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20th Feb '17 1:48:01 PM AnotherGuy
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Also see DieHardOnAnX. A type of ActionSurvivor. On the [[SuperWeight TV Tropes power scale]], these usually rate as Muggle Weight or Iron Weight. Compare FallingIntoTheCockpit and ItBeganWithATwistOfFate, and compare/contrast UnlikelyHero and HeroicBystander.

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Also see DieHardOnAnX. A type of ActionSurvivor. On the [[SuperWeight TV Tropes power scale]], these usually rate as Muggle Weight or Iron Weight. Compare FallingIntoTheCockpit and ItBeganWithATwistOfFate, and compare/contrast UnlikelyHero UnlikelyHero, HeroicBystander and HeroicBystander.
SpannerInTheWorks.
19th Feb '17 11:54:09 AM nighttrainfm
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* The origin stories in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' all have the right person in the wrong place at the wrong time, although for [[RuleOfFun gameplay reasons]] every character has at least some training in combat.
* Hawke of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' rose to prominence and played a key role in one of the most important events in Thedas's history almost totally unintentionally. The plot of the game explains how s/he managed to find themselves in these situations. This is stressed more than in the first game; the FramingDevice consists of a borderline conspiracy theorist who thinks Hawke planned almost everything from the start, and Varric, who was actually there and has to explain how much more complicated it was.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player character is widely assumed to be TheChosenOne of Andraste. Later on, it turns out that they obtained their rift-sealing Mark by [[spoiler:interrupting Corypheus' ritual to open the Breach. Unless Andraste acted *very* subtly, it was a complete accident.]]

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* Every ''Franchise/DragonAge'' PC is some degree of this:
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The origin stories in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' all have the right person in the wrong place at the wrong time, although for [[RuleOfFun gameplay reasons]] every character has at least some training in combat.
* ** Hawke of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' rose to prominence and played a key role in one of the most important events in Thedas's history almost totally unintentionally. The plot of the game explains how s/he managed to find themselves in these situations. This is stressed more than in the first game; game: the FramingDevice consists of a borderline conspiracy theorist who thinks Hawke planned almost everything from the start, and Varric, who was actually there and has to explain how much more complicated it was.
* ** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player character is widely assumed to be TheChosenOne of Andraste. Later on, it turns out that they obtained their rift-sealing Mark by [[spoiler:interrupting Corypheus' ritual to open the Breach. Unless Andraste acted *very* subtly, it was a complete accident.]]
2nd Feb '17 8:29:36 PM Nohbody
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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the young adult main character wins the title's suit in a contest, repairing it to get it fully operational just in time for him to [[spoiler:save all of humanity.]]
** Heinlein was fond of this trope, especially in his juveniles. ''StarmanJones'' is about a kid who basically lies his way onto a starship, and finds himself in a number of adventures, at least one being a situation that only he could have gotten everyone out of. ''CitizenOfTheGalaxy'' is about a slave boy who gets bought by an old cripple who takes him under his wing, and gets pulled into events beyond his control time and time again.

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* * Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
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In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the young adult main character wins the title's suit in a contest, repairing it to get it fully operational just in time for him to [[spoiler:save all of humanity.]]
** Heinlein was fond of this trope, especially in his juveniles. ''StarmanJones'' ''Literature/StarmanJones'' is about a kid who basically lies his way onto a starship, and finds himself in a number of adventures, at least one being a situation that only he could have gotten everyone out of. ''CitizenOfTheGalaxy'' of.
** ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy''
is about a slave boy who gets bought by an old cripple who takes him under his wing, and gets pulled into events beyond his control time and time again.
29th Jan '17 5:28:41 AM Andrzej
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--> '''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard Thomas Gabriel]]:''' On your tombstone, it should read: the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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--> '''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard -->'''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard Thomas Gabriel]]:''' On your tombstone, it should read: the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.



--> '''Father Brown''': One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.

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--> '''Father -->'''Father Brown''': One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.



* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the young adult main character wins the title's suit in a contest, repairing it to get it fully operational just in time for him to [[spoiler: save all of humanity.]]

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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the young adult main character wins the title's suit in a contest, repairing it to get it fully operational just in time for him to [[spoiler: save [[spoiler:save all of humanity.]]



--> '''Doctor''': You didn't always take me where I wanted to go!\\

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--> '''Doctor''': -->'''Doctor''': You didn't always take me where I wanted to go!\\



* Gordon Freeman from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' franchise is the TropeNamer, from the G-Man's quote about him above. Ordinary scientist of theoretical physics, forced to become a OneManArmy against a horde of alien gribblies. And not only does he kill the aliens, he also kills most of the military force sent to contain the situation. Interestingly enough, although the trope is named in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', the situation is a subversion from that point onwards, as the G-Man himself has purposefully left Gordon at a specific place and time, rather than Gordon falling into it by accident or chance. Then again he's still really ''not'' supposed to be there and not at all prepared for the situation, so if you think of it as Gordon just continuing where he left off the trope [[DoubleSubversion is still being played as straight as before]].

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* Gordon Freeman from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' franchise is the TropeNamer, from the G-Man's quote about him above. Ordinary scientist of theoretical physics, forced to become a OneManArmy against a horde of alien gribblies. And not only does he kill the aliens, he also kills most of the military force sent to contain the situation.situation whose orders include [[LeaveNoWitnesses killing any witnesses of the incident]]. Interestingly enough, although the trope is named in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', the situation is a subversion from that point onwards, as the G-Man himself has purposefully left Gordon at a specific place and time, rather than Gordon falling into it by accident or chance. Then again he's still really ''not'' supposed to be there and not at all prepared for the situation, so if you think of it as Gordon just continuing where he left off the trope [[DoubleSubversion is still being played as straight as before]].



* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player character is widely assumed to be TheChosenOne of Andraste. Later on, it turns out that they obtained their rift-sealing Mark by [[spoiler: interrupting Corypheus' ritual to open the Breach. Unless Andraste acted *very* subtly, it was a complete accident.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player character is widely assumed to be TheChosenOne of Andraste. Later on, it turns out that they obtained their rift-sealing Mark by [[spoiler: interrupting [[spoiler:interrupting Corypheus' ritual to open the Breach. Unless Andraste acted *very* subtly, it was a complete accident.]]



* The Security Officer from {{Creator/Bungie}}'s ''{{VideoGame/Marathon}}'' series. He (may have) just happened to be the one Durandal roped into his schemes, and as a result saved the human race from alien slavers and a chaos god.

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* The Security Officer from {{Creator/Bungie}}'s ''{{VideoGame/Marathon}}'' Creator/{{Bungie}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series. He (may have) just happened to be the one Durandal roped into his schemes, and as a result saved the human race from alien slavers and a chaos god.



* [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] in the [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider 2013 reboot]]. While it was her theories about Yamatai that led to the crew heading for the island and getting shipwrecked, she certainly didn't ''expect'' it to happen. And once she's there, her [[ActionGirl inner badass]] starts to [[TookALevelInBadass wake up]] (or more accurately, the exterior it's buried under gets [[TraumaCongaLine forcibly ripped away]]). She's one of two actual archaeologists in her team, [[spoiler: and the only one with actual ''competence'', seeing as her mentor Whitman is just a narcissistic self-promoter]] and she's ultimately the one left to piece solve a centuries-old mystery and upset the plans of the local psychotic cult.

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* [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] in the [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider 2013 reboot]]. While it was her theories about Yamatai that led to the crew heading for the island and getting shipwrecked, she certainly didn't ''expect'' it to happen. And once she's there, her [[ActionGirl inner badass]] starts to [[TookALevelInBadass wake up]] (or more accurately, the exterior it's buried under gets [[TraumaCongaLine forcibly ripped away]]). She's one of two actual archaeologists in her team, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and the only one with actual ''competence'', seeing as her mentor Whitman is just a narcissistic self-promoter]] and she's ultimately the one left to piece solve a centuries-old mystery and upset the plans of the local psychotic cult.



* In a sense, the Hero in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' is this. In all the other games of the series, the Hero has gone to the current setting specifically to either make a name for himself (''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'') or to investigate the problems there (the rest). The Hero did ''not'' intend to make his trip to Mordavia, and instead [[spoiler: was shanghaied by the BigBad and unceremoniously dumped in the middle of the [[EldritchLocation Cave of the Dark One]] when the teleport spell fizzled out]]. With absolutely no knowledge of what the hell is going on, he jumps right into doing what he does best: [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanning the Works]] one minor problem at a time.

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* In a sense, the Hero in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' is this. In all the other games of the series, the Hero has gone to the current setting specifically to either make a name for himself (''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'') or to investigate the problems there (the rest). The Hero did ''not'' intend to make his trip to Mordavia, and instead [[spoiler: was [[spoiler:was shanghaied by the BigBad and unceremoniously dumped in the middle of the [[EldritchLocation Cave of the Dark One]] when the teleport spell fizzled out]]. With absolutely no knowledge of what the hell is going on, he jumps right into doing what he does best: [[SpannerInTheWorks Spanning the Works]] one minor problem at a time.



* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-12-18 This Qlaviql ore freighter captain]] is in command of the only ship able to respond to an attack on his homeworld by a frigate armed with a powerful plasma lance. With guts and a "dream mess" created from the ore mined from asteroids, the frigate is destroyed. This ultimately results in [[spoiler: his being declared the leader of the planet.]]

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-12-18 This Qlaviql ore freighter captain]] is in command of the only ship able to respond to an attack on his homeworld by a frigate armed with a powerful plasma lance. With guts and a "dream mess" created from the ore mined from asteroids, the frigate is destroyed. This ultimately results in [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his being declared the leader of the planet.]]
4th Jan '17 5:42:22 PM E1craZ4life
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* Gordon Freeman from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' franchise is the TropeNamer, from the G-Man's quote about him above. Ordinary scientist of theoretical physics, forced to become a OneManArmy against a horde of alien gribblies. And not only does he kill the aliens, he also kills most of the military force sent to contain the situation. Interestingly enough, although the trope is named in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', the situation is a subversion from that point onwards, as the G-Man himself has purposefully left Gordon at a specific place and time, rather than Gordon falling into it by accident or chance. Then again he's still really ''not'' supposed to be there and not at all prepared for the situation, so if you think of it as Gordon just continuing where he left off the trope is still being played as straight as before.

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* Gordon Freeman from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' franchise is the TropeNamer, from the G-Man's quote about him above. Ordinary scientist of theoretical physics, forced to become a OneManArmy against a horde of alien gribblies. And not only does he kill the aliens, he also kills most of the military force sent to contain the situation. Interestingly enough, although the trope is named in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', the situation is a subversion from that point onwards, as the G-Man himself has purposefully left Gordon at a specific place and time, rather than Gordon falling into it by accident or chance. Then again he's still really ''not'' supposed to be there and not at all prepared for the situation, so if you think of it as Gordon just continuing where he left off the trope [[DoubleSubversion is still being played as straight as before.before]].
11th Nov '16 3:37:04 PM Morgenthaler
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You're at your fairly mundane job, which isn't anything martial (military, police, security guard, etc), doing your job, when all the sudden there's an explosion, or gunfire, or someone shouting that you're now a hostage. The professional {{Badass}}es who'd normally kick ass and ChewBubblegum, if they weren't out of bubblegum, are not available for whatever reason (slow to respond, killed, corrupted, etc).

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You're at your fairly mundane job, which isn't anything martial (military, police, security guard, etc), doing your job, when all the sudden there's an explosion, or gunfire, or someone shouting that you're now a hostage. The professional {{Badass}}es badasses who'd normally kick ass and ChewBubblegum, if they weren't out of bubblegum, are not available for whatever reason (slow to respond, killed, corrupted, etc).
6th Nov '16 12:15:04 PM AM_NK
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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', Sora's Keyblade didn't originally belong to him. It was supposed to be Riku's, but he had turned to Darkness, forsaking his Keyblad. So it ended up with Sora instead.

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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', Sora's Keyblade didn't originally belong to him. It was supposed to be Riku's, but he had turned to Darkness, forsaking his Keyblad. Keyblade. So it ended up with Sora instead.instead.
* Prisoner 849 from ''VideoGame/{{Unreal|I}}''. Originally just another criminal being transported in the Vortex Rikers prison vessel, the ship crashes in a planet overrun by a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior race]] which made everyone in the planet their slaves. Over the course of the game and the ExpansionPack ''Return To Na Pali'' s/he rampages across the planet, offing the warrior race's leader and (most of) their ranks in the way. In ''RTNP'' [[spoiler:this extends to the UMS crew who learnt the hard way to NOT to mess with someone like hir]].
1st Nov '16 8:05:50 PM CheeseDogX
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** Heinlein was fond of this trope, especially in his juveniles. ''StarmanJones'' is about a kid who basically lies his way onto a starship, and finds himself in a number of adventures, at least one being a situation that only he could have gotten everyone out of. ''CitizenOfTheGalaxy'' is about a slave boy who gets bought by an old cripple who takes him under his wing, and gets pulled into events beyond his control time and time again.
11th Aug '16 9:36:59 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's novel ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Warrior's Apprentice]]'', Miles Naismith Vorkosigan has flunked the physical part of the entrance exam to a military academy. He leaves his planet and due to this trope, [[spoiler: winds up the admiral of a mercenary fleet, at the age of 18, among other things.]]

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's novel ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Warrior's Apprentice]]'', ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', Miles Naismith Vorkosigan has flunked the physical part of the entrance exam to a military academy. He leaves his planet and due to this trope, [[spoiler: winds [[spoiler:winds up the admiral of a mercenary fleet, at the age of 18, among other things.]]
3rd May '16 2:27:38 PM eroock
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A type of ActionSurvivor. On the [[SuperWeight TV Tropes power scale]], these usually rate as Muggle Weight or Iron Weight. Compare FallingIntoTheCockpit and ItBeganWithATwistOfFate, and compare/contrast UnlikelyHero and HeroicBystander.

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Also see DieHardOnAnX. A type of ActionSurvivor. On the [[SuperWeight TV Tropes power scale]], these usually rate as Muggle Weight or Iron Weight. Compare FallingIntoTheCockpit and ItBeganWithATwistOfFate, and compare/contrast UnlikelyHero and HeroicBystander.
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