From Bad To Worse / Other

  • The 2014-15 "Plane Flu": a series of events that can only be summarized as "and in the next month another plane crashed..."
  • There's an old joke that is the essence of this trope. A farmer who's been away from home for a week drives back into town, and stops for some cigarettes before he reaches his house. The sheriff pulls up and tells him some bad news...
    Sheriff: John, I have some bad news for you. Your dog is dead.
    Farmer: Aw damn, old Sport? What happened to him?
    Sheriff: He died from eatin' too much horse flesh.
    Farmer: Horse flesh?...wait a minute, you don't mean MY horses?!
    Sheriff: Yup, they perished when your barn burnt down.
    Farmer: My barn?!
    Sheriff: Oh, it was the spark from the house fire that done it.
    Farmer: My HOUSE burned?!
    Sheriff: To the ground, thanks to those damn candles at your mother-in-law's funeral.
    Farmer: Mother Sloan is dead?
    Sheriff: And buried! 'Twas the shock of her only daughter runnin' off with that hired man what did her in.
    Farmer: WHAT?! My wife has left me? You're telling me that on top of all that I have to raise three children without their mother?!
    Sheriff: What? Oh, no, no... your kids all died in the barn fire!
  • A Witney Darrow cartoon for The New Yorker magazine depicts a woman sprawled unconscious on her floor after receiving some stunning/horrific news via phone. Meanwhile, the voice at the other end is saying "...And that's not the half of it! Wait until you hear this!"
  • This trope of all things was subjected to this. It was originally called "It Got Worse" and defined as "a terrible situation getting some final perfect push over the edge". It became a Pothole Magnet for pretty much any situation, In-Universe and out, that might fit this trope. Not surprisingly, the situation got worse and attracted massive sinkholes and misuse as a catchphrase for anything that the editor at least thought is a bad situation, thus leading to a rename to From Bad to Worse and the original name is now a deliberate redlink.
  • Russian Guy Suffers Most: In proior to the dawn of the second millenium, the Vikings attacked Europe and gained a reputation as Memetic Badasses who where out to Rape, Pillage, and Burn. After about 200 years the raids stopped but then the crusades where going on. Then Genghis Khan came along...
  • The NATO intervention in the Libyan Civil War may turn out to be something like this. Though there is a legitimate government in place, it exercises very little authority and is essentially non-existent in some places. Worse, many of the militia groups that helped defeat Gaddafi refuse to disarm: a few are associated with Islam extremism, while others are essentially run by warlords who abuse their power to get what they want. There are fears that another civil war could be on the way.
  • The Catholic Church sex abuse scandals in Ireland. Every time you think it can't possibly get any worse, new horrors come to light. For a long time, people thought the molestation and abuse of children by priests, and the enslavement and torture of "fallen women" in the Magdalene Laundries were as bad as the scandal was going to get. Things got so bad the Vatican closed their embassy in Ireland and Ireland closed their embassy in Rome, after the Irish PM delivered a ferocious condemnation of their crimes. For a while it looked like the entirety of the worst of it had come to light. Then came the 2014 discovery of a mass grave of almost 800 babies and children in Co. Galway, on the grounds of a mother and baby home run by nuns. And just when you think there can't possibly be anything more horrible than something that's comparable to Nazi war crimes? The mass grave was a septic tank.
    • New evidence has come to light that not all 800 babies were buried in the septic tank and that the circumstances of the burial on the site of the child home were more complex (most seemed to be famine and sickness), which has led news organizations like the Associated Press has denounced the incident as press exaggeration. An investigation committee has been appointed to clear this up, but arguably due to the media circus that erupted from this incident, whether exaggerated or not, this case still applies.
  • The September 2008 Chatsworth, California train collision. Basically, the vagueness of the initial 911 call sent only a single fire engine with a four-man crew to the area concerning a "possible physical rescue" (which typically means "single car accident"). Only when they got to the address of origin did they see the carnage, the fire from spilt diesel fuel, and that the locomotive had been driven into the first passenger car by the force of the collision, and they had to promptly upgrade to an "All hands" call, which summoned several dozen rescue engines as well as every search-and-rescue unit in Los Angeles.
  • The 1994 Formula One San Marino Grand Prix was this, it is called "The Blackest Weekend" and for good reason, there had been no one killed in an F1 car since 1986, and no one had died at a race meeting since 1982. However:
    • Friday practice saw Rubens Barrichello suffers a massive off at the Variante Bassa corner. He was knocked unconscious and only prompt medical attention prevented him suffocating due to swallowing his tounge. He survived but had to withdraw from the race, this seemed to reassure people of how safe the sport was.
    • Saturday Qualifying saw Roland Ratzenberger, in only his third race, taking a head on collision with the barrier at the Villeneuve curva when his front wing fails. He suffered fatal head injuries. Worse, Ratzenberger had already set a time good enough to qualify for the race.
    • At the start of the race on Sunday, J.J. Lehto stalled his car and was hit by Pedro Lamy, debris flew into the crowd and injured 9 people. the Safety car is deployed.
    • Lap 7. Three time World Champion Ayrton Senna went off the track at the Tamburello corner, hitting the barrier head on. He was shown to be motionless in the car, a slight movement of his helmet in the car raised hope. However it was serious enough to stop the race. Senna was flown to a hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
    • As if to compound the matter, after the race restarted, a botched pitstop on Michele Alboreto's car sent a loose wheel into the pits, injuring 2 Ferrari mechanics.
    • Following the race, several major changes were made to the safety of the sport, following these efforts, there were no driver deaths in the sport untill over 20 years later, when Jules Bianchi would die as a result of injuries he suffered in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
  • The very first line of a New York Times article on September 12, 2001, summing up 9/11:
    "It kept getting worse"