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Basic Trope: A blunder that is so amazingly and mind-bogglingly bad that even if done intentionally, should've been impossible.

  • Straight: Bob storms General Dusk's fortress with a group of soldiers. When given the opportunity, he tries to shoot a mook. When he shoots, he not only misses the mook, but the bullet ricochets off multiple walls, destroys the MacGuffin they planned to use to kill Dusk, and simultaneously kills several soldiers. He is commended on such a fail by the mook.
  • Exaggerated:
    • As the mook speaks, though, the bullet continues to bounce around, weakening a structural support and sending the entire base crashing down, at the same time setting off bombs that destroy the entire city. And Dusk and the lone mook are the only survivors.
    • Everyone in the room tries to shoot the mook at once. They not only miss, but break several pillars, causing the ceiling to fall and crush them. All except for the lone mook, who is protected by a pillar they missed.
    • Springtime for Hitler
  • Downplayed: While Bob does eventually kill the mook, it takes several shots, the missed bullets hindering the other soldiers.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is really lousy at firing guns.
    • God is a troll in this universe and particularly enjoys picking on Bob.
  • Inverted: Flawless Victory
  • Subverted: Bob raises the gun. The nearby soldiers brace themselves for what's about to happen. But Bob actually hits the mook, and not even he knows how.
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  • Double Subverted: But the bullet pierces the mook, bounces off a wall, and kills everyone in the room anyway.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: In a continuation of the double subverted example, the bullet then bounces down a hallway and kills 20 different mooks. Everyone turns out to be Not Quite Dead as well... But then the bullet returns and kills everyone anyway.
  • Averted: Bob kills the mook. End of story.
  • Enforced: "Bob's not good at anything, so let's cement that by making him blunder spectacularly."
  • Lampshaded: General Dusk walks into the room as the fail occurs and stands there with his mouth gaping for a few seconds.
    I- I just... How do you manage that?!
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  • Invoked: Bob is a well-known Lethal Klutz. He's kept around because, hopefully, he will bumble his way into killing Evulz... even if that means for the rest of the heroes that they must accept the possibility Bob will end up getting them killed, too.
  • Defied: In an act of mercy, the mook steps in front of the soldiers and takes the bullet for them.
  • Exploited: General Dusk sits back and lets Bob destroy the entire army for him.
  • Discussed: "I'd hide if I were you. Knowing Bob, he'd probably screw this up in an impossible fashion."
  • Conversed: "Wow. I didn't think it was possible to fail so hard, but it looks like I was wrong."

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