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16th Oct '17 12:52:07 PM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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* ''Film/WouldYouRather'': [[spoiler:Iris wins Lambrick’s twisted game, only to return home and find that her brother Raleigh, who she ''did this for'', has killed himself]].
13th Oct '17 5:52:05 AM ImpudentInfidel
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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]]]]. 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. It also suggested the possibility that the InsaneTrollLogic it used to justify itself was less a sudden reversal in the themes of the series and more because it was just stupid.]]
13th Oct '17 5:47:51 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** From the same story: a minor plot on the first world was the quest for a group outcasts for the Promised Land, a forgotten colony that would have protected them from the orbital bombardment that destroyed their world. In the MMO you find out that while it kept them alive, the shelter was destroyed and their descendants eked out a miserable existence for a few generations before all being killed by toxic waste poisoning.
13th Oct '17 5:31:37 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** "The Angels Take Manhattan" ends with Amy and Rory defeating the Weeping Angels...but then another Weeping Angel appears and sends them back in time, separating them from the Doctor forever.

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** "The Angels Take Manhattan" ends with Amy and Rory defeating the Weeping Angels...but then another Weeping Angel appears and sends them back in time, separating them from the Doctor forever. While it was definitely this trope for the Doctor, the episode also makes it clear that it was HappilyEverAfter for them.
3rd Oct '17 7:48:30 AM RallyBot2
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* The very last issue of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' had Chase suddenly reunited with an inexplicably-resurrected Gert... [[spoiler:only to get hit by a car mere seconds later.]]

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* The very last issue of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' volume 3 had Chase suddenly reunited with an inexplicably-resurrected Gert... [[spoiler:only to get hit by a car mere seconds later. To provide an extra kick in the teeth, it wasn't even the real Gert.]]
28th Sep '17 9:13:48 PM MarkLungo
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** "Nightmare": A team for special mission is captured and interrogated on their mission to place a DoomsdayDevice on their foe's home planet. The aliens are interrogating them about the mission and the device and attempting to reverse engineer the device. The creator is one of the persons being interrogated, and in going over how the device is triggered activates it with an override to prevent it from being disarmed. At this point it's revealed it's all been an elaborate simulation to see how they would stand up under stress and they've been on Earth the entire time. Since they've trained so hard with the bomb they had to use the real bomb with an inactive trigger to simulate it correctly. The creator noticed and fixed it as part of her manual override. EarthShatteringKaboom. This example shows the contrast between the original series and the revival. "Nightmare" is a remake of [[Recap/TheOuterLimits1963S1E10Nightmare an episode]] from [[Series/TheOuterLimits1963 the original series]] which had a similar plot with the "it was a simulation" twist at the end, but didn't have the whole thing with the bomb.

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** "Nightmare": "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S4E20Nightmare Nightmare]]": A team for special mission is captured and interrogated on their mission to place a DoomsdayDevice on their foe's home planet. The aliens are interrogating them about the mission and the device and attempting to reverse engineer the device. The creator is one of the persons being interrogated, and in going over how the device is triggered activates it with an override to prevent it from being disarmed. At this point it's revealed it's all been an elaborate simulation to see how they would stand up under stress and [[EarthAllAlong they've been on Earth the entire time. time]]. Since they've trained so hard with the bomb bomb, they had to use the real bomb with an inactive trigger to simulate it correctly. The creator noticed and fixed it as part of her manual override. Cue EarthShatteringKaboom. This example shows the contrast between the original series and the revival. "Nightmare" is a remake of [[Recap/TheOuterLimits1963S1E10Nightmare an episode]] from [[Series/TheOuterLimits1963 the original series]] which had a similar plot with the "it was a simulation" twist at the end, but didn't have the whole thing with the bomb.
27th Sep '17 8:25:44 PM Delphi
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** Two brothers are doctors. The younger brother pranks the older brother with a scare, but the shock causes a heart-attack that paralyzes the older brother's arm, ruining his career. Years later the older brother, seething for revenge, attacks and injects the younger brother with a drug he claims can keep a brain functional after death. The younger brother awakens, only to find that he cannot move or feel anything. The older brother decides to use the younger brother for demonstrating anatomy to his class by extracting the younger brother's brain. Right as the procedure happens it's revealed to have been an elaborate prank on the older brother's part and the drug only paralyzed the younger brother for a short while, and he was never in any real danger. The prank causes the younger brother to have a heart-attack, which the older brother tries to stop by using a larger dose of the drug. The drug is then revealed to actually work; it DOES keep the brain alive after the body has been pronounced dead. Only now this time it's for real and the younger brother is now fully conscious, aware, and helpless as a pair of medical technicians are about to cut open his head to remove his brain. A kicker: it's revealed that the sense of touch is the LAST sense to go, not the first, as the older brother stated earlier on.

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** Two brothers are doctors. The younger brother pranks the older brother with a scare, but the shock causes a heart-attack that paralyzes the older brother's arm, ruining his career. Years later the older brother, seething for revenge, attacks and injects the younger brother with a drug he claims can keep a brain functional after death. The younger brother awakens, only to find that he cannot move or feel anything. The older brother decides to use the younger brother for demonstrating anatomy to his class by extracting the younger brother's brain. Right as the procedure happens it's revealed to have been an elaborate prank on the older brother's part and the drug only paralyzed the younger brother for a short while, and he was never in any real danger. The prank causes the younger brother to have a heart-attack, which the older brother tries to stop by using a larger dose of the drug. The drug is then revealed to actually work; it DOES keep the brain alive after the body has been pronounced dead. Only now this time it's for real and the younger brother is now fully conscious, aware, and helpless as a pair of medical technicians are about to cut open his head to remove his brain. A kicker: it's revealed that the sense of touch is the LAST sense to go, not the first, as the older brother stated earlier on. Cue the bonesaw.
13th Sep '17 8:45:46 AM XenMon2
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* Zany gag strip and ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' spinoff ''John Darling'' (in)famously ended with the title character, completely out of the blue, being murdered on live TV by a crazed gunman. This was partially motivated by Tom Batiuk being in a contract dispute and wanting to discourage his syndicate from claiming and using the character, but make the soon-to-be-canceled (the strip was usually sold to the TV pages of newspaper instead of being put with the other strips, and was crowded out by the massive increase in channels that had to be listed) strip's ending "as dramatic as we could" rather than "wimp off into the sunset".
** This would wind up foreshadowing ''Funky Winkerbein'' proper's conversion from a goofy gag strip [[CerebusSyndrome to a "realistic" and grim drama]] where AnyoneCanDie and nearly every story arc ends in some sort of CruelTwistEnding.

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* Zany gag strip and ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' spinoff ''John Darling'' (in)famously ended with the title character, completely out of the blue, being murdered on live TV by a crazed gunman. This was partially motivated by Tom Batiuk being in a contract dispute and wanting to discourage his syndicate from claiming and using the character, but make Batiuk later stated the soon-to-be-canceled (the the primary goal was to give the strip (which was usually sold on the verge of cancellation due to the TV pages of newspaper instead of - which the comic was usually run on due to its TV-oriented humor - being put with the other strips, and was crowded out by the massive increase explosion in channels that had to be listed) strip's ending "as cable channels) a dramatic as we could" sendoff rather than let it "wimp off into the sunset".
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** This would wind up foreshadowing turned out to be mere foreshadowing. Two years later, ''Funky Winkerbein'' proper's conversion itself (as well as ''ComicBook/Crankshaft'' to a lesser extent) made the jump from a goofy zany gag strip to a [[CerebusSyndrome to a "realistic" depressing and grim drama]] where AnyoneCanDie and nearly every story arc ends in some sort of CruelTwistEnding.
[[CruelTwistEnding Cruel Twist Endings]] are the norm.
10th Sep '17 9:27:34 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Eversion}}'' fits this all too well. [[spoiler:That princess you're out to save? She's an EldritchAbomination who will eat you alive in the bad ending. And in the good ending? Turns out {{you are the demons}}.]]

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* ''{{Eversion}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}'' fits this all too well. [[spoiler:That princess you're out to save? She's an EldritchAbomination who will eat you alive in the bad ending. And in the good ending? Turns out {{you are the demons}}.]]
4th Sep '17 4:00:31 AM XenMon2
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* Zany gag strip and ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' spinoff ''John Darling'' (in)famously ended with the title character, completely out of the blue, being murdered on live TV by a crazed gunman. This was partially motivated by Tom Batiuk being in a contract dispute and wanting to discourage his syndicate from claiming and using the character, but make the soon-to-be-canceled (the strip, usually sold to the TV pages of newspapers, was being crowded out by the large increase in channels that need listed) strip's ending "as dramatic as we could" rather than "wimp off into the sunset".

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* Zany gag strip and ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' spinoff ''John Darling'' (in)famously ended with the title character, completely out of the blue, being murdered on live TV by a crazed gunman. This was partially motivated by Tom Batiuk being in a contract dispute and wanting to discourage his syndicate from claiming and using the character, but make the soon-to-be-canceled (the strip, strip was usually sold to the TV pages of newspapers, was newspaper instead of being put with the other strips, and was crowded out by the large massive increase in channels that need had to be listed) strip's ending "as dramatic as we could" rather than "wimp off into the sunset".
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