charged Denkinger after being tossed. Another Cardinals pitcher, John Tudor, broke his hand punching an electric fan.
  • On August 26, 2018, a player who was eliminated from a Madden NFL 19 tournament left, only to return with a gun and go on a shooting spree at the tournament, killing two people and injuring about a dozen others before taking his own life. To say he was a sore loser is a severe understatement.
  • In 2017, Casey Viner lost a $1.50 bet to Shane Gaskill over a Call of Duty game. Viner would enlist Tyler Barriss to engage in "swatting" Gaskill (sending the SWAT Team or police to someone's house with a false accusation of some sort of horrible crime being committed). It turns out that Gaskill gave a false address. As a result, Andrew Finch (who had nothing to do with the bet) was shot and killed. Barriss would receive 20 to 25 years in jail, and Viner got two years of probation.
  • In the 2018 NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, Saints QB Drew Brees' pass to Tommylee Lewis was ruled incomplete after Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman made contact, resulting in what should have been a pass interference call. No call was made, regulation ended in a 23-23 tie, and the Saints eventually lost in overtime, 26-23. Several Saints fans took out billboard space in Atlanta (where the Super Bowl was played) to complain, and others sought to file a lawsuit to annul the game at the point of the penalty and have it replayed. There were even rumors that some Saints fans tried to find which hotels the officials were staying at in order to assault them.
  • This is rapper DJ Khaled’s reaction to not only losing the chart battle to Tyler the Creator, but also to his album failing to make the number 1 spot for the Billboard 200.
  • Donald Trump does not like to be considered a "loser." When he lost the 2016 Colorado Republican primary, he complained he was cheated out of victory. When polls suggested he was set to lose the 2016 presidential election, he claimed it was rigged, and even after his upset victory (via the Electoral College), he insisted that he only lost the popular vote due to millions of "illegal" votes cast for his opponent. When he lost his reelection bid in 2020, he refused to grudgingly concede until January 7, 2021, the day after the results were certified. Before then, he went as far as filing Frivolous Lawsuits for supposed voter fraud in an effort to flip states his opponent won despite no evidence. Even at the end of his term, Trump bitterly didn't accept Joe Biden's victory to the point of not attending the inauguration. As of this writing, Trump still refuses to acknowledge that the 2020 elections weren't tainted in any fashion.


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Instead of accepting his defeat in his duel with SovietWomble, Cyanide ran away from it when on the brink of death and jumped off the map's cliff instead.

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