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17th Aug '16 2:44:20 PM Gosicrystal
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* In ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', if the Safe ending hasn't been cleared beforehand, then the True ending (which is otherwise the GoldenEnding) ends with [[spoiler:several of the group, including the main character, forced to hopelessly try and work out a passcode for which they lack the necessary clue]].

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12th Aug '16 8:47:15 AM Premonition45
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Serious shaggy dog stories generally put the protagonist on a quest or goal, only to undermine the purpose at the last minute. For instance, a cop spends all episode trying to convict a criminal, only to watch the perp be [[DroppedABridgeOnHim hit by a car and die]] before he's brought to justice; or a doctor searches all episode for the cure to a mysterious illness, which seems to miraculously cure itself. This plot highlights the futility of characters' jobs, or the cruel ironies of life. Where the ending is not just absurd, but actively ''[[DownerEnding tragic]]'' you have to ShootTheShaggyDog.

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Serious shaggy dog stories generally put the protagonist on a quest or goal, only to undermine the purpose at the last minute. For instance, a cop spends all episode trying to convict a criminal, only to watch the perp be [[DroppedABridgeOnHim hit by a car and die]] before he's brought to justice; or a doctor searches all episode for the cure to a mysterious illness, which seems to miraculously cure itself. This plot highlights the futility of characters' jobs, or the cruel ironies of life. Where the ending is not just absurd, but actively ''[[DownerEnding tragic]]'' tragic]]'', you have to ShootTheShaggyDog.
26th Jul '16 9:37:49 PM Premonition45
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Serious shaggy dog stories generally put the protagonist on a quest or goal, only to undermine the purpose at the last minute. For instance, a cop spends all episode trying to convict a criminal, only to watch the perp be [[DroppedABridgeOnHim hit by a car and die]] before he's brought to justice; or a doctor searches all episode for the cure to a mysterious illness, which seems to miraculously cure itself. This plot highlights the futility of characters' jobs, or the cruel ironies of life. Where the ending is not just absurd, but actively ''[[TheHeroDies tragic]]'' you have to ShootTheShaggyDog.

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Serious shaggy dog stories generally put the protagonist on a quest or goal, only to undermine the purpose at the last minute. For instance, a cop spends all episode trying to convict a criminal, only to watch the perp be [[DroppedABridgeOnHim hit by a car and die]] before he's brought to justice; or a doctor searches all episode for the cure to a mysterious illness, which seems to miraculously cure itself. This plot highlights the futility of characters' jobs, or the cruel ironies of life. Where the ending is not just absurd, but actively ''[[TheHeroDies ''[[DownerEnding tragic]]'' you have to ShootTheShaggyDog.
18th Jul '16 12:34:39 PM Ronfar
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* ''Amazing Man'', a short story by Eneasz Brodski, is about a Superman {{expy}} who finally got fed up with all those [[PunyHumans puny earthlings]], especially the reporters who insisted on slandering him, and decided that the only way to make the world a better place was to rule it himself. [[spoiler: "It's about ethics in superhero journalism!"]]
17th Feb '16 1:48:33 PM SilenceInTheLibrary
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Jaune Arc spends two volumes trying to woo Weiss Schnee before giving up and letting Neptune Vasilias try... only to blow it all when he flirts with the all-female Team NDGO, leading to Weiss telling the team to "break his stupid face".
14th Jan '16 11:50:56 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* [[https://youtu.be/wpfbuAVmYhU This]] satirical video from the Website/YouTube channel "Circlejerk" (devoted to parodying Website/{{Reddit}}) starts out like a typical rant about "social justice warriors." The punch line (based on a popular {{meme|tic mutation}} of 2015) is that one of the SJW Reddit moderators is actually [[spoiler:Wrestling/JohnCena]].
28th Nov '15 2:42:46 PM eroock
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A '''Shaggy Dog Story''' is a plot with a high level of build-up and complicating action, only to be resolved with an anti-climax or ironic reversal, usually one that makes the entire story meaningless. The term comes from a type of joke (called "gildersome" in ''Literature/TheMeaningOfLiff'') that worked the same way--a basic premise, a long amount of buildup, and a [[AntiHumor deliberately underwhelming punchline]].

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A '''Shaggy Shaggy Dog Story''' Story is a plot with a high level of build-up and complicating action, only to be resolved with an anti-climax or ironic reversal, usually one that makes the entire story meaningless. The term comes from a type of joke (called "gildersome" in ''Literature/TheMeaningOfLiff'') that worked the same way--a basic premise, a long amount of buildup, and a [[AntiHumor deliberately underwhelming punchline]].
9th Nov '15 9:46:26 PM Blazer
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Jaune Arc spends two volumes trying to woo Weiss Schnee before giving up and letting Neptune Vasilias try... only to blow it all when he flirts with the all-female Team NDGO, leading to Weiss telling the team to "break his stupid face".
3rd Nov '15 7:21:35 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In 2014 former Vendetta Pro Wrestling TagTeam champions the Ballard Brothers told an inspiring story about a man named Sunami who spent all year clawing his way towards a title shot against them, persevered through their under handed attacks and mind games, ultimately winning the belts only to have to vacate them because he partner no showed during a defense, making his entire year a big waste of time. They told this story to Sunami himself, who indeed was waiting in vain for his partner, leading him to give up on tag team wrestling and take on an ItsAllAboutMe attitude.

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* In 2014 former Vendetta Pro Wrestling TagTeam champions the Ballard Brothers told an inspiring story about a man named Sunami who spent all year clawing his way towards a title shot against them, persevered through their under handed attacks and mind games, ultimately winning the belts only to have to vacate them because he partner no showed during a defense, making his entire year a big waste of time. [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech They told this story to Sunami himself, himself]], who indeed was waiting in vain for his partner, leading him to give up on tag team wrestling and take on an ItsAllAboutMe attitude.
3rd Nov '15 7:19:06 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In 2014 former Vendetta Pro Wrestling TagTeam champions the Ballard Brothers told an inspiring story about a man named Sunami who spent all year clawing his way towards a title shot against them, persevered through their under handed attacks and mind games, ultimately winning the belts only to have to vacate them because he partner no showed during a defense, making his entire year a big waste of time. They told this story to Sunami himself, who indeed was waiting in vain for his partner, leading him to give up on tag team wrestling and take on an ItsAllAboutMe attitude.
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