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12th May '17 4:22:08 PM HotelCalifornia
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** The single biggest moment goes to Plankton in the episode "Plankton's Regular": the episode starts with a man that regularly eats in the Chum Bucket and refuses to even eat a single Krabby Patty. Because of Mr. Krabs being jealous of him, [=SpongeBob=] and Krabs try everything to steal said customer from Plankton, to the point of trying to steal Plankton's recipe for chum. However, at the end of the episode, it's revealed that said customer was paid by Karen to eat in the Chum Bucket so Plankton would stop complaining about his lack of success, but he couldn't eat more chum anymore, regardless of the money (they already pumped his stomach many times). Plankton is left in tears while [=SpongeBob=] and Krabs laugh at his misery. Note that, even having only one customer, Plankton immediately stopped trying to steal the Krabby Patty formula.

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** The single biggest moment goes to Plankton in the episode "Plankton's Regular": the episode starts with a man that regularly eats in the Chum Bucket and refuses to even eat a single Krabby Patty. Because of Mr. Krabs being jealous of him, [=SpongeBob=] and Krabs try everything to steal said customer from Plankton, to the point of trying to steal Plankton's recipe for chum. However, at the end of the episode, it's revealed that said customer was paid by Karen to eat in the Chum Bucket so Plankton would stop complaining about his lack of success, but he couldn't eat more chum anymore, regardless of the money (they already pumped his stomach many times). Plankton is left in tears while [=SpongeBob=] and Krabs laugh at his misery. Note that, even having only one customer, Plankton immediately stopped trying to steal the Krabby Patty formula.
10th May '17 11:17:46 PM Linda58
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** Regina's chain gets yanked even harder in Season 4, when [[spoiler:Marian says she'll stand aside so Regina and Robin can be together, right before Robin is forced to leave Storybrooke and thus Regina probably forever. And if that's not enough, later she and Emma learn that "Marian" was actually her sister Zelena/The Wicked Witch of the West the whole time and attempt to warn Robin, only to learn that Zelena is now pregnant with Robin's child]].

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** Regina's chain gets yanked even harder in Season 4, when [[spoiler:Marian says she'll stand aside so Regina and Robin can be together, right before Robin is forced to leave Storybrooke and thus Regina probably forever. And if that's not enough, later she and Emma learn that "Marian" was actually her sister Zelena/The Wicked Witch of the West the whole time and attempt to warn Robin, only to learn that Zelena is now pregnant with Robin's child]].child. Robin is eventually murdered by Hades, worse the process ''destroys Robin's soul'' ensuring Regina will never see him again. She briefly tries to hook up with the Robin of an alternate timeline, but that fails because the two Robin's are too fundamentally different. By this point, she seems to realize she will never have a happy ending]].
5th May '17 4:03:08 PM CyberTiger88
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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 [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted to keep her money]] and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Because the [[GirlOfTheWeek Bond Girl]] is ''not'' going to stay HappilyMarried to Film/JamesBond and [[CartwrightCurse will be dead before the movie's over]]. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown, forcing him back on the road again. A character TrappedInAnotherWorld will find that his apparent chance to [[TheHomewardJourney get back home]] has fatal flaws or [[FriendOrIdolDecision comes at the cost of friends or innocents]]. [[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. [[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]] (or someone else) will bungle the latest attempt by the crew of the ''Minnow'' to get rescued and get off the island. [[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 [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted to keep her money]] and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Because the [[GirlOfTheWeek Bond Girl]] is ''not'' going to stay HappilyMarried to Film/JamesBond and [[CartwrightCurse will be dead before the movie's over]]. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown, forcing him back on the road again. A character TrappedInAnotherWorld will find that his apparent chance to [[TheHomewardJourney get back home]] has fatal flaws or [[FriendOrIdolDecision comes at the cost of friends or innocents]]. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]], despite making it to the Top 4 of the SeasonFinale's TournamentArc, will lose to an unintroduced rival 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. [[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]] (or someone else) will bungle the latest attempt by the crew of the ''Minnow'' to get rescued and get off the island. [[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.



A side effect of StatusQuoIsGod. Frequently seen when HowWeGotHere and InMediasRes are used. Not to be confused with ForegoneConclusion. Compare LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt for the "positive" version, and ShootTheShaggyDog for the "negative" version. Viewers can avoid this if they read the SnicketWarningLabel. Can be considered a sister trope to YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle and WillTheyOrWontThey. See also HopeSpot and DiabolusExMachina, which work on similar principles.

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A side effect of StatusQuoIsGod. Frequently seen when HowWeGotHere and InMediasRes are used. Not to be confused with ForegoneConclusion. Compare LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt for the "positive" version, and ShootTheShaggyDog for the "negative" version. Viewers can avoid this if they read the SnicketWarningLabel. Can be considered a sister trope to YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle and WillTheyOrWontThey. See also HopeSpot and HopeSpot, DiabolusExMachina, and TooHappyToLive which work on similar principles.
2nd May '17 1:12:24 AM kome360
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* Whenever you're on the verge of winning and you lose.
* Any multiplayer game with some obscure means of assassination; you can be inches from your goal, constantly twitching your head on a gyro to look for enemies, yet suddenly BAM! Were you shot in the head? Backstabbed? Sticky mines right under that step? Well, all your hard work is now undone, and you might not even know how it happened.
30th Apr '17 9:29:19 AM iowaforever
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** The worst, though, comes from "XCVIII"; [[spoiler: Jack and a trio of adorable sheep climb a mountain to find a working time portal. Jack gleefully jumps into the portal, only for Aku to ''drag him back out'' and destroy it, just before revealing that it was the last time portal left. To add insult to injury, Jack ends up killing the sheep in his rage after they are mutated by Aku, and loses his sword down the pit where the time portal used to be.]]
20th Apr '17 4:02:15 PM tenuousbreaker
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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 [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted to keep her money]] and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Because the [[GirlOfTheWeek Bond Girl]] is ''not'' going to stay HappilyMarried to Film/JamesBond and [[CartwrightCurse will be dead before the movie's over]]. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown, forcing him back on the road again. A character TrappedInAnotherWorld will find that his apparent chance to [[TheHomewardJourney get back home]] has fatal flaws or [[FriendOrIdolDecision comes at the cost of friends or innocents]]. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]], despite making it to the Top 4 of the SeasonFinale's TournamentArc, will 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. [[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]] (or someone else) will bungle the latest attempt by the crew of the ''Minnow'' to get rescued and get off the island. [[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 [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted to keep her money]] and move out of PerpetualPoverty. Because the [[GirlOfTheWeek Bond Girl]] is ''not'' going to stay HappilyMarried to Film/JamesBond and [[CartwrightCurse will be dead before the movie's over]]. The home that TheDrifter has been accepted into will promptly become a DoomedHometown, forcing him back on the road again. A character TrappedInAnotherWorld will find that his apparent chance to [[TheHomewardJourney get back home]] has fatal flaws or [[FriendOrIdolDecision comes at the cost of friends or innocents]]. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]], despite making it to the Top 4 of the SeasonFinale's TournamentArc, will 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. [[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]] (or someone else) will bungle the latest attempt by the crew of the ''Minnow'' to get rescued and get off the island. [[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.
18th Apr '17 7:56:01 PM ironballs16
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'''Blackadder''': No, no. No, we did this robbery together, so you get half the cash. (hands him a money-bag)\\

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'''Blackadder''': No, no. No, we did this robbery together, so you get half the cash. (hands (''hands him a money-bag)\\money-bag'')\\



'''Blackadder''': This robbery, on the other hand, I'm doing alone. (holds his pistol to Baldrick's head) Hand it over, your money or your life!

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'''Blackadder''': This robbery, on the other hand, I'm doing alone. (holds (''holds his pistol to Baldrick's head) head'') Hand it over, your money or your life!
18th Apr '17 7:55:34 PM ironballs16
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** This is PlayedForLaughs in ''Blackadder The Third'', where he and Baldrick resort to highway robbery.
-->'''Baldrick''': Which I suppose is highwayman's talk for you get the cash, I get the snotty hanky.\\
'''Blackadder''': No, no. No, we did this robbery together, so you get half the cash. (hands him a money-bag)\\
'''Baldrick''': Oh, thank you Mr B.\\
'''Blackadder''': This robbery, on the other hand, I'm doing alone. (holds his pistol to Baldrick's head) Hand it over, your money or your life!
17th Apr '17 7:33:05 AM merotoker
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* [[TheWoobie Lithuania]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has this happen to him often, often due to being a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter and also just being downright unlucky in everything.

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[[TheWoobie Lithuania]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has this happen to him often, often due to being a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter and also just being downright unlucky in everything.



* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has a particularly {{Mood Whiplash}}y example: right after the TimeSkip, we learn that [[spoiler:Simon proposed to Nia, and we see her accept via phone]]. Right after we see this, [[spoiler:her Anti-Spiral nature takes over and forces her into a FaceHeelTurn.]] Ouch.

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has a particularly {{Mood Whiplash}}y example: right after the TimeSkip, we learn that [[spoiler:Simon proposed to Nia, and we see her accept via phone]]. Right after we see this, [[spoiler:her Anti-Spiral nature takes over and forces her into a FaceHeelTurn.]] FaceHeelTurn]]. Ouch.



* Almost the simplest one of the anime examples, ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'''s title character, [[spoiler:meets up with the girl that he's (apparently) loved for the last ten years. You save her from the ''honored spirit'' inhabiting her body. She tells you she loves you too. Things are going to be happy now. No. She leaves you as you tell her you have to return to your master and you're left with the impression that you won't see her again.]]

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* Almost the simplest one of the anime examples, ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'''s title character, [[spoiler:meets up with the girl that he's (apparently) loved for the last ten years. You save her from the ''honored spirit'' inhabiting her body. She tells you she loves you too. Things are going to be happy now. No. She leaves you as you tell her you have to return to your master and you're left with the impression that you won't see her again.]]again]].



** 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. Less than a few dozen survive.

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** 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, ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, one of their greatest champions. Then Xavier's evil twin sister sets a couple of Omega Sentinels on the island. Less than a few dozen survive.



** 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 poisons and sterilizes mutants. Cyclops attacks Blackbolt in retaliation and is (apparently) killed, but also does [[NoodleIncident 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.

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** 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, [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Inhumans]], it poisons and sterilizes mutants. Cyclops attacks Blackbolt in retaliation and is (apparently) killed, but also does [[NoodleIncident 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.



** After a bitter seperation and impending divorce, Clint and Bobbi finally reunite and get back together. Not long afterward, she's killed in a battle and dies in his arms.

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** After a bitter seperation separation and impending divorce, Clint and Bobbi finally reunite and get back together. Not long afterward, she's killed in a battle and dies in his arms.



** Then came ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'', when a Skrull ship crashed and revealed a group of the heroes. Most were discovered to be Skrulls, but Clint tested the Mockingbird they found with a question and decided she was the real Bobbi. Then it turned out she was actually a Skrull who honestly believed that she was the real Bobbi, which led to Clint shooting and killing her. The real Bobbi finally returned at the end of the event.
** Only ''that'' turned out to be bad when, in the course of a team-up, Clint realizes the Bobbi who he reunited with was the Skrull and the real Bobbi still considers them divorced.
* ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}} occasionally wins... very briefly.
** As the animated series [[ExpositoryThemeTune put it:]] ''"Iznogoud, the rat vizir, he never wins, that much is clear..."''

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** Then came ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'', when a Skrull ship crashed and revealed a group of the heroes. Most were discovered to be Skrulls, but Clint tested the Mockingbird they found with a question and decided she was the real Bobbi. Then it turned out she was actually a Skrull who honestly believed that she was the real Bobbi, which led to Clint shooting and killing her. The real Bobbi finally returned at the end of the event.
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event. Only ''that'' turned out to be bad when, in the course of a team-up, Clint realizes the Bobbi who he reunited with was the Skrull and the real Bobbi still considers them divorced.
* ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}} occasionally wins... very briefly.
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briefly. As the animated series [[ExpositoryThemeTune put it:]] ''"Iznogoud, the rat vizir, he never wins, that much is clear..."''



* ComicBook/AdventureTime: The Ice King in Lich Land. The moment he steps in, he's [[spoiler:reunited with his finance, Betty.]] The following events are akin to a FixFic where all of Ice King's misery and LossOfIdentity are melted away as he exchanges kisses and sweet nothings with [[spoiler:Betty]]. [[LotusEaterMachine Too bad that none of it is real.]]

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* ComicBook/AdventureTime: ''ComicBook/AdventureTime'': The Ice King in Lich Land. The moment he steps in, he's [[spoiler:reunited with his finance, Betty.]] The following events are akin to a FixFic where all of Ice King's misery and LossOfIdentity are melted away as he exchanges kisses and sweet nothings with [[spoiler:Betty]]. [[LotusEaterMachine Too bad that none of it is real.]]



* A pretty depressing one happens for [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]]. He and Belle have been growing closer and she clearly has been much more warm towards him than when they first met. After the famous ballroom scene, he nervously asks her if she's happy with him, apparently readying up to see if she will declare her love for him. Then, she finds out that her father is sick and possibly dying. The Beast chooses to let her go save her father, even though he believes she'll leave him for good and condemn him to never having the curse broken. He then suffers this trope ''again'' in the film's climax, when Gaston is attacking him and he lost the will to live. He suddenly sees Belle riding in to find him, and regains his strength upon realizing that she returned to him. He overpowers Gaston and orders him out instead of killing him, and then he and Belle are happily reunited... only for Gaston to literally stab the Beast in the back. It says a lot about the Beast's general attitude towards life that after all that, he considers dying like that to be a good ending [[YouAreWorthHell because at least he saw Belle again]].

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* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': A pretty depressing one happens for [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]].Beast. He and Belle have been growing closer and she clearly has been much more warm towards him than when they first met. After the famous ballroom scene, he nervously asks her if she's happy with him, apparently readying up to see if she will declare her love for him. Then, she finds out that her father is sick and possibly dying. The Beast chooses to let her go save her father, even though he believes she'll leave him for good and condemn him to never having the curse broken. He then suffers this trope ''again'' in the film's climax, when Gaston is attacking him and he lost the will to live. He suddenly sees Belle riding in to find him, and regains his strength upon realizing that she returned to him. He overpowers Gaston and orders him out instead of killing him, and then he and Belle are happily reunited... only for Gaston to literally stab the Beast in the back. It says a lot about the Beast's general attitude towards life that after all that, he considers dying like that to be a good ending [[YouAreWorthHell because at least he saw Belle again]].



* [[Franchise/StarWars Luke, Leia, and Han]] in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', big time. You'd think that after ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', all of their troubles would come to an end? Hell no. Thirty years later, Luke has [[spoiler: become a hermit after an apprentice of his turned to the dark side and killed the next generation of Jedi that Luke was training.]] Said apprentice was [[spoiler: Ben Solo, the son of Han and Leia, whose FaceHeelTurn drove the two apart, with Han and Chewie returning to smuggling, while the knowledge that Leia is Darth Vader's daughter effectively destroys her political career.]] The First Order, a political and military faction partly made up of former Empire operatives and led by Supreme Leader Snoke, is waging war against the Republic and [[spoiler: destroys its capital, Hosnian Prime.]] Finally and most heartbreakingly, Han tries to turn [[spoiler: his son]] back to the light side, and it almost seems as if [[spoiler: Ben]] decides to do so...[[spoiler: until he stabs Han in the chest with his lightsaber and kills him.]] And the cherry on top is that [[spoiler: Ben Solo/]]Kylo Ren is inspired by [[spoiler: his grandfather, but not for being Anakin Skywalker, but rather for being]] Darth Vader. Considering all the Jedi and the Rebellion went through starting from ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' until ''Return of the Jedi'', it seems as if fate is purposely trying to cause hell. Just imagine how the force ghosts of Anakin, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Yoda must be feeling, watching all of this.

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* [[Franchise/StarWars Luke, Leia, and Han]] in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', big time. You'd think that after ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', all of their troubles would come to an end? Hell no. Thirty years later, Luke has [[spoiler: become a hermit after an apprentice of his turned to the dark side and killed the next generation of Jedi that Luke was training.]] Said apprentice was [[spoiler: Ben Solo, the son of Han and Leia, whose FaceHeelTurn drove the two apart, with Han and Chewie returning to smuggling, while the knowledge that Leia is Darth Vader's daughter effectively destroys her political career.]] career]]. The First Order, a political and military faction partly made up of former Empire operatives and led by Supreme Leader Snoke, is waging war against the Republic and [[spoiler: destroys its capital, Hosnian Prime.]] Finally and most heartbreakingly, Han tries to turn [[spoiler: his son]] back to the light side, and it almost seems as if [[spoiler: Ben]] decides to do so...[[spoiler: until he stabs Han in the chest with his lightsaber and kills him.]] And the cherry on top is that [[spoiler: Ben Solo/]]Kylo Ren is inspired by [[spoiler: his grandfather, but not for being Anakin Skywalker, but rather for being]] Darth Vader. Considering all the Jedi and the Rebellion went through starting from ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' until ''Return of the Jedi'', it seems as if fate is purposely trying to cause hell. Just imagine how the force ghosts of Anakin, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Yoda must be feeling, watching all of this.



** Ramsay Snow is ever so fond of invoking this trope with his [[ManipulativeBastard human playthings]] (when he's not literally yanking them around on a chain like a dog, that is). It's a way of teaching them helplessness and inducing StockholmSyndrome. He lets them think a servant or fellow prisoner has taken pity on them and decided to help them escape... then [[spoiler:he hunts them down with a pack of dogs, kills the confidante, and removes a couple of minor body parts as punishment. After one or two of these, they start panicking at the very ''idea'' of trying to escape.]]

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** Ramsay Snow is ever so fond of invoking this trope with his [[ManipulativeBastard human playthings]] (when he's not literally yanking them around on a chain like a dog, that is). It's a way of teaching them helplessness and inducing StockholmSyndrome. He lets them think a servant or fellow prisoner has taken pity on them and decided to help them escape... then [[spoiler:he hunts them down with a pack of dogs, kills the confidante, and removes a couple of minor body parts as punishment. After one or two of these, they start panicking at the very ''idea'' of trying to escape.]]escape]].



* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Kalak is introduced as the last Leondian and mid-book he discovers that 300 of his fellows, including his sister, survived their kingdom's fall. Shortly afterward [[spoiler: They're all killed and he's the last again.]]

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* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Kalak is introduced as the last Leondian and mid-book he discovers that 300 of his fellows, including his sister, survived their kingdom's fall. Shortly afterward [[spoiler: They're all killed and he's the last again.]] again]].



** Day 1: Jack has finally killed the mastermind who was threatening his family. He's captured the traitor at CTU that was aiding him, and has reunited with daughter Kim. Now he's found out where his wife was tied up in [[spoiler: and it turns out that said traitor also shot her before trying to escape.]]

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** Day 1: Jack has finally killed the mastermind who was threatening his family. He's captured the traitor at CTU that was aiding him, and has reunited with daughter Kim. Now he's found out where his wife was tied up in [[spoiler: and it turns out that said traitor also shot her before trying to escape.]]escape]].



** Day 8: A three-way punch, one episode after another! First, it seems like he's going to successfully save President Hassan mere seconds before he's executed live on television. [[spoiler: The television feed was actually a recording and his throat was slit minutes ago.]] But on the bright side, at least Jack and former FBI agent Renee Walker finally got together [[spoiler: but then she was struck dead by a sniper's bullet after recognizing one of the killers involved.]] At the very least, he's discovered the identity of the real mastermind so he can go after that evil sonuvabitch and give him some much needed karma, right? [[spoiler: Only said mastermind happens to the head of the Russian government and President Taylor needs him to sign a peace treaty, so she decides to let him go free in turn for him signing it and Jack gets detained. After all that, it winds up being a bit too much for him, and he '''SNAPS'''.]]

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** Day 8: A three-way punch, one episode after another! First, it seems like he's going to successfully save President Hassan mere seconds before he's executed live on television. [[spoiler: The television feed was actually a recording and his throat was slit minutes ago.]] But on the bright side, at least Jack and former FBI agent Renee Walker finally got together [[spoiler: but then she was struck dead by a sniper's bullet after recognizing one of the killers involved.]] involved]]. At the very least, he's discovered the identity of the real mastermind so he can go after that evil sonuvabitch and give him some much needed karma, right? [[spoiler: Only said mastermind happens to the head of the Russian government and President Taylor needs him to sign a peace treaty, so she decides to let him go free in turn for him signing it and Jack gets detained. After all that, it winds up being a bit too much for him, and he '''SNAPS'''.]]



* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': The final scene of the season 2 finale, "S.O.S." Fitz has mostly recovered from his brain damage, he and Simmons have finally reconciled after a season of estrangement, and they're even planning a RelationshipUpgrade. Mere seconds later, the Kree artifact Simmons had been researching escapes from it's containment box, swallows her, and drags her off to who knows where.
** The first half of season three revolves around getting Simmons home. [[spoiler: It turns out HYDRA wants to open a portal to retrieve an ancient Inhuman who they consider their god. Coulson manages to skydive through the portal, send Simmons back, and kill Grant Ward once and for all . . .]] [[spoiler: which only lets the ancient Inhuman take over his body. The Inhuman returns and takes over HYDRA.]]

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The final scene of the season 2 finale, "S.O.S." Fitz has mostly recovered from his brain damage, he and Simmons have finally reconciled after a season of estrangement, and they're even planning a RelationshipUpgrade. Mere seconds later, the Kree artifact Simmons had been researching escapes from it's containment box, swallows her, and drags her off to who knows where.
** The first half of season three revolves around getting Simmons home. [[spoiler: It turns out HYDRA wants to open a portal to retrieve an ancient Inhuman who they consider their god. Coulson manages to skydive through the portal, send Simmons back, and kill Grant Ward once and for all . . .]] [[spoiler: which only lets the ancient Inhuman take over his body. The Inhuman returns and takes over HYDRA.]]



** And there's the entirety of ''Gethsemane'', which officially thrusts him into {{woobie}} status. [[spoiler:What he thinks is a real alien and thus absolute proof of extraterrestrial life----aka, his entire life quest----gets stolen while a guy with insider knowledge explains how [[{{FlyingSaucer}} UFOs]] and the like have all been huge government hoaxes.]]
** Oh yeah... that same deceitful government gave [[{{ShipTease}} Scu]][[{{UnresolvedSexualTension}} lly]] [[spoiler:cancer ''because'' of his quest for the truth.]]

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** And there's the entirety of ''Gethsemane'', which officially thrusts him into {{woobie}} [[TheWoobie woobie]] status. [[spoiler:What he thinks is a real alien and thus absolute proof of extraterrestrial life----aka, his entire life quest----gets stolen while a guy with insider knowledge explains how [[{{FlyingSaucer}} [[FlyingSaucer UFOs]] and the like have all been huge government hoaxes.]]
** Oh yeah... that same deceitful government gave [[{{ShipTease}} Scu]][[{{UnresolvedSexualTension}} [[ShipTease Scu]][[UnresolvedSexualTension lly]] [[spoiler:cancer ''because'' of his quest for the truth.]]truth]].



* Throughout Wrestling/TommyDreamer's Wrestling/{{ECW}} run, he could never seem to be Wrestling/{{Raven}}, or rather, Dreamer did seem capable of beating Raven at times but if he should come close to it, something would occur to turn the balance of power back to Raven, every single time...until Raven left to go back to Wrestling/{{WCW}} anyway. [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Then Dreamer finally got to beat him]]... only to be jumped by Wrestling/{{Sabu}}, Wrestling/RobVanDam, Bill Alfonso ''and'' Wrestling/JerryLawler.

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* Throughout Wrestling/TommyDreamer's Wrestling/{{ECW}} run, he could never seem to be beat Wrestling/{{Raven}}, or rather, Dreamer did seem capable of beating Raven at times but if he should come close to it, something would occur to turn the balance of power back to Raven, every single time...until Raven left to go back to Wrestling/{{WCW}} anyway. [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Then Dreamer finally got to beat him]]... only to be jumped by Wrestling/{{Sabu}}, Wrestling/RobVanDam, Bill Alfonso ''and'' Wrestling/JerryLawler.



* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', the Counter-Demon Force, Tokyo's resident KaijuDefenseForce, suffer indignity after indignity with intermittent {{Hope Spot}}s that are just as quickly taken away. [[spoiler: First the Angels enter Earth from the Expanse, unleashing demons upon the physical realm. Fortunately, they get the National Defense Divinities, indigenous deities to help defend the country. The Angels promptly escalate to unleash nuclear warfare. They release the seals on the biggest Divinity, Masakado, to provide a massive shield for Tokyo. They succeed, but lose their most promising summoner and are buried under Masakado's body. They reach to the sleeping Masakado and drill their way out, and thanks to YearOutsideHourInside they get out after the radiation has died out. They begin fixing things and preparing a new land... only to face the returning Angels. After being forced back into Tokyo, the organization quickly fell apart, losing the ritual items for the Divinities to rising Yakuza warlord Mr. Tayama and reduced to two members slumming out in Shinjuku.]]
* Oh [[Franchise/MortalKombat Scorpion.]] fate hasn't been good for you, hasn't it? [[spoiler:From being [[MistakenForMurderer told by the killer that someone killed your clan and family]], being killed by [[MistakenForMurderer said someone]], unable to [[GetBackHereBoss kill the killer after finding out you had been lied to]], been killed [[TheyKilledKennyAgain - again]], being given a chance to save your family and clan by the Elder Gods, only to be lied to again and so much more. At least ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' will be [[ThrowTheDogABone your saving grace, as you and your clan become guardians of earth]]]]

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* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', the Counter-Demon Force, Tokyo's resident KaijuDefenseForce, UsefulNotes/KaijuDefenseForce, suffer indignity after indignity with intermittent {{Hope Spot}}s that are just as quickly taken away. [[spoiler: First the Angels enter Earth from the Expanse, unleashing demons upon the physical realm. Fortunately, they get the National Defense Divinities, indigenous deities to help defend the country. The Angels promptly escalate to unleash nuclear warfare. They release the seals on the biggest Divinity, Masakado, to provide a massive shield for Tokyo. They succeed, but lose their most promising summoner and are buried under Masakado's body. They reach to the sleeping Masakado and drill their way out, and thanks to YearOutsideHourInside they get out after the radiation has died out. They begin fixing things and preparing a new land... only to face the returning Angels. After being forced back into Tokyo, the organization quickly fell apart, losing the ritual items for the Divinities to rising Yakuza warlord Mr. Tayama and reduced to two members slumming out in Shinjuku.]]
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': Oh [[Franchise/MortalKombat Scorpion.]] Scorpion. fate hasn't been good for you, hasn't it? [[spoiler:From being [[MistakenForMurderer told by the killer that someone killed your clan and family]], being killed by [[MistakenForMurderer said someone]], unable to [[GetBackHereBoss kill the killer after finding out you had been lied to]], been killed [[TheyKilledKennyAgain - again]], being given a chance to save your family and clan by the Elder Gods, only to be lied to again and so much more. At least ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' will be [[ThrowTheDogABone your saving grace, as you and your clan become guardians of earth]]]]



* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In Chapter 14, Reynir, the cast LittleStowaway and novice mage, manages to come up with a rune able to keep dangerous ghosts away from the tank once painted on the back despite not having slept the previous night. Just as everyone is having dinner and looking forward to finally having a little sleep, the leader of the ghosts sends Reynir and Lalli a telepathic message telling them that the rune won't protect them forever and the he intends to kill everyone around them. And that's after the very battle that caused everyone to have an all-nighter put quite the pyschological toll on Lalli.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In Chapter 14, Reynir, the cast LittleStowaway and novice mage, manages to come up with a rune able to keep dangerous ghosts away from the tank once painted on the back despite not having slept the previous night. Just as everyone is having dinner and looking forward to finally having a little sleep, the leader of the ghosts sends Reynir and Lalli a telepathic message telling them that the rune won't protect them forever and the he intends to kill everyone around them. And that's after the very battle that caused everyone to have an all-nighter put quite the pyschological psychological toll on Lalli.



* Any time it looks like [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Coach Z]] might be catching a break, something needs to get in his way.

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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Any time it looks like [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Coach Z]] Z might be catching a break, something needs to get in his way.



** And we can say [[TwoWordsObviousTrope three words]] for the main instance: "''Seahorse Seashell Party''".

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** And we can say [[TwoWordsObviousTrope three words]] for the main instance: "''Seahorse "''[[Recap/FamilyGuyS10E2SeahorseSeashellParty Seahorse Seashell Party''".Party]]''".



* Happens to [[CosmicPlaything Stumpy]] the squirrel from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', almost any time something good is going to happen in his life.
** Happens to [[JerkassWoobie Mr. Cat]] in [[spoiler: Episode 57.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}''
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Happens to [[CosmicPlaything Stumpy]] the squirrel from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', almost any time something good is going to happen in his life.
** Happens to [[JerkassWoobie Mr. Cat]] in [[spoiler: Episode 57.]]57]].



* After being tortured, mutilated, and reduced to a BrainInAJar throughout the first three seasons of ''{{WesternAnimation/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' (2003), Baxter Stockman finally regains a whole, human body in the episode "Insane in the Membrane". Unfortunately, it's not long before Stockman's new body begins breaking down, and the doctor begins losing limbs. Worse still, he begins losing the one thing he'd managed to keep throughout his tribulations: his mind.
** It gets worse for him in "Good Genes, Part 1." Bishop effectively brings him BackFromTheDead in a pseudo-body to continue their work. Stockman laments this development because he thought that he had finally found peace following his previous appearance.

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* After being tortured, mutilated, and reduced to a BrainInAJar throughout the first three seasons of ''{{WesternAnimation/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' (2003), Baxter Stockman finally regains a whole, human body in the episode "Insane in the Membrane". Unfortunately, it's not long before Stockman's new body begins breaking down, and the doctor begins losing limbs. Worse still, he begins losing the one thing he'd managed to keep throughout his tribulations: his mind.
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mind. It gets worse for him in "Good Genes, Part 1." Bishop effectively brings him BackFromTheDead in a pseudo-body to continue their work. Stockman laments this development because he thought that he had finally found peace following his previous appearance.



** The Chicago Cubs have gone through this for a while. They haven't won a championship in ''[[OneHundredAndEight 108 years]]'', until [[ThrowTheDogABone they finally win in 2016 against the Cleveland Indians]]. Most infamously, a fan named Steve Bartman's accidental deflection of a ball he was trying to catch was blamed for the team's playoff loss in 2003, sending the beleaguered fanbase into paroxysms of rage.

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** The Chicago Cubs have gone through this for a while. They haven't won went through a championship in drought for ''[[OneHundredAndEight 108 years]]'', until [[ThrowTheDogABone they finally win won in 2016 against the Cleveland Indians]]. Most infamously, a fan named Steve Bartman's accidental deflection of a ball he was trying to catch was blamed for the team's playoff loss in 2003, sending the beleaguered fanbase into paroxysms of rage.
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** "The Rains of Castamere" for Arya. She is within walking distance of Robb and Catelyn, and her only reward is being witness to the Red Wedding and seeing Grey Wind killed. Discussed earlier when the Hound talks about her habit of checking every five minutes that the castle and army are still there, and her growing fear that something will happen to stop her reuniting with them.

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** "The Rains of Castamere" for Arya. She is within walking distance of Robb and Catelyn, and her only reward is being arriving at the building they are in just in time to witness to the Red Wedding (the massacre of the entire Northern army, her mother and seeing brother among them) and see Grey Wind get killed. Discussed earlier when the Hound talks about her habit of checking every five minutes that the castle and army are still there, and her growing fear that something will happen to stop her reuniting with them.
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