Created By: AlexSora89 on July 1, 2011 Last Edited By: AlexSora89 on April 8, 2012

Unlock Match

An out-of-nowhere match against a mysterious opponent that becomes playable if you win.

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You've Seen It a Million Times. A gaming trope, mostly seen in (but not limited to) Fighting Games, where, upon the completion of a task - whether the game itself tells you about it or not - you get to challenge another opponent, which makes his entrance through a dramatic, as-vague-as-possible "CHALLENGER APPROACHING" screen.

Then, it's one-on-one. As if the tension wasn't enough by itself, you only have one chance. If you win, you can play as your challenger; but if you screw up... you'll have to access the match again, whether it's a difficult thing to do or not! On that note, see Double Unlock.

See also Promoted to Unlockable for characters who later in a series become unlockable. Compare and contrast Mega Manning, which is the same concept applied to the Player Character's moveset.

Compare Defeat Means Playable, of which this is a subtrope.

Examples of this trope in action:

Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • July 1, 2011
    Koveras
    I am not sure it's tropable or even found outside the Final Fantasy series, but that's basically how Eidolon fights in Final Fantasy XIII are: they appear out of nowhere but become summonable servants after you beat them.
  • July 1, 2011
    Octagon8
    Compare Mega Manning for just obtaining their abilities after winning.
  • July 1, 2011
    AlexSora89
    Comparison added.
  • July 1, 2011
    X2X
  • July 1, 2011
    AlexSora89
    Ditto.
  • July 2, 2011
    MiinU
    Video Games

    • Not sure if it counts, but Kohryu from Bloody Roar: Primal Fury. If the player wins the first four fights without losing a round, Kohryu takes the place of your opponent in the following match. Defeat him (and clear arcade mode) and he's yours.
  • July 2, 2011
    goodtimesfreegrog
    Gon from Tekken 3 does this, and it's even weirder because he does it in the non-standard volleyball minigame.
  • July 2, 2011
    Loquacia
    In Final Fantasy XII, beating an Esper gets you the Esper. Enjoy.
  • July 2, 2011
    AlexSora89
    Good! It's actually really nice to have more and more examples provided by you.

    I'll put them in my draft later! ^_^
  • July 4, 2011
    AMNK
    Related to Bonus Boss.

    • In Mortal Kombat 9, by fulfilling certain conditions, it's possible, in the Arcade Ladder, to fight the Klassic versions of Reptile (as seen in MK1), Jade, Smoke and Noob Saibot (in their MK2 versions). Though you don't get their costumes or their moveset for the regular versions of these characters, you get, instead, the achievements for just fighting these battles. Oh, and it doesn't matter if you win or lose, as it counts as a victory for you.
  • July 4, 2011
    Hadashi
    • Jet Set Radio pretty much all your characters are gained through challenges from rivals, and there are a lot of them.
  • July 5, 2011
    neoYTPism
    I suggest naming it A Challenger Appears.
  • July 5, 2011
    X2X
    That could work, although I have the feeling someone out there is going to misconstrue the meaning of the title. At the very least, it can be an alt. title redirect.
  • July 5, 2011
    AlexSora89
    Funnily enough, "Unlock Match" is a term mostly used in the Super Smash Bros fandom - the very same that inspired the "A Challenger Appears" meme.

    Trivia aside, well, if it helps my YKTTW concept to become an actual trope, "A Challenger Appears" has my "green-lights-of-blessing".
  • April 8, 2012
    AlexSora89
    YKTTW Bump. Today, my shaft are getting a "bump-apalooza", if you're guessing.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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