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** In the Season Eight finale House has faked his death, can never practice medicine again and has just a few months left with his best friend Wilson before Wilson dies. At least they had [[CoolBike some nice harleys]].
21st May '17 2:34:43 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Warehouse13}}'' season 3 ends on a complete downer. [[BigBad Sykes]] is stopped, but only after bringing a bomb-like artifact into the Warehouse. Which goes off before the team can disarm it. The season ends with Steve, H.G. and Mrs. Frederick dead, the Warehouse destroyed and most of the artifacts vapourised. (There's a [[ResetButton reset astrolabe]] introduced in the 4th season premiere to undo most of this, naturally, but it's pretty dark for a mostly-light show.)

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* ''{{Warehouse13}}'' ''Series/{{Warehouse13}}'' season 3 ends on a complete downer. [[BigBad Sykes]] is stopped, but only after bringing a bomb-like artifact into the Warehouse. Which goes off before the team can disarm it. The season ends with Steve, H.G. and Mrs. Frederick dead, the Warehouse destroyed and most of the artifacts vapourised. (There's a [[ResetButton reset astrolabe]] introduced in the 4th season premiere to undo most of this, naturally, but it's pretty dark for a mostly-light show.)
19th Mar '17 5:10:05 AM NightShade96
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14th Feb '17 7:59:58 PM Lizardon
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** Finally, the series ended with an apparently hopeful note, but let us consider: the people gave up their culture and technology, as well as their chance to warn the future generations of their errors in favor of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Think of what all ''that'' entails: dying of trivial diseases and injuries, struggling to stay alive in a manner unknown to most of the population, and generally leading at least as shitty existence as they did back on Galactica, apart from the bit about being hunted by Cylons, though natural predators and at least some of the native humans probably take care of that aspect in their lives. Oh, and cute little Hera is destined to die at young age after popping out enough babies to sire modern humanity, which means she probably started in her early teens. Kind of a dark version of BabiesEverAfter...

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** Finally, the series ended with an apparently hopeful note, but let us consider: the people gave up their culture and technology, as well as their chance to warn the future generations of their errors in favor of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Think of what all ''that'' entails: dying of trivial diseases and injuries, struggling to stay alive in a manner unknown to most of the population, and generally leading at least as shitty existence as they did back on Galactica, apart from the bit about being hunted by Cylons, though although natural predators and at least some of the native humans will probably take care of that aspect in their lives. Oh, and cute little Hera is destined to die at young age after popping out enough babies to sire modern humanity, which means she probably started in her early teens. Kind of a dark version of BabiesEverAfter...



** Let's look at it psychologically: all remaining characters, without exeptions, decide their intire culture, history and technology is not worthy of preservation for the coming generations and they all just give up to become cavemen. The intire human race is so overcome with self-hatred they willingly forget everything. Future generations learned nothing from the whole ordeal too, because no one wanted to remember it. When you think of it, maybe things would have ended up less bleak if [[OnlySaneMan Gaeta]] had won?

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** Let's look at it psychologically: all remaining characters, without exeptions, exceptions, decide their intire entire culture, history and technology is not worthy of preservation for the coming generations and they all just give up to become cavemen. The intire entire human race is so overcome with self-hatred they willingly choose to forget everything. Future generations learned nothing from the whole ordeal too, because no one wanted to remember it. When you think of it, maybe things would have ended up less bleak if [[OnlySaneMan Gaeta]] had won?
12th Jan '17 1:56:30 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Each season ends on one for some characters, but it is always somewhat balanced by upbeat endings for other characters.
3rd Dec '16 6:35:06 PM lucy24
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* The first season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' when [[spoiler:Jack rushes to his wife only to find her dead]]. While certainly depressing, it arguably set the tone for all [[HopeSpot subsequent]] [[AnyoneCanDie seasons]] of the show.

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* The first season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' when [[spoiler:Jack Jack rushes to his wife only to find her dead]].dead. While certainly depressing, it arguably set the tone for all [[HopeSpot subsequent]] [[AnyoneCanDie seasons]] of the show.



** Day 9 is unquestionably the biggest DownerEnding of the entire series: [[spoiler: Audrey is dead, Heller soon won't even remember his daughter or how she died, a distraught Mark is going to prison, a guilt-ridden Kate resigns from the CIA, and Jack turns himself in to the Russians in exchange for Chloe, who has nothing or nobody to go home to, with a likely case of survivor's guilt added to it.]] Everybody in the cast except [[spoiler: Erik Ritter]] gets absolutely steamrolled by the finale.

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** Day 9 is unquestionably the biggest DownerEnding of the entire series: [[spoiler: Audrey is dead, Heller soon won't even remember his daughter or how she died, a distraught Mark is going to prison, a guilt-ridden Kate resigns from the CIA, and Jack turns himself in to the Russians in exchange for Chloe, who has nothing or nobody to go home to, with a likely case of survivor's guilt added to it.]] Everybody in the cast except [[spoiler: Erik Ritter]] Ritter gets absolutely steamrolled by the finale.



** Both Maeby and Tobias are [[spoiler: registered sex offenders]], made all the worse by virtue of the fact that Maeby inadvertently sets her own father up. Maybe has yet to graduate from high school, and Tobias has also given up hope on his newest love because she has a drug problem.
** Buster has been kicked out of the Army and has lost both his mother and Lucille Two (the latter to [[spoiler: his father]] Oscar), and now has nowhere to go. He also sees himself as a monster and may or may not have [[spoiler: killed Lucille Two]].
** GOB has finally made a friend in his longtime rival Tony Wonder, but has very likely screwed that up now that the two have actually [[spoiler: slept together]]. Oddly, they were both intending to sleep with each other anyway to ruin the others' careers, but then feelings got in the way.

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** Both Maeby and Tobias are [[spoiler: registered sex offenders]], offenders, made all the worse by virtue of the fact that Maeby inadvertently sets her own father up. Maybe has yet to graduate from high school, and Tobias has also given up hope on his newest love because she has a drug problem.
** Buster has been kicked out of the Army and has lost both his mother and Lucille Two (the latter to [[spoiler: his father]] father Oscar), and now has nowhere to go. He also sees himself as a monster and may or may not have [[spoiler: killed Lucille Two]].
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** GOB has finally made a friend in his longtime rival Tony Wonder, but has very likely screwed that up now that the two have actually [[spoiler: slept together]].together. Oddly, they were both intending to sleep with each other anyway to ruin the others' careers, but then feelings got in the way.



* ''Series/TheBlackDonnellys'', which was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled after one season, after having most of its episodes aired out of order on only on the internet]], ends on a massive, disturbing {{Cliffhanger}}: [[spoiler:the boys' mother is shot by Dokey and it is unclear if she survives. Dokey may or may not be dead, Nicky may or may not be dead, and Jenny beat her stalker-rapist Samson seemingly to death. And the way [[UnreliableNarrator Joey Ice Cream]] has talked about the brothers throughout the entire series is not encouraging about their fates anyway.]] Thanks, NBC.

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* ''Series/TheBlackDonnellys'', which was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled after one season, after having most of its episodes aired out of order on only on the internet]], ends on a massive, disturbing {{Cliffhanger}}: [[spoiler:the the boys' mother is shot by Dokey and it is unclear if she survives. Dokey may or may not be dead, Nicky may or may not be dead, and Jenny beat her stalker-rapist Samson seemingly to death. And the way [[UnreliableNarrator Joey Ice Cream]] has talked about the brothers throughout the entire series is not encouraging about their fates anyway.]] Thanks, NBC.



* The second season of ''Series/BreakingBad'' ends with [[spoiler: Jane dead, Jesse in total despair, Skylar leaving Walt due to his secrecy, Walt continuing to cook despite his cancer now being in remission and his actions causing a chain reaction that causes a horrific plane crash over Albuquerque.]]

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* The second season of ''Series/BreakingBad'' ends with [[spoiler: Jane dead, Jesse in total despair, Skylar leaving Walt due to his secrecy, Walt continuing to cook despite his cancer now being in remission and his actions causing a chain reaction that causes a horrific plane crash over Albuquerque.]]



** Most episodes of season six ended on downers. Even when the main problem of the episode was resolved, the gradual decline of each character's life continued - [[spoiler: Buffy's suffering, her mutually abusive relationship with Spike, Xander/Anya's and Willow/Tara's relationships slowly breaking down, Giles deciding to leave, Dawn's loneliness, and Willow's magic/drug problem. The ultimate downer ending has to be 'Seeing Red', when Tara is killed after reconciling with Willow.]]

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** Most episodes of season six ended on downers. Even when the main problem of the episode was resolved, the gradual decline of each character's life continued - [[spoiler: Buffy's suffering, her mutually abusive relationship with Spike, Xander/Anya's and Willow/Tara's relationships slowly breaking down, Giles deciding to leave, Dawn's loneliness, and Willow's magic/drug problem. The ultimate downer ending has to be 'Seeing Red', when Tara is killed after reconciling with Willow.]]



* Oh, god, the Season Three finale of ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. To retcon a world where everyone finds out the sisters are witches (which resulted in Piper's death and Prue in a MexicanStandoff with authorities), Phoebe and Cole must make a DealWithTheDevil that supposedly ends with them all dying anyway: Phoebe must stay a prisoner of The Source of All Evil, who says he's going to kill her anyway, and Prue and Piper are left for dead at the hands of the monster they faced in the the beginning. The fourth season premiere turned it into a Bittersweet Beginning by revealing that only [[spoiler: Prue]] died.

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* Oh, god, the Season Three finale of ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. To retcon a world where everyone finds out the sisters are witches (which resulted in Piper's death and Prue in a MexicanStandoff with authorities), Phoebe and Cole must make a DealWithTheDevil that supposedly ends with them all dying anyway: Phoebe must stay a prisoner of The Source of All Evil, who says he's going to kill her anyway, and Prue and Piper are left for dead at the hands of the monster they faced in the the beginning. The fourth season premiere turned it into a Bittersweet Beginning by revealing that only [[spoiler: Prue]] Prue died.



** Then played straight in the 3rd episode of the 5th season in which [[spoiler: Pierce dies off-screen.]]

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** Then played straight in the 3rd episode of the 5th season in which [[spoiler: Pierce dies off-screen.]]



* Despite its premise, ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' usually ends on a more or less upbeat note. Season 1 ends with [[spoiler:Dexter killing the Ice Truck Killer]] although it can be seen as a Downer Ending because [[spoiler:The Ice Truck killer is actually Dexter's [[LukeIAmYourFather brother]] and the only person who understands him.]] Season 2 ended with [[spoiler:Lila dead and Dexter back together with Rita]] although it's also got a bit of a Downer ending [[spoiler:because Lila killed Sergeant Doakes and he never gets the chance to acquit himself of the accusations that he is the Bay Harbor Butcher]]. Season 3 ends on the happiest note of the entire show with [[spoiler:Miguel Prado killed, Miguel's brother on the road to recovering from the grief of losing his two brothers, the Skinner killed, and with Dexter happily married.]] Season 4, however, has a complete Downer when [[spoiler:after Trinity is killed, Dexter comes home to find [[ItWasHisSled his wife dead with her blood drained in the bathtub]] when they were about to go on a retreat.]] This becomes even sadder when you realize that Dexter could have killed [[spoiler:Trinity]] several times throughout the season but chose not to. Dexter also hints that [[spoiler:his son Harrison may grow up to be like him.]]
** On that note, the whole series. [[spoiler:Dexter fails to kill The Brain Surgeon when he had the chance, resulting in Debra getting shot, ending up in a vegetable state after a life-threatening stroke, only to be mercy-killed by Dexter, who pulls the plug. Dexter then goes out to sea and dumps her in the water with all his other victims. He then fakes his death by driving his boat into a hurricane, escapes to Canada and as a means of punishing himself, works for the lumber trade and lives in an empty shack, a sad and devastated shell. In addition, Hannah walks free, adopts Harrison, and both her and Dexter have gotten away with their crimes]].

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* Despite its premise, ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' usually ends on a more or less upbeat note. note.
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Season 1 ends with [[spoiler:Dexter Dexter killing the Ice Truck Killer]] Killer although it can be seen as a Downer Ending because [[spoiler:The The Ice Truck killer is actually Dexter's [[LukeIAmYourFather brother]] and the only person who understands him.]] him.
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Season 2 ended with [[spoiler:Lila Lila dead and Dexter back together with Rita]] Rita although it's also got a bit of a Downer ending [[spoiler:because because Lila killed Sergeant Doakes and he never gets the chance to acquit himself of the accusations that he is the Bay Harbor Butcher]]. Butcher.
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Season 3 ends on the happiest note of the entire show with [[spoiler:Miguel Miguel Prado killed, Miguel's brother on the road to recovering from the grief of losing his two brothers, the Skinner killed, and with Dexter happily married.]] married.
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Season 4, however, has a complete Downer when [[spoiler:after after Trinity is killed, Dexter comes home to find [[ItWasHisSled his wife dead with her blood drained in the bathtub]] when they were about to go on a retreat.]] retreat. This becomes even sadder when you realize that Dexter could have killed [[spoiler:Trinity]] Trinity several times throughout the season but chose not to. Dexter also hints that [[spoiler:his his son Harrison may grow up to be like him.]]
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** On that note, the whole series. [[spoiler:Dexter Dexter fails to kill The Brain Surgeon when he had the chance, resulting in Debra getting shot, ending up in a vegetable state after a life-threatening stroke, only to be mercy-killed by Dexter, who pulls the plug. Dexter then goes out to sea and dumps her in the water with all his other victims. He then fakes his death by driving his boat into a hurricane, escapes to Canada and as a means of punishing himself, works for the lumber trade and lives in an empty shack, a sad and devastated shell. In addition, Hannah walks free, adopts Harrison, and both her and Dexter have gotten away with their crimes]].crimes.



** [[AlasPoorScrappy The death of Adric]] at the end of "Earthshock" is, to some, a downer ending. To make matters worse [[spoiler: he died thinking he failed to save the past, not knowing that the ship he was on was the 'asteroid' that wiped out the dinosaurs, leading to humanity's rise.]]

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** [[AlasPoorScrappy The death of Adric]] at the end of "Earthshock" is, to some, a downer ending. To make matters worse [[spoiler: he died thinking he failed to save the past, not knowing that the ship he was on was the 'asteroid' that wiped out the dinosaurs, leading to humanity's rise.]]



* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': "Ask Me No Questions". Niles asks Frasier, in the midst of his reconciliation with Maris, if Frasier thinks they are meant to be together. Frasier realizes the huge impact this could have because Niles has always come to him for advice on big decisions and values his opinion highly, and while he believes that Maris has always been bossy, demanding and selfish, he also hears that she has become much nicer since the procedings have begun and is a better person. After agonizing over what to do, he shows up at Niles's apartment late at night to give his answer: [[spoiler:no]]. Niles thanks Frasier for his advice and tries to say goodbye, when the TwistEnding kicks in--[[spoiler:Maris is at the apartment, Niles has taken her back, and judging from the bell rings and the whistle as she calls for him, she has not changed one bit.]]

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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': "Ask Me No Questions". Niles asks Frasier, in the midst of his reconciliation with Maris, if Frasier thinks they are meant to be together. Frasier realizes the huge impact this could have because Niles has always come to him for advice on big decisions and values his opinion highly, and while he believes that Maris has always been bossy, demanding and selfish, he also hears that she has become much nicer since the procedings have begun and is a better person. After agonizing over what to do, he shows up at Niles's apartment late at night to give his answer: [[spoiler:no]]. no. Niles thanks Frasier for his advice and tries to say goodbye, when the TwistEnding kicks in--[[spoiler:Maris in--Maris is at the apartment, Niles has taken her back, and judging from the bell rings and the whistle as she calls for him, she has not changed one bit.]]



** Also qualifying as a WHAMEpisode, is "Bad News". The episode revolves around Marshall and Lily visiting a fertility doctor (Barney's doppleganger), to figure out why they can't conceive (although it still features plenty of humor, including a RunningGag of Barney trying to get his friends to go with him to a lazer tag championship). After Lily checks out, Marshall thinks he's the problem, and explains what's going on to his visiting parents, who say they're fine if he doesn't give them a grandchild right away. At the end, Marshall is told his sperm count is fine and goes to celebrate... only for Lily to pull up in a taxi and tell him [[spoiler: his dad died of a heart attack on the way home]]. WordOfGod is that Jason Segel wasn't told ahead of time what Alyson Hannigan would say when she exited the cab [[EnforcedMethodActing to make his reaction all the more real]].
** "Tick, Tick, Tick..." is one of these. Barney realizes he wants to be with Robin [[spoiler: and breaks up with his girlfriend Nora because he'd cheated on her with Robin and it meant something to him]]. He waits at the bar for her at midnight, because they agreed to meet up and talk about their relationship. Only Robin comes in with her boyfriend Kevin [[spoiler: because she didn't tell him that she cheated]] and just shakes her head sadly at Barney. Barney holds back tears, walks out of the bar, and you kind of wish that would be the end of the episode right there [[spoiler: because we later see him in Robin's room clearing rose petals off her bed and blowing out candles]]. He was so sure they were getting back together.
** The end of "Symphony of Illumination" has [[spoiler:Robin tell her children that not only are they imaginary, but she can't ever have kids of her own. Made worse by Future Ted confirming that Robin never does become a mother.]]
*** However, despite the utterly devastating tragedy of the penultimate scene, the final scene is more of a BittersweetEnding, with Ted [[spoiler: staying with Robin despite not even knowing what she was upset about, and swearing that nothing can ever stop him from trying to cheer her up]], and Future!Ted reflecting that in spite of everything, in spite of the horrible unfairness and in spite of the fact that [[spoiler: Robin never became a mother and no miraculous happy ending ever happened to bring about those wonderful kids she imagined, her friends were always there for her and she was never alone.]]
** The finale. [[spoiler:Barney and Robin divorce after only three years, leaving Barney a broken, miserable single father who will never truly love or live life again. Meanwhile, the Mother dies offscreen, Ted is revealed to have been obsessed with Robin all this time, and the two are [[StrangledByTheRedString forced]] into restarting their relationship despite one of the main themes of the series having been that Ted and Robin simply wouldn't work together.]]
*** Technically, the finale was not meant to be a Downer Ending. [[spoiler:Viewers were supposed to be touched by Ted showing up to Robin's apartment with the blue french horn (a call back to the pilot) and believe that Barney had changed for good with the birth of his daughter. It qualifies here because it was poorly executed and fans have correctly pointed out just how depressing it truly is.]]

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** Also qualifying as a WHAMEpisode, is "Bad News". The episode revolves around Marshall and Lily visiting a fertility doctor (Barney's doppleganger), to figure out why they can't conceive (although it still features plenty of humor, including a RunningGag of Barney trying to get his friends to go with him to a lazer tag championship). After Lily checks out, Marshall thinks he's the problem, and explains what's going on to his visiting parents, who say they're fine if he doesn't give them a grandchild right away. At the end, Marshall is told his sperm count is fine and goes to celebrate... only for Lily to pull up in a taxi and tell him [[spoiler: his dad died of a heart attack on the way home]].home. WordOfGod is that Jason Segel wasn't told ahead of time what Alyson Hannigan would say when she exited the cab [[EnforcedMethodActing to make his reaction all the more real]].
** "Tick, Tick, Tick..." is one of these. Barney realizes he wants to be with Robin [[spoiler: and breaks up with his girlfriend Nora because he'd cheated on her with Robin and it meant something to him]].him. He waits at the bar for her at midnight, because they agreed to meet up and talk about their relationship. Only Robin comes in with her boyfriend Kevin [[spoiler: because she didn't tell him that she cheated]] cheated and just shakes her head sadly at Barney. Barney holds back tears, walks out of the bar, and you kind of wish that would be the end of the episode right there [[spoiler: because we later see him in Robin's room clearing rose petals off her bed and blowing out candles]].candles. He was so sure they were getting back together.
** The end of "Symphony of Illumination" has [[spoiler:Robin Robin tell her children that not only are they imaginary, but she can't ever have kids of her own. Made worse by Future Ted confirming that Robin never does become a mother.]]
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*** However, despite the utterly devastating tragedy of the penultimate scene, the final scene is more of a BittersweetEnding, with Ted [[spoiler: staying with Robin despite not even knowing what she was upset about, and swearing that nothing can ever stop him from trying to cheer her up]], up, and Future!Ted reflecting that in spite of everything, in spite of the horrible unfairness and in spite of the fact that [[spoiler: Robin never became a mother and no miraculous happy ending ever happened to bring about those wonderful kids she imagined, her friends were always there for her and she was never alone.]]
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** The finale. [[spoiler:Barney Barney and Robin divorce after only three years, leaving Barney a broken, miserable single father who will never truly love or live life again. Meanwhile, the Mother dies offscreen, Ted is revealed to have been obsessed with Robin all this time, and the two are [[StrangledByTheRedString forced]] into restarting their relationship despite one of the main themes of the series having been that Ted and Robin simply wouldn't work together.]]
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*** Technically, the finale was not meant to be a Downer Ending. [[spoiler:Viewers Viewers were supposed to be touched by Ted showing up to Robin's apartment with the blue french horn (a call back to the pilot) and believe that Barney had changed for good with the birth of his daughter. It qualifies here because it was poorly executed and fans have correctly pointed out just how depressing it truly is.]]



** You think that's bad? iPity the Nevel blows that out of the water. [[HeelFaceTurn After Nevel has made amends with the little girl and gets lots of positive comments for it]], he's at the Groovie Smoothie, and [[spoiler: is bumped into by a somewhat older looking black guy in a wheelchair, causing him to drop a lucky penny. He then tirades at the man...but then a girl shows that she's filming him. So apparently, Nevel can never have a HappyEnding.]] What the fuck, Dan?

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** You think that's bad? iPity the Nevel blows that out of the water. [[HeelFaceTurn After Nevel has made amends with the little girl and gets lots of positive comments for it]], he's at the Groovie Smoothie, and [[spoiler: is bumped into by a somewhat older looking black guy in a wheelchair, causing him to drop a lucky penny. He then tirades at the man...but then a girl shows that she's filming him. So apparently, Nevel can never have a HappyEnding.]] What the fuck, Dan?



* ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'': A lot of the main characters end up dead, including one of the main protagonists. Takumi survives, but [[spoiler:his life expectancy has been greatly damaged due to his repeated Orphnoch transformations]]. Furthermore, [[spoiler: the Orphenoch King survived, is being cared for by Saeko, and could resurface at any time.]]
* ''Series/TheKilling'': Season 3 has nothing resembling a happy ending for anyone, with [[spoiler: Ray Seward executed for a crime he didn't commit, Bullet brutally murdered, Callie's body never being found and her mother never getting closure, Lyric falling back into prostitution, and finally, Linden discovering her ex-partner and lover Skinner is the serial killer she's been chasing, leading to her shooting him dead in cold blood in front of Holder, right as the episode ends.]]

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* ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'': A lot of the main characters end up dead, including one of the main protagonists. Takumi survives, but [[spoiler:his his life expectancy has been greatly damaged due to his repeated Orphnoch transformations]]. transformations. Furthermore, [[spoiler: the Orphenoch King survived, is being cared for by Saeko, and could resurface at any time.]]
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* ''Series/TheKilling'': Season 3 has nothing resembling a happy ending for anyone, with [[spoiler: Ray Seward executed for a crime he didn't commit, Bullet brutally murdered, Callie's body never being found and her mother never getting closure, Lyric falling back into prostitution, and finally, Linden discovering her ex-partner and lover Skinner is the serial killer she's been chasing, leading to her shooting him dead in cold blood in front of Holder, right as the episode ends.]]



* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Although the show doesn't usually have "happy" episodes (and when it does they're usually [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] or subverted at the last moment), but the "The Candidate" is just ''miserable''. [[spoiler: Three of the major characters (and candidates) explode or drown and the rest of the remaining cast cries on the beach. End episode.]]

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Although the show doesn't usually have "happy" episodes (and when it does they're usually [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] or subverted at the last moment), but the "The Candidate" is just ''miserable''. [[spoiler: Three of the major characters (and candidates) explode or drown and the rest of the remaining cast cries on the beach. End episode.]]



* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', though it was always kind of forgone, due to the way the legends end. [[spoiler: The titular protagonist doesn't die, but Arthur, Morgana and Gwaine do. Merlin is left to [[WalkingTheEarth walk the earth]] alone, an immortal old man long after everyone he's ever known has passed on, for the hope of Arthur's eventual return.]]

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', though it was always kind of forgone, due to the way the legends end. [[spoiler: The titular protagonist doesn't die, but Arthur, Morgana and Gwaine do. Merlin is left to [[WalkingTheEarth walk the earth]] alone, an immortal old man long after everyone he's ever known has passed on, for the hope of Arthur's eventual return.]]



** In ''The Return of Preston Giles'', the episode character who had been released from prison discovers who the murderer of one of his employees was and shot and killed by [[spoiler:her.]] He only had one final moment with Jessica and revealed he recorded the confession before he died. It didn't help that the last freeze-frame of the episode was Jessica holding his hand while he was dying from thee gunshot wounds.

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** In ''The Return of Preston Giles'', the episode character who had been released from prison discovers who the murderer of one of his employees was and shot and killed by [[spoiler:her.]] her. He only had one final moment with Jessica and revealed he recorded the confession before he died. It didn't help that the last freeze-frame of the episode was Jessica holding his hand while he was dying from thee gunshot wounds.



* Subverted at the end of the ''Series/NoahsArc'' first season. [[spoiler:Wade just broke up with Noah, Chance's new husband is unconscious, Trey separated from Alex for a 6 month relief mission, and Ricky broke up with his love Junito. Though it seems objectively depressing, Noah, Chance, Alex and Ricky find comfort in each other and all just laugh about it. The trope is played much more straight at the end of season 2 however....]].

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* Subverted at the end of the ''Series/NoahsArc'' first season. [[spoiler:Wade Wade just broke up with Noah, Chance's new husband is unconscious, Trey separated from Alex for a 6 month relief mission, and Ricky broke up with his love Junito. Though it seems objectively depressing, Noah, Chance, Alex and Ricky find comfort in each other and all just laugh about it. The trope is played much more straight at the end of season 2 however....]].however.....



One particularly crushing episode ("Dead Man's Switch") involved a group of four or five humans being put in special underground bunkers while the rest of humanity prepares to meet an alien race. The humans can only talk to each other, but live in their bunkers alone. Every six hours, an alarm goes off, and they have to push a button to prevent nuclear missiles from devastating the world in case humanity was wiped out by the aliens. The routine continues endlessly until one by one the humans in the other bunkers mysteriously get cut off, leaving the last guy alone with his thoughts. He slowly goes crazy, and finally resolves to let the missiles fly, convinced humanity has been wiped out by the aliens, until [[spoiler:he's contacted by the general in charge of the program, who tells the protagonist that everything is fine, the aliens have been defeated, and they'll get him out of there soon. The protagonist accepts this, still marginally crazy, and deactivates the alarm time and time again, while the camera switches shots to show the general being mind controlled by an alien while the Capital building and all of Washington DC burns in the background.]]

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One particularly crushing episode ("Dead Man's Switch") involved a group of four or five humans being put in special underground bunkers while the rest of humanity prepares to meet an alien race. The humans can only talk to each other, but live in their bunkers alone. Every six hours, an alarm goes off, and they have to push a button to prevent nuclear missiles from devastating the world in case humanity was wiped out by the aliens. The routine continues endlessly until one by one the humans in the other bunkers mysteriously get cut off, leaving the last guy alone with his thoughts. He slowly goes crazy, and finally resolves to let the missiles fly, convinced humanity has been wiped out by the aliens, until [[spoiler:he's he's contacted by the general in charge of the program, who tells the protagonist that everything is fine, the aliens have been defeated, and they'll get him out of there soon. The protagonist accepts this, still marginally crazy, and deactivates the alarm time and time again, while the camera switches shots to show the general being mind controlled by an alien while the Capital building and all of Washington DC burns in the background.]]



** The final episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' also ended on a downer, with Goldar and Rito successfully blowing up the Command Center, and the Rangers staring at disbelief at the smoldering remains of the building. [[spoiler:It returned in the first episode of ''[[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]]'', though.]]

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** The final episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' also ended on a downer, with Goldar and Rito successfully blowing up the Command Center, and the Rangers staring at disbelief at the smoldering remains of the building. [[spoiler:It It returned in the first episode of ''[[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]]'', though.]]



* The first season finale of ''Series/SleepyHollow'' ends with [[spoiler: Henry Parrish revealing he was the Horseman of War as well as Ichabod and Katrina's son Jeremy, and that he had been manipulating Ichabod and Abbie for the whole season to separate them and get Katrina out of purgatory. The episode closes with all five main characters in some sort of peril: Ichabod is BuriedAlive in Jeremy's grave, Katrina is put to sleep and handed over to the Headless Horseman, Abbie is trapped in Purgatory, Irving confesses and is arrested for two murders in order to save his daughter, and Jenny is lying unconscious in the road after Headless shot up her car.]]

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* The first season finale of ''Series/SleepyHollow'' ends with [[spoiler: Henry Parrish revealing he was the Horseman of War as well as Ichabod and Katrina's son Jeremy, and that he had been manipulating Ichabod and Abbie for the whole season to separate them and get Katrina out of purgatory. The episode closes with all five main characters in some sort of peril: Ichabod is BuriedAlive in Jeremy's grave, Katrina is put to sleep and handed over to the Headless Horseman, Abbie is trapped in Purgatory, Irving confesses and is arrested for two murders in order to save his daughter, and Jenny is lying unconscious in the road after Headless shot up her car.]]



*** The first two episodes of season seven both had downer endings. In the first one, [[spoiler: Cas loses possession of his body to the purgatory monsters and bursts]]. In the second, Bobby's scrapyard has been burnt to the ground by the Leviathans [[spoiler:, and Dean, thinking Bobby's dead, is left all alone with an unconscious-from-head-injury Sam who was basically insane even when he was fine. And they're being rushed to a hospital where Leviathans have a foothold.]]

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*** The first two episodes of season seven both had downer endings. In the first one, [[spoiler: Cas loses possession of his body to the purgatory monsters and bursts]]. bursts. In the second, Bobby's scrapyard has been burnt to the ground by the Leviathans [[spoiler:, Leviathans, and Dean, thinking Bobby's dead, is left all alone with an unconscious-from-head-injury Sam who was basically insane even when he was fine. And they're being rushed to a hospital where Leviathans have a foothold.]]



* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' ends on this note. [[spoiler: Malcolm is about to be locked up and Glenn might follow him, Ollie's taking Malcolm's job just after we find out how emotionally and spiritually draining it is, Nicola's doomed to a backbench position, Stewart's been sacked, nothing has changed in politics whatsoever and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Terri can't start up her tea shop.]]]]

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* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' ends on this note. [[spoiler: Malcolm is about to be locked up and Glenn might follow him, Ollie's taking Malcolm's job just after we find out how emotionally and spiritually draining it is, Nicola's doomed to a backbench position, Stewart's been sacked, nothing has changed in politics whatsoever and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Terri can't start up her tea shop.]]]]]]



* Every season of the original run of ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' had downer endings played for comedic effect. Seasons ended with at least two of the boys (sometimes all 3) going to jail for drug-related charges, usually the catalyst being [[ButtMonkey Lahey]]. The downer would always be slightly lessened by the fact that the boys did deserve it in some way, however. When the show was revived in 2014 on Netflix, season 8 had a BittersweetEnding where the boys did indeed go to jail yet again, but [[spoiler: this time Lahey got to bite the big one as well]], and season 9 had a happy ending.

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* Every season of the original run of ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' had downer endings played for comedic effect. Seasons ended with at least two of the boys (sometimes all 3) going to jail for drug-related charges, usually the catalyst being [[ButtMonkey Lahey]]. The downer would always be slightly lessened by the fact that the boys did deserve it in some way, however. When the show was revived in 2014 on Netflix, season 8 had a BittersweetEnding where the boys did indeed go to jail yet again, but [[spoiler: this time Lahey got to bite the big one as well]], well, and season 9 had a happy ending.
2nd Nov '16 12:01:30 AM lalalei2001
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* Due to the series being canceled, ''Series/JekyllAndHyde2015'' ends with the main cast apparently dead with no plot resolution.



** It will be returning, though, as simply ''Kate Plus Eight,'' which is something of a downer in its own right.
*** [[WildMassGuessing Was Kate awarded custody of all the children]] [[ExecutiveMeddling just so the show could]] keep the rhyming title?
*** And now ''Kate Plus Eight'' is cancelled.
22nd Oct '16 11:12:25 AM talltalltree
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** ''The National Anthem'': the Prime Minister is forced to have sex with a pig as ransom for a kidnapped princess. A year later, it's clear that the events of the episode have, if anything, helped him politically...but as a person, he is still completely and utterly ruined (as is his marriage). And to top it off? [[ShootTheShaggyDog Turns out the princess was physically fine all along]] and had been freed half an hour before he actually did the act, meaning he did it for nothing.

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** ''The National Anthem'': the Prime Minister is forced to have sex with a pig as ransom for a kidnapped princess. A year later, it's clear that the events of the episode have, if anything, helped him politically...politically ... but as a person, he is still completely and utterly ruined (as is his marriage). And to top it off? [[ShootTheShaggyDog Turns out the princess was physically fine all along]] and had been freed half an hour before he actually did the act, meaning he did it for nothing.


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** ''Men Against Fire'': a soldier learns that the enemies he's been fighting (which looked like mutant zombies to him) were actually regular humans being destroyed as part of a eugenics scheme; he and his fellow soldiers had been fitted with implants that made regular people look like monsters, so they could kill without compunction. Not only that but he'd consented to it prior to signing up. After having his memories wiped he's discharged from the military and goes back alone to his cold, empty home.
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* ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'': With the cancelation of the show at the end of season 3, everyone is doubtlessly worse off than where they started. After Jamal's death HistoryRepeats and despite the promise of democracy, Barry has finally become the same tyrant their father was in the name of order with an unscrupulous General backing him, his wife Molly has been wrecked by the murder of their daughter Emma by the Caliphate and become a LadyMacBeth, Leila, Fauzi, and Deliyah have all become rebels opposing the Al Fayeed's dictatorship, and the war with the Caliphate is about to (re)start while the only moderate Islamic leader has been assassinated.

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* ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'': With the cancelation of the show at the end of season 3, everyone is doubtlessly worse off than where they started. After Jamal's death HistoryRepeats and despite the promise of democracy, Barry has finally become the same tyrant their father was in the name of order with an unscrupulous General backing him, his wife Molly has been wrecked by the murder of their daughter Emma by at the hands of the Caliphate and become a LadyMacBeth, Leila, Fauzi, and Deliyah have all become rebels opposing the Al Fayeed's dictatorship, and the war with the Caliphate is about to (re)start while the only moderate Islamic leader has been assassinated.
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