Introducing: the ‘Failure to Launch’ Tag!

Recently I thought up a fun idea for a post, or even a series of posts, that I could do here on the blog. However, I realized that this idea of mine would likely be more fun across more blogs than just my own, and I hope you’ll see why shortly.

Also, it’s been a while since we’ve had a tag post going around with a logo, rules and all of that. We could all use more rules in our lives, especially these days, right?

So here’s the premise of this one:

Many stories that we know and love start off on a slow note, giving us a dose of the main character(s) regular life before introducing a ‘call to action’ that kicks them out of regular life and onto a new path that deviates from the norm.

But what if that call to action never happened?
The story would simply… fail to launch!

I decided on the title before finding out that there was a movie of the same name, so I decided to compromise by modelling the logo after it.

Anyways, here are the rules:


  1. Put the logo and rules in your post.
  2. Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post.
  3. Link back to the original post.
  4. List some brief excerpts where stories (anime, book, movie – anything is fine) failed to launch due to a missing call to action. As many as you want. Readers can then try and guess the story in the comments!
  5. Nominate 3 other blogs to continue the tag!

Of course, the rules are optional.
The rules are always optional.

Basically, it’s just a fun little game where we rewrite stories so that they never truly began, and then others can try and guess the story. My excerpts are all a single sentence, but feel free to write however you’d like, although I’d imagine the nature of these stories would be short regardless, given the “story” never really took off.

Allow me to provide you all with my own examples for this!

Story #1

A pair of NEET siblings waste away in a dark room, constantly playing video games that can never truly entertain them.

Story #2

An intelligent high school boy who holds strong opinions about political corruption in his country graduates high school and proceeds onto college.

Story #3

A man enjoys some final moments of nostalgia in a virtual reality game before the servers are shut down for good and he continues on with his life in Japan.

Story #4

A high school boy dies of shock after believing that he was hit by a truck (it was actually a tractor, and it stopped in time).

Story #5

The son of a lesser noble in a fantasy world becomes a librarian.

Story #6

An aspiring mage, writer and fangirl is charmed and abducted by an imposter on a yacht, never to be seen again.

I’ll finish with those (#6 might be a bit of a stretch to be fair), but of course there are countless more examples that I’m sure you’ll all think of.

While the rules only say 3 nominations, because I think it’s obnoxious when a tag post says “nominate 10 – 20 blogs”, I’m going to nominate a few more than that to get things going. But not too many, so that you all have some people to tag as well!

I’m going to tag:

And that’s all for this one, I’m hoping to see some fun responses and examples of these stories that just die before they even begin. If not, well, then this tag will live up to it’s namesake so I suppose either way it all works out!

Until next time,
Thanks for reading.


20 thoughts on “Introducing: the ‘Failure to Launch’ Tag!

  1. 1. No Game No Life
    2. High School Prodigies have it easy even in another world (not sure about that)
    3. Overlord
    4. KonoSuba
    5. The Hidden Dungeon only I can enter
    6. No idea about this one…

    Nice tag. I’ll have to give it some thought.

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    1. 1, 3, 4, and 5 are correct.
      I know for certain you haven’t seen 6.
      And judging by other answers, perhaps 2 was a little too ambiguous although it seemed obvious to me at the time of posting haha.

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    1. Your guesses for #1 and #4 are correct!

      #2 technically isn’t what I had in mind, but it does fit. Although Lelouch never goes to college in the anime, does he?

      And Kirito joins in the beginning of the SAO game, whereas this one is the end, when the servers were supposed to shut down.

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