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

There are a lot of tropes about failing. That should probably tell you something.
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See also:
+ ArtisticLicense
+ BadWritingIndex
+ FinaglesLaw
+ FridgeLogic
+ {{Hypocrite}}
+ IndexBackfire
+ LogicalFallacies
+ PoorCommunicationKills
]
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!!Tropes:
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* AcquiredErrorAtThePrinter[[note]]You fail to print something properly.[[/note]]
* AesopAmnesia[[note]]You fail to remember the moral you learned last episode.[[/note]]
* AIIsACrapshoot[[note]]You fail to make your sentient computer behave.[[/note]]
* TheAllegedCar[[note]]Your car is prone to failure.[[/note]]
** EveryCarIsAPinto[[note]]ExaggeratedTrope of the above.[[/note]]
* TheAllegedComputer[[note]]Your computer is prone to failure.[[/note]]
* TheAllegedExpert[[note]]You fail to do what you were supposedly trained to do.[[/note]]
* AmericansHateTingle[[note]]Your work fails to gain a large foreign audience.[[/note]]
* AntiClimaxBoss[[note]]Your final opponent fails to put up much of a fight.[[/note]]
* {{Anvilicious}}[[note]]You fail to send messages subtly.[[/note]]
* AssassinOutclassin[[note]]You fail at assassination.[[/note]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny[[note]]You fail to concentrate.[[/note]]
* AtrociousAlias[[note]]You fail to give yourself a good code name.[[/note]]
* AudienceParticipationFailure[[note]]You fail to get audience backup in your show or song.[[/note]]
* AuthorExistenceFailure[[note]]You fail to finish your series before you die.[[/note]]
* AwesomeButImpractical[[note]]Your technique or equipment seems amazing, but using it is a bad idea.[[/note]]
* BadBadActing[[note]]You fail to give even a remotely good performance.[[/note]]
* BadLiar[[note]]You fail to tell a lie convincingly.[[/note]]
* BlatantLies[[note]]You fail to tell that somebody else is lying.[[/note]]
* BlindIdiotTranslation[[note]]You fail to translate something.[[/note]]
** TranslationTrainWreck[[note]]You fail ''monumentally'' to translate something.[[/note]]
* BonusFeatureFailure[[note]]You fail to provide good bonus content.[[/note]]
* BoxOfficeBomb[[note]]Your movie fails to make enough money.[[/note]]
* BrokenAesop[[note]]You fail to convey your message because your characters don’t obey it. Bonus points if it was meant to be Anvilicious.[[/note]]
* BungledSuicide[[note]]You fail to commit suicide.[[/note]]
** HappilyFailedSuicide[[note]]You failed to commit suicide, and that’s a good thing.[[/note]]
* ButtDialingMordor[[note]]You fail to avoid detection by making unintentional contact with the enemy.[[/note]]
* CaffeineFailure[[note]]You fail to stay awake.[[/note]]
* CallingMeALogarithm[[note]]You fail to realize that you weren’t just slurred.[[/note]]
* CannotSpitItOut[[note]]You fail to say something succinctly.[[/note]]
* CannotTellAJoke[[note]]You [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fail to tell a joke]].[[/note]]
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin[[note]]You fail to stay out of trouble.[[/note]]
** CantGetInTroubleForNuthin[[note]]You fail to get into trouble.[[/note]]
* CantHoldHisLiquor[[note]]Your self-control fails when you imbibe alcohol.[[/note]]
* CaptainObviousAesop[[note]]You fail to teach a lesson people don’t already know.[[/note]]
* CaptainObviousReveal[[note]]You fail to make your [[TheReveal big revelation]] a surprise.[[/note]]
* CardboardPrison[[note]]Your prison fails to contain its prisoners.[[/note]]
* CassandraTruth[[note]]You fail to communicate the facts.[[/note]]
* CharacterDerailment[[note]]You fail to keep characters consistent.[[/note]]
* ColorFailure[[note]]You fail to keep your color when you lose your cool.[[/note]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint
* ConflictBall[[note]]You fail to set up character conflicts properly.[[/note]]
* CorrectionBait[[note]]You fail ''not'' to correct the mistake you’ve found.[[/note]]
* CreatorsPet[[note]]You fail to notice the audience’s hatred for a character, continuing to endorse her/him.[[/note]]
* CriticalExistenceFailure[[note]]You fail to stay alive, even though you were fine one hit point ago.[[/note]]
* CriticalFailure[[note]]You fail to roll a two or higher, thus leading to more failure.[[/note]]
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure[[note]]You fail to psychoanalyze someone.[[/note]]
* CriticalResearchFailure[[note]]You fail to learn anything about a topic.[[/note]]
** CowboyBebopAtHisComputer[[note]]You mess up information that was obvious to anyone who paid attention.[[/note]]
* CryonicsFailure[[note]]Your freezing system fails, usually with fatal consequences.[[/note]]
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy[[note]]You fail to give your audience anything to like about your work’s setting.[[/note]]
* DeafComposer[[note]]You can’t enjoy something you made because your ability to experience the necessary sense(s) has failed.[[/note]]
* DefensiveFailure[[note]]You fail to remember the weapon in your hand.[[/note]]
* DesignatedHero[[note]]You fail to create a good character.[[/note]]
* DesignatedVillain[[note]]You fail to create an evil character.[[/note]]
* DespairEventHorizon[[note]]Your hope has failed and is beyond hope of restoration past this point.[[/note]]
* DiggingYourselfDeeper[[note]]You fail monumentally to fix a faux pas.[[/note]]
* DisastrousDemonstration[[note]]Demonstration of a product or concept goes so horribly wrong that, whether it deserves to be or not, it’s discredited.[[/note]]
* DistractedByTheSexy[[note]]You fail to concentrate in the presence of {{Fanservice}}.[[/note]]
** NotDistractedByTheSexy[[note]]InvertedTrope: The {{Fanservice}} fails to throw you off your track.[[/note]]
* DIYDisaster[[note]]You fail at renovating your house.[[/note]]
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint
* DreadfulMusician[[note]]You fail to make music.[[/note]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy[[note]]You fail to drive safely.[[/note]]
* DudeNotFunny[[note]]You fail to keep your comedy in good taste.[[/note]]
* DullSurprise[[note]]You fail to emote when, logically, you should be.[[/note]]
* EEqualsMCHammer[[note]]You fail to write convincing-looking mathematics.[[/note]]
* EightDeadlyWords[[note]]You fail to get people to feel for your characters.[[/note]]
* EntendreFailure[[note]]You fail to make a double entendre.[[/note]]
* EpicFail[[note]]You fail ''spectacularly''.[[/note]]
* EscapedAnimalRampage[[note]]When people failed to keep animals locked in their cages.[[/note]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood[[note]]Villains fail due to their inability to see how virtue motivates their adversaries.[[/note]]
** GoodCannotComprehendEvil[[note]]See above, but swap “heroes” for “villains” and “vice” for “virtue.”[[/note]]
* EvilWillFail[[note]]You can pursue a life of evil if you wish, but there’ll be severe consequences.[[/note]]
* ExactTimeToFailure[[note]]Initiating failure in three … two … one …[[/note]]
* FMinusMinus[[note]]You fail spectacularly at schoolwork.[[/note]]
* FacialCompositeFailure[[note]]You fail to draw an accurate Wanted poster.[[/note]]
* FailedASpotCheck[[note]]You fail to spot something two inches from your face.[[/note]]
* FailedAuditionPlot[[note]]You fail an audition for your dream career, but find a reason to keep trying.[[/note]]
* FailedFutureForecast[[note]]You fail to predict the future.[[/note]]
* FailingATaxi[[note]]You fail to hail a taxi.[[/note]]
* FailsafeFailure[[note]]You fail to make a failsafe.[[/note]]
* FailureGambit[[note]]You fail intentionally as part of a grander scheme.[[/note]]
** SpringtimeForHitler[[note]]Your Failure Gambit itself fails.[[/note]]
* FailureHero[[note]]You fail to save the day.[[/note]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption[[note]]You have no choice but to fail because success would end the story.[[/note]]
** MortonsFork[[note]]The direct prelude: You fail regardless of the choice you make.[[/note]]
* FailureKnight[[note]]Your backstory revolves around some failure.[[/note]]
* FailureMontage[[note]]You are shown failing in various ways.[[/note]]
* FailuresOnIce[[note]]You fail to skate, especially on ice.[[/note]]
* FakeBalance[[note]]You fail to balance your video game characters.[[/note]]
* FanDisservice[[note]]You fail at {{Fanservice}}.[[/note]]
* FemininityFailure[[note]]You fail to be ladylike.[[/note]]
* FightSceneFailure[[note]]You fail to direct an awesome fight scene.[[/note]]
* FloorboardFailure[[note]]The floorboards have failed to support your weight.[[/note]]
* FreudianSlipperySlope[[note]]You fail to prevent further {{Freudian Slip}}s.[[/note]]
* GeneralFailure[[note]]Your plans fail to prove you earned your rank as General.[[/note]]
* GlamourFailure[[note]]You fail to hide who you really are.[[/note]]
* AGlitchInTheMatrix[[note]]Your otherwise convincing illusion momentarily malfunctions.[[/note]]
* GoneHorriblyRight[[note]]Your plan worked, but you fail to consider its consequences.[[/note]]
* GoneHorriblyWrong[[note]]Not only does your plan not work, it fails to work in disastrous ways.[[/note]]
* HandWave[[note]]You fail to explain complicated plot points in great detail.[[/note]]
* HarmlessVillain[[note]]You fail to be a credible villain.[[/note]]
* HeroTrackingFailure[[note]]You fail to shoot a moving target with PlotArmor.[[/note]]
* HeroWithAnFInGood[[note]]You fail to be heroic.[[/note]]
** MinionWithAnFInEvil[[note]]You fail to be villainous.[[/note]]
* HeroicBSOD[[note]]Your brain fails at a crucial juncture as you are committing your good deeds.[[/note]]
** VillainousBreakdown[[note]]See above, except you’re committing evil deeds.[[/note]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard[[note]]You bring your own failure directly upon yourself.[[/note]]
* HolodeckMalfunction[[note]]Holograms glitch and become deadly.[[/note]]
* INeverSaidItWasPoison[[note]]You fail because you demonstrated knowledge you shouldn’t have had.[[/note]]
** INeverToldYouMyName
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure[[note]]You failed, so your pal’s got pain coming.[[/note]]
* IdiotBall[[note]]Your brain temporarily fails to work properly.[[/note]]
** DidntThinkThisThrough
* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance[[note]]You fail to realize your own ineptitude.[[/note]]
* ImposterForgotOneDetail[[note]]You fail to convince others you are someone else.[[/note]]
* IncompetenceInc[[note]]Your business fails at everything.[[/note]]
** PointyHairedBoss[[note]]You fail personally as a business leader.[[/note]]
* IneptMage[[note]]You fail at magic.[[/note]]
** MagicMisfire[[note]]You fail to cast your spell on your intended target.[[/note]]
* InformedAttribute[[note]]You fail to demonstrate that a character is what you say s/he is like.[[/note]]
* InsultMisfire[[note]]You fail to offend your intended target.[[/note]]
* ItsAWonderfulFailure[[note]]You see the repercussions of your failure before you see Game Over.[[/note]]
* JerkSue[[note]]You fail to create a JerkassWoobie.[[/note]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia[[note]]Your memory fails you whenever it’s convenient for somebody else.[[/note]]
* LethalChef[[note]]You fail at cooking.[[/note]]
* LiteralMinded[[note]]You fail to understand metaphors.[[/note]]
* LogicBomb[[note]]Your statement fails to maintain consistency with reality and possibility.[[/note]]
* LostAesop[[note]]You fail to remember the message you were originally trying to send.[[/note]]
* MadeOutToBeAJerkass[[note]]You lose face when you stand up for yourself.[[/note]]
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction[[note]]You fail to react to a serious injury.[[/note]]
* MayorPain[[note]]You fail as a city leader.[[/note]]
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords[[note]]Your phrase with a “unique” meaning is anything but.[[/note]]
** ConceptsAreCheap[[note]]You fail to offer intellectual depth for your idealistic rhetoric.[[/note]]
* MemeticLoser[[note]]You are famous for your many failures.[[/note]]
* MookDepletion[[note]]You let yourself run out of {{Evil Minion}}s.[[/note]]
* MoralEventHorizon[[note]]You cross the line into villainy for good.[[/note]]
* TheMountainsOfIllinois[[note]]You fail to provide proper geography when filming your show or movie.[[/note]]
* MuggleBornOfMages[[note]]Special talent skips a generation.[[/note]]
* MyGreatestFailure[[note]]You have never failed harder than this.[[/note]]
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels[[note]]You fail to speak a foreign language.[[/note]]
* {{Narm}}[[note]]You fail to make a scene serious.[[/note]]
* NecessaryFail[[note]]You failed, but the fallout of your hypothetical success would have been worse.[[/note]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero[[note]]Hero fails by trying to solve the problem.[[/note]]
* NiceJobBreakingItRivals[[note]]You and your enemy both fail because neither of you could bear the thought of the other winning.[[/note]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain[[note]]Villain fails by trying to cause a problem.[[/note]]
* NoDeadBodyPoops[[note]]You fail to brown your pants when you die.[[/note]]
* NoOSHACompliance[[note]]You fail to provide a safe workplace.[[/note]]
* NoSell[[note]]Your ploy that usually succeeds … fails on this person.[[/note]]
* NoSocialSkills[[note]]You fail to carry on in a social setting.[[/note]]
* ObliviousToHints[[note]]You fail to take a hint.[[/note]]/
* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription[[note]]You fail to realize that someone is talking about you.[[/note]]
* ObliviousToLove[[note]]You fail to realize that someone has romantic feelings for you.[[/note]]
* ObliviouslyEvil[[note]]You fail to realize that you’re a villain.[[/note]]
* ObviousBeta[[note]]You fail to program a game.[[/note]]
* ObviousStuntDouble[[note]]The stunt double fails to pass as the actor.[[/note]]
* ObviouslyEvil[[note]]Villains fail at subtlety.[[/note]]
* OfCourseISmoke[[note]]You fail to pretend to be a smoker.[[/note]]
* OutGambitted[[note]]Your plan fails when pitted against someone else’s.[[/note]]
* PassFail[[note]]You fail to be recognized as white, even if you’re not.[[/note]]
* PlotHole[[note]]You fail to maintain your story’s internal logic while writing it.[[/note]]
** VoodooShark[[note]]You fail to cover your plot holes.[[/note]]
* PokeThePoodle[[note]]Your attempt at an evil act fails to be evil.[[/note]]
* PopculturalOsmosisFailure[[note]]You fail to recognize another demographic’s pop-culture references.[[/note]]
* PottyFailure[[note]]You fail to keep your pants clean.[[/note]]
* PowerIncontinence[[note]]You fail to keep your power under control.[[/note]]
* ThePresentsWereNeverFromSanta[[note]]You fail to recognize the ''true'' source of all those useful things you got.[[/note]]
* RecognitionFailure[[note]]You fail to recognize someone.[[/note]]
** PaperThinDisguise[[note]]ExaggeratedTrope of the above: You fail to recognize someone who is barely concealing his/her identity.[[/note]]
** YourCostumeNeedsWork[[note]]InvertedTrope of the above: You, the genuine article, fail to be recognizable when compared to imitations.[[/note]]
* RedemptionFailure[[note]]You fail to remain on the side of good.[[/note]]
* RougeAnglesOfSatin[[note]]Yew fell two use wards car wrecked lee (You fail to use words correctly).[[/note]]
* RummageFail[[note]]You fail to find something in a bag of random items.[[/note]]
* SarcasmFailure[[note]]You fail at sarcasm.[[/note]]
* ScrappyMechanic[[note]]You fail at making a game mechanic fun.[[/note]]
* TheScrappy[[note]]You fail to make a likable character.[[/note]]
* TheShowMustGoWrong[[note]]You fail to keep disaster from happening during your performance.[[/note]]
* SkepticismFailure[[note]]You fail to disprove the existence of the supernatural.[[/note]]
* SpecialEffectFailure[[note]]You failed to fund the SFX department properly.[[/note]]
* StatusQuoGameShow[[note]]You failed to win a game show because StatusQuoIsGod.[[/note]]
* StockFootageFailure[[note]]You fail to realize that was a bad time to use stock footage.[[/note]]
* StrawCharacter[[note]]You fail to present your opponents’ actual arguments.[[/note]]
** StrawmanHasAPoint[[note]]You fail to make your opponents look irrational.[[/note]]
* SturgeonsLaw[[note]]You’ll fail nine times out of ten.[[/note]]
* SucksAtDancing[[note]]You fail at dancing.[[/note]]
* SuckySchool[[note]]Your educational institution fails to function.[[/note]]
* SuspectExistenceFailure[[note]]You fail to find suspects for a crime.[[/note]]
* SymbologyResearchFailure[[note]]You fail to remember that cool logo you saw the other day and put into your work actually has religious meanings.[[/note]]
* TeleporterAccident[[note]]You fail at teleportation.[[/note]]
* ThoughtAversionFailure[[note]]You fail ''not'' to think about something when ordered not to.[[/note]]
* TimeForPlanB[[note]]Your first plan failed; on to the backup.[[/note]]
* TortureIsIneffective[[note]]You fail to torture information out of a prisoner.[[/note]]
* TotallyRadical[[note]]You fail at youth culture forever.[[/note]]
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness[[note]]You failed because you just ''couldn’t wait''.[[/note]]
* TranslationByVolume[[note]]You fail to communicate with foreigners.[[/note]]
* TutorialFailure[[note]]You fail to teach someone how to play a game properly.[[/note]]
* UnfortunateImplications[[note]]You fail to notice an accidental stereotype, FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, or other offensive aspect in your work before making it public.[[/note]]
* UnfortunateItemSwap[[note]]You fail to tell those two important objects apart.[[/note]]
* UnintentionallySympathetic[[note]]You fail to make a character unlikable.[[/note]]
** UnintentionallyUnsympathetic[[note]]You fail to make a character likable.[[/note]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece[[note]]You fail to make a timeless work.[[/note]]
* {{Unwinnable}}[[note]]The game can only end in failure, no matter how much you win.[[/note]]
** UnwinnableByDesign[[note]]The programmer does this on purpose.[[/note]]
** UnwinnableByInsanity[[note]]The player does this by trying too hard.[[/note]]
** UnwinnableByMistake[[note]]The programmer fails.[[/note]]
* WardrobeMalfunction[[note]]Your clothes fail to cover you.[[/note]]
* WeAreStrugglingTogether[[note]]You fail to cooperate with someone who shares your objectives.[[/note]]
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing[[note]]You fail at martial arts.[[/note]]
* WheresTheKaboom[[note]]You fail to explode stuff.[[/note]]
* WimpFight[[note]]You and your opponent fail at fighting.[[/note]]
* WorldLimitedToThePlot[[note]]You fail to build context for your story.[[/note]]
* YouCantFightFate[[note]]Your attempts to ScrewDestiny will fail every time.[[/note]]
* YouCantThwartStageOne[[note]]You fail to stop a villain’s plan even when you ''should'' have succeeded.[[/note]]
* YouHaveFailedMe[[note]]You fail to please your superior.[[/note]]
* YouKeepUsingThatWord[[note]]You fail to understand the actual definition of a word you use.[[/note]]
* YouWereTryingTooHard[[note]]You failed because you had to do the job calmly.[[/note]]
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