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10th Jul '17 6:39:37 AM Euodiachloris
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** Historically, the Dance of the Dragons was this. Although the Greens faction officially won and crowned Aegon II over his elder sister (Rhaenyra), this came at great cost to their family. (1) Almost every Targaryen on both sides was dead, (2) the majority of their strongest dragons are dead or disabled, (3) all the fully experienced dragon riders from both sides were dead, meaning most of their know-how was lost. However, the ultimate tragedy of the victory was that Aegon II died via poisoning and the throne ended up going to the last remaining son of Rhaenyra anyways... This son also observed his mother being eaten alive by Aegon II's dragon, instilling in him a deep hatred for/ understandable fear of dragons. It is maliciously rumored that he was responsible for killing the last Targaryen dragon himself due to this hatred, permanently crippling the Targaryen's strength. Except, he's on record as trying to hatch dragon eggs several, and failing to get healthy outcomes. It's more likely that he didn't know what he was missing in the process, and was trying to work it out.

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** Historically, the Dance of the Dragons was this. Although the Greens faction officially won and crowned Aegon II over his elder sister (Rhaenyra), this came at great cost to their family. (1) Almost every Targaryen on both sides was dead, (2) the majority of their strongest dragons are dead or disabled, (3) all the fully experienced dragon riders from both sides were dead, meaning most of their know-how was lost. However, the ultimate tragedy of the victory was that Aegon II died via poisoning and the throne ended up going to the last remaining son of Rhaenyra anyways... This son also observed his mother being eaten alive by Aegon II's dragon, instilling in him a deep hatred for/ understandable fear of dragons. It is maliciously rumored that he was responsible for killing the last Targaryen dragon himself due to this hatred, permanently crippling the Targaryen's strength. Except, he's on record as trying to hatch dragon eggs several, several times, and failing to get healthy outcomes. It's more likely that he didn't know exactly what he was missing in the process, and was trying to work it out.
10th Jul '17 6:37:22 AM Euodiachloris
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** Historically, the Dance of the Dragons was this. Although the Greens faction officially won and crowned Aegon II over his elder sister (Rhaenyra), this came at great cost to their family. (1) Almost every Targaryen on both sides was dead, (2) the majority of their strongest dragons are dead or disabled, (3) all the fully experienced dragon riders from both sides were dead, meaning most of their know-how was lost. However, the ultimate tragedy of the victory was that Aegon II died via poisoning and the throne ended up going to the last remaining son of Rhaenyra anyways... This son also observed his mother being eaten alive by Aegon II's dragon, instilling in him a deep hatred for/ understandable fear of dragons. It is maliciously rumored that he was responsible for killing the last Targaryen dragon himself due to this hatred, permanently crippling the Targaryen's strength. Except, he's on record as trying to hatch dragon eggs, and failing. It's more likely that he didn't know what he was missing in the process.

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** Historically, the Dance of the Dragons was this. Although the Greens faction officially won and crowned Aegon II over his elder sister (Rhaenyra), this came at great cost to their family. (1) Almost every Targaryen on both sides was dead, (2) the majority of their strongest dragons are dead or disabled, (3) all the fully experienced dragon riders from both sides were dead, meaning most of their know-how was lost. However, the ultimate tragedy of the victory was that Aegon II died via poisoning and the throne ended up going to the last remaining son of Rhaenyra anyways... This son also observed his mother being eaten alive by Aegon II's dragon, instilling in him a deep hatred for/ understandable fear of dragons. It is maliciously rumored that he was responsible for killing the last Targaryen dragon himself due to this hatred, permanently crippling the Targaryen's strength. Except, he's on record as trying to hatch dragon eggs, eggs several, and failing. failing to get healthy outcomes. It's more likely that he didn't know what he was missing in the process.process, and was trying to work it out.
10th Jul '17 6:34:10 AM Euodiachloris
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** Historically, the Dance of the Dragons was this. Although the Greens faction officially won and crowned Aegon II over his elder sister (Rhaenyra), this came at great cost to their family. (1) Almost every Targaryen on both sides was dead, (2) the majority of their strongest dragons are dead or disabled, (3) all the fully experienced dragon riders from both sides were dead, meaning most of their know-how was lost. However, the ultimate tragedy of the victory was that Aegon II died via poisoning and the throne ended up going to the last remaining son of Rhaenyra anyways... This son also observed his mother being eaten alive by Aegon II's dragon, instilling in him a deep hatred for dragons. It is rumored that he was responsible for killing the last Targaryen dragon himself due to this hatred, permanently Targaryen strength.

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** Historically, the Dance of the Dragons was this. Although the Greens faction officially won and crowned Aegon II over his elder sister (Rhaenyra), this came at great cost to their family. (1) Almost every Targaryen on both sides was dead, (2) the majority of their strongest dragons are dead or disabled, (3) all the fully experienced dragon riders from both sides were dead, meaning most of their know-how was lost. However, the ultimate tragedy of the victory was that Aegon II died via poisoning and the throne ended up going to the last remaining son of Rhaenyra anyways... This son also observed his mother being eaten alive by Aegon II's dragon, instilling in him a deep hatred for for/ understandable fear of dragons. It is maliciously rumored that he was responsible for killing the last Targaryen dragon himself due to this hatred, permanently Targaryen strength. crippling the Targaryen's strength. Except, he's on record as trying to hatch dragon eggs, and failing. It's more likely that he didn't know what he was missing in the process.
9th Jul '17 9:03:42 AM gb00393
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** King Robert in the season 5 Blu-ray lore about the Dance of the Dragons describes how Rhaenyra Targaryen sacrificed her sons to (temporarily) win the Iron Throne. [[spoiler: It's also probably an omen of his wife Cersei doing the same thing in the season 6 finale.]]

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** King Robert in the season 5 Blu-ray lore about the Dance of the Dragons describes how Rhaenyra Targaryen sacrificed her sons to (temporarily) win the Iron Throne. [[spoiler: It's also probably an omen of his wife Cersei doing the same thing in the season 6 finale.finale after she blows up the Great Sept of Baelor using wildfire with all of her political rivals inside it. While this action places her in the Iron Throne, it turns what is left of the country against her. The Reach and Dorne have joined forces with Daenerys and her invading armies. The North and Vale have declared independence under the new King in the North, Jon Snow. With the death of Walder Frey and his two most prominent sons, the Riverlands can't be counted on for support. Even the Westerlands are suspicious since one of the people she killed was her uncle Kevan, the ruler of the Westerlands.]]



** By Season 4, House Lannister holds the Iron Throne with their enemies all either broken or retreating. However, their manpower is badly depleted from hard fighting, the Crown is deep in debt to the Iron Bank, and their gold mines have dried up.

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** By Season 4, House Lannister holds the Iron Throne with their enemies all either broken or retreating. However, their manpower is badly depleted from hard fighting, the Crown is deep in debt to the Iron Bank, and their gold mines have dried up.up and they have been forced to concede a lot of power to the Tyrells, putting them in a very fragile position. The only thing they have going for them is that no one else knows for sure how bad their situation really is. The dire situation becomes unmanageable after the demise of Tywin, the only one able to clean up the mess.
25th Jun '17 10:29:20 PM Musicoftheage
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** '''After''' the War ends, [[spoiler: Whitebeard]]'s FamousLastWords confirm the existence of the One Piece, starting a second Great Age of Pirates, with the Marines being unable to respond properly because of their forces being decimated. Meanwhile, the poastywer vacuum from his death has turned the New World into a bloodbath. Worse still, Fleet Admiral Sengoku and Vice-Admiral Garp choose to leave the Marines because of the Government's decisions, and following the promotion of [[spoiler: Akainu / Sakazuki]] to Fleet Admiral, so does [[spoiler: Aokiji / Kuzan]]. And Blackbeard is able to [[spoiler:take Whitebeard's place, seizing much of his former territory]].

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** '''After''' the War ends, [[spoiler: Whitebeard]]'s FamousLastWords confirm the existence of the One Piece, starting a second Great Age of Pirates, with the Marines being unable to respond properly because of their forces being decimated. Meanwhile, the poastywer power vacuum from his death has turned the New World into a bloodbath. Worse still, Fleet Admiral Sengoku and Vice-Admiral Garp choose to leave the Marines because of the Government's decisions, and following the promotion of [[spoiler: Akainu / Sakazuki]] to Fleet Admiral, so does [[spoiler: Aokiji / Kuzan]]. And Blackbeard is able to [[spoiler:take Whitebeard's place, seizing much of his former territory]].
19th Jun '17 9:25:34 AM Anderling
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* A shortened version of the [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/2000/09/17 September 17th, 2000]] ''{{ComicStrip/Garfield}}'' strip is the image for this trope.



* ''Videogame/Soma'': [[spoiler:Simon manages to launch the ARK, only to discover that his mind and Catherine's weren't uploaded by only copied, just like what happened in Omicron. He shouts "we're gonna die down here!", while insulting Catherine and accusing her of lying; she enrages and calls him an ignorant idiot only to burn his circuits for emotional stress and shut down, thus leaving Simon definitely alone in a sea abyss]].

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* ''Videogame/Soma'': ''{{Videogame/Soma}}'': [[spoiler:Simon manages to launch the ARK, only to discover that his mind and Catherine's weren't uploaded by only copied, just like what happened in Omicron. He shouts "we're gonna die down here!", while insulting Catherine and accusing her of lying; she enrages and calls him an ignorant idiot only to burn his circuits for emotional stress and shut down, thus leaving Simon definitely alone in a sea abyss]].
14th Jun '17 1:15:17 PM The08MetroidMan
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* The above's successor, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', arguably has this at the end of the two main paths, ''Conquest'' & ''Birthright'', in which you're made to choose either your adoptive family in the former or your birth family in the latter. [[spoiler:No matter which path you choose, you cause severe damage to either your birth home or your foster home. Yeah, you bring peace to the world and get a happy ending with the family you chose, but the one you turned against loses half their members and leaves the rest to clean up the damage you caused to their home. You also lose arguably your closest friend (and and possibly love interest) Azura in both paths]]. However, [[spoiler:This is soundly subverted in the hidden third path ''Revelation'', in which you can unite both families without losing anyone (or anyone from the families at least) and save Azura's life to boot, making it a very traditional happy ending]].

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** It's also played with in the game's ending. [[spoiler:Both of them. In the final fight, you must defeat the big bad evil dragon Grima, but must choose to either let the hero Chrom or the player character's Avatar do this - however, since the Avatar's tied to Grima, only they can kill him for good... at the probable cost of their own existence being erased. If Chrom lands the killing blow, the Avatar stays with their friends and family, but Grima is only defeated instead of killed and will assuredly return to menace the world in the future. If the Avatar kills Grima, the dragon dies for good but the Avatar fades away with everyone left banking on the hope that their bonds with them are strong enough to keep them alive somewhere. However, the latter ending ultimately subverts the trope with the after-end scenes, in which the Avatar is eventually found and brought home by Chrom]].
* The above's successor, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', arguably has seems to have this at the end of the two main paths, ''Conquest'' & ''Birthright'', in which you're made to choose either your adoptive family in the former or your birth family in the latter. [[spoiler:No matter which path you choose, you cause severe damage to either your birth home or your foster home. Yeah, you bring peace to the world and get a happy ending with the family you chose, but the one you turned against loses half their members and leaves the rest to clean up the damage you caused to their home. You also lose arguably your closest friend (and and possibly possible love interest) Azura in both paths]]. However, [[spoiler:This is soundly subverted in the hidden third path ''Revelation'', in which you can unite both families without losing anyone (or anyone from the families at least) and save Azura's life to boot, making it a very traditional happy ending]].
10th Jun '17 2:39:41 PM Skylentt
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** The Attack of the Black Order arc results in an even more pyrrhic victory. Bonus points for happening just after the above pyrrhir victory. They do succeed in repelling the invader (especially the level 4) and stopping Lulu Bell from retrieving the akuma egg but the akumas end up destroying a good part of the facility leading to a relocation, kill many members in both the science section and the security section and the worst is Marie commenting that [[spoiler: with this attack the earl probably wanted to make them understand that he could kill them whenever he wants. This is supported by the last words of the level 4 they had so much trouble to get rid of "Don't act cocky for beating a weakling like me".

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** The Attack of the Black Order arc results in an even more pyrrhic victory. Bonus points for happening just after the above pyrrhir victory. They do succeed in repelling the invader (especially the level 4) and stopping Lulu Bell from retrieving the akuma egg but the akumas end up destroying a good part of the facility leading to a relocation, kill many members in both the science section and the security section and the worst is Marie commenting that [[spoiler: with this attack the earl probably wanted to make them understand that he could kill them whenever he wants. This is supported by the last words of the level 4 they had so much trouble to get rid of "Don't act cocky for beating a weakling like me".]]
10th Jun '17 2:35:50 PM Skylentt
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** The Attack of the Black Order arc results in an even more pyrrhic victory. Bonus points for happening just after the above pyrrhir victory. They do succeed in repelling the invader (especially the level 4) and stopping Lulu Bell from retrieving the akuma egg but the akumas end up destroying a good part of the facility leading to a relocation, kill many members in both the science section and the security section and the worst is Marie commenting that [[spoiler: with this attack the earl probably wanted to make them understand that he could kill them whenever he wants. This is supported by the last words of the level 4 they had so much trouble to get rid of "Don't act cocky for beating a weakling like me".
7th Jun '17 11:34:30 PM GaryColeman
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* In ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' the end goal of assassinating "The Jackal", arms dealer and instigator of a civil war, [[spoiler:is ultimately met, but at the cost of perpetuating said war in order to gain more information on his location, ultimately defeating the purpose of the assassination (not to mention killing hundreds of mercenaries working for either side and losing your own life in the process)]].
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