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The 10 Most Successful Failures in Geekdom
by The Mary Sue Staff | 12:34 pm, March 14th, 2012
Allow Us To Explain
There’s a concept on TV Tropes called Fridge Logic, which is what you call it when something totally makes sense at the time you were reading or watching it, but at some point after the viewing, maybe while you were idly staring into the fridge thinking of not much in particular, you realized that there was something fundamentally wrong with it. Sometimes it’s a plot hole, but sometimes it’s more subtle.
See, all the characters seemed super excited that they’d saved the day, and, carried away by acting and a strong orchestral score, you felt pretty good about it, too.
At least you did until now. Now you can’t remember why it seemed like they’d accomplished much of anything by defeating the bad guys…
Today we’re going to talk about how narratives turn failures in to success… or perhaps how success can be accomplished by failure? It’s a little different in each case, but ultimately this grid contains a lot of spoilers. Since these blurbs are about the conclusions of stories, we understand that you might be reluctant to venture further in, as even seeing a story or character on the list might give something away. But think about it this way: this grid is about the merging of success and failure. A character might be on this grid because they failed and it looked like success… or they might be on it because they succeeded and it looked like failure. So if you see a name from a series you want to follow up on… just click on.
Look, we didn’t put a spoiler tag on the end of The Lord of the Rings. There are statutes of limitations on these things.