Do We Have This
Everything seems lost for our hero. The villain has outsmarted him at every turn and made every effort to make him as miserable as possible. There's only one way to make things right: a game.
"If I win," our hero says, "You will return everything you stole, apologize to everyone you bullied, and use your money and influence for good."
The villain will, of course, not be able to resist one last chance to humiliate the hero, and will agree.
A common Sports Story
trope. Related to Absurdly High-Stakes Game
, Big Game
, and Go-Karting with Bowser
See Chess with Death
for one common variant.
- Disney Channel original movies used to love this trope. Two specific examples are Johnny Tsunami and The Luck of the Irish.
- Happy Gilmore
- Space Jam
- The bosses of the criminal gangs in Pokémon are like this.
- Every duel against the Big Bad in YuGiOh. No exceptions. Of course, the wager the hero has to make is usually something like his soul, his Millenium Item, and the fate of the world.