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13th Mar '17 12:01:12 PM intastiel
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* In the ''[[Literature/AncillaryJustice Imperial Radch]]'' series, Lord Anaander Mianaai gets this thanks to converting Tisarwat into one of her {{Remote Bod|y}}ies through a GrandTheftMe. Not only does it convince Breq once and for all that Mianaai is completely untrustworthy, but once she notices and breaks Mianaai's control, it leaves Tisarwat with a deep understanding of Miannai's mind... and the security clearances to break Mianaai's control over warship and space station [=AIs=] at a critical moment.

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* In the ''[[Literature/AncillaryJustice Imperial Radch]]'' series, Lord Anaander Mianaai gets this thanks to converting Tisarwat into one of her {{Remote Bod|y}}ies through a GrandTheftMe. Not only does it convince Breq once and for all that Mianaai is completely untrustworthy, but once she notices and breaks Mianaai's control, it leaves Tisarwat with a deep understanding of Miannai's Mianaai's mind... and the security clearances to break Mianaai's control over warship and space station [=AIs=] at a critical moment.
11th Mar '17 4:08:08 PM intastiel
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* In the ''[[Literature/AncillaryJustice Imperial Radch]]'' series, Lord Anaander Mianaai gets this thanks to converting Tisarwat into one of her {{Remote Bod|y}}ies through a GrandTheftMe. Not only does it convince Breq once and for all that Mianaai is completely untrustworthy, but once she notices and breaks Mianaai's control, it leaves Tisarwat with a deep understanding of Miannai's mind... and the security clearances to break Mianaai's control over warship and space station [=AIs=] at a critical moment.
17th Feb '17 5:13:01 PM Snowsky
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* In ''The Ribbajack,'' resident [[EnfanteTerrible school terror and vile bully]] Archibald Smifft summons an EldritchAbomination known as the Ribbajack and orders it to kill the school chaplain. What he doesn't know is that said chaplain is in possession of a magical medallion that not only prevents a Ribbajack from killing him, but compels it to instead kill the person who summoned it. Smifft is never seen again, AndThereWasMuchRejoicing.
1st Jan '17 12:02:48 PM tiiger
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* The [[ShowWithinAShow Kilgore Trout short story]] "Dog's Breakfast" mentioned in Creator/KurtVonnegut's ''Timequake'' mentions the trope by name and throws in an equal dose of TomatoInTheMirror. It's about a scientist who is convinced that the world's most brilliant people are in fact getting their ideas from aliens who are delivering messages directly into their brains. After discovering what he believes is proof of his theory, he concludes that he could only have made the discovery if he himself had been unknowingly aided by aliens; [[GoMadFromTheRevelation this realization]] [[DrivenToSuicide drives him to suicide]].
24th Dec '16 11:10:31 AM Lanes17B
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* The [[TropeNamer trope namer]] [[AnAesop Aesop]] tells the story of a [[SnakeOilSalesman traveling con man]] who dupes people into buying his [[AllNaturalSnakeOil "magical elixir"]] that's supposed to cure anything and everything that ails them. When he falls ill, he is medicated with his own product which he knows will not work, and this is where we get "a taste of his own medicine."
12th Dec '16 4:22:27 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In the ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' book, ''Unicorn Point'', Stile and his allies are about to hand over control of the [[GreatBigBookOfEverything BookOfMagic]] to the Adverse Adepts on Phaze and the [[MasterComputer Game Computer]] to the Contrary Citizens on Photon - items that would irrevocably shift the balance of power away from Stile and co. And Mach and Bane, the two most powerful individuals on either world are [[HonorBeforeReason honor bound]] to work with the Adverse/Contrary forces. Then Adepts Tan and Purple (and their Citizen counterparts on Photon) stage a coup attempt under their allies noses. The power grab breaks the pact they had with Mach and Bane, allowing them to work openly against them, eventually culminating in the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Platinum Flute]] coming back into play and the two worlds being [[MergedReality merged into one]]. And in the resulting chaos, the good guys take back control for good.

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* In the ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' book, ''Unicorn Point'', Stile and his allies are about to hand over control of the [[GreatBigBookOfEverything BookOfMagic]] Book Of Magic]] to the Adverse Adepts on Phaze and the [[MasterComputer Game Computer]] to the Contrary Citizens on Photon - items that would irrevocably shift the balance of power away from Stile and co. And Mach and Bane, the two most powerful individuals on either world are [[HonorBeforeReason honor bound]] to work with the Adverse/Contrary forces. Then Adepts Tan and Purple (and their Citizen counterparts on Photon) stage a coup attempt under their allies noses. The power grab breaks the pact they had with Mach and Bane, allowing them to work openly against them, eventually culminating in the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Platinum Flute]] coming back into play and the two worlds being [[MergedReality merged into one]]. And in the resulting chaos, the good guys take back control for good.
12th Dec '16 4:11:05 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'',
** This happens to Voldemort a lot
*** He is finally defeated when his own Avada Kedavra is reflected back in his face by an Expelliarmus from Harry -- which in fact is merely the culmination of an extremely subtle and drawn-out Petard-Hoisting, in that [[spoiler: the only reason Harry's spell worked against the otherwise-unblockable Killing Curse was because the Elder Wand, Voldemort's anticipated uber-weapon, had been set up to recognize Harry rather than Voldemort as its true master, and "chose" to abandon Voldemort while backfiring his spell; thus, the very wand Voldemort thought would guarantee him victory turned out to be the fatal weakness that got him killed]].
*** the first time Voldemort tried to kill Harry backfired and blow up in his face even though he didn't ''stay'' dead. He never learns from this up to his final, and permanent, defeat. His whole trying to kill Harry in the first place sets forth his ultimate Doom. In an act of cosmic irony, Voldemort [[SelfFulfillingProphecy ended up causing his own prophesied demise in trying to prevent it]].
*** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' Voldemort's extremely convoluted plan to get Harry to a certain location relies upon Harry [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]]. Harry's year-long training regimen advances his abilities considerably, allowing him to win the Triwizard Tournament, and also leaving him much more capable of defending himself. Harry is then able to teach dozens of his friends in defense against the dark arts. The result of all this is that by the final books, Harry and his friends are more than capable of taking on any of Voldemort's supporters. Voldemort's rise to power may well have succeeded if he had not inadvertently forced his [[ArchEnemy arch-enemy]] to level up.
*** The basilisk fang that is used to destroy Riddle's diary; the basilisk's fangs screw Voldy over again in the last book when they are used to destroy another Horcrux.
** In''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' Lockhart's memory charm backfires on him, because he was using Ron's very broken wand to cast it. Dumbledore mocks this ("Impaled on your own sword, Gilderoy!").

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'',
**
''Literature/HarryPotter'' -- This happens to Voldemort a lot
*** ** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', He is finally defeated when his own Avada Kedavra is reflected back in his face by an Expelliarmus from Harry -- which in fact is merely the culmination of an extremely subtle and drawn-out Petard-Hoisting, in that [[spoiler: the only reason Harry's spell worked against the otherwise-unblockable Killing Curse was because the Elder Wand, Voldemort's anticipated uber-weapon, had been set up to recognize Harry rather than Voldemort as its true master, and "chose" to abandon Voldemort while backfiring his spell; thus, the very wand Voldemort thought would guarantee him victory turned out to be the fatal weakness that got him killed]].
*** the ** The first time Voldemort tried to kill Harry backfired and blow up in his face even though he didn't ''stay'' dead. He never learns from this up to his final, and permanent, defeat. His whole trying to kill Harry in the first place sets forth his ultimate Doom. In an act of cosmic irony, Voldemort [[SelfFulfillingProphecy ended up causing his own prophesied demise in trying to prevent it]].
*** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' ** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'': Voldemort's extremely convoluted plan to get Harry to a certain location relies upon Harry [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]]. Harry's year-long training regimen advances his abilities considerably, allowing him to win the Triwizard Tournament, and also leaving him much more capable of defending himself. Harry is then able to teach dozens of his friends in defense against the dark arts. The result of all this is that by the final books, Harry and his friends are more than capable of taking on any of Voldemort's supporters. Voldemort's rise to power may well have succeeded if he had not inadvertently forced his [[ArchEnemy arch-enemy]] to level up.
*** ** The basilisk fang that is used to destroy Riddle's diary; the basilisk's fangs screw Voldy over again in the last book when they are used to destroy another Horcrux.
** In''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'': Lockhart's memory charm backfires on him, because he was using Ron's very broken wand to cast it. Dumbledore mocks this ("Impaled on your own sword, Gilderoy!").



** A minor one in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'': Horace Slughorn contains a memory that is crucial to Harry knowing how to defeat Voldemort, but as he is bitterly ashamed of what he told Voldemort in the memory, he resolves never to show it to anyone, and keeps several means of fighting off people who come for the memory on his person at all times. However, at the beginning of the year, he gave a bottle of Felix Felicis (Liquid Luck) to the person who made the best Draught of Living Death on their first day. Harry made the best Draught of Living Death potion, and later that year, was able to coax the memory out of Slughorn under the influence of the exact same potion Slughorn gave Harry during their first lesson.

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** A minor one in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'': ''HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'': Horace Slughorn contains a memory that is crucial to Harry knowing how to defeat Voldemort, but as he is bitterly ashamed of what he told Voldemort in the memory, he resolves never to show it to anyone, and keeps several means of fighting off people who come for the memory on his person at all times. However, at the beginning of the year, he gave a bottle of Felix Felicis (Liquid Luck) to the person who made the best Draught of Living Death on their first day. Harry made the best Draught of Living Death potion, and later that year, was able to coax the memory out of Slughorn under the influence of the exact same potion Slughorn gave Harry during their first lesson.
27th Nov '16 2:36:47 PM SomberCaelifera
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* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series this happens a few times. One notable example is in ''The Sable Quean''. Queen Vilaya, who poisons an young slave because he talked back to her, at the climax when his vengeful friend is chasing her, trips. The vial containing a poisoned blade, (the one she used on the slave) which she wore on a necklace, shatters and stabs her.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series this happens a few times. One notable example is in ''The Sable Quean''. Queen Vilaya, who poisons an a young slave because he talked back to her, at the climax when his vengeful friend is chasing her, trips. The vial containing a poisoned blade, (the one she used on the slave) which she wore on a necklace, shatters and stabs her.
27th Nov '16 2:34:26 PM SomberCaelifera
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** Also happens to the dwarf turning himself in a squirrell.

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** Also happens to the dwarf turning himself in a squirrell.squirrel.



* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series this happens a few times. One notable example is in ''The Sable Quean'' Queen Vilaya who poisons an young slave because he talked back to her, at the climax when his vengeful friend is chasing her at the climax Vilaya trips and her vial of poison shatters cutting herself thus being killed in a rather karmic way with her own weapon.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series this happens a few times. One notable example is in ''The Sable Quean'' Quean''. Queen Vilaya Vilaya, who poisons an young slave because he talked back to her, at the climax when his vengeful friend is chasing her at the climax Vilaya trips and her her, trips. The vial of poison containing a poisoned blade, (the one she used on the slave) which she wore on a necklace, shatters cutting herself thus being killed in a rather karmic way with her own weapon.and stabs her.



** In ''Mariel of Redwall'', Gabool the Wild had a giant scorpion in a pit which he throws in those he doesn't like. At the climax when escaping the horde of heroes all wanting his head, he isn't looking where he was going and... guess what he ends up falling into.

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** In ''Mariel of Redwall'', Gabool the Wild had a giant scorpion in a pit which he throws in those he doesn't like. At the climax climax, when escaping the horde of heroes all wanting his head, he isn't looking where he was is going and... guess what he ends up falling into.
24th Nov '16 12:41:34 PM JMQwilleran
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* In ''The Secret Keepers'', another novel by Trenton Lee Stewart (author of ''The Mysterious Benedict Society''), the main antagonist, The Smoke, fills his mansion with with traps which lead to the victim being imprisoned in the basement. The book's protagonist, Reuben, manages to trick him into getting snared in one of his own traps without the keys to unlock himself by baiting him with the one thing he want most.
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