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9th Aug '17 12:51:45 AM DrOO7
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** When the US Women's gymnastics team made history at the 1996 Atlanta Games by winning the first team gold, the Russian and Romanian teams (the silver and bronze medal, respectively) were shown to be in tears, clearly feeling this way.
8th Aug '17 7:26:22 PM nam23
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* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', the principal of the high school, Asano Sr, has this mentality despite preaching that "everyone has a chance to get better". However whenever E-Class starts pulling ahead, he goes to utterly ridiculous lengths just to smack them down. Hell, when his son even came in first on two separate occasions (during 1st semester finals and during a festival event), it's still not enough for him because it's not a ''complete'' victory due to E-Class coming close to beating him. [[spoiler: When E-Class trounces A-Class in the second semester finals, he responds by ''[[SoreLooser trying to demolish the E-Class building]]'']].

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* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', the principal of the high school, Asano Sr, has this mentality despite preaching that "everyone has a chance to get better". However whenever E-Class starts pulling ahead, he goes to utterly ridiculous lengths just to smack them down. Hell, when his son even came in first on two separate occasions (during 1st semester finals and during a festival event), it's still not enough for him because it's not a ''complete'' victory due to E-Class coming close to beating him. [[spoiler: When E-Class trounces A-Class in the second semester finals, he responds by ''[[SoreLooser ''[[SoreLoser trying to demolish the E-Class building]]'']].
8th Aug '17 7:25:26 PM nam23
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* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', the principal of the high school, Asano Sr, has this mentality despite preaching that "everyone has a chance to get better". However whenever E-Class starts pulling ahead, he goes to utterly ridiculous lengths just to smack them down. Hell, when his son even came in first on two separate occasions (during 1st semester finals and during a festival event), it's still not enough for him because it's not a ''complete'' victory due to E-Class coming close to beating him. [[spoiler: When E-Class trounces A-Class in the second semester finals, he responds by ''trying to demolish the E-Class building'']].

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* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', the principal of the high school, Asano Sr, has this mentality despite preaching that "everyone has a chance to get better". However whenever E-Class starts pulling ahead, he goes to utterly ridiculous lengths just to smack them down. Hell, when his son even came in first on two separate occasions (during 1st semester finals and during a festival event), it's still not enough for him because it's not a ''complete'' victory due to E-Class coming close to beating him. [[spoiler: When E-Class trounces A-Class in the second semester finals, he responds by ''trying ''[[SoreLooser trying to demolish the E-Class building'']].building]]'']].
2nd Aug '17 12:06:44 PM CASCHero
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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'' Goku got second place at the 21st and the 22nd Martial Arts Tournaments. He was specifically told by Master Roshi not to expect to win since he was still inexperienced. Goku didn't care and went for the win and was visibly upset that he lost. The second time, he lost to Tien after having the bad luck of running into a truck. When Krillin tried to congratulate him Goku says, "A loss is a loss."

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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'' Goku got second place at the 21st and the 22nd Martial Arts Tournaments. He was specifically told by Master Roshi not to expect to win since he was still inexperienced. Goku didn't care and went for the win and was visibly upset that he lost. The second time, he lost to Tien after having the bad luck of running into a truck.truck as he was falling and hitting the ground first (it's a long story). When Krillin tried to congratulate him Goku says, "A loss is a loss."


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* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', the principal of the high school, Asano Sr, has this mentality despite preaching that "everyone has a chance to get better". However whenever E-Class starts pulling ahead, he goes to utterly ridiculous lengths just to smack them down. Hell, when his son even came in first on two separate occasions (during 1st semester finals and during a festival event), it's still not enough for him because it's not a ''complete'' victory due to E-Class coming close to beating him. [[spoiler: When E-Class trounces A-Class in the second semester finals, he responds by ''trying to demolish the E-Class building'']].
29th Jul '17 7:58:20 AM igordebraga
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* Canadian swimmer Elaine Tanner came into Mexico City 1968 as a heavy favorite, and returned home with 3 medals, 60% of the country's tally that edition. But given none were gold, she was deemed a disappointment, nobody received her back home, and led to depression and retirement at just 18 - and [[https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/jul/13/elaine-tanner-olympic-heartbreak one hell of a]] TraumaCongaLine life, where she even considered suicide before meeting her current husband. [[https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/no-shame-in-silver-medal-tanner-tells-team-canada/article11181503/ Tanner later said]] to be relieved to see Canada celebrating silver medals in later Olympics, but cringed at seeing Nike promoting Atlanta 1996 with billboards saying: “You don’t win silver – you lose gold.”
7th Jul '17 3:56:52 AM MCanter89
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You gotta face it; no matter how happy you are to be on that awards stand, first place is still better than second. But sometimes a person takes this a bit too far. When somebody starts acting like Second Place Is For Losers, it doesn't matter if you've won a footrace with everyone on the planet, and bested 6,999,999,998 people. All that matters is you didn't beat the one.

Some Real Life athletes feel that way quite deeply, coming so close and yet missing the mark. For example, one scientific study analyzed photographs of the facial expressions of many Olympians as they learned how they had placed. Gold of course was almost always ecstatic and Bronze medalists were happy to have placed at all, but a Silver winner usually showed disappointment or dejection at coming in second best, unless it was their first time competing. This is especially true in tournament-style sports where the bronze team had won their game, but the silver medalists had ''lost'' the game for gold. And then the presentation ceremony takes place immediately upon conclusion of the last match, giving the runners-up no time to compose themselves and put on a sporting face.

In a narrative sense, this can be used to give AnAesop about sportsmanship, or at can be used to squeeze some extra {{Angst}} from a character, especially if the second placing character was hoping to use the competition to impress a WellDoneSonGuy parent.

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You gotta face it; it: no matter how happy you are to be on that awards stand, first place is still better than second. But sometimes a person takes this a bit too far. When somebody starts acting like Second Place Is For Losers, second place is for losers, it doesn't matter if you've won a footrace with everyone on the planet, planet and bested 6,999,999,998 people. All that matters is you didn't beat the one.

Some Real Life real-life athletes feel that way quite deeply, coming so close and yet missing the mark. For example, one scientific study analyzed photographs of the facial expressions of many Olympians as they learned how they had placed. Gold of course was almost always ecstatic ecstatic, and Bronze medalists were happy to have placed at all, but a Silver winner usually showed disappointment or dejection at coming in second best, unless it was their first time competing. This is especially true in tournament-style sports where the bronze team had won their game, game but the silver medalists had ''lost'' the game for gold. And then the presentation ceremony takes place immediately upon conclusion of the last match, giving the runners-up no time to compose themselves and put on a sporting face.

In a narrative sense, this can be used to give AnAesop about sportsmanship, or at can be used to squeeze some extra {{Angst}} {{angst}} from a character, especially if the second placing second-placing character was hoping to use the competition to impress a WellDoneSonGuy parent.



* When a {{Video Game|s}} requires you to win a competition to advance the story.

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* When a {{Video Game|s}} {{video game|s}} requires you to win a competition to advance the story.



* ''Defied'' in a short campaign of Snapple ads from the 90s, where they claimed their ''stated goal'' was to be the ''number three'' soft drink in the country, because it's an easier title to keep. (It didn't go over well.)

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* ''Defied'' in a short campaign of Snapple ads from the 90s, '90s, where they claimed their ''stated goal'' was to be the ''number three'' soft drink in the country, because it's an easier title to keep. (It didn't go over well.)



Creator/DonRosa's epic ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' actually explores this and reveals Glomgold's origins. He was a petty thief from South Africa during the diamond rush in the late 19th century, and made a living through grifting, small theft and conjobs. That is, until he met Scrooge, whom he promptly betrayed and robbed. When Scrooge hunted him down and humiliated him in front of the entire town before having him tossed in jail, Glomgold became so infuriated [[EvilIsPetty that he dedicated his entire life to building a fortune just to get revenge on Scrooge.]] Scrooge doesnt even know that his arch-enemy was that random jerk he met some 40 years ago, since he never got his name, and likely doesnt even remember the incident. The only reason Glomgold gives a single shit about being the Richest Duck In the World is because he wants to humiliate Scrooge.

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Creator/DonRosa's epic ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' actually explores this and reveals Glomgold's origins. He was a petty thief from South Africa during the diamond rush in the late 19th century, and made a living through grifting, small theft and conjobs. That is, until he met Scrooge, whom he promptly betrayed and robbed. When Scrooge hunted him down and humiliated him in front of the entire town before having him tossed in jail, Glomgold became so infuriated [[EvilIsPetty that he dedicated his entire life to building a fortune just to get revenge on Scrooge.]] Scrooge doesnt doesn't even know that his arch-enemy was that random jerk he met some 40 years ago, since he never got his name, and likely doesnt doesn't even remember the incident. The only reason Glomgold gives a single shit about being the Richest Duck In the World is because he wants to humiliate Scrooge.



* Mentioned in ''Film/TopGun'', although it's a marginal case. On the one hand, only top-performing crews are selected to compete, so just ''going'' is an achievement in itself, making the line "There are no points for second place" ring a little hollow. But on the other, it is combat training, and second place in a real firefight means you're either hors de combat or dead - in which case the aforementioned line is a simple statement of fact.

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* Mentioned in ''Film/TopGun'', although it's a marginal case. On the one hand, only top-performing crews are selected to compete, so just ''going'' is an achievement in itself, making the line "There are no points for second place" ring a little hollow. But on the other, it is combat training, and second place in a real firefight means you're either hors de combat or dead - – in which case case, the aforementioned line is a simple statement of fact.



* ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' "If you ain't first, you're last." Ricky Bobby bases his entire life on this one phrase his father told him, and earnestly believes it to the point that he can't deal with the idea of someone being better than him. He has a nervous breakdown when he wrecks in his first race against Jean Girard and needs training just to know how to go fast again. [[spoiler: Subverted later on in the movie when Ricky's Dad says "Oh hell, Son, I was high that day. That doesn't make any sense at all, you can be second, third, fourth... hell you can even be fifth."]]

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* ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' "If you ain't first, you're last." Ricky Bobby bases his entire life on this one phrase his father told him, and earnestly believes it to the point that he can't deal with the idea of someone being better than him. He has a nervous breakdown when he wrecks in his first race against Jean Girard and needs training just to know how to go fast again. [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted later on in the movie when Ricky's Dad says "Oh hell, Son, I was high that day. That doesn't make any sense at all, you can be second, third, fourth... hell hell, you can even be fifth."]]



* Averted in ''Film/FiredUp'', in which a perpetually losing squad [[spoiler: ends up nineteenth in a tournament, but the captain feels it's an accomplishment, because it's ten places better than the previous year]].

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* Averted in ''Film/FiredUp'', in which a perpetually losing squad [[spoiler: ends [[spoiler:ends up nineteenth in a tournament, but the captain feels it's an accomplishment, because it's ten places better than the previous year]].



** Also played with in an episode where Stan goes with Francine to her high school reunion, happy that he's married to the homecoming queen. Francine points out that she only won by one vote, and the runner-up had gone on to be fat, unattractive, and miserable since (she left the prom to eat at a Dunkin Donuts). But when the ballot box is shown, two uncounted votes for the runner-up are discovered. Francine happily gives her tiarra to her, while Stan is unhappy to learn that he didn't marry the homecoming queen after all.

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** Also played with in an episode where Stan goes with Francine to her high school reunion, happy that he's married to the homecoming queen. Francine points out that she only won by one vote, and the runner-up had gone on to be fat, unattractive, and miserable since (she left the prom to eat at a Dunkin Donuts). But when the ballot box is shown, two uncounted votes for the runner-up are discovered. Francine happily gives her tiarra tiara to her, while Stan is unhappy to learn that he didn't marry the homecoming queen after all.



* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' has Priscilla Jones, who got second-place in the science fair when she was a little girl because Uncle Grandpa accidently chipped it, and instead of helping her fix it, took her on an adventure involving playing hackey-sack with Martians. Her reaction? [[spoiler:She lost it and vowed to take Uncle Grandpa's job, taking on the alter ego "Aunt Grandma".]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' has Priscilla Jones, who got second-place in the science fair when she was a little girl because Uncle Grandpa accidently accidentally chipped it, and instead of helping her fix it, took her on an adventure involving playing hackey-sack with Martians. Her reaction? [[spoiler:She lost it and vowed to take Uncle Grandpa's job, taking on the alter ego "Aunt Grandma".]]



* American gymnast [=McKayla=] Maroney, has been gracious in her public comments, saying that she is grateful and appreciative of her silver medal in the vault despite being an overwhelming favourite for gold. Still, her face is the picture for this trope and it could sour fresh cream, as well as having launched a meme (which, to her credit, she's had fun with) - and, given that she ''would'' have won if she'd not sat down her second vault, it's difficult to blame her for kicking herself.

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* American gymnast [=McKayla=] Maroney, Maroney has been gracious in her public comments, saying that she is grateful and appreciative of her silver medal in the vault despite being an overwhelming favourite for gold. Still, her face is the picture for this trope trope, and it could sour fresh cream, as well as having launched a meme (which, to her credit, she's had fun with) - – and, given that she ''would'' have won if she'd not sat down her second vault, it's difficult to blame her for kicking herself.



* 2007 New England Patriots were undefeated in regular season play and were expected to win the championship. Analysts were calling them the greatest team of all time. Then they lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl and suddenly an 18-1 season just wasn't good enough to be the best.
* One of Liverpool FC's most famous and successful managers, Bill Shankly, who founded the 'Boot Room', a managing dynasty that led to Liverpool dominating the English game for the best part of twenty years after he left the club, once said, "If you are first you are first. If you are second, you are nothing."

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* 2007 New England Patriots were undefeated in regular season play and were expected to win the championship. Analysts were calling them the greatest team of all time. Then they lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl and suddenly an 18-1 18–1 season just wasn't good enough to be the best.
* One of Liverpool FC's most famous and successful managers, Bill Shankly, who founded the 'Boot Room', a managing dynasty that led to Liverpool dominating the English game for the best part of twenty years after he left the club, once said, "If you are first first, you are first. If you are second, you are nothing."



* The 1972 United States Olympic basketball team still has not accepted their silver medals, as they contend the officials in the gold-medal game against the Soviet Union robbed them[[note]]the appeal the US filed with FIBA was also denied - though the five-man jury's chairman Ferenc Hepp refused to reveal the exact vote, between Hepp (Hungary) stating he voted in favor of the Soviets, Rafael Lopez (Puerto Rico) and Claudio Coccia (Italy) both saying they voted for the US, and the other two (Adam Baglaewski, Poland; Andres Keiser, Cuba) being from Soviet-friendly countries, it's accepted as fact that the vote was along Cold War lines[[/note]]; the medals remain in a Swiss vault. They don't intend to do so any time soon: one player has even written into his will that his relatives and descendants are ''forbidden'' from accepting the medal on his behalf when he dies. [[note]]Whether it was a bad call or not is subjective, depending on the point of view; with three seconds remaining, the Soviet team attempted to call a time out; because it was during a free throw with the clock running, and such a time out is is not permitted, it was not granted. But then a second referee recognized the time out, because the Soviet coach ran onto the field, committing another foul. ''Then'' because of this, William Jones, head of the International Amateur Basketball Federation, told the scoreboard officials to set it to three seconds even though he had ''absolutely no authority whatsoever to do so'', which he later openly admitted. Nonetheless, the time was restarted, and as a result, the Soviet team won 51-50.[[/note]]

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* The 1972 United States Olympic basketball team still has not accepted their silver medals, as they contend the officials in the gold-medal game against the Soviet Union robbed them[[note]]the appeal the US filed with FIBA was also denied - – though the five-man jury's chairman chairman, Ferenc Hepp Hepp, refused to reveal the exact vote, between Hepp (Hungary) stating he voted in favor of the Soviets, Rafael Lopez (Puerto Rico) and Claudio Coccia (Italy) both saying they voted for the US, and the other two (Adam Baglaewski, Poland; Andres Keiser, Cuba) being from Soviet-friendly countries, it's accepted as fact that the vote was along Cold War lines[[/note]]; the medals remain in a Swiss vault. They don't intend to do so any time soon: one player has even written into his will that his relatives and descendants are ''forbidden'' from accepting the medal on his behalf when he dies. [[note]]Whether it was a bad call or not is subjective, depending on the point of view; with three seconds remaining, the Soviet team attempted to call a time out; time-out; because it was during a free throw with the clock running, and such a time out is is not permitted, it was not granted. But then a second referee recognized the time out, because the Soviet coach ran onto the field, committing another foul. ''Then'' because of this, William Jones, head of the International Amateur Basketball Federation, told the scoreboard officials to set it to three seconds even though he had ''absolutely no authority whatsoever to do so'', which he later openly admitted. Nonetheless, the time was restarted, and as a result, the Soviet team won 51-50.51–50.[[/note]]



* Nancy Kerrigan clearly had this feeling after winning the silver medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, given her snarky to the point of cruelty comment regarding gold medalist Oksana Baiul's uncontrollable weeping as well as the clearly displeased expression that she wore throughout. It's slightly understandable given that (a) she lost the gold by a ridiculously slim margin (a mere tenth of a point gave Baiul the gold), (b) skated what is unanimously believed to be her best performance yet, and (c) a myriad of problems had to be overcome - succumbing to nerves, a polemic attack and subsequent physical injury, tremendous pressure to win. Still, petty and needless as Hell, [[NeverLiveItDown and the skating fandom hasn't forgotten it.]]
** Similarly, although Japan's Midori Ito probably did not behave this way herself - she won silver at the 1992 Albertville Games after a disastrous week that left many wondering if she would win a medal at all - she knew her fellow countrymen would, especially since she had come into the games as the favorite. As such, she made a public apology for not winning the gold medal.

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* Nancy Kerrigan clearly had this feeling after winning the silver medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, given her snarky to the point of cruelty comment regarding gold medalist Oksana Baiul's uncontrollable weeping as well as the clearly displeased expression that she wore throughout. It's slightly understandable given that (a) she lost the gold by a ridiculously slim margin (a mere tenth of a point gave Baiul the gold), (b) skated what is unanimously believed to be her best performance yet, and (c) a myriad of problems had to be overcome - – succumbing to nerves, a polemic attack and subsequent physical injury, tremendous pressure to win. Still, petty and needless as Hell, [[NeverLiveItDown and the skating fandom hasn't forgotten it.]]
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** Similarly, although Japan's Midori Ito probably did not behave this way herself - – she won silver at the 1992 Albertville Games after a disastrous week that left many wondering if she would win a medal at all - – she knew her fellow countrymen would, especially since she had come into the games as the favorite. As such, she made a public apology for not winning the gold medal.
25th Jun '17 9:39:06 PM merotoker
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DonRosa's epic ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' actually explores this and reveals Glomgold's origins. He was a petty thief from South Africa during the diamond rush in the late 19th century, and made a living through grifting, small theft and conjobs. That is, until he met Scrooge, whom he promptly betrayed and robbed. When Scrooge hunted him down and humiliated him in front of the entire town before having him tossed in jail, Glomgold became so infuriated [[EvilIsPetty that he dedicated his entire life to building a fortune just to get revenge on Scrooge.]] Scrooge doesnt even know that his arch-enemy was that random jerk he met some 40 years ago, since he never got his name, and likely doesnt even remember the incident. The only reason Glomgold gives a single shit about being the Richest Duck In the World is because he wants to humiliate Scrooge.

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DonRosa's Creator/DonRosa's epic ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' actually explores this and reveals Glomgold's origins. He was a petty thief from South Africa during the diamond rush in the late 19th century, and made a living through grifting, small theft and conjobs. That is, until he met Scrooge, whom he promptly betrayed and robbed. When Scrooge hunted him down and humiliated him in front of the entire town before having him tossed in jail, Glomgold became so infuriated [[EvilIsPetty that he dedicated his entire life to building a fortune just to get revenge on Scrooge.]] Scrooge doesnt even know that his arch-enemy was that random jerk he met some 40 years ago, since he never got his name, and likely doesnt even remember the incident. The only reason Glomgold gives a single shit about being the Richest Duck In the World is because he wants to humiliate Scrooge.



* From ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash'' until ''VideoGame/MarioKart7'', it was absolutely necessary to win gold trophies in Grand Prix mode if one wanted to unlock new characters, karts, and cups (though since ''7'' forgoes pre-built karts for customizable karts, unlocking all but three parts comes down to collecting a certain amount of coins, a system that continues in ''VideoGame/{{Mario Kart 8}}''). ''Mario Kart 8'' averts this, though, as placing anywhere between 1st-3rd will unlock a random character, as well as unlocking cups and mirror mode (update 4.2, though, makes mirror mode a default engine class).

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* From ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash'' until ''VideoGame/MarioKart7'', it was absolutely necessary to win gold trophies in Grand Prix mode if one wanted to unlock new characters, karts, and cups (though since ''7'' forgoes pre-built karts for customizable karts, unlocking all but three parts comes down to collecting a certain amount of coins, a system that continues in ''VideoGame/{{Mario Kart 8}}'').''VideoGame/MarioKart8''). ''Mario Kart 8'' averts this, though, as placing anywhere between 1st-3rd will unlock a random character, as well as unlocking cups and mirror mode (update 4.2, though, makes mirror mode a default engine class).



** Parodied in "Deep Space Homer". One of the astronauts coming along on the mission is BuzzAldrin, who insists that "second comes right after first", leading to awkward glances between the other characters.

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** Parodied in "Deep Space Homer". One of the astronauts coming along on the mission is BuzzAldrin, Buzz Aldrin, who insists that "second comes right after first", leading to awkward glances between the other characters.



--->'''Katz:''' ''[Receiving 2nd place trophy]'' Sad, isn't it?

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--->'''Katz:''' -->'''Katz:''' ''[Receiving 2nd place trophy]'' Sad, isn't it?



** Also played with in an episode where Stan goes with Francine to her high school reunion, happy that he's married to the homecoming queen. Francine points out that she only won by one vote, and the runner-up had gone on to be fat, unnattractive, and miserable since (she left the prom to eat at a Dunkin Donuts). But when the ballot box is shown, two uncounted votes for the runner-up are discovered. Francine happily gives her tiarra to her, while Stan is unhappy to learn that he didn't marry the homecoming queen after all.

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** Also played with in an episode where Stan goes with Francine to her high school reunion, happy that he's married to the homecoming queen. Francine points out that she only won by one vote, and the runner-up had gone on to be fat, unnattractive, unattractive, and miserable since (she left the prom to eat at a Dunkin Donuts). But when the ballot box is shown, two uncounted votes for the runner-up are discovered. Francine happily gives her tiarra to her, while Stan is unhappy to learn that he didn't marry the homecoming queen after all.



* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' has Priscilla Jones, who got second-place in the science fair when she was a little girl because Uncle Grandpa accidentily chipped it, and instead of helping her fix it, took her on an adventure involving playing hackey-sack with Martians. Her reaction? [[spoiler:She lost it and vowed to take Uncle Grandpa's job, taking on the alter ego "Aunt Grandma".]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' has Priscilla Jones, who got second-place in the science fair when she was a little girl because Uncle Grandpa accidentily accidently chipped it, and instead of helping her fix it, took her on an adventure involving playing hackey-sack with Martians. Her reaction? [[spoiler:She lost it and vowed to take Uncle Grandpa's job, taking on the alter ego "Aunt Grandma".]]
20th Jun '17 5:07:55 AM DesertDragon
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* When there are serious consequences for not being first, like not winning a certain prize that was the hero's main reason for entering, such as money to save their beloved school from closing.

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* When there are serious consequences for not being first, like not winning a certain prize that was the hero's main reason for entering, character(s) entered the contest specifically to win the first-place prize, such as money to save their beloved school from closing.closing, or there's some other consequence for not coming in first.
20th Jun '17 5:06:05 AM DesertDragon
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Some Real Life athletes feel that way quite deeply, coming so close and yet missing the mark. For example, one scientific study analyzed photographs of the facial expressions of many Olympians as they learned how they had placed. Gold of course was almost always ecstatic and Bronze medalists were happy to have placed at all, but a Silver winner usually showed disappointment or dejection at coming in second best, unless it was their first time competing. This is especially true in tournament-style sports where the bronze team had won their game, but the silver medalists had ''lost'' the game for gold. And then the presentation ceremony takes place immediately upon conclusion of the last match, so you can excuse the runner up for feeling sore at having lost about 10 minutes ago.

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Some Real Life athletes feel that way quite deeply, coming so close and yet missing the mark. For example, one scientific study analyzed photographs of the facial expressions of many Olympians as they learned how they had placed. Gold of course was almost always ecstatic and Bronze medalists were happy to have placed at all, but a Silver winner usually showed disappointment or dejection at coming in second best, unless it was their first time competing. This is especially true in tournament-style sports where the bronze team had won their game, but the silver medalists had ''lost'' the game for gold. And then the presentation ceremony takes place immediately upon conclusion of the last match, so you can excuse giving the runner up for feeling sore at having lost about 10 minutes ago.
runners-up no time to compose themselves and put on a sporting face.



Please note that many leagues (especially youth leagues) consider it ''very'' bad sportsmanship.

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Please note that many leagues (especially youth leagues) consider it this ''very'' bad sportsmanship.
30th Apr '17 1:26:27 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' and ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' series, winning a contest gets you high praise and affection from the other villagers. Don't win, even finishing in second, and everyone (even your spouse, if present) reacts in the same "You lost? You suck!" manner, whether it was second place or dead last.

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* In the ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' and ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' series, winning a contest gets you high praise and affection from the other villagers. Don't win, even finishing in second, and everyone (even your spouse, if present) reacts in the same "You lost? You suck!" manner, whether it was second place or dead last.
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