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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.
20th Jan '17 10:55:44 PM Gamermaster
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Fanfic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain'' during the final round of the Chunin Exam Preliminaries. We get 20+ paragraphs about Karin's desire to win the fight because her crush is watching, only for her opponent to forfeit the second the match starts.
17th Jan '17 3:18:19 PM Chubzhac
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* ''Literature/TransformersExiles'' ends with the Star Seekers, space pirates who hate Cybertronians, capturing Wreck-Gar and a group of Junkions, taking the powerful Requiem Blaster for themselves and being joined by Axer, who has intimate knowledge about the Autobots and Decepticons. [[spoiler: In the sequel, ''Transformers: Retribution'', before the main plot even begins the Star Seekers confront Megatron and his ship of Decepticons. However, using the Requiem Blaster causes their ship to quickly lose power and results in them being easily routed by the Decepticons and they don't show up again for the rest of the novel. Furthermore, Wreck-Gar and his Junkions are able to escape in the chaos of the battle while Axer tries to rejoin the Decepticons, only for Megatron to order that he be tortured and executed as a traitor.]]
26th Dec '16 6:05:33 PM BigHero6
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** In the spin-off ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'', the Ice Dancers get eliminated at 3rd place due to a flat tyre.

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** In the spin-off ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'', Jacques and Josee--the BigBad pair known for winning most of the Ice Dancers get legs through cheating--get eliminated at 3rd place due to a flat tyre.tire. To make matters even more interesting, their enemies ([=MacArthur=] and Sanders) are the ones in the final two, competing with another team (Brody and Geoff) they have no bad blood with.
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