ropertroper on Dec 9th 2014 at 7:40:21 AM
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ErebusElysium on Jun 14th 2018 at 1:19:53 PM
Page Type: Trope
This intended trope is for occurrences where somebody is in a trivia competition (a game show or guessing game, for example), though I guess other kinds of competitions can qualify. This is for when somebody is playing a trivia game of sorts, and has trouble with the answers, only getting them right by accident, perhaps when the contestant was simply telling the question-asker something else and unexpectedly got the right answer as a result (which the host tends to be oblivious to).
Contrast Springtime for Hitler, which is for characters who want to fail but end up succeeding by accident. Not to be confused with Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing, which is for characters who don't do anything but win anyway.
- During the tournament in Brave, Wee Dingwall handles the bow as if he's never touched one before the tournament. When Fergus gets tired of making fun of him, he screams for him to "Shoot, boy!" and Dingwall jumps and looses his arrow into a perfect bull's-eye, making him win the competition. Everyone is understandably shocked. Wee's victory didn't last long though as Merida tops his Accidental Aiming Skills by Splitting the Arrow.
- The Red Green Show: The word games are built on this, where Red will have to get somebody to say a word. While giving easy clues, the other contestants foolishly say other things, but in the end, the contestant ends up saying the word by accident.
- I Love Lucy: In one episode, Lucy and Ricky appear on a game show. Lucy had found the answers to the questions earlier, only for them to have been switched, and Lucy answers before Ricky can. Each time, it turns out that Ricky knew the correct answer. For the final question, they are asked about what George Washington said when he crossed the Delaware. Ricky explains that he's tired, and that ends up being what was said.
- Tiny Toon Adventures: In one episode, right before school gets out on a Friday, Granny asks each student a question, giving them thousands of pages to write over the weekend if they get the answers wrong (and they do). Plucky nervously notices that it's a minute until class gets out and hopes the bell rings before he's called on. But when Plucky is asked, he tells Granny what time it is... Which ends up being the correct answer to her question.
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