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19th Sep '16 1:15:04 AM SuperFeatherYoshi
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** Abbadon the Despoiler in background, Justified in that the only way out of the Eye of Terror is to attack a heavily fortified sector of space that has entire planets populated by {{Badass Normal}}s plus with twenty Space Marine chapters on hand. (Note this is all before the Imperium starts to sent reinforcements), then throw in the fact that Chaos is inherently self-destructive and it's no wonder Chaos always peeters out and fails in every Black Crusade......

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** Abbadon the Despoiler in background, Justified in that the only way out of the Eye of Terror is to attack a heavily fortified sector of space that has entire planets populated by {{Badass Normal}}s plus with twenty Space Marine chapters on hand. (Note this is all before the Imperium starts to sent send reinforcements), then throw in the fact that Chaos is inherently self-destructive and it's no wonder Chaos always peeters out and fails in every Black Crusade......



** Tzeentch actually invokes the trope on himself and his forces. If his forces were ever to definitively win, then he would have no one to plot against, which would range from being boring him for him to literally wiping himself from existence. So, if his forces ever started to win, he would be just as likely to be the source of their downfall as his enemies.

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** Tzeentch actually invokes the trope on himself and his forces. If his forces were ever to definitively win, then he would have no one to plot against, which would range from being boring him for him to him literally wiping himself from existence. So, if his forces ever started to win, he would be just as likely to be the source of their downfall as his enemies.
17th Sep '16 10:19:53 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[AntiVillain Pandora's]] Goal: To make magic available too all mortals [[spoiler:so that her half-immortal son can safely use his powers to the fullest without breaking Immortal laws]]. The reason it will fail: 1) Magic itself has a sentient will of its own. 2) Magic wants to be known ''only'' by a select few individuals. 3) Should it ever become as widespread as Pandora wants, it would alter its own fundamental nature so as to cut humanity off from it potentially for millennia. [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2225 She does not take learning this well]].

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[AntiVillain Pandora's]] Goal: To make magic available too all mortals [[spoiler:so that her half-immortal son can safely use his powers to the fullest without breaking Immortal laws]]. The reason it will fail: 1) Magic itself has a sentient will of its own. 2) Magic wants to be known ''only'' by a select few individuals. 3) Should it ever become as widespread as Pandora wants, it would alter its own fundamental nature so as to cut humanity off from it completely, potentially for millennia. [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2225 She does not take learning this well]].
17th Sep '16 10:19:08 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[AntiVillain Pandora's]] Goal: To make magic available too all mortals [[spoiler:so that her half-immortal son can safely use his powers to the fullest without breaking Immortal laws]]. The reason it will fail: 1) Magic itself has a sentient will of its own. 2) Magic wants to be known ''only'' by a select few individuals. 3) Should it ever become as widespread as Pandora wants, it would alter its own fundamental nature so as to cut humanity off from it potentially for millennia. [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2225 She does not take it well]].

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[AntiVillain Pandora's]] Goal: To make magic available too all mortals [[spoiler:so that her half-immortal son can safely use his powers to the fullest without breaking Immortal laws]]. The reason it will fail: 1) Magic itself has a sentient will of its own. 2) Magic wants to be known ''only'' by a select few individuals. 3) Should it ever become as widespread as Pandora wants, it would alter its own fundamental nature so as to cut humanity off from it potentially for millennia. [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2225 She does not take it learning this well]].
17th Sep '16 10:18:34 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[AntiVillain Pandora's]] Goal: To make magic available too all mortals [[spoiler:so that her half-immortal son can safely use his powers to the fullest without breaking Immortal laws]]. The reason it will fail: 1) Magic itself has a sentient will of its own. 2) Magic wants to be known ''only'' by a select few individuals. 3) Should it ever become as widespread as Pandora wants, it would alter its own fundamental nature so as to cut humanity off from it potentially for millennia. [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2225 She does not take it well]].
14th Sep '16 3:48:58 PM CerotechOmega
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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 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. 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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* ''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 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. The only time two times that Goku wasn't involved was [a] when Garlic Jr. returned from the Dead Zone, only to be sucked back into it when Gohan destroyed his source of power and [b] when Frieza came to earth Earth for the first time and was killed by Trunks.
26th Aug '16 6:13:40 AM MrNickelodeon
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* No matter how well one scores in ''Ride/MenInBlackAlienAttack'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]], the ride still ends in Agent J deciding not to let the guests into the MIB and neuralizing them.
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20th Aug '16 1:29:33 AM Vir
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** The writers have ''never allowed'' Ash to win a ''regional'' tournament. He'll always lose no matter what (the only time he win was in the Orange Islands and that was filler). Their logic behind this thinking is that if he wins one single tournament, from one single area of the world, his entire journey ends. .
** The Team Rocket. Since their goal is usually to capture Ash's Pikachu, they simply can't win. Ironically, several episodes make it appear that if they tried going after someone else's Pokemon (or tried a non-criminal path) they'd be successful. Unfortunately for them, the plot dictates that they must follow Ash and Co. around the planet.

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** The writers have ''never allowed'' Ash to win a ''regional'' tournament. He'll always lose no matter what (the only time he win won was in the Orange Islands Islands, and that was filler). Their logic behind this thinking is that if he wins one single tournament, from one single area of the world, his entire journey ends. .
** The Team Rocket. Since their goal is usually to capture Ash's Pikachu, they simply can't win. Ironically, several episodes make it appear that if they tried going after someone else's Pokemon Pokémon (or tried a non-criminal path) they'd be successful. Unfortunately for them, the plot dictates that they must follow Ash and Co. around the planet.
18th Aug '16 3:03:16 PM rafi
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* Played for laughs in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXahBQaQGqc one of the shorts]] in the ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' anime. The short is a parody of dating sims while Tatsumi and Esdeath are trapped on a desert island. [[InterfaceScrew No matter what he clicks on the menu the choice automatically goes to the one that makes Esdeath advance on him.]] At one point Esdeath is slowly coming at him and all of the menu choices read 'Take Me Now'. Not even him clicking the option button works.
* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler:'' Baki, and just about every other fighter in the series, dreams of beating [[WorldsStrongestMan Yujiro.]] ''Not. Gonna. Happen.'' The only fighter who's ever come within a thousand miles of beginning to give Yujiro a decent fight is [[OldMaster Kaku Kaioh,]] and that all went south as soon as Yujiro [[PowerCopying figured out the secret to his Xiao-Lee technique.]] Now the manga has ended and Yujiro's still undefeated. Seems like someone's the CreatorsPet.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', the main characters are trying to get a manga published that will get an anime, so that Moritaka Mashiro's love interest Miho Azuki can star as the heroine, and they can marry after fulfilling their dreams. Not counting the many times they submitted one-shots or names that got rejected even before they could be considered for serialization, their first manga, Detective Trap, gets canceled and their second manga, Tanto, ends after they decide that they're unable to make it popular enough, and that it would likely be canceled before it got an anime. Their third manga, PCP, [[spoiler: defies the RuleOfThree when parental concerns that kids will imitate the "perfect crimes" prevents it from getting sponsors for an anime despite being popular. They're secure in their manga career for now, but they're back to square one as far as getting an anime goes]].
* 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!]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' to earth-shattering effect, when [[spoiler:Aion actually successfully goes through with the Atonement Ritual]]. And failure is the only option for the heroes.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop''
** The crew of the ''[=BeBop=]'': they're reasonably competent in fighting, killing, or catching bounty heads. But, some random technicality or accident always prevents them from actually getting the reward and escaping PerpetualPoverty -- and worse, any money they DO get is usually bled away to nothing by the bills run up by [[DestructiveSaviour Spike's destructive tendencies on the job]]. From the very beginning of the series:
-->'''Spike:''' What happened to the million-woolong reward we got for that last guy?\\
'''Jet:''' The repair bill from that cruiser you wrecked... and the one from that shop you trashed... and the medical bill from the cop you injured...''KILLED THE DOUGH!''
** And they always pass on the opportunity to get rich by less ethical means. For example, once they stumbled onto a secret that could make them billionaires, but when they blackmail the Gate Corporation with it, all they demand is that they stop trying to find an old man their resident kid hacker has befriended in online chess games... [[spoiler:who drops dead of old age a few minutes later anyway]].
* According to WordOfGod, this was the inevitable fate for Yagami Light from ''Manga/DeathNote'': If the police found out that he was Kira, they would catch him and lock him up and [[{{Shinigami}} Ryuk]], realizing that Light could no longer provide him with any more entertainment, would've written his name in the titular ArtifactOfDoom, killing him. If, however, the police had not found out that Light was Kira and he had killed all who were threats him and erased all clues pointing in the direction of him being Kira, then Ryuk would've realized that VictoryIsBoring and, since Light could no longer provide him with any more entertainment, he would've written Light's name in the Death Note, killing him.



* [[GenderBender Gender-bending]] series -- Goal: [[FirstLawOfGenderBending Un-genderbend]]. ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' and ''Manga/CheekyAngel'' both feature Music/MegumiHayashibara's character trying to get rid of a GenderBender curse. Other characters in ''Ranma'' try to get rid of other Jusenkyo curses as well; also, Akane's efforts to learn to swim or stop being a LethalChef, and Ranma's attempts to shoo off members of his UnwantedHarem.\\\
''Ranma ½'' did have one exception: Ryōga; who, by the last chapter, only had lingering feelings for Akane, and was perfectly happy to let Ranma and Akane wed as long as he wasn't there (unfortunately, he was the only one that felt that way and [[NoSenseOfDirection ended up at the wedding anyway]]). The pig curse, on the other hand, is still there, but that just makes his girlfriend like him more. The whole Nodoka subplot was also resolved -- fitting, as the various reasons for the endless string of failures for Nodoka to see Ranma as a man are some of the ''most convoluted'' possible.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' -- Goal: Find the men in black that shrunk Shin'ichi and get the antidote.
* Most of the cast of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' had differing and often conflicting goals which would never be achieved: Lum, to get Ataru to settle down; Ataru, to be free of Lum without actually losing her; Shutaru and the Stormtroopers, to get rid of Ataru; Ataru's mother, to be a respected member of the community; and so on.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Goal: ToBeAMaster. Ash can never seem to win a major Pokemon battle tournament. The only time he did so was in the Orange Islands (and that was filler). It's also left rather vague about what it actually takes to be a Pokemon Master: whether Ash would qualify even if he did win one of the regional tournaments is dubious. Indeed, it's never even stated whether "Pokemon Master" is any kind of officially sanctioned ranking or simply a status of recognition.
** Also consider TeamRocket. Since their goal is usually to capture Ash's Pikachu, they simply can't win. Ironically, several episodes make it appear that if they tried going after someone else's Pokemon (or tried a non-criminal path) they'd be successful. Unfortunately for them, the plot dictates that they must follow Ash and Co. around the planet. Team Rocket have actually recently stopped following Ash around, and immediately become BadAss legitimate threats. In at least one case they even decided to become a legitimate business venture, and was making a decent living and contemplating giving up a life of crime. Unfortunately Ash and Co turns a corner and the moment they spotted Pikachu they promptly forgot every single word they just said.

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* [[GenderBender Gender-bending]] series -- Goal: [[FirstLawOfGenderBending Un-genderbend]]. ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': Renton's quest to sneak a kiss to Eureka. [[spoiler: He succeeds beyond that: Eureka reveals she loves him and ''Manga/CheekyAngel'' both feature Music/MegumiHayashibara's character trying to get rid of shares a GenderBender curse. Other characters in ''Ranma'' try to get rid of other Jusenkyo curses as well; also, Akane's efforts to learn to swim or stop being a LethalChef, and Ranma's attempts to shoo off members of his UnwantedHarem.\\\
''Ranma ½'' did have one exception: Ryōga; who, by the last chapter, only had lingering feelings for Akane, and was perfectly happy to let Ranma and Akane wed as long as he wasn't there (unfortunately, he was the only one that felt that way and [[NoSenseOfDirection ended up at the wedding anyway]]). The pig curse, on the other hand, is still there, but that just makes his girlfriend like him more. The whole Nodoka subplot was also resolved -- fitting, as the various reasons for the endless string of failures for Nodoka to see Ranma as a man are some of the ''most convoluted'' possible.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' -- Goal: Find the men in black that shrunk Shin'ichi and get the antidote.
* Most of the cast of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' had differing and often conflicting goals which would never be achieved: Lum, to get Ataru to settle down; Ataru, to be free of Lum without actually losing her; Shutaru and the Stormtroopers, to get rid of Ataru; Ataru's mother, to be a respected member of the community; and so on.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Goal: ToBeAMaster. Ash can never seem to win a major Pokemon battle tournament. The only time he did so was in the Orange Islands (and that was filler). It's also left rather vague about what it actually takes to be a Pokemon Master: whether Ash would qualify even if he did win one of the regional tournaments is dubious. Indeed, it's never even stated whether "Pokemon Master" is any kind of officially sanctioned ranking or simply a status of recognition.
** Also consider TeamRocket. Since their goal is usually to capture Ash's Pikachu, they simply can't win. Ironically, several episodes make it appear that if they tried going after someone else's Pokemon (or tried a non-criminal path) they'd be successful. Unfortunately for them, the plot dictates that they must follow Ash and Co. around the planet. Team Rocket have actually recently stopped following Ash around, and immediately become BadAss legitimate threats. In at least one case they even decided to become a legitimate business venture, and was making a decent living and contemplating giving up a life of crime. Unfortunately Ash and Co turns a corner and the moment they spotted Pikachu they promptly forgot every single word they just said.
''real'' kiss with him]].



%% ''Franchise/LupinIII'': goes on the RoadRunnerVsCoyote subtrope.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** Humanity was doomed no matter what happened. In one corner, the Angels trying to bring about 3rd Impact, in the second corner, SEELE trying to bring about 3rd Impact and lastly NERV (Gendo) [[RuleOfThree trying to bring about 3rd Impact]].
** In the middle of the arena, we have Shinji who decides to settle it all quickly and initiates the Third Impact and kills humanity by himself. Despite having fought to prevent this the whole time.
* Subverted in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' to earth-shattering effect, when [[spoiler:Aion actually successfully goes through with the Atonement Ritual]]. And failure is the only option for the heroes.



* Marie Kagura in the ''Manga/TonaGura'' manga has the goal of [[spoiler:restoring her "perverted" brother to his pre-puberty status as her friend and playmate. She does not understand that, even if he behaves himself, that boy is never coming back]].
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' has Gene Starwind and Jim Hawking's desire to make it rich. Instead, partially due to the fact they are BlessedWithSuck in the form of having a Grappler ship (a very rare and large ship that consequently costs a fortune in docking fees, ammo and basic maintenance) that is sought after by the Kei Pirates (which means they're constantly getting shot up and thusly needing to spend ''more'' money on ammo and repairs), they're constantly on the edge of bankruptcy. The one time it looks like they might succeed, heading after an ancient sunken Outlaw ship containing a stolen shipment of {{Unobtanium}}, they succeed... and discover at the episode's end that, because the treasure comes from a time when the {{Unobtanium}} was harder to find and consequently it's purity level isn't up to current standards, it's actually worth ''less'' now than it was when first stolen, so their net gain is ''$0'' -- what money they did make from selling it was just enough to pay the bills and fix the damage the ship took getting it in the first place!\\\
In the very end, Gene manages to survive the whole Galactic Leyline incident and gets ''just'' enough notoriety to get the honor of a nickname in the Outlaw's hangout Blue Heaven: [[spoiler:"I'll Pay You When I Make It Big". Yup, he's still at it, his nickname is a joke]]. At least it's not all thorns for him, though; he's used to space now and he's even got a girlfriend.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop''
** The crew of the ''[=BeBop=]'': they're reasonably competent in fighting, killing, or catching bounty heads. But, some random technicality or accident always prevents them from actually getting the reward and escaping PerpetualPoverty -- and worse, any money they DO get is usually bled away to nothing by the bills run up by [[DestructiveSaviour Spike's destructive tendencies on the job]]. From the very beginning of the series:
-->'''Spike:''' What happened to the million-woolong reward we got for that last guy?\\
'''Jet:''' The repair bill from that cruiser you wrecked... and the one from that shop you trashed... and the medical bill from the cop you injured...''KILLED THE DOUGH!''
** And they always pass on the opportunity to get rich by less ethical means. For example, once they stumbled onto a secret that could make them billionaires, but when they blackmail the Gate Corporation with it, all they demand is that they stop trying to find an old man their resident kid hacker has befriended in online chess games... [[spoiler:who drops dead of old age a few minutes later anyway]].
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. All of Nozomu Itoshiki's [[DrivenToSuicide attempts at suicide]] fail. He even survived having his name written in the ''Manga/DeathNote''!
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Pretty much any attempt to inconvenience [[spoiler:[[MagnificentBastard Sosuke Aizen]]]]. No matter how hard you try, [[DeusExMachina new revelations]] [[AuthorsSavingThrow will always appear]] [[AssPull to make the point]] [[CurbStompBattle moot]].
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'': From the beginning, Yoh's goal was to become Shaman King. Later on, it gets to the point where [[spoiler: Yoh admits that his brother Hao/Zeke is going to win...period]]. There's only a matter of what to do next.

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* Marie Kagura in ''Manga/GetBackers'': Aim to earn money to clear debt.
* ''Manga/GirlsGoAround'' Goal: Get out of
the ''Manga/TonaGura'' manga has Time Loops. Overall works, until the final chapter reveals the ''true'' goal of [[spoiler:restoring her "perverted" brother to his pre-puberty status as her friend and playmate. She does not understand that, even if he behaves himself, that boy is never coming back]].
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' has Gene Starwind and Jim Hawking's desire to make it rich. Instead, partially due to
the fact they are BlessedWithSuck in the form of having a Grappler ship (a very rare and large ship that consequently costs a fortune in docking fees, ammo and basic maintenance) that is sought after by the Kei Pirates (which means they're constantly getting shot up and thusly needing to spend ''more'' money on ammo and repairs), they're constantly on the edge of bankruptcy. The one time it looks like they might succeed, heading after an ancient sunken Outlaw ship containing a stolen shipment of {{Unobtanium}}, they succeed... and discover at the episode's end that, because the treasure comes from a time when the {{Unobtanium}} was harder to find and consequently it's purity level isn't up to current standards, it's actually worth ''less'' now than it was when first stolen, so their net gain is ''$0'' -- what money they did make from selling it was just enough to pay the bills and fix the damage the ship took getting it in the first place!\\\
In the very end, Gene manages to survive the whole Galactic Leyline incident and gets ''just'' enough notoriety to get the honor of a nickname in the Outlaw's hangout Blue Heaven: [[spoiler:"I'll Pay You When I Make It Big". Yup, he's still at it, his nickname is a joke]]. At least it's not all thorns for him, though; he's used to space now and he's even got a girlfriend.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop''
** The crew of the ''[=BeBop=]'': they're reasonably competent in fighting, killing, or catching bounty heads. But, some random technicality or accident always prevents them from actually getting the reward and escaping PerpetualPoverty -- and worse, any money they DO get is usually bled away to nothing by the bills run up by [[DestructiveSaviour Spike's destructive tendencies on the job]]. From the very beginning of the series:
-->'''Spike:''' What happened to the million-woolong reward we got for that last guy?\\
'''Jet:''' The repair bill from that cruiser you wrecked... and the one from that shop you trashed... and the medical bill from the cop you injured...''KILLED THE DOUGH!''
** And they always pass on the opportunity to get rich by less ethical means. For example, once they stumbled onto a secret that could make them billionaires, but when they blackmail the Gate Corporation with it, all they demand is that they stop trying to find an old man their resident kid hacker has befriended in online chess games... [[spoiler:who drops dead of old age a few minutes later anyway]].
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. All of Nozomu Itoshiki's [[DrivenToSuicide attempts at suicide]] fail. He even survived having his name written in the ''Manga/DeathNote''!
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Pretty much any attempt to inconvenience [[spoiler:[[MagnificentBastard Sosuke Aizen]]]]. No matter how hard you try, [[DeusExMachina new revelations]] [[AuthorsSavingThrow will always appear]] [[AssPull to make the point]] [[CurbStompBattle moot]].
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'': From the beginning, Yoh's goal was to become Shaman King. Later on, it gets to the point where
loop! [[spoiler: Yoh admits that Goal: Have everyone manage to graduate from high school without one of them dying. Result: They can't. Initially, Kyousuke died. If Kyousuke is saved, Chihiro dies. When Kyousuke saves Chihiro, Shiina ends up getting run over by a car. If Shiina is saved, the Class Rep ends up dying. Class Rep survives, Izumi dies. And if Izumi is saved, Ootsuka dies... so Kyousuke decides to commit suicide since he can't save all the girls and won't abandon one... which results in Chihiro creating a time loop to prevent his brother Hao/Zeke is going to win...period]]. There's only a matter death, beginning the cycle again.]]
* In {{Manga/Green Worldz}}, Iwatobi always falls short
of what to do next.killing Acacia [[spoiler:in both the original and new timeline]].



* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', the main characters are trying to get a manga published that will get an anime, so that Moritaka Mashiro's love interest Miho Azuki can star as the heroine, and they can marry after fulfilling their dreams. Not counting the many times they submitted one-shots or names that got rejected even before they could be considered for serialization, their first manga, Detective Trap, gets canceled and their second manga, Tanto, ends after they decide that they're unable to make it popular enough, and that it would likely be canceled before it got an anime. Their third manga, PCP, [[spoiler: defies the RuleOfThree when parental concerns that kids will imitate the "perfect crimes" prevents it from getting sponsors for an anime despite being popular. They're secure in their manga career for now, but they're back to square one as far as getting an anime goes]].
* ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'' -- Goal: Get enough money to buy a dome for the band to play in. Even after defeating the villain and getting enough money to buy the dome, something happens (The people usually come back for their money), and the band ends up just as penniless if not in debt by the end of the episode.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': Renton's quest to sneak a kiss to Eureka. [[spoiler: He succeeds beyond that: Eureka reveals she loves him and shares a ''real'' kiss with him]].
* ''Manga/GetBackers'': Aim to earn money to clear debt.



* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler:'' Baki, and just about every other fighter in the series, dreams of beating [[WorldsStrongestMan Yujiro.]] ''Not. Gonna. Happen.'' The only fighter who's ever come within a thousand miles of beginning to give Yujiro a decent fight is [[OldMaster Kaku Kaioh,]] and that all went south as soon as Yujiro [[PowerCopying figured out the secret to his Xiao-Lee technique.]] Now the manga has ended and Yujiro's still undefeated. Seems like someone's the CreatorsPet.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': The successful invasion of Pekopon (i.e. earth) would pretty much end the series...
* 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!]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** Homura's goal to defeat Walpurgis Night and preventing Madoka from becoming a magical girl, and [[spoiler: has been doing this for about a couple of times now (maybe even a thousand), but Madoka still becomes a Magical Girl, and rarely a Witch]]. In an odd subversion, [[spoiler:Homura fails and Madoka becomes a magical girl in the finale, but because Madoka knew of the AwfulTruth behind the magical girls, her wish in trade for becoming a magical girl is to rid the world of that truth, messing up time and space to the point where she gets a CosmicRetcon and turns the world into a better place]].
** [[spoiler:All magical girls, prior to Madoka's wish in the "current" timeline, fall victim to this trope because they all eventually gave in to despair and became witches themselves.]]
** A more personal example is what WordOfGod says will happens if Sayaka Miki contracts and becomes a magical girl or not in a given timeline, If she doesn't, she lives; but if she does [[spoiler: she will always fall into despair and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie become a witch]], or if she's lucky enough to not witch out, she will wind up dead by some other means which is what happens in the post CosmicRetcon universe]].
* All of the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime series are pretty bad about this. Even though they're playing a card game, of which the consequence of losing would normally only be a hit to the loser's ego (if that), ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' animes tend to have the heroes facing challenges where losing = death for various reasons (be they shadow duels or other), meaning that it's essentially a ForegoneConclusion that the heroes will win before they ever start their duel and FailureIsTheOnlyOption [[CaptainObvious for the villains]].
** ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' was particularly bad about this. It was intended for Yuma to avert the usual InvincibleHero tendencies of the franchise by starting out sucking at the game and eventually becoming a master. However, because the show added the note that, if Yuma loses to a Numbers user (read: virtually every important person in the series), Astral will die, Yuma never loses a Duel if there's anything at stake, because otherwise the show would end. This turns his "growth" into a big-time InformedFlaw.
* ''WATAMOTE ~[[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!]]~'' is about the introvert main character, Tomoko, seeing that her years of playing Dating Sim games haven't helped her to become popular, tries to become popular though various means. Naturally she either screws them up or is unwilling to learn from her mistakes to try again.
* According to WordOfGod, this was the inevitable fate for Yagami Light from ''Manga/DeathNote'': If the police found out that he was Kira, they would catch him and lock him up and [[{{Shinigami}} Ryuk]], realizing that Light could no longer provide him with any more entertainment, would've written his name in the titular ArtifactOfDoom, killing him. If, however, the police had not found out that Light was Kira and he had killed all who were threats him and erased all clues pointing in the direction of him being Kira, then Ryuk would've realized that VictoryIsBoring and, since Light could no longer provide him with any more entertainment, he would've written Light's name in the Death Note, killing him.
* This trope runs all through Superbook, The Flying House, and their spin-offs and reboots. The usual premise of these stories being that somehow, kids from the present wind up in the days of the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible. As the goal of these shows is to acquaint children with Biblical events, ultimately, everyone is DoomedByCanon, causing this trope to manifest itself in a couple of ways: 1) Even though the protagonists have foreknowledge of the events in the Bible that they are witnessing, [[CassandraTruth no one they meet will believe them]]. In variations on this, someone will believe them, but be in no position to actually do anything about it, or they simply will not be able to alter the past, no matter how hard they try. 2) Biblical figures will invoke ReedRichardsIsUseless hard. On occasion, the kids will meet someone who has access to enough power to send them back (Moses, Elijah, Jesus), and said people will either refuse their request, be called away on urgent business, or otherwise present an excuse why they can't have the kids sent back. Also invokes BrokenAesop: God has a plan, but in order for it to work, everyone has to be idiots, and {{contrived coincidence}}s have to happen all the time.
* ''Manga/GirlsGoAround'' Goal: Get out of the Time Loops. Overall works, until the final chapter reveals the ''true'' goal of the time loop! [[spoiler: Goal: Have everyone manage to graduate from high school without one of them dying. Result: They can't. Initially, Kyousuke died. If Kyousuke is saved, Chihiro dies. When Kyousuke saves Chihiro, Shiina ends up getting run over by a car. If Shiina is saved, the Class Rep ends up dying. Class Rep survives, Izumi dies. And if Izumi is saved, Ootsuka dies... so Kyousuke decides to commit suicide since he can't save all the girls and won't abandon one... which results in Chihiro creating a time loop to prevent his death, beginning the cycle again.]]



* In {{Manga/Green Worldz}}, Iwatobi always falls short of killing Acacia [[spoiler:in both the original and new timeline]].
* Played for laughs in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXahBQaQGqc one of the shorts]] in the ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' anime. The short is a parody of dating sims while Tatsumi and Esdeath are trapped on a desert island. [[InterfaceScrew No matter what he clicks on the menu the choice automatically goes to the one that makes Esdeath advance on him.]] At one point Esdeath is slowly coming at him and all of the menu choices read 'Take Me Now'. Not even him clicking the option button works.

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* In {{Manga/Green Worldz}}, Iwatobi always falls short of killing Acacia [[spoiler:in both %% ''Franchise/LupinIII'': goes on the original and new timeline]].
RoadRunnerVsCoyote subtrope.
* Played for laughs in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXahBQaQGqc one of the shorts]] in the ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' anime. The short is a parody of dating sims while Tatsumi and Esdeath are trapped on a desert island. [[InterfaceScrew No ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** Humanity was doomed no
matter what he clicks on happened. In one corner, the menu Angels trying to bring about 3rd Impact, in the choice automatically goes second corner, SEELE trying to bring about 3rd Impact and lastly NERV (Gendo) [[RuleOfThree trying to bring about 3rd Impact]].
** In
the one that makes Esdeath advance on him.]] At one point Esdeath is slowly coming at him and all middle of the menu choices read 'Take Me Now'. Not even him clicking arena, we have Shinji who decides to settle it all quickly and initiates the option button works.Third Impact and kills humanity by himself. Despite having fought to prevent this the whole time.
* ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'' -- Goal: Get enough money to buy a dome for the band to play in. Even after defeating the villain and getting enough money to buy the dome, something happens (The people usually come back for their money), and the band ends up just as penniless if not in debt by the end of the episode.


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* ''WATAMOTE ~[[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!]]~'' is about the introvert main character, Tomoko, seeing that her years of playing Dating Sim games haven't helped her to become popular, tries to become popular though various means. Naturally she either screws them up or is unwilling to learn from her mistakes to try again.
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' has Gene Starwind and Jim Hawking's desire to make it rich. Instead, partially due to the fact they are BlessedWithSuck in the form of having a Grappler ship (a very rare and large ship that consequently costs a fortune in docking fees, ammo and basic maintenance) that is sought after by the Kei Pirates (which means they're constantly getting shot up and thusly needing to spend ''more'' money on ammo and repairs), they're constantly on the edge of bankruptcy. The one time it looks like they might succeed, heading after an ancient sunken Outlaw ship containing a stolen shipment of {{Unobtanium}}, they succeed... and discover at the episode's end that, because the treasure comes from a time when the {{Unobtanium}} was harder to find and consequently it's purity level isn't up to current standards, it's actually worth ''less'' now than it was when first stolen, so their net gain is ''$0'' -- what money they did make from selling it was just enough to pay the bills and fix the damage the ship took getting it in the first place!\\\
In the very end, Gene manages to survive the whole Galactic Leyline incident and gets ''just'' enough notoriety to get the honor of a nickname in the Outlaw's hangout Blue Heaven: [[spoiler:"I'll Pay You When I Make It Big". Yup, he's still at it, his nickname is a joke]]. At least it's not all thorns for him, though; he's used to space now and he's even got a girlfriend.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** The writers have ''never allowed'' Ash to win a ''regional'' tournament. He'll always lose no matter what (the only time he win was in the Orange Islands and that was filler). Their logic behind this thinking is that if he wins one single tournament, from one single area of the world, his entire journey ends. .
** The Team Rocket. Since their goal is usually to capture Ash's Pikachu, they simply can't win. Ironically, several episodes make it appear that if they tried going after someone else's Pokemon (or tried a non-criminal path) they'd be successful. Unfortunately for them, the plot dictates that they must follow Ash and Co. around the planet.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** Homura's goal to defeat Walpurgis Night and preventing Madoka from becoming a magical girl, and [[spoiler: has been doing this for about a couple of times now (maybe even a thousand), but Madoka still becomes a Magical Girl, and rarely a Witch]]. In an odd subversion, [[spoiler:Homura fails and Madoka becomes a magical girl in the finale, but because Madoka knew of the AwfulTruth behind the magical girls, her wish in trade for becoming a magical girl is to rid the world of that truth, messing up time and space to the point where she gets a CosmicRetcon and turns the world into a better place]].
** [[spoiler:All magical girls, prior to Madoka's wish in the "current" timeline, fall victim to this trope because they all eventually gave in to despair and became witches themselves.]]
** A more personal example is what WordOfGod says will happens if Sayaka Miki contracts and becomes a magical girl or not in a given timeline, If she doesn't, she lives; but if she does [[spoiler: she will always fall into despair and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie become a witch]], or if she's lucky enough to not witch out, she will wind up dead by some other means which is what happens in the post CosmicRetcon universe]].
* [[GenderBender Gender-bending]] series -- Goal: [[FirstLawOfGenderBending Un-genderbend]]. ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' and ''Manga/CheekyAngel'' both feature Music/MegumiHayashibara's character trying to get rid of a GenderBender curse. Other characters in ''Ranma'' try to get rid of other Jusenkyo curses as well; also, Akane's efforts to learn to swim or stop being a LethalChef, and Ranma's attempts to shoo off members of his UnwantedHarem.\\\
''Ranma ½'' did have one exception: Ryōga; who, by the last chapter, only had lingering feelings for Akane, and was perfectly happy to let Ranma and Akane wed as long as he wasn't there (unfortunately, he was the only one that felt that way and [[NoSenseOfDirection ended up at the wedding anyway]]). The pig curse, on the other hand, is still there, but that just makes his girlfriend like him more. The whole Nodoka subplot was also resolved -- fitting, as the various reasons for the endless string of failures for Nodoka to see Ranma as a man are some of the ''most convoluted'' possible.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. All of Nozomu Itoshiki's [[DrivenToSuicide attempts at suicide]] fail. He even survived having his name written in the ''Manga/DeathNote''!
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': The successful invasion of Pekopon (i.e. earth) would pretty much end the series...
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'': From the beginning, Yoh's goal was to become Shaman King. Later on, it gets to the point where [[spoiler: Yoh admits that his brother Hao/Zeke is going to win...period]]. There's only a matter of what to do next.
* This trope runs all through Superbook, The Flying House, and their spin-offs and reboots. The usual premise of these stories being that somehow, kids from the present wind up in the days of the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible. As the goal of these shows is to acquaint children with Biblical events, ultimately, everyone is DoomedByCanon, causing this trope to manifest itself in a couple of ways: 1) Even though the protagonists have foreknowledge of the events in the Bible that they are witnessing, [[CassandraTruth no one they meet will believe them]]. In variations on this, someone will believe them, but be in no position to actually do anything about it, or they simply will not be able to alter the past, no matter how hard they try. 2) Biblical figures will invoke ReedRichardsIsUseless hard. On occasion, the kids will meet someone who has access to enough power to send them back (Moses, Elijah, Jesus), and said people will either refuse their request, be called away on urgent business, or otherwise present an excuse why they can't have the kids sent back. Also invokes BrokenAesop: God has a plan, but in order for it to work, everyone has to be idiots, and {{contrived coincidence}}s have to happen all the time.
* Marie Kagura in the ''Manga/TonaGura'' manga has the goal of [[spoiler:restoring her "perverted" brother to his pre-puberty status as her friend and playmate. She does not understand that, even if he behaves himself, that boy is never coming back]].
* Most of the cast of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' had differing and often conflicting goals which would never be achieved: Lum, to get Ataru to settle down; Ataru, to be free of Lum without actually losing her; Shutaru and the Stormtroopers, to get rid of Ataru; Ataru's mother, to be a respected member of the community; and so on.
* All of the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime series are pretty bad about this. Even though they're playing a card game, of which the consequence of losing would normally only be a hit to the loser's ego (if that), ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' animes tend to have the heroes facing challenges where losing = death for various reasons (be they shadow duels or other), meaning that it's essentially a ForegoneConclusion that the heroes will win before they ever start their duel and FailureIsTheOnlyOption [[CaptainObvious for the villains]].
** ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' was particularly bad about this. It was intended for Yuma to avert the usual InvincibleHero tendencies of the franchise by starting out sucking at the game and eventually becoming a master. However, because the show added the note that, if Yuma loses to a Numbers user (read: virtually every important person in the series), Astral will die, Yuma never loses a Duel if there's anything at stake, because otherwise the show would end. This turns his "growth" into a big-time InformedFlaw.
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* In [=ClockUp=]'s ''Maggot Baits'', [[spoiler:all three endings--one Bad and two {{Bittersweet|Ending}}--have Shogo, the protagonist dying.]]
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