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Humiliating Wager
"Each of the two contestants would then concentrate their will on the bottle and attempt to tip it and pour spirit into the glass of his opponent, who would then have to drink it.
The bottle would then be refilled. The game would be played again. And again.
Once you started to lose you would probably keep losing, because one of the effects of Janx Spirit is to depress telepsychic power.
As soon as a predetermined quality had been consumed, the final loser would have to perform a forfeit, which was usually obscenely biological.

Some bets are for money or material possessions. Other times, it's a person's dignity that's on the line.

Sometimes called a "penalty game" in Japanese media, this trope is when two or more characters make a bet where the loser must do or be subjected to something humiliating. Common penalties involve crossdressing, undressing, silly dances, shaved heads, eating disgusting things, or could go all the way up to becoming the winner's Wager Slave.

This can be used as an example of the wacky hijinks of a group of friends. Or for this trope's darker side, it can be used to characterize an antagonist as someone who's not satisfied with simply defeating his opponents. This guy wants to utterly humiliate them. This can also set the villain up to be Hoist by His Own Petard and get himself subjected to the humiliating fate he wished upon the heroes.

Super Trope of Wager Slave, where the Humiliating Wager is a period of servitude, and Strip Poker, where players place bets of their own clothing.

Examples

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    Advertising 
  • An advertisement for DiGiorno pizza had a man betting that the pizza he was eating was actually delivery. Next scene his boss is walking into the elevator to see him wearing a pink tutu. The boss merely asks "Lost another bet?"
    • There are several variations of this one, including one where the guy in the elevator is naked, but for his strategically-held briefcase.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • Joey ends up on the bad end of this with Duke. Duke wins and puts Joey in a dog suit, forcing him to obey all his commands —until Yugi steps in to free him.
    • In the early part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, "other Yugi" is all about penalty games...
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni has the main characters' club often handing out these kinds of penalties to the loser of the game of the day. One memorable result of this is Keiichi being forced to walk home in a maid outfit.
  • Comes up in Star Driver.
    President: If you win, I'll double your pay. If you lose, you have to kiss me through the glass...except without the glass, and for as long as I want.
  • In Marmalade Boy, Ginta plays in a tennis tournament against his cousin, Tsutomu Rokutanda, who states that the loser has to shave their head. Of course, he ends up losing, and does go through with shaving his head.
  • Girls und Panzer: As a result of losing their practice match against St. Gloriana, the girls have to perform the utterly ridiculous "Anglerfish Dance".

    Film 
  • Hackers. Dade Murphy and Kate Libby have a contest to see who's the best hacker. If Murphy wins then Kate will go on a date with him, if Kate wins Murphy will do scut work for her. In a later round of the contest they make another bet: whoever loses will have to wear a dress during their date.

    Literature 
  • At an early point in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the narration describes a drinking game which, if you lost, you had to perform a forfeit, "usually obscenely biological".

    Live Action TV 
  • Father Ted has the titular character famously made to kick Bishop Brennon up the arse as the forfeit for a lost football match between elderly priests (technically Ted's team won the match, but he was disqualified for cheating).
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: The twins enter a bet at the local supermarket they work at against a rival market, claiming that they were the better bag boys. Ultimately, they lose, and the twins and their boss have to work an entire shift in dresses.
  • The Big Bang Theory: The guys lose a bowling match and therefore have to show up at the comic book shop dressed as superheroines.
  • In The Shield (S03E04: Streaks and Tips), two LAPD teams (Strike Team and Decoy Squad) compete to solve a car-jacking case. They make a bet saying that the losing team has to streak naked through the police station. Decoy Squad loses.
  • Drake & Josh: Drake and Josh are addicted to eating junk food/playing videogames, respectively, and each contractualy make a bet that they could go without their respective addictions longer than the other one, with their parents getting in on the betting action. The loser would have to die... their hair pink. Both Drake and Josh crack at the same moment, meaning they both lost (along with both parents), so all of them end up with pink hair.
  • Mash. In "The Joker is Wild", Hawkeye bets B.J. Hunnicutt that he can't pull off a prank on each of the major characters. When B.J. succeeds, Hawkeye has to stand on a table in the mess hall with his pants down and sing "You're the Tops" to him.
  • Married... with Children. An early episode involved Peg and her arch-rival from when they were kids. Since neither of them had much money then, they used to do this a lot, with Peg losing more often than not. In this episode, their respective families had a bowling contest. The Bundys lost on the last frame, forcing Peg to have to dress up as a human trophy.
  • Neds Declassified School Survival Guide has Ned and Mose making a bet that they won't procrastinate on a project. The loser has to do a silly dance wearing silly clothes. Ned seems to be procrastinating, except he was doing things relevant to his assignment, and Mose was procrastinating.
  • A Running Gag on one series of Top Gear was that one of the presenters, each week, was wearing something ugly as the result of a bet. One week, it was subverted; James May was involved.
  • On Cheers during the last season. Sam and arch-rival Gary had a bet on who would make the most money on St. Patrick's Day. Having lost, Sam and a bunch of the guys (Woody, Cliff, Norm and Paul) had to appear in Gary's bar naked while singing "Getting To Know You".

    Machinima 
  • Red vs. Blue - As per the terms of a surrender, the Reds had to admit that they suck, which they counter with the offer of admitting that only one of them sucks.
    Grif: *sigh* "I would just like to let everyone know, that I suck..."
    Church: "And?"
    Grif: "And that I'm a girl..."
    Church: "What else!?"
    Grif: "And I like ribbons in my hair, and I want to kiss all the boys!"

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In FoxTrot, Peter has to shave his head after the baseball team loses a bet with the soccer team about who could eat the most burgers at White Castle.
  • Zits: The bets in the poker games between Jeremy and his friends usually involve humiliating forfeits such as "one conspicuous nose pick in front of a hot girl".

    Professional Wrestling 
  • WWE
    • At King of the Ring 1995, Bret Hart defeated Jerry Lawler in a "Kiss My Feet" match. Lawler prepared for the match by doing things like wallowing barefoot through stables to make his feet into Nausea Fuel, while Hart trained for the actual match. When Hart won, he made Lawler kiss not just his feet, but Lawler's own as well.
    • At SummerSlam 91, The Big Bossman faced the Mountie in a match where the loser would have to spend a night in jail. The Boss Man won, and when the Mountie was put into the cell, he was greeted by his new cellmate asking him "Do you like leather?"
    • As a result of Maven losing a match, Simon Dean (an evil fitness guru) once had to eat 20 cheeseburgers. He threw up after he finished the last one.
    • As if the infamous "Bra and Panties" matches weren't humiliating enough, there was this one where the winner got to spank the loser.
    • In the match shown here between Tori Wilson and Candice Michelle, winning the match and the wager only required getting ahold of the paddle, in which case the winner was allowed to spank the loser. There was a Twist Ending, however, when one of them succeeded.
  • Hair vs. hair matches in general.
  • In the territory days, it was not uncommon for promoters to do matches where the loser had to eat dog food (in reality, cold beef stew) or get "tarred and feathered" (the "tar" was chocolate syrup).
  • In Memphis, Jerry Lawler once won a match against Eddie Gilbert with the stipulation that if he won, Missy Hyatt (Eddie's wife) had to be his maid for a day.
  • In the now-defunct World Class Championship Wrestling, Jimmy Garvin lost a match to David Von Erich and as a result, he and his valet/wife Precious were put to work on the Von Erich ranch for a day.
  • In Mid-South Wrestling, Jim Cornette had a few instances where he had to wear a dress or a diaper because his men lost a match.
  • In the American Wrestling Association, manager Bobby Heenan had to wear a weasel suit after one of his men lost a match.
  • Larry Sweeney found himself on the receiving end of one in 2005. At CHIKARA Aniversario Blue, May 20, 2005, Knight Eye for the Pirate Guy (Lance Steel and Jolly Roger) defeated Sweeney and ShareCropper in a match where, had Sweeney's team won, Allison Danger would have to be Sweeney's "slave" for 30 days, but, if Knight Eye won, Sweet 'n' Sour International would have to appear in diapers the following night. Knight Eye won when Sweeney was Hoisted by His Own Petard after accidentally hitting ShareCropper with a chain. Steel pinned ShareCropper for the win. The following night, Aniversario Orange, Sweeney walked out and said that ShareCropper wasn't there so he doesn't have to appear in a diaper. Leonard F. Chikarason threatened Sweeney with not being able to wrestle for CHIKARA again if he didn't live up to the stipulation in the contract. Sweeney stormed off and came back 10 minutes later with Sweet 'n' Sour International (Crossbones, Rorschach, Mano Metalico) and himself all wearing diapers. Sweeney complained how they were in this situation because they didn't listen to him, they hadn't gotten on the winning streak that he wanted and, Crossbones wouldn't put the dishes away. Sweeney fired all three guys, said he quits and that Sweet 'n' Sour International was no more, and left through the back door.
  • At FMW Making of a New Legend- Day 2, June 15, 1999, Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeated Hido, Mr. Gannosuke and Yukihiro Kanemura in a "Six Man Loser Eats Dog Food Ladder Scramble Match."

    Real Life 
  • Kiefer Sutherland made a Super Bowl bet with one of his friends that if his team lost he would do his next appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in a dress. He (Kiefer) lost.
  • Strip Poker, where you start gambling your own clothes if you run out of chips. Many unlucky losers go home with only their underwear, and sometimes not even that.
  • In the DVD Commentary for the second season of The Venture Bros. creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Public made a bet between themselves that they could go through a whole season without making a Star Wars joke. The loser had to get the same haircut that they had in their 8th grade year book photo. Apparently, both slipped up, although Doc's reference was just the Monarch giving Dean a We Can Rule Together speech, which he argued isn't specifically a Star Wars reference.

    Video Games 
  • In Escape from Monkey Island Guybrush lets himself into the house of Ozzy Mandrill, an entrepreneur who's winning a large amount of land by challenging pirates to various forms of insults contests. If you challenge him to a sword fight, his win condition is that Guybrush has to leave his house. You have a number of dialog options, one of which is making him dance in the center of town in a chicken suit. Unfortunately, it's impossible to win because Guybrush can't make sense of his Austrailian slang-laden insults.

    Web Video 
  • Smosh Games' Game Bang videos always end with the losing player(s) undergoing some form of humiliation related to the game they played that episode. For example, when Ian, Mari and Joven lost a Halo 4 tournament, they were made to do a karaoke performance of Halo by Beyoncé.

    Western Animation 
  • The Looney Tunes short "Early to Bet" does this. The Gambling Bug bites a cat, and the cat is compelled to bet with a Bully Bulldog, with the payments in the form of penalties or forfeits. The cat lost so many times and suffered so much the bulldog, out of pity, eventually decided to stop taking bets from the cat.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • At the start of the episode "The Ticketmaster", Applejack tells Twilight Sparkle that she bet Big Macintosh that she could get all the golden delicious apples picked and put in the barn by lunch time, and if she does, he has to walk down the street in one of Granny Smith's girdles.
    • Then, in "Applebuck Season", Big Mac is unable to help her harvest the rest of the apples due to a mysterious back injury (which isn't really that mysterious if you consider the difference in size between Big Mac and Granny Smith). Let this be a lesson to you, children: when you gamble with your sister, make sure public humiliation is the only stake.
  • In an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Jumba and Pleakley get caught up in Lilo and Stitch's argument over who's better at capturing experiments, and each agrees to coach one of them in capturing a pair of experiments. They agree to bet that whoever's protegee captures the experiment first, the other has to perform "the Funky Glognart, the insipid dance of a thousand hours". Meanwhile, Lilo and Stitch learn a lesson in teamwork and end up capturing both experiments together, which means both Pleakley and Jumba have to perform the dance.
  • The Simpsons: Homer & Ned make a bet that "the father of the boy who doesn't win" in a minigolf game has to mow their lawn in their wife's Sunday dress. It works out to be a tie; Homer invokes Exact Words and makes both Ned and himself do it, figuring it'd be worth his own humiliation to see Ned humiliated. But Ned enjoys it; he thinks of it as a fond flashback to his college frat days.
  • One episode of Tiny Toon Adventures had Babs and Plucky having a competition to see who can get more pictures into the yearbook. The loser suffers a humiliation of the winner's choice. To that end, Plucky joins every club at Acme Looniversity and even becomes the editor. Babs employs a number of underhanded tactics herself. When the count is made, neither of them get it. The winner turns out to be some kid in an orange hat who manages to appear in every picture. The it turns out he's really Buster in disguise, trying to teach the two of them a lesson. They don't take it well.
  • In Regular Show, the park employees are tired of Mordecai chickening out on kissing Margaret. They make him a bet that if he can't kiss her by a certain time, he has to wear a diaper for a whole week. While on a date, Margaret finds out and is pissed because she thinks he only went out with her to win a bet. Mordecai defends himself by saying that he only took the bet to help give him the courage to kiss her. Margaret seems to accept that, and the two lean in close, seconds before the bet is up... and then Margaret leans close to his ear and says "Have a nice week, diaper boy..."
  • In Johnny Bravo, Pops once made a bet with Carl that he could teach Johnny how to get along in high society. Loser has to do a sombrero dance.

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