Originally Posted by snoopy13a
It isn't necessarily unrealistic depending on the tournament format.
It's not so much "The last fight is the toughest" that's the trope. It's "The last fight is the most climactic." As in, if you have any major rival in the tournament, you will fight them in the last round. If there's someone you hate even more
(say, the Philadelphia Cacti are your friendly rivals, but the Cincinatti Octopodes burned your hometown and killed your coach), you will fight the rival on the second-to-last round and the villain on the last one. That's
unrealistic. Particularly in sports, since rivalries usually form between teams that can't
face each other in the finals (eg, in US football, rivalries tend to form between teams in the same division, while the Super Bowl is fought between teams from separate conferences).