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29th Jul '17 5:52:57 PM DVB
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* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' - Played with in the fact that Ned has to be forced to run and his attempts to ''not'' get elected backfire hilariously. His reasoning for not running is because he views the entire thing asa popular contest not worth it. He changes his mind when he discovers someone who was unpopular and such becoming president - the ''woodshop teacher.'' After some motivation, he proceeds to go and get a good percentage of the votes. And yet, somehow, the weasel which is nominated every year as a joke [[CaligulasHorse ends up winning]].

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* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' - Played with in the fact that Ned has to be forced to run and his attempts to ''not'' get elected backfire hilariously. His reasoning for not running is because he views the entire thing asa popular as a popularity contest and thus, not worth it. He changes his mind when he discovers someone who was However, he's surprised to discover that at least one unpopular and such becoming president - kid won the election... the ''woodshop teacher.'' His mainact was using car wash funds to get a new woodshop piece of equipment and was apparently well-received. After some motivation, he proceeds to go and get a good percentage of the votes. And yet, somehow, the weasel which is nominated every year as a joke [[CaligulasHorse ends up winning]]. [[LoopholeAbuse Probably due to the odd writing of the rules.]] Though the thing is that Ned is a pretty nice and liked guy.



* Tucker running up JerkJock Dash Baxter in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.

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* Tucker running up againast JerkJock Dash Baxter in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
29th Jul '17 5:45:57 PM DVB
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' - Fuzzy Lumpkins yelling "shut up" at the campaigning Mayor -- and then going on to win despite lazing off back at his house as he usually does.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' - Fuzzy Lumpkins yelling "shut up" at the campaigning Mayor -- and then going on to win despite lazing off back at his house as he usually does. [[RealityEnsues He then proceeds to run the town down to the ground because he's self-centered and doesn't care to rule.]]



* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', where Gretchen ([[TheSmartGuy the smart one]]) competes against Vince (the popular one) for Fourth Grade President. Gretchen wins by one vote - Vince's. The twist? Vince and Gretchen are actually good friends.

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* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', where Gretchen ([[TheSmartGuy the smart one]]) competes against Vince (the popular one) for Fourth Grade President. Gretchen wins by one vote - Vince's. The twist? Vince and ''Vince's.'' Of course, there's also the fact that Gretchen and Vince are actually good friends.friends and Vince is a nice guy in general.
3rd Jun '17 1:03:37 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', in the "Meanwhile in the Dimension of Pain" guest stories, the demons of said dimension hold an election to choose a new Demon Lord after Lord Horribus is banished. His scheming little brother Terribus runs for office, and his only opponent is the resident idiot Reakk. The demons are unenthusiastic about voting for either. In the end, [[spoiler: Terribus wins through a GenreSavvy BatmanGambit.]] The election is held by tearing wings off butterflies, but the butterflies all manage to fly into a beam of light that [[GoodHurtsEvil burns the demons]]. [[spoiler: Terribus arranges for Reakk to end up briefly in the beam and retrieve a butterfly, allowing him to cast the only vote, because he knows Reakk is such an idiot he will accidentally tear off the wrong wing and vote for Terribus.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', in the "Meanwhile in the Dimension of Pain" guest stories, the demons of said dimension hold an election to choose a new Demon Lord after Lord Horribus is banished. His scheming little brother Terribus runs for office, and his only opponent is the resident idiot Reakk. The demons are unenthusiastic about voting for either. In the end, [[spoiler: Terribus wins through a GenreSavvy BatmanGambit.]] The election is held by tearing wings off butterflies, but the butterflies all manage to fly into a beam of light that [[GoodHurtsEvil burns the demons]]. [[spoiler: Terribus arranges for Reakk to end up briefly in the beam and retrieve a butterfly, allowing him to cast the only vote, because he knows Reakk is such an idiot he will accidentally tear off the wrong wing and vote for Terribus.]]
24th Aug '16 9:56:21 AM DVB
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* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' - Played with in the fact that Ned has to be forced to run and his attempts to ''not'' get elected backfire hilariously. They end up getting him a fair percentage of the votes. And yet, somehow, the weasel which is nominated every year as a joke [[CaligulasHorse ends up winning]].

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* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' - Played with in the fact that Ned has to be forced to run and his attempts to ''not'' get elected backfire hilariously. They end up getting him His reasoning for not running is because he views the entire thing asa popular contest not worth it. He changes his mind when he discovers someone who was unpopular and such becoming president - the ''woodshop teacher.'' After some motivation, he proceeds to go and get a fair good percentage of the votes. And yet, somehow, the weasel which is nominated every year as a joke [[CaligulasHorse ends up winning]].
24th Aug '16 9:54:25 AM DVB
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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' - Frankie Bloo runs against Mr. Herriman . He was obviously not suited for the position as President of the house.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' - Frankie - Bloo runs against Mr. Herriman . Herriman and Frankie for house president. He was obviously not suited for the position as President of the house.house and basically ended up helping Mr. Herriman mudsling against Frankie. Despite this, she still won.
24th Jan '16 8:21:26 PM Nohbody
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'''[[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease Please, no real life examples]].''' [[noreallife]]

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'''[[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease Please, no real life examples]].''' [[noreallife]]
4th Jan '16 7:08:56 PM DoctorCooper
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'''[[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease Please, no real life examples]].'''

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'''[[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease Please, no real life examples]].'''''' [[noreallife]]
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.
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