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* In episode 4 of ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'', [[spoiler: Siegfried, The Saber of Black, [[HeroicSacrifice dies after he transplants his heart into the wounded Homunculus.]]]]
22nd Jun '17 1:10:53 AM Vir
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* At [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland Hong Kong]] in the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaways Mine Cars rollercoaster, the train goes through shaft no 4 (which is covered in danger signs) instead of shaft no 8 (a lucky number). Inevitably, later in the ride, a cable "breaks" on a chain lift, sending the train backwards.

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* At [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland Hong Kong]] in the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaways Runaway Mine Cars rollercoaster, the train goes through shaft no no. 4 (which is covered in danger signs) instead of shaft no no. 8 (a lucky number). Inevitably, later in the ride, a cable "breaks" on a chain lift, sending the train backwards.
22nd Jun '17 1:09:51 AM Vir
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** Ulquiorra Cifer is the most powerful ghost Ichigo fights, leading Ichigo to initially assume he's number one. Not quite. He's ranked fourth. He's also the only Espada with a second [[SuperMode release state]], and the first release is so powerful it shouldn't be used under the dome of Las Noches. He also has dealthy pale skin, black hair, permanently cold-looking eyes with lines underneath running down his cheeks like tear marks... you get the picture.

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** Ulquiorra Cifer is the most powerful ghost Ichigo fights, leading Ichigo to initially assume he's number one. Not quite. He's ranked fourth. He's also the only Espada with a second [[SuperMode release state]], and the first release is so powerful it shouldn't be used under the dome of Las Noches. He also has dealthy deathly pale skin, black hair, permanently cold-looking eyes with lines underneath running down his cheeks like tear marks... you get the picture.



** ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' takes this inverted trope even further with the Devil Dragon/Shadow Dragon of the Four Star Dragon Ball, Si Xing Long/Nuova Shenron. Si Xing Long is the TokenGoodTeammate, the NobleDemon and the AntiVillain among the seven Devil Dragons. He even saves his enemy/friend Goku on several occassions.

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** ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' takes this inverted trope even further with the Devil Dragon/Shadow Dragon of the Four Star Dragon Ball, Si Xing Long/Nuova Shenron. Si Xing Long is the TokenGoodTeammate, the NobleDemon and the AntiVillain among the seven Devil Dragons. He even saves his enemy/friend Goku on several occassions.occasions.



** The ''Gundam 00'' sidestories play it straight: In ''00P'' (the precursor to the TV series), the GNY-004 Gundam Plutone suffered a major malfunction which killed two of the Gundam Meisters and horribly scarred a third (including [[LockedIntoStrangeness her hair turning white]]). The survivor, who ends up running a Celestial Being sub-group years later in ''Gundam 00F'', is understandably reluctant to allow the Plutone to be used again.

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** The ''Gundam 00'' sidestories side stories play it straight: In ''00P'' (the precursor to the TV series), the GNY-004 Gundam Plutone suffered a major malfunction which killed two of the Gundam Meisters and horribly scarred a third (including [[LockedIntoStrangeness her hair turning white]]). The survivor, who ends up running a Celestial Being sub-group years later in ''Gundam 00F'', is understandably reluctant to allow the Plutone to be used again.



** In the Zodiac arc, the local PsychoForHire resides in the Fourth Temple of the Sanctuary, the Temple of the Giant Crab. He's actually named [[MeaningfulName Cancer Deathmask]]. [[spoiler:{{Subverted}} in that Pisces Aphrodite is said to be actually ''worse''-Deathmask is just more blatant]].

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** In the Zodiac arc, the local PsychoForHire resides in the Fourth Temple of the Sanctuary, the Temple of the Giant Crab. He's actually named [[MeaningfulName Cancer Deathmask]]. [[spoiler:{{Subverted}} [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}} in that Pisces Aphrodite is said to be actually ''worse''-Deathmask is just more blatant]].



* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': In this fancomic we have [[CoolPlane Unit-04]]. During a trial flight one of its engines exploded and the Unit crashed and blew up. One of its two pilots died and the another nearly did, spending several months in a coma.

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* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': ''Manga/Evangelion303'': In this fancomic we have [[CoolPlane Unit-04]]. During a trial flight one of its engines exploded and the Unit crashed and blew up. One of its two pilots died and the another nearly did, spending several months in a coma.



* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' short story "It's All Done with Mirrors", the characters go to meet with a {{Yakuza}} boss who arrived in Seattle because of mishaps in his business to ask what will appease him into leaving. The Yakuza boss then outlines a task they will have to do for him. One of the mob boss's servants lays out sake with cups, and the boss offers to pour the drink for his guests. When TheSmartGuy asks what will happen if they fail, the mob boss doesn't answer, but pours three times into his cup and four times into the cups of his guests. Only TheSmartGuy, the GeniusBruiser, and TheProfessor in the group get the message.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' short story "It's All Done with Mirrors", the characters go to meet with a {{Yakuza}} boss who arrived in Seattle because of mishaps in his business to ask what will appease him into leaving. The Yakuza boss then outlines a task they will have to do for him. One of the mob boss's servants lays out sake with cups, and the boss offers to pour the drink for his guests. When TheSmartGuy asks what will happen if they fail, the mob boss doesn't answer, answer but pours three times into his cup and four times into the cups of his guests. Only TheSmartGuy, the GeniusBruiser, and TheProfessor in the group get the message.



* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' seventh season episode "Toe Tags", this trope is mentioned as they investigate the drowning of the bodyguard of an Asian high roller at a casino. She had been drowned because [[spoiler:the high roller had bad luck and came unexpectedly back to his room and found her taking a bath in the bathtub he had had sprinkled with rose petals for good luck. So]] he blamed her for his bad luck.

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* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' seventh season episode "Toe Tags", this trope is mentioned as they investigate the drowning of the bodyguard of an Asian high roller at a casino. She had been drowned because [[spoiler:the high roller had bad luck and came unexpectedly back to his room and found her taking a bath in the bathtub he had had sprinkled with rose petals for good luck. So]] he blamed her for his bad luck.



** Played straight in ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', where the BigBad summons his four greatest warriors, who are even called the Gorma Shitennõ.These are a team of four powerful magicians, capable of fusing into a four headed monster.

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** Played straight in ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', where the BigBad summons his four greatest warriors, who are even called the Gorma Shitennõ.These are a team of four powerful magicians, capable of fusing into a four headed four-headed monster.



* Numerous occurrences on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Four is one of the show's Numbers. Boone wears multiple t-shirts in the first season containing fours or sets of four, and is the first regular character to die. In a season 5 flashback, Miles discovers his ability to speak to the dead by finding a dead man in Apt. #4. [[spoiler:In Jacob's cave, Locke is indicated by the number 4, and is the first of the six uncrossed names to be crossed out (as he is dead).]] There are ''many'' other instances.

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* Numerous occurrences on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Four is one of the show's Numbers. Boone wears multiple t-shirts in the first season containing fours or sets of four, four and is the first regular character to die. In a season 5 flashback, Miles discovers his ability to speak to the dead by finding a dead man in Apt. #4. [[spoiler:In Jacob's cave, Locke is indicated by the number 4, and is the first of the six uncrossed names to be crossed out (as he is dead).]] There are ''many'' other instances.



* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' gives us Sasuke Samurai #4, the very definition of {{Demonic Spider|s}}. When it battles an enemy, if the player gets a coinflip right, [=SS4=] instantly destroys that enemy without actually battling it. If you're playing one of the video games, expect [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard the computer to ALWAYS FREAKIN GET THE RIGHT FLIP]].

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* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' gives us Sasuke Samurai #4, the very definition of {{Demonic Spider|s}}. When it battles an enemy, if the player gets a coinflip coin flip right, [=SS4=] instantly destroys that enemy without actually battling it. If you're playing one of the video games, expect [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard the computer to ALWAYS FREAKIN GET THE RIGHT FLIP]].



* A good number of ''Franchisee/HarvestMoon'' games do evil things to you at precisely 4:44 when you perform a specific action. For example: looking at the TV in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown''. This feature is often removed from the US version, and in some cases is related to more serious glitches caused by a bad removal! Maybe it ''is'' cursed. Also, if you go to your dog house at 4.44am in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' sends you into some sort of battle game with all the main bachelorettes.

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* A good number of ''Franchisee/HarvestMoon'' games do evil things to you at precisely 4:44 when you perform a specific action. For example: looking at the TV in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown''. This feature is often removed from the US version, and in some cases is related to more serious glitches caused by a bad removal! Maybe it ''is'' cursed. Also, if you go to your dog house doghouse at 4.44am in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' sends you into some sort of battle game with all the main bachelorettes.



* The first ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}'' NES game combines this with ThirteenIsUnlucky, as you are given 52 chances (4 x 13) to complete your mission, or else it's Game Over.

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* The first ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}'' ''Manga/Golgo13'' NES game combines this with ThirteenIsUnlucky, as you are given 52 chances (4 x 13) to complete your mission, or else it's Game Over.



** Morty, the fourth Gym Leader in [[Videogame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Johto]], uses the Ghost type. Ghosts are associated with death.

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** Morty, the fourth Gym Leader in [[Videogame/PokemonGoldAndSilver [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Johto]], uses the Ghost type. Ghosts are associated with death.



* ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' has introduced four high ranking members of the Souballo Empire who each seem to be in charge of a department.

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* ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' has introduced four high ranking high-ranking members of the Souballo Empire who each seem to be in charge of a department.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' the first season three-member Gaang had their ups and downs, but were basically successful overall in achieving their goals. While in no way can fault be laid at the ([[DoesNotLikeShoes bare]]) feet of Toph, her joining by and large coincided with every major defeat the now four-member group suffered. Only when [[spoiler: Zuko fully completed his HeelFaceTurn and joined them]] did they escape this, and for good measure, [[spoiler: [[EleventhHourRanger Suki's]] rescue meant they were now six as they ended the war]]. None of the three hero settings in the finale had more than three members.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' the first season three-member Gaang had their ups and downs, downs but were basically successful overall in achieving their goals. While in no way can fault be laid at the ([[DoesNotLikeShoes bare]]) feet of Toph, her joining by and large coincided with every major defeat the now four-member group suffered. Only when [[spoiler: Zuko fully completed his HeelFaceTurn and joined them]] did they escape this, and for good measure, [[spoiler: [[EleventhHourRanger Suki's]] rescue meant they were now six as they ended the war]]. None of the three hero settings in the finale had more than three members.



** People were legitimately surprised that Sony released a UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 for this very reason. The more superstitious among them were probably quite surprised when it became their fastest-selling system ever and so far the biggest success of this generation.

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** People were legitimately surprised that Sony released a UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 for this very reason. The more superstitious among them were probably quite surprised when it became their fastest-selling fastest selling system ever and so far the biggest success of this generation.



* In East Asian countries, [[MissingFloor the fourth floor is either skipped (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, ...) like the thirteenth floor is skipped in the West]] or, in an elevator, the buttons are numbered 1, 2, 3, F, 5 ... with "F" standing in for the English word "four" (which does not sound like death). Another common work-around is to replace the "4"-number with the previous floor's number appended with the letter A (i.e. 3A, 23A), as is floor 13 (replaced with 12A, and 14 replaced with 12B in this case). 14 is particularly bad. In Mandarin, 14 can be read ''yao si''[[note]]''Yao'' is an alternate reading for "one" when saying numerals[[/note]], a near homophone of "will die" or "death wish". This is UpToEleven in Hong Kong, as floor numbers with the number 4 are all skipped together in some newer buildings. And thanks to the influence from being a former British colony, the traditional 13 is also skipped. This convention is also quite common in Vancouver and Toronto, owing to their large Chinese population. The combination of eastern and western superstitions means that it's not unheard of for floor numbers in apartment buildings to jump from 12 to 15, missing both 13 and 14.

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* In East Asian countries, [[MissingFloor the fourth floor is either skipped (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, ...) like the thirteenth floor is skipped in the West]] or, in an elevator, the buttons are numbered 1, 2, 3, F, 5 ... with "F" standing in for the English word "four" (which does not sound like death). Another common work-around workaround is to replace the "4"-number with the previous floor's number appended with the letter A (i.e. 3A, 23A), as is floor 13 (replaced with 12A, and 14 replaced with 12B in this case). 14 is particularly bad. In Mandarin, 14 can be read ''yao si''[[note]]''Yao'' is an alternate reading for "one" when saying numerals[[/note]], a near homophone of "will die" or "death wish". This is UpToEleven in Hong Kong, as floor numbers with the number 4 are all skipped together in some newer buildings. And thanks to the influence from being a former British colony, the traditional 13 is also skipped. This convention is also quite common in Vancouver and Toronto, owing to their large Chinese population. The combination of eastern and western superstitions means that it's not unheard of for floor numbers in apartment buildings to jump from 12 to 15, missing both 13 and 14.



* Wolf packs are at their most dangerous with 4 members hunting together. Larger packs tend to be less organized and have less experience together. Four-member packs, however, are composed of Wolves with plenty of experience working together, thus their successful kill percentage is significantly higher.
* Mexicans had their own version of this trope: Until recently, the number 41 was considered unlucky, but not for being associated with death, but with ''homosexuality'' instead. This was because an infamous incident in 1901 named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_of_the_Forty-One the Dance of the Forty-One]] (or the Dance of the Forty-One Fags) after a famous police raid carried out against a party attented by many members of Mexico's high society of the time, (rumored to be 41 people, albeit officially, they were 19 people instead) when many of the attendees were [[WholesomeCrossdresser dressed as women]]. Since homosexuality was illegal in Mexico at the time, they were arrested and forced to do street-cleaning while still dressed as women, much for the public scorn against them. The scandal was so ''big'', the number 41 was for many years associated with homosexuality, to the grade the number was excluded for use in the army, police, house numbering, payroll, etc. This has become a DeadHorseTrope though.

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* Wolf packs are at their most dangerous with 4 members hunting together. Larger packs tend to be less organized and have less experience together. Four-member packs, however, are composed of Wolves wolves with plenty of experience working together, thus their successful kill percentage is significantly higher.
* Mexicans had their own version of this trope: Until recently, the number 41 was considered unlucky, but not for being associated with death, but with ''homosexuality'' instead. This was because an infamous incident in 1901 named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_of_the_Forty-One the Dance of the Forty-One]] (or the Dance of the Forty-One Fags) after a famous police raid carried out against a party attented attended by many members of Mexico's high society of the time, (rumored to be 41 people, albeit officially, they were 19 people instead) when many of the attendees were [[WholesomeCrossdresser dressed as women]]. Since homosexuality was illegal in Mexico at the time, they were arrested and forced to do street-cleaning while still dressed as women, much for the public scorn against them. The scandal was so ''big'', the number 41 was for many years associated with homosexuality, to the grade the number was excluded for use in the army, police, house numbering, payroll, etc. This has become a DeadHorseTrope though.though.
* Shows created in-house and aired on Creator/DisneyChannel and Creator/DisneyXD generally have never run longer than four seasons.
22nd Jun '17 12:50:51 AM Vir
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* The fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' features [[spoiler:Splinter and Shredder respectively being KilledOffForReal in "Requiem" and "Owari".]]

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* The fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' features [[spoiler:Splinter and Shredder respectively being KilledOffForReal killed in "Requiem" and "Owari".]]
18th Jun '17 2:19:56 AM EDP
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* Played with in ''Manga/SailorMoon'': counting Sailor V as the first, Sailor Mars is the fourth Sailor Senshi to be found-and upon transforming for the first time she's the first to score a kill on Beryl's QuirkyMinibossSquad (who, incidentally, are the Shitennō). Also, the fourth member of the Shitennō is by far the more powerful: where the others were killed by a Sailor Senshi each (Jadeite by Sailor Mars, Nephrite by Sailor Jupiter, and Zoisite by Sailor V), Kunzite holds his own against Sailor V and is only killed when he's hit by a Sailor Planetary Attack from the entire team minus Sailor Moon-meaning he's killed by ''four'' opponents.
18th Jun '17 2:09:21 AM EDP
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** In the Zodiac arc, the local PsychoForHire resides in the Fourth Temple of the Sanctuary, the Temple of the Giant Crab. He's actually named [[MeaningfulName Cancer Deathmask]].
** As the fourth sign, all Cancer Saints have powers strongly associated with death and the underworld.

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** In the Zodiac arc, the local PsychoForHire resides in the Fourth Temple of the Sanctuary, the Temple of the Giant Crab. He's actually named [[MeaningfulName Cancer Deathmask]].
Deathmask]]. [[spoiler:{{Subverted}} in that Pisces Aphrodite is said to be actually ''worse''-Deathmask is just more blatant]].
** As the fourth sign, all Cancer Saints have powers strongly associated with death and the underworld. They also tend to be violently insane.
13th Jun '17 9:46:38 PM Kotomikun
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** Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oneplus clarified that their following phone would be the Oneplus 5, not 4, invoking the cultural reason behind this trope as the rationale behind the decision.

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** Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oneplus clarified that their following phone (after the One, 2, [[XMakesAnythingCool X]], 3, and 3T) would be the Oneplus 5, not 4, invoking the cultural reason behind this trope as the rationale behind the decision.decision. Amusingly, they had no issue with naming an earlier device "Oneplus 3," which, treated as arithmetic, equals "Four."
8th Jun '17 11:45:09 PM JoeMerl
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* ''4:44: Last Day on Earth'' is, as its title suggests, a movie set during the last day on Earth, with everybody aware that the world will end at 4:44 AM.

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* ''4:44: Last Day on Earth'' is, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as its title suggests, suggests]], a movie set during the last day on Earth, with everybody aware that the world will end at 4:44 AM.
8th Jun '17 11:41:27 PM JoeMerl
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* ''4:44: Last Day on Earth'' is, as its title suggests, a movie set during the last day on Earth, with everybody aware that the world will end at 4:44 AM.
7th Jun '17 11:57:56 AM luisedgarf
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* Mexicans had their own version of this trope: Until recently, the number 41 was considered unlucky, but not for being associated with death, but with ''homosexuality'' instead. This was because an infamous incident in 1901 named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_of_the_Forty-One the Dance of the Forty-One]] (or the Dance of the Forty-One Fags) after a famous police raid carried out against a party attented by many members of Mexico's high society of the time, (rumored to be 41 people, albeit officially, they were 19 people instead) when many of the attendees were [[WholesomeCrossdresser dressed as women]]. Since homosexuality was illegal in Mexico at the time, they were arrested and forced to do street-cleaning while still dressed as women, much for the public scorn against them. The scandal was so ''big'', the number 41 was for many years associated with homosexuality, to the grade the number was excluded for use in the army, police, house numbering, payroll, etc. This has become a DeadHorseTrope though.
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