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11th Aug '16 9:38:42 AM Iris
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* Unusually for this trope, ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' employs it smack in the middle of ''Changes''. [[spoiler: Harry's much-loved apartment is razed, with much of his possessions inside. To add insult to injury, he damages his spine while trying to help his elderly landlady, and is left paralyzed from the waist down. This leads to him accepting Mab's offer to become the Winter Knight, which in turn causes him to arrange his own murder at the end of the novel.]] The symbolism remains, though. It tells the reader that [[WhamEpisode this book pulls no punches]], and will live up to its name-NothingIsTheSameAnymore.
17th Jul '16 6:33:16 AM TheUnknownUploader
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** An earlier season 4 episode has [[spoiler: The Governor]] burn down Woodbury.
26th Jun '16 12:45:35 PM nombretomado
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* In ''BaldursGateDarkAlliance'' ''II'', the [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghost of House Felldane]] asks you to destroy Firewind Manor, in order to hide the evidence of the depravity his descendants have succumbed to. Serendipitously, the manor burns to the ground not long after during a dragon attack, fulfilling the ghost's wishes.

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* In ''BaldursGateDarkAlliance'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGateDarkAlliance'' ''II'', the [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghost of House Felldane]] asks you to destroy Firewind Manor, in order to hide the evidence of the depravity his descendants have succumbed to. Serendipitously, the manor burns to the ground not long after during a dragon attack, fulfilling the ghost's wishes.
9th Jun '16 1:49:38 AM PaulA
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* In the ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' episode "No Quarter Given", a character's house and business are confiscated by the German occupying forces, and the woman he loves is killed by a drunken SS soldier, whose superior shelters him from prosecution. At the end of the episode, he decides to make a break for England, and burns the house down as a parting gesture.
6th Jun '16 7:52:32 PM FurtiveGrist
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* {{Edgar Allan Poe}}'s story "Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher" ends this way, and the curse of the Usher family is brought to closure through the destruction of the house, as well as the protagonist's love interest.

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* {{Edgar Allan Poe}}'s story "Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher" ends this way, and the curse of the Usher family is brought to closure through the destruction of the house, as well as the protagonist's love interest.best friend.



::Coincidentally, just before the final episode was filmed the ''MASH'' set burned down.

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::Coincidentally, **Coincidentally, just before the final episode was filmed the ''MASH'' set burned down.
30th May '16 5:17:09 PM Minni128
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* According to legend, the English king Richard II had his palace at Sheen burned down after the death of his first wife, Queen Anne, because the place was a favourite of hers and the memories associated with it, though once pleasant, had become too painful to him.
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11th May '16 12:15:06 PM erforce
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* The version of "Samson and Delilah" recorded by [[Music/{{Garbage}} Shirley Manson]] for ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' invokes this, as "[[DestroyTheAbusiveHome If I had my way, I'd tear this old building down]]" specifically changes to the last part to "I'd burn this whole building down".

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* The version of "Samson and Delilah" recorded by [[Music/{{Garbage}} Shirley Manson]] for ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' invokes this, as "[[DestroyTheAbusiveHome If I had my way, I'd tear this old building down]]" specifically changes to the last part to "I'd burn this whole building down".
7th May '16 1:25:31 PM nombretomado
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* In GilmoreGirls, Lorelai raised her daughter at the Independence Inn for ten years while working there as a maid. Even though they had moved into their own home before the series started, they remained attached to it. It burned down at the end of season three when Lorelai was moving forward buying her own inn with her friend Sookie and her daughter Rory was heading off to college. It signaled a transition in their lives to more serious endeavors.

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* In GilmoreGirls, ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Lorelai raised her daughter at the Independence Inn for ten years while working there as a maid. Even though they had moved into their own home before the series started, they remained attached to it. It burned down at the end of season three when Lorelai was moving forward buying her own inn with her friend Sookie and her daughter Rory was heading off to college. It signaled a transition in their lives to more serious endeavors.
19th Mar '16 7:34:39 AM Hossmeister
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12th Mar '16 9:52:52 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* At the end of ''VideoGame/GodOfWarAscension'', [[spoiler:Kratos turns his house into a funeral pyre for Orkos]].


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