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** A non-combat example happens during one side story. Natsu loses a shooting competition against Asuka (Alzack and Bisca's daughter), and is forced to do whatever Asuka wants. In the climax, however, he uses his sharpshooting skills with his Fire Dragon Slayer powers to shoot down some thieves and retake the snowglobe that Asuka bought (one that Alzack and Bisca had pawned off to pay for her medicine during the TimeSkip), revealing that he could have won the competition if he'd wanted, but threw the match to let Asuka have fun with him. Lucy notices this, and concludes that he's a good person at heart.


* In the first game of the 1972 World Chess Championship match between American Grandmaster Bobby Fischer and Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky, Fischer made a beginner's mistake, allowing his bishop to be trapped in a way that even most amateur players would have avoided. Fischer ended up winning the match in the end, and when interviewed years later, he claimed that he had purposefully done that because he was so confident that he effectively wanted to give Spassky a handicap. Whether he was actually telling the truth is disputed, though, as many saw it as just an excuse to avoid admitting that he made such a bad mistake.

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* In the first game of the 1972 World Chess Championship match between American Grandmaster Bobby Fischer and Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky, Fischer made a beginner's mistake, allowing his bishop to be trapped in a way that even most amateur players would could have avoided. Fischer ended up winning the match in the end, and when interviewed years later, he claimed that he had purposefully done that because he was so confident that he effectively wanted to give Spassky a handicap. Whether he was actually telling the truth is disputed, though, as many saw it as just an excuse to avoid admitting that he made such a bad mistake.

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* In the first game of the 1972 World Chess Championship match between American Grandmaster Bobby Fischer and Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky, Fischer made a beginner's mistake, allowing his bishop to be trapped in a way that even most amateur players would have avoided. Fischer ended up winning the match in the end, and when interviewed years later, he claimed that he had purposefully done that because he was so confident that he effectively wanted to give Spassky a handicap. Whether he was actually telling the truth is disputed, though, as many saw it as just an excuse to avoid admitting that he made such a bad mistake.
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* ''Film/CrazyRichAsians'': A type that doesn't involve physical fighting. Rachel and Nick's mother Eleanor agree to meet at a mahjong parlor to talk over the situation over a match. By this point it's been made pretty damn clear that most of his family opposed it for various reasons: Rachel's middle-class, has no connection to any of the big-name families in East Asia, is American (Eleanor's particular craw, as she believes Asian-Americans are selfish and don't consider family important), and [[spoiler:was born out of an extra-martial affair because Rachel's mother was being abused in China and had fled to escape it]]. At this point, Rachel discards a tile that Eleanor picks up and uses it to win the mahjong game. Rachel then reveals that Nick, despite all of that, still proposed to Rachel the previous day, but she turned it down. Eleanor remarks that Rachel had the winning hand in regards to Nick and said "Only a fool folds a winning hand". Rachel then turns it back on Eleanor; she had realized that Nick was facing a SadisticChoice between either losing his family in order to marry Rachel or resenting his family for the rest of his life for making him break it off with her, so Rachel [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim turned him down first in order to save him the long-term pain]]. He would be free to find another wife more acceptable for Eleanor and her family and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he would be happy with his family]]...while Eleanor would always be reminded that it was all possible because of Rachel. To emphasize that last point, Rachel flips over her tiles before walking out, showing that Rachel could have won the game by keeping the tile she discarded but chose not to; thus, Eleanor had won ''only'' because Rachel let her.

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* ''Film/CrazyRichAsians'': A type that doesn't involve physical fighting. Rachel and Nick's mother Eleanor agree to meet at a mahjong parlor to talk over the situation over a match. By this point it's been made pretty damn clear that most of his family opposed it Nick and Rachel getting married for various reasons: Rachel's middle-class, has no connection to any of the big-name families in East Asia, is American (Eleanor's particular craw, as she believes Asian-Americans are selfish and don't consider family important), and [[spoiler:was born out of an extra-martial affair because Rachel's mother was being abused in China and had fled to escape it]]. At this point, Rachel discards a tile that Eleanor picks up and uses it to win the mahjong game. Rachel then reveals that Nick, despite all of that, still proposed to Rachel the previous day, but she turned it down. Eleanor remarks that Rachel had the winning hand in regards to Nick and said "Only a fool folds a winning hand". Rachel then turns it back on Eleanor; she had realized that Nick was facing a SadisticChoice between either losing his family in order to marry Rachel or resenting his family for the rest of his life for making him break it off with her, so Rachel [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim turned him down first in order to save him the long-term pain]]. He would be free to find another wife more acceptable for Eleanor and her family and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he would be happy with his family]]...while Eleanor would always be reminded that it was all possible because of Rachel. To emphasize that last point, Rachel flips over her tiles before walking out, showing that Rachel could have won the game by keeping the tile she discarded but chose not to; thus, Eleanor had won ''only'' because Rachel let her.

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* ''Film/CrazyRichAsians'': A type that doesn't involve physical fighting. Rachel and Nick's mother Eleanor agree to meet at a mahjong parlor to talk over the situation over a match. By this point it's been made pretty damn clear that most of his family opposed it for various reasons: Rachel's middle-class, has no connection to any of the big-name families in East Asia, is American (Eleanor's particular craw, as she believes Asian-Americans are selfish and don't consider family important), and [[spoiler:was born out of an extra-martial affair because Rachel's mother was being abused in China and had fled to escape it]]. At this point, Rachel discards a tile that Eleanor picks up and uses it to win the mahjong game. Rachel then reveals that Nick, despite all of that, still proposed to Rachel the previous day, but she turned it down. Eleanor remarks that Rachel had the winning hand in regards to Nick and said "Only a fool folds a winning hand". Rachel then turns it back on Eleanor; she had realized that Nick was facing a SadisticChoice between either losing his family in order to marry Rachel or resenting his family for the rest of his life for making him break it off with her, so Rachel [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim turned him down first in order to save him the long-term pain]]. He would be free to find another wife more acceptable for Eleanor and her family and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he would be happy with his family]]...while Eleanor would always be reminded that it was all possible because of Rachel. To emphasize that last point, Rachel flips over her tiles before walking out, showing that Rachel could have won the game by keeping the tile she discarded but chose not to; thus, Eleanor had won ''only'' because Rachel let her.
-->'''Rachel:''' I just want you to know: that one day -- when he marries another lucky girl who is enough for you, and you're playing with your grandkids while the Tan Hua's are blooming, and the birds are chirping -- that it was because of me: a poor, raised by a single mother, low class, immigrant nobody.


* In the ending of ''Film/Tag'', it was revealed that [[spoiler:Hoagie had been suffering from liver cancer and may not live for another year to play tag again with his friends. Knowing this, Jerry allowed his long-time friend Hoagie to tag him to end his perfect 30-year record of never been tagged.]]

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* In the ending of ''Film/Tag'', ''Film/{{Tag}}'', it was revealed that [[spoiler:Hoagie had been suffering from liver cancer and may not live for another year to play tag again with his friends. Knowing this, Jerry ultimately allowed his long-time friend Hoagie to tag him to end his perfect 30-year record of never been tagged.]]

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* In the ending of ''Film/Tag'', it was revealed that [[spoiler:Hoagie had been suffering from liver cancer and may not live for another year to play tag again with his friends. Knowing this, Jerry allowed his long-time friend Hoagie to tag him to end his perfect 30-year record of never been tagged.]]


* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[spoiler:how Cana and Lucy were able to defeat Fried and Bickslow so quickly during the S-Class exam.]]
** Also turns out to be used by [[spoiler:Mest]] in the same event.

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[spoiler:how Cana and Lucy were able to defeat Fried and Bickslow so quickly during the S-Class exam.]]
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Exam, Cana and Lucy go up against Fried and Bickslow, prompting the former two to be used by [[spoiler:Mest]] in have an immediate OhCrap reaction. While Lucy was able to defeat Bickslow a few arcs ago, she needed the help of Loke (who's partnered with Gray on the exam), and during the same event.arc, Fried was able to [[CurbStompBattle easily defeat Cana]]. Cana and Lucy seemingly manage to win by distracting Fried with naked women... but Fried admits after being defeated that he was faking that weakness, and threw the fight because he felt indebted to the two.
** In the same phase of the exam, Mest goes down easily against Gray and Loke, who then proceed to frighten Wendy away. Mest's reason for throwing the fight is [[spoiler:so he can investigate Sirius Island freely for he Council]].
* Zig-zagged in ''Manga/YuGiOhGX''. When Midori Hibiki goes up against Reggie Mackenzie, she has Reggie on the ropes, but hesitates to finish her off, since of Reggie loses the Shadow Game and falls unconscious, she won't be able to give Midori information on how to possibly wake her brother from his coma. However, when Judai comes by, Midori decides to give up on her brother in order to protect him from Reggie, but by this point, Reggie's able to turn the tide and win.


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--> Bra'tac: You have forgotten that a warrior's true strength comes from his heart and his mind. You have had a physical advantage over me for a long time, and yet I have never lost a sparring match to you.
--> Teal'c: Because for years, old man, I have let you win.
--> Bra'tac: Better. Much better.

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--> Bra'tac: -->'''Bra'tac:''' You have forgotten that a warrior's true strength comes from his heart and his mind. You have had a physical advantage over me for a long time, and yet I have never lost a sparring match to you.
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you.\\
'''Teal'c:'''
Because for years, old man, I have let you win.
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'''Bra'tac:'''
Better. Much better.



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--> ''Of course you could say that Atalanta was [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny totally captivated by the allure of the golden apples]], unintentionally kneecapped herself as a result, and got married out of a bout of [[IdiotBall shockingly out-of-character stupidity]] and ended up without a say in who her husband was. But like, why would you WANT to? [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation It's up to interpretation]] and that interpretation is gross.'' -- WebOriginal/OverlySarcasticProductions

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--> ''Of -->"Of course you could say that Atalanta was [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny totally captivated by the allure of the golden apples]], unintentionally kneecapped herself as a result, and got married out of a bout of [[IdiotBall shockingly out-of-character stupidity]] and ended up without a say in who her husband was. But like, why would you WANT to? [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation It's up to interpretation]] and that interpretation is gross.'' " -- WebOriginal/OverlySarcasticProductions''WebAnimation/OverlySarcasticProductions''



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--> '''Jimbo Kern:''' Man! That guy is a jerk!
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E09IdiotsArray "Idiot's Array"]], Chopper steals one of Lando Calrissian's fuel canisters during the firefight with crime lord Azmorigan and his goons. At the end of the episode, after the ''Ghost'' crew has left, Lando reveals he knew they stole it, which is why he claimed he couldn't pay them.

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--> '''Jimbo -->'''Jimbo Kern:''' Man! That guy is a jerk!
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E09IdiotsArray "Idiot's Array"]], "[[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E09IdiotsArray Idiot's Array]]", Chopper steals one of Lando Calrissian's fuel canisters during the firefight with crime lord Azmorigan and his goons. At the end of the episode, after the ''Ghost'' crew has left, Lando reveals he knew they stole it, which is why he claimed he couldn't pay them.





--> ''Of course you could say that Atalanta was [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny totally captivated by the allure of the golden apples]], unintentionally kneecapped herself as a result, and got married out of a bout of [[IdiotBall shockingly out-of-character stupidity]] and ended up without a say in who her husband was. But like, why would you WANT to? [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation It's up to interpretation]] and that interpretation is gross.'' - WebOriginal/OverlySarcasticProductions

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--> ''Of course you could say that Atalanta was [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny totally captivated by the allure of the golden apples]], unintentionally kneecapped herself as a result, and got married out of a bout of [[IdiotBall shockingly out-of-character stupidity]] and ended up without a say in who her husband was. But like, why would you WANT to? [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation It's up to interpretation]] and that interpretation is gross.'' - -- WebOriginal/OverlySarcasticProductions


* In ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'', Gawn, [[BadassNormal the only Brionac villain without a special power]], stops fighting you after he runs out of bullets. He obviously let you win, because he could have just ''reloaded'', or better yet, used his ''bare hands'' since he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome can punch missiles with them]]. Since he shoots you before you can ever ''do anything'' offensive against him, this might seem like a HopelessBossFight, but surviving through it actually counts as a win for you.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'', Gawn, [[BadassNormal the only Brionac villain without a special power]], stops fighting you after he runs out of bullets. He obviously let you win, because he could have just ''reloaded'', or better yet, used his ''bare hands'' since he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome can punch missiles with them]].them. Since he shoots you before you can ever ''do anything'' offensive against him, this might seem like a HopelessBossFight, but surviving through it actually counts as a win for you.


You see, there was a reason why he won. This character was involved in some kind of {{plan}}, and part of the process [[FailureGambit required him to lose the battle]]. That's right! You're not as tough as you looked! Robbing you of the satisfaction of victory makes him just as much of a MagnificentBastard as the fact that you have been [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly aiding]] his scheme!

...but wait. Something doesn't add up. His attacks were fierce. It took you a few tries to get past him, each time having to witness that dreaded GameOver screen when you failed. You know, if he's so interested in letting you win, maybe he could show enough courtesy to give you a bit more of an advantage in the battle?

True, if you won too easily, you might think that something's up. Or maybe he's so proud that he believes that if you failed to defeat him at merely a portion of his power, you don't deserve to be his unknowing pawn anyway.

Or maybe this is just GameplayAndStorySegregation. After all, there would be a lot of drama lost if you demonstrated that you were truly capable of destroying your enemies so early in the plot. Sure, a HopelessBossFight would make a lot more ''sense'', but where's the fun in that?

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You see, there was a reason why he won. This character was involved in some kind of {{plan}}, and part of the process [[FailureGambit required him to lose the battle]]. That's right! You're not as tough as you looked! thought! Robbing you of the satisfaction of victory makes him just as much of a MagnificentBastard as the fact that you have been [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly aiding]] his scheme!

...but wait. Something doesn't add up. His attacks were fierce. It took you a few tries to get past him, each time having to witness that dreaded GameOver screen when you failed. You know, if he's so interested in letting you win, maybe he could show enough courtesy to give you a bit more of an advantage in the battle?

battle? True, if you won too easily, you might think that something's up. Or maybe he's so proud that he believes that if you failed to defeat him at merely a portion of his power, you don't deserve to be his unknowing pawn anyway.

Or maybe Some cases of this is just can be chalked up to GameplayAndStorySegregation. After all, there would be a lot of drama lost if you demonstrated that you were truly capable of destroying your enemies so early in the plot. Sure, a HopelessBossFight would make a lot more ''sense'', but where's the fun in that?



** Beerus almost does this to Goku in the Battle of Gods arc of Dragonball Super, using just enough power to make it a good fight against Goku's SSJG form, and even pretending to be scared at points. He eventually just manages to win by a hair at the end, but it's soon revealed that he wasn't using anywhere close to his full power, to the point where only at the end of the series has Goku arguably surpassed him.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[BadassGrandpa Garp]] let Luffy win so he could save Ace, since Garp is a marine and Ace a pirate and his [[spoiler: adopted]] grandson. His relation to Luffy was also a factor.

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** Beerus almost does this to Goku in the Battle of Gods arc of Dragonball Super, using just enough power to make it a good fight against Goku's SSJG form, and even pretending to be scared at points. He eventually just manages to win by a hair at the end, but it's soon revealed that he wasn't using anywhere close to his full power, to the point where only at the end of the series has Goku arguably surpassed him.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[BadassGrandpa [[OldSoldier Garp]] let Luffy win so he could save Ace, since Garp is a marine and Ace a pirate and his [[spoiler: adopted]] grandson. His relation to Luffy was also a factor.



* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', this is stated to be the real reason why Sasuke could win against Itachi which wanted to wear Sasuke down enough in order to release Orochimaru and to rid Sasuke from the cursed seal. He also knew he was going to die in that fight, one way or another.

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', this is stated to be the real reason why Sasuke could win against Itachi which Itachi. The elder brother wanted to wear Sasuke down enough in order to release Orochimaru and to rid Sasuke from the cursed seal. He also knew he was going to die in that fight, one way or another.

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* In [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/353860/cracks-along-the-prism Cracks Along The Prism]], Trixie finally lashes out at Sunset for months of bullying her. Per WordOfGod, however, Sunset let Trixie beat her up, [[TheAtoner feeling horrible for beating up and humiliating her in the past]], thinking that letting Trixie wail on her would make her feel better.

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** Beerus almost does this to Goku in the Battle of Gods arc of Dragonball Super, using just enough power to make it a good fight against Goku's SSJG form, and even pretending to be scared at points. He eventually just manages to win by a hair at the end, but it's soon revealed that he wasn't using anywhere close to his full power, to the point where only at the end of the series has Goku arguably surpassed him.

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* {{Downplayed|Trope}} in ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'': strictly speaking Moody didn't ''let'' Harry hit him when he issued his challenge. But as Harry points out later, he wasn't ''really trying'' to stop him -- all he did was sit back, wait for Harry to begin his next attempt, and ''then'' shut him down. The point of the exercise being less to compare their relative strengths, and more to get Harry to break out of the role of a "duelist" and genuinely do whatever it would take to land that one hit.

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