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8th Feb '16 4:34:48 AM Argon2
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'''Instead:''' Butters places a listening device. On the man he considers a potential enemy. [[note]]Who is ''also'' so famously reclusive that he quickly realizes only Butters could have bugged him.[[/note]] [[SarcasmMode Spoiler alert]]: this backfires.
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'''Instead:''' Butters places a listening device. On the man who he considers a potential enemy. ''already'' fears might want to kill him. [[note]]Who is ''also'' so famously reclusive that he quickly immediately realizes only Butters could have bugged him.[[/note]] [[SarcasmMode Spoiler alert]]: this backfires.

** In ''Bombshells'', Andi becomes upset with [[spoiler:Molly]]. [[spoiler:Molly]] is a very powerful, paranoid, morally ambiguous wizard who has ''easily'' incapacitated Andi's friends. However, Andi does not want to become Molly's enemy, as their current alliance is too important to risk.\\
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** In ''Bombshells'', Andi becomes upset with [[spoiler:Molly]]. [[spoiler:Molly]] is a very powerful, paranoid, morally ambiguous wizard who has ''easily'' incapacitated Andi's friends. However, Andi does not want to become Molly's [[spoiler:Molly]]'s enemy, as their current alliance is too important to risk.\\
8th Feb '16 4:28:02 AM Argon2
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': ** In ''Proven Guilty'': Molly manifests dangerous, magical powers which she knows nothing about. Fortunately, one of her dad's friends is an experienced magical practitioner.\\ '''You'd Expect:''' That Molly would call him and ask for advice [[note]]as she does on a completely unrelated matter several months later[[/note]].\\ '''Instead:''' She doesn't, being too proud to ask for help. End result, people ''die'' when a spell Molly attempts backfires. Another character actually lampshades how stupid Molly's actions were. ** In ''Skin Game'', one of Butters' allies- an extremely powerful wizard- has been acting suspicious recently, prompting Butters to fear that the wizard might have [[FaceHeelTurn switched sides]].\\ '''You'd Expect:''' That Butters would investigate the situation cautiously, given that this wizard is famously paranoid and could easily smoosh Butters into paste.\\ '''Instead:''' Butters places a listening device. On the man he considers a potential enemy. [[note]]Who is ''also'' so famously reclusive that he quickly realizes only Butters could have bugged him.[[/note]] [[SarcasmMode Spoiler alert]]: this backfires. ** A cross-book example: Murphy knows well that all Knights of the Cross must abide by a specific set of rules (lest they destroy the unique, divinely-enchanted Swords that grant each Knight their power). She refuses to become a Knight because- as Murphy herself admits- she cannot follow those rules.\\ '''You'd Expect:''' That that would be the end of it.\\ '''Instead:''' In a later book, Murphy takes one of the Swords with her into a battlefield- despite knowing that she can't wield it without breaking it (and having plenty of other, safer, weapons at her disposal), and if a Sword breaks, the forces of capital 'G' Good would be terribly crippled. Naturally, once things get rough, she draws the Sword...and Nicodemus promptly takes advantage of her stupidity to emotionally blackmail her into destroying the Sword.\\ '''Even Worse:''' At no point does Murphy tell ''anyone'' she's carrying this highly sacred, important artifact with her. As a result, her allies make several tactical decisions that- unbeknownst to them- place it in danger. ** In ''Bombshells'', Andi becomes upset with [[spoiler:Molly]]. [[spoiler:Molly]] is a very powerful, paranoid, morally ambiguous wizard who has ''easily'' incapacitated Andi's friends. However, Andi does not want to become Molly's enemy, as their current alliance is too important to risk.\\ '''You'd Expect:''' That Andi would therefore express her anger verbally, not physically (as the latter is less likely to get her killed).\\ '''Instead:''' Next time they meet, Andi greets [[spoiler:Molly]] by slapping her in the face.\\ '''Even Worse:''' After [[spoiler:Molly]] recovers from the slap, she is understandably [[{{Understatement}} reluctant]] to discuss ''anything'' with Andi...so Andi shoves her into a wall. This does not make the situation any better. In fact, it almost results in Andi getting beaten to a pulp.
24th Jan '16 3:39:01 PM Anddrix
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* ''Literature/CityOfBones'':
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* ''Literature/CityOfBones'':''Literature/{{City of Bones|2007}}'':
17th Dec '15 2:54:48 PM Anddrix
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'''Instead:''' She ''''[[TooDumbToLive runs out after Jace.]]'''' Jace, the who she saw kill someone. Jace, who has a knife very like the one he killed someone on him at this very moment. Jace, who apparently only she can see. She runs after him outside. At night. "Terrified that he would disappear like a ghost." And she doesn't say a single word to Simon. She just up and leaves.
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'''Instead:''' She ''''[[TooDumbToLive runs out after Jace.]]'''' Jace. Jace, the who she saw kill someone. Jace, who has a knife very like the one he killed someone on him at this very moment. Jace, who apparently only she can see. She runs after him outside. At night. "Terrified that he would disappear like a ghost." And she doesn't say a single word to Simon. She just up and leaves.
13th Dec '15 2:40:24 AM MrThorfan64
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** Tyrion had Thorne thrown into a cell when he arrived, meaning Thorne couldn't show the hand.

'''Instead:''' Robb decides that Jeyne's honor as a maiden is more important than his honor as a king and immediately marries her, earning less than fifty knights (none of whom are actually loyal to him) and alienating the ''thousands'' of Frey knights and soldiers he won with his original marriage alliance. [[spoiler: The Freys promptly turn on him and murder him soon afterwards for dishonoring them (and more importantly, being on the losing side), and later books reveal Jeyne's family, with urging by [[MagnificentBastard Lord Tywin Lannister]], used her to try and drive a wedge between Robb and the notoriously opportunistic Freys.]]
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'''Instead:''' Robb decides that Jeyne's honor as a maiden is more important than his honor as a king and immediately marries her, earning less than fifty knights men (none of whom are actually loyal to him) and alienating the ''thousands'' of Frey knights and soldiers he won with his original marriage alliance. [[spoiler: The Freys promptly turn on him and murder him soon afterwards for dishonoring them (and more importantly, being on the losing side), and later books reveal Jeyne's family, with urging by [[MagnificentBastard Lord Tywin Lannister]], used her to try and drive a wedge between Robb and the notoriously opportunistic Freys.]]
2nd Dec '15 9:32:35 PM Anddrix
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* ''Literature/HushHush'': ** Vee goes to break into the school with Jules and Elliot, despite the fact that Elliot physically threatened Nora earlier in the novel. She also finds out that a mysterious stalker is frightening Nora so her brilliant plan is not to talk to an employee at the store they're in for help, but to disguise herself as Nora, lead the stalker off into a graveyard, have Nora follow after, and between them confront a potentially armed and dangerous person. This, unsurprisingly, leads to Vee being concussed and having her arm broken. And immediately after she gets out of the hospital, she decides that they ought to go poking around and spy on the guy who they think attacked her to begin with. ** Nora is stranded in Portland and accepts a ride home from Patch, even though ''he chased her through a parking lot and scared her'' not so long ago. She then just stands there while he arranges for them to spend the night in a motel together, and apparently thinks she can hold off Patch (who has repeatedly proven to be stronger than her) if he tries anything. She later is point-blank ''told'' by Patch that he has planned to murder her and knows that he can influence her thoughts and feelings ''and still thinks it's a good idea to date him''!!!
27th Nov '15 2:54:44 AM Zadia
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** While the weakest member of the party is safe and sound, there are several other candidates: two members of the party who are standing guard outside the tower and have no idea what's going on, and the most recently discovered member of the party, a woman with no defences whatsoever who has been left by herself as she really can't do anything to benefit the party at this point.\\ '''You'd Expect''' that Ctuchik would keep his head and try to attack one of those people. He has the ability and can certainly pull off such an attack.\\
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** While the weakest member of the party is safe and sound, there are several other candidates: candidates, namely two members of the party who are standing guard outside the tower and have no idea what's going on, and the most recently discovered member of the party, a woman with no defences whatsoever who has been left by herself as she really can't do anything to benefit the party at this point.on.\\ '''You'd Expect''' that Ctuchik would keep his head and try to attack one of those people.them. He has the ability and can certainly pull off such an attack.\\
24th Nov '15 7:09:26 PM Eoppen
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* Literature/TheGodfather: [[TheDon Don Vito Corleone]] has one daughter, who has just married. **'''You'd expect:''' For her new husband to treat her with respect and courtesy, if only because not only does her father have a whole [[TheMafia Syndicate]] family at his beck and call, he has a [[BigBrotherInstinct famously hotheaded]] oldest son who [[BerserkButton will not take well]] to mistreatment of his sister. **'''Instead:''' Carlo [[YourCheatingHeart cheats]] on his wife, [[DomesticAbuser slaps her around viciously]], and, when he's angry at Sonny for [[WifeBasherBasher giving him some of his own medicine]], deliberately sets Sonny up for an ambush. [[TooDumbToLive he never figures out that his father-in-law and youngest brother-in-law have seen through his schemes.]]
21st Nov '15 9:49:34 AM vikali
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* In ''Literature/MurderAtColefaxManor'', [[spoiler:if you attempt to re-examine the box of dynamite after just lighting one of the fuses, the book calls you out on how stupid it is to do so. Overlaps with BlackComedy.]]
12th Oct '15 12:22:26 AM hello86
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What we now know is the Forbidden City was built over 1,000 years after the events of the story! (Ming Dynasty)
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms:'' He Jin is involved in a plot to eliminate the corrupt eunuchs who are essentially running the country. The eunuchs catch wind of the plan and coerce his sister, the Dowager Empress, to summon him to the Forbidden City for a chat. His allies see through the trap and tell him not to go.\\
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* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms:'' He Jin is involved in a plot to eliminate the corrupt eunuchs who are essentially running the country. The eunuchs catch wind of the plan and coerce his sister, the Dowager Empress, to summon him to the Forbidden City Imperial Palace for a chat. His allies see through the trap and tell him not to go.\\

'''Instead:''' He goes to the Forbidden City anyway, but allows his allies to give him an armed escort. A guard tells him to leave his escort outside the city. He proudly marches in rather than insisting on them following him. He's promptly hacked to pieces by the eunuchs.
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'''Instead:''' He goes to the Forbidden City Imperial Palace anyway, but allows his allies to give him an armed escort. A guard tells him to leave his escort outside the city. He proudly marches in rather than insisting on them following him. He's promptly hacked to pieces by the eunuchs.
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