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14th May '18 10:00:44 AM Cybrawler253
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** This applies to more than just type advantages. On too many occasions to count, a weak and unevolved Pokemon will inexplicably win against fully evolved opponents (sometimes even their own evolved form), Legendary, or even Mythical Pokemon. The token example being Ash's Pikachu, who exploits this trope so much that several people mistakenly believe that he is superior to Raichu, his evolved (and better) form.
6th May '18 3:16:15 PM ScrewySqrl
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* First {{Subverted|trope}} in ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'', where the team comes within reach of winning but ultimately [[spoiler: loses by one run because the coach decides to give the less talented players a chance]]. It thereby started the related SecondPlaceIsForWinners trope.

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* First {{Subverted|trope}} in ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'', where the team comes within reach of winning but ultimately [[spoiler: loses by one run because the coach decides to give the less talented players a chance]]. chance. The fly ball that would have been a game-winning home run is instead caught at the fence.]] It thereby started the related SecondPlaceIsForWinners trope.



** [[spoiler: The fly ball that would have been a game-winning home run is instead caught at the fence.]]
6th May '18 3:14:29 PM ScrewySqrl
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* First {{Subverted|trope}} in ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'', where the team comes within reach of winning but ultimately [[spoiler: loses by one run because the coach decides to give the less talented players a chance]]. It thereby started the related SecondPlaceIsForWinners trope.



* Also subverted in ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'', where the team comes within reach of winning but ultimately [[spoiler: loses by one run because the coach decides to give the less talented players a chance.]]
6th May '18 3:10:28 PM ScrewySqrl
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* ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'' was a few months ahead of the first ''Rocky'' at {{Subverting|trope}} the trope.
6th May '18 3:09:59 PM ScrewySqrl
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* ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'' was a few months ahead of the first ''Rocky'' at {{Subverting|trope}} the trope.
23rd Mar '18 7:41:19 AM longWriter
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* ''Music/KidsPraise'': Averted. Psalty's baseball team in the eighth album loses spectacularly in their first game, though after more practice they manage to win by a single run in a (much more believable) rematch.
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20th Feb '18 7:54:26 AM MagiMecha
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* In ''Franchise/DragonBall'' played with this for all it's worth:
** In the 21st and 22nd World Tournaments, Goku ends up making it to the Finals, but loses to Jackie Chun/Master Roshi and Tienshenhan respectively (Roshi's legs are longer than Goku's, giving him more strength to his final kick while bad luck on Goku's part in the form of a truck meant that Goku ringed out before Tien).
** In the 24th World Tournament, Mr. Satan is ''clearly'' the underdog against the much stronger Android #18 and knows it, but only wins because 18 throws the match in favor of being paid double the prize money.
4th Feb '18 5:45:12 PM nombretomado
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* NoBlackPlume inverts and parodies this trope in [[http://noblackplume.blogspot.com/2011/09/no-black-plume-31.html this]] comic.

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* NoBlackPlume ''Webcomic/NoBlackPlume'' inverts and parodies this trope in [[http://noblackplume.blogspot.com/2011/09/no-black-plume-31.html this]] comic.
15th Jan '18 2:06:20 PM RedScharlach
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* In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', the four main characters Vivio, Einhart, Rio and Corona are not the only contestants, who participate in the Inter-Middle Championship for the first time. One of the others in Miura Rinaldi, a pupil of the Wolkenritter, who is, like Einhart, just two years older than the ten years old Vivio, Rio and Corona. In her first match of the elite class, she fights the 18 years old veteran Micaiah Chevelle, who has participated in the tournament for seven years. To surprise to everyone, Miura wins. And then, there is her third match, against ''TheHeroine'' Vivio, a HandicappedBadass CloneJesus and the daughter of Nanoha and Fate. ''Side character'' Miura wins. She defeats the main character of the series in the third preliminary match of a ''tournament''.

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* In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', the four main characters Vivio, Einhart, Rio and Corona are not the only contestants, who participate in the Inter-Middle Championship for the first time. One of the others in Miura Rinaldi, a pupil of the Wolkenritter, who is, like Einhart, just two years older than the ten years old ten-year-old Vivio, Rio and Corona. In her first match of the elite class, she fights the 18 years old 18-year-old veteran Micaiah Chevelle, who has participated in the tournament for seven years. To surprise to everyone, Miura wins. And then, there is her third match, against ''TheHeroine'' Vivio, a HandicappedBadass CloneJesus and the daughter of Nanoha and Fate. ''Side character'' Miura wins. She defeats the main character of the series in the third preliminary match of a ''tournament''.



* Ash's match with his Unova League rival Cameron in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' notably has this happen to Cameron. Cameron accidently brought only 5 mons to Ash's 6, ends up facing half his team with only Riolu, two of which have a type advantage and still pull off the win. Notably flying in the face of Ash's luck which is more typical of anime, combined with Unova being the Pokemon version of America shows some implications. Oddly enough he gets beaten 3-6 right after.

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* Ash's match with his Unova League rival Cameron in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' notably has this happen to Cameron. Cameron accidently accidentally brought only 5 mons to Ash's 6, ends up facing half his team with only Riolu, two of which have a type advantage and still pull off the win. Notably flying in the face of Ash's luck which is more typical of anime, combined with Unova being the Pokemon version of America shows some implications. Oddly enough he gets beaten 3-6 right after.



** Fuka makes it all the way to the finals of her first tournament with only four months of training. This is justified due to several factors. First, she is the hand picked apprentice of the current world champion (who has the GeneticMemory of one of the greatest fighters who ever lived). Second, a good chunk of her training was spent sparring with other high level competitors (including several above her age bracket). Third, she doesn't go to school, meaning that she could devote time to training where others would have to worry about studying and homework. Finally, the way that the tournament bracket was set up meant that she wouldn't have had to face any truely skilled opponents until her semi-final match (and the one she would have faced had to drop out due to injuries in her quarter-final match).

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** Fuka makes it all the way to the finals of her first tournament with only four months of training. This is justified due to several factors. First, she is the hand picked apprentice of the current world champion (who has the GeneticMemory of one of the greatest fighters who ever lived). Second, a good chunk of her training was spent sparring with other high level competitors (including several above her age bracket). Third, she doesn't go to school, meaning that she could devote time to training where others would have to worry about studying and homework. Finally, the way that the tournament bracket was set up meant that she wouldn't have had to face any truely truly skilled opponents until her semi-final match (and the one she would have faced had to drop out due to injuries in her quarter-final match).



** Rocky was [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19178_9-absurd-movie-premises-that-actually-happened.html based on a true story]], even more impressive than the movie. Granted though, most movie makers would still end the movie adaption with him winning.

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** Rocky was [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19178_9-absurd-movie-premises-that-actually-happened.html based on a true story]], even more impressive than the movie. Granted though, most movie makers would still end the movie adaption adaptation with him winning.
14th Dec '17 8:10:02 AM Dghcrh
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* Raimon Soccer Club in ''InazumaEleven'' is always an underdog. The teams always narrowly wins anything stronger [[DownToTheLastPlay by the last minute]] via the PowerOfFriendship. Unlike in the game, this team never have enough raw power.

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* Raimon Soccer Club in ''InazumaEleven'' ''Anime/InazumaEleven'' is always an underdog. The teams always narrowly wins anything stronger [[DownToTheLastPlay by the last minute]] via the PowerOfFriendship. Unlike in the game, this team never have enough raw power.
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