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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.
20th Nov '16 4:03:24 PM StrixObscuro
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* Both played straight and dicussed in the final episode of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos''. Maledict succeeded in creating an "Ultimate Weapon" greater than he ever dreamed of... but the fact that his prized Ultimate Weapon ([[spoiler: both of them, in fact]]) ended up turning against him [[{{Irony}} thanks to his own actions]] made his success ultimately pointless. Even ''Maledict himself'' admits his GambitRoulette wasn't worth it in the end.

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* Both played straight and dicussed discussed in the final episode of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos''. Maledict succeeded in creating an "Ultimate Weapon" greater than he ever dreamed of... but the fact that his prized Ultimate Weapon ([[spoiler: both of them, in fact]]) ended up turning against him [[{{Irony}} thanks to his own actions]] made his success ultimately pointless. Even ''Maledict himself'' admits his GambitRoulette wasn't worth it in the end.


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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.
20th Nov '16 2:44:12 PM NarpYarp
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' special "Timmy's Secret Wish", Foop succeeds in making Timmy look like the worst godkid ever and having all his wishes undone, including Poof. However, he learns too late that as Poof's anti fairy, he gets erased from existence too. This brings AscendedFridgeHorror into play when many wondered what would happen to Foop if he succeeded in erasing Poof.
20th Nov '16 2:36:23 PM NarpYarp
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* Speaking of Batman, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' ends with Bat-Mite screwing over the show to get it cancelled so that a darker, more serious Batman series will be made in its place. The new series focuses primarily on Bat''girl'', and as ComicBook/AmbushBug points out, a serious Batman series has no room for [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] silliness... like Bat-Mite himself. Bat-Mite realizes his mistake seconds before he is [[PuffOfLogic erased from existence.]]
18th Nov '16 9:58:20 PM NarpYarp
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* Curtis from ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'' cheats and double deals his way to the top of the music industry but it all catches up to him. Deena turns against him and gives Effie evidence of his shady business deals which she uses to get exclusive rights to her hit single "One Night Only". Deena leaves him and the rest of The Dreams disband. Even though Curtis is trying to move on to a new artist, its possible he'll never get the same success he once had.
16th Oct '16 1:16:17 PM Gowan
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* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E52rxz2sjRs The Willow Maid]] a man wants to force the titular [[PlantPerson willow maid]] to marry him. He succeeds in chopping down her tree and dragging her out of the forest ... but once she is out of the forest, she turns into a flower. Thus, his plan to make her bear his children will likely not work out.

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16th Oct '16 10:41:25 AM nombretomado
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* At the end of ''FinalFantasyTactics'', Delita successfully manipulates his way to absolute power over Ivalice, destroying all of the competing factions and ascending to the throne by seducing and marrying Princess Ovelia. Unfortunately, his methods so thoroughly alienate his new bride that she decides she must have been part of his machinations too, and stabs him, possibly fatally. ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation If the cutscene writers didn't pay attention to Delita's]] [[BodyArmorAsHitPoints unarmoured]] [[HitPoints HP]] [[GameplayAndStorySegregation at least...]]) This forces Delita to kill her in retaliation, and he is left wondering if it was all worth it as he falls to his knees clutching his wound. (The painfulness of this scene is increased further if you believe that Delita genuinely loved Ovelia.)

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* At the end of ''FinalFantasyTactics'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', Delita successfully manipulates his way to absolute power over Ivalice, destroying all of the competing factions and ascending to the throne by seducing and marrying Princess Ovelia. Unfortunately, his methods so thoroughly alienate his new bride that she decides she must have been part of his machinations too, and stabs him, possibly fatally. ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation If the cutscene writers didn't pay attention to Delita's]] [[BodyArmorAsHitPoints unarmoured]] [[HitPoints HP]] [[GameplayAndStorySegregation at least...]]) This forces Delita to kill her in retaliation, and he is left wondering if it was all worth it as he falls to his knees clutching his wound. (The painfulness of this scene is increased further if you believe that Delita genuinely loved Ovelia.)
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.]]
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