Created By: LOAD on May 23, 2011

Curse Broken at the wrong time

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Let's say you've been bitten by a werewolf. Sucks right? Want to find a cure don't you. Luckily, if the right potion is thrown on you, you're cured. So your friends go to find some. But what's this? A vampire? Good thing you can fight him. Just as you are about to finish him off, your friends show up and cure you. Only now you're helpless. The curse was broken at the wrong time.
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  • May 23, 2011
  • May 23, 2011
    • Barbossa's crew in the first Pirates Of The Caribbean movie seeks to break the curse that turned them into immortal zombies. The curse finally gets lifted during the climatic battle, when they would need their immortality the most.
  • May 23, 2011
    Tangled may count since Rapunzel's hair has healing powers but that means her stepmother keeps her imprisoned because she needs it to stay young. Flynn cuts her hair, removing its powers just before she's about to heal him. He dies but lucky for him her tears also heal.

    And in Van Helsing he gets stabbed with the werewolf cure but he's already killed Anna.
  • May 24, 2011
    The first few times Bruce Banner was "permanantly" cured of being the Hulk he just happened to need the Hulk's powers for some life/earth-saving reason, so he got re-Hulkified. Why they didn't just do the same thing again after the crisis is over is rarely examined.
  • May 24, 2011
    Well, THAT probably ties back to It Only Works Once.

    Anyway, I recall this happening in Angel once. Angel gets cured of his vampirism, thus making it possible for him to hook up with Buffy, but at the same time, a murderous demon is going on a rampage, and his attempts to fight demons 'scooby-style' with only mundane weapons and training fail repeatedly. So he winds up going to The Powers That Be and asking them to push the Reset Button, which they do.
  • May 24, 2011
    The examples are beginnig to sound like Always Need What You Gave Up.
  • May 25, 2011
    No, that would be if the person deliberately took a cure, and then afterwards found out that he needed it. When the cure is inflicted on them by an outside force, at just the wrong moment, then it's this trope. (I guess I wasn't clear in my example, but Angel didn't seek or use the cure himself - it was serendipitously inflicted on him by a demon.)
  • May 25, 2011
    I Thought It Meant some variation on Curse Cut Short. Needs A Better Title, and a laconic wouldn't hurt either.
  • May 28, 2011
    Whenever Benn Grimm from Fantastic Four gets turned into a human, it always turns out that his powers are suddenly badly needed.
  • October 16, 2011