History Main / DidntSeeThatComing

10th Feb '16 10:19:04 AM JackTheHammer
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** Russia did it again in September 2015 when, against all odds, they sent a massive military force to UsefulNotes/{{Syria}} to help Bashar al-Assad. Absolutely ''nobody'' saw this coming either, especially the Obama administration which was caught completely flat-footed by this move as it completely [[OffTheRails derailed]] all the post-Assad plans the U.S. had with other anti-Assad factions in the region (such as Turkey).
10th Feb '16 8:28:15 AM GottaHaveFaith
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** In the Zou arc, the Mink tribe was almost wiped out by Jack the Drought, Kaido's subordinate who was [[spoiler:searching for the Wano samurai (Raizo in particular) and tortured the Minks for info despite them apparently knowing nothing about Raizo]]. As a result, the Straw Hats tried to hide their own [[spoiler:relationship with the samurai]] in order to avoid invoking the tribe's wrath. So you can imagine their (and the readers') surprise when it turns out that [[spoiler:the Minks actually ''were'' lying to Jack, and really ''had'' been hiding Raizo from him the whole time]].
8th Feb '16 10:00:33 AM amitakartok
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* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' has, at one point, Gordon gaining the ability to command antlions and promptly using this new army to invade an enemy stronghold. Despite the fluff explicitly mentioning that the Combine soldiers are all brainwashed and no longer have a personality of any sort, when one of them does finally report in what's going on, it does so in a [[NotSoStoic halting and uncertain tone]] vastly unlike the [[TheStoic professional manners]] heard so far. -->'''Combine soldier:''' Warning, uh, [[TheHero primary target]] is engaged in, uh... [[TheBeastmaster command and control tactics]] with [[BigCreepyCrawlies biotics]]. Repeat, primary target has tactical C&C over biotics.
7th Feb '16 4:10:14 AM Luc
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For a brief analysis of what usually qualifies, and what usually doesn't, see [[Analysis/DidntSeeThatComing this page]].
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For a brief analysis of what usually qualifies, qualifies as this trope, and what usually doesn't, see [[Analysis/DidntSeeThatComing this page]].
7th Feb '16 4:09:57 AM Luc
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For a brief analysis of what usually qualifies, and what usually doesn't, see [[Analysis/DidntSeeThatComing this page]].
31st Jan '16 6:52:51 PM GrammarNavi
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* This trope is what blows up the BigBad Storm King's EvilPlan in TadWilliams' fantasy epic ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''. Specifically, he didn't care who showed up for the final ritual to [[spoiler:unite the Three Swords and reverse time so he could return to Osten Ard]], but one of those people turned out to have been primed to figure out his weakness at the very last second, and another happened to be carrying the ChekhovsGun necessary to defeat him afterwards.
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* This trope is what blows up the BigBad Storm King's EvilPlan in TadWilliams' Creator/TadWilliams' fantasy epic ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''. Specifically, he didn't care who showed up for the final ritual to [[spoiler:unite the Three Swords and reverse time so he could return to Osten Ard]], but one of those people turned out to have been primed to figure out his weakness at the very last second, and another happened to be carrying the ChekhovsGun necessary to defeat him afterwards.
29th Jan '16 1:45:29 PM JackTheHammer
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* Creator/DonaldTrump in the 2016 Republican Primary was expected to be a repeat of the quickly-surging-then-tanking Hermain Cain from 2012 [[labelnote:*]]as it turned out, the Herman Cain analogue turned out to be Ben Carson, who did surge very highly (at one point in late October/early November 2015, his polling numbers were ''above Trump'') but then Carson encountered his own version of DidntSeeThatComing when the Nov. 2015 Paris terror attack put national security & foreign policy at the top of the agenda, a field he was extremely weak in (there were reports he needed tutors just to coach him on the basics of foreign policy), and Carson's campaign almost completely collapsed, going from around 25-30% to the single digits.[[/labelnote]], but instead [[MemeticMutation the Donald]] turned into something of an OutsideContextVillain for the entire Republican establishment, who were so used to traditional politics they had absolutely no idea how to campaign against someone like Trump. Not only did he have a better idea of how to manipulate the media for more coverage than anyone else in the field, he freely admitted to changing his mind on positions (defusing many attempts to characterize him as a "flip-flopper" with his perceived honesty), and [[AtLeastIAdmitIt owned his elitism instead of hiding it.]]
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* Creator/DonaldTrump in the 2016 Republican Primary was expected to be a repeat of the quickly-surging-then-tanking Hermain Cain from 2012 [[labelnote:*]]as it turned out, the Herman Cain analogue turned out to be Ben Carson, who did surge very highly (at one point in late October/early November 2015, his polling numbers were ''above Trump'') but then Carson encountered his own version of DidntSeeThatComing when the Nov. 2015 Paris terror attack put national security & foreign policy at the top of the agenda, a field he was extremely weak in (there were reports he needed tutors just to coach him on the basics of foreign policy), and Carson's campaign almost completely collapsed, going from around 25-30% to the single digits.[[/labelnote]], digits[[/labelnote]], but instead [[MemeticMutation the Donald]] turned into something of an OutsideContextVillain for the entire Republican establishment, who were so used to traditional politics they had absolutely no idea how to campaign against someone like Trump. Not only did he have a better idea of how to manipulate the media for more coverage than anyone else in the field, he freely admitted to changing his mind on positions (defusing many attempts to characterize him as a "flip-flopper" with his perceived honesty), and [[AtLeastIAdmitIt owned his elitism instead of hiding it.]]
29th Jan '16 1:44:52 PM JackTheHammer
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* Creator/DonaldTrump in the 2016 Republican Primary was expected to be a repeat of the quickly-surging-then-tanking Hermain Cain from 2012 [[labelnote:*]]as it turned out, the Herman Cain analogue turned out to be Ben Carson, who did surge very highly (at one point in late October/early November 2015, his polling numbers were ''above Trump'') but then Carson encountered his own version of DidntSeeThatComing when the Nov. 2015 Paris terror attack put national security & foreign policy at the top of the agenda, a field he was extremely weak in (there were reports he needed tutors just to coach him on the basics of foreign policy), and Carson's campaign almost completely collapsed, going from around 25-30% to the single digits. For added irony, Cain and Carson are both black.[[/labelnote]], but instead Donald turned into something of an OutsideContextVillain for the entire Republican establishment, who were so used to traditional politics they had absolutely no idea how to campaign against someone like Trump. Not only did he have a better idea of how to manipulate the media for more coverage than anyone else in the field, he freely admitted to changing his mind on positioins (defusing many attempts to to characterize him as "flip-flopping" with his perceived honesty), and owned his elitism rather than hiding it.
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* Creator/DonaldTrump in the 2016 Republican Primary was expected to be a repeat of the quickly-surging-then-tanking Hermain Cain from 2012 [[labelnote:*]]as it turned out, the Herman Cain analogue turned out to be Ben Carson, who did surge very highly (at one point in late October/early November 2015, his polling numbers were ''above Trump'') but then Carson encountered his own version of DidntSeeThatComing when the Nov. 2015 Paris terror attack put national security & foreign policy at the top of the agenda, a field he was extremely weak in (there were reports he needed tutors just to coach him on the basics of foreign policy), and Carson's campaign almost completely collapsed, going from around 25-30% to the single digits. For added irony, Cain and Carson are both black.[[/labelnote]], but instead Donald [[MemeticMutation the Donald]] turned into something of an OutsideContextVillain for the entire Republican establishment, who were so used to traditional politics they had absolutely no idea how to campaign against someone like Trump. Not only did he have a better idea of how to manipulate the media for more coverage than anyone else in the field, he freely admitted to changing his mind on positioins positions (defusing many attempts to to characterize him as "flip-flopping" a "flip-flopper" with his perceived honesty), and [[AtLeastIAdmitIt owned his elitism rather than instead of hiding it.]]
29th Jan '16 1:38:38 PM JackTheHammer
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* DonaldTrump in the 2016 Republican Primary was expected to be a repeat of the quickly-surging-then-tanking Hermain Cain from 2012, but instead Donald turned into something of an OutsideContextVillain for the entire Republican establishment, who were so used to traditional politics they had absolutely no idea how to campaign against someone like Trump. Not only did he have a better idea of how to manipulate the media for more coverage than anyone else in the field, he freely admitted to changing his mind on positioins (defusing many attempts to to characterize him as "flip-flopping" with his perceived honesty), and owned his elitism rather than hiding it.
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* DonaldTrump Creator/DonaldTrump in the 2016 Republican Primary was expected to be a repeat of the quickly-surging-then-tanking Hermain Cain from 2012, 2012 [[labelnote:*]]as it turned out, the Herman Cain analogue turned out to be Ben Carson, who did surge very highly (at one point in late October/early November 2015, his polling numbers were ''above Trump'') but then Carson encountered his own version of DidntSeeThatComing when the Nov. 2015 Paris terror attack put national security & foreign policy at the top of the agenda, a field he was extremely weak in (there were reports he needed tutors just to coach him on the basics of foreign policy), and Carson's campaign almost completely collapsed, going from around 25-30% to the single digits. For added irony, Cain and Carson are both black.[[/labelnote]], but instead Donald turned into something of an OutsideContextVillain for the entire Republican establishment, who were so used to traditional politics they had absolutely no idea how to campaign against someone like Trump. Not only did he have a better idea of how to manipulate the media for more coverage than anyone else in the field, he freely admitted to changing his mind on positioins (defusing many attempts to to characterize him as "flip-flopping" with his perceived honesty), and owned his elitism rather than hiding it.
28th Jan '16 4:59:50 PM pablo360
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Ugh, hotlinks in spoiler tags. Teh wurst.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', when Abe disarmed the elf. Anybody who forgets he's fighting a wizard after having to overcome his spells just to get there ''deserves'' to be [[spoiler:[[MacrossMissileMassacre spammed]] by [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2009-07-04 exploding crows]]]] on the spot.
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', when Abe disarmed the elf. Anybody who forgets he's fighting a wizard after having to overcome his spells just to get there ''deserves'' to be [[spoiler:[[MacrossMissileMassacre spammed]] by exploding crows]] [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2009-07-04 exploding crows]]]] on the spot.]]
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