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3rd May '16 8:40:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* As mentioned above, ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' -- several times, in fact. The crew and River are reasonably content in their lives flying under the radar until the Operative remotely triggers River's Psycho WaifFu mode with a subliminal broadcast. ''Then'', the crew is fine with going to ground until the whole thing blows over, except that the Operative's men destroy nearly all of their safehouses, including killing dozens of innocents and their personal friend Shepherd Book. Hell, Mal was ready to turn them out (he ''did'', in fact, for a very brief period) until the severity of the situation pushed all his [[PapaWolf loyalty-to-the-crew buttons]]. In short, ''Serenity'' is a tale of eight friends (and a [[BlackDudeDiesFirst dead black guy]]) who the government just plain won't leave alone, to its own (eventual) peril.

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* As mentioned above, ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' -- several times, in fact. The crew and River are reasonably content in their lives flying under the radar until the Operative remotely triggers River's Psycho WaifFu mode with a subliminal broadcast. ''Then'', the crew is fine with going to ground until the whole thing blows over, except that the Operative's men destroy nearly all of their safehouses, including killing dozens of innocents and their personal friend Shepherd Book. Hell, Mal was ready to turn them out (he ''did'', in fact, for a very brief period) until the severity of the situation pushed all his [[PapaWolf loyalty-to-the-crew buttons]]. In short, ''Serenity'' is a tale of eight friends (and a [[BlackDudeDiesFirst dead black guy]]) who the government just plain won't leave alone, to its own (eventual) peril.
3rd May '16 8:40:35 AM Morgenthaler
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** Mel Gibson is good at roles like these. In ''MadMax'', his very first action movie, the killing of his partner ''drove him out'' of the force. The killing of his family drove him to vigilantism. In the sequel, he wasn't about to help the refinery people, but unfortunately for him The Call Knew He Lived In His Car.

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** Mel Gibson is good at roles like these. In ''MadMax'', ''Film/MadMax'', his very first action movie, the killing of his partner ''drove him out'' of the force. The killing of his family drove him to vigilantism. In the sequel, he wasn't about to help the refinery people, but unfortunately for him The Call Knew He Lived In His Car.



* Anti-hero Josey Wales is content to be a poor dirt farmer in Clint Eastwood's ''TheOutlawJoseyWales''; until the Union's brutal "Red Legs" militia burned his farm and murdered his family, which he barely survives. After he's had time to recover, he's met by and joins up with a Confederate guerrilla band; achieving notoriety as a skillful and unrelenting fighter, and a substantial bounty is placed on his head by the Union. After the war, he ends up defending several First Nations individuals from brutal exploiters, and an innocent homestead from former Union Red Legs turned bounty hunters and bandits.

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* Anti-hero Josey Wales is content to be a poor dirt farmer in Clint Eastwood's ''TheOutlawJoseyWales''; ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales''; until the Union's brutal "Red Legs" militia burned his farm and murdered his family, which he barely survives. After he's had time to recover, he's met by and joins up with a Confederate guerrilla band; achieving notoriety as a skillful and unrelenting fighter, and a substantial bounty is placed on his head by the Union. After the war, he ends up defending several First Nations individuals from brutal exploiters, and an innocent homestead from former Union Red Legs turned bounty hunters and bandits.
1st May '16 7:50:41 AM Amberlu
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*''Literature/WarriorCatsDawnOfTheClans'': Gray Wing's sister is killed to show how desperate his tribe is for a new home. After he refuses to follow his friends on the dangerous quest, his younger brother (who was deemed too young to manage the journey) runs away to find the others, forcing Gray Wing to search for him, and keep him safe until they could locate the travelers. This is even LampShaded in ''The First Battle''
2nd Apr '16 9:05:22 PM DrFraud
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* In ''Wildcard'' Ace's initial reaction to discovering that the magic rock he and his sister Kris found is one of the rune stones that are supposed to be [[SealedEvilInACan keeping the demon Rasha'yad imprisoned]] is to leave it with the town wise man so he can get some actual adventurers to deal with the mess. Then they get back to the family farm only to find it destroyed by the local thieves' guild, whose leader wants to collect the stones for his own purposes.

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* In ''Wildcard'' Ace's initial reaction to discovering that the magic rock he and his sister Kris found is one of the rune stones that are supposed to be [[SealedEvilInACan keeping the demon Rasha'yad imprisoned]] is to leave it with the town wise man so he can get some actual adventurers to deal with the mess. Then they get back return to the family farm only to find it destroyed by the local thieves' guild, whose leader wants to collect the stones for his own purposes.
2nd Apr '16 8:51:36 PM DrFraud
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* In ''Wildcard'' Ace's initial reaction to discovering that the magic rock he and his sister Kris found is one of the rune stones that are supposed to be [[SealedEvilInACan keeping the demon Rasha'yad imprisoned]] is to leave it with the town wise man so he can get some actual adventurers to deal with the mess. Then they get back to the family farm only to find it destroyed by the local thieves' guild, whose leader wants to collect the stones for his own purposes.
22nd Mar '16 7:39:51 PM cybertoy0
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, this is Rincewind's problem- no matter what he does, he invariably ends up in the right place and time to save the world from disaster, in spite of his efforts to avoid trouble. This has happened to him so often that in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' he volunteers to go on the mission to stop Cohen the Barbarian; He doesn't really want to, but by now has figured that he'll end up on it somehow anyway, and might as well save himself the time.
18th Mar '16 8:59:54 PM nombretomado
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* Often occurs in ''AceLightning''. Fortunately for Mark, it's not a very ''competent'' call.

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* Often occurs in ''AceLightning''.''Series/AceLightning''. Fortunately for Mark, it's not a very ''competent'' call.



* A less tragic version of this trope occurs in the pilot of ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. The eponymous character is scornful of his destiny to protect Arthur, wanting nothing to do with him. The next night, an enchantress makes an attempt on Arthur's life and Merlin pulls him out of the way without thinking. As a reward, Uther makes him Arthur's manservant, so he's going to have to deal with him full time now.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.
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A less tragic version of this trope occurs in the pilot of ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.pilot. The eponymous character is scornful of his destiny to protect Arthur, wanting nothing to do with him. The next night, an enchantress makes an attempt on Arthur's life and Merlin pulls him out of the way without thinking. As a reward, Uther makes him Arthur's manservant, so he's going to have to deal with him full time now.
17th Mar '16 2:30:00 PM Hossmeister
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* This happens to poor old Banjo in both ''BanjoKazooie'' and ''Banjo-Tooie'' with the kidnapping of his sister and the death of a dear friend, respectively.

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* This happens to poor old Banjo in both ''BanjoKazooie'' 'VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' and ''Banjo-Tooie'' with the kidnapping of his sister and the death of a dear friend, respectively.
17th Mar '16 2:17:09 PM Hossmeister
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19th Feb '16 10:02:01 PM Argon2
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** The Temple of the Winds does this. It's possible to refuse that call, but the Temple wont help balance out the situation if you do.

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** The Temple of the Winds does this. It's possible to refuse that call, but the Temple wont won't help balance out the situation if you do.



* In the first book of the ''Literature/YoungWizards'', a simple spell to find a pen just ''[[SarcasmMode Happened]]'' to malfunction in such a way that they have to defeat the BigBad. Given the phrase in the wizarding world that "There are no Coincidences", this was clearly an example of this trope.

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* In the first book of the ''Literature/YoungWizards'', a simple spell to find a pen just ''[[SarcasmMode Happened]]'' to malfunction in such a way that they have to defeat the BigBad. Given the phrase in the wizarding world that "There are no Coincidences", coincidences", this was clearly an example of this trope.


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* In ''Literature/LordsOfTheUnderworld'', William abandons his [[spoiler:demonic]] family and their evil plots so he can live a isolated, hedonistic life on Earth- in the middle of the Arctic, no less! Unfortunately, this arrangement only lasts a few years before an old friend of William's literally teleports in, asking for his help with finding a mystical artifact...oh, and mentioning that if he refuses, she can and will destroy his most prized possession.
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