History HoistByHisOwnPetard / Literature

12th Feb '18 9:11:41 AM JJHIL325
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** Cornelius Fudge denied Voldemort's return in order to keep his job and preserve his legacy as Minister, going as far as to conduct a smear campaign against Harry, Dumbledore, and their supporters for an entire year, decrying them as liars. Cue seeing Voldemort in person, in public, with ''several other witnesses'', inside the Ministry itself. He's forced to admit the truth to the Wizarding Community at large, at which point the smear campaign backfires ''massively''. All the negative publicity Harry and Dumbledore had immediately transferred to him, resulting Fudge getting kicked out of office and going down in history as the most reviled Minister of Magic in modern times.

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** Cornelius Fudge denied Voldemort's return in order to keep his job and preserve his legacy as Minister, going as far as to conduct a smear campaign against Harry, Dumbledore, and their supporters for an entire year, decrying them as liars. Cue seeing Voldemort in person, in public, with ''several other witnesses'', inside the Ministry itself. He's forced to admit the truth to the Wizarding Community at large, at which point the smear campaign backfires ''massively''. All the negative publicity Harry and Dumbledore had immediately transferred to him, resulting in Fudge getting kicked out of office and going down in history as both a lying DirtyCoward and the most reviled Minister of Magic in modern times.
19th Jan '18 6:04:03 AM Cryoclaste
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* To cash in on ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' franchise, a series of short ''Outer Limits'' children's books were released a few years ago. One of those books, ''The Lost'', was about a rebellious teen who uncovers a conspiracy in her neighborhood where the adults are {{brainwashing}} their own teenage children with a machine that changes their brainwaves into sensible, hard-working adults. Like any CruelTwistEnding, she ends up brainwashed herself and becomes good-hearted and obedient, much to their parent's joy. Then she and the other teenagers take their parents (as well as the doctor responsible for administering the "therapy" in the first place) and subject them to their own machine out of the belief that they will be helping them become just like them.

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* To cash in on ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' ''Series/{{The Outer Limits|1963}}'' franchise, a series of short ''Outer Limits'' children's books were released a few years ago. One of those books, ''The Lost'', was about a rebellious teen who uncovers a conspiracy in her neighborhood where the adults are {{brainwashing}} their own teenage children with a machine that changes their brainwaves into sensible, hard-working adults. Like any CruelTwistEnding, she ends up brainwashed herself and becomes good-hearted and obedient, much to their parent's joy. Then she and the other teenagers take their parents (as well as the doctor responsible for administering the "therapy" in the first place) and subject them to their own machine out of the belief that they will be helping them become just like them.
3rd Jan '18 2:03:41 PM Derkhan
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* Draconus from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' gets to find out exactly how well his newly forged sword Dragnipur does its job when he winds up getting his sould trapped in it himself.

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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** Empress Laseen -- an outstanding ProfessionalKiller who [[TheUsurper gained the throne]] by assassinating Emperor Kellanved -- outmaneuvered everyone, keeping her plans secret even from her closest allies, and [[spoiler:got outmaneuvered in turn by Mallick Rel and assassinated, with Mallick Rel following her on the throne]].
** Scabandari Bloodeye wanted to get rid of any competition in the realm he and his followers had just invaded and made sure [[BuriedAlive Silchas Ruin was out of the picture]], at which point several Elder Gods decide that Scabandari's betrayal and destruction of Kurald Emurlahn is too dangerous a precendent and he needs to be taken out of the picture.
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Draconus from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' gets to find out exactly how well his newly forged sword Dragnipur [[YourSoulIsMine soul-trapping]] [[OneHitKill sword]] [[CoolSword Dragnipur]] does its job when he winds up getting his sould soul trapped in it himself.
25th Dec '17 10:36:16 PM LoveAmongTheRuins
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* The Vitalizer in, well, "Literature/ClockpunkAndTheVitalizer." Had he not fed and tried to clean Dolores, she [[spoiler:would’ve never had the opportunity to climb onto the sofa and drop her + the streetlight’s combined weight on him]].
6th Dec '17 1:51:44 PM Xtifr
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* ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Atrocity Archives]]'' has as its villains the remnants of an alternate universe's Third Reich. They [[{{Ghostapo}} managed to turn the Holocaust into a massive necromantic working]], attracting the attention of a [[EldritchAbomination Great Old One]] they got to fight on their side. Thing is, after it destroyed the Allies, it proceeded to drain ''everything'' from the universe, to the point that said universe is facing imminent heat death only 60 years later and the Great Old One itself is trying to escape ahead of the impending collapse of reality making this a double case when the Laundry agents realize what's happening and trap it in the dying reality.

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* ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Atrocity Archives]]'' ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchive'' has as its villains the remnants of an alternate universe's Third Reich. They [[{{Ghostapo}} managed to turn the Holocaust into a massive necromantic working]], attracting the attention of a [[EldritchAbomination Great Old One]] they got to fight on their side. Thing is, after it destroyed the Allies, it proceeded to drain ''everything'' from the universe, to the point that said universe is facing imminent heat death only 60 years later and the Great Old One itself is trying to escape ahead of the impending collapse of reality making this a double case when the Laundry agents realize what's happening and trap it in the dying reality.
30th Nov '17 1:57:44 PM JJHIL325
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** Cornelius Fudge denied Voldemort's return in order to keep his job and preserve his legacy as Minister, going as far as to conduct a smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore for an entire year, decrying them as liars. Cue seeing Voldemort in person, in public, with ''several other witnesses'', inside the Ministry itself. He's forced to admit the truth to the Wizarding Community at large, at which point the smear campaign backfires ''massively''. All the negative publicity Harry and Dumbledore had immediately transferred to him, and everything he tried to prevent came to fruition because of his attempts to stop it.

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** Cornelius Fudge denied Voldemort's return in order to keep his job and preserve his legacy as Minister, going as far as to conduct a smear campaign against Harry Harry, Dumbledore, and Dumbledore their supporters for an entire year, decrying them as liars. Cue seeing Voldemort in person, in public, with ''several other witnesses'', inside the Ministry itself. He's forced to admit the truth to the Wizarding Community at large, at which point the smear campaign backfires ''massively''. All the negative publicity Harry and Dumbledore had immediately transferred to him, resulting Fudge getting kicked out of office and everything he tried to prevent came to fruition because going down in history as the most reviled Minister of his attempts to stop it.Magic in modern times.
30th Nov '17 1:53:25 PM JJHIL325
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** Cornelius Fudge denied Voldemort's return in order to keep his job and preserve his legacy as Minister, going as far as to conduct a smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore for an entire year, decrying them as liars. Cue seeing Voldemort in person, in public, inside the Ministry itself. He's forced to admit the truth to the Wizarding Community at large, at which point the smear campaign backfires ''massively''. All the negative publicity Harry and Dumbledore had immediately transferred to him, and everything he tried to prevent came to fruition because of his attempts to stop it.

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** Cornelius Fudge denied Voldemort's return in order to keep his job and preserve his legacy as Minister, going as far as to conduct a smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore for an entire year, decrying them as liars. Cue seeing Voldemort in person, in public, with ''several other witnesses'', inside the Ministry itself. He's forced to admit the truth to the Wizarding Community at large, at which point the smear campaign backfires ''massively''. All the negative publicity Harry and Dumbledore had immediately transferred to him, and everything he tried to prevent came to fruition because of his attempts to stop it.
25th Nov '17 12:19:29 PM SullenFrog
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*** Bane gets hit with this on two levels in ''Rule of Two''. In this book he gets infested with a colony of parasitic orbalisks, which have lightsaber-resistant hides and pump their hosts full of chemicals that augment the power of the dark side, but also have a fatal weakness to electricity. When Bane confronts several Jedi Masters in the climax and prepares to hurl Force lightning at one of them, a fatally-injured Jedi traps himself and Bane within a Force bubble. Not only does this result in Bane [[AttackReflector getting fried by his own lightning]], it also kills the orbalisks, which proceed to dump lethal toxins into Bane’s bloodstream as they die. Bane only survives because all the other Jedi were dead at that point, and his apprentice had to bring him to a healer for extensive medical treatment.
21st Nov '17 3:26:14 PM Trueman001
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* The short story "BLIT" by Creator/DavidLangford is about a fractal pattern called The Parrot, a LogicBomb for the human mind, which has been weaponized by a domestic terrorist group called the Albion Action Group, and the VillainProtagonist has been tasked to spray-paint this image around town, whist wearing vision-disrupting goggles to avoid being affected himself. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, his mind eventually adjusts to counter the effect of the goggles and see clear images despite them, and when he ends up in police custody and it is thus too late to take a huge dose of alcohol to flush his visual memory, he is unable to stop his mind reassembling memories of the image into a clear image of The Parrot, thereby killing him.]]
31st Oct '17 2:09:52 AM darkemyst
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** Tom Riddle Sr., upon finding out that his pregnant wife was a witch and had used magic to make him think he had fallen in love with her in order to get married and have sex with him abandoned her and their unborn child and purposefully, understandably, never bothered to find out what happened to either of them. Said child grows up to [[spoiler: become Voldemort]], learns the truth, and decides to kill Tom Riddle, Sr. in revenge for his having been abandoned by him and left to be raised in an orphanage.

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** When Tom Riddle Sr., upon finding out that Sr. realized his pregnant wife was a witch and had used magic to rape him and make him think he had fallen in love with her in order to get married he fled and have sex with him abandoned her and their unborn child and purposefully, understandably, never bothered to find out what happened to either of them. Said child grows up to [[spoiler: become Voldemort]], learns the truth, and decides to kill Tom Riddle, Sr. in revenge for his having been abandoned by him and left to be raised in an orphanage.
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