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30th Oct '17 5:07:58 PM darkemyst
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** At one point in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half Blood Prince]]'', we see inside the memories of a Ministry official who was responsible for the arrest of a father and son who abused the daughter of the family, enabling her to go after the Muggle love of her life. All very well, right? Well, there's just one teensy-weensy problem said daughter happens to go on to become the mother of the most evil and maniacal wizard this century after using LovePotion to turn her crush into her SexSlave.
** In the same book we learn R.A.B. stole a PlotCoupon and replaced it with a fake and a taunting note, which forces the main characters to find it again later because R.A.B. didn't manage to destroy it. Especially annoying because of the circumstances of pointlessly gaining the fake.
14th May '17 10:08:53 AM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/CodexAlera'' -- The Vord? The [[CaptainErsatz pretty-much]] the [[Franchise/StarCraft Zerg]] HordeOfAlienLocusts that have almost eaten the entire world, and indeed already have conquered a continent much larger and more populated than Alera itself? It all began with one queen hibernating in an isolated valley until Tavi woke her up. He had no idea what he was doing or what the consequences would be, but that's cold comfort.

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* ''Literature/CodexAlera'' -- The Vord? The [[CaptainErsatz pretty-much]] the [[Franchise/StarCraft [[VideoGame/StarCraft Zerg]] HordeOfAlienLocusts that have almost eaten the entire world, and indeed already have conquered a continent much larger and more populated than Alera itself? It all began with one queen hibernating in an isolated valley until Tavi woke her up. He had no idea what he was doing or what the consequences would be, but that's cold comfort.
27th Feb '17 7:38:17 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'': The plots tend to start with George and Harold playing a prank on their cruel teachers, only for it to spin out of control and create the main conflict of the book. They eventually got GenreSavvy about this and resolved to be good kids...which ended up creating the conflict anyway.

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* ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'': The plots tend to start with George and Harold playing a prank on their cruel teachers, only for it to spin out of control and create the main conflict of the book. They eventually got GenreSavvy about realized this and resolved to be good kids...which ended up creating the conflict anyway.
25th Feb '17 9:18:41 PM eowynjedi
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* Happens to ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' a few times, though it's not really his fault.
** In ''The Happy Return'' he follows his orders to reach the west coast of Central America without sighting land (a nigh-impossible navigational feat) to support rebels against Spain, and thus has no idea that during those months England signed an ''alliance'' with Spain. He doesn't learn this until after defeating a Spanish warship and handing it over to the rebels. He then has to fight it a second time and winds up sinking it, which pisses Spain off even more.
** In ''The Commodore'', he's given an interpreter to deal with the Russians and Scandanavians. It is not his fault that this interpreter has a hugely murderous grudge against the Czar and the King of Sweden and thus inclined to steal Hornblower's custom-made, very accurate, and easily identifiable pistols to kill them... but it's certainly where the blame would have fallen if he hadn't thwarted it in time.
12th Jan '17 3:03:47 PM SimiOfDoom
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* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', Poliel is revealed to have begun the plague [[spoiler:to purge the cancer of the Crippled God from Burn's flesh, until Paran and the Deragoth destroy her.]]

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* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
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Poliel is revealed to have begun the plague [[spoiler:to purge the cancer of the Crippled God from Burn's flesh, until Paran and the Deragoth destroy her.]]]]
**In ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy'' K'rul sets out to create a new magic system that can be used by everyone, creating the opportunity for younger, mortal races to see eye to eye with Azathanai and Elder Gods. However, this new magic promptly makes the already fairly violent Tiste civil war into a powered conflict, with just a handful of mages on each side able to obliterate masses of people.
7th Nov '16 6:51:49 AM FastFuriousFan
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** In the last book, [[DirtyCoward not that he was much of a hero in the first place]], Mundungus Fletcher's cowardly and stupid act of disapparating to avoid a Killing curse got Mad Eye Moody killed instead.

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** In Also in the last book, [[DirtyCoward not that he was much of a hero in the first place]], Mundungus Fletcher's cowardly and stupid act of disapparating to avoid a Killing curse [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere chickening out by disapparating]] inadvertently got Mad Eye Moody killed instead.killed, arguably Mundungus' worst mistake. He then followed up with ''another'' blunder--stealing Salazar Slytherin's locket as if it was something for the market and end up being bribed into giving it to Dolores Umbridge, who he was possibly unaware had become loyal to [[EvilEmpire Voldemort's new regime.]] After those huge blunders, Harry, Ron, Hermoine and everyone else would refuse to work with him again.
19th Oct '16 9:48:39 AM zoop
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* In the ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' story "Candy Corn", a pair of incompetent criminals manage (through sheer luck) to capture one of the superheroes. Upon regaining consciousness, the hero mocks the criminals for not taking off his mask while they had the chance. They immediately remove it.
7th Jul '16 5:54:41 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the regular series, [[SacrificialLamb Elfangor]] tends to come across as noble and wonderful, a cross between TheObiWan and [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter The Minnesota Fats]], willing to break his people's laws, yes, but only to serve the greater good. In ''[[{{Prequel}} The Andalite Chronicles]]'', however, we see that Visser Three's capture of Alloran is a direct result of Elfangor refusing to kill a mass amount of unhosted Yeerks. This capture also led to Visser Three's eventual promotion. While he originally gained prominence by being the Yeerks' authority on Andalites, his brutish ways and lack of subtlety wouldn't have let him progress much further. Thanks to Elfangor, who opened the door for him to do what no other Yeerk could, Visser One's agenda is the only thing keeping Visser Three from declaring an all-out space war on Earth!

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** In the regular series, [[SacrificialLamb Elfangor]] tends to come across as noble and wonderful, a cross between TheObiWan the mentor and [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter The Minnesota Fats]], willing to break his people's laws, yes, but only to serve the greater good. In ''[[{{Prequel}} The Andalite Chronicles]]'', however, we see that Visser Three's capture of Alloran is a direct result of Elfangor refusing to kill a mass amount of unhosted Yeerks. This capture also led to Visser Three's eventual promotion. While he originally gained prominence by being the Yeerks' authority on Andalites, his brutish ways and lack of subtlety wouldn't have let him progress much further. Thanks to Elfangor, who opened the door for him to do what no other Yeerk could, Visser One's agenda is the only thing keeping Visser Three from declaring an all-out space war on Earth!
23rd Apr '16 9:57:50 PM Xelloss08
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* In ''Literature/StarlightAndShadows'', Liriel wants to use a powerful magic artifact called the Windwalker to carve a rune on [[TheWorldTree Yggdrasil's Child]] that will allow her drow magic to function on the surface and endure the sunlight. The evil drow goddess Lolth seizes upon the magic of the rune and strengthens it so that all drow are able to use magic on the surface, furthering their plans for conquest.
28th Mar '16 3:42:12 PM AutumnLeaves
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* In ''Literature/TalesOfTheMagicLand'' one of the Woodcutter's first deeds as sovereign is pulling down a sinister-looking high, thick thorned iron castle wall, left like this by his BigBad predecessor. Three books later, an evil giantess attacks the country and almost makes it to the palace there's nothing to block her way.
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