History HoistByHisOwnPetard / LiveActionTV

10th Apr '18 7:05:52 PM FanGirl2292
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** The Season 19 episode "Exchange" has a man using his mentally-ill sister to help run scams without her knowing it rsults in her causing three deaths. The defense for the man has a strong argument that she was a sane, willing participant and he cannot be blamed for her actions. Unable to prove the contrary, Cutter [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome switches gears in his closing summation]] and argues against [=McCoy=]'s wishes that she was indeed a willing participant (and not used as a cover for her unstable state of mind) so that his complicity with her will still make him look just as guilty in the eyes of the court. The defense attorney's shocked and desperate attempts to argue against it clearly shows they were arrogant enough to think it wouldn't happen that way.

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** The Season 19 episode "Exchange" has a man using his mentally-ill sister to help run scams without her knowing it rsults which results in her causing three deaths. The defense for the man has a strong argument that she was a sane, willing participant and he cannot be blamed for her actions. Unable to prove the contrary, Cutter [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome switches gears in his closing summation]] and argues against [=McCoy=]'s wishes that she was indeed a willing participant (and not used as a cover for her unstable state of mind) so that his complicity with her will still make him look just as guilty in the eyes of the court. The defense attorney's shocked and desperate attempts to argue against it clearly shows they were arrogant enough to think it wouldn't happen that way.
14th Feb '18 11:50:19 AM CouchAlmark
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* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' sees it happen fairly often:
** ''Series/KamenRiderW'' ArcVillain Dr. Isaka is a glutton who won the SuperpowerLottery with his choice of Gaia Memory, but still wants even more powers than [[WeatherManipulation Weather]] offers. To achieve this, he steals the powers of other Memories, putting a large number of connector tattoos on his chest in the process. When Isaka is eventually defeated, those same connectors rapidly spread across his body and consume him in agonizing fashion.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' and his BigBad both use the power of the purple Core Medals during the last act of the show, with Dr. Maki controlling his half of the set while Eiji is controlled by his half. Maki eventually throws two more of his Cores into Eiji to make him turn into a rampaging monster; Eiji recovers from this, and later uses the "gifted" purple Cores to fuel an attack that destroys all of them forever.
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' spares and befriends his show's BigBad, only for him to die soon after anyway from the side effects of the means he'd used to acquire his superpowers. He does, however, survive just long enough to undo one mistake.
** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' sees the White Wizard stabs traitorous lieutenant Gremlin with his staff and leave him hanging on a tree while he goes to have his final battle with Haruto. Gremlin promptly returns the favor when he's revealed to have survived the impalement.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'''s Mitsuzane Kureshima does basically nothing ''but'' hoist himself by his own petard, as he thinks that he's much more clever than he is and so is readily taken advantage of by all of the show's older, better cons. By the end of the show he's lost everything he used to care about and has nothing to show for it.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' ends with its main villains, the Ganmeizers, being completely unbeatable due to their ability to revive one another when defeated even when killed by the main character's SuperMode. [[WhatAnIdiot The Ganmeizers proceed to combine into a single entity which can no longer do this]], and are quickly dispatched. Making this DeathByIrony as well is the fact that when the Ganmeizers first appeared, they routinely turned Takeru's own ability to combine all of his previous powers against him in similar fashion.
4th Feb '18 5:26:38 PM MikeW
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* A common bit on ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', often in episodes involving a DealWithTheDevil.
** In one episode, a man makes a deal for eternal life...and ends up sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife.
** In "The Jeopardy Room," an assassin tries to kill his target with a bomb that will be set off by picking up the phone. He waits and waits but the target, somehow sensing something is wrong, manages to escape. The killer and his aide check the place out to figure out what went wrong. When the phone rings, the aide picks it up on instinct. BOOM.
** In "The Brain Center at Whipples," a factory owner replaces all his workers with robots, bragging about how they're much better to handle and far more efficient. When he shows up for work, he discovers ''he's'' been replaced by a robot.
** In "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville," corrupt CEO Feathersmith makes a deal with a female demon to go back in time to 1910 and rebuild his empire from scratch with just $15,000. He figures this will be easy with his knowledge of the future. Feathersmith buys up 1400 acres of land that he knows sits on a huge oil field and brags to the owners they just gave away millions. He's thrown when they tell him they knew full well about the oil but don't see why it's a big deal as it's a mile underground. Too late, Feathersmith realizes the technology to drill that far below won't be invented for 30 years and thus he just spent nearly all his money on over a thousand acres of worthless land.
27th Jan '18 1:40:59 AM foxley
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* Frequently in ''Series/MacGyver'', an episode's plot couldn't really be resolved while the villain still lived, and with Mac's ThouShaltNotKill mentality, it seemed an eternal stalemate was inevitable. But having the villain accidentally shoot himself, blow himself up or even fall on his own sword - well that wrapped things up rather nicely.

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* Frequently in ''Series/MacGyver'', ''Series/MacGyver1985'', an episode's plot couldn't really be resolved while the villain still lived, and with Mac's ThouShaltNotKill mentality, it seemed an eternal stalemate was inevitable. But having the villain accidentally shoot himself, blow himself up or even fall on his own sword - well that wrapped things up rather nicely.
27th Dec '17 9:17:16 PM MagiMecha
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** In "For The Uniform", the Maquis use a unique chemical concoction to start driving out Cardassians from various colonies. Spurred on by Maquis leader Michael Eddington, Benjamin Sisko decided to do the same, using a different concoction to make planets inhabitable to humanoids outside Cardassians to force the Marquis out of every last one. Eddington does the right thing and surrenders himself and the chemicals before Sisko can enact this plan.
12th Dec '17 7:53:36 AM OlfinBedwere
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* ''Film/BatesMotel1987'' has a MorallyBankruptBanker give a huge loan to Alex West, who inherited the titular motel from the now-deceased Norman Bates. Despite said banker intending to foreclose on Alex and sell the land to a developer, along with the fact that Alex has no clue on how to run a motel, for some bizarre reason he dresses up like Bates's mother and tries to scare Alex away. He gets caught in the act, his confession to his schemes is recorded on tape by Alex's friend Willie, and is subsequently blackmailed into letting Alex have a much more lenient repayment schedule.
28th Nov '17 2:57:06 PM Fireblood
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* Colonel Flagg fell victim to this in his final (and no-doubt most humiliating) scheme on ''Series/{{MASH}}'' When Hawkeye put the welfare of a communist soldier over another patient since the communist was in worse shape then the other patient, this naturally led to Flagg thinking Hawkeye was a Communist Sympathizer. Flagg made the mistake of recruiting Major Winchester into spying on Hawkeye; but he sorely misjudged Winchester's character. Winchester duped Flagg into thinking that a camp bridge game (which included the mayor of Uijongbu and his brother, the city's chief of police, as guest players), was a meeting of conspirators, which Flagg then attempted to raid. Even though they found out that Major Winchester set the whole thing up, the two angry South Korean officials vowed to use their US military contacts to ensure that Flagg would be punished; and since Flagg was never seen again in this series, they apparently succeeded.

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* Colonel Flagg fell victim to this in his final (and no-doubt most humiliating) scheme on ''Series/{{MASH}}'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'', When Hawkeye put the welfare of a communist soldier over another patient since the communist was in worse shape then the other patient, this naturally led to Flagg thinking Hawkeye was a Communist Sympathizer.communist sympathizer. Flagg made the mistake of recruiting Major Winchester into spying on Hawkeye; but he sorely misjudged Winchester's character. Winchester duped Flagg into thinking that a camp bridge game (which included the mayor of Uijongbu and his brother, the city's chief of police, as guest players), was a meeting of conspirators, which Flagg then attempted to raid. Even though they found out that Major Winchester set the whole thing up, the two angry South Korean officials vowed to use their US military contacts to ensure that Flagg would be punished; and since Flagg was never seen again in this series, they apparently succeeded.
28th Nov '17 2:55:18 PM Fireblood
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* ''{{Series/Misfits}}'': "Jesus" is hit by the file cabinet he's trying to yank away with telekinesis from the gang and killed after they let go.
20th Nov '17 12:09:28 PM luiz4200
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** In ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'' episode "The Ranger Ribbon", Trapsaw falls for all of his own traps except for the last one.
** Also in ''Ninja Steel'', [[spoiler:As the last part of his plan to trick the Principal into disqualifying his rivals for School Council President, Victor set a water baloon trick for when the winner is announced. The other candidates renounced and Victor becomes victim of his own trick.]]
15th Nov '17 10:29:42 PM Fireblood
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** When a mugger shoots Ralph, he's unharmed due to his RubberMan abilities, with the bullets ricocheting from his body and back into the gunman.
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