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22nd Aug '16 2:38:49 PM MrDeath
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* A strange example occurs in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. When Sephiroth goes mad [[spoiler: and it turns out Cloud had been taking on Zack's persona. The fights went like this: Tifa vs. Sephiroth, Zack vs. Sephiroth, and a random mook (not even a Class-Three SOLDIER) vs. Sephiroth. The winner of the first two is Sephiroth. The winner of the third fight? The random mook, AKA CLOUD IN DISGUISE!]]

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* A strange example occurs in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. When Sephiroth goes mad [[spoiler: and it turns out Cloud had been taking on Zack's persona. The fights went like this: Tifa vs. Sephiroth, Zack vs. Sephiroth, and a random mook (not even a Class-Three SOLDIER) vs. Sephiroth. The winner of the first two is Sephiroth. The winner of the third fight? The random mook, AKA CLOUD IN DISGUISE!]]who turns out to be Cloud.]]
20th Aug '16 6:54:23 PM megajake
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* Played With (for laughs) in a episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' which finds the titular Doug running against a classmate for student council treasurer. In the end, neither student wins the election and an adult businessman is elected to the student council due to Skeeter using leftover campaign materials from his uncle's failed campaign for city treasurer. Skeeter's uncle had the same initials as Doug.
10th Aug '16 1:48:44 PM Willbyr
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* In an episode of ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', the Mermaid Princesses and Dark Lovers face off in a beauty contest, each side vaguely suspecting the other's identities. They all get beaten out by some random girl named Caren... who turns up again soon after, revealed to be [[SixthRanger not so random after all]].

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* In an episode of ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', the Mermaid Princesses and Dark Lovers face off in a beauty contest, each side vaguely suspecting the other's identities. They all get beaten out by some random girl named Caren... who turns up again soon after, revealed to be [[SixthRanger not so random after all]].
2nd Aug '16 7:08:31 AM JamesAustin
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-->-- '''Creator/BenjaminDisraeli''', ''The Young Duke''

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-->-- '''Creator/BenjaminDisraeli''', '''UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli''', ''The Young Duke''
24th Jul '16 3:26:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheBradyBunch'': Judge Greg picked a third girl instead of Marcia or his girlfriend in a cheerleading tryout. Marcia is very understanding and concedes that Greg made the right decision, but the girlfriend dumps him, leading Greg to conclude that she was only dating him so she could win the competition.

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* ''TheBradyBunch'': ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Judge Greg picked a third girl instead of Marcia or his girlfriend in a cheerleading tryout. Marcia is very understanding and concedes that Greg made the right decision, but the girlfriend dumps him, leading Greg to conclude that she was only dating him so she could win the competition.
13th Jul '16 2:24:34 PM margdean56
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** In a RealLife version of this, when Hasbro asked the fans to pick five Hall of Fame nominees, most fans predicted the five choices would be Soundwave, Shockwave, Grimlock, Jazz, and Rodimus. However, Rodimus didn't make it in... But [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Dinobot]] did. Then, nobody expected Dinobot to topple the others especially Soundwave but in the end... A character from Beast Wars beat four of the most famous TFs from G1.
* In ''ComicBook/{{PS238}},'' the students are supposed to vote between USA Patriot Act]] and American Eagle, two annoying, politically-supported heroes, for "Official Protector of Student Liberty and Guardian of Constitutional Values." Nobody likes either of them, so they all write in Tyler's name instead, figuring that it would be a good consolation prize to someone without superpowers. At first, the official candidates seem like they're going to be {{Graceful Loser}}s (because they "support democracy", after all), but they later try to get Tyler disqualified on a technicality.

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** In a RealLife version of this, when Hasbro asked the fans to pick five Hall of Fame nominees, most fans predicted the five choices would be Soundwave, Shockwave, Grimlock, Jazz, and Rodimus. However, Rodimus didn't make it in... But [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Dinobot]] did. Then, nobody expected Dinobot to topple the others especially Soundwave but in the end... A character from Beast Wars beat four of the most famous TFs [=TFs=] from G1.
* In ''ComicBook/{{PS238}},'' the students are supposed to vote between USA Patriot Act]] Act and American Eagle, two annoying, politically-supported heroes, for "Official Protector of Student Liberty and Guardian of Constitutional Values." Nobody likes either of them, so they all write in Tyler's name instead, figuring that it would be a good consolation prize to someone without superpowers. At first, the official candidates seem like they're going to be {{Graceful Loser}}s (because they "support democracy", after all), but they later try to get Tyler disqualified on a technicality.
13th Jul '16 2:21:47 PM margdean56
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** The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' vs. ''Literature/{{Twllight}}'' vs. ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' battle of 2012 was the most highly anticipated battle in the history of the Favorite Book category. But who expected ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' to walk out with the Blimp? And that's not even counting its victories in other years over young-adult heavyweights.

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** The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' vs. ''Literature/{{Twllight}}'' ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' vs. ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' battle of 2012 was the most highly anticipated battle in the history of the Favorite Book category. But who expected ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' to walk out with the Blimp? And that's not even counting its victories in other years over young-adult heavyweights.
13th Jul '16 2:19:36 PM margdean56
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Often, though not always, the third competitor who wins the award is a throw away character [[AssPull completely out of the blue]], who the audience may not have even known was in the competition until the end or, in fact, may have never seen before (or since). And even if they ''were'' seen, their performance may have been [[CrackDefeat inferior to either of the rivals]], even after you factor in their rivalry.

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Often, though not always, the third competitor who wins the award is a throw away throwaway character [[AssPull completely out of the blue]], who the audience may not have even known was in the competition until the end or, in fact, may have never seen before (or since). And even if they ''were'' seen, their performance may have been [[CrackDefeat inferior to either of the rivals]], even after you factor in their rivalry.
11th Jul '16 4:40:17 AM OlfinBedwere
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** 2016: After Cameron is forced to resign as Prime Minister following the country's vote to leave the UsefulNotes/EuropeanUnion, it was treated as a ForegoneConclusion by the press and much of the public that UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson would replace him. However, an ill-timed newspaper column where Johnson -- the de facto leader of the "Leave" campaign -- admitted still being unsure as to whether or not it was the best thing for the country, combined with fellow Leave campaigner Michael Gove (who had initially promised not to run for leader in exchange for becoming Johnson's chancellor) launching a brutal attack on him in the press and announcing his own candidacy, destroyed his support among the party and forced him to withdraw from the race.

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** 2016: After Cameron is forced to resign as Prime Minister following the country's vote to leave the UsefulNotes/EuropeanUnion, it was treated as a ForegoneConclusion by the press and much of the public that UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson would replace him. However, an ill-timed newspaper column where Johnson -- the de facto leader of the "Leave" campaign -- admitted still being unsure as to whether or not it was the best thing for the country, combined with fellow Leave campaigner Michael Gove (who had initially promised not to run for leader in exchange for becoming Johnson's chancellor) launching a brutal attack on him in the press and announcing his own candidacy, destroyed his support among the party and forced him to withdraw from the race. Gove himself was subsequently knocked out in the MP vote (along with Stephen Crabb and Liam Fox, both of whom were mostly seen as no-hopers), leaving Andrea Leadsom to face off against favorite UsefulNotes/TheresaMay for the membership vote. Many predicted that Leadsom might be able to pull this trope off, given her right-wing leanings and an apparent desire among the party membership to re-embrace Thatcherism. However, she wrecked her chances by seeming to accuse May of being unfit to become Prime Minister because she had never been a mother, resulting in a firestorm in the press that eventually caused Leadsom to drop out, leaving May as winner by default.
30th Jun '16 4:21:40 AM OlfinBedwere
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** 2016: After Cameron is forced to resign as Prime Minister following the country's vote to leave the UsefulNotes/EuropeanUnion, it was treated as a ForegoneConclusion by the press and much of the public that UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson would replace him. However, an ill-timed newspaper column where Johnson -- the de facto leader of the "Leave" campaign -- admitted still being unsure as to whether or not it was the best thing for the country, combined with fellow Leave campaigner Michael Gove (who had initially promised not to run for leader in exchange for becoming Johnson's chancellor) launching a brutal attack on him in the press and announcing his own candidacy, destroyed his support among the party and forced him to withdraw from the race.
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