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7th Feb '16 10:44:59 AM justanid
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Contrived Coincidence is one of the driving forces of Farce, decreed by the RuleOfFunny. This is a major reason why wariness is needed in other genres; too much of it will make the story farcical.
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Contrived Coincidence is one of the driving forces of Farce, {{Farce}}, decreed by the RuleOfFunny. This is a major reason why wariness is needed in other genres; too much of it will make the story farcical.
2nd Feb '16 3:45:47 AM catmuto
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' ** It begins with a contrived coincidence to have the two protagonists, Jude and Milla, meet up. Milla happens to pick the one day to infiltrate the Laforte Research Facility, when Jude heads to the facility to find his professor. And a [[DramaticWind convenient gust]] just ''happened'' to pull Jude's paper out of his hands and led to him grabbing it, leaning over the banister and seeing Milla [[WalkOnWater walking on top of water]] below and followed her out of curiosity. Had just one of those things been different, likely Milla would have gone on the game's entire journey on her own. ** Partway through Arc 1, [[spoiler: Milla's legs get injured and result in them being paralyzed, with no chance of healing. But it just so happens that Jude remembers that his father has a technological device that can heal paralyzed limbs! And, conveniently, the type of spirit stone they need to power the device is located in an old, abandoned mine ''just'' outside his hometown]]. [[SarcasmMode Thank goodness for this coincidence, or the journey would likely have ended prematurely]].
2nd Feb '16 3:33:05 AM catmuto
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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 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.
31st Jan '16 9:16:30 AM Montanto
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* In ''{{Rhapsodies}}'' Dielle Hardin finds herself dragged cross country in this matter courtesy of a CelestialBureaucracy (In their defense ContrivedCoincidence is [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/09142010/ all they are budgeted for..]])
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* In ''{{Rhapsodies}}'' Dielle Hardin finds herself dragged cross country in this matter courtesy of a CelestialBureaucracy (In their defense ContrivedCoincidence is [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/09142010/ com/comic/09132010/ all they are budgeted for..]])
26th Jan '16 7:38:27 PM HamburgerTime
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*** Dumbledore's plan and many of his predictions relied on this trope happening to ridiculous extents.
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*** Dumbledore's plan and many of his predictions relied on this trope happening to ridiculous extents. Given [[TheChessmaster what we learn of Dumbledore]] late in the series, it's entirely possible any or all of the above were deliberately engineered by him.

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*** Dumbledore's plan * Halfway through ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'', a fatal car accident takes place. The accident is prompted by a very long-winded ButterflyOfDoom involving two [[ForgottenAnniversary forgotten anniversaries]] falling on the same day, a random phone call from the absolute worst possible person at the absolute worst possible time, the deceased character absentmindedly drawing something that reminds them of something else, and many of his predictions relied on this trope happening to ridiculous extents.several other factors as well.
24th Jan '16 8:09:55 AM bravo104
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Tyrion Lannister had two extremely coincidental plot-relevant meetings in random pubs strewn across Westeros and [[spoiler: Essos; first he just happens to enter the Inn at the Crossroads at the same time as Catelyn Stark, resulting in him being taken prisoner. Eventually, this leads to the War of the Five Kings. Much later, on the run for killing his father, he just so happens to end up in the exact same place as Jorah Mormont, who kidnaps him- again- and is taken to Daenerys.]]
23rd Jan '16 8:33:11 AM Kakai
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'', Hunter just so happens to be asking for Vesper on the very same street Corrick and Dom are mounting their horses, letting Corrick know she's still out there.
21st Jan '16 9:46:14 AM NotOnAnyFlatbread
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Repair Dont Respond, plus the original entry already covered that it was an *in-universe* example merely claimed to be a coincidence. Adding additional example.
* Actually used in-universe in ''Catching Fire'', the second book of ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. [[TheEmpire The Capitol]] hosts a special Hunger Games every 25 years called the Quarter Quell with a twist on a rules to further intimidate the Districts. (e.g. Year 25, an election is held to choose the tributes, rather than names being drawn. 50th year, twice the amount of tributes are reaped, so 47 kids die.) They ''claim'' that the twist for each Quell was predetermined at the very beginning, for centuries and centuries of Hunger Games, but for Year 75, [[spoiler: they proclaim that the tributes will be reaped from the existing pool of victors, meaning they'll have to go back into the Arena.]] ''Just'' when the main character - the only female victor in her District - had accidentally incited uprisings in the Districts. ** Even if they claimed it was a coincidence, none of the main characters really believed them.
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* Actually used in-universe in ''Catching Fire'', the second book of ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. [[TheEmpire The Capitol]] hosts a special Hunger Games every 25 years called the Quarter Quell with have a twist on a the rules to further intimidate the Districts. (e.g. Year 25, an election is held to choose the tributes, rather than names being drawn. 50th year, twice the amount of tributes are reaped, so 47 kids die.) They ''claim'' that the twist for each Quell was predetermined at the very beginning, for centuries and centuries of Hunger Games, but for Year 75, [[spoiler: they proclaim that the tributes will be reaped from the existing pool of victors, meaning they'll have to go back into the Arena.]] ''Just'' when the main character Katniss - the only female victor in her District - had accidentally incited uprisings in the Districts. ** Even if they claimed it was a coincidence, none Districts. None of the main characters really believed them.believe that it's "coincidence." ** In a straight usage of the trope, the Capitol was only able to target Katniss through the Quarter Quell because she happened to compete (and consequently incite uprisings) in a year immediately prior to a Quarter Quell. This occurred as a result of a random drawing. To make it even less likely, Katniss' name was ''not'' the one drawn, despite her name being in the drawing multiple times. Instead, she volunteered as replacement when her sister's name was drawn--her sister had only one entry in the drawing and was thus among those with the ''lowest'' odds of being chosen.
20th Jan '16 11:39:23 AM Willbyr
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* In HaouAiren, [[spoiler: the Triad hitman Hakuron is sent to Tokyo twice to deal with the {{Yakuza}}. ''Both'' times, he saw the female lead Kurumi. The first one, he took a glimpse of her grieving self during her father's funeral; the second, she was the person who saved his life when he was badly injured after he finished the mission]]
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* In HaouAiren, ''Manga/HaouAiren'', [[spoiler: the Triad hitman Hakuron is sent to Tokyo twice to deal with the {{Yakuza}}. ''Both'' times, he saw the female lead Kurumi. The first one, he took a glimpse of her grieving self during her father's funeral; the second, she was the person who saved his life when he was badly injured after he finished the mission]]
18th Jan '16 9:59:05 PM Sullivan
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let the bullets fall where they may
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** The vest-piercing bullet the arms dealer gives to one of the cousins is conveniently dropped by said cousin where Hank can reach it after the gun Hank is using is out of bullets. And the bullet just happens to be right calibre, etc., to fit that gun.
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