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17th Jan '18 2:42:21 PM RedScharlach
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** An episode where a girl becomes extremely bitter at her teacher. He reads one of her notes aloud and blames someone who wasn't involved for it as well, writing it down in his book (which he claims goes on their permanent record). She starts to believe that he's just trying to mess with people and talks about rumors of him ruining people's opportunities to get into good highschools. She listens to her MP3 player in class and he takes it and writes it down. She comes back for it and he tells her he threw it away. She sends him to hell. [[spoiler: Afterward, her friend runs up to give her her MP3 player back, saying that the teacher told her he was just joking and he would eventually give it back. They look at the book on the ground to find that it was empty aside from a few doodles. The girl transfers out and is never seen again.]]

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** An episode where a girl becomes extremely bitter at her teacher. He reads one of her notes aloud and blames someone who wasn't involved for it as well, writing it down in his book (which he claims goes on their permanent record). She starts to believe that he's just trying to mess with people and talks about rumors of him ruining people's opportunities to get into good highschools.high schools. She listens to her MP3 player in class and he takes it and writes it down. She comes back for it and he tells her he threw it away. She sends him to hell. [[spoiler: Afterward, her friend runs up to give her her MP3 player back, saying that the teacher told her he was just joking and he would eventually give it back. They look at the book on the ground to find that it was empty aside from a few doodles. The girl transfers out and is never seen again.]]



* A common appearance in Creator/ECComics, just a few examples (there were dozens in total) include:

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* A common appearance occurrence in Creator/ECComics, just a few examples (there were dozens in total) include:



** In "A Grim Fairy Tale" a pompous King and Queen forbid the townfolk from killing the rats that overwhelm the kingdom. Eventually an angry mob captures them, shoves live rats down their throats and sews their mouth shut, causing the rats to eat their way out of them.

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** In "A Grim Fairy Tale" a pompous King and Queen forbid the townfolk townsfolk from killing the rats that overwhelm the kingdom. Eventually an angry mob captures them, shoves live rats down their throats and sews their mouth mouths shut, causing the rats to eat their way out of them.



* [[DoubleSubversion Doubly subverted]] in ''Film/KindHeartsAndCoronets''. The story revolves around a man who attempts to become the Duke of Chalfont by murdering everyone in line to inherit the dukedom. [[spoiler: Then he gets sentenced to death for the one murder he ''didn't'' commit. Then he gets acquitted at the last moment, but ''then'', as he leaves the prison, he realizes that he left his memoirs--which describe the murders he actually committed--in his cell.]]

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* [[DoubleSubversion Doubly subverted]] in ''Film/KindHeartsAndCoronets''. The story revolves around a man who attempts to become the Duke of Chalfont by murdering everyone in line to inherit the dukedom. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then he gets sentenced to death for the one murder he ''didn't'' commit. Then he gets acquitted at the last moment, but ''then'', as he leaves the prison, he realizes that he left his memoirs--which describe the murders he actually committed--in his cell.]]



* In ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'': The protagonist's wish is granted and his painting ages and becomes ugly instead of him. This drives him to sin (which makes the portrait ugly), and when his IgnoredEpiphany doesn't make the painting uglier instead of more beautiful because of his vanity, he destroys the painting, inadvertedly killing himself.

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* In ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'': The protagonist's wish is granted and his painting ages and becomes ugly instead of him. This drives him to sin (which makes the portrait ugly), and when his IgnoredEpiphany doesn't make the painting uglier instead of more beautiful because of his vanity, he destroys the painting, inadvertedly inadvertently killing himself.



** A similar example happens in the episode "Beauty Rest" where a would-be pageant queen murders a rival in order to win the contest ... only to discover that it's "Miss Autopsy" where the winner is eviscerated and displayed for the audience.

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** A similar example happens in the episode "Beauty Rest" where a would-be pageant queen murders a rival in order to win the contest ...contest... only to discover that it's "Miss Autopsy" where the winner is eviscerated and displayed for the audience.
26th Nov '17 12:21:00 AM Gideoncrawle
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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 "[[WelcomeToHell This... ain't no funeral home!"]]]]home!]]"
9th Sep '17 10:19:25 PM Gregzilla
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* There is a Japanese (I think) fairy tale where a lazy man hears about an island of one-eyed men, so he decides to go there, kidnap one, and make a living from TheFreakshow. Turns out a two-eyed man is quite a freak show for the one-eyed men themselves...

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* There is a Japanese (I think) fairy tale where a lazy man hears about an island of one-eyed men, so he decides to go there, kidnap one, and make a living from TheFreakshow. Turns out a two-eyed man is quite a freak show for the one-eyed men themselves...
12th Aug '17 9:55:42 AM nombretomado
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* The artist of ''CtrlAltDel'' notes that this was what he intended with his conclusion to the main comic story. Ethan spent most of the comic making horribly dangerous and stupid decisions, so it was inevitable one or more would finally catch up with him. A time machine he built is used to show Ethan a BadFuture that came about solely due to his creation of Zeke. Before he can be [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong sent back to stop it]] the machine overloads, forcing Ethan to commit a HeroicSacrifice.

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* The artist of ''CtrlAltDel'' ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' notes that this was what he intended with his conclusion to the main comic story. Ethan spent most of the comic making horribly dangerous and stupid decisions, so it was inevitable one or more would finally catch up with him. A time machine he built is used to show Ethan a BadFuture that came about solely due to his creation of Zeke. Before he can be [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong sent back to stop it]] the machine overloads, forcing Ethan to commit a HeroicSacrifice.
26th Jun '17 7:12:22 PM lalaTKG
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* In the short story "Silent Hostages'' by Paul Gallico, two criminals escape from prison and murder their way across the country. When they stop in a small, isolated town to take hostages, they soon find that [[spoiler: everyone in the town are mannequins. It is revealed that the town is about to be destroyed in the testing of a nuclear bomb which is going to be detonated in a few seconds. An extra layer of irony is added when it is revealed that they got into the town because the man who was supposed to be guarding it abandoned his post to comfort his dying wife in hospital after the criminals shot her and their children.]]
* There is a Japanese (I think) fairy tale where a lazy man hears about an island of one-eyed men, so he decides to go there, kidnap one, and make a living from TheFreakshow. Turns out a two-eyed man is quite a freak show for the one-eyed men himself...

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* In the short story "Silent Hostages'' by Paul Gallico, two criminals escape from prison and murder their way across the country. When they stop in a small, isolated town to take hostages, they soon find that [[spoiler: everyone in [[spoiler:all of the citizens in town are mannequins. It is revealed that the town is about to be destroyed in the testing of a nuclear bomb which is going to be detonated in a few seconds. An extra layer of irony is added when it is revealed that they got into the town because the man who was supposed to be guarding it abandoned his post to comfort his dying wife in hospital after the criminals shot her and their children.]]
* There is a Japanese (I think) fairy tale where a lazy man hears about an island of one-eyed men, so he decides to go there, kidnap one, and make a living from TheFreakshow. Turns out a two-eyed man is quite a freak show for the one-eyed men himself...themselves...
26th Jun '17 6:56:36 PM lalaTKG
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** 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.]]

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** Just when you think they're becoming TheUntwist or CruelTwistEndings, {{Cruel Twist Ending}}s, 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.]]
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!]]]]"
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