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28th Apr '17 10:06:05 AM TheWanderer
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* ''Series/TheWire'' has a variant of this where Mayor Royce will go to play poker with some of the city's high rollers, who lose on purpose to him, so that the money they "lose" to him in turn becomes bribe/campaign donation money for Royce. This way they're not breaking any laws against illegal contributions or bribes, they're just all guys playing a game, and it's a coincidence that the Mayor is walking away with all the cash. Some of the other players grumble about it, however, because Royce has become so greedy over the years that they're starting to get fed up with how much they have to lose in order to appease him.

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* ''Series/TheWire'' has a variant of this where Mayor Royce will go to play poker with some of the city's high rollers, who lose on purpose to him, so that the money they "lose" to him in turn becomes bribe/campaign donation money for Royce. (And so Royce allows them to get away with all of their own bits of corruption.) This way they're not breaking any laws against illegal contributions or bribes, they're just all guys playing a game, and it's a coincidence that the Mayor is walking away with all the cash. Some of the other players grumble about it, however, because Royce has become so greedy over the years that they're starting to get fed up with how much they have to lose in order to appease him.
21st Dec '16 8:35:39 AM Odacon_Spy
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* DoubleSubverted in Jet Li's ''Film/{{War}}'', which has an Asian mob boss practice sword sparring with one of his men. When he allows himself to be distracted, the other guy accidentally strikes him, and immediately begs forgiveness. The gangster calmly tells him not to worry, and that is was his own fault for allowing himself to be distracted... [[BadBoss and then kills him anyway.]]

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* DoubleSubverted in Jet Li's ''Film/{{War}}'', which has an Asian mob with Yakuza boss practice Shiro practicing sword sparring with one of his men. When he allows himself to be distracted, the other guy accidentally strikes him, and immediately begs forgiveness. The gangster Shiro calmly tells him not to worry, and that is was his own fault for allowing himself to be distracted... [[BadBoss and then kills him anyway.]]
27th Nov '16 3:51:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* The entire events of the ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'' are set in motion because of Lucifer playing chess (and always winning) against his minion Pazuzu (who knows exactly how much Lucifer's promise not to kill the one who bests him is worth), who keeps losing so as not to incur his master's wrath. So they decide to play the game with mortals instead.
* ''{{Maus}}'' features a Jewish collaborator during the Holocaust, who deliberately loses money during card games to German soldiers so they keep liking him.

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* The entire events of the ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'' are set in motion because of Lucifer playing chess (and always winning) against his minion Pazuzu (who knows exactly how much Lucifer's promise not to kill the one who bests him is worth), who keeps losing so as not to incur his master's wrath. So they decide to [[CosmicChessGame play the game with mortals mortals]] instead.
* ''{{Maus}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'' features a Jewish collaborator during the Holocaust, who deliberately loses money during card games to German soldiers so they keep liking him.
10th Sep '16 4:02:55 AM Morgenthaler
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17th Apr '16 6:48:15 AM eedwardgrey3
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* ''{{Maus}}'' features a Jewish collaborator during the Holocaust, who deliberately loses money during card games to German soldiers so they keep liking him.
6th Jan '16 2:27:18 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Two (or more) characters are playing a game. John Doe is clearly smarter, more skilled and just plain better at the game than the other. Richard Roe still wins. Why? Because Richard appears to [[SoreLoser not take losing well]] and it likely would be... [[DisproportionateRetribution detrimental to John's continued good health to win against Richard.]]

Often the case when a BadBoss plays a game with his mooks - who are too terrified not to let him win, not after what happened to the last guy... other times it happens between a smart but not too strong player and a not-as-smart but definitely stronger opponent. It can also happen between any kind of boss, benevolent or not, and a YesMan. The yes man will always let the boss win because he wants to placate the boss' ego, even if the boss would rather win (or lose) fairly.

Related to AppealToForce.

This is NOT the DisproportionateRetribution itself, or the act of {{Rage Quit}}ting. ThrowingTheFight is about losing because of an actual threat, whereas this is about losing because of an implied or assumed threat.

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Two (or more) characters are playing a game. John Doe is clearly smarter, more skilled and just plain better at the game than the other. Richard Roe still wins. Why? Because Richard appears to [[SoreLoser not take losing well]] is a SoreLoser and it likely would be... be [[DisproportionateRetribution detrimental to John's continued good health to win against Richard.]]

Often This is often the case when a BadBoss plays a game with his mooks - who are too terrified not to let him win, not after what happened to the last guy... other win. Other times it happens between a smart but not too strong player and a not-as-smart but definitely stronger opponent. It can also happen between any kind of boss, benevolent [[BenevolentBoss benevolent]] or not, and a YesMan. The yes man will always let the boss win because he wants to placate the boss' ego, even if the boss would rather win (or lose) fairly.

Related It's related to AppealToForce.

This is NOT the DisproportionateRetribution itself, or the act of {{Rage Quit}}ting. ThrowingTheFight is about losing because of an actual a genuine threat, whereas this is about losing because of an implied or assumed threat.
29th Nov '15 4:00:12 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''Series/{{Narcos}}'': Pablo Escobar and one of his lieutenants [[BadGuysPlayPool are playing pool]] and talking shop. Pablo is already on edge because a rival Cartel isn't showing him the respect he thinks he deserves. Then the lieutenant unwittingly beats him. Pablo reacts by congratulating him, handing him a sum of money for winning... and immediately quadruples his "War Tax" on all of his lieutenants.



* Played with in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': His underlings blatantly let Wu Zu Mu, a powerful but blind Chinese gangster, win whenever they play anything, including moving the cup when he plays OfficeGolf or lying about their cards in Blackjack, which leads to funny moments when Carl, not caring, beats him regularly. [[AntiVillain Judging]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards by his]] [[AffablyEvil personality]], "Woozie" a nice enough guy, [[BenevolentBoss especially to his men]], that he probably wouldn't care if his minions beat him or not, but to his experienced mooks it's better being safe than sorry.

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': His underlings blatantly let Wu Zu Zi Mu, a powerful but blind Chinese gangster, win whenever they play anything, including moving the cup when he plays OfficeGolf or lying about their cards in Blackjack, which leads to funny moments when Carl, not caring, beats him regularly. [[AntiVillain Judging]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards by his]] [[AffablyEvil personality]], "Woozie" a nice enough guy, [[BenevolentBoss especially to his men]], that he probably wouldn't care if his minions beat him or not, but to his experienced mooks it's better being safe than sorry.
3rd Nov '15 6:07:11 PM TheWanderer
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* In an early episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', both J.D and Dr. Steadman, the hospital's resident YesMan, go to play golf with Chief of Medicine [[BadBoss Dr.]] [[ZeroApprovalGambit Kelso]] with the intent of doing this, and the hope of scoring some points and getting themselves in line for a promotion from Kelso. Much to J.D's surprise [[TheLastDJ Dr. Cox]] is also there for the game... solely because [[InvertedTrope Cox enjoys thrashing Kelso]] and punching holes in Kelso's ego.
* ''Series/TheWire'' has a variant of this where Mayor Royce will go to play poker with some of the city's high rollers, who lose on purpose to him, so that the money they "lose" to him in turn becomes bribe/campaign donation money for Royce. This way they're not breaking any laws against illegal contributions or bribes, they're just all guys playing a game, and it's a coincidence that the Mayor is walking away with all the cash. Some of the other players grumble about it, however, because Royce has become so greedy over the years that they're starting to get fed up with how much they have to lose in order to appease him.
7th Sep '15 3:57:46 AM AdamC
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* Averted in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' poker game. This trope would have been Worf's edge if he were a real Klingon.

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* Averted in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' the frequent poker game. This trope games in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. If Worf were as big of an asshole as some of the other Klingons we see in the show, this would have been Worf's edge if he were be his strategy, but he's a real Klingon.rather gracious loser.
30th Jul '15 9:00:32 PM Angeldeb82
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* The page quote (and semi-trope namer) comes from ''Film/StarWarsANewHope'', when R2-D2 is playing and beating Chewbacca at dejarik.

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* The page quote (and semi-trope namer) comes from ''Film/StarWarsANewHope'', ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'', when R2-D2 is playing and beating Chewbacca at dejarik.



* Played with in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': His underlings blatantly let Wu Zu Mu, a powerful but blind Chinese gangster, win whenever they play anything, including moving the cup when he plays OfficeGolf or lying about their cards in Blackjack, which leads to funny moments when Carl, not caring, beats him regularly. [[AntiVillain Judging]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards by his]] [[AffablyEvil personality,]] "Woozie" a nice enough guy, [[BenevolentBoss especially to his men]], that he probably wouldn't care if his minions beat him or not, but to his experienced mooks it's better being safe than sorry.

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': His underlings blatantly let Wu Zu Mu, a powerful but blind Chinese gangster, win whenever they play anything, including moving the cup when he plays OfficeGolf or lying about their cards in Blackjack, which leads to funny moments when Carl, not caring, beats him regularly. [[AntiVillain Judging]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards by his]] [[AffablyEvil personality,]] personality]], "Woozie" a nice enough guy, [[BenevolentBoss especially to his men]], that he probably wouldn't care if his minions beat him or not, but to his experienced mooks it's better being safe than sorry.



* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', "Teed Off": Ed Bighead is playing a game with his boss Mr. Dupette, and is instructed to let Dupette win. The groundskeepers at the golf course strictly enforce this [[NoKillLikeOverkill by shooting Ed's ball down with]] [[PianoDrop pianos]]. However, they did not count on Heffer, who rigs the game back on Ed's favor.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', "Teed Off": Ed Bighead is playing a game with his boss Mr. Dupette, and is instructed to let Dupette win. The groundskeepers at the golf course strictly enforce this [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill by shooting Ed's ball down with]] [[PianoDrop pianos]].{{piano|Drop}}s. However, they did not count on Heffer, who rigs the game back on Ed's favor.
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