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13th Jul '17 9:07:24 AM VolcanoWorld
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* In "99 Luftballoons", this trope is applied to an international scale.
25th Jun '17 1:56:46 PM Lightblade
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* LearnedFromTheNews: When others put off delivering personal news to someone for so long that they find out from public news media.
12th Jun '17 11:33:32 PM bjex
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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare seemed to be fond of this trope. The most famous example is probably ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', where Juliet fakes her own death, and her message to Romeo explaining the situation never reaches him, causing Romeo to kill Paris and commit suicide. Upon discovering this, Juliet also kills herself.

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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare seemed to be fond of this trope. The most famous example is probably ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', where Juliet fakes her own death, and her the message to Romeo explaining the situation never reaches him, causing Romeo to kill Paris and commit suicide. Upon discovering this, Juliet also kills herself.
10th May '17 2:26:40 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': When Kitten is forced to [[spoiler:exchange his caretaker post]] with the Fab Custodes, he leaves just before the Emperor wakes up and asks for explanation. [[spoiler:Dorn]] could've set things straight, but doesn't say a word, the Fab Custodes lie about the true reason, and when [[spoiler:Magnus]] go to ask Kitten about the truth, he tells the heartbroken Custodian that [[spoiler:the Emperor doesn't care for him because he (Magnus) is finally done with the Emperor's shit]]. It was literally two seconds that ruined everything.

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* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': When Kitten is forced to [[spoiler:exchange his caretaker post]] with the Fab Custodes, he leaves just before the Emperor wakes up and asks for explanation. [[spoiler:Dorn]] could've set things straight, but doesn't say a word, the Fab Custodes lie about the true reason, and when [[spoiler:Magnus]] go to ask Kitten about the truth, he tells the heartbroken Custodian that [[spoiler:the Emperor doesn't care for him because he (Magnus) is finally done with the Emperor's shit]]. It was literally two seconds that ruined everything. [[spoiler: A later episode reveals that this is a gambit on Emp's part, and Dorn isn't in on it but does see it for what it is.]]
10th May '17 2:21:53 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** It gets worse: when Vaarsuvius [[spoiler:tells V's mate Inkyrius that V made a DealWithTheDevil to save V's mate and their children]], and Inkyrius gets angry. V insists that Inkyrius doesn't know the whole story. Inkyrius admits this, but calls V on [[spoiler:keeping the power V needed to save their family]], and asks V to make a choice between V's power and their family. V could have tried to explain more, if only to justify why V needs (or wants) to hold on to the power a little longer, but instead V just says that V needs to make everything right again. An ultimatum had been issued and time was slipping away, but for someone who wants to keep both, V certainly isn't acting in a manner that will let V do so. Though V's mental state may be justified.

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** It gets worse: when Vaarsuvius [[spoiler:tells V's mate Inkyrius that V made a DealWithTheDevil to save V's mate and their children]], and Inkyrius gets angry. V insists that Inkyrius doesn't know the whole story. Inkyrius admits this, but calls V on [[spoiler:keeping the power V needed to save their family]], and asks V to make a choice between V's power and their family. V could have tried to explain more, if only to justify why V needs (or wants) to hold on to the power a little longer, but instead V just says that V needs to make everything right again. An ultimatum had been issued and time was slipping away, but for someone who wants to keep both, V certainly isn't acting in a manner that will let V do so. Though V's mental state may be justified.justified (for one thing, the sleep deprivation from the last entry is at it's worst here).
5th May '17 1:16:18 PM zarpaulus
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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Lieutenant Ebbirnoth, the company's de facto Xenobiologist, spends a large chunk of Book 16 [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2016-04-13 unable to speak]] intelligibly due to a botched resurrection. [[spoiler: Otherwise he could have warned the others about the Essperin ability to merge with technology.]]
22nd Apr '17 8:42:28 PM nombretomado
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* A literal example in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' Simon Wood mistakes Darnell Butler for a player of the game (not altogether unreasonable, as he is holding a bloodied sword) and attacks, obstentatiously to [[HeroicSacrifice buy his girlfriend time to escape]]. Before Darnell can get the chance to explain, he has [[spoiler:accidentally killed Simon.]]

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* A literal example in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' Simon Wood mistakes Darnell Butler for a player of the game (not altogether unreasonable, as he is holding a bloodied sword) and attacks, obstentatiously to [[HeroicSacrifice buy his girlfriend time to escape]]. Before Darnell can get the chance to explain, he has [[spoiler:accidentally killed Simon.]]
22nd Mar '17 11:21:21 AM adbrown
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** It gets worse: when V [[spoiler:tells V's mate that V made a DealWithTheDevil to save V's mate and their children]], and ze gets angry. V insists that ze doesn't know the whole story. Ze admits this, but calls V on [[spoiler:keeping the power V needed to save their family]], and asks V to make a choice between V's power and their family. V could have tried to explain more, if only to justify hirself and why V needs (or wants) to keep V's power a little longer, but instead V just says that V needs to make everything right again. An ultimatum had been issued and time was slipping away, but for someone who wants to keep both, V certainly isn't acting in a manner that will let V do so. Though V's mental state may be justified.

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** It gets worse: when V Vaarsuvius [[spoiler:tells V's mate Inkyrius that V made a DealWithTheDevil to save V's mate and their children]], and ze Inkyrius gets angry. V insists that ze Inkyrius doesn't know the whole story. Ze Inkyrius admits this, but calls V on [[spoiler:keeping the power V needed to save their family]], and asks V to make a choice between V's power and their family. V could have tried to explain more, if only to justify hirself and why V needs (or wants) to keep V's hold on to the power a little longer, but instead V just says that V needs to make everything right again. An ultimatum had been issued and time was slipping away, but for someone who wants to keep both, V certainly isn't acting in a manner that will let V do so. Though V's mental state may be justified.
5th Mar '17 6:29:59 PM nombretomado
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* The famous "{{Marvel}} misunderstanding" -- [[LetsYouAndHimFight the stock situation in which superheroes who unexpectedly run into each other promptly start a fight because at least one side jumps to the conclusion that the other is up to no good]]. Once in a while even lampshaded by more self-aware characters (such as ComicBook/{{Quasar}} in one of his own issues).

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* The famous "{{Marvel}} "{{Creator/Marvel}} misunderstanding" -- [[LetsYouAndHimFight the stock situation in which superheroes who unexpectedly run into each other promptly start a fight because at least one side jumps to the conclusion that the other is up to no good]]. Once in a while even lampshaded by more self-aware characters (such as ComicBook/{{Quasar}} in one of his own issues).
23rd Feb '17 9:19:44 PM Gravidef
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* In ''Theatre/SweeneyTodd'', Mrs. Lovett deliberately invokes this trope when she remarks that Sweeney's wife, Lucy, poisoned herself after Judge Turpin sent Sweeney away on a trumped-up charge and then brutally raped her. [[spoiler: [[ExactWords While Lucy did in fact poison herself]], she didn't ''die''--instead, she lost her mind and became the homeless, taunting Beggar Woman.]] Even at the very beginning of the musical, [[spoiler: the Beggar Woman seems to recognize Sweeney ("Hey, don't I know you, mister?"), and had Sweeney taken some time to speak with her--or even looked more closely at her--he might have realized who she was and kept a lot of innocent people, and Lucy herself, from dying]].
* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', the entire subplot involving Nessarose, Elphaba's younger sister, centers on this. In the first act, Glinda tries to stop Boq, a Munchkin hopelessly in love with her, from getting on her nerves by pairing him with Nessa. Boq's too much of a NiceGuy to tell Nessa what's really going on (although he does try), and Nessa, who's in a wheelchair and has never been shown any affection from the opposite sex, immediately decides that they're meant to be together. This leads to all sorts of disasters, including Nessa becoming the Wicked Witch of the East (she takes over leadership of Munchkinland after her father, the governor, dies and strips the Munchkins of their rights to keep Boq close to her) and Boq [[spoiler: becoming the Tin Man]] when she screws up a spell designed to make him fall in love against his will. Heck, the whole situation indirectly [[spoiler: brings Dorothy to Oz]] when Glinda (who's angry at her fiancee for leaving her for Elphaba) tells the Wizard and Madame Morrible that the witch's one weakness is her sister.
** The above "fiancee" situation is another example. Fiyero is ''initially'' a BrainlessBeauty and thus a perfect match for Glinda, but it isn't long before his more sensitive, activist side begins to emerge. He never clearly tells Glinda that he isn't the same party animal that he used to be, and as a result, she doesn't (or wills herself not to) see that he's no longer in love with her.
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