History HoistByHisOwnPetard / Literature

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.
31st Oct '17 2:07:37 AM darkemyst
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** In ''Deathly Hallows'' Crabbe tries to kill the main trio with [[HellFire Fiendfyre]]. Since he lacked the skill to actually ''control'' Fiendfyre, the cursed flames consumed their summoner.
** Tom Riddle Sr., upon finding out that his pregnant wife was a witch and had used magic for making him fall in love with and marry her, abandoned her and her unborn child and purposefully 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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** In ''Deathly Hallows'' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' Crabbe tries to kill the main trio with [[HellFire Fiendfyre]]. Since he lacked the skill to actually ''control'' Fiendfyre, the cursed flames consumed their summoner.
** Tom Riddle Sr., upon finding out that his pregnant wife was a witch and had used magic for making to make him fall think he had fallen in love with her in order to get married and marry her, have sex with him abandoned her and her their unborn child and purposefully 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.orphanage.
** 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.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' we see James use a spell to make Snape hang upside down in the air in a flashback. In the next book, we find out Snape invented it, and considering their relationship its likely James learned it when Snape used it on him and/or Sirius.
** A minor one in ''Literature/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.



** A minor one in ''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.
** 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.
29th Oct '17 7:01:05 PM PaulA
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* Inverted in Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm Over Literature/{{Warlock}}'': Garth's malicious plan to get Shan fired, by freeing the wolverines, saves Shan's life. (Garth himself would have died either way.)
18th Sep '17 6:07:38 PM Nyame
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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.
13th Sep '17 2:42:28 AM Dravencour
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* In the Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Constantius, TheDragon of the thoroughly evil title character, has Conan crucified early on in the story. When the tables turn and Khauran is freed from Salome's control with the help of Conan's forces, Conan's vengeance upon Constantius involves crucifying him just as he did to him -- but unlike Conan, Constantius is nowhere near as enduring of the pain of crucifixion.
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