History Main / YouCantFightFate

16th Apr '18 11:01:47 AM TompaDompa
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* ''Film/TheOutlawAndHisWife'': "None can escape his fate, even if he were to move more swiftly than the wind." The news that Kari is actually an escaped convict comes soon after.



* In ''Film/{{Deewaar}}'', Vijay references this idea when Anita suggests getting his tattoo removed after [[spoiler:Anand's funeral]] if he were to change his palm lines, would that alter his fate?



* ''Film/TheOutlawAndHisWife'': "None can escape his fate, even if he were to move more swiftly than the wind." The news that Kari is actually an escaped convict comes soon after.



* ''Film/SurfNinjas'' lampshades it repeatedly. Every time Zatch proposes a new even more difficult task for Johnny, someone will protest that it is impossible and he can't possibly do it, and someone will say "He can if it's his destiny". By the end of the movie, multiple people will join together in a resigned chorus of "He can if it's his destiny".



* ''Film/SurfNinjas'' lampshades it repeatedly. Every time Zatch proposes a new even more difficult task for Johnny, someone will protest that it is impossible and he can't possibly do it, and someone will say "He can if it's his destiny". By the end of the movie, multiple people will join together in a resigned chorus of "He can if it's his destiny".
10th Mar '18 3:37:26 PM snichols1973
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* Everyman, the central character of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everyman_%28play%29 the allegorical English morality play,]] who is summoned by Death to give a reckoning of his life, with Fellowship, his kindred and cousins, goods, strength, beauty, discretion, his five senses leaving him, with Knowledge departing from him at the end, and his only companion to the grave is his Good Deeds.
10th Mar '18 3:07:03 PM snichols1973
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** It was prophesied that Achilles, the TropeNamer of the AchillesHeel, was to die young in battle. His mother, Thetis, attempted to defy this prophecy by dipping his body in the River Styx, attempting to render him invincible, but holding Achilles by the heel, which proved to be his one weakness. His father, Peleus, sent him to train with Chiron, and gave him a suit of bronze armor. Unfortunately, all of his prowess in battle was not enough to prevent a spear or arrow from striking Achilles on the heel and his dying at a young age as prophesied.
7th Mar '18 10:29:56 AM akanesarumara
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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and its [[Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus sequel series]] has this in spades. In keeping with the heavy ties to Greek Mythology, all prophecies in the story come to pass in some form or another. Trying to avoid or fight off destiny only results in either nothing happening, or worse causing the prophecy to [[SelfFulfillingProphecy come true in the attempt to change it]]. That being said the prophecies themselves are very cryptic, and as a result are open to several, sometime positive, interpretations.

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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and its [[Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus sequel series]] has this in spades. In keeping with the heavy ties to Greek Mythology, all prophecies in the story come to pass in some form or another. Trying to avoid or fight off destiny only results in either nothing happening, or worse causing the prophecy to [[SelfFulfillingProphecy come true in the attempt to change it]]. That being said the prophecies themselves are very cryptic, and as a result are open to several, sometime positive, interpretations. (In fact, in the second series, Zeus refuses to accept the excuse of acting solely to help bring a prophecy to fulfillment as excuse, saying that there are always several ways to read them and for them to come true and actively trying to make sure they do happen in the way you think they will limits the possibilities.)


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** This (plus it being an accident) was actually the reason Perseus pretty much got away with a slap on the wrist for killing his grandfather. See, said grandfather, a king, received a prophecy that if his daughter, Danae, was ever to have a son, that son would kill him. So the king locked his daughter into a room to prevent any men from getting to her (as she wasn't pregnant yet). Zeus however heard her cries and next thing you know, Danae was pregnant by a shower of gold. When the baby, named Perseus[[note]]meaning "avenger" or "destroyer"[[/note]] was born, the king put the mother and the baby in a wooden box or casket and had it dropped into the sea. Zeus pulled strings with his brother Poseidon and together they ensured the two got a safe landing at an island. Said island's ruler wanted Danae as wife but Perseus refused to allow it (in lieu of a father or husband, he was Danae's closest male relative even if he was her son) so Perseus got sent on an assumed suicide mission to get Medusa's head. After he did and he freed Danae plus princess Andromeda, who he married, Perseus returned to his mother's homeland to find his grandfather the king ran away in terror at the news of his arrival. He took the throne that was rightfully his and ruled happily, then one day, partaking in the games in another city, the discus he meant to throw accidentally hit an old beggar living near on the streets. That beggar? ''Perseus' grandfather''.
2nd Mar '18 7:21:26 PM nabu-san
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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', fate is described as an unbreakable law of nature. Several people and Stands predicting the future are always correct, at least technically because ProphecyTwist still applies. However, the series presents it in a better light because: 1. the heroes' struggle still has a meaning as despite their destinies, they all make a conscious choice to fight evil at the risk of their lives; 2) sometimes, good is meant to triumph at the end.
22nd Feb '18 4:57:59 PM snichols1973
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* ''Literature/TheBible'': Lots of things are foretold to happen, such as the coming of the Messiah.


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* {{Subverted}} in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', when the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge shadows of things prophesied by the Ghost of Christmas Present, including Scrooge dying sooner than expected with his belongings being plundered by his maid, laundress and undertaker, as well as the impending death of Tiny Tim:
-->'''Ghost of Christmas Present''': I see a vacant seat in the poor chimney corner, and a crutch without an owner. If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die... If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, none other of my race will find him here."
** After seeing the vision, and pleading for a second chance, Scrooge makes good on his promise by buying a huge turkey for Bob Cratchit's family, promoting Bob to Scrooge's partner, donating generously to the charity solicitors, and finding physicians for Tiny Tim.


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* ''Literature/TheBible'': Lots of things are foretold to happen, such as the coming of the Messiah.
22nd Feb '18 4:29:04 PM snichols1973
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** Sisyphus, who tried to [[TheProblemWithFightingDeath cheat death for as long as possible]], when Thanatos, the Greeks' equivalent of TheGrimReaper, came to summon Sisyphus to Tartarus, the dark, abyssmal pit section of the Underworld reserved for big-time offenders. Just as Thanatos came to Sisyphus' door, [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu he locked Thanatos in chains after asking him for a demonstration]]. Other versions have Sisyphus [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu knocking Thanatos unconscious with a heavy object, like a huge pestle or millstone]], with Ares watching the warriors slashing at each other with their swords bloody and wounded [[AndIMustScream but never dying because Sisyphus held an unconscious Thanatos captive in his house]]. Ares was not happy about this, sending him to the Underworld when he discovered Thanatos in Sisyphus's house, where he pleaded that he didn't receive proper burial rites, so he asked Hades' permission to go back to Earth to rebuke her, living for a time, until Thanatos wondered what became of Sisyphus, with Hermes dragging Sisyphus to Hades, where Sisyphus [[AndIMustScream was doomed to roll a gigantic boulder up a steep hill,]] which took every bit of remaining strength, only to have the boulder roll downhill and he would be stuck trying to push it uphill and failing time after time...
21st Feb '18 9:01:50 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Killer Monster was destined for evil, and not even Koden could prevent that.
3rd Feb '18 3:13:14 AM morenohijazo
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* In ''VideoGame/Okami'', the guy making the 'prophecy' (that Issun would become a Celestial Envoy) didn't have as good an idea of the big picture as he thought he did. Ishaku always pushed Issun to be ''perfect'', and eventually Issun got fed up and left to wander the world. Which is good because Amaterasu awakens in Kamiki, miles away from the Poncles' village, and serendipitously Issun is right there to help. Turns out Amaterasu doesn't care about an Envoy's artistic skill so much as his willingness to accompany and [[HeroicMute speak for]] her.

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* In ''VideoGame/Okami'', ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', the guy making the 'prophecy' (that Issun would become a Celestial Envoy) didn't have as good an idea of the big picture as he thought he did. Ishaku always pushed Issun to be ''perfect'', and eventually Issun got fed up and left to wander the world. Which is good because Amaterasu awakens in Kamiki, miles away from the Poncles' village, and serendipitously Issun is right there to help. Turns out Amaterasu doesn't care about an Envoy's artistic skill so much as his willingness to accompany and [[HeroicMute speak for]] her.her.
* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': It seems more and more like this is the case as the game goes on. [[spoiler:Randal has to make a deal with demons to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] this.]]
16th Jan '18 7:55:16 AM GrimLok
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}]'', the guy making the 'prophecy' (that Issun would become a Celestial Envoy) didn't have as good an idea of the big picture as he thought he did. Ishaku always pushed Issun to be ''perfect'', and eventually Issun got fed up and left to wander the world. Which is good because Amaterasu awakens in Kamiki, miles away from the Poncles' village, and serendipitously Issun is right there to help. Turns out Amaterasu doesn't care about an Envoy's artistic skill so much as his willingness to accompany and [[HeroicMute speak for]] her.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}]'', ''VideoGame/Okami'', the guy making the 'prophecy' (that Issun would become a Celestial Envoy) didn't have as good an idea of the big picture as he thought he did. Ishaku always pushed Issun to be ''perfect'', and eventually Issun got fed up and left to wander the world. Which is good because Amaterasu awakens in Kamiki, miles away from the Poncles' village, and serendipitously Issun is right there to help. Turns out Amaterasu doesn't care about an Envoy's artistic skill so much as his willingness to accompany and [[HeroicMute speak for]] her.
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