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30th Jan '16 5:34:16 AM Willbyr
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Can invoke DiabolusExMachina and/or a ShockingSwerve if done particularly suddenly. Nearly always invokes MoodWhiplash. Can sometimes be averted by a [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrificial]] DivingSave.
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Can invoke DiabolusExMachina and/or a ShockingSwerve if done particularly suddenly. Nearly always invokes MoodWhiplash. Can sometimes be averted by a [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrificial]] {{Heroic Sacrific|e}}ial DivingSave.

Not to be confused with [[Film/LookBothWays the film of the same name.]]
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Not to be confused with [[Film/LookBothWays the film of the same name.]]name]].

* Happened to [[spoiler: Levin's girlfriend Karen]] in Manga/CaptainTsubasa. [[spoiler: She was in a hurry to go to Levin's latest match, carelessly tried to cross the road... and got hit ''by a truck'' for her trouble.]]
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* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'': ** Happened to [[spoiler: Levin's girlfriend Karen]] in Manga/CaptainTsubasa.Karen]]. [[spoiler: She was in a hurry to go to Levin's latest match, carelessly tried to cross the road... and got hit ''by a truck'' for her trouble.]]

* Happens to Hayate in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaTheMovie2ndAs Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd A's]]''. In this case, she did look both ways and waited for the stop light to turn green for her. Unfortunately, the driver of the truck had fallen asleep on the wheel, only waking up when braking and swerving wouldn't have been enough to avoid her. Fortunately, this was the event that triggered her powers in the movie, leaving a confused truck driver to wonder where the crippled little girl he almost hit went.
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* Happens to Hayate in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaTheMovie2ndAs Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd A's]]''.''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaTheMovie2ndAs''. In this case, she did look both ways and waited for the stop light to turn green for her. Unfortunately, the driver of the truck had fallen asleep on the wheel, only waking up when braking and swerving wouldn't have been enough to avoid her. Fortunately, this was the event that triggered her powers in the movie, leaving a confused truck driver to wonder where the crippled little girl he almost hit went.

* A common cause of death for soon-to-be {{cynicism catalyst}}s and/or general dead loved ones in Manga/DetectiveConan. In example, we have [[spoiler: Takagi's BigBrotherMentor Date; he accidentally dropped his police notepad and a ring he kept for his girlfriend, tried to retrieve them... and got a face full of a car whose driver fell asleep at the wheel for his trouble.]]
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* A common cause of death for soon-to-be {{cynicism catalyst}}s and/or general dead loved ones in Manga/DetectiveConan.''Manga/DetectiveConan''. In example, we have [[spoiler: Takagi's BigBrotherMentor Date; he accidentally dropped his police notepad and a ring he kept for his girlfriend, tried to retrieve them... and got a face full of a car whose driver fell asleep at the wheel for his trouble.]]


* In Vladimir Nabokov's ''{{Lolita}}'', Humbert's wife Charlotte finds his diary, detailing his disdain for her and lust for her titular daughter, while said daughter is away at camp. Humiliated, she confronts him with the evidence and tells him she intends to take Lolita from the camp to a strict year-round boarding school and away from his grasp forever. However, crossing the street to post letters setting this plan in motion, she is killed by a passing motorist, leaving Humbert as Lolita's sole guardian. At least, that's [[UnreliableNarrator his version]]
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* In Vladimir Nabokov's ''{{Lolita}}'', ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'', Humbert's wife Charlotte finds his diary, detailing his disdain for her and lust for her titular daughter, while said daughter is away at camp. Humiliated, she confronts him with the evidence and tells him she intends to take Lolita from the camp to a strict year-round boarding school and away from his grasp forever. However, crossing the street to post letters setting this plan in motion, she is killed by a passing motorist, leaving Humbert as Lolita's sole guardian. At least, that's [[UnreliableNarrator his version]]

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* In Vladimir Nabokov's ''{{Lolita}}'', Humbert's wife Charlotte finds his diary, detailing his disdain for her and lust for her titular daughter, while said daughter is away at camp. Humiliated, she confronts him with the evidence and tells him she intends to take Lolita from the camp to a strict year-round boarding school and away from his grasp forever. However, crossing the street to post letters setting this plan in motion, she is killed by a passing motorist, leaving Humbert as Lolita's sole guardian. At least, that's [[UnreliableNarrator his version]]
20th Jan '16 6:31:26 AM Adept
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* Played with in ''TheTwelveKingdoms'', where [[spoiler: Seishuu]] dies this way when hit by a carriage. The twist comes because [[spoiler: he had gone blind a short while ago, thus whether he looked both ways or not... it wouldn't have mattered]]. * Subverted in ''FruitsBasket'', where [[spoiler: Tohru's mom Kyouko was fatally hit by a car because the driver actually had a lethal heart attack while driving. Oh, and because Kyou panicked from trying a DivingSave in fear of triggering his curse - needless to say, [[FailureKnight Kyou couldn't forgive himself for it]].]] * In an odd subversion, [[spoiler: Rei Asaka]] from ''OniisamaE'' pulls this with a ''train'', since [[spoiler: she]] fell on its path while [[spoiler: trying to recover a bouquet of roses that she was carrying as a gift to her date, Nanako.]] [[spoiler: This only happens in the anime; in the original manga, she kills herself with a durg overdose.]]
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* Played with in ''TheTwelveKingdoms'', ''Anime/TheTwelveKingdoms'', where [[spoiler: Seishuu]] dies this way when hit by a carriage. The twist comes because [[spoiler: he had gone blind a short while ago, thus whether he looked both ways or not... it wouldn't have mattered]]. * Subverted in ''FruitsBasket'', ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', where [[spoiler: Tohru's mom Kyouko was fatally hit by a car because the driver actually had a lethal heart attack while driving. Oh, and because Kyou panicked from trying a DivingSave in fear of triggering his curse - needless to say, [[FailureKnight Kyou couldn't forgive himself for it]].]] * In an odd subversion, [[spoiler: Rei Asaka]] from ''OniisamaE'' ''Manga/OniisamaE'' pulls this with a ''train'', since [[spoiler: she]] fell on its path while [[spoiler: trying to recover a bouquet of roses that she was carrying as a gift to her date, Nanako.]] [[spoiler: This only happens in the anime; in the original manga, she kills herself with a durg overdose.]]

* [[spoiler: Hanako-chan]] from ''HauntedJunction'' died like this, having been hit by a speeding car [[spoiler: when she was running away from her rockstar boyfriend's {{Loony Fan}}s, who were harrassing her.]] * Happened to [[spoiler: Levin's girlfriend Karen]] in CaptainTsubasa. [[spoiler: She was in a hurry to go to Levin's latest match, carelessly tried to cross the road... and got hit ''by a truck'' for her trouble.]]
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* [[spoiler: Hanako-chan]] from ''HauntedJunction'' ''Manga/HauntedJunction'' died like this, having been hit by a speeding car [[spoiler: when she was running away from her rockstar boyfriend's {{Loony Fan}}s, who were harrassing her.]] * Happened to [[spoiler: Levin's girlfriend Karen]] in CaptainTsubasa.Manga/CaptainTsubasa. [[spoiler: She was in a hurry to go to Levin's latest match, carelessly tried to cross the road... and got hit ''by a truck'' for her trouble.]]
16th Dec '15 5:54:54 PM MannyKitty8x
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Added Guardian Ghost to webcomics
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* ''Webcomic/GuardianGhost Max getting hit by a car [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FirstEpisodeResurrection and then promptly revived]] kicks off the whole plot
4th Dec '15 6:38:47 AM erforce
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* After threatening to tell Sean McNamara's wife about their affair on ''Series/NipTuck'', the crazy nanny stops running out of the practice to turn and throw a final verbal jab... and is promptly run over by a bus.
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* After threatening to tell Sean McNamara's [=McNamara=]'s wife about their affair on ''Series/NipTuck'', the crazy nanny stops running out of the practice to turn and throw a final verbal jab... and is promptly run over by a bus.

* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead", a college kid coming down from a bad trip runs away from the cops and straight into the street where he gets run over by a car.
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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead", a college kid coming down from a bad trip runs away from the cops and straight into the street where he gets run over by a car.

** ''LauraBow [=II=]: The Dagger of Amon Ra''. Look both ways before crossing the road or get run over. (Of course, if you ''look'', there's never any car coming; there's a car coming only if you ''don't'' look.)
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** ''LauraBow ''VideoGame/LauraBow [=II=]: The Dagger of Amon Ra''. Look both ways before crossing the road or get run over. (Of course, if you ''look'', there's never any car coming; there's a car coming only if you ''don't'' look.)

* Happens to [[spoiler:William Porter's Shadow]] in ''{{lonelygirl15}}''. * The cast of EverymanHYBRID tries to pull this on [[TheSlenderManMythos The Slenderman.]] [[spoiler: They fail. Miserably.]]
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* Happens to [[spoiler:William Porter's Shadow]] in ''{{lonelygirl15}}''. ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}''. * The cast of EverymanHYBRID tries to pull this on [[TheSlenderManMythos [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slenderman.]] [[spoiler: They fail. Miserably.]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Fry is down in the abandoned ruins of Old New York and decides that he can cross the street without looking both ways. So he does... and is trampled by a giant lizard.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' ** Fry is down in the abandoned ruins of Old New York and decides that he can cross the street without looking both ways. So he does... and is trampled by a giant lizard.
6th Nov '15 3:39:18 PM Morgenthaler
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* Happens ''multiple times'' in the film ''Film/TheAirIBreathe'', so much that it devolves into {{Narm}}.
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* Happens ''multiple times'' ''Film/TheAirIBreathe'': Trista has a memory of her father trying to entertain her by absentmindedly skipping in the film ''Film/TheAirIBreathe'', so much that it devolves into {{Narm}}.rain on the street before being hit by a bus.
5th Nov '15 2:34:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* Happens ''multiple times'' in the film TheAirIBreathe, so much that it devolves into {{Narm}}.
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* Happens ''multiple times'' in the film TheAirIBreathe, ''Film/TheAirIBreathe'', so much that it devolves into {{Narm}}.
17th Oct '15 4:11:07 PM nombretomado
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** Also in ''PoliceQuest II'', when your character, Sonny Bonds, crosses the airport street without pressing the crossing button results getting hit by a speeding taxicab and also like LSL, walking out into the street will kill you off screen.
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** Also in ''PoliceQuest ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest II'', when your character, Sonny Bonds, crosses the airport street without pressing the crossing button results getting hit by a speeding taxicab and also like LSL, walking out into the street will kill you off screen.
11th Oct '15 10:43:01 PM Pichu-kun
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* Her death is left out in the animated adaptation however the original ''The Birth Of Mewtwo'' radio drama shows that PosthumousCharacter Amber from ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' was hit by a vehicle. Immediately right after her father told her he couldn't stand losing her and that he was lonely because [[MissingMom his wife left]] too.
8th Oct '15 6:11:06 PM nombretomado
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* In the final issue of a recent story arc in {{The DCU}}'s ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'', Wildcat and his new-found meta-human son are fighting a losing battle against BadAss DiabolicalMastermind Vandal Savage, until Savage charges out into the street after the son, right into the path of a speeding fire truck responding to a blaze started earlier in the brawl. It's not near enough to ''kill'' him, but it does end the fight.
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* In the final issue of a recent story arc in {{The DCU}}'s ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'', ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'', Wildcat and his new-found meta-human son are fighting a losing battle against BadAss DiabolicalMastermind Vandal Savage, until Savage charges out into the street after the son, right into the path of a speeding fire truck responding to a blaze started earlier in the brawl. It's not near enough to ''kill'' him, but it does end the fight.
25th Sep '15 3:33:53 PM legomaniac90
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** Happens again in ''Film/TheFinalDestination2'' in a scene that was probably a ShoutOut to the first. Two characters leave a hospital, having just witnessed the elaborate and spectacularly unlikely death of the latest victim, and are in quiet conversation when one of them gets [[IronicDeath hit by an ambulance.]]
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** Happens again in ''Film/TheFinalDestination2'' ''Film/TheFinalDestination'' in a scene that was probably a ShoutOut to the first. Two characters leave a hospital, having just witnessed the elaborate and spectacularly unlikely death of the latest victim, and are in quiet conversation when one of them gets [[IronicDeath [[DeathByIrony hit by an ambulance.]]
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