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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]].
15th Jan '16 5:46:28 AM HyperEmerson
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* At the clímax of Ken's war on the White Dragon Clan in ''Manga/SunKenRock'', [[spoiler:Yumin suddenly realizes, from out of nowhere outside of a seemingly bogus accusation by an antagonist, that what she really wanted all along was not to destroy her father's yakuza organization, but to take over it instead. Embracing her true nature, she blasts her beloved Ken out of the building. It is downplayed, however, in that Ken manages to survive the long-ass fall and eventually rebuilds his mafia empire by taking over America]].
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* At the clímax climax of Ken's war on the White Dragon Clan in ''Manga/SunKenRock'', [[spoiler:Yumin suddenly realizes, from out of nowhere outside of a seemingly bogus accusation by an antagonist, that what she really wanted all along was not to destroy her father's yakuza organization, but to take over it instead. Embracing her true nature, she blasts her beloved Ken out of the building. It is downplayed, however, in that Ken manages to survive the long-ass fall and eventually rebuilds his mafia empire by taking over America]].
15th Jan '16 5:34:18 AM HyperEmerson
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* The ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' OVA ''Legend of Kenshiro'' ends with this. The BigBad who was thought to be dead turns out to be CrazyPrepared [[TakingYouWithMe and in his last breath]] destroys the city Kenshiro was trying to save. In the final moments of the movie, Kenshiro is [[KillEmAll the only survivor]] and can't do much but [[ManlyTears cry]] and [[FreakOut scream]].
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* The ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' OVA ''Legend of Kenshiro'' ends with this. The BigBad who was thought to be dead turns out to be CrazyPrepared [[TakingYouWithMe and in his last breath]] destroys the city Kenshiro was trying to save. In the final moments of the movie, Kenshiro is [[KillEmAll the only survivor]] and can't do much but [[ManlyTears cry]] and [[FreakOut scream]].scream]] into the ruins.

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* The ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' OVA ''Legend At the clímax of Kenshiro'' ends with this. The BigBad who Ken's war on the White Dragon Clan in ''Manga/SunKenRock'', [[spoiler:Yumin suddenly realizes, from out of nowhere outside of a seemingly bogus accusation by an antagonist, that what she really wanted all along was thought not to be dead turns destroy her father's yakuza organization, but to take over it instead. Embracing her true nature, she blasts her beloved Ken out to be CrazyPrepared [[TakingYouWithMe and in his last breath]] destroys the city Kenshiro was trying to save. In the final moments of the movie, Kenshiro building. It is [[KillEmAll downplayed, however, in that Ken manages to survive the only survivor]] long-ass fall and can't do much but [[ManlyTears cry]] and [[FreakOut scream]].eventually rebuilds his mafia empire by taking over America]].
10th Jan '16 6:46:29 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure'' is a mini-series following ''Daily Bugle'' photographer Jeffrey Haight. While Jeff has had some success as a professional photojournalist, publishing a book of crime photos due to his connections in the police evidence locker (his girlfriend is a cop who works there) he has never met his true goal, landing a photo on the front page. He's obsessively jealous of Peter Parker, a "stringer" (slang for a freelance photographer, or amateur), because Peter ''always'' gets great and dramatic photos of SpiderMan on the front page out of what Jeff attributes to luck, while Jeff's careful planning and studious work never does the trick. (Jeff clearly can't put two-and-two together.) [[spoiler: Eventually, after his goal becomes an obsessive rivalry against Peter, DoctorOctopus takes notice of Jeff's attempts to photograph him, and feigns interest in his work, arranging a prison interview. Jeff [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter lets the flattery go to his head]], and against his better judgment, is tricked by Ock into aiding in Ock's escape, Ock persuading him to convince his "contact" to let Jeff place a device on his impounded tentacles so he can remotely control them. (Jeff assumes Ock is giving him a chance at the photo shoot of a lifetime.) However, Ock kills several civilians when he escapes, and threatens to kill more as Spidey finds him; Jeff eventually has a HeelRealization, and uses his camera's flash to blind the villain, but after Ock is defeated, he's still arrested, his girlfriend dumps him, and his life and career are ruined. Here's the cruel twist: He convinces Spidey to submit the pictures he took, and he ''does'' make the front page, the picture getting there the one that went off when he flashed it in Ock's face. Then he realizes ''why'' it's such a good photo. It looks exactly like something Peter would have taken. As a final kicker, Ock is seen reading the story in his prison cell in the last scene. "Excellent!" he says, admiring the great photo of himself.]]
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* ''Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure'' is a mini-series following ''Daily Bugle'' photographer Jeffrey Haight. While Jeff has had some success as a professional photojournalist, publishing a book of crime photos due to his connections in the police evidence locker (his girlfriend is a cop who works there) he has never met his true goal, landing a photo on the front page. He's obsessively jealous of Peter Parker, a "stringer" (slang for a freelance photographer, or amateur), because Peter ''always'' gets great and dramatic photos of SpiderMan on the front page out of what Jeff attributes to luck, while Jeff's [[HardWorkHardlyWorks careful planning and studious work never does the trick. trick.]] (Jeff clearly can't put two-and-two together.) [[spoiler: Eventually, after his goal becomes an obsessive rivalry against Peter, DoctorOctopus takes notice of Jeff's attempts to photograph him, and feigns interest in his work, arranging a prison interview. Jeff [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter lets the flattery go to his head]], and against his better judgment, is tricked by Ock into aiding in Ock's escape, Ock persuading him to convince his "contact" to let Jeff place a device on his impounded tentacles so he can remotely control them. (Jeff assumes Ock is giving him a chance at the photo shoot of a lifetime.) However, Ock kills several civilians when he escapes, and threatens to kill more as Spidey finds him; Jeff eventually has a HeelRealization, and uses his camera's flash to blind the villain, but after Ock is defeated, he's still arrested, his girlfriend dumps him, and his life and career are ruined. Here's the cruel twist: He convinces Spidey to submit the pictures he took, and he ''does'' make the front page, the picture getting there the one that went off when he flashed it in Ock's face. Then he realizes ''why'' it's such a good photo. It looks exactly like something Peter would have taken. As a final kicker, Ock is seen reading the story in his prison cell in the last scene. "Excellent!" he says, admiring the great photo of himself.]]
6th Jan '16 3:13:12 PM MarkLungo
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* ''TalesFromTheDarkside'': The Movie, has this example in the third and final story. A down on his luck artist witnesses a gargoyle like creature killing and eating one of his drinking buddies late at night. He tries to run, but the creature captures him. The creature agrees to spare his life, if he promises not to tell anyone what he witnessed. He agrees. Not long afterwards, he meets an attractive woman walking alone at night. He takes her back to his place, warning her that it's dangerous. The two get to know each other and soon enter a relationship. Because the woman happen to have connections in the art world, she helps his career take off. Years later, the artist is now rich. He married the MysteriousWoman and has two kids with her. Not able to get what he witnessed that night out of his mind, however, he draws the creature in perfect detail. He tells his wife about it, making it clear that the creature was the reason he insisted she come home with him that night. The twist comes in, when the women reveals that she is the creature in human disguise and that he broke his promise. She transforms back into the gargoyle creature. The children also turn into gargoyle creatures. She kills him and flies off.
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* ''TalesFromTheDarkside'': The Movie, ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie'', has this example in the third and final story. A down on his luck artist witnesses a gargoyle like creature killing and eating one of his drinking buddies late at night. He tries to run, but the creature captures him. The creature agrees to spare his life, if he promises not to tell anyone what he witnessed. He agrees. Not long afterwards, he meets an attractive woman walking alone at night. He takes her back to his place, warning her that it's dangerous. The two get to know each other and soon enter a relationship. Because the woman happen to have connections in the art world, she helps his career take off. Years later, the artist is now rich. He married the MysteriousWoman and has two kids with her. Not able to get what he witnessed that night out of his mind, however, he draws the creature in perfect detail. He tells his wife about it, making it clear that the creature was the reason he insisted she come home with him that night. The twist comes in, when the women reveals that she is the creature in human disguise and that he broke his promise. She transforms back into the gargoyle creature. The children also turn into gargoyle creatures. She kills him and flies off.

** In another episode, an aging hippie with a broken leg and her boyfriend witness the world's chaotic nature coming to a head, with things spontaneously happening, appearing and disappearing at random. They're both amazed, but she is really excited to be seeing the nature of the very universe. So... what does the universe do? Spontaneously change around the furniture as she walks around, causing her to fall and land on her broken leg, spontaneously cause some events that make the cops come to her house, spontaneously turn on the gas on the stove, and cause the broken doorbell to cause a spark and blow up the house while she can't do anything but watch it all unfold. Pretty vindictive for random chaos.
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** In another episode, an "Effect and Cause": An aging hippie with a broken leg and her boyfriend witness the world's chaotic nature coming to a head, with things spontaneously happening, appearing and disappearing at random. They're both amazed, but she is really excited to be seeing the nature of the very universe. So... what does the universe do? Spontaneously change around the furniture as she walks around, causing her to fall and land on her broken leg, spontaneously cause some events that make the cops come to her house, spontaneously turn on the gas on the stove, and cause the broken doorbell to cause a spark and blow up the house while she can't do anything but watch it all unfold. Pretty vindictive for random chaos.
6th Jan '16 3:10:04 PM MarkLungo
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** "Gettysburg": A time traveler sends three young men at a Battle of Gettysburg reenactment back to the actual battle. One of the young men was a Southern fanatic who thought the South should have won and the battle was glorious. Being in the real battle under an insane commander dying of meningitis disabuses him of the notion. The time traveler sought to teach him that {{Aesop}}, because otherwise he would shoot [[HarsherInHindsight the first black U.S. President in 2013]] when the president spoke at Gettysburg due to his Southern sympathies. The time traveler, however, dropped his device and the insane commander accidentally activated it, causing him to be transported to the future [[YouCantFightFate where he then shoots the president while he attempts to shoot the Lincoln reenactor.]]
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** "Gettysburg": A time traveler sends three young men at a [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Battle of Gettysburg Gettysburg]] reenactment back to the actual battle. One of the young men was a Southern fanatic who thought the South should have won and the battle was glorious. Being in the real battle under an insane commander dying of meningitis disabuses him of the notion. The time traveler sought to teach him that {{Aesop}}, because otherwise he would shoot [[HarsherInHindsight the first black U.S. President in 2013]] when the president spoke at Gettysburg due to his Southern sympathies. The time traveler, however, dropped his device and the insane commander accidentally activated it, causing him to be transported to the future [[YouCantFightFate where he then shoots the president while he attempts to shoot the Lincoln reenactor.]]
6th Jan '16 3:08:15 PM MarkLungo
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** "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 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, worse: he's cocooned by giant spiders and slowly being eaten, and as a result of his failure everyone presumably dies.
6th Jan '16 3:07:54 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 an episode from 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": 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 episode]] from [[Series/TheOuterLimits1963 the original series 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.
6th Jan '16 3:04:37 PM MarkLungo
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Most common in [[GenreAnthology genre anthologies]] with a darker tone than ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'': ''Series/TalesOfTheUnexpected'', ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'', ''Series/{{Monsters}}'', ''Series/{{The Outer Limits|1995}}'' (so often, in fact, that "Outer Limits Twist" was the previous trope name), ''Series/OneStepBeyond'', etc.
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Most common in [[GenreAnthology genre anthologies]] with a darker tone than ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'': ''Series/TalesOfTheUnexpected'', ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'', ''Series/{{Monsters}}'', ''Series/{{The Outer Limits|1995}}'' ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' (so often, in fact, that "Outer Limits Twist" was the previous trope name), ''Series/OneStepBeyond'', etc.
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