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8th Jun '17 7:10:28 AM jormis29
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** In the episode "Top Billing," a struggling actor played by Jon Lovitz competes with his more handsome and successful former rival for a role in a production of ''{{Hamlet}}''. When his rival is chosen for the role based purely on his looks, Lovitz's character murders him, and in his absence is accepted to fill in his role... which the murderous director reveals it to be the role of [[AlasPoorYorick Yorick's]] skull.

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** In the episode "Top Billing," a struggling actor played by Jon Lovitz Creator/JonLovitz competes with his more handsome and successful former rival for a role in a production of ''{{Hamlet}}''. When his rival is chosen for the role based purely on his looks, Lovitz's character murders him, and in his absence is accepted to fill in his role... which the murderous director reveals it to be the role of [[AlasPoorYorick Yorick's]] skull.
17th May '17 11:59:19 PM Az_Tech341
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* ''Film/TalesFromTheHood'' ends with the trio of thuggish gang-members learning from their mortician host that "[[spoiler: [[WelcomeToHell This.. ain't no funeral home!]]]]"

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* ''Film/TalesFromTheHood'' ends with the trio of thuggish gang-members learning from their mortician host that "[[spoiler: [[WelcomeToHell This.. [[spoiler:"[[WelcomeToHell This... ain't no funeral home!]]]]"home!"]]]]
17th May '17 11:34:33 PM MarkLungo
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** Averted in one of its most famous stories: "It's a Good Life", about a boy named Anthony [[AGodAmI with godlike powers.]] Arguably not as much, however, in "It's Still a Good Life", the sequel to the story in the 2002 series. Anthony has grown up and has a daughter named Audrey. She also has powers, but she can also bring things ''back'' from "the cornfield." The remaining townspeople (including Anthony's mother) try to turn her against her father, but it backfires and she banishes them all from existence. Anthony winds up saddened by this development, so she brings ''everything'' back. The two plan a trip to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, as Anthony states Audrey did a "real good thing" - acknowledging he is less powerful than she is and had better think happy thoughts himself. [[TwistEnding The closing narration reveals that there was no moral. "Just an update from Peaksville, Ohio."]]
** In "Escape Clause," a man granted immortality in a FaustianBargain, having accidentally killed his wife, casts it as a premeditated murder to see what the electric chair will do to him; his lawyer gets him a life sentence instead, and he calls on the Devil to collect rather than face centuries in prison.
** In "I Shot an Arrow into the Air" the crew of a spaceship crashes on a hot, barren landscape with little hope of being rescued. One of the crew members, seeing that their water supplies are running low, kills the other surviving crew members to take their water. Then he finds out they weren't on a foreign world like they thought, but were actually in the Nevada desert, just a few miles from the road, and he breaks down upon realizing how pointless his actions were. The closing narration even refers to this twist as "A practical joke perpetrated by Mother Nature and a combination of improbable events, practical joke wearing the trappings of a nightmare of terror, of desperation."
** "A Nice Place to Visit" had an interesting version of this: a bank robber is killed during one of his heists, and is happy to find himself where he gets everything he'd ever want, instead of "the other place" (i.e. hell). Trouble is, ''he gets everything he'd ever want'' and quickly grows bored. It turns out [[NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction he can't do anything exciting (like rob a bank) because he'd always succeed.]] In frustration, he decides he doesn't belong in Heaven and asks to go to "the other place". The guide retorts [[spoiler: "Heaven? Whatever gave you the idea that you were in Heaven, Mr. Valentine? [[ThisIsntHeaven This]] ''[[ThisIsntHeaven is]]'' [[ThisIsntHeaven the other place!]]"]]

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** Averted in one of its most famous stories: "It's a Good Life", "Literature/ItsAGoodLife", about a boy named Anthony [[AGodAmI with godlike powers.]] Arguably not as much, however, in "It's Still a Good Life", the sequel to the story in [[Series/TheTwilightZone2002 the 2002 series.series]]. Anthony has grown up and has a daughter named Audrey. She also has powers, powers similar to her father's, but she can also bring things ''back'' from "the cornfield." The remaining townspeople (including Anthony's mother) try to turn her against her father, but it backfires and she banishes them all from existence. Anthony winds up saddened by this development, so she brings ''everything'' back. The two plan a trip to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, as Anthony states Audrey did a "real good thing" - acknowledging he is less powerful than she is and had better think happy thoughts himself. [[TwistEnding The closing narration reveals that there was no moral. "Just an update from Peaksville, Ohio."]]
** In "Escape Clause," "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E6EscapeClause Escape Clause]]", a man granted immortality in a FaustianBargain, having accidentally killed his wife, casts it as a premeditated murder to see what the electric chair will do to him; his lawyer gets him a life sentence instead, and he calls on the Devil to collect rather than face centuries in prison.
** In "I "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E15IShotAnArrowIntoTheAir I Shot an Arrow into the Air" Air]]" the crew of a spaceship crashes on a hot, barren landscape with little hope of being rescued. One of the crew members, seeing that their water supplies are running low, kills the other surviving crew members to take their water. Then he finds out they weren't on a foreign world like they thought, but were actually in the Nevada desert, just a few miles from the road, and he breaks down upon realizing how pointless his actions were. The closing narration even refers to this twist as "A practical joke perpetrated by Mother Nature and a combination of improbable events, practical joke wearing the trappings of a nightmare of terror, of desperation."
** "A "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E28ANicePlaceToVisit A Nice Place to Visit" Visit]]" had an interesting version of this: a bank robber is killed during one of his heists, and is happy to find himself where he gets everything he'd ever want, instead of "the other place" (i.e. hell). Trouble is, ''he gets everything he'd ever want'' and quickly grows bored. It turns out [[NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction he can't do anything exciting (like rob a bank) because he'd always succeed.]] In frustration, he decides he doesn't belong in Heaven and asks to go to "the other place". The guide retorts [[spoiler: "Heaven? Whatever gave you the idea that you were in Heaven, Mr. Valentine? [[ThisIsntHeaven This]] ''[[ThisIsntHeaven is]]'' [[ThisIsntHeaven the other place!]]"]]
17th May '17 11:17:39 PM Geoduck
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* ''Film/TalesFromTheHood'' ends with the trio of thuggish gang-members learning from their mortician host that "[[spoiler: [[WelcomeToHell This.. ain't no funeral home!]]]]"
8th May '17 10:23:28 AM TheRoguePenguin
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-->Finally! Solitude! I can read books for all eternity! (glasses fall off) It's not fair! IT'S NOT... Oh, well, my eyes aren't that bad. I can still read the large print books. (eyes fall out) IT'S NOT... Oh, well, lucky I know Braille. (hands fall off, screams, tongue falls out, head falls off) Hey, look at that weird mirror!
--> '''Bender''': Cursed by his own hubris.

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-->Finally! -->'''Guy:''' Finally! Solitude! I can read books for all eternity! (glasses fall off) It's not fair! IT'S NOT... Oh, well, NOT FAIR! Wait, my eyes aren't that bad. I can still read the large print books. (eyes fall out) IT'S NOT... Oh, well, Well, lucky I know how to read Braille. (hands fall off, screams, tongue falls out, head falls off) Hey, look at that weird mirror!
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mirror!\\
'''Bender''': Cursed by his own hubris.



--> '''MadScientist''': I have combined the DNA of the world's most evil animals to make the most evil creature of them all!
--> '''Creature''': ''(completely deadpan)'' [[spoiler: [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Turns out it's Man.]]]]

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--> ---> '''MadScientist''': I have combined the DNA of the world's most evil animals to make the most evil creature of them all!
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all!\\
'''Creature''': ''(completely deadpan)'' [[spoiler: [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Turns out it's Man.]]]]



--> '''Narrator''': [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens, but that humblest of God's creatures]]... the ''Tyrannosaurus Rex''.

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--> ---> '''Narrator''': [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds In the end, it wasn't guns or bombs that defeated the aliens, but that humblest of God's creatures]]... the ''Tyrannosaurus Rex''.



-->'''Scientist:''' If only I'd ordered the robot to make me [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor be more careful with what I wished for!]] [[HypocriticalHumor Robot, experience this]] [[DramaticIrony crushing irony]] [[HypocriticalHumor for]] [[IgnoredEpiphany me]].\\

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-->'''Scientist:''' --->'''Scientist:''' If only I'd ordered the robot to make me [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor be more careful with what I wished for!]] [[HypocriticalHumor Robot, experience this]] [[DramaticIrony crushing irony]] [[HypocriticalHumor for]] [[IgnoredEpiphany me]].\\
7th Apr '17 8:59:01 AM igordebraga
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* Sid in WesternAnimation/ToyStory could count. He spends all his spare time sadistically destroying toys. [[spoiler: Once the toys rise up against him, he's too terrified to even look at his sister's doll.]]

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* Sid in WesternAnimation/ToyStory ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' could count. He spends all his spare time sadistically destroying toys. [[spoiler: Once the toys rise up against him, he's too terrified to even look at his sister's doll.]]



* The lyrics in Music/OzzyOsbourne's ''Trapdoor'' (from his 2010 album ''Scream'') seem to talk about someone that fell victim to his own hubris (and the Nemesis that comes with it).

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* The lyrics in Music/OzzyOsbourne's ''Trapdoor'' "Trapdoor" (from his 2010 album ''Scream'') seem to talk about someone that fell victim to his own hubris (and the Nemesis that comes with it).
5th Mar '17 3:02:47 AM eroock
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* A guy comes across a device that [[TimeStandsStill stops time]] and uses it to make himself rich, spy on the girls' locker room, etc... [[PhlebotinumBreakdown But it breaks]], [[AndIMustScream stranding him in stopped-time]].

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* A guy comes across a device that [[TimeStandsStill stops time]] and uses it to make himself rich, [[PowerPerversionPotential spy on the girls' locker room, room]], etc... [[PhlebotinumBreakdown But it breaks]], [[AndIMustScream stranding him in stopped-time]].
5th Mar '17 3:01:13 AM eroock
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For example, a CorruptCorporateExecutive makes a huge deal via unethical tactics... But it turns out that [[DealWithTheDevil the deal was with the devil]], and he's just lost his soul.

A guy comes across a device that [[TimeStandsStill stops time]] and uses it to make himself rich, spy on the girls' locker room, etc... [[PhlebotinumBreakdown But it breaks]], [[AndIMustScream stranding him in stopped-time]].

A diminutive, mean-spirited, cheating jockey wishes he wasn't so short, and his wish is granted... [[LiteralGenie Turning him into a 10-foot tall freak who can't ride horses any more]].[[note]]This is the plot of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E125TheLastNightOfAJockey The Last Night of a Jockey]]".[[/note]]

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CorruptCorporateExecutive makes a huge deal via unethical tactics... But it turns out that [[DealWithTheDevil the deal was with the devil]], and he's just lost his soul.

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A guy comes across a device that [[TimeStandsStill stops time]] and uses it to make himself rich, spy on the girls' locker room, etc... [[PhlebotinumBreakdown But it breaks]], [[AndIMustScream stranding him in stopped-time]].

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A diminutive, mean-spirited, cheating jockey wishes he wasn't so short, and his wish is granted... [[LiteralGenie Turning him into a 10-foot tall freak who can't ride horses any more]].[[note]]This is the plot of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E125TheLastNightOfAJockey The Last Night of a Jockey]]".[[/note]]
5th Mar '17 2:58:55 AM eroock
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-->--'''Tim Buckley''', ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''

[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 Imagine, if you will,]] that a character does something despicable or foolish. Perhaps they were acting in an immoral way; perhaps they merely dared to rally against fate / the gods / the futility of existence / their own humanity. Whatever the reason, the universal kismet doesn't like it, so something totally unexpected but poetically just happens at the end to drive the lesson home, hard. Such endings are ''all but'' explicitly moralistic; it isn't enough for the universe to bring a situation to a just resolution, it has to resolve the situation in such a way as to both reveal what the moral of the story is and "demonstrate" the correctness of that lesson. This is a '''Karmic Twist Ending''' -- a TwistEnding designed to force AnAesop.

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-->--'''Tim -->-- '''Tim Buckley''', ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''

[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 Imagine, if you will,]] that a character does something despicable or foolish. Perhaps they were acting in an immoral way; perhaps they merely dared to rally against fate / the gods / the futility of existence / their own humanity. Whatever the reason, the universal kismet doesn't like it, so something totally unexpected but poetically just happens at the end to drive the lesson home, hard. Such endings are ''all but'' explicitly moralistic; it isn't enough for the universe to bring a situation to a just resolution, it has to resolve the situation in such a way as to both reveal what the moral of the story is and "demonstrate" the correctness of that lesson. This is a '''Karmic Karmic Twist Ending''' Ending -- a TwistEnding designed to force AnAesop.
15th Feb '17 2:11:37 AM Vir
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* In the "Wasted Talent" episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' where Peter had to get drunk to play the piano, the final scene shows his solitary bookworm brain cell in despair after breaking his glasses, alluding to the Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' took a twist on the ''Twilight Zone'' episode “A Kind of a Stopwatch” in "Treehouse of Horror XIV." Bart and Milhouse find a stop watch that stops time, make mischief, and break the watch. ''Unlike'' the Twilight Zone episode, they are able to repair the watch using a guide--and they take ''15 years'' to fix it.

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* In the "Wasted Talent" episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' where Peter had to get drunk to play the piano, the final scene shows his solitary bookworm brain cell in despair after breaking his glasses, alluding to the Twilight Zone ''Twilight Zone'' episode "Time Enough at Last."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' took a twist on the ''Twilight Zone'' episode “A "A Kind of a Stopwatch” Stopwatch" in "Treehouse of Horror XIV." XIV". Bart and Milhouse find a stop watch that stops time, make mischief, and break the watch. ''Unlike'' the Twilight Zone ''Twilight Zone'' episode, they are able to repair the watch using a guide--and they take ''15 years'' to fix it.
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