->"If at first you don't succeed, you fail."
-->--'''SelfDemonstrating/{{GLaDOS}}''', '''''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'''''

There are a lot of tropes about failing. That should probably tell you something.
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'''Tropes:'''
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* AesopAmnesia (You fail at remembering the moral you learned last episode)
* TheAllegedExpert (You fail at doing what you were supposedly trained to do)
* {{Anvilicious}} (You fail at sending messages in a subtle manner)
* AssassinOutclassin (You fail at assassination)
* AudienceParticipationFailure (You fail to get audience backup in your show or song)
* ArtisticLicense (You fail at researching something)
* AuthorExistenceFailure (You fail at finishing your series before you die)
* BlindIdiotTranslation (You fail at translating something)
** TranslationTrainWreck (You fail epically at translating something)
* BonusFeatureFailure (You fail at providing good bonus content)
* BrokenAesop (You fail at getting your message across. Bonus points if it was meant to be anvilicious)
* BungledSuicide (You fail at committing suicide)
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin (You fail at staying out of trouble)
** CantGetInTroubleForNuthin (You fail at getting into trouble)
* CaptainObviousReveal (You fail at making your [[TheReveal reveal]] a surprise.)
* CassandraTruth (You fail at getting the facts across)
* CharacterDerailment (You fail at keeping characters consistent)
* ColorFailure (You fail at keeping your color when you lose your cool)
* ConflictBall (You fail at properly setting up character conflicts)
* CorrectionBait (You fail at ''not'' correcting the mistake you've found)
* CriticalExistenceFailure (You fail at being alive, even though you were fine one hitpoint ago)
* CriticalFailure (You fail at rolling a 2 or higher, thus leading to more failure)
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure (You fail at psychoanalyzing someone)
* CriticalResearchFailure (You fail at knowing the first thing about a topic)
* DefensiveFailure (You fail at remembering the weapon in your hand)
* DesignatedHero (You fail at making a good guy)
* DesignatedVillain (You fail at making a bad guy)
* DiggingYourselfDeeper (You fail epically at fixing a faux pas)
* DIYDisaster (You fail at renovating your house)
* DudeNotFunny (You fail at keeping your comedy in good taste)
* EightDeadlyWords (You fail at getting people to feel for your characters)
* EntendreFailure (You fail at making a double entendre)
* EpicFail (When you fail ''spectacularly'')
* ExactTimeToFailure (Initiating failure in 3...2...1...)
* FMinusMinus (You epically fail at schoolwork)
* FacialCompositeFailure (You fail at drawing an accurate wanted poster)
* FailedASpotCheck (You fail at spotting something two inches away from your face)
* FailedAuditionPlot (You fail an audition for your dream career, but find a reason to keep trying)
* FailingATaxi (You fail at hailing a taxi)
* FailedFutureForecast (You fail at predicting the future)
* FailsafeFailure (You fail at making a failsafe)
* FailureGambit (You fail intentionally as part of a grander scheme)
* FailureHero (You fail at saving the day)
* FailureKnight (You failed something in your backstory)
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption (You have no choice but to fail because succeeding would end the story)
* FailuresOnIce (You fail at skating, especially on the ice)
* FakeBalance (You fail at balancing your video game characters)
* FemininityFailure (You fail at being ladylike)
* FightSceneFailure (You fail at directing an awesome fight scene)
* FloorboardFailure (The floorboards have failed to support your weight)
* FreudianSlipperySlope (You fail at preventing further Freudian slips)
* GeneralFailure (Your plans fail at proving you earned your rank as General)
* GlamourFailure (You fail at hiding who you really are)
* GoneHorriblyRight (Your plan worked, but you fail at considering the consequences of your goal)
* GoneHorriblyWrong (Something doesn't just not work, it fails to work in ways that are disastrous)
* HandWave: (You fail at explaining complicated plot points with detail)
* HeroTrackingFailure (You fail at shooting a moving target with PlotArmor)
* HeroWithAnFInGood (You fail at being a good guy)
** MinionWithAnFInEvil (You fail at being a bad guy)
* HoistByHisOwnPetard (You're the direct cause of your own failure)
* ItsAWonderfulFailure (You see the repercussions of your failure before you get a game over)
* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance (You fail at realizing your own ignorance)
* ImposterForgotOneDetail (You fail at convincing others you are someone else)
* INeverToldYouMyName[=/=]INeverSaidItWasPoison (You fail because you gave away knowledge of things you weren't supposed to know)
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure (You failed, so your buddy's gonna feel the pain)
* JerkSue (You fail at making a JerkassWoobie)
* MadeOutToBeAJerkass (Standing up for yourself results in you losing face)
* MinionWithAnFInEvil (A minion fails at being evil)
* TheMountainsOfIllinois (You fail at providing the proper geography when filming your movie)
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels (You fail at speaking a foreign language)
* MyGreatestFailure (You fail at failing harder than this)
* {{Narm}} (You fail at making a scene serious)
* NecessaryFail (You failed, but if you won, the following events would have been worse)
* NoDeadBodyPoops (You fail to remember to brown your pants when you die)
* NoSell (Your ploy that usually succeeds... fails on this person.)
* ObviousStuntDouble (The stunt double fails on passing as the actor)
* OfCourseISmoke (You fail at pretending to be a smoker.)
* OutGambitted (Your plan fails when against someone else's plan)
* PassFail (You fail at being recognized as a white guy, even if you're not)
* PokeThePoodle (Your attempt at an evil act fails to be evil)
* PopculturalOsmosisFailure (You fail at recognizing another generation's pop culture references)
* PottyFailure (You fail at keeping your pants clean)
* ThePresentsWereNeverFromSanta (You fail at realizing where all those useful things you got ''really'' came from)
* RecognitionFailure (You fail at recognizing someone)
** YourCostumeNeedsWork (The other side: You, the genuine article, fail at being recognizable when compared to imitations.)
* RedemptionFailure (You fail at staying on the side of good)
* RougeAnglesOfSatin (You fell hat you sing wards car wrecked lee)[[note]]You fail at using words correctly[[/note]]
* RummageFail (You fail at finding something in a bag of random items)
* SarcasmFailure (You fail at sarcasm)
* TheScrappy (You fail at making a likable character)
* TotallyRadical (You fail at youth culture forever)
* TheShowMustGoWrong (You fail at preventing disaster from happening during your performance)
* SkepticismFailure (You fail at proving that the supernatural doesn't exist)
* SpecialEffectFailure (You failed to fund the SFX department)
* SpringtimeForHitler (You fail at failing)
* StatusQuoGameShow (You failed at winning a gameshow because StatusQuoIsGod)
* StockFootageFailure (You fail at realizing that was a bad time to use stock footage)
* StrawmanHasAPoint (You fail at making your opponents look irrational)
* SuspectExistenceFailure (You fail at finding suspects for a crime)
* SymbologyResearchFailure (You fail at remembering that cool logo you saw the other day and put into your work actually has religious meanings)
* ThoughtAversionFailure (You fail at not thinking about something when someone orders you not to)
* TimeForPlanB (Your first plan failed, on to the next one)
* TotallyRadical (You fail at youth culture forever)
* TranslationByVolume (You fail at talking to foreigners)
* TutorialFailure (You fail at properly teaching someone how to play a game)
* UnfortunateImplications (You fail at catching an accidental stereotype, FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, or other offensive aspect in your work before making it public)
* UnfortunateItemSwap (You fail at telling those two important objects apart)
* UnintentionallySympathetic: (You fail at making a character unlikable)
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece (You fail at making a timeless work)
* {{Unwinnable}} (When the game can only end in failure, no matter how much you win)
** UnwinnableByDesign (When the programmer does this on purpose)
** UnwinnableByInsanity (When the player does this by trying really hard)
** UnwinnableByMistake (When the programmer fails)
* VoodooShark (You fail to cover your plot holes)
* WimpFight (You and your opponent fail at fighting)
* WorldLimitedToThePlot (You fail at building context for your story.)
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing (You fail at martial arts)
* WheresTheKaboom (You fail at blowing stuff up)
* YouCantThwartStageOne (You fail at stopping a villain's plan even when you ''should'' have succeeded)
* YouHaveFailedMe (You fail at pleasing your superior)

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