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* InfiniteOneUps: {{Exploited}} by Parzival (on the advice of [=Art3mis=]) when playing VideoGame/{{Tempest}} within the final gate. He makes use of a GoodBadBug to immediately obtain 40 extra credits. While he ends up not needing to do again, this exploit would have been repeatable if he had lost 39 times before beating the game.

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* InfiniteOneUps: {{Exploited}} by Parzival (on the advice of [=Art3mis=]) when playing VideoGame/{{Tempest}} within the final gate. He makes use of a GoodBadBug {{Good Bad Bug|s}} to immediately obtain 40 extra credits. While he ends up not needing to do again, this exploit would have been repeatable if he had lost 39 times before beating the game.

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* {{Limerick}}: The clue for where to find the copper key is in the form of a limerick, and thus appropriately called "The Limerick" among gunters.
-->The Copper Key awaits explorers. In a tomb filled with horrors. But you have much to learn. If you hope to earn. A place among the high scorers."


** Halliday describes his prize as this, even though it's technically a TreasureHunt. The TropeMaker (''VideoGame/{{Adventure}}'') is [[spoiler:the location of Halliday's Easter Egg]].

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** Halliday describes his prize as this, even though it's technically a TreasureHunt.treasure hunt. The TropeMaker (''VideoGame/{{Adventure}}'') is [[spoiler:the location of Halliday's Easter Egg]].


* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: The Battle of Castle Anorak has at its core a matchup between, one on side [[Series/SpiderManJapan Leopardon]], [[Anime/MazingerZ Minerva X]], [[Series/MobileSuitGundam RX-78]], and [[Anime/BraveRaideen Raideen]]; and on the other, Mecha Godzilla, Anime/{{Voltron}}, and a few [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelions]] and TabletopGame/{{Battletech}}s.

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* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: The Battle of Castle Anorak has at its core a matchup between, one on side [[Series/SpiderManJapan Leopardon]], [[Anime/MazingerZ Minerva X]], [[Series/MobileSuitGundam [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam RX-78]], and [[Anime/BraveRaideen Raideen]]; and on the other, Mecha Godzilla, Anime/{{Voltron}}, and a few [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelions]] and TabletopGame/{{Battletech}}s.


* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Wade is able to convince ''all'' of the other Gunters to come help him get through the last gate. Even though this will mean that those Gunters will lose their own chance at winning, Wade correctly reasons that they'll help because, given the choice, they'd rather see [[JustForFun/OneOfUs him]] win than [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Sorrento]].]]

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* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Wade EnemyMine:
**[[spoiler:Wade
is able to convince ''all'' of the other Gunters to come help him get through the last gate. Even though this will mean that those Gunters will lose their own chance at winning, Wade correctly reasons that they'll help because, given the choice, they'd rather see [[JustForFun/OneOfUs him]] win than [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Sorrento]].]]]]
**Even before that, Sixers were already considered the ultimate enemy by Gunters, to the point that rivalling Gunter clans would gladly put their differences aside for a moment to gang up on the Sixers first.

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: When IOI blows up the stacks where Wade lives because he refuses to join or help them, they plant some drug lab equipment between the rubble to make it look like the explosion was the result of an illegal meth lab blowing up. It works.


* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Wade is able to convince ''all'' of the other Gunters to come help him get through the last gate. Even though this will mean that those Gunters will lose their own chance at winning, Wade correctly reasons that they'll help because, given the choice, they'd rather see [[OneOfUs him]] win than [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Sorrento]].]]

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* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Wade is able to convince ''all'' of the other Gunters to come help him get through the last gate. Even though this will mean that those Gunters will lose their own chance at winning, Wade correctly reasons that they'll help because, given the choice, they'd rather see [[OneOfUs [[JustForFun/OneOfUs him]] win than [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Sorrento]].]]

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** Wade himself gets one when negotiating with Sorrento. [[spoiler:He offers to work for IOI if Sorrento is fired. Sorrento's bosses agree to his demands, and Sorrento is royally pissed when he finds out Wade was just bluffing.]]

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* ComebackMechanic: [[spoiler:The final gate cannot be opened unless there are three participants with the crystal key present, preventing a single player from winning without competition. This prevents IOI from winning, despite having uncontested access to the crystal gate for weeks.]]


** Unfortunately becomes something of a BrokenAesop since by the time it's driven home, Wade already got friends, a girlfriend, and loads of money exactly because he obsessively pursued the contest and studied all of Halliday's favorite things to win it. Yes, he clearly should've spent all his time playing video games and watching old TV shows. Look what it got him. [[spoiler: Granted the book breaks it less than the movie, as it ends without saying what, if anything, Wade does with total control over the OASIS.]]

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** Unfortunately becomes something of a BrokenAesop since by the time it's driven home, Wade already got friends, a girlfriend, and loads of money exactly because he obsessively pursued the contest and studied all of Halliday's favorite things to win it. Yes, he clearly should've spent all his By the time playing video games and watching old TV shows. Look what it got him. [[spoiler: Granted the book breaks it less than the movie, as it ends without saying what, if anything, Wade does he's gotten over his addiction to fantasy, his addiction to fantasy has set him up with total control over the OASIS.]]everything he needs to coast through real life instead of making him brave enough to face its shortcomings and difficulties.


** Unfortunately becomes something of a BrokenAesop since by the time it's driven home Wade is pretty much set because he got friends, a girlfriend, and loads of money exactly because he obsessively pursued the contest and studied all of Halliday's favorite things to win it. [[spoiler: Granted the book breaks it less than the movie, as it ends without saying what, if anything, Wade does with total control over the OASIS.]]

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** Unfortunately becomes something of a BrokenAesop since by the time it's driven home home, Wade is pretty much set because he already got friends, a girlfriend, and loads of money exactly because he obsessively pursued the contest and studied all of Halliday's favorite things to win it.it. Yes, he clearly should've spent all his time playing video games and watching old TV shows. Look what it got him. [[spoiler: Granted the book breaks it less than the movie, as it ends without saying what, if anything, Wade does with total control over the OASIS.]]


* DespairEventHorizon: Wade contemplates suicide should the Sixers succeed in finding the Easter Egg.

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* DespairEventHorizon: Wade contemplates suicide should the Sixers succeed in finding the Easter Egg.


* MoralDissonance: Wade is downright incensed at the idea that the Sixers can easily make their way through the first challenge -- [[spoiler:re-enacting the entirety of ''Film/WarGames'' from the perspective of the main character]], by [[spoiler:feeding each other the necessary lines]] -- holding it up as a prime example of how they are blatantly violating the spirit of the Egg Hunt. But in the final challenge -- [[spoiler:which turns out to be a similar re-enactment program, this time of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'']] -- Wade doesn't see anything wrong at all with allowing his friends to help him out in the exact same way, even though he earlier made a very big deal about how it was one of the lowest kinds of cheating when the Sixers did it.

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* MoralDissonance: Wade is downright incensed at the idea that the Sixers can easily make their way through the first challenge -- [[spoiler:re-enacting the entirety of ''Film/WarGames'' from the perspective of the main character]], character]] -- by [[spoiler:feeding each other the necessary lines]] -- lines]], holding it up as a prime example of how they are blatantly violating the spirit of the Egg Hunt. But in the final challenge -- [[spoiler:which turns out to be a similar re-enactment program, this time of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'']] -- Wade doesn't see anything wrong at all with allowing his friends to help him out in the exact same way, even though he earlier made a very big deal about how it was one of the lowest kinds of cheating when the Sixers did it.


** Unfortunately becomes something of a BrokenAesop since by the time it's driven home Wade is pretty much set because he got friends, a girlfriend, and loads of money exactly because he obsessively pursued the contest and studied all of Halliday's favorite things to win it.

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** Unfortunately becomes something of a BrokenAesop since by the time it's driven home Wade is pretty much set because he got friends, a girlfriend, and loads of money exactly because he obsessively pursued the contest and studied all of Halliday's favorite things to win it. [[spoiler: Granted the book breaks it less than the movie, as it ends without saying what, if anything, Wade does with total control over the OASIS.]]

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