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11th Jun '18 11:24:55 AM HeinousActsZX
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* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', the mission for Week 2 Day 2 requires the players of the Reaper's Game to win a Tin Pin Slammer tournament. Neku turns out to be something of a natural, but is totally outclassed by Shooter, who destroys him in the semifinal. However, because Joshua tampered with his pins, Shooter ends up losing the tournament to Sota, another player, who Neku and Joshua hadn't even met yet.
7th Jun '18 6:17:33 PM costanton11
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* In ''Fanfic/CandyForYourThoughts,'' [[spoiler:Ezekiel]] winds up the winner of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'' due to a technicality.

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* In ''Fanfic/CandyForYourThoughts,'' [[spoiler:Ezekiel]] winds up the winner of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama World Tour'' due to a technicality.
5th Jun '18 9:37:12 PM LittleDancerGirl
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** Although Myriah Perkins, the only BSC charge who had a realistic shot, did come in runner-up. Given that the second-place prize was a shopping spree at a toy store, while the winner got a savings bond and entry into another pageant, Myriah makes it clear she's quite happy with the outcome.
5th Jun '18 9:29:36 PM LittleDancerGirl
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* In ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', rivals Amber von Tussle and Tracy Turnblad were both in the Miss Teen Hairspray contest. In the musical film version [[spoiler:Little Inez wins instead. Still a victory for Tracy.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', rivals Amber von Tussle and Tracy Turnblad were both in the Miss Teen Hairspray contest. contest (which Tracy wins in both the original film and the stage musical). In the musical film version [[spoiler:Little version, [[spoiler:Link gets a spur-of-the-moment idea to ask Little Inez wins instead. Still to dance (she was supposed to dance on the next Negro Day, and was devastated when it was cancelled) and she ends up winning in a victory for Tracy.last-minute surge of votes. However, even though it means she loses the title, Tracy is clearly thrilled by this turn of events.]]
12th May '18 9:16:00 AM OlfinBedwere
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** The following year, Nuttall resigned after the party's vote collapsed at the general election. Several party veterans such as Peter Whittle, Jane Collins, and John Rees-Evans entered the race, but with the vote split seven ways it quickly appeared as though there would be a dark horse victor in the shape of Anne-Marie Waters, a far-right activist who ran on the express goal of reforming UKIP into an anti-Islam party, and whose supporters had reportedly joined the party en masse. The end result was even ''more'' of a shock, as Waters finished second behind Henry Bolton, a previously fairly obscure party member who won out largely thanks to having the important endorsement of Nigel Farage, and much less baggage than the other candidates.[[note]](Or rather, his baggage didn't come out until several months later, when it was alleged that he had been cheating on his then-wife with a glamour model, whose political views were almost as far-right as those of Waters. There were also further allegations from two of his ex-wives that he was a serial love rat)[[/note]]

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** The following year, Nuttall resigned after the party's vote collapsed at the general election. Several party veterans such as Peter Whittle, Jane Collins, and John Rees-Evans entered the race, but with the vote split seven ways it quickly appeared as though there would be a dark horse victor in the shape of Anne-Marie Waters, a far-right activist who ran on the express goal of reforming UKIP into an anti-Islam party, and whose supporters had reportedly joined the party en masse. The end result was even ''more'' of a shock, as Waters finished second behind Henry Bolton, a previously fairly obscure party member who won out largely thanks to having the important endorsement of Nigel Farage, and much less baggage than the other candidates.[[note]](Or rather, his baggage didn't come Or so it seemed...
** After only five months, Bolton was ousted as leader after it turned
out until several months later, when it was alleged that that, contrary to the "family man" image he put across in the leadership contest, he had been cheating on left his then-wife wife shortly after becoming leader, in order to date a model with a glamour model, whose political views were almost as far-right as those of Waters. There In the aftermath, potential candidates were also further allegations David Kurten, who was the only contender aside from two of his ex-wives Bolton who didn't massively under-perform in the previous leadership election and/or quit the party afterwards, and Bill Etheridge, a two-time leadership contender, with some even predicting that he was Nigel Farage would make his long-tipped comeback. Instead, the party decided to not bother with a serial love rat)[[/note]]formal leadership election at all and named acting leader Gerard Batten as permanent leader, widely thought to be because they ''couldn't afford another leadership election''.
7th May '18 3:10:12 PM mlsmithca
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** 2017: Tim Farron steps down as leader, in part due to only being able to produce a mild improvement at the general election, but moreso because his personal beliefs came under attack for being opposed to most of the party's policies. It was initially treated as a ForegoneConclusion by most that Jo Swinson, who had just returned to parliament after losing her seat in 2015, would succeed Farron and become the party's first female leader. However, she refused to contest the position and opted to become ''deputy'' leader instead. Norman Lamb was then tipped to make a second shot, but he instead nominated veteran MP and former interim leader Vince Cable, who himself had just returned to parliament, as leader. Cable ended up being elected unopposed.

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** 2017: Tim Farron steps down as leader, in part due to only being able to produce a mild improvement at the general election, but moreso more so because his personal beliefs came under attack for being opposed to most of the party's policies. It was initially treated as a ForegoneConclusion by most that Jo Swinson, who had just returned to parliament after losing her seat in 2015, would succeed Farron and become the party's first female leader. However, she refused to contest the position and opted to become ''deputy'' leader instead. Norman Lamb was then tipped to make a second shot, but he instead nominated veteran MP and former interim leader Vince Cable, who himself had just returned to parliament, as leader. Cable ended up being elected unopposed.
29th Apr '18 9:36:17 AM danlansdowne
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* Another Canadian example- the 1976 Progressive Conservative Leadership Convention was split between front-runners Flora Macdonald on the left and Claude Wagner on the right. The Party eventually chose the little-known Joseph Clark, leading to the next-day memorable headline "Joe Who?" (he went on to win the Prime Minister position.)

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* Another Canadian example- the 1976 Progressive Conservative Leadership Convention was split between front-runners Flora Macdonald on the left and Claude Wagner on the right. The Party eventually chose the little-known Joseph Clark, leading to the next-day memorable headline "Joe Who?" (he went on to win the Prime Minister position.position...briefly.)
20th Apr '18 9:59:18 AM costanton11
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** Speaking of Hamon and Fillon, their nominations were also examples. The Socialist primary was originally thought to be a race between former prime minister Manuel Valls and former finance minster Arnaud Montebourg. However Hamon gained support and managed to knock Montebourg out of the running in the first round and beat Valls in the second round. In the Republican primary, former prime minister Alain Juppé was seen as the frontrunner to win the nomination, with former president Nicolas Sarkozy projected to come in second in the first round. However Fillon, also a former prime minister, managed to win an upset victory in the first rounding, knocking Sarkozy into third place, and proceeded to beat Juppé by a large margin in the second round.

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** Speaking of Hamon and Fillon, their nominations were also examples. The Socialist primary was originally thought to be a race between former prime minister Manuel Valls and former finance minster Arnaud Montebourg. However Hamon gained support and managed to knock Montebourg out of the running in the first round and beat Valls in the second round. In the Republican primary, former prime minister Alain Juppé was seen as the frontrunner to win the nomination, with former president Nicolas Sarkozy projected to come in second in the first round. However Fillon, also a former prime minister, managed to win an upset victory in the first rounding, round, knocking Sarkozy into third place, and proceeded to beat Juppé by a large margin in the second round.
13th Apr '18 10:06:16 PM Gamermaster
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* In the Buu saga in Dragonball Z, the contestants in the World Martial Arts Tournament included all of the Z-senshi, the Supreme Kai and Kibito, and two humans powered up by Babidi's magic. The eventual winner? [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Dragonball}}'':
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In the Buu saga in Dragonball Z, ''Anime/DragonballZ'', the contestants in the World Martial Arts Tournament included all of the Z-senshi, the Supreme Kai and Kibito, and two humans powered up by Babidi's magic. The eventual winner? [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]].Satan]].
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' ''Universal Survival Arc'' ends not with Goku or Frieza being the last man standing but [[spoiler: ''17'' since the latter two sacrificed themselves to knock off Jiren and secure the win for Universe 7. Honestly the main cast were as shocked as the real life audience was.]]



* In a way, Manga/MahouSenseiNegima's harem ended this way. After many chapters about [[ShrinkingViolet Nodoka]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Yue]] having to deal with loving the same boy and everything about [[{{Tsundere}} Asuna]] and [[RobotGirl Chachamaru]], the one who ended winning Negi's heart in the end was [[spoiler:[[{{Hikikomori}} Chisame]],]] of all people.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' ''Universal Survival Arc'' ends not with Goku or Frieza being the last man standing but [[spoiler: ''17'' since the latter two sacrificed themselves to knock off Jiren and secure the win for Universe 7. Honestly the main cast were as shocked as the real life audience was.]]

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* In a way, Manga/MahouSenseiNegima's ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'''s harem ended this way. After many chapters about [[ShrinkingViolet Nodoka]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Yue]] having to deal with loving the same boy and everything about [[{{Tsundere}} Asuna]] and [[RobotGirl Chachamaru]], the one who ended winning Negi's heart in the end was [[spoiler:[[{{Hikikomori}} Chisame]],]] of all people.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' ''Universal Survival Arc'' ends not with Goku or Frieza being the last man standing but [[spoiler: ''17'' since the latter two sacrificed themselves to knock off Jiren and secure the win for Universe 7. Honestly the main cast were as shocked as the real life audience was.]]
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10th Apr '18 6:55:10 PM foxley
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* ''Series/LittleLunch'': In "The Beep Test", Debra Jo--who is the one who hates the beep test the most--is the last one standing after Tamara sprains her ankle, Atticus makes himself sic, Melanie cramps her foot by attempting to force it into a too small cast, and Rory (who decides to run wearing an eyepatch) collides with Battie and takes them both out.
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