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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.
28th Apr '16 8:28:45 AM erforce
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* The Connors encounter the T-1000 three times over the course of ''[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Terminator 2]]'' (shopping mall, hospital, foundry) but only defeat him the third time.

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* The Connors encounter the T-1000 three times over the course of ''[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Terminator 2]]'' ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' (shopping mall, hospital, foundry) but only defeat him the third time.



* Combining ''[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]]'' and ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi]]'', Luke Skywalker directly encounters Darth Vader three times: the first time in Cloud City, the second time on Endor (where Luke fails to redeem Vader and is instead taken to the Emperor), and the third in the Emperor's throne room. The two never get close enough in ''A New Hope'' for it to count.

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* Combining ''[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]]'' and ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi]]'', Luke Skywalker directly encounters Darth Vader three times: the first time in Cloud City, the second time on Endor (where Luke fails to redeem Vader and is instead taken to the Emperor), and the third in the Emperor's throne room. The two never get close enough in ''A New Hope'' ''Film/ANewHope'' for it to count.
9th Feb '16 1:18:28 PM bt8257
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A {{Subtrope}} of the RuleOfThree, this trope extends to confrontations in a particular work. When invoking this trope, a protagonist will, over the course of the story, confront a particular villain or antagonist roughly three times in succession. The first two times the protagonist makes an attempt at defeating him however, [[YouCantThwartStageOne he will lose]], or at the very least have severe implications that had the battle gone on longer, he would have lost.

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A {{Subtrope}} SubTrope of the RuleOfThree, this trope extends to confrontations in a particular work. When invoking this trope, a protagonist will, over the course of the story, confront a particular villain or antagonist roughly three times in succession. The first two times the protagonist makes an attempt at defeating him however, [[YouCantThwartStageOne he will lose]], or at the very least have severe implications that had the battle gone on longer, he would have lost.
22nd Aug '15 6:21:54 PM nombretomado
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* Shinn Asuka's initial confrontations against Kira in ''GundamSeedDestiny'' play out like this. The first time Kira effortlessly disables him in one slash, the second Shinn freaks him out by dodging a few of his attacks (Kira had up until that point flawlessly one shotted everyone who crossed his path thus far) before Athrun takes over, although it was clear Shinn would have still lost, and finally in their third battle Shinn has prepared extensively and exploiting a flaw in Kira's fighting style, takes him down although Kira survives. They actually fight a few more times after this but always to a draw as Shinn's new machine is unable to exploit the earlier flaw but he's still grown in skill to the point where Kira can't get a hit on him.

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* Shinn Asuka's initial confrontations against Kira in ''GundamSeedDestiny'' ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' play out like this. The first time Kira effortlessly disables him in one slash, the second Shinn freaks him out by dodging a few of his attacks (Kira had up until that point flawlessly one shotted everyone who crossed his path thus far) before Athrun takes over, although it was clear Shinn would have still lost, and finally in their third battle Shinn has prepared extensively and exploiting a flaw in Kira's fighting style, takes him down although Kira survives. They actually fight a few more times after this but always to a draw as Shinn's new machine is unable to exploit the earlier flaw but he's still grown in skill to the point where Kira can't get a hit on him.
11th Jul '15 3:55:27 PM nombretomado
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* Between ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs As]]'', and ''StrikerS'', it took Fate three tries to pass her Enforcer exam. It is implied that some of her difficulty came from taking the test during the period in which Nanoha was recovering from her wounds (thus causing Fate emotional distress), and it is pointed out that as the pass rate is 15%, and Chrono also failed the test once, this is still fairly good, especially considering Fate passed "with flying colors" the third time.

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* Between ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs As]]'', and ''StrikerS'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', it took Fate three tries to pass her Enforcer exam. It is implied that some of her difficulty came from taking the test during the period in which Nanoha was recovering from her wounds (thus causing Fate emotional distress), and it is pointed out that as the pass rate is 15%, and Chrono also failed the test once, this is still fairly good, especially considering Fate passed "with flying colors" the third time.
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