History Main / EasilyDistractedReferee

11th Dec '16 12:15:59 PM EponymousKid
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* Subverted in the ''Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel'' "manga"; referee Jingi calls Dr. Cube about a recent title fight and reveals that he reviewed the tape, saw that Cube clearly cheated when he wasn't looking, and that the match has been declared a draw with the title now vacant. In actual ''KBB'' shows, Jingi plays the trope straight, though.

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* Subverted in the ''Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel'' "manga"; referee Jingi calls Dr. Cube about a recent title fight and reveals that he reviewed the tape, tape and saw that Cube clearly cheated when he wasn't looking, looking... and that so the match has been declared a draw with was thrown out and the title now vacant. In actual ''KBB'' shows, Jingi plays the trope straight, though.vacated.


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* In many Mexican promotions there are rudo (heel) refs who are easily bribed into favoring the heel. Rudo refs are masters at "distracting" themselves in unconvincing ways -- Tirantes Jr. has at times pretended to ''answer a cell phone call'' during a match to avoid counting a babyface's pin attempt.
25th Oct '16 10:26:42 PM megajake
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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!"

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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!"is!" [[note]]To Prof. Browne's credit, he was ''trying'' to signal fouls and other violations, but the ''players'' were ignoring ''him''.[[/note]]


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* Played with in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' when the referee at the Quidditch World Cup is distracted (intentionally) by the Bulgarian National Team's mascots: a group of veela (sexy land-sirens who can hypnotize men by dancing). When brought to his senses by a literal kick to the shin, he threatens of eject the ''mascots'' from the game. The match commentator remarks how that has never happened before.
30th Jul '16 5:38:27 PM nombretomado
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-->-- '''DaveBarry''', "Wrestling's First Rule: Cover Your 'Masculine Region'"

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-->-- '''DaveBarry''', '''Creator/DaveBarry''', "Wrestling's First Rule: Cover Your 'Masculine Region'"
28th Jun '16 7:22:15 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* At the 2016 ''[[Wrestling/RingOfHonor Best In The World]]'' Kamaitachi allowed [[Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels The]] [[Wrestling/FrankieKazarian Addiction]] to pay tribute to Aguayo Jr by picking a fight with Jay White during their match with The Motor City Machined Guns, causing enough of a distraction to allow the Addiction to cheat and retain their tag team title belts.
14th Feb '16 7:21:20 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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Referees also tend to get distracted just as the {{face}} gets a pin on the {{heel}}, or just as the heel submits to the face's hold. They also get distracted by the face's tag team partner, just long enough for the heel tag team to execute some dreadful manuever or drag the hapless face back to their corner.

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Referees also tend to get distracted just as the {{face}} gets a pin on the {{heel}}, or just as the heel submits to the face's hold. They also get distracted by the face's tag team TagTeam partner, just long enough for the heel tag team to execute some dreadful manuever or drag the hapless face back to their corner.



* Of course the trope naming sport does have its fair share of {{subver|tedTrope}}sions, aversions and many other instances where the trope was played with. Take [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Stevie Wonderful]], who is not easily distracted, but because he's blind he doesn't need to be.

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* Of course the [[TropeNamer trope naming naming]] sport does have its fair share of {{subver|tedTrope}}sions, aversions and many other instances where the trope was played with. Take [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Stevie Wonderful]], who is not easily distracted, but because he's blind he doesn't need to be.


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* As the runaway child of the Toryumon promotion that originated in Mexico, Wrestling/DragonGate "TagTeam" usually bare a closer resemblance to Mexican style parejas where tags are not strictly necessary. For the special "[[GimmickMatches Gate Of Heaven]]", where tags ''are'' necessary, two referees will be deployed in an attempt to {{def|iedtrope}}y this trope and ensure teams don't cheat.
14th Feb '16 5:35:06 PM Gimere
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* Comically played up in sports movie spoof ''Film/TheComebacks'', where the ref in the championship game has been paid off by the other team. Naturally, he never seems to catch the bad guys' ridiculously dirty, violent play. At one point he innocently whistles while wearing sunglasses and holding a white cane like a blind man.

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* Comically played up in sports movie spoof ''Film/TheComebacks'', ''The Comebacks'', where the ref in the championship game has been paid off by the other team. Naturally, he never seems to catch the bad guys' ridiculously dirty, violent play. At one point he innocently whistles while wearing sunglasses and holding a white cane like a blind man.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Dreadball}}'' technically has two Refs - one on the pitch and one monitoring from a camera drone floating above the pitch known as the "Eye In The Sky". It somewhat averts this trope by having actual Ref Check rolls being more about whether the foul is actually spotted among the confusion or not (they're not going to consult a recording due to the game being too fast to stop for that). Part of it could also be because the Co-Prosperity Sphere is capitalist to the extreme and the fans love it when a player puts the boot in. Players can actively distract the on-the-pitch Ref with an action, but unless they succeed by a considerable margin then there's a chance that player will be sent off. How this works when the Ref model in the base set is depicted as a robot with literal eyes in the back of her head is never directly explained.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Dreadball}}'' ''Dreadball'' technically has two Refs - one on the pitch and one monitoring from a camera drone floating above the pitch known as the "Eye In The Sky". It somewhat averts this trope by having actual Ref Check rolls being more about whether the foul is actually spotted among the confusion or not (they're not going to consult a recording due to the game being too fast to stop for that). Part of it could also be because the Co-Prosperity Sphere is capitalist to the extreme and the fans love it when a player puts the boot in. Players can actively distract the on-the-pitch Ref with an action, but unless they succeed by a considerable margin then there's a chance that player will be sent off. How this works when the Ref model in the base set is depicted as a robot with literal eyes in the back of her head is never directly explained.
9th Feb '16 3:40:49 PM HighCrate
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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]], 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.
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