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25th Mar '17 5:45:44 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/PulpFiction'': Butch (BruceWillis) is supposed to take a dive. He agrees to go down in the fifth round (as shown in the page quote), but then turns around and bets on himself, and winds up ''[[CasualtyInTheRing killing]]'' the other boxer during the fight. What follows is the weirdest fucking day of his life. It's even worse for Marcellus.

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* ''Film/PulpFiction'': Butch (BruceWillis) (Creator/BruceWillis) is supposed to take a dive. He agrees to go down in the fifth round (as shown in the page quote), but then turns around and bets on himself, and winds up ''[[CasualtyInTheRing killing]]'' the other boxer during the fight. What follows is the weirdest fucking day of his life. It's even worse for Marcellus.
28th Feb '17 9:19:09 PM dmcreif
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* This is part of Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s backstory: his father was killed when he refused to take a dive.

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* This is part of Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s backstory: his father was killed when he refused to take a dive. [[Film/{{Daredevil}} The film]] and [[Series/Daredevil2015 the Netflix show]] also use this variation.


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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt's father was killed for refusing to take a dive in a boxing match. A flashback in season 2 shows that Elektra managed to track Roscoe Sweeney down so that Matt could dish some of his anger out on him.
21st Feb '17 1:46:23 PM Kakai
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* In the climax of the second book of ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' [[spoiler:the pirate queen Safi duels]] throws the fight in exchange for a future favour from Safi.
19th Feb '17 3:24:03 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Last Man Out", a match-fixing ring is influencing the outcome of games in a semi-professional cricket tournament. The match fixers are initially suspected when two cricket captains are murdered, but the match fixing is a RedHerring and has nothing to do with the killings.
16th Feb '17 10:31:59 AM megarockman
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* An example without cheating happened at the 2016 Copa Sudamericana. The final was Chapecoense (Brazil) and Nacional (Colombia), and the day before the first game, the plane carrying the former to Medellin crashed. Combine the tragedy and the fact they had already won the Usefulnotes/CopaLibertadores that year, Nacional forfeited playing the finals and Chapecoense were declared champions.
28th Dec '16 9:04:55 PM ultimomant
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* In a DC vs. Marvel event, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} defeated SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} in a fight off-panel. Given at the time Wolverine didn't have his adamantium skeleton and only had bone claws, and Lobo has Superman-level strength and an insane HealingFactor, this seemed highly unlikely. Later, Lobo commented that some bald guy (likely Professor Xavier) bribed him into throwing the fight.
26th Dec '16 8:13:58 AM igordebraga
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* An example without cheating happened at the 2016 Copa Sudamericana. The final was Chapecoense (Brazil) and Nacional (Colombia), and the day before the first game, the plane carrying the former to Medellin crashed. Combine the tragedy and the fact they had already won the Usefulnotes/CopaLibertadores that year, Nacional forfeited playing the finals and Chapecoense were declared champions.
9th Dec '16 2:53:08 PM Morgenthaler
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* Toya flat-out refuses to take a dive during a four-way Go match in ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'', even though he's up against a rich Assemblyman who absolutely hates to lose and will likely cut funding if he does. But he goes further than that: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Toya ties all four games, just to hammer home the gap between them.]] As one might expect, he gets his ass chewed out by his superiors when they find out.

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* Toya flat-out refuses to take a dive during a four-way Go match in ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'', even though he's up against a rich Assemblyman who absolutely hates to lose and will likely cut funding if he does. But he goes further than that: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Toya ties all four games, just to hammer home the gap between them.]] them. As one might expect, he gets his ass chewed out by his superiors when they find out.



* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by the Oakland Raiders in the penultimate week of the 1976 season. It starts with the PittsburghSteelers. After beating the Raiders in three playoff games in three seasons, in '76 they needed a MiracleRally in the second half of the season - ''plus a loss by the division rival Cincinnati Bengals'' - to even ''make'' the postseason. The Bengals were playing the Raiders that night, and it was believed by the media that Oakland '''would''' throw the game in order to avoid meeting the Steelers in the playoffs again. Instead, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome they gave it all their effort and beat the Bengals 35-20]]. The Raiders capped the awesomeness by ''finally'' beating the Steelers in the AFC Championship, and then [[CurbStompBattle utterly demolishing]] [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut the Minnesota Vikings]] in SuperBowl XI to capture the Raiders' first championship.

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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by the Oakland Raiders in the penultimate week of the 1976 season. It starts with the PittsburghSteelers. After beating the Raiders in three playoff games in three seasons, in '76 they needed a MiracleRally in the second half of the season - ''plus a loss by the division rival Cincinnati Bengals'' - to even ''make'' the postseason. The Bengals were playing the Raiders that night, and it was believed by the media that Oakland '''would''' throw the game in order to avoid meeting the Steelers in the playoffs again. Instead, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome they gave it all their effort and beat the Bengals 35-20]].35-20. The Raiders capped the awesomeness by ''finally'' beating the Steelers in the AFC Championship, and then [[CurbStompBattle utterly demolishing]] [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut the Minnesota Vikings]] in SuperBowl XI to capture the Raiders' first championship.
9th Dec '16 2:49:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Damien", Jesus and Satan are scheduled to have a boxing match. Everyone in town is sure that Jesus will win and place bets on him, until Satan appears and everyone sees how huge he is, so they all change their bets to Satan. Even Jesus doesn't think he can win and plans on forfeiting, until the boys tell him that there is one person in town who didn't change their bet and still believes in him, [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly which restores his confidence]]. It turns out that the one person still betting on Jesus was ''Satan'', who threw the fight (very unconvincingly) and walked off with everyone's money.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Damien", Jesus and Satan are scheduled to have a boxing match. Everyone in town is sure that Jesus will win and place bets on him, until Satan appears and everyone sees how huge he is, so they all change their bets to Satan. Even Jesus doesn't think he can win and plans on forfeiting, until the boys tell him that there is one person in town who didn't change their bet and still believes in him, [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly which restores his confidence]]. It turns out that the one person still betting on Jesus was ''Satan'', who threw the fight (very unconvincingly) and walked off with everyone's money.
9th Dec '16 2:49:28 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[ManipulativeBitch Android 18]] does this in ''Anime/DragonballZ'' and ''still'' remains completely {{badass}} despite it. She makes it to the final round of the World Martial Arts Tournament, clearly out-classing the [[MilesGloriosus "champion" Mr. Satan]], but rather than beating him up and taking the title (which would draw unwanted attention and ruin his reputation if done in such a public venue), she decides to take a dive [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord in exchange for]] ''[[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord double]]'' [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord this tournament's prize money]] and a cut of all future prize money he ever earns.

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* [[ManipulativeBitch Android 18]] does this in ''Anime/DragonballZ'' and ''still'' remains completely {{badass}} badass despite it. She makes it to the final round of the World Martial Arts Tournament, clearly out-classing the [[MilesGloriosus "champion" Mr. Satan]], but rather than beating him up and taking the title (which would draw unwanted attention and ruin his reputation if done in such a public venue), she decides to take a dive [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord in exchange for]] ''[[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord double]]'' [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord this tournament's prize money]] and a cut of all future prize money he ever earns.
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