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26th Jun '17 10:15:50 PM omnicritic
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** It is known that, in the future, a Sorceress will rise to conquer the world and attempt {{Time C|rash}}ompression to attain godhood. Therefore, future societies persecute potential Sorceresses. When Ultimecia is finally born, this persecution plants the seeds of unending hatred within her, causing her to lash out and devastate the world.

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** It is known that, in the future, a Sorceress will rise to conquer the world and attempt {{Time C|rash}}ompression C|rash}}oppression to attain godhood. Therefore, future societies persecute potential Sorceresses. When Ultimecia is finally born, this persecution plants the seeds of unending hatred within her, causing her to lash out and devastate the world.



* During the May Day 2012 protests in Montreal, a photo was circulated of protestors mocking police by dangling donuts on strings. Their defenders claimed that the protestors weren't responsible from any consequences from their needlessly baiting police. Many protestors seek to deliberately do something that makes the police arrest them in order to prove the police are oppressive, then have a friend record it and [[ManipulativeEditing cut down the video to just the police's response]].

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* During the May Day 2012 protests in Montreal, a photo was circulated of protestors protesters mocking police by dangling donuts on strings. Their defenders claimed that the protestors protesters weren't responsible from any consequences from their needlessly baiting police. Many protestors protesters seek to deliberately do something that makes the police arrest them in order to prove the police are oppressive, then have a friend record it and [[ManipulativeEditing cut down the video to just the police's response]].



* TV scheduling can run afoul of this quite easily too. After buying or making a show, the broadcaster later comes to the conclusion that it probably won't do well with the audiences, so they typically put it on in a late-night "death" slot, and frequently poorly advertised ahead of time too. Quite predictably, the show's viewing figures are dismally low due to few people even knowing that the show is on, and still less people willing to watch it in such an awkward timeslot. The broadcaster then says "we told you this show wouldn't do well" and cancel it.

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* TV scheduling can run afoul of this quite easily too. After buying or making a show, the broadcaster later comes to the conclusion that it probably won't do well with the audiences, so they typically put it on in a late-night "death" slot, and frequently poorly advertised ahead of time too. Quite predictably, the show's viewing figures are dismally low due to few people even knowing that the show is on, and still less people willing to watch it in such an awkward timeslot.time slot. The broadcaster then says "we told you this show wouldn't do well" and cancel it.



** Hell, the war was ''predicted almost to the day'' by UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck himself twenty year prior, and he even predicted it would be caused by "some fool thing in the Balkans". As [[WebSeries/ExtraCredits Extra History]] will attest, the leadup to the war is an utterly tragic comedy of errors, even starting right from Franz Ferdinand's choice of date to visit Sarajveo, which was a day of pride for Serbia. When he was assassinated, ''everyone'' was trying to achieve their goals while also trying to avoid the European war they feared would happen, only to be foiled by incompetence or twists of fate.

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** Hell, the war was ''predicted almost to the day'' by UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck himself twenty year prior, and he even predicted it would be caused by "some fool thing in the Balkans". As [[WebSeries/ExtraCredits Extra History]] will attest, the leadup to the war is an utterly tragic comedy of errors, even starting right from Franz Ferdinand's choice of date to visit Sarajveo, Sarajevo, which was a day of pride for Serbia. When he was assassinated, ''everyone'' was trying to achieve their goals while also trying to avoid the European war they feared would happen, only to be foiled by incompetence or twists of fate.



* Stage fright can be a self-fulfilling expectation as a worried performer-to-be can end up undermining their performance by worrying that their performance will be rejected by the audience. Learning to get over it and getting in the right mindset to become the character is key to putting on a compelling performance. There are also people who just entirely ignore everyone else and thus have no stage freight at all. Whether this is a good or bad method is debattable, but it's certainly highly effective.

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* Stage fright can be a self-fulfilling expectation as a worried performer-to-be can end up undermining their performance by worrying that their performance will be rejected by the audience. Learning to get over it and getting in the right mindset to become the character is key to putting on a compelling performance. There are also people who just entirely ignore everyone else and thus have no stage freight fright at all. Whether this is a good or bad method is debattable, debatable, but it's certainly highly effective.
26th Jun '17 9:38:40 PM M3
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* The Galbrush Paradox. Basically, people complain about the lack of female and minority characters in a work, but [[UnpleasableFanbase also complain]] when they ''are'' depicted, but not in [[PositiveDiscrimination a completely positive manner]]. Thus creators become scared of using female and minority characters, stick to using {{White Male Lead}}s because characters like that are essentially the only ones that ''can'' be depicted in any manner without fear of offending anyone, and the whole thing starts all over again.
26th Jun '17 9:30:04 PM M3
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** The flip side of this is that women lose any possible advantage they would have in a real life situation. They cannot bat their eyes, show off cleavage, wink etc to incite favor or distraction with the male audience in gaming forums. Ergo, ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet in that everyone is on a level playing field.
26th Jun '17 9:24:46 PM M3
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* Caretakers or family members of a person with a disability will often create a self-fulfilling prophecy. In assuming that the person they are caring for is [[DisabledMeansHelpless too disabled to be capable of a certain life skill]], they won't bother to try teaching them to do it, thus guaranteeing they won't be able to do it, and it will have to be done for them.

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* Caretakers or family members of a person with a disability will often create a self-fulfilling prophecy. In assuming that the person they are caring for is [[DisabledMeansHelpless too disabled to be capable of a certain life skill]], they won't bother to try teaching them to do it, thus guaranteeing they won't be able to do it, and it will have to be done for them. Tragically, this one is VERY accurate if said disability is dementia or alzheimer's. They'll ask to learn, you'll teach it to them, and they'll forget in less than an hour or so.
26th Jun '17 4:15:04 AM TheKaizerreich
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* Stage fright can be a self-fulfilling expectation as a worried performer-to-be can end up undermining their performance by worrying that their performance will be rejected by the audience. Learning to get over it and getting in the right mindset to become the character is key to putting on a compelling performance.

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** In short, the brain-mind relationship is yet to be fully understood, but while the brain as a chemical computer (and assorted limits) of course influences the mind and thus chemical imbalances cause distress, it's becoming apparent that the mind is powerful enough to force the brain into doing things as well, thus forcefully solving the chemical imbalances and hence the person becoming healthier.
* Stage fright can be a self-fulfilling expectation as a worried performer-to-be can end up undermining their performance by worrying that their performance will be rejected by the audience. Learning to get over it and getting in the right mindset to become the character is key to putting on a compelling performance. There are also people who just entirely ignore everyone else and thus have no stage freight at all. Whether this is a good or bad method is debattable, but it's certainly highly effective.
26th Jun '17 4:04:50 AM TheKaizerreich
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** Also often the case with minorities, leading to MinorityShowGhetto. If your protagonist isn't of the country majority (white in Europe/North America, yellow in Asia, black in Africa etc), then there might be less effort put into the marketing because everyone thinks it won't be popular anyway, thus ''causing'' it to have less visibility and thus be in fact less popular. Not helped when so-called "minority issues" are the focus because by definition the majority will have trouble understanding them, but since the majority won't understand them and thus the work won't be popular, producers decide "might as well do it" and make them the focus, thus ensuring majority people won't get it.
17th Jun '17 5:59:07 AM Nadim
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*''Series/{{Best Friends Whenever}}'': It is revealed that Cyd and Shelby themselves are what created the Future Lab timeline:
** When they try to see if Shelby's dad is involved in the Future Lab, they unintentionally get him promoted to that position.
** When they go back to 1991 to stop Janet Smythe from finding Globo-Digit-Dyne, they accidentally leave behind some of their tachyons which Janet later uses to create the {{Mega Corp}}.
** They accidentally tell Janet the secret to time travel which would allow her to create the {{Bad Future}} that Cyd and Shelby saw in "Fight to the Future: Part 1".



* Throughout ''Series/{{Best Friends Whenever}}'', Cyd and Shelby time travel to a timeline in which they are {{Strapped To An Operating Table}} and try their best to avoid this fate. Ironically in the season finale, they end up doing it voluntarily to prevent the {{Big Bad}} from getting their powers.
6th Jun '17 9:52:59 AM DoctorNemesis
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* In ''Series/{{Hornblower}}'', the paranoid Captain Sawyer becomes convinced that his officers are beginning to conspire against him. He begins to act increasingly irrational, vindictive and erratic towards them... leading them to begin conspiring against him.
5th Jun '17 7:35:19 PM Discar
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** Baron Wulfenbach's belief that Agatha Heterodyne can't be taken lightly and potentially dangerous may have some points. But the utter length of his effort makde him and his empire vulnerable to the danger he fears (read Agatha and Mechanicsburg) or to other dangers (read: practically everyone else) be they [[MadScientist sparks]], [[AristocratsAreEvil Stormlords]], or [[CrapsackWorld other]] entities. Well, if you don't get it [[spoiler: he is been [[BrainwashedAndCrazy wasped]] [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup (one of a kind, mind you)]] in the ambush he himself led; some of his forces lost in Sturmhalten and Mechanicsburg though many also got out safely; peace so he protects so hard lost as [[ForeverWar "everyone is fighting everybody".]] Finally, he sealed himself and Mechanicsburg to prevent himself used as Other's servant and Mechanicsburg based on aforementioned paranoia.]]

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** Baron Wulfenbach's belief Wulfenbach believes that Agatha Heterodyne can't be taken lightly is dangerous, and potentially dangerous may have some points. But the utter length of his effort makde him and takes steps to neutralize her even though he knows that she hasn't actually done anything wrong yet. This makes his empire vulnerable both to the danger he fears (read Agatha and Mechanicsburg) or to other dangers (read: practically everyone else) be they Agatha, lone [[MadScientist sparks]], Sparks]], [[AristocratsAreEvil Stormlords]], or [[CrapsackWorld other]] entities. Well, if you don't get it [[spoiler: he is been [[BrainwashedAndCrazy wasped]] [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup (one of and [[HumanoidAbomination the Other]]. He ends up affected by a kind, one-of-a-kind mind you)]] in control device, loses the ambush peace he so desperately fought to maintain, and [[spoiler:eventually freezes himself led; some of his forces lost in Sturmhalten and a timestop in Mechanicsburg though many also got out safely; peace so he protects so hard lost as [[ForeverWar "everyone is fighting everybody".]] Finally, he sealed himself with Agatha and Mechanicsburg most of the other dangerous players so that his son can clean up the mess he created. Unfortunately this plan failed to prevent himself used as Other's servant contain the most dangerous of his enemies, but luckily Agatha managed to escape and Mechanicsburg based on aforementioned paranoia.]]helps save the world again]].
22nd May '17 2:51:31 PM MrUnderhill
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** On the other hand, "premature optimization is the root of all evil." If you go into a program expecting to optimize it before you even know if there's a problem (let alone where), then your "optimized" code will likely be longer, harder to decipher, and more prone to bugs and slowdowns than if you'd just written a naive implementation and gradually improved on it as problems show up.
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