- v4 of Open Blue's Back Story has King Armando of Avelia betting his country's second largest colony in a swordfight with the greatest swordsman in the Old World. Naturally, he lost. For a skilled diplomat and peacemaker, Tempting Fate like that wasn't exactly a pretty smart thing to do.
- Whateley Universe example: during the "combat finals" at Whateley Academy, Buster (super-strong brick who gets stronger and tougher the more you hit him) drew Aquerna, one of the school losers. He lost by chasing her all over the place until she found a spot where she had the advantage. Lampshade Hanging by the instructors, who pointed out that he was so much stronger than she was, all he had to do was go to the 'win spot' and type in his answers, and she wouldn't have been able to do a thing to stop him.
- Cracked's 6 Movie Plots Made Possible by Bafflingly Bad Decisions.
- In Netland VII, when Taricus decides to attack the Sarin canister, thereby killing everyone except Tyberix (who has a built-in rebreather).
- You Have Become Your Avatar: Storm attempts to calm down Heartless Sora Brahian... by singing Kumbaya. Unfortunately, he didn't realize that Heartless Sora Brahian dislikes singing, so he made him more angry.
- Mario almost always carries this in The Most Stupid Deaths In Super Mario 64.
- The Hobo Bros claim that they're getting worse the more they play Super Mario 64, and cite this as the reason why.
Kevin: Have you noticed that we're actually getting worse as the game goes on?
Luke: Yeah, I know! We were so good doing that lava level, and now I'm sad.
Kevin: It's because of me, my retard-ness is washing off on you. This is what happens when you spend too much time with Mario, this shit happens!
- PlayStation Access: Brought this up in videos like "7 Things Characters In Horror Games Seriously Need To Stop Doing".
- Repeatedly Defied in the Real Trailer, Fake Movie for Hell No: The Sensible Horror Movie.
Person A: Hey, look what I got! It's that video tape that if you watch it, you die in five days!
Person B: Really? Let me see that.
Breaks the tape over his leg, and then proceeds to go outside and smash the remains of the tape with a baseball bat.