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"The Council was divided. Mine was the deciding vote. They killed him. I was furious. I never knew myself capable of such rage. All I could see was death."
Delenn, Babylon 5

A Tragedy of Impulsiveness is when something terrible is caused by someone's impetuousness or irrational impatience at exactly the wrong moment. This trope's power comes from the fact that if characters had thought before they acted, the tragedy could have been avoided.


From seeing enemies where there are none, to jumping in a swimming pool before checking for water, to messing with the Big Red Buttons on the Mad Scientist's machines, acting without considering consequences can cause catastrophic calamities.

This is most likely to be caused by Leeroy Jenkins, or any Hot-Blooded character in general. If the character is normally more stable, chances are this happens during a Moment of Weakness or when he's being Blinded by Rage.

Related to Tragic Mistake, Green-Eyed Monster, Third-Act Misunderstanding, Plethora of Mistakes, Distress Ball, Cycle of Revenge, Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!, and Nice Job Breaking It, Hero. See also "Fawlty Towers" Plot, which is this trope's comic cousin—caused by (often impulsively) compounding lies, and blowing up in the liar's face (typically causing embarrassment rather than death or suchlike). Can overlap with The Sociopath, as sociopaths are known for their poor impulse control, which often leads to their misfortune or downfall.



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    Comic Books 
  • The "Home Schooling" arc of Runaways starts off with Victor Mancha deciding to hack a Russian computer in order to steal music files, all in hopes of impressing Nico so that she'd take him back. His actions result in a drone crashing into the Runaways' house, killing Old Lace and causing poor Klara Prast to go berserk with terror, trapping everyone inside the wreckage of the house with her vines. The crash also attracts a paramilitary unit to their house, some of whom are accidentally killed by Klara. And finally, Chase's shady uncle shows up, because it turns out the house belongs to him. The Runaways are thus once again forced to... run away.
  • Superman:
    • In War World, super-villain Mongul kidnaps three of Superman's friends to force the Man of Steel to retrieve an artifact guarded by the Martians. Superman was so worried about his friends and so certain that he could thwart Mongul that he fought Martian Manhunter rather than explaining his plight so both heroes could come up with a plan (although, to be fair, J'onn didn't even consider to work together either).
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton, Supergirl decided the best and quickest way to help a Red Lantern get her mind back was taking a tank of lake blood and ripping it open over the city that Sheko was in. Unfortunately, Atrocitus was present, and he took control of the blood rain, making it into a tornado. Supergirl tried to fix the blood storm, igniting it with her heat vision... and unintentionally setting the city on fire. Her teammates angrily said that she had to learn to think before acting.
    • Invoked in Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl. After finding out about Lex Luthor's kidnapping, Supergirl decides to fly to Gotham, ignoring Batgirl's ban on superhumans. Wonder Woman tries to warn her against being impulsive:
      Wonder Woman: No. Let her go. She needs to learn that there can be painful consequences to rash actions.
    • In a Supergirl (2005) tie-in issue for the Amazons Attack! storyline, in where the Amazons went to war against the US, Supergirl and Wonder Girl suddenly come up with a "brilliant" plan to end the war: kidnapping the President and bringing him to Queen Hyppolita to engage in peace talks with her. Predictably, their plan went awry: the Amazons shot the Air Force One down and almost killed the President, and Kara and Cassie's reputations suffered a severe blow. After fending an Amazon squad off, Kara flies to New York to help, although Cassie points out that acting without thinking got them into that mess.
      Wonder Girl: But we were only trying to—
      Supergirl: Doesn't matter. I have to make up for this somehow, before it's too late. I have to balance the scales.
      Wonder Girl: How? By flying off half-cocked again, after what we just did...?
      Supergirl: I can't do nothing, Cassie!
    • In The Last Days Of Superman, Clark Kent nearly gets killed because Jimmy Olsen was so eager and impatient to open a strange alien casket and find out the contents that he did not even think of taking basic precautions, as moving it to a safe environment.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Adalen 31: The bitter, rancorous strike of the workers at a wood pulp mill leads to the mill owners calling in scabs, which leads to the strikers attacking the scabs, which leads to the owners calling in the army to protect the scabs, which leads to the army opening fire on marching strikers, killing five. What the strikers didn't know is that right before the march, the county board had voted to stop the scabs from working, which would have negated much of the tension and rendered the march moot.
  • Alpha Dog has Johnny Truelove and his gang of drug dealers has a grudge against Jake Mazursky, who owes their leader money. While driving down the street, they notice Jake's little brother, Zack, walking alongside the road. Without stopping to think of the consequences, they kidnap him in order to teach his brother a lesson. Even afterward, Zack preferred hanging out with his kidnappers to going home. He liked the gang and was perfectly willing to tell the police that he'd run away. They eventually realize what dire consequences, namely hard time, their actions could actually have, so they kill the boy. A tragic ending that could have been avoided had one of them actually stopped to think "Hey wait, killing a 15-year-old kid might get us into some trouble!". All of the gang involved wound up in prison for kidnapping and murder.
  • The entirety of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is this, especially at the beginning, where Terrence McDonagh jumps in water to save a prisoner without checking how deep it is, thus screwing up his back, getting him promoted and addicted to cocaine.
  • ''Black Panther: King T'Chaka impulsively responding to his brother N'Jobu drawing a gun on Zuri by fatally stabbing him rather than disarming him with a non-lethal attack leads to N'Jobu's son Erik becoming Killmonger, the film's Big Bad and Wakanda's greatest enemy, in a relentless quest to avenge his father.
  • Carlito's Way: Carlito Brigate himself is pretty level-headed, but his lawyer friend David Kleinfeld dooms the entire cast by impulsively killing his mob boss client during a jailbreak. This might be a subversion, though, as Carlito suspects that Kleinfeld planned to kill the mob boss all along and played Carlito himself for a fool.
  • Death Sentence: In the beginning of the film, Nick Hume is outraged when he learns that Joe Darley, the murderer of his son, Brendan, would be sentenced to only 3 to 5 years of jail time. He proceeds to take matters into his own hands by forcing the District Attorney to drop the case and ultimately get revenge by killing Joe himself. Thus, this action results in a Cycle of Revenge, with Billy (Joe's brother) and his gang of killers going after Nick.
  • Fatal Attraction: Dan Gallagher could have avoided everything that came after had he just stopped, thought of his wife and child, and said "No, thanks" to Alex Forrest.
  • Here Comes Mr. Jordan and its remake Heaven Can Wait use the plot of a man plucked out of coming death by an overzealous guardian angel. In each case, the angel is stunned to hear the guy wasn't scheduled to die for another fifty years. Heaven has the angel's supervisor chewing him out on assuming there's "no possible way" someone could survive when scores of people have cheated certain death.
  • How the story begins in The Machinist. Prior to the events of the film, Trevor Reznik kills a boy in a hit-and-run accident when he tries to light a cigarette while driving. As a consequence, he has hallucinations about several individuals to cope with it.
  • Jurassic Park III: Dr. Grant's assistant, Billy Brennan, steals Velociraptor eggs, planning to sell them on the mainland in the hopes of getting funding to keep his and Alan's dig site going. He even admits he took the eggs on an impulse; as a result, the raptors end up chasing the group down and killing Udesky. When Alan finds out, he wastes no time giving Billy a What the Hell, Hero?, especially after he claims he did it "with the best intentions."
    Alan: Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions. You know what, Billy? As far as I'm concerned, you're no better than the people that built this place.
  • Played for Laughs in The Naked Gun, where Frank Drebin shoots five actors ("Good ones!"), because he thought that they were killing a guy. It was just a production of Julius Caesar.
  • In Scarface (1983), Tony Montana's aggressiveness certainly didn't win him any allies, but you know he's doomed when he calls off the hit on the journalist by killing Alejandro Sosa's henchman, Alberto the Shadow. It was for a good reason, but if he'd thought out his actions he could have avoided the situation without antagonizing the only person who could have fixed the mess he was in. Then later, instead of trying to fix the situation, he kills Manny Ribera (his best friend), in a fit of rage, driving Gina (his own sister), to try to kill him.
  • In the original film Scarface (1932), no drugs are involved, but Tony Camonte ends up killing Guino Rinaldo (his best friend), when he thinks the guy's abusing Cesca (his sister). Turns out they married in secret because his sister knew Tony would never approve. Oops.
  • Deepwater Horizon: As the film begins, the Horizon is 43 days behind schedule on the well they've been drilling. BP is riding them to get it finished and ordering measures taken to try and make up lost time, measures that have the Transocean people scratching their heads. When Mike asks a few roughnecks if it's stupid what they're doing, they say they're not sure it's stupid, but it "ain't smart". Eventually all this leads up to an uncontrolled pressure buildup that causes a blowout and eventual explosion.
  • Everest (2015): Comes up in a number of ways but the most prominent perhaps is when Doug insists on reaching the summit, despite being more than an hour after the 2:00 turnaround time. Rob, against his better judgement, allows it. As a result, when the storm rolls in, the two of them are much higher on the summit than everyone was expecting and no one can get to them with fresh O2 bottles.
  • Revenge of the Sith: Anakin's fall to the Dark Side could've been avoided had he chosen to not stop Mace Windu from killing Palpatine in the heat of the moment. A much clearer example of this trope occurs in the final act, where in his rage and impulsiveness, Anakin force chokes Padme, who was pregnant with twins, and indirectly causes her death as a result.
  • Gleahan and the Knaves of Industry: Most of Gleahan's problems would be solved if he would take a moment to step back and consider the situation. But no, he's dead-set on finishing his quest however he can.
  • Avengers: Infinity War: The heroes on Titan are facing off against Thanos, and have managed to subdue him long enough to attempt to take the Infinity Gauntlet off his hand. Star Lord demands to know where Gamora is, and becomes shocked when he learns Thanos killed her to acquire the Soul Stone. Enraged, he attacks Thanos and accidentally screws with the effort that kept Thanos tied down, and soon Thanos is free, allowing him to pummel the heroes and eventually killing half of the universe when he obtains all the Infinity Stones.
  • Incensed when she discovers her husband's repeated adultery and moreso when he informs her that he's leaving her for his latest fling—an 18-year old au pair, Blue Jasmine calls the FBI to report his shady financial dealings and promptly dooms the entire family—her husband is arrested and commits suicide, her stepson turns his back on her, and she's left friendless and broke.

  • You Lost My Memory by Skyclad ("...because of mere trivia misunderstood").
  • Implied in They Might Be Giants' song "ECNALUBMA", which tells the story of its protagonist bruised and battered, lying in wait for medics to arrive, after "a day of impulsive fun".

    Religion and Mythology 
  • Extremely common in Classical Mythology in general, though, so who knows what the actual Ur-Example is...
    • Pandora's Box, proof that curiosity killed the Classical utopia.
    • Persephone's six pomegranate seeds.
    • Hera deliberately invokes this, causing an Unstoppable Rage to fall upon Heracles (who was already a guy infamous for his temper tantrums).
    • Arachne and her poorly-thought-through tapestry subject.
    • Orpheus getting too excited and looking back before his beloved made it out the underworld.
  • The Bible:
    • Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit. The only rule in the Garden of Eden given by God was not to eat the Forbidden Fruit, but Satan (as a snake) tricked them into it. Cue humanity being kicked out of paradise for all eternity.
    • Also, the Cain and Abel plot where the older brother kills his younger brother out of jealousy.

  • Le Cid (adapted from the same story El Cid is) may be the poster child for this. Two old military officers have an argument that degenerate so much that Don Sanche wants a duel to death with the Count. As he is too old for this, he puts his son in charge of this. And he does. Seriously, couldn't the Count try to arrange things with Don Sanche rather than duel to death with his daughter's fiancé, which means whatever the outcome of the duel is, her heart will be broken?
  • The Lieutenant of Inishmore — because when you tell Mad Padraic that his cat is doin' poorly, and it turns out to be Blatant Lies, he's not going to listen to reason, he's not going to be kind to that other cat you picked up, and in fact the only thing stopping him from killing the men he holds responsible is three more men with guns barging in on the little house.
  • Oedipus the King: Prior to his arrival back to Thebes and becoming a king, the eponymous character killed (unbeknownst to him) his father for basically cutting him off at the crossroads. He married his mother completing the other half of the famous complex at leisure though.
  • Similar to the Romeo and Juliet example below, in West Side Story, Tony tries to stop a fight, but Bernardo (his girlfriend's brother) kills Tony's best friend Riff, and an enraged Tony kills Bernardo.
    • And later after that, Anita tries to deliver a message for Tony from Maria. But harassment from the Jets lead to her blurting out that Chino killed Maria in a moment of hatred. Needless to say, this lie leads to the Downer Ending of the play.
  • William Shakespeare:
    • Hamlet: In Act 3, the eponymous main character, after blowing his first chance to kill Claudius, strikes out blindly when he thinks he has Claudius again, only for it to turn out that he's actually killed Polonius, the father of the woman he loves, which sends his entire life straight to hell for him.
      • Hamlet is also an inversion, as it is Hamlet's failure to make up his mind to act that causes much of the tragedy.
    • In Much Ado About Nothing, several characters invoke this trope by making Claudio believe Hero died of grief after he jilted her. She's actually quite alive.
    • In Othello, the title character, with only circumstantial evidence and testimony from Iago, the Manipulative Bastard, believes that his wife, Desdemona, is cheating on him. He proceeds to have Cassio, her supposed lover, killed, and ultimately kills Desdemona himself. When the truth is revealed, it drives him to suicide.
      • A common joke amongst Shakespeare buffs is that had the impulsive, quick-to-anger Othello and the ponderous, witty Hamlet been placed in each others' plays all of the problems would have been solved by the end of the first act and nothing would have gone wrong at all. Sort of negates the point of tragedy, though.
    • Romeo and Juliet: In Act 3, Romeo's friend Mercutio fights Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) for Romeo's honor, and dies before Romeo can stop the fight. An enraged Romeo immediately kills Tybalt. More drama ensues, including Romeo's banishment, which causes his mother to die of a broken heart. In Act 5, when Romeo gets to Juliet's tomb, he comes across Count Paris, who's guarding the tomb. Without provocation other than being attacked for trying to vandalize the Capulet's tomb, he kills Paris in a fight, and then kills himself in front of Juliet's grave (thinking she's dead), causing his lover to kill herself.
    • The later acts of Twelfth Night threaten to turn into this. Sir Toby and Fabian bait on Sir Andrew to attack "Cesario" on sight. This backfires on them when they meet up with Cesario's identical twin brother, Sebastian, who, unlike Cesario, is a good fighter. Anthony, who loves Sebastian, enters the fray, which gets him into trouble with the local Duke, who is the "real" Cesario's employer. And the Duke loses his temper when he finds out that his beloved, Olivia, has married Cesario. This being a comedy, however, things work out all right.
  • In Beyond the Horizon, Robert and Ruth decide to get married the night before Robert is supposed to go off to sea. Robert then elects to stay home instead of becoming a sailor. Faced with Ruth's rejection, Andrew decides on the spot to go off to sea instead of his brother. The result is tragedy and despair for all concerned, and three ruined lives, as all three of them made the wrong choices.

    Visual Novels 
  • Implied to be the case with the Axe Ending in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors: Clover works out a plausible but completely wrong solution to who killed her brother and acts on said misconception, killing both suspected murderers and the protagonist's Love Interest before turning on the protagonist himself. Averted in the True Ending, where the protagonist befriends her and inadvertently stumbles across a crucial clue that indicates her brother is still alive.
  • Corpse Party D2: Depths of Despair:
    • The game opens with one, leading directly from one of the endings of Corpse Party (PC-98): Ayumi and Satoshi try to resurrect their fallen friends mere hours after they escaped the cursed school. For bonus points, the spellbook they're using isn't even fully translated into Japanese. Cue them going right back into the cursed school.
    • Ayumi appears to love this exact idea as even in other adaptations. In the modern game's canon, she and Naomi screw around with the Book of Shadow, resulting in the second and third games. In the Musume manga, she invokes black magic out of nowhere which leads to a sudden bad ending.
  • Double Homework gives the avalanche caused by the protagonist and Tamara. They force open the door of their crashed cable car instead of waiting for help, causing 12 deaths.
    • This becomes a subversion if the protagonist chooses Rachel over the other girls in his class. A skier herself, Rachel realizes that an avalanche could have taken place anyway, and that in that situation, the protagonist and Tamara would’ve likely died as well.
  • Kouji suffers this in one of the endings of Saya no Uta. After discovering that his girlfriend was chopped up by Saya and Fuminori and refridgerated to be eaten, he impulsively calls Fuminori and tries to take him and Saya on alone, instead of calling Occult Detective Ryuko to set-up a better plan (which leads to a different ending.) Since Kouji loses the fight with Fuminori and Saya in both endings, without Ryuko around to pull a Big Damn Heroes moment, he gets killed instead.

    Web Video 
  • In Counter Monkey, Spoony describes a Thieves' World campaign he ran which went horribly Off the Rails because one of the players not only interrupted the DM, but rolled a crit for his declared action. The result caused him to unwittingly inflict Facial Horror on a Nigh-Invulnerable War God avatar, who was supposed to be the cavalry. Instead, the campaign twisted into said avatar's Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the group, gradually escalating into a city-wide guerrilla war of ever-increasing brutality from both sides of the conflict.
    • This gets lampshaded by the episode's titles; the original intended title (seen in the address bar) was "Poor Impulse Control", while the official title is "Don't Interrupt".
  • Several Death Battles are started when one fighter is just minding his/her own business and the opponent quickly confuses him for an enemy. Other times, one fighter will wrong the other by mistake, causing the opponent to retaliate. When it happens, usually the one who started it is the one to lose the battle.
    • Fox vs. Bucky: Bucky picked the wrong toad to croak, and he and his entire crew paid the price by one vengeful fox.
    • Tigerzord vs. Epyon: Tommy orders Saba to begin a check of the Tigerzord's systems to which Saba readily responds by testing the weapons immediately. Only just before the Tigerzord's cannons fire does Tommy think to check if the weapon safety systems are online which leads to the cannons misfiring and accidentally hitting Noin's Mobile Suit, killing her. It eventually leads to their own demise at the hands of a very angry Zechs Merquise and Epyon.
    • Pokémon vs Digimon: Red, after failing to catch Agumon in a Pokéball, immediately sics Charizard on him just as Tai returns instead of reasoning with the Digimon Tamer. This leads to both the deaths of Red and Charizard.
    • Amy Rose vs Ramona Flowers: Sonic, on an average day of running from Amy, shoots through Scott and Ramona's place so fast he knocks them around by accident. Amy arrives too late to catch him, and as she's fuming in place Ramona gets up and mistakes Amy for the one who seemingly attacked them, striking without warning. This causes Amy to turn her anger out on Ramona instead, and this leads to Ramona's death in front of a horror-stricken Scott.
    • Power Rangers vs Voltron: Hunk in the Yellow Lion notices the Rangers teleport in and goes over to say hi to them. The Power Rangers mistake the Yellow Lion for an enemy, immediately call in their Zords to form the Megazord, prompting the lions to form Voltron in response. This leads to the Megazord's destruction and Power Rangers' death.
    • Raven vs Twilight Sparkle: both sides are responsible in some way. Twilight tries a spell on interdimensional teleportation without bothering to study up on it, leading to Raven being transported to Equestria in the middle of playing with pony dolls. Raven, instead of talking it out, attacks Twilight in response to the whole situation. Both their actions result in Twilight getting pancaked into the ground by an overprotective Soul Self at Mach 36. Unfortunately for her, the series is called Death Battle for a good reason, so Twilight certainly died upon impact, although the animation makes it ambiguous if she really died due to the creators not wanting to scar any kids who happened to watch this show.
    • Crash Bandicoot vs Spyro the Dragon: possibly the most tragic example in a Death Battle yet. Crash kills Sparx the Dragonfly, Spyro's adoptive brother, assuming him to be an average annoying insect. This causes Spyro to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and eventually unleash his Superpowered Evil Side, resulting in Crash and Aku Aku both being atomized via Aether Breath. Now the Wumpa Islands are defenseless, and Spyro is possibly trapped in this state.
    • Captain Marvel VS Shazam!: Carol comes across Shazam crouching over an ATM leaking money into the street and mistakes him for a thief, when he actually just damaged the ATM by accidental electrocution, and he didn't even take any money. When Billy tries getting out of dodge, Carol flies after him, intent on bringing him in. Ultimately, Billy proves to be Carol's superior in terms of power, and he kills her.
    • Ben 10 VS Green Lantern: Hal Jordan catches Ben Tennyson sprinting around the streets as XLR 8 and, after detaining him non-lethally in a construct bubble, asks him to peacefully give Hal the Omnitrix, a dangerous weapon. Instead of talking his way out, Ben turns into Four Arms and tries to beat Hal up. After the battle escalates, an injured Hal decides to go back in time and cut off Ben's Omnitrix arm before stamping him into a pulp with a boot construct.
    • Sasuke VS Hiei: Sasuke sees Hiei strolling through a forest and asks him where he's going. Hiei bluntly replies "That's not your concern," and Sasuke replies by attacking him. The fight ends with Sasuke being cut to pieces by Hiei.
    • Miles Morales VS Static Shock: Miles Morales attacks Static Shock, thinking he was his arch-nemesis, Electro, due to his electric powers. When he realized his mistake, it was already too late as Static was willing to kill him over it. Soon enough, it happens and Miles was completely destroyed.
    • Leonardo VS Red Ranger Jason: Jason sees Leonardo and thinks he was one of Rita's mutant minions despite the latter protesting. He proceeds to attack him and eventually, Jason wins.
    • Genos VS War Machine: Rhodey confronts Genos for blowing something up, and Genos, mistaking Rhodey for an evil cyborg, attacks him. The fight ends with Rhodey forcing Genos to blow himself up trying (and failing) to take War Machine with him, and then Rhodey stamps on his disembodied head to finish the fight.
    • Batgirl VS Spider-Gwen: Gwen accidentally teleports into the Batcave, and Barbara attacks her unprovoked. Despite Gwen making it clear she doesn't want to fight, and repeatedly trying to leave, Barbara continues to come at her, and eventually Gwen ends up cutting her throat.
    • Sanji VS Rock Lee: Rock Lee is having curry at Sanji's restaurant when he openly complains that Sanji's curry is mild. Sanji replies by jumping over the counter and attacking him. By the end of the battle, Sanji has lost a leg and Lee has lost his life.
    • Danny Phantom VS American Dragon: Jake Long: Danny was returning the artifact back from a thief who stole it, but Jake assumes Danny was said thief and attacks him in dragon form. This ends in Jake getting disintegrated and his soul sucked into the Fenton Thermos.
    • Zuko VS Shoto Todoroki: It's extremely tragic when both sides realize they're not so different from each other. Shoto is just walking in the woods when Zuko's training accidentally launches a projectile towards him. When Zuko tried to defend himself, his method reminded Shoto of his past, enraging him further. This eventually leads to Zuko dying at Shoto's hands.
    • Shadow VS Ryūko Matoi: While the two are riding their motorcycles, Ryūko gets angry at Shadow cutting her off and dismissing her complaints about it, and attacks him despite Senketsu's attempts to talk her out of it. This eventually ends up with both Ryūko and Senketsu being vaporized by a Chaos Blast from Super Shadow.
    • Blake VS Mikasa: Mikasa finds Blake reading a book on a scaffolding and mistakes her for a stubborn civilian who missed the order to vacate the village before the Titans arrive. She then shoots Blake's book out of her hands, angering Blake into attacking her. By the end of the fight, Mikasa has died, and a Titan shows up at the village. Blake promptly goes into battle yet again, but now she's lost an arm.
    • Steven Universe VS Star Butterfly: Star and Steven are competing in a sandcastle-building competition at a beach. Star tries building her sandcastle with magic, but it grows tall enough that it falls over on top of Steven, crushing his own sandcastle. Star's attempt to fix the castle with more magic only end up blowing it up. Star then interprets an unpleased Steven's frustration as grumpiness, and tries to cheer him up by shooting a Cupcake Blast at him, but he mistakes it for an attack and retaliates. By the end of the fight, Star ends up defending herself from a killing blow by incinerating Steven with a massive Mega-Explosive Crystal Laser, along with everyone else fighting on that beach, such as a bunch of watermelon Stevens, her own warnicorns, Spider with a Top Hat, and a rabbit.
  • The Touhou Project video fanfic, Diamond in the Rough (Touhou) can pretty much be summarized as a series of impulsive actions by the main character, Brolli, and the rash actions of the Gensokyo residents in response. This escalates more and more throughout the series that causes Gensokyo to nearly destroy itself in a massive war.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon is based on and driven by this trope. 100,000 people playing one game...mons have been accidentally released, several battles have been lost, puzzles are solved only to be reset, all because of too many people randomly mashing buttons without a thought.