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[[caption-width-right:350:Four small letters, 2.2 million big ones and the biggest win in game show history [[AllForNothing down the drain.]]]]
The hero is about to do [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome something awesome, something that they will always be remembered for]]. This is the defining moment for the character, the moment that will forever leave an impression in the readers/viewers/listeners/whatever. The [[ThemeMusicPowerUp music]] is swelling, the tension is rising, and it appears to the viewer that awesomeness is about to grace their eyes.

So he [[LastStand charges]] at the Big Bad's army armed only with a [[WreckedWeapon broken sword]]. She prepares to jump through the skylight so as to crash TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness' meeting. He's about to lay a can of whoop-ass [[{{Determinator}} after getting beaten to a pulp]]. She's about to [[LetsGetDangerous show]] the baddies why she's got the reputation for badassery she has.

He trips over a rock during his charge and impales himself. She doesn't quite manage to break through the skylight. He [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim gets a bullet to the brain]] before he can do anything. She gets {{curbstomp|Battle}}ed.

It's TheDayTheMusicLied.

A Negated Moment Of Awesome is when a character is about to get their SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, only for it to never come. The MOA in question ends up accomplishing [[AllForNothing nothing]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero making things worse]], or, if the MOA was a hero apparently emerging victorious in battle, the enemy gets back up and just completely turns the tables back on them. Compare HopeSpot, RealityEnsues, KaizoTrap, and WhatCouldHaveBeen. Contrast with SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome and OffscreenMomentOfAwesome. Is surprisingly common in [[DarkerandEdgier more cynical]] works or even modern comedies poking fun at tropes and various cliches. Pretty much every ShootTheShaggyDog story ends like this.

A Negated Moment Of Awesome may in and of itself be a MomentOfAwesome for the person doing the negating.

'''Warning: High chance of spoilers.'''
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the ''Manga/LuckyStar'' OVA, Tsukasa got one of these in the volleyball game against Kagami.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' - First Emperor tries to use his secret attack, the Martyr, against Quant, who just breaks all the tension by throwing [[ButtMonkey Ship Leesoo]] [[GrievousHarmWithABody against him]].
* At the very end of the very last episode of ''Zan SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', the overall series's eponymous song and [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome undoubtedly most awesome track]] begins to play... and then is abruptly cut off in favour of yet another [[RunningGag obnoxious drawing game]].
* Does [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo]] trying to attack [[spoiler: [[BigBad Aizen]]]] and nearly getting cut in half for it count? [[spoiler:Aizen]] even stopped his theme music!
** The fact that it negates Ichigo's awesome makes [[spoiler:Aizen]] look all the more awesome.
*** Happened again in the final battle with [[spoiler: Aizen.]] Ichigo supercharged himself, threw everything he had into one attack, and nailed [[spoiler: Aizen with an attack that could demolish a mountain.]] Unfortunately, [[spoiler: Aizen's OneWingedAngel form]] had a HealingFactor, and Ichigo[[spoiler: used up all of his {{Shinigami}} powers in the blast.]]
** Chad's battle with Kyoraku. His final attack, after numerous failed attempts, is accompanied by a Theme Music Power-up (to Number One's instrumental version, which is like shorthand for 'big heroic deal!'), relevant emotional flashbacks, and a promise to Ichigo. Typical setup for a shounen victory, negated by Kyoraku striking him just once after Chad's attack has brought down a nearby building. The captain doesn't have a scratch on him.
** Ichigo launches a Getsuga Tensho against Yammy, which appears to be quite effective at the end of the chapter, but at the start of the next chapter, Yammy gets up, revealing that it had almost no effect on him, and gains the advantage over Ichigo before Kenpachi and Byakuya arrive to fight him.
** [[BewareTheNiceOnes Captain Unohana Retsu]] gets one of these in the current {{filler}} arc. [[spoiler: She's cornered by the [[FillerVillain Inaba]] and the [[EvilTwin Reigais]] of both herself and her vice captain. She holds her own briefly using some high level kidos without incantation and then promptly leaves presumably because the battle was [[UnwinnableByDesign unwinnable]] depriving fans of the chance to see some of her fighting [[InformedAbility badassery]]]].
* Asuka's battle with the mass-produced Evas in ''EndOfEvangelion''. To be specific: The would-be [[TheAce ace pilot]] who has [[HeroicBSOD become a helpless mess]] from her continual losses and having her [[MindRape worst fears and memories thrown into her face]], Asuka, is confronted by nine enemies individually stronger than her own GiantMecha, armed only with a single knife and less than two minutes battery power. She then proceeds to destroy them one by one, wreaking carnage in her wake in the way she had promised for so long [[InformedAbility she could]]. As the last of her battery power drains she is tearing the final one apart, her victory complete, only to whip around her AT Field to meet a thrown blade. It turns into a weapon that can pierce the field, impaling her [[EyeScream through the eyes]] just before the power cuts. Then the ones whom she defeated [[SlasherSmile smile]] and [[DiabolusExMachina get back up]]. What follows [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown is best]] [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge not]] [[{{Gorn}} described]].
* In ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler:[[TheSmurfettePrinciple Konan]]'s]] fight with [[spoiler:[[BigBad Obito]]]] ultimately turns out to be this. [[spoiler: Konan detonates enough paper bombs for the explosions to carry on for ten minutes... only for him to NoSell it by using his RealityWarper powers. Doing so cost him an eye, but he simply replaces it with a [[ComboPlatterPowers Rinnegan]], rendering Konan's efforts completely useless and making him stronger than before.]]
** Hinata's unveiling of the Eight Trigrams Sixty-Four Defensive Palms in the Hunt for the Bikochu Filler Arc. Yes, it kicks butt, but then the leader of the enemy ninjas comes back just in time to foul up the happy ending. Naruto steals the show with his Rasengan. Then [[ShaggyDogStory farts on the Bikochu, ruining its ability.]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Thanks, Naruto.]]
** Naruto's first attempt at using his Rasenshuriken in a real battle ends up this way, because he simply loses the technique as he is about to hit the enemy.
** Pretty much everything that Deidara tries in his fight against Sasuke is awesome, but gets negated because Sasuke being TheRival has PlotArmor.
** During the fourth ninja world war, the five Kages take on BiggerBad [[spoiler: Uchiha Madara]], which is acknowledged as awesome in-Universe, but because the enemy is [[spoiler: Uchiha Madara, who now also has the additional advantages offered by Edo Tensei]], they get [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome off-panel]], and the enemy doesn't even bother [[spoiler: finishing them off because he got bored of the fight.]]
** Anytime it looks like Rock Lee will accomplish anything. Most notably, when he performs the Lotus Blossom on Gara, only for Gara to swap out before it goes off.
* ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' example. Woah, looks like Hayate's about to cast a pretty awesome spell! Why, it's a powerful enough spell than it has the all-powerful [[GenericDoomsdayVillain Huckebein]] worried... [[spoiler: And of course, VillainSue Cullen pops out of freaking nowhere and stabs Hayate in the back before defeating Vita and Erio [[CurbStompBattle without even paying attention]]. Despite the fact that Vita and Erio were armed with weapons that would bypass the Huckebeins' AntiMagic abilities.]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': The Moko Takabisha. Ranma has finally stopped abusing himself to try to beat Ryoga's Shi Shi Hokodan. He's actually eerily confident... then he casts his counter-attack - a variant of the Shi Shi Hokodan based on confidence. Ryoga replies with an even stronger Shi Shi Hokodan. Time for a massive BeamOWar, right? Wrong. ''Pop.'' [[AngstNuke Perfected Shi Shi Hokodan]] CurbStompBattle ensues. And the way Ranma does win is arguably rather anticlimatic, too.
---> '''Ranma:''' Look! I can see [[PantyShot Akane's underwear]]!
* ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion'' LOVES these. The heroes will often come to a deeper understanding, use their heart and soul, strike with a powerful attack...and they got the WRONG Aesop, so it fails.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' we have the battle between [[TheLancer Rei]] and [[BigBad Raoh]]. After Raoh handed his ass to him without bothering to dismount his horse or even ''use his own hands'' (Raoh punched him repeatly using his BattleAura), Rei realizes the best he could hope for was to [[TakingYouWithMe launch an all-out attack that would kill Raoh at the price of exposing himself and get killed]], and we see his DyingMomentOfAwesome... [[ImagineSpot Except it was Raoh imagining playing it in his mind]] to [[AwesomenessByAnalysis determinate the best way to counter him]], before throwing his BadassCape in his face as a distraction and [[FingerPokeOfDoom hitting him with his index finger, dooming him to three days of agony before the release of death]]. Also counts as Crowning Moment Of Awesome for Raoh for doing all this with barely an effort.
* [[OvershadowedByAwesome Alibaba]] in the 182nd chapter of ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''. He finally after a year of training has managed to equip fully his Djinn Equip. When he was about to use his "extreme magic" for the first time against 30 powerful Black Djinns, an attack come from the other side; it's [[YoungConqueror Kouen]] and his [[BadassArmy Household]]. Because of that he absolutely missed his chance since he agoted his magoi in the charging. {{Lampshaded}}.
--> '''Alibaba...(sob)'''
* This happens a few times in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Though mind you, Interrupted Moments of Awesome for the heroes usually A) lead to even GREATER Crowning Moments of Awesome shortly thereafter, and B) are Crowning Moments of Awesome in their own right ''for the villains''.
** During the battle of Gurren Lagann versus [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lordgenome's]] [[EvilCounterpart Lazengann]], Simon uses his famous signature FinishingMove, '''Giga Drill Break''', which no mecha so far had ever withstood. At first it seems to work, with the sunglasses pinning down Lazengann, but then Lordgenome decides [[NoSell he ain't having none of that shit]]. Lazengann proceeds to catch Gurren Lagann's drill in its chest mouth, and grinds it to pieces with its [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily teeth]].
** Movie-exclusive example: our heroes have just broken out of the [[EldritchAbomination Anti-Spiral]]'s multidimensional labyrinth and formed Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, complete with epic RousingSpeech and introductory sequence. The newly formed super robot clashes with the villain's mecha Granzeboma in an awesome battle and on equal footing! ...and then the Anti-Spiral reveals the horrible truth about Nia. The heroes' shock allows the Granzeboma to gain the upper hand and utterly [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp]] the Tengen Toppa, throwing it through multiple galaxies and then savagely ''tearing it to pieces'' all the while rambling about the flaws of humanity. Yup, the titular mecha did not even last five minutes on screen.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Episode 3. Mami blasts her way through hordes of familiars, has an internal monologue about ThePowerOfFriendship, a ThemeMusicPowerup and even manages to render the Witch helpless within seconds of the battle's start. Then [[FinishingMove Tiro Finale]] misses... [[spoiler:[[CerebusSyndrome And things take a]] [[OffWithHisHead sharp turn for the worse]]]].
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[[folder:Comics]]
* One early story in ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' ended with the Avengers lunging towards the Masters of Evil, about to defeat them once and for all, but the Enchantress decided to [[ResetButton turn back time to before the story began]].
* In the first volume of ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Cassidy learns that [[ImplacableMan The Saint of Killers]] is after his new friend Jesse and despite the fact that they recently parted ways on bad terms, (Jesse didn't react well to finding out that Cassidy was a vampire, and Cassidy didn't react well to Jesse forcibly stopping Cassidy from feeding) Cassidy tries to be a Big Damn Hero and save Jesse by ramming a truck into the Saint at high speed. [[NighInvulnerable The Saint doesn't even budge as the truck crumples around him]] and Cassidy goes flying right through the windshield for his trouble.
* In a ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' story the Evronian battlecruiser ''Centurian'', an old ship with a glorious career, gets an excuse to attack Earth's most technologically advanced country. The ''Centurian'' is annihilating the military, the anti-Evronian rebels they had chased there are hopelessly outgunned, Paperinik's CoolCar can barely scratch their paintjob, they are winning... Cue their old antimatter alternator breaking down and cripple the ship, with their engineer unable to get it back to work even with the [[PercussiveMaintenance Standard Procedure]].
* ''{{Tintin}}'': In "The Crab with the Golden Pincers", Captain Haddock is fighting back against the desert raiders when a stray shot shatters his bottle of whiskey. He runs towards the raiders swinging his rifle and firing his choicest vocabulary at them, as they start running away. Then it turns they weren't running from the drunken madman but the camel-mounted cavalry riding up behind them.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/HowIBecameYours'', Azula gets her bending powers back due to the PowerOfLove and is about to help Katara and Sokka against Sho and Mai, [[spoiler:but then Mai throws a knife into her chest, fatally injuring her]]
* In ''FanFic/MyLittleCastlevania'', Spike attempts to pull a YouShallNotPass on a group of monsters to protect Rarity and Sweetie Belle, only for [[spoiler: Fluttershy to show up with the [[AchillesHeel Golden Cross]] and scare them off.]]
* This happens several times in ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame''. Perhaps the most notable is the Mane Six' first confrontation against [[spoiler:[[EvilOverlord King]] [[PhysicalGod Titan]] (the real one, as opposed to his Puppet Avatars). They activate the Elements of Harmony, and the familiar blast of rainbows careens towards the King. Completely unfazed, he says [[LittleNo "No."]] and [[WorfBarrage neutralizes the Mane Six' most powerful weapon]] [[NoSell without batting an eye]].]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* Pops up in ''[[Film/SpyKids Spy Kids 3D: Game Over]]'' when [[TheChosenOne The Guy]] comes onto the scene with 99 lives in tow. Says a few words while exuding an aura of awesome. And gets killed immediately afterward, losing all of them in one shot.
* In ''Film/DeepBlueSea'', the protagonists are trapped in an underwater facility surrounded by giant hyperintelligent sharks. The place is flooding, everything looks bleak and the protagonists keep bickering. Then Creator/SamuelLJackson begins this rousing speech, it's the turning point of the movie...aaand then [[spoiler: a shark jumps out of the water and eats him]].
* A double subversion occurs in the ''Film/LandOfTheLost'' film with Creator/WillFerrell after he makes a jump that was foreshadowed with an earlier image of a demotivational poster that he possesses. Unfortunately, said poster proves accurate, and he jumps directly into the Tyrannosaurus' mouth. The catch is [[spoiler: that he later saves the day when it is revealed that while he was in the dinosaur's stomach, he was able to unblock its sphincter]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'': upon seeing the giant alien robot, Missing Link vows to "turn that overgrown tin can into a dented-up overgrown tin can." But when he rushes it, he is knocked out by its deflector shield, and is out cold for the rest of the battle.
* Combined with a subversion of SoftGlass in ''Film/ALifeLessOrdinary'': Ewan [=McGregor=]'s character (a janitor at an office building) finds out he is being replaced with a cleaning robot. Outraged, he picks up the vaguely [=R2D2=]-esque droid, storms into his boss's office, yells "''This'' is what I think of your robot!" and hurls the thing at the window pane... only to have it bounce off the glass, get up, and proceed with cleaning the room.
* Matthew [=McConaughey=]'s leap from the clock tower to deliver a badass killing blow to the BigBad dragon in ''Film/ReignOfFire''. He ends up becoming chow for the beast. See Also: NeverTrustATrailer as every trailer and TV commercial for the movie would end with everything leading up to (but not including) the act that negates how badass it all would've been.
* [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Elizabeth Swan]], after fleeing from pursuing pirates in her home, runs into a drawing room with a coat of arms over the fireplace set with two swords. She runs up, grabs a sword, the music swells, and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments all she does is pull the whole thing off of the wall]].
* Creator/WaltDisney's ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' had Alice become a giant and start a speech about [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech the reasons the Queen of Hearts sucks]], but she shrinks while she says it. No one takes it seriously as a result.
* At the end of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', Arthur and the knights are about to take on the Frenchmen that have mocked them throughout the film in what looks to be an epic battle. [[spoiler:Then the police come in and arrest him for killing a historian that was describing the Arthurian legend earlier in the film.]]
* In ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', there is a scene when Matthew Quigley tries to jump from the roof of a burning building onto the roof of a shed. The music is about to kick in with the heroic theme [[spoiler:as Quigley crashes through the roof.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' when Daffy goes into his Duck Dodgers persona, the jetpacks blow up when he says Duck Dodgers but he does take off in one by saying you know who instead of his name.
** And soon after its inverted where Daffy manages to save the world, blow up the spaceship and save Bugs but it turns out it was all just a movie in universe.
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'': In both RealLife and the movie, the mission was going to be flight commander Jim Lovell's Crowning Moment Of Awesome. He was planning on retiring from NASA after this mission, and what better way to do it than by walking on the moon, after previously flying to it on Apollo 8. Unfortunately, an explosion in mid-flight meant having to abort the moon landing, thereby making Lovell the only astronaut to travel to the moon twice without actually landing.
** The mission still ''was'' a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for both the crew and Mission Control. Anybody can look like a hero when everything goes as planned; pulling it out of the fire when everything goes ''wrong'' is what makes you awesome. It still would have stung. Lovell actually got closer to the moon on his first trip (60 miles as opposed to about 140).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[HordeOfAlienLocusts The Vord]] in ''Literature/CodexAlera'' are good at this. Very, very often, a High Lord or group of legionaires will strike what ought to be a devastating blow, only to find out [[HiveQueen the Queen]] anticipated it or has enough [[ZergRush reserves]] to render their heroism moot. Though not outright said, it is hinted that this is partially because [[spoiler: Tavi bled on the Queen's mound in the Wax Forest, and it inherited his intelligence.]]
* The works of StevenHunt consist of roughly 60% setup, and 38% this, with the BigBad who has curbstomped their way through dozens of {{Senseless Sacrifice}}s and Badass Armies turned abruptly RedShirt losing abruptly within the last five to ten pages as the surviving heroes finally get it right.
* Bleys, in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', has a truly epic example of this at the end of the first book: he near-singlehandedly fights his way up the side of a mountain covered in troops (probably the single most impressive feat of swordsmanship we ever see, for all that he's supposedly only the fourth or fifth best swordsman)... and then gets knocked off the mountain only a few meters from the top. His army is soundly defeated thereafter, and we barely hear from him for the rest of the series. Bummer.
* In the second-to-last book of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', [[TheChosenOne Rand]] (already an apocalyptically powerful magic user) fresh from EpiphanyTherapy and the resulting EnlightenmentSuperpowers, wiped out an entire army of Shadowspawn single-handedly (though he's half-dead from exhaustion at the end of it). In the ''last'' book, he tries this tactic again, except this time the Shadow anticipated it and had a bunch of [[EvilSorcerer Dreadlords]] lead by [[RivalTurnedEvil Mazrim Taim]] waiting to jump him. Rand barely got out of that one, and realized that if he was to win this, he had to take the fight to [[GodOfEvil the Dark One]] itself, rather than its minions.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', the showdown between the Witch-King and Gandalf at the gates of Minas Tirith is cut very short by the arrival [[TheCavalry of Rohan]].
-->'''Gandalf:''' You cannot enter here. Go back to the abyss prepared for you! Go back! Fall into the nothingness that awaits you and your Master. Go!
-->'''The Lord of the Nazgūl:''' Old fool! This is my hour. Do you not know Death when you see it? Die now and curse in vain!" (And with that he lifted high his sword and flames ran down the blade)
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', one of Jon's first picks was a beautiful Venetian mirror. Its appraised for several thousand dollars. It goes up to auction and sells for only a couple hundred.
* In the Season 3 finale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Wesley is there for the final battle with the Mayor's vampire forces, looking all stone serious. He goes to join the fray... and is instantly knocked down and out. His last appearance on the show was being loaded into an ambulance, complaining as the stretcher is moved.
** This was by Alexis Denisof's choice. JossWhedon offered him the opportunity to man up and hold his own in the battle, but Alexis [[RuleOfFunny thought just getting knocked out would be funnier]].
** Wesley made up for it on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' by taking [[TookALevelInBadass A-Levels in badass]].
** In the Season 5 finale Doc bests Spike in combat, then faces up to Buffy knife in hand, saying "This should be interesting." Buffy throws him off the tower without even breaking stride.
* A similar joke is done in ''Series/{{Jekyll}}''. The first several minutes of an episode are spent building up a badass marine-type who was recruited solely to head up anti-Hyde security. Squad training, combat montage, weapon drills. Then when he actually meets Hyde he charges at him and is flung carelessly off the rooftop.
* The same thing happens in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', where a marine administered the SuperSerum gains the ability of Super Strength, only to be unceremoniously killed minutes into the next episode when Knox walks up behind him and snaps his neck.
* Cheese in the series finale of ''Series/TheWire.'' He spends several seasons working his way up through Prop Joe's organization and when he betrays Joe and Marlo is arrested, Cheese looks to be the next drug king of Baltimore. He steps up and starts of give a rant to bring all the other leaders under his wing, only for Slim Charles to get sick of his bullshit and [[KilledMidSentence murder him mid-sentence]].
--> '''Slim''': That was for Joe.
* From ''Series/RobinHood.'' After spending the entire season as a [[TheLoad whiny ball of uselessness]], Kate manages to sneak herself out of the besieged Nottingham Castle in order to warn King Richard, promising the outlaws that she'll "be back with an army." [[DamselScrappy She gets captured]]. [[TheMillstone Off-screen]]. '''[[RunningGag Again]].''' And it turns out that King Richard and his army isn't even back in the country yet anyway. It's up to the men to bail her out of trouble, fight off the soldiers at the battlements, and blow up the castle with the Byzantium Powder, whilst Kate simply stands about telling them to "hurry up" in the [[SarcasmMode most helpful way possible]].
* Rhys from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has finally had enough of the interruptions on his wedding day and is about to get rid of the shape-shifting alien with '''a chainsaw''' when it conks out for no apparent reason.
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Doyle is about to crash through the gates of a rich vampire's mansion in order to rescue his friends...except the gates hold fast and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments he just ends up with a dented car]].
** Marcus Hamilton slugs his way through Wolfram & Hart, kicking down doors and killing anyone in his way to get at Eve. Angel and Spike ready themselves to fight him as he reaches under his coat...only to take out a pen so Eve can sign the papers establishing him as the new Conduit to the Senior Partners.
** A Badass katana-wielding ninja with psychic powers leaps into the midst of Team Angel with a huge yell, only to killed in seconds by a mob of vampires.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. During the episode "Like A Virgin," Dean is told that in order to pull the Sword of Brunswick out of its stone, it needs to be pulled by a brave knight willing to slay the dragon. He steps up to the stone, the music swells dramatically... and he slips and falls on his ass. Twice. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny So he blows up the stone.]] [[IdiotHero Badly.]]
* During the seige of [[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis]] Dr. Rodney [=McKay=] finally gets a chance to become a ''bona fide'' BadAss. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLM65rl_WRk He fails spectacularly.]]
* The ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' writers ''love'' doing this with Guinevere. In the episode ''Lamia'' she almost gets to kill a monster...until she's knocked off her feet and Arthur stabs it in the back. In ''The Hunter's Heart'' she runs all night and all day to warn Camelot of an impending attack from an army of mercenaries...but no one listens to her. And in ''The Sword and the Stone'' she goes toe-to-toe with Morgana...and is promptly disarmed and has to be saved by Merlin.
** Not to mention all the times the show subverts the BadassBoast. Every time someone makes one, you know that they're doomed. Merlin is the only one who managed to play it straight thus far, and even he subverted it in ''Lamia''.
** And then there's that infamous example from ''Sins of the Father'' when Arthur calls Uther out on all of his own wrongdoings, only for him to go too far and force Merlin to press the ResetButton to keep him from patricide.
* A few shows/movies have had a football team make a touchdown or goal in the last few seconds- in/on the wrong side.
* Similarly, a few shows have the main characters winning a contest or game show, only to be denied at the last minute because of a hitherto unrevealed technicality or a mix-up. (Oftentimes, one of the contestants or their relatives will work for the a subsidiary of a company that puts on the contest, which disqualifies them).
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' had Henry telling about how he taped the ankle of the hero of the high school football team with seconds left so that the hero could make a touchdown. Henry taped the wrong ankle. "Tank still comes over once a year and shoots out my porch light. And he's a judge now."
** A later-in-the-series episode had Donald Penobscot mess up a race that he was very close to winning.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Theon gives an epic RousingSpeech before a LastStand, but as soon as he finishes, [[BodyguardBetrayal one of his men knocks him out]], because all of the others except Theon were offered the freedom to return home if they surrendered. They decide to accept the offer. Heck, the guy who knocks out Theon even says that he only let Theon talk so long because it was a good speech and he felt Theon deserved a chance to finish it before getting a massive thump to the head.
** In the first season, Tyrion is forced to lead an army of barbarians into a near suicidal charge. He takes the order, makes a RousingSpeech and runs with them in the first line... only to be accidentally knocked out by one of his own men's war hammer.
-->'''Bronn:''' You are a shitty warrior.
* From ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In the two-part episodes "Improbable Cause" and "The Die is Cast", Enabran Tain, the leader of the Obsidian Order, the Cardassian SecretPolice, has planned a preemptive strike against the Founders homeworld, hoping to take out the Dominion once and for all. [[EnemyMine In cooperation]] with the Tal Shiar, the Romulan secret police, a fleet of Cardassian and Romulan warships launches an attack against the Founder homeworld... except that the place is actually deserted, and a Dominion probe is delivering false sensor readings. Just when they realize this, a Jem'Hadar fleet enters the sector [[CurbStompBattle and immediately begins taking down the combined fleet]]. Just to twist the knife deeper, the Tal Shiar's Colonel Lovok, who helped organize the attack, [[TheMole was, in fact, another Founder]]. The Obsidian Order is completely destroyed, the Tal Shiar however manages to recover.
** Another ''Star Trek example from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. In "The Best of Both Worlds" a nigh-invulnerable Borg cube has just shredded most of Starfleet's ships without even blinking. Our heroes, however, have built an improvised weapon that will [[OneHitKill one-shot]] the Borg ship. They finally get close enough to fire and... it has no effect. Other than nearly melting their own engines due to the power requirements. Turns out the Borg anticipated it, and built a countermeasure.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', during "The Day of the Doctor", the Tenth Doctor delivers a BadassBoast to what he thinks is a Zygon disguising itself as a rabbit... only to realise he is talking to an ''actual'' rabbit.
** Later when the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors both try to ReverseThePolarity of a time vortex at the same time, only for nothing to happen because their sonic screwdrivers cancelled each other out.
--> '''Tenth Doctor''': I'm reversing it, you're reversing it ''back'' again. We're ''confusing'' the polarity!
* In the third season finale of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', the evil god Dahak is preparing to break through into the moral plane. Ares prepares for battle and gives one of his men a RousingSpeech: "Summon every warlord, every soldier, all who ever professed allegiance to me. I am '''Ares God of War!'''" Then Dahak appears and Ares immediately surrenders. Whatever army Ares might have mustered is never seen.
* The Spanish GameShow ''Series/ElGranJuegoDeLaOca (The Great Game of the Goose)'' featured a space on its board that was home to a deranged Barber named Flequi. Any contestant that landed here had to answer [[RuleOfThree three questions correctly]] to avoid getting a TraumaticHaircut. The first two were generally very easy, while the third was [[UnwinnableByDesign practically impossible]]. One contestant's third question was to guess exactly how many millimeters a woman in the 18th century let her hair grow over the course of 52 years without cutting it. The contestant responded "3 1/2 meters" (3,500 mm), while the actual answer was 3,'''''650''''' mm. They actually started to go to the judge until [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay5C60BHcWI&t=02m53s Flequi took matters into his own hands.]]
* ''{{Series/Greed}}'' had Daniel Avila, the only contestant in the show's history to go for the $2 million question (actually $2.2 million since the original episodes used a ProgressiveJackpot format). Being required to choose the top four most recognizable of nine smells, he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOnclrSNhOY hits three of them]], resulting in his walking away with nothing instead of a prize that would likely still be a winnings record on any game show to this day.
* The trope was actually played very seriously in one episode of ''Series/PowerRangersSuperSamurai''. Lauren, Jayden's big sister, had mastered the sealing symbol, something that has been constantly said as the one thing that can banish BigBad Master Xandred to the Netherworld forever. During a vicious battle with Xandred, Lauren uses the symbol on him, and just when it looks like it worked, [[spoiler:Master Xandred effortlessly destroys it. Earlier, he had absorbed a dying Dayu's body, and her human essence gave him immunity to the symbol. What makes this really depressing is that Lauren herself said that everything she had ever done had been for that moment]].

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* In Texas high-school football in 1994: Plano East rallies from a 41-17 deficit with 3:03 to play to take a 44-41 lead over John Tyler, thanks in part to three straight successful onside kicks in the final 2:36. The amazing comeback falls short, however, as John Tyler returns a kickoff 97 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds remaining. Final: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_John_Tyler_vs._Plano_East_high_school_football_game John Tyler 48, Plano East 44]].
* The New Orleans Saints were trailing the Jacksonville Jaguars by 7 going into the last play of the game in a game they needed to win in order to remain in contention for the playoffs. They proceed to execute a hook-and-lateral (forward pass combined with runs and lateral passes to keep the ball alive) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_City_Relay and scored a touchdown]]. The kicker then missed the extra point, so the Saints lost by 1.
** Making the outcome only slightly less agonizing for the Saints was that even if they had won, they would still have been eliminated from the playoffs. The Saints also needed the Dallas Cowboys to lose that day, but that team won.
* Eagles running back Brian Westbrook was responsible for one as well. With some time left on the clock, Westbrook took a handoff and broke through the Dallas Cowboys' defense, running to the end zone... and stopping at the one-yard line. The play made perfect sense from a football standpoint (in staying out of the end zone, Westbrook's team kept possession and could run out the clock, if he had scored, Dallas would get the ball back and have a chance, however slim, of winning the game). However Westbrook was a popular player in Fantasy Football that year, and a lot of people, seeing him head to the end zone, thought he would score and earn them points.
* In Quebec, a type of bowling called Rubberband Duckpin is typically played; it's played like 10-pin, but with duckpins, small balls, the pins have rings on them like 5-pin, and pinsetters have the pins attached to strings (for those unfamiliar, the machine basically "reels" the pins back up and drop the relevant ones back down between balls). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGUJ2Yu8xX0 This man was just one strike away from a perfect game]].
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* Invoked in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. This is a game where you're encouraged to attempt as many CMOA as possible, but a basic power that Ebon Dragon grant to his Exalts is the power to negate somebody else's CMOA. The Ebon Dragon is the dracomorphic embodiment of ''dickery''.
** Going through one of these without dying is, indeed, the primary way one ends up receiving the offer to BECOME a Green Sun Prince.
* Blue mana spells in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are the embodiment of Negated Moment Of Awesome. It takes a lot more time and energy to do [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome something awesome]] than to simply [[SpannerInTheWorks interrupt the other player's attempts to do the same.]] Imagine sending out a world-ending behemoth under your control, only for it to be [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=202437 countered]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=265715 returned back to your hand]], or [[MindControl outright stolen]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=238572 from you.]] Did the other player just lob a [[WaveMotionGun massive beam of fiery]] [[InstantWinCondition death]] in your direction? [[AttackReflector Cast]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=290288 Redirect]] on the spell and it's [[AttackBackfire flying right back into their face.]] Blue color decks have the highest tendency to result in flipped tables.
** Black and white mana spells often have such effects, as well. Black has a [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=202486 slew of]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=197023 cheap]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=370609 spells]] that can easily [[OneHitKill destroy even the most powerful creatures in a single stroke]]. White will do you one even better: it won't just destroy your creature, it will [[ThePowerOfTheVoid erase it from]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=370408 existance altogether]] with exile spells, or just force it to stop fighting with [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=370812 Pacifism]]. Raised a giant army that can utterly crush the White opponent underfoot? Watch him invoke the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=376592 Wrath of God]] to ruin it. Or maybe he will let you attack alright - [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=129593 but your army will fail to even make a dent because of his Holy Day,]] and then he will finish you off with his own army while your creatures are tapped out from that offensive you were sure would be your victory.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/HaloReach'': the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] just ''love'' doing this. Call in a BigDamnGunship to finish your mission? A Covenant supercarrier blasts your ship out of the sky. [[spoiler:Use a HeroicSacrifice to destroy the supercarrier? ''Three hundred more'' Covenant ships jump into orbit around Reach]]. It's like the aliens are just ''waiting'' for you to get your hopes up.
* If your character in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'' can't pull off a Final Smash unless the opponent comes in close contact, attempts to use this attack on distant opponents can result in unfinished attacks. Captain Falcon in particular seems to express frustration when the Blue Falcon fails to hit his adversary.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'': When Bang Shishigami goes into his super mode, his theme music starts to play interrupting your usual stage music, and you expect the Bang player to kick some butt, but then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuAl-Y7aRRQ gets DENIED.]] Made worse by the fact Bang's theme ''continues to play throughout the animation, even though both players know what's going to happen.''
* Parodied ([[RuleOfFunny like everything else]]) in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness''. A group of SuperSentai parodies called the Prism Rangers show up to ruin the characters' day. They begin to transform into their awesome super form to curb stomp the heroes...and then Etna interrupts by shooting two of them in the kneecaps. A CurbStompBattle ''does'' occur, but now it's the other way around, as the Rangers are laughably weak. This leads to a series wide RunningGag, with the Prism Rangers showing up every game and being treated [[ButtMonkey like total losers]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. How many times has anyone set up a nice tall one-column shaft for a Tetris, only to plug up the shaft with another piece or worse, the I-piece itself? Granted, it's possible to recover out of this, but if you're nearly topped out and barely able to place pieces, you pretty much just turned an AwesomeMoment into YetAnotherStupidDeath.
* An ''VideoGame/InTheGroove'' tournament brings us the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QixDSEoxig0 800$ BOOM]]: One player is leading by a small margin with a so-far-perfect score at what seems to be the end of the final round's chart, but forgets to let go of the panels at the end of a pair of hold arrows, triggering the mines and bringing his score down below his opponent's. The resulting [[OhCrap uproar]] and [[HeroicBSOD his reaction]] are very much warranted.
* An implied one in ''StarcraftII'': When Mengsk's flagship comes nearby, Raynor and Findlay start a boarding action, with lots of explosions and MoreDakka. However, it's not Mengsk but his son waiting for them, implying they only got that far [[ILetYouWin because he wanted them to.]]
* {{Kaizo Trap}}s lead to this for ''the player.''
* In ''VideoGame/{{beatmania}}'', ''VideoGame/PopnMusic'', and ''VideoGame/SoundVoltex'', your LifeMeter needs to be at a particular threshold or higher to clear the song (80% in ''beatmania'' and ''pop'n'', 70% in ''Sound Voltex''). This trope comes into play if you maintain a solid performance throughout the song, getting a very high score and/or [[NoDamageRun maintaining a miss count of zero]], only to choke at the very end and end with just under the requirement to clear--this is why "78%"[[note]]in ''IIDX'', the numerical life meter display always shows a multiple of 2%[[/note]] and "69%" are RageQuit fuel for ''IIDX'' and ''SDVX'' players, respectively.
* [[ChallengeGamer World-class]] ''VideoGame/BattleGaregga'' player T3-Kamui [[http://youtu.be/r59Yhk9Z-14 achieves about 20 million points]] [[spoiler:and then [[DoubleKnockout loses her last life right as she destroys]] [[FinalBoss Glow Squid]], resulting in a GameOver rather than a game clear.]]
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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Reconstruction'', Sarge, Grif and Simmons (who until then, had not appeared in the series at all) suddenly [[TheCavalry come riding out of nowhere]] in their jeep, once again with the country music to attack the blues. Then they crash into a wall, then are crashed ''into'' by an object moving only two miles an hour. Perhaps a rare example where even after their Negated Moment Of Awesome, the characters still prove to be a significant threat to their intended targets - the jeep's chain gun still works after all this.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Triology'', Setzer arrives to the "Chosen Ones'" battle with Kefka on his airship, having survived his fall in Part 1 by having landed on Relm's corpse (who died breaking Sabin's fall). He jumps out to join the fight, with "I need a Hero" playing in the background, but hits the edge of the cliff and gets broken in half, the music cutting off as he lands.
* ''WebVideo/DragonballAbridged'' The '''entirety''' of Krillin's very existence in the series, specifically when Goku passes him the Spirit Bomb. And Vegeta jumps over it because he's either DangerouslyGenreSavvy or Krillin just can't get a break.
** Then there was the abridgement of the ''Lord Slug'' movie. Chi-Chi, Goku's wife, knocks out a {{mook}} with a flying kick. She starts to lecture about how just because she's a woman that doesn't mean she can't fight... and [[TalkToTheFist get knocked out mid sentence]] by another random mook.
-->'''Bulma:''' (watching from the sidelines) That actually lasted longer than I expected.
** Yamcha versus the Saiyan. He has a triumphal arrival getting back hope, he starts a RousingSpeech-And is promptly interrupted and killed by a self-destructing Saibaiman.
* During the Emperor and Hanged Man mini-arc in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', Polnareff uses Silver Chariot to vastly increase his speed for a final attack at Hol Horse, but he botches the attack.
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* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', Quentyn has just recovered his stolen sword, and is [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00302.html about to open]] an epic sized can of Whoopass on the Tumbledowns gangs, when [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00303.html reality intervenes...]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', John has discovered [[spoiler: Jack Noir over his dead Dad, and Rose's dead Mom,]] he gets a very serious look on his face, the music swells and... [[spoiler: Jack teleports behind him and stabs him through the chest.]]
** Also, we have [[spoiler: Tavros about to discover his true inner power by saving Vriska... then Vriska pretty much saves herself and gains her own inner power, literally stealing his Crowning Moment.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux''... well... let's just say that she managed to make this an art form in her TV series.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Aang finally manages to control the Avatar State... and then Azula zaps him in the back right in the middle of the TransformationSequence, because she's DangerouslyGenreSavvy like that.
** Earlier in the season 1 finale minor character Hahn was sent to assassinate Zhao, finally reaches him, prepares his weapon... [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments And then ruined everything by telling him to prepare to die (and getting the name wrong) before attacking and being hurled overboard.]] [[CasualDangerDialogue Then Zhao resumed his conversation with Iroh without missing a word]].
* [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Numbuh 3]] brings out [[HumongousMecha her training mecha]] to fight a mutant turnip, and as she's locking and loading... it turns out the turnip was much, much bigger than the mech.
** Virtually ''every time'' she gets in her mecha, it's hyped up as a big awesome sequence, only for it to be destroyed immediately ''every single time.''
*** The only exception being the season 3 premiere Operation: F.U.T.U.R.E.
** ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'' has Father all hyped up and angry, finally ready to get back at Grandfather, only to lose motivation and go back to his house to eat ice cream. In this case, it isn't so much bad luck as it is the lack of desire. It's greatly implied that Father is actually ''stronger'' than Grandfather (who is easily the most dangerous villain to ever appear on the show), but due to his, frankly, horrible childhood, he lacks the self-esteem to go against him.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'', [[Series/DawsonsCreek James Van Der Beek]] fought SaddamHussein. Near the end of the match, Van Der Beek wrapped Hussein in the American flag, and beat him to a bloody pulp with a flag pole. It seems as if Van Der Beek had won the match. However, referee Mills Lane slapped handcuffs on him, and had him arrested for desecrating an American flag, rendering the match a no contest.
* This turns out to be the entire punchline of the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' TV film ''Ego Trip''.
* An AlternateUniverse version of [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Ferb]] gets one in the [[ArthurianLegend Arthurian]]-themed episode "Excaliferb":
--> "Behold, evil wizard Malifishmirtz, I hold the sword Excaliferb. This mystical vorpal blade was given to me by [[{{Expy}} The Lady of the Puddle]]. Get a good look at it, for it is the instrument of your demise! . . . [[spoiler:Well, uh, okay. So big deal, the end comes off.]]" "[[TimeForPlanB Looks like we're going with Plan B!]]"
* An often unnoticed one in the ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' finale, when Superman is about to take down Darkseid and Darkseid unleashes the [[AgonyBeam Agony Matrix]] on him to incapacitate him. Of course, this is eclipsed by Superman's definitive Crowning Moment Of Awesome [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech immediately before this]], and [[JustifiedTrope no matter how big the adult fanbase is, you can't have Superman kill someone on a kid's show]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': In "Pee", one drop of urine manages to flood the water park that the boys spend time at. Since Kyle can hold his breath the longest, the others suggest for him to swim down to the submerged maintenance room to release the emergency valve, but Kyle is very disgusted by all the urine, and objects to the park owner's suggestion of drinking 24 oz. of pee to make the mission easier (don't question it too much). Kyle attempts to do it anyway, but unfortunately, Randy gets to save the day instead, and Kyle gets to play AudienceSurrogate.
--> '''Kyle:''' "Are you fucking kidding me?!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'': During the first Gobbowl arc, there's a dramatic moment, complete with epic camera shots and music, as Sadlygrove drives down the field to score. It's then revealed that [[WhatAnIdiot he ran the wrong direction and scored on his own team.]]
* The season 3 premiere of ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' had this for Jailbot. After a tease at the end of the finale for the previous season that suggested he'd make his way back to the jail to save everyone, Jailbot ''finally'' arrives back at Superjail in the middle of the premiere's plot - just that he's several months too late, and he instantly backs down when his DistaffCounterpart Nova threatens to have his ass kicked.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In 1918 the Germans mustered all their remaining reserves, including the cream of their armies, for one more tilt at winning the First World War (or at least forcing a favourable peace) before the US Army deployed in full strength. Having battered the British Fifth Army to pieces and gained more ground in less time than anyone had managed in the past four years, the Germans were well on their way to winning. All of a sudden, the gains they made became the end instead of the means. Paris beckoned as a shiny distraction, the British and the French rallied, US forces began to trickle into the battle... and the downhill slide began. For the Germans, this overlaps with NiceJobBreakingItHero.
** It was more that, while the Germans were gaining ground, they were also taking just horrific casualties in the process, while marching away from their railheads, which meant that they were outrunning their supplies. They hit their culminating point, the Allied counteroffensive began, and what was left of the German army just collapsed, while the unprotected border with Austria was endangered by the annihilation of the Austrian army at Vittorio Veneto.
* Music/MichaelJackson had more than one of these in his last 15 years and they are one reason his personal scandals came to overwhelm his reputation as a performer, especially in the U.S. (he never toured North America, save for Hawaii, after 1989).
** December 1995. Jackson was preparing ''One Night Only'' at New York City's Beacon Theater; intended as his first concert in over two years, it was to air on HBO. Three days before the show was to go on [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20396305_300055,00.html he collapsed onstage]] during a rehearsal and was rushed to the hospital. He never rescheduled the show (no reason why was ''ever'' given), and the incident and the subsequent ''New York Post'' headline "Jacko On His Backo" became fodder for a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch that ran the night the concert was to have taken place.
** October 2001. Jackson was the final, headlining act at the "United We Stand: What More Can I Give" post-September 11th benefit in Washington, D.C., which he organized. His set solely consisted of a lip-synced rendition of "Man in the Mirror"; though he did go on to lead the finale with the remaining performers, it capped a day rife with technical problems and shortened sets, leading Salon.com to declare it "The Worst Benefit Concert Ever!" Even worse, ABC was contractually required to pretend Jackson wasn't there because of an exclusivity agreement he had signed with CBS regarding his ''30th Anniversary'' special (which was drawn from two shows that immediately preceded the disaster), so their televised edit of the show only included the finale as a result.
** November 2006. Jackson's appearance at the World Music Awards in London was his first performance in England and his first performance anywhere since the 2003 child molestation charges. The show built up to it with a Chris Brown rendition of "Thriller" serving as a tribute to Jackson's most famous album. After an introduction by Beyonce, ''two'' different awards/honors being presented to him, and a celebratory montage, Jackson's actual performance turned out to be...two choruses of "We Are the World", with a backup chorus lip-syncing to the original recording. The resultant publicity was terrible...and this was ''his last public performance'', because...
** Jackson's purported final run of shows, the ''This Is It'' concerts, were due to launch in July 2009 at London's O2 Arena. He died of a prescription drug overdose a few weeks before that. At least [[DeadArtistsAreBetter his death won back the crowd]]. If he had lived, the shows would likely have been another example of this trope; few in the press thought he would have completed the run of 50 shows even though he'd face financial ruin if he didn't. Fans claim that [=AEG=] Live's schedule and pressuring were unduly hard on him and that they weren't willing to delay the shows and get him the medical help he needed, while detractors point out that he'd blown so many comeback attempts before and let his body fall into decay from substance abuse rather than trying to actually overcome his problems.
* In 1917 Italian general Pietro Badoglio realized that the Austro-Hungarian army was about to launch an offensive that could have broke the Italian lines, so he carefully set up an artillery trap to annihilate the enemy forces at a chokepoint. The Austro-Hungarian offensive came and broke the lines at Caporetto, the enemy forces arrived at his chokepoint... And the Italian artillery didn't open fire because he had ordered them to wait for his orders and had remained isolated.
** How the battle ended was one for the Austro-Hungarians. After over two years on the defensive they finally launched their offensive and broke through the Italian lines, penetrating in Veneto with a two pronged offensive aimed at Venice on the South and the Val Trompia (the valley where almost all of Italy's weapon factories were and still are sited). Then the Italian army, that for two years had showed little will to fight an offensive war, realized the national territory had been invaded and decided to hold the line on the Piave river, while the northern prong, that could have defeated Italy anyway by simply capturing the weapon factories, found that the Monte Grappa, the last mountain before Val Trompia, had been fortified with insane amounts of artillery ''precisely in case of such an evenience''. The Austro-Hungarian offensive was stopped, with the Italian high command itself being surprised by the result of the southern battle (they had intended the defence of the Piave river as an holding action while a better defence was prepared, and only fortified the Piave line after being told of what had just happened), and the Austro-Hungarians would not advance further while the Italians prepared the counter-offensive that would cause the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
*** The initial defence of the Piave line was one for the Italian high command. Why? It was the ''only'' important battle in the war that the Italian high command did not lead, leaving tactics in the hands of the 4th Army command and his subordinates, who, for once, had freedom to do whatever was needed. Needless to say, the Italian high command looked like a group of idiots when they realized they had missed the chance to prove themselves...
* The sad story of Zambia's national football team. Entering the last round of qualifying for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Zambia_national_football_team_air_disaster entire team was killed in a plane crash]]. The one player not on the flight hastily assembled a new team, which resumed play, went undefeated, and needed only a tie in their last game to qualify. Zambia lost 1-0 to Morocco, and a controversial referee's decision denied them a penalty kick that would have sent them to the World Cup.
** Zambia got its redemption nearly two decades later, winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations as a decided underdog. The final was held in Libreville, Gabon, only a few hundred meters inland from the crash site.
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