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1st Jul '17 4:56:40 AM StFan
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} [[Dreamland/{{Archer}} Dreamland]]'' has one, befitting its DarkerAndEdgier status. [[spoiler: Archer finally learns the truth regarding Woodhouse's murder. Dutch receives his due karma, and Archer is no longer working for Mother at the moment. Unfortunately, Lana is dead and Poovey's Chinese sister-wives left. However, Archer is trying to move on with his life, and the Chinese sister-wives are trying to make it on their own. In real world terms, Archer also hasn't woken up, but he isn't dead.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} [[Dreamland/{{Archer}} [[WesternAnimation/ArcherDreamland Dreamland]]'' has one, befitting its DarkerAndEdgier status. [[spoiler: Archer finally learns the truth regarding Woodhouse's murder. Dutch receives his due karma, and Archer is no longer working for Mother at the moment. Unfortunately, Lana is dead and Poovey's Chinese sister-wives left. However, Archer is trying to move on with his life, and the Chinese sister-wives are trying to make it on their own. In real world terms, Archer also hasn't woken up, but he isn't dead.]]
29th Jun '17 8:30:34 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Disney/TheSmallOne'' ends with the boy selling his beloved donkey, but it's to Joseph, the man who will become the human father of [[{{Jesus}} the Messiah Himself]].

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* ''Disney/TheSmallOne'' ends with the boy selling his beloved donkey, but it's to Joseph, the man who will become the human father of [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} the Messiah Himself]].
18th Jun '17 2:11:27 PM Vir
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** In the GrandFinale, when Ashi is consumed of Aku's influence due to her [[MadeOfEvil being born from his liquefied essence]], Jack helps her break free while at the same time [[NiceJobFixingItVillain keeping Aku's powers. As soon as Jack points this out, she uses his power of time travel to send herself and Jack back to right after Aku originally sent Jack to the future]]. Jack finally destroys Aku in the past and he and Ashi prepare to get married, but [[WidowedAtTheWedding before they can, Ashi is]] {{Ret Gon|e}}ned as a result of Aku no longer being able to bring her into existence. Jack goes into a forest to sulk, where he finds a ladybug that reminds him of the ones he and Ashi found that led to their friendship, and is suddenly cheered up knowing that without Ashi he would've never saved the universe.

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** In the GrandFinale, when Ashi is consumed of Aku's influence due to her [[MadeOfEvil being born from his liquefied essence]], Jack helps her break free while at the same time [[NiceJobFixingItVillain keeping Aku's powers. As soon as Jack points this out, she uses his power of time travel to send herself and Jack back to right after Aku originally sent Jack to the future]]. Jack finally destroys Aku in the past and he and Ashi prepare to get married, but [[WidowedAtTheWedding before they can, Ashi is]] {{Ret Gon|e}}ned as a result of Aku no longer being able to bring her into existence. Jack goes into a forest to sulk, where he finds a ladybug that reminds him of the ones he and Ashi found that led to their friendship, and is suddenly cheered up knowing that without Ashi he would've never returned home and saved the universe.
18th Jun '17 2:10:16 PM Vir
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** In the GrandFinale, when Ashi is consumed of Aku's influence due to her [[MadeOfEvil being born from his liquefied essence]], Jack helps her break free while at the same time [[NiceJobFixingItVillain keeping Aku's powers. As soon as she realizes this, she uses his power of time travel to send herself and Jack back to right after Aku originally sent Jack to the future]]. Jack finally destroys Aku in the past and he and Ashi prepare to get married, but [[WidowedAtTheWedding before they can, Ashi is]] {{Ret Gon|e}}ned as a result of Aku no longer being able to bring her into existence. Jack goes into a forest to sulk, where he finds a ladybug that reminds him of the ones he and Ashi found that led to their friendship, and is suddenly cheered up knowing that without Ashi he would've never saved the universe.

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** In the GrandFinale, when Ashi is consumed of Aku's influence due to her [[MadeOfEvil being born from his liquefied essence]], Jack helps her break free while at the same time [[NiceJobFixingItVillain keeping Aku's powers. As soon as she realizes this, Jack points this out, she uses his power of time travel to send herself and Jack back to right after Aku originally sent Jack to the future]]. Jack finally destroys Aku in the past and he and Ashi prepare to get married, but [[WidowedAtTheWedding before they can, Ashi is]] {{Ret Gon|e}}ned as a result of Aku no longer being able to bring her into existence. Jack goes into a forest to sulk, where he finds a ladybug that reminds him of the ones he and Ashi found that led to their friendship, and is suddenly cheered up knowing that without Ashi he would've never saved the universe.
7th Jun '17 11:20:58 AM Siempie
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* In the episode [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E20Bismuth "Bismuth"]], Steven manages to prevent Bismuth from putting the Breaking Point to use acting on her genocidal ambitions and survives while promising her to finally tell the others what happened to her, but he has to bubble Bismuth to defend himself, and it's clear no one is happy to have to put their friend back in her prison.
* The episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E4LarsHead Lars's Head]]" ends with Steven [[spoiler: finally getting back home after being captured by Homeworld]]. However, [[spoiler: he has to leave Lars and the Off Colors behind in enemy territory as Lars can't use the portal in his own hair to get back to Earth and the Off Colors [[IChooseToStay refuse to leave]] [[HeroicSacrifice without him]]]].

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* ** In the episode [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E20Bismuth "Bismuth"]], Steven manages to prevent Bismuth from putting the Breaking Point to use acting on her genocidal ambitions and survives while promising her to finally tell the others what happened to her, but he has to bubble Bismuth to defend himself, and it's clear no one is happy to have to put their friend back in her prison.
* ** The episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E4LarsHead Lars's Head]]" ends with Steven [[spoiler: finally getting back home after being captured by Homeworld]]. However, [[spoiler: he has to leave Lars and the Off Colors behind in enemy territory as Lars can't use the portal in his own hair to get back to Earth and the Off Colors [[IChooseToStay refuse to leave]] [[HeroicSacrifice without him]]]].
7th Jun '17 11:18:18 AM Siempie
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E20Bismuth "Bismuth"]], Steven manages to prevent Bismuth from putting the Breaking Point to use acting on her genocidal ambitions and survives while promising her to finally tell the others what happened to her, but he has to bubble Bismuth to defend himself, and it's clear no one is happy to have to put their friend back in her prison.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E20Bismuth "Bismuth"]], Steven manages to prevent Bismuth from putting the Breaking Point to use acting on her genocidal ambitions and survives while promising her to finally tell the others what happened to her, but he has to bubble Bismuth to defend himself, and it's clear no one is happy to have to put their friend back in her prison.prison.
* The episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E4LarsHead Lars's Head]]" ends with Steven [[spoiler: finally getting back home after being captured by Homeworld]]. However, [[spoiler: he has to leave Lars and the Off Colors behind in enemy territory as Lars can't use the portal in his own hair to get back to Earth and the Off Colors [[IChooseToStay refuse to leave]] [[HeroicSacrifice without him]]]].
26th May '17 2:26:06 PM Vir
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* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons:

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* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
25th May '17 3:16:07 PM Angeldeb82
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' has "[[WhamEpisode Homecoming]]". The Huntsclan [[strike:defeated]] utterly destroyed? The weapon they were planning to use to kill all magical creatures also destroyed? Check. DidNotGetTheGirl and an [[SubvertedTrope attempted]] HeroicSacrifice? Check.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' has "[[WhamEpisode Homecoming]]". The Huntsclan [[strike:defeated]] utterly destroyed? The weapon they were planning to use to kill all magical creatures also destroyed? Check. DidNotGetTheGirl and an [[SubvertedTrope attempted]] HeroicSacrifice? Check.



* "Mitefall!", the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. ComicBook/AmbushBug rescues the show from Bat-Mite's meddling and Batman saves the day, [[EndOfSeriesAwareness but it's too late to save the show from cancellation.]] With their new-found MediumAwareness, almost every character to ever appear in the show - heroes and villains, dead and alive - put aside their differences and have one last party in a Batcave which is revealed to be nothing more than a set and is being dismantled around them. [[TearJerker Batman promises the audience that, until they meet again, wherever evil lurks, he'll be there to defend the innocent and the final shot of the series is a group shot of all the heroes - and, by extension, their entire world - fading to black.]]

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* "Mitefall!", the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. ComicBook/AmbushBug rescues the show from Bat-Mite's meddling and Batman saves the day, [[EndOfSeriesAwareness but it's too late to save the show from cancellation.]] cancellation]]. With their new-found MediumAwareness, almost every character to ever appear in the show - heroes and villains, dead and alive - put aside their differences and have one last party in a Batcave which is revealed to be nothing more than a set and is being dismantled around them. [[TearJerker Batman promises the audience that, until they meet again, wherever evil lurks, he'll be there to defend the innocent and the final shot of the series is a group shot of all the heroes - and, by extension, their entire world - fading to black.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' infamous HIV episode "A Formula for Hate" has one if you think about it. While Todd was accepted by the townspeople, who learned that HIV positive people who need help and support and are not monsters and felt guilty about harrasing him, Todd still has HIV and will not get the chance to marry his girlfriend and have children, since they will also get HIV and Todd will eventually gain AIDS and die.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}''[='=]s infamous HIV episode "A Formula for Hate" has one if you think about it. While Todd was accepted by the townspeople, who learned that HIV positive people who need help and support and are not monsters and felt guilty about harrasing harrassing him, Todd still has HIV and will not get the chance to marry his girlfriend and have children, since they will also get HIV and Todd will eventually gain AIDS and die.



* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has two. "Public Enemies" ends with Danny Phantom completely [[UntrustingCommunity hated by his hometown]], staged by a vindictive ghost. Danny, however, regales in hope and continues to play hero (and eventually succeeds). "Flirting with Disaster" has [[StarcrossedLovers Danny and Valerie]] dating happily, the latter willing to give up ghost hunting for Danny. Irony because while he saved the world, Danny [Phantom] himself caused Valerie to break up with him to further her career for his safety. Made even worse when Danny was just about to give her a class ring and ask her to be his official girlfriend. ''Ouch.''

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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has two. "Public Enemies" ends with Danny Phantom completely [[UntrustingCommunity hated by his hometown]], staged by a vindictive ghost. Danny, however, regales in hope and continues to play hero (and eventually succeeds). "Flirting with Disaster" has [[StarcrossedLovers [[StarCrossedLovers Danny and Valerie]] dating happily, the latter willing to give up ghost hunting for Danny. Irony because while he saved the world, Danny [Phantom] himself caused Valerie to break up with him to further her career for his safety. Made even worse when Danny was just about to give her a class ring and ask her to be his official girlfriend. ''Ouch.''



** A similar feeling is invoked in "Jurassic Bark", where Fry attempts to clone his pet dog, who had died 1,000 years previously, so as to 'have his best friend back'. By the end of the episode, however, Fry comes to the revelation that his dog was only a couple of years old, and had it died of old age then it would have been someone els's pet for longer than it was his, and therefore should be allowed to rest in peace. This is Bittersweet enough, however as the credits roll we learn that the dog loyally waited for it's Master to return, never moving from the spot until it died. It WAS Fry's pet and best friend all along, and he decided not to bring it back on a mistaken assumption. In fact this ending was such an immense TearJerker that the show's producers ended up receiving hate mail from viewers who had cried. However � possibly due to the aforementioned fan backlash � the ending was later retconned by the movie ''Bender's Big Score'', which, due to time travel, allowed a time-displaced double of Fry to return to the past and pick up his life just how he left it, with Seymour at his side.

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** A similar feeling is invoked in "Jurassic Bark", where Fry attempts to clone his pet dog, who had died 1,000 years previously, so as to 'have his best friend back'. By the end of the episode, however, Fry comes to the revelation that his dog was only a couple of years old, and had it died of old age then it would have been someone els's else's pet for longer than it was his, and therefore should be allowed to rest in peace. This is Bittersweet enough, however as the credits roll we learn that the dog loyally waited for it's Master to return, never moving from the spot until it died. It WAS Fry's pet and best friend all along, and he decided not to bring it back on a mistaken assumption. In fact this ending was such an immense TearJerker that the show's producers ended up receiving hate mail from viewers who had cried. However � possibly due to the aforementioned fan backlash � the ending was later retconned by the movie ''Bender's Big Score'', which, due to time travel, allowed a time-displaced double of Fry to return to the past and pick up his life just how he left it, with Seymour at his side.



* In ''[[WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers Ōban Star-Racers]]'':

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers Ōban Star-Racers]]'':''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'':



** ''You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown'': Linus wins the election for class president, but finds that the class president has absolutely no say in school bureaucracy, leaving Sally fuming that Linus sold out [[TakeThat like all politicians.]]

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** ''You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown'': Linus wins the election for class president, but finds that the class president has absolutely no say in school bureaucracy, leaving Sally fuming that Linus sold out [[TakeThat like all politicians.]]politicians]].



* ''Disney/TheSmallOne'' ends with the boy selling his beloved donkey, but it's to Joseph, the man who will become the human father of [[JesusChrist the Messiah Himself.]]

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* ''Disney/TheSmallOne'' ends with the boy selling his beloved donkey, but it's to Joseph, the man who will become the human father of [[JesusChrist [[{{Jesus}} the Messiah Himself.]]Himself]].



* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' episode "The Gauntlet" ends on a somewhat depressing note. Sure, the Turtles managed to stop the mutagen bomb from detonating and sucessfully fought off Bradford and Xever... But then [[KnightOfCerebus the Shredder showed up]] and gave them all an [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown absolutely brutal beatdown]], with the Turtles only managing to escape when the Shredder was distracted by the mutating Bradford and Xever. On top of all this, April's father allowed himself to be caught whilst escaping, so that the Turtles could go and stop the bomb.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' episode "The Gauntlet" ends on a somewhat depressing note. Sure, the Turtles managed to stop the mutagen bomb from detonating and sucessfully successfully fought off Bradford and Xever... But then [[KnightOfCerebus the Shredder showed up]] and gave them all an [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown absolutely brutal beatdown]], with the Turtles only managing to escape when the Shredder was distracted by the mutating Bradford and Xever. On top of all this, April's father allowed himself to be caught whilst escaping, so that the Turtles could go and stop the bomb.
24th May '17 11:25:40 PM mariofan1000
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} [[Dreamland/{{Archer}} Dreamland]]'' has one, befitting its DarkerAndEdgier status. [[spoiler: Archer finally learns the truth regarding Woodhouse's murder. Dutch receives his due karma, and Archer is no longer working for Mother at the moment. Unfortunately, Lana is dead and Poovey's Chinese sister-wives left. However, Archer is trying to move on with his life, and the Chinese sister-wives are trying to make it on their own. In real world terms, Archer also hasn't woken up, but he isn't dead.]]
21st May '17 6:01:29 PM spectertv
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* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' episode "The Gauntlet" ends on a somewhat depressing note. Sure, the Turtles managed to stop the mutagen bomb from detonating and sucessfully fought off Bradford and Xever... But then [[KnightOfCerebus the Shredder showed up and gave them all an [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown absolutely brutal beatdown]], with the Turtles only managing to escape when the Shredder was distracted by the mutating Bradford and Xever. On top of all this, April's father allowed himself to be caught whilst escaping, so that the Turtles could go and stop the bomb.]]

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' episode "The Gauntlet" ends on a somewhat depressing note. Sure, the Turtles managed to stop the mutagen bomb from detonating and sucessfully fought off Bradford and Xever... But then [[KnightOfCerebus the Shredder showed up up]] and gave them all an [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown absolutely brutal beatdown]], with the Turtles only managing to escape when the Shredder was distracted by the mutating Bradford and Xever. On top of all this, April's father allowed himself to be caught whilst escaping, so that the Turtles could go and stop the bomb.]]
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