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3rd Dec '16 11:46:36 PM lorgskyegon
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** Both a subversion and deliberate invocation of this trope at the London Olympics happened with four Asian badminton teams. They played to intentionally lose a match in order to have a better shot of winning in the next round. They were all summarily disqualified.
1st Dec '16 7:36:53 PM CnHGirl
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* Happens to Lightning [=McQueen=] at the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''. In this case, however, [[spoiler:Lightning sabotages his own win. He was well ahead and could easily have dropped the chequered flag and ''then'' gone back to push The King across the line, but seems to have chosen not to win a race in which the reigning champ had been unfairly taken out.]]

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* Happens to Lightning [=McQueen=] at the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''. In this case, however, [[spoiler:Lightning sabotages his own win. He was well ahead and could easily have dropped the chequered flag and ''then'' gone back to push The King across the line, but seems to have chosen not to win a race in which the reigning champ had been unfairly taken out.]] So it ends with Chick in first, The King in second, and Lightning in third. [[TheRunnerUpTakesItAll The King has his dignity restored, Lightning is praised for his sportsmanship]], and Chick's victory is rendered meaningless because of his {{Jerkass}} behavior]].
1st Dec '16 7:29:59 PM CnHGirl
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** The "Boyz 4 Now" subplot has Gene entering a table-setting competition and ending up coming in 4th place thanks to a rather...tactless theme cobbled together out of desperation. Gene, Bob, and Linda are still happy about his placement, since it's apparently the highest any of the Belcher kids have ever placed in anything.
24th Nov '16 10:45:49 AM WillKeaton
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* Bob of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' once entered a a burger-off against a well respected professional chef. (And Jimmy Pesto, but he doesn't know anything about burgers.) Bob lost by a narrow margin, but he earned the respect of the professional chef and the judges' praise of his burger resulted in many members of the crowd coming to his restaurant.
23rd Nov '16 12:53:03 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' professional engineer Peridot and self-taught Pearl get into an argument over who should lead a drill construction project. To settle things they have a contest between two robots they built, which eventually devolves into a straight up fight. Even though Pearl ultimately loses she demonstrates to her engineering talents to the other Crystal Gems, who already believed in her, and to Peridot, who eventually acknowledges Pearl' abilities and agrees to work side by side with her.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' professional engineer Peridot and self-taught Pearl get into an argument over who should lead a drill construction project. To settle things they have a contest between two robots they built, which eventually devolves into a straight up fight. Even though Pearl ultimately loses she demonstrates to her engineering talents to the other Crystal Gems, who already believed in her, and to Peridot, who eventually acknowledges Pearl' Pearl's abilities and agrees to work side by side with her.
23rd Nov '16 12:51:22 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' professional engineer Peridot and self-taught Pearl get into an argument over who should lead a drill construction project. To settle things they have a contest between two robots they built, which eventually devolves into a straight up fight. Even though Pearl ultimately loses she demonstrates to her engineering talents to the other Crystal Gems, who already believed in her, and to Peridot, who eventually acknowledges Pearl' abilities and agrees to work side by side with her.
17th Nov '16 6:49:42 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown]]'', Charlie Brown is competing in a decathlon, and comes in last in the first event, The 100 meter dash. To Charlie Brown's confusion, Peppermint Patty tells he did great since in the decathlon, he is running against tables that evaluate performance on points. In this case, the winner, Freddie Fabulous, ran such a fast race that all the competitors got good points, which means even Charlie Brown got off to a good start in the competition.

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* In ''[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown]]'', Charlie Brown is competing in a decathlon, and comes in last in the first event, The the 100 meter dash. To Charlie Brown's confusion, Peppermint Patty tells he did great since in the decathlon, he is running against tables that evaluate performance on points. In this case, the winner, Freddie Fabulous, ran such a fast race that all the competitors got good points, which means even Charlie Brown got off to a good start in the competition.



** Technically, 19 Entertainment has "right of first refusal" over all contestants who make the Top 10, meaning that no other label can sign a contestant for a set period of time. (This is to prevent losing contestants from cashing in on their micro-celebrity to sell units for a different record label.) However, making the Top 10 ensures a slot on the post-show concert tour (which pays well) and many contestants that ''are'' signed by 19 Entertainment do well without the "American Idol" label, as they have more time to put out a first single[[note]]They won't be allowed to compete with the winner's debut single from the finale.[[/note]], arguably more freedom over their artistic identity (particularly if the contestant is better at a genre other than pop), and faux-"authenticity." Chris Daughtry was immediately signed upon being eliminated and has outsold ... who won that season again?[[note]]Taylor Hicks.[[/note]]

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** Technically, 19 Entertainment has "right of first refusal" over all contestants who make the Top 10, meaning that no other label can sign a contestant for a set period of time. (This is to prevent losing contestants from cashing in on their micro-celebrity to sell units for a different record label.) However, making the Top 10 ensures a slot on the post-show concert tour (which pays well) and many contestants that ''are'' signed by 19 Entertainment do well without the "American Idol" label, as they have more time to put out a first single[[note]]They single,[[note]]They won't be allowed to compete with the winner's debut single from the finale.[[/note]], [[/note]] arguably more freedom over their artistic identity (particularly if the contestant is better at a genre other than pop), and faux-"authenticity." Chris Daughtry was immediately signed upon being eliminated and has outsold ... who won that season again?[[note]]Taylor Hicks.[[/note]]
17th Nov '16 6:47:03 PM WillKeaton
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10390405/1/Learning-to-fly "Learning To Fly"]], Astrid and Hiccup both compete in the All-Viking Tournament at an annual meeting of the various Viking tribes. Despite being considered underdogs due to their smaller size (and Hiccup's peg leg) they both make their way into the finals, a four-person melee. Hiccup and Astrid each manage to defeat their respective opponents, and find themselves facing each other as the finalists. [[spoiler: When he realizes that Astrid had broken her arm during her bout, but was still holding her axe in her good hand, Hiccup dropped his sword, ceding the match to Astrid. Stoick congratulated Hiccup on taking the honorable route rather than attack an injured opponent. Considering that he didn't expect to make it past the first round, Hiccup was quite pleased with his performance.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10390405/1/Learning-to-fly "Learning To Fly"]], Fly,"]] Astrid and Hiccup both compete in the All-Viking Tournament at an annual meeting of the various Viking tribes. Despite being considered underdogs due to their smaller size (and Hiccup's peg leg) they both make their way into the finals, a four-person melee. Hiccup and Astrid each manage to defeat their respective opponents, and find themselves facing each other as the finalists. [[spoiler: When he realizes that Astrid had broken her arm during her bout, but was still holding her axe in her good hand, Hiccup dropped his sword, ceding the match to Astrid. Stoick congratulated Hiccup on taking the honorable route rather than attack an injured opponent. Considering that he didn't expect to make it past the first round, Hiccup was quite pleased with his performance.]]
31st Oct '16 9:13:59 AM MCanter89
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# The character does know, resulting in a sort of non-video game version of DoWellButNotPerfect. For added [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]], they might fall victim to SpringtimeForHitler and win anyway.

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# The character does know, resulting in a sort of non-video non–video game version of DoWellButNotPerfect. For added [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]], they might fall victim to SpringtimeForHitler and win anyway.



* Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard came from a very disciplined household. When he proved to consistently be the best student in his classes, his father feared the boy would become complacent and arrogant in his superiority, so he charged Soren with the considerably harder task of getting the second-highest scores in all of his classes. Which Soren did.

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* Philosopher Soren Søren Kierkegaard came from a very disciplined household. When he proved to consistently be the best student in his classes, his father feared the boy would become complacent and arrogant in his superiority, so he charged Soren with the considerably harder task of getting the second-highest scores in all of his classes. Which Soren did.
20th Oct '16 10:45:57 PM Ramidel
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* In ''Film/RealSteel'', robots Atom and Zeus fight for the champion's tittle. Atom beats Zeus heavily by the end, but Zeus is saved by the bell and wins by points. But the very fact that a customly-built robot can beat a corporate killer machine so badly is a slap in the face of Zeus's masters.

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* In ''Film/RealSteel'', robots Atom and Zeus fight for the champion's tittle. Atom beats Zeus heavily by the end, but Zeus is saved by the bell and wins by points. But the very fact that a customly-built robot can beat a corporate killer machine so badly is a slap in the face of Zeus's masters. Furthermore, nobody was betting over the ''outcome'' of the fight; the biggest bet of the game was over whether Atom would survive one round against the monster.
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