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14th Jul '16 2:44:53 AM StClair
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* ''Battle Circle'', Creator/PiersAnthony's [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] trilogy is made of this trope. No one ever seems to get what they (used to) want, except in the worst possible/least satisfying way. Overused to the point of a BrokenAesop ("Desire only leads to disappointment.")*That isn't a Broken Aesop if you are a Buddhist.

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* ''Battle Circle'', Creator/PiersAnthony's [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] trilogy is made of this trope. No one ever seems to get what they (used to) want, except in the worst possible/least satisfying way. Overused to the point of a BrokenAesop ("Desire only leads to disappointment.")*That isn't a Broken Aesop if you are disappointment"), unless you're a Buddhist.
29th Jun '16 8:18:43 AM MasoTey
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** Literature/DonQuixote also show us another hilarious example: All the first part of the novel, Sancho has ride with Don Quixote [[StandardHeroReward under the promise of a governorship]]. At chapter VII of the second part, Sancho demands a salary for his work. [[GenreSavvy Don Quixote claims that he had never read a Chivalry book where a squire would get a wage and he will never disturb the ancient usage of Knight Errantry]], so he invokes this trope telling Sancho:

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** Literature/DonQuixote also show us another hilarious example: All the first part of the novel, Sancho has ride ridden with Don Quixote [[StandardHeroReward under the promise of a governorship]]. At chapter VII of the second part, Sancho demands a salary for his work. [[GenreSavvy Don Quixote claims that he had never read a Chivalry book where a squire would get a wage and he will never disturb the ancient usage of Knight Errantry]], so he invokes this trope telling Sancho:



* In a episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Al Bundy is surprised when he noticed his football hero charisma from his high school days has suddenly returned, when women - including Marcy - start finding him attractive again. Of course, Peggy is upset by this which makes it even sweeter for Al. However, by the end of the episode, he gets bored and depressed. He realizes that it doesn't matter in the end, because he's already married with children. He loses the charisma shortly afterwards and goes back to looking HollywoodHomely.

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* In a an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Al Bundy is surprised when he noticed his football hero charisma from his high school days has suddenly returned, when women - including Marcy - start finding him attractive again. Of course, Peggy is upset by this which makes it even sweeter for Al. However, by the end of the episode, he gets bored and depressed. He realizes that it doesn't matter in the end, because he's already married with children. He loses the charisma shortly afterwards and goes back to looking HollywoodHomely.
25th Jun '16 5:09:39 PM CASCHero
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* Likewise with ''VideoGame/MightyNo9''. Many saw it as the second coming of ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', especially with Kenji Infune at the helm. But after many delays, especially since it was a Kickstarted funded project, many became irritated at the wait. When if finally did come out three years after it's annoucement, not only was it a buggy mess on some consoles (specifically the Wii U version), but it didn't play any different from a standard Mega Man game.
14th May '16 11:17:44 PM M84
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*** [[spoiler:...And then it's played straight in the season 6 episode "On your Marks." They realize that their "special" talent isn't particularly useful since most ponies don't have Cutie Mark related problems. They feel better after they finally find and help one pony with such a problem.]]

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*** [[spoiler:...And then it's played straight in the season 6 episode "On your Marks." They realize that their "special" talent isn't particularly useful since most ponies don't have Cutie Mark related problems. Scootaloo even questions why they made such a big deal about getting their Marks in the first place. They feel better after they finally find and help one pony with such a problem.]]
14th May '16 11:16:51 PM M84
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*** [[spoiler:...And then it's played straight in the season 6 episode "On your Marks." They realize that their "special" talent isn't particularly useful since most ponies don't have Cutie Mark related problems. They feel better after they finally find and help one pony with such a problem.]]
8th Apr '16 10:21:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/SupermanII'', three Kryptonian criminals violently take over Earth, only to be seen later all sitting around, bored. When Ursa tries to be encouraging by saying, "You're master of all you survey," General Zod sort of shrugs and replies (in a very bored tone), "So I was yesterday. And the day before..." It's only the thought of fighting {{Superman}} that finally puts a spark back in the villain's eyes.
* In ''Film/{{Perfume}}'', the VillainProtagonist spends most of the film creating the perfect perfume. Once he uses it, he decides that it doesn't really give him what he wants after all.

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* In ''Film/SupermanII'', three Kryptonian criminals violently take over Earth, only to be seen later all sitting around, bored. When Ursa tries to be encouraging by saying, "You're master of all you survey," General Zod sort of shrugs and replies (in a very bored tone), "So I was yesterday. And the day before..." It's only the thought of fighting {{Superman}} that finally puts a spark back in the villain's eyes.
* In ''Film/{{Perfume}}'', the VillainProtagonist spends most of the film creating the perfect perfume. Once he uses it, he decides that it doesn't really give him what he wants after all.
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* In ''CitySlickers'', the tough old trailboss Curly tells his dude-ranch clients about a beautiful girl he once met, but just rode away from rather than speaking to her, because he knew he was horrible husband material. When a client comments that she could have been the love of his life, Curly smiles and says "she is".


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* In ''Film/SupermanII'', three Kryptonian criminals violently take over Earth, only to be seen later all sitting around, bored. When Ursa tries to be encouraging by saying, "You're master of all you survey," General Zod sort of shrugs and replies (in a very bored tone), "So I was yesterday. And the day before..." It's only the thought of fighting {{Superman}} that finally puts a spark back in the villain's eyes.
* In ''Film/{{Perfume}}'', the VillainProtagonist spends most of the film creating the perfect perfume. Once he uses it, he decides that it doesn't really give him what he wants after all.
* In ''Film/CitySlickers'', the tough old trailboss Curly tells his dude-ranch clients about a beautiful girl he once met, but just rode away from rather than speaking to her, because he knew he was horrible husband material. When a client comments that she could have been the love of his life, Curly smiles and says "she is".
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8th Apr '16 10:21:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[SupermanII Superman 2]]'', three Kryptonian criminals violently take over Earth, only to be seen later all sitting around, bored. When Ursa tries to be encouraging by saying, "You're master of all you survey," General Zod sort of shrugs and replies (in a very bored tone), "So I was yesterday. And the day before..." It's only the thought of fighting {{Superman}} that finally puts a spark back in the villain's eyes.
* In ''Literature/{{Perfume}}'', the VillainProtagonist spends most of the film creating the perfect perfume. Once he uses it, he decides that it doesn't really give him what he wants after all.

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* In ''[[SupermanII Superman 2]]'', ''Film/SupermanII'', three Kryptonian criminals violently take over Earth, only to be seen later all sitting around, bored. When Ursa tries to be encouraging by saying, "You're master of all you survey," General Zod sort of shrugs and replies (in a very bored tone), "So I was yesterday. And the day before..." It's only the thought of fighting {{Superman}} that finally puts a spark back in the villain's eyes.
* In ''Literature/{{Perfume}}'', ''Film/{{Perfume}}'', the VillainProtagonist spends most of the film creating the perfect perfume. Once he uses it, he decides that it doesn't really give him what he wants after all.
7th Jan '16 8:35:53 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Connecting The Dots}}'': {{The Spectre}} tells Naruto this about his dream to be Hokage since Naruto can't answer [[AndThenWhat what he'd do if he did.]]

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* ''{{Connecting The Dots}}'': {{The ComicBook/{{The Spectre}} tells Naruto this about his dream to be Hokage since Naruto can't answer [[AndThenWhat what he'd do if he did.]]
28th Dec '15 11:21:48 AM Anddrix
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* ''[[DoctorDoom Emperor Doom]]'': This trope is the basic plotline of the graphic novel. Doctor Doom takes over the world through a worldwide psionic broadcast that brainwashes the whole world into obeying Doom, but found the mundane duties of ruling tedious and was bored by the lack of opposition. When ComicBook/TheAvengers finally broke free and challenged him, Doom practically let them win.

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* ''[[DoctorDoom Emperor Doom]]'': ''Emperor Doom'': This trope is the basic plotline of the graphic novel. Doctor Doom takes over the world through a worldwide psionic broadcast that brainwashes the whole world into obeying Doom, but found the mundane duties of ruling tedious and was bored by the lack of opposition. When ComicBook/TheAvengers finally broke free and challenged him, Doom practically let them win.
24th Dec '15 1:16:35 PM cococrisp
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* In the ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' episode "Franklin's Test", Mr. Owl promises his students that he will give them pens if they get a perfect score on their spelling test. Franklin really wants a pen, but has trouble spelling the world "pencil". He writes the word "pencil" on a sticky note, inserts it in his cap, and looks at it during the test. Franklin wins the pen, but when Bear discovers that he had cheated, he throws the pen in the garbage.
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