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23rd Jan '17 5:41:36 PM WaggishPony
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** In season 6, Tara leaves Willow after the latter's abuse of dark magic, which broke the collective hearts of the fans who loved the couple. While Tara remained a presence within the Scooby Gang during their break-up, it wasn't until "Entropy" that the two were reunited in love. The following episode, "Seeing Red", saw the two in bed for most of the episode, apparently with a HappyEnding to the episode...then [[BigBad Warren]] shows up with a gun, attempting to kill Buffy. One of the bullets from Warren's gun [[spoiler: hits a window, striking Tara through the heart, with her blood splatting over Willow's shirt, killing Tara almost instantly]]. This would lead to [[spoiler: Willow's]] path of destruction for the remainder of the show, culminating in [[spoiler: her]] nearly destroying the world. To say fans were pissed and disappointed at [[spoiler: Tara's death]] would be a ''massive'' understatement, and even more heartbreaking because the couple were just so close to a HappyEnding.
23rd Jan '17 8:26:11 AM Monolaf317
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* Stock investors were unaware that Nintendo merely has a roughly one-third ownership of the Pokemon Company and is otherwise not really involved in the development of ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' which is handled by Niantic, causing a huge spike in their market cap, a good chunk of which dropped away after Nintendo clarified the situation.
20th Jan '17 12:41:21 PM eroock
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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. 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 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.
20th Jan '17 9:52:12 AM Gosicrystal
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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', Rika arrives in a Hinamizawa where [[spoiler:all her friends have vague memories of past universes, and where Rika confides in them about how she's going to be killed]]. Due to the episode number that there was no way they could make this stretch the entire series. This didn't make it any less depressing when, [[spoiler: after beating up several of the Yamainu and charging to take over a car, Keiichi gets shot in what would be the first of all their deaths]].
** ''Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei'' takes this to a new level of dickery: [[spoiler:Rika has successfully gotten to the bottom of the Hinamizawa Disaster, and stopped the BigBad. As the fateful summer finally passes she has just enjoyed a peaceful day at the pool with her friends... And then she's run over by a truck. She awakens back in Hinamizawa. The GroundhogDayLoop is still in effect... And ''this'' time around, all the rules of the game have changed. For one, Keiichi isn't around anymore]].
*** [[spoiler:She gets better. It was either a dream, a flashback/hallucination to another Rika in another world, or she died and was brought back to the previous world (the one she died in.]]



* Tends to happen in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, usually in the final trials.
** In Case 1-4, Phoenix manages to prove Edgeworth innocent of murder... only for [[spoiler:Edgeworth to confess to the murder of his father.]]
** In Case 2-4, the police are working tirelessly to [[spoiler:rescue Maya from Shelly de Killer]]. Mia manages to give Gumshoe some landmarks to look for, and they find the hide-out. [[spoiler:De Killer has already escaped, taking Maya with him.]]
** In Case 3-5, [[spoiler:Maya ultimately escapes being murdered by the ghost of her insane cousin, only to learn that her mother was killed in the process.]]
** In [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney the fourth game]], the flashback case to Phoenix's disbarment could count. He has to fly through the trial by the seat of his pants because he had no time to prepare, but he fortunately discovers a convenient piece of evidence that could just help get the trial postponed a day, so he could have time to investigate. The evidence was forged, and he loses his attorney's badge over it.
** In [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies the fifth game]], it looks like all hope is lost for Solomon Starbuck being found innocent, until Detective Fulbright finds a previously-overlooked piece of evidence. Phoenix eagerly builds his case on this evidence, insisting that a fingerprint analysis be done because a third party who he'd been arguing was the real killer might have left their prints on it. The good news? He's right, the evidence does prove a third person was there. The bad news? The prints belong to [[spoiler:Athena Cykes.]]


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* Tends to happen in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, usually in the final trials.
** In Case 1-4, Phoenix manages to prove Edgeworth innocent of murder... only for [[spoiler:Edgeworth to confess to the murder of his father]].
** In Case 2-4, the police are working tirelessly to [[spoiler:rescue Maya from Shelly de Killer]]. Mia manages to give Gumshoe some landmarks to look for, and they find the hide-out. [[spoiler:De Killer has already escaped, taking Maya with him.]]
** In Case 3-5, [[spoiler:Maya ultimately escapes being murdered by the ghost of her insane cousin, only to learn that her mother was killed in the process]].
** In [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney the fourth game]], the flashback case to Phoenix's disbarment could count. He has to fly through the trial by the seat of his pants because he had no time to prepare, but he fortunately discovers a convenient piece of evidence that could just help get the trial postponed a day, so he could have time to investigate. The evidence was forged, and he loses his attorney's badge over it.
** In [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies the fifth game]], it looks like all hope is lost for Solomon Starbuck being found innocent, until Detective Fulbright finds a previously-overlooked piece of evidence. Phoenix eagerly builds his case on this evidence, insisting that a fingerprint analysis be done because a third party who he'd been arguing was the real killer might have left their prints on it. The good news? He's right, the evidence does prove a third person was there. The bad news? The prints belong to [[spoiler:Athena Cykes, ''your sidekick'']].
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** Rika arrives in a Hinamizawa where [[spoiler:all her friends have vague memories of past universes, and where Rika confides in them about how she's going to be killed]]. Due to the episode number that there was no way they could make this stretch the entire series. This didn't make it any less depressing when, [[spoiler:after beating up several of the Yamainu and charging to take over a car, Keiichi gets shot in what would be the first of all their deaths]].
** ''Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei'' takes this to a new level of dickery: [[spoiler:Rika has successfully gotten to the bottom of the Hinamizawa Disaster, and stopped the BigBad. As the fateful summer finally passes she has just enjoyed a peaceful day at the pool with her friends... And then she's run over by a truck. She awakens back in Hinamizawa. The GroundhogDayLoop is still in effect... And ''this'' time around, all the rules of the game have changed. For one, Keiichi isn't around anymore. But she gets better. It was either a dream, a flashback/hallucination to another Rika in another world, or she died and was brought back to the previous world (the one she died in)]].
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20th Jan '17 9:31:01 AM Willbyr
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16th Jan '17 1:59:09 PM MikeW
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** Even Fargo gets a bit of that. After three seasons as the ButtMonkey of the town, he's overjoyed to discover that in the altered timeline, he's the head of Global Dynamics. Fargo assumes he'll now be treated with respect and admiration from everyone...only to discover that in this reality, he's an arrogant egomaniac and near-tyrant of a boss whom everyone hates.
15th Jan '17 5:54:02 PM Dravencour
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** Justified in the Series 9 finale "Hell Bent" due to the long-suffering Doctor temporarily turning into an AntiVillain in hopes of achieving a TragicDream. He is coming off of being DrivenToMadness by a TraumaCongaLine. He decides to become TheUnfettered, tosses out his usual moral code, and embarks upon a BatmanGambit to [[spoiler: save Clara from her fixed-point death by pulling her out of time at the last moment and escaping Gallifrey with her]]. It goes off with only a few speed bumps; as he flees, he's brainstorming wonderful new adventures. Too bad there's about 20 minutes of the episode to go. That's when [[spoiler: Clara realizes her heartbeat hasn't restarted, and her chronolock tattoo hasn't faded]]. The Doctor DidntThinkThisThrough and his SanitySlippage worsens as he tries to think of some way to keep going without destroying the universe. This is the point where he crosses the DespairEventHorizon, and the final stretch of the episode makes it clear that he must sacrifice his personal happiness for the greater good if he wants to continue being on the side of light and love. (The good news is that his next story, "The Husbands of River Song", is a ThrowTheDogABone BreatherEpisode.)
* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Ronnie. From]]. ''Series/EastEnders''. Every single time it looks like she's going to have a happy ending, the producers cruelly snatch it away from her practically going "Neener neener!", be it a potential reconciliation with Danielle being ruined by [[ShaggyDogStory Danielle getting run over and killed instantly]] or her being caught out when she goes to mad lengths to get a child again. It looks as if recently she's finally having an honest-to-god child again and all's well... but in true SoapOpera fashion (as revealed in television magazine spoilers), said baby stops breathing and may have suffered crib death barely a day after being born, pushing Ronnie way past her [[DespairEventHorizon limit]]. That's if she hadn't already been punted over it before now.

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** Justified in the Series 9 finale "Hell Bent" due to the long-suffering Doctor temporarily turning into an AntiVillain in hopes of achieving a TragicDream. He is coming off of being DrivenToMadness by a TraumaCongaLine. He decides to become TheUnfettered, tosses out his usual moral code, and embarks upon a BatmanGambit to [[spoiler: save [[spoiler:save Clara from her fixed-point death by pulling her out of time at the last moment and escaping Gallifrey with her]]. It goes off with only a few speed bumps; as he flees, he's brainstorming wonderful new adventures. Too bad there's about 20 minutes of the episode to go. That's when [[spoiler: Clara realizes her heartbeat hasn't restarted, and her chronolock tattoo hasn't faded]]. The Doctor DidntThinkThisThrough and his SanitySlippage worsens as he tries to think of some way to keep going without destroying the universe. This is the point where he crosses the DespairEventHorizon, and the final stretch of the episode makes it clear that he must sacrifice his personal happiness for the greater good if he wants to continue being on the side of light and love. (The good news is that his next story, "The Husbands of River Song", is a ThrowTheDogABone BreatherEpisode.)
* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Ronnie. From]]. ''Series/EastEnders''. Every single time it looks like she's going to have a happy ending, the producers cruelly snatch it away from her practically going "Neener neener!", be it a potential reconciliation with Danielle Danielle, the daughter who was kept from her, being ruined by [[ShaggyDogStory Danielle getting run over and killed instantly]] or her being caught out when she goes to mad lengths to get a child again. It looks as if recently she's finally having an honest-to-god child again and all's well... but in true SoapOpera fashion (as revealed in television magazine spoilers), said baby stops breathing and may have suffered crib death barely a day after being born, pushing Ronnie way past her [[DespairEventHorizon limit]]. That's if she hadn't already been punted over it before now.
15th Jan '17 5:49:13 PM Dravencour
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* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Ronnie. From]]. ''Series/EastEnders''. Every single time it looks like she's going to have a happy ending, the producers cruelly snatch it away from her practically going "Neener neener!", be it a potential reconcilement with Danielle being ruined by [[ShaggyDogStory Danielle getting ran over and killed instantly]] or her being caught out when she goes to mad lengths to get a child again. It looks as if recently she's finally having an honest to god child again and all's well... but in true Soap fashion (As revealed in television magazine spoilers), said baby stops breathing and may have suffered cot death barely a day after being born, pushing Ronnie way past her [[DespairEventHorizon limit]]. That is if she hasn't already been punted over it before now.

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* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Ronnie. From]]. ''Series/EastEnders''. Every single time it looks like she's going to have a happy ending, the producers cruelly snatch it away from her practically going "Neener neener!", be it a potential reconcilement reconciliation with Danielle being ruined by [[ShaggyDogStory Danielle getting ran run over and killed instantly]] or her being caught out when she goes to mad lengths to get a child again. It looks as if recently she's finally having an honest to god honest-to-god child again and all's well... but in true Soap SoapOpera fashion (As (as revealed in television magazine spoilers), said baby stops breathing and may have suffered cot crib death barely a day after being born, pushing Ronnie way past her [[DespairEventHorizon limit]]. That is That's if she hasn't hadn't already been punted over it before now.
15th Jan '17 5:40:16 PM Dravencour
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* The manga Uwagaki does this to the heroine Chiaki at one point. Chiaki had been forcibly split into two people, one of whom has no memory of her boyfriend and is spending time with her admirer instead. If, after a few months, this copy has romantic feelings for said admirer greater than her own for her boyfriend, then the two will be fused and she too will forget the boyfriend completely. Immediately after this happens, her boyfriend dumps her for a woman he's long crushed on. After a lot of pain and seeing the copy become happy, she thinks to ask the professor responsible if he can do the same thing to her ex. He tells her that it can be done if he's given time to study him, but then when her hopes are finally up he tells her that this would also require him to erase her copy who'd just started to fall in love herself.

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* The manga Uwagaki ''Manga/{{Uwagaki}}'' does this to the heroine Chiaki at one point. Chiaki had been forcibly split into two people, one of whom has no memory of her boyfriend and is spending time with her admirer instead. If, after a few months, this copy has romantic feelings for said admirer greater than her own for her boyfriend, then the two will be fused and she too will forget the boyfriend completely. Immediately after this happens, her boyfriend dumps her for a woman he's long crushed on. After a lot of pain and seeing the copy become happy, she thinks to ask the professor responsible if he can do the same thing to her ex. He tells her that it can be done if he's given time to study him, but then when her hopes are finally up he tells her that this would also require him to erase her copy who'd just started to fall in love herself.
2nd Jan '17 10:49:04 PM MikeW
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* Happens to ''Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}}'' three times regarding his wife Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}}.

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* Happens to ''Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}}'' three four times regarding his wife Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}}.Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}}.
** 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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** 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.
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