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30th Nov '16 6:21:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/TheReplacements'', Nigel "The Leg" Gruff has racked up significant debts, and is told if he doesn't shank the game-tying field goal against Dallas some mobsters will take his pub. Falco prevents Gruff from making the kick by pulling the ball away. Nigel's leg is broken as a result, but he thanks Falco for saving his life.

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* In ''Film/TheReplacements'', ''Film/TheReplacements2000'', Nigel "The Leg" Gruff has racked up significant debts, and is told if he doesn't shank the game-tying field goal against Dallas some mobsters will take his pub. Falco prevents Gruff from making the kick by pulling the ball away. Nigel's leg is broken as a result, but he thanks Falco for saving his life.
22nd Nov '16 7:07:54 PM NegiSpongie
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can" has Lisa competing in the "Spellympics", until the host, George Plimpton, asks her to take a dive in order for a cute little boy to win, promising her a free scholarship to any college (and a free George Plimpton hot plate) if she does. When Lisa is about to do it, Homer arrives to cheer her on, and she confesses she was told to take a dive- only to accidentally misspell the word.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' has the titular duo becoming bull riding champions and are about to face the toughest bull in the rodeo. They are told they need to lose due to a phone survey saying that the bull is in favor of winning. They are prepared to do it, only to change their minds and win the rodeo. They are pelted with tomatoes and booed for their victory afterwards.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can" has Lisa competing in the "Spellympics", until the host, George Plimpton, asks her to take a dive in order for a cute little boy her {{Adorkable}} competitor to win, promising her a free scholarship to any college (and a free George Plimpton hot plate) if she does. When Lisa is about to do it, Homer arrives to cheer her on, and she confesses she was told to take a dive- only to accidentally misspell the word.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' has the titular duo becoming bull riding champions and are about to face the toughest bull in the rodeo. They are told they need to lose due to a phone survey saying that the bull is in favor of winning.winning and are promised a large sum of money in return. They are prepared to do it, only to change their minds and win the rodeo. They are pelted with tomatoes and booed for their victory afterwards.
8th Nov '16 7:31:16 AM JoieDeCombat
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* In "The Tap Out Job" on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', the team is exposed as conmen and Eliot agrees to take the dive in the upcoming prize fight. (Thanks to some XanatosSpeedChess, this still works out in the team's favor in the end.)

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* In The client in the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' season two episode "The Tap Out Job" on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', is the team father of an MMA fighter who was instructed to throw a fight by the gym manager, but refused and had his fighting career ended permanently. Later in the episode, the con is exposed as conmen blown and Eliot agrees to be the one to take the a dive in to keep the upcoming prize fight. mark from retaliating against the client. (Thanks to some XanatosSpeedChess, this still works out in the team's team manages to turn the situation back to their favor in the end.)
5th Nov '16 12:27:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the context of {{Kayfabe}} and the trope, the most famous example is the "FingerPokeOfDoom" match, which aired January 4, 1999, on Wrestling/WorldChampionshipWrestling's ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]''. Long story short, Wrestling/HulkHogan poked Wrestling/KevinNash in the chest, Nash immediately "collapsed" to the mat and Hogan quickly covered him to win the title, after which Hogan and Nash, along with several other wrestlers, embraced in the ring, mocked the crowd and celebrated the formation of a new faction of supervillains. That match, along with several other tactical decisions during this specific broadcast (e.g., play-by-play announcer Tony Schiavone announcing that Wrestling/MickFoley would win the WWF World Championship on the pre-taped rival ''MondayNightRaw'', a poorly conceived "rape" angle involving Goldberg and Miss Elizabeth) would sow WCW's doom.

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* In the context of {{Kayfabe}} and the trope, the most famous example is the "FingerPokeOfDoom" match, which aired January 4, 1999, on Wrestling/WorldChampionshipWrestling's ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]''. Long story short, Wrestling/HulkHogan poked Wrestling/KevinNash in the chest, Nash immediately "collapsed" to the mat and Hogan quickly covered him to win the title, after which Hogan and Nash, along with several other wrestlers, embraced in the ring, mocked the crowd and celebrated the formation of a new faction of supervillains. That match, along with several other tactical decisions during this specific broadcast (e.g., play-by-play announcer Tony Schiavone announcing that Wrestling/MickFoley would win the WWF World Championship on the pre-taped rival ''MondayNightRaw'', ''Wrestling/MondayNightRaw'', a poorly conceived "rape" angle involving Goldberg and Miss Elizabeth) would sow WCW's doom.



* MiltonJones is paid to throw a boxing match on the "Jockey" episode of ''Another Case''; unfortunately he has put his lucky anvil in his boxing gloves and wins with one punch.

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* MiltonJones Creator/MiltonJones is paid to throw a boxing match on the "Jockey" episode of ''Another Case''; unfortunately he has put his lucky anvil in his boxing gloves and wins with one punch.
1st Oct '16 11:05:23 PM TheCuza
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* In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations]]'', Furio Tigre frames somebody for a murder he committed, then disguises himself as Phoenix Wright and "defends" the framed individual in court, losing on purpose to get them found guilty.
10th Sep '16 12:58:40 AM whereismytea
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* In the TournamentArc of ''[[Manga/Brave10 Brave10 S]]'', the second opponent from Nobuyuki's side is his wife Komatsu. While she is talented with the [[NaginatasAreFeminine naginata]], Yukimura's all too aware it wouldn't be seemly for Ana, a {{ninja}}[=,=] to defeat his sister-in-law publicly, so Yukimura has Ana throw the fight.
2nd Sep '16 5:11:04 PM StFan
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->'''Marsellus:''' In the fifth, your ass goes down. Say it.
->'''Butch:''' In the fifth, my ass goes down.

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->'''Marsellus:''' In the fifth, your ass goes down. Say it.
->'''Butch:'''
it.\\
'''Butch:'''
In the fifth, my ass goes down.






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* Malcolm Gedo from ''HajimeNoIppo'' makes it a habit to throw fights, but not without asking his opponents for an substantial fee, which the opponents understandably see as an insult.

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* Malcolm Gedo from ''HajimeNoIppo'' ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' makes it a habit to throw fights, but not without asking his opponents for an substantial fee, which the opponents understandably see as an insult.



* An involuntary variant is part of Ken's backstory in ''WeissKreuz'' - he was a J-League goalie and was drugged without his knowledge to fix a game, then blamed for throwing it. His efforts at finding out who was responsible ultimately lead him to join Weiss.
* In a storyline in the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga series, the assistant for a popular restaurant owner and chef requests to Sasami that she throw her match against the man's son, telling her that the man's been pressuring him to win three "Ferrous Chef" matches (think ''IronChef'') and that this would be his third and the kid could finally be free. However, Sasami ends up refusing, saying that she wouldn't feel right if she didn't give her all. Others attempt to stop her in the process, but she ends up coming out on top. However, the boy's impressed with Sasami's cheerfulness over cooking and is determined to try again, impressing his father.

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* An involuntary variant is part of Ken's backstory in ''WeissKreuz'' - ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' -- he was a J-League goalie and was drugged without his knowledge to fix a game, then blamed for throwing it. His efforts at finding out who was responsible ultimately lead him to join Weiss.
* In a storyline in the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga series, the assistant for a popular restaurant owner and chef requests to Sasami that she throw her match against the man's son, telling her that the man's been pressuring him to win three "Ferrous Chef" matches (think ''IronChef'') ''Series/IronChef'') and that this would be his third and the kid could finally be free. However, Sasami ends up refusing, saying that she wouldn't feel right if she didn't give her all. Others attempt to stop her in the process, but she ends up coming out on top. However, the boy's impressed with Sasami's cheerfulness over cooking and is determined to try again, impressing his father.






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* In ''WebVideo/PokemonApokelypse'', Ash is threatened into having Pikachu throw a fight.
* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' [[spoiler:Ace Swift, a star flyer, forced many of his competitors to do this by blackmailing them in some form or another with the help of his assistant Sonata. However when he tried to use it on Rainbow Dash, she just spit in his face and told him where to stick his offer.]]
* In ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', fixing boxing matches is just another illegal activity that the Apple family has their hooves all over. In "Mob Wars", Big Mac's opponent in the upcoming prize fight is scheduled to get knocked out in the fourth round, and no sooner.
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* A plot point in the sequel ''TheStingII''. Hooker, the con man who is ''not'' a boxer gets into the ring with a professional, but as he plans to take a dive, it doesn't matter much. Until his partner figures the mark double crossed them, and Hooker has to win the bout! He does, to his own surprise, but learns later that his partner had paid off the professional to take the dive.

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* A plot point in the sequel ''TheStingII''.''Film/TheSting II''. Hooker, the con man who is ''not'' a boxer gets into the ring with a professional, but as he plans to take a dive, it doesn't matter much. Until his partner figures the mark double crossed them, and Hooker has to win the bout! He does, to his own surprise, but learns later that his partner had paid off the professional to take the dive.



* In ''[[Film/TheReplacements The Replacements]]'', Nigel "The Leg" Gruff has racked up significant debts, and is told if he doesn't shank the game-tying field goal against Dallas some mobsters will take his pub. Falco prevents Gruff from making the kick by pulling the ball away. Nigel's leg is broken as a result, but he thanks Falco for saving his life.

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* In ''[[Film/TheReplacements The Replacements]]'', ''Film/TheReplacements'', Nigel "The Leg" Gruff has racked up significant debts, and is told if he doesn't shank the game-tying field goal against Dallas some mobsters will take his pub. Falco prevents Gruff from making the kick by pulling the ball away. Nigel's leg is broken as a result, but he thanks Falco for saving his life.



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** In its spiritual predecessor, ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', a number of characters (Jam most notably) had to throw fights to get different routes in Story mode. This made getting Dizzy's third ending in ''XX'' an absolute chore, since she had to defeat Boss I-No on ''one try'' (if she lost, she got a different ending).

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** * In its spiritual predecessor, ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', a number of characters (Jam most notably) had to throw fights to get different routes in Story mode. This made getting Dizzy's third ending in ''XX'' an absolute chore, since she had to defeat Boss I-No on ''one try'' (if she lost, she got a different ending).



* ''RidgeRacer 4'' requires you to finish certain races in second or third to unlock certain cars. This can also make the game easier.

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* ''RidgeRacer ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer 4'' requires you to finish certain races in second or third to unlock certain cars. This can also make the game easier.



* In Creator/AchievementHunter's ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]]'' series, Creator/GavinFree's shown to be a damn good ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' player, but he prefers to screw around from time to time, especially if he's working by his lonesome; [[EvenEvilHasStandards he won't go that far when he's working with a team.]] Geoff Ramsey frustratingly mentions that if he took things seriously, he'd win many of the episodes easily, to which Gavin sarcastically replied "That'd make an interesting video."[[note]]To wit, Gavin's only won six episodes that involved the "Tower of Pimps", whereas Creator/RayNarvaezJr and Ryan, who [[TheAce usually do very well in many other video games]] have each won at least seven times.[[/note]]

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* Creator/AchievementHunter:
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In Creator/AchievementHunter's the ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]]'' series, Creator/GavinFree's shown to be a damn good ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' player, but he prefers to screw around from time to time, especially if he's working by his lonesome; [[EvenEvilHasStandards he won't go that far when he's working with a team.]] Geoff Ramsey frustratingly mentions that if he took things seriously, he'd win many of the episodes easily, to which Gavin sarcastically replied "That'd make an interesting video."[[note]]To wit, Gavin's only won six episodes that involved the "Tower of Pimps", whereas Creator/RayNarvaezJr and Ryan, who [[TheAce usually do very well in many other video games]] have each won at least seven times.[[/note]]



* In ''WebVideo/PokemonApokelypse'', Ash is threatened into having Pikachu throw a fight.
* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' [[spoiler:Ace Swift, a star flyer, forced many of his competitors to do this by blackmailing them in some form or another with the help of his assistant Sonata. However when he tried to use it on Rainbow Dash, she just spit in his face and told him where to stick his offer.]]
* In ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', fixing boxing matches is just another illegal activity that the Apple family has their hooves all over. In "Mob Wars", Big Mac's opponent in the upcoming prize fight is scheduled to get knocked out in the fourth round, and no sooner.



9th Aug '16 7:22:03 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Film/{{Diggstown}}'', two brothers are paid by the protagonists to throw their fights with "Honey Roy" Palmer. Unfortunately, the younger brother is too obvious about it, even after Roy tells him to sell it. The BigBad threatens the other brother and tells him that, if he loses, then his brother will be killed. Unaware, Roy initially assumes that the second brother is really good at selling the dive, but is then forced to knock him down. Tragically, the younger brother is found having seemingly hanged himself. No one is under any illusions that it was a suicide, but the sheriff is deep in the BigBad's pocket. Before the bet, the BigBad demonstrates the power he has in the town by ordering one of the sparring fighters to take a dive by standing up, straightening his tie, and turning his fist thumb down. [[spoiler:At the end, the protagonist does the exact same gesture to get the BigBad's surprise fighter (a prisoner he paid in advance) to take an obvious dive]].
9th Aug '16 7:16:05 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''[[Film/TheReplacements The Replacements]]'', Nigel "The Leg" Gruff has racked up significant debts, and is told if he doesn't shank the game-tying field goal against Dallas some mobsters will take his pub. Falco prevents Gruff from making the kick by pulling the ball away.

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* In ''[[Film/TheReplacements The Replacements]]'', Nigel "The Leg" Gruff has racked up significant debts, and is told if he doesn't shank the game-tying field goal against Dallas some mobsters will take his pub. Falco prevents Gruff from making the kick by pulling the ball away. Nigel's leg is broken as a result, but he thanks Falco for saving his life.
1st Jun '16 9:38:28 AM TheCuza
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Luanne becomes a boxer and gets a huge winning streak, but she and Hank eventually find out all her opponents were people Mr. Stickland hired to take a dive, because he didn't want her pretty face messed up. Angry that he didn't believe in her, she challenges Freeda Foreman to a match. Luanne lost but proved she was a true fighter.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Luanne becomes a boxer and gets a huge winning streak, but she and Hank eventually find out all her opponents were people Mr. Stickland Buck Strickland hired to take a dive, because he didn't want her pretty face messed up. Angry that he didn't believe in her, she challenges Freeda Foreman to a match. Luanne lost but proved she was a true fighter.fighter.
-->'''George Foreman:''' Man, if I could take a punch like that, I might have been able to think of a name besides George for all my sons!
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