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28th Mar '17 7:22:40 AM SilverSupernova
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* The ''VideoGame/SoulSeries.'' So far, the Soul Edge (the evil sword) has been shattered or destroyed at least three times (Soul Edge/Blade, Soul Calibur 1, Soul Calibur 2), twice by the Soul Calibur (the "good" sword). What happens each time? The sword just breaks into pieces (each one every bit as evil as the whole sword) and eventually reforms itself, stronger than before. Now, what happens in ''every'' ending where the Soul Edge wins instead? The world gets hosed, that's what. Even worse, in SCIV, we learn that the Calibur is actually just as evil, but with a penchant for Order rather than Chaos.

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* The ''VideoGame/SoulSeries.'' So far, the Soul Edge (the evil sword) has been shattered or destroyed at least three times (Soul Edge/Blade, Soul Calibur 1, Soul Calibur 2), twice by the Soul Calibur (the "good" sword). What happens each time? The sword just breaks into pieces (each one every bit as evil as the whole sword) and eventually reforms itself, stronger than before. Now, what happens in ''every'' ending where the Soul Edge wins instead? The world gets hosed, that's what. Even worse, in SCIV, we learn that the Calibur is actually just as evil, but with a penchant for Order rather than Chaos. This was amplified in the 4th game where several endings had the "good" sword freezing all life in crystals in order to prevent humanity from ever reforging Soul Edge.
4th Mar '17 6:00:48 AM SolidSonicTH
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** Ganon's got a little better at the game by the time of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. Calamity Ganon destroyed Hyrule a century beforehand, [[spoiler:killing Link in the process]]. He was sealed within Hyrule Castle but the seal is increasingly diminishing (by the time of the game it's very nearly broken) and if he ravages the land again, it's TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Link's journey in ''Breath of the Wild'' is viewed as the final opportunity to put an end to the blight.

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** Ganon's got a little better at the game by the time of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. Calamity Ganon destroyed Hyrule a century beforehand, [[spoiler:killing Link in the process]]. He It was sealed within Hyrule Castle but the seal is increasingly diminishing (by the time of the game it's very nearly broken) and if he it ravages the land again, it's TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. The people have been unable to do anything about it and [[spoiler:Zelda's prayers are the only thing keeping Calamity Ganon even remotely at bay]]. Link's journey in ''Breath of the Wild'' is viewed as the final opportunity to put an end to the blight.
4th Mar '17 5:58:45 AM SolidSonicTH
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** Ganon's got a little better at the game by the time of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. Calamity Ganon destroyed Hyrule a century beforehand, [[spoiler:killing Link in the process]]. He was sealed within Hyrule Castle but the seal is increasingly diminishing (by the time of the game it's very nearly broken) and if he ravages the land again, it's TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Link's journey in ''Breath of the Wild'' is viewed as the final opportunity to put an end to the blight.
24th Feb '17 5:01:51 PM WillyFourEyes
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* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', if even one of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Angels]] penetrate to the heart of the NERV base, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Third Impact]] will be initiated, wiping out all life on earth. [[spoiler:Technically an Angel ALREADY penetrated the NERV Base...since from before the start of the series. Said Angel is actually [[HumansAreCthulhu Humanity itself]] and they're also trying to initiate Third Impact. And they're the ones that succeed. This is one hell of a Crapsack World, huh?]]

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* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', if even one of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Angels]] penetrate to the heart of the NERV base, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Third Impact]] will be initiated, wiping out all life on earth. [[spoiler:Technically an Angel ALREADY ''already'' penetrated the NERV Base...since from before the start of the series. Said Angel is actually [[HumansAreCthulhu Humanity itself]] and they're also trying to initiate Third Impact. And they're ''they're'' the ones that succeed. This is one hell of a Crapsack World, huh?]]



* In ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', the world hasn't been living the best of times because, while the Chess didn't lose the first fight, the good also didn't win, and the leader of the bad team escaped, so the world's been living in fear of the Chess rising again. Doesn't help that their captain (not the leader though) was a zombie and the world was told that he'd be back after a while, so they've been living in fear for the second War Games to start, which is where the story catches us.
** Furthering this trope, is the fact that if the captain of either side loses, that side loses the entire game. The Chess have an entire army, so their captain stays out of the fighting until the sorting algorithm of evil forces him to join in. Team MAR only has one or two extra players, forcing the captain to participate in almost every round.
* Manga/{{Bleach}}: If Tsukishima so much as ''nicks'' you just once with Book Of The End, the fight is over - simple as that. It doesn't have anything to do with being a OneHitKO, rather it's form of MindRape with a healthy helping of {{Reality Warp|er}}ing: ''Anything'' Book Of The End cuts lets Tsukishima alter its past, person or thing. Therefore, cutting somebody lets him ''insert his existence into their past'' any way he likes, such as a family relative, best friend, or cherished mentor. In short, he strips the enemy of their ''will'' to fight him, and can even alter it so that they ''[[BrainwashedAndCrazy fight for him]]''. [[spoiler:Though it fails against Byakuya, who is willing to kill him despite the false memories.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', the world hasn't been living the best of times because, while the Chess didn't lose the first fight, the good guys also didn't win, and the leader of the bad team escaped, so the world's been living in fear of the Chess rising again. Doesn't help that their captain (not the leader though) was a zombie and the world was told that he'd be back after a while, so they've been living in fear for the second War Games to start, which is where the story catches us.
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** Furthering this trope, trope is the fact that if the captain of either side loses, [[DecapitatedArmy that side loses the entire game.game]]. The Chess have an entire army, so their captain stays out of the fighting until the sorting algorithm of evil forces him to join in. Team MAR only has one or two extra players, forcing the captain to participate in almost every round.
* Manga/{{Bleach}}: If Tsukishima so much as ''nicks'' you just once with Book Of The End, the fight is over - simple as that. It doesn't have anything to do with being a OneHitKO, rather it's a twisted form of MindRape with a healthy helping of {{Reality Warp|er}}ing: ''Anything'' Book Of The End cuts lets Tsukishima alter its past, person or thing. Therefore, cutting somebody lets him ''insert his existence into their past'' any way he likes, such as a family relative, best friend, or cherished mentor. In short, he strips the enemy of their ''will'' to fight him, and can even alter it so that they ''[[BrainwashedAndCrazy fight for him]]''. [[spoiler:Though it fails against Byakuya, who is willing to kill him despite the [[FakeMemories false memories.memories]].]]



* [[CrapsackWorld The backstory]] of the original Creator/MarkMillar comic book ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}''. The premise of the setting is that the supervillains of the world finally decided to all team up and thus overwhelm the superheroes by sheer numbers. After their victory, the villains used one of their {{Reality Warper}}s to retroactively change reality so that the heroes became normal people (with ironic twists to their lives), and they themselves were set up as the secret rulers of the world. The only hint that anything was ever different is the existence of superhero comic books, which represent the ultimate victory of the supervillains -- although the comics depict actual events from the previous reality, nobody would ever take them seriously.

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* [[CrapsackWorld The backstory]] of the original Creator/MarkMillar comic book ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}''. The premise of the setting is that the [[VillainTeamUp supervillains of the world finally decided to all team up up]] and thus [[ZergRush overwhelm the superheroes by sheer numbers.numbers]]. After their victory, the villains used one of their {{Reality Warper}}s to retroactively change reality so that the heroes became normal people (with ironic twists to their lives), and they themselves were set up as the secret rulers of the world. The only hint that anything was ever different is the existence of superhero comic books, which represent the ultimate victory of the supervillains -- although the comics depict actual events from the previous reality, nobody would ever take them seriously.



* As a counterpoint to the "one good day" philosophy stated in the page quote, TheJoker believes that normal people are only "one bad day" away from total madness.

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* As a counterpoint to the "one good day" philosophy stated in the page quote, TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker believes that normal people are only "one bad day" away from total madness.
13th Feb '17 1:40:12 PM TooBah
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* In the Creator/TomClancy novel[[note]]but not [[TheFilmOfTheBook the book]][[/note]] ''Literature/PatriotGames'', the ULA terroist Sean Miller notes that anti-terrorist forces have to be lucky every time, while terrorists only have to do so once, in a nod to a similar comment made in the aftermath of the RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton_hotel_bombing Brighton hotel bombing]].

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* In the Creator/TomClancy novel[[note]]but not [[TheFilmOfTheBook the book]][[/note]] movie]][[/note]] ''Literature/PatriotGames'', the ULA terroist Sean Miller notes that anti-terrorist forces have to be lucky every time, while terrorists only have to do so once, in a nod to a similar comment made in the aftermath of the RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton_hotel_bombing Brighton hotel bombing]].
27th Jan '17 1:14:28 AM lalaTKG
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* In the ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'' series, Gan and Ai could beat back Dokurobei's forces with some difficulty, but ultimately kept Dekkaido safe. It took multiple continuities before Dokurobei got really, ''really'' pissed off, but in ''Anime/YattermanNight'' [[spoiler: he [[ShooOutTheClowns exiled his lovable minions]] and took to destroying Dekkaido ''himself'', becoming the ruler of the charred remains of the world and making everyone's life a living hell.]]
26th Jan '17 8:33:40 AM JoieDeCombat
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang had to defeat the [[EvilOverlord Fire Lord]] before or during Sozin's Comet. If the bad guys succeed in burning almost the entire world, then it's truly game-over--there wouldn't be any world left for the Avatar to save.



* As of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', this is also the case with [[spoiler:Vaatu. If he triumphs, good will eventually reemerge, but it will take 10,000 years, during which he will be left free to ravage the world. He just has to win one battle on the right day.]]

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* As of In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', this is also the case with [[spoiler:Vaatu. If he triumphs, good will eventually reemerge, but it will take 10,000 years, during which he will be left free to ravage the world. He just has to win one battle on the right day.]]
26th Jan '17 8:23:44 AM JoieDeCombat
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* In ''Anime/StarDriver'', [[TheHero Takuto]] could never lose a single battle (which occurred OncePerEpisode) or the [[NebulousEvilOrganization Glittering Crux]] would instantly succeed at their goal of kidnapping the BarrierMaiden and release the seals.
26th Jan '17 8:16:43 AM ironcommando
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Nefarious}}'', this is nearly said word for word in the narration for the [[spoiler:normal ending where [[TheBadGuysWins Crow indeed wins]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld takes over the world]]]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Nefarious}}'', this is nearly said word for word in the narration for the [[spoiler:normal ending where [[TheBadGuysWins [[TheBadGuyWins Crow indeed wins]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld takes over the world]]]].
26th Jan '17 8:16:28 AM ironcommando
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Nefarious}}'', this is nearly said word for word in the narration for the [[spoiler:normal ending where [[TheBadGuysWins Crow indeed wins]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld takes over the world]]]].
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