History Main / FourIsDeath

8th Feb '16 1:11:47 PM MiinU
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* ''Manga/XXXHolic'' refers to this early on.
7th Feb '16 11:39:57 PM RicaCriscia
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* In Cantonese, 14 (十四, sap sei) is consider a unluckier number than 4, since it sounds like "will surely die"/"is doomed" (實死, sat sei). 24 (二十四, yi sap sei) is even worse, as it could be interpreted as "easy and sure death/easily doomed" (易實死, yi sat sei) or if its digits are read individually (二四, yi sei), it sounds like "easy death" (易死, yi sei).
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* In Cantonese, 14 (十四, sap sei) is consider a considered an unluckier number than 4, since it sounds like "will surely die"/"is doomed" (實死, sat sei). 24 (二十四, yi sap sei) is even worse, as it could be interpreted as "easy and sure death/easily doomed" (易實死, yi sat sei) or if its digits are read individually (二四, yi sei), it sounds like "easy death" (易死, yi sei).
3rd Feb '16 12:25:40 PM Gwynblade
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* In "VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends" the character Jhin is heavily based on this motif, with nearly every aspect of the character being based on this, from number of rounds in his pistol, to number of abilities and so forth. He is also from an Asian inspired regioin in the lore, furthering his connection to this trope.
23rd Jan '16 10:17:30 PM trex
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* [[Tabletopgame/MagicTheGathering Magic the Gathering]] has the card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=398433 Demonic Pact]]. Choosing the fourth option on the card will result in the player losing the game.
22nd Jan '16 6:40:47 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Akane-san from the broadcasting room from ''[[Anime/GhostStories Gakkou no Kaidan]]'' will kill without fail any and all people who hear her voice. She counts aloud the exact time of the sunset before she finally kills her victim, carefully avoiding the number 4. Her spirit can be repelled if one interrupts her count and say the number 4 out loud. To seal her, [[spoiler:she has to hear the chime that indicates the end of a broadcast before sunset]]. That makes four bell rings.
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* ''Anime/GhostStories'': ** Akane-san from the broadcasting room from ''[[Anime/GhostStories Gakkou no Kaidan]]'' will kill without fail any and all people who hear her voice. She counts aloud the exact time of the sunset before she finally kills her victim, carefully avoiding the number 4. Her spirit can be repelled if one interrupts her count and say the number 4 out loud. To seal her, [[spoiler:she has to hear the chime that indicates the end of a broadcast before sunset]]. That makes four bell rings.
22nd Jan '16 5:23:06 PM jduff
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** If you hear the piano ghost play a particular piece of music four times, you will die. ** A ghost named Datto, the spirit of a boy who ran track, returns to the school on the day of the sports festival to take the feet of a runner in the race. The runner attacked is in lane four. Datto attacks them at 4:44 PM.
11th Jan '16 3:17:34 PM EryliaStarheart
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It is also worth noting that the 4th installment often spells doom for a franchise with NumberedSequels. The RuleOfThree generally means that the 3rd installment is either the much-anticipated conclusion to the TrilogyCreep or simply the pinnacle of SerialEscalation; in comparison, the 4th is frequently an afterthought brought out by a desire to wrestle more money out of a CashCowFranchise. Since it can't compete with its predecessor directly, it frequently relies on gimmicks, prompting calls of JumpingTheShark, {{Sequelitis}} or "TheyChangedItNowItSucks". As production executives are well aware of the effect, the unfortunate number 4 in the title is often [[StoppedNumberingSequels replaced with some subtitle instead]].
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It is also worth noting that the 4th installment often spells doom for a franchise with NumberedSequels. The RuleOfThree generally means that the 3rd installment is either the much-anticipated conclusion to the TrilogyCreep {{Trilogy}} or simply the pinnacle of SerialEscalation; in comparison, the 4th is [[TrilogyCreep frequently an afterthought afterthought]] brought out by a desire to wrestle more money out of a CashCowFranchise. Since it can't compete with its predecessor directly, it frequently relies on gimmicks, prompting calls of JumpingTheShark, {{Sequelitis}} or "TheyChangedItNowItSucks". As production executives are well aware of the effect, the unfortunate number 4 in the title is often [[StoppedNumberingSequels replaced with some subtitle instead]].
11th Jan '16 3:12:36 PM EryliaStarheart
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Probably unrelated is the fact that 4 is the most common numeral at which NumberedSequels peter out and are [[StoppedNumberingSequels replaced with some subtitle instead]]. The RuleOfThree may also be implicated.
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Probably unrelated It is the fact also worth noting that 4 is the most common numeral at which NumberedSequels peter 4th installment often spells doom for a franchise with NumberedSequels. The RuleOfThree generally means that the 3rd installment is either the much-anticipated conclusion to the TrilogyCreep or simply the pinnacle of SerialEscalation; in comparison, the 4th is frequently an afterthought brought out and by a desire to wrestle more money out of a CashCowFranchise. Since it can't compete with its predecessor directly, it frequently relies on gimmicks, prompting calls of JumpingTheShark, {{Sequelitis}} or "TheyChangedItNowItSucks". As production executives are well aware of the effect, the unfortunate number 4 in the title is often [[StoppedNumberingSequels replaced with some subtitle instead]]. The RuleOfThree may also be implicated. instead]].
29th Dec '15 2:42:58 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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Why was this deleted? No reason was ever given.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Creator/JKRowling [[WordOfGod admits]] that she's always disliked the number four, finding something cold and unpleasant about it. When coming up for an address for Harry's {{abusive|Parents}} MuggleFosterParents, she settled on 4 Privet Drive.
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': ''Literature/HarryPotter'': ** Creator/JKRowling [[WordOfGod admits]] that she's always disliked the number four, finding something cold and unpleasant about it. When coming up for an address for Harry's {{abusive|Parents}} MuggleFosterParents, she settled on 4 Privet Drive.Drive. ** The trope subtly plays into Voldemort's character arc. Voldemort casts the infamous "Avada Kedavra" spell against Harry exactly four times in the entire series. The first time, Harry survives thanks to his mother's protective charm; the second time, Harry dodges the curse; the third time, [[spoiler: Harry dies from the curse, but recovers soon after]]; the fourth time, [[spoiler: the curse rebounds and kills Voldemort--''permanently'']].
13th Dec '15 11:24:17 PM Jacce
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Izanagi can be used without Mangekyo Sharingan
** The fourth stage of the Uchiha's Sharingan is the Mangekyo, which requires the user kill their best friend, and the fourth power of the Mangekyo is [[spoiler: Izanagi, which allows the user to cheat death]].
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** The fourth stage of the Uchiha's Sharingan is the Mangekyo, which requires the user kill their best friend, and the fourth power of the Mangekyo is [[spoiler: Izanagi, which allows the user to cheat death]].friend.
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