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Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • A long-term example happens in The Stalking Zuko Series. At the very beginning of the series, Katara says she is keeping a stalker diary on Zuko, the method through which the story is told, so that she can know his weaknesses and be prepared if he decides to betray them. She even goes so far as to refer to Zuko "Subject" for most of the first installment, because she is determined that he will not endear himself to her again. This is a Zutara fic, so Katara ends up befriending and eventually falling in love with Zuko.
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  • In Like Fire and Water, Hakoda is discussing his newfound stepson with Bato and considering how, whist he understood her concerns and agreed it her secret to tell, he found it neither comfortable nor convinient to hide his wife's actual identity from his entire fleetnote  aside from his oldest friend/2IC. At that point a Fire Navy scoutship steamed into hailing range and a girl no older than his own daughter wearing top quality armor, a royal hairpin, and a face as close to 'Xia's' as no matter stepped out to pointedly address him in front of everyone thus:
    "Greetings, Chief Hakoda. I have it on good authority that you know where I might be able to find my mother."

Calvin and Hobbes

Cardcaptor Sakura

  • Shadow of the Dragon: In chapter 18, Satome laughs off Tomoyo's warnings about Syaoran's threats and what her mother will do to him if he does rape her, stating, "I've heard that bullshit before. I'm not dead or in jail, am I?" After Sakura swoops in and saves Tomoyo, he does end up in jail, and by the next chapter, his own mother has been arranged for him to be killed and his death ruled as a suicide.

Code Geass

  • Lampshaded in Lelouch of the Redemption. According to C.C., things went wrong almost immediately after Lelouch said "All tasks at hand have been achieved" so often (basically every time) that there was a rumor among the Black Knights that the line was jinxed.


  • In Bad Things Will Happen, this happens quite a bit to Team Luigi, but it isn't always a bad thing—because of tempting fate, the group met the baby ghosts, as well as discovered Reep in time to nurse him back to health.
    • Played Straight in a different example: a Toad named Dave remarks that at least Bowser hasn't attacked yet while the Bros are missing, and everyone calls him out on it. Almost immediately after this, they learn about the invasion of Gengar's forces.
  • Code Geass: Paladins of Voltron: At the end of Return of the Gladiator, Lelouch states that part of the reason he wants to go back to Earth is because, if he's reported missing, it'll only take one look at his picture for someone to recognize him as a former Britannian Prince. Sure enough, during the final scene on Earth, the Student Council's disappearance is announced, with Cornelia, Euphemia, Jeremiah, and, worst of all, CHARLES all recognizing Lelouch's picture.
  • In Code SAW, Cassidy thinks that the day will be great, but it ends up with her and William stuck in the Spike Trap on Lyoko.
  • In A Hero, the second chapter has Dalek Sec watching Homura battle Walpurgisnacht from afar, and concluding that the Witch isn't looking his way, and wouldn't attack him. Fortunately, Sec's savvy enough to realize what he just did, which gives him just enough time to learn that a horde of familiars are heading his way.
  • In Fractured, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands crossover and its sequel Origins, characters do this quite often—and sometimes someone else comments on it. Whether this results in consequences doesn't always follow the same script.
  • Double Subverted in Imaginary Seas. When Percy is about to kill Caenis, he loudly announces his intention expecting to have someone swoop in to save her in case she's some god's favorite child, lover or ex-roommate. When no one appears, Percy shrugs and gets ready to go through with it until Wodime tears a hole in space and tells him to stop.
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero Kyon named his PDA Skynet. It's made from some of Asakura Ryoko's data, so it's capable of learning.
    • Koizumi muses that he's the most normal among the extended SOS Brigade. He soon gets an upgrade to his ESPer powers.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: During a power outage, Makoto has this to say:
    Makoto:"And I thought it couldn't get any worse than having to pick up Misato's dry cleaning for her. Honestly, could this day possibly get any worse?"
  • This is referenced in The Man with No Name while some characters are infiltrating the enemy stronghold. It ultimately ends up subverted, however; despite the Doctor's expectations, nothing of the sort happens.
    Inara: They seem to be expecting an auditor.
    The Doctor: Good. No one will get too fussed when we go about asking nosy questions then.
    Inara: As long as the real auditors don't show up, we should be alright.
    The Doctor: *winces* Oh, did you have to say that? Now they're bound to turn up. I swear, everyone has to go and jinx it all, saying things like 'It can't possibly get any worse' or 'Ooh, it's unsinkable!'
  • The Supermen opens with Hal Jordan commenting that things have been quiet recently. Batman tells him he should know not to say that by now, but Hal laughs it off. By the end of Chapter 2, Albert Wesker has arrived in the DC Universe.
  • New Look Series: Trunks' New Look ends with him saying this line, right before Goku, Chi-Chi and Gohan come in.
    Trunks: How could things get any worse?
  • Turnabout Storm:
    "Unfortunately, sunshine and smiles don't pay the bills."
  • From the Star Wars / Star Trek crossover, The Unity Saga:
    Picard: I'm sure there's nothing to fear in letting Admiral Thrawn examine our works of art.
  • In White Devil of the Moon, Fate repeatedly has to fend off Luna, Tuxedo Mask and the Inner Senshi, who mistakenly think she is a Dark Senshi who has kidnapped Nanoha (who is also Sailor Moon and the reincarnation of Princess Serenity). After the situation gets to the point where Fate has to tell Nanoha about it despite not wanting her to get involved out of Chronic Hero Syndrome and as a result, put a strain on her body, Nanoha remarks "At least we aren't likely to have any trouble show up at a wedding." At the wedding, Jadeite attacks in an attempt to kill Nanoha, who severely taxes her Linker Core by killing him with a Divine Buster.
  • The Unchained — (Naruto - One Piece Crossover):
    Tobi: "Guys, guys, guys… Relax! We’re through our first major challenge of the mission, and we’re in great shape!”
    Tobi: "What could possibly go wrong?"
    Narration: Three seconds later, the Knock-Up Stream erupted from the ocean’s depths. The solid column of torrential seawater was like the god of the sea himself delivering a furious uppercut to the unprepared ship. In an instant, the crew was slammed into the deck, and their ship was sent rocketing violently into the stratosphere.
  • In the Worm/The Wonderful 101 crossover Wonderful!:
    • Amy notes that they've got a rough month, but at last they're having a good, peaceful day. Cue explosions.
      Red winced. “It’s been, uh, a rough month, right?”
      Amy simply nodded. Wonder Red looked like she wanted to ask more, but she thankfully finally looked away to continue staring at the city.
      It was a good day.
      Something exploded far in the distance, and Amy choked back a curse.
    • Right after being shot and smashing through a tank, Vicky has this to say:
      “That… was… AWESOME!” Vicky exclaimed with glee. “Can we do it again?!”
      Whatever reply there might have been was silenced as a fireball hit the side of the PRT building, and they turned to see two more tanks in the distance.
      Vista shot Victoria an angry glare. She had the decency to look sheepish.
  • In Thousand Shinji, Gendo thinks that Shinji is obviously too broken to do anything other than sitting beside her comatose girlfriend's bed and praying, and his beliefs are proof of his son's weakness. A short while later his plans were completely ruined by his son who had just become a very pissed-off god.
  • Kage, a crossover between Jackie Chan Adventures and W.I.T.C.H.: when Jade first arrives in Meridian and is targeted by the heroes who suspect her of being Prince Phobos' underling, Irma says nearly arrogantly that she couldn't possibly beat Caleb or the Guardians themselves when Yan Lin warns them not to underestimate someone they don't know. The chase ends with the Guardians, Caleb and a dozen of soldiers being rendered helpless by shadow tentacles created by Jade who's rendered under the influence of the Queen of the Shadowkhan by the provocations thrown at her.
    • When Caleb grumbles about his lack of success in capturing Phobos' still free minions and Sandpit's escape, he wonders if Phobos, Cedric and Miranda would escape from the Infinite City. Immediately he hears the alarms informing of Miranda and Jade's escape with Nerissa's help. As he rushes to the dungeons, he admits to himself that he jinxed it. In the same scene, he also wondered if Raythor would return from the Abyss of Shadows, and he later finds out that that has happened as well.
  • In Maximus, the Council has finally gotten the newcomers Drakon Empire to sit down for peace talks over their war against the Batarians when Tevos accidentally taunts Murphy as their fleet appears.
    Tevos: I just hope no one does anything to provoke...
    (Destiny Ascension opens fire)
    Tevos: They just opened fire on the Drakon Emperor's flagship.
  • Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness: On one occasion, after Suika threatens to crack Megas like an egg while under the mistaken assumption that her sake gourd was stolen, Coop declares that she's more than welcome to try. On another, Coop states that there's no way Yuuka's getting back up after she was hit by a Nitrous-powered tackle and getting buried in a plateau. Both times, he ends up eating his words.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Hisashi Midoriya says this the same evening a certain spaceship comes streaking over his head.
    Hisashi: Too bad babies don't just fall out of the sky.
  • In the This Time Round Alternate Tooniverse fic This Toon Round, shortly after their arrival in Toonside, one of the author avatars very pointedly says "Well, it can't get any weirder!" The others quickly realise he's invoking the trope, because he thinks it's funny.
  • In Boldores And Boomsticks Yang not only tempts Fate, she deliberately coerces, bribes, and seduces Fate specifically to get a rise out of Weiss.
    "Yeah, but I bet this one won’t be nearly as much fun. After all, what could possibly go wrong? I’m sure this mission will go off without a hitch. It can’t possibly get any worse than the last few missions. I’m not expecting any trouble. After all, we’re invincible!”
    Smash cut to team RWBY on the other side of a closing portal, surrounded by dissolving Grimm and glaring at Yang
    "I said I was sorry!"
    • A later chapter has Ruby accidentally tempting fate and apologizing for "pulling a Yang."
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Izuku is over the moon after learning that he passed the U.A. Entrance Exam and believes that nothing could possibly bring him down now. A few seconds later, All Might informs Izuku that he will have to show up to Nezu's office early to discuss how he has powers without a Quirk.
  • Justice League: The Spider provides a positive example for a change: Spider-Man appears in the middle of the Justice League’s conference table just after the Flash has said that good candidates for membership don’t just fall out of the sky.
  • The Red Dragon's Saber: When Artoria asks if the Fallen Angels can survive without their wings, they boast that they can, but their wings cannot be damaged by ordinary weapons. Excalibur is far from ordinary, and she quickly chops their wings off, crippling them.
  • Fate/stay night: The Dragon of the Seventh Heaven: Issei invokes Murphy's Law after he lands in a bathhouse, having recently been kidnapped by a Tengu belonging to the Youkai Faction and realizes that they want to talk with him in regards to him resurrecting Tamamo-no-Mae.
    Issei: (Thinking) This couldn't possibly get any worse.
    (cue Oni arriving in the bathhouse)
    Oni: Alright, you jabronies! Which one of ya is that damned onmyouji who cares claim he resurrected Tamamo-no-Mae-sama?!
    Issei: Fuck. My. Life.

Death Note


  • In Bruce Has a Problem, Dan Proxmire's introduction in a henchman's dive bar has him saying that Gotham will be a piece of cake next to Metropolis because the heroes here are "just a bunch of regular folks in capes." Cue Roxy Rocket with Doctor Resch as her hostage smashing through the bar, with Stephanie hanging onto it by a grappling hook and screaming.
    The Metropolis loudmouth, who was covered in plaster dust and bits of what used to be a chair, finally stopped gaping long enough to ask, "What the hell was that?!"
    Moe looked the guy in the eye and said in a level tone. "Just regular folks in capes."
  • Hellsister Trilogy's second story arc has Supergirl saying she would like to move to the Legion of Super-Heroes future so she doesn't have to keep fighting super-villains. Cue the Legion dragging her to the 31st century all of sudden in the third arc because they need her help to fight Darkseid.
  • In A Shadow of the Titans:
    • Brother Blood uses the classic "You and What Army?" line, only for the Oni to summon their Shadowkhan...
    • In chapter 12, the Titans burst in to rescue Starfire and stop Evil Dick right after he makes a "who could stop me now" comment.
  • Dance with the Demons
    • Looking back in hindsight, Batman thinks a grand double wedding where he and Catwoman tied the know together with Nightwing and Starfire was asking for trouble.
    • Right before Catwoman gets shot with a poisoned dart, Alfred explains why he studiously avoids to say "Nothing's wrong":
      Daphne Pennyworth: "Something wrong?"
      Alfred: "Hm? Oh, no, no, nothing's wrong yet. I don't believe anything's wrong at all. Not yet."
      Julia Remarque: (suspiciously) "What do you mean, 'not yet', Granddad?"
      Alfred: "With the Master, in all things, it just seems best to say...not yet."
  • With this Ring... (Green Lantern): Hector Hammond ponders that THIS TIME Hal Jordan is inevitably doomed seconds before being pummelled into uncounsciousness by Hal himself. Lampshaded by Hal:
    This time, the Lantern was doomed.
    <That's what you always think, Hammond.>
  • In Shazam fanfiction Here There Be Monsters, Dr. Sivana declares he has a contingency plan to get rid of his enemies for good. When his son Thaddeus asks, "What if it doesn't work?", Sivana is not amused.
    Sivana shot them a look of contempt. "I've called it Suspendium. And I assure you, it will even work on the Marvel Family. Let them have their medals, for all the good it'll do them. Once they're in Suspendium, that will be the end of the Marvel Family!"
    "Unless something messes up again," said Thad, "and it'll be the end of the Sivana family."
    No one outside the confines of the rocket could hear the sound of the slap that followed.

Dragon Ball Z

  • Episode 10 of Dragon Ball Z Abridged ends with this following gem:
    Vegeta: They've broken my body... I've failed in my mission to get the Dragon Balls... I've even lost my tail... But at least, it can't get any worse from here...
    Ghost Nappa: Vegeeeetaaa... Vegeeeetaaa...
    Vegeta: W-What?
    Ghost Nappa: I'm haunting you!
    Krillin: We won't ever have to see [Vegeta] again!
    (Vegeta falls next to Krillin)
    Krillin: ... alive again. I meant we won't ever have to see him alive again!
    (naturally, Vegeta is alive)
    Goku: You're evil, and you have to be stopped.
    Freeza: Oh, come now. If I'm really as evil as you say I am, then let God strike me down where I stand!
    (the resulting Bolt of Divine Retribution does absolutely nothing)
    Freeza: Ha! Nice try, jackass. Next time, give it your A-game!
    • The best one yet:
    Gohan: Aw, but cells are boring.
    • In episode 46, the fight between Piccolo and Android 17 reaches a point where the two are trying to push one another and screaming. 18 groans that "This is so dumb. This cannot get any dumber." After a brief cutaway, we're shown the two males punching each other in the stomach, 18 replies, "I was wrong. This got so much dumber."
    • In The History of Trunks Abridged:
    Adult Gohan: No! This isn't where my story ends!
    Trunks' Narration: This is where Gohan's story ends.

The Dresden Files

  • In Only Human, Harry is preparing for a political dinner with Lara, and Molly suggests he take some condoms just in case. Harry decides not to, apparently concluding that there is no way hanging out with a "drop-dead gorgeous, sex-craving vampire" could possibly end erotically. Guess what happens. note 

The Fairly OddParents

  • Burning Black: In Act 2, Caleb boasts to A.J. that no one in the world can hack angelic programming without him to translate the language. Crocker does exactly that in Act 4.

Fire Emblem

  • In Hopes and Despairs of Archanea, a what-if timeline sees Catria and Cain end up in a casual fling after the War of Shadows. Palla asks her if she's been using protection (she hasn't) and Catria waves it off with the assertion that she won't get pregnant for a while. Days later, a healer informs her that she's a month and a half pregnant with Cain's child. Cue Shotgun Wedding.
    "Her blasé attitude evaporated pretty damn quickly."
  • The first scene of Golden Threads Tie Us is a flashback where Severa remembers how her sister Morgan -who seemed thrilled before the prospect of a new war- boasts that their -in the present day killed in battle- parents couldn't possibly get killed in battle.
    Morgan: I wanted to know if a Fire tome would work in the rain. But I don't think you know, since you don't care about magic.
    Severa: What's the point of trying so hard? You study for hours every day and you can barely cast a spell. It's not like you'll ever need it in real life.
    Morgan: Aw, come on, Severa. There'll always be war. Father's strategy books say so. I overheard him talking with Chrom. There's something going on with Valm, so maybe that'll be the next one!
    Severa: That's not funny. Father is the head tactician of the Ylissean army, and Mother is a member of the pegasus knights. If war happens, they'll both have to leave. So don't say things like that like you don't care!
    Morgan: I care! But it's okay! Nothing's going to happen to them!


  • In Frozen Hearts, Hans and his brother Heins are staying with Kristoff overnight. Kristoff tells them that they should leave the next day or word of their presence will get around. Hans asks if there's a risk of them being discovered that night, but Kristoff tells him not to worry because he never gets any visitors. Right on cue, Anna shows up at the door. Kristoff lunges to his feet and pounds across the room, but is too late to stop her from bursting in.


  • The second act of Hamilton in a Nutshell:
    Alexander Hamilton: Well, everything has gone to hell: I have no house, [Eliza] hates me, my boyfriend died, [George Washington] abandoned me, but at least I have my s—
    Philip Hamilton: Pops, I'm going to die.
    Alexander Hamilton: Philip, what the fuck?

Harry Potter

  • Lampshaded in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality during the Stanford Prison Experiment arc. Dumbledore declared himself invincible and an Azkaban guard asks in astonished horror if he really just said that. Her commander says that he can get away with it since not even fate takes Dumbledore seriously anymore.
  • In The Serpentine Subterfuge Harriet (who's currently pretending to be her cousin) tries to trick a possessed Ginny into doing a villain monologue and Ginny replies that it doesn't matter how long she talks because "No one is coming to save you."
    Rigel wasn't sure if the universe was testing her or not. It seemed too much like an ironic taunt from Fate. Surely no one in the world was so arrogant, so ridiculously confident, as to spit in the face of Fate so blatantly. It wasn't asking to eat your own words. It was handing the universe the ingredients and then giving Fate a recipe for your own disaster.
  • Harry Potter and the Sympathy of Souls:
    "A sound decision." Nicolas commended, "Just keep doing whatever it is you've been doing lately, and this will be a piece of cake."
    Talk about jinxing things, Harry would think later.
  • While packing to go home, Lily reflects on the need to have a proper conversation with Severus about his nightmares in The Peace Not Promised, but tells herself, "Let this not be what ruins Christmas." A moment later, she's summoned to Professor McGonagall and told that her father has passed away suddenly.
  • In The Rival Prefects Trilogy, Thomas asks if Malcolm plans to turn him into a toad but Malcolm has something else in mind. Simon volunteers to have Liam try a spell on him without knowing which spell it is.


  • Team Four Star uses this trope aplenty in Hellsing Ultimate Abridged.
    • The fate of Zorin Blitz in a nutshell.
    Start of Episode 6: I have been vaiting for this var for over 50 years. I have been given veapons, men, and a target. I vill not be cockblocked to the point of entry by that little blonde toad! I — no, ve — vill get vhat ve have coming to us!
    End of Episode 7: [Seras]'s like a fucking blender, turning my men into paste! A German Bloody Mary! Vhy didn't ve know about zis?! Vhy didn't anyone do proper reconnaissance?! (realization) Oh, fick mich...
    • Also, Anderson goes this direction in Episode 8.
    Seras: Base is secure. Everyone's dead. Ate Pip; full-fledged vampire now.
    Anderson: And you're going to die a full-fledged vampire. It's a shame your blood sugar-daddy won't be here to see it!
    ("Ready to Die" by Andrew W. K. starts playing as Seras' blood sugar-daddy sails up the River Thames)
    • And so does Herr Doktor in Episode 10.
    Herr Doktor: I can't stay in England or Germany! ...I know — I'll go to Russia! They let you get away with anything there! ...As long as it's not too gay. *(boom)* What was that?! (beat) ...Eh, probably noth- *(BOOM)*


  • In this drabble fic, Eridan finds a young girl trying to kill his lusus and says threateningly: "Give me one good reason why I shouldn't cull you right now." And then he sees her blood colour and realizes that the girl is Princess Feferi, and the only troll on the planet whose caste is above his.

The Hunger Games

  • In The Victors Project' spinoff Fall Into the River'', Ferrus from District 2 has Cecelia and Andromache at his mercy and gos into some ill-advised Evil Gloating which costs him what would have been a certain victory.
    Ferrus: This is almost too easy. I expected the finale to be more... climatic.
    Cecelia: You've got your wish, Ferrus. You brought it on your own head.
    Ferrus: (uneasily) What are you talking about, Eight?
    Cecelia points past him, where it's shown that the game makers are about to release scores of mutts into the arena to attack the last three tributes.
    Cecelia: You forgot the first rule of the Hunger Games, Ferrus. Never, ever tempt the gamemakers. I'd run if I were you.

Katawa Shoujo

  • In Lilly Epilogue Family Matters, Hisao narrates that "Considering that just one year ago I probably felt like the most pathetic sap on the planet, things are definitely looking up. Everything just feels right with the world." In the next scene, he finds out that his girlfriend Lilly's parents are coming to visit, prompting him to think "Oh fuck".

Left 4 Dead

The Legend of Zelda

  • In Awesomeness Of The Ocarina this trope is inverted and discussed. "Even though Navi tempted fate with the dreaded "It can't get any worse" stock phrase, things actually got better. Link noticed this, but he didn't want to push his luck."
  • Wisdom and Courage: When Veran is defeated in chapter 35, with the Master Sword sticking out of her chest, she nonetheless gloats to Link and Zelda that they can never defeat her as long as she wields the Triforce... only for the Golden Goddesses to choose that very moment to take the Triforce away from her before she can use it to heal her wounds, leaving her to die. Zelda does not waste a moment in rubbing that fact in Veran's face.

Let's Play

  • In this Let's Play by Azure Blade 49, a choice quote that goes well with this trope:
    Azura: (Mario lands on safe ground) I'm alive!
    (Mario dies)
    Azura: I'm dead!
  • In the 26th video of UltraJMan's Let's Play I Wanna Be the Guy, he is still angry for a previous crash he had, and he declares "I get to the end, I beat The Guy, and it fucking crashes. That's how it's gonna end!" Guess what happens.
  • Upon getting 8 red coins in a difficult Super Mario Sunshine level, Chuggaaconroy jokes "Yay. Now watch me die on the way to that." And we do. (around 8:55)
    • During the same video, Chuggaa points out how stupid it is that an NPC points out a very obvious hazard, wondering how anybody could ever get hit by them. He doesn't even manage to finish the question before he gets hit.
    • During the outtakes from the third Rival battle: "What the heck was I worried about, it's a freaking Rattata." Said Rattata then uses Quick Attack, gets a critical hit, and kills off his last Pokémon. "WHAT?! WHAT?! WHAT?!"

The Lord of the Rings

  • The metafic epic The Official Fanfiction University of Middle-earth tackles this in an early chapter, when the heroine spends a day with everything going wrong determinedly resisting the temptation to demand what else could go wrong ("for as everyone know, that is an invitation to get a demonstration of just what else can go wrong. The gods/God/evil forces/whatever you believed in were nothing if not equipped with a sense of irony. It's a vital God-quality, that."), until one thing too many does and she lets it slip. She then yells out that she didn't mean it... to no avail.
    "What else can go wrong?" she groaned without thinking, wondering if Dot had anything she could borrow.
    There was a second's silence.
    "Oh shit! I didn't mean that, I really didn't…"
    There was another second's silence, then she had the strangest sensation of flying, flying, flying… Oh shit. It was that day today.
    'Note to self: Stay away from the windows at the Annual Ent-Tossers Championship,' she managed to think before the ground greeted her.

Lyrical Nanoha

  • From Game Theory, with Lampshade Hanging.
    Mei: You know, this kind of creepy tunnel place with a load of dead bodies in it – well, dead robots, but it's the same sort of thing – you'd expect them to, like, get up and start attacking when someone poked one.
    Heidi: Will you shut up? You don't say stuff like that on a mission, do you want to make us all paranoid and jumpy?
    • And yes, they get back up.

Mai Hime

  • In Perfection is Overrated, after Midori tells the other Himes about what she's uncovered regarding the Hime Carnival, Shizuru tells her that there may not be much more time to find out, as one more incident with a SUE could force the school to shut down. Immediately afterward, Sekai the SUE unleashes an army of Orphans and Slave-users on the school, forcing them to evacuate the student body and fend off the invaders. Even though she's defeated, the school has to shut down, and Sekai is not even the last SUE they face.

Marvel Universe

  • A Prize For Three Empires: After losing two jobs, her brother and her lover, Carol Danvers was sure that her life couldn't get worse. Cue Marcus Immortus abducting her and raping her.
    Carol had lost two jobs, her brother, and her lover. It was hard to put the mask and bathing suit costume on, now. It was hard to play soldier.
    She cried over some long phone calls at night to her mother and made arrangements to ask for time off at the end of the week. She was sure nothing could knock her lower than this had done, certain that, after this, God or whoever had something better in store for her.
    In this, Carol was very, very wrong.

Mass Effect

  • Tevos, in Mass Effect: End of Days. This being an alternate-humanity-tech fic, the Council, while discussing how to curb the Alliance's growing power in the galaxy, and how to potentially strike back, Tevos asks the others to be realistic.
    "Let us be reasonable, Valern." Tevos spoke again. "What's the worst they could do? Bring back the Rachni?"

Miraculous Ladybug

  • Scarlet Lady:
    • Chat Noir's very first line in the series is about how awesome being a superhero is going to be. This is before he meets his partner — who, unlike in Canon, isn't the creative and dedicated Ladybug, but the self-absorbed and spoiled Scarlet Lady, who proves to be much less effective.
    • When Chloe declares that she's going to fight Stormy Weather unprompted, Tikki has a moment of starry-eyed awe where she thinks that even she has moments of selflessness... before Chloe goes on to rant about how Stormy Weather ruined her 'date' with Adrien, proving that her motives aren't as pure as Tikki hoped.
    • In Rogercop, when Plagg explains why Adrien can't transform, Adrien says "Ugh, you're so lucky there's no akuma or I'd be really mad". The panel's tagline even asks "Why do you tempt fate like this?". Upon seeing Rogercop, Adrien declares himself "a total jinx". Plagg gets "misty" and declares Adrien "a true black cat".

My Hero Academia

  • Viridian: The Green Guide: When Aizawa first learns about "the Green Guide" (aka Izuku Midoriya) and how he's most likely a teenager, he hopes that the kid keeps alerting Pro-Heroes to crimes instead of fighting Villains himself because he'll most likely get killed if he ends up fighting one. Izuku ends up fighting a rapist to save a reporter named Hina Yu that very night.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • In chapter 7 of 1000 Virgin Mares, Trixie comments that the threat facing her and the protagonist might be a dragon, but probably not because it's too far north. The protagonist immediately calls her on it, and sure enough, the threat turns out to be a dragon.
    The Overdude *Facepalm*: Now you said it. You realize you've just put a dragon there now. Tinker bell make-over says it's a dragon.
  • The first line in Dash's New Mom, a fanfic where Dash struggles with her feelings over her father dating her same-aged best friend.
    [Rainbow Dash's] life just couldn't get any better.
    Her life proceeds to go sideways 15 minutes later.
  • The first chapter of The Demesne Of The Reluctant Twilight Sparkle plays with this, when Twilight and Spike note what a beautiful, peaceful day it is in Ponyville, and how happy they are at the moment- and immediately panic over the inevitable catastrophe. Spike decides that's enough of a bad thing but Twilight worries that that's just False Reassurance on the part of fate- and then Luna's message arrives to kick off the plot....
  • Navarone does this to the point of being a Running Gag in Diaries of a Madman, despite how often it ends badly.
  • A Future of Friendship, A History of Hate: In Episode 1, Twilight assures Spike that nothing bad will happen during the Spring Equinox festival, and even if it did, she and her friends could handle it. Cue Ruinate's escape from his banishment a few hours later, where he utterly defeats the Princesses, captures five of the Mane Six, and later nearly succeeds in rendering Twilight an Empty Shell and conquering Equestria.
  • In Loved and Lost, the slave driver of the galley ship Applejack and Pinkie Pie are condemned to row blusters to them that they will spend the rest of their lives there and no miracle will change that. Right after he has said that, he's subdued by the dismantled princesses and Spike who free the two mares.
  • In Nosflutteratu, Twilight really should know better than to say “it’s a quiet day” and “what could possibly go wrong?” Cue the discovery that Flutershy's a vampire.
  • At one point in the Reading Rainbowverse, Fluttershy promised to pole-dance at Macintosh's wedding during a drunken rant. Once she sobered up, she immediately added the caveat that she "had to grow a horn first." Pinkie Pie pointed out what she was doing, and Fluttershy pointed out that it was very unlikely for her ever to become an alicorn, and Pinkie would probably become an alicorn first...
    • As of this writing, Pinkie Pie is indeed an alicorn.
  • The Twilight Child is filled with this, almost all of it coming from Twilight Sparkle. Eventually when she does it and doesn't get called out for it, she gets worried.
    • In one chapter, Rarity's out at a restaurant, and loudly announces she locked up everything before going out, so there is absolutely no chance whatsoever that the Cutie Mark Crusaders can get in. None whatsoever. Not even half a minute later she's running back to check on everything.
  • In A Stranger Among the Voices, Twilight walks into the library after a stressful morning to be greeted by an explosion in the kitchen. "How can this day get any worse?" Rather hilariously lampshaded in the narration:
    Seven words, seven innocuous words that when separated are as common as night and day. Many of the brightest minds had spent years researching the mystical power inherent when the words go together in the exact right order, and yet, none had ever come to a conclusion. It was even rumored Clover the Clever had spent some of her years delving deep into their mystery but all to no avail. Twilight Sparkle, with all her past experiences really should have known better; at the end of the day she had no-one to blame but herself.
  • In Wedding Bell Blues, we get this:
    Shining Armor: Absolutely nothing could ruin my mood right now. In fact, I dare the universe to ruin my mood!
    Narration: Yeah, you can guess what happened next.
    • What happens next does indeed ruin Shining's mood quite thoroughly. (To be precise, he finds out that Celestia is forcing him to marry Queen Chrysalis.)
  • The MLP Loops: One Loop has Shining Armor waking up in the middle of the night to wonder if Flurry Heart might one day try to get revenge for being called "Flurry Heart". Cadence starts saying this would never happen, only to stop halfway, as the two look around the room just to be sure. Nothing happens. Then it cuts to some time later, as Shining Armor is complaining about some sub-par coffee... to an adult Flurry Heart, out for revenge.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In chapter 4 of the sequel Diplomat at Large, after Chrysalis is stripped of her Power status, Celestia says that "Hopefully, this is all the excitement we will see tod-" only to be cut off mid-word by the arrival of a letter from Twilight… leading to a council of war.


  • Subverted in Naruto: The Abridged Series when two ninjas in a guard tower randomly talk about how much they hate giant snakes that come out of nowhere and kill you. Immediately after saying this, the invading Sand ninjas summon a giant snake that proceeds to crush the next guard tower over.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • A Crown of Stars:
    • Lampshaded by Asuka in chapter 25:
      Shinji: “This place gets weirder every time I turn around. Witch Queens, people with wings, people back from the dead, at least three copies of us running around, and a bartender that looked like a dragon. I’d ask ‘what’s next?’, but I bet that would count as tempting fate around here.”
    • And in chapter 55 Asuka complains about her debut battle being too easy to Shinji’s horror:
      Shinji: “Oh, now you’ve done it. Next time it will be Godzilla because you said that. I know how these movies work,”
    • And in chapter 67, after gloating about making her own fate for several weeks, Asuka finds out that she got pregnant:
      Asuka: ‘Now what, Sohryu? I’m so fucking smart, now what do I do? I’ve been bragging to myself about beating fear and deciding my own fate for weeks now. I think fate just punched back.’
  • Advice and Trust: Tired of putting up with their insubordination Gendo fires Shinji and Asuka, his two best pilots, saying the dummy plugs will be adequate substitutes. When Fuyutsuki questions his good judgement Gendo reiterates the dummy plugs will suffice and there is nothing to get concerned about. Cue Zeruel coming along thirty-six hours later, tearing apart the drone-controlled Evas easily, and Shinji and Asuka having to perform a last-minute appearance to save Rei.
  • The Child of Love: In chapter 2 Asuka is going to the bakery to buy some bread. Misato urges her to be careful and she replies: “Do you think anything's going to happen while I'm just going to the bakery?” She collapsed in the way back due to exhaustion and lack of sleep.
  • Evangelion 303:
    • Asuka and Jessika were tasked with testing Unit-04 the next day. And Asuka told that tomorrow would be perfect. She should really, really have kept her mouth shut because Unit-04 crashed. Asuka survived but Jessika did not.
    • And before leaving for Distler Air Base, Jessika reassured her gilrfriend Mandy that it would be only for a little while and that they would soon be together again. Mandy never saw her alive again.
  • HERZ:
    • SEELE’s members gloated over… and over… and over… about his plans coming to fruition, HERZ’s destruction being unavoidable, Instrumentality being imminent and the Children being helpless to stop them. Honestly, they were asking for it: the Children stopped them. Very easily and very permanently.
    • Especial mention goes to Unit 02 being rebuilt and their reaction being “Oh, it can not make any difference, obviously”. Guess what was a key piece of their defeat?
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide:
    • Keiko tells herself that she's a rookie pilot and they will not send her out to fight something as dangerous as Zeruel. Later on, she got nearly killed during a battle.
    • After allying herself with Kluge, Ritsuko feels calm and confident, thinking nothing can go wrong with her plan because "She had thought of everything, justified everything. By the end of the day she would be vindicated". By the end of the day she was dead, murdered by Kluge.
  • In The Second Try, Shinji proposes to Asuka before the Final Battle, and Asuka hangs a lampshade on how it's bad luck. She even compares it to Retirony.

Once Upon a Time

  • Mr and Mrs Gold: The thought occurs to Cruella that she could live a normal, uncursed life in Storybrooke after she regains her memories. Then magic comes to Storybrooke immediately after…

One Piece

  • This Bites!: All the time.
    • One notable instance in Chapter 9: when Vivi is trying to rouse the crew before dawn, Cross begs to be allowed to sleep if it's anything less than falling off the edge of the earth. Not long after that, the Grand Line draws their ship towards an Inevitable Waterfall.
    • Tsuru in Chapter 24, much to Sengoku's ire.
    • Cross of all people makes the cardinal sin to Murphy right before the Straw Hats accept an invitation to a certain festive island, when he says, "What's the worst that could happen?"
    • Spandam, in Chapter 39. Multiple times.
    • Right at the end of Chapter 41, Cross does so and considers afterwards that he should have punched himself with his Impact Dial for doing so.
    • One not played for laughs: Cross exults after checking Ace's Vivre Card and finding it still intact, and celebrates over successfully stopping the Paramount War. The next time we see Ace, he, Squardo and Whitey have been captured by the Marines courtesy of Aokiji giving Blackbeard an unexpected opening.
    • Robin has done so a couple of times. By the second time she remarks that she should've known better.
    • In Chapter 47, Cross gives a lecture over the SBS about tempting fate and things one should never say to avoid doing so. One caller tells of a time he swapped his father's hair gel and his mother's hair dye, claiming "They'll never figure out it was me" while doing so. Cross explains that on it's own, that's tempting fate, but given that said caller told this story on a worldwide radio broadcast without the optional voice filter, he's not so much tempting fate as outright antagonizing it.


  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has it all over the place, both in the main story and sidestories:
    • Shortly after restarting his Pokémon journey, Ash muses that it might take him longer to get to Viridian City, since there won't be a flock of angry Spearow chasing him this time around. Cue a massive flock of angry Spearow and Fearow.
    • After seeing Nugget Bridge undergoing repairs, Misty thinks to herself that there's no way to get to Cerulean City. Then she accidentally bumps into a Vileplume, which results in her getting poisoned and Ash being forced to take her to Cerulean City.
    • Cynthia outright asks her Riolu What Could Possibly Go Wrong? when she takes a huge topaz crystal. Needless to say, she triggers a booby trap; in this case a giant boulder.
    • Ash takes part in a double battle against A.J. in Crimson City. After defeating his Beedrill, Snivy says "that was easy." Immediately after she says that, A.J.'s Butterfree hits her with Aerial Ace.
    • In the Cipher Interlude, Exol decides to show off the power of his Shadow Mawile, SD:0015. Right after he's done, he declares that "Nothing will ever go wrong". Right then, SD:0015 enters Reverse Mode and begins attacking him and everything on its vicinity.
    • In Chapter 24, Ash is determined not to let anything that comes up in the Fuchsia Tournament to surprise him. Then when the sorting comes up, his partner is none other than Red.
    • Dario spends the entire Big P Pokémon Race Interlude doing this, and of course every single time it bites him hard in the ass. The worst part is at the end when he mutters he won't get caught alive, Sabrina appears and tells him he won't be found alive.
    • Frax and Velvet commit several instances throughout their interlude, especially the former with his habit of saying What Could Possibly Go Wrong?, which the latter knows is asking for everything to go wrong. Ironically, at the end she is the one who says it, and almost ends up paying for it.
    • Subverted in the S.S. Anne interlude. Ash at first is reluctant to board the ship given what happened in the previous timeline, but in the end complies and even says "what could possibly go wrong?". Turns out, nothing went wrong this time around.
    • At the end of Chapter 31 just as Iris says there's nothing they can't handle, an Abra teleports Ash and Pikachu to Saffron City Gym. Cue Oh, Crap!.

Pretty Cure

  • Subverted in episode 45 of Pretty Cure Heavy Metal. After taking a single whiff of a cigarette, Shugo says she doesn't want to get addicted. Guess what? She's remained smoke-free ever since.

Ragnarok Online

  • Two instances in Warriors of the World: Soldiers of Fortune:
    • During their stay in Payon Iruna goes to check on Emeth while saying "hopefully he hasn't set fire to something". Later that night Emeth, under Argath's control, sets fire to the east side of Payon.
    • In Chaper 24, Emeth asks "What Could Possibly Go Wrong??" in a deserted city. The Big Bad makes his appearance to the party at the end of the chapter.


  • Old West: While Sheriff Rango's spending time with his girlfriend Beans in the 20th chapter, he assures that he won't be needed on duty. Cue to loud knocking on Beans' door and shouts for Sheriff Rango.
    Beans: You were sayin'?

Rosario + Vampire

  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • In Act III chapter 9, after Tsukune orders Kokoa to get all of the girls out of the boys' bathroom, Kurumu, being in the tub at the time, arrogantly brags to Kokoa that she's in water and there's nothing Kokoa can do about it. In response, Kokoa jumps right into the tub, says "I'll live," and bodily throws Kurumu out of the bathroom by the hair.
    • In Act III chapter 42, after all of the chaos that just occurred with Kuyou's attack, along with the revelation that Hokuto was Evil All Along and that he not only personally set up Kuyou's attack, but he's gotten his hands on Felucia's Soul Jar and used it to extort her into being his minion, the gang has just discovered that Fairy Tale is not only still active, but coming to Yokai Academy, and that Akua and Kahlua, who had previously visited the school to tell the gang that Fairy Tale was destroyed, were actually in league with the organization all along.
    Kurumu: Great, this day just keeps getting better and better.
    Gin: Any chance it could get worse?
    (sounds of Crowd Panic come from outside as Fairy Tale approaches the school)
    Dark: You just had to open your mouth.
    • In Act IV chapter 32, after none of their attacks manage to phase Alucard, Razico openly ponders how it could get any worse. At that, Alucard spawns a bunch on mini-Alucards to help in his rampage.
    • In Act VI chapter 42, Ruby remarks that she hopes they can actually take a bath for once without a fight breaking out. Naturally, Kokoa ends up finding out that Sun was spying on her and Gin having sex earlier, and promptly beats Sun into a coma in her rage.

Sailor Moon

  • When Shadowjack Watches Sailor Moon covers the first episode of Sailor Moon S, and a new monster is in the process of wrecking the entire team as they try to save Rei, Usagi celebrates when the monster complains:
    Mikuji: "SO MANY DISTRACTIONS! JEEZ! What else could go wrong?!"
    Usagi: "YES! She said it!"
    ENTER Tuxedo Mask, dramatically, armed with +4 blessed throwing roses.

Star Trek

  • Shakedown Shenanigans lampshades it with a Never Tell Me the Odds! statement from Eleya. She's right, and her caution proves a lifesaver.
    Capt. Kanril Eleya: Would you like to explain another Enterprise-B fiasco to Starfleet Command? Over 350 people died because the San Fran yard dragged its feet on the final touches.
    RADM. Taurik: That was a series of freak coincidences. The odds of all the required conditions—
    Eleya: Let me explain the Prophets’ sense of humor to you, sir. The higher anyone says the odds are against something happening, the greater the likelihood it is going to happen.
    Taurik: (beat) That is most illogical, Captain.
    Lt. T'Var: Illogical, but true.
  • In the Star Trek (2009) fanfic Written in the Stars, Fem!Kirk gives Spock a lesson in why he should never invoke this trope. Spock just makes things worse.
    Spock: Our stay will be short and uneventful.
    Kirk: Spock, there's still a lot you need to learn from Earth language and probability. Otherwise you'd know not to say that last line. Ever.
    Spock: Captain, the likelihood of a few simple words changing the outcome of a chain of events in such a way is very low.
    Chekov: Keptin! I'm picking up something strange from ze planet!
    Kirk: (to Spock) You were saying? (to Chekov) What is it, Chekov?
    Chekov: Some sort of high-frequency energy field originating from ze surface.
    Uhura: Captain! Whatever it is, it's interfering with the comms! We can't broadcast or receive.
    Kirk: See, Spock? This is what a few simple words can do to a situation. For instance, if I say 'things couldn't get any worse'...
    Scotty: (over the comms) Cap'n, it's Scotty! I wouldn't recommend using the transporters anytime soon!
    Kirk: (after seeing Spock's eyebrow raise) Like I said. You don't use words like that. Ever.

Super Smash Bros.

  • In Smashtasm there is a running gag wherein a character will say: "There's no way that ((insert bad thing)), especially not right now! Super64 tries -successfully- to invoke this trope when he gets captured, saying:
    "There's no way I could get out of here. Especially not right now."


  • In Compatibility, Rapunzel has no idea how well her relationship with Eugene is and decides to go on a date with each of her friends (Cassandra, Lance, and Varian) to compare. While Eugene is worried about Cassandra and Lance, he has no qualms about Varian, saying he's no competition. Unfortunately for him, the author makes it clear that Varian/Rapunzel is the romantic endgame.

The Vision of Escaflowne

  • The second part of the last episode of Vision of Escaflowne Abridged.
    Dornkirk: You can't destroy it you silly girl! It's protected by causality itself! There isn't a force in the world that can possibly destroy it.
    (Van smashes through)
    Dornkirk: ... except for that.

Warhammer 40,000

  • The frigate officer in fan-film Damnatus — "We have never arrived too late before."
  • In The Weaver Option Slaanesh, having survived two blasts from a weapon specifically meant to kill its kind, boastfully declares that only a true god can kill it. Cegorach uses this its distraction to shatter Slaanesh's core, effectively killing it.


  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series! utilizes this for humor on a few occasions:
    • On the way to the blimp:
      Tristan: I sure hope we don't encounter any more intrusive subplots.
      Jean Claude Magnum: Did somebody say "intrusive subplot"?
      Tristan: Oh, son of a bitch!
    • On the blimp:
      Doctor: I'm glad I have such a long and villain-free life ahead of me.
      Melvin: Hi there. Could I get a hug?
      Dr. Feelgood: A hug? Sure, I don't see why not. (the sounds of chainsaw revving can be heard) Oh my god, it burns, it burns!
  • Happens a couple times in Arc-Ved Protagonists (More specifically in “Dark Fusion”), with Syrus saying a variant of You Just Had to Say It afterward if he is around... including when he did it himself (although that time it was subverted).

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