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8th Apr '17 9:04:32 AM nombretomado
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* Despite being a game about boxing, Hoy Quarlo in ''[[PunchOut Super Punch-Out!!]]'' uses a cane, Dragon Chan mixes flying kicks in with his punches, King Hippo straps a manhole cover to protect his stomach and so on, and so on.
** Aran Ryan, appearing in multiple [[PunchOut Punch-Out!!]] games seems to make a living taking advantage of this, although in his case its more just straight cheating, like the horseshoes he so obviously has hidden in his gloves. Soda Popinski's use of mid-round [[FrothyMugsOfWater Soda Pop]] probably qualifies as well

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* Despite being a game about boxing, Hoy Quarlo in ''[[PunchOut ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Super Punch-Out!!]]'' uses a cane, Dragon Chan mixes flying kicks in with his punches, King Hippo straps a manhole cover to protect his stomach and so on, and so on.
** Aran Ryan, appearing in multiple [[PunchOut Punch-Out!!]] ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' games seems to make a living taking advantage of this, although in his case its more just straight cheating, like the horseshoes he so obviously has hidden in his gloves. Soda Popinski's use of mid-round [[FrothyMugsOfWater Soda Pop]] probably qualifies as well
26th Feb '17 12:14:27 PM nombretomado
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* In the finale of ''IpMan'' 2, wherein our eponymous Chinese Warrior and folk hero starts to win against Twister, the bloodthirsty Chinese-bullying British boxer, the referees "suddenly" remember that you're not suppose to kick in western boxing matches and call Ip Man on it; something they didn't bother to call on in the last match when Twister was having an orgasm beating a sick-and-elderly Chinese Warrior ''to death.''
* Inverted in ''TheKarateKid'', when Daniel wins the final round by pulling off the Crane kick on Johnny's face, despite the rules explicitly forbidding contact to the face. Perhaps Johnny had bullied one of the judges, too?

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* In the finale of ''IpMan'' 2, ''Film/IpMan2'', wherein our eponymous Chinese Warrior and folk hero starts to win against Twister, the bloodthirsty Chinese-bullying British boxer, the referees "suddenly" remember that you're not suppose to kick in western boxing matches and call Ip Man on it; something they didn't bother to call on in the last match when Twister was having an orgasm beating a sick-and-elderly Chinese Warrior ''to death.''
* Inverted in ''TheKarateKid'', ''Film/TheKarateKid'', when Daniel wins the final round by pulling off the Crane kick on Johnny's face, despite the rules explicitly forbidding contact to the face. Perhaps Johnny had bullied one of the judges, too?



** ''TheKarateKid'' Part 3 has as the final match the challenger explicitly breaking every rule in the book (groin kicks, punches to the face, surprise punches after a separation is called, etc.) in his match with Daniel. True, every such infraction costs him a point, but he gains it right back while Daniel is busy looking for his family jewels. Indeed, this is [[ToThePain his strategy]]: to kick the living crap out of him for the full time period and then win in sudden death. But despite his blatant disregard for anything resembling competitive decorum, he is never disqualified. A cynic might believe that it is because Terry Silver had just spent thousands putting together a permanent arena for the All-Valley championships and nobody wants to disqualify his star pupil.

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** ''TheKarateKid'' Part ''Part'' 3 has as the final match the challenger explicitly breaking every rule in the book (groin kicks, punches to the face, surprise punches after a separation is called, etc.) in his match with Daniel. True, every such infraction costs him a point, but he gains it right back while Daniel is busy looking for his family jewels. Indeed, this is [[ToThePain his strategy]]: to kick the living crap out of him for the full time period and then win in sudden death. But despite his blatant disregard for anything resembling competitive decorum, he is never disqualified. A cynic might believe that it is because Terry Silver had just spent thousands putting together a permanent arena for the All-Valley championships and nobody wants to disqualify his star pupil.
18th Feb '17 10:13:08 PM TheRoguePenguin
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** Cell sets up a tournament to challenge Earth's strongest fighters, borrowing the standard tournament rules for it. Halfway through his fight with Goku, he gets bored, blows up the ring, and declares the ring-out part to be void.
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.]]
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