You have a character. They may be The Hero
or The Rival
, or maybe just a competitor for a mundane sport you've just heard of. Either way though, they are very good at what they do, so much that they pretty much never fail, or are even remotely challenged by it. They can in most simplistic terms be considered a "winner".
Except today. Maybe it's just Not Their Lucky Day
or they've done something antagonistic to cost them their Karmic Protection
, but for once in their usually glimmering life they've ended up the loser of the situation.
How they take their humbling can vary greatly. Some have been on the winning end so long that a single loss is completely alien to them. They may breakdown
, throw a tantrum
or just accept the humility and learn from their mistake
. Whoever put them off their high horse will likely also be in their eye for quite a while, either as a respected rival
or a despised sabotager of their legacy.
If a heroic case it sometimes happens because The Bad Guy Wins
or Team Rocket Wins
, though not always (one side doesn't neccessarily have to win for another to lose). In some of such cases, it may be a sign the villain means business
Very often connected to Defeating the Undefeatable
if their winning streak is lampshaded in universe.
See also Broken Streak
and Not So Invincible After All
. Compare with The Worf Effect
where a supposedly strong character has more defeats than victory, or Throw the Dog a Bone
and Team Rocket Wins
when a usually luckless or incompetent character finally gets a victorious moment.
Anime and Manga
- Anytime Donald Duck finally one ups Lucky Bastard Gladstone Gander. This was also the plot point of a DuckTales episode, where Magica De Spell uses magic to invert his good luck. Word of God even noted the importance of this trope and keeping it rare, knowing there's only so many times they can do the "lucky guy runs out of luck" plot to proper effect.
- Issue #175 of Sonic the Hedgehog has Eggman invade Knothole and blast it to smithereens and capture all the Freedom Fighters. What's more, due to creating a mech (the Egg Beater) built to resist Sonic's speed, he delivers a most sound verbal and physical beatdown to the hedgehog, with Sonic only able to make a small dent at his full power. Granted the victory is short lived and next to everything is reversed back (if not bettered) for the heroes by all of one issue, but still Eggman made his mark on Sonic.
- In The Streetfighter's Last Revenge, Terry Sugury is finally defeated in combat by the corrupt district attorney, Takera Kunigami. Keep in mind that Sugury had not been defeated in the first two films in the series.
- In Piers Anthony's Proton/Phaze series, the serf Stile is fighting for his life in the Games, for which the prize is to rise from Serf to Citizen status. He has everything to play for. He comes up against a ten-year old boy who is playing for the hell of it. The game Computer generates a game of pure chance and sudden death; Stile loses one of his two "lives" on a sudden random chance.
- In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Gryffindor goes up against Hufflepuff in Quidditch, and Harry and Cedric are both racing to catch the Golden Snitch. At that very moment a huge pack of Dementors—which affect Harry worse than most people—come onto the pitch, making Harry faint and fall off his broom. When he wakes up in the Hospital Wing he's devastated, since this was the first time he had ever failed to win the game for his team.
- In the Firefly episode "Shindig", the noble scion Atherton Wing challenges Malcolm Reynolds to a duel after Reynolds punches him (for making a disrespectful remark about Inara), and Wing is considered a master swordsman with many kills under his belt. He is rather arrogant about it in the way he toys with Malcolm initially in the duel, but is quite humbled when Malcolm (who has never fought with swords before) exploits a distraction and gains the upper hand—and moreso when Malcolm refuses to "finish him off" as is customary.
- In an episode of Happy Days Fonzie takes on an undefeated internationaly famous fencer and beats him.
- The Red Baron was eventually shot down after an extended fight despite his famous winning streak. He died from injuries sustained in the crash.