History Main / MillionToOneChance

15th Aug '16 4:30:43 PM kome360
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* Played straight in ''Manga/MermaidSaga''. However, in this case, the million to one chance of mermaid's flesh granting immortality probably ''is'' really a million to one. Over the last eight hundred years, only ''four'' appear to have gained complete and uninhibited immortality.

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* Played straight in ''Manga/MermaidSaga''. However, in this case, the million to one chance of mermaid's flesh granting immortality (without the disturbing side effects) probably ''is'' really a million to one. Over the last eight hundred years, only ''four'' appear to have gained complete and uninhibited immortality.immortality, and a few dozen have attained some form of extended life but with body horror or insanity included.
15th Aug '16 3:54:24 PM kome360
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* In ''Webcomic/TheWaterPhoenixKing'', this is actually used as a THREAT. Anthem points out that even though she only has a one in twenty chance of killing Demon-Dragon Darumatha, [[KarmicDeath this also means there is a one in twenty chance that Darumatha gets killed off for a very fight it had no good reason to start.]] [[DidyouJustScamCthulhu This is actually enough to make the demon-dragon concede.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/TheWaterPhoenixKing'', this is actually used as a THREAT. Anthem points out that even though she only has a one in twenty chance of killing Demon-Dragon Darumatha, [[KarmicDeath this also means there is still a one in twenty chance that Darumatha gets killed off for permanently dies because she wanted to swat a very fight it fly and had no good reason little else to start.gain.]] [[DidyouJustScamCthulhu This is actually enough to make the demon-dragon concede.]]
6th Aug '16 5:44:21 PM MsChibi
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A corollary of the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality.

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A corollary of the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality.
TheoryOfNarrativeCausality. May involve FinaglesLaw, or a CoincidentalBroadcast.
20th Jul '16 4:44:24 AM Ohio9
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* In January of 2016, off-duty sheriff's deputy Jose Marquez got into a shootout with two robbers in an apartment parking lot in Aurora, Colorado. During the gun battle, one of Marquez's bullets actually went straight down the barrel of a robber's gun. Police described such a shot as "one in a billion."

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* In January of 2016, off-duty sheriff's deputy Jose Marquez got into a shootout with two robbers in an apartment parking lot in Aurora, Colorado. During the gun battle, one of Marquez's bullets actually went straight down the barrel of a robber's gun. Police described such a shot as "one in a billion.""[[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/deputy-fires-one-in-a-billion-shot-suspect-gun-barrel/]]
20th Jul '16 4:38:46 AM Ohio9
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* In January of 2016, off-duty sheriff's deputy Jose Marquez got into a shootout with two robbers in an apartment parking lot in Aurora, Colorado. During the gun battle, one of Marquez's bullets actually went straight down the barrel of a robber's gun. Police described such a shot as "one in a billion."


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12th Jul '16 5:52:58 PM Tacitus
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--> '''Rachel:''' "Just us. Just us against an enemy that could become any living thing. An enemy that could be anywhere, at any time. An owl in a tree, a spider in your house, a cat in the night, and then... Then, when you were unprepared, when you were vulnerable, a lion or a tiger or a bear.
--> I was starting to see why Visser Three hated us so much."

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--> '''Rachel:''' "Just Just us. Just us against an enemy that could become any living thing. An enemy that could be anywhere, at any time. An owl in a tree, a spider in your house, a cat in the night, and then... Then, when you were unprepared, when you were vulnerable, a lion or a tiger or a bear.
--> I was starting to see why Visser Three hated us so much."



** Memorably [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in the novel ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', where the GenreSavvy Watch try to make the odds of [[AttackItsWeakPoint shooting a Dragon in its "voolnerables"]] exactly a million to one through various means such as blindfolding the archer, putting soot in his face and making him stand facing the wrong way on one leg while singing the Hedgehog Song -- but end up with some other, non-specified, incredibly low odds instead, which isn't improbable enough and thus predictably fails. [[spoiler:To be specific, they hit ''zero'' to one odds; the dragon was female]]. Then played straight (and lampshaded by the narration) immediately after when the annoyed dragon retaliates: Their chances of surviving that turns out to be ''exactly'' a million to one.
** Later on, they succeed in another million to one goal (well technically their pet swamp dragon does).

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** Memorably [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in the novel ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', where ''Discworld/GuardsGuards''. The men of the GenreSavvy City Watch are camped out on a rooftop to try to make the odds of bring down a dragon by [[AttackItsWeakPoint shooting a Dragon it in its "voolnerables"]] exactly a million "voolnerables."]] Problem is, they're all GenreSavvy about it, and after considering the situation - their archer used to one through various means such as win prizes for his marksmanship, he's using his lucky arrow, a dragon's "voolnerables" might be quite big - they think that it might ''not'' be a million-to-one-chance of success, but could be a near-certainty, or some awkward number like 999,943-to-one. So they end up trying to handicap their bowman by blindfolding the archer, him, putting soot in on his face face, and making him stand facing the wrong way on one leg while singing [[BawdySong the Hedgehog Song -- Song]], but still end up with some other, non-specified, incredibly low odds instead, which isn't improbable enough and thus predictably fails. [[spoiler:To be specific, they hit ''zero'' to one odds; missing the shot when the dragon was female]]. Then played straight (and lampshaded by swoops at them. Luckily, as the narration) immediately after when narration points out, the annoyed dragon retaliates: Their chances odds of the Watch surviving that turns out a jump from the roof into a nearby pond ''do'' happen to be ''exactly'' a million to one.
** Later on, they succeed in another million to one goal (well technically
exactly a-million-to-one. [[spoiler:Later we learn their pet swamp dragon does).odds of hitting the dragon's "voolnerables" were more like zero - it was female.]]
11th Jul '16 7:52:32 PM MsChibi
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* When you think about it, your own '''birth''' qualifies as this trope. While a human mother usually only has one egg cell in the fallopian tubes when she's able to get pregnant, a single ejaculation from a man can release anywhere from 40 million to 1.2 billion sperms cells. And ultimately, [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne only one sperm cell will be able to fertilize the egg]] while the others perish. This means that any individual sperm cell's chance of getting to fertilize is almost zero, and yet the fact remains that one sperm cell ''will'' get to fertilize the egg. In short, you simply being born the way you are pretty much fits this trope to a tee.

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* When you think about it, your own '''birth''' qualifies as this trope. While a human mother usually only has one egg cell in the fallopian tubes when she's able to get pregnant, a single ejaculation from a man can release anywhere from 40 million to 1.2 billion sperms cells. And ultimately, [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne only one sperm cell will be able to fertilize the egg]] while the others perish. This means that any individual sperm cell's chance of getting to fertilize is almost zero, and yet the fact remains that one sperm cell ''will'' get to fertilize the egg. Not only that, but an estimated ''30-90%'' of fertilized eggs either fail to implant in the uterus, or perish shortly thereafter. (And that's just under ''natural'' conditions.) In short, you simply being born the way you are pretty much fits this trope to a tee.
2nd Jul '16 5:00:31 PM Lopiny
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** Memorably [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in the novel ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', where the GenreSavvy Watch try to make the odds of [[AttackItsWeakPoint shooting a Dragon in its "voolnerables"]] exactly a million to one through various means such as blindfolding the archer, putting soot in his face and making him stand facing the wrong way on one leg while singing the Hedgehog Song -- but end up with some other, non-specified, incredibly low odds instead, which isn't improbable enough and thus predictably fails. Then played straight (and lampshaded by the narration) immediately after when the annoyed dragon retaliates: Their chances of surviving that turns out to be ''exactly'' a million to one.

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** Memorably [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in the novel ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', where the GenreSavvy Watch try to make the odds of [[AttackItsWeakPoint shooting a Dragon in its "voolnerables"]] exactly a million to one through various means such as blindfolding the archer, putting soot in his face and making him stand facing the wrong way on one leg while singing the Hedgehog Song -- but end up with some other, non-specified, incredibly low odds instead, which isn't improbable enough and thus predictably fails. [[spoiler:To be specific, they hit ''zero'' to one odds; the dragon was female]]. Then played straight (and lampshaded by the narration) immediately after when the annoyed dragon retaliates: Their chances of surviving that turns out to be ''exactly'' a million to one.
29th Jun '16 2:03:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in an episode of ''DynomuttDogWonder''. Dynomutt is reprogrammed for evil and given the task of killing his master, Blue Falcon. Falcon, knowing [[TheDitz Dynomutt's]] [[UnwantedAssistance tendencies all too well]], announces that the odds are a million to one... in his favor. (And yes, the odds do hold up this time.)

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* Inverted in an episode of ''DynomuttDogWonder''.''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder''. Dynomutt is reprogrammed for evil and given the task of killing his master, Blue Falcon. Falcon, knowing [[TheDitz Dynomutt's]] [[UnwantedAssistance tendencies all too well]], announces that the odds are a million to one... in his favor. (And yes, the odds do hold up this time.)
28th Jun '16 8:44:50 AM meanmetalmario
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* A ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode has Kramer marvelling at stories told by proctologists, which all end with the statement "It was a million to one shot, doc. Million to one," since none of their patients want to admit how whatever object is stuck really got there. At the end of the episode, Frank is the victim of such a million to one shot, falling on a pasta sculpture Kramer had made. Naturally, he leads with the same statement.

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* A The ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Fusilli Jerry" has Kramer marvelling at stories told by proctologists, which all end with the statement "It was a million to one shot, doc. Million to one," since none of their patients want to admit how whatever object is they [[AssShove stuck really got there. something up there]] on purpose. At the end of the episode, Frank is the victim of such a million to one shot, shot for real, falling on a pasta the titular Fusilli Jerry (a sculpture of Jerry that Kramer had made. Naturally, he leads with made out of fusilli pasta). The final line of the episode (before TheTag) is Frank uttering the same statement.
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