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25th Apr '16 1:23:22 PM Pannic
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* A key part of King Sombra's StartOfDarkness in ''[[MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic]]''. As a child, he and a friend see visions of their future selves; his friend as a princess, and himself as a monster. When it appears that his friend's future is coming to pass, the realization is a large part of what drives him over the edge.

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* A key part of King Sombra's StartOfDarkness in ''[[MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic]]''.''[[Comicbook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Fiendship is Magic]]''. As a child, he and a friend see visions of their future selves; his friend as a princess, and himself as a monster. When it appears that his friend's future is coming to pass, the realization is a large part of what drives him over the edge.
25th Apr '16 1:22:27 PM Pannic
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* A key part of King Sombra's StartOfDarkness in ''[[MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic]]''. As a child, he and a friend see visions of their future selves; his friend as a princess, and himself as a monster. When it appears that his friend's future is coming to pass, the realization is a large part of what drives him over the edge.
22nd Apr '16 6:41:46 AM JackG
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** Happens literally in "My Heart Will Go On" when the MonsterOfTheWeek turns out to be one of the Fates. An AlternateHistory has been created (the Titanic never sunk) without her approval, so Fate is killing (via freak accidents) anyone descended from the passengers and crew. HilarityEnsues when the Winchester also get on her hit list.
18th Apr '16 7:30:54 AM ChaoticNovelist
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A prophecy (or in TimeTravel, something that is known to have happened in the past) comes true despite all attempts to prevent it ([[SelfFulfillingProphecy and often]] ''[[SelfFulfillingProphecy because of]]'' [[SelfFulfillingProphecy those attempts]]).

Often happens with an obvious (or not so obvious) ProphecyTwist on the language used in the prophecy. As old as ''[[Theatre/OedipusTheKing Oedipus Rex]]'', used by Shakespeare and Tolkien, and [[UndeadHorseTrope still fresh at least as recently as the mid-80s sitcom]]!

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A prophecy (or that tells the future, or in TimeTravel, something that is known to have happened in the past) past comes true despite all attempts to prevent it it. ([[SelfFulfillingProphecy and often]] Often]] ''[[SelfFulfillingProphecy it happens because of]]'' [[SelfFulfillingProphecy those attempts]]).

Often happens with an obvious (or not so obvious) This can involve a ProphecyTwist on the language used in the prophecy. As It's as old as ''[[Theatre/OedipusTheKing Oedipus Rex]]'', used by Shakespeare and Tolkien, and [[UndeadHorseTrope still fresh at least as recently as the mid-80s sitcom]]!



* Happens a lot more than you think in ''Literature/TheBible''.
** And it's the premise of Literature/LeftBehind and all Christian-related end-times fictional stories.

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* Happens a lot more than you think in ''Literature/TheBible''.
** And it's
''Literature/TheBible'': Lots of things are foretold to happen, such as the premise coming of the Messiah.
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Literature/LeftBehind and all Christian-related end-times fictional stories.stories feature the prophecies in the Book of Revelations.



*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': According to Wiol, the goddess of the Element Wind and Knowledge of the Future, there are certain things that are ''guaranteed'' to happen, but there are many ways in which they could happen. For instance, say there are two people who are destined to marry each other, they could either do just that, go UndercoverAsLovers, engage in CourtlyLove, jointly become {{parental substitute}}s for the same kid, etc. There is no possible future where ''something'' along the lines of "these two people marry each other" does not happen.



* Partially subverted and partially played straight in ''Series/{{Angel}}'': a dark and seemingly inevitable prophecy forming one of the major plots of Season Three was [[spoiler:ultimately revealed to be an elaborate GambitRoulette on the part of time-traveling BigBad Sajjhan, who wanted Connor killed off before he could fulfill the true prophecy: causing the death of Sajjhan. Ultimately, however, the true prophecy comes to pass...[[ProphecyTwist as does]] [[SelfFulfillingProphecy the fake one]].]].

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* Partially subverted and partially played straight in ''Series/{{Angel}}'': a ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is PlayingWithATrope here. A dark and seemingly inevitable prophecy forming one of the major plots of Season Three was [[spoiler:ultimately revealed to be an elaborate GambitRoulette on the part of time-traveling BigBad Sajjhan, who wanted Connor killed off before he could fulfill the true prophecy: causing the death of Sajjhan. Ultimately, however, the true prophecy comes to pass...[[ProphecyTwist as does]] [[SelfFulfillingProphecy the fake one]].]].
17th Apr '16 2:53:20 PM AlisterFaust
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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and it's [[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.
17th Apr '16 1:42:25 PM emillang1000
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* Biology and physics have shown that the idea of "Free Will," is, in fact, quite illusory; every act that any living thing takes is invariably a reaction to external stimuli - in the case of intelligent/sentient creatures like dogs, cats, horses, etc., and obviously humans, every action is motivated either by past events which they recollect and react to, or by basic instincts on the subconscious level. We ''feel'' as though we have free will, and acting as such isn't entirely wrong, as we still do make active decisions and consider many possible outcomes of each action, but ultimately all this is still dictated entirely by physics and biochemistry at the lowest levels of reality.
17th Apr '16 1:24:08 PM emillang1000
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17th Apr '16 1:23:46 PM emillang1000
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* Theoretical Physics seems to love this trope:
** AlbertEinstein prescribed to this idea, believing that there is only one inevitable future, despite the appearance of multiple possibilities.
** One of the strangest concepts of quantum theory is that randomness, which is a lynch-pin of quantum mechanics, is actually entirely false. Within the confines of a single Universe, there is only ever one outcome of any event, thus preserving causality - the sum-and-total of any given Universe, from beginning to end, can be written down in exactly one equation without any variables, always arriving at the same result; however, due in part to a phenomenon called the Fishbowl Effect, beings within that Universe can never gather enough information to calculate this equation (because Time acts as a SpannerInTheWorks creating Uncertainty). It IS possible, however, to gather all information from a Universe ''IF'' you are outside of that Universe looking in (thus being able to observe all points of data at once, like a still image); going even further, it is then possible to ''alter'' the events within a Universe if you know its equation... [[StableTimeLoop but even then it is predestined to happen because it is part of the]] [[{{Multiverse}} Multiversal]] equation that governs all possible realities concretely. If you step out of the Multiverse into whatever is above that and change the Multiverse, it's ''STILL'' predestined because the laws of that higher plane describe it as so... so on and so forth, in an inescapable and forever-expanding Matryoshka-doll of quantum-causality.
14th Apr '16 9:33:06 AM SteveMB
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* In pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, it was established that although Superman could time travel by flying faster than light, he was physically incapable of changing the past - some obstacle would always crop up to prevent it, even a highly improbable obstacle. He first learned this lesson as ComicBook/{{Superboy}} when, after having just discovered he ''could'' time travel, he went back to prevent Lincoln's assassination. Against all likelihood, he bumps into the ''adult'' Lex Luthor, who had simply been time traveling to take a break from the stresses of supervillainy. The encounter with Luthor delays Supes so he can't stop Booth's bullet. When Luthor realizes that he has inadvertently helped kill Lincoln, [[EvenEvilHasStandards even he is against,]] and he goes home, badly shaken.

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* In pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics, it was established that although Superman could time travel by flying faster than light, he was physically incapable of changing the past - some obstacle would always crop up to prevent it, even a highly improbable obstacle. He first learned this lesson as ComicBook/{{Superboy}} when, after having just discovered he ''could'' time travel, he went back to prevent Lincoln's assassination. Against all likelihood, he bumps into the ''adult'' Lex Luthor, who had simply been time traveling to take a break from the stresses of supervillainy. The encounter with Luthor delays Supes so he can't stop Booth's bullet. When Luthor realizes that he has inadvertently helped kill Lincoln, [[EvenEvilHasStandards even he is against,]] aghast,]] and he goes home, badly shaken.
11th Apr '16 10:04:28 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops: ''Belief'' that this is true is a possible cause of Setsuna Syndrome, wherein the person attempts to {{Railroading railroad}} canon events into place. This usually places them at odds with most other loopers, who tend to cause severe timeline changes out of boredom.

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* FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops: ''Belief'' that this is true is a possible cause of Setsuna Syndrome, wherein the person attempts to {{Railroading railroad}} [[{{Railroading}} railroad]] canon events into place. This usually places them at odds with most other loopers, who tend to cause severe timeline changes out of boredom.
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