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12th Sep '17 5:36:25 AM VicGeorge2011
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* A priest goes to visit the house of one of the congregants whom he hasn't seen in church for a while. He knocks on the door but there is no answer. So he writes a Scripture reference on a card, Revelation 3:20 ("Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."), and leaves it in the congregant's mail slot. On the following Sunday, the congregant shows up in church and, along with his offering, writes a Scripture reference on a card which the priest receives and reads. The Scripture reference is Genesis 3:10. ("And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.")
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12th Sep '17 5:33:50 AM VicGeorge2011
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* A priest goes to visit the house of one of the congregants whom he hasn't seen in church for a while. He knocks on the door but there is no answer. So he writes a Scripture reference on a card, Revelation 3:20 ("Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."), and leaves it in the congregant's mail slot. On the following Sunday, the congregant shows up in church and, along with his offering, writes a Scripture reference on a card which the priest receives and reads. The Scripture reference is Genesis 3:10. ("And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.)

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* A priest goes to visit the house of one of the congregants whom he hasn't seen in church for a while. He knocks on the door but there is no answer. So he writes a Scripture reference on a card, Revelation 3:20 ("Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."), and leaves it in the congregant's mail slot. On the following Sunday, the congregant shows up in church and, along with his offering, writes a Scripture reference on a card which the priest receives and reads. The Scripture reference is Genesis 3:10. ("And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.)")
12th Sep '17 5:32:56 AM VicGeorge2011
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* A priest goes to visit the house of one of the congregants whom he hasn't seen in church for a while. He knocks on the door but there is no answer. So he writes a Scripture reference on a card, Revelation 3:20 ("Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."), and leaves it in the congregant's mail slot. On the following Sunday, the congregant shows up in church and, along with his offering, writes a Scripture reference on a card which the priest receives and reads. The Scripture reference is Genesis 3:10. ("And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.)
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8th Sep '17 9:44:49 PM Kalaong
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* In ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', Kirk and [=McCoy=] are trapped on a Klingon prison planet and about to be executed, when a villain decides that it's [[JustBetweenYouAndMe okay to tell them what's really been going on]]. In that moment Spock beams them up to the ''Enterprise''.
-->'''Kirk:''' No! No! Of all the -- son of a -- Couldn't you have waited two seconds? They were just about to tell us the whole thing!\\
'''Chekov:''' You want to go back?\\
'''[=McCoy=]:''' Absolutely ''not!''

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* In ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', Kirk and [=McCoy=] are trapped on get caught escaping from a Siberian prison camp - [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything oops]] - Klingon prison planet colony and are about to be executed, when a villain decides that it's [[JustBetweenYouAndMe okay to tell them what's really been going on]]. In that moment Spock beams them up to the ''Enterprise''.
executed...
-->'''Kirk:''' No! No! Of all the -- son of a -- Couldn't you have waited two seconds? They were just about "Killed while trying to tell us the whole thing!\\
'''Chekov:''' You want to go back?\\
escape."\\
'''[=McCoy=]:''' Damned clever if you ask me.\\
'''Kirk''': It's a classic.\\
'''Klingon Commandant''': That's what he wanted.\\
'''Kirk''': Who? Who wanted us killed?\\
'''Klingon Commandant''': Since you're all going to die anyway, [[JustBetweenYouAndMe why not tell you]]? HisNameIs\\
'''Enterprise''': (transporter beam!)\\
'''Klingon Commandant''': (phaser fire)\\
'''Kirk''': Son of a... Couldn't you have waited ''two seconds?''\\
'''Spock''': Captain...?\\
'''Kirk''': They were just about to tell us the ''whole thing!''\\
'''Chekov''': You want to go back?\\
'''[=McCoy=]''':
Absolutely ''not!''''not!''\\
'''Kirk''': It's ''cold!''
12th Aug '17 11:07:33 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Onni gets called to help in a battle far away, and comes to help as his spirit self. Meanwhile, his physical body, which is for all intents and purposes unconscious, is in the same room as the three children he had been supervising. The children in question like "playing hairdresser salon".
31st Jul '17 12:16:37 PM WillKeaton
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* Something vitally plot important -- Yeah, NiceJobBreakingItHero!

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* Something vitally plot important -- Yeah, NiceJobBreakingItHero!
NiceJobBreakingItHero
20th Jul '17 7:24:36 AM SpawnofKong
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* PlayedForDrama in ''[[Film/TheFrighteners The Frighteners]]'': hero Frank Bannister has temporarily put himself in a death-like state, so that his ghost can find the supernatural killer wreaking havoc. He's revived an hour later -- had it been any later, his body would have undergone permanent, irreparable damage -- but since his ghost was halfway across town at the time, had unmasked the killer, and was very close to defeating him before being interrupted, the timing of his revival counts as this trope.

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* PlayedForDrama in ''[[Film/TheFrighteners The Frighteners]]'': hero Frank Bannister has temporarily put himself in a death-like state, so that his ghost can find the supernatural killer wreaking havoc. He's revived an hour later -- had it been any later, his body would have undergone permanent, irreparable damage -- but since his ghost was halfway across town at the time, had unmasked the killer, and was very close to defeating him before being interrupted, yanked back to the land of the living, the timing of his revival counts as this trope.
13th Jul '17 3:17:22 PM StFan
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This is the case of the [[TitleDrop Inconvenient Summons]]. The [[SummoningRitual summoned]] character may be a genie with an impressively well stocked lamp/home, a [[SummonMagic summoned entity]] with his/her/its own life on their home plane, or even a human courtesy of TeleportersAndTransporters or [[SummonEverymanHero magic.]]

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This is the case of the [[TitleDrop Inconvenient Summons]].Summons. The [[SummoningRitual summoned]] character may be a genie with an impressively well stocked lamp/home, a [[SummonMagic summoned entity]] with his/her/its own life on their home plane, or even a human courtesy of TeleportersAndTransporters or [[SummonEverymanHero magic.]]



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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ,'' Vegeta has just come back to life and is about to shoot Freeza, when [[spoiler:Dende wishes everyone except Freeza and Goku to earth.]]
-->'''Vegeta:''' Oh really, can a ghost do this, Freeza?[[{{Irony}} *disappears*]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail''

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ,'' Vegeta has just come back to life and is about to shoot Freeza, when [[spoiler:Dende wishes everyone except Freeza and Goku to earth.Earth.]]
-->'''Vegeta:''' Oh really, can a ghost do this, Freeza?[[{{Irony}} *disappears*]]
Freeza? ''[[[{{Irony}} disappears]]]''
* ''Manga/FairyTail''''Manga/FairyTail'':



** The series tries to defy this, as Celestial Wizards are supposed to work out contracts with their spirits to determine the proper times a spirit can be summoned. This is sometimes used to put Lucy in trouble(or keep her out of it) because she can't call on a spirit that would otherwise easily end the situation.

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** The series tries to defy this, as Celestial Wizards are supposed to work out contracts with their spirits to determine the proper times a spirit can be summoned. This is sometimes used to put Lucy in trouble(or trouble (or keep her out of it) because she can't call on a spirit that would otherwise easily end the situation.



* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':



* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}''

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* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}''''Anime/{{Naruto}}'':



* This was the basic plot of a ''Comicbook/TheDefenders'' story arc, where Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the Incredible Hulk were cursed to assemble whenever one of them discovered a threat to the planet. Their frustration and anger at the situation was increasingly PlayedForDrama, until they got sick of it and decided to take over the world to ensure its safety.
* Happened a lot of the time in the original ''ComicBook/AdamStrange'' stories; after an adventure is over, Adam and Alanna would have a romantic moment and the Zeta Beam that brought him to Rann wears off and he is immediately returned to Earth.
* In ''[[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki: Agent of Asgard]]'' the All-Mother of Asgard has a habit of calling on Loki whenever they're doing something, like trying to socialise with their human neighbours, playing video-games, or taking a shower.

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* This was is the basic plot of a ''Comicbook/TheDefenders'' story arc, where Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the Incredible Hulk were are cursed to assemble whenever one of them discovered discovers a threat to the planet. Their frustration and anger at the situation was is increasingly PlayedForDrama, until they got get sick of it and decided decide to take over the world to ensure its safety.
* Happened Happens a lot of the time in the original ''ComicBook/AdamStrange'' stories; after an adventure is over, Adam and Alanna would have a romantic moment and the Zeta Beam that brought him to Rann wears off and he is immediately returned to Earth.
* In ''[[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki: Agent of Asgard]]'' ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', the All-Mother of Asgard has a habit of calling on Loki whenever they're doing something, like trying to socialise with their human neighbours, playing video-games, or taking a shower.



** Likewise in the live-action play (at California Adventure), the Genie is summoned mid-shower.



* ''Literature/{{Chrestomanci}}''

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* Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia

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* Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':



** ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'' even discusses the trope in-universe when the Pevensie kids talk about how they were summoned immediately without having a choice, and then mention how in fairy tales nobody ever thinks about how inconvenient it is for the fairy, genie, etc...

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** ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'' even discusses the trope in-universe when the Pevensie kids talk about how they were summoned immediately without having a choice, and then mention how in fairy tales nobody ever thinks about how inconvenient it is for the fairy, genie, etc...etc.



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''

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* This happens a few times on ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', usually while summoning ghosts.
* This happened many times on ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''.

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* %%* This happens a few times on ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', usually while summoning ghosts.
* %%* This happened many times on ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''.



* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** Thor has made a regular habit out of doing this to O'Neill. The first time, Jack was in the middle of giving a speech when he was teleported to a ship [[spoiler:full of Replicators]]. Oddly enough, Thor himself was never in the middle of something when summoned.
** One episode made a running gag of this, with one of Earth's ships beaming Daniel Jackson on board from a planet's surface, usually right in the middle of him trying to explain to some villagers that there was no magic, he was not a god, etc.
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* ''Series/StargateSG1''
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** Thor has made a regular habit out of doing this to O'Neill. The first time, Jack was is in the middle of giving a speech when he was is teleported to a ship [[spoiler:full of Replicators]]. Oddly enough, Thor himself was is never in the middle of something when summoned.
** One episode made makes a running gag of this, with one of Earth's ships beaming Daniel Jackson on board from a planet's surface, usually right in the middle of him trying to explain to some villagers that there was is no magic, he was is not a god, etc.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':



* ''Series/BabylonFive''

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* ''Series/BabylonFive''''Series/BabylonFive'':



* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In the "Mindwarp" substory of ''Trial of a Timelord'', the Doctor is in the middle of helping the slaves of Thoros Beta to overthrow their rulers, and attempt to save Peri from having an alien consciousness inserted into her brain (which would kill her own consciousness), when the Time Lords forcefully teleport him out to their spacestation courtroom for the eponymous trial. Luckily the revolt -- and the rescue of Peri -- succeed as planned in his absence.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
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** In the "Mindwarp" substory of ''Trial "Trial of a Timelord'', Timelord", the Doctor is in the middle of helping the slaves of Thoros Beta to overthrow their rulers, and attempt to save Peri from having an alien consciousness inserted into her brain (which would kill her own consciousness), when the Time Lords forcefully teleport him out to their spacestation courtroom for the eponymous trial. Luckily the revolt -- and the rescue of Peri -- succeed as planned in his absence.



* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}''. Inverted in "The End". Castiel wants a meeting with Dean, who rather testily informs him that as a mortal he needs to sleep, say for four hours. Exactly four hours later Cas teleports Dean to his location, just as he was about to be killed by Zachariah.

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* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}''.''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Inverted in "The End". Castiel wants a meeting with Dean, who rather testily informs him that as a mortal he needs to sleep, say for four hours. Exactly four hours later Cas teleports Dean to his location, just as he was about to be killed by Zachariah.



* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Holly was called at up one point wearing a nightcap, claiming he was sleeping. The gang [[LampshadeHanging points out computers shouldn't need sleep.]]

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* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', ''Series/RedDwarf'':
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Holly was is called at up one point wearing a nightcap, claiming he was sleeping. The gang [[LampshadeHanging points out computers shouldn't need sleep.]]



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The spell "Summon Monster" summons a creature from another world and compells it to fight for the caster for the duration, sending it back (unharmed -- it is stuck in transmission and "projected" into our world) when the spell ends. With the abundance of dimensional travel, it is possible for a mage to meet the same creature later, and it is unlikely to be happy. More amusingly, since the spell always summons from worlds other than the one it is cast in, and always combat-capable creatures, a mage from another world may well end up summoning the [=PCs'=] party.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
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** The spell "Summon Monster" summons a creature from another world and compells compels it to fight for the caster for the duration, sending it back (unharmed -- it is stuck in transmission and "projected" into our world) when the spell ends. With the abundance of dimensional travel, it is possible for a mage to meet the same creature later, and it is unlikely to be happy. More amusingly, since the spell always summons from worlds other than the one it is cast in, and always combat-capable creatures, a mage from another world may well end up summoning the [=PCs'=] party.



** One version of the spell ''Refuge'' enchants an item so that the caster is teleported to it when the item is broken. The caster gets no choice in the matter.

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** One version of the spell ''Refuge'' "Refuge" enchants an item so that the caster is teleported to it when the item is broken. The caster gets no choice in the matter.



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* As in the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' movie, in the live-action play (at California Adventure), the Genie is summoned mid-shower.
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* In ''SonicAndTheBlackKnight'', Sonic is summoned into the world of King Arthur by Merlina while in the middle of a chili-dog feast. He manages to eat one of the chili-dogs that comes with him, but loses the other one with a BigNo as he and Merlina teleport away.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', many of the Warlock's summoned demons imply that they have much better things to be doing than attacking on the Warlock's behalf. Warlocks can also summon other players, though the inconvenience is lost as the player in question must accept the summon.
** The demonic minions' opinions of their summoning tend to differ, however. Some minions, like the Wrathguard, are soldiers who are trained to follow commands. Others, like the Voidwalker and Voidlord, are stoic and take their summoning in stride (though they are visibly relieved when you send them back). Yet others, like the Fel Imp, seem to actually enjoy the summons, since it's like spending quality time with "their favorite warlock" (Of course, this is likely just flattery, since they've realized that the faster they cooperate, the faster they'll be returned).
* When summoned using an Assist Trophy in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'', [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Mr. Resetti]] may complain about being summoned without warning and will even tell you that his lower half, which is underground, only has a towel wrapped around it thanks to this trope.

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* In ''SonicAndTheBlackKnight'', ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheBlackKnight'', Sonic is summoned into the world of King Arthur by Merlina while in the middle of a chili-dog feast. He manages to eat one of the chili-dogs that comes with him, but loses the other one with a BigNo as he and Merlina teleport away.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', many of the Warlock's summoned demons imply that they have much better things to be doing than attacking on the Warlock's behalf. Warlocks can also summon other players, though the inconvenience is lost as the player in question must accept the summon.
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summon. The demonic minions' opinions of their summoning tend to differ, however. Some minions, like the Wrathguard, are soldiers who are trained to follow commands. Others, like the Voidwalker and Voidlord, are stoic and take their summoning in stride (though they are visibly relieved when you send them back). Yet others, like the Fel Imp, seem to actually enjoy the summons, since it's like spending quality time with "their favorite warlock" (Of course, this is likely just flattery, since they've realized that the faster they cooperate, the faster they'll be returned).
* When summoned using an Assist Trophy in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'', ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Mr. Resetti]] may complain about being summoned without warning and will even tell you that his lower half, which is underground, only has a towel wrapped around it thanks to this trope.



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':



** Haley summons Celia (unintentionally) while she is sleeping. She is angry at first because she thinks that it's her mother to ask why she isn't married yet, but when it turns out to be Haley, that's OK to her.

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** Haley summons Celia (unintentionally) while she is sleeping. She is angry at first because she thinks that it's her mother to ask asking why she isn't married yet, but when it turns out to be Haley, that's OK to her.



'''Fiendish Rat:''' (''summoned by the goblin cleric'') Darn it! I can't believe this guy summoned me RIGHT when I was alphabetizing my spice rack!

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'''Fiendish Rat:''' (''summoned ''[summoned by the goblin cleric'') cleric]'' Darn it! I can't believe this guy summoned me RIGHT when I was alphabetizing my spice rack!



* ''Podcast/RandomAssault'': Mitch has said that he can be summoned very much like Candyman, where if his name is uttered into a mirror a number of times, he will be summoned to that person.

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* ''Podcast/RandomAssault'': ''Podcast/RandomAssault'':
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Mitch has said that he can be summoned very much like Candyman, where if his name is uttered into a mirror a number of times, he will be summoned to that person.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''A Lad in His Lamp'', WesternAnimation/BugsBunny finds Aladdin's Lamp, and keeps catching the genie at bad times (bathing, dining, on a date with a female genie...). Eventually he tells Bugs that [[BerserkButton if it happens one more time]], [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he'll regret it]] -- and Bugs, trickster that he is, hands the lamp over to the bad guy.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''A "A Lad in His Lamp'', Lamp", WesternAnimation/BugsBunny finds Aladdin's Lamp, and keeps catching the genie at bad times (bathing, dining, on a date with a female genie...). Eventually he tells Bugs that [[BerserkButton if it happens one more time]], [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he'll regret it]] -- and Bugs, trickster that he is, hands the lamp over to the bad guy.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Twilight summons Discord while he's showering, along with the shower. Though [[{{Trickster}} knowing him]] he probably invoked it deliberately.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Wanda kept summoning Dr Rip Studwell when he was in the middle of something which ironically wasn't his job as a doctor.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Twilight summons Discord while he's showering, along with the shower. Though [[{{Trickster}} [[TheTrickster knowing him]] he probably invoked it deliberately.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Wanda kept summoning Dr Dr. Rip Studwell when he was in the middle of something which ironically wasn't his job as a doctor.



* According to legend, UsefulNotes/SirFrancisDrake was playing a game of bowls on Plymouth Harbour when the Spanish Armada was sighted invading England. He finished the game, before boarding his ship and beating the crap out of the invaders. [[/folder]]

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* According to legend, UsefulNotes/SirFrancisDrake was playing a game of bowls on Plymouth Harbour when the Spanish Armada was sighted invading England. He finished the game, before boarding his ship and beating the crap out of the invaders. invaders.
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10th Jul '17 10:29:11 AM ngh93
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'''[=McCoy=]:''' ''Absolutely not!''

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'''[=McCoy=]:''' ''Absolutely not!''Absolutely ''not!''
9th Jul '17 6:52:31 PM ngh93
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