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13th Aug '17 12:44:06 AM Gess
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** Harry's entire tragic backstory was kick-started when his parents chose a wrong person as a confidant to entrust their location to, a requirement for a spell used to conceal their home from Voldemort. It made a certain logical and poetic sense that the confidant would need to remain outside the effective area of the spell, since it's a common convention that magic requires some kind of sacrifice or tangible obligation. Then, in book 7, another character casually mentions being the confidant for their own concealment spell, thus prompting the question why couldn't Harry's parent's do the same thing.
3rd Aug '17 11:01:16 PM AbsoulHero
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** Jotaro, [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3's]] protagonist has several instances of this.

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** Jotaro, [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3's]] protagonist has several a few instances of this.
2nd Aug '17 5:44:03 PM caivu
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* The first issue of ComicBook/DCRebirth's ''[[Comicbook/DetectiveComicsRebirth Detective Comics]]'' reveals that Kate Kane (Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}) has known that her cousin Bruce Wayne is Batman for a year and a half. There is no explanation given for her knowing except a playful admonishment that he not underestimate her, because "[they're] cousins." It's later explained that she once shot Batman in the leg when he caught her monitoring him, and that Bruce randomly visited her a few days later with a noticeable limp in the same leg, and Kate put two-and-two together. If this explanation is true, however, then it makes Bruce either seem incredibly inept (since he ''knew'' Kate and her father were monitoring Batman and wanted to know more about him), or just dismissive of Kate's intelligence despite the meeting possibly having been a test.
1st Aug '17 6:07:26 PM MagBas
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', many accuse the existence and function of the [[spoiler: Society of the Blind Eye]] as being this, despite a previous mention or two as the [[spoiler: society]] only really seems to exist for this one episode.
1st Aug '17 10:02:18 AM capthanos
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', many accuse the existence and function of the [[spoiler: Society of the Blind Eye]] as being this, despite a previous mention or two as the [[spoiler: society]] only really seems to exist for this one episode.



* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has been accused of this, ''TWICE''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has been accused of this, ''TWICE''.this twice:
29th Jul '17 9:39:27 PM GoodGamer14
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** At the end of the ''Battle for Mewni'' TV movie; [[spoiler: Star apparently dies after Toffee manages to escape her wand and shatters it with her still inside. However, Star awakens in some sort of limbo with Glosarick (who was killed earlier by Ludo) and she manages to ''somehow'' purify the universal magic Toffee corrupted, restore the wand, revive and awake her full potential to which she uses to pulverize Toffee with [[OneHitKill one blast]].]]

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** At the end of the ''Battle for Mewni'' TV movie; [[spoiler: Star apparently dies after Toffee manages to escape her wand and shatters it with her still inside. However, Star awakens in some sort of limbo with Glosarick Glossaryck (who was killed earlier by a furious Ludo) and she manages to ''somehow'' manages to purify the universal magic Toffee corrupted, restore the wand, revive and awake her full potential to which she uses to pulverize Toffee with [[OneHitKill one blast]].]]
29th Jul '17 2:50:15 PM GoodGamer14
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has been accused of this, ''TWICE''.
** At the end of the first season; [[spoiler: Star's family wand is destroyed thanks to [[MagnificentBastard Toffee]]'s manipulations. However, a magical pony appears out of nowhere and rebuilts it for Star with no explanation.]]
** At the end of the ''Battle for Mewni'' TV movie; [[spoiler: Star apparently dies after Toffee manages to escape her wand and shatters it with her still inside. However, Star awakens in some sort of limbo with Glosarick (who was killed earlier by Ludo) and she manages to ''somehow'' purify the universal magic Toffee corrupted, restore the wand, revive and awake her full potential to which she uses to pulverize Toffee with [[OneHitKill one blast]].]]
25th Jul '17 12:20:28 AM merotoker
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* ''Manga/{{Doubt}}'' has the revelation on who the [[ManBehindTheMan mastermind]] is. It's [[spoiler:Rei]], a character that was shown to be [[FakingTheDead dead]] much earlier on. The only reason to explain how this character is alive, despite the corpse being on full display for more than a page is, they simply faked it [[spoiler:and Rei used her hypnotizing abilities to fool everyone]]. Aside from coming out of nowhere and being badly written, said character's motive comes across as a NietzscheWannabe, but ultimately fails. A disappointing revelation, when the story had been going well beforehand and [[spoiler:Mitsuki]] being the villain was done well.

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* ''Manga/{{Doubt}}'' has the revelation on who the [[ManBehindTheMan [[TheManBehindTheMan mastermind]] is. It's [[spoiler:Rei]], a character that was shown to be [[FakingTheDead dead]] much earlier on. The only reason to explain how this character is alive, despite the corpse being on full display for more than a page is, they simply faked it [[spoiler:and Rei used her hypnotizing abilities to fool everyone]]. Aside from coming out of nowhere and being badly written, said character's motive comes across as a NietzscheWannabe, but ultimately fails. A disappointing revelation, when the story had been going well beforehand and [[spoiler:Mitsuki]] being the villain was done well.



** The "Thunder Armour" seen during the Mossdeep Gym battle is an oft-cited example of glorious stupidity. Pikachu uses a electric attack that gets reflected back to itself and Swellow, which somehow becomes some sort of ''armour.'' Essentially granting the user(s) ''invincibility'' out of nowhere, without being used again '''at all''' in the rest of the series? What makes you scratch your head, though, is how [[AllLovingHero Ash]] came up with the idea in the first place. More importantly, how does his Swellow not get harmed at all? It's a Flying type, which is ''weak'' to Electric Type attacks. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdRndd1ZrDA See it here.]]

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** The "Thunder Armour" seen during the Mossdeep Gym battle is an oft-cited example of glorious stupidity. Pikachu uses a electric attack that gets reflected back to itself and Swellow, which somehow becomes some sort of ''armour.'' Essentially granting the user(s) ''invincibility'' out of nowhere, without being used again '''at all''' in the rest of the series? What makes you scratch your head, though, is how [[AllLovingHero Ash]] came up with the idea in the first place. More importantly, how does his Swellow not get harmed at all? It's a Flying type, which is ''weak'' to Electric Type attacks. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdRndd1ZrDA See it here.]]



* Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion: While her motives are {{foreshadow|ing}}ed, [[spoiler: Homura taking Madoka's powers]] gets no hint of how she knew it would work, or even being possible.

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* Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion: ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'': While her motives are {{foreshadow|ing}}ed, [[spoiler: Homura taking Madoka's powers]] gets no hint of how she knew it would work, or even being possible.



* Many find [[GeckoEnding the end]] of the ''Manga/SoulEater'' anime to be this. [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination The Kishin Asura]] was wounded by Maka because, ''while unconscious,'' she attacked Asura with her newly-awakened weapon powers until Asura caught on and forced her back into consciousness]]. To top it off, one minute later, [[spoiler:she uses one punch and kills the Kishin in one hit]].

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* Many find [[GeckoEnding the end]] of the ''Manga/SoulEater'' anime to be this. [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination The Kishin Asura]] was wounded by Maka because, ''while unconscious,'' she attacked Asura with her newly-awakened weapon powers until Asura caught on and forced her back into consciousness]]. consciousness.]] To top it off, one minute later, [[spoiler:she uses one punch and kills the Kishin in one hit]].



* During Creator/WarrenEllis' brief ''[[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' run from the 90's, the title character was depowered as part of a BroughtDownToBadass plot. When Creator/PeterDavid wanted to have Thor fight the Hulk in his ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'' run, he realized Thor would need to be at full strength. To that end, he wrote a scene where Thor banged Mjolnir on the ground while reminiscing about the good old days, which somehow magically restored his powers. The closest thing to an explanation given was "Even a god may believe in miracles," which still isn't much of an answer.

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* During Creator/WarrenEllis' brief ''[[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' run from the 90's, the title character was depowered as part of a BroughtDownToBadass plot. When Creator/PeterDavid wanted to have Thor fight the Hulk in his ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'' ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' run, he realized Thor would need to be at full strength. To that end, he wrote a scene where Thor banged Mjolnir on the ground while reminiscing about the good old days, which somehow magically restored his powers. The closest thing to an explanation given was "Even a god may believe in miracles," which still isn't much of an answer.



* The highly controversial #1-2 of ''[[Comicbook/NickSpencersCaptainAmerica Captain America: Steve Rogers]]''. The first issue basically establishes that Cap's mother was [[spoiler: rescued from her abusive mother by a Comicbook/{{Hydra}} agent, subsequently resulting in Captain America having been a Hydra plant his entire life, almost blissfully unaware of the absurdity of that alone. Despite the writers and editors repeatedly stating that this is the real Captain America, no cloning, no brainwashing, etc., it is revealed in issue #2 that Red Skull ''stole Professor X's brain, brainwashed a little girl into being a Hydra sympathizer, and she uses her RealityWarper powers to implant false memories in Cap's head to make him believe he's a Hydra agent.'']]

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* The highly controversial #1-2 of ''[[Comicbook/NickSpencersCaptainAmerica Captain America: Steve Rogers]]''. The first issue basically establishes that Cap's mother was [[spoiler: rescued from her abusive mother by a Comicbook/{{Hydra}} agent, subsequently resulting in Captain America having been a Hydra plant his entire life, almost blissfully unaware of the absurdity of that alone. Despite the writers and editors repeatedly stating that this is the real Captain America, no cloning, no brainwashing, etc., it is revealed in issue #2 that Red Skull ''stole Professor X's brain, brainwashed a little girl into being a Hydra sympathizer, and she uses her RealityWarper powers to implant false memories in Cap's head to make him believe he's a Hydra agent.'']]agent'']].



* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}: Mask of Light'': [[spoiler: TheHero fuses with the BigBad, the fusion is crushed by a gate, and according to the original script and storyboards, the former just walks out of the dust intact. For the sake of added drama, the movie has him simply disappear save for his mask. Thus, the others have to perform a ritual, recite the Three Virtues they live by, place the mask on the Three Virtues symbol conveniently carved into the floor of the villain's balcony, which somehow re-materializes his body. No explanation is offered as to how this worked, how anyone knew it would work, and why they never use this "ritual" any other time.]]

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* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}: Mask of Light'': [[spoiler: TheHero fuses with the BigBad, the fusion is crushed by a gate, and according to the original script and storyboards, the former just walks out of the dust intact. For the sake of added drama, the movie has him simply disappear save for his mask. Thus, the others have to perform a ritual, recite the Three Virtues they live by, place the mask on the Three Virtues symbol conveniently carved into the floor of the villain's balcony, which somehow re-materializes his body. No explanation is offered as to how this worked, how anyone knew it would work, and why they never use this "ritual" any other time.]]time]].



** One reason why ''Cursed Child'' is seen as a ContestedSequel by many is the fact that [[spoiler: Voldemort had a daughter - despite his goal of immortality essentially eliminating any need for an "Heir", never once showing any kind of romantic or sexual interest in ''anyone'', and that Bellatrix was killed on-screen, somehow having become pregnant in a TimeSkip.]]

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** One reason why ''Cursed Child'' is seen as a ContestedSequel by many is the fact that [[spoiler: Voldemort had a daughter - despite his goal of immortality essentially eliminating any need for an "Heir", never once showing any kind of romantic or sexual interest in ''anyone'', and that Bellatrix was killed on-screen, somehow having become pregnant in a TimeSkip.]] TimeSkip]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' Don pulls the classic "this was a non-elimination round if a major character happened to lose!" on more than one occasion, at least once ''twice in a row''. But even that pales in comparison to the [[spoiler:''double elimination'' in "Down and Outback," taking out [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Rock and Spud]] for coming in second-last right after they beat Chet and Lorenzo.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' Don pulls the classic "this was a non-elimination round if a major character happened to lose!" on more than one occasion, at least once ''twice in a row''. But even that pales in comparison to the [[spoiler:''double elimination'' in "Down and Outback," taking out [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Rock and Spud]] for coming in second-last right after they beat Chet and Lorenzo.]]Lorenzo]].
24th Jul '17 12:25:29 PM razorrozar7
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* ''Manga/FairyTail'', a series rather infamous for this, has [[{{Understatement}} a few]]:

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'', a series rather infamous for this, has [[{{Understatement}} a few]]:few:
6th Jul '17 9:31:15 PM caivu
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* The first issue of ComicBook/DCRebirth's ''[[Comicbook/DetectiveComicsRebirth Detective Comics]]'' reveals that Kate Kane (Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}) has known that her cousin Bruce Wayne is Batman for a year and a half. There is no explanation given whatsoever for her knowing, except that "he's her cousin." That doesn't mean much when the two have barely ever interacted, both in and out of costume, and Batman has gone to great lengths to keep his identity secret. Not only that, but Kate has never demonstrated any detective skills; she always has someone doing that stuff ''for her''. It's later explained that she once shot Batman in the leg when he caught her monitoring him, and that her cousin Bruce Wayne randomly visited her the next day, with a noticeable limp in the same leg; but if this explanation is true, then it makes Bruce come off as incredibly inept, since he ''knew'' Kate and her father were monitoring Batman and wanted to know more about him.

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* The first issue of ComicBook/DCRebirth's ''[[Comicbook/DetectiveComicsRebirth Detective Comics]]'' reveals that Kate Kane (Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}) has known that her cousin Bruce Wayne is Batman for a year and a half. There is no explanation given whatsoever for her knowing, knowing except a playful admonishment that "he's her cousin.he not underestimate her, because "[they're] cousins." That doesn't mean much when the two have barely ever interacted, both in and out of costume, and Batman has gone to great lengths to keep his identity secret. Not only that, but Kate has never demonstrated any detective skills; she always has someone doing that stuff ''for her''. It's later explained that she once shot Batman in the leg when he caught her monitoring him, and that her cousin Bruce Wayne randomly visited her the next day, a few days later with a noticeable limp in the same leg; but if leg, and Kate put two-and-two together. If this explanation is true, however, then it makes Bruce come off as either seem incredibly inept, since inept (since he ''knew'' Kate and her father were monitoring Batman and wanted to know more about him.him), or just dismissive of Kate's intelligence despite the meeting possibly having been a test.
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