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19th Jun '16 10:46:49 PM wanderlustwarrior
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Once upon a time, a man decided to climb a mountain. He took a nasty fall, badly bruising himself, and landed in the woods next to a shaggy-haired dog. Despite his injuries, he limped back to his house, where he left the dog, then to the nearest hospital, where he got some x-rays. When he got home, the dog looked hungry, so he made a steak just for the dog, and turned on the television. He was just about to call the pound when he heard that a wealthy couple, on vacation in the vicinity, had ''lost'' a very shaggy dog, and were offering a [[UndisclosedFunds very large sum]] for his return. He bought a plane ticket, but fell short on funds. Being a thrifty man, never wanting to live in debt, he sold a chair from his house to pay for the ticket. When he got on the plane, he found that he couldn't take the dog without preparations; the airline, however, was willing to transfer his ticket for a nominal fee. He was forced to pay this fee, and the veterinarian's bills, with a credit card, which irked him even though he knew the reward would offset it. Then he flew to the city in question, but since he was only twenty-four, had to walk ten miles through the woods, going in the general direction of the manor. When he arrived, he found he had missed the front gate entirely. He walked directly up to the door with the dog and rang the bell... when he and the dog were shot dead by a guard.

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Once upon a time, a man decided to climb a mountain. He took a nasty fall, badly bruising himself, and landed in the woods next to a shaggy-haired dog. Despite his injuries, he limped back to his house, where he left the dog, then to the nearest hospital, where he got some x-rays. When he got home, the dog looked hungry, so he made a steak just for the dog, and turned on the television. He was just about to call the pound when he heard that a wealthy couple, on vacation in the vicinity, had ''lost'' a very shaggy dog, and were offering a [[UndisclosedFunds very large sum]] for his return. He bought a plane ticket, but fell short on funds. Being a thrifty man, never wanting to live in debt, he sold a chair from his house to pay for the ticket. When he got on the plane, he found that he couldn't take the dog without preparations; the airline, however, was willing to transfer his ticket for a nominal fee. He was forced to pay this fee, and the veterinarian's bills, with a credit card, which irked him even though he knew the reward would offset it. Then he flew to the city in question, but since he was only twenty-four, twenty-four (too young to rent a car), had to walk ten miles through the woods, going in the general direction of the manor. When he arrived, he found he had missed the front gate entirely. He walked directly up to the door with the dog and rang the bell... when he and the dog were shot dead by a guard.
4th Jun '16 9:50:07 PM Tehrannotaur
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Occasionally part of AnAesop, to show ''[[CrapsackWorld just how crappy]]'' the world becomes when you violate the lesson; frequently used to try and show a '[[DarkerAndEdgier gritty]]', [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] world. Sometimes, it's an attempt at tragedy that makes the mistake of nullifying itself by [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy making it impossible to care]]''. Depending on the particulars, it can overlap with DiabolusExMachina, and is a frequent cause of AngstAversion. In short, this is a story where at its conclusion you have to ask ''"What the hell was the point?"''

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Occasionally part of AnAesop, to show ''[[CrapsackWorld just how crappy]]'' the world becomes when you violate the lesson; frequently used to try and show a '[[DarkerAndEdgier gritty]]', [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] world. Sometimes, it's an attempt at tragedy that makes the mistake of nullifying itself by [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy ''[[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy making it impossible to care]]''. Depending on the particulars, it can overlap with DiabolusExMachina, and is a frequent cause of AngstAversion. In short, this is a story where at its conclusion you have to ask ''"What the hell was the point?"''
26th Apr '16 7:39:51 PM TARINunit9
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Once upon a time, a man decided to climb a mountain. He took a nasty fall, badly bruising himself, and landed in the woods next to a shaggy-haired dog. Despite his injuries, he limped back to his house, where he left the dog, then to the nearest hospital, where he got some x-rays. When he got home, the dog looked hungry, so he made a steak just for the dog, and turned on the television. He was just about to call the pound when he heard that a wealthy couple, on vacation in the vicinity, had ''lost'' a very shaggy dog, and were offering a [[UndisclosedFunds very large sum]] for his return. He bought a plane ticket, but fell short on funds. Being a thrifty man, never wanting to live in debt, he sold a chair from his house to pay for the ticket. When he got on the plane, he found that he couldn't take the dog without preparations; the airline, however, was willing to transfer his ticket for a nominal fee. He was forced to pay this fee, and the veterinarian's bills, with a credit card, which irked him even though he knew the reward would offset it. Then he flew to the city in question, but since he was only twenty-four, had to walk ten miles through the woods, going in the general direction of the manor. When he arrived, he found he had missed the front gate entirely. He walked directly up to the door with the dog and rang the bell... when he and the dog were shot dead by a guard. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Just to rub salt in the wound]], the homeowners take a look at the dog and decide it can't be their dog, because "he wasn't ''that'' shaggy."

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Once upon a time, a man decided to climb a mountain. He took a nasty fall, badly bruising himself, and landed in the woods next to a shaggy-haired dog. Despite his injuries, he limped back to his house, where he left the dog, then to the nearest hospital, where he got some x-rays. When he got home, the dog looked hungry, so he made a steak just for the dog, and turned on the television. He was just about to call the pound when he heard that a wealthy couple, on vacation in the vicinity, had ''lost'' a very shaggy dog, and were offering a [[UndisclosedFunds very large sum]] for his return. He bought a plane ticket, but fell short on funds. Being a thrifty man, never wanting to live in debt, he sold a chair from his house to pay for the ticket. When he got on the plane, he found that he couldn't take the dog without preparations; the airline, however, was willing to transfer his ticket for a nominal fee. He was forced to pay this fee, and the veterinarian's bills, with a credit card, which irked him even though he knew the reward would offset it. Then he flew to the city in question, but since he was only twenty-four, had to walk ten miles through the woods, going in the general direction of the manor. When he arrived, he found he had missed the front gate entirely. He walked directly up to the door with the dog and rang the bell... when he and the dog were shot dead by a guard. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Just to rub salt in the wound]], the homeowners take a look at the dog and decide it can't be their dog, because "he wasn't ''that'' shaggy."\n



[[ShaggyDogStory Oh, and the lost dog? It wasn't shaggy.]]

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[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Just to rub salt in the wound]], the rich homeowners take a look at the dead dog and decide [[ShaggyDogStory Oh, and the lost dog? It it can't be their dog]], because "he wasn't ''that'' shaggy.]]"
26th Apr '16 7:37:44 PM TARINunit9
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Once upon a time, a man decided to climb a mountain. He took a nasty fall, badly bruising himself, and landed in the woods next to a shaggy-haired dog. Despite his injuries, he limped back to his house, where he left the dog, then to the nearest hospital, where he got some x-rays. When he got home, the dog looked hungry, so he made a steak just for the dog, and turned on the television. He was just about to call the pound when he heard that a wealthy couple, on vacation in the vicinity, had ''lost'' a very shaggy dog, and were offering a [[UndisclosedFunds very large sum]] for his return. He bought a plane ticket, but fell short on funds. Being a thrifty man, never wanting to live in debt, he sold a chair from his house to pay for the ticket. When he got on the plane, he found that he couldn't take the dog without preparations; the airline, however, was willing to transfer his ticket for a nominal fee. He was forced to pay this fee, and the veterinarian's bills, with a credit card, which irked him even though he knew the reward would offset it. Then he flew to the city in question, but since he was only twenty-four, had to walk ten miles through the woods, going in the general direction of the manor. When he arrived, he found he had missed the front gate entirely. He walked directly up to the door with the dog and rang the bell... when he and the dog were shot dead by a guard.

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Once upon a time, a man decided to climb a mountain. He took a nasty fall, badly bruising himself, and landed in the woods next to a shaggy-haired dog. Despite his injuries, he limped back to his house, where he left the dog, then to the nearest hospital, where he got some x-rays. When he got home, the dog looked hungry, so he made a steak just for the dog, and turned on the television. He was just about to call the pound when he heard that a wealthy couple, on vacation in the vicinity, had ''lost'' a very shaggy dog, and were offering a [[UndisclosedFunds very large sum]] for his return. He bought a plane ticket, but fell short on funds. Being a thrifty man, never wanting to live in debt, he sold a chair from his house to pay for the ticket. When he got on the plane, he found that he couldn't take the dog without preparations; the airline, however, was willing to transfer his ticket for a nominal fee. He was forced to pay this fee, and the veterinarian's bills, with a credit card, which irked him even though he knew the reward would offset it. Then he flew to the city in question, but since he was only twenty-four, had to walk ten miles through the woods, going in the general direction of the manor. When he arrived, he found he had missed the front gate entirely. He walked directly up to the door with the dog and rang the bell... when he and the dog were shot dead by a guard.
guard. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Just to rub salt in the wound]], the homeowners take a look at the dog and decide it can't be their dog, because "he wasn't ''that'' shaggy."
22nd Apr '16 4:35:34 PM Jice_Wumpkin
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Occasionally part of AnAesop, to show ''[[CrapsackWorld just how crappy]]'' the world becomes when you violate the lesson; frequently used to try and show a '[[DarkerAndEdgier gritty]]', [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] world. Sometimes, it's an attempt at tragedy that makes the mistake of nullifying itself by [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy making it impossible to]] ''[[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy care]]''. Depending on the particulars, it can overlap with DiabolusExMachina, and is a frequent cause of AngstAversion. In short, this is a story where at its conclusion you have to ask ''"What the hell was the point?"''

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Occasionally part of AnAesop, to show ''[[CrapsackWorld just how crappy]]'' the world becomes when you violate the lesson; frequently used to try and show a '[[DarkerAndEdgier gritty]]', [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] world. Sometimes, it's an attempt at tragedy that makes the mistake of nullifying itself by [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy making it impossible to]] ''[[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy to care]]''. Depending on the particulars, it can overlap with DiabolusExMachina, and is a frequent cause of AngstAversion. In short, this is a story where at its conclusion you have to ask ''"What the hell was the point?"''



[[ShaggyDogStory Oh, and the lost dog? It wasn't]] ''[[ShaggyDogStory that]]'' [[ShaggyDogStory shaggy.]]

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[[ShaggyDogStory Oh, and the lost dog? It wasn't]] ''[[ShaggyDogStory that]]'' [[ShaggyDogStory wasn't shaggy.]]
26th Mar '16 4:02:07 PM TSBasilisk
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18th Aug '15 8:09:08 AM SgtFrog1
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Occasionally part of AnAesop, to show ''[[CrapsackWorld just how crappy]]'' the world becomes when you violate the lesson; frequently used to try and show a '[[DarkerAndEdgier gritty]]', [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] world. Sometimes, it's an attempt at tragedy that makes the mistake of nullifying itself by [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy making it impossible to]] ''[[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy care]]''. Depending on the particulars, it can overlap with DiabolusExMachina, and is a frequent cause of AngstAversion. In short, this is a story where at its conclusion you have to ask "What the hell was the point?"

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Occasionally part of AnAesop, to show ''[[CrapsackWorld just how crappy]]'' the world becomes when you violate the lesson; frequently used to try and show a '[[DarkerAndEdgier gritty]]', [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] world. Sometimes, it's an attempt at tragedy that makes the mistake of nullifying itself by [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy making it impossible to]] ''[[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy care]]''. Depending on the particulars, it can overlap with DiabolusExMachina, and is a frequent cause of AngstAversion. In short, this is a story where at its conclusion you have to ask "What ''"What the hell was the point?"
point?"''
4th Jul '15 11:18:03 PM Matchstick
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Did you feel like that story was pointless? It was. Sometimes an author will go one step beyond a ShaggyDogStory, and Shoot The Shaggy Dog. They won't just KillEmAll; they'll make the characters' accomplishments a moot point [[SenselessSacrifice and their deaths completely senseless]]. They won't just have the protagonist die an agonizing death; they'll [[GroundhogDayLoop trap him in a grim cycle of reincarnation]], and make him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption a failure in every incarnation]]. Sometimes they won't ''even'' Kill Em All; the protagonists won't even get to bring the {{Villain}}s down with them. All in all, the only thing that's changed in the last 400 pages is that a few ineffectual people have died...some of whom were the protagonists.

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Did you feel like that story was pointless? It was. Sometimes an author will go one step beyond a ShaggyDogStory, and Shoot The Shaggy Dog. They won't just KillEmAll; they'll make the characters' accomplishments a moot point [[SenselessSacrifice and their deaths completely senseless]]. They won't just have the protagonist die an agonizing death; they'll [[GroundhogDayLoop trap him in a grim cycle of reincarnation]], and make him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption a failure in every incarnation]]. Sometimes they won't ''even'' Kill Em All; the protagonists won't even get to bring the {{Villain}}s down with them. All in all, the only thing that's changed in the last 400 pages is that a few ineffectual people have died... some of whom were the protagonists.
19th May '15 6:22:41 PM Korados
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Did you feel like that story was pointless? It was. Sometimes an author will go one step beyond a ShaggyDogStory, and Shoot The Shaggy Dog. They won't just KillEmAll; they'll make the characters' accomplishments a moot point [[SenselessSacrifice and their deaths completely senseless]]. They won't just have the protagonist die an agonizing death; they'll [[GroundhogDayLoop trap him in a grim cycle of reincarnation]], and make him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption a failure in every incarnation]]. Sometimes they won't ''even'' KillEmAll; the protagonists won't even get to bring the {{Villain}}s down with them. All in all, the only thing that's changed in the last 400 pages is that a few ineffectual people have died...some of whom were the protagonists.

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Did you feel like that story was pointless? It was. Sometimes an author will go one step beyond a ShaggyDogStory, and Shoot The Shaggy Dog. They won't just KillEmAll; they'll make the characters' accomplishments a moot point [[SenselessSacrifice and their deaths completely senseless]]. They won't just have the protagonist die an agonizing death; they'll [[GroundhogDayLoop trap him in a grim cycle of reincarnation]], and make him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption a failure in every incarnation]]. Sometimes they won't ''even'' KillEmAll; Kill Em All; the protagonists won't even get to bring the {{Villain}}s down with them. All in all, the only thing that's changed in the last 400 pages is that a few ineffectual people have died...some of whom were the protagonists.



'''NOTE:''' An ending in which [[TheHeroDies the heroes die]] or are [[BolivianArmyEnding implied to die]] does not, on its own, a ShootTheShaggyDog make. This trope should refer to stories where the protagonists are ineffectual, accomplish nothing, fail to bring villains to justice, ''and'' they die.

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'''NOTE:''' An ending in which [[TheHeroDies the heroes die]] or are [[BolivianArmyEnding implied to die]] does not, on its own, a ShootTheShaggyDog Shoot The Shaggy Dog make. This trope should refer to stories where the protagonists are ineffectual, accomplish nothing, fail to bring villains to justice, ''and'' they die.
15th Aug '14 7:12:47 PM waaw123
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Once upon a time, a man decided to climb a mountain. He took a nasty fall, badly bruising himself, and landed in the woods next to a shaggy-haired dog. Despite his injuries, he limped back to his house, where he left the dog, then to the nearest hospital, where he got some x-rays. When he got home, the dog looked hungry, so he made a steak just for the dog, and turned on the television. He was just about to call the pound when he heard that a wealthy couple, on vacation in the vicinity, had ''lost'' a very shaggy dog, and were offering a [[UndisclosedFunds very large sum]] for his return. He bought a plane ticket, but fell short on funds. Being a thrifty man, never wanting to live in debt, he sold a chair from his house to pay for the ticket. When he got on the plane, he found that he couldn't take the dog without preparations; the airline, however, was willing to transfer his ticket for a nominal fee. He was forced to pay this fee, and the veterinarian's bills, with a credit card, which irked him even though he knew the reward would offset it. Then he flew to the city in question, but since he was only twenty-four, had to walk ten miles through the woods, going in the general direction of the manor. When he arrived, he found he had missed the front gate entirely. He walked directly up to the door with the dog and rang the bell... when he and the dog were shot dead by a guard. When the wealthy couple were informed of the event they took a look at the dead dog, and said "No, our dog wasn't ''that'' shaggy."

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Once upon a time, a man decided to climb a mountain. He took a nasty fall, badly bruising himself, and landed in the woods next to a shaggy-haired dog. Despite his injuries, he limped back to his house, where he left the dog, then to the nearest hospital, where he got some x-rays. When he got home, the dog looked hungry, so he made a steak just for the dog, and turned on the television. He was just about to call the pound when he heard that a wealthy couple, on vacation in the vicinity, had ''lost'' a very shaggy dog, and were offering a [[UndisclosedFunds very large sum]] for his return. He bought a plane ticket, but fell short on funds. Being a thrifty man, never wanting to live in debt, he sold a chair from his house to pay for the ticket. When he got on the plane, he found that he couldn't take the dog without preparations; the airline, however, was willing to transfer his ticket for a nominal fee. He was forced to pay this fee, and the veterinarian's bills, with a credit card, which irked him even though he knew the reward would offset it. Then he flew to the city in question, but since he was only twenty-four, had to walk ten miles through the woods, going in the general direction of the manor. When he arrived, he found he had missed the front gate entirely. He walked directly up to the door with the dog and rang the bell... when he and the dog were shot dead by a guard. When the wealthy couple were informed of the event they took a look at the dead dog, and said "No, our dog wasn't ''that'' shaggy."
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