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23rd Nov '17 8:39:56 AM wingedcatgirl
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': The revelation that [[spoiler: Anise Tatlin]] has been the mole in your party, according to some. Essentially, this character was portrayed as teasing, but not suspicious in any way, until the halfway point of the game. At this point, the character is suddenly 'absent' during short intervals, so they can 'write letter reports' and then act highly suspicious when someone mentions the letters and stutters around, stating that, yes, the letter has been sent, no problem. Said character also looks around suspiciously, before doing an exaggerated, theatrical fall, unlocking new areas and [[LargeHam acting shocked]]. It's so bad that one of the party members calls the character out on their behavior. And yet, the player is supposed to figure that this has been going on for the entire game.

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': The revelation that [[spoiler: Anise Tatlin]] has been the mole in your party, according to some.party. Essentially, this character was portrayed as teasing, but not suspicious in any way, until the halfway point of the game. At this point, the character is suddenly 'absent' during short intervals, so they can 'write letter reports' and then act highly suspicious when someone mentions the letters and stutters around, stating that, yes, the letter has been sent, no problem. Said character also looks around suspiciously, before doing an exaggerated, theatrical fall, unlocking new areas and [[LargeHam acting shocked]]. It's so bad that one of the party members calls the character out on their behavior. And yet, the player is supposed to figure that this has been going on for the entire game.
12th Nov '17 2:05:09 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/LANoire'' has Phelps [[spoiler: cheating on his wife with the junkie Elsa]]. While the story does try to foreshadow the event by having Phelps see the person at the club a few times, there's absolutely no build up leading to the event and there's not even any hints at a possible [[spoiler: troubled marriage]]. Said event advances the plot further and kickstarts Phelps's snooping around into a big conspiracy, but none of it would have happened if it wasn't for that event that got Phelps publicly ousted.
7th Nov '17 2:52:56 PM jormis29
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* Mutant City Blues indie system has a special stat named Preparedness. Specifically called for to make convenient ass pulls for ''players'' in an assumption that the ''character'' had thought it out beforehand.

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* Mutant City Blues ''TabletopGame/MutantCityBlues'' indie system has a special stat named Preparedness. Specifically called for to make convenient ass pulls for ''players'' in an assumption that the ''character'' had thought it out beforehand.
23rd Oct '17 12:15:26 AM Nulono
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* The climax of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' reveals that [[spoiler: Twilight doesn't even need the other five elements to be present to tap into their power. Seems like the power of the bond Twilight shared with the human versions of her friends (and she's known these humans... what, like two days???) was sufficient to not only allow Twilight to reclaim the powers of the Element of Magic but also summon the powers of the other five elements... which has no basis in the show's actual canon. Sort of but not really justified by the complete lack of any explanation on how the Elements actually work in the show anyway]].

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* The climax of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' reveals that [[spoiler: Twilight doesn't even need the other five elements to be present to tap into their power. Seems like the power of the bond Twilight shared with the human versions of her friends (and she's known these humans... what, like two days???) was sufficient to not only allow Twilight to reclaim the powers of the Element of Magic but also summon the powers of the other five elements... which has no basis in the show's actual canon. Sort of but not really justified by the complete lack of any explanation on how the Elements actually work in the show anyway]].anyway, and {{handwaved}} by a line about how the Elements might work differently in different universes]].
20th Oct '17 12:05:04 AM Hanz
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** [[VideoGame/SouthParkTheFracturedButWhole The sequel]] also plays this trope for laughs by giving you the option to [[PurelyAestheticGender play as a girl]]. Since it's meant to be the same character, somehow ''nobody'' noticed the New Kid was actually a girl during the entirety of ''Stick of Truth'', [[EpicFail not even her own parents]]!

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** [[VideoGame/SouthParkTheFracturedButWhole The sequel]] also plays this trope for laughs by giving you the option to [[PurelyAestheticGender play as a girl]]. Since it's meant to be the same character, somehow ''nobody'' noticed the New Kid was actually a girl during the entirety of ''Stick of Truth'', [[EpicFail not even her own parents]]!parents]]! It's later revealed that [[spoiler:your parents were lying about your identity to protect you from the government]].
16th Oct '17 12:26:26 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The song School for Monsters in ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' has Trekkie Monster donate $10 million to fund Kate's monster school. There's literally no foreshadowing that Trekkie would have this kind of money and this moment solely exists [[DeusExMachina so that Kate's dreams can come true,]] [[BrokenAesop contradicting the main point of the musical]]. [[FridgeLogic Why he's still living in a crappy apartment is anyone's guess.]] Also a CriticalResearchFailure, as porn is not actually a stable investment at all in America during the show's run, as free sites like Pornhub etce. have driven most pornographic production companies to near bankruptcy.

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* The song School for Monsters in ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' has Trekkie Monster donate $10 million to fund Kate's monster school. There's literally no foreshadowing that Trekkie would have this kind of money and this moment solely exists [[DeusExMachina so that Kate's dreams can come true,]] true]], [[BrokenAesop contradicting the main point of the musical]]. [[FridgeLogic Why he's still living in a crappy apartment is anyone's guess.]] Also a CriticalResearchFailure, as porn is not actually a stable investment at all in America during the show's run, as free sites like Pornhub etce. have driven most pornographic production companies to near bankruptcy.
15th Oct '17 8:40:00 PM MurrayTheBlue
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* The song School for Monsters in ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' has Trekkie Monster donate $10 million to fund Kate's monster school. There's literally no foreshadowing that Trekkie would have this kind of money and this moment solely exists [[DeusExMachina so that Kate's dreams can come true,]] [[BrokenAesop contradicting the main point of the musical]]. [[FridgeLogic Why he's still living in a crappy apartment is anyone's guess.]]

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* The song School for Monsters in ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' has Trekkie Monster donate $10 million to fund Kate's monster school. There's literally no foreshadowing that Trekkie would have this kind of money and this moment solely exists [[DeusExMachina so that Kate's dreams can come true,]] [[BrokenAesop contradicting the main point of the musical]]. [[FridgeLogic Why he's still living in a crappy apartment is anyone's guess.]]]] Also a CriticalResearchFailure, as porn is not actually a stable investment at all in America during the show's run, as free sites like Pornhub etce. have driven most pornographic production companies to near bankruptcy.
12th Oct '17 2:18:56 PM MBG
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** The {{Non Serial Movie}}s loved to give Goku new techniques or powers without explanation, likely because giving Goku a canonical powerup might make them fit in even less. Particularly obvious ones included Goku developing a completely unexplained transformation in ''Lord Slug'' (meant to be Super Saiyan, but wholly inconsistent with the real thing), Goku and Vegeta somehow managing to give the infinitely more powerful Big Geti Star a PhlebotinumOverload in ''Return of Cooler'', Goku absorbing a Spirit Bomb to get stronger in ''Super Android 13'', Goku having everyone channel their power into him to OneHitKill the villain in ''Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan'', Gogeta having an unexplained "stardust" power to purify the BigBad in ''Fusion Reborn'', and Goku gaining the Super Dragon Fist out of nowhere to OneHitKill the vastly more powerful Hirudegarn.

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** The {{Non Serial Movie}}s loved to give Goku new techniques or powers without explanation, likely because giving Goku a canonical powerup might make them fit in even less. Particularly obvious ones included Goku developing a completely unexplained transformation in ''Lord Slug'' (meant to be Super Saiyan, but wholly inconsistent with the real thing), Goku and Vegeta somehow managing to give the infinitely more powerful Big Geti Star a PhlebotinumOverload in ''Return of Cooler'', Goku absorbing a Spirit Bomb to get stronger in ''Super Android 13'', Goku having everyone channel their power into him to OneHitKill the villain in ''Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan'', Gogeta having an unexplained "stardust" power to purify the BigBad in ''Fusion Reborn'', and Goku gaining the Super Dragon Fist out of nowhere to OneHitKill the vastly more powerful Hirudegarn.Hirudegarn in ''Wrath of the Dragon.''
12th Oct '17 2:18:05 PM MBG
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** The {{Non Serial Movie}}s loved to give Goku new techniques or powers without explanation, likely because giving Goku a canonical powerup might make them fit in even less. Particularly obvious ones included Goku developing a completely unexplained transformation in ''Lord Slug'' (meant to be Super Saiyan, but wholly inconsistent with the real thing), Goku and Vegeta somehow managing to give the infinitely more powerful Big Geti Star a PhlebotinumOverload in ''Return of Cooler'', Goku absorbing a Spirit Bomb to get stronger in ''Super Android 13'', Goku having everyone channel their power into him to OneHitKill the villain in ''Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan'', Gogeta having an unexplained "stardust" power to purify the BigBad in ''Fusion Reborn'', and Goku gaining the Super Dragon Fist out of nowhere to OneHitKill the vastly more powerful Hirudegarn.
6th Oct '17 8:31:33 PM Everdream
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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.

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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. place, and how Pikachu knew what he wanted without even ''being told''. Pikachu just randomly aims at a nearby cloud in the sky after being told to use the attack, like he read Ash's mind or something. More importantly, how does his Swellow not get harmed at all? It's a Flying type, which is ''weak'' to Electric Type attacks.
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