History Main / TheMillstone

14th Dec '17 5:22:03 PM ClintEastwood
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Dodo, if she's remembered at all, is mostly remembered for all the plans she ruined over her tenure. In "The Ark" she nearly wipes out the remnants of humanity by giving them her cold (which they have no immunity to). In "The Celestial Toymaker" Steven reminds her of what her plan is three or four times and she still forgets it at the crunch time. In "The Gunfighters" she nearly shoots Doc Holliday before the gunfight at the OK Corral.
** Adric qualifies. In the Fifth Doctor's first story, Castrovalva, he allies himself with The Master after being captured by him, and in Earthshock, the whole plot is kicked off by him arguing with the Doctor over wanting to return to his home planet [[spoiler:which eventually results in his death]].

to:

** Dodo, if she's remembered at all, is mostly remembered for all the plans she ruined over her tenure. In "The Ark" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E6TheArk The Ark]]" she nearly wipes out the remnants of humanity by giving them her cold (which they have no immunity to). In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker The Celestial Toymaker" Toymaker]]" Steven reminds her of what her plan is three or four times and she still forgets it at the crunch time. In "The Gunfighters" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]" she nearly shoots Doc Holliday before the gunfight at the OK Corral.
** Adric qualifies. In the Fifth Doctor's first story, Castrovalva, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva Castrovalva]]", he allies himself with The Master after being captured by him, and in Earthshock, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5Earthschock Earthshock]]", the whole plot is kicked off by him arguing with the Doctor over wanting to return to his home planet [[spoiler:which eventually results in his death]].
8th Dec '17 10:44:48 AM 32_Footsteps
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* The second season of ''Anime/{{Shirobako}}'' introduces one in the form of Shinsuke Chazawa, the editor for the InUniverse ''Third Aerial Girls' Squad'' manga that the main characters are trying to adapt to an anime. Given the lengths he goes to hinder [=MusuAni=] in producing the series, up to [[spoiler: deliberately doing everything he can to prevent the director from communicating with the manga's author]], it'd be understandable for a viewer to think that he was deliberately being paid to sabotage production (he's not; he's just resentful of anything that gets in the way of his leisure time). A conservative estimate would be that at least half of all the problems in the second season are his fault.
5th Dec '17 1:01:46 PM lluewhyn
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In George R.R. Martin's first novel, ''Literature/DyingOfTheLight'', this role could actually be used to describe the ''protagonist'' at best, or almost ''all of the named characters'' at worst, as the plot is driven by the main characters largely making things worse for everyone around them inadvertently as well as themselves, with first place going to the Protagonist, and second place going to his love interest whose jaw-droppingly bad [[PoorCommunicationKills lack of communication]] sets up their backstory and prolongs the plot. It also doesn't help that there's a character that seems to be an early version of Littlefinger pulling some strings, but at least he's ''trying'' to cause issues.

to:

* In George R.R. Martin's first novel, ''Literature/DyingOfTheLight'', this role could actually be used to describe the ''protagonist'' at best, or almost ''all of the named characters'' at worst, as the worst. The plot is largely driven by the main characters largely inadvertently making things worse for everyone around them inadvertently as well as themselves, with first place going to the Protagonist, and second place going to his love interest whose jaw-droppingly bad [[PoorCommunicationKills lack of communication]] sets up their backstory and prolongs the plot. It also doesn't help that there's a character that seems to be an early version of Littlefinger pulling some strings, but at least he's ''trying'' to cause issues.
5th Dec '17 1:00:12 PM lluewhyn
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In George R.R. Martin's first novel, ''Literature/DyingOfTheLight'', this role could actually be used to describe the ''protagonist'' at best, or almost ''all of the named characters'' at worst, as the plot is driven by the main characters largely making things worse for everyone around them inadvertently as well as themselves, with first place going to the Protagonist, and second place going to his love interest whose jaw-droppingly bad [[PoorCommunicationKills lack of communication]] sets up their backstory and prolongs the plot. It also doesn't help that there's a character that seems to be an early version of Littlefinger pulling some strings, but at least he's ''trying'' to cause issues.
7th Nov '17 3:00:44 PM KingLyger
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', Twilight Sparkle excels during the academic portion of the titular Games, but is completely hopeless in the athletic portion. She [[FaceFault faceplants after trying to do a simple jump]], takes ages to swing on a rope, and misses every shot with her arrows in archery. It takes Applejack, one of Twilight's rivals from the other team, giving Twilight advice before she even hits the target, and by then, the Shadowbolts are hopelessly behind.
31st Oct '17 9:35:49 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Manny Heffley in the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' series is often shown screwing things up for Greg and sometimes even the entire family across the entire series. This came to a head in the 9th book ''The Long Haul'' where he's a hindrance to the family's vacation plans and road trip at many points throughout the book. (Forcing the family to skip several stops they wanted to make because he throws a tantrum whenever his naps are interrupted, constantly trying to run away to find a pig they had won at a fair and were forced to give up, etc.) [[spoiler:It isn't until the end of the book that he finally manages to vindicate himself by getting the family out of trouble by way of his surprisingly fluent Spanish...even if it was just to go back to a petting zoo where the Heffleys had left the aforementioned pig.]]

to:

* Manny Heffley in the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' series is often shown screwing things up for Greg and sometimes even the entire family across the entire series. This came to a head in the 9th book ''The Long Haul'' ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKidTheLongHaul'' where he's a hindrance to the family's vacation plans and road trip at many points throughout the book. (Forcing the family to skip several stops they wanted to make because he throws a tantrum whenever his naps are interrupted, constantly trying to run away to find a pig they had won at a fair and were forced to give up, etc.) [[spoiler:It isn't until the end of the book that he finally manages to vindicate himself by getting the family out of trouble by way of his surprisingly fluent Spanish...even if it was just to go back to a petting zoo where the Heffleys had left the aforementioned pig.]]
29th Oct '17 3:53:57 PM Eddy1215
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Lilo tries to get Stitch to be like Elvis with every lesson she teaches him blowing Nani's latest chance of getting a job after she lost her previous one, which was ALSO a result of her little sister bringing home a pet that looked absolutely nothing like a dog.

to:

* In''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'':
**
Lilo tries to get Stitch to be like Elvis with every lesson she teaches him blowing Nani's latest chance of getting a job after she lost her previous one, which was ALSO a result of her little sister bringing home a pet that looked absolutely nothing like a dog.
26th Oct '17 11:31:05 AM KingLyger
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The trope name comes from the phrase "millstone around my neck". For those not versed in agriculture, a millstone is a large (often 2-3 feet in diameter and weighing several hundred pounds) stone disc used by mills to render things well pulverized, such as grinding grain into flour. Yeah. Imagine carrying one of those as a necklace -- you'd be hard-pressed to do much of anything. The expression originates from [[Literature/TheBible Matthew 18:6]] ("...whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea"), which in turn may be a reference to a form of capital punishment practiced at the time.

to:

The trope name comes from the phrase "millstone around my neck". For those not versed in agriculture, a millstone is a large stone disc (often 2-3 two or three feet in diameter and weighing several hundred pounds) stone disc used by mills to render things well pulverized, such as grinding grain into flour. Yeah. Imagine carrying one of those as a necklace around your neck -- you'd be hard-pressed to do much of anything. The expression originates from [[Literature/TheBible Matthew 18:6]] ("...whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea"), which in turn may be a reference to a form of capital punishment practiced at the time.
7th Sep '17 4:54:34 PM Byzantine
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Joffrey "Baratheon" is as completely evil as a 13-year-old RoyalBrat can be... but it's NOT his family's biggest problem. It's his [[StupidEvil utter stupidity]] which first causes a war and then places a constant the Lannisters' politics several times. All of his family members around, who vary in terms of both intelligence and conscience themselves, spend half of their energy trying to knock not even some morality, but some sense of PragmaticVillainy into him, to no avail. In fact, Joffrey's very life ends because someone finally decides that working around him is impossible.

to:

** Joffrey "Baratheon" is as completely evil as a 13-year-old RoyalBrat can be... but it's NOT his family's biggest problem. It's his [[StupidEvil utter stupidity]] which first causes a war and then places a constant thorn to the Lannisters' politics several times. All of his family members around, who vary in terms of both intelligence and conscience themselves, spend half of their energy trying to knock not even some morality, but some sense of PragmaticVillainy into him, to no avail. In fact, Joffrey's very life ends because someone finally decides that working around him is impossible.
7th Sep '17 4:33:23 PM Byzantine
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Nearly every bad thing that has ever happened in ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' was a result of actions taken by someone from the Uchiha Clan. The most primitive examples are [[spoiler: [[TheLeader Fugaku Uchiha]], who attempted a coup to take over the Leaf Village, which provoked Danzo into ordering Itachi to execute The Uchiha Massacre, [[AloofBigBrother Itachi Uchiha]] whose desire to protect his younger brother led him to placed Sasuke on the path for revenge, only to shield him from the truth of the coup, but ending up making things worse once Sasuke found out about it and the added burden Itachi carried. [[GreaterScopeVillain Madara Uchiha]], who manipulates events that throw the ninja world into chaos and war, and [[BigBad Obito Uchiha]], who kills the main character's parents and forms a terrorist organization that goes out to kill even more people to create a doomsday genjutsu. And of course, there's [[{{Deuteragonist}} Sasuke Uchiha]], who not only abandons his friends and comrades, causing more problems for the heroes, but also decides to kill off the world leaders, the tailed beasts, and his friends to take over the world for himself.]] At this point, anyone with a Sharingan should be put on a blacklist.

to:

* Nearly every bad thing that has ever happened in ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' was a result of actions taken by someone from the Uchiha Clan. The most primitive examples are [[spoiler: [[TheLeader Fugaku Uchiha]], who attempted a coup to take over the Leaf Village, which provoked Danzo into ordering Itachi to execute The Uchiha Massacre, [[AloofBigBrother Itachi Uchiha]] whose desire to protect his younger brother led him to placed place Sasuke on the path for revenge, only to shield him from the truth of the coup, but ending up making things worse once Sasuke found out about it and the added burden Itachi carried. [[GreaterScopeVillain Madara Uchiha]], who manipulates events that throw the ninja world into chaos and war, and [[BigBad Obito Uchiha]], who kills the main character's parents and forms a terrorist organization that goes out to kill even more people to create a doomsday genjutsu. And of course, there's [[{{Deuteragonist}} Sasuke Uchiha]], who not only abandons his friends and comrades, causing more problems for the heroes, but also decides to kill off the world leaders, the tailed beasts, and his friends to take over the world for himself.]] At this point, anyone with a Sharingan should be put on a blacklist.
This list shows the last 10 events of 198. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.TheMillstone