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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' season 8. [[spoiler:The terrorists execute President Hassan but they are all killed. This sets up the final act ending with Kamistan becoming an enemy of the West.]]
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* In Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', Chick Hicks wins the final race, but because of [[UnnecessaryRoughness his actions during it]], he finds himself hated and rejected by everyone.
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* [[spoiler:Lucas North]] from ''{{Spooks}}''. He succeeds in selling [[MacGuffin the Albany file]] to the Chinese, but in the process destroys the life he built and [[spoiler:causes the death of the woman he loves]]. And to top it off, [[spoiler:the weapon Albany is a blueprint for turns out not to work]].
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* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': after 500 years of struggle, the last remaining Sons of Fëanor, [[AntiVillain Maedhros and Maglor]] ''finally'' get the two remaining Silmarils. In the process, they lost their father, all their brothers, their kingdoms, their followers and, thanks to them committing genocide against other elves on three separate occasions, they've made enemies of the entire world, and they reject the LastSecondChance offer for them to return to Valinor for trial (where they may eventually be reunited with their dead family). And when they try holding the Silmarils in their hands? The gems burn them due to all the evil they've done, so they can't even hold them without feeling unbearable agony. Maedhros ends up throwing himself off a cliff with his Silmaril, while Maglor throws his away and spends the rest of his days WalkingTheEarth lamenting their folly, too ashamed to ever face another living being again.



** Cersei makes her illegitimate son Joffrey king but was unable to stop Ned Stark from informing Stannis Baratheon that he is the true king or stop Renly from leaving the city and proclaiming himself king. Joffrey then executes Ned causing the North to declare independence and they capture Jaime. The Lannisters gained the crown and a three front war to match.
** Tywin Lannister destroys the Starks as a noble house. In the process, his eldest son is [[spoiler:crippled by Tywin's own mercenaries and later denounces him]], [[TheBrute Gregor Clegane]] renews tensions with Dorne, his last-minute Tyrell allies [[spoiler:poison his grandson]] and take a large chunk of his political power and he is then [[spoiler:ignominiously [[CampingACrapper killed on the toilet]] by his abused younger son.]]
** The Freys gain possession of Riverrun and a number of other perks for [[spoiler:perpetrating the Red Wedding]]. They're currently the most despised house in Westeros and are [[spoiler:being killed one-by-one by the Brotherhood Without Banners and Wyman Manderley]]. There's also signs that tensions within House Frey itself is beginning to reach boiling point and should Lord Walder Frey ''finally'' pass away, the Frey are expected to implode.
** Roose Bolton becomes one of the most powerful men in Westeros for [[spoiler:betraying and murdering Robb Stark]]. He also inherits Robb's war with the Greyjoys, a war with Stannis, the imminent invasion of the Others and only a handful of Roose's new vassals aren't actively plotting against him. Additionally, his years-earlier rape of a miller's wife turns out to bite him in the ass in a major way when Ramsay, the [[ChildByRape product of said rape]] murders his legitimate son Domeric, thereby becoming his heir by default. He potentially undermines Roose's gains with his out of control sadistic behavior, including his treatment of the fake Arya Stark they have him marry to cement the North, whose cries from her tower embolden the remaining residents of Winterfell towards a possible coup.
** ''Literature/ArchmaesterGyldaynsHistories'' chronicled Aegon II's successful usurpation of the Iron Throne but by the end he is deformed, his dragon and his family are dead, his forces are depleted and he has no heir save his nephew who is the son of his nemesis. Still he remained defiant against the rebels. [[spoiler: Someone in his camp poisoned him to end the war]].

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** Cersei makes her illegitimate son Joffrey king but was unable to stop Ned Stark from informing Stannis Baratheon that he is the true king or stop Renly from leaving the city and proclaiming himself king. Joffrey then executes Ned causing the North to declare independence and they capture Jaime. The Lannisters gained the crown throne and a three front war to match.
** Tywin Lannister destroys the Starks as a noble house. In the process, his eldest son is [[spoiler:crippled by Tywin's own mercenaries and later denounces him]], [[TheBrute Gregor Clegane]] renews tensions with Dorne, Dorne and his last-minute Tyrell allies [[spoiler:poison his grandson]] and take a large chunk of his political power and he is then [[spoiler:ignominiously [[CampingACrapper killed on the toilet]] by his abused younger son.]]
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** The Freys gain possession of Riverrun and a number of other perks for [[spoiler:perpetrating the Red Wedding]]. They're currently the most despised house in Westeros and are [[spoiler:being killed one-by-one by the Brotherhood Without Banners and Wyman Manderley]]. There's also signs that tensions within House Frey itself is beginning to reach boiling point and should Lord Walder Frey ''finally'' pass away, the Frey are expected to implode.
Manderley]].
** Roose Bolton becomes one of the most powerful men in Westeros for [[spoiler:betraying and murdering Robb Stark]]. He also inherits Robb's war with the Greyjoys, a war with Stannis, the imminent invasion of the Others and only a handful of Roose's new vassals aren't actively plotting against him. Additionally, his years-earlier rape of a miller's wife turns out to bite him in the ass in a major way when Ramsay, the [[ChildByRape product of said rape]] murders his legitimate son Domeric, thereby becoming his heir by default. He potentially undermines Roose's gains with his out of control sadistic behavior, including his treatment of the fake Arya Stark they have him marry to cement the North, whose cries from her tower embolden the remaining residents of Winterfell towards a possible coup.
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** ''Literature/ArchmaesterGyldaynsHistories'' chronicled Aegon II's successful usurpation of the Iron Throne but by the end he is deformed, his dragon and his family are dead, his forces are depleted and he has no heir save his nephew who is the son of his nemesis. Still he remained defiant against the rebels. [[spoiler: Someone in his camp He is poisoned him to end the war]].war.]]
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* Several instances occur within ASongOfIceAndFire, following the [[WhamEpisode Red Wedding]]:

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* Several instances occur within ASongOfIceAndFire, following ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'',.
** Cersei makes her illegitimate son Joffrey king but was unable to stop Ned Stark from informing Stannis Baratheon that he is
the [[WhamEpisode Red Wedding]]:true king or stop Renly from leaving the city and proclaiming himself king. Joffrey then executes Ned causing the North to declare independence and they capture Jaime. The Lannisters gained the crown and a three front war to match.
2nd Jul '16 10:38:29 PM damus2300
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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has an episode where Helga got away with framing her nanny for stealing but she was the only one helping Helga cope with her dysfunctional homelife and everything goes back to crap without her.
1st Jul '16 5:21:16 AM TheWanderer
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* Recently starting to pop up in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' as the series diverges from and overtakes it's source material.
** Cersei Lannister [[spoiler: triumphs over her enemies by detonating a wildfire cache under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing several hundred people from the nobility (including most of Houses Tyrell and Lannister) and the faith within the sept, probably as many commoners outside it and destroying a good chunk of the capital city. In the aftermath her only surviving son commits suicide, she too busy torturing a prisoner to comfort him, effectively extinguishing House Baratheon. 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. Her control of the Riverlands is dubious at best and it's ruling family has just had it's patriarch assassinated, while The North, The Vale and The Iron Islands, (secretly) are again in revolt. The harshest winter in recorded history has just started and a full-scale Dragon-backed Targaryen invasion has launched, with Dorne and The Reach set to join it. The number of people loyal to Cersei can be counted on one hand and even her twin brother has become disillusioned with her. And all this while the White Walkers continue marching to Westeros unopposed.]]
* At the end of ''Series/AmericanCrimeStory: The People vs. O.J. Simpson'', Simpson manages to get acquitted thanks to a combination of a fiendishly clever defense team, a string of poor decisions by the prosecutors, and one of the officers pulling a last-minute Fifth-Amendment Plea to avoid being cross-examined. He is technically a free man, but half of Los Angeles (including most of his white neighbors) now hate his guts, his in-laws are challenging him for custody of his younger children, and Robert Kardashian, one of his few real friends, has realized that he used him and never wants to see him again. And of course, his victory would prove to be short-lived; he ended up being sued into oblivion by the Goldman family.

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* Recently starting to pop up in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' as As of the series diverges from and overtakes it's source material.
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end of Season 6 of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Cersei Lannister [[spoiler: triumphs 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) Lannister, all of whom were opposing her) and the faith 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, she because Cersei was too busy torturing a prisoner who had once abused her to comfort him, effectively extinguishing House Baratheon.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. Her control of the Riverlands is dubious at best and it's ruling family has just had it's patriarch assassinated, while The assassinated. [[VestigialEmpire Nearly the entire realm is either starting or in the middle of some form of rebellion against the throne]]; the North, The Vale Vale, and The Iron Islands, (secretly) Islands are again secretly in revolt. The revolt once again, Dorne is openly rebelling, and the Reach is about to join in. 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 started. Despite her apparent power and a full-scale Dragon-backed Targaryen invasion has launched, with Dorne and The Reach set triumph due to join it. The ascending to the throne, the number of people actually loyal to Cersei can be counted on one hand hand, she has just as many if not more enemies than ever, and even her twin brother has become disillusioned with her. And all this while the White Walkers continue marching to Westeros unopposed.her.]]
* At the end of ''Series/AmericanCrimeStory: The People vs. O.J. Simpson'', Simpson manages to get acquitted thanks to a combination of a fiendishly clever defense team, a string of poor decisions by the prosecutors, and one of the officers pulling a last-minute Fifth-Amendment Plea to avoid being cross-examined. He is technically a free man, but half of Los Angeles (including most of his white neighbors) now hate his guts, his in-laws are challenging him for custody of his younger children, and Robert Kardashian, one of his few real friends, has realized that he Simpson used him and never wants to see him again. And of course, his victory would prove to be short-lived; he ended up being sued into oblivion by the Goldman family.
1st Jul '16 12:30:17 AM damus2300
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* Michael Corleone might be the ultimate example of this by the end of ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''. Certainly he's destroyed every major underworld power in his way and taken on the US government and won, but he's also destroyed his marriage, alienated his children and friends, killed his brother, and is left utterly alone. And then the third film features his daughter getting killed right in front of him.

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* Michael Corleone might be the ultimate example of this by the end of ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''. ''Film/TheGodfather'' movies.
** Part 1:
Certainly he's destroyed every major underworld power in his way but at the cost of his soul.
** Part 2: Again he destroys his enemies
and taken on the US government and won, but he's also destroyed his marriage, alienated his children and friends, killed his brother, and is left utterly alone. And then alone.
** Part 3: He passes leadership of
the third film features family but fails to legitimize it and his daughter getting is killed right in front of him.
1st Jul '16 12:21:09 AM damus2300
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** Cersei Lannister [[spoiler: triumphs over her enemies by detonating a wildfire cache under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing several hundred people from the nobility (including most of Houses Tyrell and Lannister) and the faith within the sept, probably as many commoners outside it and destroying a good chunk of the capital city. In the aftermath her only surviving son commits suicide, she too busy torturing a prisoner to comfort him, effectively extinguishing House Baratheon. 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. Her control of the Riverlands is dubious at best and it's ruling family has just had it's patriarch assassinated, while The North, The Vale and The Iron Islands, (secretly). The harshest winter in recorded history has just started and a full-scale Dragon-backed Targaryen invasion has launched, with Dorne and The Reach set to join it. The number of people loyal to Cersei can be counted on one hand and even her twin brother has become disillusioned with her. And all this while the White Walkers continue marching to Westeros unopposed.]]

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** Cersei Lannister [[spoiler: triumphs over her enemies by detonating a wildfire cache under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing several hundred people from the nobility (including most of Houses Tyrell and Lannister) and the faith within the sept, probably as many commoners outside it and destroying a good chunk of the capital city. In the aftermath her only surviving son commits suicide, she too busy torturing a prisoner to comfort him, effectively extinguishing House Baratheon. 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. Her control of the Riverlands is dubious at best and it's ruling family has just had it's patriarch assassinated, while The North, The Vale and The Iron Islands, (secretly).(secretly) are again in revolt. The harshest winter in recorded history has just started and a full-scale Dragon-backed Targaryen invasion has launched, with Dorne and The Reach set to join it. The number of people loyal to Cersei can be counted on one hand and even her twin brother has become disillusioned with her. And all this while the White Walkers continue marching to Westeros unopposed.]]
1st Jul '16 12:17:34 AM damus2300
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** Ramsey Bolton [[spoiler: murders his father and half-brother to seize power, leaving him as the sole member of his household. His enemies utterly destroy his house and take his entire holdings by winning a single battle. Counts double as the battle was entirely optional, given he had a well-stocked fortress to hide in and the battle took place early in a long and harsh winter. The real cherry on the cake was Ramsey's method of execution: he was fed to his starving dogs, dogs that where only starving because he had deliberately neglected them as preparation to feed his executioners to them.]]
** Cersei Lannister triumphs over her enemies and places herself firmly on the Iron Throne. [[spoiler: She does this by detonating a wildfire cache under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing several hundred people from the nobility (including most of Houses Tyrell and Lannister) and the faith within the sept, probably as many commoners outside it and destroying a good chunk of the capital city. In the aftermath her only surviving son commits suicide, Cersei being too busy torturing a prisoner to comfort him, effectively extinguishing House Baratheon. 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. Her control of the Riverlands is dubious at best and it's ruling family has just had it's patriarch assassinated, while The North, The Vale, The Iron Islands, (secretly) The Reach and Dorne are in revolt. The harshest winter in recorded history has just started and a full-scale Dragon-backed Targaryen invasion has launched, with Dorne and The Reach set to join it. The number of people loyal to Cersei can be counted on one hand and even her twin brother has become disillusioned with her.]]

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** Ramsey Bolton [[spoiler: murders his father and half-brother to seize power, leaving him as the sole member of his household. His enemies utterly destroy his house and take his entire holdings by winning a single battle. Counts double as the battle was entirely optional, given he had a well-stocked fortress to hide in and the battle took place early in a long and harsh winter. The real cherry on the cake was Ramsey's method of execution: he was fed to his starving dogs, dogs that where only starving because he had deliberately neglected them as preparation to feed his executioners to them.]]
** Cersei Lannister [[spoiler: triumphs over her enemies and places herself firmly on the Iron Throne. [[spoiler: She does this by detonating a wildfire cache under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing several hundred people from the nobility (including most of Houses Tyrell and Lannister) and the faith within the sept, probably as many commoners outside it and destroying a good chunk of the capital city. In the aftermath her only surviving son commits suicide, Cersei being she too busy torturing a prisoner to comfort him, effectively extinguishing House Baratheon. 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. Her control of the Riverlands is dubious at best and it's ruling family has just had it's patriarch assassinated, while The North, The Vale, Vale and The Iron Islands, (secretly) The Reach and Dorne are in revolt.(secretly). The harshest winter in recorded history has just started and a full-scale Dragon-backed Targaryen invasion has launched, with Dorne and The Reach set to join it. The number of people loyal to Cersei can be counted on one hand and even her twin brother has become disillusioned with her. And all this while the White Walkers continue marching to Westeros unopposed.]]
29th Jun '16 2:12:27 AM TheHoff779
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* Recently starting to pop up in ''Series/GameofThrones'' as the series diverges from and overtakes it's source material.

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* Recently starting to pop up in ''Series/GameofThrones'' ''Series/GameOfThrones'' as the series diverges from and overtakes it's source material.
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