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22nd Jan '16 11:21:27 AM Sapphirea2
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Every season finale since the revival.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Every season finale since ** Series 9 is another rough run. First in "Face the revival.Raven", the Doctor trying to save a friend who's been framed for murder is actually leading him into a trap set by [[spoiler: Ashildr and an unknown party]] to capture him. Bad. Then Clara's attempts to help [[spoiler: accidentally condemn her to being Killed Off For Real]], pressing a BIG BerserkButton for him. Worse. Next in "Heaven Sent", the Doctor is trapped and alone save for a deadly monster in a bespoke torture chamber, his anguish over the previous events still raw. DrivenToMadness as a result, he ends up escaping by [[spoiler: killing and recreating trillions of copies of himself over four-and-a-half-billion years]]. Even worse. Then it's revealed the {{Big Bad}}s responsible for this are [[spoiler: Rassilon and the Time Lords -- '''his own people''']]. ''Even worse.'' And the escaped Doctor now has no MoralityChain. "Hell Bent" confirms the ProtagonistJourneyToVillain is complete; he is a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds ready to '''risk the universe's existence''' just to [[spoiler: get Clara back from the dead]]...
18th Oct '15 11:03:44 AM WillBGood
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** Let's face it. Most of the show could be summed up as "It got worse." I recently rewatched the first episode of the TV series. The crew was ragged and exhausted. Everyone was still in a state of total shock from the destruction of their entire civilization. And to top it all off, they were forced to destroy a ship that may have had thousands of people on it (when the total known human population was only 50,000 or so). And yet all this time, my main thought about the situation was "enjoy it while you can, because it's going to get a lot worse from here."
23rd Jul '15 12:04:09 PM StrixObscuro
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* Played for humor on ''TopGear'''s "cheap car challenges," where they start out with wretched bangers and things go downhill from there. Played for drama on a couple of specials, particularly the Polar Special (truck vs. dogsled to the magnetic north pole) and the Bolivia Special.
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* Played for humor on ''TopGear'''s ''Series/TopGear'''s "cheap car challenges," where they start out with wretched bangers and things go downhill from there. Played for drama on a couple of specials, particularly the Polar Special (truck vs. dogsled to the magnetic north pole) and the Bolivia Special.

* Ms. Parker from ThePretender embodies this trope. First she gets [[spoiler:pulled out of a cushy coorperate job to join the hunt for Jarod]]. And then she finds out her Mom's [[spoiler:death was probably a murder, not a suicide]] as she had been led to believe her entire life--though this is not confirmed until late in the series. Mr. Parker constantly plays with her emotions until he ultimately [[spoiler:jumps out of an airplane and is presumed dead]]. Jarod doesn't help matters either. He hints in the second season that [[spoiler:Mr. Parker may not be her biological father]]. That point in particular gets much, much worse in the last movie when it's revealed [[spoiler:her biological father is Mr. Raines]]. Ew. Jarod also leads her to find out her brother is [[spoiler:Mr Lyle, a psychotic serial killer who may or may not have cannibalistic tendancies]]. When she finally finds love and [[spoiler:decides to leave the Centre, they kill her boyfriend and almost let her take the fall for it.]] And in order to keep the trail from leading back to the Centre, [[spoiler:they kill a junkie, a cop, and a mechanic to keep them from talking]]. As it turns out, the person who actually [[spoiler:killed Thomas]] was the woman [[spoiler:her father married]] in Season 3. [[spoiler:Brigitte dies in childbirth thus robbing Ms. Parker of her chance at revenge]]. Ouch.
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* Ms. Parker from ThePretender ''Series/ThePretender'' embodies this trope. First she gets [[spoiler:pulled out of a cushy coorperate job to join the hunt for Jarod]]. And then she finds out her Mom's [[spoiler:death was probably a murder, not a suicide]] as she had been led to believe her entire life--though this is not confirmed until late in the series. Mr. Parker constantly plays with her emotions until he ultimately [[spoiler:jumps out of an airplane and is presumed dead]]. Jarod doesn't help matters either. He hints in the second season that [[spoiler:Mr. Parker may not be her biological father]]. That point in particular gets much, much worse in the last movie when it's revealed [[spoiler:her biological father is Mr. Raines]]. Ew. Jarod also leads her to find out her brother is [[spoiler:Mr Lyle, a psychotic serial killer who may or may not have cannibalistic tendancies]]. When she finally finds love and [[spoiler:decides to leave the Centre, they kill her boyfriend and almost let her take the fall for it.]] And in order to keep the trail from leading back to the Centre, [[spoiler:they kill a junkie, a cop, and a mechanic to keep them from talking]]. As it turns out, the person who actually [[spoiler:killed Thomas]] was the woman [[spoiler:her father married]] in Season 3. [[spoiler:Brigitte dies in childbirth thus robbing Ms. Parker of her chance at revenge]]. Ouch.

* Repeatedly in an episode of ''TheRedGreenShow'', as a battered Red and Harold recall their attempt to preserve the original, historic Possum Lodge building, without professional help, on a dozen pickup truck beds.
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* Repeatedly in an episode of ''TheRedGreenShow'', ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'', as a battered Red and Harold recall their attempt to preserve the original, historic Possum Lodge building, without professional help, on a dozen pickup truck beds.

* This is the overarching theme about the drug trade in ''TheWire''. Anything you think you can do about it is only going to make things worse, and when you lock up or kill one drug kingpin, you create an EvilPowerVacuum that will only be filled by someone worse. For example, the BigBad of Season 1 is Avon Barksdale, a ruthless BloodKnight whose organization is responsible for over a dozen murders and has most of the city's West Side in an iron grip. However, Avon [[EvenEvilHasStandards has his standards]], [[PetTheDog occasionally does positive things for the community]], and is smart enough to keep a lid on the violence, [[PragmaticVillainy if only to keep from drawing too much attention]]. [[spoiler:When Avon is locked up for good]] in Season 3, the next person to rise to power is [[TheSociopath Marlo Stansfield]], who has all the cold blooded ruthlessness of the Barksdale organization at its very worst, with absolutely none of the redeeming features. Marlo provokes EvenEvilHasStandards from every single drug dealer and gangster in Baltimore, including even some of his own people. Summed up by this conversation in Season 3:
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* This is the overarching theme about the drug trade in ''TheWire''.''Series/TheWire''. Anything you think you can do about it is only going to make things worse, and when you lock up or kill one drug kingpin, you create an EvilPowerVacuum that will only be filled by someone worse. For example, the BigBad of Season 1 is Avon Barksdale, a ruthless BloodKnight whose organization is responsible for over a dozen murders and has most of the city's West Side in an iron grip. However, Avon [[EvenEvilHasStandards has his standards]], [[PetTheDog occasionally does positive things for the community]], and is smart enough to keep a lid on the violence, [[PragmaticVillainy if only to keep from drawing too much attention]]. [[spoiler:When Avon is locked up for good]] in Season 3, the next person to rise to power is [[TheSociopath Marlo Stansfield]], who has all the cold blooded ruthlessness of the Barksdale organization at its very worst, with absolutely none of the redeeming features. Marlo provokes EvenEvilHasStandards from every single drug dealer and gangster in Baltimore, including even some of his own people. Summed up by this conversation in Season 3:

* In the ''Series/ModernFamily'' episode "Fulgencio", Phil tries to model calm, rational problem-solving for his kids by taking it on himself to discuss things with other kids they're having problems with ... only to make their situations all worse. * In Series/OnceUponATime, things in Storybrooke were far from great, as all the fairy tale characters were trapped there with no happy endings and could never leave. Once the curse broke, characters could leave but would [[spoiler: lose their fairy tale identity]]. Then, [[spoiler: an outsider got into Storybrooke and witnessed magic]], which was what many characters feared most. Also, [[spoiler: GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cora and Hook entered]]. Plus, after [[spoiler: Belle was shot and stumbled past the town border, losing her memory]], Mr Gold snapped and threatened to kill all of them if Belle was harmed. [[FromBadtoWorse Yeah. . .]]
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* In the ''Series/ModernFamily'' episode "Fulgencio", Phil tries to model calm, rational problem-solving for his kids by taking it on himself to discuss things with other kids they're having problems with ...with... only to make their situations all worse. * In Series/OnceUponATime, things in Storybrooke were far from great, as all the fairy tale characters were trapped there with no happy endings and could never leave. Once the curse broke, characters could leave but would [[spoiler: lose [[spoiler:lose their fairy tale identity]]. Then, [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an outsider got into Storybrooke and witnessed magic]], which was what many characters feared most. Also, [[spoiler: GodSaveUsFromTheQueen [[spoiler:GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cora and Hook entered]]. Plus, after [[spoiler: Belle was shot and stumbled past the town border, losing her memory]], Mr Mr. Gold snapped and threatened to kill all of them if Belle was harmed. [[FromBadtoWorse Yeah. . .]]

** "Attack Over Baghdad", about a DHL cargo plane that was hit with a surface-to-air missile by Iraqi insurgents. The crew managed to safely land the plane...only to learn that they may have landed in a mine field.
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** "Attack Over Baghdad", about a DHL cargo plane that was hit with a surface-to-air missile by Iraqi insurgents. The crew managed to safely land the plane...only to learn that they may have landed in a mine field.field. * The first season of ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'' ends with [[spoiler:Bassam being thrown in jail after a failed attempt to depose Jamal]]. The second season opens with Jamal facing a popular uprising where his only advisors are his wife, who has deluded herself into believing that the people actually love her, and his uncle Tariq, whose only skills are bombing and gassing civilian targets. And then the Army of the Caliphate, a real, honest-to-God terrorist group shows up...
12th Jul '15 5:06:23 PM nombretomado
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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''MalcolmInTheMiddle.'' After getting screwed over by their brother Francis, Malcolm and Reese report his car as stolen to the police. When he gets pulled over, he finds a note in his wallet that says: ''It gets worse . . . ''. As if on cue, a banging is heard from the boot of his car, revealing Malcolm and Reese [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome have somehow bound and gagged themselves to make it look like a kidnapping.]]** * In ''Weeds'', this trope applies to almost every aspect of the main character's lives. * The first-season ''{{ER}}'' episode "Love's Labour Lost," in which Dr. Greene does his damnedest to save a due-to-give-birth mother and her baby and whatever can go wrong does go wrong. [[spoiler: In the end, he does manage to save the child. But not the mother, or the emotions of everybody watching at home.]]
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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''MalcolmInTheMiddle.''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle.'' After getting screwed over by their brother Francis, Malcolm and Reese report his car as stolen to the police. When he gets pulled over, he finds a note in his wallet that says: ''It gets worse . . . ''. As if on cue, a banging is heard from the boot of his car, revealing Malcolm and Reese [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome have somehow bound and gagged themselves to make it look like a kidnapping.]]** * In ''Weeds'', ''{{Series/Weeds}}'', this trope applies to almost every aspect of the main character's lives. * The first-season ''{{ER}}'' ''Series/{{ER}}'' episode "Love's Labour Lost," in which Dr. Greene does his damnedest to save a due-to-give-birth mother and her baby and whatever can go wrong does go wrong. [[spoiler: In the end, he does manage to save the child. But not the mother, or the emotions of everybody watching at home.]]
30th Jun '15 10:21:24 AM nombretomado
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* In a Season 4 episode of ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', recurring character Cally is on the edge of a nervous breakdown due to stress, mixing medications, and the fact that her husband appears to be having an affair. Then, she learns that [[spoiler:her husband is actually a Cylon]], which provokes her [[spoiler:to take her infant son to an airlock, with plans to kill them both]]. She's talked out of it by the very woman she suspects her husband of cheating on her with [[spoiler:(also a Cylon)]], but then [[spoiler:after Cally has handed the woman her child, she knocks Cally out. She regains consciousness in the same airlock, in time to see the woman on the other side of a glass barrier, still holding the kid. The woman then [[ThrownOutTheAirlock kills Cally by launching her into space]]]].
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* In a Season 4 episode of ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', recurring character Cally is on the edge of a nervous breakdown due to stress, mixing medications, and the fact that her husband appears to be having an affair. Then, she learns that [[spoiler:her husband is actually a Cylon]], which provokes her [[spoiler:to take her infant son to an airlock, with plans to kill them both]]. She's talked out of it by the very woman she suspects her husband of cheating on her with [[spoiler:(also a Cylon)]], but then [[spoiler:after Cally has handed the woman her child, she knocks Cally out. She regains consciousness in the same airlock, in time to see the woman on the other side of a glass barrier, still holding the kid. The woman then [[ThrownOutTheAirlock kills Cally by launching her into space]]]].
24th Jan '15 1:24:22 PM doulifee
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** Clarkson likes to lampshade this with is famous 'still...could be worse' , listing all the problems and failures in his car and then switching to May or Hammond strugling with worse than what he mentionned.
15th Jan '15 6:25:00 PM 102372
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** If you thought Buffy's life was bad before...in Season 9vampires are beloved, Slayers are seen as the enemy, Buffy herself has a dead end job in a cafe, she just wants to be normal despite slaying being the only thing she feels she can do, and her friends have largely shunned her.
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** If you thought Buffy's life was bad before...in Season 9vampires 9, vampires are beloved, Slayers are seen as the enemy, Buffy herself has a dead end dead-end job in a cafe, she cafe--she just wants to be normal despite slaying being the only thing she feels she can do, and do--and her friends have largely shunned her.

** Season nine: [[spoiler:Dean tricks Sam into accepting possession in order to save his life, Cas is human--later running on borrowed Grace that's killing him--and can't be much help to the Winchesters, Charlie's disappeared to Oz, Dean takes the Mark of Cain, Dean and Sam spend most of the season after Sam learns about his possession in a drawn-out version of their fight in "When the Levee Breaks", Kevin's killed on Metatron's orders by the angel possessing Sam, and Dean gets turned into a demon]]. ** Season ten: [[spoiler:Dean took off with Crowley and has been running around as a demon while Sam crosses the line to try to find him. When Sam finds him and cures him, Dean brings up everything bad anyone in their family's ever done, pretty much, just to torture Sam]]. Things don't appear to be getting better anytime soon.
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** Season nine: [[spoiler:Dean tricks Sam into accepting possession in order to save his life, Cas is human--later running on borrowed Grace that's killing him--and can't be much help to the Winchesters, Charlie's disappeared to Oz, Dean takes the Mark of Cain, Dean and Sam spend most of the season after Sam learns about his possession in a drawn-out version of their fight in "When the Levee Breaks", Kevin's Breaks"--you know, the one that led to ''the Apocalypse starting''--Kevin's killed on Metatron's orders by the angel possessing Sam, and Dean dies and gets turned into a demon]]. ** Season ten: [[spoiler:Dean took off with Crowley and has been running around as a demon while Sam crosses the line MoralEventHorizon to try to find him. When Sam finds him and cures him, Dean brings up everything bad anyone in their family's ever done, pretty much, just including what Sam was up to, to torture Sam]]. Things don't appear to be getting better anytime soon.
15th Jan '15 6:21:28 PM 102372
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** There's also the sub-arc regarding Clark and Earth. The first season ends with the assassination of the President of the Earth Alliance. Then, his V.P. slowly turns out to have been behind the assassination, as part of a plan to become a totalitarian dictator. This escalates to the point where the eponymous space station is forced to declare independence from the Earth Alliance. Then, after they defeat the Shadows, B5 becomes the lynch-pin of a Civil War against Clark, ending with [[spoiler: a massive Earthforce vs. Earthforce battle right on Earth's doorstep. Oh, and when it becomes clear to Clark that he's going to be overthrown and arrested, he commits suicide, but not before programming Earth's defense satelittes to '''bomb Earth itself.''']]
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** There's also the sub-arc regarding Clark and Earth. The first season ends with the assassination of the President of the Earth Alliance. Then, his V.P. slowly turns out to have been behind the assassination, as part of a plan to become a totalitarian dictator. This escalates to the point where the eponymous space station is forced to declare independence from the Earth Alliance. Then, after they defeat the Shadows, B5 becomes the lynch-pin of a Civil War against Clark, ending with [[spoiler: a massive Earthforce vs. Earthforce battle right on Earth's doorstep. Oh, and when it becomes clear to Clark that he's going to be overthrown and arrested, he commits suicide, but not before programming Earth's defense satelittes satellites to '''bomb Earth itself.''']]

* In the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' season 6 finale, Ziva [[spoiler: is left behind in Israel after Tony kills her boyfriend]]. It gets worse when the last shot of the episode is [[spoiler: Ziva being tortured in Somalia.]]
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* In the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' season 6 finale, Ziva [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is left behind in Israel after Tony kills her boyfriend]]. It gets worse when the last shot of the episode is [[spoiler: Ziva [[spoiler:Ziva being tortured in Somalia.]]Somalia]].

* ''Series/DoctorWho'': every nuWho season finale. ** Series one: So we're on a game show where "voted out" means "disintegrated." Bad. It turns out that what's going on is deeper and part of a conspiracy that's hundreds of years long. Worse. Then [[spoiler: it turns out it's the Daleks. Who descend on the station ''and the world'' in a MASSIVELY HUGE armada, with hundreds of ships and perhaps ''millions'' of individual Daleks. Remember that it was shown five or so episodes that ''one'' Dalek is more than a match for an entire military base.]] ** Series two: In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Army of Ghosts," the Cybermen have crossed the dimensions from a parallel world, infiltrating five million advanced cybernetic soldiers into every city on Earth - [[spoiler: insinuated into society as the 'ghosts' before ''anyone'' knew what they were]]. It is, as the Doctor noted, not a invasion, but a victory, so complete and sudden is the conquest. But then, in the bowels of the Torchwood institute, the Void Sphere opens, and [[spoiler:four '''[[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]]''' emerge.]] ** To make it clearer, [[spoiler: four Daleks]] might not sound like much, but they are the bigger threat and could easily defeat millions of Cybermen. ''One'' would probably win.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': every nuWho Every season finale. finale since the revival. ** Series one: So we're on a game show where "voted out" means "disintegrated." "disintegrated". Bad. It turns out that what's going on is deeper and part of a conspiracy that's hundreds of years long. Worse. Then [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it turns out it's the Daleks. Who descend on the station ''and the world'' in a MASSIVELY HUGE armada, with hundreds of ships and perhaps ''millions'' of individual Daleks. Remember that it was shown five or so episodes that ''one'' Dalek is more than a match for an entire military base.]] base]]. ** Series two: In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Army of Ghosts," Ghosts", the Cybermen have crossed the dimensions from a parallel world, infiltrating five million advanced cybernetic soldiers into every city on Earth - [[spoiler: insinuated Earth--[[spoiler:insinuated into society as the 'ghosts' "ghosts" before ''anyone'' knew what they were]]. It is, as the Doctor noted, not a invasion, but a victory, so complete and sudden is the conquest. But then, in the bowels of the Torchwood institute, the Void Sphere opens, and [[spoiler:four '''[[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]]''' emerge.]] emerge]]. ** To make it clearer, [[spoiler: four [[spoiler:four Daleks]] might not sound like much, but they are the bigger threat and could easily defeat millions of Cybermen. ''One'' would probably win.

** And then It Got Worse - ''[[SerialEscalation some more]].'' [[spoiler:they open the Genesis Ark and millions of Daleks pour out, battle ready. And victory wasn't free - Rose ended up stranded in a parallel dimension.]] ** Not to mention the 3 part finale of season 3 in which [[spoiler:the kindly old Professor Yana turns out to be the Master. Bad. Then he steals the TARDIS, stranding the Doctor, Martha, and Captain Jack at the end of time with a group of devolved humans about to kill everyone. ''Then,'' when they finally manage to make it back to the present day, they find that the Master cannibalised the TARDIS into a paradox machine, became the Prime Minister of the UK. He blows up Martha's flat, has her, the Doctor and Jack branded as criminals and keeps them on the run overnight. Once he has them and is torturing the Doctor, he reveals his true plan: after ''disintegrating the US President'' with his newly dubbed Toclafane army, he uses them to conquer the world, which he turns into a giant arms factory in order to begin a Time Lord Empire to conquer the universe. The Toclafane are actually the last sane humans that the Doctor and Yana had tried to save - converted into tiny flying homicidal maniacs that thanks to the Paradox TARDIS can kill the present day humans without canceling out their own existence. And they do. ''One tenth of the population of Earth'' in the opening rounds, just because the Master likes the sound of the word 'decimate'.]] Basically, it was a sequence of it getting even worse every time you'd thought they'd hit RockBottom. ** Next year, the prelude to the finale is "Turn Left," taking place in an alternate universe where [[spoiler: ''the Doctor'' '''''DIES''''' in the events of "The Runaway Bride" because Donna never met him]]...and in the ''first 10 minutes.'' You ''know'' this can't end well.\\ \\ And it doesn't. It ends with TheStarsAreGoingOut. And we find that it's no different from what's happening here, just in a different order. All those one-off references to missing planets? [[spoiler: Oh, that's just Davros' "reality bomb" that's going to disintegrate all matter in ''all'' universes. Yes, Davros, the creator of the Daleks. Yes, there's an army of them again, though by now you're probably desensitized to that.]] ** The season 4.5 specials end with the Doctor finding out that even [[spoiler: the Master turning everyone on Earth into an extension of himself]] isn't the real problem. [[spoiler: The Time Lords themselves have found a way to leave the Time War era... by bringing Gallifrey and all the horrors of the war right into Earth's orbit.]] And it got worse ''than that:'' Their own plan is to do what the Daleks were going to do: erase the entire universe and start over. ** In the fifth series episode ''Cold Blood''. [[spoiler:Rory being shot and killed]] was [[TearJerker bad enough]]. Then the situations was made rapidly more depressing when [[spoiler: the crack in the universe got hold of him and erased him from having ever existed.]] Later comes the finale: the resultant [[spoiler:UnexplainedRecovery]] in ''The Pandorica Opens'' was nastily subverted when it turned out that [[spoiler:Rory was actually an Auton constructed from Amy's memories. Every new series recurring villain ''ever,'' PLUS several old-school ones offscreen being in space isn't the real problem: the soldiers on the ground are ''all'' Auton duplicates made by the Nestene, including Rory, who fatally shoots Amy, and fights off the Nestene Consciousness's influence just in time to hold her as she dies.]] Oh, then the universe [[spoiler: DOES get erased this time. And the Doctor gets locked inside a prison specially designed to contain him, with no way of getting himself out.]] *** AND we also have poor [[spoiler:River trapped inside the Tardis, which is locked in a perpetual time loop only a few seconds long that ends with the Tardis exploding.]] * Every season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' has examples of this trope. For example, in season six the heroes are chasing an evil terrorist. It is then discovered that the terrorist is in possession of a small nuclear weapon. Then [[spoiler: the weapon is detonated, killing at least 10,000 people]]. Then we're told that the terrorist [[spoiler: has a whole stockpile of such weapons and intends to use them all within the next few hours]].
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** And then It Got Worse - ''[[SerialEscalation Worse--''[[SerialEscalation some more]].'' [[spoiler:they more]]''. [[spoiler:They open the Genesis Ark and millions of Daleks pour out, battle ready. And victory wasn't free - Rose free--Rose ended up stranded in a parallel dimension.]] dimension]]. ** Not to mention the 3 part 3-part finale of season 3 3, in which [[spoiler:the kindly old Professor Yana turns out to be the Master. Bad. Then he steals the TARDIS, stranding the Doctor, Martha, and Captain Jack at the end of time with a group of devolved humans about to kill everyone. ''Then,'' ''Then'', when they finally manage to make it back to the present day, they find that the Master cannibalised cannibalized the TARDIS into a paradox machine, machine and became the Prime Minister of the UK. He blows up Martha's flat, flat; has her, the Doctor Doctor, and Jack branded as criminals criminals; and keeps them on the run overnight. Once he has them and is torturing the Doctor, he reveals his true plan: after ''disintegrating the US President'' with his newly dubbed newly-dubbed Toclafane army, he uses them to conquer the world, which he turns into a giant arms factory in order to begin a Time Lord Empire to conquer the universe. The Toclafane are actually the last sane humans that the Doctor and Yana had tried to save - converted save--converted into tiny flying homicidal maniacs that that, thanks to the Paradox TARDIS TARDIS, can kill the present day present-day humans without canceling out their own existence. And they do. ''One tenth of the population of Earth'' in the opening rounds, just because the Master likes the sound of the word 'decimate'.]] "decimate"]]. Basically, it was a sequence of it getting even worse every time you'd thought they'd hit RockBottom. ** Next year, the prelude to the finale is "Turn Left," Left", taking place in an alternate universe where [[spoiler: ''the [[spoiler:''the Doctor'' '''''DIES''''' in the events of '''''DIED''''' during "The Runaway Bride" because Donna never met him]]...and in the ''first 10 minutes.'' minutes''. You ''know'' this can't end well.\\ \\ well. And it doesn't. It ends with TheStarsAreGoingOut. And we find that it's no different from what's happening here, just in a different order. All those one-off references to missing planets? [[spoiler: Oh, [[spoiler:Oh, that's just Davros' "reality bomb" ''reality bomb'' that's going to disintegrate all matter in ''all'' universes. Yes, Davros, the creator of the Daleks. Yes, there's an army of them again, though though, by now now, you're probably desensitized to that.]] that]]. ** The season 4.5 specials end with the Doctor finding out that even [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Master turning everyone on Earth into an extension of himself]] isn't the real problem. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Time Lords themselves have found a way to leave the Time War era... War...by bringing Gallifrey and all the horrors of the war right into Earth's orbit.]] orbit]]. And it got worse ''than that:'' Their own that''. [[spoiler:The Time Lords' plan is to do ''do what the Daleks '''Daleks''' were going to do: do'': erase the entire universe and start over. over]]. ** In the The fifth series episode ''Cold Blood''."Cold Blood". [[spoiler:Rory being shot and killed]] was [[TearJerker bad enough]]. Then the situations was made rapidly more depressing when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the crack in the universe got hold of him and erased him from having ever existed.]] Later comes existed]]. ** Later, the finale: the resultant [[spoiler:UnexplainedRecovery]] in ''The "The Pandorica Opens'' Opens" was nastily subverted when it turned out that that [[spoiler:Rory was actually an Auton constructed from Amy's memories. Every new series recurring villain ''ever,'' ''ever'', PLUS several old-school ones offscreen being in space isn't the real problem: the soldiers on the ground are ''all'' Auton duplicates made by the Nestene, including Rory, who fatally shoots Amy, Amy and fights off the Nestene Consciousness's influence just in time to hold her as she dies.]] dies]]. Oh, and then the universe [[spoiler: DOES [[spoiler:DOES get erased this time. And the Doctor gets is locked inside a prison specially specifically designed to contain him, ''him'', with no way of getting himself out.]] out]]. *** AND we also have poor [[spoiler:River trapped inside the Tardis, TARDIS, which is locked in a perpetual time loop only a few seconds long that ends with the Tardis exploding.]] TARDIS exploding]]. * Every season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' ''Series/TwentyFour'' has examples of this trope. For example, in season six the heroes are chasing an evil terrorist. It is then discovered that the terrorist is in possession of a small nuclear weapon. Then [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the weapon is detonated, killing at least 10,000 people]]. Then we're told that the terrorist [[spoiler: has [[spoiler:has a whole stockpile of such weapons and intends to use them all within the next few hours]].

* ''{{Dollhouse}}'': Okay, so there's a technology that allows you to hollow out another human's mind, then reprogram it with whatever memories, skills, personality traits, etc you like. People in a variety of hardluck situations are being pressed into service as "dolls" by a secretive organization and rented out to the highest bidder. Oh, but some of the dolls have a tendency to hang on to bits and pieces of various people they have been programmed to be, potentially driving them mad, potentially resulting in a dangerous lunatic impossibly skilled in an impossibly diverse array of abilities. [[spoiler: Oh, but the technology continues to improve and becomes easier to use, becomes widely available, and triggers the end of the world when it reaches the point Average Joe has the means to reprogram his neighbors or engage in "body snatching"]] * The first episode of ''{{Lost}}'' is a good example: around 40 people are crashed onto an island: they're dying, burning, getting ripped up by engines, and overall mayhem is going on. At the end of the episode, as all the trauma seems to be settling and the people are ready to start to go search for the black box from the cockpit in the jungle, what better time to find out that a tree-ripping, machine-noise-making monster lives right next door?
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* ''{{Dollhouse}}'': ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Okay, so there's a technology that allows you to hollow out another human's mind, then reprogram it with whatever memories, skills, personality traits, etc etc. you like. People in a variety of hardluck hard-luck situations are being pressed into service as "dolls" by a secretive organization and rented out to the highest bidder. Oh, but some of the dolls have a tendency to hang on to bits and pieces of various people they have been programmed to be, potentially driving them mad, potentially resulting in a dangerous lunatic impossibly skilled in an impossibly diverse impossibly-diverse array of abilities. [[spoiler: Oh, [[spoiler:Oh, but the technology continues to improve and becomes easier to use, becomes widely available, and triggers the end of the world when it reaches the point Average Joe has the means to reprogram his neighbors or engage in "body snatching"]] snatching"]]. * The first episode of ''{{Lost}}'' ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is a good example: around 40 people are crashed onto an island: they're dying, burning, getting ripped up by engines, and overall mayhem is going on. At the end of the episode, as all the trauma seems to be settling and the people are ready to start to go search for the black box from the cockpit in the jungle, what better time to find out that a tree-ripping, machine-noise-making monster lives right next door?

*** In Season 6, this culminates in the Series Finale when [[spoiler: the Man in Black's plan finally gets realized. But finally, thankfully, this is soon followed by the first glimmer of hope that appears in several episodes]].
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*** In Season 6, this culminates in the Series Finale when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Man in Black's plan finally gets realized. But finally, thankfully, this is soon followed by the first glimmer of hope that appears in several episodes]].

* ''[[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: SVU]]'' is made of this trope. The show is about a crime unit that investigates sexual crimes, so the story almost always starts with some sadistic and horrible crime. As the twists and turns of the mystery unfold, the scenario almost always gets worse. More victims are found, the runaway turns up dead, the victim commits suicide -- whatever. There's one thing that's certain about every episode: no matter how bad it starts, it ''will'' get worse.
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* ''[[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: SVU]]'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' is made of this trope. The show is about a crime unit that investigates sexual crimes, so the story almost always starts with some sadistic and horrible crime. As the twists and turns of the mystery unfold, the scenario almost always gets worse. More victims are found, the runaway turns up dead, the victim commits suicide -- whatever.suicide--whatever. There's one thing that's certain about every episode: no matter how bad it starts, it ''will'' get worse.

** The penultimate episode of season 4 and the finale which it leads into are also great examples. An episode that starts with a bloodied and disoriented House realising he's been in a terrible accident manages to get worse, and ends with a tragic reveal. The finale gets even worse and doesn't get better. * ''CriminalMinds'' has several episodes in which the unsub they think has killed a limited number of people actually has killed dozens more ("The Fox", "Open Season", "To Hell..."/"...And Back"), or the unsub escalates the violence ("Omnivore"), or the crimes themselves turn out to be even more horrific than first imagined ("Legacy"). In "Lucky", what seems to be just another serial killer turns out to be [[spoiler: a cannibal]], and then it ''really'' gets worse: [[spoiler: the cannibal fed one of his victims to the rest of the community in a pot of chili.]] ** And then [[spoiler: at the end of "...And Back" the team comes home, tired and a bit horrified, right before Hotch is attacked in his apartment by the Reaper. In the next episode, only ''four hours'' after "...And Back"'s events, the team gets a new case, realizes Hotch is missing, and only three of the characters can know that Hotch is in the hospital after being stabbed nine times. He got better. Sorta.]] *** You'd think that [[spoiler: being stabbed practically to death]] is the end of it, but it's not. In the episodes that follow, [[spoiler: The Reaper hunts down Haley, torturing and killing a good man along the way, and then kills her, too. And just to put the icing on the cake, Hotch is put on trial for his "reckless" behavior in the case and for killing The Reaper. At least, though, they drop those charges. At ''least''.]] ** One of the more prominent instances is in the two-part plot, ''The Big Game'' and ''Revelations''. The first episode begins like any other and gradually becomes just a touch more horrific with every passing scene, until it [[ItsPersonal gets personal]] at the end of the episode. From then on, it just gets worse and worse until [[spoiler: Reid]] actually [[spoiler: dies for a few minutes]]. The horror pretty much just reaches a plateau at that point. * Many character and plot arcs in ''Oz'' invoked this trope...too many to mention, except one of the examples from ''Criminal Minds'' above brings to mind a killer on death row whom Glynn wanted to confess his crime before he was executed. He eventually does, and Glynn starts to walk away, satisfied. The killer then proceeds to name almost thirty other women he has killed, or claims to have killed; we never find out which. In you're in favor of the death penalty (or you're not, but you have different standards for fiction) it's worse, because it meant possibly years of red tape to cut through before the killer could be executed. * ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children of Earth''. It's like the universe was watching and secretly planning, "how can we make this even more of a living hell for the Torchwood staff?" ** Also "How can we make what they're doing to the kids any worse?" [[spoiler: From they're taking them, to they're taking them and the kids won't age, to they're incorperating them into their bodies, to they're incorperating them into their bodies because the kids produce feel-good chemicals. For 40 years the kids have been trapped unaging, plugged into an alien's body because they make them high. There's signs they're at least partially concious too.]] *** [[spoiler:To finally defeat the aliens they need an antenna to reansmit a feedback signal. Unfortunately, the power is going to be so great the antenna will be ''destroyed.'' How is this worse? The only antenna that could work in the time available is a human child. And to make things even worse, the only child available is Captain Jack's ''own grandson.'']] ** Not just the Torchwood staff. [[spoiler:Most of whom died. As in ''permanently'' this time.]] * ''TheWestWing'' episode [[DiabolusExMachina "18th and Potomac"]] involves the staff desperately trying to plan their response to a public relations nightmare about to snap the Bartlett presidency in half. And then [[spoiler: [[CoolOldLady Mrs. Landingham]] is smashed by a drunk-driver at the aforementioned intersection.]] Cue [[SoundtrackDissonance cheerful credits music!]] * Again, ''TheWestWing''. Toby describes the consequences of defaulting on the national debt in a calm monotone: "You know, the immediate collapse of the US economy, followed by Japan sinking into the sea, followed by a worldwide depression the likes of which no mortal can imagine." and then the punchline "... followed by week two." * In an episode of ''TheBigBangTheory'' entitled "The Vengeance Formulation," Sheldon devises a plan to get back at Kripke for humiliating him on NPR. He concocts a solution that will slowly expand and turn foamy and puts in it the ceiling tiles of Kripke's office. [[GoneHorriblyWrong The plan backfires]] when the foam falls not only on Kripke, but on the president of the university and the board of directors. Then, it gets worse. Just as Leonard says "At least they don't know it was us," we see a video come on Kripke's computer screen. It contains Sheldon [[EvilGloating gloating]] about his masterful work, and naming Raj and Leonard as accomplices. ** In a more recent episode, Sheldon is watching the results of his first drink ever (okay, his first five or six drinks ever, taken consecutively just before giving an acceptence speech), and comments something to the effect of how this could not be any more humiliating. Leonard, who is clearly enjoying this, says, "Keep watching." * In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' Season 4 cliffhanger and Season 5 opener, 'Exodus' and 'Enemies', SG-1 is planning to move the Tok'ra to a new base (annoying, but not overly problematic) when [[TheMole Tanith]] escapes and calls Apophis down to attack them. Apophis arrives with a massive fleet, but not before Sam Carter devises a way to ''[[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun blow up the planet's sun]]'' to take out Apophis's attacking force. Of course, Teal'c is more interested in killing Tanith than getting out of the system before the sun explodes, and so he and O'Neill end up stranded on the planet. And then Teal'c gets captured by Tanith. Jack gets rescued in barely the nick of time, but as they're leaving the system, SG-1's ha'tak gets blasted into another galaxy by the energy wave from the supernova. At this point, things are looking pretty grim... and then Apophis' flagship shows up too. Things look like they might be getting better for a bit when a mysterious ship attacks Apophis, but it gets worse AGAIN when they discover that this ship happens to be full of [[spoiler: REPLICATORS]]. And then, in trying to get away from THEM, Teal'c shows up again... [[spoiler: completely brainwashed by Apophis, and with Apophis in tow]], and all of SG-1 gets thrown in a holding cell. ...oh, yeah, and he brought a few of the [[spoiler: Replicators]] with him, so now the ha'tak is entirely infested. Just to recap, by the climax of this episode, SG-1 is [[spoiler: stranded in another galaxy, a prisoner of Apophis, on a ship infested with Replicators, and fighting against one of their own.]]
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** The penultimate episode of season 4 and the finale which it leads into are also great examples. An episode that starts with a bloodied and disoriented House realising realizing he's been in a terrible accident manages to get worse, and ends with a tragic reveal. The finale gets even worse and doesn't get better. * ''CriminalMinds'' ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has several episodes in which the unsub they think has killed a limited number of people actually has killed dozens more ("The Fox", "Open Season", "To Hell..."/"...And Back"), or the unsub escalates the violence ("Omnivore"), or the crimes themselves turn out to be even more horrific than first imagined ("Legacy"). In "Lucky", what seems to be just another serial killer turns out to be [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a cannibal]], and then it ''really'' gets worse: [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the cannibal fed one of his victims to the rest of the community in a pot of chili.]] chili]]. ** And then [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at the end of "...And Back" Back", the team comes home, tired and a bit horrified, right before Hotch is attacked in his apartment by the Reaper. In the next episode, only ''four hours'' after "...And Back"'s events, the team gets a new case, realizes Hotch is missing, and only three of the characters can know that Hotch is in the hospital after being stabbed nine times. He got better. Sorta.]] Sorta]]. *** You'd think that [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being stabbed practically to death]] is the end of it, but it's not. In the episodes that follow, [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:the Reaper hunts down Haley, torturing and killing a good man along the way, and then kills her, too. And just to put the icing on the cake, Hotch is put on trial for his "reckless" behavior in the case and for killing The the Reaper. At least, though, they drop those charges. At ''least''.]] ''least'']]. ** One of the more prominent instances is in the two-part plot, ''The two-parter "The Big Game'' and ''Revelations''.Game"/"Revelations". The first episode begins like any other and gradually becomes just a touch more horrific with every passing scene, until it [[ItsPersonal gets personal]] at the end of the episode. From then on, it just gets worse and worse until [[spoiler: Reid]] [[spoiler:Reid]] actually [[spoiler: dies [[spoiler:dies for a few minutes]]. The horror pretty much just reaches a plateau at that point. * Many character and plot arcs in ''Oz'' invoked this trope...too many to mention, except one of the examples from ''Criminal Minds'' above brings to mind a killer on death row whom Glynn wanted to confess his crime before he was executed. He eventually does, and Glynn starts to walk away, satisfied. The killer then proceeds to name almost thirty other women he has killed, or claims to have killed; we never find out which. In If you're in favor of the death penalty (or you're not, not but you have different standards for fiction) fiction), it's worse, because it meant possibly years of red tape to cut through before the killer could be executed. * ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children of Earth''. It's like the universe was watching and secretly planning, planning "how can we make this even more of a living hell for the Torchwood staff?" ** Also "How can we make what they're doing to the kids any worse?" [[spoiler: From they're [[spoiler:From "they're taking them, them", to they're "they're taking them and the kids won't age, age", to they're incorperating "they're incorporating them into their bodies, bodies", to they're incorperating "they're incorporating them into their bodies because the kids produce feel-good chemicals. chemicals". For 40 years years, the kids have been trapped trapped, unaging, plugged into an alien's body because they make them high. There's signs they're at least partially concious too.]] conscious too]]. *** [[spoiler:To finally defeat the aliens aliens, they need an antenna to reansmit transmit a feedback signal. Unfortunately, the power is going to be so great the antenna will be ''destroyed.'' ''destroyed''. How is this worse? The only antenna that could work in the time available is a human child. And to make things even worse, the only child available is Captain Jack's ''own grandson.'']] grandson'']]. ** Not just the Torchwood staff. [[spoiler:Most of whom died. As in ''permanently'' this time.]] time]]. * ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode [[DiabolusExMachina "18th and Potomac"]] involves the staff desperately trying to plan their response to a public relations nightmare about to snap the Bartlett presidency in half. And then [[spoiler: [[CoolOldLady [[spoiler:[[CoolOldLady Mrs. Landingham]] is smashed by a drunk-driver drunk driver at the aforementioned intersection.]] intersection]]. Cue [[SoundtrackDissonance cheerful credits music!]] * Again, ''TheWestWing''. music]]! ** Toby once describes the consequences of defaulting on the national debt in a calm monotone: "You know, the immediate collapse of the US economy, followed by Japan sinking into the sea, followed by a worldwide depression the likes of which no mortal can imagine." imagine," and then the punchline "... punchline, "...followed by week two." * In an episode of ''TheBigBangTheory'' ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' entitled "The Vengeance Formulation," Formulation", Sheldon devises a plan to get back at Kripke for humiliating him on NPR. He concocts a solution that will slowly expand and turn foamy and puts in it the ceiling tiles of Kripke's office. [[GoneHorriblyWrong The plan backfires]] when the foam falls not only on Kripke, but on the president of the university and the board of directors. Then, it gets worse. Just as Leonard says "At least they don't know it was us," we see a video come on Kripke's computer screen. It contains Sheldon [[EvilGloating gloating]] about his masterful work, and naming Raj and Leonard as accomplices. ** In a more recent episode, Sheldon is watching the results of his first drink ever (okay, his first five or six drinks ever, taken consecutively just before giving an acceptence acceptance speech), and comments something to the effect of how this could not be any more humiliating. Leonard, who is clearly enjoying this, says, "Keep watching." * In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' Season 4 cliffhanger and Season 5 opener, 'Exodus' "Exodus" and 'Enemies', "Enemies", SG-1 is planning to move the Tok'ra to a new base (annoying, but not overly problematic) when [[TheMole Tanith]] escapes and calls Apophis down to attack them. Apophis arrives with a massive fleet, but not before Sam Carter devises a way to ''[[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun blow up the planet's sun]]'' to take out Apophis's attacking force. Of course, Teal'c is more interested in killing Tanith than getting out of the system before the sun explodes, and so he and O'Neill end up stranded on the planet. And then Teal'c gets captured by Tanith. Jack gets rescued in barely the nick of time, but as they're leaving the system, SG-1's ha'tak gets blasted into another galaxy by the energy wave from the supernova. At this point, things are looking pretty grim... and then Apophis' flagship shows up too. Things look like they might be getting better for a bit when a mysterious ship attacks Apophis, but it gets worse AGAIN when they discover that this ship happens to be full of [[spoiler: REPLICATORS]]. And then, in trying to get away from THEM, Teal'c shows up again... [[spoiler: completely brainwashed by Apophis, and with Apophis in tow]], and all of SG-1 gets thrown in a holding cell. ...oh, yeah, and he brought a few of the [[spoiler: Replicators]] with him, so now the ha'tak is entirely infested. Just to recap, by the climax of this episode, SG-1 is [[spoiler: stranded in another galaxy, a prisoner of Apophis, on a ship infested with Replicators, and fighting against one of their own.]]
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** Most of season 2 involves this trope. The entire season essentially revolves around the department trying to find a serial killer who is branded as the "Bay Harbor Butcher." Dexter realizes that the victims of the Bay Harbor Butcher are all his, [[spoiler: Doakes starts to suspect Dexter is hiding something,]] and he ends up trailing Dexter. And later he finds Dexter's trophies. Which leads to [[spoiler: Lundy finding Dexter's trophies in Doakes' car, painting Doakes as the butcher.]] Dexter captures [[spoiler: Doakes]] and realizes he doesn't fit the code, this leads to Dexter trying to frame [[spoiler: Doakes]]. It all goes downhill from there. * In a Season 4 episode of ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', recurring character Cally is on the edge of a nervous breakdown due to stress, mixing medications, and the fact that her husband appears to be having an affair. Then, she learns that [[spoiler: her husband is actually a Cylon,]] which provokes her [[spoiler: to take her infant son to an airlock, with plans to kill them both.]] She's talked out of it by the very woman she suspects her husband of cheating on her with [[spoiler:(also a Cylon)]], but then [[spoiler: after Cally has handed the woman her child, she knocks Cally out. She regains consciousness in the same airlock, in time to see the woman on the other side of a glass barrier, still holding the kid. The woman then [[ThrownOutTheAirlock kills Cally by launching her into space]]]]. ** And it gets even worse in ''Sometimes A Great Notion'', [[spoiler:where Earth's revealed to be a desolate wasteland that was inhabited by an 21st-century-like society of humanoid Cylons who who had given up Resurrection tech to procreate like humans. Because of that, half the cast became [[strike: borderline]] suicidal, a quarter of the cast lost all hope, and the rest became paranoid and started reliving past lives.]]
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** Most of season 2 involves this trope. The entire season essentially revolves around the department trying to find a serial killer who is branded as the "Bay Harbor Butcher." Butcher". Dexter realizes that the victims of the Bay Harbor Butcher are all his, [[spoiler: Doakes [[spoiler:Doakes starts to suspect Dexter is hiding something,]] something]], and he ends up trailing Dexter. And later he finds Dexter's trophies. Which leads to [[spoiler: Lundy [[spoiler:Lundy finding Dexter's trophies in Doakes' car, painting Doakes as the butcher.]] Butcher]]. Dexter captures [[spoiler: Doakes]] [[spoiler:Doakes]] and realizes he doesn't fit the code, this leads leading to Dexter trying to frame [[spoiler: Doakes]].[[spoiler:Doakes]]. It all goes downhill from there. * In a Season 4 episode of ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', recurring character Cally is on the edge of a nervous breakdown due to stress, mixing medications, and the fact that her husband appears to be having an affair. Then, she learns that [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her husband is actually a Cylon,]] Cylon]], which provokes her [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to take her infant son to an airlock, with plans to kill them both.]] both]]. She's talked out of it by the very woman she suspects her husband of cheating on her with [[spoiler:(also a Cylon)]], but then [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after Cally has handed the woman her child, she knocks Cally out. She regains consciousness in the same airlock, in time to see the woman on the other side of a glass barrier, still holding the kid. The woman then [[ThrownOutTheAirlock kills Cally by launching her into space]]]]. ** And it gets even worse in ''Sometimes "Sometimes A Great Notion'', Notion", [[spoiler:where Earth's revealed to be a desolate wasteland that was inhabited by an 21st-century-like society of humanoid Cylons who who had given up Resurrection tech to procreate like humans. Because of that, half the cast became [[strike: borderline]] [[strike:borderline]] suicidal, a quarter of the cast lost all hope, and the rest became paranoid and started reliving past lives.]]lives]].

** In a Season 2 double episode, "Surprise" and "Innocence", the premise is that Spike and Drusilla have resurrected an unkillable demon called "The Judge", who can burn a whole crowd of people with a gesture. But luckily, we have Angel on our side... then, Angel loses his soul and goes to join the baddies. OhCrap.
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** In a Season 2 double episode, "Surprise" and "Innocence", the premise is that Spike and Drusilla have resurrected an unkillable demon called "The Judge", who can burn a whole crowd of people with a gesture. But But, luckily, we have Angel on our side... side...then, Angel loses his soul and goes to join the baddies. OhCrap.

** And in Season 7 it just keeps getting worse: [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Leviathans]]--monsters they can't kill--are now let loose on Earth, their friend Cas was the one who did it by betraying them and absorbing all the souls of Purgatory in a desperate attempt to end the angelic civil war. Cas also broke Sam's mental wall so he now has hallucinations of Lucifer and Hell, and Dean is barely holding it together. And now Bobby is dead]]. ** Season eight: [[spoiler:Sam nearly dies in an attempt to close the Gates of Hell, Abaddon, one of the most powerful demons ever seen on the show, is loose, Cas's Grace is stolen, and the angels have fallen from Heaven]]. ** Season nine: [[spoiler:Dean tricks Sam into accepting possession in order to save his life, Cas is human or running on borrowed Grace that's killing him, Dean takes the Mark of Cain, Dean and Sam spend most of the season after Sam learns about his possession in a drawn-out version of their fight in "When the Levee Breaks", Kevin's killed on Metatron's orders by the angel possessing Sam, and Dean gets turned into a demon]].
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** And in Season 7 it just keeps getting worse: [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Leviathans]]--monsters they can't kill--are now let loose on Earth, their Earth. Their friend Cas was the one who did it it, by betraying them them, working with the King of Hell, and absorbing all the souls of Purgatory in a desperate attempt to end the angelic civil war. Cas also broke Sam's mental wall so he now has hallucinations of Lucifer and Hell, and Dean is barely holding it together. And now Bobby is dead]]. ** Season eight: [[spoiler:Sam nearly dies in an attempt to close the Gates of Hell, Abaddon, one Abaddon--one of the most powerful demons ever seen on the show, is loose, show--is loose and plotting to usurp the throne of Hell, Cas's Grace is stolen, and the angels have fallen from Heaven]]. ** Season nine: [[spoiler:Dean tricks Sam into accepting possession in order to save his life, Cas is human or human--later running on borrowed Grace that's killing him, him--and can't be much help to the Winchesters, Charlie's disappeared to Oz, Dean takes the Mark of Cain, Dean and Sam spend most of the season after Sam learns about his possession in a drawn-out version of their fight in "When the Levee Breaks", Kevin's killed on Metatron's orders by the angel possessing Sam, and Dean gets turned into a demon]].
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* In a Season 4 episode of ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', recurring character Cally is on the edge of a nervous breakdown due to stress, mixing medications, and the fact that her husband appears to be having an affair. Then, she learns that [[spoiler: her husband is actually a Cylon,]] which provokes her [[spoiler: to take her infant son to an airlock, with plans to kill them both.]] She's talked out of it by the very woman she suspects her husband of cheating on her with [[spoiler:(also a Cylon)]], but then [[spoiler: after Cally has handed the woman her child, she knocks Cally out. She regains consciousness in the same airlock, in time to see the woman on the other side of a glass barrier, still holding the kid. The woman then [[ThrownOutTheAirlock kills Cally by launching her into space]].]]
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* In a Season 4 episode of ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', recurring character Cally is on the edge of a nervous breakdown due to stress, mixing medications, and the fact that her husband appears to be having an affair. Then, she learns that [[spoiler: her husband is actually a Cylon,]] which provokes her [[spoiler: to take her infant son to an airlock, with plans to kill them both.]] She's talked out of it by the very woman she suspects her husband of cheating on her with [[spoiler:(also a Cylon)]], but then [[spoiler: after Cally has handed the woman her child, she knocks Cally out. She regains consciousness in the same airlock, in time to see the woman on the other side of a glass barrier, still holding the kid. The woman then [[ThrownOutTheAirlock kills Cally by launching her into space]].]]space]]]].

* After almost every ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode everyone thought that Dean was going to recover from his nervous breakdown and gain some peace and some self-worth. After venting his frustration out on his car? No. After acting like a {{Jerkass}} before telling Sam how he was feeling? Nope. After being tempted but deciding not to sell his soul to bring his father back? Nah. After letting out the traumatizing secret that's been eating him apart for a good portion of the season? Hell no. After finding out just how deeply self-loathing he is but forcing himself out in "What Is and What Should Never Be"? God no. When Sam dies in his arms, the breakdown finally culminates in selling his soul like it's a worthless piece of tat in "All Hell Breaks Loose." Even after he makes the revelation that he doesn't deserve to die in "Dream A Little Dream Of Me", we're still reminded that it's too little, too late and he's going to hell whether he likes it or not. And let's face it, has anything ''ever'' got truly better on this show? ** In general, this series does a great job of turning it up to eleven in strange ways. Not Darker and Edgier enough? add demons. Still not? add Angels. Still not? add the absentee existence of God, and The Devil walking around, and the Four Horsemen. Still not as dark and Edgy as you want...? ** [[spoiler: Have one of your leads perform a HeroicSacrifice, and then lose his soul!]] ** And in Season 7 it just keeps getting worse: [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Leviathans]] -- monsters they can't kill -- are now let loose on Earth, thier friend Cas was the one who did it by betraying them and absorbing, dangerous [[AGodAmI power]]. Cas also broke Sam's mental wall so he now has hallucinations of Lucifer and hell, and Dean is barely holding it together himself. And now Bobby is dead. ]]
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* After almost every ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode everyone thought that Dean was going to recover from his nervous breakdown and gain some peace and some self-worth. After venting his frustration out on his car? No. After acting like a {{Jerkass}} before telling Sam how he was feeling? Nope. After being tempted but deciding not to sell his soul to bring his father back? Nah. After letting out the traumatizing secret that's been eating him apart for a good portion of the season? Hell no. After finding out just how deeply self-loathing he is but forcing himself out in "What Is and What Should Never Be"? God no. When Sam dies in his arms, the breakdown finally culminates in selling his soul like it's a worthless piece of tat in "All Hell Breaks Loose." Loose, Part Two". Even after he makes the revelation that he doesn't deserve to die in "Dream A Little Dream Of Me", we're still reminded that it's too little, too late and he's going to hell Hell whether he likes it or not. And And, let's face it, has anything ''ever'' got truly better on this show? ** In general, this series does a great job of turning it up to eleven in strange ways. Not Darker and Edgier enough? add Add demons. Still not? add Angels. Add angels. Still not? add the Add absentee existence of God, and The the Devil walking around, and the Four Horsemen. Still not as dark and Edgy as you want...? ** [[spoiler: Have [[spoiler:Have one of your leads perform a HeroicSacrifice, and then lose his soul!]] ** And in Season 7 it just keeps getting worse: [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Leviathans]] -- monsters Leviathans]]--monsters they can't kill -- are kill--are now let loose on Earth, thier their friend Cas was the one who did it by betraying them and absorbing, dangerous [[AGodAmI power]]. absorbing all the souls of Purgatory in a desperate attempt to end the angelic civil war. Cas also broke Sam's mental wall so he now has hallucinations of Lucifer and hell, Hell, and Dean is barely holding it together himself. together. And now Bobby is dead. ]]dead]]. ** Season eight: [[spoiler:Sam nearly dies in an attempt to close the Gates of Hell, Abaddon, one of the most powerful demons ever seen on the show, is loose, Cas's Grace is stolen, and the angels have fallen from Heaven]]. ** Season nine: [[spoiler:Dean tricks Sam into accepting possession in order to save his life, Cas is human or running on borrowed Grace that's killing him, Dean takes the Mark of Cain, Dean and Sam spend most of the season after Sam learns about his possession in a drawn-out version of their fight in "When the Levee Breaks", Kevin's killed on Metatron's orders by the angel possessing Sam, and Dean gets turned into a demon]]. ** Season ten: [[spoiler:Dean took off with Crowley and has been running around as a demon while Sam crosses the line to try to find him. When Sam finds him and cures him, Dean brings up everything bad anyone in their family's ever done, pretty much, just to torture Sam]]. Things don't appear to be getting better anytime soon.

** The Shadows have been manipulating events behind the scenes, leading to an outbreak of war between the Narn and Centauri, followed by Centauri attacks on other neighbors after the fall of the Narn. Then, it gets worse when the Shadows become openly involved, using their [[{{Precursors}} highly advanced ships]] to attack most of the other races. Then, it gets even worse when, after the main character drops a nuke on the Shadow homeworld, the Vorlons whip out their [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Planetkiller]] ships, using them on any world under the Shadows' influence, regardless of population or how many people were under Shadow influence (even if it was only ''one'' person). Yes, it gets even worse; the Shadows respond with ''their'' Planetkillers, which happens to be a frickin' ''cloud'' the size of a ''planet'' which envelops worlds before nuking them to hell and back. They wipe out planets under Vorlon influence, again, without regard to population. [[spoiler:Then it gets better. But not for Londo.]]
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** The Shadows have been manipulating events behind the scenes, leading to an outbreak of war between the Narn and Centauri, followed by Centauri attacks on other neighbors after the fall of the Narn. Then, Then it gets worse when the Shadows become openly involved, using their [[{{Precursors}} highly advanced ships]] to attack most of the other races. Then, it gets even worse when, after the main character drops a nuke on the Shadow homeworld, the Vorlons whip out their [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Planetkiller]] ships, using them on any world under the Shadows' influence, regardless of population or how many people were under Shadow influence (even if it was only ''one'' person). Yes, it gets even worse; the Shadows respond with ''their'' Planetkillers, which happens to be a frickin' ''cloud'' the size of a ''planet'' which envelops worlds before nuking them to hell and back. They wipe out planets under Vorlon influence, again, without regard to population. [[spoiler:Then it gets better. But not for Londo.]]
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