This is a Super Trope to the following Sub-Trope examples:
- Crippling the Competition: When a character specifically disables their rival by dealing them a physical injury.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: When a character resorts to physical violence or murder to remove the unwanted component of a Love Triangle.
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Anime and Manga
- Being a harem anime, this happens quite frequently in Tenchi Muyo! (where the page image is from) and its various spin-offs. Ryoko and Ayeka in particular often try to use all manner of underhanded tricks to dispose of one another and get Tenchi to themselves.
- In an episode of Ranma ½, Ranma's female form leaves Akane Bound and Gagged backstage in order to steal her role in the school's production of Romeo and Juliet.
- During the final season of Sailor Moon, Sailor Lead Crow poses as a judge at an idol competition in order to steal the Star Seed of one of the panelists. When the competition starts, Sailor Tin Nyanko appears in her place, and states that she unexpectedly had to fill in for her friend. The scene then shifts backstage where Sailor Lead Crow is shown Bound and Gagged behind some props, with it later being revealed that Nyanko wanted her out of the way in order to take sole credit for stealing the Star Seed.
- In the first season, Zoisite was so threatened by the idea of Nephrite's potential success that he sent a trio of monsters after him to kill him. (And likely would have even without "Nephrite is a traitor" as an excuse.)
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion, it is suggested that NERV sabotaged Jet Alone, an Angel-fighting Humongous Mecha developed by their rival company, Japan Heavy Chemical Industries. Both groups were vying for funding from the United Nations, which meant Jet Alone's poor performance netted NERV a ton of cash.
- In the episode "Zenigata Getcha into My Life" of Lupin III (Red Jacket), Lupin does this to Fujiko who has fainted after seeing a frog. Lupin then poses as her while the real Fujiko is kept Bound and Gagged by his gang, with the only tell being the new "Fujiko"'s very hairy legs.
- In an early episode of Naruto, the titular ninja kidnaps his rival Sasuke, and then impersonates him in order to convince Sakura that Sasuke is a massive Jerk Ass.
- In Episode 2 of Sabagebu!, Urara tries to get rid of Momoka by injuring her during warm-up exercises and tossing her into a pile of garbage. It's mentioned by the narrator that she's done similar things to other girls that she viewed as rivals for Miou's attention.
- The Yancy Street Gang does this in FF by hacking into an online database so that they win free concert tickets that were meant to go to winners of a contest. By replacing the real winners, they end up in a prime position to heckle Darla Deering, the singer performing at the show (who they hate).
- Count Carl, an actor and foe of the Golden Age Green Arrow who used his mooks to sabotage his rival performers.
- Laff-A-Lympics: "Take Me Out To The Brawl Game" had an elimination-style baseball tournament between the three teams. The Really Rottens kidnap the Scoobies' star hitter, Captain Caveman and then use a remote-controlled baseball during the contest.
- One Captain N comic turned this into a What You Are in the Dark moment for Samus Aran. After she and Lana are arrested on false charges and throw in prison, Samus plots a breakout and figures that she could leave Lana there and win over Kevin easily. Instead, she saves Lana, figuring that winning Kevin over in such a way would be too easy and would rather earn his heart fairly.
- Narrowly subverted in Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità. Germany and Japan would have fought each other to the death if Italy had not intervened.
- In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, the beginning of Episode 14 has Tron planning to scare Kalinka into giving Mega Man up by knocking on her doorstep with the Gustaff mech.
Films - Animation
- In Cats Don't Dance, The Prima Donna Darla causes a flood in order to get cats banned from the studio, resulting in her feline rival becoming a pariah.
- Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother locks her in her room so she can't try on the glass slipper and stand in the way of one of her daughters marrying the prince. Which turns out to be useless anyway since neither stepsister fits the slipper.
Films - Live-Action
- In Bruce Almighty, the title character gets rid of his rival news anchor Evan Baxter by magically having him act out on live television, getting him fired.
- Love Before Breakfast has Scott buy an oil company to get rid of Bill, Kay's fiance. He transfers Bill to their Japan division in order to put the moves on Kay. She's not impressed.
- In Midnight, Tibor pays a man to hail a taxi to get rid of all the cab drivers who are cutting in on his dance with Eve Peabody. They rush out to find out that the man didn't want a taxi, and instead of coming back to dance with Eve, they beat up the poor guy. A nice trick by Tibor.
- In Curtains, Patti decides to murder the other five auditioning actresses in order to ensure she wins the role of a mentally unstable woman in a film called Audra.
- Grand Moff Tarkin combines this with There's No Kill Like Overkill when he uses the Death Star's superlaser to blow up the base his rival Orson Krennic is on (and practically hitting the guy in the face with it) at the end of Rogue One.
- In Dragon Bones, this is the normal modus operandi of backstabbing nobles (if they don't literally stab backs, that is). The king locked his younger brother up in an asylum for insane nobles, to prevent competition.
- In Heart of Steel, Alistair Mechanus offers to repair the boyfriend of his love interest, but does so by turning his mangled form into a clunky, misshapen cyborg out of jealousy as the perceived relationship between the two.
- In All For The Game, Riko Moriyama breaks Kevin's hand to remove him from the game of Exy.
Live Action TV
- Our Miss Brooks: On several occasions, Miss Enright schemes to put Miss Brooks out of the running for Mr. Boynton's affections:
- In "First Aid Course", Miss Enright threatens to move away to nurse her sick sister...in order to convince Mr. Conklin to tie up Miss Brooks during the evenings teaching the eponymous course.
- In "Four Fiances" Miss Enright corresponds with four men, and proposes marriage to each of them...in Miss Brooks' name.
- In "Mr. Boynton's Barbeque", Miss Enright transfers a sick student to Miss Brooks' class so Miss Brooks would catch a cold. That left Miss Enright a clear field with Mr. Boynton.
- In "Teacher's Convention", Miss Enight relays a message to Walter Denton that Mr. Boynton was "laid up" and wouldn't be attending the convention with Miss Brooks. Walter tells Miss Brooks, leading her to cancel. Mr. Boynton wasn't the least bit sick.
- In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater", an actress frames a rival for murder in order to get her part in a play.
- One of the dance segments from In Living Color! had the actresses from the show dancing in place of the Fly Girls, the show's dance troupe. At the end of the skit, the real Fly Girls were revealed to be Bound and Gagged in a closet.
- One of the "Mathnet" segments from Square One TV involved an aging diva who framed a younger actress for a kidnapping scheme so that she wouldn't be in competition for the same part.
- The Adventures of Pete & Pete episode "Pinned" in which Big Pete joined the wrestling team—and Endless Mike was so determined to wrestle him that he took to murdering the other wrestlers to make sure it happened. (Well, implicitly, anyway. The Pete and Pete universe never specifies what happens to folks who get sucked into hand driers.)
- A girl who claims to want to be just like Cher in Clueless locks her in a closet to steal her part in the school's production of Grease.
- The A Different World episode "Three Girls Three" involves Jalessa and Whitley partnering with a classmate named Angela in order to win a contest to sing with Gladys Knight. Angela ends up stabbing them in the back and wins with another group. The episode then ends with a Fantasy Sequence where the girls imagine what would have happened if they had won, and the last shot reveals Angela Bound and Gagged backstage.
- The music video for Sophie Ellis Bextor's song "Murder On the Dance Floor" has her entering a dance competition in order to win a pair of golden shoes. She sabotages her competition in various ways, including tripping people, poisoning their drinks, and even chloroforming the lone female judge so that she can seduce the male judges.
- Reel Big Fish's music video for "She Has a Girlfriend Now" revolves around a creep who wants to be high high school's homecoming king, so he has his inept henchmen kidnap and imprison his competitors in a broom closet.
- Strong Bad plants Pom Pom's locker with an energy substance in one part of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, in order to cheat in a race.
- In Dragon's Crown, a later-game quest involves investigating a lake on behalf of a man who is being plagued by dream-visions of a beautiful woman calling him there, though his wife refuses to let him go. It turns out the woman is a witch and the woman in the dream visions is a mermaid she transformed into a hideous monster, because the mermaid asked for her help in winning the heart of the man who sets the players on the quest; the witch fell in love with him herself and so trapped her mermaid rival in a hideous form and in the lake before running away with and marrying the man.
- The main objective of Yandere Simulator is to remove any potential rivals for Senpai's affection. While the most obvious solution is to simply Murder the Hypotenuse, the game is set to have non-lethal options such as shaming/humiliating the rival or possibly setting them up with someone else.
- In the Dude, That's My Ghost! episode "The Candidate", Shanilla says that Lolo is insanely competitive, and asks if anyone remembers when they were both up for the same part in the school musical. The scene cuts to a Flash Back of Lolo taking a bow in front of a cheering crowd while Shanilla hangs Bound and Gagged from the rafters backstage.
- In the Grand Finale of King of the Hill, Bobby's meat-judging team is left stranded in a creek after fans from a rival school replace their driver and hijack their bus.
- Done by Stewie in an episode of Family Guy where he kidnaps his babysitter's boyfriend. This is forgotten about until the end of the episode, when he realizes that the boyfriend is still in Brian's trunk and has likely suffocated.
- In the Winx Club episode Miss Magix, the senior witches sabotage a number of the contestants at the titular beauty pageant.
- Diaspora has made new attempts of getting rid of Bloom so she can have Sky.
- Several episodes of Jem and the Holograms involved the Misfits trying to somehow dispose of the Holograms in order to get the spotlight to themselves.
- In the Kim Possible episode "Team Impossible", the titular team tries to force Kim out of the world-saving business, because for them it is literally a business, and Kim's willingness to help people free of charge is undercutting their bottom line.
- In one episode of the Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoon, the Chipmunks and Chipettes perform a Snow White stage adaptation. The director's daughter, angry that Brittany was given the starring role instead of her, manages to lock her in a storage closet for a large portion of the show so she can take her place.
- An episode of Batman Beyond entitled "Hidden Agenda" features a villain named "Terminal." In truth, he is a regular high school student with very promising grades but when his mother learns that he scored second out of thousands of students on the statewide standardized test, he tries to remedy this by killing Maxine Gibson, the student that got the highest score.