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18th Jun '17 2:21:13 AM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''Literature/ForAllTime'': Barely two weeks after Pearl Harbor, FDR suffers a fatal stroke. His far less competent successor, Henry Wallace, manages to screw things up both domestically and internationally. This sets the stage for the emergence of a truly insane CrapsackWorld
* ''WebOriginal/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'': John Julian McKeithen, a former governor of Louisiana, decides to stand for the 1972 Democratic nomination instead of George McGovern. A more moderate figure than McGovern that can appeal to a wider audience, he wrangles with Nixon for months before Nixon decides to withdraw for the good of the country and allow him to become President. Soon afterward, he dies in a plane crash. Things only get worse from there.
6th May '17 6:46:55 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* An ad series for [=DirecTV=] starts with a customer experiencing some flaw associated with digital cable, which cascades into random scenarios like waking up in a roadside ditch, selling your hair to a wig shop, or re-enacting scenes from ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' with Creator/CharlieSheen.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ80SVOHKoo An ad series series]] for [=DirecTV=] starts with a customer experiencing some flaw associated with digital cable, which cascades into random scenarios like waking up in a roadside ditch, selling your hair to a wig shop, or re-enacting scenes from ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' with Creator/CharlieSheen.
22nd Apr '17 11:34:07 AM kazokuhouou
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* In ''WebComic/SailorMoonCosmosArc'', because Usagi and the others chose to be reborn through the Galaxy Cauldron, Crystal Tokyo is founded in the 30th century, rather than the 21st century as in [[Manga/SailorMoon canon]]. This also had an effect on Chibiusa, as despite never awakening as a Sailor Senshi, she still aged to adulthood normally. [[spoiler: It's revealed that in the process of being reborn, Usagi had secretly wished Chibiusa would never awake as a Senshi so she could live in peace.]] The comic deals with the ramifications of that spoiler.
1st Apr '17 8:05:15 PM Khrunwahl02
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', there literally is a nail involved, as Homer was working to hammer down a nail on the roof. The entire plot wouldn't have happened if [[spoiler: Bart didn't laugh at Homer lodging the hammer's claw into his eye. Angered at how his own son would dare laugh at his own father's pain, this led to Bart trying to rationalize his laughing out of Homer's signature strangling of Bart's neck, which led to Homer daring Bart to skate naked to Krusty Burger, which led to Homer finding a pig at Krusty Burger, which led to Homer keeping the pig as a pet and choosing to dump the pig's wastes into a lake, leading to a catastrophe where the head of Environmental Protection Agency and film's villain, Russ Cargill, tried to bomb Springfield for desire of a clean, sanitary and '''un'''populated area. At the end, Homer and Bart are not only back to square one, but now they have to rebuild their entire house, not just repair the roof.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', there literally is a nail involved, as Homer was working to hammer down a nail on the roof. The entire plot wouldn't have happened if [[spoiler: Bart didn't laugh at Homer lodging the hammer's claw into his eye. Angered at how his own son would dare laugh at his own father's pain, this led to Bart trying to rationalize his laughing out of Homer's signature strangling of Bart's neck, which led to Homer daring Bart to skate naked to Krusty Burger, which led to Homer finding a pig at Krusty Burger, which led to Homer keeping the pig as a pet and choosing to dump the pig's wastes into a lake, leading to a catastrophe where the head of Environmental Protection Agency and film's villain, Russ Cargill, tried to bomb Springfield for desire of a clean, sanitary and '''un'''populated unpopulated area. At the end, Homer and Bart are not only back to square one, but now they have to rebuild their entire house, not just repair the roof.]]
30th Mar '17 4:23:08 PM Khrunwahl02
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Mike forgets to file his paperwork on time, and can't get it in himself because he has a date. Because of this, he sends his friend Sulley to get it. Sulley then finds a door to the human world that shouldn't be there, and through that door comes a little girl. Sulley and Mike hide her in their apartment, and their attempts to get her back [[spoiler: uncover a conspiracy by Monsters Inc. CEO Waternoose to kidnap children to solve the city's energy crisis.]]
* In ''ToyStory3'', as when Andy grew up and was about to go to college, [[spoiler: he put all his toys (save Woody) inside a bag to store them in the attic. However, Andy's mom mistook the bag for garbage and put it next to the garbage cans, leading to all the toys except Woody into thinking that Andy outright tried to get rid of them and so they wanted to stay at Sunnyside Daycare Center, where new children will play with them and the leader there Lotso appeared friendly and welcoming. However, later on Andy's toys are assigned to dangerous infants who play rough and Lotso turns out to be a sadistic bully who wants them to be tortured, if not broken to death.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', there literally is a nail involved, as Homer was working to hammer down a nail on the roof. The entire plot wouldn't have happened if Bart didn't laugh at Homer lodging the hammer's claw into his eye. Angered at how his own son would dare laugh at this, this led to [[spoiler: Bart trying to rationalize his laughing out of Homer's signature strangling of Bart's neck, which led to Homer daring Bart to skate naked to Krusty Burger, which led to Homer finding a pig at Krusty Burger, which led to Homer keeping the pig as a pet and choosing to dump the pig's wastes into a lake, leading to a catastrophe where the head of Environmental Protection Agency and film's villain, Russ Cargill, tried to destroy Springfield. At the end, Homer and Bart are not only back to square one, but now they have to rebuild their entire house, not just repair the roof.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Mike forgets to file his paperwork on time, and can't get it in himself because he has a date.date with Celia. Mike can either go back and get the paperwork but lose his restaurant reservation and therefore his dinner date, or proceed with dinner and risk getting fired for not filing his paperwork. Because of this, he sends his friend Sulley to get it. Sulley then finds a door to the human world that shouldn't be there, and through that door comes a little girl. Sulley and Mike hide her in their apartment, and their attempts to get her back [[spoiler: uncover a conspiracy by Monsters Inc. CEO Waternoose to kidnap children to solve the city's energy crisis.]]
* In ''ToyStory3'', as when Andy grew up and was about to go to college, [[spoiler: he put all his toys (save Woody) inside a bag to store them in the attic. However, Andy's mom mistook the bag for garbage and put it next to the garbage cans, leading to all the toys except Woody into thinking that Andy outright tried to get rid of them and so they wanted to stay at Sunnyside Daycare Center, where new children will play with them and the leader there Lotso appeared friendly and welcoming. However, later on Andy's toys are assigned to dangerous infants who play rough and Lotso turns out to be a sadistic bully who wants them to be tortured, if not broken to death. Once the toys do figure out a master strategy to escape their prisons, Lotso drags them all with him into a garbage chute where they nearly get burned and destroyed by an incinerator.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', there literally is a nail involved, as Homer was working to hammer down a nail on the roof. The entire plot wouldn't have happened if [[spoiler: Bart didn't laugh at Homer lodging the hammer's claw into his eye. Angered at how his own son would dare laugh at this, his own father's pain, this led to [[spoiler: Bart trying to rationalize his laughing out of Homer's signature strangling of Bart's neck, which led to Homer daring Bart to skate naked to Krusty Burger, which led to Homer finding a pig at Krusty Burger, which led to Homer keeping the pig as a pet and choosing to dump the pig's wastes into a lake, leading to a catastrophe where the head of Environmental Protection Agency and film's villain, Russ Cargill, tried to destroy Springfield.bomb Springfield for desire of a clean, sanitary and '''un'''populated area. At the end, Homer and Bart are not only back to square one, but now they have to rebuild their entire house, not just repair the roof.]]
19th Mar '17 10:19:54 PM bowserbros
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* The vast majority of ''Film/{{Brazil}}''[='s=] plot occurs because of a swatted fly that fell into a typewriter, causing an arrest warrant for Harry '''T'''uttle to instead be made out for Harry '''B'''uttle.
1st Mar '17 4:02:18 PM Argon2
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** Even earlier than that, the human who picked up Ryuk's fallen Note happening to be both crazy enough and smart enough to use it constantly without getting caught [[spoiler:initially]].



* The prequel arc of ''Manga/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'' reveals that nigh everything that happened in the main story is the result of [[TheStoic Tatsuya]] smiling at some friends he happened to meet while guarding Miyuki, his sister. This makes Miyuki realize that 1: her brother has emotions and is in fact a human being just like her (although their family considers him TheUnfavourite), and 2: he has never, ever smiled like that at her. He's closer with those people than he is with his own family. And then Miyuki starts to really ''question'' why that is, and to realize how bigoted her family is. This starts the chain reaction that led to her and Tatsuya becoming friends and (successfully) rebelling against their clan, who are a major national power. And none of that would have happened f Tatsuya hadn't smiled, or Miyuki hadn't seen him do it, or his friends hadn't attended ''that'' party, or if their elitism had overwhelmed their affection for him.

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* The prequel arc of ''Manga/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'' reveals that nigh everything that happened in the main story is the result of [[TheStoic Tatsuya]] smiling at some friends he happened to meet while guarding Miyuki, his sister. This makes Miyuki realize that 1: her brother has emotions and is in fact a human being just like her (although their family considers him TheUnfavourite), and 2: he has never, ever smiled like that at her. He's closer with those people than he is with his own family. And then Miyuki starts to really ''question'' why that is, and to realize how bigoted her family is. This starts the chain reaction that led to her and Tatsuya becoming friends and (successfully) rebelling against their clan, who are a major national power. And none of that would have happened f if Tatsuya hadn't smiled, or Miyuki hadn't seen him do it, or his friends hadn't attended ''that'' party, or if their elitism had overwhelmed their affection for him.
26th Feb '17 2:41:24 PM papyru30
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* WesternAnimation/Futurama : The entire series would not have happened if A)Fry hadn't run into Bender at the suicide booth, B) They didn't run into Leela at the diner, C) If it wasn't Tuesday when Fry and Bender went to the head museum, D) If Bender hadn't broken a lightbulb on his antenna, changing his programing, and E) If the professor didn't have his previous crew's career chips with him on the ship. This is subverted with [[spoiler: Fry falling into the tube in the beginning because it is later revealed thar Nibbler knocked him in to help save the world in the future.]]
26th Feb '17 2:40:36 PM papyru30
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* WesternAnimation/Futurama : The entire series would not have happened if A)Fry hadn't run into Bender at the suicide booth, B) They didn't run into Leela at the diner, C) If it wasn't Tuesday when Fry and Bender went to the head museum, D) If Bender hadn't broken a lightbulb on his antenna, changing his programing, and E) If the professor didn't have his previous crew's career chips with him on the ship. This is subverted with [[spoiler: Fry falling into the tube in the beginning because it is later revealed thar Nibbler knocked him in to help save the world in the future.]]
20th Feb '17 1:25:04 PM sheika
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* [[PlotTriggeringDeath For want of Raye Penber]], ''Manga/DeathNote'' lasted much shorter than it could.
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