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* In ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Arthur and Ford are rescued by the Heart of Gold seconds before they would have died after being ejected from a Vogon ship. Arthur states that the chances against it were astronomical after Ford tries to act as if he was counting on it as a certainty. Because Arthur had lived his entire life on Earth and Ford had been stuck there for over a decade, the ensuing weirdness such as an infinite number of penguins with a revised script for ''{{Hamlet}}'' didn't tip them off to the fact that they had an advantage in the form of the Infinite Improbability Drive.

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* In ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Arthur and Ford are rescued by the Heart of Gold seconds before they would have died after being ejected from a Vogon ship. Arthur states that the chances against it were astronomical after Ford tries to act as if he was counting on it as a certainty. Because Arthur had lived his entire life on Earth and Ford had been stuck there for over a decade, the ensuing weirdness such as an infinite number of penguins with a revised script for ''{{Hamlet}}'' ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' didn't tip them off to the fact that they had an advantage in the form of the Infinite Improbability Drive.

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* ''Webcomic/ApricotCookies'': DoubleSubverted in chapter 4's raffle. At first it seems that Apricot didn't win the raffle, but then it turns out that they just said her name wrong.

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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'': the audience has known for a while that a "world-ending" event is coming. The heroes have spent years doing everything they can to avert it, but a precognitive parahuman keeps noting an increasingly lower chance of preventing it. When the critical moment comes, the last estimation she gives is a mere 3% chance of stopping the end of the world. What happens? [[spoiler:The heroes ''fail''. They do not hit that 3%. A few days later somewhere around 15 billion people are dead (the cataclysm hit multiple parallel realities, not just the Earth the characters live on).]]


** Spoofed and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] again in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0584.html #584]]. Being even more GenreSavvy than the rest of the group (Durkon's response to the above is "I think maybe ye been spendin' too much time wit Elan"), Elan realizes that a 10% chance of an imp summoning a demonic ally isn't anything to worry about, but a million-to-one chance of the imp summoning a monster that could actually kill them is a sure thing. This results in one of the page quotes.

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** Spoofed and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] again in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0584.html #584]]. Being even more GenreSavvy than the rest of the group (Durkon's response to the above in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0454.html #454]] is "I think maybe ye been spendin' too much time wit Elan"), Elan realizes that a 10% chance of an imp summoning a demonic ally isn't anything to worry about, but a million-to-one chance of the imp summoning a monster that could actually kill them is a sure thing. This results in one of the page quotes.


* Mathematicians have determined that any event with odds of 10 to the 50th power or greater is impossible. This figure takes into account the age of the universe. What are the odds of a simple protein molecule, something that even the simplest cell contains millions of, coming into existence by chance? 10 to the 65th power! Sir Fredrick Hoyle calculated that the odds of a simple cell forming by chance is 10 to the 40,000th power! An adult man weighing 70 kilograms would have around 70 trillion cells in his body.

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* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', Doctor Strange uses the Time Stone to view 14,000,605 possible futures in order to determine the best strategy for the upcoming fight with [[BigBad Thanos]]. Wanting to know what their chances are, Iron Man asks how many of those futures showed them winning. Strange replies, "One." [[spoiler:Despite Thanos's seemingly complete victory, Strange's last words are to tell Iron Man that they are in fact still on the path to that one future where the heroes win.]]


* Played straight by ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' in the spirit of ScrewDestiny. Being told that the chickens ever escaping Tweedy's Farm is a million to one chance, Ginger retorts "Then there's still a chance."

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* Played straight by ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' in the spirit of ScrewDestiny. Being told Bunty tells Ginger that the chickens them ever escaping Tweedy's Farm is a million to one chance, Ginger retorts "Then there's still a chance."



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* This comes up a lot in ''Literature/TheAffix'' because the titular gem is a causality warper and it's growing in power. One of the weirdest cases is when it makes all six phones in a room ring simultaneously, with six completely different callers with totally unrelated reasons for calling.

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Incidentally, in statistics, odds are defined as a ratio of the probability of an event happening to the probability of it not happening. Saying that the odds of something happening are "a million to one" is actually equivalent to saying that it's a million times more likely to happen than not. The correct expression for something extremely improbable would be a million to one odds ''against''. Many examples omit that bit, but given the nature of this trope, they may not be entirely wrong.

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* Many animals, especially R-strategist ones such as fish, aquatic invertebrates, insects and rodents, tend to [[ExplosiveBreeder produce hundreds of eggs at a time]], the record holder being the Mola Mola, who can produce 300 million eggs in one spawn. The chances of offspring surviving to adulthood is so low that of those eggs, only one or two may make it to breed themselves.

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* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'': During the climax, Donatello remarks that they have a [[LudicrousPrecision 0.00000000003% chance]] of stopping the spire on Sacks' tower from falling, and the toxin from contaminating a ten-block radius. Leonardo's response?
-->'''Leonardo''': [[ILikeThoseOdds I'll take it]]. [[{{Determinator}} Nobody moves, no matter what!]]

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** He pulls it off again in ''Film/JusticeLeague2017''. [[spoiler:Despite the other members of the League warning him that Superman may not [[UnwantedRevival want to come back]] or [[CameBackWrong may not come back with his morals or mind intact]], Batman is adamant that if there's even a "fraction of a chance" they can use the Mother Box to bring him BackFromTheDead, they ''have'' to take it. Batman ultimately proves correct; aside from a bout of ResurrectionSickness, Superman comes back exactly as he was before he died, and proves instrumental in taking out Steppenwolf.]]


'''Castle''': Oh, I didn't come here to die, I came here to diffuse the bomb. There's still a chance.\\

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'''Castle''': Oh, I didn't come here to die, I came here to diffuse defuse the bomb. There's still a chance.\\


* Fans of TabletopGames are usually woefully unable to appreciate what the odds of something happening actually are. Consider a popular house rule for some games where an attack is rolled on a 20-sided die. If a twenty is rolled, it is rerolled with a chance for [[CriticalHit massive bonus damage]]. If a second twenty is rolled, the target is dramatically slain. Now, let's say that each character is subjected to only twenty attacks in a game. The odds of any one attack pulls this off is only one in 400, so nothing to worry about, right? Well, over the course of ten gaming sessions, it becomes almost a 40% chance of being killed just by this mechanic. In a six person group, over ten sessions, it's more than 95% probably a player is instantly killed like this. And if you're playing the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons granddaddy of TT games]], considering it usually takes at least four-six or so sessions to go up a level...

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* Fans of TabletopGames are usually woefully unable to appreciate what the odds of something happening actually are. Consider a popular house rule for some games where an attack is rolled on a 20-sided die.dice. If a twenty is rolled, it is rerolled with a chance for [[CriticalHit massive bonus damage]]. If a second twenty is rolled, the target is dramatically slain. Now, let's say that each character is subjected to only twenty attacks in a game. The odds of any one attack pulls this off is only one in 400, so nothing to worry about, right? Well, over the course of ten gaming sessions, it becomes almost a 40% chance of being killed just by this mechanic. In a six person group, over ten sessions, it's more than 95% probably a player is instantly killed like this. And if you're playing the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons granddaddy of TT games]], considering it usually takes at least four-six or so sessions to go up a level...


* The video where a guy playing ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' gets killed though a exploit involving a tiny unnoticeable crack in the wall. While he's looking for the crack in the wall a week or so later, the ''same guy'' that did that to him randomly joins the game and runs into the correct spot (which should be mentioned needs to be near pixel perfect) seconds after the guy finds the crack for the first time, allowing him to get revenge by killing him in the same exact manner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vAOp_hSOv8 Seriously... What Are The Odds!?]]

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* The video where a guy playing ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' gets killed though a exploit involving a tiny unnoticeable crack in the wall. While he's looking for the crack in the wall a week or so later, the ''same guy'' that did that to him randomly joins the game and runs into the correct spot (which should be mentioned needs to be near pixel perfect) seconds after the guy finds the crack for the first time, allowing him to get revenge by killing him in the same exact manner. https://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vAOp_hSOv8 Seriously... What Are The Odds!?]]

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