History DownerEnding / Other

26th Jul '16 7:37:53 PM DoctorCooper
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* The fate of Anne Frank and the other Jews hiding in the Secret Annexe of her father's factory. The fact that they all were found out and taken to concentration camps just before the war died is so tragic it makes people want to cry. A play version makes this even worse: as the residents hear the Gestapo below, Anne is trying to comfort Peter and talks about the wonderful day outside and the beautiful sky. Not sure if it's in the real journal, but Anne Frank's story truly qualifies as a Downer Ending.
** I would say it qualifies more as a borderline BittersweetEnding, given that at least her father survived, meaning Miep's efforts weren't completely futile.

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* The fate of Anne Frank and the other Jews hiding in the Secret Annexe of her father's factory. The fact that they all were found out and taken to concentration camps just before the war died is so tragic it makes people want to cry. A play version makes this even worse: as the residents hear the Gestapo below, Anne is trying to comfort Peter and talks about the wonderful day outside and the beautiful sky. Not sure if it's in the real journal, but Anne Frank's story truly qualifies as a Downer Ending.
** I would say it qualifies more as a borderline BittersweetEnding, given that at
Ending. At least her father survived, meaning Miep's efforts weren't completely futile.
15th Jun '16 6:41:39 PM Doug86
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* [[WorldWarOne World War I]]. With nearly an entire generation of young men slaughtered over four years in a 'war to end all wars', the Versailles treaty that ended the war was mostly about weakening Germany and enriching the victors rather than making a lasting peace. The result was [[WorldWarTwo another, even more destructive war just twenty years later.]]

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* [[WorldWarOne World War I]].UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. With nearly an entire generation of young men slaughtered over four years in a 'war to end all wars', the Versailles treaty that ended the war was mostly about weakening Germany and enriching the victors rather than making a lasting peace. The result was [[WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII another, even more destructive war just twenty years later.]]
8th Mar '16 6:35:01 PM AnotherEpicFail
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** [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho045ProjectLazarus "Project Lazarus"]] has the rare distinction of having ''two'' downer endings: the Sixth Doctor's part in the story ends with the Doctor barely escaping the Forge alive, his attempts to cure Cassie having been AllForNothing; Cassie herself has been murdered by Nimrod, leaving her son an orphan; finally, Evelyn is [[HeroicBSOD deeply shaken]] and [[WhatTheHellHero not at all happy at the Doctor's attempts to bounce back from the disaster]]. Worse still, it's also revealed that Evelyn is [[SecretlyDying actually suffering from a serious heart condition]] - one of the reasons why she decided to travel the universe in the first place - and might not be around much longer. Meanwhile, the ''Seventh'' Doctor's story ends with the Forge in ruins and the Huldran able to escape... but Nimrod is still alive and setting up a new base in London, [[AlasPoorVillain the clone of Six died in despair with the rest of his brothers]], and the few [[PunchClockVillain sympathetic base personnel]] were either murdered by Nimrod or [[HeroicSacrifice died saving the Doctor]]. Seven, needless to say, is left shell-shocked by this incident and decides that [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie it's time to return home...]]
8th Mar '16 5:16:41 PM AnotherEpicFail
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** Another spectacular example from Big Finish, [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho014TheHolyTerror "The Holy Terror,"]] concludes with the Doctor and Frobisher unable to save ''anyone.'' Frobisher's attempts to teach free will to the people of the Castle end with [[HumanoidAbomination The Child]] massacring them - the entire population of the world dying horrible while begging Frobisher for a miracle he can't provide. Though the Doctor manages to discover the truth behind the Castle and stop Eugene from carrying on [[EternalRecurrence the same cycle of murder and forgetting he's been stuck in for the last few thousand years]], he can't free him from his SelfInflictedHell: unwilling to spend another cycle in the prison dimension but [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone unable to forgive himself]], Eugene [[DrivenToSuicide allows the Child to kill him]]. In the end, the Doctor and Frobisher are the only survivors of the entire story, and both of them are horribly traumatized by what they've encountered.
11th Jan '16 12:31:33 AM mewmdude77
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* The fates of any individual that was assassinated before they could enact their major works, leading to their hard work being undone, such as Abraham Lincoln, JFK, MLK jr, MAlcolm X, and many more.
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3rd Nov '15 11:15:59 PM CountDorku
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* The storylines of some MagicTheGathering sets and blocks have particularly nasty Downer Endings, since the next one will typically take place in an entirely different world anyway. In particular, while ''Rise of the Eldrazi'''s storyline is left unresolved, it's awfully hard to see how any non-Eldrazi life is going to survive and it's entirely possible the world of Zendikar itself is about to be destroyed. Several other storylines from much earlier in the game's history (''Antiquities'' and ''Fallen Empires'' jump to mind) conclude with similar devastation, though on a "merely" continent-wide, rather than wordldwide, scale.

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* The storylines of some MagicTheGathering sets and blocks have particularly nasty Downer Endings, since the next one will typically take place in an entirely different world anyway. In particular, while ''Rise "Scars of the Eldrazi'''s storyline is left unresolved, it's awfully hard to see how any non-Eldrazi life is going to survive and it's entirely possible the world of Zendikar itself is about to be destroyed. Several other storylines from much earlier in the game's history (''Antiquities'' and ''Fallen Empires'' jump to mind) conclude Mirrodin" ends with similar devastation, though on Mirrodin losing and Phyrexia's rebirth, "Khans of Tarkir" actually ends up with Tarkir a "merely" continent-wide, rather than wordldwide, scale.worse place after Sarkhan's temporal meddling leads to the clans being conquered by dragons instead of exterminating them, and "Theros" ends with Elspeth's needless death at the hands of Heliod.
9th Oct '15 3:11:04 PM cococrisp
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* ''Joliette'' by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. The protagonist, Joliette, has a penchant for gossiping and tattling. Eventually, her gossiping gets her in serious trouble when a gentleman overhears her gossiping to his wife that her husband told her that the man was dishonorable. The man later proceeds to kill Joliette's husband. Upon seeing all the damage that she has caused, Joliette impales herself on the sword that killed him. Joliette's mother dies right afterwards.

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* ''Joliette'' by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. The protagonist, Joliette, has a penchant for gossiping and tattling. Eventually, her gossiping gets her in serious trouble when a gentleman overhears her gossiping to his wife that her husband told her that the man was dishonorable. The man later proceeds to kill Joliette's husband. Upon seeing all the damage that her husband's dead body and realizing what a horrible mistake she has caused, made, Joliette impales herself on the sword that killed him. Joliette's mother dies right afterwards.
9th Oct '15 3:06:32 PM cococrisp
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* ''Joliette'' by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. The protagonist, Joliette, has a penchant for gossiping and tattling. Eventually, her gossiping gets in trouble when a gentleman overhears her gossiping to his wife that her husband told her that the man was dishonorable. The man kills Joliette's husband, while Joliette impales herself on the sword that killed him.

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* ''Joliette'' by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. The protagonist, Joliette, has a penchant for gossiping and tattling. Eventually, her gossiping gets her in serious trouble when a gentleman overhears her gossiping to his wife that her husband told her that the man was dishonorable. The man kills later proceeds to kill Joliette's husband, while husband. Upon seeing all the damage that she has caused, Joliette impales herself on the sword that killed him.him. Joliette's mother dies right afterwards.
16th Aug '15 6:36:27 AM cococrisp
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* ''The Palace of Revenge'', also by Murat. The protagonist, Imis, and her lover Philax are shut up in the Palace of Revenge by the evil spirit Pagan because Imis had rejected him in favor of Philax. Imis and Philax eventually find a way out, but have grown so sick of each other that they do not marry.

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* ''The Palace of Revenge'', also by Murat. The protagonist, Imis, and her lover Philax are shut up in the Palace of Revenge by the evil spirit Pagan because Imis had rejected him in favor of Philax. Imis and Philax eventually find a way out, but have grown so sick of each other that they do not marry. (A rare fairy tale example of a sad ending where the protagonists do not die.)
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