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12th Apr '16 11:59:26 AM skidoo23
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** "Hell Bent". The Doctor has become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds thanks to this TraumaCongaLine and via BatmanGambit manages to [[spoiler: pull Clara out of time at the moment of her death, violating a fixed moment in time]]. He's overjoyed at the prospect of new adventures, brainstorming wacky new ideas like "cocktails with Moses" and inventing a flying submarine -- but then he learns that [[spoiler: she isn't fully returning to life]]...and the universe may well start falling apart soon, and it will be all his fault. He doesn't give up his quest just yet, but several conversations later he has a HeelRealization and accepts that his desire to [[spoiler: staying with her forever]] is just a TragicDream that he must give up.

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** "Hell Bent". The Doctor has become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds thanks to this TraumaCongaLine and via BatmanGambit manages to [[spoiler: pull Clara out of time at the moment of her death, violating a fixed moment in time]]. He's overjoyed at the prospect of new adventures, brainstorming wacky new ideas like "cocktails with Moses" and inventing a flying submarine -- but then he learns that [[spoiler: she isn't fully returning to life]]...and the universe may well start falling apart soon, and it will be all his fault. He doesn't give up his quest just yet, but several conversations later he has a HeelRealization and accepts that his desire to [[spoiler: staying with her forever]] is just a TragicDream that he must give up. Ultimately, [[spoiler: Clara is able to continue "living" in her not-quite-dead state for as long as she likes, but this is technically not a hope spot as she is well aware that some day she will have to voluntarily return to the point of her death.]]
14th Feb '16 6:29:00 AM Sapphirea2
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** "Face the Raven"'s climax has several of these when it's revealed that Clara [[spoiler: MUST die by quantum shade in the next few minutes]] thanks to her too-confident efforts to save Rigsy from his death sentence. She's still confident that the Doctor can fix this situation by finding another way to [[spoiler: remove the chronolock]]...but he can't. He angrily threatens the mayor responsible for Rigsy's situation with a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against them ''and'' all the trap street residents if this isn't fixed immediately...but Clara talks him out of it (because he would cross the MoralEventHorizon if he did) '''and'' asks if there's ''anything'' that can be done in the first place -- there isn't. Thus, [[spoiler: Clara dies a painful death]] while the Doctor is delivered to what turns out to be a torture chamber and begins a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain that unfolds over the next two episodes, culminating in the events of...

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** "Face the Raven"'s climax has several of these when it's revealed that Clara [[spoiler: MUST die by quantum shade in the next few minutes]] thanks to her too-confident efforts to save Rigsy from his death sentence.Rigsy. She's still confident that the Doctor can fix this situation by finding another way to [[spoiler: remove the chronolock]]...but he can't. He angrily threatens the mayor responsible for Rigsy's situation with a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against them ''and'' all the trap street residents if this isn't fixed immediately...but Clara talks him out of it (because he would cross the MoralEventHorizon if he did) '''and'' '''and''' asks if there's ''anything'' that can be done in the first place -- there isn't. Thus, [[spoiler: Clara dies a painful death]] while the Doctor is delivered to what turns out to be a torture chamber and begins a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain that unfolds over the next two episodes, culminating in the events of...
14th Feb '16 6:27:56 AM Sapphirea2
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** "Face the Raven"'s climax has several of these when it's revealed that Clara [[spoiler: MUST die by quantum shade in the next few minutes]] thanks to her too-confident efforts to save Rigsy from his death sentence. She's still confident that the Doctor can fix this situation by finding another way to [[spoiler: remove the chronolock]]...but he can't. He angrily threatens the mayor responsible for Rigsy's situation with a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against them ''and'' all the trap street residents if this isn't fixed immediately...but Clara talks him out of it (because he would cross the MoralEventHorizon if he did) '''and'' asks if there's ''anything'' that can be done in the first place -- there isn't. Thus, [[spoiler: Clara dies a painful death]] while the Doctor is delivered to what turns out to be a torture chamber and begins a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain that unfolds over the next two episodes, culminating in the events of...
** "Hell Bent". The Doctor has become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds thanks to this TraumaCongaLine and via BatmanGambit manages to [[spoiler: pull Clara out of time at the moment of her death, violating a fixed moment in time]]. He's overjoyed at the prospect of new adventures, brainstorming wacky new ideas like "cocktails with Moses" and inventing a flying submarine -- but then he learns that [[spoiler: she isn't fully returning to life]]...and the universe may well start falling apart soon, and it will be all his fault. He doesn't give up his quest just yet, but several conversations later he has a HeelRealization and accepts that his desire to [[spoiler: staying with her forever]] is just a TragicDream that he must give up.
22nd Aug '15 6:21:17 PM silentheartsong
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* ''Series/Degrassi'': Rick comes to school with a gun after being pranked by Jay, Spinner, and Alex, and the first person he meets is Paige. He slowly starts pulling out the gun...but stops when Paige says that the prank pulled on him was childish and unnecessary. He apologizes for hurting Terri, and then goes to his locker and puts the gun away, seemingly having calmed down. But while he's in the bathroom trying to clean up, Jay and Spinner stage a conversation framing Jimmy for the prank, and Rick snaps again, which ends with Jimmy getting shot and Rick getting killed by Sean in a struggle for the gun.

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* ''Series/Degrassi'': ''{{Series/Degrassi}}'': Rick comes to school with a gun after being pranked by Jay, Spinner, and Alex, and the first person he meets is Paige. He slowly starts pulling out the gun...but stops when Paige says that the prank pulled on him was childish and unnecessary. He apologizes for hurting Terri, and then goes to his locker and puts the gun away, seemingly having calmed down. But while he's in the bathroom trying to clean up, Jay and Spinner stage a conversation framing Jimmy for the prank, and Rick snaps again, which ends with Jimmy getting shot and Rick getting killed by Sean in a struggle for the gun.
22nd Aug '15 6:20:51 PM silentheartsong
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* ''{{Series/CSI}}'': During the multi-part episode of "Grave Danger", there's a really cruel and clever one of these. At one point, the CSI's think they've found where Nick has been BuriedAlive. They start digging, and at exactly the same time, Nick can hear a scraping sound from outside the box. The team get really excited when they realise that the thing they're digging up a plexiglass box, and Nick starts banging on the box and calling out to them, clearly ecstatic that he's about to be rescued. [[spoiler:The box the CSI's dig up contains a dead dog, and the scraping sound Nick was hearing was actually the box cracking, as he'd weakened it by shooting out the light.]]

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* ''{{Series/CSI}}'': During the multi-part episode of "Grave Danger", there's a really cruel and clever one of these. At one point, the CSI's think they've found where Nick has been BuriedAlive. They start digging, and at exactly the same time, Nick can hear a scraping sound from outside the box. The team get really excited when they realise realize that the thing they're digging up a plexiglass box, and Nick starts banging on the box and calling out to them, clearly ecstatic that he's about to be rescued. [[spoiler:The box the CSI's dig up contains a dead dog, and the scraping sound Nick was hearing was actually the box cracking, as he'd weakened it by shooting out the light.]]]]
* ''Series/Degrassi'': Rick comes to school with a gun after being pranked by Jay, Spinner, and Alex, and the first person he meets is Paige. He slowly starts pulling out the gun...but stops when Paige says that the prank pulled on him was childish and unnecessary. He apologizes for hurting Terri, and then goes to his locker and puts the gun away, seemingly having calmed down. But while he's in the bathroom trying to clean up, Jay and Spinner stage a conversation framing Jimmy for the prank, and Rick snaps again, which ends with Jimmy getting shot and Rick getting killed by Sean in a struggle for the gun.
18th Aug '15 2:13:33 AM Morgenthaler
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*** To be fair, [[spoiler:he still comes back to keep his promise.]]



*** Not to mention [[spoiler: Locke's apparent resurrection by the Island after the Ajira crash. Instead of rematerializing as Ben's personal [[TheChewToy chew toy]], he shows some backbone and bosses ''Ben'' around, seemingly living up to the "special" status he'd hoped for. Unfortunately, NewAndImproved Locke is just the Man in Black in disguise, meaning the real, unspecial John Locke really ''did'' die tragically a half-season earlier.]]



** Although, since this is ''TheYoungOnes''...
18th Aug '15 2:12:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''BabylonFive'':

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** In ''Intersections in Real Time'' a captured and tortured [[spoiler:John Sheridan]] refuses to be broken and is told he will now be sent to his execution. Tossed onto a gurney, he is wheeled down a hallway with a man of the cloth giving him Last Rites. When he gets to the room [[spoiler:he is set up in a chair as the whole torture starts over with a new interrogator saying the same thing as the previous one did on his introduction. Death is what was hoped for, but even that is denied in this place]].

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** In ''Intersections "Intersections in Real Time'' Time" a captured and tortured [[spoiler:John Sheridan]] refuses to be broken and is told he will now be sent to his execution. Tossed onto a gurney, he is wheeled down a hallway with a man of the cloth giving him Last Rites. When he gets to the room [[spoiler:he is set up in a chair as the whole torture starts over with a new interrogator saying the same thing as the previous one did on his introduction. Death is what was hoped for, but even that is denied in this place]].



* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}: In the ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' finale, there's a Hope Spot when they're in the trench ready to go over the top and the guns go silent. Then:

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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}: ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': In the ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' finale, there's a Hope Spot when they're in the trench ready to go over the top and the guns go silent. Then:



** ''The End of Time'' is ''very'' mean about its Hope Spots. The Doctor has just saved the Earth and possibly the universe from the opening of the sealed time bubble and the return of Gallifrey, and he's still alive, despite thinking that The Master's return was what was supposed to have killed him. Then [[spoiler: he hears a sound...four knocks, from Wilfred, on the inside of the flood chamber for the radiation, which The Doctor will activate if he lets Wilfred out, spilling the radiation on him...the entire rest of the special is a class one TearJerker through and through.]]
** In ''Fear Her'', all the drawings have returned to life - except the Doctor. [[spoiler:Then the other drawing comes to life, and it's an OhCrap moment.]]

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** ''The "The End of Time'' Time" is ''very'' mean about its Hope Spots. The Doctor has just saved the Earth and possibly the universe from the opening of the sealed time bubble and the return of Gallifrey, and he's still alive, despite thinking that The Master's return was what was supposed to have killed him. Then [[spoiler: he hears a sound...four knocks, from Wilfred, on the inside of the flood chamber for the radiation, which The Doctor will activate if he lets Wilfred out, spilling the radiation on him...the entire rest of the special is a class one TearJerker through and through.]]
** In ''Fear Her'', "Fear Her", all the drawings have returned to life - except the Doctor. [[spoiler:Then the other drawing comes to life, and it's an OhCrap moment.]]



** In ''A Good Man Goes to War'', Rory saves his and Amy's daughter from being kidnapped. Amy takes the baby and hides, while Rory, the Doctor, and the various aliens he recruited to help out form a line of defense to stop the last of the troops coming to get little Melody Pond. [[spoiler:It turns out that the baby Amy was holding was just a "Flesh" replica, and the real baby had been kidnapped long ago. [[TearJerker Yeah...]]]]

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** In ''A "A Good Man Goes to War'', War", Rory saves his and Amy's daughter from being kidnapped. Amy takes the baby and hides, while Rory, the Doctor, and the various aliens he recruited to help out form a line of defense to stop the last of the troops coming to get little Melody Pond. [[spoiler:It turns out that the baby Amy was holding was just a "Flesh" replica, and the real baby had been kidnapped long ago. [[TearJerker Yeah...]]]]



* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'': In ''The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith'' we see present day London in ruins and Sarah Jane and Luke stuck in the past with no idea how to defeat the Trickster without...bad things happening to Sarah Jane's parents. Cut to the image of a Blue Police Box as the Doctor's music plays. [[spoiler: It turns out to be just a policeman]].

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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'': In ''The "The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith'' Smith" we see present day London in ruins and Sarah Jane and Luke stuck in the past with no idea how to defeat the Trickster without...bad things happening to Sarah Jane's parents. Cut to the image of a Blue Police Box as the Doctor's music plays. [[spoiler: It turns out to be just a policeman]].



** ''Mystery Spot'' also had one of these. It's a Wednesday, Sam thinks they've beaten the trickster but Dean gets shot by a mugger, is dead before Sam even gets there and Sam can't even wake up this time.
** As Sam pretty much says in ''Devil's Trap'', they're still alive (although Dean just barely), they've still got the Colt and we would love to believe him if it weren't for the fact that, in a second, a ''giant truck'' will smash into their car on purpose, leaving all three of them bloody and unconscious. What a ''fun'' way to end the season!
** Every season finale. ''No Rest for the Wicked'' has them just about to murder Lilith-- the entire episode is one giant Hope Spot-- and [[spoiler: Lilith turns out to be possessing Ruby, and Dean goes to Hell anyways]]. And then ''Lucifer Rising'': [[spoiler:Dean gets to Sam with some help from Castiel, Sam hears him calling out and puppyfaces "Dean?", and then Lilith hits his BerserkButton and he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero kills her, destroying the final seal and releasing Lucifer from his prison]]]].

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** ''Mystery Spot'' "Mystery Spot" also had one of these. It's a Wednesday, Sam thinks they've beaten the trickster but Dean gets shot by a mugger, is dead before Sam even gets there and Sam can't even wake up this time.
** As Sam pretty much says in ''Devil's Trap'', "Devil's Trap", they're still alive (although Dean just barely), they've still got the Colt and we would love to believe him if it weren't for the fact that, in a second, a ''giant truck'' will smash into their car on purpose, leaving all three of them bloody and unconscious. What a ''fun'' way to end the season!
** Every season finale. ''No "No Rest for the Wicked'' Wicked" has them just about to murder Lilith-- the entire episode is one giant Hope Spot-- and [[spoiler: Lilith turns out to be possessing Ruby, and Dean goes to Hell anyways]]. And then ''Lucifer Rising'': "Lucifer Rising": [[spoiler:Dean gets to Sam with some help from Castiel, Sam hears him calling out and puppyfaces "Dean?", and then Lilith hits his BerserkButton and he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero kills her, destroying the final seal and releasing Lucifer from his prison]]]].



* ''TheYoungOnes'': The final episode contains a two-fer; the boys have escaped their confining, limited lifestyles and have their whole lives ahead of them, full of freedom and hope... only for them to accidentally drive through a billboard of Cliff Richard and over a massive cliff. Then, at the very bottom of the cliff, from within the battered, smashed-up bus we hear them say "Phew! That was close!"... and the bus explodes in a massive fireball from which nothing could survive.

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* ''TheYoungOnes'': ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': The final episode contains a two-fer; the boys have escaped their confining, limited lifestyles and have their whole lives ahead of them, full of freedom and hope... only for them to accidentally drive through a billboard of Cliff Richard and over a massive cliff. Then, at the very bottom of the cliff, from within the battered, smashed-up bus we hear them say "Phew! That was close!"... and the bus explodes in a massive fireball from which nothing could survive.
18th Aug '15 2:09:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''FlashForward2009'': The episode after [[spoiler:Al Gough [[ScrewDestiny screws destiny]]]] begins with a montage of the world and the main characters being optimistic after learning that [[spoiler: the future can be changed]].

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* ''FlashForward2009'': ''Series/FlashForward2009'': The episode after [[spoiler:Al Gough [[ScrewDestiny screws destiny]]]] begins with a montage of the world and the main characters being optimistic after learning that [[spoiler: the future can be changed]].


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* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': In the episode "Sounds Like". Larry hopes that with his sense of hearing becoming superhuman he may finally be able to "hear" his son's ghost. Near the end he thinks he's finally heard it, [[spoiler:but it just turns out be a tree branch scraping against his son's bedroom window.]]
18th Aug '15 2:09:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Being based on ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', it is no surprise that the show does this a lot, too. An altered scene that adds an additional HopeSpot on top of those already in the books occurs in the middle of Season 2. Catelyn Stark manages to secure an alliance for her son Robb with Renly Baratheon, the sanest and most powerful claimant to the Iron Throne who also hates the Lannisters, in return for a token show of submission to Renly once the war is over. [[spoiler:No sooner has Renly agreed to this before he is slain by a monstrous LivingShadow created by Melisandre, shattering his coalition which results in the Stormlands bannermen joining Stannis's cause, and the Tyrells eventually switch sides to the Lannisters.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Being based on ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', it is no surprise that the show does this a lot, too. An altered scene that adds an additional HopeSpot on top of those already in the books occurs in the middle of Season 2. Catelyn Stark manages to secure an alliance for her son Robb with Renly Baratheon, the sanest and most powerful claimant to the Iron Throne who also hates the Lannisters, in return for a token show of submission to Renly once the war is over. [[spoiler:No sooner has Renly agreed to this before he is slain by a monstrous LivingShadow created by Melisandre, shattering his coalition which results in the Stormlands bannermen joining Stannis's cause, and the Tyrells eventually switch sides to the Lannisters.]]



* ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': "Master Vile and the Metallic Armor part 2". Tommy and Kat have nabbed the Zeo Crystal and recovered the Falconzord. They blast Globbor, then combine with the Ninja Megazord to pound him. They seem to have won... then Globbor gets up and turns out to be just fine. And worse still, Master Vile reveals that Ninjor is absorbing the damage. Globbor defeats both the Ninja and Shogun Megazords, which are then teleported to a distant planet with the Zeo Crystal now linked to Master Vile. Globbor also drains the Rangers' energy, weakening them severely.

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* ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'':
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"Master Vile and the Metallic Armor part 2". Tommy and Kat have nabbed the Zeo Crystal and recovered the Falconzord. They blast Globbor, then combine with the Ninja Megazord to pound him. They seem to have won... then Globbor gets up and turns out to be just fine. And worse still, Master Vile reveals that Ninjor is absorbing the damage. Globbor defeats both the Ninja and Shogun Megazords, which are then teleported to a distant planet with the Zeo Crystal now linked to Master Vile. Globbor also drains the Rangers' energy, weakening them severely.



* Another ''Star Trek'' example in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', in arguably the TropeCodifier for the cliffhanger season finale, "Best of Both Worlds Part 1." After the Borg abduct and assimilate Picard, Riker gives the order to fire the superweapon improvised from the main deflector dish. The music swells and ''Enterprise'' opens fire. Only for Part 2 to reveal the Borg have already adapted for that weakness, because they learned of it from Picard. The Borg NoSell the attack, ''Enterprise'' is temporarily disabled, and the cube heads to [[CurbStompBattle Wolf 359]].

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* Another ''Star Trek'' example in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
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arguably the TropeCodifier for the cliffhanger season finale, "Best of Both Worlds Part 1." After the Borg abduct and assimilate Picard, Riker gives the order to fire the superweapon improvised from the main deflector dish. The music swells and ''Enterprise'' opens fire. Only for Part 2 to reveal the Borg have already adapted for that weakness, because they learned of it from Picard. The Borg NoSell the attack, ''Enterprise'' is temporarily disabled, and the cube heads to [[CurbStompBattle Wolf 359]].
30th Jun '15 10:18:56 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'': The midseason finale of Season Four. [[spoiler: The humans and Cylons have put aside their differences and found Earth together. Cue exulting music. Oh wait, Earth is a nuclear wasteland and has been for two thousand years.]]

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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'': ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': The midseason finale of Season Four. [[spoiler: The humans and Cylons have put aside their differences and found Earth together. Cue exulting music. Oh wait, Earth is a nuclear wasteland and has been for two thousand years.]]
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