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20th Jun '17 11:50:05 AM erforce
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* ''Rabid Dogs (aka Kidnapped)'', directed by Mario Bava, ends on an incredibly grim and ironic note. The film centers around a savage gang of robbers who take a father and his sick child hostage while trying to flee Rome. [[spoiler: Towards the end, the father suddenly pulls out a gun and kills off the remaining gang members. And so it seems like his and his son's ordeal is over. Until it's revealed that the "father" is actually a kidnapper who's been holding his so-called "son" for ransom the whole time.]]
* The 1973 version of ''Film/TheWickerMan'' is iconic for 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.]]

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* ''Rabid Dogs ''Film/RabidDogs'' (aka Kidnapped)'', ''Kidnapped''), directed by Mario Bava, Creator/MarioBava, ends on an incredibly grim and ironic note. The film centers around a savage gang of robbers who take a father and his sick child hostage while trying to flee Rome. [[spoiler: Towards the end, the father suddenly pulls out a gun and kills off the remaining gang members. And so it seems like his and his son's ordeal is over. Until it's revealed that the "father" is actually a kidnapper who's been holding his so-called "son" for ransom the whole time.]]
* The 1973 version of ''Film/TheWickerMan'' ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'' is iconic for 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.]]



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16th Jun '17 6:49:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/AlienCovenant'': Just as it seems like everything will turn out fine in spite of the deaths of most of the crew, Daniels discovers all too late that David has replaced Walter and will continue to experiment on the thousands of colonists aboard the ''Covenant'' while they remain in stasis as she herself falls into a cryosleep.
13th Jun '17 10:49:32 AM AlienPatch
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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation'': Plucky decides to tag along with Hamton and his family so he can go to Happy World Land. He endured endless problems, including the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly named Uncle Stinky]], Hamton's [[BumblingDad idiot family antics]] [[spoiler: and a [[AxCrazy maniac hitchhiker who tried to kill him and Hamton's family]], but he finally made it to [[HopeSpot Happy World Land]]...only for the Hamtons to decide to go back before even entering the park [[YankTheDogsChain "because they didn't want to overdo it the first time"]]. [[WhatAnIdiot Oh, and as a little extra, they gave the hitchhiker Plucky's address because he seemed like a nice guy to them.]] Sure, Plucky can be a JerkAss from time to time, but this came out as way too mean-spirited after all he went through, especially since he wasn't that bad in the film.]]
12th Jun '17 11:58:01 PM Azaram
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** Another episode revolves around a girl about to use the Hell Correspondence to punish an evil old woman who's holding her dogs and the puppies one of them had hostage (and has already killed one of the dogs) in exchange for making the girl her slave. Meanwhile, Hajime tracks her down to try and stop her from doing so. [[spoiler: In the end, the police storm the woman's house and arrest her, and it seems like Hajime succeeded...until the girl discovers that the killed the second dog and all of the puppies, and pulls the string on her curse doll anyway, damning both the old woman and herself to Hell.]]
** Hell Girl does this a lot. Like the first episode of Season 1, the first episode of Season 2 is about a cute school girl getting bullied. Unlike the Season 1 episode, however, the girl or none of her classmates know who's doing the bullying. Her school locker is filled with caterpillars. Her uniform and text books are filled with writing, calling her horrible names. And she is stalked and harassed whenever she is alone in school. A school nurse notices and feels sorry for her. She befriends her and things seem to be looking up. [[spoiler: Then a female classmate shows the girl the nurse's office, which is filled with the stuff that was used to bully her. The nurse then reveals herself to be a PsychoLesbian who is obsessed with her, right down to having a mannequin that looks like the girl. She threats to pour acid on her face, if she doesn't agree to join her in terrorizing other students, starting with the girl who revealed she was the bully. She get sent to hell.]]

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** Another episode revolves around a girl about to use the Hell Correspondence to punish an evil old woman who's holding her dogs and the puppies one of them had hostage (and has already killed one of the dogs) in exchange for making the girl her slave. Meanwhile, Hajime tracks her down to try and stop her from doing so. [[spoiler: In the end, the police storm the woman's house and arrest her, and it seems like Hajime succeeded...until the girl discovers that the old woman had killed the second dog and all of the puppies, and pulls the string on her curse doll anyway, damning both the old woman and herself to Hell.]]
** Hell Girl does this a lot. Like the first episode of Season 1, the first episode of Season 2 is about a cute school girl getting bullied. Unlike the Season 1 episode, however, the girl or none of her classmates know who's doing the bullying. Her school locker is filled with caterpillars. Her uniform and text books are filled with writing, calling her horrible names. And she is stalked and harassed whenever she is alone in school. A school nurse notices and feels sorry for her. She befriends her and things seem to be looking up. [[spoiler: Then a female classmate shows the girl the nurse's office, which is filled with the stuff that was used to bully her. The nurse then reveals herself to be a PsychoLesbian who is obsessed with her, right down to having a mannequin that looks like the girl. She threats to pour acid on her face, if she doesn't agree to join her in terrorizing other students, starting with the girl who revealed she was the bully. She get gets sent to hell.]]
12th Jun '17 11:52:02 PM Azaram
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* A controversial [=GoDaddy.com=] ad intended to run during the Super Bowl featured a puppy named Buddy getting separated from his owner and trekking a long distance to return to her. She is happy to see him...because she just sold him on her [=GoDaddy=]-hosted website. The ad drew ire from many viewers, with some activists accusing it of promoting puppy mills, and the it was withdrawn.

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* A controversial [=GoDaddy.com=] ad intended to run during the Super Bowl featured a puppy named Buddy getting separated from his owner and trekking a long distance to return to her. She is happy to see him...because she just sold him on her [=GoDaddy=]-hosted website. The ad drew ire from many viewers, with some activists accusing it of promoting puppy mills, and the it was withdrawn.
5th Jun '17 8:36:02 AM nanakiro
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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: a man dies in a BrainComputerInterface test due to leaving his cellphone turned on, and some people who were manipulated into doing things (from simple delivery to DuelToTheDeath) to prevent their secrets from being leaked online still have the data released.

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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: row:
** "Playtest" features
a man dies 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, 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 online. After the main character successfully completes his final, bloody task, they still have the data released.released to humiliate them one last time.
29th May '17 8:49:55 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** "Dead Man's Switch": A fleet of alien spaceships are seen heading toward Earth. Being GenreSavvy and knowing they might be evil, a Doomsday plan with a DeadManSwitch is prepared, with five people in individual bunkers sharing the responsibility to prevent the doomsday plan from being enacted (should it become unnecessary) by regularly pressing a button to keep the doomsday device from turning on. The five people in the bunkers are gradually killed off in variety of ways. The brief hope for peace is extinguished when a second fleet of colonization ships is found and the button pressers lose all contact. They die in their separate bunkers one by one until the last one remains. He finally decides to let it happen when he gets a message from his commander telling him they defeated the aliens with a new weapon. He stops the DoomsdayDevice at the last second and is told to keep pushing the button until they can disarm it. The last scene shows the aliens who used the commander as a puppet eating his brains over the glowing red ruins of DC.

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** "Dead Man's Switch": A fleet of alien spaceships are seen heading toward Earth. Being GenreSavvy and knowing Knowing they might be evil, a Doomsday plan with a DeadManSwitch is prepared, with five people in individual bunkers sharing the responsibility to prevent the doomsday plan from being enacted (should it become unnecessary) by regularly pressing a button to keep the doomsday device from turning on. The five people in the bunkers are gradually killed off in variety of ways. The brief hope for peace is extinguished when a second fleet of colonization ships is found and the button pressers lose all contact. They die in their separate bunkers one by one until the last one remains. He finally decides to let it happen when he gets a message from his commander telling him they defeated the aliens with a new weapon. He stops the DoomsdayDevice at the last second and is told to keep pushing the button until they can disarm it. The last scene shows the aliens who used the commander as a puppet eating his brains over the glowing red ruins of DC.
16th May '17 6:28:50 PM Kartoonkid95
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* A controversial [=GoDaddy.com=] ad intended to run during the Super Bowl featured a puppy named Buddy getting separated from his owner and trekking a long distance to return to her. She is happy to see him…because she just sold him on her [=GoDaddy=]-hosted website. The ending drew ire from many viewers, with some animal rights activists accusing it of promoting the use of puppy mills, and the ad was withdrawn.

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* A controversial [=GoDaddy.com=] ad intended to run during the Super Bowl featured a puppy named Buddy getting separated from his owner and trekking a long distance to return to her. She is happy to see him…because him...because she just sold him on her [=GoDaddy=]-hosted website. The ending ad drew ire from many viewers, with some animal rights activists accusing it of promoting the use of puppy mills, and the ad it was withdrawn.
14th May '17 7:08:14 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'' has an underplayed example; at the end of ''Ninefox Gambit'', the Fortress of Scattered Needles is conquered and Cheris breathes a sigh of relief that she'll finally be rid of Jedao and her life will return to some semblance of normalty, only for Kel Command to send a fleet and kill everyone in an attept to get rid of the undead general once and for all. Cheris is the only survivor and she ends up being possessed by Jedao.
3rd May '17 12:04:59 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In Episode 92, [[TooDumbToLive Stumpy]] [[DeathSeeker tries to die so he can]] [[HeavenSeeker see what Paradise is like]]. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, he decides to hang himself, but is sent to {{Hell}} as a punishment for ending his own life.]]
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