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11th Apr '17 9:03:41 PM LadySugarQuill
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone the first book]] Harry's about to be killed by [[spoiler: Quirrel, but Quirrel suddenly starts grabbing him with bare hands rather than with magic, like he did just before, and it turns out [[ThePowerOfLove his mother's sacrifice infused him with power to burn evil on contact]]]].
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets the second book]] Harry's about to be killed by [[spoiler:the Basilisk, but Dumbledore sends a phoenix to his rescue]].
** Inverted in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban the third book]] where the heroes have discovered what is really going on have the villain in custody and are preparing to live happily ever after, when one character forgets the thing his life revolves around, which allows the villain to escape causing the plot of the next four books.
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire the fourth book]], [[RunningGag Harry's about to be killed by]] [[spoiler: Voldemort, when it turns out that their wands share cores and can't fight against each other, and there's a conveniently placed Portkey nearby]]. This is clearly planned all along since the fact of the shared cores was mentioned in the first book when Harry was buying his wand, but it comes across as a contrivance because Harry (and thus the reader) was never told what effect this would have.
** This trope was lampshaded in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix the fifth book]], when both the above examples are touted by Hermione and other members of the DA as evidence for why Harry was qualified to teach the DA, much to the frustration of ''Harry'', who keeps trying to explain that those things happened completely by coincidence and had nothing to do with his intelligence or skill (everyone just ignores him and points instead at the things he ''did'' do all on his own).
** In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the seventh book]] when Voldemort needs someone to check if Harry is alive, the one who chooses to do so is the only one who would lie for information only Harry would know. But of course, that was the point.
11th Apr '17 9:00:37 PM LadySugarQuill
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* ''Sluagh'' is the second book in the [[Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness DAYD canon]], focusing on Neville Longbottom. In it, a 22-year-old Neville takes the remaining members of Dumbledore's Army into battle against another Dark wizard, and [[spoiler: Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione and Neville's new wife Hannah are brutally, horrifically slaughtered.]] Except the first book in DAYD canon had an epilogue that contradicted all of that, so you just ''knew'' there'd be a big magic ResetButton lurking somewhere...
26th Mar '17 9:05:26 AM Demotivator
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** In the Alvarez arc, the two strongest members of the Spriggan 12 both end up killing themselves. Irene Belserion, [[spoiler:Erza's mother,]] overwhelms Erza and Wendy throughout their fight and remains standing even after Erza's final attack; with both Erza and Wendy completely defenseless and at her mercy, she promptly guts herself. August, having [[CurbStompBattle dominated]] Gildarts and Cana, emerges from Gildarts' final attack relatively unharmed and decides to end the battle by killing everyone with a suicide attack. [[StupidSacrifice He ends up stopping his attack anyway, killing only himself]].

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** In the Alvarez arc, the two strongest members of the Spriggan 12 12, who are only topped by Zeref and Acnologia in terms of power, both end up killing themselves. Irene Belserion, [[spoiler:Erza's mother,]] overwhelms Erza and Wendy throughout their fight and remains standing even after Erza's final attack; with both Erza and Wendy completely defenseless and at her mercy, she promptly guts herself. August, having [[CurbStompBattle dominated]] Gildarts and Cana, emerges from Gildarts' final attack relatively unharmed and decides to end the battle by killing everyone with a suicide attack. [[StupidSacrifice He ends up stopping his attack anyway, killing only himself]].



** And now we have Ywhach, the final BigBad of the series who is pretty much Aizen 2.0. He steamrolls ''everyone'' that goes against him (including Yamamoto, the head of the Gotei 13 who has the ''power of a sun''), manages to get into the Soul King palace, beats his Elite Guards by reviving his own elite guards after they're initially defeated, and manages to take the Soul King's power and merge with it. His power at this point boils down to being a RealityWarper who can see and manipulate every possible future to his whim, even outright breaking the rules of other powers if he wants. By this point, readers are wondering if there's even a way for him and his cronies to be beaten since every new power the heroes use doesn't seem to put them down for very long. [[spoiler:Ironically, Aizen proves to be crucial to his defeat, distracting Ywhach long enough for Ichigo to [[AntiClimax kill him with one shot]]. When Ywhach uses his power to bring himself back from the dead, Ishida negates his powers, which leads to him dying immediately from a single attack from Ichigo.]]
** This is also true of Gerard Valkyrie, "The Miracle". His power amounts to getting bigger, stronger, and faster whenever he's attacked, no matter how thoroughly his body is destroyed. [[spoiler:In the end, Ywhach had to kill him off by taking back the power he'd been granted, simply because there was no believable way for the heroes to win against such a cheap opponent. The same goes for all the remaining Sternritter, whose powers pretty much amounted to "I'm invincible."]]

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** And now we have Ywhach, Yhwach, the final BigBad of the series who is pretty much Aizen 2.0. He steamrolls ''everyone'' that goes against him (including Yamamoto, the head of the Gotei 13 who has the ''power of a sun''), manages to get into the Soul King palace, beats his Elite Guards by reviving his own elite guards after they're initially defeated, and manages to take the Soul King's power and merge with it. His power at this point boils down to being a RealityWarper who can see and manipulate every possible future to his whim, even outright breaking the rules of other powers if he wants. By this point, readers are wondering if there's even a way for him and his cronies to be beaten since every new power the heroes use doesn't seem to put them down for very long. [[spoiler:Ironically, Aizen proves to be crucial to his defeat, distracting Ywhach Yhwach long enough for Ichigo to [[AntiClimax kill him with one shot]]. When Ywhach Yhwach uses his power to bring himself back from the dead, Ishida negates his powers, which leads to him dying immediately from a single attack from Ichigo.]]
** This is also true of Gerard Valkyrie, "The Miracle". His power amounts to getting bigger, stronger, and faster whenever he's attacked, no matter how thoroughly his body is destroyed. [[spoiler:In the end, Ywhach Yhwach had to kill him off by taking back the power he'd been granted, simply because there was no believable way for the heroes to win against such a cheap opponent. The same goes for all the remaining Sternritter, whose powers pretty much amounted to "I'm invincible."]]
26th Mar '17 9:03:04 AM Demotivator
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* It's common in ''Manga/FairyTail'' for Natsu to win the final battle of any given arc by means of random temporary power-up, some of which are better handled than others. The first time was against Jellal, when it turned out he could eat Etherion, then with Zero when [[spoiler:Jellal]] gave him a special magical boost, though that time it was justified because [[spoiler:Jellal was intentionally replicating the same effect that first allowed Natsu to beat him]]. DoubleSubversion in the Tenrou Island arc where Natsu is losing and suddenly gets the ability to also use lightning [[spoiler:from Laxus]] only to continue to lose, but then it turns out that the Exceed who wandered off earlier stumble upon the BigBad's weakness and destroy it, unknowingly giving Natsu and company the edge they need to win.

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* ''Manga/FairyTail''
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It's common in ''Manga/FairyTail'' for Natsu to win the final battle of any given arc by means of random temporary power-up, some of which are better handled than others. The first time was against Jellal, when it turned out he could eat Etherion, then with Zero when [[spoiler:Jellal]] gave him a special magical boost, though that time it was justified because [[spoiler:Jellal was intentionally replicating the same effect that first allowed Natsu to beat him]]. DoubleSubversion in the Tenrou Island arc where Natsu is losing and suddenly gets the ability to also use lightning [[spoiler:from Laxus]] only to continue to lose, but then it turns out that the Exceed who wandered off earlier stumble upon the BigBad's weakness and destroy it, unknowingly giving Natsu and company the edge they need to win.win.
** In the Alvarez arc, the two strongest members of the Spriggan 12 both end up killing themselves. Irene Belserion, [[spoiler:Erza's mother,]] overwhelms Erza and Wendy throughout their fight and remains standing even after Erza's final attack; with both Erza and Wendy completely defenseless and at her mercy, she promptly guts herself. August, having [[CurbStompBattle dominated]] Gildarts and Cana, emerges from Gildarts' final attack relatively unharmed and decides to end the battle by killing everyone with a suicide attack. [[StupidSacrifice He ends up stopping his attack anyway, killing only himself]].
2nd Feb '17 11:29:16 PM BobRiddle
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* In ''Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E26ToWhereAndBackAgainPart2'', Chrysalis' AntiMagic throne has rendered Starlight's group completely powerless and they have no means of fighting back, leading to all of them getting captured. What ultimately saves them? [[spoiler: The last-minute HeelRaceTurn of Chrysalis' swarm]].
24th Jan '17 11:52:24 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'' is no stranger to this, especially during the GeorgePerez reboot that put more emphasis on magic and mythology. Perez's first Circe storyline stands as an especially shining example, with Circe more-or-less curbstomping all the good guys until she gets her clock cleaned by a ''literal'' God, namely [[spoiler:Hermes]].
6th Jan '17 2:28:58 AM craigj
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** A villainous example, this happens to [[BigBad Kira Yoshikage]] in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]]. When he paints himself into a corner, the [[{{Macguffin}} Stand Arrow]] suddenly reveals a few new features, moving on its own to give him the new power to [[GroundhogDayLoop do that day over]]. This [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow trope]] becomes a feature of the Arrow, granting only [[PlotArmor certain characters]] a [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new power]] to survive their current danger.

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** A villainous example, this happens to [[BigBad Kira Yoshikage]] in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]]. When he paints himself into a corner, the [[{{Macguffin}} Stand Arrow]] suddenly reveals a few new features, functions, moving on its own to give him the new power to [[GroundhogDayLoop do that day over]]. This [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow trope]] essentially becomes a feature of the Arrow, granting only [[PlotArmor certain characters]] a [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new power]] to survive their current danger.
6th Jan '17 2:24:42 AM craigj
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has been a [[PrintLongRunners decades-spanning]] series of weekly perils. Naturally, it has run-ins with this trope, especially during story climaxes where [[SoLastSeason abilities escalate]].
** [[BigBad Kars]] in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency Part 2]] becomes completely immortal and all Joseph can do is run. Luckily, Kars just so happens to get caught in a volcanic explosion that launches him into outer space. Joseph is just as surprised by that turn of events but pretends [[JustAsPlanned it was planned]].
** [[BigBad Dio]] in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3]] has, [[ComboPlatterPowers among others]], the ability to [[TimeStandsStill stop time]], rendering the heroes completely helpless. Fortunately, Jotaro happens to awaken to the [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands same exact power]] while fighting him. [[SuperPowerLottery Even more luckily]], it comes packaged with the ability to think, observe, and move while Dio freezes time.
** A villainous example, this happens to [[BigBad Kira Yoshikage]] in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]]. When he paints himself into a corner, the [[{{Macguffin}} Stand Arrow]] suddenly reveals a few new features, moving on its own to give him the new power to [[GroundhogDayLoop do that day over]]. This [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow trope]] becomes a feature of the Arrow, granting only [[PlotArmor certain characters]] a [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new power]] to survive their current danger.
** In [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Part 5]], the protagonists are once again faced with a [[BigBad villain]] with a power they cannot counter. Or even [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm describe sensibly]]. So the Stand Arrow does its thing, jumping out of the villain's hand to grant Giorno the new power to [[NoSell just prevent every attack against him]].
1st Jan '17 3:45:55 AM Tron80
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* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' storyline [[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga Dark Phoenix]] has to give Jean a split personality (before the {{Retcon}}), or else there would be no way to stop it. WordOfGod: The writers of the {{Retcon}} were basing it on clues in the original storyline. Jean ''did'' say something about the Phoenix being part of the cosmos and needing to be sent back where it belongs.

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* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' storyline [[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga Dark Phoenix]] ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga'' has to give Jean Comicbook/JeanGrey a split personality (before the {{Retcon}}), or else there would be no way to stop it. WordOfGod: The writers of the {{Retcon}} were basing it on clues in the original storyline. Jean ''did'' say something about the Phoenix being part of the cosmos and needing to be sent back where it belongs.
27th Dec '16 11:11:13 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''FanFic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'' ends this way.

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