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** Then there is the irregularly held J Cup, which features super juniors from all over the world.

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** Then there is the irregularly held Super J Cup, which features super juniors from all over the world.


** There's the World Tag League for heavyweight teams, the Best of Super Juniors for junior heavyweights and the Super Junior Tag League for junior heavyweight tag teams. While they don't have the briefcase set-up as the G1, they also usually supply the winner with a title shot against the title holders of their respective divisions. Because of the tournament's timing, the title shot for the World Tag League winners usually lands on the next Wrestle Kingdom as well.

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** There's the afformentioned World Tag League for heavyweight teams, the Best of Super Juniors for junior heavyweights and the Super Junior Tag League for junior heavyweight tag teams. While they don't have the briefcase set-up as the G1, they also usually supply the winner with a title shot against the title holders of their respective divisions. Because of the tournament's timing, the title shot for the World Tag League winners usually lands on the next Wrestle Kingdom as well.


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** Then there is the irregularly held J Cup, which features super juniors from all over the world.


* All Pro Wrestling's has had two tournaments successful enough to be spun off into their own promotions, King Of Indies and [=ChickFight=]. Though the later would eventually go back to APW, Dave Prazak cites its success as one of the motivations for Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, which ended up hosting "the [=ChickFight=]" itself. King Of Indies would meanwhile find a home on WWN live.

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* All Pro Wrestling's Wrestling has had two tournaments successful enough to be spun off into their own promotions, King Of Indies and [=ChickFight=]. Though the later would eventually go back to APW, Dave Prazak cites its success as one of the motivations for Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, which ended up hosting "the [=ChickFight=]" itself. King Of Indies would meanwhile find a home on WWN live.

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* ''VideoGame/BoxxyQuestTheGatheringStorm'' has “Fight Night,” an underground tournament held at the Battle Arena during the events of Chapter 4. It’s actually an optional and easily missed sidequest, since you’re being told to go explore in the opposite direction. But if you do participate, then you get to fight in seven back-to-back matches against new, unique opponents, some of which have gimmicks not seen anywhere else in the game.

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** ''ComicBook/TheContest'' details a tournament organized by Hippolyta to find the best Amazon to act as Wonder Woman after she had a premonition that seemed to foretell her daughter's death, which ComicBook/{{Artemis}} wins.


** The S-Class Trials are meant, as the name suggests, to decide if the chosen participants are ready to finally reach S-Class, the highest rank in the guild. It's not entirely clear if other guilds have a similar trial process, but Fairy Tail's own takes place on their sacred island, [[ImmortalityInducer which boosts the power of anyone wearing the Fairy Tail mark as well as ensures they can't die]]. The trials aren't necessarily combat-based tournament-wise either, as while some fights involve the chosen teams fighting each other, others involve facing off against mages who are already S-Class or just avoiding fights completely. Plus, the trials get interrupted by Grimoire Heart attacking the island and canceled entirely.

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** The S-Class Trials are meant, as the name suggests, to decide if the chosen participants are ready to finally reach S-Class, the highest rank in the guild. It's not entirely clear if other guilds have a similar trial process, but Fairy Tail's own takes place on their sacred island, [[ImmortalityInducer which boosts the power of anyone wearing the Fairy Tail mark as well as mark, and ensures that they can't die]]. The trials aren't necessarily combat-based tournament-wise either, as while some fights involve the chosen teams fighting each other, others involve facing off against mages wizards who are already S-Class or just avoiding fights completely. Plus, the trials get interrupted by Grimoire Heart attacking the island and canceled entirely.


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* ''Manga/EdensZero'' has the Mildian Arc, though it's more along the lines of a gauntlet where each of the four main fighters has to defeat an opponent in exchange for information from [[{{Seers}} an oracle]], who puts them through it simply to satisfy her lust for a good battle. The "tournament" barely lasts more than two chapters, with Shiki taking out [[TheWorfEffect his opponent]] within two pages, Rebecca and Weisz's battles making up two halves of the following chapter, and concluding with a full-chapter swordfight between Homura and a replica of her mentor.


* One of Wrestling/CombatZoneWrestling's biggest events is its annual "Tournament Of Death", while rival IWA Mid-South has its "King Of The Death Matches" (derived from IWA Japan's King Of The Death Match Tourney). In an effort to diversify shows in the former's case and to move away from the GarbageWrestler image in general for the latter, "The Best Of The Best" and "Strong Style" Tournament. The Ted Petty Invitational is also traditionally among one of IWA M-S's highest drawing events.

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* One of Wrestling/CombatZoneWrestling's Wrestling/{{CZW}}'s biggest events is its annual "Tournament Of Death", while rival IWA Mid-South has its "King Of The Death Matches" (derived from IWA Japan's King Of The Death Match Tourney). In an effort to diversify shows in the former's case and to move away from the GarbageWrestler image in general for the latter, "The Best Of The Best" and "Strong Style" Tournament. The Ted Petty Invitational is also traditionally among one of IWA M-S's highest drawing events.



* Unusually, Wrestling/{{TNA}} began experimenting with this with their Bound for Glory series. Not an actual tournament, per se, but more like an actual league with points for wins and with matches on TV and at house shows counting towards each wrestler's standing. The eventual winner receives a title shot at the ''Bound for Glory'' Pay-Per-View. Additionally, TNA tried this before with their contendership ranking, though they made the mistake of allowing fan voting. Predictably, the IWC voted up Internet favourite [[Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness Desmond Wolfe]] and others instead of the supposedly more popular wrestlers they were pushing at the time. Wrestling/KurtAngle, notably, pulled himself out of the rankings, declaring that he had not earned his place and vowed to defeat the entire top ten, one by one until he reached number one or he would retire making this a good example of this trope.

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* Unusually, Wrestling/{{TNA}} [[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA]] began experimenting with this with their Bound for Glory series. Not an actual tournament, per se, but more like an actual league with points for wins and with matches on TV and at house shows counting towards each wrestler's standing. The eventual winner receives a title shot at the ''Bound for Glory'' Pay-Per-View. Additionally, TNA tried this before with their contendership ranking, though they made the mistake of allowing fan voting. Predictably, the IWC voted up Internet favourite [[Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness Desmond Wolfe]] and others instead of the supposedly more popular wrestlers they were pushing at the time. Wrestling/KurtAngle, notably, pulled himself out of the rankings, declaring that he had not earned his place and vowed to defeat the entire top ten, one by one until he reached number one or he would retire making this a good example of this trope.


* The sports festival of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' features a tournament made up of the top sixteen first years from the earlier events to give them a chance to show their stuff in front of the pro heroes. In an unusual twist compared to most tournament arcs, the main character Izuku Midoriya [[spoiler:loses in the quarterfinals, where most arcs feature the protagonist losing in the finals if not winning; the final match ends up being between [[TheAce Todoroki]] and [[TheRival Bakugou]], with the latter winning]].

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* The sports festival of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' features a tournament made up of the top sixteen first years from the earlier events to give them a chance to show their stuff in front of the pro heroes. In an unusual twist compared to most tournament arcs, the main character Izuku Midoriya [[spoiler:loses in the quarterfinals, where most arcs feature the protagonist losing in the finals if not winning; the final match ends up being between [[TheAce Todoroki]] and [[TheRival Bakugou]], Bakugo]], with the latter winning]].


* In the Golden Age and ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'' Franchise/WonderWoman earns the right to be the champion and ambassador of the Amazons and their TechnicalPacifist accepting and loving ideology through a tournament where she proves herself against other Amazons.

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* In the Golden Age and ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'' Franchise/WonderWoman earns the right to be the champion and ambassador of the Amazons and their TechnicalPacifist accepting and loving ideology through a tournament where she proves herself against the other Amazons.Amazons competing for the position.

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* In the Golden Age and ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'' Franchise/WonderWoman earns the right to be the champion and ambassador of the Amazons and their TechnicalPacifist accepting and loving ideology through a tournament where she proves herself against other Amazons.


* ''Manga/UQHolder'' has the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament Preliminaries, which is a tournament arc where the winners gain entry to the main tournament for free.
* The Deadmen in ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' hold deathmatches called Carnival Corpse for the amusement of bettors and to keep themselves occupied. While not a StoryArc ''per say'', they're very important to the plot.

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* ** The sequel ''Manga/UQHolder'' has the Mahora Martial Arts Tournament Preliminaries, which is a tournament arc where the winners gain entry to the main tournament for free.
* The Deadmen in ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' hold deathmatches called Carnival Corpse for the amusement of bettors and to keep themselves occupied. While not a StoryArc ''per say'', se'', they're very important to the plot.



* Dakki springs one on the heroes near the end of the ''Manga/SoulHunter'' manga, pitting them in one-on-one matches against some super-powered demons.

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* Dakki [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Empress]] [[BigBad So Dakki]] springs one on the heroes near the end of the ''Manga/SoulHunter'' manga, pitting them in one-on-one matches against some super-powered demons.


** The most famous is the Tenkaichi Budokai[[note]]Translated: The Strongest Under the Heavens[[/note]], or the World Martial Arts Tournament in the anime dub, and is one of the earliest examples. They are unique in that they are built directly into the storyline; characters often meet up for it after time skips, and for a good while the format was to alternate between a "normal" arc and a Tournament arc. All are important to the series as they teach the characters that there are always stronger opponents than them, which remains into the ''Z'' portion even after the Tournament format is dropped.

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** The most famous is the Tenkaichi Budokai[[note]]Translated: Budokai,[[note]]Translated: The Strongest Under the Heavens[[/note]], Heavens[[/note]] or the World Martial Arts Tournament in the anime dub, and is one of the earliest examples. They are unique in that they are built directly into the storyline; characters often meet up for it after time skips, and for a good while the format was to alternate between a "normal" arc and a Tournament arc. All are important to the series as they teach the characters that there are always stronger opponents than them, which remains into the ''Z'' portion even after the Tournament format is dropped.



* The Dark Tournament from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Also an early short arc that determined who would get to train with Genkai, and managed to ignite Kuwabara's powers, and the final tournament to decide who would rule the demon world (''heavily'' abbreviated in the manga). The anime version of this final tournament subverts the usual formula. [[spoiler:The main characters and villains aren't placed on opposite sides of the bracket and end up facing each other in the quarter finals. The main villain defeats the main character, but expends so much energy doing so that he loses to some no-name in the next round, allowing a minor character to come from behind to take the win.]] This tendency was {{Lampshaded}} in WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged by Koenma.

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* The Dark Tournament from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Also an early short arc that determined who would get to train with Genkai, and managed to ignite Kuwabara's powers, and the final tournament to decide who would rule the demon world (''heavily'' abbreviated in the manga). The anime version of this final tournament subverts the usual formula. [[spoiler:The main characters and villains aren't placed on opposite sides of the bracket and end up facing each other in the quarter finals. The main villain defeats the main character, but expends so much energy doing so that he loses to some no-name in the next round, allowing a minor character to come from behind to take the win.]] This tendency was {{Lampshaded}} in WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged ''WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged'' by Koenma.


* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has the S-Class Trial and the Grand Mage Games.

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has the ''Manga/FairyTail''
** The
S-Class Trial Trials are meant, as the name suggests, to decide if the chosen participants are ready to finally reach S-Class, the highest rank in the guild. It's not entirely clear if other guilds have a similar trial process, but Fairy Tail's own takes place on their sacred island, [[ImmortalityInducer which boosts the power of anyone wearing the Fairy Tail mark as well as ensures they can't die]]. The trials aren't necessarily combat-based tournament-wise either, as while some fights involve the chosen teams fighting each other, others involve facing off against mages who are already S-Class or just avoiding fights completely. Plus, the trials get interrupted by Grimoire Heart attacking the island and canceled entirely.
** The Grand Magic Games, which is an official tournament held yearly by the royal family of Fiore to determine the strongest guild in the country. Fairy Tail's strongest decide to enter after guild is reduced to the laughstock of the kingdom [[spoiler:after they spend seven years in suspended animation]] to restore their reputation. This time, the tournament succeeds to the conclusion with Fairy Tail triumphant, [[spoiler:but there's the subplot of a kingdom conspiracy with the intent of using a time-traveling door to stop/start a dragon invasion from the past,
and the Grand Mage Games. guilds have to fight said dragons as they invade.]]

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* ''Manga/BlackClover'' has the Royal Knights Arc. The Wizard King hosts a competition between randomly assigned teams of Magic Knights to decide which among them are worthy to become the Royal Knights, a special task force to deal with the BigBad's group.


* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash and company compete in a tournament organized in the Battle Dome in Lavender Town [[spoiler: making it to the finals and ranking second place after losing to Red]], and later in a Tag Tournament in Fuchsia City to enter the Safari Zone [[spoiler: where he's partnered with Red.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash and company compete in a tournament organized in the Battle Dome in Lavender Town [[spoiler: making it to the finals and ranking second place after losing to Red]], and later in a Tag Tournament in Fuchsia City to enter the Safari Zone [[spoiler: where he's partnered with Red.Red and wins in, though not before he and Red end up at each others throats.]]

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