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4th Feb '18 8:35:14 PM RoarkTenjouin
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** Speaking of the Einzbern family, it seems that no matter what they do in the Third Grail War[[note]]''Fate/Stay Night'' is focused around the Fifth[[/note]], they'll manage to lose said war. In the timeline of ''Stay Night'', they [[spoiler: summon the Avenger-class servant Angra Mainyu, who despite having the same name as the Zoroastrian god of evil, is actually one of the weakest servants that can be summoned, and gets killed very quickly; however, he corrupts the grail, leading to the events of ''Fate/Zero'' and ''Stay Night'']]. In the Third Grail War in the back story of ''Apocrypha'', which is in an AlternateTimeline to ''Stay Night'', they instead [[spoiler: summon the Ruler-class servant Shirou Amasuka, yet despite having a servant who can ''[[StoryBreakerPower command seal the other servants into killing themselves]]'', they ''still'' [[BeyondTheImpossible manage to lose the war]]]].
2nd Feb '18 4:13:50 PM H2SO4
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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]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', Arnold never ends up finding his parents.parents (he simply just wasn't proactive about it at the time). 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]].


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** Of course, another thing Jack can never succeed at is getting a girl, because they always end up trying to harm or kill him.
26th Jan '18 6:13:29 PM MagBas
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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' - Goal: 'Slide' back to our dimension. This goal was actually achieved at the start of the fourth season, causing the show's [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]] moment. There was also a much earlier instance where they were implied to get back to their own dimension... but did not realize it, and moved on to the next one.

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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' - Goal: 'Slide' back to our dimension. This goal was actually achieved at the start of the fourth season, causing the show's [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]] moment.season. There was also a much earlier instance where they were implied to get back to their own dimension... but did not realize it, and moved on to the next one.
30th Dec '17 1:10:42 AM Chabal2
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* Averted in ComicBook/ThePunisher's case: he knows full well that all the criminals he kills won't change a thing in regards to actual crime rates, or bring back his family, or ever bring him peace- he has simply made it his life's work to kill as many criminals as he can until he inevitably dies, something neither the criminals nor the heroes (especially Daredevil, who often ends up ''defending'' said criminals in court because he believes in due process, often ending up looking like a fool in the process) understand. DependingOnTheWriter, he may even be punishing himself for failing to protect his family.
29th Dec '17 12:42:43 PM nombretomado
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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain: Blood Omen'', it's possible for Kain to wipe out all of his would-be assassins, even without a GameShark, if proper caution is taken. However, all the exits out of town are blocked off, and you'll just have to walk in and out of a building to respawn the enemies and let Kain die like he's supposed to.

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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain: Blood Omen'', it's possible for Kain to wipe out all of his would-be assassins, even without a GameShark, VideoGame/GameShark, if proper caution is taken. However, all the exits out of town are blocked off, and you'll just have to walk in and out of a building to respawn the enemies and let Kain die like he's supposed to.
15th Dec '17 6:16:28 PM TomWalpertac2
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** Near the end of season 7, Tony learned that while he does indeed own his second, larger dredge, he lacks the proper land use permits he needs in order to move the behemoth dredge (or its larger removed components).

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** Near the end of season 7, Tony learned that while he does indeed own his second, larger dredge, he lacks the proper land use permits he needs in order to move the behemoth dredge (or its larger removed components).components) to the river.
15th Dec '17 6:16:00 PM TomWalpertac2
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** Near the end of season 7, Tony learned that while he does indeed own his second, larger dredge, he lacks the proper land use permits he needs ** For season 8, everybody is having a hard time meeting their gold recovery goals.

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** Near the end of season 7, Tony learned that while he does indeed own his second, larger dredge, he lacks the proper land use permits he needs in order to move the behemoth dredge (or its larger removed components).
** For season 8, everybody is having a hard time meeting their gold recovery goals.
15th Dec '17 6:14:06 PM TomWalpertac2
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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': With the premise of "people stranded on a deserted Island", it was pretty obvious to 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 viewers that any attempts to get off said Island were doomed to fail. It was the then 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/GoldRush'': Played straight to varying degrees in different seasons.
** During the first season, the guys frequently lament that they are in danger of going into foreclosure on their houses back home. Failure to find any gold means going home not just broke, but deeper in debt than when they started. Unfortunately, by the end of season one, they have failed to find more than a few ounces of gold valued in the tens of thousands of dollars. They need more than 100 ounces worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
** Season 2 saw the Hoffman crew kicked off their Porcupine Creek claim as well as recovering a relatively small amount of gold.
** Season 4 saw the Hoffman crew pretty much lose everything in the jungles of Guyana.
** Parker's first few seasons mining from his grandfather's Big Nugget mine were nothing but disappointment.
** Although they finally meet their 1000 and 2000 ounce goals by the end of season 5, after the "final" cleanouts, we learn that they need more gold to secure mining rights for the next season (Hoffman crew) or afford to buy a new claim (Parker Schnabel).
** For season 6, Tony Beets wanted to produce 900 ounces or 1 million dollars worth of gold with his decades-old resurrected dredge. He missed that goal by about 100 ounces. But his high efficiency methods gave him a 50 to 60% return on the digging efforts. (Vs 10 to 30% for stationary washplants.) Operating the dredge taught him and the crew how to do the job correctly and Tony plans on buying a second dredge during the 2016 mining season (season 7).
** Eight episodes into season 7 and Tony Beets's dredge has been sunk not just once, but twice.
*** The next episode, the inspector declares his top-heavy tugboat unseaworthy, requiring him to go out and find another means of pushing/towing/hauling his new dredge downriver.
*** 2 weeks later, the bucket ladder return pulley suffers a broken bearing, sidelining the entire machine.
** The Hoffman Crew found mining at the High Bar mine in Oregon's Blue Mountains to be much like their first two seasons and their South American season. The Buckland claim didn't help them fill their 5000 ounce wish list either.
** Near the end of season 7, Tony learned that while he does indeed own his second, larger dredge, he lacks the proper land use permits he needs ** For season 8, everybody is having a hard time meeting their gold recovery goals.
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5th Dec '17 12:33:02 AM megamcduck
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** ''VideoGame/BattleKidFortressOfPeril'' (and its upcoming sequel) is just like this, even going so far as to be considered the spiritual sequel to IWBTG.
13th Nov '17 5:00:35 AM Danzence
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* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' also pulls this multiple times. In "No Russian", your character will be shot at the end - and the Russians will blame the attack on the United States based on an American being amongst the terrorists. Attempting to rescue "Icepick" will fail as he will have died before you reach him. Finally, infiltrating Makarov's safehouse and copying all the information on his computer will result in [[spoiler: your entire team getting wiped out except for you and Ghost - who are promptly shot, covered with gas, and set on fire by General Shepard, who was apparently supposed to extract you]].

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* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' also pulls this multiple times. In "No Russian", your character will be shot at the end - and the Russians will blame the attack on the United States based on an American being amongst the terrorists. Attempting to rescue "Icepick" will fail as he will have died before you reach him. Finally, infiltrating Makarov's safehouse and copying all the information on his computer will result in [[spoiler: your entire team getting wiped out except for you and Ghost - who are promptly shot, covered with gas, petrol, and set on fire by General Shepard, who was apparently supposed to extract you]].
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