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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]].
20th Nov '16 12:09:07 PM SpinAttaxx
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* Timeline 3 of ''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.

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* Timeline 3 of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. [[spoiler: In that ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Future Trunks'
timeline [[BadFuture isn't very pleasant]]; Goku dies of a heart virus, Androids 17 and 18 appear six months later and start wreaking havok, and Vegeta, Piccolo ''et al'' are all of [[KilledOffForReal killed trying to stop them]] (Piccolo's death also rendering the Z-Fighters are KilledOffForReal, humanity is Dragon Balls permanently unusable). Years later, [[CrapsackWorld humanity's on the brink of extinction extinction, the Androids are unstoppable, and the only HopeSpot provided Trunks and Gohan are able to fight back]]. Gohan dies, and Trunks resorts to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong changing history]]. Fortunately, his experiences in the main timeline make him strong enough to destroy the Androids (and Cell) once he returns. [[HopeSpot All seems right]], but then ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' happens: Goku Black appears and devastates the recovering Earth to a worse extent than the Androids did, once more forcing Trunks to flee to the main timeline for aid. As a final kick in the teeth, [[spoiler:Zamasu's efforts to merge with reality following his defeat prompts the Omni-King to destroy not just Earth, but Trunks's ''entire timeline'', meaning the struggles of all its inhabitants during the Androids' and Goku Black's reign of terror meant nothing]].
** The offshoot of Future Trunks' timeline that Cell travels to the main one from. In
that timeline, being Trunks successfully deactivating deactivated Androids 17 and 18, who were responsible for creating 18 after his initial trip to the CrapsackWorld that Future Trunks lives in, past to find a way to stop them. This victory 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 this 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.
18th Nov '16 12:21:25 AM Tehrannotaur
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* ''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.]]

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* ''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, [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy the world would have been better off if the heroes had NOT been around.around]].]]
16th Nov '16 10:50:30 PM Tehrannotaur
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* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' starts with a happy-go-lucky boy named Shu who meets a ReiAyanamiExpy named Lala-ru. Suddenly she's captured by a viciously insane dictator time-traveling from the barren, war-torn distant future, along with Shu, who vows to save her from this hell. [[spoiler:She can control water with a pendant around her neck...at the cost of her life. After she uses her water to defeat the dictator and bring water to the parched future, the two share one last sunset together before she fades out of existence.]]
2nd Nov '16 11:54:45 AM SAMAS
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* The Chapter Black saga from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' could be considered an example of this. The characters pull out all the stops, [[PyrrhicVictory sacrificing a great deal in the process]], in order to try and stop Sensui from opening a tunnel to Demon World, only to eventually learn that [[spoiler:A) Sensui's true motive for opening the tunnel was just so he could go to the demon world and find an opponent who could kill him, B) he would have been dead within a month anyway, from a fatal disease, and C) the spirit world's elite soldiers could seal the demon tunnel with [[HardWorkHardlyWorks relatively little effort]].]]

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* The Chapter Black saga from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' could be considered an example of this. The characters pull out all the stops, [[PyrrhicVictory sacrificing a great deal in the process]], in order to try and stop Sensui from opening a tunnel to Demon World, only to eventually learn that [[spoiler:A) Sensui's true motive for opening the tunnel was just so he could go to the demon world and find an opponent who could kill him, B) he would have been dead within a month anyway, from a fatal disease, and C) the spirit world's elite soldiers could seal the demon tunnel with [[HardWorkHardlyWorks relatively little effort]].]]]] Yusuke does end up discovering something important about himself that helps drive the next arc, but this arc itself was pretty pointless.



** Though, in all fairness it is a hentai story. Nearly 90% of them have sex-slave, MindRape, [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]].
28th Oct '16 5:44:50 PM Blazer
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* 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.

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* 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.end.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' starts with one: delinquent Yusuke Urameshi decides, in a moment of selflessness, to rescue a kid from being hit by a car and is killed in the process. Once he gets to the afterlife, he finds that he kinda screwed up a few things by this action, because he wasn't supposed to die that day and neither was the kid - the kid would have been a bit scuffed up, but his ball would have saved him.
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