* v4 of ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'''s BackStory has King Armando of Avelia betting his country's ''second largest'' colony ''in a swordfight'' with ''the [[MasterSwordsman greatest swordsman]]'' in the Old World. Naturally, he lost. For a skilled diplomat and peacemaker, TemptingFate like that wasn't exactly a pretty smart thing to do.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' example: during the "combat finals" at [[SuperheroSchool 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. LampshadeHanging 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.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'s'' [[http://www.cracked.com/article/185_6-movie-plots-made-possible-by-bafflingly-bad-decisions/ 6 Movie Plots Made Possible by Bafflingly Bad Decisions]].
** Then again, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18791_if-movie-characters-didnt-make-horrible-decisions.html If Movie Characters Didn't Make Horrible Decisions]] [[TropesAreNotBad movies would be much less fun]].
* In ''Roleplay/{{Netland}}'' VII, when [[CloudCuckooLander Taricus]] decides to attack the Sarin canister, thereby killing everyone except Tyberix (who has a built-in rebreather).
* ''Roleplay/YouHaveBecomeYourAvatar'': 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 ''Webcomic/TheMostStupidDeathsInSuperMario64''.
* The ''LetsPlay/HoboBros'' claim that they're getting worse the more they play ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', 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:''' [[SelfDeprecation 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!