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22nd Aug '17 4:10:00 AM OlmoJV
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* ''FanFic/TheVow'': When [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]] [[JustThinkOfThePotential experiments obsessively on the warfare potential of black powder]], his parents consult [[{{Seer}} the Soothsayer]] who foretells Shen's downfall at the hands of a "Warrior of Black and White". Shen overhears this and proceeds to find pandas and massacre them, resulting in his exile, and years later, in his ultimate defeat. He never stops to consider that part of the prophecy which said that the Warrior of Black and White would defeat him ''if'' he continues the dark path he has chosen to fulfill his ambitions.
21st Aug '17 8:47:45 PM ngh93
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': During the climax of the film, Mansley, blatantly refusing to accept that the Giant isn't a threat, furiously snatches the radio out of Sgt. Rogard's hands and orders the ''Nautilus'' to launch the nuke at the Giant. It's only after he does so that he remembers that the nuke is targeted to the Giant's current position, and the Giant is standing right in the middle of Rockwell, ''less than fifty feet away from him''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': During the climax of the film, Mansley, blatantly refusing to accept that the Giant isn't a threat, furiously snatches the radio out of Sgt. Rogard's hands and orders the ''Nautilus'' to launch the nuke at the Giant. It's only after he does so that he remembers that the nuke is targeted to the Giant's current position, and the Giant is standing right in the middle of Rockwell, ''less than fifty five feet away from him''.
24th Jul '17 6:14:04 PM ironcommando
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* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars Bucky]] picked the wrong toad to croak, and he and his entire crew paid the price by [[VideoGame/StarFox one vengeful fox]].]]

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* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars Bucky]] Several ''WebAnimation/{{Death Battle}}s'' are started when one fighter is just minding his/her own business and the opponent quickly confuses him for an enemy. Other times, one fighter will wrong the other by mistake, causing the opponent to retaliate.
** [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox]] vs. [[ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars Bucky]]: [[spoiler:Bucky
picked the wrong toad to croak, and he and his entire crew paid the price by [[VideoGame/StarFox one vengeful fox]].fox.]]
** [[Franchise/PowerRangers Tigerzord]] vs. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Epyon]]: [[spoiler:Tommy orders Saba to begin a check of the Tigerzord's systems to which Saba readily responds by testing the weapons immediately. Only just before the Tigerzord's cannons fire does Tommy think to check if the weapon safety systems are online which leads to the cannons misfiring and accidentally hitting Noin's Gundam, killing her. It eventually leads to their own demise at the hands of a very angry Zechs Merquise and Epyon.]]
** Franchise/{{Pokemon}} vs Franchise/{{Digimon}}: [[spoiler: Red, after failing to catch Agumon in a pokeball, immediately sics Charizard on him just as Tai returns instead of reasoning with the Digimon Tamer. This leads to both the deaths of Red and Charizard.]]
** Franchise/PowerRangers vs Anime/{{Voltron}}: [[spoiler:Hunk in the Yellow Lion notices the Rangers teleport in and goes over to say hi to them. The Power Rangers mistake the Yellow Lion for an enemy, immediately call in their Zords to form the Megazord, prompting the lions to form Voltron in response. This leads to the Megazord's destruction and Power Rangers' death.
]]
12th Jun '17 8:14:33 AM Gosicrystal
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* Implied to be the case with the [[MultipleEndings Axe Ending]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': [[spoiler:[[AxCrazy Clover]]]] works out a plausible but completely wrong solution to [[spoiler:who killed :her brother]] and acts on said misconception, [[spoiler:killing both suspected murderers and the protagonist's LoveInterest before turning on the protagonist himself]]. Averted in the [[GoldenEnding True Ending]], where [[spoiler:the protagonist befriends her]] and inadvertently stumbles across a crucial clue that indicates [[spoiler:[[FakingTheDead her brother is still alive]]]].
* ''VisualNovel/CorpsePartyD2DepthsOfDespair'' opens with one, leading directly from [[MultipleEndings one of the endings]] of ''VideoGame/CorpsePartyPC98'': Ayumi and Satoshi try to resurrect their fallen friends mere ''hours'' after they escaped the cursed school. For bonus points, the spellbook they're using isn't even fully translated. This goes about as well as you'd expect.
** Ayumi appears to love this exact idea as even in other adaptaions. In the modern game's canon, she and Naomi screw around with the Book of Shadow, resulting in the second and third games. In the ''Musume'' manga, she invokes black magic out of nowhere which leads to a sudden bad ending.

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* Implied to be the case with the [[MultipleEndings Axe Ending]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': [[spoiler:[[AxCrazy Clover]]]] works out a plausible but completely wrong solution to [[spoiler:who killed :her her brother]] and acts on said misconception, [[spoiler:killing both killing [[spoiler:both suspected murderers and the protagonist's LoveInterest before turning on the protagonist himself]]. Averted in the [[GoldenEnding True Ending]], where [[spoiler:the protagonist befriends her]] and inadvertently stumbles across a crucial clue that indicates [[spoiler:[[FakingTheDead her brother is still alive]]]].
* ''VisualNovel/CorpsePartyD2DepthsOfDespair'' ''VisualNovel/CorpsePartyD2DepthsOfDespair'':
** The game
opens with one, leading directly from [[MultipleEndings one of the endings]] of ''VideoGame/CorpsePartyPC98'': Ayumi and Satoshi try to resurrect their fallen friends mere ''hours'' after they escaped the cursed school. For bonus points, the spellbook they're using isn't even fully translated. This goes about as well as you'd expect.
** Ayumi appears to love this exact idea as even in other adaptaions.adaptations. In the modern game's canon, she and Naomi screw around with the Book of Shadow, resulting in the second and third games. In the ''Musume'' manga, she invokes black magic out of nowhere which leads to a sudden bad ending.
25th May '17 11:00:10 AM FF32
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* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/Undertale'', the king of all monsters, in a fit of rage [[spoiler:after the death of his son]], declared war on humanity. Later, when he calmed down and his better nature gained control, he realized that he couldn't take back his decree because it finally brought hope back to his miserable subjects. It may or may not have helped the other monsters, but [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone it drove the king to misery and self-loathing]] [[spoiler:after he was responsible for [[WouldHurtAChild the deaths of six human children]] and his wife left him in horror and disgust.]]

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* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/Undertale'', ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the king of all monsters, in a fit of rage [[spoiler:after the death of his son]], declared war on humanity. Later, when he calmed down and his better nature gained control, he realized that he couldn't take back his decree because it finally brought hope back to his miserable subjects. It may or may not have helped the other monsters, but [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone it drove the king to misery and self-loathing]] [[spoiler:after he was responsible for [[WouldHurtAChild the deaths of six human children]] and his wife left him in horror and disgust.]]
16th Mar '17 11:56:07 AM eroock
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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).

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Related to GreenEyedMonster, ThirdActMisunderstanding, PlethoraOfMistakes, WhatAnIdiot, DistressBall, 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).
10th Mar '17 8:51:03 AM ChronoLegion
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* The backstory to ''VideoGame/{{Disciples}}'' series can partly be blamed on this as well. According to the lore, the world of Nevendaar was created by the Bethrezen, the most beloved of the Highfather's angels. He asked other deities to fill the world with landscape features and living beings, himself creating humans as a finishing touch. Everything seemed fine. Then he went to get the Highfather to show him his creation, leaving the other angels to watch over Nevendaar. Unfortunately, the other angels were jealous of Bethrezen's status and sabotaged Nevendaar. By the time the Highfather arrived to see the world, it was burning with fire and hatred, as the various races were at war. Enraged, he immediately assumes Bethrezen to be responsible and entombs him within the molten core of Nevendaar as punishment. Knowing he was punished unjustly, Bethrezen spends 10,000 years in anger at the Highfather and the mortal races for ruining his creation. He creates a demonic army called the [[LegionsOfHell Legions of the Damned]] and sends them to the surface (unable to leave himself due to a magical seal) to burn Nevendaar and open the seal. The demons come out in the forests of the Elves, who flee in panic towards higher ground, which happens to be in the lands of the Mountain Clans. Seeing great numbers of Elves advancing towards them, the Dwarves impulsively attack, assuming it to be an invasion. The Elven gods Gallean and Solonielle go to the Dwarven god Wotan and demand that he punish his creations for killing many Elves. Enraged, Wotan kills Gallean and hurls his heart towards the sun. Solonielle manages to save the heart before it's burned, but she herself is horribly burned by the sun and becomes the fleshless goddess Mortis. Determined to make the Dwarves pay and resurrect her beloved Gallean, Mortis kills an entire race of people and then raises them to be her [[TheUndead Undead Hordes]]. And it [[CrapsackWorld only gets worse from there]].
10th Mar '17 8:38:18 AM ChronoLegion
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** The ''In the Beginning'' TV movie reveals that Londo was afraid something like this might happen and counselled [=EarthForce=] to send a single unarmed ship to initiate First Contact with the Minbari. Since the humans are still riding on their surprise victory over the Dilgar, they arrogantly assume they can handle anyone and ignore him. Boy, are they proven wrong. Sheridan also thinks it's a bad idea to send an impulsive commander to a First Contact situation, but his concerns are brushed aside.
27th Feb '17 11:06:28 AM Samcb
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* ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'': Jin, if you weren't so determined to help out a gang even the police could not control you would have avoided being pack raped.
21st Feb '17 8:26:39 PM nombretomado
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* One of DaleBrown's novels touches briefly on an in-universe aversion; apparently the US Air Force has quite an extensive background certification process for pilots wishing to take a posting where they may be called upon to deploy nuclear weapons (which seemed to happen at least [[OnceAnEpisode once in every volume]] at one point in the series), which is temporarily suspended in the event of personal crises like getting divorced. Brown being a former Air Force pilot himself, and the absence of any large and faintly glowing craters where US towns and cities used to be, suggest that this is TruthInTelevision.

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* One of DaleBrown's Creator/DaleBrown's novels touches briefly on an in-universe aversion; apparently the US Air Force has quite an extensive background certification process for pilots wishing to take a posting where they may be called upon to deploy nuclear weapons (which seemed to happen at least [[OnceAnEpisode once in every volume]] at one point in the series), which is temporarily suspended in the event of personal crises like getting divorced. Brown being a former Air Force pilot himself, and the absence of any large and faintly glowing craters where US towns and cities used to be, suggest that this is TruthInTelevision.
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