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22nd May '18 9:13:49 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* While ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has always been bleak, the gut punch moments have not stopped since mid season 2 when [[spoiler: 11 year old Sophia, who was lost in the woods, was revealed to be both dead and now a zombie. Rick is forced to gun her down while her mother screams nearby.]] Season 3 continues the trend with [[spoiler: Rick's pregnant wife Lori dying from a medieval c-section birth while her 12 year old son screams and cries, he then has to shoot her dead body in the head so she won't turn into a zombie. Rick has a full blown mental break upon finding out, goes to find her body and discovers a zombie has eaten it.]] Rick [[spoiler: mercilessly kills a hotheaded prison inmate in a "three strikes and you're out" situation]] and The Governor deliberately [[spoiler: shoots Merle in the gut so he will turn into a zombie, shortly before his younger brother Daryl catches up to them and is forced to put down his only surviving family member]].

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* While ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has always been bleak, the gut punch moments have not stopped since mid season mid-season 2 when [[spoiler: 11 year old year-old Sophia, who was lost in the woods, was revealed to be both dead and now a zombie. Rick is forced to gun her down while her mother screams nearby.]] Season 3 continues the trend with [[spoiler: Rick's pregnant wife Lori dying from a medieval c-section birth while her 12 year old son screams and cries, he then has to shoot her dead body in the head so she won't turn into a zombie. Rick has a full blown mental break upon finding out, goes to find her body and discovers a zombie has eaten it.]] Rick [[spoiler: mercilessly kills a hotheaded prison inmate in a "three strikes and you're out" situation]] and The Governor deliberately [[spoiler: shoots Merle in the gut so he will turn into a zombie, shortly before his younger brother Daryl catches up to them and is forced to put down his only surviving family member]].
22nd May '18 9:11:52 PM 64SuperNintendo
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27th Apr '18 5:51:15 AM MasterFuzzy
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* As befits the title, the ending of ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' is one for ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Prior to ''Changes'', the series was relatively light - while the good guys have never had it easy, they still usually came out without too many severe casualties. Then, at the end of ''Changes'', [[spoiler: Harry has to murder Susan to both save his daughter and completely wipe out the Red Court. [[TheHeroDies He is fatally shot shortly afterwards.]]]] The subsequent books have picked up the tone shift and run with it - [[spoiler: ''Ghost Story'' shows in painful detail exactly how much of a toll Harry's death has taken on both his friends and the world, while ''Cold Days'' involves Harry having to deal with his seemingly inevitable transformation into a sociopathic monster due to the Winter Knight mantle, is filled with [[TheReveal reveal]] [[WhamEpisode after]] [[CerebusRetcon reveal]], and ends on an even more depressing note than ''Changes.'']]

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* As befits the title, the ending of ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' is one for ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Prior to ''Changes'', the series was relatively light - while the good guys have never had it easy, they still usually came out without too many severe casualties. Then, at the end of ''Changes'', [[spoiler: Harry has to murder Susan to both save his daughter and completely wipe out the Red Court. [[TheHeroDies He is fatally shot shortly afterwards.]]]] The subsequent books have picked up the tone shift and run with it - [[spoiler: ''Ghost Story'' shows in painful detail exactly how much of a toll Harry's death has taken on both his friends and the world, while ''Cold Days'' involves Harry having to deal with his seemingly inevitable transformation into a sociopathic monster due to the Winter Knight mantle, is filled with [[TheReveal reveal]] [[WhamEpisode after]] [[CerebusRetcon reveal]], and ends on an arguably even more depressing note than ''Changes.'']] ''Literature/SkinGame'' is LighterAndSofter, but still quite dark.



* ''Literature/MrMercedes'': In the opening chapter, unemployed people are lined up for a job fair. We get to know Augie Odenkirk, who befriends a woman named Janice, a woman with so little support that she has to bring her baby with her. Augie decides that he's going to take Janice to breakfast, then [[spoiler: a serial killer plows into the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, killing several people, including the three about whom Stephen King has made care.]]

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* ''Literature/MrMercedes'': In the opening chapter, unemployed people are lined up for a job fair. We get to know Augie Odenkirk, who befriends a woman named Janice, a woman with so little support that she has to bring her baby with her. Augie decides that he's going to take Janice to breakfast, then [[spoiler: a serial killer plows into the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, killing several people, including the three about whom Stephen King has made the readers care.]]


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* The first four books of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' are fairly light in tone, despite having their share of darker moments and real drama. However, when [[spoiler: King Math dies and the Cauldron-Born overrun Caer Dathyl]], it's a very clear signal to the reader that this victory's not going to be nearly as easy as the previous ones, and that AnyoneCanDie.
26th Apr '18 3:42:07 PM Malady
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Sub Trope of FromBadToWorse, CerebusSyndrome, DarkerAndEdgier, and MoodWhiplash. Super Trope to SacrificialLion, SurpriseCreepy, KillTheCutie, DecoyProtagonist, and especially WakeUpCallBoss. The KnightOfCerebus, TragicMonster, and the HeroKiller are three characters extremely likely to cause one of these. Sometimes related to PlayerPunch. [[IThoughtItMeant Do not confuse with]] GroinAttack.

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Sub Trope of FromBadToWorse, CerebusSyndrome, DarkerAndEdgier, and MoodWhiplash. Super Trope to SacrificialLion, SurpriseCreepy, KillTheCutie, DecoyProtagonist, and especially WakeUpCallBoss. The KnightOfCerebus, TragicMonster, and the HeroKiller are three characters extremely likely to cause one of these. Sometimes related to PlayerPunch. [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Do not confuse with]] GroinAttack.
25th Apr '18 5:13:56 AM Storygirl000
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* ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries'' started out as a cute SliceOfLife series; while it did have an overarching plot, it didn’t really impact the lightness of the show. Then came “Queen for a Day”, and the tone [[CerebusSyndrome shifted]] ''[[CerebusSyndrome considerably]]'' in the final scenes, [[spoiler: with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Varian]]–[[{{Adorkable}} the]] ''[[DitzyGenius last]]'' [[WellDoneSonGuy person]] [[FriendToAllLivingThings you’d]] [[NiceGuy expect]]–making a FaceHeelTurn and becoming the BigBad for the rest of the season.]] Needless to say, this was a ''huge'' shock.
17th Apr '18 3:43:56 PM costanton11
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* ''DigimonTamers'' has loads of them, but the two most prominent happen to the same characters, but in different ways, in episode 34 [[spoiler:Jeri's partner, Leomon, is killed then absorbed by Beelzemon, and there's no Village of the Beginnings in this series.]], Later on, after Beelzemon's HeelFaceTurn, [[spoiler: Jeri has been trapped by the enemy, and just when things seem to be hopeless, Beelzemon uses all his strength in to a single attack, Fist of the Beast King, which is Leomon's signature attack, and is then able to let Jeri free... if only she hadn't been too shocked by remembering her partner through his killer, and not being able to actually leave her imprisonment, and uttering the line ''You're... not... Leomon'', distracting Beelzemon long enough for him to be brutally stabbed in the back.]] You know, for kids!

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* ''DigimonTamers'' ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' has loads of them, but the two most prominent happen to the same characters, but in different ways, in episode 34 [[spoiler:Jeri's partner, Leomon, is killed then absorbed by Beelzemon, and there's no Village of the Beginnings in this series.]], Later on, after Beelzemon's HeelFaceTurn, [[spoiler: Jeri has been trapped by the enemy, and just when things seem to be hopeless, Beelzemon uses all his strength in to a single attack, Fist of the Beast King, which is Leomon's signature attack, and is then able to let Jeri free... if only she hadn't been too shocked by remembering her partner through his killer, and not being able to actually leave her imprisonment, and uttering the line ''You're... not... Leomon'', distracting Beelzemon long enough for him to be brutally stabbed in the back.]] You know, for kids!
11th Apr '18 3:12:06 PM Malady
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%% * [[KnightOfCerebus ZODIAC Virgo]] from ''RefleX'' delivered two substantial of these. The first when it shot down Cancer from behind and the second when it [[spoiler:destroyed the Pheonix]].

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%% * [[KnightOfCerebus ZODIAC Virgo]] from ''RefleX'' ''VideoGame/RefleX'' delivered two substantial of these. The first when it shot down Cancer from behind and the second when it [[spoiler:destroyed the Pheonix]].
3rd Apr '18 10:50:21 AM ICB-Penguin
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* ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'': Throughout the game, the Batter has been travelling through the Zones, purifying them of specters and ghouls, and even doing rid of their corrupted Guardians. [[spoiler:Enoch, Guardian of Zone 3, reveals in his dying moments that without a Guardian, the Zones will ''cease to exist.'' It gets even worse if you revisit purified zones: They completely lack any color and all areas are stalked by startlingly-infrequent encounters with ethereal beings known as Secretaries.]]
2nd Apr '18 9:38:49 PM SgtFrog1
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** Then, the game starts over, completely normally...[[spoiler:until it starts having occasional, severe graphical glitches as it tries to reconcile the fact that Sayori has been RetGone and no longer exists.]]
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