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5th Oct '17 12:22:11 PM Ccook1956
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** Subverted in two comic book stories where they do catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon, but there were twists to them. One story had Dick and Muttley tasked with obtaining Yankee Doodle's satchel while the other had them luring him over to their side during a truce, hypnotizing him and making him pose for pictures making him look like a traitor. Naturally, neither instance worked.
24th Sep '17 6:53:17 PM H2SO4
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** The Eds finally win their peers' respect [[spoiler:in the finale movie. Which is Lampshaded.]]

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** The Eds finally win their peers' respect [[spoiler:in the finale movie.movie, and Kevin will give them jawbreakers. Which is Lampshaded.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', Arnold never ends up finding his parents. Furthermore, Helga's secret infatuation with him is a pivotal theme in the show and in several episodes her secret is almost revealed... but of course, Arnold never does end up finding out. [[spoiler: Even when Helga eventually confesses in the movie, the two later decide to blame it on the "heat of the moment" and forget all about it.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', Arnold never ends up finding his parents. Furthermore, Helga's secret infatuation with him is a pivotal theme in the show and in several episodes her secret is almost revealed... but of course, Arnold never does end up finding out. [[spoiler: Even when Helga eventually confesses in the movie, the two later decide to blame it on the "heat of the moment" and forget all about it.]] Thankfully, production was revived for ''The Jungle Movie'', which will finally conclude the former part of Arnold's journey]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Samurai Jack}}'', Jack's attempts to return home always fail either due to Aku's interferenve or simply Jack's {{Chronic Hero Syndrome}}. Likewise, Jack and Aku's attempts to kill each other always end in failure and this was even lampshaded by Aku in ''Jack vs Aku''.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Samurai Jack}}'', Jack's attempts to return home always fail either due to Aku's interferenve interference or simply Jack's {{Chronic Hero Syndrome}}.Syndrome}} and refusal to let others sacrifice themselves for his goal. Likewise, Jack and Aku's attempts to kill each other always end in failure and this was even lampshaded by Aku in ''Jack vs Aku''. [[spoiler:Jack finally succeeds in the end, but he loses the girl he loves, which would've otherwise prevented him from taking the opportunity had he known]].
22nd Sep '17 12:33:34 PM Maddoxsort
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In cases of game shows with recurring contestants who keep bumbling their chances at winning a game, they are usually defined by the trope BornUnlucky, but once the streak of bad luck is {{Lampshaded}} and starts to become an in-joke regarding when or if the contestant figures out how to finally win and is expected to lose (or they themselves expect to lose), it transitions into this.

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In cases of game shows with recurring contestants who keep bumbling their chances at winning a game, they are usually defined by the trope BornUnlucky, (and if it gets ''really'' out of hand, they might be branded a MemeticLoser), but once the streak of bad luck is {{Lampshaded}} and starts to become an in-joke regarding when or if the contestant figures out how to finally win and is expected to lose (or they themselves expect to lose), it transitions into this.
22nd Sep '17 12:32:28 PM Maddoxsort
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In cases of game shows with recurring contestants who keep bumbling their chances at winning a game, they are usually defined by the trope BornUnlucky (and if it gets ''really'' out of hand, it descends into MemeticLoser), but once the streak of bad luck is {{Lampshaded}} and starts to become an in-joke regarding when or if the contestant figures out how to finally win and is expected to lose (or they themselves expect to lose), it transitions into this.

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In cases of game shows with recurring contestants who keep bumbling their chances at winning a game, they are usually defined by the trope BornUnlucky (and if it gets ''really'' out of hand, it descends into MemeticLoser), BornUnlucky, but once the streak of bad luck is {{Lampshaded}} and starts to become an in-joke regarding when or if the contestant figures out how to finally win and is expected to lose (or they themselves expect to lose), it transitions into this.
22nd Sep '17 12:31:46 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', this was deconstructed and then horribly, ''horribly'' reconstructed in the case of Griffith's dream of getting his own kingdom through winning the Kingdom of Midland's war against the Tudor Empire. All he had to do was wait around for the right moment to get [[StandardHeroReward Princess Charlotte's hand in marriage and the kingdom would be his.]] Of course, taking place in the [[WorldHalfEmpty Berserkerverse]], you knew that [[DiabolusExMachina this was too easy to accomplish.]] So after everything falls apart for Griffith [[spoiler: (which was actually partially his doing, since he took Guts' departure AFTER winning the war [[{{Yandere}}a little]] [[IfICantHaveYou over the top]], which led to his [[SexForSolace erratic behavior with Princess Charlotte]], which led to his horrible imprisonment and torture)]] and his dream looked all but destroyed... hey, whaddya know? Griffith has the chance to go after his dream again! ...By making [[FaceHeelTurn the most vile]] [[KillEmAll and horrible]] of all decisions [[MoralEventHorizon that he could possibly make!]] [[SarcasmMode Hooray!]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', this was deconstructed and then horribly, ''horribly'' reconstructed in the case of Griffith's dream of getting his own kingdom through winning the Kingdom of Midland's war against the Tudor Empire. All he had to do was wait around for the right moment to get [[StandardHeroReward Princess Charlotte's hand in marriage and the kingdom would be his.]] Of course, taking place in the [[WorldHalfEmpty Berserkerverse]], you knew that [[DiabolusExMachina this was too easy to accomplish.]] So after everything falls apart for Griffith [[spoiler: (which was actually partially his doing, since he took Guts' departure AFTER winning the war [[{{Yandere}}a little]] [[IfICantHaveYou over the top]], which led to his [[SexForSolace erratic behavior with Princess Charlotte]], which led to his horrible imprisonment and torture)]] and his dream looked all but destroyed... hey, whaddya know? Griffith has the chance to go after his dream again! ...By making [[FaceHeelTurn the most vile]] [[KillEmAll and horrible]] of all decisions [[MoralEventHorizon the most vile and horrible of all decisions that he could possibly make!]] make]]! [[SarcasmMode Hooray!]]



->'''Shiro''': Blank never loses.

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->'''Shiro''': -->'''Shiro''': Blank never loses.
22nd Sep '17 12:27:33 PM Maddoxsort
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* ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' character CliffHanger. Goal: Rescue himself from hanging from the cliff.
* Both 1960s/1970s TV Westerns ''Series/TheBigValley'' and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' had the same thing happening: every time a male character on the show got serious with a woman or got married, she got killed off in some gruesome fashion or died of some horrible disease, or in childbirth, on the same episode. (Exception: Hoss' mother on ''Bonanza'' lasted ''two'' episodes.) In fact, the CartwrightCurse is named for ''Bonanza's'' Cartwright family.

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* ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' character CliffHanger. Goal: Rescue himself from hanging from the cliff.
cliff. Invariably, some ContrivedCoincidence will return him to the perilous branch he hangs from. When the protagonist himself got tired of it, and [[TenMinuteRetirement abandoned his post]]; the lions [[LampshadeHanging pretty much said that there would be no more adventures to read about if he didn't end up back on the cliff at the end of each story.]] Naturally, he's convinced to resume his job for the benefit of the readers.
* Both 1960s/1970s TV Westerns ''Series/TheBigValley'' and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' had the same thing happening: every time a male character on the show got serious with a woman or got married, she got killed off in some gruesome fashion or died of some horrible disease, or in childbirth, on the same episode. (Exception: Hoss' mother on ''Bonanza'' lasted ''two'' episodes.) In fact, the CartwrightCurse is named for ''Bonanza's'' Cartwright family. ''The Big Valley'' was in DuelingShows with ''Bonanza'', and basically the same but with [[SpearCounterpart a female lead and a daughter to better represent women.]]
* In the afterparty of the nineteenth season of the US version of ''Series/BigBrother'', Paul Raffi Abrahamian [[PlayedForLaughs pokes fun]] at how he came in second twice in a row the exact same way and is now going to shoot for second every season he comes back as a RunningGag that he just can't win.
22nd Sep '17 12:18:11 PM Maddoxsort
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In cases of game shows with recurring contestants who keep bumbling their chances at winning a game, they are usually defined by the trope BornUnlucky, but once the streak of bad luck is {{Lampshaded}} and starts to become an in-joke regarding when or if the contestant figures out how to finally win and is expected to lose (or they themselves expect to lose), it transitions into this.

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In cases of game shows with recurring contestants who keep bumbling their chances at winning a game, they are usually defined by the trope BornUnlucky, BornUnlucky (and if it gets ''really'' out of hand, it descends into MemeticLoser), but once the streak of bad luck is {{Lampshaded}} and starts to become an in-joke regarding when or if the contestant figures out how to finally win and is expected to lose (or they themselves expect to lose), it transitions into this.
22nd Sep '17 12:17:01 PM Maddoxsort
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In cases of game shows with recurring contestants who keep bumbling their chances at winning a game, they are usually BornUnlucky, but once the streak of bad luck is {{Lampshaded}} and starts to become an in-joke regarding when or if the contestant figures out how to finally win and is expected to lose (or they themselves expect to lose), it transitions into this.

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In cases of game shows with recurring contestants who keep bumbling their chances at winning a game, they are usually defined by the trope BornUnlucky, but once the streak of bad luck is {{Lampshaded}} and starts to become an in-joke regarding when or if the contestant figures out how to finally win and is expected to lose (or they themselves expect to lose), it transitions into this.
22nd Sep '17 12:16:01 PM Maddoxsort
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In cases of game shows with recurring contestants who keep bumbling their chances at winning a game, they are usually BornUnlucky, but once the streak of bad luck is {{Lampshaded}} and starts to become an in-joke regarding when or if the contestant figures out how to finally win and is expected to lose (or they themselves expect to lose), it transitions into this.
13th Sep '17 12:40:19 PM ReaderAt2046
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