* See also DarkFic.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Invoked by Shinji at one point when he says that [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1748470/083/ sometimes you think that things canít get worse]] [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1748470/083/ and then they do]]. Ironically, things would start to get better in the next chapter.
* ''Fanfic/ScarTissue'': You would think that after TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt things can only get better, but they actually got worse for Shinji. In the [[AfterTheEnd post-Impact world]] some people hates him for getting the whole humanity killed and other people hates him for giving them the possibility to return, and all of them beat him when ran into him. Likewise, Asuka became completely unstable and unable to control her temper due to her ordeals during the Angel War and Third Impact -together with Shinji's actions and inactions during those events- that she physically and emotionally abused Shinji for eight months until she nearly got him killed. The fic starts right after that action, when she is so [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified]] and [[HeelRealization sickened with herself]] that [[TheAtoner she decides to change and earn his forgiveness]]. Both children start to rebuild their relationship and it looks like if they are finally having a break... but then it turns out that Seele has returned, Unit-02 has reactivated itself and it wants its pilot back, assassins-for-hire are targetting both Shinji and Asuka...
* ''FanFic/BothSyllables''. Over the course of the series several main characters die, some planets are blown up, a main character is almost ''dissected'', another character nearly burned an island to the ground, a lot of people die, and usually resolving one crisis results in several more popping up. Betrayals happen, horrific backstories get unveiled, and ''it just keeps getting worse with each update''. That's not to say it's a depressing series and it's certainly not bad, but the whole thing pretty much runs on FromBadToWorse.
* In the crossover fic, FanFic/{{Amenaza}} this happens to Naruto. It starts off with his death and transformation to a [[HumanoidAbomination Hol]][[AnimalisticAbomination low]]. After that his afterlife takes the express service to metaphorical and literal Hell. By the time the fic reaches the main Manga/{{Bleach}} timeline, Naruto has jumped so far off the [[SanitySlippage slippery slope]] and pass the MoralEventHorizon that nearly every other [[HumanoidAbomination Hol]][[AnimalisticAbomination low]] is '''terrified''' of him

* FanFic/FairlyEnglishStory: After chapter 79, where [[spoiler: Junpei's Persona starts burning him alive as long as he's concious and has to be put on life support and placed in an induced coma,]] It couldn't possible get worse, right? Right?
* Based on the way things seem to be going in the Gears of War fanfic, Phalanx, it's probably about to get a hell of a lot worse, as if being shot down in enemy territory and having Dizzy Wallin for rescue wasn't bad enough.
--> ''[[spoiler: Take control over Gekkoukan High School, secure the surrender of Minato Arisoto through use of hostages. Kill hostages if target fails to comply. Do not engage the target directly, nor attempt to subdue him or take him by force, he is a lethal and ruthless leader of the terrorist organisation known as Strega, going by the handle of 'Jin'.]]''
** [[spoiler: The real Jin]] being the current [[spoiler: Minister of Defence.]]
* The Wretling fic TWE: The Next Generation it gets worse all the time. The two members of heel group GenNow are eliminated in the Chamber meaning the Faces wins right wrong the new world champion joins them meaning they know have almost all the titles.
* The Hetalia fanfic Family Ties. The small act of Scotland and N. Ireland leaving England and Wales escalates to WWIII. Many bad things happen, but then America and Russia start [[FromBadToWorse bringing out the nukes...]]
** And that's not counting the sort of shitstorm that happens in ''AllHeEverWanted.''
* This looked like it was going to happen in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', [[spoiler: Kyon had just been shot three times, and Haruhi was seconds away from crushing several people to death... then it was [[AvertedTrope Averted]].]]
* This trope is practically ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'s'' tagline. Especially [[WhamEpisode in the later "episodes".]]
* Just when you think life for the heroes of ''Fanfic/TheUnitySaga'' can't get any worse, it does.
* ''SonOfApophis''. The cast is trapped in their house. If they leave the army will assume they're guilty of treason and arrest them. If they stay they'll be assassinated. Whilst they're busy worrying over this, one of them is kidnapped. When they do to fix that ''the house gets burned down''. Whether they were still inside or not is not yet known.
* The pokemon fic Fanfic/LatiasJourney. The fic's rating goes from being a adventure fic to become a really disturbing dark fic. [[spoiler: The rating is changed from K+/T to M around chapter 35]]
* The FanFic/HookerVerse. Just when you think someone's been broken enough, it gets worse.
* Even though some parts of it are less dark than others, and there is even some fluff here and there, DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns is afflicted with this to a moderate extent. The GuileHero dwarven noble protagonist even lampshades it, multiple times, like when talking to [[spoiler:Trian]] and another time in one of the most recent chapters, after [[spoiler:the psychic clash between the prince and the Archdemon made the latter smarter and more-selfaware.]] On the bright side, nothing seems too hopeless yet, and the fact that six full Origin wardens made it into the main cast should help fix things... probably.
* ''Silent Sorrow'', the final story in the ''[[Fanfic/TamersForeverSeries Tamers Forever]]'' series. As it opens, Takato is already [[spoiler:dying thanks to his SuperpoweredEvilSide overloading his body]]. Then, Shinjuku is invaded by a Digimon army [[spoiler:led by Daemon, who is after the power of said evil side]] and is so insanely powerful that the only way anyone can even ''think'' to foil him is to [[spoiler:let Takato escape to the digital world- so he can ''die'' before Daemon gets him]].
* Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann is one work defied this trope, but some fics have this as an important point. See, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6487049/1/The_Rise_and_Fall_of_Captain_Garlock The Rise and Fall of Captain Starlock]]'' makes this the entire point. It's kind of a novelization of how Simon became Captain Starlock, after Kamina's death (he dies in the first chapter, thanks to how Simon didn't know how to operate Lagann) and things just get downhill from there, Simon is nothing but a wreck of a man and still manages to be a competent antihero.
* In the [[DeconstructionFic soul-crushing]] ''FanFic/HuntingTheUnicorn'', Blaine's entire life is an exercise in this. First, he has an estranged father--depressing, but logical. ''Then'' we realize how unbelievably naive he is. And finally, we find out that despite everyone's assumptions from his [[TastesLikeDiabetes diabetes-inducing]] and [[ParalyzingFearOfSexuality chaste]] nature, [[spoiler: Blaine's not a virgin.]]
** It turns out he was implied to think that SexEqualsLove, [[spoiler: so he lost his virginity at ''sixteen'' and kept the guy's number for weeks [[LoveMartyr after they broke up]].]] And ''the guy was never even '''serious''' about him.'' His siblings think he's [[ThatDidntHappen pretending it never happened]] (a mistake [[SureLetsGoWithThat he refuses to correct]]), and he's now left with a ParalyzingFearOfSexuality and extreme LoveMartyr tendencies. No ''wonder'' he acted like he did in "Sexy." Later on, we find out that it wasn't just a naive mistake--[[BreakTheCutie he was trying to]] ''[[WideEyedIdealist invoke it]]''.
** That's not even getting to the actual plot involving Alex, [[spoiler: Blaine's deluded stalker]]. He's first mentioned [[WhamEpisode out of the blue]] by David, and we realize that this makes [[FridgeHorror a lot of sense]] considering Blaine's insane [[ObliviousToLove obliviousness to love]]. It's not until the nineteenth chapter that he actually does something--namely, [[spoiler: kidnapping Blaine, Wes, and David and locking them in his basement.]] Did we mention that Blaine got concussed and it's treated [[RealityEnsues realistically]]? Which means that he isn't knocked out, but he was rambling incoherently for half an hour and now has no idea what happened or where he is.
** The police (and a couple of [[TrueCompanions the Warblers]]) eventually find Wes and David tied to chairs, but Blaine panicked and ran off two hours earlier. [[ContrivedCoincidence Luckily, Kurt and Finn find him]]--unluckily, so does Alex, who locks Finn in the Navigator's trunk (spurring [[GoodParents Carole and Burt]] to go help him). Blaine's ParentalSubstitute Greg is now the only one with any clue where Blaine is, since [[spoiler: he, Dalton's dean, and another Dalton student are [[UndercoverCopReveal secret agents]]]].
** When Alex finds them again in an abandoned hotel, Blaine tries to reason with him but it comes out semi-coherent at best. And then [[spoiler: ''Alex tries to strangle Kurt.'']] Luckily, [[spoiler: Kurt goes berserk and starts pummeling Alex in turn]]. Their friends and Kurt's family finally find them, get Alex arrested, and take Blaine to the Blue Sun hospital. Where he tells his doctor [[{{Firefly}} Simon Tam]] about a conversation with Alex that the others haven't mentioned, and it's creepy enough to have him call [[CriminalMinds Derek Morgan]] on the suspicion that [[spoiler: Alex sexually assaulted Blaine and he can't express it properly.]]
* During TheEmiyaClan Christmas Special, the entire story is about the somewhat misnamed "Fellowship of the Sane" attempting to escape the madness that Altrouge has unleashed in the name of winning a bet with her sister for candy. Things start with them just trying to escape, but when that fails, they have to survive a Christmas Party that takes some of the craziest characters in anime, mashes them together with the clan, puts them in a house, supplies alcohol and sugar, and sits back to enjoy the chaos.
** The author of that particular story even admits he was trying to find the absolute brink of insanity he could push the story to before finally wrapping it up.
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly-named]] ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fanfic ''FanFic/WorstCaseScenario'' features the main characters being shot down, picked off one by one, escaping, and getting picked off again. While suffering from Reveal after Reveal.
* From the climax of ''[[FanFic/PoniesOfOlympus Rolling in Beaches]]'': The [[TheCorruption Rainbow of Darkness]] corrupting a bunch of dragons? Bad. It corrupting [[spoiler: ''all of the Mane Six'']] ''?!'' Definitely worse.
* The finale of ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' is fueled by this. (Warning: MAJOR spoilers ahead.) The way [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Holmes and Watson]] handle the dynamics of Watson's new marriage results in a horrific rift between the two, and Holmes seems determined to drive away the one friend he has left. [[TheReveal Enter Professor Moriarty]], BackFromTheDead, with Colonel Moran at his side and Holmes and Watson in his hands. (With the new Mrs. Watson and [[WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury Beth Lestrade]] running for their lives.) Did we mention that Time has frozen? Or that Moriarty seeks to corrupt Holmes into himself? Or that Holmes ''[[DespairEventHorizon lets]]'' him? Or a major character death? Mm-hmm.
* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'', full stop.
* The ''{{Videogame/Touhou}}'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'', all the way. It starts with [[spoiler:Rumia getting eaten alive by a BlobMonster]] and it goes downhill until all of Gensokyo is threatened.
** Also, everything regarding [[spoiler:Rin Satsuki's life. [[HopeSpot Just when it looked like she could finally get some help]] instead of being chased by a paranoid Yukari and a bunch of bounty hunters, she gets captured by Patchouli. [[OhCrap And then, Yuuka takes her]]...]]
* The Vocaloid fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7757302/1/From-Concert-to-Chaos From Concert to Chaos]] is ''absolutely packed full'' of this. The trouble starts towards the end of Chapter 4 and just keeps going downhill from there until the middle of Chapter 8.
* ''Fanfic/{{Reconciliation}}'' takes place after Hanako's bad ending in KatawaShoujo. [[DownerBeginning It starts out being depressing enough]], as Hanako has, out of guilt over [[spoiler:her outburst at Hisao and Lilly]] in the bad ending, isolated herself from Hisao and Lilly for eight years, ending up as a successful but lonely author while they got into a relationship. The first major plot development is [[spoiler:her hearing about Hisao's death]].
* This ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7268654/1/Shifting-of-the-Plate Shifting Of The Plate]]'' could be alternatively titled "Harry's Life Gets Progressively Crappier."
* This trope is [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] in ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops.'' The admins in charge of repairing things don't like it when loopers forcibly end loops early, so any attempt to do so is punished by sending them into an even worse loop. Since most attempts to end loops come from the loopers deciding that the loop is bad.... it's a vicious cycle.
** It practically defines the Mega Man loops. Right off the bat, the Mega Man universe was one of the worst damaged by the first Crash. The intial attempts to get the universe looping with Rock failed badly. The next attempt, with Roll, also failed badly. Then the admins tried Blues. Then they tried a Merged Loop, which went right through horrifically wrong and out the other side, with all four Anchors (the ones required to keep the universes intact) being dragged into a bizarre ritualised attempt for... ''something'' to ascend to god-hood. It ended with the universe they were merged with being outright erased from time and space forever, along with badly damaging the rest of the multiverse in the process. The Mega Man's next attempt at Looping was a do-or-die attempt, and if that failed, they've had been erased as well. [[spoiler:They just barely squeak through, thanks to a Merged Loop with Sonic the Hedgehog's universe.]]
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', episodes 10 and 11 have this; just when you think things can't get any worse for the characters' morale, something bad happens.
* [[TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'' starts with one isolated death, followed by a string of serial killings, that finally escalates into the end of the world as we know it.
* ''Fanfic/{{Misunderstandings}}'': Peter Collins is transported to [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]]. Throughout the fic, in the short term, things go okay for him, but in the long term, things degenerate for him. Over the course of the story he's attacked by timberwolves, kidnapped to be abused and humiliated in a sideshow, escapes only to be hunted by ponies, [[spoiler: nearly kills a pegasus soldier]] becomes the target of a frightened Blueblood who throws furniture at him with force to kill, faces an angry mob, badly injures himself on the stairs [[spoiler: is nearly framed for eating a filly, attacked by rogue griffin soldiers, is teleported to the Astral Plane when one of Twilight's experiments is sabotaged, and the result of that is any pathway home as been blocked off, and the magic he has been absorbing will now build up inside him, until he '''explodes'''.]]
* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' starts like the original ''Sonic X'', except Tsali attacks Sonic's world rather than Dark Oak. Then Satan himself steps into the fray, which rapidly escalates the conflict until the galaxy is torn apart in a war between demons and angels. And then an EldritchAbomination appears, obliterates both sides, and nearly causes the end of the entire universe. Finally, the story ends with [[spoiler: an entire ''race'' of Eldritch Abominations appearing and actually destroying ([[SequelHook most of]]) the entire universe]].
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