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Tempting Fate: Anime and Manga
  • Parodied to hell and back in the first episode of Tower of Druaga, like everything else about the fantasy genre and anime:
    • When first meeting the crimson knight, Black Knight:
    Utu: "Hey, Jil..."
    Jil: "What is it, Utu?"
    Utu: "You see... when this battle is over, I am going back to my hometown to get married."
    Jil: "I see... Why are you telling me this now?"
    *Utu charges and is instantly killed*
    Black Knight: "And Jil, there is something else I must tell you."
    Jil: "What?"
    Black Knight: "When this battle is over, I am going to return to my hometown and marry."
    *Black Knight is instantly killed by the dragon*
    • And finally the dark god in the final battle.
    'Jil... I am your father. And one more thing, once this battle is over, I plan to get remarried in my hometown."
  • From the very first episode of FLCL, the main character gives us this quip: "Nothing amazing happens here. Everything is ordinary." Yeah, Naota, given the fact that you're in a Studio Gainax series, you really should've thought better...
  • In Digimon Savers episode 10, Masaru comes under the influence of a curse that Chika put on him (though it turns out to be a digimon that just so happened to have heard her when she was wishing all these bad things on her brother). The following exchange occurs:
    Touma: From the looks of that signpost, it seems as though Chika-chan has used some sort of magic to put a curse on you.
    Masaru: A curse?
    Touma: It's exactly as Chika had said. Slipping, falling down, getting hit... and now, running into a signpost.
    Gaomon: And the next one was falling from a bridge, right Master?
    Masaru: That'll never happen! I mean, there aren't even any bridges near here!
    (Chopsticksnote  roll onto Masaru's path; he slips and falls)
    Touma: o.0' He fell... from chopsticks...
  • Poor Dio.
    Dio: "Why can't I move? Wh... why can't I- No, no, (sees Jotaro walking out the fire) nononoNONO! MOTHERF**KER!!! (Jotaro stops in front of him) NO! NO! NO! NO! BULLS**T! BULLS**T! BULLS**T! Okay, okay, okay, calm down, Dio. Calm down. Calm down, Dio...calm down. Okay...okay. If I, Dio, don't move, then he won't realize that I, Dio, am not in front of-"
    (Star Platinum smashes Dio's leg)
    Dio: OH MY GOD!
    Jotaro: "Time Continues."
  • A prime example comes in volume 14 of Mahou Sensei Negima! After finding out about the pacts some of her classmates have made with Negi, Meta Guy Chisame jokes about making a pact and fighting Robot Girl Chachamaru; in reality, she most definitely wants to be normal. Naturally, she ends up having to do just that by the very next day. At least, very next day from the perspective of a normal person. Time Travel was involved, and depending on how you look at it, it could have been as long as a week.
    • Even during the first day of the Mahora Festival, Asuna tried to pull this off while protecting Nodoka against a World-Tree-entranced Negi:
    Asuna: I will protect Honya-chan's lips! If you want to kiss her, then you will have to kiss me first!
    (Beat, followed by a twinkle from Negi's eye)
    Negi: Understood, I'll kiss with Asuna-san first, then...
    (Cue Asuna's light Oh, Crap expression...)
    • A subtler example during the Battle of Mahora between protagonist Negi Springfield and current Big Bad: Negi tells her to surrender, as he had just destroyed the technology that allowed her to fight equally with a mage like him. "You can't beat me, not without magic!" Cue fireball.
    • A more humorous example occurs way back in chapter 3; Ayaka is talking about how Negi needs someone with a " motherly figure" to take care of him, ending with "and who's got more of a figure than me!?" Cue the four bustiest girls in the class entering the room.
    • Jack Rakan decided to do Dark Magic to show Negi what happens when one is not compatible saying, it's fine I'm me and I'm invincible. Cue giant explosion and 2-3 chapters of Jack Rakan actually in bandages. Also every time he says he is invincible during that time he gains high pressure blood.
    • And at the recent chapters... after being ridiculously hit by a bullet that renders his mana useless and being targeted by the FREAKING WHOLE SCHOOL...
    Negi: I'll have to be especially careful not to run into the martial artists...
    Cue Ku Fei.
    Negi: (Well I guess if it's Ku Fei-san...) Are... you... in this too?
    Ku Fei: Yes.
    Cue love declaration. Five girls in one day, good job Negi!
    • Fate's entire harem attempts to do this in one of the Volume 0 chapters, even trying even Naked Apron, and get no reaction whatsoever. Owait, wrong trope.
  • Naruto: Kankuro tempts fate by addressing Gaara's "impenetrable defenses" in Episode 48. Cue Rock Lee going ballistic and pinballing Gaara across the arena. It doesn't work, however. Not long after, Sasuke pierces Gaara's sand shield and causes him to bleed for the first time.
    • From the first Shippuuden movie (the one with the Priestess Shion), where Naruto is fighting the Quirky Miniboss Squad. "Hah! That's the weakest fire jutsu I've ever seen!" Cue the wind jutsu, which supercharges the fire one and turns a ring of flame into a blazing maelstrom.
  • In episode 11 of Neon Genesis Evangelion, after the Tokyo-3 energy supply is sabotaged, Fuyutski says that it would be a disaster if an Angel attacked right now. Which is exactly what happens.
    • This could actually be a subversion because it's explained later on that he and SEELE know the specific times when the Angels will attack.
    • The Bridge Bunnies tempt fate further in End of Evangelion. Twice.
      Aoba: I just hope they don't start using BC weapons! Things could get pretty ugly...
      Hyuuga: Yeah, that or N2 mines —
      (BOOM)
      Aoba: Speak of the devil...!
      Hyuuga: Damn! Haven't they ever heard of moderation?!
      Fuyutsuki: That was a little much...
      (the JSSDF begins a Macross Missile Massacre on the geofront)
    • In episode 22, Asuka complains about how the Angel hasn't shown up — just before she gets hit by its Mind Rape beam.
    • Also surprisingly happens meta-wise, during the infamous "Ran out of ink" rant by Spike Spencer (Shinji's VA). One of the rants against the Gainax Ending is "Okay, the movie better sure as Hell make up for this, I'm telling you right now, 'cause I'm stuck in Nowhereland!". Sure enough, the movie is released, and... it goes From Bad to Worse. Far worse that Spencer might've preferred being stuck in Nowhereland.
  • In Hayate the Combat Butler, Maria gives Hayate an expensive cashmere jacket to wear out in public and explains very clearly how getting it ruined will likely get him fired. After avoiding all manner of spills and sword-wielding thugs that are all clearly stated to "stain/ruin/cut cashmere very well", he tries to avoid falling into "the kind of pond that ruins cashmere coats" during an attempt to "rescue" Isumi from her servants by taking it off before he hits the water... and promptly ripping it to shreds on a nearby hanging tree.
    • Later on in the series, Sakuya builds a ship that is an exact replication of the Titanic. It doesn't fare well.
      • Sakuya also mentioned "unless terrorists hijack"... Guess what happens?
  • Parodied and subverted in an episode of Pucca. The introduction of the ship Gigantic by the captain includes calling her "unsinkable" three times, and the floor show in the dining hall involves a song including the lyrics "Because the ship can never sink." She hits the iceberg without incident, prompting the captain to cry "I told you it was unsinkable!" Later Double Subverted.
  • One Piece: usually exploited for comedic purpose, this series is rip with it.
    • After Franky recharges on cola and lets out the biggest SUUUUUUUUUPER thus far, the first words out of Fukuro's mouth are "You gonna hit me with another one of your weak punches (chapapa)?"
    • When the Straw Hats have just found the Log Pose, and Nami is reflecting on its importance:
      Nami: All right, Log Pose... I'll make sure to take good care of you. The fate of our journey is all up to you, after all. (Cue flying Luffy smashing into it via Sanji's kick)
    • This also happens in the Dressrosa arc with Donquixote Doflamingo. He mentions how one of the remnants of the previous royal family had put her faith in two powerful pirates, Luffy and Trafalgar Law, to free the country. The latter is with him as he speaks, chained, beaten, bloody, and unconscious…
    Donquixote Doflamingo: …And Straw Hat Luffy will never come out of the Colosseum as a human. And right now, as for the other members of the Straw Hats, Cyborg Franky is attacking the Toy House on his own. But I don't think he can beat the executives of my family. The rest, Pirate Hunter Zoro, Foxfire Kin'emon, Nico Robin, and Sogeking are still here…but I don't think they can even reach the underground level.
    • His confidence in his family is well-founded; Senor Pink is an even match for Franky, and he's fighting him one-on-one with reinforcements on the way. But he's only right for one out of three; Luffy has already escaped the Colosseum, placed his trust in another to gain the tournament's prize, and is en route to the palace with Zoro and Kin'emon, and Robin and Usopp are already in the underground and planning to take down his most important executive.
    • Speaking of Usopp, after Usopp manages to get everyone who has been turned into toys for more than 10 years back to normal, Doflamingo post up a bounty of everyone's head with each 100,000,000 Berries cost one star: Robin, Rebecca, Kin'emon, Viola, Franky (100,000,000 Berries each), Zoro, Kyros (200,000,000 Berries each), Luffy, Sabo, King Riku, and Law (300,000,000 Berries each). Usopp was glad he's not in it...until Doflamingo says his name with...500,000,000 berries. That is more than Luffy's current bounty. Boy was Doflamingo is really pissed for all the ten years he has spend transforming famous and official people into toys.
  • In Monster, after miraculously surviving a suicide run against four armed thugs, Martin pulls out a cigarette and mutters, "I'm surprised I lived through that." Naturally, this is the cue for the guy he missed to fatally shoot him in the stomach.
    • Roberto laughs at Tenma, telling him that he won't shoot him. Guess what happens next.
  • Subverted at least once in Naruto Abridged. Two ninja guards discuss their hatred of giant snakes that pop out of nowhere and kill you. Naturally, a giant snake pops out of nowhere and destroys the guard tower... next to them.
  • Vita in the final mission of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. "I'm almost there. I still have cartridges. I'm fine. It'll be easy." Cue invisible Mecha-Mook stabbing her through the back and her having to prove just how big a Determinator she is.
    • Vita speaks: "Are you stupid?! There's no way you control all these bullets!". And Nanoha does just that.
    • Vita thinks: "OK, this is far enough...." Sorry, not far enough.
    • Fate thinks: "There's no way she could survive that...." Nanoha is alive and ready to return it. With large interest.
    • Quattro thinks: "This is the deepest part of the Cradle, no way...." Yeah, and your enemy is a very pissed-off Nanoha, who does everything, including making friends, using MAXIMUM POWER. Like a maze would hinder her.
    • In one episode of A's, Amy notes how unlikely it would be to have an emergency that she would have to deal with ... and one comes up before she even finishes the sentence.
    • In another episode of A's, Shamal finds out Nanoha and Fate are Hayate's friends, and want to visit her in the hospital, which would potentially result in their finding out about her being the master of the Book of Darkness. Signum says, "As long as they don't run into us there, it'll be fine." Guess what happens next episode...
  • Super Gals episode 39. Ran and Tatsuki (and 10 plus other guys) find a missing monkey, which is wearing Tatsuki's scarf, that has just been said to collect a 50,000 yen reward. You see them chasing it and are then shown Ran's older brother:
    Yamoto:What a peaceful Christmas Eve. Looks like I'll get to go on a date with Miyu today without any mishaps.
    • Alas, what he had in mind was not what happened.
  • Two episodes from the end of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Mu la Flaga reassures Murrue Ramius just before a battle by promising, "I'll be right back, with victory in hand." He isn't.
    • Not until Destiny, anyway.
  • Discussed and subverted in Azumanga Daioh, when Osaka predicts that their school trip to Okinawa will be "tons of fun" and Chiyo agrees, which it does turn out to be, on the whole. However, right after she says it, the image freezes and the background fades to black:
    Tomo: At that time, they never would have dreamed... it would turn out to be such a miserable trip. Or something.
    Yomi: Enough with the narration!
  • In The Nineties Sailor Moon, during the final showdown with Sailor Moon and Chibi-Usa on one side and the big scary skeleton guy Death Fantom on the other, Fantom repeatedly claims that he is eternally immortal. Then he dies.
  • After dodging a Rain of Arrows, one of the villains in Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust mutters "That was close..." seconds before the last arrow catches him through the neck.
  • Fellow robot Mechazawa introduces his little brother Mechazawa Beta in Cromartie High School. "I tell ya, this kid is tough! I guess that kinda stuff runs in the family. Any of you wanna try goin' one-on-one with him? Ha ha! As if!" Crunch. Gorilla crushes the poor tyke underfoot.
  • Characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! have a tendency to say things like:
    Generic Badguy: Oh no, I hope his random trap card with a 1 in 10 chance of hitting me doesn't hit me. If that happened I'd totally lose! (gets hit) Oh no, I just lost!
    Generic Henchman: Hah, you need to be really lucky to beat my unbeatable strategy! (3 minutes later) Oh no, what are the chances that you had one overly specific card in your deck to beat my strategy?!
    • Which is mocked in the abridged series:
      Roba: No! If Jinzo hits my Reflect Bounder, it's all over for me!
      (Jinzo hits Reflect Bounder and both explode)
      Roba: No! Jinzo has hit my Reflect Bounder, and it is all over for me!
    • During the Virtual World arc, Yugi is wandering through a seemingly endless tunnel and complains if it's ever going to end, and after Yami Yugi reminds him that Noa controls the Virtual World, Noa decides to teleport Yugi somewhere For the Evulz. The joke is on him because that results in Yugi reuniting with Anzu, who was in peril during her duel with Crump.
    • Could be combined with Famous Last Words, but in episode 134 of the dub, when Yugi prepares his final attack, we get this little line from Kaiba:
      Kaiba: YUGI! I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED AT MY OWN TOURNAMENT!!!
  • The Fate/stay night Visual Novel does this: in the Unlimited Blade Works route, Shirou explicitly states that he cannot die from projecting swords, as it is the one thing he can do (he even considers himself a circuit made solely for that purpose). Three guesses on what happens in the Heaven's Feel route.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, when Heero Yuy asks if the bunker is shielded, Mariemeia Khushrenada goes ahead and mocks at how powerless his Gundam is against the fortified shelter. Heero's response: "Roger that." In that moment, her pride starts to get vaporized instantly as the Twin Buster Rifle ate through the shelter with just three concentrated blasts.
  • In the manga Gun Blaze West, villain "Target" Kevin has a prominent tattoo of a target right over his heart and never wears a shirt so he can show it off. This is later revealed to be the object of a game; He and an opponent shoot at targets on each other's bodies. The fact that he shows his tattoo so proudly illustrates that he never loses.
  • Code Geass R2 has the rather fantastic example of "Don't worry...It will be impossible for Zero to destroy this place (Tokyo) like last time!" Which is technically true...
    • The dub makes it clear that they're specifically referring to Zero causing the settlement to collapse in order to weaken the forces defending it, but even before the FLEIJA blast, a Gefion Disturber goes off and disables all the older Knightmare Frames.
      • There was also when Milly assured Nina there won't be any Elevens at the hotel where they will be staying. They get taken hostage by the JLF.
    • The most infamous example of this would have to be episode 22 of the first season: "If I were to say 'Kill all of the Japanese' you would be forced to obey..." Too bad Lelouch didn't realize that his Geass had turned permanently "on" when he mentioned this to Euphemia. Cue one of the most tragic and influential events in the whole series.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, one of the members of the top brass, while it is trying to handle Roy's coup d'état, is getting worried about their opposition's effectiveness. Another member says that it's not like they have any tanks with them. Guess what reinforcements from Briggs provides?
    • Maes Hughes mentions to Envy that he has a wife and kid waiting at home. Cue the Fatal Family Photo.
    • "Oh hey! We managed to take back Central! Let's celebrate!" Cue King Bradley coming to do damage.
  • In Eureka Seven, members of the military tend to say things like "This place is so heavily fortified, nobody would ever try to invade!" just before the Gekko shows up.
  • A notorious example of the "You Just Had to Say It" variety occurs in Elfen Lied, where Bando, after being dismembered by Lucy (who has psychic powers that manifest as hands that can cut/grab/rip apart anything within a 2-meter radius) says that he'd kill her the next time he saw her. She made sure he wouldn't ''see'' her.. He recovers by becoming half-robot.
  • From Red Eyes. A sergeant, under suppression fire, asking "WHAT?!? YOU ONLY SEND A SINGLE PLATOON HERE?!? A platoon that including Graham "Genocide" Mills himself.
  • Mega Man NT Warrior Manga, "I'll be, I did it, I've beaten Bass, I'm now the strongest netnavi of all", yeah right (Bass isn't beaten, he's just gotten stronger).
  • Fate/stay night's anime has a fun one. In the grand battle between Archer and Berserker, Archer blows the light in the building they're fighting in. When Berserker and Ilya find him, a beam of moonlight has cast itself over him for virtually no reason and poor Ilya is arrogant enough to say "Looks like the lunar goddess isn't blessing you." Oh, how wrong you are.
  • In Weiß Kreuz, when a devastated Ouka tells Omi that they're half-siblings, wrecking their romantic prospects, he immediately tries to comfort her by telling her how happy he is to have found a family after being alone for so long, hugging her and ending on "We'll be together forever..." No. No, you won't.
  • A slightly less obvious version from Mai-HiME: It was established that whomever the Hime's care the most about is screwed the moment their Child/monster is destroyed. Two Hime's do not have a person shown on-screen that they particularly care about. But they're kind enough to tell us that they do have someone, and say who it is. Their monsters get destroyed the very same episode. Nao's mother goes from first-mentioned to vaporized in less than 3 minutes
  • In Area 88, the character Boris (known by others as "The Angel of Death") has a reputation of always returning to base alone after a mission, no matter how many pilots go up with him. In the anime, one guy in a flight of four (plus Boris) gets cocky: "We flew with Boris 'The Angel of Death' and survived!" SAMs kill his sorry ass and two other guys 7 seconds later, leaving only Boris to head back to base.
  • In the fourth episode of Black Butler Ciel Phantomhive had to disguise himself as a girl to get to a serial killer at a fancy party. He says, "Good thing Elizabeth isn't here. I'd hate to have her see me like this." Guess who actually was there?
  • In Bizenghast, the characters are exploring what looks like a labyrinth. Edaniel and Edrear remind Dinah and Vincent to stay together and that they don't want to lose anyone down there. When they lose Dinah, Vincent goes to look for her, even using the exact phrase "I'll be right back!" Subverted since while everyone except Edaniel falls victim to whatever is in there, they all survive.
  • Ghost in the Shell rarely follows the tropes that anyone who's at least a bit Genre Savvy would see from miles away. However, an early episode of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex mentions that the prime minister was put in her position because she lacked the ambition to interfere with the directions of the people in charge.
  • In Darker than Black a verbal bouncer at USA Embassy gates vehemently opposed letting a few Tokyo Police representatives to proceed on his territory with attempts to find clues about recent bombing series. At "Don't test my patience!" stage he was rudely interrupted by a loud BOOM—from the inside.
  • In Black Lagoon, Revy laughs and laughs when Garcia Lovelace tells her that his housemaid could whip her ass but good. Guess who is in the bar right at that moment, and about to break out the dakka for a Roaring Rampage of Revenge?
  • Pokémon Special: Aqua Admin Ark walks home with the award for Biggest Fate-Tempting Blunder, though other characters in other Pokémon works do their fair share from time to time. How big was his blunder?
    "You've been in the water for three— no, four minutes. Are you trying to set a world record or something?!"
    "Oh? Iron Defense? You may have broken Sharpedo's fangs, but you're not out of danger yet... far from it."
    "Our first task as Admins has been completed." (Evil Laugh)
    • Why are all of these relevant? The first one is done after flooding a locked, airtight cable car in an attempt to kill Sapphire, who demonstrated physical prowess beyond the average peon the last time they met. The second was when she called out her Lairon to break Sharpedo's teeth in what was seemingly self-defense. And the third came when she appeared to have drowned... in reality, she broke the teeth off with the express intent of using them to pop a hole in the glass and drain all that water out, giving her and Flannery a way to breathe and allow her to mount a counteroffensive. Cue a Did You Actually Believe? from Sapphire as a retort to the Evil Gloating and an extremely justified Oh, Crap from Ark, who now knows just how many ways he happens to be boned.
    • Earlier in the GSC arc, two security guards casually remark what a terrible thing it would be for the Magnet Train to be hijacked, but that it would be impossible to hack the system. Cue their Oh, Crap faces seconds before being knocked out by Team Rocket grunts.
  • Hidamari Sketch. "Today I will not forget to buy new batteries for my clock." Yuno's resolve is helped by the fact that the clock she's borrowing uses as its alarm the sound of a woman screaming as she's being (or about to be) murdered. Even the male gazer extraordinaire would likely find that more than counters the fact that one of the pictures on it is a close-up of boobs. (Barbie Doll Anatomy) But between the lottery tickets, the visit from a former student of Yoshinoya's, and the discovery of abandoned art, she completely forgot until they went to bed that night...
  • Hanaukyō Maid Tai La Verité episode 7. Ryuuka is standing in an underground tunnel which has shown itself to be trapped. She says "I'm not like Taro. There's no way I'm going to do anything dumb." Immediately thereafter she accidentally pushes a brick into the wall with her elbow, causing a metal pan to drop from the ceiling onto Taro's head. Lampshaded by Ryuuka herself immediately afterward: "Boy, I sure set myself up."
  • Every Apostle in Berserk pulls this one. "No mere human could compete with an Apostle!" Then Guts horribly kills them.
    • A rather memorable example comes from an unlucky group of soldiers. The commander of said soldiers insists that Guts reputation as a "Hundred Man Slayer" couldn't possibly be true, or at the very least, an exaggeration. It's not. May we also point out during this discussion, Guts is beyond a state of Unstoppable Rage after finding poor Griffith in his tortured state. They didn't stand a chance.
    • Even protagonist Guts pulls one of these, possibly the primate and worse one in the series. After defeating Griffith in a duel, winning his freedom from the Hawks Guts says in his mind that he wasn't a big player in the Hawk's success and that Griffith would eventually get over it and the Hawks would press on. No, Guts. Griffith did NOT get over it. And the Hawks got into deeper, and DEEPER shit.
    • This trope is a necessary plot schematic, since a major theme is causality so it's pretty dependent on the main characters making lousy choices that impact their lives.
  • In Holyland, some Sawako gangsters are saying that after beating up Shinichi they would go after Shougo or Yuu. Cue the former punching one of their own into the room they're in.
  • In the Axis Powers Hetalia movie, Russia, China, and America are undercover in an UFO trying to find a way to defeat the Pict aliens when they come across a room full of complicated controls. Russia decides to pull a suspicious red lever against the warnings of China, and says:
    Nothing bad can possibly happen, so...
    • He ends up activating an alarm that alerts all the aliens in the UFO and results in the three nations being chased around by aliens.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • "There's no way I'll regret this." Three episodes later, she passes the Despair Event Horizon.
    • "I'm not afraid of anything anymore." That 'anything' included death and she was quickly eaten by a witch.
    • Kyubey tells Madoka that she could wish to become a god if she wanted. To his surprise, she does just that.
  • In Shugo Chara!, Amu is having trouble with her one-sided (on her part) Unwanted Harem of three boys. She goes to get help from her best friend Nadeshiko, but she's not home and she meets her twin brother (At least what everyone thinks...) Nagihiko. Congratulations Amu, now your Imagine Spot Unwanted Harem consists of four guys.
  • In Tiger & Bunny's second drama CD, Karina notes that she's aware of that thing where two people who constantly bicker with each other end up falling in love, but that she's completely and absolutely 100% sure that it will never, ever, ever in a million years happen between Barnaby and her because there's no way she could ever possibly become attracted to such a trolling jerkass. Barnaby agrees. Then, in the series proper, Karina ends up begrudgingly falling in love... with Barnaby's partner, Kotetsu.
  • A group of assassins taunts their victims "What difference can changing your glasses make? Even without glasses, you can see your imminent death." Being Gintama, it turns out that the glasses shoot eye beams, make combat tentacles, predict enemy moves, and transform their user into a magical girl.
    • On another instance, Gintoki expresses his utter hatred for New Year's cards, and claims he's going personally execute everyone who sends him one. Naturally, he ends up getting hundreds of them in the mail. In an attempt at being Genre Savvy in the same episode, he expresses false hatred for Valetine's Day chocolates, and doesn't get any, much to his irritation.
  • In Ao No Exorcist episode 10, this happens.
    Guard: "It's not like it's unchained and will return to its original demon form, right?"
    Cue the cat turns back into its original demon form off-screen.
  • Somewhere around 1/3 into episode 5 of Toradora!: "Well, it's not like we'll ever be seeing her again." Oh yes you will. Tomorrow. And for another two. Freaking. Years.
  • In the first episode of New Dominion Tank Police, the bad guy, an ex-cop, is ascending an elevator shaft in a mobile weapon when Leona and Bonaparte appear in the bottom of the shaft. Said bad guy goes, "They wouldn't dare shoot straight up," figuring that standard tank shells wouldn't reach him, but not only does she shoot straight up (Oh, Crap) but she hits him…because she was using a high-velocity armor-piercing shell!
  • Pokémon anime episode "The Poke Spokesman". At the end Team Rocket is in a balloon in cloudy weather and James says "At least Team Rocket won't be blasting off this time". Seconds later a lightning bolt hits them and they become a Twinkle In The Sky.
  • In Baccano!! 2002 - Bullet Garden, an assassin by the name of Angelo does everything he can to guarantee his death in the subsequent events by bringing out the Fatal Family Photo, considering retirement after this one job, and assessing that the chances of dying to be a Million To One - all with copious amounts of lampshading by the narration. Against all odds, he lives.
  • in Devil & Devil, two schoolgirls go to their highschool's preparation room during lunchtime to get some tools for their next class' experiment. One of the girls is scared because there were rumors of a monster going around, and her friend playfully teases her about it, saying "there's no such thing as monsters". Next thing you know, a monster shows up, grabs the first girl by the leg, and promptly transforms her into a baby, before turning to the other girl and doing the same thing to her off-panel.
  • In Bakuman。, Moritaka Mashiro's mother, unwilling for him to pursue a career as a mangaka, is confident that his father will also oppose it (Moritaka's uncle Nobuhiro, who worked himself to death trying to re-establish himself as a mangaka, was Moritaka's father's brother), but finds out that this is not the case. She then suggests going to her father-in-law, "who lost his son to manga," for the key to Nobuhiro's office, might feel the same way he does, but is shocked when he gives Moritaka the keys.
  • Abe Takaya in Ookiku Furikabutte is pretty smart when it comes to baseball. But his genre-blindness becomes legendary when he assures Mihashi that he won't get sick or injured all throughout high school, so that they will always be a battery. It's not hard to guess how that turned out.
  • Played For Sadness in Pretty Cure All Stars DX3. During an earlier scene, an annoyed Hibiki Houjou told her familiar Hummy that if she wanted to leave then she shouldn't bother coming back. Cue the final battle against Black Hole and then the realization that if they wanted a shot in victory, that means using the last power of Prism Flower which would sever the connection between the human world and Fairy world... which means, Hummy (and many other fairies) would leave and never come back, and the girls will stop being Pretty Cures. On that realization, Hibiki completely broke down in tears and said she didn't mean what she said, while hugging Hummy. Kind of subverted that thanks to a Deus ex Machina in the post-credits scene, Hummy and the other Fairies managed to make it back anyway.
  • Attack on Titan: After graduating, Eren says something along the lines of "Now we'll be ready if the Titans attack today!" No, you won't, Eren. No you won't. Also done in the first episode in a similar way, although it's less Tempting Fate than it is a sort of weird prediction. With the first example, given what we now know, choosing that particular moment may have been intentional on Bertolt's part, although it's unlikely that he would have heard Eren from wherever he was before he transformed.
  • In the Hyperdimension Neptunia anime, Noire notes that her flawless security system being hacked is about as likely as being struck by someone falling from the sky. Over the course of the episode, she is hit by two such airborne projectiles. No points for guessing how well her security fares.
  • Zatch Bell!: Tia gets angry that another mamodo, Momon, lifted her skirt and took a look at her panties. She pursues him for a while before he's caught by his book master. She muses that at least Zatch and Kiyo didn't see her undies. Cue Momon holding the Goofy Print Underwear he stole from her.
  • Death Note: Light should've just kept his mouth shut...
    Light: The way things are progressing, I can't afford to be seen with Misa.
    *cue Misa glomping him from out of nowhere*
  • Soredemo Sekai Wa Utsukushii (The World Is Still Beautiful): Episode 4 of the anime gives us this line early on:
    Sun King: If nothing comes up, things should go just as I planned them.
  • Wicked City. Hodgkins, the manager of the hotel/safe house where Giuseppe stays, does this twice. First he says "If there's any place safe in this town it's here". Later, as the assassin begins his attack he says "Don't be ridiculous, no one can break through those..." It's like he wanted the attack to succeed.
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