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27th Jan '16 4:35:22 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''The SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', Mario and friends are thrown into a dungeon. Mario tells Luigi that things could be worse. Luigi asks him how, and Mario tells him that the ceiling could flatten them like a pizza. Right on cue, [[DescendingCeiling the ceiling starts descending on them]]. Mario, undaunted, says that water could flood the room until they drown like rats. [[RiseToTheChallenge You know what happens next.]] Mario, still keeping his cool, says he could think of other things that could be worse, but Luigi promptly shuts him up.
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* In an episode of ''The SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', Mario and friends are thrown into a dungeon. Mario tells Luigi that things could be worse. Luigi asks him how, and Mario tells him that the ceiling could flatten them like a pizza. Right on cue, [[DescendingCeiling the ceiling starts descending on them]]. Mario, undaunted, says that water could flood the room until they drown like rats. [[RiseToTheChallenge You know what happens next.]] Mario, still keeping his cool, says he could think of other things that could be worse, but Luigi promptly shuts him up.
14th Jan '16 10:45:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/AustinPowers: The Spy who Shagged Me'', Austin visits his frozen self after losing his mojo, saying that at least things couldn't get any worse. Cue a GilliganCut to Felicity sleeping with Fat Bastard to plant a tracking device on him.
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* In ''Film/AustinPowers: The Spy who Shagged Me'', ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpywhoShaggedMe'', Austin visits his frozen self after losing his mojo, saying that at least things couldn't get any worse. Cue a GilliganCut to Felicity sleeping with Fat Bastard to plant a tracking device on him.

* Subverted in ''Christmas Vacation'': "Worse? How could it get any worse? Take a look around you, Ellen, we're at the threshold of Hell!" Things do actually start to get better at that point, and ultimately Clark Griswold gets his one true happy ending of the whole series. * ''LookWhosTalking'', with the mother complaining about the chores of motherhood, and then being visited by her mother.
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* Subverted in ''Christmas Vacation'': ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'': "Worse? How could it get any worse? Take a look around you, Ellen, we're at the threshold of Hell!" Things do actually start to get better at that point, and ultimately Clark Griswold gets his one true happy ending of the whole series. * ''LookWhosTalking'', ''Film/LookWhosTalking'', with the mother complaining about the chores of motherhood, and then being visited by her mother.

* ''[[Film/{{DEBS}} D.E.B.S.]]'' When Janet, Max, and Dominique are trapped in the bank vault, Janet says "This could not get any worse!". Cue [[SpikesOfDoom spikes]] extending from the ceiling and the [[DescendingCeiling ceiling starting to lower]] toward our heroines.
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* ''[[Film/{{DEBS}} D.E.B.S.]]'' ''Film/{{DEBS}}'' When Janet, Max, and Dominique are trapped in the bank vault, Janet says "This could not get any worse!". Cue [[SpikesOfDoom spikes]] extending from the ceiling and the [[DescendingCeiling ceiling starting to lower]] toward our heroines.

* Repeatedly used in a particularly dark fashion in ''SchindlersList''. As the persecuted Jews are forced to live under increasingly more inhuman and nightmarish conditions by the Nazis, they try to cheer themselves up because their situation couldn't get even ''worse'' than it already is. That is before they discover what the Holocaust [[FinalSolution entailed]].
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* Repeatedly used in a particularly dark fashion in ''SchindlersList''.''Film/SchindlersList''. As the persecuted Jews are forced to live under increasingly more inhuman and nightmarish conditions by the Nazis, they try to cheer themselves up because their situation couldn't get even ''worse'' than it already is. That is before they discover what the Holocaust [[FinalSolution entailed]].

* In ''TheRoadToElDorado'' our heroes Tulio and Miguel end up stranded in a rowboat with a horse, hundreds of miles from land, with limited supplies.
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* In ''TheRoadToElDorado'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' our heroes Tulio and Miguel end up stranded in a rowboat with a horse, hundreds of miles from land, with limited supplies.
10th Jan '16 11:19:00 AM nombretomado
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* An episode of ''SpongeBobSquarePants'' (called, oddly enough, "Rock Bottom") had a plot based on this. After taking the wrong bus, Spongebob gets stranded in a town called Rock Bottom in a deep sea trench, and has a few moments like this as he struggles to get home.
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* An episode of ''SpongeBobSquarePants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' (called, oddly enough, "Rock Bottom") had a plot based on this. After taking the wrong bus, Spongebob gets stranded in a town called Rock Bottom in a deep sea trench, and has a few moments like this as he struggles to get home.
20th Dec '15 4:29:57 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''TheSilmarillion'' contains this phrase:
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* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''TheSilmarillion'' ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' contains this phrase:
1st Dec '15 6:52:13 PM nombretomado
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d [[spoiler:and subverted]] in ''GarfieldAndFriends'', "The Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster": Orson, Booker, and Sheldon run into the weasel, who ties them to a tree and leaves them for the barnyard to nab the chickens. Orson delivers the "Things can't possibly..." version, but Sheldon tells him not to say that, because when people say things like that in cartoon shows, things always get worse. Orson compounds the error by delivering the "How could...?" variation, and Sheldon points in the direction of some rumbling. Cue the titular Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster (really a robot that keeps spouting random incorrect phrases and which has been covered in swamp stuff from submerging itself in it). [[spoiler:This turns out to be a good thing, however, as the monster undoes the rope (to play jump rope) and stops the weasel (in a scene reminiscent of WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's [[AndCallHimGeorge Abominable Snowman]]).]]
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d [[spoiler:and subverted]] in ''GarfieldAndFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', "The Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster": Orson, Booker, and Sheldon run into the weasel, who ties them to a tree and leaves them for the barnyard to nab the chickens. Orson delivers the "Things can't possibly..." version, but Sheldon tells him not to say that, because when people say things like that in cartoon shows, things always get worse. Orson compounds the error by delivering the "How could...?" variation, and Sheldon points in the direction of some rumbling. Cue the titular Incredibly Stupid Swamp Monster (really a robot that keeps spouting random incorrect phrases and which has been covered in swamp stuff from submerging itself in it). [[spoiler:This turns out to be a good thing, however, as the monster undoes the rope (to play jump rope) and stops the weasel (in a scene reminiscent of WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's [[AndCallHimGeorge Abominable Snowman]]).]]
30th Nov '15 12:17:05 PM PatPayne
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[[folder:Real Life]] * [[https://www.allaboutsikhs.com/historical-events/historical-sikh-events-sikhs-in-world-war-ii This page]] recounts a RealLife example of this trope occurring to General Viscount William Slim during the Burmese Campaign in WorldWarTwo: -> "[General Slim] tells another story. One day he entered a jungle glade in a tank. In front of him stood a group of soldiers, in their midst the eternal Tommy. Assuming an optimism which he did not feel, Slim jumped out of the tank and approached them. "Gentlemen!" he said (which is the nice way that British generals sometimes address their troops) "Things might be worse!" ->"‘Ow could they be worse?" inquired the Tommy. ->"Well, it could rain" said Slim, lightly. He adds "[[CueTheRain And within quarter of an hour it did]]."" [[/folder]]
6th Nov '15 7:49:49 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "The Halloween Door," after the Containment Unit explodes:
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* In ''TheRealGhostbusters'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "The Halloween Door," after the Containment Unit explodes:
26th Sep '15 2:50:11 PM StFan
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* Annabel in ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' after Glon [[http://yafgc.net/?id=332 abducted]] her as a vengeance for mocking him before he became important. -->'''[[http://yafgc.net/?id=335 Annabel]]''': (running away) What could possibly be worse than being held prisoner by an orc? (collides with one very unamused drow)
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* Annabel in ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' after Glon [[http://yafgc.net/?id=332 net/comic/0332-glon-the-opportunist/ abducted]] her as a vengeance for mocking him before he became important. -->'''[[http://yafgc.net/?id=335 Annabel]]''': (running away) net/comic/0335-out-of-the-pan-into-the-drow/ Annabel]]:''' (''running away'') What could possibly be worse than being held prisoner by an orc? (collides (''collides with one very unamused drow)drow'')
2nd Sep '15 5:00:33 AM eddurd
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* {{Inverted}} in ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' when, after some unexpected good fortune, Sydney works the system by [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/1836 loudly proclaiming]] "At least things can't get any '''better'''!" [[spoiler: They do.]]
20th Aug '15 10:11:11 AM Willbyr
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* This trope is exploited by ''{{Ranma}}'' in an old fanfic from the 1990s, ''Smartarse 1/2'' when he beats up Kuno for the first time and writes something on Kuno's forehead, the twist is that it was the phrase '''"At least it can't possibly get any worse."'''. When Kuno reads the phrase out loud, suddenly a real battleaxe of a nurse walks in while [[AssShove putting on a rubber glove]] and orders Kuno to bend over... [[BigNo much screaming occurs]].
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* This trope is exploited by ''{{Ranma}}'' ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' in an old fanfic from the 1990s, ''Smartarse 1/2'' when he beats up Kuno for the first time and writes something on Kuno's forehead, the twist is that it was the phrase '''"At least it can't possibly get any worse."'''. When Kuno reads the phrase out loud, suddenly a real battleaxe of a nurse walks in while [[AssShove putting on a rubber glove]] and orders Kuno to bend over... [[BigNo much screaming occurs]].
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