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.
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