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