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Basic Trope: A person starts something that grows dangerously beyond their control, but which they cannot stop without dying or experiencing other serious consequences.

  • Straight: Alice triggers a trap on purpose to get into Emperor Evulz' lair. However, that trap also triggered many other traps, so unless she wants to die, she can't stop until every trap is dealt with.
  • Exaggerated: Alice triggers a trap on purpose to get into Emperor Evulz' lair. However, that trap also triggered a million other traps and summoned every henchman in the lair to kill her, so unless she wants to die or experience A Fate Worse Than Death, she can't stop until everything is dealt with.
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  • Downplayed: Alice triggers a trap on purpose to get into Emperor Evulz' lair. She might be able to go back the way she came or avoid the traps by lying on the ground, but it doesn't seem wise.
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  • Enforced: The author wants an excuse for Alice not to stop no matter how dangerous things get.
  • Lampshaded:
    Alice: Well, I can't let go of the tiger now.
  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz sets up the traps so that triggering one automatically triggers the others, so that if his enemies aren't fit and light on their feet, they'll die.
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