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12th May '18 5:58:09 PM RaineyH
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* This is the plot for most of Volume 3 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. Much like the ''Goblet of Fire'' example above, it involves a legitimate competition with a storied history (the Vytal Festival) being co-opted by the villains for their own purposes. Once [[spoiler:one of the competitors gets ripped to pieces on a live worldwide broadcast, quickly followed by both the stadium and the surrounding city of Vale being invaded by Grimm]], the "tournament" part pretty much falls by the wayside.
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10th Apr '18 8:34:00 AM DanteVin
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* ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'': The titular race of the Platinum Sky event. Behind the scenes, there's a conspiracy to fix the race in order to profit off the bets, which is further connected to a secret research lab that the Society wants eliminated. Played with though in that the heroes (except those connected to the Society) are unaware of the conspiracy and are just focused on winning the race until the racer the conspiracy is backing is at risk of exploding and killing alot of people.
18th Mar '18 1:35:03 PM StoneBasilisk
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* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'' is that, every ten-thousand years, a PhysicalGod known as the Avatar hosts a galactic racing tournament. According to legend, the winner receives "the Ultimate Prize", which is believed to be capable of granting any wish. [[spoiler:In truth, the Great Race of Ōban was devised by the setting's {{Precursors}} as a method of selecting a ''new'' Avatar, when the current Avatar's ten-thousand-year reign is ending. By extension, the wish-granting "Ultimate Prize" is a false rumor, possibly originating from the truth [[TimeAbyss being distorted over an unfathomable amount of time]]. The protagonist (who SeeksAnothersResurrection) doesn't take the revelation well.]]
27th Feb '18 9:52:58 AM TheWanderer
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* "The Mystery Knight", one of the ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' to ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', takes place during a tournament that's [[spoiler: secretly a gathering for conspirators trying to start a second Blackfyre rebellion]].
** Also, supposedly the infamous Tournament at Harrenhal was reported to be one of these. The only reason King Aerys, who had not left his castle for some years, attended, was because he had been told that his son Rhaegar was gathering the nobles of the realm to plan for a coup. This story has not yet been confirmed.

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* "The Mystery Knight", one of the ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'', (a series of prequels to ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'') takes place during a tournament that's [[spoiler: secretly a gathering for conspirators trying to start a second Blackfyre rebellion]].
** Also, supposedly the infamous Tournament at Harrenhal was reported rumored to be one of these. The only reason King Aerys, who had not left his castle for some years, attended, was because he had been told that his son Rhaegar was gathering the nobles of the realm to plan for a coup. This story has not yet been confirmed.
13th Sep '17 4:56:25 PM nombretomado
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* The Tourney of Creator/PiersAnthony 's ApprenticeAdept series definitely turns out to have aspects of this. Even according to the publicly known purpose of the Tourney, it's the best way for an enterprising serf to rise in status; but in Stile's case it makes an even bigger difference, because the sentient Game Computer has plans that involve the fate of two worlds, Proton and Phaze. Also, the final fight between Stile and his enemy the Red Adept consists of a contest, which Red loses and therefore gets banished to the worlds outside Proton.

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* The Tourney of Creator/PiersAnthony 's ApprenticeAdept Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series definitely turns out to have aspects of this. Even according to the publicly known purpose of the Tourney, it's the best way for an enterprising serf to rise in status; but in Stile's case it makes an even bigger difference, because the sentient Game Computer has plans that involve the fate of two worlds, Proton and Phaze. Also, the final fight between Stile and his enemy the Red Adept consists of a contest, which Red loses and therefore gets banished to the worlds outside Proton.
7th Sep '17 6:48:13 PM DAMartin
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* Season 4 of ''WesternAnimation/Ninjago'' is about the Tournament of Elements, organized by Master Chen in order to steal the elemental masters' powers and cast a spell to turn his followers into Anacondrai.
1st Sep '17 6:09:33 AM Rhodes7
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* The Grand Melee in ''Literature/TheRithmatist'' is a chance for Rithmatist students to show off what they've learned, with the winners automatically gaining positions of responsibility on the front lines of Nebrask. The students of Professor Nalizar look primed to sweep the competition but [[spoiler: Nalizar himself is possessed by one of their enemies and]] they have exhaustively studied how to win duels, not pitched combat against multiple foes.
6th Jul '17 5:13:22 AM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'': The Colosso tournament is, in theory, a yearly event that does wonders for the Tolbi tourist trade, the winners getting fame, money and a job opportunity to join the palace guard. Before the tournament proper begins, Isaac rescues Tolbi's leader Babi from death and is put on the fast-track to participate. [[spoiler:Babi recognized Isaac as an Adept, and used the tournament to confirm that he can use Psynergy, afterwards getting him to go to Lemuria and procure more of the ImmortalityInducer that he's running short on.]]
14th Jun '17 12:06:47 PM Piterpicher
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** Interestingly, the first ''FatalFury'' game, which is the first to portray the ''King of Fighters'' tournament, simply portrays the tournament as being a legit one held by Geese with no sinister motive behind it. It's only Terry, Andy and Joe who have an ulterior reason for entering - to get close to Geese. Geese himself doesn't interfere with the tournament at all and only makes his move, upon realising who the heroes are, after the final.

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** Interestingly, the first ''FatalFury'' ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' game, which is the first to portray the ''King of Fighters'' tournament, simply portrays the tournament as being a legit one held by Geese with no sinister motive behind it. It's only Terry, Andy and Joe who have an ulterior reason for entering - to get close to Geese. Geese himself doesn't interfere with the tournament at all and only makes his move, upon realising who the heroes are, after the final.
8th Apr '17 11:36:01 PM LaptopGuy
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* The tournament in ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' is actually a front by the J6 Corporation to gather research for their Dural program.
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