Main Hoist By His Own Petard Discussion

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Dabor
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12:40:34 PM Oct 24th 2015
I have no idea what the image is of. It looks like a guy flying with an energy disc of some sort flying behind him, which then hits him.

Since I know what this trope is, I'm guessing he's holding or controlling the disc, but unless the actual reason it hits him is that his finger slipped, I have no idea what happened. Even then, the image only makes sense if the text explains it, in which case you may as well just read the trope.

I can't find an ideal image with a quick google search, but even just something like "guy pulls a lever and drops an anvil on his own head" would be more indicative of the trope.
Opcn
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08:37:40 PM Oct 1st 2011
It's "hoist with his own petard" a petard was a bomb and mechanical devices were sometimes used to fling them into the enemy fortifications. If the engineer got caught up in the ropes for hoisting the petard he was hoisted along with it. This trope needs to be renamed and moved, however that happens.
168.7.251.161
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02:00:33 PM May 12th 2010
I am not sure that doing something risky and dying from it counts as hoist on your own petard - I think you have to intend harm/evil to someone else and have it happen to you instead. (See: the Curie and Bogdanov examples)
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