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23rd Mar '17 10:35:36 PM tommythegun
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* In ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'', Terry Malloy's greatest failure was [[ICouldaBeenAContender throwing away his boxing career]] years before by letting the Mob (and his brother) fix the fights. The movie offers him a second chance to finally stand up to them.
21st Mar '17 9:09:16 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has this for both [[spoiler: Link and Zelda]]. They failed to defeat and seal [[BigBad Calamity Ganon]] years ago, which resulted in him slaughtering an entire town and killing several important people in the process. The entire game is basically the two of them getting a second chance at finishing what they started.
4th Mar '17 3:37:01 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The episode "Obsession", in which Kirk encounters a monster he failed to destroy 11 years ago; he felt that his earlier hesitation at the ship's phaser console cost 200 crewmen and the ship's captain. He's determined to make up for that failure no matter what the cost. Along the way, it turns out that the creature is not affected by phasers and Kirk realizes firing on time on the creature in the earlier encounter would have made no difference.

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** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The episode "Obsession", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E13Obsession}} Obsession]]", in which Kirk encounters a monster he failed to destroy 11 years ago; he felt that his earlier hesitation at the ship's phaser console cost 200 crewmen and the ship's captain. He's determined to make up for that failure no matter what the cost. Along the way, it turns out that the creature is not affected by phasers and Kirk realizes firing on time on the creature in the earlier encounter would have made no difference.



*** The episode "Tapestry" has Q take Picard back in time to stop himself from getting in a fight which left him with an (about to kill him in the present) artificial heart. What he doesn't realize is how influential that old failure was in creating TheCaptain character he became.
*** The episode "The Pegasus": 12 years previous a fresh-from-the-academy Riker, in the name of following orders, kept quiet as part of the cover up for an illicit Starfleet experiment that got most of his crewmates killed. When the man in charge back then puts him in a similar situation in the episode (trying to restart the experiments), he disobeys orders in order to uphold his principles and save his crew.

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*** The episode "Tapestry" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E14Tapestry}} Tapestry]]" has Q take Picard back in time to stop himself from getting in a fight which left him with an (about to kill him in the present) artificial heart. What he doesn't realize is how influential that old failure was in creating TheCaptain character he became.
*** The episode "The Pegasus": "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E11ThePegasus}} The Pegasus]]": 12 years previous a fresh-from-the-academy Riker, in the name of following orders, kept quiet as part of the cover up for an illicit Starfleet experiment that got most of his crewmates killed. When the man in charge back then puts him in a similar situation in the episode (trying to restart the experiments), he disobeys orders in order to uphold his principles and save his crew.



** In the SeriesFinale, Captain Janeway, many years in the future, recounts how it took over 20 years and too many deaths to bring Voyager home; when offered the chance to go back in time and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, she jumps at it.
** Another episode, "Timeless", Voyager was destoryed due to a mistake of Kim trying to fix a quantum drive so they could get back home quicker. He and Chakotay were the only survivors and managed to make it back to Earth. However he blamed himself and set out to fix the damage by sending instructions to the past. [[spoiler: Subverted the first time as it plays out the same. It seems YouCantFightFate is in effect but The Doctor (who still going as he's a hologram) suggests trying to avert the disaster rather adjusting the drive. This time it works and good thing too as their future selves are killed just as they save their past selves.]]

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** In the SeriesFinale, SeriesFinale "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS7E23Endgame}} Endgame]]", Captain Janeway, many years in the future, recounts how it took over 20 years and too many deaths to bring Voyager home; when offered the chance to go back in time and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, she jumps at it.
** Another episode, "Timeless", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS5E6Timeless}} Timeless]]", Voyager was destoryed destroyed due to a mistake of Kim trying to fix a quantum drive so they could get back home quicker. He and Chakotay were the only survivors and managed to make it back to Earth. However he blamed himself and set out to fix the damage by sending instructions to the past. [[spoiler: Subverted the first time as it plays out the same. It seems YouCantFightFate is in effect but The Doctor (who still going as he's a hologram) suggests trying to avert the disaster rather adjusting the drive. This time it works and good thing too as their future selves are killed just as they save their past selves.]]
30th Jan '17 1:02:00 PM MotiveFan
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* Similarly, a season 6 episode of ''{{Cold Case}}'' has a debate professor bond with a young prodigy because he reminds him of himself in his younger years, before he had to quit debate after a serious loss he blames on his partner. Thing is, [[spoiler:he was responsible for his own loss and was in denial about it, and when the prodigy moves to quit and calls him out on his selfishness, the teacher kills him in a berserk rage.]]
14th Jan '17 2:47:04 PM upupandaway42
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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', when he was a child, [[Comicbook/StarLord Peter Quill]] visits his dying mother in hospital. He's clearly terrified about what's going on, and when his mother begs him to hold her hand just before she dies he hesitates, and she passes away before he can. At the end of the film, when [[spoiler: he holds the Infinity Stone]], he gets a vision of his mother begging him to hold her hand, and this time he does so, saving his life [[spoiler: as it's Gamora's hand he's holding, allowing the power of the Infinity Stone to be shared with firstly her, then with [[ChainOfPeople the rest of]] Comicbook/TheGuardiansOfTheGalaxy, preventing the Stone's power from instantly vapourising him]].
14th Jan '17 2:35:05 PM upupandaway42
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* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} Bruce]], sees saving [[spoiler: [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Clark's]] mother Martha Kent]] as making up for being powerless to save his own mother, Martha Wayne, [[DeathByOriginStory when he was a child]]. Also, at the end of film, Bruce realises that by allowing his [[FantasticRacism fear and mistrust]] of the superpowered Clark to turn into hatred and cruelty, he in turn allowed Comicbook/LexLuthor to maniuplate him, leading to [[spoiler: Clark's death]]. To [[TheAtoner make amends]], he decides to reach out [[Comicbook/WonderWoman to]] [[Comicbook/TheFlash the]] [[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} other]] [[Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} metahumans]] he knows about in friendship, [[Film/JusticeLeague bringing them together]] to protect the world, [[spoiler: especially from the [[Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} darkness]] that's coming now that Superman is dead]].
7th Jan '17 11:42:27 PM AkoSiKuya23
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* This is the intention behind the Reformation Program in ''VideoGame/CriminalGirls'' and ''VideoGame/CriminalGirls2PartyFavors''. The delinquent girls who end up in the program are sinful girls but have yet to commit a sin irredeemable enough to damn them to Hell. The Reformation Program is designed so that the girls confront their sinful past and become better people before allowing them to return to life. [[spoiler:This ends up going double for Miu in the first game and Sui in the second as both of them had already failed the program once and manage to get a second shot at it]].

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* This is the intention behind the Reformation Program in ''VideoGame/CriminalGirls'' and ''VideoGame/CriminalGirls2PartyFavors''. The delinquent girls who end up in the program are sinful girls but have yet to commit a sin irredeemable enough to damn them to Hell. The Reformation Program is designed so that the girls confront their sinful past and become better people before allowing them to return to life. [[spoiler:This ends up going double for Miu in the first game and Sui in the second as both of them had already previously failed the program once and manage to get a second shot at it]].program]].
7th Jan '17 11:41:49 PM AkoSiKuya23
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* This is the intention behind the Reformation Program in ''VideoGame/CriminalGirls'' and ''VideoGame/CriminalGirls2PartyFavors''. The delinquent girls who end up in the program are sinful girls but have yet to commit a sin irredeemable enough to damn them to Hell. The Reformation Program is designed so that the girls confront their sinful past and become better people before allowing them to return to life. [[spoiler:This ends up going double for Miu in the first game and Sui in the second as both of them had already failed the program once and manage to get a second shot at it]].
30th Nov '16 6:20:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* Every member of the replacement team in ''Film/TheReplacements'' has played football in the past (although, in one case, it's a different kind of football), and it ended up not working out for him. The football strike is this trope for them. However, they all know it's nothing more than a chance to play (and, hopefully, win) several pro games before the real multi-million-dollar players return. Indeed, at the end, there is nothing waiting for them (no promotional offers, no parades) but a return to their former lives (in one case, prison) with the knowledge that they succeeded in this trope. The same is true for the head coach, who is stated to have been one of the greatest in his day, but who was fired for butting heads with egotistical multi-million-dollar players, forcing the owner to get rid of him. He knows that the same fate awaits him after the end of the strike.

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* Every member of the replacement team in ''Film/TheReplacements'' ''Film/TheReplacements2000'' has played football in the past (although, in one case, it's a different kind of football), and it ended up not working out for him. The football strike is this trope for them. However, they all know it's nothing more than a chance to play (and, hopefully, win) several pro games before the real multi-million-dollar players return. Indeed, at the end, there is nothing waiting for them (no promotional offers, no parades) but a return to their former lives (in one case, prison) with the knowledge that they succeeded in this trope. The same is true for the head coach, who is stated to have been one of the greatest in his day, but who was fired for butting heads with egotistical multi-million-dollar players, forcing the owner to get rid of him. He knows that the same fate awaits him after the end of the strike.
12th Nov '16 8:41:47 AM DannWoolf
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* ''FanFic/MidnightStarTheFrozenEmpire: Once Midnight Star regains her old memories, she sees her current life as a chance to live the way she couldn't before, as well as preventing this Equestria from going down the same path hers did.

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* ''FanFic/MidnightStarTheFrozenEmpire: ''FanFic/MidnightStarTheFrozenEmpire'': Once Midnight Star regains her old memories, she sees her current life as a chance to live the way she couldn't before, as well as preventing this Equestria from going down the same path hers did.
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