Created By: ThePopeNovember 4, 2011 Last Edited By: ThePopeNovember 9, 2011
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Good Intentions, Bad Results

Something that starts off innocently enough turns to disaster.

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Quite simply, when something starts off with innocent intentions or a promising outcome, but ends in disaster.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong can (and often does) lead into this. Related to Gone Horribly Wrong and, by extension, Gone Horribly Right.

Examples:

Film - Animation
  • In The Princess And The Frog, Louis tries to explain to Naveen and Tiana why he can't play jazz with humans, since his only attempt ended with him getting shot off the boat. In the end, he delivers a flat "It didn't end well."
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  • November 4, 2011
    Koveras
  • November 4, 2011
    ThePope
    Yes, except one that actually has meaning behind it.
  • November 4, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    I'd agree this one is tropable. Seen It A Million Times. Or spoken in advance, "This won't end well."
  • November 4, 2011
    Nocturna
    I would really, really recommend naming this something else. "It Didn't End Well" is the sort of name that is just begging to become a Pothole Magnet of the worst sort, being bluelinked whenever a troper writes the line "it didn't end well."
  • November 4, 2011
    ThePope
    And what would be wrong with that? This trope usually is the idea people have in mind when they think of that.
  • November 4, 2011
    burnpsy
    This is really, really entering People Sitting On Chairs territory.
  • November 5, 2011
    sigh824
    It happens all the time in the ironically named Regular Show.
  • November 5, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Needs A Better Name. People are going to use it for every-time anything thing bad happens at all.

    It won't end well.

    Seriously, I'm starting to think that people should be required to lurk on TRS for several months and maybe participate in some special efforts for trope misuse cleanup before being allowed to propose new tropes.
  • November 5, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    ^^"Happens all the time" is X Just X. Examples require explanation.
  • November 5, 2011
    CharacterInWhite
  • November 5, 2011
    Lyendith
    I don't really see the difference with Gone Horribly Wrong?
  • November 5, 2011
    ThePope
    ^ That's specifically mad science-related.

    Anyway, maybe this could use a rename. What names do you people suggest?
  • November 6, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    For starters, see if you can pin down the trope definition a bit.

    Secondly, if you are going to use a preexistence stock phrase, use one that specifically refers to this sort of situation.

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions is one example, but it is rather wordy.

    "Good Intentions, Bad Results" would be more concise.
  • November 9, 2011
    ThePope
    All right, I'll try going with that.
  • November 9, 2011
    Koveras
    Is The Road To Hell too obscure? How many would interpret it literally?
  • November 9, 2011
    LeeM
    Real Life examples would be too numerous... come to think of it, this pretty much sums up Real Life.
  • November 9, 2011
    Generality
    There's a trope in the tendency of characters with good intentions to cause disaster if they don't think things through. This overlaps with Nice Job Breaking It Hero.

    • This principle is important to the Sword Of Truth series as the Second Wizard's Rule: The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
    • A character in The Wheel Of Time also mentions this principle, calling it "The Law of Good Intentions", and it considers it part of her personal code of conduct to accept the fact that unfortunate consequences will result from any action regardless of its motive.
  • November 9, 2011
    X2X
    This seems like it could have ties to a Well Intentioned Extremist or Utopia Justifies The Means.

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