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* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'': Melody in general rushes into decisions without properly thinking them over and misjudges evil beings, and it's one of the reasons for Atlantica's near-downfall. She gave [[BigBad Morgana]] the [[MacGuffin trident]] largely to spite Ariel for lying to her about her mermaid heritage her entire life. [[OhCrap She realizes what]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero a bad decision]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone that was seconds later]].

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* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'': ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'': Melody in general rushes into decisions without properly thinking them over and misjudges evil beings, and it's one of the reasons for Atlantica's near-downfall. She gave [[BigBad Morgana]] the [[MacGuffin trident]] largely to spite Ariel for lying to her about her mermaid heritage her entire life. [[OhCrap She realizes what]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero a bad decision]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone that was seconds later]].



* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Anna asks for Elsa's blessing to marry Hans, [[FourthDateMarriage despite not having thought her decision through.]] After Anna starts talking about inviting his family over, Elsa, who secretly struggles with PowerIncontinence, panics and orders the castle gates closed again. This freaks out LockedOutOfTheLoop Anna, who says she [[GoMadFromTheIsolation can't take living in isolation]] anymore, and she tugs Elsa's hand as Elsa starts to leave, which makes one of Elsa's [[MagicFeather gloves]] come off, freaking [[PowerIncontinence Elsa]] out further. Elsa then snaps at Anna's [[ArmorPiercingQuestion begging for an explanation]] and [[RageBreakingPoint impulsively shoots ice spikes at her]]. Elsa then flees without explanation, contributing to a HeroWithBadPublicity situation and keeping her from realizing an EndlessWinter's started.

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* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}'': Anna asks for Elsa's blessing to marry Hans, [[FourthDateMarriage despite not having thought her decision through.]] After Anna starts talking about inviting his family over, Elsa, who secretly struggles with PowerIncontinence, panics and orders the castle gates closed again. This freaks out LockedOutOfTheLoop Anna, who says she [[GoMadFromTheIsolation can't take living in isolation]] anymore, and she tugs Elsa's hand as Elsa starts to leave, which makes one of Elsa's [[MagicFeather gloves]] come off, freaking [[PowerIncontinence Elsa]] out further. Elsa then snaps at Anna's [[ArmorPiercingQuestion begging for an explanation]] and [[RageBreakingPoint impulsively shoots ice spikes at her]]. Elsa then flees without explanation, contributing to a HeroWithBadPublicity situation and keeping her from realizing an EndlessWinter's started.

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* ''LightNovel/GarbageBrave'' has the circumstances of Tsukuru. Summoned, along with the rest of his class, they are all sold off to various countries, to battle numerous "Demon kings." Tsukuru's main skill being [Cooking]. Rather than ask about his sub-skills, ''all'' the bidders demand he be taken off the stage, so he's shoved through a gate, supposedly to a random country. Instead, he winds up in a stupidly overleveled dungeon, to be LeftForDead, filling him with a desire for bloody vengeance against everyone involved.


* In season two of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Aqualad has supposedly killed Artemis and betrayed the team. Upon confronting him, an enraged Miss Martian doesn't hold back and unleashes her full mental power on him, {{Mind Rap|e}}ing him to the point that he's left catatonic. In the process, she reads his memories and learns the truth: Artemis' death had been faked and she and Aqualad were {{The Mole}}s. Miss Martian is [[HeroicBSOD naturally shaken]] to learn [[MistakenlyAttackedMoment she destroyed the mind of someone who wasn't really a traitor]], not helped in the least by Beast Boy [[OblviousGuiltSlinging congratulating her for it]].

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* In season two of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Aqualad has supposedly killed Artemis and betrayed the team. Upon confronting him, an enraged Miss Martian doesn't hold back and unleashes her full mental power on him, {{Mind Rap|e}}ing him to the point that he's left catatonic. In the process, she reads his memories and learns the truth: Artemis' death had been faked and she and Aqualad were {{The Mole}}s. Miss Martian is [[HeroicBSOD naturally shaken]] to learn [[MistakenlyAttackedMoment [[MistakenlyAttackedMole she destroyed the mind of someone who wasn't really a traitor]], not helped in the least by Beast Boy [[OblviousGuiltSlinging [[ObliviousGuiltSlinging congratulating her for it]].

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* In season two of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Aqualad has supposedly killed Artemis and betrayed the team. Upon confronting him, an enraged Miss Martian doesn't hold back and unleashes her full mental power on him, {{Mind Rap|e}}ing him to the point that he's left catatonic. In the process, she reads his memories and learns the truth: Artemis' death had been faked and she and Aqualad were {{The Mole}}s. Miss Martian is [[HeroicBSOD naturally shaken]] to learn [[MistakenlyAttackedMoment she destroyed the mind of someone who wasn't really a traitor]], not helped in the least by Beast Boy [[OblviousGuiltSlinging congratulating her for it]].


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** The {{Backstory}} of the series as a whole. Sirius Black [[spoiler: offered to relegate the duty of SecretKeeper of Lily and James Potter to Peter Pettigrew so that he himself would act as a decoy, which resulted in Peter's betrayal, the murder of the Potters, Black's own frameup as a traitor and the scattering of the Marauders]]. The murder of the Potters could have been avoided anyway since Dumbledore himself had offered to become SecretKeeper, which they refused. Meanwhile Severus Snape has two such moments: first he allowed his rage and humiliation get the better of him for a single moment and [[spoiler: with a single undeserved slur destroyed his friendship with Lily who he was friends and in love with]], then by being eager to serve Voldemort [[spoiler: relayed to him the prophecy of Sybill Trelawney, which became the reason for Voldemort to try to kill Harry]].

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** The In the {{Backstory}} of the series as a whole. Sirius Black [[spoiler: offered to relegate the duty of SecretKeeper of Lily and James Potter to Peter Pettigrew so that he himself would act as a decoy, which resulted in Peter's betrayal, the murder of the Potters, Black's own frameup as a traitor and the scattering of the Marauders]]. The murder of the Potters could have been avoided anyway since Dumbledore himself had offered to become SecretKeeper, which they refused. Meanwhile Severus Snape has two such moments: first he allowed his rage and humiliation get the better of him for a single moment and [[spoiler: with a single undeserved slur destroyed his friendship with Lily who he was friends and in love with]], then by being eager to serve Voldemort [[spoiler: relayed to him the prophecy of Sybill Trelawney, which became the reason for Voldemort to try to kill Harry]].


** ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'': Had [[spoiler:Simon Doyle]] let the rock fall on [[spoiler:Linnet Ridgeway]] instead of instinctively pulling her away, he and three other characters would have still been alive by the end of the novel.

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Had [[spoiler:Simon Doyle]] let the rock fall on [[spoiler:Linnet Ridgeway]] instead of instinctively pulling her away, he and three other characters would have still been alive by the end of the novel.



* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. Harry had been told many times not to trust his visions, and then completely forgets that Snape had means to contact Sirius. If he had gone to Snape before attempting to contact Sirius himself (and getting caught by Umbridge in the process), the whole misunderstanding/deception that led to Sirius's death probably would have been prevented.
** Even if their mutual distrust and loathing would have prevented Harry from talking to Snape, there was a forgotten ChekhovsGun that he'd buried in the bottom of his trunk: a device which would presumably bring let him bring Sirius to him (and which he'd refrained from using because he thought it would be dangerous for Sirius to reveal himself). [[spoiler:It turned out to be a two-way mirror, which would have been a far better communications method than the fireplace he'd used before--and therefore a far better method of verifying Sirius's status.]]

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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. ''Franchise/HarryPotter'':
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'':
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Harry had been told many times not to trust his visions, and then completely forgets that Snape had means to contact Sirius. If he had gone to Snape before attempting to contact Sirius himself (and getting caught by Umbridge in the process), the whole misunderstanding/deception that led to Sirius's death probably would have been prevented.
** *** Even if their mutual distrust and loathing would have prevented Harry from talking to Snape, there was a forgotten ChekhovsGun that he'd buried in the bottom of his trunk: a device which would presumably bring let him bring Sirius to him (and which he'd refrained from using because he thought it would be dangerous for Sirius to reveal himself). [[spoiler:It turned out to be a two-way mirror, which would have been a far better communications method than the fireplace he'd used before--and therefore a far better method of verifying Sirius's status.]]


* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'' as revealed in ''Specter of Torment'' started [[spoiler:after an adventurer named Donovan went with his friend and partner Luan to acquire a magical amulet from a tower for Luan's son to protect him. They encountered Shield Knight, who came to the Tower of Fate in order to destroy the amulet due to it being cursed and dangerous and warned the men to abandon claiming the amulet. However, Donovan refused to listen and fought her. When everything began to collapse, he still refused to leave without the amulet despite both Shield Knight and even Luan's pleading against it, even attacking the latter for trying to dissuade him. When he grabs the amulet, the floor collapses and he and Luan plummet to their doom. Meanwhile, Shield Knight is possessed by the power within the amulet and turns into the Enchantress, the BigBad and the latter transforms the barely alive Donovan into Specter Knight and makes him recruit the Order of No Quarter.]]

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* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'' as revealed in ''Specter of Torment'' started [[spoiler:after an adventurer named Donovan went with his friend and partner Luan to acquire a magical amulet from a tower for Luan's son to protect him. They encountered Shield Knight, who came to the Tower of Fate in order to destroy the amulet due to it being cursed and dangerous and warned the men to abandon claiming the amulet. However, Donovan refused to listen and fought her. When everything began to collapse, he still refused to leave without the amulet despite both Shield Knight and even Luan's pleading against it, even attacking the latter for trying to dissuade him. When he grabs the amulet, the floor collapses and he and Luan plummet to their doom. Meanwhile, Shield Knight is possessed by the power within the amulet and turns into the Enchantress, the BigBad and the latter transforms the barely alive Donovan into Specter Knight and makes him recruit the Order of No Quarter.]] Quarter]].



* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2''. [[spoiler:Had Arthur Morgan paid more attention to Thomas Downes' symptoms, he may have not resorted to physical violence to avoid catching his illness. However, it's not necessarily ''entirely'' Arthur's fault, as Leopold Strauss told him that he would need to be rough with Thomas.]]



* Implied to be the case with the [[MultipleEndings Axe Ending]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': [[spoiler:[[AxCrazy Clover]]]] works out a plausible but completely wrong solution to [[spoiler:who killed her brother]] and acts on said misconception, killing [[spoiler:both suspected murderers and the protagonist's LoveInterest before turning on the protagonist himself]]. Averted in the [[GoldenEnding True Ending]], where [[spoiler:the protagonist befriends her]] and inadvertently stumbles across a crucial clue that indicates [[spoiler:[[FakingTheDead her brother is still alive]]]].

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* Implied to be the case with the [[MultipleEndings Axe Ending]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': [[spoiler:[[AxCrazy Clover]]]] works out a plausible but completely wrong solution to [[spoiler:who killed her brother]] and acts on said misconception, killing [[spoiler:both suspected murderers and the protagonist's LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} before turning on the protagonist himself]]. Averted in the [[GoldenEnding True Ending]], where [[spoiler:the protagonist befriends her]] and inadvertently stumbles across a crucial clue that indicates [[spoiler:[[FakingTheDead her brother is still alive]]]].


* In ''Literature/NativeSon'', Bigger Thomas accidentally kills Mary Dalton by suffocating her with a pillow while trying to prevent her from being observed in the same room as him. He feels no remorse for her death, but realizes that if he is caught he is likely to be sentenced to death for [[MurderersAreRapists not only murder but rape]]. He unsuccessfully attempts to avoid this fate with increasing desperation and impulsiveness.

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* In ''Literature/NativeSon'', Bigger Thomas accidentally kills Mary Dalton by suffocating her with a pillow while trying to prevent keep her from being observed quiet so he wouldn't be seen in the same room as him. her. He feels no remorse for her death, but realizes that if he is caught he is likely to be sentenced to death for [[MurderersAreRapists not only murder but rape]].rape]] due to the stereotypes of black men at the time. He unsuccessfully attempts to avoid this fate with increasing desperation and impulsiveness.


* ''LightNovel/TheHeroIsOverpoweredButOverlyCautious'': The titular hero's cautiousness is due to his past experience with this kind of tragedy. [[spoiler:When Aria summoned him to Ixphoria, Seiya tried to defeat the demon army as quickly as possible so that the people of the world won't have to suffer longer than necessary. While he has noble intentions, his lack of preparation gets him and his party killed by Ixphoria's Demon Lord, who uses one of his secret skills to revive himself. If Seiya had taken the time to research the Demon Lord's weaknesses and prepare accordingly, he would have won.]]



* ''Literature/TheHeroIsOverpoweredButOverlyCautious'': The titular hero's cautiousness is due to his past experience with this kind of tragedy. [[spoiler:When Aria summoned him to Ixphoria, Seiya tried to defeat the demon army as quickly as possible so that the people of the world won't have to suffer longer than necessary. While he has noble intentions, his lack of preparation gets him and his party killed by Ixphoria's Demon Lord, who uses one of his secret skills to revive himself. If Seiya had taken the time to research the Demon Lord's weaknesses and prepare accordingly, he would have won.]]


From [[WindmillCrusader seeing enemies where there are none]], to [[EmptySwimmingPoolDive jumping in a swimming pool before checking for water]], to messing with the MadScientist's machines, acting without considering consequences can cause catastrophic calamities.

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From [[WindmillCrusader seeing enemies where there are none]], to [[EmptySwimmingPoolDive jumping in a swimming pool before checking for water]], to [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo messing with with]] the {{Big Red Button}}s on the MadScientist's machines, acting without considering consequences can cause catastrophic calamities.


* ''Literature/TheHeroIsOverpoweredButOverlyCautious'': The titular hero's cautiousness is due to his past experience with this kind of tragedy. [[spoiler:When Aria summoned him to Exfolia, Seiya tried to defeat the demon army as quickly as possible so that the people of the world won't have to suffer longer than necessary. While he has noble intentions, his lack of preparation gets him and his party killed by Exfolia's Demon Lord, who uses one of his secret skills to revive himself. If Seiya had taken the time to research the Demon Lord's weaknesses and prepare accordingly, he would have won.]]

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* ''Literature/TheHeroIsOverpoweredButOverlyCautious'': The titular hero's cautiousness is due to his past experience with this kind of tragedy. [[spoiler:When Aria summoned him to Exfolia, Ixphoria, Seiya tried to defeat the demon army as quickly as possible so that the people of the world won't have to suffer longer than necessary. While he has noble intentions, his lack of preparation gets him and his party killed by Exfolia's Ixphoria's Demon Lord, who uses one of his secret skills to revive himself. If Seiya had taken the time to research the Demon Lord's weaknesses and prepare accordingly, he would have won.]]


Related to TragicMistake, GreenEyedMonster, ThirdActMisunderstanding, PlethoraOfMistakes, WhatAnIdiot, DistressBall, CycleOfRevenge, AttentionDeficitOohShiny, and NiceJobBreakingItHero. See also FawltyTowersPlot, which is this trope's comic cousin--caused by (often impulsively) compounding lies, and blowing up in the liar's face (typically causing embarrassment rather than death or suchlike).

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Related to TragicMistake, GreenEyedMonster, ThirdActMisunderstanding, PlethoraOfMistakes, WhatAnIdiot, DistressBall, CycleOfRevenge, AttentionDeficitOohShiny, and NiceJobBreakingItHero. See also FawltyTowersPlot, which is this trope's comic cousin--caused by (often impulsively) compounding lies, and blowing up in the liar's face (typically causing embarrassment rather than death or suchlike). Can overlap with TheSociopath, as sociopaths are known for their poor impulse control, which often leads to their misfortune or downfall.

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* ''FanFic/ForHisOwnSake:
** When Naru is working at the Kuromitsu Inn, she attacks a man for supposedly "planning something perverted" with a woman he was with [[spoiler:who happens to be his wife]]. She later [[spoiler:gets arrested for assault]]. Even worse, the man she attacked [[spoiler:was a career adviser who was going to help her plan out her job path once she graduated from school, but that's [[NiceJobBreakingItHero now blown out of the water]]]].
** Su [[spoiler:unleashes an army of mecha-tamas upon the Kuromitsu Inn guests, directed to pursue and explode]], thinking that this would "cheer everyone up". All she does is cause trauma to all who were unwillingly pulled into her "game", then eventually [[spoiler:gets stopped and arrested by the police and Japanese Self Defense Forces]]. To make it worse, [[spoiler:inspection of her room uncovers four nuclear reactors, mind control helmets and other illegal technology, making it all but impossible to bargain for her release]]. And then it turns out [[spoiler:said technology entered Japan via Molmol's palace, severely cooling both countries' relationship]].


* The ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' video fanfic, ''Fanfic/DiamondInTheRoughTouhou'' can pretty much be summarized as a series of impulsive actions by the main character, Brolli, and the rash actions of the Gensokyo residents in response. This escalates more and more throughout the series that causes [[spoiler: Gensokyo to nearly destroy itself in a massive war]].

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* The ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' video fanfic, ''Fanfic/DiamondInTheRoughTouhou'' ''WebAnimation/DiamondInTheRoughTouhou'' can pretty much be summarized as a series of impulsive actions by the main character, Brolli, and the rash actions of the Gensokyo residents in response. This escalates more and more throughout the series that causes [[spoiler: Gensokyo to nearly destroy itself in a massive war]].


* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'': During the film's climax, Melody's decision to give [[BigBad Morgana]] the trident was largely to spite Ariel for lying to her about her [[HalfHumanHybrid mermaid heritage]] her entire life, refusing to let Ariel explain herself. She [[NiceJobBreakingItHero realizes just what a bad move that was]] mere seconds later.

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* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'': During Melody in general rushes into decisions without properly thinking them over and misjudges evil beings, and it's one of the film's climax, Melody's decision to give reasons for Atlantica's near-downfall. She gave [[BigBad Morgana]] the trident was [[MacGuffin trident]] largely to spite Ariel for lying to her about her [[HalfHumanHybrid mermaid heritage]] heritage her entire life, refusing to let Ariel explain herself. life. [[OhCrap She realizes what]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero realizes just what a bad move decision]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone that was]] mere was seconds later.later]].

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