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4th Oct '16 12:49:14 PM chc232323
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* In MassEffect continuity, this is the Refuse ending. The galaxy is being swarmed by a techno-horror HordeOfAlienLocusts led by [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] that destroy every advanced civilization in a cyclical manner. The PlayerCharacter has the option to rewire them, but all of the possible choices involve great sacrifice and loss. Or the PlayerCharacter can simply refuse to accept any of their choices - and then the bad guys win, all technologically advanced life is destroyed, but not before one of the TrueCompanions executes her plan to FlingALightIntoTheFuture. She does so not on a single planet, but on many planets that harbor intelligent (or potentially intelligent) life, with smart programs to aid decryption by any who find it and incredible volumes of data that would propel a society almost instantly to a space-faring one. This ensures the next invasion is the last one.
13th Sep '16 5:13:27 AM JackG
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* Averted in ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. IntrepidReporter Mike Donovan gets proof on video that the Visitors aren't friendly HumanAliens who come in peace, but mice-swallowing reptilians planning to TakeOverTheWorld. He gets the tape to the broadcast studio, and just as they're about to tell the world, all the stations cut out for a 'special announcement' that the Visitors have taken over the world media for our own good. In the follow-up series, LaResistance rip off a Visitor's face on live television. The Visitors claim it's a fake and show the 'real' broadcast the next day.

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* Averted in ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. IntrepidReporter Mike Donovan gets proof on video that the Visitors aren't friendly HumanAliens who come in peace, but mice-swallowing reptilians planning to TakeOverTheWorld. He gets the tape to the broadcast studio, and just as they're about to tell the world, all the stations cut out for a 'special announcement' that the Visitors have taken over 'temporary' control of the world media for our own good. In the follow-up series, LaResistance rip off a Visitor's face on live television. The Visitors claim it's a fake and show the 'real' broadcast the next day.
13th Sep '16 5:12:17 AM JackG
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* Averted in ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. IntrepidReporter Mike Donovan gets proof on video that the Visitors aren't friendly HumanAliens who come in peace, but mice-swallowing reptilians planning to TakeOverTheWorld. He gets the tape to the broadcast studio, and just as they're about to tell the world, all the stations cut out for a 'special announcement' that the Visitors have taken over the world media for our own good. In the follow-up series, LaResistance rip off a Visitor's face on live television. The Visitors claim it's a fake and show the 'real' broadcast the next day.
19th May '16 8:48:30 AM Doug86
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* The ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' issue [[http://www.4thletter.net/2006/11/the-top-100-what-if-countdown-part-19/ "What If Gwen Stacy Had Lived?"]] (v1 #24) concludes with a reversal of this trope, in that it's the ''villain'' who sends information to the press rather than the hero. The Green Goblin posts evidence of Spider-Man's SecretIdentity to the hero's "second-greatest enemy": [[DaEditor J. Jonah Jameson]].

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* The ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} ComicBook/SpiderMan ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' issue [[http://www.4thletter.net/2006/11/the-top-100-what-if-countdown-part-19/ "What If Gwen Stacy Had Lived?"]] (v1 #24) concludes with a reversal of this trope, in that it's the ''villain'' who sends information to the press rather than the hero. The Green Goblin posts evidence of Spider-Man's SecretIdentity to the hero's "second-greatest enemy": [[DaEditor J. Jonah Jameson]].
18th May '16 1:19:51 AM GamerFromJump2
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* Now, the very idea of stopping books, raw images, or music is ludicrous, with the ability to carry thousands on a Micro SD chip the size of a thumbnail.
13th May '16 7:41:24 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Series/TheExpanse'':
** Episode 2: A Martian ship is about to grab the ''Canterbury's'' life pod and Holden thinks that the people who destroyed their ship are coming to finish them off so he sends a broad-spectrum message accusing Mars of destroying the ''Canterbury''. It causes riots to break out throughout the Belt.
** Episode 5: A flashback shows a Belter protest earlier that was brutally taken down by the UNN, destroying an entire station inhabited not only by protesting miners but their children as well. After numerous offers to surrender were ignored one of the protest leaders sent a transmission showing his oxygen-deprived daughter and explaining that they were just trying to improve their kids' lives, which cuts off as the station is destroyed. Apparently it was so effective that the assault's leader defected to the OPA.
20th Apr '16 4:51:31 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/TheBigHeat'', Mrs. Duncan's arranged to have her husband's suicide note sent to the press in the event of her death. When she does get killed, the published document brings down BigBad Lagana and his empire.
31st Mar '16 1:17:26 PM ObsidianFire
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* Smith from ''Film/ShootEmUp'' does this out of GenreSavvy -- see the page quote. Unfortunately, it's an AvertedTrope-the villains have too much power and keep the news from getting out. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Which is all right for Smith...]]

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* Smith from ''Film/ShootEmUp'' does this out because [[GenreSavvy he's aware of GenreSavvy how this goes in movies]] -- see the page quote. Unfortunately, it's an AvertedTrope-the villains have too much power and keep the news from getting out. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Which is all right for Smith...]]
5th Feb '16 9:08:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Serpico}} makes futile attempts to get his various police superiors and the Mayor's office to do something about police corruption, but it's only when he and his colleagues go to the ''New York Times'' that a proper enquiry is held not only into corruption but how it's allowed to flourish. This only makes Serpico a greater target however.

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* {{Serpico}} Literature/{{Serpico}} makes futile attempts to get his various police superiors and the Mayor's office to do something about police corruption, but it's only when he and his colleagues go to the ''New York Times'' that a proper enquiry is held not only into corruption but how it's allowed to flourish. This only makes Serpico a greater target however.
16th Dec '15 9:37:31 AM thatother1dude
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Occasionally this is the posthumous revenge of a DeadManWriting. This can be used to subvert a ShootTheShaggyDog ending -- the protagonists achieved nothing and [[HeroicSacrifice died in the attempt]], but it's subsequently revealed that they managed to get the word out, and it might all be worth it in the end. Can also be played [[BolivianArmyEnding ambiguously]], with the audience unsure of whether the information gets delivered or not (or whether or not it [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade has any effect]] if it does).

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Occasionally this is the posthumous revenge of a DeadManWriting. This can be used to subvert a ShootTheShaggyDog ending -- the protagonists achieved nothing and [[HeroicSacrifice died in the attempt]], but it's subsequently revealed that they managed to get the word out, and it might all be worth it in the end. Can also be played [[BolivianArmyEnding [[AmbiguousEnding ambiguously]], with the audience unsure of whether the information gets delivered or not (or whether or not it [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade has any effect]] if it does).



* The original ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' plays this slightly differently to the film (see below) -- Rorschach puts his diary in a mailbox before the {{denouement}}, and we only discover its destination at the very end. Whether the world finds out (let alone whether they ''should'') is [[BolivianArmyEnding left ambiguous]], and the reader is asked to decide.

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* The original ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' plays this slightly differently to the film (see below) -- Rorschach puts his diary in a mailbox before the {{denouement}}, and we only discover its destination at the very end. Whether the world finds out (let alone whether they ''should'') is [[BolivianArmyEnding [[AmbiguousEnding left ambiguous]], and the reader is asked to decide.
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