History HoistByHisOwnPetard / Literature

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.
25th May '17 2:08:46 PM MikeW
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** In "The Best Laid Plans," Leslie Stewart is determined to ruin the life of now President Oliver Russell for breaking their engagement years before. When a murder centers on the White House, Leslie forces her reporters to slant the news to make Russell look as guilty as possible. Hearing he's going to served with a warrant, Leslie orders a front page story on the arrest to be put out immediately before it takes place. She's in her office when a live TV broadcast exposes the true murderer and Russell is innocent. Leslie races to stop the paper but it's already hit the streets and Leslie realizes she's about to achieve her dream of becoming world-famous....as the woman behind the biggest laughingstock in media history.

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** In "The Best Laid Plans," Leslie Stewart is determined to ruin the life of now President Oliver Russell for breaking their engagement years before. When a murder centers on the White House, Leslie forces her reporters to slant the news to make Russell look as guilty as possible. Hearing he's going to be served with a warrant, Leslie orders a front page story on the arrest to be put out immediately before it takes place. She's in her office when a live TV broadcast exposes the true murderer and Russell is innocent. Leslie races to stop the paper but it's already hit the streets and Leslie realizes she's about to achieve her dream of becoming world-famous....as the woman behind the biggest laughingstock in media history.



-->'''Judge''': Here's a piece of advice you should have learned in law school. Never call a witness unless you know what they're going to say.

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-->'''Judge''': Here's a piece of advice you should have learned in law school. Never ''Never'' call a witness unless you know what they're going to say.
24th May '17 2:14:39 PM MikeW
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* Creator/SidneySheldon has done this a few times.
** In "The Best Laid Plans," Leslie Stewart is determined to ruin the life of now President Oliver Russell for breaking their engagement years before. When a murder centers on the White House, Leslie forces her reporters to slant the news to make Russell look as guilty as possible. Hearing he's going to served with a warrant, Leslie orders a front page story on the arrest to be put out immediately before it takes place. She's in her office when a live TV broadcast exposes the true murderer and Russell is innocent. Leslie races to stop the paper but it's already hit the streets and Leslie realizes she's about to achieve her dream of becoming world-famous....as the woman behind the biggest laughingstock in media history.
** In "Nothing Lasts Forever," Paige is on trial for the death of a patient with the D.A. arguing it was murder as the man left her his fortune. He calls her Sadistic Teacher to the stand, Paige arguing the man is recovering from a recent stroke and shouldn't be allowed but the judge allows it. The D.A. starts to talk to him...and the doctor suddenly rips into how putting Paige on trial is a travesty, he only ran her down to make her stronger and deeply respects her. He adds that she had no idea the guy was leaving her the money and the death wasn't even her fault. Realizing his own witness has just destroyed his case, the D.A. tries to say the man is too ill but the judge dryly points out he can't use the same issue he just fought against and forces the man to drop the charges.
-->'''Judge''': Here's a piece of advice you should have learned in law school. Never call a witness unless you know what they're going to say.
16th May '17 1:47:56 PM Astaroth
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** Most notably are the executives of Scorpia who made the fatal mistake of underestimating Alex; in ''Scorpia'', Julia Rothman tries to use a hot air balloon to transmit lethal radio waves from satellite dishes on its base, and dies when Alex disables the balloon, and it crashes down on top of her.

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** Most notably are In ''Stormbreaker'', [[TheDragon Nadia Vole]]'s boss tasks her with finding a creative way of killing Alex, and she decides to drown him in a tank with a Portuguese Man O' War, telling him that its venom will kill him in a manner more painful than he can imagine if it drifts into him. Alex is able to blow up the tank from the inside, and in the chaos that follows, the Man O' War collides with Nadia and stings her to death instead.
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executives of Scorpia who made make the fatal mistake of underestimating Alex; in ''Scorpia'', Julia Rothman tries to use a hot air balloon to transmit lethal radio waves from satellite dishes on its base, and dies when Alex disables the balloon, and it crashes down on top of her.
4th May '17 11:24:47 AM ChaoticNovelist
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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 Mianaai'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 ''Literature/AncillaryJustice - Imperial Radch]]'' 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 Mianaai's mind... and the security clearances to break Mianaai's control over warship and space station [=AIs=] at a critical moment.moment.
*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** Eric successfully breaks into Dengel's final lair because its owner endlessly bragged about how and why it was absolutely impregnable. Eric gleefully notes this as he avoids every trap and disarms every defense.
** The fate of Mr.15 is to be dunked into a vat of his own PsychoSerum and mutate into a mindless monster.
29th Mar '17 8:49:19 PM bassfxero
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***Furthermore the basilisk was killed with the Sword of Gryffindor, imbuing the sword with the venom's power to destroy Horcruxes. It was then used to destroy two more Horcruxes. In one of the series' CrowningMomentOfAwesome, [[TookALevelInBadass Neville]] wielded the sword to kill another snake [[spoiler:Voldemort's pet and sixth Horcrux, Nagini]]. None of those Horcruxes would have been destroyed were it not for Tom Riddle opening the Chamber of Secrets 57 years ago!
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.
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