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24th Nov '17 5:13:35 PM Nyame
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* Wrestling/{{TNA}} has faced near-death so many times since the end of the Hogan/Bischoff era that many believe the company will ''never'' die. That being said, late 2016 was undoubtedly its more dire period. TNA went through another major exodus of talent (prior exoduses had destroyed its previously stacked roster to the point that only two of the TNA Originals, Wrestling/{{Abyss}} and Wrestling/JamesStorm, were left in the company), had gotten kicked out of their original headquarters and forced to move into their merchandise warehouse, and then in October, information was released on the internet detailing its many legal woes, including multiple lawsuits from multiple parties, one of them being from ''its own President'', Billy Corgan, and a tax lien from the state of Tennessee. Dixie Carter, TNA's owner, resisted Billy's attempts to buy the company, and her constant lying and screwing over Corgan (who was well-liked by the talent) eventually caused the entire roster to sour on her. The company was saved (yet again) by Anthem, who would buy out Corgan and TNA and leave Dixie with a 5% stake, before [[KickedUpstairs kicking her upstairs]].
20th Nov '17 2:36:28 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Chapter 74, which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fittingly titled]] "Darkest Hour". Following up on their worldwide attacks in the preceding chapters which crippled most of the agencies that could oppose them (and caused the deaths of [[spoiler: King T'Chaka, Arthur Weasley, and Luna Lovegood]]), HYDRA launch another attack that results in [[spoiler: Thor being rendered comatose, Steve, Tony and Bruce being captured, and Avengers Tower being destroyed]]. This thus leaves [[DiabolicalMastermind Lucius Malfoy]] in the position of [[EvilOverlord effective ruler of the world]].



** The Season 7 finale has [[TrueNeutral The Scavengers]] pull [[CavalryBetrayal their guns on Rick and the Alexandria survivors]], having disarmed the explosives they planned to use for their surprise attack against Negan and his Saviors. While a few SpannerInTheWorks moments occur and the Alexandrians try in vain to kick away the Scavengers and Saviors, Rick and Carl, alongside many others, are captured. Negan gives a BreakingSpeech to Rick, declaring he's going to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Lucille]] Carl. [[spoiler: Cue [[BigDamnHeroes Shiva, the Kingdom's resident Bengal tiger, pouncing on Negan and mauling several Saviors]] as the [[TheCavalry The Kingdom]] [[TheAlliance and Hilltop survivors]] begin mowing down Scavengers and Saviors alike.]]



* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'''s Season 7 Finale has [[spoiler:[[TrueNeutral The Scavengers]] pull [[CavalryBetrayal their guns on Rick and the Alexandria survivors]], having disarmed the explosives they planned to use for their surprise attack against [[BigBad Negan]] and his Saviors. While a few SpannerInTheWorks moments occur and the Alexandrians try in vain to kick away the Scavengers and Saviors, Rick and Carl, alongside many others, are captured. Negan gives a breaking speech to Rick, declaring he's going to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Lucille]] Carl. Cue [[BigDamnHeroes Shiva, the Kingdom's resident Bengal tiger, pouncing on Negan and mauling several Saviors]] as the [[TheCavalry The Kingdom]] [[TheAlliance and Hilltop survivors]] begin mowing down Scavengers and Saviors alike.]]
25th Oct '17 8:08:01 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Jargoon Pard'', Kethan is SwitchedAtBirth for a woman's daughter, because [[HeirClubForMen only a son can inherit]]. At the climax, this is revealed to the woman and his parents; they reveal that actually, they knew it for a long time, practically from infancy, and still consider her their daughter. Kethan nearly despairs, because his purported mother no longer wants him, because she can no longer use him. After the fight, however, his parents eagerly lay claim both to their biological son and the daughter they raised.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Jargoon Literature/WitchWorld novel ''The Jargoon Pard'', Kethan is SwitchedAtBirth for a woman's daughter, because [[HeirClubForMen only a son can inherit]]. At the climax, this is revealed to the woman and his parents; they reveal that actually, they knew it for a long time, practically from infancy, and still consider her their daughter. Kethan nearly despairs, because his purported mother no longer wants him, because she can no longer use him. After the fight, however, his parents eagerly lay claim both to their biological son and the daughter they raised.
15th Oct '17 6:28:09 AM Flame
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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'':
** First one occured as early as [[Recap/KamenRiderExAidEp10UnevenDoctors #10]]. [[TheHeart Emu]] has epidemy of Game Disease on his hands, can't get others to stop arguing and is pretty much helpless.
** [[spoiler: The story took a nosedive pretty early after #10 so this comes again in [[Recap/KamenRiderExAidEp13DefinedDestiny #13]]. [[BigBad Kuroto]] is immortal, has murdered Kiriya with his new upgrade, tries really hard to murder the current patient and noone can do much against that.]]
** [[spoiler: Gamedeus Cronus' endgame in [[Recap/KamenRiderExAidEp44TheLastSmile #44]]. He started ZombieApocalypse, proclaimed himself to be god, managed to back it up and turned into giant monster. It takes ''two'' HeroicSacrifice[=s=] to slow him down enough to be beatable.]]
7th Oct '17 5:16:57 AM eroock
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Compare CantRefuseTheCallAnymore, the first of the dark hours. NearVillainVictory is a subtrope. The CorneredRattleSnake is someone who begins to fight back despite appearing to have no chance of survival. HopeSpringsEternal is the natural conclusion of such a moment... unless, of course, the story features a DownerEnding.

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Compare CantRefuseTheCallAnymore, the first of the dark hours. NearVillainVictory is a subtrope.May overlap with NearVillainVictory. The CorneredRattleSnake is someone who begins to fight back despite appearing to have no chance of survival. HopeSpringsEternal is the natural conclusion of such a moment... unless, of course, the story features a DownerEnding.
6th Oct '17 2:50:47 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** In Asia UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan has already conquered most of Southeast Asia, a major sign of this was the Fall of Singapore, which was the British stronghold on Asia. Then was the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Japanese fleet was on its way to Australia.
** The second week of the Eastern Theatre of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was this for the Allies. In the first fortnight of Operation Barbarossa, the Germans (mistakenly) boasted that half of the entire Red Army had been destroyed and the Soviet state was on the verge of collapse. This view was shared by the USA and Britain, though China and Japan had quiet confidence in the Soviets and reserved their judgement. This was understandable; in the first care-free fortnight of the Soviet-German war the Germans had seemed to breeze through the Red Army almost effortlessly, taking millions of unarmed Soviet troops on a peace-time footing prisoner. But in the third week, at ''Smolensk'', this illusion was shattered by the two-month MoreDakka trench-warfare battle of attrition there that had the Germans clawing for every inch and even being forced to ''retreat'' from the salient made by Guderian's insubordinate and overconfident capture of Yel'nya.

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** In Asia UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan has already conquered most of Southeast Asia, a major sign of December 1941 and early 1942 (January to March) was this was for the Fall of Singapore, which was Allies in the British stronghold on Asia. Then was Pacific Theater. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Japanese fleet UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan was on its way to Australia.
Australia, the Dutch East Indies, the British colonies and Burma. First, the British colony of Hong Kong fell on Christmas Day after a desperate defense by Commonwealth troops finally collapsed. Then, January 1942 saw the invasion of the Dutch East Indies by Japan, with the colony in their hands by March 1942. Meanwhile, Singapore, the key British stronghold in Asia, capitulated in a week-long battle in February 1942. Although the Japanese never took Australia, they seized many of the islands surrounding it, including Guadalcanal. As for Burma, it contained Nationalist China's main supply route, the Burma road. Despite a defense from British and Chinese troops, the Allies were overrun and retreated into Northern India, leaving China effectively landlocked. Although the Chinese scored a victory in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Changsha_(1942) Third Battle of Changsha]], the damage was done and Imperial Japan looked stronger than ever.
** The second week of the Eastern Theatre of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was this for the Allies.Allies at the Eastern Front. In the first fortnight of Operation Barbarossa, the Germans (mistakenly) boasted that half of the entire Red Army had been destroyed and the Soviet state was on the verge of collapse. This view was shared by the USA and Britain, though China and Japan had quiet confidence in the Soviets and reserved their judgement. This was understandable; in the first care-free fortnight of the Soviet-German war the Germans had seemed to breeze through the Red Army almost effortlessly, taking millions of unarmed Soviet troops on a peace-time footing prisoner. But in the third week, at ''Smolensk'', this illusion was shattered by the two-month MoreDakka trench-warfare battle of attrition there that had the Germans clawing for every inch and even being forced to ''retreat'' from the salient made by Guderian's insubordinate and overconfident capture of Yel'nya.



* The Cold War, for humanity as a whole. In a reversal of all indications from history, two powerful nations in an arms race, itching to defeat the other, ''did not go to war in a period of 40 years.'' With enough nuclear weapons to render the Earth uninhabitable many times over, and events like the Cuban Missile Crisis bringing tensions to alarming levels, where the public kept track of something called ''The DoomsdayClock'', the Cold War ended peacefully.

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* The Cold War, for humanity as a whole. In a reversal of all indications from history, two powerful nations in an arms race, itching to defeat the other, ''did not go to war in a period of 40 years.'' With enough nuclear weapons to render the Earth uninhabitable many times over, and events like the Cuban Missile Crisis bringing tensions to alarming levels, where the public kept track of something called ''The DoomsdayClock'', the Cold War ended peacefully. Meanwhile, countless bloody wars, political killings and revolutions for and against communism, tore the world apart until the end of the Cold War.
2nd Oct '17 8:05:35 PM infernape612
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---> "We endured harsh times, and in the end we were outcasts. But in direst need, freedom was born to us...

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---> --> "We endured harsh times, and in the end we were outcasts. But in direst need, freedom was born to us..."
2nd Oct '17 8:02:34 PM infernape612
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* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'' hits the player with this at the end of chapter 5.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]''
** During the second arc with Queen Elencia. Ludvec kidnaps Lucia, the Greil Mercenaries and Bastian are nowhere to be found, your main army with the most competent warriors are sidetracked and delayed by an enemy ploy and Ludvec surronds your last stronghold with a massive army of traitors and usurpers.
** In the Third Chapter, thanks to Skrimir's idiocy, Naesala's treachery and [[MagnificentBastard Begnion's bastardry]], the Gallian forces are trapped in enemy territory with the world's superpower on one side and Daein, which holds quite a few old friends, closing in on the other. They are forced to stage a full scale retreat losing the territory they gained and some of it they started with.
** The game counts as one for Daein. It opens with them under a positively brutal occupation in which Begnion commits multiple atrocities including labor camps and murdering the citizenry. When that's over, Lord of the Incompetent, Pelleas, gets looped into a DealWithTheDevil to serve Begnion which, in short, reads if you disobey every single Daein citizen will die of an magical incurable plague. Then they get wrapped in the the Gallian-Begnion war in which the Greil Mercenaries proceed to beat the crap out of them. THEN the an alliance of Crimea, Gallia and the bird tribes proceeds to march through Daein to Begnion with Daein losing every battle. Their bad luck doesn't end until the event that, strangely, is the world's Darkest Hour which Daein's HopeSpot.
** The last and biggest occurs when members of the dragon tribe side with Micaiah and Daein. This means that the world is at war and that Yune, [[DarkIsNotEvil Goddess of Chaos ]] is going to awaken. By sheer luck, the heros manage to find out the secret to awakening her peacefully just in time. Unfortunately, this also awakens Ashera, [[LightIsNotGood the Goddess of Order]] who proceeds to turn every single person, warrior, peasant, or little child, into stone.

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* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' hits the player with this at the end of chapter 5.
5. [[spoiler:Sigurd thinks he's managed to clear his name and returns to the capital, where his ally Arvis greets him... with his wife Dierdre, now brainwashed into becoming Arvis' wife. He then orders Sigurd executed, leading to a TotalPartyKill and Sigurd being personally murdered by Arvis' Valflame.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]''
''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn''
** During the second arc with Queen Elencia. Elincia. Ludvec kidnaps Lucia, the Greil Mercenaries and Bastian are nowhere to be found, your main army with the most competent warriors are sidetracked and delayed by an enemy ploy and Ludvec surronds Ludveck surrounds your last stronghold with a massive army of traitors and usurpers.
** In the Third Chapter, third chapter, thanks to Skrimir's idiocy, Naesala's treachery and [[MagnificentBastard Begnion's bastardry]], the Gallian forces are trapped in enemy territory with the world's superpower on one side and Daein, which holds quite a few old friends, closing in on the other. They are forced to stage a full scale retreat losing the territory they gained and some of it what they started with.
** The entire game counts as one for Daein. It opens with them under a positively brutal occupation in which Begnion commits multiple atrocities including labor camps and murdering the citizenry. When that's over, Lord of the Incompetent, Pelleas, gets looped into a DealWithTheDevil to serve Begnion which, in short, reads if you disobey will kill every single Daein citizen will die of an with a magical incurable plague. plague if he disobeys. Then they get wrapped in the the Gallian-Begnion war in which the Greil Mercenaries proceed to beat the crap out of them. THEN the an alliance of Crimea, Gallia and the bird tribes proceeds proceed to march through Daein to Begnion with Daein losing every battle. Their bad luck doesn't end until the event that, strangely, is the world's Darkest Hour which yet manages to be Daein's HopeSpot.
** The last and biggest one occurs when members of the dragon tribe side with Micaiah and Daein. This means that the world is at war and that Yune, [[DarkIsNotEvil Goddess of Chaos ]] Chaos]] is going to awaken. By sheer luck, the heros heroes manage to find out the secret to awakening her peacefully just in time. Unfortunately, this also awakens Ashera, [[LightIsNotGood the Goddess of Order]] who proceeds to turn every single person, warrior, peasant, or little child, child into stone.
16th Sep '17 4:43:16 PM nombretomado
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* During the Libyan Civil War, Gaddafi's assault on Benghazi was this for the rebels. He had the superior forces, the rebel capital was certain to fall, and the promised Western support was nowhere to be seen. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Cue]] [[BigDamnHeroes the]] [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French]] [[GunshipRescue air]] [[TheCavalry force]], followed by [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill 120+]] [[YanksWithTanks Tomahawk]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre missiles]].

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* During the Libyan Civil War, Gaddafi's assault on Benghazi was this for the rebels. He had the superior forces, the rebel capital was certain to fall, and the promised Western support was nowhere to be seen. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Cue]] [[BigDamnHeroes the]] [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French]] [[GunshipRescue air]] [[TheCavalry force]], followed by [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill 120+]] [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks Tomahawk]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre missiles]].
9th Sep '17 4:33:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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Compare BellyOfTheWhale, the first of the dark hours. NearVillainVictory is a subtrope. The CorneredRattleSnake is someone who begins to fight back despite appearing to have no chance of survival. HopeSpringsEternal is the natural conclusion of such a moment... unless, of course, the story features a DownerEnding.

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Compare BellyOfTheWhale, CantRefuseTheCallAnymore, the first of the dark hours. NearVillainVictory is a subtrope. The CorneredRattleSnake is someone who begins to fight back despite appearing to have no chance of survival. HopeSpringsEternal is the natural conclusion of such a moment... unless, of course, the story features a DownerEnding.
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