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14th Aug '16 11:44:12 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and the middle of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the Halos were activated and charging, and just a few minutes from firing and killing all life in the galaxy just before the heroes could push the off switch.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and the middle of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the Halos were activated and charging, and just a few minutes from firing and killing all life in the galaxy just before the heroes could push the off switch.switch.
** At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', the Didact's ship is already in position to annihilate all life on Earth (in fact, he's already taken out one city) when Chief and Cortana are finally able to stop him.
27th Jul '16 11:44:43 AM nighttrainfm
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* The Series 4 finale for the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' has Davros literally seconds away from finally removing all non-Dalek life from existence. The scene itself and the leadup is pretty dark.
** In Series 3, the Master actually succeeds in ruling Earth for 12 months.

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* The Series 4 finale for the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a few examples, especially in the revival:
** In Series 3, the Master actually succeeds in ruling Earth for 12 months, and is about to launch an attack on another planet when he's defeated. The heroes deliberately keep their comeback until the last moment, counting on the Master's sense of drama to give everyone on Earth a countdown before he strikes.
** The Series 4 finale
has Davros literally seconds away from finally removing all non-Dalek life from existence. The scene itself and the leadup is pretty dark.
** In Series 3, the Master actually succeeds in ruling Earth for 12 months.
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22nd Jul '16 10:46:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', Queen Jade, being DangerouslyGenreSavvy, comes up with a plan to steal the captured masks. [[spoiler: It's based off what happened when Dark Jackie stole the Talismans, and although the mask is attached to Captain Black, the plan still works to a point, Jade uses the mask to sneak into Section 13, and if it weren't for Wisker's interference, SHE WOULD HAVE SUCCEEDED!]]

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* In the WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', Queen Jade, being DangerouslyGenreSavvy, Jade comes up with a plan to steal the captured masks. [[spoiler: It's based off what happened when Dark Jackie stole the Talismans, and although the mask is attached to Captain Black, the plan still works to a point, Jade uses the mask to sneak into Section 13, and if it weren't for Wisker's interference, SHE WOULD HAVE SUCCEEDED!]]



* [[EvilOverlord The Supreme One]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Shego]] from ''[[TheMovie A Sitch in Time]]'' of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had every hero captured and was finishing them off, when [[TheDragon Dr. Drakken]] got her to do some EvilGloating. Would be a great idea, if it didn't trigger [[YouSuck Ron Stoppable's]] BerserkButton.

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* [[EvilOverlord The Supreme One]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Shego]] Shego from ''[[TheMovie A Sitch in Time]]'' of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had every hero captured and was finishing them off, when [[TheDragon Dr. Drakken]] got her to do some EvilGloating. Would be a great idea, if it didn't trigger [[YouSuck Ron Stoppable's]] BerserkButton.
13th Jul '16 1:39:50 PM TheNohrianDarkKnight
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* In the 24th episode in the second half of the first season of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Oberon cuts Kirito and Asuna's reunion short and spams his Game Master status, pinning Kirito on the ground with gravity-based magic, then impales him with his own sword and then proceeds to tear parts of Asuna's garments off, and lick her while sexually assaulting her, and then threatens that once he's done that in the virtual world, he'll do the same thing to Asuna in the real world, while she is in a coma, in her hospital bed, woth Kirito unable to stop him. Just as he's about to give up in his NearDeathExperience, Kayaba, the AffablyEvil antagonist from the first half, gives Kirito his system administrator privileges and a HeroicSecondWind, allowing Kirito to have control of the system, reduce Oberon to Level 1, take away his control of the system, turn off his pain absorber, and defeat Oberon and save Asuna.

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* In the 24th episode in the second half of the first season of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Oberon cuts Kirito and Asuna's reunion short and spams his Game Master status, pinning Kirito on the ground with gravity-based magic, then impales him with his own sword and then proceeds to tear parts of Asuna's garments off, and lick her while sexually assaulting her, and then threatens that once he's done that in the virtual world, he'll do the same thing to Asuna in the real world, while she is in a coma, in her hospital bed, woth Kirito unable to stop him. Just as he's about to give up in his NearDeathExperience, the digital spirit of Kayaba, the AffablyEvil antagonist from the first half, who was disgusted with Sugou's abuse of the system, gives Kirito his system administrator privileges and a HeroicSecondWind, allowing Kirito to have control of the system, reduce Oberon to Level 1, take away his control of the system, turn off his pain absorber, and defeat Oberon and save Asuna.



** The Battle of Endor in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' looked bleak for the Rebels for a while: Han and Leia were pinned down outside the shield bunker, unable to get in; the Rebel fleet was outgunned by the Imperial fleet, on top of which, the Death Star was more operational than advertised; and Luke, watching the fleet struggle, had just [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred given in to his anger and tried to kill Palpatine]], only to be stopped by Vader.

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** The Battle of Endor in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' looked bleak for the Rebels for a while: Han and Leia were pinned down outside the shield bunker, unable to get in; the Rebel fleet was outgunned by the Imperial fleet, on top of which, the Death Star was more operational than advertised; and Luke, watching the fleet struggle, had just [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred given in to his anger and tried to kill Palpatine]], only to be stopped by Vader.Vader, who is bound to the emperor's will in that he must obey his master.
6th Jul '16 10:13:25 AM Metallix
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** Though Team Rocket many times has successfully captured Pikachu, they're almost immediately thwarted. However in "A Scare to Remember", they came closer than they've ever got before when Pikachu developed amnesia and was separated from Ash. Team Rocket successfully persuaded Pikachu that he was a member of their team, and Pikachu attacked Ash Ketchum without hesitation. Though Pikachu would regain his prior memories, and give a little payback to Team Rocket, it was pretty weird to hear James ordering Pikachu to use Thunderbolt.
1st Jul '16 7:17:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''TwentiethCenturyBoys'' uses this to great effect. Friend, for one, [[spoiler:actually ''succeeds'' in ruling the world and being hailed and loved as the world's savior]]. It's only when [[spoiler:he decides to destroy it]], that things start to turn in our heroes favor.

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* ''TwentiethCenturyBoys'' ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' uses this to great effect. Friend, for one, [[spoiler:actually ''succeeds'' in ruling the world and being hailed and loved as the world's savior]]. It's only when [[spoiler:he decides to destroy it]], that things start to turn in our heroes favor.
20th Jun '16 1:54:53 PM Art199
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It is a given that in battles between the forces of good and evil, [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin the heroes will win 99% of the time and the villains will be defeated in the end]]. So, the writers will come up with scenarios that stack the odds in the villains' favor and give them minor victories, thus raising tension by getting the audience to think that ''maybe'' this time the hero won't save the day.

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It is a given that in battles between the forces of good and evil, [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin the heroes will win 99% most of the time and the villains will be defeated in the end]].end. So, the writers will come up with scenarios that stack the odds in the villains' favor and give them minor victories, thus raising tension by getting the audience to think that ''maybe'' this time the hero won't save the day.
25th May '16 9:53:01 AM Willbyr
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* In ''ProjectARMS'', Alice has possessed Katsume, Ryo appears to have no choice but to kill them both, Keith White is quickly on his way to being a living god and destroying everyone on the planet to prove it, and the ARMS weapons - the only things that have a chance of stopping him - have been deactivated. [[spoiler:It's only after Kei is able to appeal to Azreal and get the ARMS weapons back up that things start to turn in their favor.]]

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* In ''ProjectARMS'', ''Manga/ProjectARMS'', Alice has possessed Katsume, Ryo appears to have no choice but to kill them both, Keith White is quickly on his way to being a living god and destroying everyone on the planet to prove it, and the ARMS weapons - the only things that have a chance of stopping him - have been deactivated. [[spoiler:It's only after Kei is able to appeal to Azreal and get the ARMS weapons back up that things start to turn in their favor.]]
23rd May '16 7:50:41 AM PaulA
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* Creator/DavidGemmell's novel ''Literature/{{Legend}}'' is about an undertrained and massively outnumbered group of defenders holding the line against an invading horde, knowing that they have no chance of actually defeating the invaders but hoping to take long enough to die that reinforcements will arrive. The horde is literally moments away from killing the last of the defenders when salvation arrives.
24th Apr '16 3:55:37 AM erforce
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** ''MortalKombat9'' sees things get worse: [[spoiler:Raiden's attempts to prevent Armageddon see the situation deteriorate until the only surviving Earthrealm warriors are Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade. The only reason Shao Khan's attempt to conquer the realm failed was because Raiden finally realized that the future message of "He must win" referred to Shao Khan: allowing him to conquer Earthrealm would force the Elder Gods into action.]]

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** ''MortalKombat9'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' sees things get worse: [[spoiler:Raiden's attempts to prevent Armageddon see the situation deteriorate until the only surviving Earthrealm warriors are Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade. The only reason Shao Khan's attempt to conquer the realm failed was because Raiden finally realized that the future message of "He must win" referred to Shao Khan: allowing him to conquer Earthrealm would force the Elder Gods into action.]]
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