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6th Nov '17 6:31:41 PM kquinn0830
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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': Some episodes were about Cree's plan to detach the KND moonbase from the moon and send it to the sun. In fact, the first of those episodes was about Cree stealing what she believed to be vital data for her plan but actually being fake data planted by her younger sister Abby. After finally reaching the moonbase, she was [[spoiler:discouraged by Chad telling her he had recently tried (and failed) to do so and we never learned how the fake data would have ruined her plans.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': Some episodes were about Cree's plan to detach the KND moonbase from the moon and send it to the sun. In fact, the first of those episodes was about Cree stealing what she believed to be vital data for her plan but actually being fake data planted by her younger sister Abby. After finally reaching the moonbase, she was [[spoiler:discouraged by Chad telling her he had recently tried (and failed) to do so and we never learned how the fake data would have ruined her plans. Later it turns out Chad failed on purpose just to thwart her plan.]]
3rd Nov '17 7:31:32 PM elemt
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* ''Series/StrangerThings:'' The first season ends with Eleven using her telekinetic powers almost to the point of death then seemingly sacrificing herself to destroy the Demogorgon, but with a hint that she somehow survived. What happened? Well she woke up just fine in the Upside-Down shortly after her apparent death, walked down the hall, and found a portal back. Then she went through it. If she hadn't decided to stay away to avoid the government agents looking for her they'd have barely noticed she'd gone.
12th Oct '17 12:24:32 PM DustSnitch
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* Savvily averted in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. The writers intended for [[TheGhost Maris]] to be [[SheWhoMustNotBeSeen shown]] and/or [[TheVoiceless heard]] at [[TheReveal some point in the series]], but after realizing that the character they had [[TakeOurWordForIt built up]] was so outlandish and monstrous that no writer or actress could do her justice and would just end up as a big letdown for the audience, they decided to keep her offscreen to the end instead.

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* Savvily averted in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. The writers intended for [[TheGhost Maris]] to be [[SheWhoMustNotBeSeen shown]] stop being SheWhoMustNotBeSeen and/or [[TheVoiceless heard]] [[HeWhoMustNotBeHeard She Who Must Not Be Heard]] at [[TheReveal some point in the series]], series, but after realizing that the character they had [[TakeOurWordForIt built up]] was so outlandish and monstrous that no writer or actress could do her justice and would just end up as a big letdown for the audience, they decided to keep her offscreen to the end instead.
9th Oct '17 5:40:12 AM iroanxi
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* ''Film/Ticker'' ends with Nettles and Glass placidly defusing two bombs whilst mumbling to each other in hushed tones, succeeding, and then strolling about in the night by what appears to be some big stadium.

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* ''Film/Ticker'' ''Film/{{Ticker}}'' ends with Nettles and Glass placidly defusing two bombs whilst mumbling to each other in hushed tones, succeeding, and then strolling about in the night by what appears to be some big stadium.
9th Oct '17 5:39:46 AM iroanxi
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* ''Film/Ticker'' ends with Nettles and Glass placidly defusing two bombs whilst mumbling to each other in hushed tones, succeeding, and then strolling about in the night by what appears to be some big stadium.
7th Oct '17 10:51:31 AM Codefreak5
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' (just the game itself, not the expansion packs) does this in spades. The final mission (where you have to reclaim Project Purity) starts with a glorified escort mission, where you stay behind a giant robot as it guns down Enclave soldiers outside the Jefferson Memorial. The game then becomes a joke, as you find yourself facing a final boss ([[spoiler:Colonel Autumn]]) who can either be put down in just a couple of hits, or persuaded (if your speech skills are high enough) to stop what he's doing. The entire game wraps up with a ButThouMust-style decision, wherein you have to decide whether to [[spoiler:kill yourself in a radiation-soaked control room or have your partner sacrifice herself for you]]. Despite the fact that you multiple companions immune to radation, you can't use him (as he explains it's "your destiny") unless you have the Broken Steel DLC. The game finishes with a 60-second cut scene that doesn't explain very much about what happened, and if you really want to know more, you'll have to buy Broken Steel.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' (just the game itself, not the expansion packs) does this in spades. The final mission (where you have to reclaim Project Purity) starts with a glorified escort mission, where you stay behind a giant robot as it guns down Enclave soldiers outside the Jefferson Memorial. The game then becomes a joke, as you find yourself facing a final boss ([[spoiler:Colonel Autumn]]) who can either be put down in just a couple of hits, or persuaded (if your speech skills are high enough) to stop what he's doing. The entire game wraps up with a ButThouMust-style decision, wherein you have to decide whether to [[spoiler:kill yourself in a radiation-soaked control room or have your partner sacrifice herself for you]]. Despite the fact that you have multiple companions immune to radation, radiation, you can't use him (as he them (one explains that it's "your destiny") unless you have the Broken Steel DLC. The game finishes with a 60-second cut scene that doesn't explain very much about what happened, and if you really want to know more, you'll have to buy Broken Steel.
30th Sep '17 4:49:53 PM Isaac_Heller
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** In ''Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles'', Team Galactic is thwarted by Cyrus disappearing into a portal after he nearly succeeds in his plans to remake the universe. There is no real explanation as to why this happens and no climatic battle to lead up to this, he just up and vanishes.
** In ''Black & White: Adventures in Unova'', Ghetsis never battles with Reshiram, who is brought back to his senses with one shot from Pikachu. The promised Reshiram vs Charizard battle never happens either, though that could be a case of [[NeverTrustATrailer Never Trust an Opening]].

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** In ''Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles'', Team Galactic is thwarted by Cyrus disappearing into a portal after he nearly succeeds in his plans to remake the universe. There is no real explanation as to why this happens and no climatic battle to lead up to this, he just up and vanishes.
vanishes. Then Dialga and Palkia are stopped from going out of control by Ash, Dawn and Brock just...wishing really hard.
** In ''Black & White: Adventures in Unova'', Ghetsis never battles with Reshiram, who is brought back to his senses with one shot from Pikachu. N then stops Reshiram from rampaging by [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talking it down.]] The promised Reshiram vs Charizard battle never happens either, though that could be a case of [[NeverTrustATrailer Never Trust an Opening]].
22nd Aug '17 6:42:13 PM Willbyr
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->'''Green Shirt:''' Are you waiting to get some punch?
->'''Yellow Shirt:''' No, they're still setting it up.
->'''Green Shirt:''' Then where's the punch line?
->'''Yellow Shirt:''' I don't think there is one.

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'''Yellow
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'''Yellow
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NotToBeConfusedWith a GainaxEnding: an anticlimax will train a pilot, build his jet, fuel his jet, prepare the runway, prepare the radio tower, prime the jet to launch, then cancel the launch as the pilot reads a book in the cockpit; a GainaxEnding will train the pilot, build the jet, fuel the jet, prepare the runway, prepare the radio tower, prime the jet to launch, then take the jet to its destination via the talons of a giant eagle. An anticlimax is a climax that isn't: a GainaxEnding is a climax that comes from nowhere.

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NotToBeConfusedWith a GainaxEnding: GainaxEnding. A story with an anticlimax will train a pilot, build his jet, fuel his jet, prepare the runway, prepare the radio tower, prime the jet to launch, then cancel the launch as the pilot reads a book in the cockpit; cockpit. A story with a GainaxEnding will train the pilot, build the jet, fuel the jet, prepare the runway, prepare the radio tower, prime the jet to launch, then take the jet to its destination via the talons of a giant eagle. An anticlimax is a climax that isn't: a GainaxEnding is a climax that comes from nowhere.



* The final episode of ''Anime/DotHackSign'' ends with the player-character heroes facing up to a HumongousMecha-type monster, and it looks as if there's going to be a big climactic fight scene. Instead, [[spoiler:the uber-hacker Helba just switches off the server and deletes the game.]] There was a real world ending that kinda makes up for it, though. The whole thing was a lead-up/prologue for the ''.hack'' games from one person's perspective (that person being Tsukasa). Considering the fact that [[spoiler: Skeith, the monster, can't be defeated without subverting the physics of the game world with Data Drain]], it would have been even ''more'' anticlimactic and a DownerEnding for everyone to die.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' essentially [[ZigZaggingTrope plays ping pong with this one]] during the Negi/Rakan fight, which starts off with an apparent anticlimax ([[spoiler: Negi K.O.ing Rakan]]), before having 3 or 4 climactic moments, only to keep going. Ultimately, [[spoiler: Negi's final massive attack fails to knock Rakan out, but drains him enough that they resort to GoodOldFisticuffs before fainting from exhaustion in a tie.]] Whether this is an actual AntiClimax, a subversion thereof, or some kind of combination is up for debate.

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* The final episode of ''Anime/DotHackSign'' ends with the player-character heroes facing up to a HumongousMecha-type monster, and it looks as if there's going to be a big climactic fight scene. Instead, [[spoiler:the uber-hacker Helba just switches off the server and deletes the game.]] game]]. There was a real world ending that kinda makes up for it, though. The whole thing was a lead-up/prologue for the ''.hack'' games from one person's perspective (that person being Tsukasa). Considering the fact that [[spoiler: Skeith, [[spoiler:Skeith, the monster, can't be defeated without subverting the physics of the game world with Data Drain]], it would have been even ''more'' anticlimactic and a DownerEnding for everyone to die.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' essentially [[ZigZaggingTrope plays ping pong with this one]] during the Negi/Rakan fight, which starts off with an apparent anticlimax ([[spoiler: Negi ([[spoiler:Negi K.O.ing Rakan]]), before having 3 or 4 climactic moments, only to keep going. Ultimately, [[spoiler: Negi's [[spoiler:Negi's final massive attack fails to knock Rakan out, but drains him enough that they resort to GoodOldFisticuffs before fainting from exhaustion in a tie.]] tie]]. Whether this is an actual AntiClimax, a subversion thereof, or some kind of combination is up for debate.
8th Aug '17 5:40:16 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:232:[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-05-23 Hedge: Master of the Anti-Climactic Moment]]]]
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23rd Jul '17 8:30:44 PM Daedalis
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* ''ComicBook/RedSonja'': ''The Art of Blood and Fire'' has Sonja chasing six world-famous artists with a 30-day deadline. With one day to go, she kicks in the door of the inn where her last target performs stating that she's taking him and killing anyone who gets in the way. The innkeeper informs her that everyone already knows her quest and wants to help; the target comes along willingly. Sonja herself finds it underwhelming.
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