Why We Root For The Underdog

Theories on our affinity towards unlikely heroes

Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe
Freytag’s pyramid — often referred to as the narrative or dramatic arc

“The tendency to root against the top dog may reveal a broad tendency to enjoy watching those riding high take a fall.”

Where the underdog effect hits a curb

“Our hearts may be with the underdog, but our wallets are with the top dog.”

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