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18th Oct '17 4:23:18 AM Jake
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** In the opening battle of the Dominion War, Dukat managed to capture Deep Space 9, but lost over 50 ships, a vital shipyard, and failed to bring in reinforcements through the wormhole thanks to Starfleet blockading it with self-replicating SpaceMines that took months to get rid of. Dukat being [[IRejectYourReality Dukat]], he was perfectly fine with this... At first. [[TraumaCongaLine Retaking the station was the last time anything went well for him for some time.]]

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** In the opening battle of the Dominion War, Dukat managed to capture Deep Space 9, but lost over 50 fifty ships, let Starfleet take out a vital shipyard, shipyard while the fleet was otherwise occupied, and failed to bring in reinforcements through the wormhole thanks to Starfleet blockading it with self-replicating SpaceMines that took months to get rid of. Oh, and just to set the tin lid on it, Starfleet were able to hold the combined Cardassian[=/=]Jem'Hadar fleet off long enough to evacuate all their personnel ''and'' [[SaltTheEarth comprehensively trash the station itself]]. Dukat being [[IRejectYourReality Dukat]], he was [[WorthIt perfectly fine with this...this]]... At first. [[TraumaCongaLine Retaking the station was the last time anything went well for him for some time.]]
14th Oct '17 9:31:20 AM TheNerfGuy
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** In another strip, Jason and Peter are playing a game that works like ''Series/NameThatTune''; Jason says he can eat his diner in six bites, Peter claims five, and so on, until Peter claims he can do it in one. (After Jason "loses", Paige sarcastically remarks to him, that she finds it convenient he always starts with an even number.)



* In the old, short-lived ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' cartoon, Beetle, Zero, and Cosmo compete in a contest that involves hiking twenty miles. Cosmo eventually wins (he cheats), but that means he has to hike ''back'' to Camp Swampy while Beetle and Zero get a ride back.
2nd Oct '17 1:56:26 PM catmuto
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* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' has this be the case when it comes to having to deal with the latest Septentrione, Mizar. They form a plan that using the Dragon Stream would be able to defeat Mizar in one go and its [[MesACrowd split-regeneration]] will be no problem. Yamato points out that, in order to unleash the Dragon Stream, they would have to remove the energy from the towers that serve as a barrier and the barrier is what is keeping them relatively safe. Cutting the energy means cutting their safety and they will have only [[YourDaysAreNumbered a limited time]] to defeat the rest of the Septentriones. Io even points out that their victory against Mizar would be pyrrhic, at most.

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* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2''
** The Septentrione Arc
has this be the case when it comes to having to deal with the latest Septentrione, Mizar. They form a plan that using the Dragon Stream to defeat Mizar. Mizar can [[MesACrowd split-regenerate itself]] indefinitely when attacked and would overrun the rest of Japan within 24 hours, if it's not dealt with. The Dragon Stream would be able to defeat Mizar in one go and its [[MesACrowd split-regeneration]] will be no problem. deal with Mizar, but Yamato points out that, in order to unleash says that using the Dragon Stream, they Stream would have require to remove cut the energy from power to the towers that towers, which serve as a barrier to Japan and the barrier is what is keeping them relatively keep it safe. Cutting the energy power means cutting their safety and they will have only own [[YourDaysAreNumbered a limited time]] to defeat in defeating the rest of the Septentriones. Septentrione. Io even points out mentions that their victory against Mizar would be pyrrhic, pyrrhic.
** The [[UpdatedRerelease Triangulum]] Arc reveals that the defeat of Arcturus [[spoiler:during the world's second cycle]] ended up pyrrhic. Arcturus may have been defeated
at most.last by Yamato Hotsuin and Al Saiduq, but at the cost of [[spoiler:everyone else being dead, Tokyo being in complete ruins]] and Al Saiduq even mentions that things seem beyond repair. [[spoiler:This is why he concocted a plan with Yamato to regress the world once more, leading to the third cycle of the world and a hopefully better victory against Arcturus]].
2nd Oct '17 1:45:22 PM catmuto
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* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' has this be the case in the plan to defeat one of the late Septentriones, Mizar. In order to defeat Mizar, the idea of using the Dragon Stream is suggested. It's overall a good idea, but doing so would mean cutting off the power of the three towers -- the last barrier, holding the void from taking over Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo [[spoiler: which are the last places still left in the world at this point]]. So the choice is between leaving Mizar alone, meaning it will smother the rest of the world within 24 hours because of its constant duplicating, or remove the only thing still giving a part of the world relatively safe.

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* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' has this be the case in when it comes to having to deal with the plan to defeat one of the late Septentriones, latest Septentrione, Mizar. In order to defeat Mizar, the idea of They form a plan that using the Dragon Stream is suggested. It's overall a good idea, but doing so would mean be able to defeat Mizar in one go and its [[MesACrowd split-regeneration]] will be no problem. Yamato points out that, in order to unleash the Dragon Stream, they would have to remove the energy from the towers that serve as a barrier and the barrier is what is keeping them relatively safe. Cutting the energy means cutting off the power of the three towers -- the last barrier, holding the void from taking over Nagoya, Osaka their safety and Tokyo [[spoiler: which are the last places still left in the world at this point]]. So the choice is between leaving Mizar alone, meaning it they will smother have only [[YourDaysAreNumbered a limited time]] to defeat the rest of the world within 24 hours because of its constant duplicating, or remove the only thing still giving a part of the world relatively safe.Septentriones. Io even points out that their victory against Mizar would be pyrrhic, at most.
29th Sep '17 9:51:00 PM KeithM
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* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, the Mesan Alignment managed a potentially crippling strike on the infrastructure of Manticore and its ally Grayson, just in time for their manipulation of the Solarian League leading to the largest navy in known space to launch an overwhelming attack at Manticore. It seems to go off brilliantly, but it puts the Manticorans in such a precarious strategic position that they're willing to accept not only a permanent peace treaty with their recent enemy Haven but a formal military alliance when its offered. The end result is that the most technologically advanced and combat experienced militaries in the known galaxy team up, utterly curb-stomp the Solarian invasion force, and launch a plan to tear the Solarian League apart while also looking for revenge against Mesa. The Alignment leadership realizes things did not turn out quite the way they'd hoped.

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* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, the Mesan Alignment managed a potentially crippling strike on the infrastructure of Manticore and its ally Grayson, just in time for their manipulation of the Solarian League leading to the largest navy in known space to launch launching an overwhelming attack at Manticore. It seems to go off brilliantly, but it puts the Manticorans in such a precarious strategic position that they're willing to accept not only a permanent peace treaty with their recent decades-old enemy Haven but a formal military alliance when its offered. it's offered and the Havenites deliver proof Mesa was behind everything, including their long war. The end result is that the most technologically advanced and combat experienced militaries navies in the known galaxy team up, utterly curb-stomp the Solarian invasion force, force in the most one-sided battle in human history, and launch a plan to tear the Solarian League apart while also looking for revenge against Mesa. The Alignment leadership realizes things did not turn out quite the way they'd hoped.
29th Sep '17 9:46:35 PM KeithM
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* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, the Mesan Alignment managed a potentially crippling strike on the infrastructure of Manticore and its ally Grayson, just in time for their manipulation of the Solarian League leading to the largest navy in known space to launch an overwhelming attack at Manticore. It seems to go off brilliantly, but it puts the Manticorans in such a precarious strategic position that they're willing to accept not only a permanent peace treaty with their recent enemy Haven but a formal military alliance when its offered. The end result is that the most technologically advanced and combat experienced militaries in the known galaxy team up, utterly curb-stomp the Solarian invasion force, and launch a plan to tear the Solarian League apart while also looking for revenge against Mesa. The Alignment leadership realizes things did not turn out quite the way they'd hoped.
29th Sep '17 10:41:15 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.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the ''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.process.
** Prior to the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', attempting to avoid this trope is what led to the Empire agreeing to the White-Gold Concordat with the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] to end the [[GreatOffscreenWar Great War]]. The Empire's forces had successfully recaptured the Imperial City and repulsed the Dominion forces from Cyrodiil. However, Emperor Titus Mede II felt that his forces were in no condition to continue the fight. While the Concordat brought (almost assuredly temporary) peace with the Dominion, the terms in the Concordat left several of the [[VestigialEmpire Empire's remaining provinces]] feeling betrayed. Hammerfell successfully seceded, while Skyrim erupted into a {{Civil War}} in an attempt for independence. For the Empire, trying to avoid a Pyrrhic Victory led to [[WonTheWarLostThePeace Losing The Peace]].
29th Sep '17 12:09:39 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'': In one story, Donald buys his first cell phone and tries to impress Daisy with it by calling her from ever increasing distances from Duckburg. However, each time Daisy informs him she’s already received a cell phone call from one of her friends from a greater distance away, prompting Donald to travel even further and try again. Donald is about to give up when Daisy receives a cell phone call from a friend in Australia, but then he gets [[AlienAbduction abducted by aliens]]. The story ends with Donald calling Daisy from the aliens’ home planet, stating that he won but he’s not happy about it.
19th Sep '17 3:01:54 PM tromag
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** In Season 7, Jaime deliberately engineers one. When Dany's forces plan to attack Casterly Rock, he strips it of all its supplies and leaves behind only a token force, sending the bulk of his forces to attack Highgarden and wipe out one of Dany's major allies. At the same time, Euron's fleet destroys the ships that brought them in the first place. This victory nearly destroys Dany's forces.
10th Sep '17 3:32:45 PM thatmadork
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* Can happen in ''VideoGame/MordheimCityOfTheDamned''. If a battle turns into a bloodbath and most of your warriors fall in winning then the haul of treasure and wyrdstone won't be able to cover your expenses. Having your best fighter suffer a crippling injury like [[AnArmAndALeg loss of an arm or leg]] or lose his expensive and irreplacable fine quality weapon is merely bad. Having your highly experienced warband leader ''die'' and having to recruit and level up a new one is even worse.
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