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* ''Film/DraculaTheDarkPrince'': Esme and Alina are carrying the Lightbringer, the only weapon capable of destroying the title's villain. At first glance and in the hands of anyone else, it looks like a SimpleStaff, but if wielded of a Cain's descendant, it turns into a SinisterScythe. Shortly after barely escaping Dracula's minions, they are attacked by a thief band who steals the staff. Their leader just so happens to be a descendant of Cain and after his fellow thieves are murdered by Dracula's minions, he joins the heroines as TheChosenOne.
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** The first student to find out about Negi's secret, Asuna, [[spoiler:is not only a magic world princess who [[LaserGuidedAmnesia had her memories of her past wiped out]], but it appears that she is also [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld a creation of Negi's ancestor]].]]

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** The first student to find out about Negi's secret, Asuna, [[spoiler:is not only a magic world princess who [[LaserGuidedAmnesia had her memories of her past wiped out]], but it appears that she is also [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld a creation of Negi's ancestor]].]]ancestor]]]].



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

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



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

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



* ''ComicBook/UltimateOrigins'' tried to link together most prominent Ultimate characters in rather contrived ways.

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* ''ComicBook/UltimateOrigins'' tried to link together most prominent Ultimate ComicBook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} characters in rather contrived ways.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'', it's amazing how many heroes who aren't normally based in Gotham or Metropolis just happened to be in the city taken by Brainiac at exactly the right time.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'', it's amazing how many heroes who aren't normally based in Gotham or Metropolis just happened to be in the city taken by Brainiac ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} at exactly the right time.



** Done 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.]]

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** Done 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.]]in]].



** However, the multiple coincidences are justified in-story by TheReveal: [[spoiler:the whole LEGO universe is a story being told by an 8 1/2 year-old kid who's making up the plot as he goes.]]

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** However, the multiple coincidences are justified in-story by TheReveal: [[spoiler:the whole LEGO universe is a story being told by an 8 1/2 year-old kid who's making up the plot as he goes.]]goes]].



* The film ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'' has quite a bit of this, to the point of being a plot point. One of the main characters repeatedly mentions that the baby they've found is a gift from God, and we see many times that she might be what's making everything fall into place so perfectly.

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* The film ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'' has quite a bit of this, to the point of being a plot point. One of the main characters repeatedly mentions that the baby they've found is a gift from God, and we see many times that she might be what's making everything fall into place so perfectly.



* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', the day Doc invents time travel just happens to be the same day that Marty's parents meet.
** Lampshaded by Doc in Film/BackToTheFuturePartII:
--->'''Doc:''' It could mean that that point in time inherently contains some sort of cosmic significance, almost as if it were the temporal junction point of the entire space-time continuum. On the other hand, it could just be an amazing coincidence.

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* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', the day Doc invents time travel just happens to be the same day that Marty's parents meet.
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meet. Lampshaded by Doc in Film/BackToTheFuturePartII:
--->'''Doc:'''
''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'':
-->'''Doc:'''
It could mean that that point in time inherently contains some sort of cosmic significance, almost as if it were the temporal junction point of the entire space-time continuum. On the other hand, it could just be an amazing coincidence.



** On a broader ''Spider-Man'' note: [[ItsPersonal all five major villains had a personal connection to Peter Parker]]. [[Comicbook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] was [[spoiler: his best friend's father]]. He'd met [[spoiler: Otto Octavius several times, and he definitely remembered him.]] New Goblin was [[spoiler: his best friend]], Venom was [[spoiler: a rival photographer whose girlfriend he stole]], and Sandman [[spoiler: killed his uncle]]. In addition, the villains tend to take his friends and family hostage a lot - Mary Jane gets kidnapped in every movie (by Norman Osborn in the first, by Otto Octavius in the second, and by Eddie Brock in the third), Aunt May is taken hostage by Octavius in the aforementioned bank robbery, and the Bugle is attacked by the Green Goblin. It seems the writers never quite grasped the concept that there are in fact more than eight people in New York (To be fair though, the Spider-man comics are much the same way, to the point that it was considered a twist when a villain turned out to be someone that Peter ''didn't'' know).
* In the ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Batman just happens to show up when [[Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] is being cornered by Bane's men and upon returning to Gotham, it seems Bruce is very quick to locate Selina. ItsASmallWorldAfterAll.

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** On a broader ''Spider-Man'' note: [[ItsPersonal all five major villains had a personal connection to Peter Parker]]. [[Comicbook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] was [[spoiler: his best friend's father]]. He'd met [[spoiler: Otto Octavius several times, and he definitely remembered him.]] New Goblin was [[spoiler: his best friend]], Venom was [[spoiler: a rival photographer whose girlfriend he stole]], and Sandman [[spoiler: killed his uncle]]. In addition, the villains tend to take his friends and family hostage a lot - Mary Jane gets kidnapped in every movie (by Norman Osborn in the first, by Otto Octavius in the second, and by Eddie Brock in the third), Aunt May is taken hostage by Octavius in the aforementioned bank robbery, and the Bugle is attacked by the Green Goblin. It seems the writers never quite grasped the concept that there are in fact more than eight people in New York (To be fair though, the Spider-man Spider-Man comics are much the same way, to the point that it was considered a twist when a villain turned out to be someone that Peter ''didn't'' know).
* In the ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Batman just happens to show up when [[Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] is being cornered by Bane's men and upon returning to Gotham, it seems Bruce is very quick to locate Selina. ItsASmallWorldAfterAll.



** In the first act of ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Tony Stark demonstrates a holographic memory projection (to a live audience) of the last time he saw his parents alive, and the cause of their deaths the same day plays a big part in the third act.

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** * In the first act of ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Tony Stark demonstrates a holographic memory projection (to a live audience) of the last time he saw his parents alive, and the cause of their deaths the same day plays a big part in the third act.



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* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': FBI trainee Clarice Starling is asked to interview the institutionalized {{serial killer}} Hannibal Lecter--a former psychiatrist--in the vague hope that he might be able to give the FBI some psychological insight that might lead them to the fugitive killer "Buffalo Bill". It turns out that Buffalo Bill's first victim (who the authorities never found out about) was one of Lecter's old patients, and that Lecter has personally met Buffalo Bill himself. The FBI had no way of knowing either of those things when they decided to interview Lecter for clues, and it's a complete coincidence that someone who knows Bill's identity is already conveniently under lock and key in an asylum.

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* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': FBI trainee Clarice Starling is asked to [[ConsultingAConvictedKiller interview the institutionalized {{serial killer}} Hannibal Lecter--a Lecter]]--a former psychiatrist--in the vague hope that he might be able to give the FBI some psychological insight that might lead them to the fugitive killer "Buffalo Bill". It turns out that Buffalo Bill's first victim (who the authorities never found out about) was one of Lecter's old patients, and that Lecter has personally met Buffalo Bill himself. The FBI had no way of knowing either of those things when they decided to interview Lecter for clues, and it's a complete coincidence that someone who knows Bill's identity is already conveniently under lock and key in an asylum.



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

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



* A particularly {{egregious}} case of this trope occurs towards the end of ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' in which the brainwashed and rehabilitated ex-hoodlum Alex just so happens to bump into every single person he ever wronged throughout the course of the book, all within in the same evening. The consequences were dire.

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* A particularly {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} case of this trope occurs towards the end of ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' in which the brainwashed and rehabilitated ex-hoodlum Alex just so happens to bump into every single person he ever wronged throughout the course of the book, all within in the same evening. The consequences were dire.



* In Creator/GeorgeEliot's ''{{Middlemarch}}'', Bulstrode turns out to be Will Ladislaw's step-grandfather. This, together with the way in which Raffles tracks down Bulstrode in the first place, is quite a large coincidence. Raffles's surprise on his discovery acknowledges that it's a coincidence, but Bulstrode's relationship to Ladislaw is glossed over. How did Bulstrode come to be living in the same area as Will, when one would have thought he'd want to avoid any association? A relatively subtle example by 19th-century standards, though, and nothing on [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]].

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* In Creator/GeorgeEliot's ''{{Middlemarch}}'', ''Literature/{{Middlemarch}}'', Bulstrode turns out to be Will Ladislaw's step-grandfather. This, together with the way in which Raffles tracks down Bulstrode in the first place, is quite a large coincidence. Raffles's surprise on his discovery acknowledges that it's a coincidence, but Bulstrode's relationship to Ladislaw is glossed over. How did Bulstrode come to be living in the same area as Will, when one would have thought he'd want to avoid any association? A relatively subtle example by 19th-century standards, though, and nothing on [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens]].



** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''

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** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'':



*** If you believe that certain Headmaster had nothing to do with it, the victims of the Basilisk were ''stupendously'' lucky - they all just happened to look it in the eyes indirectly, so they got petrified instead of killed. Said indirect ways include: in a puddle of spilled water, through a camera (in the dark of the night, mind you), and ''through a ghost''. The last victim specifically used a mirror to look around the corner, but the timing was still impeccable - if she was attacked half an hour earlied, she'd been dead, but if the Basilisk lingered a few more minutes, she would've reached a member of faculty with her newfound knowledge of the attacker's identity, and the whole plot would've been screwed.
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban''

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*** If you believe that a certain Headmaster had nothing to do with it, the victims of the Basilisk were ''stupendously'' lucky - they all just happened to look it in the eyes indirectly, so they got petrified instead of killed. Said indirect ways include: in a puddle of spilled water, through a camera (in the dark of the night, mind you), and ''through a ghost''. The last victim specifically used a mirror to look around the corner, but the timing was still impeccable - if she was attacked half an hour earlied, she'd been dead, but if the Basilisk lingered a few more minutes, she would've reached a member of faculty with her newfound knowledge of the attacker's identity, and the whole plot would've been screwed.
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban''''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'':



** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', if it was indeed a chance and not one of Dumbledore's {{GambitRoulette}}s, then it was one hell of a coincidence that Harry was the one to receive [[spoiler:Snape's]] old potion book full of nifty hints that won him a plot-essential luck potion and directed to the solution that saved [[spoiler: Ron's]] life. Both assassination attempts by [[spoiler: Draco Malfoy]] only failed to claim lives due to contrived coincidences.

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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', if it was indeed a chance and not one of Dumbledore's {{GambitRoulette}}s, {{Gambit Roulette}}s, then it was one hell of a coincidence that Harry was the one to receive [[spoiler:Snape's]] old potion book full of nifty hints that won him a plot-essential luck potion and directed to the solution that saved [[spoiler: Ron's]] life. Both assassination attempts by [[spoiler: Draco Malfoy]] only failed to claim lives due to contrived coincidences.



*** Then the Trio infiltrates the Ministry of Magic to track down that one particular person, and they disguise themselves as random Ministry officials. Almost immediately one of those disguises is invited by their mark to assist her at a hearing in a conveniently secluded location where they can safely steal the locket. Plus, in the film all the folks they impersonate with Polyjuice Potion (being just the first three people they could steal hair from) just happen to have the same hair colors as the actual Trio, so viewers can still eaisly know who is who.

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*** Then the Trio infiltrates the Ministry of Magic to track down that one particular person, and they disguise themselves as random Ministry officials. Almost immediately one of those disguises is invited by their mark to assist her at a hearing in a conveniently secluded location where they can safely steal the locket. Plus, in the film all the folks they impersonate with Polyjuice Potion (being just the first three people they could steal hair from) just happen to have the same hair colors as the actual Trio, so viewers can still eaisly easily know who is who.



*** All three Deathly Hallow (i.e.: legendary, one of a kind items highly sought by many) came to Harry's hands as a result of the trope: The Cloak of Invisibility just happened to be a family heirloom that Harry inherited. Harry became the owner of the Elder Wand (which saved his life in the end) because he just happened to disarm its owner, Draco. Neither Draco nor Harry were aware that Draco was the owner, and Harry didn't even know that disarming someone made one the new owner of their wand. Harry received the Resurrection Stone from Dumbledore, who got it by accident when he was tracking down the Horcruxes, as Voldermort had turned it into one. And Voldemort had it because it was a family heirloom; he wasn't even aware that it was one of the Deathly Hallows.
*** Everything that relays to the Malfoy Manor incident and the Cup of Hufflepuff is one ''massive'' ball of coincidences. The heroes are captured because Harry randomly [[SpeakOfTheDevil blurts out Voldemort's name]]. Their captors suddenly decide against taking them to Ministry as they were supposed to do, and they cannot summon Voldemort directly, so they take them to the Malfoy Manor instead. While there, Malfoys drag their feet with calling Voldemort long enough for Bellatrix Lestrange, who just happens to also be there at the time, to come in, see that the kids have the Sword of Griffindor, which they have only recently acquired, and freak out, because the sword was supposed to be in her bank vault, and she's also the one Death Eater that Voldemort entrusted his SoulJar, which she also placed inside the vault. This causes her to delay summoning Voldemort and put the kids in a dungeon cell (and she's also a psychotic sadist, so she opts for prolonged torture to find out about the sword instead of a quick mind probe). They escape because the guard duty was given to the only Death Eater who was in Harry's debt and would have any reason to hesitate to stop him. While they're at it, they save a group of people kidnapped by the villains, which just happens to include a goblin (the same goblin Harry met on his first day at Gringotts, no less), who can help them sneak into the bank vault.
*** Tracking down and the destruction Rawenclaw's diadem is also only possible because of a string of coincidences. It just happens to be the random thing Harry picked up and put on a bust's head to mark it a year earlier, which unlike the other horcruxes is conveniently not hidden or protected by any means due to Voldermort's villain stupidity. The Rowenna Ravenclaw just happens to be the house ghost of Rawenclaw and also the only person who knows what's happened to her mother's diadem. Then one of the dumbest students happens to conjure up a powerful magical fire that can destroy horcruxes, which accidentally touches it, but not is not engulfed in it, otherwise the heroes wouldn't know for certain that it's destroyed.
*** Voldemort decides to stop a battle to bring forth the Sorting Hat, the only thing that can conjure the only thing that can destroy horcruxes and is convenient for killing snakes, and the one that's both of those things happens to be nearby.

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*** All three Deathly Hallow Hallows (i.e.: legendary, one of a kind items highly sought by many) came to Harry's hands as a result of the trope: The Cloak of Invisibility just happened to be a family heirloom that Harry inherited. Harry became the owner of the Elder Wand (which saved his life in the end) because he just happened to disarm its owner, Draco. Neither Draco nor Harry were aware that Draco was the owner, and Harry didn't even know that disarming someone made one the new owner of their wand. Harry received the Resurrection Stone from Dumbledore, who got it by accident when he was tracking down the Horcruxes, as Voldermort had turned it into one. And Voldemort had it because it was a family heirloom; he wasn't even aware that it was one of the Deathly Hallows.
*** Everything that relays to the Malfoy Manor incident and the Cup of Hufflepuff is one ''massive'' ball of coincidences. The heroes are captured because Harry randomly [[SpeakOfTheDevil blurts out Voldemort's name]]. Their captors suddenly decide against taking them to the Ministry as they were supposed to do, and they cannot summon Voldemort directly, so they take them to the Malfoy Manor instead. While there, the Malfoys drag their feet with calling Voldemort long enough for Bellatrix Lestrange, who just happens to also be there at the time, to come in, see that the kids have the Sword of Griffindor, Gryffindor, which they have only recently acquired, and freak out, because the sword was supposed to be in her bank vault, and she's also the one Death Eater that Voldemort entrusted his SoulJar, which she also placed inside the vault. This causes her to delay summoning Voldemort and put the kids in a dungeon cell (and she's also a psychotic sadist, so she opts for prolonged torture to find out about the sword instead of a quick mind probe). They escape because the guard duty was given to the only Death Eater who was in Harry's debt and would have any reason to hesitate to stop him. While they're at it, they save a group of people kidnapped by the villains, which just happens to include a goblin (the same goblin Harry met on his first day at Gringotts, no less), who can help them sneak into the bank vault.
*** Tracking down and the destruction Rawenclaw's of Ravenclaw's diadem is also only possible because of a string of coincidences. It just happens to be the random thing Harry picked up and put on a bust's head to mark it a year earlier, which unlike the other horcruxes is conveniently not hidden or protected by any means due to Voldermort's villain stupidity. The Rowenna Ravenclaw just happens to be the house ghost of Rawenclaw Ravenclaw and also the only person who knows what's happened to her mother's diadem. Then one of the dumbest students happens to conjure up a powerful magical fire that can destroy horcruxes, which accidentally touches it, but not is not engulfed in it, otherwise allowing the heroes wouldn't to know for certain that it's destroyed.
*** Voldemort decides to stop a battle to bring forth the Sorting Hat, the only thing that can conjure the only thing item that can destroy horcruxes and is convenient for killing snakes, and the one that's both of those things happens to be nearby.



** In the "Notes" section of ''Literature/SkeletonCrew'', King describes an outlandish coincidence he claims actually happened to him. When he was an undergraduate, he submitted a story called "The Float" (an earlier version of "The Raft") to a men's magazine, which would pay only upon publication of the story. Later that year, while driving around late at night in the town of Orono, a traffic cone which road workers had failed to remove knocked his car's muffler loose from its tailpipe. Angered, King decided to drive around town picking up other traffic cones which had also been left out. He had picked up a good number of them when he was pulled over by an Orono cop, who took him into custody. The judge levied a fine against King of $250 which he didn't have. Looking at 30 days in jail if he couldn't come up with the money, King saw no way out -- until a check for $250 came in the mail from the men's magazine to which he'd submitted "The Float".

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** In the "Notes" section of ''Literature/SkeletonCrew'', King describes an outlandish coincidence he claims actually happened to him. When he was an undergraduate, he submitted a story called "The Float" (an earlier version of "The Raft") to a men's magazine, which would pay only upon publication of the story. Later that year, while driving around late at night in the town of Orono, a traffic cone which that road workers had failed to remove knocked his car's muffler loose from its tailpipe. Angered, King decided to drive around town picking up other traffic cones which had also been left out. He had picked up a good number of them when he was pulled over by an Orono cop, who took him into custody. The judge levied a fine against King of $250 which he didn't have. Looking at 30 days in jail if he couldn't come up with the money, King saw no way out -- until a check for $250 came in the mail from the men's magazine to which he'd submitted "The Float".



* There are several in Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'', such as the meeting of the grandfather and his four grandchildren, but one when Laura can't talk without remindind Sophia of her troubles, and when Sophia begs to talk to distract her, and a carriage overturns, is enough for Laura to remark on it. That the carriage happens to be carrying their husbands doesn't, however.

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* There are several in Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'', such as the meeting of the grandfather and his four grandchildren, but one when Laura can't talk without remindind reminding Sophia of her troubles, and when Sophia begs to talk to distract her, and a carriage overturns, is enough for Laura to remark on it. That the carriage happens to be carrying their husbands doesn't, however.



* In Bram Stoker's ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', when Dracula goes to England he chooses to arrive in Whitby. Fair enough...except that Mina Murray, the fiancee of Jonathan Harker - the man Dracula hired to find a house for him in England - happens to be on holiday there at the exact same time he arrives. What's more, Lucy Westenra - Mina's best friend - is one of Dracula's very first victims. And it doesn't stop there: one of Lucy's suitors, Dr Seward, happens to be in charge of a lunatic asylum ''practically next door'' to Dracula's aforementioned new house. But wait, there's ''still'' more! Seward's friend and mentor, Abraham van Helsing, just so happens to know a lot about vampires and how to ward them off or kill them. ''Phew.''

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* In Bram Stoker's Creator/BramStoker's ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', when Dracula goes to England he chooses to arrive in Whitby. Fair enough...except that Mina Murray, the fiancee of Jonathan Harker - the man Dracula hired to find a house for him in England - happens to be on holiday there at the exact same time he arrives. What's more, Lucy Westenra - Mina's best friend - is one of Dracula's very first victims. And it doesn't stop there: one of Lucy's suitors, Dr Seward, happens to be in charge of a lunatic asylum ''practically next door'' to Dracula's aforementioned new house. But wait, there's ''still'' more! Seward's friend and mentor, Abraham van Helsing, just so happens to know a lot about vampires and how to ward them off or kill them. ''Phew.''



* Anthony Powell's ''Literature/ADanceToTheMusicOfTime'' runs on this. In a cycle of [[{{Doorstopper}} twelve novels]] tracing the lives of a group of upper-class English people from the [[GenteelInterbellumSetting 1920s]] to the 1970s, characters keep coincidentally running into each other or finding unexpected connections to people they used to know. The constant use of coincidence is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in one of the later novels, which quotes the mystic [[{{Cult}} cult]] leader Dr. Trelawney as saying: "Coincidence is no more than magic in action."

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* Anthony Powell's ''Literature/ADanceToTheMusicOfTime'' runs on this. In a cycle of [[{{Doorstopper}} twelve novels]] tracing the lives of a group of upper-class English people from the [[GenteelInterbellumSetting 1920s]] to the 1970s, characters keep coincidentally running into each other or finding unexpected connections to people they used to know. The constant use of coincidence is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one of the later novels, which quotes the mystic [[{{Cult}} cult]] {{cult}} leader Dr. Trelawney as saying: "Coincidence is no more than magic in action."



* In the first episode of ''Series/TheTick'''s live action show, The Red Scare, a communist assassin robot built in 1979 and programmed to hunt down and kill Jimmy Carter, is deployed in The City by a group of neo-commies who were trying to reprogram it to kill the postmaster general. Unfortunately, The Tick and Arthur foil them and accidentally activate the robot before the commies could reprogram it. Upon interrogating the communists and learning the latter, Arthur suddenly notices the title of that day's local newspaper. I'll give you three guesses as to what it says, and the latter two do not count.

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* In the first episode of ''Series/TheTick'''s live action show, ''Series/TheTick'', The Red Scare, a communist assassin robot built in 1979 and programmed to hunt down and kill Jimmy Carter, is deployed in The City by a group of neo-commies who were trying to reprogram it to kill the postmaster general. Unfortunately, The Tick and Arthur foil them and accidentally activate the robot before the commies could reprogram it. Upon interrogating the communists and learning the latter, Arthur suddenly notices the title of that day's local newspaper. I'll give you three guesses as to what it says, and the latter two do not count.



* ''Series/{{Lost}}''

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** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E5TheApple}} The Apple]]" the crew know nothing of Vaal, the computer that runs the world, yet despite the entire planet having a virtually constant climate they beam down within walking distance of Vaal.

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** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E5TheApple}} "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E5TheApple The Apple]]" the crew know nothing of Vaal, the computer that runs the world, yet despite the entire planet having a virtually constant climate they beam down within walking distance of Vaal.



** In [=DS9's=] "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E02RocksAndShoals}} Rocks and Shoals]]", the crew's disabled ship not only finds a conveniently close nebula to hide in, but they find a planet in the nebula, and crash within walking distance of similarly shipwrecked Dominion troops.

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** In [=DS9's=] "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E02RocksAndShoals}} "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E02RocksAndShoals Rocks and Shoals]]", the crew's disabled ship not only finds a conveniently close nebula to hide in, but they find a planet in the nebula, and crash within walking distance of similarly shipwrecked Dominion troops.



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

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



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'':



** [[VideoGame/{{Mother 1}} The prequel]]'s whole plot is due to a contrived coincidence: namely, that Ninten [[spoiler:is a descendent of the humans who raised Giegue]]. If this were not so, then he would be unable to enter Magicant and find out that he must collect all eight [[PlotCoupons melodies]] [[spoiler:which are the only things that can make Giegue call off his invasion of Earth]]. And even with all that, the only reason he stumbles into Magicant in the first place is because his town's curfew prevents him from leaving [[FirstTown his hometown]] the conventional way, requiring him to go [[DungeonBypass off the beaten path]].

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** [[VideoGame/{{Mother 1}} The prequel]]'s whole plot is due to a contrived coincidence: namely, that Ninten [[spoiler:is a descendent of the humans who raised Giegue]]. If this were not so, then he would be unable to enter Magicant and find out that he must collect all eight [[PlotCoupons [[PlotCoupon melodies]] [[spoiler:which are the only things that can make Giegue call off his invasion of Earth]]. And even with all that, the only reason he stumbles into Magicant in the first place is because his town's curfew prevents him from leaving [[FirstTown his hometown]] the conventional way, requiring him to go [[DungeonBypass off the beaten path]].



* ''StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'': Most campaign missions are tailored to heavily if not critically rely on the use of a new unit introduced in each mission. Usully it's not too odd, because you're supplied that unit by your technicians or allies, apparently after analysing the situation and its requirements. But at one occasion (The "Train Robbery" mission), you just happened to find the units you absolutely need to win, lying around the battlefield, somehow ignored by the enemy.

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* ''StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'': ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'': Most campaign missions are tailored to heavily if not critically rely on the use of a new unit introduced in each mission. Usully it's not too odd, because you're supplied that unit by your technicians or allies, apparently after analysing the situation and its requirements. But at one occasion (The "Train Robbery" mission), you just happened to find the units you absolutely need to win, lying around the battlefield, somehow ignored by the enemy.



* Chapter 3 of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. All the other parts of the comic's GenerationXerox have a reasonable in-universe explanation, but in this chapter Reynardine, attempting to escape from the Court, smashes through several roofs. And one of these roofs just happens to be the dorm of Antimony Carver, the daughter of Rey's old friend Surma. This then gets practically [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] shortly later: Annie tries to find Rey again, but has no idea where he is. Then she finds a train, [[ExpoLabel clearly labeled]] "Secret Train To Large Animal Holding Cells (Very Hush Hush, You Know.)" which naturally takes her straight to Reynardine.

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* Chapter 3 of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. All the other parts of the comic's GenerationXerox have a reasonable in-universe explanation, but in this chapter Reynardine, attempting to escape from the Court, smashes through several roofs. And one of these roofs just happens to be the dorm of Antimony Carver, the daughter of Rey's old friend Surma. This then gets practically [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d shortly later: Annie tries to find Rey again, but has no idea where he is. Then she finds a train, [[ExpoLabel clearly labeled]] "Secret Train To Large Animal Holding Cells (Very Hush Hush, You Know.)" which naturally takes her straight to Reynardine.



* In ''{{Rhapsodies}}'' Dielle Hardin finds herself dragged cross country in this manner courtesy of a CelestialBureaucracy ''(In their defense, ContrivedCoincidence is [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/09132010/ all they are budgeted for..]])''

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* In ''{{Rhapsodies}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' Dielle Hardin finds herself dragged cross country in this manner courtesy of a CelestialBureaucracy ''(In their defense, ContrivedCoincidence is [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/09132010/ all they are budgeted for..]])''



* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': The two events that cause the second half of Chapter 15 to be a WhamEpisode have surprisingly good timing to each other. [[spoiler:The first event is that the tank breaks down for good one morning, meaning that the crew will have to reach the dock where a boat is supposed to pick them up on foot. The second is that Tuuri starts developping symptoms of the Rash, leading her to killing herself rather that being killed by the disease, on the evening of the same day, that was being used to prepare for the trek. The Rash has an incubation period ranging from a few days, which had passed since her potential infection at this point, to two weeks. Tuuri is both the crew's driver and mechanic, which means that symptoms showing earlier would have most likely affected her work in keeping the tank going. One of the roles the tank was fulfilling was acting a reverse quarantine for Reynir, the only other member of the crew who can catch the Rash, while the crew was waiting to see if Tuuri was having the asymptomatic incubation phase or was simply not infected. This means Tuuri's symptoms showing up any time later would have lead to having to somehow maintain the quarantine conditions while on foot.]]

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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': The two events that cause the second half of Chapter 15 to be a WhamEpisode have surprisingly good timing to each other. [[spoiler:The first event is that the tank breaks down for good one morning, meaning that the crew will have to reach the dock where a boat is supposed to pick them up on foot. The second is that Tuuri starts developping developing symptoms of the Rash, leading her to killing herself rather that being killed by the disease, on the evening of the same day, day that was being used to prepare for the trek. The Rash has an incubation period ranging from a few days, which had passed since her potential infection at this point, to two weeks. Tuuri is both the crew's driver and mechanic, which means that symptoms showing earlier would have most likely affected her work in keeping the tank going. One of the roles the tank was fulfilling was acting a reverse quarantine for Reynir, the only other member of the crew who can catch the Rash, while the crew was waiting to see if Tuuri was having the asymptomatic incubation phase or was simply not infected. This means Tuuri's symptoms showing up any time later would have lead led to having to somehow maintain the quarantine conditions while on foot.]]






** [[{{Recap/FuturamaS2E4XmasStory}} In the first Xmas special]]: Leela and Fry are saved from Santa's TOW missile when [[BrickJoke the parrot Fry bought earlier]] flies into the way.

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** [[{{Recap/FuturamaS2E4XmasStory}} [[Recap/FuturamaS2E4XmasStory In the first Xmas special]]: Leela and Fry are saved from Santa's TOW missile when [[BrickJoke the parrot Fry bought earlier]] flies into the way.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' was entirely built around [[LampshadeHanging Lampshading]] this trope, starting from normal usage and becoming territory by the end of the episode.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' was entirely built around [[LampshadeHanging Lampshading]] {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing this trope, starting from normal usage and becoming territory by the end of the episode.



** {{Contrived Coincidence}}s happen frequently in 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).

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** {{Contrived Coincidence}}s Contrived Coincidences happen frequently in the series, usually neatly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, but the episode "Rewriting History" "[[Recap/KimPossibleS2E30RewritingHistory 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).



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons ''
** The entire episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E8TrilogyOfError Trilogy of Error]]". Everything that happens to each character is a direct result of something (usually stupid) that another character has done, always with no idea that their actions are influencing the rest of the family. Eventually everyone's paths have crossed and re-crossed until, at the end of the episode, everyone's in the same situation.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons ''
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** The entire episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E8TrilogyOfError "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E18TrilogyOfError Trilogy of Error]]". Everything that happens to each character is a direct result of something (usually stupid) that another character has done, always with no idea that their actions are influencing the rest of the family. Eventually everyone's paths have crossed and re-crossed until, at the end of the episode, everyone's in the same situation.



** In every 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.

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** In every 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.OncePerEpisode. Perry the Platypus is the only one who's aware how much the characters affect each other's lives on a daily basis.



* In ''StreetSharks'', Melvin just happens to stay at the same hotel that [[spoiler:the Sharks' father]] is hiding in, leading to him accidentally eating mutagen popcorn and turning into a shark hybrid himself.

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* In ''StreetSharks'', ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'', Melvin just happens to stay at the same hotel that [[spoiler:the Sharks' father]] is hiding in, leading to him accidentally eating mutagen popcorn and turning into a shark hybrid himself.



* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo''

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* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'':



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Powerpuff Girls}}'': In "Meet The Beat-Alls", this is how the titular villanous super-team was formed. Mojo Jojo, [=HIM=], Fuzzy Lumpkins and Princess Morbucks each went to the Powerpuff Girls' house to kill them, and by sheer luck they all decided to do so on the same night.
* The fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Samurai Jack}}'' is full of these:

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Powerpuff Girls}}'': ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': In "Meet The Beat-Alls", this is how the titular villanous villainous super-team was formed. Mojo Jojo, [=HIM=], Fuzzy Lumpkins and Princess Morbucks each went to the Powerpuff Girls' house to kill them, and by sheer luck they all decided to do so on the same night.
* The fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Samurai Jack}}'' ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is full of these:



** But the biggest coincidence of all is [[spoiler: that Scaramouche knew from the first episode of the season that Jack lost his sword. Yet, it took him the entire season to tell Aku just ''after'' Jack got his sword back. [[YouHaveFailedMe You can tell what happened afterwards]].]]

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** But the biggest coincidence of all is [[spoiler: that Scaramouche knew from the first episode of the season that Jack lost his sword. Yet, it took him the entire season to tell Aku just ''after'' Jack got his sword back. [[YouHaveFailedMe You can tell what happened afterwards]].]]afterwards]]]].



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': In the episode "One Krab's Trash", Mr. Krabs sells SpongeBob a novelty soda-drinking hat, only to discover immediately afterward that the hat is worth millions. To get it back, the greedy Krabs pretends to be the restless ghost of "Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen"--a name he makes up on the spot--and tells SpongeBob that the cap must be restored to his grave. Somehow, though, there ''is'' a fish named Smitty Werbenjaegarmanjensen in the local cemetery, and that hat ''did'' once belong to him.
** In "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost," Squidward makes a wax sculpture of himself, then goes off to take a shower. SpongeBob and Patrick inadvertently break the statue and later cause it to melt, and are sure that they've killed Squidward...who then emerges from the bathroom wearing a white robe and facial powder that makes him look like a pale ghost. Had he not stepped out at that precise moment, the episode would have been over very quickly.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
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In the episode "One Krab's Trash", Mr. Krabs sells SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] a novelty soda-drinking hat, only to discover immediately afterward that the hat is worth millions. To get it back, the greedy Krabs pretends to be the restless ghost of "Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen"--a name he makes up on the spot--and tells SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] that the cap must be restored to his grave. Somehow, though, there ''is'' a fish named Smitty Werbenjaegarmanjensen in the local cemetery, and that hat ''did'' once belong to him.
** In "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost," Squidward makes a wax sculpture of himself, then goes off to take a shower. SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick inadvertently break the statue and later cause it to melt, and are sure that they've killed Squidward...who then emerges from the bathroom wearing a white robe and facial powder that makes him look like a pale ghost. Had he not stepped out at that precise moment, the episode would have been over very quickly.
25th Nov '17 7:19:57 AM Nadim
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Powerpuff Girls}}'': In "Meet The Beat-Alls", this is how the titular villanous super-team was formed. Mojo Jojo, [=HIM=], Fuzzy Lumpkins and Princess Morbucks each went to the Powerpuff Girls' house to kill them individually, and by sheer luck they all decided to do so on the same night.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Powerpuff Girls}}'': In "Meet The Beat-Alls", this is how the titular villanous super-team was formed. Mojo Jojo, [=HIM=], Fuzzy Lumpkins and Princess Morbucks each went to the Powerpuff Girls' house to kill them individually, them, and by sheer luck they all decided to do so on the same night.
25th Nov '17 7:18:07 AM Nadim
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Powerpuff Girls}}'': In "Meet The Beat-Alls", this is how the titular villanous super-team was formed. Mojo Jojo, [=HIM=], Fuzzy Lumpkins and Princess Morbucks each went to the Powerpuff Girls' house to kill them individually, and by sheer luck they all decided to do so on the same night.
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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/{{Galavant}}'', where several characters enter [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Forest of Coincidence]], and manage, in the space of about five minutes, to both provide some exposition and set up several plot points to be solved.
23rd Nov '17 10:10:21 PM Gamermaster
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*** After Arf Rebelled and fled to Earth. She ended up being found by Alisa, One of Nanoha's Friends.

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*** After Arf Rebelled and fled to Earth. She ended up being found by Alisa, One one of Nanoha's Friends.



** [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS Season 3 (StrikerS)]]:

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** [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid ViVid]]:

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* In ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', Tohru just so happens to be rescued by (and fall in love with) Kobayashi, whose manager is a close friend of Tohru's father. Then Tohru's rival Elma gets a job at that very same company when she's stranded on Earth, and is assigned to the same department as Kobayashi (after having chosen a job at random).
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* In ''Film/DragMeToHell'' the protagonist is cursed to go to hell via being given a cursed button. Towards the end of the film she is carrying the button with her in a blank envelope, when her co-worker gives her a lift in his car. He has a bunch of paperwork from the office in the back of his car, ''and'' he happens to be a coin collector, and he is also carrying with him a rare coin he recently acquired, about the same size as the cursed button, ''also'' in a similar blank envelope. Naturally this improbable similarity leads to a mixup, with him picking up the envelope with the button and her the coin.

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* In ''Film/DragMeToHell'' the protagonist is cursed to go to hell Hell via being given a cursed button. Towards the end of the film she is carrying the button with her in a blank envelope, when her co-worker gives her a lift in his car. He has a bunch of paperwork from the office in the back of his car, ''and'' he happens to be a coin collector, and he is also carrying with him a rare coin he recently acquired, about the same size as the cursed button, ''also'' in a similar blank envelope. Naturally this improbable similarity leads to a mixup, with him picking up the envelope with the button and her the coin.
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\n* In ''Film/DragMeToHell'' the protagonist is cursed to go to hell via being given a cursed button. Towards the end of the film she is carrying the button with her in a blank envelope, when her co-worker gives her a lift in his car. He has a bunch of paperwork from the office in the back of his car, ''and'' he happens to be a coin collector, and he is also carrying with him a rare coin he recently acquired, about the same size as the cursed button, ''also'' in a similar blank envelope. Naturally this improbable similarity leads to a mixup, with him picking up the envelope with the button and her the coin.
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** There was a LampshadeHanging on 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.
** Or possibly just the remains of a satellite that collided with God.
** The real coincidence there is when Fry smacks the radio telescope equipment in frustration, sending it spinning around in a random direction. As he does so, he laments that he just wants Bender back, within range of the microphone. The equipment just happens to end up pointing in the exact right spot for his message to reach God, allowing him to send Bender in the right direction to get home.
** Further lampshaded on the commentary when one of the writers notes "And that's how we wrote our way out of that one".

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** There was a LampshadeHanging on 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, Justified because actual, the literal {{God}} {{God}}, or a close facsimile, was involved.
** Or possibly just the remains of a satellite that collided with God.
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The real coincidence there is when Fry smacks the radio telescope equipment in frustration, sending it spinning around in a random direction. As he does so, he laments that he just wants Bender back, within range of the microphone. The equipment just happens to end up pointing in the exact right spot for his message to reach God, allowing him to send Bender in the right direction to get home.
** Further lampshaded
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on the commentary commentary, when one of the writers notes says "And that's how we wrote our way out of that one".
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** It was also good that they never bought a new van/fixed the old one, since it would stop breaking down in front of creepy old haunted buildings.
*** Also strange, since they clearly can afford to have it shipped overseas on some of their international mysteries.

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** It was also good that they never bought a new van/fixed the old one, since it would stop breaking down in front of creepy old haunted buildings.
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buildings. Also strange, since they clearly can afford to have it shipped overseas on some of their international mysteries.
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