->''"Cheatin' only gets ya so far."''
-->-- '''The Sniper''', ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''

If a character or a team ever cheats in any sort of contest, they will end up coming last. In most cases, their cheating ways will explode spectacularly, and their illegal tactics often [[HoistByHisOwnPetard end up causing ruin]] for the cheater.

Even if the cheaters don't fail by their own fault, the honest competitors will beat them anyway, though it may be a close call. The [[MoralOfTheStory message here]] is that while the cheaters put all their energy into cheating, the honest players spent time getting good at the game in order to come out on top without having to resort to dirty tricks.

It is extremely rare for the cheaters to win, but be subsequently stripped of their medals after being found cheating. In almost all cases, they end up losing the race regardless, and the fact that they are then revealed as cheaters just [[HumiliationConga adds insult to injury]]. Otherwise, [[RuleOfDrama where's the drama]]?

CantGetAwayWithNuthin is a more generic case, covering misbehavior in general. DickDastardlyStopsToCheat is the special case where the cheater would have been more successful if he'd put his time and effort into honest competition instead. DisqualificationInducedVictory is a likely outcome. When a video game enforces this trope on the player, it's NoFairCheating. Contrast NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught, which is, unfortunately, far more TruthInTelevision.



[[folder:Anime, Manga and Manhwa]]
* Averted in ''Manga/{{Akagi}}''. One of the marks of Akagi's brilliance is his ability to cheat really well.
* In ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'', Yu uses his ability to transfer his soul to another person to look at their answers on the test. This catches up with him after Nao catches him in the act repeatedly.
* ''LightNovel/ChivalryOfAFailedKnight'':
** When Ayase is scheduled to have a tournament sword fight with Ikki, she first tricks Ikki into using his Ittou Shura (a technique he can only use once a day due to HeroicRROD) before the match, then litters the battlefield with dozens of magical traps (you're allowed to use traps, but you have to set them up ''during'' the match, not before it). Ikki actually reports her cheating before the match, but persuades them to let the match continue as he wanted to prove a point. Ayase ultimately loses because her guilt dulled her reflexes and skills.
** Ikki's abusive family repeatedly tried to sabotage his matches with tactics like imprisoning and poisoning him shortly before the matches, but he would overcome this and win anyway.
* ''Anime/DuelMasters'':
** In their first duel, Jamira swaps his shuffled deck with a pre-arranged deck that he knows the order of so he'll always get good draws. In their second duel, he tries to hypnotize Shobu so he'll fall asleep and lose by default. Shobu beats him both times.
** Benny Haha uses cameras to spy on the cards in Shobu's hand and predict his moves. Shobu figures it out and manages to confuse him and get an advantage, then Mimi destroys the cameras. When Shobu is about to win, Benny claims that his sister is sick and that he needs to remain undefeated so that he can pay for her treatments, but Mimi tells Shobu he is lying and he finishes him off.
* Waver Velvet is the only Master in ''LightNovel/FateZero'' who doesn't cheat at some point through the Fourth Holy Grail War. [[spoiler:He doesn't win, but he makes it through the war alive, and is the only one of the surviving Masters who is better off at the end of the war than he was at the start.]] Several of the others have their LoopholeAbuse come back to hurt them pretty badly, the worst easily being [[spoiler:Kayneth, who made his fiancee his servant's [[{{Mana}} prana]] source so he wouldn't need to use his own, but in the process she fell in love with said servant and made her a target, ultimately getting them both killed.]]
** Arguably a larger, overarching theme across the different incarnations of the Holy Grail War. The original Einzbern ritual required seven mages working in unison to complete the Heaven's Feel. The squabbling between the seven started the Holy Grail Wars and cost ''everyone'' their chance to make their wish. To put into perspective how costly this was... the ritual could only be used once every sixty years, and it was never successfully completed in ''two centuries''. Later on, the Einzbern attempt at cheating during the Third Holy Grail War instead tainted the rite so it could only complete any wish it granted [[JackassGenie in the most awful way possible]] and created a GodOfEvil.
* In ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula SAGA'', the Aoi team gets disqualified from CF for one year after they cheated in the Japan Grand Prix by doping (also happened in other races), kidnapping Hayato the night before the race and trying to kill him by Nagumo taking control of Al-zard computer system in the race.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Alice's attempt to cheat by [[spoiler:intercepting Oarai's radio communications]] during their match backfires when Oarai uses the tactic to lead her into a trap, and when her commander Kay, upon finding out, decides to attack with only half her forces to keep things fair.
* In the 1st Stage of ''Manga/InitialD'', Takumi races against Shingo Shoji of the Myogi Night Kids in a "duct-tape deathmatch" to limit their drifting. When Takumi manages to get the hang and overtakes him, Shingo gets enraged and tries to nudge his car to make him lose control. The race ends when Shingo, trying not to embarrass himself, tries to double-crash their cars so the race ends in a tie, but Takumi evades him and Shingo crashes against the guard rail, not even finishing the race himself.
* In ''Manga/MinamiKe'', Kana challenges Fujioka to see who can get better grades. Despite repeatedly cheating and rewriting her scores, she still always falls behind by a few points.
* Averted in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', where Tenma and Gillen come in second and first in their class, respectively, after cheating on a major test.
* Inverted by ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and the first portion of the Chuunin Exam. The first portion is a written test far too difficult for the level of the examinees, who are expelled with their teammates if caught cheating too many times. These details are clues to the true nature of the test: The examinees are ''supposed'' to cheat, but not actually get caught, as what's actually being tested is the ninjas' ability to gain information. Ibiki is somewhat amused that Naruto himself passed without even answering any questions.
** Played straight in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie''. In an attempt to finally be noticed by his father, Boruto cheats in the Chunin Exam. He's briefly expelled as a ninja when he's caught.
* Chapter 182 of ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' features everybody except Yuuko falling asleep in class during a test. Yuuko nabs this opportunity to start copying answers off everyone else's worksheets. Yuuko is just Genre Savvy enough to realize that copying from just one worksheet could expose her due to identical answers. So she copies a different answer from each person in class. Such is Yuuko's luck that every individual answer she copies is incorrect, resulting in a score of zero.
* Taken to a beautiful extreme by ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'', which has Onsokumaru attempting to cheat at baseball by causing the ball to multiply itself. It backfires in a spectacular fashion when Miyabi summons a bunch of floating hands to catch every ball, getting Onsokumaru out [[OneHundredAndEight 108]] times, winning the next [[FourIsDeath four]] games by default in the process.
* Zigazzed in ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife''; most enemies attempt to cheat Shiro and Sora. They usually lose because Shiro and Sora can cheat a lot ''better''. On the other hand, the siblings never cheat if their enemies don't cheat either and Jibril doesn't cheat ever, no discussion. That said, attempting to cheat Jibril equals a suicide declaration.
* During the Davy Jones games in ''Anime/OnePiece'', the Foxy Pirates used several tricks to tip the odds in the favor against the Straw Hats. Naturally, the Straw Hats BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame.
* Team Rocket in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In "Off The Unbeaten Path", there is a Pokemon competition that both Jessie and James enter separately. Jessie cheats while James is determined to play fair. As is typical of this trope, Jessie loses while James is actually the winner, which goes to show that even someone from Team Rocket can win if he doesn't act like a criminal.
** Zigzagged and Reconstructed in "A Dancing Debut", where Jessie ''tries'' to cheat by getting early details about the Appeal round of the episode's Showcase. When she misreads it and it gives her no lead whatsoever, her team just resort to legitimate methods, and win anyway.
** Also played with in the Sinnoh contests, which were the starting point for Jessie [[TeamRocketWins winning coordinator events]]. Jessie at first assumed this was because James and Meowth had rigged the stage in some way, but they later admit they were out of ideas and had lied, shocking Jessie by making her realise [[MagicFeather she had won solely through competence]].
** Actually a pretty consistent theme in the show. Compare how well Team Rocket tends to do when they play by the rules rather than [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat cheat.]]
** They're often shown to actually be competent in battles and contests, and have just as close if not closer with their Pokemon as Ash and his friends. They're just not very evil.
* In ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'', during a cooking contest, two guys waste so much time trying to sabotage Soma and Megumi that they don't pay attention to their own dish and burn it. And in their panic, they accidentally spill a lot of salt into it, making it utterly unpalatable.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh''
** First and second series anime along with the manga as well.
*** Jonouchi/[[DubNameChange Joey]] has a habit of dueling cheaters, such as Mai (perfume that enables her to predict her next draw by scent) and Bandit Keith (cards in his bracelets) in the Duelist Kingdom arc, and Esper/[[DubNameChange Espa]] (had his brothers spy on his opponents), Haga/[[DubNameChange Weevil]] (sabotaged his deck) in Battle City, and Ooka/[[DubNameChange Johnson]] (used the technology of the virtual world to manipulate his coin tosses and dice rolls) in the Virtual Nightmare Arc (and ''he'' used to be a lawyer, no less). Predictably, they all lost to him.
*** Also, there's the matter of Pegasus, whose [[StoryBreakerPower Millennium Eye and ridiculously over-powered cards]] definitely grant him an advantage, but the cards are arguably not cheating as, well, [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem he invented the game and he says so]]. Still, the ability to look at whatever cards your opponent is against the rules he himself made. Kaiba eventually figures out that Pegasus is cheating (though not exactly how), and Yugi/Yami knows about the Eye from the beginning. Both eventually find ways to nullify it (Kaiba by simply not looking at his own hand, and Yugi and Yami by constantly switching between minds so Pegasus can't predict what they're going to do).
*** Earlier on, Dark Yugi spends his time [[KnightTemplar making sure]] that people who cheat against him [[strike:never prosper]] are subject to horrible MindRape for the rest of their lives.
*** Most Rare Hunters that Yugi dueled in Battle City cheated too. Seeker used counterfeit Exodia cards that were also marked with ink that only he could see using special contact lenses. He also used multiple Exodia pieces and Graceful Charity copies (although, whether that's illegal in this continuity isn't clear). Mask of Light and Mask of Darkness ([[DubNameChange Lumis and Umbra]]) had microphones hidden under their hoods, letting them communicate with each other in a way that Yugi and Kaiba clearly couldn't. (After stating that a team wasn't allowed to share cards and strategies, no less.) In both cases, the Rare Hunters lost.
*** Pandora/[[DubNameChange Arkana]] was a more blatant cheater: he trimmed the edges of an important card (Dark Magician) so that it landed on top of his deck when Yugi cut it; additionally, in the manga he boasted - to himself - that as a stage magician, he knew over one-hundred ways to cheat at cards. [[spoiler: Yugi was on to him, however; after using Card Destruction to ruin his plan (for the moment) he told Pandora that it was clear to him that someone who would risk damaging his cards by "shotgun shuffling" would probably stoop to a trick like that too.]]
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''
*** Exactly how much Saiou/[[DubNameChange Satorius]] was cheating in was debatable. (It was clear that the Light of Ruin [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers was helping him a little]], made more obvious when [[DemonicPossession the thing took complete control of him]] in the FinalBattle.) However, he ''blatantly'' cheated in the fourth season, planting a card called Arcana Force 0 - The Fool in Judai/[[DubNameChange Jaden]]'s deck before the duel, and much like Weevil, using a Spell Card to force him to summon it. Once he had done that, he was able to use its presence in combination with other cards that let him forgo the coin tosses on his luck-based cards, and was able to safely use some of the most dangerous ones, like Tour of Doom and Sowing of the Fool. Unfortunately for him, Judai found a weakness in this strategy, managed to destroy the Fool, and when Saiou had to depend purely on luck for those cards, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard it proved outright terrible.]]
*** In the manga version of ''Manga/YuGiOhGX'', Judai's first opponent, a teacher applicant named Ryuga, is cheating by using a device that prevents his opponents from using Spell Cards. Judai is put in a tight spot when he's unable to use Fusion, but he manages to turn it around without even finding out what his opponent was doing. (Ryuga is never seen after that story; many fans assume he was fired, especially since losing to Judai meant he failed to fulfill the conditions needed to be recognized as an official professor of the school.)
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
*** There was Clark Smith, the member of Yliaster who [[spoiler:murdered Sherry [=LeBlanc=]'s parents (although Sherry does admit that [[AccompliceByInaction he didn't do it himself, but simply "allowed" it to happen]])]]. When Yusei confronts him, he challenges Yusei to a Concentration Duel, a special duel with house rules with elements of the game Concentration. It's rigged; the cards are all spread out face-down on the table, and Clark knows what his are due to marks on them that only he can read due to his special glasses. [[spoiler:Yusei realizes he's cheating and wins anyway, and Clark pays dearly after he tries to kill Yusei and Sherry, something that defies the orders of his masters - they [[RetGone erase him from existence, literally]].]]
*** Another example was Team Catastrophe. Originally three down-on-their luck losers from Satellite, the Three Emperors of Yliaster gave them two [[ArtifactOfDoom Dark Cards]] that they thought would help them win the WRGP and catapult them to stardom. However, the first of these two cards was Hook the Hidden Knight, a card that housed the spirit of a demon that let them defeat Team Unicorn by sabotaging their D-Wheels, causing their opponents to crash and injuring them. Team Catastrophe didn't fare as well against Team 5D's; after Crow defeated their first duelist and destroyed Hook the Hidden Knight, their leader Nicholas went up against Jack, [[spoiler:and used the second Dark Card, a far more potent one that [[EvilIsNotAToy he could not control]]. Nicholas barely escaped with his life, and in the end, he and his two teammates were bigger losers than they were before]].
*** Then there was Takasu, the warden of the facility. In his duel with Yusei, he had them both wear [[ShockCollar Shock Collars]] designed to shock a duelist when he lost Life Points; ''his'' was purposely not working. He also used a security camera to look at Yusei's hand during the whole duel; however, this backfired on him ''badly'' when another inmate hacked the facility's system to turn his ShockCollar on, and then killed the power so that he briefly couldn't use the camera, causing him to make a mistake. (In general, the reason for Takasu's downfall was that he abused the inmates so much, they were all more than willing to help Yusei bring him down.)
** ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'':
*** The first cheaters in this series were Rikuo and Kaio (called Scorch and Chills in the dub) the original holders of Number 61: Volcasaurus and Number 19: Freezadon, respectively. As if cheating via deck stacking wasn't bad enough, they planned to rob a rare card from a museum and frame Shark for it. (Fortunately, the two [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain weren't convincing cheaters]] anyway.)
*** Tron and his three sons all cheated in some way, and in each case, they were ultimately beaten.
*** V had an incredibly broken monster on his field that was hidden from view, and didn't let Kaito see it until the last second.
*** III stole Yuma's "Kattobing" and [[spoiler:killed Astral]], deleting both from Yuma's memories, severely diminishing his dueling skills. [[spoiler:Astral got better.]]
*** IV tricked Shark into peeking in his deck to get him disqualified, and led Shark into a Magma field where his monsters were at a disadvantage.
*** Tron himself used powerful magic to cheat, using his crest's power to eliminate any Trap Cards caught in his way during the Duel Carnival ride. (In his defense, exactly how much this qualifies as cheating is debatable, as Droite was the one who placed most of them deliberately to stop him.)
*** Then there was Mr. Heartland, who didn't even try to hide the fact that he blatantly rigged the duels between his henchmen, the Fearsome Five, and the heroes. Heartland used a device that let Semimaru, Kurage and Mosquito Ninja all start their duels by taking half their opponents life points and adding it to theirs, just because he could. On top of that, Kurage and Mosquito Ninja handicap their opponents with poison and hallucinations respectively, while Semimaru simply discards a Battle Royal rule he doesn't like (not that he takes advantage of discarding that rule...) Nonetheless, they all lost, proving that they were poor duelists who couldn't win even when they ''didn't care'' if the heroes knew they were cheating.
*** Inverted with Yuma and Astral, who go so far as to fabricate entirely new cards on the spot to win some of their later duels and do nothing but prosper for it. Granted it's kind of a kill or be killed sort of thing, but still.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': Zigzagged with seedy Duel Monsters agent Nico Smiley, who seriously rigs the odds of several duels against Yuya, only for Yuya to triumph each time. For instance, in Yuya's duel with the genius, Kyuando Eita, Yuya's last challenge is to prove UsefulNotes/FermatsLastTheorem in five seconds (required of Yuya for the final Trap Card) would be impossible by any reasonable standard.[[note]]There has only been one correct proof of this theorem, by Andrew Wiles and it took him seven years of work on top of untold decades of other mathematicians' work before him who tried and were unable to complete it. Even if Yuya already could have somehow memorized (let alone understood) the entire proof, it requires over 100 pages to write down and a specialist to even read.[[/note]] (Of course, Yuya won because he had ''wanted'' to answer wrong on that one, but [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Nico remains a cheater for including it]].) Nico ''does'' prosper, however, because his intention is [[StealthMentor to test Yuya]], who proves to be even better than he'd hoped.
* Risho and his manager of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' trapped two of the five protagonist team members before their match in the [[TournamentArc Dark Tournament]]; the protagonists were already at a disadvantage by being forced to fight two teams in one day. [[TheLancer Kuwabara]] was already nearly dead, so [[TheHero Yusuke]] and [[TheSmartGuy Kurama]] were left to split five consecutive matches between the two of them. Before Yusuke begins the last fight against Risho himself, the manager bribes the judges to get Yusuke off on a technicality. Both of them get what's coming to them when Kuwabara gets in the ring despite his injuries and defeats Risho, while up in the booth [[DragonInChief Toguro]] easily murders the manager, [[EvenEvilHasStandards because he felt the man was disgusting,]] although he reasons (correctly) that if Yusuke's team is worth his time, they should be able to overcome their predicament.
* Inverted in episodes 24 and 25 of ''Manga/YumeiroPatissiere'', when Miya Koshiro ("The Heiress")'s team defeats Team Ichigo in the Cake Grand Prix semi-finals by having one of its members spy on Ichigo in order to steal Team Ichigo's recipe. To add injury to insult, said spy went so far as to make the room hotter, thus ruining the chocolate Team Ichigo was making. To add further to the humiliation, Team Ichigo lost by only ONE point.

* Generally played with in the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' comics. The Roman team (which includes Asterix) at the Games is humiliated by the various Greek cities, and because they're so useless the Greeks come up with a special Roman-only event. The Roman competitors take this extremely seriously, so Asterix induces them all to take a dose of the magic potion, which constitutes a drug offence. [[spoiler: In the race the next day, Asterix, the only competitor not to cheat, comes a distant last, but the Romans are exposed and Asterix is declared the winner. He then gives away the laurel wreath to one of the Roman competitors, who gets all the credit back in Rome and is promoted as a result.]]

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''FanFic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'', Dusk Shine [[spoiler:drugs Celesto's water during a tournament to determine who will guard Celestia. He gets caught and stripped of his rank, and banished.]]
* In ''Fanfic/YugiohEQG'', Flash figures out that Trixie cheats in her duels by hacking into the Duel Disks of who she wants to challenge to look at their decks, then constructs a deck specifically designed to counter them. Flash sneaks two Pendulum cards into Twilight's deck to even the playing field, and this allows Twilight to win.
** In the sequel ''Yugioh EQG: Shadow Gates'', [[spoiler:Grable and his two lackies sneak into the finals after knocking out Cloak N Dagger before his duel with Flash, steal his Pendulum Cards and challenge Flash to a 3 on 1 duel. They also rigged their duel disks to give them the exact same opening hand to trap Flash in an inescapable lock so he can't attack any of them. Flash breaks the lock by summoning a new Xyz monster to clear their fields and [[NoKillLikeOverkill eliminates all three in just one hit]], greatly injuring them in the process.]]
* Often shown in the sidestories of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines''. Like in canon, CharacterOfTheDay Dario attempts to cheat in the Big P Pokémon Race, losing two consecutive years, first to Lara Laramie (using the excuse that she rode her father's Rapidash, which is considered the fastest in the Kanto region), and the next year to Ash [[CripplingTheCompetition after injuring Lara to get her to sit out of the race.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'', Bromley cheats twice, first playing chess with Derek and again during the training session with the musicians, and he still loses both times.
* The bullies at the end of ''WesternAnimation/RaceForYourLifeCharlieBrown'' use some really nasty tricks (even life-threatening to the Peanuts gang), but at the end can't reach the finish line due to their raft sinking.
* Oogie-Boogie from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' is a demonic killer who uses a casino-themed DeathTrap, and he ''blatantly'' cheats. For example, when he rolls a two, he feigns being angry, yells, "What? Snake Eyes?" then slams his fist on the table, knocking the dice so they read a better number. While this does help him win at gambling, this results in him having to face Jack mano-a-mano, where he'd finally taken down.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheBlindSide'', a defensive lineman on the OpposingSportsTeam [[UnnecessaryRoughness deliberately kicks Michael when he's down and after the play has already ended]], and the referee not only ignores the kick, but penalizes the Wingate Crusaders when Coach Cotton complains. This triggers Coach Cotton's PapaWolf moment, which motivates Michael to lead the MiracleRally.
* At least one of the opposing teams in ''Film/RememberTheTitans'' gets a big leg up from blatantly racist referees. The Titans, of course, go undefeated. Of course, in this case it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because one of the Titans' coaches threatened to expose the refs' rigging of the game to the press if they didn't start calling the game fairly, so the refs backed down.
* Effectively the moral of ''Film/TheBigShort'':
-->'''Mark Baum:''' What bothers me isn't that fraud is "not nice," or that fraud is "mean." For fifteen thousand years, fraud and short-sighted thinking have never, ever worked. Not once. Eventually you get caught, things go south. When the hell did we forget all that?
* Zigzagged with Sebulba, Anakin's pod racing rival from ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', at least according to a few ExpandedUniverse sources. He clearly cheated to win; his racer's design violated many rules and was often equipped with weapons that he could use to disable or destroy his opponents' racers. ''However'', losing to Anakin clearly did not teach him a lesson or keep him down for long. [[spoiler:When Anakin put his racer up for sale, Sebulba was the one who bought it (through an intermediary, of course, because he knew that Anakin would never deal with him) made a few improvements, and continued his cheating ways; all he could say when he learned that Anakin had left Tattoine was "good riddance". Eventually, however, this trope may still apply, as his underhanded tactics ''did'' lead to him upsetting someone he shouldn't have, with unfortunate - and lethal - results.]]
* ''Goal 2'' both subverts this trope and plays it straight. In the first minute of the Champions League Final, a (fictional) Arsenal player dives to win a penalty, the subversion being that he scores the one he dived to win, but then, with his team 2 goals ahead with less than five minutes left, his team mate wins a penalty fairly and he misses. Cue {{Miracle Rally}} from Real Madrid.
* Spelled out word-for-word in the final shot of ''Film/SpeedRacer''.
* ''Film/JamesBond'' examples:
** In ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', Bond uncovers Goldfinger's attempts at cheating during games of gin rummy and golf, making him lose.
** Similarly, in ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', Bond subtly reveals Kamal Khan's attempts at cheating in backgammon, beating him with his own loaded dice.
** In ''Film/AViewToAKill'', during a horse race, Zorin uses remote-controlled obstacles to trip up Bond's horse, then has thugs jump onto the track and attack Bond. Bond fights them off and ''still'' pulls ahead. However, when Bond decides he's had enough and abandons the race, Zorin declares himself the winner.
* In the Disney Channel Original Movie ''Hounded'', Jay Martin is a smart kid who prepares a presentation to apply for a scholarship. His main competitor is the school headmaster's lazy son Ronny (played by Creator/ShiaLaBeouf). After the headmaster confiscates Jay's presentation notes, he tells his son to use the notes as a reference and come up with a better speech. Ronny, being lazy, copies Jay's speech word-for-word and presents it ahead of Jay. Jay doesn't do his speech, as it would sound as if he's the cheater. It seems as if the trope is averted in that Ronny gets the scholarship. However, by the end of the film, the truth is out, and Ronny is shipped off to military school (under the command of DrillSergeantNasty, Jay's brother), while his dad is demoted to secretary. Jay ends up getting his scholarship after all.
* The final showdown of ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' has Roy facing [[TheDragon corrupt Sheriff Van Cleef]]. Roy's down to his last bullet, so Van Cleef fakes a sense of sportsmanship and lies that he's emptied his guns so that he and Roy both have one shot left. [[spoiler:Every single one of Van Cleef's shots miss. Roy's one shot hits Van Cleef in the chest.]]
* ''Film/BadGenius'' plays with the trope. On one hand, Lynn's piano code [[spoiler:is never found out, but the school finds out that she completed a classmate's test for him, resulting in her losing her scholarship. Nevertheless, the students who paid her for it get the grades they need.]] In the end, the students in on the scheme [[spoiler: get the [=STIC=] scores they wanted, but Bank is caught, banned from studying abroad, and expelled from the school. He attempts to blackmail Lynn into running another heist with him, but Lynn decides to blow the whistle on the operation herself.]]

* Several times throughout the ''Literature/HIVESeries'' do [[InsufferableGenius Otto]] and [[GadgeteerGenius Laura]] compete to steal the answers to upcoming exams. Justified in that they both know they would do fine without the answers, they are only doing it for the challenge. When they do this with the rest of their squad, however, [[spoiler:thirty-six Alphas are captured or killed, four of whom were directly involved with the heist, and Otto is himself expelled.]]
* In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', the titular Academicals play a game of football against Ankh-Morpork United, which includes [[AxCrazy Andy Shank]] and his thuggish friends. Said thugs proceed to cripple the Academicals' best player, while a supporter poisons the Librarian, who is playing goalkeeper. This backfires spectacularly on them when the replacement players ([[spoiler: Mr. Nutt and Trev Likely]]) manage to win by playing by the rules ([[LoopholeAbuse in a manner of speaking]]). The bad guys also failed to take into account that even if they won the match, they would have made enemies of both the wizards and the Patrician. With enemies like that they would have most definitely not prospered for long. The Librarian alone is likely to break a lot of bones belonging to the people who messed with his bananas. This is lampshaded by one of the professional players on the AU team who would have been more than happy to play a clean professional game and beaten the amateur Academicals through skill alone.
* Icarus, a chariot driver in ''Literature/DetectivesInTogas''. He manages to push his opponent Ben Gor from his chariot - but the horses keep running well without their driver, and without his weight, they're much faster.
* Despite using performance-enchanching drugs and shortcuts, George Hellebore in ''Literature/SilverFin'' ends up being beaten in a cross-country race by [[Literature/YoungBond young James Bond]], who, while using the same shortcuts he is, manages to beat him with his naturally developed athletism.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Malfoy and three other Slytherin students try to scare Harry in the middle of a Quiddich match by dressing as Dementors. Harry's team still wins the match; Harry, rather than panicking, uses his Patronus charm successfully for the first time (scaring the four of them half to death); and they're nabbed by a ''very'' angry [=McGonagall=] and given detention.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Subverted by ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' when Al Bundy uses a mistakenly issued senior citizens discount card to get into, and eventually win, the senior Olympics, beating out an honest competitor who had refused to do the very thing Al was in the process. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] at episode's end with the narration "I bet you thought Al was going to let the old guy win. Well then you haven't been paying attention these past years."
** With Al himself giving the BrokenAesop [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught "It's only cheating, if you get caught."]]
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': The fifth-season episode "Quarterback Sneak" deals with the ethics of cheating and thwarting cheaters. Here, Greg, quarterback of the Westdale High football team, suspects that Marcia's new boyfriend, Jerry Rogers (the quarterback from rival Fairview High), is out to steal his team's playbook as his team is struggling to find a way to beat Westdale at the latter's homecoming. After a failed attempt to swipe the playbook during his first visit to the Bradys, Jerry invites himself over again and succeeds in the theft. Greg -- instead of reporting to his coach the first theft attempt (especially since Bobby had seen Jerry try to steal the playbook, and thus would have been a reliable witness) -- had prepared by creating a phony playbook. The boys laugh about how they've "put one over Jerry," but Mike overhears the boys' revelry and brings them down to earth by saying what he's done was just as dishonest and was unfair to the Fairview players and coaches who were playing by the rules. Eventually, the Fairview High coach finds out about Jerry's theft and kicks him off the team; it is not known what, if anything, happens to Greg ... although he is able to lead Westdale to a 20-7 victory.
* Game shows have had more than their share, but one lesser known example comes from the 1980-1981 NBC game show ''Las Vegas Gambit'', a Q&A-type game married to blackjack hosted by Wink Martindale. In an episode that pitted male-female teams of people previously strangers to each other, Martindale asks the question, "From what direction does the east wind blow -- east to west or west to east?" The team answers, "West to east," which Martindale momentarily doesn't hear, and asks the team to repeat their answer. Perhaps realizing they gave a wrong answer, they try to change it to "east to west," but the off-stage judge -- having heard the original response -- signals to Martindale, who immediately snaps at them to repeat their first answer ... which they sheepishly do. To date, it is one of the only times Martindale has been upset (albeit briefly), and even that incident was quickly forgotten. The episode in question, by the way, originally aired in the summer of 1981, and was rerun on November 27 of that year ... the show's last broadcast day. (Incidentally, that airing is far better known for Martindale appearing -- during the show's final act -- in a box, announcing that the show had been canceled and that ''The Regis Philbin Show'' would take over the following Monday.)
* In a ''Series/GrowingPains'' episode, Mike prepared cheat notes on the soles of his shoes for an important test. However when doing the test, Mike found that he was able to do the test honestly since he legitimately knew the answers. However, Mike's notes are discovered at the end and the teacher logically assumes he used them to cheat and it takes the rest of the episode for Mike to convince his parents and teacher of the truth. Both to allow him to prove that he knows the material and for his parents and teacher to drive home the point that preparing to cheat is wrong in itself, Mike retakes the test, on top of the desks, barefoot and his underwear to make sure he is using no unauthorized materials.
** In another episode, this philosophy is seriously subverted. Ben has the opportunity to cheat on a test, but does not; he ends up getting a bad grade, and is scolded by his parents. His friends ''do'' cheat, get ''excellent'' grades, and are rewarded by their parents. Ben's father is forced to concede that, in reality, cheaters prosper and win very often (saying that "in some cases, they even win the White House", an obvious reference to Watergate), although he does say that being honest can be far more rewarding in the long run.
* Zigzagged in ''Series/{{Cheers}}''. When a crook tries to cheat Sam and his customers in rigged poker games, the ConArtist Harry the Hat agrees to help them because, in his own words, [[HypocriticalHeartwarming "I don't like the idea of someone else plucking my pigeons."]] While the crook cheats, Harry manages to win because, well [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame Harry is a better cheater.]] [[spoiler: (And it helped that [[ObfuscatingStupidity Coach was helping him cheat.]])]]
* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' pilot, Jeff asks Professor Duncan for every answer to every test he is due to write at Greendale. Duncan responds by quoting the trope name and doesn't give Jeff the answers.
* In an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', a race car driver tries to use an illegal NitroBoost, which causes him to lose control of his car and spin out on the shoulder.
* In a ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' episode which deals with tests. Missy constantly keeps copying off of Moze's paper despite efforts to block her from looking. Eventually Moze comes up with the idea to just put the wrong answers on her test and take a failing grade to get her to stop. When Missy complains to Moze about it and announces she can always find someone else to cheat off of, the teacher who had given the tests happens to walk by and overhear her. Missy is taken to the principal's office and her name stripped from the honor roll board.
* Used repeatedly throughout the ''{{Series/CSI}}'' franchise, [[AlwaysMurder always ending]] with the cheater (or the cheated) becoming the VictimOfTheWeek (be it because the objective of using the cheat was to kill the other guy, they pissed off someone enough to drive them to murder with the cheat, an opportunist third party with vested interests rigs the cheat so it is fatal, or the cheater (or cheated) are TooDumbToLive and trigger the cheat ''just'' right).
* While ''Series/TopGear'''s racing competition with their Australian counterparts [[SubvertedTrope subverts this]] handily, since most of the tricks they pulled[[note]]Replacing the engine of a Ford Transit van with that of a Jaguar supercar in the drag race, installing the top cars of the Aussies' vehicles (the part with the steering components) upside-down in the "Double-Decker cars" event and the old Stig-May switcheroo in the final rally[[/note]] work out as planned, for two events their cheating backfired on them:
** In the "Synchronized Drifting" event, the UK team tried to stack the deck by appointing Hammond and May as "fair and independent" judges of for both teams. After the Aussies' go, they both attempted to give them a score of 1.1, but Hammond mixed up his score cards and gave them an ''11'' instead, giving the Australians a combined score of 12.1, which was .1 higher than what they had given Clarkson for his run, handing the Aussies the event.
** In the "Sheep Herding" event, Clarkson had attempted to slight the Aussie team by giving them ''Austrian'' made bikes instead of ''Australian'' made ones. The Australians don't even care because the Austrian bikes are "THE best bikes", and are able to run circles around their sheep. Not that they needed the extra help anyway, since the Brits are absolutely hopeless with motorbikes.
* Sidestepped on ''Series/HeadOfTheClass''. Charlie had to take an economics course in order to keep his teaching certification (and his job), but was shown struggling with the subject matter, as it's out of his area of expertise. When he's gearing up to take his final exam, the IHP kids put together a composition book that contained all the formulas he would need to ace the test (they said he would be given two workbooks at the exam - one to write the answers in, one to use as a workbook and he could just substitute their workbook to use). The next day, when they ask how he did on the exam, he says he thinks he did fine - then pulled the workbook they gave him out of his desk, showing he didn't use it. When asked why he didn't use it, knowing he could lose his job if he failed the exam, he said, "I wouldn't be the teacher you deserve if I did."

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* 50% of the time, if a {{Heel}} attempts a cheating tactic, they will immediately lose.
** Rush at Wrestling/JohnCena with a steel chair or similar object, and he will duck under you and hit you with the Attitude Adjustment anyway.
** One time, Road Warrior Animal slapped on brass knuckles and tried to punch Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, but Chris caught his punch and locked him in the Crippler Crossface for victory.
* Several times, when jobber Iron Mike Sharpe would be on the verge of winning a match, he would pull a foreign object out his trunks and put it in his arm brace. He would then set up his opponent for a clothesline, who would duck under and hit their finisher on Mike.

* Shadi Smith in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. [[spoiler: He tries to cheat Phoenix in a game of Poker, but it doesn't work and ends up losing, he then hits the dealer that helped him cheat but screwed up and is then killed while Phoenix is calling the police]].
* Averted in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'': Ezio (and the player) win the Carnivale games fair and square, even with the minions of his latest target cheating. However, at the awards ceremony, the prize is given to another minion, to the obvious displeasure of the spectators, and making it necessary to steal the prize away from the cheater ([[spoiler:if it makes you feel better, he gets his in the next memory segment]]).
** Ezio ''does'' technically cheat first, in an earlier event. When the goal is to charm various women in the crowd into giving you tokens they're carrying, Ezio instead pickpockets said tokens ''en masse''. It's possible this is GameplayAndStorySegregation caused by the limits of the engine, and it certainly doesn't compare to sending thugs with knives into a boxing match.
* In the Wii version of ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', you can pull this on [[CombatPragmatist Aran Ryan]] by using a 3-Star Punch on after blocking his headbutt or a Star Punch during his illegal LastDitchMove where he swings a horseshoe on a rope. He will NOT get back up from this, and you will win.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Rawk Hawk would clearly be considered a heel wrestler if he was a real one. The underhanded tactics he uses to try to keep his title turn out badly for him; Mario makes his way to the arena despite being locked out.
** The first opponents, a team of a few Goombas, attack Mario while Grubba is explaining the rules, but they're so weak that they take hardly any effort to defeat two chapters ago, much less now. The Iron Cleft Twins attack after a match.
* Inverted in the ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'' game ''Impossible Spell Card''. Because the main character in this game (Seija Kijin) is a toublemaker and an anarchist, she has become wanted in Gensokyo, and her opponents will go all out against her with attacks that are (true to name) [[{{Unwinnable}} sometimes outright impossible to beat]]... normally. Thankfully, Seija, being who she is, packs a few handy items for cheating at danmaku duels. Subverting game mechanics to your advantage through the use of said items is thus the very point of the game and the only reason Seija can succeed at all. [[spoiler:Turns into DoubleSubverted when you realize that the {{Unwinnable}} spell cards ''aren't'' unwinnable at all and, in true ''Touhou'' fashion, actually managing them without help of a bomb (or item in this case) yields the best possible bonus]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player can come across Cullen and Dorian playing chess. Cullen wins, and you can then have a game yourself. If you take the option to cheat, he beats you and explains that Dorian cheats as well - taking the "play fair" option is the only way you can win.

* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', where the "Hide And Seek" test was actually about to teams competing in doing a task better than the others, without even coming in contact. Since the the test was only a point gathering test serving to qualify the best for the last test, people started going out of their way to beat their own teammates to the point of injuring them to incapacitate them. [[spoiler: While Koon lead to his team to sure victory but in the end helped Quant to make them lose anyway, just to help his friends on the opposing team, Parakewl and Mauchi tried to make everybody sacrifice themselves for them and even took hostages, while Ho tried to eliminate Baam and Androssi gathered her fellow Fishermen in one point and attacked them. The end result was that Mauchi failed while Parakewl passed, Androssi was the best Fisherman but Hong Chunhwa also managed to pass, Ho died and Koon succeeded.]] Success was not determined by the degree of rule-abiding, but by skill of bending the rules, strength and sheer luck.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[Machinima/TheGModIdiotBox Dr.Hax]] makes sure that Chuckle's cheating is rewarded with a CRT moniter to the head.
* One of the most constant elements of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', and one of the few nods to his original role as the villain to Homestar's hero is that Strong Bad ''always'' cheats and ''always'' loses. Even in "Kick-A-Ball", where he tries to play fair, he loses because he'd previously cheated by altering the rulebook, meaning that Homestar's "cheating" to win was actually allowed.
* Website/{{Snopes}} has a number of these:
** One story tells of a group of students who take some time to play before going to school and show up late as a result. They tell their teacher that they had to fix a flat tire. The teacher tells them they missed a test that morning and gives them a make-up test. The question worth the most points (or the first question in some versions): [[StereoFibbing "Which tire?"]]
** Another story tells of a student who stopped by the professor's office to find him missing. He then stole a copy of the next exam. The teacher found out the exam had been stolen, but not by whom. So, he cut half an inch off of the other exams and the cheater was discovered as the one with an exam half an inch too long.
** Another story simultaneously subverts and plays this trope straight. A music student is required to write a symphony as a final exam and finds an assignment turned in by a previous student (sometimes the professor himself). The student then copies the symphony, but reverses it. He turns in the assignment, then gets it back with a failing grade and the message "Why did you turn in Beethoven's Fourth?" (The subversion applies to the previous student who did the same thing and apparently got away with it.)
* Creator/AchievementHunter has had a few instances of this happening.
** One episode of ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play]] VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' had Caleb caught stealing fish out of Creator/{{Gavin|Free}} and Creator/{{Ray|NarvaezJr}}'s buckets. It's notable in that he hasn't been in the series except for one instance since then.
*** Said last appearance was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p27tLyOfFFM Maze in Buckingham Palace]], a maze built by Lindsay, who purposely made his section unbeatable.
** One episode of ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play Grand Theft Auto]] [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV IV]]'', "Cops 'n Crooks Part 3" had Gavin's flagrant diving piss off Ray and Creator/{{Michael|Jones}} so much they throw him off of Team Lads for a few weeks.
* Governor Ventoraman in the celebrity edition of ''[[WebVideo/WhoWantsToBeAnAlienaire Who Wants to be an Alienaire]]''. He only gets past the first 3 questions because Bill or Tutt (the other celebrities) give him the answers. After they decide to let him be on his own for the 4th question, Governor declares that he "knew what the answer was anyway." He promptly gets it wrong.
* The RED Team is very guilty of this in ''Machinima/MomentsWithHeavy'':
** In "Heavy Goes Bowling", RED Heavy tries to cheat several times to win against BLU Heavy in their bowling match. [[spoiler: He is eventually disqualified when he pulls out a gun and tries shooting BLU Heavy.]]
** The RED Team rely on their special weapons and techniques to pass their driving tests in "Heavy Takes his Driving Test" (Medic using Ubercharge to plow through, Demoman placing stickybombs in specific spots to move the test along, etc.). Naturally, it's because of their methods that they fail their tests. [[spoiler: RED Spy almost passes the test, and botches it because he stops to kill the pedestrian.]]
* The "Monster Mashionals part 2" season 2 finale of ''WebAnimation/MonsterHigh'' has Nefara De Nile break out the De Nile family idols to cheat against younger sister Cleo and her Fear Squad. [[spoiler: This has her OWN team turn against Nefara, and to add insult to injury, video of Nefara cheating is shown on a jumbo-tron. In a final LaserGuidedKarma action, Nefara's stripped of her past awards as well.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' episode "Jungle Games" has King Julien make a bet with his EvilUncle with the fate of the kingdom on the line. Both teams begin cheating, but only against each other, which ends up allowing a third team to pull ahead of both of them to win the gold.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' where Toph, Sokka and Aang spend an episode cheating fire-nation folk out of their money with such varied methods as cheating a cheater in three card monty to a full on flopsy scheme. They end up in trouble, but only because they indirectly become famous. They never give back any of the ill gotten goods either.
** Though played straight because earlier in the episode there's a man playing the "three cups with something in one of them" game, and he picks Toph because she's blind. It's revealed that the reason no one's been able to win is because he was either flipping the object under the cup into his sleeve and sticking another in a different cup than what they'd be watching or leaving all three empty. Toph, who is an [[DishingOutDirt earth-bender]] who has learned to sense vibrations, detects the sleight of hand and puts one of the rocks back under the cup without him even knowing, [[LaserGuidedKarma cheating the guy.]]
** In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' "[[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E6AndTheWinnerIs And the Winner Is...]]", Tahno and the Wolf-bats resort to cheating to beat the protagonists in a pro-bending tournament. Thanks to the fact that he bribed the referee, they're declared the winners. [[spoiler: The stadium is promptly attacked by the local WellIntentionedExtremist, who kicks their butts, removes their powers and takes the time to [[EvenEvilHasStandards call them out for cheating during his radio broadcast]].]]
* Bianca from ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens''. Several of her ''successful'' attempts to sabotage Larke during a competition are actually seen by the judges as an original touch deserving a first place.
* In the classic cartoon "Rabbit Transit" WesternAnimation/BugsBunny (offended by the story of The Tortoise and the Hare) challenges a turtle to a race. Bugs cheats like crazy and loses but only because the turtle outcheats him (he had a jet engine under his shell and uses dozens of other turtles).
* Spike the bulldog in several WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} cartoons. Whenever the two are on a competition, he tries to sabotage Droopy, but as Droopy is BornLucky, they end up backfiring on Spike, or even actually ''helping'' Droopy win. One cartoon has Spike tricking Droop into signing a document stating that he cheated, thus disqualifying him and making Spike the winner; but, Spike got his in the end: the prize was a kiss from the Queen of Sports - who was [[AbhorrentAdmirer hideously ugly]].
--> '''Spike:''' '''Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim!'''-''*Tree or wooden pole falls on him rather than Droopy*''-ber.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' used this trope ''twice'': in "Hex Games" (Vicky cheats at skateboarding) and "Fairly Oddlympics" (the Anti-Fairies and the Pixies cheat at everything). "The Big Bash" is an aversion: Remy cheats, but ties with Timmy, but the real winner was Cupid, as not only did he cheat everyone out of rule free wishes, but the "Scavenger Hunt" turns out to be his shopping.
** The chapter book ''Scout's Honor'' provides another contest between Timmy and Remy, with [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney the latter cheating using his money]]. It's thanks to Cosmo and Wanda exposing Remy's cheating that Timmy wins the bet.
* While generally subverted With Bender in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', in the episode "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", Bender cheats at poker by using X-ray glasses. However, after winning, [[SayingTooMuch he hints too strongly at them]], and when he's exposed, he's promptly beaten up by the others.
* In the Tom Slick short in ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', every of Tom's lead opponent (mostly Baron Otto Matic) cheat in every way to win the race and always fail.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', there is an episode based on the fact that cheaters never win. The cheater do end up winning, but they also fall over a waterfall because they were too busy gloating to notice it. The moral: even when cheaters win, they lose.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In the episode "Let's Play Golf", Kaeloo [[OutOfCharacterMoment cheats]] at golf by distracting the others, HulkingOut and hitting the ball. When the others find out, they accuse her of being a "dirty cheater" and Kaeloo proceeds to hit herself over the head with her golf club as a form of self-inflicted punishment.
** In Episode 101, Stumpy, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat all cheat in various ways in an Olympics-style sporting event, so Kaeloo gets annoyed and beats them up before crossing the finish line herself and winning.
** Subverted in [[spoiler: Episode 95]] where Stumpy's team does win after cheating.
* Every episode of ''Scooby's All-Star WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''. The Rottens cheated in absolutely every event, and almost always came in last. However, this is one of the few shows in which while the results were subsequently discounted due to the team's cheating, several of their tricks during were accepted as not actually being against the rules, and indeed were able to come in first place at the end of the episode, albeit very rarely.
** There's one 'pity win' episode were the Rottens get away with every single trick they pull.
** In one episode, an attempt to cheat didn't help them win, but it did get them a bonus to their score for [[AchievementsInIgnorance accidentally breaking a world record.]]
** Other characters occasionally get called on doing questionable things, but they tend to be less outright cheating and more trying to bend the rules and failing.
* Mertle from ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' does this constantly through every contest she and Lilo are in and actually manages to get away with it in some cases. In a dog show contest, she sabotaged Stitch's water bottle by replacing it with a bottle of a particularly strong blend of coffee (if you saw [[Disney/LiloAndStitch the first movie]] then you know what caffeine does to Stitch) and ended up winning the contest, but conceded the trophy because the duo helped rescue her dog (actually an experiment) from Gantu. Another case was that she used an experiment against Lilo (not that Lilo didn't use it first) during a fund raiser and once again won, but she overbinged on the prize (a supply of shave ice) making it a case of [[WasItReallyWorthIt Not Worth It]]. The trope is played straight during a quiz contest between their two families; Mertle uses one of her friends to feed her the answers through a earpiece. Lilo finds out halfway though the contest and uses the experiment at the time to incapacitate Mertle's helper. Come next round, Mertle's on her own and promptly loses.
** There's another case where Lilo and Mertle bet their prized possessions in a baseball game (Lilo her Music/{{Elvis|Presley}} records, Mertle her dolls). Lilo thought it was going to be a baseball like they had done at the start of the episode. But Mertle, upon seeing an experiment that would give her an advantage, changed it to a basketball game and had Gantu brought in as a ringer. Ironically she wound up losing thanks to ''Pleakley'' who played a similar sport on his planet and was a natural. The look on Mertle's face when she's forced to hold up her end of the bet is pretty satisfying, especially considering she was a major {{Jerkass}} in this episode.
** In one episode, ''Lilo'' was the one who tried to cheat. She and Mertle bet that whoever won an orchid contest at the Kokaua Town Fair would have private access to a secret beach for a week. The problem for Lilo was that she didn't have an orchid in time and was ill-prepared, so she took of one Jumba's experiments, a living plant-like one, and entered it in the fair. However, at the fair, Mertle knocked it over by legitimate accident and the experiment grows out of control to a monstrous size. Despite the chaos it caused, Lilo actually won the blue ribbon, but she realized she didn't win fair and square. So she relinquished the ribbon and the bet to Mertle, and also accepted being grounded by Nani for a week (Lilo was accepting of a month, but Nani reduced it as she felt that her sister learned her lesson).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In the "Fall Weather Friends", Applejack and Rainbow Dash get so competitive with each other, they attempt to cheat one another during a race. In the end, they both come in last. However, in this case, it's justified as they were cheating ''each other'' so much they didn't notice everyone else had gotten ahead of them. [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat They're both formidably athletic, so if they hadn't been busy cheating, they would probably have arrived among the first.]]
** The Flim-Flam brothers in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000". Once the Mane Six and the rest of the Apple family start to outpace the cider machine during the cider contest, Flim and Flam skip the quality control process to get back in the lead. Though this wins them the contest, the resulting product is so terrible that they get run out of town, which would have happened anyway if they lost. At least if they had lost on even terms, it wouldn't have completely ruined their business.
*** Amusingly, had they just run the competition straight up - without allowing for the "honorary family members" to join in - they would have won handily AND had quality cider.
** Zigzagged in "Magic Duel", Trixie returns to Ponyville and challenges Twilight to a magic duel, where to loser is exiled. Nobody knows that Trixie is cheating by using [[ArtifactOfDoom The Alicorn Amulet]] to increase her magic and do spells only for "the highest level unicorns." Trixie wins the duel when Twilight can't copy her trick and exiles her. Twilight's friends learn about the amulet and are able to tell Twilight, and when Twilight confronts Trixie on her cheating she denies it. Twilight then challenges Trixie to a rematch with an amulet of her own and [[CurbStompBattle completely wins]] by outsmarting Trixie by [[{{Irony}} using the magic she's supposed to be an expert in]] against her, slight of hand and stage magic.
* An Al Brodax ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon had Popeye and Brutus in a race. Brutus cheats in a snowy mountainous area backfires, with Popeye shouting "cheaters never win" to him. It echoes and causes an avalanche on top of the two, with Brutus calling out "You and your corny sayings!," which causes another echo and avalanche.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' plays with the trope in "Night Game." [[ItMakesSenseInContext A war between the forces of Good and Evil manifests as a game of baseball]]...and Winston finds himself caught up in it! His friends go in to rescue him, but have to remain neutral since the game is already in progress. At one point, they point out that Evil just cheated. The umpire replies: "But ''evil cheats''...[[CardCarryingVillain That's why we call them "evil."]] Only good is not allowed to cheat. If good adopts the ways of evil, then it becomes evil."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Subverted ''in spades'' by Mr. Burnsepisode in "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield". He boasted an undefeated record in golf for ''decades'' (except one time when he lost on purpose to UsefulNotes/RichardNixon) but only because Mr. Smithers was cheating by planting balls for him on the green - without telling Burns. When they're finally caught when he plays Homer, Homer is anxious to tell everyone, but Smithers convinces him to keep quiet about it, promising that Burns will recommend Marge for the Springfield Country Club if he does; Burn thus gets away scott free. [[spoiler:And ironically, even though Burns apparently kept that promise, as the club voted to accept Marge, she decided against joining.]]
** Lisa spends most of the episode "Saddlesore Galactica" trying to enforce this trope. Her school lost a Battle of the Bands to a school band from Ogdenville despite the fact that the Odgenville school used glowsticks during the act, as visual aids in the competition are strictly forbidden, and is frustrated when even the judges of the competition didn't care about the rule violation, especially since without them Ogdenville would've still won. In the end, she's successful when then-President Bill Clinton got involved - Ogdenville had their win vacated.
* Used as the moral in a "Sonic Sez" segment in ''WesternAnimation/SonicTheHedgehog''.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Cartman pretends to be mentally handicapped in order to enter the Special Olympics; unfortunately for him, he's not actually athletic and comes in dead last.
** In the same episode, Jimmy uses steroids to win and then because of what Cartman does he gives up his medal (given to him by a group of steroid-abusing athletes). He then gives a {{The Reason You Suck Speech}} about why people who use steroids are terrible people, while Barry Bonds grins in the background.
* Sam in the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama All Stars'' episode "Food Fright", he wins the challenge for his team, but then in the elimination ceremony, it's revealed that he was caught smuggling pancakes out of fear of going to Boney Island a second time and that he was starving, thereby not only losing the challenge for his team, but also gets himself flushed.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', Jerry angrily says this straight out to a villain who used robotic implants on [[UnwittingPawn figure skaters]] to make them stronger and faster: "When will you learn that cheaters only cheat themselves?"
* Every single episode of ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''. Dick Dastardly has the best car in the show, and if he'd [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat just race honestly]], he'd win every time. (Granted, almost everybody in that show cheats to some extent, but it's mostly just to make their own journeys easier. Dastardly is the one of the only characters that tries to deliberately impede the others).
** Ironically the one time he did win a race through straight out racing (despite trying to cheat earlier), he was disqualified because he stretched out the the cone of his race car to reach the finish line. Despite you know ''every other racer having similar devices on their cars''. Apparently its alright to use them during the race except the last leg of it. That or they're just really biased against Dastardly. Considering they allowed Peter Perfect to get away with winning a race by pulling off ''the exact same cheat'', it's likely just the latter.
** Even more ironically, Dick Dastardly almost won a race through legitimate means (shouting as he did so, "I'm going to win this race fair and square even if I have to cheat to do it!") but stopped short of the finish line because Muttley wanted his autograph. The debut episode had him stop to pose when the narrator exclaimed the race would end in a photo finish.
* Outright exaggerated in the ''WesternAnimation/{{WordGirl}}'' episode "Two Brains' Quartet." Dr. Two Brains doesn't even ''try'' to win legitimately despite multiple protests from his henchmen that they could probably win and cheating is likely to backfire. They end up disqualified, but the henchmen plead to perform anyway, and their song is amazing -- the mayor outright states that they probably would have won if they hadn't already been disqualified for cheating.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' features the Ice Dancers, Jacques and Josee, as the season's main antagonists, who constantly cheat on challenges and unfairly sabotage other players, making several enemies during the competition. Given their rage upon a Bronze medal win, it makes [[spoiler: [[IronicHell their elimination at third place]]]] all the more satisfying.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the 1994 figure skating Olympics in Seattle, Washington, USA. Portland Oregon skater, Tonya Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt ordered an attack on Seattle Washington skater Nancy Kerrigan. After the news broke, [[TooDumbToLive she attempted to interfere]] in the investigation. Harding was arrested and was charged with $160,000 fine.
* In the 2013 season, the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers was standing just a little too close to the out-of-bounds area as an opposing team's running back was headed for the endzone. While the coach jumped out of the way, it was clear that he'd done it to distract the opposing player, and the coach was fined by the NFL.
* While we're talking football, how about The Denver Broncos, the San Francisco 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers cap avoidance?
** Don't forget the SEC in College Football. There's a reason why they're known as the "Surely Everyone's Cheating" conference, aka SEC. Every single program in the SEC has been on NCAA probation for cheating, and yet have won the last seven 1A FBS National Championships. Hell, you can include the other BCS conferences in this category.
*** Don't forget U$C. Though one of their national championships got stripped when they were caught cheating, there's still the nine others they won.
*** And this is not new either - during the early '80s, the old Southwest Conference had rampant recruiting violations by every member ("if you ain't cheating, you ain't trying"), and Southern Methodist University got smacked with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Methodist_University_football_scandal "death penalty"]] in 1987 - sanctions so harsh the program has never recovered from them. And neither did the conference; within a decade the conference disbanded. Most of the old members are part of the Big 12 today.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16073_the-7-ballsiest-sports-cheats-ever.html The Seven Ballsiest Sports Cheats Ever]].
** Subverted in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18753_the-6-most-creative-abuses-loopholes_p2.html this list's]] number one loophole-abuser. Apparently there's a fine line between "cheating" and "innovation".
* Pete Rose is one of the most famous examples. A gambling scandal labeled him permanently ineligible from Major League Baseball, disqualifying him from the Hall of Fame. As if that weren't enough, he was convicted of tax evasion, and spent five months in jail for it.
** Many other MLB stars who, like Rose, have put up obviously Hall of Fame worthy stats, have failed to get into the Hall because those stats are either universally believed or outright proven to steroid-enhanced. Though players like Barry Bonds, Mark [=McGwire=], Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens aren't banned from the Hall, voters have taken an understandably dim view of roiders and rejected their bids by wide margins, with the expectation being that the same will happen to Alex Rodriguez. This despite the many other users who fell well short of Hall of Fame numbers even ''with'' steroids, proving that it still takes talent to be that good.
*** The cases of Bonds and Clemens are considered especially interesting. While A-Rod is believed to have used steroids since even before his professional career began and many doubt that Sosa would even have Hall-worthy numbers without steroids, Bonds and Clemens are both believed to have only started using steroids later in their careers, after they'd already met the minimum requirements for Hall of Fame eligibility. The book ''Game of Shadows'' documents Bonds's [[{{Pride}} massive ego]] getting the better of him after his historic accomplishment in the 1998 season--becoming the first player in Major League history with 400 home runs and 400 stolen bases (and despite his eventual reputation as a pure slugger, he reached the stolen base mark ''first'')--was completely overshadowed by [=McGwire=] and Sosa's home run race (ending up with 70 and 66 home runs, respectively; the previous single-season record was 61.) Players must play a minimum of 10 major league seasons to be eligible for the Hall of Fame; 1998 was Bonds's 13th. While the start of Clemens's usage isn't as well documented, the prevailing suspicion is that after four disappointing and injury-plagued seasons from 1993 to 1996 led the Boston Red Sox to let Clemens leave as a free agent, with their general manager saying the pitcher was "in the twilight of his career", he turned to [=PEDs=] to revitalize his career, as he showed a marked return to the form he'd shown in his prime, winning the award for best pitcher in the American League in both 1997 and 1998. Like Bonds, Clemens had already played for 13 seasons at this point and most likely would have been headed for the Hall of Fame had he continued on his apparent career trajectory at that point, and also like Bonds, his [[{{Pride}} ego]] proved to be his undoing.
* UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}:
** Averted with Tony Stewart in the final race of the 2011 Sprint Cup season. He basically paid off other drivers through so-called "favors" to let him pass them and win the title from Carl Edwards, who was leading the season going in.
** But played straight in September 2013 at Richmond: Clint Bowyer's spin with seven laps to go is being referred to by some as '''Spinner'''gate, as there is a sizeable contingent of fans, drivers (such as Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who was right behind Bowyer and had the best view), ''and'' quite a few commentators who believe (or at least suspect) he intentionally spun himself out in an attempt to benefit teammate Martin Truex, Jr.
###The in-car camera footage and team audio seems to support this, with crew chief Brian Pattie pointing out Ryan Newman taking the lead and then asking a suspicious string of questions mere seconds before Bowyer spun.
###Bowyer claimed it was a flat tire that sent him around, and indeed the right front was down after the spin, but the behavior of his car, as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. pointed out, was inconsistent with the normal behavior of a car with that condition (which is to go straight into the outside wall then come back down onto the track, rather than spinning onto the apron - spinning like that onto the apron is only unintentional if it is because the car's handling suddenly snaps in the turn without warning, like happened to Kyle Busch's car at Kansas in April), not to mention that the popping noise associated with a flat tire only happened ''after'' the spin.
###Without the spin, Newman would very likely have won the race and taken the second Wildcard over Truex. The ensuing pit stops under the resulting caution put Newman back to sixth and allowed Truex to squeak into the Wildcard on a tiebreaker. The incident also adversely affected Jeff Gordon, as without the caution, he would have squeezed Joey Logano out for 10th place due to the latter being two laps down while Gordon was running eighth. Logano took advantage of the caution to take the wave-around, and wound up improving four spots while Gordon was unable to improve his previous running position and got squeezed out of 10th (and the Chase) by a single point.
###However, NASCAR almost immediately announced that the incident was under review, and on the following Monday [[CheatersNeverProsper threw the book at MWR]] : Bowyer lost fifty points, throwing him down to 12th in the Chase seeding and already more than a full race behind 11th. Truex also lost fifty points, but this was assessed to his pre-seeding total, meaning he was thrown out of the Chase and his spot given to Newman. Even Brian Vickers, who isn't eligible to receive Sprint Cup points, was nailed with this penalty, meaning he'll finish dead last in the 2013 standings. All three teams were also hit with owner point penalties, along with a $300,000 fine, and GM of Competition Ty Norris was indefinitely suspended.
* Averted in the 1986 UsefulNotes/{{FIFA World Cup}}. A play made by Argentinian player Diego Maradona (called "The Hand of God" by fans) was clearly an illegal move, but was not penalized. Argentina would end up winning because of it, leading many to believe (not without merit) that the victory had not been earned.
* If the doping history in the UsefulNotes/TourDeFrance with cyclists like Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis is any indication, doping has become widespread in cycling.
** The doping scandals are further apart than they used to be, where most of the doping scandals in the 2013 media are old ones (Armstrong, Hamilton, Dekker, Rasmussen)
*** This has led to the joke that the best way to become a Tour De France winner is simply to finish. Even if you're in last place, sooner or later everybody ahead of you will be disqualified.
* Marion Jones was the darling of Olympic Track & Field. However, after getting linked to an insurance fraud racket, Jones was forced to admit she used steroids in order to reduce jail time. She gave a public speech admitting she cheated and was stripped of all her medals. Since then, Jones has been trying to make a comeback in different sports, but so far nothing successful has come of it. To be just, Victor Conte, her drug supplier, made it clear that she was actually competing on an equal level, because most if not all of the athletes she competed with, were also using steroids. Given that other athletes worldwide tested positive in future Olympic games since the scandal, [[Main/VillainsNeverLie Conte might be telling the truth.]]
* In the boxing world, Antonio Margarito was a feared power puncher that had knockout power in both hands, and a rock hard chin. Even the great Floyd Mayweather Jr. seemed afraid to fight him, or so his critics will have you believe. He was a big middleweight that could make the welterweight division. His most famous victory was against Miguel Cotto, whom he battered savagely that night, breaking his jaw. Then came the night he was to fight "Sugar" Shane Mosley. Mosley's trainer discovered Margarito's people loading his gloves with liquid plaster which got hard after getting wet. It already had dried blood on it, suggesting it was used many times before. After TheReveal, Margarito got knocked out by Shane Mosley the same night. Margarito, whom no longer had punching power, was exposed as a cheater and nicknamed: Margacheato. However, the trope was almost averted when he still landed a big money fight with superstar boxer Manny Pacquiao. Only for Manny to beat him up so badly, the injuries ended his career and permanently damaged one of his eyes.
* In 2013, Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd tried to stall the end of an NBA game by telling one of his players to "hit me" and make him spill his beverage, forcing a time-out. Not only did the Nets lose, but the NBA got wise, and fined Kidd $50,000.