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* In ''Fanfic/GiftOfADiamond'', Blue Diamond received complaints in droves about Rhodonite from Holly Blue Agate. This eventually stops after Holly gets demoted to cleaning duty with Rhodonite taking her place after she proposed having him shattered for [[MilitaryMaverick not following orders that could have resulted in human deaths]].
11th Jun '17 11:48:29 AM Emperor_Oshron
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* During the famously frightening "Raptors In The Kitchen" scene from ''Film/JurassicPark'', one of the raptors knocks over some pots and pans with its tail, happening to hit Tim and Lex who are crawling past it one aisle over and they panic, making more noise. Tim hides just around a corner next to a bunch of hanging ladles and other utensils, hitting most of them and barely avoiding detection by the raptor. And then the ''one'' ladle that he ''didn't'' touch falls off its handle ''all by itself'' and clangs on the floor. Improbable? Yes. Scary? ''You bet it is.''
29th May '17 8:49:58 PM Daedalis
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* New York City is unusually small in ''ComicBook/TheSculptor.

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* New York City is unusually small in ''ComicBook/TheSculptor.''ComicBook/TheSculptor''.


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* Most of ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' is restricted to a small radius around a Michigan town so coincidences can be handwaved with one exception: the general assigned to coordinate the concentration camp happens to personally know that a secret ninja assassin is living in an Amish community less than fifty miles from the town and have enough influence to call in a lethal favor over said assassin's protests.
27th May '17 9:00:56 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'':
** The game and its sequels run on these. Almost all the cases would be unwinnable if it weren't for at least one witness being in the right place at the right time. Any specific example would be woefully spoileriffic, though.
** Still, here's a particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}} one: [[spoiler:a ringmaster goes to meet with someone, instead of his daughter. He just so happens to borrow your defendant's cloak. The murder drops what just so happens to be a golden bust of your client on the ringmaster, killing him. The bust just so happens to snag on the cloak when he pulls it up, and to a witness from exactly the right spot, it looks like your client is flying away from the corpse]].
** Everyone realizes just how much of a Contrived Coincidence each act is, and when the evidence supports the ''theory'', actively rebel against anyone accepting it as the truth. In the case of the above spoiler, ''Phoenix himself'' acknowledges that it's incredibly unlikely and near impossible, and, in his words, "But that's exactly what happened." ''This happens all the time.''

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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'':
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** The game and its sequels run on these. Almost all the cases would be unwinnable if it weren't for at least one witness being in the right place at the right time. Any specific example would be woefully spoileriffic, though.
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** Still, here's a particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}} one: In the second case of the second game: [[spoiler:a ringmaster goes to meet with someone, instead of his daughter. He just so happens to borrow your defendant's cloak. The murder drops what just so happens to be a golden bust of your client on the ringmaster, killing him. The bust just so happens to snag on the cloak when he pulls it up, and to a witness from exactly the right spot, it looks like your client is flying away from the corpse]].
** Everyone realizes just how much of a Contrived Coincidence each act is, and when the evidence supports the ''theory'', actively rebel against anyone accepting it as the truth. In the case of the above spoiler, ''Phoenix himself'' acknowledges that it's incredibly unlikely and near impossible, and, in his words, "But that's exactly what happened." ''This happens all the time.''



** Another one, also from ''Investigations', in the final case of the game, an incredibly important piece of evidence comes from [[spoiler:a box of hot dogs give to you by Wendy Oldbag. These hot dogs just so happen to have a single drop of blood, perfectly centered on a Japanese fan design to make it look like a fan with the symbol of the rising sun on it, and nowhere else. And Oldbag just so happened to take this one just before they were all confistaced by embassy staff]].

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** Another one, also from ''Investigations', In ''Investigations'', in the final case of the game, an incredibly important piece of evidence comes from [[spoiler:a box of hot dogs give given to you by Wendy Oldbag. These hot dogs just so happen to have a single drop of blood, perfectly centered on a Japanese fan design to make it look like a fan with the symbol of the rising sun on it, and nowhere else. And Oldbag just so happened to take this one just before they were all confistaced confiscated by the embassy staff]].
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* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': In episode 47, Naraku sics a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant]] [[YourSoulIsMine Soul Collector]] on Kikyo to kill her, sending her running until she runs into Inuyasha, who promptly kills it. Inuyasha thinks that Kikyo deliberately led the demon to him knowing he would save her, but as she quickly points out, she was just running for her life, and Inuyasha just happened to be there.
* Done especially so in the ''Manga/ZatchBell''. [[PuritySue A poor innocent girl]] in the story get's 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 the him in the first place by attracting his partner's attention.

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* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': In episode 47, Naraku sics a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant]] [[YourSoulIsMine Soul Collector]] on Kikyo to kill her, sending her running until she runs into Inuyasha, who promptly kills it. Inuyasha thinks that Kikyo deliberately led the demon to him knowing he would save her, but as she quickly points out, she was just running for her life, and Inuyasha just happened to be there.
* Done especially so in the ''Manga/ZatchBell''. [[PuritySue A poor innocent girl]] in the story get's 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 the him in the first place by attracting his partner's attention.



** The Straw Hats seem to be particularly lucky to [[spoiler:show up at Fishman Island at the ''exact same day'' that Hody stages his coup d'état after years of planning, allowing them to prevent the whole island from falling to his elite soldiers and 100,000 strong slave army.]]

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** The Straw Hats seem to be particularly lucky to [[spoiler:show up at Fishman Island at the ''exact same day'' that Hody stages his coup d'état after years of planning, allowing them to prevent the whole island from falling to his elite soldiers and 100,000 strong slave army.]]army]].



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]Nagato]].



* In ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', the three characters in the primary LoveTriangle have the amazing ability to randomly run into each other where ever they go, in a city that's home to millions of people. Even when a character decides to randomly visit places they've never been before, the other two happen to show up there as well.

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* In ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', the three characters in the primary LoveTriangle have the amazing ability to randomly run into each other where ever wherever they go, in a city that's home to millions of people. Even when a character decides to randomly visit places they've never been before, the other two happen to show up there as well.



** It's not that contrived for all of this to happen. Considering that the school itself is is quite populated by mages, several of whom are related to Negi's father's group, it isn't THAT big of a stretch so much interesting people would gather there. After all, [[spoiler: Asuna being placed into the care of a ton of mages makes sense since she's a princess in hiding, albeit unknowingly so to herself at least,]] and there probably would be several of those tied to the magical world staying in a place filled with mages, [[spoiler: such as Mana and Zazie.]] And Chao needed to be in Mahora itself since [[spoiler: she needed to use the World Tree for her spell,]] so she would be waiting around in the school for the right time. The biggest contrivance is really just that all these people were stuffed into a single classroom.

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** It's not that contrived for all of this to happen. Considering that the school itself is is quite populated by mages, several of whom are related to Negi's father's group, it isn't THAT big of a stretch so much interesting people would gather there. After all, [[spoiler: Asuna being placed into the care of a ton of mages makes sense since she's a princess in hiding, albeit unknowingly so to herself at least,]] and there probably would be several of those tied to the magical world staying in a place filled with mages, [[spoiler: such as Mana and Zazie.]] Zazie]]. And Chao needed to be in Mahora itself since [[spoiler: she needed to use the World Tree for her spell,]] so she would be waiting around in the school for the right time. The biggest contrivance is really just that all these people were stuffed into a single classroom.



* In ''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]]

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* In ''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]]mission]].



* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', if [[spoiler: the Anti-Spiral]] hadn't used [[spoiler: Nia]] out of everyone to be their messenger, Earth would have been doomed, since it was [[spoiler: due to her and Simon's love that the heroes were able to find the Anti-Spiral's homeworld.]] Also, what were the chances that Simon, the person with the most Spiral energy potential, find the Core Drill and Lagann underground while digging for treasure?
* The first episode of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' with suspiciously convenient coincidences that allow Chiaki to escape her many pursuers - electric locks malfunction when she needs them to the most, pursuers will frequently be thrown off by things such as [[CatScare stray cats]], and NiceGuy next-door neighbor/obvious LoveInterest, Li Shengshun, is always miraculously nearby when she needs his help the most. [[spoiler:The second episode then reveals that absolutely ''none'' of these are coincidences, not even [[IntellectualAnimal the cat]], and that Li (secretly the [[ShockAndAwe electricity-manipulating]] "Black Reaper", Hei) is after her secrets just like everyone else.]]

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* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', if [[spoiler: the Anti-Spiral]] hadn't used [[spoiler: Nia]] out of everyone to be their messenger, Earth would have been doomed, since it was [[spoiler: due to her and Simon's love that the heroes were able to find the Anti-Spiral's homeworld.]] homeworld]]. Also, what were the chances that Simon, the person with the most Spiral energy potential, find the Core Drill and Lagann underground while digging for treasure?
* The first episode of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' with suspiciously convenient coincidences that allow Chiaki to escape her many pursuers - electric locks malfunction when she needs them to the most, pursuers will frequently be thrown off by things such as [[CatScare stray cats]], and NiceGuy next-door neighbor/obvious LoveInterest, {{Love Interest|s}}, Li Shengshun, is always miraculously nearby when she needs his help the most. [[spoiler:The second episode then reveals that absolutely ''none'' of these are coincidences, not even [[IntellectualAnimal the cat]], and that Li (secretly the [[ShockAndAwe electricity-manipulating]] "Black Reaper", Hei) is after her secrets just like everyone else.]]



** Lampshaded in a recent ''ComicBook/MoonKnight'' series, where some supervillians who've decamped to the West Coast note that anyone operating in New York is a moron.

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** Lampshaded in a recent ''ComicBook/MoonKnight'' series, where some supervillians supervillains who've decamped to the West Coast note that anyone operating in New York is a moron.



** The most successful human cloning scientist in the United States happens to be a woman who [[spoiler:is the daughter of another scientist who may or may not have wiped out all the men in the world except him and Yorick and he tested on Yorick's monkey, Ampersand, who was probably the reason Yorick survived the {{gendercide}} and Yorick happened to get Ampersand through a shipping error because it was next to the monkey Yorick was supposed to get but didn't because they both escaped and the shipping guys didn't know which was which.]] There are plenty more.

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** The most successful human cloning scientist in the United States happens to be a woman who [[spoiler:is the daughter of another scientist who may or may not have wiped out all the men in the world except him and Yorick and he tested on Yorick's monkey, Ampersand, who was probably the reason Yorick survived the {{gendercide}} and Yorick happened to get Ampersand through a shipping error because it was next to the monkey Yorick was supposed to get but didn't because they both escaped and the shipping guys didn't know which was which.]] which]]. There are plenty more.



** It's also not a huge coincidence that a successful biologist [[spoiler:has a father who's also a successful biologist, given that parents often encourage their children to choose the same profession they have, and help them on their way.]] Which seems to be exactly the case in ''Y: The Last Man''. Since [[spoiler:cloning]] is implied to be both the cause and the solution to the gendercide, it doesn't take a huge leap of faith to accept that [[spoiler:the expert they seek to help with the problem is also the daughter of the man who might've caused the problem.]]

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** It's also not a huge coincidence that a successful biologist [[spoiler:has a father who's also a successful biologist, given that parents often encourage their children to choose the same profession they have, and help them on their way.]] way]]. Which seems to be exactly the case in ''Y: The Last Man''. Since [[spoiler:cloning]] is implied to be both the cause and the solution to the gendercide, it doesn't take a huge leap of faith to accept that [[spoiler:the expert they seek to help with the problem is also the daughter of the man who might've caused the problem.]]problem]].



* The ''GreenLantern'' / ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'' / ''TheFlash'' CrossOver "Three of a Kind" begins with Conner persuading Kyle and Wally to go on an Arctic cruise, only to find that Sonar, Hatchett and Heat Wave are on the ship, plotting to revive a catatonic Dr Polaris. Not only do the heroes [[BusmansHoliday stumble upon a crime]], it's one that involves one villain from each of their [[RoguesGallery Rogues Galleries]]! (Plus ''{{JLA}}'' villain Polaris.)

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* The ''GreenLantern'' ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' / ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'' / ''TheFlash'' ''Franchise/TheFlash'' CrossOver "Three of a Kind" begins with Conner persuading Kyle and Wally to go on an Arctic cruise, only to find that Sonar, Hatchett and Heat Wave are on the ship, plotting to revive a catatonic Dr Polaris. Not only do the heroes [[BusmansHoliday stumble upon a crime]], it's one that involves one villain from each of their [[RoguesGallery Rogues Galleries]]! (Plus ''{{JLA}}'' villain Polaris.)



* ''[[FanFic/DantesNightAtFreddys Dante's Night At Freddy's 2: Animatronic Boogaloo]]'' treats the reader to the ridiculous coincidence that [[spoiler: Not only did Dante's twin brother Vergil once work the security post at a Freddy Fazbear restaurant in 1985, but also killed the animatronics within in almost identical ways that Dante would over thirty years later. To the point that, when Dante was sent back in time to 1987, he didn't even realize he was in a prequel.]] Of course, given every absurd moment leading up to it, it's PlayedForLaughs.

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* ''[[FanFic/DantesNightAtFreddys Dante's Night At Freddy's 2: Animatronic Boogaloo]]'' treats the reader to the ridiculous coincidence that [[spoiler: Not only did Dante's twin brother Vergil once work the security post at a Freddy Fazbear restaurant in 1985, but also killed the animatronics within in almost identical ways that Dante would over thirty years later. To the point that, when Dante was sent back in time to 1987, he didn't even realize he was in a prequel.]] prequel]]. Of course, given every absurd moment leading up to it, it's PlayedForLaughs.



* In ''FanFic/TheFifthAct'' Zack is extremely fortunate that he went outside and went below Plate when he was musing over his failure to find out what happened to Cloud and Kunsel. Because he literally bumps into [[spoiler: Young Cloud]] who went to Midgar to find Cloud and treat [[spoiler: the Mako-overdosed Kunsel.]]

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* In ''FanFic/TheFifthAct'' Zack is extremely fortunate that he went outside and went below Plate when he was musing over his failure to find out what happened to Cloud and Kunsel. Because he literally bumps into [[spoiler: Young Cloud]] who went to Midgar to find Cloud and treat [[spoiler: the Mako-overdosed Kunsel.]]Kunsel]].



* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', this is a common occurrence. For example, when the Call happened, [[spoiler: Brienne of Tarth was on the Vale, and she was pulled towards the Isle of Faces, which leads to her meeting Brynden Tully.]]
** Big one in chapter 74, where [[spoiler: Bronn's keep is exactly in the right place to catch Lysa Arryn as the injury she got from attacking Jon Arryn is festering.]]

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* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', this is a common occurrence. For example, when the Call happened, [[spoiler: Brienne of Tarth was on the Vale, and she was pulled towards the Isle of Faces, which leads to her meeting Brynden Tully.]]
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** Big one in chapter 74, where [[spoiler: Bronn's keep is exactly in the right place to catch Lysa Arryn as the injury she got from attacking Jon Arryn is festering.]]festering]].



** Pressing the Belly Bag Badge causes them to go straight to [[spoiler: Beach City instead of the U.G.R.V. like it was supposed to.]]

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** Pressing the Belly Bag Badge causes them to go straight to [[spoiler: Beach City instead of the U.G.R.V. like it was supposed to.]]to]].



** Greg [[spoiler: eating the Rhythm-Rhythm Fruit, which was found by Onion stuck to the hull.]]
** All of this turns out to have a logical explanation: [[spoiler: Garnet accidentally turned on the "Plot Contrivance Mode" of the Belly Bag Badge, which WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa turned off for them.]]

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** Greg [[spoiler: eating the Rhythm-Rhythm Fruit, which was found by Onion stuck to the hull.]]
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** All of this turns out to have a logical explanation: [[spoiler: Garnet accidentally turned on the "Plot Contrivance Mode" of the Belly Bag Badge, which WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa turned off for them.]]them]].



** Red and the Wolf happen to end up traveling through the same coal mine at the exact same time. [[MissedHimByThatMuch Their carts come within a few feet at least twice, and neither character notices the other]]. Further more, it just happens to be a coincidence in both of their cases that they stumble upon the coal mine: Red finds it through Japeth, who lives in a mine shack tha turns out to be the first building she's seen in a few hours, while the Wolf happens to find a ladder out of the cavern he and Twitchy have been traveling through (having trusted Boingo with directions).

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** Red and the Wolf happen to end up traveling through the same coal mine at the exact same time. [[MissedHimByThatMuch Their carts come within a few feet at least twice, and neither character notices the other]]. Further more, it just happens to be a coincidence in both of their cases that they stumble upon the coal mine: Red finds it through Japeth, who lives in a mine shack tha that turns out to be the first building she's seen in a few hours, while the Wolf happens to find a ladder out of the cavern he and Twitchy have been traveling through (having trusted Boingo with directions).



** Another one is [[spoiler: Ralph discovering that Vanellope is a legitimate character in her game rather then a glitch: In anger, he threw the medal he "won" in the ''Hero's Duty'' game at the game screen. This knocked the taped on the out of order sign off to reveal Vanellope's picture on the side of the ''Sugar Rush'' arcade cabinet. Which so happens to be right in view of the ''Fix-it-Felix'' cabinet.]]

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** Another one is [[spoiler: Ralph discovering that Vanellope is a legitimate character in her game rather then a glitch: In anger, he threw the medal he "won" in the ''Hero's Duty'' game at the game screen. This knocked the taped on the out of order sign off to reveal Vanellope's picture on the side of the ''Sugar Rush'' arcade cabinet. Which so happens to be right in view of the ''Fix-it-Felix'' cabinet.]]cabinet]].



** Also [[spoiler: the Enterprise's Chief Medical Officer and Chief Engineer are killed leaving those posts vacant for [=McCoy=] and Scotty respectively, Uhura has the specific linguistic knowledge to bump her up to the Communications station and Kirk gets an implausibly rapid promotion from cadet (on probation!) to ''Starship Captain'', all so we can get the classic crew together in their correct places by the end of the film.]]

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** Also [[spoiler: the Enterprise's Chief Medical Officer and Chief Engineer are killed leaving those posts vacant for [=McCoy=] and Scotty respectively, Uhura has the specific linguistic knowledge to bump her up to the Communications station and Kirk gets an implausibly rapid promotion from cadet (on probation!) to ''Starship Captain'', all so we can get the classic crew together in their correct places by the end of the film.]]film]].



* ''Film/BrooklynsFinest'' has its climax as one of these when [[spoiler: all three cops end up in the same area as each other for different reasons. Its still done well though.]]

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* ''Film/BrooklynsFinest'' has its climax as one of these when [[spoiler: all three cops end up in the same area as each other for different reasons. Its still done well though.]]though]].



* The plot of ''Film/ThePerfectHost'' kicks off when an escaping bank robber goes into a convenience store to treat his injury. It ''just happens'' to get robbed by a completely unrelated criminal, which delays him and gets him noticed by the store clerk. So he talks his way into a nearby house to hide out, the occupant of which ''just happens'' to be a lunatic who likes drugging strangers and having all night "dinner parties" with them. And it [[TropesAreNotBad gets]] [[UpTo11 more ridiculous from there:]] the lunatic ''just happens'' to be [[spoiler:the LAPD Lieutenant assigned to investigate the robbery he committed.]]

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* The plot of ''Film/ThePerfectHost'' kicks off when an escaping bank robber goes into a convenience store to treat his injury. It ''just happens'' to get robbed by a completely unrelated criminal, which delays him and gets him noticed by the store clerk. So he talks his way into a nearby house to hide out, the occupant of which ''just happens'' to be a lunatic who likes drugging strangers and having all night "dinner parties" with them. And it [[TropesAreNotBad gets]] [[UpTo11 [[UpToEleven more ridiculous from there:]] the lunatic ''just happens'' to be [[spoiler:the LAPD Lieutenant assigned to investigate the robbery he committed.]]



* The film version of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' hangs a lampshade on the frequency Harry, Hermione, and Ron stumble into a plot that puts the whole school in danger, which is every time it happens.

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* The film version of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' hangs a lampshade on the frequency Harry, Hermione, and Ron stumble into a plot that puts the whole school in danger, which is every time it happens.



** ''Shirley,'' in which Shirley Keeldar's governess also turns out to be Caroline Helstone's [[spoiler:mother.]]

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** ''Shirley,'' in which Shirley Keeldar's governess also turns out to be Caroline Helstone's [[spoiler:mother.]][[spoiler:mother]].



** ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'' Dr. Manet is sent to the Bastille by a French noble. Years later, in Englan, he and his daughter Lucy are witnesses at a trial for man who's lawyer's partner happens to look enough like the defendant to create reasonable doubt. Manet's daughter falls in love with and marries Darnet, the defendant. It then turns out that Darnet is the son of the nobleman who sent Dr. Manet to the Bastille in the first place. Also, one of the proscution witnesses against Darnet turns up in Revolutionary France in a position where he can be blackmailed into helping save Darnet from the guillotine.

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** ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'' Dr. Manet is sent to the Bastille by a French noble. Years later, in Englan, he and his daughter Lucy are witnesses at a trial for man who's lawyer's partner happens to look enough like the defendant to create reasonable doubt. Manet's daughter falls in love with and marries Darnet, the defendant. It then turns out that Darnet is the son of the nobleman who sent Dr. Manet to the Bastille in the first place. Also, one of the proscution prosecution witnesses against Darnet turns up in Revolutionary France in a position where he can be blackmailed into helping save Darnet from the guillotine.



* Creator/HenrikIbsen was not oblivious to this. Literature/TerjeVigen, his most known poem is using it to a T: Terje was captured by a young british captain during UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars, and is imprisoned for five years. Many years after returning to Norway, and working as a coastal pilot, he has to rescue an English yacht before it sinks. The owner of the yacht just ''happens'' to be the same captain that arrested him years before, and this man`s daughter just ''happens'' to carry the name of Terje`s own daughter who died of starvation because of the British nobleman`s action. The whole thing is so awesome [[TropesAreNotBad it actually works]]! Consider that the Norwegian coastline is 100 915 kms long, and the sheer coincidence of crashing into land at the exact spot where Terje lives is ''even more'' contrived.

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* Creator/HenrikIbsen was not oblivious to this. Literature/TerjeVigen, his most known poem is using it to a T: Terje was captured by a young british British captain during UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars, and is imprisoned for five years. Many years after returning to Norway, and working as a coastal pilot, he has to rescue an English yacht before it sinks. The owner of the yacht just ''happens'' to be the same captain that arrested him years before, and this man`s daughter just ''happens'' to carry the name of Terje`s own daughter who died of starvation because of the British nobleman`s action. The whole thing is so awesome [[TropesAreNotBad it actually works]]! Consider that the Norwegian coastline is 100 915 kms long, and the sheer coincidence of crashing into land at the exact spot where Terje lives is ''even more'' contrived.



* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series this is both {{lampshaded}} and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the phrase "There's no such thing as coincidence", meaning that the PowersThatBe and/or {{God}} set things up so they'd happen that way. One example is the fact that whenever Nita and Kit go on anything resembling a vacation, whatever their destination is just happens to be the exact place they need to be in order to fight the [[BigBad Lone Power]]. In the books, this is known as a "[[BusmansHoliday Wizard's Holiday]]". Sounds like it happens pretty often, for it to get a name.

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* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series this is both {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] {{justified|Trope}} by the phrase "There's no such thing as coincidence", meaning that the PowersThatBe and/or {{God}} set things up so they'd happen that way. One example is the fact that whenever Nita and Kit go on anything resembling a vacation, whatever their destination is just happens to be the exact place they need to be in order to fight the [[BigBad Lone Power]]. In the books, this is known as a "[[BusmansHoliday Wizard's Holiday]]". Sounds like it happens pretty often, for it to get a name.



* The heroes of SM Stirling's ''{{Emberverse}}'' novels at first appear to be the beneficiaries of a whole honking string of these, but it gradually becomes clear they are getting very powerful behind-the-scenes help from somewhere. Also, as several characters in the book point out, anyone that survived a global calamity on the scale of The Change had to have been very, very lucky.

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* The heroes of SM Stirling's ''{{Emberverse}}'' ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}'' novels at first appear to be the beneficiaries of a whole honking string of these, but it gradually becomes clear they are getting very powerful behind-the-scenes help from somewhere. Also, as several characters in the book point out, anyone that survived a global calamity on the scale of The Change had to have been very, very lucky.



* Creator/TomClancy's novels enjoy this. Any Literature/JackRyan novel features some coincidental happening that forces Ryan to play some greater role than his job actual requires, often leading to him saving the day. It started small in ''The Hunt for Red October'', with a helicopter carrying a pair of [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] officers being lost when their helicopter had a catastrophic failure in flight, resulting in Ryan being flown out to supervise the "rescue" of a Soviet submarine despite his not speaking a word of Russian, and finally culminated in Debt of Honor when the President, the Supreme Court and most of Congress is killed by a pilot who'd managed to steal and pilot a 747 across the Pacific Ocean and the continental United States by himself to crash it into the Capitol, all moments after Ryan is confirmed as Vice President.

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* Creator/TomClancy's novels enjoy this. Any Literature/JackRyan novel features some coincidental happening that forces Ryan to play some greater role than his job actual requires, often leading to him saving the day. It started small in ''The Hunt for Red October'', with a helicopter carrying a pair of [[BritsWithBattleships [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] officers being lost when their helicopter had a catastrophic failure in flight, resulting in Ryan being flown out to supervise the "rescue" of a Soviet submarine despite his not speaking a word of Russian, and finally culminated in Debt of Honor when the President, the Supreme Court and most of Congress is killed by a pilot who'd managed to steal and pilot a 747 across the Pacific Ocean and the continental United States by himself to crash it into the Capitol, all moments after Ryan is confirmed as Vice President.



** ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets''

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** ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets''''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''



** In ''Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix'' during the final battle Voldermort lingers just long enough for the Minister of Magic to arrive to the scene and see him thus granting previously lacking ground to Harry's and DD's claims of his return.
** In ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'', if it was indeed a chance and not one of Dumbledore's {{GambitRoulette}}s, then it was one hell of a coincedence that Harry was the one to receive [[spoiler:Snape's]] old potion book full of nifty hints that won him a plot-essential luck potion and directed to the solution that saved [[spoiler: Ron's]] life. Both assassination attempts by [[spoiler: Draco Malfoy]] only failed to claim lives due to contrived coincedences.
** ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'':

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** In ''Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix'' ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' during the final battle Voldermort lingers just long enough for the Minister of Magic to arrive to the scene and see him thus granting previously lacking ground to Harry's and DD's claims of his return.
** In ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', if it was indeed a chance and not one of Dumbledore's {{GambitRoulette}}s, then it was one hell of a coincedence coincidence that Harry was the one to receive [[spoiler:Snape's]] old potion book full of nifty hints that won him a plot-essential luck potion and directed to the solution that saved [[spoiler: Ron's]] life. Both assassination attempts by [[spoiler: Draco Malfoy]] only failed to claim lives due to contrived coincedences.
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** ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'':''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'':



*** Later the Trio are looking for a very important locket. Not only did they happen to pay special attention to that specific locket out of all the assorted junk in a mansion a couple years ago, but then it turns out, that out of hundreds or thousands of wizards who could have bought the locket from a petty thief who stole it, it was not only a person that the kids knew, but the one with a peculiar enough appearence that the thief would remember her and they would recognise her from his sketchy description.
*** Then the Trio infiltrates the Ministery of Magic to track down that one particular person, and they disguise themselves as random Ministery officials. Almost immediately one of those disguises is invited by their mark to assist her at a hearing in a conveniently secluded location where they can safely steal the locket. Plus, in the film all the folks they impersonate with Polyjuice Potion (being just the first three people they could steal hair from) just happen to have the same hair colors as the actual Trio, so viewers can still eaisly know who is who.

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*** Later the Trio are looking for a very important locket. Not only did they happen to pay special attention to that specific locket out of all the assorted junk in a mansion a couple years ago, but then it turns out, that out of hundreds or thousands of wizards who could have bought the locket from a petty thief who stole it, it was not only a person that the kids knew, but the one with a peculiar enough appearence appearance that the thief would remember her and they would recognise her from his sketchy description.
*** Then the Trio infiltrates the Ministery Ministry of Magic to track down that one particular person, and they disguise themselves as random Ministery Ministry officials. Almost immediately one of those disguises is invited by their mark to assist her at a hearing in a conveniently secluded location where they can safely steal the locket. Plus, in the film all the folks they impersonate with Polyjuice Potion (being just the first three people they could steal hair from) just happen to have the same hair colors as the actual Trio, so viewers can still eaisly know who is who.



*** All three Deathly Hallow (ie: legendary, one of a kind items highly sought by many) came to Harry's hands as a result of the trope: The Cloak of Invisibility just happened to be a family heirloom that Harry inherited. Harry became the owner of the Elder Wand (which saved his life in the end) because he just happened to disarm its owner, Draco. Neither Draco nor Harry were aware that Draco was the owner, and Harry didn't even know that disarming someone made one the new owner of their wand. Harry received the Resurrection Stone from Dumbledore, who got it by accident when he was tracking down the Horcruxes, as Voldermort had turned it into one. And Voldemort had it because it was a family heirloom; he wasn't even aware that it was one of the Deathly Hallows.
*** Everything that relays to the Malfoy Manor incident and the Cup of Hufflepuff is one ''massive'' ball of coincedences. The heroes are captured because Harry randomly [[SpeakOfTheDevil blurts out Voldemort's name]]. Their captors suddenly decide against taking them to Ministery as they were supposed to do, and they cannot summon Voldemort directly, so they take them to the Malfoy Manor instead. While there, Malfoys drag their feet with calling Voldemort long enough for Bellatrix Lestrange, who just happens to also be there at the time, to come in, see that the kids have the Sword of Griffindor, which they have only recently acquired, and freak out, because the sword was supposed to be in her bank vault, and she's also the one Death Eater that Voldemort entrusted his SoulJar, which she also placed inside the vault. This causes her to delay summoning Voldemort and put the kids in a dungeon cell (and she's also a psychotic sadist, so she opts for prolonged torture to find out about the sword instead of a quick mind probe). They escape because the guard duty was given to the only Death Eater who was in Harry's debt and would have any reason to hesitate to stop him. While they're at it, they save a group of people kidnapped by the villains, which just happens to include a goblin (the same goblin Harry met on his first day at Gringotts, no less), who can help them sneak into the bank vault.

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*** All three Deathly Hallow (ie: (i.e.: legendary, one of a kind items highly sought by many) came to Harry's hands as a result of the trope: The Cloak of Invisibility just happened to be a family heirloom that Harry inherited. Harry became the owner of the Elder Wand (which saved his life in the end) because he just happened to disarm its owner, Draco. Neither Draco nor Harry were aware that Draco was the owner, and Harry didn't even know that disarming someone made one the new owner of their wand. Harry received the Resurrection Stone from Dumbledore, who got it by accident when he was tracking down the Horcruxes, as Voldermort had turned it into one. And Voldemort had it because it was a family heirloom; he wasn't even aware that it was one of the Deathly Hallows.
*** Everything that relays to the Malfoy Manor incident and the Cup of Hufflepuff is one ''massive'' ball of coincedences.coincidences. The heroes are captured because Harry randomly [[SpeakOfTheDevil blurts out Voldemort's name]]. Their captors suddenly decide against taking them to Ministery Ministry as they were supposed to do, and they cannot summon Voldemort directly, so they take them to the Malfoy Manor instead. While there, Malfoys drag their feet with calling Voldemort long enough for Bellatrix Lestrange, who just happens to also be there at the time, to come in, see that the kids have the Sword of Griffindor, which they have only recently acquired, and freak out, because the sword was supposed to be in her bank vault, and she's also the one Death Eater that Voldemort entrusted his SoulJar, which she also placed inside the vault. This causes her to delay summoning Voldemort and put the kids in a dungeon cell (and she's also a psychotic sadist, so she opts for prolonged torture to find out about the sword instead of a quick mind probe). They escape because the guard duty was given to the only Death Eater who was in Harry's debt and would have any reason to hesitate to stop him. While they're at it, they save a group of people kidnapped by the villains, which just happens to include a goblin (the same goblin Harry met on his first day at Gringotts, no less), who can help them sneak into the bank vault.



* In ''Literature/{{Beastly}}'', Kyle just happens to meet Lindsy, the girl who would break his curse, on the same night he was cursed. He also just happened to give her a rose corsage, which was the only thing that convinced Kendra to give him a chance to break the curse at all. At the end of the book, there's one that's also a ShoutOut to Literature/JaneEyre, when [[spoiler:Kyle hears Lindsy screaming for help through the magic mirror, giving him enough warning to find and rescue her from a kidnapper.]] This happens the last night in his time period to break the curse [[spoiler:and happens to be the event that leads to the curse being broken.]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Beastly}}'', Kyle just happens to meet Lindsy, the girl who would break his curse, on the same night he was cursed. He also just happened to give her a rose corsage, which was the only thing that convinced Kendra to give him a chance to break the curse at all. At the end of the book, there's one that's also a ShoutOut to Literature/JaneEyre, when [[spoiler:Kyle hears Lindsy screaming for help through the magic mirror, giving him enough warning to find and rescue her from a kidnapper.]] kidnapper]]. This happens the last night in his time period to break the curse [[spoiler:and happens to be the event that leads to the curse being broken.]]broken]].



** Actually used in-universe in ''Catching Fire''. [[TheEmpire The Capitol]] hosts a special Hunger Games every 25 years called the Quarter Quell have a twist on 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. None of the main characters believe that it's "coincidence."

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** Actually used in-universe in ''Catching Fire''. [[TheEmpire The Capitol]] hosts a special Hunger Games every 25 years called the Quarter Quell have a twist on 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.]] Arena]]. ''Just'' when the main character Katniss - the only female victor in her District - had accidentally incited uprisings in the Districts. None of the main characters believe that it's "coincidence."



* In ''Literature/HandleWithCare'', the jury pool for Charlotte's trial just so happens to include her lawyer's [[spoiler: biological mother.]]

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* In ''Literature/HandleWithCare'', the jury pool for Charlotte's trial just so happens to include her lawyer's [[spoiler: biological mother.]]mother]].



** Happens many times in ''Literature/{{IT}}'': the children of those involved in the events of 1958 turn out to be involved in the events of 1985, while their ancestors turn out to have been involved in past incidents with IT. Ben goes to the library in both 1958 and 1985 and hears the librarian telling the same story. The molds that the kids use to make silver slugs to kill IT turn out to have been purchased from an iron factory IT caused to blow up. Etc. {{Lampshaded}} in the following quote:

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** Happens many times in ''Literature/{{IT}}'': the children of those involved in the events of 1958 turn out to be involved in the events of 1985, while their ancestors turn out to have been involved in past incidents with IT. Ben goes to the library in both 1958 and 1985 and hears the librarian telling the same story. The molds that the kids use to make silver slugs to kill IT turn out to have been purchased from an iron factory IT caused to blow up. Etc. {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the following quote:



** {{Averted}} in the [[ShowWithinAShow Book Within a Book]] ''Misery's Return'' in ''Literature/{{Misery}}'': Paul is well aware that it would come off as too much of a coincidence for two women in the same town to have been BuriedAlive, so he comes up with a way to link the two events.

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** {{Averted}} {{Averted|Trope}} in the [[ShowWithinAShow Book Within a Book]] ''Misery's Return'' in ''Literature/{{Misery}}'': Paul is well aware that it would come off as too much of a coincidence for two women in the same town to have been BuriedAlive, so he comes up with a way to link the two events.



* In ''New Moon'', the second ''{{Twilight}}'' book, Edward's attempted SuicideByCop at the end requires a ludicrous series of events to bring about, often combining this with IdiotPlot. A quick rundown on what needed to happen to result in it: Alice's powers had to activate and show Bella jumping off the cliff, Alice had to make an incredibly stupid decision to fly to Bella's house instead of calling ahead of time to warn Charlie or perhaps say something to Bella about it (which she does for no discernible reason, considering she was working under the impression that Bella would have been dead by the time she got there), Alice had to make another dumb decision to simply spend the next day or so hanging out with Bella instead of calling around to let everyone know that Bella didn't really die, Harry Clearwater, a minor character we only truly meet once, has to die at exactly the right moment, setting up Charlie being absent for his funeral, Jacob has to grab the phone when Edward calls and tell him that Charlie is "at the funeral" without saying whose and Edward has to not question whose funeral it is, Edward and Jacob both have to forgo questioning who the other is and why they're calling Bella's house/answering the phone in Bella's house, Rosalie has to be spiteful enough to call Edward and tell him that Bella died without confirmation, and finally, Edward has not only not question this or call Alice to ask her personally if it was true or not, but it requires him to ''throw his phone out for no reason'' upon hearing this, so nobody can call him and tell him what's really going on. If any of this had gone differently, the whole thing wouldn't have happened.

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* In ''New Moon'', the second ''{{Twilight}}'' ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' book, Edward's attempted SuicideByCop at the end requires a ludicrous series of events to bring about, often combining this with IdiotPlot. A quick rundown on what needed to happen to result in it: Alice's powers had to activate and show Bella jumping off the cliff, Alice had to make an incredibly stupid decision to fly to Bella's house instead of calling ahead of time to warn Charlie or perhaps say something to Bella about it (which she does for no discernible reason, considering she was working under the impression that Bella would have been dead by the time she got there), Alice had to make another dumb decision to simply spend the next day or so hanging out with Bella instead of calling around to let everyone know that Bella didn't really die, Harry Clearwater, a minor character we only truly meet once, has to die at exactly the right moment, setting up Charlie being absent for his funeral, Jacob has to grab the phone when Edward calls and tell him that Charlie is "at the funeral" without saying whose and Edward has to not question whose funeral it is, Edward and Jacob both have to forgo questioning who the other is and why they're calling Bella's house/answering the phone in Bella's house, Rosalie has to be spiteful enough to call Edward and tell him that Bella died without confirmation, and finally, Edward has not only not question this or call Alice to ask her personally if it was true or not, but it requires him to ''throw his phone out for no reason'' upon hearing this, so nobody can call him and tell him what's really going on. If any of this had gone differently, the whole thing wouldn't have happened.



** The [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] has ''one'' outright example of this trope and it factors into TheReveal. [[spoiler: At the very beginning Willy Wonka, in a bout of self-pity, ventures into the outside world disguised as a tramp and encounters Charlie at the dump the boy lives near, their conversation revealing to Mr. Wonka that the boy could be the successor he's just launched the Golden Ticket contest to find]]. Interestingly, this coincidence [[spoiler: means that at least a few of the subsequent highly unlikely events involving Charlie, such as his finding the last ticket, were engineered by Mr. Wonka]].

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** The [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] has ''one'' outright example of this trope and it factors into TheReveal. [[spoiler: At the very beginning Willy Wonka, in a bout of self-pity, ventures into the outside world disguised as a tramp and encounters Charlie at the dump the boy lives near, their conversation revealing to Mr. Wonka that the boy could be the successor he's just launched the Golden Ticket contest to find]]. find.]] Interestingly, this coincidence [[spoiler: means that at least a few of the subsequent highly unlikely events involving Charlie, such as his finding the last ticket, were engineered by Mr. Wonka]].



* 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.]]

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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.]]Daenerys]].



* Quite literally the entire plot of ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' is made up of a series of these. First, Stanley Yelnats is caught with a stolen pair of shoes. To avoid jail, he goes to Camp Greenlake, once a lake but long since dried up into desert, where boys dig a hole every day, supposedly to cure them of their criminal behaviour but actually to look for a treasure buried by a bandit called Kissin' Kate Barlow. There, in his group, is the boy who ''actually'' stole the shoes, who happened to drop them off a bridge Stanley was walking under, allowing Stanley to catch them in time to be caught with them and sentenced to Camp Greenlake. Stanley's family is cursed with bad luck because his ancestor didn't fulfil a promise to a one-legged gypsy to carry her up a mountain to drink from a special stream and sing her a song while she drank; the boy who actually stole the shoes is a descendant of this gypsy, and without knowing this, Stanley carries this boy up a different mountain and sings the song to him while he drinks from a stream, thus curing his family's bad luck. (For bonus points, both Stanley's ancestor and the gypsy lived in Latvia, and their descendants both happened to move to the same US state independent of each other.) While on this mountain, they take refuge under a boat owned by a man who was in love with a schoolteacher, the aforementioned Kate Barlow, who later robbed one of Stanley's ancestors of a box containing some documents and semi-precious gems, and happened to bury this box on the future site of Camp Greenlake, almost exactly where Stanley had once dug a hole as part of his time at Camp Greenlake, which Stanley eventually finds. The chances of all of these happening in order for the plot to turn out the way it did is astronomical.

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* Quite literally the entire plot of ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' is made up of a series of these. First, Stanley Yelnats is caught with a stolen pair of shoes. To avoid jail, he goes to Camp Greenlake, once a lake but long since dried up into desert, where boys dig a hole every day, supposedly to cure them of their criminal behaviour but actually to look for a treasure buried by a bandit called Kissin' Kate Barlow. There, in his group, is the boy who ''actually'' stole the shoes, who happened to drop them off a bridge Stanley was walking under, allowing Stanley to catch them in time to be caught with them and sentenced to Camp Greenlake. Stanley's family is cursed with bad luck because his ancestor didn't fulfil fulfill a promise to a one-legged gypsy to carry her up a mountain to drink from a special stream and sing her a song while she drank; the boy who actually stole the shoes is a descendant of this gypsy, and without knowing this, Stanley carries this boy up a different mountain and sings the song to him while he drinks from a stream, thus curing his family's bad luck. (For bonus points, both Stanley's ancestor and the gypsy lived in Latvia, and their descendants both happened to move to the same US state independent of each other.) While on this mountain, they take refuge under a boat owned by a man who was in love with a schoolteacher, the aforementioned Kate Barlow, who later robbed one of Stanley's ancestors of a box containing some documents and semi-precious gems, and happened to bury this box on the future site of Camp Greenlake, almost exactly where Stanley had once dug a hole as part of his time at Camp Greenlake, which Stanley eventually finds. The chances of all of these happening in order for the plot to turn out the way it did is astronomical.



** For example, in "Here Kitty" he diagnoses his patient with Cushing's. Just before she is about to undergo surgery, the cat she claims predicted her death enters the room and jumps onto House's laptop. This causes him to realise how the cat 'predicted' deaths. She was just trying to keep warm by lying on patients that were feverish or had a heating blanket, making it seem as if she 'knew' they were going to die. [[spoiler:In turn, this causes him to figure out that his patient does not have Cushing's, but cancer of the appendix.]] Another such occurrence is in "Clueless" when he reveals to a clinic patient's wife that her husband is cheating on her and she throws her gold wedding ring down onto the floor. This prompts House to realise that his main patient [[spoiler:was being poisoned by his wife with gold sodium thiamilate.]]

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** For example, in "Here Kitty" he diagnoses his patient with Cushing's. Just before she is about to undergo surgery, the cat she claims predicted her death enters the room and jumps onto House's laptop. This causes him to realise how the cat 'predicted' deaths. She was just trying to keep warm by lying on patients that were feverish or had a heating blanket, making it seem as if she 'knew' they were going to die. [[spoiler:In turn, this causes him to figure out that his patient does not have Cushing's, but cancer of the appendix.]] Another such occurrence is in "Clueless" when he reveals to a clinic patient's wife that her husband is cheating on her and she throws her gold wedding ring down onto the floor. This prompts House to realise that his main patient [[spoiler:was being poisoned by his wife with gold sodium thiamilate.]]thiamilate]].



** The Doctor and Donna investigating in the same building simultaneously, questioning workers in the same office at the same time, using the same printer, running down parallel streets and parking their transports in the same street without [[HilarityEnsues ever]] [[MissedHimByThatMuch seeing the other]] is portrayed as pure coincidence. [[spoiler:Until "Journey's End" implied it was fate via the TimeyWimeyBall and one rebellious Dalek]].

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** The Doctor and Donna investigating in the same building simultaneously, questioning workers in the same office at the same time, using the same printer, running down parallel streets and parking their transports in the same street without [[HilarityEnsues ever]] [[MissedHimByThatMuch seeing the other]] is portrayed as pure coincidence. [[spoiler:Until "Journey's End" implied it was fate via the TimeyWimeyBall and one rebellious Dalek]].Dalek.]]



** In "The Snowmen," when Clara has to describe her problem [[HouseRules with]] [[ArbitraryMaximumRange one]] [[HouseRules word]], she says [[spoiler:"Pond," which is only peripherally related to her actual problem, but conveniently happens to be the last name of the companion the Doctor is mourning. She ''probably'' has some awareness of the Ponds from her other echoed selves, but it's not explicit.]]

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** In "The Snowmen," when Clara has to describe her problem [[HouseRules with]] [[ArbitraryMaximumRange one]] [[HouseRules word]], she says [[spoiler:"Pond," which is only peripherally related to her actual problem, but conveniently happens to be the last name of the companion the Doctor is mourning. She ''probably'' has some awareness of the Ponds from her other echoed selves, but it's not explicit.]]explicit]].



* The Rosie Larsen case takes two seasons to unravel on ''Series/TheKilling'', because something like 2/3rds of Seattle didn't have an alibi the night she died, had some connection to the car she died in, had a sketchy relationship with her, or had something else to hide. TheReveal [[spoiler: compounds this tenfold, because not only were nearly ''all'' shown to be red herrings, but Rosie was killed because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And she was finished off by of all people, her '''''aunt''''', who happened to be in an affair she was willing to kill for. She only gets caught because she doesn't fix her taillight for nearly a month.]]

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* The Rosie Larsen case takes two seasons to unravel on ''Series/TheKilling'', because something like 2/3rds of Seattle didn't have an alibi the night she died, had some connection to the car she died in, had a sketchy relationship with her, or had something else to hide. TheReveal [[spoiler: compounds this tenfold, because not only were nearly ''all'' shown to be red herrings, but Rosie was killed because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And she was finished off by of all people, her '''''aunt''''', who happened to be in an affair she was willing to kill for. She only gets caught because she doesn't fix her taillight for nearly a month.]]month]].



** Mid-season two, Walter is out one night after a meeting with Jesse and abruptly decides to drop into a bar by himself to grab a beer (something which, by his own admission, he never does), and happens to sit down beside and fall into conversation with a friendly stranger, who just so happens to be the father of Jesse's girlfriend. This occurs immediately before Jesse's girlfriend chokes to death on her own vomit while Walter does nothing to help. The astronomical unlikelihood of this chance meeting is lampshaded and HandWaved by Walter himself in a later episode. [[spoiler: That father also happens to be an Air Traffic Controller who later, still preoccupied over his daughter's death, negligently causes a mid-air collision right over Walter's house. Which makes Walt indirectly responsible for the crash.]]

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** Mid-season two, Walter is out one night after a meeting with Jesse and abruptly decides to drop into a bar by himself to grab a beer (something which, by his own admission, he never does), and happens to sit down beside and fall into conversation with a friendly stranger, who just so happens to be the father of Jesse's girlfriend. This occurs immediately before Jesse's girlfriend chokes to death on her own vomit while Walter does nothing to help. The astronomical unlikelihood of this chance meeting is lampshaded and HandWaved {{handwave}}d by Walter himself in a later episode. [[spoiler: That father also happens to be an Air Traffic Controller who later, still preoccupied over his daughter's death, negligently causes a mid-air collision right over Walter's house. Which makes Walt indirectly responsible for the crash.]]



** In the finale season: [[spoiler: Walter is in hiding in New Hampshire. After he tries to reconnect with his son and is roughly told off, he calls the DEA and settles in to let them trace the call to the bar where he is drinking and arrest him. Before they find him, the bartender randomly starts channel flipping, which allows Walter to see an interview where his ex- and old business partner badmouth him on TV and minimize his contribution. This angers Walt so much he chooses to escape and return to New Mexico for his vengeance.]]
** In the finale episode: [[spoiler: Walter is about to be taken out back and shot by the Neo-Nazis at their hideout, which would screw his whole plan to kill them all with an M60. While they're grabbing him to take him out back, he starts screaming at Jack about Jack's promise to kill Jesse, alleging Jack partnered with Jesse instead. In doing so, Walt hits a MAJOR nerve Jack has (and Walt didn't even know about): his hatred of snitches. Jack is so incensed at the implication he's working with a rat (Jesse), he keeps Walt alive just so he can see Jesse is their slave, not a partner. This, however, buys Walt enough time to grab his keys off the pool table and trigger the M60. ]]

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** In the finale season: [[spoiler: Walter is in hiding in New Hampshire. After he tries to reconnect with his son and is roughly told off, he calls the DEA and settles in to let them trace the call to the bar where he is drinking and arrest him. Before they find him, the bartender randomly starts channel flipping, which allows Walter to see an interview where his ex- and old business partner badmouth him on TV and minimize his contribution. This angers Walt so much he chooses to escape and return to New Mexico for his vengeance.]]
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** In the finale episode: [[spoiler: Walter is about to be taken out back and shot by the Neo-Nazis at their hideout, which would screw his whole plan to kill them all with an M60. While they're grabbing him to take him out back, he starts screaming at Jack about Jack's promise to kill Jesse, alleging Jack partnered with Jesse instead. In doing so, Walt hits a MAJOR nerve Jack has (and Walt didn't even know about): his hatred of snitches. Jack is so incensed at the implication he's working with a rat (Jesse), he keeps Walt alive just so he can see Jesse is their slave, not a partner. This, however, buys Walt enough time to grab his keys off the pool table and trigger the M60. ]]M60]].



* In ''{{Series/NCIS}}'' Season 10's "You Better Watch Out" two robbers decided to hit a place without much security in the Washington DC area on May 2, 2011. [[spoiler:This is the night the Navy SEALs took out Osama bin Laden. As a result, Homeland would have increased satellite surveillance on the capital in case of retaliation. As a result, the robbers were caught on that tape]].

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* In ''{{Series/NCIS}}'' Season 10's "You Better Watch Out" two robbers decided to hit a place without much security in the Washington DC area on May 2, 2011. [[spoiler:This is the night the Navy SEALs took out Osama bin Laden. As a result, Homeland would have increased satellite surveillance on the capital in case of retaliation. As a result, the robbers were caught on that tape]].tape.]]



** In ''Othello'', Iago's wife doesn't see fit to tell Othello what a scoundrel her husband is [[spoiler:until ''after'' he murders Desdemona.]]

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** In ''Othello'', Iago's wife doesn't see fit to tell Othello what a scoundrel her husband is [[spoiler:until ''after'' he murders Desdemona.]]Desdemona]].



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. The party needs to cross the ocean. They just so happen to find a cavern used by pirates. They try to steal the ship, and it just so happens that Faris, the goofy supposedly-male pirate with pink hair, [[spoiler:is pink-haired princess Lenna's long lost ''sister'' Sarisa.]] Which is great timing since Faris needs to be around to [[spoiler:watch her father die and give her a motive to save the world.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. The party needs to cross the ocean. They just so happen to find a cavern used by pirates. They try to steal the ship, and it just so happens that Faris, the goofy supposedly-male pirate with pink hair, [[spoiler:is pink-haired princess Lenna's long lost ''sister'' Sarisa.]] Sarisa]]. Which is great timing since Faris needs to be around to [[spoiler:watch her father die and give her a motive to save the world.]]world]].



** The only airship in the world is held by a SkyPirate named Setzer, who has a thing for an opera soprano named Maria.

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** The only airship in the world is held by a SkyPirate {{Sky Pirate|s}} named Setzer, who has a thing for an opera soprano named Maria.



* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'':

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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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* ''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.]] site]]. Which becomes even more coincidental when you consider that in the ''Portal'' universe, [[spoiler: Aperture Science was heavily involved in the space program.]]program]].



** Ethan's son is kidnapped because he has a blackout, as a result of a car crash from years before, and he finds himself in an alleyway with an origami crane. It certainly appears to be a contrived coincidence, unless Ethan is really the Origami Killer and didn't know it. However, [[spoiler: it's really an even bigger contrived coincidence than it seems at first. The Origami Killer just happens to be across the street to witness the car accident that started the blackouts, they all coincide with the Origami Killer's kidnappings, and always result in Ethan finding himself holding a paper crane and coming to at a specific intersection which '''just happens''' to be emotionally significant to the killer. Nobody knows this at the time so he couldn't have picked it up from the news.]]

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** Ethan's son is kidnapped because he has a blackout, as a result of a car crash from years before, and he finds himself in an alleyway with an origami crane. It certainly appears to be a contrived coincidence, unless Ethan is really the Origami Killer and didn't know it. However, [[spoiler: it's really an even bigger contrived coincidence than it seems at first. The Origami Killer just happens to be across the street to witness the car accident that started the blackouts, they all coincide with the Origami Killer's kidnappings, and always result in Ethan finding himself holding a paper crane and coming to at a specific intersection which '''just happens''' to be emotionally significant to the killer. Nobody knows this at the time so he couldn't have picked it up from the news.]]news]].



** While Shelby and Lauren go to visit Manfred's Clock Shop, the Origami Killer murders Manfred ''exactly'' when Scott is looking through filing cabinets, Lauren is in the other room entranced by a music box, and all the clocks are cacophonously chiming at the top of the hour, allowing the killer to sneak in, murder Manfred, and get away before anyone notices. Although [[spoiler: when it's revealed that Scott was the murderer, it takes out some of the variables, but still leaves the coincidence of Lauren being distracted by a music box while the clocks were going off just as Scott decided it was time to murder Manfred.]]

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** While Shelby and Lauren go to visit Manfred's Clock Shop, the Origami Killer murders Manfred ''exactly'' when Scott is looking through filing cabinets, Lauren is in the other room entranced by a music box, and all the clocks are cacophonously chiming at the top of the hour, allowing the killer to sneak in, murder Manfred, and get away before anyone notices. Although [[spoiler: when it's revealed that Scott was the murderer, it takes out some of the variables, but still leaves the coincidence of Lauren being distracted by a music box while the clocks were going off just as Scott decided it was time to murder Manfred.]]Manfred]].



* ''StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'': Most campaign missions are tailored to heavilly 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 happend to find the units you absolutely need to win, lying around the battlefield, somehow ignored by the enemy.

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* ''StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'': Most campaign missions are tailored to heavilly 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 happend happened to find the units you absolutely need to win, lying around the battlefield, somehow ignored by the enemy.



** Still, here's a particularly {{egregious}} one: [[spoiler:a ringmaster goes to meet with someone, instead of his daughter. He just so happens to borrow your defendant's cloak. The murder drops what just so happens to be a golden bust of your client on the ringmaster, killing him. The bust just so happens to snag on the cloak when he pulls it up, and to a witness from exactly the right spot, it looks like your client is flying away from the corpse.]]

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** Still, here's a particularly {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} one: [[spoiler:a ringmaster goes to meet with someone, instead of his daughter. He just so happens to borrow your defendant's cloak. The murder drops what just so happens to be a golden bust of your client on the ringmaster, killing him. The bust just so happens to snag on the cloak when he pulls it up, and to a witness from exactly the right spot, it looks like your client is flying away from the corpse.]]corpse]].



** Another one, also from ''Investigations', in the final case of the game, an incredibly important piece of evidence comes from [[spoiler:a box of hot dogs give to you by Wendy Oldbag. These hot dogs just so happen to have a single drop of blood, perfectly centered on a Japanese fan design to make it look like a fan with the symbol of the rising sun on it, and nowhere else. And Oldbag just so happened to take this one just before they were all confistaced by embassy staff.]]
** Apollo's entire life story. Born abroad to a magician and a musician, his father dies and his mother gives him up partly because of pressure from her family, eventually having another child with her colleague. He spends some time abroad with a foster family before somehow ending up in the American foster system, meeting his best friend. He then becomes apprentice to a distinguished attorney. Sounds normal enough, except fast forward fifteen or so years, and [[spoiler: he ends up under the tutelage of Phoenix, who's been planning to ruin his mentor Kristoph's life after Kristoph ruined his seven years ago. Phoenix was disbarred because of presenting forged evidence during his defense of Zak, Apollo's mother's second husband, and has adopted Trucy, Apollo's half-sister. Their mother Thalassa, thought dead, turns up amnesiac and blind as a witness in a case they're handling. Apollo's best friend Clay is murdered in a chain of events that end up acquitting Simon Blackquill and help usher in the end of the Dark Age of the Law. And let's not get started on how the time he spent in Khura'in affects the revolution that happens in the sixth game.]] An interesting example in that several things were retconned over the course of the games as more about his backstory was revealed[[note]]for instance, ''Apollo Justice'' implies his father was involved with Troupe Gramarye and died in an onstage accident, while ''Spirit of Justice'' reveals he was instead a musician who fell in love with Thalassa while the Troupe was abroad, and died in a fire[[/note]], only making it seem more contrived. To be fair, though, Apollo himself isn't aware of his biological family being so close to him; Phoenix knows but is deliberately keeping it from him.

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** Another one, also from ''Investigations', in the final case of the game, an incredibly important piece of evidence comes from [[spoiler:a box of hot dogs give to you by Wendy Oldbag. These hot dogs just so happen to have a single drop of blood, perfectly centered on a Japanese fan design to make it look like a fan with the symbol of the rising sun on it, and nowhere else. And Oldbag just so happened to take this one just before they were all confistaced by embassy staff.]]
staff]].
** Apollo's entire life story. Born abroad to a magician and a musician, his father dies and his mother gives him up partly because of pressure from her family, eventually having another child with her colleague. He spends some time abroad with a foster family before somehow ending up in the American foster system, meeting his best friend. He then becomes apprentice to a distinguished attorney. Sounds normal enough, except fast forward fifteen or so years, and [[spoiler: he ends up under the tutelage of Phoenix, who's been planning to ruin his mentor Kristoph's life after Kristoph ruined his seven years ago. Phoenix was disbarred because of presenting forged evidence during his defense of Zak, Apollo's mother's second husband, and has adopted Trucy, Apollo's half-sister. Their mother Thalassa, thought dead, turns up amnesiac and blind as a witness in a case they're handling. Apollo's best friend Clay is murdered in a chain of events that end up acquitting Simon Blackquill and help usher in the end of the Dark Age of the Law. And let's not get started on how the time he spent in Khura'in affects the revolution that happens in the sixth game.]] game]]. An interesting example in that several things were retconned over the course of the games as more about his backstory was revealed[[note]]for instance, ''Apollo Justice'' implies his father was involved with Troupe Gramarye and died in an onstage accident, while ''Spirit of Justice'' reveals he was instead a musician who fell in love with Thalassa while the Troupe was abroad, and died in a fire[[/note]], only making it seem more contrived. To be fair, though, Apollo himself isn't aware of his biological family being so close to him; Phoenix knows but is deliberately keeping it from him.



** {{Lampshaded}} towards the end of "Love Potion": "That is a great story, Kenny! All kinds of good fortune! And I guess the final one is that Gwynn would happen to sit next to the only other [[spoiler: demon-possessed person]] on the train, allowing us to exchange stories."

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** {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d towards the end of "Love Potion": "That is a great story, Kenny! All kinds of good fortune! And I guess the final one is that Gwynn would happen to sit next to the only other [[spoiler: demon-possessed person]] on the train, allowing us to exchange stories."



* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has an interesting [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. During the party, a lightbulb explodes, [[MomentKiller interrupting]] [[spoiler:Susan and Justin's ill-advised hook-up]]. They see this as a [[spoiler:fortunate coincidence]]. It's actually [[spoiler:the Demonic Duck saving their friendship. He owed Justin a favor after a joke went very wrong.]]

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has an interesting [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. During the party, a lightbulb explodes, [[MomentKiller interrupting]] [[spoiler:Susan and Justin's ill-advised hook-up]]. They see this as a [[spoiler:fortunate coincidence]]. It's actually [[spoiler:the Demonic Duck saving their friendship. He owed Justin a favor after a joke went very wrong.]]wrong]].



* {{Discussed}} by Blog/WorstMuse: "Commit to a motif: everything is conspiracy, or everything is coincidence."

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* {{Discussed}} {{Discussed|Trope}} by Blog/WorstMuse: "Commit to a motif: everything is conspiracy, or everything is coincidence."



** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' subverts: [[spoiler: every coincidence is the Evil Entity using Mystery Inc. to free itself from its crystal sarcophagus. After the universe is reset and they create the timeline in which the original show takes place, Mystery Inc. set out to solve old mysteries like Space Kook and Miner 49er again, scattered all over the country, implying some influence of the Evil Entity's machinations still remains as a kind of OntologicalInertia.]] It's also subverted by their erstwhile patron, Mr. E, who does things like [[spoiler: take the engine out of the Mystery Machine to strand them in Gatorsburg, just because he wants them to investigate.]]

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** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' subverts: [[spoiler: every coincidence is the Evil Entity using Mystery Inc. to free itself from its crystal sarcophagus. After the universe is reset and they create the timeline in which the original show takes place, Mystery Inc. set out to solve old mysteries like Space Kook and Miner 49er again, scattered all over the country, implying some influence of the Evil Entity's machinations still remains as a kind of OntologicalInertia.]] OntologicalInertia]]. It's also subverted by their erstwhile patron, Mr. E, who does things like [[spoiler: take the engine out of the Mystery Machine to strand them in Gatorsburg, just because he wants them to investigate.]]investigate]].



** Much more appropriately, in the final battle, [[spoiler: Fire Lord Ozai uses a fire blast to push Aang out of the rock he was used to protect himself. It works, but it also pushes Aang directly into a rock spire, with a single rock ''conveniently'' jutting into the small of Aang's back, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain that both unblock's Aang's season-long blocked chakra and pushes him directly into the Avatar State]], which he [[CurbStompBattle then proceeds to use to win the fight.]] ]]

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** Much more appropriately, in the final battle, [[spoiler: Fire Lord Ozai uses a fire blast to push Aang out of the rock he was used to protect himself. It works, but it also pushes Aang directly into a rock spire, with a single rock ''conveniently'' jutting into the small of Aang's back, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain that both unblock's Aang's season-long blocked chakra and pushes him directly into the Avatar State]], which he [[CurbStompBattle then proceeds to use to win the fight.]] ]]fight]]]].



* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainFlamingo'' uses this a lot in the workings of the eponymous character's Bird Brain -- his "super power" to misinterpret his sidekick's suggestions in such a way that his actions end up solving everything. One of the most extreme examples is Lampshaded and HandWaved by Lizbeth (the aforementioned sidekick) and the Captain. "Isn't it awfully convenient that the book you checked out just happened to be on the exact subject you needed to return it?" "My Bird Brain works in mysterious ways. I don't question it, and neither should you. *AsideGlance* And neither should anyone else."

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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainFlamingo'' uses this a lot in the workings of the eponymous character's Bird Brain -- his "super power" to misinterpret his sidekick's suggestions in such a way that his actions end up solving everything. One of the most extreme examples is Lampshaded and HandWaved {{handwave}}d by Lizbeth (the aforementioned sidekick) and the Captain. "Isn't it awfully convenient that the book you checked out just happened to be on the exact subject you needed to return it?" "My Bird Brain works in mysterious ways. I don't question it, and neither should you. *AsideGlance* And neither should anyone else."



* [[TheReveal Retroactively]], in the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Terry Mcginnis, a random teenager that accidently found Bruce's secret cave which later allowed him to become the new Batman [[spoiler:happens to be Bruce Wayne's biological son, a scenario contrived by Amanda Waller so that there will be a successor to Batman.]]

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* [[TheReveal Retroactively]], in the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Terry Mcginnis, a random teenager that accidently found Bruce's secret cave which later allowed him to become the new Batman [[spoiler:happens to be Bruce Wayne's biological son, a scenario contrived by Amanda Waller so that there will be a successor to Batman.]]Batman]].



* PlayedForLaughs in "The Day the Earth Didn't Move Around Very Much," an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo.'' A power outage causes Johnny's alarm clock to freeze, and upon waking up, he assumes that time has stopped for everyone in the world but him. As luck would have it, everyone he encounters that day just so happens to have some reason to stand perfectly still whenever Johnny gets close. It starts out relatively possible--little Suzy, for example, is trying to balance an egg on her nose and doesn't want to jostle it--but it quickly moves into ludicrous territory, such as an entire traffic jam deciding to stop honking their horns (because it doesn't do anything) or a group of chefs playing charades and requiring a moment of "perfect, unmoving stillness" to figure out a solution.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo''
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PlayedForLaughs in the episode "The Day the Earth Didn't Move Around Very Much," an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo.'' Much". A power outage causes Johnny's alarm clock to freeze, and upon waking up, he assumes that time has stopped for everyone in the world but him. As luck would have it, everyone he encounters that day just so happens to have some reason to stand perfectly still whenever Johnny gets close. It starts out relatively possible--little Suzy, for example, is trying to balance an egg on her nose and doesn't want to jostle it--but it quickly moves into ludicrous territory, such as an entire traffic jam deciding to stop honking their horns (because it doesn't do anything) or a group of chefs playing charades and requiring a moment of "perfect, unmoving stillness" to figure out a solution.
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Klaus Wulfenbach theorizes that Agatha's presence on his airship was part of some grand scheme for her to [[spoiler:control Gil Wulfenbach, using the slaver wasp he had already been infected with]]. Gil points out that she didn't plan to be on the ship, and ''they'' were the ones who brought her--unconscious, no less. Klaus claims that it's too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence. However, he is in fact lying [[spoiler:because he has been infected and is being forced to]], and behind him his genius second in command can be seen working through the possibilities and clearly coming to the conclusion that there is no way that what Klaus is saying is right.
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'':
** Right around the time that Squall and Rinoa are apparently lost and drifting in space forever... giant disused ''space ship'' floats by. Granted, it's there because it was previously used to tow the space station they were just on into orbit, but given [[SpaceIsBig how big space is]] the odds of it so conveniently drifting within reach at just the right time, let alone still being in perfectly functional condition after almost twenty years of disuse and being easy enough to operate that Squall is able to land it safely with a bit of instruction via radio, are very slim indeed.
** Everyone that is plot relevant in this game had been together about 10 years before in an orphanage founded by Edea. All of the main characters except for Irvine eventually lost their memories of the orphanage through long-term use of the Guardian Forces.
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***Tracking down and the destruction Rawenclaw'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. The Rowenna Ravenclaw just happens to be the house ghost of Rawenclaw 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 not is not engulfed in it, otherwise the heroes wouldn't know for certain that it's destroyed.
*** Voldemort decides to stop a battle to bring forth the Sorting Hat, the only thing that can conjure the only thing that can destroy horcruxes and is convenient for killing snakes, and the one that's both of those things happens to be nearby.
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For a more grandiose or plot-wrapping version, see DeusExMachina. See also FridgeLogic for the moment it sinks in, and NotMyDriver for the vehicular version. ItsASmallWorldAfterAll is a subtrope of this. A person who is a WeirdnessMagnet tends to be a walking contrived coincidence. So is the variant of FramingTheGuiltyParty where the one doing the framing didn't know that party was guilty. Too many contrived coincidences may result in OneDegreeOfSeparation. Often, these can disguise a GambitRoulette as ThePlan. Supertrope of the CoincidentalBroadcast. If the story's premise is this trope or relies on it, it's ItBeganWithATwistOfFate instead.

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Too many contrived coincidences may result in OneDegreeOfSeparation. For a more grandiose or plot-wrapping version, see DeusExMachina. See also FridgeLogic for the moment it sinks in, and NotMyDriver for the vehicular version. ItsASmallWorldAfterAll is a subtrope of this.DeusExMachina. A person who is a WeirdnessMagnet tends to be a walking contrived coincidence. So is the variant of FramingTheGuiltyParty where the one doing the framing didn't know that party was guilty. Too many contrived coincidences may result in OneDegreeOfSeparation. Often, these can disguise a GambitRoulette as ThePlan. Supertrope of the CoincidentalBroadcast. If the story's premise is this trope or relies on it, it's ItBeganWithATwistOfFate instead.
instead. FramingTheGuiltyParty invokes this trope when the one doing the framing didn't know that party was already guilty.

SuperTrope to CoincidentalBroadcast and ItsASmallWorldAfterAll.

Compare with DoomMagnet. See also FridgeLogic (or NotMyDriver), for the moment the character realizes this trope.

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*** Also strange, since they clearly can afford to have it shipped overseas on some of their international mysteries.
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