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29th Sep '16 10:06:58 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Damned", Hillary Clinton's associates advise her to say "My opponent is a liar and should not be trusted" as a response to anything Mr. Garrison will say in their debate. However, they didn't expect Garrison to try to throw his campaign and say that Clinton will make a better president than him, which ends up getting Garrison more supporters than ever, to both campaign's chagrins.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Damned", Hillary Clinton's associates advise her to say "My opponent is a liar and should not be trusted" as a response to anything Mr. Garrison will say in their debate. However, they didn't expect Garrison to try to throw his campaign and say that Clinton will make a better president than him, which ends up getting Garrison more supporters than ever, [[SpringtimeForHitler to both campaign's chagrins.
campaigns chagrins]].
29th Sep '16 10:05:47 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Damned", Hillary Clinton's associates advise her to say "My opponent is a liar and should not be trusted" as a response to anything Mr. Garrison will say in their debate. However, they didn't expect Garrison to try to throw his campaign and say that Clinton will make a better president than him, which ends up getting Garrison more supporters than ever, to both campaign's chagrins.
3rd Sep '16 4:30:30 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Kaneki's MissingMom always told him that it's "better to be hurt than to hurt others." Not only did following her own advice result in his mother literally working herself to death to provide for both her own home and that of her {{Jerkass}} sister, who [[TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity took advantage of her at every opportunity]], but following it himself resulted in Kaneki being captured and undergoing ten days of ColdBloodedTorture at the hands of the crazed ghoul Yamori, resulting in him discarding his humanity altogether.
30th Aug '16 2:36:31 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Anime/DragonBallGT'': During the Super 17 Saga, [[MadScientist Dr. Myuu's]] last words to Super 17 are to finish Goku and Android 18, and show them he can't be controlled. Super 17 responds by promptly turning on Myuu and annihilating him:
-->'''Super 17''': You're right, Doctor! ''Nobody'' controls me!
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': Gowasu, the [[TopGod Supreme Kai]] of [[AlternateUniverse Universe 10]], orders his [[FantasticRacism anti-mortal]] apprentice Zamasu to fight Goku so he can have a better idea on how mortals are. Although he is shocked along with Zamasu on how powerful Goku is, he thinks Zamasu got a positive experience from fighting Goku. Instead, Zamasu just ends up convinced that mortals are both foolish ''and'' dangerous. Then he takes Zamasu 1000 years into the future of a primitive planet, thinking the mortals would have calmed down by then. They've developed some culture but are still pretty barbaric, which doesn't help Zamasu's attitude... and leads to him killing one of their inhabitants. The next time we see Zamasu, he's [[spoiler: become a full-on KnightTemplar, working with [[EvilTwin Goku Black]] to wipe out humanity]].






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20th Aug '16 4:57:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* One episode of {{Brimstone}} features one of the 113 trying to get a handle on her hellspawned superpower (burning people with her mind) by going to therapy. When the therapist advises her to confront her anger issues head-on, she interprets this as license to embrace her evil side, and promptly goes on a rampage.

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* One episode of {{Brimstone}} ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'' features one of the 113 trying to get a handle on her hellspawned superpower (burning people with her mind) by going to therapy. When the therapist advises her to confront her anger issues head-on, she interprets this as license to embrace her evil side, and promptly goes on a rampage.
20th Aug '16 4:56:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* On one episode of the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' TV series, Aladdin and Jasmine travel to Odiferous to attend Prince Uncouthma's wedding. Unfortunately, the bride falls in love with Aladdin, and Uncouthma is very depressed about this. Jasmine advises him to "Fight to win her back!" Uncouthma, being a ProudWarriorRaceGuy and all, ended up taking this advice...by having a duel to the death with Aladdin.

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* On one episode of the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' TV series, ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', Aladdin and Jasmine travel to Odiferous to attend Prince Uncouthma's wedding. Unfortunately, the bride falls in love with Aladdin, and Uncouthma is very depressed about this. Jasmine advises him to "Fight to win her back!" Uncouthma, being a ProudWarriorRaceGuy and all, ended up taking this advice...by having a duel to the death with Aladdin.



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' used this in a parody of ''DeadPoetsSociety'', where Roger was posing as a college professor. He advised his students to seize the day and not let anything get in the way of living life to its fullest. Unfortunately, one of his students decides that that means it's okay to kill his father, which Roger and Hayley learn after he invites them over to discuss philosophy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' used this in a parody of ''DeadPoetsSociety'', ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'', where Roger was posing as a college professor. He advised his students to seize the day and not let anything get in the way of living life to its fullest. Unfortunately, one of his students decides that that means it's okay to kill his father, which Roger and Hayley learn after he invites them over to discuss philosophy.
20th Aug '16 4:56:09 AM Morgenthaler
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20th Aug '16 4:12:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''BasicInstructions'' has this as its premise.

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* ''BasicInstructions'' ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' has this as its premise.
12th Aug '16 6:26:51 AM 06tele
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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Mike gives a memorable speech to Walt about how it was time for "no more half measures" in dealing with the problem that Jesse had become to Gus' empire. Mike meant this to get Walter to abandon his half assed attempts to protect Jesse from himself and stand out of the way when Gus inevitably decides to remove Jesse from the picture, but it instead galvanizes Walt to whole nightmares involved President Jaha, and she interpreted the advice by killing his son, since she couldn't kill the real thing]].

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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Mike gives a memorable speech to Walt about how it was time for "no more half measures" in dealing with the problem that Jesse had become to Gus' empire. Mike meant this to get Walter to abandon his half assed attempts to protect Jesse from himself and stand out of the way when Gus inevitably decides to remove Jesse from the picture, but it instead galvanizes Walt to whole heartedly support Jesse and become just as adversarial to Gus' operation. This gets lampshaded the next time Walt and Mike see each other, and Mike is less than pleased about the fact.
* One of the first few episodes of ''Series/The100'' has Bellamy try to help a little girl deal with her nightmares by giving her the same advice his mother gave him: "Don't be scared of the demons; ''fight back''." This backfires when [[spoiler: we find out her
nightmares involved President Jaha, and she interpreted the advice by killing his son, since she couldn't kill the real thing]].
3rd May '16 6:23:45 AM tromag
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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Mike gives a memorable speech to Walt about how it was time for "no more half measures" in dealing with the problem that Jesse had become to Gus' empire. Mike meant this to get Walter to abandon his half assed attempts to protect Jesse from himself and stand out of the way when Gus inevitably decides to remove Jesse from the picture, but it instead galvanizes Walt to whole heartedly support Jesse and become just as adversarial to Gus' operation. This gets lampshaded the next time Walt and Mike see each other, and Mike is less than pleased about the fact.
* One of the first few episodes of ''Series/The100'' has Bellamy try to help a little girl deal with her nightmares by giving her the same advice his mother gave him: "Don't be scared of the demons; ''fight back''." This backfires when [[spoiler: we find out her nightmares involved President Jaha, and she interpreted the advice by killing his son, since she couldn't kill the real thing]].

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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Mike gives a memorable speech to Walt about how it was time for "no more half measures" in dealing with the problem that Jesse had become to Gus' empire. Mike meant this to get Walter to abandon his half assed attempts to protect Jesse from himself and stand out of the way when Gus inevitably decides to remove Jesse from the picture, but it instead galvanizes Walt to whole heartedly support Jesse and become just as adversarial to Gus' operation. This gets lampshaded the next time Walt and Mike see each other, and Mike is less than pleased about the fact.
* One of the first few episodes of ''Series/The100'' has Bellamy try to help a little girl deal with her nightmares by giving her the same advice his mother gave him: "Don't be scared of the demons; ''fight back''." This backfires when [[spoiler: we find out her
nightmares involved President Jaha, and she interpreted the advice by killing his son, since she couldn't kill the real thing]].
* Early in Series/{{TURN}}, Abraham's father is ordered by the British to choose which of the community's gravestones to dig up to build fortifications. He's clearly conflicted, and Abraham tells him that the time has come to make a choice, whether to submit, or to fight back. The next day, he gives an impassioned speech about surrendering what they care about most to show submission to their leaders, and proceeds to personally dig up his own son's gravestone.



* Zig-zagged in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' with one of [[FanNickname Phone Guy's]] bits of advice: He suggests playing dead if you're caught since the animatronics might assume you're an empty suit and leave you alone, but ''immediately'' takes it back realizing it could backfire badly with them instead trying to stuff an endoskeleton ''into'' you. [[spoiler:It's zig-zagged when it turns out playing dead ''can'' work: when you're out of power playing dead (not moving the mouse at all) you'll get a solid minute of Freddy's song before he attacks. Since an hour's only a minute and a half, playing dead ''can'' buy you enough time to finish the night if you run out of power after 5.]]

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* Zig-zagged in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' with one of [[FanNickname Phone Guy's]] bits of advice: He suggests playing dead if you're caught since the animatronics might assume you're an empty suit and leave you alone, but ''immediately'' takes it back realizing it could backfire badly with them instead trying to stuff an endoskeleton ''into'' you. [[spoiler:It's zig-zagged when it turns out playing dead ''can'' work: when you're out of power playing dead (not moving the mouse at all) you'll get a solid minute of Freddy's song heartedly support Jesse and become just as adversarial to Gus' operation. This gets lampshaded the next time Walt and Mike see each other, and Mike is less than pleased about the fact.
* One of the first few episodes of ''Series/The100'' has Bellamy try to help a little girl deal with her nightmares by giving her the same advice his mother gave him: "Don't be scared of the demons; ''fight back''." This backfires when [[spoiler: we find out her
before he attacks. Since an hour's only a minute and a half, playing dead ''can'' buy you enough time to finish the night if you run out of power after 5.]]
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