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22nd May '17 9:17:22 AM xcountryguy
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** Every GM who isn't Patty Gauzwieler will pull this at one point or another in the comic. The most infamous is Weird Pete's Temple of Horrendous Doom, an obvious jab at the Tomb of Horrors. [[spoiler: Actually subverted when they play the Temple of Horrendous Doom - everyone dies, yes, but that's just the start of the adventure.]]

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** Every GM who isn't Patty Gauzwieler will pull this at one point or another in the comic. The most infamous is Weird Pete's Temple of Horrendous Doom, an obvious jab at the Tomb of Horrors. [[spoiler: Actually [[spoiler:Actually subverted when they play the Temple of Horrendous Doom - everyone dies, yes, but that's just the start of the adventure.]]



* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/02/story-ponies-play-d.html Ponies Play D&D]], Spike gets fed up with the group's constant arguing over every decision they come across. When [[TheRealMan Rainbow Dash]] [[LeeroyJenkins attempts to slaughter the archangel NPC]] [[{{Railroading}} about to spell out the party's next objective]], his patience snaps and he traps the party in a cave with a massively overpowered Stone Ogre. [[spoiler: [[NaiveNewcomer Applejack]] unwittingly averts a TotalPartyKill by rolling a timely nat 20 and decapitating the Ogre in one blow.]]
* River mentions this trope by name in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fic, ''FanFic/{{Forward}}'', when [[spoiler: she's captured on Persephone and brought before Ornstintz, after intending to kill him. During her interrogation, when he comments on her foolishness for thinking she could come alone and kill him, she casually rattles off the names of several asteroids in unstable orbits she could have ''very'' easily destabilized and targeted him with]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/02/story-ponies-play-d.html Ponies Play D&D]], Spike gets fed up with the group's constant arguing over every decision they come across. When [[TheRealMan Rainbow Dash]] [[LeeroyJenkins attempts to slaughter the archangel NPC]] [[{{Railroading}} about to spell out the party's next objective]], his patience snaps and he traps the party in a cave with a massively overpowered Stone Ogre. [[spoiler: [[NaiveNewcomer [[spoiler:[[NaiveNewcomer Applejack]] unwittingly averts a TotalPartyKill by rolling a timely nat 20 and decapitating the Ogre in one blow.]]
* River mentions this trope by name in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fic, ''FanFic/{{Forward}}'', when [[spoiler: she's [[spoiler:she's captured on Persephone and brought before Ornstintz, after intending to kill him. During her interrogation, when he comments on her foolishness for thinking she could come alone and kill him, she casually rattles off the names of several asteroids in unstable orbits she could have ''very'' easily destabilized and targeted him with]].



* MissionControl attempts to do this in ''Film/SpyKids3DGameOver'' by spawning a powerful lava monster when they realize that the BigBad is Railroading the party. It doesn't work because [[spoiler: falling into the lava is harmless.]]

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* MissionControl attempts to do this in ''Film/SpyKids3DGameOver'' by spawning a powerful lava monster when they realize that the BigBad is Railroading the party. It doesn't work because [[spoiler: falling [[spoiler:falling into the lava is harmless.]]
5th Apr '17 8:49:16 AM SwordsageRagnar
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* ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' and its sister games, given the [[CrapsackWorld nature]] of its [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} universe]], when the events of campaign aren't already trying to cause a TotalPartyKill, has a particularly long list of ways the GameMaster can plausibly deal with player characters/parties/entire planets that have screwed up in spectacular fashion. This also includes having "(Ork) Roks fall, Ork Waaaaagh!, Everyone Dies".
23rd Mar '17 12:49:29 PM MrUnderhill
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** A high-profile FanRemake of ''Genealogy'' ended the first chapter this way as an AprilFoolsDay prank when the developers realized that [[TroubledProduction they wouldn't be able to finish the whole game]] using ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword's]]'' engine. They did this by throwing about a dozen copies of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Legion/Roro]] onto the map when the chapter would normally end, who would then proceed to [[HopelessBossFight wipe the floor with the player's army,]] shouting [[NoFourthWall "FE4A is dead!"]] as they attacked.

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** A high-profile FanRemake of ''Genealogy'' ended the first chapter this way as an AprilFoolsDay prank when the developers realized that [[TroubledProduction they wouldn't be able to finish the whole game]] using ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword's]]'' engine. They did this by throwing about a dozen copies of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia [[VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem Legion/Roro]] onto the map when the chapter would normally end, who would then proceed to [[HopelessBossFight wipe the floor with the player's army,]] shouting [[NoFourthWall "FE4A is dead!"]] as they attacked.
23rd Mar '17 12:30:49 PM MrUnderhill
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* Though it's not clear how many die and how many survive, this is how Sigurd's army is destroyed in Chapter Five of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]], but with meteors instead of rocks. Sigurd himself is [[KillItWithFire personally executed]] by Arvis.

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* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'':
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Though it's not clear how many die and how many survive, this is how Sigurd's army is destroyed in Chapter Five of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]], Five, but with meteors instead of rocks. Sigurd himself is [[KillItWithFire personally executed]] by Arvis.Arvis.
** A high-profile FanRemake of ''Genealogy'' ended the first chapter this way as an AprilFoolsDay prank when the developers realized that [[TroubledProduction they wouldn't be able to finish the whole game]] using ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword's]]'' engine. They did this by throwing about a dozen copies of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Legion/Roro]] onto the map when the chapter would normally end, who would then proceed to [[HopelessBossFight wipe the floor with the player's army,]] shouting [[NoFourthWall "FE4A is dead!"]] as they attacked.
21st Mar '17 6:30:03 PM WanderingBrowser
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* In TabletopGame/{{Werewolf}}, a merciful moderator will usually have himself be the first night's victim just to keep the game going for the players. However, if they choose, they will be part of the game, with the "Moderator" card. Per the rules of the game, their card is kept hidden just like everyone else. Should a majority vote be cast to lynch the moderator, it is within the moderator's authority to [[TakingYouWithMe kill off everyone who voted to lynch him]].

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* In TabletopGame/{{Werewolf}}, ''TabletopGame/{{Werewolf}}'', a merciful moderator will usually have himself be the first night's victim just to keep the game going for the players. However, if they choose, they will be part of the game, with the "Moderator" card. Per the rules of the game, their card is kept hidden just like everyone else. Should a majority vote be cast to lynch the moderator, it is within the moderator's authority to [[TakingYouWithMe kill off everyone who voted to lynch him]].him]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'', this is actually one of the ''purposes'' of the Lady of Pain. As her in-universe "job" is essentially keeping Sigil ticking along by rendering anyone who screws over the city as a whole DeaderThanDead, dungeon masters are told to go right ahead and use her to kill off any players they feel are being campaign-wreckingly disruptive. A willingness to abuse this aspect of her is one of the reasons why Planescape ''players'' tend to feel less fondly of her than dungeon masters do.
28th Feb '17 4:15:35 AM bificommander
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* ''WebVideo/DoorMonster'' featured a [[https://youtu.be/qgBySAs6MVw sketch]] showing a group of adventurers in a fight in a forest, speaking the lines of their players, and getting in an argument with the BigBad who's speaking as the DM. After mounting frustration, all the adventurers are crushed by falling rocks that appear out of nowhere. From below the rubble, one of the adventurers ''still'' tries to rule-lawyer that since he has the Rock Catching Feat...
20th Feb '17 2:17:15 AM jormis29
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* TSR's ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors'' ran with this trope with a vengeance. Of the potential entrances into the Tomb, at least one will drop a ceiling on you and your party. Before even actually getting into the dungeon proper. And it's not even the worst trap by a long shot.

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* TSR's Creator/{{TSR}}'s ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors'' ran with this trope with a vengeance. Of the potential entrances into the Tomb, at least one will drop a ceiling on you and your party. Before even actually getting into the dungeon proper. And it's not even the worst trap by a long shot.
7th Jan '17 12:23:16 AM MetalSmasher86
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* In season 4, episode 6 of ''Series/TheApprentice'', Donald Trump invokes this on all of Team Excel for suffering the biggest defeat in the show.
-->'''Trump:''' In this boardroom, we've never had a team lose so badly. You're all fired. All four are fired.
1st Jan '17 11:11:02 AM supergod
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* The magnificently awful tabletop RPG ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'' has for the highest level caster ''job'' the spell F.A.T.A.L., which kills everything on whichever horrible planet the game is set... obviously including the caster and his fellow party members. It's also possible to cast this ''by accident'' if you make a bad roll on the [[MagicMisfire spell-fumble]] chart. Now, if only all their campaigns started that way...
** ''FATAL'' could probably actually work as a substitute for this.
---> '''DM:''' OK, you've pissed me off for the last time. We're playing ''FATAL'' now.\\
'''Players:''' ''[[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!]]''

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* The magnificently awful tabletop RPG ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'' has for the highest level caster ''job'' the spell F.A.T.A.L., which kills everything on whichever horrible planet whicheverplanet the game is set... obviously including the caster and his fellow party members. It's also possible to cast this ''by accident'' if you make a bad roll on the [[MagicMisfire spell-fumble]] chart. Now, if only all their campaigns started that way...\n** ''FATAL'' could probably actually work as a substitute for this.\n---> '''DM:''' OK, you've pissed me off for the last time. We're playing ''FATAL'' now.\\\n'''Players:''' ''[[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!]]''



** Paranoia is an odd case here. Rather than being a sign that the GM is doing his job poorly, this is seen as a sign that the game will be very good.
25th Dec '16 12:43:02 PM StarSword
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* In the ''Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse'', Montgomery Scott dealt with the KobayashiMaru scenario by attempting a {{technobabble}} trick that worked on paper and therefore apparently so within the simulator, but not in reality. The computer retaliated by spawning more Klingon warships than existed in the entire Empire at the time. As for Starfleet Academy, they pretty much went "ha ha, very funny" and transferred Scotty away from command track to engineering, [[AllAccordingToPlan which was what he wanted all along]].
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