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* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'': Yuri gets his big break in the form of finally getting to the Sochi Grand Prix Final and competing against his idol, Victor Nikiforov. He crashes and burns, placing dead last, and messes up the rest of the skating season. Thanks to Victor showing up to be his coach, he recovers and ends the next GPF [[spoiler:as the silver medalist (by the razor-thin margin of 0.12 points), breaking a world record - set by a LivingLegend - in the process.]]


Contrast HopelessAuditionees, who never had a chance in the first place.

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Contrast HopelessAuditionees, who never had a chance in the first place. See also TalentContest.


* The protagonist of ''CenterStage 2: Turn It Up'' moves from her home in Detroit to audition for the American Ballet Academy, but ends up homeless in New York, too ashamed to tell her friends and family that she didn't make the cut. The support of her sister and the LoveInterest who made it into the academy helps her muster the courage to audition for a prestigious Broadway ballet show.

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* The protagonist of ''CenterStage 2: ''Center Stage: Turn It Up'' (the sequel of ''Film/CenterStage'') moves from her home in Detroit to audition for the American Ballet Academy, but ends up homeless in New York, too ashamed to tell her friends and family that she didn't make the cut. The support of her sister and the LoveInterest who made it into the academy helps her muster the courage to audition for a prestigious Broadway ballet show.



* In the 1946 film ''Film/DollFace'', the protagonist "Doll Face" Carroll is a burlesque performer who is looking to make it big on broadway. Though she fails her initial audition due to being recognized from her current job, she and her fiance devise a plan to break into the business by writing an autobiography to clean up her image.

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* In the 1946 1945 film ''Film/DollFace'', the protagonist "Doll Face" Carroll is a burlesque performer who is looking to make it big on broadway. Though she fails her initial audition due to being recognized from her current job, she and her fiance devise a plan to break into the business by writing an autobiography to clean up her image.



* In ''Film/LaLaLand'', Mia fails many auditions. Finally, she decides to write a one-woman show. In the end, she is finally selected at an audition.

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* In ''Film/LaLaLand'', Mia fails many auditions. Finally, she decides to write a one-woman show. In the end, she is finally selected at an audition.


* In ''Film/Flashdance'', the protagonist, Alex, applies to the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory. She goes to the audition, but she finally gives up. In the end, she applies again and she is selected.

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* In ''Film/Flashdance'', ''Film/{{Flashdance}}'', the protagonist, Alex, applies to the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory. She goes to the audition, but she finally gives up. In the end, she applies again and she is selected.



* In ''Film/Tootsie'', the protagonist, Michael fails many auditions in the beginning. This encourages him to take an audition dressed as a woman for a female role.

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* In ''Film/Tootsie'', ''Film/{{Tootsie}}'', the protagonist, Michael fails many auditions in the beginning. This encourages him to take an audition dressed as a woman for a female role.


* The protagonist of ''CenterStage 2: Turn It Up'' moves from her home in Detroit to audition for the American Ballet Academy, but ends up homeless in New York, too ashamed to tell her friends and family that she didn't make the cut. The support of her sister and the LoveInterest who made it into the academy helps her muster the courage to audition for a prestigious Broadway ballet show.



* The protagonist of ''CenterStage 2: Turn It Up'' moves from her home in Detroit to audition for the American Ballet Academy, but ends up homeless in New York, too ashamed to tell her friends and family that she didn't make the cut. The support of her sister and the LoveInterest who made it into the academy helps her muster the courage to audition for a prestigious Broadway ballet show.


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* In ''Film/Flashdance'', the protagonist, Alex, applies to the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory. She goes to the audition, but she finally gives up. In the end, she applies again and she is selected.
* In ''Film/LaLaLand'', Mia fails many auditions. Finally, she decides to write a one-woman show. In the end, she is finally selected at an audition.
* In ''Film/TheMurdererLivesAtNumber21'', Mila Malou fails a singing audition in the beginning. The recruiter tells her that he cannot hire her because her name is not famous enough. He tells her that he would immediately recruit a serial killer like M. Durand because he is famous. So, Mila Malou decides to unmask M. Durand to become famous.
* In ''Film/Tootsie'', the protagonist, Michael fails many auditions in the beginning. This encourages him to take an audition dressed as a woman for a female role.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hilda}}'': Episode 8 starts with a flashback of David auditioning for the Warblers (the Sparrow Scout choir) a year ago, but right as he cleared the stairs to the stage he knocked over a bunch of stuff that led to the curtains catching fire and falling. Then we see this years audition, which again ends bad for him (he inhales a bug, and knocks down a bunch of stuff again). Hence, he fails the audition despite actually being a good singer. It prompts Hilda to try a spell she found in a library book to give him some luck.
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* Zig-zagged in ''{{Smash}}'', when at first it seems like Karen will get the part, then she doesn't, but she continues to work as a chorus girl. Later, the choreographer thinks that she should have the role instead of the person who got it.

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* Zig-zagged in ''{{Smash}}'', ''Series/{{Smash}}'', when at first it seems like Karen will get the part, then she doesn't, but she continues to work as a chorus girl. Later, the choreographer thinks that she should have the role instead of the person who got it.

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* Gaining entry into the Aveum Academy in ''Literature/AeonLegionLabyrinth'' involves this. The instructors reject the protagonist, Terra, out of hand when they first meet her on the reasonable grounds that she is an out of shape civilian trying to join an elite military academy that normally only takes the best humanity has to offer. She has to face down Lycus, the head of the training program, in a battle of wills just to be let in. Nikias, one of the instructors, also reveals that they do this to almost everyone just to see if they come back to try again.


* In the 1946 film ''WebAnimation/DollFace'', the protagonist "Doll Face" Carroll is a burlesque performer who is looking to make it big on broadway. Though she fails her initial audition due to being recognized from her current job, she and her fiance devise a plan to break into the business by writing an autobiography to clean up her image.

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* In the 1946 film ''WebAnimation/DollFace'', ''Film/DollFace'', the protagonist "Doll Face" Carroll is a burlesque performer who is looking to make it big on broadway. Though she fails her initial audition due to being recognized from her current job, she and her fiance devise a plan to break into the business by writing an autobiography to clean up her image.


* In ''CoyoteUgly'', would-be pop star Violet Sanford mails her demos to various record labels after moving to New York to pursue a career in the music business, only to have them all returned with no sign of interest. Working at the eponymous bar helps to give her the courage she needs to continue trying.

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* In ''CoyoteUgly'', ''Film/CoyoteUgly'', would-be pop star Violet Sanford mails her demos to various record labels after moving to New York to pursue a career in the music business, only to have them all returned with no sign of interest. Working at the eponymous bar helps to give her the courage she needs to continue trying.


* Marcy wants to be a cheerleader in ''The Rah Rah Girl'' by Caroline B. Cooney, which embarrasses her family, but after her audition the family arranges a surprise party for her, assuming that of course she'd make the team. She doesn't.

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* Marcy wants to be a cheerleader in ''The Rah Rah Girl'' by Caroline B. Cooney, which embarrasses her family, but after her audition the family arranges a surprise party for her, assuming that of course she'd make the team. She doesn't.didn't.

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* Marcy wants to be a cheerleader in ''The Rah Rah Girl'' by Caroline B. Cooney, which embarrasses her family, but after her audition the family arranges a surprise party for her, assuming that of course she'd make the team. She doesn't.
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* In ''Anime/DaphneInTheBrilliantBlue'', the story begins with heroine Maia Mizuki failing an exam to enter a prestigious government agency; she loses everything and falls in with a team of {{AntiHero}}ines while trying to prepare for the next set of exams.

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* In ''Anime/DaphneInTheBrilliantBlue'', the story begins with heroine Maia Mizuki failing an exam to enter a prestigious government agency; she loses everything and falls in with a team of {{AntiHero}}ines {{Anti Hero}}ines while trying to prepare for the next set of exams.



* This is the premise of the Legion of Substitute Heroes from ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuper-Heroes''; a group of HopelessAuditionees from the Legion's infamous try-outs decide to try to continue being superheroes anyway. Despite unimpressive powers, they actually do well.

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* This is the premise of the Legion of Substitute Heroes from ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuper-Heroes''; ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''; a group of HopelessAuditionees from the Legion's infamous try-outs decide to try to continue being superheroes anyway. Despite unimpressive powers, they actually do well.



* Nicely parodied on ''Series/HarryHillsTVBurp'' with the K Factor and Peter the Duck. Peter, rejected from an early stage as he has no wings, keeps auditioning only to be rejected again and again. [[spoiler: despondent, he attempts suicide, only to be rescued by knitted [[SimonCowell Simon Cowell]], who advances him to the final of the competition, which he naturally wins hands down]].

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* Nicely parodied on ''Series/HarryHillsTVBurp'' with the K Factor and Peter the Duck. Peter, rejected from an early stage as he has no wings, keeps auditioning only to be rejected again and again. [[spoiler: despondent, he attempts suicide, only to be rescued by knitted [[SimonCowell Simon Cowell]], Cowell, who advances him to the final of the competition, which he naturally wins hands down]].


* ''[[AyanesHighKick Ayane's High Kick]]'' begins with Ayane royally screwing up an audition to become a pro-wrestler, which she's dreamed about all her life. After finding a somewhat shady mentor, she decides to put all of her energy into training for another shot.
* An ongoing subplot of ''LoveHina'' follows Keitaro and his many failed attempts at getting into Tokyo U.

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* ''[[AyanesHighKick Ayane's High Kick]]'' ''Anime/AyanesHighKick'' begins with Ayane royally screwing up an audition to become a pro-wrestler, which she's dreamed about all her life. After finding a somewhat shady mentor, she decides to put all of her energy into training for another shot.
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* An ongoing subplot of ''LoveHina'' ''Manga/LoveHina'' follows Keitaro and his many failed attempts at getting into Tokyo U.


* Similarly, in ''Anime\DaphneInTheBrilliantBlue'', the story begins with heroine Maia Mizuki failing an exam to enter a prestigious government agency; she loses everything and falls in with a team of {{AntiHero}}ines while trying to prepare for the next set of exams.

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* Similarly, in ''Anime\DaphneInTheBrilliantBlue'', In ''Anime/DaphneInTheBrilliantBlue'', the story begins with heroine Maia Mizuki failing an exam to enter a prestigious government agency; she loses everything and falls in with a team of {{AntiHero}}ines while trying to prepare for the next set of exams.

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