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18th Feb '18 4:33:54 AM nighttrainfm
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** In ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', Granny Weatherwax challenges Death to a poker game for the soul of a dying child, with the stakes being that if she wins he'll instead [[BalancingDeathsBooks take the sick cow in his place]] (but if ''he'' wins, it's double or nothing; Granny has to put her own life on the line as well). Granny initially tries to cheat , but Death insists they exchange hands. Granny has four queens -- and Death admits defeat, having "only [[AC:four ones]]" (Death, in addition being [[DontFearTheReaper a pretty nice guy]], knows not to cross Granny Weatherwax.)

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** In ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', Granny Weatherwax challenges Death to a poker game for the soul of a dying child, with the stakes being that if she wins he'll instead [[BalancingDeathsBooks take the sick cow in his place]] (but if ''he'' wins, it's double or nothing; Granny has to put her own life on the line as well). Granny initially tries to cheat , but Death insists they exchange hands. Granny has four queens -- and Death admits defeat, having "only [[AC:four ones]]" (Death, in addition to being [[DontFearTheReaper a pretty nice guy]], knows not to cross Granny Weatherwax.)



--->[[AC: Did you say humans play this for fun?]]
--->"Some of them get to be very good at it, yes. I'm only an amateur, I'm afraid."

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--->[[AC: Did you say humans play this it for fun?]]
--->"Some of them get to be very good at it, yes. I'm only an amateur, I'm afraid."
18th Feb '18 3:51:23 AM jormis29
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* In the 2011 short film ''Dave Vs. Death'', David [[NameOfCain Kane]] dies, and in the void between life and the afterlife he propositions Death for a game of chess. The rules dictate that for every piece David loses, one of his loved ones will die. [[spoiler:By the end it's revealed as a XanatosGambit on David's part: all his friends were plotting behind his back, so if he beat Death then he would regain life, but if he lost, then he would take all his false friends with him to the grave. Death doesn't like the fact that Dave cheated to win and starts a new game, although Dave's "friends" are still dead.]] Death is played by Julian Richings, who had earlier portrayed Death in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.

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* In the 2011 short film ''Dave Vs. Death'', David [[NameOfCain Kane]] dies, and in the void between life and the afterlife he propositions Death for a game of chess. The rules dictate that for every piece David loses, one of his loved ones will die. [[spoiler:By the end it's revealed as a XanatosGambit on David's part: all his friends were plotting behind his back, so if he beat Death then he would regain life, but if he lost, then he would take all his false friends with him to the grave. Death doesn't like the fact that Dave cheated to win and starts a new game, although Dave's "friends" are still dead.]] Death is played by Julian Richings, Creator/JulianRichings, who had earlier portrayed Death in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
17th Feb '18 6:51:15 AM Sollers
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', winning a contest with Death all depends on [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0718.html choosing the right contest.]]
27th Jan '18 5:16:58 PM jamespolk
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* Short film ''Film/TheDove'', another Bergman parody, has the heroine playing ''badminton'' with Death.
12th Jan '18 4:14:34 PM ShinyManaphy
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* An example which is more PlayedForLaughs than most comes from ''TheAdventureZoneBalance'', in which Kravitz the GrimReaper offers Merle a chance to save Noelle's soul through a quick game of cards. Merle happens to have a deck of cards on him, [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu but it's a cheat deck]].Kravitz doesn't spot the cheat, so Noelle is free to go.
9th Jan '18 12:51:14 AM HeroicJay
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* A Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' sees Brain challenge one "Mr. Itch" (implied to be Satan) to rhythmic gymnastics for Pinky's soul (which he had voluntarily offered to Mr. Itch in exchange for Brain becoming the ruler of the world) -- but Mr. Itch specifies that if Brain wins, he loses control of the world and can never try to take it over again. Brain goes through with it anyway, and his routine is scored a perfect 10. Mr. Itch barely even tries, but as the judges are his own minions, they give him [[UpToEleven a score of 11]]. The ResetButton is only hit when [[spoiler:Pinky reveals that he actually sold his soul for ''two'' things, one of which Mr. Itch cannot provide, which means the original deal is void.]]
5th Jan '18 10:25:39 PM pwiegle
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* Parodied in a ''Saturday Night Live'' sketch, where Death has given up chess in favor of Trivial Pursuit -- the Baby Doom edition. The categories are: Death, Death, Hell, Armageddon, Death, and Sports.


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* Parodied in a ''Saturday Night Live'' sketch, where Death has given up chess in favor of Trivial Pursuit -- the Baby Doom edition. The categories are: Death, Death, Hell, Armageddon, Death, and Sports.
5th Jan '18 10:23:47 PM pwiegle
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* Parodied in a ''Saturday Night Live'' sketch, where Death has given up chess in favor of Trivial Pursuit -- the Baby Doom edition. The categories are: Death, Death, Hell, Armageddon, Death, and Sports.
21st Dec '17 11:52:39 AM TheGreatConversation
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The most mimicked version is to have a dying man challenge TheGrimReaper to a TabletopGame/{{chess}} game in return for a longer life, hence the trope title. See also EnemiesWithDeath and SmartPeoplePlayChess. But it doesn't have to be chess--if the player is allowed to ''pick'' the game, [[CookingDuel absolutely anything could happen]].

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The most mimicked version is to have a dying man challenge TheGrimReaper to a TabletopGame/{{chess}} game in return for a longer life, hence the trope title. See also EnemiesWithDeath and SmartPeoplePlayChess. But it doesn't have to be chess--if the player is allowed to ''pick'' the game, [[CookingDuel absolutely anything could can happen]].
21st Dec '17 11:52:13 AM TheGreatConversation
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This is OlderThanFeudalism, with examples dating back to Greek myths of the 5th century BC - Apollo had at least one musical duel, the Muses had another musical contest, and Athena had a weaving contest with Arachne (the details vary between different versions, but the end result is that Arachne was turned into a spider). Note that the Greek Gods were prone to throwing tantrums if they were beaten and cursing the mortals for it - having the supernatural entity take a defeat on the chin was a rarity.

The most mimicked version is to have a dying man challenge TheGrimReaper to a TabletopGame/{{chess}} game in return for a longer life, hence the trope title. See also EnemiesWithDeath and SmartPeoplePlayChess. However, it doesn't have to be chess - if the player is allowed to ''pick'' the game, [[CookingDuel absolutely anything could happen]].

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This is OlderThanFeudalism, with examples dating back to Greek myths of the 5th century BC - Apollo BC--Apollo had at least one musical duel, the Muses had another musical contest, and Athena had a weaving contest with Arachne (the details vary between different versions, but the end result is that Arachne was is turned into a spider). Note that the Greek Gods were prone to throwing tantrums if they were beaten and cursing the mortals for it - it; having the supernatural entity take a defeat on the chin was a rarity.

The most mimicked version is to have a dying man challenge TheGrimReaper to a TabletopGame/{{chess}} game in return for a longer life, hence the trope title. See also EnemiesWithDeath and SmartPeoplePlayChess. However, But it doesn't have to be chess - if chess--if the player is allowed to ''pick'' the game, [[CookingDuel absolutely anything could happen]].
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