Created By: mysteryMarch 13, 2013 Last Edited By: Hero_Gal_2347July 9, 2014

Blind Date Jackpot

A blind date turns out to be amazing

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This is a trope where someone is set up on a Blind Date — possibly by their friends, or family — and they assume it's going to be awful. Maybe they think the person's going to be hideous (perhaps a few words about having a 'great personality' reached their ears). Maybe they've heard bad things about this person. Maybe they're just cynical about love and don't believe in it any more. Or maybe they just hate blind dates. For whatever reason, they go into the date expecting to be disappointed.

But instead, they get someone who is fantastically beautiful, or a force of personality, and they unexpectedly have a great time with them. The date is a tremendous success; this person is wonderful, maybe even — gasp — their true love! This is this trope.

Named for a famous line uttered by Mary Jane Watson in the Spider Man comics, when she was introduced to Peter Parker in just such a manner.
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  • March 13, 2013
    DracMonster
  • March 13, 2013
    Elbruno
  • March 14, 2013
    Arivne
    Seconding Blind Date Jackpot.
  • March 14, 2013
    mystery
    From Mystery: The title is in reference to the line said in the Spider-Man comics, one of the most famous examples of this trope. The line is a pretty famous one; the line in full is "Face it, tiger, you just hit the jackpot!" Does sound like gambling, yeah, but I named it after this because that's where I got the idea for the trope.
  • March 14, 2013
    Speedchesser
    This trope really should have examples. As it is, I am not at all certain it is even tropeworthy, especially since I can't think of a single case where this is played completely straight.

    On the topic of names: Hitting The Jackpot doesn't sound like the right name, and if I were searching for this trope, I wouldn't ever think to search for that. I'm in favor of Blind Date Jackpot, personally.
  • March 14, 2013
    mystery
    Some possible Examples: Obviously the Trope Namer (Spider-Man) Live Action Film
    • A half-subversion in "When Harry Met Sally...", where Harry and Sally try to set up their best friends, Jess and Marie, with each other (Sally and Harry). However, Jess and Marie end up falling in love on the double date instead and end up married by the end of the film.
    Live Action TV
    • In an episode of "The Big Bang Theory", Howard and Raj set Sheldon up on a blind date with a woman selected for him by an online dating service. Sheldon, of course, expects to be wildly let down by her, but she turns out to be Amy Farrah Fowler: his perfect match in every way.

    I'll come up with some more.

  • April 1, 2013
    capsaicinfinity
    Another vote for Blind Date Jackpot.
  • April 1, 2013
    Arivne
    Since the OP mystery has apparently left the building, I have changed the title to the majority choice Blind Date Jackpot.

    Now we need more examples.
  • April 1, 2013
    MaxWest
    Subverted (Played With?) in the Garfield And Friends cartoon short "Bride and Broom". Jon Arbuckle encounters a pretty woman at random, who turns out to be a witch. Afterwards, he vows to run away if he ever encounters another pretty woman flirting with him. Jon then encounters some pretty women out of the blue who flirt with him - leading him to run off. They wonder what's wrong with him and head off to their beauty contest. Then again, considered Jon's luck with women, he'd probably wouldn't have gotten far.
  • April 2, 2013
    clankomatic
    Also in Big Bang Theory, Howard originally meets Bernadette when Penny has to set him up with a hot friend because Leonard and Howard made a pinky swear that whoever got a girlfriend first had to set up the other one. Howard and Bernadette eventually marry, and considering ... just considering everything about Howard, he definitely hit the jackpot when he met Bernadette.
  • April 9, 2013
    mystery
    OP Mystery approves Blind Date Jackpot
  • April 10, 2013
    AP
    Page quote should still be the famous "Face it tiger, you just hit the jackpot" line form Spider-Man.
  • April 10, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    In Meet Minerva, Minerva Mink expects the worst from a blind date set up by her (unseen) BFF. He turns out to be such a hunk that Minerva makes a fool of herself drooling over him.

  • April 14, 2013
    mystery
    Seems to be a running thing in Meg Ryan romantic comedies. Besides When Harry Met Sally... - In Sleepless in Seattle, Tom Hank's son is repeatedly trying to set him up with Meg Ryan's character, Annie, who was one of the many women who wrote to him after hearing his story on the air. Tom Hanks is constantly resisting, preferring to date women in Seattle. When he finally does meet Annie at the end on the Empire State building, he is starstruck. - Played with also in You've Got Mail. Hanks has been cyber-chatting with Meg Ryan for some time, but hasn't arranged a meeting, unaware that the two have actually met in real life and disliked each other. He then decides to arrange a meeting between the two of them. On the way there, he worries endlessly to his friend about whether she will be pretty or not - and even makes his friend check. The friend recognizes her but tries to cushion the blow by saying, "She's very pretty." Hanks immediately shouts, "I knew it! She had to be!" Of course, when he finds out who she really is....
  • April 14, 2013
    mystery
    Also in The Simpsons: In the Season 2 Episode Principal Charming, Homer Simpson tries to set Marge's sister Selma up on a date with Principal Skinner (it's a long story). Selma is extremely nervous and sends Patty out to meet him first. However, Skinner falls for Patty instead, making this something of a subversion.

    Also another Simpsons case: After Ned's wife Maude died, Homer set him up on a number of blind dates, one of which was with Edna Krabappel. All though they didn't hit it off at the time, some years later, they are now married.
  • April 24, 2013
    mystery
    Yet another Simpsons example: Apu learns that his family has made an arranged marriage for him and a childhood acquaintance named Manjula. He spends the whole episode dreading it and trying to avoid getting married, until he sees her...Combines this and She Cleans Up Nicely.
  • May 16, 2013
    mystery
    In Frasier, the episode Love Bites Dog, Roz sets Frasier up with one of her friends. Frasier is fearful that the date will be awful, until he meets herHElloNurse
  • May 16, 2013
    McKathlin
    ^^ The Apu example is covered by Perfectly Arranged Marriage...which trope might be related closely enough to mention in this YKTTW's description.
  • May 18, 2013
    mystery
    In the Friends Season 3 finale, Chandler attempts to play with this trope with Monica when she laughs off the idea of dating him. He asks her if they were set up on a blind date, what she would think of him, and tries to enforce this trope by creating a number of personas. Sadly, she doesn't like any of them.
  • June 26, 2013
    mystery
    The board game Blind Date has several options, some of which are Bad Blind Dates, and some of which are a Blind Date Jackpot
  • June 27, 2013
    Kinswaous
    In one of Dave Berg's comic strips from Mad Magazine, a mother is trying to arrange a blind date for her son, but the son argues that any girl who needs to have a date arranged for her must be a "dog". When he's introduced to her, it turns out she's gorgeous and certainly much better looking than himself. Embarrassed, he mutters "bow wow".
  • July 8, 2014
    ropertroper
    In an episode of Muppets Tonight, Sal sets himself and Johnny Fiama up on a double date. Johnny is reluctant, because of past blidn double date experiences, but their dates turn out to be Daryl and Paige Hannah.
  • July 9, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    • Nash Bridges: In "Lost and Found", Joe pushes Nash into a blind date with apparently very praiseworthy nanny he employs. Nash expresses his doubts and suspicions, but goes through with the date to the result quite pleasing for both participants. Not too long into the new relationship, however, Miss Nanny mentions her mulling over a decision whether to move back home to another state, making Joe's ulterior motives obvious.

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