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19th Jul '17 4:44:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', just after you unseal and obtain the [[LastDiscMagic Ultima spell]], [[spoiler:the Emperor conjures a massive magical Cyclone and ''completely destroys'' most of the towns between Palamecia and Fynn, along with sucking up a good number of people from Fynn. The heroes then proceed to fly into the Cyclone and take down the Emperor...[[WhamEpisode only for things to get even worse from there.]]]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. The FinalBoss has [[HopelessBossFight effortlessly overpowered you]]. It seems like all hope is lost until [[spoiler: every other characters transfer their messages to the heroes via a prayer, which completely heal everyone.]]
** Repeated with the final battle of the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears sequel]], clearly as a ShoutOut with more characters being benched on the spaceship.
** In the Underworld battle against Golbez, he uses Snare to trap everybody in place then knocks them out one by one. Before Cecil is killed, [[spoiler: Rydia pops in with the Mist Dragon and revives everyone.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' deserves special mention for including that one rare time when the hero ''doesn't'' save the day. It even goes as far as to place the heroes at the exact right time and place to save the world from imminent destruction, and then have them ''fail''. [[DoubleSubversion The heroes manage to kill Kefka and save the world in the end]], but for a while there, the villain did win.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has [[BigBad Sephiroth's]] plan for Meteor to smash into the Planet almost succeed, even ''after'' his defeat. It's Divine Intervention that saves the day in the end.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' does this during a HopelessBossFight.

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
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In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', just after you unseal and obtain the [[LastDiscMagic Ultima spell]], [[spoiler:the Emperor conjures a massive magical Cyclone and ''completely destroys'' most of the towns between Palamecia and Fynn, along with sucking up a good number of people from Fynn. The heroes then proceed to fly into the Cyclone and take down the Emperor...[[WhamEpisode only for things to get even worse from there.]]]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'':
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The FinalBoss has [[HopelessBossFight effortlessly overpowered you]]. It seems like all hope is lost until [[spoiler: every other characters transfer their messages to the heroes via a prayer, which completely heal everyone.]]
** Repeated with the final battle of the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears sequel]], clearly as a ShoutOut with more characters being benched on the spaceship.
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*** In the Underworld battle against Golbez, he uses Snare to trap everybody in place then knocks them out one by one. Before Cecil is killed, [[spoiler: Rydia pops in with the Mist Dragon and revives everyone.]]
* ** Repeated with the final battle of the sequel ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'', clearly as a ShoutOut with more characters being benched on the spaceship.
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''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' deserves special mention for including that one rare time when the hero ''doesn't'' save the day. It even goes as far as to place the heroes at the exact right time and place to save the world from imminent destruction, and then have them ''fail''. [[DoubleSubversion The heroes manage to kill Kefka and save the world in the end]], but for a while there, the villain did win.
* ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has [[BigBad Sephiroth's]] plan for Meteor to smash into the Planet almost succeed, even ''after'' his defeat. It's Divine Intervention that saves the day in the end.
* ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' does this during a HopelessBossFight.



* The second Air Gem test in the FanRemake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII''. The canonical games glossed over this point, but the kingdom is in ruins, the hero's kids have been condemned to death, and the hero himself is close to breaking... then in walks the BigBad offering a DealWithTheDevil.

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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'':
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The second Air Gem test in the FanRemake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII''. The canonical games glossed over this point, but the kingdom is in ruins, the hero's kids have been condemned to death, and the hero himself is close to breaking... then in walks the BigBad offering a DealWithTheDevil.



** ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'' sets this up right for them start, with the [=CPUs=] having been defeated an imprisioned three years ago, and the heroes barely scraping together enough AppliedPhlebotinum to rescue one of them. The rest of the game is about turning things around.

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** * ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'' sets this up right for them start, with the [=CPUs=] having been defeated an imprisioned three years ago, and the heroes barely scraping together enough AppliedPhlebotinum to rescue one of them. The rest of the game is about turning things around.
19th Jul '17 4:41:38 AM Morgenthaler
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** To take the most telling example, Kane in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'' was only three hours from launching his World Altering Missle when Mike [=McNeill=] arrived to the battlefield. Said missle would have converted all life on the planet into Tiberium-based life.

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** To take the most telling example, Kane in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'' was only three hours from launching his World Altering Missle when Mike [=McNeill=] arrived to the battlefield. Said missle missile would have converted all life on the planet into Tiberium-based life.
19th Jul '17 4:40:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the meaningfully-named Allied mission "Last Chance" in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'', the Soviets almost succeed in using a Psychic Amplifier to mass mind control the entire United States.
** In the opening of ''Yuri's Revenge'', Yuri activates his Psychic Dominator network, successfully mind controlling most of the planet. It's only due to one of them getting temporarily damaged that a time travel device the Allies built can be activated to undo Yuri's plan.

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** In the meaningfully-named Allied mission "Last Chance" in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'', the Soviets almost succeed in using a [[MindControlDevice Psychic Amplifier Amplifier]] to mass mind control the entire United States.
** In the opening of ''Yuri's Revenge'', Yuri activates his [[DoomsdayDevice Psychic Dominator Dominator]] network, successfully mind controlling most of the planet. It's only due to one of them getting temporarily damaged that a time travel device the Allies built can be activated to undo Yuri's plan.
9th Jul '17 3:15:19 AM Nadim
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* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'': After a long hunt throughout the film, Van Pelt corners Alan in the climax and finally seizes the oppurtinity. This actually would have happened if the titular cursed boardgame wasn't finished at the last second sucking everything that came out of it back inside it (including Van Pelt himself).

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* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'': After a long hunt throughout the film, Van Pelt corners Alan in the climax and finally seizes the oppurtinity.oppurtinity to kill him. This actually would have happened if the titular cursed boardgame wasn't finished at the last second sucking everything that came out of it back inside it (including Van Pelt himself).



* Occurs throughout the first season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Ultimate Alien}}''. Aggregor manages to gather all four peices of the Map of Infinity and locates the Forge of Creation, where he intends to drain the powers of a baby Celestapian and be omnipotent. He defeats the members of Ben's Team and reaches to grab the baby, only to be suddenly stopped by a [[PowerEqualsInsanity once again mutated Kevin]] and is knocked out.

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* Occurs throughout the first season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Ultimate Alien}}''. Aggregor succefully manages to drain the powers of all four of the Adromega Galaxy aliens gather all four peices of the Map of Infinity and locates the Forge of Creation, where he intends to drain the powers of a baby Celestapian and be omnipotent. He defeats the members of Ben's Team and reaches to grab the baby, only to be suddenly stopped by a [[PowerEqualsInsanity once again mutated Kevin]] Kevin and is knocked drained of the powers of the aliens he had absorbed knocking him out.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Powerpuff Girls}}'' has this in the episode "Knock It Off". The professor's old collegue, Dick Hardly, starts creating knockoffs of the girls to become rich and famous. He even defeats the original girls by draining them of their Chemical X. And if the knockoffs haven't betrayed them after seeing his cruelty, he would got away with it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Powerpuff Girls}}'' has this in the episode "Knock It Off". The professor's old collegue, Dick Hardly, starts creating knockoffs of the girls to become rich and famous. He even defeats the original girls by draining them of their Chemical X. And if the knockoffs haven't hadn't realized his cruelty and betrayed them after seeing his cruelty, him, he would have definetly got away with it.
8th Jul '17 6:59:10 PM ngh93
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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.

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* In ''[[{{Disney/TheRescuers}} The Rescuers Down Under]]'', [=McLeach=] comes very close to winning. in 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.
26th Jun '17 2:31:59 PM iowaforever
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''; [[spoiler: in the penultimate episode, Aku forcibly turns Ashi into a HumanoidAbomination and Jack, unwilling to kill the woman he loves, surrenders to his nemesis. The finale opens with Aku broadcasting Jack's capture and pending execution to the world, but he wastes enough time waffling over how to kill the samurai that Jack's allies launch a counterattack to save him. This in turn gives Jack a chance to break free, snap Ashi out of her brainwashing, and get back to the past to destroy Aku once and for all.]]
17th Jun '17 11:20:09 PM Nadim
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* In the climax of ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}''4, Rafe finally reaches Henry Avery's teasure and gains the upper hand over Nate during their battle. He actually would have had the chance to kill him if he wasn't distracted monologuing.
13th Jun '17 4:42:56 AM Hjortron18
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** By the time Film/DoctorStrange and Karl Mordo arrive in Hong Kong, Dormamu's zealots have already succeeded in destroying the final sanctum that protects Earth from being absorbed by the Dark Dimension. It's only by [[spoiler:Strange deciding he needs to break the rules to save the day and taps into the DangerousForbiddenTechnique of time manipulation to reverse everything to a point he and Mordo can swing the odds in their favor]].

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** By the time Film/DoctorStrange Film/DoctorStrange2016 and Karl Mordo arrive in Hong Kong, Dormamu's zealots have already succeeded in destroying the final sanctum that protects Earth from being absorbed by the Dark Dimension. It's only by [[spoiler:Strange deciding he needs to break the rules to save the day and taps into the DangerousForbiddenTechnique of time manipulation to reverse everything to a point he and Mordo can swing the odds in their favor]].
11th Jun '17 1:47:51 PM Kimera128
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** In Series 2, the Daleks activate the Ark and spew out [[BiggerOnTheInside millions]] of Daleks, which immediately begin exterminating the population of Earth. Luckily for Earth the Doctor was still on the case...
8th Jun '17 5:59:51 AM Gosicrystal
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* Ganondorf in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' scores a fairly impressive victory during the first arc of the game -- he ''[[MacGuffinDeliveryService tricks the heroes into doing most of the work for him]]''. He then kills the King, conquers Hyrule and reigns supreme for seven years, while the rightful heir to the throne has to [[strike:change her gender]] cross dress in order to effectively hide from him, and TheHero is put in an enchanted sleep that will allow him to grow up sufficiently in order to put the kingdom back to rights.
** ''Video/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': At the climax, Ganondorf gets all but one foot away from achieving his goal of acquiring the Triforce once and for all, something he'd spent five games trying to do. Pity for him that the King of Hyrule beat him at the last second.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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Ganondorf in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' scores a fairly impressive victory during the first arc of the game -- he ''[[MacGuffinDeliveryService tricks the heroes into doing most of the work for him]]''. He then kills the King, conquers Hyrule and reigns supreme for seven years, while the rightful heir to the throne has to [[strike:change her gender]] cross dress in order to effectively hide from him, and TheHero is put in an enchanted sleep that will allow him to grow up sufficiently in order to put the kingdom back to rights.
** ''Video/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'': At the climax, Ganondorf gets all but one foot away from achieving his goal of acquiring the Triforce once and for all, something he'd spent five games trying to do. Pity for him that the King of Hyrule beat him at the last second.



* At one point in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', ''every single playable character'' (and Master Hand) is dead (well, trophyified). Then Dedede's timed badges go off...

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* At one point in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', ''every single playable character'' (and Master Hand) is dead (well, trophyified). Then Dedede's timed badges go off...off and Luigi, Ness and Kirby revive. Thanks to them (and Sonic, who comes in to prevent the BigBad from killing everyone again), the whole roster is again able to kick ass.
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