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19th Sep '16 5:13:44 PM kablammin45
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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 & allies.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/RWBY'': ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In the last few episodes of season 3 [[spoiler: a massive Grimm Dragon arrives and effectively screws over Vale & allies.]]]]
* Website/GoAnimate: No matter how GenreSavvy the troublesome kids in the grounded videos are nor how far the measures they take to hide their wrong-doings, something invariably happens that exposes them, even when there is no ''possible'' way they could have been caught. This trope isn't just used for busting a troublemaker, however. For example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWjgtWsUkdE this video]] has an especially brutal instance of this where WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}} and his family are going to see a movie, and despite interference from [[TheMillstone Caillou]] (who doesn't want to see the movie, namely ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'') they get to the theater on time...only for the theater to abruptly close just as they arrive for ''no stated reason whatsoever'' and the attendant present in front threatens to call the police on the family if they don't leave at that very instant.
11th Sep '16 4:24:16 PM nmn3r3
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* ''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.]]

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* ''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.time during the level.]]
11th Sep '16 3:30:42 PM jamespolk
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* Early Creator/BillPlympton short ''WesternAnimation/YourFace'' is a plotless cartoon about a man who sits in front of his camera while a romantic song called "Your Face" plays, and the man's head transforms and morphs in all sorts of bizarre ways. At the end the man finally stops doing weird faces and looks at the camera as it pulls away--until a giant mouth in the earth opens up and swallows him whole.
10th Sep '16 10:01:37 PM WillBGood
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* ''End of Evangelion'', or even ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' in general loves this. In ''[=EoE=]'' [[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 {{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.]]

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* ''End of Evangelion'', or even ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' in general loves this. In ''[=EoE=]'' [[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 {{Instrumentality}} [[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.]]
9th Sep '16 4:14:26 PM OceanicFlamingo
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* The end of the Literature/{{Redwall}} series book ''Martin the Warrior'' does this to a degree that the flashback story it's based on ends on a TearJerker. Everything seems great, [[spoiler:Martin gets his father's sword back and kills his enemy Badrang the Tyrant...but right after it's revealed that the mouse Rose, Martin's friend and possible love interest for the entire book, was killed during their fight against Badrang. Martin then leaves his friends and promises never to mention his interactions with them again so they won't be put into danger.]]Of course then it fast forwards to the present day in Redwall where everything is okay and they discuss how Martin founded Redwall and was a great hero. But it still puts a damper on the entire ending and is one of the few Redwall books to do this.
4th Sep '16 8:45:40 PM BattleMaster
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* The ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series has a variety of endings, depending on your action in-game. One of them involves the Protagonist giving up their divine soul and turning their back on Godhood in order to be with their newly-found True Love - who, in her aftermath/autobiography is brutally murdered by her vengeful kin, leaving the Protagonist to raise their child alone, embittered, and hell-bent on committing genocide as return. This even applies if the Protagonist was, for the previous 100 hours of gameplay, a Lawful Good Priest of Peace and Healing...

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* The ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series has a variety of endings, depending on your action in-game. One of them involves the Protagonist giving up their divine soul and turning their back on Godhood in order to be with their newly-found True Love - who, in her aftermath/autobiography is brutally murdered by her vengeful kin, leaving the Protagonist to raise their child alone, embittered, and hell-bent on committing genocide as return. This even applies if the Protagonist was, for the previous 100 hours of gameplay, a Lawful Good Priest of Peace and Healing... This is especially silly given that even if that attack somehow worked (and by the end of the expansion everyone in the party is so powerful that there's virtually zero chance of that), the player character either had the power to raise the dead themselves as a virtual afterthought ''or'' they were such a legendary hero that they were owed favors by multiple individuals (including a few gods) who could easily do it for them.
21st Aug '16 12:09:44 PM BiffJr
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* The [[{{Metaplot}} ending]] to the ''{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?

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* The [[{{Metaplot}} ending]] to the ''{TabletopGame/{Deadlands}}: ''{{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?
21st Aug '16 12:08:12 PM BiffJr
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* Let's face it; any time someone particularly favored by (or disliked by) a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive heel GM or VP]] is involved in a match (or worse, said GM or VP is ''in'' the match) you can guarantee this will happen, either in the form of [[MovingTheGoalposts changing the rules mid-match]] or outright overturning results for nothing more than spite.
* The real life circumstances surrounding OwenHart's [[FatalMethodActing death]].
* Wrestling/EddieGuerrero had a huge drug problem early in his career but got over it through religion. After being a {{Heel}} most of his career and having just made a HeelFaceTurn, having gained Batista's trust after his refusal to [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught cheat]] as he normally does [[DefeatMeansFriendship costs him the match]] and on his way to fight a match where he was scheduled to win the championship title was found dead in his hotel room days before his pay-per-view. Dead from the effects of the drugs he hadn't been using for years. [[AnAesop Don't do drugs, even if you quit they will catch up with you.]]

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* Let's face it; any time someone particularly favored by (or disliked by) a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive heel GM or VP]] is involved in a match (or worse, said GM or VP is ''in'' the match) you can guarantee this will happen, either in the form of [[MovingTheGoalposts changing the rules mid-match]] or outright overturning results for nothing more than spite.
* The real life circumstances surrounding OwenHart's [[FatalMethodActing death]].
* Wrestling/EddieGuerrero had a huge drug problem early in his career but got over it through religion. After being a {{Heel}} most of his career and having just made a HeelFaceTurn, having gained Batista's trust after his refusal to [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught cheat]] as he normally does [[DefeatMeansFriendship costs him the match]] and on his way to fight a match where he was scheduled to win the championship title was found dead in his hotel room days before his pay-per-view. Dead from the effects of the drugs he hadn't been using for years. [[AnAesop Don't do drugs, even if you quit they will catch up with you.]]
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18th Aug '16 12:49:12 PM Tre
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* The SciFiChannel adaptation of the short story "Literature/TheColdEquations" ends on this. The basic premise of the story is that a young girl has stowed away on a spaceship carrying urgently needed medical supplies to a distant colony - and, because of her added mass, there isn't enough fuel to land the ship without crashing (and killing everyone on board), so, according to regulations, the pilot is supposed to throw the girl out the airlock so the cargo can arrive safely. It's established fairly early on that the cargo weighs about the same as the girl, and that jettisoning either the cargo or the girl would save the ship. Near the end, the two of them discover that the cargo wasn't what they thought it was, and jettison it, so they're safe now. That's when Diabolus shows up. To the surprise of the pilot and audience, the ship ''still'' has too much mass, because they waited too long and are now closer to the planet. So SomeoneHasToDie anyway.

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* The SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] adaptation of the short story "Literature/TheColdEquations" ends on this. The basic premise of the story is that a young girl has stowed away on a spaceship carrying urgently needed medical supplies to a distant colony - and, because of her added mass, there isn't enough fuel to land the ship without crashing (and killing everyone on board), so, according to regulations, the pilot is supposed to throw the girl out the airlock so the cargo can arrive safely. It's established fairly early on that the cargo weighs about the same as the girl, and that jettisoning either the cargo or the girl would save the ship. Near the end, the two of them discover that the cargo wasn't what they thought it was, and jettison it, so they're safe now. That's when Diabolus shows up. To the surprise of the pilot and audience, the ship ''still'' has too much mass, because they waited too long and are now closer to the planet. So SomeoneHasToDie anyway.
13th Aug '16 4:43:07 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Made all the more wrenching by the fact that Admiral Patterson had already managed to defeat a numerically superior Covenant fleet, something that was virtually impossible in the series thus far.

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** Made all the more wrenching by the fact that Admiral Patterson had already managed to defeat a numerically superior Covenant fleet, something that was virtually impossible in which even the series thus far.best UNSC commanders have trouble doing.



* ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has numerous bad situations jump out of nowhere for the heroes. Reactivating a downed relay? Angry invisible Elite Zealots leap out to kill you. Blew up a Covenant control spire? Turns out an even bigger Covenant ship is there above it. Destroyed that ship at the cost of a friend? A dozen more ships just like it arrive. Fleeing from an air strike and reached a bunker? A sniper takes out your friend. [[spoiler:Made it safely to a ship heading off planet with the Master Chief? Your last teammate gets killed and you have to stay behind to provide fire support, leading to your inevitable death.]]
** The original Halo game, ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', had this as well. The Master Chief fought his way to the eponymous Halo's control room, supposedly gaining access to a super-weapon or at the very least preventing the alien Covenant from using it. Just when it seems like the UNSC is gaining the upper hand, the Covenant unwittingly release the Flood, which immediately devastates both the Covenant and UNSC, forcing the Master Chief and Cortana to destroy the entire ring in order to contain the Flood. By that point, the Flood had eradicated nearly every human on the ring.
* Similarly to Halo, at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}} 2'', the defeated Pfhor use their [[EarthShatteringKaboom sun-shattering]] Trih Xeem on L'howon's sun, unintentionally releasing the [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]] EldritchAbomination known as the W'rkncacnter.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has numerous bad situations jump out of nowhere for the heroes. Reactivating a downed relay? Angry invisible Elite Zealots leap out to kill you. Blew up a Covenant control spire? Turns out an even bigger Covenant ship is there above it. Destroyed that ship at the cost of a friend? A dozen more An entire fleet of ships just like it arrive. Fleeing from an air strike and reached a bunker? A sniper takes out your friend. [[spoiler:Made it safely to a ship heading off planet off-planet with the Master Chief? Your last teammate gets killed and you have to stay behind to provide fire support, leading to your inevitable death.]]
** The original Halo ''Halo'' game, ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', had this as well. The Master Chief fought his way to the eponymous Halo's control room, supposedly gaining access to a super-weapon or at the very least preventing the alien Covenant from using it. Just when it seems like the UNSC is gaining the upper hand, the Covenant unwittingly release the Flood, which immediately devastates both the Covenant and UNSC, forcing the Master Chief and Cortana to destroy the entire ring in order to contain the Flood. By that point, the Flood had eradicated nearly every human on the ring.
* Similarly to Halo, ''Halo'', at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}} 2'', the defeated Pfhor use their [[EarthShatteringKaboom sun-shattering]] Trih Xeem on L'howon's sun, unintentionally releasing the [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]] EldritchAbomination known as the W'rkncacnter.
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