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2nd Dec '15 2:07:10 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': In the first book, Katniss reassures her sister Prim that her name won't be drawn for the Hunger Games Seconds later, that's exactly what happens. And Katniss realizes that if you're referred to as "the girl who was on fire" enough times, eventually you do get actually lit on fire.
10th Nov '15 6:16:51 AM Bissek
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* In ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series, naming a ship ''Invincible'' is considered by the Navy people serving at the front as a challenge to the living starts to prove the name wrong. And it always is. Ships named ''Invincible'' tend to get shot up and destroyed much faster than any other ship name in the fleet, and this is by the standards of a war so brutal that they stopped making ships whose systems could last more than three years without needing a comprehensive overhaul because 99% of them wouldn't last that long anyway. But despite the fact that ''Invicible'' is such a bad-luck ship name that nobody in the fleet will allow parts salvaged from an ''Invincible'' to be installed on their own ships for fear of the bad luck rubbing off, the people in headquarters keep reusing the name.
19th Sep '15 4:53:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* In NightOfTheLivingTrekkies, the group of survivors has organized and formulate a plan to eescape Houston before it is bombed; all they have to do is make it to the USS Stockard (an RV). Jim Pike's Sister Rayna, says, "could be worse." Then the Hotel's power fails. then when they make it to the stairwell, they can't hear anything and think the coast is clear. Rayna Says, "This should be easy", then they hear a whole mob of Zombies burst into the bottom of the stairwell. Finally, Jim snaps: "I order you to quit saying optimistic things."

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* In NightOfTheLivingTrekkies, ''Literature/NightOfTheLivingTrekkies'', the group of survivors has organized and formulate a plan to eescape Houston before it is bombed; all they have to do is make it to the USS Stockard (an RV). Jim Pike's Sister Rayna, says, "could be worse." Then the Hotel's power fails. then when they make it to the stairwell, they can't hear anything and think the coast is clear. Rayna Says, "This should be easy", then they hear a whole mob of Zombies burst into the bottom of the stairwell. Finally, Jim snaps: "I order you to quit saying optimistic things."



* In the third book in the AlternateHistory ''WorldWar'', one of the Alien Invaders, who can't stand cold, has been reassigned to a new area in the winter and asks the pilot how cold it is. Upon being told that there is ice on the ground, he remarks: "That seems to happen a great deal on this planet. I don't suppose this Siberia can be too much worse than the rest."

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* In the third book in the AlternateHistory ''WorldWar'', ''Literature/WorldWar'', one of the Alien Invaders, who can't stand cold, has been reassigned to a new area in the winter and asks the pilot how cold it is. Upon being told that there is ice on the ground, he remarks: "That seems to happen a great deal on this planet. I don't suppose this Siberia can be too much worse than the rest."



* In the ''GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Blood Pact'', Gaunt sees the regiment growing steadily more restless due to the rest on Balhaut and hopes to get back into the war. He gets it, but not quite the way he wanted: [[spoiler: A Blood Pact kill-team infiltrates in search of a high-ranking traitor and the Ghosts are dragged in.]] He later recognises this.

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* In the ''GauntsGhosts'' ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Blood Pact'', Gaunt sees the regiment growing steadily more restless due to the rest on Balhaut and hopes to get back into the war. He gets it, but not quite the way he wanted: [[spoiler: A Blood Pact kill-team infiltrates in search of a high-ranking traitor and the Ghosts are dragged in.]] He later recognises this.
12th May '15 10:08:45 PM Argon2
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Changes'', Harry is in a magical garden fighting a giant VideoGame/{{Centipede}}. He uses a focused beam of fire to cut it in half, and makes a wisecrack about Atari. Naturally, the two halves regenerate into [[AsteroidsMonster new centipedes]].
** Quoth Mort, in ''Ghost Story'', "It's one hour. Just one little hour. What could happen in one hour?" Lampshaded by Dresden: Mort couldn't possibly be a hero, because "heroes know better than to hand the universe lines like that".

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the book ''Changes'', ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', Harry is in a magical garden fighting a giant VideoGame/{{Centipede}}. He uses a focused beam of fire to cut it in half, and makes a wisecrack about Atari. Naturally, the two halves regenerate into [[AsteroidsMonster new centipedes]].
** Quoth Mort, in ''Ghost Story'', ''Literature/GhostStory'', "It's one hour. Just one little hour. What could happen in one hour?" Lampshaded by Dresden: Mort couldn't possibly be a hero, because "heroes know better than to hand the universe lines like that".that".
** In ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'', Harry tells [[spoiler:Molly]] straight out that they will never ever have a romantic relationship. Five books later, he's feeling less certain about that...
30th Apr '15 9:47:31 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''GotrekAndFelix'' books, dwarf inventor Malakai Makaisson built the biggest steamship ever, naming it ''Unsinkable''. It sank with all hands (except Malakai) on its first voyage. He built an airship, ''Indestructible'', which crashed, killing everyone aboard, except Makaisson. When he built a second airship, he wanted to name it ''Unstoppable''. For some reason, dwarf elder Borek, who was backing the project, wouldn't permit that.

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* In the ''GotrekAndFelix'' ''Literature/GotrekAndFelix'' books, dwarf inventor Malakai Makaisson built the biggest steamship ever, naming it ''Unsinkable''. It sank with all hands (except Malakai) on its first voyage. He built an airship, ''Indestructible'', which crashed, killing everyone aboard, except Makaisson. When he built a second airship, he wanted to name it ''Unstoppable''. For some reason, dwarf elder Borek, who was backing the project, wouldn't permit that.
24th Apr '15 10:18:02 AM ChaoticNovelist
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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
**This trope is known locally as "tempting Tasio". [[SpeakOfTheDevil Just saying his name]] is believed to be enough to provoke some petty inconcience or large scale calamity.
** When Eric hits rock bottom at the start of A Mage's Power, he believes his day can't get worse. CueTheRain and Tasio's glee.
-->'''Tasio''': ''Oh you shouldn't have said that!''
3rd Apr '15 9:32:07 AM Prfnoff
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* In Max Shulman's ''Rally Round the Flag, Boys!'', Guido di Maggio gets his first impression of Walter Hoxie:

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* In Max Shulman's ''Rally Round ''Literature/RallyRoundTheFlagBoys'', the Flag, Boys!'', chapter where Guido di Maggio gets his first impression of Walter Hoxie:Hoxie ends:
25th Mar '15 9:11:11 PM Seanette
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Newsflesh Deadline]]'', Shaun runs down a list of their current problems, then [[YouJustHadToSayIt he just]] ''[[YouJustHadToSayIt has]]'' [[YouJustHadToSayIt to say]]:

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* In ''[[Literature/{{Newsflesh ''[[Literature/{{Newsflesh}} Deadline]]'', Shaun runs down a list of their current problems, then [[YouJustHadToSayIt he just]] ''[[YouJustHadToSayIt has]]'' [[YouJustHadToSayIt to say]]:
25th Mar '15 9:10:51 PM Seanette
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Newsflesh Deadline]]'', Shaun runs down a list of their current problems, then [[YouJustHadToSayIt he just]] ''[[YouJustHadToSayIt has]]'' [[YouJustHadToSayIt to say]]:
-->'''Shaun''': Okay, people, can anyone come up with a way to make this day any worse?
-->Cue outbreak sirens going off and Mahir calling to tell his colleagues they have no way out.
11th Feb '15 2:16:16 PM Gowan
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* Jerin Whistler of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' wants to mention that one of his mothers is pregnant by his father, who recently died in an accident. He decides not to say anything about it, because he doesn't want to tempt fate. (Miscarriages or stillbirths are common, especially with boy babies - thus the polygyny).
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