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Basic Trope: A character doesn't take losing well.

  • Straight: Dave loses to Jason in a game of chess and angrily and lengthy complains about his loss.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Dave gives Jason an exceptionally limp handshake after his loss and saunters off muttering to himself.
    • Dave momentarily sports an angry face before he composes himself.
    • Dave is clearly upset about his loss, but the worst thing he does is spout a quick curse word before he calms down.
  • Justified:
    • Winning is everything for Dave, so losing is not an option.
    • Dave doesn't want to lose to a rookie chess player like Jason.
    • Dave had someone wager on the result of the match on his behalf. He lost the wager as well.
    • Jason cheated and Dave was fully aware.
    • Jason does some serious Unsportsmanlike Gloating when he wins. There's only so much a man can take.
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    • Jason beat Dave an insane number of times. It was only a matter of time before Dave snapped.
    • Dave has an ego... Which Jason just broke after beating him.
    • Dave was having a pretty bad day and his loss did not do him any favors.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Dave hits the table, then takes a deep breath, formally concedes the game and leaves without incident.
    • Dave's pitiful display turns out to be just good fun. He genuinely beliefs that he is helping Jason enjoy his victory by giving him a chance to gloat.
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  • Double Subverted: Jason is relieved that Dave could control himself, but then it occurs to him that Dave wasn't at all interested in offering congratulations or a rematch - this revelation being brought about by the sound of Dave throwing a tantrum outside.
  • Parodied:
    • Dave handles his loss poorly. And by "poorly", we mean becomes a nervous wreck and suicidal, while planning revenge against Jason who stole his honor, since Chess is Serious Business.
    • Dave blows himself and Jason up out of rage.
  • Zig Zagged: Dave appears at first calm after losing, but suddenly throws off a tantrum. It turns out that this anger outburst was caused by a painful bee sting, but deep inside, Dave despised losing, even though he managed to keep his composure. He finally loses it and starts cursing about his loss, but It turns out that the bee sting's venom caused a chemical reaction in his body that removed his emotional inhibitions.
  • Averted: No signs of Dave about to blow a fuse are present, the whole match happens in a calm ambiance, ending with a friendly handshake, no fuss nor muss from either side.
  • Enforced:
    • The story writer intended on writing Dave off as a Jerkass sore loser due to a prejudice they have against people similar to him.
    • The wanted Dave to be one as an homage to a similar story where the champion is an Insufferable Genius.
  • Lampshaded: "What's the matter, Dave? Can't take a loss?"
  • Invoked: The chess match was arranged by a third party so that they could demonstrate to a fourth party what might happen if they became the chess equivalent of an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy.
  • Exploited:
    • Dave's reaction is recorded and used to humiliate him as a result of his insufferability.
    • A tournament staff member sees Dave making a scene as he loses and disqualifies him for violating their code of conduct.
  • Defied:
    • Dave's chess instructor specifically makes sure that he handles loss with dignity, since keeping a cool head is important for devising a strategy.
    • After winning, Jason wants to see Dave throw a temper tantrum, but Dave refuses to give him the satisfaction.
    • Dave does his best to remain calm after losing so people won't hate him.
    • Jim, the game's judge, threatens to hurt whoever acts in an unsportsmanlike fashion in a manner that befits said behavior. Being a sour puss gets you a Dope Slap hard enough for a three day coma and six-month Grade 2 concussion. Physically hurting your opponent gets you a broken limb. Anything further gets you killed.
    • Jim, the game's judge, makes clear before the game begins that any reports of sore losing, in the arena or out, will lead to instant banning from the gaming circuit.
  • Discussed: "Realistically speaking, it's quite doubtful a professional chess champion would act like a sore loser in front of the public, seeing this could put an end to their career."
  • Conversed: Holy Crackers, the chess champion in that cartoon completely lost it upon losing, costing him his entire reputation. I didn't see that coming in a kid's show.
  • Implied: Jason is winning, only to notice Dave looking it him with an angry glare. He then make a poor move, deciding that winning isn't worth incurring Dave's wrath.
  • Deconstructed: Dave's history of hissy-fits leads to people deciding to stop playing with him. If it's a game that he used to play for profit or, worse yet, was the only thing that he liked/was good for in life, he's screwed.
  • Reconstructed: Dave is hired by a broadcast company as a sports commentator and he knows what to look for to determine when someone is barely holding back a hissy-fit when they lose.
  • Played For Laughs: Dave's reaction is to drop to the ground and (literally) cry like a baby.
  • Played For Drama: Dave decides to commit suicide because of this loss.
  • Played For Horror: Dave hates losing so much that he kills everybody who beats him.

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