History DownerEnding / Literature

24th Nov '17 10:21:14 AM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/TheStranger'' ends with the protagonist, having shot a random guy for no apparent reason, being guillotined for the murder, never showing any remorse or giving any explanation for his crime. Well, it's Creator/AlbertCamus, [[{{Existentialism}} what did you expect?]]

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* ''Literature/TheStranger'' ends with the protagonist, having shot a random guy for no apparent reason, being guillotined for the murder, never showing any remorse or giving any explanation for his crime. Well, it's Creator/AlbertCamus, [[{{Existentialism}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}} what did you expect?]]
28th Oct '17 2:05:13 PM darkemyst
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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', which ends with Dumbledore dead; Snape apparently evil and definitely a killer; Bill Weasley permanently scarred right before his wedding; and Harry, Ron, and Hermione dropping out of school to finish what Dumbledore started, knowing how slim their chances are. Harry even breaks off his new relationship with Ginny.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire The Goblet of Fire]]'' marks the first time Voldemort scores a victory, managing to gain a huge advantage over the forces of good and traumatizing Harry in the process.
** ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix The Order of the Phoenix]]'' ends with a major character death that plunges Harry into a deep grief, as everyone fears the impending Second Wizarding War.
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''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', which ends with Dumbledore dead; Snape apparently evil and definitely a killer; Bill Weasley permanently scarred right before his wedding; and Harry, Ron, and Hermione dropping out of school to finish what Dumbledore started, knowing how slim their chances are. Harry even breaks off his new relationship with Ginny.
30th Sep '17 5:22:43 PM nombretomado
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* Fred Saberhagen generally liked happy endings, but ''Mindsword's Story'', the sixth book in his ''[[BooksOfSwords Books of Lost Swords]]'' series, had a huge downer ending. Yes, the primary antagonist Prince Murat has been defeated and killed, but Vilkata and Akbar, who were both much more evil than Murat, are both still at large, the former with the [[MindRape Mindsword]] and the latter with [[InfinityPlusOneSword Shieldbreaker]]; Princess Kristin has had her legs shattered, crippling her, and she maintains that she is still in love with Murat, long after the Mindsword's powers should have worn off, and she insists that she has divorced Mark, meaning that he is no longer the Prince Consort of Tasavalta, leaving the principality with a huge political crisis. At the end of the novel, Mark is left standing in the rain, wondering what, exactly, he had won.

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* Fred Saberhagen generally liked happy endings, but ''Mindsword's Story'', the sixth book in his ''[[BooksOfSwords ''[[Literature/BookOfSwords Books of Lost Swords]]'' series, had a huge downer ending. Yes, the primary antagonist Prince Murat has been defeated and killed, but Vilkata and Akbar, who were both much more evil than Murat, are both still at large, the former with the [[MindRape Mindsword]] and the latter with [[InfinityPlusOneSword Shieldbreaker]]; Princess Kristin has had her legs shattered, crippling her, and she maintains that she is still in love with Murat, long after the Mindsword's powers should have worn off, and she insists that she has divorced Mark, meaning that he is no longer the Prince Consort of Tasavalta, leaving the principality with a huge political crisis. At the end of the novel, Mark is left standing in the rain, wondering what, exactly, he had won.
25th Sep '17 8:34:06 PM PaulA
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* Also fond of them is author Creator/CormacMcCarthy. ''Literature/BloodMeridian'' ends with every character in the posse dying, except for a figure which is either the villain or the protagonist, but more likely is the villain. In ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen'' the protagonist is killed by the Mexicans, and his wife is killed by Anton. ''Literature/TheRoad'''s BittersweetEnding seems comparatively festive.

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* Also fond of them is author Creator/CormacMcCarthy. Creator/CormacMcCarthy:
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''Literature/BloodMeridian'' ends with every character in the posse dying, except for a figure which is either the villain or the protagonist, but more likely is the villain. villain.
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In ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen'' the protagonist is killed by the Mexicans, and his wife is killed by Anton. ''Literature/TheRoad'''s BittersweetEnding seems comparatively festive.Anton.
13th Jul '17 2:52:13 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* James A. Michener's collection ''Creatures of the Kingdom'', which includes segments from six of his novels and one original story, has more than half of its sixteen stories end this way, as the animal character that the story is focused on either dies or loses a family member.
** ''Diplodocus, the Dinosaur'' (originally from ''Centennial''): The title character, mortally wounded, goes back into the swamp and dies.
** ''A Miracle of Evolution'' (originally from ''Centennial''): Covers the evolution of the horse, and follows the life of one in particular, ending in his being killed by wolves, just as his mate and colt had.
** ''Matriarch, the Woolly Mammoth'' (originally from ''Alaska''): Ends with the mammoths encountering the humans who kill one and will eventually drive the species to extinction.
** ''Portrait of Rufous'' (originally from ''Centennial''): Ends with the death of the title bison after he's become an outcast from his herd.
** ''The Beaver'' (originally from ''Centennial''): ends with the title character losing her mate and any chance at having any more children beyond the single litter she already had.
** ''The Eagle and the Snake'' (originally from ''Centennial''): follows a rattlesnake, and ends with it being killed by a human; the sub-segment ''Epilogue: The Death of Elly Zahm'' ends with the title character (and her unborn child) being killed by a different rattlesnake.
** ''The Hyena'' (originally from ''The Covenant''): The title character dies before he and his human companion can return to the man's home.
** ''Nerka the Salmon'' (originally from ''Alaska''): Follows the life cycle of a single Sockeye salmon, from his birth to his death after spawning.
** ''Jimmy the Crab'' (originally from ''Chesapeake''): Ends with the deaths of the title character and his mate as they couple; their deaths are due to a hurricane having caused massive flooding, and the floodwater carried a great deal of sewage with it into the Chesapeake Bay where the two crabs lived, poisoning its waters and the majority of its wildlife.
11th Jul '17 8:33:20 PM SchisselEL1
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* ''Creator/MarkTwain'''s short story [[http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3174 A Dog's Tale]]. "Poor little doggie, you saved ''his'' child."
24th May '17 7:30:39 AM TheNerfGuy
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* ''Literature/ADeadlyPresence'': DownerEnding connects with BittersweetEnding; The two main heroes live HappilyEverAfter and the leopard will be transported to a zoo instead of being killed, but humanity still doesn't care about Nature and continues to destroy it. A very sad story when you see it in this perspective.
19th May '17 9:17:05 AM Neromenian
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* ''Literature/ADeadlyPresence'': DownerEnding connects with BittersweetEnding; The two main heroes live HappilyEverAfter and the leopard will be transported to a zoo instead of being killed, but humanity still doesn't care about Nature and continues to destroy it. A very sad story when you see it in this perspective.
5th May '17 7:53:28 AM Davem33
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' aren't the happiest books in the world, but book 11 ends on a really depressing note. Sure, they found the traitor on the Council, but the whole thing was a set up to get the Black Council's guy on the Senior Council. Morgan, who was a JerkAss but a completely loyal one, is dead. Anastasia Luccio, the woman Harry has been dating, turns out to have been [[MindControl mentally coerced]] by the spy into the relationship in order to keep an eye on Harry. And Harry's half-brother, Thomas, has given into his vampire side after being tortured by the skin-walker and fed humans by it, and has returned to the White Court.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' aren't the happiest books in the world, but book 11 ends on a really depressing note. Sure, they found the traitor on the Council, but the whole thing was a set up to get the Black Council's guy on the Senior Council. Morgan, who was a JerkAss but a completely loyal one, is dead. Anastasia Luccio, the woman Harry has been dating, turns out to have been [[MindControl mentally coerced]] by the spy into the relationship in order to keep an eye on Harry. And Harry's half-brother, Thomas, has given into his vampire side after being tortured by the skin-walker and fed humans by it, and has returned to the White Court. [[note]](and the next book starts from there and goes downhill fast.)[[/note]]
17th Apr '17 4:08:55 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TheSorcererOfTheWildeeps'': The book ends with what looks like an AmbiguousEnding, but upon closer inspection it's heavily implied that Isa dies at the hands of the second jukiere because he is, for a split second, distracted by Demane arriving at the scene, and [[TheMedic Demane]] is unable to heal him. So Demane has to stay back at the Wildeeps until he has tracked down and killed the remaining jukiere, possibly also dying himself in the process, as the first, older jukiere already took almost all he had to kill. And he has to deal with feeling responsible for his lover's death.
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