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22nd Mar '17 8:43:34 PM pretzelbetty
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* The conflict in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' originates when the public reject the traditional heroes, who won't kill their enemies no matter how deadly they are and instead turn them over the justice system to be dealt with. The public demand a new breed of heroes who are willing to permanently deal with threats such as the Joker and not being concerned about taking lives or deferring to the justice system. They get what they ask for, a new -- but unfortunately, the new breed of heroes are ''also'' not particularly concerned about collateral damage or what the public think about them, resulting in unrestrained metahuman warfare and the complete stagnation of human society. Suddenly, Superman's ThouShaltNotKill rule didn't look so bad after all...

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* The conflict in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' originates when the public reject the traditional heroes, who won't kill their enemies no matter how deadly they are and instead turn them over the justice system to be dealt with. The public demand a new breed of heroes who are willing to permanently deal with threats such as the Joker and not being concerned about taking lives or deferring to the justice system. They get what they ask for, a new -- for,-- but unfortunately, the new breed of heroes are ''also'' not particularly concerned about collateral damage or what the public think about them, resulting in unrestrained metahuman warfare and the complete stagnation of human society. Suddenly, Superman's ThouShaltNotKill rule didn't look so bad after all...
22nd Mar '17 7:57:42 PM pretzelbetty
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* ''ComicBook/BlackPanther''' gives us one during the 2016 arc. The two new antagonists, Zenzi and her [[TheDragon ally Tetu]] have been trying to overthrow T'Challa, but in order to put a mroe democratic government and just society. However, their beenfactor (financially and technologically), the Iron Monger, warns Tenzu about one of the core tenants of revolution:

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* ''ComicBook/BlackPanther''' gives us one during the 2016 arc. The two new antagonists, Zenzi and her [[TheDragon ally Tetu]] have been trying to overthrow T'Challa, but in order to put a mroe more democratic government and just society. However, their beenfactor benefactor (financially and technologically), the Iron Monger, warns Tenzu about one of the core tenants of revolution:
19th Mar '17 6:04:49 PM TinMan
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* In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a lot of people, even some who weren't Democrats or even Americans, hoped that Creator/DonaldTrump would be the Republican nominee for president. Mostly because they figured if he were, it would be a shoo in victory for Hillary Clinton. Well, in case you missed it, Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States.
18th Mar '17 6:26:12 AM Doug86
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Belle [[IWantSong sings about her desire for adventure and travel]]. She probably didn't mean trekking through creepy, wolf-filled woods during a blizzard. In the end of the movie, she is much less enthusiastic about risk.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Belle [[IWantSong sings about her desire for adventure and travel]]. She probably didn't mean trekking through creepy, wolf-filled woods during a blizzard. In the end of the movie, she is much less enthusiastic about risk.
17th Mar '17 7:34:21 PM Argon2
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-->'''Eret''': If we don't turn up with dragons and fast--''(Astrid's dragon Stormfly snatches Eret off his ship)'' YEAGGH!
-->'''Astrid''': Careful what you wish for.

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-->'''Eret''': If we don't turn up with dragons and fast--''(Astrid's dragon Stormfly snatches Eret off his ship)'' YEAGGH!
-->'''Astrid''':
YEAGGH!\\
'''Astrid''':
Careful what you wish for.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Belle [[IWantSong sings about her desire for adventure and travel]]. She probably didn't mean trekking through creepy, wolf-filled woods during a blizzard. In the end of the movie, she is much less enthusiastic about risk.
15th Mar '17 3:39:34 PM MidnightMan
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* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/stories/twelvewilducks.html "The Twelve Wild Ducks"]], a queen says, "If I only had a daughter as white as snow and as red as blood, I shouldn't care what became of all my sons." A troll witch hears and takes her sons.
* In "Literature/TheSevenRavens," the father wishes his sons were ravens for their being so forgetful. (To add to the irony, he was mistaken about why they hadn't done as he said.)
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/pentamerone/2myrtle1911.html "The Myrtle"]], a woman [[WonderChild wishes for a child, even a sprig of myrtle]].
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/108hanshedgehog.html "Hans the Hedgehog"]], the father wishes for a son, even a hedgehog.
* Similar stories went around in seventeenth-century England. In some cases a Catholic or Anglican parent would rather their unborn child have no head than be a Roundhead; in others, a Puritan would wish for their child have no head rather than have a priest make the Sign of the Cross on it. Either way, they ended up with a headless baby.
* In "Literature/TheLudicrousWishes", a poor couple that rescues an elf and is granted three wishes in return. The wife, being hungry, wishes she had a nice, tasty sausage. Her husband scolds her for wasting a wish on such a mundane thing and blurts out in anger: "I wish that stupid sausage was stuck on your nose!" which is exactly what happens next. In the end, they have to use the third wish to get the sausage off the poor woman's face and have thus wasted all three of them.
* There's a story from somewhere in Africa about a tribe that doesn't exist any more, because when seeking a reward from some supernatural being, the men said that the best thing that could happen to them was for their wife to give them a son, and for their cattle to give them female calves. -- So be it, all your children shall be sons and all your calves shall be heifers. -- They rejoiced, until...
* [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/russian/oldpetersrussiantales/princeivan.html "Prince Ivan, the Witch Baby, and the Little Sister of the Sun."]] Your son does not talk. Wish for any child at all, because things can't be worse, and you get [[WitchSpecies a witch child]] born with iron teeth who eats you up.
* Played with in one fairy tale about a girl who lies dying during the early spring from [[IllGirl a malady winter has afflicted her with]] who wishes that she could at least get to live for as long as the beautiful spring flowers in her garden still bloom so she can meet with her boyfiend who is set to return to her before summer. She near instantly becomes healthy and, unusually for [[TimeDelayedDeath the way these kind of tales tend to work out]], seems fully aware of the fact that [[LivingOnBorrowedTime her life is now]] [[ExactWords tied to her garden flowers]] and starts taking good care of them to ensure her own survival. She never regrets her wish or angsts about how [[YourDaysAreNumbered her days are numbered]] but is simply thankful for the additional time she has been given and is [[LikeYouWereDying even more loving and kind to her family than usual]]... Cue her unknowing boyfriend returning while she's napping in the garden: he plucks the flowers, braids them into a crown and wakes her up by placing it upon her head. The girl quickly realizes what the boy has done and hurriedly sets the flowers in water but over the following days. As the flowers wither away, so does the girl. [[TearJerker The story ends]] with the last petals of the flowers falling as the girl peacefully passes away with her family and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone devastated]] boyfriend at her side while the hushed laughs of TheFairFolk are heard from the garden.
* In ''[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/350.htm The Boy Who Found Fear at Last]]'', the FearlessFool protagonist goes through a series of terrifying adventures in his quest to "find fear", all without batting an eye. But when he's made a king at the end of the story, he finally finds fear at the prospect of the TheChainsOfCommanding and the burden of trying to be a good ruler.
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* Early in the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' FanFic ''Fanfic/RhymeAndReason'', Chip is disappointed with the cases the Rangers have had to solve so far. They're nothing compared to what his idol [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Sureluck]] [[{{Expy}} Jones]] has to deal with in his novels. Since his birthday is coming up soon, he wishes for a really big and challenging case to solve. What he gets -- before his birthday already -- really stretches his "no case too big" rule. And he can't even turn the case down because it's up to solely him to find and rescue his team mates from certain death (and stay alive himself despite the perfectly timed attacks against him) until sundown.



[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/stories/twelvewilducks.html "The Twelve Wild Ducks"]], a queen says, "If I only had a daughter as white as snow and as red as blood, I shouldn't care what became of all my sons." A troll witch hears and takes her sons.
* In "Literature/TheSevenRavens," the father wishes his sons were ravens for their being so forgetful. (To add to the irony, he was mistaken about why they hadn't done as he said.)
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/pentamerone/2myrtle1911.html "The Myrtle"]], a woman [[WonderChild wishes for a child, even a sprig of myrtle]].
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/108hanshedgehog.html "Hans the Hedgehog"]], the father wishes for a son, even a hedgehog.
* Similar stories went around in seventeenth-century England. In some cases a Catholic or Anglican parent would rather their unborn child have no head than be a Roundhead; in others, a Puritan would wish for their child have no head rather than have a priest make the Sign of the Cross on it. Either way, they ended up with a headless baby.
* In "Literature/TheLudicrousWishes", a poor couple that rescues an elf and is granted three wishes in return. The wife, being hungry, wishes she had a nice, tasty sausage. Her husband scolds her for wasting a wish on such a mundane thing and blurts out in anger: "I wish that stupid sausage was stuck on your nose!" which is exactly what happens next. In the end, they have to use the third wish to get the sausage off the poor woman's face and have thus wasted all three of them.
* There's a story from somewhere in Africa about a tribe that doesn't exist any more, because when seeking a reward from some supernatural being, the men said that the best thing that could happen to them was for their wife to give them a son, and for their cattle to give them female calves. -- So be it, all your children shall be sons and all your calves shall be heifers. -- They rejoiced, until...
* [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/russian/oldpetersrussiantales/princeivan.html "Prince Ivan, the Witch Baby, and the Little Sister of the Sun."]] Your son does not talk. Wish for any child at all, because things can't be worse, and you get [[WitchSpecies a witch child]] born with iron teeth who eats you up.
* Played with in one fairy tale about a girl who lies dying during the early spring from [[IllGirl a malady winter has afflicted her with]] who wishes that she could at least get to live for as long as the beautiful spring flowers in her garden still bloom so she can meet with her boyfiend who is set to return to her before summer. She near instantly becomes healthy and, unusually for [[TimeDelayedDeath the way these kind of tales tend to work out]], seems fully aware of the fact that [[LivingOnBorrowedTime her life is now]] [[ExactWords tied to her garden flowers]] and starts taking good care of them to ensure her own survival. She never regrets her wish or angsts about how [[YourDaysAreNumbered her days are numbered]] but is simply thankful for the additional time she has been given and is [[LikeYouWereDying even more loving and kind to her family than usual]]... Cue her unknowing boyfriend returning while she's napping in the garden: he plucks the flowers, braids them into a crown and wakes her up by placing it upon her head. The girl quickly realizes what the boy has done and hurriedly sets the flowers in water but over the following days. As the flowers wither away, so does the girl. [[TearJerker The story ends]] with the last petals of the flowers falling as the girl peacefully passes away with her family and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone devastated]] boyfriend at her side while the hushed laughs of TheFairFolk are heard from the garden.
* In ''[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/350.htm The Boy Who Found Fear at Last]]'', the FearlessFool protagonist goes through a series of terrifying adventures in his quest to "find fear", all without batting an eye. But when he's made a king at the end of the story, he finally finds fear at the prospect of the TheChainsOfCommanding and the burden of trying to be a good ruler.
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14th Mar '17 2:26:54 AM RobTan
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* For decades, far right Israelis campaigned for Israel to hold all of the historical Holy Land. At this point, they have ''de facto'' got their wish, with Israel exerting control over the West Bank and with settlements on Palestinian land being built faster than ever. However, the conservative Likkud givernment have painted themselves into a corner by doing tuis, because they now only have two options unless they want to unilaterally withdraw (and they don't):\\

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* For decades, far right Israelis campaigned for Israel to hold all of the historical Holy Land. At this point, they have ''de facto'' got their wish, with Israel exerting control over the West Bank and with settlements on Palestinian land being built faster than ever. However, the conservative Likkud givernment have painted themselves into a corner by doing tuis, this, because they now only have two options unless they want to unilaterally withdraw (and they don't):\\don't), they now only have two options:\\
14th Mar '17 2:20:48 AM RobTan
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* For decades, far right Israelis campaigned for Israel to hold all of the historical Holy Land. At this point, they have ''de facto'' got their wish, with Israel exerting control over the West Bank and with settlements on Palestinian land being built faster than ever. However, the conservative Likkud givernment have painted themselves into a corner by doing tuis, because they now only have two options unless they want to unilaterally withdraw (and they don't):\\
1. They can officially annex the West Bank, grant citizenship to the Palestinians and turn Israelis into a minority in their own country overnight. Or..\\
2. They carry out a permanent military occupation of the West Bank, become an apartheid state and an international pariah.
12th Mar '17 12:27:59 PM Milarqui
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* After the 2016 [=US=] elections, many people stated they had voted for Trump because they liked his plan to get rid of Obamacare... but then, when asked about it, they stated they liked the Affordable Care Act because it made it easier for them to have health insurance. They were shocked when they were told that Obamacare ''was'' the Affordable Care Act's nickname.
9th Mar '17 7:21:20 PM PeaceAndLove
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...because you might just get it.

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...because you just might just get it.
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