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Hella Jeff: bro i got a ticket for the BIG GAME (its sports)
Sweet Bro: dog........ i AM SO JEALOUS you KNOW i love the the the big game.

The Big Game is the end all and be all of existence. The Opposing Sports Team is prepared to win, and everything is riding on the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits. There's some bet riding on the game where the orphanage/family restaurant/park/camp can only be saved by winning the Big Game. Alternatively, winning the Big Game may inspire the Littlest Cancer Patient to live. Or it may represent the third and final game in the Story Arc that characterizes' the Misfits' journey.


Typical formula for a Big Game:


After all, blowouts only happen in real world Super Bowls and FIFA World Cups.

Not to be confused with a football game played by a couple California universities, or a trademark-dodging phrase to describe the Super Bowl. Compare The Big Race.


  • As One, a movie about table tennis, climaxes with the two former bitter rivals competing as doubles partners for the table tennis world championship.
  • The Longest Yard (both versions, as well as Mean Machine, the Foreign Remake)
  • Lucas - Lucas doesn't catch the ball (though it was ruled a fumble apparently since the play was not whistled over.) and we never see the ending, though it is implied that they lose.
  • The Match
  • Mystery, Alaska, although the protagonists ultimately lose the game by one goal.
  • Not Another Teen Movie parodies this, specifically parodying both Varsity Blues and Lucas.
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  • The Replacements (2000)
  • Varsity Blues
  • The Mighty Ducks and its sequels.
  • The Big Green
  • Remember the Titans
  • Subverted in Whip It; the teams are tied pretty much all the way through, and the Hurl Scouts lose.
  • Leatherheads, although the protagonists ultimately win by cheating. Although since the real antagonists are those attempting to add and enforce rules in football, this is treated as a good thing.
  • The Bad News Bears and its remake famously subverted this by having the team of the title lose in the end as they realized the game was more about fun and self-respect than winning.
  • The Waterboy
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Angels in the Outfield and all of its remakes/sequels/spin-offs.
  • Major League and sequels. The first puts a memorable spin on the typical Down to the Last Play ending.
  • Bend It Like Beckham - The team is not a bunch of ragtags. They were one of the best teams in the league and if not the favorite to win that game, they certainly weren't a huge underdog.
  • Both in the film of Friday Night Lights and several times in the subsequent TV series.
  • High School Musical, climax of the first movie and beginning of the third.
  • A Trailer for Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever. It's parodied, like all other tropes in it.
  • The Freshman has nerdy Harold playing for Tate College in the big game at the end of the football season against State U.
  • Horse Feathers
  • The entire point of the Supermarioglitchy4's Super Mario 64 Bloopers episode "Smexy Soccer".
  • M*A*S*H
  • Slap Shot, although it skips the Miracle Rally part. The Chiefs win when the other team is disqualified after one of their players punches the referee.
  • A very unusual example in the 1998 indie film Possums. The protagonist team is totally thrashed by the rivals, but scores their first touchdown in over ten years and leaves the field, cheering and holding the scoring player aloft like a hero, leading the opposing coach to ask the referee if his team had actually won.
  • Thunderstruck features two Big Games in two days, one for the high school team and one for the NBA team, both to qualify for the respective playoffs.
  • Space Jam
  • "Muffy's Soccer Shocker" on Arthur has one against Mighty Mountain Elementary. It ends with a tie.
  • A big soccer game was also featured in Back to School with Franklin. This one, too, ended in a tie.
  • Subverted in Necessary Roughness, where despite fitting this trope to a T, the final game is simply the last of the season, and the only stakes on the line are to win just one game (though it is against the top ranked team in the nation).
  • Hoosiers has the Big Game between tiny little Hickory High and powerful South Bend Central for the state championship.
  • Saratoga ends with a climactic horse race. If Duke wins he has enough money to leave the bookmaking business and rebuild Grandpa's ranch. If Hartley wins, Duke is wiped out.
  • The 2005 PAPA (Professional and Amateur Pinball Association) World Championship is framed as this in the Documentary Special When Lit
  • The climax of SC2VN is a Big Starcraft Game.
  • This is when Jimmy takes on the Jock clique in Bully, after some initial preparation alongside the nerds.
  • That Mitchell and Webb Look affectionately parodies the genre in a sketch about a down-and-out pub cricket team who go on a quest to 'win the Ashes' and turn around the fortunes of their town. The sketch is deliberately entirely inaccurate in its depiction of the sport, such as a coach who 'trained the Manchester United team when they won the European Cricket Cup'.
  • The Bolt Chronicles: The Bolt fanfic “The Baseball Game” concerns itself with one. In the final Single-A World Series game, Bolt is pressed into playing duty while serving as honorary team mascot. He scores the winning run as a pinch runner for an injured player, and later clinches victory when he pulls off a triple play manning second base despite lacking a glove and the ability to throw a baseball properly.
  • House of Robots: Robots Go Wild!: Sammy sets one up with Dean Schlipp of Notre Dame college between Professor Hayes' robots and Dr. Ignalls'. If Professor Hayes' robots win, Professor Hayes keeps her job. If Dr. Ignalls' robots win, he takes over her job. Professor Hayes' robots win once E shows up.
  • Johnny Be Good begins with Johnny's football team at the state championship, which will determine what college scholarships the players are offered.
  • Little Giants follows this trope almost to a T.
  • The climax of American Underdog is Super Bowl XXXIV.