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14th May '18 8:02:58 PM HighCrate
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* Generally speaking, any game for more than two players which can interact (influence each other) will feature this, often not even voluntarily. Even minor actions outside the direct conflict may and will help or hinder other players, thus influencing the eventual winner.



* Nearly all turn-based strategy games reach a point where the contest is only between the most powerful players or AI, but the other factions are strong enough to tip the balance. A few, such as the ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' games, even have a mode of victory where the strongest have to gather the support of weaker nations over their competitive rivals. It should be noted, however, that in a strict KingmakerScenario, it must be literally impossible for the kingmaker to win, not just highly unlikely.
28th Apr '18 5:45:02 AM VampireBuddha
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* In ''Stupid White Men'', Michael Moore describes Ralph Nader in such terms when talking about the run-up to the 2000 US presidential election. Polls showed that Nader had approximately a whelk's chance in a supernova of winning the election, but those who did support him were overwhelmingly liberal, and his support was ''just'' high enough to push Al Gore into second place. Thus, if Nader was to drop out of the race and endorse Gore, Gore would have won; if not, victory would go to George W. Bush.


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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Just Shoot Me}}'', Jack takes a holiday and leaves Maya, Elliot, and Nina jointly in charge of the magazine. Maya and Elliot can't agree on anything, while Nina doesn't care one way or the other; this gives her complete control as the others spend the entire episode vying for her swing vote.
13th Apr '18 5:18:18 AM VampireBuddha
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* In ''Manga/{{Yu-Gi-Oh}}'', this came into play when Seto wrested control of [=KaibaCorp=] from Gozaburo. Seto formed a voting bloc with the five department heads, controlling 49% of the shares between them. Gozaburo holds another 49% himself, meaning that the remaining 2%, held by Mokuba, determined who would become the new CEO.
21st Mar '18 6:49:25 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' the PlayerCharacter is this, depending on which side you choose in the CivilWar campaign. Whichever faction you side with wins, placing their respective Jarl on the throne.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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the PlayerCharacter is this, depending on end of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''[='s=] main quest, you come into possession of a powerful artifact which allows a person of royal blood or supernatural power to control the [[HumongousMecha Numidium]]. You cannot utilize it yourself[[note]]you can ''try'', but it causes a NonStandardGameOver with [[ApocalypseHow Tamriel-wrecking]] results[[/note]], but you can choose one of several Iliac Bay powers to hand it over to, allowing them to tip the balance of power in the region in their favor. (Later games reveal that, canonically, ''all'' of the possible endings happen in a MergingTheBranches scenario, thanks to a [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] TimeCrash known as the "Warp in the West."
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''[='s=] CivilWar questline, you get to be this for whichever
side you choose in the CivilWar campaign. Whichever faction you to support. By leading that side with wins, placing to victory (essentially being an unstoppable OneManArmy), their respective Jarl leader (Elisif for the Imperials, Ulfric for the Stormcloaks) will be placed on the throne.
6th Mar '18 8:47:49 AM ashava
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Since real-life exmaples tend to degenerate into a political Administrivia/ConversationInTheMainPage, '''[[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease they have been deemed unnecessary]]'''. [[noreallife]]

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Since real-life exmaples examples tend to degenerate into a political Administrivia/ConversationInTheMainPage, '''[[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease they have been deemed unnecessary]]'''. [[noreallife]]
25th Feb '18 6:30:58 PM Malady
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* In ''SengokuRance'', warmongering Takeda House has gotten itself tied up in a war with both Uesugi House and Hojo House. Its resources are spread too thin, but if you attack either Uesugi or Hojo, Takeda will ''instantly'' conquer the other. This is especially problematic on later playthroughs, as Uesugi and Hojo are both home to one of the heroines whose plots you can follow for an alternate ending. You can attack Takeda itself, but that will only convince it to turn on you almost full-time, and they have four endgame-level generals, a blitzkrieg strategy and a unique cavalry unit. Good luck with that!

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* In ''SengokuRance'', ''VideoGame/SengokuRance'', warmongering Takeda House has gotten itself tied up in a war with both Uesugi House and Hojo House. Its resources are spread too thin, but if you attack either Uesugi or Hojo, Takeda will ''instantly'' conquer the other. This is especially problematic on later playthroughs, as Uesugi and Hojo are both home to one of the heroines whose plots you can follow for an alternate ending. You can attack Takeda itself, but that will only convince it to turn on you almost full-time, and they have four endgame-level generals, a blitzkrieg strategy and a unique cavalry unit. Good luck with that!
25th Dec '17 7:46:46 PM infernape612
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* This is the premise of the Creator/KevinCostner film ''Swing Vote''. The protagonist Bud's daughter attempts to vote on his behalf on election day, only for a technical error to invalidate said vote. When the two presidential candidates are tied in the election, the decision of who will become President of the United States falls onto Bud's shoulders.



* Criston Cole, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard was literally called "The Kingmaker" in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire.'' He championed Viserys I's younger son Aegon II over his chosen heir, elder daughter Rhaenyra. This led to the Dance of the Dragons, a bloody civil war that tore the realm in half (including the Kingsguard itself) and led to the death of most of the Targaryen dragons. Aegon II won, but was ultimately succeeded by Rhaenyra's son, Aegon III.

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* Criston Cole, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard was literally called "The Kingmaker" in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire.'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. He championed Viserys I's younger son Aegon II over his chosen heir, elder daughter Rhaenyra. This led to the Dance of the Dragons, a bloody civil war that tore the realm in half (including the Kingsguard itself) and led to the death of most of the Targaryen dragons. Aegon II won, but was ultimately succeeded by Rhaenyra's son, Aegon III.
14th Dec '17 8:34:40 AM Malady
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* In three-person {{Kaiser}}, a player with the 5 and the 3 but an otherwise weak hand is in this position. In the standard four-person version, they're simply a support to their ally.

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* In three-person {{Kaiser}}, TabletopGame/{{Kaiser}}, a player with the 5 and the 3 but an otherwise weak hand is in this position. In the standard four-person version, they're simply a support to their ally.
11th Oct '17 4:55:21 PM DragonRanger
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** This also frequently showed up as a result of the last Immunity Challenge when the show used a Final Two, as the challenge winner was free to choose exactly who they faced in the finals. The winner of the challenge would either be a dominant force that would take out their opponent, or they would be the Kingmaker, and hand the million dollars to another player. The show has since made Final Three the standard specifically to avoid this situation. Of course, now you just have strong players trying to (and succeeding in) bringing ''two'' unpopular contestants to the jury vote.

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** This also frequently showed up as a result of the last Immunity Challenge when the show used a Final Two, as Two: with three players in the last vote before the finals, two would be forced to vote against one another (as they couldn't vote for themselves or the challenge winner) and cancel each other out; leaving the challenge winner was free to choose exactly who they faced in the finals. The winner of the challenge would either be choose a dominant force weaker opponent that would take out their opponent, they could crush, or they would be ''be'' the Kingmaker, weaker opponent no matter who they chose and hand the million dollars become a Kingmaker deciding which player gets to another player. beat them. The show has since made Final Three the standard specifically to avoid this situation. Of course, now you just have strong situation, as having four players trying to (and succeeding in) bringing ''two'' unpopular contestants to in the jury vote.penultimate vote means everyone's vote matters.
30th Aug '17 8:15:55 AM dsollen
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** In a more official capacity, sometimes a player who's ahead will be shut out of trades because the other players don't like said player; instead, they choose to deal with a second player who has a chance of winning. At least one Monopoly ''championship'' was decided in exactly this manner.



** In a more official capacity, sometimes a player who's ahead will be shut out of trades because the other players don't like said player; instead, they choose to deal with a second player who has a chance of winning. At least one Monopoly ''championship'' was decided in exactly this manner.
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