History Main / SelfFulfillingProphecy

9th Feb '16 10:57:30 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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** 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".
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** 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".Grim"; since it's believed to be an omen of Death, many people get so scared to see it that they die of fright.
1st Feb '16 8:25:50 AM Akaihiryuu
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** 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, to the point where it actually affected her health and she ended up kicked out of office.
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** 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, to health. Meanwhile, the point where it 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.
1st Feb '16 8:23:57 AM Akaihiryuu
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** 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, to the point where it actually affected her health and she ended up kicked out of office.
26th Jan '16 7:59:40 PM azul120
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When a [[TheHero hero]] tries to prevent the prophesied release of an [[SealedEvilInACan ancient evil]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero their actions will help it escape]] because YouCantFightFate. When the BigBad tries to [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod slaughter all the members of a given people in order to kill the one among them who is prophesied to end them]], they will only manage to [[GenocideBackfire create the hero]] that they fear, {{because destiny says so}}.
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When a [[TheHero hero]] tries to prevent the prophesied release of an [[SealedEvilInACan ancient evil]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero their actions will help it escape]] because YouCantFightFate. When the BigBad tries to [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod slaughter all the members of a given people in order to kill the one among them who is prophesied to end them]], they will only manage to [[GenocideBackfire create the hero]] that they fear, {{because destiny says so}}. BecauseDestinySaysSo.
16th Jan '16 1:39:09 AM WillyFourEyes
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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' gives us Myotismon (Vamdemon in Japanese), who hears that the eighth Digidestined, who turns out to be Tai's sister Kari, will be the one to destroy him. So what does he do? He sends his legions of doom all over the place to hunt her down and destroy her. This causes him to fulfill his own prophetic demise in a few ways; first of all, Kari's partner [[spoiler: is a member of the aforementioned legions of doom, so they never would've met if he hadn't called a hunting party]]. Secondly, by trying to destroy her, [[spoiler: he caused the HeroicSacrifice of Wizardmon]], which triggers Kari's crest and digivolves Gatomon into Angewomon, who proceeds to OneHitKill him. Considering all the other Digimon couldn't do crap against him at that point, he could've conquered the world at his leisure if he hadn't tried to find her. The gravity of it only increases when you consider that without Angewomon, [[spoiler: there is no [=WarGreymon=] and [=MetalGarurumon=]]], so if by some miracle he had been brought down, [[spoiler: his resurrection as [=VenomMyostismon=]]] would have gone off without a hitch and he would've [[CurbstompBattle curb stomped the entire world]]. Way to go you moron.
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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' gives us Myotismon (Vamdemon in Japanese), who hears that the eighth Digidestined, who turns out to be Tai's sister Kari, will be the one to destroy him. So what does he do? He sends his legions of doom all over the place to hunt her down and destroy her. This causes him to fulfill his own prophetic demise in a few ways; first of all, Kari's partner [[spoiler: is a member of the aforementioned legions of doom, so they never would've met if he hadn't called a hunting party]]. Secondly, by trying to destroy her, [[spoiler: he caused the HeroicSacrifice of Wizardmon]], which triggers Kari's crest and digivolves Gatomon into Angewomon, who proceeds to OneHitKill him. Considering all the other Digimon couldn't do crap against him at that point, he could've conquered the world at his leisure if he hadn't tried to find her. The gravity of it only increases when you consider that without Angewomon, [[spoiler: there is no [=WarGreymon=] and [=MetalGarurumon=]]], so if by some miracle he had been brought down, [[spoiler: his resurrection as [=VenomMyostismon=]]] would have gone off without a hitch and he would've [[CurbstompBattle curb stomped the entire world]]. Way to go go, you moron.

* Harminia from {{LightNovel/Gosick}} was told at age 6 that she would die when she was 26 years old. [[spoiler: She killed the Elder/prophet, and framed Cordelia. Cordelia is exiled, leading to Victorique's birth, and subsequent return twenty years light to clear her mother's name. After Victorique reveals Harminia is the killer, she goes on a rampage, leading to her death.]]
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* Harminia from {{LightNovel/Gosick}} ''{{LightNovel/Gosick}}'' was told at age 6 that she would die when she was 26 years old. [[spoiler: She killed the Elder/prophet, and framed Cordelia. Cordelia is exiled, leading to Victorique's birth, and subsequent return twenty years light to clear her mother's name. After Victorique reveals Harminia is the killer, she goes on a rampage, leading to her death.]]

* Comedic variant from ''Captain Britain'':
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* A couple of {{Comicbook/Spider-Man}} stories deal with his TimePolice counterpart from the year 2211 and his arch-nemesis Hobgoblin 2211. It's revealed the Hobgoblin 2211 is really [[spoiler: his daughter Robin, who, while researching breaks in the "multiverse" throughout history, and how to stop them from continuing to destroy reality, is arrested by her father for things she is innocent of now, but will do in the future (namely murder and screwing around with reality), and placed in a virtual reality prison/paradise. Her boyfriend, however, attempts to free her by using a virus to shut down the computer she's attached to, which also drives her completely insane as her mind is affected by the virus. Now totally nuts, she then dons a dimensional/time traveling suit and goes on a rampage through time and reality, erasing people (usually Spider-Men) from existence with RetCon bombs. As a result, not only do her father's attempts to stop her from becoming the Hobgoblin directly cause her to do so, but she herself becomes the cause of the very breaks in reality that she had discovered (though that's less a prophecy than merely [[StableTimeLoop an ironic turn]]).]]
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* A couple of {{Comicbook/Spider-Man}} ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' stories deal with his TimePolice counterpart from the year 2211 and his arch-nemesis Hobgoblin 2211. It's revealed the Hobgoblin 2211 is really [[spoiler: his daughter Robin, who, while researching breaks in the "multiverse" throughout history, and how to stop them from continuing to destroy reality, is arrested by her father for things she is innocent of now, but will do in the future (namely murder and screwing around with reality), and placed in a virtual reality prison/paradise. Her boyfriend, however, attempts to free her by using a virus to shut down the computer she's attached to, which also drives her completely insane as her mind is affected by the virus. Now totally nuts, she then dons a dimensional/time traveling suit and goes on a rampage through time and reality, erasing people (usually Spider-Men) from existence with RetCon bombs. As a result, not only do her father's attempts to stop her from becoming the Hobgoblin directly cause her to do so, but she herself becomes the cause of the very breaks in reality that she had discovered (though that's less a prophecy than merely [[StableTimeLoop an ironic turn]]).]]

* In the classic Comicbook/JudgeDredd storyline ''The Judge Child Quest'', the Judge Child makes predictions that make the people who hear them cause the accidents that they just heard predicted. * In 2003 Gyro Gearloose story "The Accidental Factor", a future telling device predicts a rampaging elephant ruining the mayor's parade. In order to prevent it, Gyro tracks the elephant down and tries to keep him in place with a large amount of peanuts, but the animal goes crazy after the peanuts and causes the exact accident Gyro was trying to prevent.
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* In the classic Comicbook/JudgeDredd ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' storyline ''The Judge Child Quest'', the Judge Child makes predictions that make the people who hear them cause the accidents that they just heard predicted. * In the 2003 [[Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Gyro Gearloose Gearloose]] story "The Accidental Factor", a future telling device predicts a rampaging elephant ruining the mayor's parade. In order to prevent it, Gyro tracks the elephant down and tries to keep him in place with a large amount of peanuts, but the animal goes crazy after the peanuts and causes the exact accident Gyro was trying to prevent.

* In "Literature/SunMoonAndTalia", an older variant of "Literature/SleepingBeauty", wise men prophesy that Talia will be harmed by flax. Her father therefore bans it from the castle -- which means Talia doesn't know what it is and finds it intriguing.
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* In "Literature/SunMoonAndTalia", ''Literature/SunMoonAndTalia'', an older variant of "Literature/SleepingBeauty", ''Literature/SleepingBeauty'', wise men prophesy that Talia will be harmed by flax. Her father therefore bans it from the castle -- which means Talia doesn't know what it is and finds it intriguing.

* In Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/115brightsunbrings.html The Bright Sun Brings It to Light]], a tailor's apprentice in need of money robs and murders a poor Jew who prophesies with his last breath that the apprentice won't get away with it because "the bright sun will bring [the crime] to light." Years pass and the apprentice eventually finds work, marries his boss' daughter and starts a family. One day, he notices the sun shining on his coffee and the reflection making circles on the walls and mutters "yes, it would like very much to bring it to light, and cannot!" His wife asks him what he means by this and pesters him until he admits his crime to her. She confides the secret to someone else and it soon becomes public knowledge. "And thus, after all, the bright sun did bring it to light." * In "Literature/TheGratefulBeasts", downplayed. Ferko's brothers, looking for something to [[MaliciousSlander slander him with]], claim he will carry off the princess. He does marry the princess, because of the consequences of that.
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* In Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's [[http://www.''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/115brightsunbrings.html The Bright Sun Brings It to Light]], Light]]'', a tailor's apprentice in need of money robs and murders a poor Jew who prophesies with his last breath that the apprentice won't get away with it because "the bright sun will bring [the crime] to light." Years pass and the apprentice eventually finds work, marries his boss' daughter and starts a family. One day, he notices the sun shining on his coffee and the reflection making circles on the walls and mutters "yes, it would like very much to bring it to light, and cannot!" His wife asks him what he means by this and pesters him until he admits his crime to her. She confides the secret to someone else and it soon becomes public knowledge. "And thus, after all, the bright sun did bring it to light." * In "Literature/TheGratefulBeasts", downplayed.{{Downplayed|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheGratefulBeasts''. Ferko's brothers, looking for something to [[MaliciousSlander slander him with]], claim he will carry off the princess. He does marry the princess, because of the consequences of that.

** The story was turned into the poem "Old Oleg" by Alexander Pushkin. In his version, the prince does not have the horse killed, but decides not to ride it any more and leaves it on a distant pasture to graze. Many years later he comes to the place and finds that the horse has died of old age in the meantime. Then he makes the mistake of approaching the skeleton...
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** The story was turned into the poem "Old Oleg" ''Old Oleg'' by Alexander Pushkin. In his version, the prince does not have the horse killed, but decides not to ride it any more and leaves it on a distant pasture to graze. Many years later he comes to the place and finds that the horse has died of old age in the meantime. Then he makes the mistake of approaching the skeleton...
29th Dec '15 3:12:41 PM Anddrix
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* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'''s Project Cadmus arc is all about averting a Superhero-Government war that happened in an AlternateUniverse. SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor and ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} take full advantage of the paranoia to trigger one. Even those actions taken by Cadmus without Luthor's overt involvement (Waller claims, and ''believed'' he was mainly a source of income) contributes to the scenario at the end of the arc.
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* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'''s Project Cadmus arc is all about averting a Superhero-Government war that happened in an AlternateUniverse. SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor and ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} take full advantage of the paranoia to trigger one. Even those actions taken by Cadmus without Luthor's overt involvement (Waller claims, and ''believed'' he was mainly a source of income) contributes to the scenario at the end of the arc.
18th Dec '15 3:39:47 PM DaibhidC
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* On the other hand, comic book companies can decide publicising their off-beat publication is a waste of money, because nobody's going to buy them anyway. Book publishers have been known to do this as well (Creator/TerryPratchett used to say that his first US publisher didn't so much launch his books as bury them.)
18th Dec '15 3:37:09 PM DaibhidC
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* People deciding there's no point in watching an off-beat TV show, or buying an off-beat comic book, because just when they're getting into it it'll be cancelled due to poor ratings/sales.
18th Dec '15 11:22:56 AM Morgenthaler
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Like A Badass Out Of Hell is being split into new tropes.
** 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. [[LikeABadassOutOfHell 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]].
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** 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. [[LikeABadassOutOfHell [[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]].
13th Dec '15 11:55:34 AM Vios
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* 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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