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10th Dec '17 8:30:43 PM chopshop
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* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'': Untold amounts of suffering and hardships could have been prevented had Abin Sur simply considered the possibility that Atrocitus was right in his prophecies. Almost every single thing Atrocitus foresaw (Abin Sur's ring failing him, Sinestro turning evil, a [[ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar "War of Light"]], [[ComicBook/BlackestNight the Black Lanterns]], etc.) would happen, but Sur initially thought it was all just blustering. By the time Sur finally acknowledged that the prophecies may be correct, it was too late and his attempts to investigate them [[SelfFulfillingProphecy led to his ring failing and him dying]]. This does not go uncommented upon.
23rd Nov '17 4:32:29 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': Its sequel ''Picking Up the Pieces'' has a relatively mild example - Sweet Surprise, who's been worried about her reputation affecting that of her husband and wife unless she works very hard to improve it (by doing a lot of overtime work in her office), realizes (after some supporting words from her husband) that she could have avoided quite a bit of drama with them if she'd just spoken to them about her worries, and Sound Mindís additional support when she arrives on the scene helps as well. Fortunately, they're both very understanding about the whole thing.
22nd Nov '17 8:49:54 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': A significant portion of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc could have been avoided had had Yamamoto heeded Mayuri's warnings about a possible Quincy invasion and taken measures to prepare. Mayuri calls him out on it when Yamamoto tries to invoke CassandraDidIt:

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': A significant portion of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc could have been avoided had had Yamamoto heeded Mayuri's warnings about a possible Quincy invasion and taken measures to prepare. Mayuri calls him out on it when Yamamoto tries to invoke CassandraDidIt:


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*** To further drive the above point home, during the final showdown with Kid Buu, Goku admits to Vegeta that he could have killed the fat Majin Buu at Super Saiyan 3, but ''deliberately chose not to'' because he wanted to give Trunks and Goten the chance to do so, and [[HelpingWouldBeKillstealing because he didn't want the next generation to think they could just depend on him all the time, especially since he was dead at the time and only had a one day pass]]. Goku's inaction led to the birth of Super Buu, resulting in things getting ''much'' worse before they get any better.
20th Oct '17 3:38:26 PM KidDynamite
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* All of the mayhem in ''Film/FirstBlood'' wouldn't have gone on had a small-town sheriff allowed a homeless Vietnam War veteran to eat at a restaurant within town limits, instead of arresting him on trumped-up charges of "vagrancy" (i.e. being homeless) among others and letting his deputies rough him up. The veteran's former commander has to show up to lend his aid in getting him to surrender, and the first time they talk, the veteran explains himself in part:

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* All of the mayhem in ''Film/FirstBlood'' wouldn't have gone on had a small-town sheriff allowed a homeless Vietnam War veteran to eat at a restaurant within town limits, instead of arresting him on trumped-up charges of "vagrancy" (i.e. being homeless) among others and letting his deputies rough him up. The veteran's former commander has to show up to lend his aid in getting him to surrender, and the first time they talk, the veteran explains himself in part:
3rd Oct '17 1:05:43 PM AdelePotter
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* In ''Literature/TheHeartsWeSold'', Dee tells the Daemon that he could've avoided a ''lot'' of hassle if [[spoiler:he'd just been upfront with his charges from the start, telling them what, exactly, he needed them for ''before'' they made a deal with him, and then letting them decide for themselves, rather than tricking them into it. The Daemon explains that he doesn't think anyone would willingly lay down their lives if he was honest with them from the start, even though it's for the greater good.]]
1st Oct '17 2:42:50 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Magneto was killed by Xavier in the first act of ComicBook/UltimateXMen... or so it seemed. Actually, Xavier staged the whole thing, brainwashed Magneto and tried to rehabilitate him. Things got wreched when the Brotherhood discovered it and restored his mind. Everything that Magnet did since that point (from ''Ultimate War'' to ''Ultimatum'') could have been avoided if Xavier did kill Magneto when he had the chance, and he was frequently [[WhatTheHellHero called upon it]].

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* Magneto was killed by Xavier in the first act of ComicBook/UltimateXMen... ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen''...or so it seemed. Actually, Xavier staged the whole thing, brainwashed Magneto and tried to rehabilitate him. Things got wreched when the Brotherhood discovered it and restored his mind. Everything that Magnet Magneto did since that point (from ''Ultimate War'' to ''Ultimatum'') could have been avoided if Xavier did kill Magneto when he had the chance, and he was frequently [[WhatTheHellHero called upon it]].
12th Sep '17 7:25:35 AM GrigorII
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* Magneto was killed by Xavier in the first act of ComicBook/UltimateXMen... or so it seemed. Actually, Xavier staged the whole thing, brainwashed Magneto and tried to rehabilitate him. Things got wreched when the Brotherhood discovered it and restored his mind. Everything that Magnet did since that point (from ''Ultimate War'' to ''Ultimatum'') could have been avoided if Xavier did kill Magneto when he had the chance, and he was frequently [[WhatTheHellHero called upon it]].
5th Sep '17 4:25:02 PM WanderingBrowser
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', dwarven cleric Durkon Thundershield was exiled from his homeland because of a prophecy that his next return would bring disaster to his people. Except that this prophecy was never told to Durkon himself, and this led to a buried resentment for his exile developing over the years. [[spoiler:When his adventuring career ends due to his being turned into a vampire, the evil spirit that takes over his body as part of that is fueled by this resentment, giving it an edge in controlling him.]] And by that point, he'd actually successfully petitioned for permission to return, which was granted because nobody outside of a small circle knew about the prophecy. That not ''telling'' the LawfulGood dwarf about the reason he was exiled was a bad idea is lampshaded mercilessly in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1096.html comic #1096]]:
-->'''Roy Greenhilt''': You've met Durkon! I'm pretty sure if you told him it would help innocent people, he'd break his leg trying to boot his own ass out the door!
31st Aug '17 3:28:39 PM Sammettik
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** The episode "Three Girls and a Monster" has a giant, {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le CaptainErsatz of Franchise/{{Godzilla}} show up and lay waste to Townsville. Blossom and Buttercup spend the entire episode trying to beat it individually to show whether Brains or Brawn is the best way. Finally Bubbles, annoyed at the other two, just flies up and asks the monster nicely if it could stop destroying the town and leave. It does.

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** The episode "Three Girls and a Monster" has a giant, {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le CaptainErsatz of Franchise/{{Godzilla}} show shows up and lay lays waste to Townsville. Blossom and Buttercup spend the entire episode trying to beat it individually to show whether Brains or Brawn is the best way. Finally Bubbles, annoyed at the other two, just flies up and asks the monster nicely if it could stop destroying the town and leave. It does.
29th Aug '17 12:28:06 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* If ''{{Series/Monk}}'' had [[spoiler:opened his wife's Christmas present earlier he'd have found the message she left him, saying exactly who'd have killed her and why. Sadly it isn't until ten years after her death that he finally does.]]
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