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8th Jul '17 3:51:55 PM nombretomado
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* Bowser is fought/encountered exactly three times in many SuperMarioBros games, with him being fought as a level boss in the Dark World, Fire Sea and Sky in ''SuperMario64'', and in three different reactors in both ''SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''SuperMarioGalaxy 2'', with the last fight being the final boss battle. This also applies to the ''MarioAndLuigi'' series (he's fought in the intro, part way through the game and in a posessed form as part of the final boss battle) and likely quite a few others too.

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* Bowser is fought/encountered exactly three times in many SuperMarioBros games, with him being fought as a level boss in the Dark World, Fire Sea and Sky in ''SuperMario64'', ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', and in three different reactors in both ''SuperMarioGalaxy'' ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''SuperMarioGalaxy 2'', with the last fight being the final boss battle. This also applies to the ''MarioAndLuigi'' ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series (he's fought in the intro, part way through the game and in a posessed form as part of the final boss battle) and likely quite a few others too.
14th May '17 4:45:55 PM nombretomado
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* One of the G.U.I.L.T. strains is fought like this in ''TraumaCenter''.

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* One of the G.U.I.L.T. strains is fought like this in ''TraumaCenter''.''VideoGame/TraumaCenter''.
21st Apr '17 2:09:06 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Also in DP, Dawn's Contest losing streak [[BrokenStreak ended]] with her victory in the Wallace Cup, her third endeavor.

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** Also in DP, Dawn's Contest losing streak [[BrokenStreak [[BrokenWinLossStreak ended]] with her victory in the Wallace Cup, her third endeavor.
13th Apr '17 7:24:37 AM ExSlacker
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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Diamond and Pearl'', Dawn wants to catch a Buneary from the very beginning. Two Buneary foil her battles. The third one just happened to fall madly in love with Ash's Pikachu.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
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In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Diamond the Battle Frontier, Ash fought the seventh and last Frontier Brain, Brandon, three times, and finally defeated him the last time.
** ''Diamond
and Pearl'', Dawn wants to catch a Buneary from the very beginning. Two Buneary foil her battles. The third one just happened to fall madly in love with Ash's Pikachu.Pikachu.
** Also in DP, Dawn's Contest losing streak [[BrokenStreak ended]] with her victory in the Wallace Cup, her third endeavor.
19th Jan '17 6:45:03 PM Megadoomer
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* In ''Anime/DragonBall'', Goku wins [[TournamentArc the Strongest Under the Heavens Tournament]] on his third try (against Piccolo), after losing his first two. Notably, this was the only one of these tournaments where the world was at stake.
10th Dec '16 7:20:03 PM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/SoulChess: Lelouch had to defeat Aizen three times before it was safe to say that he was not going to be leaving the ninth circle of hell any time soon. Even then, the first two times he had to rely on other methods to get rid of him: the first time by [[spoiler:Geassing him to commit suicide]], and the second by [[spoiler:using Rita's power over the reincarnation cycle to briefly bring back Yamamoto and have him finish Aizen off for him]]. It was only the third time, [[spoiler:after absorbing the Hogyoku]], that Lelouch was able to defeat Aizen in one-on-one combat.

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* ''FanFic/SoulChess: ''FanFic/SoulChess'': Lelouch had to defeat Aizen three times before it was safe to say that he was not going to be leaving the ninth circle of hell any time soon. Even then, the first two times he had to rely on other methods to get rid of him: the first time by [[spoiler:Geassing him to commit suicide]], and the second by [[spoiler:using Rita's power over the reincarnation cycle to briefly bring back Yamamoto and have him finish Aizen off for him]]. It was only the third time, [[spoiler:after absorbing the Hogyoku]], that Lelouch was able to defeat Aizen in one-on-one combat.
10th Dec '16 7:19:49 PM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/SoulChess: Lelouch had to defeat Aizen three times before it was safe to say that he was not going to be leaving the ninth circle of hell any time soon. Even then, the first two times he had to rely on other methods to get rid of him: the first time by [[spoiler:Geassing him to commit suicide]], and the second by [[spoiler:using Rita's power over the reincarnation cycle to briefly bring back Yamamoto and have him finish Aizen off for him]]. It was only the third time, [[spoiler:after absorbing the Hogyoku]], that Lelouch was able to defeat Aizen in one-on-one combat.
10th Oct '16 5:13:30 PM Guilu
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Sometimes this particular trope can provide good motive for CharacterDevelopment but at the same time may fall into the trap of [[BondVillainStupidity the antagonist leaving him alive for little adequately explained reason]] if the method of the hero's survival from the defeat isn't portrayed the right way. Often, these first two losses will be quick and [[CurbStompBattle supremely one sided]], though this may not always be the case, particularly with [[BoringInvincibleHero those certain characters]] where such losses are always due to cheating or some other unfair circumstances.

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Sometimes this particular trope can provide good motive for CharacterDevelopment but at the same time may fall into the trap of [[BondVillainStupidity the antagonist leaving him alive for little adequately explained reason]] if the method of the hero's survival from the defeat isn't portrayed the right way. Often, these the first two losses will be quick and [[CurbStompBattle supremely one sided]], though this may not always be the case, particularly with [[BoringInvincibleHero those certain characters]] where such losses are always due case : the second confrontation may highlight the [[CharacterDevelopment protagonists' progression]] despite a negative outcome, or even allow them an unexpected victory to cheating or some other unfair circumstances.
show that there is hope yet.
26th Jul '16 12:27:56 PM Kitch
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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Diamond and Pearl'', Dawn wants to catch a Buneary from the very beginning. Two Buneary foil her battles. The third one just happened to fall madly in love with Ash's Pikachu.
12th Jul '16 1:57:40 PM Willbyr
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* [[MuhyoAndRoji Muhyo]] has three separate encounters with Enchu. In the first at the MLS, Enchu leaves after Muhyo sentences the ghosts he sent. In the second [[spoiler:at the Arcanum]], he escapes with [[spoiler:Rio, before her traitor's mark can be removed]]. In the third, Muhyo [[spoiler:is able to bring Enchu to his senses and convince him to drive out Teeki from his body]].

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* [[MuhyoAndRoji [[Manga/MuhyoAndRoji Muhyo]] has three separate encounters with Enchu. In the first at the MLS, Enchu leaves after Muhyo sentences the ghosts he sent. In the second [[spoiler:at the Arcanum]], he escapes with [[spoiler:Rio, before her traitor's mark can be removed]]. In the third, Muhyo [[spoiler:is able to bring Enchu to his senses and convince him to drive out Teeki from his body]].



* In MaiOtome, Arika and Nina have three battles after Nina's FaceHeelTurn. The first two end with no clear winner, but Arika is victorious in the third.

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* In MaiOtome, ''Anime/MaiOtome'', Arika and Nina have three battles after Nina's FaceHeelTurn. The first two end with no clear winner, but Arika is victorious in the third.
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