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Suceed an event the first time, but fail it when you have to do it again.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Hobgoblin on Jul 30th 2011 at 6:27:04 PM
Last Edited By:
Hobgoblin on May 16th 2018 at 9:01:45 PM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

A character aces a scenario the first time around, but when thrust into the same situation later then fail it.

Example: In Jackie Chan Adventures, one episode involves him being sent back in time. In one case, he has to outrun a train that he easily cleared in Season 1. He ends up falling off the cliff and nearly to his demise.

Feedback: 6 replies

Jul 30th 2011 at 8:27:06 PM

I can foresee a lot of Troper Tales concerning this. Many are the times when video gamers achieve something (sometimes through lucking out) and then failing to duplicate that success.

Jul 30th 2011 at 9:33:03 PM

So basically, this is about Beginners Luck? (didn't expect it to pothole to a real article... I guess Beginners Luck is a subtrope)

Jul 31st 2011 at 8:51:36 PM

I could've sworn the videogame-player version was launched as That One Mistake, but I don't see it anywhere.

Aug 1st 2011 at 6:03:55 PM

Often on the Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner cartoons, Wile E. will try out a trap beforehand and it will work flawlessly. But then he tries it on the Roadrunner and the trap will fail in the worst possible way.

May 16th 2018 at 9:01:45 PM


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