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22nd Jun '16 8:03:36 PM Dee_Dee
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* [[spoiler:ComicBook/BlackAdam]]'s entire storyline in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' is one long, tragic, and incredibly cruel example of chain yanking.

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* [[spoiler:ComicBook/BlackAdam]]'s Franchise/{{XMen}}: As a whole, mutants are always going to have it rough in the Marvel Universe. After all, [[{{RuleOfDrama}} there wouldn't be a need for the X-Men]] if society ever did accept them would there? But a couple of examples stand out.
** Mutants finally got their own country and safe haven in the form of Genosha. Sixteen Million mutants strong, the mutant race was ready to head into the future under the leadership of Magneto, one of their greatest champions. Then Xavier's evil twin sister sets a couple of Omega Sentinels on the island. There were less than a few dozen survive.
** Mutnats then began to recover from this disaster (though their population was cut in half.) Humans were finally starting to sympathize with mutantkind and even Magneto (who was presumed dead at the time) was being seen as a force of positive social change. Then Xorn, while disguised as Magneto no less, destroys New York while high on sentient bacteria and [[{{KilledOffForReal}} murders Jean Grey]]. (Confused? It's okay most were).
** This prompts Cyclops to actively try to cultivate the image of mutants superheroes in order to repair the damage. It seems to be going well. Then the [[ ''Comics/HouseOfM'' Scarlet Witch says three litte words...]]
**With just under two hundred mutants left, the rest are almost all [[{{BroughtDownToNormal}} depowered]] or [[{{KilledOffForReal}} dead]], the remaining mutants are rendered more vulnerable than ever. This sets in motion a chain of events that places the X-Men and by default all of mutant kind, in the direct cross hairs of the U.S. Government and The Avengers. Fortunately it also attracts the Phoenix Force and revitalizes mutant kind, even though Cyclops ends of up demonized by mutants and humans alike and a fugitive from justice.
** Then just as mutantkind is about to get back on track and Cyclops looks like he's about to redeem himself as a leader of mutant kind, the Terrigan Cloud appears. While it gives birth to Inhumans, it posions and sterilzes mutants. Cyclops attacks Blackbolt in retaliation and is (apparently) killed, but also does something so horrible that humans are right back to "Kill all mutants" mode. It gets so bad that the X-men relocate to Limbo. That's right. Life for a mutant sucks so bad on Earth that the X-Men would rather move their entire species to HELL.

*[[spoiler:ComicBook/BlackAdam]]'s
entire storyline in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' is one long, tragic, and incredibly cruel example of chain yanking.
22nd Jun '16 6:46:37 PM zequeins
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* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. [[RealityEnsues Knowing that one's work can get undone by a higher power without warning easily leads to apathy.]] After all, what's the point?
-->'''[[spoiler:No Mercy Sans]]:''' You can't understand how this feels. Knowing that one day, without any warning, it's all going to be reset. ...To be blunt... it makes it kinda hard to give it my all.
22nd Jun '16 5:45:25 PM Daylight
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* Anderson Varejão, a professional basketball player for the UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation, spent most of his career playing for the Cleveland Cavilers. He experienced all the heartbreak and frustration year in and year out during the 2000s - when Lebron James failed to deliver them a title in the 2006-07 season by getting swept in the finals, the huge season losing records during the years James left to play for the Miami Heat, to another heartbreaking finals loss in the 2014-15 season after James came back. In the 2015-16 season, he was traded to the Golden State Warriors, the team that beat the Cavilers for the championship last season. He helped the team make it to the finals for a chance to repeat, and a chance for him to finally win a championship ring. During the championship series, Golden State was ahead 3 games to 1, only for the Cavilers to pull a shocking comeback, winning 3 straight games to take the title in Game 7. Varejao came very close to finally winning a ring, only for his former team to do what many believed was the impossible.
14th Jun '16 5:35:13 PM maxwellsilver
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''That'', right there, is the feeling and painful acknowledgment by the viewer that FailureIsTheOnlyOption. Why? Because TheWoobie is ''not'' going to get to keep her money and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Film/JamesBond will ''not'' stay HappilyMarried to the Girl of the Movie because of the CartwrightCurse. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown. A character TrappedInAnotherWorld will find that his apparent chance to get back home has fatal flaws or serious moral problems. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]] will make it to the Top 4 of the SeasonFinale's TournamentArc only to lose to a random CanonSue who owns OlympusMons. [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] will get the football yanked out from under him by Lucy once again just as he's about to kick it. [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} The Brain]] will see Pinky's bumbling (or his own arrogance) ruin everything just when world domination seems within his grasp (yes, this trope applies to villains and {{Anti-Villain}}s too). And deep down, we know it and expect it.

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''That'', right there, is the feeling and painful acknowledgment by the viewer that FailureIsTheOnlyOption. Why? Because TheWoobie is ''not'' going to get to keep her money and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Film/JamesBond will ''not'' stay HappilyMarried to the Girl of the Movie because of the CartwrightCurse. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown. A character TrappedInAnotherWorld will find that his apparent chance to get back home has fatal flaws or serious moral problems. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]] will make it to the Top 4 of the SeasonFinale's TournamentArc only to lose to a random CanonSue who owns OlympusMons. [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] will get the football yanked out from under him by Lucy once again just as he's about to kick it. [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} The Brain]] will see Pinky's bumbling (or his own arrogance) ruin everything just when world domination seems within his grasp (yes, this trope applies to villains and {{Anti-Villain}}s {{Anti Villain}}s too). And deep down, we know it and expect it.
14th Jun '16 5:34:34 PM maxwellsilver
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''That'', right there, is the feeling and painful acknowledgment by the GenreSavvy viewer that FailureIsTheOnlyOption. Why? Because TheWoobie is ''not'' going to get to keep her money and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Film/JamesBond will ''not'' stay HappilyMarried to the Girl of the Movie because of the CartwrightCurse. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown. A character TrappedInAnotherWorld will find that his apparent chance to get back home has fatal flaws or serious moral problems. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]] will make it to the Top 4 of the SeasonFinale's TournamentArc only to lose to a random CanonSue who owns OlympusMons. [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] will get the football yanked out from under him by Lucy once again just as he's about to kick it. [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} The Brain]] will see Pinky's bumbling (or his own arrogance) ruin everything just when world domination seems within his grasp (yes, this trope applies to villains and {{Anti-Villain}}s too). And deep down, we know it and expect it.

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''That'', right there, is the feeling and painful acknowledgment by the GenreSavvy viewer that FailureIsTheOnlyOption. Why? Because TheWoobie is ''not'' going to get to keep her money and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Film/JamesBond will ''not'' stay HappilyMarried to the Girl of the Movie because of the CartwrightCurse. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown. A character TrappedInAnotherWorld will find that his apparent chance to get back home has fatal flaws or serious moral problems. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]] will make it to the Top 4 of the SeasonFinale's TournamentArc only to lose to a random CanonSue who owns OlympusMons. [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] will get the football yanked out from under him by Lucy once again just as he's about to kick it. [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} The Brain]] will see Pinky's bumbling (or his own arrogance) ruin everything just when world domination seems within his grasp (yes, this trope applies to villains and {{Anti-Villain}}s too). And deep down, we know it and expect it.
14th Jun '16 5:32:19 PM maxwellsilver
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[[caption-width-right:355:[[RunningGag He never learns.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:355:[[RunningGag He [[caption-width-right:355:He never learns.]]]]]]



Hooray! The ButtMonkey has finally had [[ThrowTheDogABone something go right]] for once in their unhappy life! And with [[SnicketWarningLabel twenty minutes to spare]], we're sure to see [[TooHappyToLive their new joyful existence play out for the rest of the episode]]... [[TemptingFate right?]]

''That'', right there, is the feeling and painful acknowledgment by the GenreSavvy viewer that FailureIsTheOnlyOption. Why? Because TheWoobie is ''not'' going to get to keep her money and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Film/JamesBond will ''not'' stay HappilyMarried to the [[GirlOfTheWeek Girl of the Movie]] because of the CartwrightCurse. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown. The TrappedInAnotherWorld character will find that his apparent chance to get back home has fatal flaws or [[PoweredByAForsakenChild serious moral problems]]. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]] will make it to the Top 4 of the SeasonFinale's TournamentArc only to lose to a random CanonSue who owns OlympusMons. [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] will get [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the football yanked out from under him]] by Lucy once again just as he's about to kick it. [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} The Brain will see Pinky's bumbling (or his own arrogance) ruin everything just when world domination seems within his grasp]] (yes, this trope applies to villains and [[AntiVillain anti-villains]] too). And deep down, we know it and expect it.

While the permutations are endless, the result is the same: writers Yank the Dog's Chain, keeping [[ThrowTheDogABone the bone]] just out of reach, which can make even the simplest of goals seem like {{Tragic Dream}}s.

Clever writers can cause viewers quite a bit of tension and suspense this way, since we know the good turn can't last and that ''something'' will inevitably come to take it away. Hacks will merely [[FanDisillusionment cause viewers to bash in a new window and]] [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy abandon a series in frustration]].

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Hooray! The ButtMonkey has finally had [[ThrowTheDogABone something go right]] right for once in their unhappy life! And with [[SnicketWarningLabel twenty minutes to spare]], spare, we're sure to see [[TooHappyToLive their new joyful existence play out for the rest of the episode]]... [[TemptingFate right?]]

episode... right?

''That'', right there, is the feeling and painful acknowledgment by the GenreSavvy viewer that FailureIsTheOnlyOption. Why? Because TheWoobie is ''not'' going to get to keep her money and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Film/JamesBond will ''not'' stay HappilyMarried to the [[GirlOfTheWeek Girl of the Movie]] Movie because of the CartwrightCurse. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown. The A character TrappedInAnotherWorld character will find that his apparent chance to get back home has fatal flaws or [[PoweredByAForsakenChild serious moral problems]].problems. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]] will make it to the Top 4 of the SeasonFinale's TournamentArc only to lose to a random CanonSue who owns OlympusMons. [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] will get [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the football yanked out from under him]] him by Lucy once again just as he's about to kick it. [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} The Brain Brain]] will see Pinky's bumbling (or his own arrogance) ruin everything just when world domination seems within his grasp]] grasp (yes, this trope applies to villains and [[AntiVillain anti-villains]] {{Anti-Villain}}s too). And deep down, we know it and expect it.

While the permutations are endless, the result is the same: writers Yank the Dog's Chain, keeping [[ThrowTheDogABone the bone]] bone just out of reach, which can make even the simplest of goals seem like {{Tragic Dream}}s.

Clever writers can cause viewers quite a bit of tension and suspense this way, since we know the good turn can't last and that ''something'' will inevitably come to take it away. Hacks will merely [[FanDisillusionment cause viewers to bash in a new window and]] and [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy abandon a series in frustration]].
10th Jun '16 7:02:51 AM IvanovTroping97
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* This happens to Dan in ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' frequently. For a few examples, Dan destroys an animal shelter in order to get some sleep, only to have a firing range built in it's place, his favorite show gets pre-emptied by baseball, and later basketball, and just when he thought he won the trip to an adult astronaut sleepaway camp after cheating on an obstacle course in a reality show, it turns out to be another reality show where he's trapped with coyotes.
5th Jun '16 8:40:29 PM ExSlacker
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** In a dance party for Performers, Serena naturally wants Ash to be her escort, but has to settle with Clemont since Serena's ShrinkingVIolet Eevee is close to Clemont's Bunnelby. Things only get worse for Serena when Miette also shows up for the party, and asks Ash to be her escort (a ploy to get Serena jealous). During the event itself it becomes a rotation dance halfway through, so Performers switch dance partners. After several partner switches, Serena realizes Ash is up next for her, but just before they can actually dance together, the music is cut off, signalling the end of the dance number. Poor Serena's reactions are a sight to behold...
5th Jun '16 7:49:50 PM Dravencour
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' did this close to the end of the first season: Euphemia manages to talk Lelouch out of his plan to [[spoiler:start a revolt by making it look like she killed him]], and for [[HopeSpot a few seconds]] it looks like there's going to be peace... [[spoiler:only for Lelouch to [[PowerIncontinence lose control of his Geass at the absolute worst possible moment]] and accidentally and irrevocably order Euphemia to start massacring Japanese people. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Which she does.]]]] Oops.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' did this close to the end of the first season: Euphemia manages to talk Lelouch out of his plan to [[spoiler:start a revolt by making it look like she killed him]], and for [[HopeSpot a few seconds]] it looks like there's going to be peace... [[spoiler:only for Lelouch to [[PowerIncontinence lose control of his Geass at the absolute worst possible moment]] and accidentally and irrevocably order Euphemia to start massacring Japanese people. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Which she does.]]]] Oops.
5th Jun '16 7:49:13 PM Dravencour
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' did this close to the end of the first season: Euphemia manages to talk Lelouch out of his plan to [[spoiler:start a revolt by making it look like she killed him]], and for [[HopeSpot a few seconds]] it looks like there's going to be peace... [[spoiler:and then Lelouch [[PowerIncontinence loses control of his Geass at the worst possible moment]] and accidentally orders Euphemia to start massacring Japanese people. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Which she does.]]]] Oops.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' did this close to the end of the first season: Euphemia manages to talk Lelouch out of his plan to [[spoiler:start a revolt by making it look like she killed him]], and for [[HopeSpot a few seconds]] it looks like there's going to be peace... [[spoiler:and then [[spoiler:only for Lelouch to [[PowerIncontinence loses lose control of his Geass at the absolute worst possible moment]] and accidentally orders and irrevocably order Euphemia to start massacring Japanese people. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Which she does.]]]] Oops.
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