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* Parodied in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Fumoffu''[='s=] legendary rugby episode. Kaname is asked by the student council president to save the Jindai High rugby team, which is on a major losing streak because they're a bunch of tea-sipping wimps who are too timid to even shoo an insect out of the clubhouse. Sosuke plays the role of the life-saving coach, except that he puts the team through TrainingFromHell that turns them into a bunch of blood-thirsty psychopaths. While they do indeed defeat the OpposingSportsTeam, they do so in such a violent fashion that it turns them into ShellShockedVeterans who never regain their former glory.
11th May '16 3:16:59 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* * ''Manga/GiantKilling'': Professional football/soccer team East Tokyo United is on the brink of folding, due to their incredibly poor performance, when their former star player returns from the United Kingdom to become their new manager, having already directed an amateur village team all the way to UsefulNotes/TheFACup fourth round. The catch? Many ETU fans and players alike have still not forgiven him for leaving his old team to go abroad in the first place, blaming their current troubles on his departure.

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* * ''Manga/GiantKilling'': Professional football/soccer team East Tokyo United is on the brink of folding, due to their incredibly poor performance, when their former star player returns from the United Kingdom to become their new manager, having already directed an amateur village team all the way to UsefulNotes/TheFACup fourth round. The catch? Many ETU fans and players alike have still not forgiven him for leaving his old team to go abroad in the first place, blaming their current troubles on his departure.
11th May '16 3:16:47 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* * ''Manga/GiantKilling'': Professional football/soccer team East Tokyo United is on the brink of folding, due to their incredibly poor performance, when their former star player returns from the United Kingdom to become their new manager, having already directed an amateur village team all the way to UsefulNotes/TheFACup fourth round. The catch? Many ETU fans and players alike have still not forgiven him for leaving his old team to go abroad in the first place, blaming their current troubles on his departure.



* ''Series/GiantKilling''
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* Parodied in ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' with idiotic coaches and a star pitcher who beans everyone.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'':
** It's this this at its core, but subverts a lot of the "wholesomeness" associated with this trope. The "magical coach" in this case is the trigger happy, scheming captain of the football team who puts them through merciless {{training from hell}}, most notably making them run from Houston, Texas to Las Vegas, Nevada WHILE pushing a truck (and shooting at them) in the course of a month. Three of the members were originally blackmailed into the team because the captain, Hiruma, beat them up, stripped them naked, and threatened to leak the picture.
** On the surface their rivals, the Ojou White Knights, seem like the typical "privileged rich kids" opposing sports team, going to a private school with a prestigious football background where no expense is spared for the players (their training camps are in a friggin' ''castle'' in Germany that the school owns, for Pete's sake). On the other hand, they also show the stress of having to live up to such a reputation and that the White Knight's training is every bit as grueling as the Devilbats. Not to mention both teams have a great deal of friendship and respect for the other, despite being as different as can be.
** Also parodied during Mizumachi's flashback to how he came to join the Kyoshin Poseidons. He was originally tricked into joining the swimming team by the captain telling Mizumachi the club would be shut down if they didn't win a swim meet.
** The Devilbats EvilCounterpart, the Hakushuu Dinosaurs are a dark take on the trope. Team captain [[ManipulativeBastard Marco]] improves the team all right--by letting [[BloodKnight Gaou]] off of his leash, turning Kisiragi into a PsychoSupporter, and advocating UnnecessaryRoughness.
* ''Manga/{{Rookies}}'' plays with this. The team originally doesn't even want to play baseball, and the "magical coach" Kawato doesn't even know that much about baseball.
* The oneshot manga ''Portball!'' sees a girls' portball (which is a ''lot'' like basketball) team threatened with dissolution if they can't win an exhibition game against the boys' team. Long story short the entire team (such as it was - only three members, which isn't enough to actually field a regulation team) is expelled for various acts of indecency and/or violence committed during the game.
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* ''AngelsInTheOutfield''
* ''TheBadNewsBears'': While this is the basic premise, the movie avoids all the usual trappings. The coach is a disinterested drunk, the players still hate each other in the end, they only win because of a pair of ringers, and they lose the championship to the juggernaut Yankees.
* ''BigGreen''

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* ''AngelsInTheOutfield''
''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield''
* ''TheBadNewsBears'': ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'': While this is the basic premise, the movie avoids all the usual trappings. The coach is a disinterested drunk, the players still hate each other in the end, they only win because of a pair of ringers, and they lose the championship to the juggernaut Yankees.
* ''BigGreen''''Film/BigGreen''



** That said, as ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' put it:
-->'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Fry]]:''' "I remember. They came last at the Olympics and then retired to promote alcoholic beverages."
-->'''[[ObstructiveBureaucrat Hermes]]:''' "A true inspiration for the children."
* Speaking of ''Futurama'', "A Leela of their Own" is partially a parody of ''Major League'' -- the twist being that the down-and-out Mets aren't even trying to win games anymore, only hiring Leela as a publicity stunt to drive up attendance.



* In a rare sci-fi version, ''EndersGame'', with Dragon Army.
** Particularly unusual because the protagonist was the ''coach''.
** Another sci-fi variation is the opening episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', complete with the RousingSpeech from Captain Janeway assuring her banged-up crew and the newly added ex-convicts that they will put aside their differences and that together they'll find a way home.
* This trope was parodied within an inch of its life by (who else) ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', in the episode "Stanley's Cup."
* Also parodied in ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' with idiotic coaches and a star pitcher who beans everyone.



* ''Film/SemiPro'' is about the Flint Tropics, a bad ABA team trying to win enough games and attract enough fans to be one of the four teams that goes to the NBA after the companies merge. The team's owner/power forward is the best promoter in the league, and the "magical coach" is a player - a former benchwarmer for the Boston Celtics with a championship ring. They do it, sort of: [[spoiler:the Tropics get to fourth place, but don't go to the NBA because Flint is too small a market.]]
* ''Film/GloryRoad''
* ''Film/MajorPayne'', though it replaces sports with military games and the magical coach with the eponymous AxCrazy {{Badass}} [[DrillSergeantNasty Drill Major Nasty]].
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* In a rare sci-fi version, ''Literature/EndersGame'', with Dragon Army. Particularly unusual because the protagonist was the ''coach''.



* Subverted in Avi's ''SOR Losers''. A group of unathletic high school kids are turned into a soccer team and come together and support each other in their realization that...they ''do'' suck at sports and that's fine; they have other interests.
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* Another sci-fi variation is the opening episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', complete with the RousingSpeech from Captain Janeway assuring her banged-up crew and the newly added ex-convicts that they will put aside their differences and that together they'll find a way home.



* ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is this at its core, but subverts a lot of the "wholesomeness" associated with this trope. The "magical coach" in this case is the trigger happy, scheming captain of the football team who puts them through merciless {{training from hell}}, most notably making them run from Houston, Texas to Las Vegas, Nevada WHILE pushing a truck (and shooting at them) in the course of a month. Three of the members were originally blackmailed into the team because the captain, Hiruma, beat them up, stripped them naked, and threatened to leak the picture.
** On the surface their rivals, the Ojou White Knights, seem like the typical "privileged rich kids" opposing sports team, going to a private school with a prestigious football background where no expense is spared for the players (their training camps are in a friggin' ''castle'' in Germany that the school owns, for Pete's sake). On the other hand, they also show the stress of having to live up to such a reputation and that the White Knight's training is every bit as grueling as the Devilbats. Not to mention both teams have a great deal of friendship and respect for the other, despite being as different as can be.
** Also parodied during Mizumachi's flashback to how he came to join the Kyoshin Poseidons. He was originally tricked into joining the swimming team by the captain telling Mizumachi the club would be shut down if they didn't win a swim meet.
** The Devilbats EvilCounterpart, the Hakushuu Dinosaurs are a dark take on the trope. Team captain [[ManipulativeBastard Marco]] improves the team all right--by letting [[BloodKnight Gaou]] off of his leash, turning Kisiragi into a PsychoSupporter, and advocating UnnecessaryRoughness.
* ''{{Rookies}}'' plays with this. The team originally doesn't even want to play baseball, and the "magical coach" Kawato doesn't even know that much about baseball.
* The oneshot manga ''Portball!'' sees a girls' portball (which is a ''lot'' like basketball) team threatened with dissolution if they can't win an exhibition game against the boys' team. Long story short the entire team (such as it was - only three members, which isn't enough to actually field a regulation team) is expelled for various acts of indecency and/or violence committed during the game
* ''SemiPro'' is about the Flint Tropics, a bad ABA team trying to win enough games and attract enough fans to be one of the four teams that goes to the NBA after the companies merge. The team's owner/power forward is the best promoter in the league, and the "magical coach" is a player - a former benchwarmer for the Boston Celtics with a championship ring. They do it, sort of: [[spoiler:the Tropics get to fourth place, but don't go to the NBA because Flint is too small a market.]]
* RealLife example: [[http://outcastsunited.com/ ''Outcasts United'']] by Warren St. John is the story of a bunch of refugees who ended up living in Clarkston, Georgia(a small suburb of {{Atlanta}}), which became a resettlement center for refugees from war zones in Liberia, Congo, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. These kids eventually start a soccer team, the Fugees, with the help of Luma Mufleh, an American educated Jordanian woman.
* ''Film/GloryRoad''
* ''MajorPayne'', though it replaces sports with military games and the magical coach with the eponymous AxCrazy {{Badass}} [[DrillSergeantNasty Drill Major Nasty]].
* Subverted in Avi's ''SOR Losers''. A group of unathletic high school kids are turned into a soccer team and come together and support each other in their realization that...they ''do'' suck at sports and that's fine; they have other interests.

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* ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is this ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'':
** In reference to ''Film/CoolRunnings'':
-->'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Fry]]:''' "I remember. They came last
at its core, but subverts a lot of the "wholesomeness" associated with this trope. The "magical coach" in this case is the trigger happy, scheming captain of the football team who puts them through merciless {{training from hell}}, most notably making them run from Houston, Texas to Las Vegas, Nevada WHILE pushing a truck (and shooting at them) in the course of a month. Three of the members were originally blackmailed into the team because the captain, Hiruma, beat them up, stripped them naked, Olympics and threatened then retired to leak the picture.
** On the surface their rivals, the Ojou White Knights, seem like the typical "privileged rich kids" opposing sports team, going to a private school with a prestigious football background where no expense is spared
promote alcoholic beverages."
-->'''[[ObstructiveBureaucrat Hermes]]:''' "A true inspiration
for the players (their training camps are in children."
** "A Leela of their Own" is partially
a friggin' ''castle'' in Germany parody of ''Major League'' -- the twist being that the school owns, for Pete's sake). On the other hand, they also show the stress of having to live up to such a reputation and that the White Knight's training is every bit as grueling as the Devilbats. Not to mention both teams have a great deal of friendship and respect for the other, despite being as different as can be.
** Also parodied during Mizumachi's flashback to how he came to join the Kyoshin Poseidons. He was originally tricked into joining the swimming team by the captain telling Mizumachi the club would be shut down if they didn't win a swim meet.
** The Devilbats EvilCounterpart, the Hakushuu Dinosaurs are a dark take on the trope. Team captain [[ManipulativeBastard Marco]] improves the team all right--by letting [[BloodKnight Gaou]] off of his leash, turning Kisiragi into a PsychoSupporter, and advocating UnnecessaryRoughness.
* ''{{Rookies}}'' plays with this. The team originally doesn't
down-and-out Mets aren't even want to play baseball, and the "magical coach" Kawato doesn't even know that much about baseball.
* The oneshot manga ''Portball!'' sees a girls' portball (which is a ''lot'' like basketball) team threatened with dissolution if they can't win an exhibition game against the boys' team. Long story short the entire team (such as it was - only three members, which isn't enough to actually field a regulation team) is expelled for various acts of indecency and/or violence committed during the game
* ''SemiPro'' is about the Flint Tropics, a bad ABA team
trying to win enough games and attract enough fans anymore, only hiring Leela as a publicity stunt to be one drive up attendance.
* This trope was parodied within an inch
of the four teams that goes to the NBA after the companies merge. The team's owner/power forward is the best promoter its life by (who else) ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', in the league, and the "magical coach" is a player - a former benchwarmer for the Boston Celtics with a championship ring. They do it, sort of: [[spoiler:the Tropics get to fourth place, but don't go to the NBA because Flint is too small a market.]]
episode "Stanley's Cup."
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* RealLife example: [[http://outcastsunited.com/ ''Outcasts United'']] by Warren St. John is the story of a bunch of refugees who ended up living in Clarkston, Georgia(a small suburb of {{Atlanta}}), which became a resettlement center for refugees from war zones in Liberia, Congo, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. These kids eventually start a soccer team, the Fugees, with the help of Luma Mufleh, an American educated Jordanian woman.
* ''Film/GloryRoad''
* ''MajorPayne'', though it replaces sports with military games and the magical coach with the eponymous AxCrazy {{Badass}} [[DrillSergeantNasty Drill Major Nasty]].
* Subverted in Avi's ''SOR Losers''. A group of unathletic high school kids are turned into a soccer team and come together and support each other in their realization that...they ''do'' suck at sports and that's fine; they have other interests.
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31st May '15 2:36:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ALeagueOfTheirOwn''

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* ''ALeagueOfTheirOwn''''Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn''



* ''GridIronGang''
* ''LittleGiants'', though they didn't stay for the whole movie

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* ''GridIronGang''
''Film/GridIronGang''
* ''LittleGiants'', ''Film/LittleGiants'', though they didn't stay for the whole movie



* ''SunsetPark''

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* ''SunsetPark''''Film/SunsetPark''



* ''WeAreMarshall'': The most literal use of the trope, since it's about the aftermath of ''[[TearJerker almost the entire team getting killed]]''.
* ''MajorLeague'' (first and third movies; the second was a depiction of the season after a SaveOurTeam plot)

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* ''WeAreMarshall'': ''Film/WeAreMarshall'': The most literal use of the trope, since it's about the aftermath of ''[[TearJerker almost ''almost the entire team getting killed]]''.
killed''.
* ''MajorLeague'' ''Film/MajorLeague'' (first and third movies; the second was a depiction of the season after a SaveOurTeam plot)



* ''{{Dodgeball}}: A True Underdog Story'' parodies this trope though still plays it mostly straight.

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* ''{{Dodgeball}}: A True Underdog Story'' ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' parodies this trope though still plays it mostly straight.
10th May '15 10:18:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Glee}}''. Despite being a show choir rather than a sports team, all the makings of this trope are in place.

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* ''{{Glee}}''.''Series/{{Glee}}''. Despite being a show choir rather than a sports team, all the makings of this trope are in place.
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* ''CoolRunnings''

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* ''CoolRunnings''''Film/CoolRunnings''



* ''TheMightyDucks''

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* ''TheMightyDucks''''Film/TheMightyDucks''



* ''RememberTheTitans''

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* ''RememberTheTitans''''Film/RememberTheTitans''
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** That said, as ''{{Futurama}}'' put it:

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** That said, as ''{{Futurama}}'' ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' put it:
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* ''TheReplacements'', except less teamwork and friendship and more cheap shots and balls.

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* ''TheReplacements'', ''Film/TheReplacements'', except less teamwork and friendship and more cheap shots and balls.
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