History HoistByHisOwnPetard / ComicBooks

5th Apr '17 11:50:22 AM MikeW
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** When he discovered Kubix, a living Cosmic Cube, could alter memories, the Skull came up with a genius idea. He had Kubik alter Captain America's memories so Steve was convinced he'd been a decades-long deep cover Hydra operative, believing in them totally. The Skull figured with Captain America a willing agent, Hydra would rise higher than ever. But Steve became convinced he was loyal to the "true" Hydra that the Skull had warped and the Skull was holding them back so began his moves to take over Hydra for himself. In a confrontation, the Skull admits what he did...and is shocked that Steve doesn't believe his memories could have been warped and [[spoiler: kills the Skull to take over Hydra.]]
21st Mar '17 4:55:12 AM Blazer
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Another Spider-Man villain, the voodoo practitioner Calypso, ended up killed in trying an old plan twice - she had brainwashed the Lizard previously and came close to killing Spider-Man, thus she opted to try again. The second time ended with an angry Lizard cutting her throat open.
16th Mar '17 5:35:59 PM morenohijazo
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Almost every story ends this way.

to:

* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Almost every story ends this way. Whatever magical object or scheme Iznogoud concocts to get rid of the Caliph, he'll end up falling victim to the scheme himself (leaving him imprisoned, TakenForGranite, turned into a BalefulPolymorph, trapped in another dimension, etc.). As if to add insult to injury, sometimes the Caliph will also fall into the trap - and quickly find a way out (often by accident) that won't work for Iznogoud.
22nd Jan '17 5:42:26 AM narm00
Is there an issue? Send a Message


ComicBooks have no shortage of {{Guile Hero}}es and arrogant villains, so it makes sense that many of the former get rid of the latter who's [[PhysicalGod otherwise invincible]] with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own almighty powers]].

to:

ComicBooks have no shortage of {{Guile Hero}}es and arrogant villains, so it makes sense that many of the former get rid of the latter who's who're [[PhysicalGod otherwise invincible]] with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his their own almighty powers]].



** Played straight in ''Comicbook/TheBlackRing'': Comicbook/LexLuthor gains omnipotence and learns Superman's Clark Kent. However, he can only hold into that power if he never uses it to hurt anyone. ''Ever''. Not even Superman. The knowledge increases his anger and his desire to kill Superman, leading him to lose it all, and for good measure, sends him spiraling into the PhantomZone.
** Mentioned for being hilarious, the otherwise quite forgettable ''{{Comicbook/Superman}}'' vs. ''{{Dracula}}'' comic ended with Dracula draining Superman's blood and absorbing his power - at which point his ''[[YourHeadAsplode head exploded]]''. Superman, after all, is solar powered.

to:

** Played straight in ''Comicbook/TheBlackRing'': Comicbook/LexLuthor gains omnipotence and learns Superman's Clark Kent. However, he can only hold into onto that power if he never uses it to hurt anyone. ''Ever''. Not even Superman. The knowledge increases his anger and his desire to kill Superman, leading him to lose it all, and for good measure, sends him spiraling into the PhantomZone.
** Mentioned for being hilarious, the otherwise quite forgettable ''{{Comicbook/Superman}}'' ''{{Franchise/Superman}}'' vs. ''{{Dracula}}'' comic ended with Dracula draining Superman's blood and absorbing his power - at which point his ''[[YourHeadAsplode head exploded]]''. Superman, after all, is solar powered.



*** The King of planet Primeen got a judge shot to protect his son. His actions drove Sheko-- the aforementioned judge-- so furious that she became a [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern]] and killed them all.
** ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'': [[spoiler:Lex Luthor hired a hit-man to kill the Wayne family]]. Joe Chill murdered the Gordons instead, and their daughter trained and prepared to take their murderer down. He also made a fortune[[spoiler: researching the cells of baby Kal-El whom he killed]]. However Supergirl turned against him right away when she found out about it.

to:

*** The King of the planet Primeen got a judge shot to protect his son. His actions drove Sheko-- Sheko -- the aforementioned judge-- judge -- so furious that she became a [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern]] and killed them all.
** ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'': [[spoiler:Lex Luthor hired a hit-man to kill the Wayne family]]. Joe Chill murdered the Gordons instead, and their daughter trained and prepared to take their murderer down. He also made a fortune[[spoiler: fortune [[spoiler: researching the cells of baby Kal-El whom he killed]]. However Supergirl turned against him right away when she found out about it.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' - the teens discover that one of their newest companion is a vampire and, to save the others, Karolina offers herself to the vampire. When he goes to drain him, he realizes too late that Karolina is solar powered and he promptly explodes.

to:

* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' - ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', the teens discover that one of their newest companion companions is a vampire and, to save the others, Karolina offers herself to the vampire. him. When he goes to drain him, her, he realizes too late that Karolina is solar powered and he promptly explodes.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Dollar Bill was killed when his cape was caught in a revolving door in a bank, and was shot by some thug. It becomes double when the bank happens to be the one who he worked for, and made him put on a cape

to:

* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Dollar Bill was killed when his cape was caught in a revolving door in a bank, and was shot by some thug. It becomes double when the bank happens to be the one who he worked for, and made him put on a capecape.



* In ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' [[ComicBook/TheJudasContract Terra]] died by accidental suicide when she imploded the HIVE complex out of sheer rage, trying to kill Deathstroke when she thinks he betrayed her.
* The U-Foes, enemies of the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, seem to kill themselves off like this the first time they turn up-- their newly gained powers are strong enough to potentially take down the Big Green Machine, but PowerIncontinence kicks in. Vapour can turn herself into any gas... but soon cannot keep her molecules together. Ironclad can increase his mass... which keeps increasing so he cannot move and sinks into the ground. And their leader Vector, just like Unus above, can repel things-- eventually he repels the air around him so he suffocates, then he repels ''Earth itself'' and shoots out into space. X-Ray's ability to manipulate radiation very nearly causes him explode from absorbing too much energy. [[UnexplainedRecovery They come back]].
* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Franchise/{{Batman}} shoots {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} with the same bullet that Darkseid used to kill his son, Orion. Then, [[TheFlash Wally West and Barry Allen]] turn intangible and run through him, causing the Omega Beams that were chasing them to hit the villain and blow him up.
** Darkseid really should give up using those beams against opponents with super-speed. {{ComicBook/Superman}} has done the same thing to him at least twice, except that he dodges out of the way at the last second rather than vibrates through Darkseid. The beams, while shown to be highly manoeuvrable, apparently can't turn as quickly as Superman and hit their sender.
* In ''Wolverine: Enemy of the State'', the [[{{Wolverine}} titular hero]] kills Gorgon by using his metal claws to show the villain his own reflection, [[TakenForGranite thus turning his own petrifaction abilities on himself]].

to:

* In ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' [[ComicBook/TheJudasContract Terra]] died by accidental suicide when she imploded the HIVE complex out of sheer rage, trying to kill Deathstroke when she thinks thought he betrayed her.
* The U-Foes, enemies of the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, seem to kill themselves off like this the first time they turn up-- up -- their newly gained powers are strong enough to potentially take down the Big Green Machine, but PowerIncontinence kicks in. Vapour can turn herself into any gas... but soon cannot keep her molecules together. Ironclad can increase his mass... which keeps increasing so he cannot move and sinks into the ground. And their leader Vector, just like Unus above, can repel things-- things -- eventually he repels the air around him so he suffocates, then he repels ''Earth itself'' and shoots out into space. X-Ray's ability to manipulate radiation very nearly causes him to explode from absorbing too much energy. [[UnexplainedRecovery They come back]].
* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Franchise/{{Batman}} shoots {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} with the same bullet that Darkseid used to kill his son, Orion. Then, [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Wally West and Barry Allen]] turn intangible and run through him, causing the Omega Beams that were chasing them to hit the villain and blow him up.
** Darkseid really should give up using those beams against opponents with super-speed. {{ComicBook/Superman}} {{Franchise/Superman}} has done the same thing to him at least twice, except that he dodges out of the way at the last second rather than vibrates through Darkseid. The beams, while shown to be highly manoeuvrable, apparently can't turn as quickly as Superman and hit their sender.
* In ''Wolverine: Enemy of the State'', the [[{{Wolverine}} [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} titular hero]] kills Gorgon by using his metal claws to show the villain his own reflection, [[TakenForGranite thus turning his own petrifaction abilities on himself]].



** In one story Doctor Doom gloats to an imprisoned Reed Richards about a torture room he designed full of thousands of mirrors arranged in such a way that the myriad reflections are so incomprehensible to the human mind that looking at it without protective goggles can induce a HeroicBSOD. At the end of the story, about five issues later, Doom and Reed's climactic battle leads to Reed chasing Doom into the aforementioned room, where Doom beats the living crap out of Reed and strangles him while screaming about how much he hates him. However, Reed manages to tear off Doom's mask just before he passes out, and the sight of his grotesquely disfigured face reflected at him thousands of times drives Doom completely insane ([[UnexplainedRecovery he gets better]]).

to:

** In one story Doctor Doom ComicBook/DoctorDoom gloats to an imprisoned Reed Richards about a torture room he designed full of thousands of mirrors arranged in such a way that the myriad reflections are so incomprehensible to the human mind that looking at it without protective goggles can induce a HeroicBSOD. At the end of the story, about five issues later, Doom and Reed's climactic battle leads to Reed chasing Doom into the aforementioned room, where Doom beats the living crap out of Reed and strangles him while screaming about how much he hates him. However, Reed manages to tear off Doom's mask just before he passes out, and the sight of his grotesquely disfigured face reflected at him thousands of times drives Doom completely insane ([[UnexplainedRecovery he gets better]]).



* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' mini-series, ''[[ComicBook/BatmanTheCult The Cult]]'', Bats is able to turn Deacon Blackfire's own doctrine against him when he beats him within an inch of his life, then [[DoWithHimAsYouWill let him live for his followers to deal with]]. His followers, who were broken by him into believing that their own suffering meant nothing in the greater scheme of things, were so enraged by his own weakness, they literally tore him apart.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', the Reverse Flash had suddenly appeared and began attacking Barry Allen while telling him [[spoiler:that the reason this timeline exists was because Barry tried to save his mother from Zoom and suceeded, only to screw up the rest of the world.]]. As he does, he tells him that, because how things are, Barry could never kill him lest [[spoiler:he break time again.]] As he said that, he learns of a loophole too late as [[spoiler:Thomas Wayne!Batman impales him with a sword.]]

to:

* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' mini-series, ''[[ComicBook/BatmanTheCult The Cult]]'', Bats is able to turn Deacon Blackfire's own doctrine against him when he beats him within an inch of his life, then [[DoWithHimAsYouWill let lets him live for his followers to deal with]]. His followers, who were broken by him into believing that their own suffering meant nothing in the greater scheme of things, were are so enraged by his own weakness, they literally tore tear him apart.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', the Reverse Flash had has suddenly appeared and began begun attacking Barry Allen while telling him [[spoiler:that the reason this timeline exists was because Barry tried to save his mother from Zoom and suceeded, only to screw up the rest of the world.]]. As he does, he tells him that, because how things are, Barry could never kill him lest [[spoiler:he break time again.]] As he said says that, he learns of a loophole too late as [[spoiler:Thomas Wayne!Batman impales him with a sword.]]



* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' 's Sonic Universe side-series, the demigod Enerjak is invincible, and makes a note to rub this in Silver(who is dueling)'s face. Upon mentioning that Silver is not strong enough, skilled enough, or wise enough to best him, Silver realizes Enerjak is correct. He proceeds to redirect Enerjak's attacks at him, actually cracking his armor and inflicting pain on the demigod for the first time in decades. Enerjak is promptly drained of his powers moments later.

to:

* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' 's ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'''s Sonic Universe side-series, the demigod Enerjak is invincible, and makes a note to rub this in Silver(who is dueling)'s face.the face of Silver, who he's dueling. Upon mentioning that Silver is not strong enough, skilled enough, or wise enough to best him, Silver realizes Enerjak is correct. He proceeds to redirect Enerjak's attacks at him, actually cracking his armor and inflicting pain on the demigod for the first time in decades. Enerjak is promptly drained of his powers moments later.



*** The reboot is also this for many characters in the old continuity, namely those who could've stopped Robotnik/Eggman in the past, but chose not to for whatever reason. Namely Ixis Naugus [[note]]It was revealed he allowed the first Robotnik War in a bid to gain power in the aftermath. Also, he even had a chance to stop Robotnik shortly after the takeover but botched it[[/note]], and the Brotherhood of Guardians (and the echidna race by extension) for feeling that the world conquering villain that makes flying armored battle stations and apocalyptic super weapons like the Ultimate Annihilator was not a threat to them.
* In the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' storyline "Legion of Three Worlds", ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes villain the Time Trapper sends Superboy Prime into the future, where he attempts to finally make his mark with the world and unleashes a plethora of villains. While the Legion of three different dimensions [[spoiler:resurrect Kid Flash and Superboy]] to battle Prime, Superman and the Legion's three founders are dragged in to deal with the Time Trapper, [[spoiler:revealed to be a future version of Superboy Prime]]. Eventually, the four drag the Time Trapper out and he and Prime confront each other. When the Time Trapper starts commanding Prime to aid him in eradicating them all, Superboy Prime flips out and slugs him, causing them to be seemingly eradicated. Braniac 5 sums up that moment perfectly:

to:

*** The reboot is also this for many characters in the old continuity, namely those who could've stopped Robotnik/Eggman in the past, but chose not to for whatever reason. Namely Ixis Naugus [[note]]It was revealed he allowed the first Robotnik War in a bid to gain power in the aftermath. Also, he even had a chance to stop Robotnik shortly after the takeover but botched it[[/note]], it.[[/note]], and the Brotherhood of Guardians (and the echidna race by extension) for feeling that the world conquering villain that makes flying armored battle stations and apocalyptic super weapons like the Ultimate Annihilator was not a threat to them.
* In the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' storyline "Legion of Three Worlds", ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes villain the Time Trapper sends Superboy Prime into the future, where he attempts to finally make his mark with on the world and unleashes a plethora of villains. While the Legion Legions of three different dimensions [[spoiler:resurrect Kid Flash and Superboy]] to battle Prime, Superman and the Legion's three founders are dragged in to deal with the Time Trapper, [[spoiler:revealed to be a future version of Superboy Prime]]. Eventually, the four drag the Time Trapper out and he and Prime confront each other. When the Time Trapper starts commanding Prime to aid him in eradicating them all, Superboy Prime flips out and slugs him, causing them to be seemingly eradicated. Braniac 5 sums up that moment perfectly:



** Issue 19 has ''everything'' tumble on top of him. [[spoiler:In issue 9, Octavius seemingly deletes Peter and his memories and prepares to romp around as a truly Superior Spider-Man... until a time disaster strikes Horizon Labs and Spider-Man 2099 arrives in an attempt to fix it. Ock promptly knocks him out, then tries to stop everything by himself. In short time, he's briefly killed, loses 9 hours of his life, ''destroys Horizon Labs'', allows Ty Stone to acquire what's left, forming Alchemax Labs, gets Spidey 2099 stranded in the past, kills more credibility from his closest friends... oh, and [[HesBack gives Peter the chance to dig himself out of the Mental Rubble Octavius buried him in.]]]]
** Issue 25, what makes ComicBook/TheAvengers stop pussy-footing around and go and fully confront Spidey? [[spoiler:Tony Stark finding out that he erased the files on his diagnostics and the security camera tapes... except for the one Tony knows about. For all of Octavius' smarts, he was outwitted by one man smarter than him.]]
* The JSA villain Sorrow can attack people by making them look at his face. Heroes this to Dr Mid-Nite, and thought he had killed him. Except Dr Mid-Nite is not only blind, but used the lenses in his goggles recorded the image, and showed it to Sorrow himself.

to:

** Issue 19 has ''everything'' tumble on top of him. [[spoiler:In issue 9, Octavius seemingly deletes Peter and his memories and prepares to romp around as a truly Superior Spider-Man... until a time disaster strikes Horizon Labs and Spider-Man 2099 arrives in an attempt to fix it. Ock promptly knocks him out, then tries to stop everything by himself. In a short time, he's briefly killed, loses 9 hours of his life, ''destroys Horizon Labs'', allows Ty Stone to acquire what's left, forming Alchemax Labs, gets Spidey 2099 stranded in the past, kills loses more credibility from his closest friends... oh, and [[HesBack gives Peter the chance to dig himself out of the Mental Rubble Octavius buried him in.]]]]
** Issue 25, what 25: What makes ComicBook/TheAvengers stop pussy-footing around and go and fully confront Spidey? [[spoiler:Tony Stark finding out that he erased the files on his diagnostics and the security camera tapes... except for the one Tony knows about. For all of Octavius' smarts, he was outwitted by one man smarter than him.]]
* The JSA [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]] villain Johnny Sorrow can attack kill people by making them look at his face. Heroes He does this to Dr Mid-Nite, and thought he had believing he's killed him. Except Dr Mid-Nite is not only blind, but used the lenses in his goggles recorded to record the image, and showed shows it to Sorrow himself.himself.
** In a later story, Wonder Woman does something similar when she gets Sorrow to look at a reflective surface.



* In an actual Archie story, Veronica designs and creates a beautiful ballroom gown, planning to wear it to the biggest dance of the year; Cheryl Blossom steals it in order to show her up and be the center of attention. Unfortunately for Cheryl, Veronica is a poor seamstress; the dress falls apart while she's wearing it. [[DefeatByModesty At the dance.]] (Still, this is a PyrrhicVictory for Veronica; while the result humiliates Cheryl, it also exposes her shoddy work.)

to:

* In an actual [[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie story, story]], Veronica designs and creates a beautiful ballroom gown, planning to wear it to the biggest dance of the year; Cheryl Blossom steals it in order to show her up and be the center of attention. Unfortunately for Cheryl, Veronica is a poor seamstress; the dress falls apart while she's wearing it. [[DefeatByModesty At the dance.]] (Still, this is a PyrrhicVictory for Veronica; while the result humiliates Cheryl, it also exposes her shoddy work.)



* Happens several times in ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Thunderworld #1]]''. From Dr. Sivana and his counterparts across the multiverse [[spoiler:foiling their own plans of creating a 8th day (Sivanaday) where they're allowed to win by cheating themselves out of [[AppliedPhlebotinum suspendium]] to make it an 8-hour day]], to Lady Sivana (Georgia Sivana) getting tricked into depowering herself by Captain Marvel Junior, out of her own desire to use her beauty to get her way.

to:

* Happens several times in ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Thunderworld #1]]''. From Dr. Sivana and his counterparts across the multiverse [[spoiler:foiling their own plans of creating a 8th day (Sivanaday) where they're allowed to win by cheating themselves out of [[AppliedPhlebotinum suspendium]] to make it an 8-hour day]], to Lady Sivana (Georgia Sivana) getting tricked into depowering herself by Captain Marvel Junior, Junior out of her own desire to use her beauty to get her way.



* [[http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.fr/2012/07/the-man-who-tricked-devil.html A horror comic]] featured a lawyer who made a DealwithTheDevil... on the condition that they use the contract he'd prepared, an extremely LongList to account for every possible ambiguity or ExactWords that could lead to the Devil winning. The Devil curses but agrees, then points out the lawyer needs to sign the all the subclauses in the contract. The lawyer gets to it, then punctures his finger and draws blood, signing the first of many, many subclauses with his own blood, as is tradition. He's found dead in the morning of blood loss.

to:

* [[http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.fr/2012/07/the-man-who-tricked-devil.html A horror comic]] featured a lawyer who made a DealwithTheDevil...DealWithTheDevil... on the condition that they use the contract he'd prepared, an extremely LongList to account for every possible ambiguity or ExactWords that could lead to the Devil winning. The Devil curses but agrees, then points out the lawyer needs to sign the all the subclauses in the contract. The lawyer gets to it, then punctures his finger and draws blood, signing the first of many, many subclauses with his own blood, as is tradition. He's found dead in the morning of blood loss.
4th Jan '17 8:14:43 AM rafi
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[quoteright:350:[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/superman_volume1_issue338_page22.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:You hit yourself with your own shrinking ray, idiot!]]
4th Jan '17 2:44:03 AM Tron80
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

[[quoteright:350:[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/superman_volume1_issue338_page22.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:You hit yourself with your own shrinking ray, idiot!]]
21st Dec '16 1:37:29 AM Tron80
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** In ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'', two crooks run into a spirit who has possessed a statue and stolen two thirds of Superman's power. The ghost is naive, and they teach him to use his power to hurt and destroy. Suddenly he wonders why he should follow their orders instead of hurting them since he is more powerful than them.
19th Dec '16 10:30:34 PM Blazer
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In battles between ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} and ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, the latter tends to make short work of the former with him controlling his adamantium skeleton. In their first fight, Wolverine is nearly skewered in the head with his own claws and is only knocked out as he's able to retract them in time.
17th Dec '16 9:05:33 AM Tron80
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** In ''Superman'' Volume 1 #338, Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} shoots his shrinking ray at Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, but she deflects it back at him. Struck by his own ray, Brainiac begins to rapidly shrink, and he pleads with Kara to save him, but [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_pScx8BN4h3s/SQcs5LyKRiI/AAAAAAAABds/PkQTfwvrabE/s1600-h/superman+338+-08.jpg she coolly states that the enlarging ray has not enough energy left to save Superman, Kandor and him, so Brainiac is out of luck]] (note that Brainiac had previously shrunk both Superman and the city of Kandor). Even Superman begs her use the ray to save Brainiac, [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_pScx8BN4h3s/SQcsz6v8owI/AAAAAAAABdk/GD76xYl-w1g/s1600-h/superman+338+-09.jpg and she replies: "Cousin... NO!"]]
2nd Dec '16 3:20:31 AM Tron80
Is there an issue? Send a Message


'''Supergirl:''' You're right! The Warzoons must've died one by one! They buried each other except for the last one buried by the peace-loving Largas!
Superman: Precisely! And there's only one thing on that entire satellite capable of killing the Warzoon one at a time the control helmet in the command console!\\

to:

'''Supergirl:''' You're right! The Warzoons must've died one by one! They buried each other except for the last one buried by the peace-loving Largas!
Superman:
Largas!\\
'''Superman:'''
Precisely! And there's only one thing on that entire satellite capable of killing the Warzoon one at a time the control helmet in the command console!\\
This list shows the last 10 events of 109. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=HoistByHisOwnPetard.ComicBooks