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24th Aug '17 9:02:12 AM RedScharlach
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* The ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie, much like the comic, has Ozymandias use this trope against Rorschach and Night Owl "I triggered it thirty-five minutes ago".

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* The ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie, much like the comic, has Ozymandias use this trope against Rorschach and Night Owl Owl: "I triggered it thirty-five minutes ago".ago."



* ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' ends with John Connor finding out Skynet has no central server but rather has programming distributed across the entire internet, thus stopping it from becoming self-aware had essentially been impossible for quite a while. The goal is still to stop Skynet, but with half the planet nuked it may take a few more movies. The T-850 sent back to protect him actually knew this but withheld the information to be sure John would come with him, accepting the deaths of much of the planet to guarantee the survival of humanity as a whole.

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* ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' ends with John Connor finding out Skynet has no central server but rather has programming distributed across the entire internet, thus stopping it from becoming self-aware had essentially been impossible for quite a while. The goal is still to stop Skynet, but with half the planet nuked it may take a few more movies. The T-850 sent back to protect him actually knew this but withheld the information to be sure John would come with him, accepting the deaths of much of the planet planet's population to guarantee the survival of humanity as a whole.



* In the fourth ''Literature/PercyJackson'' book, the heroes' goal is to find Daedalus' workshop in the labyrinth and convince him to give them Ariadne's string, so that villain Luke Castellan can't use it to navigate the labyrinth and lead an invasion force on Camp Half-Blood. On the way, Luke captures them and forces Percy to fight the giant (and Percy's half-brother) Antaeus gladiator-style. Percy notes he seems pretty pleased with himself, but it's not until they escape and find Daedalus much later that he understands why-- Daedalus and Luke have already spoken numerous times and Luke's had Ariadne's string for a while now.

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* In the fourth ''Literature/PercyJackson'' book, the heroes' goal is to find Daedalus' workshop in the labyrinth and convince him to give them Ariadne's string, so that villain Luke Castellan can't use it to navigate the labyrinth and lead an invasion force on Camp Half-Blood. On the way, Luke captures them and forces Percy to fight the giant (and Percy's half-brother) Antaeus gladiator-style. Percy notes he seems pretty pleased with himself, but it's not until they escape and find Daedalus much later that he understands why-- Daedalus why--Daedalus and Luke have already spoken numerous times and Luke's had Ariadne's string for a while now.



* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Gaming the System", where Perry bursts into Dr. Doofensmirtz's lair, only to be told "Ah, Perry the Platypus! You are too late... wait, is it eleven o' clock yet? * glances at watch* Wait, wait... Now! ''Now'' you are too late!" Then Doofensmirtz zaps Perry with his latest invention, the Ballgown-inator, and Perry has to figure out how to defeat Doofesmirtz while wearing an oversized, restrictive dress.

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Gaming the System", where Perry bursts into Dr. Doofensmirtz's lair, only to be told "Ah, Perry the Platypus! You are too late... wait, is it eleven o' clock yet? * glances *glances at watch* Wait, wait... Now! ''Now'' you are too late!" Then Doofensmirtz zaps Perry with his latest invention, the Ballgown-inator, and Perry has to figure out how to defeat Doofesmirtz while wearing an oversized, restrictive dress.



* A villain on villain example occurs in ''[[Manga/Claymore]]''. Riful arrives to kill Easley after a battle against Luciella who left him on the verge of death. However Easley reveals [[spoiler: his partner and claims that "it's too late. Nobody can kill Priscilla now.]] The couple is finally defeated [[spoiler: no sooner than seven years later each on their own because Easley had sent Priscilla away]]

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* A villain on villain example occurs in ''[[Manga/Claymore]]''. Riful arrives to kill Easley after a battle against Luciella who left him on the verge of death. However Easley reveals [[spoiler: his partner and claims that "it's too late. Nobody can kill Priscilla now.]] "]] The couple is finally defeated [[spoiler: no sooner than seven years later each on their own because Easley had sent Priscilla away]]away.]]



* In ''Literature/WithATangledSkein'', the personification(s) of Fate is trying to prevent a diobolical plot of Satan's to sabotage some sort of ceremony. Many sidequests ensue as they follow their suspect before realizing that they royally screwed up by following a decoy around the whole time. Cue a Satan showing up to mock their failure. It's all right, though, because during the course of the sidequests and subplots they alerted Chronos (the incarnation of time) to Satan's plot, and he simply called the ceremony's hosts and told them to call it off once he was certain they would fail.
* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', heroine Vin releases the power of the Well of Ascension and rejects godhood in order to defeat the unknown power in the process of destroying the world. [[spoiler:Except that in so doing, she actually ''unleashed'' aforementioned power, the dark god Ruin, from his imprisonment, as per a plan that had been set in motion milennia ago]]. ''Then'' it turns out that [[spoiler:Ruin's opposite number, Preservation, had been manipulating ''him'' into rushing headlong to his own destruction so that a new god combining aspects of both could be elevated]].

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* In ''Literature/WithATangledSkein'', the personification(s) of Fate is trying to prevent a diobolical diabolical plot of Satan's to sabotage some sort of ceremony. Many sidequests ensue as they follow their suspect before realizing that they royally screwed up by following a decoy around the whole time. Cue a Satan showing up to mock their failure. It's all right, though, because during the course of the sidequests and subplots they alerted Chronos (the incarnation of time) to Satan's plot, and he simply called the ceremony's hosts and told them to call it off once he was certain they would fail.
* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', heroine Vin releases the power of the Well of Ascension and rejects godhood in order to defeat the unknown power in the process of destroying the world. [[spoiler:Except that in so doing, she actually ''unleashed'' aforementioned power, the dark god Ruin, from his imprisonment, as per a plan that had been set in motion milennia millennia ago]]. ''Then'' it turns out that [[spoiler:Ruin's opposite number, Preservation, had been manipulating ''him'' into rushing headlong to his own destruction so that a new god combining aspects of both could be elevated]].



* Very well done in season 8 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', [[spoiler:Jack Bauer and his team are storming the base where the terrorists are holding President Hassan, while President Taylor watches what she thinks is a live feed of his [[JokerJury "trial"]]. Except the feed is pre recorded and Hassan was already dead before Jack entered the building. The BigBad and all his men are killed or captured, but they still succeeded in their ultimate goal.]]

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* Very well done in season 8 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', [[spoiler:Jack Bauer and his team are storming the base where the terrorists are holding President Hassan, while President Taylor watches what she thinks is a live feed of his [[JokerJury "trial"]]. Except the feed is pre recorded pre-recorded and Hassan was already dead before Jack entered the building. The BigBad and all his men are killed or captured, but they still succeeded in their ultimate goal.]]



* A ''[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Monty Python]]'' sketch features an ActionHero called [[BadassPreacher The Bishop]] who repeatedly tries to stop assassinations of clergymen but always arrives just to late.

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* A ''[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Monty Python]]'' sketch features an ActionHero called [[BadassPreacher The Bishop]] who repeatedly tries to stop assassinations of clergymen but always arrives just to too late.



* ''VideoGame/{{Wizard 101}}'' has a few cases of this trope, for the Malistaire arc this is the case for three of the five worlds involved. But a truely shocking one happen for the chapter where the player explores [[spoiler:Azteca]] and completely fails to stop the villain. The villain succeeds in destroying [[spoiler:Azteca]] with a {{co|lonyDrop}}met resulting in the deaths most of it's inhabitants.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Wizard 101}}'' has a few cases of this trope, for the Malistaire arc this is the case for three of the five worlds involved. But a truely shocking one happen for the chapter where the player explores [[spoiler:Azteca]] and completely fails to stop the villain. The villain succeeds in destroying [[spoiler:Azteca]] with a {{co|lonyDrop}}met resulting in the deaths most of it's its inhabitants.



* In the first red sky episode of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, Shredder gives the turtles a 30-minute time limit to give him Krang, or the Channel 6 building will explode with April and friends inside. Arriving a minute late, seeing the building still there, they think Shredder was bluffing, only to witness the building explode a second later. Fortunately, Splinter snuck in and saved all of the employees before the explosion. But still...

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* In the first red sky episode of the 1987 Teenage ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtles'' cartoon, Shredder gives the turtles a 30-minute time limit to give him Krang, or the Channel 6 building will explode with April and friends inside. Arriving a minute late, seeing the building still there, they think Shredder was bluffing, only to witness the building explode a second later. Fortunately, Splinter snuck in and saved all of the employees before the explosion. But still...
12th Aug '17 8:28:43 AM wingedcatgirl
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* The ending of ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* This was parodied on Website/FourChan when a certain [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar martial artist]] explained to [[spoiler:Veidt]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "I killed you and your plans thirty five minutes ago."]]
** Link please? A CMOA like that should be here for all the world to see.
*** [[http://archive.foolz.us/a/thread/19317730 You're welcome.]]
* Isn't this, like, every ''Manga/LiarGame'' major arc, ever?

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* %% The ending of ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* This was parodied on Website/FourChan when a certain [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar martial artist]] explained to [[spoiler:Veidt]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[YouAreAlreadyDead "I killed you and your plans thirty five minutes ago."]]
** Link please? A CMOA like that should be here for all the world to see.
*** [[http://archive.foolz.us/a/thread/19317730 You're welcome.]]
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%% Isn't this, like, every ''Manga/LiarGame'' major arc, ever?



** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', you arrive too late to give Yuffie what-for because she's already been kidnapped.
*** Or to save [[spoiler:Aeris]], or to save Sector 7, or to save Cloud's hometown, or (possibly) to save humanity from Meteor and/or Holy, or...

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** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', you arrive too late to give Yuffie what-for because she's already been kidnapped.
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kidnapped. Or to save [[spoiler:Aeris]], or to save Sector 7, or to save Cloud's hometown, or (possibly) to save humanity from Meteor and/or Holy, or...



*** [[spoiler:Rorschach and Night Owl come to stop a jail break, the guy escaped 5 minutes before they could get there. Also the power comes on and Dr. Manhattan arrives too late.]]
*** [[spoiler:They arrive to late to save the FBI agent from revealing where he was to meet the reporters on the Watergate Scandal.]]
*** [[spoiler:They try to save the reporters from being killed, they are already dead when they arrive.]]
*** [[spoiler:They go to save Violet Greene from the sex trade, they already have her convinced to stay when they finally arrive]].

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*** ** [[spoiler:Rorschach and Night Owl come to stop a jail break, the guy escaped 5 minutes before they could get there. Also the power comes on and Dr. Manhattan arrives too late.]]
*** ** [[spoiler:They arrive to late to save the FBI agent from revealing where he was to meet the reporters on the Watergate Scandal.]]
*** ** [[spoiler:They try to save the reporters from being killed, they are already dead when they arrive.]]
*** ** [[spoiler:They go to save Violet Greene from the sex trade, they already have her convinced to stay when they finally arrive]].
4th Aug '17 8:55:00 AM ChadM
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-->'''-- [[spoiler:Ozymandias]], ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'''

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-->'''-- [[spoiler:Ozymandias]], -->'''--The BigBad, ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'''
28th Jul '17 4:34:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''MasterOfMagic'' intro [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMNk-YlpuBo movie]]. Non-villainous example, but still:

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* ''MasterOfMagic'' ''VideoGame/MasterOfMagic'' intro [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMNk-YlpuBo movie]]. Non-villainous example, but still:
27th Jul '17 1:08:23 PM Skylentt
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* A villain on villain example occurs in ''[[Manga/Claymore]]''. Riful arrives to kill Easley after a battle against Luciella who left him on the verge of death. However Easley reveals [[spoiler: his partner and claims that "it's too late. Nobody can kill Priscilla now.]] The couple is finally defeated [[spoiler: no sooner than seven years later each on their own because Easley had sent Priscilla away]]
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16th Jul '17 8:42:57 PM Santosificationable
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* BelaLugosi in ''Film/Dracula1931'' says this exactly to Van Helsing to assure him that his plans can no longer be foiled.
** Dracula: ''[[VampireVords You arrrr...too leit!]]''
7th Jul '17 6:25:55 AM GigaHand
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'': "Now it's time to stop the bo-" ''KABOOM!'' Batman quickly thinks of a way to minimise the damage.
7th Jul '17 5:36:59 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In an early quest for a Forsaken character in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the player is told by Silvanus to find and slay Lord Greymane in order to convert him, a task that, if successful, would assimilate all of Gilneas into the Forsaken and into the Horde, while disposing of competition to her lands. Unfortunately, Greymane and most of his subordinates have made a deal with the Worgen, joining them for mutual protection. (Worgen cannot become undead, and while this was a MortonsFork for Greymane, he saw it as a preferable one). The player arrives just as the ritual is finalized, and cannot do much except flee. (The player's goal is, of course, DoomedByCanon.) Silvanus is forced to use an alternative strategy to oppose Greymane, eventually kidnapping his daughter and using extortion to get him to leave.
24th Jun '17 1:42:32 PM nombretomado
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* Also common on DoctorWho. Many are the villains who thought they'd gained the upper hand on The Doctor, only to find out that he'd fiddled with or [[ReverseThePolarity Reversed the polarity]] of their doomsday weapon, and him giving them a final chance to surrender was his warning to them not to KickTheDog. Their failure to listen to him causes their downfall.

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* Also common Common on DoctorWho.''Series/DoctorWho''. Many are the villains who thought they'd gained the upper hand on The Doctor, only to find out that he'd fiddled with or [[ReverseThePolarity Reversed the polarity]] of their doomsday weapon, and him giving them a final chance to surrender was his warning to them not to KickTheDog. Their failure to listen to him causes their downfall.



* A heroic example appears in DoctorWho. In the final moments of the Eleventh Doctor's life, he is out of Regenerations, and facing an army of Daleks. Suddenly, thanks to the Time Lords granting him a new set of Regenerations, he begins a whole new cycle. The Daleks begin to call for his Extermination in a panicked state, but as the Doctor says:

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* A heroic example appears in DoctorWho.''Series/DoctorWho''. In the final moments of the Eleventh Doctor's life, he is out of Regenerations, and facing an army of Daleks. Suddenly, thanks to the Time Lords granting him a new set of Regenerations, he begins a whole new cycle. The Daleks begin to call for his Extermination in a panicked state, but as the Doctor says:
7th Jun '17 6:18:58 AM xcountryguy
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* In ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', this has happened to Akira Fudo several times. The biggest downer is the [[spoiler: death of his LoveInterest Miki Makimura]] murdered by a lynch mob, to the point he killed all of those involved. The series ends with one of the biggest {{Downer Ending}}s in manga history.

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* In ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', this has happened to Akira Fudo several times. The biggest downer is the [[spoiler: death [[spoiler:death of his LoveInterest Miki Makimura]] murdered by a lynch mob, to the point he killed all of those involved. The series ends with one of the biggest {{Downer Ending}}s in manga history.



* ''Manga/FairyTail'': [[spoiler: Despite Erza and Minerva killing Kyouka, it wasn't in time to stop Face.]]

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'': [[spoiler: Despite [[spoiler:Despite Erza and Minerva killing Kyouka, it wasn't in time to stop Face.]]
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