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8th May '18 9:38:10 AM IamTheCaligula
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-->Observing this near impossible escape from certain death, Frito wondered how much longer the authors were going to get away with such tripe. He wasn't the only one.

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-->Observing this near impossible escape from certain death, Frito wondered how much longer [[WhoWritesThisCrap the authors were going to get away with such tripe. tripe.]] [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs He wasn't the only one.]]
27th Apr '18 11:42:14 PM BobRiddle
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* The GrandFinale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is spectacularly anticlimactic, seeing as the army of EliteMooks is easily defeated by ''two'' separate {{Ass Pull}}s. The fact that the season's BigBad is incorporeal, and cannot be directly fought (thus shooting down any chance of a satisfying FinalBattle against it to begin with) does not help matters.

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* The GrandFinale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is spectacularly anticlimactic, seeing as the army of EliteMooks is easily defeated by ''two'' separate {{Ass Pull}}s. The fact that the season's BigBad is incorporeal, and cannot be directly fought fought[[note]]though ''VideoGame/BuffyTheVampireSlayerChaosBleeds'' gives you Hope's Dagger, which ''can'' harm said Big Bad[[/note]] (thus shooting down any chance of a satisfying FinalBattle against it to begin with) does not help matters.
13th Apr '18 8:20:00 AM merotoker
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This AudienceReaction describes a situation in which, when you should be thinking, "How are the heroes going to get themselves out of this one?" you're instead thinking, "What contrived plot device is going to arise at the last minute and rescue them?"

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This AudienceReaction {{Audience Reaction|s}} describes a situation in which, when you should be thinking, "How are the heroes going to get themselves out of this one?" you're instead thinking, "What contrived plot device is going to arise at the last minute and rescue them?"



* ''Manga/FairyTail''

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* ''Manga/FairyTail''''Manga/FairyTail'':



* ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' has LampshadeHanging on one instance of this:

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* ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' has LampshadeHanging on {{lampshade|Hanging}}s one instance of this:



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' The White Walkers army can't be stopped, their leader can raise all his fallen enemies by waving his hands and the good guys just lost their WeakSauceWeakness in a fire. Thankfully for TheHero the tv producers confirmed the fan theory that Valyrian sword works on them too or it would have been even more hopeless.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' The White Walkers army can't be stopped, their leader can raise all his fallen enemies by waving his hands and the good guys just lost their WeakSauceWeakness WeaksauceWeakness in a fire. Thankfully for TheHero the tv producers confirmed the fan theory that Valyrian sword works on them too or it would have been even more hopeless.



* Dragons can become this if handled improperly in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', and BOY do {{Game Master}}s seem to handle them improperly.
** It should be noted that Shadowrun is pretty explicitly a CrapsackWorld, and if your party has screwed up to the point of getting dragon'd the GM probably isn't going to [[AnyoneCanDie save them now]].

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* Dragons can become this if handled improperly in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', and BOY do {{Game Master}}s seem to handle them improperly.
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improperly. It should be noted that Shadowrun is pretty explicitly a CrapsackWorld, and if your party has screwed up to the point of getting dragon'd the GM probably isn't going to [[AnyoneCanDie save them now]].



* {{Parodied|Trope}} by Blog/HowToWriteBadlyWell: "[[http://writebadlywell.blogspot.com/2010/05/write-yourself-into-corner.html Write yourself into a corner]]"

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* {{Parodied|Trope}} by Blog/HowToWriteBadlyWell: ''Blog/HowToWriteBadlyWell'': "[[http://writebadlywell.blogspot.com/2010/05/write-yourself-into-corner.html Write yourself into a corner]]"
18th Mar '18 3:16:14 AM Snow_Fire
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* The destruction of the One Ring in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings.'' [[ArtifactOfDoom The Ring]] was overwhelming Frodo's resistance at the last, and it was simply not believable that he would be able to throw it into the Cracks of Doom. Then Gollum attacked - and died a DisneyVillainDeath that just "happened" to take the One Ring with him. [[TropesAreTools This ties into one of the themes of the book]]: that [[HumansAreFlawed humans CANNOT redeem themselves entirely on their own]] and must simply do the best they can and rely on [[DeusExMachina divine grace]] to take care of the rest.\\
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This is saved from being a straight AssPull because the text earlier sets up the point. Frodo foreshadows Gollum's death when he threatens to use the One as a matter of last resort to command Gollum to throw himself from a high place or into fire, suggesting that Frodo in fact commanded Gollum to leap, and Gollum's will held just long enough to get the ring. Likewise, Gandalf, as an angel, is the most in tune with the divine plan, and he comments repeatedly that "the pity of Bilbo" may rule many fates, and that Gollum may have some role to play. It easily fits Tolkien's Christian eschatology.



* The [[spoiler:Shadow Rise]] boss battle in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has this happening. The Shadow analyzes you and makes it impossible to hit her. After a few turns of attacks missing, a cutscene ensues where she tries to kill you. The only reason you are saved is because Teddie unleashes an awesome power and kicks her ass. Then, [[spoiler:you fight his Shadow.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': during the final battle [[spoiler:with Zemus/Zeromus, the heroes are initially defeated, only for their friends to revive them through ''prayer'']].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' had the exact same thing happen. [[spoiler: Killed by final boss, revived by dead super-wizards, HeroicRematch]].

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* The [[spoiler:Shadow Rise]] boss battle in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has this happening. The Shadow analyzes you and makes it impossible to hit her. After a few turns its share of attacks missing, a cutscene ensues where she tries to kill you. The only reason you unstoppable giant space fleas that show up near the end before getting stopped anyway. (At least the characters are saved is because Teddie unleashes an awesome power and kicks her ass. Then, [[spoiler:you fight his Shadow.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': during the final battle [[spoiler:with Zemus/Zeromus, the heroes are initially defeated, only for their friends to revive them through ''prayer'']].
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certainly established as capable of taking out a wide array of horrors.) ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' had the exact same thing happen. [[spoiler: Killed by and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' 's heroes both suffer an initial defeat in their final boss, revived by dead super-wizards, HeroicRematch]].battle, only for their friends to revive them through ''prayer'' for a HeroicRematch.
5th Mar '18 10:22:36 PM LinTaylor
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*** The show had two different ways the villain could have been beaten in a more satisfying manner, but both of them were shot down in-story: [[spoiler:the plan to seal Zamasu away with the Mafuba (Evil Containment Wave) failed because Goku suddenly became ForgetfulJones for the sake of comedy]], then during the final battle [[spoiler:Zamasu [[FusionDance fuses]] with Goku Black, only for their fused body to become corrupted and malformed specifically because it's the result of an immortal and mortal fusing. Future Trunks then [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut them in half]], which would have been the ideal ending for the arc, only for Zamasu's spirit to come back and ShootTheShaggyDog.]]
3rd Mar '18 9:58:50 PM Eagal
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** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' continues the tradition of not knowing what to do with villains that obtain CompleteImmortality. Sure you can beat them around all you want, but they will always come back for more. It takes a literal DeusExMachina to defeat [[spoiler: Future Zeemasu]] after he transforms into the very fabric of the universe. [[spoiler: Goku accidentally summons [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse Zeno]], by sticking his hand in a pocket, who promptly [[{{Retgone}} erases the timeline from existence]] when he sees what's going on.]]

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** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' continues the tradition of not knowing what to do with villains that obtain CompleteImmortality. Sure you can beat them around all you want, but they will always come back for more. It takes a literal DeusExMachina to defeat [[spoiler: Future Zeemasu]] Zamasu]] after he transforms into the very fabric of the universe. [[spoiler: Goku accidentally summons [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse Zeno]], by sticking his hand in a pocket, who promptly [[{{Retgone}} erases the timeline from existence]] when he sees what's going on.]]
25th Feb '18 9:20:14 PM BobRiddle
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* ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'': The Beast Planet is so many leagues above the heroes that the only thing that saves them from being a snack is [[spoiler:the Prison Planet's teleporter, which allows them to teleport it away and make it Planet Reptizar's problems instead]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'': The Beast Planet is so many leagues above the heroes that the only thing that saves them from being a snack is [[spoiler:the Prison Planet's teleporter, which allows them to teleport it away and make it Planet Reptizar's problems problem instead]].
29th Jan '18 12:51:28 AM Manw0name
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** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': Averted to the very end, until the final enemy, who feeds on sadness, is defeated by [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath"hopes and dreams."]]

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** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': Averted to the very end, until the final enemy, who feeds on sadness, is defeated by [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath"hopes [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath hopes and dreams."]] ]]
29th Jan '18 12:50:38 AM Manw0name
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** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': Averted to the very end, until the final enemy, who feeds on sadness, is defeated by "hopes and dreams." While it's not completely out of the blue like the season one examples, it's still pretty lame. It would probably have been better received if ''the dreams in question'' weren't invented wholecloth for the episode with no previous explanation. (Okay, Jou at least got a {{retcon}} where he decided to enter the medical profession after all... [[AllThereInTheManual in a drama CD]]... [[ShaggyDogStory after spending a good portion of season one convincing his parents to let him do something else]].)

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** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': Averted to the very end, until the final enemy, who feeds on sadness, is defeated by "hopes [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath"hopes and dreams." While it's not completely out of the blue like the season one examples, it's still pretty lame. It would probably have been better received if ''the dreams in question'' weren't invented wholecloth for the episode with no previous explanation. (Okay, Jou at least got a {{retcon}} where he decided to enter the medical profession after all... [[AllThereInTheManual in a drama CD]]... [[ShaggyDogStory after spending a good portion of season one convincing his parents to let him do something else]].)"]]
21st Jan '18 3:43:40 PM BobRiddle
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* ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'': The Beast Planet is so many leagues above the heroes that the only thing that saves them from being a snack is [[spoiler:the Prison Planet's teleporter, which allows them to teleport it away and make it Planet Reptizar's problems instead]].
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