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14th Sep '16 11:57:09 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[EndersGame Ender's Game]]'', the Battle School setting revolves around students playing a zero-gravity war simulation against teams of their peers. When the teachers realize that Ender might be the natural General they've been waiting for, they start stacking the odds against him to see how he responds to pressure (making him fight two battles in one day, pitting his team against two teams at a time, etc.). Eventually, when he gets into the simulations against the buggers, he realizes that he had it easy at that point.

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* In ''[[EndersGame Ender's Game]]'', ''Literature/EndersGame'', the Battle School setting revolves around students playing a zero-gravity war simulation against teams of their peers. When the teachers realize that Ender might be the natural General they've been waiting for, they start stacking the odds against him to see how he responds to pressure (making him fight two battles in one day, pitting his team against two teams at a time, etc.). Eventually, when he gets into the simulations against the buggers, he realizes that he had it easy at that point.
4th Sep '16 9:19:14 PM JordanTH
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* Just about every duelist ever in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Several of them claimed to have psychic powers, which should probably count as an unfair advantage even for the ones who weren't cheating and feigning magic to cover it. One duelist tried to ''kill the main character with flamethrowers'' over a [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries children's card game]]. And the main character has a ghost in his head that plays for him who can apparently rearrange his deck to draw whatever he wants, and who can destroy people's minds with his magical powers, although he usually has the decency to win the duel first.
** This is, of course, mercilessly mocked in [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries the Abridged Series]]. "Stop this duel immediately! It violates Battle City rules! ...just like 99% of the other duels that I refused to stop."
** Played with in one of the later rounds of Duelist Kingdom (at least in the dub), where Bandit Keith uses literal cards up his sleeve against Joey. When Keith is exposed at the end of the match, Pegasus reveals that he knew all along that Keith was cheating and that he let it happen to see if Joey was capable enough to win in spite of it; while ''also'' implying that if Joey didn't win he would have called Keith out and disqualified him for the violation anyway.



* Just about every duelist ever in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Several of them claimed to have psychic powers, which should probably count as an unfair advantage even for the ones who weren't cheating and feigning magic to cover it. One duelist tried to ''kill the main character with flamethrowers'' over a [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries children's card game]]. And the main character has a ghost in his head that plays for him who can apparently rearrange his deck to draw whatever he wants, and who can destroy people's minds with his magical powers, although he usually has the decency to win the duel first.
** This is, of course, mercilessly mocked in [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries the Abridged Series]]. "Stop this duel immediately! It violates Battle City rules! ...just like 99% of the other duels that I refused to stop."
** Played with in one of the later rounds of Duelist Kingdom (at least in the dub), where Bandit Keith uses literal cards up his sleeve against Joey. When Keith is exposed at the end of the match, Pegasus reveals that he knew all along that Keith was cheating and that he let it happen to see if Joey was capable enough to win in spite of it; while ''also'' implying that if Joey didn't win he would have called Keith out and disqualified him for the violation anyway.
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".
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