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15th Jun '16 11:07:00 PM BrokenEye
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* A darker example occurs in one of the vignettes in [[Creator/ArthurMachen Arthur Machen's]] ''The Three Impostors'' (specifically, ''The Novel of the White Powder'', where a character's antidepressant prescription is accidentally filled from an expired batch of the drug that (thanks to unknown environmental conditions) has degraded to the point of being chemically identical to ''Vinum Sabbati'', the wine of the witch's sabbath (which isn't wine so much as a sort of horrifying [[FantasticDrug eldritch version of ecstasy]] that temporarily converts the taker into a HumanoidAbomination). Since [[PhlebotinumOverdose the prescribed dosage of antidepressant is several orders of magnitude larger (and much more frequent) than the amount of ''Vinum Sabbati'' offered at a Witch's Sabbath]], BodyHorror ensues, and the unfortunate victim is eventually [[ImMelting reduced to a permanent mucous stain]] [[AndIMustScream (but not actually killed)]].

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* A darker example occurs in one of the vignettes in [[Creator/ArthurMachen Arthur Machen's]] ''The Three Impostors'' (specifically, ''The Novel of the White Powder'', Powder''), where a character's antidepressant prescription is accidentally filled from an expired batch of the drug that (thanks to unknown environmental conditions) has randomly degraded to the point of being chemically identical to ''Vinum Sabbati'', the wine of the witch's sabbath (which isn't wine so much as a sort of horrifying [[FantasticDrug eldritch version of ecstasy]] that temporarily converts the taker into a HumanoidAbomination). Since [[PhlebotinumOverdose the prescribed dosage of antidepressant is several orders of magnitude larger (and much more frequent) than the amount of ''Vinum Sabbati'' offered at a Witch's Sabbath]], BodyHorror ensues, and the unfortunate victim is eventually [[ImMelting reduced to a permanent mucous stain]] [[AndIMustScream (but not actually killed)]].
15th Jun '16 11:05:01 PM BrokenEye
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* A darker example occurs in one of the vignettes in [[Creator/ArthurMachen Arthur Machen's]] ''The Three Impostors'' (specifically, ''The Novel of the White Powder'', where a character's antidepressant prescription is accidentally filled from an expired batch of the drug that (thanks to unknown environmental conditions) has degraded to the point of being chemically identical to ''Vinum Sabbati'', the wine of the witch's sabbath (which isn't wine so much as a sort of horrifying [[FantasticDrug eldritch version of ecstasy]] that temporarily converts the taker into a HumanoidAbomination). Since [[PhlebotinumOverdose the prescribed dosage of antidepressant is several orders of magnitude larger (and much more frequent) than the amount of ''Vinum Sabbati'' offered at a Witch's Sabbath]], BodyHorror ensues, and the unfortunate victim is eventually [[ImMelting reduced to a permanent mucous stain]] [[AndIMustScream (but not actually killed)]].
** However, the miraculousness can be explained by the fact that the vignettes in story [[UnreliableNarrator are all lies]] (which doesn't necessarily mean ''Vinum Sabbati'' doesn't actually work that way, and [[SecretCircleOfSecrets the liar in question]] would definitely know if it did).
12th Jun '16 4:08:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', Flint hooks up his machine to the town's power station to give it enough electricity to create food from water. Instead, the extra power makes the machine take off like a rocket and start orbiting in the lower stratosphere, creating food that comes down in showers using moisture from the clouds. Later, being [[PhlebotinumBreakdown overworked]] makes the machine start overmutating the food and it eventually [[InstantAIJustAddWater gains sentience]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', Flint hooks up his machine to the town's power station to give it enough electricity to create food from water. Instead, the extra power makes the machine take off like a rocket and start orbiting in the lower stratosphere, creating food that comes down in showers using moisture from the clouds. Later, being [[PhlebotinumBreakdown overworked]] makes the machine start overmutating the food and it eventually [[InstantAIJustAddWater gains sentience]].
12th Jun '16 4:07:45 AM Morgenthaler
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12th Jun '16 3:34:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* In "Time and Punishment," a TreehouseOfHorror on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer's attempts to repair the toaster create a time-machine that sends him back to the Mesozoic. As soon as the toaster "pops," he returns to the 20th century, but that's enough time to totally alter the history and evolution of all life on Earth [[ButterflyOfDoom by swatting a bug]].

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* In "Time and Punishment," a TreehouseOfHorror WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer's attempts to repair the toaster create a time-machine that sends him back to the Mesozoic. As soon as the toaster "pops," he returns to the 20th century, but that's enough time to totally alter the history and evolution of all life on Earth [[ButterflyOfDoom by swatting a bug]].
5th Mar '16 3:09:08 PM nombretomado
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* The material that became CaptainAmerica's circular shield was created accidentally during an experiment to merge vibranium and an iron alloy. An unknown catalyst entered the mixture while the scientist overseeing it was asleep.

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* The material that became CaptainAmerica's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's circular shield was created accidentally during an experiment to merge vibranium and an iron alloy. An unknown catalyst entered the mixture while the scientist overseeing it was asleep.
27th Feb '16 10:22:49 AM LadyJaneGrey
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Sister trope to FreakLabAccident which [[SuperHero gives people powers]] rather than creating and changing technological pieces. See also InstantAIJustAddWater.

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Sister trope to FreakLabAccident which [[SuperHero gives people powers]] rather than creating and changing technological pieces. See also InstantAIJustAddWater.
InstantAIJustAddWater and AccidentalDiscovery.
20th Feb '16 7:21:20 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* More like a "Cataclysmic Malfunction", but the monstrous villain Chemo was created this way. Originally it was a plastic vessel used by scientist Ramsey Norton to dispose of the chemical by-products from his failed experiments, built in the shape of a man to remind him of his failures. One day (ironically, the day he planned to empty it) he dumped the remnants of a failed growth formula in the vessel, accidentally causing it to double in size and coming to life. After killing Norton and destroying the lab, it lumbered forth with no purpose but to destroy, fighting numerous heroes, including ComicBook/TheMetalMen and ComicBook/{{Superman}}.

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* More like a "Cataclysmic Malfunction", but the monstrous villain Chemo was created this way. Originally it was a plastic vessel used by scientist Ramsey Norton to dispose of the chemical by-products from his failed experiments, built in the shape of a man to remind him of his failures. One day (ironically, the day he planned to empty it) he dumped the remnants of a failed growth formula in the vessel, accidentally causing it to double in size and coming to life. After killing Norton and destroying the lab, it lumbered forth with no purpose but to destroy, fighting numerous heroes, including ComicBook/TheMetalMen the ComicBook/MetalMen and ComicBook/{{Superman}}.
20th Feb '16 7:20:45 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Uhm, {{Spider Man}}s origin. For those who don't know about it, he was visiting a demonstration at his school of a strange type of radiation, when a spider got caught in it; it crawled on his arm, bit him, and the next thing he knew, he had the speed, strength, and agility, proportionately, of a spider.
* More like a "Cataclysmic Malfunction", but the monstrous villain Chemo was created this way. Originally it was a plastic vessel used by scientist Ramsey Norton to dispose of the chemical by-products from his failed experiments, built in the shape of a man to remind him of his failures. One day (ironically, the day he planned to empty it) he dumped the remnants of a failed growth formula in the vessel, accidentally causing it to double in size and coming to life. After killing Norton and destroying the lab, it lumbered forth with no purpose but to destroy, fighting numerous heroes, including ComicBook/TheMetalMen and ComicBook/{{Superman}}.
8th Feb '16 5:19:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', Flint hooks up his machine to the town's power station to give it enough electricity to create food from water. Instead, the extra power makes the machine take off like a rocket and start orbiting in the lower stratosphere, creating food that comes down in showers using moisture from the clouds. Later, being [[PhlebotinumBreakdown overworked]] makes the machine start overmutating the food and it eventually [[InstantAIJustAddWater gains sentience]].
* Invoked in an episode of ''TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', where Robotnik explicitly says that the creation of his "Super-Genius Program" was a million-to-one shot - and after the program is stolen and he orders his computer to make it again, the computer has to remind him of exactly this fact (which he said himself not five minutes before!).

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* In ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', Flint hooks up his machine to the town's power station to give it enough electricity to create food from water. Instead, the extra power makes the machine take off like a rocket and start orbiting in the lower stratosphere, creating food that comes down in showers using moisture from the clouds. Later, being [[PhlebotinumBreakdown overworked]] makes the machine start overmutating the food and it eventually [[InstantAIJustAddWater gains sentience]].
* Invoked in an episode of ''TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', where Robotnik explicitly says that the creation of his "Super-Genius Program" was a million-to-one shot - and after the program is stolen and he orders his computer to make it again, the computer has to remind him of exactly this fact (which he said himself not five minutes before!).
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