History Main / ExtremeSportExcusePlot

1st Dec '16 10:58:41 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Film/PointBreak1991'' (and it's 2015 remake): Excuse is the surfers [[BankRobbery are robbing banks]] to fund their activity and an FBI agent goes undercover to infiltrate the group. Although not the first, it is probably the most imitated example regarding films in this genre.

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* ''Film/PointBreak1991'' (and it's its 2015 remake): Excuse The excuse is that the surfers [[BankRobbery are robbing banks]] to fund their activity activity, and an FBI agent goes undercover to infiltrate the group. Although not the first, it is probably the most imitated example regarding films in this genre.



** First movie: Excuse is the street racers are hijacking shipment trucks to fund their activity and a cop goes undercover to infiltrate the group.
** Second movie: Excuse is same undercover cop and an ex-convict become street racers in order to get hired as drivers for a drug lord so they can infiltrate his operation.
** Third movie: Excuse is a street racing teenager sent to his US Navy dad stationed in Japan wrecks a {{yakuza}} drifter's car and he must work as his errand boy until he pays his car.
** Fourth movie: Same as the second (different drug lord) and the added twist that Don is also going undercover on his own initiative to get revenge on the man who killed his girlfriend.
* ''Film/DropZone'': Excuse is some people want to break into the DEA office to find out all their undercover agents. It turns out Washington DC is [[ItsRainingMen a free drop zone for skydivers]] on one day (hard to say if this was ever true - certainly not after 9/11), so they use that to sneak into the building.

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** First movie: Excuse The excuse is that the street racers are hijacking shipment trucks to fund their activity activity, and a cop goes undercover to infiltrate the group.
** Second movie: Excuse The excuse is that the same undercover cop and an ex-convict become street racers in order to get hired as drivers for a drug lord so they can infiltrate his operation.
** Third movie: Excuse The excuse is that a street racing street-racing teenager sent to his US Navy dad stationed in Japan wrecks a {{yakuza}} drifter's car car, and he must work as his errand boy until he pays his car.
** Fourth movie: Same as the second (different drug lord) and lord), with the added twist that Don is also going undercover on his own initiative to get revenge on the man who killed his girlfriend.
* ''Film/DropZone'': Excuse The excuse is that some people want to break into the DEA office to find out all their undercover agents. It turns out Washington DC is [[ItsRainingMen a free drop zone for skydivers]] on one day (hard to say if this was ever true - -- certainly not after 9/11), so they use that to sneak into the building.



** Another [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]-featured movie, ''Film/TheSidehackers'', is initially about motorcycle racing with sidecars. It takes a somewhat darker turn about [[HalfwayPlotSwitch a third of the way through.]]
* ''Yamakasi'' - TheMovie, starring Yamakasi, the ''[[LeParkour parkour]]'' group. A small boy gets hurt trying to imitate them and needs very expensive surgery which his family is too poor to afford. So the Yamakasi decide to apologize to the family by robbing some very rich people and paying for the surgery.

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** * Another [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]-featured movie, ''Film/TheSidehackers'', is initially about motorcycle racing with sidecars. It takes a somewhat darker turn about [[HalfwayPlotSwitch a third of the way through.]]
* ''Yamakasi'' - -- TheMovie, starring Yamakasi, the ''[[LeParkour parkour]]'' group. A small boy gets hurt trying to imitate them and needs very expensive surgery which his family is too poor to afford. So the Yamakasi decide to apologize to the family by robbing some very rich people and paying for the surgery.



** The sequel ''Film/XXxStateOfTheUnion'' swaps out the extreme sports for GangstaRap, as an ex-{{Navy SEAL|s}} from the UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC ghetto teams up with his former partners in crime to stop a coup attempt.



* ''Extreme Ops'' was an example that came out just as Joe Public was getting really good and sick of the "X-Treme" craze of the early 00's. It bombed both critically and financially as a result.

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* ''Extreme Ops'' was an example that came out just as Joe Public was getting really good and sick of the "X-Treme" craze of the early 00's.00s. It bombed both critically and financially as a result.



* Skateboarding [[DystopianEdict has been outlawed]] in ''.Skate 2'', and the plot goes from there.
* ''Tony Hawk's Underground'' had a fairly decent plot involving getting sponsored by a major skateboarding company, and proving yourself as a star, before events made you realize that it was never about the money, and you end the game learning to do it for fun, rather than for money. The sequel then just had you skating around the world, causing destruction, as you're part of a team of pros competing in a "World Destruction Tour"
** ''American Wasteland'''s plot concerns the revival of a run down skate park. To do this, you smash up and steal various items from within LA, and keep your distance from the law.

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* Skateboarding [[DystopianEdict has been outlawed]] in ''.Skate ''VideoGame/{{Skate}} 2'', and the plot goes from there.
* ''Tony ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk's Underground'' Underground]]'' had a fairly decent plot involving getting sponsored by a major skateboarding company, and proving yourself as a star, before events made you realize that it was never about the money, and you end the game learning to do it for fun, rather than for money. The sequel then just had you skating around the world, causing destruction, as you're part of a team of pros competing in a "World Destruction Tour"
** ''American Wasteland'''s plot concerns the revival of a run down run-down skate park. To do this, you smash up and steal various items from within LA, and keep your distance from the law.
23rd Jul '16 12:45:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge''. In a dystopian future, [[BigBrother the government]] monitors all communication, so LaResistance can only relay messages using [[LeParkour Parkour]]-trained agents who can jump rooftops and slide on rails.

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* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge''. In a dystopian future, [[BigBrother [[ShadowDictator the government]] monitors all communication, so LaResistance can only relay messages using [[LeParkour Parkour]]-trained agents who can jump rooftops and slide on rails.
10th Jun '16 8:58:49 PM JJIncognitus
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* ''Film/PointBreak1991'': Excuse is the surfers [[BankRobbery are robbing banks]] to fund their activity and an FBI agent goes undercover to infiltrate the group. Although not the first, it is probably the most imitated example regarding films in this genre.

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* ''Film/PointBreak1991'': ''Film/PointBreak1991'' (and it's 2015 remake): Excuse is the surfers [[BankRobbery are robbing banks]] to fund their activity and an FBI agent goes undercover to infiltrate the group. Although not the first, it is probably the most imitated example regarding films in this genre.
27th May '16 7:13:45 PM MsChibi
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* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' has an episode where Earl is still in his coma, and the hospital convinces Randy to start caring for him at home instead of keeping him there, or moving him to long-term care. Randy has figured out that doing items on the List seems to improve Earl's condition (even pulling him back from the brink of death in an earlier episode), and one of the items involved stealing wheelchairs from two paralyzed children some 20+ years ago to go racing, leaving them out in the sun to be humped by a dog. The boy (now a man) competes in a game called "Killerball," which is like a cross between basketball and dodgeball, in wheelchairs. So does the girl's (now a woman) ex-boyfriend. Earl (despite being totally unaware) gets caught in the middle of a conflict between the ex-boyfriend and the brother. [[spoiler: He wakes up from the coma in the middle of the game, after scoring a winning goal.]]
30th Dec '15 3:39:16 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/PointBreak'': Excuse is the surfers are robbing banks to fund their activity and an FBI agent goes undercover to infiltrate the group. Although not the first, it is probably the most imitated example regarding films in this genre.

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* ''Film/PointBreak'': ''Film/PointBreak1991'': Excuse is the surfers [[BankRobbery are robbing banks banks]] to fund their activity and an FBI agent goes undercover to infiltrate the group. Although not the first, it is probably the most imitated example regarding films in this genre.
5th Sep '15 5:33:48 AM StFan
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* ''PointBreak'': Excuse is the surfers are robbing banks to fund their activity and an FBI agent goes undercover to infiltrate the group. Although not the first, it is probably the most imitated example regarding films in this genre.
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* ''PointBreak'': In ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'', for some reason Max and his friends are all suddenly obsessed with winning the X-Games tournament (see the ''Kim Possible'' example below), and the central plot of the film is them competing in every sport involved.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' revolves around the students of Canterlot High facing the students of Crystal Prep in a series of events that include archery, motocross, and roller derby.
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* ''Film/PointBreak'':
Excuse is the surfers are robbing banks to fund their activity and an FBI agent goes undercover to infiltrate the group. Although not the first, it is probably the most imitated example regarding films in this genre.
* ''TheFastAndTheFurious'':''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'':



* ''Film/{{xXx}}'': the Western governments apparently need an extreme sports athlete with anarchist leanings to infiltrate the like-minded Anarchy 99 terrorist group, as their clean-cut James Bond types have already been exposed and killed for their inability to mesh seamlessly within the group. The entire plot is a contrivance to set up the parachute-snowboard-snowmobile-grenade scene.
* In the JackieChan film ''Film/NewPoliceStory'', the baddies are extreme sports enthusiasts and an action set piece takes place at a X-Games meeting.

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* ''Film/{{xXx}}'': ''Film/XXx'': the Western governments apparently need an extreme sports athlete with anarchist leanings to infiltrate the like-minded Anarchy 99 terrorist group, as their clean-cut James Bond types have already been exposed and killed for their inability to mesh seamlessly within the group. The entire plot is a contrivance to set up the parachute-snowboard-snowmobile-grenade scene.
* In the JackieChan Creator/JackieChan film ''Film/NewPoliceStory'', the baddies are extreme sports enthusiasts and an action set piece takes place at a X-Games meeting.



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* ''ActionMan'' has one of the more insane (and awesome) of these, involving UsefulNotes/ColdWar SuperSoldier experiments, radical Trans-Humanism and BulletTime powered by super-advanced math.

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* ''ActionMan'' ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'' has one of the more insane (and awesome) of these, involving UsefulNotes/ColdWar SuperSoldier experiments, radical Trans-Humanism and BulletTime powered by super-advanced math.



* In ''[[AGoofyMovie An Extremely Goofy Movie]]'', for some reason Max and his friends are all suddenly obsessed with winning the X-Games tournament (see the Kim Possible example above), and the central plot of the film is them competing in every sport involved.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Extreme Spots" centers around this with [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick meeting a group of daredevils, one of whom played by Johnny Knoxville.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' revolves around the students of Canterlot High facing the students of Crystal Prep in a series of events that include archery, motocross, and roller derby.

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* In ''[[AGoofyMovie An Extremely Goofy Movie]]'', for some reason Max and his friends are all suddenly obsessed with winning the X-Games tournament (see the Kim Possible example above), and the central plot of the film is them competing in every sport involved.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Extreme Spots" centers around this with [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick meeting a group of daredevils, one of whom played by Johnny Knoxville.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' revolves around the students of Canterlot High facing the students of Crystal Prep in a series of events that include archery, motocross, and roller derby.
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* The historical basis for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race -- isolated town's children imperiled by diphtheria, weather conditions prevent shipment of antitoxin by sea or air, heroic teams of mushers and animals race the clock to deliver the lifesaving medicine -- used the Xtreme Endurance Sport Xcuse Plot for social change. It really happened in 1925, with the Great Race of Mercy to Nome, Alaska, but the organizers also made sure to keep the press informed, knowing that this life-and-death race would call attention to the lack of reliable transportation to western Alaska.

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* The historical basis for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race -- isolated town's children imperiled by diphtheria, weather conditions prevent shipment of antitoxin by sea or air, heroic teams of mushers and animals race the clock to deliver the lifesaving medicine -- used the Xtreme Extreme Endurance Sport Xcuse Excuse Plot for social change. It really happened in 1925, with the Great Race of Mercy to Nome, Alaska, but the organizers also made sure to keep the press informed, knowing that this life-and-death race would call attention to the lack of reliable transportation to western Alaska.
Alaska.
7th Aug '15 9:31:49 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''Banlieue 13'' is another plotless parkours movie. The first 1/3 of the movie is entirely comprised of an (awesome) introduction scene for each of the two main characters, and even after that it never becomes quite clear why the neighbourhood must be saved by the power of parkour all the time. (In part 2 they even call a whole army of guns, knifes, explosives etc experts in only to have them barehandedly parkour everyone to death.)
7th Aug '15 9:31:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SurfNinjas'': How is surfing supposed to help you stop evil? When you use it to invade the island where the stronghold of a despotic dictator is located.

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* ''SurfNinjas'': ''Film/SurfNinjas'': How is surfing supposed to help you stop evil? When you use it to invade the island where the stronghold of a despotic dictator is located.



** Another [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]-featured movie, ''TheSidehackers'', is initially about motorcycle racing with sidecars. It takes a somewhat darker turn about [[HalfwayPlotSwitch a third of the way through.]]

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** Another [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]-featured movie, ''TheSidehackers'', ''Film/TheSidehackers'', is initially about motorcycle racing with sidecars. It takes a somewhat darker turn about [[HalfwayPlotSwitch a third of the way through.]]



** On a related note, ''Banlieue 13'' is another plotless parkours movie. The first 1/3 of the movie is entirely comprised of an (awesome) introduction scene for each of the two main characters, and even after that it never becomes quite clear why the neighbourhood must be saved by the power of parkour all the time. (In part 2 they even call a whole army of guns, knifes, explosives etc experts in only to have them barehandedly parkour everyone to death.)

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** On a related note, ''Banlieue 13'' is another plotless parkours movie. The first 1/3 of the movie is entirely comprised of an (awesome) introduction scene for each of the two main characters, and even after that it never becomes quite clear why the neighbourhood must be saved by the power of parkour all the time. (In part 2 they even call a whole army of guns, knifes, explosives etc experts in only to have them barehandedly parkour everyone to death.)
1st Mar '15 11:42:06 AM ultimomant
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* An episode of ''KimPossible'' did it in a cross-promotion with the X Games, which are run by ESPN, which is owned by Disney.

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* An episode of ''KimPossible'' ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' did it in a cross-promotion with the X Games, which are run by ESPN, which is owned by Disney.



* The similarly-themed (although rather different past the premise) ''MaxSteel'' starts as this, but drops it for a season and a half when Josh [=McGrath,=] for whom 'Max Steel' is an alias, quits sports because he [[PowerIncontinence can't turn off his powers]] and doesn't enjoy competition with the unfair advantage. He later learns to overcome this and the trope shows up played straight in a couple of episodes, but he's completely switched careers. In the season three {{Retool}}, Josh is no longer a secret agent and goes back to competing, so it shows up a few more times.
* ''RocketPower'' was pretty much filled to the brim with them, including one episode that featured Tony Hawk.

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* The similarly-themed (although rather different past the premise) ''MaxSteel'' ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel'' starts as this, but drops it for a season and a half when Josh [=McGrath,=] for whom 'Max Steel' is an alias, quits sports because he [[PowerIncontinence can't turn off his powers]] and doesn't enjoy competition with the unfair advantage. He later learns to overcome this and the trope shows up played straight in a couple of episodes, but he's completely switched careers. In the season three {{Retool}}, Josh is no longer a secret agent and goes back to competing, so it shows up a few more times.
* ''RocketPower'' ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' was pretty much filled to the brim with them, including one episode that featured Tony Hawk.




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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' revolves around the students of Canterlot High facing the students of Crystal Prep in a series of events that include archery, motocross, and roller derby.
23rd Feb '15 11:49:30 AM NegiSpongie
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Extreme Spots" centers around this with [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick meeting a group of daredevils, one of whom played by Johnny Knoxville.
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