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

(permanent link) added: 2011-07-01 14:22:01 sponsor: AlexSora89 (last reply: 2012-04-08 09:42:07)

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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.

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