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25th Oct '17 8:55:35 PM SeanMurrayI
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Whenever two captains are elected from a group of kids to pick teammates from the remaining kids (be it for dodgeball, basketball, baseball or any other team sport), the ones who are the least talented, most nerdy or simply staggeringly unpopular are ''always'' the ones left to pick from last, but a very special type of humiliation is always reserved for the very last kid remaining. "Picked Last" isn't even a fitting term for what this really entails [[FridgeLogic as the kid isn't actually "picked" by a team but rather is forced to be taken by one because there's no one else left to pick from]].

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Whenever two captains are elected from a group of kids to pick teammates from the remaining kids (be it for dodgeball, basketball, baseball or any other team sport), the ones who are the least talented, most nerdy or simply staggeringly unpopular are ''always'' always the ones left to pick from last, but a very special type of humiliation is always reserved for the very ''very'' last kid remaining. "Picked Last" isn't even a fitting term for what this really entails [[FridgeLogic as the kid isn't actually "picked" by a team but rather is forced to be taken by one because there's no one else left to pick from]].
25th Oct '17 8:51:25 PM SeanMurrayI
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'' episode "Kevin Vs The SAT's", Kevin, George, and Toby try to pad their resumes with curricular activities, and pick volleyball as an option, thinking that since the teams consist almost entirely of women, it will be easy. They're quickly proven wrong as the players are just as vicious and competitive as the men. When picking out team, the three are passed over in favor of a girl who is missing an arm and another girl who is pregnant. Finally, one of the team captains says she doesn't want any more players and tells the other she can have "the homos". George is relegated to holding the captain's cigarette while she plays while Kevin and Toby are put in the back of the field and make an embarrassing showing of themselves.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'' episode "Kevin Vs The SAT's", Kevin, George, and Toby try to pad their resumes with curricular activities, and pick volleyball as an option, thinking that since the teams consist almost entirely of women, it will be easy. They're quickly proven wrong as the players are just as vicious and competitive as the men. When picking out team, teams, the three are passed over in favor of a girl who is missing an arm and another girl who is pregnant. Finally, one of the team captains says she doesn't want any more players and tells the other she can have "the homos". George is relegated to holding the captain's cigarette while she plays while Kevin and Toby are put in the back of the field and make an embarrassing showing of themselves.
25th Oct '17 8:50:39 PM SeanMurrayI
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* The ''MissionHill'' episode "Kevin Vs The SAT's", Kevin, George and Toby try to pad their resumes with extra-cericular activities, and pick volleyball as an option, thinking that since the teams consist almost entirerly of women, it will be easy. They're quickly proven wrong as the players are just as vicious and competitive as the men. When picking out the team, the three are passed over in favor of one player who only has one arm, and another who is heavily pregnant. Finally, one of the team captains says she doesnt want any more players and tells the other she can have "the homos". George is relegated to holding the captains cigarette while she plays, while Kevin and Toby are put in the back of the field, and make an embarassing showing of themselves.

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* The ''MissionHill'' In the ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'' episode "Kevin Vs The SAT's", Kevin, George George, and Toby try to pad their resumes with extra-cericular curricular activities, and pick volleyball as an option, thinking that since the teams consist almost entirerly entirely of women, it will be easy. They're quickly proven wrong as the players are just as vicious and competitive as the men. When picking out the team, the three are passed over in favor of one player a girl who only has one arm, is missing an arm and another girl who is heavily pregnant. Finally, one of the team captains says she doesnt doesn't want any more players and tells the other she can have "the homos". George is relegated to holding the captains captain's cigarette while she plays, plays while Kevin and Toby are put in the back of the field, field and make an embarassing embarrassing showing of themselves.
25th Oct '17 7:45:52 AM SilentStranger
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* The ''MissionHill'' episode "Kevin Vs The SAT's", Kevin, George and Toby try to pad their resumes with extra-cericular activities, and pick volleyball as an option, thinking that since the teams consist almost entirerly of women, it will be easy. They're quickly proven wrong as the players are just as vicious and competitive as the men. When picking out the team, the three are passed over in favor of one player who only has one arm, and another who is heavily pregnant. Finally, one of the team captains says she doesnt want any more players and tells the other she can have "the homos". George is relegated to holding the captains cigarette while she plays, while Kevin and Toby are put in the back of the field, and make an embarassing showing of themselves.
17th Oct '17 9:09:31 PM Angeldeb82
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Whenever two captains are elected from a group of kids to pick teammates from the remaining kids (be it for dodgeball, basketball, baseball or any other team sport), the ones who are the least talented, most nerdy or simply staggeringly unpopular are ''always'' the ones left to pick from last, but a very special type of humiliation is always reserved for the very last kid remaining. "PickedLast" isn't even a fitting term for what this really entails [[FridgeLogic as the kid isn't actually "picked" by a team but rather is forced to be taken by one because there's no one else left to pick from]].

This almost always happens to any {{Geek}} characters when the story focuses on a recreational activity. If this is supposed to be observed as a [[ComedicSociopathy comedic]] event, it may be the fate of a RidiculouslyAverageGuy who is [[ButtMonkey somehow less preferable to the geek]], or, even more humiliating, that bit of FridgeLogic in the above paragraph is disregarded with the captains choosing players that aren't even supposed to be choices when only one kid is left; this may include [[AdultsAreUseless adults]] or [[CompanionCube inanimate objects]].

Usually, this character may be TheWoobie, especially if it's clear that he really ''likes'' the sport even though he may lack any real talent, effectively taking the fun out of the game for him when he's left to be PickedLast. In these cases, the character may be given [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a moment to shine in the spotlight]] by the end of the story by becoming a team captain for a day and getting to do the actual picking, by making a great play in the game, or even both. Sadly, this may be the one aspect of the trope's overall use in fiction that isn't TruthInTelevision.

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Whenever two captains are elected from a group of kids to pick teammates from the remaining kids (be it for dodgeball, basketball, baseball or any other team sport), the ones who are the least talented, most nerdy or simply staggeringly unpopular are ''always'' the ones left to pick from last, but a very special type of humiliation is always reserved for the very last kid remaining. "PickedLast" "Picked Last" isn't even a fitting term for what this really entails [[FridgeLogic as the kid isn't actually "picked" by a team but rather is forced to be taken by one because there's no one else left to pick from]].

This almost always happens to any {{Geek}} characters when the story focuses on a recreational activity. If this is supposed to be observed as a [[ComedicSociopathy comedic]] {{comedic|Sociopathy}} event, it may be the fate of a RidiculouslyAverageGuy who is [[ButtMonkey somehow less preferable to the geek]], or, even more humiliating, that bit of FridgeLogic in the above paragraph is disregarded with the captains choosing players that aren't even supposed to be choices when only one kid is left; this may include [[AdultsAreUseless adults]] {{adults|AreUseless}} or [[CompanionCube inanimate objects]].

Usually, this character may be TheWoobie, especially if it's clear that he really ''likes'' the sport even though he may lack any real talent, effectively taking the fun out of the game for him when he's left to be PickedLast. Picked Last. In these cases, the character may be given [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments a moment to shine in the spotlight]] by the end of the story by becoming a team captain for a day and getting to do the actual picking, by making a great play in the game, or even both. Sadly, this may be the one aspect of the trope's overall use in fiction that isn't TruthInTelevision.



* In ''The Fire Chronicle'' from ''[[Literature/TheBooksOfBeginning The Books of Beginning]]'', Michael Wibberly is described as always having been picked last at sports, and then, "only if the other team took some handicap, like playing a turtle at first base."

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* In ''The Fire Chronicle'' from ''[[Literature/TheBooksOfBeginning The Books of Beginning]]'', ''Literature/TheBooksOfBeginning'', Michael Wibberly is described as always having been picked last at sports, and then, "only if the other team took some handicap, like playing a turtle at first base."



* Bill from ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' had a history of being picked last. This actually drove him to ''prank call his gym teacher!'' After his teacher finds out he was the one who made the call, Bill is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming awarded the opportunity to captain a team for a day]].

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* Bill from ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' had a history of being picked last. This actually drove him to ''prank call his gym teacher!'' After his teacher finds out he was the one who made the call, Bill is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments awarded the opportunity to captain a team for a day]].



* Inverted on the second season of ''Series/WorstCooksInAmerica'', where the two hosts picked the teams for ''each other''. Both were deliberately trying to saddle their rival with the worst of the worst. The last one chosen commented on this in a ConfessionCam, saying they chose to take this as a compliment... while [[LampshadeHanging Lampshading]] the fact they were still apparently "the best of the worst".

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* Inverted on the second season of ''Series/WorstCooksInAmerica'', where the two hosts picked the teams for ''each other''. Both were deliberately trying to saddle their rival with the worst of the worst. The last one chosen commented on this in a ConfessionCam, saying they chose to take this as a compliment... while [[LampshadeHanging Lampshading]] {{Lampshad|eHanging}}ing the fact they were still apparently "the best of the worst".



:: By the end of the song, the kid narrator stranded out in [[TitleDrop right field]] manages to [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming catch a fly ball on a big play]].

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:: By the end of the song, the kid narrator stranded out in [[TitleDrop right field]] manages to [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments catch a fly ball on a big play]].



* The ''[[WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals Dorkly Bits]]'' short, ''[[Main/SuperMarioBros Chargin' Chuck]] Gets Picked Last'', he doesn't even get picked at all.

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* The ''[[WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals Dorkly Bits]]'' short, ''[[Main/SuperMarioBros ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Chargin' Chuck]] Gets Picked Last'', he doesn't even get picked at all.



* Predictably, happened at least a couple times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. Played with a bit, by having the second-to-last pick actually be the worst sports player (e.g. a random kid with a broken leg and crutches, or [[AndZoidberg Gus]]), but the one picked last is being socially snubbed.

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* Predictably, happened at least a couple times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. Played with a bit, by having the second-to-last pick actually be the worst sports player (e.g. a random kid with a broken leg and crutches, or [[AndZoidberg [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Gus]]), but the one picked last is being socially snubbed.
10th Jul '17 5:17:14 PM JMQwilleran
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* While he attended Muggle primary school, ''Literature/HarryPotter'' was always picked last, but not because he wasn't any good. Nobody wanted Dudley's gang to think they liked him and end up getting beaten up for it.

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* While he attended Muggle primary school, ''Literature/HarryPotter'' was always picked last, but not because he wasn't any good. Nobody wanted Dudley's gang to think they liked him and end up getting beaten up for it. A bit ironic because had anyone had the guts to try picking him, it's very possible he would have been quite good, given how he ends up a natural at Quidditch.
12th Jun '17 2:18:45 PM SeanMurrayI
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** By the end of the song, the kid narrator stranded out in [[TitleDrop right field]] manages to [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming catch a fly ball on a big play]].

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** :: By the end of the song, the kid narrator stranded out in [[TitleDrop right field]] manages to [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming catch a fly ball on a big play]].
12th Jun '17 2:16:45 PM SeanMurrayI
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', during a flashback to Jay Sherman's childhood, shows him being skipped over in favor for a sickly kid with a gigantic neck brace. When Phil was the last kid left on the playground, the team captains picked the lunch lady, and "Phil, the Undercover Narc" over him.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', during a flashback to Jay Sherman's childhood, childhood shows him being skipped over in favor for of a sickly kid with wearing a gigantic large neck brace. When Phil was the last kid left on the playground, the team captains picked the lunch lady, and "Phil, the Undercover Narc" over him.
12th Jun '17 8:00:04 AM SeanMurrayI
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* ''TheCritic'' shows that Jay Sherman's childhood, already portrayed as rather miserable, also included this, being skipped over in favor for a sickly kid with a gigantic neck brace. When he was the last kid left on the playground, the team captains picked the lunch lady, and "Phil, the Undercover Narc" over him.
* ''TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' reveals that TheHunter Hoss Delgado used to be a pathetic dork with arms like wet noodles when he was younger, not at all like his HeroicBuild in present day (though strangely, he already had his chiseled jaw and eyepatch as a kid). As a child, he was picked last over a ''traffic cone'' with a tag reading "Kyle" on it. This got so bad that it continued INTO ADULTHOOD, with "Kyle" even being preferred by women over him. The final straw came when Kyle somehow managed to get a huge commission on a door-to-door salesman job that Hoss had, and Hoss immeditatly sprouted a new, muscular look to showcase his change in personality. When asked whatever happened to Kyle, Hoss just menacingly says that Kyle "is no longer a problem". We then see a quick shot of Kyle chained to a radiator in a dank basement.




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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', during a flashback to Jay Sherman's childhood, shows him being skipped over in favor for a sickly kid with a gigantic neck brace. When Phil was the last kid left on the playground, the team captains picked the lunch lady, and "Phil, the Undercover Narc" over him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' reveals that Hoss Delgado, as a child, was picked last over a ''traffic cone'' with a tag reading "Kyle" on it. This got so bad that it continued into adulthood, with "Kyle" even being preferred by women over him. The final straw came when Kyle somehow managed to get a huge commission on a door-to-door salesman job that Hoss had, and Hoss immediately sprouted a new, muscular look to showcase his change in personality.
11th Jun '17 10:33:41 PM SilentStranger
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* ''TheCritic'' shows that Jay Sherman's childhood, already portrayed as rather miserable, also included this, being skipped over in favor for a sickly kid with a gigantic neck brace. When he was the last kid left on the playground, the team captains picked the lunch lady, and "Phil, the Undercover Narc" over him.
* ''TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' reveals that TheHunter Hoss Delgado used to be a pathetic dork with arms like wet noodles when he was younger, not at all like his HeroicBuild in present day (though strangely, he already had his chiseled jaw and eyepatch as a kid). As a child, he was picked last over a ''traffic cone'' with a tag reading "Kyle" on it. This got so bad that it continued INTO ADULTHOOD, with "Kyle" even being preferred by women over him. The final straw came when Kyle somehow managed to get a huge commission on a door-to-door salesman job that Hoss had, and Hoss immeditatly sprouted a new, muscular look to showcase his change in personality. When asked whatever happened to Kyle, Hoss just menacingly says that Kyle "is no longer a problem". We then see a quick shot of Kyle chained to a radiator in a dank basement.
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