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11th Mar '17 5:08:26 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In the Franchise/SpiderMan storyline "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut" Spider-Man's second fight with TheJuggernaut goes like this. Struggling to find a way to hurt him, Spidey tries ramming a tanker truck into him only to find it just made him angry. Ultimately Spider-Man manages to win the fight by tricking Juggernaut into a load of cement, but due to how Juggernaut's powers work (he doesn't need to eat, drink, sleep, or even ''breathe''), Juggy eventually just dug his way out. Keeping the latter part of the trope from being played straight, Spidey's confrontations with the Juggernaut after that were rare and handled ''much'' differently; in the most recent one, Spidey simply gave him what he wanted so he'd go away.

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* In the Franchise/SpiderMan storyline "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut" Spider-Man's second fight with TheJuggernaut goes like this. Struggling to find a way to hurt him, Spidey tries ramming a tanker truck into him only to find it just made him angry. Ultimately Spider-Man manages to win the fight by tricking Juggernaut into a load of cement, but due to how Juggernaut's powers work (he doesn't need to eat, drink, sleep, or even ''breathe''), Juggy eventually just dug his way out. Keeping the latter part of the trope from being played straight, Spidey's confrontations with the Juggernaut after that were rare and handled ''much'' differently; in the most recent one, Spidey [[SheatheyourSword simply gave him what he wanted wanted]] so he'd go away.
16th Jan '17 1:20:00 PM djizomdjinn
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': In the first book, [[spoiler:Katniss Everdeen is blown back by the explosion she sets off destroying the Careers' supplies and is rendered completely deaf in her left ear. Unable to escape, she only survives by hiding right under their noses]]. However, it's completely outdone in [[spoiler:the Quarter Quell, when Katniss nearly kills herself breaking the force field over the arena]].



* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''
** In the ending of first ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', [[spoiler:everyone dies whilst trying to escape from saving everyone in America from a nuclear death, killed by the man that set off the nuclear devices in the first place]].
** Apparently, ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' also suffers this with [[spoiler:almost everyone dead because of General Shepherd's betrayal in an attempt to write his name in history, thus revealing him to be the BigBad and having all those who know about it and pose a threat to him killed off. Luckily, He gets killed but now the protagonists are branded as terrorists and are hunted across the world]].
*** [[spoiler:Doesn't really matter that he's dead. He got what he wanted (a call to action in order to restrengthen America's fighting force), he's just too dead to take command of the subsequent fallout. That duty will fall to someone else. But he got the blank check and the war he had envisioned, which is all that really had to succeed in his plan (him being alive would simply be a perk, and if anything, two rogue soldiers who were supposedly working under him now being responsible for his death could only amp up the call to action).]] The very essence of the trope exemplified.



* ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}''
** In the sequel, you find out despite your effort to take down the spire in London, they managed to get to the United States, and most of the United States has fallen against the Chimera.
** And then after you [[spoiler:manage to detonate a nuclear bomb in the middle of a Chimera fleet, ''[[AndThenJohnWasAZombie you become a Chimera too]]'']], [[ShootTheShaggyDog making the hero's actions mostly pointless]]. Although [[SequelHook another sequel has been confirmed]].
*** Bet you the final one will make humanity officially extinct.
** ''Resistance 3'' continues the trend. Despite Hale's work in ''Resistance 2'', humanity has officially lost the war against the Chimera. You play as Joseph Capelli, who works with LaResistance to give punching out Cthulhu one last go. Let's hope he finds more success than Hale did.
*** [[spoiler:He does.]]



* In ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', the game ends with the heroes [[spoiler:dropping the Light Mass Bomb on the overwhelming Locust Horde]]. However, when ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar2'' begins they find themselves [[spoiler:pushed back to their last defensive position with a new sickness called Rust Lung spreading among the human population]]. ''Gears of War 2'' also ends with [[spoiler:humanity sinking Jacinto, the last refuge they have against the Locust]]. Good idea! Problem: [[spoiler:it might not have worked, so humanity is now defenseless if the Locust are still alive in any shape or form. According to ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar3'', it didn't]].



* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': in the "Jetstream Sam" DLC, [[spoiler:Sam manages to sever one of Steven Armstrong's arms before his nanomachines could reach it to protect it. This helps him very little, as Armstrong is able to reattach his arm, but not before using a sharpened point on his hardened arm's stub to maim Sam's arm, necessitating a prosthetic replacement]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' in general, at the very least you will wind up having to pay a sizable fee depending on how much the units are upgraded.



* In the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}} 2'', [[spoiler:Visari is dead]], but at what cost? [[spoiler:Most of ISA's military force is destroyed and its remnants are stranded on Helghan and Helghast has some of the ISA's nuclear arsenal ready to use on them, and the bulk of their forces were just in hiding.]]
** [[spoiler: However, ISA being invaded is the least of the characters concerns since Visari's death has effectively started a civil war...oops]]
* In ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'': the means by which the war was ended by the unspecified victors comes back to bite everyone in the ass in Forged Alliance.



* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': Batman sprays explosive gel on his glove before decking [[spoiler: Titan Joker across the face. But because Batman is badass and will never let the Joker win, never, the "punching out" part actually sticks]].
14th Jan '17 6:47:18 PM nombretomado
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* Maxim's battle with the [[JerkassGods Sinistrals]] in ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' in the [[VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom original]] and ''[[VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals Rise of the Sinistrals]]''. He and his party managed to defeat all four of them, but [[spoiler: his {{Love Interest|s}} Selan is fatally injured, and Artea also later lost his eyesight from the battle. Maxim himself wasn't able to escape the Sinistrals' FloatingContinent and died with it when it sank into the ocean, with the most he managed to do was break the crystals controlling it to keep it from crashing where it would harm anybody]]. Worst of all, the Sinistrals weren't gone for good, Erim reincarnated [[spoiler: as Lufia]], and her mere existence revived the other three Sinistrals. While TheHero in the original game and his party were able to defeat them, his refusal to kill Erim for good meant that the Sinistrals would return '''AGAIN''', leading into the events of ''The Legend Returns''. There's a smaller-scale example in ''The Legend Returns'' as well, when Aima's [[OldMaster martial arts master]] fights Gades. Gades is slightly scratched and impressed enough by his strength to spare everyone else, while the master dies of his wounds.

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* Maxim's battle with the [[JerkassGods Sinistrals]] in ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' in the [[VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom original]] and ''[[VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals Rise of the Sinistrals]]''. He and his party managed to defeat all four of them, but [[spoiler: his {{Love Interest|s}} Selan is fatally injured, and Artea also later lost his eyesight from the battle. Maxim himself wasn't able to escape the Sinistrals' FloatingContinent and died with it when it sank into the ocean, with the most he managed to do was break the crystals controlling it to keep it from crashing where it would harm anybody]]. Worst of all, the Sinistrals weren't gone for good, Erim reincarnated [[spoiler: as Lufia]], and her mere existence revived the other three Sinistrals. While TheHero in the original game and his party were able to defeat them, his refusal to kill Erim for good meant that the Sinistrals would return '''AGAIN''', leading into the events of ''The Legend Returns''. There's a smaller-scale example in ''The Legend Returns'' as well, when Aima's [[OldMaster martial arts master]] fights Gades. Gades is slightly scratched and impressed enough by his strength to spare everyone else, while the master dies of his wounds.
14th Jan '17 6:24:09 PM merotoker
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* In ''LightNovel/BlackBullet'' during [[spoiler: episode 4 when faced with an empty railgun and an attacking EldritchAbomination, Rentaro rips off his prosthetic arm, loads it into the railgun and answers DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu... at a fraction of the speed of light, leaving him armless until he was able to get a new one.]]

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* In ''LightNovel/BlackBullet'' during [[spoiler: episode 4 when faced with an empty railgun and an attacking EldritchAbomination, Rentaro rips off his prosthetic arm, loads it into the railgun and answers DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu... at a fraction of the speed of light, leaving him armless until he was able to get a new one.]]one]].



** Several times in when a Legendary made the scene, they show how they have the name.

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** Several times in when a Legendary made the scene, they show how they have the name.



** The manga ends this way. [[spoiler:Eternal Sailor Moon does a HeroicSacrifice to prevent the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Chaos from rising. After [[UnexplainedRecovery she gets better]], we're told that Chaos was not completely destroyed. Sailor Cosmos confirms that Chaos will be reborn as a Sailor Senshi itself, and that it will instigate a huge cosmic war that will tear the galaxy apart and that the damage and sacrifice necessary to destroy it will ''be just as bad as losing the war''. While Cosmos [[OurTimeTravelIsDifferent traveled to the past]] to prevent its rebirth, she realized that Chaos' rise was inevitable and that there WAS no [[TakeAThirdOption Third Option]].]] Oddly the characters don't seem to perturbed by the bleak future that awaits them, preferring to enjoy their happy present lives [[spoiler:taking comfort that life will always go on even if the galaxy is destroyed by war.]] To be fair, given that Cosmos's plan to stop Chaos would ''kill the galaxy'', it's understandable that they were all right with their win.

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** The manga ends this way. [[spoiler:Eternal Sailor Moon does a HeroicSacrifice to prevent the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Chaos from rising. After [[UnexplainedRecovery she gets better]], we're told that Chaos was not completely destroyed. Sailor Cosmos confirms that Chaos will be reborn as a Sailor Senshi itself, and that it will instigate a huge cosmic war that will tear the galaxy apart and that the damage and sacrifice necessary to destroy it will ''be just as bad as losing the war''. While Cosmos [[OurTimeTravelIsDifferent traveled to the past]] to prevent its rebirth, she realized that Chaos' rise was inevitable and that there WAS no [[TakeAThirdOption Third Option]].]] Oddly the characters don't seem to perturbed by the bleak future that awaits them, preferring to enjoy their happy present lives [[spoiler:taking comfort that life will always go on even if the galaxy is destroyed by war.]] war]]. To be fair, given that Cosmos's plan to stop Chaos would ''kill the galaxy'', it's understandable that they were all right with their win.



* This ends up happening to Jaden during his final duel with Yubel in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''; [[spoiler:thanks to the nature of Yubel's monster effect, each time Jaden destroys (or forces Yubel to destroy) her copy, it merely evolves into a stronger version of itself. Eventually, Yubel becomes so powerful from Jaden's attempts to stop her, that the only way he ''could'' take her out is to intercept a FusionDance attempt of hers that would've resulted in TheEndOftheWorldAsWeKnowIt and use it to scrub the duel prematurely by ''fusing his soul with Yubel's, having the monster in his head for all eternity''.]] It's not that bad; [[spoiler: since Yubel was purged of the Light of Destruction when she and Judai got fused, and had all her Yandere urges satisfied, she calms down significantly and becomes friendly, if not a DeadpanSnarker.]]

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* This ends up happening to Jaden during his final duel with Yubel in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''; [[spoiler:thanks to the nature of Yubel's monster effect, each time Jaden destroys (or forces Yubel to destroy) her copy, it merely evolves into a stronger version of itself. Eventually, Yubel becomes so powerful from Jaden's attempts to stop her, that the only way he ''could'' take her out is to intercept a FusionDance attempt of hers that would've resulted in TheEndOftheWorldAsWeKnowIt TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and use it to scrub the duel prematurely by ''fusing his soul with Yubel's, having the monster in his head for all eternity''.]] eternity'']]. It's not that bad; [[spoiler: since Yubel was purged of the Light of Destruction when she and Judai got fused, and had all her Yandere urges satisfied, she calms down significantly and becomes friendly, if not a DeadpanSnarker.]]DeadpanSnarker]].



* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Netero nearly kills the Chimera Ant King Meruem [[spoiler:by stopping his own heart to trigger the incredibly powerful bomb implanted in his own body. This desperate move only fails because two of Meruem's strongest minions sacrifice most of their power and body mass to restore him.]] Later, Gon utterly destroys [[spoiler:Neferpitou, the second strongest Chimera Ant alive by forcefully aging himself to vastly increase his power. Said powerboost comes at the cost of a shortened lifespan and the possibility that Gon will never be able to use nen again.]] In a more literal example, [[spoiler:Gon's right arm is torn off by zombie!Pitou when Gon lets his guard down thinking the battle was over after he crushed Pitou's head. Gon pins the monster down with his own ripped off arm and finishes it off with a final "rock" attack that apparently leaves Gon on the brink of death.]] However this is subverted [[spoiler: when it's revealed the deadliest part about the bomb implanted in Netero is the ''poison'' that will kill everything that comes in contact with the bomb or people poisoned by it. That kills Meruem for good.]] Chapter 345 reveals that [[spoiler:even after a RealityWarper saved his life, Gon still hasn't fully recovered. [[BroughtDownToNormal He cannot see or use Nen anymore.]]]]

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* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Netero nearly kills the Chimera Ant King Meruem [[spoiler:by stopping his own heart to trigger the incredibly powerful bomb implanted in his own body. This desperate move only fails because two of Meruem's strongest minions sacrifice most of their power and body mass to restore him.]] him]]. Later, Gon utterly destroys [[spoiler:Neferpitou, the second strongest Chimera Ant alive by forcefully aging himself to vastly increase his power. Said powerboost comes at the cost of a shortened lifespan and the possibility that Gon will never be able to use nen again.]] again]]. In a more literal example, [[spoiler:Gon's right arm is torn off by zombie!Pitou when Gon lets his guard down thinking the battle was over after he crushed Pitou's head. Gon pins the monster down with his own ripped off arm and finishes it off with a final "rock" attack that apparently leaves Gon on the brink of death.]] death]]. However this is subverted [[spoiler: when it's revealed the deadliest part about the bomb implanted in Netero is the ''poison'' that will kill everything that comes in contact with the bomb or people poisoned by it. That kills Meruem for good.]] good]]. Chapter 345 reveals that [[spoiler:even after a RealityWarper saved his life, Gon still hasn't fully recovered. [[BroughtDownToNormal He cannot see or use Nen anymore.]]]]anymore]]]].



* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': This happens in a few instances, often to Zenkichi. Zenkichi kicks Oudo [[spoiler: off of a building!]]only to find that it has no effect. Later he does a HeroicSacrifice to try and [[spoiler: kill Kumagawa. It works, but Kumagawa's reality warper abilities just revive him anyway.]]

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* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': This happens in a few instances, often to Zenkichi. Zenkichi kicks Oudo [[spoiler: off of a building!]]only to find that it has no effect. Later he does a HeroicSacrifice to try and [[spoiler: kill Kumagawa. It works, but Kumagawa's reality warper abilities just revive him anyway.]]anyway]].



** This trope is in effect whenever Natsu manages to use [[SuperMode Dragon Force]]: Activating it usually allows him to beat the tar out of the current ArcVillain, but due to the manner in which he has to activate it [[spoiler:until the ''Tartaros'' arc and even then the aftereffects still happen]] (eating extremely potent sources of magical energy), this often leaves him completely and utterly exhausted afterwards and unable to really move. [[spoiler:This nearly got him killed in the battle against [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Mard Geer's]] OneWingedAngel, but luckily [[DemonSlaying Gray]] [[HeroicSecondWind was there to finish the job]]]].
** When [[spoiler: [[PlayingWithFire King of the Flame Dragons Igneel]]]] fought against [[TheDreaded Black Dragon of the Apocalypse Acnologia]] in the ''Tartaros'' arc, he managed to [[spoiler: tear off the Dragon King's arm in a SingleStrokeBattle, permanently crippling him from the looks of things. Acnologia tore a hole through [[TorsoWithAView Igneel's torso]] before ''killing'' him with his BreathWeapon in return.]] And all of this happened right in front of [[spoiler: Natsu's]] eyes.
** Gray was forced to [[spoiler:partially transform himself into a Demon using his newly acquired (meaning he lacked experience) Devil Slayer powers to tank Mard Geer's Memento Mori curse]]. It worked, but about a year or so later [[spoiler:he has lost control of the transformation. He becomes obsessed with destroying E.N.D, and doesn't care who he has to hurt or kill to do it. One of his new comrades in the Avatar Cult notes that the curse has stained his skin and his soul black.]]

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** This trope is in effect whenever Natsu manages to use [[SuperMode Dragon Force]]: Activating it usually allows him to beat the tar out of the current ArcVillain, but due to the manner in which he has to activate it [[spoiler:until the ''Tartaros'' arc and even then the aftereffects still happen]] (eating extremely potent sources of magical energy), this often leaves him completely and utterly exhausted afterwards and unable to really move. [[spoiler:This nearly got him killed in the battle against [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Mard Geer's]] OneWingedAngel, but luckily [[DemonSlaying Gray]] [[HeroicSecondWind was there to finish the job]]]].
job]].]]
** When [[spoiler: [[PlayingWithFire King of the Flame Dragons Igneel]]]] fought against [[TheDreaded Black Dragon of the Apocalypse Acnologia]] in the ''Tartaros'' arc, he managed to [[spoiler: tear off the Dragon King's arm in a SingleStrokeBattle, permanently crippling him from the looks of things. Acnologia tore a hole through [[TorsoWithAView Igneel's torso]] before ''killing'' him with his BreathWeapon in return.]] return]]. And all of this happened right in front of [[spoiler: Natsu's]] eyes.
** Gray was forced to [[spoiler:partially transform himself into a Demon using his newly acquired (meaning he lacked experience) Devil Slayer powers to tank Mard Geer's Memento Mori curse]]. It worked, but about a year or so later [[spoiler:he has lost control of the transformation. He becomes obsessed with destroying E.N.D, and doesn't care who he has to hurt or kill to do it. One of his new comrades in the Avatar Cult notes that the curse has stained his skin and his soul black.]]black]].



* The [[EldritchAbomination Safeguards]] in ''[[Manga/{{Blame}} Blame!]]'' include a [[GiantMook giant]], Cthulhu-shaped model. While Killy is carrying an even more [[LostTechnology eldritch weapon]], he [[LawOfInverseRecoil broke his arm shooting]] Cthulhubot.

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* The [[EldritchAbomination Safeguards]] in ''[[Manga/{{Blame}} Blame!]]'' include a [[GiantMook giant]], {{giant|Mook}}, Cthulhu-shaped model. While Killy is carrying an even more [[LostTechnology eldritch weapon]], he [[LawOfInverseRecoil broke his arm shooting]] Cthulhubot.



* In ''Manga/GetterRobo Armageddon'', [[spoiler:the two Getter Teams pool the power of Shin Getter and Shin Dragon to form the Final Getter Tomahawk, destroying Cohen, Stinger and what's left of Jupiter and its moons. However, doing so drained Shin Dragon's battery and blew off Shin Getter's arms. And then, the NegativeSpaceWedgie with teeth shows up...]]
* Played with in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': When Izuku first uses his new quirk "One For All", he literally breaks his arm punching out a giant robot (plus his legs after jumping in the air to punch out said robot) since his body wasn't fully prepared for the attack's overwhelming power. [[spoiler:Eventually, his use of "One For All" leaves his hand permanently disfigured, with doctors believing that continued use would eventually leave him completely unable to use his arms.]]

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* In ''Manga/GetterRobo Armageddon'', [[spoiler:the two Getter Teams pool the power of Shin Getter and Shin Dragon to form the Final Getter Tomahawk, destroying Cohen, Stinger and what's left of Jupiter and its moons. However, doing so drained Shin Dragon's battery and blew off Shin Getter's arms. And then, the NegativeSpaceWedgie with teeth shows up...]]
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* Played with in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': When Izuku first uses his new quirk "One For All", he literally breaks his arm punching out a giant robot (plus his legs after jumping in the air to punch out said robot) since his body wasn't fully prepared for the attack's overwhelming power. [[spoiler:Eventually, his use of "One For All" leaves his hand permanently disfigured, with doctors believing that continued use would eventually leave him completely unable to use his arms.]]arms]].



** In ''ComicBook/FearItself'', [[spoiler:Thor's battle against his EvilUncle Cul Borson aka the Serpent aka the Norse god of fear -- who turned out to be the ''true'' serpent destined to kill him -- ends in a MutualKill. [[DeathIsCheap He gets better]], as always.]]

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** In ''ComicBook/FearItself'', [[spoiler:Thor's battle against his EvilUncle Cul Borson aka the Serpent aka the Norse god of fear -- who turned out to be the ''true'' serpent destined to kill him -- ends in a MutualKill. [[DeathIsCheap He gets better]], as always.]]always]].



* One ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' arc features Galactus attacking earth, and for once he's actually at full strength rather than nearly dying from starvation. Eventually team powerhouse Thunderbird manages to break Galactus' skin and insert a device specifically made by that earth's Reed Richards to hurt the creature. Thunderbird is left brain dead from the shockwave though he does manage to get Galactus to flee.

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* One ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' arc features Galactus ComicBook/{{Galactus}} attacking earth, and for once he's actually at full strength rather than nearly dying from starvation. Eventually team powerhouse Thunderbird manages to break Galactus' skin and insert a device specifically made by that earth's Reed Richards to hurt the creature. Thunderbird is left brain dead from the shockwave though he does manage to get Galactus to flee.



* In ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #2 [[spoiler:the Sonic Double Rainboom certainly defeats the gremlins, but completely paralyzes Dash's wings for two months.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #2 [[spoiler:the Sonic Double Rainboom certainly defeats the gremlins, but completely paralyzes Dash's wings for two months.]]months]].



** Once in the Pre-Crisis universe Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and Comicbook/{{Superboy}} attempted to punch Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}. They were amped up by Highfather to insane amounts and let's remember they could ''pull an entire galaxy's worth of planets without said power up''. None of their punches [[NighInvulnerable even hurt]] Darkseid and barely even catches his attention.
** Supergirl trashed the Anti-Monitor during the ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', but he took her out. She died and her existence was erased from the memory collective of the universe... for a while.

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** Once in the Pre-Crisis universe Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and Comicbook/{{Superboy}} attempted to punch Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}. They were amped up by Highfather to insane amounts and let's remember they could ''pull an entire galaxy's worth of planets without said power up''. None of their punches [[NighInvulnerable [[NighInvulnerability even hurt]] Darkseid and barely even catches his attention.
** Supergirl trashed the Anti-Monitor during the ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', but he took her out. She died {{d|yingMomentOfAwesome}}ied and her existence was erased from the memory collective of the universe... for a while.



* During ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'', Mongul makes the mistake of telling Neron he doesn't want to trade his soul for power by trying to punch him. Neron promptly snaps his neck.

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* During ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'', Neron allowed any villain to leave if they didn't want to trade their soul for power. Mongul makes made the mistake of telling Neron he doesn't want to trade his soul for power by also trying to punch attack him. Neron promptly snaps his neck.






* ''FanFic/WithThisRing'': [[spoiler: Several years before the story proper, [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] gathered up his friends and allies, and managed to stop an evil cult from summoning an EldritchAbomination; at the cost of one of their number being driven insane, and several of them dying. [[MyGreatestFailure Including Zatanna's mother.]] [[HarsherInHindsight Zatara's never forgiven him]] for getting her involved.]]

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* ''FanFic/WithThisRing'': [[spoiler: Several years before the story proper, [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] gathered up his friends and allies, and managed to stop an evil cult from summoning an EldritchAbomination; at the cost of one of their number being driven insane, and several of them dying. [[MyGreatestFailure Including Zatanna's mother.]] [[HarsherInHindsight Zatara's never forgiven him]] for getting her involved.]]involved]].



* ''RockyIV'' ends on a happy note, as Rocky defeats the [[HuskyRusskie superhuman Soviet boxer]] Ivan Drago and avenges his friend Apollo Creed. In ''Film/RockyV'', however, we learn that Balboa's gone bankrupt thanks to a shady accountant. Rocky tries to take another title fight to earn money, but the match with Drago gave him career-ending brain damage.

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* ''RockyIV'' ''Film/RockyIV'' ends on a happy note, as Rocky defeats the [[HuskyRusskie superhuman Soviet boxer]] Ivan Drago and avenges his friend Apollo Creed. In ''Film/RockyV'', however, we learn that Balboa's gone bankrupt thanks to a shady accountant. Rocky tries to take another title fight to earn money, but the match with Drago gave him career-ending brain damage.



* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', Hiccup [[spoiler:loses half his left leg in the process of defeating the humungous dragon at the end.]]
* At the end of ''Film/SilentHill'', Rose finally rescues her daughter and defeats the Order by way of [[DealWithTheDevil letting Dark Alessa]] have her RoaringRampageOfRevenge. However, when they leave Silent Hill, they're still stuck in the Fog World, and the movie ends with both them and her husband in their house at the same time, in two worlds, unable to communicate except for a single static-laden voice mail. In [[Film/SilentHillRevelation3D the sequel]], it turns out that in the interim she [[AuthorsSavingThrow somehow finds a way]] to get her daughter back to the real world, but not herself. Too bad for her, the Order was able to do the same thing with [[spoiler:Vincent]], thus setting up the events where [[spoiler:Dark Alessa and the powers of the Order are defeated ''for good'', Pyramid Head pulls a quasi HeelFaceTurn, and Heather, her dad and Vincent all get to go home, just as the permanent ash fall is coming to an end. They pass a [[VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour prison bus heading into the town's general area,]] just as it starts to rain and the creepy music kicks up again, meaning that all they did was change who the instigators and victims were going to be.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', Hiccup [[spoiler:loses half his left leg in the process of defeating the humungous dragon at the end.]]
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* At the end of ''Film/SilentHill'', Rose finally rescues her daughter and defeats the Order by way of [[DealWithTheDevil letting Dark Alessa]] have her RoaringRampageOfRevenge. However, when they leave Silent Hill, they're still stuck in the Fog World, and the movie ends with both them and her husband in their house at the same time, in two worlds, unable to communicate except for a single static-laden voice mail. In [[Film/SilentHillRevelation3D the sequel]], it turns out that in the interim she [[AuthorsSavingThrow somehow finds a way]] to get her daughter back to the real world, but not herself. Too bad for her, the Order was able to do the same thing with [[spoiler:Vincent]], thus setting up the events where [[spoiler:Dark Alessa and the powers of the Order are defeated ''for good'', Pyramid Head pulls a quasi HeelFaceTurn, and Heather, her dad and Vincent all get to go home, just as the permanent ash fall is coming to an end. They pass a [[VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour prison bus heading into the town's general area,]] just as it starts to rain and the creepy music kicks up again, meaning that all they did was change who the instigators and victims were going to be.]]be]].



** In the film's climax, Superman, Batman, and [[spoiler:Wonder Woman]] defeat [[spoiler:Doomsday]], but in the process [[spoiler:a good deal of both Metropolis and Gotham is leveled, and ''[[HeroicSacrifice Superman dies]]''. [[NotQuiteDead Kind of]].]]
** Additionally, Luthor managed to [[spoiler:[[TheBadGuyWins kill Superman]]]], but not to [[spoiler:discredit him--apparently a HeroicSacrifice does wonders for PR--and [[HumiliationConga to add insult to injury]]]], he's sent to prison and ''[[TheWoobie shaved]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking bald]]''. And even worse? [[spoiler:Due to Batman's meddling, Lex gets transferred to [[HellholePrison Arkham Asylum]], ''after'' being MindRaped by Steppenwolf]].

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** In the film's climax, Superman, Batman, and [[spoiler:Wonder Woman]] defeat [[spoiler:Doomsday]], but in the process [[spoiler:a good deal of both Metropolis and Gotham is leveled, and ''[[HeroicSacrifice Superman dies]]''. [[NotQuiteDead Kind of]].]]
of]]]].
** Additionally, Luthor managed to [[spoiler:[[TheBadGuyWins kill Superman]]]], but not to [[spoiler:discredit him--apparently a HeroicSacrifice does wonders for PR--and [[HumiliationConga to add insult to injury]]]], he's sent to prison and ''[[TheWoobie shaved]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking bald]]''. And even worse? [[spoiler:Due to Batman's meddling, Lex gets transferred to [[HellholePrison Arkham Asylum]], ''after'' being MindRaped {{Mind Rape}}d by Steppenwolf]].



* At the end of ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'', [[spoiler: Harrigan kills the Predator, only to immediately face several more Predators that materialize in front of him. However, the trope is averted in that the others don't want revenge; on the contrary, they give Harrigan a gift and send him on his way.]]

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* At the end of ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'', [[spoiler: Harrigan kills the Predator, only to immediately face several more Predators that materialize in front of him. However, the trope is averted in that the others don't want revenge; on the contrary, they give Harrigan a gift and send him on his way.]]way]].



** ''Film/PrinceOfDarkness'': [[spoiler: The EldritchAbomination is prevented from bringing something even ''worse'' into our world and trapped in another dimension, but at the cost of the LoveInterest's life, along with most of the rest of the cast. The final scenes also hint that it will find a way back. The final scene has the main character reaching for a mirror, [[NothingIsScarier but we don't see what happens next]]]].
** ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'': Poor John Trent tries again and again to punch out Cthulhu, but he just doesn't stand a chance. He constantly tries to find ways to outwit mad writer Sutter Kane, but the latter constantly remains one step ahead. Trent tries to burn the manuscript for an insanity-inducing novel? [[spoiler: Too bad, another one shows up in the mail]]. He tries to warn the publisher to keep the novel from coming out? [[spoiler: He already delivered the manuscript, the book's been selling like hotcakes, and there's a movie about to come out]].

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** ''Film/PrinceOfDarkness'': [[spoiler: The EldritchAbomination is prevented from bringing something even ''worse'' into our world and trapped in another dimension, but at the cost of the LoveInterest's {{Love Interest|s}}'s life, along with most of the rest of the cast. The final scenes also hint that it will find a way back. The final scene has the main character reaching for a mirror, [[NothingIsScarier but we don't see what happens next]]]].
next]].]]
** ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'': Poor John Trent tries again and again to punch out Cthulhu, but he just doesn't stand a chance. He constantly tries to find ways to outwit mad writer Sutter Kane, but the latter constantly remains one step ahead. Trent tries to burn the manuscript for an insanity-inducing novel? [[spoiler: Too bad, another one shows up in the mail]]. He tries to warn the publisher to keep the novel from coming out? [[spoiler: He already delivered the manuscript, the book's been selling like hotcakes, and there's a movie about to come out]].out.]]



** In ''Literature/{{Abhorsen}}'', the only way to seal the BigBad would result in [[spoiler:the death of the caster of said seal thanks to a backlash effect and the BigBad trying to [[TakingYouWithMe take her with him]]. Lirael goes through with it anyways, but survives when the Disreputable Dog bites off her hand, saving Lirael's life.]]

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** In ''Literature/{{Abhorsen}}'', the only way to seal the BigBad would result in [[spoiler:the death of the caster of said seal thanks to a backlash effect and the BigBad trying to [[TakingYouWithMe take her with him]]. Lirael goes through with it anyways, but survives when the Disreputable Dog bites off her hand, saving Lirael's life.]]life]].



* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Deus Sanguinius'', Rafen manages to slay the EldritchAbomination Malfallax. However, [[spoiler:Malfallax's death comes with a curse that triggers the Black Rage in all of the nearby Blood Angels, and while Rafen manages to free them of it, Malfallax's true form is still alive in the Warp, plotting vengeance on him.]]

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Deus Sanguinius'', Rafen manages to slay the EldritchAbomination Malfallax. However, [[spoiler:Malfallax's death comes with a curse that triggers the Black Rage in all of the nearby Blood Angels, and while Rafen manages to free them of it, Malfallax's true form is still alive in the Warp, plotting vengeance on him.]]him]].



** Harry's origin story goes both ways. Voldemort as Cthulhu: Harry survives Voldemort's attack, but both his parents had to die in the process, Voldemort is left alive as a wandering spirit with a big grudge against Harry, and [[spoiler:Harry is now a [[SoulJar Horcrux]], carrying a piece of Voldemort's soul around with him.]] Harry as Cthulhu: Voldemort kills both Harry's parents. But when he tries to kill Harry, who is protected by ThePowerOfLove, his spell backfires, destroying his body and forcing him to wander as a spirit until someone can forge him a new one.
** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', [[spoiler:this almost happens to Harry -- he kills the Basilisk, but is poisoned by its venom, and he would have died if it hadn't been for the restorative properties of phoenix tears.]] Not to mention that Hermione was turned to stone halfway through the book trying to find it and the infamous Chamber of Secrets (she did, fortunately, and this ultimately helped Harry find it.) This is probably a {{homage}} to the multitude of serpent-or-dragon examples of this trope listed under the Mythology heading.
** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', [[spoiler: Harry is forced to give his life to stop Voldemort (who, due to his extensive use of [[SoulJar Horcruxes]], is now a borderline HumanoidAbomination). The reason for this sacrifice is that during his failed attempt on Harry's life, Voldy accidentally transferred a bit of his soul into Harry's body, [[TomatoInTheMirror turning Harry into a Horcrux.]] This means that as long as Harry is alive, Voldemort can't die either, because a bit of his soul will be tethered to Harry's body.\\\

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** Harry's origin story goes both ways. Voldemort as Cthulhu: Harry survives Voldemort's attack, but both his parents had to die in the process, Voldemort is left alive as a wandering spirit with a big grudge against Harry, and [[spoiler:Harry is now a [[SoulJar Horcrux]], carrying a piece of Voldemort's soul around with him.]] him]]. Harry as Cthulhu: Voldemort kills both Harry's parents. But when he tries to kill Harry, who is protected by ThePowerOfLove, his spell backfires, destroying his body and forcing him to wander as a spirit until someone can forge him a new one.
** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', [[spoiler:this almost happens to Harry -- he kills the Basilisk, but is poisoned by its venom, and he would have died if it hadn't been for the restorative properties of phoenix tears.]] tears]]. Not to mention that Hermione was turned to stone halfway through the book trying to find it and the infamous Chamber of Secrets (she did, fortunately, and this ultimately helped Harry find it.) This is probably a {{homage}} to the multitude of serpent-or-dragon examples of this trope listed under the Mythology heading.
** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', [[spoiler: Harry is forced to give his life to stop Voldemort (who, due to his extensive use of [[SoulJar Horcruxes]], is now a borderline HumanoidAbomination). The reason for this sacrifice is that during his failed attempt on Harry's life, Voldy accidentally transferred a bit of his soul into Harry's body, [[TomatoInTheMirror turning Harry into a Horcrux.]] This means that as long as Harry is alive, Voldemort can't die either, because a bit of his soul will be tethered to Harry's body.\\\\\
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* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', Winston and Julia [[spoiler:break their souls ''failing'' to punch out Cthulhu.]]
* Similarly, in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', Randle [=McMurphy=] spectacularly sticks it to [[TheMan "the Combine"]] but [[spoiler:is [[{{Lobotomy}} lobotomized]] in retribution. Fortunately, his display of courage inspires his buddy "Chief" Bromden to bust out of the mental institution where they were committed.]]

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* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', Winston and Julia [[spoiler:break their souls ''failing'' to punch out Cthulhu.]]
Cthulhu]].
* Similarly, in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', Randle [=McMurphy=] spectacularly sticks it to [[TheMan "the Combine"]] but [[spoiler:is [[{{Lobotomy}} lobotomized]] in retribution. Fortunately, his display of courage inspires his buddy "Chief" Bromden to bust out of the mental institution where they were committed.]]committed]].



* The ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''How To Kill A Monster'' ends with the heroes captured by the monster, even after their attempts at killing it by making it fall through the stairs and poisoning it. [[spoiler:Said monster is allergic to humans, and keels over dead after merely licking one. Unfortunately, the monster's friends are pissed off after this.]] Cue the terror, as the book ends with the heroes alone, far away from town, [[spoiler:and in a marsh filled with these hungry, soon to awaken creatures. Hopefully the other monsters are allergic to humans too.]]

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* The ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''How To Kill A Monster'' ends with the heroes captured by the monster, even after their attempts at killing it by making it fall through the stairs and poisoning it. [[spoiler:Said monster is allergic to humans, and keels over dead after merely licking one. Unfortunately, the monster's friends are pissed off after this.]] Cue the terror, as the book ends with the heroes alone, far away from town, [[spoiler:and in a marsh filled with these hungry, soon to awaken creatures. Hopefully the other monsters are allergic to humans too.]]too]].



* In Creator/RobertEHoward's short story "The Valley of the Worm," the main character, Niord, [[spoiler: succeeds in killing the [[EldritchAbomination giant title creature]] and its [[HumanoidAbomination piper/herald]], but is mortally injured in doing so. As he dies, the story ends.]]

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's short story "The Valley of the Worm," the main character, Niord, [[spoiler: succeeds in killing the [[EldritchAbomination giant title creature]] and its [[HumanoidAbomination piper/herald]], but is mortally injured in doing so. As he dies, the story ends.]]ends]].



** In ''[[Literature/NightShift Jerusalem's Lot]]'', [[spoiler: Boone manages to destroy the book, ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore De Vermis Mysteriis]]''. But the evil is not destroyed (Boone notes, "The burning of the book thwarted...''it'', but there are other copies"), and to cut his family's ties to the evil, he [[DrivenToSuicide dives into the ocean.]] Unfortunately, that doesn't work either, as a descendant of the Boone line takes up residence in the ancestral home, and events begin again.]]
** In ''Literature/{{IT}}'', [[spoiler: Eddie Kaspbrak loses his arm battling the title monster, and dies. He does weaken the creature enough for the rest of the Losers' Club to kill it.]]
** In ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', [[spoiler:Margaret actually manages to seriously hurt Carrie, badly enough that her blood loss contributes to her death by the end. Margaret doesn't live to see it, though, as Carrie quickly kills her with a psychically-induced heart attack.]]
*** In the 1976 and 2013 film adaptations, this is changed to [[spoiler:Carrie throwing every knife in the kitchen at Margaret, crucifying her. However, the guilt of killing her own mother, on top of all the people she killed at prom, causes Carrie to commit suicide soon after. Score one for Margaret from beyond the grave!]]

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** In ''[[Literature/NightShift Jerusalem's Lot]]'', [[spoiler: Boone manages to destroy the book, ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore De Vermis Mysteriis]]''. But the evil is not destroyed (Boone notes, "The burning of the book thwarted...''it'', but there are other copies"), and to cut his family's ties to the evil, he [[DrivenToSuicide dives into the ocean.]] Unfortunately, that doesn't work either, as a descendant of the Boone line takes up residence in the ancestral home, and events begin again.]]
again]].
** In ''Literature/{{IT}}'', [[spoiler: Eddie Kaspbrak loses his arm battling the title monster, and dies. He does weaken the creature enough for the rest of the Losers' Club to kill it.]]
it]].
** In ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', [[spoiler:Margaret actually manages to seriously hurt Carrie, badly enough that her blood loss contributes to her death by the end. Margaret doesn't live to see it, though, as Carrie quickly kills her with a psychically-induced heart attack.]]
attack]].
*** In the 1976 [[Film/Carrie1976 1976]] and 2013 [[Film/Carrie2013 2013]] film adaptations, this is changed to [[spoiler:Carrie throwing every knife in the kitchen at Margaret, crucifying her. However, the guilt of killing her own mother, on top of all the people she killed at prom, causes Carrie to commit suicide soon after. Score one for Margaret from beyond the grave!]]grave]]!



* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': In the first book, [[spoiler:Katniss Everdeen is blown back by the explosion she sets off destroying the Careers' supplies and is rendered completely deaf in her left ear. Unable to escape, she only survives by hiding right under their noses.]] However, it's completely outdone in [[spoiler:the Quarter Quell, when Katniss nearly kills herself breaking the force field over the arena]].
* ''Literature/MercyThompson'': In ''River Marked'', Mercy manages to take out the [[EldritchAbomination River Devil]] but ends up in a wheelchair with a broken leg, broken knee, serious burns, and various cuts and lacerations requiring four staples and one hundred and forty-two stitches. Of course the real problems are [[spoiler:the River Devil is only mostly dead ''and'' she used the magic walking stick to do itl. Apparently blooding one of Lugh's creations in the heart of a prehistoric monster made of magic is a whole new kind of trouble.]]

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': In the first book, [[spoiler:Katniss Everdeen is blown back by the explosion she sets off destroying the Careers' supplies and is rendered completely deaf in her left ear. Unable to escape, she only survives by hiding right under their noses.]] noses]]. However, it's completely outdone in [[spoiler:the Quarter Quell, when Katniss nearly kills herself breaking the force field over the arena]].
* ''Literature/MercyThompson'': In ''River Marked'', Mercy manages to take out the [[EldritchAbomination River Devil]] but ends up in a wheelchair with a broken leg, broken knee, serious burns, and various cuts and lacerations requiring four staples and one hundred and forty-two stitches. Of course the real problems are [[spoiler:the River Devil is only mostly dead ''and'' she used the magic walking stick to do itl. it. Apparently blooding one of Lugh's creations in the heart of a prehistoric monster made of magic is a whole new kind of trouble.]]trouble]].



* In ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the [[EvilOverlord White Witch]] ceremonially slaughters [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]], seemingly securing her tyrannical reigh over Narnia. But given that Aslan is explicitly Narnia's UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, he comes BackFromTheDead and destroys the White Witch, freeing Narnia from her grasp once and for all.

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* In ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the [[EvilOverlord White Witch]] ceremonially slaughters [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]], seemingly securing her tyrannical reigh reign over Narnia. But given that Aslan is explicitly Narnia's UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, he comes BackFromTheDead and destroys the White Witch, freeing Narnia from her grasp once and for all.



* In the seventh season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the Scoobies take on [[spoiler: [[MadeOfEvil The First Evil]], who cannot take corporeal form and therefore can't be killed]]. They manage to defeat its army, but only after [[spoiler: destroying the Hellmouth by [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up Sunnydale]] and after the deaths of Spike, Anya, and several potentials.]] Even then, [[spoiler: they never truly defeated it. How can you defeat pure evil?]]

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* In the seventh season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the Scoobies take on [[spoiler: [[MadeOfEvil The First Evil]], who cannot take corporeal form and therefore can't be killed]]. They manage to defeat its army, but only after [[spoiler: destroying the Hellmouth by [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up Sunnydale]] and after the deaths of Spike, Anya, and several potentials.]] potentials]]. Even then, [[spoiler: they never truly defeated it. How can you defeat pure evil?]]evil]]?



** In the season five finale, Sam Winchester deliberately breaks his arm punching out Lucifer when he, after inviting the Devil to possess him, [[spoiler: somehow manages to throw the both of them back into the Devil's Cage.]] The upside: [[spoiler: the Apocalypse is averted.]] The downside: [[spoiler: Sam's soul is trapped, for the foreseeable future, in an abyss with an enraged and betrayed Satan.]] The personal kickback is nonexistent.
** Also used for BlackComedy earlier in the episode. Castiel hits [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] with a MolotovCocktail of sacred oil to buy Dean time. Michael is far too powerful to killed by this, and is merely temporarily banished. Lucifer is ''pissed'' ([[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou only he gets to dick with Michael]]) and [[spoiler:promptly makes Castiel explode.]]
** Played straight on both a physical and emotional level in the season six finale when [[spoiler:Castiel]] becomes a PhysicalGod. The first thing he does to demonstrate his newfound power is blow [[spoiler:the ArchangelRaphael]] to smithereens with the snap of his fingers. Unfortunately, to get this power in the first place, he had to absorb the souls of all the monsters in Purgatory. [[spoiler:Castiel]] very quickly goes DrunkWithPower and begins using it to kill off anyone he finds who he disagrees with on something. Upon having a HeelRealization, [[spoiler:Cas]] helps the Winchesters, Bobby, and [[spoiler:Death]] arrange a ritual to return all the souls to Purgatory, [[spoiler:but the soul-less Leviathans that he also absorbed remained behind, and now that he was once again "just" an angel, they quickly ripped him apart from the inside out.]]
** In the season seven finale, Dean and Castiel manage to [[spoiler: kill [[BigBad Dick Roman]]]], thus stopping the [[EldritchAbomination Leviathans']] plans to TakeOverTheWorld. However, [[spoiler: the backlash from Roman's death drags Dean and Cas into Purgatory.]]
** This happens again in season 9. In order to kill [[spoiler:Abaddon, last of the Knights of Hell]] with the First Blade, Dean has to take on [[spoiler:the Mark of Cain, which then corrupts his soul, gives him an insatiable bloodlust, and eventually turns him into a demon.]]
** Before any of them, in the S4 finale, Sam, while [[spoiler:hopped up on demon blood]], killed [[spoiler:Lilith, the first demon]]. Unfortunately, it turns out [[spoiler:Lilith]] was also [[spoiler:the last seal]], and Sam killing her caused [[spoiler:Lucifer to break free.]]
** In "Weekend At Bobby's", [[spoiler:Bobby]] gets a hold of Crowley's bones from when he was human and uses them to torture him until he agreed to [[spoiler:call off their deal.]] "Taxi Driver" reveals that Crowley was so pissed off by this that [[spoiler:he bought off Bobby's [[{{Psychopomp}} reaper]] Ajay, so that when Bobby died, Ajay took him to Hell.]]
** The Darkness comes very close to [[spoiler:''killing God himself'']] in the Season 11 finale. Dean initially assumes this will give her total control of reality, but she explains to him that [[spoiler:since [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil darkness and light cannot exist without the other to contrast it with, it will actually destroy everything in existence, [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum including herself.]]]]

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** In the season five finale, Sam Winchester deliberately breaks his arm punching out Lucifer when he, after inviting the Devil to possess him, [[spoiler: somehow manages to throw the both of them back into the Devil's Cage.]] Cage]]. The upside: [[spoiler: the Apocalypse is averted.]] averted]]. The downside: [[spoiler: Sam's soul is trapped, for the foreseeable future, in an abyss with an enraged and betrayed Satan.]] Satan]]. The personal kickback is nonexistent.
** Also used for BlackComedy earlier in the episode. Castiel hits [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] with a MolotovCocktail of sacred oil to buy Dean time. Michael is far too powerful to killed by this, and is merely temporarily banished. Lucifer is ''pissed'' ([[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou only he gets to dick with Michael]]) and [[spoiler:promptly makes Castiel explode.]]
explode]].
** Played straight on both a physical and emotional level in the season six finale when [[spoiler:Castiel]] becomes a PhysicalGod. The first thing he does to demonstrate his newfound power is blow [[spoiler:the ArchangelRaphael]] to smithereens with the snap of his fingers. Unfortunately, to get this power in the first place, he had to absorb the souls of all the monsters in Purgatory. [[spoiler:Castiel]] very quickly goes DrunkWithPower and begins using it to kill off anyone he finds who he disagrees with on something. Upon having a HeelRealization, [[spoiler:Cas]] helps the Winchesters, Bobby, and [[spoiler:Death]] arrange a ritual to return all the souls to Purgatory, [[spoiler:but the soul-less Leviathans that he also absorbed remained behind, and now that he was once again "just" an angel, they quickly ripped him apart from the inside out.]]
out]].
** In the season seven finale, Dean and Castiel manage to [[spoiler: kill [[BigBad Dick Roman]]]], thus stopping the [[EldritchAbomination Leviathans']] plans to TakeOverTheWorld. However, [[spoiler: the backlash from Roman's death drags Dean and Cas into Purgatory.]]
Purgatory]].
** This happens again in season 9. In order to kill [[spoiler:Abaddon, last of the Knights of Hell]] with the First Blade, Dean has to take on [[spoiler:the Mark of Cain, which then corrupts his soul, gives him an insatiable bloodlust, and eventually turns him into a demon.]]
demon]].
** Before any of them, in the S4 finale, Sam, while [[spoiler:hopped up on demon blood]], killed [[spoiler:Lilith, the first demon]]. Unfortunately, it turns out [[spoiler:Lilith]] was also [[spoiler:the last seal]], and Sam killing her caused [[spoiler:Lucifer to break free.]]
free]].
** In "Weekend At Bobby's", [[spoiler:Bobby]] gets a hold of Crowley's bones from when he was human and uses them to torture him until he agreed to [[spoiler:call off their deal.]] deal]]. "Taxi Driver" reveals that Crowley was so pissed off by this that [[spoiler:he bought off Bobby's [[{{Psychopomp}} reaper]] Ajay, so that when Bobby died, Ajay took him to Hell.]]
Hell]].
** The Darkness comes very close to [[spoiler:''killing God himself'']] in the Season 11 finale. Dean initially assumes this will give her total control of reality, but she explains to him that [[spoiler:since [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil darkness and light cannot exist without the other to contrast it with, it will actually destroy everything in existence, [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum including herself.]]]]herself]]]].



* At the climax of the TV miniseries version of Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheShining'', [[spoiler: Jack regains himself long enough to turn the hotel boiler's wheel back, increasing the boiler pressure and destroying the Overlook. But the ending shot shows [[SequelHook that a new Overlook Hotel is going to be built on that same spot...]] ]]

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* At the climax of the TV miniseries version of Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheShining'', [[spoiler: Jack regains himself long enough to turn the hotel boiler's wheel back, increasing the boiler pressure and destroying the Overlook. But the ending shot shows [[SequelHook that a new Overlook Hotel is going to be built on that same spot...]] ]]spot..]]]].



* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': if one of the big colourless [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi]] - even the weakest of them - attacks, you will automatically have to sacrifice a permanent even if you manage to kill it. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, will cost you six permanents. Meaning that even if you're able to kill the creature, you will have lost quite a bit of board presence.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': if one of the big colourless [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi]] {{Eldr|itchAbomination}}azi - even the weakest of them - attacks, you will automatically have to sacrifice a permanent even if you manage to kill it. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, will cost you six permanents. Meaning that even if you're able to kill the creature, you will have lost quite a bit of board presence.



** In the ending of first ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty4ModernWarfare Modern Warfare]], [[spoiler:everyone dies whilst trying to escape from saving everyone in America from a nuclear death, killed by the man that set off the nuclear devices in the first place]].
** Apparently, ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare2 Modern Warfare 2]]'' also suffers this with [[spoiler:almost everyone dead because of General Shepherd's betrayal in an attempt to write his name in history, thus revealing him to be the BigBad and having all those who know about it and pose a threat to him killed off. Luckily, He gets killed but now the protagonists are branded as terrorists and are hunted across the world.]]

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** In the ending of first ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty4ModernWarfare Modern Warfare]], ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', [[spoiler:everyone dies whilst trying to escape from saving everyone in America from a nuclear death, killed by the man that set off the nuclear devices in the first place]].
** Apparently, ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare2 Modern Warfare 2]]'' ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' also suffers this with [[spoiler:almost everyone dead because of General Shepherd's betrayal in an attempt to write his name in history, thus revealing him to be the BigBad and having all those who know about it and pose a threat to him killed off. Luckily, He gets killed but now the protagonists are branded as terrorists and are hunted across the world.]]world]].



* ''{{VideoGame/XCOM}}''

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* ''{{VideoGame/XCOM}}'' ''VideoGame/XCom''



** And by the end of ''VideoGame/XCOMApocalypse'', humanity's last bastion of hope, Mega-Primus, has been devastated by the extended interdimensional war.

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** And by the end of ''VideoGame/XCOMApocalypse'', ''VideoGame/XComApocalypse'', humanity's last bastion of hope, Mega-Primus, has been devastated by the extended interdimensional war.



** Not really, since each character's actions added up and [[spoiler:destroyed all three evil abominations at the end, thanks to Mantorok's TakingYouWithMe scheme.]]

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** Not really, since each character's actions added up and [[spoiler:destroyed all three evil abominations at the end, thanks to Mantorok's TakingYouWithMe scheme.]]scheme]].



* In ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', the game ends with the heroes [[spoiler:dropping the Light Mass Bomb on the overwhelming Locust Horde]]. However, when ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar2'' begins they find themselves [[spoiler:pushed back to their last defensive position with a new sickness called Rust Lung spreading among the human population.]] ''Gears of War 2'' also ends with [[spoiler:humanity sinking Jacinto, the last refuge they have against the Locust.]] Good idea! Problem: [[spoiler:it might not have worked, so humanity is now defenseless if the Locust are still alive in any shape or form. According to ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar3'', it didn't.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', the game ends with the heroes [[spoiler:dropping the Light Mass Bomb on the overwhelming Locust Horde]]. However, when ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar2'' begins they find themselves [[spoiler:pushed back to their last defensive position with a new sickness called Rust Lung spreading among the human population.]] population]]. ''Gears of War 2'' also ends with [[spoiler:humanity sinking Jacinto, the last refuge they have against the Locust.]] Locust]]. Good idea! Problem: [[spoiler:it might not have worked, so humanity is now defenseless if the Locust are still alive in any shape or form. According to ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar3'', it didn't.]]didn't]].



** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'s'' heroes [[spoiler:defeat the avatar of Nyx, but unfortunately, Nyx just keeps on coming, responding to humanity's subconscious wish for death. The main character has to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself]] to hold Nyx at bay permanently.]] Then in the ExpansionPack, the heroes end up just going ahead and beating up [[spoiler:humanity's subconscious wish for death itself]] - but even then, it's stated that it's going to take a lot more work to solve the root problem.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'s'' heroes [[spoiler:defeat the avatar of Nyx, but unfortunately, Nyx just keeps on coming, responding to humanity's subconscious wish for death. The main character has to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself]] to hold Nyx at bay permanently.]] permanently]]. Then in the ExpansionPack, the heroes end up just going ahead and beating up [[spoiler:humanity's subconscious wish for death itself]] - but even then, it's stated that it's going to take a lot more work to solve the root problem.



*** Actually, that's the extent it's always been taken to in ''Persona''. In the first one, [[spoiler:Defeating Pandora causes Maki's ideal world to disappear, along with ideal Maki. Which means the actual version of Maki that the characters got to know and care for disappeared into the ether]]. In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' Innocent Sin, [[spoiler:they fight and defeat the literal incarnation of humanity's malice, only to have one of their allies die, which in turn fulfills a prophecy that causes the end of the world. The only way to fix it? Strike a deal with an entity of immense power to rewrite history... effectively undoing all the personal growth the characters have experienced and significantly weakening the side of good.]] ''{{Persona 2}}'' Eternal Punishment, in a rematch against [[spoiler:the big bad, one of the main characters has to be sacrificed because his mere presence gives tips the scales in the big bad's favor]].

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*** Actually, that's the extent it's always been taken to in ''Persona''. In the first one, [[spoiler:Defeating Pandora causes Maki's ideal world to disappear, along with ideal Maki. Which means the actual version of Maki that the characters got to know and care for disappeared into the ether]]. In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' 2}} Innocent Sin, Sin'', [[spoiler:they fight and defeat the literal incarnation of humanity's malice, only to have one of their allies die, which in turn fulfills a prophecy that causes the end of the world. The only way to fix it? Strike a deal with an entity of immense power to rewrite history... effectively undoing all the personal growth the characters have experienced and significantly weakening the side of good.]] ''{{Persona 2}}'' good]]. ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} Eternal Punishment, Punishment'', in a rematch against [[spoiler:the big bad, one of the main characters has to be sacrificed because his mere presence gives tips the scales in the big bad's favor]].



* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': in the "Jetstream Sam" DLC, [[spoiler:Sam manages to sever one of Steven Armstrong's arms before his nanomachines could reach it to protect it. This helps him very little, as Armstrong is able to reattach his arm, but not before using a sharpened point on his hardened arm's stub to maim Sam's arm, necessitating a prosthetic replacement.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': in the "Jetstream Sam" DLC, [[spoiler:Sam manages to sever one of Steven Armstrong's arms before his nanomachines could reach it to protect it. This helps him very little, as Armstrong is able to reattach his arm, but not before using a sharpened point on his hardened arm's stub to maim Sam's arm, necessitating a prosthetic replacement.]]replacement]].



** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', [[spoiler:Golbez]] and FuSoYa manage to take out [[spoiler:[[TheManBehindTheMan Zemus]], which only succeeds in [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere releasing his spirit, Zeromus.]]]] This also severely weakens them to the point where [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat their most powerful attacks]] [[NighInvulnerability do absolutely nothing]].

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** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', [[spoiler:Golbez]] and FuSoYa [=FuSoYa=] manage to take out [[spoiler:[[TheManBehindTheMan Zemus]], which only succeeds in [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere releasing his spirit, Zeromus.]]]] Zeromus]]]]. This also severely weakens them to the point where [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat their most powerful attacks]] [[NighInvulnerability do absolutely nothing]].



** The game also sheds a new light to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', when you find out that, in fact, [[spoiler:your arm should've been broken when you killed Orphan, and the only reason it didn't was because the Goddess took pity and resurrected everyone, thus creating the time rift that caused all the events in the sequel to happen. Which means that if the benign Cthulu that you accidentally murdered in XIII-2 hadn't saved everyone in XIII, she wouldn't die and... break everybody's arm. So to speak..]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyDissidia'' has this in its sequel ''Dissidia 012'' when the the prequel cycle, Cloud, at the time a warrior on [[BigBad Chaos]]' side, turned on Chaos out of fear of Tifa being hurt in the conflict. After a fight in game, Chaos [[TheBattleDidNotCount simply laughs off Cloud's attempt and kills him]], which led to Cloud being revived in the next cycle as a warrior on Cosmo's side, but his death in the battle meant he longer had the memories of the early cycles
* The hero of the first ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' game winds up with a case of TheVirus, since the only way he could come up with to utterly stop the Lord of Evil was to shove a chunk of it into his face. The hero of ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'' figures out a better way... [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer and hits it with a hammer.]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': Sigma breaks his arm (or more accurately, his brain) when he first beats the first Cthulhu [[spoiler:Maverick Zero]] before the events of the first game. Defeating [[spoiler:Zero]] causes his own infection with the Virus, which he then mutates by adding his own consciousness to it, turning him into the Big Bad and Cthulhu for most of the series to come. [[VideoGame/MegaManX5 Four games later,]] [[spoiler:The massive space colony Eurasia [[ColonyDrop falls,]] jogging Zero's memory as Cthulu and causes him to challenge X to a duel. X wins, but Zero uses Soul Body moments before exploding, mortally damaging X.]]

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** The game also sheds a new light to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', when you find out that, in fact, [[spoiler:your arm should've been broken when you killed Orphan, and the only reason it didn't was because the Goddess took pity and resurrected everyone, thus creating the time rift that caused all the events in the sequel to happen. Which means that if the benign Cthulu that you accidentally murdered in XIII-2 hadn't saved everyone in XIII, she wouldn't die and... break everybody's arm. So to speak..]]
]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyDissidia'' has this in its sequel ''Dissidia 012'' when the the prequel cycle, Cloud, at the time a warrior on [[BigBad Chaos]]' side, turned on Chaos out of fear of Tifa being hurt in the conflict. After a fight in game, Chaos [[TheBattleDidNotCount [[TheBattleDidntCount simply laughs off Cloud's attempt and kills him]], which led to Cloud being revived in the next cycle as a warrior on Cosmo's side, but his death in the battle meant he longer had the memories of the early cycles
* The hero of the first ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' game winds up with a case of TheVirus, since the only way he could come up with to utterly stop the Lord of Evil was to shove a chunk of it into his face. The hero of ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'' ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' figures out a better way... [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer and hits it with a hammer.]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': Sigma breaks his arm (or more accurately, his brain) when he first beats the first Cthulhu [[spoiler:Maverick Zero]] before the events of [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 the first game.game]]. Defeating [[spoiler:Zero]] causes his own infection with the Virus, which he then mutates by adding his own consciousness to it, turning him into the Big Bad and Cthulhu for most of the series to come. [[VideoGame/MegaManX5 Four games later,]] [[spoiler:The massive space colony Eurasia [[ColonyDrop falls,]] jogging Zero's memory as Cthulu and causes him to challenge X to a duel. X wins, but Zero uses Soul Body moments before exploding, mortally damaging X.]]X]].



* ''VideoGame/KideIcarusUprising'': [[spoiler:During the final battle, Medusa suddenly appears and literally destroys her arm punching out Hades.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'''s worst ending is essentially this: [[spoiler:After Rozalin/Overlord Zenon awakens again, she's not in the mood to listen to any reason and Adell is forced into fighting her. He accidentally kills her in progress, which doesn't inconvenience her spirit too much as she possesses Adell and the first thing she does is to make him [[ShootTheDog eat/brutally kill his siblings.]]]]

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* ''VideoGame/KideIcarusUprising'': ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'': [[spoiler:During the final battle, Medusa suddenly appears and literally destroys her arm punching out Hades.]]
Hades]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'''s worst ending is essentially this: [[spoiler:After Rozalin/Overlord Zenon awakens again, she's not in the mood to listen to any reason and Adell is forced into fighting her. He accidentally kills her in progress, which doesn't inconvenience her spirit too much as she possesses Adell and the first thing she does is to make him [[ShootTheDog eat/brutally kill his siblings.]]]]siblings]]]].



** The Old Gods are THE [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch abominations]] of warcraft, unfortunately, they're also burrowed into Azeroth's core, killing even one may result in the planet dying.

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** The Old Gods are THE [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch abominations]] {{Eldritch abomination}}s of warcraft, unfortunately, they're also burrowed into Azeroth's core, killing even one may result in the planet dying.



*** The Klaxxi, a faction from Mists Of Pandaria, claim that they have existed since before the coming of the Titans, and that they worshiped an Old God that was slain by the Titans (and the Sha is the faintest echos of this entities power still in the world). If true, then previous lore about the world being the domain the Elementals before the Titans came is wrong. But, both stories are from an UnreliableNarrator.
*** The Sha(the shadow of an Old God's corpse) are the result of killing Old Gods though as Y'Shaarj has shown they can be manually be ressurected as long as part of their body exists(the Heart of Y'Shaarj had to be destroyed for him to be DeaderThanDead) and their past selves can ''reach through time'' as shown by the War of the Ancients trilogy so in order to stop them permanently they must be erased from history itself! Yogg-Saron ''confirms'' his death and the rising of Sha from his corpse.

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*** The Klaxxi, a faction from Mists Of Pandaria, claim that they have existed since before the coming of the Titans, and that they worshiped an Old God that was slain by the Titans (and the Sha is the faintest echos echoes of this entities power still in the world). If true, then previous lore about the world being the domain the Elementals before the Titans came is wrong. But, both stories are from an UnreliableNarrator.
*** The Sha(the shadow of an Old God's corpse) are the result of killing Old Gods though as Y'Shaarj has shown they can be manually be ressurected resurrected as long as part of their body exists(the Heart of Y'Shaarj had to be destroyed for him to be DeaderThanDead) and their past selves can ''reach through time'' as shown by the War of the Ancients trilogy so in order to stop them permanently they must be erased from history itself! Yogg-Saron ''confirms'' his death and the rising of Sha from his corpse.



** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'': One of the main characters, Ventus, [[spoiler: loses his heart]] as a result of defeating the [[EldritchAbomination Unversed]] once and for all, while Terra [[spoiler: loses his body to Master Xehanort after their fight and becomes nothing more than the Linger Will]], while the [[RuleOfThree third and final]] main character, Aqua, defeats the BigBad, but [[spoiler: becomes trapped in the Realm of Darkness.]]
** This leads into ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', at the end of which Sora is able to restore the worlds destroyed by Darkness and seal the Door to Darkness, at the cost of [[spoiler: trapping Riku and King Mickey inside]] and leaving himself, Donald, and Goofy stranded in an unknown place without the Gummi Ship. Both issues are solved in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', but Sora [[spoiler: loses all of his memories and must be placed in an incubator for a year while Naminé restores them. He and Donald also lose all of their abilities in magic.]]
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' leads Riku to [[spoiler: capture Roxas, Sora's Nobody, so that Sora can be properly restored and [[MessianicArchetype set everything right again]] but to do so, must surrender to his own Darkness and is then forced to live out his days in the form of [[BigBad Ansem, Seeker of Darkness]].]] By the climax of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', [[spoiler: he gets better and everyone is able to reunite.]] Sora manages to defeat [[BigBad Xehanort]] and ''finally'' set things right, but the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'' reveals that doing so has [[spoiler: allowed the original [[GreaterScopeVillain Master Xehanort]] to revive.]]

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** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'': One of the main characters, Ventus, [[spoiler: loses his heart]] as a result of defeating the [[EldritchAbomination Unversed]] once and for all, while Terra [[spoiler: loses his body to Master Xehanort after their fight and becomes nothing more than the Linger Will]], while the [[RuleOfThree third and final]] main character, Aqua, defeats the BigBad, but [[spoiler: becomes trapped in the Realm of Darkness.]]
Darkness]].
** This leads into ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', at the end of which Sora is able to restore the worlds destroyed by Darkness and seal the Door to Darkness, at the cost of [[spoiler: trapping Riku and King Mickey inside]] and leaving himself, Donald, and Goofy stranded in an unknown place without the Gummi Ship. Both issues are solved in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', but Sora [[spoiler: loses all of his memories and must be placed in an incubator for a year while Naminé restores them. He and Donald also lose all of their abilities in magic.]]
magic]].
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' leads Riku to [[spoiler: capture Roxas, Sora's Nobody, so that Sora can be properly restored and [[MessianicArchetype set everything right again]] but to do so, must surrender to his own Darkness and is then forced to live out his days in the form of [[BigBad Ansem, Seeker of Darkness]].]] Darkness]]]]. By the climax of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', [[spoiler: he gets better and everyone is able to reunite.]] reunite]]. Sora manages to defeat [[BigBad Xehanort]] and ''finally'' set things right, but the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'' reveals that doing so has [[spoiler: allowed the original [[GreaterScopeVillain Master Xehanort]] to revive.]]revive]].



** Unfortunately, the actual Lost Your Head Trying To Back-Stab The God-Emperor moment was a victim of {{Bowdleris|e}}ation in the international Playstation and all Windows ports--leading to a bit of a WhatHappenedToTheMouse moment.

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** Unfortunately, the actual Lost Your Head Trying To Back-Stab The God-Emperor moment was a victim of {{Bowdleris|e}}ation in the international Playstation [=PlayStation=] and all Windows ports--leading to a bit of a WhatHappenedToTheMouse moment.



* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' [[spoiler: ends with [[BittersweetEnding a sour note]], even in the [[MultipleEndings Best Ending]]]] however, the [[spoiler: "normal" ending is the most egregious case of this, and the best ending doesn't help a lot either]]
** Bad ending: [[spoiler: [[TheHero Ryu]] and company ask the great dragon to watch over the gate to hell. [[OhCrap Cue all the demons running rampant over the earth]], and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]
** Normal Ending [[spoiler:Ryu [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punches Out Evans]], who turns into a Giant Eldritch Abomination, Ryu uses ThePowerOfFriendship to bring his friends back to life, kicks the crap out of evans and runs back home. Cue him taking his mother's place as a sleeping dragon, to seal off Evan until he comes back, but [[AndIMustScream not being able to move or communicate]]]]
** Best Ending: [[spoiler: Same as the above, but [[BreathWeapon Ryu]]'s Father hooks himself up to the flying machine in [[MeaningfulName TownShip]] to seal off the entrance in Ryu's stead. Evans, however, is not destroyed, only sleeping, and eventually it'll [[CameBackWrong come back stronger]]]] Subverted, in that [[spoiler: {{Capcom}} [[OrphanedSeries hasn't tied up this]] PlotHole in almost two decades]]

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* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' [[spoiler: ends with [[BittersweetEnding a sour note]], even in the [[MultipleEndings Best Ending]]]] however, the [[spoiler: "normal" ending is the most egregious case of this, and the best ending doesn't help a lot either]]
either]].
** Bad ending: [[spoiler: [[TheHero Ryu]] and company ask the great dragon to watch over the gate to hell. [[OhCrap Cue all the demons running rampant over the earth]], and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]
TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
** Normal Ending [[spoiler:Ryu [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punches Out Evans]], who turns into a Giant Eldritch Abomination, Ryu uses ThePowerOfFriendship to bring his friends back to life, kicks the crap out of evans and runs back home. Cue him taking his mother's place as a sleeping dragon, to seal off Evan until he comes back, but [[AndIMustScream not being able to move or communicate]]]]
communicate]]]].
** Best Ending: [[spoiler: Same as the above, but [[BreathWeapon Ryu]]'s Father hooks himself up to the flying machine in [[MeaningfulName TownShip]] to seal off the entrance in Ryu's stead. Evans, however, is not destroyed, only sleeping, and eventually it'll [[CameBackWrong come back stronger]]]] stronger]]]]. Subverted, in that [[spoiler: {{Capcom}} [[OrphanedSeries hasn't tied up this]] PlotHole in almost two decades]]decades]].



* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': Batman sprays explosive gel on his glove before decking [[spoiler: Titan Joker across the face. But because Batman is badass and will never let the Joker win, never, the "punching out" part actually sticks.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': Batman sprays explosive gel on his glove before decking [[spoiler: Titan Joker across the face. But because Batman is badass and will never let the Joker win, never, the "punching out" part actually sticks.]]sticks]].



*** The ''Awakened'' DLC reveals that [[spoiler:although Isaac and Carver did manage to kill the Tau Volantis Moon, it had managed to awaken its Brethren before dying. And ''they find out where humanity is and reach Earth before Isaac and Carver can''. ''All'' of humanity's troubles in the prior games were caused by a single Brethren Moon rendered "comatose" by the Tau Volantis natives... now there are multiple, wide-awake Moons.]]

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*** The ''Awakened'' DLC reveals that [[spoiler:although Isaac and Carver did manage to kill the Tau Volantis Moon, it had managed to awaken its Brethren before dying. And ''they find out where humanity is and reach Earth before Isaac and Carver can''. ''All'' of humanity's troubles in the prior games were caused by a single Brethren Moon rendered "comatose" by the Tau Volantis natives... now there are multiple, wide-awake Moons.]]Moons]].



** In the first game, [[spoiler: Mir is initially defeated by singing Suspend, shutting down the tower's systems and crippling Song Magic. Even once the tower is reactivated, large chunks of the land surrounding another tower fall due to the power interruption]]
** In the second, [[spoiler: getting into the tower requires dropping half of the already-diminished land area of Metalfass, but upon succeeding with Metalfalica, a new (and much better) FloatingContinent is created]]

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** In the first game, [[spoiler: Mir is initially defeated by singing Suspend, shutting down the tower's systems and crippling Song Magic. Even once the tower is reactivated, large chunks of the land surrounding another tower fall due to the power interruption]]
interruption]].
** In the second, [[spoiler: getting into the tower requires dropping half of the already-diminished land area of Metalfass, but upon succeeding with Metalfalica, a new (and much better) FloatingContinent is created]]created]].



* In ''VisualNovel/MahouTsukaiNoYoru'', [[spoiler:[[BadassNormal Soujuurou]] literally breaks both his arms taking out Lugh, an ancient nature spirit in the form of a werewolf. While he succeeds in destroying Lugh's heart, Lugh has a HealingFactor which quickly fixes it. DoubleSubversion in that while the physical damage is healed, Lugh is left practically catatonic as he comes to the realisation that he can be dealt a fatal blow.]]
* Maxim's battle with the [[JerkassGods Sinistrals]] in ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' in the [[VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom original]] and ''[[VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals Rise of the Sinistrals]]''. He and his party managed to defeat all four of them, but [[spoiler: his LoveInterest Selan is fatally injured, and Artea also later lost his eyesight from the battle. Maxim himself wasn't able to escape the Sinistrals' FloatingContinent and died with it when it sank into the ocean, with the most he managed to do was break the crystals controlling it to keep it from crashing where it would harm anybody]]. Worst of all, the Sinistrals weren't gone for good, Erim reincarnated [[spoiler: as Lufia]], and her mere existence revived the other three Sinistrals. While TheHero in the original game and his party were able to defeat them, his refusal to kill Erim for good meant that the Sinistrals would return '''AGAIN''', leading into the events of ''The Legend Returns''. There's a smaller-scale example in ''The Legend Returns'' as well, when Aima's [[OldMaster martial arts master]] fights Gades. Gades is slightly scratched and impressed enough by his strength to spare everyone else, while the master dies of his wounds.

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* In ''VisualNovel/MahouTsukaiNoYoru'', [[spoiler:[[BadassNormal Soujuurou]] literally breaks both his arms taking out Lugh, an ancient nature spirit in the form of a werewolf. While he succeeds in destroying Lugh's heart, Lugh has a HealingFactor which quickly fixes it. DoubleSubversion in that while the physical damage is healed, Lugh is left practically catatonic as he comes to the realisation that he can be dealt a fatal blow.]]
blow]].
* Maxim's battle with the [[JerkassGods Sinistrals]] in ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' in the [[VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom original]] and ''[[VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals Rise of the Sinistrals]]''. He and his party managed to defeat all four of them, but [[spoiler: his LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} Selan is fatally injured, and Artea also later lost his eyesight from the battle. Maxim himself wasn't able to escape the Sinistrals' FloatingContinent and died with it when it sank into the ocean, with the most he managed to do was break the crystals controlling it to keep it from crashing where it would harm anybody]]. Worst of all, the Sinistrals weren't gone for good, Erim reincarnated [[spoiler: as Lufia]], and her mere existence revived the other three Sinistrals. While TheHero in the original game and his party were able to defeat them, his refusal to kill Erim for good meant that the Sinistrals would return '''AGAIN''', leading into the events of ''The Legend Returns''. There's a smaller-scale example in ''The Legend Returns'' as well, when Aima's [[OldMaster martial arts master]] fights Gades. Gades is slightly scratched and impressed enough by his strength to spare everyone else, while the master dies of his wounds.



** In the Midnight Crew intermission, Spades Slick [[spoiler:uses the [[AntiMagic crowbar]] on the Felt's safe, launching him into a timeline where everyone but himself, Snowman, and Doc Scratch are dead.]]

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** In the Midnight Crew intermission, Spades Slick [[spoiler:uses the [[AntiMagic crowbar]] on the Felt's safe, launching him into a timeline where everyone but himself, Snowman, and Doc Scratch are dead.]]dead]].



** [[AuthorAvatar Andrew Hussie himself]] pulls this off [[spoiler:when he kills Doc Scratch. Turns out this was one of the final steps needed to summon [[BigBad Lord English]] into the Troll universe, and it allowed Lord English to [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou kill off Hussie]].]] Whoops.
** And in a brilliant [[ArcWords Mobius double-reacharound]], [[spoiler:Lord English did it by killing Hussie, allowing Hussie to harass his younger self as his mentor.]]
** Mituna overexerted himself to protect the Alpha Trolls one day during their session, burning out his own psychic powers and reducing his intellect to save them from an unknown threat. [[spoiler:It's hinted that the threat had something to do with Kurloz, the only witness to the event other than Mituna himself]].

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** [[AuthorAvatar Andrew Hussie himself]] pulls this off [[spoiler:when he kills Doc Scratch. Turns out this was one of the final steps needed to summon [[BigBad Lord English]] into the Troll universe, and it allowed Lord English to [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou kill off Hussie]].]] Hussie]]]]. Whoops.
** And in a brilliant [[ArcWords Mobius double-reacharound]], [[spoiler:Lord English did it by killing Hussie, allowing Hussie to harass his younger self as his mentor.]]
mentor]].
** Mituna overexerted himself to protect the Alpha Trolls one day during their session, burning out his own psychic powers and reducing his intellect to save them from an unknown threat. [[spoiler:It's hinted that the threat had something to do with Kurloz, the only witness to the event other than Mituna himself]].himself.]]



* In ''WebAnimation/DrawWithMe'', it becomes [[spoiler:did you just lose your hand trying to punch out Cthulhu (in this case, an instantly regenerating glass wall).]]

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* In ''WebAnimation/DrawWithMe'', it becomes [[spoiler:did you just lose your hand trying to punch out Cthulhu (in this case, an instantly regenerating glass wall).]]wall)]].



* Jay from ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' in Entry #52 [[spoiler: tackles the Operator/Slender Man, but in doing so he loses the last seven months from his memory.]]

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* Jay from ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' in Entry #52 [[spoiler: tackles the Operator/Slender Man, but in doing so he loses the last seven months from his memory.]]memory]].



* In {{Worm}} fanfic Fanfic/WeaverNine: after the heroes kill one of the most powerful beings in the setting, the defeated villain uses their last moments to unleash an apocalyptic-level attack that destroys an entire city and wipes out most of the attackers.

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* In {{Worm}} Literature/{{Worm}} fanfic Fanfic/WeaverNine: after the heroes kill one of the most powerful beings in the setting, the defeated villain uses their last moments to unleash an apocalyptic-level attack that destroys an entire city and wipes out most of the attackers.



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', has a fairly literal example in "The Power of Shazam!" After Doctor Sivana acquires Black Adam's powers, Batman punches him only for his fist to hurt from impact. Sivana then proceeds to take Batman out with FingerPokeOfDoom.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', has a fairly literal example in "The Power of Shazam!" After Doctor Sivana acquires Black Adam's ComicBook/BlackAdam's powers, Batman punches him only for his fist to hurt from impact. Sivana then proceeds to take Batman out with FingerPokeOfDoom.



** In ''The Legend Of Korra'''s GrandFinale, Mako [[spoiler:destroys Kuvira's [[HumongousMecha Colossus]] by [[PhlebotinumOverload overloading]] its spirit vine power core with a phenomenal bout of sustained [[ShockAndAwe sustained lightningbending]].]] Though he's successful, the feedback burns his forearm, and he's later seen wearing a heavy cast and sling.

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** In ''The Legend Of Korra'''s GrandFinale, Mako [[spoiler:destroys Kuvira's [[HumongousMecha Colossus]] by [[PhlebotinumOverload overloading]] its spirit vine power core with a phenomenal bout of sustained [[ShockAndAwe sustained lightningbending]].]] lightningbending]]]]. Though he's successful, the feedback burns his forearm, and he's later seen wearing a heavy cast and sling.
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* In ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the [[EvilOverlord White Witch]] ceremonially slaughters [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]], seemingly securing her tyrannical reigh over Narnia. But given that Aslan is explicitly Narnia's UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, he comes BackFromTheDead and destroys the White Witch, freeing Narnia from her grasp once and for all.
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* ''FanFic/WithThisRing'': [[spoiler: Several years before the story proper, [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] gathered up his friends and allies, and managed to stop an evil cult from summoning an EldritchAbomination; at the cost of one of their number being driven insane, and several of them dying. [[MyGreatestFailure Including Zatanna's mother.]] [[HarsherInHindsight Zatara's never forgiven him]] for getting her involved.]]
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* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', one of the main heroes breaks his mech's arm to pieces trying to punch out [[spoiler:Ingram Plisken]]'s new mech.

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* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', one of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' in general, at the main heroes breaks his mech's arm very least you will wind up having to pieces trying to punch out [[spoiler:Ingram Plisken]]'s new mech.pay a sizable fee depending on how much the units are upgraded.
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* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' book ''The Black Cauldron'', the only way to destroy the eponymous ArtifactOfDoom is for someone to willingly throw himself/herself into the Cauldron, an act that would kill that person as well. [[spoiler:Prince Ellidyr, who for most of the book was a PrinceCharmless, saves the day by making the sacrifice.]]

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* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' book ''The Black Cauldron'', the only way to destroy the eponymous ArtifactOfDoom is for someone to willingly throw himself/herself into the Cauldron, an act that would kill that person as well. [[spoiler:Prince Ellidyr, who for most of the book was a PrinceCharmless, saves the day by making the sacrifice.]]
30th Nov '16 11:17:16 PM jormis29
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** There are many times in the comics where Thor managed to break his hammer, Mjolnir, while fighting some of his most powerful enemies, usually by utilizing the Odinforce. One example is when he tried to fight Exitar, the largest Celestial, in one of his older comics and shatters his Mjolnir into pieces trying to break into its skull.

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** There are many times in the comics where Thor managed to break his hammer, Mjolnir, {{Mjolnir}}, while fighting some of his most powerful enemies, usually by utilizing the Odinforce. One example is when he tried to fight Exitar, the largest Celestial, in one of his older comics and shatters his Mjolnir into pieces trying to break into its skull.
23rd Nov '16 2:54:37 PM Kingler
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* Alright! Rocky Balboa hass KO'ed the powerful Soviet superman Ivan Drago. He has avenged his friend Apollo Creed and won over the hostile Russian audience in the process. ''RockyIV'' ends on a happy note... but leads into ''Film/RockyV'', where we learn that Balboa has gone bankrupt. He tries to take another title fight to earn money, but the match with Drago left him with crippling brain damage which forces him to retire from the ring.

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* Alright! Rocky Balboa hass KO'ed the powerful Soviet superman Ivan Drago. He has avenged his friend Apollo Creed and won over the hostile Russian audience in the process. ''RockyIV'' ends on a happy note... but leads into note, as Rocky defeats the [[HuskyRusskie superhuman Soviet boxer]] Ivan Drago and avenges his friend Apollo Creed. In ''Film/RockyV'', where however, we learn that Balboa has Balboa's gone bankrupt. He bankrupt thanks to a shady accountant. Rocky tries to take another title fight to earn money, but the match with Drago left gave him with crippling career-ending brain damage which forces him to retire from the ring.damage.
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