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23rd Jun '18 1:57:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' - Goal: Escape from the Village. Achieved at the series end. Or is it? Also, [=McGoohan's=] repeated return to the village is, arguably, one of the themes of the series.

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* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' - Goal: Escape from the Village. Achieved at the series end. Or is it? Also, [=McGoohan's=] repeated return to the village is, arguably, one of the themes of the series.
21st Jun '18 8:58:55 PM foxley
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* ''Series/ComeBackMrsNoah'': The format of the show meant that any attempt to return the Britannia Seven to Earth was doomed to fail. The series ended with the space station being sent spiralling even further into deep space.
16th Jun '18 7:05:31 PM Vir
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** This trope is lampshaded by Piccolo in the Saiyan Saga after he gets a [[WhatTheHellHero called out for berating Gohan for getting frightened]] while fighting [[TheDragon Nappa]]. Piccolo silently admits that it doesn't matter they do against Nappa, Piccolo realizes that if [[BigBad Vegeta]] is [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking ordering Nappa around than Vegeta much be even stronger]], so even if Nappa is defeated, the heroes would have to face an even stronger villain. He was right, as not even Goku was able to defeat Vegeta.

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** This trope is lampshaded by Piccolo in the Saiyan Saga after he gets a [[WhatTheHellHero called out for berating Gohan for getting frightened]] while fighting [[TheDragon Nappa]]. Piccolo silently admits that it doesn't matter how they do against Nappa, Piccolo then realizes that if [[BigBad [[ArcVillain Vegeta]] is [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking ordering Nappa around than Vegeta much be even stronger]], so even if Nappa is defeated, the heroes would have to face an even stronger villain. He was right, as not even Goku was able to defeat Vegeta.
7th Jun '18 3:44:44 AM Krendall
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* During the Attitude Era Wrestling/VinceMcMahon was constantly trying to put Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin in these situations. Arguably the most brilliant was putting Austin against Wrestling/{{Kane}} in a First Blood Match. The match stipulation is whoever bleeds first loses, however Kane wore a full body suit and a mask at the time, so he had no exposed skin to bleed from.
5th Jun '18 1:00:13 PM Snipertoaster
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-->'''Baldi:''' Problem three! *[[SensoryAbuse BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ]]* plus *[[HellIsThatNoise BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ]]* times *[[RuleOfThree BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ]]* equals...
3rd Jun '18 5:54:56 AM Snipertoaster
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* ''VideoGame/BaldisBasicsInEducationAndLearning'' has you solving simple addition and subtraction problems from time to time. From the second notebook onwards, though, the final problem will be a scramble of indecipherable BlackSpeech (a bit like math in real life, really). There is no right answer to these problems, so you're forced to get them wrong and make Baldi angry at you (speeding him up if he's already chasing you).
22nd May '18 2:09:34 PM lluewhyn
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* ''Series/Angel'' has this theme in a more upbeat fashion. While Angel & Co. try to fight the Senior Partners (and evil in general), they come to realize throughout the series that they can never defeat their adversaries. However, the point is not whether they will win against evil, but that they will fight the good fight regardless, issuing quotes like "We're not running a race, we're doing a job" and "If nothing we do matters, then the only thing that matters is what we do". In the Series Finale, they engage in a mostly suicidal mission that won't defeat Wolfram & Hart, but will hopefully set them back a few decades.

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* ''Series/Angel'' ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has this theme in a more upbeat fashion. While Angel & Co. try to fight the Senior Partners (and evil in general), they come to realize throughout the series that they can never defeat their adversaries. However, the point is not whether they will win against evil, but that they will fight the good fight regardless, issuing quotes like "We're not running a race, we're doing a job" and "If nothing we do matters, then the only thing that matters is what we do". In the Series Finale, they engage in a mostly suicidal mission that won't defeat Wolfram & Hart, but will hopefully set them back a few decades.
22nd May '18 2:07:50 PM lluewhyn
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* ''Series/Angel'' has this theme in a more upbeat fashion. While Angel & Co. try to fight the Senior Partners (and evil in general), they come to realize throughout the series that they can never defeat their adversaries. However, the point is not whether they will win against evil, but that they will fight the good fight regardless, issuing quotes like "We're not running a race, we're doing a job" and "If nothing we do matters, then the only thing that matters is what we do". In the Series Finale, they engage in a mostly suicidal mission that won't defeat Wolfram & Hart, but will hopefully set them back a few decades.
31st Mar '18 10:03:21 PM stopaskingme2signin
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*''Videogame/NewSuperMarioBros2'' in the second castle if you brought in a gold fire flower, trying to complete the castle and get to the boss with the flower intact is not possible. You WILL get hit by the fireballs. It's not a matter of if, but when, as the fireballs are programmed to change position to be underneath you if you have the gold flower riding the floating platform so that you have to face the boss fair and square (this doesn't happen with an invincibility leaf). This prevents you from using the castle to rack up a bunch of coins. The castle itself is pretty easy, though, as the RubberBandAI disappears once you lose the gold flower powerup. No other castles in the game do this, oddly enough, not even the Bowser castles in world 6 and world star.
24th Mar '18 11:39:10 AM Dontfollowmeman
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** As Skaia knows its own fate, it's always and undisputably set in stone from the start whether or not a session will succeed. If your fate is to be in an unsuccessful, or null, session, [[YouCantFightFate then everything in reality will conspire to make that session fail.]] Not even time travel will save you: Attempting to avert fate will create an offshoot timeline [[RocksFallEveryoneDies which will only end in far quicker and far more catastrophic failure.]]
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