Created By: chicagomel on January 16, 2012 Last Edited By: chicagomel on April 15, 2013

False Prophecy

Prophecies that turn out not to be true

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Works where the plot is driven by a prophecy-only, the prophecy turns out not to be true in the end. Someone wrote it to try and do our brave heroes in.

Live Action TV Angel's third season revolves around the fallout from the discovery of a prophecy that seemed to say Angel would kill his son. It turns out the prophecy is false, inserted by a villanous demon to try and screw up the outcome of the true prophecy about Angel's son being born. Angel *does* appear to fulfill the prophecy later, when he cuts Connor's throat to stop him goign beserk, though. (Connor lived because Wolfram and Hart give him a new life).
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  • January 16, 2012
    Angel season five: according to Sirk (an expert at Wolram & Hart) the Shanshu prophesy says that Champion would drink from the Cup of Perpetual Torment, so Angel & Spike race to be the one to drink it. Turned out to be Mountain Dew; while Angel & Spike were on the wild goose chase, the person who told them about the prophesy disappears.
  • January 16, 2012
    Will be a subtrope of The Prophecy (currently in YKTTW)
  • January 16, 2012
    Note that in practice, it's incredibly difficult for a prophecy to be out-and-out false, because Prophecies Are Always Right. (Even when they aren't.)
  • January 17, 2012
    The All Prophecies Are True page has many subversions you can cut and paste. Star Wars is full of this trope.
  • January 26, 2012
    for it to be a plot point or noteworthy at all, a lot of people (or at least a few who really matter) should believe in it in the first place, right? I.e. we deal with a subversion here.
  • January 26, 2012
    In one episode of Babylon5, Londo Molari suffered a heart attack. In a hallucination he questioned a dream figure how he could die now when the psychic vision he'd once had showed him dying in his old age. The dream figure responded that Londo could die now and have it turn out that he was wrong about the vision being a prophecy.
  • January 26, 2012
    ^ I have a small gripe about that one, in that it was merely a dream/vision, and Londo assumed it was prophetic because that's what most Centauri believe dreams to be.
  • April 15, 2013
    OK, I sooo missed that we actually have this one. Prophetic Fallacy probably covers it.