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* By the latter half of ''Manga/OnePiece'', the Straw Hat Pirates have gotten a reputation for being so CrazyAwesome that very little can stop them, as Luffy has spearheaded attacks on the World Government's most highly protected complexes, the Judicial Island Enies Lobby, the prison Impel Down, and the Navy headquarters Marinford, and punched a World Noble in the face and lived to tell about it, circumstances surrounding those incidents notwithstanding. During Dressrosa, Trafalgar Law has no problem being DefiantToTheEnd to Don Quixote Doflamingo as he knows that even if he gets killed, nothing will stop the Straw Hats from destroying the villain's operations for good.

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* By the latter half of ''Manga/OnePiece'', the Straw Hat Pirates have gotten a reputation for being so CrazyAwesome that very little can stop them, as Luffy has spearheaded attacks on the World Government's most highly protected complexes, the Judicial Island Enies Lobby, the prison Impel Down, and the Navy headquarters Marinford, and punched a World Noble in the face and lived to tell about it, circumstances surrounding those incidents notwithstanding. During Dressrosa, Trafalgar Law has no problem being DefiantToTheEnd to Don Quixote Doflamingo as he knows that even if he gets killed, nothing will stop the Straw Hats from destroying the villain's operations for good.


** The entire city of Ankh-Morpork has gained this reputation by ''Discworld/TheLastHero''; according to Lord Vetinari, the reason the people of the Counterweight Continent ask him, and by extension the city's people, to stop Cohen the Barbarian from blowing up the Disc is because, in his words, "They believe us to have zip, zing, get-up-and-go, and can-do." Notably, the crew selected to go after Cohen consists of; Rincewind, IneptMage, CosmicPlaything and ActionSurvivor, Captain Carrot, TheAce and TheUnchosenOne who may be the last son of the city's royal family, and Leonard Da Quirm, a brilliant inventor who designs weapons of mass destruction as a hobby. The Librarian, who has been an orangutan and the only member of UnseenUniversity's staff who really knows what to do, ended up part of the crew by accident.

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** The entire city of Ankh-Morpork has gained this reputation by ''Discworld/TheLastHero''; ''Literature/TheLastHero''; according to Lord Vetinari, the reason the people of the Counterweight Continent ask him, and by extension the city's people, to stop Cohen the Barbarian from blowing up the Disc is because, in his words, "They believe us to have zip, zing, get-up-and-go, and can-do." Notably, the crew selected to go after Cohen consists of; Rincewind, IneptMage, CosmicPlaything and ActionSurvivor, Captain Carrot, TheAce and TheUnchosenOne who may be the last son of the city's royal family, and Leonard Da Quirm, a brilliant inventor who designs weapons of mass destruction as a hobby. The Librarian, who has been an orangutan and the only member of UnseenUniversity's staff who really knows what to do, ended up part of the crew by accident.

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* ''Videogame/DeepRockGalactic:'' The titular company prides itself in exploiting planets every last competitor finds to be too risky to be worth it, and sometimes even impossible to mine simply because of how absurdly dangerous they are. This is half the reason why their newest mining operation, the one you're participating in, is in [[DeathWorld Hoxxes IV]], ''literally'' the most dangerous planet in the galaxy as far as everyone knows; the other reason why is its sheer untouched mineral riches.
-->''[Hoxxes IV] is to the best of our knowledge the single most dangerous planet in the galaxy, and it just so happens to contain the richest concentrations of minable material ever discovered. Many before us have tried taming Hoxxes. All have failed. Except for us. And it is where we will be sending you''


** Rogue Squadron of the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', and its commander Wedge Antilles in particular. One of the Rogues' mottoes is "Impossible is our stock in trade, and success is what we deliver." No matter how many Rogues die in combat, Wedge always survives, and the squadron always rebuilds.

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** Rogue Squadron of the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', ''Literature/XWingSeries'', and its commander Wedge Antilles in particular. One of the Rogues' mottoes is "Impossible is our stock in trade, and success is what we deliver." No matter how many Rogues die in combat, Wedge always survives, and the squadron always rebuilds.





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* Literature/GauntsGhosts would fall under the first category.

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* Jack Bauer of ''Series/TwentyFour''. Throughout the series he persevered through gunshot wounds, beatings, torture, explosions, plane crashes, drug addiction, biological weaponry and even clinical death. He very quickly becomes the guy anyone in the government goes to if they want to get shit done in as short a time as possible.



--->'''Doctor:''' It's impossible!\\

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--->'''Doctor:''' --->'''The Doctor:''' It's impossible!\\



'''Doctor:''' Two minutes.
** That being said, he's so used to being impossible and amazing that he's devastated when he ''can't'' pull out an impossible miracle. In "Voyage of the Damned," [[spoiler: when he can neither save all of his friends nor pull a falling Astrid out of an emergency teleport]], he bellows, "I CAN DO ANYTHING!" as he all but rips the teleport mechanism to shreds.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': "I'm Rodney [=McKay=]. Difficult takes a few seconds; impossible, a few minutes!"
** Also, Sheppard has flown several [[SuicideMission Suicide Missions]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': SG-1 have gotten so adept at this the [[AncientAstronauts Asgard]] have, on more than one occassion, 'hired' them.
** There is even a sprinkle of this within (but not yet recognised outside of) the Destiny '[[TheUnchosenOne Expedition Crew]]' in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', especially for [[AscendedFanboy Eli]].
* In an old Polish series ''Zmiennicy'', one of the workers at a theater says: [[BadassBoast "I do the impossible offhand,]] [[UpToEleven for miracles you have to wait a bit."]]
* The Impossible Mission Force in ''Series/MissionImpossible''.

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'''Doctor:''' '''The Doctor:''' Two minutes.
** That being said, he's so used to being impossible and amazing that he's devastated when he ''can't'' pull out an impossible miracle. In [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned," [[spoiler: when Damned"]], [[spoiler:when he can neither save all of his friends nor pull a falling Astrid out of an emergency teleport]], he bellows, "I CAN DO ANYTHING!" as he all but rips the teleport mechanism to shreds.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': "I'm Rodney [=McKay=]. Difficult takes a few seconds; impossible, a few minutes!"
** Also, Sheppard has flown several [[SuicideMission Suicide Missions]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': SG-1 have gotten so adept at this the [[AncientAstronauts Asgard]] have, on more than one occassion, 'hired' them.
** There is even a sprinkle of this within (but not yet recognised outside of) the Destiny '[[TheUnchosenOne Expedition Crew]]' in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', especially for [[AscendedFanboy Eli]].
* In an old Polish series ''Zmiennicy'', one of the workers at a theater says: [[BadassBoast "I do the impossible offhand,]] [[UpToEleven for miracles you have to wait a bit."]]
* The Impossible Mission Force in ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
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* Jack Bauer of ''Series/TwentyFour''. Throughout the series he persevered through gunshot wounds, beatings, torture, explosions, plane crashes, drug addiction, biological weaponry and even clinical death. He very quickly becomes the guy anyone in the government goes to if they want to get shit done in as short a time as possible.
* James West and Artemus Gordon of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' are apparently the government's go-to team whenever the impossible needs to be done.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': After Vorenus and Pullo report that they'd encountered Pompey, but didn't kill him, Caesar's advisor recommends they be executed. Caesar responds, "Any other man, certainly. But those two, they found my stolen standard, now they survive a wreck that drowned an army and find Pompey Magnus on a beach. They have powerful gods on their side and I will not kill any man with friends of that sort."



* [[Franchise/StarTrek Starfleet engineers]] have an InUniverse reputation for this, the motto that appears on their actual 'corps patch' is "We got it", and claims that they are able "to turn rocks into replicators" that don't seem to be exaggerated in the least.

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* [[Franchise/StarTrek The Impossible Mission Force in ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': After Vorenus and Pullo report that they'd encountered Pompey, but didn't kill him, Caesar's advisor recommends they be executed. Caesar responds, "Any other man, certainly. But those two, they found my stolen standard, now they survive a wreck that drowned an army and find Pompey Magnus on a beach. They have powerful gods on their side and I will not kill any man with friends of that sort."
* ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'':
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': "I'm Rodney [=McKay=]. Difficult takes a few seconds; impossible, a few minutes!"
*** Also, Sheppard has flown several [[SuicideMission Suicide Missions]].
** ''Series/StargateSG1'': SG-1 have gotten so adept at this the [[AncientAstronauts Asgard]] have, on more than one occassion, 'hired' them.
*** There is even a sprinkle of this within (but not yet recognised outside of) the Destiny '[[TheUnchosenOne Expedition Crew]]' in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', especially for [[AscendedFanboy Eli]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
Starfleet engineers]] engineers have an InUniverse reputation for this, the motto that appears on their actual 'corps patch' is "We got it", and claims that they are able "to turn rocks into replicators" that don't seem to be exaggerated in the least.least.
* James West and Artemus Gordon of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' are apparently the government's go-to team whenever the impossible needs to be done.



* In an old Polish series ''Zmiennicy'', one of the workers at a theatre says: [[BadassBoast "I do the impossible offhand,]] [[UpToEleven for miracles you have to wait a bit."]]





* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse in ''Disney/BraveLittleTailor'' whose boast that he "killed seven [flies] in one blow!" was taken out of context and he was tasked with taking out a nearby problem giant.

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* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse in ''Disney/BraveLittleTailor'' "WesternAnimation/BraveLittleTailor" whose boast that he "killed seven [flies] in one blow!" was taken out of context and he was tasked with taking out a nearby problem giant.





* State Alchemists in ''{{Manga/FullmetalAlchemist}}'' are the best of the best when it comes to alchemy. They're almost all practitioners of highly specific types of alchemy and have to pass a yearly test to make sure that they are still skilled enough to stay. Edward Elric and Shou Tucker were explicitly instated because they have done something that no one else has ever seen with alchemy.

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* State Alchemists in ''{{Manga/FullmetalAlchemist}}'' ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are the best of the best when it comes to alchemy. They're almost all practitioners of highly specific types of alchemy and have to pass a yearly test to make sure that they are still skilled enough to stay. Edward Elric and Shou Tucker were explicitly instated because they have done something that no one else has ever seen with alchemy.



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-->The City of New York tried to fix the George Washington bridge for 7 months. Then they called us.
-->We fixed it in one day. Before lunch.
* A heroic version, this basically sums up The Wreckers from the Transformers mythos. They tend to get called in when the job is incredibly dangerous and the chance of death is high.
--> ''Lost cause? Of course it's a lost cause! That's why we're'' here.
* Reed Richards invoked this trope in the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' arc "True Story":
-->"In order to deal with this phenomenon I will have to literally create an entirely new field of scientific study. Give me forty-eight hours."
** Doing the impossible is pretty much the Fantastic Four's mission statement. A subtle example, when they shrunk themselves to microscopic size to inject themselves into the bloodstream of their old friend Willie Lumpkin to remove an inoperable brain tumor. Lumpkin's doctor had previously said that only a miracle could save him. Ben Grimm's reply;
--->"A miracle...does that guy have any idea who he's talking to?"

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-->The City of New York tried to fix the George Washington bridge for 7 months. Then they called us.
-->We
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fixed it in one day. Before lunch.
* A heroic version, this basically sums up The Wreckers from the Transformers mythos. They ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' mythos have The Wreckers, who tend to get called in when the job is incredibly dangerous and the chance of death is high.
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high. As described in [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries "Stormbringer"]] #2:
-->'''Springer:'''
''Lost cause? Of course it's a lost cause! That's why we're'' here.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'':
** Invoked by
Reed Richards invoked this trope in the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' arc "True Story":
-->"In --->'''Mister Fantastic:''' "In order to deal with this phenomenon I will have to literally create an entirely new field of scientific study. Give me forty-eight hours."
** Doing the impossible is pretty much the Fantastic Four's mission statement. A subtle example, when they shrunk themselves to microscopic size to inject themselves into the bloodstream of their old friend Willie Lumpkin to remove an inoperable brain tumor. Lumpkin's doctor had previously said that only a miracle could save him. Ben Grimm's reply;
--->"A
reply:
--->'''The Thing:''' "A
miracle...does that guy have any idea who he's talking to?"



-->Suddenly the Scheme-Maker thumped her fist on the table and grinned. “So! Seems impossible to touch Cloud Horn. Recalcitrant owners. Deadly consequences if caught stealing. Can't give much in way of resources, since seems like a waste. Have to use own gear. Still, only Key mission now. Welcome to try. Want?”
-->The four looked at one another, knowing they were all of the same mind. “I reckon we'll have a bash,” said Paul. “We're a bit good at the impossible.”
-->“Especially the impossible at a luxury resort,” murmured John.

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-->Suddenly the Scheme-Maker thumped her fist on the table and grinned. “So! "So! Seems impossible to touch Cloud Horn. Recalcitrant owners. Deadly consequences if caught stealing. Can't give much in way of resources, since seems like a waste. Have to use own gear. Still, only Key mission now. Welcome to try. Want?”
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* ''Fanfic/KnowWhatIveMadeByTheMarksOnMyHands'': Izuku, having gained a reputation from interfering at Kamino Ward, is now the go-to person whenever someone loses their quirk.
* In ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', Franchise/{{Superman}} points out to [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} his cousin]] that they don't have the luxury of a normal life because no one can do what they can, and most of time saving the day comes to them, therefore people will keep turning to them for help. Right like he predicted, shortly afterwards the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes turns to Supergirl because they need extra Kryptonian firepower to fight ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}.
-->'''Superman:''' What I'm trying to remind her of is that our powers place us in a certain position. And it's one of obligation. No one on Earth can do what we can, and very often, to protect it and other planets, we are required to do everything we're capable of.



* ''Film/ATimeToKill'': Brigance attempts to defend the African American worker Carl Lee Hailey - who killed two white men and stands by it - by pulling an Insanity Defence in a Deep South judicial system (with death row awaiting Hailey), pitted against a ruthless white prosecutor with a socially and politically influential background, a highly suggestible (as well as very opportunistic) judge, an all-white well-to-do jury who just wants to go home, a corrupted black activist group that holds out for a martyr (Hailey), KKK members spreading terror and intimidating Brigance's co-workers into quitting one by one, and (to add insult to injury) weak and powerless local authorities who fail to hinder any of this. Oh, and there's also the rioting that breaks out halfway through the trial. And then the National Guard has to be called in. Well yeah, it really couldn't get any worse. But hey, guess who wins in the end?



* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** Rogue Squadron of the ComicBook/XWingSeries, and its commander Wedge Antilles in particular. One of the Rogues' mottoes is "Impossible is our stock in trade, and success is what we deliver." No matter how many Rogues die in combat, Wedge always survives, and the squadron always rebuilds.

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* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Rogue Squadron of the ComicBook/XWingSeries, ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', and its commander Wedge Antilles in particular. One of the Rogues' mottoes is "Impossible is our stock in trade, and success is what we deliver." No matter how many Rogues die in combat, Wedge always survives, and the squadron always rebuilds.



* MickeyMouse in "Disney/BraveLittleTailor" whose boast that he "killed seven [flies] in one blow!" was taken out of context and he was tasked with taking out a nearby problem giant.

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* MickeyMouse WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse in "Disney/BraveLittleTailor" ''Disney/BraveLittleTailor'' whose boast that he "killed seven [flies] in one blow!" was taken out of context and he was tasked with taking out a nearby problem giant.


* It's implied in ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, that Samantha Shepard's suicide mission actually counted as a deconstruction since the "loyalty" missions in which she gained her crewmates' trust were at least partially set up by Cerberus in order to make Shepard and her team bond more tightly. This feeling of unearned success contributes to her HeroicBSOD. She is, however, still regarded as one who does the impossible--it's the reason why despite her [[WhatTheHellHero crimes]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic against civilians]] the powers-that-be opt to give her another chance. That Shepard & Co. ''can't'' just shoot, bludgeon, or talk their way through the threat facing her galaxy only shows how [[GodzillaThreshold how dangerous said threat is]]. The Citadel Council and others begin to regard the Trans-Galactic Republic as doing the impossible since their technology defies known physics, their ships are so strong, and they send ''Reapers'' packing. Such adoration seems misplaced after the events of ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', but it's all they have left [[spoiler:or so they think]].

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* It's implied in ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, that Samantha Shepard's suicide mission actually counted as a deconstruction since the "loyalty" missions in which she gained her crewmates' trust were at least partially set up by Cerberus in order to make Shepard and her team bond more tightly. This feeling of unearned success contributes to her HeroicBSOD. She is, however, still regarded as one who does the impossible--it's the reason why despite her [[WhatTheHellHero crimes]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic against civilians]] the powers-that-be opt to give her another chance. That Shepard & Co. ''can't'' just shoot, bludgeon, or talk their way through the threat facing her galaxy only shows how [[GodzillaThreshold how dangerous said threat is]]. The Citadel Council and others begin to regard the Trans-Galactic Republic as doing the impossible since their technology defies known physics, their ships are so strong, and they send ''Reapers'' packing. Such adoration seems misplaced after the events of ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', but it's all they have left [[spoiler:or so they think]].

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* State Alchemists in ''{{Manga/FullmetalAlchemist}}'' are the best of the best when it comes to alchemy. They're almost all practitioners of highly specific types of alchemy and have to pass a yearly test to make sure that they are still skilled enough to stay. Edward Elric and Shou Tucker were explicitly instated because they have done something that no one else has ever seen with alchemy.


** Played with by giving you a whole squad of badasses in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. [[BadassCrew Every squadmate]] is either the best in their profession or just ridiculously tough - [[BadassGrandpa Zaeed]] in particular is described as just like Shepard except for the fact he takes cheques (and is incapable of leading.) According to the squad, they're also sent into suicidal odds about twice a day.

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** Played with by giving you a whole squad of badasses in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. [[BadassCrew Every squadmate]] is either the best in their profession or just ridiculously tough - [[BadassGrandpa Zaeed]] Zaeed in particular is described as just like Shepard except for the fact he takes cheques (and is incapable of leading.) According to the squad, they're also sent into suicidal odds about twice a day.


* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': After Vorenus and Pullo report that they'd encountered Pompey, but didn't kill him, Caesar's advisor recommends they be punished. Caesar responds, "Any other man, certainly. But those two, they found my stolen standard, now they survive a wreck that drowned an army and find Pompey Magnus on a beach. They have powerful gods on their side and I will not kill any man with friends of that sort."

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* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': After Vorenus and Pullo report that they'd encountered Pompey, but didn't kill him, Caesar's advisor recommends they be punished.executed. Caesar responds, "Any other man, certainly. But those two, they found my stolen standard, now they survive a wreck that drowned an army and find Pompey Magnus on a beach. They have powerful gods on their side and I will not kill any man with friends of that sort."

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': A third-person variation occurs at the end of "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E17LaunchpadsFirstCrash Launchpad's First Crash]]; Scrooge tells Launchpad he is the only pilot he knows capable of pulling off the impossible things necessary on his missions.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Harry developing a reputation for being more or less unstoppable. No matter how hard you knock him down, even if you ''kill him'', he'll bounce back, and more importantly, hit back - ''hard''. Of course, there are a lot of caveats behind this, and it doesn't account for the TraumaCongaLine, or for the fact that Harry understandably does not appreciate being a DoomMagnet (most of the time. He's more of a BloodKnight than he generally likes to admit).
** Peter Wisdom a.k.a. [[spoiler: Regulus Black]], Director of [=MI13=] once flippantly remarks, "We're [=MI13=], we break the Laws of Nature for a living."


* ''Film/DieHard:'' Nevermind anything else this overworked NYPD cop does, he ''takes out a helicopter with a police car''. He's just a mook that always ends up in the wrong place at the right time, or as they say in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'': "That's what makes you That Guy."

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* ''Film/DieHard:'' ''Film/DieHard's'' John [=McClane=]. Nevermind anything else this overworked NYPD cop does, he ''takes out a helicopter with a police car''. He's just a mook that always ends up in the wrong place at the right time, or as they say in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'': "That's what makes you That Guy."


* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'': The Professor regularly sends the Planet Express crew on [[SuicideMission missions that he doesn't expect them to survive]]--not because he wants to kill them, but because he views them as completely expendable.

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The Professor regularly sends the Planet Express crew on [[SuicideMission missions that he doesn't expect them to survive]]--not because he wants to kill them, but because he views them as completely expendable.



* {{Invoked}} in the ''WesterAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "How Long is Forever?" when Starfire thinks defeating Warp and changing the BadFuture is impossible.

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* {{Invoked}} in the ''WesterAnimation/TeenTitans'' ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "How Long is Forever?" when Starfire thinks defeating Warp and changing the BadFuture is impossible.

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