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** Don Bluth must love being such a bastard.

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* In 1985, Robert Ballard mounted two expeditions to find the wreck of the ''UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic''. The first one was unsuccessful, but they later found that they had actually passed within a few hundred yards of the wreck.





** In "The Lazarus Experiment," the Doctor and Martha have just found Lady Thaw's body in Lazarus's office, Lazarus having drained her of life energy. They leave on one of the lifts to go look for Lazarus back at the party downstairs...and mere seconds after their lift leaves, Lazarus emerges from the other lift with Tish.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]], Martha and Jenny arrive at Cooper's Field, where the Family of Blood has landed their invisible spaceship, just moments after {{Jerkass}} schoolboy Jeremy Baines has entered it. And they're standing just ''metres'' away from it, to boot.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E6TheLazarusExperiment "The Lazarus Experiment," the Experiment"]]: The Doctor and Martha have just found Lady Thaw's body in Lazarus's office, Lazarus having drained her of life energy. They leave on in one of the lifts to go look for Lazarus back at the party downstairs...downstairs... and mere seconds after their lift leaves, Lazarus emerges from the other lift with Tish.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]], Nature"]]: Martha and Jenny arrive at Cooper's Field, where the Family of Blood has landed their invisible spaceship, just moments after {{Jerkass}} schoolboy Jeremy Baines has entered it. And they're standing just ''metres'' away from it, to boot.



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]]: [[spoiler:Rose Tyler]] appears on a TV screen in the background mere moments after the Doctor looks away from it.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]]: [[spoiler:Rose Tyler]] briefly appears on a TV screen in the background mere moments after the Doctor looks away from it.


* In the ''Series/StarTrek'' episode "City on the Edge of Forever," Kirk and Spock go back in time to rescue [=McCoy=]. He makes his way to the soup kitchen where the two are working, and is escorted out of the room just as Spock shows up.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrek'' ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "City on the Edge of Forever," Kirk and Spock go back in time to rescue [=McCoy=]. He makes his way to the soup kitchen where the two are working, and is escorted out of the room just as Spock shows up.

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* PlayedForDrama in chapter 3 of ''VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki'' with Estelle and Joshua coming ''this'' close to reuniting with [[spoiler: Renne]] only to miss her by a few minutes.


** A rare dramatic example in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the Fireplace"]]. The Doctor meets Madame de Pompadour at various points of her life. Eventually, he tells her he will come back and take her travelling with him, and she eagerly awaits. However, when he does come back, she has just died and her body is being taken from her mansion. The Doctor's sadness and the letter she leaves him make this episode a real TearJerker.

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** A rare dramatic example in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the Fireplace"]]. The Doctor meets Madame de Pompadour at various points of her life. Eventually, he tells her he will come back and take her travelling with him, and she eagerly awaits. However, when he does come back, she has just died and her body is being taken from her mansion. The Doctor's sadness mansion.
** In "The Lazarus Experiment," the Doctor
and Martha have just found Lady Thaw's body in Lazarus's office, Lazarus having drained her of life energy. They leave on one of the letter she leaves him make this episode a real TearJerker.lifts to go look for Lazarus back at the party downstairs...and mere seconds after their lift leaves, Lazarus emerges from the other lift with Tish.


* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks keeps missing Mr. Boynton in "Mr. Boynton's Return". She finally catches him at the airport as he's about to leave town to visit his parents. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Mr. Boynton decides to skip his flight, and spend the weekend in town so he can spend time with Miss Brooks.]]

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* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks keeps missing Mr. Boynton in "Mr. Boynton's Return". She finally catches him at the airport as he's about to leave town to visit his parents. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Mr. Boynton decides to skip his flight, and spend the weekend in town so he can spend time with Miss Brooks.]]



** Another episode had Turk and JD chasing each other around the hospital, attempting to meet for a hug after Turk got back from his honeymoon. They each ended up in separate rooms, just next to each other. Then, somehow, JD ended up in the same room, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments one floor up]].

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** Another episode had Turk and JD chasing each other around the hospital, attempting to meet for a hug after Turk got back from his honeymoon. They each ended up in separate rooms, just next to each other. Then, somehow, JD ended up in the same room, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments one floor up]].up.

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** Happens [[RuleOfThree three times]] in "[=SpongeBob's=] Big Birthday Blowout", when Patchy the Pirate tries to deliver a present to [=SpongeBob=] for his birthday:
*** The first time, when [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick tour the surface world, the tour bus swerves right past Patchy.
*** The second time, when [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick leave the Trusty Slab, Patchy enters, asking Mr. Slabs if he can let Potty use the bathroom.
*** The third and final time, when the tour bus begins to descend back to Bikini Bottom, it runs over a lifeguard's foot. Just as Patchy is about to catch up, the lifeguard accuses Patchy of running over his foot and stops him.


ScoobyDoobyDoors is an overtly comedic and frantic version. BehindTheBlack is when only one of the two are within frame at any time (presumably RuleOfPerception is in effect). For the time-travel variant, see NeverTheSelvesShallMeet. See also HiddenInPlainSight, GaveUpTooSoon. See CloseCallHaircut for the attack version.

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ScoobyDoobyDoors is an overtly comedic and frantic version. BehindTheBlack is when only one of the two are within frame at any time (presumably RuleOfPerception is in effect). For the time-travel variant, see NeverTheSelvesShallMeet. See also FailedASpotCheck, HiddenInPlainSight, GaveUpTooSoon. See CloseCallHaircut for the attack version.


* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Hank's search for Walt in "Grilled" leads him to Tuco's compound. He pulls in just as Walt and Jesse (who have spotted his car from a distance and think it's Tuco's cousins coming to kill them) hide near the back of the compound. After Hank kills Tuco in the ensuing gunfight, he fails to notice Walt and Jesse fleeing on foot while he advances on Tuco's body.
** It happens again in "Sunset" when Jesse accidentally leads Hank right to the RV while Walt is still inside it. Walt struggles to force the door shut even as Hank tries to pry it open. Walt is saved from being discovered due to the timely intervention of Junkyard Joe arriving to get into a squabble with Hank over whether the RV is a domicile or a moving vehicle, and Walt then having Saul's secretary call Hank to tell him that Marie has gotten into a car accident.

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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Hank's search for Walt in "Grilled" "[[Recap/BreakingBadS2E2Grilled Grilled]]" leads him to Tuco's compound. He pulls in just as Walt and Jesse (who have spotted his car from a distance and think it's Tuco's cousins coming to kill them) hide near the back of the compound. After Hank kills Tuco in the ensuing gunfight, he fails to notice Walt and Jesse fleeing on foot while he advances on Tuco's body.
** It happens again in "Sunset" "[[Recap/BreakingBadS3E6Sunset Sunset]]" when Jesse accidentally leads Hank right to the RV while Walt is still inside it. Walt struggles to force the door shut even as Hank tries to pry it open. Walt is saved from being discovered due to the timely intervention of Junkyard Joe arriving to get into a squabble with Hank over whether the RV is a domicile or a moving vehicle, and Walt then having Saul's secretary call Hank to tell him that Marie has gotten into a car accident.


* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks keeps missing Mr. Boynton in "Mr. Boynton's Return". She finally catches him at the airport as he's about to leave town to visit his parents. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Mr. Boynton decides to skip his flight, and spend the weekend in town so he can spend time with Miss Brooks.]]

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks keeps missing Mr. Boynton in "Mr. Boynton's Return". She finally catches him at the airport as he's about to leave town to visit his parents. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Mr. Boynton decides to skip his flight, and spend the weekend in town so he can spend time with Miss Brooks.]]


-->'''Hero:''' This is pointless.
-->'''Ciba:''' What are you talking about, Hero? Five minutes ago, you said that you could ''feel'' that Yorick was close.
-->'''Hero:''' That was just bullshit to keep you guys on the hunt, Ciba.

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-->'''Hero:''' This is pointless.
-->'''Ciba:'''
pointless.\\
'''Ciba:'''
What are you talking about, Hero? Five minutes ago, you said that you could ''feel'' that Yorick was close.
-->'''Hero:'''
close.\\
'''Hero:'''
That was just bullshit to keep you guys on the hunt, Ciba.



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* In the Doctor-Lite ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''Birthright'' the backstory of the immortal BigBad mostly consists of arriving at historically significant locations just as a mysterious blue box is dematerialising.

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* In the Doctor-Lite ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''Birthright'' ''Birthright'', the backstory of the immortal BigBad mostly consists of arriving at historically significant locations just as a mysterious blue box is dematerialising.



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ScoobyDoobyDoors is an overtly comedic and frantic version. For the time-travel variant, see NeverTheSelvesShallMeet. See also HiddenInPlainSight, GaveUpTooSoon. See CloseCallHaircut for the attack version.

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ScoobyDoobyDoors is an overtly comedic and frantic version. BehindTheBlack is when only one of the two are within frame at any time (presumably RuleOfPerception is in effect). For the time-travel variant, see NeverTheSelvesShallMeet. See also HiddenInPlainSight, GaveUpTooSoon. See CloseCallHaircut for the attack version.


* Happens all of the time in [[KoreanDrama Korean Dramas]], usually with lovers or long-lost relatives.
** Gung-ho prosecutor just misses mysterious vigilante in ''Series/TheCityHunter''.
** ''Series/YouAreBeautiful'' is particularly egregious for this across the story arc.
** In ''Series/WinterSonata'', Yuujin misses her engagement party while wildly looking for someone who looked like her first love.
%%** Even historical dramas are not spared, with ''Series/DongYi'' being an example.
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* Happens all of the time in [[KoreanDrama Korean Dramas]], usually with lovers or long-lost relatives.
** Gung-ho prosecutor just misses mysterious vigilante in ''Series/TheCityHunter''.
** ''Series/YouAreBeautiful'' is particularly egregious for this across the story arc.
** In ''Series/WinterSonata'', Yuujin misses her engagement party while wildly looking for someone who looked like her first love.
** Even historical dramas are not spared, with ''Series/DongYi'' being an example.



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* In an instance that only becomes clear in hindsight, ''Theatre/{{Aida}}'' starts with a bunch of people walking around a modern day museum before going back in time to Ancient Egypt for the plot of the show. When the scene goes back to the museum at the end, you realize that the reincarnations of Aida and Radames kept missing each other in the earlier scene, but finally see each other at the very end of the play.

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* In an instance that only becomes clear in hindsight, ''Theatre/{{Aida}}'' ''Theatre/{{Aida|JohnRice}}'' starts with a bunch of people walking around a modern day museum before going back in time to Ancient Egypt for the plot of the show. When the scene goes back to the museum at the end, you realize that the reincarnations of Aida and Radames kept missing each other in the earlier scene, but finally see each other at the very end of the play.

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