History Main / Asspull

7th Apr '18 6:38:43 PM smasll_lordvoice
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** Most of the movie does this. Again, [[RuleOfFunny in the name of comedy]]. The crowning example comes when Batman and Robin are magnetically trapped aboard a buoy, unable to move as a missile hurtles towards them. Smash cut to our heroes driving away in a boat, as Batman [[{{Bathos somberly reflects}}]] on the [[DeusExMachina random intelligent porpoise that]] [[HeroicSacrifice swam in front of the missile to save them.]]

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** Most of the movie does this. Again, [[RuleOfFunny in the name of comedy]]. The crowning example comes when Batman and Robin are magnetically trapped aboard a buoy, unable to move as a missile hurtles towards them. Smash cut to our heroes driving away in a boat, as Batman [[{{Bathos [[{{Bathos}} somberly reflects}}]] reflects]] on the [[DeusExMachina random intelligent porpoise that]] [[HeroicSacrifice swam in front of the missile to save them.]]
7th Apr '18 6:37:58 PM smasll_lordvoice
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** Most of the movie does this. Again, [[RuleOfFunny in the name of comedy]].

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** Most of the movie does this. Again, [[RuleOfFunny in the name of comedy]]. The crowning example comes when Batman and Robin are magnetically trapped aboard a buoy, unable to move as a missile hurtles towards them. Smash cut to our heroes driving away in a boat, as Batman [[{{Bathos somberly reflects}}]] on the [[DeusExMachina random intelligent porpoise that]] [[HeroicSacrifice swam in front of the missile to save them.]]
30th Mar '18 11:59:20 PM KBABZ
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** ''Manga/DragonBall'' has this in places overall whether written by [[Creator/AkiraToriyama Toriyama]] or not, due to the series' nature of being written as it went along, in particular with various WorfEffect moments. Possibly the most stark example is when Piccolo Daimao hits Goku so hard his heart stops, only for it to restart in the next Chapter with no given reason so the story can continue.
26th Mar '18 6:13:34 PM MasterFuzzy
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], the Doctor is forced to wipe Donna's memories, saying that if she ever remembers him, her head will be incinerated. A year and a half later in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], she ''does'' remember him -- only then the Doctor says he added a "defense mechanism" which knocks out her and everyone in the vicinity. This comes very handy in incapacitating an enemy ''that the Doctor could not possibly have foreseen.''

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], the Doctor is forced to wipe Donna's memories, saying that if she ever remembers him, her head will be incinerated. A year and a half later in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], she ''does'' remember him -- only then the Doctor says he added a "defense mechanism" which knocks out her and everyone in the vicinity. This comes very handy in incapacitating an enemy ''that the Doctor could not possibly have foreseen.''foreseen,'' though this can be handwaved by the fact that it could very well have been set up for any general enemy.



** In [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], having the Queen pretending to be the leader of the Zygons, somehow knowing exactly what their plan was, and pulling it off well enough to fool the other Zygons.
*** Subverted in that "I'm the bloody Queen, mate! Basically, I rule! " Sherlockian level perceptiveness is necessary when everyone else want to kill, subvert, minimalise, control, shag, or in this case literally *be* you.



*** Clara's sudden and previously unrevealed knowledge of [=TaeKwonDo=].

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*** Clara's sudden and previously unrevealed knowledge of [=TaeKwonDo=].[=TaeKwonDo=], though a downplayed trope since it has no effect on the plot.
21st Mar '18 5:57:59 PM catmuto
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* ''Literature/{{Another}}'' creates an asspull in its anime, and manga, adaptation. The revelation of [[spoiler:Ms Mikami and Kouichi's Aunt Reiko being the same person]]. Unlike the implications that this person is the dead one of that year, this had absolutely nothing even hinting at it. It comes out of left field, and is only revealed in the final episode of the anime and on the last page of the penultimate chapter of the manga. Every character already knew that [[spoiler:Ms Reiko Mikami was related to Kouichi]], but not one person so much as makes any mention of this. And given the nuances of class 3-3's curse, you would think such a thing '''would''' be dropped early on. The original novel handled the revelation much more gracefully.
21st Mar '18 11:21:15 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''WesternAnimation/PJMasks'': In the Season 2 episode "Wacky Floats", the PJ Masks suddenly have their new RobotBuddy [=PJRobot=], and all 3 of them got a new superpower. However, despite this being their debute episode, no explanation is given for either; the heroes treat them as if they already got them for some time.
9th Mar '18 1:33:03 PM cdrood
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*** Particulary glaring due the fact that the Klingon's [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] of being a ProudWarriorRace who value combat above all else. Seems like this would come up fairly often with them.
7th Mar '18 8:09:18 AM nombretomado
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[[IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] [[StubbornMule donkeys that pull carts]]. Also, as much as it sounds like it, it is not the opposite of AssShove (when a character ''literally'' pulls an object out of someone's rear, or the opposite).

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] [[StubbornMule donkeys that pull carts]]. Also, as much as it sounds like it, it is not the opposite of AssShove (when a character ''literally'' pulls an object out of someone's rear, or the opposite).
25th Feb '18 9:45:26 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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, and {{handwave}}d by a line about how the Elements might work differently in different universes]].

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* The climax of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013'' 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, and {{handwave}}d by a line about how the Elements might work differently in different universes]].
10th Feb '18 6:21:42 AM dustyham
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* ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'', the fifth of the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series has an apparent one with [[spoiler: the revelation of a second surviving Targaryen, Aegon. Series canon often references his broken, bloody baby head]]. The only indication of [[spoiler: Aegon's continued existence]] before the current book was a difficult-to-understand prophecy in the second book about [[spoiler:[[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/Prophecies/Entry/1813 a cloth dragon used by mummers in their performances]] (presumably, Varys is the mummer, Aegon is the dragon)]]. Fan forums are usually alive with speculation about [[spoiler: Secret Targaryens]] -- and a few correctly predicted the development based on the aforementioned prophecy -- but to many dedicated fans, this one came from that place where the sun don't shine.
** Considering the [[Literature/WarsOfTheRoses inspiration]] for the series, the possibility of [[spoiler: pretenders with spurious evidence, potentially legit claimants that are more distant in blood relation or justification, royal bastards or others coming out of the wood works to claim the throne]] isn't really an ass pull. If anything it's a case of RealityIsUnrealistic since it's something that used to happen all the time, and a lot of times without warning, in a destabilized country. It still does happen, albeit with a decided lack of royalty involved in most cases.
** Also, there is still a debate in universe of whether [[spoiler: "Aegon" is actually a real Targaryen]]. As Tyrion notes in ADWD: ''[[spoiler:He may well be a Targaryen after all.]]''
** Regarding the above, there is a lot of speculation that it's an ''in universe'' example. There's a lot of hints that he's not who he says (and thinks) he is, but is rather a Blackfyre descendant who is secretly Illyrio's son. Tyrion ends up wearing fine clothing made for a young boy while staying at Illyrio's, shrewdly notes that Illyrio's interest in Aegon is about more than money, and Illyrio is downright despondent about not getting to see the boy off on his quest. Illyrio had also pointedly remarked that the ''male line'' of Blackfyres were all dead, and goes out of his way to talk about his late wife (the suspected Blackfyre) to Tyrion, who finally notes that the Golden Company has spent generations fighting ''against'' the Targaryens on behalf of the Blackfyres, so it's odd that they support Aegon now. So, the asspull of the story is how Varys and Illyrio are trying to pool the wool over the eyes of Westeros.
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambert_Simnel Lambert Simnel]] appeared right after the War of the Roses, was educated so well by a priest-turned-kingmaker that everybody said he would've been one of the wisest rulers ever, was paraded around by Yorkists as one of the lost "princes in the tower", and landed on the shores of England at the head of a mercenary army. So, this asspull is firmly TruthInTelevision.

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* The fifth ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novel, ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'', the fifth of the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series has an apparent one with TheReveal of [[spoiler: the revelation of a second surviving Targaryen, Aegon. Series canon often references his broken, bloody baby head]]. The Aegon,]] whose only indication of [[spoiler: Aegon's continued existence]] before the current book prior foreshadowing was a difficult-to-understand prophecy in the second book about [[spoiler:[[http://www.[[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/Prophecies/Entry/1813 very difficult-to-understand prophecy]] from the second book about [[spoiler: a cloth dragon used by mummers in their performances]] (presumably, Varys is the mummer, Aegon is the dragon)]]. dragon]]. Fan forums are usually alive with speculation theories about [[spoiler: Secret Targaryens]] -- secret Targaryens]], and a few correctly predicted the development based on the aforementioned prophecy -- aforesaid prophecy, but even to many some dedicated fans, fans this one came from that place where the sun don't shine.
** Considering However, considering the [[Literature/WarsOfTheRoses [[UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses inspiration]] for the series, the possibility prospect of [[spoiler: pretenders with legit dark-horse claimants, spurious evidence, potentially legit claimants that are more distant in blood relation or justification, pretenders, royal bastards bastards, or others coming out of the wood works woodwork to claim the throne]] isn't really is not an ass pull. If anything it's a case of pull so much as RealityIsUnrealistic since it's something that this used to happen all the time, and a lot of times without warning, time in a destabilized country. It countries. Heck, [[DarkHorseVictory it still does happen, happens]], albeit with a decided lack of royalty involved in most cases.
** Also, there is still a debate in universe of whether [[spoiler: "Aegon" is actually a real Targaryen]]. As Tyrion notes in ADWD: ''[[spoiler:He may well be a Targaryen after all.]]''
** Regarding the above, there is a lot of speculation that it's an ''in universe'' example. There's a lot of hints that he's not who he says (and thinks) he is, but is rather a Blackfyre descendant who is secretly Illyrio's son. Tyrion ends up wearing fine clothing made for a young boy while staying at Illyrio's, shrewdly notes that Illyrio's interest in Aegon is about more than money, and Illyrio is downright despondent about not getting to see the boy off on his quest. Illyrio had also pointedly remarked that the ''male line'' of Blackfyres were all dead, and goes out of his way to talk about his late wife (the suspected Blackfyre) to Tyrion, who finally notes that the Golden Company has spent generations fighting ''against'' the Targaryens on behalf of the Blackfyres, so it's odd that they support Aegon now. So, the asspull of the story is how Varys and Illyrio are trying to pool the wool over the eyes of Westeros.
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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambert_Simnel Lambert Simnel]] appeared right after the War of the Roses, was educated so well by a priest-turned-kingmaker that everybody said he would've been one of the wisest rulers ever, was paraded around by Yorkists as one of the lost "princes in the tower", and landed on the shores of England at the head of a mercenary army. So, this asspull ass pull is firmly TruthInTelevision.TruthInTelevision.
** There's also still a debate even in-universe about whether [[spoiler: "Aegon"]] actually ''is'' who people claim or whether [[spoiler: he's actually an imposter descended from the Blackfyre cadet branch, perhaps through Illyrio and his late wife given Illyrio's abiding affection for both characters, Illyrio's pointed remarks about the extinction of the "male line" of Blackfyres, and the support of the Golden Company despite generations spent fighting ''against'' the Targaryens on behalf of the Blackfyres]]. So the real ass pull could be an in-universe one trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes.
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