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8th Mar '17 6:16:22 PM nombretomado
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* Played dead straight in MercedesLackey's ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms''. A GenreSavvy troop leader recruits [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits an army entirely of teenage girls]] knowing The Tradition (an ambient magical force in the land) will enact this trope and make them all fight like experts.

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* Played dead straight in MercedesLackey's Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms''. A GenreSavvy troop leader recruits [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits an army entirely of teenage girls]] knowing The Tradition (an ambient magical force in the land) will enact this trope and make them all fight like experts.
6th Mar '17 11:31:02 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Littlefinger believed this as a child, but a duel with Brandon Stark taught him different.
22nd Feb '17 2:22:33 AM Chabal2
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': No matter how badly they're behind in points (usually due to Harry), Gryffindor ''will'' win the House championship for the year.


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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': has the Chudley Cannons, Ron's favorite Quidditch team. 21 league championship victories... and none since 1892. Their motto went from "We Shall Conquer" to "Let's just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." One fan asked what it would take for them to win, the answer involves replacing ''every'' team member and downing several cauldronfuls of Felix Felicis.
6th Feb '17 2:50:16 PM Kayube
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* During Splatfests in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' the winner is determined by a point system. Initially, the points formula was ''popularity % + (win % x 2)'', but later updates made wins give more points, with it currently being worth ''6 times'' the win percentage, which means even the biggest underdogs have a chance to win. The biggest underdog win to date is the Pirates vs. Ninjas Splatfest: Pirates won by 64 points at ''28% popularity''.

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* During Splatfests in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' the winner is determined by a point system. Initially, the points formula was ''popularity % + (win % x 2)'', but later updates made wins give more points, with it currently being worth ''6 times'' the win percentage, which means even the biggest underdogs have a chance to win. The biggest underdog win to date is the Pirates vs. Ninjas Splatfest: Pirates won by 64 points at ''28% popularity''. The way the Splatfests work may actually have given the smaller team an advantage.
4th Feb '17 12:42:12 AM erforce
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* Although it was the film ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' who popularized the [[UnderdogsNeverLose underdog]] archetype to the modern cinema, the first and the latest film actually averted the trope. With the protagonist, who had the will to win, who trained so hard, who needed victory the most, [[spoiler:but ultimately lost the battle. Don't worry, he won something just as important]].

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* Although it was the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' film ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' series who popularized the [[UnderdogsNeverLose underdog]] archetype to the modern cinema, the first [[Film/{{Rocky}} first]] and the latest [[Film/RockyBalboa sixth]] film actually averted avert the trope. With the protagonist, who had the will to win, who trained so hard, who needed victory the most, [[spoiler:but ultimately lost the battle. Don't worry, he won something just as important]].



* ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla''.

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* Creator/ShahRukhKhan's ''Chak De! India''.

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16th Jan '17 3:47:35 AM Doug86
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** Also parodied in the fourth episode ever made, "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boatride", with South Parks junior football team being the underdogs against their rivals Middle Park (who so far have a 70 point spread on them). The only player on the team who doesnt suck is Stan, and he goes missing before the match to find his runaway dog. He returns at the end in time to help score a point, leading to South Park "only" losing by 63 points, which is treated as a huge victory.

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** Also parodied in the fourth episode ever made, "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boatride", with South Parks Park's junior football team being the underdogs against their rivals Middle Park (who so far have a 70 point spread on them). The only player on the team who doesnt doesn't suck is Stan, and he goes missing before the match to find his runaway dog. He returns at the end in time to help score a point, leading to South Park "only" losing by 63 points, which is treated as a huge victory.



* ''MonstersUniversity'' plays with this. Oozma Kappa do work their way to the final competition of the Scare Games and take the trophy... only to face the tragic discovery that a teammate cheated for them. While their victory was nullified, they were permitted back into the Scare Program because they did prove themselves.

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* ''MonstersUniversity'' ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' plays with this. Oozma Kappa do work their way to the final competition of the Scare Games and take the trophy... only to face the tragic discovery that a teammate cheated for them. While their victory was nullified, they were permitted back into the Scare Program because they did prove themselves.



* ''SheepInTheBigCity'' parodied this trope (like they did with everything else) in the episode "Here Goes Mutton" where Farmer John is hired by the coach of a local football team after seeing him outrun General Specifics soldiers to save Sheep. Said team is the "Fuzzy Little Bunnies", a team that is so bad that they've lost ''14 out of the last 13 games'' (one game they lost twice) and their strategy seems to mostly consist of running away screaming from the other team. The sports anchor even calls them "the worst team in the history of the sport". It then averts this trope when, even with Farmer John on the team, they STILL get their asses kicked until the end when Farmer John has to save Sheep again, and even then they only manage to score a point.

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* ''SheepInTheBigCity'' ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' parodied this trope (like they did with everything else) in the episode "Here Goes Mutton" where Farmer John is hired by the coach of a local football team after seeing him outrun General Specifics Specific's soldiers to save Sheep. Said team is the "Fuzzy Little Bunnies", a team that is so bad that they've lost ''14 out of the last 13 games'' (one game they lost twice) and their strategy seems to mostly consist of running away screaming from the other team. The sports anchor even calls them "the worst team in the history of the sport". It then averts this trope when, even with Farmer John on the team, they STILL get their asses kicked until the end when Farmer John has to save Sheep again, and even then they only manage to score a point.
25th Dec '16 10:55:32 PM SilentStranger
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* The season 1 finale of ''TheLegendsOfChamberlainHeights'' first plays this straight, then averts it at the last second. Grover is chosen to shoot a freethrow that will decide an important match after the JerkJock star player is injured. After the game is delayed due to a blackout, Grover spends the next 24 hours terrified over screwing up, but in the end, makes the throw and wins the game, seemingly fulfilling his dream of becoming a Chamberlain Heights legend. Then, the next game, when the coach decides to let him play instead of just warming the bench, [[StatusQuoIsGod the team loses by 110 points, and Grovers only score in the whole match is a self-goal]], leading to things going back to where they were.

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* The season 1 finale of ''TheLegendsOfChamberlainHeights'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendsOfChamberlainHeights'' first plays this straight, then averts it at the last second. Grover is chosen to shoot a freethrow that will decide an important match after the JerkJock star player is injured. After the game is delayed due to a blackout, Grover spends the next 24 hours terrified over screwing up, but in the end, makes the throw and wins the game, seemingly fulfilling his dream of becoming a Chamberlain Heights legend. Then, the next game, when the coach decides to let him play instead of just warming the bench, [[StatusQuoIsGod the team loses by 110 points, and Grovers only score in the whole match is a self-goal]], leading to things going back to where they were.
25th Dec '16 10:54:16 PM SilentStranger
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** Also parodied in the fourth episode ever made, "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boatride", with South Parks junior football team being the underdogs against their rivals Middle Park (who so far have a 70 point spread on them). The only player on the team who doesnt suck is Stan, and he goes missing before the match to find his runaway dog. He returns at the end in time to help score a point, leading to South Park "only" losing by 63 points, which is treated as a huge victory.


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* ''SheepInTheBigCity'' parodied this trope (like they did with everything else) in the episode "Here Goes Mutton" where Farmer John is hired by the coach of a local football team after seeing him outrun General Specifics soldiers to save Sheep. Said team is the "Fuzzy Little Bunnies", a team that is so bad that they've lost ''14 out of the last 13 games'' (one game they lost twice) and their strategy seems to mostly consist of running away screaming from the other team. The sports anchor even calls them "the worst team in the history of the sport". It then averts this trope when, even with Farmer John on the team, they STILL get their asses kicked until the end when Farmer John has to save Sheep again, and even then they only manage to score a point.
* The season 1 finale of ''TheLegendsOfChamberlainHeights'' first plays this straight, then averts it at the last second. Grover is chosen to shoot a freethrow that will decide an important match after the JerkJock star player is injured. After the game is delayed due to a blackout, Grover spends the next 24 hours terrified over screwing up, but in the end, makes the throw and wins the game, seemingly fulfilling his dream of becoming a Chamberlain Heights legend. Then, the next game, when the coach decides to let him play instead of just warming the bench, [[StatusQuoIsGod the team loses by 110 points, and Grovers only score in the whole match is a self-goal]], leading to things going back to where they were.
24th Dec '16 8:44:22 PM jamespolk
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%%* Film/FacingTheGiants

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%%* Film/FacingTheGiants * ''Film/TheEagleHuntress'': Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, has ambitions to become an eagle hunter, and enters the annual eagle hunting competition that is a big deal for her tribe. Eagle hunting is traditionally the domain of 1) grownups, and 2) men. Does she win? Of course she does.
23rd Dec '16 10:41:19 PM GhostOfAGeek
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* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', Jakob Freilander came to the USA just after World War II. Being a big strong guy who played semi-pro football on the weekends, he decided to try out for the NFL. [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=204413 It didn't end well.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', Jakob Freilander came to the USA just after World War II. Being a big strong guy who played semi-pro football on the weekends, he decided to try out for the NFL. [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=204413 [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2131954/good-advice/ It didn't end well.]]
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