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13th Aug '16 5:35:46 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' novel Maskerade, Granny Weatherwax plays a game of cards against Death for the life of a small child. If Granny wins, Death takes the soul of a cow instead. If Death wins, he gets the kid and Granny. Fortunately, this is the Discworld Death, who happens to be on the side of the living. Granny cheats and deals herself a better hand than Death, but he stops her, switches the cards... and then complains that he got "four ones" (read: four aces) resulting in a defeat. Rather an odd case of the trope since both characters were technically on the same side, but still.

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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel Maskerade, ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', Granny Weatherwax plays a game of cards against Death for the life of a small child. If Granny wins, Death takes the soul of a cow instead. If Death wins, he gets the kid and Granny. Fortunately, this is the Discworld Death, who happens to be on the side of the living. Granny cheats and deals herself a better hand than Death, but he stops her, switches the cards... and then complains that he got "four ones" (read: four aces) resulting in a defeat. Rather an odd case of the trope since both characters were technically on the same side, but still.
12th Aug '16 1:30:06 PM Willbyr
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* In ''{{Yaiba}}'', during the OdaNobunaga Tournament Arc, the BrilliantButLazy MasterSwordsman Soshi Okita manages to best Yaiba, but is so amazed by the latter's spirit and determination that decides to forfeit.

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* In ''{{Yaiba}}'', ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', during the OdaNobunaga Tournament Arc, the BrilliantButLazy MasterSwordsman Soshi Okita manages to best Yaiba, but is so amazed by the latter's spirit and determination that decides to forfeit.
28th Jul '16 4:06:43 PM elemt
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* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' during the climax of the Eldritch Moon set the Gatewatch [[spoiler: seal Emrakul within the moon]]. However, the spell to do it was failing until [[spoiler: Emrakul possessed Tamiyo and finished the binding for her.]] It's implied this version of the spell is temporary, as Jace had spoken with some manner of [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith avatar]] which had complained it wasn't the right time. Yet.
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25th Jun '16 9:18:16 PM nombretomado
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* In ''BaldursGate 2'', Kangaxx is a disembodied lich, whose body was torn apart, its bits hidden in tombs. If you reunite his body for him, he rewards you (or attempts to) with death. If he fails, he laughs madly, as he apparently needed to get his body back first, ''then'' have it destroyed, to be transformed into a demi-lich, which is much harder to kill and much more likely to ruin your day.

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* In ''BaldursGate 2'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', Kangaxx is a disembodied lich, whose body was torn apart, its bits hidden in tombs. If you reunite his body for him, he rewards you (or attempts to) with death. If he fails, he laughs madly, as he apparently needed to get his body back first, ''then'' have it destroyed, to be transformed into a demi-lich, which is much harder to kill and much more likely to ruin your day.
11th Jun '16 7:31:11 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Subverted in ''Manga/DragonBall'', where the world champion [[FakeUltimateHero Hercule]] finds himself facing the fresh kid champion Trunks in a public fight. Having seen his battle with Goten earlier, Hercule realizes he has no chance whatsoever of winning the eight-year-old, so in order to save face, he pulls this off and pretends to have lost intentionally. He even leans down to give Trunks a "free shot" at his face so he could appear to be going easy on the kid.



* In ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' Warg and Melga think they have become a bad influence on Hideto and end up [[spoiler:attempting suicide under the cover of Zeromaru's new ability. It doesn't work and Taichi has to hammer the point into Hideto instead.]]



* Subverted in ''Manga/DragonBall'', where the world champion [[FakeUltimateHero Hercule]] finds himself facing the fresh kid champion Trunks in a public fight. Having seen his battle with Goten earlier, Hercule realizes he has no chance whatsoever of winning the eight-year-old, so in order to save face, he pulls this off and pretends to have lost intentionally. He even leans down to give Trunks a "free shot" at his face so he could appear to be going easy on the kid.
25th Mar '16 8:31:30 AM Willbyr
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* Evangeline was the first villain in MahouSenseiNegima. Nearly three hundred chapters later she's ''still'' the most powerful character to appear. The entire first fight she was just playing around. [[spoiler:At the end of the series she fights against Negi and Asuna together at their peak and is still winning.]]
* In ''OnePiece'', [[BadassGrandpa Garp]] let Luffy win so he could save Ace, since Garp is a marine and Ace a pirate and his [[spoiler: adopted]] grandson. His relation to Luffy was also a factor.

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* Evangeline was the first villain in MahouSenseiNegima.''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. Nearly three hundred chapters later she's ''still'' the most powerful character to appear. The entire first fight she was just playing around. [[spoiler:At the end of the series she fights against Negi and Asuna together at their peak and is still winning.]]
* In ''OnePiece'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[BadassGrandpa Garp]] let Luffy win so he could save Ace, since Garp is a marine and Ace a pirate and his [[spoiler: adopted]] grandson. His relation to Luffy was also a factor.



* In {{Naruto}}, this is stated to be the real reason why [[spoiler:Sasuke]] could win against [[spoiler:Itachi, who still completely dominated their fight and dropped dead right before he could finish the fight.]]

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* In {{Naruto}}, ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', this is stated to be the real reason why [[spoiler:Sasuke]] could win against [[spoiler:Itachi, who still completely dominated their fight and dropped dead right before he could finish the fight.]]



* In YuYuHakusho the Toguro Brothers faked their loss at the end of the [[RescueArc "Rescue Yukina" arc]] for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Sakyo]] and so they can challenge the heroes in a TournamentArc.
* In {{Yaiba}}, during the OdaNobunaga Tournament Arc, the BrilliantButLazy MasterSwordsman Soshi Okita manages to best Yaiba, but is so amazed by the latter's spirit and determination that decides to forfeit.
* Subverted in ''DragonBall'', where the world champion [[FakeUltimateHero Hercule]] finds himself facing the fresh kid champion Trunks in a public fight. Having seen his battle with Goten earlier, Hercule realizes he has no chance whatsoever of winning the eight-year-old, so in order to save face, he pulls this off and pretends to have lost intentionally. He even leans down to give Trunks a "free shot" at his face so he could appear to be going easy on the kid.

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* In YuYuHakusho ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' the Toguro Brothers faked their loss at the end of the [[RescueArc "Rescue Yukina" arc]] for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Sakyo]] and so they can challenge the heroes in a TournamentArc.
* In {{Yaiba}}, ''{{Yaiba}}'', during the OdaNobunaga Tournament Arc, the BrilliantButLazy MasterSwordsman Soshi Okita manages to best Yaiba, but is so amazed by the latter's spirit and determination that decides to forfeit.
* Subverted in ''DragonBall'', ''Manga/DragonBall'', where the world champion [[FakeUltimateHero Hercule]] finds himself facing the fresh kid champion Trunks in a public fight. Having seen his battle with Goten earlier, Hercule realizes he has no chance whatsoever of winning the eight-year-old, so in order to save face, he pulls this off and pretends to have lost intentionally. He even leans down to give Trunks a "free shot" at his face so he could appear to be going easy on the kid.



* In many of the ''{{Pokemon}}'' games, certain trainers will claim they let you win. However, it usually seems like they're lying to save face, rather than that their defeat serves some kind of plan.

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* In many of the ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, certain trainers will claim they let you win. However, it usually seems like they're lying to save face, rather than that their defeat serves some kind of plan.


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22nd Jan '16 1:20:59 PM Manectrix
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** [[spoiler:To be clear, this trope occurred when Itachi was ''terminally ill ''and ''almost legally blind,'' and even then, he pretty much beat Sasuke. [[CursedWithAwesome The man was too good for]] ''[[CursedWithAwesome his ]]''[[CursedWithAwesome own good.]]]]

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** [[spoiler:To be clear, this trope occurred when Itachi was ''terminally ill ''and ''almost legally blind,'' and even then, he pretty much beat Sasuke. [[CursedWithAwesome The man was too good for]] ''[[CursedWithAwesome for his ]]''[[CursedWithAwesome own good.]]]]
18th Jan '16 3:02:46 AM thatmadork
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* [[TheBrute Mercury Black]] of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is fond of this. In his first instance, he challenges [[TheAce Pyrrha Nikos]] to a sparring match and then forfeited the match, as the whole point of fighting her was the analyse her technique and report her Semblance back to Cinder. Later on, he uses this in his fight against Yang in the tournament, as he reduces her Aura down to 16% (the minimum amount to not be disqualified) and then throws the fight only to later goad her into attacking him on live television and getting her arrested, leaving Team RWBY disqualified, demoralised, discredited and deprived of their heavy hitter.

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* [[TheBrute Mercury Black]] of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is fond of this. In his first instance, he challenges [[TheAce Pyrrha Nikos]] to a sparring match and then forfeited the match, as the whole point of fighting her was the analyse her technique and report her Semblance back to Cinder. Later on, he uses this in his fight against Yang [[TheBigGuy Yang]] in the tournament, as he reduces her Aura down to 16% (the minimum amount to not be disqualified) eliminated) and then throws the fight only to later goad her into attacking him on live television and getting her arrested, leaving Team RWBY disqualified, demoralised, discredited and deprived of their heavy hitter.
18th Jan '16 3:01:51 AM thatmadork
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* [[TheBrute Mercury Black]] of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is fond of this. In his first instance, he challenges [[TheAce Pyrrha Nikos]] to a sparring match and then forfeited the match, as the whole point of fighting her was the analyse her technique and report her Semblance back to Cinder. Later on, he uses this in his fight against Yang in the tournament, as he reduces her Aura down to 16% (the minimum amount to not be disqualified) and then throws the fight only to later goad her into attacking him on live television and getting her arrested, leaving Team RWBY disqualified, demoralised, discredited and deprived of their heavy hitter.
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13th Nov '15 3:54:49 AM SirPellucidar
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* This is how most people interpret the scene in the Bible where Jacob wrestles with God (or an angel, according to some) and wins.
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