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Basic Trope: Characters are unable to change the events.

  • Straight: Psychic Alice predicts that Bob Killer is destined to fight against the greatest foe in the whole world, Lord Evulz. He cannot change his destiny at all.
  • Exaggerated: Bob Killer must fight a goddess who is not only literally named Fate, but she is also the conceptual being of destiny. He literally cannot fight against Fate.
  • Downplayed: Bob Killer is able to change some events in Psychic Alice's prophecy, but not enough to change his ultimate destiny.
  • Justified:
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    • Bob Killer is known as the true Chosen One, and is the only one who can truly give him defeat.
    • Bob Killer was the most appropriate and accurate person the prophecy told about.
    • The event in question is the result of a Xanatos Gambit, so it really can't be averted, no matter what Bob does.
  • Inverted: Screw Destiny
  • Subverted: At first, it seems like he was going to do exactly the foretelling of the psychic told him, but he wasn't interested in doing.
  • Double Subverted:...But then Bob must do it anyway, as life is not so simple.
  • Parodied: Bob keeps following the psychic for a while. When the psychic stops, she admitted that she was being dramatic and humorous of a predestined fight. Bob becomes relieved, but at the same time, now wants to chase her and tell her to never do that again.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is in middle of resting, and doing other things, then going back to being forced to challenge Lord Evulz.
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  • Averted: There are no predetermined series of events for Bob Killer.
  • Enforced: "Let's show this character that there's no way he can just magically get out of this literal plot by Lord Evulz!"
  • Lampshaded: "Well, this is it. I must fulfill my life and save the world. I cannot change it however I wish."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Prophecy Twist—a very cunning and bold character can take advantage of what fate actually says and play everybody towards that fate in a way that benefits him or her.
  • Defied: Screw Destiny
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • After a talk about his fate, Bob Killer has a Heroic BSoD, as there is no way to pick any other option.
    • Bob Killer realizes that the psychic was joking and scamming him. Bob Killer grows angry and never trust prophecies ever again.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob would then later think about the fact that he may finally found somebody who is worth challenging.
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    • He learns how to accept the fate that all things in life are controllable.

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