Not all gladiators were brought to the arena in chains. While most early combatants were conquered peoples and slaves who had committed crimes, grave inscriptions show that by the 1st century A. Lured by the thrill of battle and the roar of the crowds, scores of free men began voluntarily signing contracts with gladiator schools in the hope of winning glory and prize money.
These freelance warriors were often desperate men or ex-soldiers skilled in fighting, but some were upper-class patricians, knights and even senators eager to demonstrate their warrior pedigree. Many ancient chroniclers described the Roman games as an import from the Etruscans, but most historians now argue that gladiator fights got their start as a blood rite staged at the funerals of wealthy nobles. When distinguished aristocrats died, their families would hold graveside bouts between slaves or condemned prisoners as a kind of macabre eulogy for the virtues the person had demonstrated in life.
The funeral games later increased in scope during the reign of Julius Caesar, who staged bouts between hundreds of gladiators in honor of his deceased father and daughter. The spectacles proved hugely popular, and by the end of the 1st century B. Hollywood movies and television shows often depict gladiatorial bouts as a bloody free-for-all, but most fights operated under fairly strict rules and regulations. Contests were typically single combat between two men of similar size and experience. Referees oversaw the action, and probably stopped the fight as soon as one of the participants was seriously wounded.
A match could even end in a stalemate if the crowd became bored by a long and drawn out battle, and in rare cases, both warriors were allowed to leave the arena with honor if they had put on an exciting show for the crowd. Since gladiators were expensive to house, feed and train, their promoters were loath to see them needlessly killed.
Trainers may have taught their fighters to wound, not kill, and the combatants may have taken it upon themselves to avoid seriously hurting their brothers-in-arms. Nevertheless, the life of a gladiator was usually brutal and short. Most only lived to their mids, and historians have estimated that somewhere between one in five or one in 10 bouts left one of its participants dead.
If a gladiator was seriously wounded or threw down his weapon in defeat, his fate was left in the hands of the spectators. In contests held at the Colosseum, the emperor had the final say in whether the felled warrior lived or died, but rulers and fight organizers often let the people make the decision. Some historians think the sign for death may have actually been the thumbs up, while a closed fist with two fingers extended, a thumbs down, or even a waved handkerchief might have signaled mercy.
By the time the Colosseum opened in 80 A. Fighters were placed in classes based on their record, skill level and experience, and most specialized in a particular fighting style and set of weaponry. These warriors tried to ensnare their opponents with their net before moving in for the kill, but if they failed, they were left almost entirely defenseless.
The Colosseum and other Roman arenas are often associated with gruesome animal hunts, but it was uncommon for the gladiators to be involved. Nine thousand animals were slain during a day ceremony to mark the opening of the Colosseum, and another 11, were later killed as part of a day festival held by the Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century A. While most animals were merely slaughtered for sport, others were trained to do tricks or even pitted against one another in fights.
The 2nd season Yu-Gi-Oh! Somewhat similar deal with talk between Goodwin and Yusei in 5Ds. Judai's rival in the second series Edo Phoenix was a moderate example. At first, he believed Saiou's predictions and that this Trope was true mostly because they turned out in his favor but once Judai started to defy those predictions, he started to have his doubts, until finally deciding that if Fate existed at all, it was not written in stone.
Curiously, Edo's Destiny Hero monsters have effects that suggest altering time and destiny for the player's benefit, so it seems odd that Edo ever believed that the future could not be changed. This situation came up in Yu Gi Oh Zexal too. Shark and Rio eventually did switch sides and join the Barians, but not for the reason Durbe wanted; they felt that, as rulers, they were responsible for the welfare of their people. In the end, Shark and most of the other Barians stood with the heroes against the Don Thousand, the true Big Bad , ending the crisis and proving that in this case, surrendering to Fate is not always a bad thing.
He has two particularly dire predictions: the first being his death by several gunshots; and the second one, where a war erupts between Normals and Espers, and a grown Kaoru has become the Queen of Catastrophe leading the Espers. Minamoto ends up gunning her down. Needless to say, Minamoto is determined to Screw Destiny. He actually manages to subvert the first vision; his interference causes the dolphin to die from only ONE bullet , proving that just maybe the visions aren't infallible.
It's not even sure if the dolphin is really dead - he swims away and is never seen again. In Rave Master , if your a guy whose last name is Raregroove you are destined to be a good person who suffers a horrible tragedy that causes you to turn evil and try to destroy the world. If you're a guy whose last name is Glory you are destined to stop whichever Raregroove guy from the same generation as you who always shares your birthday, apparently.
Gale and King don't believe this since they're best buddies. How could they possibly fight against one another when they're trying to save the world together? Until Gale accidentally gets King's wife and kid killed when the later thinks they need to dirty there hands to accomplish their goal.
They later try to put an end to this when King kills himself and Gale sacrifices himself to save Haru , but it turns out King's kid wasn't dead after all, so the cycle repeats. Interestingly enough, all of this was caused by a woman who screwed destiny in first place to save the human race. Every time a dreamgazer looks at the future, they see the destruction of the world and the extinction of mankind. This did not end up coming true in the anime, and it remains to be seen if it will in the manga if they ever finish it.
Not every time. Kotori's Famous Last Words to her fellow dreamseer Kakyou explicitly said that "the future is still undecided", which in the anime turned out to be true via Kamui taking a third option and going through a Heroic Sacrifice. The manga, eh, is something else.
As the time witch Yuuko Ichihara herself's catchphrase goes "There is no such thing as a coincidence in this world, there is only the inevitable. It is very much implied that ' whatever ' Griffith did before or even during the Eclipse, some factor will always happen to make him say yes. The recent events imply that even the 'struggling' is a part of a much greater plan by the Godhand , as Griffith sorry, Femto managed to usher a Hell on Earth as well as an Utopia. Lots of things in Eureka Seven are predestined and many things happen for a reason.
Its revealed that whoever makes Eureka smile is her destined partner - Holland refuses to acknowledge that he was The Unchosen One by Eureka and tried ways to gain back her attention and trust involving beating up Renton , which ultimately backfired and nailed the coffin on his chance with Eureka during their quarrel in the second season finale. Renton and Eureka meeting each other and falling in love, as well as them being together ever after, is also proven by the events in both TV series and movie to be a destined thing. One good example is Eureka being always able to make a come back in some form in the ending and stay with Renton, one way or another Tv, movie, manga.
There's a dialogue said by Talho in the movie when Renton reunites with Eureka after 8 years: "A first-timer breaking through a net of monsters Is this just a coincidence? Or is it the work of a mysterious power? And if you do somehow try to fight it, you'll only make things worse. All you can do is try to make the best of it. Teeki of Muhyo and Roji makes a Hannibal Lecture on this point after Julio immobilizes the heroes, claiming that Enchu, who had worked hard to try to catch up with Muhyo and become an Executor to support his mother, is a prime example of how people cannot change their destiny by their own efforts.
Roji, however, responds that Enchu merely couldn't deal with his grief , before breaking Julio's curse. Puella Magi Madoka Magica has a rule that karma cannot be averted; Homura can Time Travel all she wants but it won't prevent certain characters from dying, becoming Witches, or becoming Puella Magi in the first place. There's no rule against changing the rules, though. Dragon Ball Z : In spite of Bardock's visions of the future, the destruction of Vegeta was inevitable.
Bright side, his vision about his son defeating Frieza was also inevitable as well! In fact, Frieza's attempt to stop the rise of a Super Saiyan and unbeknownst to him, subvert Bardock's vision ended up with him creating the means to his defeat. After his defeat by Frieza, Bardock gets sent to the past and finds himself in a conflict with Frieza's ancestor, Lord Chilled. It also turned out that the Legendary Super Saiyan was Bardock , meaning Frieza created the very legend that would eventually lead to his death. Gohan muses on whether the dark future Trunks comes from is inevitable, voicing his concerns to his father Goku by citing how the Androids were supposed to kill his friends and then one day kill Gohan himself.
Goku notes that the future is far from set since his own death detailed in Trunks' timeline has been prevented thanks to the antidote which cured his heart virus. Though despite the future not being ruined by Androids some small echoes of the future do come true Goku dies sacrificing himself to stop Cell, and Cell cripples Gohan's left arm echoing the future Gohan who had his left arm blasted off in a battle with the androids. Fortunately, both are fixable in this timeline.
When questioned, though, Ddraig admits this isn't certain, past generations have had one wielder die before meeting the other Issei was asking because he narrowly avoided being an example ; it's only extremely likely since wielders of such powerful Sacred Gears tend to make a lot of noise and attract each other, and the two dragons will encourage the rivalry, since they were sealed into their current forms mid-fight.
Ultimately it's completely subverted when it becomes obvious that the once- Divine Conflict has boiled down to a centuries-old pissing match, and Albion and Ddraig eventually reconcile, removing the driving force of the rivalry. Zig-zagged in one of the earliest chapters of Doraemon , where one of Doraemon's gadgets lets Nobita see that getting hit by a truck is in his future. Nobita understandably spends the entire chapter trying to avoid this, to little avail.
But it turns out that fate is flexible enough to settle for a metaphorical version of this future, like Nobita getting punched by a trucker, or almost getting crushed by a car billboard, and it's implied that fate is satisfied when Nobita makes it to his original destination and gets beaned in the face by a little kid's toy car. Superbook : Because some of the stories Chris and Joy visit have bad endings, they often try to prevent them, but because how the stories have to end that way, there would be some obstacles.
The first episode has the kids trying to prevent both Adam and Eve from eating the forbidden fruit from the serpent. That unfortunately cannot change as the serpent blocks the kids from getting near them. The only exception was in Jesus' birth, where two of the guards are planning to kill the newborn king, but Chris prevents them.
Similar to Superbook, Flying House did this on Jesus' death. The three kids try to prevent it, but other actions prevent them from stopping it. They tell the present-day characters that nobody who's time traveled has ever successfully managed to change the past Almost in place and maliciously so in Steins;Gate : every world line has Attractor Fields which will prevent anyone from changing established pasts, especially the timing of deaths, which is why Okabe keeps failing to save Mayuri in the Alpha world line and Kurisu in the Beta world line.
However, changes to the events surrounding the development of time travel itself can alter the path of history into another world line. Additionally, Tricked Out Time allows Okabe and Suzuha to alter events and enter the Steins;Gate world line by only changing what wasn't witnessed.
Returns in the "sequel" Steins;Gate 0 only this time Okabe actually figures out how to exploit it in his own favor. While he's running for the Time Leap Machine in the year , his friends act as decoys to interfere with the enemy tracking them down, banking on the fact that he saw them alive up to the year to keep them alive. Much later, the heroes are trying to send Mayuri and Suzuha back in time to Set Right What Once Went Wrong , but unfortunately, a missile is destined to be launched at them to prevent them from changing the future. Okabe manages to alter events enough that the time machine leaves just before the missile destroys it, and to make sure it sticks, he observes the event to make sure the Attractor Fields prevent it from being changed.
In Date A Live , Origami Tobiichi's parents were killed five years prior by what was considered to be a Spirit, and at one point, after being turned into a Spirit herself , she traveled back in time with Kurumi's help to try and save them, only for it to be revealed that it was her own present self's actions that accidentally killed her parents. Later, after Shido goes back in time and manages to prevent the deaths of Origami's parents, Origami's past is considerably altered.
However, it turns out that Origami's parents ended up dying anyway a year after in a traffic accident. Comic Books. Present throughout Booster Gold , but particularly in the issue where he tries to keep Barbara Gordon Batgirl from getting shot by The Joker.
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He tries and fails to stop the event from happening multiple times before accepting that there are some things he isn't capable of changing because of solidified time i. Universal War One : When the group of heroes are trapped in the past, one of them realises that all the attempts to avoid the death of one of them is in fact leading to his death. Doctor Manhattan of Watchmen states that he can't change the future that he sees because when he sees it, that means it's "already" "there"; the future is ostensibly present to him like the present is, so changing it would be like making something unhappen that already happened.
This applies even to his own reactions, since sometimes he reacts with surprise to things he already knew about because that's what causality has him do. Thus, he has no free will. I'm just a puppet who can see the strings. At around this point at the latest, it all turns into a huge Mind Screw if you try to think about how it should really work.
It helps that he's so absolutely neutral he's not really motivated to change the future anyway. Being convinced that the prophecies favoured him, he boasted to the X-Men that they couldn't fight fate. When he comes across a diary that depicts Rogue killing him in battle, he changes his tune. Vargas changed destiny only to be killed around X-Men by one of the Marauders.
In The Metabarons , the Metabarons are fated to never be happy and lead a tragic existence; son slaying father to succeed as Metabaron, wives dying, mutilation and general unhappiness. Hellboy gets this a lot from demons who want him to assume his role as the Anti Christ. His response is usually rather realistic: "Says who?
When they fail to kill him, the present Wildcats and Spawn agree to go with them into the future to defeat the Ipsissimus, but it turns out this was part of a predestination paradox, as the Ipsissimus uses the opportunity to give Spawn the medallion that corrupted him and caused him to turn evil to begin with. When back to the present, the influence stats, and Spawn starts Evil Gloating This causes Spawn to recognize future Zealot as an adult version of his widow's daughter Cyan, come back to his senses and hand the medallion to her, thus preventing the future.
In one Star Wars comicbook, Boba Fett was hired by Darth Vader to capture an Imperial officer who went rogue after killing his superior. He later learns the true reason Darth Vader was so interested in this case: the rogue officer had in his possession the severed but still alive head of an alien seer. Every prediction she makes comes true, no matter what. She predicted that Boba Fett would kill the rogue officer, and despite his attempts to avert his death, it comes to pass.
Boba Fett was wise enough to refuse to listen to anything she has to say, claiming that he would make his own future. The only plans he has for her is to auction her off. Boba Fett eventually loses the seer to Vader. The seer warns Vader against trying to exploit her power by first showing him two false visions.
The first depicted Vader being brought to Palpatine in chains, accused of treachery, and casually shocked to death with Force Lightning. The second depicted Vader triumphantly slicing Palpatine in half. The seer explained that she spared Vader the truth because she hoped he would kill her.
In the end, he does kill her to keep her away from Palpatine In an effort to avoid this fate, the actor moves to Great Britain and manages to continue his successful acting career there. Some time later he's acting in a movie which takes place in New York but is filmed locally, so the studio has built a reproduction of a New York street, and the production also involves a yellow taxi cab. I'm sure you can guess what happens next.
The "Marvel NOW" restart of the Fantastic Four reveals this for Doctor Doom: Ben Grimm had carried the guilt of altering Victor Von Doom's work — something that Reed Richards had caught and tried to warn Victor about — and, when he had the chance to stop Victor from performing his experiment thanks to the wonders of time travel, he takes it only to be stopped by dozens of other Dooms watching his birth.
Reed gets Ben to calm down and allows the experiment to continue. As he later ruefully tells Ben, "Doom is inevitable. He first learned this lesson as Superboy when, after having just discovered he could time travel, he went back to prevent Lincoln's assassination. Against all likelihood, he bumps into the adult Lex Luthor , who had simply been time traveling to take a break from the stresses of supervillainy.
The encounter with Luthor delays Supes so he can't stop Booth's bullet. When Luthor realizes that he has inadvertently helped kill Lincoln, even he is aghast, and he goes home, badly shaken. In War World , The Spectre tries to show this to Superman, so he gives him a chance to save Krypton and prevent his foster parents' deaths. Superman fails both times. Supergirl also travels back in time sometimes to try to change the past, and she always fails. Back in the time of the crusades, he got Power at a Price : he would be powerful, charismatic and immortal, but only up to the age of , when his son would kill him and become the new Brother Blood with a similar curse to die at the age of at the hands of his own son, and so on.
The father wants to be truly immortal and be Brother Blood forever, and the son despises his father and his activities. He escaped from him, to avoid that, but when Brother Blood killed his mother who was just one of his several wives the kid began a Roaring Rampage of Revenge , and killed his father next to the pool of blood.
And, after the deed was done, he accepted his fate, got into the pool of blood, and became Brother Blood. As a child, he and a friend see visions of their future selves; his friend as a princess, and himself as a monster. When it appears that his friend's future is coming to pass, the realization is a large part of what drives him over the edge.
Averting this was the goal of the original Days of Future Past : Kitty Pryde was sent back in time to prevent the assassination of Senator Kelly, which would result in a sequence of events leading to the virtual extermination of mutants. Kitty succeeds in saving Kelly's life, but she returns to the future to discover that nothing had changed. It turns out, the "future" was a completely different universe altogether Earth , and because of the laws of time travel in the Marvel Multiverse that one cannot alter their own reality's past, her actions were only able to prevent the same catastrophe from befalling the main Marvel Universe Earth Wonder Woman : Wonder Woman : Hippolyta learns that Wonder Woman is prophesied to die, so she arranges things so that her daughter is stripped of the title and Artemis becomes the new Wonder Woman.
In the end this ensures that both Diana and Artemis die. They get better. Wonder Girl Cassie Sandsmark is told repeatedly by her half brother Hercules that she can't alter her fate of serving and protecting their father Zeus. Her Screw Destiny goes much better than Hippolyta's, but Zeus does manage to manipulate her actions far more than she's like anyway. Fairy Tales. In " Catherine and Her Fate ", Catherine had told her Fate that given a choice, she would rather be happy in her old age than her youth.
In her miserable and impoverished youth, she reminds herself of this trope to inspire herself to go on. A Crown of Stars : Discussed and defied. During a conversation Shinji asks Asuka if she has ever wondered what would happen if they had the chance to travel back in time and avert all what had gone wrong with their lives, including Third Impact. Asuka automatically replies that they would be incapable to avert the end of the world, not matter what.
Shortly after they met Asuka's future self who told Asuka that they CAN fix things and if her younger self thinks otherwise is because she is so thoroughly broken and burned-out that she is afraid to try to. The experiment she mated with fell in love with her because she was so determined to change things, and then released the Artificial Chaos because he'd been told it would happen assuming that it would happen with or without him.
She still couldn't save Maria even though she knew about it, but kept Shadow from being shot, and heard Maria's last words as named in Sonic Battle. But she did manage to kill Ashura so that A Rose And A Thorn 3 didn't happen, breaking a time loop that may have been going around for centuries, and because it didn't happen, A Rose And A Thorn 5 happened instead.
So there was a point to it after all. In Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past , Harry manages to come back in time, with the idea of preventing his future from happening. However, there are still things that happen no matter what he does - Voldemort trying to steal the Philosopher's Stone, Ginny falling under the control of Tom Riddle's Diary, Sirius escaping Azkaban, Dementors posted at Hogwarts However, there seems to be someone that is trying to force things to happen as they did during the books. It's ultimately averted since events start to majorly deviate from canon after that battle.
To cap it off, even when things are set right, one married couple has to be separated, because the wife has a destiny in her own time, two centuries in the future for the husband. There appears to be Foreshadowing for this theme in the fourth episode, when the heroes meet a woman from their future who has a brief but charged conversation with the Doctor in this vein. Kirk trying to follow her own path instead of falling in love with Spock like her counterpart did. But when she starts falling for him herself, and discovers that two other versions of herself fell for him, she eventually decides to just go with it instead of fighting back and making herself unhappy.
Ultimately, though, their attempts to use the Slender Man's meta nature against it end up backfiring and giving it the last power boost it needs to win. Fist of the Moon averts this repeatedly. The bad guys' entire plan is based on going back in time and changing the past. Unfortunately, while you can fight fate, it is a massively bad idea, because the universe protects itself by making the fighter massively unlucky. Also, Mamoru's incorrect feelings about this are a part of why he breaks up with Usagi.
The Infinite Loops : Belief that this is true is a possible cause of Setsuna Syndrome, wherein the person attempts to railroad canon events into place. This usually places them at odds with most other loopers, who tend to cause severe timeline changes out of boredom. She still triggers the first day back, and if anything, it's worse.
They're given looks at various alternate universes and timelines, but regardless of which one they see, only one of two outcomes happens, that Tsukune either ends up with Moka, or with no one. Basically, if Tsukune falls in love, it's always with Moka. Defied in Pony POV Series : fate isn't ridged and in fact Rota Fortuna, the Concept of Fate, is also the Concept of Free Will and outright says she doesn't force any fate on anyone: whatever fate one meets is the result of their actions and those of others. She makes the roads, but there are lots of them and everyone decides which one they will take.
Ironically enough, those who think fate has to be fought against and resisted often play this trope straight because they're so preoccupied trying to avoid fate they lock themselves into their path, as opposed to someone who just lives their life and continues making choices normally.
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Nightmare Eclipse falls victim to this, locking herself and every single one of her alternate selves into one fate as she merged with every Twilight to become her at the moment of their transformation, meaning she effectively tied every last one to herself , so when she's defeated all her alternates are likewise doomed to be defeated as well.
The irony is, Rota herself plays this trope straightest of all: she will always lose one of her wings that becomes the Blank Wolf in some way, be it by Discord during the war of the gods prime Rota , to intentionally create the Blank Wolf her EG self , or countless other ways. Played with in Young Justice: Darkness Falls. Bart left his future 40 years in the future to stop the Reach from taking over.
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When he goes 5 years into the future, he finds almost the same conditions as before, only now it's Darkseid who's taken over. The only difference is that he can still go back and give it one more try first. Films — Animation. In Kung Fu Panda 2 , the antagonist peacock Shen ordered the massacre of the entire panda population in China because of the prophecy that he will be brought down by a warrior in "black and white".
In the end, his efforts to change his fate became the very beginning of his downfall Shen's parents banished him for it and sets up the chain of events that will fulfill this prophecy. So he could fight fate, he just tried to fight the wrong part of it. Shen assumes that Po is looking for revenge for the deaths of his parents and his entire people, when as far as Po knows, he's only there because Shen stole a bunch of pots and took over a city on the other end of China and has no external reasons for vengeance.
Also worth noting is that as an albino peacock, Shen himself is a black-and-white warrior. All the events of the film that conspire to bring about his doom are things that he directly or indirectly set into motion. But this means that- years later- he is in exactly the place he needs to be to save Prince Simba's life after the latter has been exiled. In this case, the 'letter' of Pridelands hierarchy had to be defied to preserve its spirit. Films — Live-Action. Deconstructed in The Adjustment Bureau.
Destiny needs its little helpers called "The Adjusters" to ensure the proper unfolding of the great plan. Played rather frustratingly in Tim Burton 's Alice in Wonderland , in that every character tells Alice she can't fight fate, and despite her numerous attempts to Screw Destiny , the White Queen, who has the power but refuses to slay the Jabberwocky on principle, passive-aggressively guilt trips Alice into doing it for her.
Ironically, being railroaded into taking a level in badass like this ultimately gives her the self-confidence to Screw Destiny back in the "real" world. The Devil in the form of the Antichrist Franco Maccalusso in the Apocalypse series knows he's doomed for the Lake Of Fire, and so decides to take as many souls with him in the Tribulation through the Mark of the Beast.
This is the whole plot of The Butterfly Effect. In Dr. Terror's House of Horrors , Dr. Schreck's Tarot draws apparently reveal that there is no way for the five passengers to escape the fates he predicts for them. However, what the fifth card Death is actually saying is that will avoid these fates because they are already dead. The Final Destination series is a variation, which says "If you're supposed to die, you will". Knowing stars Nicolas Cage as a Hollywood Atheist who rushes around trying to find a way to prevent or personally survive The End of the World as We Know It , but by the end we see there was nothing he could have done to change it.
In the backstory of Krull , the Cyclops race made a deal with The Beast: they would trade one of their eyes in exchange for the ability to see the future. The Beast took their eyes and gave them the ability to see the future. Specifically, their future deaths. Any Cyclops who tries to avoid their fated end always ends up dying in an even more painful way instead. The Cyclops Rell leaves the rest of the heroes near the end because his time has come. He goes back to help them anyway and holds open a pair of moving walls just long enough for the others to enter the lair.
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Sadly, they are unable to save him as the walls slowly crush him to death. In Lawrence of Arabia during the trek across the intensely hot Nefud Desert to Aqaba, one of Prince Faisal's men, Gasim falls off his camel during the night. Ali says it's too late to go back and that it is "Written" that he die. Lawrence goes back and saves him proving "Nothing is written! Lawrence decides to settle the dispute and save the alliance by killing the guilty man.
It turns out to be Gasim. Lawrence then has to execute him with a pistol. Afterwards, when Auda asks Ali why Lawrence is upset, he tells him he brought the man he killed out of the Nefud. Towards the end of The Matrix Reloaded , Neo finally reaches the "source" of the Matrix and meets the Architect, the computer program who designed the Matrix.
He informs Neo that Zion will ultimately be destroyed and that it cannot be saved. At the end of their conversation, he also mentions that Neo's "destiny", like that of his five predecessors, was to enter the source and restart the program, allowing 23 humans to be selected to rebuild Zion. Thus, the "prophecy" will be fulfilled that after a century of warfare between humans and machines, the fight will finally come to an end.
However, Neo would only be restarting the war, not ending it. Finally, the Architect mentions that Trinity will inevitably die in order to save Neo. The Architect tells him that there is nothing he can do to stop that from happening. In The Matrix Revolutions , Neo tells the Oracle about the Architect's warnings, and she responds that the Architect is full of crap and can't predict the future worth a damn. Guess what?
Zion is not destroyed and the war comes to a permanent end. Both Neo and Trinity die, though. The Outlaw and His Wife : "None can escape his fate, even if he were to move more swiftly than the wind. In the end, that's exactly what happened despite Blackbeard's efforts to try to reach out to the fountain of youth to avoid that fate. In the future Linda sees, her husband Jim dies, she goes crazy, is suspected of hurting her daughter, and gets committed to an insane asylum. Her efforts to prevent Jim's death create Self-Fulfilling Prophecies, and the film's "happy" ending consists of a reveal that she was eventually released from the asylum, now pregnant with another child.
In Sex And Death , the main character is emailed by a Magical Computer a list of women's names. It turns out to be a list of all the people he has slept with, or is going to sleep with , before he dies. Initially, he thinks it's just a joke, as his current fiance happens to be 29 out of , but, regardless of how he tries to avoid it, he ends up sleeping with every woman on the list, in exactly the order in which they appear, and, to his dismay, the last name on the list happens to match that of a notorious Femme Fatale Serial Killer who seduces men before drugging them into permanent comas.
Indeed, she is the last woman he ever sleeps with, because they get married and live Happily Ever After. Sound of My Voice : Maggie claims to be a time traveler from a post-apocalyptic future. Based on her statements about time, this trope applies. She never suggests that any of her cult members can change the events that cause society to break down. She can only give a select few people the skills they'll need to prosper when it does. She also states that she's already met most of the people in her cult in the future, and says that the reason she kicks one man out is because she'd never met him, meaning he was always going to drop out at some point.
Star Wars as a whole. When Episode I began, there was a Jedi order of hundreds of members. By the end of Episode VI, all that remains is just a half-trained kid and a potential Jedi woman with no training at all. She "gave up on life" because she had lost him to the dark side. Also, the force choking didn't help matters too much either. Surf Ninjas lampshades it repeatedly. Every time Zatch proposes a new even more difficult task for Johnny, someone will protest that it is impossible and he can't possibly do it, and someone will say "He can if it's his destiny".
By the end of the movie, multiple people will join together in a resigned chorus of "He can if it's his destiny". The Terminator films, as a whole, are an example of this. In the first movie , Sarah Connor learns that the fate of her unborn child, John, is to lead the remaining humans against the machines After the End ; the second movie is all about Sarah and John trying to stop the end from happening, and seemingly succeeding.
However, both continuities which Alternate Continuity explain that Sarah's actions did not prevent, but only delayed the rise of SkyNet and the nuclear holocaust, from when it was originally supposed to happen, until Played with in the sci-fi thriller Time Lapse. A group of friends discover that their neighbor was a scientist who built a camera that can take pictures of the future.
From his diary, they read that he saw his death in the future and tried to stop it, then discover his horribly mangled body and assume this means that if you try to change the course of time, your timeline stops right there and you die horribly. The truth is that You Can't Fight Fate for a different reason - it is literally impossible to alter the predicted future, no matter how hard you try, it will come true. The scientist died in a mundane accident involving dangerous gases, failing to prevent his death. Similarly, Callie learns the hard way that you cannot use the camera to "reset" your timeline to a more favorable one by sending a new message to your past self.
One way or another, circumstances will cause the message to revert to the previous one, preventing any alteration of the timeline. The adaptation of The Time Machine. Alexander Hartdegen creates a time machine to try to prevent his girlfriend from getting killed. She was mugged in Central Park, so they stop by a flower stand instead. But while Alexander is buying her flowers, she gets run over by a carriage. No matter how many times he travels back and does things differently, she always dies. This is later revealed to be because if she doesn't die, he'll never build the time machine in the first place, which would be a Temporal Paradox.
Hank theorizes that the flow of reality eventually corrects itself, so one can't change the future by changing events in the past. At it seems Averted when Xavier decides to Screw Destiny and succeeds. However Logan suggests this trope may ultimately be played straight: Though set in the "Good Future" timeline, mutants are still apparently gone.
Young Frankenstein : Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: All right, you win. You win. I give. I'll say it. Stories with this trope are at least Older Than Feudalism. One of the best-known of these stories is from The Histories of Herodotus. While Herodotus has many stories of inevitable fates reflecting the ancient Greek worldview , one story is still widely known years later.
Herodotus reports that when Croesus, King of Lydia a country in western Anatolia—now Turkey—which was one of the Great Powers of its day, and famous for its wealth sent a massive convoy to the Oracle at Delphi carrying literal tons of gold, silver, and other luxuries to ask the Oracle a question: Should Croesus attack the Persians?
And the Oracle famously answered: "If Croesus attacks the Persians, he will destroy a great empire. Problem is, the Persians are led by this guy named Cyrus , and he beats the snot out of the Lydians, taking their whole empire and capturing Croesus whom he makes an advisor. But the Oracle was right— Croesus did destroy a great empire , just not the one he was thinking of. In Before I Fall , after dying in a car crash while leaving a party, Samantha is forced to relive the last day of her life.
No matter what, at am, she always dies or starts over on the same day , and she finds that Juliet Sykes always kills herself, until Samantha jumps in front of her, thus ending the "Groundhog Day" Loop. In David Eddings ' Belgariad , Ce'Nedra stubbornly refuses to accept the truth: that she is in love with Garion, whether she likes it or not, and that she has to go to Riva.
It takes a god with a stare to die for to change her mind. The series makes a point of driving this home with a large hammer. Numerous times Polgara and Belgarath say that "Everything has already been decided. Even minor, never to be seen again characters were born just for one particular purpose such as the soldier heckling Ce'Nedra when she needs prodding to make an important speech. Possible lampshading in the related books Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress.
In those books, the titular characters spend thousands of years on assorted errands to ensure that the prophecy will be fulfilled. For example, Belgarath and Polgara practically dictated a major treaty to a sovereign power at swordpoint to make sure that, years later, Ce'Nedra would be sent to Riva. Definite lampshading in the former. The Prophecy's method of revealing information concealing it in cryptic words until the right moment is a necessary ploy to keep Belgarath who hates the implications this trope from doing things he's not supposed to.
While the characters can't fight their fates, at the same time, the core of the plot actually concerns two competing prophecies. One prophecy triumphing ultimately means the other gets screwed. It's later revealed that it's possible to escape both fates. But it would make the universe go so far Off the Rails that the "third fate"'s outcome is unpredictable, and neither side is willing to risk that rather than accomplish the Prophecy that's good for them. Subverted in A Christmas Carol , when the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge shadows of things prophesied by the Ghost of Christmas Present, including Scrooge dying sooner than expected with his belongings being plundered by his maid, laundress and undertaker, as well as the impending death of Tiny Tim: Ghost of Christmas Present : I see a vacant seat in the poor chimney corner, and a crutch without an owner.
If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, none other of my race will find him here. That man you mentioned, who screamed and ran did you not hear him give one great cry, and then fall silent? In his frenzy, he must have run full into that which he sought to escape.
No man can avoid his fate. Live-Action TV. Angel is Playing with a Trope here. A dark and seemingly inevitable prophecy forming one of the major plots of Season Three was ultimately revealed to be an elaborate Gambit Roulette on the part of time-traveling Big Bad Sajjhan, who wanted Connor killed off before he could fulfill the true prophecy: causing the death of Sajjhan. Ultimately, however, the true prophecy comes to pass Buffy the Vampire Slayer , " Help ": A teenager has had premonitions about her own untimely death. Buffy saves her from homicidal maniacs, a demon, and a Death Trap , but she has a heart condition and dies anyway.
Dark Oracle : Attempts at preventing the comic's predictions from coming true inevitably result in a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Barbara is mistaken for a high priestess, yet refuses to sacrifice a man in the hope it will reform the Aztecs and the Conquistadores won't feel justified in destroying them. However, the man believes it's the will of the gods and commits suicide instead. In "Frontios" , Turlough has Norna pick a hand and when that chosen hand has a good luck piece in, claims that it clearly shows that he can't fight destiny. In fact, he had one in both hands, because he knew what he ought to do.
Once you know something is going to happen, you can't change it, even if somebody who doesn't know still can. The Time Lords of Gallifrey currently personified in one remaining member are able to see the bend and flow of space-time to the point that they know when an event inevitably MUST happen in the grand cosmic scheme, and when certain things are permissibly malleable. The latter fact results in Donna convincing the Doctor to save a Roman family that they've befriended in Pompeii in 79 CE, even while he will not stop the eruption of Mt.
Vesuvius , no matter how many may be perishing. In "The Waters of Mars" the Doctor handles a fixed point differently, instead breaking his own rules and challenging time. Everything then goes wrong and the woman he saved kills herself to stop him. It was a fixed point in time and, when it failed to happen, time literally began to disintegrate.
In particular, they mention the attempt to steal the TARDIS and blow it up, which actually opened the very crack in the universe that the Time Lords are using to relay their distress call, leading the Doctor to Trenzalore and causing the war to occur in the first place. The Doctor: The Destiny Trap. You can't change history if you're a part of it. In the eponymous song by Diane Warren, a guy? It's left ambiguous whether this is actually true, or the delusion of a crazed stalker.
When it's meant to be it's gonna be that way You can't fight fate You can drive your car, drive it night and day But you won't ever drive me away The ancient Greeks loved these types of stories: Gaia and Ouranos prophesied that Kronos would be overthrown by one of his children, so he ate each child as it was born that's both sons and daughters, just to be clear.
His wife kept their last son, Zeus, hidden, so that Zeus could eventually fulfill the prophesy as told in Theogony by Hesiod. His mother, Thetis, attempted to defy this prophecy by dipping his body in the River Styx, attempting to render him invincible, but holding Achilles by the heel, which proved to be his one weakness. His father, Peleus, sent him to train with Chiron, and gave him a suit of bronze armor. Unfortunately, all of his prowess in battle was not enough to prevent a spear or arrow from striking Achilles on the heel and his dying at a young age as prophesied Sisyphus, who tried to cheat death for as long as possible , when Thanatos, the Greeks' equivalent of The Grim Reaper , came to summon Sisyphus to Tartarus, the dark, abyssmal pit section of the Underworld reserved for big-time offenders.
Just as Thanatos came to Sisyphus' door, he locked Thanatos in chains after asking him for a demonstration. Other versions have Sisyphus knocking Thanatos unconscious with a heavy object, like a huge pestle or millstone , with Ares watching the warriors slashing at each other with their swords bloody and wounded but never dying because Sisyphus held an unconscious Thanatos captive in his house.
Ares was not happy about this, sending him to the Underworld when he discovered Thanatos in Sisyphus's house, where he pleaded that he didn't receive proper burial rites from his wife, so he asked Hades' permission to go back to Earth to rebuke her, living for a time, until Thanatos wondered what became of Sisyphus, with Hermes dragging Sisyphus to Hades, where Sisyphus was doomed to roll a gigantic boulder up a steep hill, which took every bit of remaining strength, only to have the boulder roll downhill and he would be stuck trying to push it uphill and failing time after time Oedipus and his story revolve around this trope: He was prophesied to slay his father and wed his mother.
It is an especially ironic example because after receiving the same prophecy his parents received and abandoned him for, Oedipus in turn exiles himself away from his foster father for fear of killing him, with no suspicion that his adoptive parents are not his real parents. In short, everything that the characters do to avoid the prophecy is necessary to make the prophecy come true.
Two other famous cases involve the Oracle at Delphi; in the first, a man prophesied to die in the sea spends his life avoiding the ocean , only to die in a forest the locals call "The Sea"; another is the Croesus story reported with The Histories under Literature above.
Another example is Meleager, who was fated to die young, specifically when a log of firewood burned out. His mother took the log and hid it away, and Meleager grew up to be a well-respected hero. But during the Calydonian Boar Hunt, he murdered his uncles in a rage after they insulted his martial prowess.
His mother was furious and threw the log into the fire, and Meleager died. This plus it being an accident was actually the reason Perseus pretty much got away with a slap on the wrist for killing his grandfather Acrisius. See, said grandfather, a king, received a prophecy that if his daughter, Danae, was ever to have a son, that son would kill him.
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So the king locked his daughter into a room to prevent any men from getting to her as she wasn't pregnant yet. Zeus however heard her cries and next thing you know, Danae was pregnant by a shower of gold. Zeus pulled strings with his brother Poseidon and together they ensured the two got a safe landing at an island. Said island's ruler wanted Danae as wife but Perseus refused to allow it in lieu of a father or husband, he was Danae's closest male relative even if he was her son so Perseus got sent on an assumed suicide mission to get Medusa's head.
After he did and he freed Danae plus princess Andromeda, who he married, Perseus returned to his mother's homeland to find his grandfather the king ran away in terror at the news of his arrival. He took the throne that was rightfully his and ruled happily, then one day, partaking in the games in another city, the discus he meant to throw accidentally hit an old beggar living near on the streets.