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14th Oct '17 6:03:12 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* A lot of the more [[BrokenBase critical fans]] consider the ending of ''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]].
** However this is not the case, since[[spoiler: the show concluded by saying that reckless growth brings destruction. So by Simon demonstrating self-control by not bringing back Nia back from the dead (like they did for the Spiral King) the show is following its own themes]]
14th Oct '17 6:00:12 PM FunkyTK
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**However this is not the case, since[[spoiler: the show concluded by saying that reckless growth brings destruction. So by Simon demonstrating self-control by not bringing back Nia back from the dead (like they did for the Spiral King) the show is following its own themes]]
25th Sep '17 11:01:23 PM superkeijikun
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* The end of the Golden Age Arc from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. [[spoiler: After Griffith's capture, the Band of the Hawk is driven out of Midland and hunted as fugitives. Guts returns a year later and it seems that with his help they may be able to rescue Griffith and restore the Hawks' glory. They succeed, but Griffith is a broken man both physically and mentally from a year's worth of torture, and after a series of tragic mistakes, Griffith hits his DespairEventHorizon and uses his Crimson Behelit to initiate The Eclipse, accepting the call to Sacrifice and promptly killing the remaining members of the Band of the Hawk in order to rise as a horrific demon god. With the exception of Guts, Griffith and Casca, the characters they've spent the entire manga so far building up are offed without much ceremony]].

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* The end of the Golden Age Arc from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. [[spoiler: After Griffith's capture, the Band of the Hawk is driven out of Midland and hunted as fugitives. Guts returns a year later and it seems that with his help they may be able to rescue Griffith and restore the Hawks' glory. They succeed, but Griffith is a broken man both physically and mentally from a year's worth of torture, and after a series of tragic mistakes, Griffith hits his DespairEventHorizon and uses his Crimson Behelit to initiate The Eclipse, accepting the call to Sacrifice and promptly killing the remaining members of the Band of the Hawk in order to rise as a horrific demon god. With the exception of Guts, Griffith and Griffith, Casca, and Rickert, the characters they've spent the entire manga so far building up are offed without much ceremony]].
25th Sep '17 11:00:13 PM superkeijikun
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* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': in the prologue movie ''ZERO: The Legend of Kenshiro'', Kenshiro helps the people of a town who were victims of a ruthless slaver defiend themselves from an invasion force led by a ''Nanto Seiken'' user, in doing so taking the detonator for a bomb concealed within the town. Unfortunately, the slaver had a back-up detonator and uses it after being fatally wounded. The town is flattened by the bombs, and everyone Kenshiro met and befriended since his defeat at Shin's hands is killed.
3rd Jun '17 8:44:41 PM Nintendoman01
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** Vegeta gets hit with this during the Buu Saga, where he becomes so obsessed with finally surpassing Goku that he [[DealWithTheDevil sells his soul]] to [[EvilSorcerer Babidi]] so he can reclaim his place as the strongest of all Saiyans. As it turns out, Goku had unlocked Super Saiyan 3 during the seven-year TimeSkip and had been holding back against Majin Vegeta the whole time, so Vegeta sold out his family and friends, forsook his own convictions, and helped unleash [[EldritchAbomination Majin Buu]] upon the world for ''nothing''. When he tries to atone for his selfishness by taking on Buu himself, he's completely outmatched; even ''blowing himself up'' does nothing more than slow Buu down for a few minutes, [[SenselessSacrifice making his sacrifice utterly pointless]].

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** During the Frieza Saga, as Frieza is going into his final form, Vegeta pulls off a DeliberateInjuryGambit, having Krillin mortally wound him and then having Dende [[HealingHands heal]] him in order to obtain a [[CameBackStrong Zenkai boost]], believing this will allow him to ascend and become a Super Saiyan. Sadly, while it ''does'' make him much stronger, Frieza is still way out of his league, and he doesn't become a Super Saiyan; once this happens, Vegeta completely loses the will of fight before Frieza [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats him to]] [[ColdBloodedTorture a bloody pulp]]. When Frieza subsequently finishes him off, Vegeta spends his final moments tearfully begging Goku to defeat Frieza and avenge the Saiyans.
** Vegeta gets hit with this a second time during the Buu Saga, where he becomes so obsessed with finally surpassing Goku that he [[DealWithTheDevil sells his soul]] to [[EvilSorcerer Babidi]] so he can reclaim his place as the strongest of all Saiyans. As it turns out, Goku had unlocked Super Saiyan 3 during the seven-year TimeSkip and had been holding back against Majin Vegeta the whole time, so Vegeta sold out his family and friends, forsook his own convictions, and helped unleash [[EldritchAbomination Majin Buu]] upon the world for ''nothing''. When he tries to atone for his selfishness by taking on Buu himself, he's completely outmatched; even ''blowing himself up'' does nothing more than slow Buu down for a few minutes, [[SenselessSacrifice making his sacrifice utterly pointless]].
12th Apr '17 11:32:43 AM Dravencour
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* Faust's backstory from ''Manga/ShamanKing''. He fell in love with a girl with an incurable disease, and spent 20 years developing a cure. When he did, they finally got married and moved into their new home...where she was promptly killed by a burglar.

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* Faust's backstory from ''Manga/ShamanKing''. He fell in love with a girl with an incurable disease, and spent 20 years developing a cure. When he did, they finally got married and moved into their new home...where she was promptly killed by a burglar. This drove Faust to despair and sent him on a {{Necromantic}} tear until [[spoiler:Anna brought her spirit back as his Guardian]].
27th Mar '17 11:35:16 PM GordyTepig
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* Shun's character arc in ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. His main goal is to find and rescue his sister from the clutches of Academia. Although he eventually finds her, he fails to save her; Ruri (being a piece of a woman named Ray) is sacrificed and fused to revive the woman she reincarnated from. In a rather dark turn for the series, [[spoiler: Ruri isn't revived at the end of the show, instead living inside of Yuzu, another reincarnation of Ray]]. Shun, however, seems to have accepted that Ruri lives on in some form, and that he can rest easy knowing that he is at least surrounded by loved ones.
7th Mar '17 7:00:37 AM Lightmaster
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* Adrian's character arc in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is a villain example. Adrian desires the power of the strongest Duel Monster, Exodia the Forbidden One, in order to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans turn the world into a utopia where nobody else would have to suffer what he did]]. To that end, he makes a DealWithTheDevil, [[MoralEventHorizon kills his girlfriend, kills Aster Phoenix]], and generally abandons anything resembling human decency, all for [[WellIntentionedExtremist what he perceives as the greater good]]. As the final part of his plan, he attempts to [[EvilerThanThou usurp]] the sitting BigBad, Yubel... only for her to dismantle his Exodia strategy fairly easily, destroy his girlfriend's soul, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calmly tell him how much he sucks and how he threw away everything good in his life for nothing]], and then kill him.

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* Adrian's character arc in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is a villain example. Adrian desires the power of the strongest Duel Monster, Exodia the Forbidden One, in order to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans turn the world into a utopia where nobody else would have to suffer what he did]]. To that end, he makes a DealWithTheDevil, [[MoralEventHorizon kills his girlfriend, kills Aster Phoenix]], and generally abandons anything resembling human decency, all for [[WellIntentionedExtremist what he perceives as the greater good]]. As the final part of his plan, he attempts to [[EvilerThanThou usurp]] the sitting BigBad, Yubel... only for her them to dismantle his Exodia strategy fairly easily, destroy his girlfriend's soul, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech calmly tell him how much he sucks and how he threw away everything good in his life for nothing]], and then kill him.
13th Dec '16 12:12:29 AM Nintendoman01
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** Vegeta gets hit with this during the Buu Saga, where he becomes so obsessed with finally surpassing Goku that he [[DealWithTheDevil sells his soul]] to [[EvilSorcerer Babidi]] so he can reclaim his place as the strongest of all Saiyans. As it turns out, Goku had unlocked Super Saiyan 3 during the seven-year TimeSkip and had been holding back against Majin Vegeta the whole time, so Vegeta sold out his family and friends, forsook his own convictions, and helped unleash [[EldritchAbomination Majin Buu]] upon the world for ''nothing''. When he tries to atone for his selfishness by taking on Buu himself, he's completely outmatched; even ''blowing himself up'' does nothing more than slow Buu down for a few minutes, [[SenselessSacrifice making his sacrifice utterly pointless]].
1st Dec '16 1:39:03 AM matteste
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* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'' ends with about 90% of the cast getting killed off in horrific, pointless ways, and then [[spoiler:the village of Sotoba, which most of the remaining living humans sacrificed their sanity to protect from the vampires, ends up burning to the ground. Oh, and the only vampire who survives is the one who engineered the entire thing.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'' ends with about 90% of the cast getting killed off in horrific, pointless ways, and then [[spoiler:the village of Sotoba, which most of the remaining living humans sacrificed their sanity to protect from the vampires, ends up burning to the ground. Oh, and the only vampire who survives is the one who engineered the entire thing.]] And things aren't exactly sunshine and rainbows for her either, with her having lost everyone she considered family and having her dream of a community where she can be accepted crushed forever with her mind tethering on the edge of despair]].
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