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28th Jun '17 2:47:13 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** This becomes really important in Mat Cauthon's development, once he becomes GenreSavvy. Since he's aware his presence skews probability, Mat takes bets on being able to do impossible things, and then does them-- such as when he throws a knife into a tiny block of wood in midair, a long distance away, while blindfolded.

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** This becomes really important in Mat Cauthon's development, once he becomes GenreSavvy.development. Since he's aware his presence skews probability, Mat takes bets on being able to do impossible things, and then does them-- such as when he throws a knife into a tiny block of wood in midair, a long distance away, while blindfolded.
14th May '17 11:07:49 PM genisgone
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* In ''Series/Class2016'', a ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff, the Doctor explains that Coal Hill Academy is now a target due to time having worn thin at that location; the teenaged students present immediately [[{{LampshadeHanging}} recognize]] this as similar to the premise of multiple television shows, starting the list with BuffyTheVampireSlayer's Hellmouth.

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* In ''Series/Class2016'', a ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff, the Doctor explains that Coal Hill Academy is now a target due to time having worn thin at that location; the teenaged students present immediately [[{{LampshadeHanging}} recognize]] this as similar to the premise of multiple television shows, starting the list with BuffyTheVampireSlayer's ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer's'' Hellmouth.
8th May '17 11:36:49 AM DavidK93
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*In ''Series/Class2016'', a ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff, the Doctor explains that Coal Hill Academy is now a target due to time having worn thin at that location; the teenaged students present immediately [[{{LampshadeHanging}} recognize]] this as similar to the premise of multiple television shows, starting the list with BuffyTheVampireSlayer's Hellmouth.
6th May '17 8:02:05 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'', the Allspark takes on this role. In the first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film it was an object that both Autobot and Decepticon wanted and would cause unpredictable things to happen around it (mostly creating mini-robots from nearby mechanical devices). ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' used leftover fragments of the Allspark to cause more chaos, the big one being that it downloads a Cybertronian database into Sam's head. While Sam says IJustWantToBeNormal, TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive and this is the only reason why he is involved with the events of the movie at all.

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* In the ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'', ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'', the Allspark takes on this role. In the first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film it was an object that both Autobot and Decepticon wanted and would cause unpredictable things to happen around it (mostly creating mini-robots from nearby mechanical devices). ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' used leftover fragments of the Allspark to cause more chaos, the big one being that it downloads a Cybertronian database into Sam's head. While Sam says IJustWantToBeNormal, TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive and this is the only reason why he is involved with the events of the movie at all.
17th Mar '17 3:33:23 PM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has an inversion of this during the World Tour arc. According to Tom, the magical island of Avalon does not take you where you want to go, it sends you where you ''need'' to go. Thus Goliath, Eliza, Bronx, and Angela travel all over the world saving the day. At one point they are even sent right back to Avalon. Even when they finally return to New York, it's only because Avalon knew they would be needed there.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has an inversion of this during the World Tour arc. According to Tom, the magical island of Avalon does not take you where you want to go, it sends you where you ''need'' to go. Thus Goliath, Eliza, Bronx, and Angela travel all over the world saving the day. At one point they are even sent right back to Avalon. Even when they finally return to New York, it's only because Avalon knew they would be needed there.there to stop [[spoiler:[[PhysicalGod Oberon]] from kidnapping Baby Alex]].


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* In ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw,'' the title character himself causes most of the plots because of his [[BornUnlucky terrible]] [[TheJinx luck]].
17th Mar '17 3:29:33 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' the [[MagicalGirlWarrior Crystal Gems]] go on missions all over the world (and sometimes beyond), but [[TheSmartGuy Pearl]] mentioned in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E10RisingTidesCrashingSkies]]" that the Temple attracts [[MonsterOfTheWeek Gem monsters]], which is why so many show up around Beach City.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' the [[MagicalGirlWarrior Crystal Gems]] go on missions all over the world (and sometimes beyond), but [[TheSmartGuy Pearl]] mentioned in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E10RisingTidesCrashingSkies]]" "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E10RisingTidesCrashingSkies Rising Tides/Crashing Skies]]" that the Temple attracts [[MonsterOfTheWeek Gem monsters]], which is why so many show up around Beach City.
17th Mar '17 3:28:56 PM JoeMerl
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** And justifiably so, as it shoots out enough evil-ness to attract demons from miles around. Plus, the town being built expressly for demons to come and eat the squishy humans.

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** And justifiably so, as it shoots out enough evil-ness to attract demons from miles around. Plus, the town being built expressly for demons to come and eat the squishy humans. Numerous villains also plan to open it, which would cause the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.



* {{Discussed}} in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' when [[ScienceHero Ford]] shows [[SeekerArchetype Dipper]] [[spoiler:the massive alien ship under Gravity Falls]]. He admit that he isn't sure if it's what attracts all the weirdness in the town or if it showed up because it was drawn there itself. WordOfGod says it's been there for millions of years, though.

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* {{Discussed}} in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' when [[ScienceHero Ford]] shows [[SeekerArchetype Dipper]] [[spoiler:the massive alien ship under Gravity Falls]]. He admit admits that he isn't sure if it's what attracts all the weirdness in the town or if it showed up because it was drawn there itself. WordOfGod says it's been there for millions of years, though.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' the [[MagicalGirlWarrior Crystal Gems]] go on missions all over the world (and sometimes beyond), but [[TheSmartGuy Pearl]] mentioned in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E10RisingTidesCrashingSkies]]" that the Temple attracts [[MonsterOfTheWeek Gem monsters]], which is why so many show up around Beach City.
17th Mar '17 3:24:20 PM JoeMerl
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* {{Discussed}} in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' when [[ScienceHero Ford]] shows [[SeekerArchetype Dipper]] [[spoiler:the massive alien ship under Gravity Falls]]. He admit that he isn't sure if it's what attracts all the weirdness in the town or if it showed up because it was drawn there itself. WordOfGod says it's been there for millions of years, though.
17th Jan '17 7:35:43 PM Jay2K
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* This tends to happen in ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}},'' because the player-characters (and any entity with high enough Legend ratings) distort Fate around them and bring weirdness to them.
4th Dec '16 9:57:33 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame The 2009 video game]] also does this as it's revealed [[spoiler:Ivo Shandor, the cult leader/architect who rigged the apartment building, also rigged the library and hotel from the first film, and the museum from the second, as nodes for this city wide apparatus meant to fuel Gozer's Destructor form, with the apartment building being the door. His old estate was a castle/laboratory where the slime river was first made before it was pumped into the sewer. Also it was revealed one of Ivo's henchmen killed Eleanor Twitty, who became the librarian ghost.]]



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* The 2009 ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'' also does this as it's revealed [[spoiler:Ivo Shandor, the cult leader/architect who rigged the apartment building, also rigged the library and hotel from the first film, and the museum from the second, as nodes for this city wide apparatus meant to fuel Gozer's Destructor form, with the apartment building being the door. His old estate was a castle/laboratory where the slime river was first made before it was pumped into the sewer. Also it was revealed one of Ivo's henchmen killed Eleanor Twitty, who became the librarian ghost.]]
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