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[[caption-width-right:350:...but what we make.]]

->''"Can I say something about destiny? '''[[TropeNamer Screw destiny!]]''' If this evil thing comes we'll fight it, and we'll keep fighting it until we whoop it. 'Cause destiny is just another word for inevitable and nothing's inevitable as long as you stand up, look it in the eye, and say 'You're evitable!'"''
-->-- '''Fred''', ''Series/{{Angel}}''

There are those characters who are mere {{Cosmic Plaything}}s in the scheme of an [[YouCantFightFate implacable Fate]] BecauseDestinySaysSo. And then there are those who don't care about that philosophical mumbo-jumbo and believe that as strong, free-willed individuals, there's no reason why ''{{the|UnchosenOne}}y'' [[TheUnchosenOne shouldn't decide their own futures]]. Screw destiny and all the others who try to [[TheFatalist discourage]] [[StrawNihilist them]]; they're ''not'' going to fulfill the prophecy of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt world destruction]] because they're the {{Big Bad}}'s [[InTheBlood descendant]], or become a [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificial magician]]. They're going to become who they ''want'' to be.

Note that it's only a true Screw Destiny if the characters actually succeed in evading fate. If they fail or [[ProphecyTwist succeed but fulfill the prophecy anyway]], it becomes YouCantFightFate and a strike against faith in individuality. If they set out to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong via time travel, and end up making it happen, it becomes YouAlreadyChangedThePast. Occurs frequently when rival seers engage in ScryVsScry. A hero who screws destiny by pressing on regardless of, or even against, a prophecy, becomes TheUnchosenOne. If one particular character has this ability while everyone else is helpless against it, then they would be ImmuneToFate. If they get ahold of the TomesOfProphecyAndFate, they might ''literally'' [[RewritingReality rewrite their fate.]]

Villains often try this as well, particularly in regards to prophecies concerning their downfall. Unlike with heroes who take the Screw Destiny route, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy this never works]], as often, the means that villains employ to try to do this (which often involve [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod attempts to stop the hero from being born or kill him when he is still a child]]) will [[GenocideBackfire come back to]] [[NiceJobFixingItVillain bite them hard]], and will only serve to ''ensure'' their ultimate downfall in the end.

On the SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate, stories where it is possible are Types 2 through 5 on the scale, with Type 2 being by far the most difficult.

AnAesop delivered in shows based around this trope is that what ultimately determines the worth of a human's life is not some [[GodIsEvil sadistic deity]] or [[PowersThatBe vague cosmic assembly]], but the choices of the human himself.

When someone is pushed dangerously close to the DespairEventHorizon, they may prefer this trope's opposite: ResignedToTheCall.

Likewise, sometimes this can turn out to be an example of YouCantFightFate in disguise, since the character's attempt to beat fate [[SelfFulfillingProphecy ultimately turns out to be what]] ''[[SelfFulfillingProphecy fulfills]]'' [[SelfFulfillingProphecy it]] (ala Oedipus Rex, the moral of which is that while Man can't beat fate, at least he doesn't have to ''look'' at it). Or it can turn out to be a SelfDefeatingProphecy, where the disaster could never have been averted if the supposed doom hadn't prompted the character to try.

WindsOfDestinyChange and ImmuneToFate are about having the ability to screw destiny as a superpower; the former is changing the odds to favor you instead while the latter is just being flat out [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin immune to fate]].

Compare OffTheRails and IAmNotAGun. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] someone who is fed up with ''{{VideoGame/Destiny}}'' or ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny SEED Destiny]]'', or with Rule34 of the eldest of the [[{{ComicBook/TheSandman}} Endless]].



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Anime/CorrectorYui [[TheReveal discovers]] that [[spoiler:she's not really TheChosenOne. Her best friend Haruna MissedTheCall. [[DarkMagicalGirl Haruna herself]] is BrainwashedAndCrazy by the BigBad, subliminally uses her power to [[MoreThanMindControl convince]] the Correctors to fight each other, ''and'' she's holding Yui's crush hostage. All without ''her'' real knowledge since Grosser [[TheManBehindTheMan pulls the strings from behind ]] as she "reunites" the Correctors, thinking she's sparing Yui from the dangers of being a Corrector]]. Yui witnesses all this in a matter of days. She [[HeroicBSOD doesn't take this very well]], but eventually decides that becoming a hero was always her dream, [[TheUnchosenOne and no amount of ordination can take that from her]]. [[spoiler: And not only she gets her Corrector status back, but she also manages to [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight revert Haruna's brainwashing]]. ]]
* Midori Sugiura in ''Manga/MaiHime''. She may not have been the mastermind behind the Grand Plan to Cheat Destiny (the credit goes to Mashiro), but she was perhaps the only character who truly believed that fate was nothing next to determination, not to mention the only [=HiME=] who actively participated in the successful plan.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh:''
** If there's one thing that the franchise as a whole teaches, it is that Fate is not set in stone and that mortals can control their own futures.
** ''Manga/YuGiOh'', the original series:
*** Yugi's Millennium Puzzle gives him the power to alter fate. By the final duel, he's mastered it enough to be able to draw whatever card he wants without fail.
*** This can also be a subversion if looked at it from another perspective. The various duelists' ability for the "destiny draw" means that they are actively controlling the cards that they pull, but are still under the control of their cards. A running theme that they have is that Destiny has a habit of catching up no matter how you fight it and the ability to pull whatever card you want out of your deck only facilitates it because these players are literally playing into the hands of destiny. This is especially apparent in the Duelist Kingdom arc where the Destiny draw would actually work in Pegasus' favor while just playing blindly actually got results. (In fact, there are only four duels in the ''entire franchise'' where a duelist has drawn a card that wasn't useful; one of them was Yugi, who got ''two bad draws in a row'' in his duel with Mai.)
*** Ishizu Ishtar has the ability to see the future, and predicts many things in relation to our heroes, the villain, and the Battle City Tournament. However, she loses this ability after AntiHero Kaiba defies his predicted defeat to her by his ''own'' vision of his past self. From Battle City onwards, half of Kaiba's dialogue is pretty much "Screw Destiny!" even after it's clear that [[YouCantFightFate he can't fight fate]].
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX:''
*** In the second season, the hero is sought out by the villain for his power to ''defy'' destiny and overturn the results the villain sees in his premonitions. Despite several prophecies coming true (including one for the next season), the overall impression is that it's seeing or trying to see the future that robs one of power over their fate, and YourMindMakesItReal.
*** Not coincidentally, Saiou, the villain who claims that YouCantFightFate, tries this himself by defying his own predictions at least once, and fails. When he tries to use a {{Brainwashed}} Asuka against Judai and he draws the Sun card, which he interprets as meaning the warmth and friendship he gets from her, he gives her the White Night Deck, which represents light without warmth, and drains her of emotion, turning her cruel and heartless. This plan not only fails miserably, but Asuka defects from the Society of Light as a result, costing him a valuable minion.
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds:''
*** Yusei, Jack, and Crow during their match against [[spoiler:Rex Goodwin]], pretty much state that they will beat him even if it means flipping Fate the bird. This is further compounded by Yusei summoning Savior Star Dragon near the end, who only shows up when it's time to spit in Destiny's face.
*** [[spoiler:Rex himself]] had a goal with this type of attitude. He wanted to stop what he believed was a "vicious cycle" of good and evil fighting each over again and again, something that was supposedly fated to happen repeatedly until the end of time. One could say he had [[WellIntentionedExtremist somewhat of a noble cause]], but his way of doing it, by destroying the world and then remaking it, was the wrong approach.
*** Earlier in that arc, Jack is shown a vision by [[spoiler: Carly]] where he joined the Dark Signers and became king of the destroyed world. However, he snaps out of it and activates a card called Change Destiny.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL:''
*** Syuta Hayami believes that his Number card gives him the ability to alter Fate itself, and make his predictions come true. Astral, however, realizes that what he actually does is create {{Self Fulfilling Prophec|y}}ies that fool his victims into making them come true. Yuma manages to defeat him by defying his prediction.
*** Also in ''ZEXAL'', it at first would seem that [[spoiler:Shark and Rei]] are taking the opposite route when they make a FaceHeelTurn and join the Barians. On the contrary, they do so [[spoiler:on their own terms, out of a sense of responsibility as leaders of the race]].
*** Astral ''defies'' the destiny that Elphias sets aside for him to destroy the Barian world, leading to a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome CMOA]] moment for Yuma as he duels the godlike being for Astral's life and freedom.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV:''
*** The fortune teller Mieru Hochun predicts that Yuya will lose to her and get horribly injured or die in the process. She tries to defy it by attempting to beat him as soon as possible so he'll go home, but part of the stage collapses on him. To her utter amazement, with the help of the Action Card 'Miracle' he not only survives without a scratch, but beats her.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}:''
** It's a major theme of the entire show. Particularly the first half, before the TimeSkip, with Naruto, Hinata and Rock Lee pretty much all saying "screw destiny" and fighting on.
** Forms the plot of ''Anime/NarutoShippudenTheMovie,'' which begins with Naruto's death being shown. Shion, a girl with the ability to see into the future, realizes that [[spoiler:either she or Naruto will die]]. She decides to [[spoiler:save Naruto]], but Naruto charges in, rescues her, and [[spoiler:unleashes a Rasengan the size of a CombinedEnergyAttack on TheDragon, saving them both]].
** Neji Hyuga's whole character development is about learning that fate is something we make. [[spoiler:His death]] is a result of this, as he willingly chose [[spoiler:TakingTheBullet and [[HeroicSacrifice dying]]]] in order to protect Hinata and Naruto. Just like his father, it wasn't out of duty to the Main Branch, but out of love for his friends and family.
** One subversion comes late into the series, as Naruto is prophesied to [[spoiler:bring either order or destruction to the world]], which he fully intends to do, and has even admitted [[TheUnchosenOne he plans to face the fate seen in the Toad Sage's latest vision]]. It's just that nobody ''knew'' this was his destiny before.
** The biggest example in this series is that [[spoiler:Naruto and Sasuke]] are the reincarnations of the two sons of the Sage of Six Paths, Ashura and Indra respectively. The Sage of Six Paths himself tells Naruto that every reincarnation of his two sons have fought to the death with one another, and no reincarnations were ever fully successful in defying that cursed fate. Not even the previous ones, [[spoiler:Hashirama and Madara]], who formed a village together. Like many before him, this incarnation of Ashura was forced to kill Indra's reincarnation when he tried to destroy the very village they formed. It was [[spoiler:Naruto and Sasuke]] who finally kicked this never ending cycle to the curb.
* In {{Creator/CLAMP}}'s ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', the entire fate of the world of Cephiro is entrusted to a person entitled "the Pillar." This person, who has the strongest will in all of Cephiro, must dedicate their mind entirely to it's well-being. ''Any'' consideration to themselves will cause the entire system to collapse. The result of denying this in the {{anime}} has the MessianicArchetype facing against her EnemyWithout and the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Cephiro's despair, while the manga took things farther; she [[RageAgainstTheHeavens challenges God himself to change the system]].
* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', also by CLAMP, the main characters have taken the Screw Destiny route multiple times, often apparently going along with a prophecy right up until the moment of decision in order to prevent their opposition from being able to formulate counter-strategies.
** Interestingly, basically everything that happens, however, is the consequence of one hero trying to fight Fate by going back in time, borking the entire space-time continuum. So, you ''can'' fight fate, it just screws things up really, really, really badly.
** Played straight with the villain, however. His entire plan was to save someone's life from a predicted death. His plan to save her prompted her to pull a HeroicSacrifice to save one of the victims of his plan.
* Subverted in ''Manga/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'', in a number of ways.
** The first is that Escaflowne itself is forged to ''alter'' destiny to suit its use. Controlling it becomes the BigBad's goal simply so his advanced [[GambitRoulette plans for controlling events]] through his precognitive visions won't be disrupted.
** The BigBad's final goal, however, is sort of a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: he creates an "Absolute Fortune Field" [[spoiler:which gives anyone inside it their fondest desires. In theory. However, when applied to a coalition of armies bent on bringing him down, it turns out their alliance was built on "enemy of my enemy" principles, and given the Absolute Fortune Field's effects, it disintegrates as each faction tries to conquer the world themselves and the conflicting desires threaten to bring about the apocalypse]].
* In the beginning of ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', everyone is being directed by a slightly insane author, of whose actions a few are vaguely aware. However, [[spoiler:Fakir and Ahiru]] learn their original, tragic fates and set out to change them. The ArcWords of the anime are "May those who accept their fate find happiness, may those who defy it, ''glory.''"
* In episode 12 of ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'', it is [[TheReveal revealed]] that Pacifica is capable of screwing with the divine plan of the Peacemakers, since she was one of the few who weren't programmed from birth to follow their every wish.
* The Brand of Sacrifice on Guts's neck in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' is a double-edged sword - it draws demons to him, but because he didn't die when he was ''supposed'' to, he's now an unpredictable factor in Fate. Screwing destiny over becomes his purpose in life after that, much to the surprise and amusement of the Godhand.
** This one's perhaps best expressed in Guts's declaration of war on the demons from the manga, which can be found in the Quotes Wiki part of this page and which ranks as perhaps the most badass speech in the entire series. Hell, probably the most badass speech in telling destiny to go screw itself.
** A missing chapter reveals that this was ''inverted'' in the backstory. [[spoiler:The Idea of Evil, the true power behind the Godhand, was willed into being by the collective subconsciousness of humanity because they could not accept that their suffering had no greater meaning or reason behind it.]]
* The protagonists in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' would much rather '''GIGAAA DRILLL BREAAAAK'''...aherm, drill a hole through destiny in the most awesome and over-the-top way possible than submit to it.
** Considering that the intro for about half of part 2 basically went "Simon got screwed over by fate and wants to beat the shit out of it until it [[spoiler:gives his fiancee back]]. It's really not surprising they don't respond well to claims that YouCantFightFate.
** [[HotBlooded Simon]] [[BadassBoast starts pouring out Screw Destiny speeches]] around the [[spoiler: FinalBattle]]. Here's one:
-->'''Simon:''' Don't underestimate us! We don't care about time or space or multi-dimensional-whatevers! We don't give a damn about that! Force your way down a path you choose to take and do it all yourself! That's the way [[BadassCrew Team Dai-Gurren]] rolls!
** And another...
-->'''[[spoiler: [[BigBad The Anti-Spiral]]]]:''' You continue to struggle even knowing what you know!?
-->'''Simon:''' Of course we do! The tomorrow we're trying to grab for ourselves... Is not the tomorrow that you've set out for us! It's the tomorrow that we choose for ourselves--a tomorrow that we choose out of all of the infinite universes! We'll fight our way through! We'll keep fighting and [[spoiler: protect the universe! We'll stop the Spiral Nemesis, too!]]
* Orihime from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' literally has the power to do this.
** What she does, as Aizen ably described, is rejection of events through her Shun Shun Rikka, of which at least the Santen Kesshun (which repels attacks) and the Souten Kisshun (which "rewinds" wounds to a healing point, like she did to an one-armed Grimmjow, for example) are known to do this (not quite the case with the Koten Zanshun, which is an attacking technique). So, by stopping an enemy from hitting her or undoing potentially deadly wounds, she's basically giving destiny a "screw you".
** It doesn't really have to be wounds either. Theoretically, it could be anything, including birth, aging and {{next tier power up}}s.
* Late in ''Manga/LoveHina'', and after the ''Love Hina'' anime (long story), there is a plot involving a magic building that makes two people destined to marry each other. It sets up [[NotBloodSiblings Keitaro and Kanako]]. More specifically, it fails at setting up Keitaro and Kanako, Naru [[strike:lets Kanako fix it because she's too busy angsting to do it herself]] manages to beat it, with the building ''collapsing from the strain of attempting to keep it fixed''.
* Screwing Destiny is the core plot of ''Manga/AnnCassandra''. The main characters, Kizaki and Nanaki, strive to prevent the predictions of calamity they have from occurring. In particular, Kizaki knows that he is predicted to die at the age of 20, which drives him to disrupt predictions in the hope that doing so will enable him to avert his own death when the time comes. At the same time, Kizaki takes advantage of his destiny by running all kinds of risks in the course of his quest, confident that he won't die until he turns 20 in three years' time.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': When Lelouch learns that the fate of every Geass "Witch" is to [[spoiler:give up their immortality to a sufficiently-powerful Geass User and then die]], and that C.C. intends to do so with his father the Emperor, he [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech encourages her]] to say "Screw Destiny!" It works, but you'd better believe there's [[LaserGuidedAmnesia a catch]]...
* In ''Manga/IkkiTousen'', almost each character is the reincarnation of the legendary heroes of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. They all know how this legacy affects them, and several of them try to go either fully or partially against their fate. Such as [[spoiler: Toutaku (Dong Zhuo) trying to kill Hakufu (Sun Ce) and then dying on his own terms, Koukin (Zhou Yu) being [[BodyguardCrush strongly driven to protect Hakufu]] so she doesn't die before her time, Goei (Lady Wu) making sure the Nanyou team is disqualified from the tournament so Hakufu's SuperpoweredEvilSide doesn't come up to the surface...]] etc.)
* In ''{{Manga/X 1999}}'', it is foreseen that Kamui will be unavoidably killed by [[spoiler: Fuma]] when they fight their final battle, and thus the Earth will be destroyed. Kamui fulfills only half the prophecy - [[spoiler: by letting Fuma kill him without a fight, he redeems Fuma and prevents the Earth's destruction]].
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Kaworu [[ICannotSelfTerminate orders Shinji to kill him]] so that humanity can survive, even though it is Kaworu's destiny to live forever, though he will eventually reunite with Adam and destroy humanity. Because of [[HoYay his love for Shinji]], he decides not to. Then [[ShootTheShaggyDog Shinji wishes everyone would just die]], so it's mildly subverted.
** It can also be argued (if one tries to piece together the premise and plot of ''End of Evangelion'') that Shinji [[NiceJobBreakingItHero willfully sabotaged]] the [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Instrumentality Project]] by opting out of it (himself being the only person on Earth in a position to do so, protected, as he were, by Unit-01's AT Field and not [[spoiler:eaten by MP Evas]] like Asuka).
* Rakan from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is fighting a RealityWarper. Said reality warper proves that fighting is futile and that the outcome is already decided - calling Rakan a "puppet" and causing Rakan to suddenly be having a tea party with him mid-punch. Rakan's response is to get out the ''big'' guns, and more or less say "Puppet this!". With his now-metal fists.
--> Heh. "Illusions"? "Puppets"? Heheh, '''screw that crap'''!!
** It is worth noting that TheDragon he is fighting is ''[[MeaningfulName named Fate]]''.
* This is Garrod Ran's attitude in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'', in stark contrast to his WaifProphet girlfriend Tifa, who initially believes YouCantFightFate. [[spoiler:At the end of the series, the first Newtype says that Garrod's [[{{Determinator}} refusal to accept "fate"]] is precisely what allowed him to change it.]]
* {{Manga/Psyren}}'s entire point is this trope. They're screwing destiny, bit by bit.
* The titular [[AMechByAnyOtherName Golem]] of ''Manga/BreakBlade'' was engraved with a message by its builders. Translated, the message is simply "Go, And Defy Your Destiny". Said golem only works for {{Un Sorcerer}}s.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Homura is ''[[{{Determinator}} obsessed]]'' with [[DeclarationOfProtection saving Madoka]] from the depths of despair [[spoiler:that have inevitably befallen her in [[GroundhogDayLoop other timelines]]]].
** Note that [[MentorMascot Kyubey]] is also desperate to prevent the end of the universe. [[spoiler:They do this by [[PoweredByAForsakenChild turning little girls into]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, effecitevly making them the BigBad. This itself is subject to the attitude, so there doesn't seem to be a win-win solution for the problem.]]
** And the biggest example of all: [[spoiler:In the GrandFinale, Madoka uses her wish and the immense magical power she's built up due to Homura's GroundhogDayLoop to ''rewrite reality'' so that no magical girl, past, present, or future, in any timeline, will ever become a witch. Not only did she avoid her own nasty fate, not only did she keep preventing the end of the universe, she ''also'' screwed over the Incubators' system where all Puella Magi are forced to either die or become witches]]. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Damn]].
* ''Manga/CageOfEden'' gives us the clairvoyant Mami, who has a nasty habit of predicting death. [[spoiler: At least that's what her manager wants everyone to think. At least until [[DoubleSubversion Mami predicts the]] [[KarmicDeath deaths of her group]], including her own death. Sengoku doesn't like that and shows up to save her from extinct crocodiles. When Mami responds that [[YouCantFightFate she will die the next time then]], Sengoku responds "In that case, I'll save you again!" [[{{Beat}} followed by a short pause then]] "Right, everyone!?" [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Cue a shot of everyone beating the crap out of said extinct crocodiles]].]]
* In ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' movie, Eureka told Renton that her lifespan is running out and doesn't have long to live as an Image. If Image is gone, so will she as well as evident by Anemone and Nirvash's fate. In the end, it turns out she screwed destiny by [[spoiler: being reborn as a human being, free of her ties to Image. The catches are that all of her memories will be wiped and she needs Renton's survival and memories in order to create dreams to sustain her existence]].
* The destiny of the Lunar and Solar {{Miko}}s in ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' is to be (re)born simultaneously into this world, fall in [[SchoolgirlLesbians love with each other]], turn [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday sixteen]], defeat the {{Orochi}}, [[spoiler:have one kill the other]], then have the whole incident [[RetGone erased from everyone's memories, including their own]]. Rinse and repeat. However, [[ThePowerOfLove their love is so powerful]] that they eventually say bollocks and break the cycle of reincarnation, [[spoiler:with Chikane returning to Himeko still on the latter's lifetime]].
* The entire plot of ''{{Manga/Enigme}}'' has the protagonist Haiba Sumio always trying to screw destiny towards his dream diary ability which foretells the future, and he proves to be good at it.
* In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', some of the characters love fate and some hate fate (and we get monologues from both perspectives.) Some of the characters fight against fate, most notably [[spoiler: Kanba, who is willing to do anything to change fate and save his dying little sister.]]
** The final episode ''ESPECIALLY'' doesn't hold back on this trope; [[spoiler: Ringo rewrites fate to save Himari. However, this comes at the price of Kanba and Shouma (Himari's brothers) [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing]] their lives in order to save Himari and Ringo respectively, as Ringo would otherwise die as a punishment from changing fate]].
* Deconstructed in ''Manga/BlackGod''. Destiny isn't something that should be screwed with in the first place, so if you somehow accidentally manage to stay alive when it's decreed that you should've been killed off, [[DoomMagnet bad shit will keep happening to you and the people around you until you finally]] ''{{do|omMagnet}}'' [[DoomMagnet die]]. And trying to stay alive on ''purpose'' means that you have to kill others and drain their life force to keep on living.
** Further deconstructed with the ultimate plan of the BigBad. He wants to completely dismantle the destiny-decreeing-death system ''and'' save the earth [[spoiler:by killing off a third of the world's human population]].
* Like above example, also deconstructed in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''. [[TheLifestream The Rukh]] naturally guide everything and everyone to their supposed destiny. Refusing your destiny will taint your Rukh black, which can be used by [[AncientConspiracy Al-Sarmen]] to fuel their BlackMagic. Worse, using BlackMagic [[RedemptionEqualsDeath will leave you withered once you decide not to use it]]. [[spoiler:This is because the White Rukh doesn't actually control anyone. On the contrary, it embodies free will and the power to choose your own path. People who blame fate for their problems are actually ''surrendering'' to destiny, not fighting it.]]
* In the final season of ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'', [[spoiler:Chirico is offered godhood by Wiseman, an ancient computer system that has been manipulating civilization for millennia. He has been groomed by Wiseman for this fate his entire life]]. Naturally, [[spoiler:he [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu destroys Wiseman]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSONA-fwT4c first by shooting it, and then by dismantling it piece by piece]]]].
* This is actually a core mechanic of ''Manga/FutureDiary'', since the players in Deus' survival game receive Dead End flags as warnings of their imminent death. The main course of action after receiving a flag is for the characters to freak out and go against the actions written in their future diaries in order to negate the events leading to the Dead End.
* In a late manga story arc, the characters of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' accidentally visit the place where futures are created in the form of handles to apply to a door. Upon seeing both the already fixed future (previously seen in a time travel chapter, where Ataru marries Shinobu and has a son with her, Lum marries Mendou and Ran is fixated on killing Lum) and a number of alternative futures (including one where Ataru [[HaremSeeker succeeded in his goal of getting a harem]]), the characters perform one of the most epic instances of this trope by ''physically destroy all the handles and doors to unfix the future'', with Ataru personally destroying the harem future because [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Lum wasn't in the harem]].
* In the R season of the [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Moon anime]], Mamoru receives visions that end with Usagi's death, while being told by a mysterious voice to break up with her for her own safety. He does at first, but eventually defies the visions and voice to reunite with her. It turns out that it was all a SecretTestOfCharacter, in that if he ''truly and without a doubt'' loved her he'd stay with her no matter what. And it was given to him by his future self, no less.
* A dark version happens in the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga: upon hearing that Sailor Chibimoon presence meant she was fated to lose as she came from the future, BigBad Sailor Galaxia killed Mamoru in a way that made impossible resurrecting him, thus ''erasing Chibimoon'' as she could not be conceived anymore (Sailor Moon will proceed to win ''and'' resurrect Mamoru anyway).
* Happens in ''Manga/GreenWorldz'' whereby [[spoiler: Iwatobi]], aka [[spoiler: Akira]] 30 years from the future, traveled back through time and changed the entire course of the war with the female human hybrid, ensuring the survival of some of his comrades.
* The main theme of ''Manga/RGVeda'' at its core. [[spoiler:The whole plot is revealed to be the result of Ashura-ou trying to defy Fate in order to continue his bloodline and Taishakuten's motivation is avoiding the fulfillment of the prophecy. Kujaku's motivation is seeing if destiny can be defied, but he doesn't do much that to push things to the right direction and at the end it's Ashura's love for Yasha what changed the course of Fate.]]
* The bonus chapter of ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', "Future Gospel", is all about precognition and screwing destiny. Mikiya gets to deal with a weaker sort of precognition, where he saves a man from a traffic accident by simply acting on the knowledge that that man will ''most likely'' die in the next few minutes. Meanwhile, Shiki escapes from a RubeGoldbergDevice DeathTrap by literally destroying the future a precognitive assassin set up for her with her Mystic Eyes. Nonetheless, TheStinger reveals that there ''are'' situations where YouCantFightFate, e.g. while ''Shiki'' had many possible futures ahead of him, none of these saw him live past February 1996.
* In the New Years Day episode of ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'', Retsuko gets a fortune predicting she will have great misfortune in 2017. Her response is "Bring it on!"

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[AntiAntiChrist The titular hero]] of ''{{Comicbook/Hellboy}}'' is practically an AnthropomorphicPersonification of screwing destiny. Several of the occult nasties he confronts express amazement that there even ''is'' a confrontation, proclaiming his ostensible fate as a future linchpin of the Apocalypse ... but he's already got a job, thanks, and he's not interested in outside offers. Unfortunately, he couldn't keep going for ever - [[spoiler: in 2012, he died and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt began, but it seems his sacrifice means humanity now has the opportunity to fight its own extinction and FlingALightIntoTheFuture]].
** In {{Film/Hellboy}}, both sides make what they think are compelling arguments:
-->'''Agent Myers:''' You have a choice!
-->'''Grigori Rasputin:''' No you don't!
** As you can see, the Rasputin of the Hellboy films is not exactly the silver-tongued persuasive mystic that the real Rasputin was famous for being!
* The six-issue comic book series ''ComicBook/TheChroniclesOfWormwood'' stars Danny Wormwood, who happens to be the Antichrist. He's not interested in ushering in the end of the world, though, and he's not shy about telling [[{{Satan}} his father]] to get stuffed.
* In the ''{{Franchise/Batman}}'' story "To Kill A Legend", Batman and Robin are transported to an AlternateUniverse where the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents is about to unfold. Robin has misgivings about interfering with destiny, [[spoiler: but when push comes to shove he can't just watch innocents die and decides "To blazes with destiny!". Batman beats him to it, however. [[YouCantFightFate The epilogue reveals]] that the incident makes such an impression on this universe's Bruce Wayne that he grows up to emulate the mysterious figure who had saved his parents]].
* Used a little oddly, but nonetheless awesomely, in ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', in which humanity is able to alter its entire destiny simply by [[spoiler:having all humans dream all at once, completely rewriting all the laws of the universe and in the process dramatically shifting its place within said universe]].
** Supposedly cats can do this, too. Then again, the whole thing was a story told by cats... it's hard to pick out what is real and what isn't in ''Sandman''. Though, by implication at least, Destiny's book is never wrong, and would probably include such a dream. And even that gets called into question near the end of the series. Delirium at one point tells Destiny that his book doesn't cover ''everything''.
** One of the cats that hears the story doesn't believe it will ever happen, because no one -- cat, man, demon, or god -- could convince a thousand cats to agree on anything.
** In ''ComicBook/TheSandmanOverture'', things happen which aren't in Destiny's book or the Fates' weaving, confirming Delirium's statement.
* Used a lot in ''ComicBook/XMen'', with several issues being about them averting some "pre-destined" tragedy. Certain mutants can see the future, however, Destiny being one of them. ComicBook/{{Mystique}} does [[{{Pun}} screw Destiny]] to "father" Rogue.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' [[spoiler: Ozymandias predicts the coming of the nuclear war and decides to do ''whatever'' is necessary to head it off and heal the rift between East and West]].
* Cade Skywalker in ''[[Comicbook/{{Legacy}} Star Wars: Legacy]]'' puts it regarding his 'fate' as a Skywalker: "Destiny? I call it karking slavery!"
* In ''Comicbook/ElfQuest'', elves who refuse to become lifemates with someone they've Recognized count as this trope, [[spoiler: particularly if they resort to bashing their Recognized one's head in with a club, like Dodia did to Door]].
* The reason that Comicbook/AdamWarlock can fight ComicBook/{{Thanos}} during ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' saga is because he stands outside the loop of destiny, and can therefore do things that no one else could.
* A sci-fi example in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': A time traveller warns about a major disaster that will destroy a large part of Duckburg, killing thousands - but the resident TimePolice (supposedly the good guys) are doing everything in their power to make sure it goes down 'like it's supposed to'. After all, in their time, it's already happened. Obviously, Paperinik (Donald Duck's superhero alter ego) isn't going to take that lying down.
* The entire point of the series ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'': pretty much all the protagonist's actions are aimed at escaping God's plan.
** Lucifer tries to do this to the AnthropomorphicPersonification of BecauseDestinySaysSo, [[Comicbook/TheSandman Destiny of the Endless]] by forcibly ripping out pieces of The Book of Destiny (which, basically, is Destiny in book form; the book contains everything that has or will happen in Creation) and burning it.
-->'''Lucifer:''' There. Now we're '''both''' in the dark.\\
'''Destiny:''' [[spoiler: No. Now you look at the ashes. ''**Lucifer does so; [[YouCantFightFate the ashes tell him what will happen next]]**'' [[SubvertedTrope And now you change your mind]].]]
** During his mainstream appearances in DC comics outside the Vertigo imprint, Destiny has indeed been screwed several times, to the point of having his Book (which was chained to his arm and physically a part of him in ''Sandman'' and ''Lucifer'') taken from him.
* Iron Lad from the ComicBook/YoungAvengers was/is actually Kang the Conqueror from the future, determined to stop himself from become/becoming him.
--> '''Iron Lad:''' Kate, if you found out you were going to become... Adolf Hitler, wouldn't you do everything in your power to make sure it never happens?
* At the end of ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' the ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan learns that he won't have a future, that Peter Parker will reclaim his body. Suffering from a VillainousBreakdown, he murders the Master Weaver, then starts cutting the Web of Life and Destiny to avert this from happening. However, the other 616 Spiders and Spider-UK are able to stop him and toss him back to his time.
* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', Princess Sally decides to go through the bonding ceremony with the Source. During the moment, she sees a vision of the future where she and Sonic (as queen and king) are trying to escape from an attack and Sonic stays behind, telling Sally to get her and their kids out of there. Sally grinds things to a halt there and leaves, stating that she didn't want things to be chosen like that. The Source doesn't like that and tries to possess her from time to time when she uses the Sword of Acorns.
* At the end of ''ComicBook/TheBlackVortex'', [[ComicBook/AllNewXMen O5 Angel]] explains to ComicBook/{{X 23}} that he took up a portion of the titular power, gaining flaming wings in the process, because he saw what he would become in the future by meeting his present day self and decided "Screw that!"
* ''ComicBook/{{Birthright}}'' has this trope take an ugly turn when ''TheChosenOne'' destined to save the world from the BigBad, decides "screw that noise, ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne and I just want to go home!" and sides with the villain he was supposed to kill for the chance of returning to Earth.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This trope, along with other tropes about {{fate and prophecy|Tropes}}, is one of the {{central theme}}s of the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' fanfic FanFic/TheUrthbloodSaga, where the titular character receives a prophecy foretelling of a dark crisis that will sweep over the world, and gathers a huge army with the goal of uniting the lands under his power in order to prevent it. At the same time, he does often slip into the YouCantFightFate mindset over other details about the future, and since the story is [[DeadFic not yet finished]] it's still unclear whether this trope or the more fatalistic one will come true in the end.
* In ''Fanfic/KoihimeMusouTalesOfTheArmoredWarGods'', this seems to be the goal of the [[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Rinjyuken Akugata]], via preventing the kingdom of Shu from ever existing, with the preferred method being the removal of the future key figures of Shu. However, their actual reasoning has not yet been revealed. Also, it should be noted that this is also the motive of [[spoiler: Masataka (Kamen Rider Zangetsu)]], though it is portrayed as more well intentioned, and the execution method is completely different.
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', while the others are sitting around waiting for As'taris to do something with Paul, who has been turned into a diamond statue, they discuss the fact that he got no magic. John, who had gotten his water-charm at the same time Paul was diamondized, speculates that Paul was supposed to get it and plans to give it to him once he's restored to normal. Which prompts the following exchange:
-->In a low voice George said, “Maybe he really isn't meant to have magic, or he'd have gotten your gem the first time.”
-->“That,” said John darkly, “is the best reason in the ''world'' for me to give it to him. Nobody's gonna ''mean'' anythin' for us except ''us''.”
* The fanfic ''Fanfic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'' has [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha]] pretty much do this [[spoiler:to her past life and what is expected of her as the reincarnation of [[Anime/SailorMoon Princess Serenity]]]]. This has major repercussions as [[spoiler:she refuses to reignite her [[ReincarnationRomance past romance]] with Mamoru so she can be with Fate and drives Luna to the point where she might end up [[HeWhoFightsMonsters deciding to find ways to get Nanoha to accept her destiny no matter what]]]].
* This is the whole point of ''Fanfic/NoChanceForFate'' as it begins with Sailor Pluto breaking a StableTimeLoop due to a random factor ([[spoiler: Ranma's birth]]) and being determined to prevent the future that led to the creation of the time loop in the first place.
* In the ''Film/StarTrek'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WrittenInTheStars'', Fem!Kirk tries to do this when told that she and Spock were married in the original universe. [[spoiler: After falling in love with Spock, she decides to just go with it.]]
* ''[[Fanfic/HardReset You Can Fight Fate]]'', story three of the ''Hard Reset'' fanfic trilogy. It's there in the title. Twilight eventually finds out just why the Elements of Harmony kept exploding in the first story when disharmony and chaos got too much. [[spoiler:They're working for a 'perfect' world with NO conflict or chaos. Twilight objects.]]
* Enterprise from the ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' fanfic ''Fanfic/PacificWorldWarIIUsNavyShipgirls'' believes in this (fittingly enough, in contrast to [[YouCantFightFate Akagi]]), as implied by one of her quotes.
--> '''Enterprise''': ''You're wrong! The future doesn't happen by random chance, it happens because we will create it!''
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/DownToAgincourt'' takes the general screw-destiny attitude displayed by Dean in canon and turns it UpToEleven. The Devil's all but won and we're all just waiting for the end? Eh, screw that, let's fight.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': When Rei meets Kaworu, she wants to destroy him because the spawn of Adam and the children of Lilith cannot coexist, ergo he's a threat to her offspring and her loved ones (Shinji and Asuka). However, Kaworu insists that they don't have to be enemies and he chooses his own fate.
-->'''Rei:''' (growling) You will not harm them, Adam-spawn! This world is mine! I will protect my children! They will live!\\
'''Kaworu:''' You don't need to do that.\\
'''Rei:''' (snarling) Why not? You and I cannot coexist, Child of the White Moon! For all the other lies SEELE has told, they told the truth about that! I know what compels you! You cannot resist the Call to seek your origin! You will inevitably try to unite with Adam and fulfill the drive you cannot deny! And I will not allow you to overwrite all life on this world!\\
'''Kaworu:''' I am not your enemy, First Child.\\
'''Rei:''' You have no choice! I know how strong the Call is!\\
'''Kaworu:''' I am the Angel of Free Will. There is always a choice. And I choose my fate, not the old men of SEELE, whatever they may think. They cannot control me, not like that.
* In ''Fail Better'', the whole plot is about Lucia throwing destiny and, as many of her species see it, common sense to the wind. She proves them wrong in the end.
* About halfway through ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', a sentient Shadowkhan named Karasu arrives from the future. Aside from his claim of loyalty towards [[VillainProtagonist Jade]] (implying that her [[FallenHero fall]] will never be undone), he also warns that the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil is about to be disrupted in a massive, [[EndOfAnAge era-changing]] way. And while this initially deeply disturbs the heroes, Jackie eventually states that he refuses to believe Karasu purely on principle -- he knows that the future can be changed, and he'll do everything in his power to prevent this one from coming to pass.
* When ''FanFic/TheRWBYLoops'' catches up to Pyrrha's canonical death, the loopers all agree to declare war on baseline in response.
* The MagicalGirl CrossOver ''FanFic/ShatteredSkies'' begins with a villainous example. [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Joker]], in the afterlife, meets [[Manga/SailorMoon Chaos]], the UltimateEvil, origin point and guiding force behind every universe's BigBad. After hearing of [[EternalRecurrence the endless cycle of war between good and evil]], in which [[YouCantFightFate evil is destined to lose every time]], Joker convinces Chaos to spare him and rebel against its fate and natural function, so that the cycle might finally end for good.
* The ''Series/TheFlash2014''/''Series/Supergirl2015'' crossover ''Fanfic/CallMeKara'' has [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] saving [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]]'s life at the beginning of the story. ComicBook/DoctorFate straight up tells Kara that she was destined to die on the floor of her apartment.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Probably the most important component of ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': "You are who you choose to be." Though in that case, it wasn't any vague concept of destiny, but the character's actual purpose for having been ''built''.
* [[DeconstructedTrope Treated more realistically than usual]] in ''Film/{{Brave}}''. "Changing one's fate" is not as simple as finding a loophole or asking for a spell; in real life, this sort of thing is complicated and there are serious consequences for doing it incorrectly. The true journey of RebelliousPrincess Merida will be centered not just on flipping the bird to rules and tradition and getting away with it solely because she's TheProtagonist, but on seeing that forging one's destiny is more complex than believed and that she must face both the pros and the cons of such decisions.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This is one of the major themes of the ''Film/ThreeHundred'' graphic novel and movie. It helps that the oracular priests who told the Spartans [[YouCantFightFate not to fight fate]] were not only total bastards, but were [[spoiler:bribed by the Persians to say this]]. Which is the exact opposite of what happened IRL, where the Oracle specifically told King Leonidas that either a Spartan King must die or a Persian King would rule in Sparta.
* In ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'', the prince was given a second chance to change history completely when he travelled back in time in the ending, sparing the lives of those who are supposed to die.
* Subverted very strongly in ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'' when Creator/KeanuReeves' character goes so far as to blow his own brains out to defy his Satanic father, only to end up sucked right back into a different type of honey trap by the Devil in another guise after choosing differently once the ResetButton is pushed.
* Seen in ''Film/HappyAccidents'' when Vincent D'Onofrio's character tries to [[spoiler:Save Marisa Tomei's life..]].
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' ends in one big example when John and Sarah Connor take every conceivable measure to make sure Skynet never even gets built, much less cause a nuclear holocaust. But it's a YouCantFightFate in disguise, because their attempts result in a TemporalParadox that ''facilitates'' Skynet being built via a StableTimeLoop. Also, they completely overlooked the fact that the US government likely had records on Dyson's research, and simply had a team working on it in secrecy beyond what could be researched by the likes of Sarah and John Connor.
*** Dyson says they had to destroy everything, which is what they do. The intended idea was to leave the idea open to whether or not they succeeded, rather than it being a straight up YouCantFightFate scenario.
** ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', [[AssPull completely ignored the message]] and went right back to YouCantFightFate (though John Connor does try to invoke this trope by name at least once). To be fair ''Terminator 2'' was ''itself'' an instance of ignoring the YouCantFightFate message of the first film. The huge popularity of T2 has resulted in a certain amount of SequelDisplacement, so T3 (which in several respects is thematically closer to the first movie) gets a lot of flak over this issue.
** Played to the hilt in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', where the finale for the second season ends with the series tossing out the most basic, fundamental caveat of the entire ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' setting: [[spoiler: John Connor chooses to travel forward in time past Judgment Day, thereby traveling to a future where he ''isn't'' humanity's savior - and the resistance is intact and fighting without him]].
** Played straight with the cyborg in ''Film/TerminatorSalvation''. [[spoiler: Skynet miscalculated and allowed him to have an all-too-human mind. This backfired on Skynet, as he was able to subvert his own programming and fight against Skynet.]]
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' Trilogy:
** Subverted in ''Film/TheMatrix''. The Oracle has a pretty good grasp on people's reactions to prophecy, so she tells Neo (and others) exactly what they need to know for the future to come to pass. In particular, she tells Neo that Morpheus will die because of his mistaken belief that Neo is The One. When Neo says "screw destiny!" and charges in to rescue him, he realizes that he is The One after all. Also an example of [[MetaphoricallyTrue Jedi Truth]] as, from a certain point of view, Neo only becomes The One when he ''chooses'' to believe he is.
** This is played out on a grander scale in ''[[Film/TheMatrixReloaded Reloaded]]'' and ''[[Film/TheMatrixRevolutions Revolutions]]'' when it is discovered that [[spoiler:the Prophecy about The One is a lie and just another means of control by the Machines, and that The One is not meant to end the war at all, but to perpetuate it by selecting the next inhabitants of the new Zion once the current Zion is destroyed by the Machines, like so many other Ones before him. Neo is the first One to defy this system of control and bring about the true end of the war]].
** The Oracle also comments that "no one can see beyond a choice they don't understand", meaning she can tell people something that MAY happen, yet it's their choice what to do with it. The Architect, she notes, can't see past ''any'' choice.
** When Agent Smith asks Neo why he continues to fight in the face of inevitable defeat, his reply is: [[BadassBoast "Because I choose to."]]
* The premise of ''Film/MinorityReport''. At first, it seems that YouCantFightFate, but by the end, knowing your destiny is enough to give you the choice to change it.
** In the short story the movie is based on, it happens a little bit differently. There are three prophesies made in quick succession, some of which show the main character committing murder but others don't (or show him committing a different murder). The difference is because [[spoiler: the first two prophesies each affected the ones that followed them. Basically, seeing a prophecy that he would kill a certain person inspired him to kill a ''different'' person, and seeing ''that'' prophecy led him to kill the first person after all]].
* Arguably the main theme in ''Film/{{Paycheck}}''. The main character uses a time machine to see his own death in the future and spends the rest of the movie trying to change his fate. Ironically, he ultimately succeeds while the villains, who are trying to fulfill what the time machine shows and predicts, fail.
* Briefly parodied in ''Film/MirrorMask'', when Valentine sees that in the future, he will be an overworked waiter feeding Indian food to yuppies. [[TheScream "NO I DON'T WANT TO BE A WAITER!"]] Luckily, his prediction gives him the necessary knowledge to avoid this fate by not betraying the heroine.
* One of the classic examples of this is in ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' where a camp follower strays into the desert and all the Arab chiefs demand that he be abandoned, because bedouin have enough experience of the desert to fear it. One of them says "it is written." At which point Lawrence goes into the desert to search for lost man saying, "Nothing is written." Then he brings him back. Then the man Lawrence rescues murders another man from a rival tribe and Lawrence is forced to conduct the execution himself to prevent a feud, making you wonder if "it was written" after all. Thus this example could be either a played straight or a subversion.
* In ''Film/{{Next}}'', Creator/NicolasCage's character, Cris Johnson, is able to break through the common science fiction cliche that, even with the power to tell the future, destiny is unchangeable. In fact, the whole movie's tagline is that "If you can see the future, you can save it." Curiously, ''Film/{{Knowing}}'' also stars Creator/NicolasCage and seems to have a similar premise, only for Cage's character to [[YouCantFightFate fail to save anyone]].
* ''Film/{{Gattaca}}'' is basically a biological take.
* ''Film/{{Outlander}}'': Kainan's philosophy is "There is no gods. There is no fate. There is only me." In his case, this was as much about [[TheAtoner taking responsibility for his own mistakes]] as it was about forging his own path.
* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''
** Reversed in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. Doc originally is very vocal about not finding out too much about one's own destiny, believing that subverting destiny could be potentially world-destroying, but eventually gives in and [[spoiler: tapes Marty's letter back together, learning of his death in 1985 and thus being able to prevent it]].
** In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', we learn that Marty wound up in an auto accident [[NobodyCallsMeChicken because he got called "chicken"]], leading to him working in a menial job that he gets fired from after being called "chicken" again. After considerable CharacterDevelopment in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Part III]]'', Marty avoids the auto accident, and a message Jennifer took from the future, telling his future self "You're fired" gets erased.
-->'''Jennifer:''' Dr. Brown, I brought this note back from the future and now it's erased.\\
'''Doc:''' Of course it's erased!\\
'''Jennifer:''' But what does that mean?\\
'''Doc:''' It means your future hasn't been written yet. No one's has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.
* In ''Film/TheScorpionKing'', the titular Scorpion King asks his sorceress wife about his fate as the new king. She tells him it will be short lived. He replies with "I make my own destiny." This is a line he also uses earlier when someone mentions fate or destiny. His declaration that he makes his own destiny and the prophecy that his time as king will be cut short are ''both'' proven correct when, in the sequel ''[[Film/TheScorpionKing The Scorpion King 3]]'', his wife dies and he deliberately lets the kingdom fall apart to go back to his life as a mercenary.
** She also gives a wrong prophecy earlier in the film.
* In ''Film/WendyWuHomecomingWarrior'' this is how [[spoiler: the evil spirit Yan-Lo is destroyed. Shen was supposed to die during the battle]] BecauseDestinySaysSo, but [[spoiler: Wendy]] refuses to let that happen and [[spoiler: uses her powers to save him. After the two of them defeat Yan-Lo, they learn that by changing destiny, Yan-Lo has been destroyed forever]].
* ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' has an interesting example. Instead of the main character changing his fate, he manages to convince the person who controls it to change it for him.
* Barbossa makes several statements along these lines in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third]] and [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides fourth]] ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' films. Justifiable, since his destiny has been completely out of his hands for nearly twelve years- placed under a sense-killing curse for ten years, killed right after the curse is lifted, and resurrected just in time to be dragged into a war. He deserves a break.
* Emperor Palpatine tries to do this in ''Franchise/StarWars''. He ends up, years later, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain torturing the son of the man who was prophesied to kill him, prompting the man to, erm, kill him]]. Though the act of ignoring it is what leads to his rise to power.
** In addition to the Emperor, Luke actively subverts his intended destiny at every turn. After being told that his friends should be left to die on Bespin, he immediately attempts to save them. After being told that he must kill Vader, he turns away. Both of these actions are what leads to his ultimate success.
%%* The entire point of ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau''.
* Subverted by Lt. Dan in ''Film/ForrestGump'', who believes his destiny is to die in the field with his men like every generation of his family before him, fully embraces it, and is '''very''' pissed off when Gump instead saves his life and leaves him a cripple. It takes Dan years to get over his "failure" to die and eventually befriends Gump and even later on becomes a married man (his wife is implied to be a Vietnamese-American, no less).
* In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Wolverine is transported to the past in order to stop the Sentinels from being mass produced and wiping out the mutants. In the end, he succeeds, erasing the continuity of the original trilogy (and thus bringing several characters BackFromTheDead) in the process.
* In the ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricanger'' film, ''Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger: TEN YEARS AFTER'', Tenkai, a young boy who possesses the evil entity Great Will, seeks to free himself from this cursed fate. [[spoiler:He does this when he is chosen to become the new Shurikenger.]]

* This is a common recurring theme in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels. As Granny Weatherwax puts it in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', "Destiny is important, but people go wrong when they think it controls them. It's the other way around."
** Captain Carrot of the Ankh-Morpork Watch lives out this motto, although he probably wouldn't use quite that verb.
** Inverted in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', where Moist von Lipwig contrarily sets out to ''[[SelfFulfillingProphecy fulfill]]'' a Prophecy that never actually existed. "Wishing that someone will come along and sort this mess out one day is not the same as a prophecy." In defiance of non-Fate, Moist succeeds. (In forcing what wasn't destined to occur into happening anyway, Moist is, in fact, following Weatherwax's philosophy to the hilt. It's a double inversion.)
** An interesting use is found in the form of the Omniscope from ''Discworld/TheLastHero''. Its settings can be fiddled with to view anything, anywhere, anywhen - but as Ponder Stibbons explains to the Patrician, it's best not to look into the future. If you don't know what will happen, anything can happen. But whatever potential future the device shows you will inevitably happen, and it might not be the future you like...
** The Discworld pantheon includes [[YouCantFightFate Fate]] and his eternal opponent (and personification of this trope), the Lady (i.e. Lady Luck).
** The History Monks are introduced in ''Discworld/SmallGods'', where we're told they have the sacred task of ensuring history happens according to the Books of History they safeguard. The most respected of the monks, Lu-Tze, then proceeds to ensure that the century of warfare described in the Books ''doesn't'' happen. Apparently this sort of thing gets sorted out in the long run.
** In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', tradition says that [[Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl The Little Matchstick Girl]] must die during [[YouMeanXmas Hogfather's eve]] and be carried back to Heaven by angels, as a bittersweet reminder to the comparatively happy population. Only, this time, [[TheGrimReaper Death]] has taken on the mantle of the Hogfather (long story), and decides to take advantage of a LoopholeAbuse (that he's technically doing another job at the time) to go against his natural role, just this once. The action leaves his servant Alfred flabbergasted and the angels very much miffed that things did not go according to the script. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Then Albert starts pelting them with snowballs.]]
-->''(Death takes out his hourglass and turns back the sands.)''\\
'''Albert''': You're not allowed to ''do'' that...\\
'''Death''': [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Loophole Abuse The Hogfather can. ]]
[[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight The Hogfather gives presents.]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming There's no better present than a future.]]]]
* In the novel ''Literature/GoodOmens'', [[spoiler:Adam, the boy Antichrist, decides to ignore his destiny and calls off the Apocalypse]], saying that it doesn't matter what is "written", because "it can always be crossed out".
* Khayon of ''Literature/BlackLegion'' has a strong distaste for Seers, considering their art to be the most imprecise and unreliable of all forms of sorcery. He also states that he has never met a Seer who didn't try to make fate come to pass in their favor and notes that of his fellow Black Legionaries he always hated the three Seers.
* [[Literature/TheRavenCycle Blue Sargent]], having grown up in a house full of somewhat nosy psychics, tries to take this approach with her love life. It doesn't always work.
* This is Richard's attitude in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, despite half the supporting cast in the early books trying to railroad him down prophecy's past. The twist -- a [[ProphecyTwist rather predictable one]] for anyone that's ever glanced at the back cover of a fantasy book before -- is that he pretty much always ends up fulfilling the prophecies anyway, just not in the way that anyone thought was going to happen.
* In the novel ''Literature/UnLunDun'' by Creator/ChinaMieville, two schoolgirls, Zanna and Deeba, are transported to a fantasy world. Zaana is told that she is the [[TheChosenOne Shwazzi]], the one who will save this world from Smog, the EvilOverlord. There is a book of prophecies that spells out in great detail how the Shwazzi is supposed to win. But suddenly Zanna is injured and returns to normal reality. With Zanna gone, her friend Deeba realizes that [[TheUnchosenOne she has to defeat Smog, since no one else will.]] The book of prophecies is next-to-useless, since it says Deeba is supposed to be the PluckyComicRelief, not the hero.
** Even the book of prophecies admits that "Destiny's bunk."
* Curiously explored in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''. Lyra is the subject of a prophecy [[spoiler: that claims she will bring about the end of destiny]].
* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'' verse, the main hero, a veteran knight named Sparhawk, eventually discovers that he is 'Anakha', the man with no fate - meaning that even the gods themselves can't predict what he'll do from one moment to the next, which ''scares them silly''. 'course, the fact that he's ''killed'' a couple of gods may have something to do with it, too. Still, as Aphrael merrily demonstrates, being free of any preordination doesn't mean that you can't be manipulated by other means.
** ... which, actually, Bhelliom itself refutes, saying that there's ''no'' predestination at all [[spoiler: and that even Bhelliom's own path could be thwarted by chance ''despite its being one of the creative forces of the universe''. And if the God to the Gods is subject to the whims of extraordinary universal caprice - well, why shouldn't we all be]]?
* Eddings' other big work, ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', actually manages to play this both ways. On the one hand, you ''can'' decide to screw both of the competing destinies. On the other hand, nobody dares do so because [[UnpredictableResults the result would be unpredictable]], so both sides stay in the comfort zone of trying to make "their" prophecy happen at the detriment of the other (and the prequels show Belgarath and Polgara going out of their way to make sure things happen as predicted).
* Done in the ''Literature/EaCycle''. It turns out that it's possible to fight fate simply by ''wishing really hard'', so that the individual's will becomes the will of the universe.
* This is the major theme of Frank Herbert's ''[[{{Literature/Dune}} Children of Dune]]'' and ''[[{{Literature/Dune}} God-Emperor of Dune]]'' novels, and quite possibly the later ones too, assuming you can understand them; although its more controlling it / making it uncontrollable rather than an outright screwing. The main character's goal of the novels is the creation of what he termed, the 'Golden Path' - A future completely free of destiny with unlimited choices. The ironic thing is, to do this, Leto messes with people's futures for the next 3000 years.
* In Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundryFiles The Jennifer Morgue]]'', the protagonist is trapped by a spell into following a particular destiny based on a particular narrative; specifically, that of James Bond. [[spoiler: Bob's not Bond, he's the good Bond-girl. His girlfriend is the person playing out the role of Bond.]]
* Creator/MercedesLackey:
** In the ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series, The Tradition is a powerful, but not all powerful, magical force that tries to force lives to follow the plot of traditional faerie tales. Rather than accepting fate the people of the Kingdoms study the tradition to predict and avert the worse tales and even use it to their own benefit: In one case a king sends his only daughter to live in a comfortable tower guarded by non-lethal tests knowing this will attract a good husband and worthy successor. In another a baby girl is fated to follow the story of Rapunzel, since they fail to free her from the Tradition they simply act out the beginning of The Princess and the Pea and move her life to a much less miserable destiny.
** In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, there are characters who have Destinies, or find that ThereAreNoCoincidences, and scurry for a way to assert their agency, yelling "Screw destiny!" at the tops of their lungs. Nevertheless, things tend to turn out as they should.
* This trope is arguably the entire reason for Alice Cullen's appearances in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series; with her powers, she gets the characters out of many a jam - and it's touched upon that she's the reason the Cullens are so fabulously wealthy (really - '' 'Isle Esme?' '') Subverted somewhat in that the further away from being a vampire you are (humans are harder to read than vamps, and she can't read for werewolves), the harder it is for her to envision your doings in the future.
* Played with in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Harry spends much of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' worrying about the prophecy that marked him TheChosenOne. Eventually, Dumbledore makes Harry realize that the prophecy means nothing and Harry is perfectly free to walk away from all of it. When Harry thinks back on what Lord Voldemort has done, however, he decides he doesn't ''want'' to Screw Destiny and [[TheUnchosenOne decides to do his part]] to finish Voldemort for good.
** It's convincing when Voldemort doesn't want either of them to do this, and will track down Harry and duel him in order to fulfill the prophecy.
** "Neither can live while the other survives." In the final analysis, the trope is completely beside the point as neither Voldemort nor Harry have any interest in averting the prophecy in the end. Voldemort knows Harry has the power to defeat him eventually, but there's no certainty he'll actually do it, and Harry (as aforementioned) takes it upon himself to fulfill this thing that's been hanging over his head. Dumbledore had said years before that the choices a person makes are what is important, so Harry chooses himself and lets whether Fate chose him or not hang.
*** Exactly. The oracle pretty much predicted the choices they would make. If both of them decided to screw destiny, they would, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy but neither will]].
* In a rare [[spoiler:villainous]] example, Markus the Ineluctable from ''[[Literature/{{Spellsinger}} The Paths of the Perambulator]]'' had been destined by circumstance to remain [[spoiler: a hack stage magician, scraping by on carnival sideshows and kids' birthday parties]]. Instead, he rose to power over an entire city.
* Happens in Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''[[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric saga]]''. [[spoiler: After spending six books struggling with destiny Elric gets fed up with being a pawn in the gods' battles, so he [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome destroys the world to create a new one]] where the gods won't be able to keep meddling.]]
** Moorcock hits the theme again both ways, subverting it by having the core persona that becomes all these heroes go back and begin the seminal events that create the backstories for places like Melnibone, while [[Literature/TheHistoryOfTheRunestaff Hawkmoon's quest]] leads him to Tanelorn and the final destruction of not only the Cosmic Balance but also the Law and Chaos aspects the first part of this entry unleashed on the multiverse.
* Completely subverted in Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. Destiny is screwed on many occasions, but it always turns out to lead back to fate, to the point that when [[spoiler: Roland sacrifices his first and dearest companion to save King himself]] and gave up his ka-tet to make it to the Tower, all he managed to do was [[spoiler:get himself written into his own past--trapping himself in destiny]]. (If the man was meant to screw fate, King would have been writing about his own demise, kids.)
* In one of the novels of Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' series, Svetlana gets fed up with Geser's "prophecy" (more of a calculation, really) and Anton's blind obedience to it. Essentially, she is supposed to end up with Anton and bear a powerful Other child. She ends up having a threesome with an incubus, while Anton is ''sleeping in the next room'' and then gets mad when Anton reacts with ''understanding'', not anger. Geser's prediction [[spoiler:does come true eventually, and the incident is forgotten]]. Several later books deal with actual prophecies, spoken by rare prophet Others, who appear to be channeling Twilight itself. Unlike predictions, prophecies ''must'' comes true, as long as a human hears them. Until then, they remain in flux and may even be averted, if all Others, who know the prophecy die or become unable to tell a human. This is why, in ''Sixths Watch'', a prophecy uttered by every single prophet on the planet claims that the world will end in less than a week, unless something happens. Both Watches scramble to try to figure out what must be done to save the world. Also, the witch Arina claims to have once successfully averted a prophecy, which has been heard by a human, saving Russia from being carved up by Germany and Japan at the cost of allowing it to be engulfed by communism. She is then told that she has merely delayed the actual prophecy, whose repercussions will now be ''much'' worse than they were supposed to be. She is horrified. Also, the prophecy in ''New Watch'' ends up being more or less averted, since no human hears of it. Also, the fear was that [[spoiler:Anton's daughter would kill the Tiger (Twilight's manifestation) and destroy Twilight itself, turning all Others back into humans]]. This is moot as of ''Sixth Watch'', since [[spoiler:the Tiger is killed by Two-in-One (another manifestation of the Twilight), and everything is fine]].
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Marcone's bodyguard Ms. Gard ([[spoiler:[[{{valkyries}} a valkyrie]]]]) can tell when someone is fated to die. This does not mean her employer has to abide by it; see the quotes page for his reasoning behind [[spoiler:saving Harry from a ninja ghoul]]. Harry also uses her behavior to his advantage, and although it doesn't work out as well, [[spoiler:Michael would have died otherwise, not been crippled]].
* ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'': [[TheSociopath John]] has no prophecies to his name. What he does have is an inability to relate to others, an uncanny comfort with corpses, and a lot of homicidal urges that have him convinced that PowersThatBe want him to become a serial killer. [[CaptainObvious He is not content with that destiny]], and makes it his life's mission to be better than everybody expects him to be.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''The Avatar'', [[spoiler:[[BlitheSpirit Caitlín's]] refusal of [[TranshumanAliens the Others]]' offer of [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascendance]]]].
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan''. After learning that [[spoiler: either he or Steve will become Lord Of The Shadows, i.e. evil, depending on who survives, Darren goads the dying Steve into attacking and killing him]].
* In Norway, ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars''' title has been translated as ''Fuck Fate'', which [[http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/86606723303/how-is-it-that-the-english-title-for-tfios-is-beautiful John Green finds to be a]] {{Woolseyism}}.
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer 40000}} [[Literature/BloodAngels Black Tide]]'', Rafen ponders the MaybeMagicMaybeMundane question of whether his capture was guided by the Emperor or the result of capricious fate. If the latter, he concludes, to hell with fate.
* ''Gallows Hill'' by Creator/LoisDuncan (filmed as ''I've Been Waiting for You'') looks at this by way of {{Reincarnation}}, as the events of the Salem witch trials play out again in the present, but one of the girls whose accusations started the trial refuses to play her part. [[spoiler:This time around, she manages to redeem herself and [[EverybodyLives keep everyone alive]].]]
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. [[CosmicPlaything Túrin]] desperately tries to do this (and actually says as much), but he can't. His attempts only lead to more tragedy.
* In the Creator/RogerZelazny story ''Literature/ARoseForEcclesiastes'', the protagonist is studying the dying Martian culture, which is in slow decline since a mysterious catastrophe has rendered the population sterile. The Martians, following the predictions of an ancient prophet, believe this to be inevitable and make no effort to stop it. When the protagonist [[spoiler: discovers that his local lover, whom he impregnated (proving that the sterility problem can be fixed), is about to terminate because of this]], he bursts into the main temple and carries a blasphemous sermon, claiming that the greatness of humankind stems from our ability to ignore our own prophets of doom and carry on anyway. [[spoiler: It works, but is still subverted: he was actually fulfilling ''another'' prophecy about a man from space who will save Mars.]]
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Lionblaze wants to prove to Cinderheart that destiny doesn't control their lives when the latter thinks so. So he starts a fight with a [=ShadowClan=] patrol and deliberately lets Ratscar beat him. It backfires, for Cinderheart gets angry at him for being hurt (since his power prevents him from being hurt) and trying to avoid his destiny. The next time he persuades her, she finally chooses him as her mate.
* In ''Literature/{{Idlewild}}'', this is Halloween's driving principle.
* It's a plot point in ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry'' that because the Wild Hunt exists in Fionavar -- as much of a danger as it presents if ever set free itself --, humans have free will and not even [[{{God}} the Weaver]] himself can be sure of everything in advance. Over the course of the trilogy several characters make significant choices that clearly derail "destiny" as it would have unfolded otherwise.
* [[spoiler: Cersei Lannister]] from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is a deconstruction of this. She's willing to cross the MoralEventHorizon to avert a disturbing prophecy made in her childhood, regardless of the consequences. The more it seems the prophecy will come true, the more [[SanitySlippage irrational]] and [[TheUnfettered ruthless]] she becomes, until she's a detriment to herself and everyone around her.
* In ''[[Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles Gregor and The Code of Claw]]'', Ripred tells Gregor to do this when [[spoiler: a prophecy says he's going to die]].
* ''Literature/AwakeInTheNightLand'' has a story in which a hero called Telemachos has to rescue his friend Perithoos. It was prophesied that after such rescue attempt only one pair of footprints is seem returning home. Telemachos deals with this by [[spoiler:carrying Perithoos on his shoulders back home]].

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* Despite her {{Trope Namer|s}} talk in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Fred's ultimate fate is [[spoiler:to be taken over bodily, her soul supposedly destroyed, by an ancient evil]], in [[YouCantFightFate full agreement with ancient prophecy]].
* As ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' wound down to its conclusion:
-->'''Adama:''' In other words, it's our destiny to go after her, right?
-->'''Starbuck:''' (facial expressions and body language indicates "yes")
-->'''Adama:''' '''''Wrong'''''. I've had it up to '''HERE''' with destiny, prophecy, with God or the Gods. Look where it's left us. [[spoiler:The ass end of nowhere; nearly half of our people are gone; Earth, a worthless cinder; and I can't even walk down the halls of my ship without wondering if I'm gonna catch a bullet for getting us into this mess.]]
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'' has Stephen report on a married couple who think they were destined to be together. [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/312630/june-15-2010/tip-wag---marshall-islands---disney-world-fate He thinks they should get divorced.]]
-->'''Stephen:''' That's why I'm giving Alex and Donna Voutsinas a Wag Of My Finger for letting Fate make you her bitch!
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E1DayOfTheDaleks "Day of the Daleks"]]: A group of future rebels go back to the 20th century to blow up a politician they blame for assassinating a roomful of international dignitaries and starting World War III, leaving the Earth weak and open to a Dalek invasion. [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast It's eventually revealed that it was]] ''[[YouAlreadyChangedThePast their]]'' [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast bomb that caused the explosion.]] However, UNIT intervene and safely evacuate them all, averting disaster and leaving the future more open.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "Pyramids of Mars"]]: The Doctor and Sarah encounter the wrathful god Sutekh in the 1910s. Sarah argues that they don't have to stop him since they already know the world wasn't destroyed back then. The Doctor takes her into the future and shows the world has been utterly obliterated, proving time is in flux and they're the only ones who can stop Sutekh.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay "Father's Day"]], Rose travels back in time to be by her father's side when he dies. She ends up saving his life because she can't bear to watch him die. [[TimeCrash Then the world starts to dissolve,]] and the trope is subverted.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]], this is subverted. River has already been adventuring with the Doctor for years, but the Doctor [[HaveWeMetYet has never met her]], so when the time comes for a HeroicSacrifice, [[MoreHeroThanThou she knocks him out and takes his place]], then absolutely refuses to let him do it instead.
--->'''River Song:''' If you die here, it'll mean I'll have never met you.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Time can be re-written!\\
'''River Song:''' Not those times. Not one line. Don't you ''dare''.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]], this is {{subverted|Trope}} when the Doctor saves a woman from the explosion which is destined to kill her. He realizes that it's completely wrong, but he just wanted to give her a happy life, since he's a huge fan of her. More to the point he's tired of obeying the rules of time, and decides since he's the only Time Lord left, the rules will obey him. She realizes that she has to keep the timeline intact, and she commits suicide as soon as his back is turned. This triggers a huge HeroicBSOD in the Doctor that he doesn't recover from until his next life.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited "The Girl Who Waited"]] is all about this trope. When Amy is accidentally forced to wait for 36 years in solitary confinement, she tells her younger self (through a time link) that she'll never let the long life of hell that she led be for nothing. That she remembers hearing those words when she was young. And that when the time comes for her younger self to be on the other side of the conversation, she'll say the same thing. The Doctor leaves the choice to her, probably referencing not only Amy's life but also his foretold death at Lake Silencio.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], River refuses to fulfill her destiny and kill the Doctor. He asks, begs and then orders her to go through with it while all of time collapses in on itself around them. She eventually does, but only once she realizes that he's got a plan to cheat death.
** More subversion: The Twelfth Doctor, broken hideously by [[spoiler: Clara's death]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven "Face the Raven"]] and immediately subjected to horrific torture afterward in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]], is DrivenToMadness and thus becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]], risking the safety of the universe to [[spoiler: save Clara]] by any means necessary even as ''everyone'' around him tries to stop him. It takes a HeelRealization and RedemptionEqualsAffliction ([[spoiler:he loses Clara and his most important memories of her as a person]]) to bring him back around and accept destiny.
* People all over the world start believing that YouCantFightFate in ''Series/{{FlashForward|2009}}''. However [[spoiler: Al Gough]] manages to provide the world with definitive proof that destiny is '''not''' set in stone [[spoiler: by [[HeroicSacrifice killing himself]] so that he wouldn't accidentally cause the death of a single mother of two]].
* ''{{Series/Frasier}}'': In the final season one line by Bebe has this trope in it "When destiny calls, Bebe calls back and screws destiny to the wall!"
* In the "Redemption" season of ''The Next Series/IronChef'', college buddies Marcel Vigneron and Spike Mendelsohn were pitted against each other in a cook-off. After realizing they unwittingly made complimenting dishes, they decided to plate and present their dishes together as a sign of their friendship, and dare the judges to separate them by eliminating one. This backfired when the judges pointed out [[RealityEnsues the alternative was to eliminate them both]]. [[spoiler: Mendelsohn was eliminated.]]
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** Pretty much every Showa-era Kamen Rider series had some variation on "[[PhlebotinumRebel hero gets cybered-up by evil organization and winds up fighting them]]" as the setup.
** Miyuki Tezuka AKA Kamen Rider Raia from ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' is a very accurate fortune teller who really wants to believe this. Whenever he tells someone his fortune will be ill, he'll always conclude with saying the future is never fixed. Tezuka predicts that the next to die would be Shinji Kido, the title character, but Tezuka then takes the deadly attack meant for Shinji, ultimately averting his own prophecy.
** ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' has a rather big example in the GrandFinale: [[spoiler:The Battle Fight has ended in the favor of the Joker Undead (Hajime Aikawa), so [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt per the rules humanity is to be killed off]]. Kenzaki's response is to turn himself into another Joker by abusing his SuperMode, ensuring a permanent stalemate in the Battle...[[BittersweetEnding even if it means he and Hajime can never meet again]]. When the PowersThatBe demand that he and Hajime fight, Kenzaki responds by [[ShutUpHannibal shattering their monolith with a punch]]]].
--->'''Hajime:''' To comply with our instincts and fight is the fate of the Undead.\\
'''Kenzaki:''' [[BadassBoast Then I'll fight fate...and win.]]
** ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' seems to have this trope as a major thematic element; its opening theme is called "Break the Chain" and contains lyrics about "breaking the rules of fate", and the "next time" blurb contains the phrase "Break the chains of destiny (albeit in Japanese)."
* In the ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E5Compromised "Compromised"]], [[Comicbook/BlackCanary Sara]] attempts this, trying to kill Damian Darhk in 1987 so he won't [[spoiler: kill her [[Comicbook/BlackCanary sister Laurel]] in 2016]], despite the potential catastrophic damage to the timeline this could cause. Eventually, she settles for giving him a brutal [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]] about his own future, revealing to him [[spoiler: his grand plan he's working on is [[DoomedByCanon doomed to failure]], his [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes wife]] will be [[Recap/ArrowS4E22LostInTheFlood murdered]], he'll go crazy and try to kill everyone including his own daughter, and shortly after, he'll be [[Recap/ArrowS4E23Schism killed]] himself]]. Darhk's reaction is to attempt his own Screw Destiny and he [[spoiler: teams up with the Reverse Flash, a time travelling supervillain]] in an attempt to change his future. [[spoiler:In the Season Finale, he's defeated, had his memories of time travel erased, and sent back to 1987 to live out his destiny.]]
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Lexx}}'': When Kai finds out that His Divine Shadow is going to wipe out the Brunnen G, he tries to rally his people into fighting him. This isn't him trying to fulfill the trope, though; he just believes that going out fighting like the race of {{warrior poet}}s they used to be is much better than just dying like animals.
** Doubly subverted, actually--His Divine Shadow was bothering as he had found out a Brunnen G was destined to get him killed. Thus, His Divine Shadow exterminated the race, save for Kai, who he reworked into a technologically undead servant. [[spoiler:This eventually got His Divine Shadow killed.]]
* In the 1998 ''{{Series/Merlin|1998}}'' series, this mindset is taken by Mab, who wants to prevent her fate of fading from the world as the Old Ways die, and also by Merlin, who wants to avoid his destiny to be Mab's champion in screwing destiny. [[spoiler: Merlin succeeds. Mab doesn't.]]
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Throughout the first half of Season 6, Emma is haunted by visions of having a duel with a mysterious hooded figure, who kills her after [[HeroicRROD her powers short out in tremors]]. She lives in fear of this, trying desperately to change her future, until she finally comes face to face with that figure [[spoiler: Rumple and Belle's son, Gideon]] in the midseason premiere. By this point, however, Emma has had several {{Rousing Speech}}es aimed at her about how anyone can change their future. This gives her the strength to fight through her tremors, blasting [[spoiler: Gideon]] away before he can kill her.
-->'''Emma''': If I'm fated to die, I will. But ''not today''.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Series/PainkillerJane'' when a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual neuro]] with the ability to see the future predicts he will kill all of the team except Jane ([[HealingFactor of course]]), as she argues they should {{invoke|dTrope}} this. They wind up going to face him anyway. [[spoiler:They manage to change the outcome.]]
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** Attempted, only to fail back in season 5. In ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', a robot policeman came back in time to prevent a war that was to happen two years later. All he did was cause it to happen [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace the next year]], instead.
** Played straight in ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' and its source, ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'', where the main theme is choosing one's own path regardless of what the history books in the future say.
* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', Venus, Luna, and Artemis were obsessed about keeping Mamoru and Usagi apart because their love doomed the world. Mamoru and Usagi? They didn't quite agree. Sailor Mars had her "Screw Destiny" moments too.
* Subverted in ''Series/RedDwarf''. Having heard from a computer capable of predicting the future with 100% accuracy that he would destroy it, Lister states that there is no such thing as destiny, "otherwise we're just actors in somebody else's script." As he turns to leaves, he places a piece of chewing gum on the wall, which sets of a chain reaction of events that does, in fact, destroy the computer. His reaction? "Smeg."
* The ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' main characters, who decide to stay on Earth and be happy instead of accepting their destiny as royalty of their planet.
* ''{{Series/Smallville}}''
** The episode "Hereafter" reveals this to be one of Clark's powers when he saves a person from being hit by a car, despite Jordan Cross having a vision of that person dying. As his visions are ''never'' wrong and can ''[[YouCantFightFate never]]'' be changed, he is naturally freaked out by Clark's ability to alter destiny, particularly when he starts having visions showing ''other'' people dying before he knows they are ''supposed'' to.
** In a less literal sense, Clark often says something along the lines of this to people who think [[YouCantFightFate they can't fight fate]].
*** [[spoiler:Chloe Sullivan]] in "[[WhatDoTheyFearEpisode Scare]]", who is terrified that she is going to end up insane like her mother.
*** Maddie in "Fragile", who thinks she is doomed to be [[spoiler:a psychotic killer like her father]].
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Season Five of is devoted entirely to the Winchesters trying desperately to do this - perfectly understandable, since their destiny involves the two of them [[spoiler: getting possessed by the archangel Michael and TheDevil, respectively, and then fighting each other to the death and destroying half the planet while doing so]]. Hence the nickname "Team Free Will".
** Dean even drops the name of the name of the trope in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS05E18PointOfNoReturn Point of No Return]]":
---> '''Dean:''' So screw destiny. Right in the face. I say we take the fight to them, do it our way.
** It's left very unclear whether the destiny-pushers were just mistaken about the prophecy, or what, but Dean manages to get out of his part and they manage to save the world, so if Zachariah actually knew what destiny was, they successfully screwed it. It took a HeroicSacrifice...and the sacrifice of one poor schmuck with the bad luck to be [[CrusadingWidower John Winchester's]] [[TheUnfavourite third]] [[InTheBlood son]]. If he'd been able to [[HeroicWillpower resist Michael]], it wouldn't have been [[IDidWhatIHadToDo necessary]] to drag him down to stop Michael from [[InsaneTrollLogic saving his brother so he could kill him]]...yeah.
** Series 6 confirms that they utterly screwed ''everyone's'' destiny with that stunt. The Fates were ''pissed''.
** In "Appointment in Samarra", Dean tries to use his powers as Death-for-a-day to do good by letting a sick girl live in defiance of what Tessa calls 'the Natural Order', the established flow of life and death. Subverted when it causes more collateral damage than Dean had foreseen and he's forced to follow destiny anyway, even if it's unfair.
* ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'': Near the end of the first season, Todd discovers that he's destined to become the [[TheAntichrist Pure Evil One]] and bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. He then spends the rest of the series struggling with this, fighting off the influences of both the [[TomeOfEldritchLore titular book]] and [[spoiler: [[EvilMentor the Metal Dudes]]]], in hopes of keeping himself of falling to that fate. [[spoiler: In the final episode, he finally succeeds, fully rejecting the Book's power and banishing it someplace no one will ever find it.]]
-->"Destiny sucks."
* In ''Series/TruCalling'', Tru relives days to prevent people who were destined to die from dying. There are those who think this isn't a good idea.
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Stevie and nearly 5,000 other wizards feel this way about potentially losing their powers.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': The whole point of the fight Mulder, Scully, and allies are putting up against the Syndicate. Summed up in [[Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture the movie]] and "Three Little words" -- Fight the Future.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
** Played with, but ultimately subverted in Season One. After Eddie Thawne breaks up with her after learning she marries her best friend Barry Allen in the future, this is Iris West's immediate reaction. Eddie, after a talk with Martin Stein and a bit of soul-searching, comes around to her way of thinking, and they get engaged, seemingly playing this trope straight -- only for Eddie to commit HeroicSuicide at the end of the Season One in order stop his villain descendant Eobard Thawne. [[YouCantFightFate It wasn't meant to be after all]], [[ProphecyTwist though not in the way people expected]].
** Played straight in Season Three, in which Team Flash manages to [[spoiler:save Iris from her seemingly-inevitable death at the hands of Savitar, though at the cost of H.R. and ultimately, Barry himself]].

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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRQEdYf3rd8 Die With Your Boots On]]" by Music/IronMaiden (later covered by Music/SonataArctica) calls on the audience to do this when.
* Music/LacunaCoil wrestles with destiny often, especially in "Senzafine" ("I'll choose my own destiny, if it really can be resisted" [loose translation]) and later even more bluntly in "Swamped" ("Destiny? Who cares?!").
* Christopher Tin's "Rassemblons-Nous" from the album ''Calling All Dawns'' is, according to WordOfGod, about this.
* Gordon Bok's "Tails and Trotters" focuses heavily on this. A mother tries to convince her son that his future has already been decided, he... does not take this well and flees to a nearby village. He pretends to be a rich and important person and is accepted into the upper crust of society. Eventually, [[BecomingTheMask he becomes what he pretended to be in every way]]. [[spoiler: He's a pig, and his prescribed fate was to be butchered and eaten.]]

* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': Many players' reactions when they discovered that twin has to die to keep the timeline on track.
** Unlike a few incidents (mostly caused by the godmodder blocking prophecies) this one has a fairly low chance of working, but its there nonetheless.

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* In ''{{TabletopGame/Exalted}}'', various people not only have this ability, but can also be completely ImmuneToFate. The best of them make The Destinies (a grand total of five of them) their bitches.
* In one ''TableTopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' sourcebook, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Gehenna]] has begun and the Antediluvians (the first vampires whose powers border on PhysicalGod) wake up and seek to devour all vampires. It takes perfect stat assigning, a benevolent GM, and the luckiest rolls to ever be, but it's possible to kill them and end the vampire apocalypse (though given that this is [[CrapsackWorld the old world of darkness]], it would probably just make things ''worse'').

* OlderThanSteam: Pedro Calderon de la Barca's play ''LifeIsADream'' contains a stunning DoubleSubversion of this. Segismund, Prince of Poland, is prophesied to [[Theatre/OedipusTheKing overthrow his father]] and become an EvilOverlord. At the start of the play, everyone is talking about how human free will can overpower destiny. Then it really looks like Segismund is going to go crazy and kill everyone and we'll end up learning that YouCantFightFate. He doesn't, and we don't. So there.
* Greek tragic heroes invariably try to do this, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy only to bring the feared fate down upon themselves anyway]]. If Laius, for example had simply accepted his fate and reared his son Oedipus, it is highly unlikely that things would have unfolded as predicted.

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* It shouldn't be a surprise that this is a core theme of ''Videogame/{{Destiny}}''. Mankind is doomed, with the Guardians fighting an endless holding action against the enemies clawing at the Last City's gates. The Hive are awakening their general Crota for another invasion of Earth, the Vex are lurking among the ruins of mankind's remains, and the Cabal have a stranglehold on the system. The Future War Cult only sees death and doom and destruction of humanity in their future-viewing machines, and even Dead Orbit, the most positive of the human factions, is just looking to abandon the Solar System for another world. But Guardians wield the [[RealityWarper Light of the Traveler]], which among other things allows them to defy the predictive models of the Vex, who can simulate entire universes down to the atomic level. Guardians can outright ignore Vex time control and ontological weaponry (which is essential to completing the Vault of Glass raid). And a hard-to-find set of in-game lore entries indicates that the whole reason the Vex are even active in the Solar System is because they ''know'' Guardians and the Traveler can ignore fate and probability, and want to weaponize it in order to save themselves from [[EldritchAbomination the Darkness]].
* The trope is amazingly ''inverted'' in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'', wherein the backstory of the game eventually reveals that the ancient Engwithian culture became advanced enough to unravel the mysteries of the world.... [[spoiler: and discovered there were no gods and no higher purpose existed.]] Their entire race was so collectively distraught at the idea of a meaningless, pointless, abstract existence that they used every last resource and scrap of knowledge at their disposal to [[spoiler: ''create'' an artificial pantheon, then willingly sacrificed themselves both to empower said newly-created gods and ensure that the secret of their artificial nature was never revealed]]. 'Screw Free Will?'
* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftIILegacyOfTheVoid'', Artanis and Raynor stand over a large number of graves from fallen Terrans, all of whom have their dogtag attached to their guns, and their guns used as grave markers. Artanis at one point laments that this is the fate of all warriors, and Raynor reminds him that the future isn't written in stone, and that if Zeratul truly did believe that Artanis could fix what is expected to be doomsday, then they have a chance.
** [[spoiler: In a more general sense, the Terrans as a race are this. It is implied that the Terrans, who are speculated in-universe to be a couple of generations away from being a psionic species, would have ascended to take the mantle if the universe was left to its own devices. It may be the reason why Amon underestimates Kerrigan.]]
* In the "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending in ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'', Max chooses to ignore the fated timeline of letting Chloe get killed in favor of instead letting the town of Arcadia Bay get destroyed by a tornado.
* Zero from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', and his own series, ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. Starting from hints in X2 to outright having it almost all but stated in X4, he was built up storywise to be the one who will eventually kill the protagonist X and destroy the world. But instead, he ends up saving it, doing so multiple times, all in the name of "protecting the weak".
** Sadly though, he's actually a subversion since he ''carried the maverick virus to begin with''. As much as he tried to fight it, and as much as it really wasn't his fault, he is the reason the world was destroyed and plunged into a war that has lasted centuries.
*** In an incredibly ironic twist, Zero does manage to save the fate of humanity in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' games by stopping Weil from destroying the last vegetation left on the planet [[spoiler: at the cost of his own life]], which is the exact opposite of what he was intended for.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryV'', there is a prophecy that states once the Dragon of Doom has been [[SealedEvilInACan unleashed]] the only way to stop it is to cast a spell that will sacrifice the life of one who is willing. However, by this time the character has gone through ''five'' adventures -- and he is now strong enough to destroy the damn thing without having to die himself.
** If you make it through the fight without losing anyone, an ally suggests a possible ProphecyTwist: that the dragon committing suicide after you beat it badly enough counts as the necessary sacrifice.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' is one long story of BecauseDestinySaysSo, and for the most part, it ends that way too... however, if you manage to pull off a HundredPercentCompletion and then some, you can achieve the [[MultipleEndings Perfect Ending]], where you actually DO manage to screw destiny, by using the unleashed magic of the Rune of Beginnings to change circumstances retroactively, in order to ensure a happy ending.
** Speaking of ''Suikoden'', ''[[VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis Tierkreis]]'' screws one destiny (that predicted by the [[ReligionOfEvil Order of the One True Way]]) while fulfilling another (''something'' seems to have chosen the protagonists to fight the Order.) [[ShootTheShaggyDog The whole thing becomes moot if you get the bad ending]] . . .
** Throughout the series, gathering the 108 Stars (in other words, every recruitable character) allows the heroes to defy the rather depressing fates the inflicted upon them by the True Runes.
* Pretty much the whole point of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin''. Altering destiny through TimeTravel seems fairly reasonable until destiny sends an [[ImplacableMan almost unstoppable]] monster to kill you with its CombatTentacles for doing so.
** Although it tends not to work when [[spoiler: attempting to do so ends up [[BecauseDestinySaysSo creating the Sands of Time and said monster anyway]]]].
*** Played straight if you get the [[MultipleEndings Perfect Ending]] by getting all the life containers and snag the Water Sword. [[spoiler: Instead of fighting Kaileena, you fight the Dahaka with Kaileena at your side, eventually dropping the bastard in the water and finishing him. This comes back to bite the Prince in the ass in ''The Two Thrones'', enough so that he decides he's had enough of screwing with destiny to leave things as is.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'': The heroes' eventual goal becomes to prevent a goddess of time from awakening and predetermining the world's past, present, and future for all eternity.
* Almost every single character of ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has this attitude, except one lone religious nutcase who denies said destiny will end in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and gets tricked by the villains into giving up his humanity for power. (The difference between the heroes and most of the villains, then, whether or not Screwing Destiny requires the mass sacrifice of everyone currently living on the planet)
** At the same time, also slightly ''subverted'' by the villain: [[spoiler:The Score of Destruction predicted that Auldrant would ultimately be destroyed. The exact words were "Turned to dust". Wasn't one of the side-effects of large-scale fomicry the disintegration of the original? In which case, Van's attempt to 'destroy' the planet's memory and 'defy' the score (by replacing it with an exact replica) was, in fact, ''fulfilling'' the score]]. So is this screw destiny, or just a MindScrew?
*** The ending seems to support this theory, as, [[spoiler: after defeating Van, Lorelei congratulates Luke on averting the destruction It had seen in Auldrant's future]].
* The endgame of ''Videogame/FinalFantasyI'' leads to a massive time loop over the course of 2000 years involving the battles between the Warriors of Light and [[spoiler:Garland]]. The Warriors kill him in their first battle, and he is revived by the fiends, sent back 2000 years, and kills the Warriors when they come to fight him, before sending the Fiends into the future. This cycle (Warriors kill Chaos, Chaos kills Warriors, loop repeats) has apparently happened over and over and ''over'' again. However, the Warriors finally go "Screw this, you die now!" and finally defeat Chaos, breaking the time loop.
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' has a couple of these. Garland tells Warrior of Light the war is destined to go on forever, and Warrior of Light replies with "screw destiny". Turns out [[spoiler: Garland is telling the truth - the war has been going on for centuries, and whenever one side loses, Shinryu revives them and the war keeps going]]. When all the other heroes find out about this, the motto of pretty much the entire party becomes "screw destiny". In fact, it later turns out that [[spoiler: the villains were hoping to end the cycle of war too]], so it's actually the ''entire cast'' following this trope, except Garland who loves the fact he gets to spend eternity fighting.
** Made much more terrifying when you realize that, by screwing destiny in ''Dissidia'', the heroes are quite possibly instigating the 2000 year Time Loop in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyI'', since [[spoiler: Garland's on his way to becoming Chaos in the end]].
* In ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII'', this trope is [[BigBad Ultimecia's]] entire motivating factor behind her actions. She's destined to die at the hands of [=SeeD=], so she decides to compress time, absorb it, and become a goddess to make up the rules herself. This trope is also subverted because, as a response to the intense persecution she suffered for being a Sorceress, she became the very monster everyone said she would become which is highlighted in a ''very'' [[LargeHam hamtastic]] [[NewEraSpeech speech]].
--> '''Ultimecia''' [[spoiler: in Edea's body]]: "...Lowlifes. ...Shameless filthy wretches. How you celebrate my ascension with such joy. Hailing the very one whom you have condemned for generations. Have you no shame? What happened to the evil, ruthless sorceress from your fantasies? The cold-blooded tyrant that slaughtered countless men and destroyed many nations. Where is she now? She stands before your very eyes to become your new ruler. [[EvilLaugh HAHAHAHAHA]]."
* This becomes the cry of Yuna's party in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX'' when [[spoiler:Yunalesca confirms that the Final Summoning has absolutely no chance of killing Sin permanently because the Final Aeon that destroys Sin will become Sin in its place]].
** Destiny gets to say Screw You in turn [[spoiler:by killing off Tidus. You only get to see him come back if you [[GuideDangIt meet very specific conditions]] in the sequel]].
* This turns out to be the main motivation of the villains in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' - Doctor Cid and Vayne Solidor in particular. [[spoiler: Their whole elaborate scheme was not concocted to take over Dalmasca, but to wrest control of humanity's future from [[JerkassGods the Occuria,]] and "put the reins of history back in the hands of man."]] By the end the heros are also saying the same thing, just a tad less homicidally than the WellIntentionedExtremist villains.
* Every player character in ''[[VideoGame/CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]'' is told that they have the potential to be [[TheChosenOne the Destined One]], assuming they can survive long enough to meet the EvilOverlord Lord Recluse himself, who has initiated Operation: Destiny in accordance with a prophecy. After clawing their way up the levels, players soon find out that being the Destined One means [[spoiler:being a sacrificial victim for Lord Recluse to gain infinite power, destroying the world in the process]].
** And the player character gets to screw this destiny in a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome very spectacular way]].
* Raziel in the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series (Particularly ''Soul Reaver'') is apparently the one being fate cannot control. Even people with explicit knowledge of the future have no idea what Raziel might do.
-->'''Kain:''' Yet Raziel retains his free will. And that's what frightens you isn't it, Moebius? You cannot see his paths, and so you cannot control it.
-->'''Moebius:''' And neither can you.
** Which doesn't stop him from being manipulated by each and every one of them.
** Also, Kain. Given the choice, to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, or to sacrifice his life to save it [[spoiler:(thus ''ensuring'' TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt)]], what does he do? To put it in his own words:
--->'''Kain:''' Either way, the game is ''rigged''.(...)
--->'''Raziel:''' You said it yourself, Kain - there are only two sides to your coin.
--->'''Kain:''' Apparently so. But suppose you throw a coin enough times... ...suppose one day, it lands on its ''edge''.
*** Eventually, [[spoiler: Raziel travels to the supreme dimension to KILL the supreme being, and thus not only Screwing Destiny, but totally obliterating it.]]
** Ironically, he screws destiny as a whole by [[spoiler:giving in to his own destiny to become part of the Soul Reaver. To elaborate, he was always meant to become the soul-devouring spirit within the blade. However, the way in which he screws destiny is by doing so after purifying ''his'' Reaver with Ariel's soul. Thus, when he becomes a part of Kain's Reaver, Kain is able to see who his ''true'' enemy is]].
* Subverted or played straight depending on which way you go in ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' (the newer one, for UsefulNotes/{{P|laystation2}}S2 and UsefulNotes/XBox). Sure, you could rescue the princess as TheChosenOne, or you could note that she's [[spoiler:a demoness bent on world domination]] and fight her, or just tell both sides to get stuffed and walk away. This isn't even mentioning the SWARMS of other people claiming to be TheChosenOne that die right in front of you constantly.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' with the characters all trying to avert the prophecy of end of the world. [[spoiler: Then it's subverted when they find the [[YouCantFightFate world collapsing into chaos anyway]], but fulfilling the prophecy at least leaves ''some'' alive.]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom''. Badass freakin' overlord Zetta gets a prophecy from an oracle that says that his netherworld will be destroyed. In an attempt to Screw it, Zetta tracks down and consults the Sacred Tome, a CosmicKeystone that contains the record of the Netherworld's reality, including (presumably) what would destroy it. When he discovers that the final page contains the sentence "Lord Zetta is stupid. His stupidity has doomed the netherworld to extinction", he burns the book in a fit of rage, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy consequently un-recording his own netherworld and proving the prophecy right]]. Further subverted when it's revealed that [[spoiler:the prophecy itself was a lie that Pram wrote in the Tome]].
* This forms the plot and underlying theme of ''Videogame/ChronoTrigger'', after the characters travel to a [[AfterTheEnd future in which the world has been destroyed]] and set out to prevent it from happening.
** Though if hints in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' were any indication, their attempt to screw destiny altered the present time enough that [[spoiler:it screwed THEM over, got them all killed (except for Robo, but he dies near the end of the game), and turned Porre into a world superpower]].
*** Fortunately, ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' solves this by having [[spoiler: Schala, who has been screwed by the cast of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'''s screwing of destiny, screw destiny herself to make things better]]. Unfortunately, this makes things EVEN WORSE, and the game goes through several cycles of attempting to screw destiny and either making things even worse or going closer to the original fate before they FINALLY get everything back to the previous game's "destiny has been screwed" world status, accepting an unfortunate fate for themselves in the process and not even bothering to screw this one. Yes, the game is somewhat confusing, why do you ask?
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The series' lore has the concept of "[[TheChosenOne heroes]]", individuals with a [[ImmuneToFate special fate and the ability to rule their own destiny]], often being capable of growing far more powerful than other mortals. These heroes are tied to the prophecies of the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] themselves, but are not bound by them. Naturally, the PlayerCharacter in each game in the series is considered to be such a "hero", as are many of the {{Long Dead Badass}}es mentioned in the lengthy backstory.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', you can claim this when speaking to [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] during the final confrontation of the game. It's actually quite possibly the reality of the situation too, with you not truly being TheChosenOne, but instead a [[MultipleChoiceChosen convenient pawn]] of Azura and the Emperor. No [[TheUnreveal definitive answer]] is ever given, meaning we'll probably never know for sure. This is especially true if you use the [[TakeAThirdOption "Backpath"]] method for beating the main quest. There, you essentially skirt the prophecy and, almost through sheer willpower, still defeat Dagoth Ur.
** A prominent theme in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion. Sheogorath, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[MadGod Madness]], attempts to avert the Greymarch, the [[ViciousCycle cyclical]], [[EternalRecurrence recurring]] destruction of his realm, the Shivering Isles, at the hands of Jyggalag, the Daedric Prince of [[ControlFreak Order]]. At first, it seems his attempt fails, [[spoiler:as Sheogorath [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan turns into]] Jyggalag once again]], but then, the [[PlayerCharacter Champion of Cyrodiil]] stops the Greymarch, thus breaking the cycle. The fact that Jyggalag and his old chamberlain keep talking about how everything is preordained makes screwing destiny all the more satisfying. Also, while Sheogorath is a multifaceted being, a large part of what he stands for is free will and the spark of creativity. It would be utterly against the character of Sheogorath to suppose there was a preordained, predictable order in the first place.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has a strange example; in that it's unclear ''who'' is screwing destiny. The BigBad is prophesied to end the world, but he has gone off the rails before and TheHero has divinely granted powers that are tailor made to fight him. Thus, there are debates in-universe about whether or not Alduin is meant to be stopped or if the player is defying destiny by selfishly trying to preserve a world that should be erased. That said, [[spoiler: Paarthurnax]], who knows as much as anyone about fate, admits that "I like this world" is a good enough reason to fight Alduin.
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter: Dark Mirror'' starts off as standard espionage stuff, until about three-quarters into the game when Gabe makes it clear he's going to, in no uncertain terms, *** fate.
* ''VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory'', [[spoiler:inverted this: it was the BigBad who tried this, and the Senshi went and taught her that YouCantFightFate]]. [[BrokenAesop Warped]] in the best ending, where [[spoiler: even after the BigBad is killed, the Senshi get to keep the effects of her meddling that they like]]. Uhhh...
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'' has the main characters as {{The Chosen One}}s of this generation to fight the [[EldritchAbomination Firstborn]]. They are told by a Sumerian Warrior Priest that they will eventually enter a collective conscious and go into a dreamless sleep, only to be awakened by those who attempt to awaken the Firstborn. Although the team initially accepts this and try to say their final goodbyes to each other, Delgado decides that Antadurunnu is bullshitting them, stating that all they've seen of their predecessors is them being stuck to combat hellish horrors for all eternity. He states that they should just try and kill the Firstborn itself to end the cycle, proceeding to shoot Antadurunnu in the head.
* Played straight at the end of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]''.
* The ''entire'' point of ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor''. Not only do you constantly cheat death by defeating monsters that were originally supposed to kill you (which becomes a little meta considering the series is full of ThatOneBoss) but many of the game's multiple endings depend on [[spoiler:saving other characters who were supposed to die as well, which they WILL if you don't make the right decisions]].
** ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' ups the ante, with even more characters fated for death...unless you find them and defeat whoever it is that's slated to kill them. [[spoiler:Many of said characters are playable allies, so NOT screwing destiny can leave you with less-than-optimal endgame party options.]] Hell, even the theme for battles where you screw destiny is called "Challenging Fate".
* Played straight in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}} Eternal Punishment''. The big bad keeps going on about how you can't fight fate. Right before the final battle, Baofu tells him to "Grab that fate of yours and stick it up your ass!"...[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu yes, he said it to]] [[EldritchAbomination Nyarlathotep]] himself
* A major theme in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', especially since [[spoiler: you actually have to choose to adapt a screw destiny approach in order to complete the game. Faced with the revelation that your friend is actually the harbinger of Nyx, the resident BigBad, you're given the choice to kill him or let him live to become one with Nyx. Killing him erases the cast's memories of the entire adventure, allowing them to live peaceful lives for two months until Nyx arrives and destroys the world. Not killing him means you'll have to fight Nyx...except that the story tells us over and over again that you CAN'T fight Nyx, since Nyx is death itself, and thus you're destined to lose. Our heroes choose to ignore this and spend the next month preparing for the final battle with the attitude that destiny can suck it and Nyx is just as killable as anything else. Well, she's not, but you end up winning anyway by [[SealedEvilInACan sealing]] her instead, at the cost of [[HeroicSacrifice the main character's life]]]].
* The ''entire point'' of [[spoiler: Kreia's]] game of XanatosSpeedChess in ''{{VideoGame/Knights of the Old Republic}} 2''. [[spoiler: Because the Force has a destiny and a plan for everyone and everything in the universe, she despises it. She wanted to use Exile as a means of breaking and destroying what is, in effect, the GFFA's equivalent of God! (Maybe because she's jealous the Force is a better manipulator than she is...)]]
* According to WordOfGod, this is the [[FridgeBrilliance underlying reason]] as to why every ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' match starts with the announcement "''[[GroundhogDayLoop The wheel of fate is turning]].'' '''[[ArcWords Rebel]] 1: ACTION!'''"f
** In the true ending of both Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift, its basically all about the characters trying to defy their fates, even the antagonist Terumi took out Takamagahara in an attempt to be free of their meddling control.
* The party in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIII'' were BlessedWithSuck and became [[TheChosenOne l'Cie]], and in doing so were left with only two options, fulfill their [[MissionFromGod Focus]] and be [[TakenForGranite crystallized for all eternity]] or become mindless [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Cie'th]] for all eternity. Plus the party was given a particularly horrible Focus anyway. The party naturally opted to take a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] in an attempt to change their destinies. This act inspired [[spoiler: Cid Raines]], who [[spoiler: was also a l'Cie, thus BlessedWithSuck as well]] to try and change his destiny as well. Unfortunately, this involved him [[spoiler: regrettably doing a FaceHeelTurn and fights against the party]].
** Indeed, this is such a major theme of the story that the main antagonist's battle theme is titled ''Fighting Fate''.
** Ironically, the ''villains'' are also fighting fate. [[spoiler:The entire reason the Fal'cie turn people into L'cie is because this is the only way they can work around their own hardwired limitations as magical machines. For all their contempt towards humans, the Fal'cie believe that humanity is ultimately stronger than them because they have free will.]]
* The Reapers of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' like to think of themselves as agents of Destiny and that there is no point in trying to resist being annihilated by them. However from what is known, every galactic civilization they destroyed still chose to try their luck.
** ''Leviathan'' later confirms that in the millions of years since the Cycle began, Shepard's unerring ability to repeatedly do this has made them the ''only'' individual the Reapers have ever actually feared. [[spoiler: Leviathan]] even refers to Shepard as an "''[[ImmuneToFate Anomaly]]''" they have never seen before.
** At the conclusion of the ''Mass Effect 3'', even [[spoiler: the Catalyst acknowledges this, stating that Shepard's dogged resistance and ability to unify the entire galaxy against the Reapers and build the Crucible has shown that there is a chance to end the cycle. It then gives Shepard the choice of how to end the cycles once and for all—even up to wiping out all of the Catalyst's work]].
* The framework for magic in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates]]'' makes it so that if you're strong enough, you can change fate. Played to a massive scale in the end of the game where [[spoiler:Chelinka doubles her power in order to make it so that the source of evil never existed, in order for the Twins to be happy with their parents... before the timeskip... keeping their memories of everything... and this also happened at the very beginning of the game...it's slightly confusing]].
* Raul and Fiona Greydon of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal'' has a pretty interesting Screw Destiny moment: having been sent through time thanks to their machine, they've reached the day where the Zambot3 team would fall and the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]] pilots would fail to stop the Mariameia Uprising, setting the stage for ''Char'sCounterattack'' and ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico - The Prince of Darkness''. The two heroes suffer HeroicBSOD because of it (Raul hops out half-heartedly and Fiona doesn't sortie at all.) But, when they finally get their acts together, the two screw destiny, put Butcher in his place and make sure Relena is rescued.
** How bad is everything altered? How about the fact that the Nadesico crew get the Aestivalis Customs, Super Aestivalis, Black Salena and Nadesico C three years before they should! And when you return to the present you find either Char isn't a humongous dick or that Akito and Yurika are still normal (especially Akito!)
* This is the primary motivation of the ''{{VideoGame/WarCraft}}'' character Medivh. Forced into becoming the Guardian of Tirisfal by the machinations of his mother, his resentment and desire to break free of his fate was used to turn him evil and bring the Horde into Azeroth. Later, freed of evil taint, he would assume the role of a prophet and maneuver the humans, orcs, and night elves into a position to combat the Burning Legion and prevent their conquering of Azeroth. Medivh further screwed with Destiny by giving his own son, Med'an, what he never had: the ''choice'' to become Guardian of Tirisfal.
** Illidan was claimed to be the Chosen One of prophecy, meant to end the Age of Demons. He was skeptical and, when Xe'ra tried to forcibly "redeem" Illidan to ensure it came to pass, Illidan [[spoiler:killed Xe'ra]].
* ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic 06]]'' Shadow has 2, one about half way through his story, and one at the end. Mephiles, the time traveling god of [[Creator/DanGreen DAN GREEN]] reveals to Shadow that despite Shadow devoting his life to saving humanity, they fear his power and will eventually turn on him and essentially crucify him. "I determine my OWN destiny." "If the world chooses to become my enemy, [[OneManArmy then I will fight like I always have]]!" Cue [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu brawling with (and winning against) the god of shadow and all around evilness, along with his army of clones.]]
* {{Franchise/Spyro|TheDragon}} in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' games has an interesting version. Malefor believes he, and all Purple Dragons, are destined to bring about the end of the world; Spyro believes his destiny is to fight for good and ultimately save the world. [[spoiler: Spyro turns out to be right and saved the world.]] So Spyro managed to [[BecauseDestinySaysSo fulfill one destiny]] while screwing the other, at the same time.
* In the NewGamePlus of ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', Revya is given the option to do this, leading to a rather different [[VillainProtagonist storyline]].
* The goal of Raiden in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9.'' After ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' Shao Khan is victorious and Raiden is the only fighter still alive. In his last moments he sends visions to his past self in a last desperate bid to avert that future.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'' takes this trope UpToEleven when Kratos '''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu KILLS THE SISTERS OF FATES!]]''' [[spoiler: But it's ultimately subverted, because it was Kratos' fate to bring down Olympus.]]
* This is pretty much the whole point of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. Heck, whenever you successfully save someone, a big red message flashes up on the screen reading "FATE AVERTED!"
* ''VideoGame/FearEffect''. The first game strongly sends this message, considering what Wee Ming and Hana do in the true ending. There are indications that YouCantFightFate here and there....
* Kurow of ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'' has a mission. Only late in the game does he find out what that mission is. [[spoiler:His body was made to be a seal for the BigBad Akuro, then when he dies Akuro dies with him.]] To quote Kurow: "Dudes must be trippin' to think I'm gonna do that". He shirks his mission at first and desperately tries to avoid it, but he realizes [[SubvertedTrope it's not worth it]].
* A villainous example appears in ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction''. After performing tests of character for ''years'', [[spoiler:Havan]] is casually brushed aside and told that he isn't TheChosenOne after all. But he won't tolerate this, and [[spoiler:murders all the Watchers in an attempt to get to Dehl]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' allows you to do this on a regular basis. The [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Monado]] frequently offers Shulk glimpses of the future, and in addition to the myriad plot examples, this is [[SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration used as a game mechanic]]. During battle, Shulk will sometimes receive visions of would-be fatal attacks several seconds in advance, and from there, the player can either manipulate the prediction to make it less dangerous (heal or protect the victim so the hit isn't fatal, draw aggro to someone else who can take the hit, use StandardStatusEffects to make it use a different attack) or kill the initiating monster and shatter the destiny tag outright.
** In-story, a fair bit of the plot is driven by Shulk having visions of future events that he either wishes to cause or avert. The results run the spectrum from SelfFulfillingProphecy to full on Screw Destiny.
** Beyond being a gameplay mechanic, this ends up being the CentralTheme of the game: despite what anyone says your future will be--other people, enemy armies, gods, the universe itself, ''anyone''--you should never stop fighting to live life as you choose. Your future is yours and no one else's.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' plays with this through [[HotGypsyWoman Aira]]. According to the Deja Tribe's legends, a dancer of her line will someday perform the rite that will restore God to His former glory. While she's perfectly willing to fulfill this duty, she protests the thought that this is '''ALL''' she can hope to accomplish with her life -- that this grand destiny is the sole reason for her existence. To this end, she latches onto the hero's party when they first meet, putting her other [[ActionGirl skills]] to good use.
* During the extraordinarily long "The Sign" quest in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' you're given a choice of how you would spend your last day alive if you knew the world would end tomorrow. The correct answer is 'What else? Save the world!'.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'', Fate is some nearly tangible ... "thing" which can be perceived by seers known as Fateweavers. It governs how every single event ever will transpire and it cannot be changed. The threads of everyone's destiny are woven into the grand tapestry of Fate. Until the [[PlayerCharacter Fateless One]] comes along, that is. Not only does s/he have no pre-determined fate, meaning that his/her every action changes the way that events were ''supposed'' to go down, s/he can also take the screwing of destiny up to [[UpToEleven ridiculous levels]] by ripping the threads of Fate out of others, re-shaping them into giant glowing weapons and then ''beating people to death with their own Fate''.
** [[spoiler:The BigBad ''created'' the Fateless One in her own attempt to do this since she was otherwise fated to never escape her prison. This backfires immensely since the Fateless One is also the only being capable of killing her since she was also otherwise fated to never die. She also has the same power to weaponize the threads of Fate which she uses in the final battle.]]
* In spite of all that happens in the world of ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' (With the demigods and [[GaiasVengeance the Gohma]] being in a constant endless war with each other revealed [[spoiler: to be the machinations of a godly being that has destroyed the world and rebuilt it countless times just to find an heir to rule over everything]]) Asura [[spoiler: refuses to become Chakravartin's chosen heir, and ends the cycle that Chakravartin created, even if it's at the cost of his own life]].
* In ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', if the final protagonist is Akira Tadokoro, he'll use this trope [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to explain why he's fighting and how different he was with the Big Bad when asked]]. His government tried to steer his destiny to become liquified human for their God? Akira said 'Screw Your God And Your God's Destiny' and kick both of them in Buriki Daioh. Conversely, the BigBad, [[spoiler:Oersted, was one who let his destiny take him without question. Destiny considers him a hero? Yes, he shall be. Destiny considers him a demon? [[ThenLetMeBeEvil Fine, he'll be the Demon King Odio]], thus setting him on the wrong path]].
* In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', Since the new heroes are the reborn Nephilim, they are not bound by fate and can determine their own destiny -- and thus are the only one capable of [[spoiler:stopping Diablo, the Prime Evil, from destroying the High Heavens and casting Sanctuary into darkness forever]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' it’s revealed that one of the Wardens [[spoiler: have to sacrifice themselves]] in order to defeat the Archdemon. You can go through with it and [[spoiler:willingly give your life away or let your other Warden companion do the deed]]. Or you can take Morrigan's offer and (literally) Screw Destiny.
* In ''VideoGame/FairyFencerF'', Fang agrees to collect the Furies if and only if this condition was met. Later in the game, he adopts this mindset permanently, and it fuels everything else he does.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has 'Marth' [[spoiler: ,aka Lucina, traveling to the past along with several others to prevent the the Fell Dragon Grima from destroying the world]]. Chrom even starts saying "Anything can change" when he scores criticals after this plot point is revealed. Ironically the game itself makes heavy use of ClicheStorm, and GenerationXerox.
* The plot of ''[[VideoGame/SengokuBasara Sengoku Basara 4]]'' is kickstarted when the shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, [[BloodKnight gets bored because wars aren't fought the way they used to be]] and decides to defy Heaven's Mandate by abdicating, leaving Japan without a ruler and everything up for grabs. What results is the chaos of the Sengoku Period.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWitchAndTheHundredKnight'', Lucchini claims he can never avert the future events that he can see in all the parallel universes, which led him to believe the destruction of Medea by Niike is inevitable. Eventually he saw a glimpse of hope in Metallia who was possibly the only one who can alter that fate, and by the end of the "Bad" ending the world was saved by the actions of Metallia and the Hundred Knight. ''Hell'', the entire canon ending was the protagonist trying to Screw Destiny that happened till chapter 11, hence the name "Bad" ending.
* In ''VideoGame/KultHereticKingdoms'', this is quite possible, according Alexandra (who, as Seeress, produces a lot of the prophecies that other people feel obliged to follow). The ending of the game [[spoiler:backs her up, since you don't have to allow the big prophecy to be fulfilled.]]
--> '''Alexandra:''' For many, the prophecies we give are prisons like this — for those who lack the will to choose.
* Taking the [[spoiler: Dark Lord/Abandon the Fire]] endings in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' respectively can feel like this, as you have decided to [[spoiler: say "fuck it" to prolonging the Age of Fire]] and instead seek your own path in the world, but it becomes a DeconstructedTrope. Ultimately, the choice you make doesn't actually matter on the cosmic scale since these same events will repeat themselves and some other hapless schmuck will eventually have to make the same choice that you did. Gets {{Reconstruct|ion}}ed in the [[spoiler: Usurp the Fire]] ending for ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'', as you are now the only being capable of doing this [[spoiler: since as an Unkindled that has accepted a Dark Sigil you can harness the First Flame and the Dark Soul in tandem to break the cycle and truly pull this dying world into a new era like Vendrick tried to in ''II'' and failed to because he ran out of time]].
** Also from ''III'', we have [[spoiler:Ludleth. During his cycle, his Champion failed ti Link First Flame, which results in yet another Dark Age coming]]. He has ''none'' of that; instead, [[spoiler:he ''breaks time'' to go back to when the First Flame was still lit, and links it himself]].
* A major theme of ''VideoGame/CirqueDeZale''. Alexander does not care at all about the prophecy saying that he is destined to be a hero. No matter how hard fate tries to force him to save the world, he just does not want to be anything other than a circus ringmaster, even going as far as to deliberately ignore the imprisoned DamselInDistress when he could easily save her.
* In ''VideoGame/YsVIIILacrimosaOfDana'' the titular Lacrimosa is an event wherein the dominant species on the planet is wiped out to make room for the next one. Every species screened for this has fought back in some way and the Humans within the game are no exception.
* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': Randal spends the entire game trying to do this. [[spoiler:He eventually does, but he has to end the world and make a deal with the four horsemen of the apocalypse to do so. That deal? He gets sent back to the start of the mess to set things right... if he feeds them Matt.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The theme of the second half of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. A miraculous break in a tragic cycle of death at the end of the first season gave [[spoiler:Rika and Hanyuu]] the courage to face their fears together with their friends, who also begin to remember the past timelines and decide to use this knowledge to create a MergedReality.
** They had a strong motivation for this, as in this context, "a better world" means "one where they don't [[KillEmAll all die.]]"
*** An even better example is Keiichi, who first encourages [[spoiler:Rika]] to do this by obstinately going against every prediction she made and defeating every one of the previous inescapable Bad Ends.
* A similar theme is present in ''Higurashi'''s SpiritualSuccessor ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', since Ange's goal is to make it so that her family won't be killed during the mysterious events on Rokkenjima in 1986. [[spoiler:However, this is a case of YouCantFightFate played straight, since no matter what happens all but two people are fated to die during those events. Though depending on one's perspective she still defeated fate in a way as she still managed to build a future for herself and lived a happy life despite being unable to change the hand she was dealt]]
* UBW route in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Archer says Shirou is destined to [[spoiler:become him and come to hate his ideal.]] Shirou disagrees. The ultimate winner of the argument is never really revealed, but presumably it is Shirou. Both of them think so, at least, and he at least [[spoiler:knows the pitfalls he's in for and that making a Guardian Contract would, in fact, be a bad idea. Or maybe a good one since he already knows what he's in for and won't feel so betrayed]].
* This is a major gameplay mechanic in the ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' series, as the game is based around exploiting routes to acquire the TrueEnding, which is often an OmegaEnding. [[spoiler: It's justified in-universe through [=SHIFTers=], psychics who can access the Morphic Field to swap their mind with their alternate-universe selves just before they die, which the cast needs in order to escape as it's impossible to do so otherwise.]] Also an exploited trope, as [[spoiler: each AntiVillain requires someone else to Screw ''Their Own'' Destiny so that Zero can ensure that something in ''their'' history happens.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Goblins}}'' deconstructs, inverts, and subverts this. Most Goblins are named by their fortune teller, who accurately names them based on their destiny. Saves-a-Fox became so fed up with this that she eventually killed the fox she was expected to save, and uses this fact to convince Dies-Horribly he can fight fate too.
** Notably, however, Saves-A-Fox carries around the tail of the fox she killed... in other words, saving it. This may or may not be an intended ProphecyTwist.
*** [[spoiler: Turns out Saves-A-Fox did save a fox... From dying a horrible, agonizing death from a disease it had contracted.]]
** Also notable in that most of the "destinies" that the goblins are named after are on the surface utterly trivial (though they ultimately speak towards the holder's personality in general)--"Saves a Fox", "Complains of Names", "One Eye", "Fumbles", etc. The first reason Fox cites for her rebellion is that she won't accept such an insignificant event as being the most important thing in her life... Which, ironically, makes it... [[MindScrew the most important thing in her life.]]
** Also played with in that some goblins that are ''supposed'' to get prophetic names... aren't. Chief wasn't supposed to be the chief, he was only chief because his father was and there would have been a violent outcry if he hadn't taken the job. Complains' father, on the other hand, ''was'' supposed to be the new chief. So... the village's fortune teller deliberately screwed destiny to prevent a war... while at the same time weakening their tribe by having the wrong leader.
*** Mocked thoroughly, though, once we meet some of the goblin slaves, who have such names as "Piss off I have a Headache," named by the same fortune teller that also named another goblin "Stop the Ceremony I Swallowed a Bug." This is less of a "Screw Destiny," and more of "Our fortune teller sucks."
* In ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'', after having a long talk with Wanda who has done some of the most deplorable things in the comic to get a hold of an Arkentool on the basis YouCantFightFate, Parson announces that he refuses to be a gamepiece of fate, giving a PrecisionFStrike (which he could not do before due to Erfworld's censorship) to signify how he won't be controlled. Judging from a recent chat with Charlie, he can now swear at will. When determining what he wants in life, one of the things he decides is that if fate is a thing that exists, then its hold over the world should be broken.
** In the "Inner Peace Through Superior Firepower" prequel series, we see that Wanda started out with this attitude, only to discover painfully that YouCantFightFate. What your Fate dictates ''will'' come to pass, and your only choice is how much suffering you'll have to go through to get there. In Wanda's case, she was Fated to serve under her side's archenemy, and her first attempt to avert this got her brother killed.
** On the other hand, there are implications that Carnymancy, the magic of rigging the game, can somehow alter Fated events.
** The BigBad, Charlie, is revealed to be a Carnymancer. This is implied to be his main motive. [[spoiler:He is underneath a dreadful Fate curse due to preserving his life with EquivalentExchange, and he is willing to screw over everyone and everything to avoid it. Fate enforces itself by manipulating behind the scenes mechanics, such as the LuckManipulationMechanic and the design of newly created units. As such, Charlie pursues an absolutely bizarre strategy to hold Fate at bay.]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': After being told that YouAlreadyChangedThePast by [[spoiler:Sarda]], Black Mage attempts this in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/06/04/episode-1136-that-is-not-a-predictive-model/ 1136]]. His attempt, [[SociopathicHero as usual]], involves [[CuttingTheKnot obliterating his problems]] with a [[KamehameHadoken Hadoken]].
-->"Ok, I have a theory. It's called, '''I never knew it was possible to care less about time travel.'''"
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', the recent Maltak arc seems to conclude with an impressive destiny-screwing by [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/ Melna]]. We've been getting the hint for months that she was supposed [[spoiler: to kill the crone of Maltak]].
** Dominic actually screws destiny on a regular basis; one of the advantages of being a seer who can see into the future. The only time he lost was when he suffered a "Fated Fatal": a sign that someone a seer knows is about to die, and there is ''nothing'' that can be done to stop it. In this case, that someone was [[spoiler: Lord Siegfried]].
* ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' suffers from severe depression after failing to change a later frame of his comic which he had peeked forward into.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', after Jack [[spoiler: prematurely begins the Reckoning and destroys Prospit and the Battlefield]], and after repeatedly being told by the trolls and the gods of the furthest ring that she and her friends are doomed, Rose decides to [[spoiler: blow up her first gate and send a signal through the cosmos to other Sburb players instructing them on how to save themselves, then explore her planet to find answers]].
-->"I am not playing by the rules anymore. I will fly around this candy-coated rock and comb the white sands until I find answers. No one can tell me our fate can't be repaired."
** Which she does by [[spoiler:lifting landmarks from the ground with black magic and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004629 cracking them open]] to find clues inside.]]
** Because PrescienceIsPredictable, this seems to be one of the powers of the [[PsychicBlockDefense Heroes of Void]].
** Unfortunately, [[SubvertedTrope it turns out that you can't]] ''truly'' screw destiny, because if you do, then [[YouCantFightFate destiny screws you right back by splitting you off into a doomed timeline where everyone dies.]] [[DoubleSubversion But then John ends up inadvertently screwing destiny even harder]] by [[spoiler: becoming unstuck in time, able to alter history without creating a doomed timeline]].
* In ''{{Webcomic/Oglaf}}'', a prince is informed by a seer that it's his destiny to screw destiny, and decides to do so by ''not'' screwing destiny. This results in the seer's stabbing him in the throat rather than let the smug twerp become king.
** Actually the soothsayers inform him he can't fight destiny. He then comes back with several smart alec responses which result in the aforementioned stabbing.
%% * ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/040918c Bass]]
* [[DumbMuscle Nick]] of Tagon's Toughs, in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', believed he was under a CartwrightCurse due to kissing Elf in ''The Sharp End of the Stick'', but in the first Credomar arc when a woman he was interested in is knocked unconscious and falling to her death, he jumps to the rescue anyway, even after finding out her interest in him was feigned for the purpose of spying on the Toughs.
-->[[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-05-31 No curses.]] If I get dead, it's 'cause '''I chose this.'''

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'': F*** Destiny, I'm Seto Kaiba! I make my own fate!
* ''WebVideo/TenLittleRoosters'': Ryan, [[spoiler: suffocating to death in a hole,]] avoids death even after his [[OncePerEpisode death plaque and photograph appear on the wall]] by [[spoiler: smashing the glass over his prison and climbing out]]. The photograph even falls to the ground as we hear Ryan [[spoiler: [[WhamLine breaking his way out]]]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', John Stewart ends up in the future and meets his son, who he fathered with his (currently) ex-girlfriend. Upon returning to the present with the knowledge that he's going to get back together with this woman and have a kid, he steadfastly refuses to do so, just to... y'know... screw destiny (though it's more that he won't get back with her just because of seeing the future, he wants his future to be what he wants and intends to just see how things play out).
** Pulled again throughout most of the first season of JLU, with constant foreshadows being thrown towards the existence of the Justice Lords universe. ComicBook/TheQuestion, upon discovering the existence of the Lords'verse, goes, for want of a better word, a bit (more) mental and concocts the whole scenario that would be required for the League to go the same way as their Lords counterparts - most significantly, the death of Franchise/TheFlash and {{Franchise/Superman}} subsequently murdering ''President'' ComicBook/LexLuthor. The whole series had actually seemed to be going just that way, until the point at which the Flash ''does'' (well [[OnlyMostlyDead almost]]) die. Superman comes close to committing the murder that would see the world erupt into armageddon, but at the last minute says "Screw that" and chooses ''not'' to kill him, closely after which, the Flash is dragged back from the speedforce.
** Beforehand, the Question talked to Superman about this and heard Clark's conviction on not being his Justice Lord counterpart. Later on, Question comes to the conclusion that the problem is Lex Luthor (as in the Lord's verse, he nearly caused nuclear war during his term as presidency due to his ego and megalogmania.) Realizing this, he [[spoiler: confronts Luthor with this knowledge before pointing out his attempt to ''murder Luthor himself,'' pointing that his reputation as a "crackpot" means the League's reputation and Superman's legacy would be untampered]]. [[CurbStompBattle It didn't end well for him.]]
* Not a genuine example, but Batman tells the Riddler straight his views on the subject in the ''WesternAnimaton/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "If You're So Smart Why Aren't You Rich?":
-->'''Riddler:''' That is grand-scale cheating, Batman! You are not allowed to tamper with the Hand of Fate!
-->'''Batman:''' [[ShutUpHannibal I don't believe in Fate.]]
* Inverted in ''Transformers: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': [[spoiler:Dinobot]] reads the "Sounds of Earth" disc, and foresees his own death. However, [[WrongTimeTravelSavvy he later discovers]] that there is nothing ''[[YouCantFightFate forcing him]]'' to play it out as [[TemporalParadox the future can be changed]], but he instead finds himself [[WhatYouAreInTheDark freely choosing]] to go through what he knows will cause his death to [[spoiler:prevent Megatron from destroying the ancestors of the human race]]. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome And so he did.]]
-->''The question that has haunted my being has been answered: The future is not fixed. My choices are my own. And yet, how ironic, for I now find I have no choice at all. I am a warrior. Let the battle be joined.''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had a [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheFortuneteller whole episode]] dedicated to "you can shape your own destiny, and what the fortuneteller says is not set in stone".
** It is shown also on a grander scale when Aang, [[spoiler:despite being told by almost everyone that he has to kill the fire lord, merely takes away his powers]].
** [[spoiler: Not to mention he took away his leadership and put Zuko in charge. The Fire Lord had powerful firebending abilities, yes, but the main reason he was a threat was his army. Take away that and his powers and he's just a fairly crazy regular person. Oh and killing him might not have helped anyway. Aang would probably have to kill Azula, too, considering her ambition...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom WesternAnimation/TheUltimateEnemy,'' in which he is shown a [[BadFuture future]] where he's the BigBad. Chillingly, he doesn't mind until he finds out that his whole family, his friends, and (far less importantly) his English teacher died ''[[SelfMadeOrphan because of him]]''. He changed his tune right quick, then. His desire to prevent this future parallels his BadFuture self's belief that YouCantFightFate, but is ultimately so strong that [[spoiler:it allows him to awaken a power that the latter hadn't awakened until ''ten years'' after that point, proving that fate ''wasn't'' immutable and that Dan ''wasn't'' inevitable, as he so haughtily claimed]].
* Subverted and played straight in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Fry the delivery boy wanted to be ''anything'' else, but wound up doing just that, while Leela, who originally figured her destiny as a job assigner was inescapable, became a starship captain.
** Fry staying a delivery boy makes sense, as being a delivery boy in the future is a hell of a lot more awesome than being a delivery boy in the past.
** Career chips though were quickly forgotten about and through the years they've taken on any number of wacky jobs from selling poplers, to playing in Blernsball, to serving as emperor of Tri-Sol... in fact, the a later episode lampshades the forgotten rules of the first episode by having Leela say to Fry "You know, our ''career chips''"? as he just stares blankly.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** "[[Recap/TeenTitansS2E1HowLongIsForever How Long is Forever]]": Time-travelling villain Warp arrives in the present to steal a clock because history says it disappeared. In his fight with the Titans, he accidentally brings Starfire to a BadFuture where the team has broken up [[GoneToTheFuture due to her disappearance]]. Warp insists that Starfire can't prevent any of this, using his theft as an example of time's immutability. She proves him wrong by getting the future Titans back together, defeating him, and then returning to the past with the object he stole, ensuring it never disappears to begin with.
---> '''Starfire''': The past cannot be repaired. The future cannot be altered. No matter how wrong it seems. \\
'''Nightwing''': So - it's impossible? Good! If memory serves, we've done the impossible before.
** Raven's series four arc, though it took some serious prompting from the rest of the Titans (pretty much all of whom were saying it from the start of the whole Trigon/prophecy thing). Eventually, she comes to the realization that the prophecy only came to fruition because she ''allowed'' it to.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''-- In the episode "Daimar the Demon," Orko accidentally unleashes a world-destroying demon on Eternia. He-Man gets to talking to it and realizes that Daimar doesn't particularly ''want'' to destroy the world, he just believes he ''has'' to because of destiny. He-Man convinces him he has free will, and he chooses to go home to his own dimension in peace.
* This is the whole idea of the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: M.A.U.R.I.C.E.". When it becomes evident to Numbuh Five that her idol Maurice has sided with Cree, she is despondent and close to giving up, thinking that YouCantFightFate and that she'll end up just like Cree when she turns thirteen in another year. Cree is actually happy about this, thinking that it may be the only way the two can ever reconcile. However, [[spoiler: it turns out that Maurice is actually a FakeDefector who has continued to work for the KND even after becoming a teenager. After entrusting Numbuh Five with this secret, she realizes that she can follow this trope and not end up like Cree at all]].
* ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'' is a school for the children of fairy tale characters, which teaches them how to take over the mantle from their parents. A group of students called "the Rebels" are opposed to the school's rigid adherence to the traditional stories, and some want to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] or [[DefiedTrope defy]] what destiny has in store for them; in contrast, "the Royals" are students intent on following the original stories. At least some of the Rebels are rebelling because they feel destiny is giving them a raw deal, while the Royals generally like the fairy tales they belong to, but Duchess Swan and Maddie Hatter are acting out of their personal beliefs, not self-interest. Swan is a Royal because she believes in following the story, though she would rather have a happier ending than the BittersweetEnding [[Theatre/SwanLake she's due for]]; conversely, Maddie Hatter is very much TheMadHatter's daughter, but she doesn't believe people should be forced into a life they don't want, making her a Rebel.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' chronicles the stories of every living person. When Manolo meets the Candlemaker, the keeper of the Book, the Candlemaker reveals that the pages that tell Manolo's life are blank. This means he's no longer following destiny, but writing his own story.