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1st May '17 8:24:01 PM RacattackForce
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* Creator/{{Nintendo}} views the UsefulNotes/WiiU as this. To make a long story short, the Wii U is one of the biggest hardware failures Nintendo ever had, but it allowed the company to come to grips with HD game development, serves as an example of how ''not'' to approach future marketing and software support for their systems, and one of the system's core ideas (a home console with a portable factor) was recycled into [[UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch its successor]].

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* Creator/{{Nintendo}} views the UsefulNotes/WiiU as this. To make a long story short, the Wii U is one of the biggest hardware failures Nintendo ever had, had (second only to the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy), but it allowed the company to come to grips with HD game development, serves as an example of how ''not'' to approach future marketing and software support for their systems, and one of the system's core ideas (a home console with a portable factor) was recycled into [[UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch its successor]].
14th Apr '17 11:48:41 PM RacattackForce
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* [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Nintendo of America]] president Reggie Fils-Amie notes that many at the company see the UsefulNotes/WiiU as this. To make a long story short, the Wii U is one of the biggest hardware failures Nintendo ever had, but it allowed the developer to come to grips with HD development, serves as an example of how ''not'' to approach future marketing and software support for their systems, and some of its core ideas were recycled into [[UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch its successor]].

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* [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Nintendo of America]] president Reggie Fils-Amie notes that many at the company see Creator/{{Nintendo}} views the UsefulNotes/WiiU as this. To make a long story short, the Wii U is one of the biggest hardware failures Nintendo ever had, but it allowed the developer company to come to grips with HD game development, serves as an example of how ''not'' to approach future marketing and software support for their systems, and some one of its the system's core ideas were (a home console with a portable factor) was recycled into [[UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch its successor]].
14th Apr '17 11:47:05 PM RacattackForce
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* Reggie Fils-Amie of [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Nintendo of America]] has described the UsefulNotes/WiiU as this. It seriously under-performed due to its rushed release date, its comparatively small library of games with frequent droughts during its lifespan, and an abysmal ad campaign that failed to alert people to the fact that it was a brand new console rather than just a spruced-up Wii or an add-on. In response to this, Reggie has clarified that Nintendo will do the best they can to rectify these mistakes, with the current ads for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch making it very clear what the system is and who it's for, as well as having a formidable list of third-party developers backing them up and a strong lineup of games for 2017 (with holiday season, a goldmine of sorts for sales, getting particular focus).

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* Reggie Fils-Amie of [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Nintendo of America]] has described president Reggie Fils-Amie notes that many at the company see the UsefulNotes/WiiU as this. It seriously under-performed due to its rushed release date, its comparatively small library of games with frequent droughts during its lifespan, and an abysmal ad campaign that failed to alert people to To make a long story short, the fact that it was a brand new console rather than just a spruced-up Wii or an add-on. In response to this, Reggie has clarified that U is one of the biggest hardware failures Nintendo will do ever had, but it allowed the best they can developer to rectify these mistakes, come to grips with the current ads HD development, serves as an example of how ''not'' to approach future marketing and software support for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch making it very clear what the system is their systems, and who it's for, as well as having a formidable list some of third-party developers backing them up and a strong lineup of games for 2017 (with holiday season, a goldmine of sorts for sales, getting particular focus).its core ideas were recycled into [[UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch its successor]].
2nd Apr '17 4:11:35 PM DustSnitch
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* The Christian concept of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_culpa felix culpa]]'' (blessed fault) considers the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden to have been ultimately good, as it allowed for {{Jesus}}' birth.

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* The Christian concept of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_culpa felix culpa]]'' (blessed fault) considers the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden to have been ultimately good, as it allowed for {{Jesus}}' UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}' birth.
12th Mar '17 7:09:53 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In the episode "Tapestry", Captain Picard expresses regret for his hot-headed ways which led to him getting stabbed in a bar fight. Of course, he learns that if not for that bar fight, he wouldn't have become TheCaptain that everybody came to know and love.
** Played with this again in the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" where it is discovered that the destruction of an earlier Enterprise[[note]]The featured ship was the -D, the earlier Enterprise was the -C.[[/note]] helped lead to peace between the Klingons and the Federation.
* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' the faction from the future specifically state while they could've warned Earth about the initial Xindi attack that kills 7 million people, they figured it would only be after the sneak attack that Starfleet would heed the greater danger. Notably it is the attack that leads to the ''Enterprise'' being retrofitted into a warship and the introduction of the famous photon torpedoes.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In
On ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz called Jack a "Class A Moron" in front of a reporter. After she was quoted anonymously in print, Jack told Liz that as a child he was, coincidentally enough, labeled a "Class A Moron" by the Massachusetts Public School System and subsequently put in a weird special education class. Liz invokes this trope by telling him that having to overcome that made him the man he is today. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of the episode "Tapestry", when it's revealed Jack knew it was Liz all along and made up the whole story to guilt trip her into confessing.]]
* In ''Series/{{The 100}}'', the group sent down to test whether Earth had recovered enough to be habitable were supposed to land near Mount Weather so they could take advantage of the site's shelter and supplies. They actually landed about twenty miles away -- a good thing, since [[spoiler:they would have been much easier prey for the Mountain Men if they had encountered them immediately upon landing]].
* Despite the stigma of the "cursed jacket" from an episode of ''Series/BetterWithYou'', the characters realize that the horrible failures they suffered while wearing it actually led to something better. In one story, if his jacket hadn't fallen, interfering with the game and causing the Yankees to lose, giving him the stigma of "that guy who screwed the Yankees," he would have fallen to his death instead.
* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'': The 'freak mishap' ''Ranger 3'' suffers is the only reason
Captain Picard expresses regret Rogers survives the oncoming nuclear war that wipes out much of civilization and is able to return to help a newly united Earth battle its foes in the future.
* In the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode 'There's Something About Leo,' Leo, who had recently become [[RealityWarper an Avatar]], wanted to be able to convince Piper that the Avatars were not a threat [[spoiler:[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans (or at least not as far as he was aware at the time)]]]] by revealing to her that he had become one. Though the other Avatars did not agree with this decision (on the grounds that it would be better
for his hot-headed ways which her and her sisters to discover on their own), they allowed him to try. This all led to a chain of events that resulted in Leo nearly being killed by a potion designed to kill Avatars. And, so, when Alpha and Beta used some of their gathered power to reverse time to just before Leo had told Piper about his allegiance, [[RippleEffectProofMemory he kept quiet about it this time.]]
* Non-time-travel example that is both subversion and lampshading: in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' we learn that Chuck flunking out of Stanford was part of an attempt by his friend/rival to keep
him getting stabbed in a bar fight. from joining spy work. Of course, he learns it didn't quite work out that if not for that bar fight, he wouldn't have become TheCaptain that everybody came to know and love.
** Played with this again in the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" where it is discovered that the destruction of an earlier Enterprise[[note]]The featured ship was the -D, the earlier Enterprise was the -C.[[/note]] helped lead to peace between the Klingons and the Federation.
* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' the faction from the future specifically state while they could've warned Earth about the initial Xindi attack that kills 7 million people, they figured it would only be after the sneak attack that Starfleet would heed the greater danger. Notably it is the attack that leads to the ''Enterprise'' being retrofitted into a warship and the introduction of the famous photon torpedoes.
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** In the famous serial "Genesis of the Daleks", the Doctor states that although the creation of his [[BigBad archenemies the Daleks]] will have horrific consequences for the universe, there is good that will come of it, namely the many species that will join forces out of necessity to defeat them.
** In "The Waters Of Mars", the destruction of the first station on Mars and all of its crew inspired the mission leader's granddaughter to explore space, leading to a long family line of people who would eventually help Earth make peaceful contact with other alien races and eventually become an intergalactic power. Still doesn't make it any easier to tell the people on the Mars station that they're all about to die.
* Non-time-travel example that is both subversion and lampshading: in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' we learn that Chuck flunking out of Stanford was part of an attempt by his friend/rival to keep him from joining spy work. Of course, it didn't quite work out that way.
* In ''Series/MiamiVice'', the two detectives come together over the loss of their partner/brother.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** The difference between Ace Rimmer (what a guy!) and the loser Rimmer is that Ace was held back in school one year. It made him determined to succeed.
** Also, ''Tikka To Ride'' speculates on what would have happened had Oswald's attempt to assassinate UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy been unsuccessful. The answer is not pretty.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The City on the Edge of Forever", Kirk realizes he must allow his LoveInterest Edith Keeler to die in order to prevent a nuclear war--and the triumph of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany in WorldWarII.

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** In the famous serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "Genesis of the Daleks", Daleks"]], the Doctor states that although the creation of his [[BigBad archenemies the Daleks]] will have horrific consequences for the universe, there is good that will come of it, namely the many species that will join forces out of necessity to defeat them.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters Of Mars", of Mars"]], the destruction of the first station on Mars and all of its crew inspired the mission leader's granddaughter to explore space, leading to a long family line of people who would eventually help Earth make peaceful contact with other alien races and eventually become an intergalactic power. Still doesn't make it any easier to tell the people on the Mars station that they're all about to die.
* Non-time-travel example that The first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' demonstrates how this can overlap with WellIntentionedExtremist. The episode explaining [[spoiler:Linderman]]'s motivations is both subversion and lampshading: in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' we learn that Chuck flunking titled ".07%" after the percent of the world's population he's going to wipe out of Stanford was as part of an attempt by his friend/rival to keep him from joining spy work. Of course, plan for world peace. (Incidentally, in the scenes set in the future, it didn't quite work work.)
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' goes into this occasionally: for example, "Lucky Penny" shows how Ted needed to miss
out that way.
* In ''Series/MiamiVice'', the two detectives come together over the loss of their partner/brother.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** The difference between Ace Rimmer (what a guy!) and the loser Rimmer is that Ace was held back in school one year. It made him determined to succeed.
** Also, ''Tikka To Ride'' speculates
on what his dream job because it would have happened had Oswald's attempt moved him to assassinate UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy been unsuccessful. The answer is UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, meaning that he would not pretty.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The City on the Edge of Forever", Kirk realizes he must allow
have met his LoveInterest Edith Keeler to die in order to prevent a nuclear war--and the triumph of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany in WorldWarII.future wife.



* The first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' demonstrates how this can overlap with WellIntentionedExtremist. The episode explaining [[spoiler:Linderman]]'s motivations is titled ".07%" after the percent of the world's population he's going to wipe out as part of his plan for world peace. (Incidentally, in the scenes set in the future, it didn't work.)
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' goes into this occasionally: for example, "Lucky Penny" shows how Ted needed to miss out on his dream job because it would have moved him to UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, meaning that he would not have met his future wife.

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* The first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' demonstrates how this can overlap with WellIntentionedExtremist. The episode explaining [[spoiler:Linderman]]'s motivations is titled ".07%" after In ''Series/MiamiVice'', the percent of two detectives come together over the world's population he's going to wipe out as part loss of his plan for world peace. (Incidentally, in the scenes set in the future, it didn't work.)
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' goes into this occasionally: for example, "Lucky Penny" shows how Ted needed to miss out on his dream job because it would have moved him to UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, meaning that he would not have met his future wife.
their partner/brother.



* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** The difference between Ace Rimmer (what a guy!) and the loser Rimmer is that Ace was held back in school one year. It made him determined to succeed.
** Also, ''Tikka To Ride'' speculates on what would have happened had Oswald's attempt to assassinate UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy been unsuccessful. The answer is not pretty.



* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The City on the Edge of Forever", Kirk realizes he must allow his LoveInterest Edith Keeler to die in order to prevent a nuclear war--and the triumph of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany in WorldWarII.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In the episode "Tapestry", Captain Picard expresses regret for his hot-headed ways which led to him getting stabbed in a bar fight. Of course, he learns that if not for that bar fight, he wouldn't have become TheCaptain that everybody came to know and love.
** Played with this again in the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" where it is discovered that the destruction of an earlier Enterprise[[note]]The featured ship was the -D, the earlier Enterprise was the -C.[[/note]] helped lead to peace between the Klingons and the Federation.
* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' the faction from the future specifically state while they could've warned Earth about the initial Xindi attack that kills 7 million people, they figured it would only be after the sneak attack that Starfleet would heed the greater danger. Notably it is the attack that leads to the ''Enterprise'' being retrofitted into a warship and the introduction of the famous photon torpedoes.



* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz called Jack a "Class A Moron" in front of a reporter. After she was quoted anonymously in print, Jack told Liz that as a child he was, coincidentally enough, labeled a "Class A Moron" by the Massachusetts Public School System and subsequently put in a weird special education class. Liz invokes this trope by telling him that having to overcome that made him the man he is today. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of the episode when it's revealed Jack knew it was Liz all along and made up the whole story to guilt trip her into confessing.]]
* Despite the stigma of the "cursed jacket" from an episode of ''Series/BetterWithYou'', the characters realize that the horrible failures they suffered while wearing it actually led to something better. In one story, if his jacket hadn't fallen, interfering with the game and causing the Yankees to lose, giving him the stigma of "that guy who screwed the Yankees," he would have fallen to his death instead.
* In the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode 'There's Something About Leo,' Leo, who had recently become [[RealityWarper an Avatar]], wanted to be able to convince Piper that the Avatars were not a threat [[spoiler:[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans (or at least not as far as he was aware at the time)]]]] by revealing to her that he had become one. Though the other Avatars did not agree with this decision (on the grounds that it would be better for her and her sisters to discover on their own), they allowed him to try. This all led to a chain of events that resulted in Leo nearly being killed by a potion designed to kill Avatars. And, so, when Alpha and Beta used some of their gathered power to reverse time to just before Leo had told Piper about his allegiance, [[RippleEffectProofMemory he kept quiet about it this time.]]
* Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury: The 'freak mishap' ''Ranger 3'' suffers is the only reason Captain Rogers survives the oncoming nuclear war that wipes out much of civilization and is able to return to help a newly united Earth battle its foes in the future.



* In ''Series/{{The 100}}'', the group sent down to test whether Earth had recovered enough to be habitable were supposed to land near Mount Weather so they could take advantage of the site's shelter and supplies. They actually landed about twenty miles away -- a good thing, since [[spoiler:they would have been much easier prey for the Mountain Men if they had encountered them immediately upon landing]].
12th Feb '17 11:22:43 AM bowserbros
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* Reggie Fils-Amie of [[Creator/Nintendo Nintendo of America]] has describe the UsefulNotes/WiiU as this. It seriously underperformed due to its rushed release date, small library of games, and an abysmal ad campaign that failed to alert people to the fact that it was a brand new console rather than just a spruced-up Wii or an add-on. In response to this, Reggie has clarified that Nintendo will do the best they can to rectify these mistakes, with the current ads for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch making it very clear what the system is and who it's for, as well as having a formidable list of third-party developers backing them up and a strong lineup of games for 2017 (with holiday season, a goldmine of sorts for sales, getting particular focus).

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* Reggie Fils-Amie of [[Creator/Nintendo [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Nintendo of America]] has describe described the UsefulNotes/WiiU as this. It seriously underperformed under-performed due to its rushed release date, its comparatively small library of games, games with frequent droughts during its lifespan, and an abysmal ad campaign that failed to alert people to the fact that it was a brand new console rather than just a spruced-up Wii or an add-on. In response to this, Reggie has clarified that Nintendo will do the best they can to rectify these mistakes, with the current ads for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch making it very clear what the system is and who it's for, as well as having a formidable list of third-party developers backing them up and a strong lineup of games for 2017 (with holiday season, a goldmine of sorts for sales, getting particular focus).
12th Feb '17 11:21:20 AM bowserbros
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* Reggie Fils-Amie of [[Creator/Nintendo Nintendo of America]] has describe the UsefulNotes/WiiU as this. It seriously underperformed due to its rushed release date, small library of games, and an abysmal ad campaign that failed to alert people to the fact that it was a brand new console rather than just a spruced-up Wii or an add-on. In response to this, Reggie has clarified that Nintendo will do the best they can to rectify these mistakes, with the current ads for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch making it very clear what the system is and who it's for, as well as having a formidable list of third-party developers backing them up and a strong lineup of games for 2017 (with holiday season, a goldmine of sorts for sales, getting particular focus).
21st Dec '16 12:53:50 PM dsneybuf
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* Creator/WaltDisney's first[[note]][[OldShame not including]] ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth''[[/note]] live-action musical, ''Film/BabesInToyland'', failed to make a splash at the box office. Consequently, Walt looked for some elements that he could improve on next time he would do a fantasy musical, such as production values, substance, and casting. By managing not to repeat the same mistakes of ''Babes in Toyland'', his next foray into this genre became one of the most beloved movies of his career-''Film/MaryPoppins''.

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* Creator/WaltDisney's first[[note]][[OldShame not including]] ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth''[[/note]] live-action musical, ''Film/BabesInToyland'', failed to make a splash at the box office. Consequently, Walt looked for some elements that he could improve on next time he would do a fantasy musical, such as production values, substance, and casting. By managing not to repeat the same mistakes of ''Babes in Toyland'', his next foray into this genre became one of the most beloved movies of his career-''Film/MaryPoppins''.career -- ''Film/MaryPoppins''.
25th Nov '16 5:58:16 PM Premonition45
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* & In the mid-70s, Lucas wanted to do a feature-film version of ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', so he set out to acquire its rights. But when he was outbid by Dino [=DeLaurentiis=], [[StartMyOwn he decided to create]] [[Franchise/StarWars his own space opera]].

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* & ** In the mid-70s, Lucas wanted to do a feature-film version of ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', so he set out to acquire its rights. But when he was outbid by Dino [=DeLaurentiis=], [[StartMyOwn he decided to create]] [[Franchise/StarWars his own space opera]].
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See also MyGreatestFailure, MiseryBuildsCharacter, and ItsAWonderfulPlot.

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See also MyGreatestFailure, MiseryBuildsCharacter, ItsAWonderfulPlot, and ItsAWonderfulPlot.CareerBuildingBlunder.



* Creator/GeorgeLucas wanted to be a race-car driver, but a crash pre-empted that career path. He turned his attention to making movies instead.

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* Creator/GeorgeLucas wanted to be a race-car driver, but a near-fatal crash pre-empted preempted that career path. He turned his attention to making movies instead.instead.
*& In the mid-70s, Lucas wanted to do a feature-film version of ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', so he set out to acquire its rights. But when he was outbid by Dino [=DeLaurentiis=], [[StartMyOwn he decided to create]] [[Franchise/StarWars his own space opera]].
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