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If you're gonna hire Machete to kill the bad guy, you'd better make damn sure the bad guy isn't you!
Machete trailer, Grindhouse

Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
Sherlock Holmes, paraphrasing The Bible, in regard to the death of Doctor Grimesby Roylott in The Adventure of the Speckled Band

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

Sideshow Bob: Oh, dear...Sideshow Bob...hoist...on his own petard...
Lisa: It's hoist with his own petard.
Sideshow Bob: Oh, get a life.

Do you think Saint Thrastus complained when he was strung up by his petard? No! Not one word! That's piety. Now get on with your work, you little ingrate.

He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made. The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.
The Bible (New International Version), Psalms 7:15-16

Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.
The Bible (New International Version), Psalm 141:10

If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.
The Bible (New International Version), Proverbs 26:27

Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.
The Bible (New International Version), Ecclesiastes 10:12

For 'tis the sport to have the engineer
Hoist with his own petard: and 't shall go hard
Hamlet, Hamlet

Why, as a woodcock to mine own springe, Osric. I am justly killed with mine own treachery.
Laertes, Hamlet

"Impaled on your own sword, Gilderoy!'"
Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 18 - Dobby's Reward, Pg. 331

Ace: Captain Jack was a Captain with a squad who also explored the Schwartzwelt and we gave them some of our technology so they can help us back. It was a mistake as they used our technology to do horrible experiments to demons. In fact, they experimented on Jimenez and Bugaboo. Bugaboo was about to die, so I used the technology of the lab and my Demonica to fuse Jimenez and Bugaboo together. I confronted Captain Jack and told me he was only in it for the money.
(Hanako Looks at Ace disturbed.)
Hanako: ...That's really messed up...
Steele: ...What a pathetic waste of humanity.
Ace: Indeed, Captain Jack was a really messed up man and the ensuing fight took a long time. In the end, the Jimenez/Bugaboo fusion killed Captain Jack. The technology he planned to abuse created a being that murdered him in the end. How fitting.
Hanako: ...How indeed...
Steele: Indeed.

Narrator: It looks as though Boris Badenov is now hoist with his own petard. Meanwhile...
Boris: Hold it. Hold it! What does it mean I'm hoist with my own... what's its name?
Narrator: It means you fell into your own trap.
Boris: Then why didn't you say so? Okay, let's go.

"The irony is exquisite, isn't it? Your mutant gifts will be used to bring your kind to its knees. This is your true destiny: the harbinger of mutant extinction."

But I'm not my "kind", not anymore — your shadow leeches saw to that. I'm half Toa of Light, half Toa of Shadow. This was what you wanted, wasn't it? Toa consumed by darkness, Toa not hampered by things like mercy or morality. Well, now you can choke on it.
Takanuva, BIONICLE

"Daddy, I don't want to be on Namek anymore..."
Freeza after getting bisected by one of his own Death Saucers, Dragon Ball Z Abridged

King Kai: Freeza — got cut in half!
Tien: Wow. I didn't think Goku had it in him.
King Kai: He doesn't. Freeza did it to himself.

Oh, foiled by my own shoddy merchandiiiiiiiise!

Take care. Your curses last too long, and may turn on someone you love.
Richard III, The White Queen

Bridge keeper: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
King Arthur: What do you mean? An African or an European swallow?
Bridge keeper: Uh?! I don't know that! (gets magically thrown off the bridge)

"I am the architect of my own destruction. So this is it... What is written in the timeline... cannot be changed... [hears the Dahaka looking for him] Come for me, then. In my quest to destroy the Sands of Time, I have been the one to create them..."
The Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

One's demise is always one's own making.
Hawkeye Gough, Dark Souls

The spear thrown by Kytheon's own hand was the weapon that felled his friends.

Everything tied back to Shinji’s own scheming. He had been snared in a web of his own making. The phrase ‘hoisted by his own petard’ didn’t even begin to cover this sort of thing.

Bilbo: I used to know this guy, Minty. He had a dog who he'd trained to attack rich people. He was into the whole class-war thing. He called the dog Gramsci after an Italian Marxist. Rumor has it, it could smell wealth from up to 20 feet. The thing is, it all backfired. Minty won 100 grand on a scratchcard... and Gramsci bit his knees off.
Tim: That's terrible.
Bilbo: Not really. He used the money to buy new knees.

Superman: Do you remember that mountain of graves we noticed on Warworld? That's what gave me the answer! The Warzoons weren't buried in a mass grave as there'd be if the race was destroyed by some great illness!
Supergirl: You're right! The Warzoons must've died one by one! They buried each other — except for the last one buried by the peace-loving Largas!
Superman: Precisely! And there's only one thing on that entire satellite capable of killing the Warzoon one at a time — the control helmet in the command console!
Supergirl: The massive energy-drain must've proven too much for their minds to endure! One by one they were destroyed by the very weapon their warlike race had spent untold centuries creating — one by one, they died — victims of massive cerebral hemorrhage — and their own insatiable lust for power!

Britta: Shouldn't have worn that petard if you didn't want to be hoisted by it.
Jeff: ...What do you think the expression "hoisted by your own petard" is referencing?
Britta: I guess I just assumed that in the old days a petard was a special outfit like a leotard, with a lot of fancy buckles and loops on it, and that rich people would wear them when they were feeling especially smug, but then poor people would tie a rope through one of the loops, and hoist them up a pole and then let them dangle there as punishment for being cocky.
Jeff: Never look it up. Your explanation is way better.

"You types never learn... You always end up taking yourselves down."
Yooka to Capital B of Yooka-Laylee just before he starts using guided missiles.

You never know when the sparks that you helped create will cause a fire and blow back in your direction. If you're already facing into the wind, it's too late.
Moguro Fukuzou, Laughing Salesman NEW, Episode 7 "The Rule of Mommy Friends"

Brought down by my own Godslayer...You've become quite strong, kid.
Dagda, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, Bonds route

"Hoist by my own petard! The one petard I thought would never hoist me!"
Todd, BoJack Horseman

Your machine utilized and magnified my emotions... my energies... it never occurred to you that I could follow you? That I could claim this power?

"The only thing Zorran succeeded in doing that was trapping himself instead of the Star Tugs."
Captain Starr, TUGS

Sherilyn Harper: I wanted to show them strength in adversity, be an example!
The Doctor: Of course. And for them to understand, you had to make them a little bit afraid.
Sherilyn Harper: You do understand!
The Doctor: Of course I do... and so do they.
Sherilyn Harper: What.
The Doctor: They understand who's been making them afraid. Those people out there heard about Roderick's arrest. I don't think the election's much of an issue for you anymore.
Sherilyn Harper: He covered for me.
The Doctor: They didn't believe him... and why should they? You've been telling them for ages they can't trust people. You made the mob, and now it's coming for you.

"I killed him with his own technique. Heh, isn't that a kick in the—AUGH!"
Cell, Dragon Ball Z Abridged, after thinking he killed Goku with a Kamehameha.

"Aren't guns just fucking great, Hammerson?"
Smith, Shoot 'em Up, after shooting Hammerson with his own gun.

SpongeBob: So, you were an alien all the time, and you didn't even tell me!
Patrick: I didn't even know!
SpongeBob: Yeah? Well, I got you now!
Patrick: Oh, but it's not you who's got me, it's— [captures himself with his own net gun] Me that's got me!


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