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10th Apr '17 12:07:19 PM nombretomado
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* The ending of the 1993 Creator/MichaelCrichton novel adaptation ''Literature/RisingSun'' sets up a great climax, as Lieutenant Smith (Wesley Snipes) and Captain Connor (SeanConnery) finally confront the man who murdered a high-priced call girl in an office tower. They confront the suspect, a sleazy lawyer, who manages to escape and run away. The detectives follow him, setting up either a great fight scene or a shocking twist where one of the pair dies...then the audience learns that he's been thrown into a pool of wet concrete by low-level Japanese thugs. ''Offscreen''.

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* The ending of the 1993 Creator/MichaelCrichton novel adaptation ''Literature/RisingSun'' sets up a great climax, as Lieutenant Smith (Wesley Snipes) and Captain Connor (SeanConnery) (Creator/SeanConnery) finally confront the man who murdered a high-priced call girl in an office tower. They confront the suspect, a sleazy lawyer, who manages to escape and run away. The detectives follow him, setting up either a great fight scene or a shocking twist where one of the pair dies...then the audience learns that he's been thrown into a pool of wet concrete by low-level Japanese thugs. ''Offscreen''.
9th Apr '17 11:17:00 PM Kingler
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* An episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheRenandStimpyShow Ren and Stimpy]]'' named "A Visit to Anthony" features our heroes (here, treated as [[AnimatedActors famous cartoon superstars]]) crashing at a young fan's house. Anthony's father, a [[EmotionalBruiser very large, very emotional fellow]], hates cartoons. He warns the boys [[PapaWolf of what he'll do if Anthony gets hurt on their watch]]. When the boy gets beaten by a bully, the angry dad takes Ren and Stimpy to his den for a chat. It's a tense, quiet scene: The fireplace [[BurningWithAnger reflects in the man's eyes]] while he sweats profusely and switches from [[TranquilFury simmering rage]] to [[UnstoppableRage near madness]] and back again. After accusing Ren and Stimpy of being pampered, snobby, celebrity punks, he decides to ask them a question. ''Just ONE...SINGLE...SOLITARY THING'': [[spoiler: "So, what [[AnimatedActors makes you guys move, anyway?"]] Stunned by the [[MoodWhiplash sudden change in tone, Stimpy promptly vomits on Ren.]] Anthony and his father share a hearty laugh at the two cartoons' expense. The end!]]

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* An episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheRenandStimpyShow Ren and Stimpy]]'' named "A Visit to Anthony" features our heroes (here, treated as [[AnimatedActors famous cartoon superstars]]) crashing at a young fan's house. Anthony's father, a [[EmotionalBruiser very large, very emotional fellow]], big, hot-blooded man]], hates cartoons. He warns the boys [[PapaWolf of what he'll do if cartoon characters. When Anthony gets hurt on their watch]]. When watch, the boy gets beaten by a bully, the angry wrathful dad takes Ren and Stimpy to his den for a chat. It's a tense, quiet scene: chat. The scene gets tense; the fireplace [[BurningWithAnger reflects in the man's eyes]] while he sweats profusely and profusely. He switches from [[TranquilFury simmering rage]] to [[UnstoppableRage near madness]] and back again. After accusing mocking Ren and Stimpy of being pampered, snobby, and calling them pampered celebrity punks, snobs, he decides to ask asks them a question. ''Just ONE...SINGLE...SOLITARY THING'': [[spoiler: "So, what [[AnimatedActors makes you guys move, anyway?"]] Stunned by the [[MoodWhiplash sudden change in tone, Stimpy promptly vomits on Ren.]] Anthony and his father share a hearty laugh at the two cartoons' expense. The end!]]
26th Mar '17 2:41:19 PM Vir
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Anticlimaxes can work well if it's clear that the subversion of audience expectations is the point, either for [[CrowningMomentOfFunny humorous purposes]] (such as the AnticlimaxCut) or as a more serious commentary on the genre of the work. If the Anticlimax is unintentional, however, or if the author's purpose just isn't sufficiently clear to the audience, the result is serious audience frustration. Use caution.

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Anticlimaxes can work well if it's clear that the subversion of audience expectations is the point, either for [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments humorous purposes]] (such as the AnticlimaxCut) or as a more serious commentary on the genre of the work. If the Anticlimax anticlimax is unintentional, however, or if the author's purpose just isn't sufficiently clear to the audience, the result is serious audience frustration. Use caution.



* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' essentially [[ZigZaggingTrope plays ping pong with this one]] during the Negi/Rakan fight, which starts off with an apparent anti-climax ([[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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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' essentially [[ZigZaggingTrope plays ping pong with this one]] during the Negi/Rakan fight, which starts off with an apparent anti-climax 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.



* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'': epic use of the [[SoundtrackDissonance William Tell Overture]] heralds what is both an AntiClimax and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the titular character: [[spoiler:having been given command of the entire UPSF fleet, Tylor gives one order: advance. Eventually, he gets so close to [[WorthyOpponent Ru Baraba Dom's]] ship that the two can see each other; he raises his hand, as if he was giving the order to fire (Dom does the same), and then instead of ordering the attack he salutes the Raalgon commander. The fleets pass each other and the conflict is resolved with no losses.]]

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* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'': epic use of the [[SoundtrackDissonance William Tell Overture]] heralds what is both an AntiClimax and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for the titular character: [[spoiler:having been given command of the entire UPSF fleet, Tylor gives one order: advance. Eventually, he gets so close to [[WorthyOpponent Ru Baraba Dom's]] ship that the two can see each other; he raises his hand, as if he was giving the order to fire (Dom does the same), and then instead of ordering the attack he salutes the Raalgon commander. The fleets pass each other and the conflict is resolved with no losses.]]



* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': [[spoiler:Just when it looks like the Apocalypse has been averted, a mighty rumble from underground signals that [[{{Satan}} Crowley's boss]] isn't going to let this go easily.]] Crowley and Aziraphale arm themselves for the final battle, [[ItHasBeenAnHonor exchange speeches]], [[TransformationSequence change into]] [[OneWingedAngel their true forms]], and the human characters decide to join them in the upcoming fight... [[spoiler:then Adam waves his hand and suddenly there's no battle to be fought. Everything's back to normal now and the characters can get on with their lives!]] This is a deliberate form of AntiClimax, [[spoiler:as Adam using the [[RealityWarper supernatural powers]] given him by his own [[{{Satan}} father]] [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters to send him away]] and deny him even his RoaringRampageOfRevenge is part of Adam's own CrowningMomentOfAwesome.]]

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* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': [[spoiler:Just when it looks like the Apocalypse has been averted, a mighty rumble from underground signals that [[{{Satan}} Crowley's boss]] isn't going to let this go easily.]] Crowley and Aziraphale arm themselves for the final battle, [[ItHasBeenAnHonor exchange speeches]], [[TransformationSequence change into]] [[OneWingedAngel their true forms]], and the human characters decide to join them in the upcoming fight... [[spoiler:then Adam waves his hand and suddenly there's no battle to be fought. Everything's back to normal now and the characters can get on with their lives!]] This is a deliberate form of AntiClimax, Anti-Climax, [[spoiler:as Adam using the [[RealityWarper supernatural powers]] given him by his own [[{{Satan}} father]] [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters to send him away]] and deny him even his RoaringRampageOfRevenge is part of Adam's own CrowningMomentOfAwesome.SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.]]



* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'': This can happen in the first fight with [[RecurringBoss Balrog]]. When he asks you if you want to fight him with "that pea shooter of yours", one would think you would [[ButThouMust have to say "yes"]], but if you say no, he just [[CrowningMomentOfFunny leaves]].

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* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'': This can happen in the first fight with [[RecurringBoss Balrog]]. When he asks you if you want to fight him with "that pea shooter of yours", one would think you would [[ButThouMust have to say "yes"]], but if you say no, he just [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments leaves]].



-->Van: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Get a life, you jerks!]]

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-->Van: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny -->'''Van''': [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Get a life, you jerks!]]



-->Jim: [[LampshadeHanging No super bitch explosion?]]

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-->Jim: -->'''Jim''': [[LampshadeHanging No super bitch explosion?]]



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' hilariously {{lampshades}} this trope in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0600.html its 600th strip]].[[note]](Warning: Major spoilers before the joke is made.)[[/note]] In fact, Anticlimax is deliberately invoked by Elan in dealing with Tarquin. [[spoiler:Rather than fighting him in a climactic father-and-son battle as Tarquin wanted, Elan chose simply to strand him in the middle of the desert, thereby leaving their story arc with no real resolution, and [[VillainousBreakdown Tarquin screaming about how this isn't how things are supposed to end.]]]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' hilariously {{lampshades}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this trope in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0600.html its 600th strip]].[[note]](Warning: Major spoilers before the joke is made.)[[/note]] In fact, Anticlimax is deliberately invoked by Elan in dealing with Tarquin. [[spoiler:Rather than fighting him in a climactic father-and-son battle as Tarquin wanted, Elan chose simply to strand him in the middle of the desert, thereby leaving their story arc with no real resolution, and [[VillainousBreakdown Tarquin screaming about how this isn't how things are supposed to end.]]]]
13th Mar '17 8:54:48 AM arkholt
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* Examples of this occur in several ''Webcomic/TheBirdFeeder'' strips. A notable example is the [[http://thebirdfeeder.com/comic?sort=409 Josh's Dream story]], which had involved all of the birds gearing up to launch an all-out attack on the humans. The dream ends, however, with Josh realizing he can't go because he's in his underwear.
7th Mar '17 6:58:56 PM contrafanxxx
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** The third act of ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' is widely regarded as the weakest portion of the movie even by its fans. A leak of the script during the Sony hacking scandal revealed that the studio executives regarded the original ending as even worse (the suppression of an important document, deemed rather boring for the plot of a Bond movie) and the film ended up having five or six writers, one of whom was Daniel Craig himself. Doesn't help that the one we ended up with, [[spoiler:a nighttime chase in London between the hero and the leader of the resident NebulousEvilOrganization, which culminates in the latter being captured, while the hero and his allies prevent said organization from gaining control of encrypted data files]]- was ''very'' similar to the finale of ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'', released earlier the same year.
7th Mar '17 3:27:21 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* A scene in the series three finale of ''Series/DoctorWho'' shows a mysterious hand with red nail varnish picking up The Master's ring, accompanied by a sinister female laugh. Fans went into overdrive speculating who it could be, most suspecting The Rani, a fellow renegade Time Lord (or Time Lady). It was finally re-visited two whole years later, and the identity turned out to be a character we had never seen before, and who died moments after her introduction.
** Still, at least nobody guessed the identity. For obvious reasons.

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* A scene in ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords Last of
the series three finale of ''Series/DoctorWho'' Time Lords]]" shows a mysterious hand with red nail varnish picking up The Master's ring, accompanied by a sinister female laugh. Fans went into overdrive speculating who it could be, most suspecting The Rani, a fellow renegade Time Lord (or Time Lady). It was finally re-visited two whole years later, and the identity turned out to be a character we had never seen before, and who died moments after her introduction.
** **( Still, at least nobody guessed the identity. For obvious reasons.reasons.
** The ending to The Key to Time Saga is an infamous example. The Doctor finally obtains the eponymous {{MacGuffin}} that he spent an entire season seeking and...scatters it across the universe again.



* The final battle in the first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Over half a season was spent teasing the audience for an epic showdown between the lead villain, Sylar, and main character Peter Petrelli. In every case leading up to the finale, the writers either ended the interaction between Sylar and Peter suddenly (during their second altercation, Peter is stabbed in the head after a few seconds) or takes place ''offscreen'' (as seen in "Five Years Gone"). The NBC promos hyped it to no end. A lot was riding on the epic showdown at Kirby Plaza.... until it happened. Everyone took turns whaling on Sylar (including Nikki/Jessica, who beats on Sylar with ''a parking meter''). The fight ends with Hiro teleporting in, with his sword ''stuck out in front of him'', landing the final blow. Sylar and Peter had a [[CoconutSuperpowers complete assortment of powers at their disposal]], and never used them. A complete letdown.

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* The final battle in the first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Over half a season was spent teasing the audience for an epic showdown between the lead villain, Sylar, and main character Peter Petrelli. In every case leading up to the finale, the writers either ended the interaction between Sylar and Peter suddenly (during their second altercation, Peter is stabbed in the head after a few seconds) or takes place ''offscreen'' (as seen in "Five "[[{{Recap/HeroesS01E20FiveYearsGone}} Five Years Gone").Gone]]"). The NBC promos hyped it to no end. A lot was riding on the epic showdown at Kirby Plaza.... until it happened. Everyone took turns whaling on Sylar (including Nikki/Jessica, who beats on Sylar with ''a parking meter''). The fight ends with Hiro teleporting in, with his sword ''stuck out in front of him'', landing the final blow. Sylar and Peter had a [[CoconutSuperpowers complete assortment of powers at their disposal]], and never used them. A complete letdown.



* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Twisted," the NegativeSpaceWedgie that is warping the ship and everything and on it (and incapacitating the crew) is really a bunch of aliens trying to say "hello." And there is no harm done and no reference to these events ever again.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Sacrifice of Angels," the heroes have been defeated and a fleet of enemy warships is about to come through a wormhole. Sisko appeals to a group of godlike beings who inhabit the wormhole, and the enemy ships mysteriously vanish.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Twisted," "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS2E6Twisted}} Twisted]]", the NegativeSpaceWedgie that is warping the ship and everything and on it (and incapacitating the crew) is really a bunch of aliens trying to say "hello." And there is no harm done and no reference to these events ever again.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Sacrifice "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E06SacrificeOfAngels}} Sacrifice of Angels," Angels]]", the heroes have been defeated and a fleet of enemy warships is about to come through a wormhole. Sisko appeals to a group of godlike beings who inhabit the wormhole, and the enemy ships mysteriously vanish.



* ''Series/TheWestWing'' brilliantly subverts its tendencies for its characters to go on epic speeches in "Gone Quiet".

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* ''Series/TheWestWing'' brilliantly subverts its tendencies for its characters to go on epic speeches in "Gone Quiet"." [[{{Recap/TheWestWingS03E07GoneQuiet}} Gone Quiet]]".



** The show has a big one in its season 4 episode "Fear, Itself". At one point of the episode, a fear demon is accidentaly summoned ... but it turns out the demon is barely the size of a hand and poses no thread at all.

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** The show has a big one in its season 4 episode "Fear, Itself"."[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E4FearItself}} Fear Itself]]". At one point of the episode, a fear demon is accidentaly summoned ... but it turns out the demon is barely the size of a hand and poses no thread at all.



** Played with in the Season 5 premiere with Dracula. Though he demonstrates powers no other vampire in the series has, he's still treated like a bad joke by Spike, and easily defeated. Subverted on his return in season eight.

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** Played with in the Season 5 premiere with Dracula. "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E1BuffyVsDracula}} Buffy vs. Dracula]]". Though he Dracula demonstrates powers no other vampire in the series has, he's still treated like a bad joke by Spike, and easily defeated. Subverted on his return in season eight.
14th Feb '17 12:29:49 AM Yukianesa
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** In ''Film/TheRunningMan'', another Arnie film, it looks like there's going to be an epic final confrontation between Richards (Arnie's character) and Sven, the hulking bodyguard of the BigBad Killion. [[spoiler:Sven, apparently disgusted by the reveal of Killion's treachery, [[BodyguardBetrayal simply walks away and leaves Killion to his fate]].]]
5th Feb '17 8:07:00 AM BattleMaster
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* The fight with O'Hara in ''Film/EnterTheDragon''. Up to that point, O'Hara was built up as some sort of ImplacibleMan but Lee took him down with just a couple of kicks.

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* The fight with O'Hara in ''Film/EnterTheDragon''. Up to that point, O'Hara was built up as some sort of ImplacibleMan ImplacableMan who had CharlesAtlasSuperpower level strength and endurance ([[ItsPersonal also, he was responsible for the death of Lee's sister]]) but Lee took him down with just a couple of kicks.
5th Feb '17 8:04:13 AM BattleMaster
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* The fight with O'Hara in ''Film/EnterTheDragon''. Up to that point, O'Hara was built up as some sort of ImplacibleMan but Lee took him down with just a couple of kicks.
2nd Feb '17 3:10:00 PM SaniOKh
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* The standalone version of ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]'''s ending is very much this, especially compared to the ending of [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 the previous installment]]: Launch Base Zone is nowhere as sinister or menacing as Scrap Brain Zone or Metropolis Zone, the recurring villain Knuckles is disposed of in a cutscene where Sonic does absolutely nothing, and the final battle ends with the Death Egg exploding moments after taking off. This is fixed however by locking the game on to ''[[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo Sonic & Knuckles]]'', making Launch Base Zone the halfway point of the game, [[{{Retcon}} retconning]] the explosion of the Death Egg, and featuring a [[LetsYouAndHimFight confrontation]] with Knuckles and his HeelFaceTurn, as well as a memorable AstralFinale.
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