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From Bad to Worse
Kavar: I think the situation has gotten even worse.
Queen Talia: Worse? How is that even possible?
Kavar: It can always get worse.

Things are bad. In fact, it's all going to hell. Your family's been murdered. Your Humongous Mecha ran out of juice at the worst possible moment. An army of flesh-eating orcs is about to storm your castle. People are dying left and right. We're talking May Sweeps stuff, series finale situations. It's as bad as you've ever seen and just when you'd thought the shit had gone down, just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any worse...

It gets worse. Much worse.

To qualify for this trope, a terrible situation must have some final perfect push over the edge. Sometimes characters within a story, usually when recounting dramatic events to others will, when asked "And then?" say, "It got worse," right before the narrative cuts to the events in question.

Very often the result of a Nice Job Breaking It, Hero. Usually gives that final push that crosses the Godzilla Threshold.

From Bad to Worse usually results in Downer Ending. If the characters somehow prevail, the result will be (if well done) Earn Your Happy Ending, or (if badly done) Only the Author Can Save Them Now.

Cue the Rain is a subtrope for when this comes in the form of a sudden downpour. See also Rock Bottom, where it's the characters who are Tempting Fate by thinking things can't get worse just before they do. Darkest Hour is the logical conclusion of such a chain of events. Hope Spot is a common double subversion; after things get really bad, they seem to get better before suddenly getting even worse. No relation with It Gets Better, which is not about events in the story, so much as the quality thereof.

Compare Out of the Frying Pan: that trope involves the solution of one problem causing a worse one, while From Bad To Worse doesn't even require any causal link between the initial problem and the getting worse. If you're in a pool of water with a bunch of jellyfish, and then someone releases sharks into the water, that's From Bad To Worse. If you're in a pool of water with a bunch of jellyfish, and in the act of climbing out you fall into a different pool with a bunch of sharks, that's Out of the Frying Pan.

Warning: spoilers ahead.


Examples


Freudian ExcuseSadness TropesGoodbye, Cruel World!
Freud Was RightJustForFun/Tropes of LegendGenki Girl
The Bridge on the River KwaiWorks Set in World War IIThe Five People You Meet in Heaven
The End of the World as We Know ItOverdosed TropesSixth Ranger
First Day from HellFinagle's LawThe Fun in Funeral
Fridge HorrorAdministrivia/No Real Life Examples, Please!The Fundamentalist

alternative title(s): It Gets Worse; It Got Worse
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