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1st Aug '16 7:38:40 PM Willbyr
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* While the overall series is not so grim, the 18th episode of ''ScrappedPrincess'' ends with [[spoiler:Furet]] getting killed in order to prevent Pacifica and the others from getting captured, only to have them get captured five minutes later anyway.

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* While the overall series is not so grim, the 18th episode of ''ScrappedPrincess'' ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' ends with [[spoiler:Furet]] getting killed in order to prevent Pacifica and the others from getting captured, only to have them get captured five minutes later anyway.
18th May '16 10:45:32 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Manga/{{Kurokami}}'' ends with most of the cast dead and when everybody expects a happy life for the main protagonists, it's revealed that the curse is not lifted, and requires a sacrifice to save humanity which will nullify all the reasons why they were fighting. And even after that sacrifice, one genius concludes that it does not matter much since many other curses still exist so getting rid of one was not a big deal.

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* ''Manga/{{Kurokami}}'' ''Manga/BlackGod'' ends with most of the cast dead and when everybody expects a happy life for the main protagonists, it's revealed that the curse is not lifted, and requires a sacrifice to save humanity which will nullify all the reasons why they were fighting. And even after that sacrifice, one genius concludes that it does not matter much since many other curses still exist so getting rid of one was not a big deal.
13th Apr '16 12:33:19 PM catmuto
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* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'': The story of the Ryugu Shelter arc is told as an ApocalypticLog of Mark's, despite the shelter only found by some of the main characters years after it's dilapitated, began as a HopeSpot for humanity. It was a shelter built to keep thousands of people alive to survive the apocalypse and things worked out well, for the most part. Then an accident causes majority of the storages to become useless and some of the inhabitants are culled, to ensure survival for the rest. And [[FromBadToWorse then]] an illness breaks out that kills off almost all of the rest and Mark is the last one to die.

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* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'': The story of the Ryugu Shelter arc is told as an ApocalypticLog of Mark's, despite Mark's and told the shelter only found by some [[HopeSpot hopeful]] story of the main characters years after it's dilapitated, began as a HopeSpot for humanity. It was a shelter built to keep thousands survival of people alive to survive humanity in the apocalypse and things shelter. Things worked out well, well for the most part. Then an part, TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt has occured, but the people in the shelter are safe and lead a rather decent, normal daily life. An accident causes majority leads to most of the food storages to become useless inaccessible and useless, forcing the higher ups to begin to secretly cull some of the inhabitants are culled, inhabitans, to ensure the survival for of the rest. And [[FromBadToWorse then]] Despite this horrible action, things look up a bit... until an illness breaks out that kills off almost all spreads throughout the shelter at an alarming rate, ultimately killing majority of the rest and people in it. Mark is the last one to die.die, leaving his diary behind as the only evidence of what began as a hope for humanity, only to cruelly turn into a complete failure.
13th Apr '16 12:29:22 PM catmuto
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* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'': The story of the Ryugu Shelter arc is told as an ApocalypticLog of Mark's, despite the shelter only found by some of the main characters years after it's dilapitated, began as a HopeSpot for humanity. It was a shelter built to keep thousands of people alive to survive the apocalypse and things worked out well, for the most part. Then an accident causes majority of the storages to become useless and some of the inhabitants are culled, to ensure survival for the rest. And [[FromBadToWorse then]] an illness breaks out that kills off almost all of the rest and Mark is the last one to die.
31st Mar '16 10:56:13 AM GopherBroke
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* The Anteiku Raid arc that serves as the finale for ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. In order to rescue his friends, Kaneki heads into the midst of a major combat operation and ignores warnings that doing so is suicide. Along the way, he fights a climatic battle with his WorthyOpponent.....and loses control, leaving Amon mortally wounded. He manages to rescue Koma and Irimi, and agrees to meet with them later at V14. This later becomes the site of a massacre, and he arrives too late to save anyone. Kaneki also reunites with his childhood friend, Hide, and learns that his friend knew all along. A fade to black leaves it ambiguous whether or not he ended up '''eating''' Hide, who remains missing. And finally, Kaneki is forced to battle the legendary Ghoul Investigator, Kishou Arima. He loses to the legendary "Reaper", and is seemingly killed while elsewhere, Yoshimura is defeated in battle and ends up captured by [[TheSyndicate Aogiri]]. In the end, TheBadGuyWins, Kaneki's apparent death leaves his friends devastated and alone, and Kaneki becomes an amnesiac being trained by the CCG to become their new SuperSoldier.

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* The Anteiku Raid arc that serves as the finale for ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. In order to rescue his friends, Kaneki heads into the midst of a major combat operation and ignores warnings that doing so is suicide. Along the way, he fights a climatic battle with his WorthyOpponent.....and loses control, leaving Amon mortally wounded. He manages to rescue Koma and Irimi, and agrees to meet with them later at V14. This later becomes the site of a massacre, and he arrives too late to save anyone. Kaneki also reunites with his childhood friend, Hide, and learns that his friend knew all along. A fade to black leaves it ambiguous whether or not he ended up '''eating''' Hide, who remains missing. And finally, Kaneki is forced to battle the legendary Ghoul Investigator, Kishou Arima. He loses to the legendary "Reaper", and is seemingly killed while elsewhere, Yoshimura is defeated in battle and ends up captured by [[TheSyndicate Aogiri]]. In the end, TheBadGuyWins, Kaneki's apparent death leaves his friends devastated and alone, and Kaneki becomes an amnesiac being trained by the CCG to become their new SuperSoldier.SuperSoldier.
* In ''{{Manga/Uzumaki}}'', it's never quite spelled out whether the main characters die in the proper sense (which would make the narration posthumous) or instead suffer a FateWorseThanDeath, but either way, they fight through a hell of monsters, unwanted transformations, and SinisterGeometry only for all of their actions to be completely meaningless in the end.
25th Mar '16 8:59:13 AM Willbyr
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* Timeline 3 of DragonBallZ. [[spoiler: In that timeline all of the Z-Fighters are KilledOffForReal, humanity is on the brink of extinction and the only HopeSpot provided in that timeline, being Trunks successfully deactivating Androids 17 and 18, who were responsible for creating the CrapsackWorld that Future Trunks lives in, is quickly negated when Future Trunks is ambushed and quickly killed by Cell and has his time machine stolen. And just to add insult to injury, in the main timeline in which Cell travels back to, he kills Future Trunks ''again''. Oh, and because of Future Trunks' death, in the third timeline, the Saiyan race is now '''extinct''', except for Vegeta's younger brother who may or may not be alive in that timeline.]] Man, timeline 3 is depressing. No wonder much of it isn't shown.

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* Timeline 3 of DragonBallZ.''Anime/DragonBallZ''. [[spoiler: In that timeline all of the Z-Fighters are KilledOffForReal, humanity is on the brink of extinction and the only HopeSpot provided in that timeline, being Trunks successfully deactivating Androids 17 and 18, who were responsible for creating the CrapsackWorld that Future Trunks lives in, is quickly negated when Future Trunks is ambushed and quickly killed by Cell and has his time machine stolen. And just to add insult to injury, in the main timeline in which Cell travels back to, he kills Future Trunks ''again''. Oh, and because of Future Trunks' death, in the third timeline, the Saiyan race is now '''extinct''', except for Vegeta's younger brother who may or may not be alive in that timeline.]] Man, timeline 3 is depressing. No wonder much of it isn't shown.
13th Mar '16 10:26:37 PM AtticusOmundson
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** Though, in all fairness it is a hentai story. Nearly 90% of them have sex-slave, MindRape, [[DownerEnding]]s.

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** Though, in all fairness it is a hentai story. Nearly 90% of them have sex-slave, MindRape, [[DownerEnding]]s.[[DownerEnding Downer Endings]].
13th Mar '16 10:26:05 PM AtticusOmundson
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** Though, in all fairness it is a hentai story. Nearly 90% of them have sex-slave, MindRape, [[DownerEnding]]s.
30th Jan '16 5:23:34 PM Adept
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* Asano, the UnluckyEverydude from ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' has several of these moments in his plot arc. Despite being an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent trapped in another world, he is ultimately ineffectual in doing any good for himself or for his friends, and he eventually becomes a patsy of the BigBad. Just when it looks as though he's about to redeem himself by performing a vital, heroic mission for the good guys, he gets intercepted by the villains, who kill him in spite of his being armed with a gun, while they only have primitive weapons. To further rub salt into the wound, Asano, before he dies, learns that his mission was completely unnecessary, since reinforcements were ''already'' coming to help the good guys.

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* Asano, the UnluckyEverydude from ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' ''Anime/TheTwelveKingdoms'' has several of these moments in his plot arc. Despite being an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent trapped in another world, he is ultimately ineffectual in doing any good for himself or for his friends, and he eventually becomes a patsy of the BigBad. Just when it looks as though he's about to redeem himself by performing a vital, heroic mission for the good guys, he gets intercepted by the villains, who kill him in spite of his being armed with a gun, while they only have primitive weapons. To further rub salt into the wound, Asano, before he dies, learns that his mission was completely unnecessary, since reinforcements were ''already'' coming to help the good guys.



* ''ChronoCrusade'' (anime only), also a definitive example of a DownerEnding, ends with [[spoiler:the main cast either dead or broken. None of the heroes' goals were met, and the villain succeeded in all his plans, with his "death" only being a temporary setback. If anything, the world would have been better off if the heroes had NOT been around.]]

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* ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' (anime only), also a definitive example of a DownerEnding, ends with [[spoiler:the main cast either dead or broken. None of the heroes' goals were met, and the villain succeeded in all his plans, with his "death" only being a temporary setback. If anything, the world would have been better off if the heroes had NOT been around.]]
22nd Jan '16 8:53:52 PM Willbyr
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* A lot of the more [[BrokenBase critical fans]] consider the ending of [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]] to be this, stating that [[spoiler: Nia's death]] seemed to [[BrokenAesop violate the show's theme]] of [[ScrewDestiny defying the odds through sheer determination]], [[spoiler: especially after everything Simon went through to both restore her true self and get her back]].
* ''{{Narutaru}}'''s anime adaptation. Most of the cast goes insane and dies in a generally unsatisfying fashion, except for the [[BreakTheCutie main character]] and the vaguely established villains, who vanish off the face of the earth around episode 10. Most of the plot points are LeftHanging, and noone seems to care much. The description that 'nothing much has happened except that a few ineffectual people has died' fits the story like a glove, although this is because the anime only covers the first half of the manga, cutting off right before things start to get ''really'' bad. The manga, incidentally, may also count as this.

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* A lot of the more [[BrokenBase critical fans]] consider the ending of [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]] ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' to be this, stating that [[spoiler: Nia's death]] seemed to [[BrokenAesop violate the show's theme]] of [[ScrewDestiny defying the odds through sheer determination]], [[spoiler: especially after everything Simon went through to both restore her true self and get her back]].
* ''{{Narutaru}}'''s ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'''s anime adaptation. Most of the cast goes insane and dies in a generally unsatisfying fashion, except for the [[BreakTheCutie main character]] and the vaguely established villains, who vanish off the face of the earth around episode 10. Most of the plot points are LeftHanging, and noone seems to care much. The description that 'nothing much has happened except that a few ineffectual people has died' fits the story like a glove, although this is because the anime only covers the first half of the manga, cutting off right before things start to get ''really'' bad. The manga, incidentally, may also count as this.
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