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What are you so afraid of, Cell? Isn't this what you wanted? I warned you! I told you what would happen if you pushed me too far! But you didn't listen. You forced me to awaken my hidden power, and now that you've seen it, you're afraid, because you know that I'm going to destroy you.
Gohan, Dragon Ball Z

We dreamed of creating the world’s strongest Pokémon... and we succeeded.

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    Fan Works 

A lesson for all you budding mad scientists out there. It's an old lesson, but one that bears repeating. When you set out to build an unstoppable killing machine, please, ladies and gentlemen, make certain you really really want an unstoppable killing machine first.
Artie, A Brief Moment of Culture: Jeffrey Wells's Very Long Narbonic Fanfic

When other unicorns' spells go wrong they fail horribly. But noooo, for me they go wrong by working even better than I ever needed... or wanted.
Twilight Sparkle, Composure

Yami: Ugh! The Seal of Orichalcos?! Why would you give this to me?!
Raphael: The only way to prove how evil you are, is to force you to play a card that makes you be evil.
(after the Pharoah uses the Seal)
Raphael: Now do you see how right I was about being evil?
Yami: Yes, Raphael. I see exactly what you mean. And now that I know how evil I can be, I am going to destroy you and everything you hold dear, and bathe in the afterglow of your demise. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Raphael: Well, well... good. I'm glad this worked out. Yay.

    Film — Animated 

Monty Uno: Come on, Ben, five kids with that kind of tactical genius and strategy? Had to be ex-Kids Next Door that you delightfulized until something went terribly wrong.
Benedict Uno: You mean something went terribly RIGHT! My first Delightfulization Chamber blew a fuse, increasing its power eleventy-billionfold! I lost the machine, but gained five perfect delightful children!

    Film — Live-Action 

We increased the sharks' brain mass, and as a side effect, the sharks got smarter.

Everyone forgot [about me]! That's why they weren't afraid anymore! That's why I needed Jason to kill for me, to get them to remember! But now he just won't stop!
Freddy Krueger, Freddy vs. Jason

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.
Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park

    Literature 

i do not think the prudent one hastes to initiate
a sequence of events which he lacks power to terminate
archy, "prudence"

Cain: The goal of a Chaos Cult is to try and attract the attention of their patron deity. If they're lucky, they'll muck about, enacting rituals they don't understand, and maybe manage to wiggle themselves into some position of power where they can disrupt the day-to-day goings of the Imperium.
Student: What if they are not lucky?
Cain: They succeed in attracting said attention.

Rune Haako: Stop! Enough! We surrender, do you understand? You can't just kill us-
Darth Vader: Can't I?
Rune Haako: We're unarmed! We surrender! Please - please, you're a Jedi!
Darth Vader: You fought a war to destroy the Jedi. Congratulations on your success.

We should point out that mechanically, these massive haulers performed flawlessly. Unfortunately, a simple and understandable error was made in the search programming. It is rather amusing in a way.
We have determined that due to the random vagaries of their search patterns, the two ore processors detected each other. Apparently each Automated Mineral Exploiter identified a large target of fabulously pure metal. The titanic ships came together and began dismantling each other for the ore. From our distant vantage point on one of the former pirate bases, we could only watch as the ore processors became the biggest scrap heap in this sector.
We should emphasize that other than this minor error, the Automated Mineral Exploiter worked perfectly. The proof-of-concept has been completed, and all blueprints remain in the databanks of Orko SkyMine Corp. Given the potential wealth of the Hoth asteroid belt, it only makes sense to begin a second attempt.
In the meantime we apologize for our error and throw ourselves at the mercy of the chairman, Durga the Hutt.
— Incident report, The Illustrated Star Wars Universe

    Live-Action TV 

Blackadder: Deny everything, Baldrick.
(Baldrick takes the witness stand)
George: Are you Private Baldrick?
Baldrick: No!
George: Oh. Um... but you are Captain Blackadder's batman?
Baldrick: No!
Blackadder: (Head Desk)

Our resurrection spell worked like a magic charm. We brought you back to life, Buffy. Right where we left her.
Xander Harris, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The stunt that went horribly right.

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    Tabletop Games 

If the Modulons were built to simplify human lives, perhaps they actually succeeded in that goal — beyond all expectations.
The End of the World: Revolt Of The Machines, "The Modular Menace - Post-Apocalypse"

His mind whirled with great plans, never thinking of what might happen if he were to succeed.

Of course it will grow beyond control - it was designed to choose its own evolution.

You sought to anger me, Nahiri. Soon you will see how well you have succeeded.

    Video Games 

In the city, science was unstoppable, until one day, science couldn't be stopped.
BioShock 2 trailer

This was supposed to be for use in Nebulas and other, more creepy areas, but listen to the thing! FTL is not a psychological horror game, and this track was way too freaky and claustrophobic. Still pretty cool, though.
Ben Prunty, FTL: Faster Than Light soundtrack liner notes on the Cut Song "Horror"

Ares: I was trying... to make you... a great warrior!
Kratos: You succeeded.

I'm sorry to say I was ever proud of [the Faro Swarm]. But Ted could really sell a concept, and in the labs, in the light of creation... That first test run, when you saw they understood their own structures, could rebuild themselves from memory and light... there were no limits. Oh God... there were no limits!
Brad Andac, Horizon Zero Dawn

[Cerberus] thought they were so clever. Turns out, mess with someone's head enough and you can turn a scared kid into an all-powerful bitch. Fuckin' idiots.

Shepard: I met your creators. They told me what you did to them.
Catalyst: We did as we were expected.
Shepard: They said you betrayed them. That you turned them into Harbinger.
Catalyst: When they asked that I solve the problem of conflict, they failed to understand they were part of the problem themselves. The flaws of their organic reasoning could not perceive this. They lacked the foresight to understand their destruction was part of the very solution they required.

    Web Animation 

Successful as Bertron's experiment was, it was anything but a good idea.
Wiz on the creator of Doomsday, Death Battle

    Webcomics 

Bunnigus: UNS military scientists have been working on soldier boosts for centuries. Thirty-one years ago someone put all the different programs under the same roof. Summarizing: They found that the right combination of these technologies would make any human functionally immortal.
Breya: Okay, but what were the side effects?
Bunnigus: You mean besides turning the entire population into a standing army of Super Soldiers? No side effects. Clean as a razor sharp, double-edged sword-whistle.

    Web Original 

Africanized bees owe their existence to science. Warwick E. Kerr created them in Brazil during the 1950s by crossing a European bee with an African bee. He wanted a bee that could live in the jungle. He got a bee that swarms by the hundreds of millions, is insanely territorial, mindlessly aggressive, has killed anywhere from a few dozen to a few thousand people, and can live in the jungle.

And after they escaped and swarmed northward, it turned out they were a-OK with deserts, too. They'll be in Montana by 2010.

So the good news is, Godzilla's back. The bad news is, Godzilla's back.

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    Western Animation 

Calculon: The year was 2019, and I was just a lowly robot arm working on Project Satan, a savage, intelligent military car built from the most evil parts of the most evil cars in all the world: the steering wheel from Hitler's staff car, the left-turn signal from Charles Manson's VW, the windshield wipers from that car that played Knight Rider-
Fry: Knight Rider wasn't evil!
Calculon: His windshield wipers were. It didn't come up much in the show, though. Anyway, only after bringing Project Satan to life did they discover they had made a terrible mistake! For you see... it was pure evil!
Futurama, "The Honking"

Owen: You mean that creature is still out there; it has the money, it's as powerful as Goliath... and it's smarter than you?
Xanatos: Owen, I think I created a monster.

Oh, the humanity! So much air! So much air! ...Whoa, too much air! TOO MUCH AIIIR!
Maurice "Twister" Rodriguez, Rocket Power

Oh, no! Everything's going according to plan!
Star Butterfly as her Blunt Metaphors Trauma-induced plot to destroy a rival football team goes off, Star vs. the Forces of Evil

    Real Life 

Someone near him said: "It worked."
Someone else said: "Now we are all sons of bitches."
Kenneth Bainbridge, on the Trinity atomic bomb


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