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23rd Nov '16 2:29:52 AM Tron80
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** In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2005}} a story]]'' whith happens during the events of the reviled ''Comicbook/AmazonsAttack'' storyline, in where the Amazons went to war against the US, Supergirl and Comicbook/WonderGirl suddenly come up with a "brilliant" plan to end the war: kidnapping the President and bringing him to Queen Hyppolita to engage in peace talks with her. Predictably, their plan went awry: the Amazons shot the Air Force One down and almost killed the President, and Kara and Cassie's reputations suffered a severe blow. After fending an Amazon squad off, Kara flies to New York to help, although Cassie points out that acting without thinking got them into that mess.

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** In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2005}} a story]]'' whith which happens during the events of the reviled ''Comicbook/AmazonsAttack'' storyline, in where the Amazons went to war against the US, Supergirl and Comicbook/WonderGirl suddenly come up with a "brilliant" plan to end the war: kidnapping the President and bringing him to Queen Hyppolita to engage in peace talks with her. Predictably, their plan went awry: the Amazons shot the Air Force One down and almost killed the President, and Kara and Cassie's reputations suffered a severe blow. After fending an Amazon squad off, Kara flies to New York to help, although Cassie points out that acting without thinking got them into that mess.
23rd Nov '16 2:28:23 AM Tron80
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Supergirl decided the best and quickest way to help a [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern]] get her mind back was taking a tank of lake blood and ripping it open over the city that Sheko was in. Unfortunately, Atrocitus was present, and he took control of the blood rain, making it into a tornado. Supergirl tried to fix the blood storm, igniting it with her heat vision... and unintentionally setting the city on fire. Her teammates angrily said that she had to learn to think before acting.
* Invoked in ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl''. After finding out about Comicbook/LexLuthor's kidnapping, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} decides to fly to Gotham, ignoring Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'s ban on superhumans. Franchise/WonderWoman tries to warn her against being impulsive:
-->'''Wonder Woman:''' No. Let her go. She needs to learn that there can be painful consequences to rash actions.
* During the events of the reviled ''Comicbook/AmazonsAttack'' storyline, in where the Amazons went to war against the US, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and Comicbook/WonderGirl suddenly come up with a "brilliant" plan to end the war: kidnapping the President and bringing him to Queen Hyppolita to engage in peace talks with her. Predictably, their plan went awry: the Amazons shot the Air Force One down and almost killed the President, and Kara and Cassie's reputations suffered a severe blow. After fending an Amazon squad off, Kara flies to New York to help, although Cassie points out that acting without thinking got them into that mess.
-->'''Wonder Girl:''' But we were only trying to--\\

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline ''Comicbook/WarWorld'' super-villain Mongul kidnaps three Franchise/{{Superman}}'s friends to force the Man of Steel to retrieve an artifact guarded by the Martians. Superman was so worried about his friends and so certain that he could thwart Mongul that he fought Comicbook/MartianManhunter rather than explaining his plight so both heroes could come up with a plan (although, to be fair, Jíonn didnít ask either).
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
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''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Supergirl decided the best and quickest way to help a [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern]] get her mind back was taking a tank of lake blood and ripping it open over the city that Sheko was in. Unfortunately, Atrocitus was present, and he took control of the blood rain, making it into a tornado. Supergirl tried to fix the blood storm, igniting it with her heat vision... and unintentionally setting the city on fire. Her teammates angrily said that she had to learn to think before acting.
* ** Invoked in ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl''. After finding out about Comicbook/LexLuthor's kidnapping, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} decides to fly to Gotham, ignoring Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'s ban on superhumans. Franchise/WonderWoman tries to warn her against being impulsive:
-->'''Wonder --->'''Wonder Woman:''' No. Let her go. She needs to learn that there can be painful consequences to rash actions.
* During ** In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2005}} a story]]'' whith happens during the events of the reviled ''Comicbook/AmazonsAttack'' storyline, in where the Amazons went to war against the US, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Supergirl and Comicbook/WonderGirl suddenly come up with a "brilliant" plan to end the war: kidnapping the President and bringing him to Queen Hyppolita to engage in peace talks with her. Predictably, their plan went awry: the Amazons shot the Air Force One down and almost killed the President, and Kara and Cassie's reputations suffered a severe blow. After fending an Amazon squad off, Kara flies to New York to help, although Cassie points out that acting without thinking got them into that mess.
-->'''Wonder --->'''Wonder Girl:''' But we were only trying to--\\
9th Nov '16 9:50:21 PM ErikModi
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* ''The Last Command'' of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' simultaneously subverts and inverts this. During a tense peace conference with some native aliens on a very dangerous planet, Han and Chewie spot a predator stalking the gathering. Chewie reacts faster, shooting the predator dead with his laser crossbow. Mara Jade points out it's probably a bad idea to fire weapons during a peace conference, to which Han replies that it's also a bad idea to let the conference get eaten. It looks like the distrustful and violent aliens are about to attack our heroes, when one of them asks why their Wookiee is armed. Since this is a former Imperial world, the last Wookiees these natives would have seen would have been Imperial slaves, definitely not allowed to carry weapons. By showing that Chewbacca was armed, they proved to the natives that they were not the same as the Empire, and secure their aid.
9th Nov '16 9:46:03 PM ErikModi
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* Delenn in ''Series/BabylonFive'', as shown in flashbacks during "Atonement" and "In the Beginning", gave the deciding vote to declare war on the humans during a spurt of grief and rage. [[TheAtoner She spends years afterwards trying to make up for it.]]

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* Delenn in ''Series/BabylonFive'', as shown in flashbacks during "Atonement" and "In the Beginning", gave the deciding vote to declare war on the humans during a spurt of grief and rage. [[TheAtoner She spends years afterwards trying to make up for it.]]]] Interestingly, the Minbari war is a double-dose of this trope on both sides: Delenn's rage over Dukhat's death was because the human ships assumed the massively powerful Minbari sensors (which were wreaking havoc with the human's less-advanced computers), sensor stealth technology (which prevented the humans from getting any readings from the interior of the ships, like energy buildup of charged weapons) and open gun ports meant the Minbari were preparing to attack, and the humans struck first in perceived self-defense. Half the Grey Council wanted to try and figure out if it had all been just a tragic misunderstanding, but Delenn was having none of that.
22nd Oct '16 1:32:43 PM CRBWildcat
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* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness'': [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR Megas's]] fight against [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Yuuka]] in the Extra Stage is due to the latter incorrectly believing that Coop had damaged several flowers in the Garden of the Sun, thus triggering her primary BerserkButton. Due to her rashness, [[said Garden is mostly reduced to a giant crater by story's end, something which almost pushes her over the edge]].

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* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness'': [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR Megas's]] fight against [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Yuuka]] in the Extra Stage is due to the latter incorrectly believing that Coop had damaged several flowers in the Garden of the Sun, thus triggering her primary BerserkButton. Due to her rashness, [[said [[spoiler: said Garden is mostly reduced to a giant crater by story's end, something which almost pushes her over the edge]].
22nd Oct '16 1:32:23 PM CRBWildcat
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* ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness'': [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR Megas's]] fight against [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Yuuka]] in the Extra Stage is due to the latter incorrectly believing that Coop had damaged several flowers in the Garden of the Sun, thus triggering her primary BerserkButton. Due to her rashness, [[said Garden is mostly reduced to a giant crater by story's end, something which almost pushes her over the edge]].
18th Oct '16 7:03:25 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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Related to GreenEyedMonster, ThirdActMisunderstanding, PlethoraOfMistakes, WhatAnIdiot, CycleOfRevenge, and NiceJobBreakingItHero. See also FawltyTowersPlot, which is this trope's comic cousin--caused by (often impulsively) compounding lies, and blowing up in the liar's face (typically causing embarrassment rather than death or suchlike).

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Related to GreenEyedMonster, ThirdActMisunderstanding, PlethoraOfMistakes, WhatAnIdiot, CycleOfRevenge, AttentionDeficitOohShiny, and NiceJobBreakingItHero. See also FawltyTowersPlot, which is this trope's comic cousin--caused by (often impulsively) compounding lies, and blowing up in the liar's face (typically causing embarrassment rather than death or suchlike).
16th Oct '16 3:07:11 AM Tron80
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* During the events of the reviled ''Comicbook/AmazonsAttack'' storyline, in where the Amazons went to war against the US, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and Comicbook/WonderGirl suddenly come up with a "brilliant" plan to end the war: kidnapping the President and bringing him to Queen Hyppolita to engage in peace talks with her. Predictably, their plan went awry: the Amazons shot the Air Force One down and almost killed the President, and Kara and Cassie's reputations suffered a severe blow. After fending an Amazon squad off, Kara flies to New York to help, although Cassie points out that acting without thinking got them into that mess.
-->'''Wonder Girl:''' But we were only trying to--\\
'''Supergirl:''' Doesn't matter. I have to make up for this somehow, before it's too late. I have to balance the scales.\\
'''Wonder Girl:''' How? By flying off half-cocked again, after what we just did...?\\
'''Supergirl:''' I can't do nothing, Cassie!
9th Oct '16 5:08:43 PM Tallens
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* ''Film/DeepwaterHorizon'': As the film begins, the ''Horizon'' is 43 days behind schedule on the well they've been drilling. BP is riding them to get it finished and ordering measures taken to try and make up lost time, measures that have the Transocean people scratching their heads. When Mike asks a few roughnecks if it's stupid what they're doing, they say they're not sure it's stupid, but it "ain't smart". Eventually all this leads up to an uncontrolled pressure buildup that causes a blowout and eventual explosion.
8th Sep '16 7:41:33 AM Tron80
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* Invoked in ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl''. After finding out about ''Comicbook/LexLuthor'''s kidnapping, ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' decides to fly to Gotham, ignoring ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'''s ban on superhumans. Franchise/WonderWoman tries to warn her against being impulsive:

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* Invoked in ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl''. After finding out about ''Comicbook/LexLuthor'''s Comicbook/LexLuthor's kidnapping, ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} decides to fly to Gotham, ignoring ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'''s Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'s ban on superhumans. Franchise/WonderWoman tries to warn her against being impulsive:
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