Playing With / Screw Destiny

Basic Trope: Character decides to go against their written fate.
  • Straight: A prophecy says the world will be destroyed, the heroes decide to stop it.
  • Exaggerated: The heroes go out of their way to prevent every single detail of the prophecy, regardless of how unrelated to the world ending they are.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: The heroes are Immune to Fate. Or the prophecy was actually a warning.
  • Inverted: The heroes decide to fulfill the prophecy, Because Destiny Says So.
  • Subverted: The heroes save the world, but it turns out they were only delaying the inevitable, or that it becomes a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
  • Double Subverted: The inevitable won't be for millions of years.
  • Parodied: "Screw you fortune cookie, I am no one's puppet!"
  • Zig Zagged: Heroes attempt to save the world, only to doom it in the process, at which point a new, better world is born out of the ashes.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: "We've been picked up for another season, so the prophecy we've been building to about the world ending can't come true now."
  • Lampshaded: "Since when has anyone wanted to follow destiny?"
  • Invoked: One of the characters made a fake prophecy about the world ending so the heroes would go on a quest to stop it.
  • Exploited: Character uses heroes attempt to stop a prophecy to further their own ends.
  • Defied: Heroes decide to just stay at home, as prophecies always turn out to be fake or misleading.
  • Discussed: "Only idiots believe in destiny. A real man ignores mad oracles and false prophets, and forges his own destiny."
  • Conversed: "In the ancient Greek and Norse myths, destiny was seen as sealed and inevitable. These days, however, characters who actively defy destiny are generally preferred and seen as more heroic."
  • Deconstructed:
    • The heroes kill themselves to prove they control their actions instead of fate.
    • Someone brings up the question: If destiny is a sham, doesn't that mean that none of us have a purpose?
    • People start to distrust prophesies due to them being defied on a regular basis.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The heroes decide even if the world's doomed anyway, they'd rather fight to their last breath than accept it.
    • Someone answers the question: if no one has an inherent purpose, that means everyone is free to create one for themselves.

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