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Basic Trope: A character reveals that another character who beat them somehow only won because they let them.

  • Straight: Alice is fighting Dracone and after a long, arduous battle, she wins. He later reveals that he let her win for reasons unknown.
  • Exaggerated: Alice fights Dracone several hundred times, winning each time by the skin of her teeth. Dracone reveals that he was letting her win each time.
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  • Downplayed: Dracone could conceivably have fought harder and maybe won, but it would cost too much even if he did, so he bowed out.
  • Justified: Dracone is looking for a successor and sees great potential in Alice. By letting her win he sets up a better dragon for his employer. However, if he she didn't meet his standards he would have killed her than and there. Either outcome worked for him.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice gives up against Dracone.
    • Alice gloats after beating Dracone, saying that defeating him was a such a breeze... When, in fact, she had a really hard time winning.
  • Subverted:
    • After recalling the fight, Alice realizes that Dracone couldn't have let her win...he was fighting too hard.
    • Dracone plans on letting Alice win, but it turns out she's actually stronger than him and would've won anyways
  • Double Subverted: He was fighting hard to further his motives.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice beat all kinds of pain into Dracone's sorry ass, and yet he still insists that she only won because he let her.
    • Alice and Dracone are both trying to pull this trope on each-other, and end up entering a contest of Politeness Judo to in order to determine who beats on who.
  • Zig Zagged: It's truly too difficult to tell whether he was letting her win or not.
  • Averted: Alice won fair and square.
  • Enforced: "We need to show that this villain is sinister! What better way than to tell The Hero that he let her win?"
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: Dracone, while fighting Alice and holding his own, realizes that his agenda would be better served if she won. So...he lets her win.
  • Exploited:
    • Alice picked a fight with Dracone knowing that she couldn't win but also knowing that he had a reason to let her win.
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    • Dracone got an associate to put money on his fight with Alice, as he already knew the outcome and needed to lose anyway to further his dastardly ends.
  • Defied: Alice, realizing that Dracone is about to let her win, forces him to keep fighting her.
  • Discussed: "So he let you win... Now we must find how that factors into his next plan..."
  • Conversed: "Considering how often being beaten factors into his plans, you have to wonder if Dracone is a closet masochist..."
  • Implied: Dracone is the Silent Bob, and although we obviously never hear him or anyone say this, we do notice him absolutely schooling an opponent much stronger than Alice a few minutes after his "defeat."
  • Deconstructed: The revelation that he let her win causes Alice to give up and stop fighting the bad guys.
  • Reconstructed: Alice realizes that Dracone might have let her win, but she needs to keep fighting.

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