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26th Apr '17 8:22:17 AM Nyame
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Malcolm Merlyn's life post-Season One. Sure, he destroyed (half) the Glades like he wanted to, but the plan killed his son and ruined his reputation thanks to Moira outing him, along with the wrath of the then-Ra's al Ghul, his former master. His attempts to escape retribution from the League of Assassins goes very much the same way -- he manages to get off their shit list and even becomes Ra's al Ghul for a time, but it eventually costs him his daughter's love, the League itself, and one of his hands. By the time the Legion of Doom goes to recruit him, he's become a JadedWashout, little more than a thug desperate for his GloryDays.
12th Apr '17 4:20:15 PM KizunaTallis
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* In ''FanFic/WishCarefully'', Voldemort and the Death Eaters got exactly what they wanted: Britain is theirs, with the Light Side banned by MagicallyBindingTreaty from returning for as long as the Death Eaters rule, and the Light faction will take all the Muggleborns away each year so that the Death Eaters never have to deal with them again. All they had to agree to was not to go after the Light refugees or interfere in any way with the Muggle world. It wasn't until well after the treaty that they realized that virtually all the producers of goods and services were Light-aligned, leaving them with a crippled economy that is hemorrhaging gold. Even worse, without the muggleborn and Light-faction bloodlines, inbreeding is slowly choking the magic out of their descendants.
* ''The Same Box:'' Starlight Glimmer has equalized every pony in Equestria, including herself, and imprisoned Princess Celestia in a machine that drains her magic to move the sun and moon, as her cutie mark cannot be removed. After warning Starlight one final time that the "utopia" she created will end in disaster, to no avail, Celestia commits suicide rather than live in Starlight's equal world. With Celestia gone, Equestria is stuck in a state of perpetual daylight, as equalized unicorns' magic cannot move the sun and moon. Equalized pegasi cannot control the weather, and equalized earth ponies cannot farm the land to grow crops. Equestria crumbles into a dystopia as plants and animals die in droves. Life becomes worthless, no longer worth living or enjoying because all traces of individuality have been eradicated and nothing meaningful can be achieved anymore. Eventually, Starlight is left to overlook the abandoned ruins of Canterlot from the castle, realizing too late that her attempts to make a utopia brought about the ruin of her world.

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* In ''FanFic/WishCarefully'', Voldemort and the Death Eaters got [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor exactly what they wanted: wanted]]: Britain is theirs, with the Light Side banned barred by MagicallyBindingTreaty MagicallyBindingContract from returning for as long as the Death Eaters rule, and the Light faction will take all the Muggleborns and Squibs away each year so that the Death Eaters will never have to deal with them again. All they had to agree to was not to go after the Light refugees or interfere in any way with the Muggle world. It wasn't until well after the treaty that they realized that virtually all the producers of goods and services were Light-aligned, leaving them with a crippled economy that is hemorrhaging gold. Even worse, without the muggleborn and Light-faction bloodlines, inbreeding is slowly choking the magic out of their descendants.
* ''The Same Box:'' Starlight Glimmer has equalized every pony in Equestria, including herself, and imprisoned Princess Celestia in a machine that drains her magic to move the sun and moon, as her cutie mark cannot be removed. After warning Starlight one final time that the "utopia" she created will end in disaster, to no avail, Celestia commits suicide rather than live in Starlight's equal world. With Celestia gone, Equestria is stuck in a state of perpetual daylight, EndlessDaytime, as equalized unicorns' magic cannot move the sun and moon. Equalized pegasi cannot control the weather, and equalized earth ponies cannot farm the land to grow crops. Equestria crumbles into a dystopia as plants and animals die in droves. Life becomes worthless, no longer worth living or enjoying because all traces of individuality have been eradicated and [[CreativeSterility nothing meaningful can be achieved anymore.anymore]]. Eventually, Starlight is left to overlook the abandoned ruins of Canterlot from the castle, realizing too late that her attempts to make a utopia brought about the ruin of her world.
2nd Apr '17 4:20:19 PM DustSnitch
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* [[Literature/TheBible Judas Iscariot]] may be an example. Sure, he got a tidy sum for betraying {{Jesus}}, but, according to Matthew, he was so overcome with guilt afterwards that he hanged himself.

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* [[Literature/TheBible Literature/TheFourGospels' Judas Iscariot]] Iscariot may be an example. Sure, he got a tidy sum for betraying {{Jesus}}, UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, but, according to Matthew, he was so overcome with guilt afterwards that he hanged himself.
23rd Mar '17 8:42:14 PM erforce
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* By the end of ''Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid'', it's clear that Garrett realizes that he will lead a conflicted, unhappy life and will be chiefly remembered for killing his friend. Billy, meanwhile, will have most of his bits of sociopathy forgotten by an adoring public. (To an extent, this extends to other portrayals of the two, including ''Young Guns 2'').

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* By the end of ''Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid'', it's clear that Garrett realizes that he will lead a conflicted, unhappy life and will be chiefly remembered for killing his friend. Billy, meanwhile, will have most of his bits of sociopathy forgotten by an adoring public. (To an extent, this extends to other portrayals of the two, including ''Young Guns 2'').''Film/YoungGunsII'').
1st Mar '17 12:33:15 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': The fate of District Attorney [[AmoralAttorney Samantha Reyes]] in season 2. She tries to get [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] either killed or in jail for life to cover up the fact [[spoiler:she was indirectly responsible of his family's death with her carelessness]] because it would ruin her career. She does succeed in having him sent to jail and saving her job... only for Wilson Fisk to arrange for Castle to escape a few days later, reducing her to a panicked wreck under the belief he will come for her. And just to make sure saving her career was pointless, [[spoiler:she is machine-gunned to death right in front of Matt, Foggy, Karen and Blake Tower right after deciding to come clean (albeit not by Castle.)]]

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': *''Series/Daredevil2015'': The fate of District Attorney [[AmoralAttorney Samantha Reyes]] in season 2. She tries to get [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] either killed or in jail for life to cover up the fact [[spoiler:she was indirectly responsible of his family's death with her carelessness]] because it would ruin her career. She does succeed in having him sent to jail and saving her job... only for Wilson Fisk to arrange for Castle to escape a few days later, reducing her to a panicked wreck under the belief he will come for her. And just to make sure saving her career was pointless, [[spoiler:she is machine-gunned to death right in front of Matt, Foggy, Karen Karen, and Blake Tower right after deciding to come clean (albeit not by Castle.)]])]]
*''Series/LukeCage2016'': By the end of Season 1, [[spoiler:Mariah gets out of Harlem's 29th precinct without charges on Cottonmouth's murder (due to having the one witness against her killed off), but with Harlem realizing her criminal activities.]]
1st Mar '17 12:28:16 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': The fate of District Attorney [[AmoralAttorney Samantha Reyes]] in season 2. She tries to get [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] either dead or in jail for life to cover up the fact [[spoiler:she was indirectly responsible of his family's death with her carelessness]] because it would ruin her career. She does succeed in having him sent to jail and saving her job... only for Wilson Fisk to arrange for Castle to escape a few days later, reducing her to a panicked wreck under the belief he will come for her. And just to make sure saving her career was pointless, [[spoiler:she is gunned down right after admitting the truth to Matt, Foggy and Karen (albeit not by Castle.)]]
* As of the end of Season 6 of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Cersei Lannister finds herself in this position. [[spoiler:She has triumphed over her enemies by detonating a wildfire cache under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing several hundred people from the nobility (including most remaining members of Houses Tyrell and Lannister, all of whom were opposing her) and the Faith within the sept, (who were about to put her on trial) probably as many commoners outside it and destroying a good chunk of the capital city. In the aftermath her only surviving son commits suicide, because Cersei was too busy torturing a prisoner who had once abused her to comfort him. Cersei has made it onto the throne at last, but her House is bankrupt, the crown is deeply in debt and her armies are depleted by war. [[VestigialEmpire Nearly the entire realm is either starting or in the middle of some form of rebellion against the throne]]. On top of all this Dany has finally launched a full scale invasion backed by both her armies and her dragons, and the harshest winter in recorded history has just started. Despite her apparent power and triumph due to ascending to the throne, the number of people actually loyal to Cersei can be counted on one hand, she has just as many if not more enemies than ever, and even her twin brother has become disillusioned with her.]]

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': The fate of District Attorney [[AmoralAttorney Samantha Reyes]] in season 2. She tries to get [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] either dead killed or in jail for life to cover up the fact [[spoiler:she was indirectly responsible of his family's death with her carelessness]] because it would ruin her career. She does succeed in having him sent to jail and saving her job... only for Wilson Fisk to arrange for Castle to escape a few days later, reducing her to a panicked wreck under the belief he will come for her. And just to make sure saving her career was pointless, [[spoiler:she is gunned down machine-gunned to death right in front of Matt, Foggy, Karen and Blake Tower right after admitting the truth deciding to Matt, Foggy and Karen come clean (albeit not by Castle.)]]
* As of the end of Season 6 of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Cersei Lannister finds herself in this position. [[spoiler:She has triumphed over her enemies by detonating a wildfire cache under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing several hundred people from the nobility (including most remaining members of Houses Tyrell and Lannister, all of whom were opposing her) and the Faith within the sept, (who were about to put her on trial) probably as many commoners outside it and destroying a good chunk of the capital city. In the aftermath her only surviving son commits suicide, because Cersei was too busy torturing a prisoner who had once abused her to comfort him. Cersei has made it onto the throne at last, but her House is bankrupt, the crown is deeply in debt and her armies are depleted by war. [[VestigialEmpire Nearly the entire realm is either starting or in the middle of some form of rebellion against the throne]]. On top of all this Dany Daenerys has finally launched a full scale invasion backed by both her armies and her dragons, and the harshest winter in recorded history has just started. Despite her apparent power and triumph due to ascending to the throne, the number of people actually loyal to Cersei can be counted on one hand, she has just as many if not more enemies than ever, and even her twin brother has become disillusioned with her.]]
19th Jan '17 4:33:43 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' has [[AmoralAttorney Samantha Reyes]] in season 2, who tries to get [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] either dead or in jail for life to cover up the fact [[spoiler:she was indirectly responsible of his family's death with her carelessness]] because it would ruin her career. She does succeed in having him sent to jail and saving her job... only for Castle to escape a few days later, reducing her to a panicked wreck under the belief he will come for her. And just to make sure saving her career was pointless, [[spoiler:she is gunned down soon after (albeit not by Castle.)]]

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* ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' has ''Series/Daredevil2015'': The fate of District Attorney [[AmoralAttorney Samantha Reyes]] in season 2, who 2. She tries to get [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] either dead or in jail for life to cover up the fact [[spoiler:she was indirectly responsible of his family's death with her carelessness]] because it would ruin her career. She does succeed in having him sent to jail and saving her job... only for Wilson Fisk to arrange for Castle to escape a few days later, reducing her to a panicked wreck under the belief he will come for her. And just to make sure saving her career was pointless, [[spoiler:she is gunned down soon right after admitting the truth to Matt, Foggy and Karen (albeit not by Castle.)]]
30th Dec '16 8:41:56 PM nombretomado
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* In a handful of episodes of ''TheDreamstone'', the villains actually succeed in sending nightmares to the Land of Dreams. As much as [[BigBad Zordrak]] savors these victories, [[TheDragAlong the Urpneys couldn't care less that they had]] and usually suffer [[IronButtMonkey ten times the abuse]] the Noops ever could from [[PokeThePoodle a bad dream]] in the process (and usually [[DisproportionateRetribution a revenge beating to go with it afterwards]]), but they do it.

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* In a handful of episodes of ''TheDreamstone'', ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', the villains actually succeed in sending nightmares to the Land of Dreams. As much as [[BigBad Zordrak]] savors these victories, [[TheDragAlong the Urpneys couldn't care less that they had]] and usually suffer [[IronButtMonkey ten times the abuse]] the Noops ever could from [[PokeThePoodle a bad dream]] in the process (and usually [[DisproportionateRetribution a revenge beating to go with it afterwards]]), but they do it.
18th Dec '16 8:31:42 PM Loekman3
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Zamasu has actually succeeded in his "Zero Mortal Plan" when his bodiless EldritchAbomination form has successfully managed to wipe out all mortal life in Future Trunks Timeline. Unfortunately by that time, he has completely lost his sanity meaning that he will never be able to enjoy this victory. Furthermore, he also failed to kill the fighters who cause him the most grief and shortly afterwards, gets immediately wiped out by Zen'O after Goku called him. Zamasu's plan ultimately amounted to nothing because of this.
20th Nov '16 9:05:39 PM NarpYarp
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* At the end of the second season of ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', Mike Millegan finally manages to claw his way up the ladder of the Kansas City Mafia, but instead of the throne that he'd imagined, he ends up with an office chair. And a desk. And very few opportunities to commit violence. It turns out that the higher echelons of the Kansas City Mafia are moving away from the kind of bloodshed that allowed Millegan to thrive and instead turning their focus to more respectable pursuits like banking and finance.
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