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Meaningless Meaningful Victory
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(permanent link) added: 2011-03-17 17:18:18 sponsor: sonicsuns (last reply: 2011-03-17 17:18:18)

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A trope often found in Sports Stories. Along the way to the Big Game, the protagonists discover that Winning Isnt Everything. Something is more important, like "teamwork" or "having fun" or "self-improvement" or whatever. So the characters realize that, in the end, it doesn't matter if they win the Big Game or not. Victory is basically meaningless.

Then the Big Game gets into gear, and the Aesop is quickly forgotten. There wouldn't be much drama if the game didn't matter, so it's depicted as being the most important thing in the world. Then the protagonists win the Big Game and the audiences gets two benefits: the wisdom of An Aesop and the joy of actually winning the game, despite the fact that the former (in this case) ought to make the latter rather meaningless.

Can also apply in non-sports situations.

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