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25th Feb '17 3:14:52 AM Aribter-Nelson
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* ''VideoGame/ElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has two fighting factions plunging Skyrim into civil-war, The Imperials lead by General Tulius, who are obligated to keep the peace for their province and the Stormcloaks lead by Ulfric Stormcloak, who wants to have the freedom to worship their native son become ascended god, Talos. Peace is an impossibility at this point, the Empire can't honor Talos anymore due to a treaty, violating it would mean war, and cultural sensibilities of the people of Skyrim prevent the Stormcloaks from just accepting this so Ulfric Stormcloak killed the former king of Skyrim to take his place and reinstate Talos. But turns out the former king not only admired Ulfric but worshiped Talos privately, the only reason he didn't seek to repeal the law himself was he wasn't sure enough of the other rulers would support him. In-fact the only reason Ulfric got into see the High-King in the first place was he thought Ulfric was going to ask him to do exactly that, instead Ulfric opted to assassinate him. Could have saved himself an entire war, the lives of countless men and weakening his homeland if he had just asked for the High-King's help instead of just killing him.

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* ''VideoGame/ElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has two fighting factions plunging Skyrim into civil-war, The Imperials lead by General Tulius, who are obligated to keep the peace for their province and the Stormcloaks lead by Ulfric Stormcloak, who wants to have the freedom to worship their native son become ascended god, Talos. Peace is an impossibility at this point, the Empire can't honor Talos anymore due to a treaty, violating it would mean war, and cultural sensibilities of the people of Skyrim prevent the Stormcloaks from just accepting this so Ulfric Stormcloak killed the former king of Skyrim to take his place and reinstate Talos. But turns out the former king not only admired Ulfric but worshiped Talos privately, the only reason he didn't seek to repeal the law himself was he wasn't sure enough of the other rulers would support him. In-fact the only reason Ulfric got into see the High-King in the first place was he thought Ulfric was going to ask him to do exactly that, instead Ulfric opted to assassinate him. Could have saved himself an entire war, the lives of countless men and weakening his homeland if he had just asked for the High-King's help instead of just killing him.
25th Feb '17 3:13:45 AM Aribter-Nelson
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* ''VideoGame/ElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has two fighting factions plunging Skyrim into civil-war, The Imperials lead by General Tulius, who are obligated to keep the peace for their province and the Stormcloaks lead by Ulfric Stormcloak, who wants to have the freedom to worship their native son become ascended god, Talos. Peace is an impossibility at this point, the Empire can't honor Talos anymore due to a treaty, violating it would mean war, and cultural sensibilities of the people of Skyrim prevent the Stormcloaks from just accepting this so Ulfric Stormcloak killed the former king of Skyrim to take his place and reinstate Talos. But turns out the former king not only admired Ulfric but worshiped Talos privately, the only reason he didn't seek to repeal the law himself was he wasn't sure enough of the other rulers would support him. In-fact the only reason Ulfric got into see the High-King in the first place was he thought Ulfric was going to ask him to do exactly that, instead Ulfric opted to assassinate him. Could have saved himself an entire war, the lives of countless men and weakening his homeland if he had just asked for the High-King's help instead of just killing him.
17th Feb '17 9:57:55 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': It is frequently noted in Season 2 how much better the Lannisters' prospects would be better if Joffrey hadn't had Ned Stark executed.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': It is frequently noted in Season 2 how much better the Lannisters' prospects would be better if Joffrey hadn't had Ned Stark executed.



* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Ship" has this trope as its main premise. The main characters (and several RedShirt characters) capture a Dominion battleship. The rest of the episode involves the Dominion trying to capture the ship by surrounding it leading to many deaths on both sides. In the end it is revealed [[spoiler: that the Dominion were only interested in rescuing a founder who dies during the siege. They would have gladly given the ship to the heroes in exchange for the founder, but they were too afraid to ask for fear that the heroes would kill it]]. The episode ends with the characters lamenting the fact that all of these people died unnecessary deaths because they wouldn't trust each other.

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* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Ship" has this trope as its main premise. The main characters (and several RedShirt characters) capture a Dominion battleship. The rest of the episode involves the Dominion trying to capture the ship by surrounding it it, leading to many deaths on both sides. In the end it is revealed [[spoiler: that the Dominion were only interested in rescuing a founder Founder who dies during the siege. They would have gladly given the ship to the heroes in exchange for the founder, Founder, but they were too afraid to ask for fear that the heroes would kill it]]. The episode ends with the characters lamenting the fact that all of these people died unnecessary deaths because they wouldn't trust each other.
11th Feb '17 9:27:50 PM Nintendoman01
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** Most of the Android/Cell Saga could have been avoided had the Z-Fighters simply tracked down Dr. Gero and stopped him before he activated the Androids, especially since Future Trunks warned them ''three years in advance''. Bulma [[StatingTheSimpleSolution even suggested they do just that]], but the Z-Fighters unanimously shot her down.

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** Most of the Android/Cell Saga could have been avoided had the Z-Fighters simply tracked down Dr. Gero and stopped him before he activated the Androids, especially since Future Trunks warned them ''three years in advance''. Bulma [[StatingTheSimpleSolution even suggested they do just that]], but the Z-Fighters unanimously shot her down.down for BloodKnight reasons.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In Season 5, when Dawn finds out that she's the Key and Spike helped her break into the Magic Box, Buffy's immediate response is to storm into his crypt and start beating him up for helping her. Spike immediately turns the tables on her, pointing out that Dawn would have done so anyway and he just went along to keep her safe, and telling Buffy point-blank that if she had just told Dawn the truth in the first place, none of this would be happening. Later, Buffy admits that [[JerkassHasAPoint Spike was right]].

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In the Season 2 premiere, Buffy, having TookALevelInJerkass since the Season 1 finale, leaves Giles, Willow, and Xander alone in the library to confront the Order of Aurelius at the Bronze, insisting she can handle things herself. As it turns out, she walked into a trap, and Giles and Willow are kidnapped by the Order to be used as {{Human Sacrifice}}s while Buffy's away. When she realizes the trick and goes back to find the library ransacked and Xander beaten and bloody; Xander wastes no time [[WhatTheHellHero calling her out]] and invoking this trope:
-->'''Xander''': I don't know what your problem is, what your issues are... and as of right now, I officially don't ''care''. If you had worked with us for five minutes, you could've stopped this.
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In Season 5, when Dawn finds out that she's the Key and Spike helped her break into the Magic Box, Buffy's immediate response is to storm into his crypt and start beating him up for helping her. Spike immediately turns the tables on her, pointing out that Dawn would have done so anyway and he just went along to keep her safe, and telling Buffy point-blank that if she had just told Dawn the truth in the first place, none of this would be happening. Later, Buffy admits that [[JerkassHasAPoint Spike was right]].
5th Feb '17 2:27:06 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' massive chunks of the game could have been skipped had Asch been more cooperative with TheTeam instead of taking turns leading them on with little explanation or antagonising Luke. This is lampshaded several times later on, as Luke is as baffled as the player by his stubborn uncooperativeness. Not to mention, outside of Asch, if the group hadn't kept Luke LockedOutOfTheLoop [[spoiler: Akzeriuth might not have been destroyed]] something that Jade acknowledges as he in particular had information that would have most likely changed everything if it had been revealed before that happened.
31st Jan '17 6:34:06 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* About 80% of the plot of ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' turns on a misunderstanding between [[spoiler:the not-BigBad]] Egil and the peoples of Bionis writ-large. Egil didn't have a vendetta against them personally, it was [[spoiler:their forgotten god Zanza]] that he had a [[AbsoluteXenophobe minor dispute with]]. It turns out though that [[spoiler:Zanza]] was as much of threat to the peoples of Bionis as he was to the Egil and his people, though it inconceivable to Egil that they would either a) actually stand up to oppose [[spoiler:Zanza]] or b) even have the strength to stand against [[spoiler:Zanza]] in the first place. When Shulk and his friends prove him wrong spectacularly on both fronts he not only admits he was wrong, but makes amends for his horrific crimes in [[HeroicSacrifice the most literally epic way possible]].
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' is built around this trope. This whole game could've been over if [[spoiler: Walker and co. had just completed their recon mission and radioed command]]. Instead, [[spoiler: Walker treated his mission like a [[AmericaSavesTheDay America Saves the Day]] plot, and not only did he doom Dubai, and his teammates, he also destroyed his sanity along the way. The game even [[WhatTheHellPlayer chastises the player]] for continuing to play the game rather than stopping at a certain point]]. This trope is definitely [[PlayedForDrama played for drama]].

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* About 80% of the plot of ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' turns on a misunderstanding between [[spoiler:the not-BigBad]] Egil and the peoples of Bionis writ-large. Egil didn't have a vendetta against them personally, it was [[spoiler:their forgotten god Zanza]] that he had a [[AbsoluteXenophobe minor dispute with]]. It turns out though that [[spoiler:Zanza]] was as much of threat to the peoples of Bionis as he was to the Egil and his people, though it was inconceivable to Egil that they would either a) actually stand up to oppose [[spoiler:Zanza]] or b) even have the strength to stand against [[spoiler:Zanza]] them in the first place. When Shulk and his friends prove him wrong spectacularly on both fronts he not only admits he was wrong, but makes amends for his horrific crimes in [[HeroicSacrifice the most literally epic way possible]].
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' is built around this trope. This At the end you're told the whole game could've been over if [[spoiler: Walker and co. had just completed their recon mission and radioed command]]. Instead, [[spoiler: Walker treated his mission like a [[AmericaSavesTheDay America Saves the Day]] an AmericaSavesTheDay plot, and not only did he doom Dubai, and his teammates, he also destroyed his sanity along the way. The game even [[WhatTheHellPlayer chastises the player]] for continuing to play the game rather than stopping at a certain point]]. This trope is definitely [[PlayedForDrama played for drama]].
31st Jan '17 6:23:16 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Anime/{{K}}''.
** After [[spoiler: Mikoto kills the Colorless King and Shiro]], his Sword of Damocles starts to plummet, forcing [[spoiler: Reisi]] to kill him before the destruction would kill thousands of innocent people. [[spoiler: Reisi]] bitterly says this could have been avoided if [[spoiler: Mikoto]] wasn't consumed with RevengeBeforeReason and took action to prevent this earlier.
** If the Silver King hadn't run away from his responsibilities in the first place, it would have even gotten that bad.

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* In ''Anime/{{K}}''.
** After
''Anime/{{K}}'', after [[spoiler: Mikoto kills the Colorless King and Shiro]], his Sword of Damocles starts to plummet, forcing [[spoiler: Reisi]] to kill him before the destruction would kill thousands of innocent people. [[spoiler: Reisi]] bitterly says this could have been avoided if [[spoiler: Mikoto]] wasn't consumed with RevengeBeforeReason and took action to prevent this earlier. \n** If the Silver King hadn't run away from his responsibilities in the first place, it would have even gotten that bad.
20th Jan '17 7:45:58 PM lavendermintrose
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* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', after [[spoiler: Mikoto kills the Colorless King and Shiro]], their sword of Damocles decays and starts to plummet, forcing [[spoiler: Reisei]] to kill them before the destruction would kill thousands of innocent people. [[spoiler: Reisei]] bitterly says this could have been avoided if [[spoiler: Mikoto]] wasn't consumed with RevengeBeforeReason and took action to prevent this earlier.

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* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', after ''Anime/{{K}}''.
** After
[[spoiler: Mikoto kills the Colorless King and Shiro]], their sword his Sword of Damocles decays and starts to plummet, forcing [[spoiler: Reisei]] Reisi]] to kill them him before the destruction would kill thousands of innocent people. [[spoiler: Reisei]] Reisi]] bitterly says this could have been avoided if [[spoiler: Mikoto]] wasn't consumed with RevengeBeforeReason and took action to prevent this earlier. earlier.
** If the Silver King hadn't run away from his responsibilities in the first place, it would have even gotten that bad.
19th Jan '17 6:33:26 AM BobbyZ4
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* In ''Film/TheSandlot'', if [[spoiler:they had realized the stories about The Beast were urban legends, and had just gone to Mr. Mertle in the first place about the baseball, the whole thing could've been avoided. Mr. Mertle even asked why they didn't go to him first]]. [[SupportingProtagonist Scotty]] ''had'' actually suggested going over and asking before being rejected in favor of Squints' convoluted plan.

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* In ''Film/TheSandlot'', if [[spoiler:they they had realized the [[spoiler:the stories about The Beast were urban legends, and had just gone to Mr. Mertle in the first place about the baseball, baseball]], the whole thing could've been avoided. Mr. [[spoiler:Mr. Mertle even asked why they didn't go to him first]]. first.]] [[SupportingProtagonist Scotty]] ''had'' actually suggested going over and asking before being rejected in favor of Squints' convoluted plan.
7th Jan '17 8:42:35 PM MikeW
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* A funny version in the Carol Higgins Clark novel ''Jinxed.'' Edward is an actor and con artist about to marry a wealthy woman to get his hands on her fortune. He's worried that her sister will recognize him from an acting class they took together and has his brother kidnap her. It gets totally out of hand and all ends with both arrested. At which point, Edward is stunned to discover that the sister has no recollection of him whatsoever. He openly thinks that had he just kept his cool, he'd be a rich man as he's hauled off to jail.
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