Created By: KZN02 on April 12, 2013 Last Edited By: KZN02 on April 25, 2013
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Activated At The Wrong Time

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A situation where something is done at a bad time, such as a targeted area is destroyed before its inhabitants safely evacuated on time.

Usually a villain does this to delay the heroes as he gets away, leaving the heroes not only to stop the machinations but also dealing with the aftermath if certain things become destroyed or inoperable.

Compare Power Incontinence where a superpower goes out of control, usually, at the worst possible moment.

Examples:

Anime & Manga

Film
  • The Man with the Golden Gun features James Bond working to remove the unique Solartron device from its place in Scaramanga's Chinese-built powerplant. Miss Goodnight watches, while her bikini-clad glutes nudge the control switch to the "on" position. Poor Bond is nearly skewered by the solar beam.
  • The Princess Bride: Inigo has to give the Man in Black Miracle Max's resurrection pill before it reaches full effectiveness because there's not enough time to wait. As a result, the Man in Black is extremely weak when he comes back to life.

Toys
  • BIONICLE: after his defeat by the Toa Mata, Teridax awakens the Bohrok earlier than intended to keep the Toa Mata preoccupied to stop them. Later, the Toa Mata turned Toa Nuva reawaken the Bohrok swarms to complete their job.

Video Games
  • Mortal Kombat: Armageddon: When the Dragon King's priests subdued Blaze, he unwittingly sent out a signal to awaken Daegon, the main antagonist of Konquest Mode, far earlier than planned. This awakening also causes to him grow unstable, leading him to found the Red Dragon clan, loot his brother's sword and kill his mother and father in order to accomplish a quest they sent him out to do.
  • In Halo 3 they activate the partially-constructed Halo to rid the Ark of the Flood. Since it wasn't finished, it tears itself apart in the process.

Western Animation
  • George Jetson casually leans on the "Reduce" button of the machine, sending the feuding Spacely and Cogswell through it. Cogswell emerges six inches tall, Spacely half that. Worse, when Jetson tries the "Enlarge" button, it blows a fuse.

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Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • April 14, 2013
    MrRuano
    Mortal Kombat Armageddon: When the Dragon King's priests subdued Blaze, he unwittingly sent out a signal to awaken Daegon, the main antagonist of Konquest Mode, far earlier than planned. This awakening also causes to him grow unstable, leading him to found the Red Dragon clan, loot his brother's sword and kill his mother and father in order to accomplish a quest they sent him out to do.
  • April 14, 2013
    Tallens
    • In Halo 3 they activate the partially-constructed Halo to rid the Ark of the Flood. Since it wasn't finished, it tears itself apart in the process.
  • April 14, 2013
    DunDun
    This is extremely broad; as is, there will be a lot of incorrect examples (how can you tell if it actually happened "too soon"?).

    Might as well refine it to when a preplanned occurrence happens before it was planned to happen or was intentionally planned to happen at an inopportune time for those involved (unless we already have that one).

    From the name alone, I thought this was about robots.
  • April 14, 2013
    Tallens
    In that case, in An American Tail when the cats show up early and they try to release the secret weapon, but they're supposed to wait for the boat whistle. They manage to stop it, just as the whistle blows.
  • April 14, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    To me this sounds a bit same as another trope in the YKTTW at this moment: Imperfect Ritual.
  • April 14, 2013
    DunDun
    ^That's for when a ritual or experiment begins even though not everything "required" for it to begin are "in the mixture" or otherwise in the experiment. This is when... well it's so vague it could be The Same But More...

    ^^Which is exactly what I mean; this description is too vague for any example to be fitting. This could be anything where something happens before we expect it to begin, and in that case, it should list its subtropes (like Imperfect Ritual and anything else, really).
  • April 16, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In the first episode of The Tick live-action TV show a 1970s era Soviet robot Sleeper Agent is accidentally activated to kill President Jimmy Carter, who happens to be in town for a book tour long after his presidency was over.
  • April 20, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • The Man With The Golden Gun features James Bond working to remove the unique Solartron device from its place in Scaramanga's Chinese-built powerplant. Miss Goodnight watches, while her bikini-clad glutes nudge the control switch to the "on" position. Poor Bond is nearly skewered by the solar beam.
  • April 22, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • George Jetson casually leans on the "Reduce" button of the machine, sending the feuding Spacely and Cogswell through it. Cogswell emerges six inches tall, Spacely half that. Worse, when Jetson tries the "Enlarge" button, it blows a fuse.
  • April 23, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    In Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, events force the Tolmekians to active the Giant Warrior before it has had time to mature; it dies in short order.
  • April 24, 2013
    Koveras
    Compare Power Incontinence where a superpower goes out of control, usually, at the worst possible moment.
  • April 25, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Princess Bride. Inigo has to give the Man in Black Miracle Max's resurrection pill before it reaches full effectiveness because there's not enough time to wait. As a result, the Man in Black is extremely weak when he comes back to life.
  • April 25, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • A Disney cartoon titled The Lone Chipmunks has Chip And Dale attempt to subdue a wanted criminal. Chip goes to tie one end of a rope around the criminal's wrist, while Dale waits beside a cliff edge near a large rock which is tied with the same rope. Dale mistakes a wave in the rope for Chip's signal to push the rock over the edge, which sends the rope and Chip over the same edge. After an Offscreen Crash, Chip reappears disheveled and peeved. "Didja get him?" asks Dale expectantly.
  • April 25, 2013
    KZN02
    Hmm, now that I think about it, I think this trope is getting too general. I think I probably have to scrap it.
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