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25th Apr '16 9:20:19 PM jccw227
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* In the ''Creator/RabbitEarsProductions'' version of ''Paul Bunyan,'' Paul Bunyan was able to successfully chop down all the trees in the forest for the settlers to make their homes at. But then Paul Bunyan becomes upset once he realizes that this would cost many people to not know the wonders of having trees around since they were all cut down. So in the end, Paul Bunyan decided to plant trees across the country to make up for him chopping down all those trees.[[/folder]]

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* In the ''Creator/RabbitEarsProductions'' version of ''Paul Bunyan,'' Paul Bunyan was able to successfully chop down all the trees in the forest for the settlers to make their homes at. But then Paul Bunyan becomes upset once he realizes that this would cost many people to not know the wonders of having trees around since they were all cut down. So in the end, Paul Bunyan decided to plant trees across the country to make up for him chopping down all those trees.trees.
* Invoked in a ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon featuring Foghorn Leghorn. Foghorn had been trying to shake off [[AbhorrentAdmirer Miss Prissy]], so she teamed up with the Barnyard Dog. He put on a chicken costume and pretended to be another suitor attempting to woo her. Foghorn got jealous and he and Barnyard Dog got into a fight. After winning the fight, Foghorn grabbed Missy Prissy and rushed off to a chapel to get married. Afterwards, he triumphantly declares "I WON!" It's that moment that he realizes what he just did and then says, "I wonder if there's any way I could have lost."
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24th Apr '16 11:24:19 AM KingLyger
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* The WWE Money in the Bank usually gets cashed in after the WWE Champion is too tired after his match to properly defend the title twice in a row.

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* The Any gruesomely tiring or injurious match can be turned into one of these for the WWE Champion thanks to the introduction of the Money in the Bank usually gets briefcase. The briefcase can be cashed in after it at any time for a WWE Championship match, even if the WWE Champion champion is too tired after his match worn out to properly defend their title. Notably, this is how the first cash-in went, with Wrestling/{{Edge}} defeating Wrestling/JohnCena in a short match after a bruised and bloody Cena had just defended the title twice in a row.an Elimination Chamber match.
23rd Apr '16 11:41:11 AM Rabbitearsblog
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* In the "Uh-Oh Dynamo" episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', Professor Utonium threatens to ground the Girls if they don't use his Dynamo invention to stop the Giant Fish Balloon Monster; they reluctantly obey him, destroying the Giant Fish Balloon Monster and damaging most of Townsville in the process.[[/folder]]

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* In the "Uh-Oh Dynamo" episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', Professor Utonium threatens to ground the Girls if they don't use his Dynamo invention to stop the Giant Fish Balloon Monster; they reluctantly obey him, destroying the Giant Fish Balloon Monster and damaging most of Townsville in the process.process.
* In the ''Creator/RabbitEarsProductions'' version of ''Paul Bunyan,'' Paul Bunyan was able to successfully chop down all the trees in the forest for the settlers to make their homes at. But then Paul Bunyan becomes upset once he realizes that this would cost many people to not know the wonders of having trees around since they were all cut down. So in the end, Paul Bunyan decided to plant trees across the country to make up for him chopping down all those trees.
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21st Apr '16 9:14:53 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''{{Literature/Worm}}'', Leviathan is ultimately forced to retreat by Scion, but a lot of people are dead, most of the city is destroyed, and it is sheer anarchy in the streets.
** [[{{Kaiju}} Endbringer]] fights tend to result in this at best. Either a large portion of a continent is rendered uninhabitable or just ''SINKS'', or potentially hundreds of Capes die forcing the monster back. The exception was the [[WalkingWasteland Behemoth]] fight in India, [[spoiler: Scion shows up to KILL him]]! It [[NiceJobBreakingItHero doesn't stick]], because [[spoiler: More Endbringers show up in response, and they're unpredictable and immune to the tactics used against the others]].
** The Slaughterhouse Nine tend to provoke this on both sides. The heroes lose members, countless civilians are killed in the crossfire, and members of the Nine drop like flies unless they're {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le like the Siberian. Their attack on Brockton Bay is a perfect example: [[spoiler: They [[BreakTheCutie break]] Panacea]], work on depopulating the already devastated city and irreversibly traumatize more than a few of our heroes. In return, [[spoiler: the Nine lose [[AdaptiveAbility Crawler]] and [[PsychicAssistedSuicide Cherish]], get handed a humiliating "defeat" and have to invoke LoweredRecruitingStandards to get their numbers back up]].

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* In ''{{Literature/Worm}}'', Leviathan is ultimately forced to retreat from Brockton Bay by Scion, but a lot of people are dead, most of the city is destroyed, and it is sheer anarchy in the streets.
** [[{{Kaiju}} Endbringer]] fights tend to result in this at best. Either a large portion of a continent is rendered uninhabitable or just ''SINKS'', or potentially [[HeroKiller hundreds of Capes die forcing the monster back.back]]. The exception was the [[WalkingWasteland Behemoth]] fight in India, [[spoiler: Scion shows up to KILL him]]! It [[NiceJobBreakingItHero doesn't stick]], because [[spoiler: More Endbringers show up in response, and they're unpredictable and immune to the tactics used against the others]].
** The Slaughterhouse Nine tend to provoke this on both sides. The heroes lose members, countless civilians are killed in the crossfire, and members of the Nine drop like flies unless they're {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le like the Siberian. Their attack on Brockton Bay is a perfect example: [[spoiler: They [[BreakTheCutie break]] Panacea]], work on depopulating the already devastated city and irreversibly traumatize more than a few of our heroes.Capes and civilians. In return, [[spoiler: the Nine lose [[AdaptiveAbility Crawler]] and [[PsychicAssistedSuicide Cherish]], get handed a humiliating "defeat" and have to invoke LoweredRecruitingStandards to get their numbers back up]].
19th Apr '16 11:16:48 PM zoda
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* The second Minotaur battle in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''. The Minotaur was killed sure enough, but it also killed Pauline, the group's Barbarian and beloved friend. What's worse is that she doesn't come back when Julie attempts to revive her at a temple, due to [[DiedHappilyEverAfter not wanting to.]]

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* ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' has two:
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The second Minotaur battle in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''.at the end of book 1. The Minotaur was killed sure enough, but it also killed Pauline, the group's Barbarian and beloved friend. What's worse is that she doesn't come back when Julie attempts to revive her at a temple, due to [[DiedHappilyEverAfter not wanting to.]]]]
** The Silverfronds Invasion ends this way in the end of book 3. The Souballo Empire did not succeed in taking over the Silverfronds Kingdom...because the kingdom is instead being destroyed by a powerful, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero unwittingly]] [[SealedEvilInACan released Demon.]] The Souballo Empire has since put the war 'on hold' until this new evil can be dealt with.
19th Apr '16 12:22:45 PM snichols1973
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*In the "Uh-Oh Dynamo" episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', Professor Utonium threatens to ground the Girls if they don't use his Dynamo invention to stop the Giant Fish Balloon Monster; they reluctantly obey him, destroying the Giant Fish Balloon Monster and damaging most of Townsville in the process.[[/folder]]
17th Apr '16 4:54:54 AM Stranrep
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** At the end of Book 3: [[spoiler: While Team Avatar manage to defeat the Red Lotus and save Korra's life, she ends up confined to a wheelchair due to poisoning sequelae, depressed and with signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, without mentioning that the Earth Kingdom remains in complete chaos after the queen's assassination and with no clear fix on sight]]. And then, [[spoiler: Kuvira, Su's captain, makes a FaceHeelTurn with a lot of Su's people and becomes a dictator, becoming a new BigBad.]]

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** At the end of Book 3: [[spoiler: While Team Avatar manage to defeat the Red Lotus and save Korra's life, she ends up confined to a wheelchair due to poisoning sequelae, depressed and with signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, without mentioning that the Earth Kingdom remains in complete chaos after the queen's assassination and with no clear fix on sight]]. And then, [[spoiler: Kuvira, Su's captain, makes a FaceHeelTurn to stop chaos and reunite the country with a lot of Su's people and people, which gradually corrupts them. She eventually becomes a dictator, becoming a dictator. Enter the new BigBad.]]
17th Apr '16 4:50:41 AM Stranrep
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** At the end of Book 3: [[spoiler: While Team Avatar manage to defeat the Red Lotus and save Korra's life, she ends up confined to a wheelchair due to poisoning sequelae, depressed and with signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, without mentioning that the Earth Kingdom remains in complete chaos after the queen's assassination and with no clear fix on sight]].

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** At the end of Book 3: [[spoiler: While Team Avatar manage to defeat the Red Lotus and save Korra's life, she ends up confined to a wheelchair due to poisoning sequelae, depressed and with signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, without mentioning that the Earth Kingdom remains in complete chaos after the queen's assassination and with no clear fix on sight]]. And then, [[spoiler: Kuvira, Su's captain, makes a FaceHeelTurn with a lot of Su's people and becomes a dictator, becoming a new BigBad.]]
15th Apr '16 8:59:53 PM sayaleviathan
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* The end of ''Anime/BloodCTheLastDark'' has Saya finally getting her revenge on Fumito for the torment that she received in the TV series. But it turns out that all of Fumito's actions were his attempts to restore her ability to feed on humans and to ensure her survival because he loved her in a very twisted way. Because of this revelation, Saya became more broken that she left her sword and never return to Mana, most especially when she found out that she's the one who killed her dad.


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* The first ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' novel ends with Paul Atreides defeating the Harkonnens, overthrowing Emperor Corrino by marrying his eldest daughter and receiving more praise from the Fremen for being TheChosenOne. Come [[Literature/DuneMessiah the next novel]], Paul's fanatical followers unleashed a jihad which destroyed many worlds in his name which gave him a lot of enemies and conspirators inside his court. Likewise, he's trapped in the prescient future where he couldn't do anything to stop the jihad that he created and feared that his family name would forever be tarnished including all the achievements that his father, Duke Leto, made in the past. Then, he foresaw that his Fremen lover, Chani, died of giving birth to his children and he's unable to prevent it. In the end, Paul went to the desert after being blinded by a stone burner while his twins and his empire are left in the hands of his sister, Alia, who is slowly possessed by their grandfather, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen.


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** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', you finally defeated the BigBad and the breach is finally closed. But two years later, [[UngratefulBastard the two nations that you've helped in the game]] want the Inquisition to be dismantled which is prone to infiltration from outside forces. The anchor is now causing you pain and slowly killing you. Your former party member, [[spoiler:Solas, turned to be an elven god who gave the orb to the BigBad in the first place which started the whole mess since the beginning and now, he wants to destroy the whole continent in order to save the elves. Though he will cut off your arm with the Anchor in it to prevent it from killing you but it will rendered you crippled]]. And depending on your choices, the Inquisition is either disbanded or prone to corruption.
13th Apr '16 8:33:22 PM damus2300
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* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' season 1 ends with Operation Sparrow getting foiled and Michael running away with Nikita with a Black Box in their possession but her relationship with Alex is damaged and she stays at Division under Oversight's supervision.
* ''Series/BurnNotice''
** Season 2: Michael sticks it to Management and loses the Burned Spies Organization's "protection" so his cover is blown and his old enemies will probably be gunning for him. He's also stuck in the middle of the ocean and has to swim back to Miami.
** Season 3: Michael defeats Simon and saves Management but he is captured and sent to a secret prison.
** Season 5: Michael saves a team of spies from getting burned but Fiona turns herself in to the police for the accidental British embassy bombing so she won't be used as leverage against Michael anymore.
** Season 6: Michael gets off the blacklist but his family and friends are disappointed.
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