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21st May '16 12:47:40 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''YuYuHakusho'', the Dark Tournament is run by a bunch of rich men who have a mutual interest in killing Yusuke (the main character) and his teammates. Thus the rules change in order to inconvenience and/or cripple Team Urameshi... until the one member of the rules committee not interested in Yusuke's death has the other members killed.

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* In ''YuYuHakusho'', ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', the Dark Tournament is run by a bunch of rich men who have a mutual interest in killing Yusuke (the main character) and his teammates. Thus the rules change in order to inconvenience and/or cripple Team Urameshi... until the one member of the rules committee not interested in Yusuke's death has the other members killed.
19th Apr '16 11:02:54 AM DarkHunter
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** The trans-universal tournament in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has rules that get changed chaotically due to Beerus and Champa constantly arguing over minor details. In one case, an "airborne ring-out" rule was implemented for a single fight so that if a fighter touched a clear case over the ring, they would be considered out of bounds. It turns out that Champa insisted on this to try to mitigate the weakness of his current fighter, namely that he could not fly. Another instance had Vegeta get knocked out of the ring... but since he was standing on a tiny piece of rubble that had been chipped off the ring earlier, and no part of his body touched the ground itself, this was not counted as out-of-bounds. A disqualification is even overturned just because Vegeta ''really'' wanted to fight the disqualified fighter, even after he was revealed to be cheating. The RunningGag of the referee forgetting to start the 10 count is also continued.
31st Oct '15 11:00:17 AM Prfnoff
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* Averted in ''{{Mahou Sensei Negima}}'' (the original manga) where the Tournament in fact allowed almost every form of combat (non-bladed weapons, no-incantation magic, KiAttacks, and other oddball techniques) - on the one occasion where a rule was broken, the guilty [[spoiler: (Asuna, when she summoned her greatsword by accident)]] immediately lost the match. [[spoiler: Of course, the tournament was part of a conspiracy to reveal TheMasquerade, so they ''needed'' them to pull off all those super cool abilities.]]

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* Averted in ''{{Mahou Sensei Negima}}'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' (the original manga) where the Tournament in fact allowed almost every form of combat (non-bladed weapons, no-incantation magic, KiAttacks, and other oddball techniques) - on the one occasion where a rule was broken, the guilty [[spoiler: (Asuna, when she summoned her greatsword by accident)]] immediately lost the match. [[spoiler: Of course, the tournament was part of a conspiracy to reveal TheMasquerade, so they ''needed'' them to pull off all those super cool abilities.]]



* ''KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''. [[WhipItGood Electric whips]] are banned. So are projectiles. Apparently ''nothing else is''. This includes ''hacking the program'', exploiting a programming error in earlier models, and modding the dolls to give them extra abilities (we've seen wings and a ''forcefield'').

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* ''KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''.''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''. [[WhipItGood Electric whips]] are banned. So are projectiles. Apparently ''nothing else is''. This includes ''hacking the program'', exploiting a programming error in earlier models, and modding the dolls to give them extra abilities (we've seen wings and a ''forcefield'').



* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' had the Desperate Fight of the Disciples tournament, where the referee A. was evil. and B. admitted to just letting anything go as long as it was entertaining.

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* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' had the Desperate Fight of the Disciples tournament, where the referee A. was evil. and B. admitted to just letting anything go as long as it was entertaining.
11th Oct '15 9:44:18 AM nighttrainfm
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->'''Mokaba:''' Seto, Melvin is invoking the power of Satan again.\\

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->'''Mokaba:''' Seto, Melvin is Melvin's invoking the power of Satan again.\\
12th Sep '15 6:56:38 PM Ramidel
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* The Imperial Arena in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is theoretically supposed to be a display of various martial artists' skills in one-on-one contests, with magic in place to prevent the contenders' deaths. Under the management of Kai Lan the Serpent and Qui the Promoter, however, gimmick matches are thrown together with absolutely no regard for standards, ranging from pitting contenders against demons, to one-versus-many matches, to the use of styles that had been expressly banned by the rules. Oh, and illegal poisoned weapons are used to get around the Arena's death-prevention systems. In short, the Arena has gone from a UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts competition to a [[TheMafia Mafia-run]] ProfessionalWrestling promotion, and your role in the storyline is to clean the place up by becoming the Champion. [[spoiler: Unusually, you can take advantage of this yourself; in the final match, when Kai Lan comes in to retake the title, you can have the Black Whirlwind fight in your place, and when the Serpent objects, you point out that it's not the first time someone's substituted a fighter for the scheduled match.]]

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* The Imperial Arena in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is theoretically supposed to be a display of various martial artists' skills in one-on-one contests, with magic in place to prevent the contenders' deaths. Under the management of Kai Lan the Serpent and Qui the Promoter, however, gimmick matches are thrown together with absolutely no regard for standards, ranging from pitting contenders against demons, to one-versus-many matches, to the use of styles that had been expressly banned by the rules. Oh, and illegal poisoned weapons are used to get around the Arena's death-prevention systems. In short, the Arena has gone from a UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts competition to a [[TheMafia Mafia-run]] ProfessionalWrestling promotion, and your role in the storyline is to clean the place up by becoming the Champion. [[spoiler: Unusually, you can take advantage of this yourself; in yourself: In the final match, when Kai Lan comes in to retake the title, you can have the Black Whirlwind fight in your place, and when the Serpent objects, you point out that it's not the first time someone's substituted a fighter for the scheduled match.]]
12th Sep '15 6:56:09 PM Ramidel
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* The Imperial Arena in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is theoretically supposed to be a display of various martial artists' skills in one-on-one contests, with magic in place to prevent the contenders' deaths. Under the management of Kai Lan the Serpent and Qui the Promoter, however, gimmick matches are thrown together with absolutely no regard for standards, ranging from pitting contenders against demons, to one-versus-many matches, to the use of styles that had been expressly banned by the rules. Oh, and illegal poisoned weapons are used to get around the Arena's death-prevention systems. In short, the Arena has gone from a UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts competition to a [[TheMafia Mafia-run]] ProfessionalWrestling promotion, and your role in the storyline is to clean the place up by becoming the Champion. [[spoiler: Unusually, you can take advantage of this yourself; in the final match, when Kai Lan comes in to retake the title, you can have the Black Whirlwind fight in your place, and when the Serpent objects, you point out that it's not the first time someone's substituted a fighter for the scheduled match.]]
31st Jul '15 4:05:35 PM nombretomado
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* In ''GGundam'', the rules of the Gundam Fight let the participants get away with murder - literally, in some cases. In fact, Rule 7 specifically says "Destruction of property on Earth due to the Gundam Fight is not considered a crime." Thus you get situations such as one fighter assassinating his opponents before their matches, rampant and obvious cheating, and the use of TheVirus to enhance one's abilities to the point where they're effectively immortal. The only rule specifically established to ''prevent'' death says that fighters are banned from targeting their opponents' cockpits - and LaughablyEvil PresidentEvil Wong Yun Fat eliminates that rule in the Finals, using his privilege as the host nation's leader.

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* In ''GGundam'', ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', the rules of the Gundam Fight let the participants get away with murder - literally, in some cases. In fact, Rule 7 specifically says "Destruction of property on Earth due to the Gundam Fight is not considered a crime." Thus you get situations such as one fighter assassinating his opponents before their matches, rampant and obvious cheating, and the use of TheVirus to enhance one's abilities to the point where they're effectively immortal. The only rule specifically established to ''prevent'' death says that fighters are banned from targeting their opponents' cockpits - and LaughablyEvil PresidentEvil Wong Yun Fat eliminates that rule in the Finals, using his privilege as the host nation's leader.
25th Jun '15 8:47:50 PM nombretomado
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* The Kujibiki in ''KujibikiUnbalance'' is ostensibly a contest in which teams of four high school students compete to become the next student council. As we see more competitions, however (particularly in the RecapEpisode), it becomes increasingly difficult to believe that all the competitors are actually students at the same school. And one time, the heroes have to face ''seven'' opponents at once, which is [[HandWave handwaved]] as a "numerical coincidence".

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* The Kujibiki in ''KujibikiUnbalance'' ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' is ostensibly a contest in which teams of four high school students compete to become the next student council. As we see more competitions, however (particularly in the RecapEpisode), it becomes increasingly difficult to believe that all the competitors are actually students at the same school. And one time, the heroes have to face ''seven'' opponents at once, which is [[HandWave handwaved]] as a "numerical coincidence".
21st Jun '15 10:35:00 PM nombretomado
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* Common in ''TheKingOfFighters'' - Whip brings a gun to a martial arts tournament, in ''addition'' to her namesake weapon. Then again, there has yet to be a single King of Fighters tournament that wasn't used as a front by that year's villain, to the point the Heidern Mercenaries go on red alert every time they get an invitation.

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* Common in ''TheKingOfFighters'' ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' - Whip brings a gun to a martial arts tournament, in ''addition'' to her namesake weapon. Then again, there has yet to be a single King of Fighters tournament that wasn't used as a front by that year's villain, to the point the Heidern Mercenaries go on red alert every time they get an invitation.
22nd Feb '15 9:10:59 AM TheUnsquished
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* In the web comic ''YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', one of the recent story arcs had players competing in a tournament with increasing convoluted cheats by the hobgoblins, which in the end have to be accepted due to a loophole in the rules that says the contestants use the rules from their own country.
* Done in ''SluggyFreelance'' when they parody the Tri-Wizard tournament from ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. Any message that comes out of the "Goblet of Flameyness" forms a MagicallyBindingContract, so anyone who tampers with the goblet can create whatever rules or exceptions to rules they want. This includes having an olympic athlete compete in a student competition, expanding the number of competitors from three to five, and having one of the Duh-Mentors compete.

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* In the web comic ''YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', one of the recent story arcs had players competing in a tournament with increasing convoluted cheats by the hobgoblins, which in the end have to be accepted due to a loophole in the rules that says the contestants use the rules from their own country.
* Done in ''SluggyFreelance'' ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' when they parody the Tri-Wizard tournament from ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. Any message that comes out of the "Goblet of Flameyness" forms a MagicallyBindingContract, so anyone who tampers with the goblet can create whatever rules or exceptions to rules they want. This includes having an olympic athlete compete in a student competition, expanding the number of competitors from three to five, and having one of the Duh-Mentors compete.
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