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17th Sep '17 4:44:37 AM DaibhidC
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*** The characters actually discuss this, wondering why Odin even gave his priest the prophecy, since it wouldn't have happened otherwise. They conclude that Odin foresaw Durkon needed to be part of the Order, which wouldn't have happened unless he was exiled.
9th Sep '17 7:09:51 AM totoofze47
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* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 7'' reveals that the entire series stems from one of these. [[spoiler:Heihachi's wife Kazumi had predicted that Heihachi would bring the world to ruin, so she married him in order to get close to him and kill him before that happens. Unfortunately, her repeated attempts on his life, ended up breaking Heihachi's heart, leading to her death at her husband's hands and Heihachi's hatred for Kazuya, and the rest was history]].
6th Sep '17 5:16:46 PM Blueeyedrat
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* The episode "Frost and Fire" from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTimeWithFinnAndJake'' subverts this trope. Finn makes an attempt to re-create a dream where Flame Princess and the Ice King by forging a letter sent from him, causing her to get mad. They have the fight as Finn dreamed... but the outcome was bad. Ice King's kingdom is melted into a puddle and Flame Princess breaks up with Finn, feeling that he betrayed her. And Finn stands in the center of it all, saddened that his dream made him do all of that, only to lose in the end. This quote from the Ice King sums it up pretty well:
--> '''Ice King''': [[NiceJobBreakingItHero You blew it, man.]]
** And if the Ice King of all people tells you that you blew it, then you've done something wrong.

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* The episode ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': "Frost and Fire" from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTimeWithFinnAndJake'' subverts this trope. plays with the trope; Finn's attempts to find out what the prophecy actually ''is'' are what set it in motion, and by the time he actually gets the message, it's too late to stop it. Finn makes an attempt to re-create has a dream where involving Flame Princess Princess, the Ice King, and the [[CosmicEntity Cosmic Owl]]. Upon learning that Owl dreams are supposed to be prophetic, he attempts to recreate the circumstances that led to the dream. He's successful, but in the process, sets off a chain of events that results in the Ice King by forging a letter sent from him, causing her to get mad. They have the fight as Finn dreamed... but the outcome was bad. Ice King's kingdom is Kingdom melted into a puddle and Finn and Flame Princess breaks up with Finn, feeling that he betrayed her. Princess' relationship in tatters. And Finn stands in what was the center of it all, saddened that his dream made him do all of that, only Owl trying to lose in the end. This quote from the Ice King sums it up pretty well:
tell him?
--> '''Ice King''': '''Cosmic Owl''': [[NiceJobBreakingItHero You blew it, man.]]
** And if the Ice King of all people tells you that you blew it, then you've done something wrong.
it.]]
2nd Sep '17 8:16:02 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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** 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.

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** 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, Neville Longbottom, 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.
29th Aug '17 6:11:11 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' has the OldMaster Oogway warning that he had a premonition that the villainous Tai Lung will escape his prison. Master Shifu has a bird messenger sent to the prison to increase the security, when he gets there, he inadvertently provides the essential element (a feather, used as a lockpick) that puts Oogway's premonition in motion and Tai Lung escapes. [[LampshadeHanging Oogway even tries to warn Shifu of this possibility before the fact]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' has the OldMaster Oogway warning that he had a premonition that the villainous Tai Lung will escape his prison. Master Shifu has a bird messenger sent to the prison to increase the security, security; when he gets there, he inadvertently provides the essential element (a feather, used as a lockpick) that puts Oogway's premonition in motion and lets Tai Lung escapes.escape. [[LampshadeHanging Oogway even tries to warn Shifu of this possibility before the fact]].
27th Aug '17 6:03:12 PM MJC
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* 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.

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* The entire plot of ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. Anakin has visions of his wife dying in childbirth and [[FaceHeelTurn turns to the dark side]] in an attempt to prevent it, only to get DrunkOnTheDarkSide and accidentally kill her. 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.
2nd Aug '17 4:40:24 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Maggy the Frog told Cersei that all three of her children would die. Cersei's own actions, in various ways, lead to this outcome. Joffrey dies because Cersei coddled him and then couldn't control him when he was made king, which led to him being poisoned because he was out of control. Myrcella died because the Mountain killed Oberyn, which in turn only happened because Cersei was determined to punish Tyrion for killing Joffrey without any proof that he was responsible. Finally, Tommen kills himself after Cersei detonates the wildfire under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing Margaery among many others.
27th Jul '17 3:31:15 PM RyanofTinellb
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*** The gods have immortality and the ability to teleport. For all her abilities, Xena had neither of these. They would have been just fine if they'd stayed away.
19th Jul '17 6:17:53 AM Euodiachloris
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** 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.]]

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** Part of the fortune was that [[spoiler:'the valonqar' - the younger sibling sibling, implied to be male - ]] would [[spoiler:murder her]]. She decided that this meant [[spoiler:Tyrion]] and began treating him like dirt, thereby giving him several very good reasons to want to [[spoiler:kill her]].her]] in the first place. 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". She sees it as "they'll be crowned, then they'll die and then you'll be left with your life wrecked and you'll die" -- even though there are other interpretations. They're all born blond -- aka "golden-haired" (which is a bit odd for Baratheons), hence... they may not necessarily need to actively rule anything (with her as the puppetmaster of their lives) to meet the "golden crown" conditions. And, as pure little Lannisters, "golden shrouds" are pretty much a given; red and gold are the House colours. It also does ''not'' necessarily say that her children will definitely 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.]]
15th Jul '17 5:41:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TellMeHowIDie'': An experimental drug trial gives people who use it visions of the future, including their own (violent) deaths at the hands of a killer stalking the facility. It's left ambiguous whether people can influence the visions they have or the visions influence the people having them, but the female lead eventually realizes that it works as a self-fulfilling prophecy because every character she told about the manner in which she saw them die ultimately do so in the exact way she described by trying to prevent it, while the only person that she didn't explicitly tell about hers died in a different manner than the vision predicted.

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* ''Film/TellMeHowIDie'': An experimental drug trial gives people who use it visions of the future, including their own (violent) deaths at the hands of a killer stalking the testing facility. It's left ambiguous whether people can influence the visions they have or the visions influence the people having them, but the female lead eventually realizes that it works as a self-fulfilling prophecy because every character she told about the manner in which she saw them die ultimately do so in the exact way she described by trying to prevent it, while the only person that she didn't explicitly tell about hers died in a different manner than the vision predicted.
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