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* ''Fanfic/CaptainsCrash'' does this with SteamPunk. Launchpad's Curtiss JN-4, or "Jenny"; a steam-powered biplane. It flies -- and in fact, there ''were'' real-world experiments into steam-powered aircraft from the 1840s till the 1960s -- but it's noted that it's very inefficient in terms of its power-to-weight ratio, which is the reason why the technology never got anywhere on Earth.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheModifyers'':
** The unofficial porn short goes back and forth with the InterruptedIntimacy trope by having Rat capture [[PerkyGoth Lacey Shadows]] and turn her over to his boss, [[BigBadWannabe Baron Vain.]] But instead of getting rid of her, Vain becomes horny. Lacey attempts to free herself, until Vain starts to perform oral sex on her, which is when Rat interrupts hoping to get a compliment from Vain. It backfires, annoying Vain ''and Lacey'' who was just starting to [[AllWomenAreLustful get into it.]] So Vain decks Rat unconscious then proceeds to screw Lacey to both their hearts' content.
** The short also does the same with AttemptedRape by making it seem that Lacey would have a chance to escape, thanks to Rat distracting Vain. Except Lacey [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization had become horny]], despite her earlier protests, and was now more than willing. So once Vain decks Rat, Lacey takes the initiative and asks Vain if he's [[DoYouWantToCopulate ready to reesume]] from where they left off. He replies [[CoitusEnsues by screwing her]] for the remainder of the short.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Does this with the AllForNothing trope in the final episodes of the series. Despite all the efforts he made at connecting with others, Shinji comes to feel betrayed and abandoned by everyone. Despite all their efforts at preventing Third Impact, the pilots failed because their superiors wanted them to fail in order to trigger their own, somewhat better version and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt turn the entire planet into a barren wasteland with humanity all but extinct]]. However, it was Shinji's efforts at connecting with others that led to Rei rejecting [[spoiler:his father and instead turning the reins of Third Impact over to him, and it was Shinji's desire to see those people again that led him to stop the instrumentality of humanity]]. End result: the world ends up as a twisted wasteland; it's left with the hope of recovery as [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka return, giving a tiny step to reach each other out, and all humans can choose to re-embody if they really want to]], but it's implied that the only ones who can resist the temptation have to be as fucked up as Shinji and Asuka. They may not have even had ''that'' much if Gendo's or SEELE's plans had gone through.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': Does this with the AllForNothing trope. Mac the Fork and [[PunnyName Dudley Poyson]] have built a world-shattering earthquake device from plans stolen from Puttinghamdown Research Centre. Once the device is built, DM studies the blueprints for it and lets the villains try to use it. As DM and Penfold escape and the villains activate the device, the very building they're in (and only the building) comes crumbling to earth over them. DM notes that Colonel K must have spilt his tea on the blueprint, making what was left of it only able to get the device to enable localized quakes. Penfold wonders if he and DM went through all that for nothing, but DM reasons it did put pay to two nasty villains.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' fanfic'' ''Fanfic/CourtneysCrusadeForRedemption'' does this with IKnowMortalKombat. With Sam; for the boxing challenge, everyone tells him that just because he's good at playing Videogame/PunchOut doesn't make him a good fighter, and, luckily for him, he doesn't need to find out. Later, it turns out that being a great VideoGame/MarioKart player makes him very good at boat-racing.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' fanfic'' fanfic ''Fanfic/CourtneysCrusadeForRedemption'' does this with IKnowMortalKombat. With Sam; for the boxing challenge, everyone tells him that just because he's good at playing Videogame/PunchOut doesn't make him a good fighter, and, luckily for him, he doesn't need to find out. Later, it turns out that being a great VideoGame/MarioKart player makes him very good at boat-racing.

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* ''Anime/HugttoPrettyCure'': Both subverted and double subverted with Henri's CareerEndingInjury. His leg condition is foreshadowed to end his career as an ice skater, but ultimately his leg is broken due to [[spoiler:an unrelated car accident. Then he gets a DisabilityNegatingSuperpower and performs one final skating performance. However [[SuperpowersForADay the superpower doesn't last]] and he is seen in a wheelchair after that]].


* ''WesternAnimation/TheModifyers'':
** The unofficial porn short goes back and forth with the InterruptedIntimacy trope by having Rat capture [[TeenSpy Lacey Shadows]] and turn her over to his boss, [[BigBadWannabe Baron Vain.]] But instead of getting rid of her, Vain becomes horny. Lacey attempts to free herself, until Vain starts to perform oral sex on her, which is when Rat interrupts hoping to get a compliment from Vain. It backfires, annoying Vain ''and Lacey'' who was just starting to [[AllWomenAreLustful get into it.]] So Vain decks Rat unconscious then proceeds to screw Lacey to both their hearts' content.
** The short also does the same with AttemptedRape by making it seem that Lacey would have a chance to escape, thanks to Rat distracting Vain. Except Lacey [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization had become horny]], despite her earlier protests, and was now more than willing. So once Vain decks Rat, Lacey takes the initiative and asks Vain if he's [[DoYouWantToCopulate ready to reesume]] from where they left off. He replies [[CoitusEnsues by screwing her]] for the remainder of the short.

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unofficial porn short goes back and forth with the InterruptedIntimacy trope by having Rat capture [[TeenSpy [[PerkyGoth Lacey Shadows]] and turn her over to his boss, [[BigBadWannabe Baron Vain.]] But instead of getting rid of her, Vain becomes horny. Lacey attempts to free herself, until Vain starts to perform oral sex on her, which is when Rat interrupts hoping to get a compliment from Vain. It backfires, annoying Vain ''and Lacey'' who was just starting to [[AllWomenAreLustful get into it.]] So Vain decks Rat unconscious then proceeds to screw Lacey to both their hearts' content.
** The **The short also does the same with AttemptedRape by making it seem that Lacey would have a chance to escape, thanks to Rat distracting Vain. Except Lacey [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization had become horny]], despite her earlier protests, and was now more than willing. So once Vain decks Rat, Lacey takes the initiative and asks Vain if he's [[DoYouWantToCopulate ready to reesume]] from where they left off. He replies [[CoitusEnsues by screwing her]] for the remainder of the short.

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*''WesternAnimation/TheModifyers'':
**The unofficial porn short goes back and forth with the InterruptedIntimacy trope by having Rat capture [[TeenSpy Lacey Shadows]] and turn her over to his boss, [[BigBadWannabe Baron Vain.]] But instead of getting rid of her, Vain becomes horny. Lacey attempts to free herself, until Vain starts to perform oral sex on her, which is when Rat interrupts hoping to get a compliment from Vain. It backfires, annoying Vain ''and Lacey'' who was just starting to [[AllWomenAreLustful get into it.]] So Vain decks Rat unconscious then proceeds to screw Lacey to both their hearts' content.
**The short also does the same with AttemptedRape by making it seem that Lacey would have a chance to escape, thanks to Rat distracting Vain. Except Lacey [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization had become horny]], despite her earlier protests, and was now more than willing. So once Vain decks Rat, Lacey takes the initiative and asks Vain if he's [[DoYouWantToCopulate ready to reesume]] from where they left off. He replies [[CoitusEnsues by screwing her]] for the remainder of the short.


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* Creator/UmbertoEco's approach to TheDeathOfTheAuthor tends toward this, as demonstrated by ''The Limits Of Interpretation''.

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[[ForTheLulz And sometimes the author is simply saying "Dance, trope, dance! Dance for my amusement!"]] before indulging in an EvilLaugh.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' does this with their GoldfishPoopGang: Team Rocket [[DiminishingVillainThreat quickly goes from being a threat to being a]] GoldfishPoopGang. They volley between legitimate threats and harmless nuisances. As of season 14, they are dangerous threats with an EvilCostumeSwitch. But then they change back to white. Then ghosts suck out their life force, making them goofy for one episode. Then they're back to serious again. And now they're back to being goofy in ''X & Y''.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' does this with their GoldfishPoopGang: Team Rocket [[DiminishingVillainThreat [[VillainDecay quickly goes from being a threat to being a]] GoldfishPoopGang. They volley between legitimate threats and harmless nuisances. As of season 14, they are dangerous threats with an EvilCostumeSwitch. But then they change back to white. Then ghosts suck out their life force, making them goofy for one episode. Then they're back to serious again. And now they're back to being goofy in ''X & Y''.


* AssholeVictim is toyed with in Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''The Naked Sun'', where the murder victim qualifies under reasons two (to allow the murderer to be [[SympatheticMurderer sympathetic]]) and three (it maximizes the number of possible suspects) . . . because he was the perfect embodiment of the planet's social code ("a good Solarian"), that is, an anti-social a-hole. Everyone had a motive to murder the man who reminded them all of their imperfections, and in the end Elijah Baley decides to sit on the knowledge of who murdered the victim.

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* AssholeVictim is toyed with in Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''The Naked Sun'', ''Literature/TheNakedSun'', where the murder victim qualifies under reasons two (to allow the murderer to be [[SympatheticMurderer sympathetic]]) and three (it maximizes the number of possible suspects) . . . because he was the perfect embodiment of the planet's social code ("a good Solarian"), that is, an anti-social a-hole. Everyone had a motive to murder the man who reminded them all of their imperfections, and in the end Elijah Baley decides to sit on the knowledge of who murdered the victim.

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** Does this with the AloofBigSister trope. Summer goes back and forth on this. Earlier on, she was much closer to being actually aloof and uncaring about Morty. But as the show went on, she's become closer to Morty and cares about him, even if she doesn't always show it.
** Does this with the BigSisterBully trope. Summer doesn't actively pick on Morty, mostly because neither one speaks to each other. At one point she groin kicks him for what at first seems like a ''very'' flippant reason-- but it turns out she thought he went in her room. It still appears to be an overreaction ... until it is revealed a minute later in the episode that Morty masturbates in EVERY room in the house. Even so, they do care for each other.
** Does this with the {{Determinator}} trope. Nothing stops Rick once he sets his mind to it...unless he just stops caring.


* ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' Does this with TheBoxingEpisode. The cover of issue 106 is done in the style of a boxing poster promoting a bout between Big Barda and Knockout, but the actual story doesn't involve the sport at all. ''Punching'', on the other hand, is very much present.

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Does this with TheBoxingEpisode. The cover of issue 106 is done in the style of a boxing poster promoting a bout between Big Barda and Knockout, but the actual story doesn't involve the sport at all. ''Punching'', on the other hand, is very much present.present.
** Does this with GoodOldFisticuffs. When Huntress and Lady Shiva square off in a fight to the death. Even though she never expects to actually ''win'', Huntress plans to at least ''injure'' Shiva by getting close and brawling with her instead of fighting at a proper distance with a refined style. Her logic is that, though Shiva has spent years dueling the most refined and skilled martial artists in the world, Huntress is a street fighter and understands how to get up close and personal in a fight. Huntress does manage a single knockdown on Shiva, but gets beaten into hamburger to do so. Shiva remains unscathed.

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