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21st Apr '16 10:30:44 AM twilicorn
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' "Holiday Special" episode, Wanda wishes recycling had never existed. So Ms Fizzle uses the bus to eliminate recycling from Walkerville. Chaos ensues, culminating in the bus disintegrating because it was built from recycled materials, and the class have to rebuild it so that they can put things right.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' ChristmasEpisode (simply titled "Holiday Special" episode, Special"), Wanda wishes recycling had never existed. So didn't exist (long story short: she was planning to use a nutcracker to get into a production of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'', but it fell out of her backpack and Arnold thought it was trash so he threw it in the recycling bin), so Ms Fizzle uses the bus to eliminate recycling from Walkerville. Chaos ensues, culminating in the bus disintegrating because it was built from recycled materials, and the class have having to rebuild it so that they can put things right.
21st Apr '16 10:20:22 AM twilicorn
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* A rather subversive treatment of this story was ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "It's A Wishful Life", where everyone's shown as being better off without Timmy Turner, even though he's a decent kid . When Timmy does all sorts of good things for his friends and family only to get complete ingratitude, he angrily wishes he was never born just to see how tough things would be without him... only to discover that everyone in Dimmsdale, including Cosmo and Wanda, actually have ''much'' better lives without him. It should be pointed out that the whole thing turned out to be a test being given to Timmy by Von Strangle, even if he was pretty sadistic about it. Still frustratingly, many world changes had ''nothing'' to do with Timmy's existence (ex. AJ having hair, Francis joining the football team, etc.). This drew flak from many viewers, most famously WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter - so much so that this is one of the few episodes that showrunner Butch Hartman [[OldShame regretted making]], citing that they did go [[UpToEleven a bit overboard]] on the cruelty and the lesson wasn't a fit one for kids.

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* A rather subversive treatment of this story was ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "It's A Wishful Life", where everyone's shown as being better off without Timmy Turner, even though he's a decent kid .kid. When Timmy does all sorts of good things for his friends and family only to get complete ingratitude, he angrily wishes he was never born just to see how tough things would be without him... only to discover that everyone in Dimmsdale, including Cosmo and Wanda, actually have ''much'' better lives without him. It should be pointed out that the whole thing turned out to be a test being given to Timmy by Von Strangle, even if he was pretty sadistic about it. Still frustratingly, many world changes had ''nothing'' to do with Timmy's existence (ex. AJ having hair, hair and Francis joining the football team, etc.). This drew flak from many viewers, most famously team). Viewers and WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter - so much so were not impressed, to say the least, to the point that this "Wishful Life" is one of the few episodes that showrunner Butch Hartman [[OldShame regretted making]], citing that they did go [[UpToEleven a bit overboard]] on the cruelty and that [[BrokenAesop the lesson wasn't a fit one for kids.kids]].



* Played straight with the Christmas special of ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'', where Mikey never visited Japan and everyone's life is worse. This coincides with a YetAnotherChristmasCarol subplot. Because Mikey never won the contest, someone else became the new star of ''Lilymu!'', the overweight and past his prime Anime/SpeedRacer. The ratings tanked and the show was cancelled. Guano became a chimney sweep with a stupid accent, Lily married Yoshi the cameraman and adopted several kids (Becoming very cranky and ugly), Gonard, because the show was cancelled during a take and no one yelled "Cut", terrorizes the city as his ''Lilymu!'' role, and Mitsuki tried to be a serious actor, but quickly became a WhiteDwarfStarlet.

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* Played straight with the Christmas special of ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'', where Mikey never visited Japan and everyone's life is worse. This coincides with a YetAnotherChristmasCarol subplot. Because Mikey never won the contest, someone else became the new star of ''Lilymu!'', ''Lilymu!'' - the overweight and past his prime Anime/SpeedRacer. The ratings tanked and the show was cancelled. Guano became a chimney sweep with a stupid accent, Lily married Yoshi the cameraman and adopted several kids (Becoming very cranky and ugly), Gonard, because the show was cancelled during a take and no one yelled "Cut", terrorizes the city as his ''Lilymu!'' role, and Mitsuki tried to be a serious actor, but quickly became a WhiteDwarfStarlet.



* In an episode of the cartoon "Rainbow Fish" the title character wishes that he was never born after having a bad day. His "guardian angelfish" soon appears and shows him what life would be like without him. In this alternate universe, Rainbow's favorite restaurant has hardly any customers, his parents are sad for not having a son, his sister is depressed due to being an only child and even the school bullies are miserable because they don't have anyone to pick on.

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* In an episode of the cartoon "Rainbow Fish" ''Rainbow Fish'', the title character wishes that he was never born after having a bad day. His "guardian angelfish" soon appears and shows him what life would be like without him. In this alternate universe, Rainbow's favorite restaurant has hardly any customers, his parents are sad for not having a son, his sister is depressed due to being an only child and even the school bullies are miserable because they don't have anyone to pick on.
21st Apr '16 10:14:08 AM twilicorn
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* ''Amy and the Angel', an Series/AfterschoolSpecial that aired in 1982, plays with this: the Clarence was DrivenToSuicide before the story's events and was forced to roam the earth for years. At the end of the special he gets a second chance at life by making sure Amy doesn't make the same mistake he did.
18th Apr '16 9:58:19 PM amphiboly
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* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' did a somewhat predictable reversal of the plot of ''It's a Wonderful Life'', with an angel coming to Earth on Christmas to show Butt-head how much better the world would be if he had never been born. Neighbors, classmates, teachers, and Beavis (mainly because he'd never had the chance to screw up) are shown to be happier and more successful without him. Naturally, Butt-head fails to grasp the lesson.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' did a somewhat predictable reversal of the plot of ''It's a Wonderful Life'', with an angel coming to Earth on Christmas to show Butt-head how much better the world would be if he had never been born. Neighbors, classmates, teachers, and Beavis (mainly because he'd never had the chance to screw up) are shown to be happier and more successful without him. Naturally, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Butt-head fails to grasp the lesson.lesson]].
10th Apr '16 2:24:26 PM MikeW
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* The final episode of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' showed what the world was like without J.R. Ewing. It had a twist ending:

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* The final episode of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' showed what the world was like without J.R. Ewing. In some cases, it's worse: Without J.R., Gary would have driven Ewing Oil into the ground, which killed thier parents earlier. Jason (the brother who would have existed without J.R.) then sold Southfork to become a housing development. Bobby would be a bitter and divorced gambler, Ray ekes out a poor living as a ranch hand (having never discovered he was Jock's son) and Cally is arrested for shooting her abusive husband. However, some folks are better off: Sue Ellen is sober and a successful actress; Kristin is still alive (albiet a con artist); and J.R.'s mortal enemy Cliff Barnes is happily married with good kids and about to become President of the United States. It had a twist ending:
7th Apr '16 2:38:15 PM GlassRain
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* Lampshaded in [[http://fulltimeink.com/archives/8565 this]] strip of ''Webcomic/PhilLikesTacos''.
10th Mar '16 9:08:20 PM GrammarNavi
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* In a ''Series/{{Popular}}'' episode at the end of the arc centered on Harrison's battle with leukemia, he is prevented from committing suicide by being taken on a Wonderful Life by the spirit of his deceased hospital roommate who returned as his guardian angel. Keeping with the somewhat parodic nature of the show, said roommate is even named "Clarence". Making it even funnier is the fact that [[ActorAllusion his actor]] was previously the star of ''TeenAngel''.

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* In a ''Series/{{Popular}}'' episode at the end of the arc centered on Harrison's battle with leukemia, he is prevented from committing suicide by being taken on a Wonderful Life by the spirit of his deceased hospital roommate who returned as his guardian angel. Keeping with the somewhat parodic nature of the show, said roommate is even named "Clarence". Making it even funnier is the fact that [[ActorAllusion his actor]] was previously the star of ''TeenAngel''.''Series/TeenAngel''.
7th Mar '16 4:53:32 PM Grudgeal
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', a plot like this appears when a well-meaning but somewhat naive angel [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?comic=2009-08-11 attempts to save Nodwick from his henchman existence by offering to take his soul for good]], and tries to convince Nodwick by showing what would happen if he were to die for good. BadFuture ensues. He then attempts to invoke this trope by replacing members of the party one by one to find a better AlternateUniverse for Nodwick (replacing Nodwick put another henchman in an even worse stew than Nodwick, since he was taller and therefore a better HumanShield, replacing Yeagar put an Ogre in the party who ate Nodwick on a regular basis, and Arthax was replaced with a necromancer, who heavily reduced Nodwick's death count [[TheUndead with some unfortunate implications]]). The angel is eventually forced to acknowledge that Nodwick is a CosmicPlaything designated to [[ButtMonkey deflect misery from everyone else around him]], and leaves things as they were.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', a plot like this appears when a well-meaning but somewhat naive angel (who is naturally named Clarence) [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?comic=2009-08-11 attempts to save Nodwick from his henchman existence by offering to take his soul for good]], and tries to convince Nodwick by showing what would happen if he were to die for good. BadFuture ensues. He then attempts to invoke this trope by replacing members of the party one by one to find a better AlternateUniverse for Nodwick (replacing Nodwick put another henchman in an even worse stew than Nodwick, since he was taller and therefore a better HumanShield, replacing Yeagar put an Ogre in the party who ate Nodwick on a regular basis, and Arthax was replaced with a necromancer, who heavily reduced Nodwick's death count [[TheUndead with some unfortunate implications]]). The angel is eventually forced to acknowledge that Nodwick is a CosmicPlaything designated to [[ButtMonkey deflect misery from everyone else around him]], and leaves things as they were.
7th Mar '16 4:51:13 PM Grudgeal
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', a plot like this appears when a well-meaning but somewhat naive angel [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2009-08-14 attempts to save Nodwick from his henchman existence by offering to take his soul for good]], and tries to convince Nodwick by showing what would happen if he were to die for good. BadFuture ensues. He then attempts to invoke this trope by replacing members of the party one by one to find a better AlternateUniverse for Nodwick (replacing Nodwick put another henchman in an even worse stew than Nodwick, since he was taller and therefore a better HumanShield, replacing Yeagar put an Ogre in the party who ate Nodwick on a regular basis, and Arthax was replaced with a necromancer, who heavily reduced Nodwick's death count [[TheUndead with some unfortunate implications]]). The angel is eventually forced to acknowledge that Nodwick is a CosmicPlaything designated to [[ButtMonkey deflect misery from everyone else around him]], and leaves things as they were.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', a plot like this appears when a well-meaning but somewhat naive angel [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2009-08-14 [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?comic=2009-08-11 attempts to save Nodwick from his henchman existence by offering to take his soul for good]], and tries to convince Nodwick by showing what would happen if he were to die for good. BadFuture ensues. He then attempts to invoke this trope by replacing members of the party one by one to find a better AlternateUniverse for Nodwick (replacing Nodwick put another henchman in an even worse stew than Nodwick, since he was taller and therefore a better HumanShield, replacing Yeagar put an Ogre in the party who ate Nodwick on a regular basis, and Arthax was replaced with a necromancer, who heavily reduced Nodwick's death count [[TheUndead with some unfortunate implications]]). The angel is eventually forced to acknowledge that Nodwick is a CosmicPlaything designated to [[ButtMonkey deflect misery from everyone else around him]], and leaves things as they were.
10th Feb '16 12:15:34 PM twilicorn
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* A rather subversive treatment of this story was ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "It's A Wishful Life", where everyone's shown as being better off without Timmy Turner, even though he's a decent kid (and this drew flak from many viewers, including [[http://youtu.be/ahMQYsSVGO4 Mr. Enter]]). When Timmy does all sorts of good things for his friends and family only to get complete ingratitude, he angrily wishes he was never born just to see how tough things would be without him... only to discover that everyone in Dimmsdale, including Cosmo and Wanda, actually have ''much'' better lives without him.
** It should be pointed out that the whole thing turned out to be a test being given to Timmy by Von Strangle, even if he was pretty sadistic about it.
** Still frustratingly, many world changes had ''nothing'' to do with Timmy's existence (ex. AJ having hair, Francis joining the football team, etc.)
** This is actually one of the few episodes creator, Butch Hartman, [[OldShame regretted making]]. Citing that they did go a bit overboard on the cruelty and the lesson wasn't a fit one for kids. He has since apologized for it.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' did an interesting take on this trope.
** Peter gets killed in a car crash after [[ItMakesSenseInContext getting drunk at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting]] . Death then shows up to show what Peter would be like if he continues on his path of alcoholism. In this future, Peter tortures his family and has sex with his boss. Horrified by this, Peter wishes he had never taken a drop of alcohol in his life. Death then shows him what his life would be like WITHOUT alcohol. In this future, Peter is happy, educated, and cheerful, but he has uptight friends, doesn't know Joe, Cleveland, or Quagmire, and thinks they're uncouth. The Aesop is "use moderation."
*** Which becomes something of a BrokenAesop when you're talking about someone on his way home from an ''Alcoholics Anonymous'' meeting.

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* A rather subversive treatment of this story was ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "It's A Wishful Life", where everyone's shown as being better off without Timmy Turner, even though he's a decent kid (and this drew flak from many viewers, including [[http://youtu.be/ahMQYsSVGO4 Mr. Enter]]).kid . When Timmy does all sorts of good things for his friends and family only to get complete ingratitude, he angrily wishes he was never born just to see how tough things would be without him... only to discover that everyone in Dimmsdale, including Cosmo and Wanda, actually have ''much'' better lives without him.
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