In politics or gaming: an individual unable to win an election or game for him- or herself, but with the power to determine which player among two or more others does win. In politics, a spoiler is one who takes votes away from a candidate to a disproportionate degree, making certain or likely the election of a third candidate who is less acceptable or totally unacceptable to the backers of the spoiler. Political primaries are full of spoiler candidates. In general elections, discussion of third party candidates often focuses on whether or not they will be spoilers. See also spoiler effect.
The SPOILER Comedy Film Project in New York City. See spoilerfilms.com
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Spoiler effect: in politics or gaming, an individual unable to win an election or game for him- or herself, but with the power to determine which player among two or more others will win.
In politics, a spoiler is one who takes votes away from one candidate to a disproportionate degree, making certain or likely the election of a third candidate who is less unacceptable or totally acceptable to the backers of the spoiler.
Spoiler (sports): in sports terminology, a team has played "spoiler" for another team if a team that has been long-eliminated from the playoffs beats a team that needed that win in order to make the playoffs, and thus eliminated (or "spoiled") that team.
A spoiler is a summary or description of a narrative (or part of a narrative) that relates plot elements not revealed early in the narrative itself.
On Usenet the common method for obscuring spoiler information is to precede it with many blank lines known as "spoiler space", traditionally enough to push the information on to the next screen of a 25-line terminal.
An IMDb poll on 10 November 2003 asked users to choose which one of a set of movie spoilers was too infamous to be considered a spoiler anymore; Vader's true identity was a clear winner, by a forty-percent margin.
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