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30th Jun '16 11:12:29 AM N8han11
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* At the end of ''VideoGame/SheepDogNWolf'', [[spoiler:Just when both you and Ralph think he won and finally got himself a sheep, not only did it turn out that it was actually Sam disguised as a sheep, preparing to punch Ralph once more, but it also all turns out to be just a dream, and he has to return to the routine of unsuccessfully trying to steal sheep from Sam. He's visibly unhappy about it.]]
27th Jun '16 1:12:36 AM Hanz
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* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. The True Sith set up the Mandalorians to go rampaging. Revan and Malak defy the Council's cowardice and inaction by trying to stop the invasion. HeWhoFightsMonsters kicks in, they start falling to the DarkSide, and whip out a ColonyDrop weapon so horrific that even the Mandalorians are shocked by its brutality. The one Jedi who refused to go Sith with them is brutally cut off from the Force, and comes back to the Council to offer an olive branch, only to get spit on and told "get out." Revan goes on a rampage through known space, ostensibly to "unite it" against the bigger threat (NiceJobBreakingItHero), only for the Jedi to set up one hell of a {{plan}} in response. No matter how you play it, in the second game you're now playing that outcast Jedi. The Sith and the Republic are in complete ruins, Revan's vanished to force-knows-where, everyone either distrusts you or wants to use you for something, and no matter HOW Exile works the angles, the Council is still dead, the Republic is still a mess, and you're still about as popular as an X-Man at an anti-mutant rally. Kreia rubs it all in with her last speech. And [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic the new game]], 300 years later? The big threat Revan was trying to stop emerges from hiding, beats the crap out of the Republic...and it's stated "on panel" that Revan and Exile were never seen again after their respective games, meaning they likely died horribly and pointlessly.
** It gets worse in Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic MMO-sequel. [[spoiler: Lightside adventurers will rescue Revan from prison and mindrape, so that he can enact his black-ops mission to kill the majority of the empire. Darkside adventurers will find Revan losing to TheCorruption, now on the verge of committing genocide (Ironically, this WOULD kill the empire but not the more important source) and has to be put down. Bonus points for having Revan's last words directed at Malak and him finally recognizing the fully-corrupted jedi as a friend. Also, the Exile was killed pointlessly by a Sith just to KickTheDog and prove he's a bastard]]. And even after that, [[spoiler:Revan's dark spirit]] returns in an attempt to awaken the Sith Emperor that would have resulted in the latter consuming the galaxy.

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* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''.''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. The True Sith set up the Mandalorians to go rampaging. Revan and Malak defy the Council's cowardice and inaction by trying to stop the invasion. HeWhoFightsMonsters kicks in, they start falling to the DarkSide, and whip out a ColonyDrop weapon so horrific that even the Mandalorians are shocked by its brutality. The one Jedi who refused to go Sith with them is brutally cut off from the Force, and comes back to the Council to offer an olive branch, only to get spit on and told "get out." Revan goes on a rampage through known space, ostensibly to "unite it" against the bigger threat (NiceJobBreakingItHero), only for the Jedi to set up one hell of a {{plan}} in response. No matter how you play it, in the second game you're now playing that outcast Jedi. The Sith and the Republic are in complete ruins, Revan's vanished to force-knows-where, everyone either distrusts you or wants to use you for something, and no matter HOW Exile works the angles, the Council is still dead, the Republic is still a mess, and you're still about as popular as an X-Man at an anti-mutant rally. Kreia rubs it all in with her last speech. And [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic the new game]], 300 years later? The big threat Revan was trying to stop emerges from hiding, beats the crap out of the Republic...and it's stated "on panel" that Revan and Exile were never seen again after their respective games, meaning they likely died horribly and pointlessly.
** It gets worse in Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic MMO-sequel. [[spoiler: Lightside Republic adventurers will rescue Revan from prison and mindrape, so that he can enact his black-ops mission to kill the majority of the empire. Darkside Imperial adventurers will find Revan losing to TheCorruption, now on the verge of committing genocide (Ironically, this WOULD kill the empire but not the more important source) and has to be put down. Bonus points for having Revan's last words directed at Malak and him finally recognizing the fully-corrupted jedi as a friend. Also, the Exile was killed pointlessly by a Sith just to KickTheDog and prove he's a bastard]]. And even after that, [[spoiler:Revan's dark spirit]] returns in an attempt to awaken the Sith Emperor that would have resulted in the latter consuming the galaxy.galaxy and succeeds, [[spoiler:with Vitiate later consuming all life on Ziost and plunging the galaxy into an even greater war with a big secret army out of nowhere]].
26th Jun '16 4:06:49 AM GoblinCipher
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': "Abyssinia, Henry". Full stop.

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': "Abyssinia, Henry". Full stop.Colonel Henry Blake is finally about to be shipped back stateside, escaping the nightmare of the Korean War. Except that he gets shot down by enemy fire before he gets there. Famously, [[EnforcedMethodActing none of the cast knew this was going to happen until the scene was filmed]].
12th Jun '16 3:29:05 AM Morgenthaler
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** Several "TreehouseOfHorror" segments end this way. Incredibly, this trope is inverted in the endings of each episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', even for a SadistShow with some black jokes. Most of the end of each episode are happy endings, and even poignant, seen especially in the older episodes from the 1-8 seasons.
** One non-"TreehouseOfHorror" episode that plays this straight is "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace". Its ending has the Simpsons returning home, thinking the Springfieldians have forgiven them. Instead, the town is there to [[DisproportionateRetribution repossess their belongings.]]

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** Several "TreehouseOfHorror" "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" segments end this way. Incredibly, this trope is inverted in the endings of each episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', even for a SadistShow with some black jokes. Most of the end of each episode are happy endings, and even poignant, seen especially in the older episodes from the 1-8 seasons.
** One non-"TreehouseOfHorror" non-"WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" episode that plays this straight is "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace". Its ending has the Simpsons returning home, thinking the Springfieldians have forgiven them. Instead, the town is there to [[DisproportionateRetribution repossess their belongings.]]
7th Jun '16 4:24:26 PM eroock
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Lighter-weight versions come up very often in shows where FailureIsTheOnlyOption, especially when the show has run for a long time, and the writers need to contrive more and more extravagant reasons why the protagonists can't win. It can also be used as a shock subversion of a stereotypical happy ending. If it's overused, it becomes a MandatoryTwistEnding. If the ending makes you wonder what the point of the story was, it can come across as a ShootTheShaggyDog. A particularly dark version can lead do DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. The DiabolusExMachina also often gets involved. AndThenJohnWasAZombie is a subtrope.

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Lighter-weight versions come up very often in shows where FailureIsTheOnlyOption, especially when the show has run for a long time, and the writers need to contrive more and more extravagant reasons why the protagonists can't win. It can also be used as a shock subversion of a stereotypical happy ending. If it's overused, it becomes a MandatoryTwistEnding. If the ending makes you wonder what the point of the story was, it can come across as a ShootTheShaggyDog. A particularly dark version can lead do DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. The DiabolusExMachina also often gets involved. AndThenJohnWasAZombie is a subtrope.
subtrope. Compare NotQuiteSavedEnough.
6th Jun '16 3:41:02 AM ChrisX
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* ''VideoGame/ThroneOfDarkness'': [[spoiler:The daimyo guiding you actually wants you to defeat the Dark Warlord so he can claim the immortality potion, become the next Dark Warlord, and then immediately brainwashes you and your party into his mindless zombies. Yep, you just spent the whole game becoming an UnwittingPawn to an EvilAllAlong guy, that's just mean, even compared to [[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} the game this game is inspired with.]]]]
4th Jun '16 10:36:00 PM gewunomox
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* Ray Nelson's short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" (loosely adapted into the movie ''Film/TheyLive'') tells the story of a man who singlehandedly saves Earth from a huge alien conspiracy and then drops dead at eight o'clock the next morning. That is, if you forget the aliens gave him the implanted hypnotic suggestion to die early on and the rest of the story is his LastDance.

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* Ray Nelson's short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" (loosely adapted into the movie ''Film/TheyLive'') tells the story of a man who singlehandedly saves Earth from a huge alien conspiracy and then drops dead at eight o'clock the next morning. That is, if you forget the aliens gave him the implanted hypnotic suggestion to die early on and the rest of the story is his LastDance.TheLastDance.
30th May '16 1:39:08 AM Medinoc
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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.

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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 [[DeadSerious the first named character in the series to die onscreen outside of a flashback.flashback]].
28th May '16 9:10:50 PM Doug86
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* This happens in ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}: Messiah Complex''. The heroes have the baby, Cable is going into the future to raise her and hopefully save mutants one day, and suddenly [[spoiler:Bishop gets up and shoots Cable in the head]]! But wait, he already started travelling through time, meaning [[spoiler:the bullet passes through him and hits Professor X right in the head instead. The comic ends with Scott Summers saying the X-Men are dead.]] However, this ends up being a [[spoiler:{{subversion}}]] in another series shortly after [[spoiler:where we find out his body disappeared in the last panel because of one of the other mutants there and his life is saved.]]

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* This happens in ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}: ''ComicBook/XMen: Messiah Complex''. The heroes have the baby, Cable is going into the future to raise her and hopefully save mutants one day, and suddenly [[spoiler:Bishop gets up and shoots Cable in the head]]! But wait, he already started travelling through time, meaning [[spoiler:the bullet passes through him and hits Professor X right in the head instead. The comic ends with Scott Summers saying the X-Men are dead.]] However, this ends up being a [[spoiler:{{subversion}}]] in another series shortly after [[spoiler:where we find out his body disappeared in the last panel because of one of the other mutants there and his life is saved.]]
8th May '16 11:18:05 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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%%* Nia and Simon's wedding at the end of [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]].

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%%* Nia and Simon's wedding at the end of [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]].
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