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19th Apr '16 9:08:46 AM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'': The "little mistake" that blows an [[ThePerfectCrime otherwise perfect]] bank robbery wide open is that one of the crooks brought his own car to the scene of the crime, [[SpannerInTheWorks which then had its license plate written down by a kid with a hobby of collecting license plate numbers]], which he then gave to the police, who investigated all of the people with cars that were near the scene of the crime.
10th Jan '16 9:13:37 PM HamburgerTime
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s first BigBad, Sosuke Aizen, might very well have won had he not, as a demonstration of his new "evolved" power, killed the supposedly indestructible "janitor" of the Precipice World to show that the laws of reality were now beyond. Isshin and Ichigo Kuroski take advantage of this to give Ichigo months' worth of training in the space of a few hours, as the Precipice World is subject to TimeDilation; ordinarily, the janitor would kill anything in there that long, but Aizen had already killed it. When Ichigo emerges, he is far stronger than Aizen. Given Aizen's nature as TheChessmaster he might very well have intended this, as he'd been pitting his new powers against successively stronger opponents to evolve them further, but even so it [[GoneHorriblyRight didn't end well for him]].

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s first BigBad, Sosuke Aizen, might very well have won had he not, as a demonstration of his new "evolved" power, killed the supposedly indestructible "janitor" of the Precipice World to show that the laws of reality were now beyond.beneath him. Isshin and Ichigo Kuroski take advantage of this to give Ichigo months' worth of training in the space of a few hours, as the Precipice World is subject to TimeDilation; ordinarily, the janitor would kill anything in there that long, but Aizen had already killed it. When Ichigo emerges, he is far stronger than Aizen. Given Aizen's nature as TheChessmaster he might very well have intended this, as he'd been pitting his new powers against successively stronger opponents to evolve them further, but even so it [[GoneHorriblyRight didn't end well for him]].
10th Jan '16 9:13:14 PM HamburgerTime
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s first BigBad, Sosuke Aizen, might very well have won had he not, as a demonstration of his new "evolved" power, killed the supposedly indestructible "janitor" of the Precipice World to show that the laws of reality were now beyond. Isshin and Ichigo Kuroski take advantage of this to give Ichigo months' worth of training in the space of a few hours, as the Precipice World is subject to TimeDilation; ordinarily, the janitor would kill anything in there that long, but Aizen had already killed it. When Ichigo emerges, he is far stronger than Aizen. Given Aizen's nature as TheChessmaster he might very well have intended this, as he'd been pitting his new powers against successively stronger opponents to evolve them further, but even so it [[GoneHorriblyRight didn't end well for him]].
9th Dec '15 11:13:05 PM JRDelta
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* Subverted in ''Film/TheLastSeduction'', when the imprisoned Mike realizes that Bridget made one mistake in her master plan involving a name tag on a mailbox. [[spoiler: The film ends with Bridget slipping the tag out of the mailbox and driving off in a very pricey car.]]
21st Oct '15 7:20:13 PM R1ck
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* The talk between Harry and Voldemort in the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. Paraphased and with coarser language, it goes something like this. "You made just one little mistake! You didn't know that [[spoiler:the ownership of the unbeatable wand transferred from Dumbledore to Draco Malfoy, and from him to me, giving me instant victory in this duel, BIATCH!"]]

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* The talk between Harry and Voldemort in the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. Paraphased and with coarser language, it goes something like this. "You made just one little mistake! You didn't know that [[spoiler:the ownership of the unbeatable wand transferred from Dumbledore to Draco Malfoy, and from him to me, giving me instant victory in this duel, BIATCH!"]]duel!"]]
22nd Sep '15 12:53:07 PM ElectricZ
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', circumstantial evidence points to Hawkeye being responsible for a series of petty thefts around the 4077th. He lets it be known that the stolen items have all been collected in one location for fingerprinting, anticipating that the real thief would come for them to conceal the evidence. When the evidence goes missing that night, Hawkeye gathers the staff and informs them that the stolen items had all been covered with a chemical compound that would turn the thief's fingernails blue. Everyone in the tent looks at their hands -- except for [[spoiler: Ho-Jan]] who immediately hides his hands under the table. He then holds them up, happily showing his fingernails are normal, but it's too late. Hawkeye had been bluffing about the chemical and was just watching to see who would panic.
22nd Aug '15 11:50:11 AM kchishol
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* The notorious Son of Sam SerialKiller was caught because his car got a parking ticket, which gave the police a vital clue to find him.
10th Apr '15 12:51:47 PM LentilSandEater
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* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' interestingly inverted this in one episode, in which Goren let it slip to a suspect's wife that their recovered body was missing a tooth cap. The perp, who prided himself on [[CluelessMystery clueless murders]], proceeded to tear his garage apart looking for the tooth cap, and the detectives strolled in in the morning to see him cackling madly about dental equipment. Of course, [[spoiler:turns out there was no tooth cap,]] so maybe this is more of a subversion.
** In any case, the trope was played with.
** A similar example was done in a Columbo episode.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' interestingly inverted exploited this in one episode, in which Goren let it slip to a suspect's wife that their recovered body was missing a tooth cap. The perp, who prided himself on [[CluelessMystery clueless murders]], proceeded to tear his garage apart looking for the tooth cap, and the detectives strolled in in the morning to see him cackling madly about dental equipment. Of course, [[spoiler:turns out there was no tooth cap,]] so maybe this is more of a subversion.
** In any case, the trope was played with.
** A similar example was done in a Columbo episode.
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7th Apr '15 9:45:49 AM Premonition45
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This might happen in a CluelessMystery. Also see BluffingTheMurderer, PullingTheThread, SpottingTheThread.

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This might happen in a CluelessMystery. Also see BluffingTheMurderer, PullingTheThread, SpottingTheThread.PullingTheThread.
6th Apr '15 10:46:54 PM Premonition45
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This might happen in a CluelessMystery. Also see BluffingTheMurderer, PullTheThread.

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This might happen in a CluelessMystery. Also see BluffingTheMurderer, PullTheThread.PullingTheThread, SpottingTheThread.
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