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7th Sep '17 8:35:57 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In ''Fanfic/QuarterLifeHalfwayToDestruction'', [[VideoGame/{{Half-Life}} Gordon]] and Jimm are unable to stop "a bad guy from the game" from stealing the isotope, and can't recover it before it reaches "[[YouFailNuclearPhysicsForever quarter-life]]".

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* In ''Fanfic/QuarterLifeHalfwayToDestruction'', [[VideoGame/{{Half-Life}} [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon]] and Jimm are unable to stop "a bad guy from the game" from stealing the isotope, and can't recover it before it reaches "[[YouFailNuclearPhysicsForever quarter-life]]".
2nd Sep '17 11:48:02 AM kazokuhouou
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* Technically speaking, it's stage 3, but ''Fanfic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'' managed to avert the entire [[Manga/SailorMoon Infinity arc]] by [[Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Shamal]] finding and removing the Mistress 9 parasite inside Hotaru long before Mistress 9 could fight back. Germatoid's actions in trying to stop Shamal led to the school being investigated, leading to the dismantlement of the Death Busters long before they were due to be a threat (keep in mind that the fic takes place during the ''first'' ''Sailor Moon'' story arc). Even Pharaoh 90 is no more: a TSAB fleet blasted it in the face.
28th Aug '17 1:08:41 AM BigKlingy
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* ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations]]'': You have to [[spoiler: accuse Luke Atmey of theft]] in the first day of the trial, even though you later find out this was all part of his plan [[spoiler: to get away with murder]].
15th Aug '17 9:38:20 AM wingedcatgirl
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/TimeHollow'', when after finishing the game normally and starting a [[NewGamePlus new game]], Ethan can foil the antagonist's plot by jumping straight to the solution. Considering the premise of the game, this [[JustifiedTrope makes perfect sense]].


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* Averted in ''VisualNovel/TimeHollow'', when after finishing the game normally and starting a [[NewGamePlus new game]], Ethan can foil the antagonist's plot by jumping straight to the solution. It ''is'' a game about using RippleEffectProofMemory to change the past, after all.
15th Aug '17 5:07:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'':
** The BigBad says early on that he will kill three people and Holmes will fail to save any of them. He succeeds in doing so, [[spoiler:but Holmes thwarts his plan before he can attack his fourth and final target]].
** Likewise in the sequel ''[[Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadws A Game of Shadows]]'', the BigBad Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes, managing to pull off his schemes without a hitch while distracting and misleading the good detective at every turn. By the end of the film, with minutes left to go, it looks like TheBadGuyWins -- until Holmes reveals [[spoiler:the fruition of his BatmanGambit to get Moriarty's notes, which allow the police to dismantle his financial empire.]] Even at this stage, [[spoiler:Holmes's AwesomeByAnalysis fighting style (which Moriarty is also capable of) predicts that he will be on the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle from Moriarty unless he performs the iconic HeroicSacrifice over Reichenbach Falls.]]

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'':
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''Film/{{Sherlock Holmes|2009}}'': The BigBad says early on that he will kill three people and Holmes will fail to save any of them. He succeeds in doing so, [[spoiler:but Holmes thwarts his plan before he can attack his fourth and final target]].
** * Likewise in the sequel ''[[Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadws A Game of Shadows]]'', ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', the BigBad Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes, managing to pull off his schemes without a hitch while distracting and misleading the good detective at every turn. By the end of the film, with minutes left to go, it looks like TheBadGuyWins -- until Holmes reveals [[spoiler:the fruition of his BatmanGambit to get Moriarty's notes, which allow the police to dismantle his financial empire.]] Even at this stage, [[spoiler:Holmes's AwesomeByAnalysis fighting style (which Moriarty is also capable of) predicts that he will be on the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle from Moriarty unless he performs the iconic HeroicSacrifice over Reichenbach Falls.]]
9th Aug '17 10:12:56 AM Vahti
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* Subverted somewhat in ''Literature/{{Dune}}''. Baron Harkonnen's plan to take over Arrakis, destroy House Atreides, and eventually place his nephew on the Imperial throne has several important factors go wrong from the beginning (such as Paul and Jessica surviving and his [[TheDragon second-in-command]] [[PsychoForHire Piter]] being killed before he could assume control of Arrakis, and keeping a member of the Atreides staff alive and in his employ). The repercussions of these factors ultimately ruin the Baron, and probably meant that his plan wouldn't have succeeded in any case. As the Princess Irulan said, "A beginning is a very delicate thing".

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* Subverted somewhat in ''Literature/{{Dune}}''. Baron Harkonnen's plan to take over Arrakis, destroy House Atreides, and eventually place his nephew on the Imperial throne has several important factors go wrong from the beginning (such as Paul and Jessica surviving and his [[TheDragon second-in-command]] [[PsychoForHire Piter]] being killed before he could assume control of Arrakis, and keeping a member of the Atreides staff alive and in his employ). The repercussions of these factors ultimately ruin the Baron, and probably meant that his plan wouldn't have succeeded in any case. As the Princess Irulan said, "A beginning is a very delicate thing".time".
5th Aug '17 12:13:48 AM Zaptech
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* The third season of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is pretty much an extended sequence of this. In sequence, and despite many opportunities to do so, the heroes fail to stop a train impact from unleasing Grimm in the city; the villains infecting the control tower with a virus; Yang from being manipulated into (apparently) attacking a defeated opponent on a live broadcast; Pyrrha from being manipulated into killing Penny on a live broadcast and an ensuing villainous speech over the captured airwaves sparking a Grimm invasion; the defeat and collapse of the city and its college; and the last part of the Fall Maiden's power from being stolen. (We also get a flashback to the first part of the Fall Maiden's power being stolen, when the villains had almost no resources at all and could easily have failed; again, of course, they go unthwarted.) Aside from Ruby freezing the Grimm Dragon and taking an important piece off the table at the very end, every single part of the villainous scheme in Volume 3 went off without a hitch.
4th Aug '17 8:17:44 AM Psyga315
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* The third season of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is pretty much an extended sequence of this. In sequence, and despite many opportunities to do so, the heroes fail to stop a train impact from unleasing Grimm in the city; the villains infecting the control tower with a virus; Yang from being manipulated into (apparently) attacking a defeated opponent on a live broadcast; Pyrrha from being manipulated into killing Penny on a live broadcast and an ensuing villainous speech over the captured airwaves sparking a Grimm invasion; the defeat and collapse of the city and its college; and the last part of the Fall Maiden's power from being stolen. (We also get a flashback to the first part of the Fall Maiden's power being stolen, when the villains had almost no resources at all and could easily have failed; again, of course, they go unthwarted.) Aside from Ruby freezing the Grimm Dragon at the very end, every single part of the villainous scheme in Volume 3 went off without a hitch.

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* The third season of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is pretty much an extended sequence of this. In sequence, and despite many opportunities to do so, the heroes fail to stop a train impact from unleasing Grimm in the city; the villains infecting the control tower with a virus; Yang from being manipulated into (apparently) attacking a defeated opponent on a live broadcast; Pyrrha from being manipulated into killing Penny on a live broadcast and an ensuing villainous speech over the captured airwaves sparking a Grimm invasion; the defeat and collapse of the city and its college; and the last part of the Fall Maiden's power from being stolen. (We also get a flashback to the first part of the Fall Maiden's power being stolen, when the villains had almost no resources at all and could easily have failed; again, of course, they go unthwarted.) Aside from Ruby freezing the Grimm Dragon and taking an important piece off the table at the very end, every single part of the villainous scheme in Volume 3 went off without a hitch.
3rd Aug '17 8:04:39 AM Wooboo
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* ''ResidentEvil2'' has [[WasOnceAMan William Birkin]] seeking out his daughter, Sherry, to put a G-Embryo into, as it needs a genetic relative in order to make that embryo grow into a viable G-virus mutant. Claire Redfield and Leon do their damnedest to keep her safe, but eventually she gets sucked down through a sewer duct and is knocked unconscious in the landing, with William arriving soon after to infect her. The heroes then spend the rest of the game engineering a cure, which they give to her in the nick of time.

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* ''ResidentEvil2'' ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' has [[WasOnceAMan William Birkin]] seeking out his daughter, Sherry, to put a G-Embryo into, as it needs a genetic relative in order to make that embryo grow into a viable G-virus mutant. Claire Redfield and Leon do their damnedest to keep her safe, but eventually she gets sucked down through a sewer duct and is knocked unconscious in the landing, with William arriving soon after to infect her. The heroes then spend the rest of the game engineering a cure, which they give to her in the nick of time.
3rd Aug '17 8:01:21 AM Wooboo
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* ''ResidentEvil2'' has [[WasOnceAMan William Birkin]] seeking out his daughter, Sherry, to put a G-Embryo into, as it needs a genetic relative in order to make that embryo grow into a viable G-virus mutant. Claire Redfield and Leon do their damnedest to keep her safe, but eventually she gets sucked down through a sewer duct and is knocked unconscious in the landing, with William arriving soon after to infect her. The heroes then spend the rest of the game engineering a cure, which they give to her in the nick of time.
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