Created By: MoPete on February 12, 2013 Last Edited By: jormis29 on May 9, 2014

Horrorscope

Your Horoscope Says: You\'re Doomed

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Alice is reading the newspaper, and she's looking at the horoscope section. She finds her sign, and reads something so unbelievable horrifying that she will resort to doing anything or everything to prevent it from coming true.

She has just been the victim of a Horrorscope.

Sometimes, her efforts of preventing the horoscope from coming true will result in it coming true anyway. But more often, she'll just end up making a fool of herself in her desperate attempts to prevent her horoscope from coming true, only to find that she would have had the same results if she had just done nothing at all.


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    Literature 
  • Alexander Tagere's horoscope in Arcia Chronicles predicted that he would die within hours after his birth. He didn't, but it got worse from then on for him.
  • In one of the Dirk Gently books it is mentioned in passing about a horoscopist enemy of Dirk's who writes purposely bad stuff in Dirk's daily horoscope - too bad for the twelfth of the world who share Dirk's birth sign.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In a sketch on Monty Python's Flying Circus, a pair of Pepperpots read the daily horoscope; Scorpio is, "You will have lunch with a schoolfriend of Duane Eddy's, who will insist on whistling some of Duane's greatest instrumental hits. In the afternoon you will die, you will be buried..."

    Music 
  • About half of the entries in "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Your Horoscope For Today" are this, played for laughs. The other half are bizarre instructions.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Calvin and Hobbes had a story arc involving horoscopes. While the first horoscope he read, "Many of your key policies will be implemented" wasn't bad (even though it didn't come true), his second one, "Opposite sex finds you irresistible" was very much a Horrorscope. (That one didn't come true either.)

    Western Animation 
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • February 12, 2013
    MasamiPhoenix
    In a Tree House Of Horror, Homer had a horoscope saying he would die that day. Not only that, Marge's horoscope said that her husband would die that day as well.
  • February 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In one of the Dirk Gently books it is mentioned in passing about a horoscopist enemy of Dirk's who writes purposely bad stuff in Dirk's daily horoscope - too bad for the twelfth of the world who share Dirk's birth sign.
  • February 12, 2013
    Duncan
    There is probably a missing supertrope to this and another YKTTW: MisfortuneCookie
  • February 12, 2013
    StarSword
    Minor formatting fix. foldercontrol is one word.
  • February 12, 2013
    Chernoskill
    This could also include the classic scene where a character draws Tarot cards and the cards show increasingly fateful images, often ending with "Death".
  • February 12, 2013
    Generality
    About half of the entries in Weird Al Yankovic's "Your Horoscope for Today" are this, played for laughs. The other half are bizarre instructions.
  • February 12, 2013
    LokIago
    While not a horoscope, Rocko's Modern Life has an episode where a Filburt the Turtle tries desperately to escape a fortune cookie fortune that reads "Bad luck and extreme misfortune will infest your pathetic soul for all eternity." Needless to say, it does.
  • February 12, 2013
    aurora369
    Probably this could include all kinds of common divination (astrology, tarot, palmistry, fortune cookies, rather than more lofty prophet stuff) ending in self fulfilled prophecies.
  • February 12, 2013
    MoPete
    @Loklago: Perhaps that one would be better under the aforementioned Misfortune Cookie.

    @aurora369 + Duncan: Perhaps we could come up with a supertrope for these?
  • February 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In a sketch on Monty Pythons Flying Circus a pair of Pepperpots read the daily horoscope; Scorpio is, "You will have lunch with a schoolfriend of Duane Eddy's, who will insist on whistling some of Duane's greatest instrumental hits. In the afternoon you will die, you will be buried..."
  • February 12, 2013
    Koveras
  • February 13, 2013
    MoPete
    @Chernoskill

    I made another YKTTW for that. Look for Tarot-no.
  • March 30, 2014
    GuesssWho
  • March 30, 2014
    DAN004
    Fix the folder markups plz.
  • March 30, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    Fixed the folder markup, namespaced the examples, and took the title of The Simpsons out of the Pot Hole. Remember: always state the source.
  • March 30, 2014
    eowynjedi
    TV:
    • The Vicar Of Dibley: In anticipation of Hugo's wedding, Frank reads out Hugo's horoscope at a council meeting, which predicts a very happy and romantically-fulfilling day... until Geraldine points out he's got the wrong month. Hugo's actual horoscope predicts doom and disaster.
  • April 3, 2014
    AgProv
    Literature: Sayers and Viney's The Bad News Horoscope was a deliberate attempt to subvert the generally happy, positive, upbeat, Linda Goodman school of astrology which placed undue emphasis on all the nice things people like to read about their own star sign (and by extension themselves). In the S&V world - using exactly the same logic, reasoning, source material and astrological tradition as Goodman - the world takes on a different perspective.

    • Aries - Big kid. Throws tantrums. Easily managed in a three year old - but not in a thirty-three year old. Aries people never grow up and have no sense of responsibility.
    • Taurus - Stubborn. Leaves a lot of bullshit wherever they go. (Notably, other people have to clean it up). Is never, ever, in the wrong. (Famous Taurean: Adolf Hitler).
    • Gemini - schizophrenic criminal, confidence trickster, sociopath, not to be trusted with money.
    • Cancer - moody. Even Cancer men have PMT. Opera diva. screams a lot. If male, will be fascinated with war and weaponry. (Famous Cancerian: Heinz Guderian, Nazi panzer general).
    • Leo - Egotist. Narcissist. Loves gold. No dress sense.
    • Virgo. OCD. Cranky. Health-obsessed. Appalled by all the nasty smells and bodily emissions involved in sex - this explains the association with virginity. Grammar-nazi. If really badly aspected, a pervert. Pick your perversion.
    • Libra - terminally indecisive. No personality. Says "Um..." and "Errr..." a lot.
    • Scorpio - Ruthless sadist. Psychopath. Evil personified. Avoid.
    • Sagittarius - clumsy, stupid, hearty. The sign of rugby players and, cruelly, people who are incapable of spelling their own star-sign.
    • Capricorn - snobbish social climbers. Materialist gold-diggers obsessed with place and status. Ambitious and will want to get to the top of the career tree - and stay there.
    • Aquarius - vegetarian tree-loving hippies who seek to be difficult just for the sake of it.
    • Pisces - Everybody's doormat. Weak, spineless and ineffectual and therefore easily exploited by all eleven others - even by Sagittarius.

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