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17th Apr '18 1:04:08 AM Silverblade2
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** Then there's the series finale. Jack had encountered Ashi, a girl from a family of ninja warriors who was born from Aku's essence. At first Ashi is trying to kill Jack but later she becomes not only an ally but a love interest. Having destroyed Aku at last, all is right again as Jack and Ashi prepare to get married. But with Aku destroyed, Ashi certainly cannot exist. She physically disappears into nothing, leaving Jack devastated.
11th Apr '18 3:34:47 PM Ccook1956
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** Then there's the series finale. Jack had encountered Ashi, a girl from a family of ninja warriors who was born from Aku's essence. At first Ashi is trying to kill Jack but later she becomes not only an ally but a love interest. Having destroyed Aku at last, all is right again as Jack and Ashi prepare to get married. But with Aku destroyed, Ashi certainly cannot exist. She physically disappears into nothing, leaving Jack devastated.
19th Mar '18 10:08:52 AM nombretomado
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** "Squid On Strike" ends with SpongeBob and Squidward's skeletons still working at a dilapidated Krusty Krab when, centuries ago, after SpongeBob actually destroyed the building, after Squidward filled his head with the idea of a strike, Mr. Krabs made them work ''forever'' to pay for the damages.

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** "Squid On Strike" ends with SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward's skeletons still working at a dilapidated Krusty Krab when, centuries ago, after SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] actually destroyed the building, after Squidward filled his head with the idea of a strike, Mr. Krabs made them work ''forever'' to pay for the damages.
9th Mar '18 1:44:06 AM ChrisCmoney
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** "The Big Cheese": After passing up studying for a French test all day, Dexter attempts to use sleep-hypnosis by listening to a tape to learn it. Unfortunately, it skips and repeats the words "omelette du fromage" over and over, and as a result, Dexter can only say those words. Initially this ends up bringing him tons of fame, but when he returns home since he can't say the password needed to access his lab, it only only locks him out but proceeds to self-destruct. The episode ends with Dexter crying while Dee Dee [[KickTheDog laughs at him]] for only being able to say "omelette du fromage."
1st Mar '18 5:13:40 AM XenMon2
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* Despite its reputation as being more child-friendly than its predecessors, ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' has a few:
** ''Meltdown'' ends on a very crushing note. Not only does Ethan Bennett get sent back to prison, efforts at readjusting to society a total failure, but he sees his old partner in the police ''replace'' him with Batman. While most supervillain rehabilitation efforts fail [[SuperheroParadox for obvious reasons]], most end with at least a shred of optimism (or otherwise feature villains who never really made an effort). But not this one.
** ''A Fistful of Felt'' ends with Arnold Wesker's rehabilitation being sabotaged by his psychiatrist [[PsychoPsychiatrist Hugo Strange]] ForScience. He gets sent back to prison while Strange gets nothing more than a warning from Batman, which he no doubt forgets by the time he turns back to the paddy-wagons.
** ''Seconds'' revolves around time-controlling villain Francis Gray who is attempting to gas Gotham's New Years Eve party (where millions will be in a small area) for throwing him in prison [[DisproportionateRetribution for 17 years for a minor crime]]. Batman realizes he can't stop him since he can just rewind all of his mistakes, so he sends Batgirl to get his son to try and talk him down. Except she's late, so not only does Gray successfully kill millions but he watches his son die in front of him. It gets [[CosmicRetcon cosmcic retconned]], but still.
4th Feb '18 5:55:44 AM CaptainTedium
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* ''Spider-Man: The New Animated Series'': The Gaines Twins tricked Spider-Man into believing his long-time love Mary Jane has been murdered by Kraven the Hunter, sending him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, that nearly ends with Spidey murdering Kraven in cold blood. After he figures out their ploy, Spidey goes after them to rescue MJ. In the ensuing battle, the twins pull another MindRape on him which leads to him accidentally harming an innocent. Said innocent? Indira "Indy" Daimonji - Peter Parker's intrepid new reporter girlfriend, and one of Spidey's few consistent supporters in the series. Thinking it's Roxanne Gaines, Spidey mistakenly drops her off a roof, which the lands her in a (seemingly permanent) coma. Dozens of New Yorkers (including MJ) witness this, making Spidey Public Enemy #1, and giving J. Jonah Jameson all the ammo he needs to start a grassroots movement to run Spidey out of town. Peter is so wracked with guilt that he agrees. He goes after the Gaines Twins a final time, resulting in their deaths (and nearly his) via explosion. The next day, Mary Jane tries once more to rekindle things with Peter, relating her sympathy over him losing Indy and being let down by Spider-Man. Peter manages to reject her in an even more heartbreaking manner than the first movie, barely being able to look her in the eye. Harry has his hatred of Spider-Man "justified" after seemingly turning a corner when Spidey helped save Sally from Electro. To top it all off, Peter locks the suit in a brick-laden case and tosses it into the river. Given that the series was cancelled after this, it seems that Spider-Man's quest to honor his Uncle Ben has ended in an even worse failure than "The Night Gwen Stacy Died." So, to recap - Spidey "loses" MJ (TWICE!!), nearly MURDERS Kraven, puts his new girlfriend in a coma, has the entire city turn against him, basically kills the Gaines Twins, and is abandoned by the one person that needed him the most - PETER PARKER. This HAS to be the most depressing depiction of Spider-Man ever committed to the screen.

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* ''Spider-Man: The New Animated Series'': ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'': The Gaines Twins tricked Spider-Man into believing his long-time love Mary Jane has been murdered by Kraven the Hunter, sending him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, that nearly ends with Spidey murdering Kraven in cold blood. After he figures out their ploy, Spidey goes after them to rescue MJ. In the ensuing battle, the twins pull another MindRape on him which leads to him accidentally harming an innocent. Said innocent? Indira "Indy" Daimonji - Peter Parker's intrepid new reporter girlfriend, and one of Spidey's few consistent supporters in the series. Thinking it's Roxanne Gaines, Spidey mistakenly drops her off a roof, which the lands her in a (seemingly permanent) coma. Dozens of New Yorkers (including MJ) witness this, making Spidey Public Enemy #1, and giving J. Jonah Jameson all the ammo he needs to start a grassroots movement to run Spidey out of town. Peter is so wracked with guilt that he agrees. He goes after the Gaines Twins a final time, resulting in their deaths (and nearly his) via explosion. The next day, Mary Jane tries once more to rekindle things with Peter, relating her sympathy over him losing Indy and being let down by Spider-Man. Peter manages to reject her in an even more heartbreaking manner than the first movie, barely being able to look her in the eye. Harry has his hatred of Spider-Man "justified" after seemingly turning a corner when Spidey helped save Sally from Electro. To top it all off, Peter locks the suit in a brick-laden case and tosses it into the river. Given that the series was cancelled after this, it seems that Spider-Man's quest to honor his Uncle Ben has ended in an even worse failure than "The Night Gwen Stacy Died." So, to recap - Spidey "loses" MJ (TWICE!!), nearly MURDERS Kraven, puts his new girlfriend in a coma, has the entire city turn against him, basically kills the Gaines Twins, and is abandoned by the one person that needed him the most - PETER PARKER. This HAS to be the most depressing depiction of Spider-Man ever committed to the screen.
27th Jan '18 8:58:41 AM fruitstripegum
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* While Spike Milligan's ''Wolves, Witches and Giants'' was a comedy series with funny retellings of classic fairy tales, "The Little Mermaid" still ended with the Little Mermaid turning into sea foam just like in the original story.

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* While Spike Milligan's ''Wolves, Witches and Giants'' ''WesternAnimation/WolvesWitchesAndGiants'' was a comedy series with funny retellings of classic fairy tales, "The Little Mermaid" still ended with the Little Mermaid turning into sea foam just like in the original story.
17th Jan '18 6:31:06 PM CourtDogs
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** The ending of "The Way of Dee Dee" is pretty sad as well, with Dee Dee's attempt to get Dexter to enjoy himself end with Dexter wrecking his own lab, and Dee Dee apologizing to him for trying to change him, and running to her room in tears. The last sc

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** The ending of "The Way of Dee Dee" is pretty sad as well, with Dee Dee's attempt to get Dexter to enjoy himself end with Dexter wrecking his own lab, and Dee Dee apologizing to him for trying to change him, and running to her room in tears. The last sc
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
** "Jack and the Warrior Woman" is both this and a case of TheBadGuyWins. Still, future episodes suggest that Jack at least learns from it, as he is not so easily fooled by Aku again.



* At the end of the "WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland" season 3 finale, Heather throws a pineapple into the volcano, causing it to erupt and kill almost everyone in a huge meteor shower. At the end, Heather is impaled by a giant rock. Subverted, as both victims of the volcano, Heather and Alejandro, return for Season 5.

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* At the end of the "WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland" "WesternAnimation/TotalDrama" season 3 finale, Heather throws a pineapple into the volcano, causing it to erupt and kill almost everyone in a huge meteor shower. At the end, Heather is impaled by a giant rock. Subverted, as both victims of the volcano, Heather and Alejandro, return for Season 5.



--> '''Batman:''' "I haven't been a ''kid'' since I was eight years old..." (Walks off, with everyone looking uncomfortable, then following silently)

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--> '''Batman:''' "I haven't been a ''kid'' since I was eight years old..." (Walks (walks off, with everyone looking uncomfortable, then following silently)



** "Toilet Paper" had a really brutal downer ending: Kyle, riddled with guilt over the fact that he and his friends T.P.'d their art teacher's house out of resentment, was going to apologize, but unfortunately, Cartman beat him, Stan, and Kenny to the punch. Stan, Kyle, and Kenny are sentenced to 2 weeks detention, while Cartman only gets 1 for being 'honest'.

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** "Toilet Paper" had a really brutal downer ending: Kyle, riddled with guilt over the fact that he and his friends T.P.'d their art teacher's house out of resentment, was going to apologize, but unfortunately, Cartman beat him, Stan, and Kenny to the punch. Stan, Kyle, and Kenny are sentenced to 2 weeks detention, while Cartman only gets 1 for being 'honest'."honest".



** Harry's dad is dead, he overheard his girlfriend say that she loved his best friend since the 7th grade (implying she never loved Harry) and his best friend said he loved her too (so his best friend stole his girlfriend, which is worse as [[WellDoneSonGuy Harry]] [[GreenEyedMonster feels inferior to]] [[TheFavorite Peter]] [[AbusiveParents because of his dad]]. The only characters who don't have a downer ending are some of the villains, everyone at the Bugle except JJJ, [[JerkJock Flash]], [[BlackBestFriend Robbie]] and [[AlphaBitch Sally]].

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** Harry's dad is dead, he overheard his girlfriend say that she loved his best friend since the 7th grade (implying she never loved Harry) and his best friend said he loved her too (so his best friend stole his girlfriend, which is worse as [[WellDoneSonGuy Harry]] [[GreenEyedMonster feels inferior to]] [[TheFavorite [[TheUnfavorite Peter]] [[AbusiveParents because of his dad]]. The only characters who don't have a downer ending are some of the villains, everyone at the Bugle except JJJ, [[JerkJock Flash]], [[BlackBestFriend Robbie]] and [[AlphaBitch Sally]].



** ''Game Over'' ends with Enzo [[spoiler: [[EyeScream '''losing an eye''']] and the game resulting in everyone thinking he's dead]].

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** ''Game Over'' ends with Enzo [[spoiler: [[EyeScream '''losing '''[[EyeScream losing an eye''']] eye]]''' and the game resulting in everyone thinking he's dead]].



* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' :
** "Duped" ends with Julie, Kevin, and Gwen all mad at Ben for splitting himself into 3 separate Ben's to do three separate things at once and caused them all major problems due to their different attitudes. Julie and Gwen storm off in anger with Kevin calling Ben "so insensitive" before following them, leaving Ben alone to repent for what he did.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' :
''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'':
** "Duped" ends with Julie, Kevin, and Gwen all mad at Ben for splitting himself into 3 separate Ben's to do three separate things at once and caused them all major problems due to their different attitudes. Julie and Gwen storm off in anger with Kevin calling Ben out for being "so insensitive" before following them, them in disappointment, leaving Ben alone to repent for what he did.



** Most prominently in ''I Remember You'', which simply ends in tears (both the character [[TearJerker and the audience]]) and features one of the most cruel and brutally honest examples of RealityEnsues ever, and ''The Lich'' (notably, a season finale), which ends with the heroes discovering that they just did exactly what the BigBad wanted them to.
** The ending of "Frost & Fire" certainly qualifies. At the end, Finn writes fake letters to Flame Princess and Ice King, each written from vice versa's point of views, to have them fight, because when they fought earlier it caused Finn to have wet dreams about it, and it's also very important as welll because the Cosmic Owl is in it as well. After he completes his dream, he reveals the truth to Flame Princess and Ice King. The results: [[spoiler:Flame Princess is so hurt and depressed she dumps him]] (How [[spoiler:depressed]], you may ask? She can only hear Finn's attempt of an [[spoiler:explanation]] as "waa waa waa"s), and the Ice King just says "Pssh, [[spoiler:you BLEW it]], man!". Then in the next episode, "Too Old", Finn went back to attempting to win Princess Bubblegum's heart one last time, and realized Flame Princess was the one for him, but Jake ominously stated she might have moved on. The arc was concluded with the episode "Earth & Water", where Flame Princess once and for all officially dumped Finn. And she made it very clear in "The Red Throne" that she no longer loves Finn because he was still acting like a dick.

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** Most prominently in ''I "''I Remember You'', You''", which simply ends in tears (both the character [[TearJerker and the audience]]) and features one of the most cruel and brutally honest examples of RealityEnsues ever, and ''The Lich'' "''The Lich''" (notably, a season finale), which ends with the heroes discovering that they just did exactly what the BigBad wanted them to.
** The ending of "Frost & Fire" certainly qualifies. At the end, Finn writes fake letters to Flame Princess and Ice King, each written from vice versa's point of views, to have them fight, because when they fought earlier it caused Finn to have wet dreams about it, and it's also very important as welll because the Cosmic Owl is in it as well. After he completes his dream, he reveals the truth to Flame Princess and Ice King. The results: [[spoiler:Flame Princess is so hurt and depressed she dumps him]] (How [[spoiler:depressed]], you may ask? She can only hear Finn's attempt of an [[spoiler:explanation]] as "waa waa waa"s), and the Ice King just says "Pssh, [[spoiler:you BLEW it]], man!". Then in the next episode, "Too Old", Finn went back to attempting to win Princess Bubblegum's heart one last time, and realized Flame Princess was the one for him, but Jake ominously stated she might have moved on. The arc was concluded with the episode "Earth & Water", where Flame Princess once and for all officially dumped Finn. And she made it very clear in "The Red Throne" that she no longer loves Finn because he was still acting like a dick.dick trying to win her back.



** "Escape from the Citadel is pretty bad. Finn has finally found one of his actual parents, meaning he's not the last human anymore, but his father wants nothing to do with him and tries to get away. Finn's grass sword attaches to the ship Finn's father is on, but the grass sword, and Finn's entire arm, get pulled off, and his father escapes. The only good thing to happen is that the Lich has been changed into an ineffective humanoid form, but how long will that actually last for someone like the Lich?

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** "Escape from the Citadel Citadel" is pretty bad. Finn has finally found one of his actual parents, meaning he's not the last human anymore, but his father wants nothing to do with him and tries to get away. Finn's grass sword attaches to the ship Finn's father is on, but the grass sword, and Finn's entire arm, get pulled off, and his father escapes. The only good thing to happen is that the Lich has been changed into an ineffective humanoid form, but how long will that actually last for someone like the Lich?



* How about every episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo''. What sucks is that the series finale is included. Johnny gets famous after Shaquille O'Neal believes him to be good luck around whenever he plays. Unfortunately Johnny leaves Shaq to use the bathroom when it really matters, and Shaq does good without him, leading him to the realization that Johnny didn't really create luck, and Johnny goes to drown his loss with Creator/SethGreen and [[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Huckleberry Hound]].
** Even worse, though, has to be the Valentine's Day special. After all the dissapointments and beatdowns he's suffered, Johnny FINALLY found a girl that was not only hot, but WILLING to be her date, only to then reveal him that since she's a secret agent they can't be together. So she mindwipes him and he ends up forgetting about her and going back to being alone and looking for a girlfriend that will never come.

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* How about every episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo''. What sucks is that the series finale is included. Johnny gets famous after Shaquille O'Neal believes him to be good luck a GoodLuckCharm around whenever he plays. Unfortunately Unfortunately, Johnny leaves Shaq to use the bathroom when it really matters, and Shaq actually does good without him, leading him to the realization that Johnny didn't really create luck, and Johnny goes to drown his loss with Creator/SethGreen and [[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Huckleberry Hound]].
** Even worse, though, has to be the Valentine's Day special. After all the dissapointments disappointments and beatdowns he's suffered, Johnny FINALLY found a girl that was not only hot, but WILLING to be her his date, only to then reveal to him that since she's a secret agent agent, they can't be together. So she mindwipes him and he ends up forgetting about her and going back to being alone and looking for a girlfriend that will never come.



** "The Lesson" ends with Gumball and Darwin escaping from the school's prison-like detention. Principal Brown then points out that, since they're escaping from ''school'', they're just going to have to come back anyway.

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** "The Lesson" ends with Gumball and Darwin escaping from the school's prison-like detention. Principal Brown then points out that, since they're escaping from ''school'', they're just going to have to come keep coming back anyway.



** "The Nobody" has an amnesiac Rob searching for a purpose in life. In the end, since "all the good personalities are taken", he decides to take on a ''bad'' personality and become Elmore's resident villain. It's at this point that he remembers who he really is and vows to become Gumball and Darwin's ArchEnemy as revenge for ignoring him while he was trapped in the void in "The Void"... then Gumball and Darwin shrug it off and walk home.

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** "The Nobody" has an amnesiac Rob searching for a purpose in life. In the end, since "all the good personalities are taken", he decides to take on a ''bad'' personality and become Elmore's resident villain. It's at this point that he remembers who he really is and vows to become Gumball and Darwin's ArchEnemy as revenge for ignoring him while he was trapped in the void in "The Void"... then Gumball and Darwin shrug it off and walk home.home, much to his dismay.
13th Jan '18 9:44:57 AM DerangedEscargot
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** The ending of "The Way of Dee Dee" is pretty sad as well, with Dee Dee's attempt to get Dexter to enjoy himself end with Dexter wrecking his own lab, and Dee Dee apologizing to him for trying to change him, and running to her room in tears. The last scene is Dexter noticing the destruction he caused and quietly working to repair his lab. It's a genuine TearJerker in the show, one of only a few.
** "The Big Cheese" ends with Dexter, possibly permanently, only able to say "Omlette du fromage," locked out of his lab, which is then blown up completely while Dee Dee mocks him.
* One of the Creator/VanBeurenStudios Little King cartoons, "Jolly Good Felons" ends this way. While the royal prison riot is subdued, the King is mistakenly jailed with all of them, while another prisoner escaped by disguising himself in his stolen regal outfit.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The first two episodes where Mother Simpson comes back have melancholy endings. In the first, Homer sits for hours on his car after Mona is forced to go away again. In the second, she's alive but he doesn't know it. Even when he tells himself she's alive (after finding a 'message' that says 'I'm OK'), none of them show any signs of believing in it and the real message is a sweet down-to-earth one that they don't find. The third of these episodes has Mona KilledOffForReal, but it nonetheless ends on a more upbeat note.
** Pick ''any'' WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror segment. Nine times out of ten, it'll have this kind of ending. PlayedForLaughs.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} in the episode "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish", when it appears Homer has died in an armchair in the living room. In the end, Marge discovers Homer is still alive and he promises to live life to the fullest. The episode ends on a darkly comical [[TitleDrop downer ending]] as it shows Homer wasting his life eating pork rinds and watching TV, as usual.
** The episode with Herb. Homer designs a car which nobody likes, yet it cost a fortune to make, and ends up putting Herb out of business. True, Herb should have paid more attention to the design process but still, it's pretty unfair...
*** This is why they made an originally-unplanned sequel episode, where Herb gets rich again and forgives his brother in the end (and Homer gets a nice new chair).
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
** "Jack and the Warrior Woman" is both this and a case of TheBadGuyWins. Still, future episodes suggest that Jack at least learns from it, as he is not so easily fooled by Aku again.

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** The ending of "The Way of Dee Dee" is pretty sad as well, with Dee Dee's attempt to get Dexter to enjoy himself end with Dexter wrecking his own lab, and Dee Dee apologizing to him for trying to change him, and running to her room in tears. The last scene is Dexter noticing the destruction he caused and quietly working to repair his lab. It's a genuine TearJerker in the show, one of only a few.
** "The Big Cheese" ends with Dexter, possibly permanently, only able to say "Omlette du fromage," locked out of his lab, which is then blown up completely while Dee Dee mocks him.
* One of the Creator/VanBeurenStudios Little King cartoons, "Jolly Good Felons" ends this way. While the royal prison riot is subdued, the King is mistakenly jailed with all of them, while another prisoner escaped by disguising himself in his stolen regal outfit.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The first two episodes where Mother Simpson comes back have melancholy endings. In the first, Homer sits for hours on his car after Mona is forced to go away again. In the second, she's alive but he doesn't know it. Even when he tells himself she's alive (after finding a 'message' that says 'I'm OK'), none of them show any signs of believing in it and the real message is a sweet down-to-earth one that they don't find. The third of these episodes has Mona KilledOffForReal, but it nonetheless ends on a more upbeat note.
** Pick ''any'' WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror segment. Nine times out of ten, it'll have this kind of ending. PlayedForLaughs.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} in the episode "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish", when it appears Homer has died in an armchair in the living room. In the end, Marge discovers Homer is still alive and he promises to live life to the fullest. The episode ends on a darkly comical [[TitleDrop downer ending]] as it shows Homer wasting his life eating pork rinds and watching TV, as usual.
** The episode with Herb. Homer designs a car which nobody likes, yet it cost a fortune to make, and ends up putting Herb out of business. True, Herb should have paid more attention to the design process but still, it's pretty unfair...
*** This is why they made an originally-unplanned sequel episode, where Herb gets rich again and forgives his brother in the end (and Homer gets a nice new chair).
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
** "Jack and the Warrior Woman" is both this and a case of TheBadGuyWins. Still, future episodes suggest that Jack at least learns from it, as he is not so easily fooled by Aku again.
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** The saddest downer ending in the series is "One Coarse Meal". [[spoiler: Mr. Krabs gets away with driving Plankton to suicide. Worse than it sounds]].
12th Jan '18 10:39:39 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* The ending of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "Omega Kids". The entire school except for the workers and T.J.'s gang is sick after eating tuna fish tacos. At first, the gang really likes being the only ones there, but it all spirals downhill after Ms. Grotke says they should catch up on some work. To prevent them from doing work, the gang pretends they are sick, but the fake sickness they have turns out to be so severe that they can't be sent home. The episode ends with them trapped in a plastic dome with several people in hazmat suits barracading the school.

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* The ending of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "Omega Kids". The entire school except for the workers and T.J.'s gang is sick after eating tuna fish tacos. At first, the gang really likes being the only ones there, but it all spirals downhill after Ms. Grotke says they should catch up on some work. To prevent them from doing work, the gang pretends they are sick, but the fake sickness they have turns out to be so severe that they can't be sent home. The episode ends with them trapped in a plastic dome with several people in hazmat suits barracading barricading the school.
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