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27th Apr '16 7:38:22 PM CyberTiger88
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* Seems to happen at least once per game in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' which isn't too surprising considering [[SurpriseCreepy what the stories end up as]]...
** ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam'' has the player character being framed as the cursed human of legend who's existence would cause natural disasters that will lay waste to the world. Most of the game's second half is spent on the run from former allies and other dangerous Pokémon.
** The day was seemingly saved in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'' when Dusknoir has captured Grovyle, the criminal stealing [[CosmicKeystone Time Gears]]... [[spoiler: only for Dusknoir to reveal that he's a mole from a grim future ruled by an insane Dialga by sending the protagonists there to be executed. The rest of the game is all about stopping said future even though it will cause everyone from that future, including the player character, to cease to exist.]]
** By the last leg of ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'', the villains are revealed to be a suicide cult who are using an EldritchAbomination to destroy the world. [[spoiler: During the efforts to stop them, one of the companions ends up being killed by their leader Kyruem.]]
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' has [[SacrificialLion Latios and Latias]] being captured and [[TakenForGranite turned into stone]] by an unseen force, which spells out this game isn't going to give a pass on Legendary Pokémon, or the heroes. [[spoiler: Later on, the game makes good on that promise with a second gut punch that ends up with Nuzleaf betraying the heroes and petrifies them, along with nearly the entire Expedition Society. He and Yveltal then go on to turn nearly everyone else in the world, including the inhabits of Serine Village, into stone.]]
26th Apr '16 3:30:52 AM falcon2484
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* Fans of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' understood right from the opening scene that the film version of ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' was DarkerAndEdgier than the animated series, what with the kidnapping of the Sorceress and He-Man hacking and slashing his way through a dozen or so of Skeletor's Centurions (who might have been faceless {{Mooks}}, but [[AmbiguousRobots may also have just been automatons]]). But any illusions that Skeletor might have been up to his usual cartoony tricks are shattered when he out-and-out murders CanonForeigner Saurod [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing to obtain the Cosmic Key]]. ''This'' Skeletor was much more villainous than his cartoon counterpart.

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* Fans of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' understood right from the opening scene that the film version of ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' was DarkerAndEdgier than the animated series, what with the kidnapping imprisonment of the Sorceress and He-Man hacking and slashing his way through a dozen or so of Skeletor's Centurions (who might have been faceless {{Mooks}}, but [[AmbiguousRobots may also have just been automatons]]). But any illusions that Skeletor might have been up to his usual cartoony tricks are shattered when he out-and-out murders CanonForeigner Saurod [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing to obtain the Cosmic Key]]. ''This'' Skeletor was much more villainous than his cartoon counterpart.counterpart, who'd ''never'' directed any real acts of violence toward his minions.
26th Apr '16 3:06:48 AM falcon2484
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* Fans of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' understood right from the opening scene that the film version of ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' was DarkerAndEdgier than the animated series, what with the kidnapping of the Sorceress and He-Man hacking and slashing his way through a dozen or so of Skeletor's Centurions (who might have been faceless {{Mooks}}, but [[AmbiguousRobots may also have just been automatons]]). But any illusions that Skeletor might have been up to his usual cartoony tricks are shattered when he out-and-out murders CanonForeigner Saurod [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing to obtain the Cosmic Key]]. ''This'' Skeletor was much more villainous than his cartoon counterpart.
21st Mar '16 8:38:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheReveal of who exactly killed Laura Palmer on ''TwinPeaks'' ([[spoiler: Her father, possessed by an EldritchAbomination obsessed with her entire being]]) is one of the most infamous of these in TV history, to the point where AMC ran no commercials whatever for the final twenty minutes of the original broadcast. What makes it even worse is that the reveal is followed by what was, back then, probably the most brutal depiction of murder seen in an American mainstream TV show.

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* TheReveal of who exactly killed Laura Palmer on ''TwinPeaks'' ''Series/TwinPeaks'' ([[spoiler: Her father, possessed by an EldritchAbomination obsessed with her entire being]]) is one of the most infamous of these in TV history, to the point where AMC ran no commercials whatever for the final twenty minutes of the original broadcast. What makes it even worse is that the reveal is followed by what was, back then, probably the most brutal depiction of murder seen in an American mainstream TV show.
20th Mar '16 4:43:19 AM Driavatus
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* [[CrapsackWorld True to its setting]], ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'' starts out fairly dark with the deaths of the Lord of House Forrester and his eldest son, leaving 13-15 year old Ethan to take the reigns of the gutted remains of his household and try to survive the obvious squeeze House Bolton and its bannermen will be putting on those had been loyal to House Stark. [[spoiler:And then [[AxCrazy Ramsay Snow]] stabs him through the neck, killing him at the end of the first episode.]] Things do not get better, to put it lightly.

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* [[CrapsackWorld True to its setting]], ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'' starts out fairly dark with the deaths of the Lord of House Forrester and his eldest son, leaving 13-15 year old Ethan to take the reigns reins of the gutted remains of his household and try to survive the obvious squeeze House Bolton and its bannermen will be putting on those had been loyal to House Stark. [[spoiler:And then [[AxCrazy Ramsay Snow]] stabs him through the neck, killing him at the end of the first episode.]] Things do not get better, to put it lightly.
2nd Mar '16 10:11:29 PM dasuberkaiser
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** In ''Believers'' from Season One, we seem to have the stock sci-fi ending where the 'backwards' aliens are grateful to have their son back despite the surgery going against all their beliefs, they quietly take their son home, typical happy-after-all ending, and then [[spoiler: The parents are cooperating long enough to take their son and ritually kill him as they still believe the surgery destroyed his soul. And the viewer isn't told they're wrong.]] One of the earlier hints that this isn't your grandfather's social-science sci-fi.

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** In ''Believers'' from Season One, we seem to have the stock sci-fi ending where the 'backwards' aliens are grateful to have their son back despite the surgery going against all their beliefs, they quietly take their son home, typical happy-after-all ending, and then [[spoiler: The the parents are cooperating long enough to take their son and ritually kill him as they still believe the surgery destroyed his soul. And the viewer isn't told they're wrong.]] One of the earlier hints that this isn't your grandfather's social-science sci-fi.
24th Feb '16 1:19:19 AM Dravencour
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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'' 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 back.]] You know, for kids!.]]kids!



** The death of [[spoiler:Maes Hughes]] kicked off the main plot in earnest, killed off one of the series's most beloved comic relief characters, and served as the EstablishingCharacterMoment for its most sadistic villain.
* The [[SerialEscalation (first)]] WhamEpisode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' where [[spoiler: Mami, the CoolBigSis of the crew, gets killed by a witch. This is shocking to the audience not just because it happens so early in the series, or because it completely subverts our expectations about PlotArmor in the MagicalGirl genre, or because her appearance in the opening suggests she'll live at least long enough for Madoka to fight alongside her, but because for the first 80 seconds of the battle, Mami seemed to be doing [[CurbStompBattle really well]], and then, within the space of 10 seconds, the witch revealed its [[OneWingedAngel true form]] and ''bit her head off.'']]

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** The death of [[spoiler:Maes Hughes]] kicked off the main plot in earnest, killed off one of the series's most beloved comic relief characters, and served as the EstablishingCharacterMoment for its the most sadistic villain.
villain of the series.
* The [[SerialEscalation (first)]] first]] WhamEpisode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' where [[spoiler: Mami, the CoolBigSis of the crew, gets killed by a witch. This is shocking to the audience not just because it happens so early in the series, or because it completely subverts our expectations about PlotArmor in the MagicalGirl genre, or because her appearance in the opening suggests she'll live at least long enough for Madoka to fight alongside her, but because for the first 80 seconds of the battle, Mami seemed to be doing [[CurbStompBattle really well]], even unloading the FinishingMove from the previous episode on it, and then, within the space of 10 seconds, the witch revealed its [[OneWingedAngel true form]] and ''bit her head off.'']]



* The original ''Manga/DragonBall'' started out as a light-hearted, comedy series about Goku and his misadventures with his friends. Then Krillin was murdered at the end of the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, changing the tone of the series forever. And at the start of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Goku is killed making a heroic sacrifice to stop his brother from killing his son. Then, most of the original cast is killed in the battle against the Saiyans. The Dragon Balls are also lost because Kami died, meaning no one can be revived until much later when another set of Dragon Balls is found elsewhere in the galaxy.

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* The original ''Manga/DragonBall'' started out as a light-hearted, comedy series about Goku and his misadventures with his friends. Then Krillin was murdered at the end of the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, changing the tone of the series forever. And at the start of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Goku is killed making a heroic sacrifice to stop his brother from killing his son. Then, most of the original cast is killed in the battle against the Saiyans. The Dragon Balls are also lost because Piccolo (and Kami with him) died, meaning no one can be revived until much later when another set of Dragon Balls is found elsewhere in the galaxy.
1st Feb '16 3:34:19 PM MyFinalEdits
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** It may not look shocking ''now'', but in the original game the scene where players realized the game was ''not'' another ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' clone was the remarkably easy-to-do and remarkably gory-for-the-time Pit Stage Fatality. It made most players gasp way back when.
** And while hardly a surprise ''now'' Scorpion's original Fatality, where he reveals there's nothing but a bare skull under his mask, served as a GutPunch for this strange ninja's story.

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** It may not look shocking ''now'', but in the original game the scene where players realized the game was ''not'' another ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' clone was the The remarkably easy-to-do and remarkably gory-for-the-time Pit Stage Fatality. It made most players gasp way back when.
Fatality, for those who used to believe this game was a clone of ''Street Fighter''.
** And while hardly a surprise ''now'' Scorpion's original Fatality, where he reveals there's nothing but a bare skull under his mask, served as a GutPunch for this strange ninja's story.
1st Feb '16 5:08:41 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'':
** It may not look shocking ''now'', but in the original game the scene where players realized the game was ''not'' another ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' clone was the remarkably easy-to-do and remarkably gory-for-the-time Pit Stage Fatality. It made most players gasp way back when.
** And while hardly a surprise ''now'' Scorpion's original Fatality, where he reveals there's nothing but a bare skull under his mask, served as a GutPunch for this strange ninja's story.
15th Jan '16 1:23:26 PM julietvalcouer
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** In ''Believers'' from Season One, we seem to have the stock sci-fi ending where the 'backwards' aliens are grateful to have their son back despite the surgery going against all their beliefs, they quietly take their son home, typical happy-after-all ending, and then it goes for this trope combined with WhamEnding ...[[spoiler: The parents are cooperating long enough to take their son and ritually kill him as they still believe the surgery destroyed his soul. And the viewer isn't told they're wrong.]] One of the earlier hints that this isn't your grandfather's social-science sci-fi.

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** In ''Believers'' from Season One, we seem to have the stock sci-fi ending where the 'backwards' aliens are grateful to have their son back despite the surgery going against all their beliefs, they quietly take their son home, typical happy-after-all ending, and then it goes for this trope combined with WhamEnding ...[[spoiler: The parents are cooperating long enough to take their son and ritually kill him as they still believe the surgery destroyed his soul. And the viewer isn't told they're wrong.]] One of the earlier hints that this isn't your grandfather's social-science sci-fi.
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