History Main / LosingIsWorseThanDeath

13th Jul '17 1:40:00 PM ironballs16
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** Taken UpToEleven with Coach Kilmer, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity who wis beloved by the town]] [[spoiler: but would coerce any of his injured ''high-school'' players into taking morphine and getting back into play rather than benching them due to the injury. This even sets off the events of the story, as the star quarterback's knee was nothing but scar-tissue by the time he was actually taken to a hospital for treatment]].

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** Taken UpToEleven with Coach Kilmer, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity who wis is beloved by the town]] [[spoiler: but would coerce any of his injured ''high-school'' players into taking morphine and getting back into play rather than benching them due to the injury. This even sets off the events of the story, as the star quarterback's knee was nothing but scar-tissue by the time he was actually taken to a hospital for treatment]].
13th Jul '17 1:39:26 PM ironballs16
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** Taken UpToEleven with Coach Kilmer, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity who wis beloved by the town]] [[spoiler: but would coerce any of his injured ''high-school'' players into taking morphine and getting back into play rather than benching them due to the injury. This even sets off the events of the story, as the star quarterback's knee was nothing but scar-tissue by the time he was actually taken to a hospital for treatment]].
25th Jun '17 11:15:32 AM nombretomado
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* During {{World War Two}}, the Japanese army often played this deadly straight, with units regularly fighting to the literal last man rather than surrender, and committing suicide if capture was inevitable.

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* During {{World War Two}}, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Japanese army often played this deadly straight, with units regularly fighting to the literal last man rather than surrender, and committing suicide if capture was inevitable.
17th Mar '17 2:24:24 AM eroock
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->''Someone said to me 'To you football is a matter of life or death!' and I said 'Listen, it's more important than that'.''
-->--'''Bill Shankly'''

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->''Someone ->''"Someone said to me 'To you football is a matter of life or death!' and I said 'Listen, it's more important than that'.''
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27th Mar '16 6:38:42 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Anime/YuGiOh:'' Winning a children's card game is so important that characters like Seito Kaiba will pull from their vast riches and cheat just to win.
** Taken a step further in TheAbridgedSeries.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh:'' ''Anime/YuGiOh:''
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Winning a children's card game is so important that characters like Seito Kaiba will pull from their vast riches and cheat just to win.
** Taken a step further in TheAbridgedSeries.TheAbridgedSeries, where this is referred to as a "children's card game". (Although, some would doubt this opinion, as real life adults play collectable card games even more then children, and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Artworks:Dramatic_Rescue given the]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Artworks:Taunt original art]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Artworks:Last_Day_of_Witch on some of the]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Artworks:Fiend_Comedian actual cards]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Artworks:Dian_Keto_the_Cure_Master the game was]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Artworks:Offerings_to_the_Doomed likely not]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Artworks:Parasite_Paracide intended for kids.]]
24th Mar '15 6:00:50 AM Chabal2
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* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': Usagi and his OldMaster are at a swordfighting competition. Usagi is told that the important is not to win... and when asked what will happen if he doesn't, correctly replies that his master will beat him to a pulp.
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2nd Dec '14 1:29:47 PM megarockman
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* SPIFL occurs ''after'' the contest in question is run, while LIWTD usually shows up ''before'' it (whether before the end of the contest or even before it starts).
** Consequently, SPIFL tends to stand on its own in the story ("I finished second - this sucks"); LIWTD tends to spur further actions ("I can't finish second, so I will do this extreme action to avoid it").

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* SPIFL occurs ''after'' the contest in question is run, while LIWTD usually shows up ''before'' it (whether before the end of the contest or even before it starts).
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starts). Consequently, SPIFL tends to stand on its own in the story ("I finished second - this sucks"); LIWTD tends to spur further actions ("I can't finish second, so I will do this extreme action to avoid it").
9th Sep '14 7:14:31 PM DoctorDetective
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* SPIFL covers cases where, objectively, the worst thing that happens to someone who finishes second is that he doesn't win. LITWD, on the other hand, allows cases where losing entails a bad consequence beyond the match itself (e.g., dying by an opponent's sword for someone who believes it is BetterToDieThanBeKilled).

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* SPIFL covers cases where, objectively, the worst thing that happens to someone who finishes second is that he doesn't win. LITWD, LIWTD, on the other hand, allows cases where losing entails a bad consequence beyond the match itself (e.g., dying by an opponent's sword for someone who believes it is BetterToDieThanBeKilled).
1st Jan '14 3:10:03 AM EarlOfSandvich
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* ''{{Akagi}}'': In the beginning of the Washizu arc, Akagi is blackmailed into losing a dice game or face death, although he doesn't cave in and chooses to win.

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* ''{{Akagi}}'': ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'': In the beginning of the Washizu arc, Akagi is blackmailed into losing a dice game or face death, although he doesn't cave in and chooses to win.



* ''DragonballZ'': Characters often have a chance to save their lives simply by breaking conventional dueling rules, but for some reason or another that is taboo.
** Heck, Goku tries to give his life to win the Cell Games. [[FromASingleCell Doesn't work, though.]]

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* ''DragonballZ'': ''Anime/DragonballZ''
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Characters often have a chance to save their lives simply by breaking conventional dueling rules, but for some reason or another that is taboo.
** Heck, Goku tries to give his life to win the Cell Games. [[FromASingleCell Doesn't work, though.]]



* Occurs in ''Manga/OnePiece'', most notably with Zoro:
--> ''I prefer death to defeat.''



* Occurs in ''OnePiece'', most notably with Zoro:
--> ''I prefer death to defeat.''



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* ''VarsityBlues:'' Sam Moxon makes his son think that winning a football game takes precedence over the relationship with his troubled son.

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* ''VarsityBlues:'' Sam Moxon makes his son think that winning a football game takes precedence over the relationship with his troubled son.
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* ''Film/VarsityBlues:'' Sam Moxon makes his son think that winning a football game takes precedence over the relationship with his troubled son.



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* ''YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' - "I lost a card game, I no longer have a reason to live!" The inspiration for this trope.

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* ''YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' - "I lost a card game, I no longer have a reason to live!" The inspiration for this trope.
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31st Dec '13 1:44:02 PM PatBerry
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* Film/JamesBond takes poker to an absurd level, refusing to lose even when losing will give him a clean getaway.
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