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24th Jan '16 8:21:26 PM Nohbody
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'''[[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease Please, no real life examples]].''' [[noreallife]]

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4th Jan '16 7:08:56 PM DoctorCooper
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20th Dec '15 7:31:04 PM DDRMASTERM
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'''Please, no real life examples.'''

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'''Please, '''[[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease Please, no real life examples.examples]].'''
12th Oct '15 7:05:41 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Ojamajo Doremi'', with the random classmate of the week running against Tamaki Reika.

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* ''Ojamajo Doremi'', ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', with the random classmate of the week running against Tamaki Reika.



* ''Head of State'' had an attempt to throw a presidential election by a political party [[SpringtimeForHitler go horribly right]].

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* ''Head of State'' ''Film/HeadOfState'' had an attempt to throw a presidential election by a political party [[SpringtimeForHitler go horribly right]].



* While he was appointed rather than elected, Jimmy Stewart's breathtakingly naive character in the 1939 classic ''Mr. Smith Goes To Washington'' was the original Dork Horse Candidate.

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* While he was appointed rather than elected, Jimmy Stewart's breathtakingly naive character in the 1939 classic ''Mr. Smith Goes To Washington'' ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'' was the original Dork Horse Candidate.
15th Sep '15 6:49:42 PM MechWarrior
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* ''UruseiYatsura'' - In Mendo's introductory episode/chapter, he runs for class president on the platform of draconian punishments for misbehavior. Except not for the girls. Ataru is pressed into running against him by the boys, leading to a tied vote. To resolve that, they duel and Ataru wins, making Mendo the vice president.

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* ''UruseiYatsura'' ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' - In Mendo's introductory episode/chapter, he runs for class president on the platform of draconian punishments for misbehavior. Except not for the girls. Ataru is pressed into running against him by the boys, leading to a tied vote. To resolve that, they duel and Ataru wins, making Mendo the vice president.



* ''LightNovel/ToraDora'' - This trope gets a twist: Taiga runs for the position of student council president against Yuusaku in an attempt to motivate him to run for president himself. She almost would have won too, being the only candidate, despite threatening the student body with lots of misery when she'd hold the office.

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* ''LightNovel/ToraDora'' ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' - This trope gets a twist: Taiga runs for the position of student council president against Yuusaku in an attempt to motivate him to run for president himself. She almost would have won too, being the only candidate, despite threatening the student body with lots of misery when she'd hold the office.



* ''RevengeOfTheNerds'' is based around this, with the titular nerds wanting to take over the school council and get vengeance on their jock nemeses.

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* ''RevengeOfTheNerds'' ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' is based around this, with the titular nerds wanting to take over the school council and get vengeance on their jock nemeses.



* In the GordonKorman book ''Don't Care High'', two friends at the most boring, lackluster high school in the city, completely as a gag, select a random nobody student to promote as class president... and due to snowballing events he becomes an icon of cool to the entire student body, much to his bewilderment. The hitch of the story is, from beginning to end, the kid they pick is such a nondescript cipher that they never figure out anything at all about him. Not his real address, not his phone number, not his pastimes, they never see his home or his family, all his previous addresses and schools don't or no longer exist... they even go so far as to break into his confidential records ''and find literally nothing in it''. And at the end of the story the kid simply disappears -- "moved to another town" -- and his forwarding address is nonexistent as well. A cipher from beginning to end.

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* In the GordonKorman Creator/GordonKorman book ''Don't Care High'', two friends at the most boring, lackluster high school in the city, completely as a gag, select a random nobody student to promote as class president... and due to snowballing events he becomes an icon of cool to the entire student body, much to his bewilderment. The hitch of the story is, from beginning to end, the kid they pick is such a nondescript cipher that they never figure out anything at all about him. Not his real address, not his phone number, not his pastimes, they never see his home or his family, all his previous addresses and schools don't or no longer exist... they even go so far as to break into his confidential records ''and find literally nothing in it''. And at the end of the story the kid simply disappears -- "moved to another town" -- and his forwarding address is nonexistent as well. A cipher from beginning to end.



* ''[[{{Series.Heroes}} Heroes]]'' - Claire Bennet, despite being a pretty, popular cheerleader, still manages to win Homecoming Queen by presenting an underdog image to the school's geeks.

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* ''[[{{Series.Heroes}} Heroes]]'' ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' - Claire Bennet, despite being a pretty, popular cheerleader, still manages to win Homecoming Queen by presenting an underdog image to the school's geeks.



* ''{{Popular}}'' - April actually won after the more popular candidates dropped out.

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* ''{{Popular}}'' ''{{Series/Popular}}'' - April actually won after the more popular candidates dropped out.
21st Aug '15 1:05:09 PM ironballs16
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', "Disfigured Debbie." The RagtagBunchOfMisfits run one of their own against the AlphaBitch. She crushes their DorkHorseCandidate in a landslide, then the whole school throws a grand celebration of her victory.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', "Disfigured Debbie." The RagtagBunchOfMisfits run one of their own against the AlphaBitch. [[RealityEnsues She crushes their DorkHorseCandidate Milo in a landslide, landslide]], then the whole school throws a grand celebration of her victory.
19th Jun '15 5:41:34 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''{{Kamichu}}'' The under-confident goddess Yurie is pressed into running against a brilliant but obnoxious student for middle school student president. She wins in the usual fashion of the trope... then celebrates with a wave of crazy alterations to the school, uses up all her energy in the process, and passes out for a week. With Yurie unable to serve, the presidency passes to the obnoxious guy, who's furious he has to deal with the fiasco Yurie left him.

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* Subverted in ''{{Kamichu}}'' ''Anime/{{Kamichu}}'' The under-confident goddess Yurie is pressed into running against a brilliant but obnoxious student for middle school student president. She wins in the usual fashion of the trope... then celebrates with a wave of crazy alterations to the school, uses up all her energy in the process, and passes out for a week. With Yurie unable to serve, the presidency passes to the obnoxious guy, who's furious he has to deal with the fiasco Yurie left him.
28th Apr '15 3:20:53 PM nombretomado
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* In the classic ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/BallotBoxBunny'', BugsBunny and Yosemite Sam engage in the usual hijinks over a mayoral election, only to have [[DarkHorseVictory a very literal "Dark Horse" win the election and become "Mare."]]

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* In the classic ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/BallotBoxBunny'', BugsBunny WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Yosemite Sam engage in the usual hijinks over a mayoral election, only to have [[DarkHorseVictory a very literal "Dark Horse" win the election and become "Mare."]]
10th Apr '15 7:38:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Dinosaurs}}'' had the BumblingDad run against his CorruptCorporateExecutive boss; it ended in him giving a speech about how neither of them were suited, and everyone decided to vote for the news reporter (a not-veiled-at-all pastiche of Edward R. Murrow) who had been commentating on the whole thing.

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* ''{{Dinosaurs}}'' ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'' had the BumblingDad run against his CorruptCorporateExecutive boss; it ended in him giving a speech about how neither of them were suited, and everyone decided to vote for the news reporter (a not-veiled-at-all pastiche of Edward R. Murrow) who had been commentating on the whole thing.
1st Mar '15 11:01:10 AM TheUnsquished
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* The issue of ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'' that introduced American Eagle and US Patriot Act had both of them running for class president as part of their ongoing efforts to prove that each was the more suited to be the definitive CaptainPatriotic hero of their generation. Since their reckless over-competitive behavior and More-Patriotic-Than-Thou attitude had offended everyone else in the class by this point, the election was a landslide victory for... Tyler, who wasn't even running.
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* The issue of ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'' that introduced American Eagle and US Patriot Act had both of them running for class president as part of their ongoing efforts to prove that each was the more suited to be the definitive CaptainPatriotic hero of their generation. Since their reckless over-competitive behavior and More-Patriotic-Than-Thou attitude had offended everyone else in the class by this point, the election was a landslide victory for... Tyler, who wasn't even running.
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