History Main / AnimalAthleteLoophole

12th Feb '17 5:31:59 PM megajake
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** Any school or college team trying to pull this off would be out of luck, anyway. The animal would have to be enrolled as a student.

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** Any school or college team trying to pull this off would be out of luck, anyway. The animal would have to be enrolled as a student. [[note]]University of Georgia mascot, Uga the Bulldog, does in fact have his own student ID, but obviously is not listed on the team's roster.[[/note]]
23rd Dec '16 9:40:20 AM Gosicrystal
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Just then, the power of plot reveals that the new kid owns TropeyTheWonderDog, an animal with astounding abilities which could make him a contender in this very sport! He petitions the team coach to try Tropey, where the dog's natural aptitude makes him an instant success. Come the night of the big game, out trots Tropey -- the other team may rant and rave, but there's nothing they can do about it. Why? [[AintNoRule Ain't no specific rule agin' it!]] This is the Animal Athlete Loophole.

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Just then, the power of plot reveals that the new kid owns TropeyTheWonderDog, an animal with astounding abilities which could make him a contender in this very sport! He petitions the team coach to try Tropey, where the dog's natural aptitude makes him an instant success. Come the night of the big game, out trots Tropey -- the other team may rant and rave, but there's nothing they can do about it. Why? [[AintNoRule [[LoopholeAbuse Ain't no specific rule agin' it!]] This is the Animal Athlete Loophole.



* In the film version of ''Film/StuartLittle'', most of the boats in the race are being operated by remote control. Guess there AintNoRule that says a mouse can't be sailing one.

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* In the film version of ''Film/StuartLittle'', most of the boats in the race are being operated by remote control. Guess there AintNoRule ain't no rule that says a mouse can't be sailing one.



* While the trope itself doesn't appear in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Red Mage refers to "The Air Bud Clause" when explaining [[AintNoRule how natural twenties work in Rock, Paper, Scissors.]]

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* While the trope itself doesn't appear in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Red Mage refers to "The Air Bud Clause" when explaining [[AintNoRule [[LoopholeAbuse how natural twenties work in Rock, Paper, Scissors.]]
24th Sep '16 4:23:46 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied on ''CloneHigh'', where Lincoln directs a film called ''It Takes a Hero'', based on the premise that "There's no rule that says a giraffe can't play football."

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* Parodied on ''CloneHigh'', ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'', where Lincoln directs a film called ''It Takes a Hero'', based on the premise that "There's no rule that says a giraffe can't play football."
20th Aug '16 11:15:48 AM Adeon
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* Inverted in ''WebOriginal/{{Qwerpline}}'' with the sport of [[CalvinBall Sideball]]. Sideball teams are allowed to field up to six non-human players although raccoons ''are'' specifically banned.
18th Jul '16 10:25:07 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/{{Babe}}'': Ain't no rule that says a pig can't compete in a sheep herding dog trial! Actually, that one's more a trick of semantics, as the trial registration form requires "Name of Animal". The narrator even mentions that had it been "Name of Dog", [[WillNotTellALie they couldn't have entered Babe]]. This also happens in [[AdaptationDisplacement the book]]. The fields on the form there were "Name of Owner" and "Name of Entry".

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* ''Film/{{Babe}}'': Ain't no rule that says a pig can't compete in a sheep herding dog trial! Actually, that one's more a trick of semantics, as the trial registration form requires "Name of Animal". The narrator even mentions that had it been "Name of Dog", [[WillNotTellALie they couldn't have entered Babe]]. This also happens in [[AdaptationDisplacement the book]]. The fields on the form there were "Name of Owner" and "Name of Entry".



* ''Film/RacingStripes'', a kids' movie about a zebra that wants to be a racehorse. To quote TheOtherWiki's summary, ''It is similar in the style to the 1995 movie ''{{Babe}}'', in that the protagonist is a talking animal who lives on a farm and succeeds at an activity not expected of his species.'' While there's a greater similarity between horses and zebras than there are in most examples of the trope, even most ''horses'' can't compete as racehorses, because races are generally limited to a very specific breed of horse (thoroughbreds, quarter horses, ''etc.'') and these terms are minutely defined (often even to how the animal was ''conceived''); funny as it might sound, there's no way you could enter a zebra as a [[ExactWords "quarter horse"]] (with the implication being that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the other three quarters are zebra]][[note]]The "quarter horse" is actually a breed of horse that is exceptionally good at sprinting short distances, so that stands a good chance of beating other breeds in a race of a ''quarter'' mile or less[[/note]]).

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* ''Film/RacingStripes'', a kids' movie about a zebra that wants to be a racehorse. To quote TheOtherWiki's summary, ''It is similar in the style to the 1995 movie ''{{Babe}}'', ''Film/{{Babe}}'', in that the protagonist is a talking animal who lives on a farm and succeeds at an activity not expected of his species.'' While there's a greater similarity between horses and zebras than there are in most examples of the trope, even most ''horses'' can't compete as racehorses, because races are generally limited to a very specific breed of horse (thoroughbreds, quarter horses, ''etc.'') and these terms are minutely defined (often even to how the animal was ''conceived''); funny as it might sound, there's no way you could enter a zebra as a [[ExactWords "quarter horse"]] (with the implication being that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the other three quarters are zebra]][[note]]The "quarter horse" is actually a breed of horse that is exceptionally good at sprinting short distances, so that stands a good chance of beating other breeds in a race of a ''quarter'' mile or less[[/note]]).


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* ''The Sheep-Pig'' by Creator/DickKingSmith: Ain't no rule that says a pig can't compete in a sheep herding dog trial! Actually, that one's more a trick of semantics, as the trial registration form requires "Name of Entry", saving Babe's owner from the implicit lie that would have been involved had it been "Name of Dog".
23rd Jun '16 5:13:24 AM Doug86
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* Subverted in ''{{Peanuts}}'', where there ain't no rule that says a dog can't play baseball... but he plays just like every other member of the team (and it's ''[[ButtMonkey Charlie Brown's]]'' team), and Snoopy sometimes gets mistaken for a short kid with a big nose. Except in the TV specials ''Charlie Brown's All Stars'' and ''It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown'', where in order to get into an organized league, the team must abide by its rules against animal players. In the latter, Lucy was not allowed as a girl, but [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Little League Baseball had changed its policies]] just in time for Lucy to play.

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* Subverted in ''{{Peanuts}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', where there ain't no rule that says a dog can't play baseball... but he plays just like every other member of the team (and it's ''[[ButtMonkey Charlie Brown's]]'' team), and Snoopy sometimes gets mistaken for a short kid with a big nose. Except in the TV specials ''Charlie Brown's All Stars'' and ''It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown'', where in order to get into an organized league, the team must abide by its rules against animal players. In the latter, Lucy was not allowed as a girl, but [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Little League Baseball had changed its policies]] just in time for Lucy to play.
17th Jun '16 2:22:19 PM margdean56
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Just then, the power of plot reveals that the new kid owns TropeyTheWonderDog, an animal with astounding abilities which could make him a contender in this very sport! He petitions the team coach to try Tropey, where the dog's natural aptitude makes him an instant success. Come the night of the big game, out trots Tropey -- the other team may rant and rave, but there's nothing they can do about it. Why? [[AintNoRule Ain't no specific rule again' it!]] This is the Animal Athlete Loophole.

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Just then, the power of plot reveals that the new kid owns TropeyTheWonderDog, an animal with astounding abilities which could make him a contender in this very sport! He petitions the team coach to try Tropey, where the dog's natural aptitude makes him an instant success. Come the night of the big game, out trots Tropey -- the other team may rant and rave, but there's nothing they can do about it. Why? [[AintNoRule Ain't no specific rule again' agin' it!]] This is the Animal Athlete Loophole.
16th Jun '16 12:30:45 PM Jake
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* ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' has an example that's close to this trope in spirit when a wheelchair user shows up at a recruitment office for the local [[HomeGuard volunteer anti-zombie militia]] guarding a suburban neighbourhood in the SafeZone. It takes a certain amount of arm-twisting on his part, but the recruiters do eventually concede that anyone who can slog their way to said SafeZone through a ZombieApocalypse probably meets the definition of 'able-bodied' whether their legs work or not.
15th Jun '16 3:40:18 AM Snicka
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* In the short story "A verhetetlen tizenegy" ("The unbeatable eleven") by Hungarian writer György Moldova, a Hungarian football trainer [[AssignedToAntarctica assigned to Africa]] recruits a team of athletically talented great apes and returns with them to Hungary. The apes enter the football league and quickly become champions. Then the trope gets {{inverted}} when the team's manager tries to convince the trainer to get his not-too-bright son in the team, saying that there ain't no rule a human can't play in an all-ape team (and suggests that his son might wear a gorilla suit to not stand out too much).

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* In the short story "A verhetetlen tizenegy" ("The unbeatable eleven") by Hungarian writer György Moldova, a Hungarian football trainer [[AssignedToAntarctica [[ReassignedToAntarctica assigned to Africa]] recruits a team of athletically talented great apes and returns with them to Hungary. The apes enter the football league and quickly become champions. Then the trope gets {{inverted}} when the team's manager tries to convince the trainer to get his not-too-bright son in the team, saying that there ain't no rule a human can't play in an all-ape team (and suggests that his son might wear a gorilla suit to not stand out too much).
15th Jun '16 3:39:47 AM Snicka
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* In the short story "A verhetetlen tizenegy" ("The unbeatable eleven") by Hungarian writer György Moldova, a Hungarian football trainer [[AssignedToAntarctica assigned to Africa]] recruits a team of athletically talented great apes and returns with them to Hungary. The apes enter the football league and quickly become champions. Then the trope gets {{inverted}} when the team's manager tries to convince the trainer to get his not-too-bright son in the team, saying that there ain't no rule a human can't play in an all-ape team (and suggests that his son might wear a gorilla suit to not stand out too much).
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