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The archetypal OlderThanFeudalism example is the Greek tragedy ''[[Theatre/OedipusTheKing Oedipus Rex]]''. A prophecy says the king will be killed by his own son, so the king orders his infant son killed. (He has his feet nailed to a board and left to die of exposure in the wilderness, rather than, say, cutting him in half with a sword.) Oedipus is rescued, and [[MosesInTheBullrushes brought up not knowing he's the prince]]. Twenty years later he learns his fate: he will kill his father and marry his mother. Wanting to protect his adoptive family -- who he believes are his natural parents -- Oedipus leaves home. On the road, he meets his biological father (whom he doesn't recognize, naturally), gets into an argument, and kills him. Shortly thereafter he comes to the city his father ruled, and frees them from the Sphinx; as a reward Oedipus is made king of the city and marries the widowed queen...his own mother.

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The archetypal OlderThanFeudalism example is the Greek tragedy ''[[Theatre/OedipusTheKing Oedipus Rex]]''. A prophecy says the king will be killed by his own son, so the king orders his infant son killed. (He has his feet nailed to a board and left to die of exposure in the wilderness, rather than, say, cutting him in half with a sword.) Oedipus is rescued, and [[MosesInTheBullrushes [[MosesInTheBulrushes brought up not knowing he's the prince]]. Twenty years later he learns his fate: he will kill his father and marry his mother. Wanting to protect his adoptive family -- who he believes are his natural parents -- Oedipus leaves home. On the road, he meets his biological father (whom he doesn't recognize, naturally), gets into an argument, and kills him. Shortly thereafter he comes to the city his father ruled, and frees them from the Sphinx; as a reward Oedipus is made king of the city and marries the widowed queen...his own mother.
30th Apr '16 1:00:20 PM aidreamer
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', Parson is Fated to defeat the BigBad, Charlie. Until the events of Book 2 however, he was content to manage a city and study tactics with Jack and Sizemore. But in his efforts to stall the prophecy, Charlie sabotages Gobwin Knob, causing them severe losses and putting Parson back in charge of the war effort. Eventually, Charlie reveals his hand to Parson and makes things personal, ensuring that Parson ''will'' go after him.
9th Apr '16 4:47:26 PM DoctorCooper
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', Rameses remains firm on not freeing the Hebrews out of fear of avoiding weakening Egypt. That attitude causes that God sends the plagues and as a result, Egypt gets severely weakened.
9th Apr '16 4:06:23 PM TARINunit9
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* During the reign of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suleiman_the_Magnificent Suleiman I]], Suleiman and his second wife Hürrem Sultan were afraid that Suleiman's four sons would end up killing each other over the line of succession. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7p4AcTBG7o Suleiman went crazy over this]], culminating in [[NiceJobBreakingItHero having two of the sons put to death for "disloyalty" to the throne, and watching a third weep himself to death]].
8th Apr '16 12:26:23 AM Nintendoman01
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH2TimmyToTheRescue'', Nicodemus foretold that M. Brisby's youngest son, Timmy, had a great destiny of saving his loved ones awaiting him, and should therefore be sent to Torn Valley for further education. This possibility enrages his older brother Martin so much, that he runs away from home, gets captured by NIMH, gets experimented on by being given hyper-intelligence, causing him to [[PersonAsVerb go Hitler]], upon which he manages to brainwash all the other rats in the facility, causing an uprising against the scientists, after which he organizes the lab rats into an army to invade Thorn Valley, longing for revenge, and is then gradually and conveniently stopped by Timmy, who has henceforth managed to keep his loved ones safe.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH2TimmyToTheRescue'', Nicodemus foretold that M. Brisby's youngest son, Timmy, had a great destiny of saving his loved ones awaiting him, and should therefore be sent to Torn Thorn Valley for further education. This possibility enrages his older brother Martin so much, that he runs away from home, gets captured by NIMH, gets experimented on by being given hyper-intelligence, causing him to [[PersonAsVerb go Hitler]], upon which he manages to brainwash all the other rats in the facility, causing an uprising against the scientists, after which he organizes the lab rats into an army to invade Thorn Valley, longing for revenge, and is then gradually and conveniently stopped by Timmy, who has henceforth managed to keep his loved ones safe.


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': In the episode "Taming of the Screwy," Mr. Plotz is holding a banquet for foreign investors, and said investors want to meet all of the workers at the Warner Bros. studio, including Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. Under his orders, Dr. Scratchansniff manages to convince the Warners to keep their lunacy under control so they can attend the banquet... only for Mr. Plotz to force them out of the banquet regardless because he doesn't trust them ''not'' to screw things up. Snubbed and insulted, the Warners return to the banquet and ruin it in their usual KarmicTrickster fashion. In a nutshell, if Mr. Plotz had just let them stay since they were behaving, the entire thing would have gone off without a hitch.
31st Mar '16 6:18:52 AM Cronosonic
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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, 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.
31st Mar '16 3:48:41 AM VicGeorge2011
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** King Ahab is warned by Micaiah the prophet that he would die in the battle of Ramoth Gilead. Ahab tries to avert the disaster by dressing up in different clothes before going into battle while King Jehoshaphat wore his royal clothes. However, an arrow shot at random pierces King Ahab, and he ends up fulfilling the very prophecy that was spoken about him.
30th Mar '16 8:13:38 PM merotoker
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* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', Fei Wong Reed goes through a ridiculously complex GambitRoulette to prevent [[spoiler: Yuko]]'s death from catching up with her, in the process creating two clones, then discarding them (essentially killing them). The woman he was trying to save then embraces her long-delayed death as payment to bring the two clones into the cycle of reincarnation. In other words, had he not tried to save [[spoiler: Yuko]], she never would have died. The real kicker is that, apparently, ''[[GambitPileup she and Clow planned all this]]''. [[MindScrew Even the characters are starting to get confused]]. And apparently [[spoiler:they just set him off again because now he's just going to try again. A StableTimeLoop or something, it's really not very clear. Even the metaphorical [[MindScrew screw]] is getting confused, really.]]

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* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', Fei Wong Reed goes through a ridiculously complex GambitRoulette to prevent [[spoiler: Yuko]]'s death from catching up with her, in the process creating two clones, then discarding them (essentially killing them). The woman he was trying to save then embraces her long-delayed death as payment to bring the two clones into the cycle of reincarnation. In other words, had he not tried to save [[spoiler: Yuko]], she never would have died. The real kicker is that, apparently, ''[[GambitPileup she and Clow planned all this]]''. [[MindScrew Even the characters are starting to get confused]]. And apparently [[spoiler:they just set him off again because now he's just going to try again. A StableTimeLoop or something, it's really not very clear. Even the metaphorical [[MindScrew screw]] is getting confused, really.]]really]].



* In ''{{Manga/X 1999}}'', Sorata is told as a boy by his temple superior that he will die for the sake of a woman. Sora decides that if this has to happen, he'd like it to be a beautiful woman, and when he meets Arashi he tells her that he's "decided on" her. Once the two develop genuine feelings for each other, Arashi becomes so troubled at the thought that she'd be responsible for Sora's death that she [[spoiler: defects to the Dragons of Earth, so Sora would have no reason to protect her anymore. When she displeases Fuma, Sora gives his life to spare her from [[YouHaveFailedMe Fuma's wrath]], which would not have happened had she not defected.]]
* ''Manga/AiKora'' has a chapter where Maeda has a dream where he and Sakurako end up CaughtInTheRain together, [[spoiler: and end up kissing.]] When similar circumstances strike in the real world, [[spoiler: Sakurako ends up leaning towards Maeda for entirely non-romantic reasons, but he's so wound up [[AccidentalKiss he ends up kissing her.]]]]

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* In ''{{Manga/X 1999}}'', Sorata is told as a boy by his temple superior that he will die for the sake of a woman. Sora decides that if this has to happen, he'd like it to be a beautiful woman, and when he meets Arashi he tells her that he's "decided on" her. Once the two develop genuine feelings for each other, Arashi becomes so troubled at the thought that she'd be responsible for Sora's death that she [[spoiler: defects to the Dragons of Earth, so Sora would have no reason to protect her anymore. When she displeases Fuma, Sora gives his life to spare her from [[YouHaveFailedMe Fuma's wrath]], which would not have happened had she not defected.]]
defected]].
* ''Manga/AiKora'' has a chapter where Maeda has a dream where he and Sakurako end up CaughtInTheRain together, [[spoiler: and end up kissing.]] kissing]]. When similar circumstances strike in the real world, [[spoiler: Sakurako ends up leaning towards Maeda for entirely non-romantic reasons, but he's so wound up [[AccidentalKiss he ends up kissing her.]]]]her]]]].



** 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.]]
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** 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.]]intentional]].



* A couple of ''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]]).]]

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* A couple of ''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]]).]]turn]])]].



* In the sequel to ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'', Nicodemus foretold that M. Brisby's youngest son, Timmy, had a great destiny of saving his loved ones awaiting him, and should therefore be sent to Torn Valley for further education. This possibility enrages his older brother Martin so much, that he runs away from home, gets captured by NIMH, gets experimented on by being given hyper-intelligence, causing him to [[PersonAsVerb go Hitler]], upon which he manages to brainwash all the other rats in the facility, causing an uprising against the scientists, after which he organizes the lab rats into an army to invade Thorn Valley, longing for revenge, and is then gradually and conveniently stopped by Timmy, who has henceforth managed to keep his loved ones safe.

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* In the sequel to ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH2TimmyToTheRescue'', Nicodemus foretold that M. Brisby's youngest son, Timmy, had a great destiny of saving his loved ones awaiting him, and should therefore be sent to Torn Valley for further education. This possibility enrages his older brother Martin so much, that he runs away from home, gets captured by NIMH, gets experimented on by being given hyper-intelligence, causing him to [[PersonAsVerb go Hitler]], upon which he manages to brainwash all the other rats in the facility, causing an uprising against the scientists, after which he organizes the lab rats into an army to invade Thorn Valley, longing for revenge, and is then gradually and conveniently stopped by Timmy, who has henceforth managed to keep his loved ones safe.



* ''Film/{{Paycheck}}''. And not ''Paycheck''. The newspaper scene pretty much plays this straight [[spoiler: with the machine that can see the future]], but the rest of the movie subverts this. Specifically, [[spoiler: the machine sees in the future that there will be a plague. So, leaders use the machine to see who will get the plague, round them all up and keep them together to prevent it from spreading. Surprise! They all get the plague. The machine predicts a war with another country, so leaders launch a preemptive strike against the evil country and the result is a war. By seeing the future, the leaders create the future, which they then see. It's weird and circular, but makes sense: the machine doesn't so much see the future, it sees the future that ''the machine'' will create merely by existing.]]
* The Creator/SandraBullock film ''Film/{{Premonition}}'', mixed with AnachronicOrder via UnstuckInTime. This is a particularly frightening example, because of the AnachronicOrder nature of the film, she spends every other day as one ''before'' and one ''after'' her husband dies, and spends the movie trying to prevent his death not knowing [[spoiler:that her eventual presence at the scene of his accident is what causes it.]]

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* ''Film/{{Paycheck}}''. And not ''Paycheck''. The newspaper scene pretty much plays this straight [[spoiler: with the machine that can see the future]], but the rest of the movie subverts this. Specifically, [[spoiler: the machine sees in the future that there will be a plague. So, leaders use the machine to see who will get the plague, round them all up and keep them together to prevent it from spreading. Surprise! They all get the plague. The machine predicts a war with another country, so leaders launch a preemptive strike against the evil country and the result is a war. By seeing the future, the leaders create the future, which they then see. It's weird and circular, but makes sense: the machine doesn't so much see the future, it sees the future that ''the machine'' will create merely by existing.]]
existing]].
* The Creator/SandraBullock film ''Film/{{Premonition}}'', mixed with AnachronicOrder via UnstuckInTime. This is a particularly frightening example, because of the AnachronicOrder nature of the film, she spends every other day as one ''before'' and one ''after'' her husband dies, and spends the movie trying to prevent his death not knowing [[spoiler:that her eventual presence at the scene of his accident is what causes it.]]it]].



* In ''Film/SexAndDeath101'', Roderick gets a list of all the sexual partners he will ever have in his lifetime. Reading the list causes him to break up with his fiance and seek out the other women. [[spoiler: He resigns himself to doing what the list says, at one point having sex with a crazy homeless woman and a man just because it says he will]].
* ''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]].

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* In ''Film/SexAndDeath101'', Roderick gets a list of all the sexual partners he will ever have in his lifetime. Reading the list causes him to break up with his fiance and seek out the other women. [[spoiler: He resigns himself to doing what the list says, at one point having sex with a crazy homeless woman and a man just because it says he will]].
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* ''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]]. movie.]] Mr. Sloan [[LampshadeHanging spells it out for Fred]].



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]future]].



* All prophecies in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series are self-fulfilling. Richard, the main protagonist, also makes a strong argument for just letting things run there course as part of it. Throughout the series, just about every prophecy has been twisted because of interpretation, and no one knows what the actual meaning is to properly use. Even then, there are "dead branch" prophecies because some are either-or. Combined, this meant that trying to invoke a SelfFulfillingProphecy or prepare for it could actually prevent or impair it.

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* All prophecies in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series are self-fulfilling. Richard, the main protagonist, also makes a strong argument for just letting things run there course as part of it. Throughout the series, just about every prophecy has been twisted because of interpretation, and no one knows what the actual meaning is to properly use. Even then, there are "dead branch" prophecies because some are either-or. Combined, this meant that trying to invoke a SelfFulfillingProphecy Self-Fulfilling Prophecy or prepare for it could actually prevent or impair it.



** 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 good reasons to want to [[spoiler:kill her]]... but her increasing paranoia over the whole affair caused massive rifts between her and [[spoiler: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.]]

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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 good reasons to want to [[spoiler:kill her]]... but her increasing paranoia over the whole affair caused massive rifts between her and [[spoiler: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.]]Stars]].



* 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.

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* 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.]] sons]]. So his empire does come to end, just not the way he expected.



* 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.]]
* About thirty years before the start of the VorkosiganSaga, Mad Emperor Yuri became convinced that his relatives were planning to kill him and seize the throne for themselves. So he sent teams of assassins to kill all of his successors before they could strike. Those of his relatives who survived the attacks, along with their in-laws (Including the greatest warleader in the empire, General Count Piotr Vorkosigan, who did ''not'' take having his wife, daughter and oldest son murdered at the dinner table well) decided that they'd had enough of Yuri's insanity and launched a coup which resulted in his death.

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* 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.]]
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* About thirty years before the start of the VorkosiganSaga, Literature/VorkosiganSaga, Mad Emperor Yuri became convinced that his relatives were planning to kill him and seize the throne for themselves. So he sent teams of assassins to kill all of his successors before they could strike. Those of his relatives who survived the attacks, along with their in-laws (Including the greatest warleader in the empire, General Count Piotr Vorkosigan, who did ''not'' take having his wife, daughter and oldest son murdered at the dinner table well) decided that they'd had enough of Yuri's insanity and launched a coup which resulted in his death.



* In ''TheWatchmakerOfFiligreeStreet,'' Grace is convinced that Mori [[spoiler: will either convince Thaniel to leave her or use his manipulation of probability to MurderTheHypotenuse. She ends up attacking Mori and creating a bomb from one of his clockwork creations, which injures him, and in doing so causes Thaniel to leave her for Mori.]]

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* In ''TheWatchmakerOfFiligreeStreet,'' ''Literature/TheWatchmakerOfFiligreeStreet,'' Grace is convinced that Mori [[spoiler: will either convince Thaniel to leave her or use his manipulation of probability to MurderTheHypotenuse. She ends up attacking Mori and creating a bomb from one of his clockwork creations, which injures him, and in doing so causes Thaniel to leave her for Mori.]]Mori]].



* Subverted unusually in ''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 tragically]] missing the point that [[AlasPoorVillain his decision of not dropping out means all the happiness he felt would become nothing]].

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* Subverted unusually in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "[[ChristmasEpisode Lexmas]]".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 [[TearJerker/{{Smallville}} tragically]] missing the point that [[AlasPoorVillain his decision of not dropping out means all the happiness he felt would become nothing]].



** In "1961", a young [[spoiler: Angela speaks with the young Company Founders about her dream, in which they form a company, and of the horrible things they will do to protect the secret, and of how it's a necessary evil.]] She declares these things in a manner which suggests the idea of using the information from her prophetic dreams to help avoid, or prevent, exactly this type of thing from having to happen at all ''[[IdiotPlot never occurred to her]]''.

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** In "1961", a young [[spoiler: Angela speaks with the young Company Founders about her dream, in which they form a company, and of the horrible things they will do to protect the secret, and of how it's a necessary evil.]] evil]]. She declares these things in a manner which suggests the idea of using the information from her prophetic dreams to help avoid, or prevent, exactly this type of thing from having to happen at all ''[[IdiotPlot never occurred to her]]''.



** 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]].

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** 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]].Lister.]]



* ''{{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.]]

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* ''{{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.]]ending]].



* 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.]]
* Happens in ''HomeAndAway'' when Miles is told by a young and apparently psychic girl [[spoiler: who was either a hallucination or a ghost that only he could see]] that he will die if he falls asleep. He spends several days not sleeping, eventually collapsing from exhaustion on his desk. If he hadn't been woken up a few minutes later and walked away from his desk, he would have been decapitated by a falling ceiling fan.

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* 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.]]
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* Happens in ''HomeAndAway'' ''Series/HomeAndAway'' when Miles is told by a young and apparently psychic girl [[spoiler: who was either a hallucination or a ghost that only he could see]] that he will die if he falls asleep. He spends several days not sleeping, eventually collapsing from exhaustion on his desk. If he hadn't been woken up a few minutes later and walked away from his desk, he would have been decapitated by a falling ceiling fan.



* ''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...]]

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* ''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...]]humans..]].



** [[spoiler: Morgana]] is shown to go to the dark side mainly because they're the only other magical people she knows. If Merlin had revealed himself to her, this wouldn't have happened. In case that's too subtle enough for you, [[spoiler: Merlin is so desperate to keep Mordred from his future evil acts that he trips him with a branch so he will be caught by Camelot knights. Not only does Mordred kill said knights, but his line afterwards makes absolutely certain that Merlin has driven him to evil.]]

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** [[spoiler: Morgana]] is shown to go to the dark side mainly because they're the only other magical people she knows. If Merlin had revealed himself to her, this wouldn't have happened. In case that's too subtle enough for you, [[spoiler: Merlin is so desperate to keep Mordred from his future evil acts that he trips him with a branch so he will be caught by Camelot knights. Not only does Mordred kill said knights, but his line afterwards makes absolutely certain that Merlin has driven him to evil.]] evil]].



* 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 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]].result.]]



** This is basically the quarian-geth conflict. Robot servants start asking their creators things like "Does this unit have a soul?" The creators panic, expecting the robots to rise up, and try to shut them down. Robots fight back, creators get kicked off their planet. Centuries later, most quarians - including their representative in your party - still maintain the geth would have turned on them anyway and wiping them out was the only option...until Legion shows up. The whole mess becomes even more ridiculous in the third game when it's revealed that the Geth [[spoiler:''didn't even try to fight back at first''. They only initially fought to defend the Quarian minority who didn't want to shut them down from the other Quarians. The Quarians were always their own worst enemy.]] This "Morning War" became a cautionary tale to the other races, who took the exact wrong message from it and made this Self-Fulfilling Prophecy law throughout the galaxy. One sidequest in the first game involves an AI who self-destructs rather than talk to you, even if you try and negotiate.

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** This is basically the quarian-geth conflict. Robot servants start asking their creators things like "Does this unit have a soul?" The creators panic, expecting the robots to rise up, and try to shut them down. Robots fight back, creators get kicked off their planet. Centuries later, most quarians - including their representative in your party - still maintain the geth would have turned on them anyway and wiping them out was the only option...until Legion shows up. The whole mess becomes even more ridiculous in the third game when it's revealed that the Geth [[spoiler:''didn't even try to fight back at first''. They only initially fought to defend the Quarian minority who didn't want to shut them down from the other Quarians. The Quarians were always their own worst enemy.]] enemy]]. This "Morning War" became a cautionary tale to the other races, who took the exact wrong message from it and made this Self-Fulfilling Prophecy law throughout the galaxy. One sidequest in the first game involves an AI who self-destructs rather than talk to you, even if you try and negotiate.



* The main storylines of ''GuildWars: Prophecies'' involved this to some extent. The Mursaat killed the Chosen in an attempt to prevent [[spoiler:the release of the Titans, which would lead to their destruction. The players, who were also Chosen, resisted the Mursaat and ultimately freed the Titans]].
** In the second campaign, ''Factions'', a fortune teller who had given him several true prophecies warned Shiro the Emperor would kill him. At first disbelieving, fear of death finally drove him to kill the Emperor, only to be killed in retaliation for the seeming assassination. [[spoiler:Later retconned as a deliberate ploy by Abaddon to convert Shirou into one of his generals]].

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* The main storylines of ''GuildWars: ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Prophecies'' involved this to some extent. The Mursaat killed the Chosen in an attempt to prevent [[spoiler:the release of the Titans, which would lead to their destruction. The players, who were also Chosen, resisted the Mursaat and ultimately freed the Titans]].
** In the second campaign, ''Factions'', a fortune teller who had given him several true prophecies warned Shiro the Emperor would kill him. At first disbelieving, fear of death finally drove him to kill the Emperor, only to be killed in retaliation for the seeming assassination. [[spoiler:Later retconned as a deliberate ploy by Abaddon to convert Shirou into one of his generals]].generals.]]



* In ''{{VideoGame/God of War}} II'', Zeus is convinced that Kratos will kill him and usurp his role as King of the Gods because of a prophecy ([[spoiler:which says that the father will be slain by the son, as Zeus did to his father Cronos, and Cronos did to ''his'' father Uranus]]). In order to prevent this, he sets up events so that Kratos loses his divine power and is killed. However, this only serves to give Kratos a legitimate reason to be pissed off at Zeus, and with the help of the Titans, he starts on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, so...

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* In ''{{VideoGame/God of War}} II'', ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'', Zeus is convinced that Kratos will kill him and usurp his role as King of the Gods because of a prophecy ([[spoiler:which says that the father will be slain by the son, as Zeus did to his father Cronos, and Cronos did to ''his'' father Uranus]]). In order to prevent this, he sets up events so that Kratos loses his divine power and is killed. However, this only serves to give Kratos a legitimate reason to be pissed off at Zeus, and with the help of the Titans, he starts on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, so...



* In ''{{VideoGame/Homeworld}}'', forces acting on orders from TheEmperor enforce a mostly forgotten, ancient treaty - by [[spoiler: wiping out the entire population of the planet Kharak]]. The reason behind this decision was that legend had it that the return of [[spoiler: the Hiigarans, who had been exiled to Kharak]] was to herald [[spoiler: the end of the Taiidan empire.]] The effect of this decision was trigger a war that would eventually result in [[spoiler: a rebellion that changed the empire back into a republic.]]

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* In ''{{VideoGame/Homeworld}}'', forces acting on orders from TheEmperor enforce a mostly forgotten, ancient treaty - by [[spoiler: wiping out the entire population of the planet Kharak]]. The reason behind this decision was that legend had it that the return of [[spoiler: the Hiigarans, who had been exiled to Kharak]] was to herald [[spoiler: the end of the Taiidan empire.]] empire]]. The effect of this decision was trigger a war that would eventually result in [[spoiler: a rebellion that changed the empire back into a republic.]]republic]].



* The entire MassivelyMultiPlayerOnlineRolePlayingGame genre has become subject to this. In August 2012, Kotaku reported that [[http://kotaku.com/5937575/the-subscription-mmo-is-dead "The Subscription MMO is dead."]] Game developers know that Free-To-Play is the only way to go these days, acknowledging that the playerbase itself has become a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Gamers are willing to wait for a game to go [[AllegedlyFreeGame Free-To-Play]], and developers know that they won't be able to get any players unless they make the game Free-To-Play.
* There are several of these in WorldOfWarcraft, most notably the prophecy Velen made about M'uru, the Naaru Kael'thas stole from Tempest Keep. He prophesied that M'uru would be stolen, tortured, and enslaved, but it would lead, in the end, to the redemption of an entire race, adding even more Light warriors to Velen's army of the Light that he ALSO prophesied would be the end of the Burning Legion. A powerful, godlike being went willingly into torturous enslavement ONLY because Velen saw it. If Velen had never had the vision, the blood elves would never be redeemed. Arthas heard about Tirion being so powerful and an unstoppable force of the Light that he started to fear a confrontation with a Tirion at full power, so he attacked only when Tirion's army at the Battle of Light's Hope Chapel was defeated by his Death Knights, which lead to the redemption of Darion Mograine and a few other Death Knights, as well as giving Tirion possession of the EXACT WEAPON he needed to kill Arthas: the Purified Ashbringer. The Ashbringer rejected Darion ONLY because he was in close proximity to Tirion as well. If Arthas had never sent Darion to kill Tirion, the sword would never have switched allegiances and been purified to become the only weapon capable of defeating the Lich King.

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* The entire MassivelyMultiPlayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame genre has become subject to this. In August 2012, Kotaku reported that [[http://kotaku.com/5937575/the-subscription-mmo-is-dead "The Subscription MMO is dead."]] Game developers know that Free-To-Play is the only way to go these days, acknowledging that the playerbase itself has become a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Gamers are willing to wait for a game to go [[AllegedlyFreeGame Free-To-Play]], and developers know that they won't be able to get any players unless they make the game Free-To-Play.
* There are several of these in WorldOfWarcraft, ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', most notably the prophecy Velen made about M'uru, the Naaru Kael'thas stole from Tempest Keep. He prophesied that M'uru would be stolen, tortured, and enslaved, but it would lead, in the end, to the redemption of an entire race, adding even more Light warriors to Velen's army of the Light that he ALSO prophesied would be the end of the Burning Legion. A powerful, godlike being went willingly into torturous enslavement ONLY because Velen saw it. If Velen had never had the vision, the blood elves would never be redeemed. Arthas heard about Tirion being so powerful and an unstoppable force of the Light that he started to fear a confrontation with a Tirion at full power, so he attacked only when Tirion's army at the Battle of Light's Hope Chapel was defeated by his Death Knights, which lead to the redemption of Darion Mograine and a few other Death Knights, as well as giving Tirion possession of the EXACT WEAPON he needed to kill Arthas: the Purified Ashbringer. The Ashbringer rejected Darion ONLY because he was in close proximity to Tirion as well. If Arthas had never sent Darion to kill Tirion, the sword would never have switched allegiances and been purified to become the only weapon capable of defeating the Lich King.



* In ''VideoGame/WantedWeaponsOfFate,'' Wesley ridicules the Immortal for the Fraternity's reliance on the concept of fate; his mother [[spoiler: died by his father's hand, ''at her own insistence,'' because the loom of fate marked her, and he went along with it.]] Wesley finds this absurd and doesn't think the problem is self-fulfilling prophecy so much as members of the Fraternity having serious problems with common sense and a lack thereof.

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* In ''VideoGame/WantedWeaponsOfFate,'' Wesley ridicules the Immortal for the Fraternity's reliance on the concept of fate; his mother [[spoiler: died by his father's hand, ''at her own insistence,'' because the loom of fate marked her, and he went along with it.]] it]]. Wesley finds this absurd and doesn't think the problem is self-fulfilling prophecy so much as members of the Fraternity having serious problems with common sense and a lack thereof.



* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': In the chapter "K'Z'K", after a lot of complications, the characters manage to change the outcome of events that were going to lead to the release of the demon K'Z'K and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt -- you could say the trope is ZigZagged. However, on a smaller scale, when Riff heads to Manhattan to see that K'Z'K can't capture his mother to use as a hostage, K'Z'K sees him heading that way and guesses what he's doing -- and goes there ahead of him to capture his mother.

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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': In the chapter "K'Z'K", after a lot of complications, the characters manage to change the outcome of events that were going to lead to the release of the demon K'Z'K and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt -- you could say the trope is ZigZagged.itís a ZigZaggingTrope. However, on a smaller scale, when Riff heads to Manhattan to see that K'Z'K can't capture his mother to use as a hostage, K'Z'K sees him heading that way and guesses what he's doing -- and goes there ahead of him to capture his mother.



* In the ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' episode "Hercules and the Big Kiss", Cassandra has to kiss Icarus awake. He was put into the sleep in the first place by her efforts to avoid fulfilling a vision which showed her kissing him.

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* In the ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' episode "Hercules and the Big Kiss", Cassandra has to kiss Icarus awake. He was put into the sleep in the first place by her efforts to avoid fulfilling a vision which showed her kissing him.



** After hearing that there is a mole in the team, Aqualad decides to withhold the information and investigate himself for fear of causing disunity amongst the members. [[spoiler: When the other members find out, they end up distrusting Aqualad and it causes a rift]].

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** After hearing that there is a mole in the team, Aqualad decides to withhold the information and investigate himself for fear of causing disunity amongst the members. [[spoiler: When the other members find out, they end up distrusting Aqualad and it causes a rift]].rift.]]



** The ''TreehouseOfHorror'' segment "The Ned Zone" has Ned gaining the ability to foresee people's deaths. When he foresaw himself shooting Homer to death, he at first successfully changed the fate... only for him to foresee Homer killing everyone via a nuclear explosion at the power plant. Ned then tries to shoot Homer to prevent this, but inadvertently causes the explosion himself anyway.

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** The ''TreehouseOfHorror'' ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' segment "The Ned Zone" has Ned gaining the ability to foresee people's deaths. When he foresaw himself shooting Homer to death, he at first successfully changed the fate... only for him to foresee Homer killing everyone via a nuclear explosion at the power plant. Ned then tries to shoot Homer to prevent this, but inadvertently causes the explosion himself anyway.



* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "[=InSPONGEiac=]" has [=SpongeBob=] slacking off a bit on the job (i.e. using a teensy bit too much mustard) because he went to sleep two minutes later than usual, prompting Mr. Krabs to flip out over it and conclude that he's an insomniac. [=SpongeBob=] starts to get paranoid about his lack of sleep, eventually causing him to become an insomniac for real.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' episode "[=InSPONGEiac=]" has [=SpongeBob=] slacking off a bit on the job (i.e. using a teensy bit too much mustard) because he went to sleep two minutes later than usual, prompting Mr. Krabs to flip out over it and conclude that he's an insomniac. [=SpongeBob=] starts to get paranoid about his lack of sleep, eventually causing him to become an insomniac for real.



** The "Pandemic" two-parter is full of this. The prophecy - that Craig would be the one to avert the Pandemic - is brought about by a combination of the BigBad sending Craig to Peru, and Craig himself simply walking away when he learns of the prophecy, fully intending to ignore it... leading to him standing on the exact spot necessary to activate his EyeBeam (ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext) and avert the global crisis.

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** The "Pandemic" two-parter is full of this. The prophecy - that Craig would be the one to avert the Pandemic - is brought about by a combination of the BigBad sending Craig to Peru, and Craig himself simply walking away when he learns of the prophecy, fully intending to ignore it... leading to him standing on the exact spot necessary to activate his EyeBeam (ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext) (MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext) and avert the global crisis.



* Stereotypes, people subconsciously adapt to behave 'normally', with stereotypes representing what people consider 'normal' behaviour for certain groups of people. The situation is made harder by the fact averting stereotypes is usually a conscious decision to make a character that is 'different' (implying they are abnormal) and backlash against stereotypes often goes wrong, creating 'reverse' stereotypes (for example, RealWomenNeverWearDresses).

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* Stereotypes, people subconsciously adapt to behave 'normally', with stereotypes representing what people consider 'normal' behaviour for certain groups of people. The situation is made harder by the fact averting stereotypes is usually a conscious decision to make a character that is 'different' (implying they are abnormal) and backlash against stereotypes often goes wrong, creating 'reverse' stereotypes (for example, RealWomenNeverWearDresses).RealWomenDontWearDresses).



* People who claim to be psychics run off this. They hope that if they tell you something will happen under certain circumstances, you'll enforce those circumstances on your own. If they tell you [[AvatarTheLastAirbender "You will meet your future spouse while wearing red shoes,"]] they hope that you'll wear red shoes all the time (especially since if you're asking a psychic, you're likely a little desperate), so when you inevitably meet someone, the "prediction" comes true. Similarly, if you ask about, say, having a baby, that implies you're stressed about it (stress can make it harder to conceive). They hope that if they tell you you're going to have a baby soon, that'll reduce your stress levels, possibly encourage you to "try" more, and increase the odds that you will have a baby.

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* People who claim to be psychics run off this. They hope that if they tell you something will happen under certain circumstances, you'll enforce those circumstances on your own. If they tell you [[AvatarTheLastAirbender [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender "You will meet your future spouse while wearing red shoes,"]] they hope that you'll wear red shoes all the time (especially since if you're asking a psychic, you're likely a little desperate), so when you inevitably meet someone, the "prediction" comes true. Similarly, if you ask about, say, having a baby, that implies you're stressed about it (stress can make it harder to conceive). They hope that if they tell you you're going to have a baby soon, that'll reduce your stress levels, possibly encourage you to "try" more, and increase the odds that you will have a baby.



* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI was one: everyone was convinced it would happen, so it did in spite of the few sane people who tried to avoid it (who included the Tsar). Also {{Subverted}} with [[HomeByChristmas the idea it would end soon]]: the Triple Alliance ''had'' a plan to make it end by Christmas, but it fell through when Italy declared neutrality (thus depriving the German Army of the diversion they needed to take Paris and kick France out of the war).

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* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI was one: everyone was convinced it would happen, so it did in spite of the few sane people who tried to avoid it (who included the Tsar). Also {{Subverted}} {{subverted|Trope}} with [[HomeByChristmas the idea it would end soon]]: the Triple Alliance ''had'' a plan to make it end by Christmas, but it fell through when Italy declared neutrality (thus depriving the German Army of the diversion they needed to take Paris and kick France out of the war).
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII-2'', a civilization called Paddra, made prosperous by seeing the future, was clued in that their great city would meet its end by one of the seeress's prophecies. This prophecy divided the populace among those who were desperate to escape fate, those who would just accept the end, and those who were just driven mad by panic and despair. The ensuing civil war... brought about the very end of Paddra that was foreseen.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII-2'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'', a civilization called Paddra, made prosperous by seeing the future, was clued in that their great city would meet its end by one of the seeress's prophecies. This prophecy divided the populace among those who were desperate to escape fate, those who would just accept the end, and those who were just driven mad by panic and despair. The ensuing civil war... brought about the very end of Paddra that was foreseen.
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