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* [[spoiler: Takakko's death]] in the anime version of ''Literature/{{Another}}'' qualifies. Not only was she not an inherently villainous character, not only was death not the only way to resolve the situation, but killing her in the way she was ensures there can be no potential reconciliation with Izumi, who spends the rest of the series thinking [[spoiler: her rival and crush]] murdered [[spoiler: her best friend.]]

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* [[spoiler: Takakko's death]] in the anime version of ''Literature/{{Another}}'' qualifies. Not only was she not an inherently villainous character, not only was death not the only way to resolve the situation, but killing her in the way she was ensures there can be no potential reconciliation with Izumi, who spends the rest of the series thinking [[spoiler: her rival and crush]] murdered [[spoiler: her best friend.]]friend]].



** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamMSIGLOO'' Episode 5: [[spoiler:The very young recruit, Erwin, has survived the sortie, and talked his opponent into being taken prisoner rather than dying needlessly when a blast of laser fire from a distant Salamis kills them both.]]

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamMSIGLOO'' Episode 5: [[spoiler:The very young recruit, Erwin, has survived the sortie, and talked his opponent into being taken prisoner rather than dying needlessly when a blast of laser fire from a distant Salamis kills them both.]]both]].



** Again in the ''Gundam Evolve'' story involving the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Dendrobrium Orchis]], [[spoiler:where the pilot is shot by a dying Zaku when he back was turned just as they were cutting to the credits]]

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** Again in the ''Gundam Evolve'' story involving the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Dendrobrium Orchis]], [[spoiler:where the pilot is shot by a dying Zaku when he back was turned just as they were cutting to the credits]]credits]].



** Sure, Mao showed us that a Geass grows stronger with repeated use and a careless user runs the risk of losing control of it. Of course, Zero's Geass just ''had'' to backfire at the [[SnicketWarningLabel "everything will get better now" moment]], and in the most inconveniently nasty way ''ever'', to boot. (Lelouch saying the worst possible thing at the worst possible time, to the worst possible person, made it even worse.) What makes [[spoiler: the "kill all Japanese"]] incident SO much worse is that Lelouch clearly was about to confess all his wrongdoings to [[spoiler: Euphemia]] and leave his villainous ways behind. Only to slip up and stumble right into the MoralEventHorizon without even wanting to. After this you just know [[spoiler: there will be no happy ending for Lulu.]]
** Season 2 surpasses it when [[spoiler:Lelouch commanding Suzaku to "live" in season 1 caused Suzaku to nuke Tokyo when it activated, heavily implying the death of Nunnally.]] It's like an UpToEleven version of Season 1. In both seasons, every time the Order of Black Knights seems to be winning a battle, you can set your watch to some new Britannian super-Knightmare Frame showing up and sending everything to hell. Honestly, you'd think they were pumping these things out of their asses faster than ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' with how many show up.
* ''Anime/WeissKreuz [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo Gluhen]]'' never promises better than a BittersweetEnding, but the final scene of the series is pure Diabolus ex Machina; having cut ties with everyone he ever knew and left Japan, Aya goes walking down a sidewalk in New York and [[spoiler:Diabolus, in the form of a scruffy little boy, runs up and stabs him in the gut. He ends up collapsed against a mailbox, having a flashback of his former teammates, while the pedestrians walking past pay no attention to the guy apparently bleeding to death all over the sidewalk.]]

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** Sure, Mao showed us that a Geass grows stronger with repeated use and a careless user runs the risk of losing control of it. Of course, Zero's Geass just ''had'' to backfire at the [[SnicketWarningLabel "everything will get better now" moment]], and in the most inconveniently nasty way ''ever'', to boot. (Lelouch saying the worst possible thing at the worst possible time, to the worst possible person, made it even worse.) What makes [[spoiler: the "kill all Japanese"]] incident SO much worse is that Lelouch clearly was about to confess all his wrongdoings to [[spoiler: Euphemia]] and leave his villainous ways behind. Only to slip up and stumble right into the MoralEventHorizon without even wanting to. After this you just know [[spoiler: there will be no happy ending for Lulu.]]
Lulu]].
** Season 2 surpasses it when [[spoiler:Lelouch commanding Suzaku to "live" in season 1 caused Suzaku to nuke Tokyo when it activated, heavily implying the death of Nunnally.]] Nunnally]]. It's like an UpToEleven version of Season 1. In both seasons, every time the Order of Black Knights seems to be winning a battle, you can set your watch to some new Britannian super-Knightmare Frame showing up and sending everything to hell. Honestly, you'd think they were pumping these things out of their asses faster than ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' with how many show up.
* ''Anime/WeissKreuz [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo Gluhen]]'' never promises better than a BittersweetEnding, but the final scene of the series is pure Diabolus ex Machina; having cut ties with everyone he ever knew and left Japan, Aya goes walking down a sidewalk in New York and [[spoiler:Diabolus, in the form of a scruffy little boy, runs up and stabs him in the gut. He ends up collapsed against a mailbox, having a flashback of his former teammates, while the pedestrians walking past pay no attention to the guy apparently bleeding to death all over the sidewalk.]]sidewalk]].



** ''End of Evangelion'': [[spoiler:Asuka finally snaps out of her depression coma and gets a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome when she kills nine Mass Produced Evas in three minutes.]] She barely finishes, but it's looking up. The [[spoiler:Seele army has been driven out, Rei, Shinji and Asuka are alive, Ritsuko's plan to detonate the entire complex failed, Shinji isn't in his psychopathic mother and [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]] has been averted. Then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bpx66Ld-TI Asuka gets speared by a Lance of Longinius, right as her power runs out. Her Eva is then partially EATEN ALIVE by the Mass Production EVAs]], [[{{Egregious}} who simply regenerated the wounds Asuka inflicted on them]], [[HumanPincushion and skewered to death by even more fake Lances]]; Shinji gets in Unit 01 and Rei fuses with Lilith, becomes a giant white god and turns all of humanity into orange juice on Shinji's orders.]]
** In the original series, everything is going fine, if not a tad [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]]. Shinji's social skills are improving, Asuka's teamwork is going well and Rei is beginning to show some humanity. A few episodes later and [[spoiler:Asuka's been {{Mind Rape}}d, Shinji is catatonic and Rei is dead, replaced by a clone.]]

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** ''End of Evangelion'': [[spoiler:Asuka finally snaps out of her depression coma and gets a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome when she kills nine Mass Produced Evas in three minutes.]] minutes]]. She barely finishes, but it's looking up. The [[spoiler:Seele army has been driven out, Rei, Shinji and Asuka are alive, Ritsuko's plan to detonate the entire complex failed, Shinji isn't in his psychopathic mother and [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]] has been averted. Then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bpx66Ld-TI Asuka gets speared by a Lance of Longinius, right as her power runs out. Her Eva is then partially EATEN ALIVE by the Mass Production EVAs]], [[{{Egregious}} [[JustForFun/{{Egregious}} who simply regenerated the wounds Asuka inflicted on them]], [[HumanPincushion and skewered to death by even more fake Lances]]; Shinji gets in Unit 01 and Rei fuses with Lilith, becomes a giant white god and turns all of humanity into orange juice on Shinji's orders.]]
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** In the original series, everything is going fine, if not a tad [[TrueArtIsAngsty angsty]]. Shinji's social skills are improving, Asuka's teamwork is going well and Rei is beginning to show some humanity. A few episodes later and [[spoiler:Asuka's been {{Mind Rape}}d, Shinji is catatonic and Rei is dead, replaced by a clone.]]clone]].



** Higurashi ''Kai'' does even better than that. In Minagoroshi-hen, [[spoiler:Rika has spent more than a hundred years of constantly repeating the same month, ''knowing'' that she's going to die a horrendous, bloody death at the end. However, there is ''one'' world that Keiichi manages to change in the slightest way. A tiny little change leads to a string of minor miracles, with many a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}. Then, right before the club can finally save Rika, the BigBad reveals herself and ''shoots them all in the face. Then'' she ritualistically disembowels Rika and goes on to initiate the aforementioned poison gas attack on the village.]] Although that chapter title (It translates to [[spoiler:Everyone-killing chapter]]) is a bit of a tip-off...
** Palm goes to Higurashi ''Rei''. [[spoiler:Rika finally manages to end the endless loops of death. She's so happy that she gets all careless and runs into a truck, dying in the process and ending up in a perfect world where everybody is happy and there is no Watanagashi tragedy, but in which she has no good friends (Satoko is a bitch and Hanyuu just isn't there in that world) and the village will be destroyed due to the dam project. She finally gets back to the old world by ''killing her own mother''.]]

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** Higurashi ''Kai'' does even better than that. In Minagoroshi-hen, [[spoiler:Rika has spent more than a hundred years of constantly repeating the same month, ''knowing'' that she's going to die a horrendous, bloody death at the end. However, there is ''one'' world that Keiichi manages to change in the slightest way. A tiny little change leads to a string of minor miracles, with many a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}. Then, right before the club can finally save Rika, the BigBad reveals herself and ''shoots them all in the face. Then'' she ritualistically disembowels Rika and goes on to initiate the aforementioned poison gas attack on the village.]] village]]. Although that chapter title (It translates to [[spoiler:Everyone-killing chapter]]) is a bit of a tip-off...
** Palm goes to Higurashi ''Rei''. [[spoiler:Rika finally manages to end the endless loops of death. She's so happy that she gets all careless and runs into a truck, dying in the process and ending up in a perfect world where everybody is happy and there is no Watanagashi tragedy, but in which she has no good friends (Satoko is a bitch and Hanyuu just isn't there in that world) and the village will be destroyed due to the dam project. She finally gets back to the old world by ''killing her own mother''.]]mother'']].



* The ending of ''Anime/GaoGaiGarFINAL'' is all lined up for the happy ending we were all expecting from the generally upbeat tone of the series, then [[spoiler:traps everyone except Mamoru and Kaido in another universe, presumably forever.]] Though in the ongoing sequel novel ''[=GaoGaiGar=] vs. Anime/{{Betterman}}'', they turn out to be fine. Only time will tell if this becomes a case of BelatedHappyEnding.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' actually had a Diabolus with a name: Miroku, [[spoiler:the sentient (and malevolent) spirit inhabiting Mikoto's sword for most the series. Given that Miroku controlled Mikoto's berserker activations, as well as her CHILD's actions, and then finally was the sentience behind the seal on Kagutsuchi's power, there were quite a few horrific things that happened directly because of it, including the death of at least three [=CHILDs=] (Fumi, Midori, and Shiho's).]] However, the ending actually has [[spoiler:the Hime collectively nuking the Hime Star and thus Miroku]], causing the first ever destruction of Diabolus by the direct actions of the protagonists.

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* The ending of ''Anime/GaoGaiGarFINAL'' is all lined up for the happy ending we were all expecting from the generally upbeat tone of the series, then [[spoiler:traps everyone except Mamoru and Kaido in another universe, presumably forever.]] forever]]. Though in the ongoing sequel novel ''[=GaoGaiGar=] vs. Anime/{{Betterman}}'', they turn out to be fine. Only time will tell if this becomes a case of BelatedHappyEnding.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' actually had a Diabolus with a name: Miroku, [[spoiler:the sentient (and malevolent) spirit inhabiting Mikoto's sword for most the series. Given that Miroku controlled Mikoto's berserker activations, as well as her CHILD's actions, and then finally was the sentience behind the seal on Kagutsuchi's power, there were quite a few horrific things that happened directly because of it, including the death of at least three [=CHILDs=] (Fumi, Midori, and Shiho's).]] Shiho's)]]. However, the ending actually has [[spoiler:the Hime collectively nuking the Hime Star and thus Miroku]], causing the first ever destruction of Diabolus by the direct actions of the protagonists.



* At the end of the SuperRobot anime ''Anime/SpaceWarriorBaldios'', [[spoiler:the hero Marin and his allies can only watch as the BigBad, Zeo Gattler, unleashes his "Final Weapon" which triggers a cataclysmic series of gigantic tsunamis that ravage the surface of the earth. The last shot of the series is a freeze-frame of a tsunami wave, with the word "End" appearing next to it. Thankfully, there was a movie afterwards that improved the situation a bit, but things still didn't get completely better.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''

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* At the end of the SuperRobot {{Super Robot|Genre}} anime ''Anime/SpaceWarriorBaldios'', [[spoiler:the hero Marin and his allies can only watch as the BigBad, Zeo Gattler, unleashes his "Final Weapon" which triggers a cataclysmic series of gigantic tsunamis that ravage the surface of the earth. The last shot of the series is a freeze-frame of a tsunami wave, with the word "End" appearing next to it. Thankfully, there was a movie afterwards that improved the situation a bit, but things still didn't get completely better.]]
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':



* ''Manga/DeathNote'': At the end of the Yotsuba Arc, [[spoiler:Higuchi's been captured, Aizawa and Ide are back, Light has no memory of ever being Kira, and everyone's content with a job well done. Then Soichiro takes the Note, sees Rem, panics and the Note is taken to the helicopter where L and Light are sitting. Light regains his memories -- JustAsPlanned -- and promptly has everyone who knows anything about the case (bar himself, Misa and the police contingent of the Task Force) slaughtered within weeks, and the series continues.]]

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': At the end of the Yotsuba Arc, [[spoiler:Higuchi's been captured, Aizawa and Ide are back, Light has no memory of ever being Kira, and everyone's content with a job well done. Then Soichiro takes the Note, sees Rem, panics and the Note is taken to the helicopter where L and Light are sitting. Light regains his memories -- JustAsPlanned -- and promptly has everyone who knows anything about the case (bar himself, Misa and the police contingent of the Task Force) slaughtered within weeks, and the series continues.]]continues]].



** [[spoiler:Also happens when Guruguru suddenly appeared on the Fourth Shinobi World War. The sole function of his return was to block the Alliance from fighting against Madara. Even after Karin seems to destroy his colossus and Orochimaru temporarily weakens him by giving Yamato a curse mark, he is shown to be still blocking the Alliance several chapters later. His only other appearance was in a flashback set almost two decades before, and the manga don't shows what he was up to and why he showed up in that exact moment.]].

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** [[spoiler:Also happens when Guruguru suddenly appeared on the Fourth Shinobi World War. The sole function of his return was to block the Alliance from fighting against Madara. Even after Karin seems to destroy his colossus and Orochimaru temporarily weakens him by giving Yamato a curse mark, he is shown to be still blocking the Alliance several chapters later. His only other appearance was in a flashback set almost two decades before, and the manga don't shows what he was up to and why he showed up in that exact moment.]].]]



* In Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt, [[spoiler: right after defeating the BigBad Corset via a seeming DeusExMachina from a giant heavenly being that is either God or P&S's mother, Stocking makes an off-handed comment, wondering if Heavenly weapons can kill angels. She then proceeds to ''slice Panty into 666 pieces'', reveal that she was a ''demon spy'' the entire time, and walks off with Corset (who just ''resurrected himself from Brief's penis'') to another city to try and open another gate to hell, leaving Garterbelt, Brief, and Chuck to gather Panty's pieces while chasing after her.]]

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* In Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt, ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', [[spoiler: right after defeating the BigBad Corset via a seeming DeusExMachina from a giant heavenly being that is either God or P&S's mother, Stocking makes an off-handed comment, wondering if Heavenly weapons can kill angels. She then proceeds to ''slice Panty into 666 pieces'', reveal that she was a ''demon spy'' the entire time, and walks off with Corset (who just ''resurrected himself from Brief's penis'') to another city to try and open another gate to hell, leaving Garterbelt, Brief, and Chuck to gather Panty's pieces while chasing after her.]]her]].



* ''Manga/FairyTail'' ends the Nirvana arc by arresting the reformed [[spoiler:Hoteye and Jellal]], and heavily implying that the latter will be executed (he does get a death sentence later too), then proceeds to top that by revealing that everybody the TokenMiniMoe grew up knowing, with the exception of one man who was DeadAllAlong were just illusions created to keep her company and she'll never see them again. Never one to out do itself, ''Fairy Tail'' then ends the S-Class arc with [[spoiler:the Dragon King Acnologia coming out of nowhere and leaving the entire core cast presumed dead, and even when they're recovered seven years later the world has changed tremendously in their absence.]] And then during the Tartaros arc [[spoiler: the exact same dragon appears in the middle of the battle, prompting a MassOhCrap from both sides. However, this is fortunately countered by the DeusExMachina of Igneel emerging from within Natsu. And then Acnologia [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath kills]] him after the core cast manages to win out, right in front of Natsu too.]]

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'' ends the Nirvana arc by arresting the reformed [[spoiler:Hoteye and Jellal]], and heavily implying that the latter will be executed (he does get a death sentence later too), then proceeds to top that by revealing that everybody the TokenMiniMoe grew up knowing, with the exception of one man who was DeadAllAlong were just illusions created to keep her company and she'll never see them again. Never one to out do itself, ''Fairy Tail'' then ends the S-Class arc with [[spoiler:the Dragon King Acnologia coming out of nowhere and leaving the entire core cast presumed dead, and even when they're recovered seven years later the world has changed tremendously in their absence.]] absence]]. And then during the Tartaros arc [[spoiler: the exact same dragon appears in the middle of the battle, prompting a MassOhCrap from both sides. However, this is fortunately countered by the DeusExMachina of Igneel emerging from within Natsu. And then Acnologia [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath kills]] him after the core cast manages to win out, right in front of Natsu too.]]too]].



* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'': [[spoiler:Yuu has beaten King and had his final showdown with Masaki, where he admits Yuu's the better fighter. Then, on the way back from his final fight in the series, [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Yuu is stabbed with a knife by a nobody and left to die alone in an alleyway]]. The final TimeSkip chapter plays with whether or not he's really dead, as nobody has seen him in the interim and they NeverFoundTheBody, [[SubvertedTrope until Yuu finally shows up alive in the last two pages]].]]

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* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'': [[spoiler:Yuu has beaten King and had his final showdown with Masaki, where he admits Yuu's the better fighter. Then, on the way back from his final fight in the series, [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Yuu is stabbed with a knife by a nobody and left to die alone in an alleyway]]. The final TimeSkip chapter plays with whether or not he's really dead, as nobody has seen him in the interim and they NeverFoundTheBody, [[SubvertedTrope until Yuu finally shows up alive in the last two pages]].]]pages]]]].



** At the end of ''Phantom Blood'', [[spoiler:Wang Chan, who was last seen in the ruins of the Joestar Manor and was MIA during the climatic battle, smuggles himself and the head of Dio onto the ship Jonathan is boarding. Despite having plenty of warning, ''just'' Dio's head manages to instantly defeat Jonathan (who was previously able to reduce Dio to that state and survive), giving Jonathan no other choice but to bring Dio [[TakingYouWithMe down with him]]. And even that HeroicSacrifice is nullified by a RetCon for the sake of Part 3.]]
** At the end of ''Battle Tendency'', [[spoiler:Kars, who is seemingly facing death by Nazi UV spotlight cannon, quickly turns around with a fully assembled Stone Mask complete with the Red Stone of Aja. The UV rays fired at him shortly after did not kill him, but in fact made him [[InvincibleVillain wholly invincible,]] and fulfilled his original plan.]]
** Another example late in ''Stone Ocean'', tying in with the theme of fate, sorta. At the climax of Weather and Pucci's duel, [[spoiler: Jolyne crashes a car ''right'' as Weather was about to deal the finishing blow on Pucci, allowing him to stab Weather through the heart while the latter was distracted.]]

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** At the end of ''Phantom Blood'', [[spoiler:Wang Chan, who was last seen in the ruins of the Joestar Manor and was MIA during the climatic battle, smuggles himself and the head of Dio onto the ship Jonathan is boarding. Despite having plenty of warning, ''just'' Dio's head manages to instantly defeat Jonathan (who was previously able to reduce Dio to that state and survive), giving Jonathan no other choice but to bring Dio [[TakingYouWithMe down with him]]. And even that HeroicSacrifice is nullified by a RetCon for the sake of Part 3.]]
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** At the end of ''Battle Tendency'', [[spoiler:Kars, who is seemingly facing death by Nazi UV spotlight cannon, quickly turns around with a fully assembled Stone Mask complete with the Red Stone of Aja. The UV rays fired at him shortly after did not kill him, but in fact made him [[InvincibleVillain wholly invincible,]] and fulfilled his original plan.]]
plan]].
** Another example late in ''Stone Ocean'', tying in with the theme of fate, sorta. At the climax of Weather and Pucci's duel, [[spoiler: Jolyne crashes a car ''right'' as Weather was about to deal the finishing blow on Pucci, allowing him to stab Weather through the heart while the latter was distracted.]] distracted]].



* Messiah Complex. The ''ComicBook/XMen'' have finally defeated all of their enemies and [[spoiler:Scott has given the mutant baby to Cable to take into the future.]] Everything seems great. [[spoiler:Until Bishop, who's been trying to kill the baby to prevent his horrible future, shoots at the baby and Cable.]] And [[spoiler:Cable is already disappearing from that point in time, leaving the shot to go through and hit Professor X in the head.]] It really sucks to be a mutant. Granted he got better since this is a comic book and [[spoiler:Professor X missing at the end was a hint.]]
* ''[[ComicBook/XForce Uncanny X-Force]]'' reveals that the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse reality had been positively ''slammed'' with this, and ''off-panel'' no less, since we last saw it. The eponymous dictator was dead and everyone seemed to be starting to rebuild their lives... and then [[CosmicBeing the Celestials]] showed up, judging that Earth must be destroyed. {{Wolverine}} cuts a deal with the Celestials: he will function as their agent on Earth if they spare the planet. The Celestials accept and transform Wolverine with their technology. Now, who was the last guy they did this to? Oh, right, [[OhCrap Apocalypse himself]]. Needless to say, it doesn't end well: pogroms against baseline humans are initiated, Rogue and ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s preteen son is ''eaten'' by a villain, and by the end of the arc that reveals all this, only two of the reality's X-Men are left alive.

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* Messiah Complex. The ''ComicBook/XMen'' have finally defeated all of their enemies and [[spoiler:Scott has given the mutant baby to Cable to take into the future.]] future]]. Everything seems great. [[spoiler:Until Bishop, who's been trying to kill the baby to prevent his horrible future, shoots at the baby and Cable.]] And [[spoiler:Cable is already disappearing from that point in time, leaving the shot to go through and hit Professor X in the head.]] head]]. It really sucks to be a mutant. Granted he got better since this is a comic book and [[spoiler:Professor X missing at the end was a hint.]]
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* ''[[ComicBook/XForce Uncanny X-Force]]'' reveals that the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse reality had been positively ''slammed'' with this, and ''off-panel'' no less, since we last saw it. The eponymous dictator was dead and everyone seemed to be starting to rebuild their lives... and then [[CosmicBeing [[CosmicEntity the Celestials]] showed up, judging that Earth must be destroyed. {{Wolverine}} Franchise/{{Wolverine}} cuts a deal with the Celestials: he will function as their agent on Earth if they spare the planet. The Celestials accept and transform Wolverine with their technology. Now, who was the last guy they did this to? Oh, right, [[OhCrap Apocalypse himself]]. Needless to say, it doesn't end well: pogroms against baseline humans are initiated, Rogue and ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s preteen son is ''eaten'' by a villain, and by the end of the arc that reveals all this, only two of the reality's X-Men are left alive.



** The arc before the crossover was a series of these for Ixis Naugus: [[spoiler:his bid for the throne happened on the exact same day that both Eggman ''and'' the Battle Bird Armada attacked for unrelated reasons. And even though some of his later schemes had failed and the fear and paranoia that allowed him to make his bid had died down, Naugus got another chance by possessing his apprentice. Of course, the crossover took care of all that.]]

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** The arc before the crossover was a series of these for Ixis Naugus: [[spoiler:his bid for the throne happened on the exact same day that both Eggman ''and'' the Battle Bird Armada attacked for unrelated reasons. And even though some of his later schemes had failed and the fear and paranoia that allowed him to make his bid had died down, Naugus got another chance by possessing his apprentice. Of course, the crossover took care of all that.]]that]].



* Occurres in a number of What-If? issues from Marvel. One occurrence dealt with the storyarc where Captain America became The Captain when the US Government and replaced him with John Walker. It looks like Cap's won in the what-if and everything's going to be great with him still Captain America when suddenly Red Skull orders his sleeper agent to shoot Captain America in the back of the head in the middle of the news conference announcing the positive resolution of things. Cap's promptly killed, Walker in taking his place ends up going on a bloody rampage, the identity of Captain America is retired and Red Skull sits back sipping his win reveling in his victory.

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* Occurres Occurs in a number of What-If? ComicBook/WhatIf issues from Marvel. One occurrence dealt with the storyarc where Captain America became The Captain when the US Government and replaced him with John Walker. It looks like Cap's won in the what-if and everything's going to be great with him still Captain America when suddenly Red Skull orders his sleeper agent to shoot Captain America in the back of the head in the middle of the news conference announcing the positive resolution of things. Cap's promptly killed, Walker in taking his place ends up going on a bloody rampage, the identity of Captain America is retired and Red Skull sits back sipping his win reveling in his victory.



* In the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11994721/1/Best-Friends-Forever Best Friends Forever]], near the end [[spoiler: a three-way fight between Neptune, K-sha and Noire]] is dying down, and although both Neptune and Noire are seriously wounded and Noire additionally exhausted from using NEXT form, Compa and [=IF=] have arrived and are patching up Neptune, and Noire is about to bring to plot to its resolution by [[spoiler: confessing her love for Neptune]]. However, it turns out the reason why Compa and [=IF=] are there is because [[spoiler: Uzume, Big Neptune and [=MAGES.=] are about to dimension warp over not only an Arfoire from a dimension she rules over, but also her top enforcers [=CFW=] Magic and Dark Purple.]]

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11994721/1/Best-Friends-Forever Best Friends Forever]], near the end [[spoiler: a three-way fight between Neptune, K-sha and Noire]] is dying down, and although both Neptune and Noire are seriously wounded and Noire additionally exhausted from using NEXT form, Compa and [=IF=] have arrived and are patching up Neptune, and Noire is about to bring to plot to its resolution by [[spoiler: confessing her love for Neptune]]. However, it turns out the reason why Compa and [=IF=] are there is because [[spoiler: Uzume, Big Neptune and [=MAGES.=] are about to dimension warp over not only an Arfoire from a dimension she rules over, but also her top enforcers [=CFW=] Magic and Dark Purple.]]Purple]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', because Burgerbeard is able to rewrite reality to his will, he obtains the secret formula, empties the Patty Vault, and turns Bikini Bottom into a dystopia. [[spoiler:He later strands the heroes on Pelican Island with the same method.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', because Burgerbeard is able to rewrite reality to his will, he obtains the secret formula, empties the Patty Vault, and turns Bikini Bottom into a dystopia. [[spoiler:He later strands the heroes on Pelican Island with the same method.]]



* ''Film/TheHalfBreed'' has some of the local Native Americans setting fire to the local forest because...well, for no damn reason. This sets up the climactic forest fire in which Lo the half-white, half-native protagonist rescues LoveInterest Teresa but fails to rescue his evil father.

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* ''Film/TheHalfBreed'' has some of the local Native Americans setting fire to the local forest because...well, for no damn reason. This sets up the climactic forest fire in which Lo the half-white, half-native protagonist rescues LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} Teresa but fails to rescue his evil father.



* Even Film/JamesBond is not safe from this demonic influence -- in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', he drops by to ensure that Bond's marriage [[CartwrightCurse becomes a SHORT one]].
** Director Peter Hunt said that originally the film was to end with the wedding and then the next would start with the assassination and follow from there. However since Lazenby gave up doing the sequels, it wound up in ''OHMSS''. The following movie, ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', opens with Bond searching for Blofeld, [[ContinuityNod presumably to avenge the ruined marriage]]. At the beginning of ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', Bond is visiting his wife's grave, complete with "We have all the time in the world." [=MI6=] pick him up by helicopter, except it's remote controlled by... a bald man with a cat, who tortures Bond the way he tortured Blofeld in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''.

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* Even Film/JamesBond is not safe from this demonic influence -- in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', he Blofeld drops by to ensure that Bond's marriage [[CartwrightCurse becomes a SHORT one]].
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one]]. Director Peter Hunt said that originally the film was to end with the wedding and then the next would start with the assassination and follow from there. However since Lazenby Creator/GeorgeLazenby gave up doing the sequels, it wound up in ''OHMSS''. The following movie, ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', opens with Bond searching for Blofeld, [[ContinuityNod presumably to avenge the ruined marriage]]. At the beginning of ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', Bond is visiting his wife's grave, complete with "We have all the time in the world." [=MI6=] pick him up by helicopter, except it's remote controlled by... a bald man with a cat, who tortures Bond the way he tortured Blofeld in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''.



* The Sean Penn-helmed ''Film/ThePledge'' had a particularly brutal example of this, and it also proves that you ''can'' make a DownerEnding out of the death of the antagonist. The child-murderer being pursued by Creator/JackNicholson's character dies in a fiery car wreck, drawing his full share of karma down on his head but ensuring that Jack ''never'' fulfills his titular pledge to find him, meaning that all he's risked in the movie, including winning the trust of the mother of the killer's next planned victim, [[ShaggyDogStory is for nothing]] (other than the fact that the killer never makes his next hit). We last see Jack's character sitting in front of the rural gas station he owns, rapidly fading into self-hatred and senility.

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* The Sean Penn-helmed Creator/SeanPenn-helmed ''Film/ThePledge'' had a particularly brutal example of this, and it also proves that you ''can'' make a DownerEnding out of the death of the antagonist. The child-murderer being pursued by Creator/JackNicholson's character dies in a fiery car wreck, drawing his full share of karma down on his head but ensuring that Jack ''never'' fulfills his titular pledge to find him, meaning that all he's risked in the movie, including winning the trust of the mother of the killer's next planned victim, [[ShaggyDogStory is for nothing]] (other than the fact that the killer never makes his next hit). We last see Jack's character sitting in front of the rural gas station he owns, rapidly fading into self-hatred and senility.



** In ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', the airborne viral agent Caesar used to make the apes smart [[spoiler: is lethal to humans, and is spreading across the world.]]

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** In ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', the airborne viral agent Caesar used to make the apes smart [[spoiler: is lethal to humans, and is spreading across the world.]]world]].



* The ending of ''Film/PitchBlack''. The out-of-nowhere alien grabs the female lead just as she's about to escape. This is played as somewhat karmic, since [[spoiler:she killed some people to save herself and the ship. To atone, she refuses to leave without saving someone, which ultimately gets her killed.]]

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* The ending of ''Film/PitchBlack''. The out-of-nowhere alien grabs the female lead just as she's about to escape. This is played as somewhat karmic, since [[spoiler:she killed some people to save herself and the ship. To atone, she refuses to leave without saving someone, which ultimately gets her killed.]]killed]].



** The ending of ''Film/SawVI'' also counts: [[spoiler:William, the health insurance exec protagonist has been put through utter hell and has apparently learned his lesson about the true implications of deciding who lives and who dies based on greed and advances to the final game...and finds himself face to face with the wife and son of a man who died because William cancelled his coverage. And it's ''their'' game, not his. Cue the son flipping a switch which injects William with gallons of acid.]]

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** The ending of ''Film/SawVI'' also counts: [[spoiler:William, the health insurance exec protagonist has been put through utter hell and has apparently learned his lesson about the true implications of deciding who lives and who dies based on greed and advances to the final game...and finds himself face to face with the wife and son of a man who died because William cancelled his coverage. And it's ''their'' game, not his. Cue the son flipping a switch which injects William with gallons of acid.]]acid]].



* ''North Dallas 40'': Long before the demons stuffed Carney and Anderson's kicks (which see below), [[spoiler:it had Dallas bungling the snap on the point-after after we hear the commentator talk of the kicker being called "Mr. Automatic" for having successfully converted several consecutive previous attempts, thus preventing Nick Nolte's last-gasp TD from tying the game. New Orleans Saints fans might find that last bit familiar... As might Tony Romo (who co-incidentally ALSO played for the real Dallas on his fateful play).]]

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* ''North Dallas 40'': Long before the demons stuffed Carney and Anderson's kicks (which see below), [[spoiler:it had Dallas bungling the snap on the point-after after we hear the commentator talk of the kicker being called "Mr. Automatic" for having successfully converted several consecutive previous attempts, thus preventing Nick Nolte's last-gasp TD from tying the game. New Orleans Saints fans might find that last bit familiar... As might Tony Romo (who co-incidentally ALSO played for the real Dallas on his fateful play).]]play)]].



* ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'', [[spoiler:in which the only survivor of the zombie attack is shot on sight by the rescue party.]]
* Echoed in the end of ''Film/DeadMenWalking'', [[spoiler:where the sole survivor makes it out of the zombie-filled prison, only to be shot dead by one of the snipers sent to keep the zombies from escaping.]]

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* ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'', [[spoiler:in which the only survivor of the zombie attack is shot on sight by the rescue party.]]
party]].
* Echoed in the end of ''Film/DeadMenWalking'', [[spoiler:where the sole survivor makes it out of the zombie-filled prison, only to be shot dead by one of the snipers sent to keep the zombies from escaping.]]escaping]].



* ''The Suspect'' builds up one of the main characters - a small-town sheriff - to be NOT the stereotypical racist asshole seen in other towns...only to [[spoiler:have him turn out to actually be racist AND criminally evil, just to excuse a final plot twist - betraying and killing an innocent man]]

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* ''The Suspect'' builds up one of the main characters - a small-town sheriff - to be NOT the stereotypical racist asshole seen in other towns...only to [[spoiler:have him turn out to actually be racist AND criminally evil, just to excuse a final plot twist - betraying and killing an innocent man]]man]].



* [[FridgeLogic If you think a bit more]] about ''Film/{{Knowing}}'', the survivors from the plane crash and later subway accident weren't so lucky after all. For those who haven't seen the movie, [[spoiler: the sun incinerates Earth and all life on it a few days later. Bonus points for the whole world learning about its upcoming inevitable demise with several hours to spare...]]

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* [[FridgeLogic If you think a bit more]] about ''Film/{{Knowing}}'', the survivors from the plane crash and later subway accident weren't so lucky after all. For those who haven't seen the movie, [[spoiler: the sun incinerates Earth and all life on it a few days later. Bonus points for the whole world learning about its upcoming inevitable demise with several hours to spare...]]spare..]].



* ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''. Just as it seems EarnYourHappyEnding ensued, [[spoiler:a nun enters, scaring Judy who falls to her death.]]

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* ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''. Just as it seems EarnYourHappyEnding ensued, [[spoiler:a nun enters, scaring Judy who falls to her death.]]death]].



* A common criticism of the BittersweetEnding to ''Film/LaLaLand'', where [[spoiler:Mia and Sebastian break up and don't get back together again, despite affirming that they'll always love each other, and Mia ends up having a child with someone else.]] Though the director was clearly trying to go for a more realistic and less "fairy tale" ending, many felt that it didn't gel with the rest of the film, which wasn't averse to standard Hollywood magic tropes [[spoiler:(such as an extremely famous casting director happening to be one of the few people at Mia's one-woman show and immediately gaining such an interest in her that she's willing to give her a good part in an upcoming big picture)]]. Many were similarly unconvinced at [[spoiler:the final breakup]], finding it contrived, unnecessary drama, and a rather hackneyed attempt at being subversive when so much of the rest of the movie had no trouble garnering acclaim when it was typical fanciful Hollywood magic, and were unconvinced that the fantasy sequence couldn't have just been the true end of the film, or [[spoiler:Mia and Sebastian getting back together when their careers have settled more instead of Mia apparently moving on immediately to another man and having a baby when one of the main reasons they broke up in the first place was that she could focus on her career.]]

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* A common criticism of the BittersweetEnding to ''Film/LaLaLand'', where [[spoiler:Mia and Sebastian break up and don't get back together again, despite affirming that they'll always love each other, and Mia ends up having a child with someone else.]] else]]. Though the director was clearly trying to go for a more realistic and less "fairy tale" ending, many felt that it didn't gel with the rest of the film, which wasn't averse to standard Hollywood magic tropes [[spoiler:(such as an extremely famous casting director happening to be one of the few people at Mia's one-woman show and immediately gaining such an interest in her that she's willing to give her a good part in an upcoming big picture)]]. Many were similarly unconvinced at [[spoiler:the final breakup]], finding it contrived, unnecessary drama, and a rather hackneyed attempt at being subversive when so much of the rest of the movie had no trouble garnering acclaim when it was typical fanciful Hollywood magic, and were unconvinced that the fantasy sequence couldn't have just been the true end of the film, or [[spoiler:Mia and Sebastian getting back together when their careers have settled more instead of Mia apparently moving on immediately to another man and having a baby when one of the main reasons they broke up in the first place was that she could focus on her career.]] career]].



** The author loves his {{cliff hanger}}s, with only one of his fantasy books actually having a proper, satisfactory ending. The others have such glorious situations as [[spoiler:one character inadvertently summoning an interdimensional invasion force to her world, the magical field failing at a pivotal battle, rendering the vital magically powered walking tanks useless in the face of a horde of giant winged and clawed mutant monster things, and all the protagonists being captured by a BigBad and sentenced to be flayed alive.]] No happy endings here, folks.

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** The author loves his {{cliff hanger}}s, with only one of his fantasy books actually having a proper, satisfactory ending. The others have such glorious situations as [[spoiler:one character inadvertently summoning an interdimensional invasion force to her world, the magical field failing at a pivotal battle, rendering the vital magically powered walking tanks useless in the face of a horde of giant winged and clawed mutant monster things, and all the protagonists being captured by a BigBad and sentenced to be flayed alive.]] alive]]. No happy endings here, folks.



* Creator/HansChristianAndersen, "The Flying Trunk": Things are going well for the beggar guy with the titular trunk with his romance with a princess, [[spoiler:until the trunk gets destroyed by shrapnel from celebratory fireworks. Seriously. For a Hans story, that's pretty rough. Guess that's why it's not as well known as his other tales...]]
* ''Literature/TheKiteRunner'', by Khaled Hosseini. The protagonist and his best friend's son are getting along well and all set to move to America when [[spoiler:the main guy tells boy he might have to go back to the orphanage for a short time, and the little boy tries to commit suicide and stops talking.]]

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* Creator/HansChristianAndersen, "The Flying Trunk": Things are going well for the beggar guy with the titular trunk with his romance with a princess, [[spoiler:until the trunk gets destroyed by shrapnel from celebratory fireworks. Seriously. For a Hans story, that's pretty rough. Guess that's why it's not as well known as his other tales...]]
tales..]].
* ''Literature/TheKiteRunner'', by Khaled Hosseini. The protagonist and his best friend's son are getting along well and all set to move to America when [[spoiler:the main guy tells boy he might have to go back to the orphanage for a short time, and the little boy tries to commit suicide and stops talking.]]talking]].



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' has a very nasty one at the end - after barely managing to win the climactic battle, [[spoiler:Harry gets shot and killed.]] However, it is then ''subverted'' in the next book, ''Literature/GhostStory''. [[spoiler: Harry arranged for himself to be killed and had his memory of arranging the assassination erased. He did this for extremely good reasons, and the suicide's motivations and consequences are examined in great detail.]]

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' has a very nasty one at the end - after barely managing to win the climactic battle, [[spoiler:Harry gets shot and killed.]] killed]]. However, it is then ''subverted'' in the next book, ''Literature/GhostStory''. [[spoiler: Harry arranged for himself to be killed and had his memory of arranging the assassination erased. He did this for extremely good reasons, and the suicide's motivations and consequences are examined in great detail.]]



* In ''Lord Sunday'', the final installment of 'Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'', Arthur finally collects the 7 Keys. Up until this point, the series has been fairly predictable, although things have been getting kind of real in the background, what with [[spoiler:the deposed Trustees being mysteriously murdered and some people dying from plagues]]. However, it's here where everything truly goes downhill for Arthur. All he wants to do is end the fighting, but [[spoiler:the Will has other plans. It uses him to bring in a tide of Nothing to destroy the Universe, because it turns out it's 1/2 of the Architect of said Universe, and wants to die, but it can't until its creation is destroyed. The main characters are frozen by the power of the Keys, unable to do anything to save themselves for the few moments they have until destruction.]] Fortunately, it gets better. It turns out that [[spoiler:they were frozen because the Atlas was recording the Universe for Arthur to recreate it.]] The catch? [[spoiler: Arthur's mother had died just moments before.]] A series that had been very light-hearted up until this point takes a sudden turn: Arthur went on that entire quest with the only result being [[spoiler:the death of his adopted mother.]] The closing dialogue of the main story? "Wow, Arthur! You won!" "Yeah...I guess we won." Freaking. Ouch.

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* In ''Lord Sunday'', the final installment of 'Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'', Arthur finally collects the 7 Keys. Up until this point, the series has been fairly predictable, although things have been getting kind of real in the background, what with [[spoiler:the deposed Trustees being mysteriously murdered and some people dying from plagues]]. However, it's here where everything truly goes downhill for Arthur. All he wants to do is end the fighting, but [[spoiler:the Will has other plans. It uses him to bring in a tide of Nothing to destroy the Universe, because it turns out it's 1/2 of the Architect of said Universe, and wants to die, but it can't until its creation is destroyed. The main characters are frozen by the power of the Keys, unable to do anything to save themselves for the few moments they have until destruction.]] destruction]]. Fortunately, it gets better. It turns out that [[spoiler:they were frozen because the Atlas was recording the Universe for Arthur to recreate it.]] The catch? [[spoiler: Arthur's mother had died just moments before.]] A series that had been very light-hearted up until this point takes a sudden turn: Arthur went on that entire quest with the only result being [[spoiler:the death of his adopted mother.]] mother]]. The closing dialogue of the main story? "Wow, Arthur! You won!" "Yeah...I guess we won." Freaking. Ouch.



* At the very end of "Nuclear Holocaust Never Again", the second book in the "Never Again" series by R. J. Rummel, things are looking pretty good. The heroes have managed to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and have confronted the parents of the at-this-point still an infant villain, who have willingly [[RaiseHimRightThisTime let the heroes adopt him so that he doesn't grow up to become a nuclear-war-causing dictator.]] Then, [[spoiler: John, Joy, and the child are blown up by a religious extremist's bomb.]] At least the world is safe, [[spoiler: [[ResetButton until the sequel anyway]].]]

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* At the very end of "Nuclear Holocaust Never Again", the second book in the "Never Again" series by R. J. Rummel, things are looking pretty good. The heroes have managed to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and have confronted the parents of the at-this-point still an infant villain, who have willingly [[RaiseHimRightThisTime let the heroes adopt him so that he doesn't grow up to become a nuclear-war-causing dictator.]] Then, [[spoiler: John, Joy, and the child are blown up by a religious extremist's bomb.]] bomb]]. At least the world is safe, [[spoiler: [[ResetButton until the sequel anyway]].]]anyway]]]].



* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' {{Lampshades}} and ends up subverting the trope. Initially Dantes blames God and fate for all the terrible things that occurred to him, but with the help of a fellow inmate, is able to reason out how certain ''people'' wanted him to suffer, not God. Thus, it becomes a core part of his philosophy that once he breaks out, he can't count on Diabolus to hand out random punishment. It has to be up to him.

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* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' {{Lampshades}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}s and ends up subverting the trope. Initially Dantes blames God and fate for all the terrible things that occurred to him, but with the help of a fellow inmate, is able to reason out how certain ''people'' wanted him to suffer, not God. Thus, it becomes a core part of his philosophy that once he breaks out, he can't count on Diabolus to hand out random punishment. It has to be up to him.



* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'': all goes well for Jess, he finally warms up to using his imagination... and then [[spoiler: Leslie dies randomly, which drives home the point that cruel reality trumps imagination...]]
** The inspiration for Creator/KatherinePaterson writing ''Bridge to Terabithia'' was her son's best friend [[spoiler: likewise being struck by lightning]].

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* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'': all goes well for Jess, he finally warms up to using his imagination... and then [[spoiler: Leslie dies randomly, which drives home the point that cruel reality trumps imagination...]]
**
imagination..]]. The inspiration for Creator/KatherinePaterson writing ''Bridge to Terabithia'' was her son's best friend [[spoiler: likewise being struck by lightning]].



** After months and months of trying desperately to connect again with family after going through sheer hell, it looks like Arya is about to meet up with Robb and their mother as she nears the Twins with the Hound. Nope: that ''doesn't'' happen [[spoiler: thanks to her turning up just in time to get a front row seat to the massacre that occurs outside the Wedding.]] Then, [[FromBadToWorse It Gets Worse]]... and, damn that all-too-brief HopeSpot.

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** After months and months of trying desperately to connect again with family after going through sheer hell, it looks like Arya is about to meet up with Robb and their mother as she nears the Twins with the Hound. Nope: that ''doesn't'' happen [[spoiler: thanks to her turning up just in time to get a front row seat to the massacre that occurs outside the Wedding.]] Wedding]]. Then, [[FromBadToWorse It Gets Worse]]... and, damn that all-too-brief HopeSpot.



* So [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse the New Republic]] has made peace with the Imperial Remnant, the Jedi's image has recovered somewhat from Darth Sidious's propaganda and from Luke Skywalker's mishandling of Caridagate. [[TheMafia Black Sun]] is too busy licking its wounds to be any threat. Sure, there are still some interplanetary troubles, just like there were in the Old Republic, but nothing the Jedi can't--[[Literature/NewJediOrder What the kriff?]] There's been an implacable extragalactic invasion force massing at the edge of the galaxy since about the time Sidious became Chancellor?

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': So [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse the New Republic]] Republic has made peace with the Imperial Remnant, the Jedi's image has recovered somewhat from Darth Sidious's propaganda and from Luke Skywalker's mishandling of Caridagate. [[TheMafia Black Sun]] is too busy licking its wounds to be any threat. Sure, there are still some interplanetary troubles, just like there were in the Old Republic, but nothing the Jedi can't--[[Literature/NewJediOrder What the kriff?]] There's been an implacable extragalactic invasion force massing at the edge of the galaxy since about the time Sidious became Chancellor?



* In the last ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', despite setbacks, the good guys are actually winning - and then Demandred shows up with [[spoiler:a massive Sharan army, which by the way has more channelers than the White Tower, Black Tower, Aiel, Sea Folk, and Seanchan ''combined''.]]

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* In the last ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', despite setbacks, the good guys are actually winning - and then Demandred shows up with [[spoiler:a massive Sharan army, which by the way has more channelers than the White Tower, Black Tower, Aiel, Sea Folk, and Seanchan ''combined''.]]''combined'']].



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':



** Xander is told a lot of nasty things about his [[spoiler:marriage with Anya by an old man who claimed to be Xander himself from the future. He then finds out that "old Xander" is an impostor demon, and that everything it said was a lie. He actually participates in fighting the demon and the Scoobies manage to kill it. Then Xander decides to leave Anya at the altar, anyway.]]

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** Xander is told a lot of nasty things about his [[spoiler:marriage with Anya by an old man who claimed to be Xander himself from the future. He then finds out that "old Xander" is an impostor demon, and that everything it said was a lie. He actually participates in fighting the demon and the Scoobies manage to kill it. Then Xander decides to leave Anya at the altar, anyway.]]anyway]].



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Frequently, partially because this trope and its counterpoint are applied equally to every faction and GreyAndGreyMorality means one faction's ''deus'' can be seen as another's ''diabolus''.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Frequently, partially because this trope and its counterpoint are applied equally to every faction and GreyAndGreyMorality GreyAndGrayMorality means one faction's ''deus'' can be seen as another's ''diabolus''.



** "November 22nd:" A pool hustler faces and defeats the opponent he's always wanted to challenge, then resolves to give up the life to take care of his long-lost daughter. [[spoiler: His GoldDigger girlfriend shoots him on the way home after he refuses to take her with, too]].
** "The Crossing:" A young woman meets the man of her dreams on a cruise and becomes engaged to him. [[spoiler: When she tells her best friend the good news, the friend, in denial about her own failed marriage, shoves the victim to her death]].
** "Shuffle, Ball Change:" A teenage boy who wants to become a professional dancer finally earns the respect of his father, who had previously thought him a sissy. [[spoiler: His older brother beats him to death that same night because he thought he was becoming TheUnfavorite]].
** "Triple Threat:" A teenage singing prodigy who wants to move from opera to pop finally earns the respect of HER father. [[spoiler: Before he can tell her how proud he is, she's poisoned by her {{Yandere}} voice coach]].
** "The Letter:" An interracial couple vow to run away together, the times (the Depression era) be damned. [[spoiler: Drunken [[TheKlan Klansmen]] randomly burst in and gang-rape the woman, forcing the man to MercyKill her]].
** "Almost Paradise:" A [[LonelyAtTheTop popular but lonely]] high school girl nearing graduation makes peace with everyone she's pissed off over the years, and admits to herself that although she was loved in high school she's terrified of what comes after. [[spoiler: She's run over by an ephebophilic teacher she refused to sleep with while going home]].
** "The Perfect Day:" A woman vows to leave her abusive DirtyCop husband for a new man and take her twin daughters with her. [[spoiler: The husband somehow finds her and forces her to watch him throw one of the daughters from a bridge]].
* Jordan (as Diabolus) reveals all the secrets and issues among the main-cast to each other at the Season 1 finale of Series/{{Scrubs}}, even though she has quite few to do with the specific persons (Ex Machina).

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** "November 22nd:" A pool hustler faces and defeats the opponent he's always wanted to challenge, then resolves to give up the life to take care of his long-lost daughter. [[spoiler: His GoldDigger girlfriend shoots him on the way home after he refuses to take her with, too]].
too.]]
** "The Crossing:" A young woman meets the man of her dreams on a cruise and becomes engaged to him. [[spoiler: When she tells her best friend the good news, the friend, in denial about her own failed marriage, shoves the victim to her death]].
death.]]
** "Shuffle, Ball Change:" A teenage boy who wants to become a professional dancer finally earns the respect of his father, who had previously thought him a sissy. [[spoiler: His older brother beats him to death that same night because he thought he was becoming TheUnfavorite]].
TheUnfavourite.]]
** "Triple Threat:" A teenage singing prodigy who wants to move from opera to pop finally earns the respect of HER father. [[spoiler: Before he can tell her how proud he is, she's poisoned by her {{Yandere}} voice coach]].
coach.]]
** "The Letter:" An interracial couple vow to run away together, the times (the Depression era) be damned. [[spoiler: Drunken [[TheKlan Klansmen]] randomly burst in and gang-rape the woman, forcing the man to MercyKill her]].
her.]]
** "Almost Paradise:" A [[LonelyAtTheTop popular but lonely]] high school girl nearing graduation makes peace with everyone she's pissed off over the years, and admits to herself that although she was loved in high school she's terrified of what comes after. [[spoiler: She's run over by an ephebophilic teacher she refused to sleep with while going home]].
home.]]
** "The Perfect Day:" A woman vows to leave her abusive DirtyCop husband for a new man and take her twin daughters with her. [[spoiler: The husband somehow finds her and forces her to watch him throw one of the daughters from a bridge]].
* Jordan (as Diabolus) reveals all the secrets and issues among the main-cast to each other at the Season 1 finale of Series/{{Scrubs}}, even though she has quite few to do with the specific persons (Ex Machina).
bridge.]]



* The Diabolus has occasionally been employed by ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', as indicated above -- they have a healthy partnership.
** A particularly impressive example of their partnership is the famous ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode "Time Enough at Last", where an unfortunate, timid man has locked himself in a bank-vault to get the peace to read his many books -- and because of that, survives a [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt nuclear holocaust]], leaving him the last man alive in the world. Then he realizes that this gives him plenty of time to read his beloved books, and thus unwittingly invokes the Diabolus Ex Machina, who promptly breaks his glasses.

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* The Diabolus has occasionally been employed by ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'', as indicated above -- they have a healthy partnership.
** A particularly impressive example of their partnership is the famous ''Series/TwilightZone'' ''Twilight Zone'' episode "Time "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E8TimeEnoughAtLast Time Enough at Last", Last]]", where an unfortunate, timid man has locked himself in a bank-vault to get the peace to read his many books -- and because of that, survives a [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt nuclear holocaust]], leaving him the last man alive in the world. Then he realizes that this gives him plenty of time to read his beloved books, and thus unwittingly invokes the Diabolus Ex Machina, who promptly breaks his glasses.



* Just think: if it weren't for the miniseries, this is how ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' would've ended: [[spoiler:They're finally safe from the Scarrans and the Peacekeepers, the wormhole to Earth has been closed forever -- but it's okay! Because John is going to marry Aeryn! And then a completely unforeshadowed alien descends from the sky and blasts them into little pebbly bits.]] And vice versa, since the cliffhanger was why there was such a demand for a miniseries to begin with.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "18th and Potomac", the death of Mrs. Landingham, President Bartlet's personal secretary, has Diabolus' fingerprints all over it; after a gentle little running subplot about Mrs. Landingham picking up her first new car, Diabolus arranges for a drunk driver to run a red light and kill her offscreen at the end of the episode with no foreshadowing whatsoever. This also contributes to a bit of DeusAngstMachina, as what with Bartlet's M.S scandal and various other crises and such, it wasn't as if Bartlet didn't already have ''enough'' reasons to be a bit angsty at the time. This example, however, can partially be forgiven in that it leads to Bartlet's excellent [[SmiteMeOhMightySmiter rant against God]] in the next episode, in which he even {{Lampshades}} the trope (see the page quote), and his equally awesome RedemptionInTheRain sequence.

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* Just think: if it weren't for the miniseries, this is how ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' would've ended: [[spoiler:They're finally safe from the Scarrans and the Peacekeepers, the wormhole to Earth has been closed forever -- but it's okay! Because John is going to marry Aeryn! And then a completely unforeshadowed alien descends from the sky and blasts them into little pebbly bits.]] bits]]. And vice versa, since the cliffhanger was why there was such a demand for a miniseries to begin with.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "18th and Potomac", the death of Mrs. Landingham, President Bartlet's personal secretary, has Diabolus' fingerprints all over it; after a gentle little running subplot about Mrs. Landingham picking up her first new car, Diabolus arranges for a drunk driver to run a red light and kill her offscreen at the end of the episode with no foreshadowing whatsoever. This also contributes to a bit of DeusAngstMachina, as what with Bartlet's M.S scandal and various other crises and such, it wasn't as if Bartlet didn't already have ''enough'' reasons to be a bit angsty at the time. This example, however, can partially be forgiven in that it leads to Bartlet's excellent [[SmiteMeOhMightySmiter rant against God]] in the next episode, in which he even {{Lampshades}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the trope (see the page quote), and his equally awesome RedemptionInTheRain sequence.



** The last of the 2009 specials, "The End of Time", involves a prophecy that the Doctor is soon to die. It concludes with the Doctor [[spoiler:vanquishing the Time Lords and sending Gallifrey back into the Time War, seemingly defying the prophecy. Then Wilfred Mott gets stuck in a box. Which is about to be flooded with radiation. And the door is locked. And it won't open unless somebody goes in the other side of the box. And there's no override. And the sonic screwdriver won't work.]] You can almost hear the writers straining to make this into a situation that requires the Doctor to sacrifice himself.

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** The last of the 2009 specials, "The End of Time", involves a prophecy that the Doctor is soon to die. It concludes with the Doctor [[spoiler:vanquishing the Time Lords and sending Gallifrey back into the Time War, seemingly defying the prophecy. Then Wilfred Mott gets stuck in a box. Which is about to be flooded with radiation. And the door is locked. And it won't open unless somebody goes in the other side of the box. And there's no override. And the sonic screwdriver won't work.]] work]]. You can almost hear the writers straining to make this into a situation that requires the Doctor to sacrifice himself.



* ''Series/PrisonBreak'' did this in the episode "Selfless" - Scylla had been stolen, everyone was free to go, the release papers had been handed over, and then [[spoiler:it turns out that the cop was playing them all along and they're in an even worse situation than they had been before.]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** The Season One finale: John's been possessed and shot, Dean's been tortured, but everyone is alive and Sam is driving them to the hospital, and it looks like everything will be fine. Until a huge truck slams into the Impala, totaling the car, and the episode ends with all three men bloody and unconscious. As they supposedly recover in Season 2, Dean nearly dies and [[spoiler: John dies and gives up the Colt to save him,]] allowing the next 4 seasons worth of plot to happen, as [[spoiler: one of them needed to die and get put in Hell, and the loss of the Colt triggers Sam's, then Dean's, first deaths later on in the season.]]

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* ''Series/PrisonBreak'' did this in the episode "Selfless" - Scylla had been stolen, everyone was free to go, the release papers had been handed over, and then [[spoiler:it turns out that the cop was playing them all along and they're in an even worse situation than they had been before.]]
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The Season One finale: John's been possessed and shot, Dean's been tortured, but everyone is alive and Sam is driving them to the hospital, and it looks like everything will be fine. Until a huge truck slams into the Impala, totaling the car, and the episode ends with all three men bloody and unconscious. As they supposedly recover in Season 2, Dean nearly dies and [[spoiler: John dies and gives up the Colt to save him,]] allowing the next 4 seasons worth of plot to happen, as [[spoiler: one of them needed to die and get put in Hell, and the loss of the Colt triggers Sam's, then Dean's, first deaths later on in the season.]]season]].



* The ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise uses this trope to turn a slam-dunk case into an hour-long question of "Will they get away with it". Several {{egregious}} examples:

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* The ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise uses this trope to turn a slam-dunk case into an hour-long question of "Will they get away with it". Several {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} examples:



** "Hell" ([[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit SVU]] s10e14): This episode has the SVU team tracking down a member of an African terrorist organization who tried to murder a young girl. With the help of Elijah, who turns out to have been forced to be a ChildSoldier in the same organization, and harbors massive guilt over what he was forced to do, they track down the culprit and arrest him. Everything looks like it'll end well...until the SmugSnake immigration officer reveals that Elijah didn't escape the terrorist organization until ''after'' he turned 18, which means he can be legally held responsible for the crimes he was forced to commit. It [[DownerEnding doesn't]] [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife end]] [[TearJerker well]].

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** "Hell" ([[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit SVU]] s10e14): This episode has the SVU team tracking down a member of an African terrorist organization who tried to murder a young girl. With the help of Elijah, who turns out to have been forced to be a ChildSoldier {{Child Soldier|s}} in the same organization, and harbors massive guilt over what he was forced to do, they track down the culprit and arrest him. Everything looks like it'll end well...until the SmugSnake immigration officer reveals that Elijah didn't escape the terrorist organization until ''after'' he turned 18, which means he can be legally held responsible for the crimes he was forced to commit. It [[DownerEnding doesn't]] [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife end]] [[TearJerker well]].



** Day Five: the conspiracy has been exposed, President Logan is arrested and everything seems fine and dandy, [[spoiler:until the Chinese pop up out of nowhere and haul Jack off, meaning he has to spend the next twenty months enduring torture at their hands.]]

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** Day Five: the conspiracy has been exposed, President Logan is arrested and everything seems fine and dandy, [[spoiler:until the Chinese pop up out of nowhere and haul Jack off, meaning he has to spend the next twenty months enduring torture at their hands.]]hands]].



*** Season seven has major antagonist Jonas Hodges caught and the bioweapon his company was developing is destroyed... except for one canister. And its stolen by [[spoiler: Tony Almeida]] who reveals himself as TheMole by [[spoiler: killing FBI Director Larry Moss.]]

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*** Season seven has major antagonist Jonas Hodges caught and the bioweapon his company was developing is destroyed... except for one canister. And its stolen by [[spoiler: Tony Almeida]] who reveals himself as TheMole by [[spoiler: killing FBI Director Larry Moss.]]Moss]].



* ''Series/DawsonsCreek'': in the grand finale, [[spoiler:Jen suddenly has, and dies from, a heart condition.]] It was well done, though.

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* ''Series/DawsonsCreek'': in the grand finale, [[spoiler:Jen suddenly has, and dies from, a heart condition.]] condition]]. It was well done, though.



* The Season 5 Finale for ''Series/{{House}}'': [[spoiler:Just when you think House has removed that annoying hallucination of Cutthroat Bitch, kicked the Vicodin, and gotten it on with his long time flirt interest Cuddy, it all turns out to be the biggest screw-over in the history of anything. It was ALL a hallucination! He's NUTS! It NEVER HAPPENED! Cutthroat Bitch was standing there the entire time in his mind, and so was the deceased Kutner. The season ends with House being led into a mental hospital.]]

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* The Season 5 Finale for ''Series/{{House}}'': [[spoiler:Just when you think House has removed that annoying hallucination of Cutthroat Bitch, kicked the Vicodin, and gotten it on with his long time flirt interest Cuddy, it all turns out to be the biggest screw-over in the history of anything. It was ALL a hallucination! He's NUTS! It NEVER HAPPENED! Cutthroat Bitch was standing there the entire time in his mind, and so was the deceased Kutner. The season ends with House being led into a mental hospital.]]hospital]].



* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has the Season 8 premiere "The Future in the Past". It seems everything is finally resolved - Bones gets cleared from suspicion of murdering the S7 finale's victim, Pelant gets arrested for a murder he committed in his teens, Flynn restates Booth as the senior agent in the major crimes department, and both Brennan and Clark stay at the Jeffersonian. Then, out of nowhere, [[spoiler:Pelant erases his identity and creates a new one, as a representative of the Egyptian government, getting DiplomaticImpunity, and undoing all the team's work against him.]]

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has the Season 8 premiere "The Future in the Past". It seems everything is finally resolved - Bones gets cleared from suspicion of murdering the S7 finale's victim, Pelant gets arrested for a murder he committed in his teens, Flynn restates Booth as the senior agent in the major crimes department, and both Brennan and Clark stay at the Jeffersonian. Then, out of nowhere, [[spoiler:Pelant erases his identity and creates a new one, as a representative of the Egyptian government, getting DiplomaticImpunity, and undoing all the team's work against him.]]him]].



* The Series One finale of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has [[spoiler:Moriarty walk out fairly close to the end. Sherlock removes John's explosive-laden outer layers, [[HoYay jokes are cracked]] and all seems to be right with the world. Then Moriarty comes back, and the series ends with Sherlock and John being aimed at by multiple snipers while Sherlock aims his own gun at the explosives, which are now at Moriarty's feet.]]

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* The Series One finale of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has [[spoiler:Moriarty walk out fairly close to the end. Sherlock removes John's explosive-laden outer layers, [[HoYay jokes are cracked]] and all seems to be right with the world. Then Moriarty comes back, and the series ends with Sherlock and John being aimed at by multiple snipers while Sherlock aims his own gun at the explosives, which are now at Moriarty's feet.]]feet]].



* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': The overall finale has Xena execute an ambitiously dangerous plan involving her being killed, so she could go off and fight the spirit BigBad in the spirit world. She sets Gabrielle the task of bringing her back afterwards using her ashes, and magic spring water. It's not until Xena's actually won, and Gabs (and by extension the audience) is all ready for that happy ending, that Xena drops the bombshell, that [[spoiler:this time she has to stay dead, or her HeroicSacrifice won't mean anything.]] The twist is not hinted at before it happens, is a disproportionate response, and is largely unnecessary since she mostly seems to have a massive GuiltComplex about the original precipitating incident, which was an accident. Since Xena claims she knew beforehand, she comes across as something of a {{Jerkass}} for not pre-warning Gabs about it.
** Remedied in the "director's cut" version of the episode, which provides foreshadowing (though still a little too close to the end) and shows us that Xena didn't really know beforehand that she [[spoiler: would have to stay dead.]]

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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': The overall finale has Xena execute an ambitiously dangerous plan involving her being killed, so she could go off and fight the spirit BigBad in the spirit world. She sets Gabrielle the task of bringing her back afterwards using her ashes, and magic spring water. It's not until Xena's actually won, and Gabs (and by extension the audience) is all ready for that happy ending, that Xena drops the bombshell, that [[spoiler:this time she has to stay dead, or her HeroicSacrifice won't mean anything.]] anything]]. The twist is not hinted at before it happens, is a disproportionate response, and is largely unnecessary since she mostly seems to have a massive GuiltComplex about the original precipitating incident, which was an accident. Since Xena claims she knew beforehand, she comes across as something of a {{Jerkass}} for not pre-warning Gabs about it.
** Remedied in the "director's cut" version of the episode, which provides foreshadowing (though still a little too close to the end) and shows us that Xena didn't really know beforehand that she [[spoiler: would have to stay dead.]]dead]].



* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' did a parody promo for ''Australian Story'' about a woman whose bad luck never seems to run out. eg. she's diagnosed with cancer shortly after the death of her third husband. The parody latched onto the fact that although ''Australian Story'' is a documentary series about real people, some of the episodes are so depressing that the events they depict seem contrived.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' is crawling with this trope in the third series, largely because so much successful CharacterDevelopment has happened that there's not as much interpersonal drama in the house to play off, and there's no overarching BigBad in the show, so the plot is rife with freak accidents and devastating twists with no forewarning. The [[WhamEpisode third Christmas special]] really takes the cake, though, when [[spoiler: Matthew is violently killed in a car crash right after Mary gives birth to his firstborn.]] All because the actor didn't want to come back for another season.

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* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' did a parody promo for ''Australian Story'' about a woman whose bad luck never seems to run out. eg.e.g. she's diagnosed with cancer shortly after the death of her third husband. The parody latched onto the fact that although ''Australian Story'' is a documentary series about real people, some of the episodes are so depressing that the events they depict seem contrived.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' is crawling with this trope in the third series, largely because so much successful CharacterDevelopment has happened that there's not as much interpersonal drama in the house to play off, and there's no overarching BigBad in the show, so the plot is rife with freak accidents and devastating twists with no forewarning. The [[WhamEpisode third Christmas special]] really takes the cake, though, when [[spoiler: Matthew is violently killed in a car crash right after Mary gives birth to his firstborn.]] firstborn]]. All because the actor didn't want to come back for another season.



* In the second to last episode of ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger''. the team is able to win back ''Akibaranger'''s timeslot from Ultra Ace, an ''Series/Ultraman'' {{expy}}, only for them to find out that not only are they dealing with the alien invasion that came with Ultra Ace, but that Saburo Hatte, the writer of the series, [[spoiler:accidentally triggered the "Iron Clad Suicide Run" flag, meaning the Akibarangers will stop the invasion, but will ''die in the process''!]] Then, we find out in the final episode [[spoiler:that, yes, they did die as they are taken up to Sentai Heaven by [[Series/ChoudenshiBioMan the first Yellow 4]], [[Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger Time Fire]] and [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Abare Killer]].]]

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* In the second to last episode of ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger''. ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' the team is able to win back ''Akibaranger'''s timeslot from Ultra Ace, an ''Series/Ultraman'' {{expy}}, only for them to find out that not only are they dealing with the alien invasion that came with Ultra Ace, but that Saburo Hatte, the writer of the series, [[spoiler:accidentally triggered the "Iron Clad Suicide Run" flag, meaning the Akibarangers will stop the invasion, but will ''die in the process''!]] process'']]! Then, we find out in the final episode [[spoiler:that, yes, they did die as they are taken up to Sentai Heaven by [[Series/ChoudenshiBioMan the first Yellow 4]], [[Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger Time Fire]] and [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Abare Killer]].]]Killer]]]].



* The second season of ''Series/{{Californication}}'' introduces a Gatsby-esque character by the name of Lew Ashby who spends his current life pining for the one that got away. He even throws parties in the hope that she'll show up. In the season finale, Hank finally gets her to come to a party and talks a nervous Lew into greeting her only for Ashby to [[spoiler:decide to blow some heroine, thinking it was cocaine, and subsequently die from an overdose]]
* ''Series/TheFollowing'' has become notorious for abusing this, often in tandem with the heroes' fondness of the IdiotBall, which is probably why it's slowly dying of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. One such instance featured Joe Carroll seemingly burning to death in a boathouse, [[spoiler: only for later flashbacks to reveal that he'd rigged it to be able to escape ''exactly that scenario'', then had one of his few remaining followers pick him up a couple miles down the road, in a location that would've been in sight of the FBI but for their sheer idiocy, and went into hiding for a year]]. Oh, and the body they found in the wreckage? [[spoiler: Another of Carroll's followers was revealed to have switched out a bunch of database records prior to being gunned down for treachery, with the body that matched the fake records also being planted in the boathouse]].

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* The second season of ''Series/{{Californication}}'' introduces a Gatsby-esque character by the name of Lew Ashby who spends his current life pining for the one that got away. He even throws parties in the hope that she'll show up. In the season finale, Hank finally gets her to come to a party and talks a nervous Lew into greeting her only for Ashby to [[spoiler:decide to blow some heroine, thinking it was cocaine, and subsequently die from an overdose]]
overdose]].
* ''Series/TheFollowing'' has become notorious for abusing this, often in tandem with the heroes' fondness of the IdiotBall, which is probably why it's slowly dying of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. One such instance featured Joe Carroll seemingly burning to death in a boathouse, [[spoiler: only for later flashbacks to reveal that he'd rigged it to be able to escape ''exactly that scenario'', then had one of his few remaining followers pick him up a couple miles down the road, in a location that would've been in sight of the FBI but for their sheer idiocy, and went into hiding for a year]]. Oh, and the body they found in the wreckage? [[spoiler: Another of Carroll's followers was revealed to have switched out a bunch of database records prior to being gunned down for treachery, with the body that matched the fake records also being planted in the boathouse]].boathouse.]]



* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Since Scrubs is a medical show, it tends to have these type of episodes a lot. There's plenty of episodes where this happens, where a patient who is beloved dies, but there's a few examples that come to mind first. ([[spoiler: One example is where one of the patients dies, and they use her organs for transplants they needed. The last few minutes of the episode result in every transplant patient dying (the first patient's condition, not recognized until after the transplants were done, was ''rabies''), and Dr. Cox leaving the hospital. Another example is either episode with Jordan's brother, Ben Sullivan. In both episodes, most of the episode is a fake-out, but both end with the worst news, the first with Ben having cancer, and the second where they're going to Ben's funeral. The last two episodes, and possibly best examples, are the episode where Mrs. Wilk is about to leave the hospital, but an intern named Cabbage gives her a disease that kills her, and the episode where, after Dr. Cox is arguing with Laverne about God and his plan for everyone, Laverne has a car accident, goes into a coma, and dies]]. Downer endings happen in Scrubs a lot, and they really can't do much in those kind of situations.

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Since Scrubs is a medical show, it tends Jordan (as Diabolus) reveals all the secrets and issues among the main-cast to have these type of episodes a lot. each other at the Season 1 finale, even though she has quite few to do with the specific persons (Ex Machina). There's also plenty of episodes where this happens, where a patient who is beloved dies, but there's a few examples that come to mind first. ([[spoiler: [[spoiler: One example is where one of the patients dies, and they use her organs for transplants they needed. The last few minutes of the episode result in every transplant patient dying (the first patient's condition, not recognized until after the transplants were done, was ''rabies''), and Dr. Cox leaving the hospital. Another example is either episode with Jordan's brother, Ben Sullivan. In both episodes, most of the episode is a fake-out, but both end with the worst news, the first with Ben having cancer, and the second where they're going to Ben's funeral. The last two episodes, and possibly best examples, are the episode where Mrs. Wilk is about to leave the hospital, but an intern named Cabbage gives her a disease that kills her, and the episode where, after Dr. Cox is arguing with Laverne about God and his plan for everyone, Laverne has a car accident, goes into a coma, and dies]]. dies.]] Since ''Scrubs'' is a medical show, Downer endings happen in Scrubs a lot, and they really can't do much in those kind of situations.situations.



* Michael Cole winning at WrestleMania XXVII. He was a non wrestling non athlete going against one of the all time greats with another all time great backing that one up, but "won" because the anonymous general manager decided to reverse the decision on the grounds Wrestling/JerryLawler had help, even though that "help" was just evening the playing field since Cole tried to get Wrestling/JackSwagger to help him.
* Bad Influence, their entire existence. Wrestling/{{TNA}} had Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels and Wrestling/FrankieKazarian in a {{blackmail}} storyline which looked so ready to become blood feud, only to suddenly be turned around on Wrestling/AJStyles so the two could ruin his life. TropesAreNotBad, as Bad Influence were very popular as a {{heel}} act, and everyone wanted to see AJ beat them up more than they wanted to see AJ spend time with Dixie Carter.

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* Michael Cole Wrestling/MichaelCole winning at WrestleMania Wrestling/WrestleMania XXVII. He was a non wrestling non athlete going against one of the all time greats with another all time great backing that one up, but "won" because the anonymous general manager decided to reverse the decision on the grounds Wrestling/JerryLawler had help, even though that "help" was just evening the playing field since Cole tried to get Wrestling/JackSwagger to help him.
* Bad Influence, their entire existence. Wrestling/{{TNA}} had Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels and Wrestling/FrankieKazarian in a {{blackmail}} storyline which looked so ready to become a blood feud, only to suddenly be turned around on Wrestling/AJStyles so the two could ruin his life. TropesAreNotBad, as Bad Influence were very popular as a {{heel}} act, and everyone wanted to see AJ beat them up more than they wanted to see AJ spend time with Dixie Carter.



* The [[{{Metaplot}} ending]] to the ''{{Deadlands}}: Hell on Earth'' setting involved the [[PlayerParty PCs]] getting a chance to kill the {{Big Bad}}s of the game. After going through a bunch of [[{{Railroading}} Railroaded]] scenes, they're presented with the opportunity to win and a ship to do so ([[spoiler:but they have to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild sacrifice one of their own]] to the demonically-powered engine to do so]]). Then you get to a distant planet... and the ship crashes and the {{Big Bad}}s are re-released. At least the GameMaster ''should'' have been implying that this was the best possible result from the start; the [[SealedEvilInACan can]] that had the {{Big Bad}}s in it was always shaky at best. [[AllUpToYou Guess who gets to hunt them down]] and [[KilledOffForReal finish the job]] now?

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* The [[{{Metaplot}} ending]] to the ''{{Deadlands}}: ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}: Hell on Earth'' setting involved the [[PlayerParty PCs]] getting a chance to kill the {{Big Bad}}s of the game. After going through a bunch of [[{{Railroading}} Railroaded]] scenes, they're presented with the opportunity to win and a ship to do so ([[spoiler:but they have to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild sacrifice one of their own]] to the demonically-powered engine to do so]]). Then you get to a distant planet... and the ship crashes and the {{Big Bad}}s are re-released. At least the GameMaster ''should'' have been implying that this was the best possible result from the start; the [[SealedEvilInACan can]] that had the {{Big Bad}}s in it was always shaky at best. [[AllUpToYou Guess who gets to hunt them down]] and [[KilledOffForReal finish the job]] now?



** ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is one Diabolus Ex Machina after another. This is even {{Lampshaded}}; the line in the opening speech about them being "star-crossed lovers" is a reference to the practice of trying to predict the future using astrology, implying that Fate really is out to get them.

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** ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is one Diabolus Ex Machina after another. This is even {{Lampshaded}}; {{lampshade|Hanging}}d; the line in the opening speech about them being "star-crossed lovers" is a reference to the practice of trying to predict the future using astrology, implying that Fate really is out to get them.



* Raiden's ending in the original ''Franchise/MortalKombat''. Evil vanquished: check. BBEG dead: check. Hey fellas; let's break the world ourselves!
** And Reptile's ending in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''. Go through the entire game, win the tournament, and then your BadBoss pops your head like a grape for asking for a reward. WTF? This always happens to him. The one time that he has a happy ending is in [[spoiler: ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Armageddon]]''.]]
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' takes it even further. After [[spoiler:destroying Quan Chi's Soulnado, thus saving the souls of Earthrealm,]] Nightwolf regroups with [[BigGood Raiden's]] [[TheChosenMany chosen]] right as Raiden and Liu Kang go to have a chat with the Elder Gods. At that moment, [[spoiler:the {{Cyb|org}}er [[McNinja Lin Kuei]] attack]]. Then, [[spoiler:a BrainwashedAndCrazy Sindel shows up.]] This is where it all goes to hell. Remember that scene three chapters back in Stryker's chapter when [[spoiler:Raiden torpedoed Motaro through a bridge to prevent him from killing Johnny Cage? Motaro's death caused [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] [[GodzillaThreshold to take off his kiddie gloves and get serious]]. He uses Shang Tsung's [[YourSoulIsMine soul(s)]] to empower Sindel, giving her a ''massive'' boost in strength. Sindel, in the span of less than a minute, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown goes to town on the heroes]]. Out of Nightwolf, Kitana, Jade, Cyber Sub-Zero, Smoke, Jax, Sonya, Cage, Kabal, and Stryker (Kung Lao had been killed by Kahn a few chapters prior), only Nightwolf, Kitana, Sonya, and Cage immediately survive; [[DiedInYourArmsTonight Kitana dies in Liu Kang's arms from her injuries]] and Nightwolf has to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself]] to take down Sindel, right as Raiden and Liu Kang return from their meeting empty-handed.]] Afterward, the game switches over to Raiden for the final chapter, having him deal with the tragic repercussions of this event, [[spoiler:including him accidentally killing the now-disillusioned Liu Kang, with Liu cursing at him in his dying breaths as he's lost his faith in the Thunder God, his former friend and mentor]]. And TheStinger reveals that [[spoiler:Shinnok, Fallen Elder God and BigBad of ''4'', is posed to strike a now vulnerable Earthrealm/Outworld, the implications being that he got a tip-off from his ''Armageddon'' self just like Raiden did and has been manipulating ''everything'' from behind the scenes, Quan Chi being his enforcer and eyes and ears in Shao Kahn's army.]] [[RunningGag And for good measure]], the rescue helicopter was also used to keep Sonya and Jax in the plot. Then Jax gets his arms ''ripped off'' instead of just upgraded, [[spoiler:Sub-Zero]] gets [[UnwillingRoboticisation roboticized]] because it had to happen to ''someone'', Scorpion is tricked out of his redemption.

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* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'':
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Raiden's ending in the original ''Franchise/MortalKombat''.''VideoGame/MortalKombat1''. Evil vanquished: check. BBEG dead: check. Hey fellas; let's break the world ourselves!
** And Reptile's ending in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''. Go through the entire game, win the tournament, and then your BadBoss pops your head like a grape for asking for a reward. WTF? This always happens to him. The one time that he has a happy ending is in [[spoiler: ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Armageddon]]''.]]
Armageddon]]'']].
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' takes it even further. After [[spoiler:destroying Quan Chi's Soulnado, thus saving the souls of Earthrealm,]] Nightwolf regroups with [[BigGood Raiden's]] [[TheChosenMany chosen]] right as Raiden and Liu Kang go to have a chat with the Elder Gods. At that moment, [[spoiler:the {{Cyb|org}}er [[McNinja Lin Kuei]] attack]]. Then, [[spoiler:a BrainwashedAndCrazy Sindel shows up.]] up]]. This is where it all goes to hell. Remember that scene three chapters back in Stryker's chapter when [[spoiler:Raiden torpedoed Motaro through a bridge to prevent him from killing Johnny Cage? Motaro's death caused [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] [[GodzillaThreshold to take off his kiddie gloves and get serious]]. He uses Shang Tsung's [[YourSoulIsMine soul(s)]] to empower Sindel, giving her a ''massive'' boost in strength. Sindel, in the span of less than a minute, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown goes to town on the heroes]]. Out of Nightwolf, Kitana, Jade, Cyber Sub-Zero, Smoke, Jax, Sonya, Cage, Kabal, and Stryker (Kung Lao had been killed by Kahn a few chapters prior), only Nightwolf, Kitana, Sonya, and Cage immediately survive; [[DiedInYourArmsTonight Kitana dies in Liu Kang's arms from her injuries]] and Nightwolf has to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself]] to take down Sindel, right as Raiden and Liu Kang return from their meeting empty-handed.]] empty-handed]]. Afterward, the game switches over to Raiden for the final chapter, having him deal with the tragic repercussions of this event, [[spoiler:including him accidentally killing the now-disillusioned Liu Kang, with Liu cursing at him in his dying breaths as he's lost his faith in the Thunder God, his former friend and mentor]]. And TheStinger reveals that [[spoiler:Shinnok, Fallen Elder God and BigBad of ''4'', is posed to strike a now vulnerable Earthrealm/Outworld, the implications being that he got a tip-off from his ''Armageddon'' self just like Raiden did and has been manipulating ''everything'' from behind the scenes, Quan Chi being his enforcer and eyes and ears in Shao Kahn's army.]] army]]. [[RunningGag And for good measure]], the rescue helicopter was also used to keep Sonya and Jax in the plot. Then Jax gets his arms ''ripped off'' instead of just upgraded, [[spoiler:Sub-Zero]] gets [[UnwillingRoboticisation roboticized]] because it had to happen to ''someone'', and Scorpion is tricked out of his redemption.



** Heck, look at ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', [[spoiler:if you decide not to side with the ostensibly evil G-Man, you're immediately dumped into the middle of a bunch of angry monsters with no hope of victory.]]

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** Heck, look at ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', [[spoiler:if you decide not to side with the ostensibly evil G-Man, you're immediately dumped into the middle of a bunch of angry monsters with no hope of victory.]]victory]].



** The ExpansionPack ''Extraction Point'', takes this trope one step further [[spoiler:by killing off those NPC teammates and foreshadowing a devastating war.]] Ironically, [[spoiler:[[http://www.projectorigincommunity.com/forum/showpost.php?p=5928&postcount=7 Word Of God]] [[CanonDiscontinuity is not considering this as canon.]]]]

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** The ExpansionPack ''Extraction Point'', takes this trope one step further [[spoiler:by killing off those NPC teammates and foreshadowing a devastating war.]] war]]. Ironically, [[spoiler:[[http://www.projectorigincommunity.com/forum/showpost.php?p=5928&postcount=7 Word Of God]] [[CanonDiscontinuity is not considering this as canon.]]]]canon]]]].



** Remedied in the ExpansionPack that follows with you waking up afterward, albeit on the opposite side of Faerun, and you spend much of the game trying to figure out how the hell you got there. [[spoiler:Also you wake up with an entirely new Diabolus in the form of the Spirit Eater curse.]]
** The rocks falling is {{Lampshaded}} later in ''Mask of the Betrayer'' by Ammon Jerro, in a rather hypocritical bit of humor.

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** Remedied in the ExpansionPack that follows with you waking up afterward, albeit on the opposite side of Faerun, and you spend much of the game trying to figure out how the hell you got there. [[spoiler:Also you wake up with an entirely new Diabolus in the form of the Spirit Eater curse.]]
curse]].
** The rocks falling is {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d later in ''Mask of the Betrayer'' by Ammon Jerro, in a rather hypocritical bit of humor.



** The finale of the main quest is especially guilty of this, capping a brilliant game with a totally illogical ending that forces the player to [[spoiler:sacrifice his/her own life by entering a radiation-flooded room to save the world... even though your radiation-proof mutant friend is standing right beside you. That character will actually say something like, "This is your journey and I can't take it for you" or something similar. Jesus, Fawkes, just walk in and press the button so I don't have to die!]]\\

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** The finale of the main quest is especially guilty of this, capping a brilliant game with a totally illogical ending that forces the player to [[spoiler:sacrifice his/her own life by entering a radiation-flooded room to save the world... even though your radiation-proof mutant friend is standing right beside you. That character will actually say something like, "This is your journey and I can't take it for you" or something similar. Jesus, Fawkes, just walk in and press the button so I don't have to die!]]\\die]]!\\



Due to gamer outcry at this being one of the dumbest endings in gaming history, one of the expansion packs, specifically ''Broken Steel'', changes this ending, allowing you [[spoiler:to send in say, a highly resistant super mutant, a ghoul who is actually healed by radiation, or a goddamn ROBOT! And if you go in yourself you don't die. You can still send in the girl though, if you want to be a dick. The game will still chastise you for being a coward, despite the fact that you found a way to accomplish your goal and get everyone out alive.]]
** The [[spoiler:diplomacy]] path of the "Tenpenny Tower" quest. Sure, Roy Philips is clearly no angel from the moment you meet him, but there's no advance hint that he's bad enough to [[spoiler:repay your getting him into the Tower by murdering every single human in the Tower for little to no reason.]]
* ''Franchise/FatalFrame''

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Due to gamer outcry at this being one of the dumbest endings in gaming history, one of the expansion packs, specifically ''Broken Steel'', changes this ending, allowing you [[spoiler:to send in say, a highly resistant super mutant, a ghoul who is actually healed by radiation, or a goddamn ROBOT! And if you go in yourself you don't die. You can still send in the girl though, if you want to be a dick. The game will still chastise you for being a coward, despite the fact that you found a way to accomplish your goal and get everyone out alive.]]
alive]].
** The [[spoiler:diplomacy]] path of the "Tenpenny Tower" quest. Sure, Roy Philips is clearly no angel from the moment you meet him, but there's no advance hint that he's bad enough to [[spoiler:repay your getting him into the Tower by murdering every single human in the Tower for little to no reason.]]
reason]].
* ''Franchise/FatalFrame''''Franchise/FatalFrame'':



* Near the end of ''VideoGame/FableII'' [[spoiler:Lucien tells you he killed your family. There's no reason for him to do this, other than to set up the neutral choice for the ending]]

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* Near the end of ''VideoGame/FableII'' [[spoiler:Lucien tells you he killed your family. There's no reason for him to do this, other than to set up the neutral choice for the ending]]ending]].



* ''VideoGame/JakXCombatRacing''. Non-fatal example, but after you've won the game, [[spoiler:Rayn is suddenly revealed to have been manipulating you all along, wasn't poisoned, and oh yeah, she's now the biggest crimelord in the world. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Well done, Jak]].]]
* This almost hit [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Lamia Loveless]] as part of a plot just to see Kyosuke Nanbu getting {{Emo}}, but she got better eventually. Either her recovery was part of Banpresto's plan all along, or as a reaction of fans outraging at the Diabolus Ex Machina that they set on her just because her default story is done and they want to put some [[DarkerAndEdgier dark and edgy]] feel on OG.
* You just wiped all the gangs out of Paragon City and finished ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}}''. [[spoiler:Now it's a police state run by your employer, which is another gang.]].

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* ''VideoGame/JakXCombatRacing''. Non-fatal example, but after you've won the game, [[spoiler:Rayn is suddenly revealed to have been manipulating you all along, wasn't poisoned, and oh yeah, she's now the biggest crimelord in the world. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Well done, Jak]].]]
Jak]]]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': This almost hit [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Lamia Loveless]] Loveless as part of a plot just to see Kyosuke Nanbu getting {{Emo}}, but she got better eventually. Either her recovery was part of Banpresto's plan all along, or as a reaction of fans outraging at the Diabolus Ex Machina that they set on her just because her default story is done and they want to put some [[DarkerAndEdgier dark and edgy]] feel on OG.
* You just wiped all the gangs out of Paragon City and finished ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}}''. [[spoiler:Now it's a police state run by your employer, which is another gang.]].]]



** In the sequel, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Julius set all of it up to dissolve the Saints and gang violence altogether: without his or the player's leadership, he knew the gang would fall apart and things would become more peaceful. Obviously, it didn't work, if only because the man didn't understand the concept of a power vacuum.]]
** It's also revealed in the sequel that [[spoiler:Dex, an ambitious ex-Saint, orchestrated a similar gambit during the finale, aiming to kill the player to destroy the gang (again), but for less noble reasons.]]

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** In the sequel, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Julius set all of it up to dissolve the Saints and gang violence altogether: without his or the player's leadership, he knew the gang would fall apart and things would become more peaceful. Obviously, it didn't work, if only because the man didn't understand the concept of a power vacuum.]]
vacuum]].
** It's also revealed in the sequel that [[spoiler:Dex, an ambitious ex-Saint, orchestrated a similar gambit during the finale, aiming to kill the player to destroy the gang (again), but for less noble reasons.]]reasons]].



* Ameena's subplot in ''StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' ends on a big one. Ameena, IllGirl and blatant Expy of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII another flower girl]], is finally reunited with her long-lost childhood friend. Then he dies (he was injured in battle a few scenes prior to this) and she succumbs to her illness seconds later. It's even more of a nightmare for the protagonist, since the girl was also virtually identical to his own best friend. Then [[spoiler: Fayt's dad dies, then Earth is destroyed]]...

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* Ameena's subplot in ''StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' ends on a big one. Ameena, IllGirl and blatant Expy of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII another flower girl]], is finally reunited with her long-lost childhood friend. Then he dies (he was injured in battle a few scenes prior to this) and she succumbs to her illness seconds later. It's even more of a nightmare for the protagonist, since the girl was also virtually identical to his own best friend. Then [[spoiler: Fayt's dad dies, then Earth is destroyed]]...



* ''VideoGame/{{Aquaria}}'' pulls this in TheStinger: [[spoiler: the woman in black- who hasn't done anything of significance since the NoobCave- reveals herself to have been manipulating Naija in a BatmanGambit to destroy the BigBad. She then wipes the Naija's memory and spirits her away from her new family, leaving her right back where she started- lonely, isolated, and amnesiac.]] This was supposed to be a SequelHook, which would have been annoying but okay in the end. But now comes word that the dev team has [[CreativeDifferences splintered]] and moved on to other projects- including one hyped as a SpiritualSuccessor. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Ruining A Perfectly Good Ending, Bit Blot]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Aquaria}}'' pulls this in TheStinger: [[spoiler: the woman in black- who hasn't done anything of significance since the NoobCave- reveals herself to have been manipulating Naija in a BatmanGambit to destroy the BigBad. She then wipes the Naija's memory and spirits her away from her new family, leaving her right back where she started- lonely, isolated, and amnesiac.]] amnesiac]]. This was supposed to be a SequelHook, which would have been annoying but okay in the end. But now comes word that the dev team has [[CreativeDifferences splintered]] and moved on to other projects- including one hyped as a SpiritualSuccessor. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Ruining A Perfectly Good Ending, Bit Blot]].



* ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' is a [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of the original ''Metroid'' that continues after the original ended. It accomplishes this by [[spoiler:having Samus shot down by Space Pirates while leaving Zebes, destroying her ship and suit]]. This is followed up by an inversion in the form of [[spoiler:an ancient Chozo temple giving Samus an older yet far more advanced Power Suit (the one she's pictured with in most incarnations). It even is capable of recognizing the incompatible Upgrades she received earlier in the game.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' is a [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of the original ''Metroid'' that continues after the original ended. It accomplishes this by [[spoiler:having Samus shot down by Space Pirates while leaving Zebes, destroying her ship and suit]]. This is followed up by an inversion in the form of [[spoiler:an ancient Chozo temple giving Samus an older yet far more advanced Power Suit (the one she's pictured with in most incarnations). It even is capable of recognizing the incompatible Upgrades she received earlier in the game.]]game]].



** [[spoiler: Omid's death]] at the start of Season 2 Episode 1. If it wasn't for a random bandit showing up at just the right time, a series of seemingly inconsequential if slightly silly choices by Clementine (one - [[spoiler: leaving her gun on the sink while she went to find her water bottle]] - which the player could have actually avoided if it weren't for it [[ButThouMust being preventable by the game]]), and the bathroom door closing just before [[spoiler: Omid could successfully disarm the bandit]], then it wouldn't have lead to the rest of the events of the first episode. Whats worse is that [[spoiler: the Bandit likely had no intention of causing any of them any harm. She shoots Omid out of panic and drops the gun immediately but gets shot by Christa nonetheless]]

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** [[spoiler: Omid's death]] at the start of Season 2 Episode 1. If it wasn't for a random bandit showing up at just the right time, a series of seemingly inconsequential if slightly silly choices by Clementine (one - [[spoiler: leaving her gun on the sink while she went to find her water bottle]] - which the player could have actually avoided if it weren't for it [[ButThouMust being preventable by the game]]), and the bathroom door closing just before [[spoiler: Omid could successfully disarm the bandit]], then it wouldn't have lead to the rest of the events of the first episode. Whats worse is that [[spoiler: the Bandit likely had no intention of causing any of them any harm. She shoots Omid out of panic and drops the gun immediately but gets shot by Christa nonetheless]]nonetheless]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'': At the end of the first half of the duology, [[GodOfEvil Nyarlathotep]], having already lost his bet with the BigGood over whether humans can overcome the supernatural adversity he was stirring up, teleports one of his minions behind one of the characters and mortally wounds her with the Lance of Longinus, necessitating a reset of the universe and a forced amnesia of the main cast because if they remember what happened in the old universe it will split for some reason, setting up the the second half of the duology.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', at its core, is about SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, but it's pointed out several times that [[YouCantFightFate destiny tends to favor its intended path]], so the protagonists attempts are continuously thwarted by things going wrong that are completely unforeseen, but not quite qualifying for this. However, there is the example where [[spoiler: the Avatar and Basilio have executed a plan to fool Validar by allowing him to capture the Fire Emblem with fake gemstones placed in it, leading to Validar being defeated without being able to summon Grima. Once it looks like the future has finally been avoided, the future version of Grima appears and completes the ritual anyway, which he apparently could have done at any time during the level.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'': At the end of the first half of the duology, [[GodOfEvil Nyarlathotep]], having already lost his bet with the BigGood over whether humans can overcome the supernatural adversity he was stirring up, teleports one of his minions behind one of the characters and mortally wounds her with the Lance of Longinus, necessitating a reset of the universe and a forced amnesia of the main cast because if they remember what happened in the old universe it will split for some reason, setting up the the second half of the duology.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', at its core, is about SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, but it's pointed out several times that [[YouCantFightFate destiny tends to favor its intended path]], so the protagonists attempts are continuously thwarted by things going wrong that are completely unforeseen, but not quite qualifying for this. However, there is the example where [[spoiler: the Avatar and Basilio have executed a plan to fool Validar by allowing him to capture the Fire Emblem with fake gemstones placed in it, leading to Validar being defeated without being able to summon Grima. Once it looks like the future has finally been avoided, the future version of Grima appears and completes the ritual anyway, which he apparently could have done at any time during the level.]]level]].



* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' and its sequels are infamous for pulling this frequently in its sidequests, as a means to enforce the GreyAndGreyMorality CrapsackWorld theme.

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* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' and its sequels are infamous for pulling this frequently in its sidequests, as a means to enforce the GreyAndGreyMorality GreyAndGrayMorality CrapsackWorld theme.



* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' does this in both the [[spoiler: Pacifist]] and [[spoiler: Neutral]] endings, [[spoiler: Flowey appears out of nowhere to ruin your day. In the Pacifist ending you actually get your happy ending after all, but in a neutral ending he succeeds.]] If you get the true ending after getting the worst ending, the normally happy ending gets one of these [[spoiler: by showing the Fallen Human is still possessing Frisk's body and is hunting down and murdering the other characters.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' does this in both the [[spoiler: Pacifist]] and [[spoiler: Neutral]] endings, [[spoiler: Flowey appears out of nowhere to ruin your day. In the Pacifist ending you actually get your happy ending after all, but in a neutral ending he succeeds.]] succeeds]]. If you get the true ending after getting the worst ending, the normally happy ending gets one of these [[spoiler: by showing the Fallen Human is still possessing Frisk's body and is hunting down and murdering the other characters.]]characters]].



** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has one at the very end: [[spoiler:At the conclusion of the FinalBoss, Demise suddenly curses the incarnations of Link and the descendants of Zelda to forever fight the incarnation of his hatred. There are no previous hints that he could do this (unless you count his rival Hylia incarnating as Zelda), and while the curse itself doesn't bring him back from the dead, it serves no other purpose than to ensure that the series will chronologically continue after his passing.]]
* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': After poltergeist Polterguy [[spoiler:defeats the final boss, he returns into his human form again, but an anvil appears out of nowhere, lands on his head and turns him into a ghost again.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has one at the very end: [[spoiler:At the conclusion of the FinalBoss, Demise suddenly curses the incarnations of Link and the descendants of Zelda to forever fight the incarnation of his hatred. There are no previous hints that he could do this (unless you count his rival Hylia incarnating as Zelda), and while the curse itself doesn't bring him back from the dead, it serves no other purpose than to ensure that the series will chronologically continue after his passing.]]
passing]].
* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': After poltergeist Polterguy [[spoiler:defeats the final boss, he returns into his human form again, but an anvil appears out of nowhere, lands on his head and turns him into a ghost again.]]again]].



* Quick summary of diabolus in ''VisualNovel/Ever17'': Hurray! Everyone else already escaped and we've loads of time to get out ''plus'' a submarine! They get out safely, chatting while they go up and [[spoiler:the sub's battery dies. What the hell? You'd think it would've been recharging automatically before they called for it. So in order to fix the buoyancy problem, Takeshi distracts Tsugumi with a question about [[FunnyAneurysmMoment the Archimedes Principle]] and enters the airlock then jettisons himself out to his apparent death and Tsugumi's eternal loneliness. What. The. Hell.]] But it gets better.

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* Quick summary of diabolus in ''VisualNovel/Ever17'': Hurray! Everyone else already escaped and we've loads of time to get out ''plus'' a submarine! They get out safely, chatting while they go up and [[spoiler:the sub's battery dies. What the hell? You'd think it would've been recharging automatically before they called for it. So in order to fix the buoyancy problem, Takeshi distracts Tsugumi with a question about [[FunnyAneurysmMoment the Archimedes Principle]] and enters the airlock then jettisons himself out to his apparent death and Tsugumi's eternal loneliness. What. The. Hell.]] Hell]]. But it gets better.



* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In the last few episodes of season 3 [[spoiler: a massive Grimm Dragon arrives and effectively screws over Vale and his allies.]] Somewhat Downplayed, in that they were effectively screwed by things that were foreshadowed, but things still went almost catastrophically wrong in a short period of time, after establishing a tend of the characters pulling through at the last minute.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In the last few episodes of season 3 [[spoiler: a massive Grimm Dragon arrives and effectively screws over Vale and his allies.]] allies]]. Somewhat Downplayed, in that they were effectively screwed by things that were foreshadowed, but things still went almost catastrophically wrong in a short period of time, after establishing a tend of the characters pulling through at the last minute.



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' pulls two of these at various points to save the (un)life of its BigBad, Xykon -- first [[spoiler:when [[KnightTemplar Miko Miyazaki]] unwittingly pulls the rug out from a paladin who's about to smite Xykon and his [[TheDragon lieutenant]],]] and second when [[spoiler:Xykon's Soul Jar narrowly misses utter and permanent annihilation by falling ''just short'' of a portal to another dimension -- after the bird that was supposed to drop it in from point-blank range stopped shy for what was then no apparent reason.]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' pulls two of these at various points to save the (un)life of its BigBad, Xykon -- first [[spoiler:when [[KnightTemplar Miko Miyazaki]] unwittingly pulls the rug out from a paladin who's about to smite Xykon and his [[TheDragon lieutenant]],]] and second when [[spoiler:Xykon's Soul Jar narrowly misses utter and permanent annihilation by falling ''just short'' of a portal to another dimension -- after the bird that was supposed to drop it in from point-blank range stopped shy for what was then no apparent reason.]]reason]].



* Season 5 of ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'' was full of these, given that the season was tagged "The Cursed Islands". Such "curses" involved having someone divvy up the tribes, but then get sent to Exile Island and have no control over which tribe they're sent to at the end of Day 3; a tribe being absorbed into the other tribes; someone having the choice to send themselves to Exile Island until the merge, but have absolutely no contact with their tribe mates until then; a random mutiny - one of the challenges was full of these; mainly, contestants would vote as to how many tribal councils they would be willing to go to with such debilitations as not being able to vote, having an extra vote against them, and not being applicable to win immunity. Miranda won the first, Brock won the second [[spoiler:and subsequently led to his elimination]], and Marius won the last [[spoiler:although he managed to ''win'' because of this curse.]]

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* Season 5 of ''Webcomic/SurvivorFanCharacters'' was full of these, given that the season was tagged "The Cursed Islands". Such "curses" involved having someone divvy up the tribes, but then get sent to Exile Island and have no control over which tribe they're sent to at the end of Day 3; a tribe being absorbed into the other tribes; someone having the choice to send themselves to Exile Island until the merge, but have absolutely no contact with their tribe mates until then; a random mutiny - one of the challenges was full of these; mainly, contestants would vote as to how many tribal councils they would be willing to go to with such debilitations as not being able to vote, having an extra vote against them, and not being applicable to win immunity. Miranda won the first, Brock won the second [[spoiler:and subsequently led to his elimination]], and Marius won the last [[spoiler:although he managed to ''win'' because of this curse.]]curse]].



* In the climax of ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic's'' [[http://yafgc.net/comic/2913-final-confrontation/ Rannite arc]], [[TheAce Arachne]] - [[DeusExMachina who just happens to be]] specially trained for this purpose - manages to seal [[GodOfEvil Ranna]] into an unfamilar body, subdues her and prepares to kill her with a weapon made to make sure Ranna's soul can't escape at the moment of death. But before she can land the coup de grace, she's [[TheGlomp tackle-glomped]] by [[TheDitz Princess Dewcup]], who wanted to show Arachne her new Drow body. And Ranna promptly [[BackStab throat-stabs]] Arachne. In an [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass impressive, but ill-timed bit of badassery]], [[FanNickname Drow-cups]] chokes out Ranna with a sleeper hold. Which allows Ranna to escape Arachne's vessel and return to her body. Which she ''then'' promptly uses to [[DeathFromAbove obliterate Black Mountain]] with a burst of raw magic. This is on top of several major characters meeting [[KillEmAll horrible ends]] in the course of the storyline.

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* In the climax of ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic's'' [[http://yafgc.net/comic/2913-final-confrontation/ Rannite arc]], [[TheAce Arachne]] - [[DeusExMachina who just happens to be]] specially trained for this purpose - manages to seal [[GodOfEvil Ranna]] into an unfamilar unfamiliar body, subdues her and prepares to kill her with a weapon made to make sure Ranna's soul can't escape at the moment of death. But before she can land the coup de grace, she's [[TheGlomp tackle-glomped]] by [[TheDitz Princess Dewcup]], who wanted to show Arachne her new Drow body. And Ranna promptly [[BackStab throat-stabs]] Arachne. In an [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass impressive, but ill-timed bit of badassery]], [[FanNickname Drow-cups]] chokes out Ranna with a sleeper hold. Which allows Ranna to escape Arachne's vessel and return to her body. Which she ''then'' promptly uses to [[DeathFromAbove obliterate Black Mountain]] with a burst of raw magic. This is on top of several major characters meeting [[KillEmAll horrible ends]] in the course of the storyline.



* {{Parodied}} in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/MoulinRouge:'' he spends practically the entire review complaining about the movie before the WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and Music/{{Brentalfloss}} convince him it is fine as a {{guilty pleasure|s}}. But this being a review of ''Moulin Rouge'', it needs to end tragically, so he randomly shoots Brentalfloss and mourns his loss. This is mocking one of their complaints about the movie, namely that Satine's consumption -- and her decision to break up with Christian instead of telling him about it -- seem like this trope.

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* {{Parodied}} {{Parodied|Trope}} in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/MoulinRouge:'' he spends practically the entire review complaining about the movie before the WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and Music/{{Brentalfloss}} convince him it is fine as a {{guilty pleasure|s}}. But this being a review of ''Moulin Rouge'', it needs to end tragically, so he randomly shoots Brentalfloss and mourns his loss. This is mocking one of their complaints about the movie, namely that Satine's consumption -- and her decision to break up with Christian instead of telling him about it -- seem like this trope.



** In another ''Simpsons'' episode, "Brother from Another Series", Sideshow Bob appears reformed and gets work release when his brother Cecil offers him a job for a dam project. Bart is convinced that Bob is up to no good, but in the end it turns out Bob really ''has'' reformed and Cecil was trying to embezzle millions from the dam project. Bob actually helps stop Cecil and saves Bart and Lisa's lives, but when the police arrive to arrest Cecil, Police Chief Wiggum insists on arresting Bob as well for no good reason.

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** In another ''Simpsons'' episode, "Brother from Another Series", Sideshow Bob appears reformed and gets work release when his brother Cecil offers him a job for a dam project. Bart is convinced that Bob is up to no good, but in the end it turns out Bob really ''has'' reformed and Cecil was trying to embezzle millions from the dam project. Bob actually helps stop Cecil and saves Bart and Lisa's lives, but when the police arrive to arrest Cecil, Police Chief Wiggum insists on arresting Bob as well for no good reason.



** Used in-universe in one episode (that was actually Eugene-focused) where the drama teacher, having been dumped by his girlfriend, changes the ending of the school musical so [[DroppedABridgeOnHim the protagonist is randomly hit by a bus]], the villain steals his LoveInterest, and then sings a gloating song about being a KarmaHoudini. The kids spend the rest of the episode trying to get it changed back.

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** Used in-universe in one episode (that was actually Eugene-focused) where the drama teacher, having been dumped by his girlfriend, changes the ending of the school musical so [[DroppedABridgeOnHim the protagonist is randomly hit by a bus]], the villain steals his LoveInterest, {{Love Interest|s}}, and then sings a gloating song about being a KarmaHoudini. The kids spend the rest of the episode trying to get it changed back.



* ''[[ComicSrip/{{Peanuts}} It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown]]'': Final play of game, and we're looking at either Charlie slotting in the game-winning field goal from short-range, or Lucy humiliating herself in front of the crowd for pulling ''that trick'' (you know the one). Even Charlie pulling a John Carney wouldn't have been as bad as [[spoiler:Lucy pulling the trick anyway and ''not'' getting any of the blame for the loss, not even from poor old Chuck.]]

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* ''[[ComicSrip/{{Peanuts}} ''[[Franchise/{{Peanuts}} It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown]]'': Final play of game, and we're looking at either Charlie slotting in the game-winning field goal from short-range, or Lucy humiliating herself in front of the crowd for pulling ''that trick'' (you know the one). Even Charlie pulling a John Carney wouldn't have been as bad as [[spoiler:Lucy pulling the trick anyway and ''not'' getting any of the blame for the loss, not even from poor old Chuck.]]Chuck]].



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' does this ''three times'' in the Book 2 finale. First, it's quite clear that [[spoiler:Zuko's gonna do a HeelFaceTurn and join Team Avatar, but he instead does the [[FaceHeelTurn reverse]], betraying his uncle Iroh and teaming up with Azula.]] As if that wasn't bad enough, then, [[spoiler:while Aang appears to have mastered the Avatar State, Azula shoots him with lightning, killing him, and as a result, successfully taking the Earth Kingdom capitol of Ba Sing Se. [[BackFromTheDead He comes back]], at least.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' does this ''three times'' in the Book 2 finale. First, it's quite clear that [[spoiler:Zuko's gonna do a HeelFaceTurn and join Team Avatar, but he instead does the [[FaceHeelTurn reverse]], betraying his uncle Iroh and teaming up with Azula.]] Azula]]. As if that wasn't bad enough, then, [[spoiler:while Aang appears to have mastered the Avatar State, Azula shoots him with lightning, killing him, and as a result, successfully taking the Earth Kingdom capitol of Ba Sing Se. [[BackFromTheDead He comes back]], at least.]]least]].



* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''. The final episode of the series has [[spoiler:Megabyte captured and our heroes celebrating. But then it turns out the captured Megabyte is an alias (a.k.a. a decoy) and that Megabyte has infiltrated the Principal Office and then takes over.]] Cue Cliffhanger.
* This trope is a recurring theme in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'', where FailureIsTheOnlyOption. Every time the Joes find something that will clear their names, it's a safe bet it will either get burned, blown up, smashed, stolen, or stabbed. [[spoiler:That is until the season one finale where the Joes returned to the Pentagon with all the evidence they needed to clear their names after destroying Cobra Mansion and defeating Cobra Commander, who survived and is ticked off by the way. The series is now on hiatus until the second live-action movie is finished but it's doubtful the Joes will suddenly become wanted criminals again when it resumes.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''. The final episode of the series has [[spoiler:Megabyte captured and our heroes celebrating. But then it turns out the captured Megabyte is an alias (a.k.a. a decoy) and that Megabyte has infiltrated the Principal Office and then takes over.]] over]]. Cue Cliffhanger.
* This trope is a recurring theme in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'', where FailureIsTheOnlyOption. Every time the Joes find something that will clear their names, it's a safe bet it will either get burned, blown up, smashed, stolen, or stabbed. [[spoiler:That is until the season one finale where the Joes returned to the Pentagon with all the evidence they needed to clear their names after destroying Cobra Mansion and defeating Cobra Commander, who survived and is ticked off by the way. The series is now on hiatus until the second live-action movie is finished but it's doubtful the Joes will suddenly become wanted criminals again when it resumes.]]
11th Feb '18 1:58:15 PM Sparkysharps
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* Invoked in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'''s 2016 Valentines' Day event. When the protagonist and [[RewritingReality Shakespeare]] learn that they'll be able to resolve all the chaos going on simply by having a short tea party with Nursery Rhyme, Shakespeare decides that this is too easy and boring. So he "[[ContrivedClumsiness accidentally]]" rewrites the encounter so that Nursery Rhyme decides to ''trap'' the protagonist in the tea party using her [[LossOfIdentity Nameless Forest Reality Marble]].
6th Feb '18 5:43:25 AM Vir
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** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' takes it even further. After [[spoiler:destroying Quan Chi's Soulnado, thus saving the souls of Earthrealm,]] Nightwolf regroups with [[BigGood Raiden's]] [[TheChosenMany chosen]] right as Raiden and Liu Kang go to have a chat with the Elder Gods. At that moment, [[spoiler:the {{Cyb|org}}er [[McNinja Lin Kuei]] attack]]. Then, [[spoiler:a BrainwashedAndCrazy Sindel shows up.]] This is where it all goes to hell. Remember that scene three chapters back in Stryker's chapter when [[spoiler:Raiden torpedoed Motaro through a bridge to prevent him from killing Johnny Cage? Motaro's death caused [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] [[GodzillaThreshold to take off his kiddie gloves and get serious]]. He uses Shang Tsung's [[YourSoulIsMine soul(s)]] to empower Sindel, giving her a ''massive'' boost in strength. Sindel, in the span of less than a minute, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown goes to town on the heroes]]. Out of Nightwolf, Kitana, Jade, Cyber Sub-Zero, Smoke, Jax, Sonya, Cage, Kabal, and Stryker (Kung Lao had been killed by Kahn a few chapters prior), only Nightwolf, Kitana, Sonya, and Cage immediately survive; [[DiedInYourArmsTonight Kitana dies in Liu Kang's arms from her injuries]] and Nightwolf has to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself]] to take down Sindel, right as Raiden and Liu Kang return from their meeting empty-handed.]] Afterward, the game switches over to Raiden for the final chapter, having him deal with the tragic repercussions of this event, [[spoiler:including him accidentally killing the now-disillusioned Liu Kang, with Liu cursing at him in his dying breaths as he's lost his faith in the Thunder God, his former friend and mentor]]. And TheStinger reveals that [[spoiler:Shinnok, Fallen Elder God and BigBad of ''4'', is posed to strike a now vulnerable Earthrealm/Outworld, the implications being that he got a tip-off from his ''Armageddon'' self just like Raiden did and has been manipulating ''everything'' from behind the scenes, Quan Chi being his enforcer and eyes and ears in Shao Kahn's army.]] [[RunningGag And for good measure]], the rescue helicopter was also used to keep Sonya and Jax in the plot. Then Jax gets his arms ''ripped off'' instead of just upgraded, [[spoiler:Sub-Zero]] gets [[UnwillingRoboticization roboticized]] because it had to happen to ''someone'', Scorpion is tricked out of his redemption.

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** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' takes it even further. After [[spoiler:destroying Quan Chi's Soulnado, thus saving the souls of Earthrealm,]] Nightwolf regroups with [[BigGood Raiden's]] [[TheChosenMany chosen]] right as Raiden and Liu Kang go to have a chat with the Elder Gods. At that moment, [[spoiler:the {{Cyb|org}}er [[McNinja Lin Kuei]] attack]]. Then, [[spoiler:a BrainwashedAndCrazy Sindel shows up.]] This is where it all goes to hell. Remember that scene three chapters back in Stryker's chapter when [[spoiler:Raiden torpedoed Motaro through a bridge to prevent him from killing Johnny Cage? Motaro's death caused [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] [[GodzillaThreshold to take off his kiddie gloves and get serious]]. He uses Shang Tsung's [[YourSoulIsMine soul(s)]] to empower Sindel, giving her a ''massive'' boost in strength. Sindel, in the span of less than a minute, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown goes to town on the heroes]]. Out of Nightwolf, Kitana, Jade, Cyber Sub-Zero, Smoke, Jax, Sonya, Cage, Kabal, and Stryker (Kung Lao had been killed by Kahn a few chapters prior), only Nightwolf, Kitana, Sonya, and Cage immediately survive; [[DiedInYourArmsTonight Kitana dies in Liu Kang's arms from her injuries]] and Nightwolf has to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself]] to take down Sindel, right as Raiden and Liu Kang return from their meeting empty-handed.]] Afterward, the game switches over to Raiden for the final chapter, having him deal with the tragic repercussions of this event, [[spoiler:including him accidentally killing the now-disillusioned Liu Kang, with Liu cursing at him in his dying breaths as he's lost his faith in the Thunder God, his former friend and mentor]]. And TheStinger reveals that [[spoiler:Shinnok, Fallen Elder God and BigBad of ''4'', is posed to strike a now vulnerable Earthrealm/Outworld, the implications being that he got a tip-off from his ''Armageddon'' self just like Raiden did and has been manipulating ''everything'' from behind the scenes, Quan Chi being his enforcer and eyes and ears in Shao Kahn's army.]] [[RunningGag And for good measure]], the rescue helicopter was also used to keep Sonya and Jax in the plot. Then Jax gets his arms ''ripped off'' instead of just upgraded, [[spoiler:Sub-Zero]] gets [[UnwillingRoboticization [[UnwillingRoboticisation roboticized]] because it had to happen to ''someone'', Scorpion is tricked out of his redemption.
6th Feb '18 5:39:16 AM Vir
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* In any game where a chopper is called in to rescue your party halfway through the game, it will probably get shot down or otherwise destroyed, as in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'', ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', or ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty4''.

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* In any game where a chopper is called in to rescue your party halfway through the game, it will probably get shot down or otherwise destroyed, as in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'', ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'', ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', or ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty4''.''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''.



* Halfway through ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty4'', after you've completed the primary objective in Shock and Awe, there's a Diabolic NukeExMachina, when you get a call that the bad guys have set up a nuke in Asaad's palace, then one of your fellow chopper pilots gets shot down. You land to rescue her, and do so, but it's already too late, and the nuke knocks the escaping helicopters out of the sky and kills all of the American main characters. You have a minute of ControllableHelplessness before the protagonist, too, expires from radiation poisoning. As a result, [[ShootTheShaggyDog the shaggy dog has not just been shot, but totally annihilated]].

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* Halfway through ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty4'', ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', after you've completed the primary objective in Shock and Awe, there's a Diabolic NukeExMachina, when you get a call that the bad guys have set up a nuke in Asaad's palace, then one of your fellow chopper pilots gets shot down. You land to rescue her, and do so, but it's already too late, and the nuke knocks the escaping helicopters out of the sky and kills all of the American main characters. You have a minute of ControllableHelplessness before the protagonist, too, expires from radiation poisoning. As a result, [[ShootTheShaggyDog the shaggy dog has not just been shot, but totally annihilated]].
5th Feb '18 9:41:35 AM HamburgerTime
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* ''Scrubs'': Since Scrubs is a medical show, it tends to have these type of episodes a lot. There's plenty of episodes where this happens, where a patient who is beloved dies, but there's a few examples that come to mind first. ([[spoiler: One example is where one of the patients dies, and they use her organs for transplants they needed. The last few minutes of the episode result in every transplant patient dying, and Dr. Cox leaving the hospital. Another example is either episode with Jordan's brother, Ben Sullivan. In both episodes, most of the episode is a fake-out, but both end with the worst news, the first with Ben having cancer, and the second where they're going to Ben's funeral. The last two episodes, and possibly best examples, are the episode where Mrs. Wilk is about to leave the hospital, but an intern named Cabbage gives her a disease that kills her, and the episode where, after Dr. Cox is arguing with Laverne about God and his plan for everyone, Laverne has a car accident, goes into a coma, and dies]]. Downer endings happen in Scrubs a lot, and they really can't do much in those kind of situations.

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* ''Scrubs'': ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Since Scrubs is a medical show, it tends to have these type of episodes a lot. There's plenty of episodes where this happens, where a patient who is beloved dies, but there's a few examples that come to mind first. ([[spoiler: One example is where one of the patients dies, and they use her organs for transplants they needed. The last few minutes of the episode result in every transplant patient dying, dying (the first patient's condition, not recognized until after the transplants were done, was ''rabies''), and Dr. Cox leaving the hospital. Another example is either episode with Jordan's brother, Ben Sullivan. In both episodes, most of the episode is a fake-out, but both end with the worst news, the first with Ben having cancer, and the second where they're going to Ben's funeral. The last two episodes, and possibly best examples, are the episode where Mrs. Wilk is about to leave the hospital, but an intern named Cabbage gives her a disease that kills her, and the episode where, after Dr. Cox is arguing with Laverne about God and his plan for everyone, Laverne has a car accident, goes into a coma, and dies]]. Downer endings happen in Scrubs a lot, and they really can't do much in those kind of situations.
18th Jan '18 6:49:03 AM lluewhyn
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** A lot of the bad things that happen occur due to people scheming behind the scenes, and a lot of them are foreshadowed several times in the text, including the Red Wedding and Jon Snow's assassination. However, there are a few times where the protagonists are screwed by plain dumb luck (i.e. Author Fiat). Commonly cited examples would include Theon somehow taking Winterfell with only 20 men, which is the driving force behind Robb losing the war, a lot of the things happening to prevent Ned Stark from succeeding in his investigation at the right time (crippled by his horse falling on him and knocked out of it just long enough for Robert to go hunting, Cersei's Hail Mary plan of killing Robert actually being successful, and news of Jaime's capture (which would make Ned way too valuable a hostage to execute) arriving too late at King's Landing to save him. Also included would be the storms that delay Stannis from reaching King's Landing earlier, coupled with Edmure Tully's accidental screw-up which allows Tywin to reach King's Landing along with the Tyrells. Of course, all of these Diabolus Ex Machina for the Starks end up being Deux Ex Machina for the Lannisters. Discussed in detail here: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/168750213542/a-few-people-in-my-inbox-asking-if-i-could-explain

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** A lot of the bad things that happen occur due to people scheming behind the scenes, and a lot of them are foreshadowed several times in the text, including the Red Wedding and Jon Snow's assassination. However, there are a few times where the protagonists are screwed by plain dumb luck (i.e. Author Fiat). Commonly cited examples would include Theon somehow taking Winterfell with only 20 men, which is the driving force behind Robb losing the war, a lot of the things happening to prevent Ned Stark from succeeding in his investigation at the right time (crippled by his horse falling on him and knocked out of it just long enough for Robert to go hunting, Cersei's Hail Mary plan of killing Robert actually being successful, and news of Jaime's capture (which would make Ned way too valuable a hostage to execute) arriving too late at King's Landing to save him. Also included would be the storms that delay Stannis from reaching King's Landing earlier, coupled with Edmure Tully's accidental screw-up which allows Tywin to reach King's Landing along with the Tyrells. Of course, all of these Diabolus Ex Machina for the Starks end up being Deux Ex Machina for the Lannisters. Discussed in detail here: http://turtle-paced.[[http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/168750213542/a-few-people-in-my-inbox-asking-if-i-could-explaincom/post/168750213542/a-few-people-in-my-inbox-asking-if-i-could-explain here]]
18th Jan '18 6:31:38 AM lluewhyn
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** After months and months of trying desperately to connect again with family after going through sheer hell, it looks like Ayra is about to meet up with Robb and their mother as she nears the Twins with the Hound. Nope: that ''doesn't'' happen [[spoiler: thanks to her turning up just in time to get a front row seat to the massacre that occurs outside the Wedding.]] Then, [[FromBadToWorse It Gets Worse]]... and, damn that all-too-brief HopeSpot.

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** After months and months of trying desperately to connect again with family after going through sheer hell, it looks like Ayra Arya is about to meet up with Robb and their mother as she nears the Twins with the Hound. Nope: that ''doesn't'' happen [[spoiler: thanks to her turning up just in time to get a front row seat to the massacre that occurs outside the Wedding.]] Then, [[FromBadToWorse It Gets Worse]]... and, damn that all-too-brief HopeSpot.



** Balon Greyjoy's actions make things infinitely worse for the Stark faction (and his own son Theon), which does make sense as he's doing a lot of them simply because they'll make things worse for the Starks since he wants revenge against an already-dead Stark and so is gunning for the whole family, and then when there's a point in the story when he might actually need to do something himself instead of directing his family, but he dies by falling off a bridge. So he was entirely pointless for anything other than making things worse for the Starks and Theon.

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** Balon Greyjoy's actions make things infinitely worse for the Stark faction (and his own son Theon), which does make sense as he's doing a lot of them simply because they'll make things worse out of hatred for the Starks since he wants revenge against an already-dead Ned Stark defeating his rebellion and so is gunning for the whole family, and then when there's a point in the story when he might actually need to do something himself instead of directing his family, but he dies by falling off a bridge. So he was entirely pointless for anything other than making things worse for the Starks and Theon.



** A lot of the bad things that happen occur due to people scheming behind the scenes, and a lot of them are foreshadowed several times in the text, including the Red Wedding and Jon Snow's assassination. However, there are a few times where the protagonists are screwed by plain dumb luck (i.e. Author Fiat). Commonly cited examples would include Theon somehow taking Winterfell with only 20 men, which is the driving force behind Robb losing the war, a lot of the things happening to prevent Ned Stark from succeeding in his investigation at the right time (crippled by his horse falling on him and knocked out of it just long enough for Robert to go hunting, Cersei's Hail Mary plan of killing Robert actually being successful, and news of Jaime's capture (which would make Ned way too valuable a hostage to execute) arriving too late at King's Landing to save him. Also included would be the storms that delay Stannis from reaching King's Landing earlier, coupled with Edmure Tully's accidental screw-up which allows Tywin to reach King's Landing along with the Tyrells. Of course, all of these Diabolus Ex Machina for the Starks end up being Deux Ex Machina for the Lannisters.

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** A lot of the bad things that happen occur due to people scheming behind the scenes, and a lot of them are foreshadowed several times in the text, including the Red Wedding and Jon Snow's assassination. However, there are a few times where the protagonists are screwed by plain dumb luck (i.e. Author Fiat). Commonly cited examples would include Theon somehow taking Winterfell with only 20 men, which is the driving force behind Robb losing the war, a lot of the things happening to prevent Ned Stark from succeeding in his investigation at the right time (crippled by his horse falling on him and knocked out of it just long enough for Robert to go hunting, Cersei's Hail Mary plan of killing Robert actually being successful, and news of Jaime's capture (which would make Ned way too valuable a hostage to execute) arriving too late at King's Landing to save him. Also included would be the storms that delay Stannis from reaching King's Landing earlier, coupled with Edmure Tully's accidental screw-up which allows Tywin to reach King's Landing along with the Tyrells. Of course, all of these Diabolus Ex Machina for the Starks end up being Deux Ex Machina for the Lannisters. Discussed in detail here: http://turtle-paced.tumblr.com/post/168750213542/a-few-people-in-my-inbox-asking-if-i-could-explain
14th Jan '18 9:49:17 AM nombretomado
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* [[FridgeLogic If you think a bit more]] about ''{{Knowing}}'', the survivors from the plane crash and later subway accident weren't so lucky after all. For those who haven't seen the movie, [[spoiler: the sun incinerates Earth and all life on it a few days later. Bonus points for the whole world learning about its upcoming inevitable demise with several hours to spare...]]

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* [[FridgeLogic If you think a bit more]] about ''{{Knowing}}'', ''Film/{{Knowing}}'', the survivors from the plane crash and later subway accident weren't so lucky after all. For those who haven't seen the movie, [[spoiler: the sun incinerates Earth and all life on it a few days later. Bonus points for the whole world learning about its upcoming inevitable demise with several hours to spare...]]
9th Jan '18 6:15:28 PM SeizureFerret
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* By way of CrackDefeat, an example where the demon is revealed ''after'' the fact: Dorothy Jane of ''Series/TheTorkelsons'' has made it to the final of a contest of which the winner will get to be a foreign exchange student in UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}. After her final interview she comes out and announces that she lost, even though she got the highest score. Because the French familiy the exchange student would homestay with, wanted a boy. Which made the final interviews [[ShaggyDogStory meaningless]], because there was only one boy amongst the three finalists.

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* By way of CrackDefeat, an example where the demon is revealed ''after'' the fact: Dorothy Jane of ''Series/TheTorkelsons'' has made it to the final of a contest of which the winner will get to be a foreign exchange student in UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}. After her final interview she comes out and announces that she lost, even though she got the highest score. Because the French familiy family the exchange student would homestay with, wanted a boy. Which made the final interviews [[ShaggyDogStory meaningless]], because there was only one boy amongst the three finalists.
1st Jan '18 3:16:44 AM eroock
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* Meta-referenced in [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3523 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''-strip, courtesy of a semi-sentient, diabolical book.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3624 to remove]] [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3619 the happy]] [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3624 endings]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20120505172618/http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3624 php?comicID=3523 to remove]] [[http://www.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20120505172618/http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3619 the happy]] [[http://www.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20120505172618/http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3624 endings]].
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