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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1444751410063274300²%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.²%%²[[quoteright:348:[[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs1981 https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/smurfic.png]]]]²²->'''Hal:''' Well I heard that there's going to be a competition for villains... and there'll be a cash prize we could use to get a new TV.\²'''Jeff:''' But didn't we establish that we are not good villains at all?\²'''Hal:''' Yeah but that's not to say that we're worse than anyone else.\²'''Jeff:''' Hey that works for me! Now for a long and arduous three month training montage!²-->-- ''Bowser's Kingdom'', episode 7²²An episode or video game which entirely focuses on the Olympic games. They could be an actual Olympic event, or just [[{{Pseudolympics}} a competition based on the Olympics]]. To dream of being of in the Olympics...²²For the actual, real life Olympic Games, see UsefulNotes/OlympicGames.²²----²!!Examples²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* The second half of episode five of ''Anime/ZombieLandSaga'' has the girls of [[Characters/ZombieLandSagaFranchouchou Franchouchou]] participating in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashima_Gatalympics Gatalymics]][[note]]The name being a combination of O''lypmics'' and the Japanese name for the mudflats where the event is held Kashima Hi''gata''[[/note]] in an effort to raise the profile of the band. It goes about [[EpicFail as well as could be expected]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Asian Animation]]²* ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'' had several Olympic episodes, as a tribute to the Beijing 2008 Olympics.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "The Olympic Smurfs", where Weakling participates in a team of his own using what Papa Smurf calls "can do cream" for motivation (it turns out to be jam).²* the 12th edition of the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' series had the Gaulish village participate in the ancient Olympics.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Strips]]²* One week of ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' takes place during an interspecies Olympics. It doesn't go well -- the stadium isn't ready in time, and the predators keep eating everyone else.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* The first ''Literature/MythOMania'' book, ''Literature/HaveAHotTimeHades'', features Hades and his siblings competing against the Titans in the first Olympic games, with help from Zeus' children, the Cyclopses, and the Hundred-Handed Men. Book VIII, ''Literature/GoForTheGoldAtalanta'', details Atalanta's journey to becoming the first mortal to compete against the gods in the Olympics.²* Creator/HarryTurtledove's short story "Les Mortes d'Arthur" takes place during the Sixty-sixth Winter Olympic Games in the early 23rd century. Aside from conventional sports on Earth, there is the five-kilometer ski jump on Saturn's moon Mimas where the story takes place.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action Television]]²* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Though no episode has yet followed characters to the actual Olympic Games, training for the Olympics gets an occasional mention in the series, and an Olympic tryout forms one subplot:²** "Still Waters" focuses on a rowing team at a country club and rivalry for a place in the men's eights team: a wealthy club member demands the talented gardener give up his seat in the boat, but the coach and the other team members know they need the gardener (who holds every rowing record at the club) to have a shot at qualifying for the Olympics. Guess who dies?²** "Twisted Sisters" starts with a couple of cross-country runners finding the body of a dead woman just after a training run. Dr. Grace learns from one of the runners that a club is sending a croquet player to the 1900 Olympics, leading to a subplot in which she contests the spot ([[HiddenDepths she was city-wide croquet champion two years running]]).²** After the curling match between his team and some members of Station 4, Leslie Garland praises Murdoch's innovative sliding shoe and asks if his club can use them in the upcoming Nordic games. Murdoch is pleased to consent. Garland goes on to express the hope that those games will grow and become a "winter Olympics".²** Inspector Brackenreid is PutOnABus for a few episodes to coach the Canadian football (soccer) team to Olympic gold at the 1904 Olympics in St Louis.²* The episode "Fear Her" of ''Series/DoctorWho''.²* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' had an episode that took place right around the time of the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. The camp was split into two teams (one led by Hawkeye, the other by BJ) and held their own Olympics.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Toys]]²* ''Toys/GoGosCrazyBones'' had a set of 117 characters released in Israel to commemorate the 2012 Olympics. All of the characters are based on various Olympic sports, as well as other aspects of the games (such as the medals and Olympic rings).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* Pretty much any Olympics from 1992 to the present is made into a video game.²** Older than that: Creator/{{Activision}}'s ''The Activision Decathlon'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}, which was released around the time of the 1984 Summer Olympics.²** Also Epyx Summer Games released in 1984 on several platforms.²* The entire premise of ''VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames'' is Mario and Sonic characters competing in Olympic Events like the 100m run, 110m hurdles, and Table Tennis. What's interesting is that it also has "Dream Events", which has the same rules as regular events except in a place from the Sonic or Mario universe.²** The game got enough success to have five sequels: ''Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games'', ''Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games'', ''Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games'', ''Mario & Sonic At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games'', and ''Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020''[[labelnote:*]]the event was tentatively postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but the game had already been released before the initial outbreak[[/labelnote]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Animaton]]²* Episode 7 of ''Bowser's Kingdom'' involves Jeff and Hal competing in the Villains' Olympics to earn the cash prize and get a new TV using the cash.²* One episode of ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' involved the "Strong Badathlon", where Strong Bad and the other citizens of Free Country USA compete in such strange events as "Greco-Roman Homestar-Crud-Out-Of-Beating" and "The Clean and Jerk Strong Mad's Underwear Over His Head".²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "The Fry Cook Games" involves [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick competing in the "Fry Cook Games", involving events associated with food and fry cooking.²* The Pac-Man animated series had "Pac-a-Lympics".²* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' special "The Fairy Oddlympics" involves the Fairies, Anti-Fairies, and Pixies competing in the Olympic Games that Timmy wished up.²* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' had the episode "Robolympics" as it's Olympic episode.²* Though technically not much of an example of this trope, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had Bart and the ''whole school'' offending the Olympic committee, resulting in 20 hours of community service for the students, while Bart and Lisa are put in charge of an old folk home in Springfield.²** Episode 11 of Season 23 is about the London 2012 Olympic Games.²%%* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had the episode "Up the Down Steroid".²* The episode "Bend Her" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' begins with the cast watching the Olympics. The plot kicks in once Bender gets a sex change in order to participate in the women's events.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs1981'' cartoon special "The Smurfic Games", where the Smurfs are divided into three teams -- the East Smurfs, the West Smurfs, and Clumsy and Smurfette -- and also where the forest and Smurf Village were almost destroyed by Gargamel using an ArtifactOfDoom.²* ''WesternAnimation/SportsCartoons'' had some shorts where the characters compete in Olympic style events such as the shotput, the discus, pole vaulting, and gymnastics.²* ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics'' was this on a weekly basis.²* The ''WesternAnimation/PunkyBrewster'' episode "Camp Confusion" had an Olympics-style competition between Camp Tumbleweeds (where Punky attends) and Camp Towering Pines (where Margaux is). Punky wins two events single-handedly but Margaux accuses her of using Glomer to help her. Glomer offers to stay with Margaux to prove Punky can win by herself, but when things go wrong for Camp Tumbleweeds, Punky suspects Glomer of helping Towering Pines.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' has the titular babies competing against the [=McNultys=] in the "Lympics". ²* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersGrunt'', Grunt society has its own version of the Olympics. In "Grunt Games", their Olympics feature wedgie-wrestling, necktie-tying, synchronized swimming in boiling mud, martini relays, and hurling gigantic olives onto gigantic sandwiches.²* The ''WesternAnimation/WowWowWubbzy'' [[DenouementEpisode penultimate episode]] "Run for Fun" involves the title character and his friends compete in the Wuzzolympic Games, hosted by Michelle Kwanzleberry (voiced by retired American figure skater Michelle Kwan). When they race in the Wuzzleburg Wacky Dash, everyone resorts on cheating, expect for Daizy who follows Michelle's advice ("Prepare, practice, and have fun!") and wins the event.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:YouTube Videos]]²* Several courses from ''Mario Kart Wii'' have been made into an Olympic area. Tricks include glitches and very difficult tricks to pull off.²[[/folder]]

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