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23rd Jun '16 1:31:30 AM rufusluciusivan
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* Happens in ''Film/CoolRunnings''. In the end, the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team ultimately [[spoiler:loses the competition because of a faulty sled]], but their determination allowed them to win the respect of both the crowd and the other Olympic teams.
22nd Feb '16 8:55:40 AM MrBadAxe
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* In 2015, ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' player Pascal Maynard made the top 8 finals of the largest Grand Prix tournament in the game's history. In the top 8 draft (where each player takes a card from a booster pack and passes the rest on), he was building a solid red/white build, he opened his second pack to reveal a foil Tarmogoyf, which was worth $500 on the secondary market, but would not have fit his deck over the Burst Lightning that was also in the pack. He took the 'Goyf anyway. He would lose in the semifinals, but the publicity (both positive and negative) he got for picking the card enabled him to sell it on eBay for nearly $15,000... nearly four times what the winner of the tournament won in prize money. He gave half the proceeds to charity.

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* In 2015, ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' player Pascal Maynard made the top 8 finals of the largest Grand Prix tournament in the game's history. In the top 8 draft (where each player takes a card from a booster pack and passes the rest on), he was building a solid red/white build, he opened his second pack to reveal a foil Tarmogoyf, [[http://magiccards.info/mm2/en/165.html Tarmogoyf]], which was worth $500 on the secondary market, but would not have fit his deck over the Burst Lightning that was also in the pack. He took the 'Goyf anyway. He would lose in the semifinals, but the publicity (both positive and negative) he got for picking the card enabled him to sell it on eBay for nearly $15,000... nearly four times what the winner of the tournament won in prize money. He gave half the proceeds to charity.
12th Feb '16 8:18:51 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9939848/17/Pokemon-Reset-Bloodlines Pokemon Reset Bloodlines]]'', Ash is perfectly happy with coming in second place in the Battle Dome Tournament for several reasons. 1) He only barely lost. 2) One of his opponents had six gym badges to his three because one of his technically counts as eight. 3) It's hardly the first time he's failed to win a tournament, [[PeggySue even if it's the first time in this timeline]].

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9939848/17/Pokemon-Reset-Bloodlines Pokemon Reset Bloodlines]]'', ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash is perfectly happy with coming in second place in the Battle Dome Tournament for several reasons. 1) He only barely lost. 2) One of his opponents had six gym badges to his three because one of his technically counts as eight. 3) It's hardly the first time he's failed to win a tournament, [[PeggySue even if it's the first time in this timeline]].
4th Feb '16 5:58:01 AM MegaMarioMan
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* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'':
** During one of the sections in which you control Peach, you take part in a game-show-like quiz. First prize is a rather helpful item you can send Mario, but the participation prize is the Sneaky Parasol, necessary to complete the game.
** {{Speedrun}}s of the game prefer getting second place, to avoid the extra dialogue involved with winning the first prize item.

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* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'':
** During
''VideoGame/PaperMario64'', during one of the sections in which you control Peach, you take part in a game-show-like ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''-like quiz. First prize is a rather helpful item Jammin' Jelly (it restores 50 FP, which is the {{cap}} without FP Plus badges) that you can send to Mario, but the participation prize is the Sneaky Parasol, necessary to complete the game.
** {{Speedrun}}s
game. [[{{Speedrun}} Speedruns]] of the game prefer getting invoke this trope and go for second place, to avoid the extra dialogue involved with winning the first prize item.item.
* This happens in ''VideoGame/MarioParty 9'' during the "Reverse Mini-Game" in a Bowser Event. You play a standard mini-game, but the objective is to ''lose'' as quickly as possible instead of trying to play the normal way. The first person to lose the game will win. Don't let this hurt your head too much.
1st Feb '16 8:25:19 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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As the outcome is often plot-important, '''beware of unmarked spoilers'''.
25th Jan '16 11:03:03 AM thekeyofe
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'', it is somewhat common for games to play out like this. When the player in the lead is close to winning, the other players will gang up on the leader to prevent him/her from winning. Once everyone has used all their cards and abilities to prevent the strongest player from winning, the second strongest player usually has an easier shot at victory. This can also sometimes have elements of a KingmakerScenario or DoWellButNotPerfect.
24th Jan '16 7:33:48 PM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9939848/17/Pokemon-Reset-Bloodlines Pokemon Reset Bloodlines]]'', Ash is perfectly happy with coming in second place in the Battle Dome Tournament for several reasons. 1) He only barely lost. 2) One of his opponents had six gym badges to his three because one of his technically counts as eight. 3) It's hardly the first time he's failed to win a tournament, [[PeggySue even if it's the first time in this timeline]].
23rd Jan '16 6:46:13 PM Phys101
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* {{Subverted}} in ``Literature/CaseyAtTheBat'': Two lousy, despised players with no expectations [[MiracleRally surprisingly]] both come through right at the critical moment to hit -- a single and a double, respectively. This gives Mudville's big hitter Casey [[HopeSpot his chance to shine]] and win the game for Mudville. [[WhatAnIdiot Unfortunately...]]
23rd Jan '16 6:22:37 PM Phys101
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* An ObfuscatingStupidity joke recounts the tale of a kindly shopkeeper and a little kid named Billy. The shopkeeper often witnessed older boys teasing Billy by offering him a choice between a nickel and a dime, then laughing at him choosing the nickel, supposedly because the nickel was larger and Billy was too slow to realize that the dime was worth more. Eventually, the shopkeeper took pity on Billy, and took him aside for a quiet word on the matter...only for Billy to reveal that he knows very well how much the two coins are worth, but if he ever picks the dime, the kids will stop giving him free nickels.
12th Jan '16 10:08:24 AM Sammettik
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* Used by Nara Shikamaru in {{Manga/Naruto}} during the Chunin exam finals. Up against Temari, he starts off struggling to keep up with her brute force until he finally gets the upper hand. And then decides to throw in the towel, much to all of the exam participants' disappointment. However, the team leaders note this actually shows off Shikamaru's tactical skill in that he knows when to quit, rather than continue on in vain.

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* Used by Nara Shikamaru in {{Manga/Naruto}} ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'' during the Chunin exam finals. Up against Temari, he starts off struggling to keep up with her brute force until he finally gets the upper hand. And then decides to throw in the towel, much to all of the exam participants' disappointment. However, the team leaders note this actually shows off Shikamaru's tactical skill in that he knows when to quit, rather than continue on in vain.
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