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22nd Aug '17 1:52:21 PM Malady
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* Played with in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. [[spoiler: Fakir]] is (apparently) capable of RewritingReality, but it's never quite clear if he's making things happen by writing them down, just writing down what would have happened anyway, or a little bit of both.
* At one point in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the chance of one particular mission in the show was stated by[[spoiler: [=LordGenome=]]] to be precisely "0%, but I can see theoretical calculations [[NeverTellMeTheOdds don't mean anything to you people]]."

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* Played with in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. [[spoiler: Fakir]] [[spoiler:Fakir]] is (apparently) capable of RewritingReality, but it's never quite clear if he's making things happen by writing them down, just writing down what would have happened anyway, or a little bit of both.
* At one point in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the chance of one particular mission in the show was stated by[[spoiler: by [[spoiler: [=LordGenome=]]] to be precisely "0%, but I can see theoretical calculations [[NeverTellMeTheOdds don't mean anything to you people]]."



** It's at least someone [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because the coincidences aren't just contrived for story purposes, the ''ta'veren'' are also followed around everywhere they go by bizarre random chance, which often has nothing to do with the story. Sometimes it's a ContrivedCoincidence in a plot-furthering way, like a very unlikely reunion with an old acquaintance, but then again sometimes it's important to other characters in-universe but completely unimportant to the main plot, like an InnocentBystander tripping over a tiny rock and breaking his neck, and sometimes it's not important to anyone at all, like a sandbag breaking and the sand just happening to fall a perfect shape of a Ying/Yang (of great symbolic importance).

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** It's at least someone [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{justified|Trope}} because the coincidences aren't just contrived for story purposes, the ''ta'veren'' are also followed around everywhere they go by bizarre random chance, which often has nothing to do with the story. Sometimes it's a ContrivedCoincidence in a plot-furthering way, like a very unlikely reunion with an old acquaintance, but then again sometimes it's important to other characters in-universe but completely unimportant to the main plot, like an InnocentBystander tripping over a tiny rock and breaking his neck, and sometimes it's not important to anyone at all, like a sandbag breaking and the sand just happening to fall a perfect shape of a Ying/Yang (of great symbolic importance).



* The world in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series is governed by this trope (named "The Tradition" in this instance). Many characters are [[GenreSavvy aware of this]] and spend a great deal of time trying to manipulate/subvert/redirect this force for their own goals.
* Craig Shaw Gardner's ''The Cineverse Cycle'', although in this case the universe is suffering from a breakdown such that you can't rely on the rules to work properly.

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* The world in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series is governed by this trope (named "The Tradition" in this instance). Many characters are [[GenreSavvy aware of this]] and spend a great deal of time trying to manipulate/subvert/redirect this force for their own goals.
goals. It also is inherent in the magic system, as The Tradition is pure magic, so those who are affected by it are sources of magic that can be harnessed.
* Craig Shaw Gardner's ''The Cineverse Cycle'', ''Literature/TheCineverseCycle'', although in this case the universe is suffering from a breakdown such that you can't rely on the rules to work properly.



* Get ready for this, the ''villains'' in ''Webcomic/MixedMyth''h use a filmic version of this. The elves worship a power called "Cynamatik" and use it to fuel their magic. As the name suggests, the elves have a limited ability to control this force, because it will always cause the most dramatically appropriate circumstances -- so the elves are only on top for as long as it's dramatically appropriate, and the instant the story calls for their defeat, it's impossible that they ''won't'' lose the battle.

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* Get ready for this, the ''villains'' in ''Webcomic/MixedMyth''h ''Webcomic/MixedMyth'' use a filmic version of this. The elves worship a power called "Cynamatik" and use it to fuel their magic. As the name suggests, the elves have a limited ability to control this force, because it will always cause the most dramatically appropriate circumstances -- so the elves are only on top for as long as it's dramatically appropriate, and the instant the story calls for their defeat, it's impossible that they ''won't'' lose the battle.
14th Aug '17 9:32:00 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The BiggerBad of ''Manga/MedakaBox'' [[spoiler:Ajimu]] is fully aware that the narrative causality of shounen manga is in effect, and avoids directly fighting TheHero Medaka because of it. If the BiggerBad stepped down to BigBad, her loss would be inevitable. [[spoiler:So the BiggerBad arranges a falling out between Medaka and her SupportingProtagonist Zenkichi which leads to Zenkichi's FaceHeelTurn. Since he's the other main character, he's the only one who could conceivably defeat Medaka. Ajimu even believes Zenkichi will win because ''he's more heroic than Medaka'' because Medaka apparently murdered someone in the past.]]

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* The BiggerBad [[spoiler:Ajimu]] of ''Manga/MedakaBox'' [[spoiler:Ajimu]] is fully aware that the narrative causality of shounen manga is in effect, and avoids directly fighting TheHero Medaka because of it. If the BiggerBad they stepped down to BigBad, her loss would be inevitable. [[spoiler:So the BiggerBad arranges they arrange a falling out between Medaka and her SupportingProtagonist Zenkichi which leads to Zenkichi's FaceHeelTurn. Since he's the other main character, he's the only one who could conceivably defeat Medaka. Ajimu even believes Zenkichi will win because ''he's more heroic than Medaka'' because Medaka apparently murdered someone in the past.]]
17th May '17 8:22:30 PM NXTangl
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** It's also {{Invoked| Trope}} InUniverse, since {{Youkai}} are creatures of myth and ''need'' to cause humans trouble to exist; to some degree, the fact that so many Incidents can be resolved by exterminating the culprit is that they're basically just mock battles held regularly so the youkai population doesn't disappear in a PuffOfLogic. Reimu's intuition is also tied to her SemanticSuperpower: she has the ability to 'float', which passively lets her float effortlessly through life--i.e. it basically forces Narrative Causality to work in her favor.
17th May '17 8:01:08 PM NXTangl
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* At one point in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the chance of one particular mission in the show was stated by[[spoiler: LordGenome]] to be precisely "0%, but I can see theoretical calculations [[NeverTellMeTheOdds don't mean anything to you people]]."
** He did say it ''[[AchievementsInIgnorance after]]'' they had actually succeeded. (Besides, one of the ''many'' things sufficiently concentrated [[AppliedPhlebotinium Spiral Power]] does is [[JustifiedTrope bend probability around the user]].)

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* At one point in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the chance of one particular mission in the show was stated by[[spoiler: LordGenome]] [=LordGenome=]]] to be precisely "0%, but I can see theoretical calculations [[NeverTellMeTheOdds don't mean anything to you people]]."
** He did say it ''[[AchievementsInIgnorance after]]'' they had actually succeeded. (Besides, one of the ''many'' things sufficiently concentrated [[AppliedPhlebotinium [[AppliedPhlebotinum Spiral Power]] does is [[JustifiedTrope bend probability around the user]].)
17th May '17 8:00:36 PM NXTangl
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* At one point in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the chance of one particular mission in the show was stated by[[spoiler: Lord Genome]] to be precisely "0%, but I can see theoretical calculations [[NeverTellMeTheOdds don't mean anything to you people]]."

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* At one point in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the chance of one particular mission in the show was stated by[[spoiler: Lord Genome]] LordGenome]] to be precisely "0%, but I can see theoretical calculations [[NeverTellMeTheOdds don't mean anything to you people]]." "
** He did say it ''[[AchievementsInIgnorance after]]'' they had actually succeeded. (Besides, one of the ''many'' things sufficiently concentrated [[AppliedPhlebotinium Spiral Power]] does is [[JustifiedTrope bend probability around the user]].)
30th Apr '17 6:00:42 PM nombretomado
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* [[{{Miko}} Reimu Hakurei]] from ''{{Touhou}}'''s standard procedure when it comes to resolving incidents is to start flying in any random direction and [[BulletHell blast down anyone and anything]] that gets in her way until the incident is resolved. In-universe this is explained as her having "good intuition", but it's plainly obvious that the real reason behind why she's always flying in the right random direction is because the plot requires her to do so in order to get anywhere and the "good intuition" stuff is just the developer's tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement of narrative causality.

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* [[{{Miko}} Reimu Hakurei]] from ''{{Touhou}}'''s ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'''s standard procedure when it comes to resolving incidents is to start flying in any random direction and [[BulletHell blast down anyone and anything]] that gets in her way until the incident is resolved. In-universe this is explained as her having "good intuition", but it's plainly obvious that the real reason behind why she's always flying in the right random direction is because the plot requires her to do so in order to get anywhere and the "good intuition" stuff is just the developer's tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement of narrative causality.
28th Apr '17 3:10:59 PM BreadBull
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* A major aspect of ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'': the main characters are {{dimensional traveler}}s who must fill in for the heroes of whatever world they find themselves and save the day. All the characters are fairly GenreSavvy, with solving the problem of any given dimension coming down to figuring out what genre ([[GenreBusting if any]]) a dimension falls under and how to work with or against it.
24th Mar '17 9:29:08 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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''Things happen because the plot says they should.''

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''Things happen because the plot {{plot}} [[BecauseISaidSo says they should.should]].''
24th Mar '17 9:05:23 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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All fictional realities have this underlying principle to one degree or another. It is the reason PlotTechnology and PlotArmor work. It's why TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin in the end, even though [[YoungestChildWins many individuals may try and fail and die gruesomely]] before [[UnderdogsNeverLose the protagonist comes along]]. It's why it seems like [[FinaglesLaw the world's out to get the protagonist]], it's why the reasonable explanation is almost never true, it's why someone can be GenreSavvy or WrongGenreSavvy, why a trope can be {{invoked|Trope}}, why a MillionToOneChance crops up nine times out of ten and why it's never a good idea to [[TemptingFate Tempt Fate]]. Reality itself is mutable before the will of the plot. In stories where this is strong, {{tropes}} may as well be laws of physics.

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All fictional realities have this underlying principle to one degree or another. It is the reason PlotTechnology and PlotArmor work. It's why TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin in the end, even though [[YoungestChildWins many individuals may try and fail and die gruesomely]] before [[UnderdogsNeverLose the protagonist comes along]]. It's why it seems like [[FinaglesLaw the world's out to get the protagonist]], it's why [[ArkhamsRazor the reasonable explanation is almost never true, true]], it's why someone can be GenreSavvy or WrongGenreSavvy, why a trope can be {{invoked|Trope}}, why a MillionToOneChance crops up nine times out of ten and why it's never a good idea to [[TemptingFate Tempt Fate]]. Reality itself is mutable before the will of the plot. In stories where this is strong, {{tropes}} may as well be laws of physics.
1st Mar '17 4:24:12 AM mariofan1000
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' lampoons this multiple times by taking it to the logical conclusion:
** [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E8TheJob "The Job"]] shows that if [[BumblingDad Richard]] ever gets a job and maintains it, the universe will start to fall apart until it is eventually destroyed.
** [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS5E8TheTest "The Test"]] has Gumball decide that he's going to break out of his role as the LoserProtagonist, which turns Tobias into the protagonist and turning the show into an awful, cliched sitcom, complete with a LaughTrack. Eventually, it gets to the point where Tobias starts to take over Gumball's ''life'', taking his girlfriend and place in the Watterson family. The universe will warp itself just to have a LoserProtagonist, it seems.
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