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26th Apr '17 11:12:22 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] races of the Ka Po' Tun ([[CatFolk tiger folk]]) and Tsaesci ([[SnakePeople snake vampires]]) went to war after the Tsaesci began to "devour"[[note]]sources conflict over whether this means they were literally eating them or was being used as a metaphor for enslavement[[/note]] the dragons of Akavir, which the Ka Po' Tun held great reverence for. The Ka Po' Tun won the war, but both sides suffered heavy losses and all of the dragons died anyway in the process.
24th Apr '17 4:56:17 PM Kafkesque
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* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' has the secret alien occupation of Earth repulsed... and then they pull the plug on pretty much all post-industrial technology as they leave, dropping the world into a second Dark Age.
17th Apr '17 12:08:08 PM UMDP
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*''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'' has many examples. The Operation 21st , The defence of Yokohoma base and specially Operation Ouka [[spoiler:in which only 2 survived the battle in the Original hive]] and thats not including many that attacked other hives to act as a diversion for the attack on the original hive. The entire BETA invasion can be taken as one as it reduced the human population to just 1 Billion and turned Eurasia into a big wasteland despite eventually turning the tide with Operation Ouka.
12th Apr '17 8:54:01 AM MarsJenkar
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* Discussed in ''Film/WarGames''. The NORAD MasterComputer, WOPR, [[AIIsACrapshoot cannot tell the difference between real life and a game]], leading it to attempt to start WorldWarIII via preemptive nuclear strikes on the USSR when a PlayfulHacker plays a game of "[[AC:GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR]]" not realizing he's connected to NORAD. In order to stop WOPR from launching nuclear missiles, the protagonists order it to run hundreds of simulations of a nuclear war, and in each simulation both NATO and the Warsaw Pact [[ApocalypseHow nuke each other to dust]], with the conclusion of "WINNER: NONE", causing WOPR to realize that the only winning move is to not play.

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* Discussed in ''Film/WarGames''. The NORAD MasterComputer, WOPR, [[AIIsACrapshoot cannot tell the difference between real life and a game]], leading it to attempt to start WorldWarIII via preemptive nuclear strikes on the USSR when a PlayfulHacker plays a game of "[[AC:GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR]]" not realizing he's connected to NORAD. In order to stop WOPR from launching nuclear missiles, the protagonists order induce it to run hundreds of simulations of a nuclear war, and in each simulation both NATO and the Warsaw Pact [[ApocalypseHow nuke each other to dust]], with the conclusion of "WINNER: NONE", causing WOPR to realize that the only winning move is to not play.
9th Apr '17 4:38:45 PM kome360
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** The Sarghress manage to conquer ALL of Chel (whatever hasn't been ransacked bows to their dominion), but without any critical infrastructure they lose the food supply lines and all of Chel is plagued by mass starvation. Snadya'Rune quickly bribes the remaining factions with table scraps from her farming colonies to buy ironclad loyalty from millions of potential soldiers, and the Sarghress break into civil war once Quain reluctantly makes an alliance with one of the Sharen.
4th Apr '17 1:49:51 PM ANTMuddle
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* In ''Series/TheShield's'' series finale [[spoiler:Vic Mackey succeeded in getting away with everything he's done, but no friends in the world, his family relocated out of fear from him, his reputation as a cop destroyed for good and his new employment is guaranteed to be Hell for the next three years (a Hell he has to endure or his immunity deal is void and he goes to prison for life)]]. So yes, he won, but the cost was obscene.

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* In ''Series/TheShield's'' series finale [[spoiler:Vic Mackey succeeded in getting away with everything he's done, but no friends in the world, his family relocated out of fear from him, his reputation as a cop destroyed for good and his new employment is guaranteed to be Hell for the next three years (a Hell (an IronicHell he has to endure or his immunity deal is void and he goes to prison for life)]]. So yes, he won, but the cost was obscene.
25th Mar '17 4:32:55 PM alexs90
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'''Julia:''' Pyrrhic. Ancient Greece. A Pyrrhic Victory is one where you win, but the cost of winning is so high that it would’ve been better if you’d never bothered with the was in the first place. Useful word, isn’t it? So, Jace. Looks like we’re doing the dishes again. Wash or dry?

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'''Julia:''' Pyrrhic. Ancient Greece. A Pyrrhic Victory is one where you win, but the cost of winning is so high that it would’ve been better if you’d never bothered with the was war in the first place. Useful word, isn’t it? So, Jace. Looks like we’re doing the dishes again. Wash or dry?
25th Mar '17 4:31:36 PM alexs90
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* In ‘’Black Swan Green by David Mitchell’’. [[spoiler: Dad sounding out Mum over been scammed for the Rock Garden]] Julia responds with an exchange:
-->'''Julia:''' In my exam today this term Im not totally sure about, "Pyrrhic victory" came up. Do you know what a "Pyrrhic Victory" is Dad?\\
Dad gave Julia a very complicated stare.\\

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* In ‘’Black ''Black Swan Green Green'' by David Mitchell’’.Mitchell. [[spoiler: Dad sounding out Mum over been scammed for the Rock Garden]] Julia responds with an exchange:
-->'''Julia:''' In my exam today this term Im not totally sure about, "Pyrrhic victory" ''Pyrrhic Victory'' came up. Do you know what a "Pyrrhic Victory" ''Pyrrhic Victory'' is Dad?\\
Dad ''Dad gave Julia a very complicated stare.\\''\\



'''Julia:''' Pyrrhic. Ancient Greece. A pyrrhic victory is one where you win, but the cost of winning is so high that it would’ve been better if you’d never bothered with the was in the first place. Useful word, isn’t it? So, Jace. Looks like we’re doing the dishes again. Wash or dry?

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'''Julia:''' Pyrrhic. Ancient Greece. A pyrrhic victory Pyrrhic Victory is one where you win, but the cost of winning is so high that it would’ve been better if you’d never bothered with the was in the first place. Useful word, isn’t it? So, Jace. Looks like we’re doing the dishes again. Wash or dry?
25th Mar '17 4:28:26 PM alexs90
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* In ‘’Black Swan Green by David Mitchell’’. [[spoiler: Dad sounding out Mum over been scammed for the Rock Garden]] Julia responds with an exchange:
-->'''Julia:''' In my exam today this term Im not totally sure about, "Pyrrhic victory" came up. Do you know what a "Pyrrhic Victory" is Dad?\\
Dad gave Julia a very complicated stare.\\
'''Jason:''' A what victory?\\
'''Julia:''' Pyrrhic. Ancient Greece. A pyrrhic victory is one where you win, but the cost of winning is so high that it would’ve been better if you’d never bothered with the was in the first place. Useful word, isn’t it? So, Jace. Looks like we’re doing the dishes again. Wash or dry?
23rd Mar '17 9:29:28 AM SilverSupernova
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** ''Fox vs Bucky'': Not quite as harsh, but still relevant. Fox manages to kill Bucky, but Slippy Toad was killed before the battle began.

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** ''Fox vs Bucky'': Not quite as harsh, but still relevant. Fox manages to kill Bucky, but Slippy Toad was killed before the battle began.began (granted most fans of Fox's home series would consider this an added benefit).
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