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11th Apr '17 12:17:27 AM babyhenchy1
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* This happens ''three times'' in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[spoiler: the Fire Nation ultimately wins the war at the end of the second season, forcing Aang and his friends into hiding on enemy territory. Later in season 3, the few remaining pockets of resistance unite for a surprise counter-attack on the Fire Nation capital; it fails, costing the Avatar most of his remaining allies. At the end, the Fire Nation's victory seemed irreversible until Aang regains access to the Avatar State and defeats Ozai.]]

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* This happens ''three times'' in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[spoiler: the Fire Nation ultimately wins the war at the end of the second season, forcing Aang and his friends into hiding on enemy territory. Later in season 3, the few remaining pockets of resistance unite for a surprise counter-attack on the Fire Nation capital; it fails, costing the Avatar most of his remaining allies. At the end, with a super-charged Fire Lord Ozai preparing the killing blow against Aang, the Fire Nation's victory seemed irreversible until Aang regains access to the Avatar State and defeats Ozai.]]
1st Apr '17 10:11:50 AM CASCHero
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** ''VideGame/MortalKombatX'' had this happen ''twice''. The first time Shinnok manages to reach the Jinsei, essentially the life force of the Earth realm, and is about to absorb it. But Johnny Cage's Shadow Power turns out to be able counter his own and, combined with Johnny's fighting skills, he's able to beat Shinnok to which Raidan seals him within Shinnok's own amulet. [[spoiler: The second time happens years later, after a convoluted set of events, Shinnok is freed and once more attacks the Jinsei. This time he ''does'' absorb it, gains a monstrous new form and almost brings about Earth's destruction. But Johnny's daughter, Cassie, fights him this time and well, HistoryRepeats, only this time Shinnok is killed and Raidan manages to undo this damage...if not with unexpected [[KnightTemplar side effects to his personality.]]]]

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** ''VideGame/MortalKombatX'' had this happen ''twice''. The first time Shinnok manages to reach the Jinsei, essentially the life force of the Earth realm, and is about to absorb it. But Johnny Cage's Shadow Power turns out to be able counter his own and, combined with Johnny's fighting skills, he's able to beat Shinnok to which Raidan seals him within Shinnok's own amulet. [[spoiler: The second time happens years later, after a convoluted set of events, Shinnok is freed and once more attacks the Jinsei. This time he ''does'' absorb it, gains a monstrous new form and almost brings about Earth's destruction. But Johnny's daughter, Cassie, fights him this time and well, HistoryRepeats, only this time Shinnok is killed and Raidan manages to undo this the damage...if not with unexpected [[KnightTemplar side effects to his personality.]]]]
1st Apr '17 10:11:26 AM CASCHero
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** ''VideGame/MortalKombatX'' had this happen ''twice''. The first time Shinnok manages to reach the Jinsei, essentially the life force of the Earth realm, and is about to absorb it. But Johnny Cage's Shadow Power turns out to be about to be able counter his own and, combined with Johnny's fighting skills, he's able to beat Shinnok to which Raidan seals him with Shinnok's own amulet. [[spoiler: The second time happens years later, after a convoluted set of events, Shinnok is freed and once more attacks the Jinsei. This time he ''does'' absorb it and nearly does bring about Earth's destruction. But Johnny's daughter, Cassie, fights him this time and well, HistoryRepeats, only this time Shinnok is killed and Raidan manages to undo this damage...if not with unexpected [[KnightTemplar side effects to his personality.]]]]

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** ''VideGame/MortalKombatX'' had this happen ''twice''. The first time Shinnok manages to reach the Jinsei, essentially the life force of the Earth realm, and is about to absorb it. But Johnny Cage's Shadow Power turns out to be about to be able counter his own and, combined with Johnny's fighting skills, he's able to beat Shinnok to which Raidan seals him with within Shinnok's own amulet. [[spoiler: The second time happens years later, after a convoluted set of events, Shinnok is freed and once more attacks the Jinsei. This time he ''does'' absorb it it, gains a monstrous new form and nearly does bring almost brings about Earth's destruction. But Johnny's daughter, Cassie, fights him this time and well, HistoryRepeats, only this time Shinnok is killed and Raidan manages to undo this damage...if not with unexpected [[KnightTemplar side effects to his personality.]]]]
1st Apr '17 10:09:06 AM CASCHero
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** ''VideGame/MortalKombatX'' had this happen ''twice''. The first time Shinnok manages to reach the Jinsei, essentially the life force of the Earth realm, and is about to absorb it. But Johnny Cage's Shadow Power turns out to be about to be able counter his own and, combined with Johnny's fighting skills, he's able to beat Shinnok to which Raidan seals him with Shinnok's own amulet. [[spoiler: The second time happens years later, after a convoluted set of events, Shinnok is freed and once more attacks the Jinsei. This time he ''does'' absorb it and nearly does bring about Earth's destruction. But Johnny's daughter, Cassie, fights him this time and well, HistoryRepeats, only this time Shinnok is killed and Raidan manages to undo this damage...if not with unexpected [[KnightTemplar side effects to his personality.]]]]
31st Mar '17 5:51:01 PM Nevermore2002
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap Minish Cap]]'', Vaati, after disguising himself as the King of Hyrule, getting the soldiers away from the castle by telling them to look for the Light Force, and turning everyone except Link and Ezlo to stone, comes dangerously close to killing Zelda when Link barges in, interrupting him -- after having to go through three battles directly beforehand, a bell chiming after the first two. Upon the third bell, Vaati would have completely draned Zelda of the Light Force, and the penultimate battle in the game is against the notoriously sturdy Darknuts. The third bell is even ''timed'', so if you/Link fail(s) to destroy them in time, Zelda is dead and Vaati actually does win, though this is not recognized as actual canon.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap Minish Cap]]'', Vaati, after disguising himself as the King of Hyrule, getting the soldiers away from the castle by telling them to look for the Light Force, and turning everyone except Link and Ezlo to stone, comes dangerously close to killing Zelda when Link barges in, interrupting him -- after having to go through three battles directly beforehand, a bell chiming after the first two. Upon the third bell, Vaati would have completely draned drained Zelda of the Light Force, and the penultimate battle in the game is against the notoriously sturdy Darknuts. The third bell is even ''timed'', so if you/Link fail(s) to destroy them in time, Zelda is dead and Vaati actually does win, though this is not recognized as actual canon.
26th Mar '17 2:40:29 PM nombretomado
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* {{Okami}} eventually gets rather dire as [[spoiler:Yami]] has Ammy near death with her powers cut off and no help coming, but [[spoiler:Issun went through with his role of being the person who reminds the world of Ammy, allowing her to regain much of her lost power.]]

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* {{Okami}} ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' eventually gets rather dire as [[spoiler:Yami]] has Ammy near death with her powers cut off and no help coming, but [[spoiler:Issun went through with his role of being the person who reminds the world of Ammy, allowing her to regain much of her lost power.]]
3rd Mar '17 1:46:05 AM BoukenDutch
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* In ''[[{{Disney/TheRescuers}} The Rescuers Down Under]]'', [=McLeach=] comes very close to winning. in the climax, he's managed to capture Marahute and has Cody at his mercy, ready to be fed to the crocodiles, with Bianca and Jake unable to do anything. If he had just dropped Cody in with them immediately instead of toying with the boy, or if he'd managed to sever the rope holding Cody on his first shot, that would have been it, and he'd have gotten away scot-free.
19th Feb '17 1:15:48 PM LinTaylor
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** ''Diamond Is Unbreakable'': [[spoiler:Kira acquires a seemingly foolproof power that allows him to constantly kill and rekill any potential witnesses until he's satisfied that his secret identity is complete. Only because of some quick thinking from Hayato are the heroes finally able to find him and defeat him for good.]]

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** ''Diamond Is Unbreakable'': [[spoiler:Kira acquires a seemingly foolproof power that allows him to constantly kill and rekill any potential witnesses until he's satisfied that his secret identity is complete. In fact, at one point he manages to kill ''all'' the heroes, but he doesn't realize it because the power doesn't include awareness of what happens in time loops (the only way to find out would be to go through another loop and see who just randomly explodes). Only because of some quick thinking from Hayato are the heroes finally able to find him and defeat him for good.]]
17th Feb '17 10:32:10 PM rva98014
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', after [[spoiler: Lionheart]] was arrested for the crimes [[spoiler: she had enacted]], [[spoiler: Bellweather]] was able to become mayor of Zootopia and continue their plans to spread fear and panic of the predators. They would have successfully silenced the heroes from revealing the truth to the populace if they didn't decide to gloat and [[spoiler: allow Judy to secretly record her plans.]] To make matters worse for [[spoiler: Bellweather]], they had earlier called the police to let them witness the death of [[spoiler: Judy]] at the hands of a savage [[spoiler: Nick]], ultimately leading to their arrest.

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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', after [[spoiler: Lionheart]] was arrested for the crimes [[spoiler: she had enacted]], [[spoiler: Bellweather]] was able to become mayor of Zootopia [[spoiler:Bellwether]] has Nick and continue their plans to spread fear and panic of the predators. They would have successfully silenced the heroes from revealing the truth to the populace if they didn't decide to gloat and [[spoiler: allow Judy trapped in a museum exhibit and darts Nick with the Night Howler serum to secretly record turn him savage. He hunts down Judy and with her plans.]] To make matters worse for [[spoiler: Bellweather]], they had earlier called back against the police wall, he lunges forward to let them witness the death of [[spoiler: Judy]] at the hands crush her throat while [[spoiler:Bellwether]] looks on triumphantly... only to discover, whoopsie, it was all part of a savage [[spoiler: Nick]], ultimately Batman Gambit and [[spoiler:Bellwether's]] gloating has been recorded leading to their arrest. arrest and the collapse of their plans.
29th Jan '17 8:39:48 PM PikaHikariKT
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** An early episode of ''Sun and Moon'' gets even closer when TR's Mimikyu and Mareanie are able to defeat Pikachu and Rowlet in a Double Battle fair and square. The only reason they don't get away with nabbing Pikachu is because [[DiabolusExMachina Bewear steps in to take the villains to its cave at the last second]].
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