History Main / DarkHorseVictory

20th Mar '17 4:46:00 PM FGHIK
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* Everybody else but the Dark Horse (or just the two main rivals) [[DickDastardlyStopToCheat stopped to cheat]], [[CheatersNeverProsper making this person the winner by default]].

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* Everybody else but the Dark Horse (or just the two main rivals) [[DickDastardlyStopToCheat [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat stopped to cheat]], [[CheatersNeverProsper making this person the winner by default]].
20th Mar '17 4:45:29 PM FGHIK
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* Everybody else but the Dark Horse (or just the two main rivals) [[CheatersNeverProsper cheated]], making this person the winner by default.

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* Everybody else but the Dark Horse (or just the two main rivals) [[DickDastardlyStopToCheat stopped to cheat]], [[CheatersNeverProsper cheated]], making this person the winner by default.
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10th Mar '17 9:11:40 AM CosmicFerret
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* The [[EuropeanChampionship Euro '92]] international [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] European Championships. Due to the eruption of CivilWar in Yugoslavia causing the country, a notable footballing power, to be removed from the tournament after they had qualified but before it could start, a replacement nation had to be drafted in at the last minute to make up the numbers. UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}}, runners-up to the Yugoslavs in qualifying, [[TheHopelessReplacement took their slot]]. In an evenly-matched group stage they managed a goalless draw against [[BritishFootyTeams England]] before losing to local rivals UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}}. In the crucial last group game the unfancied Danes went up against big guns UsefulNotes/{{France}} for what turned out to be a straight fight for second place (behind the Swedes) and a spot in the semi-finals, and sneaked through 2-1 after a late winner. Denmark then encountered defending champions the [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands Netherlands]] in the semis, and shockingly overturned them in a 5-4 penalty shootout victory. This pitted them against UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} in the final; the Germans remain one of the sport's perennial powerhouses and were the incumbent world champions. Guess who won. There was even a dark horse ''scorer'', as in amongst an assembly of world-class striking talent it was Danish defensive midfielder John Jensen who netted their first goal in a 2-0 triumph a man who otherwise managed just 3 international goals in nearly 80 matches across eight years, and who subsequent to this final would be signed by English giants Arsenal, where in 130-odd games he would famously score only ''once''.

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* The [[EuropeanChampionship [[UsefulNotes/EuropeanChampionship Euro '92]] international [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] European Championships. Due to the eruption of CivilWar in Yugoslavia causing the country, a notable footballing power, to be removed from the tournament after they had qualified but before it could start, a replacement nation had to be drafted in at the last minute to make up the numbers. UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}}, runners-up to the Yugoslavs in qualifying, [[TheHopelessReplacement took their slot]]. In an evenly-matched group stage they managed a goalless draw against [[BritishFootyTeams England]] before losing to local rivals UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}}. In the crucial last group game the unfancied Danes went up against big guns UsefulNotes/{{France}} for what turned out to be a straight fight for second place (behind the Swedes) and a spot in the semi-finals, and sneaked through 2-1 after a late winner. Denmark then encountered defending champions the [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands Netherlands]] in the semis, and shockingly overturned them in a 5-4 penalty shootout victory. This pitted them against UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} in the final; the Germans remain one of the sport's perennial powerhouses and were the incumbent world champions. Guess who won. There was even a dark horse ''scorer'', as in amongst an assembly of world-class striking talent it was Danish defensive midfielder John Jensen who netted their first goal in a 2-0 triumph a man who otherwise managed just 3 international goals in nearly 80 matches across eight years, and who subsequent to this final would be signed by English giants Arsenal, where in 130-odd games he would famously score only ''once''.
9th Mar '17 4:47:52 PM MajinAkuma
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* During the final rounds of the Autumn Festival Arc of ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'', everyone was so engrossed with the rivalry between Akira and Kurokiba, and the fact that Souma is also in the finals was barely acknowledged. [[spoiler:However, the trope ended up being subverted as, after the judges remarked that all 3 dishes were equally good, they declare Akira as the victor.]]

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* During the final rounds of the Autumn Festival Arc of ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'', everyone was so engrossed with the rivalry between Akira Hayama and Kurokiba, and the fact that Souma is also in the finals was barely acknowledged. [[spoiler:However, the trope ended up being subverted as, after the judges remarked that all 3 dishes were equally good, they declare Akira Hayama as the victor.]]
8th Mar '17 3:31:29 PM costanton11
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* The 1972 Democratic nomination initially saw 1968 vice presidential nominee Edmund Muskie as the frontrunner, with former Vice President Hubert Humphrey also picking up momentum, and George Wallace doing well in the Southern primaries after his third party run as a segregationist candidate in 1968. However, the anti-Vietnam War candidate George McGovern built up a grassroots campaign and managed to secure the nomination.

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* The 1972 Democratic nomination initially saw 1968 vice presidential nominee Edmund Muskie as the frontrunner, with former Vice President Hubert Humphrey also picking up momentum, and George Wallace doing well in the Southern primaries after his third party run as a segregationist candidate in 1968. However, the anti-Vietnam War candidate George McGovern [=McGovern=] built up a grassroots campaign and managed to secure the nomination.
8th Mar '17 3:30:51 PM costanton11
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* The 1976 Democratic primaries included many well known contenders, with Jerry Brown, Henry M. Jackson, and George Wallace the favorites to win the nomination. The eventual winner was little-known former Georgia governor (and later President) Jimmy Carter, who was such a dark horse going into the primaries that when he told his mother he was running for president, she responded, "president of what?"

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* The 1972 Democratic nomination initially saw 1968 vice presidential nominee Edmund Muskie as the frontrunner, with former Vice President Hubert Humphrey also picking up momentum, and George Wallace doing well in the Southern primaries after his third party run as a segregationist candidate in 1968. However, the anti-Vietnam War candidate George McGovern built up a grassroots campaign and managed to secure the nomination.
* The 1976 Democratic primaries included many well known contenders, with Jerry Brown, Mo Udall, Henry M. Jackson, and George Wallace the favorites to win the nomination. The eventual winner was little-known former Georgia governor (and later President) Jimmy Carter, who was such a dark horse going into the primaries that when he told his mother he was running for president, she responded, "president of what?"
3rd Mar '17 7:10:24 PM Xtifr
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* OlderThanFeudalism example: In 63BC, the Romans held an election for the highly prestigious post of Pontifex Maximus (essentially, the chief priest). Fashionable opinion during the campaign was that it boiled down to a contest between two very old, very influential ex-consuls, Quintus Lutatius Catulus and Publius Servilius Vatia Isauricus, both typical candidates for the job. However, the two were too keen on the position (which was for life) to pull out and let the other take it, and wound up splitting the conservative, patrician vote... allowing a very young and then-unknown senator to score a sensational example of this trope. Still, surely the largely ceremonial position couldn't lead to any major revolution in Roman life? Well, maybe if the young senator in question weren't a certain Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar...

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* OlderThanFeudalism example: In 63BC, the Romans held an election for the highly prestigious post of Pontifex Maximus (essentially, the chief priest). Fashionable opinion during the campaign was that it boiled down to a contest between two very old, very influential ex-consuls, Quintus Lutatius Catulus and Publius Servilius Vatia Isauricus, both typical candidates for the job. However, the two were too keen on the position (which was for life) to pull out and let the other take it, and wound up splitting the conservative, patrician vote... allowing a very young and then-unknown senator to score a sensational example of this trope. Still, surely the largely ceremonial position couldn't lead to any major revolution in Roman life? Well, maybe if the young senator in question weren't a certain Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar...UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar...
1st Mar '17 7:13:41 PM jharrison3051
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* This was also a very real threat during the 2008 elections, with UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton supporters threatening to defect to [=McCain=] should UsefulNotes/BarackObama take the nomination (and in fact, some did, apparently having no idea that there exist other parties besides Republican and Democrat in America). [=McCain=] himself was a DarkHorseVictory on the Republican side, with the front-runners originally being Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. Which was itself a case of this trope, as [=McCain=] and Giuliani had been the initial frontrunners... only for [=McCain=] to stumble badly and Romney (and a host of others) to come swooping in.

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* This was also a very real threat during John [=McCain=]'s early victory in the 2008 elections, with UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton supporters threatening to defect to [=McCain=] should UsefulNotes/BarackObama take the nomination (and in fact, some did, apparently having no idea that there exist other parties besides Republican and Democrat in America). [=McCain=] himself primaries was a DarkHorseVictory on unexpected leading up to the Republican side, first contests, with the front-runners originally being Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. Which During the summer of 2007, [=McCain=]'s campaign fundraising was itself a case of this trope, as [=McCain=] poor and Giuliani had been he was forced to dramatically downsize his staff, leading my news outlets to predict he would drop out of the initial frontrunners... only for [=McCain=] to stumble badly race before the primaries even began. He gained in the polls until the end of the year, and Romney (and a host of others) to come swooping in.became the frontrunner after winning the New Hampshire and Florida primaries.



* Months before the 2016 Republican primaries began it looked like it was going to be a Jeb Bush coronation, with some competition from newer party faces like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, while many viewed Donald Trump's candidacy as a publicity stunt. ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement what anyone thinks of Mr. Trump's policies is beyond the scope of this article]]). [[DivideAndConquer Early on the Establishment vote was split so many ways among so many Candidates, most of whom agreed on the major issues]], Trump was able to dominate the field with a minority of the vote mainly by [[TooQuirkyToLose giving platforms that the majority of the Party disagreed with, but was able to rally a minority of the party larger than any other single candidate's base.]] It also helped that Trump was given a deafening amount of media coverage, more than all of his competition combined. Later it become [[DoubleSubversion a more traditional version of this trope with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.]] Many pundits noted that Cruz and Rubio often spent more time either attacking each other, or appealing to each others' voters, than they did addressing either Trump or his base...[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg also, John Kasich stuck around.]]

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* Months before the 2016 Republican primaries began it the race looked like it was going to be a Jeb Bush coronation, with some competition the possibility of an upset from newer party faces like Marco Rubio and or Ted Cruz, while many viewed Donald Trump's the candidacy of Donald Trump, a television host who had never held prior office, as a publicity stunt. ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement what What anyone thinks of Mr. Trump's policies is beyond the scope of this article]]). article]].) [[DivideAndConquer Early on the Establishment establishment vote was split so many ways among so many Candidates, candidates, most of whom agreed on the major issues]], Trump was able to dominate the field with a minority of the vote mainly by [[TooQuirkyToLose giving platforms that the majority of the Party disagreed with, but was able to rally a minority of the party larger than any other single candidate's base.]] It also helped that Trump was given a deafening amount of media coverage, more than all of his competition combined. Later it become [[DoubleSubversion a more traditional version of this trope with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.]] Many pundits noted that Cruz and Rubio often spent more time either attacking each other, or appealing to each others' voters, than they did addressing either Trump or his base...[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg also, John Kasich stuck around.]]
26th Feb '17 9:25:34 PM EvilKid
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* In general, whenever a princess is introduced in story of manga/anime/light novel/web novel you can safely bet that she will sit on throne before series end or at least becoming crown princess despite her claim how far she is in inheritance line. Bonus point if she crossdress and introduce herself as prince.
22nd Feb '17 9:06:43 AM costanton11
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* In 1952, incumbent President Harry S. Truman had initially attempted to gain the nomination again for the Democratic Party, but dropped out due to low approval ratings and poor showings in early primaries. Estes Kefauver then became the frontrunner, but the party bosses refused to support him because the viewed him as a maverick who couldn't be trusted. The Democrats attempted to find another candidate, but all had weaknesses. Richard Russell Jr. had support in the South but his support of segregation made him unacceptable to the Northern Democrats. W. Averall Harriman was Truman's preferred choice, but was seen as too inexperienced. Vice President Alben W. Barkley was rejected for being too old. Ultimately the Democrats decided on Adlai Stevenson, who had few weaknesses but didn't seem town the nomination, as their candidate.

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* In 1952, incumbent President Harry S. Truman had initially attempted to gain the nomination again for the Democratic Party, but dropped out due to low approval ratings and poor showings in early primaries. Estes Kefauver then became the frontrunner, but the party bosses refused to support him because the viewed him as a maverick who couldn't be trusted. The Democrats attempted to find another candidate, but all had weaknesses. Richard Russell Jr. had support in the South but his support of segregation made him unacceptable to the Northern Democrats. W. Averall Harriman was Truman's preferred choice, but was seen as too inexperienced. Vice President Alben W. Barkley was rejected for being too old. Ultimately the Democrats decided on Adlai Stevenson, who had few weaknesses but didn't seem town to want the nomination, as their candidate.
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