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19th Aug '17 6:23:01 AM SeanMurrayI
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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventureOfDrMcNinja'' has the doctor being held at gunpoint by a police officer as he is about to retrieve a missile, next page he is driving a car with the missile in the back with simply "He is a ninja" as explanation.

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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventureOfDrMcNinja'' ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' has the doctor being held at gunpoint by a police officer as he is about to retrieve a missile, next page he is driving a car with the missile in the back with simply "He is a ninja" as explanation.
18th Aug '17 11:42:29 PM trixus
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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventureOfDrMcNinja'' has the doctor being held at gunpoint by a police officer as he is about to retrieve a missile, next page he is driving a car with the missile in the back with simply "He is a ninja" as explanation.
1st Jul '17 6:56:31 PM SomeNewGuy
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* {{Aldnoah.Zero}}s's first season ends with [[spoiler:Asseylum being shot multiple times in the back, complete with a slow mo shot of her body collapsing and her trademark pendant shattering, Saezbaun getting riddled with bullets in revenge for the above, Inaho shot point blank in the head by Slain after turning on him, and almost the entire supporting cast badly wounded and about to be attacked by overwhelming enemy forces. The second season reveals that literally ''no one'' died in season 1's final battle.]] While many were relieved, others complained that it completely ruined the tension of season 1's finale.

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* {{Aldnoah.{{Aldnoah Zero}}s's first season ends with [[spoiler:Asseylum being shot multiple times in the back, complete with a slow mo shot of her body collapsing and her trademark pendant shattering, Saezbaun getting riddled with bullets in revenge for the above, Inaho shot point blank in the head by Slain after turning on him, and almost the entire supporting cast badly wounded and about to be attacked by overwhelming enemy forces. The second season reveals that literally ''no one'' died in season 1's final battle.]] While many were relieved, others complained that it completely ruined the tension of season 1's finale.
1st Jul '17 6:55:59 PM SomeNewGuy
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* {{Aldnoah.Zero}}s's first season ends with [[spoiler:Asseylum being shot multiple times in the back, Inaho shot point blank in the head, and almost the entire supporting cast badly wounded and about to be attacked by overwhelming enemy forces. The second season reveals that literally ''no one'' died in season 1's final battle.]] While many were relieved, others complained that it completely ruined the tension of season 1's finale.

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* {{Aldnoah.Zero}}s's first season ends with [[spoiler:Asseylum being shot multiple times in the back, complete with a slow mo shot of her body collapsing and her trademark pendant shattering, Saezbaun getting riddled with bullets in revenge for the above, Inaho shot point blank in the head, head by Slain after turning on him, and almost the entire supporting cast badly wounded and about to be attacked by overwhelming enemy forces. The second season reveals that literally ''no one'' died in season 1's final battle.]] While many were relieved, others complained that it completely ruined the tension of season 1's finale.
1st Jul '17 6:47:39 PM SomeNewGuy
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* {{Aldnoah.Zero}}s's first season ends with [[spoiler:Asseylum being shot multiple times in the back, Inaho shot point blank in the head, and almost the entire supporting cast badly wounded and about to be attacked by overwhelming enemy forces. The second season reveals that literally ''no one'' died in season 1's final battle.]] While many were relieved, others complained that it completely ruined the tension of season 1's finale.
27th Jun '17 9:35:43 AM SeanMurrayI
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* Routinely done deliberately and for laughs in the ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' strip ''Billy the Fish''. Typically, the villain who is menacing the club will turn out to be a just another cardboard cut-out with a tape recorder on the back or that, yet again, one of the club has arranged for Jeremy Beadle to play another trick on his team-mates.

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* Routinely done deliberately and for laughs in the ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' strip ''Billy "Billy the Fish''. Fish." Typically, the villain who is menacing the club will turn out to be a just another a cardboard cut-out cutout with a tape recorder on the back or that, yet again, that one of the club has had arranged for Jeremy Beadle to play another a trick on his team-mates.teammates.
27th Jun '17 9:09:49 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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* Routinely done deliberately and for laughs in the ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' strip ''Billy the Fish''. Typically, the villain who is menacing the club will turn out to be a just another cardboard cut-out with a tape recorder on the back or that, yet again, one of the club has arranged for Jeremy Beadle to play another trick on his team-mates.
8th Jun '17 11:39:51 AM SeanMurrayI
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** The episode [[Recap/HeroesS02E10TruthAndConsequences "Truth & Consequences"]] from Volume 2, for example, ends with Hiro charging at Peter, who refuses to believe Hiro's claims that Adam Monroe is dangerous and is even willing to protect him, suggesting that the two characters were going to fight each other. The beginning of the following episode, [[Recap/HeroesS02E11Powerless "Powerless"]], shows Hiro, after his charge, deciding to just teleport around Peter and try and talk to him some more to convince him that Adam is evil.

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** The episode [[Recap/HeroesS02E10TruthAndConsequences "Truth & Consequences"]] Consequences" from Volume 2, for example, ends with Hiro charging at Peter, who refuses to believe Hiro's claims that Adam Monroe is dangerous and is even willing to protect him, suggesting that the two characters were going to fight each other. The beginning of the following episode, [[Recap/HeroesS02E11Powerless "Powerless"]], "Powerless", shows Hiro, after his charge, deciding to just teleport around Peter and try and talk to him some more to convince him that Adam is evil.



* The second episode of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' [[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E02TracesToNowhere "Traces to Nowhere"]] ends with Agent Cooper having a dream from which he learns the identity of [[MysteryArc who killed Laura Palmer]]. Cooper immediately wakes up from the dream to call up Sheriff Truman that he knows who the murderer is but teases that the answer could "wait 'till morning." Come the next episode [[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E03ZenOrTheSkillToCatchAKiller "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer"]], taking place that following morning, Cooper recaps all the events from the dream that ended with Laura Palmer whispering the name of her killer in his ear. Then, once he's asked who the killer is, Cooper nonchalantly responds "I don't remember."

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* The second episode of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' [[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E02TracesToNowhere "Traces to Nowhere"]] ends with Agent Cooper having a dream from which he learns the identity of [[MysteryArc who killed Laura Palmer]]. Cooper immediately wakes up from the dream to call up Sheriff Truman that he knows who the murderer is but teases that the answer could "wait 'till morning." Come the next episode [[Recap/TwinPeaksS1E03ZenOrTheSkillToCatchAKiller "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer"]], episode, taking place that following morning, Cooper recaps all the events from the dream that ended with Laura Palmer whispering the name of her killer in his ear. Then, once he's asked who the killer is, Cooper nonchalantly responds "I don't remember."
8th Jun '17 11:37:55 AM SeanMurrayI
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* Every series finale of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' consists of one of these.
*** The first series ends with John and Sherlock at gunpoint from all angles with no possible escape in sight. In the next series, the bad guys decide to let them go for unexplained reasons.
*** The second series ends with Sherlock having faked his death, the cliffhanger being exactly how he pulled it off with zero preparation, given that he clearly wasn't expecting to have to go through with it, which means he came up with the plan in the span of about thirty seconds. The third series reveals he just magically knew every minute detail of Moriarty's plan all along, retroactively destroying any of the tension in the S2 finale and pushing his detective skills to ridiculous MarySue levels, as the faked suicide was accomplished through a needlessly elaborate scheme that would require multiple days of prep time and for him to swear multiple people to secrecy, while never actually telling us ''how'' he figured out what Moriarty's plan was. The most irritating aspect of this is that during the long gap between seasons fans put forth multiple possible ways Sherlock could have pulled it off without needing to resort to this trope.
*** The third series ends with Sherlock being arrested for murder and Moriarty returning. In the series 4 premiere, Moriarty's return is brushed off as old video footage [[ArbitrarySkepticism (despite us having just seen a character impossibly fake their death in the last cliffhanger)]] and Sherlock's murder charges are dropped and unceremoniously swept under the rug. His actions at the end of the previous series result in no consequences, and the MoralEventHorizon he crossed by shooting an unarmed man in cold blood is never addressed.


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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** The first series ends with John and Sherlock at gunpoint from all angles with no possible escape in sight. In the next series, the bad guys decide to let them go for unexplained reasons.
** The second series ends with Sherlock having faked his death, the cliffhanger being exactly how he pulled it off with zero preparation, given that he clearly wasn't expecting to have to go through with it, which means he came up with the plan in the span of about thirty seconds. The third series reveals he just magically knew every minute detail of Moriarty's plan all along, retroactively destroying any of the tension in the S2 finale and pushing his detective skills to ridiculous MarySue levels, as the faked suicide was accomplished through a needlessly elaborate scheme that would require multiple days of prep time and for him to swear multiple people to secrecy, while never actually telling us ''how'' he figured out what Moriarty's plan was. The most irritating aspect of this is that during the long gap between seasons fans put forth multiple possible ways Sherlock could have pulled it off without needing to resort to this trope.
** The third series ends with Sherlock being arrested for murder and Moriarty returning. In the series 4 premiere, Moriarty's return is brushed off as old video footage [[ArbitrarySkepticism (despite us having just seen a character impossibly fake their death in the last cliffhanger)]] and Sherlock's murder charges are dropped and unceremoniously swept under the rug. His actions at the end of the previous series result in no consequences, and the MoralEventHorizon he crossed by shooting an unarmed man in cold blood is never addressed.
7th Jun '17 2:03:44 AM shinykittie
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terminal ones sometimes did too.

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*** The third series ends with Sherlock being arrested for murder and Moriarty returning. In the series 4 premiere, Moriarty's return is brushed off as old video footage [[ArbitrarySkepticism (despite us having just seen a character impossibly fake their death in the last cliffhanger)]] and Sherlock's murder charges are dropped and unceremoniously swept under the rug.

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*** The third series ends with Sherlock being arrested for murder and Moriarty returning. In the series 4 premiere, Moriarty's return is brushed off as old video footage [[ArbitrarySkepticism (despite us having just seen a character impossibly fake their death in the last cliffhanger)]] and Sherlock's murder charges are dropped and unceremoniously swept under the rug. His actions at the end of the previous series result in no consequences, and the MoralEventHorizon he crossed by shooting an unarmed man in cold blood is never addressed.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has done this numerous times, largely due to volume. ''Every'' non-terminal episode of the classic series ended in a cliff-hanger, and terminal ones sometimes did too.
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