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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' the Blood Glutch Chronicles
** Tex ripped Jimmy's skull out of his head and beat him to death with it. [[spoiler: Though Season 14 reveals that this trope was only invoked and the memory is fabricated. Tex wasn't the reason Jimmy died. [[GrandTheftMe Church]] was though.]]
--->'''Tucker:''' That doesn't sound physically possible.\\
'''Church:''' That's exactly what Jimmy kept screaming.

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** Tex [[OnceKilledAManWithANoodleImplement ripped Jimmy's skull out of his head and beat him to death with it. it.]] [[spoiler: Though Season 14 reveals that this trope was only invoked and the memory is fabricated. Tex wasn't the reason Jimmy died. [[GrandTheftMe Church]] was though.]]
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'''Church:''' That's exactly what Jimmy kept screaming. \\
'''Jimmy:'''' [[DescriptionCut This doesn't seem physically possible!]]
** In Season 3, Lopez is [[LosingYourHead reduced to a head]]... and yet manages to build a robot army for O'Malley. And also operate a machine gun turret!
-->'''Sarge''': How was he pullin' the triggers?\\
'''Simmons''': [[RuleOfFunny He's very determined.]]



** One of the foundation's attempts to terminate SCP-682. They reduced it 'to 1% of its body'' '''by changing the fundamental natural constants.''' IT RECOVERED AND EVEN SEEMED TO ENJOY IT!

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* It's impossible for two objects to occupy the same physical space simultaneously. In ''Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance'', [[spoiler:the [[BigBad Hunger]] is hundreds if not thousands of ''planar systems'' occupying the same space simultaneously, creating a ludicrously massive and powerful EldritchAbomination held together by the stolen power of the tool used to create reality. When the bonds that hold it together are cut, its component parts have to be manually put back into place by ThePowersThatBe, who note that it'll probably take centuries to get everything right.]]
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* ''Roleplay/ANewAge'': The Sky Worm. The largest size a creature can be in D&D is Colossal. The Sky Worm was as large as ''four colossal creatures in a line.''
* ''Roleplay/BleachBlazingSouls'': Heroism, the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking King of Hollows]], ripped right through a shield made out of [[MadeOfIndestructium Sekiseki-stone]] and the connected barrier it created.
* ''Roleplay/PolyhistorAcademy'': one of the background characters, Charlemagne(no, not that one) beat and surpassed the literal embodiment of perfection, something, by definition, was impossible.


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* Charlotte of ''WebAnimation/MakingFiends'' can Hold her breath For 9 Hours...
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' the Blood Glutch Chronicles
** Tex ripped Jimmy's skull out of his head and beat him to death with it. [[spoiler: Though Season 14 reveals that this trope was only invoked and the memory is fabricated. Tex wasn't the reason Jimmy died. [[GrandTheftMe Church]] was though.]]
--->'''Tucker:''' That doesn't sound physically possible.\\
'''Church:''' That's exactly what Jimmy kept screaming.
** Discussed in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Revelation'' episode 19,
--->'''Church:''' Heeyy. Is it possible for [[spoiler:a memory fragment out of an artificial intelligence program enclosed inside a robotic body]] to piss its pants? Because I'm pretty sure I just did that.
** ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheRecollection'' Part 3: Grif's analysis of his sister surviving being under ice for three hours and coming up both totally fine ''and'' pregnant.
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': Ultramarines manage to capture Magnus. To elaborate: a hundred or so {{Super Soldier}}s are sent to ''literal hell'' where [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything is trying to kill them]] to kidnap the second most powerful psyker in the world (the first is a PhysicalGod), an omniscient being capable of burning them or destroying their minds with a mere thought, and they go with their DeflectorShields off, meaning that there are daemons invading their ship all the time. And they don't kill Magnus. They ''bring him back alive''. The Emperor deliberately sent them on an ImpossibleTask thinking they would fail so the rest of the chapter would stop acting so insufferably smug.
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* ''Literature/TheImpossibleMan'''s inexpicable power has no respect for physical rules
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
** One of the foundation's attempts to terminate SCP-682. They reduced it 'to 1% of its body'' '''by changing the fundamental natural constants.''' IT RECOVERED AND EVEN SEEMED TO ENJOY IT!
** Another time, they used a pair of bookends which cause the story contained between them to manifest in reality to create a creature to fight SCP-682 called "The Generally Nice, Friendly Thing That Can And Will Kill SCP-682 Permanently if it So Much As Spots That Damn Lizard". SCP-682 kills it. Its sole descriptive property was the capacity and desire to kill SCP-682, and SCP-682 killed it.
** SCP-523's containment room is to be destroyed in the event of [[ApocalypseHow an XK-class]] ''end-of-the-world'' scenario. Why? Because ''it could make things worse''.
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'': A customer in a bookstore asked for assistance. All they knew about the book they wanted was that "[[http://notalwaysright.com/employee-of-the-year/821 It had a nondescript cover.]]" ''The employee found it for them anyway!''
* [[http://andersson.elfwood.com/ A series of pics (Several NSFW)]] about a [[SpoonyBard bard]] who seems to be unable [[InterspeciesRomance to keep his pants up]] take it to the illogical extreme in one pic. That the bard has left a bunch of HalfHumanHybrid offspring isn't this. The fact that one of his baby-mamas is [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments a rock]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eDzxEr_gjpg/UAc9BXO-MBI/AAAAAAAAAMY/cSSnCNUkR54/s1600/Rock-Bard-Axe.jpg definitely is.]]
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* LetsPlay/{{Kurtjmac}}:
** Walking to the Far Lands, without mods or assistance
** Any Mod/Admin who uses Mcbans. Now Look up Notch. The List is longer than Minecraft chat can display.
* ''WebVideo/HardlyWorking''. [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/5571563/hardly-working-twitters-down Tweeting about Twitter being down]]. This causes a double take, a 'that's impossi-!' and an EarthShatteringKaboom. It's ambigious whether the exclaimation was Twitter being down or tweeting about it.
* ''WebVideo/HeroHouse'' gives us Ant-man's camping skills. He can provide electricity through simple twigs and leaves. Not to mention a hot tub.
* ''WebVideo/BadCallTV,'': In one episode [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN4vN0unPmI an internet porn addict]] (who is suing Apple for not selling their computers in Safe Mode, thereby [[InsaneTrollLogic enabling his porn addiction]]) somehow manages to look at porn on a 1st generation iPod and even ''an Apple II,'' once all of his other Apple devices have been confiscated. For context, neither of those devices is physically capable of displaying internet porn. Apple [=IIs=] predate widespread use of the internet and lack the hardware to display detailed images, much less video, while the original iPod could only hold audio files.
* One of ''Creator/TwoSetViolin'''s running jokes is a TheGhost named [[ParodySue Ling Ling]] who regularly practices the violin ''40 hours a day'', among other things.
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* The first movement of Music/LudwigVanBeethoven's ''Pathetique Sonata'' has ''128th-note'' chromatic glissandos. The third movement of ''Moonlight Sonata'' has a "Presto Agitato" (read: damn fast) tempo and 16th-note arpeggios, nearly impossible to play by human hands. Some pieces composed after he went deaf are literally unplayable.
** In the same vein, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6utk2nFjpXA Circus Galop]]" by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc-Andr%C3%A9_Hamelin Marc-André Hamelin]], which is playable if you can find two people whose thumb-and-pinky stretch is 13 or 14 inches. In fairness, Hamelin wrote the thing for self-playing piano, and it is not ''meant'' to be performed by wetware.
** Near the end of the middle section in Modest Mussorgsky's "The Hut of Baba Yaga", the left-hand pattern changes from 16th-note triplets to what are notated as ''64th-note'' tremolos. It is assumed that these should merely be played as fast as possible.
* Music/ShawnLane's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhTHxkIllvU guitar playing]] and Music/{{Buckethead}} figuring out how to play a song that Shawn wrote to specifically NOT be playable. Shawn Lane made a recording by playing one note at a time on a guitar and then stitching them together impossibly fast, at impossibly wide intervals, that he was sure no human could play. Buckethead, [[AchievementsInIgnorance thinking it was a legit recording]], then proceeded to figure out how to play it for real and IN REAL TIME.
* Tim Miller falls into a similar category for different reasons. He doesn't often play impossibly fast, he just plays lines that come from a system he developed and thus are harmonically near-impossible to conceive of for guitarists who aren't him. It does indeed hit the ear incredibly strangely. [[note]]Shawn Lane notably is still the fastest guitarist in terms of notes per second played in a controlled fashion. Some guitarists can play more notes per second, but they can't maintain rhythm while doing it. Theoretically speaking, some of his work is impossible to play until anyone else develops the same level of controlled speed. [[/note]]
* Robert Schumann's Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor infamously tells the pianist to play faster in the coda of the first movement, whose base tempo is already "so rasch wie möglich" (as fast as possible).
* Subverted by the opening chord to Music/TheBeatles' song "A Hard Day's Night." It took more than 40 years for audio analysis technology to reproduce it because the key discovery that some of the sound was not made by a guitar.
* Conlon Nancarrow composed music involving complex mathematical ratios and impossibly fast tempos specifically designed to be unplayable by humans. (For instance, one piece has two different simultaneous tempos in the ratio ''e'' : π.) He realized them by means of custom-made player piano rolls.
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* In Creator/EugeneIonesco's play ''The Lesson'', The Student nonchalantly mentions having memorized the answers to an infinite amount of multiplication questions, [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum to explain how she can multiply ten-digit numbers when she doesn't know how to count past 17]].
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''
** The guy who would become [[spoiler: Servant Assassin created Tsubame Gaeshi,]] a sword technique that twists dimensions so that he can strike from three directions at the same time. He did this by... swinging his sword. A lot. And kept doing it with utter determination until '''reality essentially gave up''' and granted him what he wanted, [[spoiler: partial access to "[[AnotherDimension multi-dimension refraction phenomenon]]", known also as the '''Second Magic''']]. In his own words, he simply had nothing else to do. Saber's reaction to this story makes it very clear that this is as insane in-universe as it sounds like in real life.
** Heracles has three. he's been trapped by [[spoiler: Enkidu, Gilgamesh]]'s chain used to ensnare divine opponents; the more divine the foe, the stronger the chains hold. Since Heracles is a demigod in good standing with the gods (an A-ranked divinity), the chains are impossible to break. When [[spoiler:Ilya is mortally wounded]] he breaks them ([[ShownTheirWork then again, he already broke a chain that not even the gods could break in the myths, so it's nothing new for him]]). Secondly, he [[spoiler:keeps himself manifested with sheer willpower past his own death, [[TearJerker long enough for the blinded, dying Ilya to feel him standing there and die peacefully]]]]. Third... Remember Assassin's impossible technique? In his life, Herakles ''topped it'': when used with an axe-sword, Herakles' Nine Lives is ''nine attacks from nine directions at the same time'', with all the power and speed granted by Herakles' [[SuperStrength unmatched strength]], and when used with bow and arrow it's ''[[UpToEleven one hundred arrow shots]]'' (thankfully, as Berserker he can't do this anymore).
** Gilgamesh drinks from the holy grail, which is the Nasuverse, ''isn't even a cup so much as it is a formless eldritch abomination which is all the world's evil made manifest.'' His reaction? "All the world's evil? It'll take at least three times as much to harm me."
** At the end of the ''Fate'' route, where Shirou and Saber were in love, Saber is returned to the moment she was summoned, which is just a few minutes before her death. [[spoiler:She wants to know if she will ever see Shirou again. Merlin says that she will not; the afterlife simply doesn't work that way. However, Merlin says that if she is able to [[IWillWaitForYou wait for Shirou forever]], and [[IWillFindYou Shirou is able to seek her forever]], despite both of them knowing it is impossible, then ''maybe'' there is a chance. In the True Ending, after Shirou's eventual death, they are indeed reunited in Avalon. That alone should be impossible, but it's also implied that the version of Shirou Saber gets is the same as the one who becomes Archer, who gave up his afterlife to become a Counter Guardian, meaning there's no way for him to be reunited with Saber. So the PowerOfLove broke the way the afterlife works at least ''three times'']].
--->...If you want to meet again, two miracles must occur; One must wait continuously, one must pursue endlessly...\\
They must realise that it is impossible to succeed, yet at the same time be capable of enduring patiently.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' [=EP6=]. Lambda says that [[spoiler: Bern was originally a piece in a game that the Game Master made {{Unwinnable}}. (Lambda did not explicitly say whether the game was of the [[UnwinnablebyMistake Unwinnable by Mistake]] or the [[UnwinnablebyDesign Unwinnable by Design]] variety.) The Game Master then abandoned Bern as a piece and left her to fend for herself. Bern eventually ended up winning the game anyway]and gained the title of Witch of Miracles. The mentioned game [[EpilepticTrees may or may not have been Higurashi.]] While this does explain her cruelty, it's no excuse for it.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}}'' states Rapunzel's power comes from her hair, and if it's cut then her power will be gone forever. This is even demonstrated when the BigBad cuts one lock and it reverts to normal hair. ThePowerOfLove enables her to break that rule, if only once.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'', RJ gives Hammy, a hyperactive squirrel, an energy drink in a last-ditch attempt to trap the crazed housewife and exterminator inside the laser-defense system they set up in the housewife's yard. Hammy enters CaffeineBulletTime and activates the system...and casually walks past the laser beams as they slowly shoot across the yard. That's right, Hammy just ''went faster than the speed of light''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted'', Vitaly the tiger was renowned for jumping through increasingly smaller hoops. In his prime, he was even able to jump through a simple ring without any difficulty. During the climax, [[spoiler: he's able to jump in-and-out of a keyhole while carrying Marty and putting his clown wig on him all within a blink of an eye]].
* In Disney's ''WesternAnimation/RobinHood'', there's a subtle one that's not even noticed in-universe, but is nevertheless impossible. Prince John ties the snake Sir Hiss into a knot around a pole -- while holding him with both hands and without ever letting go with either. It happens too fast for the viewer to see the details.
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--> Yo momma is so fat, she jumped in the air and got stuck!
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--> '''Jason:''' I've seen how you drive on the freeway.
--> '''Peter:''' You're talking ''nine'' digit numbers. I've only flirted with ''four''.

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* ''Roleplay/TheDigimonEpicsDevilsAscent'' has Sir Percival/Magnamon, The Knight of Miracles. His shtick is doing the impossible.
* ''Roleplay/ActiveDuty'': Director Tamlin has the [[BiggerOnTheInside entire Tamlin House]] tattooed onto his body. [[MindScrew Both the inside AND out.]]
* ''RolePlay/{{Planeocracy}}'': ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam The Big Zam's]]'' I-Field neutralizes the attacks of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Lyle]] and [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Katina]]... until Cherudim went Trans-AM and Lyle fired a concentrated sniper rifle/rifle bit shot at the field's generator. Now, keep in mind the I-Field neutralizes beams. It punched through.
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* ComicStrip/BigNate: Nate getting [[https://www.gocomics.com/bignate/2004/07/04 detention]] during summer vacation! [[https://www.gocomics.com/bignate/2006/06/24 Twice]]!


* The ''Website/ChuckNorrisFacts'' are built around Chuck doing things that are impossible, like dividing by zero or [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus expecting the Spanish Inquisition]] or counting to infinity twice in the time it took him to build the log cabin he was born in right after causing the big bang with a roundhouse kick... Oh and God owes him five bucks.

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* The ''Website/ChuckNorrisFacts'' are built around Chuck doing things that are impossible, like dividing by zero zero, or [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus expecting the Spanish Inquisition]] Inquisition]], or going back in time to [[{{squick}} father himself]], or counting to infinity twice in the time it took him to build the log cabin he was born in right after causing the big bang with a roundhouse kick... Oh and God owes him five bucks.


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* In Creator/EugeneIonesco's play ''The Lesson'', The Student nonchalantly mentions having memorized the answers to an infinite amount of multiplication questions, [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum to explain how she can multiply ten-digit numbers when she doesn't know how to count past 17]].
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* At one point in the ''ComicBook/{{Bionicle}}'' comics and books, Jaller sets Mantax [[ManOnFire ablaze]] ''[[WaterIsAir on the ocean floor]]''. ElementalRockPaperScissors is important in the series so its {{Hand Wave}}d with the [[AWizardDidIt Wizard Did It]] rule; he has power over fire, and if he wants fire underwater, ''he can do that'' (not easily, but still...). Further [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by Greg on an online Q&A when he pointed out that it's [[RealityIsUnrealistic possible to have fire underwater.]] It just takes either certain chemicals or a lot of energy.

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* At one point in the ''ComicBook/{{Bionicle}}'' comics and books, Jaller sets Mantax [[ManOnFire ablaze]] ''[[WaterIsAir on the ocean floor]]''. ElementalRockPaperScissors is important in the series series, so its it's {{Hand Wave}}d with the [[AWizardDidIt Wizard Did It]] rule; he has power over fire, and if he wants fire underwater, ''he can do that'' (not easily, but still...). Further [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by Greg on an online Q&A when he pointed out that it's [[RealityIsUnrealistic possible to have fire underwater.]] It just takes either certain chemicals or a lot of energy.


This could be done by the CrazyAwesome, who ignores the rules, or the IdiotHero, who doesn't know them. Thus, going beyond the impossible can be AchievementsInIgnorance. Just as easily, it could be a calculated endeavor by AwesomeByAnalysis trying to break the rules. [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible These are just examples, there could be others.]] Often times, one will cry out HowIsThatEvenPossible after seeing such a thing.

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This could be done by the CrazyAwesome, who ignores the rules, or the IdiotHero, who doesn't know them.the rules. Thus, going beyond the impossible can be AchievementsInIgnorance. Just as easily, it could be a calculated endeavor by AwesomeByAnalysis trying to break the rules. [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible These are just examples, there could be others.]] Often times, one will cry out HowIsThatEvenPossible after seeing such a thing.



This trope is about events, not the characters involved in them. Do not confuse with RuleOfCool (where the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief is stretched because the example is cool), CrazyAwesome (which is characters that are effective because [[CrazyEnoughToWork they may be the only ones crazy enough to try]]), nor badass, which has a multitude of meanings.

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This trope is about events, not the characters involved in them. Do not confuse with RuleOfCool (where the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief is stretched because the example is cool), CrazyAwesome (which is characters that are effective because [[CrazyEnoughToWork they may be the only ones crazy enough to try]]), nor badass, which has a multitude of meanings.



Named for one translation (of many) of one of [[CrazyAwesome Kamina]]'s (many, many) {{Catch Phrase}}s from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.


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In short, whenever someone "touches the untouchable" or "breaks the unbreakable", they are going Beyond The Impossible. [[note]]Row, row, fight the power![[/note]]

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** FYI, land speed records are firmly set in the three-digit range using specially designed rocket-propelled vehicles. Peter breaks 1,000 in a ''station wagon''.


* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=050401 ate a pizza]] ''before'' it arrived. He has "friends high up in the delivery business".

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* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=050401 [[https://garfield.com/comic/2005/04/01 ate a pizza]] ''before'' it arrived. He has "friends high up in the delivery business".

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