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30th Apr '18 7:30:06 PM MagiMecha
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* In the ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Achievement Hunter Let's Play Minecraft]]'' mini-series "YDYD" (short for "Ya Dead, Ya Dead"), bit by bit, each of the Achievement Hunters are KilledOffForReal, leaving Creator/MichaelJones the SoleSurvivor. In the final episode, he moves on, lives fifty years later and dies of old age in a castle he built. [[spoiler:He ends up arriving in Hell, where the other Hunters are waiting for him. As it turns out, they've remained young and will always will be and Michael will remain old and decrepit. Even worse, his wife Lindsay gave up on waiting for him and hooked up with a demon named Gary.]]
28th Apr '18 7:22:41 AM Jeduthun
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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. Or the characters spend all their time on a quest, only for it to come about that someone AccidentallyBrokeTheMacGuffin, which means NoMacGuffinNoWinner. 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.
2nd Apr '18 11:13:28 AM naturalironist
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* The Music/FountainsOfWayne song "Someone to Love" spends most of the song profiling two lonely people and promising that they'll find someone to love, heavily implying they will MeetCute. In the last verse, when they are "supposed" to meet, Beth MacKenzie steals Seth Shapiro's taxi and leaves him alone in the rain, rendering the buildup pointless.
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2nd Apr '18 11:11:59 AM naturalironist
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* The Music/FountainsOfWayne song "Someone to Love" spends most of the song profiling two lonely people and promising that they'll find someone to love, heavily implying they will MeetCute. In the last verse, when they are "supposed" to meet, Beth MacKenzie steals Seth Shapiro's taxi and leaves him alone in the rain, rendering the buildup pointless.
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27th Mar '18 1:17:30 PM DoerOfThings
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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 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]].
punchline]]. The best and most famous of these jokes is the Cheerio joke, which is a potentially hours-long story ending in the main character going to get some punch, and finding that "There is no punchline."
4th Dec '17 4:57:36 PM nombretomado
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%%* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX_VUSSwS98 Chocolate Milk At Cabin Boys]]'' by [[TheAmazingAtheist TJ Kirk]].

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%%* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX_VUSSwS98 Chocolate Milk At Cabin Boys]]'' by [[TheAmazingAtheist [[WebVideo/TheAmazingAtheist TJ Kirk]].
28th Nov '17 12:14:33 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX_VUSSwS98 Chocolate Milk At Cabin Boys]]'' by [[TheAmazingAtheist TJ Kirk]].

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* %%* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX_VUSSwS98 Chocolate Milk At Cabin Boys]]'' by [[TheAmazingAtheist TJ Kirk]].
28th Nov '17 12:12:03 PM TommyR01D
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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX_VUSSwS98 Chocolate Milk At Cabin Boys]]'' by [[TheAmazingAtheist TJ Kirk]].
21st Oct '17 8:09:54 PM Spider_Jaws
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* LegacyOfTheRedSun: Small one. [[spoiler: In a bit of dialogue, Han tells how he let a Wookie named Chewbacca free when he was told to skin him, but didn't go on the run with him. He later found Chewbacca had been killed in the street.]]
5th Oct '17 5:50:22 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* While Wrestling/MercedesMartinez was [[HangingSeparately largely to blame]] for Las Sicarias being [[TheBadGuyWins mollywhopped]] by rival SHINE PowerStable C4, Martinez legitimately positioned herself for a shot at the championship belt Wrestling/IvelisseVelez was forced to vacate and ''should'' have won it. She had Allysin Kay beat in the three way dance and [=LuFisto=] was too slow to stop her, ''[[DiabolusExMachina except]]'' [=LuFisto=] was given the winning pin on a ''one count''. Furthermore, Martinez was put in another match with the woman she by rights beat, rather than the one who was basically given her win. Kay proceeded hit Martinez with a shame motivated flurry...that nonetheless only got Kay to a time limit draw. If Martinez ''was'' champion as she logically should have been, she would have retained, and the trap C4 laid on the returning Velez and [[Wrestling/BlackRose Rosa Negra]] wouldn't have set Las Sicarias back so far.
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