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15th Sep '17 1:49:55 AM Silverblade2
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* Several years prior, Creator/EdBrubaker did a similar story for ''[[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures Batman: Gotham Adventures]]'', down to the Phantom Stranger playing Clarence. Despite being geared toward a younger age-bracket, this world-without-Batman is arguably even ''bleaker'', ending in [[spoiler:Gordon's death]] (strangely, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker still exists [[InSpiteOfANail even though]] there's no Batman to punch him into that vat of chemicals).

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* Several years prior, Creator/EdBrubaker did a similar story for ''[[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures Batman: Gotham Adventures]]'', down to the Phantom Stranger playing Clarence. Despite being geared toward a younger age-bracket, this world-without-Batman is arguably even ''bleaker'', ending in [[spoiler:Gordon's death]] (strangely, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker still exists [[InSpiteOfANail even though]] there's no Batman to punch him into that vat of chemicals).
9th Sep '17 5:11:22 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Animaniacs}}'' fanfic [[http://yakkingyakko.deviantart.com/art/It-s-A-Warnerful-Life-63087697 It's A Warnerful Life]] double-subverts this. At first, it appears that everyone is better off without Yakko, but it turns out that that couldn't be further from the truth - without "major patients" like the Warners to keep him busy, Dr. Scratchansniff is fired; Mr. Plotz is happy - Too happy, to the point where he gladly signs away millions of dollars to shady businessmen; with no Warner Brothers to lust after her, Hello Nurse feels as though she isn't pretty enough, so she lets herself go; the other toons like Slappy Squirrel and Pinky and The Brain were not hired for the show because Yakko wasn't around to recommend them; and without a big brother Dot and Wakko were easily caught and kicked out of the Studio - not only are they homeless, it's actually stated that they're going to die.

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* The ''{{Animaniacs}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' fanfic [[http://yakkingyakko.deviantart.com/art/It-s-A-Warnerful-Life-63087697 It's A Warnerful Life]] double-subverts this. At first, it appears that everyone is better off without Yakko, but it turns out that that couldn't be further from the truth - without "major patients" like the Warners to keep him busy, Dr. Scratchansniff is fired; Mr. Plotz is happy - Too happy, to the point where he gladly signs away millions of dollars to shady businessmen; with no Warner Brothers to lust after her, Hello Nurse feels as though she isn't pretty enough, so she lets herself go; the other toons like Slappy Squirrel and Pinky and The Brain were not hired for the show because Yakko wasn't around to recommend them; and without a big brother Dot and Wakko were easily caught and kicked out of the Studio - not only are they homeless, it's actually stated that they're going to die.
8th Sep '17 12:53:46 PM DavidK93
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* In ''Foggerty's Fairy'', an 1881 play by W. S. Gilbert, Frederick Foggerty's FairyGodmother Rebecca grants his wish that his ex-fiancée, Delia Spiff, never existed, in hopes of preserving his relationship with current fiancée Jennie Talbot. Spiff's removal has many [[GoneHorriblyWrong unintended consequences]], including Jennie's engagement to Foggerty's friend Walkinshaw and both men having relationships with ManEater Malvina de Vere, culminating in Foggerty about to be committed to an insane asylum. [[spoiler:The examination of causality is ultimately abandoned when Foggerty coerces Rebecca into simply restoring his former circumstances while maintaining Spiff's elimination.]] This work predates the TropeNamer [[OlderThanRadio by several generations]], and audiences were confused by the unfamiliar storytelling device.
18th Aug '17 10:22:30 AM Snicka
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* Episode "The Coin" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' has the elephant king overwhelmed by work wishing never to be king while carrying a gypsy amulet. The result is a VillainWorld with Rataxes ruling Celesteville and having all elephants and rhinos living in misery.

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* Episode "The Coin" "A Charmed Life" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' has the elephant king overwhelmed by work wishing never to be king while carrying a gypsy amulet. The result is a VillainWorld with Rataxes ruling Celesteville and having all elephants and rhinos living in misery.
14th Aug '17 9:30:26 AM XenXero
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* [[WebVideo/TheNecroCritic Necro Critic's]] review of ''[[Film/TheSantaClause The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Claus]]'' both discusses and parodies this this trope. In his previous video, he wished that he had never become The Necro Critic at all, resulting in him appearing as a ghost in a world where he never existed. However, in a fairly unique subversion, his "angelic guide" tells him that his life had practically no impact on the world whatsoever, good or bad. With Necro out of the picture, the only thing that's changed is the fact that his brother/sidekick, Devil Critic, has taken over his role as an internet reviewer. [[spoiler:However, Devil later reveals that he only reviewed the movie as a favor to Necro, who presumably disappeared on him because it was THAT terrible. It turns out that Necro's guide was an assassin who lied to him in order to make him miserable and have him accept Devil as his replacement before killing him.]]
29th Jul '17 6:12:58 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Subverted in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie''. An important media mogul (a clear AnonymousRinger for UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch) is about to throw himself off a bridge when the angel appears to show him how life would be. It turns out that without him, everyone would live together in peace and harmony, since he wasn't able to create his media empire which would profiteer heavily on create divisions in society through glorfication of violence and spreading bigoted discourses against minorities. When they return to the bridge, he wants to be brought back to life because he can exploit ''this'' universe for his own profit. At this point, his guardian angel, realizing that he is a lost cause that who will never improve, pushes him off the bridge. And calls him a twat.

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* Subverted in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie''. An important media mogul (a clear AnonymousRinger for UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch) is about to throw himself off a bridge when the his guardian angel appears to show him how life the world would be. be without him. It turns out that without him, everyone would live together in peace and harmony, and be well-educated and cultured, since he wasn't able to create his media empire which would profiteer heavily on create creating divisions in society through glorfication of violence and spreading bigoted discourses against minorities. When they return to the bridge, the media mogul tells the angel that he wants to be brought back to life because he can exploit in ''this'' universe universe, because it is ripe to be exploited for his own profit. At this point, his the guardian angel, realizing that he is a lost cause that who will never improve, pushes him off the bridge. And calls him a twat.
28th Jul '17 11:19:21 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** The ''Squirm'' episode featured another host segment, where Crow and Tom Servo wonder if every object in the universe has its own sprite, just waiting for the chance to pull a Wonderful Life plot. They test this by having Crow announce that he never wants to see Mike again for as long as he lives; sure enough, Mikey the Mike Sprite appears to show the 'bots the horror of a world without Mike. The 'bots don't miss Mike at all, but they wish for him back anyway just to humor the sprite after he badgers them into pretending their have learned their lesson. Then Servo says he never wants to see Mike's socks again; enter Mikesocksy...

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** The ''Squirm'' episode featured another host segment, where Crow and Tom Servo wonder if every object in the universe has its own sprite, just waiting for the chance to pull a Wonderful Life plot. They test this by having Crow announce that he never wants to see Mike again for as long as he lives; sure enough, Mikey the Mike Sprite appears to show the 'bots the horror of a world without Mike. The 'bots don't miss Mike at all, but they wish for him back anyway just to humor the sprite after he badgers them into pretending their they have learned their lesson. Then Servo says he never wants to see Mike's socks again; enter Mikesocksy...
28th Jul '17 11:18:55 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** The ''Squirm'' episode featured another host segment, where Crow and Tom Servo wonder if every object in the universe has its own sprite, just waiting for the chance to pull a Wonderful Life plot. They test this by having Crow announce that he never wants to see Mike again for as long as he lives; sure enough, Mikey the Mike Sprite appears to show the 'bots the horror of a world without Mike. The 'bots don't miss Mike at all, but they wish for him back anyway just to humor the sprite. Then Servo says he never wants to see Mike's socks again; enter Mikesocksy...
--->'''Mike:''' C'mon man, I really need my socks.
--->'''Mikesocksy:''' [=NooooooooOOOOOOOooo=] Mike's Socks. ''(whistle)''

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** The ''Squirm'' episode featured another host segment, where Crow and Tom Servo wonder if every object in the universe has its own sprite, just waiting for the chance to pull a Wonderful Life plot. They test this by having Crow announce that he never wants to see Mike again for as long as he lives; sure enough, Mikey the Mike Sprite appears to show the 'bots the horror of a world without Mike. The 'bots don't miss Mike at all, but they wish for him back anyway just to humor the sprite.sprite after he badgers them into pretending their have learned their lesson. Then Servo says he never wants to see Mike's socks again; enter Mikesocksy...
--->'''Mike:''' C'mon man, I really need my socks.
--->'''Mikesocksy:'''
socks.\\
'''Mikesocksy:'''
[=NooooooooOOOOOOOooo=] Mike's Socks. ''(whistle)''
25th Jun '17 12:27:51 PM ZimFan89
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* Issue 13 of ''ComicBook/IHateFairyland'' starts as an OriginsEpisode for Larry, as he dreams of how he first became a guide and met Gertrude, but quickly veers into this trope as he dreams on what could have happened if she had never arrived in Fairyland. He becomes a megastar, acting as a guide to countless great child heroes, but eventually cracks under the pressure, having a public meltdown as he descends into alcoholism, which costs him his job. It ends with him as a homeless junkie who [[AteHisGun shoots himself]] to end his misery, before waking up from the dream.
24th Jun '17 3:49:04 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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After the [[{{Film}} movie]] ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', a device whereby an external force (usually supernatural) intervenes in a time of crisis to show the character facing said crisis how things would have been [[RetGone had he or she never been born.]] May occur as part of a NearDeathExperience, or [[MakeAWish following]] SmiteMeOhMightySmiter. Episodes with this plot usually take place around Christmas time, because ''It's a Wonderful Life'' takes place around Christmas. If a show hasn't done a YetAnotherChristmasCarol episode yet (or if they have already done so), they'll be doing this one.

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After the [[{{Film}} movie]] ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', a device whereby an external force (usually supernatural) intervenes in a time of crisis to show the character facing said crisis how things would have been had one key part of the past gone down differently. Most often,
the change is that
[[RetGone the character in question had he or she never been born.]] born]]. May occur as part of a NearDeathExperience, or [[MakeAWish following]] SmiteMeOhMightySmiter. Episodes with this plot usually take place around Christmas time, because ''It's a Wonderful Life'' takes place around Christmas. If a show hasn't done a YetAnotherChristmasCarol episode yet (or if they have already done so), they'll be doing this one.
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