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24th Mar '17 4:08:51 PM Shadowgazer
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The Cruel Twist Ending is basically the EvilCounterpart of the KarmicTwistEnding: in the latter, the twist is a form of divine justice, a bad thing happening to stop a bad person from [[LaserGuidedKarma getting away with it]] (or a good thing happening to someone who deserves it). In the former, it's just FinaglesLaw: the universe is a mean place and wants to hurt you. Often, a Cruel Twist Ending is what happens when a writer attempts a KarmicTwistEnding, but fails to carry it off.

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The Cruel Twist Ending is basically the EvilCounterpart of the KarmicTwistEnding: in the latter, the twist is a form of divine justice, a bad thing happening to stop a bad person from [[LaserGuidedKarma getting away with it]] (or a good thing happening to someone who deserves it). In the former, it's just FinaglesLaw: the universe is a mean place and wants to hurt you. Often, a Cruel Twist Ending is what happens when a writer attempts a KarmicTwistEnding, but fails to carry it off.
off. It can be used for cruel irony and very dark humour but has to be undeserved and unsatisfying in order to be different from the karmic one.
19th Mar '17 11:06:33 AM Winner1
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* ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'': The alternate ending (actually considered the original ending before changing it) has both our protagonists EatenAlive by the killer plant and the villain successfully taking over the world with an army of murderous plants, wiping out all of humanity.


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** "My Old House" has a young girl named Alice moving away from her [[GeniusLoci sentient house]], who's also her only best friend since she has a fragile relationship with [[WellDoneSonGuy her parents]]. She soon runs away from her family to live with the living building forever so she can finally be happy, but she soon sees that her own parents are [[AdultFear desperately searching for their missing girl]], proving that they do indeed love her. Upon realizing the mistake she made and knowing that her romanticized life with her house won't be as fantastic as she thought it was, Alice finally parts ways with her living house peacefully. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, it turns out that the [[{{Yandere}} house]] refuses to let her leave and murders her ([[AndIMustScream possibly]]) by absorbing her body within its walls so she'll be a permanent part of it forever. Alice's parents never find their daughter and [[FromBadToWorse a new little girl moves into the house]] as the episode closes out with the House implying that it'll kill again.]]
** "Lotsa Luck": After trying to prevent an evil leprechaun named [[JackassGenie Seamus]] from stealing his soul, Greg uses the last of his three wishes to wish that he never met the leprechaun, thinking that this'll undo all the damage. However, it's rendered moot because Seamus reveals that Greg's soul belongs to him anyway because his own great grandfather offered Seamus his grandson's soul anyway as tribute so he could keep his own. The episode ends on Seamus lunging at Greg to [[YourSoulIsMine rip his soul out by force]].
19th Mar '17 10:12:28 AM nombretomado
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** The first game has [[spoiler:Starkiller killing Darth Vader but the emperor crushes Starkiller with the ship his love-interest is flying, while he sees all the corpses of the rebel leaders. Starkiller survives but is turned into a new servant of the Emperor much like Vader was with life-sustaining Sith Stalker armor. This leads to the DLC AlternateTimeline storyline, in which Lord Starkiller takes part in events seen in ''ANewHope'' and ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'', killing Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi and corrupting Luke Skywalker into joining TheDarkSide, implying he's going to train him to kill the Emperor, much like Vader supposedly intended with him]].

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** The first game has [[spoiler:Starkiller killing Darth Vader but the emperor crushes Starkiller with the ship his love-interest is flying, while he sees all the corpses of the rebel leaders. Starkiller survives but is turned into a new servant of the Emperor much like Vader was with life-sustaining Sith Stalker armor. This leads to the DLC AlternateTimeline storyline, in which Lord Starkiller takes part in events seen in ''ANewHope'' ''Film/ANewHope'' and ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', killing Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi and corrupting Luke Skywalker into joining TheDarkSide, implying he's going to train him to kill the Emperor, much like Vader supposedly intended with him]].
14th Mar '17 7:26:58 PM Gibblejip
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* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'': [[spoiler: Its a DistantFinale for all Franchise/{{Gundam}} series up to that point. How? Apocalypse after apocalypse reset humanity.]] It makes every ending of every Franchise/{{Gundam}} series up to that point a ShootTheShaggyDog story.

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* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'': [[spoiler: Its It's a DistantFinale for all Franchise/{{Gundam}} series up to that point. How? Apocalypse after apocalypse reset humanity.]] It makes every ending of every Franchise/{{Gundam}} series up to that point a ShootTheShaggyDog story.



** One of the earlier examples being ''The Kind Mama's House'', in which the child protagonist discovers her online friend, "Mama," is apparently stalking her and plans to kill her mother so she can be the protagonist's "real" mother. She manages to rescue her mother and demands Mama go away, and she does... Only to show up in the protagonist's house days later, having decided to simply ''kidnap'' the girl, just like she did numerous others before her.

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** One of the earlier examples being ''The Kind Mama's House'', in which the child protagonist discovers her online friend, "Mama," is apparently stalking her and plans to kill her mother so she can be the protagonist's "real" mother. She manages to rescue her mother and demands Mama go away, and she does... Only to show up in the protagonist's house days later, having decided to simply to ''kidnap'' the girl, just like she did numerous others before her.



* The post-apoc manga ''Meteor'' ends like this. Throughout the entire series, characters try to find food, shelter, locate their families...and most die before they can achieve this. Then the few survivors left reach a village, but everyone there starts to go insane. ''Then'' some government officials arrive and say there was no end of the world, but the town and the village were used as experiment-grounds for new weapons and drugs, and that the seemingly-insane people will be given proper treatment in their hospital. But the protagonist wants to take the sweet little boy, who went insane and ran off earlier, with them, and she and TheLibby go to find him. ''But'' in trying to catch him, the protagonist and the little boy fall off a cliff, becoming gravely-injured. The protagonist calls up at TheLibby to help them...only for the girl to run back to the rescue-helicopters and lie that both the protagonist and the boy went crazy and died. The manga ends with the protagonist screaming and crying for help as the last of the rescuers leave before sadly accepting her and the boy's fates as they slowly bleed to death,

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* The post-apoc manga ''Meteor'' ends like this. Throughout the entire series, characters try to find food, shelter, locate their families...and most die before they can achieve this. Then the few survivors left reach a village, but everyone there starts to go insane. ''Then'' some government officials arrive and say there was no end of the world, but the town and the village were used as experiment-grounds for new weapons and drugs, and that the seemingly-insane people will be given proper treatment in their hospital. But the protagonist wants to take the sweet little boy, who went insane and ran off earlier, with them, and she and TheLibby go to find him. ''But'' in trying to catch him, the protagonist and the little boy fall off a cliff, becoming gravely-injured. The protagonist calls up at TheLibby to help them...only for the girl to run back to the rescue-helicopters and lie that both the protagonist and the boy went crazy and died. The manga ends with the protagonist screaming and crying for help as the last of the rescuers leave before sadly accepting her and the boy's fates as they slowly bleed to death,death.



* ''ComicBook/TalesOfTelguuth'', another 2000 AD comic, was also fond of this. While sometimes people who meet an untimely demise in the ending twists are [[KarmicTwistEnding punished for their wicked deeds]], just as often these people aren't evil in any way and simply victims of the dark world of Telguuth.

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* ''ComicBook/TalesOfTelguuth'', another 2000 AD comic, was also fond of this. While sometimes people who meet an untimely demise in the ending twists are [[KarmicTwistEnding punished for their wicked deeds]], just as often these people aren't evil in any way and are simply victims of the dark world of Telguuth.



** In "Fall from Grace", [[spoiler:it turns out that the patient which the team has saved is actually a [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal]] and a SerialKiller. He fled the hospital before the FBI agents who just arrived could catch him.]]

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** In "Fall from Grace", [[spoiler:it turns out that the patient which whom the team has saved is actually a [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal]] and a SerialKiller. He fled the hospital before the FBI agents who just arrived could catch him.]]



* ''VideoGame/ThroneOfDarkness'': [[spoiler:The daimyo guiding you actually wants you to defeat the Dark Warlord so he can claim the immortality potion, become the next Dark Warlord, and then immediately brainwashes you and your party into his mindless zombies. Yep, you just spent the whole game becoming an UnwittingPawn to an EvilAllAlong guy, that's just mean, even compared to [[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} the game this game is inspired with.]]]]

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* ''VideoGame/ThroneOfDarkness'': [[spoiler:The daimyo guiding you actually wants you to defeat the Dark Warlord so he can claim the immortality potion, become the next Dark Warlord, and then immediately brainwashes you and your party into his mindless zombies. Yep, you just spent the whole game becoming an UnwittingPawn to an EvilAllAlong guy, guy; that's just mean, even compared to [[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} the game by which this game is inspired with.inspired.]]]]
14th Mar '17 6:59:33 PM Gibblejip
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* The 1973 version of ''Film/TheWickerMan'' is iconic for it's use of this trope. The protagonist rescues the missing child he's been searching for, only to discover [[spoiler: psych! She and the entire island were in on it the whole time! The letter he received was part of an elaborate ruse to lure him there so that ''he'' can be offered as a sacrifice. He is then burnt alive as the islanders sing merrily.]]

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* The 1973 version of ''Film/TheWickerMan'' is iconic for it's its use of this trope. The protagonist rescues the missing child he's been searching for, only to discover [[spoiler: psych! She and the entire island were in on it the whole time! The letter he received was part of an elaborate ruse to lure him there so that ''he'' can be offered as a sacrifice. He is then burnt alive as the islanders sing merrily.]]



* The book version of ''Film/StruckByLightning'': The protagonist dies in the end, he also doesn't get into the university of his dreams (and the only one he applied to), the entire school hates him, his literary magazine failed miserably, and he never got to make it out of Clover.

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* The book version of ''Film/StruckByLightning'': The protagonist dies in the end, he also doesn't get into the university of his dreams (and the only one to which he applied to), applied), the entire school hates him, his literary magazine failed miserably, and he never got to make it out of Clover.



* "Megan's Law" by Jack Ketchum has this ending. The story revolves around a concerned father turning vigilante when a convicted rapist/child molester moves to the town. Eventually, the father murders the guy - and then we discover the father himself is abusing his own daughter, he just didn't want any "competition" for her.
* ''Through Darkest America'' by Neil Barrett, Jr. goes over the top with this one. In this AfterTheEnd scenario, large animals have gone extinct leading most meat to come from "stock" semi-feral (possessing no language skills) humans who are implied to be mentally deficient. Early in the story, the protagonist's sister is sent to "Silver Island," a government-run facility dedicated to having the best and brightest restore the wonders of the pre-catastrophic world--the thought of her flourishing there helps the protagonists to weather a series of tragedies. It is revealed at the end of the novel that the story for Silver Island is a cover--it's actual use to force those selected to breed with stock, preventing inbreeding.

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* "Megan's Law" by Jack Ketchum has this ending. The story revolves around a concerned father turning vigilante when a convicted rapist/child molester moves to the town. Eventually, the father murders the guy - and then we discover the father himself is abusing his own daughter, daughter; he just didn't want any "competition" for her.
* ''Through Darkest America'' by Neil Barrett, Jr. goes over the top with this one. In this AfterTheEnd scenario, large animals have gone extinct leading most meat to come from "stock" semi-feral (possessing no language skills) humans who are implied to be mentally deficient. Early in the story, the protagonist's sister is sent to "Silver Island," a government-run facility dedicated to having the best and brightest restore the wonders of the pre-catastrophic world--the thought of her flourishing there helps the protagonists to weather a series of tragedies. It is revealed at the end of the novel that the story for Silver Island is a cover--it's cover--its actual use to force those selected to breed with stock, preventing inbreeding.



* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': "The Queen is Dead": Snow and Charming spend the whole episode searching for Rumple's Dagger before Regina and Cora Find it. They do, but then Regina and Cora appear with Snow's maid, Johanna, captive, demanding they hand over the dagger or Regina will crush Johanna's Heart. Snow gives them the dagger, and Regina put's Johanna's heart back into her body. but then Cora throws Johanna out the window, killing her anyway. Is it any wonder why Snow finally retaliated and [[spoiler: cursed Cora's Heart and tricked Regina into putting it back in, thus killing her]] the very next episode?

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': "The Queen is Dead": Snow and Charming spend the whole episode searching for Rumple's Dagger before Regina and Cora Find it. They do, but then Regina and Cora appear with Snow's maid, Johanna, captive, demanding they hand over the dagger or Regina will crush Johanna's Heart. Snow gives them the dagger, and Regina put's puts Johanna's heart back into her body. but then Cora throws Johanna out the window, killing her anyway. Is it any wonder why Snow finally retaliated and [[spoiler: cursed Cora's Heart and tricked Regina into putting it back in, thus killing her]] the very next episode?



** "Tempests": In order to save a space colony, a man must figure out which of the two realities he's switching between are real, the [[LotusEaterMachine seemingly perfect one]] or the darker one. He makes the "right" choice - and we find out that ''both'' worlds are {{Lotus Eater Machine}}s. His real situation is much worse: he's cocooned by giant spiders and slowly being eaten, and as a result of his failure everyone presumably dies.

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** "Tempests": In order to save a space colony, a man must figure out which of the two realities between which he's switching between are real, the [[LotusEaterMachine seemingly perfect one]] or the darker one. He makes the "right" choice - and we find out that ''both'' worlds are {{Lotus Eater Machine}}s. His real situation is much worse: he's cocooned by giant spiders and slowly being eaten, and as a result of his failure everyone presumably dies.



* ''VisualNovel/SixRules'' is a heartwarming historical fiction short story about two children from FeudingFamilies who met and became friends... [[spoiler:And then bam. Just kidding, it was a horror story all along, with no InfantImmortality.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/SixRules'' is a heartwarming historical fiction short story about two children from FeudingFamilies who met and became friends... [[spoiler:And then bam. Just kidding, kidding; it was a horror story all along, with no InfantImmortality.]]
9th Mar '17 9:55:20 AM GoblinCipher
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* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'': The valiant space marine has just cleared both Phobos and Deimos of demons, before descending to the surface of Hell itself to battle almost insurmountable odds and kill the Spiderdemon who masterminded the whole invasion. [[spoiler:He then takes a portal back to Earth, only to find his home city in flames - the forces of Hell have invaded Earth itself and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking killed his pet rabbit Daisy]].]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'': The valiant space marine has just cleared both Phobos and Deimos of demons, before descending to the surface of Hell itself to battle almost insurmountable odds and kill the Spiderdemon who masterminded the whole invasion. [[spoiler:He then takes a portal back to Earth, only to find his home city in flames - the forces of Hell have invaded Earth itself and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking [[KickTheDog killed his pet rabbit Daisy]].]]
20th Feb '17 7:49:22 PM proxim752
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** One of the earlier examples being ''The Kind Mama's'' house, in which the child protagonist discovers her online-friend, "Mama," is apparently stalking her and plans to kill her mother so she can be the protagonist's "real" mother. She manages to rescue her mother and demands Mama go away, and she does...Only to show up in the protagonist's house days later, having decided to simply ''kidnap'' the girl, just like she did numerous others before her.

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** One of the earlier examples being ''The Kind Mama's'' house, Mama's House'', in which the child protagonist discovers her online-friend, online friend, "Mama," is apparently stalking her and plans to kill her mother so she can be the protagonist's "real" mother. She manages to rescue her mother and demands Mama go away, and she does... Only to show up in the protagonist's house days later, having decided to simply ''kidnap'' the girl, just like she did numerous others before her.
7th Feb '17 8:27:27 PM JRads47
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* The GoldenEnding of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica: The Battle Pentagram'': [[spoiler:[[AdaptationalBadass Madoka]], [[SparedByTheAdaptation Sayaka, Mami, and Kyoko]] all help Homura defeat Walpurgisnacht, with [[EverybodyLives everyone surviving the battle]]]]. Then TheStinger [[spoiler:reveals it was AllJustADream Homura had before the events of ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]''. [[FromBadToWorse Things go downhill from there]]]].

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* The GoldenEnding of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica: The Battle Pentagram'': [[spoiler:[[AdaptationalBadass Madoka]], [[SparedByTheAdaptation Sayaka, Mami, and Kyoko]] all help Homura defeat Walpurgisnacht, with and [[EverybodyLives everyone surviving the battle]]]].they all survive]]]]. Then TheStinger [[spoiler:reveals it was AllJustADream Homura had before the events of ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]''. [[FromBadToWorse Things go downhill from there]]]].
7th Feb '17 8:25:29 PM JRads47
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* The GoldenEnding of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica: The Battle Pentagram'': [[spoiler:[[AdaptationalBadass Madoka]], [[SparedByTheAdaptation Sayaka, Mami, and Kyoko]] all help Homura defeat Walpurgisnacht, with [[EverybodyLives everyone surviving the battle]]]]. Then TheStinger [[spoiler:reveals it was AllJustADream Homura had before the events of ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]''. [[FromBadToWorse Things go downhill from there]]]].
20th Jan '17 12:13:34 PM hyphz
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** The ending of "Stanley's Cup", where the child hockey team comes to play with another and are brutally beaten each, and finally lose the match. Then TheLittlestCancerPatient, who waited this whole time to see the success of his team, dies. The winning team consists of professional adult players, who for some reason decided to jump in for the missing child hockey opponent. After the first brutal attacks, the referee tries to call it off, but the crowd believing the child team is some kind of underdog protagonist keep cheering for the game to continue and the ref allows it. After a bloody beating, the adult team is then declared the winner and cheer their victory in style of a 90's sports movie.

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** The ending of "Stanley's Cup", where the child Cup". Stanley is coaching a pee-wee hockey team comes to play with another through the little leagues; and are brutally beaten each, and finally lose the match. Then TheLittlestCancerPatient, who waited this whole time TheLittlestCancerPatient is waiting to see the success of his team, dies. The winning team consists of win a game. After drawing a first game, a second is scheduled for the interval in a professional adult players, who for some reason decided to jump in for the missing child hockey opponent. After the first brutal attacks, the referee tries to call it off, game - but the crowd believing the child opposing team is some kind fails to show up, denying the possibility of a victory. In a Deconstruction of underdog protagonist keep cheering for sports movies, the pee wee team is offered the opportunity to play the second half of the professional game to continue against the Detroit Red Wings. To the [[UnderdogsNeverLose cheers of the audience]], Stan's team steps out against them. Of course, Stan's team are [[TruthInTelevision utterly destroyed]], the cancer patient dies with "no hope" of seeing a victory, and the ref allows it. After a bloody beating, tone of the adult team is then declared episode [[PerspectiveFlip flips perspective]], showing the winner and cheer ''Red Wings'' celebrating their victory in style of a 90's sports movie.as if they had been the protagonists.
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