History DownerEnding / Other

18th Feb '17 7:08:12 AM Berrenta
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* The London Dungeon, an attraction near the London Bridge in the UK. The whole idea is a haunted house with the theme of London's downer history. It even starts with visitors getting pictures of themselves on Death Row. There's the burning of London, a doctor who preserved living peoples' organs for vitality, Sweeney Todd, Jack The Ripper, etc. Another idea is capital punishment, and the visitor being subject to it (the actors even throw in some humor to lighten it up a bit). The last part is a giant drop, symbolizing hanging from the gallows. Of course, while it's all played for fun and for scares, it is simultaneously very bleak and depressing.
* 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. At least her father survived, meaning Miep's efforts weren't completely futile.
* British entertainer Jimmy Savile (host of such shows as ''Top of the Pops'' and ''Jim'll Fix It'') was one of the most celebrated people of the country, and famous for his charity work. But in 2012, one year after his death, he was hit with pedophilia charges, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement allegedly]] having molested over 400 children, often using his charitable deeds to gain access to them, and his reputation was completely destroyed.
* Welsh band {{Music/Lostprophets}}. Their singer, Ian Watkins, became increasingly distant from the band, opting to live in Pontypridd whereas the band lived in California, became a drug addict and caused issues with the band, ruined a run of gigs in November 2012 with terrible singing and awful stage presence, but none of these are anything compared to the real downer: He ended up being a complete paedophile, confirming to have tried to rape a baby and planning to plot another similar offense, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement allegedly]] committed other sexual assaults and caused the band to split up due to the allegations (''before they were even confirmed, mind you''). Furthermore, in addition to tainting the children's childhood, he caused the reputation of the band to be shattered to bits.
* The life of Music/MichaelJackson: In the mid-1980s, he was the most popular entertainer in the world. By his death in 2009, he squandered his fortune, was accused of molesting children multiple times (and tried once; found not guilty), hadn't had a blockbuster song or album in a decade, abused plastic surgery to the point of body horror, and became a prescription drug addict who died of an overdose of propofol just weeks before he was to start a farewell concert run. His three children are in the care of the BigScrewedUpFamily that messed up his life in the first place.
* Janis Joplin was prepossessed with the need to self-destruct, even crying out after finding out about Jimi Hendrix's demise because "he beat me to it!" This all originated from being ostracized by her peers in her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, for not being exactly like everyone else. When she moved to San Francisco, [[HopeSpot she temporarily found peace amongst like minds and a creative environment]], but her self-hatred and need to escape through alcohol and drugs caused her to go down the path that ended with her death at 27.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teacher_in_Space_Project Teacher in Space]] program by NASA ended this way, most schoolchildren in the USA were hyped up to see an ordinary citizen go into space... only to see Christa [=McAuliffe=] die in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion 74 seconds after it was launched. Many members of Generation X felt that their future was ruined after this. The program was discontinued afterwards.
* Website/{{Cracked}} notes [[http://www.cracked.com/article_24315_5-ways-losing-presidency-sucks-even-more-than-you-think.html what tends to happen to the losing candidate in a U.S. presidential election]].
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14th Feb '17 7:58:20 PM Nohbody
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* Everyone you will ever know, will ever love and will ever so much as be connected to will die at the end. Your own death will be the most lonely experience of your life; even if you die of old age with loving relatives around your deathbed, you will ultimately have to face death itself (and whatever comes after, if anything) alone.
** Doubly sad if you lose someone especially close to you -- your parents/guardians, siblings, spouses/major significant others, and/or children. And if you lose any of those people "before their time" (though in the case of your children, that qualification doesn't matter as you're not actually supposed to outlive your children), boy howdy is that a downer.



** Now one of a franchise - York and Edinburgh also have Dungeons.
* Entropy.
** Until [=MultiVac=] has its timeless moment to figure the answer to the Last Question. And (in a very creepy way, even for Isaac Asimov's works) says "Let there be light"
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII another, even more destructive war just twenty years later.]]
** One famous cartoon (seen [[http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/year9links/riseofhitler/versailles_cannonfodder.jpg here]]) even managed to predict the start of the next war within one year.
** The Versailles Treaty itself was arguably compromised by... compromise. US President Wilson wanted to be re-constructionist, French president wanted to be harsh and English Prime Minister Lloyd-George was in the middle. The treaty ended up being harsh enough to upset the Germans but not harsh enough to stop them from retalliating. No wonder Hitler used it for propaganda.
** The treaty actually would have been enough to stop the Germans from retaliating if it was actually enforced better.



* Sports. There are always losers, no matter how hard they worked. Some sports are worse than others, such as when sportsmen die during the sport itself (such as the 1994 [[UsefulNotes/FormulaOne San Marino Grand Prix]] where both Roland Ratzenberger (who died on the Saturday) and Ayrton Senna crashed and died. Senna's death was made worse when it was revealed that he planned to wave Austrian flag when he won in memory of Ratzenberger (who was Austrian)).
** In every FIFAWorldCup, any team for a sincerely passionate soccer nation who gets eliminated ([[WhatTheHellHero especially if they lose in a shameful way]]) will send its entire trusting nation into the abyss of grieving, given how much trust they have put to this very team that fails to bring home their glory. Also, just any soccer fan who supports this team will lose interest in the rest of the matches, too.
** This can apply for a lot of sports on some level - the passion for American college football and basketball and the quest for the national championship in those sports is very high. But yes, given the nationalism involved and the fact that the losers must wait four years to try again, the World Cup does take this UpToEleven.
** The collapse of Fabrice Muamba during the March 2012 football match due to a cardiac arrest. He simply collapsed on the pitch and after he was taken off the pitch the match was over. The audience was weeping and chanting his name. Fortunately, this one ended up being a BittersweetEnding, as Muamba survived but was forced to retire because of the damage to his body.
** The 2001 Daytona 500 is considered to be the most Downer Ending in all of [=NASCAR=] if not all of automotive racing. The number of people who can remember who won that race (Michael Waltrip) pales in comparison to the number who remember what happened in the very last lap of that race when legend Dale Earnhardt hit the wall. It didn't look like much at first, but it was revealed the crash caused a basilar skull fracture, killing him. The tragedy forced [=NASCAR=] to mandate better head and neck restraints to better control head motions during a crash.
** There's more. Waltrip was leading, Earnhardt was in third. The second-place driver? [[FromBadtoWorse Dale Earnhardt Jr.]]
* What happened to the Native Americans. Hundreds or thousands of cultures that could have enriched the world as other cultures do, just... wiped out, with a few run down reservations remaining.
** And the Australian Aboriginals.
* The Mesozoic Era ended with all of the pterosaurs, large marine reptiles, and non-avian dinosaurs dead, leaving behind only a handful of Archosaurs otherwise known as Crocodilians and Birds. The greatest creatures that have ever lived, ''gone''... On the other hand, it cleared the way for all further life, making it a possible BittersweetEnding.
* The island nation of Kiribati seems to be heading this way due to rising sea levels.
** As with Maldives, Tuvalu, and other island nations.



** Luckily the band have [[IronWoobie been able to move on without Watkins and put]] {{Music/Lostprophets}} [[IronWoobie behind them]] by recruiting former Thursday frontman Geoff Rickley, who admitted to not being a fan of their music but loving them as people and having common tastes in music, for a new band named[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S1O3D8Q7_A No Devotion]]. The band could be described as 1980s PostPunk meets 2010s alternative rock. [[HopeSpot so there is hope, after all]].



** Both the single "You rock my world" and the album "Invincible" did well enough back in 2001, and that was within the last decade of his life. Nevertheless though, yep, this qualifies as a Downer Ending.



** Likewise, many people who are bullied severely and/or ostracized to the extent that the young Joplin was never really fully recover from those psychological wounds that the bullying/ostracism caused, so even if they lead seemingly happy, productive, successful lives as adults, they continue to live out their lives with tortured minds and emotional problems. (That is, if they don't get proper psychological help.)



* The fate of any individual that was assassinated before they could enact their major works, leading to their hard work being undone, such as Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, and many more.
** Assassinations and murders in general also count if the person is well-known and loved, such as [[Music/JohnLennon John Lennon]] or [[Music/TupacShakur Tupac Shakur]].
14th Feb '17 8:40:46 AM LaptopGuy
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* Many people -- even those who didn't like Hillary Clinton either -- believe that Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 US Presidential Election is one, due to his perceived racist, sexist, and xenophobic views and the [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity controversial comments]] that supported them.
8th Dec '16 4:00:32 PM LaptopGuy
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* British entertainer Jimmy Savile (host of such shows as ''Top of the Pops'' and ''Jim'll Fix It'') was one of the most celebrated people of the country, and famous for his charity work. But in 2012, one year after his death, he was hit with pedophilia charges, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement allegedly]] having molested over 400 children, often using his charitable deeds to gain access to them.

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* British entertainer Jimmy Savile (host of such shows as ''Top of the Pops'' and ''Jim'll Fix It'') was one of the most celebrated people of the country, and famous for his charity work. But in 2012, one year after his death, he was hit with pedophilia charges, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement allegedly]] having molested over 400 children, often using his charitable deeds to gain access to them.them, and his reputation was completely destroyed.



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teacher_in_Space_Project Teacher in Space]] program by NASA ended this way, most schoolchildren in the USA were hyped up to see an ordinary citizen go into space... only to see the Space Shuttle Challenger explode 74 seconds after being launched, many members of Generation X felt that their future was ruined after this.
* The fate of any individual that was assassinated before they could enact their major works, leading to their hard work being undone, such as Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr,, Malcolm X, and many more.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teacher_in_Space_Project Teacher in Space]] program by NASA ended this way, most schoolchildren in the USA were hyped up to see an ordinary citizen go into space... only to see Christa [=McAuliffe=] die in the Space Shuttle Challenger explode explosion 74 seconds after being launched, many it was launched. Many members of Generation X felt that their future was ruined after this.
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* The fate of any individual that was assassinated before they could enact their major works, leading to their hard work being undone, such as Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr,, Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, and many more.



* Many people believe that Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 US Presidential Election is one, due to his racist, sexist, views and his [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity controversial comments.]]

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* Many people -- even those who didn't like Hillary Clinton either -- believe that Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 US Presidential Election is one, due to his perceived racist, sexist, and xenophobic views and his the [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity controversial comments.]]comments]] that supported them.
11th Nov '16 8:30:45 AM honkgamzeehonk
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* The fate 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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* The fate 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, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr,, Malcolm X, and many more.more.
** Assassinations and murders in general also count if the person is well-known and loved, such as [[Music/JohnLennon John Lennon]] or [[Music/TupacShakur Tupac Shakur]].
11th Nov '16 8:25:29 AM honkgamzeehonk
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11th Nov '16 8:25:28 AM honkgamzeehonk
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11th Nov '16 8:24:11 AM honkgamzeehonk
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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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* The fates fate 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 Malcolm X, and many more.



* Trump's victory in the 2016 election is one that needs no explaination.

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* Many people believe that Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election US Presidential Election is one that needs no explaination.one, due to his racist, sexist, views and his [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity controversial comments.]]
10th Nov '16 6:52:04 AM Vampireandthen
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* Trump's victory in the 2016 election is one that needs no explaination.
17th Oct '16 3:04:36 PM GoblinCipher
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** In every FIFAWorldCup, any team for a sincerely passionate soccer nation who gets eliminated ([[WhatTheHellHero especially if they lose in a shameful way]]) will send its entire trusting nation into the abyss of grievance, given how much trust they have put to this very team that fails to bring home their glory. Also, just any soccer fan who supports this team will lose interest in the rest of the matches, too.

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** In every FIFAWorldCup, any team for a sincerely passionate soccer nation who gets eliminated ([[WhatTheHellHero especially if they lose in a shameful way]]) will send its entire trusting nation into the abyss of grievance, grieving, given how much trust they have put to this very team that fails to bring home their glory. Also, just any soccer fan who supports this team will lose interest in the rest of the matches, too.
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