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21st Jul '16 3:25:20 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Jimmy Five -- Originally Cebolinha -- with his ironically named "Infallible Plans". Goal: take over the street and/or a plush bunny from Monica. And it brings another example of this trope, by his GenreSavvy friend Cascão/Smudge - Goal: not joining the scheme... and then the beatings after they fail ([[SpannerInTheWorks usually because Smudge screws up]])

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** Jimmy Five -- Originally Cebolinha -- with his ironically named "Infallible Plans". Goal: take over the street and/or a plush bunny from Monica. And it brings another example of this trope, by his GenreSavvy friend Cascão/Smudge - Goal: not joining the scheme... and then the beatings after they fail ([[SpannerInTheWorks usually because Smudge screws up]])



* ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk''. Bruce Banner will never get rid of The Hulk. Heck, one time Bruce lost the ability to turn into the Hulk, he was GenreSavvy enough to observe he would be back. Sure enough. One story has Doc Samson and the army capture Bruce and place him in a chamber filled with NOX. General Ross (IIRC) says that they will lobotomize Banner to stop Hulk and Samson is shocked. Bruce says that he accepts this, since his only wish is to die. Samson says that it's both the wish of him and the Hulk and shuts off the oxygen valve, making Banner breathe pure nitrogen. The last screens of the comic show Banner's heartbeat slowing down, until he dies. [[spoiler:The last panel shows one, big, green, powerful heartbeat.]]

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* ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk''. Bruce Banner will never get rid of The Hulk. Heck, one time Bruce lost the ability to turn into the Hulk, he was GenreSavvy savvy enough to observe he would be back. Sure enough. One story has Doc Samson and the army capture Bruce and place him in a chamber filled with NOX. General Ross (IIRC) says that they will lobotomize Banner to stop Hulk and Samson is shocked. Bruce says that he accepts this, since his only wish is to die. Samson says that it's both the wish of him and the Hulk and shuts off the oxygen valve, making Banner breathe pure nitrogen. The last screens of the comic show Banner's heartbeat slowing down, until he dies. [[spoiler:The last panel shows one, big, green, powerful heartbeat.]]



* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', [[spoiler:they find Earth before the end of the series...only to find the planet in an post-apocalyptic state, presumably from nuclear war. Later, they get a DeusExMachina trip to another habitable planet that they also call Earth, mingle with the locals, and 150,000 years later we develop Roombas]]. This could be said to be an aversion, as current humans are much more GenreSavvy about the danger of building machines that could [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turn against them]]. The earliest warning against this (the story of the golem) goes back several hundred years.

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* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', [[spoiler:they find Earth before the end of the series...only to find the planet in an post-apocalyptic state, presumably from nuclear war. Later, they get a DeusExMachina trip to another habitable planet that they also call Earth, mingle with the locals, and 150,000 years later we develop Roombas]]. This could be said to be an aversion, as current humans are much more GenreSavvy savvy about the danger of building machines that could [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turn against them]]. The earliest warning against this (the story of the golem) goes back several hundred years.



* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' - Goal: Find a way back to Earth. [[spoiler: Subverted magnificently in the middle of fourth and last season, where he manages to get back to Earth. Of course, Crichton then discovers [[YouCantGoHomeAgain That's Not What He Really Wanted]], and the entire idea of his goal of "Finding A Way Back To Earth" is deconstructed to the moon and back (literally). The other goals that he amasses throughout the series don't really fit into the Failure Is The Only Option category... unless getting blown up by a hand-made nuke is considered a goal.]] And, of course, this being ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', GenreSavvy John Crichton [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this]] (referring to a couple of long-running TV series in the process), but by this point in the series has enough insight to manage to turn his savviness to his advantage.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' - Goal: Find a way back to Earth. [[spoiler: Subverted magnificently in the middle of fourth and last season, where he manages to get back to Earth. Of course, Crichton then discovers [[YouCantGoHomeAgain That's Not What He Really Wanted]], and the entire idea of his goal of "Finding A Way Back To Earth" is deconstructed to the moon and back (literally). The other goals that he amasses throughout the series don't really fit into the Failure Is The Only Option category... unless getting blown up by a hand-made nuke is considered a goal.]] And, of course, this being ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', GenreSavvy John Crichton [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this]] (referring to a couple of long-running TV series in the process), but by this point in the series has enough insight to manage to turn his savviness to his advantage.



* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': With the premise of "people stranded on a deserted Island", it was pretty obvious to GenreSavvy viewers that any attempts to get off said Island were doomed to fail. It was the famously subverted when some characters left the Island and their goal became to get back there. [[spoiler:And then totally inverted in the final season: the goal of the main characters becomes to stop the BigBad from leaving the Island - something they have attempted themselves for so long early in the series.]] The other goal is to figure out what the hell is going on. Characters and the viewers alike were fated to fail here.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': With the premise of "people stranded on a deserted Island", it was pretty obvious to GenreSavvy viewers that any attempts to get off said Island were doomed to fail. It was the famously subverted when some characters left the Island and their goal became to get back there. [[spoiler:And then totally inverted in the final season: the goal of the main characters becomes to stop the BigBad from leaving the Island - something they have attempted themselves for so long early in the series.]] The other goal is to figure out what the hell is going on. Characters and the viewers alike were fated to fail here.



* Tarquin, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy villain from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0821.html lampshades it]], saying that the protagonists always fight for the treasure, but the antagonists always take it from them at the last time.

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* Tarquin, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy villain Tarquin from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0821.html lampshades it]], saying that the protagonists always fight for the treasure, but the antagonists always take it from them at the last time.
21st Jul '16 9:29:07 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* No matter what you do in ''VideoGame/OneChance'', there is no way to find the cute to save everyone on the planet, including [[spoiler:your co-workers and wife]]. You can still save yourself and your daughter in a few endings, though.

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* No matter what you do in ''VideoGame/OneChance'', there is no way to find the cute cure to save everyone on the planet, including [[spoiler:your co-workers and wife]]. You can still save yourself and your daughter in a few endings, though.
* The only way to figure out how to get the true ending in ''VideoGame/{{POPGOES}}'' is by being killed by each animatronic.
18th Jul '16 3:53:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' - Goal: Find a way back to Earth. [[spoiler: Subverted magnificently in the middle of fourth and last season, where he manages to get back to Earth. Of course, Crichton then discovers [[YouCantGoHomeAgain That's Not What He Really Wanted]], and the entire idea of his goal of "Finding A Way Back To Earth" is deconstructed to the moon and back (literally). The other goals that he amasses throughout the series don't really fit into the Failure Is The Only Option category... unless getting blown up by a hand-made nuke is considered a goal.]] And, of course, this being ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', GenreSavvy John Crichton [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this]] (referring to a couple of long-running TV series in the process), but by this point in the series has enough insight to manage to turn his [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Savvyness]] to his advantage.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' - Goal: Find a way back to Earth. [[spoiler: Subverted magnificently in the middle of fourth and last season, where he manages to get back to Earth. Of course, Crichton then discovers [[YouCantGoHomeAgain That's Not What He Really Wanted]], and the entire idea of his goal of "Finding A Way Back To Earth" is deconstructed to the moon and back (literally). The other goals that he amasses throughout the series don't really fit into the Failure Is The Only Option category... unless getting blown up by a hand-made nuke is considered a goal.]] And, of course, this being ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', GenreSavvy John Crichton [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this]] (referring to a couple of long-running TV series in the process), but by this point in the series has enough insight to manage to turn his [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Savvyness]] savviness to his advantage.
13th Jul '16 6:44:54 AM luffy_mib
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->'''Shiro''': Blank never loses.
13th Jul '16 6:41:17 AM luffy_mib
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* Everybody from all races, even God himself, is incapable of breaking Sora & Shiro's undefeated streak in ''Anime/NoGameNoLife''. Even the siblings couldn't best each other over 500 matches of poker game ended up no contest.

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* Everybody from all races, even God himself, is incapable of breaking Sora & Shiro's undefeated streak in ''Anime/NoGameNoLife''. Even the siblings couldn't best each other over 500 matches of poker game and ended up no contest.
13th Jul '16 6:39:27 AM luffy_mib
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* In {{Manga/Green Worldz}}, Iwatobi always falls short of killing the female human hybrid [[spoiler:in both the original and new timeline]].

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* In {{Manga/Green Worldz}}, Iwatobi always falls short of killing the female human hybrid Acacia [[spoiler:in both the original and new timeline]].


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* Everybody from all races, even God himself, is incapable of breaking Sora & Shiro's undefeated streak in ''Anime/NoGameNoLife''. Even the siblings couldn't best each other over 500 matches of poker game ended up no contest.
11th Jul '16 8:38:44 AM CheeseDogX
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** A far more straight example, the bad guys have the goal "find out why Number 6 quit being a spy." Since teasing that answer out would also end the show, they are also doomed to failure at every turn.
5th Jul '16 7:17:36 AM cdrood
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' went through such periods when he'd have a companion or companions who didn't actually want to travel with him. This was actually the show's original premise with Ian and Barbara. Later, attempts to get Tegan back to Heathrow and her flight attendant job failed for quite a bit. When they finally dropped her off, it was found out in the next story she'd been fired and she willingly joined the crew.
1st Jul '16 7:14:32 PM Jacob175
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* An in-universe example in ''Homestuck''. In every successful session of Sburb, [[BigGood the White King]] is destined to lose his one-on-one battle with [[FinalBoss the Black King]] and have his staff taken from him (the White King may or may not die as part of this; it presumably depends on the session). Once the Black King has the staff he uses it to start [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Reckoning]], starting the final battle in which the players and their allies must defeat him and destroy the staff before everything is destroyed. [[spoiler: The Black King being killed by Jack Noir]] ''before'' this happens is when the Kids session goes completely OffTheRails.

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* An in-universe example in ''Homestuck''.''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. In every successful session of Sburb, [[BigGood the White King]] is destined to lose his one-on-one battle with [[FinalBoss the Black King]] and have his staff taken from him (the White King may or may not die as part of this; it presumably depends on the session). Once the Black King has the staff he uses it to start [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Reckoning]], starting the final battle in which the players and their allies must defeat him and destroy the staff before everything is destroyed. [[spoiler: The Black King being killed by Jack Noir]] ''before'' this happens is when the Kids session goes completely OffTheRails.



* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. Most of the Blue's and Red's plans end horribly. Only time they really win is when they work together. When they are trying to kill each other, for obvious reasons, they can't.\\

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. Most of the Blue's and Red's plans end horribly. Only The only time they really win is when they work together. When they are trying to kill each other, for obvious reasons, they can't.\\



* As for actual exceptions in animation: ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer'' and the animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}}''.

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* As for actual exceptions in animation: ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer'' and the animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}}''. Conan eventually did defeat his arch-enemy and save his family while the final episode of Jumanji had the trio find the final clue and escape the game for good.



* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''; every attempt by Jack to go back to his home timeline will fail, either because of interfering villains or [[GreaterNeedThanMine him deciding the plight of those around him is greater than his own]].
30th Jun '16 5:30:22 PM KantonKage
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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'': No matter how many times you throw yourself at the big bad of the week, you will always fail. [[OnlyICanKillHim Only Goku is allowed to vanquish the monster once and for all]]. The only time this did not happen was with Gohan who defeated Cell, and even then Goku assisted from beyond the grave.

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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'': No matter how many times you throw yourself at the big bad of the week, you will always fail. [[OnlyICanKillHim Only Goku is allowed to vanquish the monster once and for all]]. The only time few times this did not happen was during the fight with Vegeta who was taken down by Yajirobe, Great Ape Gohan and Krillin with Goku's Spirit Bomb, while he did defeat Frieza, then with Gohan who defeated Cell, and even then Goku assisted from beyond the grave.grave. The only time that Goku wasn't involved was when Frieza came to earth for the first time and was killed by Trunks.
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