Jumping the Gun
Someone tries to get an advantage in a competition or fight by starting before the signal to go
In any competition, making the first move helps. Naturally, The Combat Pragmatists of the world and those who believe in Fighting Dirty often like to take that a step further, by intentionally getting in a first blow before a competition is even supposed to start so they have the advantage. While an Anti-Hero may be able to get away with this, it's generally more of a villain move. After all, heroes can only get away with creeping out in front of a race's starting line or hitting an opponent that isn't ready in sparring so many times before they stop looking like a hero. If the person doing it loses anyway, it's because Cheaters Never Prosper.
- Played for Laughs in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. As the final duel is beginning, the Sheriff makes a thrust at Robin before he's ready. Only after Robin manages to dodge does the Sheriff say "En Garde."
- In The Quick and the Dead, a Quick Draw tournament is held where both contestants start to draw when the town clock chimes the hour. Cort advises The Hero that there's actually a click that comes from the clock just before the chime, and to listen for it and start drawing then, since it's too close to the chime for anyone watching to tell the difference.
- During the Bill Gates vs Steve Jobs episode of Epic Rap Battles of History, Jobs interrupts the announcer in the middle of introducing the contestants and goes straight into a high energy rap, trying to blitz Gates with it.
- Wacky Racing will have someone trying to do this.
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