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7th Jan '16 6:31:38 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SpaceQuest VI'', the shuttle's automatic co-pilot, [[PunnyName Manuel Override]], tells Roger he's "97.2 percent certain" he can get the shuttle to Delta Burksulon V after damage caused by a NegativeSpaceWedgie is repaired. Roger questions the odds:
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* In ''SpaceQuest VI'', ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestVIRogerWilcoInTheSpinalFrontier'', the shuttle's automatic co-pilot, [[PunnyName Manuel Override]], tells Roger he's "97.2 percent certain" he can get the shuttle to Delta Burksulon V after damage caused by a NegativeSpaceWedgie is repaired. Roger questions the odds:
22nd Dec '15 11:57:41 PM SSJMagus
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*** In ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries Isard's Revenge]]'', it's revealed that this has even rubbed off on Wedge's ''astromech droid'', who considers calculation of odds to be a waste of its valuable microprocessor time. Ironically, Corran's own droid "Whistler" (which was built and programmed on Corellia), is the one who received this response from Wedge's droid.
21st Dec '15 3:25:50 PM ultimomant
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* In the two-part episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' where Yuma duels Charlie [=McCoy=], Charlie's [[ClingyMacGuffin Number]] gives him unearthly luck, enabling him to roll a six on his gamble-cards every time. Astral - who seems to have incredible skills with mathematics - keeps calculating how unlikely the odds of are of so many lucky rolls, and it gets annoying until it reaches the StopHelpingMe level.
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* In the two-part episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' where Yuma duels Charlie [=McCoy=], Charlie's [[ClingyMacGuffin Number]] gives him unearthly luck, enabling him to roll a six on his gamble-cards every time. Astral - who seems to have incredible skills with mathematics - keeps calculating how unlikely the odds of are of so many lucky rolls, and it gets annoying until it reaches the StopHelpingMe level.
12th Dec '15 7:35:03 PM nombretomado
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* Star Wars again: Rogue Squadron (mostly in the [[XWingSeries X-Wing novels]], but also everywhere else) succeeds in so many "impossible" and "one-in-a-million" missions that their unofficial motto is, "Impossible is our stock in trade". Given that they were founded by the only two X-Wing pilots to survive the first Death Star...
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* Star Wars again: Rogue Squadron (mostly in the [[XWingSeries [[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing novels]], but also everywhere else) succeeds in so many "impossible" and "one-in-a-million" missions that their unofficial motto is, "Impossible is our stock in trade". Given that they were founded by the only two X-Wing pilots to survive the first Death Star...
1st Dec '15 3:31:30 PM Yora
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* In ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', Cooper tries to dock the shuttle with the out of control spinning main vessel. (In probably the most intense action scene in the whole movie.) --> '''CASE:''' ''"It is not possible."'' --> '''Cooper:''' ''"No. It's necessary."''
24th Oct '15 11:12:22 AM MarcW
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Added Belgarion's risen-from-the-dead story.
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* At one point, Belgarion, the rather impetuous hero (and newly empowered sorcerer) of David Eddings' ''Belgariad,'' attempts to bring a stillborn colt back to life. His grandfather, the ancient sorcerer Belgarath, tries to stop him, but he won't listen. When it works, his grandfather explains to him that he could have hurt or killed himself (which is what often happens to sorcerers who try to do the impossible,) because to bring something back to life ''you have to understand Death''. Up to now, it's turned out nobody understood Death ''that'' well. This becomes important later.
27th Sep '15 4:47:10 PM Adept
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* ''CodeGeass''' penultimate episode has a countermeasure for the [[SphereOfDestruction FLEIJA superweapon]]; however, in order to work properly the user needs to input critical information 19 seconds before the explosion, and activated, the window of opportunity is only four-hundredths of a second. [[spoiler:Lelouch and Suzaku, working together, manage to pull it off.]] ** Also in ''CodeGeass'' in episode 2 Cecile says to Suzaku that "It's possible, but the chances are close to zero." In one of the previous scenes he asked Cecile if his friend Lelouch can be alive. Unsurprisingly it turns out that he is alive [[spoiler: and leads terrorist force against Britanian army.]]
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* ''CodeGeass''' ''Anime/CodeGeass''' penultimate episode has a countermeasure for the [[SphereOfDestruction FLEIJA superweapon]]; however, in order to work properly the user needs to input critical information 19 seconds before the explosion, and activated, the window of opportunity is only four-hundredths of a second. [[spoiler:Lelouch and Suzaku, working together, manage to pull it off.]] ** Also in ''CodeGeass'' ''Code Geass'' in episode 2 Cecile says to Suzaku that "It's possible, but the chances are close to zero." In one of the previous scenes he asked Cecile if his friend Lelouch can be alive. Unsurprisingly it turns out that he is alive [[spoiler: and leads terrorist force against Britanian army.]]

* Inverted in ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'', where not only does everyone ''want'' to know the odds, at one point Hiruma reminds the team that 99% chance of winning is still 1% chance of losing.
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* Inverted in ''{{Eyeshield ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', where not only does everyone ''want'' to know the odds, at one point Hiruma reminds the team that 99% chance of winning is still 1% chance of losing.

* Averted in ''{{Kaiji}}'', which is about gambling - the path to success is to find a strategy or cheat that leaves as little as possible to chance. In the first season finale, [[spoiler: Kaiji's rigged lottery fails and he panics, taking a blind chance for the first time and missing an opening purposefully left him by the BigBad. He suffers a humiliating defeat]].
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* Averted in ''{{Kaiji}}'', ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'', which is about gambling - the path to success is to find a strategy or cheat that leaves as little as possible to chance. In the first season finale, [[spoiler: Kaiji's rigged lottery fails and he panics, taking a blind chance for the first time and missing an opening purposefully left him by the BigBad. He suffers a humiliating defeat]].

* In the first arc of ''{{Slayers}}'' Lina expresses a logical explanation for this trope: If you dwell on the fact that you only have a MillionToOneChance, you'll go in expecting to fail, which guarantees that you will. * Also happens enough times in ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. When [[spoiler: anti-spiral Nia]] tells Simon that the probability of success is less than one percent, Simon says that as long as it is not zero, it's as good as 100%. Lampshaded and taken BeyondTheImpossible when the Dai-Gurren Dan is faced with an actual ''zero percent chance.'' As [[spoiler: Lordgenome's head]] states: "This operation had a zero percent chance of succeeding, but it seems that theoretical calculations are pointless with you." Sheer awesomeness and RuleOfCool beat even impossible odds!
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* In the first arc of ''{{Slayers}}'' ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' Lina expresses a logical explanation for this trope: If you dwell on the fact that you only have a MillionToOneChance, you'll go in expecting to fail, which guarantees that you will. * Also happens enough times in ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. When [[spoiler: anti-spiral Nia]] tells Simon that the probability of success is less than one percent, Simon says that as long as it is not zero, it's as good as 100%. Lampshaded and taken BeyondTheImpossible when the Dai-Gurren Dan is faced with an actual ''zero percent chance.'' As [[spoiler: Lordgenome's head]] states: "This operation had a zero percent chance of succeeding, but it seems that theoretical calculations are pointless with you." Sheer awesomeness and RuleOfCool beat even impossible odds!

* Dr. Ichigaki in ''YuYuHakusho''
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* Dr. Ichigaki in ''YuYuHakusho''''Manga/YuYuHakusho''
21st Sep '15 3:30:59 AM MechWarrior
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'''Han Solo:''' [[TropeNamer Never tell me the odds]]!
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'''Han Solo:''' [[TropeNamer [[TropeNamers Never tell me the odds]]!

A character is told by the SmartGuy or StrawVulcan that [[IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect If His Calculations Are Correct]] then it's a MillionToOneChance of them succeeding and/or surviving. Naturally, the {{Determinator}} presses on anyway. [[HotBlooded Naturally, he succeeds, proving statistical analysis to be useless.]]
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A character is told by the SmartGuy TheSmartGuy or StrawVulcan that [[IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect If His Calculations Are Correct]] then it's a MillionToOneChance of them succeeding and/or surviving. Naturally, the {{Determinator}} presses on anyway. [[HotBlooded Naturally, he succeeds, proving statistical analysis to be useless.]]
13th Aug '15 7:54:49 PM Premonition45
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On second thought, that was Never Tell Me The Odds.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", Bender's memory chip has been sent to Bureacracy headquarters, [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles but the central filing room is filled with thousands of identical containers]]. The head bureaucrat, Bureaucrat 1.0, allows Hermes to search for the chip, but tells him he has to find it by closing time, 5 PM. Leela points out he'd have less than 5 minutes, to which Hermes simply says [[ThemeMusicPowerUp "Requisition me a beat."]] before looking.
5th Aug '15 7:38:40 PM Premonition45
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", Bender's memory chip has been sent to Bureacracy headquarters, [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles but the central filing room is filled with thousands of identical containers]]. The head bureaucrat, Bureaucrat 1.0, allows Hermes to search for the chip, but tells him he has to find it by closing time, 5 PM. Leela points out he'd have less than 5 minutes, to which Hermes simply says [[ThemeMusicPowerUp "Requisition me a beat."]] before looking.
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