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21st Jul '16 9:53:40 PM SantosLHalper
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21st Jul '16 9:52:47 PM SantosLHalper
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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4eH85PUPAHk/TWBQVUWOrhI/AAAAAAAAB7E/dlpuINAMY4E/s1600/bill2.gif gave us]] the story of a jet whose engines explode "for no reason" and falls out of the sky, a half-million-ton freight train jumping the tracks after hitting a penny on the rails at 80mph, and a shift in the Earth's tectonic plates all heading for the same spot - the house of Farmer Brown, who is unaware of a gas leak as he attempts to light his stove. [[ShaggyDogStory The comic ends before Calvin can tell us what happens to Farmer Brown.]]

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4eH85PUPAHk/TWBQVUWOrhI/AAAAAAAAB7E/dlpuINAMY4E/s1600/bill2.gif gave us]] the story of a jet whose engines explode "for no reason" and falls out of the sky, a half-million-ton freight train jumping the tracks after hitting a penny on the rails at 80mph, and a shift in the Earth's tectonic plates all heading for the same spot - the house of Farmer Brown, who is unaware of a gas leak as he attempts to light his stove. [[ShaggyDogStory The comic ends before Calvin can tell us what happens to Farmer Brown.]]stove.
-->''[[OhCrap "His eyes twitch involuntarily."]]''
20th Jul '16 5:50:44 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.
17th Jul '16 5:32:12 PM immortalfrieza
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*** Most of the Apple Kid's role in the game is the result of contrived coincidence. Numerous times throughout the game the player will come across obstacles that immediately after running into the Apple Kid will subsequently call to the party's one way phone and tell them he's just come up with this amazing new invention which just so happens to be exactly what is needed to get past the obstacle which they can now go get, despite the player having no opportunity to actually tell the Apple Kid what the obstacle was beforehand. The yogurt machine, Pencil Eraser, and Eraser Eraser are all examples of this.


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** 9 times out of 10 whenever the Mystery gang manages to catch the ghost, it's after they've already found enough evidence to know who the ghost is, the trap they attempt to use to catch the ghost has failed spectacularly, and the resulting chase scene has in numerous extremely unlikely occurrences that somehow don't occur in any of the chase scenes prior that end with the gang catching the ghost entirely by accident.
9th Jul '16 11:19:20 PM irrevenant
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*** On the topic of coincidental parentage, let's not forget that [[spoiler:the last man alive just coincidentally happens to be the son of the woman who ends up as US president once all the men are taken out of the equation]].
8th Jul '16 7:16:41 AM Adept
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* In ''Literature/TowardsZero'', a wealthy old lady was murdered in her home in Gull's Point. A year before, a random stranger attempted to commit suicide near the location by throwing himself off a cliff, but survived the fall. While lingering about the place to ponder on his life, he becomes involved in the crime and provided an eyewitness account that becomes the key evidence to solve the crime. Superintendent Battle, who was in charge of the case, remarks that this is a miracle.
6th Jul '16 7:52:28 AM Discar
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* The Straw Hats in ''Manga/OnePiece'' 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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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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The Straw Hats in ''Manga/OnePiece'' 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.]]



* ''Manga/ElfenLied'', both fortunately and unfortunately, happens to be chock full of this. This is the reason why all of the characters meet in the first place, as the chances for these select few individuals encountering one another (especially Lucy and Kouta) is next to impossible.
** That none of them ''remember'' each other is a whole 'nother web of improbability.

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* ''Manga/ElfenLied'', both fortunately and unfortunately, happens to be chock full of this. This is the reason why all of the characters meet in the first place, as the chances for these select few individuals encountering one another (especially Lucy and Kouta) is next to impossible.
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impossible. That none of them ''remember'' each other is a whole 'nother web of improbability.



* While a lot of things in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' can be [[{{Handwave}} explained]] by Lelouch using his Geass off screen, the second episode of the second season is just a little convenient. [[spoiler:Lelouch, having lost his memory, decides to go gambling in a skyscraper that just happens to be at the start of a street that goes straight to the Chinese consulate, the skyscraper also exactly tall enough to be stretched out along the street, has a spacy ventilation shaft inside it which would protect people in the unlikely event that it would topple over... Starting to guess what's going to happen?]]

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
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While a lot of things in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' can be [[{{Handwave}} explained]] by Lelouch using his Geass off screen, the second episode of the second season is just a little convenient. [[spoiler:Lelouch, having lost his memory, decides to go gambling in a skyscraper that just happens to be at the start of a street that goes straight to the Chinese consulate, the skyscraper also exactly tall enough to be stretched out along the street, has a spacy ventilation shaft inside it which would protect people in the unlikely event that it would topple over... Starting to guess what's going to happen?]]



* The second episode of ''Anime/SailorMoon R'' reunites the Sailor Senshi for another season of adventure. How does it do this? The bad guys stage a fake casting call for a TV show and out of untold millions of girls, they just happen to completely randomly stumble upon four of the five Senshi and the best friend (and favored VictimOfTheWeek) of the fifth. Let it be noted that it wasn't even as though the bad guys chose these people based on some vague explanation of them having a ton of energy or whatever. It was the original TV staff that just happened to choose them.

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* The second episode of ''Anime/SailorMoon R'' R'':
** The second episode
reunites the Sailor Senshi for another season of adventure. How does it do this? The bad guys stage a fake casting call for a TV show and out of untold millions of girls, they just happen to completely randomly stumble upon four of the five Senshi and the best friend (and favored VictimOfTheWeek) of the fifth. Let it be noted that it wasn't even as though the bad guys chose these people based on some vague explanation of them having a ton of energy or whatever. It was the original TV staff that just happened to choose them.



* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' - The kid who finds a prototype mobile suit turns out to be a powerful psychic. [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam In]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ six]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn completely]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 different]] [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam wars]].

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' - ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'':
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The kid who finds a prototype mobile suit turns out to be a powerful psychic. [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam In]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ six]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn completely]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 different]] [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam wars]].



** Nodoka, after receiving her Pactio card, just happens to be walking by when she overhears Chamo and Asuna discuss how the card can be used to summon magical items. This starts a series of events (and other coincidences) that results in Nodoka not only discovering her Pactio ability of MindReading, but also discovering that Negi is actually a mage.
*** Interestingly enough, this isn?t the only time Nodoka was walking by when Negi, Asuna, and Chamo are discussing important stuff, as this also happens first when Negi tells Asuna about his past, and later when Negi invites Asuna to go with him to the Magic World during summer break.

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** Nodoka, after receiving her Pactio card, just happens to be walking by when she overhears Chamo and Asuna discuss how the card can be used to summon magical items. This starts a series of events (and other coincidences) that results in Nodoka not only discovering her Pactio ability of MindReading, but also discovering that Negi is actually a mage.
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mage. Interestingly enough, this isn?t isn't the only time Nodoka was walking by when Negi, Asuna, and Chamo are discussing important stuff, as this also happens first when Negi tells Asuna about his past, and later when Negi invites Asuna to go with him to the Magic World during summer break.



* In Manga/DeathNote, it was just a coincidence that both Mikami and Light knew Kiyomi Takada, that Takada was a Kira supporter, and that Light had a history with her. It was just a coincidence that all the people Mikami rejected died. It was just a coincidence that Misa Amane and Light happened to live within a train ride of each other -- at one point in the anime, they're shown having coffee in the same little shop, completely unaware that the other one is actually a Kira. When you get down to it, it was a coincidence that Light just happened to have the TV on, considering how much studying he's shown to do with it off, when L first broadcasts his Lind L Tailor message. The list doesn't end; Death Note has a ton of these.

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* In Manga/DeathNote, it ''Manga/DeathNote'':
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was just a coincidence that both Mikami and Light knew Kiyomi Takada, that Takada was a Kira supporter, and that Light had a history with her. It was just a coincidence that all the people Mikami rejected died. It was just a coincidence that Misa Amane and Light happened to live within a train ride of each other -- at one point in the anime, they're shown having coffee in the same little shop, completely unaware that the other one is actually a Kira. When you get down to it, it was a coincidence that Light just happened to have the TV on, considering how much studying he's shown to do with it off, when L first broadcasts his Lind L Tailor message. The list doesn't end; Death Note has a ton of these.



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

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



* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan W'', the protagonists go to the [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Great Celano Library]] so Nyarko can return an overdue book, and come into conflict with a pair of aliens who are ransacking the place looking for something. When the team arrives at the villains' lair, Nyarko realizes she forgot to return her book, which leads to her and Mahiro [[ConversationalTroping discussing]] the possibility that that book is what the bad guys were looking for; Mahiro initially thinks it's stupid, but then decides it's probably right because so far, all their adventures have had "stupid resolutions" (as he puts it). [[spoiler:It turns out he's wrong; what the bad guys ''really'' wanted was a book Mahiro unknowingly put in his pocket when everything started going nuts at the library.]]

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* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan W'', the W'':
** The
protagonists go to the [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Great Celano Library]] so Nyarko can return an overdue book, and come into conflict with a pair of aliens who are ransacking the place looking for something. When the team arrives at the villains' lair, Nyarko realizes she forgot to return her book, which leads to her and Mahiro [[ConversationalTroping discussing]] the possibility that that book is what the bad guys were looking for; Mahiro initially thinks it's stupid, but then decides it's probably right because so far, all their adventures have had "stupid resolutions" (as he puts it). [[spoiler:It turns out he's wrong; what the bad guys ''really'' wanted was a book Mahiro unknowingly put in his pocket when everything started going nuts at the library.]]



*** A later comic {{retcon}}s this story, saying that due to an overbooking error, there are only two rooms to share between Clark, Bruce, and Lois, and obviously Lois isn't going to share a bed with either of them.

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*** ** A later comic {{retcon}}s this story, saying that due to an overbooking error, there are only two rooms to share between Clark, Bruce, and Lois, and obviously Lois isn't going to share a bed with either of them.



* ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'' - 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, but I'd have to reread the entire series and double the page length to get them all.

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* ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'' - ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'':
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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.]] There are plenty more, but I'd have to reread the entire series and double the page length to get them all.more.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', Fievel gets washed overboard in a raging storm in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Instead of drowning, he somehow ends up inside a floating glass bottle, which ''somehow'' ends up washing ashore right onto Liberty Island, which coincidentally is near New York, where Fievel's family was headed. Luck and the ocean currents were definitely on little Fievel's side, apparently.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'':
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Fievel gets washed overboard in a raging storm in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Instead of drowning, he somehow ends up inside a floating glass bottle, which ''somehow'' ends up washing ashore right onto Liberty Island, which coincidentally is near New York, where Fievel's family was headed. Luck and the ocean currents were definitely on little Fievel's side, apparently.



* Watching ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' a couple of times, it's clear that the four main characters ending up in Granny's house has to be this. In order, Granny Puckett arrives first, parachuting in through the chimney, coincidentally just as the Wolf and Twitchy are arriving at the house. Her parachute gets caught in the ceiling fan which ties her up and throws her in the closet. The Wolf and Twitchy search the place, presumably for maybe no more than five to ten minutes before Red Puckett, the person they are trying to get information from about the Goody Bandit, arrives. By even more coincidence, Kirk, the lumberjack, is trying to cut down a giant redwood tree up a hill from Granny's. By freak ''coincidence'', just as Kirk is hearing a scream from the cottage, the tree topples and takes him down the hill, and throws him through the side window. About half the plot is Legs working this out, since the cops originally didn't believe a word of it.

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* Watching ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' a couple of times, it's ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'':
** It's
clear that the four main characters ending up in Granny's house has to be this. In order, Granny Puckett arrives first, parachuting in through the chimney, coincidentally just as the Wolf and Twitchy are arriving at the house. Her parachute gets caught in the ceiling fan which ties her up and throws her in the closet. The Wolf and Twitchy search the place, presumably for maybe no more than five to ten minutes before Red Puckett, the person they are trying to get information from about the Goody Bandit, arrives. By even more coincidence, Kirk, the lumberjack, is trying to cut down a giant redwood tree up a hill from Granny's. By freak ''coincidence'', just as Kirk is hearing a scream from the cottage, the tree topples and takes him down the hill, and throws him through the side window. About half the plot is Legs working this out, since the cops originally didn't believe a word of it.



* Done twice in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''. The first time, when stranded in the ocean, Batman claims there's no chance of a rescue ship approaching just as Metalbeard's ship arrives. The second time, they need to build an Octan jet, to which Batman says there's no way they'll get access to a working hyperdrive. Cue [[spoiler:the ''Millennium Falcon'' coming in.]]
-->'''Batman''': ''Are you kidding me, the same bit?!''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'':
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Done twice in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''.twice. The first time, when stranded in the ocean, Batman claims there's no chance of a rescue ship approaching just as Metalbeard's ship arrives. The second time, they need to build an Octan jet, to which Batman says there's no way they'll get access to a working hyperdrive. Cue [[spoiler:the ''Millennium Falcon'' coming in.]]
-->'''Batman''': --->'''Batman''': ''Are you kidding me, the same bit?!''



* Lampshaded in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' when Yzma ([[spoiler:in cat form]]) has finally gotten the potion back from Kuzco and is promptly squished by Kronk throwing open the other opening of the chute he had fallen into [[BrickJoke a good while ago]] (too long ago to have taken this long, but this movie runs on pure RuleOfFunny). His quote -- while still oblivious to what he had just done -- "Wow. What are the odds of that trap door leading way out here?"

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* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'':
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Lampshaded in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' when Yzma ([[spoiler:in cat form]]) has finally gotten the potion back from Kuzco and is promptly squished by Kronk throwing open the other opening of the chute he had fallen into [[BrickJoke a good while ago]] (too long ago to have taken this long, but this movie runs on pure RuleOfFunny). His quote -- while still oblivious to what he had just done -- "Wow. What are the odds of that trap door leading way out here?"



* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' has loads of this, being a massive {{homage}} to old {{disaster|Movie}} and sci-fi movies, which were also loaded with this. To take just one of many, [[Creator/WillSmith Capt. Steven Hiller]], an astronaut wannabe and the only fighter jock to survive an attack on his base, who has shot down an alien fighter and captured its pilot, just happens to crash nearly in front of a convoy of refugees who happen to be driving in the general vicinity of Area 51, which Hiller just happened to notice in the middle of a dogfight. The most contrived coincidence is David Levinson's EurekaMoment on how to beat the aliens...triggered by his father's admonishment to bundle up to avoid catching a cold...

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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' has loads of this, being a massive {{homage}} to old {{disaster|Movie}} and sci-fi movies, which were also loaded with this. this.
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To take just one of many, [[Creator/WillSmith Capt. Steven Hiller]], an astronaut wannabe and the only fighter jock to survive an attack on his base, who has shot down an alien fighter and captured its pilot, just happens to crash nearly in front of a convoy of refugees who happen to be driving in the general vicinity of Area 51, which Hiller just happened to notice in the middle of a dogfight. The most contrived coincidence is David Levinson's EurekaMoment on how to beat the aliens...triggered by his father's admonishment to bundle up to avoid catching a cold...



-->'''Mission:''' Wow. What are the chances of that happening?
-->'''Canderous:''' Remember, we're talking about the Force here. At this point, Malak himself could drop out of the sky, and I wouldn't bat an eyelash.
-->'''Mission:''' Good point.

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-->'''Mission:''' --->'''Mission:''' Wow. What are the chances of that happening?
-->'''Canderous:'''
happening?\\
'''Canderous:'''
Remember, we're talking about the Force here. At this point, Malak himself could drop out of the sky, and I wouldn't bat an eyelash.
-->'''Mission:'''
eyelash.\\
'''Mission:'''
Good point.



*** Nearly the entire cast meet due to this. Poe sets [=BB8=] loose on Jakku, and Rey just happens to be the person who finds him (one other scavenger tried to take him, but she scared him off). After Finn and Poe crash their stolen TIE Fighter, Finn winds up in walking distance of the market Rey sells her goods at (even if we assume Poe deliberately tried to land near where he thought [=BB8=] might have gone, it's still a pretty big coincidence that they happened to show up at the same time). And after Rey and Finn steal the Falcon, who in all of the Galaxy happens to find them but Han and Chewie, the ship's previous owners! [[note]]Han does say they picked the Falcon up on their new ship's sensors, but they still must have been in the area to have detected the Falcon and gotten there so fast[[/note]]

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*** ** Nearly the entire cast meet due to this. Poe sets [=BB8=] loose on Jakku, and Rey just happens to be the person who finds him (one other scavenger tried to take him, but she scared him off). After Finn and Poe crash their stolen TIE Fighter, Finn winds up in walking distance of the market Rey sells her goods at (even if we assume Poe deliberately tried to land near where he thought [=BB8=] might have gone, it's still a pretty big coincidence that they happened to show up at the same time). And after Rey and Finn steal the Falcon, who in all of the Galaxy happens to find them but Han and Chewie, the ship's previous owners! [[note]]Han does say they picked the Falcon up on their new ship's sensors, but they still must have been in the area to have detected the Falcon and gotten there so fast[[/note]]



* In ''Lantana'' the number of coincidences builds up to become a theme. All of the major characters bump into each other randomly.
** Taken further in the original play, ''Speaking in Tongues''. In the first act, Leon and Jane's tryst takes place simultaneously with Sonja and Pete, and with nearly all the same dialogue. This occurs again when Sonja and Pete confess their near-affair to Leon and Jane only to find that their spouse cheated on them. In later acts, it is revealed that Sarah is having an affair with John behind her therapist/his wife's back, and that Leon, the detective investigating Valerie's disappearance, ran into Sarah's ex-boyfriend while jogging. In the film, Sarah is changed into a male gay patient of Valerie's who she wrongly suspects of having an affair with her husband. The jogger ends up dating Leon's police partner. In addition, Jane lives next door to Nick, who is suspected of Valerie's murder, while Pete was accosted in the street by Valerie the night she died, shortly before meeting Leon and having a drink with him.
* In ''Film/StarTrek'', no attempt is made to explain the immense improbability of Kirk running into Spock Prime in a cave on the ice planet and thereby getting the exposition he needs to save the day. Even if we assume that both Nero and current Spock dropped their respective people off near the outpost, what are the chances of running into another person within a 14km radius? They're both going to the same place, but the most likely place for them to encounter each other is near the facility, not in a random ice cave. The {{novelization}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it by suggesting that the timeline is attempting to restore itself.

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* In ''Lantana'' the number of coincidences builds up to become a theme. All of the major characters bump into each other randomly.
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randomly. Taken further in the original play, ''Speaking in Tongues''. In the first act, Leon and Jane's tryst takes place simultaneously with Sonja and Pete, and with nearly all the same dialogue. This occurs again when Sonja and Pete confess their near-affair to Leon and Jane only to find that their spouse cheated on them. In later acts, it is revealed that Sarah is having an affair with John behind her therapist/his wife's back, and that Leon, the detective investigating Valerie's disappearance, ran into Sarah's ex-boyfriend while jogging. In the film, Sarah is changed into a male gay patient of Valerie's who she wrongly suspects of having an affair with her husband. The jogger ends up dating Leon's police partner. In addition, Jane lives next door to Nick, who is suspected of Valerie's murder, while Pete was accosted in the street by Valerie the night she died, shortly before meeting Leon and having a drink with him.
* In ''Film/StarTrek'', no ''Film/StarTrek'':
** No
attempt is made to explain the immense improbability of Kirk running into Spock Prime in a cave on the ice planet and thereby getting the exposition he needs to save the day. Even if we assume that both Nero and current Spock dropped their respective people off near the outpost, what are the chances of running into another person within a 14km radius? They're both going to the same place, but the most likely place for them to encounter each other is near the facility, not in a random ice cave. The {{novelization}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it by suggesting that the timeline is attempting to restore itself.



* Jake happens to see and stop a random schoolgirl from being raped in ''Film/TrainingDay''. Afterwards, she runs off and he takes her wallet to give back to her later. Several hours later, [[spoiler:Alonzo betrays Jake by turning him over to some gang bangers]]. The lead of those gangbangers happens to be the girl's cousin and they discover her wallet seconds before blowing Jake's head off. It's the only thing that saves him.
** To be fair, Antoine Fuqua stated in the commentary that the incident with the schoolgirl is what gave Alonzo the idea to use the [[spoiler: Hillside Très crew to get rid of Jake.]] Considering the gang can't be bigger than a single block, it makes the coincidence much more plausible. One might even think is plausible enough to make it a bit risky for Alonzo to use such a small crew who's [[spoiler: cousin his partner just saved.]]

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* Jake happens to see and stop a random schoolgirl from being raped in ''Film/TrainingDay''. Afterwards, she runs off and he takes her wallet to give back to her later. Several hours later, [[spoiler:Alonzo betrays Jake by turning him over to some gang bangers]]. The lead of those gangbangers happens to be the girl's cousin and they discover her wallet seconds before blowing Jake's head off. It's the only thing that saves him.
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him. To be fair, Antoine Fuqua stated in the commentary that the incident with the schoolgirl is what gave Alonzo the idea to use the [[spoiler: Hillside Très crew to get rid of Jake.]] Considering the gang can't be bigger than a single block, it makes the coincidence much more plausible. One might even think is plausible enough to make it a bit risky for Alonzo to use such a small crew who's [[spoiler: cousin his partner just saved.]]



* In ''Film/GoldenEye'', Bond's performance evaluation just happens to be set in Monte Carlo, where Xenia and the Janus Syndicate are just about to steal the experimental EMP-proof helicopter. Moreover, Bond randomly meets Xenia while they are driving on the same road into the city at the exact same time, leading to their impromptu race.
** In fairness, this appears to have been a field test, and Bond was already in Monte Carlo following up on a lead tracking down members of the Janus syndicate to question. Him encountering Xenia on the road is the only contrived coincidence there.

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* In ''Film/GoldenEye'', Bond's performance evaluation just happens to be set in Monte Carlo, where Xenia and the Janus Syndicate are just about to steal the experimental EMP-proof helicopter. Moreover, Bond randomly meets Xenia while they are driving on the same road into the city at the exact same time, leading to their impromptu race.
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race. In fairness, this appears to have been a field test, and Bond was already in Monte Carlo following up on a lead tracking down members of the Janus syndicate to question. Him encountering Xenia on the road is the only contrived coincidence there.



** The school may not be so much of a contrived coincidence, just not explained. [=McClane=] only met Zeus because Gruber forced him to be in that area. It makes a sort of sense that Gruber picked the area because he was already there to plant the explosives in the school there. So the chances of a local having kids at that school is much much higher.



** For what it's worth, it wasn't ''completely'' unrelated. Riggs was working as a narc, and he was getting close to them. The criminal was chasing the car and drove it off the road over a convenient cliff. He thought Riggs was the one in the car until he got to the wreck and discovered it was his wife. Then he left, and everyone thought it was an accident.



-->'''Prof. [=McGonagall=]''': Why is it, when something happens, it is ''always'' you three?
--> '''Ron''': Believe me, Professor, Iíve been asking myself the same question for ''six years''.

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-->'''Prof. [=McGonagall=]''': Why is it, when something happens, it is ''always'' you three?
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three?\\
'''Ron''': Believe me, Professor, Iíve been asking myself the same question for ''six years''.



* ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'': The Captain had these in a few books. For example, the 4th book ''The Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants'', opened with George and Harold having to stay at school during a class trip. For revenge, they rig the teacher's lounge to spray the teachers with glue and Styrofoam pellets, turning them into "snowmen". This leads to the science teacher retiring after seeing them, thinking he's gone nuts. Thus, Professor Poopypants takes up the now-open job of science teacher, [[HalfwayPlotSwitch leading to the main plot]].

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* ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'': The Captain had these in a few books. For example, the books.
** The
4th book ''The Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants'', opened with George and Harold having to stay at school during a class trip. For revenge, they rig the teacher's lounge to spray the teachers with glue and Styrofoam pellets, turning them into "snowmen". This leads to the science teacher retiring after seeing them, thinking he's gone nuts. Thus, Professor Poopypants takes up the now-open job of science teacher, [[HalfwayPlotSwitch leading to the main plot]].



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this goes hand-in-hand with being a [[KnightInShiningArmor Knight of]] [[WarriorMonk the Cross]]. When Michael needs to go out in the evening to help Harry save the day, Harry is worried about leaving Michael's children alone. Michael opens the front door, to reveal Father Forthill about to knock, who happens to show up at his doorstep asking to use the phone because his car has broken down - and, having some previous experience with this sort of thing, immediately guesses that Michael needs a babysitter. When an old women in a desperate situation prays "Dear God in Heaven, help us!" the very next ''instant'' [[FlatEarthAtheist Sanya]] [[BigDamnHeroes shows up]].

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** This
goes hand-in-hand with being a [[KnightInShiningArmor Knight of]] [[WarriorMonk the Cross]]. When Michael needs to go out in the evening to help Harry save the day, Harry is worried about leaving Michael's children alone. Michael opens the front door, door to reveal Father Forthill about to knock, who just happens to show up at his doorstep asking to use the phone be there because his car has broken down - and, having some previous experience with this sort of thing, immediately guesses that Michael needs a babysitter. When an old women in a desperate situation prays "Dear God in Heaven, help us!" the very next ''instant'' [[FlatEarthAtheist Sanya]] [[BigDamnHeroes shows up]].



--> '''Harry''': I don't care if you've lived for hundreds of years. When you see that happen, you stop and stare.

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--> '''Harry''': I don't care if you've lived --->Everyone stopped to blink at that for hundreds a second. I mean, come on. Impaled by a guided frozen turkey missile. Even by the standards of years. When the quasi-immortal creatures of the night, that ain't something you see that happen, you stop and stare.twice.\\
"For my next trick," I panted into the startled silence, "anvils."



* In Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' the eponymous Yankee's time of execution happens to coincide with a solar eclipse. (Not to even mention that he knew the exact date and time said eclipse would occur despite its status as obscure fourteen-hundred-year-old history.)
** The real coincidence being that he was the kind of person who would calculate all the solar eclipse dates in the past few millenia for fun... ''just'' before getting time warped into the past.
*** This was based on an actual event when Christopher Columbus used an eclipse to frighten the natives in Jamaica, except that a) it was a lunar eclipse, not a solar one, b) Columbus had access to astronomical journals which calculated it and c) Columbus had to wait months for the eclipse to arrive. In short, the real event was coincidental, but much less unlikely.

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* In Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' the eponymous Yankee's time of execution happens to coincide with a solar eclipse. (Not to even mention that he knew the exact date and time said eclipse would occur despite its status as obscure fourteen-hundred-year-old history.)
**
) The real coincidence being that he was the kind of person who would calculate all the solar eclipse dates in the past few millenia for fun... ''just'' before getting time warped into the past.
***
past. This was based on an actual event when Christopher Columbus used an eclipse to frighten the natives in Jamaica, except that a) it was a lunar eclipse, not a solar one, b) Columbus had access to astronomical journals which calculated it and c) Columbus had to wait months for the eclipse to arrive. In short, the real event was coincidental, but much less unlikely.



* ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has some of the more spectacular Contrived Coincidences in literature. One example: Marius's grandfather is (apparently) the father of two little bastards by his housemaid; he fires her, but pays her a substantial allowance to support them. When they die, to keep from losing her income, she takes in two children about their ages -- who just happen to be the two youngest Thenardier kids. And when these two are thrown out onto the streets, who do they take up with? Why, Gavroche... who never uses the name "Thenardier", and who's forgotten that he ever had two younger brothers.

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* ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has some of the more spectacular Contrived Coincidences in literature. One example: literature.
**
Marius's grandfather is (apparently) the father of two little bastards by his housemaid; he fires her, but pays her a substantial allowance to support them. When they die, to keep from losing her income, she takes in two children about their ages -- who just happen to be the two youngest Thenardier kids. And when these two are thrown out onto the streets, who do they take up with? Why, Gavroche... who never uses the name "Thenardier", and who's forgotten that he ever had two younger brothers.



* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' pokes fun at this a lot. Most famously, when Creator/DouglasAdams had his main characters, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, thrown out an airlock into space, he realised ''anything'' that saved their lives at this point would be a Contrived Coincidence. Rather than {{Handwave}} this, he gave it the biggest {{lampshade|Hanging}} he could think of, by inventing a space drive that creates Contrived Coincidences as a side-effect of its [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum nonsensoleum]].

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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' pokes fun at this a lot. lot.
**
Most famously, when Creator/DouglasAdams had his main characters, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, thrown out an airlock into space, he realised ''anything'' that saved their lives at this point would be a Contrived Coincidence. Rather than {{Handwave}} this, he gave it the biggest {{lampshade|Hanging}} he could think of, by inventing a space drive that creates Contrived Coincidences as a side-effect of its [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum nonsensoleum]].



*** Eddie, the ship's computer, calculated the odds of the above actually happening to be one in two to the power of infinity minus one. When DNA contrives coincidences he takes the cake... and makes the Total Perspective Vortex out of it.

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*** ** Eddie, the ship's computer, calculated the odds of the above actually happening to be one in two to the power of infinity minus one. When DNA contrives coincidences he takes the cake... and makes the Total Perspective Vortex out of it.



* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''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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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
**
In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''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.
**
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]].



* 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}} 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]].
**
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.



** 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.
** In ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'', Harry, Ron, and Hermione save a group of people kidnapped by the villains. There just happens to be a goblin in that group (the same goblin Harry met on his first day at Gringotts, no less), which makes it very convenient when they need to figure out how to break into Gringotts.

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** 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.
***
life. Both assassination attempts by [[spoiler: Draco Malfoy]] only failed to claim lives due to contrived coincedences.
** In ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'', Hallows'':
***
Harry, Ron, and Hermione save a group of people kidnapped by the villains. There just happens to be a goblin in that group (the same goblin Harry met on his first day at Gringotts, no less), which makes it very convenient when they need to figure out how to break into Gringotts.



*** 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.

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*** 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:
***
trope: The Cloak of Invisibility just happened to be a family heirloom that Harry inherited.
***
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.
***
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.



* Actually used in-universe in ''Catching Fire'', the second book of ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. [[TheEmpire The Capitol]] hosts a special Hunger Games every 25 years called the Quarter Quell 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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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'':
**
Actually used in-universe in ''Catching Fire'', the second book of ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.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."



* The entire ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series is just one small part of an epic cosmic struggle between Crayak and the Ellimist, so there are more than a few moments in the books that are just chalked up to "[[AWizardDidIt the Ellimist did it]]." However, there is one very specific instance that is lampshaded: In their war on Earth, the [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] are the pawns of Crayak, while the Animorphs are the (begrudging) soldiers of the Ellimist. The deal between the two meant that the Animorphs were supposed to consist of six random humans. Instead, we've got Ax (an Andalite, and Elfangor's brother), Tobias ([[spoiler:Elfangor's son]]), Marco ([[spoiler:the son of Visser One's host body]]), and Cassie ([[spoiler:a sub-temporal grounded anomaly, who's mere existence means any attempts to alter the timeline will be doomed to failure]]). And yes, that means [[TheHero Jake]] and ''[[BloodKnight Rachel]]'' are the normal ones. The Drode (Crayak's [[TheDragon Dragon]]) notes that this is impossible, and accuses the Ellimist of stacking the deck.
-->'''Ellimist:''' ''(laughing)'' [[MagnificentBastard Did I? If I did, that would be very clever of me]].

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
**
The entire ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series is just one small part of an epic cosmic struggle between Crayak and the Ellimist, so there are more than a few moments in the books that are just chalked up to "[[AWizardDidIt the Ellimist did it]]." However, there is one very specific instance that is lampshaded: In their war on Earth, the [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] are the pawns of Crayak, while the Animorphs are the (begrudging) soldiers of the Ellimist. The deal between the two meant that the Animorphs were supposed to consist of six random humans. Instead, we've got Ax (an Andalite, and Elfangor's brother), Tobias ([[spoiler:Elfangor's son]]), Marco ([[spoiler:the son of Visser One's host body]]), and Cassie ([[spoiler:a sub-temporal grounded anomaly, who's mere existence means any attempts to alter the timeline will be doomed to failure]]). And yes, that means [[TheHero Jake]] and ''[[BloodKnight Rachel]]'' are the normal ones. The Drode (Crayak's [[TheDragon Dragon]]) notes that this is impossible, and accuses the Ellimist of stacking the deck.
-->'''Ellimist:''' --->'''Ellimist:''' ''(laughing)'' [[MagnificentBastard Did I? If I did, that would be very clever of me]].



* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', the party arrive at Rivendell and get Elrond to read their map on Midsummer's Eve -- which ''just happens'' to be the right day (the first in several years, '''''and''''' the last for who-knows-how-many more years) in which some secret Moon Runes hidden on the map can be seen and read; they are only visible on a Midsummer's Eve on which a moon of the ''exact'' same phase as the one on the date they were written, shines through them.

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* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', the ''Literature/TheHobbit'':
** The
party arrive at Rivendell and get Elrond to read their map on Midsummer's Eve -- which ''just happens'' to be the right day (the first in several years, '''''and''''' the last for who-knows-how-many more years) in which some secret Moon Runes hidden on the map can be seen and read; they are only visible on a Midsummer's Eve on which a moon of the ''exact'' same phase as the one on the date they were written, shines through them.



* In ''Literature/TheVaginaAssOfLuciferNiggerbastard'', Griswalda appears in Lucifer's house to tell him about the Prophecy, after Lucifer complained about how, "shitty", his life is.
** This is also convenient for the plot, which centers on the Prophecy.

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* In ''Literature/TheVaginaAssOfLuciferNiggerbastard'', Griswalda appears in Lucifer's house to tell him about the Prophecy, after Lucifer complained about how, "shitty", how "shitty" his life is.
**
is. This is also convenient for the plot, which centers on the Prophecy.



* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' has this with regards to the fates of the four bratty kids. Willy Wonka, leading them through his factory, keeps making stopovers in rooms and/or giving demonstrations of things that, in turn, appeal to each of the brats. Each disobeys him and gets an instant-karmic punishment for their trouble. Although the tour ''does'' turns out to be a SecretTest of the kids' virtue or lack thereof, there is no hint given in the novel that Mr. Wonka is intentionally leading these kids into potential/inevitable trouble, and no one remarks upon how odd it is that the Oompa-Loompas' {{Crowd Song}}s about them are so specific and elaborate. Given that Mr. Wonka is also marked by his CallousnessTowardsEmergency and having NoSympathy for the brats, and for being a complete eccentric, he has since become an InterpretativeCharacter and some adaptations of the novel have played around with this trope.

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* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'':
** The book
has this with regards to the fates of the four bratty kids. Willy Wonka, leading them through his factory, keeps making stopovers in rooms and/or giving demonstrations of things that, in turn, appeal to each of the brats. Each disobeys him and gets an instant-karmic punishment for their trouble. Although the tour ''does'' turns out to be a SecretTest of the kids' virtue or lack thereof, there is no hint given in the novel that Mr. Wonka is intentionally leading these kids into potential/inevitable trouble, and no one remarks upon how odd it is that the Oompa-Loompas' {{Crowd Song}}s about them are so specific and elaborate. Given that Mr. Wonka is also marked by his CallousnessTowardsEmergency and having NoSympathy for the brats, and for being a complete eccentric, he has since become an InterpretativeCharacter and some adaptations of the novel have played around with this trope.



** ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' had the protagonist inadvertently stumbling upon Golgom's evil plans in nearly every episode. The organization itself believed he was some sort of ComicBook/{{Batman}} / Literature/SherlockHolmes-level genius who was constantly tracking them down thanks to keen detective work, when reality it was almost always dumb luck.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', mainly during the first season, the main characters -who mostly lived in different parts of the USA- ran into each other several times, mostly by sheer coincidence. The worst example was when [[spoiler:Hiro, Nathan and Sylar ALL HAPPENED TO STOP TO EAT AT THE SAME ROADSIDE DINNER AT THE SAME TIME]]. Though there has been talk about some characters having a "destiny" in the series, it has not been proven yet. (In fact, history has been changed at least twice.)

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** * ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' had the protagonist inadvertently stumbling upon Golgom's evil plans in nearly every episode. The organization itself believed he was some sort of ComicBook/{{Batman}} / Literature/SherlockHolmes-level genius who was constantly tracking them down thanks to keen detective work, when reality it was almost always dumb luck.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', mainly ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Mainly
during the first season, the main characters -who mostly lived in different parts of the USA- ran into each other several times, mostly by sheer coincidence. The worst example was when [[spoiler:Hiro, Nathan and Sylar ALL HAPPENED TO STOP TO EAT AT THE SAME ROADSIDE DINNER AT THE SAME TIME]]. Though there has been talk about some characters having a "destiny" in the series, it has not been proven yet. (In fact, history has been changed at least twice.)



-->'''Tom:''' I'm curious--did the gun just jam up on you, or did the bullet bounce off your skull?

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-->'''Tom:''' --->'''Tom:''' I'm curious--did the gun just jam up on you, or did the bullet bounce off your skull?



* In the first season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack Bauer and his daughter wind up in apparently separate dangerous circumstances. Because [[spoiler:this was the BigBad intentionally targeting Jack and his family for revenge]], this turns out NOT to be a case of Contrived Coincidence, and the lack of same makes it seem like rather clever plotting. However, in the second season, Jack and his daughter wind up in [[TrappedByMountainLions completely unrelated dangerous circumstances]] on the same day, apparently because the writers decided not to mess with a [[StrictlyFormula successful formula]] but couldn't be bothered to make it seem remotely plausible. It culminated in the Trope Namer TrappedByMountainLions.

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
**
In the first season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', season, Jack Bauer and his daughter wind up in apparently separate dangerous circumstances. Because [[spoiler:this was the BigBad intentionally targeting Jack and his family for revenge]], this turns out NOT to be a case of Contrived Coincidence, and the lack of same makes it seem like rather clever plotting. However, in the second season, Jack and his daughter wind up in [[TrappedByMountainLions completely unrelated dangerous circumstances]] on the same day, apparently because the writers decided not to mess with a [[StrictlyFormula successful formula]] but couldn't be bothered to make it seem remotely plausible. It culminated in the Trope Namer TrappedByMountainLions.



* On ''Series/DoctorWho'', 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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* On ''Series/DoctorWho'', the ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** 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]].



--> '''Doctor''': You didn't always take me where I wanted to go!\\

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--> ---> '''Doctor''': You didn't always take me where I wanted to go!\\



* Happened all the time in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' (usually for [[RuleOfFunny comedic effect]]). It was one of the elements that became [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] as the series progressed, but [[TropesAreNotBad this didn't stop it from being funny]].

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* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
**
Happened all the time in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' (usually for [[RuleOfFunny comedic effect]]). It was one of the elements that became [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] as the series progressed, but [[TropesAreNotBad this didn't stop it from being funny]].



* In StarTrek, moving the AdventureTown trope into space often leads to coincidence as the landing party or shuttle crash just happens to arrive on the correct part of a planet.

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* In StarTrek, moving ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Moving the AdventureTown trope into space often leads to coincidence as the landing party or shuttle crash just happens to arrive on the correct part of a planet.



* Rupert Holmes' "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" has a guy planning to cheat on his wife/girlfriend by taking out a personal ad. Not only is said ad answered by his wife/girlfriend out of all the people in the world, but they discover that they have a lot of the same specific likes and preferences (piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, etc.) in common, which they'd somehow never shared with each other before.
** At least slightly justified by both parties presumably sharing the same local newspaper, which may even have been left open at the ads section.

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* Rupert Holmes' "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" has a guy planning to cheat on his wife/girlfriend by taking out a personal ad. Not only is said ad answered by his wife/girlfriend out of all the people in the world, but they discover that they have a lot of the same specific likes and preferences (piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, etc.) in common, which they'd somehow never shared with each other before.
**
before. At least slightly justified by both parties presumably sharing the same local newspaper, which may even have been left open at the ads section.



* In Creator/TheBBC's science fiction drama ''Earthsearch'' there's an episode where the four-person crew of the starship involved in the titular search defeat an evil robot that tried to take over. Having done so they decide it's time to set course for their next destination, but it turns out that they don't have to, because out of all the infinite directions it could have chosen the evil robot randomly selected the very course they wanted to take.
** In another episode, somewhere in the vastness of interstellar space they just happen to accidentally run into one of the only two other ships in the fleet, just so they can have an adventure on board.

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* In Creator/TheBBC's science fiction drama ''Earthsearch'' there's an episode where the four-person crew of the starship involved in the titular search defeat an evil robot that tried to take over. Having done so they decide it's time to set course for their next destination, but it turns out that they don't have to, because out of all the infinite directions it could have chosen the evil robot randomly selected the very course they wanted to take.
**
take. In another episode, somewhere in the vastness of interstellar space they just happen to accidentally run into one of the only two other ships in the fleet, just so they can have an adventure on board.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. The player party needs to get across the ocean, but ships are too tightly watched by TheEmpire for them to go by sea. The following series of coincidences allows them to make the trip:

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'':
**
The player party needs to get across the ocean, but ships are too tightly watched by TheEmpire for them to go by sea. The following series of coincidences allows them to make the trip:



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Cloud, a former comrade of Sephiroth (who becomes the BigBad), meets Aeris, who is the [[LastOfHisKind last survivor of her race]] (and just so happens to be the only one able of stopping Sephiroth) and who just happens to be Zack's ex-girlfriend, who was another comrade of Cloud and Sephiroth, and Cloud & Zack were experimented on (as adults) by Hojo in the basement of a mansion in Cloud's childhood hometown, and Hojo turns out to be Sephiroth's father...

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
**
Cloud, a former comrade of Sephiroth (who becomes the BigBad), meets Aeris, who is the [[LastOfHisKind last survivor of her race]] (and just so happens to be the only one able of stopping Sephiroth) and who just happens to be Zack's ex-girlfriend, who was another comrade of Cloud and Sephiroth, and Cloud & Zack were experimented on (as adults) by Hojo in the basement of a mansion in Cloud's childhood hometown, and Hojo turns out to be Sephiroth's father...



* ''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.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. ''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.



* Regal from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' keeps his true identity secret for almost half of a disc. Yes, he emphasizes his role as a criminal to hide it, but the secret would have been revealed if anyone ever mentioned him (and he's well known) using both his first and last name.
** It helps that he never actually ''says'' his full name (before TheReveal)... and that the one person who figured it out (Zelos) decided not to call attention to it.

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Regal from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' keeps his true identity secret for almost half of a disc. Yes, he emphasizes his role as a criminal to hide it, but the secret would have been revealed if anyone ever mentioned him (and he's well known) using both his first and last name.
**
name. It helps that he never actually ''says'' his full name (before TheReveal)... and that the one person who figured it out (Zelos) decided not to call attention to it.



* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' has a number of these, usually played tongue-in-cheek. The most flagrant example? After the Moonside segment, you receive a phone call from Apple Kid, who tells you that he is sending you his latest invention: a yogurt machine that, as of now, can only make trout-flavored yogurt. Then you are approached by a monkey who lives in a cave in the desert, whose master wants to meet you. Then a delivery man says that he brought the yogurt machine, but lost it in a cave out in the desert. (Yes, the same one.) And then one of the maids from the building you've been trying to enter all this time asks if you could bring her some trout-flavored yogurt. And all of this happens ''in immediate succession''.

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* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' ''VideoGame/EarthBound'':
** The game
has a number of these, usually played tongue-in-cheek. The most flagrant example? After the Moonside segment, you receive a phone call from Apple Kid, who tells you that he is sending you his latest invention: a yogurt machine that, as of now, can only make trout-flavored yogurt. Then you are approached by a monkey who lives in a cave in the desert, whose master wants to meet you. Then a delivery man says that he brought the yogurt machine, but lost it in a cave out in the desert. (Yes, the same one.) And then one of the maids from the building you've been trying to enter all this time asks if you could bring her some trout-flavored yogurt. And all of this happens ''in immediate succession''.



* The ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' series is brimming with this trope, from fortuitous weapons acquired immediately before they would be most useful to people and indeed entire organisations functioning almost entirely to benefit the player. This is even used as a pervasive story element, as the almost omnipresent G-Man is shown to manipulate things both important and seemingly inconsequential for his own purposes, blurring the line between coincidence and intent and further emphasising Gordon's complete lack of control. Need to get somewhere but rubble just fell and is blocking your way? It's all good, because nearby there will happen to be a hole in the wall/an underground tunnel/junk usable as stairs/broken prison bars that lets you get to exactly where you need to go. In fact, it's more likely that what was behind the rubble that fell wasn't where you needed to go.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'':
**
The ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' series is brimming with this trope, from fortuitous weapons acquired immediately before they would be most useful to people and indeed entire organisations functioning almost entirely to benefit the player. This is even used as a pervasive story element, as the almost omnipresent G-Man is shown to manipulate things both important and seemingly inconsequential for his own purposes, blurring the line between coincidence and intent and further emphasising Gordon's complete lack of control. Need to get somewhere but rubble just fell and is blocking your way? It's all good, because nearby there will happen to be a hole in the wall/an underground tunnel/junk usable as stairs/broken prison bars that lets you get to exactly where you need to go. In fact, it's more likely that what was behind the rubble that fell wasn't where you needed to go.



* ''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.]]
* Done especially badly in ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld 2}}''. In order to acquire the MacGuffin, you need a [[{{Precursors}} Progenitor]] Dreadnought - a very powerful, very well-hidden and ostensibly unique spaceship. It takes the aid [[spoiler:and self-sacrifice]] of the last remnant of an ancient alien race to liberate the thing from the [[DemonicSpiders Keepers]] and put it back into shape. Just as you wipe your forehead, you receive an out-of-the-blue message in a casual, nonchalant tone: "There is another Dreadnought...[[BigBad Makaan]] has it." Well, isn't that a surprise, I ask you?!
** Possibly not, given that Fleet Intelligence did decypher the Progenitor language, and hints at the second Dreadnought may have been found either in the databanks of the first, or of the Oracle - which was recovered from Makaan's forces, and might come with a duplicate or backup.
** Possibly justified; the war may or may not be being influenced by Sajuuk, the creator god all involved species believe in. The ultimate goal of their respective leaders' quests is a super-powerful capital ship (also named Sajuuk) that requires all the Hyperspace Cores the Higaaran, Vagyr, and Bentusi all rely on be assembled together to activate, and there ''is'' a prophesy that the events of the game fulfills.
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': 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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* ''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.]]
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'':
** Which becomes even more coincidental when you consider that in the ''Portal'' universe, [[spoiler: Aperture Science was heavily involved in the space program.]]
* Done especially badly in ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld 2}}''. In order to acquire the MacGuffin, you need a [[{{Precursors}} Progenitor]] Dreadnought - a very powerful, very well-hidden and ostensibly unique spaceship. It takes the aid [[spoiler:and self-sacrifice]] of the last remnant of an ancient alien race to liberate the thing from the [[DemonicSpiders Keepers]] and put it back into shape. Just as you wipe your forehead, you receive an out-of-the-blue message in a casual, nonchalant tone: "There is another Dreadnought...[[BigBad Makaan]] has it." Well, isn't that a surprise, I ask you?!
** Possibly not, given that Fleet Intelligence did decypher the Progenitor language, and hints at the second Dreadnought may have been found either in the databanks of the first, or of the Oracle - which was recovered from Makaan's forces, and might come with a duplicate or backup.
** Possibly justified; the war may or may not be being influenced by Sajuuk, the creator god all involved species believe in. The ultimate goal of their respective leaders' quests is a super-powerful capital ship (also named Sajuuk) that requires all the Hyperspace Cores the Higaaran, Vagyr, and Bentusi all rely on be assembled together to activate, and there ''is'' a prophesy that the events of the game fulfills.
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'':
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.]]



* How Thorny Towers goes down in the climactic cutscene of VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}. Let's see here. Gloria turns on the gas pipes for the asylum, having confused the crank for a sprinkler in a garden. Edgar pulls his chain out of the floor, pulling a gaping hole in a pipe just below the surface, releasing gas into the asylum grounds. Then he [[CrowningMomentOfFunny spills all of his turpentine and acetone.]] Then, Boyd, just outside the asylum, ready with a molotov-cocktail milk bottle, is coaxed by Fred to [[TemptingFate "blow this popsicle stand."]] He throws the bottle into the courtyard, igniting it, and finally the tower itself, thanks to the previously mentioned gas leak. [[OverlyLongGag Then,]] at the top of the tower, in the psychic showdown, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Ford enters and uses Oleander's weaponized sneezing powder on him]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard to make him sneeze up his own brain.]] This causes the top of the tower to explode, and the rest of the already weakened tower to collapse ([[MomentKiller upon Raz and Lili]], who have to hurriedly navigate to escape). Damn.
** Do note that at least part of it is played for laughs, such as Edgar sound clearly unconvincing that the spill was an accident, and he does at least chest the busted pipe, a smart thing to do, it's part PLayedForLaughs and part building up to the climax sequence.
* SecretFiles does this. In the first game, [[AdventureArchaeologist Max Gruber]] works at the same museum as Nina's father. In the second game, the two are on two completely unrelated missions: Nina [[BusmansHoliday is taking a vacation]] and Max is visiting a classmate in Indonesia photographing her archaeological find. [[CardCarryingVillain Puritas Cordis]] happens to be in both locations.

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* How Thorny Towers goes down in the climactic cutscene of VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}. Let's see here. Gloria turns on the gas pipes for the asylum, having confused the crank for a sprinkler in a garden. Edgar pulls his chain out of the floor, pulling a gaping hole in a pipe just below the surface, releasing gas into the asylum grounds. Then he [[CrowningMomentOfFunny spills all of his turpentine and acetone.]] Then, Boyd, just outside the asylum, ready with a molotov-cocktail milk bottle, is coaxed by Fred to [[TemptingFate "blow this popsicle stand."]] He throws the bottle into the courtyard, igniting it, and finally the tower itself, thanks to the previously mentioned gas leak. [[OverlyLongGag Then,]] at the top of the tower, in the psychic showdown, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Ford enters and uses Oleander's weaponized sneezing powder on him]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard to make him sneeze up his own brain.]] This causes the top of the tower to explode, and the rest of the already weakened tower to collapse ([[MomentKiller upon Raz and Lili]], who have to hurriedly navigate to escape). Damn.
**
Damn. Do note that at least part of it is played for laughs, such as Edgar sound clearly unconvincing that the spill was an accident, and he does at least chest the busted pipe, a smart thing to do, it's part PLayedForLaughs and part building up to the climax sequence.
* SecretFiles does this. SecretFiles:
**
In the first game, [[AdventureArchaeologist Max Gruber]] works at the same museum as Nina's father. In the second game, the two are on two completely unrelated missions: Nina [[BusmansHoliday is taking a vacation]] and Max is visiting a classmate in Indonesia photographing her archaeological find. [[CardCarryingVillain Puritas Cordis]] happens to be in both locations.



* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Bernkastel has the power to invoke miracles, which basically amounts to making almost impossible events happen.
** Due to Bernkastel [[{{Munchkin}} min-maxing in character generation]], Erika's whole life has become a series of these, from the improbable skill set she's acquired to her very arrival in the game.

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Bernkastel has the power to invoke miracles, which basically amounts to making almost impossible events happen.
**
happen. Due to Bernkastel [[{{Munchkin}} min-maxing in character generation]], Erika's whole life has become a series of these, from the improbable skill set she's acquired to her very arrival in the game.



* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' 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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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' ''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.



-->'''Elan:''' Wow, what were the chances?
-->'''Julio:''' Pretty good, considering we wouldn't be having this scene if it didn't forward the plot in some way.

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-->'''Elan:''' --->'''Elan:''' Wow, what were the chances?
-->'''Julio:'''
chances?\\
'''Julio:'''
Pretty good, considering we wouldn't be having this scene if it didn't forward the plot in some way.



** Besides, the inspector's son hasn't had any significance yet. Well, he was a mild fan of Erika, but she had a lot of those.



* Simon Wood in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version three managing to navigate his way across an island and find his girlfriend just in time to rescue her from an attacker.
** To some extent, this also occurs when groups of friends manage to meet up with one another very quickly: the {{Deserted Island}}s upon which the games take place are rather large, and the odds of meeting your friends that fast are rather slim, to say the least.

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* Simon Wood in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version three managing to navigate his way across an island and find his girlfriend just in time to rescue her from an attacker.
**
attacker. To some extent, this also occurs when groups of friends manage to meet up with one another very quickly: the {{Deserted Island}}s upon which the games take place are rather large, and the odds of meeting your friends that fast are rather slim, to say the least.



* It's a good thing ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo and co''. never stopped being scared of the fake ghosts, because there's probably not a single episode in which a chase scene didn't by pure blind luck [[ShaggySearchTechnique lead them to a clue they wouldn't have seen otherwise]].

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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
**
It's a good thing ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo and co''. the gang never stopped being scared of the fake ghosts, because there's probably not a single episode in which a chase scene didn't by pure blind luck [[ShaggySearchTechnique lead them to a clue they wouldn't have seen otherwise]].



** ''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.]]
* There was a LampshadeHanging on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where Bender, after having spent quite some time hurtling through space at the speed of light and encountering all sorts of circumstances along the way, gets thrown back to his worried friends, Leela and Fry, while they just happened to have started giving up on ever actually finding him. When he lands in front of them with a parachute to somehow slow his descent, Leela in incredible disbelief states, "This is, by a ''wide'' margin, the least likely thing that has ever happened." Justified, because actual, literal {{God}} was involved.

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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.]]
***
]] 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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
**
There was a LampshadeHanging on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', one episode, where Bender, after having spent quite some time hurtling through space at the speed of light and encountering all sorts of circumstances along the way, gets thrown back to his worried friends, Leela and Fry, while they just happened to have started giving up on ever actually finding him. When he lands in front of them with a parachute to somehow slow his descent, Leela in incredible disbelief states, "This is, by a ''wide'' margin, the least likely thing that has ever happened." Justified, because actual, literal {{God}} was involved.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Azula's conquest of Ba Sing Se [[GambitRoulette has elements of this.]] It's an amazing coincidence that everyone who knows who she is just so happens to be conveniently absent the moment she sets foot in Ba Sing Se. Sokka especially could have waited a mere hour before leaving to greet the [[DressingAsTheEnemy Kyoshi Warriors]] when they arrived, which would have derailed everything.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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Azula's conquest of Ba Sing Se [[GambitRoulette has elements of this.]] It's an amazing coincidence that everyone who knows who she is just so happens to be conveniently absent the moment she sets foot in Ba Sing Se. Sokka especially could have waited a mere hour before leaving to greet the [[DressingAsTheEnemy Kyoshi Warriors]] when they arrived, which would have derailed everything.



* {{Contrived Coincidence}}s happen frequently in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', usually neatly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, but the episode "Rewriting History" is the most blatant and over the top example: Kim and Ron discover that Ron's great-grandfather Jon Stoppable was a police constable with the same kind of relationship to Mr. Barkin's ancestor, the chief of police. Most of Jon's success in police work is down to ace reporter Miriam "Mim" Possible, Kim's great-grandmother. Professor Dementor's ancestor is demonstrating his device at the World's Fair, and is just like his modern equivalent. Chasing this up, Wade discovers that his ten-year-old ancestor was there too. Ron finds this pile-up of coincidences unlikely, and when Drakken's great-grandfather enters the picture (with a sidekick resembling Shego), Ron [[LampshadeHanging declares the whole thing ludicrous]]. Having just discovered all this, it turns out that after a hundred years, the device is due to go off that day. With sixty seconds left on the clock and no idea how to disable it, Drakken and Shego burst in to steal it. Their craft takes the device far enough to go off harmlessly. Ron notes that the villains arriving in the nick of time is so unlikely, it's like a dream - [[AllJustADream and it was]] (though according to WordOfGod all the persons were real).

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
**
{{Contrived Coincidence}}s happen frequently in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', the series, usually neatly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, but the episode "Rewriting History" is the most blatant and over the top example: Kim and Ron discover that Ron's great-grandfather Jon Stoppable was a police constable with the same kind of relationship to Mr. Barkin's ancestor, the chief of police. Most of Jon's success in police work is down to ace reporter Miriam "Mim" Possible, Kim's great-grandmother. Professor Dementor's ancestor is demonstrating his device at the World's Fair, and is just like his modern equivalent. Chasing this up, Wade discovers that his ten-year-old ancestor was there too. Ron finds this pile-up of coincidences unlikely, and when Drakken's great-grandfather enters the picture (with a sidekick resembling Shego), Ron [[LampshadeHanging declares the whole thing ludicrous]]. Having just discovered all this, it turns out that after a hundred years, the device is due to go off that day. With sixty seconds left on the clock and no idea how to disable it, Drakken and Shego burst in to steal it. Their craft takes the device far enough to go off harmlessly. Ron notes that the villains arriving in the nick of time is so unlikely, it's like a dream - [[AllJustADream and it was]] (though according to WordOfGod all the persons were real).



* In every episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the eponymous young boys build a spectacular creation and Heinz Doofenshmirtz builds an invention of evil. Whenever Doofenshmirtz loses control of his invention, no matter how far away it is, it will inevitably destroy, directly or indirectly, any evidence of what Phineas and Ferb built that day before their mother can see it (much to the bafflement of their sister Candace). Less often, Phineas and Ferb will do something that seems inconsequential at the time but actually helps their pet platypus Perry (who's a secret agent) defeat Doofenshmirtz later on. One or the other (or both) happens OnceAnEpisode. Perry the Platypus is the only one who's aware how much the characters affect each other's lives on a daily basis.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
**
In every episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', episode, the eponymous young boys build a spectacular creation and Heinz Doofenshmirtz builds an invention of evil. Whenever Doofenshmirtz loses control of his invention, no matter how far away it is, it will inevitably destroy, directly or indirectly, any evidence of what Phineas and Ferb built that day before their mother can see it (much to the bafflement of their sister Candace). Less often, Phineas and Ferb will do something that seems inconsequential at the time but actually helps their pet platypus Perry (who's a secret agent) defeat Doofenshmirtz later on. One or the other (or both) happens OnceAnEpisode. Perry the Platypus is the only one who's aware how much the characters affect each other's lives on a daily basis.



*** {{Averted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'', where the boys ''land'' in Doof's building, destroy the machine (an "Other-Dimension-Inator"), and then cheerfully help him fix it. And then Perry busts in, freezes when he sees them, and attempts to stop the doctor in 'mindless pet mode'. [[spoiler: He fails. They travel to another dimension, and then gets outed as a secret agent,]] but then LaserGuidedAmnesia allows the characters to press the ResetButton and forget all about it.
*** The same ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'' has both Perry ''and Candace'' invoke the coincidence to save the day. [[spoiler: Perry knows the boys can build incredible things, and has been saving all of their disappeared inventions for use by the boys, their friends and allies to defeat Alternate-Doof's invasion. While it's still not going well, Candace forces their mom out so see what's happening, reasoning the "Mysterious Force" preventing her from busting her brothers, now that they are involved due to their saved inventions, will clean up ''the entire city''. She was right.]]

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*** ** {{Averted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'', where the boys ''land'' in Doof's building, destroy the machine (an "Other-Dimension-Inator"), and then cheerfully help him fix it. And then Perry busts in, freezes when he sees them, and attempts to stop the doctor in 'mindless pet mode'. [[spoiler: He fails. They travel to another dimension, and then gets outed as a secret agent,]] but then LaserGuidedAmnesia allows the characters to press the ResetButton and forget all about it.
*** ** The same ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'' has both Perry ''and Candace'' invoke the coincidence to save the day. [[spoiler: Perry knows the boys can build incredible things, and has been saving all of their disappeared inventions for use by the boys, their friends and allies to defeat Alternate-Doof's invasion. While it's still not going well, Candace forces their mom out so see what's happening, reasoning the "Mysterious Force" preventing her from busting her brothers, now that they are involved due to their saved inventions, will clean up ''the entire city''. She was right.]]



* Lampshaded at least once in ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''.
** It was in "Brain's Bogie" where Brain needed to steal a golf club from a famous golfer to take over the world and Pinky points out that he's doing a celebrity golf tournament soon.
-->'''Brain:''' There's only one word to describe such an amazing stroke of luck.
-->'''Pinky:''' Contrived?
-->'''Brain:''' Exactly.
-->'''Pinky:''' I got one right!

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* Lampshaded at least once in ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''.
**
''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. It was in "Brain's Bogie" where Brain needed to steal a golf club from a famous golfer to take over the world and Pinky points out that he's doing a celebrity golf tournament soon.
-->'''Brain:''' There's only one word to describe such an amazing stroke of luck.
-->'''Pinky:''' Contrived?
-->'''Brain:''' Exactly.
-->'''Pinky:'''
luck.\\
'''Pinky:''' Contrived?\\
'''Brain:''' Exactly.\\
'''Pinky:'''
I got one right!



** Well he IS The Clock King...



* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': In ''For A Few Brains More'', Kevin and Gwen just ''happens'' to be orbiting around Earth for an astronimy assignment right when Ben, Max and Rook are calling for help against Albedo.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'':
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In ''For A Few Brains More'', Kevin and Gwen just ''happens'' ''happen'' to be orbiting around Earth for an astronimy assignment right when Ben, Max and Rook are calling for help against Albedo.
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* In the ''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]].

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* In the ''YoungWizards'' ''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]].
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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 out-of-order sign off to reveal Vanellope's picture on the side of ''Sugar Rush'''s arcade cabinet. Which so happens to be right in view of ''Fix-it-Felix'''s 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 out-of-order sign off to reveal Vanellope's picture on the side of the ''Sugar Rush'''s Rush'' arcade cabinet. Which so happens to be right in view of ''Fix-it-Felix'''s the ''Fix-it-Felix'' cabinet.]]
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* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': Fix-It Felix, lovestruck by the StatuesqueStunner Sergeant Calhoun, compliments her as "one dynamite gal". Which just happens to be an unstoppable BerserkButton for her, as it's what her late fiance used to call her as well.

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* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': ''Disney/WreckItRalph'':
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Fix-It Felix, lovestruck by the StatuesqueStunner Sergeant Calhoun, compliments her as "one dynamite gal". Which just happens to be an unstoppable BerserkButton for her, as it's what her late fiance used to call her as well.well.
** 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 out-of-order sign off to reveal Vanellope's picture on the side of ''Sugar Rush'''s arcade cabinet. Which so happens to be right in view of ''Fix-it-Felix'''s cabinet.]]
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