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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]].
21st Jan '17 9:03:59 PM wolftickets1969
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* At ''Theatre/{{Amaluna}}'''s climax, [[HopeSpot Romeo reunites with Miranda in Purgatory]], [[DraggedOffToHell only for Cali to drag Romeo off to his infernal lair]], where he traps him in a cauldron, [[StewedAlive slowly cooking him alive]], while Cali and the [[FallenAngel corrupted]] [[PeacockGirl Peacock Goddess]] perform a juggling act with GreatBallsOfFire to celebrate his victory over his rival. Romeo manages to pull himself out of the cauldron before collapsing upon the stage, [[DisneyDeath seemingly dead]]. But then, [[RescueReversal Miranda arrives]], wielding the [[ChekhovsGun Moon Crystal]], to revive Romeo and summon [[TheCavalry the Valkyries]] to capture Cali.
19th Jan '17 11:09:03 PM wolftickets1969
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* The climax of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has Ursula come with inches of total victory several times. On Ariel's last day as a human, Ursula under the guise of Vanessa uses Ariel's stolen voice to brainwash Eric into marrying her, and the voiceless Ariel helplessly watches [[TearJerker with tears in her eyes]] as the wedding ship departs. Scuttle and friends manage to interrupt the wedding just in time and break Ursula's magic shell, [[HopeSpot returning Ariel's voice to her and freeing Eric from mind control]], [[YouAreTooLate but the sun has already set]], so Ariel reverts to mermaid form and Ursula drags her back into the depths to a FateWorseThanDeath, [[TakeMeInstead whence Triton offers to take Ariel's place in the contract]], [[NothingCanStopMeNow allowing Ursula full reign over the ocean]]. When Eric attacks Ursula with a harpoon from a rowboat, Flotsam and Jetsam capture him and she nearly blasts him with Triton's trident, except Ariel grabs her and redirects the blast to kill Flotsam and Jetsam instead, driving Ursula to invoke MakeMyMonsterGrow. Following this, she traps Ariel in a whirlpool and charges a [[WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Trident]] blast for the coup de grace, but Eric commandeers a derelict ship and impales her with its bowsprit, [[HoistByHerOwnPetard causing the blast to backfire and electrocute her]]. Even in death, she almost [[TakingYouWithMe takes Eric down with her]].
13th Jan '17 8:54:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the {{Mistborn}} trilogy, Ruin very nearly manages to destroy the world before [[spoiler: Vin becomes a god, and then kills him via TakingYouWithMe]]. Even so, the world would probably still have effectively died if [[spoiler: Sazed hadn't taken the powers of both Ruin and Preservation,]] and [[WorldHealingWave fixed everything.]]
* The {{Inheritance}} Cycle begins with King Galbotorix having all but extincted Dragons and their Riders, ruling his Kingdom absolutely, with only a few pockets of resistance on its outskirts. Eragon, a rider trains to beat him, barely manages to prevent being captured for 4 books, only because Galbotorix does not want to kill him, much less won't just fly out to fight him with his Eldritch Abomonation of s Dragon. When the final confrontation begins, he calmly reveals he knows every "secret" they do, proceeds to defeat every countermeasure they had against him so effortlessly. Besides having years of experience, power, swordsmanship, wards against damage over Eragon (which in this universe, almost locks victory in) , he also reveals he has knowledge of The Word, allowing him to control the concept of magic itself.

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* In the {{Mistborn}} ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy, Ruin very nearly manages to destroy the world before [[spoiler: Vin becomes a god, and then kills him via TakingYouWithMe]]. Even so, the world would probably still have effectively died if [[spoiler: Sazed hadn't taken the powers of both Ruin and Preservation,]] and [[WorldHealingWave fixed everything.]]
* The {{Inheritance}} ''Literature/{{Inheritance}}'' Cycle begins with King Galbotorix having all but extincted Dragons and their Riders, ruling his Kingdom absolutely, with only a few pockets of resistance on its outskirts. Eragon, a rider trains to beat him, barely manages to prevent being captured for 4 books, only because Galbotorix does not want to kill him, much less won't just fly out to fight him with his Eldritch Abomonation of s Dragon. When the final confrontation begins, he calmly reveals he knows every "secret" they do, proceeds to defeat every countermeasure they had against him so effortlessly. Besides having years of experience, power, swordsmanship, wards against damage over Eragon (which in this universe, almost locks victory in) , he also reveals he has knowledge of The Word, allowing him to control the concept of magic itself.
9th Jan '17 4:59:13 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the [[RhapsodyOfFire Emerald Sword saga]], near the end BigBad Akron has destroyed and conquered almost all the cities of Algalord, is holding the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Emerald Sword]] and is torturing TheHero and going to have him fed to water snakes. [[spoiler: [[TheDragon Dargor]]'s HeelFaceTurn is the only thing that bring forth a happy ending.]]

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* In the [[RhapsodyOfFire [[Music/RhapsodyOfFire Emerald Sword saga]], near the end BigBad Akron has destroyed and conquered almost all the cities of Algalord, is holding the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Emerald Sword]] and is torturing TheHero and going to have him fed to water snakes. [[spoiler: [[TheDragon Dargor]]'s HeelFaceTurn is the only thing that bring forth a happy ending.]]
26th Dec '16 5:16:03 AM nighttrainfm
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** In ''Film/RogueOne'', it's a ForegoneConclusion that the rebels will succeed in stealing the Death Star plans. They still have to work for it, and even afterwards Darth Vader comes within ''inches'' of getting them back.
18th Dec '16 2:44:57 AM bt8257
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-->-- ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook That Mitchell and Webb Sound]]'', in which two SS troopers [[HeelRealization start worrying that Nazi Germany might actually be the bad guys]]

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-->-- ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook That Mitchell and Webb Sound]]'', ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', in which two SS troopers [[HeelRealization start worrying that Nazi Germany might actually be the bad guys]]
2nd Dec '16 11:47:04 PM calamity2007
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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', [[spoiler: Lusamine momentarily succeeds in her plan by finally traveling to the [[EldritchLocation Ultra Beast dimension]] and likewise unleashing the [[EldritchAbomination Ultra Beasts]] onto the world. With the only hope that the heroes can prevent this is a vague rumor that the island's Legendary Pokemon lies beyond a vast and trecherous canyon. Fortunately the Pokemon that Lillie has been hiding in her [[ChekovsGunman bag the entire time turns out to be the pre-evolution to such a Legendary Pokemon]]]].

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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', [[spoiler: Lusamine momentarily succeeds in her plan by finally traveling to the [[EldritchLocation Ultra Beast dimension]] and likewise unleashing the [[EldritchAbomination Ultra Beasts]] onto the world. With the only hope that the heroes can prevent this is a vague rumor that the island's Legendary Pokemon lies beyond a vast and trecherous canyon. Fortunately the Pokemon that Lillie has been hiding in her [[ChekovsGunman bag the entire time turns out to be the pre-evolution to such a Legendary Pokemon]]]].Pokemon]].
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