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17th Jan '17 3:01:26 PM wentesur
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* ''Psychometrer Eiji'''s spinoff manga ''Debusen'' featuring comic relief character Mitsuru Fukushima relies on this in basically almost every presented plot points. One of those examples is the premise of the manga itself; Mitsuru, who decides to commit suicide in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aokigahara Sea of Trees]] after piling up so much debts finds a corpse of a woman greatly resembling him and is somehow trapped in a life of high school teacher replacing the deceased woman to reform a class filled with failure students. First of all, he chooses to go to Sea of Trees[[note]]it's a famous place for suicide in Japan but still coincidence[[/note]] instead of jumping off a cliff or using other suicide methods. Second, because Mitsuru wants to get a chocolate in a pocket of a corpse hanged on a brach which can't hold Mitsuru's height, he magically stumbles into the woman's corpse in a ''35-square-kilometre forest'', not to mention the corpse's obscured location people won't easily notice. Third, said corpse has similar body structure and appearance to Mitsuru except for general male-female characteristics. Fourth, the woman's name is conveniently [[http://pic.taadd.com/comics/pic9/4/47044/814855/dbea0e6a82f856ae53f9c827665af265.png ''Mitsuko Fukushima'']], the name Mitsuru uses whenever he cosplays as a woman. Despite the amount of miracle it needs to work, the plot can still happen.
16th Jan '17 9:08:13 AM dmcreif
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* Invoked in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'', where the producers' increasing reliance on {{Contrived Coincidence}}s as desperate attempts to convince Truman everything's normal and stop him from suspecting the sham he's living in backfire spectacularly and only drive him ever more paranoid.

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* Invoked in In ''Film/TheTrumanShow'', where the producers' increasing reliance on {{Contrived Coincidence}}s as these in desperate attempts to convince Truman everything's normal and stop him from suspecting the sham he's living in backfire spectacularly and only drive him ever more paranoid.
15th Jan '17 1:40:08 PM MsChibi
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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.

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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.
ThePlan. Supertrope of the CoincidentalBroadcast.
11th Jan '17 6:10:24 PM nombretomado
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* Lampshaded in several Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''LordPeterWimsey'' stories, in which Peter discusses with an author the annoying fact that coincidences look contrived in stories, even though they happen all the time in real life.

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* Lampshaded in several Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''LordPeterWimsey'' ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'' stories, in which Peter discusses with an author the annoying fact that coincidences look contrived in stories, even though they happen all the time in real life.
9th Jan '17 3:06:49 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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** Padme Amidala, the Queen of Naboo, ends up giving birth to Leia Organa, the Princess of Alderaan, by a complete coincidence. After Padme's untimely death, her daughter is adopted by the Alderaanian senator Bail Organa, who just happens to be married to the Queen of Alderaan; Leia then grows up as a princess without ever knowing that her biological mother was ''also'' a Queen. Taken a step further in the ExpandedUniverse, where Leia's daughter Jaina Solo ends up marrying the man who becomes the new Galactic Emperor, making her an ''Empress''. Apparently, the Skywalker women just have a knack for ending up as royalty.

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** Padme Amidala, the Queen of Naboo, ends up giving birth to Leia Organa, the Princess of Alderaan, by a complete coincidence. After Padme's untimely death, her daughter is adopted by the Alderaanian senator Bail Organa, who just happens to be married to the Queen of Alderaan; Leia then grows up as a princess without ever knowing that her biological mother was ''also'' a Queen. Taken a step further in the ExpandedUniverse, where ExpandedUniverse: Leia's daughter Jaina Solo ends up marrying the man who becomes the new Galactic Emperor, making Emperor (making her an ''Empress''.''Empress'') and her son Jacen Solo has a daughter with the Queen of Hapes (making Leia's ''granddaughter'' a princess too). Apparently, the Skywalker women just have a knack for ending up as royalty.
26th Dec '16 11:16:37 AM nombretomado
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** Commander Zhao received word of a promotion to Admiral ''in the middle of asking for help'', allowing him to change his request for the special troops he needed into an order. This was mocked by turning it into a GambitRoulette in ''AvatarTheAbridgedSeries''.

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** Commander Zhao received word of a promotion to Admiral ''in the middle of asking for help'', allowing him to change his request for the special troops he needed into an order. This was mocked by turning it into a GambitRoulette in ''AvatarTheAbridgedSeries''.''WebVideo/AvatarTheAbridgedSeries''.
10th Dec '16 3:11:55 PM intastiel
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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' lampshades the trope and explains it in the plot as a result of the main characters being important figures in the weave of destiny, so it's common for strange coincidences, ironies and misfortunes to happen all around them. One secondary character once notices that increasingly bizarre coincidences keep delaying her in leaving a town, so she wises up and waits for a protagonist to arrive.

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' lampshades the trope and explains it in the plot as a result of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Justified by
the main characters being [[TheChosenOne important figures figures]] in the weave of destiny, so it's common for strange coincidences, ironies and misfortunes to happen all around them. One It's often lampshaded; one secondary character once notices that increasingly bizarre coincidences keep delaying her in leaving when she tries to leave a town, so she wises up and waits for a protagonist to arrive.



** In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!'', it is stated that a chance of one in a million holds true in nine of ten cases. This "universal truth" is later used by a bunch of people in a (failed) attempt to slay a dragon. And then [[spoiler:accidentally, when it's a million-to-one chance that they ''won't'' die in the ensuing chaos. Naturally, they're fine]].

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** In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!'', ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', it is stated that a chance of one in a million holds true in nine of ten cases. This "universal truth" is later used by a bunch of people in a (failed) attempt to slay a dragon. And then [[spoiler:accidentally, when it's a million-to-one chance that they ''won't'' die in the ensuing chaos. Naturally, they're fine]].
8th Dec '16 2:50:10 AM iroanxi
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* ''FanFic/ThisBites'': How was [[NowYouTellMe Vivi]] to know that they'd show up at Water 7 right when the Aqua Laguna would be coming in on the next day? [[GenreSavvy Well, knowing the Straw Hats' luck...]]
7th Dec '16 4:17:07 AM iroanxi
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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.]]
** 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.]]
6th Dec '16 7:02:37 PM intastiel
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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' lampshades the trope and explains it in the plot as a result of the main characters being important figures in the weave of destiny, so it's common for strange coincidences, ironies and misfortunes to happen all around them.

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' lampshades the trope and explains it in the plot as a result of the main characters being important figures in the weave of destiny, so it's common for strange coincidences, ironies and misfortunes to happen all around them. One secondary character once notices that increasingly bizarre coincidences keep delaying her in leaving a town, so she wises up and waits for a protagonist to arrive.
** Taken UpToEleven by Mat Cauthon, whose superhuman luck soon reaches the point that he can {{invoke|dTrope}} contrived coincidences in his favour. Arriving in a strange city, he can spin around in circles, set off down a random street, and end up running into somebody who knows the city and owes him a favour.
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