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28th Mar '17 1:39:17 PM smalltime
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has Anais' attempts at making friends. Usually anyone she attempts to befriend is either driven away by her [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skills]] or if they actually get along with her it turns out there's something wrong with them. The one exception being "The Friend", where Anais does manage to make a friend, though he has to leave at the end.
27th Mar '17 6:30:23 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Any hero or villain whose motivation is IJustWantToBeNormal, including The Thing, The Scorpion, and the aforementioned Hulk and Swamp Thing. In ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'', Reed Richards actually tells Thing that [[GenreSavvy the universe will never let him become human again for very long because that would make his story less interesting.]]

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* Any hero or villain whose motivation is IJustWantToBeNormal, including The Thing, The Scorpion, and the aforementioned Hulk and Swamp Thing. In ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'', Reed Richards actually tells Thing that [[GenreSavvy the universe will never let him become human again for very long because that would make his story less interesting.]]
20th Mar '17 9:33:03 PM AzureSeas
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* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' has both [[TheChosenOne Kim-Wu]] and [[TheUnchosenOne Shin Hisako]]. While they're labeled as the ones to defeat [[BigBad Gargos]], in gameplay, they're both [[ThisIsGoingToSuck share the]] [[SpamAttack same match-up]] [[KungfuWizard against him]].
18th Mar '17 6:16:10 PM Scarecrow22
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* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' has both [[TheChosenOne Kim-Wu]] and [[TheUnchosenOne Shin Hisako]]. While they're labeled as the ones to defeat [[BigBad Gargos]], in gameplay, they're both [[ThisIsGoingToSuck share the]] [[SpamAttack same match-up]] [[KungfuWizard against him]].
16th Mar '17 3:46:00 PM BrendanRizzo
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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 won 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.

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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 won 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. Considering that a lot of the fans want Ash to win already so that he can be retired as a character or the show itself canceled, [[NotHelpingYourCase the writers might have a point]].
16th Mar '17 12:49:51 PM morenohijazo
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* The title character from ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}''. It even gets lampshaded in the theme song for the animated adaptation.

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* The title character from ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}''.''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Iznogoud's schemes to depose the Caliph are destined always to end in failure, usually with the vizier himself much worse off than before. It even gets lampshaded in the theme song for the animated adaptation.
15th Feb '17 1:17:16 AM PaulA
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* The original premise of ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' was that Alex Holland had been changed into a swamp monster in a freak accident, and was trying to find a cure. The original series, once the book's original creative team left and were replaced, DID end with Swamp Thing cured but the condition was quickly overturned in haphazard fashion during a guest-spot Challengers of the Unknown. His series was relaunched in 1980 and the focus once again became on Swamp Thing wanting to become human, which writer Creator/AlanMoore (who took over the book with #20) felt had to go and go for good since it left the series stuck in an endless loop of failure. He promptly spent his second issue of his legendary run on the series revealing that Swamp Thing was a plant elemental creature with Alex Holland's personality/memories and sealed the deal by producing the remains of Holland, having Swamp Thing meet Alex in heaven and having Swamp Thing pretty much not care about his life being a lie after a brief HeroicBSOD.\\\

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* The original premise of ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' was that Alex Holland had been changed into a swamp monster in a freak accident, and was trying to find a cure. The original series, once the book's original creative team left and were replaced, DID did end with Swamp Thing cured but the condition was quickly overturned in haphazard fashion during a guest-spot Challengers of the Unknown.in ''ComicBook/ChallengersOfTheUnknown''. His series was relaunched in 1980 and the focus once again became on Swamp Thing wanting to become human, which writer Creator/AlanMoore (who took over the book with #20) felt had to go and go for good since it left the series stuck in an endless loop of failure. He promptly spent his second issue of his legendary run on the series revealing that Swamp Thing was a plant elemental creature with Alex Holland's personality/memories and sealed the deal by producing the remains of Holland, having Swamp Thing meet Alex in heaven and having Swamp Thing pretty much not care about his life being a lie after a brief HeroicBSOD.\\\
2nd Feb '17 12:03:43 AM DastardlyDemolition
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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 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.]]

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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 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.]]]] The most Banner will ever get is his Merged Hulk/The Professor incarnation, the Strength of Hulk but the Mind of Banner and when he goes berserk he transforms into Savage Banner, Savage Hulk in Banner's puny body.He's not rid of Hulk but at least he can't hurt anybody as much as before.
31st Jan '17 11:41:38 AM kyojikasshu
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** The "It's Pat" sketches -- Goal: To find out [[AmbiguousGender whether Pat is a man or a woman.]] Interestingly, for this example, it's a bigger consequence if the audience finds out as opposed to the characters, since with the exception of Chris (who knows Pat's gender and whose gender is equally ambiguous), there are no recurring characters in these segments.

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** The "It's Pat" sketches -- Goal: To find out [[AmbiguousGender whether Pat is a man or a woman.]] Interestingly, for this example, it's a bigger consequence if the audience finds out as opposed to the characters, since with the exception of Chris (who knows Pat's gender and whose gender is equally ambiguous), there are no recurring characters in these segments. One sketch was even interrupted with a fake NBC News Special Report just to preserve the mystery.
18th Jan '17 9:37:18 PM Chabal2
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* The ''Literature/JudgeDee'' FanSequel ''"Medecine chinoise à l'usage des assassins" (Chinese medecine for murderers) has a woman ask an apothecary for help with her philandering husband, getting an aphrodisiac to put in his dinner. The husband comes home, eats, feels the effects of the aphrodisiac... and promptly goes to see his mistress. The wife tries again, getting a potion that will sap his libido. The husband comes home, eats, falls asleep... and when he wakes up feeling refreshed, goes to see his mistress. [[MurderIsTheBestSolution The third try has a more permanent effect.]]
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