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7th Dec '17 4:53:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''DeadSpace3'' pulls this in the ''Awakened'' expansion pack. The destruction of the WeirdMoon of Tau Volantis sends a signal to awaken the other [[EldritchAbomination Brethren Moons]], which have discovered Earth and are [[PlanetEater feasting on the planet]] [[LateToTheTragedy by the time Isaac and Carver return]].

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* ''DeadSpace3'' ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' pulls this in the ''Awakened'' expansion pack. The destruction of the WeirdMoon of Tau Volantis sends a signal to awaken the other [[EldritchAbomination Brethren Moons]], which have discovered Earth and are [[PlanetEater feasting on the planet]] [[LateToTheTragedy by the time Isaac and Carver return]].
7th Dec '17 6:35:04 AM lluewhyn
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*** It's later revealed that his younger brother Euron hired a Faceless Man, presumably Jaqen H'ghar, to kill his Balon while making it look like an accident.
** A lot of the bad things that happen occur due to people scheming behind the scenes, and a lot of them are foreshadowed several times in the text, including the Red Wedding and Jon Snow's assassination. However, there are a few times where the protagonists are screwed by plain dumb luck (i.e. Author Fiat). Commonly cited examples would include Theon somehow taking Winterfell with only 20 men, which is the driving force behind Robb losing the war, a lot of the things happening to prevent Ned Stark from succeeding in his investigation at the right time (crippled by his horse falling on him and knocked out of it just long enough for Robert to go hunting, Cersei's Hail Mary plan of killing Robert actually being successful, and news of Jaime's capture (which would make Ned way too valuable a hostage to execute) arriving too late at King's Landing to save him. Also included would be the storms that delay Stannis from reaching King's Landing earlier, coupled with Edmure Tully's accidental screw-up which allows Tywin to reach King's Landing along with the Tyrells. Of course, all of these Diabolus Ex Machina for the Starks end up being Deux Ex Machina for the Lannisters.
24th Nov '17 7:49:59 PM SlimSkeeter
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**[[spoiler:Even when he DOES manage to get back home, he ends up losing the woman he loves]]
12th Nov '17 4:22:58 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/LANoire'' has Cole Phelps about to break the case against Courtney Sheldon involving illegal morphine when the Chief of Police interrupts the interrogation and drags Cole away to his office. The interrogation is suspended and is never resolved. [[spoiler: Cole is outed for having an affair with Elsa and is demoted to the arson desk. The demotion also keeps Cole away from the big case he was working on since he would have gotten to close to the plans that were laid within the Suburban Redevelopment Fund.]]
28th Oct '17 1:55:49 PM StFan
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* Quick summary of diabolus in ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'': Hurray! Everyone else already escaped and we've loads of time to get out ''plus'' a submarine! They get out safely, chatting while they go up and [[spoiler:the sub's battery dies. What the hell? You'd think it would've been recharging automatically before they called for it. So in order to fix the buoyancy problem, Takeshi distracts Tsugumi with a question about [[FunnyAneurysmMoment the Archimedes Principle]] and enters the airlock then jettisons himself out to his apparent death and Tsugumi's eternal loneliness. What. The. Hell.]] But it gets better.



* Quite a few Bad Ends for ''VisualNovel/OokamiKakushi'' fall under this. To be fair, not all of them are like this; some can be obtained by simply making the wrong decision (such as choosing to believe one girl over the other). As for ''others'', however, there are arcs where you don't immediately see the result of a combination of choices you made until much later, which tend to result in this trope.
** Probably the best example of this is one Bad End where Hiroshi attempts to commit suicide after [[spoiler:becoming a Kamibito and losing his friends]] only to be saved by Nemuru, who convinces him to keep living. Sounds like a happy, potentially [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] way to end a chapter, right? [[spoiler:Cut to one month later, where Hiroshi comes across his old mufflers that have his old, strong honey-like scent attached, which causes him to go insane and attack his sister, which then leads to his implied execution.]]



* Whenever the glider in ''VisualNovel/IfMyHeartHadWings'' is completed, something will go wrong no matter what, unless it's the end of a route.



** Tager gets hit with it, too. [[spoiler:His final battle is against Relius Clover, and when the fight ends, Kokonoe orders him to round the bastard up on the spot, but - wouldn't you know it - time gets scrambled at that point, with Tager back outside the Ibukido Ruins. Kokonoe notices something is amiss, and chalks it up to the Master Unit, with no further explanation.]]

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** Tager gets hit with it, too. [[spoiler:His final battle is against Relius Clover, and when the fight ends, Kokonoe orders him to round the bastard up on the spot, but - -- wouldn't you know it - -- time gets scrambled at that point, with Tager back outside the Ibukido Ruins. Kokonoe notices something is amiss, and chalks it up to the Master Unit, with no further explanation.]]






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* Quick summary of diabolus in ''VisualNovel/Ever17'': Hurray! Everyone else already escaped and we've loads of time to get out ''plus'' a submarine! They get out safely, chatting while they go up and [[spoiler:the sub's battery dies. What the hell? You'd think it would've been recharging automatically before they called for it. So in order to fix the buoyancy problem, Takeshi distracts Tsugumi with a question about [[FunnyAneurysmMoment the Archimedes Principle]] and enters the airlock then jettisons himself out to his apparent death and Tsugumi's eternal loneliness. What. The. Hell.]] But it gets better.
* Quite a few Bad Ends for ''VisualNovel/OokamiKakushi'' fall under this. To be fair, not all of them are like this; some can be obtained by simply making the wrong decision (such as choosing to believe one girl over the other). As for ''others'', however, there are arcs where you don't immediately see the result of a combination of choices you made until much later, which tend to result in this trope. Probably the best example of this is one Bad End where Hiroshi attempts to commit suicide after [[spoiler:becoming a Kamibito and losing his friends]] only to be saved by Nemuru, who convinces him to keep living. Sounds like a happy, potentially [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] way to end a chapter, right? [[spoiler:Cut to one month later, where Hiroshi comes across his old mufflers that have his old, strong honey-like scent attached, which causes him to go insane and attack his sister, which then leads to his implied execution.]]
* Whenever the glider in ''VisualNovel/IfMyHeartHadWings'' is completed, something will go wrong no matter what, unless it's the end of a route.
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* ''[[Machinima/SBBBrothers Sims Big Brother 5]]'':
** The main twist of the season is that there was a liar in the house. By "liar", we mean someone playing under a false identity. The Liar is revealed to be Logan, but not to the houseguests. One week, there is a double elimination week and Michael Goldsmith says they have to evict the Liar, or else they will lose a portion of the grand prize (which the Liar would receive). Knowing he is in trouble from the other alliance, Logan persuades the majority and the floaters that the liar is Darby. Thus, the house cast their votes for Darby and Logan, and since Darby receive more, she is evicted.
** Diablous ex Machina struck once before. In ''Sims Big Brother 2'', there was a week in which 6 people were taken into the Solitary chamber, making themselves immune from the vote during Public Voting Week (in which ''everyone'' was up on the block, sans the 6 in the chamber). However, the person who lost all of the challenges was more or less screwed. They couldn't use any of the luxuries, couldn't compete for Head of household, were automatically nominated for three weeks in a row, had to eat an instant meal diet, and if any of those rules were broken, they'd be expelled. Dora unfortunately lost....meaning she had many of the worst weeks of her life in the house. Is it any wonder that after becoming the Unlucky Houseguest, she [[SuicideByCop asked everyone to nominate her and vote her out?]]



* ''[[WebVideo/SBBBrothers Sims Big Brother 5]]'':
** The main twist of the season is that there was a liar in the house. By "liar", we mean someone playing under a false identity. The Liar is revealed to be Logan, but not to the houseguests. One week, there is a double elimination week and Michael Goldsmith says they have to evict the Liar, or else they will lose a portion of the grand prize (which the Liar would receive). Knowing he is in trouble from the other alliance, Logan persuades the majority and the floaters that the liar is Darby. Thus, the house cast their votes for Darby and Logan, and since Darby receive more, she is evicted.
** Diablous ex Machina struck once before. In ''Sims Big Brother 2'', there was a week in which 6 people were taken into the Solitary chamber, making themselves immune from the vote during Public Voting Week (in which ''everyone'' was up on the block, sans the 6 in the chamber). However, the person who lost all of the challenges was more or less screwed. They couldn't use any of the luxuries, couldn't compete for Head of household, were automatically nominated for three weeks in a row, had to eat an instant meal diet, and if any of those rules were broken, they'd be expelled. Dora unfortunately lost....meaning she had many of the worst weeks of her life in the house. Is it any wonder that after becoming the Unlucky Houseguest, she [[SuicideByCop asked everyone to nominate her and vote her out?]]
28th Oct '17 12:53:59 PM Actua11y
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* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' lampshades and ends up subverting the trope. Initially Dantes blames God and fate for all the terrible things that occurred to him, but with the help of a fellow inmate, is able to reason out how certain ''people'' wanted him to suffer, not God. Thus, it becomes a core part of his philosophy that once he breaks out, he can't count on Diabolus to hand out random punishment. It has to be up to him.

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* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' lampshades {{Lampshades}} and ends up subverting the trope. Initially Dantes blames God and fate for all the terrible things that occurred to him, but with the help of a fellow inmate, is able to reason out how certain ''people'' wanted him to suffer, not God. Thus, it becomes a core part of his philosophy that once he breaks out, he can't count on Diabolus to hand out random punishment. It has to be up to him.



* In ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "18th and Potomac", the death of Mrs. Landingham, President Bartlet's personal secretary, has Diabolus' fingerprints all over it; after a gentle little running subplot about Mrs. Landingham picking up her first new car, Diabolus arranges for a drunk driver to run a red light and kill her offscreen at the end of the episode with no foreshadowing whatsoever. This also contributes to a bit of DeusAngstMachina, as what with Bartlet's M.S scandal and various other crises and such, it wasn't as if Bartlet didn't already have ''enough'' reasons to be a bit angsty at the time. This example, however, can partially be forgiven in that it leads to Bartlet's excellent [[SmiteMeOhMightySmiter rant against God]] in the next episode, in which he even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades the trope]] (see the page quote), and his equally awesome RedemptionInTheRain sequence.

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* In ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "18th and Potomac", the death of Mrs. Landingham, President Bartlet's personal secretary, has Diabolus' fingerprints all over it; after a gentle little running subplot about Mrs. Landingham picking up her first new car, Diabolus arranges for a drunk driver to run a red light and kill her offscreen at the end of the episode with no foreshadowing whatsoever. This also contributes to a bit of DeusAngstMachina, as what with Bartlet's M.S scandal and various other crises and such, it wasn't as if Bartlet didn't already have ''enough'' reasons to be a bit angsty at the time. This example, however, can partially be forgiven in that it leads to Bartlet's excellent [[SmiteMeOhMightySmiter rant against God]] in the next episode, in which he even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades {{Lampshades}} the trope]] trope (see the page quote), and his equally awesome RedemptionInTheRain sequence.



** ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is one Diabolus Ex Machina after another. This is even lampshaded; the line in the opening speech about them being "star-crossed lovers" is a reference to the practice of trying to predict the future using astrology, implying that Fate really is out to get them.

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** ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is one Diabolus Ex Machina after another. This is even lampshaded; {{Lampshaded}}; the line in the opening speech about them being "star-crossed lovers" is a reference to the practice of trying to predict the future using astrology, implying that Fate really is out to get them.



** The rocks falling is lampshaded later in ''Mask of the Betrayer'' by Ammon Jerro, in a rather hypocritical bit of humor.

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** The rocks falling is lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} later in ''Mask of the Betrayer'' by Ammon Jerro, in a rather hypocritical bit of humor.
13th Oct '17 2:21:46 PM Malady
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Diabolus ex Machina (''[[AltumVidetur Devil from the Machine]]'') is the EvilCounterpart of DeusExMachina: the introduction of an unexpected new event, character, ability, or object designed to ensure that things suddenly get much worse for the protagonists, much better for the villains, or both. [[TheEditingRoom This could also be called]] Acute Dramatic Necessity Disorder.

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Diabolus ex Machina (''[[AltumVidetur Devil from the Machine]]'') is the EvilCounterpart of DeusExMachina: the introduction of an unexpected new event, character, ability, or object designed to ensure that things suddenly get much worse for the protagonists, much better for the villains, or both. [[TheEditingRoom [[Website/TheEditingRoom This could also be called]] Acute Dramatic Necessity Disorder.
5th Oct '17 6:07:28 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Las Sicarias being infiltrated, beaten down and cheated out of a match by their sworn enemies C4 was largely the fault of their new recruits Wrestling/MercedesMartinez and Wrestling/TheaTrinidad. Losing all their contenders to all SHINE title belts in the process though was the fault of the referee seeing Martinez choking out Allysin Kay during a three way title match, [=LuFisto=] arriving too late to stop her and giving [=LuFisto=] the winning pin fall anyway on a ''one count''. It also wasn't the fault of Martinez that after SHINE officials all but admitted they had messed up they put Martinez in another match with Kay, who she basically already beat, rather than [=LuFisto=] who got credit for it. But the heels had apparently gone long enough without the clear advantage.[[/folder]]

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* Las Sicarias being infiltrated, beaten down and cheated out of a match by their sworn enemies C4 was largely [[HangingSeparately largely]] the fault [[PoorCommunicationKills fault]] of their new recruits Wrestling/MercedesMartinez and Wrestling/TheaTrinidad. Losing all their contenders to all SHINE title belts in the process though was the fault of the referee seeing Martinez choking out Allysin Kay during a three way title match, [=LuFisto=] arriving too late to stop her and giving [=LuFisto=] the winning pin fall anyway on a ''one count''. It also wasn't the fault of Martinez that after SHINE officials all but admitted they had messed up they put Martinez in another match with Kay, who she basically already beat, rather than [=LuFisto=] who got credit for it. But the heels had apparently gone long enough without the clear advantage.[[/folder]]
5th Oct '17 6:05:56 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Las Sicarias being infiltrated, beaten down and cheated out of a match by their sworn enemies C4 was largely the fault of their new recruits Wrestling/MercedesMartinez and Wrestling/TheaTrinidad. Losing all their contenders to all SHINE title belts in the process though was the fault of the referee seeing Martinez choking out Allysin Kay during a three way title match, [=LuFisto=] arriving too late to stop her and giving [=LuFisto=] the winning pin fall anyway on a ''one count''. It also wasn't the fault of Martinez that after SHINE officials all but admitted they had messed up they put Martinez in another match with Kay, who she basically already beat, rather than [=LuFisto=] who got credit for it. But the heels had apparently gone long enough without the clear advantage.

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* Las Sicarias being infiltrated, beaten down and cheated out of a match by their sworn enemies C4 was largely the fault of their new recruits Wrestling/MercedesMartinez and Wrestling/TheaTrinidad. Losing all their contenders to all SHINE title belts in the process though was the fault of the referee seeing Martinez choking out Allysin Kay during a three way title match, [=LuFisto=] arriving too late to stop her and giving [=LuFisto=] the winning pin fall anyway on a ''one count''. It also wasn't the fault of Martinez that after SHINE officials all but admitted they had messed up they put Martinez in another match with Kay, who she basically already beat, rather than [=LuFisto=] who got credit for it. But the heels had apparently gone long enough without the clear advantage.
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* While Wrestling/MercedesMartinez was [[HangingSeparately largely to blame]] for Las Sicarias being [[TheBadGuyWins mollywhopped]] by rival SHINE PowerStable C4, Martinez legitimately positioned herself for as shot the championship belt and ''should'' have won it. She had Allysin Kay beat in the three way dance and [=LuFisto=] was too slow to stop her, ''except'' [=LuFisto=] was given the winning pin on a ''one count''. Furthermore, Martinez was put in another match with the woman she by rights beat, rather than the one who was basically given her win. Kay proceeded hit Martinez with a shame motivated flurry...that nonetheless only got Kay to a time limit draw. If Martinez ''was'' champion as she logically should have been, she would have retained, and the trap C4 later laid on Las Sicarias wouldn't have set them back so far.
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* While Las Sicarias being infiltrated, beaten down and cheated out of a match by their sworn enemies C4 was largely the fault of their new recruits Wrestling/MercedesMartinez was [[HangingSeparately largely and Wrestling/TheaTrinidad. Losing all their contenders to blame]] for Las Sicarias being [[TheBadGuyWins mollywhopped]] by rival all SHINE PowerStable C4, title belts in the process though was the fault of the referee seeing Martinez legitimately positioned herself for as shot the championship belt and ''should'' have won it. She had choking out Allysin Kay beat in the during a three way dance and title match, [=LuFisto=] was arriving too slow late to stop her, ''except'' her and giving [=LuFisto=] was given the winning pin fall anyway on a ''one count''. Furthermore, It also wasn't the fault of Martinez was that after SHINE officials all but admitted they had messed up they put Martinez in another match with the woman Kay, who she by rights basically already beat, rather than [=LuFisto=] who got credit for it. But the one who was basically given her win. Kay proceeded hit Martinez with a shame motivated flurry...that nonetheless only got Kay to a time limit draw. If Martinez ''was'' champion as she logically should have been, she would have retained, and heels had apparently gone long enough without the trap C4 later laid on Las Sicarias wouldn't have set them back so far.
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