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12th May '18 7:48:31 PM Rodrigokun
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* This is parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Wacky Deli": Ralph Bighead wants to get out of his contract with a TV network, who want him to create another hit show for them, so he hired Rocko, Filbert, and Heffer to come up with ''Wacky Deli'', the worst possible show imaginable. Despite his earnest efforts to sabotage it, [[SpringtimeForHitler the show becomes a huge hit]]. When Ralph decides to actually his put time and effort into the episodes, ''Wacky Deli'' is immediately cancelled.

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* This is parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Wacky Deli": Ralph Bighead wants to get out of his contract with a TV network, who want him to create another hit show for them, so he hired Rocko, Filbert, Filburt, and Heffer to come up with ''Wacky Deli'', the worst possible show imaginable. Despite his earnest efforts to sabotage it, [[SpringtimeForHitler the show becomes a huge hit]]. When Ralph decides to actually put his put time and effort into the episodes, ''Wacky Deli'' is immediately cancelled.
7th May '18 8:59:28 PM Primis
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* Creator/CoreDesign attempted this with [[RocksFallEveryoneDies the ending of]] ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheLastRevelation''. The studio was sick of developing ''Tomb Raider'' sequels and killed off Lara Croft at the end of the fourth game. They went on to develop ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderChronicles Chronicles]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderTheAngelOfDarkness The Angel of Darkness]]'', which revealed that Lara was NotQuiteDead. Both games received abysmal reviews, [[CreatorKiller which ultimately led to the studio being bought out in 2006]] and the ''Tomb Raider'' IP being given to Creator/CrystalDynamics, ironically making this an InvertedTrope.

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* Creator/CoreDesign attempted this with [[RocksFallEveryoneDies the ending of]] ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheLastRevelation''. The studio was sick of developing ''Tomb Raider'' sequels and killed off Lara Croft at the end of the fourth game. They went on to develop ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderChronicles Chronicles]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderTheAngelOfDarkness The Angel of Darkness]]'', which revealed that Lara was NotQuiteDead. Both games received abysmal reviews, [[CreatorKiller which ultimately led to the studio Core Design being bought out sold off in 2006]] and the ''Tomb Raider'' IP being given to Creator/CrystalDynamics, ironically making this an InvertedTrope.
7th May '18 5:30:35 PM Primis
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* This was apparently supposed to happen in [[RocksFallEveryoneDies the ending of]] ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheLastRevelation''. Core Design was talked into developing ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderChronicles Chronicles]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderTheAngelOfDarkness The Angel of Darkness]]'', both of which received abysmal reviews, [[CreatorKiller ruining Core's prospects for continuing the series]]. Crystal Dynamics themselves pulled one of these in ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld Underworld]]'', which involves [[TrashTheSet the literal burning of Lara's mansion]], followed by [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 a second reboot in 2013]].

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* This was apparently supposed to happen in Creator/CoreDesign attempted this with [[RocksFallEveryoneDies the ending of]] ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheLastRevelation''. Core Design The studio was talked into sick of developing ''Tomb Raider'' sequels and killed off Lara Croft at the end of the fourth game. They went on to develop ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderChronicles Chronicles]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderTheAngelOfDarkness The Angel of Darkness]]'', both of which revealed that Lara was NotQuiteDead. Both games received abysmal reviews, [[CreatorKiller ruining Core's prospects for continuing the series]]. Crystal Dynamics themselves pulled one of these in ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld Underworld]]'', which involves [[TrashTheSet ultimately led to the literal burning of Lara's mansion]], followed by [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 a second reboot studio being bought out in 2013]].2006]] and the ''Tomb Raider'' IP being given to Creator/CrystalDynamics, ironically making this an InvertedTrope.
6th May '18 4:39:41 AM LlamaAdventure
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* ''Film/IronMan3'' seems to do everything it can to destroy Iron Man as a superhero, destroying Stark's home and lab and ending with him self-destructing all his remaining Iron Man suits, getting the shrapnel taken out of his heart and throwing away his arc reactor. It only partially worked, as while this was the last Iron Man movie, Stark has since gone out of retirement for other films in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
6th May '18 4:32:46 AM LlamaAdventure
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* ''Film/IronMan3'' seems to do everything it can to destroy Iron Man as a superhero, destroying Stark's home and lab and ending with him self-destructing all his remaining Iron Man suits, getting the shrapnel taken out of his heart and throwing away his arc reactor. It only partially worked, as while this was the last Iron Man movie, Stark has since gone out of retirement for other films in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
29th Apr '18 11:07:05 PM jormis29
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* Some suspect R.A. Salvatore is trying to do this with the [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt]] novels because A) he doesn't want a lesser author writing his best-known character and B) he may be running out of ideas.

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* Some suspect R.A. Salvatore Creator/RASalvatore is trying to do this with the [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt]] novels because A) he doesn't want a lesser author writing his best-known character and B) he may be running out of ideas.
23rd Apr '18 2:45:54 PM TheTraveller
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* After Ken Penders sued Franchise/ArchieComics to fully regain use of the characters he created during his time as head writer of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' it became obvious later on down the line that ''both'' sides were shooting themselves in the foot with their legal missteps and, tired of it all, settled. In the span of a year, Archie ended up [[ExiledFromContinuity exiling]] nearly ''everything'' created by former writers since the series began, culminating into ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' unleashing a CosmicRetcon on the ''Sonic'' comics partially for this reason.

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* After Ken Penders sued Franchise/ArchieComics to fully regain use of the characters he created during his time as head writer of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' it became obvious later on down the line that ''both'' sides were shooting themselves in the foot with their legal missteps and, tired of it all, settled. In the span of a year, Archie ended up [[ExiledFromContinuity exiling]] nearly ''everything'' created by former writers since the series began, culminating into ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' unleashing a CosmicRetcon (and an infamous megaton of mandates) on the ''Sonic'' comics partially for this reason.reason.
**The stigma of the lawsuits never went away, however, and despite the Post-Reboot comics being of acceptable quality, the comics would finally keel over and expire in the middle of 2017. Penders more-or-less got what he wanted, and wound up taking down the comics with him, then running off to use them in his own "visual novels" that are of...infamously shoddy quality. While the Sonic comics would continue ([[ContinuityReboot sort of]]) in the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogIDW'' books, Penders is nowadays seen as one of ''the'' most hated people ever affiliated with the Sonic franchise.[[note]]And despite how dishevelled the fanbase is known to be, that is actually quite a short list. At least, for people that ''everyone'' agrees is toxic to the franchise, rather than groups of people feeling so for certain people where others may not. The only other that can be said to be hated across the fanbase with any certainty is Shun Nakamura, writer of both ''Sonic 06'' and ''Sonic Forces''.[[/note]]
9th Apr '18 12:31:27 AM jacktheriffer
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* When J. Michael Straczynski was asked what he would do if TNT tried to commission a sixth season of ''Series/BabylonFive'', he replied "Two words: Scorched earth."[[note]]As it is, the finale is set in a future where several of the main characters are dead and end

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* When J. Michael Straczynski was asked what he would do if TNT tried to commission a sixth season of ''Series/BabylonFive'', he replied "Two words: Scorched earth."[[note]]As it is, the finale is set in a future where several of the main characters are dead and endends with the station blowing up and the show's lead [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascending to a Higher Plane of Existence]].[[/note]]
* The highly anticipated finale of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', called "The Finale," was notorious for ending the show by having the main cast being put on trial, convicted, and imprisoned for everything that happened on the show.
* Of all shows, ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' ended with the entire [[TrashTheSet town being dynamited]], though the cast was spared. According to Michael Landon, the reason for blowing up the set was so that it couldn't be used by later shows, or commercials.
* Jim Henson's ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' ended the world in the very last episode, so that revivals couldn't happen.
* Creator/RussellTDavies' ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' looked like this to many viewers (with Ianto dead, Jack leaving Earth in self-disgust, Gwen traumatised and depressed, and their base reduced to a crater), but [[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay it turned out not to be]]. In an inversion of what sometimes happens with this trope, the opinion of many fans is that it would have been better if [[SeasonalRot the series had ended there.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' webcast "Death Comes To Time" is an odd example of this, coming out when the original series of the show had been cancelled. It features the 7th Doctor, even though the 8th Doctor had already appeared (though how canonical the TV Movie [[FanonDiscontinuity was was disputed]]), and has the Doctor dying when he uses Time Lord powers that only appear in this story to kill a rogue Time Lord and save Ace, and claims that the age of the Time Lords is over. It is used by some fans to de-canonize the TV Movie and the New Series. However, the majority of fans don't hold this view, and it is widely believed to be non-canon, largely because of how unlike DW a lot of it feels, the audio drama "Zagreus" implying it takes place in an alternate reality.
* The end of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' doesn't preclude a revival so much as make it entirely redundant.
* The acrimony between Amy Sherman-Palladino and Warner Bros. was so great that when she couldn't be signed on for a seventh season of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', she crippled the show so much in the sixth season finale that most of the fanbase refuses to accept that Creator/TheCW-fied seventh season ever happened. The new show head David Rosenthal was unable to do much of anything to fix what was broken, the new writing staff hurriedly thrown together seemed to not know the characters at all and mis-wrote them, and somehow a smalltown ensemble drama was changed around to be yet another generic teen drama with adults written like teens because without the creator around, nobody knew how to write them.
* The A S-P strategy seems to be repeating with Janet Tamaro, who departed ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' after the fourth season and left the season five writers with a ton to clean up, including [[spoiler:a pregnancy scare for Jane, broken relationships and an out-of-left-field LoveTriangle between Maura and the Rizzoli brothers]].
** Actually, Janet Tamaro is staying on as a creative consultant (much like how Lauren Faust served a similar role on My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic). As such, some of the dangling plot threads are either being developed (Jane's pregnancy) or put on ice (Maura and Frankie deciding to stay friends).
* InUniverse example: This is how Richard Castle of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' ended his Derrick Storm novels so he could begin the new Nikki Heat series. He gets quite a bit of flack for it until the Heat books take off. He later [[FirstLawOfResurrection brings Storm back to life anyway]], so the point is rendered moot.
** Creator/NathanFillion also tweeted that he wanted Castle to die at the end of the series [[https://twitter.com/NathanFillion/status/476488346957402112 so no one else can play him.]] Apparently even OneOfUs can forget about the FirstLawOfResurrection. [[spoiler: He eventually didn't die]].
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' ends with the death of at least one major character (and one ambiguous but strongly implied death).
* Three of the four series of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' ended by killing off some or all of their main characters either as a real or parody version of this, as they’d all be alive and reincarnated in a different time period the following series. The third one was the only one where this didn't happen. Sure, [[spoiler: the Prince Regent]] died, but [[spoiler:Blackadder]] took his place.
* ''Series/TheFinder'' ended with Walter arrested, Isabel losing her badge and Willa having to run away to escape an arranged marriage with her cousin, leaving Leo all alone.
* One explanation for the "It was all an autistic child playing with a snow globe" ending in ''Series/StElsewhere'', as no other explanation makes sense (most of the plots were far beyond anything an isolated child would be able to think up all by himself).
* One of the episodes of ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' revolved around a cursed comic book that could turn its owner into an invincible comic book character. However on learning that the creator of the character had tried to Torch the Franchise and Run but been stopped, they were able to find out the character's one weakness via his artwork.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' certainly went in this direction, what with [[spoiler:Zordon dying and his energies being used to purify all evil and apparently take away the Rangers' powers]]. Obviously [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy it didn't stick.]]
** The rumored "Hexagon" version of ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' would have been this as well, ending in a ''ComicBook/CivilWar''-type battle that would end with everyone pulling a MyGodWhatHaveIDone and Hexagon leader Tommy letting everyone go.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' ''starts'' with 99% of humanity nuked, and the season follows the Rangers as they protect the one remaining city left. When the series was UnCancelled ''again'', ''RPM'' was declared to be set in an AlternateDimension.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' ends with virtually all of the cast dying in the last three episodes, culminating with Nick accidentally killing his girlfriend and committing suicide. The last line of the series sums it up quite well: "Damn you, Nicholas."
* Tre Kronor, a Swedish soap opera, ended with all but six characters killed in suicide bombing performed by a priest. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre_kronor_%28TV_series%29 Seriously]]
* After five seasons the writers of ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' were done with the series, and ended the final episode by killing the main character Gordon Brittas very definitely. Due to the series' popularity, the BBC continued it for another two seasons under different writers, with the script resorting to literal DivineIntervention to get Brittas back (which honestly wasn't that far-fetched considering [[WeirdnessMagnet the tone of the show]]). Then ''their'' final episode ended on possibly even more depressing note as the entire series turned out to have been AllJustADream by Brittas as he was napping on the bus on the way to the job interview for the position where he started in the first episode.
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* When Music/TheKLF grew [[ArtistDisillusionment disillusioned]] with the pop music industry, they decided to quit in a way that would turn off as many fans and burn as many bridges as possible. Their [[HouseMusic stadium house]] track "3 AM Eternal" had just been nominated for a Brit Award, so they [[TrollingCreator trolled the audience]] at the ceremony by playing a brand-new, abrasive HardcorePunk remix of the song. They ended the performance by announcing their retirement, effective immediately, with no prior warning whatsoever. Shortly afterward, they deleted their entire back catalogue, so ''no one'' could make any money from their music.\\
Their parodic comeback show "Fuck the Millennium" played into this, albeit unintentionally. Critical reaction to the show was overall negative, which Bill Drummond was initially disappointed over. However, he cheered up when he realized that those negative reviews signaled that he and Jim Cauty had finally destroyed The KLF's last remaining bit of marketability and artistic credibility.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''John Darling'' was a comic strip spin-off from ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' by Tom Batiuk that ran about 12 years. Batiuk and his syndicate came into conflict over the rights so Batiuk killed off the title character and ended the strip, leaving the syndicate with a worthless property. Years later, Batiuk revisited the story in FW to solve the murder. Later still, introduced Darling's daughter, Jessica, as part of the FW cast.
* [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} Jim Davis]] ended his first comic strip, ''Gnorm Gnat'', when he got bored with it by having Gnorm stomped by a giant foot.
* Averted by ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''. Charles M. Schulz just retired, died a day later, and his final strip just said goodbye. No artist or writer in their right mind would ever dream of a ''Peanuts'' comic without Schulz. Regardless, since there was 50 years worth of strips, newspapers were content with re-runs.[[note]]That doesn't extend to films or TV specials, since Bill Melendez was mostly responsible for those. However, ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'' still felt the need to have Schulz involved to lend it legitimacy.[[/note]]
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Vince Jr has done this to every territory and promotion he's taken over with the exceptions of his father's, which he merely {{Retool}}ed with BroadStrokes to everything that came before him and the promotions that died off before he took control of them (Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation, Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Wrestling/{{WCW}}). In fact, his actions stinking up the spot on a Ted Turner station [[CreateYourOwnVillain is what lead to the creation of WCW.]]
* This tactic, which he believed to be the only way to compete with Vince Jr on cable, ultimately lead to the downfall of Jim Crockett Promotions and the end of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance as a major national force. Crockett actually shutdown more territories directly than Vince Jr, who was "[[ManipulativeBastard smarter]]" in "[[PartySchedulingGambit letting]]" more of his acquisitions fail first.
* Done in {{kayfabe}} by Wrestling/VinceMcMahon when Wrestling/RicFlair became co-owner of WWF. Vince wouldn't allow his company to slowly decay like this, and declared his intent to fatally poison WWF by bringing in Wrestling/NewWorldOrder.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This was one worry about Creator/GamesWorkshop's treatment of the flagging ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' franchise with the ''[[TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes End Times]]'' campaign, which actually lived up to its name and destroyed the world. The game wasn't dropped, however, but underwent a major retooling into ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', a skirmish-based game with a more trademark-friendly setting (its High Elves and Orcs became "Highborn Aelfs" and "Orruks," for example). So it was ultimately a case of "torch the franchise and [[ContinuityReboot reboot it]]." [[RetGone Except the Tomb Kings and the Bretonnians have been completely discontinued]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Done with the ''Videogame/{{Mother}}'' series. Itoi wanted the series to end with ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', so he [[spoiler:destroyed what little else remained of the entire world, and failed to answer the question of [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse how the characters survived that]] - but they all personally insist to the player that they survived and they're happy. [[GainaxEnding Somehow]]]]. Itoi said that the original script for the game was even darker, so the original ending was probably meant to KillEmAll.
* Ed Boon [[http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox360/mortal-kombat-8/news/next-gen-mortal-kombat-reaffirmed/a-2007100312233076023/g-20070205122339792042 wanted]] ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' to do this to so that he could easily reboot the series with a new cast by bringing upon the apocalyptic Battle of Armageddon, a legendary conflict that promises TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, hence why it is a canonical DreamMatchGame. When this plan fell through, he took a different approach: ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' reveals that Armageddon has ruined the world only for a dying Raiden to invoke [[ResetButton a different kind of reboot]].
* This appears to have done this to the ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'' series with ''Logan's Shadow'', as the ending involves the possible deaths of three of the four main characters. Sony has no plans for further sequels.
* ''Videogame/AlanWake'' has an in-universe example, where Alan Wake is planning to end his popular mystery series by killing off the main character.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' has the infamous GainaxEnding which implies that the creators just wanted the series to end or screw over whoever would take over the series after they left. ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', the next game in the series, fixed the second problem by implying the previous game's ending was a voodoo spell [=LeChuck=] cast on Guybrush.
* The final game in the ''Championship Manager'' series created by Sports Interactive was so bad that there is widespread belief that the company deliberately made it horrible, knowing they were going to split and create their new ''VideoGame/FootballManager'' series.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3: Awakened'' ends with [[spoiler:the Brethren Moons fully awakening and beginning their campaign of genocide on the galaxy, and there is literally ''nothing'' Isaac, Carver or ''anyone'' can do to stop them, making further sequels all but impossible.]]
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** Creator/HideoKojima attempted this approach with ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. This is why we got [[Synopsis/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty the infamous ending]]. While it might have been Kojima [[TrollingCreator explicitly trolling the fanbase]], he had already stated that it would be [[RunningGag his final entry]] in the ''Metal Gear'' series.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' has series protagonist Solid Snake turned into an old man as a result of the cloning process used to create him and is given less than a year to live by the end of the game, leaving little room for Snake to appear in future sequels. The only ''Metal Gear'' games since then had been prequels (''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes Ground Zeroes]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain The Phantom Pain]]'') and a spinoff (''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'') set after ''Metal Gear Solid 4'' that doesn't even reveal Snake's fate. In the first draft of ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', the whole "torch and run" was a lot more blatant: Snake and Otacon were originally going to [[DownerEnding arrested and executed for terrorism]]. A WriterRevolt forced Kojima to abandon this idea.
** ''The Phantom Pain'' does this more subtly by ending at [[BookEnds the beginning of the original]] ''{{VideoGame/Metal Gear|1}}'', thereby ending the prequel saga. With Kojima falling out with Konami, it certainly feels like Kojima tried this. This hasn't stopped Konami from trying to put out more games (such as a ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' ''pachinko'' game, [[http://kotaku.com/dammit-konami-a-metal-gear-pachinko-game-is-really-hap-1780047257#_ga=1.110308613.162179056.1468566137 no joke]], and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSurvive''), but given the backlash Konami's received over their treatment of Kojima, the fans might finish the torching for Kojima.
* This was apparently supposed to happen in [[RocksFallEveryoneDies the ending of]] ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheLastRevelation''. Core Design was talked into developing ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderChronicles Chronicles]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderTheAngelOfDarkness The Angel of Darkness]]'', both of which received abysmal reviews, [[CreatorKiller ruining Core's prospects for continuing the series]]. Crystal Dynamics themselves pulled one of these in ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld Underworld]]'', which involves [[TrashTheSet the literal burning of Lara's mansion]], followed by [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 a second reboot in 2013]].
* Part two of ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'''s DLC ''BioShockInfinite/BurialAtSea'' kills off [[spoiler:by far the most developed and full of potential character, Elizabeth, who was also one of the only remaining protagonists]], inescapably ties the lore of both Rapture and Columbia together before all rights for the ''VideoGame/BioShock'' franchise are transferred to the people who made ''[=BioShock=] 2''.
* This may ([[LyingCreator or]] [[MindScrew may]] [[SequelHook not]]) be the reason ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'', which the creators have said will be the last game in the series, ends [[spoiler:in a full-scale nuclear war]].
* One reason for ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'s'' MindScrew structure with seemingly disjointed alternate paths and [[KillEmAll heavy body count]], was due to [[Creator/TaroYoko the creator]] not expecting his game series to get any sequels and therefore made the game as "conclusive" as he could make it. In a twist of irony, it was this trait that gave him and his [[Franchise/{{Drakengard}} franchise]] its following and allowed the series to continue.
* This was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen planned]] to have happened to ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' [[http://otakomu.jp/archives/64.html if the game had failed to take off.]] It would have gone out with the entire player's naval base and ships being destroyed with the Bombing of Kure as the final Event, which was planned to coincide with the 68th anniversary of [=VJ=] Day.

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* The final chapter of ''[[VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony]]'' takes this up to eleven. After [[spoiler:Tsumugi Shirogane]] is revealed to be [[spoiler:the mastermind]], said character also reveals that [[spoiler:everything that has happened in the game is "Ultimate Real Fiction" based on a popular game and anime franchise called Danganronpa. In the Danganronpa V3 universe, the previous games and animes are popular works of fiction that were eventually adapted into a reality show where people are brainwashed into becoming Danganronpa characters and put into killing games resembling the original stories.]] Following this reveal, the protagonist swears to [[spoiler:destroy Danganronpa]], which culminates in a boss battle against [[spoiler:[[TakeThatAudience the Danganronpa fanbase. The fight ends with the Danganronpa fanbase losing interest in Danganronpa and moving on.]]]] Following this, [[spoiler:K1-B0 destroys the Ultimate Academy, seemingly killing everyone before self-destructing. Given that K1-B0 was the audience surrogate for the in-universe fanbase, this could be seen as a final goodbye to the Danganronpa franchise.]] However, in a post-credits scene, [[spoiler: Shuichi, Maki and Himiko are revealed to have survived K1-B0's rampage and decide to move on to see if what they were told is true or not, hinting that Danganronpa may not be over after all.]] Needless to say, this ending has lead to a BrokenBase in the fandom.
** [[WordOfGod Kodaka]] has gone on record stating that [[MisaimedFandom this was not his goal,]] but whether or not you think the damage has been done is up to you.
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* The final chapter of ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' was basically an extended prose "fuck you" to the readers for their not enjoying the random-events humor over the much more interesting CharacterDevelopment moments. Subverted, however, in that 9 years later, Ian Jones-Quartey letting a fan do the ending, provided the original run stays on Keenspot.
** And later still, Ian wrote an episode of his Creator/CartoonNetwork series ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'' as an official-unofficial crossover with ''RPG World'' that gives at least some closure to the story.
* [[http://www.the-gutters.com/comic/174-ryan-lee This]] “Gutters” strip implies [[Creator/KaboomComics Boom! Kids]] is doing this after losing the licence to the ''ComicBook/DuckTales'' comics to Creator/MarvelComics.
** For context, [[http://newsandviewsbychrisbarat.blogspot.it/2011/08/comics-review-ducktales-3-july-2011.html here]] is the ''[=DuckTales=]'' Issue 3 as covered by a blog and [[https://web.archive.org/web/20111020022753/http://www.cartoonbrew.com/comics/is-this-the-worst-disney-comic-of-all-time.html here]] is the same comic as covered by Cartoon Brew.
* On May 6, 2017 (Free Comic Book Day), Pepe the Frog was killed off by its creator, Matt Furie, after it was co-opted by the alt-right and other "white nationalist" groups, as well as Furie's failed attempt to reclaim his character through his #[=SavePepe=] campaign. Subverted when Furie [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/615106574/save-pepe Kickstarted a comic about Pepe's resurrection]], possibly as a response to the alt-right reacting to Furie's giving up on Pepe by acting as if they owned him, to the point of publishing a children's book about him ([[https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbbdz3/a-texas-assistant-principal-wrote-an-alt-right-childrens-book article 1]], [[https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ywwxj7/pepe-the-frogs-creator-gets-alt-right-childrens-book-pulled-vows-to-aggressively-enforce-his-intellectual-property article 2]]).
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* In [[http://sam-storyteller.dreamwidth.org/111538.html "The Day the Music Died"]] by Sam Starbuck, a short story about everything possible going wrong with a ''Franchise/HarryPotter''-like fandom at once, this is one of the things that goes wrong. The author -- who's writing the last novel of a series while on his deathbed -- decides to finish with an apocalypse to prevent anyone from writing any sequels after his death.
* A variant happens in one tandem writing assignment [[http://www.snopes.com/college/homework/writing.asp discussed]] on ''{{Website/Snopes}}''. [[StrawFeminist Rebecca]], disliking her partner [[StrawMisogynist Gary]]'s attempt to derail the story she was writing into a science fiction action story, responded by [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killing off the male lead]] and attempting to write him into a corner by having Congress end the war with Skylon 4 and outlaw war and space travel. He then [[OutGambitted managed to get around this]] by having another alien faction attack, killing the female lead and causing the president to decide to veto the treaty. Rebecca then gave up in disgust.
* ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'': By the end of the series, [[spoiler: every single living being on earth is dead and the main character, who was the sole survivor decides to commit suicide after finding the corpse of his best friend.]] In [[http://www.filmcow.com/2015/02/12/llamas-with-hats-an-explanation/ one blog entry]], Jason Steele comments about how the series could have "gone forever" like ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' or ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'', but instead of that he preferred to end it.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* {{Discussed}} (sort of) on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}:''
-->'''[[HippieTeacher Mr. O'Neill]]:''' Now, why do you think it is that Tolstoy felt he had to make ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' so darned... unpleasant? Daria?
-->'''[[TheSnarkKnight Daria]]:''' So no one would pester him to do a sequel?
-->'''Mr. O'Neill:''' ''(thoughtful)'' [[MistakenForProfound Hmm...]]
* This is parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Wacky Deli": Ralph Bighead wants to get out of his contract with a TV network, who want him to create another hit show for them, so he hired Rocko, Filbert, and Heffer to come up with ''Wacky Deli'', the worst possible show imaginable. Despite his earnest efforts to sabotage it, [[SpringtimeForHitler the show becomes a huge hit]]. When Ralph decides to actually his put time and effort into the episodes, ''Wacky Deli'' is immediately cancelled.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has an InUniverse case of this in one episode. In said episode, there's an issue of ''Radioactive Man'' where the titular superhero is pitted against three supervillains and ends up being [[KilledOffForReal killed by them]], bringing an end to the series. ''Immediately'' after, however, the first issue of a [[ContinuityReboot reboot series]] of Radioactive Man is released.
* The series finale of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' ends with [[spoiler: Frylock and Shake dead, Carl moving away, and Meatwad starting a family in a DistantFinale.]] Given how it was cancelled on the creators, and wasn't their decision, they probably aimed for this trope to make sure there wasn't a revival. This is immediately subverted when it was revealed that [[spoiler:not only was that episode not the final one to be released (the next one aired online three days later), but also it wasn't even the last one ''chronologically'' (Shake watches the events on TV and claims that they happened last week)]]. Then again, the series ''does'' run on NegativeContinuity.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' ([[OutOfOrder in production order]]) ends with the Mutant Apocalypse arc, which entailed the Turtles failing to stop a Mutagen bomb from exploding while they were still teenagers, and then, with the exception of Raphael and Donatello, spending the next 50 years separated, until Michelangelo is found and [[spoiler:Leonardo's cured of his mutagen-induced insanity]], and they find their way to their final destination. The showrunner, Ciro Nieli, [[WordOfGod admitted]] this was done so that nobody could come in and continue the series after he was done with it. While the next series, ''Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' is a new continuity, Nickelodeon advertised Mutant Apocalypse as an alternate universe rather than as a canon ending, putting this trope into somewhat shaky territory.
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** And it hasn't stuck anyway, as a new Poirot novel is being released in 2014. However, it seems that this one takes place somewhere earlier in Poirot's timeline, so it doesn't appear to be a {{Retcon}}.

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** And it hasn't hadn't stuck anyway, as a new Poirot novel is being was released in 2014. However, it seems that this one takes place somewhere earlier in Poirot's timeline, so it doesn't appear to be a {{Retcon}}.



* When J. Michael Straczynski was asked what he would do if TNT tried to commission a sixth season of ''Series/BabylonFive'', he replied "Two words: Scorched earth."[[note]]As it is, the finale is set in a future where several of the main characters are dead and ends with the station blowing up and the show's lead [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascending to a Higher Plane of Existence]].[[/note]]
* The highly anticipated finale of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', called "The Finale," was notorious for ending the show by having the main cast being put on trial, convicted, and imprisoned for everything that happened on the show.
* Of all shows, ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' ended with the entire [[TrashTheSet town being dynamited]], though the cast was spared. According to Michael Landon, the reason for blowing up the set was so that it couldn't be used by later shows, or commercials.
* Jim Henson's ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' ended the world in the very last episode, so that revivals couldn't happen.
* Creator/RussellTDavies' ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' looked like this to many viewers (with Ianto dead, Jack leaving Earth in self-disgust, Gwen traumatised and depressed, and their base reduced to a crater), but [[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay it turned out not to be]]. In an inversion of what sometimes happens with this trope, the opinion of many fans is that it would have been better if [[SeasonalRot the series had ended there.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' webcast "Death Comes To Time" is an odd example of this, coming out when the original series of the show had been cancelled. It features the 7th Doctor, even though the 8th Doctor had already appeared (though how canonical the TV Movie [[FanonDiscontinuity was was disputed]]), and has the Doctor dying when he uses Time Lord powers that only appear in this story to kill a rogue Time Lord and save Ace, and claims that the age of the Time Lords is over. It is used by some fans to de-canonize the TV Movie and the New Series. However, the majority of fans don't hold this view, and it is widely believed to be non-canon, largely because of how unlike DW a lot of it feels, the audio drama "Zagreus" implying it takes place in an alternate reality.
* The end of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' doesn't preclude a revival so much as make it entirely redundant.
* The acrimony between Amy Sherman-Palladino and Warner Bros. was so great that when she couldn't be signed on for a seventh season of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', she crippled the show so much in the sixth season finale that most of the fanbase refuses to accept that Creator/TheCW-fied seventh season ever happened. The new show head David Rosenthal was unable to do much of anything to fix what was broken, the new writing staff hurriedly thrown together seemed to not know the characters at all and mis-wrote them, and somehow a smalltown ensemble drama was changed around to be yet another generic teen drama with adults written like teens because without the creator around, nobody knew how to write them.
* The A S-P strategy seems to be repeating with Janet Tamaro, who departed ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' after the fourth season and left the season five writers with a ton to clean up, including [[spoiler:a pregnancy scare for Jane, broken relationships and an out-of-left-field LoveTriangle between Maura and the Rizzoli brothers]].
** Actually, Janet Tamaro is staying on as a creative consultant (much like how Lauren Faust served a similar role on My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic). As such, some of the dangling plot threads are either being developed (Jane's pregnancy) or put on ice (Maura and Frankie deciding to stay friends).
* InUniverse example: This is how Richard Castle of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' ended his Derrick Storm novels so he could begin the new Nikki Heat series. He gets quite a bit of flack for it until the Heat books take off. He later [[FirstLawOfResurrection brings Storm back to life anyway]], so the point is rendered moot.
** Creator/NathanFillion also tweeted that he wanted Castle to die at the end of the series [[https://twitter.com/NathanFillion/status/476488346957402112 so no one else can play him.]] Apparently even OneOfUs can forget about the FirstLawOfResurrection. [[spoiler: He eventually didn't die]].
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' ends with the death of at least one major character (and one ambiguous but strongly implied death).
* Three of the four series of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' ended by killing off some or all of their main characters either as a real or parody version of this, as they’d all be alive and reincarnated in a different time period the following series. The third one was the only one where this didn't happen. Sure, [[spoiler: the Prince Regent]] died, but [[spoiler:Blackadder]] took his place.
* ''Series/TheFinder'' ended with Walter arrested, Isabel losing her badge and Willa having to run away to escape an arranged marriage with her cousin, leaving Leo all alone.
* One explanation for the "It was all an autistic child playing with a snow globe" ending in ''Series/StElsewhere'', as no other explanation makes sense (most of the plots were far beyond anything an isolated child would be able to think up all by himself).
* One of the episodes of ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' revolved around a cursed comic book that could turn its owner into an invincible comic book character. However on learning that the creator of the character had tried to Torch the Franchise and Run but been stopped, they were able to find out the character's one weakness via his artwork.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' certainly went in this direction, what with [[spoiler:Zordon dying and his energies being used to purify all evil and apparently take away the Rangers' powers]]. Obviously [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy it didn't stick.]]
** The rumored "Hexagon" version of ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' would have been this as well, ending in a ''ComicBook/CivilWar''-type battle that would end with everyone pulling a MyGodWhatHaveIDone and Hexagon leader Tommy letting everyone go.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' ''starts'' with 99% of humanity nuked, and the season follows the Rangers as they protect the one remaining city left. When the series was UnCancelled ''again'', ''RPM'' was declared to be set in an AlternateDimension.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' ends with virtually all of the cast dying in the last three episodes, culminating with Nick accidentally killing his girlfriend and committing suicide. The last line of the series sums it up quite well: "Damn you, Nicholas."
* Tre Kronor, a Swedish soap opera, ended with all but six characters killed in suicide bombing performed by a priest. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre_kronor_%28TV_series%29 Seriously]]
* After five seasons the writers of ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' were done with the series, and ended the final episode by killing the main character Gordon Brittas very definitely. Due to the series' popularity, the BBC continued it for another two seasons under different writers, with the script resorting to literal DivineIntervention to get Brittas back (which honestly wasn't that far-fetched considering [[WeirdnessMagnet the tone of the show]]). Then ''their'' final episode ended on possibly even more depressing note as the entire series turned out to have been AllJustADream by Brittas as he was napping on the bus on the way to the job interview for the position where he started in the first episode.
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* When Music/TheKLF grew [[ArtistDisillusionment disillusioned]] with the pop music industry, they decided to quit in a way that would turn off as many fans and burn as many bridges as possible. Their [[HouseMusic stadium house]] track "3 AM Eternal" had just been nominated for a Brit Award, so they [[TrollingCreator trolled the audience]] at the ceremony by playing a brand-new, abrasive HardcorePunk remix of the song. They ended the performance by announcing their retirement, effective immediately, with no prior warning whatsoever. Shortly afterward, they deleted their entire back catalogue, so ''no one'' could make any money from their music.\\
Their parodic comeback show "Fuck the Millennium" played into this, albeit unintentionally. Critical reaction to the show was overall negative, which Bill Drummond was initially disappointed over. However, he cheered up when he realized that those negative reviews signaled that he and Jim Cauty had finally destroyed The KLF's last remaining bit of marketability and artistic credibility.
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* ''John Darling'' was a comic strip spin-off from ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' by Tom Batiuk that ran about 12 years. Batiuk and his syndicate came into conflict over the rights so Batiuk killed off the title character and ended the strip, leaving the syndicate with a worthless property. Years later, Batiuk revisited the story in FW to solve the murder. Later still, introduced Darling's daughter, Jessica, as part of the FW cast.
* [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} Jim Davis]] ended his first comic strip, ''Gnorm Gnat'', when he got bored with it by having Gnorm stomped by a giant foot.
* Averted by ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''. Charles M. Schulz just retired, died a day later, and his final strip just said goodbye. No artist or writer in their right mind would ever dream of a ''Peanuts'' comic without Schulz. Regardless, since there was 50 years worth of strips, newspapers were content with re-runs.[[note]]That doesn't extend to films or TV specials, since Bill Melendez was mostly responsible for those. However, ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'' still felt the need to have Schulz involved to lend it legitimacy.[[/note]]
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Vince Jr has done this to every territory and promotion he's taken over with the exceptions of his father's, which he merely {{Retool}}ed with BroadStrokes to everything that came before him and the promotions that died off before he took control of them (Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation, Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Wrestling/{{WCW}}). In fact, his actions stinking up the spot on a Ted Turner station [[CreateYourOwnVillain is what lead to the creation of WCW.]]
* This tactic, which he believed to be the only way to compete with Vince Jr on cable, ultimately lead to the downfall of Jim Crockett Promotions and the end of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance as a major national force. Crockett actually shutdown more territories directly than Vince Jr, who was "[[ManipulativeBastard smarter]]" in "[[PartySchedulingGambit letting]]" more of his acquisitions fail first.
* Done in {{kayfabe}} by Wrestling/VinceMcMahon when Wrestling/RicFlair became co-owner of WWF. Vince wouldn't allow his company to slowly decay like this, and declared his intent to fatally poison WWF by bringing in Wrestling/NewWorldOrder.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This was one worry about Creator/GamesWorkshop's treatment of the flagging ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' franchise with the ''[[TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes End Times]]'' campaign, which actually lived up to its name and destroyed the world. The game wasn't dropped, however, but underwent a major retooling into ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', a skirmish-based game with a more trademark-friendly setting (its High Elves and Orcs became "Highborn Aelfs" and "Orruks," for example). So it was ultimately a case of "torch the franchise and [[ContinuityReboot reboot it]]." [[RetGone Except the Tomb Kings and the Bretonnians have been completely discontinued]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Done with the ''Videogame/{{Mother}}'' series. Itoi wanted the series to end with ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', so he [[spoiler:destroyed what little else remained of the entire world, and failed to answer the question of [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse how the characters survived that]] - but they all personally insist to the player that they survived and they're happy. [[GainaxEnding Somehow]]]]. Itoi said that the original script for the game was even darker, so the original ending was probably meant to KillEmAll.
* Ed Boon [[http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox360/mortal-kombat-8/news/next-gen-mortal-kombat-reaffirmed/a-2007100312233076023/g-20070205122339792042 wanted]] ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' to do this to so that he could easily reboot the series with a new cast by bringing upon the apocalyptic Battle of Armageddon, a legendary conflict that promises TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, hence why it is a canonical DreamMatchGame. When this plan fell through, he took a different approach: ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' reveals that Armageddon has ruined the world only for a dying Raiden to invoke [[ResetButton a different kind of reboot]].
* This appears to have done this to the ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'' series with ''Logan's Shadow'', as the ending involves the possible deaths of three of the four main characters. Sony has no plans for further sequels.
* ''Videogame/AlanWake'' has an in-universe example, where Alan Wake is planning to end his popular mystery series by killing off the main character.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' has the infamous GainaxEnding which implies that the creators just wanted the series to end or screw over whoever would take over the series after they left. ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', the next game in the series, fixed the second problem by implying the previous game's ending was a voodoo spell [=LeChuck=] cast on Guybrush.
* The final game in the ''Championship Manager'' series created by Sports Interactive was so bad that there is widespread belief that the company deliberately made it horrible, knowing they were going to split and create their new ''VideoGame/FootballManager'' series.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3: Awakened'' ends with [[spoiler:the Brethren Moons fully awakening and beginning their campaign of genocide on the galaxy, and there is literally ''nothing'' Isaac, Carver or ''anyone'' can do to stop them, making further sequels all but impossible.]]
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** Creator/HideoKojima attempted this approach with ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. This is why we got [[Synopsis/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty the infamous ending]]. While it might have been Kojima [[TrollingCreator explicitly trolling the fanbase]], he had already stated that it would be [[RunningGag his final entry]] in the ''Metal Gear'' series.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' has series protagonist Solid Snake turned into an old man as a result of the cloning process used to create him and is given less than a year to live by the end of the game, leaving little room for Snake to appear in future sequels. The only ''Metal Gear'' games since then had been prequels (''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes Ground Zeroes]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain The Phantom Pain]]'') and a spinoff (''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'') set after ''Metal Gear Solid 4'' that doesn't even reveal Snake's fate. In the first draft of ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', the whole "torch and run" was a lot more blatant: Snake and Otacon were originally going to [[DownerEnding arrested and executed for terrorism]]. A WriterRevolt forced Kojima to abandon this idea.
** ''The Phantom Pain'' does this more subtly by ending at [[BookEnds the beginning of the original]] ''{{VideoGame/Metal Gear|1}}'', thereby ending the prequel saga. With Kojima falling out with Konami, it certainly feels like Kojima tried this. This hasn't stopped Konami from trying to put out more games (such as a ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' ''pachinko'' game, [[http://kotaku.com/dammit-konami-a-metal-gear-pachinko-game-is-really-hap-1780047257#_ga=1.110308613.162179056.1468566137 no joke]], and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSurvive''), but given the backlash Konami's received over their treatment of Kojima, the fans might finish the torching for Kojima.
* This was apparently supposed to happen in [[RocksFallEveryoneDies the ending of]] ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheLastRevelation''. Core Design was talked into developing ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderChronicles Chronicles]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderTheAngelOfDarkness The Angel of Darkness]]'', both of which received abysmal reviews, [[CreatorKiller ruining Core's prospects for continuing the series]]. Crystal Dynamics themselves pulled one of these in ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld Underworld]]'', which involves [[TrashTheSet the literal burning of Lara's mansion]], followed by [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 a second reboot in 2013]].
* Part two of ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'''s DLC ''BioShockInfinite/BurialAtSea'' kills off [[spoiler:by far the most developed and full of potential character, Elizabeth, who was also one of the only remaining protagonists]], inescapably ties the lore of both Rapture and Columbia together before all rights for the ''VideoGame/BioShock'' franchise are transferred to the people who made ''[=BioShock=] 2''.
* This may ([[LyingCreator or]] [[MindScrew may]] [[SequelHook not]]) be the reason ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'', which the creators have said will be the last game in the series, ends [[spoiler:in a full-scale nuclear war]].
* One reason for ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'s'' MindScrew structure with seemingly disjointed alternate paths and [[KillEmAll heavy body count]], was due to [[Creator/TaroYoko the creator]] not expecting his game series to get any sequels and therefore made the game as "conclusive" as he could make it. In a twist of irony, it was this trait that gave him and his [[Franchise/{{Drakengard}} franchise]] its following and allowed the series to continue.
* This was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen planned]] to have happened to ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' [[http://otakomu.jp/archives/64.html if the game had failed to take off.]] It would have gone out with the entire player's naval base and ships being destroyed with the Bombing of Kure as the final Event, which was planned to coincide with the 68th anniversary of [=VJ=] Day.

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* The final chapter of ''[[VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony]]'' takes this up to eleven. After [[spoiler:Tsumugi Shirogane]] is revealed to be [[spoiler:the mastermind]], said character also reveals that [[spoiler:everything that has happened in the game is "Ultimate Real Fiction" based on a popular game and anime franchise called Danganronpa. In the Danganronpa V3 universe, the previous games and animes are popular works of fiction that were eventually adapted into a reality show where people are brainwashed into becoming Danganronpa characters and put into killing games resembling the original stories.]] Following this reveal, the protagonist swears to [[spoiler:destroy Danganronpa]], which culminates in a boss battle against [[spoiler:[[TakeThatAudience the Danganronpa fanbase. The fight ends with the Danganronpa fanbase losing interest in Danganronpa and moving on.]]]] Following this, [[spoiler:K1-B0 destroys the Ultimate Academy, seemingly killing everyone before self-destructing. Given that K1-B0 was the audience surrogate for the in-universe fanbase, this could be seen as a final goodbye to the Danganronpa franchise.]] However, in a post-credits scene, [[spoiler: Shuichi, Maki and Himiko are revealed to have survived K1-B0's rampage and decide to move on to see if what they were told is true or not, hinting that Danganronpa may not be over after all.]] Needless to say, this ending has lead to a BrokenBase in the fandom.
** [[WordOfGod Kodaka]] has gone on record stating that [[MisaimedFandom this was not his goal,]] but whether or not you think the damage has been done is up to you.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The final chapter of ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' was basically an extended prose "fuck you" to the readers for their not enjoying the random-events humor over the much more interesting CharacterDevelopment moments. Subverted, however, in that 9 years later, Ian Jones-Quartey letting a fan do the ending, provided the original run stays on Keenspot.
** And later still, Ian wrote an episode of his Creator/CartoonNetwork series ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'' as an official-unofficial crossover with ''RPG World'' that gives at least some closure to the story.
* [[http://www.the-gutters.com/comic/174-ryan-lee This]] “Gutters” strip implies [[Creator/KaboomComics Boom! Kids]] is doing this after losing the licence to the ''ComicBook/DuckTales'' comics to Creator/MarvelComics.
** For context, [[http://newsandviewsbychrisbarat.blogspot.it/2011/08/comics-review-ducktales-3-july-2011.html here]] is the ''[=DuckTales=]'' Issue 3 as covered by a blog and [[https://web.archive.org/web/20111020022753/http://www.cartoonbrew.com/comics/is-this-the-worst-disney-comic-of-all-time.html here]] is the same comic as covered by Cartoon Brew.
* On May 6, 2017 (Free Comic Book Day), Pepe the Frog was killed off by its creator, Matt Furie, after it was co-opted by the alt-right and other "white nationalist" groups, as well as Furie's failed attempt to reclaim his character through his #[=SavePepe=] campaign. Subverted when Furie [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/615106574/save-pepe Kickstarted a comic about Pepe's resurrection]], possibly as a response to the alt-right reacting to Furie's giving up on Pepe by acting as if they owned him, to the point of publishing a children's book about him ([[https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbbdz3/a-texas-assistant-principal-wrote-an-alt-right-childrens-book article 1]], [[https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ywwxj7/pepe-the-frogs-creator-gets-alt-right-childrens-book-pulled-vows-to-aggressively-enforce-his-intellectual-property article 2]]).
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* In [[http://sam-storyteller.dreamwidth.org/111538.html "The Day the Music Died"]] by Sam Starbuck, a short story about everything possible going wrong with a ''Franchise/HarryPotter''-like fandom at once, this is one of the things that goes wrong. The author -- who's writing the last novel of a series while on his deathbed -- decides to finish with an apocalypse to prevent anyone from writing any sequels after his death.
* A variant happens in one tandem writing assignment [[http://www.snopes.com/college/homework/writing.asp discussed]] on ''{{Website/Snopes}}''. [[StrawFeminist Rebecca]], disliking her partner [[StrawMisogynist Gary]]'s attempt to derail the story she was writing into a science fiction action story, responded by [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killing off the male lead]] and attempting to write him into a corner by having Congress end the war with Skylon 4 and outlaw war and space travel. He then [[OutGambitted managed to get around this]] by having another alien faction attack, killing the female lead and causing the president to decide to veto the treaty. Rebecca then gave up in disgust.
* ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'': By the end of the series, [[spoiler: every single living being on earth is dead and the main character, who was the sole survivor decides to commit suicide after finding the corpse of his best friend.]] In [[http://www.filmcow.com/2015/02/12/llamas-with-hats-an-explanation/ one blog entry]], Jason Steele comments about how the series could have "gone forever" like ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' or ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'', but instead of that he preferred to end it.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* {{Discussed}} (sort of) on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}:''
-->'''[[HippieTeacher Mr. O'Neill]]:''' Now, why do you think it is that Tolstoy felt he had to make ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' so darned... unpleasant? Daria?
-->'''[[TheSnarkKnight Daria]]:''' So no one would pester him to do a sequel?
-->'''Mr. O'Neill:''' ''(thoughtful)'' [[MistakenForProfound Hmm...]]
* This is parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Wacky Deli": Ralph Bighead wants to get out of his contract with a TV network, who want him to create another hit show for them, so he hired Rocko, Filbert, and Heffer to come up with ''Wacky Deli'', the worst possible show imaginable. Despite his earnest efforts to sabotage it, [[SpringtimeForHitler the show becomes a huge hit]]. When Ralph decides to actually his put time and effort into the episodes, ''Wacky Deli'' is immediately cancelled.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has an InUniverse case of this in one episode. In said episode, there's an issue of ''Radioactive Man'' where the titular superhero is pitted against three supervillains and ends up being [[KilledOffForReal killed by them]], bringing an end to the series. ''Immediately'' after, however, the first issue of a [[ContinuityReboot reboot series]] of Radioactive Man is released.
* The series finale of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' ends with [[spoiler: Frylock and Shake dead, Carl moving away, and Meatwad starting a family in a DistantFinale.]] Given how it was cancelled on the creators, and wasn't their decision, they probably aimed for this trope to make sure there wasn't a revival. This is immediately subverted when it was revealed that [[spoiler:not only was that episode not the final one to be released (the next one aired online three days later), but also it wasn't even the last one ''chronologically'' (Shake watches the events on TV and claims that they happened last week)]]. Then again, the series ''does'' run on NegativeContinuity.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' ([[OutOfOrder in production order]]) ends with the Mutant Apocalypse arc, which entailed the Turtles failing to stop a Mutagen bomb from exploding while they were still teenagers, and then, with the exception of Raphael and Donatello, spending the next 50 years separated, until Michelangelo is found and [[spoiler:Leonardo's cured of his mutagen-induced insanity]], and they find their way to their final destination. The showrunner, Ciro Nieli, [[WordOfGod admitted]] this was done so that nobody could come in and continue the series after he was done with it. While the next series, ''Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' is a new continuity, Nickelodeon advertised Mutant Apocalypse as an alternate universe rather than as a canon ending, putting this trope into somewhat shaky territory.
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* When J. Michael Straczynski was asked what he would do if TNT tried to commission a sixth season of ''Series/BabylonFive'', he replied "Two words: Scorched earth."[[note]]As it is, the finale is set in a future where several of the main characters are dead and ends with the station blowing up and the show's lead [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascending to a Higher Plane of Existence]].[[/note]]
* The highly anticipated finale of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', called "The Finale," was notorious for ending the show by having the main cast being put on trial, convicted, and imprisoned for everything that happened on the show.
* Of all shows, ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' ended with the entire [[TrashTheSet town being dynamited]], though the cast was spared. According to Michael Landon, the reason for blowing up the set was so that it couldn't be used by later shows, or commercials.
* Jim Henson's ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' ended the world in the very last episode, so that revivals couldn't happen.
* Creator/RussellTDavies' ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' looked like this to many viewers (with Ianto dead, Jack leaving Earth in self-disgust, Gwen traumatised and depressed, and their base reduced to a crater), but [[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay it turned out not to be]]. In an inversion of what sometimes happens with this trope, the opinion of many fans is that it would have been better if [[SeasonalRot the series had ended there.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' webcast "Death Comes To Time" is an odd example of this, coming out when the original series of the show had been cancelled. It features the 7th Doctor, even though the 8th Doctor had already appeared (though how canonical the TV Movie [[FanonDiscontinuity was was disputed]]), and has the Doctor dying when he uses Time Lord powers that only appear in this story to kill a rogue Time Lord and save Ace, and claims that the age of the Time Lords is over. It is used by some fans to de-canonize the TV Movie and the New Series. However, the majority of fans don't hold this view, and it is widely believed to be non-canon, largely because of how unlike DW a lot of it feels, the audio drama "Zagreus" implying it takes place in an alternate reality.
* The end of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' doesn't preclude a revival so much as make it entirely redundant.
* The acrimony between Amy Sherman-Palladino and Warner Bros. was so great that when she couldn't be signed on for a seventh season of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', she crippled the show so much in the sixth season finale that most of the fanbase refuses to accept that Creator/TheCW-fied seventh season ever happened. The new show head David Rosenthal was unable to do much of anything to fix what was broken, the new writing staff hurriedly thrown together seemed to not know the characters at all and mis-wrote them, and somehow a smalltown ensemble drama was changed around to be yet another generic teen drama with adults written like teens because without the creator around, nobody knew how to write them.
* The A S-P strategy seems to be repeating with Janet Tamaro, who departed ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' after the fourth season and left the season five writers with a ton to clean up, including [[spoiler:a pregnancy scare for Jane, broken relationships and an out-of-left-field LoveTriangle between Maura and the Rizzoli brothers]].
** Actually, Janet Tamaro is staying on as a creative consultant (much like how Lauren Faust served a similar role on My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic). As such, some of the dangling plot threads are either being developed (Jane's pregnancy) or put on ice (Maura and Frankie deciding to stay friends).
* InUniverse example: This is how Richard Castle of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' ended his Derrick Storm novels so he could begin the new Nikki Heat series. He gets quite a bit of flack for it until the Heat books take off. He later [[FirstLawOfResurrection brings Storm back to life anyway]], so the point is rendered moot.
** Creator/NathanFillion also tweeted that he wanted Castle to die at the end of the series [[https://twitter.com/NathanFillion/status/476488346957402112 so no one else can play him.]] Apparently even OneOfUs can forget about the FirstLawOfResurrection. [[spoiler: He eventually didn't die]].
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' ends with the death of at least one major character (and one ambiguous but strongly implied death).
* Three of the four series of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' ended by killing off some or all of their main characters either as a real or parody version of this, as they’d all be alive and reincarnated in a different time period the following series. The third one was the only one where this didn't happen. Sure, [[spoiler: the Prince Regent]] died, but [[spoiler:Blackadder]] took his place.
* ''Series/TheFinder'' ended with Walter arrested, Isabel losing her badge and Willa having to run away to escape an arranged marriage with her cousin, leaving Leo all alone.
* One explanation for the "It was all an autistic child playing with a snow globe" ending in ''Series/StElsewhere'', as no other explanation makes sense (most of the plots were far beyond anything an isolated child would be able to think up all by himself).
* One of the episodes of ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' revolved around a cursed comic book that could turn its owner into an invincible comic book character. However on learning that the creator of the character had tried to Torch the Franchise and Run but been stopped, they were able to find out the character's one weakness via his artwork.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' certainly went in this direction, what with [[spoiler:Zordon dying and his energies being used to purify all evil and apparently take away the Rangers' powers]]. Obviously [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy it didn't stick.]]
** The rumored "Hexagon" version of ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' would have been this as well, ending in a ''ComicBook/CivilWar''-type battle that would end with everyone pulling a MyGodWhatHaveIDone and Hexagon leader Tommy letting everyone go.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' ''starts'' with 99% of humanity nuked, and the season follows the Rangers as they protect the one remaining city left. When the series was UnCancelled ''again'', ''RPM'' was declared to be set in an AlternateDimension.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' ends with virtually all of the cast dying in the last three episodes, culminating with Nick accidentally killing his girlfriend and committing suicide. The last line of the series sums it up quite well: "Damn you, Nicholas."
* Tre Kronor, a Swedish soap opera, ended with all but six characters killed in suicide bombing performed by a priest. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre_kronor_%28TV_series%29 Seriously]]
* After five seasons the writers of ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' were done with the series, and ended the final episode by killing the main character Gordon Brittas very definitely. Due to the series' popularity, the BBC continued it for another two seasons under different writers, with the script resorting to literal DivineIntervention to get Brittas back (which honestly wasn't that far-fetched considering [[WeirdnessMagnet the tone of the show]]). Then ''their'' final episode ended on possibly even more depressing note as the entire series turned out to have been AllJustADream by Brittas as he was napping on the bus on the way to the job interview for the position where he started in the first episode.
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* When Music/TheKLF grew [[ArtistDisillusionment disillusioned]] with the pop music industry, they decided to quit in a way that would turn off as many fans and burn as many bridges as possible. Their [[HouseMusic stadium house]] track "3 AM Eternal" had just been nominated for a Brit Award, so they [[TrollingCreator trolled the audience]] at the ceremony by playing a brand-new, abrasive HardcorePunk remix of the song. They ended the performance by announcing their retirement, effective immediately, with no prior warning whatsoever. Shortly afterward, they deleted their entire back catalogue, so ''no one'' could make any money from their music.\\
Their parodic comeback show "Fuck the Millennium" played into this, albeit unintentionally. Critical reaction to the show was overall negative, which Bill Drummond was initially disappointed over. However, he cheered up when he realized that those negative reviews signaled that he and Jim Cauty had finally destroyed The KLF's last remaining bit of marketability and artistic credibility.
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* ''John Darling'' was a comic strip spin-off from ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' by Tom Batiuk that ran about 12 years. Batiuk and his syndicate came into conflict over the rights so Batiuk killed off the title character and ended the strip, leaving the syndicate with a worthless property. Years later, Batiuk revisited the story in FW to solve the murder. Later still, introduced Darling's daughter, Jessica, as part of the FW cast.
* [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} Jim Davis]] ended his first comic strip, ''Gnorm Gnat'', when he got bored with it by having Gnorm stomped by a giant foot.
* Averted by ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''. Charles M. Schulz just retired, died a day later, and his final strip just said goodbye. No artist or writer in their right mind would ever dream of a ''Peanuts'' comic without Schulz. Regardless, since there was 50 years worth of strips, newspapers were content with re-runs.[[note]]That doesn't extend to films or TV specials, since Bill Melendez was mostly responsible for those. However, ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'' still felt the need to have Schulz involved to lend it legitimacy.[[/note]]
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* Vince Jr has done this to every territory and promotion he's taken over with the exceptions of his father's, which he merely {{Retool}}ed with BroadStrokes to everything that came before him and the promotions that died off before he took control of them (Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation, Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Wrestling/{{WCW}}). In fact, his actions stinking up the spot on a Ted Turner station [[CreateYourOwnVillain is what lead to the creation of WCW.]]
* This tactic, which he believed to be the only way to compete with Vince Jr on cable, ultimately lead to the downfall of Jim Crockett Promotions and the end of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance as a major national force. Crockett actually shutdown more territories directly than Vince Jr, who was "[[ManipulativeBastard smarter]]" in "[[PartySchedulingGambit letting]]" more of his acquisitions fail first.
* Done in {{kayfabe}} by Wrestling/VinceMcMahon when Wrestling/RicFlair became co-owner of WWF. Vince wouldn't allow his company to slowly decay like this, and declared his intent to fatally poison WWF by bringing in Wrestling/NewWorldOrder.
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* This was one worry about Creator/GamesWorkshop's treatment of the flagging ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' franchise with the ''[[TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes End Times]]'' campaign, which actually lived up to its name and destroyed the world. The game wasn't dropped, however, but underwent a major retooling into ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', a skirmish-based game with a more trademark-friendly setting (its High Elves and Orcs became "Highborn Aelfs" and "Orruks," for example). So it was ultimately a case of "torch the franchise and [[ContinuityReboot reboot it]]." [[RetGone Except the Tomb Kings and the Bretonnians have been completely discontinued]].
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* Done with the ''Videogame/{{Mother}}'' series. Itoi wanted the series to end with ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', so he [[spoiler:destroyed what little else remained of the entire world, and failed to answer the question of [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse how the characters survived that]] - but they all personally insist to the player that they survived and they're happy. [[GainaxEnding Somehow]]]]. Itoi said that the original script for the game was even darker, so the original ending was probably meant to KillEmAll.
* Ed Boon [[http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox360/mortal-kombat-8/news/next-gen-mortal-kombat-reaffirmed/a-2007100312233076023/g-20070205122339792042 wanted]] ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' to do this to so that he could easily reboot the series with a new cast by bringing upon the apocalyptic Battle of Armageddon, a legendary conflict that promises TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, hence why it is a canonical DreamMatchGame. When this plan fell through, he took a different approach: ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' reveals that Armageddon has ruined the world only for a dying Raiden to invoke [[ResetButton a different kind of reboot]].
* This appears to have done this to the ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'' series with ''Logan's Shadow'', as the ending involves the possible deaths of three of the four main characters. Sony has no plans for further sequels.
* ''Videogame/AlanWake'' has an in-universe example, where Alan Wake is planning to end his popular mystery series by killing off the main character.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' has the infamous GainaxEnding which implies that the creators just wanted the series to end or screw over whoever would take over the series after they left. ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', the next game in the series, fixed the second problem by implying the previous game's ending was a voodoo spell [=LeChuck=] cast on Guybrush.
* The final game in the ''Championship Manager'' series created by Sports Interactive was so bad that there is widespread belief that the company deliberately made it horrible, knowing they were going to split and create their new ''VideoGame/FootballManager'' series.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3: Awakened'' ends with [[spoiler:the Brethren Moons fully awakening and beginning their campaign of genocide on the galaxy, and there is literally ''nothing'' Isaac, Carver or ''anyone'' can do to stop them, making further sequels all but impossible.]]
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** Creator/HideoKojima attempted this approach with ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. This is why we got [[Synopsis/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty the infamous ending]]. While it might have been Kojima [[TrollingCreator explicitly trolling the fanbase]], he had already stated that it would be [[RunningGag his final entry]] in the ''Metal Gear'' series.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' has series protagonist Solid Snake turned into an old man as a result of the cloning process used to create him and is given less than a year to live by the end of the game, leaving little room for Snake to appear in future sequels. The only ''Metal Gear'' games since then had been prequels (''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes Ground Zeroes]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain The Phantom Pain]]'') and a spinoff (''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'') set after ''Metal Gear Solid 4'' that doesn't even reveal Snake's fate. In the first draft of ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', the whole "torch and run" was a lot more blatant: Snake and Otacon were originally going to [[DownerEnding arrested and executed for terrorism]]. A WriterRevolt forced Kojima to abandon this idea.
** ''The Phantom Pain'' does this more subtly by ending at [[BookEnds the beginning of the original]] ''{{VideoGame/Metal Gear|1}}'', thereby ending the prequel saga. With Kojima falling out with Konami, it certainly feels like Kojima tried this. This hasn't stopped Konami from trying to put out more games (such as a ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' ''pachinko'' game, [[http://kotaku.com/dammit-konami-a-metal-gear-pachinko-game-is-really-hap-1780047257#_ga=1.110308613.162179056.1468566137 no joke]], and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSurvive''), but given the backlash Konami's received over their treatment of Kojima, the fans might finish the torching for Kojima.
* This was apparently supposed to happen in [[RocksFallEveryoneDies the ending of]] ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheLastRevelation''. Core Design was talked into developing ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderChronicles Chronicles]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderTheAngelOfDarkness The Angel of Darkness]]'', both of which received abysmal reviews, [[CreatorKiller ruining Core's prospects for continuing the series]]. Crystal Dynamics themselves pulled one of these in ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld Underworld]]'', which involves [[TrashTheSet the literal burning of Lara's mansion]], followed by [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 a second reboot in 2013]].
* Part two of ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'''s DLC ''BioShockInfinite/BurialAtSea'' kills off [[spoiler:by far the most developed and full of potential character, Elizabeth, who was also one of the only remaining protagonists]], inescapably ties the lore of both Rapture and Columbia together before all rights for the ''VideoGame/BioShock'' franchise are transferred to the people who made ''[=BioShock=] 2''.
* This may ([[LyingCreator or]] [[MindScrew may]] [[SequelHook not]]) be the reason ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'', which the creators have said will be the last game in the series, ends [[spoiler:in a full-scale nuclear war]].
* One reason for ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'s'' MindScrew structure with seemingly disjointed alternate paths and [[KillEmAll heavy body count]], was due to [[Creator/TaroYoko the creator]] not expecting his game series to get any sequels and therefore made the game as "conclusive" as he could make it. In a twist of irony, it was this trait that gave him and his [[Franchise/{{Drakengard}} franchise]] its following and allowed the series to continue.
* This was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen planned]] to have happened to ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' [[http://otakomu.jp/archives/64.html if the game had failed to take off.]] It would have gone out with the entire player's naval base and ships being destroyed with the Bombing of Kure as the final Event, which was planned to coincide with the 68th anniversary of [=VJ=] Day.

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* The final chapter of ''[[VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony]]'' takes this up to eleven. After [[spoiler:Tsumugi Shirogane]] is revealed to be [[spoiler:the mastermind]], said character also reveals that [[spoiler:everything that has happened in the game is "Ultimate Real Fiction" based on a popular game and anime franchise called Danganronpa. In the Danganronpa V3 universe, the previous games and animes are popular works of fiction that were eventually adapted into a reality show where people are brainwashed into becoming Danganronpa characters and put into killing games resembling the original stories.]] Following this reveal, the protagonist swears to [[spoiler:destroy Danganronpa]], which culminates in a boss battle against [[spoiler:[[TakeThatAudience the Danganronpa fanbase. The fight ends with the Danganronpa fanbase losing interest in Danganronpa and moving on.]]]] Following this, [[spoiler:K1-B0 destroys the Ultimate Academy, seemingly killing everyone before self-destructing. Given that K1-B0 was the audience surrogate for the in-universe fanbase, this could be seen as a final goodbye to the Danganronpa franchise.]] However, in a post-credits scene, [[spoiler: Shuichi, Maki and Himiko are revealed to have survived K1-B0's rampage and decide to move on to see if what they were told is true or not, hinting that Danganronpa may not be over after all.]] Needless to say, this ending has lead to a BrokenBase in the fandom.
** [[WordOfGod Kodaka]] has gone on record stating that [[MisaimedFandom this was not his goal,]] but whether or not you think the damage has been done is up to you.
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* The final chapter of ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' was basically an extended prose "fuck you" to the readers for their not enjoying the random-events humor over the much more interesting CharacterDevelopment moments. Subverted, however, in that 9 years later, Ian Jones-Quartey letting a fan do the ending, provided the original run stays on Keenspot.
** And later still, Ian wrote an episode of his Creator/CartoonNetwork series ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'' as an official-unofficial crossover with ''RPG World'' that gives at least some closure to the story.
* [[http://www.the-gutters.com/comic/174-ryan-lee This]] “Gutters” strip implies [[Creator/KaboomComics Boom! Kids]] is doing this after losing the licence to the ''ComicBook/DuckTales'' comics to Creator/MarvelComics.
** For context, [[http://newsandviewsbychrisbarat.blogspot.it/2011/08/comics-review-ducktales-3-july-2011.html here]] is the ''[=DuckTales=]'' Issue 3 as covered by a blog and [[https://web.archive.org/web/20111020022753/http://www.cartoonbrew.com/comics/is-this-the-worst-disney-comic-of-all-time.html here]] is the same comic as covered by Cartoon Brew.
* On May 6, 2017 (Free Comic Book Day), Pepe the Frog was killed off by its creator, Matt Furie, after it was co-opted by the alt-right and other "white nationalist" groups, as well as Furie's failed attempt to reclaim his character through his #[=SavePepe=] campaign. Subverted when Furie [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/615106574/save-pepe Kickstarted a comic about Pepe's resurrection]], possibly as a response to the alt-right reacting to Furie's giving up on Pepe by acting as if they owned him, to the point of publishing a children's book about him ([[https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbbdz3/a-texas-assistant-principal-wrote-an-alt-right-childrens-book article 1]], [[https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ywwxj7/pepe-the-frogs-creator-gets-alt-right-childrens-book-pulled-vows-to-aggressively-enforce-his-intellectual-property article 2]]).
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* In [[http://sam-storyteller.dreamwidth.org/111538.html "The Day the Music Died"]] by Sam Starbuck, a short story about everything possible going wrong with a ''Franchise/HarryPotter''-like fandom at once, this is one of the things that goes wrong. The author -- who's writing the last novel of a series while on his deathbed -- decides to finish with an apocalypse to prevent anyone from writing any sequels after his death.
* A variant happens in one tandem writing assignment [[http://www.snopes.com/college/homework/writing.asp discussed]] on ''{{Website/Snopes}}''. [[StrawFeminist Rebecca]], disliking her partner [[StrawMisogynist Gary]]'s attempt to derail the story she was writing into a science fiction action story, responded by [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killing off the male lead]] and attempting to write him into a corner by having Congress end the war with Skylon 4 and outlaw war and space travel. He then [[OutGambitted managed to get around this]] by having another alien faction attack, killing the female lead and causing the president to decide to veto the treaty. Rebecca then gave up in disgust.
* ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'': By the end of the series, [[spoiler: every single living being on earth is dead and the main character, who was the sole survivor decides to commit suicide after finding the corpse of his best friend.]] In [[http://www.filmcow.com/2015/02/12/llamas-with-hats-an-explanation/ one blog entry]], Jason Steele comments about how the series could have "gone forever" like ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' or ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'', but instead of that he preferred to end it.
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* {{Discussed}} (sort of) on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}:''
-->'''[[HippieTeacher Mr. O'Neill]]:''' Now, why do you think it is that Tolstoy felt he had to make ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' so darned... unpleasant? Daria?
-->'''[[TheSnarkKnight Daria]]:''' So no one would pester him to do a sequel?
-->'''Mr. O'Neill:''' ''(thoughtful)'' [[MistakenForProfound Hmm...]]
* This is parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Wacky Deli": Ralph Bighead wants to get out of his contract with a TV network, who want him to create another hit show for them, so he hired Rocko, Filbert, and Heffer to come up with ''Wacky Deli'', the worst possible show imaginable. Despite his earnest efforts to sabotage it, [[SpringtimeForHitler the show becomes a huge hit]]. When Ralph decides to actually his put time and effort into the episodes, ''Wacky Deli'' is immediately cancelled.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has an InUniverse case of this in one episode. In said episode, there's an issue of ''Radioactive Man'' where the titular superhero is pitted against three supervillains and ends up being [[KilledOffForReal killed by them]], bringing an end to the series. ''Immediately'' after, however, the first issue of a [[ContinuityReboot reboot series]] of Radioactive Man is released.
* The series finale of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' ends with [[spoiler: Frylock and Shake dead, Carl moving away, and Meatwad starting a family in a DistantFinale.]] Given how it was cancelled on the creators, and wasn't their decision, they probably aimed for this trope to make sure there wasn't a revival. This is immediately subverted when it was revealed that [[spoiler:not only was that episode not the final one to be released (the next one aired online three days later), but also it wasn't even the last one ''chronologically'' (Shake watches the events on TV and claims that they happened last week)]]. Then again, the series ''does'' run on NegativeContinuity.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' ([[OutOfOrder in production order]]) ends with the Mutant Apocalypse arc, which entailed the Turtles failing to stop a Mutagen bomb from exploding while they were still teenagers, and then, with the exception of Raphael and Donatello, spending the next 50 years separated, until Michelangelo is found and [[spoiler:Leonardo's cured of his mutagen-induced insanity]], and they find their way to their final destination. The showrunner, Ciro Nieli, [[WordOfGod admitted]] this was done so that nobody could come in and continue the series after he was done with it. While the next series, ''Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' is a new continuity, Nickelodeon advertised Mutant Apocalypse as an alternate universe rather than as a canon ending, putting this trope into somewhat shaky territory.
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* The final chapter of ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' was basically an extended prose "fuck you" to the readers for their not enjoying his random-events humor over the much more interesting CharacterDevelopment moments. Subverted, however, in that 9 years later, he's letting a fan do the ending, provided the original run stays on Keenspot.

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* The final chapter of ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' was basically an extended prose "fuck you" to the readers for their not enjoying his the random-events humor over the much more interesting CharacterDevelopment moments. Subverted, however, in that 9 years later, he's Ian Jones-Quartey letting a fan do the ending, provided the original run stays on Keenspot.Keenspot.
** And later still, Ian wrote an episode of his Creator/CartoonNetwork series ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'' as an official-unofficial crossover with ''RPG World'' that gives at least some closure to the story.
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