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13th Jul '16 12:05:15 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] in the Buu Arc. Super Buu demanded seeing the 'Strong Fighter'/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku, in an effort to buy more time [[WhatTheHellHero Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth]], [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Despite Majin Buu previous rampage there were still ''billions'' of humans left on earth so Piccolo thought that with that many humans left it would take Super Buu at least a few hours to fly across the world and terrorize every single one of them. [[spoiler: Super Buu instead [[KillEmAll kills every single human]], with the exception of Mr Satan, Tien, Chiaotzu and all those present on Kami's Lookout in only '''two minutes''' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a sacrificial lamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more of minutes of time to train]]. The ''deconstruction'' comes in when one considers the realistic aspects of "Cthulhu" in this case [[note]] not how horrific, dark, or tragic it is, because that is NotADeconstruction [[/note]]. Buu is an eldritch being of immense power. Even if Piccolo were talking to a human that had a finger on a nuke button, it wouldn't be this bad; the ''Sayians'' would not be this bad. With Buu, yes, he really could do that.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] in the Buu Arc. Super Buu demanded seeing the 'Strong Fighter'/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku, in an effort to buy more time [[WhatTheHellHero Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth]], Earth, [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Despite Majin Buu previous rampage there were still ''billions'' of humans left on earth so Piccolo thought that with that many humans left it would take Super Buu at least a few hours to fly across the world and terrorize every single one of them. [[spoiler: Super Buu instead [[KillEmAll kills every single human]], with the exception of Mr Satan, Tien, Chiaotzu and all those present on Kami's Lookout in only '''two minutes''' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a sacrificial lamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more of minutes of time to train]]. The ''deconstruction'' comes in when one considers the realistic aspects of "Cthulhu" in this case [[note]] not how horrific, dark, or tragic it is, because that is NotADeconstruction [[/note]]. Buu is an eldritch being of immense power. Even if Piccolo were talking to a human that had a finger on a nuke button, it wouldn't be this bad; the ''Sayians'' would not be this bad. With Buu, yes, he really could do that.
8th Jul '16 10:05:46 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] in the Buu Arc. Super Buu demanded seeing the 'Strong Fighter'/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku, in an effort to buy more time [[WhatTheHellHero Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth]], [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Despite Majin Buu previous rampage there were still ''billions'' of humans left on earth so Piccolo thought that with that many humans left it would take Super Buu at least a few hours to fly across the world and terrorize every single one of them. [[spoiler: Super Buu instead [[KillEmAll kills every single human]], with the exception of Mr Satan, Tien, Chiaotzu and all those present on Kami's Lookout in only '''two minutes''' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a sacrificial lamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more of minutes of time to train]]. The ''deconstruction'' comes in when one considers the realistic aspects of "Cthulhu" in this case [[note]] not how horrific, dark, or tragic it is, because that is NotADeconstruction [[/note]]. Buu is an eldritich being of immense power. Even if Piccolo were talking to a human hat had a finer on a nuke button, it wouldn't be this bad; the ''Sayians'' would not be this bad. With Buu, yes, he really could do that.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] in the Buu Arc. Super Buu demanded seeing the 'Strong Fighter'/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku, in an effort to buy more time [[WhatTheHellHero Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth]], [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Despite Majin Buu previous rampage there were still ''billions'' of humans left on earth so Piccolo thought that with that many humans left it would take Super Buu at least a few hours to fly across the world and terrorize every single one of them. [[spoiler: Super Buu instead [[KillEmAll kills every single human]], with the exception of Mr Satan, Tien, Chiaotzu and all those present on Kami's Lookout in only '''two minutes''' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a sacrificial lamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more of minutes of time to train]]. The ''deconstruction'' comes in when one considers the realistic aspects of "Cthulhu" in this case [[note]] not how horrific, dark, or tragic it is, because that is NotADeconstruction [[/note]]. Buu is an eldritich eldritch being of immense power. Even if Piccolo were talking to a human hat that had a finer finger on a nuke button, it wouldn't be this bad; the ''Sayians'' would not be this bad. With Buu, yes, he really could do that.
23rd Jun '16 3:08:23 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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* V'Ger of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' effortlessly destroys anything that affronts it--including a Klingon task force of three battlecruisers--on its way to Earth. Depending on the cut of the film you're watching, the energy field that V'Ger creates around itself has a diameter either [[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale greater than that of the solar system]], or just greater than Earth's orbit around the sun. When it arrives at Earth, the machine casually prepares to obliterate the planet's biosphere. None of that stops [[TheCaptain Jim Kirk]] from playing chicken with V'Ger, and winning; making the leviathan stand down by threatening to not reveal who its creator is if it doesn't.

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* V'Ger of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' effortlessly destroys anything that affronts it--including a Klingon task force of three battlecruisers--on its way to Earth. Depending on the cut of the film you're watching, the energy field that V'Ger creates around itself has a diameter either [[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale greater than that of the solar system]], or just greater than Earth's orbit around the sun. When it arrives at Earth, the machine casually prepares to obliterate the planet's biosphere. None of that stops [[TheCaptain Jim Kirk]] from playing chicken with V'Ger, and winning; making the leviathan stand down by threatening to not reveal who its creator is if it doesn't. It should be noted that at this point in the film, Kirk had no idea who V'Ger's creator was.
14th Jun '16 9:03:58 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Said noteworthy case is more of an inversion: the Mage Warden was already a prodigy by his own kind's standard before he even became grey warden and the demon [[spoiler: possessing Connor]] is the one who's desperately trying to scam its way out of a direct confrontation.

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** Said noteworthy case is more of an inversion: the Mage Warden was already a prodigy by his own kind's standard before he even became grey warden and the demon [[spoiler: possessing Connor]] is the one who's desperately trying to scam its way out of a direct confrontation. If all else fails it'll give you blood magic as a straight-up bribe in exchange for just letting it live.
13th Jun '16 9:04:06 PM Yuihime
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** The quest "Smoking Kills" is about an attempt by Amascut the Devourer to get you killed by banshees in the Smoking Dungeon. To get you involved, she takes human form, tells you about a sister in peril (also Amascut in disguise), and offers you her services upon completion of the rescue. When you successfully find a way to protect yourself from the choking smoke and banshee howls simultaneously and carry out the rescue, "Sumona" is bound by her word and forced to serve as a Slayer Master. In this case, the "Cthulhu" scammed ''herself''.

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** The quest "Smoking Kills" is about an attempt by Amascut the Devourer to get you killed by banshees in the Smoking Dungeon. To get you involved, she takes human form, tells you about a sister in peril (also Amascut in disguise), and offers you her services upon completion of the rescue. When you successfully find a way to protect yourself from the choking smoke and banshee howls simultaneously and carry out the rescue, "Sumona" is bound by her word and forced to serve as a Slayer Master. In this case, the "Cthulhu" scammed ''herself''.
30th May '16 6:55:46 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Hircine also has a claim if you're a werewolf, since the werewolves are his chosen hunting companions in his realm.
22nd May '16 12:49:01 AM maxwellsilver
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[-[[caption-width-right:360:Mortal, [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith do you not know who I am?]] Let me tell you. I am [[TheChessmaster Tzeentch]]. [[IHaveManyNames The Changer of Ways. The Master of Fate. The Lord of Change. The Controller of Destinies]]. [[TimeAbyss I have existed before the stars]], [[BadassBoast and I will exist long after they have died]]! No mere mortal could possibly--[[OhCrap what is that pawn doing there]]?]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:360:Mortal, [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith do you not know who I am?]] Let me tell you. I am [[TheChessmaster Tzeentch]].Tzeentch. [[IHaveManyNames The Changer of Ways. The Master of Fate. The Lord of Change. The Controller of Destinies]]. [[TimeAbyss I have existed before the stars]], [[BadassBoast and I will exist long after they have died]]! died! No mere mortal could possibly--[[OhCrap what is that pawn doing there]]?]]-]



* [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] has a segment called "Cheating Death with Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA." The graphic shows Stephen in a lab coat playing chess with Death. He cheats.

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* [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] has had a recurring segment called "Cheating Death with Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA." The graphic shows Stephen in a lab coat playing chess with Death. He cheats. In his final installment in the GrandFinale, Death, instead of giving a "Seriously?" gesture, starts strangling Stephen, who shoots Death with Sweetness.
17th May '16 12:25:31 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In the fairy tale "The Three Brothers" in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', all three brothers are granted "gifts" from Death, who is actually already mad at them for using magic to stay alive. The first two request items of great power which lead to their downfall and Death collects them swiftly. The third brother, however, recognizes why Death is offering these favors and asks for an item that would make it so not even Death could find him. Death is forced to surrender his own invisibility cloak and the third brother leaves unmolested. He chooses to die at a very advanced age and "greets Death as an old friend."

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* In the fairy tale "The Three Brothers" in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', all three brothers are granted "gifts" from Death, who is actually already mad at them for using magic to stay alive. The first two request items of great power which lead to their downfall and Death collects them swiftly. The third brother, however, recognizes why Death is offering these favors and asks for an item that would make it so not even Death could find him. Death is forced to surrender his own invisibility cloak and the third brother leaves unmolested. He chooses to die at a very advanced age and "greets Death as an old friend."



*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': At the end of ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'', Nunnal is revealed to have [[ThePowersThatBe Order himself]] into not only wasting resources and freeing elves, [[spoiler: but also preventing him from ever invading her village again. It was basically a high stakes bet; she allows him into Dnnac Ledo to thwart the Mana Mutation Summit and prevent its agreements going forward, in exchange for several conditions. The catch was that if he failed, he couldn't try again later. Little did he know that Nunnal's adoptive daughter and houseguest prepared a plan to destroy his vessel and repel him.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]] is a dream demon who is as [[TheChessmaster smart]] as he is powerful, and is able to play one heck of a long game (as in over a ''trillion'' years). By the series finale, through a series of well done maneuvers and bargains, Bill [[spoiler: managed to turn the town into an apocalyptic [[WorldOfChaos hellscape of pure chaos]] by merging the nightmare realm with the real world. Unfortunately his power doesn't extend outside the town and he needs Ford's permission to enter his mind to get the information he needs to escape it. What ultimately does him in though is a ''supreme'' case of HoistByTheirOwnPetard, as when he does strike a bargain, he falls for a TwinSwitch gambit by Stan Pines, aka the greatest con man in Gravity Falls, that allows his brother Ford to destroy him while he mistakenly possesses Stan's mind instead.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]] is a dream demon who is as [[TheChessmaster smart]] as he is powerful, and is able to play one heck of a long game (as in over a ''trillion'' years). By the series finale, through a series of well done maneuvers and bargains, Bill [[spoiler: managed to turn the town into an apocalyptic [[WorldOfChaos hellscape of pure chaos]] by merging the nightmare realm with the real world. Unfortunately his power doesn't extend outside the town and he needs Ford's permission to enter his mind to get the information he needs to escape it. What ultimately does him in though is a ''supreme'' case of HoistByTheirOwnPetard, as when he does strike a bargain, he falls for a TwinSwitch gambit by Stan Pines, aka the greatest con man in Gravity Falls, that allows his brother Ford to destroy him while he mistakenly possesses Stan's mind instead.]]



-> [[OhCrap Here comes a pissed-off]] EldritchAbomination!

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-> [[OhCrap Here comes a pissed-off]] pissed-off EldritchAbomination!
16th May '16 1:38:08 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Madoka uses her single wish from Kyubey to erase all witches, throughout time, before they can come into existence.]] {{Nice job|FixingItVillain}}, Kyubey. [[spoiler:Next time, make sure you don't- Oh, wait, [[{{Retconjuration}} there's no next time]].]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Madoka uses her single wish from Kyubey to erase all witches, throughout time, before they can come into existence.]] {{Nice job|FixingItVillain}}, Kyubey. [[spoiler:Next time, make sure you don't- Oh, wait, [[{{Retconjuration}} there's there is no next time]].]]



* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] in the Buu Arc. Super Buu demanded seeing the 'Strong Fighter'/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku, in an effort to buy more time [[WhatTheHellHero Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth]], [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Despite Majin Buu previous rampage there were still ''billions'' of humans left on earth so Piccolo thought that with that many humans left it would take Super Buu at least a few hours to fly across the world and terrorize every single one of them. [[spoiler: Super Buu instead [[KillEmAll kills every single human]], with the exception of Mr Satan, Tien, Chiaotzu and all those present on Kami's Lookout in only '''two minutes''' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a sacrificial lamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more of minutes of time to train]]. It's safe to say that Piccolo's plan of trying to outsmart Super Buu to gain more time backfired on him ''tremendously''.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] in the Buu Arc. Super Buu demanded seeing the 'Strong Fighter'/[[spoiler: Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together)]] he was promised by Goku, in an effort to buy more time [[WhatTheHellHero Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth]], [[DeathIsCheap knowing they can be revived with the]] [[ResetButton Dragon Balls]]. Despite Majin Buu previous rampage there were still ''billions'' of humans left on earth so Piccolo thought that with that many humans left it would take Super Buu at least a few hours to fly across the world and terrorize every single one of them. [[spoiler: Super Buu instead [[KillEmAll kills every single human]], with the exception of Mr Satan, Tien, Chiaotzu and all those present on Kami's Lookout in only '''two minutes''' and ''never left Kami's Lookout while doing it.'' All of humanity had essentially become a sacrificial lamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more of minutes of time to train]]. It's safe to say The ''deconstruction'' comes in when one considers the realistic aspects of "Cthulhu" in this case [[note]] not how horrific, dark, or tragic it is, because that Piccolo's plan of trying to outsmart Super is NotADeconstruction [[/note]]. Buu is an eldritich being of immense power. Even if Piccolo were talking to gain more time backfired a human hat had a finer on him ''tremendously''.a nuke button, it wouldn't be this bad; the ''Sayians'' would not be this bad. With Buu, yes, he really could do that.
16th May '16 1:26:08 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** The page image comes from a [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Creed#The_Game fanfic]] in which FourStarBadass [[MaryTzu Ursarkar E. Creed]] outplays Tzeentch - [[GodIsEvil Chaos God of Hope]], who has also played GambitRoulette for his entire existence - at chess, in a deal that stops Tzeentch from ever interfering with humanity ever again. This stems from a plausibly exploitable rule in the 40K game where Creed can hide heavy equipment in ridiculously implausible locations due to his Tactical Genius, like building-sized Baneblade tanks [[BehindAStick behind a]] ''[[BehindAStick lamppost]]!'', [[MemeticMutation or an entire regiment of Kasrkin in the enemy general's bathroom]], or a [[HumongousMecha Titan]] in a spent firearm shell. '''''[[SkywardScream CREEEED!]]'''''

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** The page image comes from a [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Creed#The_Game fanfic]] in which FourStarBadass [[MaryTzu Ursarkar E. Creed]] outplays Tzeentch - [[GodIsEvil Chaos God of Hope]], Hope, who has also played GambitRoulette for his entire existence - at chess, in a deal that stops Tzeentch from ever interfering with humanity ever again. This stems from a plausibly exploitable rule in the 40K game where Creed can hide heavy equipment in ridiculously implausible locations due to his Tactical Genius, like building-sized Baneblade tanks [[BehindAStick behind a]] ''[[BehindAStick lamppost]]!'', [[MemeticMutation or an entire regiment of Kasrkin in the enemy general's bathroom]], or a [[HumongousMecha Titan]] in a spent firearm shell. '''''[[SkywardScream CREEEED!]]'''''
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