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15th Mar '17 8:40:32 PM jormis29
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* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys''. Not the cataclysm itself, but the protagonist's vision of someone dying. And ''La jetéee'', the short French New Wave film it was based on.

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* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys''. Not the cataclysm itself, but the protagonist's vision of someone dying. And ''La jetéee'', ''Film/LaJetee'', the short French New Wave film it was based on.
15th Mar '17 7:29:56 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Film/StarTrek'', Nero boasts that James T. Kirk will never become the hero that history remembered him as because Nero would kill him first, like he did his father. Ironically, Nero's deeds are PRECISELY what leads to Kirk becoming a hero; in fact he might've ''accelerated'' it!

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* In ''Film/StarTrek'', Nero boasts ''Film/TwelveMonkeys''. Not the cataclysm itself, but the protagonist's vision of someone dying. And ''La jetéee'', the short French New Wave film it was based on.
* A prophecy said
that James T. Kirk will never become the hero that history remembered him as because Nero title character in ''Film/TheBeastmaster'' would bring down the BigBad, so the villain tried to have the boy killed before his birth, the act which gave him the beast empathy powers that led to the villains downfall.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'': Cesare predicts that Alan has until dawn to live, and then goes and ensures the accuracy of his prediction. With a knife.
* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', the BigBad experiences GenocideBackfire when he kills off the entire Furyan Race to avoid death by one of their hands. Except he misses one, who later comes back and bites him in the arse. Hard. His name is Riddick. [[spoiler:He actually missed two, and the other one saves Riddick's life.]]
* In ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', the Chamberlain outright says that it's the prophecy's fault for causing the GenocideBackfire of the Gelflings. If it hadn't been for the prophecy, the Gelflings wouldn't have been annihilated, and the last survivors wouldn't have as much a motive to
kill him first, like he did his father. Ironically, Nero's deeds are PRECISELY what leads to Kirk becoming a hero; in fact he might've ''accelerated'' it!off the Skeksis by healing the Dark Crystal.



* The entire plot of ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. This was done to contrast with Luke later being confronted by the same sorts of troubling prophesies, but ultimately being able to ScrewDestiny and avoid the path his father took.



* The bank insolvency example was mentioned in ''Film/{{Sneakers}}''.
* ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'':
** In ''Film/TheTerminator'', John Connor would not have been conceived if the T-800 hadn't traveled back in time and attempted to kill Sarah Connor, while Skynet wouldn't have been created if T-800 hadn't traveled back in time and attempted to kill Sarah Connor. Thus, Skynet created both itself and its greatest enemy.
** ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' in general puts forth the idea that it's not so much a self-fulfilling prophecy anyway, but a kind of predestination... Judgment Day will always happen, and there will always be a human Resistance that rises up to fight it. It's the details such as the date of Judgment Day and who leads the Resistance (and whether the Resistance wins) that can be changed. All we know is that at some point, John Connor got conceived and added into the temporal shuffle, at which point his own actions formed a StableTimeLoop assuring he'd be born.
* In ''Film/{{Willow}},'' the local evil sorceress tries to kill the infant prophesied to be her downfall, inadvertently rallying all her enemies to try and protect the child, ultimately leading to the sorceress's defeat. In addition to that in the end she ends up destroying herself with the very spell she was going to use to destroy the child.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'': Cesare predicts that Alan has until dawn to live, and then goes and ensures the accuracy of his prediction. With a knife.



* In ''{{Film/Wanted}}'' the Loom of Fate causes Sloan to fall into this. [[spoiler: The loom marks Sloan for death, but Sloan is the only one who interprets the loom's coded marks, so he simply hides it away and manufactures targets to make money as well as shape the world as he sees fit. In the end, the loom also marks the entire Chicago Fraternity for death; one tries to say ScrewDestiny, but is killed by the ActionGirl just after, who kills herself with the same bullet, in the same shot, as her name is on the list. Though Sloan survives this scene, his attempt to turn the Fraternity into assassins for money and his failure to succeed allow the main character to survive and kill him in the very next scene.]]
* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys''. Not the cataclysm itself, but the protagonist's vision of someone dying. And ''La jetéee'', the short French New Wave film it was based on.

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* In ''{{Film/Wanted}}'' ''Film/OverTheEdge'': Everything the Loom of Fate causes Sloan parents do to fall into this. crackdown on their children's criminal tendencies only leads to even worse outbursts, since they don't accept the fact that their interest in making in profit is what is burning them out. [[spoiler: The loom marks Sloan for death, but Sloan is the only one Carl, who interprets the loom's coded marks, so he simply hides it is warned by his father to stay away and manufactures targets to make money as well as shape the world as he sees fit. In the end, the loom also marks the entire Chicago Fraternity for death; one tries to say ScrewDestiny, but is killed from reform school, ends up there by the ActionGirl just after, who kills herself with end of the same bullet, in the same shot, as her name is on the list. Though movie.]] Mr. Sloan survives this scene, his attempt [[LampshadeHanging spells it out for Fred]].
--> '''Mr. Sloan''': Seems
to turn me like you all were in such a hopped-up hurry to get out of the Fraternity city that you turned your kids into assassins for money and his failure exactly what you were trying to succeed allow the main character to survive and kill him in the very next scene.]]
* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys''. Not the cataclysm itself, but the protagonist's vision of someone dying. And ''La jetéee'', the short French New Wave film it was based on.
get away from.



* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', Blackbeard is prophesied to die at the hands of the "One-Legged Man". Convinced that he [[YouCantFightFate can't beat the prophecy]] but can [[RevivalLoophole cheat it]], he sets sail for the Fountain of Youth. This plan of action creates two critical mistakes which allow the prophecy to come to pass: he has given the One-Legged Man a location at which to find him, and in reaching it deprives himself of the considerable magical abilities granted to him by the combination of his enchanted sword and ship.



* A prophecy said that the title character in ''Film/TheBeastMaster'' would bring down the BigBad, so the villain tried to have the boy killed before his birth, the act which gave him the beast empathy powers that led to the villains downfall.
* In ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', the Chamberlain outright says that it's the prophecy's fault for causing the GenocideBackfire of the Gelflings. If it hadn't been for the prophecy, the Gelflings wouldn't have been annihilated, and the last survivors wouldn't have as much a motive to kill off the Skeksis by healing the Dark Crystal.
* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', the BigBad experiences GenocideBackfire when he kills off the entire Furyan Race to avoid death by one of their hands. Except he misses one, who later comes back and bites him in the arse. Hard. His name is Riddick. [[spoiler:He actually missed two, and the other one saves Riddick's life.]]
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', Blackbeard is prophesied to die at the hands of the "One-Legged Man". Convinced that he [[YouCantFightFate can't beat the prophecy]] but can [[RevivalLoophole cheat it]], he sets sail for the Fountain of Youth. This plan of action creates two critical mistakes which allow the prophecy to come to pass: he has given the One-Legged Man a location at which to find him, and in reaching it deprives himself of the considerable magical abilities granted to him by the combination of his enchanted sword and ship.



* ''Film/OverTheEdge'': Everything the parents do to crackdown on their children's criminal tendencies only leads to even worse outbursts, since they don't accept the fact that their interest in making in profit is what is burning them out. [[spoiler: Carl, who is warned by his father to stay away from reform school, ends up there by the end of the movie.]] Mr. Sloan [[LampshadeHanging spells it out for Fred]].
--> '''Mr. Sloan''': Seems to me like you all were in such a hopped-up hurry to get out of the city that you turned your kids into exactly what you were trying to get away from.

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* ''Film/OverTheEdge'': Everything The bank insolvency example was mentioned in ''Film/{{Sneakers}}''.
* In ''Film/StarTrek'', Nero boasts that James T. Kirk will never become
the parents do to crackdown on their children's criminal tendencies only hero that history remembered him as because Nero would kill him first, like he did his father. Ironically, Nero's deeds are PRECISELY what leads to even worse outbursts, since they don't accept the Kirk becoming a hero; in fact he might've ''accelerated'' it!
* The entire plot of ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. This was done to contrast with Luke later being confronted by the same sorts of troubling prophesies, but ultimately being able to ScrewDestiny and avoid the path his father took.
* ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'':
** In ''Film/TheTerminator'', John Connor would not have been conceived if the T-800 hadn't traveled back in time and attempted to kill Sarah Connor, while Skynet wouldn't have been created if T-800 hadn't traveled back in time and attempted to kill Sarah Connor. Thus, Skynet created both itself and its greatest enemy.
** ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' in general puts forth the idea
that their interest in making in profit it's not so much a self-fulfilling prophecy anyway, but a kind of predestination... Judgment Day will always happen, and there will always be a human Resistance that rises up to fight it. It's the details such as the date of Judgment Day and who leads the Resistance (and whether the Resistance wins) that can be changed. All we know is what is burning them out. that at some point, John Connor got conceived and added into the temporal shuffle, at which point his own actions formed a StableTimeLoop assuring he'd be born.
* In ''{{Film/Wanted}}'' the Loom of Fate causes Sloan to fall into this.
[[spoiler: Carl, The loom marks Sloan for death, but Sloan is the only one who is warned by his father to stay interprets the loom's coded marks, so he simply hides it away from reform school, and manufactures targets to make money as well as shape the world as he sees fit. In the end, the loom also marks the entire Chicago Fraternity for death; one tries to say ScrewDestiny, but is killed by the ActionGirl just after, who kills herself with the same bullet, in the same shot, as her name is on the list. Though Sloan survives this scene, his attempt to turn the Fraternity into assassins for money and his failure to succeed allow the main character to survive and kill him in the very next scene.]]
* In ''Film/{{Willow}},'' the local evil sorceress tries to kill the infant prophesied to be her downfall, inadvertently rallying all her enemies to try and protect the child, ultimately leading to the sorceress's defeat. In addition to that in the end she
ends up there by destroying herself with the end of very spell she was going to use to destroy the movie.]] Mr. Sloan [[LampshadeHanging spells it out for Fred]].
--> '''Mr. Sloan''': Seems to me like you all were in such a hopped-up hurry to get out of the city that you turned your kids into exactly what you were trying to get away from.
child.



* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept: Blue Adept'', in [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle (what they thought was)]] their big showdown, protagonist Stile asks the Red Adept why she was gunning for him. She replies a prophecy had foretold of her destruction at his hands, so she decided to strike first. Stile points out that he never would've heard of her, magic, or the world of Phaze (let alone been able to enter it) if Red hadn't murdered Adept Blue (Stile's Phaze self) and tried to kill him. Turns out the Oracle, which is really a supercomputer, set Red on his trail intentionally, to get Stile into Phaze to play his part to SaveBothWorlds.
* Played with in the Tim Pratt short story "Another End of the Empire": a GenreSavvy EvilOverlord receives a prophecy that a child from a certain village will grow up to bring an end to his empire. Rather than wipe them out (he knows how these things work; there will be survivors), he instead uses the village as a test bed for social and political reform, improving education and the general quality of life, hoping to eliminate any possible motive anyone would have for trying to overthrow him. He even adopts the three most likely candidates as his sons, and allows them to pursue their own agendas to keep them happy. The twist is that [[spoiler: in making all these changes, he has made his empire peaceful and prosperous, his subjects actually like him now rather than simply fear him, and he can even retire happily and pass on rule to one of his more progressive-minded sons]]. So his empire does come to end, just not the way he expected.
** The wording of the prophecy was "If allowed to grow to manhood, he will take over your empire, overthrow your ways and means, and send you from the halls of your palace forever", which ''almost'' (one can quibble about one part of it) happened, just not in the way the evil overlord thought: the Empire is taken over by one of the children... because he adopted the child (all of them, but only one wanted to rule) and later abdicated and gave the throne to that child, his ways and means were overthrown... because, in the process of allowing them to indulge in their agendas, that child had introduced extensive but effective reforms far beyond anything the overlord had considered, and while the one that took over the Empire didn't exactly ''send'' the overlord from the halls of the palace forever, he did see the overlord do so - because the overlord felt useless and didn't ''want'' to stay around after having abdicated.



* In the Myth/HinduMythology epic ''{{Literature/Mahabharata}}'', possibly the UrExample, the story of Krishna begins with his uncle Kamsa, the king of the Mathura kingdom, being told a prophecy that predicted his death at the hands of his sister Devaki's child. Out of fear, he imprisons Devaki, planning to kill all of her children at birth. Eventually, her eighth child Krishna is born and is smuggled out to be raised by foster parents in the village of Gokula. Years later, Kamsa learns of his survival and sends demons to kill him. The demons are defeated by Krishna, who as a young man returns to Mathura to overthrow his uncle, resulting in Kamsa's death at the hands of his nephew Krishna. It was due to Kamsa's attempts to prevent the prophecy that led to it coming true.
* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''[[Literature/ApprenticeAdept Blue Adept]]'', in [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle (what they thought was)]] their big showdown, protagonist Stile asks the Red Adept why she was gunning for him. She replies a prophecy had foretold of her destruction at his hands, so she decided to strike first. Stile points out that he never would've heard of her, magic, or the world of Phaze (let alone been able to enter it) if Red hadn't murdered Adept Blue (Stile's Phaze self) and tried to kill him. Turns out the Oracle, which is really a supercomputer, set Red on his trail intentionally, to get Stile into Phaze to play his part to SaveBothWorlds.
* Done with a ProphecyTwist in Creator/PeterDavid's ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' novel ''Martyr''. A prophet 500 years in the past predicts the savior of his people will come when certain events happen. When those events do happen, Captain Calhoun is revered as that Savior. The Twist? [[spoiler:The actual Savior is the man who thinks he's appointed to kill the Savior, whose traits include a scar (which Calhoun has...and gives the appointee while he's struggling). He does kill the Savior--himself--accidentally.]] And then it's subverted by the fact that [[spoiler:The prophet was cheating by using Advanced Alien Technology to look into the future]].
* In ''[[Literature/ElementalLogic Fire Logic]]'' an army attacks the peaceful Ashawala'i people because an oracle told them that someone from there would defeat them. Naturally, the lone survivor does just that ''because'' they killed off her people.

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* In the Myth/HinduMythology epic ''{{Literature/Mahabharata}}'', possibly the UrExample, the story of Krishna begins with his uncle Kamsa, the king of the Mathura kingdom, being told ''Literature/CastleInTheAir'', Flower-In-the-Night's father locked her up since her birth, after hearing a prophecy that predicted his death at the hands of his sister Devaki's child. Out of fear, he imprisons Devaki, planning to kill all of first man she sees will become her children at birth. Eventually, her eighth child Krishna is born and is smuggled out to be raised by foster parents in husband. If he hadn't done that, she would have never met the village main protagonist Abdullah ...
* Creator/CSLewis' book ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' is, in theory, based around one
of Gokula. Years later, Kamsa learns of his survival and sends demons to kill him. The demons are defeated by Krishna, who as a young man returns to Mathura to overthrow his uncle, resulting in Kamsa's death at these; the hands revelation of his nephew Krishna. It was due to Kamsa's attempts to prevent the content of the prophecy sets in motion the very events that led to it coming true.
* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''[[Literature/ApprenticeAdept Blue Adept]]'', in [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle (what they thought was)]] their big showdown, protagonist Stile asks
were predicted. Of course, [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]] has a carefully judged paw on the Red Adept why she scales of the universe throughout - pushing boats to shore, scaring the horses, propping up the central character's failing morale, and generally helping the characters complete his GambitRoulette. No doubt giving the dryad the plot-triggering prophecy was gunning for him. She replies all according to plan.
* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' uses this trope in an interesting way. Instead of the {{seer|s}} giving
a prophecy had foretold of her destruction at his hands, so she decided and leaving others to strike first. Stile points out fulfill it, the seer '''is''' a MessianicArchetype who tries to find the best possible path for the future and enact it himself. The problem is that he never would've heard of her, magic, or the world of Phaze (let alone been able to enter it) if Red hadn't murdered Adept Blue (Stile's Phaze self) and tried to kill him. Turns out the Oracle, which once humanity is really a supercomputer, set Red on his trail intentionally, to get Stile into Phaze to play his part to SaveBothWorlds.
* Done with
a ProphecyTwist in Creator/PeterDavid's ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' novel ''Martyr''. A prophet 500 years in the past predicts the savior of his people will come when certain events happen. When those events do happen, Captain Calhoun is revered as that Savior. The Twist? [[spoiler:The actual Savior is path in the man who thinks he's appointed to kill present, the Savior, whose traits include a scar (which Calhoun has...number of possible futures diminish and gives it becomes impossible to switch to a different path for the appointee while he's struggling). He does kill future without dealing with the Savior--himself--accidentally.]] And then it's subverted by effects of the fact that [[spoiler:The prophet was cheating by using Advanced Alien Technology to look into the future]].
prior path.
* ''[[Literature/ElementalLogic'': In ''[[Literature/ElementalLogic Fire Logic]]'' ''Fire Logic'' an army attacks the peaceful Ashawala'i people because an oracle told them that someone from there would defeat them. Naturally, the lone survivor does just that ''because'' they killed off her people.people.
* Chris and Cathy's incestuous love in ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic''. The Grandmother wanted to prevent such a thing, but she actually pushed them together by locking them up for years, isolated from the rest of the world and other kids.
* ''The Nice And Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch'', from ''Literature/GoodOmens'' work a bit like this:
-->'''Newt:''' But if you're going to places and doing things because she saw them, and she saw them because you were there, then...\\
'''Anathema:''' Yes, I know.
* In ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'', if the Jacks had never taken it upon themselves to kill Bod's family, Bod would never even have made it to the graveyard in the first place.
* Creator/JaneYolen's ''Literature/GreatAltaSaga''. When Jenna's soldiers capture the Cat and tell her to kill him, as it is prophesized she will, she refuses. That night, the Cat breaks free and Jenna's close friend, called Cat as a nickname, dies in the resulting fight. Thus, Jenna [[ProphecyTwist does]] bring about the death of a Cat.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is built around one, as explained by Dumbledore in book six:
** Voldemort hears half of a prophecy about a boy about to be born who will be his nemesis. With two possible choices, Harry Potter and Neville, he chooses Harry, but in the process of trying to kill him, gives him both the power to defy him and a reason to. What's the best way to turn an otherwise unimportant young wizard into your mortal enemy who's well-equipped to defeat you? Well, murdering his parents and spending the better part of a decade sticking him in convoluted death traps is not a bad start. What's more, Dumbledore hints that not all prophecies have to be fulfilled. The only reason Harry is going to fulfill the prophecy is because [[TheUnchosenOne he would never rest until Voldemort was dead]], and the same goes for Voldemort. The only way to avoid it coming true is if they both stop, which certainly won't happen. Worth noting, the prophecy only actually says that one of the two (Voldemort, Harry) will kill the other. Since Harry was a baby at the time Voldemort heard it, striking immediately seemed to make sense. Voldy really should have put more thought into it, though. [[WordOfGod JK Rowling]] has said that had the roles been reversed, Neville would have been just as capable of walking the same path Harry did.
** Played for laughs with some of Trelawney's "predictions". The first time we see her, in the third book, she asks Neville to use one of the blue cups for tea-leaves-reading after he breaks his first one. Neville, already nervous at the best of time, promptly breaks the first cup he uses. She ends the lesson by telling him he'll be late next time, "so mind you work extra hard to catch up". Hermione believes this is why people die when they see "the Grim"; since it's believed to be an omen of Death, many people get so scared to see it that they die of fright.
** A similar example is mentioned in ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem''; The Augurey's mournful cry was once believed to foretell the death of whoever heard it (in reality, they were predicting rain). The entry goes on to mention how several wizards suffered fatal fear-based heart attacks after hearing an unseen Augurey's cry.



* In book 2 of ''Literature/TheIncorrigibleChildrenOfAshtonPlace'', one character refuses to tell Penelope what's going on for fear that Penelope's attempts to avoid it will lead to this.
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': In ''Eragon'' the title character is asked by a mother to bless her child. He scrapes together some magic words, and does. Then his dragon kisses the child, leaving a mark on their forehead. When Eragon protests that he didn't really do anything, someone points out that the kid has both the blessing of a dragon rider, and the mark of a kiss from a dragon. They're probably not going to be satisfied as, say, a grocer or blacksmith. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Eragon screwed up the wording, and accidentally cursed [[http://inheritance.wikia.com/wiki/Elva Elva]].]]
** This is discussed later on in the series, and it's stated that the only sure way to prevent one of these prophecies coming to pass is to immediately kill oneself (an example is given of an elf seeing a premonition of him killing his son in battle and committing suicide so he wouldn't do it), because the premonitions don't tell you what choices you made to make the future that you saw.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is built around one, as explained by Dumbledore in book six:
** Voldemort hears half of a prophecy about a boy about to be born who will be his nemesis. With two possible choices, Harry Potter and Neville, he chooses Harry, but in the process of trying to kill him, gives him both the power to defy him and a reason to. What's the best way to turn an otherwise unimportant young wizard into your mortal enemy who's well-equipped to defeat you? Well, murdering his parents and spending the better part of a decade sticking him in convoluted death traps is not a bad start. What's more, Dumbledore hints that not all prophecies have to be fulfilled. The only reason Harry is going to fulfill the prophecy is because [[TheUnchosenOne he would never rest until Voldemort was dead]], and the same goes for Voldemort. The only way to avoid it coming true is if they both stop, which certainly won't happen. Worth noting, the prophecy only actually says that one of the two (Voldemort, Harry) will kill the other. Since Harry was a baby at the time Voldemort heard it, striking immediately seemed to make sense. Voldy really should have put more thought into it, though. [[WordOfGod JK Rowling]] has said that had the roles been reversed, Neville would have been just as capable of walking the same path Harry did.
** Played for laughs with some of Trelawney's "predictions". The first time we see her, in the third book, she asks Neville to use one of the blue cups for tea-leaves-reading after he breaks his first one. Neville, already nervous at the best of time, promptly breaks the first cup he uses. She ends the lesson by telling him he'll be late next time, "so mind you work extra hard to catch up". Hermione believes this is why people die when they see "the Grim"; since it's believed to be an omen of Death, many people get so scared to see it that they die of fright.
** A similar example is mentioned in ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem''; The Augurey's mournful cry was once believed to foretell the death of whoever heard it (in reality, they were predicting rain). The entry goes on to mention how several wizards suffered fatal fear-based heart attacks after hearing an unseen Augurey's cry.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series Mat learns he would marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons. Much later, she comes across him trying to flee from a city and has to be tied up. When Mat finds out what she is, having already learned the hard way that YouCantFightFate, he changes his mind about hiding her in the lofts and kidnaps her instead. And much later, [[spoiler:Tuon only completes the marriage ceremony Mat accidentally started because of the marriage prophecy ''she'' got]].
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' there was a great prophecy stating that a child of the "Big Three" (Zeus, Poseidon, Hades) would make a decision that will decide the fate of Olympus upon turning sixteen. Those three gods formed a pact to stop having children as a result, and to kill the ones they currently had before they turned sixteen. Suffice to say that if not for that pact [[spoiler:Hades' lover Maria wouldn't have been killed, Hades wouldn't have cursed the Oracle, Luke's mother wouldn't have gone insane trying to become the new Oracle, Luke wouldn't have tried to bring back Kronos, and]] there would have been no decision for the kid in the prophecy to make in the first place.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is built around one, as explained by Dumbledore in book six:
** Voldemort hears half
In the Myth/HinduMythology epic ''{{Literature/Mahabharata}}'', possibly the UrExample, the story of Krishna begins with his uncle Kamsa, the king of the Mathura kingdom, being told a prophecy about a boy about to be born who will be that predicted his nemesis. With two possible choices, Harry Potter and Neville, he chooses Harry, but in death at the process hands of trying his sister Devaki's child. Out of fear, he imprisons Devaki, planning to kill him, gives him both the power to defy him all of her children at birth. Eventually, her eighth child Krishna is born and a reason to. What's the best way is smuggled out to turn an otherwise unimportant young wizard into your mortal enemy who's well-equipped to defeat you? Well, murdering his be raised by foster parents in the village of Gokula. Years later, Kamsa learns of his survival and spending the better part of sends demons to kill him. The demons are defeated by Krishna, who as a decade sticking him young man returns to Mathura to overthrow his uncle, resulting in convoluted Kamsa's death traps is not a bad start. What's more, Dumbledore hints that not all prophecies have at the hands of his nephew Krishna. It was due to be fulfilled. The only reason Harry is going Kamsa's attempts to fulfill prevent the prophecy is because [[TheUnchosenOne he would never rest until Voldemort was dead]], and the same goes for Voldemort. The only way that led to avoid it coming true is true.
* Mr. Casaubon's posthumous attempt in ''Literature/{{Middlemarch}}'' to prevent his widow, Dorothea, from marrying Will Ladislaw using a codicil in his will that removes her inheritance
if she does so. At the time of Casaubon's death they both stop, which have no serious involvement and certainly won't happen. Worth noting, the prophecy only actually says that no plans to marry, but Dorothea's sense of injustice helps to attract her to Will, and in fact her money is one of the two (Voldemort, Harry) will kill the other. Since Harry was a baby at the time Voldemort heard it, striking immediately seemed to make sense. Voldy really should have put more thought into it, though. [[WordOfGod JK Rowling]] has said that had the roles been reversed, Neville would have been just as capable of walking the same path Harry did.
** Played for laughs with some of Trelawney's "predictions". The first time we see her,
things standing in the third book, she asks Neville to use one way of the blue cups for tea-leaves-reading after he breaks his first one. Neville, already nervous at relationship...
* The Clayr in
the best of time, promptly breaks the first cup he uses. She ends the lesson by telling him he'll be late next time, "so mind you work extra hard to catch up". Hermione believes this is why people die when they see "the Grim"; since it's believed to be an omen of Death, many people get so scared to see it that they die of fright.
** A similar example is mentioned in ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem''; The Augurey's mournful cry was once believed to foretell the death of whoever heard it (in reality, they were predicting rain). The entry goes on to mention how several wizards suffered fatal fear-based heart attacks after hearing an unseen Augurey's cry.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''
''Literature/OldKingdom'' series Mat learns he would marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons. Much later, she comes across him trying to flee from a city and has to be tied up. When Mat finds out what she is, having already learned the hard way that YouCantFightFate, he changes his mind apparently see nothing odd about hiding her in the lofts and kidnaps her instead. And much later, [[spoiler:Tuon only completes the marriage ceremony Mat accidentally started inducting a member into their ranks because of the marriage prophecy ''she'' got]].
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' there was a great prophecy stating that a child of the "Big Three" (Zeus, Poseidon, Hades) would make a decision that will decide the fate of Olympus upon turning sixteen. Those three gods formed a pact to stop having children as a result, and to kill the ones
they currently had before they turned sixteen. Suffice to say that if not for that pact [[spoiler:Hades' lover Maria wouldn't have been killed, Hades wouldn't have cursed the Oracle, Luke's mother wouldn't have gone insane trying to become the new Oracle, Luke wouldn't have tried to bring back Kronos, and]] there would have been no decision for the kid in the prophecy to make in the first place.Saw themselves inducting her into their ranks.



* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' uses this trope in an interesting way. Instead of the {{seer|s}} giving a prophecy and leaving others to fulfill it, the seer '''is''' a MessianicArchetype who tries to find the best possible path for the future and enact it himself. The problem is that once humanity is set on a certain path in the present, the number of possible futures diminish and it becomes impossible to switch to a different path for the future without dealing with the effects of the prior path.

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* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' uses this trope in an interesting way. Instead of the {{seer|s}} giving In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' there was a great prophecy stating that a child of the "Big Three" (Zeus, Poseidon, Hades) would make a decision that will decide the fate of Olympus upon turning sixteen. Those three gods formed a pact to stop having children as a result, and leaving others to kill the ones they currently had before they turned sixteen. Suffice to say that if not for that pact [[spoiler:Hades' lover Maria wouldn't have been killed, Hades wouldn't have cursed the Oracle, Luke's mother wouldn't have gone insane trying to become the new Oracle, Luke wouldn't have tried to bring back Kronos, and]] there would have been no decision for the kid in the prophecy to make in the first place.
* In Creator/ShannonHale's ''Literature/PrincessAcademy'', the priests of a country traditionally predict what city the prince's future wife will come from, and then the prince goes there to meet all the local girls and get married. The current prince is told that his bride will come from the remote village of Mount Eskel, so the kingdom hurriedly sets up the titular academy to give the local peasant girls a decent education before one of them becomes queen. The prince ends up proposing to [[spoiler: Britta,]] a girl he knew from back in the capital, whose parents had shipped her off to Mount Eskel to get her into the pool of potential brides. The priests are quick to close this loophole for future prophecies, and the main character later wonders why the prophecy didn't point to the city that [[spoiler: Britta]] was originally from, but decides that it was because Mount Eskel "needed an academy more than a princess".
* In ''Literature/TheShatteredKingdoms'', the "curse" of Norland ([[spoiler:actually a disease]]) wouldn't have been released if the Emperor hadn't unsealed a tomb where a weapon against the cursed is supposed to be obtained.
* Cersei Lannister, from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', had her fortune told when she was a child, and every attempt she's made to say ScrewDestiny seems to bring her closer to fulfilling various conditions.
** Part of the fortune was that [[spoiler:'the valonqar' - the younger sibling - ]] would [[spoiler:murder her]]. She decided that this meant [[spoiler:Tyrion]] and began treating him like dirt, giving him several very good reasons to want to [[spoiler:kill her]]. But, her increasing paranoia (and stress-drinking-and-sleeping around) over what the prophecy could mean has caused massive rifts between her [[spoiler: and the "safe" Jaime, who is younger than her by a matter of seconds,]] and as of ''A Feast for Crows'', he may be able
to fulfill it, the seer '''is''' a MessianicArchetype who tries prophecy by [[spoiler:refusing to find save her from the best possible path for Swords and Stars]].
** She also seems to be on her way to fulfilling her own personal interpretation of
the future part regarding her children - "gold shall be their crowns, and enact it himself. The problem is gold shall be their shrouds". It does ''not'' necessarily say that once humanity is her children will die before her to make everything she wants go down the drain enough to her weep buckets (although it's heavily implied by following the mention of shrouds), but she certainly fears that it definately does. [[spoiler:However, the way she [[MyBelovedSmother raised Joffrey]], partly thanks to her worries, helped turn him into a monster, which set him up to be killed by the Tyrells to protect his bride, Margaery Tyrell... which then allows her to marry the more pliable Tommen... who becomes a boy-king at a ''very'', very unstable time liable to generate numerous ways to get him torn from Cersei's smothering grasp, turned against her, maimed and/or killed: all outcomes she'd not want. Meanwhile, Myrcella ''is'' "taken" from her and sent to Dorne as part of an arranged betrothal, surrounded by people with a more progressive outlook which, if she adopts it, might distance her enough from her birth family to actively fight Cersei at some point. Although the Dornish ''also'' have little cause to love Lannisters, despite Myrcella being an olive branch between kingdoms, so that not only had the chance to lose the prospective Princess her looks through misadventure, but could still blow up in the way Cersei expects... And, all because Cersei refused to undergo another political marriage, mainly so she could remain at King's Landing to keep a paranoid eye and over-firm grip on the "[[HeirClubForMen more important]]" boys.]]
** Each Targaryen attempt to outright force the Prince That Was Promised prophecy into happening in their specific generation (as it turns out, most of them premature, at best) has had long-lasting effects. Most being tragic ones, when not being outright stupid ''and'' tragic together. Yes, each and every attempt has, ultimately, led to the situation in which dragons were, finally, hatched again. And, arguably, after enough failures... ''somebody'' would eventually get it right, if only by accident; so, it was always going to pass in some manner. Whether the price will ultimately prove worth it? We'll have to see.
* Done with
a ProphecyTwist in Creator/PeterDavid's ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' novel ''Martyr''. A prophet 500 years in the past predicts the savior of his people will come when certain path events happen. When those events do happen, Captain Calhoun is revered as that Savior. The Twist? [[spoiler:The actual Savior is the man who thinks he's appointed to kill the Savior, whose traits include a scar (which Calhoun has...and gives the appointee while he's struggling). He does kill the Savior--himself--accidentally.]] And then it's subverted by the fact that [[spoiler:The prophet was cheating by using Advanced Alien Technology to look into the future]].
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** In ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'', it is revealed that [[EldritchAbomination Abeloth]] [[WasOnceAMan used to be a mortal woman]]. Fearing that her immortal family would abandon her once she became old and decrepit, she drank of the Font of Power and bathed
in the present, the number Pool of possible futures diminish Knowledge. Doing so gave her immortality and it becomes impossible to switch to a different path for the future without dealing with the effects of the prior path.incredible powers, but mutated her into her current form. Her family abandoned her in disgust.



* Creator/CSLewis' book ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' is, in theory, based around one of these; the revelation of the content of the prophecy sets in motion the very events that were predicted. Of course, [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]] has a carefully judged paw on the scales of the universe throughout - pushing boats to shore, scaring the horses, propping up the central character's failing morale, and generally helping the characters complete his GambitRoulette. No doubt giving the dryad the plot-triggering prophecy was all according to plan.
* The Clayr in the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy apparently see nothing odd about inducting a member into their ranks because they Saw themselves inducting her into their ranks.
* ''The Nice And Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch'', from ''Literature/GoodOmens'' work a bit like this:
-->'''Newt''': But if you're going to places and doing things because she saw them, and she saw them because you were there, then...\\
'''Anathema''': Yes, I know.
* Mr. Casaubon's posthumous attempt in ''{{Middlemarch}}'' to prevent his widow, Dorothea, from marrying Will Ladislaw using a codicil in his will that removes her inheritance if she does so. At the time of Casaubon's death they have no serious involvement and certainly no plans to marry, but Dorothea's sense of injustice helps to attract her to Will, and in fact her money is one of the things standing in the way of the relationship...
* In ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'', if the Jacks had never taken it upon themselves to kill Bod's family, Bod would never even have made it to the graveyard in the first place.
* In ''Literature/CastleInTheAir'', Flower-In-the-Night's father locked her up since her birth, after hearing a prophecy that the first man she sees will become her husband. If he hadn't done that, she would have never met the main protagonist Abdullah ...



* In ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'' the title character is asked by a mother to bless her child. He scrapes together some magic words, and does. Then his dragon kisses the child, leaving a mark on their forehead. When Eragon protests that he didn't really do anything, someone points out that the kid has both the blessing of a dragon rider, and the mark of a kiss from a dragon. They're probably not going to be satisfied as, say, a grocer or blacksmith. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Eragon screwed up the wording, and accidentally cursed [[http://inheritance.wikia.com/wiki/Elva Elva]].]]
** This is discussed later on in the series, and it's stated that the only sure way to prevent one of these prophecies coming to pass is to immediately kill oneself (an example is given of an elf seeing a premonition of him killing his son in battle and committing suicide so he wouldn't do it), because the premonitions don't tell you what choices you made to make the future that you saw.
* Creator/JaneYolen's ''Literature/GreatAltaSaga''. When Jenna's soldiers capture the Cat and tell her to kill him, as it is prophesized she will, she refuses. That night, the Cat breaks free and Jenna's close friend, called Cat as a nickname, dies in the resulting fight. Thus, Jenna [[ProphecyTwist does]] bring about the death of a Cat.
* In Creator/ShannonHale's ''Literature/PrincessAcademy'', the priests of a country traditionally predict what city the prince's future wife will come from, and then the prince goes there to meet all the local girls and get married. The current prince is told that his bride will come from the remote village of Mount Eskel, so the kingdom hurriedly sets up the titular academy to give the local peasant girls a decent education before one of them becomes queen. The prince ends up proposing to [[spoiler: Britta,]] a girl he knew from back in the capital, whose parents had shipped her off to Mount Eskel to get her into the pool of potential brides. The priests are quick to close this loophole for future prophecies, and the main character later wonders why the prophecy didn't point to the city that [[spoiler: Britta]] was originally from, but decides that it was because Mount Eskel "needed an academy more than a princess".
* Cersei Lannister, from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', had her fortune told when she was a child, and every attempt she's made to say ScrewDestiny seems to bring her closer to fulfilling various conditions.
** Part of the fortune was that [[spoiler:'the valonqar' - the younger sibling - ]] would [[spoiler:murder her]]. She decided that this meant [[spoiler:Tyrion]] and began treating him like dirt, giving him several very good reasons to want to [[spoiler:kill her]]. But, her increasing paranoia (and stress-drinking-and-sleeping around) over what the prophecy could mean has caused massive rifts between her [[spoiler: and the "safe" Jaime, who is younger than her by a matter of seconds,]] and as of ''A Feast for Crows'', he may be able to fulfill the prophecy by [[spoiler:refusing to save her from the Swords and Stars]].
** She also seems to be on her way to fulfilling her own personal interpretation of the part regarding her children - "gold shall be their crowns, and gold shall be their shrouds". It does ''not'' necessarily say that her children will die before her to make everything she wants go down the drain enough to her weep buckets (although it's heavily implied by following the mention of shrouds), but she certainly fears that it definately does. [[spoiler:However, the way she [[MyBelovedSmother raised Joffrey]], partly thanks to her worries, helped turn him into a monster, which set him up to be killed by the Tyrells to protect his bride, Margaery Tyrell... which then allows her to marry the more pliable Tommen... who becomes a boy-king at a ''very'', very unstable time liable to generate numerous ways to get him torn from Cersei's smothering grasp, turned against her, maimed and/or killed: all outcomes she'd not want. Meanwhile, Myrcella ''is'' "taken" from her and sent to Dorne as part of an arranged betrothal, surrounded by people with a more progressive outlook which, if she adopts it, might distance her enough from her birth family to actively fight Cersei at some point. Although the Dornish ''also'' have little cause to love Lannisters, despite Myrcella being an olive branch between kingdoms, so that not only had the chance to lose the prospective Princess her looks through misadventure, but could still blow up in the way Cersei expects... And, all because Cersei refused to undergo another political marriage, mainly so she could remain at King's Landing to keep a paranoid eye and over-firm grip on the "[[HeirClubForMen more important]]" boys.]]
** Each Targaryen attempt to outright force the Prince That Was Promised prophecy into happening in their specific generation (as it turns out, most of them premature, at best) has had long-lasting effects. Most being tragic ones, when not being outright stupid ''and'' tragic together. Yes, each and every attempt has, ultimately, led to the situation in which dragons were, finally, hatched again. And, arguably, after enough failures... ''somebody'' would eventually get it right, if only by accident; so, it was always going to pass in some manner. Whether the price will ultimately prove worth it? We'll have to see.
* Played with in the Tim Pratt short story "Another End of the Empire": a GenreSavvy EvilOverlord receives a prophecy that a child from a certain village will grow up to bring an end to his empire. Rather than wipe them out (he knows how these things work; there will be survivors), he instead uses the village as a test bed for social and political reform, improving education and the general quality of life, hoping to eliminate any possible motive anyone would have for trying to overthrow him. He even adopts the three most likely candidates as his sons, and allows them to pursue their own agendas to keep them happy. The twist is that [[spoiler: in making all these changes, he has made his empire peaceful and prosperous, his subjects actually like him now rather than simply fear him, and he can even retire happily and pass on rule to one of his more progressive-minded sons]]. So his empire does come to end, just not the way he expected.
** The wording of the prophecy was "If allowed to grow to manhood, he will take over your empire, overthrow your ways and means, and send you from the halls of your palace forever", which ''almost'' (one can quibble about one part of it) happened, just not in the way the evil overlord thought: the Empire is taken over by one of the children... because he adopted the child (all of them, but only one wanted to rule) and later abdicated and gave the throne to that child, his ways and means were overthrown... because, in the process of allowing them to indulge in their agendas, that child had introduced extensive but effective reforms far beyond anything the overlord had considered, and while the one that took over the Empire didn't exactly ''send'' the overlord from the halls of the palace forever, he did see the overlord do so - because the overlord felt useless and didn't ''want'' to stay around after having abdicated.
* In book 2 of ''TheIncorgigibleChildrenOfAshtonPlace'', one character refuses to tell Penelope what's going on for fear that Penelope's attempts to avoid it will lead to this.
* In ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'', it is revealed that [[EldritchAbomination Abeloth]] [[WasOnceAMan used to be a mortal woman]]. Fearing that her immortal family would abandon her once she became old and decrepit, she drank of the Font of Power and bathed in the Pool of Knowledge. Doing so gave her immortality and incredible powers, but mutated her into her current form. Her family abandoned her in disgust.
* Chris and Cathy's incestuous love in ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic''. The Grandmother wanted to prevent such a thing, but she actually pushed them together by locking them up for years, isolated from the rest of the world and other kids.
* In the BackStory of ''Whit'' by Creator/IainBanks, Isis's Great-Aunt Zhobelia [[spoiler: has a vision that the large bag of banknotes discovered near Isis's grandfather before he set up his cult, and which she's been hiding ever since, will bring disaster to the cult. So she decides to burn it. This causes the fire in which Isis's parents were killed]].



* In ''[[Literature/ZeusIsDead Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure]]'', Zeus's original order that the gods withdraw from the mortal world was Zeus's attempt to outwit a prophecy of his murder, which, eventually, wound up making it come true.



* In ''Literature/TheShatteredKingdoms'', the "curse" of Norland ([[spoiler:actually a disease]]) wouldn't have been released if the Emperor hadn't unsealed a tomb where a weapon against the cursed is supposed to be obtained.

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* In ''Literature/TheShatteredKingdoms'', ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series Mat learns he would marry the "curse" Daughter of Norland ([[spoiler:actually a disease]]) wouldn't have been released if the Emperor hadn't unsealed Nine Moons. Much later, she comes across him trying to flee from a tomb where a weapon against the cursed is supposed city and has to be obtained.tied up. When Mat finds out what she is, having already learned the hard way that YouCantFightFate, he changes his mind about hiding her in the lofts and kidnaps her instead. And much later, [[spoiler:Tuon only completes the marriage ceremony Mat accidentally started because of the marriage prophecy ''she'' got]].
* In the BackStory of ''Whit'' by Creator/IainBanks, Isis's Great-Aunt Zhobelia [[spoiler: has a vision that the large bag of banknotes discovered near Isis's grandfather before he set up his cult, and which she's been hiding ever since, will bring disaster to the cult. So she decides to burn it. This causes the fire in which Isis's parents were killed]].
* In ''[[Literature/ZeusIsDead Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure]]'', Zeus's original order that the gods withdraw from the mortal world was Zeus's attempt to outwit a prophecy of his murder, which, eventually, wound up making it come true.



* Subverted unusually in the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' ChristmasEpisode "Lexmas". Lex dreams about a "perfect" future in which he is married to Lana, while Clark is married [[FanPreferredCouple to Chloe]]. He is on excellent terms with everyone, even Jonathan Kent, who has become senator when [[ForWantOfANail Lex made the choice to drop out.]] Jonathan even said Lex is the finest man he ever met. Lex's mother's ghost tells him this could be reality if he makes the right choices. [[DreamApocalypse Unfortunately, dream Lana dies delivering his second child.]] Lex wakes up and decides the only way to stop that is to have money and power, so he [[StartOfDarkness starts the smear campaign]] against Jonathan, [[TearJerker/{{Smallville}} tragically]] missing the point that [[AlasPoorVillain his decision of not dropping out means all the happiness he felt would become nothing]].
* Music/DollyParton had a variety show in the '80's, and commented in her opening monologue one night about a tabloid paper that predicted she would fall in love with a 300 lb. wrestler, and write a song about him entitled "Headlock On My Heart". She then introduced her special guest star, Wrestling/HulkHogan, and showed a video of a song she wrote, called "Headlock On My Heart." (Lyrics [[http://www.dollyon-line.com/archives/lyrics/headlockomh.shtml here]].)

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* Subverted unusually ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Done, though never identified as such,
in the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' ChristmasEpisode "Lexmas". Lex dreams about case of Sahjan and Connor. Sahjan read a "perfect" future in which he is married to Lana, while Clark is married [[FanPreferredCouple to Chloe]]. He is on excellent terms with everyone, even Jonathan Kent, who has become senator when [[ForWantOfANail Lex made the choice to drop out.]] Jonathan even said Lex is the finest man he ever met. Lex's mother's ghost tells him this could be reality if he makes the right choices. [[DreamApocalypse Unfortunately, dream Lana dies delivering his second child.]] Lex wakes prophecy that Angel's son would grow up and decides the kill him. He tried to get rid of him by sealing him in an inescapable Hell Dimension, where time moved faster so that after only way to stop a few weeks on earth, Connor would have died of old age there. [[EscapedFromHell He escaped]] grown up, a few days later, and killed him a year on earth after that. Additionally, because of his meddling he spent the intervening time [[SealedEvilInACan locked in an urn]].
** The [[spoiler: false]] prophecy
that Angel [[OffingTheOffspring would kill Connor]] that prompted [[spoiler: Wesley]] to kidnap then infant Connor from Angel in the first place is also an example. The kidnapping was the event that triggered the tragic chain of events that made up most of season 4, culminated in [[spoiler: Angel killing Connor to have money save a bunch of hostages]]. Thanks to a DealWithTheDevil, [[spoiler: Connor came back.]] In short, Sahjahn's meddling to try and power, avoid his fate created the circumstances that led to his fate being fulfilled.
* On ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' when Mitchell receives a prophecy that a werewolf will kill him, he becomes paranoid about any werewolves other that George and Nina. When they encounter two other werewolves he picks up the IdiotBall and is
so aggressive that he [[StartOfDarkness starts the smear campaign]] against Jonathan, [[TearJerker/{{Smallville}} tragically]] missing the point that [[AlasPoorVillain his decision of not dropping out means all the happiness he felt would become nothing]].
* Music/DollyParton had
a variety show feud with them and really messes up things for everyone. Although [[spoiler: no one gets killed and they make peace in the '80's, and commented in her opening monologue one night about a tabloid paper end]] it is quite likely that predicted she would fall in love with this will still end up as a 300 lb. wrestler, and write a song about him entitled "Headlock On My Heart". She then introduced her special guest star, Wrestling/HulkHogan, and showed a video of a song she wrote, called "Headlock On My Heart." (Lyrics [[http://www.dollyon-line.com/archives/lyrics/headlockomh.shtml here]].)Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.



* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'':
** Subverted in one episode in which a particular child is destined to take a king's throne, and the [[EvilChancellor obligatory evil councilor]] tries to use the prophecy to start a civil war which will put the baby on the throne and himself in place as regent. Eventually, the king marries the baby's mother, and so the prophecy is fulfilled: The baby is now heir to his father's throne.
** Callisto's parents were killed during Xena's reign of terror, so she naturally assumed that Xena or one of her soldiers killed her folks. After she became a goddess, she accidentally ended up in her old village on the day of the attack. While trying to protect her mother and her younger self, she accidentally kills her father and is forced to kill her mother in self-defense. [[spoiler: Of course, by the end of the episode, Iolaus went back and changed history so that Callisto never went back to that day, so said SFP never actually happened...]]
** It has been prophesied that Xena's child would cause the doom of the Greek gods. They decide to kill the child, their attacks on her and Xena leading to their doom.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** The episode "No Time Like the Past" involves a man traveling back in time and attempting to prevent a small town fire he knows will happen. Instead, his actions end up causing the fire.
** The same twist happens in the episode "Back There". A man travels back in time and tries to warn people of [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Lincoln's]] assassination. Unbeknownst to the man, one of the people he tells about it is John Wilkes Booth, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero who gets the idea from him.]]
** A non-time travel related example: In "What's in the Box", a man is shown his future (via an enchanted TV set) in which he kills his wife during a fight and dies in the electric chair. When he tries to describe this to his wife, she laughs at him, which gets him angry, they start to fight, and...
** In "The Mirror," a successful South American revolutionary leader is told by the dictator he is replacing that his mirror is enchanted and he will see in it the face of the man who will assassinate him. The new ruler begins imagining that he sees the faces of his allies and one by one he has them executed, becoming as much of a blood-thirsty tyrant as the man he had fought against. Guilt-ridden, looks into the mirror a last time and realizes he is finally looking at his true murderer... and then kills himself.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Lampshaded, defied, averted, played straight, and thoroughly deconstructed, all in one episode: "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E18CauseAndEffect Cause and Effect]]" [[CaptainObvious deals with causality]] and time travel, and at one point the following analysis takes place:
-->'''Picard''': If you are right, perhaps we could escape from the loop by avoiding the collision.\\
'''La Forge''': That's our guess.\\
'''Worf''': Perhaps we should reverse course.\\
'''Riker''': For all we know, reversing course may be what leads us into the crash.\\
'''Picard''': No, we can't afford to start second guessing ourselves, we'll stay on this course until we have reason to change it. But let's do everything that we can to avoid the collision.
** This trope is also one of the driving themes of the episode "Time Squared", although it is averted at the very last moment.
** And in "All Good Things," it's Picard probing into the NegativeSpaceWedgie in three different time periods that causes it to form in the first (and last, and middle) place. That's the TimeyWimeyBall for you.
* During the final season of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', [[ItsAllAboutMe Chancellor Gowron]] becomes convinced that [[FourStarBadass General Martok]] will try to kill him and take control of the Klingon Empire (and [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter he couldn't be more wrong]], as Martok is [[MyCountryRightOrWrong unquestionably loyal to Gowron and the Empire]]). This prompts Gowron to [[UriahGambit send Martok on a series of ill-fated missions meant to get him killed or disgraced]] to the point where he'll no longer be a threat. When Martok's [[BloodBrothers blood brother]] Worf figures out what's going on, [[KlingonPromotion he challenges and kills Gowron]], and immediately passes the chancellorship to a [[ReluctantRuler very reluctant]] Martok.
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven''. Most of the episodes revolve around the tried-and-tested formula of vision > attempt to stop vision > vision happens because of attempt. Occasionally, the vision would come true without her not doing anything except for watching. Usually, she ''completely'' misinterprets what's actually going on.
* ''Series/ICarly'': If Carly/Freddie isn't revisited then Sam's insistence that Carly's feelings for Freddie weren't real would become one. Sam tells Freddie Carly's feelings aren't real. Freddie breaks up with Carly because of Sam's thoughts. This stops any chance of Carly's feelings being allowed to blossom or fail on their own. Instead Carly's feelings end immediately due to rejection and Freddie's explanation of Sam's potentially mistaken logic. Those feelings never return. Everyone believes Sam was correct. Carly never loved Freddie. Sam saying that Carly's feelings aren't real creates the situation that eventually results in everyone believing that Carly's feelings weren't real thus creating the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.

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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'':
''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has a few examples:
** Subverted in one episode in which a particular child Season 6 reveals that Piper and Leo's son Wyatt is destined to take a king's throne, and become the [[EvilChancellor obligatory most evil councilor]] tries to use male witch ever. This leads Gideon, headmaster of the prophecy Magic Academy, to start a civil war which try and prevent it by killing Wyatt as an infant. As it turns out, however, Wyatt will put fight him off, but the baby on psychological trauma of Gideon's attempts to kill him is exactly what turned Wyatt evil to begin with. Leo ultimately breaks the throne cycle by [[spoiler: killing Gideon]].
** A prominent example is with Cole Turner in Season 5. He repeatedly attempts to win Phoebe back
and himself in place as regent. be good, but no matter what he did to try to convince her, Phoebe and her sisters adamantly refuse to accept him back and even try to kill him, stating that he will never be anything more than an evil demon. Eventually, Cole [[SanitySlippage goes insane]] and decides to [[ThenLetMeBeEvil just roll with it]].
* In ''{{Series/Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E09Debate109 Debate 109]]" Shirley comes in to tell Jeff and Annie about
the king marries the baby's mother, and so the prophecy is fulfilled: The baby is now heir to his father's throne.
** Callisto's parents were killed during Xena's reign of terror, so she naturally assumed
crazy idea Abed had that Xena or one they would kiss. Thus giving Annie the thought to use this as a ploy to win a round of her soldiers killed her folks. After she became a goddess, she accidentally ended debate.
* This sort-of shows
up in her old village on the day of only ''{{Series/CSI}}'' episode involving a (confirmed) psychic. The psychic predicts that the attack. While trying to protect her mother killer's next move will be associated with "green tea", and her younger self, she accidentally kills her father and is forced to kill her mother in self-defense. follows Stokes home. [[spoiler: Of course, by Following a hunch the end of psychic goes into the episode, Iolaus went back attic, where the killer is hiding. The killer gains the upper hand and changed history so that Callisto never went back to that day, so said SFP never actually happened...sends the psychic crashing through the ceiling onto Stokes' carpet, which was a ''green T'' (for Texas) on it. The psychic, alas, does not get better.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** It has been prophesied that Xena's child would cause In [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]], the doom Doctor deliberately created one of these to get the Prime Minister kicked out of office, saying he could bring her government down with 6 words. "Don't you think she looks tired?" whispered in someone's ear. This got spread around, until there was a huge controversy regarding her health. Meanwhile, the stress of her not knowing what he said, and the resulting media circus, actually affected her health and she ended up kicked out of office.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E8TheHungryEarth "The Hungry Earth"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E9ColdBlood "Cold Blood"]], a group of humans come into contact with Alaya, a member
of the Greek gods. They decide to kill the child, their attacks on her and Xena leading to their doom.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** The episode "No Time Like the Past" involves a man traveling back in time and attempting to prevent a small town fire he knows will happen. Instead, his actions end up causing the fire.
** The same twist happens in the episode "Back There". A man travels back in time and tries to warn people of [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Lincoln's]] assassination. Unbeknownst to the man,
Silurian race. She then predicts that one of the people he tells humans will kill her, and that her death will trigger a war that wipes out humanity. The humans refuse to believe her, but then one woman sneaks in, [[spoiler:gets in to an argument with Alaya, and ends up accidentally murdering her with a stun gun. Then it turns out that Alaya's sister is the leader of the Silurian military, and she really doesn't like humans..]].
** The Series 9 StoryArc teases a Gallifreyan prophecy
about it is John Wilkes Booth, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero who gets the idea from him.]]
** A non-time travel related example: In "What's in the Box",
a man is shown his future (via an enchanted TV set) in which he kills his wife during a fight and dies in the electric chair. When he tries to describe this to his wife, she laughs at him, which gets him angry, they start to fight, and...
** In
half-Time Lord, half-Dalek warrior known as "The Mirror," a successful South American revolutionary leader is told by Hybrid" starting in its second episode, and from there the dictator he is replacing that his mirror is enchanted and he will see in it the face of the man who will assassinate him. The new ruler begins imagining that he sees the faces of his allies and one by one he has them executed, becoming as much of a blood-thirsty tyrant as the man he had fought against. Guilt-ridden, looks into the mirror a last time and realizes he is finally looking at his true murderer... and then kills himself.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Lampshaded, defied, averted, played straight, and thoroughly deconstructed, all in one episode: "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E18CauseAndEffect Cause and Effect]]" [[CaptainObvious
Doctor deals with causality]] a variety of hybrid beings. In the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven three]]-[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent part]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent finale]], the Doctor is revealed to be the one person who knows who or what it is, and time travel, [[spoiler: Rassilon]] has him captured and at one point given a ColdBloodedTorture treatment to bring out the following analysis takes place:
-->'''Picard''': If you are right,
truth about a creature destined to stand in the ruins of [[spoiler: Gallifrey]] and perhaps we could escape from destroy all of space and time. What makes all this self-fulfilling? [[spoiler: It's possible the loop by avoiding the collision.\\
'''La Forge''': That's our guess.\\
'''Worf''': Perhaps we should reverse course.\\
'''Riker''': For all we know, reversing course may be
Doctor '''doesn't''' know what leads us into the crash.\\
'''Picard''': No, we can't afford to start second guessing ourselves, we'll stay on this course until we have reason to change it. But let's do everything
it is, just that we can to avoid the collision.
** This trope is also one of the driving themes of the episode "Time Squared", although it is averted at the very last moment.
** And in "All Good Things,"
it's Picard probing ''not'' Time Lord/Dalek. Several possibilities are raised as to its identity, but none are confirmed. But capturing and torturing the Doctor '''and''' accidentally getting his beloved companion Clara killed along the way drives him to madness, and he proceeds to escape his confession dial, bloodlessly depose Rassilon and conquer Gallifrey, and then trick the Time Lords into effectively bringing Clara back from the NegativeSpaceWedgie in three different time periods that causes it grave with promises of answers to form their questions -- in the first (and last, process almost destroying the universe and middle) place. That's traveling to the TimeyWimeyBall for you.
* During the final season
end of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', [[ItsAllAboutMe Chancellor Gowron]] time to stand in Gallifrey's ruins. The Doctor thus becomes convinced the Hybrid, by his own remorseful admission -- all because someone was determined to keep it from coming to pass]].
* Music/DollyParton had a variety show in the '80's, and commented in her opening monologue one night about a tabloid paper
that [[FourStarBadass General Martok]] will try to kill predicted she would fall in love with a 300 lb. wrestler, and write a song about him entitled "Headlock On My Heart". She then introduced her special guest star, Wrestling/HulkHogan, and take control showed a video of a song she wrote, called "Headlock On My Heart". (Lyrics [[http://www.dollyon-line.com/archives/lyrics/headlockomh.shtml here]].)
* In an episode of ''Series/EarlyEdition'', Gary's "selfish" counterpart (who used the paper at least partially for his own gain) accidentally ruined the stock pricing of a (very) small computer company (three or five people) by selling all of their stock that he owned when the paper said they were going to crash.
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' episode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E7KillerFrost "Killer Frost"]],[[spoiler: Caitlin]] is obsessed with finding Dr. Alchemy so he [[IJustWantToBeNormal can remove her powers]], as she's terrified of becoming a supervillain [[spoiler: like her [[EvilTwin Earth-2 counterpart]]]]. Said obsession ends up fueling her SplitPersonalityTakeover, turning her into a supervillain.
* What drives a lot
of the Klingon Empire (and [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter he couldn't be more wrong]], as Martok is [[MyCountryRightOrWrong unquestionably loyal to Gowron and plot in ''Series/FlashForward2009''. For example, until Janis saw a vision of herself pregnant in the Empire]]). This prompts Gowron to [[UriahGambit send Martok on future, she had never really considered having a series of ill-fated missions meant to get him killed or disgraced]] baby. Mark was haunted by the vision that he would fall off the wagon, the pressure building to the point where he'll no longer be that when he's given a threat. When Martok's [[BloodBrothers blood brother]] Worf figures out what's going on, [[KlingonPromotion flask by someone who'd foreseen himself quitting drinking, he challenges and kills Gowron]], and immediately passes gives in to fate instead of pouring it out. Olivia's vision of herself with a lover begins to break apart her marriage, making cheating more likely. By the chancellorship to a [[ReluctantRuler very reluctant]] Martok.
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven''. Most
end of the episodes revolve around series, it's been shown that the tried-and-tested formula of vision > attempt to stop vision > vision happens because of attempt. Occasionally, the vision would come true without her not future seen in flash-forwards can be changed, but doing anything except for watching. Usually, she ''completely'' misinterprets what's actually going on.
so required great effort to fight the inertia of the timestream.
* ''Series/ICarly'': If Carly/Freddie isn't revisited then Sam's insistence In ''{{Series/Hercules}}'', Eurystheus is told that Carly's feelings for Freddie weren't real would become one. Sam tells Freddie Carly's feelings aren't real. Freddie breaks up with Carly because of Sam's thoughts. This stops any chance of Carly's feelings being allowed to blossom or fail on their own. Instead Carly's feelings end immediately due to rejection and Freddie's explanation of Sam's potentially mistaken logic. Those feelings never return. Everyone believes Sam was correct. Carly never loved Freddie. Sam saying if his daughter Iole ever gets married, her husband will kill him. When Hercules asks that Carly's feelings aren't real creates his son Hyllus and Iole may marry to heal the situation that eventually results in everyone believing that Carly's feelings weren't real thus creating rift between both houses, Eurystheus attempts to have them both killed, fearful for his life. [[spoiler: During the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.climatic struggle, Hyllus ends up killing Eurystheus by throwing a knife to his chest, who might have lived if he not tried to kill him.]]



* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Done, though never identified as such, in the case of Sahjan and Connor. Sahjan read a prophecy that Angel's son would grow up and kill him. He tried to get rid of him by sealing him in an inescapable Hell Dimension, where time moved faster so that after only a few weeks on earth, Connor would have died of old age there. [[EscapedFromHell He escaped]] grown up, a few days later, and killed him a year on earth after that. Additionally, because of his meddling he spent the intervening time [[SealedEvilInACan locked in an urn]].
** The [[spoiler: false]] prophecy that Angel [[OffingTheOffspring would kill Connor]] that prompted [[spoiler: Wesley]] to kidnap then infant Connor from Angel in the first place is also an example. The kidnapping was the event that triggered the tragic chain of events that made up most of season 4, culminated in [[spoiler: Angel killing Connor to save a bunch of hostages]]. Thanks to a DealWithTheDevil, [[spoiler: Connor came back.]] In short, Sahjahn's meddling to try and avoid his fate created the circumstances that led to his fate being fulfilled.
* Averted in one episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the crew meets a man who can tell the future (correctly) and even show his visions to other people. The team suggests that they are self-fulfilling prophecies, however even events that could not have been self fulfilled through the prophecy turn out to be true.
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick became paranoid that the Chancellor had it in for Mary. He then talked Mary into thinking so as well and accidentally got her arrested. At the end of the episode, he described what happened:
-->'''Dick''': I was completely convinced Mary was going to lose her job.\\
'''Sally''': And did she?\\
'''Dick''': Yeah. So I guess being paranoid is kind of like being psychic.
* In an episode of ''Series/EarlyEdition'', Gary's "selfish" counterpart (who used the paper at least partially for his own gain) accidentally ruined the stock pricing of a (very) small computer company (three or five people) by selling all of their stock that he owned when the paper said they were going to crash.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Cassandra, a supercomputer with the ability to predict the future with total accuracy tells Lister that he will end up destroying her. Lister walks into the room with the computer and gives a big speech on how he has his own free will, culminating in his refusal to destroy Cassandra. As he walks out, however, he sticks a piece of chewing gum on the wall, which [[DisasterDominoes falls on a lamp that then swings around into something, catapulting it into something else, until finally a container full of liquid falls on Cassandra's wiring, destroying her]]. The look on her computerized face just before she shorts circuits is [[CassandraTruth a weary "See?"]]
** Earlier in the episode, "Rimmer" (actually [[PropheticFallacy a crew member wearing Rimmer's nametag]]) dies of a heart attack brought on by the stress of being told (by Cassandra) that he's going to die of a heart attack.
** It's subverted when she predicts that Lister will murder Rimmer while the latter is making love to Kochanski. [[spoiler:Cassandra fabricated it to trick Rimmer and Kochanski into doing it, so she could get pre-emptive revenge on Lister.]]
* This sort-of shows up in the only ''{{Series/CSI}}'' episode involving a (confirmed) psychic. The psychic predicts that the killer's next move will be associated with "green tea", and follows Stokes home. [[spoiler: Following a hunch the psychic goes into the attic, where the killer is hiding. The killer gains the upper hand and sends the psychic crashing through the ceiling onto Stokes' carpet, which was a ''green T'' (for Texas) on it. The psychic, alas, does not get better.]]
* Similarly on a ''{{Series/Numb3rs}}'' episode featuring Chinese people, a psychic predicts the killers' next move and goes there with his camera. [[spoiler: The killers are there, along with their big truck. He doesn't get better either.]]
* ''{{Series/Lost}}'': [[spoiler: There are three big flags that the detonation of the hydrogen bomb in 1977 will ''cause'' the crash of the original Oceanic Airlines flight bringing Jack and the gang to the island. First: Sayid shooting Ben in 1977 ''causes'' him to become a MagnificentBastard in an extended way, since this is what brings him to the Others for... healing. Second: Miles lampshades this trope in the last few minutes of the episode. Third: if it doesn't, the whole series is in for one weird-ass ResetButton one season out from its announced ending]].
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has a few examples:
** Season 6 reveals that Piper and Leo's son Wyatt is destined to become the most evil male witch ever. This leads Gideon, headmaster of the Magic Academy, to try and prevent it by killing Wyatt as an infant. As it turns out, however, Wyatt will fight him off, but the psychological trauma of Gideon's attempts to kill him is exactly what turned Wyatt evil to begin with. Leo ultimately breaks the cycle by [[spoiler: killing Gideon]].
** A prominent example is with Cole Turner in Season 5. He repeatedly attempts to win Phoebe back and be good, but no matter what he did to try to convince her, Phoebe and her sisters adamantly refuse to accept him back and even try to kill him, stating that he will never be anything more than an evil demon. Eventually, Cole [[SanitySlippage goes insane]] and decides to [[ThenLetMeBeEvil just roll with it]].
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "Breaking Point", a scientist invents a TimeMachine, which he uses to travel several days into the future. There, he sees his wife, who has been shot. When he returns to his own time, he desperately tries to convince everyone that he really did travel to the future, only to have everyone think him crazy (doesn't help that the time shift apparently has some nasty side effects, such as ''actually turning him crazy''). In the end, he ends up accidentally shooting his wife while trying to stop her from leaving him. In a twist, he decides to [[spoiler:prevent her death by ensuring that they never meet in the first place, so he travels back to the day they met and shoots his younger self. Both versions of him die. Unfortunately, fate doesn't like to be cheated - his future wife was planning on killing herself that day, and only meeting his past self kept her from taking the pills]].



* What drives a lot of the plot in ''Series/FlashForward2009''. For example, until Janis saw a vision of herself pregnant in the future, she had never really considered having a baby. Mark was haunted by the vision that he would fall off the wagon, the pressure building to the point that when he's given a flask by someone who'd foreseen himself quitting drinking, he gives in to fate instead of pouring it out. Olivia's vision of herself with a lover begins to break apart her marriage, making cheating more likely. By the end of the series, it's been shown that the future seen in flash-forwards can be changed, but doing so required great effort to fight the inertia of the timestream.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the double-episode story "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood", a group of humans come into contact with Alaya, a member of the Silurian race. She then predicts that one of the humans will kill her, and that her death will trigger a war that wipes out humanity. The humans refuse to believe her, but then one woman sneaks in, [[spoiler:gets in to an argument with Alaya, and ends up accidentally murdering her with a stun gun. Then it turns out that Alaya's sister is the leader of the Silurian military, and she really doesn't like humans..]].
** In "The Christmas Invasion", the Doctor deliberately created one of these to get the Prime Minister kicked out of office, saying he could bring her government down with 6 words. "Don't you think she looks tired?" whispered in someone's ear. This got spread around, until there was a huge controversy regarding her health. Meanwhile, the stress of her not knowing what he said, and the resulting media circus, actually affected her health and she ended up kicked out of office.
** The Series 9 StoryArc teases a Gallifreyan prophecy about a half-Time Lord, half-Dalek warrior known as "The Hybrid" starting in its second episode, and from there the Doctor deals with a variety of hybrid beings. In the three-part finale, the Doctor is revealed to be the one person who knows who or what it is, and [[spoiler: Rassilon]] has him captured and given a ColdBloodedTorture treatment to bring out the truth about a creature destined to stand in the ruins of [[spoiler: Gallifrey]] and perhaps destroy all of space and time. What makes all this self-fulfilling? [[spoiler: It's possible the Doctor '''doesn't''' know what it is, just that it's ''not'' Time Lord/Dalek. Several possibilities are raised as to its identity, but none are confirmed. But capturing and torturing the Doctor '''and''' accidentally getting his beloved companion Clara killed along the way drives him to madness, and he proceeds to escape his confession dial, bloodlessly depose Rassilon and conquer Gallifrey, and then trick the Time Lords into effectively bringing Clara back from the grave with promises of answers to their questions -- in the process almost destroying the universe and traveling to the end of time to stand in Gallifrey's ruins. The Doctor thus becomes the Hybrid, by his own remorseful admission -- all because someone was determined to keep it from coming to pass]].
* On ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' when Mitchell receives a prophecy that a werewolf will kill him, he becomes paranoid about any werewolves other that George and Nina. When they encounter two other werewolves he picks up the IdiotBall and is so aggressive that he starts a feud with them and really messes up things for everyone. Although [[spoiler: no one gets killed and they make peace in the end]] it is quite likely that this will still end up as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
* In ''{{Series/Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E09Debate109 Debate 109]]" Shirley comes in to tell Jeff and Annie about the crazy idea Abed had that they would kiss. Thus giving Annie the thought to use this as a ploy to win a round of debate.

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* What drives a lot In an episode of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', Wayne makes a high-tech eclipse viewer, which somehow allows him to see the plot in ''Series/FlashForward2009''. For example, until Janis saw a vision of herself pregnant in near future. When he tries to show the future, she had never really considered having truth to his neighbor, a baby. Mark was haunted by cop, the vision that he would fall off the wagon, the pressure building to the point that when he's given a flask by someone who'd foreseen himself quitting drinking, he gives in to fate instead of pouring it out. Olivia's vision of herself with a lover begins to break apart her marriage, making cheating more likely. By the end of the series, it's been shown neighbor just concludes that the future seen in flash-forwards can be changed, but doing so required great effort to fight the inertia of the timestream.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the double-episode story "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood",
only reason these things are happening (e.g. a group of humans come into contact with Alaya, a member of the Silurian race. She then predicts that one of the humans will kill her, car swerving and that her death will trigger a war that wipes out humanity. The humans refuse to believe her, but then one woman sneaks in, [[spoiler:gets in to an argument with Alaya, and ends up accidentally murdering her with a stun gun. Then it turns out that Alaya's sister crashing) is because Wayne is the leader of the Silurian military, and she really doesn't like humans..]].
** In "The Christmas Invasion", the Doctor deliberately created
one of these to get the Prime Minister kicked causing them (e.g. running out in front of office, saying he could bring her government down with 6 words. "Don't you think she looks tired?" whispered in someone's ear. This got spread around, until there was a huge controversy regarding her health. Meanwhile, the stress of her not knowing what he said, and the said car to try to stop it, resulting media circus, actually affected her health and she ended up kicked out of office.
** The Series 9 StoryArc teases a Gallifreyan prophecy about a half-Time Lord, half-Dalek warrior known as "The Hybrid" starting in its second episode, and from there the Doctor deals with a variety of hybrid beings. In the three-part finale, the Doctor is revealed to be the one person who knows who or what it is, and [[spoiler: Rassilon]] has him captured and given a ColdBloodedTorture treatment to bring out the truth about a creature destined to stand
in the ruins of [[spoiler: Gallifrey]] swerve and perhaps destroy all of space and time. What makes all this self-fulfilling? [[spoiler: It's possible the Doctor '''doesn't''' know what it is, just crash).
* ''Series/ICarly'': If Carly/Freddie isn't revisited then Sam's insistence
that it's ''not'' Time Lord/Dalek. Several possibilities are raised as to its identity, but none are confirmed. But capturing and torturing the Doctor '''and''' accidentally getting his beloved companion Clara killed along the way drives him to madness, and he proceeds to escape his confession dial, bloodlessly depose Rassilon and conquer Gallifrey, and then trick the Time Lords into effectively bringing Clara back from the grave Carly's feelings for Freddie weren't real would become one. Sam tells Freddie Carly's feelings aren't real. Freddie breaks up with promises of answers to their questions -- in the process almost destroying the universe and traveling to the end of time to stand in Gallifrey's ruins. The Doctor thus becomes the Hybrid, by his own remorseful admission -- all Carly because someone of Sam's thoughts. This stops any chance of Carly's feelings being allowed to blossom or fail on their own. Instead Carly's feelings end immediately due to rejection and Freddie's explanation of Sam's potentially mistaken logic. Those feelings never return. Everyone believes Sam was determined to keep it from coming to pass]].
* On ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' when Mitchell receives a prophecy
correct. Carly never loved Freddie. Sam saying that a werewolf will kill him, he becomes paranoid about any werewolves other Carly's feelings aren't real creates the situation that George and Nina. When they encounter two other werewolves he picks up the IdiotBall and is so aggressive eventually results in everyone believing that he starts a feud with them and really messes up things for everyone. Although [[spoiler: no one gets killed and they make peace in Carly's feelings weren't real thus creating the end]] it is quite likely that this will still end up as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
* In ''{{Series/Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E09Debate109 Debate 109]]" Shirley comes Invoked in to tell Jeff and Annie about the crazy idea Abed had a round-about way in ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki''. Miyuki Tezuka, a fortuneteller, predicts that they he will be the next Rider to die in the [[DeadlyGame Rider War]]. [[spoiler: This is a lie. The next Rider that he predicts would kiss. Thus giving Annie die was in fact Shinji Kido, the thought protagonist of the series and the only other Rider besides Miyuki who wants to use stop the Rider War. When both Riders are attacked by Takeshi Asakura, Miyuki takes a lethal blow intended for Shinji and ends up fulfilling the fake prophecy as a result.]]
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', His Divine Shadow went out of his way to make the conditions of the prophecy foretelling his death at the hands of the last Brunnen-G possible just to show his contempt for the whole idea of prophecy, [[spoiler:wrongly]] believing that time is not cyclical and that no one can predict the future. His attempts to avert it when he realizes his earlier arrogance was a mistake seal his fate.
* ''{{Series/Lost}}'': [[spoiler: There are three big flags that the detonation of the hydrogen bomb in 1977 will ''cause'' the crash of the original Oceanic Airlines flight bringing Jack and the gang to the island. First: Sayid shooting Ben in 1977 ''causes'' him to become a MagnificentBastard in an extended way, since
this as a ploy is what brings him to win a round the Others for... healing. Second: Miles lampshades this trope in the last few minutes of debate.the episode. Third: if it doesn't, the whole series is in for one weird-ass ResetButton one season out from its announced ending]].



* Invoked in a round-about way in ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki''. Miyuki Tezuka, a fortuneteller, predicts that he will be the next Rider to die in the [[DeadlyGame Rider War]]. [[spoiler: This is a lie. The next Rider that he predicts would die was in fact Shinji Kido, the protagonist of the series and the only other Rider besides Miyuki who wants to stop the Rider War. When both Riders are attacked by Takeshi Asakura, Miyuki takes a lethal blow intended for Shinji and ends up fulfilling the fake prophecy as a result.]]

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* Invoked in Similarly on a round-about way in ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki''. Miyuki Tezuka, ''{{Series/Numb3rs}}'' episode featuring Chinese people, a fortuneteller, psychic predicts that he will be the killers' next Rider to die in the [[DeadlyGame Rider War]]. move and goes there with his camera. [[spoiler: This is a lie. The next Rider that he predicts would die was in fact Shinji Kido, the protagonist of the series and the only other Rider besides Miyuki who wants to stop the Rider War. When both Riders killers are attacked by Takeshi Asakura, Miyuki takes a lethal blow intended for Shinji and ends up fulfilling the fake prophecy as a result.there, along with their big truck. He doesn't get better either.]]



* In an episode of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', Wayne makes a high-tech eclipse viewer, which somehow allows him to see the near future. When he tries to show the truth to his neighbor, a cop, the neighbor just concludes that the only reason these things are happening (e.g. a car swerving and crashing) is because Wayne is the one causing them (e.g. running out in front of said car to try to stop it, resulting in the swerve and crash).
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', His Divine Shadow went out of his way to make the conditions of the prophecy foretelling his death at the hands of the last Brunnen-G possible just to show his contempt for the whole idea of prophecy, [[spoiler:wrongly]] believing that time is not cyclical and that no one can predict the future. His attempts to avert it when he realizes his earlier arrogance was a mistake seal his fate.
* In ''{{Series/Hercules}}'', Eurystheus is told that if his daughter Iole ever gets married, her husband will kill him. When Hercules asks that his son Hyllus and Iole may marry to heal the rift between both houses, Eurystheus attempts to have them both killed, fearful for his life. [[spoiler: During the climatic struggle, Hyllus ends up killing Eurystheus by throwing a knife to his chest, who might have lived if he not tried to kill him.]]
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' episode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E7KillerFrost "Killer Frost"]],[[spoiler: Caitlin]] is obsessed with finding Dr. Alchemy so he [[IJustWantToBeNormal can remove her powers]], as she's terrfied of becoming a supervillain [[spoiler: like her [[EvilTwin Earth-2 counterpart]]]]. Said obsession ends up fueling her SplitPersonalityTakeover, turning her into a supervillain.

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* In an ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', Wayne makes "Breaking Point", a high-tech eclipse viewer, scientist invents a TimeMachine, which somehow allows him he uses to see travel several days into the near future. There, he sees his wife, who has been shot. When he returns to his own time, he desperately tries to show convince everyone that he really did travel to the truth future, only to his neighbor, a cop, the neighbor just concludes have everyone think him crazy (doesn't help that the only reason these things are happening (e.g. a car swerving and crashing) is because Wayne is time shift apparently has some nasty side effects, such as ''actually turning him crazy''). In the one causing them (e.g. running out in front of said car to try end, he ends up accidentally shooting his wife while trying to stop it, resulting her from leaving him. In a twist, he decides to [[spoiler:prevent her death by ensuring that they never meet in the swerve first place, so he travels back to the day they met and crash).
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', His Divine Shadow went out of
shoots his way younger self. Both versions of him die. Unfortunately, fate doesn't like to make the conditions of the prophecy foretelling be cheated - his death at the hands of the last Brunnen-G possible just to show his contempt for the whole idea of prophecy, [[spoiler:wrongly]] believing future wife was planning on killing herself that time is not cyclical day, and that no one can only meeting his past self kept her from taking the pills]].
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Cassandra, a supercomputer with the ability to
predict the future. His attempts future with total accuracy tells Lister that he will end up destroying her. Lister walks into the room with the computer and gives a big speech on how he has his own free will, culminating in his refusal to avert destroy Cassandra. As he walks out, however, he sticks a piece of chewing gum on the wall, which [[DisasterDominoes falls on a lamp that then swings around into something, catapulting it into something else, until finally a container full of liquid falls on Cassandra's wiring, destroying her]]. The look on her computerized face just before she shorts circuits is [[CassandraTruth a weary "See?"]]
** Earlier in the episode, "Rimmer" (actually [[PropheticFallacy a crew member wearing Rimmer's nametag]]) dies of a heart attack brought on by the stress of being told (by Cassandra) that he's going to die of a heart attack.
** It's subverted
when he realizes his earlier arrogance was a mistake seal his fate.
* In ''{{Series/Hercules}}'', Eurystheus is told
she predicts that if his daughter Iole ever gets married, her husband Lister will kill him. When Hercules asks that his son Hyllus murder Rimmer while the latter is making love to Kochanski. [[spoiler:Cassandra fabricated it to trick Rimmer and Iole may marry to heal the rift between both houses, Eurystheus attempts to have them both killed, fearful for his life. [[spoiler: During the climatic struggle, Hyllus ends up killing Eurystheus by throwing a knife to his chest, who might have lived if he not tried to kill him.Kochanski into doing it, so she could get pre-emptive revenge on Lister.]]
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Subverted unusually in the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' ChristmasEpisode "Lexmas". Lex dreams about a "perfect" future in which he is married to Lana, while Clark is married [[FanPreferredCouple to Chloe]]. He is on excellent terms with everyone, even Jonathan Kent, who has become senator when [[ForWantOfANail Lex made the choice to drop out.]] Jonathan even said Lex is the finest man he ever met. Lex's mother's ghost tells him this could be reality if he makes the right choices. [[DreamApocalypse Unfortunately, dream Lana dies delivering his second child.]] Lex wakes up and decides the only way to stop that is to have money and power, so he [[StartOfDarkness starts the smear campaign]] against Jonathan, [[TearJerker/{{Smallville}} tragically]] missing the point that [[AlasPoorVillain his decision of not dropping out means all the happiness he felt would become nothing]].
* Averted in one
episode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E7KillerFrost "Killer Frost"]],[[spoiler: Caitlin]] is obsessed of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the crew meets a man who can tell the future (correctly) and even show his visions to other people. The team suggests that they are self-fulfilling prophecies, however even events that could not have been self fulfilled through the prophecy turn out to be true.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Lampshaded, defied, averted, played straight, and thoroughly deconstructed, all in one episode: "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E18CauseAndEffect Cause and Effect]]" [[CaptainObvious deals
with finding Dr. Alchemy so he [[IJustWantToBeNormal causality]] and time travel, and at one point the following analysis takes place:
-->'''Picard''': If you are right, perhaps we could escape from the loop by avoiding the collision.\\
'''La Forge''': That's our guess.\\
'''Worf''': Perhaps we should reverse course.\\
'''Riker''': For all we know, reversing course may be what leads us into the crash.\\
'''Picard''': No, we can't afford to start second guessing ourselves, we'll stay on this course until we have reason to change it. But let's do everything that we
can remove to avoid the collision.
** This trope is also one of the driving themes of the episode "Time Squared", although it is averted at the very last moment.
** And in "All Good Things," it's Picard probing into the NegativeSpaceWedgie in three different time periods that causes it to form in the first (and last, and middle) place. That's the TimeyWimeyBall for you.
* During the final season of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', [[ItsAllAboutMe Chancellor Gowron]] becomes convinced that [[FourStarBadass General Martok]] will try to kill him and take control of the Klingon Empire (and [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter he couldn't be more wrong]], as Martok is [[MyCountryRightOrWrong unquestionably loyal to Gowron and the Empire]]). This prompts Gowron to [[UriahGambit send Martok on a series of ill-fated missions meant to get him killed or disgraced]] to the point where he'll no longer be a threat. When Martok's [[BloodBrothers blood brother]] Worf figures out what's going on, [[KlingonPromotion he challenges and kills Gowron]], and immediately passes the chancellorship to a [[ReluctantRuler very reluctant]] Martok.
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven''. Most of the episodes revolve around the tried-and-tested formula of vision > attempt to stop vision > vision happens because of attempt. Occasionally, the vision would come true without
her powers]], not doing anything except for watching. Usually, she ''completely'' misinterprets what's actually going on.
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick became paranoid that the Chancellor had it in for Mary. He then talked Mary into thinking so
as she's terrfied well and accidentally got her arrested. At the end of the episode, he described what happened:
-->'''Dick''': I was completely convinced Mary was going to lose her job.\\
'''Sally''': And did she?\\
'''Dick''': Yeah. So I guess being paranoid is kind of like being psychic.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** The episode "No Time Like the Past" involves a man traveling back in time and attempting to prevent a small town fire he knows will happen. Instead, his actions end up causing the fire.
** The same twist happens in the episode "Back There". A man travels back in time and tries to warn people of [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Lincoln's]] assassination. Unbeknownst to the man, one of the people he tells about it is John Wilkes Booth, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero who gets the idea from him.]]
** A non-time travel related example: In "What's in the Box", a man is shown his future (via an enchanted TV set) in which he kills his wife during a fight and dies in the electric chair. When he tries to describe this to his wife, she laughs at him, which gets him angry, they start to fight, and...
** In "The Mirror," a successful South American revolutionary leader is told by the dictator he is replacing that his mirror is enchanted and he will see in it the face of the man who will assassinate him. The new ruler begins imagining that he sees the faces of his allies and one by one he has them executed,
becoming as much of a supervillain blood-thirsty tyrant as the man he had fought against. Guilt-ridden, looks into the mirror a last time and realizes he is finally looking at his true murderer... and then kills himself.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'':
** Subverted in one episode in which a particular child is destined to take a king's throne, and the [[EvilChancellor obligatory evil councilor]] tries to use the prophecy to start a civil war which will put the baby on the throne and himself in place as regent. Eventually, the king marries the baby's mother, and so the prophecy is fulfilled: The baby is now heir to his father's throne.
** Callisto's parents were killed during Xena's reign of terror, so she naturally assumed that Xena or one of her soldiers killed her folks. After she became a goddess, she accidentally ended up in her old village on the day of the attack. While trying to protect her mother and her younger self, she accidentally kills her father and is forced to kill her mother in self-defense.
[[spoiler: like Of course, by the end of the episode, Iolaus went back and changed history so that Callisto never went back to that day, so said SFP never actually happened...]]
** It has been prophesied that Xena's child would cause the doom of the Greek gods. They decide to kill the child, their attacks on
her [[EvilTwin Earth-2 counterpart]]]]. Said obsession ends up fueling her SplitPersonalityTakeover, turning her into a supervillain.and Xena leading to their doom.
17th Feb '17 7:18:37 PM Euodiachloris
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** She also seems to be on her way to fulfilling her own personal interpretation of the part regarding her children - "gold shall be their crowns, and gold shall be their shrouds". It does ''not'' necessarily say that her children will die before her to make everything she wants go down the drain enough to her weep buckets, but she fears that it does. [[spoiler:However, the way she raised Joffrey as a monster set him up to be killed by the Tyrells to protect his bride, Margaery Tyrell... which then allows her to marry the more pliable Tommen... who becomes a boy-king at a ''very'', very unstable time liable to generate numerous ways to get him torn from Cersei's smothering grasp, turned against her, maimed and/or killed: all outcomes she'd not want. Meanwhile, Myrcella is "taken" from her and sent to Dorne as part of an arranged betrothal, surrounded by people with a more progressive outlook which, if she adopts it, might distance her enough from her birth family to actively fight them. Although the Dornish ''also'' have little cause to love Lannisters, despite her being an olive branch between kingdoms, so that not only had the chance to lose Myrcella her looks through misadventure, but could still blow up worse... And, all because Cersei refused to undergo another political marriage, partly so she could remain at King's Landing to keep a paranoid eye on the "more important" boys.]]

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** She also seems to be on her way to fulfilling her own personal interpretation of the part regarding her children - "gold shall be their crowns, and gold shall be their shrouds". It does ''not'' necessarily say that her children will die before her to make everything she wants go down the drain enough to her weep buckets, buckets (although it's heavily implied by following the mention of shrouds), but she certainly fears that it definately does. [[spoiler:However, the way she [[MyBelovedSmother raised Joffrey as Joffrey]], partly thanks to her worries, helped turn him into a monster monster, which set him up to be killed by the Tyrells to protect his bride, Margaery Tyrell... which then allows her to marry the more pliable Tommen... who becomes a boy-king at a ''very'', very unstable time liable to generate numerous ways to get him torn from Cersei's smothering grasp, turned against her, maimed and/or killed: all outcomes she'd not want. Meanwhile, Myrcella is ''is'' "taken" from her and sent to Dorne as part of an arranged betrothal, surrounded by people with a more progressive outlook which, if she adopts it, might distance her enough from her birth family to actively fight them. Cersei at some point. Although the Dornish ''also'' have little cause to love Lannisters, despite her Myrcella being an olive branch between kingdoms, so that not only had the chance to lose Myrcella the prospective Princess her looks through misadventure, but could still blow up worse... in the way Cersei expects... And, all because Cersei refused to undergo another political marriage, partly mainly so she could remain at King's Landing to keep a paranoid eye and over-firm grip on the "more important" "[[HeirClubForMen more important]]" boys.]]
17th Feb '17 6:47:41 PM Euodiachloris
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** She also seems to be on her way to fulfilling her own personal interpretation of the part regarding her children - "gold shall be their crowns, and gold shall be their shrouds". It does ''not'' necessarily say that her children will die before her to make everything she wants to go down the drain enough to her weep, but she fears that it does. [[spoiler:However, the way she raised Joffrey as a monster set him up to be killed by the Tyrells to protect his bride, Margaery Tyrell... which then allows her to marry the more pliable Tommen... who becomes a boy-king at a ''very'', very unstable time liable to generate numerous ways to get him torn from Cersei's smothering grasp, turned against her, maimed and/or killed: all outcomes she'd not want. Meanwhile, Myrcella is "taken" from her and sent to Dorne as part of an arranged betrothal, surrounded by people with a more progressive outlook which might distance her from her birth family. Although they ''also'' have little cause to love Lannisters, despite her being an olive branch between kingdoms, so that not only had the chance to lose Myrcella her looks through misadventure, but could still blow up worse... And, all because Cersei refused to undergo another political marriage, partly so she could remain at King's Landing to keep an eye on the "more important" boys.]]

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** She also seems to be on her way to fulfilling her own personal interpretation of the part regarding her children - "gold shall be their crowns, and gold shall be their shrouds". It does ''not'' necessarily say that her children will die before her to make everything she wants to go down the drain enough to her weep, weep buckets, but she fears that it does. [[spoiler:However, the way she raised Joffrey as a monster set him up to be killed by the Tyrells to protect his bride, Margaery Tyrell... which then allows her to marry the more pliable Tommen... who becomes a boy-king at a ''very'', very unstable time liable to generate numerous ways to get him torn from Cersei's smothering grasp, turned against her, maimed and/or killed: all outcomes she'd not want. Meanwhile, Myrcella is "taken" from her and sent to Dorne as part of an arranged betrothal, surrounded by people with a more progressive outlook which which, if she adopts it, might distance her enough from her birth family. family to actively fight them. Although they the Dornish ''also'' have little cause to love Lannisters, despite her being an olive branch between kingdoms, so that not only had the chance to lose Myrcella her looks through misadventure, but could still blow up worse... And, all because Cersei refused to undergo another political marriage, partly so she could remain at King's Landing to keep an a paranoid eye on the "more important" boys.]]
17th Feb '17 6:39:52 PM Euodiachloris
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** She also seems to be on her way to fulfilling her own personal interpretation of the part regarding her children - "gold shall be their crowns, and gold shall be their shrouds". It does ''not'' necessarily say that her children will die before her to make everything she wants to go down the drain enough to her weep, but she fears that it does. [[spoiler:However, the way she raised Joffrey as a monster set him up to be killed by the Tyrells to protect his bride, Margaery Tyrell... which then allows her to marry the more pliable Tommen... who becomes a boy-king at a ''very'', very unstable time liable to generate numerous ways to get him torn from Cersei's smothering grasp, turned against her, maimed and/or killed: all outcomes she'd not want. Meanwhile, Myrcella is "taken" from her and sent to Dorne as part of an arranged betrothal, surrounded by people with little cause to love Lannisters, despite her being an olive branch between kingdoms... all because Cersei refused to undergo something similar.]]

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** She also seems to be on her way to fulfilling her own personal interpretation of the part regarding her children - "gold shall be their crowns, and gold shall be their shrouds". It does ''not'' necessarily say that her children will die before her to make everything she wants to go down the drain enough to her weep, but she fears that it does. [[spoiler:However, the way she raised Joffrey as a monster set him up to be killed by the Tyrells to protect his bride, Margaery Tyrell... which then allows her to marry the more pliable Tommen... who becomes a boy-king at a ''very'', very unstable time liable to generate numerous ways to get him torn from Cersei's smothering grasp, turned against her, maimed and/or killed: all outcomes she'd not want. Meanwhile, Myrcella is "taken" from her and sent to Dorne as part of an arranged betrothal, surrounded by people with a more progressive outlook which might distance her from her birth family. Although they ''also'' have little cause to love Lannisters, despite her being an olive branch between kingdoms... kingdoms, so that not only had the chance to lose Myrcella her looks through misadventure, but could still blow up worse... And, all because Cersei refused to undergo something similar.another political marriage, partly so she could remain at King's Landing to keep an eye on the "more important" boys.]]
17th Feb '17 6:28:56 PM Euodiachloris
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** She also seems to be on her way to fulfilling her own personal interpretation of the part regarding her children - "gold shall be their crowns, and gold shall be their shrouds". It does ''not'' necessarily say that her children will die before her, but she fears that it does. [[spoiler:However, the way she raised Joffrey as a monster set him up to be killed by the Tyrells to protect his bride, Margaery Tyrell... which then allows her to marry the more pliable Tommen... who becomes a boy-king at a ''very'', very unstable time liable to generate numerous ways to kill him. Meanwhile, Myrcella is in Dorne as part of an arranged betrothal, surrounded by people with little cause to love Lannisters, despite her being an olive branch between kingdoms... all because Cersei refused to undergo something similar.]]

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** She also seems to be on her way to fulfilling her own personal interpretation of the part regarding her children - "gold shall be their crowns, and gold shall be their shrouds". It does ''not'' necessarily say that her children will die before her, her to make everything she wants to go down the drain enough to her weep, but she fears that it does. [[spoiler:However, the way she raised Joffrey as a monster set him up to be killed by the Tyrells to protect his bride, Margaery Tyrell... which then allows her to marry the more pliable Tommen... who becomes a boy-king at a ''very'', very unstable time liable to generate numerous ways to kill him. get him torn from Cersei's smothering grasp, turned against her, maimed and/or killed: all outcomes she'd not want. Meanwhile, Myrcella is in "taken" from her and sent to Dorne as part of an arranged betrothal, surrounded by people with little cause to love Lannisters, despite her being an olive branch between kingdoms... all because Cersei refused to undergo something similar.]]
31st Jan '17 11:56:36 AM flodoris
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** The Second Hokage thought [[spoiler:that the Uchiha would betray Konoha and wanted to protect the village. So he ostracizes the Uchiha clan from the start of his reign, and treated them worse then he should have. His treatment of them led to the attempted coup, since his treatment was passed down]].
** Madara Uchiha. [[spoiler:After the village was founded, Madara feared that the Senju clan would eventually eliminate the Uchiha Clan, and tried to get them to break ties with the village. While this ''did'' happen eventually, it was largely because Madara's own disciple (Obito) attacked the village with [[SealedEvilInACan the nine tails]] and framed the Uchiha Clan for it, leading to more discrimination against the clan and the eventual coup attempt. This may or may not have been intentional]].

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** The Second Hokage thought [[spoiler:that the Uchiha would betray Konoha and wanted to protect the village. So he ostracizes the Uchiha clan from the start of his reign, and treated them worse then he should have. His treatment of them led to the attempted coup, since his treatment was passed down]].
down (though to be fair he is a lot less to blame in this event compared with the next example.)]]
** Madara Uchiha. [[spoiler:After the village was founded, Madara feared that the Senju clan would eventually eliminate the Uchiha Clan, and tried to get them to break ties with the village. While this ''did'' happen eventually, it was largely because Madara's own disciple (Obito) attacked the village with [[SealedEvilInACan the nine tails]] and framed the Uchiha Clan for it, leading to more discrimination against the clan and the eventual coup attempt. This may or may not have been intentional]].eventually leading them to plan a coup. That in turn leads to a massacre in which said pupil directly participated.]]
29th Jan '17 5:55:47 AM RobTan
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*** It later came to a head. [[spoiler:The vampirized Durkon is the servant of Hel, who, by having Durkon attend the Godsmoot, where the Gods debate whether to destroy the world to stop [[EldritchAbomination the Snarl]], plans to have the world destroyed. This will doom every dwarf to her domain, since according to [[Myth/NorseMythology the dwarven faith]], all who die dishonourable deaths belong to Hel, and dying in the apocalypse carries no honour. Not only did kicking him out of his home mean that Durkon went adventuring, joined the Order and became a vampire. But also, according to the vampire spirit controlling his body, the resentment he still carries against the dwarfs for exiling him means that the spirit, who was tailor-made for Durkon's soul, was willing to go along with the plan, while another spirit in another dwarf may not have.]]

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*** It later came to a head. [[spoiler:The vampirized Durkon is the servant of Hel, who, by having Durkon attend the Godsmoot, where the Gods debate whether to destroy the world to stop [[EldritchAbomination the Snarl]], plans to have the world destroyed. This will doom every dwarf to her domain, since according to [[Myth/NorseMythology the dwarven faith]], all who die dishonourable deaths belong to Hel, and dying in the apocalypse carries no honour. Not only did kicking him out of his home mean that Durkon went adventuring, joined the Order and became a vampire. But also, according to the evil but free will-possessing vampire spirit controlling his body, the resentment he still carries against the dwarfs for exiling him means that the spirit, who was tailor-made for Durkon's soul, was willing to go along with the plan, while another spirit in another dwarf may not have.]]
16th Jan '17 9:47:19 AM ErebusElysium
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* Taken literally in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', where Vitruvius admits that he made up the prophecy about "the Special" because he knew that it would inspire hope and bring about an actual "Special" by the hidden potential found in everyone.
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