Contender can refer to:

  • Contender (stock character), commonly used in books, TV shows, plays, and films
  • The Contender (TV series), a boxing-based reality television series or its spinoffs:
    • The Contender 2
    • The Contender Challenge: UK vs. USA
    • The Contender 3
    • The Contender Asia
    • The Contender 4
    • The Contender Australia
  • The Contender (Robert Lipsyte novel), 1967 novel by Robert Lipsyte
  • The Contender (2000 film), 2000 film starring Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, and Jeff Bridges
  • The Contender (1944 film), film directed by Sam Newfield
  • The Contender (book), code name for an unreleased book by author Darren Shan
  • "The Contender", a song by Menahan Street Band on the album Make the Road by Walking
  • Contender (dinghy), type of sailing dinghy
  • The Contender (firearm), single shot, break-action firearm made as a pistol or rifle, manufactured by Thompson Center Arms
  • a variety of green beans
  • a song by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart from the album The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  • The Contenders, a 2011 C-SPAN series about influential American presidential nominees