History Main / DisastrousDemonstration

10th May '16 8:27:10 AM eroock
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A subtrope of GoneHorriblyWrong. The product, itself, is a mercantile equivalent of TheScapegoat.

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A subtrope of GoneHorriblyWrong. The product, itself, is a mercantile equivalent of TheScapegoat.
TheScapegoat. Compare SabotageToDiscredit and FlawedPrototype.
3rd Mar '16 5:20:16 PM ladysybil5695
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* In ''Film/Joy'', the man hired to demonstrate the mop Joy invented live on a shopping channel obviously didn't bother to touch the thing before stepping in front of the cameras and trying to sell it. Needless to say, the demonstration went poorly.

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* In ''Film/Joy'', {{Joy}}, the man hired to demonstrate the mop Joy invented live on a shopping channel obviously didn't bother to touch the thing before stepping in front of the cameras and trying to sell it. Needless to say, the demonstration went poorly.
3rd Mar '16 5:17:30 PM ladysybil5695
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* In ''Film/Joy'', the man hired to demonstrate the mop Joy invented live on a shopping channel obviously didn't bother to touch the thing before stepping in front of the cameras and trying to sell it. Needless to say, the demonstration went poorly.
13th Jan '16 9:37:58 AM DDRMASTERM
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* A man fell to his death from his law firm's high-rise office building while attempting to show off the sturdiness of the glass windows [[WhatAnIdiot by ramming into them.]] In a way, he was right, for it wasn't the glass that broke - the window ''popped out of its frame.''

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* A man fell to his death from his law firm's high-rise office building while attempting to show off the sturdiness of the glass windows [[WhatAnIdiot by ramming into them.]] In a way, he was right, for it wasn't the glass that broke - the window ''popped out of its frame.'''' This story won a Website/DarwinAward.
15th Nov '15 2:33:00 AM JenBurdoo
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* The ''Vasa'', built at enormous expense by the Swedish Navy in the 1600s, and at the time one of the largest ships ever built, sank immediately upon launching in full view of assembled royalty and nobility.
13th Nov '15 8:13:03 PM Jacob175
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* Played with in the ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' comic. Blues' power failure during the test fight convinces the military to simply scale back the nature of the combat robots they want to order from Dr. Light instead of cancelling it outright.



* In ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', Bright Eyes escapes and rampages through the biotech company's facility, until she's shot right in front of its board of directors. The serum that'd made her intelligent is immediately shelved, even though her escape was a result of handlers' errors and her own MamaBear nature, not the serum.

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* In ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', Bright Eyes escapes and rampages through the biotech company's facility, until she's shot right in front of its board of directors. The serum that'd that made her intelligent is immediately shelved, even though her escape was a result of handlers' errors and her own MamaBear nature, not the serum.



** When Don Knotts guest-starred, he appeared in a skit as a scientist unveiling a newly discovered creature. He talks about how the cage the creature is in is escape-proof, only for it to slip through the bars immediately afterwards. As it runs amok in the lab, Knotts assures the audience that the creature is harmless, which is the creatures cue to attack him. [[MonsterIsAMommy And then the creature's mother shows up...]]
* Several such mishaps occur in ''Series/StargateSG1''. A prototype energy weapon was canned after firing it on shut down the entire primary power system for Stargate Command. Played with in another occasion: they're demonstrating a new kind of body armor that should be resistant to the staff weapon blasts used by the Goa'uld. They demonstrate this by shooting Syler with a staff weapon. The blast knocks him off his feet and sets him on fire, which seems very bad... but it's then pointed out (after he's hurriedly extinguished) that other than slightly winded and a bit singed, Syler is just fine, whereas a staff blast at that range would otherwise have been ''lethal''.

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** When Don Knotts guest-starred, he appeared in a skit as a scientist unveiling a newly discovered creature. He talks about how the cage the creature is in is escape-proof, only for it to slip through the bars immediately afterwards. As it runs amok in the lab, Knotts assures the audience that the creature is harmless, which is the creatures creature's cue to attack him. [[MonsterIsAMommy And then the creature's mother shows up...]]
* Several such mishaps occur in ''Series/StargateSG1''. A prototype energy weapon was canned after firing it on once shut down the entire primary power system for Stargate Command. Played with in another occasion: they're demonstrating a new kind of body armor that should be resistant to the staff weapon blasts used by the Goa'uld. They demonstrate this by shooting Syler with a staff weapon. The blast knocks him off his feet and sets him on fire, which seems very bad... but it's then pointed out (after he's hurriedly extinguished) that other than slightly winded and a bit singed, Syler is just fine, whereas a staff blast at that range would otherwise have been ''lethal''.



* Almost every Sumdac Systems prototype in ''TransformersAnimated'', from the pilot episode onwards.

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* Almost every Sumdac Systems prototype in ''TransformersAnimated'', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', from the pilot episode onwards.



* The classic cliche is the door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, who starts by dumping dirt (or worse) on someone's carpet to demonstrate the amazing cleaning power of his vacuum, only for something to go terribly wrong.[[/folder]]

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* The classic cliche is the door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, who starts by dumping dirt (or worse) on someone's carpet to demonstrate the amazing cleaning power of his vacuum, only for something to go terribly wrong.wrong.
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* Windows 98 infamously crashed during it's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73wMnU7xbwE 1998 COMDEX Unveiling]], showing the consumers the first of ''many'' [[BlueScreenOfDeath Blue Screens Of Death]] to come. Rather than being cancelled, however, this didn't even so much as slow it's release.

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* Windows 98 infamously crashed during it's its [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73wMnU7xbwE 1998 COMDEX Unveiling]], showing the consumers the first of ''many'' [[BlueScreenOfDeath Blue Screens Of Death]] to come. Rather than being cancelled, however, this didn't even so much as slow it's its release.
1st Nov '15 10:43:46 PM TSBasilisk
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* Invoked in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' with the Jet Alone demonstration. Gendo is worried the competing mecha will be a problem for NERV so he has Ritsuko sabotage the demonstration. Having a combat vehicle go out of control and nearly suffer a nuclear melt down in a populated city was enough to get it scrapped.
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19th Oct '15 9:22:08 AM Prfnoff
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* A tool-assisted {{Speedrun}} of ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'', running on an actual UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem, desynced at the 2014 WebVideo/AwesomeGamesDoneQuick.
18th Sep '15 9:48:24 PM nombretomado
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* In the original ''Amazing Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'', Dr. Octavius has problems during his new invention's demonstration, which sets him on the path to become supervillain DoctorOctopus. The movie ''Film/SpiderMan2'' carried over this element of his origin-story.

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* In the original ''Amazing Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'', Dr. Octavius has problems during his new invention's demonstration, which sets him on the path to become supervillain DoctorOctopus.ComicBook/DoctorOctopus. The movie ''Film/SpiderMan2'' carried over this element of his origin-story.
9th Sep '15 3:26:40 PM DarkHunter
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* Several such mishaps occur in ''Series/StargateSG1''. A prototype energy weapon was canned after firing it on shut down the entire primary power system for Stargate Command. Played with in another occasion: they're demonstrating a new kind of body armor that should be resistant to the staff weapon blasts used by the Goa'uld. They demonstrate this by shooting Syler with a staff weapon. The blast knocks him off his feet and set him on fire, which seems very bad... but it's then pointed out (after he's hurriedly extinguished) that other than slightly winded and a bit singed, Syler is just fine, whereas a staff blast at that range would otherwise have been ''lethal''.

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* Several such mishaps occur in ''Series/StargateSG1''. A prototype energy weapon was canned after firing it on shut down the entire primary power system for Stargate Command. Played with in another occasion: they're demonstrating a new kind of body armor that should be resistant to the staff weapon blasts used by the Goa'uld. They demonstrate this by shooting Syler with a staff weapon. The blast knocks him off his feet and set sets him on fire, which seems very bad... but it's then pointed out (after he's hurriedly extinguished) that other than slightly winded and a bit singed, Syler is just fine, whereas a staff blast at that range would otherwise have been ''lethal''.
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