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26th Apr '16 11:34:16 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Dengel teaches Eric magic string sewing for a mage contest and drills him until the strength of the string satisfies him. This is the very skill that Eric uses to hold him in place long enough to banish him.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Dengel teaches Eric magic string sewing for a mage contest and drills him until the strength of the string satisfies him. This is the very skill that Eric uses to hold him in place long enough to banish him.

26th Apr '16 11:30:53 AM ChaoticNovelist
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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Voldemort is finally defeated when his own Avada Kedavra is reflected back in his face by an Expelliarmus from Harry -- which in fact is [[XanatosGambit 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]]. Arguably, the first time Voldemort tried to kill Harry, only to have it backfire and blow up in his face, counts too - even though he didn't ''stay'' dead.
** Voldemort is infamously the poster boy for this trope in the fandom's eyes. 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]].
*** On that subject, in ''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.
** Something similar occurs in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' when 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!").
** The basilisk fang that is used to destroy Riddle's diary in the same book. The basilisk's fangs screw him over again in the last book when they are used to destroy another Horcrux.
** Non-fatal example: In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', we see a memory of Harry's dad picking on Snape by making him hang upside-down in midair. In the next book, Harry finds the potions book of the guy who invented that spell...and at the end of the book, it turns out to be [[spoiler: Snape himself]].

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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', ''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 [[XanatosGambit merely the culmination of an extremely subtle and drawn-out Petard-Hoisting]], 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]]. Arguably, killed]].
***
the first time Voldemort tried to kill Harry, only to have it backfire Harry backfired and blow up in his face, counts too - face even though he didn't ''stay'' dead.
** Voldemort is infamously the poster boy for this trope in the fandom's eyes.
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]].
*** On that subject, in ''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.
** Something similar occurs ***The basilisk fang that is used to destroy Riddle's diary; the basilisk's fangs screw Voldy over again in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' 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!").
** The basilisk fang that is used to destroy Riddle's diary in the same book. The basilisk's fangs screw him over again in the last book when they are used to destroy another Horcrux.
** Non-fatal example: In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', we see a memory of Harry's dad picking on Snape by making him hang upside-down in midair. In the next book, Harry finds the potions book of the guy who invented that spell...and at the end of the book, it turns out to be [[spoiler: Snape himself]].
Gilderoy!").



** Actually happens to a protagonist, Sirius Black. He mistreats Kreacher, Kreacher sells him out to the Death Eaters. Sirius dies.
** Averted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' when the Centaurs debate on taking Hermione and Harry as well for using the Centaurs to take care of their problems. She and Harry only get away when Grawp enters the scene.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', Barty Crouch Sr. [[spoiler: broke his son out of Azkaban by having his dying wife and son trade places. He kept his son under control with the Imperius curse and hidden for many years.]] [[spoiler: Barty Jr. finally broke free of his father's control and Imperiused him. When Barty Crouch Sr. broke free of the control, he tried to warn Dumbledore that his son was at Hogwarts in disguise but was killed by his son before he got the chance to warn anyone.]]




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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Dengel teaches Eric magic string sewing for a mage contest and drills him until the strength of the string satisfies him. This is the very skill that Eric uses to hold him in place long enough to banish him.
30th Jan '16 4:36:02 AM SamCurt
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* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'': The criminals in ''The Backyard Knows''. Basically speaking: they steals some rare butterfly samples from the museum, wanting to sell to collectors. The problem is one of them is particularly poisonous; one of them got poisoned to the point that calling the ambulance became unavoidable...

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* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'': The criminals in ''The Backyard Knows''. Basically speaking: they steals some rare butterfly samples from the museum, wanting to sell to collectors. The problem is one of them is particularly poisonous; one of them got poisoned to the point that calling the ambulance became unavoidable...
20th Jan '16 12:05:01 AM SamCurt
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* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'': The criminals in ''The Backyard Knows''. Basically speaking: they steals some rare butterfly samples from the museum, wanting to sell to collectors. The problem is one of them is particularly poisonous; one of them got poisoned to the point that calling the ambulance became unavoidable...
14th Dec '15 10:11:34 AM unclebubba62
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* Subverted in Harper Lee's ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'': it is '''officially claimed''' that Bob Ewell fell on his own knife, but actually he was backstabbed by Boo Radley as Ewell was trying to kill the children.

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* Subverted in Harper Lee's ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'': it is '''officially claimed''' that Bob Ewell fell on his own knife, but actually he Ewell was backstabbed stabbed by Boo Radley as Ewell he was trying to kill the children.
19th Oct '15 6:21:07 PM Earriorwatcher
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** Big example in ''Changes'' on Red Court vampires who tried to curse Dresden's bloodline to death. To wit: the Red Court has the ability (through massive and incredibly difficult preparation) wipe out everyone within a certain bloodline, killing the sacrifice, all their siblings, their parents, all their siblings, their grandparents, their siblings, etc, etc. The plan was to use Harry's daughter to kill the Blackstaff, the White Council's assassin and one of the strongest wizards on the planet and who is Harry's grandfather. Instead, Harry sacrificed the newest Red Court Vampire ([[ShootTheDog who happened to be his lover at her own request]]) which wiped out every single Red Court Vampire that was still alive and older than her at that point.

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** Big example in ''Changes'' on Red Court vampires who tried to curse Dresden's bloodline to death. To wit: the Red Court has the ability (through massive and incredibly difficult preparation) wipe out everyone within a certain bloodline, killing the sacrifice, all their siblings, their parents, all their siblings, their grandparents, their siblings, etc, etc. The plan was to use Harry's daughter to kill the Blackstaff, the White Council's assassin and one of the strongest wizards on the planet and who is Harry's grandfather. Instead, Harry sacrificed the newest Red Court Vampire ([[ShootTheDog who happened to be his lover lover) at her own request]]) request]] which wiped out every single Red Court Vampire that was still alive and older than her at that point.
15th Oct '15 8:35:52 PM Josef5678
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* In both the AgathaChristie novel [[spoiler: ''Literature/{{Curtain}}'']] and the GKChesterton novel [[spoiler: ''The Man Who Knew Too Much'']] two cups of coffee, one poisoned, are put on a table-height revolving bookcase. When the poisoner is looking elsewhere, the bookcase is turned around by someone looking for a book. Later, the poisoner drinks the poisoned cup of coffee and the intended victim drinks the other one.

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* In both the AgathaChristie Creator/AgathaChristie novel [[spoiler: ''Literature/{{Curtain}}'']] and the GKChesterton novel [[spoiler: ''The Man Who Knew Too Much'']] two cups of coffee, one poisoned, are put on a table-height revolving bookcase. When the poisoner is looking elsewhere, the bookcase is turned around by someone looking for a book. Later, the poisoner drinks the poisoned cup of coffee and the intended victim drinks the other one.
1st Oct '15 9:31:25 PM Xelloss08
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* In ''Literature/ADarkerShadeOfMagic'', this is how Kell defeats Athos despite Athos having greater magical power. They each possess a broken half of an ArtifactOfDoom, a black stone which enhances magic but is difficult to control. Kell goads Athos into using his half of the black stone to summon a monster, having previously learned that creations of the stone always turn on their masters.
11th Sep '15 9:37:26 AM rt2012
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* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'':
** King Jellyjam, a disgusting BlobMonster that lives in an underground cavern, must be bathed 24/7 by child slaves to survive. Once they stop washing him, he suffocates to death on his own foul stench.
** The Masked Mutant is tricked into turning into acid after Skipper "accidentally" lets it slip that acid is his only weakness. He forgets too late that he can only turn into a solid and back, but if he turns into a liquid, he's stuck in that form. Thus, the Mutant's own shapeshifting abilities end up dooming him.
9th Sep '15 3:39:56 PM CoyotesChild
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* This is a standard in ''Franchise/DocSavage'' series. Doc and his friends have a strict policy against killing if at all possible. (Minions he captures are even sent to a special hospital in upstate New York where they receive a special brain operation that wipes their past away, and they are re-trained to be productive citizens with no urge at all to commit crimes.) However, in virtually every one of the 181 pulp novels the master criminal, and usually their closest henchmen, are killed by their own plans to kill Doc Savage. Often, Doc himself has found some way to turn the plan back on his foes. Deaths have included such events as: being killed by poisonous vampire bats; being eaten alive by a swarm of carnivorous ants; being drowned in a flood of boiling mud from a caldera; being swept into an underground river and drowned; being burned alive in a massive gas fire intended to kill a band of people hiding on a ship in a ship's graveyard; and MANY foes being killed by explosions they has intended to have capture Savage. (And many more.)

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* This is a standard in ''Franchise/DocSavage'' series. Doc and his friends have a strict policy against killing if at all possible. (Minions he captures are even sent to a special hospital in upstate New York where they receive a special brain operation that wipes their past away, and they are re-trained to be productive citizens with no urge at all to commit crimes.) However, in virtually every one of the 181 pulp novels the master criminal, and usually their closest henchmen, are killed by their own plans to kill Doc Savage. Often, Doc himself has found some way to turn the plan back on his foes. Deaths have included such events as: being killed by poisonous vampire bats; being eaten alive by a swarm of carnivorous ants; being drowned in a flood of boiling mud from a caldera; being swept into an underground river and drowned; being burned alive in a massive gas fire intended to kill a band of people hiding on a ship in a ship's graveyard; and MANY foes being killed by explosions they has intended to have capture Savage. (And many much more.)
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