History HoistByHisOwnPetard / Literature

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.
8th Sep '17 12:30:55 AM PaulA
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* In ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft The Case of Charles Dexter Ward]]'', three immortal sorcerers steal the remains of ancient sages and powerful leaders to summon their spirits and force them to share their mystic knowledge. They frequently share these ashes around, while constantly reminding each other never to summon any spirit they are not one hundred percent sure they can contain and banish again. After at least two centuries, one of them leaves the ashes of one particularly powerful spirit out in his lab, where an investigator searching the place accidentally mutters the spell of summoning. When he awakens, he is in the house upstairs with any trace of there ever having been any labs vanished, and he later learns the other two sorcerers died in the destruction of their mansions in Europe shortly after.

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* In ''[[Creator/HPLovecraft The Case of Charles Dexter Ward]]'', Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard'', three immortal sorcerers steal the remains of ancient sages and powerful leaders to summon their spirits and force them to share their mystic knowledge. They frequently share these ashes around, while constantly reminding each other never to summon any spirit they are not one hundred percent sure they can contain and banish again. After at least two centuries, one of them leaves the ashes of one particularly powerful spirit out in his lab, where an investigator searching the place accidentally mutters the spell of summoning. When he awakens, he is in the house upstairs with any trace of there ever having been any labs vanished, and he later learns the other two sorcerers died in the destruction of their mansions in Europe shortly after.
2nd Sep '17 2:06:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': In ''The Severed Streets'' [[spoiler:Russell Vincent]] becomes the final victim of [[JackTheRipper the Ripper]] - the spirit he had turned loose to murder his enemies - after he loses control it (due to the efforts of the team).

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* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': In ''The Severed Streets'' [[spoiler:Russell Vincent]] becomes the final victim of [[JackTheRipper [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper the Ripper]] - the spirit he had turned loose to murder his enemies - after he loses control it (due to the efforts of the team).
13th Aug '17 6:06:01 PM TudorRose
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* In Creator/RobinJarvis' ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice Deptford Histories]]'' book ''The Oaken Throne'', the fact that the [[GodOfEvil evil rat god Hobb]] was able to escape the Underworld with a spell involving an acorn is used by [[TheHero Ysabelle]] to entrap him in that very thing.
14th Jul '17 11:06:47 AM Homemaderat
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* In ''Literature/{{Dread}}'' by Creator/CliveBarker, Quaid makes Stephen Grace face his "dread" by making him relive the experience of losing his hearing. In the process driving him insane and Stephen returns to Quaid's house reenacting Quaid's dread of the night his parents were killed. Quaid does not overcome his own dread.
8th Jul '17 10:18:14 AM Freezer
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* In the ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' book, ''Unicorn Point'', Stile and his allies are about to hand over control of the [[GreatBigBookOfEverything 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.

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* In the ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' book, ''Unicorn Point'', Stile and his allies are about to hand over control of the [[GreatBigBookOfEverything 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 the Adverse/Contrary forces threaten Bane and Mach's wives (in an effort to keep their [[TykeBomb even-more powerful children]] in check). This breaks the pact they had with Mach and Bane, allowing them to work openly against them. 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 But they did this ''before'' they (the Adepts/Citizens) had with Mach and Bane, allowing them actually finalized their hold on power. The chaos allowed some of the good guys to work openly against them, eventually escape Purple/Tan's clutches, 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.
26th Jun '17 8:19:42 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* '''Literature/{{Inkspell}}''': "[[spoiler: But one day, the monster didn't come to fulfill Capricorn's will. It came for Capricorn's life...]]"

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* '''Literature/{{Inkspell}}''': "[[spoiler: But ''Literature/{{Inkspell}}'': "[[spoiler:But one day, the monster didn't come to fulfill Capricorn's will. It came for Capricorn's life...]]"
26th Jun '17 8:18:32 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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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.
** In ''Ghost Story'', this is how the Corpsetaker is finally taken down, as Mortimer Linquist, an ectomancer who she was torturing with hundreds of wraiths, seizes control of those wraiths and uses them to destroy her for good.
** Another example occurs in ''Grave Peril''. Bianca enlists the help of a few fellow sorcerers to stir up turbulence among the ghosts of Chicago, which messes with the barrier between the living and spirit worlds, allowing the ghosts to have a greater influence (i.e. cause more havoc) among the living world, for the sake of sending one particularly nasty ghost with a grudge against Harry after him. This backfires on her at the end of the book, when Harry uses that same turbulence to his advantage, empowering all the spirits of people killed by Bianca and her minions. The ghosts proceed to go wild and slaughter every member of Bianca's entourage, including Bianca herself (who was killed by the ghost of woman she killed but blamed Harry for, which is what set off her whole vengeance scheme in the first place).
** In ''Small Favor'', Archleone is basically invulnerable due to his necktie, which is actually the noose Judas hanged himself with. Turns out he's '''not''' immune to being strangled with it, leaving him almost literally hoist by his own petard.

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** Big example in ''Changes'' ''Literature/{{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 [[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.
** In ''Ghost Story'', ''Literature/GhostStory'', this is how the Corpsetaker is finally taken down, as Mortimer Linquist, an ectomancer who she was torturing with hundreds of wraiths, seizes control of those wraiths and uses them to destroy her for good.
** Another example occurs in ''Grave Peril''.''Literature/GravePeril''. Bianca enlists the help of a few fellow sorcerers to stir up turbulence among the ghosts of Chicago, which messes with the barrier between the living and spirit worlds, allowing the ghosts to have a greater influence (i.e. cause more havoc) among the living world, for the sake of sending one particularly nasty ghost with a grudge against Harry after him. This backfires on her at the end of the book, when Harry uses that same turbulence to his advantage, empowering all the spirits of people killed by Bianca and her minions. The ghosts proceed to go wild and slaughter every member of Bianca's entourage, including Bianca herself (who was killed by the ghost of woman she killed but blamed Harry for, which is what set off her whole vengeance scheme in the first place).
** In ''Small Favor'', ''Literature/SmallFavor'', Archleone is basically invulnerable due to his necktie, which is actually the noose Judas hanged himself with. Turns out he's '''not''' immune to being strangled with it, leaving him almost literally hoist by his own petard.
23rd Jun '17 9:12:18 AM PlasmaTalon
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** Sirak in ''Literature/DarthBane'' relies on his more exotic double blades to give him an advantage in combat and crush his usually weaker opponents. Once Bane learns it's strengths and weaknesses he gets crushed. Being unaccustomed to a real challenge, lacking the stamina for a prolonged fight, and having nothing else to fallback since he didn't bother learning much else.
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