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''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12680759/1/Teach-Me-How-to-Win-or-Live Teach Me How to Win (or Live)]]'' is a ''Franchise/{{Cars}}'' fanfic, taking place not too long after the events of the [[WesternAnimaion/Cars3 third film]]. The story shows the aftermath of [[spoiler:Cruz winning the Florida 500 and beating Jackson at his own game]], developing its own unique take on the two characters and why they're the way they are.

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''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12680759/1/Teach-Me-How-to-Win-or-Live Teach Me How to Win (or Live)]]'' is a ''Franchise/{{Cars}}'' fanfic, taking place not too long after the events of the [[WesternAnimaion/Cars3 [[WesternAnimation/Cars3 third film]]. The story shows the aftermath of [[spoiler:Cruz winning the Florida 500 and beating Jackson at his own game]], developing its own unique take on the two characters and why they're the way they are.

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* DeclarationOfProtection: Lightning gives Cruz a small one in chapter 11, where he states that, when it comes to racing, he'd rather just see Cruz well and unharmed in the end.


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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Maybe not "desperately" but, it's implied that Jackson wants to figure out what potential he has outside of racing, when he takes into consideration that he might possibly be let go by his sponsor once guilt-induced depression prevents him from focusing on racing.


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* IronicFear: Cruz, a racecar, ends up developing a fear of racing. PlayedForDrama, however, as she's clearly affected by this and wishes to overcome it.


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* TraumaButton: [[spoiler:After crashing into a wall and having to be hospitalized because of it, Cruz ends up developing a fear of racing. She discovers this during training at Willy's Butte when she views the canyon wall, and proceeds to have a PTSD-related reaction]].


* HistoryRepeats: The ending to chapter 9 has [[spoiler: Cruz getting into an injury during a race, just like Doc Hudson and Lightning]].



** It's quite common in fiction for the {{jerkass}} characters to be beloved by everybody who often fail to realize what they're really like on the inside. Jackson Storm, however, averts that whole shtick completely as he's shown to not have any friends since nobody else is willing to put up with his attitude. Then again, Jackson still has a legion of fans who love him, though it's likely that they're actually unaware of his true colors.

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** It's quite common in fiction for The story downplays the {{jerkass}} characters to be beloved VillainWithGoodPublicity trope by everybody who often fail to realize what they're really like on the inside. showing that Jackson Storm, however, averts that whole shtick completely as he's shown to not Storm doesn't have any friends since nobody else is willing to put up with his attitude. Then again, Jackson attitude, while still has a legion of having fans who love him, though don't know of his behavior (which is TruthInTelevision since it's likely that they're actually common for people to be unaware of his true colors.the off-stage life of many real-life celebrities).


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* SpoilerTitle: Downplayed with "Walls"; ItMakesSenseInContext considering the chapter ends when [[spoiler: Cruz smashes into a wall]] but out of context, you really wouldn't be able to tell exactly what it was supposed to mean.


* {{Flashback}}: Chapter 9 has two of them.
** The first one features Cruz participating in a Rio Grande Speedway race, only to forfeit as she firmly believes she won't win.
** The second is of Jackson as a young kid during Christmas time, distraught that his parents aren't around to celebrate it with.



* MissingMom: Alongside having a missing father, Cruz's mother also died when she was at a young age.

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* MissingMom: LonelyRichKid: Jackson, when he was little, was placed under the care of his nanny Nancy, and felt genuinely lonely as his father was always away and his mother was gone.
* MissingMom:
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Alongside having a missing father, Cruz's mother also died when she was at a young age.
** Jackson never got to know his mother as she left to pursue a career in acting when he was also at a young
age.



** Jackson's parents are discovered to have been very unsupportive of him throughout his life. Storm's father especially, as he calls him in Chapter 8 and fakes a reconcile moment between the two of them in a vain attempt to ask for money.

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** Jackson's parents are father was discovered to have been very unsupportive of him throughout his life. Storm's father especially, as he He even calls him Jackson in Chapter 8 and fakes a reconcile moment between the two of them in a vain attempt to ask for money.


* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Tex would never dream of ever booting either Cruz or Lightning off his racing team, but being the business man that he is who's expected to make good choices, he has no other choice but to remove Cruz as her losing streak badly affected her record.



** Thanks to not being able to keep up with Jackson, Cruz finds herself stuck in the middle of a huge losing streak in which Tex has no other choice but to boot her off the racing team.



** Jackson's parents are discovered to have been very unsupportive of him throughout his life. His father in particular was hardly ever around when he was growing up.

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** Jackson's parents are discovered to have been very unsupportive of him throughout his life. His Storm's father especially, as he calls him in particular was hardly ever around when he was growing up.Chapter 8 and fakes a reconcile moment between the two of them in a vain attempt to ask for money.


** Chapter 4 mentioned how Lightning [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} lost the Piston Cup race in 2006, tried to ask out Sally during a court trial, and generally changed his old ways for the better]]. The 2006 Piston Cup race is also generally brought up a few times here and there.

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** Chapter 4 mentioned how Lightning [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} lost the Piston Cup race in 2006, tried to ask out Sally during a court trial, and generally changed his old ways for the better]]. The 2006 Piston Cup race in particular is also generally brought up a few times here and there.there in the story.



** Cruz [[spoiler:beating Jackson in the Florida 500 race and him ramming her against the wall]] are both get repeatedly mentioned throughout the story (the former moreso than the latter).

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** Cruz [[spoiler:beating Jackson in the Florida 500 race and him ramming her against the wall]] are both get mentioned repeatedly mentioned throughout the story (the former moreso than the latter).


** It's mentioned how Lightning [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} lost the Piston Cup race in 2006, tried to ask out Sally during a court trial, and generally changed his old ways for the better]].

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** It's Chapter 4 mentioned how Lightning [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} lost the Piston Cup race in 2006, tried to ask out Sally during a court trial, and generally changed his old ways for the better]].better]]. The 2006 Piston Cup race is also generally brought up a few times here and there.



** Cruz [[spoiler:beating Jackson in the Florida 500 race and him ramming her against the wall]] are both mentioned several times throughout the story (the former moreso than the latter).
** That one Lightning [=McQueen=] fan returns briefly in chapter 6, this time she's dressed up as Cruz and promptly shouts her name instead.

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** Cruz [[spoiler:beating Jackson in the Florida 500 race and him ramming her against the wall]] are both get repeatedly mentioned several times throughout the story (the former moreso than the latter).
** That one Lightning [=McQueen=] fan returns briefly in chapter Chapter 6, this time she's dressed up as Cruz and promptly shouts her name instead.



* DisappearedDad: Cruz reveals that she never got to know her father. Though it's unknown if he died at some point before she was born, or if he just simply left.

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Tex would never dream of ever booting either Cruz or Lightning off his racing team, but being the business man that he is who's expected to make good choices, he has no other choice but to remove Cruz as her losing streak badly affected her record.
* DisappearedDad: Cruz reveals in Chapter 4 that she never got to know her father. Though it's unknown if he died at some point before she was born, or if he just simply left.



* FriendlessBackground: It's clearly stated that Jackson doesn't have any actual friends as he prefers to distance himself from everyone else and evidently doesn't get along with other vehicles.

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* FriendlessBackground: It's clearly bluntly stated that Jackson doesn't have any actual friends as he prefers to distance himself from everyone else and evidently doesn't get along with other vehicles.



* HeyThatsMyLine: Lightning playfully chides Cruz for using his "I am Speed" catchphrase early in chapter 6 before a race.

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* HeyThatsMyLine: Lightning playfully chides Cruz for using his "I am Speed" catchphrase early in chapter Chapter 6 before a the 2017 Piston Cup race.



* NoSocialSkills: Jackson has next-to-no proper social skills whatsoever, due to focusing so much on racing and disliking the thought of actually making friends.

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* NoSocialSkills: Jackson has next-to-no proper social skills whatsoever, due to focusing so much on since he spends most of his time racing and disliking dislikes the thought of actually making friends.



** Lightning reveals that he wasn't on very good terms with his father, who disapproved of his dreams of wanting to become a racer.
** Jackson's parents are discovered to have been very unsupportive of him throughout his life.

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** Another Chapter 4 reveal, Lightning reveals mentions that he wasn't on very good terms with his father, parents. His father in particular, who disapproved of his dreams of wanting to become a racer.
** Jackson's parents are discovered to have been very unsupportive of him throughout his life. His father in particular was hardly ever around when he was growing up.



* SoProudOfYou: Lightning assures Cruz that, even though she continues to lose to Jackson, he's still proud of her for giving it her all in her racing career.

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* SoProudOfYou: In Chapter 8, Lightning assures Cruz that, even though she continues to lose to Jackson, he's still proud of her for giving it her all in her racing career.


* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: {{Zigzagged}} with Jackson; he still has his fans who think he is great, but Jackson is generally loathed by just about everybody else that he has to work alongside with for [[{{Jerkass}} understandable]] [[ItsAllAboutMe reasons]].



* DemotedToExtra: Downplayed, as he still serves as an important character, but Lightning gets sidelined a bit as the story was meant to place more focus on Cruz and Jackson.

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* DemotedToExtra: Downplayed, {{Downplayed}}, as he still serves as an important character, but Lightning gets sidelined a bit as the story was meant to place more focus on Cruz and Jackson.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Jackson clearly doesn't give a damn about anybody but himself.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jackson Storm, as always, Arguable even moreso than in the original film.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Jackson clearly doesn't give a damn about anybody but himself.
himself. Time will only tell if this'll stay that way.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jackson Storm, as always, Arguable Arguably even moreso than in the original film.



** Jackson, the insufferable {{jerkass}} that he is, doesn't have any real friends since all the other racers can barely put up with his attitude.
** Due to suffering a huge losing streak thanks to Jackson, Tex has no other choice but to boot Cruz off the racing team.

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** Jackson, It's quite common in fiction for the insufferable {{jerkass}} characters to be beloved by everybody who often fail to realize what they're really like on the inside. Jackson Storm, however, averts that he is, doesn't whole shtick completely as he's shown to not have any real friends since all the other racers can barely nobody else is willing to put up with his attitude.
attitude. Then again, Jackson still has a legion of fans who love him, though it's likely that they're actually unaware of his true colors.
** Due Thanks to suffering not being able to keep up with Jackson, Cruz finds herself stuck in the middle of a huge losing streak thanks to Jackson, in which Tex has no other choice but to boot Cruz her off the racing team.

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: During the Piston Cup race, Lightning tries to convince Cruz that she can beat Storm by reminding her that she overtook him in practice. Cruz responds by informing Lightning that he's slower than Storm, before realizing what she had just said.
-->'''Cruz:''' Sorry! You know what I mean.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Cruz fears this about Jackson, who is more experienced and stronger than she is. This becomes more apparent after she kept losing to him in a series of races following the Florida 500.


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** That one Lightning [=McQueen=] fan returns briefly in chapter 6, this time she's dressed up as Cruz and promptly shouts her name instead.


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* HeyThatsMyLine: Lightning playfully chides Cruz for using his "I am Speed" catchphrase early in chapter 6 before a race.
-->'''Cruz:''' What? You're pretty good at pep talk.
-->'''Lightning:''' ''(chuckling)'' Yeah, but it's ''my'' pep talk. You've gotta come up with your own.


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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Cruz is apparently the only female racer among her team.


** Ramone and Cruz's cousin Pablo also have a brief exchange in Spanish.

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** Ramone and Cruz's cousin Pablo also have a brief exchange in Spanish.Spanish after the former gives the latter a new paint job.



* DemotedToExtra: Downplayed, as he still serves as an important character, but Lightning gets sidelined a bit as the story places more focus on Cruz and Jackson.

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** Cruz [[spoiler:beating Jackson in the Florida 500 race and him ramming her against the wall]] are both mentioned several times throughout the story (the former moreso than the latter).
* DemotedToExtra: Downplayed, as he still serves as an important character, but Lightning gets sidelined a bit as the story places was meant to place more focus on Cruz and Jackson.



* {{Filler}}: The author herself has admitted that the first several chapters were mostly just character introductions, wanting to show off what they're like when they're not racing before getting into the actual plot.
* FriendlessBackground: It's clearly stated that Jackson doesn't have any friends due to him preferring to shut himself out from everybody else and being a general jerk.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: "Friend" is stretching it, but it's shown that none of the Next-Gen racers (sans Cruz, debateably) really like Storm all that much due to being a stuck-up dick all the time.

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* {{Filler}}: The author herself has admitted that the first several chapters were mostly just character introductions, wanting to show off what they're actually like when they're not racing before getting into the actual plot.
* FriendlessBackground: It's clearly stated that Jackson doesn't have any actual friends due as he prefers to him preferring to shut distance himself out from everybody everyone else and being a general jerk.
evidently doesn't get along with other vehicles.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: "Friend" is stretching it, but it's shown that none of the Next-Gen racers (sans Cruz, debateably) really like Storm all that much due to him being a stuck-up dick all the time.



* NoSocialSkills: Jackson has next-to-no social skills whatsoever, due to focusing so much on racing and disliking the thought of actually making friends.

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* NoSocialSkills: Jackson has next-to-no proper social skills whatsoever, due to focusing so much on racing and disliking the thought of actually making friends.



** Jackson, due to being an insufferable {{jerkass}}, doesn't have any real friends as all the other racers can barely put up with his attitude.

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** Jackson, due to being an the insufferable {{jerkass}}, {{jerkass}} that he is, doesn't have any real friends as since all the other racers can barely put up with his attitude.



** Cruz also learn that it's gonna take a ''lot'' more than just "making an arrangement" to reform a jerk like Jackson,
* RedemptionRejection: In the first chapter, Cruz tries to make amends with Jackson as she didn't want there to be any sort of contempt between the two of them. Jackson, naturally, denies her request and instead chews her out for thinking that they'd automatically become friends afterwards.

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** Cruz also learn learns that it's gonna take a ''lot'' more than just "making an arrangement" to reform a jerk someone like Jackson,
Jackson.
* RedemptionRejection: In Well, maybe not exactly ''redemption'' but, in the first chapter, Cruz tries to make amends with Jackson as she didn't want there to be any sort of contempt between the two of them. Jackson, naturally, denies her request and instead chews her out for thinking that they'd automatically become friends afterwards.


* AscendedExtra: Ray, Jackson's crew chief who only appeared in one scene in the whole film, gets a considerably bigger role in the film as the guy who tries to keep Jackson's behavior in check.

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* AscendedExtra: Ray, Jackson's crew chief who only appeared in one scene in the whole film, gets a considerably bigger role in the film story as the guy who tries to keep Jackson's behavior in check.


''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12680759/1/Teach-Me-How-to-Win-or-Live Teach Me How to Win (or Live)]]'' is a ''Franchise/{{Cars}}'' fanfic, taking place not too long after the events of the [[WesternAnimaion/Cars3 third film]]. The story serves to show the aftermath of Cruz winning the Florida 500 and beating Jackson at his own game, and develops its own unique take on the two characters and why they're the way they are.

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''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12680759/1/Teach-Me-How-to-Win-or-Live Teach Me How to Win (or Live)]]'' is a ''Franchise/{{Cars}}'' fanfic, taking place not too long after the events of the [[WesternAnimaion/Cars3 third film]]. The story serves to show shows the aftermath of Cruz [[spoiler:Cruz winning the Florida 500 and beating Jackson at his own game, and develops game]], developing its own unique take on the two characters and why they're the way they are.



* TheClan: According to Mater, his family's so large that you need a GPS just to find one of them at a family reunion.



* DisappearedDad: Cruz reveals in chapter 4 that she never got to know her father. It's unclear if he died at some point before she was born, or if he ran away.
* FamilyOfChoice: Lightning declares everybody at Radiator Springs to be his true family, after having a rather mangled relationship with his actual family.

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* DisappearedDad: Cruz reveals in chapter 4 that she never got to know her father. It's unclear Though it's unknown if he died at some point before she was born, or if he ran away.
just simply left.
* FamilyOfChoice: FamilyOfChoice:
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Lightning declares everybody at Radiator Springs to be his true family, after having a rather mangled relationship with his actual family.family.
** Cruz also declares her aunt Carla and cousins Victor and Pablo to be her actual family as well rather than just her extended family. Justified, as she grew up with all three of them.


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* PapaWolf: Lightning serves as sort of a father figure to Cruz. Especially after he learns that she never had an actual father.


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* WhyCantIHateYou: A non-romantic variation (thus far) as Cruz can't bring herself to truly hate Jackson Storm as she wants to find some good in him, even after he [[spoiler:rammed her against the wall]] in the film and insults her frequently.


* BilingualBonus: When Carla is about to show everybody a video of a younger Cruz dressed up as Lightning [=McQueen=], Cruz quickly panics and shouts to Carla in Spanish, "Por favor! No me averguences delante de mis nuevos amigos!" [[note]] "Please! Do not embarrass me in front of my new friends!"[[/note]]

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* BilingualBonus: BilingualBonus:
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When Carla is about to show everybody a video of a younger Cruz dressed up as Lightning [=McQueen=], Cruz quickly panics and shouts to Carla in Spanish, "Por favor! No me averguences delante de mis nuevos amigos!" [[note]] "Please! Do not embarrass me in front of my new friends!"[[/note]]friends!"[[/note]]
** Ramone and Cruz's cousin Pablo also have a brief exchange in Spanish.
-->'''Pablo:''' Thanks man, Se lo agradezco mucho. [[note]]I appreciate it a lot.[[/note]]
-->'''Ramone:''' Eh, no hay de que. [[note]]You're welcome.[[/note]]



* TheFriendNobodyLikes: "Friend" is stretching it, but it's shown that none of the other Next-Gen racers really like Storm all that much due to being a stuck-up dick all the time.

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: "Friend" is stretching it, but it's shown that none of the other Next-Gen racers (sans Cruz, debateably) really like Storm all that much due to being a stuck-up dick all the time.



* IOweYouMyLife: An example that doesn't revolve around death; Cruz is very much thankful of her aunt Carla for taking care of her and her cousins all these years, and wants to pay Carla back by buying her a new home with the money she earns from racing.



** Jackson, due to being the {{jerkass}} that he is, doesn't have any real friends and all the other racers can barely put up with him.

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** Jackson, due to being the {{jerkass}} that he is, an insufferable {{jerkass}}, doesn't have any real friends and as all the other racers can barely put up with him.his attitude.


* TookALevelInKindness: Bubba, Chase, Ryan, and Danny, the other Next-Gen racers, are considerably more nicer in the story than they are in the film, having accepting Cruz as a racer like them and even defend her when Jackson starts causing trouble.

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* TookALevelInKindness: Bubba, Chase, Ryan, and Danny, the other Next-Gen racers, racers besides Jackson and Cruz, are considerably more nicer in the story than they are in the film, having accepting Cruz as a racer like them and even defend her when Jackson starts causing trouble.

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