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13th Feb '14 12:48:34 PM EarlOfSandvich
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->''You are Qwop, our small nation's sole representative at the OlympicGames. \\
Use the [[MeaningfulName QWOP]] keys to move your legs. \\
Ideally you will run 100 metres... \\
[[ThisIsGonnaSuck ...but our training program was under-funded.]] \\
Remember, it's not about whether you win or lose.''
-->--'''Title screen for ''Qwop'''''

''[[http://www.foddy.net/Athletics.html QWOP]]'' is a Flash-based SportsGame by Creator/{{foddy}} in which you must get Qwop to run 100 meters without falling over. Uniquely, you control Qwop's individual thighs and calves. [[NintendoHard It is]] ''[[NintendoHard much]]'' [[NintendoHard harder than it sounds]]. It has a two-player sequel named ''[[http://www.foddy.net/2QWOP.html 2QWOP]]''.

Despite the game first coming out in 2008, it achieved massive internet popularity and MemeticMutation in December of 2010 after RayWilliamJohnson showcased a LetsPlay video of it.

A related game also by {{foddy}} is [[http://www.foddy.net/WinnervsLoser.html Winner vs. Loser]] which is likewise based on track & field, and its SpiritualSuccessor is VideoGame/{{GIRP}} for the idea that controlling basic human motions is difficult. Foddy has since made a true successor to QWOP called ''[[http://www.foddy.net/CLOP.html CLOP]]'', which has you controlling a {{Unicorn}}.
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!!''QWOP'' has examples of the following:
* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: Only seen when Qwop falls.
* AWinnerIsYou:
-->'''NATIONAL HERO'''\\
[[MundaneMadeAwesome you ran to the end of the track and jumped!]]\\
In the end, you went:\\
''X'' metres
* BonusRound: When you finally hit 100 meters, you hit a ''long jump pit''. In this case, it's more like a long stride pit, but still.
* DeconstructionGame: On [[SomeDexterityRequired complicated controls]].
* {{Determinator}}: To an extent, both the player and the player character. No matter how many times you flip 720 degrees and crack your skull, you just keep trying for those 100 meters.
* DungeonBypass: You're supposed to jump over the hurdle at 50 meters, but you just knock it over and keep running.
* EpicFail: It is possible to walk backwards behind the starting line, not only achieving a negative distance but also ''slamming into a wall behind you.'' Assuming you don't [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCGoIpP0ulg fall through the ground]].
** In-universe, Qwop's training program is so woefully underfunded that ''basic muscle memory'' apparently doesn't fit on the budget.
* FaceFault
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the bullet points in the hints says that there's a surprise at 50 meters and one at 100 meters.
* GravityScrew: The low gravity makes running at more than about 1.5 meters per second impossible, so don't expect to break any world records.
* GuideDangIt: You probably won't figure out that the right way to move forward is to [[spoiler:alternate pressing Q and P together, then W and O together]] without looking it up.
* HandWave: Qwop's questionable motor abilities are the result of his nation's poorly-funded training program.
* HaveANiceDeath
--> '''PARTICIPANT'''\\
showing real courage, you ran:\\
''X'' metres\\
everyone is a winner
** The game will even "congratulate" you for going a negative distance.
* HeroicMime
* IncrediblyLamePun: It's rather common for players to say that their legs won't [=QWOPerate=].
* {{Leitmotif}}: get Qwop up to speed and you'll start hearing the [[StandardSnippet intro]] to the ChariotsOfFire theme.
* MeaningfulName: Qwop's name refers to the keys you use to control him, Q, W, O, and P.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: When you finally run/hop/crawl those 100 meters, the game congratulates you as if it were a difficult task. [[NintendoHard Although, after all, it kind]] ''[[NintendoHard was]]''...
* NintendoHard: No checkpoints. You fail with the slightest brush against the ground, including landing on a knee too hard.
* ThePratfall: The difficulty of the game makes these nearly inevitable.
* RagdollPhysics
* RhythmGame: Contains rhythm elements.
* SickeningCrunch: Whenever Qwop falls over hard enough, including hitting a knee with too much force, there will be a CRUNCH, then the game over message.
* SillyWalk
* SlowMotionFall: The physics and gravity in this game makes every fall slow.
* SomeDexterityRequired: Used [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste intentionally]].
* SportsGame
* StandardSnippet: The first few seconds of "Chariots of Fire" loop if Qwop manages to go forward long enough.
* StockShoutOut: to ChariotsOfFire.
* WackySoundEffect: If Qwop falls lightly, his collision with the ground will make a soft "euh" sound.
* YetAnotherStupidDeath: Or rather, another stupid backflip.
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[-'''PARTICIPANT''' \\
showing real courage, you wrote: \\
''31 examples'' \\
everyone is a troper-]
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[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/qwop1_9755.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:320:[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons D'oh!]]]]
->''You are Qwop, our small nation's sole representative at the OlympicGames. \\
Use the [[MeaningfulName QWOP]] keys to move your legs. \\
Ideally you will run 100 metres... \\
[[ThisIsGonnaSuck ...but our training program was under-funded.]] \\
Remember, it's not about whether you win or lose.''
-->--'''Title screen for ''Qwop'''''

''[[http://www.foddy.net/Athletics.html QWOP]]'' is a Flash-based SportsGame by Creator/{{foddy}} in which you must get Qwop to run 100 meters without falling over. Uniquely, you control Qwop's individual thighs and calves. [[NintendoHard It is]] ''[[NintendoHard much]]'' [[NintendoHard harder than it sounds]]. It has a two-player sequel named ''[[http://www.foddy.net/2QWOP.html 2QWOP]]''.

Despite the game first coming out in 2008, it achieved massive internet popularity and MemeticMutation in December of 2010 after RayWilliamJohnson showcased a LetsPlay video of it.

A related game also by {{foddy}} is [[http://www.foddy.net/WinnervsLoser.html Winner vs. Loser]] which is likewise based on track & field, and its SpiritualSuccessor is VideoGame/{{GIRP}} for the idea that controlling basic human motions is difficult. Foddy has since made a true successor to QWOP called ''[[http://www.foddy.net/CLOP.html CLOP]]'', which has you controlling a {{Unicorn}}.
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!!''QWOP'' has examples of the following:
* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: Only seen when Qwop falls.
* AWinnerIsYou:
-->'''NATIONAL HERO'''\\
[[MundaneMadeAwesome you ran to the end of the track and jumped!]]\\
In the end, you went:\\
''X'' metres
* BonusRound: When you finally hit 100 meters, you hit a ''long jump pit''. In this case, it's more like a long stride pit, but still.
* DeconstructionGame: On [[SomeDexterityRequired complicated controls]].
* {{Determinator}}: To an extent, both the player and the player character. No matter how many times you flip 720 degrees and crack your skull, you just keep trying for those 100 meters.
* DungeonBypass: You're supposed to jump over the hurdle at 50 meters, but you just knock it over and keep running.
* EpicFail: It is possible to walk backwards behind the starting line, not only achieving a negative distance but also ''slamming into a wall behind you.'' Assuming you don't [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCGoIpP0ulg fall through the ground]].
** In-universe, Qwop's training program is so woefully underfunded that ''basic muscle memory'' apparently doesn't fit on the budget.
* FaceFault
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the bullet points in the hints says that there's a surprise at 50 meters and one at 100 meters.
* GravityScrew: The low gravity makes running at more than about 1.5 meters per second impossible, so don't expect to break any world records.
* GuideDangIt: You probably won't figure out that the right way to move forward is to [[spoiler:alternate pressing Q and P together, then W and O together]] without looking it up.
* HandWave: Qwop's questionable motor abilities are the result of his nation's poorly-funded training program.
* HaveANiceDeath
--> '''PARTICIPANT'''\\
showing real courage, you ran:\\
''X'' metres\\
everyone is a winner
** The game will even "congratulate" you for going a negative distance.
* HeroicMime
* IncrediblyLamePun: It's rather common for players to say that their legs won't [=QWOPerate=].
* {{Leitmotif}}: get Qwop up to speed and you'll start hearing the [[StandardSnippet intro]] to the ChariotsOfFire theme.
* MeaningfulName: Qwop's name refers to the keys you use to control him, Q, W, O, and P.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: When you finally run/hop/crawl those 100 meters, the game congratulates you as if it were a difficult task. [[NintendoHard Although, after all, it kind]] ''[[NintendoHard was]]''...
* NintendoHard: No checkpoints. You fail with the slightest brush against the ground, including landing on a knee too hard.
* ThePratfall: The difficulty of the game makes these nearly inevitable.
* RagdollPhysics
* RhythmGame: Contains rhythm elements.
* SickeningCrunch: Whenever Qwop falls over hard enough, including hitting a knee with too much force, there will be a CRUNCH, then the game over message.
* SillyWalk
* SlowMotionFall: The physics and gravity in this game makes every fall slow.
* SomeDexterityRequired: Used [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste intentionally]].
* SportsGame
* StandardSnippet: The first few seconds of "Chariots of Fire" loop if Qwop manages to go forward long enough.
* StockShoutOut: to ChariotsOfFire.
* WackySoundEffect: If Qwop falls lightly, his collision with the ground will make a soft "euh" sound.
* YetAnotherStupidDeath: Or rather, another stupid backflip.
----
[-'''PARTICIPANT''' \\
showing real courage, you wrote: \\
''31 examples'' \\
everyone is a troper-]
----
[[redirect:VideoGame/{{QWOP}}]]
9th Nov '13 6:34:42 AM TropeEater
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* MundaneMadeAwesome: When you finally run/hop/crawl those 100 meters, the game congratulates you as if it were a difficult task.
** [[NintendoHard Though we're not saying it]] ''[[NintendoHard wasn't]]''...

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: When you finally run/hop/crawl those 100 meters, the game congratulates you as if it were a difficult task.
**
task. [[NintendoHard Though we're not saying it]] Although, after all, it kind]] ''[[NintendoHard wasn't]]''...was]]''...
28th Oct '13 6:13:52 AM LucaEarlgrey
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Warning: make sure you periodically look at the time. A related game also by {{foddy}} is [[http://www.foddy.net/WinnervsLoser.html Winner vs. Loser]] which is likewise based on track & field, and its SpiritualSuccessor is VideoGame/{{GIRP}} for the idea that controlling basic human motions is difficult. Foddy has since made a true successor to QWOP called ''[[http://www.foddy.net/CLOP.html CLOP]]'', which has you controlling a {{Unicorn}}.

to:

Warning: make sure you periodically look at the time. A related game also by {{foddy}} is [[http://www.foddy.net/WinnervsLoser.html Winner vs. Loser]] which is likewise based on track & field, and its SpiritualSuccessor is VideoGame/{{GIRP}} for the idea that controlling basic human motions is difficult. Foddy has since made a true successor to QWOP called ''[[http://www.foddy.net/CLOP.html CLOP]]'', which has you controlling a {{Unicorn}}.
29th Jun '13 2:07:18 PM Quanyails
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''[[http://www.foddy.net/Athletics.html QWOP]]'' is a Flash-based SportsGame by Creator/{{foddy}} in which you must get the titular athlete to run 100 meters without falling over. Uniquely, you control Qwop's individual thighs and calves. [[NintendoHard It is]] ''[[NintendoHard much]]'' [[NintendoHard harder than it sounds]]. It has a two-player sequel named ''[[http://www.foddy.net/2QWOP.html 2QWOP]]''.

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''[[http://www.foddy.net/Athletics.html QWOP]]'' is a Flash-based SportsGame by Creator/{{foddy}} in which you must get the titular athlete Qwop to run 100 meters without falling over. Uniquely, you control Qwop's individual thighs and calves. [[NintendoHard It is]] ''[[NintendoHard much]]'' [[NintendoHard harder than it sounds]]. It has a two-player sequel named ''[[http://www.foddy.net/2QWOP.html 2QWOP]]''.
6th Jun '13 7:52:16 AM GhostOfAGeek
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''[[http://www.foddy.net/Athletics.html QWOP]]'' is a Flash-based SportsGame by {{foddy}} in which you must get the titular athlete to run 100 meters without falling over. Uniquely, you control Qwop's individual thighs and calves. It is ''much'' harder [[NintendoHard than it sounds]]. It has a two-player sequel named ''[[http://www.foddy.net/2QWOP.html 2QWOP]]''.

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''[[http://www.foddy.net/Athletics.html QWOP]]'' is a Flash-based SportsGame by {{foddy}} Creator/{{foddy}} in which you must get the titular athlete to run 100 meters without falling over. Uniquely, you control Qwop's individual thighs and calves. It is ''much'' harder [[NintendoHard It is]] ''[[NintendoHard much]]'' [[NintendoHard harder than it sounds]]. It has a two-player sequel named ''[[http://www.foddy.net/2QWOP.html 2QWOP]]''.
3rd May '13 4:26:53 PM BlueGuy
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[[caption-width-right:320:D'oh!]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:D'oh!]][[caption-width-right:320:[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons D'oh!]]]]
19th Apr '13 11:01:08 PM TheRoguePenguin
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** In-universe, Qwop's training program is so woefully underfunded that ''basic muscle memory'' apparently doesn't fit on the budget.



* MeaningfulName: QWOP's name refers to the keys you use to control him, Q, W, O, and P.

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* MeaningfulName: QWOP's Qwop's name refers to the keys you use to control him, Q, W, O, and P.



** [[NintendoHard Though we're not saying it]] ''[[NintendoHard wasn't]]'' [[NintendoHard a difficult task]]...

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** [[NintendoHard Though we're not saying it]] ''[[NintendoHard wasn't]]'' [[NintendoHard a difficult task]]...wasn't]]''...
17th Mar '13 9:00:49 PM Tabs
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the bullet points in the hints says that there's a surprise at 50 meters and one at 100 meters.



** The game will even "congratulate" you for going a negative distance.



* WackySoundEffect: If Qwop falls lightly, his collision with the ground will make a soft "euh" sound.



''29 examples'' \\

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''29 ''31 examples'' \\
2nd Feb '13 6:48:34 AM JasonPaul76
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''28 examples'' \\

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''28 ''29 examples'' \\
20th Jan '13 1:07:43 AM serialkillerwhale
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* IncrediblyLamePun: It's rather common for players to say that their legs won't QWOPerate.

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* IncrediblyLamePun: It's rather common for players to say that their legs won't QWOPerate.[=QWOPerate=].
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