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9th Jul '16 11:14:21 PM Roxor
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* The Funky Bomb in ''VideoGame/ScorchedEarth'' is a very randomised weapon. When it hits, it fires out shots of its own in random directions. It might take out five opponents, it might only take out the one it landed near, it might do nothing, or if you're exceptionally unlucky, it might even end up taking you out.
2nd Jul '16 11:55:24 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Bionicle}}'''s {{Unobtainium}}, Energized Protodermis either transforms all that comes into contact with it into [[BecauseDestinySaysSo whatever its destiny calls for]], or simply destroys it. This goes for everything, from objects to living beings. Then, there are the Reconstitute at Random Kanoka Disks, which transform their target into who-knows-what, [[TeleportersAndTransporters Teleportation disks]], which teleport the targets to random locations, and the Mask of Summoning, which summons random creatures whom the mask's user unfortunately has no control over.

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* ''{{Bionicle}}'''s ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'''s {{Unobtainium}}, Energized Protodermis either transforms all that comes into contact with it into [[BecauseDestinySaysSo whatever its destiny calls for]], or simply destroys it. This goes for everything, from objects to living beings. Then, there are the Reconstitute at Random Kanoka Disks, which transform their target into who-knows-what, [[TeleportersAndTransporters Teleportation disks]], which teleport the targets to random locations, and the Mask of Summoning, which summons random creatures whom the mask's user unfortunately has no control over.
26th Jun '16 10:55:49 AM nombretomado
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* The Wand of Wonder from ''BaldursGate'' strikes whoever its pointed at with a random effect.

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* The Wand of Wonder from ''BaldursGate'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' strikes whoever its pointed at with a random effect.
22nd Jun '16 1:18:31 AM ThemJohns
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* There are a ''lot'' of cards in ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'' with extremely unpredictable random effects. Many of them generally benefit the user, such as gaining a cheaper copy of almost ''any'' minion [[http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Unstable_Portal (Unstable Portal)]] or any spell [[http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Nexus-Champion_Saraad (Nexus-Champion Saraad)]] in the entire game[[note]]These ARE limited to collectable cards i.e not ones that are in turn created by other cards such a Ysera[[/note]]. More extreme examples can end up backfiring on the user, such as [[http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Gelbin_Mekkatorque Gelbin Mekkatorque]], who summons a random invention that either do positive or negative things to ''any'' character, or [[https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Yogg-Saron,_Hope%27s_End Yogg-Saron]], who casts a '''completely random on a completely random target''' for each spell the player had used previously. There's a sizeable BrokenBase over whether this is fun or utterly infuriating.

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* There are a ''lot'' of cards in ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'' with extremely unpredictable random effects. Many of them generally benefit the user, such as gaining a cheaper copy of almost ''any'' minion [[http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Unstable_Portal (Unstable Portal)]] or any spell [[http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Nexus-Champion_Saraad (Nexus-Champion Saraad)]] in the entire game[[note]]These ARE limited to collectable cards i.e not ones that are in turn created by other cards such a Ysera[[/note]]. More extreme examples can end up backfiring on the user, such as [[http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Gelbin_Mekkatorque Gelbin Mekkatorque]], who summons a random invention that either do positive or negative things to ''any'' character, or [[https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Yogg-Saron,_Hope%27s_End Yogg-Saron]], who casts a '''completely random spell on a completely random target''' for each spell the player had used previously. There's a sizeable BrokenBase over whether this is fun or utterly infuriating.
22nd Jun '16 1:18:11 AM ThemJohns
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* There are a ''lot'' of cards in ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'' with extremely unpredictable random effects, up to and including giving players a copy of almost ''any'' minion [[http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Unstable_Portal (Unstable Portal)]] or spell [[http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Nexus-Champion_Saraad (Nexus-Champion Saraad)]] in the entire game[[note]]These ARE limited to collectable cards i.e not ones that are in turn created by other cards such a Ysera[[/note]]. There's a sizeable BrokenBase over whether this is fun or utterly infuriating.

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* There are a ''lot'' of cards in ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'' with extremely unpredictable random effects, up to and including giving players effects. Many of them generally benefit the user, such as gaining a cheaper copy of almost ''any'' minion [[http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Unstable_Portal (Unstable Portal)]] or any spell [[http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Nexus-Champion_Saraad (Nexus-Champion Saraad)]] in the entire game[[note]]These ARE limited to collectable cards i.e not ones that are in turn created by other cards such a Ysera[[/note]]. More extreme examples can end up backfiring on the user, such as [[http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Gelbin_Mekkatorque Gelbin Mekkatorque]], who summons a random invention that either do positive or negative things to ''any'' character, or [[https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Yogg-Saron,_Hope%27s_End Yogg-Saron]], who casts a '''completely random on a completely random target''' for each spell the player had used previously. There's a sizeable BrokenBase over whether this is fun or utterly infuriating.
17th Jun '16 6:05:24 AM Cuddles
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** Unpredictable results are a core part of D&D, as well as many other roleplaying systems. Wandering monsters, random encounters, loot, many spell effects and curses, and much more are all often determined by dice rolls and tables. Many supplements are little more than a bit of flavour text followed by pages and pages of encounter and effects tables.
6th Jun '16 12:04:18 PM ReaderAt2046
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* Both the [[AwesomeButImpractical Awesome and the Impractical]] side of Penny's superpower in ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain''. On the awesome side, Penny can work in ''any'' theme or tech type, where most mad scientists are restricted to one general field (lasers, biotech, clockwork, candy, etc). She's even duplicated the tech of both the Conquerors and the Puppeteers, two of the most feared alien races in this setting (and mortal enemies). But on the Impractical side, Penny has only limited control over what her power builds, and can't repair or duplicate her work. In short, if Penny asks her power for a weapon, she might get a pneumatic cannon, a nuclear-powered laser, a mind-control cat, a soda knife, or almost anything else, and she has no good way to tell what.
8th Mar '16 1:38:10 PM Discar
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* The neurotransmitter Promicin, in ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' is described as unpredictable -- somebody injected with it will either gain a superpower or drop dead, and there is no way of predicting what that will be.
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s season 4 finale, [[spoiler:moving the island]] is said to be "both dangerous and unpredictable" (partly to explain why it wasn't done before.) We know it resulted in [[spoiler:transporting Ben to Tunisia ten months into the future, but we have no idea where or when the island is.]]
** Now we do, sort of, it [[spoiler: was sent skipping through time randomly across thousands of years. Kind of. Because we definitely saw it disappear to the Oceanic Six, but only the Losties (and not the Others) were moving in time on the Island]]. It's complicated basically.

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* The neurotransmitter Promicin, in ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' is described as unpredictable -- somebody injected with it will either gain a superpower or drop dead, and there is no way of predicting what that will be.
be. When Shawn and Burkhoff start researching a way to predict whether someone will survive or not, Jordan Collier asks them to stop, as it will end up turning the world into those who have powers and those who know they will never get them. He prefers the more unpredictable way, as it just requires "one generation of sacrifice" and then the world can move on.
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s season 4 finale, [[spoiler:moving the island]] is said to be "both dangerous and unpredictable" (partly to explain why it wasn't done before.) We know it resulted in [[spoiler:transporting Ben to Tunisia ten months into the future, but we have no idea where or when the island is.]]
** Now
]] Eventually we do, sort of, find out it [[spoiler: was sent skipping through time randomly across thousands of years. Kind of. Because we definitely saw it disappear to the Oceanic Six, but only the Losties (and not the Others) were moving in time on the Island]]. It's complicated basically.
20th Nov '15 4:25:08 PM CountDorku
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Anything connected to the Warp or Ork technology. Represented ingame by psykers suffering "perils of the warp" attacks and more esoteric Orky wargear having its own tables of random effects. Ork psykers are beyond random, rolling just to see what completely-unpredictable power they get... every turn.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Anything connected to the Warp or Ork technology. Represented ingame by psykers suffering "perils of the warp" attacks and more esoteric Orky wargear having its own tables of random effects. Ork psykers are beyond random, rolling just to see what completely-unpredictable power they get... every turn. Each new version of the Ork book adds new ones - from the return of the Shokk Attack Gun (which has a Strength you roll for and occasionally does things like explode or teleport the Big Mek into its target), to the Lootas getting random numbers of shots, to the invention of the Bubble Chukka (produces a spray of bubbles which range from S1 AP1 to S6 AP6 based on a die roll).
16th Oct '15 4:24:10 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''PinkyAndTheBrain'', The Brain warns Pinky never to use more than one drop of his shrinking serum, because "it would cause a reaction on the molecular level that is completely unpredictable"; the reaction turns out to be turning people into huge yodeling clog dancers.

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* In an episode of ''PinkyAndTheBrain'', ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', The Brain warns Pinky never to use more than one drop of his shrinking serum, because "it would cause a reaction on the molecular level that is completely unpredictable"; the reaction turns out to be turning people into huge yodeling clog dancers.
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