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8th Dec '17 7:56:11 AM TMNTFanGirl
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* In one ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode, [[AlphaBitch Bonnie]] achieves her ambition of wresting the cheer squad captaincy away from Kim, then learns to her dismay that ''having'' the job means continuing the hard work she did to ''get'' the job. The next time we see the cheer squad, [[StatusQuoIsGod Kim is back in charge]].

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* In one ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode, [[AlphaBitch Bonnie]] the archrival]] of the TitleCharacter (a girl named Bonnie Rockwaller) finally achieves her ambition of wresting being their high school's cheerleading captain, [[HiddenDepths after proving herself to be surprisingly competent at the cheer squad captaincy away from Kim, then learns job.]] However, Bonnie starts having second thoughts after Kim explains to her dismay that ''having'' [[DidntThinkThisThrough with being the job means continuing cheerleading captain now, she's going to have to]] ''[[DidntThinkThisThrough continue]]'' [[DidntThinkThisThrough doing the hard work she did to ''get'' had done to]] ''[[DidntThinkThisThrough gain]]'' [[DidntThinkThisThrough the job. position.]] The next time we see the cheer squad, [[StatusQuoIsGod Kim is Kim's back in charge]].



* Used during a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch. After a flood wipes out Franchise/TheSmurfs' village, Gargamel finally achieves his goal of eating them. As it turns out, they taste really bad. He throws the food out, and orders Chinese.

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* Used during a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch. After a flood wipes out Franchise/TheSmurfs' village, Gargamel finally achieves his goal of eating them. As But as it turns out, they food made from Smurfs doesn't seem to taste really bad. He throws that good--he ends up throwing the food out, out and orders Chinese.ordering Chinese take-out.
30th Nov '17 4:16:02 PM Jacob175
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A WishFulfillment trope and a milder, non-magical form of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor. Also see AllThatGlitters. May overlap with LonelyAtTheTop, VengeanceFeelsEmpty and VictoryIsBoring.

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A WishFulfillment trope and a milder, non-magical form of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor. Also see AllThatGlitters. May overlap with LonelyAtTheTop, VengeanceFeelsEmpty VengeanceFeelsEmpty, AndThenWhat and VictoryIsBoring.



* 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.

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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}} Franchise/{{Superman}} that finally puts a spark back in the villain's eyes.



* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', one of [[spoiler: Dark Mercury]]'s goals is to kill Sailor Moon. When she believes she's succeeded, she goes into BSOD and reverts back to normal.

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* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', one of [[spoiler: Dark Mercury]]'s goals is to kill Sailor Moon. When she believes she's succeeded, she goes into a BSOD and reverts back to normal.



* Likewise with ''VideoGame/MightyNo9''. Many saw it as the second coming of ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', especially with Keiji Infune at the helm. But after many delays, especially since it was a Kickstarter funded project, many became irritated with the wait. When it finally did come out three years after its announcement, 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.

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* Likewise with ''VideoGame/MightyNo9''. Many saw it as the second coming of ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', ''{{VideoGame/Mega Man|Classic}}'', especially with Keiji Infune at the helm. But after many delays, especially since it was a Kickstarter funded project, many became irritated with the wait. When it finally did come out three years after its announcement, 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.
15th Sep '17 7:15:05 PM Javertshark13
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* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Jack is the character most dead-set on getting off the island, no matter what. The Season 3 finale [[spoiler: reveals that after he does leave the island, his life falls apart. On the island, he was a leader and could save others,but once he leaves that behind, he deteriorates into a broken, alcoholic mess. He realizes too late that Locke, who told him not to leave the island, was right all along, and ends up flying nonstop, hoping that he'll crash.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Jack is the character most dead-set on getting off the island, no matter what. The Season 3 finale [[spoiler: reveals that after he does leave the island, his life falls apart. On the island, he was a leader and could save others,but others, but once he leaves that behind, he deteriorates into a broken, alcoholic mess. He realizes too late that Locke, who told him not to leave the island, was right all along, and ends up flying nonstop, hoping that he'll crash.]]
15th Sep '17 7:14:38 PM Javertshark13
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* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Jack is the character most dead-set on getting off the island, no matter what. The Season 3 finale [[spoiler: reveals that after he does leave the island, his life falls apart. On the island, he was a leader and could save others,but once he leaves that behind, he deteriorates into a broken, alcoholic mess. He realizes too late that Locke, who told him not to leave the island, was right all along, and ends up flying nonstop, hoping that he'll crash.]]
16th Aug '17 1:00:21 PM WillyFourEyes
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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 announcement, 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.

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* Likewise with ''VideoGame/MightyNo9''. Many saw it as the second coming of ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', especially with Kenji Keiji Infune at the helm. But after many delays, especially since it was a Kickstarted Kickstarter funded project, many became irritated at with the wait. When if it finally did come out three years after it's its announcement, 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.
12th Jul '17 9:00:08 PM Thunderchin
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* Music/TheCivilWars - ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxCbfJtM2kU The One That Got Away]]'' combines this trope with BreakupSong. Both ends of the relationship preferred the days where they were friends pining for one another to the days actually spent together.
3rd Jun '17 3:12:42 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Literature/YertleTheTurtleAndOtherStories'': After eating every single one of the pillberries on the bush, Gertrude has grown herself a gigantic, magnificent tail only to discover that it's too big for her to fly or even move from the spot. Luckily, her Uncle Dake hears her distress and brings help.
22nd May '17 4:30:00 AM ZuTheSkunk
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->''"And don't forget the presents. How... How full of potential they seem in all that paper, how pregnant with possibilities... and then you open them and basically the wrapping paper was ''more'' interesting and you have to say 'How thoughtful, that ''will'' come in handy!'"''

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->''"And don't forget the presents. How... How full of potential they seem in all that paper, how pregnant with possibilities... and then you open them and basically the wrapping paper was ''more'' interesting and you have to say 'How thoughtful, that ''will'' come that'' '''''will''''' ''come in handy!'"''
14th Mar '17 2:16:06 PM StClair
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* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/SpocksWorld'' [[spoiler:a sequel to "Amok Time"]], this was ultimately proven true. [[spoiler:T'Pring spent her time brooding about how things had not gone according to plan, and Stonn grew jealous. He artificially induced ''plak tow'' to make their bond real and died in the process.]]

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* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/SpocksWorld'' ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', [[spoiler:a sequel to "Amok Time"]], Time",]] this was ultimately proven true. [[spoiler:T'Pring spent all her time brooding about how things had not gone according to plan, and Stonn grew jealous. He artificially induced ''plak tow'' to make their bond real and died in the process.]]



* Spock to Stonn in the ''{{Series/Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", regarding the beautiful but conniving T'Pring: "After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical... but it is often true." The ironic point of that entire comment is that it actually is reasonable and logical--T'Pring had in fact just finished displaying the coldly logical difference between having and wanting as her means to get Stonn. Spock's warning to her was far more subtle, that she'd find she screwed herself over as much as she had Spock. (Note in Literature above that this proved to be the case..)

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* Spock to Stonn in the ''{{Series/Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", regarding the beautiful but conniving T'Pring: T'Pring:
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"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical... but it is often true." "
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The ironic point of that entire comment irony is that it actually is reasonable and ''is'' logical--T'Pring had had, in fact fact, just finished displaying the coldly logical difference between having and wanting as her means to get Stonn. Spock's warning to her was far more subtle, that she'd find she screwed herself over as much as she had Spock. (Note in Literature above that this proved And according to be the case..)at least one source (see Literature, above), he was eventually proven correct.
14th Mar '17 2:04:12 PM StClair
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* ''Emperor Doom'': This trope is the basic plotline of the graphic novel. ComicBook/DoctorDoom 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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* ''Emperor Doom'': This trope is the basic plotline of the graphic novel. ComicBook/DoctorDoom 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 [[VictoryIsBoring bored by the lack of opposition.opposition]]. When ComicBook/TheAvengers finally broke free and challenged him, Doom practically let them win.
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