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6th Jul '16 1:32:07 PM FordPrefect
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* According to both myth and historical record, Cao Cao - the King of Wei most known for his starring role in the ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' - was assessed by a renowned sage, who was famous for always being able to tell someone's true potential. He stated that Cao Cao would be 'A decent administrator in peaceful times, or a blood-stained hero in chaotic times.' A few years later, the long period of civil war known as the Three Kingdoms Period got started, and Cao Cao lived up the prediction by turning the crisis into his opportunity - eventually outmaneuvering both Wu and Shu, and seizing control of all China with the formation of a new Dynasty (it didn't last more than three generations before his trusted strategist, Sima Yi, pulled an EvilChancellor and seized power for himself - but by then, Cao Cao was several years in the grave, so you can hardly blame him for that).

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* According to both myth and historical record, Cao Cao - the King of Wei most known for his starring role in the ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' - was assessed by a renowned sage, who was famous for always being able to tell someone's true potential. He stated that Cao Cao would be 'A decent administrator in peaceful times, or a blood-stained hero in chaotic times.' A few years later, the long period of civil war known as the Three Kingdoms Period got started, and Cao Cao lived up to the prediction by turning the crisis into his opportunity - eventually outmaneuvering both Wu and Shu, and seizing control of all China with the formation of a new Dynasty (it didn't last more than three generations before his trusted strategist, Sima Yi, pulled an EvilChancellor and seized power for himself - but by then, Cao Cao was several years in the grave, so you can hardly blame him for that).
5th Jul '16 10:06:20 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* What started as, as Creator/TomBergeron put it, "Mother Nature and Uncle Sam [undergoing] family counseling" on July 4, 2016 ended with one of the most patriotic editions of ''A Capitol Fourth'' yet.

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* What started as, as Creator/TomBergeron Tom Bergeron put it, "Mother Nature and Uncle Sam [undergoing] family counseling" on July 4, 2016 ended with one of the most patriotic editions broadcasts of ''A Capitol Fourth'' yet.
5th Jul '16 10:05:36 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* What started as, as Creator/TomBergeron put it, "Mother Nature and Uncle Sam [undergoing] family counseling" on July 4, 2016 ended with one of the most patriotic editions of ''A Capitol Fourth'' yet.
-->'''Creator/{{PBS}}''': We showed a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years. It was the patriotic thing to do.
10th Jun '16 1:18:38 PM Doug86
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** This is also how [[RedOctober the revolution of 1917]] came to pass - if not for {{World War I}}'s devastating effects on the country, it would've been much harder - if not impossible - to pull off.

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** This is also how [[RedOctober the revolution of 1917]] came to pass - if not for {{World War I}}'s UsefulNotes/WorldWarI's devastating effects on the country, it would've been much harder - if not impossible - to pull off.
21st May '16 6:29:42 AM KCN
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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absurdistan_%28novel%29 Absurdistan]]'' by Gary Shteyngart is set in a former Soviet republic whose two major ethnic groups are long-divided by a rather unimportant issue. It turns out the ethnic leaders, actually quite good friends, stir the ethnic hatred in order to profit from oil.
4th May '16 6:22:46 AM Kalaong
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* This is ''the'' primary tactic Petyr Baelish uses in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', by his own admission. He creates crises to upset the status quo and to [[OpportunisticBastard take advantage of whatever opportunities then present themselves]] in the resulting chaos. The scale of this is hard to grasp in the earlier books, but it soon becomes apparent that [[spoiler:his destabilising actions could very well be said to be responsible for the entire war, at least in aggregate.]]

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* This is ''the'' primary tactic [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRS8a8HjqFs Petyr Baelish Baelish]] uses in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', by his own admission. He creates crises to upset the status quo and to [[OpportunisticBastard take advantage of whatever opportunities then present themselves]] in the resulting chaos. The scale of this is hard to grasp in the earlier books, but it soon becomes apparent that [[spoiler:his destabilising actions could very well be said to be responsible for the entire war, at least in aggregate.]]aggregate; just to name three of his numerous plots, he had Jon Arryn poisoned, he framed Tyrion Lannister for the attempted assassination of Bran Stark, and - perhaps most catastrophically - he put the Iron Throne over ''twenty million gold dragons'' in debt to the Iron Bank.]]
-->Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some, are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.
28th Mar '16 9:13:30 PM SandyGunfox
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** Political advocacy organizations frequently capitalize on related tragedies or news, because they tend to prompt an increase in donation spending.


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* Large charities such as the Red Cross often put out new advertising campaigns when a major disaster strikes - [[TropesAreNotBad in response to sudden increase in need]], but also because donations skyrocket in the aftermath of disasters.
25th Mar '16 1:19:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* As it turns out in the Soviet victory scenario in ''[[CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert]]'', the entire Russian war effort was a {{plan}} by Kane to expand the USSR, then topple it, and use the ensuing chaos to strengthen the Brotherhood of Nod.

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* As it turns out in the Soviet victory scenario in ''[[CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert]]'', ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'', the entire Russian war effort was a {{plan}} by Kane to expand the USSR, then topple it, and use the ensuing chaos to strengthen the Brotherhood of Nod.
11th Mar '16 8:27:17 AM StFan
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->'''Prof. Harold Hill''': Now, Marcellus, I need some ideas if I'm gonna get your town out of the serious trouble it's in.
->'''Marcellus''': River City ain't in any trouble.
->'''Hill''': We're gonna have to create some.

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->'''Prof. Harold Hill''': Hill:''' Now, Marcellus, I need some ideas if I'm gonna get your town out of the serious trouble it's in.
->'''Marcellus''':
in.\\
'''Marcellus:'''
River City ain't in any trouble.
->'''Hill''':
trouble.\\
'''Hill:'''
We're gonna have to create some.






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* In ''CodeGeass'', Lelouch accidentally [[spoiler:orders Euphemia to commit genocide]], and mere minutes later, grabbed the opportunity to use the incident to start a war.
* In episode 2 of {{Literature/Gate}}, the Empire attacks the JSDF forces with an army of over three hundred thousand troops. Unfortunately they suffer heavy losses in CurbStompBattle after battle, within a matter of days. The Emperor however, sent none of their troops into battle; instead they had tributary nations send their troops to their deaths. Turns out the Emperor purposely did this to whittle his allied nation's military strength, lest they decide to turn on the Empire itself. He later orders a SaltTheEarth policy in the surrounding regions to further quell any attempts at rebellion under the guise of denying the enemy JSDF forces resources.

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* In ''CodeGeass'', ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch accidentally [[spoiler:orders Euphemia to commit genocide]], and mere minutes later, grabbed grabs the opportunity to use the incident to start a war.
* In episode 2 of {{Literature/Gate}}, ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', the Empire attacks the JSDF forces with an army of over three hundred thousand troops. Unfortunately they suffer heavy losses in CurbStompBattle after battle, within a matter of days. The Emperor however, sent none of their troops into battle; instead they had tributary nations send their troops to their deaths. Turns out the Emperor purposely did this to whittle his allied nation's military strength, lest they decide to turn on the Empire itself. He later orders a SaltTheEarth policy in the surrounding regions to further quell any attempts at rebellion under the guise of denying the enemy JSDF forces resources.



* This is the basis for a major plot in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''. [[spoiler:It was the one by Ozymandias.]]
* The Vultures in ''ThePhantom'' are a criminal organisation devoted to doing this trope in the most cynical way possible: they watch for other people's crises and show up to rob everyone when they're vulnerable.

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* This is the basis for a major plot in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. [[spoiler:It was the one by Ozymandias.]]
* The Vultures in ''ThePhantom'' are a criminal organisation devoted to doing this trope in the most cynical way possible: they watch for other people's crises and show up to rob everyone when they're vulnerable.
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* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', [[spoiler:Prince Hans]]'s original plan was to seduce Princess Anna, and then arrange an accident to eliminate Queen Elsa, so Anna would become Queen of Arendelle (implying that he would then have Anna eliminated so he would become king). When Elsa's [[AnIcePerson ice powers]] were revealed to the public and Elsa accidentally froze Anna's heart, he chose to leave her to die, tell the cabinet that he and Anna said their vows before her untimely death, and have Elsa condemned for killing her sister.

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* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', [[spoiler:Prince Hans]]'s original plan was The Vultures in ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' are a criminal organisation devoted to seduce Princess Anna, doing this trope in the most cynical way possible: they watch for other people's crises and then arrange an accident show up to eliminate Queen Elsa, so Anna would become Queen of Arendelle (implying that he would then have Anna eliminated so he would become king). When Elsa's [[AnIcePerson ice powers]] were revealed to the public and Elsa accidentally froze Anna's heart, he chose to leave her to die, tell the cabinet that he and Anna said their vows before her untimely death, and have Elsa condemned for killing her sister.rob everyone when they're vulnerable.



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* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', [[spoiler:Prince Hans]]'s original plan was to seduce Princess Anna, and then arrange an accident to eliminate Queen Elsa, so Anna would become Queen of Arendelle (implying that he would then have Anna eliminated so he would become king). When Elsa's [[AnIcePerson ice powers]] were revealed to the public and Elsa accidentally froze Anna's heart, he chose to leave her to die, tell the cabinet that he and Anna said their vows before her untimely death, and have Elsa condemned for killing her sister.
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* This is ''the'' primary tactic Petyr Baelish uses in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', by his own admission. He creates crises to upset the status quo and to [[OpportunisticBastard take advantage of whatever opportunities then present themselves]] in the resulting chaos. The scale of this is hard to grasp in the earlier books, but it soon becomes apparent that [[spoiler:his destabilising actions could very well be said to be responsible for the entire war, at least in aggregate.]]

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* This is ''the'' primary tactic Petyr Baelish uses in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', by his own admission. He creates crises to upset the status quo and to [[OpportunisticBastard take advantage of whatever opportunities then present themselves]] in the resulting chaos. The scale of this is hard to grasp in the earlier books, but it soon becomes apparent that [[spoiler:his destabilising actions could very well be said to be responsible for the entire war, at least in aggregate.]]



-->'''Grace Lyons''': ''Thatís whatís so tricky about these systems. Youíre right, of course, but that doesnít change the fact that you use being right to seize and hoard power. And when you concentrate that power in the hands of a few bureaucrats, they get stingy with it.''

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-->'''Grace Lyons''': ''Thatís whatís Lyons:''' That's what's so tricky about these systems. Youíre You're right, of course, but that doesnít doesn't change the fact that you use being right to seize and hoard power. And when you concentrate that power in the hands of a few bureaucrats, they get stingy with it.''



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8th Mar '16 10:51:19 AM Kalaong
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* A core problem in Myke Cole's ''Literature/ShadowOps''; After TheMagicComesBack, the chaos of humans unused to possessing MagicAndPowers enables every government in the world to remove many civil liberties - especially those of "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Latents]]". The catch is of course that their goal is merely to ''control'' the crisis, and in fact take every step they can to ''extend'' and even '''exacerbate''' it - [[spoiler:When a FantasticDrug is developed to help Latents control their abilities, they nationalize it and use it to enhance their {{Mage Killer}}s and imprison/kill every Latent who won't submit to being enslaved]].
-->'''Grace Lyons''': ''Thatís whatís so tricky about these systems. Youíre right, of course, but that doesnít change the fact that you use being right to seize and hoard power. And when you concentrate that power in the hands of a few bureaucrats, they get stingy with it.''
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