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I just want to say I find this trope infuriating. It\'s lazy writing and not compelling as the reason for failure has little to do with the protagonist\'s aptitude or effort and more to do with dumb luck. Chance should never be the main villain of a story-line. That is all...
Reposting Troper Dark Kuno's thoughts on this topic re Sesame Street, where it won't be natter:
i think "missed him by seconds" might be a better title, as it is more indicative (and less likely to be confused with what Close-Call Haircut stands for)
I just wanted to endorse the page image. I wasn't sure what sense the trope name referred to when it was mentioned elsewhere. I followed the link; the first thing I glanced at was the image and understood in about half a second. If you start an image change thread, you are wrong :P
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How well does it match the trope?