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22nd Apr '18 4:40:18 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Done especially so in the ''Manga/ZatchBell''. [[PuritySue A poor innocent girl]] in the story gets brainwashed into partnering with an evil demon and attacks her very best friend. But what's this? It turns out the attack was blocked by another demon who happens to be both said friend's partner and that demon's worst enemy. Really, out of 6 billion human beings on earth for the scattered 100 demons to choose from, these two pick two human friends that grew up together? Well that's just dandy. It's also rather dandy that 50% of the demons fought are at one point found in Japan, and everyone in the cast all speaks English/Japanese. And why doesn't the Brainwashing demon just use his physic powers to raise an army to avoid fighting the latter demon? Maybe because it in turn will be the only reason he's able to find and fight him in the first place by attracting his partner's attention.

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* Done especially so in the ''Manga/ZatchBell''. [[PuritySue A poor innocent girl]] in the story gets brainwashed into partnering with an evil demon and attacks her very best friend. But what's this? It turns out the attack was blocked by another demon who happens to be both said friend's partner and that demon's worst enemy. Really, out of 6 billion human beings on earth for the scattered 100 demons to choose from, these two pick two human friends that grew up together? Well Well, that's just dandy. It's also rather dandy that 50% of the demons fought are at one point found in Japan, and everyone in the cast all speaks English/Japanese. And why doesn't the Brainwashing demon just use his physic powers to raise an army to avoid fighting the latter demon? Maybe because it it, in turn turn, will be the only reason he's able to find and fight him in the first place by attracting his partner's attention.



** This happens to the Straw Hats a lot. Luffy arrives at Shell Town to save Zoro and the villagers from Captain Morgan, they end up in Orange Town to save Nami from Buggy's thugs, arrives at Usopp's village the day Captain Kuro plans come to fruition, stops at the Baratie when Don Krieg floats by...it seems like most of the time they gets into trouble just from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. It doesn't help that Luffy's an active thrill-seeker who enjoys throwing himself into danger. This is shown when a new log post shows them the difference between the safest and most dangerous route with the rest of the crew being absolutely terrified if he found that out, which of course he does and chooses the dangerous one.
* From ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' we have two 'coincidences' which [[spoiler:set Itachi free from Edo Tensei]]. The first is even encountering Naruto in the first place, a 1/80,000 chance. The second is [[spoiler:Kotoamatsukami,]] the jutsu that was used [[spoiler:to rewire his Edo Tensei to give him back his will]]: 1/36,500 due to its ten year charge time - [[spoiler:with Itachi]] not even knowing if the charge time was completed. Yet... both were fullfilled. Later comes [[spoiler:Itachi's]] 'defeat' of Kabuto. The first coincidence is running into [[spoiler:Sasuke in the first place, giving Itachi]] the backup he needed to win. The second is possessing the [[spoiler:Izanami]], since it was [[AssPull never alluded to at ALL]] [[spoiler:that Itachi was taught any Uchiha Kinjutsu, let alone one]] designed to negate an attack that (as far as they would have known) nobody could use any more. Finally, finding Kabuto was tremendous luck, since he could have easily moved from where he was pointed out [[spoiler:by Nagato]].
* ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'':

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** This happens to the Straw Hats a lot. Luffy arrives at Shell Town to save Zoro and the villagers from Captain Morgan, they end up in Orange Town to save Nami from Buggy's thugs, arrives at Usopp's village the day Captain Kuro Kuro's plans come to fruition, stops at the Baratie when Don Krieg floats by...it seems like most of the time they gets get into trouble just from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. It doesn't help that Luffy's an active thrill-seeker who enjoys throwing himself into danger. This is shown when a new log post shows them the difference between the safest and most dangerous route with the rest of the crew being absolutely terrified if he found that out, which of course he does and chooses the dangerous one.
* From ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' we have two 'coincidences' which [[spoiler:set Itachi free from Edo Tensei]]. The first is even encountering Naruto in the first place, a 1/80,000 chance. The second is [[spoiler:Kotoamatsukami,]] the jutsu that was used [[spoiler:to rewire his Edo Tensei to give him back his will]]: 1/36,500 due to its ten year charge time - [[spoiler:with Itachi]] not even knowing if the charge time was completed. Yet... both were fullfilled.fulfilled. Later comes [[spoiler:Itachi's]] 'defeat' of Kabuto. The first coincidence is running into [[spoiler:Sasuke in the first place, giving Itachi]] the backup he needed to win. The second is possessing the [[spoiler:Izanami]], since it was [[AssPull never alluded to at ALL]] [[spoiler:that Itachi was taught any Uchiha Kinjutsu, let alone one]] designed to negate an attack that (as far as they would have known) nobody could use any more. Finally, finding Kabuto was tremendous luck, since he could have easily moved from where he was pointed out [[spoiler:by Nagato]].
* ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'':''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'':



** In ''AfterWarGundamX'', the trigger Garrod steals from a salvager's ship just so happens to work in the Gundam he randomly finds in a garage in the middle of nowhere. He at least has the comical sense to lampshade the seemingly divine intervention: "Tifa, I believe in God!"
** In ''TurnAGundam'', the titular machine comes to life and the main character [[AllLovingHero Loran]] just happens to be right next to the thing. He is the only character that can both: A) understand the technology, and B) not use it to completely turn the tide of the war in favor of either side.

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** In ''AfterWarGundamX'', ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'', the trigger Garrod steals from a salvager's ship just so happens to work in the Gundam he randomly finds in a garage in the middle of nowhere. He at least has the comical sense to lampshade the seemingly divine intervention: "Tifa, I believe in God!"
** In ''TurnAGundam'', ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', the titular machine comes to life and the main character [[AllLovingHero Loran]] just happens to be right next to the thing. He is the only character that can both: A) understand the technology, and B) not use it to completely turn the tide of the war in favor of either side.



* In ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', Johan Liebert is able to find another family named Liebert, who lost a son named Johan, who would be the same age that he is, allowing him to slip right into the community. This is after meeting a family named Liebert as a child who named him Johan. Fortunately, it's a fairly common name in RealLife.

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* In ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', Johan Liebert is able to find another family named Liebert, who lost a son named Johan, who would be the same age that he is, allowing him to slip right into the community. This is after meeting a family named Liebert as a child who named him Johan. Fortunately, it's a fairly common name in RealLife.



** The encounter with Misora and Light not being taken out early is based on one, too. It just so happens that the entire policeforce working the Kira case was at a meeting, while Misora was trying to contact one of them and Light happened to arrive just as she talked about having information for them. After all, Sayu was supposed to bring their father the spare clothes. Light even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] how convenient this little meeting was and begins to hear Misora out on her information. And it just so happens that Aizawa was opening his umbrella ''just'' as Light and Misora were passing him by and he didn't see them.

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** The encounter with Misora and Light not being taken out early is based on one, too. It just so happens that the entire policeforce police force working the Kira case was at a meeting, while Misora was trying to contact one of them and Light happened to arrive just as she talked about having information for them. After all, Sayu was supposed to bring their father the spare clothes. Light even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] how convenient this little meeting was and begins to hear Misora out on her information. And it just so happens that Aizawa was opening his umbrella ''just'' as Light and Misora were passing him by and he didn't see them.



*** After Arf Rebelled and fled to Earth. She ended up being found by Alisa, one of Nanoha's Friends.

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*** After Arf Rebelled rebelled and fled to Earth. Earth, She ended up being found by Alisa, one of Nanoha's Friends.friends.



*** Subaru and Ginga, were found and rescued by Quint. Quint ended up adopting them because their eyes are similar to her. Turns out their DNA matches with Quint. Yeah, of all the people in the universe who could've rescued them, it turns out to be the woman they were cloned from.

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*** Subaru and Ginga, Ginga were found and rescued by Quint. Quint ended up adopting them because their eyes are similar to her. Turns out their DNA matches with Quint. Yeah, of all the people in the universe who could've rescued them, it turns out to be the woman they were cloned from.



** [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]:

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** [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]:''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'':



** [[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]:
*** Thoma happens to be found by Subaru on that fated day when he's the sole survivor of a massacre. Years later he goes on a Journey of Self Discovery, and runs across Lily and Isis.
** [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT INNOCENT]]:

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** [[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]:
''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]'':
*** Thoma happens to be found by Subaru on that fated day when he's the sole survivor of a massacre. Years later he goes on a Journey of Self Discovery, JourneyToFindOneself, and runs across Lily and Isis.
** [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT INNOCENT]]:''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT INNOCENT]]'':



* Manga/RanmaOneHalf. Carelessly thrown/dumped water (often with a LampshadeHanging of "of course nobody will be there"). Koi pond. ThunderEqualsDownpour. Convenient trajectories from [[MegatonPunch propulsive attacks]]. Oh yeah, did I mention [[FirstLawOfGenderBending his curse is triggered by cold water]]?

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* Manga/RanmaOneHalf. ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Carelessly thrown/dumped water (often with a LampshadeHanging of "of course nobody will be there"). Koi pond. ThunderEqualsDownpour. Convenient trajectories from [[MegatonPunch propulsive attacks]]. Oh yeah, did I we mention [[FirstLawOfGenderBending his curse is triggered by cold water]]?



** The two main characters happen to have the same exact superpower, down to the name, strength multiplier, and time limit. There is in-universe no reason for this at all, and nobody thinks it's anything noteworthy. Would have been averted in the original draft, where Barnaby had teleportation powers instead.

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** The two main characters happen to have the same exact superpower, down to the name, strength multiplier, and time limit. There is no in-universe no reason for this at all, and nobody thinks it's anything noteworthy. Would have been averted in the original draft, where Barnaby had teleportation powers instead.



* After the War in the North Campaign and the 7 year TimeSkip in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', the seven survivors out of 24 set out south to finally get their revenge and then run headlong into Riful of the West, one of the {{Big Bad}}s almost immediately.

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* After the War in the North Campaign and the 7 year TimeSkip in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', the seven survivors out of 24 set out south to finally get their revenge and then run headlong into Riful of the West, one of the {{Big Bad}}s Bad}}s, almost immediately.



** Paul Benjamin, besides using himself as bait, comes up with the idea of shadowing the court houses. After all, criminals often are repeat offenders who have to show up for parole hearings, methadone treatment, etc. So, he tails them from the court house. See page 56 of ''Death Sentence''. Other writers averted this through the use of police scanners; the Spider usually an early version in The Cholera King, while Hero at Large with John Ritter and The Exterminator 2 showed the protagonists using police scanners.

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** Paul Benjamin, besides using himself as bait, comes up with the idea of shadowing the court houses.courthouses. After all, criminals often are repeat offenders who have to show up for parole hearings, methadone treatment, etc. So, he tails them from the court house.courthouse. See page 56 of ''Death Sentence''. Other writers averted this through the use of police scanners; the Spider usually an early version in The Cholera King, while Hero at Large with John Ritter and The Exterminator 2 showed the protagonists using police scanners.



* The fates of Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent crossed paths a ridiculous number of times before they ever became Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}}, and even before they knew each others secret identities.

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* The fates of Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent crossed paths a ridiculous number of times before they ever became Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}}, and even before they knew each others other's secret identities.
13th Apr '18 6:32:41 PM RickTommy
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* ''FanFic/SylviaTheSylveon'': Not only does Sylvia return home just as her father is about to die, but he manages to hold on long enough to hear about both her and Moondancer's adventures - which is also what he needed to die happy.
12th Apr '18 9:24:39 PM Thecommander236
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* ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'': Most campaign missions are tailored to heavily if not critically rely on the use of a new unit introduced in each mission. Usully it's not too odd, because you're supplied that unit by your technicians or allies, apparently after analysing the situation and its requirements. But at one occasion (The "Train Robbery" mission), you just happened to find the units you absolutely need to win, lying around the battlefield, somehow ignored by the enemy.

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* ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'': Most campaign missions are tailored to heavily if not critically rely on the use of a new unit introduced in each mission. Usully Usually it's not too odd, because you're supplied that unit by your technicians or allies, apparently after analysing the situation and its requirements. But at one occasion (The "Train Robbery" mission), you just happened to find the units you absolutely need to win, lying around the battlefield, somehow ignored by the enemy.
12th Apr '18 9:19:30 PM Thecommander236
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* In the first story arc of ''Anime/DragonBall'' while Bulma and Goku are searching for the Dragon Balls they find a turtle who is lost. Goku helps the turtle and as award the turtle gets his master, known as the Turtle Hermit, who gives him the Kinto'un, a fyling cloud. After several more adventures, they face the Gyuumaou (Ox-King) who is known for his power and cruelty. The Gyuumaou recognizes the cloud since the Turtle Hermit is his old master. Even more, Goku's grandfather was also a student of the same master and him and the Gyuumaou trained together. And all of them had Dragon Balls.

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* In the first story arc of ''Anime/DragonBall'' while Bulma and Goku are searching for the Dragon Balls they find a turtle who is lost. Goku helps the turtle and as award the turtle gets his master, known as the Turtle Hermit, who gives him the Kinto'un, a fyling flying cloud. After several more adventures, they face the Gyuumaou (Ox-King) who is known for his power and cruelty. The Gyuumaou recognizes the cloud since the Turtle Hermit is his old master. Even more, Goku's grandfather was also a student of the same master and him and the Gyuumaou trained together. And all of them had Dragon Balls.
20th Mar '18 8:44:31 PM Berrenta
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-->-->'''Boris''': If only we had a helicopter.\\

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-->-->'''Boris''': -->'''Boris''': If only we had a helicopter.\\
18th Mar '18 3:59:40 PM nombretomado
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* In the first episode of ''Series/TheTick'', The Red Scare, a communist assassin robot built in 1979 and programmed to hunt down and kill Jimmy Carter, is deployed in The City by a group of neo-commies who were trying to reprogram it to kill the postmaster general. Unfortunately, The Tick and Arthur foil them and accidentally activate the robot before the commies could reprogram it. Upon interrogating the communists and learning the latter, Arthur suddenly notices the title of that day's local newspaper. I'll give you three guesses as to what it says, and the latter two do not count.

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* In the first episode of ''Series/TheTick'', ''Series/TheTick2001'', The Red Scare, a communist assassin robot built in 1979 and programmed to hunt down and kill Jimmy Carter, is deployed in The City by a group of neo-commies who were trying to reprogram it to kill the postmaster general. Unfortunately, The Tick and Arthur foil them and accidentally activate the robot before the commies could reprogram it. Upon interrogating the communists and learning the latter, Arthur suddenly notices the title of that day's local newspaper. I'll give you three guesses as to what it says, and the latter two do not count.
16th Mar '18 3:34:24 PM nombretomado
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** The episode "The Best Night Ever" has everything go horribly wrong at the Galloping Gala in an unlikely way. True, Princess Celestia claimed the Gala was always horrible, but most {{egregious}} are the forest animals who are scared of Fluttershy. The guests at the Gala can't control what the animals think, and it seems unlikely there would just happen to be animals who are scared of Fluttershy at a place where everything else is horrible. Then again, maybe the guests at the Gala can control what the Animals think -- because what they think is: "All Gala guests are horrible." A time-tested truism.

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** The episode "The Best Night Ever" has everything go horribly wrong at the Galloping Gala in an unlikely way. True, Princess Celestia claimed the Gala was always horrible, but most {{egregious}} {{JustForFun/egregious}} are the forest animals who are scared of Fluttershy. The guests at the Gala can't control what the animals think, and it seems unlikely there would just happen to be animals who are scared of Fluttershy at a place where everything else is horrible. Then again, maybe the guests at the Gala can control what the Animals think -- because what they think is: "All Gala guests are horrible." A time-tested truism.
16th Mar '18 1:16:17 PM JaywalkersNeverProsper
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*** Tracking down and the destruction of Ravenclaw's diadem is also only possible because of a string of coincidences. It just happens to be the random thing Harry picked up and put on a bust's head to mark it a year earlier, which unlike the other horcruxes is conveniently not hidden or protected by any means due to Voldermort's villain stupidity. Rowenna Ravenclaw just happens to be the house ghost of Ravenclaw and also the only person who knows what's happened to her mother's diadem. Then one of the dumbest students happens to conjure up a powerful magical fire that can destroy horcruxes, which accidentally touches it, but is not engulfed in it, allowing the heroes to know for certain that it's destroyed.

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*** Tracking down and the destruction of Ravenclaw's diadem is also only possible because of a string of coincidences. It just happens to be the random thing Harry picked up and put on a bust's head to mark it a year earlier, which unlike the other horcruxes is conveniently not hidden or protected by any means due to Voldermort's villain stupidity. Rowenna Helena Ravenclaw just happens to be the house ghost of Ravenclaw and also the only person who knows what's happened to her mother's diadem. Then one of the dumbest students happens to conjure up a powerful magical fire that can destroy horcruxes, which accidentally touches it, but is not engulfed in it, allowing the heroes to know for certain that it's destroyed.
15th Mar '18 9:27:54 PM PaulA
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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' (an entry in a series which is comedic, as noted in the description under RuleOfFunny), a non-plot critical example: [[spoiler: In the finale, Chell is knocked flat on her back and dazed by an explosion which exposes the moon through the ceiling. Chell fires a random portal at it, which happens to hit within yards of an Apollo Program landing site]]. Which becomes even more coincidental when you consider that in the ''Portal'' universe, [[spoiler: Aperture Science was heavily involved in the space program]].
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