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17th Sep '17 10:08:42 AM nombretomado
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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]", Clara pulls a [[AVeryBritishChristmas Christmas cracker]] with the Doctor. Inside there is a poem which is so specifically about the Doctor's current situation that it's impossible to imagine what the poem was actually supposed to be about in-universe.

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]", Clara pulls a [[AVeryBritishChristmas [[UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas Christmas cracker]] with the Doctor. Inside there is a poem which is so specifically about the Doctor's current situation that it's impossible to imagine what the poem was actually supposed to be about in-universe.
16th Sep '17 6:38:44 PM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/{{crawlersout}}'': Fem!Harry's forgetting to pay her taxes somehow leads to her meeting Gellert Grindelwald, who takes an interest in her and subsequently establishes himself as both the BigBad ''and'' her StalkerWithACrush in later meetings. [[spoiler:Though it's heavily implied that the initial encounter was not a coincidence at all]].
15th Sep '17 7:44:19 PM gurkle2
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* Creator/PGWodehouse actually created his character Mr. Mulliver, a fisherman who spins tales at his local pub, so as to use story-ideas which feature flagrant examples of this trope.

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* Creator/PGWodehouse actually created his character Mr. Mulliver, Mulliner, a fisherman who spins tales at his local pub, so as to use story-ideas which feature flagrant examples of this trope.


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* Anthony Powell's ''Literature/ADanceToTheMusicOfTime'' runs on this. In a cycle of [[{{Doorstopper}} twelve novels]] tracing the lives of a group of upper-class English people from the [[GenteelInterbellumSetting 1920s]] to the 1970s, characters keep coincidentally running into each other or finding unexpected connections to people they used to know. The constant use of coincidence is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in one of the later novels, which quotes the mystic [[{{Cult}} cult]] leader Dr. Trelawney as saying: "Coincidence is no more than magic in action."
9th Sep '17 2:26:59 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7855009/1/Ripples-of-Coincidences Ripples of Coincidences]]'' SG-1 informally adopts a four-year-old Harry after Marge Dursley abandons him in Colorado. Due to his Parseltongue ability and their belief that his father was an alien, they decide to take him off-world.
-->By sheer coincidence, the total time that took one Albus Dumbledore to be informed that something was wrong at the Dursley residence, find the time to check it out, just about have a heart attack at realizing Harry Potter was no longer there and the Dursleys had been arrested, quietly panic, call for a search of the missing boy-hero, run into walls not even magic could get through, get mightily frustrated, finally accept that he wasn't going to be told where the child was and resort to a Locating Ritual to find him, amounted exactly to the time needed for SG-1's uncharacteristic mission to be approved, prepared, and launched.
5th Sep '17 9:20:27 AM hunty91
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** Lampshaded by Doc in Film/BackToTheFuturePartII:
--->'''Doc:''' It could mean that that point in time inherently contains some sort of cosmic significance, almost as if it were the temporal junction point of the entire space-time continuum. On the other hand, it could just be an amazing coincidence.
4th Sep '17 12:25:17 PM Adeon
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* Played for laughs in [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3486 this]] ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''. Faye and Bubbles have just finished setting up their new repair shop when a robot bursts in looking for repairs.
--> '''Faye:''' You came to the right place. Somehow.
--> '''Robot:''' This is the fifteenth establishment I've burst into.
30th Aug '17 5:36:28 PM dbdude01
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* Arrowverse:
** Sarah Lance returned from Nanda Parbat with a sonic weapon. When Laurel Lance inherited it, she had it modified to look like she was attacking with her scream. Laurel's Earth-2 doppleganger was a meta-human who actually could attack people with her scream. While back on Earth-1, there was a woman with the exact same power as Earth-2 Laurel, who took over Earth-1 Laurel's mantle as the Black Canary, and had the exact same name as Laurel's mother, Dinah Drake.
** Cisco nicknamed Mari "Vixen" not realizing that her grandmother's JSA codename was also Vixen.
16th Aug '17 8:12:12 PM Abodos
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' has an in-universe book featuring brief descriptions of the six Astrals, the elemental gods of the world of Eos. The order in which these Astrals are listed happens to be the exact order in which the player encounters them.
11th Aug '17 9:06:11 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
**In season 2, it turns out by pure chance that the Blacksmith, the mysterious drug lord responsible for the shootout that got Frank Castle's family killed, [[spoiler:was Castle's former CO Colonel Schoonover, who had gone into the heroin business, and who had not shown any indications of being a bad person until Karen just happened to notice a photograph of him posing with a soldier she recognized as one of the bodies that got zipped up at the docks]].
**In the season 2 finale, Karen just happens to be among the "rescued by Daredevil" people that the Hand scoop up as part of their bait for Matt. So is Turk Barrett, who so conveniently happens to have an electronic parole bracelet for Karen to activate to notify the police. Lampshaded by Brett Mahoney once Matt rescues Karen and the hostages, as he says to Karen, "Is there any shit show you're not a part of?"
*''Series/LukeCage2016'': The reason Mariah is able to cover up Cottonmouth's murder is because Shades just happens to appear right after she finishes bashing in Cottonmouth's head with the microphone stand. It's in the penultimate episode that Shades reveals that he had in fact gone there to kill Cottonmouth himself, but Mariah beat him to it.
6th Aug '17 3:16:05 PM Discar
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* ''Series/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'': Several people on the show are favored by fate in this way, most notably Bart, the "holistic assassin." She stumbles upon random people who deserve to die, and then kills them with the most casual blind luck possible. Guns pointed at her jam, her own shots never miss, and she never kills people who don't deserve to die. Her absurd luck gives her some rather glaring gaps in her education. For example, she has no idea that you're supposed to fix a car if it breaks down. In her experience, if a car breaks down, it just means she's supposed to be at that location; the car will be working again when it's time for her to leave.
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