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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.
27th Sep '13 11:07:02 PM PatBerry
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Often ''Q'' will taunt the crew with games he's invented to test the crew's morals. He even comments that games are more important than life: ''"The play is the thing"''.

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11th Sep '13 6:59:44 AM megarockman
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Despite appearences this trope is ''not'' simply SecondPlaceIsForLosers taken UpToEleven:
* SPIFL refers to cases when, for instance, the one who comes in second feels crummier than the one who finished third because the second-place guy was so close to finishing first. LIWTD applies where anything other than first is unacceptable (admittedly, if it's a head-to-head matchup with only one non-winner, the only way to not win is to finish second).
* 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").
* 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).
16th Aug '13 7:51:22 AM erforce
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* JamesBond takes poker to an absurd level, refusing to lose even when losing will give him a clean getaway.

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* JamesBond Film/JamesBond takes poker to an absurd level, refusing to lose even when losing will give him a clean getaway.



* PulpFiction: Butch Coolidge ends up getting a hit taken out on him for refusing to take a fall in a rigged boxing match. Although this may have had less to do with pride, and more to do with him having taken the money he was paid to lose on purpose, and betting it on himself to win for a retirement-worthy payoff.
* In {{Snatch}}, Mickey the Traveller boxer ''will not'' take a dive, even when very explicitly and very credibly threatened with death. Subverted in two different ways. [[spoiler:First, it's not honor, he's working his own angle. And second, Bricktop's retribution for the first non-dive turns out to be more brutal than he bargained for.]]

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* PulpFiction: ''Film/PulpFiction'': Butch Coolidge ends up getting a hit taken out on him for refusing to take a fall in a rigged boxing match. Although this may have had less to do with pride, and more to do with him having taken the money he was paid to lose on purpose, and betting it on himself to win for a retirement-worthy payoff.
* In {{Snatch}}, ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', Mickey the Traveller boxer ''will not'' take a dive, even when very explicitly and very credibly threatened with death. Subverted in two different ways. [[spoiler:First, it's not honor, he's working his own angle. And second, Bricktop's retribution for the first non-dive turns out to be more brutal than he bargained for.]]
21st Jul '13 8:37:29 AM AhBengI
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* ''YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' - "I lost a children's card game, I no longer have a reason to live!" The inspiration for this trope.

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