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* In the backstory of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', there used to be hundreds of Gummis living in Gummi Glen, whose numbers have dwindled to seven. There's always been the subtle implication that Cubbi might end up alone someday, and this was addressed in the episode, where we meet another Gummi by the name of Chummi. Chummi was the youngest of his clan, and now the last, and it's outright stated that if something isn't done, all Cubbi has to look forward to is eventually being alone.

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* %%* In the backstory of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', there used to be hundreds of Gummis living in Gummi Glen, whose numbers have dwindled to seven. There's always been the subtle implication that Cubbi might end up alone someday, and this was addressed in the episode, where we meet another Gummi by the name of Chummi. Chummi was the youngest of his clan, and now the last, and it's outright stated that if something isn't done, all Cubbi has to look forward to is eventually being alone.
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* Kanta, the main character of ''Anime/DesertPunk'' starts off very much a NominalHero. He's a bounty hunter with no true heroic characteristics. In fact, many of his deeds are down right heinous, but they're often played for BlackComedy. When the opportunity presents itself though, Kanta does end up pulling a FaceHeelTurn and both the viewers and the characters really aren't that surprised.

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* %%* Kanta, the main character of ''Anime/DesertPunk'' starts off very much a NominalHero. He's a bounty hunter with no true heroic characteristics. In fact, many of his deeds are down right heinous, but they're often played for BlackComedy. When the opportunity presents itself though, Kanta does end up pulling a FaceHeelTurn and both the viewers and the characters really aren't that surprised.



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** The series takes the idea of a child as the pilot of a HumongousMecha and strips it down to spotlight the fact that these shows are about ChildSoldiers. Alternatively, but still in keeping with this trope, it's about the whole concept of placing the responsibility for the future of the world on one person when that person is not at all cut out for that kind of responsibility, and what that kind of responsibility would do to a person, and what kind of person would put that kind of responsibility on them in the first place.
** The deconstruction of DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou. What kinda guy ditches his elementary-school-aged son and doesn't write or call until he says "Hey, there's this HumongousMecha we need you to use to go beat up monsters with city-wrecking power?" Not only someone who is a pretty crap dad, but one who is painfully aware of this and it was why he avoided his son in the first place.

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* %%* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** %%** The series takes the idea of a child as the pilot of a HumongousMecha and strips it down to spotlight the fact that these shows are about ChildSoldiers. Alternatively, but still in keeping with this trope, it's about the whole concept of placing the responsibility for the future of the world on one person when that person is not at all cut out for that kind of responsibility, and what that kind of responsibility would do to a person, and what kind of person would put that kind of responsibility on them in the first place.
** %%** The deconstruction of DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou. What kinda guy ditches his elementary-school-aged son and doesn't write or call until he says "Hey, there's this HumongousMecha we need you to use to go beat up monsters with city-wrecking power?" Not only someone who is a pretty crap dad, but one who is painfully aware of this and it was why he avoided his son in the first place.



* ''Popotan'' is about a trio of sisters who travel through time along with their maid. The catch is that when they are given the signal to leave, they have to, otherwise [[spoiler: they will be unable to age normally]]; as such, they are forced to leave any friends they make behind over and over. It's understood quite early that Mai, one of the sisters, is not all that happy about their situation, but it takes episode 9 to show just how it can mess with the lives of both them and their friends: [[spoiler: Konami, one such friend of Mai, died hoping she would eventually return to her]], putting Mai into a serious depression.

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* %%* ''Popotan'' is about a trio of sisters who travel through time along with their maid. The catch is that when they are given the signal to leave, they have to, otherwise [[spoiler: they will be unable to age normally]]; as such, they are forced to leave any friends they make behind over and over. It's understood quite early that Mai, one of the sisters, is not all that happy about their situation, but it takes episode 9 to show just how it can mess with the lives of both them and their friends: [[spoiler: Konami, one such friend of Mai, died hoping she would eventually return to her]], putting Mai into a serious depression.



* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' similarly takes the MagicalGirl, [[PrinceCharming prince]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] tropes from the first half and deconstructs them in the second. This is especially the case with Anthy, who demonstrates exactly what someone treated as a prize to be won [[BrokenBird would actually be like]].

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* %%* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' similarly takes the MagicalGirl, [[PrinceCharming prince]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] tropes from the first half and deconstructs them in the second. This is especially the case with Anthy, who demonstrates exactly what someone treated as a prize to be won [[BrokenBird would actually be like]].



* ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' and ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'' both show just how horrifying shrinking powers can ''really'' be if in the hands of an AntiHero or a downright villain. For one? Entering the human body and wiping their shoes on the brain.
-->"''What if I shrank to microscopic size, entered your skull, then began to grow?''"

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* %%* ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' and ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'' both show just how horrifying shrinking powers can ''really'' be if in the hands of an AntiHero or a downright villain. For one? Entering the human body and wiping their shoes on the brain.
-->"''What %%-->"''What if I shrank to microscopic size, entered your skull, then began to grow?''"



* Ever wonder why the villains don't use the Pokemon they own on people directly if Pokemon are so powerful, according to the Pokedex? Well, in the fangame VideoGame/PokemonReborn, they do, ranging from a few broken ribs to death [[spoiler: to getting your soul burned away to nothingness]]. They even have machines that can amplify the powers of Pokemon, and the ''first'' one you find, on a Pokemon that's not even that strong, to boot, has ravaged an entire city area.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' put a [[{{Deconstruction}} very cynical]] spin on the idea of anthropomorphic appliances and electronics: Like ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', the plot kicked off with the main characters believing that they had been abandoned by their owner, introduces newer appliances which threaten their coveted favorite status, and delivers a truly horrific climax where, [[spoiler: like ''Toy Story 3's'' incinerator scene, the appliances (and their master) are dumped into a junkyard, thrown onto a conveyor belt by a psychopathic magnet, and almost crushed to death.]]

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* %%* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' put a [[{{Deconstruction}} very cynical]] spin on the idea of anthropomorphic appliances and electronics: Like ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', the plot kicked off with the main characters believing that they had been abandoned by their owner, introduces newer appliances which threaten their coveted favorite status, and delivers a truly horrific climax where, [[spoiler: like ''Toy Story 3's'' incinerator scene, the appliances (and their master) are dumped into a junkyard, thrown onto a conveyor belt by a psychopathic magnet, and almost crushed to death.]]



* ''Animation/DoggyPoo'' is a short film about sentient objects, including leaves, flowers, and the titular [[TalkingPoo doggy poo]]. With the exception of being able to talk and see, they are completely immobile and at the mercy of their environment.
* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' shows with [[NightmareFuel brutal honesty]] just how much it would suck to be AnthropomorphicFood (as in, said food learning that their "destiny" is to be ''eaten by humans'').

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* %%* ''Animation/DoggyPoo'' is a short film about sentient objects, including leaves, flowers, and the titular [[TalkingPoo doggy poo]]. With the exception of being able to talk and see, they are completely immobile and at the mercy of their environment.
* %%* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' shows with [[NightmareFuel brutal honesty]] just how much it would suck to be AnthropomorphicFood (as in, said food learning that their "destiny" is to be ''eaten by humans'').



* The ''Film/{{Bean}}'' movie somehow manages to [[InvertedTrope invert it]]. In the film Bean destroys a priceless historical artifact, but he covers it up by replacing it with a poster of the same painting, and cue the happy if hilarious ending. As it's really only a short-term solution however, the forgery would undoubtedly be uncovered sometime after the film's events. The original script had apparently already considered this, as it ends with someone noticing the change after the painting is slightly damaged, which didn't make it into the final film.

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* %%* The ''Film/{{Bean}}'' movie somehow manages to [[InvertedTrope invert it]]. In the film Bean destroys a priceless historical artifact, but he covers it up by replacing it with a poster of the same painting, and cue the happy if hilarious ending. As it's really only a short-term solution however, the forgery would undoubtedly be uncovered sometime after the film's events. The original script had apparently already considered this, as it ends with someone noticing the change after the painting is slightly damaged, which didn't make it into the final film.



* Two central plot points of ''Film/{{Primer}}'' are based on Fridge Horror implied by time travel in any other situation. First, the existence of an event that can truly never be understood because its cause is in the future and will be disrupted by any investigation; and second, the ability for a time traveller to override a person's free choice by varying the circumstances and going back over and over again until they make the choice the time traveller wants.
** And the short film ''One Minute Time Machine'' addresses a similar issue with MentalTimeTravel: after time travelling back several times he realizes that [[spoiler:every time he time travels, his braindead body is left behind in the history he left]].

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* %%* Two central plot points of ''Film/{{Primer}}'' are based on Fridge Horror implied by time travel in any other situation. First, the existence of an event that can truly never be understood because its cause is in the future and will be disrupted by any investigation; and second, the ability for a time traveller to override a person's free choice by varying the circumstances and going back over and over again until they make the choice the time traveller wants.
** %%** And the short film ''One Minute Time Machine'' addresses a similar issue with MentalTimeTravel: after time travelling back several times he realizes that [[spoiler:every time he time travels, his braindead body is left behind in the history he left]].



* The Creator/CharlesStross novel ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'' describes the adventures of Freya Nakamichi-47, a {{gynoid}} {{sexbot}} in a solar system colonized by robots [[HumanitysWake after the extinction of mankind]]. She was programmed to be overwhelmed by submission and subservience at the merest sight of Homo sapiens, and totally unable to go against their slightest whim - how, [[DontAsk you may ask]], do you condition a robot to behave in such a way? Later on in the novel, we find out that [[AbusivePrecursors Freya's long-dead designers]] did so by [[spoiler:[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil inflicting traumatic sexual abuse on her during her "adolescence"]].]]

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* %%* The Creator/CharlesStross novel ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'' describes the adventures of Freya Nakamichi-47, a {{gynoid}} {{sexbot}} in a solar system colonized by robots [[HumanitysWake after the extinction of mankind]]. She was programmed to be overwhelmed by submission and subservience at the merest sight of Homo sapiens, and totally unable to go against their slightest whim - how, [[DontAsk you may ask]], do you condition a robot to behave in such a way? Later on in the novel, we find out that [[AbusivePrecursors Freya's long-dead designers]] did so by [[spoiler:[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil inflicting traumatic sexual abuse on her during her "adolescence"]].]]



* Creator/NickPerumov shows the ramifications of AndNowYouMustMarryMe in ''The Joyless Land''. Eltara, an Elven princess, is forced to marry the mage Gordzhelin the Uncaring in exchange for saving her father's kingdom. The oath she gives explicitly states that she will have sex with Gordzhelin '''any time he wants it''', and this will go on until she bears a child for Gordzhelin. Ouch.

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* %%* Creator/NickPerumov shows the ramifications of AndNowYouMustMarryMe in ''The Joyless Land''. Eltara, an Elven princess, is forced to marry the mage Gordzhelin the Uncaring in exchange for saving her father's kingdom. The oath she gives explicitly states that she will have sex with Gordzhelin '''any time he wants it''', and this will go on until she bears a child for Gordzhelin. Ouch.



* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' we're introduced to the technology to reprogram people's memories and personalities, and it's being used to provide rich people with high quality midwives and fantasy lovers. Why aren't the people with this technology using it for more ambitious and nefarious purposes? [[spoiler: Halfway through the season we find out that they are. Rossum was fully aware that global domination was the end result.]]

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* %%* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' we're introduced to the technology to reprogram people's memories and personalities, and it's being used to provide rich people with high quality midwives and fantasy lovers. Why aren't the people with this technology using it for more ambitious and nefarious purposes? [[spoiler: Halfway through the season we find out that they are. Rossum was fully aware that global domination was the end result.]]



* Season 4 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' introduced a Prophet who had been seeing visions of the Winchester brothers' adventures and writing a book series about them, selling them as fiction because he didn't know they were real. It was humorously treated as a nice way of adding metafiction to the series, but this raised a lot of FridgeHorror issues about Sam and Dean's entire lives and thoughts, fully detailed, being openly available for everyone to see. In season 8 one of the villains finally gets his hands on the books. He uses them [[spoiler:to track down and kill off the people they have saved in the past so he can destroy their life's work and deny them the only comfort they have in knowing that these people are still alive because of them, while deconstructing their heroic self-image to break them.]]

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* %%* Season 4 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' introduced a Prophet who had been seeing visions of the Winchester brothers' adventures and writing a book series about them, selling them as fiction because he didn't know they were real. It was humorously treated as a nice way of adding metafiction to the series, but this raised a lot of FridgeHorror issues about Sam and Dean's entire lives and thoughts, fully detailed, being openly available for everyone to see. In season 8 one of the villains finally gets his hands on the books. He uses them [[spoiler:to track down and kill off the people they have saved in the past so he can destroy their life's work and deny them the only comfort they have in knowing that these people are still alive because of them, while deconstructing their heroic self-image to break them.]]



* In ''Series/TopOfTheLake'', fans retrospectively wondered if Robin's blackout at Al's house in one episode was him drugging and raping her, following the reveal at the end that he was the leader of the paedophile ring. The first episode of the second series included a line in which Robin herself says that she thinks he raped her at that point.

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* %%* In ''Series/TopOfTheLake'', fans retrospectively wondered if Robin's blackout at Al's house in one episode was him drugging and raping her, following the reveal at the end that he was the leader of the paedophile ring. The first episode of the second series included a line in which Robin herself says that she thinks he raped her at that point.



* The first act of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' is a cheerful FracturedFairyTale. The ''second'' act is every single nasty consequence of every single person's actions coming back to haunt them (and everyone else around them).

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* %%* The first act of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' is a cheerful FracturedFairyTale. The ''second'' act is every single nasty consequence of every single person's actions coming back to haunt them (and everyone else around them).



** Ever wonder why the villains don't use the Pokemon they own on people directly if Pokemon are so powerful, according to the Pokedex? Well, in the fangame VideoGame/PokemonReborn, they do, ranging from a few broken ribs to death [[spoiler: to getting your soul burned away to nothingness]]. They even have machines that can amplify the powers of Pokemon, and the ''first'' one you find, on a Pokemon that's not even that strong, to boot, has ravaged an entire city area.



* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', during the episode ''No Brakes'', people noted that the White Fang mooks were being knocked off the train left and right, which even if they somehow survived that, they were still in a tunnel that was soon overrun by Grim. The next episode, Mercury flat out states "A lot of faunus didn't make it out of the tunnels."

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* %%* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', during the episode ''No Brakes'', people noted that the White Fang mooks were being knocked off the train left and right, which even if they somehow survived that, they were still in a tunnel that was soon overrun by Grim. The next episode, Mercury flat out states "A lot of faunus didn't make it out of the tunnels."



** The series is built on the premise that about 1/10th of the population can telekinetically manipulate, or "bend", one of the [[ElementalPowers four classical elements]]. It's also demonstrated several times that benders can affect things that are partially of their element (for example, waterbenders bending mud or plants, earthbenders bending metal, firebenders bending lightning). Well, the human body is 70% water, isn't it? So what would happen if a waterbender were to bend ''that''? [[spoiler: We find out in the episode ''The Puppetmaster'' that this is indeed a thing. Its inventor Hama calls it bloodbending, and uses it to create PeoplePuppets.]]

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** %%** The series is built on the premise that about 1/10th of the population can telekinetically manipulate, or "bend", one of the [[ElementalPowers four classical elements]]. It's also demonstrated several times that benders can affect things that are partially of their element (for example, waterbenders bending mud or plants, earthbenders bending metal, firebenders bending lightning). Well, the human body is 70% water, isn't it? So what would happen if a waterbender were to bend ''that''? [[spoiler: We find out in the episode ''The Puppetmaster'' that this is indeed a thing. Its inventor Hama calls it bloodbending, and uses it to create PeoplePuppets.]]



** ''Comicbook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise'' confirmed several fan theories that ending a hundred years war did not suddenly fix all problems created because of that war.
** Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has new Airbenders popping up after [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent Harmonic Convergence]]. Now, while the Air Nomads were pacifistic, developing their bending into a primarily defensive art, FridgeHorror has long abounded among the fans since discovering Monk Gyatso's body and those of the soldiers who tried to kill him regarding what an [[LethalHarmlessPowers airbender could do]] if the user ''wasn't'' focusing on defense, especially since there isn't much that can easily stop an airbender. These fears have now been realized as the apparent BigBad of the season is one of the new benders, and he is ''not'' holding back with his new powers. In a later episode, he even uses his powers to asphyxiate one of his victims.
*** In the Season 3 finale, [[spoiler: Jinora leads a small group of relatively untrained airbenders into making a ''tornado'' to help Korra defeat the ArcVillain. A small tornado, granted, but the fact they were able to create something like with minimal training really drives home how powerful an airbender could be if they weren't pacifists]].

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** ''Comicbook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise'' confirmed several fan theories that ending a hundred years war did not suddenly fix all problems created because of that war.
war. In particular, colonized Earth Kingdom territories.
** Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has new Airbenders popping up after [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent Harmonic Convergence]]. Now, while the Air Nomads were pacifistic, developing their bending into a primarily defensive art, FridgeHorror has long abounded among the fans since discovering Monk Gyatso's body and those of the soldiers who tried to kill him regarding what an [[LethalHarmlessPowers airbender could do]] if the user ''wasn't'' focusing on defense, especially since there isn't much that can easily stop an airbender. These fears have now been realized as the apparent BigBad of the season is one of the new benders, and he is ''not'' holding back with his new powers. In a later episode, he even uses his powers to asphyxiate one of his victims.
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victims. In the Season 3 finale, [[spoiler: Jinora leads a small group of relatively untrained airbenders into making a ''tornado'' to help Korra defeat the ArcVillain. A small tornado, granted, but the fact they were able to create something like with minimal training really drives home how powerful an airbender could be if they weren't pacifists]].



** FurryConfusion is somewhat addressed in an episode where [[WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw Augie Doggie And Doggie Daddy]] appear. Turns out sentient anthropomorphic dogs have no more rights than regular ones; Doggie Daddy is arrested for not having a license, sentenced to obedience training, ''fixed'' (try not to think of the many people in RealLife who have been sterilized against their will), and winds up so brainwashed from his ordeal that he is basically lobotomized. All PlayedForLaughs of course.

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** %%** FurryConfusion is somewhat addressed in an episode where [[WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw Augie Doggie And Doggie Daddy]] appear. Turns out sentient anthropomorphic dogs have no more rights than regular ones; Doggie Daddy is arrested for not having a license, sentenced to obedience training, ''fixed'' (try not to think of the many people in RealLife who have been sterilized against their will), and winds up so brainwashed from his ordeal that he is basically lobotomized. All PlayedForLaughs of course.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]" applies ascended fridge horror to the implications of a dragon living in a pony community, even though most other episodes before it stepped around it. Later, though the issue isn't explicitly dwelt on for very long, "Dragon Quest" addresses the fact that Spike is an orphaned child and neither he nor Twilight knows where his egg came from or who/where his real parents even are. [[TearJerker Ouch]].
** [[http://porpoiseoflife.org/my-little-dv-survivor-761/ It's been suggested by some]] that Fluttershy's ShrinkingViolet characteristics are at least partially the result of childhood trauma. "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" establishes that she was bullied, but Rainbow Dash seemed to get it about as badly as her (at the hooves of the same bullies, no less), and [[BoisterousBruiser look how she turned out]]. But then "Hurricane Fluttershy" shows us just how pervasive the problem ''really'' was, and how it affected her to the point that its resurgence is enough to provoke graphic, demonic hallucinations well into her adulthood.
** "Keep Calm and Flutter On" confirms the popular theory that Discord is [[AndIMustScream still aware of everything]] while in his [[TakenForGranite stone]] [[SealedEvilInACan prison]].
** "Princess Twilight Sparkle" revolves around how Discord, a [[ForTheEvulz massively vindictive]] {{Reality Warp|er}}ing ManipulativeBastard, left a few nasty surprises around for his captors even after he was defeated the first time, an idea that fan-fiction writers used constantly ever since his debut.
** Despite the show itself [[AngstWhatAngst glossing over it]], fans quite reasonably speculated that Celestia being forced to banish [[CainAndAbel her sister]] to the moon for a thousand years, to save Equestria from [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]], would have been devastating to her. Cue Twilight's vision of the past in "Princess Twilight Sparkle", which shows Celestia ''desperately pleading'' with Luna to stop, tried to stop her by herself, only using the Elements of Harmony when it was clear Nightmare Moon was too powerful, and when she makes that decision she starts ''crying'', one of only two times in the series she does so (the other being when Luna returns to her old self in the pilot).
** Similarly, the first part of the season opener addresses Celestia's feelings about the Summer Sun Celebration, with Celestia confirming to Twilight that to her, the Celebration was for a thousand years little more than a bitter reminder of the banishment mentioned above, with Celestia [[StepfordSmiler putting on a brave face for her subjects while hiding her inner pain]], and that she's happy that it can now be a reminder of their reunion.
** When "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime It's About Time]]" introduced the realm of Tartarus, where various monsters and villains were sealed away, many people feared that someone may have been able to escape it while Cerberus was away from his post in that episode. The Tartarus plot point was even used in the "Feelin' Pinkie Keen" arc of webcomic ''Webcomic/FriendshipIsDragons'', complete with escaped prisoner, though it was a non-canon creature. In season 4's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 finale]], it turned out [[ArcVillain Tirek]] HAD.
** The same episode also addresses the fan theory that Discord may not have been sincere in his HeelFaceTurn.
** Season Five's premiere had an antagonist that ascends a Fridge Horror that people have addressed regarding Cutie Marks and the social standing between those that have them and those that don't, along with other things by having a MotiveRant that revolves around her saying how she created harmony through [[spoiler:taking away the Cutie Marks and replacing them with the same one]]. By the finale, [[spoiler:we're revealed the villain's backstory, in which her friend manages to get a Cutie Mark before she did]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** The Ice King's AesopAmnesia and rampant sociopathy led to the idea that he is physically incapable of learning his lesson or changing in any way, and that he will be forever doomed to repeat the same behavior no matter how many times it fails. Cue the reveal of his [[ArtifactOfDoom back]][[WasOnceAMan story]], which among other things shows this is exactly what happens.
** The post-apocalyptic setting of the entire show sort of counts. Originally it was just sort of vaguely implied, but as the series progressed it gradually became more explicit until it became ''fully'' explicit, with {{Whole Episode Flashback}}s and other front-and-center undeniable things dealing with it.

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* %%* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** %%** The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]" applies ascended fridge horror to the implications of a dragon living in a pony community, even though most other episodes before it stepped around it. Later, though the issue isn't explicitly dwelt on for very long, "Dragon Quest" addresses the fact that Spike is an orphaned child and neither he nor Twilight knows where his egg came from or who/where his real parents even are. [[TearJerker Ouch]].
** %%** [[http://porpoiseoflife.org/my-little-dv-survivor-761/ It's been suggested by some]] that Fluttershy's ShrinkingViolet characteristics are at least partially the result of childhood trauma. "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" establishes that she was bullied, but Rainbow Dash seemed to get it about as badly as her (at the hooves of the same bullies, no less), and [[BoisterousBruiser look how she turned out]]. But then "Hurricane Fluttershy" shows us just how pervasive the problem ''really'' was, and how it affected her to the point that its resurgence is enough to provoke graphic, demonic hallucinations well into her adulthood.
** %%** "Keep Calm and Flutter On" confirms the popular theory that Discord is [[AndIMustScream still aware of everything]] while in his [[TakenForGranite stone]] [[SealedEvilInACan prison]].
** %%** "Princess Twilight Sparkle" revolves around how Discord, a [[ForTheEvulz massively vindictive]] {{Reality Warp|er}}ing ManipulativeBastard, left a few nasty surprises around for his captors even after he was defeated the first time, an idea that fan-fiction writers used constantly ever since his debut.
** %%** Despite the show itself [[AngstWhatAngst glossing over it]], fans quite reasonably speculated that Celestia being forced to banish [[CainAndAbel her sister]] to the moon for a thousand years, to save Equestria from [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]], would have been devastating to her. Cue Twilight's vision of the past in "Princess Twilight Sparkle", which shows Celestia ''desperately pleading'' with Luna to stop, tried to stop her by herself, only using the Elements of Harmony when it was clear Nightmare Moon was too powerful, and when she makes that decision she starts ''crying'', one of only two times in the series she does so (the other being when Luna returns to her old self in the pilot).
** %%** Similarly, the first part of the season opener addresses Celestia's feelings about the Summer Sun Celebration, with Celestia confirming to Twilight that to her, the Celebration was for a thousand years little more than a bitter reminder of the banishment mentioned above, with Celestia [[StepfordSmiler putting on a brave face for her subjects while hiding her inner pain]], and that she's happy that it can now be a reminder of their reunion.
** %%** When "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime It's About Time]]" introduced the realm of Tartarus, where various monsters and villains were sealed away, many people feared that someone may have been able to escape it while Cerberus was away from his post in that episode. The Tartarus plot point was even used in the "Feelin' Pinkie Keen" arc of webcomic ''Webcomic/FriendshipIsDragons'', complete with escaped prisoner, though it was a non-canon creature. In season 4's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 finale]], it turned out [[ArcVillain Tirek]] HAD.
** %%** The same episode also addresses the fan theory that Discord may not have been sincere in his HeelFaceTurn.
** %%** Season Five's premiere had an antagonist that ascends a Fridge Horror that people have addressed regarding Cutie Marks and the social standing between those that have them and those that don't, along with other things by having a MotiveRant that revolves around her saying how she created harmony through [[spoiler:taking away the Cutie Marks and replacing them with the same one]]. By the finale, [[spoiler:we're revealed the villain's backstory, in which her friend manages to get a Cutie Mark before she did]].
* %%* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** %%** The Ice King's AesopAmnesia and rampant sociopathy led to the idea that he is physically incapable of learning his lesson or changing in any way, and that he will be forever doomed to repeat the same behavior no matter how many times it fails. Cue the reveal of his [[ArtifactOfDoom back]][[WasOnceAMan story]], which among other things shows this is exactly what happens.
** %%** The post-apocalyptic setting of the entire show sort of counts. Originally it was just sort of vaguely implied, but as the series progressed it gradually became more explicit until it became ''fully'' explicit, with {{Whole Episode Flashback}}s and other front-and-center undeniable things dealing with it.
13th Apr '18 6:40:53 PM lalalei2001
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* ''Film/ChristopherRobin'': This film is based on the idea of Christopher Robin growing up and it's impact on Pooh and his friends, a concept that was only hinted at in previous works.

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* ''Film/ChristopherRobin'': This film ''Film/ChristopherRobin'' is based on the idea of Christopher Robin growing up and it's its impact on Pooh and his friends, a concept that was only hinted at in previous works.
13th Apr '18 10:29:59 AM lalalei2001
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* The ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' video games generally ignored the implications of creating monsters from CDs and freezing them in cold storage to be used later, and mentions of a GreatOffscreenWar in the past were limited to monster data cards and rarely dwelled upon. The ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime had the ancient people grow complacent about such technology and turn savage when it was stripped away, General Durahan uses frozen monsters to raise an army, and monsters fighting in wars is a huge part of the anime world's backstory.

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* The ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' video games generally ignored the implications of creating monsters from CDs [=CDs=] and freezing them in cold storage to be used later, and mentions of a GreatOffscreenWar in the past were limited to monster data cards and rarely dwelled upon. The ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime had the ancient people grow complacent about such technology and turn savage when it was stripped away, General Durahan uses frozen monsters to raise an army, and monsters fighting in wars is a huge part of the anime world's backstory.
13th Apr '18 10:25:32 AM lalalei2001
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* The ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' video games generally ignored the implications of creating monsters from CDs and freezing them in cold storage to be used later, and mentions of a GreatOffscreenWar in the past were limited to monster data cards and rarely dwelled upon. The ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime had the ancient people grow complacent about such technology and turn savage when it was stripped away, General Durahan uses frozen monsters to raise an army, and monsters fighting in wars is a huge part of the anime world's backstory.
16th Mar '18 7:33:34 PM jormis29
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* ''Film/MarvelOneShots'': "Item 47" is about a couple who [[spoiler: restore to working condition a Chitauri weapon that'd been laying around in the wreckage after the battle in New York. They then use it to go rob banks.]]

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* ''Film/MarvelOneShots'': "Item 47" ''Film/Item47'' is about a couple who [[spoiler: restore to working condition a Chitauri weapon that'd been laying around in the wreckage after the battle in New York.York from ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. They then use it to go rob banks.]]
6th Mar '18 8:41:50 PM Monolaf317
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* ''Film/ChristopherRobin'': This film is based on the idea of Christopher Robin growing up and it's impact on Pooh and his friends, a concept that was only hinted at in previous works.
21st Feb '18 2:47:48 PM GoldenKeyblade
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* The [[AllThereInTheManual viral marketing]] of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', as well as WordOfGod, confirmed that [[spoiler:the Clover monster seen in the movie was actually a baby, and the destruction of New York was the equivalent of Clover throwing a tantrum after being rudely awakened by a piece of falling space debris]]. While this does lend some context to the events of the movie, particularly Clover's actions, it does raise a terrifying question: [[spoiler:how unimaginably gargantuan must an ''adult'' of Clover's species be]]? Well, [[spoiler:if the ending of ''Film/TheCloverfieldParadox'' is anything to go by, the answer is "large enough to '''rise above the cloud layer''' with apparent ease".]]
20th Feb '18 7:31:40 PM urutapu
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* 'Website/SCPFoundation'': Procedure 110-Montauk is one of the most horrifying (in-universe and out) [[NothingIsScarier [DATA EXPUNGED]]] procedures in SCP canon, regularly done to a young girl in order to prevent the world's destruction, who is given amnesiacs so she forgets (it's explained that every third time they blank her memory because the first time is horrible, the second time just extends it, and the third time establishes that it's not stopping with all this done to maximize the emotional trauma she goes through). When somebody pointed out her (censored) age range had two digits, they went back and made the lower limit a single digit number.
8th Feb '18 5:37:50 AM MasterFuzzy
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** And, yeah, psychic powers are cool-you can use them for MundaneUtility, [[PowerPerversionPotential they can be great in bed]], and are really helpful in a fight. But a MasterOfIllusion can make you do ANYTHING, ''without your even realizing that they're affecting you.''
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