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27th Dec '17 6:29:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheCrazies''. By the time the movie's over, [[spoiler:the two surviving residents of Ogden Marsh]] have been through hell and back just to survive the events of the movie, watching every single one of their family and friends die. [[spoiler:The movie ends with the two finally making their way to an adjacent town free of infection, only for it to be revealed that a military satellite has been watching their every move, and now the military is going to repeat the exact same "containment protocol" all over again.]] It's even worse than if the movie had ended with KillEmAll.

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* ''Film/TheCrazies''.''Film/TheCrazies2010''. By the time the movie's over, [[spoiler:the two surviving residents of Ogden Marsh]] have been through hell and back just to survive the events of the movie, watching every single one of their family and friends die. [[spoiler:The movie ends with the two finally making their way to an adjacent town free of infection, only for it to be revealed that a military satellite has been watching their every move, and now the military is going to repeat the exact same "containment protocol" all over again.]] It's even worse than if the movie had ended with KillEmAll.
20th Dec '17 5:39:15 AM Slothgirl
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* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/10858911 New Appreciation]]'' starts with [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Julian Bashir]] discovering his coworkers find him annoying and getting a replacement everybody hates whilst temporarily assigned elsewhere, and continues with the universe compounding the lesson by dumping [[TranshumanTreachery Colonel Bashir]] on them. At the end, the senior staff throw a little 'welcome back' party for the Bashir native to their universe, he and Garak get a RelationshipUpgrade...and the very last line reveals that this is ''still'' Colonel Bashir. [[FridgeHorror Given how he talked about killing his counterpart if they ever met]], [[KillAndReplace the 'original' Bashir is almost certainly dead]], and probably never even knew how everyone else really felt. And the fic implies that Garak had a hand in arranging the original's transfer and replacement, making it even ''worse''...
10th Dec '17 2:04:07 PM lakingsif
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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' has them frequently, although sometimes it's hard to determine [[KarmicTwistEnding if the cruelty was deserved]]. For instance, [[BlackMirrorSeriesThree Series 3]] has two in a row:
** "Playtest" features a man participating in a BrainComputerInterface test in order to generate a properly scary experience for a horror game. After experiencing his worst {{Adult Fear}}s and two fakeouts involving him thinking he left the game, he's finally taken out and sent home, only to find his mother is showing symptoms of Alzheimer's, one of the many fears explored in the game. He breaks down in tears upon realizing this. You'd think it would end there, but it gets worse: He never started the game in the first place. The man died within 0.04 seconds of strapping himself in due to leaving his cellphone turned on. The staff notes he spent his last moments convulsing and calling out to his mother.
** "Shut Up and Dance" had some people who were manipulated into doing things (from simple delivery to a DuelToTheDeath) to prevent their secrets from being leaked online. After the main character successfully completes his final, bloody task, they still have the data released to humiliate them one last time. Interestingly, the episode also seems to aim this trope at the ''viewer''. That innocent-seeming teenager we've been following the whole episode? [[spoiler:He's a paedophile who was caught watching child pornography.]]

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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' has them frequently, although sometimes it's hard to determine [[KarmicTwistEnding if the cruelty was deserved]]. For instance, [[BlackMirrorSeriesThree Series 3]] 3 has two in a row:
** "Playtest" "Recap/BlackMirrorPlaytest" features a man participating in a BrainComputerInterface test in order to generate a properly scary experience for a horror game. After experiencing his worst {{Adult Fear}}s and two fakeouts involving him thinking he left the game, he's finally taken out and sent home, only to find his mother is showing symptoms of Alzheimer's, one of the many fears explored in the game. He breaks down in tears upon realizing this. You'd think it would end there, but it gets worse: He never started the game in the first place. The man died within 0.04 seconds of strapping himself in due to leaving his cellphone turned on. The staff notes he spent his last moments convulsing and calling out to his mother.
** "Shut Up and Dance" "Recap/BlackMirrorShutUpAndDance" had some people who were manipulated into doing things (from simple delivery to a DuelToTheDeath) to prevent their secrets from being leaked online. After the main character successfully completes his final, bloody task, they still have the data released to humiliate them one last time. Interestingly, the episode also seems to aim this trope at the ''viewer''. That innocent-seeming teenager we've been following the whole episode? [[spoiler:He's a paedophile who was caught watching child pornography.]]
28th Nov '17 7:23:38 AM XenMon2
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* At the end of extremely cynical WWII movie ''Film/PlayDirty'', the two British spies, after narrowly escaping a botched sabotage mission against the Germans that got their entire unit killed, are trapped in a German house. Fortunately, they're saved when the Allies take over the city - except they're still disguised as German soldiers and promptly get shot by a trigger-happy Brit, who marches off into the sunset. The most jarring thing about it is how sudden it is. No buildup, no dramatic ending. Just cheery music, gunshots, more cheery music, roll credits.

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* At the end of extremely Extraordinarily cynical WWII movie ''Film/PlayDirty'', ''Film/PlayDirty'' has the two British spies, after narrowly escaping a botched sabotage raiding party arrive at the German fuel dump they've been sent out to destroy, only to find that their superiors back at base have decided that they no longer want it destroyed (the Allies have broken through German lines, and they want the fuel for themselves) and leaked their mission against to the Germans that got their entire unit killed, Germans. The mission goes disastrously and the only two survivors flee to nearby Benghazi. Their arrival coincides with the British Army invading the city, and the survivors - who are trapped in a German house. Fortunately, they're saved when the Allies take over the city DressingAsTheEnemy - except they're still disguised as German soldiers and promptly get shot unceremoniously gunned down by a trigger-happy Brit, who marches off into the sunset. The most jarring thing about it is how sudden it is. No buildup, no dramatic ending. Just cheery music, gunshots, more cheery music, roll credits.Tommy while surrendering.
21st Nov '17 3:59:28 AM Rabbitearsblog
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* This happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' episode ''Fakin' It.'' Norbert spends most of the episode pretending that he was sick so he can avoid work and make Daggett wait on him hand and foot. But then, Daggett turns the tables on Norbert by pretending that he's sick. After Norbert gets angry at Daggett for tricking him, they both admitted to each other that they care about each other and made up [[spoiler: until it turns out that they got sick for real at the end of the episode.]]

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* This happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' episode ''Fakin' It.'' Norbert spends most of the episode pretending that he was sick so he can avoid work and make Daggett wait on him hand and foot. But then, Daggett turns the tables on Norbert by pretending that he's sick. After Norbert gets angry at Daggett for tricking him, they both admitted to each other that they care about each other and made up [[spoiler: until it turns out that they both got sick for real at the end of the episode.]]
21st Nov '17 3:58:03 AM Rabbitearsblog
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* This happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' episode ''Fakin' It.'' Norbert spends most of the episode pretending that he was sick so he can avoid work and make Daggett wait on him hand and foot. But then, Daggett turns the tables on Norbert by pretending that he's sick. After Norbert gets angry at Daggett for tricking him, they both admitted to each other that they care about each other and made up [[spoiler: until it turns out that they got sick for real at the end of the episode.]]
16th Nov '17 9:18:53 PM GeorgeT-SLC
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* In Hector Hugh Munro (Saki)'s ''The Unbearable Bassington'', the last chapter ends with Francesca Bassington getting word of her son Comus's death--arguably a KarmicTwistEnding, though if so it horribly sours the ironic tone of everything that has gone before, while Comus is a poor excuse for a tragic hero--and a few moments later that the other love of her life, her treasured Van der Meulen painting, is "a splendid copy, but still, unfortunately, only a copy”.
12th Nov '17 9:03:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* A Dutch YA horror book (''"Beyond the grave"'') by author Tais Teng had a particularly jarring example. After the teenage heroine has spent the entire novel trying to collect the three [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] on the orders of the villain (even visiting the underworld in the process), she is captured by him after she befriends and falls in love with the bearer of the last one, a teenage boy. He goes to collect the RealityWritingBook to get her back in a HostageForMacGuffin exchange when he discovers that his younger brother (who's just learned how to write) used one of the pages to spell out "THE SUN GOES OUT". All life on Earth is about to expire in an endless ice age. The end.

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* A Dutch YA horror book (''"Beyond the grave"'') by author Tais Teng had a particularly jarring example. After the teenage heroine has spent the entire novel trying to collect the three [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] on the orders of the villain (even visiting the underworld in the process), she is captured by him after she befriends and falls in love with the bearer of the last one, a teenage boy. He goes to collect the RealityWritingBook to get her back in a HostageForMacGuffin exchange when he discovers that his younger brother (who's just learned how to write) used one of the pages to spell out "THE SUN GOES OUT". All Nothing gets resolved, all life on Earth is about just going to expire in an endless ice age. The end.
12th Nov '17 9:03:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* A Dutch YA horror book (''"Beyond the grave"'') by author Tais Teng had a particularly jarring example. After the teenage heroine has spent the entire novel trying to collect the three [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] on the orders of the villain (even visiting the underworld in the process), she is captured by him after she befriends and falls in love with the bearer of the last one, a teenage boy. He goes to collect the RealityWritingBook to get her back in a HostageForMacGuffin exchange when he discovers that his younger brother (who's just learned how to write) used one of the pages to spell out "THE SUN GOES OUT". All life on Earth is about to expire in an endless ice age. The end.
30th Oct '17 8:37:39 AM Asue
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* Oersted's story in [[VideoGame/LiveALive]]. Everyone he ever knew and loved is dead and the whole world thinks he's the Demon King that he originally set out to slay, so he decides he might as well [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie become him]].

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* Oersted's story in [[VideoGame/LiveALive]].VideoGame/LiveALive. Everyone he ever knew and loved is dead and the whole world thinks he's the Demon King that he originally set out to slay, so he decides he might as well [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie become him]].
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