Created By: Lightblade on April 23, 2013 Last Edited By: Lightblade on May 4, 2013
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Humiliating Wager

You lose! Now put on the tutu and dance!

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(Formerly Humiliating Forfeit, Humiliating Penalty)

Each of the two contestants would then concentrate their will on the bottle and attempt to tip it and pour spirit into the glass of his opponent, who would then have to drink it.
The bottle would then be refilled. The game would be played again. And again.
Once you started to lose you would probably keep losing, because one of the effects of Janx Spirit is to depress telepsychic power.
As soon as a predetermined quality had been consumed, the final loser would have to perform a forfeit, which was usually obscenely biological.
Ford Prefect usually played to lose.

Some bets are for money or material possessions. Other times, it's a person's dignity that's on the line.

Sometimes called a "penalty game" in Japanese media, this trope is when two or more characters make a bet where the loser must do or be subjected to something humiliating. Common penalties involve crossdressing, undressing, silly dances, shaved heads, eating disgusting things, or could go all the way up to becoming the winner's Wager Slave.

This can be used as an example of the wacky hijinks of a group of friends. Or for this trope's darker side, it can be used to characterize an antagonist as someone who's not satisfied with simply defeating his opponents. This guy wants to utterly humiliate them. This can also set the villain up to be Hoist by His Own Petard and get himself subjected to the humiliating fate he wished upon the heroes.

Super Trope of Wager Slave, where the Humiliating Wager is a period of servitude.

Examples

Advertising
  • An advertisement for DiGiorno pizza had a man betting that the pizza he was eating was actually delivery. Next scene his boss is walking into the elevator to see him wearing a pink tutu. The boss merely asks "Lost another bet?"

Anime and Manga
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • Joey ends up on the bad end of this with Duke. Duke wins and puts Joey in a dog suit, forcing him to obey all his commands —until Yugi steps in to free him.
    • In the early part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, "other Yugi" is all about penalty games...
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni has the main characters' club often handing out these kinds of penalties to the loser of the game of the day. One memorable result of this is Keiichi being forced to walk home in a maid outfit.
  • Comes up in Star Driver.
    President: If you win, I'll double your pay. If you lose, you have to kiss me through the glass...except without the glass, and for as long as I want.
  • In Marmalade Boy, Ginta plays in a tennis tournament against his cousin, Tsutomu Rokutanda, who states that the loser has to shave their head. Of course, he ends up losing, and does go through with shaving his head.
  • Girls und Panzer: As a result of losing their practice match against St. Gloriana, the girls have to perform the utterly ridiculous "Anglerfish Dance".

Film
  • Hackers. Dade Murphy and Kate Libby have a contest to see who's the best hacker. If Murphy wins then Kate will go on a date with him, if Kate wins Murphy will do scut work for her. In a later round of the contest they make another bet: whoever loses will have to wear a dress during their date.

Literature
  • At an early point in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the narration describes a drinking game which, if you lost, you had to perform a forfeit, "usually obscenely biological".

Machinima
  • Red vs. Blue - As per the terms of a surrender, the Reds had to admit that they suck, which they counter with the offer of admitting that only one of them sucks.
    Grif: *sigh* "I would just like to let everyone know, that I suck..."
    Church: "And?"
    Grif: "And that I'm a girl..."
    Church: "What else!?"
    Grif: "And I like ribbons in my hair, and I want to kiss all the boys!"

Live-Action TV
  • Father Ted has the titular character famously made to kick Bishop Brennon up the arse as the forfeit for a lost football match between elderly priests (technically Ted's team won the match, but he was disqualified for cheating).
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: The twins enter a bet at the local supermarket they work at against a rival market, claiming that they were the better bag boys. Ultimately, they lose, and the twins and their boss have to work an entire shift in dresses.
  • The Big Bang Theory: The guys lose a bowling match and therefore have to show up at the comic book shop dressed as superheroines.
  • In The Shield (S 03 E 04: Streaks and Tips), two LAPD teams (Strike Team and Decoy Squad) compete to solve a car-jacking case. They make a bet saying that the losing team has to streak naked through the police station. Decoy Squad loses.
  • Drake & Josh: Drake and Josh are addicted to eating junk food/playing videogames, respectively, and each contractualy make a bet that they could go without their respective addictions longer than the other one, with their parents getting in on the betting action. The loser would have to die... their hair pink. Both Drake and Josh crack at the same moment, meaning they both lost (along with both parents), so all of them end up with pink hair.
  • M*A*S*H*. In "The Joker is Wild", Hawkeye bets B.J. Hunnicutt that he can't pull off a prank on each of the major characters. When B.J. succeeds, Hawkeye has to stand on a table in the mess hall and sing "You're the Tops" to him.

Professional Wrestling
  • WWE
    • Bret Hart once fought Jerry Lawler in a "Kiss My Feet" match. Lawler prepared for the match by doing things like wallowing barefoot through stables to make his feet into Nausea Fuel, while Hart trained for the actual match. When Hart won, he made Lawler kiss not just his feet, but Lawler's own as well.
    • The Big Boss Man vs. the Mountie match, where the loser would have to spend a night in jail. The Boss Man won, and when the Mountie was put into the cell, he was greeted by his new cellmate asking him "Do you like leather?"
    • Vince McMahon once lost a bet with Donald Trump on a match that resulted in him getting his head shaven.
    • In this WWE womens's wrestling match, the winner (Victoria) gets to shave the loser's (Molly Holly's) head.

Real Life
  • Keifer Southerland made a Super Bowl bet with one of his friends that if his team lost he would do his next appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in a dress. He lost.
  • Strip Poker, where you start gambling your own clothes if you run out of chips. Many unlucky losers go home with only their underwear, and sometimes not even that.

Web Video
  • Smosh Games' Game Bang videos always end with the losing player(s) undergoing some form of humiliation based on the game they played that episode. For example, when Ian, Mari and Joven lost a Halo 4 tournament, they were made to do a karaoke performance of Halo by Beyoncé.

Western Animation
  • The Looney Tunes short "Early to Bet" does this. The Gambling Bug bites a cat, and the cat is compelled to bet with a Bully Bulldog, with the payments in the form of penalties or forfeits. The cat lost so many times and suffered so much the bulldog, out of pity, eventually decided to stop taking bets from the cat.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • At the start of the episode "The Ticketmaster", Applejack tells Twilight Sparkle that she bet Big Macintosh that she could get all the golden delicious apples picked and put in the barn by lunch time, and if she does, he has to walk down the street in one of Granny Smith's girdles.
    • Then, in "Applebuck Season", Big Mac is unable to help her harvest the rest of the apples due to a mysterious back injury (which isn't really that mysterious if you consider the difference in size between Big Mac and Granny Smith). Let this be a lesson to you, children: when you gamble with your sister, make sure public humiliation is the only stake.
  • In an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Jumba and Pleakley get caught up in Lilo and Stitch's argument over who's better at capturing experiments, and each agrees to coach one of them in capturing a pair of experiments. They agree to bet that whoever's protegee captures the experiment first, the other has to perform "the Funky Glognart, the insipid dance of a thousand hours". Meanwhile, Lilo and Stitch learn a lesson in teamwork and end up capturing both experiments together, which means both Pleakley and Jumba have to perform the dance.
  • The Simpsons: Homer & Ned make a bet that "the father of the boy who doesn't win" in a minigolf game has to mow their lawn in their wife's Sunday dress. It works out to be a tie; Homer invokes Exact Words and makes both Ned and himself do it, figuring it'd be worth his own humiliation to see Ned humiliated. But Ned enjoys it; he thinks of it as a fond flashback to his college frat days.
  • One episode of Tiny Toons had Babs and Plucky having a competition to see who can get more pictures into the yearbook. The loser suffers a humiliation of the winner's choice. To that end, Plucky joins every club at Acme Looniversity and even becomes the editor. Babs employs a number of underhanded tactics herself. When the count is made, neither of them get it. The winner turns out to be some kid in an orange hat who manages to appear in every picture. The it turns out he's really Buster in disguise, trying to teach the two of them a lesson. They don't take it well.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • April 23, 2013
    Astaroth
    • Smosh Games' Game Bang videos always end with the losing player(s) undergoing some form of humiliation based on the game they played that episode. For example, when Ian, Mari and Joven lost a Halo 4 tournament, they were made to do a karaoke performance of Halo by {{BeyoncĂ©}}.

    • In one episode of The Simpsons, Homer makes a bet with Flanders over which of their sons will win an upcoming golf tournament; the loser must mow the other's front lawn wearing his wife's best dress.
  • April 23, 2013
    Lightblade
    Just added some another Professional Wrestling example. The Humiliating Forfeit seems like a popular trope to base Gimmick Matches around, or at least it seemed that way when I was younger. I would appreciate some fact-checking on the existing examples to supplement my fuzzy childhood memories.

    Also, I've read elsewhere on this site that Vince Mc Mahon once lost a bet with Donald Trump on a match that resulted in him getting his head shaven, but I haven't seen it firsthand (I stopped watching WWE and Pro Wrestling in general around the start of the Attitude era).
  • April 23, 2013
    ohnoesazombie
    Red Vs Blue - As per the terms of a surrender, the Reds had to admit that they suck, which they counter with the offer of admitting that only one of them sucks.

    Grif: *sigh* "I would just like to let everyone know, that I suck..." Church: "And?" Grif: "And that I'm a girl..." Church: "What else!?" Grif: "And I like ribbons in my hair, and I want to kiss all the boys!"
  • April 23, 2013
    ohnoesazombie
    The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody - The twins enter a bet at the local supermarket they work at against a rival market, claiming that they were the better bag boys. Ultimately, they lose, and the twins and their boss have to work an entire shift in dresses.
  • April 23, 2013
    nitrokitty
    • Girls Und Panzer: As a result of losing their practice match against St. Gloriana, the girls have to perform the utterly ridiculous "Anglerfish Dance".
  • April 23, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • The Big Bang Theory: The guys lose a bowling match and therefore have to show up at the comic book shop dressed as superheroines.
    • Real Life: Keifer Southerland made a Super Bowl bet with one of his friends that if his team lost he would do his next appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in a dress. He lost.
    • The Simpsons: Homer & Ned make a bet that "the father of the boy who doesn't win" in a minigolf game has to mow their lawn in their wife's Sunday dress. It works out to be a tie; Homer invokes Exact Words and makes both Ned and himself do it, figuring it'd be worth his own humiliation to see Ned humiliated. But Ned enjoys it; he thinks of it as a fond flashback to his college frat days.
  • April 24, 2013
    Arivne
    Fixed the example section formatting, including some incorrect Example Indentation.

    Film
    • Hackers. Dade Murphy and Kate Libby have a contest to see who's the best hacker. If Murphy wins then Kate will go on a date with him, if Kate wins Murphy will do scut work for her. In a later round of the contest they make another bet: whoever loses will have to wear a dress during their date.

    Professional Wrestling
  • April 24, 2013
    jokerisland
    • In The Shield (S 03 E 04: Streaks and Tips), two LAPD teams (Strike Team and Decoy Squad) compete to solve a car-jacking case. They make a bet saying that the losing team has to streak naked through the police station. Decoy Squad loses.
  • April 24, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ... why is the name "Forfeit"? That doesn't make much sense.
  • April 24, 2013
    Poptard
    Shouldn't it be something like "defeat" or "loss" instead of forfeit? In many cases, people just achieve a lose condition, and they had no intention of forfeiting anything. Perhaps expanding the title would help. Maybe "Domination Humiliation" or "Domination Subjugation"

    Also, a few examples:
    • Real Life: Strip Poker, where you start gambling your own clothes if you run out of chips. Many unlucky losers go home with only their underwear, and sometimes not even that.
    • Drake And Josh: Drake and Josh are addicted to eating junk food/playing videogames, respectively, and each contractualy make a bet that they could go without their respective addictions longer than the other one, with their parents getting in on the betting action. The loser would have to die... their hair pink. Both Drake and Josh crack at the same moment, meaning they both lost (along with both parents), so all of them end up with pink hair.
  • April 24, 2013
    Lightblade
    ^^

    In the trope's current title, the word forfeit is used as a noun (the thing the loser gives up for losing the bet. In this case, dignity), rather than a verb (to give up).

    It's a bit on the archaic side, with most current uses in British English (like Hitchhiker's Guide and Father Ted), but "humiliating thing the winner makes the loser do" would be a pretty clunky trope title. If anyone can think of something better, I'm open to suggestions.
  • April 25, 2013
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • M*A*S*H*. In "The Joker is Wild", Hawkeye bets B.J. Hunnicutt that he can't pull off a prank on each of the major characters. When B.J. succeeds, Hawkeye has to stand on a table in the mess hall and sing "You're the Tops" to him.
  • April 25, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ... how about Humiliating Penalty?
  • April 25, 2013
    DRCEQ
    • In the Robot Chicken Star Wars Special, Lando Calrissian approaches Darth Vader to complain how freezing Han Solo in carbonite wasn't what they agreed upon. Darth Vader decides to humiliate Lando by returning back on screen again and again, giving Lando a clown suit, clown shoes, and a unicycle. Lando complains more and more each time until he finally catches on and says the deal is very fair and acceptable. In the background, Boba Fett and a stormtrooper are cracking up in laughter.
      Darth Vader: I have altered the deal. Pray I do not alter it further.
  • April 25, 2013
    Lightblade
    ^^ I like it.

    ^ This wouldn't count, since there's no bet or game involved. It's just Darth Vader humiliating Lando in general.
  • April 25, 2013
    Trueman001
    This one isn't a bet as such, but it's the same kind of thing.

    • In The Simpsons episode "Homer's Odyssey", Mrs. Krabappel tells Bart that if he makes any more noise, he will be made to stand in front of the entire class and sing. Whereupon Sherri and Terri tell him "We're gonna make you sing!" -- and they do, by both kissing him, causing him to scream. He thus suffers two humiliations in quick succession.
  • April 30, 2013
    Lightblade
    I'm renaming this trope Humiliating Wager to further emphasize that these are penalties for losing bets or games (as opposed to penalties for breaking rules and such). If there are any objections, I can just change it back.

    But other than that, I think this is almost ready to launch.
  • April 30, 2013
    Tallens
    • One episode of Tiny Toons had Babs and Plucky having a competition to see who can get more pictures into the yearbook. The loser suffers a humiliation of the winner's choice. To that end, Plucky joins every club at Acme Looniversity and even becomes the editor. Babs employs a number of underhanded tactics herself. When the count is made, neither of them get it. The winner turns out to be some kid in an orange hat who manages to appear in every picture. The it turns out he's really Buster in disguise, trying to teach the two of them a lesson. They don't take it well.
  • April 30, 2013
    MonaNaito
    The only problem with the new title is that it implies the bet itself is humiliating, rather than the penalty for losing. But if no one else has a problem with it, I think it's fine.
  • April 30, 2013
    sgamer82
    • An advertisement for DiGiorno pizza had a man betting that the pizza he was eating was actually delivery. Next scene his boss is walking into the elevator to see him wearing a pink tutu. The boss merely asks "Lost another bet?"
  • May 4, 2013
    Lightblade
    I think this is just about ready for launching. I will do so around this time tomorrow.
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