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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle''. [[spoiler: Right before the final battle with [[BigBad Jasper Batt Jr.]], Batt reveals to Travis that Henry, Shinobu, and Sylvia were all brutally StuffedIntoTheFridge by having some {{Mooks}} deliver him their severed heads on platters. And then right before Batt goes all OneWingedAngel, Henry shows up...and reveals that the heads were just very good replicas. And then [[BigDamnHeroes Sylvia saves Travis]] from his [[DestinationDefenestration fall from the top of Pizza Batt tower]]. Shinobu is [[BrotherChuck nowhere to be seen]], but given that the other two didn't actually die, [[InferredSurvival it's likely that she's okay as well]].]]



* In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'', [[spoiler: Elika is sworn to keep EldritchAbomination Ahriman contained in his prison. Her father trades his soul for Elika's life and releases Ahriman, which you and Elika spend the entire game undoing. When Elika dies during the final boss fight, the Prince (read: YOU) resurrects her (sans deal with Ahriman, but still releasing him) ''after Elika explicitly told you not to.'']]
* At the end of ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune: Payback'', Alena Petrova hits you with a fire extinguisher and steals the secret device you just recovered. Apparently, she was TheMole of another terrorist group. The Shop intercepts a conversation between her, some unknown person, and the NotQuiteDead Moor, but the signal is lost midway. It is doubtful that this {{cliffhanger}} will be resolved, [[FranchiseKiller due to the game's poor reception and performance]]. Or maybe [[BolivianArmyEnding it was meant to be]] LeftHanging.

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* In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'', ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/ambitiousk/can-your-pet Can Your Pet?]]''. It's a cutesy, minute-long Nintendogs-esque game, but with chicks instead of puppies. [[spoiler: Elika is sworn to keep EldritchAbomination Ahriman contained The shock in his prison. Her father trades his soul for Elika's life and releases Ahriman, which the ending comes into full circle once you and Elika spend the entire game undoing. When Elika dies during the final boss fight, the Prince (read: YOU) resurrects her (sans deal with Ahriman, but still releasing him) ''after Elika explicitly told you not to.'']]
* At the end of ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune: Payback'', Alena Petrova hits you with a fire extinguisher and steals the secret device you just recovered. Apparently, she was TheMole of another terrorist group. The Shop intercepts a conversation between her, some unknown person, and the NotQuiteDead Moor, but the signal is lost midway. It is doubtful
realize that this {{cliffhanger}} will be resolved, [[FranchiseKiller due to the game's poor reception title is NOT a typo]].
* Most of the MultipleEndings in the ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' games are this. Didn't find Lotte before boarding the elevator? [[spoiler: Lights cut out
and performance]]. Or maybe [[BolivianArmyEnding it was meant you hear Scissorman's laugh.]] Went to be]] LeftHanging.the wrong location to look for the demon statue? [[spoiler:Jennifer's found dead in her room and someone's behind the door.]] Didn't bother to check that suit of armor? [[spoiler:It unavoidably falls on you an hour of gameplay later and kills you instantly.]] The list goes on and on for this series.



* ''VideoGame/FantasyZone'': Guess what? The commander of the enemy soldiers was actually [[LukeIAmYourFather Opa-Opa's dad]]!
* ''VideoGame/TheNinjaWarriors'' (and its remake ''VideoGame/TheNinjaWarriorsAgain'') has your prototype [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ninja robots]] kill an evil dictator who has taken over the country using evil mutants and robots... only for your ninjas' leader to make them self-destruct to blow up the dictator's estate, and ''then'' he takes over the country with completed versions of the robot ninjas. It turns out that the [[FullCircleRevolution new government was no better]] [[HistoryRepeats than the one you overthrew]].
* Congratulations, you've finished ''VideoGame/NieR'', destroyed the Shadowlord and rescued your daughter. Even if it did turn out [[spoiler:you're both {{Artificial Human}}s and the Shadowlord was the "real" Nier.]] Then you read ''[[AllThereinTheManual Grimoire Nier]]'' and realize that [[spoiler: the human race will go extinct in a generation without the Shadowlord. Oh, and Yonah is still dying of the Black Scrawl.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FantasyZone'': Guess what? The commander of the enemy soldiers was actually [[LukeIAmYourFather Opa-Opa's dad]]!
* ''VideoGame/TheNinjaWarriors'' (and its remake ''VideoGame/TheNinjaWarriorsAgain'') has
''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'': After losing your prototype [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ninja robots]] kill an evil dictator who has taken over sanity by acting as mission control to the country using evil mutants and robots... only for most @#$%ed-up dungeon crawl in human history, forced to choose which half of your ninjas' leader to make them self-destruct to blow up party will die during the dictator's estate, and ''then'' he takes over final boss battle, AND defeating the country with completed versions of the robot ninjas. It turns out EldritchAbomination responsible for controlling every monster your ancestor created, you finally discover that the [[FullCircleRevolution new government [[spoiler:you killed ONE of an entire species. ONE eldritch abomination created humanity, was no better]] [[HistoryRepeats than the one worshipped as a god, and is so powerful that it will always bring death to even legendary heroes. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF THESE THINGS BEATING INSIDE THE EARTH]]. You can't stop it; even if you overthrew]].
* Congratulations, you've finished ''VideoGame/NieR'',
somehow destroyed the Shadowlord and rescued your daughter. Even if it did turn out [[spoiler:you're both {{Artificial Human}}s and the Shadowlord was the "real" Nier.]] Then you read ''[[AllThereinTheManual Grimoire Nier]]'' and realize place so thoroughly that no idiot could ever open the portal again, they will eventually wake up on their own and destroy the world. Crushed by the horror of everything, you commit suicide, only for another descendant to show up. Why and how they are there is left unknown.
* The 1st Loop endings of ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi]]''. Congratulations!
[[spoiler: the human race will go extinct in a generation without the Shadowlord. Oh, You've been fighting and Yonah is still dying of the Black Scrawl.]]killing your allies this whole time! [[UnwittingPawn Sucker!]]]]



* ''VideoGame/FantasyZone'': Guess what? The commander of the enemy soldiers was actually [[LukeIAmYourFather Opa-Opa's dad]]!
* The ending of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. In the penultimate mission, the player is offered the choice of doing a drug deal with the BigBad or taking revenge on him for all the things he's done. Niko's cousin Roman will lobby you for the former and Niko's girlfriend Kate will push for the latter. The cruel twist is that whichever path you take, the character who suggested it (ie the one the player listened to and is more invested in) will die at Roman's wedding.
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'': So you've bested fruit, spike, and [[RecurringBoss moon]] and [[KlingonPromotion killed The Guy, thereby becoming the next Guy]]. Fail to move out of the way of a falling apple at the very end of the credits? '''[[GameOver GAME OVER]] - PRESS 'R' TO TRY AGAIN'''
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': So, you've built the [[LostSuperweapon Crucible]], forced the arms of the Citadel open, and now you're ready to shut down the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]] once and for all? [[spoiler:Guess what, the Citadel is an ancient AI that ''built'' the Reapers/Is the first Reaper, and now you're going to have to sacrifice Shepard and destroy the mass relays to stop the Reapers, no matter what ending you choose and no matter what choices you made [[OldSaveBonus throughout the three games]]]]. This was mitigated by the Extended Cut (which retconned some of the least popular parts of the original ending), and the [[spoiler: origin of the [[AIIsACrapshoot Ancient AI]] that created the Reapers has been elaborated on in a downloadable chapter.]]



* ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse'': In the true ending, it turns out that the player-character, Viola, is [[spoiler:actually the witch, Ellen, [[GrandTheftMe who has stolen Viola's body]]. EverythingTryingToKillYou in the house? That's Viola trying to stop Ellen and reclaim her body. In the end, Ellen-as-Viola escapes the house, gloats to the pursuing Viola-as-Ellen that she'll be Viola now, and ''then'' Viola's father shows up and shoots her-as-Ellen. Ellen then walks off with Viola's father, giggling as they leave her bloody corpse behind. Worse, even if 'Viola' had managed to stop 'Ellen', reclaiming her body would have been impossible since the spell to swap bodies required consensual trust, trust which both lacked at that point -- Ellen due to never having it to begin with, and Viola as a result of Ellen's heartless betrayal.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse'': In Congratulations, you've finished ''VideoGame/NieR'', destroyed the true ending, Shadowlord and rescued your daughter. Even if it turns did turn out [[spoiler:you're both {{Artificial Human}}s and the Shadowlord was the "real" Nier.]] Then you read ''[[AllThereinTheManual Grimoire Nier]]'' and realize that [[spoiler: the player-character, Viola, is [[spoiler:actually human race will go extinct in a generation without the witch, Ellen, [[GrandTheftMe Shadowlord. Oh, and Yonah is still dying of the Black Scrawl.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheNinjaWarriors'' (and its remake ''VideoGame/TheNinjaWarriorsAgain'') has your prototype [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ninja robots]] kill an evil dictator
who has stolen Viola's body]]. EverythingTryingToKillYou in taken over the house? That's Viola trying to stop Ellen country using evil mutants and reclaim her body. In robots... only for your ninjas' leader to make them self-destruct to blow up the end, Ellen-as-Viola escapes the house, gloats to the pursuing Viola-as-Ellen that she'll be Viola now, dictator's estate, and ''then'' Viola's he takes over the country with completed versions of the robot ninjas. It turns out that the [[FullCircleRevolution new government was no better]] [[HistoryRepeats than the one you overthrew]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle''. [[spoiler: Right before the final battle with [[BigBad Jasper Batt Jr.]], Batt reveals to Travis that Henry, Shinobu, and Sylvia were all brutally StuffedIntoTheFridge by having some {{Mooks}} deliver him their severed heads on platters. And then right before Batt goes all OneWingedAngel, Henry shows up...and reveals that the heads were just very good replicas. And then [[BigDamnHeroes Sylvia saves Travis]] from his [[DestinationDefenestration fall from the top of Pizza Batt tower]]. Shinobu is [[BrotherChuck nowhere to be seen]], but given that the other two didn't actually die, [[InferredSurvival it's likely that she's okay as well]].]]
* The final book of ''OdinSphere'', Armageddon, is just the whole story going completely and utterly pear-shaped after everybody's personal stories wrapped up nicely. Even if you win and get the Good Ending, it's still extremely [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet.]]
* In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'', [[spoiler: Elika is sworn to keep EldritchAbomination Ahriman contained in his prison. Her
father shows up trades his soul for Elika's life and shoots her-as-Ellen. Ellen then walks off with Viola's father, giggling as they leave her bloody corpse behind. Worse, even if 'Viola' had managed to stop 'Ellen', reclaiming her body would have been impossible since the spell to swap bodies required consensual trust, trust releases Ahriman, which both lacked at that point -- Ellen due to never having it to begin with, you and Viola as a result of Ellen's heartless betrayal.]]Elika spend the entire game undoing. When Elika dies during the final boss fight, the Prince (read: YOU) resurrects her (sans deal with Ahriman, but still releasing him) ''after Elika explicitly told you not to.'']]



* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': So, you've built the [[LostSuperweapon Crucible]], forced the arms of the Citadel open, and now you're ready to shut down the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]] once and for all? [[spoiler:Guess what, the Citadel is an ancient AI that ''built'' the Reapers/Is the first Reaper, and now you're going to have to sacrifice Shepard and destroy the mass relays to stop the Reapers, no matter what ending you choose and no matter what choices you made [[OldSaveBonus throughout the three games]]]]. This was mitigated by the Extended Cut (which retconned some of the least popular parts of the original ending), and the [[spoiler: origin of the [[AIIsACrapshoot Ancient AI]] that created the Reapers has been elaborated on in a downloadable chapter.]]
* The ending of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. In the penultimate mission, the player is offered the choice of doing a drug deal with the BigBad or taking revenge on him for all the things he's done. Niko's cousin Roman will lobby you for the former and Niko's girlfriend Kate will push for the latter. The cruel twist is that whichever path you take, the character who suggested it (ie the one the player listened to and is more invested in) will die at Roman's wedding.
* The 1st Loop endings of ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi]]''. Congratulations! [[spoiler: You've been fighting and killing your allies this whole time! [[UnwittingPawn Sucker!]]]]
* The final book of ''OdinSphere'', Armageddon, is just the whole story going completely and utterly pear-shaped after everybody's personal stories wrapped up nicely. Even if you win and get the Good Ending, it's still extremely [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': So, you've built At the [[LostSuperweapon Crucible]], forced end of ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune: Payback'', Alena Petrova hits you with a fire extinguisher and steals the arms secret device you just recovered. Apparently, she was TheMole of another terrorist group. The Shop intercepts a conversation between her, some unknown person, and the Citadel open, and now you're ready to shut down NotQuiteDead Moor, but the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]] once and for all? [[spoiler:Guess what, the Citadel signal is an ancient AI lost midway. It is doubtful that ''built'' this {{cliffhanger}} will be resolved, [[FranchiseKiller due to the Reapers/Is game's poor reception and performance]]. Or maybe [[BolivianArmyEnding it was meant to be]] LeftHanging.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse'': In
the first Reaper, and now you're going to have to sacrifice Shepard and destroy true ending, it turns out that the mass relays player-character, Viola, is [[spoiler:actually the witch, Ellen, [[GrandTheftMe who has stolen Viola's body]]. EverythingTryingToKillYou in the house? That's Viola trying to stop the Reapers, no matter what ending you choose Ellen and no matter what choices you made [[OldSaveBonus throughout the three games]]]]. This was mitigated by the Extended Cut (which retconned some of the least popular parts of the original ending), and the [[spoiler: origin of the [[AIIsACrapshoot Ancient AI]] that created the Reapers has been elaborated on in a downloadable chapter.]]
* The ending of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''.
reclaim her body. In the penultimate mission, end, Ellen-as-Viola escapes the player is offered house, gloats to the choice of doing a drug deal pursuing Viola-as-Ellen that she'll be Viola now, and ''then'' Viola's father shows up and shoots her-as-Ellen. Ellen then walks off with Viola's father, giggling as they leave her bloody corpse behind. Worse, even if 'Viola' had managed to stop 'Ellen', reclaiming her body would have been impossible since the BigBad or taking revenge on him for all the things he's done. Niko's cousin Roman will lobby you for the former and Niko's girlfriend Kate will push for the latter. The cruel twist is spell to swap bodies required consensual trust, trust which both lacked at that whichever path you take, the character who suggested point -- Ellen due to never having it (ie the one the player listened to begin with, and is more invested in) will die at Roman's wedding.
* The 1st Loop endings
Viola as a result of ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi]]''. Congratulations! [[spoiler: You've been fighting and killing your allies this whole time! [[UnwittingPawn Sucker!]]]]
* The final book of ''OdinSphere'', Armageddon, is just the whole story going completely and utterly pear-shaped after everybody's personal stories wrapped up nicely. Even if you win and get the Good Ending, it's still extremely [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet.
Ellen's heartless betrayal.]]



* ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/ambitiousk/can-your-pet Can Your Pet?]]''. It's a cutesy, minute-long Nintendogs-esque game, but with chicks instead of puppies. [[spoiler: The shock in the ending comes into full circle once you realize that the game's title is NOT a typo]].
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'': So you've bested fruit, spike, and [[RecurringBoss moon]] and [[KlingonPromotion killed The Guy, thereby becoming the next Guy]]. Fail to move out of the way of a falling apple at the very end of the credits? '''[[GameOver GAME OVER]] - PRESS 'R' TO TRY AGAIN'''
* Most of the MultipleEndings in the ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' games are this. Didn't find Lotte before boarding the elevator? [[spoiler: Lights cut out and you hear Scissorman's laugh.]] Went to the wrong location to look for the demon statue? [[spoiler:Jennifer's found dead in her room and someone's behind the door.]] Didn't bother to check that suit of armor? [[spoiler:It unavoidably falls on you an hour of gameplay later and kills you instantly.]] The list goes on and on for this series.
* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'': After losing your sanity by acting as mission control to the most @#$%ed-up dungeon crawl in human history, forced to choose which half of your party will die during the final boss battle, AND defeating the EldritchAbomination responsible for controlling every monster your ancestor created, you finally discover that [[spoiler:you killed ONE of an entire species. ONE eldritch abomination created humanity, was worshipped as a god, and is so powerful that it will always bring death to even legendary heroes. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF THESE THINGS BEATING INSIDE THE EARTH]]. You can't stop it; even if you somehow destroyed the place so thoroughly that no idiot could ever open the portal again, they will eventually wake up on their own and destroy the world. Crushed by the horror of everything, you commit suicide, only for another descendant to show up. Why and how they are there is left unknown.



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had the SeriesFauxnale "Hot Water" as this.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has several of these endings, but the most prominent:
** 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.
** Moreover, the ending of the episode "The Return of Chef". At the end of this episode, Chef was convinced of being a pedophile and then dies horribly burned and skinned by wild animals. However, the Super Adventure Club revived him and is transformed into a Darth Vader-esque cyborg who remained a pedophile.
** "Scott Tenorman Must Die" mixes this with KarmicTwistEnding and DisproportionateRetribution. Scott starts making a prank to Cartman with his own pubic hair, then Cartman tries to convince Scott to give him back his money. When that doesn't work, [[note]]Scott burns the money in front of Cartman's eyes[[/note]] Cartman attempts several plans to avenge the humiliation, but every time he gets OutGambitted by Scott. Finally, after a very complex plan that involves Stan and Kyle trying to betray Cartman by telling Scott about what he tries to do, the latter's parents are killed and Cartman made chili with their bodies. And Scott ate the chili without knowing.
** Parodied in Cartman's Christmas story from ''Woodland Critter Christmas''. "And they all lived happily ever after... Except for Kyle who died of AIDS two weeks later."

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has "The Joy," an episode which features a [[TheVirus zombifying epidemic]] in the form of [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul extreme happiness that reduces the infected to mindless smiling idiots who drool rainbow saliva]]. Grouchy Miss Simian is the only person left uninfected after the Joy claims everyone at Elmore Junior High and discovers a cure by accident--playing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." She sneaks out with her tape player to try to reach the P.A. system in the principal's office, and after several near misses, manages to get there...only for Gumball and Darwin to emerge from the darkness, grinning hugely, to infect her. She tries to leave a message telling the world the cure, but is unable to sing the song or remember its name. The episode ends with Miss Simian smiling and drooling.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had the SeriesFauxnale "Hot Water" as this.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has several of these endings, but the most prominent:
** 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.
** Moreover, the ending of
this. In the episode "The Return of Chef". At the end of Cee-Lo Green narrates this episode, Chef was convinced twisted tale of being Stan buying a pedophile and then dies horribly burned and skinned by wild animals. However, the Super Adventure Club revived him and is transformed hot tub to relieve his daily stress, only to get into a Darth Vader-esque cyborg who remained a pedophile.
** "Scott Tenorman Must Die" mixes this with KarmicTwistEnding
hot water when the hot tub begins killing his family and DisproportionateRetribution. Scott starts making a prank to Cartman with his own pubic hair, then Cartman tries to convince Scott to give him back his money. When that doesn't work, [[note]]Scott burns the money in front of Cartman's eyes[[/note]] Cartman attempts several plans to avenge the humiliation, but every time he gets OutGambitted by Scott. Finally, after a very complex plan that involves Stan and Kyle trying to betray Cartman by telling Scott about what he tries to do, the latter's parents are killed and Cartman made chili with their bodies. And Scott ate the chili without knowing.
** Parodied in Cartman's Christmas story from ''Woodland Critter Christmas''. "And they all lived happily ever after... Except for Kyle who died of AIDS two weeks later."
friends.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** The series [[DiscussedTrope specifically references]] how cruel ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Time Enough At Last" is by taking a parody of the episode to comically extreme lengths (e.g. his head eventually falls off) after which Bender comments that he was "cursed by his own hubris".
** Seymore Asses, Fry's adopted stray dog. After an entire episode of Fry trying to resurrect his beloved dog, only to learn it lived to a ripe old age and died of natural causes. He concludes the dog lived a happy life and probably forgot him, and decides to leave it at that. Cue FlashBack during the credits that reveal the dog spent ''the rest of his life [[UndyingLoyalty loyaly and forlornly]] waiting for his beloved master to return'', just as Fry had asked him to before ending up frozen. [[spoiler:Even the ''writers'' felt this was needlessly sad and ultimately ret-conned it via TimeyWimeyBall where there were two Fry's thanks to time-travel, one of whom remained in the past as Seymore's owner.]]
* All of the stories in the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' "Terror Tales of the Park" specials (save for "Creepy Doll", "Death Metal Crash Pit" and "Killer Bed") end this way.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' had "The Trouble with Triples", in which the Twins spent time being bullied and beat up [[BigBrotherBully by their elder brothers]] and then forced to oversee a battle for the jail, due to their [[LaserGuidedKarma lie about conquering it in an attempt to impress said siblings]]. In the end, due to a convoluted series of events and coincidence, the Twins are declared the winners- but their father whisks them away home, subjects them to painful, gratuitous [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and boring]] MindRape, and gloats about them becoming the new overlords. Until the ResetButton anyway. [[ShrugOfGod Although there may be something more to it]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' had "The Trouble ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has several of these endings, but the most prominent:
** The ending of "Stanley's Cup", where the child hockey team comes to play
with Triples", in which another and are brutally beaten each, and finally lose the Twins spent match. Then TheLittlestCancerPatient, who waited this whole time being bullied and beat up [[BigBrotherBully by their elder brothers]] and then forced to oversee a battle 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 jail, due to their [[LaserGuidedKarma lie about conquering it in an attempt to impress said siblings]]. In missing child hockey opponent. After the end, due first brutal attacks, the referee tries to a convoluted series call it off, but the crowd believing the child team is some kind of events underdog protagonist keep cheering for the game to continue and coincidence, the Twins are ref allows it. After a bloody beating, the adult team is then declared the winners- but winner and cheer their father whisks them away home, subjects them to painful, gratuitous [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking victory in style of a 90's sports movie.
** Moreover, the ending of the episode "The Return of Chef". At the end of this episode, Chef was convinced of being a pedophile
and boring]] MindRape, then dies horribly burned and gloats skinned by wild animals. However, the Super Adventure Club revived him and is transformed into a Darth Vader-esque cyborg who remained a pedophile.
** "Scott Tenorman Must Die" mixes this with KarmicTwistEnding and DisproportionateRetribution. Scott starts making a prank to Cartman with his own pubic hair, then Cartman tries to convince Scott to give him back his money. When that doesn't work, [[note]]Scott burns the money in front of Cartman's eyes[[/note]] Cartman attempts several plans to avenge the humiliation, but every time he gets OutGambitted by Scott. Finally, after a very complex plan that involves Stan and Kyle trying to betray Cartman by telling Scott
about them becoming what he tries to do, the new overlords. Until latter's parents are killed and Cartman made chili with their bodies. And Scott ate the ResetButton anyway. [[ShrugOfGod Although there may be something more to it]].chili without knowing.
** Parodied in Cartman's Christmas story from ''Woodland Critter Christmas''. "And they all lived happily ever after... Except for Kyle who died of AIDS two weeks later."



* All of the stories in the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' "Terror Tales of the Park" specials (save for "Creepy Doll", "Death Metal Crash Pit" and "Killer Bed") end this way.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has "The Joy," an episode which features a [[TheVirus zombifying epidemic]] in the form of [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul extreme happiness that reduces the infected to mindless smiling idiots who drool rainbow saliva]]. Grouchy Miss Simian is the only person left uninfected after the Joy claims everyone at Elmore Junior High and discovers a cure by accident--playing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." She sneaks out with her tape player to try to reach the P.A. system in the principal's office, and after several near misses, manages to get there...only for Gumball and Darwin to emerge from the darkness, grinning hugely, to infect her. She tries to leave a message telling the world the cure, but is unable to sing the song or remember its name. The episode ends with Miss Simian smiling and drooling.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** The series [[DiscussedTrope specifically references]] how cruel ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Time Enough At Last" is by taking a parody of the episode to comically extreme lengths (e.g. his head eventually falls off) after which Bender comments that he was "cursed by his own hubris".
** Seymore Asses, Fry's adopted stray dog. After an entire episode of Fry trying to resurrect his beloved dog, only to learn it lived to a ripe old age and died of natural causes. He concludes the dog lived a happy life and probably forgot him, and decides to leave it at that. Cue FlashBack during the credits that reveal the dog spent ''the rest of his life [[UndyingLoyalty loyaly and forlornly]] waiting for his beloved master to return'', just as Fry had asked him to before ending up frozen. [[spoiler:Even the ''writers'' felt this was needlessly sad and ultimately ret-conned it via TimeyWimeyBall where there were two Fry's thanks to time-travel, one of whom remained in the past as Seymore's owner.]]

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* All of the stories in the ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' "Terror Tales of the Park" specials (save for "Creepy Doll", "Death Metal Crash Pit" and "Killer Bed") end this way.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has
''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' had "The Joy," an episode Trouble with Triples", in which features a [[TheVirus zombifying epidemic]] in the form of [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul extreme happiness that reduces Twins spent time being bullied and beat up [[BigBrotherBully by their elder brothers]] and then forced to oversee a battle for the infected jail, due to mindless smiling idiots who drool rainbow saliva]]. Grouchy Miss Simian is their [[LaserGuidedKarma lie about conquering it in an attempt to impress said siblings]]. In the only person left uninfected after the Joy claims everyone at Elmore Junior High and discovers a cure by accident--playing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." She sneaks out with her tape player end, due to try to reach the P.A. system in the principal's office, and after several near misses, manages to get there...only for Gumball and Darwin to emerge from the darkness, grinning hugely, to infect her. She tries to leave a message telling the world the cure, but is unable to sing the song or remember its name. The episode ends with Miss Simian smiling and drooling.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** The
convoluted series [[DiscussedTrope specifically references]] how cruel ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Time Enough At Last" is by taking a parody of events and coincidence, the episode Twins are declared the winners- but their father whisks them away home, subjects them to comically extreme lengths (e.g. his head eventually falls off) after which Bender comments that he was "cursed by his own hubris".
** Seymore Asses, Fry's adopted stray dog. After an entire episode of Fry trying to resurrect his beloved dog, only to learn it lived to a ripe old age
painful, gratuitous [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and died of natural causes. He concludes boring]] MindRape, and gloats about them becoming the dog lived a happy life and probably forgot him, and decides to leave it at that. Cue FlashBack during new overlords. Until the credits that reveal the dog spent ''the rest of his life [[UndyingLoyalty loyaly and forlornly]] waiting for his beloved master to return'', just as Fry had asked him to before ending up frozen. [[spoiler:Even the ''writers'' felt this was needlessly sad and ultimately ret-conned it via TimeyWimeyBall where ResetButton anyway. [[ShrugOfGod Although there were two Fry's thanks may be something more to time-travel, one of whom remained in the past as Seymore's owner.]]it]].
18th Mar '16 1:06:36 PM Willbyr
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* ''{{Terranigma}}'': After [[spoiler:Ark has destroyed Dark Gaia, his light version tells him that since he was a creation of Dark Gaia, he is now doomed to vanish too, alongside his village and all his friends and family. The kicker: He only set out on his journey in the first place to keep them safe, and instead he's doomed them all.]]

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* ''{{Terranigma}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'': After [[spoiler:Ark has destroyed Dark Gaia, his light version tells him that since he was a creation of Dark Gaia, he is now doomed to vanish too, alongside his village and all his friends and family. The kicker: He only set out on his journey in the first place to keep them safe, and instead he's doomed them all.]]
13th Mar '16 5:43:43 AM yisfidri
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* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's ''The Shadow''. Once [[spoiler:the Shadow has the original man killed]], it dies itself--since, after all, a shadow can't survive without the one who casts it.
11th Mar '16 9:50:25 PM GottaHaveFaith
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Luffy ran a "rescue Ace" mission for several dozen chapters to save his brother from being executed, sacrificing years of his life and culminating in his arrival at Marineford during the Paramount War, where he was out of his league and sustained even more injuries. And after everything Luffy went through to save him--after he'd ''successfully freed him''--Ace was goaded into a fight and died anyway, becoming the first named character in the series to die onscreen outside of a flashback.
11th Mar '16 2:52:44 AM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': So, you've built the [[LostSuperweapon Crucible]], forced the arms of the Citadel open, and now you're ready to shut down the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]] once and for all? [[spoiler:Guess what, the Citadel is an ancient AI that ''built'' the Reapers/Is the first Reaper, and now you're going to have to sacrifice Shepard and destroy the mass relays to stop the Reapers, no matter what ending you choose and no matter what choices you made [[OldSaveBonus throughout the three games]]. This was mitigated by the Extended Cut (which retconned some of the least popular parts of the original ending), and the [[spoiler: origin of the [[AIIsACrapshoot Ancient AI]] that created the Reapers has been elaborated on in a downloadable chapter.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': So, you've built the [[LostSuperweapon Crucible]], forced the arms of the Citadel open, and now you're ready to shut down the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]] once and for all? [[spoiler:Guess what, the Citadel is an ancient AI that ''built'' the Reapers/Is the first Reaper, and now you're going to have to sacrifice Shepard and destroy the mass relays to stop the Reapers, no matter what ending you choose and no matter what choices you made [[OldSaveBonus throughout the three games]].games]]]]. This was mitigated by the Extended Cut (which retconned some of the least popular parts of the original ending), and the [[spoiler: origin of the [[AIIsACrapshoot Ancient AI]] that created the Reapers has been elaborated on in a downloadable chapter.]]
11th Mar '16 2:44:24 AM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'': [[spoiler: Its a DistantFinale for all Franchise/{{Gundam}} even the series made after it. How? Apocalypse after apocalypse reset humanity.]] It makes every ending of every Franchise/{{Gundam}} season a ShaggyDogStory

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* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'': [[spoiler: Its a DistantFinale for all Franchise/{{Gundam}} Franchise/{{Gundam}}s, even the series ones made after it. How? Apocalypse after apocalypse reset humanity.]] It makes every ending of every Franchise/{{Gundam}} season a ShaggyDogStory
2nd Mar '16 6:47:49 AM CaptainTedium
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* Being a SadistShow with a strong streak of DeadBabyComedy, ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' has several of these endings. But special mention for this certainly deserves the ending of "Little Orphan Hero", where Captain Hero destroyed his home planet in revenge and raped his own parents. Even though many endings are {{played for laughs}}, often the humour [[DudeNotFunny falls flat for the audience]].

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* Being a SadistShow with a strong streak of DeadBabyComedy, BlackComedy, ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' has several of these endings. But special mention for this certainly deserves the ending of "Little Orphan Hero", where Captain Hero destroyed his home planet in revenge and raped his own parents. Even though many endings are {{played for laughs}}, often the humour [[DudeNotFunny falls flat for the audience]].
14th Feb '16 3:58:17 PM kome360
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* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'': After losing your sanity by acting as mission control to the most @#$%ed-up dungeon crawl in human history, forced to choose which half of your party will die during the final boss battle, AND defeating the EldritchAbomination responsible for controlling every monster your ancestor created, you finally discover that [[spoiler:you killed ONE of an entire species. ONE eldritch abomination created humanity, was worshipped as a god, and is so powerful that it will always bring death to even legendary heroes. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF THESE THINGS BEATING INSIDE THE EARTH]]. You can't stop it; even if you somehow destroyed the place so thoroughly that no idiot could ever open the portal again, they will eventually wake up on their own and destroy the world. Crushed by the horror of everything, you commit suicide, only for another descendant to show up. Why and how they are there is left unknown.
4th Feb '16 2:53:56 PM talltalltree
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* ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' had an episode where, after Jade Albright waits nervously for the results of a biopsy to see whether she has cancer, the test comes back negative. Jade celebrates her sixteenth birthday with everyone she cares about, gets together with her crush, and her foster family formally adopts her. Various problems of her friends and sister get resolved too. Everything's happy - and then it's revealed the entire episode was a [[AllJustADream daydream]] as Jade sits in a doctor's office, where she's just been told she ''does'' have cancer (and, therefore, nothing went right for anybody else either.)
24th Jan '16 5:52:42 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Superjail}}'' had "The Trouble with Triples", in which the Twins spent time being bullied and beat up [[BigBrotherBully by their elder brothers]] and then forced to oversee a battle for the jail, due to their [[LaserGuidedKarma lie about conquering it in an attempt to impress said siblings]]. In the end, due to a convoluted series of events and coincidence, the Twins are declared the winners- but their father whisks them away home, subjects them to painful, gratuitous [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and boring]] MindRape, and gloats about them becoming the new overlords. Until the ResetButton anyway. [[ShrugOfGod Although there may be something more to it]].

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* ''{{Superjail}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' had "The Trouble with Triples", in which the Twins spent time being bullied and beat up [[BigBrotherBully by their elder brothers]] and then forced to oversee a battle for the jail, due to their [[LaserGuidedKarma lie about conquering it in an attempt to impress said siblings]]. In the end, due to a convoluted series of events and coincidence, the Twins are declared the winners- but their father whisks them away home, subjects them to painful, gratuitous [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and boring]] MindRape, and gloats about them becoming the new overlords. Until the ResetButton anyway. [[ShrugOfGod Although there may be something more to it]].
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