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24th Aug '16 2:41:04 PM AgProv
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* In AlanSillitoe's ''The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner'', the protaganist is a teenage rebel sent to an "approved school" - the old British euphemism for a junior penitentiary, or youth prison. The governor (Warden) is a sports fanatic and fitness freak who sponsors and coaches a cross-country running team. He is fanatic about his team being the best, and when the hero is discovered to be a good runner, he gets privileges for being a member of the team and is briefly the apple of the Governor's eye. He considers using running as cover for an escape attempt, but reluctantly drops the idea when he realises he has nowhere to run to. But he becomes rebellious, is tired of his life being manipulated for the glory of others, and deliberately and unmistakeably demonstrates he is his own man by throwing a prestige race he could have won - slowing to a defiant walk, and allowing runners from the rival team to pass him, in full view of the apoplectic Governor. After this his prison life becomes harsh and punitive, but he is content - like ''Film/CoolHandLuke'' he has rebelled, exercised such freedom as he possesses, and made his point. This was referenced in a ShoutOut in an episode of American teen comedy ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}''}. (''see below'').

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* In AlanSillitoe's ''The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner'', the protaganist is a teenage rebel sent to an "approved school" - the old British euphemism for a junior penitentiary, or youth prison. The governor (Warden) is a sports fanatic and fitness freak who sponsors and coaches a cross-country running team. He is fanatic about his team being the best, and when the hero is discovered to be a good runner, he gets privileges for being a member of the team and is briefly the apple of the Governor's eye. He considers using running as cover for an escape attempt, but reluctantly drops the idea when he realises he has nowhere to run to. But he becomes rebellious, is tired of his life being manipulated for the glory of others, and deliberately and unmistakeably demonstrates he is his own man by throwing a prestige race he could have won - slowing to a defiant walk, and allowing runners from the rival team to pass him, in full view of the apoplectic Governor. After this his prison life becomes harsh and punitive, but he is content - like ''Film/CoolHandLuke'' he has rebelled, exercised such freedom as he possesses, and made his point. This was referenced in a ShoutOut in an episode of American teen comedy ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}''}.''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. (''see below'').
30th Jul '16 3:30:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Daria}}'', as seen in the opening credits as she lets the volleyball fly right by her.
** See also the episode ''Run, Jane, Run'', where Daria and Jane question the usefulness or relevance of "compulsory cheerleader practice" and are then beasted by their bitch-queen PE teacher. They get an easier run when Jane proves to be a gifted long-distance runner and therefore a stealth jock. There is a scene where Daria is expected to "spot" for a classmate on the trampoline and advise her if she gets too near the edge. Daria is too intent on an argument with Jane to notice, and the ''poing...poing...poing...'' noise of the classmate on the rubber becomes an ominous silence, then a crash and a scream as she hits the floor. Jane eventually rebels and refuses to run for the school - a ShoutOut to AlanSillitoe's novel of teen rebellion, ''The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner'' - valuing her frindship with Daria more. Then both are returned to the brain-dead zombie Hell of compulsory cheerleader practice...

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* ''{{Daria}}'', as seen ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
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in the opening credits as she lets the volleyball fly right by her.
** See Seen also the episode ''Run, "Run, Jane, Run'', Run", where Daria and Jane question the usefulness or relevance of "compulsory cheerleader practice" and are then beasted bested by their bitch-queen PE teacher. They get an easier run when Jane proves to be a gifted long-distance runner and therefore a stealth jock. There is a scene where Daria is expected to "spot" for a classmate on the trampoline and advise her if she gets too near the edge. Daria is too intent on an argument with Jane to notice, and the ''poing...poing...poing...'' noise of the classmate on the rubber becomes an ominous silence, then a crash and a scream as she hits the floor. Jane eventually rebels and refuses to run for the school - a ShoutOut to AlanSillitoe's novel of teen rebellion, ''The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner'' - valuing her frindship friendship with Daria more. Then both are returned to the brain-dead zombie Hell of compulsory cheerleader practice...
30th Jul '16 3:29:55 PM nombretomado
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* In AlanSillitoe's ''The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner'', the protaganist is a teenage rebel sent to an "approved school" - the old British euphemism for a junior penitentiary, or youth prison. The governor (Warden) is a sports fanatic and fitness freak who sponsors and coaches a cross-country running team. He is fanatic about his team being the best, and when the hero is discovered to be a good runner, he gets privileges for being a member of the team and is briefly the apple of the Governor's eye. He considers using running as cover for an escape attempt, but reluctantly drops the idea when he realises he has nowhere to run to. But he becomes rebellious, is tired of his life being manipulated for the glory of others, and deliberately and unmistakeably demonstrates he is his own man by throwing a prestige race he could have won - slowing to a defiant walk, and allowing runners from the rival team to pass him, in full view of the apoplectic Governor. After this his prison life becomes harsh and punitive, but he is content - like CoolHandLuke he has rebelled, exercised such freedon as he possesses, and made his point. This was referenced in a ShoutOut in an episode of American teen comedy {{Daria}}. (''see below'').

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* In AlanSillitoe's ''The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner'', the protaganist is a teenage rebel sent to an "approved school" - the old British euphemism for a junior penitentiary, or youth prison. The governor (Warden) is a sports fanatic and fitness freak who sponsors and coaches a cross-country running team. He is fanatic about his team being the best, and when the hero is discovered to be a good runner, he gets privileges for being a member of the team and is briefly the apple of the Governor's eye. He considers using running as cover for an escape attempt, but reluctantly drops the idea when he realises he has nowhere to run to. But he becomes rebellious, is tired of his life being manipulated for the glory of others, and deliberately and unmistakeably demonstrates he is his own man by throwing a prestige race he could have won - slowing to a defiant walk, and allowing runners from the rival team to pass him, in full view of the apoplectic Governor. After this his prison life becomes harsh and punitive, but he is content - like CoolHandLuke ''Film/CoolHandLuke'' he has rebelled, exercised such freedon freedom as he possesses, and made his point. This was referenced in a ShoutOut in an episode of American teen comedy {{Daria}}.''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}''}. (''see below'').
14th May '16 4:44:49 PM nombretomado
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* LizzieMcGuire was a gym-class sufferer.

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* LizzieMcGuire Series/LizzieMcGuire was a gym-class sufferer.
4th May '16 7:00:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the RippingYarns episode ''Tomkinson's Schooldays'', where the school hopping team is trained to within an inch of its life and sent on a thirty-mile-hop across some of England's bleakest mountains, against a team of young Nazis. Note the ritual "Palfrey" - a blow on the head - bestowed by a teacher with a wooden club beforehand. Tomkinson(Creator/MichaelPalin) only survives with the assistance of performance-enhancing drugs.

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* In the RippingYarns ''Series/RippingYarns'' episode ''Tomkinson's Schooldays'', "Tomkinson's Schooldays", where the school hopping team is trained to within an inch of its life and sent on a thirty-mile-hop across some of England's bleakest mountains, against a team of young Nazis. Note the ritual "Palfrey" - a blow on the head - bestowed by a teacher with a wooden club beforehand. Tomkinson(Creator/MichaelPalin) only survives with the assistance of performance-enhancing drugs.
29th Oct '15 9:57:04 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* Sarah and Tedd of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' are the two most out-of-shape members of the main cast, and as a result [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1453 absolutely got their asses kicked]] by the mile run.
14th Aug '15 9:40:02 AM AgProv
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* In ''Series/BadEducation'', the PE master is displaced [[TheApartheidEra South African]] Mr duPlessis, who has a robust attitude towards his pupils. at one point he tries to introduce Ridgeback attack dogs to the class, to give the fat kids an incentive to run faster and longer.

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* In ''Series/BadEducation'', the PE master is displaced [[TheApartheidEra South African]] Mr duPlessis, who has a robust attitude towards his pupils. at At one point he tries to introduce Ridgeback attack dogs to the class, to give the fat kids an incentive to run faster and longer.

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14th Aug '15 9:37:50 AM AgProv
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* In ''Series/BadEducation'', the PE master is displaced [[TheApartheidEra South African]] Mr duPlessis, who has a robust attitude towards his pupils. at one point he tries to introduce Ridgeback attack dogs to the class, to give the fat kids an incentive to run faster and longer.
14th Aug '15 9:34:44 AM AgProv
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* ''WebComic/{{JL8}}'' has the ultimate [[http://limbero.org/jl8/19 sadistic gym coach]].


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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had Dexter fall prey to Dodgeball in gym class, until he used one of his robots to get back at the kids who pummeled him in the game.
* ''{{Daria}}'', as seen in the opening credits as she lets the volleyball fly right by her.
** See also the episode ''Run, Jane, Run'', where Daria and Jane question the usefulness or relevance of "compulsory cheerleader practice" and are then beasted by their bitch-queen PE teacher. They get an easier run when Jane proves to be a gifted long-distance runner and therefore a stealth jock. There is a scene where Daria is expected to "spot" for a classmate on the trampoline and advise her if she gets too near the edge. Daria is too intent on an argument with Jane to notice, and the ''poing...poing...poing...'' noise of the classmate on the rubber becomes an ominous silence, then a crash and a scream as she hits the floor. Jane eventually rebels and refuses to run for the school - a ShoutOut to AlanSillitoe's novel of teen rebellion, ''The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner'' - valuing her frindship with Daria more. Then both are returned to the brain-dead zombie Hell of compulsory cheerleader practice...
* The first Mad Mod episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' parodied this: Mad Mod's choice of horrific class to send Raven to was gym class. [[NoodleIncident What exactly happened there happened offscreen]], but came complete with ill-fitting shorts and basketball jersey.
14th Aug '15 9:32:04 AM AgProv
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* In ''Film/MrWoodcock'', several flashbacks show the title character as a {{Jerkass}} gym teacher antagonizing and humiliating his students. However the protagonist would later realise that he was such a success as an author because he had pushed himself to prove Woodcock wrong about him
* Subverted in ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys'' where the boys are (for the most part) comfortable with their bodies and are unimpressed by all their gym teacher's attempts to intimidate them. They even correct him when he starts talking about how Jesus didn't ask to be excused the Crucifixion.

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* The film ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' {{parod|y}}ies this with a dodge ball game where the students must "split into two teams: Popular versus Unpopular."
* In ''Film/MrWoodcock'', several flashbacks show the title character as a {{Jerkass}} gym teacher antagonizing and humiliating his students. However the protagonist would later realise that he was such a success as an author because he had pushed himself to prove Woodcock wrong about him
* Subverted in ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys'' where the boys are (for the most part) comfortable with their bodies and are unimpressed by all their gym teacher's attempts to intimidate them. They even correct him when he starts talking about how Jesus didn't ask to be excused the Crucifixion.
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* The film ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' {{parod|y}}ies this with a dodge ball game where the students must "split into two teams: Popular versus Unpopular."

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* The film ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' {{parod|y}}ies this with a dodge ball game Subverted in ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys'' where the students must "split into two teams: Popular versus Unpopular."boys are (for the most part) comfortable with their bodies and are unimpressed by all their gym teacher's attempts to intimidate them. They even correct him when he starts talking about how Jesus didn't ask to be excused the Crucifixion.


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