Created By: Discar on May 10, 2011 Last Edited By: Discar on May 20, 2011
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Wager Slave

Penalty for a bet is that the loser has to do whatever the winner says.

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Former Title: Penalty Game

Betting is appealing, both in Real Life and in works. It adds a sense of risk to otherwise normal proceedings, makes everything more interesting. Unfortunately, "gambling is fun" is a poor aesop, not to mention that it's hard to make money actually mean anything in a work of fiction. So there's an easy solution: Rather than the loser giving the winner money, the loser has to obey the winner's orders--either once or for an entire day.

This almost always involves Unresolved Sexual Tension, though good luck seeing it resolved. Unless it's a porno. Guess how that ends.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Touma and Mikoto in To Aru Majutsu no Index set up one of these when their schools face off in a sports festival. Mikoto wins, and wonders what she should make him do. Eventually, she basically makes him go on a date with her (although she doesn't tell him that), which gets interrupted by random super-powered sociopaths. So, you know, an average day.
  • Haqua challenges Keima to a board game, with a Penalty Game on the line. As it becomes increasingly clear that she is hopelessly outmatched, she starts saying "I know I said anything... But not anything! Just not anything, okay!" Keima, however, only wants to ask questions about his situation and Elsie. Haqua finally lashes out at him: "Aren't you even a tiny bit interested in me!?"
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has Haruhi invoke this on whoever is late (usually Kyon). In a slight subversion, he just has to pay for everyone's lunch.
  • In the early part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, "other Yugi" is all about penalty games...doubtful if there's any sexual tension involved.
    • Joey does 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. It's not treated kinkily in the anime, but that hasn't stopped fans from taking it that way.
  • In Gantz Kurono is forced to date a non-hottie as a result of one of these. The sexual tension is, in fact, resolved.
  • In a breather episode of Soul Eater just after the Kisin had been revived the main cast play one of these in a 3 on 3 basketball game. If Kid's team lose then they move all the pictures in his house slightly off, if Maka's team loses, she has to spend the weekend with her father. Maka loses and her Bumbling Dad is so happy he vomits.
  • 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.
    • This is a rare one where there is no sexual tension, but there may be extremely violent murder involved when things inevitably go wrong.
  • 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.

Literature
  • At some point in the Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy series, Ford Prefect's interior monologue reminisces about a drinking game which, if you lost, you had to perform a forfeit, "usually obscenely biological."

Live-Action TV
  • At least twice on The Brady Bunch:
    • Greg bets Marcia that he's a better driver than she is, with the stakes being the loser does the winner's chores for a week. Greg loses.
    • Greg bets Bobby that he can do twice as many chin-ups as Bobby can, with the stakes being that the loser has to do whatever the winner wants. Greg loses again. The result is that he has to do Bobby's chores for a week.

Western Animation
  • An episode of Tracey McBean involved a dare in which someone had to ride down Mount Massacre. The loser had to be the winner's slave for a whole week. It did sort of border on Foe Yay territory.
  • Clone High does this when the principals of two schools competing in a basketball game decide that the losing principal has to do the winners laundry...for a week.
  • The Simpsons: Homer bets Ned that whoever's son doesn't win a minigolf tournament has to mow their lawn in their wife's Sunday dress. Due to Homer enforcing Exact Words, both of them end up doing it. Homer gets pissed off when Ned enjoys it, recalling his college fraternity prank days.
  • Happens on the Venture Brothers, Dean dares Hank to drink some awful substance, and in exchange Dean will be Hank's slave.
  • The Looney Tunes short "Early to Bet." 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.
  • In a cartoon series called The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Mandy offered to play a game with the Grim Reaper. If the Grim Reaper wins, he gets the hamster he sought for. Grim's ego lead him to offer that if he loses, he would become Billy and Mandy's best friend. Unfortunatelty for Grim, the hamster jumped into his eye socket making Grim lose a game of limbo. Grim becomes their best friend.
  • This is the plot point and reason for the South Park episode "The Red Badge of Gayness" It's averted at the end.
  • At the start of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 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.
  • In Four Clues for Rani, during a treasure hunt game, Rani bets Vidia that if her team finishes first, she'll do whatever the fast-flying fairy wants for one week, and vice versa.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • May 10, 2011
    Discar
    Some jackass went and launched like half a dozen YKTTW. So trying to pick up where we left off, we were looking for a better title than Penalty Game or Wager Slave.
  • May 11, 2011
    StarryEyed
    I still think Wager Slave is a fine title. Half the time the phrasing is "you'll have to be my slave" anyway.
  • May 11, 2011
    jaytee
    I made my points in the old thread, but for the sake of having an accurate tally in one place:

    Dislike Penalty Game because it's a little general for the trope.

    Like Wager Slave but open to other ideas.
  • May 11, 2011
    Rolf
  • May 11, 2011
    bluepenguin
    What's wrong with Wager Slave? I like it. It's punny, but still pretty clear.
  • May 11, 2011
    Rolf
    oh nothing wrong. i just tought up possible alternate.
  • May 11, 2011
    Discar
    Well, looks like I'm outvoted. Changing name to Wager Slave.
  • May 11, 2011
    Rolf
    Hmm editing someone else's ykttw is rude, expecially if title was changed too.
  • May 11, 2011
    SilverFalcon
    Thought these tropes were up for title changes, my bad.
  • May 11, 2011
    ElaineRose
    Web Original

    (Though perhaps this example doesn't quite fit, since the Unbreakable Vow wasn't quite a bet/wager.
  • May 12, 2011
    Bisected8
    I also like Wager Slave.
  • May 12, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Or reverse it, Slave Wager.
  • May 13, 2011
    Arivne
  • May 13, 2011
    Discar
    @ Silver Falcon: Yes, it's up for discussion. And I'll change it if it's decided. Don't do that again.

    ^ That one might work.
  • May 13, 2011
    Rolf
  • May 13, 2011
    Evalana
    I only vaguely remember this, so if the details are off, feel free to correct them: 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.
  • May 13, 2011
    elwoz
    At some point in the Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy series, Ford Prefect's interior monologue reminisces about a drinking game which, if you lost, you had to perform a forfeit, "usually obscenely biological."
  • May 14, 2011
    ladygem
    seconding Slavery Wager
  • May 14, 2011
    Premonition45
    Another vote for Wager Slave.
  • May 16, 2011
    cathstuart
    Vote for Wager Slave - it's quick, it's snappy, dare I say it's Spoon-y. It immediately connotes what you're talking about.
  • May 17, 2011
    Riddlewizard
    How about Pirates of the Carribean 2? It has a scene where Will bets his life in servitude to Davy Jones and wins, his father bets this as well, and loses.
  • May 17, 2011
    redpyro
    Shouldn't Truth In Television be added? There's a high chance that most people participated in such a bet at least once.
  • May 17, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Perhaps there is some hesitation due to Rule Of Cautious Editing Judgment @ redpyro
  • May 19, 2011
    Bisected8
    That would be more of a Troper Tales thing.

    Unless you can think of news stories about particularly strange ones.
  • May 19, 2011
    jaytee
    ^I think what redpyro was saying is that a sentence in the description mentioning possible Truth In Television origins of this trope would be appropriate, not adding a Real Life set of examples.
  • May 20, 2011
    cathstuart
    Wager Slave is of course the original premise of the Show Within A Show "Jerry", that George and Jerry are trying to write in Seinfeld: a judge rules in a civil suit that one character has to be the other's butler for a year...
  • May 20, 2011
    Bisected8
    Just Launch It Already. All the boxes are ticked and it's looking good.
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