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28th Aug '16 9:56:46 AM MasterN
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* The "Special Ending" of ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'': On the one hand, the world isn't ''completely'' destroyed, as it is in the "Official Ending", and with the Batter dead, what's left is safe from further destruction. On the other hand, what's left is not much.

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* The [[BittersweetEnding "Special Ending" Ending"]] of ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'': On the one hand, [[spoiler: the world isn't ''completely'' destroyed, as it is in the "Official Ending", [[TheBadGuyWins "Official]] [[DownerEnding Ending"]], and with the Batter [[BigBad The]] [[VillainProtagonist Batter]] dead, what's left is safe from further destruction. destruction.]] On the other hand, [[spoiler: [[AfterTheEnd what's left left]] [[KillEmAll is not much.]]]]
27th Aug '16 2:57:56 AM Dravencour
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** During the battle of Trost, humanity obtains their first victory. But with the city massively damaged, hundreds wounded or dead, and the gate forever sealed (undoing four years of the Survey Corps' hard work), no one feels like celebrating.

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** During the battle of Trost, humanity obtains their first victory.real victory, taking back the city from the Titans. But with the city massively damaged, hundreds wounded or dead, and the gate forever sealed (undoing four years of the Survey Corps' hard work), no one feels like celebrating.
27th Aug '16 2:55:59 AM Dravencour
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* Toward the end of the Golden Age Arc in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', the Band of the Hawk succeed in rescuing their leader Griffith [[spoiler: from the torture dungeon in the Tower of Rebirth in Wyndham]] against all of the odds that were thrown at them (which included the king's guards, foreign assassins, and an exiled band of sadistic murdering and raping mercenaries led by a truly nasty Apostle). However, in the end, not much came out of it [[spoiler: since Griffith was too physically damaged to be the leader or the man that he once was]]. HarsherInHindsight though -- despite how cruel it sounds, the Hawks were ''probably'' better off not rescuing Griffith [[FromBadToWorse if they knew what was going to happen to them.]]

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* Toward the end of the Golden Age Arc in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', the Band of the Hawk succeed in rescuing their leader Griffith [[spoiler: from the torture dungeon in the Tower of Rebirth in Wyndham]] against all of the odds that were thrown at them (which included the king's guards, foreign assassins, and an exiled band of sadistic murdering and raping mercenaries led by a truly nasty Apostle). However, in the end, not much came out of it [[spoiler: since [[spoiler:since Griffith was too physically horribly damaged from the torture he endured to be the leader or the man that he once was]]. HarsherInHindsight though -- despite how cruel it sounds, the Hawks were ''probably'' better off not rescuing Griffith at all [[FromBadToWorse if they knew what was going to happen to them.]]
25th Aug '16 5:01:29 PM AlienPatch
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** Polnareff’s [[spoiler: victory against Vanilla Ice also felt like that. Iggy and Avdol had died, so there was no reason to celebrate.]]
21st Aug '16 9:13:48 PM Loekman3
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** One episode has Zuko successfully drive away an Earth Kingdom soldier from harassing the villagers but he ended up getting driven out himself because he is forced to Firebend to do so.
21st Aug '16 9:43:25 AM eroock
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* ''[[Literature/DasVersprechen The Pledge]]'' is an interesting case, where the main character doesn't even realize he's won a Pyrrhic victory. [[spoiler: He used a little girl as bait in an unsuccessful attempt to draw in a serial killer. The child's mother finds out and hates him for it. His former colleagues lose all respect for him. He ends up alone in a pit of guilt and self-pity. But it turns out the plan would have been successful, if the killer hadn't died in an accident before he could be caught.]]

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* ''[[Literature/DasVersprechen The Pledge]]'' ''Literature/ThePledge'' is an interesting case, where the main character doesn't even realize he's won a Pyrrhic victory. [[spoiler: He used a little girl as bait in an unsuccessful attempt to draw in a serial killer. The child's mother finds out and hates him for it. His former colleagues lose all respect for him. He ends up alone in a pit of guilt and self-pity. But it turns out the plan would have been successful, if the killer hadn't died in an accident before he could be caught.]]
16th Aug '16 7:39:39 AM TheGWing
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*''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the ending of "Jail Break". Steven and the rest of the Crystal gems are free, and the Homeworld warship has been destroyed, but [[spoiler: Lapis is stuck at the bottom of the ocean, fighting for control over an unstable fusion with Jasper, and Peridot is nowhere to be found.]]
13th Aug '16 9:17:21 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Despite their noble decision to form a truce with humanity and aid in destroying the Covenant, the Sangheili are initially no better off afterwards; without the Covenant's Prophets to provide them with spiritual and political unity, the Elites begin warring among themselves, with the fighting becoming so vicious that their homeworld's population has been reduced in half. Making things worse, the Elites had relied on the rest of the Covenant to maintain their technology for them; now they even have trouble just repairing many of their ships, because the Prophets and Engineers who knew how have largely disappeared. On top of all that, while the Covenant may be gone, the Sangheili's war with the Brutes is still not over, with the conflict becoming long and brutal. By the time it looks like the Elites might be leaving the worst of their troubles behind them in ''VideoGame/HaloGuardians'', [[spoiler:they now have to deal with a bunch of crazy [=AIs=] and Forerunner death bots]].

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** Despite their noble decision to form a truce with humanity and aid in destroying the Covenant, the Sangheili are initially no better off afterwards; without the Covenant's Prophets to provide them with spiritual and political unity, the Elites begin warring among themselves, with the fighting becoming so vicious that their homeworld's population has been reduced in half. Making things worse, the Elites had relied on the rest of the Covenant to maintain their technology for them; now they even have trouble just repairing many of their ships, because the Prophets and Engineers who knew how have largely disappeared. On top of all that, while the Covenant may be gone, the Sangheili's war with the Brutes is still not over, with the conflict becoming long and brutal. By the time it looks like the Elites might be leaving the worst of their troubles behind them in ''VideoGame/HaloGuardians'', ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', [[spoiler:they now have to deal with a bunch of crazy [=AIs=] and Forerunner death bots]].
9th Aug '16 10:28:27 AM Ripburger
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* From the ''VideoGame/XCom'' series:
** The ending of ''X-COM: Terror from the Deep'' not only results in the [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice deaths]] of the best troops sent to fight the aliens]], but also in the [[spoiler:deaths of millions from poisons and global warming as the result of the destruction of the alien mothership]].
** The ending of ''X-COM: Enemy Unknown'' isn't much better - the [[spoiler:global financial crisis following the war results in the collapse of most of the world governments]]. Also, [[spoiler:the eventual depletion of Earth's only supply of [[{{Unobtainium}} Elerium-115]] results in all ImportedAlienPhlebotinum becoming useless]].

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* From the ''VideoGame/XCom'' ''[[{{VideoGame/XCOM}} X-COM]]'' series:
** The ending of ''X-COM: Terror from the Deep'' ''VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep'' not only results in the [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice deaths]] of the best troops sent to fight the aliens]], but also in the [[spoiler:deaths of millions from poisons and global warming as the result of the destruction of the alien mothership]].
** The ending of ''X-COM: Enemy Unknown'' ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' isn't much better - the [[spoiler:global financial crisis following the war results in the collapse of most of the world governments]]. Also, [[spoiler:the eventual depletion of Earth's only supply of [[{{Unobtainium}} Elerium-115]] results in all ImportedAlienPhlebotinum becoming useless]].
9th Aug '16 4:27:46 AM damus2300
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* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' has the episode "Pranksters" where Filburt was so happy he finally pranked Rocko and Heffer [[spoiler:that he has a ''heart attack'']].

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* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' has the episode "Pranksters" where Filburt was so happy he finally pranked Rocko and Heffer [[spoiler:that he has a ''heart attack'']].
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