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9th Feb '16 3:40:49 PM HighCrate
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Genre Savvy means "savvy because they're familiar with in-universe fiction of a particular genre," not just "smart."
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Appears with aplomb in the Groggy Ring, a soccer/wrestling match with weapons banned. The referee is a crew member from the enemy team. Guess what happens? Eventually, Nami realizes that, if the bad guys can [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]], [[GenreSavvy so can she]], and she ends up [[HoistByHisOwnPetard using this trope against them]].
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Appears with aplomb in the Groggy Ring, a soccer/wrestling match with weapons banned. The referee is a crew member from the enemy team. Guess what happens? Eventually, Nami realizes that, if the bad guys can [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]], [[GenreSavvy so can she]], she, and she ends up [[HoistByHisOwnPetard using this trope against them]].
1st Dec '15 6:59:54 PM Generality
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* ''{{Discworld}}/UnseenAcademicals'' sees the game of ''foot-the-ball'' assuming great importance in Ankh-Morpork. In a grudge match attended by tens of thousands of people, a team of wizards takes on a representative City team - composed of the hardest cloggers, foulers and dirty players in the game. It does not help that the referee is a wheezing thirty stone (350 pound) wizard who is un-used to too much physical exertion, and the forces of evil manage to pull many dirty tricks on the fly (from poisoning the wizards' goalie to breaking the legs of their star player).
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* ''{{Discworld}}/UnseenAcademicals'' ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' sees the game of ''foot-the-ball'' assuming great importance in Ankh-Morpork. In a grudge match attended by tens of thousands of people, a team of wizards takes on a representative City team - composed of the hardest cloggers, foulers and dirty players in the game. It does not help that the referee is a wheezing thirty stone (350 pound) wizard who is un-used to too much physical exertion, and the forces of evil manage to pull many dirty tricks on the fly (from poisoning the wizards' goalie to breaking the legs of their star player).
29th Nov '15 4:46:11 PM MajinAkuma
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** There are also other moments where the commentator gets surprised or shocked by certain events, to the point that other people have to remind him to go on.
29th Nov '15 4:43:54 PM MajinAkuma
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* During the 21st Tenkaichi Budokai in ''Manga/DragonBall'', the CombatCommentator rants about Jackie Chun (Muten Roshi) destroying the moon instead of counting down the sleeping Son Goku [[ItMakesSenseInContext who turns out to be well alive]]. The match would have ended earlier if that didn't happen.
28th Nov '15 6:24:56 AM LadyJafaria
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* In ''Disney/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'', Professor Browne volunteers to ref the soccer game on the Island of Naboombu, but becomes easily distracted because many animals, including [[KingOfBeasts the lion]] (perhaps ''especially'' the lion), are playing unfairly. One of the boys even yells out "Ref, are you blind?" and gets reprimanded by Miss Price with "Don't forget who the referee is!"
8th Nov '15 5:17:54 PM nombretomado
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* Played for laughs in ''RenAndStimpy'''s wrestling match versus the Lout Brothers in "Mad Dog Hoek."
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* Played for laughs in ''RenAndStimpy'''s ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'''s wrestling match versus the Lout Brothers in "Mad Dog Hoek."
14th Oct '15 9:55:44 PM TARINunit9
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''Can'' be averted or subverted, as Shuichi Nishinaga of Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH once proved in a championship match: when the Heel's attempt to fake the Face champion cheating, his applying of fake blood was noticed by the guy reading pre-match officialese who pointed it out and the referee actually rubbed it away as a result. Often considered to ''not'' be TruthInTelevision: most sports fans complain about the refs blowing the whistle ''too much'' instead of too little, slowing down the game in the process.
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''Can'' be averted or subverted, as Shuichi Nishinaga of Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH once proved in a championship match: when the Heel's attempt to fake the Face champion cheating, his applying of fake blood was noticed by the guy reading pre-match officialese who pointed it out and the referee actually rubbed it away as a result. Often considered to ''not'' be TruthInTelevision: most sports fans complain about the refs blowing the whistle ''too much'' instead of too little, slowing down the game in the process.
14th Oct '15 9:49:32 PM TARINunit9
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''Can'' be averted or subverted, as Shuichi Nishinaga of Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH once proved in a championship match: when the Heel's attempt to fake the Face champion cheating, his applying of fake blood was noticed by the guy reading pre-match officialese who pointed it out and the referee actually rubbed it away as a result.
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''Can'' be averted or subverted, as Shuichi Nishinaga of Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH once proved in a championship match: when the Heel's attempt to fake the Face champion cheating, his applying of fake blood was noticed by the guy reading pre-match officialese who pointed it out and the referee actually rubbed it away as a result. Often considered to ''not'' be TruthInTelevision: most sports fans complain about the refs blowing the whistle ''too much'' instead of too little, slowing down the game in the process.
10th Aug '15 2:51:01 PM AgProv
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[[folder:Literature]] * ''{{Discworld}}/UnseenAcademicals'' sees the game of ''foot-the-ball'' assuming great importance in Ankh-Morpork. In a grudge match attended by tens of thousands of people, a team of wizards takes on a representative City team - composed of the hardest cloggers, foulers and dirty players in the game. It does not help that the referee is a wheezing thirty stone (350 pound) wizard who is un-used to too much physical exertion, and the forces of evil manage to pull many dirty tricks on the fly (from poisoning the wizards' goalie to breaking the legs of their star player). [[/folder]]
28th Jun '15 1:20:30 AM KatanaCat
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** In the video game adaptation, it is much worse, since the Ref is actually a little goblin that stands on the field, and can miss fouls done by Minotaurs, Ogres, or even ''TREES'' that he is looking directly at. *** If you were a goblin, would YOU want to interrupt the play for a foul done by someone eight times your size who hurts people for a living?
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** In the video game adaptation, it is much worse, since the Ref is actually a little goblin that stands on the field, and can miss fouls done by Minotaurs, Ogres, or even ''TREES'' that he is looking directly at. *** If at. Then again, if you were a goblin, would YOU want to interrupt the play for a foul done by someone eight times your size who hurts people for a living?
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