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18th Nov '16 3:22:46 PM Odacon_Spy
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* On a later episode of ''Series/HappyDays'', Joanie and Jenny are trying to join a pseudo-sorority called the Rydells. Joanie's task is to get a phonebook, but Jenny (whom they don't want as a member) is given the task of memorizing every number in the phone book. Jenny succeeds, but is then given another impossible task.

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* On a later episode of ''Series/HappyDays'', Joanie and Jenny are trying to join a pseudo-sorority called the Rydells. Joanie's task is to get a phonebook, but Jenny (whom they don't want as a member) is given the task of memorizing every number in the phone book. Jenny succeeds, [[MovingTheGoalposts but is then given another impossible task.task]].
16th Nov '16 12:26:22 AM Morgenthaler
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# Feats that should be too hard, but the hero is that {{Badass}} (like killing one hundred Philistines).

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# Feats that should be too hard, but the hero is that {{Badass}} badass (like killing one hundred Philistines).
11th Nov '16 2:14:24 PM luiz4200
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* ''ComicBook/LaffALympics'': Yogi uses these words to describe the job of being the Yogi Yahooeys' cook.
14th Oct '16 6:39:38 AM KingLyger
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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Litchi Faye-Ling embarks on a quest to save her friend who got turned into an abomination called Arakune, out of guilt of not preventing him to become that, and grief of losing said friend, a task that everyone that comes across her always say that it's impossible, and it ends up as a deconstruction, she still attempts to selfishly [[WeDoTheImpossible do the impossible]] with just her [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]]/[[ThePowerOfLove love]] with said friend keeping her to not fall, even if she regretfully [[AntiVillain had to compromise her morals]] by [[ForcedIntoEvil joining an]] ObviouslyEvil group of people... [[spoiler:[[WrongGenreSavvy and NOTHING comes out of it]], and she's even going along with a world-destroying plan to save her friend (albeit with remorse), as she completely ran out of option, and the heroes obviously put a halt on that.]]
** And like the trope description, in the middle of doing her task, she also genuinely reached out and befriended a kid with psychosis issues, Carl Clover. It was enough that [[spoiler:Carl eventually stuck with her even when she's going along with the world-destroying plan, and by the end of it, one of them becomes the sidekick of the other as they put the one with the world-destroying plan (Carl's father, Relius) on their leash and possibly direct him to do what they like.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Litchi Faye-Ling embarks on a quest to save her friend who got turned into an abomination called Arakune, Arakune. Litchi has been at her task for a long time out of guilt of not preventing him to become that, Arakune's transformation, and grief of losing said friend, him, a task that everyone that comes across her always say that it's impossible, and it says is impossible. It ends up as a deconstruction, she as Litchi still attempts to selfishly [[WeDoTheImpossible do the impossible]] with just her [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]]/[[ThePowerOfLove love]] with said friend keeping her to not fall, friendship]], even if she regretfully [[AntiVillain had to compromise her morals]] by [[ForcedIntoEvil joining an]] ObviouslyEvil group of people... people. [[spoiler:[[WrongGenreSavvy and NOTHING Nothing comes out of it]], and she's it]]. She even going goes along with a world-destroying plan to save Arakune, as it was her friend (albeit with remorse), as she completely ran out of option, and the heroes obviously put a halt on that.only option to save him.]]
** And like the trope description, in In the middle of doing her task, she also genuinely reached out and befriended a kid with psychosis issues, Carl Clover. It was enough that [[spoiler:Carl eventually stuck with her even when she's going along with the world-destroying plan, and by the end of it, one of them becomes the sidekick of the other as they put the one with the world-destroying plan (Carl's father, Relius) on their leash and possibly direct him to do what they like.]]
21st Sep '16 11:56:33 PM Kirayoshi
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** After Milo succeeds in rescuing Rhyme and Reason from the Mountains of Ignorance, Azaz and the Mathemagician reveal to him that TheQuest itself was an impossible task, and he only succeeded because [[AchievementsInIgnorance he didn't know the task was impossible]].
28th Aug '16 6:03:23 PM DPsycho
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* The stepmother sends her stepdaughter into the winter woods to get strawberries in ''Literature/TheThreeLittleMenInTheWood''.
28th Aug '16 6:01:06 PM DPsycho
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* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/jacobs/english/fishring.html The Fish and the Ring]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/russian/russianwondertales/vasiliiunlucky.html Vasilii the Unlucky]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/29devilgoldhairs.html The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs]], Literature/TheKingWhoWouldBeStrongerThanFate, and many other fairy tales, a man who discovers finds his child [[SelfFulfillingProphecies doomed]] to marry a poor child tries to kill them with many tasks, before and after the wedding; in the end, he fails.

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* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/jacobs/english/fishring.html The Fish and the Ring]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/russian/russianwondertales/vasiliiunlucky.html Vasilii the Unlucky]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/29devilgoldhairs.html The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs]], Literature/TheKingWhoWouldBeStrongerThanFate, and many other fairy tales, a man who discovers finds that his child is [[SelfFulfillingProphecies doomed]] to marry a poor child tries to kill them with many tasks, before and after the wedding; in the end, he fails.
12th Aug '16 12:14:35 AM PaulA
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* Discussed in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'' by LoisMcMasterBujold:
-->'''Illyan''': Do you know all those old folk tales where the Count tries to get rid of his only daughter's unsuitable suitor by giving him three impossible tasks?\\
'''Ekaterin''': Yes...\\
'''Illyan''': Don't ever try that with [[MagnificentBastard Miles]]. Just... don't.

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* Discussed in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'' ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'' by LoisMcMasterBujold:
-->'''Illyan''':
Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold:
-->'''Illyan:'''
Do you know all those old folk tales where the Count tries to get rid of his only daughter's unsuitable suitor by giving him three impossible tasks?\\
'''Ekaterin''': '''Ekaterin:''' Yes...\\
'''Illyan''': '''Illyan:''' Don't ever try that with [[MagnificentBastard Miles]]. Just... don't.
5th Aug '16 7:22:08 PM Goldfritha
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Sometimes the challenge is answered like a riddle (e.g. when told to "Bring fire wrapped in paper," the hero returns with a paper lantern), sometimes by finding a witty way to demonstrate its impossibility (e.g. the king tells the peasant to bring him "yogurt made with bull's milk;" the peasant's daughter arrives the next day saying, "My father can't bring you that yogurt you asked for because he's giving birth to a baby.") Sometimes the hero returns a demand for appropriate supplies that are also an impossible task; given some thread to weave a scarf, the peasant's clever daughter sends the tsar a twig and says she needs the loom made of it.

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Sometimes the challenge is answered like a riddle (e.g. when told to "Bring fire wrapped in paper," the hero returns with a paper lantern), sometimes by finding a witty way to demonstrate its impossibility (e.g. the king tells the peasant to bring him "yogurt made with bull's milk;" the peasant's daughter arrives the next day saying, "My father can't bring you that yogurt you asked for because he's giving birth to a baby.") Sometimes the hero returns a demand for appropriate supplies that are also an impossible task; given some thread to weave a scarf, the peasant's clever daughter sends the tsar a twig and says she needs the loom made of it. Tasks made impossible by exhaustively excluding all possibilities generally entail a LiminalBeing or a LiminalTime, where something that is half between two possibilities, and so not fully either, can do it.
28th Jul '16 12:17:03 AM PaulA
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* In ''Ironside'' by Creator/HollyBlack the pixie Kaye is forbidden from seeing the one she loves until she can find a [[CannotTellALie faerie that can tell a lie]], but promised his hand if she can. She solves this by [[spoiler: claiming she is able to lie, without mentioning that she means lay down on the ground. Which is [[FridgeBrilliance a sort of lie in itself]]]].

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* In ''Ironside'' ''Literature/{{Ironside}}'' by Creator/HollyBlack the pixie Kaye is forbidden from seeing the one she loves until she can find a [[CannotTellALie faerie that can tell a lie]], but promised his hand if she can. She solves this by [[spoiler: claiming [[spoiler:claiming she is able to lie, without mentioning that she means lay lie down on the ground. Which is [[FridgeBrilliance a sort of lie in itself]]]].itself]].
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