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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.
15th Feb '17 2:09:53 AM Vir
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** A more recent episode had a BrilliantButLazy scientist invent a robot to do all his work and fulfill his social obligations. When the robot starts winning Nobel Prizes and the love of the scientist's family:

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** A more recent later episode had a BrilliantButLazy scientist invent a robot to do all his work and fulfill his social obligations. When the robot starts winning Nobel Prizes and the love of the scientist's family:
12th Jan '17 2:53:43 PM Jeduthun
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath'', Davey's friend Jimmy rushes past an injured girl in order to collect a "Good Neighbor" balloon at a festival. Davey stops to help the girl and as a result doesn't receive his balloon. The episode concludes with Jimmy boasting that he's a good neighbor since he has the balloon to prove it-- and to his dismay the balloon pops right in his face.
1st Dec '16 4:21:17 AM yisfidri
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Compare to EarthAllAlong, TomatoSurprise, FawltyTowersPlot, and CruelTwistEnding.

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Compare to EarthAllAlong, TomatoSurprise, FawltyTowersPlot, and CruelTwistEnding.
CruelTwistEnding. When this trope is only used in an adaptation while being absent in the source material, it's AdaptationalKarma.
14th Oct '16 9:29:15 AM hyphz
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* ''MahouGyoushouninRoma'' has these as its primary theme:
** A boy is desperate to be the stand-out player on the basketball team, but is constantly in the shadow of the one other boy who is better than him. He buys a magical artifact allowing him to "erase" the other boy from history, thus becoming the best player himself. But [[spoiler:before he can play a game, he is erased by the former third-best player on the team, who is now in the same position.]]
** A boy is desperate for a girl to fall in love with him, and buys a magical card that will guarantee her love if he passes it to her. He hides the card in a bundle of books to give to her unnoticed, and they fall in love.. except [[spoiler:she was already in love with him, and passed him a similar card just beforehand.]]
** Just when you think they're becoming TheUntwist or CruelTwistEndings, though, a poor boy buys a magical coin which gives a 50:50 chance of the bearer having exceptional luck or facing disaster. Having won a motorcycle with his luck, but then had a family member injured on a bad flip, he tries to distance himself from it; but his sister discovers the coin, flips it, and is interrupted when [[spoiler:he ''throws it in the ocean'', saying the risk to others isn't worth the chance of a magical break. This shocks ''Roma'', as the magical energy she normally drained from the Aesop victims is instead lost. And the final frame shows the coin lying at the bottom of the ocean - luck side up.]]
14th Oct '16 9:13:45 AM hyphz
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* ''Film/LayerCake'' ends with the protagonist, a cocaine dealer, having risen to become leader of his own gang, eliminated his rivals, and gotten the girl - and, as he gloats as he walks down the steps of his club, having done all this without ever revealing his name. Seconds later a minor character shoots him dead. NoHonorAmongThieves, dude.
4th Sep '16 1:14:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Tharg's Future Shocks'' from ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' typically ended with such a twist. One of the best, by Creator/AlanMoore, goes like this: A werewolf on a virtually eternal space flight to an off-world colony looking forward to feasting on everybody else on board whenever the spaceship passes a lunar body finding out the hard way that every passenger and crew member on the vessel [[FlockOfWolves is also a werewolf and was hoping to do the same thing]] (and Earth's space command post happy to know that they've finally figured out a way to get rid of all of the planet's werewolves).

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* ''Tharg's Future Shocks'' ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks'' from ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' typically ended with such a twist.twist. If the main character is warmongering, bigoted, greedy, etc., you can be sure that something will come back to bite them by the end. One of the best, by Creator/AlanMoore, goes like this: A werewolf on a virtually eternal space flight to an off-world colony looking forward to feasting on everybody else on board whenever the spaceship passes a lunar body finding out the hard way that every passenger and crew member on the vessel [[FlockOfWolves is also a werewolf and was hoping to do the same thing]] (and Earth's space command post happy to know that they've finally figured out a way to get rid of all of the planet's werewolves).
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