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8th Dec '16 11:20:37 AM kquinn0830
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* See ''Series/AllThat'' and its running sketch of a gameshow, literally called "You Can't Win". Questions asked (if they're not skipped over entirely -- because who cares, they'll never get it right anyway) include such examples as "Who am I thinking of right now?" or simply "How many shoes?" There are also physical challenges, such as teaching a basset hound Spanish within ten seconds, or eating ''exactly'' 400 meatballs in 30 seconds (the contestant lost by eating the full amount given -- 40''4'' meatballs).

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* See ''Series/AllThat'' and its had a running sketch of a gameshow, literally called "You Can't Win". Questions asked (if they're not skipped over entirely -- because who cares, they'll never get it right anyway) include such examples as "Who am I thinking of right now?" or simply "How many shoes?" The one time a contestant actually got a question right, the host [[BlatantLies claimed he couldn't hear him]] so it didn't count. There are also physical challenges, such as teaching a basset hound Spanish within ten seconds, or eating ''exactly'' 400 meatballs in 30 seconds (the contestant lost by eating the full amount given -- 40''4'' meatballs).
6th Dec '16 5:08:58 PM Mullon
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* ''Series/ZNation'' - Goal: Get the one guy with a zombie cure in his blood to a working laboratory so someone can synthesize a vaccine and the rest of humanity can be saved from the ZombieApocalypse. Naturally the group transporting the guy keeps running into problems that delay them and send them off by several states from wherever the lab is.
25th Nov '16 6:19:15 PM silverbolt1
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*** Interestingly, while Bugs, Tweety and Speedy tend to actively outsmart their foes, the roadrunner [[WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing does little to nothing]] against the coyote. Wile's mostly HoistByHisOwnPetard, either due to his own ineptude of malfunction of the AcmeProducts he uses. [[GravityIsAHarshMistress Gravity doesn't help, eiter]].

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*** Interestingly, while Bugs, Tweety and Speedy tend to actively outsmart their foes, the roadrunner [[WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing does little to nothing]] against the coyote. Wile's mostly HoistByHisOwnPetard, either due to his own ineptude of or malfunction of the AcmeProducts he uses. [[GravityIsAHarshMistress Gravity doesn't help, eiter]].
13th Nov '16 4:44:01 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/{{Brute Force|1947}}'': No one can escape from [[TheAlcatraz Westgate Penitentiary]], no matter how hard they try.
2nd Nov '16 9:48:07 AM silverbolt1
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*** Interestingly, while Bugs, Tweety and Speedy tend to actively outsmart their foes, the roadrunner [[WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing does little to nothing]] against the coyote. Wile's mostly HoistByHisOwnPetard, either due to his own ineptude of malfunction of the AcmeProducts he uses. [[GravityIsAHarshMistress Gravity doesn't help, eiter]].
31st Oct '16 10:48:31 AM gewunomox
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** In truth, it's more ''anyone who attempts to change the StatusQuo'' who loses. But since VillainsActHeroesReact, most of the time the evillest side loses.

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** In truth, it's more ''anyone who attempts to change the StatusQuo'' Status Quo'' who loses. But since VillainsActHeroesReact, most of the time the evillest side loses.
26th Oct '16 3:32:43 PM Plactus
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* ''Series/{{iZombie}}'' - Goal: Find a cure for zombiism. The working cures thus far have either been temporary or had nasty side effects.
21st Oct '16 4:38:23 PM TheKaizerreich
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** Interestingly played in Creator/{{Graham McNeill}}'s book Literature/IronWarriors, [[spoiler:where the titular Iron Warriors and thus Chaos actually win; but this keeps in spirit with the bad guys losing because in this book the Adeptus Mechanicus are even WORSE]].

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** Interestingly played in Creator/{{Graham McNeill}}'s book Literature/IronWarriors, [[spoiler:where the titular Iron Warriors and thus Chaos actually win; but this keeps in spirit with the bad guys losing because in this book the Adeptus Mechanicus are even WORSE]].WORSE. To give an idea of how unusual this is, when he announced internally about the victory of Chaos in the story, the ''entire'' team assembled was shocked that he'd even consider to, much less ''actually'', have the Iron Warriors win.]].
21st Oct '16 2:06:56 AM Malachi108
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* With the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', with anything set inbetween the movies or inbetween other established canon, you have anybody trying to kill a character that's alive in the later material, it's doomed to fail.

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* With the Within ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', with anything set inbetween the movies Sith or inbetween other established canon, Dark Side Force-users will always rise up again. Be it release of SealedEvilInACan, corruption of a young Jedu by a TomeOfEldritchLore or a whole forgotten Sith society from a HiddenElfVillage, the conflict between Light Side and Dark Side Force-users continues for millennia, plunging the galaxy into one large-scale war after another. If you have anybody trying to kill a character that's alive in think that Anakin/Vader destroying the later material, it's doomed to fail.Sith under the Prophecy of the Choosen One broke the cycle, think again.
4th Oct '16 5:08:37 AM gophergiggles
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* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' on {{Wii}} has certain challenges that are this. One thing you ''will'' need to do for OneHundredPercentCompletion is actually knock down [[WarmUpBoss Glass Joe]] twice, and then throw the fight and let him win by decision. Feels bad, man.
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