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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.
23rd Feb '16 5:35:41 AM jaydude
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* In ''A Time To Die'', Claudia Montierro is on safari with her father Ricardo and protagonist Sean Courtney, when she tries to interrupt an attempt by her father to shoot a lion, not wanting the creature to die for sport. The lion is subsequently wounded, forcing the rest of the party to risk their lives to put it out of its misery. Chaos ultimately ensues when the lion and his mate attack the hunting party, during which one of Sean's trackers/TrueCompanions ends up crippled and the lioness gets killed, thereby dooming her unweaned cubs to a slow death by starvation and putting Sean in danger of losing his concession. As a furious Sean points out to Claudia later, if she hadn't interfered, the lion would have died quickly and painlessly without anyone else having to suffer.
19th Feb '16 9:36:32 AM Euodiachloris
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** The Maesters of the Citadel have spent centuries declaring magic a spent force, denying the existence of many "mythical" creatures (or professing them extinct) and sneering at any who suggest that information pertaining to these things holds any merit. In fact, a fairly large faction seems dedicated to actively eradicating such silly beliefs. Which could shoot the Seven Kingdoms in the foot relatively soon, what with dragons and the Red God coming from the east, as well as Others decending from the north. With, perhaps, other "mythical" things joining in on the feeding frenzy, too. Oops.
20th Dec '15 8:19:45 PM 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.
1st Dec '15 3:07:07 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Katniss' main goal through the second book is to find a way to trick Snow into believing she's in love with Peeta. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, she does convince him (and everyone else), and therefore manages to give him the leverage to break her during ''Mockingjay''.]] And you can say that the entire series is this. [[spoiler: Prim dies anyway, which was what the instigation of the plot of the first book was trying to prevent.]]
7th Oct '15 4:34:47 AM Veanne
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* ''Literature/SienkiewiczTrilogy'' begins with the protagonist rescuing a random guy from brigands. The random guy introduces himself - he's Bohdan Chmielnicki, on his way to become [[BeenThereShapedHistory the leader of the largest Cossack rebellion]] in the history of the Commonwealth.
28th Jun '15 2:08:27 PM Anorgil
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** In a more subtle example, the majority of the population tends to call the BigBad by impersonal aliases, like You-Know-Who or The Dark Lord, while Dumbledore calls him by the name and encourages others to follow suit. This backfires in the last book, when Voldemort charms his own name, so that whoever utters it will be stripped of all wards and exposed to his minions. Which leads us to Harry blurting out Voldemort's name ''despite just being told not to'' resulting in each and every magical defence around their tent all crashing down at the exact same time. You could construct a very decent argument here that this makes Harry ''directly responsible'' for Dobby's death.

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** In a more subtle example, the majority of the population tends to call the BigBad by impersonal aliases, like You-Know-Who or The Dark Lord, while Dumbledore calls him by the name and encourages others to follow suit. This backfires in the last book, when Voldemort charms his own name, so that whoever utters it will be stripped of all wards (except the Fidelius Charm) and exposed to his minions. Which leads us to Harry blurting out Voldemort's name ''despite just being told not to'' resulting in each and every magical defence around their tent all crashing down at the exact same time. You could construct a very decent argument here that this makes Harry ''directly responsible'' for Dobby's death.
17th Jun '15 6:40:59 AM Anddrix
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* In the ''Literature/RevancheCycle'', Amadeo comes up with a grand plan to rescue the imprisoned Livia, and rallies the downtrodden souls of the Alms District to her aid. Problem: Livia had a plan of her own, and didn't need his help. [[spoiler:And the reprisal in the wake of Amadeo's "rescue" leads to the Alms District in flames, and several hundred innocent people murdered.]]

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* In the ''Literature/RevancheCycle'', Amadeo comes up with a grand plan to rescue the imprisoned Livia, and rallies the downtrodden souls of the Alms District to her aid. Problem: Livia had a plan of her own, and didn't need his help. [[spoiler:And the reprisal in the wake of Amadeo's "rescue" leads to the Alms District in flames, and several hundred innocent people murdered.]]]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesofWar "Engines of War"]], the Time-Lords tried altering the course of Dalek history. Giving the Daleks the idea to try and alter the course of Dalek history, creating the various Skaro Degradations.
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