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23rd Jun '16 1:32:54 PM Someoneman
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* Not literal chess, but in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIKingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', Alexander gets to challenge Death to save the souls of his lover's parents AND to leave the Realm of the Dead free. The challenge is especially difficult: make Death cry. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Alexander succeeds.]]

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* Not literal chess, but in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIKingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', Alexander gets to challenge Death to save the souls of his lover's parents AND to leave the Realm of the Dead free. The challenge is especially difficult: make Death cry. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Alexander succeeds.]]



* At the climax of ''Anime/SummerWars'', [[spoiler:Natsuki takes advantage of the fact that [[AIIsACrapshoot Love Machine]] treats everything as a game and played several matchs of Koi-Koi with it. Several CrowningMomentOfAwesome/[[CrowningMomentofHeartWarming Heart Warming]] later, she managed to [[MundaneMadeAwesome make a mere card game look epic]] and won back the millions of stolen accounts. If she lost? A missile-powered satellite will crash into a nuclear power station around the world and... yeah.]]

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* At the climax of ''Anime/SummerWars'', [[spoiler:Natsuki takes advantage of the fact that [[AIIsACrapshoot Love Machine]] treats everything as a game and played several matchs of Koi-Koi with it. Several CrowningMomentOfAwesome/[[CrowningMomentofHeartWarming Heart Warming]] later, she She managed to [[MundaneMadeAwesome make a mere card game look epic]] and won back the millions of stolen accounts. If she lost? A missile-powered satellite will crash into a nuclear power station around the world and... yeah.]]



'''Hark:''' ''(stronger)'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Open the window, let the birds sing]].\\

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'''Hark:''' ''(stronger)'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Open the window, let the birds sing]].sing.\\
4th May '16 1:28:42 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The premise of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' is the main character getting trapped into playing a chess game (Although the way it plays out looks more like 13 Dead End Drive) with a witch - with one big catch - it's HumanChess with his family as the chess set.

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* The premise of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is the main character getting trapped into playing a chess game (Although the way it plays out looks more like 13 Dead End Drive) with a witch - with one big catch - it's HumanChess with his family as the chess set.
3rd May '16 10:17:47 PM Travtex
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** Actually, that's a chess board he's approaching at the end. He takes off his shirt to reveal a 'World Chess Champion' tattoo to accompany his 'Ping-Pong Champion' tattoo from earlier.
5th Apr '16 9:52:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'':

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** ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "A Game Of Pool" features this when a man (Jesse Cardiff) who dedicated his life to pool would "give anything" for a chance to play Fats Brown, the pool player that everyone says was the best, and better than Jesse is. Fats Brown then gets a call from his heavenly pool table to report to Jesse's pool hall, where Fats then appears and accepts Jesse's challenge - if they stakes are for Jesse's life. Jesse accepts, and they play pool. Both are very good, but Fats gets on Jesse's nerves when he notes that ''all'' Jesse did was pool - he didn't get married or see the world or anything. Jesse thinks that Fats is just trying to psych him out. Before making the final shot, Fats says that winning this game may have undesired consequences - but Jesse blows him off. (Fats adds that he was required to say that.) Jesse makes the shot, and Fats acknowledges that Jesse is, in fact, the best pool player ever. Jesse laughs hysterically for a while - but the scene then cuts to Jesse asleep at the heavenly pool table, getting an announcement to report to a pool hall in Sandusky, Ohio. In the meantime, Fats Brown has gone fishing.
** In another episode from ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' (the new episodes from the 1980s), "I Of Newton", Sherman Hemsley is a mathematician trying to solve a complex problem. In frustration, he says he'd trade his soul for the answer. And sure enough, the devil (played by Ron Glass) appears. The devil (wearing a red T-shirt with an ever-changing series of slogans, the most memorable being "Hell is a City Much Like Newark") says the only way Hemsley can save himself is to come up with a request the devil can't perform - i.e., a riddle he can't solve, a game he can't win, an object he can't retrieve, and so on. The devil describes in fantastic detail how he can instantaneously appear anywhere, any time; how he can zip into and out of parallel universes, imaginary dimensions, impossible situations. At last the devil says, "What is your request?" And Hemsley's reply? "Get lost."
** And then there's another where the devil shows up to a few friends' poker game, intending to take one of their souls. When the soul he picks challenges him to a card game to decide it, the devil slyly accepts, and promptly gets caught cheating. To save face, he decided to fill their fridge with beer instead of killing them all, proving that even the devil could be a good sport.

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** ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' The episode "A Game Of Pool" features this when a man (Jesse Cardiff) who dedicated his life to pool would "give anything" for a chance to play Fats Brown, the pool player that everyone says was the best, and better than Jesse is. Fats Brown then gets a call from his heavenly pool table to report to Jesse's pool hall, where Fats then appears and accepts Jesse's challenge - if they stakes are for Jesse's life. Jesse accepts, and they play pool. Both are very good, but Fats gets on Jesse's nerves when he notes that ''all'' Jesse did was pool - he didn't get married or see the world or anything. Jesse thinks that Fats is just trying to psych him out. Before making the final shot, Fats says that winning this game may have undesired consequences - but Jesse blows him off. (Fats adds that he was required to say that.) Jesse makes the shot, and Fats acknowledges that Jesse is, in fact, the best pool player ever. Jesse laughs hysterically for a while - but the scene then cuts to Jesse asleep at the heavenly pool table, getting an announcement to report to a pool hall in Sandusky, Ohio. In the meantime, Fats Brown has gone fishing.
** * In another episode from ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' (the new episodes from the 1980s), ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'', "I Of Newton", Sherman Hemsley is a mathematician trying to solve a complex problem. In frustration, he says he'd trade his soul for the answer. And sure enough, the devil (played by Ron Glass) appears. The devil (wearing a red T-shirt with an ever-changing series of slogans, the most memorable being "Hell is a City Much Like Newark") says the only way Hemsley can save himself is to come up with a request the devil can't perform - i.e., a riddle he can't solve, a game he can't win, an object he can't retrieve, and so on. The devil describes in fantastic detail how he can instantaneously appear anywhere, any time; how he can zip into and out of parallel universes, imaginary dimensions, impossible situations. At last the devil says, "What is your request?" And Hemsley's reply? "Get lost."
** * And then there's another from ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002'' where the devil shows up to a few friends' poker game, intending to take one of their souls. When the soul he picks challenges him to a card game to decide it, the devil slyly accepts, and promptly gets caught cheating. To save face, he decided to fill their fridge with beer instead of killing them all, proving that even the devil could be a good sport.
1st Apr '16 9:44:08 AM ObsidianFire
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* Lampshaded, [[GenreSavvy like everything else]], by Geralt in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''. (When confronting [[spoiler:the King of the Wild Hunt]] at the end of the game.)

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* Lampshaded, [[GenreSavvy like everything else]], else, by Geralt in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''. (When confronting [[spoiler:the King of the Wild Hunt]] at the end of the game.)
26th Mar '16 10:05:06 AM darksoul4242
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* Not literal chess, but in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIKingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', Alexander gets to challenge Death to save the souls of his lover's parents AND to leave the Realm of the Dead free. The challenge is especially difficult: make Death cry. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Alexander succeeds.]]
26th Mar '16 9:59:45 AM darksoul4242
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* ''VideoGame//ReturnToZork'''s final showdown puts the player against the BigBad Morpheus in a game of Survivor [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame for both their own lives and the Kingdom of Zork]]. The game is chess-like and only has two pieces. The Mage Canuk and The Wizard Trembyle, [[HumanChess who actually are those two characters]] that have been [[TakenForGranite turned to stone.]] As well as all the other major magic wielders in the game who's statues blankly observe the contest. If Morpheus wins, the player shares the fate of the others. If the player wins, the spell over the others is broken and [[BigDamnHeroes they use their considerable power to send him back to]]...[[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere where is he from again?]]

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* ''VideoGame//ReturnToZork'''s ''VideoGame/ReturnToZork'''s final showdown puts the player against the BigBad Morpheus in a game of Survivor [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame for both their own lives and the Kingdom of Zork]]. The game is chess-like and only has two pieces. The Mage Canuk and The Wizard Trembyle, [[HumanChess who actually are those two characters]] that have been [[TakenForGranite turned to stone.]] As well as all the other major magic wielders in the game who's statues blankly observe the contest. If Morpheus wins, the player shares the fate of the others. If the player wins, the spell over the others is broken and [[BigDamnHeroes they use their considerable power to send him back to]]...[[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere where is he from again?]]
26th Feb '16 8:33:35 PM Hylarn
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24th Feb '16 10:45:35 PM bhlee0019
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* The entire premise of YuGiOh.
7th Feb '16 10:40:07 AM Andyroid
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* In the video for "I'll Be Haunting You", a guy who fell off a ladder challenges Death to a game of ping-pong. He wins, but [[HereWeGoAgain he dies again due to a falling toolbox, and then prepares to challenge Death to an arm-wrestling match]].

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* In the video for "I'll Be Haunting You", You" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants, a guy who fell off a ladder challenges Death to a game of ping-pong. He wins, but [[HereWeGoAgain he dies again due to a falling toolbox, and then prepares to challenge Death to an arm-wrestling match]].
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