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6th Sep '16 7:43:00 PM damus2300
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* 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. Her control of the Riverlands is dubious at best and it's ruling family has just had it's patriarch 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, and The Iron Islands are secretly in 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. 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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* 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. Her control of the Riverlands is dubious at best and it's ruling family has just had it's patriarch 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, and The Iron Islands are secretly in revolt once again, Dorne is openly rebelling, and the Reach is about to join in.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.]]
31st Aug '16 8:53:08 PM damus2300
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* In the Creator/ChuckPalahniuk novel ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}'', one character, a small time journalist, tells a story about bringing his sick dog to a strange vet and realizing the vet is a former child star. He does a friendly interview with the vet, which shows the vet has made a good, happy and normal life for himself, but the tabloids the journalist works for aren't interested in it. They don't care about former stars that are normal and happy. So he talks to the vet again, drugs him, makes him OD, and creates a wild story about the former star having sex and drug addictions, etc. The story sells and earns him a ton of cash... but next week when his dog is sick and he doesn't know a good vet to bring it to, the dog dies.
24th Aug '16 11:14:29 PM StrixObscuro
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* At the end of the "Kindly Ones" arc of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Lyta Hall, aided by the Kindly Ones, succeeds in killing Dream and avenging her son's apparent death. There's just one problem: Daniel wasn't actually dead, and for her crimes against the Dreaming, he is forced to become the new Dream, so she will never, ever get him back. And on top of that, her actions have pissed off a lot of people, leaving her with a lot of enemies.
20th Aug '16 5:50:00 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[{{Dragonlance}} Test of the Twins]]'', Raistlin Majere's goal of [[AGodAmI becoming a god]] is revealed to be a severe case of PyrrhicVillainy. He succeeds, but in the process he destroys the world and eradicates every shred of good in his own soul, leaving him with no ability to renew or heal that which he has laid waste. Fortunately for all concerned, his brother Caramon is able to go back in time and reveal this outcome to the earlier Raistlin, who then [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifices himself to save Caramon and Crysania]].

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* In ''[[{{Dragonlance}} ''[[Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Test of the Twins]]'', Raistlin Majere's goal of [[AGodAmI becoming a god]] is revealed to be a severe case of PyrrhicVillainy. He succeeds, but in the process he destroys the world and eradicates every shred of good in his own soul, leaving him with no ability to renew or heal that which he has laid waste. Fortunately for all concerned, his brother Caramon is able to go back in time and reveal this outcome to the earlier Raistlin, who then [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifices himself to save Caramon and Crysania]].
8th Aug '16 7:46:15 PM damus2300
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Discussed after Spidey chases Hobgoblin out of Crime Central.
--->'''Kingpin:''' It worked. Exactly as planned.
--->'''Smythe:''' ''(looking at the smoldering remains of their base)'' Ever hear the phrase, [[DiscussedTrope "pyrrhic victory"]]?
--->'''Kingpin:''' You're wrong, Smythe. We're going to rebuild it, bigger and better than before. The main thing is, it's mine again.
** However, the "Tablet of Time" two-parter was also a pyrrhic victory for Fisk, and he couldn't deny it. In his goal to obtain the Tablet, his wife was kidnapped, and though she is rescued unharmed, she decides to leave him at the end, despite his pleas. Fisk winds up with the Tablet, which he had wanted in the first place, but he orders Hammerhead to get rid of it. "The sight of it sickens me," he growls.
31st Jul '16 9:27:27 PM Snowsky
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* ''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 and life becomes worthless, life 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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* ''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 and life in droves. Life becomes worthless, life 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.
31st Jul '16 9:24:21 PM Snowsky
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* ''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 and life becomes worthless, life 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.
30th Jul '16 3:39:42 PM nombretomado
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* {{Discussed}} in the ''{{Daria}}'' fanfic "Fanfic/GodSaveTheEsteem." [[MamaBear Helen]] (who owns her own private firm in this universe) is in an intense debate with the school's attorney, [[AmoralAttorney Jim Vitale]], about a case involving [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]]. Helen points out that if the case goes to court the victory could go either way, and given how much bigger his firm is than hers, even a slim victory will look embarrassing for his side. After a moment of thought, he agrees to settle.

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* {{Discussed}} in the ''{{Daria}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' fanfic "Fanfic/GodSaveTheEsteem." [[MamaBear Helen]] (who owns her own private firm in this universe) is in an intense debate with the school's attorney, [[AmoralAttorney Jim Vitale]], about a case involving [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]]. Helen points out that if the case goes to court the victory could go either way, and given how much bigger his firm is than hers, even a slim victory will look embarrassing for his side. After a moment of thought, he agrees to settle.
3rd Jul '16 7:52:07 PM damus2300
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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.]]
3rd Jul '16 6:34:26 PM damus2300
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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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